Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
The beautiful city of Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. Explore the fascinating neighborhoods and artistic markets of the city, where European and Latin American influences have mixed together to create a city like no other. Stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, spotting the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, which was built to commemorate the fourth century of the city, and the impressive Teatro Colon, one of the world's best opera houses. You can also visit the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace, from where Juan and Eva Peron famously addressed the crowds gathered on Plaza de Mayo in 1945.
Argentina’s capital city is a great destination for culture lovers, with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes boasting an impressive collection including original works by Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. You can also learn about the national heroine Evita at the Museo Eva Peron.
- Meeting location: Hotel Babel Suites, Mexico 840, San Telmo. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following.
- Hotel Babel Suites or similar
Summary of The Day: We fly across the country to Mendoza, the epicentre of Argentina's wine country. Mendoza is where General Jose de San Martin organised the army with which he liberated Chile and Peru from Spanish rule in 1818. There are great views from the top of Cerro de la Gloria at Parque San Martin, where you can also visit the local zoo.
Situated on the foothills of the Andes, the city is a great base for some optional outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, rappelling and horseback riding. But of course no trip to Mendoza would be complete without touring the surrounding vineyards. You can rent bikes and cycle the Ruta de los Vinos (wine route), visiting both ancient cellars and working wineries while tasting some of the world's best Malbecs en route.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Mendoza continues.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Mendoza continues.
Summary of The Day: We fly to the sprawling metropolis of Santiago. If it is a clear day, you will have astounding views of the capital and the surrounding mountains as you come in to land. You will have three days to explore this cosmopolitan city at your own pace.
Santiago is a very clean, modern city with many fountains and parks, but also has its own turbulent history. It is well-known for its fresh markets such as the famous La Vega Central Market, and the Mercado Central, one of the best seafood markets in the world. You can see the changing of the guard most days outside the impressive Palacio de La Moneda, the seat of the President of Chile. In the 1970s, the palace was bombarded during the military coup d'etat, ushering in a dark period in Chile’s national history.
Summary of The Day: Other interesting places to visit are the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, an impressive fine art gallery housed in a colossal neo-classical building, and the Cementerio General, a huge cemetery with large mausoleums including that of the former president Salvador Allende Gossens. Also worth a visit is the Plaza de Armas, the centerpiece of the city, which is bordered on one side by the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, completed in the 19th century.
Summary of The Day: For the best views of the city, take a funicular railway or hike to the top of San Cristobal, where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. Here you can taste some of Chile's best wines and find some beautifully situated swimming pools.
You may wish to take an optional excursion to the Chilean coast, about two hours’ drive from Santiago. You can wander around the creative port city of Valparaiso, which has a lively tradition of imaginative street art and painted murals, or you can relax in the upmarket beach resort of Vina del Mar, trying exquisite seafood in stylish restaurants that look out onto the Pacific Ocean.
San Pedro de Atacama
Summary of The Day: We fly along the Pacific coast to the north of the country and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. This is a picturesque small town that looks like it has come straight from the scene of a Western with its single-story buildings, white-washed walls and dusty roads. Due to its remote location and dry climate, the Atacama desert offers some of the clearest skies in the world and as such is used by international space agencies to monitor the skies. If you are lucky enough to have clear nights during your stay in San Pedro de Atacama, the starscape will most likely be the best you'll ever see.
San Pedro de Atacama
Summary of The Day: We head into the desert, exploring the Valley of the Moon by 4WD. This area is famous for salt-covered lunar landscapes, interesting rock formationas, smoking geysers, salt flats and hot volcanic springs.
Summary of The Day: We continue our 4WD expedition and cross the border into Bolivia, into some of the most remote areas of the Bolivian Altiplano. You will see a variety of dramatic landscapes including smoking volcanoes, barren deserts and gravity-defying rock formations carved by the wind. In this incredibly empty landscape you'll most likely feel the furthest from civilization you've ever been. You will visit the Laguna Colorada, which offers some truly breathtaking scenery, with several varieties of flamingos gathering in the shallow waters of the beautiful crimson lagoon.
