South American Discovery 2025

A$15,950
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A$15,950
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Most people who return from Peru and Bolivia 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 24 day, solo tour to South America? You’ll 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. And if that’s not enough adventure for you, we have included  an 8 day extension to Galapagos where you will explore the islands and get in touch with the culture of Ecuador. 

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.

Peru and Bolivia highlights include:

  • Visit the ancient cities of Lima, Cusco and La Paz.
  • Spend two nights in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
  • Take in a wealth of ancient monasteries.
  • Make the pilgrimage to the sacred Machu Picchu.
  • See the ‘floating islands’ on Lake Titicaca.
  • Try out the wonderful national dishes.
  • Immerse yourself in local culture and tradition.

Galapagos highlights include:

  • Explore the bustling city of Quito and discover the rich heritage of its colonial past.
  • Take a speed boat to Isabela Island to visit the Flamingo Lagoon and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center.
  • Swim, snorkel and relax in the calm waters of Tintoreras Island.
  • Visit Santa Cruz island and see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Thursday 13th March 2025

LIMA (D)

On arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. Your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host will meet you at the hotel to assist with check-in, answer any questions you may have and confirm the time for our welcome meeting and dinner, which will take place that evening with our Tour Leader and Two’s a Crowd host.

Your own room at ‘El Tambo II Hotel’ or similar


Day 2 – Friday 14th March 2025

LIMA (B)

Our first full day on tour is a chance for us to explore our home for the next two days, the colourful city of 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 we’ll get a first-hand look at several of them on our 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, we’ll visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. Next we head to the Central market where we’ll take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer including fruits, vegetables and even Guinea pigs! We’ll get the opportunity to try some local Peruvian fruits and street food.

Next we visit China town, before returning to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for to explore at leisure. Wander around Miraflores, visit 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. You may want to visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru, which is home to a wonderful collection of cultural exhibits. Your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host and Guide will assist with organising such optional activities.

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. This culinary delight is a must for all seafood lovers!

Your own room at ‘El Tambo II Hotel’ or similar


Day 3 – Saturday 15th March 2025

LIMA (B)

Today is all yours to continue exploring Lima. Spend the day walking around the beachside district of Barranco where streets are lined with traditional casonas (colonial-style houses) or why not take the opportunity to visit some local bars and try various pisco cocktails along the way?

Your own room at ‘El Tambo II Hotel’ or similar


Day 4 – Sunday 16th March 2025

LIMA / PUERTO MALDONADO (B,L,D) 

Today you will catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado. On arrival we will transfer to the port where we will embark on a 1 hour 45 minute boat ride to Explorer’s Inn.  Our naturalist guide will take you to The Tower (42m high) to overview the rainforest, then return to the lodge to see Sunset Point.  Our guide will then give a presentation about the endangered species of caiman that can be observed in the Tambopata National Reserve. 

After dinner we board a boat to start the night time search for caimans in the Tambopata River.  Our guide uses a spotlight to locate them on the banks of the river, so we can observe them from a respectable distance, then return to the lodge for bed. With luck, we will have the opportunity to see some nocturnal animals as well. It is a magical feeling to witness them being alone in the wilderness.

Your own room at ‘Explorers Inn’ (standard room or similar)


Day 5 – Monday 17th March 2025

PUERTO MALDONADO (B,L,D) 

In order to have the best chance of observing endangered Giant River Otters, it is necessary to wake up very early to walk to Cocococha lake, a walk of 5 ½ km; during which our naturalist guide will explain to us about the principal ecosystems of the tropical forest, as well as the diverse species of fauna that we see on the way. While we play a game of hide and seek with the River Otters, we will enjoy a snack and a short journey around the lake on small catamarans, in order to enjoy the variety of wildlife that can only be found in this ecosystem. Return to the lodge for lunch. 

Next, you will return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch, we will visit a local farm close to the lodge, which belongs to a member of the local community.  This activity directly supports the economic development of the La Torre community and gives us the opportunity to see and try various natural products of the area. In the evening, enjoy your farewell dinner in the lodge.

Your own room at ‘Explorers Inn’ (standard room or similar)


Day 6 – Tuesday 18th March 2025

PUERTO MALDONADO / CUSCO (B)

This morning wake early to visit the parrot clay lick, which is a 40 minute walk from the lodge. A clay lick is an exposed area of clay with higher concentrations of salts and other important minerals, where parrot species converge to eat. In our case this is a small wall close to the river, allowing observation of various species of parrots and parakeets which you can see eating the clay. We will then return to the lodge walking one of our trails, where if we are lucky, we may see other animals in their natural habitat. 

After breakfast, 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. Spend a little time acclimatizing to the high altitude (3,450 m) and then head out on an orientation walk with your tour leader. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. Lastly, stop of at the Xapiri Ground art gallery and cafe – no ordinary eatery, this project empowers indigenous communities to maintain their cultural traditions through collaborative art installations and fair-trade practices.

Your own room at ‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 7 – Wednesday 19th March 2025

CUSCO (B)

Today is a free day in Cusco. Today you should use your ticket called “Boleto Turistico” that was included on your 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 youwill 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, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo etc.). 

Also, we recommend that you to visit the traditional and picturesque neighborhood of San Blas. To get here, you have to take a short but increasingly steep walk from the Plazade Armas. Here, you can find art studios, artisan workshops and many of the best bars and restaurants. It’s a great area to wander around.

Your own room at ‘‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 8 – Thursday 20th March 2025

SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (B,L)

Today we 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 we’ll 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. We’ll head to a community in the Valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities and if our visit coincides with market day we’ll spend time browsing the stalls in search of handpainted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practicing some of the local language, Quechua. Typical lunch is included today. In the afternoon, we’ll head to the town of Ollantaytambo that was built over an ancient Inca town, 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.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Intipunka Valle’ or similar


Day 9 – Friday 21st March 2025

AGUAS CALIENTES (B,D)

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the town of Ollantaytambo. At midday we’ll walk to the train station located near the hotel where we’ll 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 in Peru. After passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, till it finally reaches the cloud forest. After approximately 1 hour 45 minutes we’ll arrive in Aguas Calientes, where we’ll be to taken to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free and we recommend you visit 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. Tonight’s dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Your own room at ‘Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu Hotel’ or similar


Day 10 – Saturday 22nd March 2025

MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO (B)

In the morning, you will be taken to the Machu Picchu ruins, starting with a short bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas. Upon your arrival, you will get into the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu and the tour guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. 

Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon its remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. After the tour, you will return to the town by bus and will have some free time to get some lunch (not included). Then, you will take the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo town, followed by a private transfer to your hotel in Cusco. 

Your own room at ‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 11 – Sunday 23rd March 2025

CUSCO (B)

Today is free for you to continue exploring Cusco.

Your own room at ‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 12 – Monday 24th March 2025

PUNO (B,L)

Today, you will travel to Puno (10 hours bus journey). The service will be provided in private transportation to Puno. 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. In this journey, you can enjoy 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). 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. The night of day 12 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.

Your own room at ‘Hotel La Hacienda Plaza’ or similar


Day 13 – Tuesday 25th March 2025

LAKE TITICACA / PUNO (B)

Today we’ll visit Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, sitting at 3,820 m above sea level. The lake contains numerous islands whose inhabitants continue to live as their ancestors did. Today we visit Uros and Taquile Island on a full day tour by boat. The Uros people live on ‘floating islands’ and navigate in their traditional boats, both 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. Next we continue to Taquile Island, located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, 45km offshore from the city of Puno and a two hour boat journey. About 2,200 people live on the island and the Taquile people are known for their kindness, their weaving skills, their pre-Columbian constructions and lovely countryside. You’ll find some of the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru on Taquile. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Puno by boat.

Your own room at ‘Hotel La Hacienda Plaza’ or similar


Day 14 – Wednesday 26th March 2025

LA PAZ (B)

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. (Here your Peruvian Tour Leader will say goodbye) 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 (Here your Bolivian Tour Leader will meet you). On your way to La Paz, you will stop at Tiahuanaco for a guided visit. 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.

Your own room at ‘Rosario de la Paz Hotel’ or similar


Day 15 – Thursday 27th March 2025

LA PAZ (B)

This morning board a vehicle and head through the streets of La Paz into the countryside. Take a 21⁄2 hour walk through the Palca Canyon observing geological formations that have been called “El Valle de las Ánimas” due to their appearance. At the bottom of this valley, the snowy Illimani prevails, which due to its great height can be seen practically throughout the route, you can also observe some endangered animals such as the Vizcacha, the Chinchilla and even with a little luck you can see the imposing condor flying over the area. At the end of the tour, we will return to your hotel. Recommendations: Light clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, windbreaker and hat.

Your own room at ‘Rosario de la Paz Hotel’ or similar


Day 16 – Friday 28th March 2025

LA PAZ (B,D)

The ‘City of Contrast’, La Paz is a blend of many civilizations. Today head out on a half day tour to experience the city. Visit the Killi Killi viewpoint where you can take impressive pictures over the sprawling metropolis. Then visit the historic center of the city of La Paz, Plaza Murillo, Executive Palace, Legislative Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral. 

Next head out to the amazing Valley of the Moon. Along the way you will see the replica of the Tiwanaku semi-subterranean temple located in front of the city’s stadium. Arrival to the Valle de Luna of amazing geological formations of clay created by the erosion of the winds and heavy rains creating an attractive lunar landscape. 

On return to the city center, board the yellow line cable car to enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city of La Paz in one of the most picturesque means. Transport by cable car will allow you to find the secrets of the city from the air as well as admire the snow-capped mountain of Illimani. Continue to the Mercado de las Brujas, a place full of traditions and objects to carry out ancestral Andean rituals, craft markets where the heartbeat of this charming city is felt. In the evening, you will enjoy an included farewell dinner at a local restaurant in La Paz.

Your own room at ‘Rosario de la Paz Hotel’ or similar


Day 17 – Saturday 29th March 2025

QUITO (B,D)

This morning we fly from La Paz to Quito for the next exciting stage of our epic journey – Ecuador and the famous Galapagos Islands. On arrival we transfer at Quito Airport to our hotel. After settling into your hotel, we’ll meet and take a walking tour to 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. Sitting at an altitude of 2,850m, 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 with more than 30 churches to explore, not to mention the fascinating museums. Its dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcase Ecuadorian life in all its splendour. La Compania de Jesus is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the Americas and 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..

Your own room at ‘Le Parc Hotel’ or similar


Day 18 – Sunday 30th March 2025

ISABELA ISLAND (B,D)

Early in the morning we’ll transfer to Quito airport for our 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). We land at about midday and transfer from the airport to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch (not included). After lunch, we travel by private speed boat for approx 2.5-3hr speed to Isabela Island. While the seas are not especially bumpy this time of year (June to September are best avoided, if you do suffer from seasickness best to take your medication just in case. Upon arrival at Isabela Island, you need to pay the USD10 port 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 without notice. After a brief rest at the hotel, we’ll head to the 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 into town..

Your own room at ‘Albemarle Hotel’ or similar


Day 19 – Monday 31st March 2025

ISABELA ISLAND (B,L)

After lunch you will be transferred to the main dock to take a small boat to have a snorkel tour at Tintoreras Islet, named like that because of the presence of an important number or white tipped sharks, sea lions, and tropical fishes, and sometimes Galapagos penguins are seen. You will have a walk around this volcanic islet then time to have lunch and free afternoon to have fun on the beach. After exploring the ocean, it’s time to explore the land, with its most important representatives, the Giant tortoises, in this island, they offer visitors a real experience with them where you can see the tortoises in all their stages, from the eggs to the big ones, then you will continue to do a hike in the mangroves trails to pass by lagoons, this is the only place in the world where flamingos, sea lions and penguins co-exist, so be aware of all the fantastic experiences you are about to live.

Your own room at ‘Albemarle Hotel’ or similar


Day 20 – Tuesday 1st April 2025

ISABELA ISLAND (B)

Today is free for you to explore, with some optional activities on offer. 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. The site takes its name from the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived.

Your own room at ‘Albemarle Hotell’ or similar


Day 21 – Wednesday 2nd April 2025

SANTA CRUZ (B)

Today, we’ll take a private speedboat to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) where we’ll be transferred to our 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 come prepared.

