Discover the diversity of South America in a journey of 23 days. Travel to the most impressive attractions of these countries. Inca Trail to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, the unique atmosphere of the Inca capital and the beauty of Lake Titicaca. In Bolivia you will visit the world's largest Uyuni Salar and in Argentina the famous train of clouds and finally you get to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to South America and Peru! After a welcome from our team we take you to the hotel where you can relax from your long journey.
Day 2: Lima - Cuzco - Cuzco City Tour
In the morning we take a plane to Cuzco, the Imperial City of the Incas. We start our city tour through this magical city. We are going to visit the cathedral, the main plaza, the former Incan palace of K’oricancha (where the colonial church of San Francisco was constructed over the Incan foundations), see the stone with 12 angles, and nearby ruins such as the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman. After lunch, we have the rest of the day free to go through the streets and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this exceptional city.
Day 3: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
We go through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will learn a lot about the Incan times, and see villages such as Pisac and its colourful indian market as well as Calca, Yucay, Urumbamba... We have lunch. Afterwards we visit Ollantaytambo, a huge Incan complex with administrative, agricultural and religious functions. Here, we can see huge walls made of stones, temples and palaces. We go to Aguas Calientes, right at the foot of the Machu Picchu. We go to the hotel and rest.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early in the morning we take the first bus to Machu Picchu, one of the New Wonders of the world, to enjoy the sunrise in this magical place. We enjoy the tranquility of the lost city of the Incas in a guided tour of approximately 2 ½ hours, which also gives us free time to walk around the ruins or climb the peak of Wayna Picchu for fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Our guide will tell us everything about this incredible construction. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cuzco.
Day 5: Cuzco - Puno
In the morning, after breakfast, we take a tourist bus towards Puno. On the way we have the chance to visit a number of interesting places such as Andahuaylillas and its beautiful chapel (Sixtine Chapel). After that, we visit Raqchi and its ancient mud constructions, and the archeological complex of Pucara. We then arrive in Puno.
Day 6: Puno - Lake Titicaca - Uros - Amantani
Boat cruise to the floating reed-islands Uros and their inhabitants - a pre-Incan tribe, the "Tribu Acuática". We visit a indigenous family on Island Amantani. Lunch. Walk to a temple complex from the pre-Incan time. Overnight in a simple accommodation in a guest family.
Day 7: Lake Titicaca - Taquile - Puno
Boat trip to the island of Taquile, whose inhabitants established a efficient social system and the daintiest weaving techniques. Lunch with a beautiful view over the lake. Walk across some hills to archeological places. Return to Puno. Overnight.
Day 8: Puno - Copacabana - La Paz
After breakfast, we take a tourist bus towards the Bolivian city of La Paz. After crossing the border between Peru - Bolivia we visit the charming village of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca at an altitude of 3,841 metres, where we also have lunch. After arriving in La Paz we have dinner and prepare ourselfes for the activities in the morning.
Day 9: La Paz “Valley of the Moon”
We go on a tour to the Valley of the moon, an impressive place with rocky formations of reddish color. We will also go to the market of the witches and buy a few things.
Day 10: La Paz
Today you have a day off to relax and enjoy the beauty of La Paz. You can visit the market or go shopping.
Day 11: La Paz – Uyuni
We travel from La Paz to Uyuni appreciating spectacular landscapes on the way. The trip takes about 11 hours. After arriving in Uyuni, we rest until the following day. If it is not possible to take the train because of the dates (trains only operate on Tuesdays and Fridays) we take a local bus.
Day 12: Salar de Uyuni - Chuivica
Today we visit the "Salar de Uyuni" where we spend most of the day. The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt lake in the world. At Colchani, on the northern edge of the lake, we can see where the salt is extracted and have a chance to see a hotel that has been constructed completely out of salt. We then head off to our lodge at Chuivica, which is on the other side of the lake.
Day 13: Laguna Colorada
Our journey continues across the awe-inspiring landscape of the high plateau, past the strange eroded forms of the Stone Forest, the active Ollagüe volcano, and a variety of mountain lagoons where you can see flamingos and other wildlife. We spend the night near the “Coloured Lagoon”, at 4,300 meters in a basic accommodation.
