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Unlucky in love? Out for revenge? Need a cure for hayfever? Get your cocoa leaves read, buy a spell or pick up a dried llama fetus (ideal for sacrificing) at the witches market in La Paz.


Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru
Code
GSPC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 39
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Roam the Amazon jungle at night while pretending you're David Attenborough (it has a calming influence). Float down the river, keeping an out for the glaring eyes of jaguars and caimans

  • The floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca seem like the sort of thing Pixar would come up with. Spend the night under the stars in a traditional island village

  • Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, trust us, this is going to be one of the highlights of your awesome lives

  • Don't worry, we won't hog all of your time. You'll have plenty of opportunity to bounce around Cuzco, digging deep into the pockets of Incan history

  • The Wicked Witch of the West had her flying monkeys and red shoes. The witches of La Paz have dried llama foetuses and alpaca blankets. While both sound imaginary, the Witches' Market in La Paz is a true Bolivian experience

Is this trip right for you?

  • On this trip you’ll be camping along the Inca Trail and spending the night in a homestay on Lake Titicaca. Both have very basic, shared facilities (such as drop toilets and no showers). This is all part of the adventure of being among nature!

  • The Amazon Jungle can be very hot and humid. Light cotton clothing is the best way to tackle this. Also, don't forget tropical-strength insect repellent.

  • It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.

  • This trip involves a lot of hiking and walking, so requires a moderate level of fitness. There are a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the trip notes for more information.

  • Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.

  • While hiking the 4 Day Inca Trail or 3 Day Quarry trail portion of this trip you may be joined by some non-Geckos travellers, who might be over the age of 29 years old.

Itinerary

Welcome to Quito! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm at the hotel. Please check with the hotel reception to confirm where and when it will take place, or check the reception noticeboards. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so make sure you have these details to provide to your leader. 

 

If you arrive early into Quito, hit up the city. A good place to start is the lively Plaza Grande and Plaza San Francisco. El Panecillo (The Little Bread Loaf) offers awesome views over city’s white houses and surrounding volcanoes. Maybe check out ‘The Last Supper’ painting at The Monastery of San Diego, where Christ and his people feast on the Andean delicacy of cuy (roast guinea pig - yes, guinea pig). Tonight, enjoy a free evening and perhaps grab some dinner at a local restaurant with your new travel buddies. 

 