Your own room at ‘Solymar Hotel’ or similar


Day 22 – Thursday 3rd April 2025

SANTA CRUZ (B,D)

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 or visit the beaches nearby the town, have a coffee in the local shops, or buy in handicrafts or art pieces from the Islands. Join your tour leader for a group dinner.

Your own room at ‘Solymar Hotel’ or similar


Day 23 – Friday 4th April 2025

QUITO (B,D)

After breakfast we’re transferred to the airport in time for our flight back to Quito. We’ll arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. You are then free to relax and enjoy Quito at your leisure, before the farewell dinner.

Your own room at ‘Le Parc Hotel’ or similar


Day 24 – Saturday 5th April 2025

QUITO (B)

Sadly our adventure has come to an end. After breakfast our group transfer will depart for the airport for your flight home. 

TOUR PRICE: A$15,950 

TOUR DATES: 13TH MARCH – 5TH APRIL 2025

El Tambo II Hotel

This casual hotel is a 7-minute walk from the nearest bus station, a 9-minute walk from Larcomar, an outdoor cliffside mall, and 2 km from rocky Las Cascadas Beach. The unpretentious rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some feature balconies and/or sitting areas. Room service is available. A relaxed restaurant/bar with floor-to-ceiling windows serves regional cuisine, and has a garden terrace. 

Explorers Inn Amazon Rainforest

Explorers Inn, also known as the Explorama Lodge, is a well-known eco-lodge located in the Peruvian jungle, specifically in the Amazon rainforest. The lodge offers visitors an immersive experience in the heart of the jungle, providing an opportunity to explore the incredible biodiversity and cultural heritage of the region.Explorers Inn is situated along the Madre de Dios River, deep within the Tambopata National Reserve in southeastern Peru. Access to the lodge involves a combination of air travel to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a boat ride along the river. The remote location ensures an authentic and secluded jungle experience. AThe lodge offers comfortable and rustic accommodations in the form of thatched-roof cabins, designed to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. The cabins are equipped with basic amenities and mosquito nets to provide a comfortable stay in the jungle. Explorers Inn is renowned for its proximity to incredible wildlife and nature. Guests have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of flora and fauna, including monkeys, macaws, caimans, giant river otters, and a vast array of bird species. Explorers Inn is committed to sustainable practices and eco-tourism principles. The lodge emphasizes responsible tourism, supports local communities, and contributes to the conservation efforts in the Amazon rainforest.

Xima Cusco Hotel

The Xima Cusco Hotel is a well-known hotel located in the city of Cusco, Peru. It offers comfortable accommodations and convenient access to explore the historic city and its surrounding attractions. The hotel is located in the city of Cusco, which is often regarded as the gateway to Machu Picchu and a popular destination for travellers. It is situated within close proximity to the main attractions of Cusco, including the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, and various museums, shops, and restaurants. Xima Cusco Hotel provides comfortable and well-appointed rooms designed to cater to the needs of travellers. The rooms typically feature modern amenities such as comfortable beds, private bathrooms, Wi-Fi access, and other conveniences to ensure a pleasant stay. Some rooms may offer views of the city or the surrounding mountains.

Hotel Intipunka Valley

Inti Punku Valle Sagrado Hotel provides accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Each room has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a restaurant and bar. The accommodation offers room service and free WiFi throughout the property.

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu Hotel

Offering views of the Urubamba River, this relaxed hotel is 9 km from Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel, and a 3-minute walk from Machu Picchu train station. Featuring street or river views, the modest rooms come with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Suites add furnished balconies. A complimentary breakfast buffet is provided. There’s a restaurant and a coffee shop.

Hotel La Hacienda Plaza Puno

Located in the historic center of the city of Puno and a few steps from the Plaza de Armas , is the Hotel Hacienda Puno with 64 recently remodelled rooms. Strategically located near shops and 40 minutes from the Inca Manco Cápac airport in the city of Juliaca. It has a Sky Room with a 360º view of the city of Puno and Lake Titicaca where breakfast is served and where the Taypicamana Restaurant is located.

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

Le Parc Hotel Quito

Le Parc Hotel Quito is a renowned luxury hotel located in the city of Quito, Ecuador. Known for its sophisticated ambiance and top-notch services, the hotel offers a high level of comfort and convenience for guests. The hotel is situated in the modern and upscale La Carolina neighbourhood of Quito, which provides a convenient base for exploring the city. It is located near popular attractions such as Parque La Carolina, El Jardín Mall, and various restaurants and shops. Le Parc Hotel Quito offers spacious and elegantly designed rooms and suites, providing a comfortable and luxurious stay. The accommodations are well-appointed with modern amenities, including comfortable beds, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, and in-room dining service. Some rooms may also feature stunning views of the city or the nearby park. The hotel features an on-site restaurant that offers a range of culinary delights. Guests can enjoy a variety of local and international dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients and accompanied by a selection of fine wines and beverages. The restaurant often provides a stylish and inviting ambiance for a memorable dining experience. The hotel’s location in the La Carolina neighbourhood offers convenient access to various attractions in Quito. Guests can explore nearby parks, museums, shopping centres, and dining options. The historic centre of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also easily accessible from the hotel.

Albemarle Hotel

Set in a Mediterranean-style house located right on Cuna del Sol Beach, Hotel Albemarle features a lush garden with an outdoor pool. It offers air-conditioned rooms. Decorated with tiled floors and wooden-beamed ceilings, the large rooms at Albemarle Hotel are fitted with stylish furnishing. All of them have private marble bathrooms and either sea or pool views. The hotel has a privileged location in the heart of Puerto Villamil, a 2-hour boat trip from Santa Cruz Island and 3 km from General Villamil Airport.

Hotel Solymar, Santa Cruz

Hotel Solymar is a Mediterranean-style hotel located on Pelican Bay, in the heart of Puerto Ayora just minutes away from the Charles Darwin station. It has a bar on site, plus an outdoor pool. Offering stunning ocean views and a private furnished balcony, the rooms boast blackout curtains, a private bathroom with shower, as well as free toiletries. The TV features local channels, plus a minibar is included. Featuring climate control, a desk, and a wake-up call service are among the amenities offered. These rooms are smoke-free facilities. Guests can enjoy the tranquility overlooking Pelican Bay and Galapagos flora and fauna at the hotel, yet be within walking distance to boutiques, outdoor cafés, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife. You can see marine iguanas at Playa Tortuga beach, a short 5-minute drive away. The ocean side restaurant offers a sushi menu or guests could try the chef’s blending of Pacific Fresh seafood and local flavours.

