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South America Adventure - Peru, Bolivia and Galapagos with optional Easter Island extension - March/April 2019

Price A$12,720


Destination

LimaPuerto Maldonado CuscoSacred Valley / OllantaytamboAguas CalientesMachu PicchuCuzcoPunoLake TiticacaLa PazIsabela IslandGalapagosQuitoSantiagoEaster Island


Category
Group Tours

Duration
23 days 22 nights
Tour Details

Peru 20th March to 10th April 2019 A$12,720 plus air

Easter Island Extension 11th to 15th April 2019 A$2,775 plus air

Most people who return from South America bring back tales of wonder, tradition, diverse culture, wild landscapes and life changing experiences. If you’re looking for an adventure rich in ancient history, cultural diversity and spectacular scenery, then why not join us on our 22 day solo tour to South America to discover the fascinating countries of Peru, Bolivia and Galapagos? 

Our adventure begins in Peru, where we wander through striking cities, bustling markets, and take on the magnificent jungle and Inca trails. You’ll also make the pilgrimage to the fascinating Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, before crossing the border to Bolivia for a half day city tour of colourful La Paz. 

Get in touch with the culture of Ecuador and take a trip round one of the most attractive cities in South America, Quito and discover Ecuadorian life in all its splendour. Cruise to the picturesque Isabela Island to swim, snorkel or just relax beachside. Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, the Flamingo Lagoon and the Charles Darwin Research Station, before heading to Santa Cruz island where you’ll see the amazing Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

That’s 22 days discovering three fascinating destinations and if you fancy even more, then our optional 4 day trip to Easter Island could be just what you need!

Will you join us?

Day 1 - Lima

On arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. You will have a group meeting at 7pm with your tour leader. 

Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores Hotel (Standard room) 

Day 2 - Lima

Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, it was from Lima that all Spanish territories in South America were governed. Few cities at that time could rival Lima’s power, wealth and opulence. However its glory days ended in 1746 when the city was virtually destroyed by an earthquake. Many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and you will get a first-hand look at several of them on the tour. The striking Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas), flanked by some of the most important buildings in town such as the cathedral, the huge Government Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace, constitutes the heart of the city. In the morning, you will visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. 

Next we will visit the Central market where we will take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer including fruits, vegetables and even Guinea pigs. You will have the opportunity to try some local Peruvian fruits and street food. 

Next we will visit China town which is close to the Market. The tour will finish in Lima main square, and then you will return to your hotel. 

Rest of the afternoon will be free. In your spare time you might enjoy wandering around Miraflores, visiting Parque del Amor (Love’s Park) where you can enjoy a view across Lima’s beaches, or catch a taxi to visit the Gold Museum or the Larco Museum, which is renowned for its ancient pottery collection. Please remember that you must agree on a fare with the driver before catching a taxi, as the taxis here do not have meters. (Miraflores- Downtown approximately 10-15 soles). You may also want to visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru, which is home to a wonderful collection of cultural exhibits tracing the history, arts and accomplishments of the people of Peru, ranging from the original inhabitants of the land through to the Inca Empire and the Spanish conquerors. There are a number of restaurants and cafes to choose from for dinner. Lima has some of the most superb cuisine in South America and is especially renowned for its exceptional seafood. During your time here, you may wish to try ceviche, Peru’s national dish, which is raw fish marinated in lime juice and often served with hot peppers. Tonight you will go out for an included welcome group meal together. 

Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores Hotel (Standard room) 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Lima

Today is a free day. Spend the day walking around the beachside district of Barranco where streets are lined with traditional casonas (colonial-style houses). Why not take the opportunity to visit local bars and try various pisco cocktails along the way? 

Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores Hotel (Standard room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 - Amazon Jungle

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to the Amazon Jungle, Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, the lodge staff will take us to their office in town where you’ll leave most of your luggage in a safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for our next two nights in the jungle. Navigate by outboard motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción for approximately 25 minutes. Enjoy lunch with organic ingredients and native flavors. After lunch, take a walk through Concepcion Trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk navigate by outboard motorized canoe, at the Twilight River excursion. By sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations. In the evening enjoy a nice dinner in the Casa Grande´s dining room. 

