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SOUTHERN CROSS WESTBOUND - RIO TO LIMA - 1 (INCA TRAIL)

39 Days, Rio De Janeiro to Lima
SOUTHERN CROSS WESTBOUND - RIO TO LIMA - 1 (INCA TRAIL)

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From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • Hotels (26 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), overnight trains (2 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share
  • 35 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, hiking).
  • Internal flights.
  • Beach time on Ilha Grande. Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina).
  • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2-day).
  • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3-day).
  • Tiahuanaco Ruins Visit
  • Floating islands of Uros visit.
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour.
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day).
  • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village.
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4-day).
  • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on 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 USD1170-1525 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/Paraty
Day 5 Paraty
Day 6 Paraty
Day 7 Paraty/Foz do Iguacu
Day 8 Foz do Iguacu
Day 9 Foz do Iguacu/Bonito
Day 10 Bonito
Day 11 Bonito
Day 12 Bonito/Pantanal
Day 13 Pantanal
Day 14 Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Day 15 Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Day 16 Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Sucre
Day 17 Sucre
Day 18 Sucre
Day 19 Sucre/Potosi
Day 20 Potosi/ Uyuni
Day 21 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni
Day 22 Salar de Uyuni
Day 23 Salar de Uyuni/La Paz
Day 24 La Paz
Day 25 La Paz
Day 26 La Paz
Day 27 La Paz/Puno
Day 28 Puno/Isla Amantani
Day 29 Isla Amantani/Puno
Day 30 Puno/Cusco
Day 31 Cusco
Day 32 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 33 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Day 34 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp
Day 35 Paqaymayo Camp/Winaywayna
Day 36 Winaywayna/Cusco
Day 37 Cusco
Day 38 Cusco/Lima
Day 39 Depart Lima
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Tue, 21 Nov '17
  • Fri, 29 Dec '17
  • Tue, 05 Dec '17
  • Fri, 12 Jan '18
  • Tue, 12 Dec '17
  • Fri, 19 Jan '18
  • Fri, 23 Feb '18
  • Mon, 02 Apr '18
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  • Mon, 09 Apr '18
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  • Mon, 16 Apr '18
  • Fri, 30 Mar '18
  • Mon, 07 May '18
  • Fri, 27 Apr '18
  • Mon, 04 Jun '18
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  • Mon, 09 Jul '18
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  • Fri, 27 Jul '18
  • Mon, 03 Sep '18
  • Fri, 03 Aug '18
  • Mon, 10 Sep '18
  • Fri, 10 Aug '18
  • Mon, 17 Sep '18
  • Fri, 24 Aug '18
  • Mon, 01 Oct '18
  • Fri, 07 Sep '18
  • Mon, 15 Oct '18
  • Fri, 21 Sep '18
  • Mon, 29 Oct '18
  • Fri, 05 Oct '18
  • Mon, 12 Nov '18
  • Fri, 19 Oct '18
  • Mon, 26 Nov '18
  • Fri, 26 Oct '18
  • Mon, 03 Dec '18
  • Fri, 09 Nov '18
  • Mon, 17 Dec '18
  • Fri, 16 Nov '18
  • Mon, 24 Dec '18
  • Fri, 04 Jan '19
  • Mon, 11 Feb '19
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Places Visited
  • Rio De Janeiro
  • Ilha Grande
  • Paraty
  • Foz Do Iguacu
  • On Board The Bus
  • Bonito
  • Pantanal
  • Onboard The Train
  • Santa Cruz De La Sierra
  • Sucre
  • Potosi
  • Uyuni
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • La Paz
  • Puno
  • Isla Amantani
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Wayllabamba Camp
  • Paqaymayo Camp
  • Winaywayna
  • Lima
  • DAY 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 19:00
    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

    Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches.

    From Rio, head south along the Atlantic coast to one of the most picturesque, laid-back islands on the coast, llha Grande. Relax and walk the sandy beaches, or bathe in the warm waters of this island paradise.