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.

The local currency of Bolivia is the Bolivian Boliviano (BOB). The Boliviano is the official currency of Bolivia and is denoted by the symbol “Bs.” It was introduced in 1987, replacing the Bolivian peso at a rate of one million pesos to one Boliviano. The Boliviano is subdivided into 100 smaller units called centavos, although due to inflation, the centavo coins are no longer in circulation. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Bolivianos, while coins are available in denominations of 1, 2, and 5 Bolivianos. ATMs: Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available in Bolivia, particularly in urban areas. You can use international debit or credit cards to withdraw cash in Bolivianos directly from ATMs. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but it’s advisable to carry cards from multiple networks as some ATMs may have specific card compatibility. Keep in mind that there might be withdrawal limits set by both the ATM and your home bank. Also, inform your bank about your travel plans to ensure your card is authorized for international transactions.

The local currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar (USD). Since the year 2000, Ecuador has adopted the US dollar as its official currency, replacing the previously used Sucre. The currency is denoted by the symbol “$” and is divided into 100 cents, although cent coins are not commonly used in circulation. As Ecuador uses the US dollar, accessing cash is quite straightforward for visitors.   ATMs that dispense US dollars can be found throughout Ecuador, particularly in urban areas, tourist destinations, and commercial areas. They are commonly available in banks, shopping centres, airports, and hotels. Major international networks such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Cirrus are widely accepted.

Weather

In March, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador experience varied weather conditions due to their diverse geography and elevation ranges. Here’s a brief summary of the weather you can expect in these countries during an average March:

  1. Peru: Peru’s weather in March varies depending on the region. In coastal areas such as Lima, the capital city, March is part of the summer season, characterized by warm temperatures and occasional coastal fog known as “garúa.” In the Andean highlands, including popular tourist destinations like Cusco and Machu Picchu, March marks the end of the rainy season. While rain is still possible, you can expect generally mild daytime temperatures and cooler nights. In the Amazon rainforest, March falls within the wet season, with high humidity and frequent rainfall.
  2. Bolivia: In Bolivia, March marks the transition from the rainy season to the drier season. The weather varies across different regions and altitudes. In cities like La Paz and Sucre located at higher altitudes, daytime temperatures are generally mild, with cool nights. It’s advisable to dress in layers to accommodate temperature changes throughout the day. In the lowland areas of Bolivia, such as Santa Cruz, the weather tends to be warmer with higher chances of rain showers.
  3. Ecuador: Ecuador’s weather in March is also influenced by its diverse geography and altitude variations. Along the coast, including cities like Guayaquil and Manta, March is part of the rainy season, with warm temperatures and occasional showers. In the Andean region, cities like Quito and Cuenca experience relatively stable weather throughout the year due to their proximity to the equator. March is characterized by mild temperatures during the day, with cooler nights. In the Amazon rainforest, March falls within the wet season, with high humidity and regular rainfall.

It’s important to note that these weather patterns are based on average conditions and can vary from year to year. It’s advisable to check local weather forecasts and pack accordingly, considering the specific regions you plan to visit within these countries.

 

Electricity

Peru

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.

Bolivia:
In Bolivia, the supply voltage  is 230 volts at 60 hertz. The same as Australia and New Zealand. The standard electrical power inlets and outlets are of Type A and Type C.
Type A: Type A outlets are ungrounded, two-pin sockets that accept flat parallel blades. The voltage used in Bolivia is typically 230 volts with a frequency of 50 Hz. Type A outlets are similar to the ones used in the United States and Canada.

Type C: Type C outlets are commonly used in Bolivia and are two-pin sockets that accept round pins. The voltage and frequency are the same as Type A.

It’s important to note that while these are the standard outlets, there may be variations and the presence of other types of outlets in certain locations. It is advisable to carry a universal travel adapter to ensure compatibility with different types of power outlets.

Ecuador:
In Ecuador, the supply voltage  is 120 volts at 60 hertz. The standard electrical power inlets and outlets are of Type A and Type B.
Type A: Type A outlets are ungrounded, two-pin sockets that accept flat parallel blades.  Type A outlets are similar to the ones used in the United States and Canada.

Type B: Type B outlets are grounded, three-pin sockets that accept two flat parallel blades and a grounding pin. This type of outlet is also commonly found in Ecuador, particularly in newer constructions or areas with higher electrical standards. The voltage and frequency are the same as Type A.

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

Tour Inclusions:

  • Local English speaking tour leaders throughout Peru.
  • Local guides at some sights.
  • All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary.
  • Flights Lima – Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado – Cusco, La Paz – Quito, Quito – Galapagos – Quito
  • 23 nights hotel accommodation in your own room — always!
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • All sightseeing, guided tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Group Airport Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia.

Tour Exclusions:

  • All international airfares.
  • Travel insurance (we can assist).
  • 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.

Most people who return from Peru and Bolivia 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 24 day, solo tour to South America? You’ll 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. And if that’s not enough adventure for you, we have included  an 8 day extension to Galapagos where you will explore the islands and get in touch with the culture of Ecuador. 

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.

Peru and Bolivia highlights include:

  • Visit the ancient cities of Lima, Cusco and La Paz.
  • Spend two nights in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
  • Take in a wealth of ancient monasteries.
  • Make the pilgrimage to the sacred Machu Picchu.
  • See the ‘floating islands’ on Lake Titicaca.
  • Try out the wonderful national dishes.
  • Immerse yourself in local culture and tradition.

Galapagos highlights include:

  • Explore the bustling city of Quito and discover the rich heritage of its colonial past.
  • Take a speed boat to Isabela Island to visit the Flamingo Lagoon and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center.
  • Swim, snorkel and relax in the calm waters of Tintoreras Island.
  • Visit Santa Cruz island and see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Thursday 13th March 2025

LIMA (D)

On arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. Your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host will meet you at the hotel to assist with check-in, answer any questions you may have and confirm the time for our welcome meeting and dinner, which will take place that evening with our Tour Leader and Two’s a Crowd host.