Accommodation: Explorer’s Inn Lodge 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Amazon Jungle

New experiences lie ahead and after taking a nutritious buffet breakfast get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the Reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche (Arapaima gigas). Back to the lodge for lunch, and later the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk await. Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers (30m) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 ft. high (28 m). Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch whitethroated toucans (Ramphastos tucanus), woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and the three-toed sloth (Choleopus hoffmani). After descending keep feeling the incredible rainforest energy going along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the swamps (aguajales). You will learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem. At night get ready for an adventure during the rainforest by night excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest and the nocturnal animals who display intriguing behavior patterns. 

Listen to the nocturnal sounds of nature that penetrate this hidden world. End your day with a pleasant dinner. 

Accommodation: Explorer’s Inn Lodge 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Cusco

After breakfast buffet, take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorized canoe. You will then be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the morning will be free to relax and acclimatize to the new altitude (3,450 meters above sea level). The city itself is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Incabuilt walls line the central streets and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for explorations into the Inca world or to enjoy a range of outdoor activities. In the afternoon, your leader will take you on a walking tour including a visit to the Coca Musuem - where you can learn more about this infamous plant which has been an essential part of life in the Andes for centuries. On the way you will see the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace, on Hatun Rumilloc Street. Then, you will visit the heart of the city, “the Plaza de Armas”, surrounded by colonial arcades and four churches. You will explore the San Pedro Market where you will find vegetables, meats, local cheeses (which you should certainly try), local chocolates, herbal medicines and many local handicrafts. It’s a great place to purchase some souvenirs. The market is also a place where many locals go to eat ‘mystery soups’. Some may be just chicken; however, the most popular amongst the locals are usually the more unusual ones like frog soups or soups that contains nose to tail of various animals. 

Accommodation: Xima Cusco Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7 - Cusco

Today is a free day in Cusco. You could use your ticket called “Boleto Turistico” that was included on your city tour program. This boleto Turistico (Tourist Ticket) gives you entry to different places in Cusco. Some of these places are visited during your city tour. However on your free time in Cusco you will be able to use this Boleto Turistico to visit the rest of the museums, churches and sites. On the backside of the ticket you will find information about opening and closing times and some telephone numbers, etc. You will also find a map of the central parts of Cusco, and a little map that gives you a hint on where some places outside Cusco are located (Machu Picchu, Chinchero, Pisaq, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo etc). Also we recommend you visit the traditional and picturesque neighborhood of San Blas. To get to this place you have to take a short but increasingly steep walk from the Plaza de Armas. Here, you can find art studios, artisan workshops, many of the best bars and restaurants. It’s a great area to wander around! 

Accommodation: Xima Cusco Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8 - Sacred Valley / Ollantayambo

Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley, known as Wilcamayo by the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. 

At the Sacred Valley you will visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an awesome picture of how highly developed Inca engineering was. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca’s military strength. You will head to a community in the Valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities and if our visit coincides with market day you can spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practicing some of the local language, Quechua. 

Typical lunch is included this day. In the afternoon, you will head to the town of Ollantaytambo that was built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Ollantaytambo’s archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below. 

Accommodation: Samanapaq Hotel (Standard Room) or similar 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - Aguas Calientes

This morning you will have some free time to wonder around the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo. Then, at midday you will walk to the train station located near the hotel. You will board the “Expedition” train towards Aguas Calientes, a modern little town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience in this country. 

After passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, till finally reaching the cloud forest. After approximately 1 hour 45 minutes you will have arrived in Aguas Calientes town, where you will be to taken to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon will be free. We recommend you discover this beautiful town, by visiting the open-air market, filled with displays of local Andean curios and clothing or relax at the thermal baths located at the end of the town. 

Dinner is included in a local restaurant. 

Accommodation: Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu Hotel (Traditional Room) 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

At 5:30 am this morning, take the bus back up the winding road to Machu Picchu. On your second visit to the ruins you’ll have free time to explore and take any photos you may have missed yesterday. In the afternoon, the group will return by bus and train to Cuzco, where you’ll spend the night. 

Accommodation: Xima Cusco Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11 - Cusco

Today will be free for you to continue exploring Cusco. 