    Local bus
    Rio de Janeiro - Angra dos Reis 3h30m 87km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

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

    Free Time
    Ilha Grande Afternoon
    Explore this piece of paradise any way you wish. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Ilha Grande

    Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande.

    Free Time
    Ilha Grande Full Day
    Get out and make the most of your time here.

    Optional Activities
    HIking

    Ilha Grande
    Take advantage of one of the many trails on the island. Follow in the footsteps of indigenous settlers, pirates, farmers, and now travellers as you hike beneath palms and tropical forest, through fresh water springs and end up at your own secluded beach. Ask about the trails to Aventuiro Beach, Caxadaca, Praia do Sul, Saco do Ceu, Freguidia de Santana, Lagoa Verde, and praia da Longa.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Ilha Grande/Paraty

    Continue by bus to the colonial city of Paraty.

    Head down the beautiful Costa Verde to the colonial town of Paraty. Spend the afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets and cafes.

    Ferry
    Ilha Grande - Angra dos Reis 1h30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Local bus
    Angra dos Reis - Paraty 2h 100km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Paraty Afternoon
    Get out and explore. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Paraty

    Enjoy two free days to explore by choosing to go snorkelling or visit a typical fazenda (farm). Opt for a cachaca distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.

    Free Time
    Paraty Full Day
    With so much to see and do, get going.

    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.

    Snorkelling
    Slather on the sunscreen and head out into the tantalizing waters. Float effortlessly in the clear warm water and look for schools of fish, coral, sponges and more. Spot a sea turtle in the sea grass. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Paraty

    Enjoy two free days to explore by choosing to go snorkelling or visit a typical fazenda (farm). Opt for a cachaca distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.

    Free Time
    Paraty Full Day
    With so much to see and do, get going.

    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.

    Snorkelling
    Slather on the sunscreen and head out into the tantalizing waters. Float effortlessly in the clear warm water and look for schools of fish, coral, sponges and more. Spot a sea turtle in the sea grass. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Paraty/Foz do Iguacu

    Transfer to Sao Paulo and then fly to the Iguassu Falls area. Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, with an optional boat ride near the base of the falls.

    Drive to Sao Paulo for a flight to the magnificent Foz do Iguacu, or Iguassu Falls, which border Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

    In order to see the falls properly you need to view them from both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides. The Brazilian side offers the grand overview, and the Argentine side a closer look.

    Sit back and soak in the stunning beauty and raw power that is Iguassu, or take an optional boat tour directly into the spray of the falls.

    Private Vehicle
    Paraty - Sao Paulo 4h30m-5h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Plane
    Sao Paulo - Foz do Iguacu 1h 45m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Foz do Iguacu

    Cross the border to explore the Argentine side of Iguassu. Opt for a boat ride at the base of the falls.

    Cross the border to Argentina for a new perspective of the falls. With an extensive series of catwalks and optional boat rides to the base of the falls, there's plenty to do before returning to the Brazilian side for the night.

    If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, you will do it today on the Argentine side of the falls.

    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.

    Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
    Puerto Iguazu - Foz do Iguacu 1h30m-3h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Foz do Iguacu/Bonito

    Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu. Continue by bus to Bonito.

    Visit the Brazilian side of the falls and have a free afternoon to visit the bird park, home to species such as the Hyacinth macaw and toucans. In the afternoon, board an overnight bus to travel to Bonito.

    Iguassu Falls Guided Tour
    Foz do Iguacu 2h30m-3h30m Morning
    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.

    Overnight bus
    Foz do Iguacu - Bonito
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Free Time
    Foz do Iguacu Afternoon
    Hit the bird park or just relax.