Your own room at ‘El Tambo II Hotel’ or similar


Day 2 – Friday 14th March 2025

LIMA (B)

Our first full day on tour is a chance for us to explore our home for the next two days, the colourful city of 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 we’ll get a first-hand look at several of them on our 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, we’ll visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. Next we head to the Central market where we’ll take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer including fruits, vegetables and even Guinea pigs! We’ll get the opportunity to try some local Peruvian fruits and street food.

Next we visit China town, before returning to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for to explore at leisure. Wander around Miraflores, visit 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. You may want to visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru, which is home to a wonderful collection of cultural exhibits. Your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host and Guide will assist with organising such optional activities.

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. This culinary delight is a must for all seafood lovers!

Your own room at ‘El Tambo II Hotel’ or similar


Day 3 – Saturday 15th March 2025

LIMA (B)

Today is all yours to continue exploring Lima. Spend the day walking around the beachside district of Barranco where streets are lined with traditional casonas (colonial-style houses) or why not take the opportunity to visit some local bars and try various pisco cocktails along the way?

Your own room at ‘El Tambo II Hotel’ or similar


Day 4 – Sunday 16th March 2025

LIMA / PUERTO MALDONADO (B,L,D) 

Today you will catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado. On arrival we will transfer to the port where we will embark on a 1 hour 45 minute boat ride to Explorer’s Inn.  Our naturalist guide will take you to The Tower (42m high) to overview the rainforest, then return to the lodge to see Sunset Point.  Our guide will then give a presentation about the endangered species of caiman that can be observed in the Tambopata National Reserve. 

After dinner we board a boat to start the night time search for caimans in the Tambopata River.  Our guide uses a spotlight to locate them on the banks of the river, so we can observe them from a respectable distance, then return to the lodge for bed. With luck, we will have the opportunity to see some nocturnal animals as well. It is a magical feeling to witness them being alone in the wilderness.

Your own room at ‘Explorers Inn’ (standard room or similar)


Day 5 – Monday 17th March 2025

PUERTO MALDONADO (B,L,D) 

In order to have the best chance of observing endangered Giant River Otters, it is necessary to wake up very early to walk to Cocococha lake, a walk of 5 ½ km; during which our naturalist guide will explain to us about the principal ecosystems of the tropical forest, as well as the diverse species of fauna that we see on the way. While we play a game of hide and seek with the River Otters, we will enjoy a snack and a short journey around the lake on small catamarans, in order to enjoy the variety of wildlife that can only be found in this ecosystem. Return to the lodge for lunch. 

Next, you will return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch, we will visit a local farm close to the lodge, which belongs to a member of the local community.  This activity directly supports the economic development of the La Torre community and gives us the opportunity to see and try various natural products of the area. In the evening, enjoy your farewell dinner in the lodge.

Your own room at ‘Explorers Inn’ (standard room or similar)


Day 6 – Tuesday 18th March 2025

PUERTO MALDONADO / CUSCO (B)

This morning wake early to visit the parrot clay lick, which is a 40 minute walk from the lodge. A clay lick is an exposed area of clay with higher concentrations of salts and other important minerals, where parrot species converge to eat. In our case this is a small wall close to the river, allowing observation of various species of parrots and parakeets which you can see eating the clay. We will then return to the lodge walking one of our trails, where if we are lucky, we may see other animals in their natural habitat. 

After breakfast, 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. Spend a little time acclimatizing to the high altitude (3,450 m) and then head out on an orientation walk with your tour leader. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. Lastly, stop of at the Xapiri Ground art gallery and cafe – no ordinary eatery, this project empowers indigenous communities to maintain their cultural traditions through collaborative art installations and fair-trade practices.

Your own room at ‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 7 – Wednesday 19th March 2025

CUSCO (B)

Today is a free day in Cusco. Today you should use your ticket called “Boleto Turistico” that was included on your 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 youwill 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, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo etc.). 

Also, we recommend that you to visit the traditional and picturesque neighborhood of San Blas. To get here, you have to take a short but increasingly steep walk from the Plazade Armas. Here, you can find art studios, artisan workshops and many of the best bars and restaurants. It’s a great area to wander around.

Your own room at ‘‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 8 – Thursday 20th March 2025

SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (B,L)

Today we 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 we’ll 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. We’ll head to a community in the Valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities and if our visit coincides with market day we’ll spend time browsing the stalls in search of handpainted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practicing some of the local language, Quechua. Typical lunch is included today. In the afternoon, we’ll head to the town of Ollantaytambo that was built over an ancient Inca town, 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.

Your own room at ‘Hotel Intipunka Valle’ or similar


Day 9 – Friday 21st March 2025

AGUAS CALIENTES (B,D)

This morning is free for you to continue exploring the town of Ollantaytambo. At midday we’ll walk to the train station located near the hotel where we’ll 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 in Peru. After passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, till it finally reaches the cloud forest. After approximately 1 hour 45 minutes we’ll arrive in Aguas Calientes, where we’ll be to taken to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free and we recommend you visit 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. Tonight’s dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Your own room at ‘Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu Hotel’ or similar


Day 10 – Saturday 22nd March 2025

MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO (B)

In the morning, you will be taken to the Machu Picchu ruins, starting with a short bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas. Upon your arrival, you will get into the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu and the tour guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. 

Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon its remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. After the tour, you will return to the town by bus and will have some free time to get some lunch (not included). Then, you will take the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo town, followed by a private transfer to your hotel in Cusco. 

Your own room at ‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 11 – Sunday 23rd March 2025

CUSCO (B)

Today is free for you to continue exploring Cusco.

Your own room at ‘Xima Cusco Hotel’ or similar


Day 12 – Monday 24th March 2025

PUNO (B,L)

Today, you will travel to Puno (10 hours bus journey). The service will be provided in private transportation to Puno. 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. In this journey, you can enjoy 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). 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. The night of day 12 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.