Accommodation: Xima Cusco Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12 - Puno

Today, you will travel to Puno (10 hours bus journey). This is a unique experience; the first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which tower over the deep valleys. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuñas and alpacas can be seen. On the journey, you’ll enjoy seeing a variety of different locations that hold magical charm and an ancestral history, such as: The Sistine Chapel of the Americas or the Andahuaylillas church, which was built during the 17th century; the archaeological site of Raqchi, also known as Temple of Wiracocha, the majestic La Raya pass (road limit between Cusco and Puno, with a beautiful view of the Chimboya Glacier), and the fascinating Lithic Museum of the Pukará culture, where you can find pottery and sculptures representing zoomorphic figure. Lunch is included in a restaurant on route. Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances. Many festivals are celebrated here, so if you’re lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colorful evening parades, when the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians. Tonight you will stay in a Puno hotel. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, sitting at 3,820 m above sea level. From the shoreline, the water stretches out almost as far as the eye can see, its expanses just waiting to be explored. 

Accommodation: Taypikala Lago Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 - Lake Titicaca

Today you will visit Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. A full day tour by boat to the Uros and Taquile Island will uncover the Andean culture. The lake contains numerous islands whose inhabitants continue to live as their ancestors have in custom and tradition. The Uros, an example of this; live on “floating islands” that they have artificially made entirely of totora reeds, and they navigate in their traditional boats also made out of totora reeds. The Uros on the islands have intermarried with the Aymara and no pure Uros exist. The people are friendly, but very poor, and consequently there are constant requests for money. Rather than giving the children money or sweets, we suggest that you buy their little reed boats or drawings from the children. 

Then, we continue to Taquile Island, located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca 45 km offshore from the city of Puno. It will take a couple of hours to reach the island so perhaps bring a book along or get ready to sit back and watch the world go past. The end destination is worth the trip. About 2,200 people live on the island. Taquile is known for the kindness of its residents, their ancestral skill in weaving, their pre-Columbian constructions and lovely countryside. You will find fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. In the afternoon, you will return to Puno by boat. 

Accommodation: Taypikala Lago Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 14 - La Paz

Today, you will travel to Desaguadero, where you’ll cross the border into Bolivia. The first stop is the Peruvian migration office where you’ll be asked to leave the bus and proceed through Peruvian migration. Then walk via a bridge to the Bolivian side, submit your passport at the Bolivian migration office and reboard the bus, which will continue to La Paz. About 30 minutes after crossing the border there’s another stop where the army will again check your documents. Bolivia is one to two hours ahead of Peru. 

On your way to La Paz, you will stop at Tiahuanaco for a guided visit. The Tiahuanaco archaeological site was where the Incas learned about building systems and agricultural practices. This was the base of a great civilization that began around 500 BC before mysteriously ‘disappearing’ around 1200 AD. It is believed that the ceremonial complex date back to the 8th century AD and was once at the center of a powerful and self-sustaining empire based in the southern Central Andes. 

The sprawling ruins comprise of temples, courtyards, terraced pyramids, monolithic stone statues and gateways. The most famous structure is the Puerta Del Sol (Gateway of the Sun). From the ruins it is less than a two-hour drive to La Paz, where you’ll spend the night. 

You will enjoy spectacular views of the city on your approach, due to its unique location in the middle of a vast volcanic crater that resembles a bowl. 

Accommodation: Rosario de la Paz Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 15 - La Paz

At around 3,600 meters above sea level, La Paz feels like the top of the world. It’s not far from it and vies with Tibet for the title of highest capital in the world. 

Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the center of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz’s indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the marketfilled streets is both modern and traditional. 

This morning you will head out on an included half day city tour. You will visit Moon Valley known to the locals at Valley de la Luna, which is a maze of canyons and giant spires. Following this head back to La Paz and delve into the witches market, where witches in dark hats sell dried llama fetuses for good luck. 

Your tour will finish with a ride up the cable car to view the city from above. 

Accommodation: Rosario de la Paz Hotel (Standard Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 16 - Fly La Paz - Quito

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador. 

After breakfast, you will be transferred as a group to the airport for your onward flight to Quito. Your welcome meeting will take place at 6.30 pm. Sitting at an altitude of 2,850 m under the gaze of Volcan Pichincha, Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America. Long and incredibly thin, the city stretches along a central valley formed by the east and west ranges of the Andes. Although compact, Quito’s Old Town is full of historic buildings - there are more than 30 churches to explore, not to mention the fascinating museums. Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour. La Compania de Jesus is considered by many the most beautiful in the Americas; it’s certainly one of the most ornate. It’s claimed that seven tonnes of gold leaf cover the interior whilst the exterior is decorated with statues, busts, sculpted heads and a jungle of carved leaves. Take a walk down the famous Calle La Ronda, Quito’s oldest street. La Ronda is a peek into the colonial past of the city. This quaint street offers the city’s best in one place. 