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel on time, you may want to arrive a day early so you can attend. We'd be thrilled to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability of course). If you're going to be late, please let hotel reception know.
Included Activities
  • Leader led walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Basilica del Voto Nacional - USD2
  • Compania de Jesus - USD4
  • La Ronda - Free
  • Equator Monument Entrance fee - USD3
  • Cotopaxi National Park - Hiking Tour - USD95
  • Ballet Folklorico Ecuatoriano de Jacchigua - USD40
  • Antisana Trek Full day from Quito - USD120
  • Quito City Tour by Night (Optional) - USD35
  • The Equator Line - USD55
  • Whitewater rafting - USD120
  • Quito Market Discovery Urban Adventure - USD99
  • Quito Sweet & Culinary Experience - Urban Adventures - USD103
  • Condors and Culture in Otavalo Urban Adventure - USD156
  • Old Town & Gastronomic Urban Adventure - USD99
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave Quito early in the morning and travel by local bus to Misahualli (approximately six hours). From here, it’s a short boat ride to the local community where you’ll be chilling out for the next two nights. Accommodation is pretty basic with beds, sheets and shared bathroom facilities provided. Ah, the life of an Amazon.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast, travel by canoe to the starting point of today’s hike. The hike is pretty easy and takes around 3-4 hours (depending on the group’s pace). Visit a protected private reserve with areas of secondary and primary forest, keeping an eye out for various species of insects and birds. Also native to the area are anacondas, sloths, monkeys, jaguars, toucans, armadillos and caimans. Your local guide will provide insight into the importance of the jungle to the local community.
Included Activities
  • Activity
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today travel by local bus to Tena before continuing on to Banos (approximately five-and-a-half hours in total). The bus will stop in Puyo at the halfway point for a quick toilet break, where passengers can grab some snacks. Located in the foothills of the active Tungurahua volcano, Banos has become a mecca for travellers seeking a small-town atmosphere, year-round temperate weather and a base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors. The evening is free to explore.
Optional Activities
  • Baños bike rental per day - USD6
  • Steam Baths - USD8
  • Entrance fee Pailon del Diablo waterfall - USD2
  • Tree House - USD1
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Banos is generally quiet during the week, except for the occasional performance of a traditional Andean band. On the weekends and during holidays, however, the town get really rowdy. You have two free days in Banos to take advantage of optional group activities, including mountain biking, hiking or rafting. Perhaps watch the sunrise over the mountains from the famous hot springs or visit the cathedral and local artisan markets.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend some more time exploring Banos today, before you take a three-hour bus back to Quito. In the evening, perhaps grab some dinner at a local restaurant with the group.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a day trip to the famous Otavalo Market, two-and-a-half hours north of Quito by local bus. This is one of the most important Indian markets in Ecuador. Villagers from the surrounding countryside descend on the town once a week to sell everything from handmade goods to livestock, fruit and vegies. This is a great place to pick up some souvenirs, practice your bargaining skills or take some colourful photographs.
Included Activities
  • Otavalo Market day trip
  • Village Tour Otavalo
Optional Activities
  • Quito Market Discovery Urban Adventure - USD99
  • Quito Sweet & Culinary Experience - Urban Adventures - USD103
  • Condors and Culture in Otavalo Urban Adventure - USD156
  • Old Town & Gastronomic Urban Adventure - USD99
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today fly from Quito to Lima and begin the Peruvian leg of your adventure. This international flight is not included in the price of the trip so you will need to book it separately - please let us know your flight details at least 15 days prior to the beginning of the trip. A tip: if you fly internationally with LAN, you may be able to book this flight from about USD 350, subject to availability. Give us a call if you need a hand to book this flight.
Included Activities
  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Lima - Archaeological Museum - PEN15
  • Lima - Museo de la Nacion - PEN10
  • Lima - Banco Central de Reserva Museum - PEN5
  • Lima - Pachacamac Tour (30 km from downtown) - USD37
  • Lima - Museum of the Inquisition visit - Free
  • Lima - Gold Museum - PEN35
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Today your leader will take you on an orientation walk of downtown Lima and the historical centre. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days. Starting in the Plaza Mayor, check out the main cathedral, which houses the remains of Lima's founder, Francisco Pizarro. Observe the Spanish colonial influences in the city’s ornate mansions, palaces and churches. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore on your own.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by taxi or minivan to Lima's bus station and take a four-hour local bus ride to Paracas; making three or four quick stops along the way. The small fishing town of Paracas is the gateway to the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. Once in town, head to the Plaza de Armas to hang out with the locals, try the tejas (small sweets made from nuts and dried fruit) and sip a Pisco sour, which Paracas is famous for.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you have the option to visit the Ballestas Islands. Sometimes called the 'Galapagos of Peru', keep an eye out for the island’s wildlife, including pelicans, flamingos, sea lions and penguins. From here make the three-hour trip to Nazca. This is home to the enigmatic Nazca Lines, which are enormous designs of animals, insects and birds inscribed into the desert. Some of the simpler line formations are up to 10 km (32 miles) in length. These mysterious shapes are better seen from the air. Small planes offer 30-minute flights over all 26 figures. Plastic bags are provided on board, but this flight isn’t recommended for those with a weak stomach.
Optional Activities
  • Ballestas Islands - Guided tour - PEN57
  • Nazca - Flight Over the Nazca Lines - USD100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Early in the afternoon, travel from Nazca to Arequipa by local bus (approximately nine hours). Standing at the foot of the El Misti Volcano, much of Arequipa is built out of pale volcanic rock, giving it the nickname of the ‘White City’. With its preserved colonial architecture, it’s one of the most attractive cities in Peru and a great place to relax for a couple of days. Your time here is free to do as you wish.
Included Activities
  • Colca Canyon - Guided tour
Optional Activities
  • Arequipa - Santa Catalina Monastery - PEN45
  • Arequipa - Juanita Museum - PEN20
  • Colca Canyon - La Calera hot springs - PEN15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you have a free day to enjoy the sights of Arequipa. The main plaza, with its cafes and nearby cathedral, is an ideal place to while away the day. For a glimpse into a bygone way of life, visit the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. Built in the 16th century, the convent only accepted women from high-class Spanish families, so expect an opulent setting. Perhaps visit the Juanita Museum, which is home to the 'Ice Maiden' - the Incan mummy of a 12-14-year-old girl who died in the 1440s.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today travel by minivan to Chivay (approximately five hours). Along the way, see llamas, alpacas and vicunas and stop to take pictures. You'll also have the chance to try some coca tea. After a third stop at Patapampa (the highest place on our trip at 4,800 m above sea level), the van will descend to Chivay. Enjoy breathtaking views of Colca Canyon, which is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. In the afternoon, go for a short trek through the area and finally arrive at the hot thermal baths.