Your own room at ‘Hotel La Hacienda Plaza’ or similar


Day 13 – Tuesday 25th March 2025

LAKE TITICACA / PUNO (B)

Today we’ll visit Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, sitting at 3,820 m above sea level. The lake contains numerous islands whose inhabitants continue to live as their ancestors did. Today we visit Uros and Taquile Island on a full day tour by boat. The Uros people live on ‘floating islands’ and navigate in their traditional boats, both 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. Next we continue to Taquile Island, located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, 45km offshore from the city of Puno and a two hour boat journey. About 2,200 people live on the island and the Taquile people are known for their kindness, their weaving skills, their pre-Columbian constructions and lovely countryside. You’ll find some of the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru on Taquile. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Puno by boat.

Your own room at ‘Hotel La Hacienda Plaza’ or similar


Day 14 – Wednesday 26th March 2025

LA PAZ (B)

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. (Here your Peruvian Tour Leader will say goodbye) 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 (Here your Bolivian Tour Leader will meet you). On your way to La Paz, you will stop at Tiahuanaco for a guided visit. 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.

Your own room at ‘Rosario de la Paz Hotel’ or similar


Day 15 – Thursday 27th March 2025

LA PAZ (B)

This morning board a vehicle and head through the streets of La Paz into the countryside. Take a 21⁄2 hour walk through the Palca Canyon observing geological formations that have been called “El Valle de las Ánimas” due to their appearance. At the bottom of this valley, the snowy Illimani prevails, which due to its great height can be seen practically throughout the route, you can also observe some endangered animals such as the Vizcacha, the Chinchilla and even with a little luck you can see the imposing condor flying over the area. At the end of the tour, we will return to your hotel. Recommendations: Light clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, windbreaker and hat.

Your own room at ‘Rosario de la Paz Hotel’ or similar


Day 16 – Friday 28th March 2025

LA PAZ (B,D)

The ‘City of Contrast’, La Paz is a blend of many civilizations. Today head out on a half day tour to experience the city. Visit the Killi Killi viewpoint where you can take impressive pictures over the sprawling metropolis. Then visit the historic center of the city of La Paz, Plaza Murillo, Executive Palace, Legislative Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral. 

Next head out to the amazing Valley of the Moon. Along the way you will see the replica of the Tiwanaku semi-subterranean temple located in front of the city’s stadium. Arrival to the Valle de Luna of amazing geological formations of clay created by the erosion of the winds and heavy rains creating an attractive lunar landscape. 

On return to the city center, board the yellow line cable car to enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city of La Paz in one of the most picturesque means. Transport by cable car will allow you to find the secrets of the city from the air as well as admire the snow-capped mountain of Illimani. Continue to the Mercado de las Brujas, a place full of traditions and objects to carry out ancestral Andean rituals, craft markets where the heartbeat of this charming city is felt. In the evening, you will enjoy an included farewell dinner at a local restaurant in La Paz.

Your own room at ‘Rosario de la Paz Hotel’ or similar


Day 17 – Saturday 29th March 2025

QUITO (B,D)

This morning we fly from La Paz to Quito for the next exciting stage of our epic journey – Ecuador and the famous Galapagos Islands. On arrival we transfer at Quito Airport to our hotel. After settling into your hotel, we’ll meet and take a walking tour to 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. Sitting at an altitude of 2,850m, 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 with more than 30 churches to explore, not to mention the fascinating museums. Its dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcase Ecuadorian life in all its splendour. La Compania de Jesus is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the Americas and 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..

Your own room at ‘Le Parc Hotel’ or similar


Day 18 – Sunday 30th March 2025

ISABELA ISLAND (B,D)

Early in the morning we’ll transfer to Quito airport for our 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). We land at about midday and transfer from the airport to the port of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) for lunch (not included). After lunch, we travel by private speed boat for approx 2.5-3hr speed to Isabela Island. While the seas are not especially bumpy this time of year (June to September are best avoided, if you do suffer from seasickness best to take your medication just in case. Upon arrival at Isabela Island, you need to pay the USD10 port 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 without notice. After a brief rest at the hotel, we’ll head to the 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 into town..

Your own room at ‘Albemarle Hotel’ or similar


Day 19 – Monday 31st March 2025

ISABELA ISLAND (B,L)

After lunch you will be transferred to the main dock to take a small boat to have a snorkel tour at Tintoreras Islet, named like that because of the presence of an important number or white tipped sharks, sea lions, and tropical fishes, and sometimes Galapagos penguins are seen. You will have a walk around this volcanic islet then time to have lunch and free afternoon to have fun on the beach. After exploring the ocean, it’s time to explore the land, with its most important representatives, the Giant tortoises, in this island, they offer visitors a real experience with them where you can see the tortoises in all their stages, from the eggs to the big ones, then you will continue to do a hike in the mangroves trails to pass by lagoons, this is the only place in the world where flamingos, sea lions and penguins co-exist, so be aware of all the fantastic experiences you are about to live.

Your own room at ‘Albemarle Hotel’ or similar


Day 20 – Tuesday 1st April 2025

ISABELA ISLAND (B)

Today is free for you to explore, with some optional activities on offer. 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. The site takes its name from the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived.

Your own room at ‘Albemarle Hotell’ or similar


Day 21 – Wednesday 2nd April 2025

SANTA CRUZ (B)

Today, we’ll take a private speedboat to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) where we’ll be transferred to our 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 come prepared.

Your own room at ‘Solymar Hotel’ or similar


Day 22 – Thursday 3rd April 2025

SANTA CRUZ (B,D)

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 or visit the beaches nearby the town, have a coffee in the local shops, or buy in handicrafts or art pieces from the Islands. Join your tour leader for a group dinner.

Your own room at ‘Solymar Hotel’ or similar


Day 23 – Friday 4th April 2025

QUITO (B,D)

After breakfast we’re transferred to the airport in time for our flight back to Quito. We’ll arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. You are then free to relax and enjoy Quito at your leisure, before the farewell dinner.

Your own room at ‘Le Parc Hotel’ or similar


Day 24 – Saturday 5th April 2025

QUITO (B)

Sadly our adventure has come to an end. After breakfast our group transfer will depart for the airport for your flight home. 

TOUR PRICE: A$15,950 

TOUR DATES: 13TH MARCH – 5TH APRIL 2025

El Tambo II Hotel

This casual hotel is a 7-minute walk from the nearest bus station, a 9-minute walk from Larcomar, an outdoor cliffside mall, and 2 km from rocky Las Cascadas Beach. The unpretentious rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some feature balconies and/or sitting areas. Room service is available. A relaxed restaurant/bar with floor-to-ceiling windows serves regional cuisine, and has a garden terrace. 

