Rio to Quito via Ushuaia Trip Notes

Rio to Quito via Ushuaia

Rio to Quito via Ushuaia
Trip code: GDOEC
Validity: 01 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017
Get set for the ultimate South American odyssey. Covering six countries over 112 amazing days, travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador on this epic adventure. Experience spectacular scenery, magnificent ruins, fascinating culture and some of the friendliest people on the planet. Head south from sun-kissed Rio to amazing Argentina. Sip world-class wines in Chile and marvel at Bolivia's vast salt flats. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas in Peru and discover the irresistible charm of Ecuador. If it's unspoilt nature you're after then this trip has it covered: majestic glaciers, verdant forests, crystal lakes, soaring mountains and more. This unforgettable trip will leave you enchanted by the breathtaking scenery and friendly people of this remarkable continent.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationVisas
ThemesAccommodation NotesWhat to take
Why we love itMeals introductionClimate and seasonal information
MapMealsHealth
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderA couple of rules
Physical ratingSafetyResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining point instructionsFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Your fellow travellersEmergency contact
Style
Basix
Themes
Overland
Why we love it
- Revel in Brazil's samba rhythms in Rio de Janeiro
- Spot wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands
- Make memories on a visit to Iguazu Falls
- Travel to Argentina and fall in love with Buenos Aires
- Hike through Patagonia's spectacular glacial scenery
- Spot exotic animals in the remote 'land of fire'
- Travel through Argentina's wine region of Mendoza
- Haggle for a bargain in La Paz's colourful markets
- Follow Peru's ancient Inca Trail
- Experience a homestay near the Colca Canyon
- Admire Ecuador's ornate buildings in Quito's Old Town
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
Bem-Vindos! Welcome to Brazil.
Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport. Welcome to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro! There will be an
important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.
Hotel for the night: Hotel Argentina
Hotel Argentina
Rua Cruz Lima No. 30
Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Tel - +55 21 2558 7233
About Rio De Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro has to be one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) rises up out of Guanabara Bay, the sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana cut beautiful curves in the shoreline, all under the watchful gaze of Christ the Redeemer. This is a city with something for everyone; beaches, history, shopping, culture, fantastic food and amazing nightlife. For amazing views of this spectacular city, take the cable car up to the top of Sugar Loaf, or "Pao de Acucar" as the
Brazilians call it, ride the train to Corcovado or jump on the tram to the historic hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. If you're interested in learning more about Rio and Brazil, the Historical, Indian and National Museums are all well worth a visit, and even just wandering around the older parts of the city
you'll be able to see some fantastic architecture. Kick back and relax on the beach, enjoy a beer or caipirinha at one of the many pavement cafes and then when evening comes you can party the night away - Rio has some unbelievable bars and clubs, Lapa is always a fun night out and Ipanema is always buzzing
too. If you need a bit of quiet time to recover, take a walk in the Botanical gardens, or escape town for the day on an excursion to the lust forests of nearby Tijuca National Park.
Of course Rio is particularly famous for it's huge annual party - Carnival. The celebration of Mardi Gras 6 weeks before Easter is a great Brazilian tradition - the whole city goes wild for a full 7 days in a whirlwind of music and colour. Samba schools compete with ever more awe-inspiring dance displays and
costumes putting on marathon perfomances in the Sambadrome, street parties are held all over the city and friends and families take to the beach.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 2-4 Paraty
Today our journey begins with a short drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!
Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.
On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.
In Paraty we wil camp at a well equipped hostel.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty - BRL 250
Take a boat trip out of Paraty, exploring the stunning islands and beaches and swimming in the idyllic warm
water of the sparkling blue ocean - Included in Kitty
Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty - USD 40
Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old
colonial town of Paraty - USD 35
Enjoy some of the best and most scenic treks in the country, on the coastal trails, hils, and 'tropical fjords'
near Paraty - USD 50
Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara
beach in Paraty - BRL 30
Relax and unwind with a massage and unbeatable ocean views at the fantastic Shambala spa - BRL 165
About Paraty:
The Emerald Coast, or the "Costa Verde" as it is known in Brazil, stretches south from the city of Rio de Janeiro, a thin strip of land sandwhiched between verdant green mountains and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic. Picture-book islands, deserted beaches and picturesque coves with excellent swimming and
diving make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a couple of days of R & R. Dotted along the coastline itself are lots of small towns and villages, not to mention the hundreds of tiny islands, best explored on a lazy boat-trip.
The old Portuguese colonial town of Paraty is perhaps the most attractive spot on the coast. Low white-washed buildings with colourful doors and shutters crowd around the cobbled streets and plaza, full of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Paraty really comes alive at night, when locals and tourists alike
sit outside the many street cafes and congregate in the main square. The town also has a couple of beaches and there are plenty of others in the surrounding area - and this is also a good place for diving and snorkelling trips, which can be arranged locally.
Included Activities
  • Boat trip
    Accommodation
    Camping (with facilities) (3 nt)
    Day 5 Brotas
    Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.
    In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.
    Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
    Accommodation
    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
    Day 6 Brotas
    Today we will have a free day to take part in adventure activities such as white water rafting and canyoning, or maybe just to relax by the pool.
    Activity - Approximate Cost
    Head out on a half-day canyoning trip through the gorges of the Jacare River near Brotas - BRL 85
    Float down the Jacare on a fun tubing trip down the River Jacare near Brotas - BRL 45
    Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approxmiately Grade 3-4) - BRL 90
    Accommodation
    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
    Day 7 Campo Grande
    Today we will start driving west towards the Southern Pantanal, and wild camp towards the end of the day somewhere close to the city of Campo Grande.
    Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
    Accommodation
    Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
    Day 8-9 Pantanal
    Today we have an early start to meet our guide in Campo Grande, and then drive on to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').
    Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.
    We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if
    we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!
    In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.
    Activity - Approximate Cost
    Take an unforgettable 2-night fully-inclusive package from our eco-lodge in the Southern Pantanal, where we will go out on jeep safaris, canoe expeditions, boat rides, horse back trails, and enjoy a BBQ night with local music and dancing - Included in Kitty
    About Southern Pantanal:
    The Pantanal is a vast wetland that covers much of inland central and southern Brazil, teeming with birds and wildlife from toucan to caiman, capybara, ocelot and even Jaguar. Originally this was a predominantly agricultural area, dotted with cattle ranches known locally as "Fazenda". Today the cattle ranchers live side by side with the anaconda and Jaguar, having realised the importance of their home as a unique habitat for wildlife, with many of the Fazendas opening up for eco-tourism and offering safaris and tours of the area.
    The wildlife here is staggering and there is probably no-where else in South America where you'd be able to see as many indigenous species. Over 250 different birds have been recorded here, including parakeets, macaws, kingfishers, ibis, storks, kites and hawks, hummingbirds and more - and there are also prolific numbers of jacare, anacondas, iguanas, two species of anteaters, ocelot, jaguars, cougars, giant river otters and thousands of pamba and march deer. One of the easier animals to spot is the capybara, a giant
    guinea pig type rodent that grows up to 60 kg. and lives in large herds in the swamps.
    Included Activities
    • Two night Pantanal adventure
      Accommodation
      Hacienda (2 nt)
      Day 10 Southern Pantanal, Bonito
      After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal and drive to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.
      In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.
      Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
      About Bonito:
      The area around the small town of Bonito really is unique. It’s main attractions are its crystal clear rivers, springs and caves, not to mention the abundant wildlif, which includes monkeys, alligators, anaconda, over 30 varieties of fish and tremendous birdlife. Unsurprisingly, the town is often described as the "eco-tourism capital of Brazil".
      There are endless activities on offer, from spectacular walks through the
      surrounding hills and forest, to caving, horse-riding, abseiling, and snorkeling. Many of the best attractions are on private land and the area is being very carefully managed in order as to protect the wildlife and habitats found here.
      Accommodation
      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
      Day 11-12 Bonito
      We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!
      Activity - Approximate Cost
      Take an incredible snorkelling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal
      view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater - BRL 278
      Head out on an exhilarating rafting, tubing, or kayaking expedition down the Rio Formoso - BRL 135
      Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly
      vivid shade of blue - BRL 95
      Relax and meet the locals in the beautiful outdoor municipal swimming areas of Bonito - BRL 30
      Abseil down the Boca da Onca waterfall (meaning 'Jaguar's Mouth), the largest waterfall in the state of
      Mato Grosso do Sul - BRL 460
      Visit the phenomenal Buraco das Araras, one of the world's largest sink-holes and a natural aviary of macaws and toucans - BRL 46
      Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul - USD 20
      Visit the stunning Sao Miguel Caves near Bonito - BRL 36
      Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito - BRL 80
      Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls - BRL 50
      Head on an unforgettable trip to Abismo Anhumas, an incredible day out where you abseil through a fissure into a collosal underground cavern, and snorkel in the lake at the bottom - BRL 673
      Accommodation
      Hotel (2 nt)
      Day 13 Foz do Iguaçu
      Today we have a full drive day south to the city of Foz do Iguacu.
      In Foz do Iguacu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities and a pool.
      Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.
      About Foz do Iguaçu:
      Foz do Iguaçu is named after the impressive waterfalls located close to the town forming the border with nearby Argentina and Paraguay. Foz is on the Brazilian side and is much larger than nearby Puerto Iguazu. Visiting the Iguacu falls is a must from here, even though you can visit the Argentinian side as
      well. The Brazilian park features a number of cleverly constructed walkways that allow you to get right out over the water up close to the falls themselves - and you will often be able to see fantastic rainbows forming as the sun catches the spray. If you want the ultimate waterfall experience, you can also organise
      helicopter flights here, where you'll be taken out right over the horseshoe of the falls, giving you a spectacular view of this natural wonder from a totally different perspective.
      As well as the magnificent waterfalls, there's also a great bird park in Foz, where you can see many of Brazil's native species, including Toucans and Macaws. You can also visit the incredible Itaipu Dam, a vast concrete edifice that spans the Rio Parana and has been described as one of the 7 wonders of
      the modern world.
      Included Activities
      • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
      • Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
        Accommodation
        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
        Day 14 Iguazu Falls
        Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearcy Ciudad del Este.
        Activity - Approximate Cost
        See the mighty Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side, enjoying the incredble panorama of waterfalls and exploring the beauty of the area
        - Included in Kitty
        Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side - BRL 66
        Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls
        - USD 125
        Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world - BRL 68
        Take a short trip into Paraguay to experience the chaos of Ciudad del Este and pick up a bargain or two! - Free
        Visit the Parque das Aves bird park near Foz do Iguacu, a wonderful conservation project which provides an excellent home to over 1000 iconic birds from the region such as toucans, macaws and eagles
        - BRL 34
        About Iguazu Falls:
        There is a mile long walk along the edge of the fall beginning at the Three Sisters and ending at the Devil’s Throat. Millions of gallons of water pour or cascade down escarpments forming spectacular mist “curtains” and many rainbows. In the surrounding dense tropical jungle there are many varieties of brightly coloured butterflies and birds. If we have time we can take a closer look at these birds in the Foz Tropicana Bird Park.
        Accommodation
        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
        Day 15 Iguazu Falls
        Today we will take a day trip back into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!
        We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.
        Activity - Approximate Cost
        Visit the phenomenal Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side, where you can get the closest views of Garganta del Diablo and explore the web of nature trails around the area's forests and waterfalls - Included in Kitty
        Head on an adrenaline-fuelled speedboat trip to the base of the falls on the Argentine side - be prepared to get very wet! - ARS 220
        Accommodation
        Hostel (1 nt)
        Day 16 Yapeyu
        Border information: Exit Brazil at Tancredo Neves, enter Argentina at Tancredo Neves.
        Today we cross the border into Argentina, and aim to reach the beautiful village of Yapeyu on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapeyu is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.
        In Yapeyu we will stay in a municipal campsite.
        Activity - Approximate Cost
        Take a guided tour around the fascinating ruins of the old Jesuit mission of San Ignacio de Mini - Included in Kitty
        Visit the remains of the house of Jose de San Martin, one of the main liberators of South America and the
        Argentine national hero - Free
        Included Activities
        • Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 17 Buenos Aires
          Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Corrientes and Entre Rios to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina!
          In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.
          Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.
          About Buenos Aires:
          At the mouth of the River Plate lies Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. It's a buzzing, energetic city that often feels more European than Latin American, so much so that it's often referred to as "the Paris of the South". Not surprising when you consider how much the city has been influenced by immigration, with it's large Italian and Spanish communities.
          There is a huge amount to do see and do here and a good place to start is with a city tour, which will help you get your bearings and see all the main sights. You can take in a lot on foot, as the wide streets are very pedestrian friendly and the underground metro system is cheap and easy to navigate. The
          neighbourhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta and Palermo are certainly all worth exploring, San Telmo for it's olde worlde charm, antique shops and Sunday street market, Palermo for it's unique quirky shops and restaurants and Recoleta is the "Mayfair" of Buenos Aires and home to the La Recoleta cemetry,
          Eva "Evita" Peron's final resting place. The waterfront area known as La Boca is also worth a look, this slightly down-at-heel neighbourhood is Buenos Aires' most colourful barrio, the ramshackle buildings painted in a rainbow of different bright colours.
          In the evenings, you are also spoilt for choice. Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, with a huge number of bars and night clubs to choose from. Restaurants here vary from cheap and cheerful to world class and it's a great place to get stuck into some of Argentina's finest steak and red wine. Of course this is also the home of Tango, and there are many evening Tango shows you can buy tickets for, or if you want a more "real" Tango experience you can check the local papers for details of where tango "milongas" are being held.
          This is where the locals go to tango, with dances held in school halls, meeting rooms and even warehouses. You might also like to visit the Teatro Colon, one of the world's greatest opera houses - even if you don't go to watch a show, it's usually possible to take a guided tour of the building during the day.
          Everywhere you go you'll be surrounded by some fantastic architecture. The Plaza de Mayo is perhaps the most historically interesting - as this is the ste of the Cabillo (original town hall), Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace) and the cathedral where the body of General San Martin lies. Finally, if you get the chance, try and get hold of tickets for an Argentinean football match while you're here, even if you're not usually a sports fan, the electric atmosphere of a local match is definitely something you'll never forget - tickets are usually available from local tourist agencies - and if you've still got time to spare, why not take the hydrofoil across the water to Uruguay for a day.
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 18 Buenos Aires
          Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.
          Activity - Approximate Cost
          Discover the beautiful Teatro Colon on a tour around the theatre, or see one of its free afternoon performances (when available) - ARS 150
          Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a toplevel wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires - USD 52
          Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! - USD 85
          See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists - USD 20
          Explore the beautiful area of Palermo Viejo, see the incredible modern sculpture of Floralis Generica, and
          head out to the area's bars and restaurants at night - Free
          Explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, and take a free tour of the city's highlights - Free
          Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires - USD 25
          Head out to an exciting football game at La Bombanero, Diego Maradona's former home ground (when matches are scheduled) - ARS 300
          Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron - Free
          Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting - ARS 240
          Take the ferry over the river to Uruguay, and explore the serene colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento for
          the afternoon before returning - USD 45
          Discover the beautiful back streets, antique shops, and thrift markets of the bohemian district of San Telmo - Free
          Take the passenger ferry over to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo for a night (if time allows) - USD 140
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 19 Buenos Aires
          Border information: if you are finishing in Buenos Aires, you will most likely exit Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).

          Welcome to the cosmopolitan Argentine capital of Buenos Aires! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

          Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires.

          In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally located hotel. 

          Hotel for the night: Hotel Splendid
          Hotel Splendid
          Avenida Rivadavia 950
          Buenos Aires
          Argentina
          Tel - +54 11 4345 2800 

          About Buenos Aires:
          At the mouth of the River Plate estuary (where the Uruguay and Paraná rivers flow out into the Atlantic Ocean) lies the fabulous city of Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. It's a buzzing, energetic city that often feels more European than Latin American, so much so that it's often referred to as "the Paris of the South". There is a huge amount to do see and do here, and it's a fantastic city to explore on foot and using the extensive metro system. Some areas to check out include San Telmo, a bohemian district full of charm, antique shops, street markets, and some excellent bars; Palermo, with its fantastic restaurants and nightlife; and Recoleta, the "Mayfair" of Buenos Aires and home to the La Recoleta cemetery, Eva "Evita" Perón's final resting place. The waterfront area known as La Boca is also worth exploring, a very photogenic district with its ramshackle buildings being painted in a rainbow of different bright colours. Everywhere you go you'll be surrounded by some fantastic architecture. The Plaza de Mayo is perhaps the most historically interesting, as this is the site of the Cabillo (original town hall), Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace) and the cathedral where the body of General San Martín lies. In the evenings, you are spoilt for choice - Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, with a huge number of bars and night clubs to choose from. Restaurants here vary from cheap and cheerful to world class, and it's a great place to get stuck into some of Argentina's finest steak and red wine. Of course this is also the home of Tango, and there are many evening Tango shows you can buy tickets for or even take a dancing class yourself!  
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 20 Buenos Aires
          Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Discover the beautiful Teatro Colon on a tour around the theatre, or see one of its free afternoon performances (when available) : ARS 150

          Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting : ARS 240

          Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron : Free

          Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires : USD 25

          Freely explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, or take a free walking tour of the city's highlights : Free

          See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists : USD 20

          Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! : USD 85 

          Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires : USD 52 

          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 21 Monte Hermoso
          Today we begin our journey from Buenos Aires will a full day drive across the pampas and grasslands of the province.