 

You may choose to spend the evening soaking in the baths, dining on llama steak or listening to live Andean music at a local pena (music house).

 

Notes: Accommodation in Chivay is in a very basic hostel. There are en suite toilets but no heating (you can request extra blankets), and some rooms can be noisy.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The star of Colca Canyon is the magnificent Andean condor, the world's largest flying bird. This morning, wake up early and drive to a viewpoint where they’re often seen going about their morning routine. Following this stop, there will be a short walk of about 45 minutes before returning to Chivay. In the afternoon, make the five-hour journey back to Arequipa.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today enjoy more time to explore Arequipa. In the evening, bid farewell to Arequipa and take an overnight bus to Cuzco at 8 pm. The trip takes around 11 hours, which can be tiresome, but allows for plenty of time to rest.
Included Activities
  • Cuzco - Orientation Walk
Optional Activities
  • Cuzco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included) - PEN135
  • Cuzco - Cathedral Visit - PEN25
  • Cuzco - Coricancha Archeological Site, guided tour - PEN15
  • Cuzco - Half Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to selected archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included) - PEN75
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The overnight bus arrives into Cusco at approximately 7 am this morning. Later in today, enjoy an orientation walk around downtown Cuzco, South America’s oldest, continuously inhabited city. Check out San Pedro Market, the famous 12 Angle Stone and the cathedral in the city’s Plaza de Armas, built on top of an Incan palace. Visit the ruins of Qorikancha, once the Inca empire's most important temple. For morning tea or lunch perhaps head to Yanapay Restaurant, which donates all its profits to social projects supporting children in Cuzco.

 