Summary of The Day: Continuing our exhilarating 4WD tour, we explore the epic Salar de Uyuni. The largest salt flat in the world, the brilliant white vast Salar de Uyuni, which covers some 10,500 square kilometers and is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, looks like something from a surrealist painting and its seemingly infinite horizons will amaze you. The highlight of the day is Fish Island (seasonal dependent). Located in the center of the Salar, 100 kilometers from Uyuni, this hilly outpost is covered in giant cacti amid a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles. The island is so named because it has the shape of a fish. The otherworldly views from Fish Island will take your breath away, with the brilliant blue sky (weather permitting of course) contrasting with the pure white of the salt flats.
On this day we will also explore the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives, and we visit Colchani, which is the main plant for the iodization of salt and the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Uyuni continues.
- Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become overly flooded and we may have to alter the itinerary if the salt flats are not safe to traverse. Your tour leader will advise as early as possible if this is likely to happen on your tour.
Summary of The Day: We fly across the country from Uyuni to La Paz. If it is a clear day, you will be able to see the huge expanse of the Altiplano as you fly over the landlocked country.
Built in a steep valley that protects the city from the harsh elements of the Altiplano, just about every building in La Paz is built on some sort of hill, so sightseeing will literally take your breath away! You will have two days to explore La Paz and it's bustling atmosphere. Our hotel is very centrally located and is just around the corner from the city's colorful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and suitably named Witches Market' where local women in traditional Cholita dress sell items said to ward off evil spirits.
The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance. The square still retains its colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace. La Paz is possibly the best place to experience a traditional pena show of Andean music and dance to local bands playing time-honored instruments such as zamponas (pipes) and charangos (the ukulele).
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of La Paz continues.
Summary of The Day: We travel across the border into Peru and on to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which at 3,855 meters above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. We'll arrive in time so you can visit the colorful local market.
Lake Titicaca - Puno
Summary of The Day: We depart Puno for our full day excursion on Lake Titicaca. We visit the floating Uros islands in the Bay of Puno, which are constructed by the islanders using reeds that grow in the shallow waters of the bay. You will get to meet the families who live on these islands, learning about their way of life and visiting their homes. You will also have the option to ride in a traditional reed boat before continuing our journey to the island of Taquile, a small island 45km offshore from Puno. It is well known for its tradition of intricate textiles and clothing knitted by the male locals. These textiles are regarded among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru, and you will learn about this important tradition by meeting and interacting with the islanders. You will then have the option to have a lunch made of local produce before returning to Puno.
Summary of The Day: We travel from Puno to Cusco, driving along roads abundant with herds of llamas, alpacas and vicunas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain) where our journey takes us past hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and through villages where the locals sell food, fur hats and alpaca sweaters. At the highest point, the La Raya pass at 4,321 meters, you can see the research station for high altitude animals. You will have the evening free to wander the beautiful porticos of Cusco.
Summary of The Day: A full day is spent visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas before staying the night with a local Peruvian family . Firstly we visit the Pisac ruins, perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the snow -capped mountains. We then go down to the famous traditional market of the same name, which is full of color and atmosphere. A great place for souvenirs! After lunch, we continue along the valley to the temple/fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.
- We spend the night in homestays.
Inca Trail Trek
Summary of The Day: The Inca were a highly organised civilization and created many Inca paths throughout the Andes in a network they called Qhapaq Nan. The most famous of all the paths is known simply as Camino Inca or The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the royal route to the remnants of the breathtaking mountaintop city of Machu Picchu. Spread over four days, the spectacular 44-kilometer Inca Trail Trek crosses three stunning high passes and encounters many ancient archaeological sites, culminating at the citadel of Machu Picchu. There are few treks in the world that combine natural beauty, history and mystery with such an awe-inspiring final destination.
The Inca Trail Trek can be demanding but can be completed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life - you certainly don’t need to be an athlete. Everyone is able to walk at their own pace and there is no rush to finish. The trekking group is led by an expert local guide and supported by a team of porters and cooks, leaving you with only a small day pack to carry. If you are in any doubt or if you have any condition that may affect your ability to trek, we advise that you consult your doctor. Before embarking on the Inca Trail Trek we will have a briefing to prepare for the next few days and an early departure the following morning.
The trek begins after a short bus journey and the first day is a relatively easy 4½ hour 13 kilometer walk.
- We spend the night in camping.
