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Rio To Lima Adventure - 3 (Inca Trail)

51 Days, Rio De Janeiro to Lima
Rio To Lima Adventure - 3 (Inca Trail)

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If you have the time and can't decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both - and pretty much everything in between - on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 50 nights accommodation (Simple hotels (37 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), very basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats crossing (2 nts, multi-share)).
  • 32 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, plane, train, hiking, ferry, 4X4).
  • Internal flights.
  • Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls.
  • Uyuni Salt Flats excursion.
  • Lake Titicaca excursion.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook.
  • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.
  • Colca Canyon excursion.
  • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca).
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD1295-1685 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande
Day 3 Ilha Grande
Day 4 Ilha Grande
Day 5 Ilha Grande/Paraty
Day 6 Paraty
Day 7 Paraty/Foz do Iguacu
Day 8 Foz do Iguacu
Day 9 Foz do Iguacu/Gualeguaychu
Day 10 Gualeguaychu/Mercedes
Day 11 Mercedes
Day 12 Mercedes/Montevideo
Day 13 Montevideo
Day 14 Montevideo/Colonia del Sacramento
Day 15 Colonia del Sacramento/Buenos Aires
Day 16 Buenos Aires
Day 17 Buenos Aires
Day 18 Buenos Aires/Salta
Day 19 Salta
Day 20 Salta/San Pedro de Atacama
Day 21 San Pedro de Atacama
Day 22 San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni
Day 23 Salar de Uyuni.
Day 24 Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni
Day 25 Salar de Uyuni/Potosi
Day 26 Potosi
Day 27 Potosi/Sucre
Day 28 Sucre
Day 29 Sucre/La Paz
Day 30 La Paz
Day 31 La Paz
Day 32 La Paz/Puno
Day 33 Puno/Isla Amantani
Day 34 Isla Amantani/Puno
Day 35 Puno/Cusco
Day 36 Cusco
Day 37 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 38 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Day 39 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp
Day 40 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna
Day 41 Winaywayna/Cusco
Day 42 Cusco
Day 43 Cusco/Arequipa
Day 44 Arequipa
Day 45 Arequipa/Chivay
Day 46 Chivay
Day 47 Chivay/Nazca
Day 48 Nazca
Day 49 Nazca/Paracas
Day 50 Paracas/Lima
Day 51 Depart Lima
Departures
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  • Jun
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  • Nov
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  • Dec
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Mon, 20 Nov '17
  • Tue, 09 Jan '18
  • Mon, 01 Jan '18
  • Tue, 20 Feb '18
  • Mon, 22 Jan '18
  • Tue, 13 Mar '18
  • Mon, 29 Jan '18
  • Tue, 20 Mar '18
  • Mon, 05 Feb '18
  • Tue, 27 Mar '18
  • Mon, 19 Mar '18
  • Tue, 08 May '18
  • Mon, 02 Apr '18
  • Tue, 22 May '18
  • Mon, 23 Apr '18
  • Tue, 12 Jun '18
  • Mon, 21 May '18
  • Tue, 10 Jul '18
  • Mon, 25 Jun '18
  • Tue, 14 Aug '18
  • Mon, 02 Jul '18
  • Tue, 21 Aug '18
  • Mon, 16 Jul '18
  • Tue, 04 Sep '18
  • Mon, 30 Jul '18
  • Tue, 18 Sep '18
  • Mon, 06 Aug '18
  • Tue, 25 Sep '18
  • Mon, 10 Sep '18
  • Tue, 30 Oct '18
  • Mon, 24 Sep '18
  • Tue, 13 Nov '18
  • Mon, 01 Oct '18
  • Tue, 20 Nov '18
  • Mon, 22 Oct '18
  • Tue, 11 Dec '18
  • Mon, 05 Nov '18
  • Tue, 25 Dec '18
  • Mon, 19 Nov '18
  • Tue, 08 Jan '19
  • Mon, 10 Dec '18
  • Tue, 29 Jan '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Rio De Janeiro
  • Ilha Grande
  • Paraty
  • Foz Do Iguacu
  • Onboard The Bus
  • Mercedes
  • Montevideo.
  • Colonia Del Sacramen
  • Buenos Aires
  • Salta
  • San Pedro De Atacama
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • Uyuni
  • Potosi
  • Sucre
  • La Paz
  • Puno
  • Isla Amantani
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllabamba Camp
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Winaywayna
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Nazca
  • Paracas
  • Lima
  • DAY 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro

    Arrive at any time.