          Tonight we will wild camp en route, possibly in the coastal village of Monte Hermoso.

          Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). 
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 22 Puerto Madryn
          Today we continue our journey south with a full day drive to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn.

          In Puerto Madryn we will camp in a basic campsite.

          Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

          About Puerto Madryn:
          Puerto Madryn is a port town on the South Atlantic coast of Argentina. The original settlers here were Welsh, founding the port and colonising the Chubut River valley - these original settlers came here in 1865 as they felt like their Welsh customs and traditions were being eroded back at home and that they should emigrate to better preserve them. Some of the smaller communities are still very proud of their Welsh heritage and retain many of the original immigrants' traditions, and some small towns such as Gaiman and Trelew you can even go for a Welsh afternoon tea in one of the local tea houses. A distinct Patagonian dialect of the Welsh language has been spoken in the region for over four generations, but although it is now quite rare and you are unlikely to hear anyone speaking it, there are three bilingual Welsh-Spanishs schools in Patagonia, and it is thought that 5,000-10,000 people speak Welsh as a first language and a further 25,000 as a second language. Puerto Madryn is most famous as the gateway to the Valdés Peninsula, a beautiful rocky outcrop known for its incredible wildlife - if you visit here, you will be able to see guanacos, armadillos and Magellanic penguins close-up, and seals and sea lions from afar. If you're lucky you may spot an orca or a Southern Right whale in the waters surrounding the peninsular. 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 23 Puerto Madryn
          Today we will have a free day for optional activities in and around Puerto Madryn. There is the opportunity to take a tour to the Valdes Peninsular to see its desolate scenery and abundant marine life, head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in the nearby towns of Gaiman or Trelew. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Discover the incredible colony of sea lions at Punta Loma, near to Puerto Madryn : ARS 100

          Visit the outstanding Museum of Paleontology in the near Welsh town of Trelew, and see the impressive ancient remains of the the dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures found in the area : ARS 95

          Freely explore the intriguing Welsh village of Gaiman near Trelew, visit one of its iconic tea houses, and see the famous junk-art installations of the Desafio Park : Free

          Explore the incredible shipwrecks and rocky reefs under the water on a scuba diving trip in the Golfo Nuevo off the shore of Puerto Madryn : USD 150

          Visit the fascinating modern marine interpretation centre of EcoCentro Mar Patagonia, and learn all about the unique ecosystems of the Patagonian sea : ARS 125

          Set off on a boat trip on to the Atlantic Ocean from Puerto Madryn or Rawson, in search of playful Commerson's or Dusky dolphins and Southern Right whales! : ARS 400

          Make a trip to the desolate Peninsular Valdes near Puerto Madryn, a UNESCO World Heritage site full of elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat : ARS 800 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 24 Camarones
          Today we will drive south along the coast and have an included visit to the incredible remote colony of Magellanic Penguins in Cabo Dos Bahias (Cape Two Bays), close to the town of Camarones. After seeing the phenomenal sight of thousands of penguins nesting on the shore, we will head to the nearby small town of Camarones.

          In Camarones we will camp in a basic campsite.

          Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

          Visit the huge colony of Magellanic Penguins at the remote area of Cabo Dos Bahias near Camarones on the South Atlantic coast : Included in Kitty

          About Camarones:
          Situated at the northern part of the vast San Jorge Gulf on the South Atlantic coast of Patagonia, Bahía Camarones and Cabo Dos Bahías are both important nesting sites for large colonies of Magellanic Penguins. Camarones is home to around 25,000 of the penguins that nest here on the windy, remote and rocky coast. Between September and April, the penguins come to these sites to incubate their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration - each couple stand in front of their nests protecting the eggs from birds and other predators, and occasionally one adult goes to the sea for food. There are some fantastic walkways set up near some of the colonies, so that visitors can get very close to the penguins without disturbing them. 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 25 Atlantic Bush Camp / Jaramillo
          From Camarones we set off on an all day drive following the South Atlantic coast. If time and conditions allow we might visit the Jaramillo Petrified Forest en route.

          Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite.

          Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          See the incredible fossilised conifer trees of the Jaramillo Petrified Forest, the remnants of a 40-million year old forest naturally preserved in stone (if time and road conditions allow) : Free 

          About Jaramillo:
          The desolate cold plains of Patagonia surrounding the tiny town of Jaramillo are a world away from how this area was in the Jurassic era (around 150 million years ago) - believe it or not, at that time the landscape was covered with dense evergreen coniferous forests. This changed at the start of the Cretaceous era when volcanic eruptions and the birth of the Andes coincided to reduce the amount of rain and cover much of the forestry with ash and lava, petrifying large amounts of the forest. This ecological legacy has been left behind in Jaramillo, with many examples of fossilised trees and cones lying strewn about the landscape. 
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 26 El Calafate
          Today we leave the coast behind and head west across the country to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

          In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.

          Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours. 

          About El Calafate:
          El Calafate is a small town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino in Patagonia. Originally a sheep station and trading outpost, today the town has developed a bustling atmosphere and an ever-growing tourist trade. Interestingly the town takes its name from the Calafate berry, and locals claim that if you eat one of these and make a wish, you are guaranteed to return to Patagonia. Most people base themselves here to visit the nearby Perito Moreno Glacier, located a short distance away at the southern reaches of the Los Glaciares National Park - the glacier is one of the most famous and spectacular glaciers to be seen anywhere in the world. The Perito Moreno Glacier is approximately 30kms long from where it spills out of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, and 5kms wide at its terminus, where it has a ice face that is on average 170m high (with about 70m of which is above the surface of the lake). Visitors can view the glacier from an incredible viewpoint only a few hundred meters away from its face, where if you're lucky you'll see some of the ice face carve off into the lake under the pressure of all the ice behind it! It is also possible to take a boat trip to get extremely close, or embark on a challenging ice-climbing expedition on the glacier itself.  
          Accommodation
          Hostel (1 nt)
          Day 27 El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier
          Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia. 

          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

          See the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier from the most breathtaking and photogenic viewpoints on a guided day tour from El Calafate : Included in Kitty 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Get even closer to the impressive glacier of Perito Moreno with a boat trip in front of its mighty face : ARS 200

          Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice bar in the basement! : ARS 200

          Explore the Perito Moreno glacier on an incredible full day expedition, trekking through the forests and onto the glacier itself using crampons (please note that this is an alternative to the regular tour as there will not be enough time for both - however you will stop at the main viewpoint on your way back to El Calafate at the end of the excursion) : ARS 1200 

          Accommodation
          Hostel (1 nt)
          Day 28 Torres del Paine National Park
          Border information: Exit Argentina at Cerro Castillo and enter Chile at Cerro Castillo.

          Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park. 

          Tonight we will camp at Las Torres Campsite, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of the eastern side of the main mountain ranges which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.

          Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. 

          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

          Entrance into the phenomenal Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile, an area of some of the most outstanding natural beauty, breathtaking mountain vistas, and idyllic trekking opportunities in the world : Included in Kitty.

          About Torres Del Paine National Park:
          Torres del Paine National Park contains what is undoubtedly some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. Rising up high above the Patagonian steppe are the three impressive granite towers that give the park its name, surrounded by high plateaus and towering mountain peaks, the most famous of which are Los Cuernos and Paine Grande. The park is a magical natural wonderland full of deep lakes, sparkling glaciers and cascading waterfalls, and it is also an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including guanos, pumas, flamingos and condors. The best way to explore the National Park is definitely to get out on foot - the region is crisis-crossed by a good network of trails, making it possible for you to see all the main sights either by doing a series of day hikes or embarking on a multi-day walk such as the famous W-walk, stopping off at the park's refugees or camping along the way. Horse riding and kayaking can also be arranged locally, and boats and catamarans offer trips across Lago Grey and Lago Pehoé in season.  
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 29 Torres Del Paine National Park
          Dragoman offers two options for your time in Torres Del Paine National Park:

          - Option 1 - Base Package - included on all trips our trips as standard is a guided trek on our first day to the stunning three peaks viewpoint, followed by three free days to enjoy the National Park and take part in optional activities.

          - Option 2 - Full W-Walk - optional upgrade to embark on the full W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so it is important to pre-book this option with your sales agent before your trip as it is not possible to book on arrival.

          Today we will all have an included guided trek from our base campsite to the breathtaking viewpoint of the famous three peaks which give the National Park its name. After taking in this incredible view, we will trek back to our base campsite for the night.

          Approximate walking distance: 20 km, estimated time: 8 hrs. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Base package

          Guided 'base package' to trek part of the famous W-walk - included is the trek to the towers of Torres del Paine with an expert local guide, and accommodation, food and a cook at Las Torres Campsite : Free 

          W-walk extension

          The extension package is to include the entire of the famous W-walk in Torres del Paine - included are two extra nights camping on the trail with facilities, food for the duration of the trek, and the service of an expert English speaking local guide : GBP 160

          Please note that this package must be prebooked in advance through your sales agent. Please book as early as possible to ensure availability and avoid disappointment! For further information on the W-walk please refer to the detailed trip notes.


          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 30 Torres Del Paine National Park
          Base package group: Today is a free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities available near our base campsite, or alternatively it's a great day simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite.

          W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave our base campsite today to continue your guided trek along the edge of Lago Nordenskjöld to Los Cuernos Campsite where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 11 km, estimated time: 5 hrs. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Take in the stunning views of Torres del Paine on a horse riding trip through the National Park : CLP 30000

          Head out on a fantastic boat trip on the Grey Lake to get up close to the colossal Grey Glacier : CLP 55000 

          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 31 Torres Del Paine National Park
          Base package group: Today is another free day for optional activities for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package.

          W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave Los Cuernos and trek up the French Valley with your local guide. From here you will continue trekking to Paine Grande Campsite where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 27 km, estimated duration: 11 hrs. 

          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 32 Torres Del Paine National Park
          Today is our last full day in this beautiful National Park.

          Base package group: Today is another free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package.

          W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, today will be the last day of the W-walk. You will trek with your local guide along the edge of Lago Grey to an excellent viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. You will then trek back to Paine Grande and board the catamaran across the Lago Pehoé, where you'll be met by our Dragoman truck and driven back to our base campsite for the night. Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs. 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 33 Tierra Del Fuego / Magellan Straits
          Today we have an early start to leave Torres del Paine and head south to cross the Magellan Straits onto the island of Tierra del Fuego.

          Tonight we will wild bush camp somewhere in the desolate wilds of the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego.

          Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

          About Tierra Del Fuego:
          Tierra del Fuego (meaning "Land of Fire") is a large island separated from mainland South America by the Magellan Strait. The island gets its name from the fires of the Selknam tribe that originally lived here, which Magellan and his sailors observed from their boats on their first travels through the area - unfortunately the Selknam and Yaghan tribes that originally inhabited the island are all but extinct after conflict with European settlers that arrived in the 19th Century. The island is split in half with a straight north-south line between Argentina and Chile, with the Argentinian half containing the island's largest settlement, Ushuaia. The island of Tierra del Fuego is Patagonia at its most remote and desolate, with a landscape of windswept plains, forests and swamplands, home to rheas, condors, buzzard eagles, seals and sea lions, all of which thrive in these conditions. On the Chilean half of the island lies Inútil Bay, a remote bay that is home to the only colony of King Penguins that exists outside of Antarctica! 
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 34 Ushuaia
          Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian.

          Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world!

          In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

          Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. 

          About Ushuaia:
          Ushuaia is a port town that lies at the south of Tierra del Fuego on the Argentinian side - it is often known as "the city at the end of the world", as it is the world's most southern city (the Chilean town of Puerto Williams is slightly further south but is much smaller than Ushuaia). Ushuaia itself is low lying and unassuming, centred around one main street and a waterfront that overlooks the Beagle Channel. Originally Ushuaia was little more than a remote outpost, first colonised by a British-funded mission in the late 1800s and subsequently used by the Argentinian government as a penal colony. What was once a small sleepy town has grown rapidly in recent years, much of which is due to tourist development and particularly to the increasing number of Antarctica trips calling to port here. There's plenty to do in Ushuaia and the surrounding area. The town itself is home to an interesting museum where you can learn more about the history of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego and the indigenous people who originally lived here. The surrounding scenery is also impressive, so it's worth getting out on a boat-trip into the Beagle Channel, which will give you some great views of town with the Martial mountain range in the background. You can also explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, another beautiful spot with some spectacular lake and mountain scenery.
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 35 Tierra Del Fuego / Ushuaia
          ( Day 17 to 18 )

          We will have two free days in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Take a boat trip out on the famous Beagle Channel to view the native sea lions and birds : ARS 650

          Explore the haunting beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park and wander its atmospheric walking trails on a day tour from Ushuaia : ARS 500

          Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel : USD 25

          Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime Museum : ARS 150

          Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony : USD 30

          Explore the excellent trails around the hills and forests of Ushuaia by hiring a mountain bike : ARS 150

          Discover the beautiful scenery of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel on a horse riding trip to the nearby Susana's Mountain viewpoint : ARS 1100

          Enjoy an active day out in Tierra del Fuego National Park with a 7-kilometre trek to the scenic Lago Roca followed by a canoing trip down the Lapataia River : ARS 1500 

          Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia : ARS 90 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 36 Tierra Del Fuego / Ushuaia
          ( Day 17 to 18 ) 

          We will have two free days in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Take a boat trip out on the famous Beagle Channel to view the native sea lions and birds : ARS 650

          Explore the haunting beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park and wander its atmospheric walking trails on a day tour from Ushuaia : ARS 500

          Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel : USD 25

          Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime Museum : ARS 150

          Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony : USD 30

          Explore the excellent trails around the hills and forests of Ushuaia by hiring a mountain bike : ARS 150

          Discover the beautiful scenery of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel on a horse riding trip to the nearby Susana's Mountain viewpoint : ARS 1100

          Enjoy an active day out in Tierra del Fuego National Park with a 7-kilometer trek to the scenic Lago Roca followed by a canoing trip down the Lapataia River : ARS 1500 

          Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia : ARS 90 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 37 Tierra Del Fuego
          Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian.

          Today we start heading back north and back onto the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. Here we will visit the small King Penguin colony that have recently set up home at the remote Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay).

          Tonight we will wild camp near Bahia Inutil.

          Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. 

          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

          Head out to the remote corner of Chilean Tierra del Fuego to view the King Penguin colony at Bahia Inutil, the only colony of these type of penguins outside of Antarctica : Included in Kitty 

          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 38 Argentinian Patagonia
          Border information: Exit Chile at Integration Austral, enter Argentina at Integration Austral.

          Today we continue our journey north, crossing the Magellan Strait back to the mainland and then heading across the Argentine border.

          Tonight we will wild camp at a stunning ancient crater called Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon).

          Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

          About Argentinian Patagonia:
          Patagonia is the name of the region in the far south of South America, the southernmost stretch of the Andes and the surrounding plains and plateaus. The area is split down the middle by the Andes, with Chilean Patagonia on the west, and Argentinian Patagonia on the east. Renowned for its desolate landscapes, unrelenting winds and magnificent lake, mountain and glacial scenery, the name Patagonia comes from the word "Patagon", used by the explorer Magellan to describe the local people who he believed to be giants. Today historians believe that the Patagons were actually Teheulches, with an average height of about 1.8m as opposed to the average height of a Spaniard at the time of 1.55m! Argentinian Patagonia includes the spectacular national parks of Los Glaciares, Nahuel Huapi and Tierra del Fuego, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Argentinian Lake District and the Fitz Roy range.
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 39 El Chalten
          Today we will continue north, over landing across the Patagonian steppe and to the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

          In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel.

          Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 

          About El Chaltén:
          El Chaltén is small remote Patagonian town nestled under the shadow of the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. The town itself has an interesting origin - the area was disputed between Argentina and Chile for a number of years, so the Argentinians thought they would settle the argument by hastily building the town of El Chaltén in 1985 to claim the territory! The name of Chaltén comes from the Tehuelche word for 'smoky mountain', so called as the early morning clouds gathering around Fitz Roy look remarkably like volcanic smoke. However, the town has grown immensely in recent years and decades, becoming a major centre for adventure tourism in Argentina. It is a fantastic base from which to explore the northern sections of the incredible Los Glaciares National Park, and is home to many adventure tour operators offering outdoor activities in the area. 
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 40 El Chalten / Los Glaciares National Park
          ( Day 22 to 24 )

          We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén : ARS 600

          Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvelous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range : Free

          Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) : ARS 1870

          Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre : USD 74 

          Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains : ARS 500

          About Los Glaciares National Park:
          Los Glaciares National Park is the largest protected area in Argentina, covering a huge area of Argentinian Patagonia along the southern tail of the Andes range. The National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America. This is classic picture book Patagonia, and wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot - there are plenty of well-established trails through the mountains and forests of the National Park that are easy to explore independently with a map, so you can plan many treks around the area from around two hours to an entire challenging day out. As well as the phenomenal needle-like Cerro Torre, the iconic mountain of Fitz Roy looms over our base of El Chaltén, an impossibly-picturesque and steep mountain (which is also the logo for the 'Patagonia' clothing brand!) which can be viewed from many angles on treks in the area. Other activities can include boat trips and ice climbing on the incredible Videma Glacier, a visit to the serene Lago del Desierto, and horse-riding excursions through the incredible landscapes.




          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 41 El Chalten / Los Glaciares National Park
          ( Day 22 to 24 )

          We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén : ARS 600

          Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range : Free

          Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) : ARS 1870

          Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre : USD 74 

          Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains : ARS 500 

          About Los Glaciares National Park:
          Los Glaciares National Park is the largest protected area in Argentina, covering a huge area of Argentinian Patagonia along the southern tail of the Andes range. The National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America. This is classic picture book Patagonia, and wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot - there are plenty of well-established trails through the mountains and forests of the National Park that are easy to explore independently with a map, so you can plan many treks around the area from around two hours to an entire challenging day out. As well as the phenomenal needle-like Cerro Torre, the iconic mountain of Fitz Roy looms over our base of El Chaltén, an impossibly-picturesque and steep mountain (which is also the logo for the 'Patagonia' clothing brand!) which can be viewed from many angles on treks in the area. Other activities can include boat trips and ice climbing on the incredible Videma Glacier, a visit to the serene Lago del Desierto, and horse-riding excursions through the incredible landscapes. 
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 42 El Chalten / Los Glaciares National Park
          ( Day 22 to 24 )

          We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén : ARS 600

          Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range : Free

          Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) : ARS 1870

          Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre : USD 74 

          Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains : ARS 500 

          About Los Glaciares National Park:
          Los Glaciares National Park is the largest protected area in Argentina, covering a huge area of Argentinian Patagonia along the southern tail of the Andes range. The National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America. This is classic picture book Patagonia, and wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot - there are plenty of well-established trails through the mountains and forests of the National Park that are easy to explore independently with a map, so you can plan many treks around the area from around two hours to an entire challenging day out. As well as the phenomenal needle-like Cerro Torre, the iconic mountain of Fitz Roy looms over our base of El Chaltén, an impossibly-picturesque and steep mountain (which is also the logo for the 'Patagonia' clothing brand!) which can be viewed from many angles on treks in the area. Other activities can include boat trips and ice climbing on the incredible Videma Glacier, a visit to the serene Lago del Desierto, and horse-riding excursions through the incredible landscapes. 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 43 Rio Pinturas / Cueva De Las Manos
          Today we start heading north again with a full day drive along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).

          We will arrive in the Rio Pinturas area, where we have an included visit to the mysterious Neolithic cave-art site of Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), some of the most well-preserved ancient art in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

          Tonight we will wild camp near the Cueva de las Manos.

          Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 

          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

          Visit the UNESCO site of Cueva de las Manos, a set of mysterious rock paintings made by hunter-gatherers over 10,000 years ago : Included in Kitty.

          About Cueva De Las Manos:
          The UNESCO World Heritage site of Cueva de las Manos lies in an isolated and remote spot in the valley of Rio Pinturas. The cave takes its name from the hundreds of paintings of hands made by indigenous inhabitants some 13,000-9000 years ago - possibly by the ancestors of the Tehuelche people. The images of hands are 'negative-painted, meaning that they put their hand on the rock face and sprayed the paint around the outline by blowing it through a bone pipe. As well as the hand impressions, there are also depictions of human beings, guanos, rheas and other animals, as well as geometric shapes, zigzags, and representations of the sun, moon and hunting scenes.
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 44 Argentinian Patagonia
          Today we continue north along the legendary Ruta 40.

          Tonight we will wild camp somewhere around the area of Tecka.

          Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 45 Bariloche
          Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District. We will see a definite change in the landscape today as the vegetation becomes more and more lush and green as we come out of the Patagonia region and into the forests of the Lake District.

          In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town.

          Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

          About Bariloche:
          The Argentinian resort town of Bariloche has a picture perfect setting on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, flanked by the peaks of the surrounding Andean mountains. The scenery here is truly stunning, so it's a magical place to explore and take in all the amazing views. In winter, the town is a popular centre for skiing and in summer the focus shifts to walking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and kayaking and canoing on the lakes - and if all that sounds too much like hard work, you can sit back and enjoy the view on a leisurely boat trip across to Victoria Island. Bariloche itself is also an interesting place to wander around. The town is famous for its handmade chocolates, and there are some really spectacular displays in the local chocolate shops. Because of it's popularity with Argentinians as well as international tourists, the town has a lively bar and restaurant scene with some great places to choose from. This is a particularly good place to sample some world-class Argentinian steak, and wild boar and Patagonian lamb is also worth a try here too! 
          Accommodation
          Hostel (1 nt)
          Day 46 Bariloche
          ( Day 28 to 29 )

          We will have two free days to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak, boat, or even a historic steam train! 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Explore the beautiful scenery of Bariloche by horseback on a riding trip through the area : ARS 450

          Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche : ARS 150 

          Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche : ARS 180

          Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's tradition of chocolate making : ARS 50

          Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in its amazing views from the water on a half-day tandem kayaking trip : ARS 200

          Freely explore the best viewpoints around Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario, the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes : Free

          Take a stunning journey on the historic steam train between Bariloche and Perito Moreno Los Juncos, taking in the amazing scenery of the Patagonian steppe : USD 50
          Accommodation
          Hostel (1 nt)
          Day 47 Bariloche
          ( Day 28 to 29 ) 

          We will have two free days to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak, boat, or even a historic steam train! 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Explore the beautiful scenery of Bariloche by horseback on a riding trip through the area : ARS 450

          Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche : ARS 150 

          Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche : ARS 180

          Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's tradition of chocolate making : ARS 50

          Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in its amazing views from the water on a half-day tandem kayaking trip : ARS 200

          Freely explore the best viewpoints around Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario, the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes : Free

          Take a stunning journey on the historic steam train between Bariloche and Perito Moreno Los Juncos, taking in the amazing scenery of the Patagonian steppe : USD 50 
          Accommodation
          Hostel (1 nt)
          Day 48 Pucon
          Border information: Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chile at Mamuil Malal.

          Today we cross the Andes into Chile and continue our journey to the stunning town of Pucón via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).

          In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

          Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

          About Pucón:
          Southern Chile's lake district boasts some lake and mountain scenery comparable with what the Swiss Alps or New Zealand have to offer! Beautiful deep blue lakes are flanked by majestic forest-clad mountains with snowy peaks to provide picture-postcard views and a perfect spot for walking and camping. The attractive small town of Pucón is located at the heart of the Chilean lakes, a great place to stop for a few days so you can explore the area and get involved in some of the many adventure activities on offer here. At certain times of year it's even possible to do a day climb of the nearby Villarrica volcano - a challenging trek, but one that anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to manage - and you're rewarded with some fantastic views of the surrounding area from the summit. The whole area is great for trekking and there are plenty of options to do some fantastic self guided walks. Alternatively Pucón offers great horse riding, white-water rafting and mountain-biking opportunities. For those who would prefer to relax, there are also some great thermal springs nearby - the natural pools at Pozones have a beautiful setting and are a great place to go and soak your weary limbs in the evening! 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 49 Pucon
          ( Day 31 to 32 )

          We will have two free days in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Trek up to the summit of the snowcapped volcano Villarica to witness the incredible sunrise views over Pucón and the Chilean Lake District : CLP 50000

          Discover the beautiful lakes and forests of Pucón on a horse riding trip : CLP 20000

          Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones natural hot springs : CLP 10000

          Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of the nearby Huerquehue National Park : CLP 22000

          Learn all about Pucón and the history of its people on a free walking tour of the town : Free

          Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucón by mountain bike : CLP 8000

          Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón : USD 45

          Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District near Pucón : CLP 20000 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 50 Pucon
          ( Day 31 to 32 )

          We will have two free days in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Trek up to the summit of the snowcapped volcano Villarica to witness the incredible sunrise views over Pucón and the Chilean Lake District : CLP 50000

          Discover the beautiful lakes and forests of Pucón on a horse riding trip : CLP 20000

          Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones natural hot springs : CLP 10000

          Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of the nearby Huerquehue National Park : CLP 22000

          Learn all about Pucón and the history of its people on a free walking tour of the town : Free

          Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucón by mountain bike : CLP 8000

          Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón : USD 45

          Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District near Pucón : CLP 20000 
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 51 Santiago
          Today we have a full day drive north to the cosmopolitan Chilean capital of Santiago.

          In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

          Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

          About Santiago:
          Chile's capital, Santiago, is a large, modern city with a very European atmosphere. In the centre of the city, wide tree-lined boulevards lead to pleasant plazas and leafy parks, and on a clear day the snow-capped peaks of the Andes provide a magnificent backdrop to the Santiago skyline. Much of the centre is pedestrianised, which together with the wide streets and efficient metro system make Santiago an easy city to explore on foot. There are plenty of interesting museums where you can learn more about Chilean history and culture, from the City of Santiago Museum which chronicles the city’s history, to the Natural History Museum and Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. The city's many wonderful parks are also worth a visit, particularly O'Higgins and San Cristóbal which offers great views of the city from Cerro San Lucia. As you would expect from a capital city of this size, Santiago is full of busy bars and restaurants and has some lively nightlife to offer. For cheap eats full of local flavor, head to the Mercado Central which is packed full of food stalls and simple cafes and restaurants. For a real treat, you might want to head out to one of the more upmarket neighborhoods like Bellavista or Providencia, home to some really world-class restaurants and great bars. Barrio Brazil is also worth a look; this old neighborhood attracts an arty and bohemian crowd and there are often interesting events going on here. If you have the time, there's also plenty to do in the area surrounding the city. Santiago is right in the middle of Chile's wine producing region, so it is relatively straightforward to arrange full day or half day tours out to the local wineries. You may also be interested in visiting the seaside town of Valparaíso, which can be visited as a day trip from Santiago.  
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 52 Santiago
          Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

          Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

          The following day is a free day to explore the incredible city, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

          Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Santiago before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Santiago.

          In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.
          Hotel for the night: Happy House Hostel
          Happy House Hostel
          Moneda 1829
          Santiago
          Chile
          Tel - +56 2 2688 4849

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide : Free

          Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia : Free

          Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/ hop-off bus around the city : CLP 21000

          About Santiago:
          Chile's capital, Santiago, is a large, modern city with a very European atmosphere. In the centre of the city, wide tree-lined boulevards lead to pleasant plazas and leafy parks, and on a clear day the snow-capped peaks of the Andes provide a magnificent backdrop to the Santiago skyline. Much of the centre is pedestrianised, which together with the wide streets and efficient metro system make Santiago an easy city to explore on foot. There are plenty of interesting museums where you can learn more about Chilean history and culture, from the City of Santiago Museum which chronicles the city’s history, to the Natural History Museum and Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. The city's many wonderful parks are also worth a visit, particularly O'Higgins and San Cristóbal which offers great views of the city from Cerro San Lucia. As you would expect from a capital city of this size, Santiago is full of busy bars and restaurants and has some lively nightlife to offer. For cheap eats full of local flavour, head to the Mercado Central which is packed full of food stalls and simple cafes and restaurants. For a real treat, you might want to head out to one of the more upmarket neighbourhoods like Bellavista or Providencia, home to some really world-class restaurants and great bars. Barrio Brazil is also worth a look; this old neighbourhood attracts an arty and bohemian crowd and there are often interesting events going on here. If you have the time, there's also plenty to do in the area surrounding the city. Santiago is right in the middle of Chile's wine producing region, so it is relatively straightforward to arrange full day or half day tours out to the local wineries. You may also be interested in visiting the seaside town of Valparaíso, which can be visited as a day trip from Santiago. 
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 53 Mendoza
          Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor, enter Argentina at Los Libertadores.

          Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest altitude vineyards to be found in the world.

          Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

          On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.

          In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation. 

          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

          Head out on a trek through the incredible valleys surrounding Mendoza : ARS 270 

          Enjoy a day out rock climbing in the stunning landscapes near Mendoza : ARS 930

          Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza : ARS 800

          Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodgeas : ARS 300

          Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip down the Mendoza River : ARS 600

          Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza : ARS 100

          Take a mountain biking trip through the dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills near Mendoza : ARS 600

          About Mendoza:
          Mendoza is a vibrant city full of pleasant leafy boulevards and atmospheric plazas where the locals catch up over coffee in the many street cafes and bars. A university town and an important economic centre, the city has a bustling cosmopolitan feel and has some great restaurants, lively nightlife, interesting museums and galleries, and great shopping. On summer weekends, open-air concerts and markets often take place in the beautiful plazas. Mendoza and the adjacent town of Maipú are perhaps most famous for their wine. Whilst Mendoza is located in the dry deserts just underneath the Andes, extensive artificial irrigation has ;made it possible to grow grapes and olives here, both of which benefit from the long, hot, sunny summers - the region produces around two-thirds of Argentina's wine, and is especially renowned for its Malbec, Temperanillo and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The wine made here is world class, and tours of local vineyards and wineries are easily arranged. Mendoza is also used by many adventurers as a base from which to explore the colossal mountains in the area. The highest mountain in the Americas, Mt. Aconcagua (with a summit 6,962m above sea level), is in the high Andes just to the west of the city making the city a big draw for mountaineers, and skiing is popular in the winter months. 

          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 54 Mendoza
          Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor, enter Argentina at Los Libertadores. 
           
          Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest altitude vineyards to be found in the world. 
           
          Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). 
           
          On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.
           
          In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation. 
           
          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
           
          Head out on a trek through the incredible valleys surrounding Mendoza : ARS 270 
           
          Enjoy a day out rock climbing in the stunning landscapes near Mendoza : ARS 930
           
          Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza : ARS 800 
           
          Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodgeas : ARS 300 
           
          Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip down the Mendoza River : ARS 600
           
          Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza : ARS 100
           
          Take a mountain biking trip through the dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills near Mendoza : ARS 600
           
          About Mendoza: 
          Mendoza is a vibrant city full of pleasant leafy boulevards and atmospheric plazas where the locals catch up over coffee in the many street cafes and bars. A university town and an important economic centre, the city has a bustling cosmopolitan feel and has some great restaurants, lively nightlife, interesting museums and galleries, and great shopping. On summer weekends, open-air concerts and markets often take place in the beautiful plazas. Mendoza and the adjacent town of Maipú are perhaps most famous for their wine. Whilst Mendoza is located in the dry deserts just underneath the Andes, extensive artificial irrigation has ;made it possible to grow grapes and olives here, both of which benefit from the long, hot, sunny summers - the region produces around two-thirds of Argentina's wine, and is especially renowned for its Malbec, Temperanillo and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The wine made here is world class, and tours of local vineyards and wineries are easily arranged. Mendoza is also used by many adventurers as a base from which to explore the colossal mountains in the area. The highest mountain in the Americas, Mt. Aconcagua (with a summit 6,962m above sea level), is in the high Andes just to the west of the city making the city a big draw for mountaineers, and skiing is popular in the winter months. 
           
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Day 55 Rio Ceballos
          Today we will leave Mendoza and start our journey through the beautiful San Juan and Cordoba provinces to wards Rio Ceballos.

          We will aim to camp in one of the small rural towns en route, possibly near the town of Mina Clavero.

          Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. 

          About Rio Ceballos:
          To the east of the Andes in the centre of Argentina is the country's second major city, Córdoba. Rising just to the west of the city are the beautiful rolling hills of the Sierra de Córdoba, where we spend three nights at a unique Anglo-Argentinian estancia. The estancia has been in the same family for four generations, and is a working cattle ranch farming the prized Argentinian Aberdeen Angus cattle. Here we will sample the traditional hospitality of the Anglo-Argentinian ranching community, with fantastic food straight from the farm. An asado (Argentinian BBQ) will be enjoyed on one of our nights here, as well as an evening of traditional music, a chance to try lassoing and fantastic wine tasting featuring some of the local produce. Daily horse riding excursions will also be arranged to ride through the hills on the fabulous horses and even completely inexperienced riders will feel like gauchos in a short time. Please note that these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit for all riders of 15 stone (210 lbs, 95 kg) to ensure the horses' well-being. If you are heavier than this weight you will unfortunately be unable to ride. 
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 56 Rio Ceballos
          ( Day 5 to 7 )

          Today we will compete our drive to our unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.

          Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

          During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

          Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.

          In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house. 

          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

          Spend 3 special days at a unique Anglo Argentine Estancia, to experience the gaucho way of living and see the beautiful countryside by horseback : Included in Kitty

          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 57 Rio Ceballos
          ( Day 5 to 7 )
           
          Today we will compete our drive to our unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights. 
           
          Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. 
           
          During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip! 
           
          Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.
           
          In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house. 
           
          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 
           
          Spend 3 special days at a unique Anglo Argentine Estancia, to experience the gaucho way of living and see the beautiful countryside by horseback : Included in Kitty
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 58 Rio Ceballos
          ( Day 5 to 7 )
           
          Today we will compete our drive to our unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights. 
           
          Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. 
           
          During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip! 
           
          Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.
           
          In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house. 
           
          INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 
           
          Spend 3 special days at a unique Anglo Argentine Estancia, to experience the gaucho way of living and see the beautiful countryside by horseback : Included in Kitty
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 59 Tafi Del Valle
          Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains.

          Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite in the town of Tafí del Valle.

          Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

          Included Activities
          • Quilmes Ruins
            Accommodation
            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
            Day 60 Cafayate / Quilmes Ruins
            Today we will have an included visit to the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route, then arrive in the serene town of Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!

            In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.

            Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours. 

            INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

            Explore the atmospheric ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes in north west Argentina : Included in Kitty 

            Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas : Included in Kitty 

            OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

            Explore the vineyards of Cafayate and discover the area's delicious wines and bodgeas on a wine-tasting excursion : ARS 50 

            About Cafayate:
            Cafayate is a small town in north west Argentina, and is world-famous for its wine production. The surrounding vineyards produce some of the best quality wine in South America - Cafayate is particularly renowned for its Torrontes, a distinctive and crisp white wine that is typically Argentinian and similar in style to a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Cafayate itself is small and has a sleepy laid-back feel, although it can become busy during Argentinian holiday periods. Many of the local bodegas offer tastings and tours of their wine cellars which can be easily organised while you are here. Also worth seeking out is the local ice-cream parlour, which together with the more usual flavours also offers red and white wine ice-cream! 

            About Quilmes Ruins:
            The ruins of the city of Quilmes are located on a remote hillside in the Tucumán province in north west Argentina. The people of Quilmes were an indigenous tribe who inhabited this area as far back as 850 CE, fiercely resisting attempted Inca invasions in the 15th and 16th Centuries and even holding out against the Spanish for over 100 years before finally succumbing to a siege led by the colonial powers in 1667. After the siege, the Spanish took the area over and deported the few surviving indigenous people to a 'reservation' close to Buenos Aires. The 2000 remaining Quilmes Indians were forced to make this 1500km journey on foot, causing many to die along the way. The ruins of the city are the largest and most important preColumbian site in Argentina - at its height the city would have housed nearly 5000 people, however today there are only a handful of Quilmes' descendants left in Tucumán. 

            Included Activities
            • Vineyard Tour
              Accommodation
              Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
              Day 61 Salta
              ( Day 10 to 11 )

              Today we Will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the beautiful colonial town of Salta. 

              Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

              On the following day, we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountain scenery nearby.

              In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guest house. 

              OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

              Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below : ARS 110

              Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip : ARS 690 

              About Salta:
              Salta is an attractive town in the north west of Argentina. Nicknamed "Salta la Linda" (or "Salta the Beautiful"), the city is well known as being a stunning town in a beautiful area. Home to some fantastic colonial architecture, the old town centres around the main plaza which is lined with cafes and restaurants, a great place to independently explore and soak up the serene Argentine atmosphere. To get a better view of the city and surrounding area you can take a cable-car from Parque San Martín up to the Cerro San Bernardo viewpoint overlooking the city, and the many churches and the cathedral are also worth a visit. Salta is also home to some fantastic museums, making it a good place to learn a bit more about Argentinian history and culture. 
              Accommodation
              Hotel (1 nt)
              Day 62 Salta
              ( Day 10 to 11 )
               
              Today we Will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the beautiful colonial town of Salta. 
               
              Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. 
               
              On the following day, we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountain scenery nearby. 
               
              In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guest house. 
               
              OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
               
              Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below : ARS 110 
               
              Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip : ARS 690 
               
              About Salta: 
              Salta is an attractive town in the north west of Argentina. Nicknamed "Salta la Linda" (or "Salta the Beautiful"), the city is well known as being a stunning town in a beautiful area. Home to some fantastic colonial architecture, the old town centres around the main plaza which is lined with cafes and restaurants, a great place to independently explore and soak up the serene Argentine atmosphere. To get a better view of the city and surrounding area you can take a cable-car from Parque San Martín up to the Cerro San Bernardo viewpoint overlooking the city, and the many churches and the cathedral are also worth a visit. Salta is also home to some fantastic museums, making it a good place to learn a bit more about Argentinian history and culture. 
              Accommodation
              Hotel (1 nt)
              Day 63 Purmamarca
              Today we will have some more free time in Salta before heading up to the small village of Purmamarca, at the base of the aptly-named 'Hill of the Seven Colours'

              In Purmamarca we will camp at a local campsite.

              Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

              About Purmamarca:
              The tiny and atmospheric town of Purmamarca is stunningly located in the Quebrada de Purmamarca valley in the far northwest of Argentina at the base of the Andes. It is a beautiful desert village which is nestled in the spectacular valley opposite the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours), a colourful rainbow-coloured mountain face.
              Included Activities
              • Valle de la Luna Excursion
                Accommodation
                Hostel (1 nt)
                Day 64 San Pedro De Atacama
                ( Day 13 to 14 )

                Border information: Exit Argentina at Paso Jama, enter Chile at Paso Jama.

                Today we will have a drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Chile, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

                Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 

                On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

                In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel. 

                OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                Observe the night skies through the powerful telescopes of the observatory in the Atacama Desert near San Pedro, and learn all about the heavens on a fascinating talk from one of the astronomers (not available during the week of a full moon) : CLP 20000

                Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar : CLP 2000

                Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region : CLP 30000

                Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro : CLP 15000 

                INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                Explore the dramatic, other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley, and take in an incredible sunset from one of its high viewpoints : Included in Kitty

                About San Pedro De Atacama:
                San Pedro is a small oasis town in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. It's a quirky little place - low-lying adobe buildings line the narrow streets, leading to a sleepy tree-lined plaza that's home to a pretty white-washed church and a fascinating small museum with some interesting mummies and various other Indian artifacts. Pleasant though the town is, the real attraction here is the phenomenal surrounding landscapes and scenery. Perhaps most well known is the unusual desert landscape of "Moon Valley", just a short distance outside San Pedro, where other-worldly rock formations, unusual layer-cake landscapes and huge dunes combine to create some incredible views. The sunsets here can be amazing, the changing light turning the stone and sand a kaleidoscope of different colours, so the end of the day is definitely the best time of day to visit. There are a whole host of other activities on offer here, from star-gazing and visit the Atacama salt flats, to horse-riding and mountain-biking in the surrounding countryside. The town itself is also a pleasant place just to kick-back and relax, with some good bars and restaurants thanks to the developing tourist-trade. 
                Accommodation
                Hostel (1 nt)
                Day 65 San Pedro De Atacama
                ( Day 13 to 14 )
                 
                Border information: Exit Argentina at Paso Jama, enter Chile at Paso Jama. 
                 
                Today we will have a drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Chile, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert. 
                 
                Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 
                 
                On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon). 
                 
                In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel. 
                 
                OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
                 
                Observe the night skies through the powerful telescopes of the observatory in the Atacama Desert near San Pedro, and learn all about the heavens on a fascinating talk from one of the astronomers (not available during the week of a full moon) : CLP 20000 
                 
                Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar : CLP 2000 
                 
                Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region : CLP 30000 
                 
                Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro : CLP 15000 
                 
                INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 
                 
                Explore the dramatic, other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley, and take in an incredible sunset from one of its high viewpoints : Included in Kitty
                 
                About San Pedro De Atacama: 
                San Pedro is a small oasis town in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. It's a quirky little place - low-lying adobe buildings line the narrow streets, leading to a sleepy tree-lined plaza that's home to a pretty white-washed church and a fascinating small museum with some interesting mummies and various other Indian artifacts. Pleasant though the town is, the real attraction here is the phenomenal surrounding landscapes and scenery. Perhaps most well known is the unusual desert landscape of "Moon Valley", just a short distance outside San Pedro, where other-worldly rock formations, unusual layer-cake landscapes and huge dunes combine to create some incredible views. The sunsets here can be amazing, the changing light turning the stone and sand a kaleidoscope of different colours, so the end of the day is definitely the best time of day to visit. There are a whole host of other activities on offer here, from star-gazing and visit the Atacama salt flats, to horse-riding and mountain-biking in the surrounding countryside. The town itself is also a pleasant place just to kick-back and relax, with some good bars and restaurants thanks to the developing tourist-trade. 
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Day 66 Bolivian Altiplano
                Border information: Exit Chile at San Pedro de Atacama, enter Bolivia at Uyuni.

                Today we will climb back up into the deserts and cross the Bolivian border into the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the town of Uyuni. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.

                In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge.

                Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

                INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                Take the epic journey across the southern Bolivian altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, hot springs, and the phenomenal coloured lakes of Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde : Included in Kitty

                About Bolivian Altiplano:
                The high Bolivian altiplano stretches hundreds of kilometres from the small town of Uyuni out across to the borders with Argentina and Chile. This is real wilderness - there are no roads up here, just a few tracks to follow, and you're more likely to see a flamingo or llama than another human being! The only way to cross the altiplano is by travelling in a specialist expedition vehicle like one of our overland trucks. The crossing is an adventurous one - travelling across the high-altitude dirt tracks can be challenging and rough, and the trip from Uyuni to the border normally takes a couple of days - but it's without a doubt one of the most unforgettable journeys you'll ever make, as the landscape here is out of this world. Wild and remote, the high altiplano is made up of barren semi-desert open plains dotted by streams and lakes, many of which appear vividly coloured due to the mineral deposits in the water. The lakes are flanked by the impressive volcanic peaks of the high Bolivian Andes, which are awe-inspiringly beautiful and undoubtedly some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you'll ever see. You'll also pass a few remote villages, inhabited by Quechua farmers who try their best to eke out a living up here from the rough pasture, grazing a few llamas and alpacas. The altitude here is considerable and it can be very cold and windy. When travelling here you should be prepared for the cold temperatures. and it is worth making sure you have a really good quality sleeping bag. 
                Included Activities
                • Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Day 67 Uyuni
                  Today we will have an early start to complete our epic crossing of the Bolivian altiplano, and reach the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

                  In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!

                  Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

                  About Uyuni:
                  Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like you've reached the end of the road, which in many ways is true. This remote small town sits on the edge of the high altiplano, a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres to wards the border with Argentina and Chile - so it's hardly surprising that the town can have a bit of a wild-west feel about it. Uyuni is of course best known for being the gateway to the Bolivian salt flats known as the "Salar de Uyuni". Also nearby is the Train Cemetery, a graveyard for the carcasses of old steam engines that have been left here to rust - an other-worldly and eerie sight set in the bright altiplano sunshine against the background of the distant Salar. 
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Day 68 Salar De Uyuni
                  Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs! 

                  INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                  Take a full day tour out in jeeps to the dazzling Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats - the spectacular, perfectly-flat salt plains that are one of South America's most incredible sights : Included in Kitty 

                  About Salar De Uyuni:
                  The Salar de Uyuni is a truly unforgettable sight, and a landscape quite unlike anything you'll have seen anywhere else in the world! The Salar de Uyuni is a dazzling dry lake of over 12,000 sq. kms, made of blinding white interlocking salt crystals. It is the world's largest salt pan, and is bright white expanse that stretches as far as the eye can see - when there's a little bit of water on the flats, it reflects the bright blue sky of the altiplano perfectly, acting like a mirror and making the horizon disappear! 
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Day 69 Potosi
                  Today we will leave Uyuni and head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!

                  The afternoon will be free to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.

                  In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

                  Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. 

                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                  Explore the claustrophobic tunnels of the Cerro Rico silver mines, an infamous mine originally built by the Spanish : BOB 110

                  Visit the the Casa de la Moneda museum in Potosí, to learn all about its colonial past and the silver that once flowed from the area : BOB 60

                  About Potosí:
                  Potosí is a colonial mining town, founded in the 16th Century after the Spanish discovered huge silver deposits in the nearby Cerro Rico mountain. Situated at over 4,000m altitude, high up on the Bolivian altiplano, the city can claim to be one of the highest in the world. Whilst in Potosí you can arrange to visit a mine that is still being worked, which offers a challenging and yet fascinating insight into how mining has shaped the history and culture of this town. Entering a dark maze of tunnels you will descend to four levels below, down to the work face where miners use hammers, chisels and dynamite, more reminiscent of the 1800s than the 21st Century, to dig out the remaining metal. Most of the silver here is long gone - it's tin the miners are looking for now. If you do choose to head down into the mines it's become a custom to take the miners gifts of dynamite, fuses and coca leaves in exchange for their stories of how their working conditions have not changed in centuries. Life is harsh for all who work here, but the mines have now all been organised into co-operatives and so at least today the men have a say in their own future. You should note that visiting these primitive mines is not for everybody as it is pretty tiring, you will be in enclosed spaces and it can be dangerous. Back in the city of Potosí itself, the winding streets are worth a wander. The town has a bit of an air of fading grandeur, many of it's beautiful colonial buildings and plazas having seen better days, but it's a fascinating place to explore nevertheless. You can also visit the "Casa de la Moneda", the old mint, which is a great place to learn more about Potosí's history and the story of the mines. 
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Day 70 La Paz
                  ( Day 19 to 20 )

                  Today we will leave Potosí and drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world!

                  Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

                  On the following day we have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities.

                  In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre. 

                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                  Take the spectacular downhill mountain-bike trip down the infamous 'World's Most Dangerous Road', a 3,500m descent from the high mountain plateau near La Paz to the steaming jungles of Corioco via the dramatic road cut into the cliff : USD 110

                  Take a guided tour to explore the amazing preInca ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one of the most important cultures in South America : BOB 180

                  Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz : BOB 120

                  Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz : BOB 60 

                  Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography : BOB 20

                  About La Paz:
                  Bolivia's largest city of La Paz is spectacularly located lying huddled in a canyon basin, hiding from the harsh conditions of the surrounding altiplano. It is a fascinating city - the old town and more expensive neighbourhoods at the bottom of the canyon in the centre, surrounded by sprawling shanty-towns which extend up the slopes of the bowl, merging into the huge Aymara district of "El Alto" back on the plains, a suburb of La Paz that has grown to be a city in its own right. The city skyline is dominated by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani, a staggeringly beautiful backdrop that leaves many visitors stunned when then catch their first glimpse of the city as they descend into the canyon. The old town is full of markets and winding cobbled streets full of people in traditional Aymara clothing selling anything and everything you could ever think of, including dried llama foetuses on sale in the witch's market! There are plenty of other activities to do in La Paz, including the famous downhill bike ride through the Yungas on the 'world's most dangerous road'! 
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Day 71 La Paz
                  ( Day 19 to 20 )
                   
                  Today we will leave Potosí and drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! 
                   
                  Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. 
                   
                  On the following day we have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities.
                   
                  In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre. 
                   
                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
                   
                  Take the spectacular downhill mountain-bike trip down the infamous 'World's Most Dangerous Road', a 3,500m descent from the high mountain plateau near La Paz to the steaming jungles of Corioco via the dramatic road cut into the cliff : USD 110 
                   
                  Take a guided tour to explore the amazing preInca ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one of the most important cultures in South America : BOB 180 
                   
                  Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz : BOB 120 
                   
                  Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz : BOB 60 
                   
                  Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography : BOB 20
                   
                  About La Paz: 
                  Bolivia's largest city of La Paz is spectacularly located lying huddled in a canyon basin, hiding from the harsh conditions of the surrounding altiplano. It is a fascinating city - the old town and more expensive neighbourhoods at the bottom of the canyon in the centre, surrounded by sprawling shanty-towns which extend up the slopes of the bowl, merging into the huge Aymara district of "El Alto" back on the plains, a suburb of La Paz that has grown to be a city in its own right. The city skyline is dominated by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani, a staggeringly beautiful backdrop that leaves many visitors stunned when then catch their first glimpse of the city as they descend into the canyon. The old town is full of markets and winding cobbled streets full of people in traditional Aymara clothing selling anything and everything you could ever think of, including dried llama foetuses on sale in the witch's market! There are plenty of other activities to do in La Paz, including the famous downhill bike ride through the Yungas on the 'world's most dangerous road'! 
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Day 72 La Paz
                  A Note on Altitude: If you are joining in La Paz, we suggest arriving 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise, or taking the first day very easy!