Due to a limited number of people being allowed on the trail a day, permits are limited and can sell out far in advance. If you wish to book the Inca Trail, please provide your passport details as soon as possible so that we can secure your permit. Without your passport details, we are unable to arrange your Inca Trail Trek. If you are not participating in the trek then you will visit Machu Picchu by train and have plenty of free time to enjoy the activities available in and around Cusco. Meals are not provided during the time spent in Cusco.
Inca Trail Trek
Summary of The Day: Today will be your biggest challenge as you reach the highest pass at Warmiwanusca! You will cover approximately nine kilometers in about 5-7 hours and after the high pass it's all down hill as the trail winds its way along old Inca stairs to our campsite.
- We spend the night in camping.
Inca Trail Trek
Summary of The Day: We pass the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, walking approximately 15 kilometers in seven hours.
- We spend the night in camping.
Summary of The Day: On the last morning of the Inca Trail Trek, after an overnight stop at Winay Wayna, you will rise early for the final walk to Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous Sun Gate. There will then be time to explore on your own or simply take in the magnificence of the place after your guided tour.
Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away. Due to their isolation many of the buildings are still quite intact and you can't help but admire Huayna Picchu, which towers above the ruins. After spending most of the day at Machu Picchu you have the chance to meander through the markets before enjoying a scenic train ride back to the Sacred Valley where our transfer to Cusco will be waiting.
Summary of The Day: After four days of trekking through the Andes you'll probably want some rest time and that's exactly what today is all about. The day is free for you to relax and unwind, or explore more of Cusco at your own pace.
The main square is called the Plaza de Armas and houses the Church of La Compania de Jesus on the other. If you're in the mood for a cultural experience, take a peek inside the city's Museo de Arte Religioso (Museum of Religious Art). Well worth exploring during your time here is the ancient archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, which has the largest and most impressive Inca stonework of all.
If that all sounds a bit much, the city boasts some great markets, the most well-known being San Pedro where all kinds of textiles and artisan merchandise are sold, and you can enjoy a fresh fruit juice made by one of the welcoming locals. Or you can simply enjoy wandering the cobbled streets, enjoy a cup of coca tea in a local cafe and soak up the friendly atmosphere.
Summary of The Day: We fly from Cusco to Peru's capital city, where you have the rest of the day to explore all of its sites and sounds. Lima was founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 after he eradicated the Incas and made the city his capital. Lima has many fine colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America including the Gold Museum, Museum of the Inquisition and the Catacombs below the San Francisco Church. Peru's capital has much to offer and many of the sights, including the city's two main squares the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, are within easy walking distance The Plaza de Armas houses the Cathedral, Municipal Palace and Presidential Palace where the changing of the guard can be seen every day at 12 noon. There are also many markets in Lima, possibly the best being in the central district.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Argentinian Winery
- Guided tour of the Valley of the Moon
- Entry to Laguna Colorada National Park
- Drive on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats
- Full day excursion on Lake Titicaca
- Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Permits for the guided Inca Trail Trek
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- 20 nights in hotels, 1 night in homestays, 3 nights camping
- 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
- Travel by 5 flights, 4WD, Public Bus, Boat, Private Vehicle, Train
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Tango show & dinner: USD 90.00/person
- Buenos Aires Hop on/hop off bus: USD 20.00/person
- White water rafting: from USD 40.00/person
- Wine & bike tour: USD 70.00/person
- Paragliding (Mendoza): USD 90.00/person
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: USD 1.00/person
- Museo Historico Nacional: USD 1.00/person
- Teatro Municipal: from USD 3.00-12.00/person
- Maipo region winery tours: USD 18.00-50.00/person
- The World's Most Dangerous Road Mountain Biking: USD 107.00/person
- Monastery and Catacombs guided tour: USD 3.00/person
- Paragliding (Lima): USD 60.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
- On arrival in Buenos Aires, we recommend you change enough money into the local currency (the Argentine peso) for the first four to five days of your tour. Change facilities are available in the airport, however they offer a much lower rate of exchange than you will find in the city. There are ATM facilities outside the main terminal buildings. If you can’t find an ATM, ask for ‘cajero automatico’ (cajero is pronounced ca-hair-o).
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
- Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all bookings.
- You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
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