    Enjoy your free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande

    Continue by van up the coast. Take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or relax on the beach.

    Head south along the Atlantic coast to the port of Angra dos Reis, and onward by ferry to Ilha Grande, with 100 beaches for you to choose from! Known for its beauty, the island offers other activities for visitors: surfing, hikes, diving, biking and snorkeling.

    Local bus
    Rio de Janeiro - Angra dos Reis 2h 30m-3h 30m 151km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    This drive can sometimes cause motion sickness.

    Ferry
    Angra dos Reis - Ilha Grande 1h 30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Optional Activities
    Surfing

    Ilha Grande 1h-8h
    30-80BRL per person
    Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches off Ilha Grande. Lopes Mendes is a good bet - shallow walk out and steady waves in a drop-dead gorgeous setting. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

    Snorkelling
    Ilha Grande
    Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. November through May is Ilha Grande's best time to snorkel. Hotspots include the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Abraazinho Beach. Luxuriate in the warm salt water, look down and, in some cases, see to a depth of 15m (50 ft).

    Biking
    Ilha Grande
    Fill your water bottle, rent a bike in Abraao Village and get ready to sweat. Peddle to Preta Beach to see the ruins of the Lazareto, initially a building to quarantine immigrants arriving from Europe, then converted to a prison which operated up until 1994. Follow the Cascade Path to the old Aqueduct (Aqueduto) and imagine it's 1893 and water is running along the stone structure to supply the Lazareto. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Ilha Grande

    Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

    Free Time
    Ilha Grande Full Day
    Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

    Optional Activities
    Surfing

    Ilha Grande 1h-8h
    30-80BRL per person
    Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches off Ilha Grande. Lopes Mendes is a good bet - shallow walk out and steady waves in a drop-dead gorgeous setting. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

    Diving
    Ilha Grande
    Explore one of the world's largest concentrations of underwater shipwrecks, many lost during pirate battles in the 16th-18th centuries in the waters off Ilha Grande. Dive to see the Pinguino cargo ship as well as the remains of a helicopter near Laja do Matariz. Discover massive underwater caves, swim with schools of tropical fish and admire the colours of corals and reefs, in the warm salt water where visibility varies from 6-20m (20-66 ft).

    Snorkelling
    Ilha Grande
    Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. November through May is Ilha Grande's best time to snorkel. Hotspots include the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Abraazinho Beach. Luxuriate in the warm salt water, look down and, in some cases, see to a depth of 15m (50 ft).

    Ilha Grande Boat Excursion
    Ilha Grande 4h-5h
    40BRL per person
    From the main village of Vila do Abraao, take a boat tour to some of the best beaches around the island. See tropical fish and cool off in the salt spray of the turquoise waters. Stop to swim and snorkel and pinch yourself for being lucky enough to partake in this tropical piece of paradise. Enjoy the scenery while drinking a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink.

    Lopez Mendez Hike
    Ilha Grande 2h30m-4h
    Grab your bathing suit, slip on your walking shoes and take the hike from Abraao to the beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez. Follow a well-marked trail up and down, through forest and past other beaches. Eat Jack fruit picked along the way. Drink water from a natural spring. Listen to howler monkeys. After 2.5-3 hrs, arrive at the stunning Lopez Mendez beach, where the white powder sand squeaks under foot and the rolling green hills provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise water.

    Hike to Pico do Papagaio
    Ilha Grande 6h-7h
    60BRL per person
    Enjoy a guided hike from Abraao to Pico do Papagaio, soaking in the scenery along the way. It will take roughly 4 hours to hike up and about 2 hr to hike back down. The 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Ilha Grande

    Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

    Free Time
    Ilha Grande Full Day
    Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

    Optional Activities
    Surfing

    Ilha Grande 1h-8h
    30-80BRL per person
    Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches off Ilha Grande. Lopes Mendes is a good bet - shallow walk out and steady waves in a drop-dead gorgeous setting. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

    Diving
    Ilha Grande
    Explore one of the world's largest concentrations of underwater shipwrecks, many lost during pirate battles in the 16th-18th centuries in the waters off Ilha Grande. Dive to see the Pinguino cargo ship as well as the remains of a helicopter near Laja do Matariz. Discover massive underwater caves, swim with schools of tropical fish and admire the colours of corals and reefs, in the warm salt water where visibility varies from 6-20m (20-66 ft).