                  A Note on our Community Trek: From July 2016, we have renamed our flagship Community Trek, The Wild Andes Trek, we feel this sums it up pretty well - trekking in the remote, pristine mountains of Peru. The only thing thats changing is the name - Dragoman's commitment to genuine, responsible tourism remains at the heart of the trek and the route remains the same, so rest assured by opting for this trek you are supporting communities and protecting the environment.

                  Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

                  Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

                  Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.

                  In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre. 

                  Hotel for the night: Estrella Andina
                  Estrella Andina
                  Avenida Illampu 716
                  Zona El Rosario
                  La Paz
                  Bolivia
                  Tel - +591 2245 6421 

                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                  Take the spectacular downhill mountain-bike trip down the infamous 'World's Most Dangerous Road', a 3,500m descent from the high mountain plateau near La Paz to the steaming jungles of Corioco via the dramatic road cut into the cliff : USD 110

                  Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz : BOB 120

                  Take a guided tour to explore the amazing preInca ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one of the most important cultures in South America : BOB 180

                  Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz : BOB 60

                  Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography : BOB 20

                  About La Paz:
                  Bolivia's largest city of La Paz is spectacularly located lying huddled in a canyon basin, hiding from the harsh conditions of the surrounding altiplano. It is a fascinating city - the old town and more expensive neighbourhoods at the bottom of the canyon in the centre, surrounded by sprawling shanty-towns which extend up the slopes of the bowl, merging into the huge Aymara district of "El Alto" back on the plains, a suburb of La Paz that has grown to be a city in its own right. The city skyline is dominated by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani, a staggeringly beautiful backdrop that leaves many visitors stunned when then catch their first glimpse of the city as they descend into the canyon. The old town is full of markets and winding cobbled streets full of people in traditional Aymara clothing selling anything and everything you could ever think of, including dried llama foetuses on sale in the witch's market! There are plenty of other activities to do in La Paz, including the famous downhill bike ride through the Yungas on the 'world's most dangerous road'! 

                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Day 73 Copacabana
                  Today we will head to the beautiful town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where we will have some time to freely explore.

                  In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

                  Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

                  About Copacabana:
                  Copacabana, Bolivia, is quite different from the famous Brazilian beach that shares its name, but both are wonderful destinations to visit! It is a picturesque small town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, centred around its small whitewashed square which is home to a pleasant Moorish-style cathedral. At sunset there is no better place to be than sat at one of the many simple local fish restaurants on the shoreline, watching the sun slip down behind the horizon. 
                  Included Activities
                  • Isla del Sol boat trip
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Day 74 Isla Del Sol
                    Today we will take an included day trip to Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it).

                    In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

                    INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                    Take a boat trip to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol, and head on a guided walk across the length of the stunning island : Included in Kitty

                    About Isla Del Sol:
                    Isla del Sol is a serene and peaceful island set in the glittering Lake Titicaca off the shore of the Bolivian village of Copacabana. The island was famous in Inca mythology as the supposed birthplace of the sun-god Inti - a legend that is still told by many of the modern-day Aymara and Quechua peoples of the area. There small ancient ruins dotted on the island, as well as tiny traditional villages and beautiful walking routes. You can take a boat trip to the island and wander through its atmospheric landscape, exploring the island's dry slopes covered with sweet smelling incense brush, or hike over the ancient pampas which are still cultivated by the island families. 
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Day 75 Lake Titicaca / Puno
                    Border information: exit Bolivia at Kasani, enter Peru at Yunguyo.

                    Today we will take a boat back to Copacabana, and then cross the border into Peru and head to the lakeside town of Puno. 

                    In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.

                    Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

                    About Puno:
                    Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the south eastern region of Peru is the small town of Puno. The town is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian cultures and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and a mythical expanse of deep blue waters dotted with islands, some of which are still home to communities who have been living in the same way for hundreds of years. 
                    Included Activities
                    • Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
                      Accommodation
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      Day 76 Cuzco
                      Today we will leave Puno and head through the highlands of Peru to the former Inca capital of Cuzco. We will have an included visit to the Inca site of Tipón en route.

                      In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

                      Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. 

                      INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                      Visit the incredible Inca site of Tipón, once an agricultural centre and a park for the Inca elite : Included in Kitty 

                      About Cuzco:
                      The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas - the civilisation arose in the early 13th Century under the leadership of the first Inca ruler Manco Capác, founding the city of Cuzco as their capital. The civilisation thrived in the area until 1438, when the new leader Pachacuti embarked on a massive campaign of expansion and used military conquest and peaceful assimilation to incorporate a massive portion of western South America under his control - at its largest, the Inca Empire stretched all the way from southern Colombia through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northwest Argentina, all the way down to central Chile. In 1526, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro first entered Inca territory from his expedition through Colombia. After quickly determining that it was evidently a civilisation of great wealth and power, he quickly received royal permission to conquer the empire - he decisively kidnapped and later executed the Inca ruler Ayahualpa in 1533 and installed their own puppet ruler, Manco Inca Yupanqui. The new leader quickly turned on the invaders and briefly took control of Cuzco for the Incas again, until the Spanish finally pushed them back permanently from the city. The remnants of the civilisation formed a Neo-Inca state centred around Vilcabamba in the mountains above Lima until the Spanish invaded them completely in 1572, ending the last major resistance to their rule in Peru. Any adventure tour to Peru naturally centres around the stunning city of Cuzco - it is world-famous as the gateway to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu and the various Inca trails through the Peruvian highlands. However, the city is a fantastic destination in its own right, and many of its buildings still retain some of the original Inca stonework as part of their structure. This unique and intricate stonework was an ingenious construction method that prevented damage from earthquakes - examples of their amazing building techniques can still be seen in and around Cuzco, including the famous 'twelve-sided stone', now part of the logo of Cuzco's native Cusqueña beer! A good place to start your explorations is the majestic main plaza, surrounded by cobbled streets lined with attractive colonial buildings. Head up the hill into the neighbourhood of San Blas and you will discover another hidden square with a quiet laid-back feel. All the streets are lined with shops, bars and restaurants, from small local cafes to five star dining experiences. There are also some fantastic museums and historical sites in and around the city, showcasing the wonderful history and culture of the Incas.
                      Included Activities
                      • Cuzco Visitor Ticket
                      • Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 77 Cuzco
                        A Note on Altitude:  If you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatize.

                        A Note on our Community Trek:  From July 2016, we have renamed our flagship Community Trek, The Wild Andes Trek, we feel this sums it up pretty well - trekking in the remote, pristine mountains of Peru. The only thing that's changing is the name - Dragoman's commitment to genuine,responsible tourism remains at the heart of the trek and the route remains the same, so rest assured by opting for this trek you are supporting communities and protecting the environment.

                        Border information: If you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ). There will be an important group meeting at 10:00a.m at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!

                        The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.

                        Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cuzco.

                        In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

                        Hotel for the night: Hotel Cahuide
                        Hotel Cahuide
                        Calle Saphi No. 845
                        Cuzco
                        Peru
                        Tel - + 51 8422 2771

                        About Cuzco:
                        The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas - the civilization arose in the early 13th Century under the leadership of the first Inca ruler Manco Capác, founding the city of Cuzco as their capital. The civilization thrived in the area until 1438, when the new leader Pachacuti embarked on a massive campaign of expansion and used military conquest and peaceful assimilation to incorporate a massive portion of western South America under his control - at its largest, the Inca Empire stretched all the way from southern Colombia through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northwest Argentina, all the way down to central Chile. In 1526, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro first entered Inca territory from his expedition through Colombia. After quickly determining that it was evidently a civilization of great wealth and power, he quickly received royal permission to conquer the empire - he decisively kidnapped and later executed the Inca ruler Ayahualpa in 1533 and installed their own puppet ruler, Manco Inca Yupanqui. The new leader quickly turned on the invaders and briefly took control of Cuzco for the Incas again, until the Spanish finally pushed them back permanently from the city. The remnants of the civilization formed a Neo-Inca state centered around Vilcabamba in the mountains above Lima until the Spanish invaded them completely in 1572, ending the last major resistance to their rule in Peru. Any adventure tour to Peru naturally centered around the stunning city of Cuzco - it is world-famous as the gateway to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu and the various Inca trails through the Peruvian highlands. However, the city is a fantastic destination in its own right, and many of its buildings still retain some of the original Inca stonework as part of their structure. This unique and intricate stonework was an ingenious construction method that prevented damage from earthquakes - examples of their amazing building techniques can still be seen in and around Cuzco, including the famous 'twelve-sided stone', now part of the logo of Cuzco's native Cusqueña beer! A good place to start your explorations is the majestic main plaza, surrounded by cobbled streets lined with attractive colonial buildings. Head up the hill into the neighborhood of San Blas and you will discover another hidden square with a quiet laid-back feel. All the streets are lined with shops, bars and restaurants, from small local cafes to five star dining experiences. There are also some fantastic museums and historical sites in and around the city, showcasing the wonderful history and culture of the Incas.
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 78 Sacred Valley, Inca Trail
                        These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package. 
                         
                        Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

                        Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating tour of the site. We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking village in the Sacred Valley. Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years, and explore their beautiful archaeological ruins. We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a picnic lunch, and then visit the Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon).

                        We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot to Zurite where we have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional dinner and get a taste of the local village lifestyle.

                        Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner

                        Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

                        This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac, where we will have lunch. We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we will explore this impressive archeological site. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.

                        There is no trekking today. Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

                        Option 3 - Train Package

                        You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights. These hotel nights will be booked for you by your Tour Leader.

                        Meals Included: Lunch

                        INCLUDED ACTIVITIES.
                                                                                      
                        Visit the incredible remains of the Inca temples of Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley on a guided tour: Included in  kitty 
                          
                        Take a guided tour of the fantastic Inca temples at Ollantaytambo: Included in Kitty 

                        Options for the treks from Cuzco (please see the bottom of the Trip Notes for more details): Included in Kitty

                        Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek                                                    

                        Hike on unspoiled Inca Trails through the stunning remote Andean scenery away from other tourists, on our exclusive Wild Andes Inca Trek. If you choose this option you will get a small refund from kitty.

                        Option 2 - Classic Trek

                        Trek the Classic Inca Trail up the Royal Inca Road. Your kitty has been budgeted to accommodate for this option as it is the most costly of the 3 options.

                        Option 3 - Train Package (non-trekking option)

                        Relax in Cuzco and take the train to Machu Picchu without trekking. If you choose this option you will get a substantial refund from kitty.

                        Important note: You must advise us at the time of booking if you wish to book the Classic Inca Trail or the Train Package (non-trekking option), otherwise you will automatically be booked onto our Community Trek.

                        About Sacred Valley:

                        The valley of the Urubamba river is more often referred to as "The Sacred Valley". In the Peruvian highlands close to the Inca capital of Cuzco, the valley extends from the small market town of Pisac to Ollantaytambo, nestling at the foot of the Andean mountain ranges that are home to the magical lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Together with Machu Picchu itself, the Sacred Valley was a cradle of the Inca Empire and the area is littered with archaeological sites including the magnificent ruins of Pisac with
                        its famous terraced fields, the old temple complex of Sacsayhuaman and the remarkably well-preserved Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Together with the temperate climate, lively markets, sleepy Andean villages and stunning surrounding landscape, the rich history of the area makes it a truly bewitching place.

                        About Inca Trail :

                        When people talk about "The Inca Trail", they are usually referring to a particular trekking route that follows a ancient pathway that leads to Machu Picchu. However there are a huge number of Andean Trails that crisscross the Urubamba Valley and surrounding mountain ranges, many of which are genuinely remote and rarely used by western tourists. On our Dragoman tours that travel via Cuzco we offer you the choice to trek either the Classic Inca Trail or our unique alternative, the Community Inca Trek, which is exclusive to Dragoman. The Classic Inca Trail The Classic Inca Trail route usually starts at Kilometre 82 of the Cuzco-Aguas Calientes railway, taking in Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4,200m) and the ruins of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna en route, eventually arriving at the Sun Gate above Machu Picchu early in the morning after 3 days of trekking. This route is still extremely popular as it is seen by many as the original Inca Trail, and it is also probably the best trek to choose if you're really interested in history and archaeology, because of all the smaller Inca sites it passes along the way. Unfortunately, due to its own popularity, the Classic Trail is always very busy, with around 500 people starting the trek every day - due to there being restrictions on camping areas, the campsites are often very busy with other trekkers as well. Nevertheless it is still an awesome trek, passing through some stunning scenery from snow-capped peaks to abundant cloud forests, and the sense of achievement you'll have when you catch your first sight of Machu Picchu is something you'll never forget. Please note that the Classic Trail is always closed for maintenance during the entire month of February each year. The Community Inca Trek Dragoman's Community Inca Trek is a unique trekking route where you'll hike through pristine unspoilt Andean scenery, walking ancient Inca Trails and pass through local communities as part of our pioneering community-based tourism project, Tarpuy Yachay. This trek is all about getting away from the overcrowded thoroughfares of the Classic Inca Trail and getting out into the real Andes - not to mention being part of a project with provides a genuine, direct benefit to the host communities we travel through, by supporting education, income generation and environmental sustainability projects. The trek itself is about the same as the Classic Inca Trail in terms of length and difficulty, taking three to three and a half days and ascending to about 4,700m when you cross the highest pass. The scenery out here is truly magnificent, spectacular mountain peaks, verdant hillsides dotted by isolated villages and the odd llama and alapaca, you are unlikely to see another tourist here. Although you won't trek into Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate as on the Classic Trail, you will arrive to Machu Picchu well rested after a night in a comfortable hotel and ready to get the most out of the tour of this magnificent site. 












                         
                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Day 79 Inca Trail
                        Option 1 - Wild Andes
                        Trek Zurite to Amaruwatana

                        After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head to wards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this archaeological Inca site. We will then follow the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400 metres, where we will have a dramatic view of both the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping.

                        Approximate trekking time: 7-8hrs, Distance: 13km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

                        Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek
                        Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba

                        After breakfast, we catch a bus to the Railroad 82km marker, the start of the Classic Inca Trek, here we are joined by our crew of local porters and cooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubamba and following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river, we enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5830m.) and the Inca archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodlands, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3000m./9840ft.)
                        Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

                        Option 3 - Train Package Dragoman

                        Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and handicrafts. 
                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Day 80 Inca Trail
                        Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
                        Amaruwatana to Ancascocha

                        We have an early start this morning, trekking for approx. 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700 metres. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we're lucky we may spot Andean ibises, cascaras, eagles or foxes up here!

                        After descending for approx. 2 hours, we arrive at a stunning highland valley with a glacial river named Kenqo Mayu (Zig-zag River) flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch!

                        After lunch we will continue trekking downhill following the ancient trail, which leads us to our campsite in the Ancascocha area.

                        Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

                        Option 2 - Classic Trek
                        Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo

                        This is the most challenging of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approx 4 hrs) to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman's Pass, at a height of 4,200 m (13,779 ft), before descending to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650 m above sea level - 2 hrs downhill). Depending upon local conditions, you might camp here today, or may need to continue further up and down. We might cross the first and second passes on this day. From the second pass, Runkuracay (3,980 m above sea level - 90 min uphill) we can enjoy views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending to the ruins of Sayacmarca (2 hours downhill). From here it is only a few more minutes to the Chaquicocha campsite (3,620 m above sea level).

                        Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

                        Option 3 - Train Package

                        Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with it's museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts. 
                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Day 81 Inca Trail
                        Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
                        Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo T

                        Today we will descend the narrow Silque Canyon, allowing us to observe the tall granite walls on its sides which are populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges we will reach the Camicancha area, where we stop at a magnificent volcanic viewpoint looking to wards the Snow-capped Mt. Veronica.

                        From here, it is only a short trek to Chilca, where out trail ends. We'll be picked up by our vehicle and head to Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel.

                        In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun.

                        Approximate trekking time: 5hrs, Distance: 12km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

                        Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek
                        Pacaymayo to Winay Wayna

                        Today we continue over the third pass and soon reach the beautiful ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the 'Town above the Clouds' (3,850 m above sea level – 90 min uphill). Start descending real Inca Steps (2 hrs) to reach our final night's camp by the Wiñay Wayna, or 'Forever Young' ruins (2,750 m above sea level), with panoramic views of the valley below.

                        Approximate walking time: 8 hours, Distance: 16km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

                        Option 3 - Train Package

                        After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Community Inca Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon. 
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 82 Machu Picchu/Cuzco
                        Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
                        Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco

                        Today we will have an early start to catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights! We have a guided tour with our expert local guide and plenty of time to freely explore this magical place.

                        In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!

                        Meals provided: Breakfast

                        Option 2 - Classic Trek
                        Winay Wayna to Machupicchu

                        Today we wake early for a short final hike to Machu Picchu, we climb the steps to the Sun Gate to watch the ruins emerge from the mist below. As with the community trek our guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or maybe if you haven't experienced enough steps and trekking, why not visit the Inca Bridge. Or you can just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.