Explorers Inn Amazon Rainforest

Explorers Inn, also known as the Explorama Lodge, is a well-known eco-lodge located in the Peruvian jungle, specifically in the Amazon rainforest. The lodge offers visitors an immersive experience in the heart of the jungle, providing an opportunity to explore the incredible biodiversity and cultural heritage of the region.Explorers Inn is situated along the Madre de Dios River, deep within the Tambopata National Reserve in southeastern Peru. Access to the lodge involves a combination of air travel to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a boat ride along the river. The remote location ensures an authentic and secluded jungle experience. AThe lodge offers comfortable and rustic accommodations in the form of thatched-roof cabins, designed to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. The cabins are equipped with basic amenities and mosquito nets to provide a comfortable stay in the jungle. Explorers Inn is renowned for its proximity to incredible wildlife and nature. Guests have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of flora and fauna, including monkeys, macaws, caimans, giant river otters, and a vast array of bird species. Explorers Inn is committed to sustainable practices and eco-tourism principles. The lodge emphasizes responsible tourism, supports local communities, and contributes to the conservation efforts in the Amazon rainforest.

Xima Cusco Hotel

The Xima Cusco Hotel is a well-known hotel located in the city of Cusco, Peru. It offers comfortable accommodations and convenient access to explore the historic city and its surrounding attractions. The hotel is located in the city of Cusco, which is often regarded as the gateway to Machu Picchu and a popular destination for travellers. It is situated within close proximity to the main attractions of Cusco, including the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, and various museums, shops, and restaurants. Xima Cusco Hotel provides comfortable and well-appointed rooms designed to cater to the needs of travellers. The rooms typically feature modern amenities such as comfortable beds, private bathrooms, Wi-Fi access, and other conveniences to ensure a pleasant stay. Some rooms may offer views of the city or the surrounding mountains.

Hotel Intipunka Valley

Inti Punku Valle Sagrado Hotel provides accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Each room has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a restaurant and bar. The accommodation offers room service and free WiFi throughout the property.

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu Hotel

Offering views of the Urubamba River, this relaxed hotel is 9 km from Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel, and a 3-minute walk from Machu Picchu train station. Featuring street or river views, the modest rooms come with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Suites add furnished balconies. A complimentary breakfast buffet is provided. There’s a restaurant and a coffee shop.

Hotel La Hacienda Plaza Puno

Located in the historic center of the city of Puno and a few steps from the Plaza de Armas , is the Hotel Hacienda Puno with 64 recently remodelled rooms. Strategically located near shops and 40 minutes from the Inca Manco Cápac airport in the city of Juliaca. It has a Sky Room with a 360º view of the city of Puno and Lake Titicaca where breakfast is served and where the Taypicamana Restaurant is located.

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

Le Parc Hotel Quito

Le Parc Hotel Quito is a renowned luxury hotel located in the city of Quito, Ecuador. Known for its sophisticated ambiance and top-notch services, the hotel offers a high level of comfort and convenience for guests. The hotel is situated in the modern and upscale La Carolina neighbourhood of Quito, which provides a convenient base for exploring the city. It is located near popular attractions such as Parque La Carolina, El Jardín Mall, and various restaurants and shops. Le Parc Hotel Quito offers spacious and elegantly designed rooms and suites, providing a comfortable and luxurious stay. The accommodations are well-appointed with modern amenities, including comfortable beds, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, and in-room dining service. Some rooms may also feature stunning views of the city or the nearby park. The hotel features an on-site restaurant that offers a range of culinary delights. Guests can enjoy a variety of local and international dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients and accompanied by a selection of fine wines and beverages. The restaurant often provides a stylish and inviting ambiance for a memorable dining experience. The hotel’s location in the La Carolina neighbourhood offers convenient access to various attractions in Quito. Guests can explore nearby parks, museums, shopping centres, and dining options. The historic centre of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also easily accessible from the hotel.

Albemarle Hotel

Set in a Mediterranean-style house located right on Cuna del Sol Beach, Hotel Albemarle features a lush garden with an outdoor pool. It offers air-conditioned rooms. Decorated with tiled floors and wooden-beamed ceilings, the large rooms at Albemarle Hotel are fitted with stylish furnishing. All of them have private marble bathrooms and either sea or pool views. The hotel has a privileged location in the heart of Puerto Villamil, a 2-hour boat trip from Santa Cruz Island and 3 km from General Villamil Airport.

Hotel Solymar, Santa Cruz

Hotel Solymar is a Mediterranean-style hotel located on Pelican Bay, in the heart of Puerto Ayora just minutes away from the Charles Darwin station. It has a bar on site, plus an outdoor pool. Offering stunning ocean views and a private furnished balcony, the rooms boast blackout curtains, a private bathroom with shower, as well as free toiletries. The TV features local channels, plus a minibar is included. Featuring climate control, a desk, and a wake-up call service are among the amenities offered. These rooms are smoke-free facilities. Guests can enjoy the tranquility overlooking Pelican Bay and Galapagos flora and fauna at the hotel, yet be within walking distance to boutiques, outdoor cafés, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife. You can see marine iguanas at Playa Tortuga beach, a short 5-minute drive away. The ocean side restaurant offers a sushi menu or guests could try the chef’s blending of Pacific Fresh seafood and local flavours.

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.

The local currency of Bolivia is the Bolivian Boliviano (BOB). The Boliviano is the official currency of Bolivia and is denoted by the symbol “Bs.” It was introduced in 1987, replacing the Bolivian peso at a rate of one million pesos to one Boliviano. The Boliviano is subdivided into 100 smaller units called centavos, although due to inflation, the centavo coins are no longer in circulation. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Bolivianos, while coins are available in denominations of 1, 2, and 5 Bolivianos. ATMs: Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available in Bolivia, particularly in urban areas. You can use international debit or credit cards to withdraw cash in Bolivianos directly from ATMs. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but it’s advisable to carry cards from multiple networks as some ATMs may have specific card compatibility. Keep in mind that there might be withdrawal limits set by both the ATM and your home bank. Also, inform your bank about your travel plans to ensure your card is authorized for international transactions.