    Snorkelling
    Ilha Grande
    Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. November through May is Ilha Grande's best time to snorkel. Hotspots include the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Abraazinho Beach. Luxuriate in the warm salt water, look down and, in some cases, see to a depth of 15m (50 ft).

    Ilha Grande Boat Excursion
    Ilha Grande 4h-5h
    40BRL per person
    From the main village of Vila do Abraao, take a boat tour to some of the best beaches around the island. See tropical fish and cool off in the salt spray of the turquoise waters. Stop to swim and snorkel and pinch yourself for being lucky enough to partake in this tropical piece of paradise. Enjoy the scenery while drinking a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink.

    Lopez Mendez Hike
    Ilha Grande 2h 30m-4h
    Grab your bathing suit, slip on your walking shoes and take the hike from Abraao to the beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez. Follow a well-marked trail up and down, through forest and past other beaches. Eat Jack fruit picked along the way. Drink water from a natural spring. Listen to howler monkeys. After 2.5-3 hrs, arrive at the stunning Lopez Mendez beach, where the white powder sand squeaks under foot and the rolling green hills provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise water.

    Hike to Pico do Papagaio
    Ilha Grande 6h-7h
    60BRL per person
    Enjoy a guided hike from Abraao to Pico do Papagaio, soaking in the scenery along the way. It will take roughly 4 hours to hike up and about 2 hr to hike back down. The 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Ilha Grande/Paraty

    Explore colonial Paraty, and opt to chill on the beach or visit a cachaca distillery.

    Ferry
    Ilha Grande - Angra dos Reis 1h 30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Local bus
    Angra dos Reis - Paraty 1h 30m-2h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Optional Activities
    Cachaca Distillery Visit

    Paraty
    90BRL per person
    Tour a cachaca distillery where sugarcane juice is used to create the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. If it tastes familiar, that's because it's the main ingredient in a Caipirinha, the country's national cocktail. Often called "Brazilian rum," cachaca is so popular, it's produced by 40,000 micro-companies across the country. The blend from Paraty is sweet and salty; taste the sea as you sip this local liquid. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Paraty

    Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or take an optional boat tour to nearby islands.

    Free Time
    Paraty Full Day
    Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or enjoy a range of optional activities.

    Optional Activities
    Cachaca Distillery Visit

    Paraty
    90BRL per person
    Tour a Cachaca distillery where sugarcane juice is used to create the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. If it tastes familiar, that's because it's the main ingredient in a Caipirinha, the country's national cocktail. Often called "Brazilian rum," Cachaca is so popular, it's produced by 40,000 micro-companies across the country. The blend from Paraty is sweet and salty; taste the sea as you sip this local liquid.

    Paraty Bay Boat Tour
    Paraty
    Explore some of Paraty's 65 islands and hundreds of beaches on a schooner tour.

    Swimming
    Paraty
    Free
    Grab your bathing suit and towel, sturdy walking shoes and lots of sunscreen (the sun is intense here) and head to one of the many beaches and fishing villages found in quiet bays near Paraty. Most are accessible by local bus or taxi or boat shuttle.

    Hiking
    Paraty
    Choose from one of many options to explore the trails around Paraty. Step back in time along the Gold Trail (Caminho do Ouro), built by African slaves in the 18th Century, and imagine the difficulty of carrying gold from Brazil's interior to Paraty's port and then Portugal. Opt for other hikes (2-3 hrs) through Atlantic rainforest and ending at gorgeous beaches and fishing villages. Remember to bring lots of water!

    Horseback Riding
    Paraty 3h-6h
    120-150BRL per person
    Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the Atlantic rainforest in the mountains around Paraty. Cross rivers and follow trails lined with tropical trees. Reach a lookout and see the village and the water below. Stop at a waterfall and jump in! Let the rushing water massage your muscles then hop back on the horses and gallop home.

    Diving
    Paraty
    Brazil is a diver's paradise. Its waters include a rich variety of fish, mammals, kelp and coral. Spot brilliantly coloured fish accented against the white sand ocean floor. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea turtles and nurse sharks. Paraty boasts at least 10 locations recommended for SCUBA diving. Explore the waters off islands with exotic names - Cocos, Meros, Deserta - and add an unforgettable underwater adventure to your list of most memorable moments.

    4x4 Tour
    Paraty 6h-7h 30m
    90BRL per person
    Hop in the back of a jeep and hang on for this tropical tour. Enter the Serra da Bocaina National Park, visit waterfalls (great for photos and swimming), and step back in time along the Gold Trail road, constructed by African slaves to transport gold mined inland and transported to Paraty port bound for Portugal.