    Optional Activities
    Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit

    Foz do Iguacu
    60BRL per person
    Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds. Located on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, the bird park is on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. Enter a huge aviary to see the birds free from cages and nets. Check out other exhibits to view butterflies, alligators, and snakes (boas and anacondas). (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Bonito

    Enjoy two full days in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

    Explore nearby underwater caves and waterfalls, go rafting or snorkelling, or simply spend a lazy day by the river.

    Free Time
    Bonito Full Day
    Spend your time here however you like.

    Optional Activities
    Bonito Snorkelling

    Bonito 4h-6h
    236-280BRL per person
    Bonito is famous for the spectacular snorkelling in the beautiful clear water. Marvel at colourful fish.

    Underwater Caves Excursion
    Bonito
    Head out and explore the natural wonders, caves and crevices, in this area. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Bonito

    Enjoy two full days in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

    Explore nearby underwater caves and waterfalls, go rafting or snorkelling, or simply spend a lazy day by the river.

    Free Time
    Bonito Full Day
    Spend your time here however you like.

    Optional Activities
    Bonito Snorkelling

    Bonito 4h-6h
    236-280BRL per person
    Bonito is famous for the spectacular snorkelling in the beautiful clear water. Marvel at colourful fish.

    Underwater Caves Excursion
    Bonito
    Head out and explore the natural wonders, caves and crevices, in this area. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Bonito/Pantanal

    Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil.

    Private Vehicle
    Bonito - Pantanal 4h-5h
    At the entrance of the Pantanal, change to a truck that can better handle the terrain for the trip to the lodge. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Pantanal

    Enjoy an excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters, and caiman abound.

    Pantanal Wildlife Excursion
    Pantanal
    The Pantanal, a largely flat, wetland area about half the size of France, is still one of the best places on the continent for observing wildlife. The area is rich in bird life, including beautiful and colourful macaws and Jabiru storks. With luck and appropriate weather you may spot capivara (capybara), howler monkeys, caiman, giant river otters, anacondas, and anteaters. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra

    Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight train to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

    From the frontier town of Corumba, Brazil, cross into Bolivia. From here, an overnight train heads to Santa Cruz. Occasionally, this train may be replaced with an overnight bus.

    Border Crossing (Brazil - Bolivia)
    Corumba - Puerto Suarez 1h-6h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Overnight train (airplane seats)
    Puerto Suarez - Santa Cruz de la Sierra 14h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Please note: train service is not available on Thursdays and Saturdays. Instead of the train, you will take an overnight bus. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Santa Cruz de la Sierra

    Spend some time exploring Santa Cruz.

    Free Time
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra
    After a long travel day stretch your legs wondering the city. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 16 Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Sucre

    Fly to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city. Opt to visit the nearby dinosaur tracks.

    Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, an old tin baron's mansion, mountain biking, and hiking.

    Plane
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Sucre 30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Sucre Afternoon
    Don't waste a minute, head out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    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'. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 17 Sucre

    Spend two days exploring all Sucre has to offer.

    Free Time
    Sucre Full Day
    With tons to see and do, get going.

    Optional Activities
    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.

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

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Take a guided mountain biking trip on the outskirts of Sucre and explore more of this beautiful region. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 18 Sucre

    Spend two days exploring all Sucre has to offer.

    Free Time
    Sucre Full Day
    With tons to see and do, get going.

    Optional Activities
    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.

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

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Take a guided mountain biking trip on the outskirts of Sucre and explore more of this beautiful region. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 19 Sucre/Potosi

    Travel by bus to Potosi. Spend free time exploring the city.

    Local bus
    Sucre - Potosi 4h 185km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Potosi Afternoon
    Enjoy your time here any way you like.

    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 20 Potosi/ Uyuni

    Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats.

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

    Private Vehicle
    Potosi - Uyuni 4h-5h 230km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

    Enjoy a three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

    We offer unique accommodation in 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 have a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

    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. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 22 Salar de Uyuni

    Continue to discover 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 23 Salar de Uyuni/La Paz

    Enjoy a final day of exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats before travelling back to travel to Uyuni to catch an overnight train to La Paz.