Notes: Cuzco is 3,450 metres above sea level, so it may take some time to acclimatise to the high altitude.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, this fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops stretch along the river and colourful shrines dot the surrounding mountains. Visit a community in the valley to learn about local life. If your visit coincides with market day, browse the stalls for hand-painted beads or colourful ponchos and perhaps learn a few words of the local language, Quechua. Continue on to Ollaytaytambo (about 20 minutes from the Sacred Valley), where you'll make an included visit to the Ollaytaytambo ruins. Spend the night in a hotel in Ollay in preperation for an early start and the beginning of the Inca Trail.
Included Activities
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
Optional Activities
  • Ollantaytambo - Archeological site - PEN70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today set off along the famous Inca Trail. Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata, enjoying stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak. Tonight, the group will camp near the village of Ayapata.
Included Activities
  • 4 day/3 night Inca Trail. Machu Picchu guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, conquer the most difficult part of the trek in the hike up to Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4,200 metres above sea level, this is the highest point of the trail. When you get to the top, enjoy well-deserved panoramic views of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. Continue on to the ruins of Runkuracay, once thought to be a ‘tambo’ (resting place) for couriers and animals on their way to Machu Picchu. In the evening, set up camp with a view over the cloud forest.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Continue on up the Inca staircase today, enjoying spectacular scenes over Pumasillo Mountain and the entire Vilcabamba range. Trek through the low-hanging fog of mystical cloud forests, keeping an eye out for orchids and rhododendrons. At the end of the day, rest your tired legs at the camping ground and enjoy your last night on the trail.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, wake up early to make the final trek to Machu Picchu. Arrive at Intipunku (Sun gate) at around 7.30 am. If the sky is clear, experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu before it’s crawling with tourists. The ancient capital of the Incas was never reached by the Spanish, and was largely forgotten until its rediscovery in the early 20th century. Spend the morning exploring the ruins on a guided tour, marvelling at the ingenuity of Incan architecture. Later in the day, take a train and bus back to Cuzco.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day to relax, shop or explore more of Cuzco's sights. Check out the many Baroque churches, ancient temples and colonial buildings dotted around the city, or watch the world go by at a cafe on the Plaza de Armas.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, travel by local bus through the dramatic scenery of the high altiplano to Puno (approximately six hours). There will be a couple of stops along the way to pick up and drop off passengers. Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the folklore capital of Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechua Indian culture. Traditional Andean customs still have a strong presence here and the town is famous for its traditional dances. If you're lucky, your visit might coincide with one of Puno’s colourful, evening parades. While in Puno, you will also make an included visit to the Sillustani pre-Incan burial site.
Included Activities
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
Optional Activities
  • Puno - Sillustani archaeological site - USD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning take a tour of the lake by slow motorboat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. In pre-Incan times, the Uros people constructed these islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. At 3,820 metres above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. The sun can be extremely strong so ensure you wear a hat and sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Enjoy a homestay in a local community on one of the lake’s islands tonight. Your homestay is in a mud-brick house, with shared drop-toilets but no shower. Help your host family with their daily activities and play a game of soccer in the village, which is a great way to meet the locals.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast board the boat again for a visit to Taquile Island, a great place to pick up locally knitted goods. On the island, men do the knitting and women do the spinning. The group will make a one-hour uphill trek to explore the main part of the island, before descending 500 steps back to the boat to transfer to Puno (approximately three hours). This is where you’ll spend the night.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, take a comfortable local bus to Desaguadero, where you’ll cross the border into Bolivia. At the Peruvian Migration Office you’ll be asked to leave the bus and walk across a bridge to the Bolivian side, where you’ll submit your passport and re-board the bus for La Paz. About 30 minutes later, there's another stop where the army will check your documents. The entire journey takes about five hours (don't forget that Bolivia's time-zone is 1-2 hours ahead of Peru).
Optional Activities
  • La Paz - Visit to the 'Witches Market' - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
La Paz is renowned for its many markets, including the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches' Market). This morning, perhaps browse the weird and wonderful stalls selling everything from aphrodisiac potions to dried frogs and llama foetuses. If that’s not for you, there are plenty of markets selling goods made of alpaca wool, leather and other traditional materials to check out.
Optional Activities
  • La Paz - Coca Museum - BOB12
  • La Paz - To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond - Urban Adventures - USD41
  • La Paz - Food with Altitude - Urban Adventure - USD57
  • La Paz - Chacaltaya & Moon Valley Tour - USD16
  • La Paz - Tiawanaku tour - USD25
  • La Paz - Guided City Tour - USD18
  • La Paz - City Tour & Moon Valley - USD18
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Your second day in La Paz is free to explore. The city is renowned for its markets, especially the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches' Market), which sells potions, incantations, stones and artefacts. Ask a local about their significance - most people are happy to explain. Perhaps visit the Coca Museum, which isn’t too far from your hotel in the Rosario district. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day trips, such as the Food With Altitude or To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond tours. Late in the afternoon, leave La Paz on an overnight bus to Sucre (approximately 12-13 hours). There are comfortable recliner seats on the bus, but it can be cold on-board so it’s important to bring warm clothing and wear base layers. There’s usually a toilet on the bus and the driver will also make a couple of stops along the way.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
On arrival into Sucre, drop off your luggage at the hotel before heading out to explore in your own time. Bolivia’s World Heritage-listed capital is a hub of progressive culture and Spanish colonial architecture. You might like to visit the Museo de la Recoleta. This 400-year-old convent provides great views over the city and is home to a fascinating collection of sculptures and paintings. If you have time, head to the Plaza 25 de Mayo to rub shoulders with Sucre's affluent residents and investigate the extravagant interior of the Senora de la Merced. For something completely different, discover the prehistoric landscape of Cal Orko and tread in 60-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. There’s also proud food culture in Sucre, so enjoy some delicious empanadas at a restaurant or fresh juice at the Central Market.
Optional Activities
  • Sucre - Dinosaur footprints at Cal Orcko - BOB35
  • Sucre - Casa de la Libertad - BOB21