    Caipirinha Boat Tour
    Paraty
    80BRL per person
    Cruise Paraty Bay with a Caipirinha cocktail in one hand and your camera in the other. Brazil's national cocktail, made from muddled lime, sugar and locally distilled Cachaca, provides a perfect accompaniment to this marine adventure. Leave the cobblestone streets behind and watch the sun dance on the turquoise waters. Stop to snorkel at secluded beaches. Explore the many islands and escape.

    Snorkelling
    Paraty
    Book a special boat trip or simply rent a mask and fins and float in the waters near Paraty. Ask your CEO for the best snorkel sites. Ilha Comprida is known locally as "nature's aquarium"; the waters are filled with fish. Other spots include Trinidade and Sao Goncalo. Bring an underwater camera if you've got one. You don't want to miss this opportunity to document the aquatic life teeming in these clear turquoise waters. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Paraty/Foz do Iguacu

    Skip the bus ride and hop a flight to Iguassu.

    Skip the 19-hour journey by land and fly to Foz do Iguacu.

    Private Vehicle
    Paraty - Sao Paulo 5h-6h Morning 314km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. This drive can sometimes cause motion sickness.

    Plane
    Sao Paulo - Foz do Iguacu 1h30m 1000km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Foz do Iguacu

    Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls.

    Iguassu Falls Guided Tour
    Foz do Iguacu 2h 30m-3h 30m
    Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguassu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Foz do Iguacu/Gualeguaychu

    Visit the Argentine side of the falls, and opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below. Hop on an overnight bus to Uruguay.

    If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, today's the day! Your CEO will give you the details about timing and what to bring.

    Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
    Foz do Iguacu - Puerto Iguazu
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Iguassu Falls Visit
    Puerto Iguazu
    Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilize trails and catwalks adapted to the landscape of the area, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.

    Overnight bus
    Puerto Iguazu - Gualeguaychu 15h 1100km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
    For a comfy trip remember to bring snacks, water, toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

    Optional Activities
    Iguassu Falls Boat Tour

    Puerto Iguazu 1h-2h
    520ARS per person
    Enter the jungle from the "Sendero Yacaratia" and enjoy the panoramic view. Board motorboats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River, and continue onto the falls. After enjoying the view from San Martin Island, sail to "Tres Mosqueteros" to the "Devil's Throat." Sail along the shore before and enjoy the splendour of the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Gualeguaychu/Mercedes

    Dive into Uruguayan rural life. Get dirty at a working ranch, head for hikes, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

    We cross into Uruguay for our first stop - a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.

    We spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, participate in some of the farming activities, go for a walk, or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in the local Uruguayan life.

    Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)
    Fray Bentos - Gualeguaychu
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Private Vehicle
    Gualeguaychu - Mercedes 4h250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Estancia Stay
    Colonia La Concordia
    Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get dusty at a working ranch, go for a horseback ride or hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

    Free Time
    Mercedes Afternoon
    Free time to breathe in the country air, hike, horseback ride or kick back and relax. (Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 11 Mercedes

    Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia.

    Estancia Stay
    Colonia La Concordia
    Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get dusty at a working ranch, go for a horseback ride or hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

    Free Time
    Colonia La Concordia Full Day
    Participate in as much or as little as you'd like at the estancia. Dive in or put your feet up. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Mercedes/Montevideo

    In Uruguay's capital, opt to visit the carnival museum and grab a snack at the local Port Market.

    Explore Uruguay's capital, Montevideo--the country's largest city.

    Local bus
    Colonia La Concordia - Montevideo 4h 250km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Montevideo Afternoon
    Enjoy some free time to explore Montevideo and its surroundings.

    Optional Activities
    Port Market

    Montevideo
    Meat. Meat. Meat. Oh, and you'll also find fruits and vegetables, leather goods, spices and souvenirs. Inaugurated in 1868, the historic Port Market comes alive at mealtimes with the smoky smells of grilled steak, chorizo, pork and chicken. Bring an appetite and savour the sights and tastes of this meeting place in Montevideo. Outside, enjoy the rhythms of the Afro-Uruguayan "candombe" drums and dance along if you dare.