                        Approximate walking time: 2 hours, Distance: 4km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks

                        Option 3 - Train Package

                        After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 to 2 ½ hours, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes.

                        In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.

                        Meals provided: Breakfast

                        INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                                                                                                               
                        Explore the phenomenal and iconic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World - take a guided tour and have plenty of time to freely explore before returning to Cuzco : Included in Kitty 

                        About Machu Picchu:

                        Machu Picchu is a world-famous 15th-Century Inca citadel perched 2,430m above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. One of the historical highlights of the world and a phenomenal icon of Peru, the ruins have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983 and was voted on of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Machu Picchu was most likely built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472), and is thought to have been built in around 1450 but abandoned after the Spanish conquest in the 1530s. Although the city remained known about by the local Quechua people, it was undiscovered by the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham discovered it and brought it to international attention in 1911. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style with intricately-designed dry-stone walls built without mortar - it has three primary structures: the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed and restored, and the iconic steep mountain of Huayana Picchu looms over the site. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public spaces. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire. A visit to Machu Picchu is a major highlight of any adventure tour to Peru. A genuinely magical place, catching your first glimpse of the Inca city through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget. 
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 83 Cuzco
                        Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some optional activities around the city.

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES  
                         
                        Visit some of the fascinating museums in Cuzco,including the Textiles Museum, the Chocolate Museum, the Casa Concha, and the Museo Inka :   PEN 20

                        Take an incredible trip out on various mountain bike routes in the highlands surrounding Cuzco :  USD 125

                        Take an excellent free walking tour around Cuzco with a local guide, getting a fascinating insight into the history of the city and the life of the locals : Free

                        Freely explore the site of Koricancha and Santo  Domingo neat the city centre, a jarring juxtaposition of a Spanish colonial cathedral built on top of the walls of an ancient Inca Sun temple : PEN 10

                        Head out for an exhilarating white-water rafting trip on the Urubamba River near Cuzco : USD 45

                        Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes  : USD 79

                        Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels)  : PEN 20 

                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 84 Raqchi
                        Today we will drive south to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a home stay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities.

                        This afternoon we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.

                        Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

                        INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                        Stay at an incredible Quechua home stay with local families in Raqchi, taking part in a traditional religious ceremony and visiting a community crafts project in the village : Included in Kitty 
                                                                                             
                        Take a guided visit to the ruins of the Inca temple of Wiracocha in Raqchi : Included in Kitty                         

                        About Raqchi:

                        Raqchi is a small village situated 100kms southeast of Cuzco, famous as being the site of the only surviving temple of the ancient Inca creator deity Wiracocha. It is a special place for us as it is where we have one of the best local home stay experiences to be found in the world - on our Dragoman trips we stay here as guests of the local families in their traditional houses, a fantastic way to get a real insight into how people live here and to learn about their culture and customs. There is often the chance to participate in some of the ceremonial and spiritual aspects of village life, and there is always plenty of singing and dancing as we get to know our new Peruvian families. The village is also well known for its talented craftsmen and women, and there will be the chance to buy some of the beautiful hand-made and intricately decorated pottery that is made here.
                        Accommodation
                        Homestay (1 nt)
                        Day 85 Chivay
                        Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small town of Chivay, where we can have an optional trip to the nearby hot springs in the evening.

                        In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel.

                        Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. 

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

                        Visit the La Calera thermal springs near Chivay : PEN 15

                        About Chivay:

                        The rural town of Chivay is the gateway to the magnificent Colca Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the Americas, which at a maximum depth of 3,270m is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. As well as boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Peru, the Colca Canyon is famous as being one of the best places in the world to spot the mighty Andean Condor - this stunning bird is one of the largest in the world with a wingspan of around 2.5m, and the Colca Canyon provides a perfect natural habitat for them so it is very common to see them as they swoop around the canyon walls.
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 86 Arequipa, Chivay
                        This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay.

                        After lunch in Chivay, we will drive to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa.

                        In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel.

                        Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours

                        INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                        Visit the phenomenal Colca Conyon and search for the native Andean Condors that fly through its spectacular scenery : Included in Kitty

                        About Arequipa:

                        Situated on the Peruvian Altiplano, Arequipa sits at almost 3,500m above sea level and is the second largest city in the country. Set against the stunning backdrop of the snow-covered volcano El Misti, salt lakes, thermal springs and high-altitude deserts, the landscape of the area around Arequipa truly unique. It's possible to arrange mountain-biking and rafting trips in the area as day tours from the city The city itself is very beautiful, full of stunning colonial buildings built out of the soft white volcanic rock that is found in the area. As a university town, there is always a lively buzz about the place and there are plenty of good bars and restaurants to discover. No trip to Arequipa would be complete without paying a visit to Juanita in the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Sometimes known as the "Ice Maiden", Juanita is the mummy of a young Inca girl aged about 11-14 at the time of her death in approximately 1450 CE - she was discovered near to the summit of Mount Ampato in 1995 by two climbers, her body frozen and well-preserved in the low temperatures and high altitude. Arequipa is also famous for the Santa Catalina Convent, which is almost a city within a city in the centre of the town. Not only are the buildings of the convent stunningly beautiful, with brightly painted walls and shady courtyards, it also has a fascinating history which you can learn about on a guided tour.
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 87 Arequipa
                        For the next two days ( Day 11 or 12) we will enjoy free time to independently explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or to take part in some optional activities in and around the city. 

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

                        Visit Arequipa's Museo Santuarios Andinos, home of the famous mummy of 'Juanita' mummy - the frozen remains of an Inca girl that was sacrificed on a nearby mountain over 600 years ago : PEN 20

                        Freely explore the beautiful monastery and convent of Santa Catalina, an incredibly photogenic 'city within a city' in Arequipa : PEN 35 

                        Head out for an exciting morning of white-water rafting on the Chili River near Arequipa : USD 35

                        Take a 'Reality Tour' of Arequipa, a walking tour with an alternative focus on the daily lives of the local people and contemporary issues facing modern Peru : PEN 40

                        Take a fascinating cooking class in Arequipa, learning how to create some iconic Peruvian cuisine and taking a tour of the nearby food markets : PEN 90 
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 88 Arequipa
                        For the next two days ( Day 11 and 12) we will enjoy free time to independently explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or to take part in some optional activities in and around the city.  

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

                        Visit Arequipa's Museo Santuarios Andinos, home of the famous mummy of 'Juanita' mummy - the frozen remains of an Inca girl that was sacrificed on a nearby mountain over 600 years ago : PEN 20

                        Freely explore the beautiful monastery and convent of Santa Catalina, an incredibly photogenic 'city within a city' in Arequipa : PEN 35

                        Head out for an exciting morning of white-water rafting on the Chili River near Arequipa : USD 35

                        Take a 'Reality Tour' of Arequipa, a walking tour with an alternative focus on the daily lives of the local people and contemporary issues facing modern Peru : PEN 40

                        Take a fascinating cooking class in Arequipa, learning how to create some iconic Peruvian cuisine and taking a tour of the nearby food markets : PEN 90 
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Day 89 Puerto Inca
                        Today we will continue our drive and head all the way downhill to the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equipped campsite on the beach.

                        Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

                        About Puerto Inca:
                        Puerto Inca is situated on the Peruvian Pacific coast, nd was once the Inca port that supplied the city of Cuzco with supplies of fish. It is a great place to relax on the beach, enjoying scenic views of the ocean and a dip in the swimming pool! 
                        Accommodation
                        Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                        Day 90 Nazca
                        This morning we head north to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. We will have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilization.  

                        In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.

                        In Nazca we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

                        Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. 

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

                        See a section of the famous Nazca Lines from the viewing tower built by the archaeologist Maria Reiche : PEN 3 

                        Take a scenic flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, to get the best possible view of the world-famous figures :  USD 130 

                        INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

                        Visit the incredible ancient Nazca sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the nearby Cahuachi Pyramid : Included in Kitty

                        About Nazca:
                        Nazca is home to the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines, enormous geometric designs and petroglyphs inscribed on the ground of the desert on the arid high plateau between Nazca and Palpa - some of the figures are over 200m across in size. Many of the lines form stylised depictions of animals, such as monkeys, spiders and hummingbirds, as well as trees and other designs. Archaeologists believe the Nazca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE by the Nazca culture - although scholars are unsure as to their exact purpose, but they almost certainly has religious significance to the Nazca. The designs are simply shallow lines made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the grey ground beneath. The Nazca Lines were discovered in 1927 by Peruvian archaeologist Toribio Mejia Xesspe, and later famously studied by the German archaeologist Maria Reiche. You can view the lines from a viewing tower or take a flight in a small plane to see them from above. Close to the town are the sites of the ancient Nazca city of Cahuachi and the Chauchilla Cemetery, where you can see the tombs of people of the ancient Nazca civilisation. It is something of an eerie sight to see the skulls, bones and even hair of the dead, preserved in a remarkable state thanks to the dry desert air. 



                        Included Activities
                        • Chauchilla cemetery
                          Accommodation
                          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                          Day 91 Huachachina
                          Today we continue north, stopping at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of the Nazca Lines.

                          We will arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune bugging and the further option to camp out under the stars in the deserts.

                          For those that do not wish to participate in the optional camping in the desert, in Huacachina we will stay in dorm accommodation in the village itself.

                          Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. 

                          OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

                          Head out for an exhilarating dune buggy ride and sand boarding trip into the sand dunes of Huacachina, followed by a camp out around the fire and under the stars in the beautiful deserts : USD 60

                          About Huacachina:
                          Huacachina is a sparkling oasis nestled in the deserts near Ica in northern Peru - an area that is more reminiscent of the Sahara than South America! The picturesque lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and towering sand dunes and creates a tranquil oasis in the dusty coastal desert. The small town here has become a popular destination for travellers due to its incredible sand boarding and dune bugging opportunities. 
                          Included Activities
                          • Paracas National Park
                            Accommodation
                            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                            Day 92 Ballestas Islands/Lima
                            Today we will drive the short distance to Paracas and board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.

                            After lunch, we will continue north to arrive at the chaotic Peruvian capital of Lima.

                            In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical center.

                            Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. 

                            INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

                            Take a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, and see their colossal colony of resident seals and seabirds  : Included in Kitty.

                            About Lima:
                            Lima is Peru's buzzing and busy capital city, and the second largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo! Despite its colossal size and chaotic areas, if you explore the capital's streets, parks and plazas you'll discover a real gem of a city. Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and was originally the administrative centre for Spain’s Vice royalty in South America, making it the continent’s most important city for nearly three centuries. It became a city of great wealth financed by the massive quantities of gold and silver that were mined in the area, and became the capital of independent Peru after its liberation from the Spanish in 1821. There are many museums in Lima showcasing the finest artefacts from the country's many ancient civilizations, and you can visit the finely preserved catacombs at the Church of San Francisco. There are many excellent restaurants in the city and a thriving nightlife in the lively district of Miraflores.

                            About Ballestas Islands:
                            The Ballestas Islands are a series of rock formations in the turbulent waters of the Pacific just off the coast of Paracas. Sometimes referred to as the "poor man's Galapagos", the islands have an abundance of wildlife, including Humboldt penguins, Blackish oyster catchers, cormorants and Peruvian boobies living alongside vast colonies of sea lions, all noisily crowding the Ballestas coastline and jostling for space. The wildlife is fantastic to see on a boat trip around the islands. The startling biodiversity around the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Park is the result of two merging currents in the Pacific - the warm northern waters of El Niño and the cooler waters of the Humboldt. The climatic conditions produced by the combination of these two currents create the perfect environment for a proliferation in the number of plankton and phytoplankton, the core constituents in the diet of fish. 
                            Included Activities
                            • Ballestas Islands boat trip
                              Accommodation
                              Hotel (1 nt)
                              Day 93 Lima
                              Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA code: LIM).

                              There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

                              Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima.

                              In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

                              Hotel for the night: Hotel Kamana
                              Hotel Kamana
                              Jr. Camaná 547
                              Lima (Downtown)
                              Peru
                              Tel - +51 1426 7204 

                              OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                              Visit Lima's famous Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), containing over 7000 pieces of gold, silver and gilded copper from a number of Peru's different pre-Columbian cultures : PEN 33

                              Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath : PEN 7

                              Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima : USD 35

                              Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s : PEN 9

                              See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains : PEN 4

                              Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world : PEN 30

                              Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima : USD 40 

                              About Lima:
                              Lima is Peru's buzzing and busy capital city, and the second largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo! Despite its colossal size and chaotic areas, if you explore the capital's streets, parks and plazas you'll discover a real gem of a city. Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and was originally the administrative centre for Spain’s Vice royalty in South America, making it the continent’s most important city for nearly three centuries. It became a city of great wealth financed by the massive quantities of gold and silver that were mined in the area, and became the capital of independent Peru after its liberation from the Spanish in 1821. There are many museums in Lima showcasing the finest artefacts from the country's many ancient civlisations, and you can visit the finely preserved catacombs at the Church of San Francisco. There are many excellent restaurants in the city and a thriving nightlife in the lively district of Miraflores. 
                              Accommodation
                              Hotel (1 nt)
                              Day 94 Huaraz
                              Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Paramonga Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.

                              In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms depending on availability.

                              Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

                              About Huaraz:
                              Huaraz is situated high up in the Andes, dominated by the highest tropical mountain range in the world - the Cordillera Blanca. Looming over the town is Peru's highest peak, the 6,768m mountain of Huascarán. Huaraz offers great opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, horse riding and rafting in the spectacular mountains, or even head out ice-climbing on the Pastoruri Glacier. There are some wonderful nearby historical sites, such as the ancient ceremonial centre of Chavín de Huántar which dates from 1200-500 BCE, and the Wilcahuaín ruins, once an outpost of the Wari civilisation between 600-900 CE. 
                              Included Activities
                              • Chan Chan Archaeological Site
                              • Pyramids of Sun and Moon
                              • Lord of Sipan Museum
                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Day 95 Huaraz
                                ( Day 3 to 4 )

                                We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huántar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers. 

                                OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                                Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE : PEN 100

                                Explore the remarkably well-persevered three story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE : PEN 15

                                Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash : PEN 15

                                Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca : USD 27

                                Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs : USD 25 

                                Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region : USD 25

                                Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz : USD 55

                                Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain : USD 45

                                Head out for a day of beginners-level ice climbing in the vally of Llaco in the Cordillera Blanca mountains : USD 50 

                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Day 96 Huaraz
                                ( Day 3 to 4 )
                                 
                                We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huántar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers. 
                                 
                                OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
                                 
                                Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE : PEN 100 
                                 
                                Explore the remarkably well-persevered three story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE : PEN 15 
                                 
                                Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash : PEN 15 
                                 
                                Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca : USD 27 
                                 
                                Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs : USD 25 
                                 
                                Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region : USD 25
                                 
                                Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz : USD 55 
                                 
                                Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain : USD 45 
                                 
                                Head out for a day of beginners-level ice climbing in the vally of Llaco in the Cordillera Blanca mountains : USD 50 
                                 
                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Day 97 Huanchaco
                                Today we will have a full day's drive down the stunning 'Casma Route' to the Pacific coast and on to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo.

                                In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel.

                                Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

                                About Huanchaco:
                                Huanchaco is a small town on the Peruvian coast that is rapidly acquiring a reputation for the quality of the surfing off its relaxed beaches. Wandering along the sea front you will come across the local fishermen's "caballitos de tortora" - curved reed boats left propped up in groups together on the sand. Huanchaco is an ideal location from which to explore the numerous archaeological ruins that surround the nearby city of Trujillo. One of the most impressive sites is that of the enormous Pre-Colombian complex of Chan Chan, a vast adobe city constructed as the capital of the Chimú civilisation which thrived in the area between 900-1470 CE, when they were finally invaded by the Incas. Another incredible site is the pyramid-shaped Huaca de la Luna, the impressive remains of the capital of the Moche civilsation that flourished between 100-800 CE - this site contains some phenomenal abode structures and well-preserved painted murals of the Moche deity Ai Apaec. 
                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Day 98 Huanchaco
                                Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon). 

                                INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                                Head out on a guided tour of the colourful Moche Pyramids and the colossal Chimú adobe city of Chan Chan near the Peruvian city of Trujillo : Included in Kitty 
                                Accommodation
                                Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                Day 99 Lambayeque / Punta Sal
                                Today we will have a full day's drive along the coast of northern Peru. We will have an included visit to the phenomenal Lord of Sipán museum in Lambayeque, home of an incredible collection of Chimu-era treasures (please note that this museum is closed on Mondays, so we will be unable to visit if your trip passes through on a Monday).