Optional Activities 

Compania de Jesus - USD4 

La Ronda - Free 

Ballet Folklorico Ecuatoriano de Jacchigua - USD40 

Accommodation: Plaza Sucre Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 17 - Isabela Island

Isabela Island (B,D) 

Early in the morning you are transferred to Quito airport for your flight to Santa Cruz Island. The Galapagos National Institute has introduced a Transit Control Card. This card has a cost of US$20 and it must be purchased by every person travelling to the Galapagos Islands after checking in at Quito airport. 

Upon arrival you need to go through immigration and pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 in cash (small bills please). You land at about midday and transfer from the airport to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch (not included). After lunch you travel by private speed boat for approx. 2.5-3hr speed boat to Isabella Island. 

If you plan to take seasickness medications, this will be a good time to start with it. Upon arrival to Isabela Island you need to pay the USD5 dock fee collected by the Galapagos National Park. As per all the random and mandatory fees charged by the Galapagos National Park, these fees can change at no notice. 

After a brief rest at the hotel, you head to Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of\ flamingos. If you are up for a walk, ask your tour leader to point you in the direction of a walking track that takes you back to town. 

Included Activities 

Walking tour 

Accommodation: Albemarle Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18 - Isabela Island

After breakfast, you visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center followed by lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon you travel by speedboat to Tintoreras Island - a deep crevice with clear and calm waters frequented by Tintoreras (white-tip sharks) as well as penguins, sea lions and marine iguanas. 

Enjoy swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing before returning to your hotel. The snorkelling site will be chosen depending on the swimming and snorkeling ability of members of the group. 

Included Activities 

Isla Tintoreras 

Isla Isabela - Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre 

Accommodation: Albemarle Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19 - Isabela Island

Today is free for you to take on different optional activities. You can go for a (long) walk or (easy) bike ride to the “Muro de las Lagrimas” (Wall of Tears). From 1946 to 1959, the Ecuadorian government designated Isabela Island as a penal colony Prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “Muro de las Lagrimas”. 

Accommodation: Albemarle Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 20 - Santa Cruz

Today, you take a private speedboat to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) and are transferred to your hotel. Drop off your bags, grab your camera and head off to the Charles Darwin Research Station. 

The station’s visitor centre is an essential stop for anyone interested in the archipelago’s natural and human history, and keen to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos. It also offers a great chance for close-up encounters with giant tortoises, and you can see many newborn and young giant turtles - part of the breeding program to reintroduce them to their natural habitat. 

After lunch we continue exploring Santa Cruz Island on a walk to Tortuga Bay, a picturesque beach located approximately 1hr walk (each way) from town - water and snacks are not available in Tortuga Bay so be prepared. 

Included Activities 

Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre 

Accommodation: Solymar Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 21 - Santa Cruz

Today is free for you to continue to explore Santa Cruz island. You can opt to take on a vehicle based tour to the highland and see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. Join your tour leader for a group dinner before returning to Quito tomorrow (own expense). 

Accommodation: Solymar Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 22 - Quito

Today you are transferred to the airport in time for your late morning flight back to Quito. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by in the afternoon. You are free to relax and enjoy Quito at your leisure, before the farewell dinner at Theatrum (own expense). 

Accommodation: Plaza Sucre Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 23 - Quito

There are no group activities planned on our last day so you can depart at your leisure, unless you’re joining us in Easter Island! 

Accommodation: Plaza Sucre Hotel

Meals : Breakfast
Day 24 - Santiago de Chile

Welcome to Santiago de Chile! Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Providencia Hotel 

Day 25 - Easter Island

At an appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport and take the flight to Santiago – Easter Island. (flight booked at own arrangements). On arrival at Easter Island’s Mataveri Airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Hanga Roa, the island’s main town. Once you have checked into the hotel the remainder of your first day will be free. Hanga Roa is a small place with 3800 inhabitants, but has excellent facilities such as banks, shops, restaurants and bars. At the port in the middle of town you will be immediately greeted by your first ‘moai’ - Ahu Tautira. There is much to see and do if free time is available. To the north of town are some scenic spots complete with more ‘moai’, as well as the Sebastian Englebert Museum of Anthropology - a good place to get acquainted with the Easter Island story. 