Day 14: Laguna Colorada - San Pedro de Atacama
Today we start our journey to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. We visit the geyser “Sol de la Mañana” at 5000 meters; hot springs and more lagoons before we cross the border to Chile. Around 1 o'clock we will arrive at San Pedro de Atacama where we can relax. It is an oasis in the middle of one of the driest deserts the world. Our accommodation is basic but with a private bathroom.
Day 15: San Pedro de Atacama - Valle de la Luna - Salta
In the morning you can relax and in the afternoon we will visit the "valle de la Luna" with its stunning stone and sand formations and impressive colours. We have a overnight bus ride to Salta (approx. 10 hours)
Day 16: Salta la Linda
In Salta la Linda we will visit the historical central with all most important attractions.
Day 17: Salta - Purmamarca
We start our tour from Salta through San Salvador. Our first stop is the village of Purmamarca with its Cerro de los Siete Colores, then Maimará, where the hills are known as painting palette. We will continue to visit the church Uquia, which houses the paintings from the Cuzco school, known as Los Angeles Arcabuceros. Then we will visit Humahuaca, with narrow streets and the whole culture of Coya, a beautiful city. La Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared in 2003 for its historical and cultural background to the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Day 18: Salta - Buenos Aires (Tango Show)
Reception at Ezeiza International Airport. Transfer to the hotel, the afternoon is free. At 20:00 pm there is the opportunity to have dinner and to visit a Tango Show, for which we have reservations for all shows in a prime location. "An unforgettable experience in Buenos Aires".
Day 19: Buenos Aires Citytour
City tour in the morning, visit the Plaza de Mayo, Government Building Metropolitan Cathedral, San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo and Recoleta. Personalized assistance by professional guides. The rest of the day is free to dispose. We recommend combining this tour with Tiger and Tren de la Costa.
Day 20: Buenos Aires - Iguazú
Transfer to Buenos Aires Aeroparque to take the flight to Iguazu. Arrival in Iguazu. Transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to dispose.
Day 21: Waterfalls on the Argentinian side
Visit the Iguazu Falls on the Argentine side and optionally the "Great Adventure". This magnificent waterfalls, surrounded by lush subtropical forests, were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We walk across the walkways and viewpoints of the upper and lower strata of society and the Devil's Throat, admiring up close the impressive waterfalls at an altitude of 70 meters above the river and the amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies.
Day 22: Waterfalls on the Brasilian side
Breakfast. Visit the waterfalls on the Brazilian side. This tour takes place in brasilia, so maybe you need a Visa.
Day 23: Iguazu - Buenos Aires Airport
Transfer to the airport in Iguazu, domestic flight to Buenos Aires. Reception at Buenos Aires Airport with subsequent international flights home.
Included in the tour price:
-Flight Cuzco - Lima.
-All land transport between destinations and hotel transfers.
-All tour programmes named in the itinerary.
-Local guides in each location.
-An experienced, English-speaking tour guide who will accompany the group
-All entrance fees to national parks, museums, and the Machu Picchu sanctuary.
-Box lunch during expeditions (2-day Inca Trail and Salar de Uyuni)
-3-star hotels with breakfast (except on Salar de Uyuni expedition where accommodation is basic)
Not included in the tour price:
-Food and drink for lunch and dinner in the cities and towns
-Snacks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, entry to discotheques.
Information on food and drink:
In the major cities there is a wide range of Peruvian and international cuisine available. A meal with something to drink costs between $2-7 USD. Mineral water or soda costs 0.30-0.50 USD for a half-liter bottle. A large bottle of beer costs $1-2 USD.
What to bring:
Walking shoes with a strong sole (eg Vibram), flashlight or head lamp, hat or cap, plenty of sun cream, layers of light and warm clothing for a range of climatic conditions including a wind and water resistant jacket, camera with lithium batteries, ear plugs (optional), sleeping bag (optional).
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.