  • Potosi - Casa de la Moneda - BOB48
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning take a local bus to Potosi, which should take around 3-4 hours. This colonial mining city sits at the base of Cerro Rico, a mountain rich in silver ore. A tour and brief history of Cerro Rico could be a highlight of your trip here, but due to safety concerns we strongly advise you not to enter the mines (please see notes below). Perhaps visit the Santa Teresa Convent Museum to observe the art and treasures on display inside the convent’s original walls. Notes: We strongly recommend against doing a Potosi Mine Tour, which actually enters the mine. Should you decide to go against our advice, you will do so at your own risk. Please note that our leaders are not able to organise this activity for you due to safety concerns.
Optional Activities
  • Potosi - Convento y Museo de Santa Teresa - BOB30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today, leave Potosi behind and travel to the city of Uyuni (approximately 5-7 hours). This remote town sits on the edge of the high Altiplano, a wilderness area extending for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile. The area is notorious for being extremely cold, so it’s important to pack warm clothing and base layers. Tonight, stay at a hotel in Uyuni Town. The hotel is fairly basic, but it’s clean, comfortable and has hot water. As you’ll be heading out into the desert and salt flats over the next few days, make the most of the structured bathroom facilities tonight.
Included Activities
  • Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island'
  • Salt flats - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
  • Uyuni Salt Flats tour including San pedro de Atacama
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Depart Uyuni this morning and venture out on a three-day 4WD excursion. Be prepared for a busy few days ahead. The first stop will be at a rusty Train Cemetery, before you continue on to Salar de Uyuni - the world’s largest salt flats. While this may be a typical stop for many travellers, it’s also often a highlight. Make the most of your time on the salt flats taking lots of photos and explore Inka Wasi Isla, which is a rocky island covered in cacti and coral-like structures. Notes: Please be aware that from December to March, there’s a risk of the salt lake being flooded. If this is the case, the itinerary will be adapted to accommodate this.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today will be spent driving through the spectacular landscape of the Andean (Atacama) Desert, which is sprinkled with volcanoes and lakes. During this drive you’ll reach an altitude of approximately 4,900 metres above sea level, so it’s important to revisit the notes on altitude sickness (please see the ‘Is This Trip Right For You?’ and ‘Health’ sections of the trip notes). Stop by the red lake of Laguna Colorada, where you’ll be able to spot wildlife such llamas, flamingos, viscachas and foxes feasting in the nutrient-rich waters. Notes: Accommodation in the desert is basic. Shower facilities can be unreliable and cold, as the pipes often freeze in the winter months. Electricity is generated by solar panels, so there won’t be enough power to charge electronic devices. In the rainy season, the itinerary may need to be altered depending on the accessibility of roads.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning stop by the desert’s natural thermal baths for a soak and then head to the Bolivia/Chile border, where the Bolivian part of your trip comes to an end. Pass by geysers, salt flats and snow-capped volcanoes on your way to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. As a small oasis town, San Pedro is surrounded by extraordinary scenery. Use your free time to wander around, perhaps checking out the quaint Church of San Pedro de Atacama, the Museo Gustavo Le Paige (archaeological museum) or the town’s central plaza.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Use today to get under the skin of this burgeoning tourist destination. San Pedro’s cafe and restaurant scene has grown considerably over the last couple of years. With a mix of Chilean, French and Italian influences, you’ll be sure to find a great spot for lunch and dinner. Perhaps head out on an optional tour to the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) or join an astronomical tour once the stars come out.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today will be a long day of travel (approximately 12 hours), as you leave San Pedro and head for Salta, Argentina. Salta's rich history, colonial architecture, friendly locals and surrounding natural attractions make it one Argentina's main attractions. If you have time on arrival, spend some time getting to know the area in the vicinity of the hotel. The gardens, fountains and historic buildings in Plaza 9 de Julio are a great place to start.
Optional Activities
  • Salta - Cerro San Bernardo Chairlift - ARS110
  • Salta - Archaeological Museum - ARS80
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The next two days are free to explore Salta and its attractions. If you’re after something active, hike up the 1,070 steps to the summit of Cerro San Bernardo; the mountain that looms over Salta. You can take a gondola (cable car) to the top if you’d prefer. Either way, the view from the top is magnificent. There are plenty of other adventure activities available in Salta, such as rafting, bungee jumping and horse riding (all at your own expense). Perhaps stroll the streets, take a paddleboat on the lake or pop into one of the many museums. In the afternoon or early evening of your last day in Salta, travel by overnight bus to Mendoza (approximately 18 hours). The bus is quite comfortable, with reclining seats and a toilet on board.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arriving at around midday on Day 15, spend the next few days in the heart of Argentinian wine country, Mendoza. Use the first day to get your bearings: the Plaza Independencia is a good place to start. The city centre is precisely landscaped and filled with trees, squares and parks. Please note that most commercial activity in Mendoza takes a break from 1 pm until 4 pm to allow for the traditional siesta. As this is Argentina's most important grape growing region, you may like to head out on a winery tour. Making up 70% of the country's wine, Malbec is the region's signature variety. If you’re a thrill seeker, you can zipline high above Mendoza’s lakes along a series of canopy wires. Various city and mountain tours are also available if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground. At night, the city’s attention shifts to the many restaurants, bars and pubs along the Avenida Aristides Villanueva.
Optional Activities
  • Mendoza - Winery tour - ARS105
  • Mendoza - Canopy - ARS152
  • Mendoza - City Tour - ARS63
  • Mountain Tour - ARS210
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today take the short flight to Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires. On arrival, perhaps explore the cobblestone streets of San Telmo and browse its antiques markets, then continue to the Plaza de Mayo to see the presidential palace of the Casa Rosada. In the evening, you might like to enjoy a tango show, a football match or a steak and glass of Malbec in one of the city’s fashionable restaurants.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your last full day in Buenos Aires is free to discover more of the city. Join the tourists and walk among the tombs at the La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. There are also some great museums to check out in the Recoleta district. Visit the neighbourhood of La Boca, home to the colourful Caminito artists’ street and world-renowned soccer team, Boca Juniors. Perhaps take part in an Urban Adventure centred on the city’s love of food, such as the Malbec Trail of Palermo or the Gourmet Buenos Aires Food tour (contact us for more information). If you need to rest your feet, settle down at one of the many street side cafes to watch the world go by with the locals.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, your adventure around Bolivia and Argentina comes to an end. There are no activities planned for the final day so you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