Accommodation: Taha Tai Hotel or similar 

Day 26 - Easter Island

After breakfast you will join a guided excursion around Easter Island. The island covers an area of 117 square kilometres, so it is quite manageable to see most of the island in a day. You’ll leave Hanga Roa and travel along the south coast to Ahu Vaihu, where you will see eight large toppled ‘moai’ lying face down on the ground. You’ll then continue to Rano Raraku, a large volcano also known as ‘the nursery of the moai’ because the statues around the island were cut from the stones that came from this quarry. Around this area can be found a 21 metre high ‘moai’ - the largest one ever carved. At Ahu Tongariro, you will be faced with the impressive sight of 15 restored ‘moai’ right on the coastline. The originals were destroyed by a huge tidal wave in 1960. Along the north coast is Anakena - a beautiful sandy beach with swaying palm trees. However, as with many significant spots on Easter Island, there is a ‘moai’ nearby standing guard in its own inimitable fashion. 

Included Activities: 

Full day tour to Anakena 

Accommodation: Taha Tai Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 27 - Easter Island

In the morning you will make your way down to Orongo Ceremonial Village, which is set in a dramatic location 400 metres high on a ridge with the ocean on one side and the crater lake of Rano Kau on the other. It contains remnants of art relating to a birdman cult that has been around on the island for centuries. Nearby are a few ‘moai’ at Ahu Vinapu. In the afternoon you will travel to Akivi and view the seven ‘moai’ that overlook the site of an ancient village and out west towards the setting sun. 

Included Activities: 

Half day tour to Orongo and Rano Kau 

Half day tour to Akivi and the ceremonial sector of Tahai 

Accommodation: Taha Tai Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 28 - Easter Island

Your Easter Island Experience will come to an end today after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.(Flight booked at own arrangements). Please ensure we are advised of your flight details booking your Easter Island Experience. 

Meals : Breakfast

PERU 

Lima - Antigua Mira Flores

The Hotel Antigua Miraflores; an authentic introduction to Peru’s rich cultural heritage. Enjoy the elegance and character of a turn of the century mansion with all the comforts and amenities of a fine hotel and the warmth and charm of a colonial B&B.  Within walking distance of some of Lima's best restaurants and bars, the Hotel Antigua Miraflores, is the perfect home base to experience vibrant Miraflores. 

Amazon Jungle - Explorer’s Inn Lodge 

One of Peru’s oldest and most historic rainforest lodges and a spectacular base from which to discover the natural wonders of the Upper Amazon. The Lodge has a total of 70 beds in single, double and triple bedrooms spread out in a series of thatched bungalows, built on raised platforms to protect from flooding. Each bedroom has a porch, complete mosquito netting, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Xima Cusco Hotel

Set in a colonial-style building, this trendy hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Incan ruins of Coricancha, 1 km from the bustling Plaza De Armas and 4 km from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. The polished rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Some add minifridges and/or balconies. A breakfast buffet and airport shuttle are complimentary. There's a colorful restaurant with seating in an interior courtyard covered by a glass ceiling. Other amenities include a bar and a spa.

Ollantaytambo - Samanapaq Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and an on-site restaurant, rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with shower, free toiletries, hairdryer and a flat-screen TV. Cusco is 42 km from Hotel Samanapaq, while Machu Picchu is 31 km from the property. 

Aguas Calientes - Casa Andina Classic Hotel
Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is a friendly and cozy hotel that provides you a strategic location in Aguas Calientes, nearest access point to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. This hotel has 54 new and comfortable rooms distributed in a 5 story biulding, where you can relax and restore energy to enjoy the visit to the citadel. A spectacular view of the Vilcanota river provides our restaurant a special atmosphere, framing the gastronomic experience with nice views of the mountains.

Puno - Taypikala Hotel
Taypikala Lago, located only 15 min. the city of Puno, near the Inca Uyo or temple of fertility in the village of Chucuito the shores of Lake Titicaca. The Taypikala is an attractive colonial style implemented and has spectacular views of majestic Lake Titicaca altiplano observing own landscapes such as meadows, reed beds, rock formations and copies of the Aymara agriculture. 