                                We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

                                Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

                                INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                                Visit the incredible Lord of Sipan Museum in the town of Lambayeque, displaying the contents of a royal tomb of the Chimu civilisation discovered nearby - widely regarded as one of the most phenomenal collections of ancient treasure ever found (please note that this is not available on Mondays, as the museum is closed) : Included in Kitty

                                About Lambayeque:
                                The small Peruvian town of Lambayeque is home to the impressive Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, a world-class museum that showcases the finest artefacts from the archaeological finds at nearby Sipán. The ancient city of Sipán was a settlement of the Moche civilisation that thrived in the area between 50-700 CE. The ruins were discovered in 1987, and when excavated revealed a set of fantastic and well-preserved royal tombs. Although some tombs had been plundered, many were found intact and full of some of the most extraordinary historical treasures ever discovered in the world! Amongst the most impressive discoveries made here is the tomb of the famous ‘Lord of the Sipán’, a Moche priest found buried amidst an array of gold, jewels and fabrics - some phenomenal gold and silver ornamental and ceremonial artifacts were recovered, which demonstrate the outstanding craftsmanship of the Moche metalworkers. 

                                About Punta Sal:
                                Situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in a long, curved bay, Punta Sal is a haven of sun and sand. The warm and tranquil waters are a pleasure to swim in and there's also the opportunity to set out on boat trips along the coast line. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, horse riding along the beach and salsa lessons can be arranged, or just kick-back in a hammock and laze the day away, enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful spot.
                                Included Activities
                                • Hat Factory Tour
                                  Accommodation
                                  Guesthouse (1 nt)
                                  Day 100 Punta Sal
                                  Today we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal. 

                                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                                  Try your hand at surfing in the ideal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Punta Sal or Mancora : USD 20 

                                  Rent a mountain bike to explore the coast of Punta Sal and the beautiful nearby areas of Canoas and Plateritos : USD 20

                                  Explore the coastlines of Punta Sal by foot, or head out trekking through the nearby hills and farms of Canoas : Free

                                  Explore the beaches of northern Peru on quad bikes, or ride through the nearby inland forests : USD 30

                                  Take a beginner's belly-dancing class with our hosts at the beaches of Punta Sal : USD 10

                                  Take a yoga session at our beach campsite in Punta Sal : USD 10
                                  Accommodation
                                  Hotel (1 nt)
                                  Day 101 Cuenca
                                  Border information: Exit Peru at Tumbes, enter Ecuador at Huaquillas.

                                  Today we will have a long drive day north, crossing the border into southern Ecuador and arriving at the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca.

                                  In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

                                  Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

                                  About Cuenca:
                                  Cuenca is Ecuador's third-largest city and its small centre is home to some beautiful architecture. The city was founded in 1557 and named after the city of Cuenca in Spain, the birthplace of the Viceroy of Peru at the time. This small university town is a pleasure to explore, and you'll discover impressive churches that date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries, attractive colonial buildings, tranquil plazas and lively markets. The Ecuadorians consider it the finest city in the country, and many of its buildings are constructed from marble and decorated with stunning woodwork and ironwork. Cuenca is also the home of the Panama hat, and you can visit one of the famous hat factories and watch the skills of the craftsman on your travels here. 
                                  Accommodation
                                  Hostel (1 nt)
                                  Day 102 Cuenca
                                  Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process. 

                                  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                                  Visit some of the volcanic thermal baths near to the colonial town of Cuenca : USD 6 

                                  Visit the Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, featuring an impressive range of artistic, historical, cultural, and ethnological exhibits, and most famously housing a collection of shrunken heads from the Shuar civilisation : Free

                                  Take a day trip out of Cuenca to visit the site of the Ingapirca ruins, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador : USD 25

                                  Visit one of the many factories that produce the ever-stylish Panama Hats, Cuenca's most famous export! : Free 
                                  Included Activities
                                  • Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan
                                    Accommodation
                                    Hostel (1 nt)
                                    Day 103 Chugchilán
                                    Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route and the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.

                                    In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food.

                                    Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

                                    About Chugchilán:
                                    Set on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon, the peaceful village of Chugchilán is our base to explore the stunning green landscapes of central Ecuador. Several day hikes are available in the area, the most famous being one from the volcanic Lake Quilotoa back to Chugchilán - this is without doubt one of the most beautiful day-treks to be found in South America, and takes you through the canyon and the lush fields of the area. 
                                    Accommodation
                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                    Day 104 Chugchilan / Lake Quilotoa
                                    Today we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake, and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador!

                                    The mostly-downhill usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section to wards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be quite physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer. 

                                    INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                                    Take a trek from the spectacular crater lake at Quilotoa : Included in Kitty 

                                    About Lake Quilotoa:
                                    Lake Quilotoa is a beautiful volcanic crater lake located at 3,600m above sea level in the hills between the towns of Zumbahua and Chugchilán. Its emerald water spans a circle with a diameter of 2kms - Quilotoa is an active volcano, but the last major eruption was over 850 years ago. It is possible to hike down from the crater rim to the lakeside. The descent takes 30 minutes and climbing back up takes about an hour. The lake also lends its name to the Quilotoa Loop, given to the winding circuit of spectacular dirt roads that connect Lake Quilotoa to Latacunga and the Pan-American Highway. The roads that lead away from Latacunga are unpaved, winding and have spectacular views of the mountains, rivers and verdant landscape. We will head to the town of Chugchilán on the northern section of the loop and head out on the southern section of the loop allowing you to see some of the more remote areas of the central Andes of Ecuador
                                    Accommodation
                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                    Day 105 Rio Verde
                                    Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and head north to the village of Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.

                                    In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities.

                                    Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

                                    About Rio Verde:
                                    A few kilometres from the town of Baños is the small village of Rio Verde, named after the clear green water of the river that flows through the town. A number of waterfalls are found along its course, the most spectacular being The Devil’s Cauldron (‘El Pailon del Diablo’), a 20 minute walk from our excellent campsite. Whilst staying here, we will have the opportunity to take part in optional adventure activities like as horse-riding, canyoning, mountain biking and rafting, as well as making the short trip into Baños to visit the thermal springs.
                                    Accommodation
                                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                                    Day 106 Banos / Rio Verde
                                    ( Day 14 to 15 )

                                    We will have two full days of free time for a range of activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nearby town of Baños and its popular volcanic thermal springs. 

                                    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                                    Visit the volcanic thermal springs in the town of Baños, a very popular spot with the locals : USD 3

                                    Explore the stunning gorges, forests, and landscapes of the Baños area by foot, possibly trekking the Machay River trail or visiting the nearby waterfalls of Pailon del Diablo and Machay : Free

                                    Take the famous zip-lining course through the Puntzan Canyon near Baños, flying through the forest canopy and past several waterfalls : USD 20 

                                    Go out on a half day rock climbing trip to the walls of natural lava rock just outside Banos, which have routes suitable for people of all levels : USD 30

                                    Take out some quad bikes on a tour around the winding trails near Baños : USD 36

                                    Hire mountain bikes to freely explore the winding trails around Banos : USD 7

                                    Head out on a horse riding trip through the beautiful volcanic landscapes surrounding Baños : USD 40

                                    Head out for an exhilarating half-day canyoning trip through the gorges near Baños : USD 50

                                    Go on an adrenaline-fuelled half-day rafting expedition on the Rio Pastaza near Banos, one of the best rafting experiences in South America : USD 75 

                                    About Baños:
                                    Nestled in the shadow of the fiery Tungurahua volcano is the exquisite town of Baños. Tungurahua is one of Ecuador's largest active volcanoes, and provides an incredible backdrop to treks and explorations in the area. There are some beautiful waterfalls, excellent trekking and mountain biking opportunities, and some famous volcanic hot springs which give the town its name! 
                                    Included Activities
                                    • 3 night/3 day Amazon Adventure
                                      Accommodation
                                      Hotel (1 nt)
                                      Day 107 Banos / Rio Verde
                                      ( Day 14 to 15 )
                                       
                                      We will have two full days of free time for a range of activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nearby town of Baños and its popular volcanic thermal springs. 
                                       
                                      OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
                                       
                                      Visit the volcanic thermal springs in the town of Baños, a very popular spot with the locals : USD 3 
                                       
                                      Explore the stunning gorges, forests, and landscapes of the Baños area by foot, possibly trekking the Machay River trail or visiting the nearby waterfalls of Pailon del Diablo and Machay : Free
                                       
                                      Take the famous zip-lining course through the Puntzan Canyon near Baños, flying through the forest canopy and past several waterfalls : USD 20 
                                       
                                      Go out on a half day rock climbing trip to the walls of natural lava rock just outside Banos, which have routes suitable for people of all levels : USD 30
                                       
                                      Take out some quad bikes on a tour around the winding trails near Baños : USD 36
                                       
                                      Hire mountain bikes to freely explore the winding trails around Banos : USD 7 
                                       
                                      Head out on a horse riding trip through the beautiful volcanic landscapes surrounding Baños : USD 40
                                       
                                      Head out for an exhilarating half-day canyoning trip through the gorges near Baños : USD 50 
                                       
                                      Go on an adrenaline-fuelled half-day rafting expedition on the Rio Pastaza near Banos, one of the best rafting experiences in South America : USD 75 
                                       
                                      About Baños: 
                                      Nestled in the shadow of the fiery Tungurahua volcano is the exquisite town of Baños. Tungurahua is one of Ecuador's largest active volcanoes, and provides an incredible backdrop to treks and explorations in the area. There are some beautiful waterfalls, excellent trekking and mountain biking opportunities, and some famous volcanic hot springs which give the town its name! 
                                      Accommodation
                                      Lodge (1 nt)
                                      Day 108 Amazon Jungle
                                      Today we drive to the edge of the Amazon basin near the town of Tena, where we head to our jungle lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.

                                      In the Ecuadorian Amazon we will stay in a comfortable rain forest lodge with meals included.

                                      Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

                                      About Ecuadorian Amazon:
                                      The eastern part of Ecuador consists largely of tropical moist broad leaf forests that cover the lower slopes of the Andes and spill down into the Amazon Basin. The upland rain forest is strikingly different to that which is found in the lower basin, and features steep, rugged ridges and cascading streams and waterfalls. From our lodge near the city of Tena, we will explore these upland forests on foot and by boat - we'll aim to find various waterfalls, caves and creeks in the forest, all the while keeping an eye out for the area's elusive wildlife. We'll also visit a local Quichua community during our stay in the forest lodge. 
                                      Accommodation
                                      Lodge (1 nt)
                                      Day 109 Amazon Jungle
                                      ( Day 17 to 18 )

                                      Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rain forest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community. 

                                      INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

                                      Spend 3 nights at our fantastic Ecuadorian rain forest lodge, taking in many activities such as boat trips on the Napo River, visits to local Quichua communities and treks through the jungle to some spectacular waterfalls and bat caves! : Included in Kitty

                                      Accommodation
                                      Lodge (1 nt)
                                      Day 110 Amazon Jungle
                                      ( Day 17 to 18 )
                                       
                                      Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rain forest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community. 
                                       
                                      INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 
                                       
                                      Spend 3 nights at our fantastic Ecuadorian rain forest lodge, taking in many activities such as boat trips on the Napo River, visits to local Quichua communities and treks through the jungle to some spectacular waterfalls and bat caves! : Included in Kitty
                                      Accommodation
                                      Hotel (1 nt)
                                      Day 111 Quito
                                      Today we will drive back up into the highlands and arrive at the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

                                      In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.

                                      Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. 

                                      OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                                      Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection : USD 2 

                                      About Quito:
                                      Quito is the capital of Ecuador, nestled in a hollow in the mountains in between the volcanos Cayambe, Pichincha and Cotopaxi -at 2,850m above sea level, it is the world's highest official capital city. Founded in 1534 by a group of settlers led by Sebastián de Benalcázar, the town slowly grew throughout the Spanish colonial era and after the region's independence from Spain in 1822. The colonial old town is a maze of steep, cobbled streets with intricately carved, overhanging balconies, and some of the best examples of Spanish colonial art and churches anywhere in the Americas - along with Kraków, Quito was the first ever World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. The modern area of the town is lively and has some fantastic restaurants and bars. Quito'smix of European and Indian cultures make this a really fascinating city, and you will come across stalls displaying Indian textiles, colourful wall hangings, jewellery, pottery and woodcarvings. Quito has some incredible museums, galleries and parks in the city, and some excellent adventure activities and mountain treks nearby for those with extra time in the area.
                                      Accommodation
                                      Hotel (1 nt)
                                      Day 112 Quito
                                      Border Information: if finishing in Quito, you will most likely exit Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).

                                      Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Quito. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below. 

                                      OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

                                      Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamín : USD 6

                                      Visit the monument to mark the Equator at Mitad del Mundo : USD 3

                                      Take a trip on Quito's Telerifico to the top of the Cruz Loma mountain, getting breathtaking views over the city from a height of 4,270m : USD 8.5

                                      Visit the excellent Museo de la Ciudad, housed in Quito's oldest building, which explores the history of everyday life from pre-Colombian times all the way up until the present day : USD 3

                                      Take a walk around Quito's incredible Botanical Gardens, which showcases all of Ecuador's various ecosystems and their flora : USD 3.5

                                      Visit the Museo Mindalae, the extremely original project showcasing Ecuador's rich cultural diversity : USD 3

                                      Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection : USD 2

                                      Enjoy the fantastic view over Quito's Old Town from the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the nearby Cerro Panecillo : Free 
                                      Itinerary disclaimer
                                      ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                      OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

                                      THE W WALK: If you wish to hike the full W Walk in Torres del Paine National Park, you can pre-book the package with us. The extension package includes the two extra nights camping on the trail with facilities, food for the duration of the trek, and the service of an expert English speaking local guide. This package does book out well in advance so it is not possible to organise this activity locally. It must be ore-booked
                                      Physical rating

                                      On Day 2 of the Inca Trail or Community Trek you will be walking uphill from 3000 to 4500 metres above sea level before descending steeply through big steps and difficult terrain. While on day 3 of the Community Trek you will reach an altitude of 4700m. This demanding walk is the main challenge our passengers face on this trip, however it's also one of the highlights and worth every minute of it.

                                      We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long staircases with a pack is good preparation. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trekking to its fullest.

                                      In these parts of the world you'll need to be healthy enough to cope with extremes of climate; from hot deserts through to the cold of high mountain areas.

                                      Overland travelling can be demanding - long, rough travel days and dusty conditions can be challenging to some. You'll need to be fit enough to help every day with the camp chores (cooking, washing up, general camp set up) as well as putting up, and taking down your own tent. There are some long driving days and some early morning starts. The step-up into the overland vehicle, while not overly high, can become tiring. You need to judge if you are physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down the step at least 8-10 times a day.
                                      Included activities
                                      Boat trip
                                      Two night Pantanal adventure
                                      Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
                                      Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
                                      Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
                                      Quilmes Ruins
                                      Vineyard Tour
                                      Valle de la Luna Excursion
                                      Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats
                                      Isla del Sol boat trip
                                      Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
                                      Cuzco Visitor Ticket
                                      Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
                                      Chauchilla cemetery
                                      Paracas National Park
                                      Ballestas Islands boat trip
                                      Chan Chan Archaeological Site
                                      Pyramids of Sun and Moon
                                      Lord of Sipan Museum
                                      Hat Factory Tour
                                      Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan
                                      3 night/3 day Amazon Adventure
                                      Important notes
                                      1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
                                      2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
                                      3. You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) will be confirmed automatically.

                                      Classic Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Classic Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you will be booked on the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) instead.

                                      The Classic Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf).

                                      Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

                                      Group size
                                      Maximum of 22 travellers per group.
                                      Your fellow travellers
                                      GROUP TRAVEL
                                      As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                                      SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                      Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
                                      Accommodation
                                      Camping ( 39 nights ), hotel / hostel / lodge / cabin ( 72 nights)
                                      The type and variety of accommodation is determined by conditions on each of our routes. Each route is different - on some we use a mixture of campsites and wild camps; on others we also use hostels or hotels. Where it's not practical to camp (ie: in towns and cities), we use hostel or hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants. The frequency and regularity of hostel and hotel stops depends on the route and area.

                                      Campsites will range from rather basic to those with excellent facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants and bars. In some cases it may also be possible to upgrade locally to bungalows, lodges or even tree-houses. One of the highlights of overlanding is that in more remote areas we will wild camp. This allows us to get far away from the tourist crowds to some beautiful, secluded spots. On some of our trips we are able to stay in villages or local homestays, which allows us to get close to indigenous populations and ensures our money stays within local communities.

                                      Please note that camping is participatory, which means you will be expected to set-up and pack down your own tent.
                                      Meals introduction
                                      While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

                                      On an overland journey you are more than just a passenger - you're part of the crew. You are expected to pitch in to set up camp, shop for food, cook and generally help out. As part of your trip you will be assigned a truck job which could be collecting water and firewood, sweeping out the truck, loading the back locker, etc. You will be divided into smaller units of 3-4 people and take it in turns to cook for the whole group according to a rota system. When it is your turn to cook you will have to plan the meal, shop for the ingredients in local markets or supermarkets and then prepare the meal for the whole group. The secret to cooking for 20+ people in a basic camping kitchen is to keep it simple!