    Museo del Carnaval
    Montevideo
    100UYU per person
    Step inside the Carnival Museum and learn the history behind Montevideo's 40-day celebration filled with costumes, masks, music and more. Located near the port market, colourful exhibits trace the evolution of this festival from the 18th Century masters who allowed their slaves one day to celebrate their African culture. Candome music - merging African and Uruguayan drum rhythms - is one result.

    Estadio Centenario Visit
    Montevideo
    150UYU per person
    Pull on your jersey and don your cleats to channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium. Built to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and to commemorate the country's first constitution, it continues to host Uruguay's national team (who maintain a winning record against visiting European players). A parade of pop stars, including Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias and Luciano Pavarotti have also performed here. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Montevideo

    Free day in Montevideo, opt to explore the city, hop on a bike to explore the coast, or take a day-trip to glamorous Punta del Este.
    Free Time
    Montevideo Full Day
    Free day in Montevideo, opt to explore the city, hop on a bike to explore the coast, or take a day-trip to glamorous Punta del Este.

    Optional Activities
    Cycle the Coast

    Montevideo
    550UYU per person
    Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla. This 22km (13.6 m) long avenue runs along the water and is great for cycling, running and enjoying the views. Head east from Punta Carretas to the city's scenic suburbs. Bring water and snacks, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the journey.

    Estadio Centenario Visit
    Montevideo
    150UYU per person
    Pull on your jersey and don your cleats to channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium. Built to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and to commemorate the country's first constitution, it continues to host Uruguay's national team (who maintain a winning record against visiting European players). A parade of pop stars, including Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias and Luciano Pavarotti have also performed here.

    Day Trip to Punta del Este
    Punta del Este
    Take a two hour road trip to Punta del Este, South America's "Monaco". Visit upscale neighbourhoods to see colourful homes and gorgeous gardens. Head to Playa Brava, watch surfers and take photos of the famous "Fingers" sculpture which shows a giant hand protruding from the sand. Check out Playa Mansa on the calm side of the peninsula, then visit Casa Pueblo, a Mediterranean-styled villa, museum and art gallery designed by local painter/sculptor Carlos Paez Vilaro.

    Museo del Carnaval
    Montevideo
    100UYU per person
    Step inside the Carnival Museum and learn the history behind Montevideo's 40-day celebration filled with costumes, masks, music and more. Located near the port market, colourful exhibits trace the evolution of this festival from the 18th Century masters who allowed their slaves one day to celebrate their African culture. Candome music - merging African and Uruguayan drum rhythms - is one result.

    Port Market
    Montevideo
    Meat. Meat. Meat. Oh, and you'll also find fruits and vegetables, leather goods, spices and souvenirs. Inaugurated in 1868, the historic Port Market comes alive at mealtimes with the smoky smells of grilled steak, chorizo, pork and chicken. Bring an appetite and savour the sights and tastes of this meeting place in Montevideo. Outside, enjoy the rhythms of the Afro-Uruguayan "candombe" drums and dance along if you dare. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Montevideo/Colonia del Sacramento

    Travel to the charming colonial city of Colonia Del Sacramento. Experience the relaxed, pleasant Uruguayan culture and stroll down its cobble-stoned streets on an orientation walk.

    Accommodation in Colonia may be multi-share during high season.

    Local bus
    Montevideo - Colonia del Sacramento 2h 30m-3h 177km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Colonia La Concordia
    Get out and explore quaint Colonia.

    Optional Activities
    Golf Cart Rental

    Colonia La Concordia
    18USD per person
    Rent golf cart and jostle your way around the Old Town in Colonia. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Colonia del Sacramento/Buenos Aires

    Cross the Rio Plata and explore the many attractions of Buenos Aires. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

    Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry to reach Buenos Aires. There is much to do in this vibrant metropolis, with plenty of museums, theatres, and historical areas. Buenos Aires is full of life. Be sure to check out the districts of La Boca, Recoleta and San Telmo-or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerias or tango houses. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets.

    When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Buenos Aires is also your chance to try the succulent bife and parrilladas, so dig in and enjoy!

    Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)
    1h 30m
    Board the ferry for the one-hour crossing of the Mar del Plata River from Uruguay to Argentina. Buenos Aires here you come!

    Ferry
    Colonia del Sacramento - Buenos Aires 1h
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 16 Buenos Aires

    Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

    Get out and explore. Consider visiting the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerias. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets.

    Free Time
    Buenos Aires Full Day
    Free time to explore the many attractions.