La Paz - Rosario Hotel
Situated in the heart of the museum district of La Paz, just 5 minutes’ walk from the train station, Hotel Rosário offers comfortable rooms in a former colonial house. The guest rooms at Hotel Rosário are decorated with motifs from the Aymara and Quechua cultures. All rooms feature private bathroom, cable TV and safety deposit box. Many rooms also have Wi-Fi connectivity 

ECUADOR

Quito - Plaza Sucre Hotel 

Situated only 1 km from the city center, the Hotel Boutique Plaza Sucre guests is well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities, being close to Plaza Santo Domingo, Casa de Sucre and Teatro Bolívar. The hotel provides 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, and Wi-Fi in public areas. All 25 rooms exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the garden. 

Isabela Island - Albemarle Hotel

Set on Puerto Villamil Beach, this informal hotel in the village center is a kilometer from Concha de Perla, a natural swimming area, and 2 km from both General Villamil Airport and Flamingo Lagoon. Simply furnished rooms come with air-conditioning and safes; some have balconies with beach views and/or wood ceilings. Complimentary perks include Wi-Fi in the lobby, and breakfast served in a no-nonsense breakfast room. There's a courtyard garden with an outdoor pool and a hot tub, along with a rooftop terrace offering views of the beach. Other amenities include sundecks, sun loungers and hammocks.

Santa Cruz - Solymar Hotel

The Hotel Solymar is the only upscale hotel owned and operated by Galapagueños. As former guides, we know our Islands intimately and can assist our guests with their travel plans, whether your desires be to kayak with sea lions or hike through the highlands to encounter the famous giant tortoises.

EASTER ISLAND

Providencia Hotel

Conveniently located in Santiago, Hotel Providencia features free Wi-Fi in all rooms, taxi service, ticket service, 24-hour front desk and luggage storage as well as a games room.

Taha Tai Hotel

Set within tropical gardens, this relaxed hotel is a minute's walk from the Pacific Coast and 2 km from the iconic statues at Ahu Tahai archaeological site. The understated, wood-paneled rooms feature free Wi-Fi, TVs, safes and balconies. Room service is available. Complimentary amenities include a breakfast buffet served in a laid-back restaurant that offers a sea views. There's also a bar, as well as an outdoor pool with seasonal bar service.

Peru

Peru inspires wonder, from the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu and the mysterious Nazca Lines to the Cordillera Blanca’s soaring peaks and Lake Titicaca’s floating islands. Stroll Cusco’s cobblestone streets and take in stunning Inca and colonial architecture, or visit an Andean community where daily life remains rooted in tradition. Savor intriguing flavors: the country of pisco sours and cebiche is now a hotbed for fusion food. Exploring, trekking, and bird-watching satisfy a thirst for outdoor adventure, and world-class hotels offer creature comforts.

Currency

The local currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol S/. ( Sol means sun). You can exchange USA dollars or Euros at almost any place, banks, money changing offices, hotels, restaurants and with street money changers. Beware of false notes. You are better off exchanging at money changing offices or banks. It  is  better to obtain your Soles in Peru than in your home country as you will obtain better exchange rates but beware of fraudulent notes and unofficial money traders offering you lucrative deals on the streets.

Many ATMs are available for all major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Cirrus, etc.), but you need to take cash if you go to Aguas Calientes. ATMs and banks are a rare find in those areas. Most ATM's in Peru charge for withdrawing money from your home bank accounts. Please check with your bank to ensure your credit cards have international access.  At the Lima airport most ATMs are Gobalnet, but after arrivals come out and take the stairs on your left (or lift just after the stairs) once at the top take a right and then after the Serpost post office on the left there is a cafe and opposite there are a bank of ATMs, Scotiabank, BCP, and BBVA. If going from departures just turn left, past Starbucks and then on the right. You can withdraw USA dollars or Peru Nuevos Soles.ATMs offer English and Spanish instructions.

Weather

Summer in Peru is from December to February and winter from July to September. There's not a bad time to visit Peru, however as a very general recommendation the best time to visit the coast is during the summer (Dec-Feb) and the best time to visit the mountains is in the winter (Jul-Sept). The jungle is hot and steamy all year round with heavy rains in December and January.