                                      If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting. An example of a typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, fruit and cereal as well as tea and coffee. When time allows it will also be possible to serve something hot such as eggs or pancakes. Lunch is almost always a sandwich heaped high with healthy salad and assorted fillings, with fruit to follow. Dinner might be a BBQ, risotto or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some local cooking. Generally our passengers find the more they put into a trip, the more they benefit from it.

                                      All meals while camping are included.
                                      Meals
                                      No meals included
                                      Money matters
                                      On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund and overseen by travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals and all included activities. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases.This Kitty price indicated on the trip notes below is indicative only. Please refer to the 'Check availability' page on the website for the up-to-date amount 48 hours prior to your trip commencement.

                                      Your kitty will be collected when you arrive for your trip, either on day 1 or, if on a combination trip, in stages throughout your trip.

                                      You may pay your kitty in a mixture of US Dollars cash and the rest in local currency (amount and type of currency to be agreed by the leader at the start of the trip). Most of our travellers chose to bring a cash passport with them for withdrawing local currency (you can visit www.cashpassport.com for further information on these). This is a very secure way of carrying your money whilst travelling. You treat them exactly like an ATM card and draw out local currency from an ATM to give to your leader within each country.

                                      If you do choose to pay part in local currency your trip leader will confirm the current exchange rates with you so you will know exactly how much to hand over.

                                      Travellers cheques have become increasingly difficult to change around the world with passengers and our leaders experiencing huge frustration and numerous hours spent trying to find a bank which will change travellers cheques. For this reason we no longer accept them on our trips.

                                      Kitty does not cover food while staying in hotels and hostels.

                                      KITTY CHANGES:
                                      We constantly monitor local price changes and exchange rate fluctuations that could affect kitty expenses. Final kitty contributions are likely to be different from those quoted in the brochure or at the time of booking so you must check the final amount just before departure.

                                      The official currency of Brazil is the Real (BRL).

                                      The official currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS).

                                      The official currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP).

                                      The official currency of Bolivia is the Boliviano (BOB).

                                      The official currency of Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN).

                                      Peruvian banks are allowed to reject dollar bills which are old, torn (more than one centimetre) and which have too many stamps on them. Please make sure you don't accept bills in such conditions as you may not be able to use them.

                                      The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar (USD).

                                      Please note that in Ecuador automatic money machines often limit the amount you can withdraw. This can be $100 or $200 per day depending on your card.

                                      With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money in Latin America (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Please check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

                                      Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.

                                      It's also advisable to carry some cash in small denominations bills, for those times when ATMs may not be available. US dollars is the most readily changeable currency.

                                      VERY IMPORTANT:
                                      USD100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other USD bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.

                                      SPENDING MONEY
                                      When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                                      PRICES IN CHILE & BRAZIL:
                                      Chile and Brazil are amongst the most expensive countries in South America. While in other countries you can expect to have a main meal for US$5-10 and take part of an optional activity for US$15-20, Brazil and Chile's prices are closer to what you would expect to pay in Western countries. You'll need to budget accordingly.

                                      If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

                                      The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

                                      Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

                                      Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest USD2-USD4 per passenger per day.

                                      Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We suggest USD1-USD2 per day for drivers.

                                      Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline USD2-USD4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

                                      In total, we recommend you budget approx USD5-USD10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                                      Please allow US$44.30 for international airport departure tax in Quito.

                                      Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

                                      EMERGENCY FUNDS
                                      Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                                      Group leader
                                      On all of our Dragoman-operated Overlanding trips you will be accompanied by two Western crew members who are responsible for the group and the overall organisation of the trip.

                                      While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad knowledge of the places visited and to offer suggestions of things to do and see. Dragoman trips use local guides who may stay with us for just a few hours or will actually travel with us for some or all of the journey. In these cases they become a third crew member and are able to offer their local knowledge as well as a real insight into the lives of the local people. Our crew are chosen for their leadership skills, and most importantly have a passion for the region and its people.

                                      We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and crew; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders

                                      On any Overland trip, there are a number of tasks that need to be done. Our overland trip leaders will organise the group into smaller groups of two or three who will take turns in the daily shopping and cooking, vehicle cleaning, disposing of rubbish, etc. There are also a number of other jobs that need doing e.g. collecting water and firewood, luggage loading, supervising the kitty and food stores, which may be assigned to particular people or on a rota system according to group size, make-up, and so on. You must come prepared to 'pull your weight' and share in these duties; you will become very unpopular with other group members if they have to do your share. The more you put into a trip, the more you'll benefit.
                                      Safety
                                      Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                      We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                      Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                      For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety

                                      The vehicle has fully lockable doors and windows, which is an obvious advantage, but it will probably be necessary to guard it at times and everyone should be prepared to share in this responsibility.

                                      In most areas there is very little to fear from the point of view of violence. But in all areas 'tourists' are a tempting target for pickpockets and con-men. Always be aware of this and be especially careful when leaving banks or money-changers, in any crowded areas, etc. NEVER leave things lying around - they will almost certainly get stolen. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to always be security conscious and to take all necessary precautions. Great inconvenience and distress can be caused by having your documents or possessions stolen.

                                      A few of our past group members have had the unhappy experience of having their belongings stolen before the trip starts. Beware of carrying your passport and other valuables around with you in cities. We strongly suggest you deposit your valuables in your hotel safe on arrival.

                                      FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                      Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                                      TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                      Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                                      PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                      While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                                      MONEY WITHDRAWAL:
                                      In order to avoid fraud, it is advisable that you withdraw money from ATMs located inside banks or guarded shops during business hours only.

                                      TRAVEL ADVISORY:
                                      Where we use a local partner to fully operate one of our itineraries, we use the travel advisory of the country where that operator is based rather than the Australian DFAT advisory. This itinerary is operated by our local partners Dragoman, and as such will follow the British Government (FCO) Travel Advice. To view these travel advisories please log on to:

                                      http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country
                                      Joining point
                                      Argentina Hotel
                                      Rua Cruz Lima, No 30.
                                      Flamengo
                                      Rio de Janeiro
                                      BRAZIL
                                      Phone: +55 21 2558 7233
                                      Joining point instructions
                                      Airport Santos Dumont is located 15 km north of Rio. The easiest way to your hotel is by taxi. You will find the most common yellow and blue taxis seating outside the international arrival area. While these taxis are metered, make sure you negotiate an estimated rate which should be around US$60.

                                      Alternatively, you can catch the Real Auto Bus from outside the arrival floor of terminal 1 or the ground floor of terminal 2. This bus costs around US$3 and it can take up to an hour to reach Copacabana. As it runs along Copacabana beach, ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest stop to your hotel.
                                      Finish point
                                      Fuente de Piedra II
                                      Juan León Mera N23-21 y Baquedano
                                      Quito
                                      ECUADOR
                                      Phone: 593 22900323
                                      Emergency contact
                                      Dragoman have a dedicated 24 hour telephone number which should only be used once you have left home and in the event of a real emergency. Should you need to call the number, we will do what we can to help but please bear in mind that real progress or action may not be possible until normal office hours.

                                      If your flight is delayed or cancelled, please let us know and then make your way to the joining hotel as instructed in these trip notes. If you cannot get through leave a message and a contact number as these will be regularly checked and the crew informed if necessary.

                                      Emergency Number: +44 (0) 7985106564

                                      For further contact details please use the following page:

                                      For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                                      While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                                      We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                      You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                      Dragoman: +44 (0) 1728 86222
                                      Visas
                                      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                      BRAZIL TOURIST VISA
                                      Australia: Yes - in advance
                                      Belgium: Not required
                                      Canada: Yes - in advance
                                      Germany: Not required
                                      Ireland: Not required
                                      Netherlands: Not required
                                      New Zealand: Not required
                                      South Africa: Not required
                                      Switzerland: Not required
                                      United Kingdom: Not required
                                      United States: Yes - in advance

                                      ARGENTINA TOURIST VISA
                                      Australia: Not required
                                      Belgium: Not required
                                      Canada: Not required
                                      Germany: Not required
                                      Ireland: Not required
                                      Netherlands: Not required
                                      New Zealand: Not required
                                      South Africa: Not required
                                      Switzerland: Not required
                                      United Kingdom: Not required
                                      United States: Not required

                                      ARGENTINA RECIPROCITY TAX:
                                      The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian, US and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows:
                                      Australians - US$100 (multiple entry for up to 1 year from date of issue)
                                      Canadians - US$92 (multiple entry for up to 5 years from date of issue)
                                      Americans - US$160 (multiple entry for up to 10 years from date of issue)

                                      This fee can only be paid on line through the following website:
                                      https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

                                      For instructions on how to process this payment, please visit:
                                      http://cnyor.mrecic.gov.ar/userfiles/Online_payment_instructions_0.pdf

                                      A receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.

                                      Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information with the appropriate consular.

                                      CHILE TOURIST VISA
                                      Australia: Not required
                                      Belgium: Not required
                                      Canada: Not required
                                      Germany: Not required
                                      Ireland: Not required
                                      Netherlands: Not required
                                      New Zealand: Not required
                                      South Africa: Not required
                                      Switzerland: Not required
                                      United Kingdom: Not required
                                      United States: Not required

                                      CHILE RECIPROCITY TAX:
                                      All passengers with passports from Australia and Mexico must pay a reciprocity tax before entering immigration control.
                                      At the time of writing the amounts are as follows:

                                      Australia - US$100
                                      México - US$23

                                      This tax applies only to travellers entering Chile via its international airport in Santiago and it can be used multiple times within 90 days from issued date.

                                      This tax doesn't apply to those entering Chile by another form of transport.

                                      Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information with the appropriate consular.

                                      BOLIVIA TOURIST VISA
                                      Australia: Not required
                                      Belgium: Not required
                                      Canada: Not required
                                      Germany: Not required
                                      Ireland: Not required
                                      Netherlands: Not required
                                      New Zealand: Not required
                                      South Africa: Not required
                                      Switzerland: Not required
                                      United Kingdom: Not required
                                      United States: Yes - in advance

                                      Please note: if you are required to apply for a visa to enter Bolivia, you will need the following to support it:
                                      - a copy of the Intrepid voucher that you receive after purchasing your trip
                                      - a copy of the Itinerary which you can obtain from the Trip Notes for your specific trip on our website.

                                      PERU TOURIST VISA
                                      Australia: Not required
                                      Belgium: Not required
                                      Canada: Not required
                                      Germany: Not required
                                      Ireland: Not required
                                      Netherlands: Not required
                                      New Zealand: Not required
                                      South Africa: Not required
                                      Switzerland: Not required
                                      United Kingdom: Not required
                                      United States: Not required

                                      ECUADOR TOURIST VISA
                                      Australia: Not required
                                      Belgium: Not required
                                      Canada: Not required
                                      Germany: Not required
                                      Ireland: Not required
                                      Netherlands: Not required
                                      New Zealand: Not required
                                      South Africa: Not required
                                      Switzerland: Not required
                                      United Kingdom: Not required
                                      United States: Not required

                                      Citizens of the Republic of China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia, require an appropriate visa to enter Ecuador..
                                      What to take
                                      What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

                                      Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                                      Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

                                      CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
                                      Night-time temperatures can be low during the winter months and at altitude so bring a set of warmer clothes. Thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful.

                                      A light waterproof and windproof jacket is useful and a hat essential.

                                      CAMPING EQUIPMENT:
                                      Sleeping Bag - Check the expected climate en route. Nights in desert and mountain regions can be very cold in winter months. One that zips down all one side is useful for warm nights and a sleeping bag liner for cold nights.
                                      Mattress or compressed foam - Compressed foams are the lightest, most convenient but probably the least comfortable. Self inflating mattresses are convenient, comfortable, light and small when rolled up; they are more expensive and do puncture so bring a suitable repair kit.

                                      WATER BOTTLE
                                      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

                                      In countries like Argentina, Uruguay and the Patagonia region of Chile, tap water is treated and safe to drink so please avoid the purchase of bottled water by refilling from the tap.
                                      Climate and seasonal information
                                      DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTESTS:
                                      Demonstrations and protests, often in response to local labour or social issues, occur regularly throughout Peru. National strikes can be called at short notice and can cause disruption to road networks leading to inevitable itinerary changes. Intrepid does everything possible for these changes to be at little or no extra cost; however in such circumstances we find that travellers need to access part of, or the entire, emergency fund. Please read below for more information on this trip's emergency fund.

                                      INCA TREK DETAILS
                                      You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the Quechua Community Hike at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the Quechua Community Hike will be confirmed automatically.

                                      1. Quechua Community Inca Trail
                                      This is automatically included in Overland style trips. This trek is run in conjunction with local communities in a remote mountain region above the Sacred Valley. Please note this trail is not the Lares Trail used by Intrepid on Original, Active and Basix style trips.

                                      Also, as the Classic Inca Trail is closed during the month of February for its cleaning and maintenance, the Quechua Community Inca Trail will be hiked on all trips in which the hiking starts on or after the 01st of February to and including the 28th of February.

                                      2. Classic Inca Trail
                                      If you prefer to trek the Classic Inca Trail, you must book it well in advance of travelling. As currently no more than 500 people (including support staff) per day are allowed on the Inca Trail obtaining Classic Inca Trail permits can be very hard. As soon as you decide that you want to do the Classic Inca Trail please contact Intrepid.

                                      In order to confirm a Classic Inca Trail permit, we require a deposit and the following passport information of the passport you will travel on:
                                      - Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport)
                                      - Date of birth
                                      - Passport number
                                      - Nationality
                                      - Date of passport expiry & place of issue

                                      Inconsistencies and/or changes between passport details provided at the time of booking and the passport you travel with will most likely result in you not being granted access to the Inca Trail. If for reasons outside your control you must change your passport (your passport gets stolen) after your Inca Trail permit has been purchased, please contact your booking agent immediately to attempt arrange an alternative permit (fees may apply)

                                      Upon receiving a request for a booking including the Classic Inca Trail, Intrepid will attempt to purchase the respective permit. If permits are not available then we will automatically put you on the Quechua Community Inca Trail. Please note that as Classic Inca Trail permits are non refundable and non transferable, any date change of a confirmed trip which includes the Classic Inca Trail will incur cancellation penalties. The rules and regulations controlling the Classic Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing and it is important to be aware of the issues detailed in this document before bookings and embarking on your adventure to Peru.

                                      3. Non-hike option
                                      If you do not want to trek at all but want to take part in the Sacred Valley tour and guided tour of Machu Picchu, this can be organised. You will receive a refund from kitty for the unused part of the excursion. However if this is your preferred option, in order to obtain a refund you MUST inform Intrepid at the time of booking.

                                      RIO CARNIVAL DEPARTURES:
                                      Trips coinciding with Carnival may also have more than one truck operating this route at the same time. Groups will be separated as much as possible to allow for the small group experience, however there may be times where more than one group will be in an area or at an activity at one time.
                                      Health
                                      All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                      You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                                      ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
                                      Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

                                      Before your trip:
                                      Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

                                      During your trip.
                                      While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

                                      Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

                                      http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf

                                      WHO REPORTS:
                                      The World Health Organisation has countries in Latin America registered as zones affected by hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies and malaria.

                                      DENGUE FEVER:
                                      Dengue Fever is common in Latin America and can occur throughout the year. Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil and parts of Mexico are currently suffering from a serious outbreak. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.

                                      YELLOW FEVER:
                                      A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

                                      It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
                                      Travel insurance
                                      Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                                      When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                                      If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                                      A couple of rules
                                      Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader or local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
                                      Responsible Travel
                                      We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                      Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.

                                      The Intrepid Foundation
                                      Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                                      The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                      http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                      Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Peru include:

                                      * Living Heart focuses on improving the education, nutrition and health of disadvantaged Andean women and children near Cusco. Currently they provide free breakfasts, assist local schools with educational supplies and organise visits by doctors and nurses. They are also raising funds to build homes for orphaned children and abused women and children.
                                      www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/living-heart/

                                      * Kusimayo improves the living conditions of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in one of Peru’s poorest regions: the high plains of Puno. They provide daily nutritious breakfasts for a number of pre-schools in the area, as well as educational material, hygiene kits and basic kitchenware. Take a look at this short video for more info - warning...it may melt your heart! - https://vimeo.com/154422813

                                      Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Ecuador include:

                                      * FUNDAR Galapagos, based on Santa Cruz Island, is an organization that works with the Galapagos community, to develop alternative and responsible approaches to local environmental issues. A key initiative is an organic farming program on FUNDAR’s Pajaro Brujo Reserve. Most produce in the Galapagos is imported from the mainland, and this program is creating opportunities for locals to grow organic food, encouraging healthier and more sustainable lifestyles within the community.
                                      www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/fundar-galapagos/


                                      Through the Intrepid Foundation we are raising funds in support of FUNDAR’s organic farming program as well as its weekly educational workshops for students on farming, reforestation and leadership skills.

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