    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.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Uyuni - Oruro 7h-8h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. Due to scheduling the train may be replaced with an overnight bus. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 24 La Paz

    Enjoy the afternoon in La Paz. Opt for a city tour or to explore the markets and winding streets.

    Local bus
    Oruro - La Paz 4h-5h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    La Paz Afternoon
    Get out there and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Valley of the Moon Tour

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

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

    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.

    La Paz City Tour
    La Paz
    Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 25 La Paz

    Use another free day to explore La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, Chacaltaya, the Valley of the Moon, or the Witches' Market.

    Free Time
    La Paz Full Day
    Continue your discovery of 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.

    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.

    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 26 La Paz

    Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.

    Little is known about the Tiahuanaco people who constructed the great ceremonial centre on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca over 1000 years ago. Spend most of the day visiting these mysterious ruins--a cradle of Incan civilization--before returning to La Paz.

    Local bus
    La Paz - Tiahuanaco 2h 70km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Tiahuanaco Ruins Visit
    Tiahuanaco 2h
    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.

    Local bus
    Tiahuanaco - La Paz 2h 70km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 27 La Paz/Puno

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

    Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon, and the desert coastal area.

    Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on a full day of travel from La Paz, around Lake Titicaca, and on to Puno.

    Local bus
    La Paz - Desaguadero 2h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru)
    Copacabana - Yunguyo 30m
    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
    Desaguadero - Puno 3h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 28 Puno/Isla Amantani

    Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

    Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and stop at a restaurant and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

    After, cruise to the another village (this can vary based on community availability) for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake. 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, pick up some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

    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 29 Isla Amantani/Puno

    Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.

    Leave the homestay families late in the 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.

    Uros Floating Islands Visit
    Lago Titicaca 1h
    Take a tour of these unique islands. Learn about the buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months ). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.

    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 Afternoon
    Enjoy some free time exploring the area.

    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,Lunch)

  • DAY 30 Puno/Cusco

    Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

    The bus trip from Puno to Cusco takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Check out a bit of Cusco, find a spot for dinner, or get prepared to head into the Sacred Valley.

    Local bus
    Puno - Cusco 7h30m 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 31 Cusco

    Enjoy a free day to explore the city's museums and local markets. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.

    While most ruins are just outside of the city, the main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire's richest temple. It forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. There are several good museums in Cusco, including the Archaeological Museum, which also houses a small art museum, the Regional History Museum, and the Religious Art Museum.

    If you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 08:00 for the fantastic opportunity to raft in Class III and IV rapids. You will return back to your hotel around 17:00.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    There's so much to the colonial city-- go see for yourself.

    Optional Activities
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 32 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco for lunch. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women who work here and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs right from the source.

    Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Here, have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch, the proceeds from which go directly back to the remote community.

    Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go for a guided tour of the large ruin site just adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo Full Day 95km
    Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca 1h
    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.

    Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
    Pisac 45m-1h
    Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Lamay 45m
    Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

    Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
    Ollantaytambo 1h
    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. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 33 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. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 34 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. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 35 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.

    Overnight in Winaywayna

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 36 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 1h30m 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 1h30m 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 37 Cusco

    Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Finish up anything you didn't get to the first time around.

    Optional Activities
    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.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 38 Cusco/Lima

    Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or just explore on your own.

    Take a short flight to the coast and the capital city of Lima. This vibrant city has a fantastic main square, tons of shopping, and incredible eating. Opt to join the group for one final evening out.

    Plane
    Cusco - Lima 1h15m 572km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Optional Activities
    Lima City Tour

    Lima
    Discover Lima's highlights on this half-day tour. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 39 Depart Lima

    Depart at any time. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

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

  • TRIP DETAILS

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  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD1170-1525 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 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. COMBO TRIP
    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. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.



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