Electricity

The supply voltage in Peru is 220 volts at 60 hertz.The same as Australia and New Zealand. There are two types of plugs in Peru (with corresponding electrical outlets):

  • Type A: two flat parallel prongs (used in most of North America; if your North American Type A plug has one prong wider than the other,

        it will probably not work in Peru)

  • Type C: two round prongs (used in much of Europe, but not in the UK or Ireland)

Electrical outlets in Peru are often designed to incorporate both plug types.

Visas

A visa is not required for Australian and NZ passport holders  for stays of up to 183 days provided they:

  • Hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with two blank visa pages
  • Hold proof of sufficient funds
  • Hold proof of onward/return flights
  • Hold all documents required for the next destination

Ecuador

Ecuador is much more than just a jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands. From its Inca treasures and vibrant cities to the variety of its terrain---coastal, rain forest, and mountains---and its many species of birds and wildlife, Ecuador has much to get excited about. The equator runs right through Ecuador, which means the night sky brings out the stars in both hemispheres. The mainland has three distinct regions: the Andes mountains that run north to south, the Pacific coast, and the Amazon basin in the east. You can indulge in adventures like trekking, horseback riding, biking, and white-water rafting to scaling mountains and volcanoes.

Currency

Since 2000, the official unit of currency in Ecuador has been the U.S. dollar. You can use American or Ecuadorean coins, both of which come in denominations of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, and 50¢. Otherwise, all the currency is in the paper form of American dollars, in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. It's very hard to  change larger denominations especially in taxis. If you are retrieving money from an ATM, be sure to request a denomination ending in 1 or 5 (most ATMs will dispense money in multiples of $1) so that you won't have to worry about breaking a large bill. If you are stuck with big bills, try to use them in restaurants to obtain change.

ATMs are ubiquitous in Ecuador. You'll even find them in remote areas such as the Galápagos. Some of the major banks include Banco de Guayaquil, Banco Pichincha, and Banco del Pacífico. Most ATMs accept cards from both the Cirrus and PLUS networks, but some can't deal with PINs that are more than four digits. Before you go to Ecuador, make sure that your PIN fits the bill. Remember that many banks impose a fee every time you use their card at another bank's ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions.

Weather

Temperatures are usually colder in the higher altitudes, and warmer along the coast and in Galapagos. In Ecuador seasons are defined more by rainfall than by temperature. A warm rainy season lasts from January to April, and May through December is characterized by a cooler, drier period that is ideally timed for a summer trip. Ecuador has four different geographical regions and each region has a different environment and weather patterns. Generally speaking, however, Ecuador has two seasons: a wet season and a dry one.

Electricity

The supply voltage in Peru is 110 volts at 60 hertz as per USA. Use USA compatible plug with  flat parallel prongs

Visas

A visa is not required for Australian and NZ passport holders for stays of up to 90 days provided they:

  • Hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with two blank visa pages
  • Hold proof of sufficient funds
  • Hold proof of onward/return flights
  • Hold all documents required for the next destination

Remember we are a full service travel company and can quote and book your air travel and arrange travel insurance. Easy!

Peru and Bolivia

Tour Inclusions:

  • English speaking tour leader throughout Peru, Bolivia and Galapagos 

  • Local guides at some sights. 

  • All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary. 

  • 22 nights hotel accommodation in your own room — always! 

  • Meals as per itinerary: 22 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners. 

  • Flights Lima - Puerto, Maldonado - Cuzco. 

  • Group Airport Arrival and departure transfers. 

  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia. 

  • Standard CHI Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates (underwritten by Allianz). 

Tour Exclusions:

  • All international airfares. 

  • Flight between La Paz and Quito. 

  • Visas. 

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary. 

  • Late check out at hotels. 

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary. 

  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver. 

  • Expenditure of personal nature. 

  • Optional activities. 

Easter Island

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s A Crowd tour host from Australia. 

  • Local guides for tours and activities. 

  • Meals as per itinerary: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch. 

  • All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary 

  • Standard CHI Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates (underwritten by Allianz). 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Flight between Santiago and Easter Island. 

  • International airport departure tax. 

  • Any visas required. 

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary. 

  • Late check out at hotels. 

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary. 

  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners. 

  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver. 

  • Expenditure of personal nature. 

  • Personal Insurance. 

  • Optional activities. 

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