Summary of The Day: There are no scheduled activities on the first day of the tour. On arrival please ask reception when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
At Santa Lucia Hill where the original fortress was constructed, there are excellent views of the city below. For even better photo opportunities, take the funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. At this very pleasant viewing area you'll find wine-tasting facilities and beautifully situated swimming pools. In the Plaza Constitucion at the Palacio de la Moneda you can see the changing of the guard on most days.
- Meeting point: Hotel Libertador, Avenida Libertador Bernado O’ Higgins 853, Santiago. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Hotel Libertador or similar
San Pedro de Atacama
Summary of The Day: We fly along the Pacific coast to the very north of Chile and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a picturesque town straight from the scene of a Western with its single-storey 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 enjoy a clear night during your stay, the starscape will most likely be the best you'll ever see.
San Pedro de Atacama - Valley of the Moon
Summary of The Day: Today we head into the desert, exploring the Valley of the Moon by 4WD. This area is famous for its salt-covered lunar landscapes, interesting rock formations, smoking geysers, salt flats and hot volcanic springs.
Summary of The Day: We'll continue north on our epic 4WD expedition 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. There we'll visit the Laguna Colorada, home to several varieties of flamingos who gather in the shallow waters of the beautiful crimson lagoon.
Summary of The Day: Continuing our exhilarating 4WD tour, we'll arrive at the legendary Salar de Uyuni. First on the agenda is a visit to the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives - a good place for artistic photographs. We will then come to Colchani, the main plant for the iodisation of salt and the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the salar. Here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes. The highlight of the day is Incahuasi Island (seasonal). Located in the center of the flats, this hilly outpost is covered in giant cacti amid a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles.
- Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become flooded; we may have to modify the itinerary if the flats are not safe to traverse.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Salar de Uyuni continues.
Summary of The Day: On Day 7 we'll take a plane from Uyuni to La Paz.
Nestled in a steep valley that protects its inhabitants from the harsh elements of the Altiplano, La Paz makes for a striking cityscape, with bare-brick houses and tall skyscrapers seemingly built on top of each other in front of a dramatic mountainous landscape. Our hotel is very centrally located, close to the city's colorful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and suitably named Witches Market, where women wearing bowler hats and flared skirts sell strange paraphernalia 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, where local bands play time-honored instruments such as zamponas (pipes) and charangos (similar to a ukulele).
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of La Paz continues.
La Paz - Puno
Summary of The Day: We'll travel by public bus across the border into Peru and on to Puno and the shores of Lake Titicaca, which, at 12,647 feet above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. We'll arrive in time so you can visit the colorful local market.
Puno - Lake Titicaca
Summary of The Day: In the morning we'll set out on our overnight excursion to Lake Titicaca. We'll first visit the floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno to see the Uros islanders way of life. There you may opt to ride in a traditional reed boat before continuing over the water to the island of Amantani.
Puno - Cusco
Summary of The Day: We'll travel from Puno to Cusco, drive along roads flanked by herds of llamas, alpacas and vicunas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain), where our journey will take us past hot mineral pools, snowcapped mountains and villages where locals sell fur hats and alpaca sweaters. At the highest point, the La Raya Pass at 14,176 feet above sea level, we'll visit the research station for high-altitude animals.
Cusco, which means 'navel of the earth' in the Inca language of Quechua, is home to a primarily indigenous population of around 300,000 and is centered around the Plaza de Armas, which is dominated by the Cathedral and La Compania de Jesus Church. Its cloistered arcades house many fine restaurants, bars and shops. Make the most of your free day in Cusco to explore its amazing churches, colonial buildings and picturesque streets, many of which have Inca walls, arches and doorways. On a hill overlooking the city stands the ceremonial fortress of Sacsayhuaman, where some of the most spectacular Inca walls can be found, including a massive 130 ton stone. There are also many optional excursions and activities available such as white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and canoeing on offer.
Summary of The Day: Today's itinerary is devoted to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First we'll visit the Pisac ruins, perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains, then go down to the traditional market of the same name, full of color and atmosphere, and a great place to buy a souvenir or two. After lunch, we'll continue along the valley to the temple-fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.
Summary of The Day: The Lost City of Machu Picchu was completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces whose crops sustained the entire population. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the ruins consist of palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away.
After a guided tour of the Lost City, you have the rest of the day is yours to explore the ruins or the local markets in Aguas Calientes. Then it's all aboard the train bound for Sacred Valley, where our transfer to Cusco will be waiting.
Summary of The Day: We'll fly from Cusco to Lima, where you will have the rest of the day to explore all the sights and sounds of the capital of Peru.
Lima was founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. 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 - Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin - are within easy walking distance. Plaza de Armas comprises the Cathedral, Municipal Palace, and Presidential Palace, where the changing of the guard can be seen every day at noon.
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 accommodations, you will have more time to explore the sights.
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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.
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Full day excursion on Lake Titicaca
- Salar de Uyuni salt flats
- Admission to Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna
- Guided tour of the Valley of the Moon
- 14-night hotel accommodations
- 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- 3 flights
- Travel by train, private vehicle, public bus, boat, 4WD
- English-speaking local guide
- 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): - Monastery and Catacombs guided tour: USD 3.00/person
- Paragliding: USD 60.00/person
- Magic water circuit park: USD 2.00/person plus taxi
- Cusco Visitor Pass: USD 45.00/person
- Salt Terraces Maras Moray: USD 30.00/person
- Massage: USD 25.00/hr/person
- Cusco city tour: USD 25.00/person
- The World's Most Dangerous Road Mountain Biking: USD 107.00/person
- Museo Historico Nacional: USD 1.00/person
- Teatro Municipal: USD 3.00-12.00/person
- Maipo region winery tour: USD 18.00-50.00/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, staying in small, locally-owned guesthouses and campsites along the Inca Trail.
- Maximum group size is 16 people.
- Detailed itineraries 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. 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 approximate and may vary depending on local conditions.
- On arrival in Santiago, we recommend you change enough money into the local currency (the Chilean peso) for the first four or five days of your trip. This is especially important if you are arriving on a Saturday night. As you come out of immigration you will find the bank right in front of you before you turn left into the baggage claim area. You may also use one of the ATM's outside the terminal.
- 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.
- 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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