25 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Bus, Canoe, Plane, Private van

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Dormitory (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (36 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Overnight bus (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Leader led walking tour
  • Activity
  • Otavalo Market day trip
  • Village Tour Otavalo
  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
  • Colca Canyon - Guided tour
  • Cuzco - Orientation Walk
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
  • 4 day/3 night Inca Trail. Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
  • Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island'
  • Salt flats - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
  • Uyuni Salt Flats tour including San pedro de Atacama

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Important notes

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

QUITO-LIMA FLIGHT
The Quito to Lima flight on day 8 is not included in the tour price.
Please consider booking international flights with Lan so you can book this flight on an airpass. Contact us for more information.

Inca trail Permits:
Very Important - In order to obtain the necessary permit to trek the Inca Trail, we must be provided with accurate details of the passport to be used whilst travelling in Peru. If the name, passport number, nationality or date of birth shown on the permit are different from the passport, park authorities will refuse entry. If passport details have not been supplied, the permit cannot be issued. When we are unable to secure the "Classic Trail", our groups take the "Quarry Trek". This also applies during February each year, when the Classic Trail is closed for restoration.

BOLIVIAN VISA FOR U.S CITIZENS
Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border.
Please see the visa information on these trip notes for more information.

ARGENTINA
The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian, US and Australian citizens. The fee must be paid online prior to travel and a receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.

COMBINATION TRIP:
This trip is a combination of three of our most popular departures. As such the make up of the group and the tour leader may change on days 8 & 28.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 3 & 4 (Amazon lodge), 37 & 49 (Overnight bus), and 42 & 43 (Salt flats) where you will be in shared accommodation.

Essential Trip Information

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