    Optional Activities
    Buenos Aires Guided City Tour

    Buenos Aires
    Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

    Tango Dinner Show
    Buenos Aires
    650ARS per person
    Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 17 Buenos Aires

    Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

    Get out and explore. Consider visiting the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerias. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets.

    Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

    Free Time
    Buenos Aires
    Get out and explore!

    Optional Activities
    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

    Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
    Buenos Aires
    Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

    Tango Dinner Show
    Buenos Aires
    650ARS per person
    Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 18 Buenos Aires/Salta

    Skip a long overnight bus ride with an included flight to Salta.

    Head to Salta, choosing a flight over a long bus ride. Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina, is home to Empanadas Saltenas - a delicious local specialty. No visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try.
    Plane
    Buenos Aires - Salta 5h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 19 Salta

    Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.

    Enjoy free time to explore the area. The scenic Quebrada de las Conchas and Cafayate, famed for its wine and vineyards, are recommended stops. The multi-coloured valleys in the foothills region of the Andes are sure to be a highlight.

    Free Time
    Salta
    Get out and explore scenic Salta and surrounds.

    Optional Activities
    Cafayate Full Day Tour

    Salta
    300ARS per person
    Travel along beautiful valleys and stop by the Quebrada de las Conchas, a beautiful red rock gorge with unique shapes eroded into its walls by wind and water. Continue on to the town of Cafayate, home to several vineyards and wineries that produce the torrontes grape. Be sure to sample some of this white wine that is produced at remarkably high altitudes. Salud!

    Quebrada de las Conchas
    Salta
    Wind your way through valleys to the impressive layered red rock walls of the Quebrada de las Conchas, carved into high walls over time by the Las Conchas River. This is a spectacular sight, so be sure to take a few photos.

    High Mountain Arqueological Museum
    Salta
    Free
    The High Mountain Arqueological Museum offers a peek into Inca culture in the Andes, with a focus on child sacrifices. The mummified remains of one such sacrifice is on display in the museum. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 20 Salta/San Pedro de Atacama

    Travel over the border and into Chile.

    In the morning, take a bus further north to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile. Stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

    Local bus
    Salta - San Pedro de Atacama 10h-11h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    This route is serviced by a day bus six days a week and an overnight bus one day a week. The majority of our departures fall on days with a day bus, but on select departures, we will be using the overnight bus on this route.

    Border Crossing (Argentina - Chile)
    Paso de Jama - San Pedro de Atacama
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 San Pedro de Atacama

    Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

    Optional Activities
    Sandboarding

    San Pedro de Atacama
    17000CLP per person
    Hit the dunes and experience the rush of surfing down.

    Mountain Biking
    San Pedro de Atacama1h-8h
    1500-5000CLP per person
    Work up a sweat while exploring this scenic destination on the seat of a mountain bike.

    Horseback Riding
    San Pedro de Atacama
    Saddle up and head out on horseback for a new perspective on this scenic destination.

    Valley of the Moon Visit
    San Pedro de Atacama
    10000CLP per person
    The sunset brings out a variety of colours over this majestic valley that experts say is the area on Earth that most closely resembles moon's surface. Explore the incredible formations created by wind and rain over millennia in this unique location between the Andes mountains and one of the world's driest deserts. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 22 San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni

    Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert Altiplano with spectacular scenery. Stay in simple hotels upgraded with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water.

    Groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos.

    Note: During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.

    We offer unique accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

    Local bus
    San Pedro de Atacama - Ollague 1h 30m-2h 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Chile - Bolivia)
    Ollague - Estacion Avaroa
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    4x4
    Estacion Avaroa - Salar de Uyuni 1h
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Salt Flats Excursion
    Salar de Uyuni
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 23 Salar de Uyuni.

    Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

    Salt Flats Excursion
    Salar de Uyuni
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 24 Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni

    Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

    Salt Flats Excursion
    Salar de Uyuni
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 25 Salar de Uyuni/Potosi

    Visit one of the highest cities in the world.

    Private Vehicle
    Uyuni - Potosi 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 26 Potosi

    Get out and explore Potosi. Opt to tour a working mine.

    Free Time
    Potosi Full Day
    Get out there and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Silver Mine Tour

    Potosi
    Take the opportunity to visit a working silver mine and learn more about the process of extraction and dangerous working conditions faced by as much as half of the people who live and mine in Potosi. Bring a bandana and wear protective gear (boots, helmet and headlamp) as you head deep into the bowels of Cerro Rico (Rich Hill"). (Breakfast)

  • DAY 27 Potosi/Sucre

    Travel north, and opt to visit nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or go hiking or mountain biking.

    Travel north to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during our two days here. Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, a visit to an old tin baron's mansion and a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking.

    Private Vehicle
    Potosi - Sucre 2h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Sucre
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.

    Dinosaur Tracks Excursion
    Sucre
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck'o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.

    Textile Cooperative Visit
    Sucre
    Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 28 Sucre

    Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

    Free Time
    Sucre
    Get out and explore beautiful, tranquil Sucre.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Sucre
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.

    Dinosaur Tracks Excursion
    Sucre
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck'o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.

    Textile Cooperative Visit
    Sucre
    Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 29 Sucre/La Paz

    Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.

    Free Time
    Sucre Full Day
    Do as much or as little as you'd like during a final day in beautiful Sucre.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Sucre
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.

    Dinosaur Tracks Excursion
    Sucre
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck'o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.

    Textile Cooperative Visit
    Sucre
    Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views!

    Overnight bus
    Sucre - La Paz 12h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 30 La Paz

    Enjoy free time to explore the markets and winding streets of this high altitude city.

    Wake up from the overnight bus ride, get settled, and have the day to check out the city of La Paz.

    Optional activities in La Paz include museum visits, a tour of the Valley of the Moon, or a visit to the world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya (5600m/18,368 ft).

    Free Time
    La Paz Full Day
    Get out and explore this high altitude city.

    Optional Activities
    Chacaltaya Visit

    Chacaltaya
    Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.

    Valley of the Moon Tour
    La Paz
    Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 31 La Paz

    Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches' Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.

    Optional Activities
    Valley of the Moon Tour

    La Paz
    Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

    Witches' Market Visit
    La Paz
    Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.

    Tiahuanaco Ruins Visit
    Tiahuanaco
    Enjoy a visit to this spectacular pre-Colombian archaeological site. It was the capital of an empire that extended into Peru and Chile from 300 to 1000 AD. Check out the fantastic buildings, architecture, sculptures and carvings firsthand and get a taste of an era long gone.

    Chacaltaya Visit
    Chacaltaya
    Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.

    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 32 La Paz/Puno

    Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    The drive around Lake Titicaca and through the Altiplano from La Paz to Peru is impressive.

    Local bus
    La Paz - Copacabana 2h 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru)
    Copacabana - Yunguyo
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Yunguyo - Puno 3h 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 33 Puno/Isla Amantani

    Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

    In the morning, board a boat on Lake Titicaca. Head to Taquile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and the chance for some shopping in the local weaving cooperatives.

    After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

    Split into smaller groups for the night and split into family homes to experience their style of living firsthand.

    Boat
    Puno - Isla Amantani 3h
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
    Lago Titicaca
    Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquilenos are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, visit Amantani for an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the island.

    Lake Titicaca Homestay
    Lago Titicaca
    Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 34 Isla Amantani/Puno

    Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

    Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
    Lago Titicaca
    Spend the morning with the homestay families on Amantani, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

    Free Time
    Puno
    Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.

    Optional Activities
    Sillustani Burial Towers Tour

    Puno
    Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno - their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 35 Puno/Cusco

    Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.

    Local bus
    Puno - Cusco 7h 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 36 Cusco

    Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

    If you have pre-booked the Peru Adrenaline Bundle, the CEO will give you details about each activity throughout the tour. Today is likely the day for the full-day rafting excursion.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    Cusco City Tour

    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    Horseback Riding
    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Cusco Cathedral Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral; its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    La Compania Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful church famous for its architecture and considered one of the best examples of colonial Baroque style in the Americas. Admire its stone facade and beautiful wood and gold leaf altar.

    La Merced Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this historic church and convent, first built in 1536 and rebuilt in 1675 (it was destroyed in the 1650 earthquake). Take in the wonderful architecture here, including Baroque Renaissance cloisters and beautiful wood carvings. There's also an ornate monstrance on display; made of gold and covered with gemstones, it's a must see.

    San Francisco Visit
    Cusco
    This charming colonial era church is named after Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who built it in 1572. The church, like many around it, was damaged in the earthquake of 1650 and had to be restored. Admire the beautiful stone masonry here.

    Coricancha and Santo Domingo Visit
    Cusco
    Explore magnificent Corincancha, once the Incan Empire's richest temple and the main ruin site within the city of Cusco. This ruin forms the foundation of the colonial church of Santo Domingo and provides a fantastic glimpse into ancient history as well as a cross section of religion and architecture.

    Archaeological Museum Visit
    Cusco
    Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this wonderful museum. Photos are not allowed here, so make sure to take pictures in your mind. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 37 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

    Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and your first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 2h 30m 95km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

    Ollantaytambo
    Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

    Sacred Valley Tour
    Ollantaytambo
    Opt to add a Sacred Valley tour, which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create through Planeterra Foundation in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 38 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

    Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

    Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

    A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Inca Trail KM 82 - Wayllabamba Camp 5h-6h 11km
    Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail. The trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views; it's just a taste of what's to come. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 39 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

    Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwanusca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Wayllabamba Camp - Paqaymayo Camp 6h-7h 12km
    Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwanusca (aka Dead Woman's Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way - amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 40 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna

    Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

    At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Winay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

    Hike Inca Trail
    Paqaymayo Camp - Winaywayna 9h 16km
    Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Winay Wayna ruins. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 41 Winaywayna/Cusco

    The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint.

    Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

    Hike Inca Trail
    Winaywayna - Machu Picchu 1h 30m 4km
    Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25-min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu 1h30m-2h
    Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h 30m 118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 42 Cusco

    Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

    If you have pre-booked the Peru Adrenaline Bundle, the CEO will give you details about each activity throughout the tour. Today is likely the day for the half-day horseback riding excursion.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    Horseback Riding
    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 43 Cusco/Arequipa

    Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Overnight bus
    Cusco - Arequipa 10h 520km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 44 Arequipa

    Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.

    Those with an interest in history and architecture may take an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

    For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the "Picanterias" is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Full Day
    Make the most of your time here.

    Optional Activities
    Arequipa City Tour

    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."

    Santa Catalina Monastery Visit
    Arequipa
    Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudejar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 45 Arequipa/Chivay

    Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.

    Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at "miradors" (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, spot Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that may be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna.

    Private Vehicle
    Arequipa - Colca Canyon 4h 30m-5h 165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 46 Chivay

    Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Free afternoon to unwind in the hot springs.

    Get an early start to be on the look out for the condors flying. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon7h
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Free Time
    Chivay Afternoon
    Sit back, relax, and enjoy a free afternoon.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 47 Chivay/Nazca

    Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

    Private Vehicle
    Chivay - Arequipa 4h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Overnight bus
    Arequipa - Nazca 9h 560km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Afternoon
    Enjoy a final afternoon in Arequipa. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 48 Nazca

    Optional flight over the Nazca Lines.

    Travel north to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Very little can be seen from the ground. The best view is from a light aircraft, which can easily be arranged.

    Free Time
    Nazca
    Enjoy some free time during the day.

    Optional Activities
    Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour

    Nazca
    80PEN per person
    See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot 1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

    Flight over Nazca Lines
    Nazca
    105USD per person
    Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines - who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar. (Dinner)

  • DAY 49 Nazca/Paracas

    Transfer to Paracas with a stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

    Leave Nazca and stop at the Huacachina Oasis for some optional sandboarding. Continue to visit an artisanal winery to sample some local pisco and wine. Paracas is located one hour further.

    Private Vehicle
    Nazca - Ica 3h140km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Huacachina Oasis visit
    Huacachina
    Stop by this beautiful oasis and opt to try your hand at the favourite local sport: sandboarding. The oasis is also a great place to walk around and explore.

    Huacachina Winery Visit
    Huacachina
    Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.

    Private Vehicle
    Ica - Paracas 1h70km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Sandboarding in Ica

    Ica 45m-1h
    40PEN per person
    Drive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 50 Paracas/Lima

    Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands in the morning before travelling to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a Pisco Sour.

    Optional Activities
    Ballestas Islands Trip

    Las Ballestas
    Get ready to do some amazing wildlife watching on this trip to Ballestas Islands (aka Lima's Little Galapagos) on the Peruvian Coast. Spot playful sea lions, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, and more than 200 sea birds. Be sure to bring a camera to capture some amazing pics.

    Minibus
    Paracas - Pisco 30m
    It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure.

    Local bus
    Pisco - Lima 4h 250km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 51 Depart Lima

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD1295-1685 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 18 passengers, at an average there are 14 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address: http://www.gadventures.com/inca-advisory.php

  10. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

  11. Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

  12. Please note that this tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours. As such, your group CEO, fellow passengers, or vehicle may change between the individual tour sections.

  13. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.
    If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail and $35 per person for the Lares Trek.

  14. Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Theme Packs! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Theme Packs must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.


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