The local currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar (USD). Since the year 2000, Ecuador has adopted the US dollar as its official currency, replacing the previously used Sucre. The currency is denoted by the symbol “$” and is divided into 100 cents, although cent coins are not commonly used in circulation. As Ecuador uses the US dollar, accessing cash is quite straightforward for visitors.   ATMs that dispense US dollars can be found throughout Ecuador, particularly in urban areas, tourist destinations, and commercial areas. They are commonly available in banks, shopping centres, airports, and hotels. Major international networks such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Cirrus are widely accepted.

Weather

In March, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador experience varied weather conditions due to their diverse geography and elevation ranges. Here’s a brief summary of the weather you can expect in these countries during an average March:

  1. Peru: Peru’s weather in March varies depending on the region. In coastal areas such as Lima, the capital city, March is part of the summer season, characterized by warm temperatures and occasional coastal fog known as “garúa.” In the Andean highlands, including popular tourist destinations like Cusco and Machu Picchu, March marks the end of the rainy season. While rain is still possible, you can expect generally mild daytime temperatures and cooler nights. In the Amazon rainforest, March falls within the wet season, with high humidity and frequent rainfall.
  2. Bolivia: In Bolivia, March marks the transition from the rainy season to the drier season. The weather varies across different regions and altitudes. In cities like La Paz and Sucre located at higher altitudes, daytime temperatures are generally mild, with cool nights. It’s advisable to dress in layers to accommodate temperature changes throughout the day. In the lowland areas of Bolivia, such as Santa Cruz, the weather tends to be warmer with higher chances of rain showers.
  3. Ecuador: Ecuador’s weather in March is also influenced by its diverse geography and altitude variations. Along the coast, including cities like Guayaquil and Manta, March is part of the rainy season, with warm temperatures and occasional showers. In the Andean region, cities like Quito and Cuenca experience relatively stable weather throughout the year due to their proximity to the equator. March is characterized by mild temperatures during the day, with cooler nights. In the Amazon rainforest, March falls within the wet season, with high humidity and regular rainfall.

It’s important to note that these weather patterns are based on average conditions and can vary from year to year. It’s advisable to check local weather forecasts and pack accordingly, considering the specific regions you plan to visit within these countries.

 

Electricity

Peru

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.

Bolivia:
In Bolivia, the supply voltage  is 230 volts at 60 hertz. The same as Australia and New Zealand. The standard electrical power inlets and outlets are of Type A and Type C.
Type A: Type A outlets are ungrounded, two-pin sockets that accept flat parallel blades. The voltage used in Bolivia is typically 230 volts with a frequency of 50 Hz. Type A outlets are similar to the ones used in the United States and Canada.

Type C: Type C outlets are commonly used in Bolivia and are two-pin sockets that accept round pins. The voltage and frequency are the same as Type A.

It’s important to note that while these are the standard outlets, there may be variations and the presence of other types of outlets in certain locations. It is advisable to carry a universal travel adapter to ensure compatibility with different types of power outlets.

Ecuador:
In Ecuador, the supply voltage  is 120 volts at 60 hertz. The standard electrical power inlets and outlets are of Type A and Type B.
Type A: Type A outlets are ungrounded, two-pin sockets that accept flat parallel blades.  Type A outlets are similar to the ones used in the United States and Canada.

Type B: Type B outlets are grounded, three-pin sockets that accept two flat parallel blades and a grounding pin. This type of outlet is also commonly found in Ecuador, particularly in newer constructions or areas with higher electrical standards. The voltage and frequency are the same as Type A.

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

Tour Inclusions:

  • Local English speaking tour leaders throughout Peru.
  • Local guides at some sights.
  • All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary.
  • Flights Lima – Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado – Cusco, La Paz – Quito, Quito – Galapagos – Quito
  • 23 nights hotel accommodation in your own room — always!
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • All sightseeing, guided tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Group Airport Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia.

Tour Exclusions:

  • All international airfares.
  • Travel insurance (we can assist).
  • 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.

What Our Clients Say

Heather
It was a fabulous trip - interesting, exciting and stunning scenery. All local tour guides were passionate about this country's history and environment and our tour host was excellent and the members of the group were friendly and looked out for each other.
Jennie
I loved the trip. This was one of the best holidays I have been on. We saw so much in a short time. Leonie was fantastic throughout the trip… Leonie is an asset to your company and I would consider going on ANY tour that Leonie was the host on. I loved the lodge - such a unique experience.
Phillip
I really enjoyed - it the people I travelled with were great, Two’s a Crowd host was excellent, well managed and so precise.
Heather
I thought this was a fabulous trip, well organized and interesting. This (Galapagos) was exceptionally good. A once in a lifetime experience. Swimming with a playful sea lion pup and snorkeling with fairy penguins an absolute highlight.
Sheryl
I enjoyed the trip. we were kept busy and got to see some very interesting places. The guides were excellent and had very good knowledge of the area. We got along very well as a group. I loved the fact that we are all singles and spend our time together, no one feels left out of the group.
Brenda
It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed every part of the tour. Staff were very good at answering any queries and ensured every detail was taken care of.
Jenny
Travelling with Two's a Crowd was easy and by enlarge enjoyable, I appreciated having my own room, I also thought the way the meals were organised with all breakfasts included and a scattering of other meals allowed us to try more local cuisine rather than having bulk 'standard bus food' at each meal. I was impressed with the Two's a Crowd office and the ease of booking the tour, well done.
Nat
Fabulous, can't wait to decide on and do my next time!! Di, Leo and David were fantastic!!! Di worked very well with both local tour leaders. There was always a positive happy vibe!!
Colin
Everything was just terrific… Diane was just great. Nothing was a problem, Leo was excellent with everything and very caring.
Grace
Great trip, great group of fellow travellers. Leo was an excellent guide in Peru. Took me out of my comfort zone at times but that was all to the good. Loved the great variety things we saw. Was greatly impressed by Machu Picchu and had a wonderful day on Lake Titicaca.
Richard
Brilliant. One of my best holidays.
Carol
A wonderful experience, well planned, exceptional guides, attention to detail. I could go on for ever!! Gillian was the best guide I have ever experienced - smoothing ruffled feathers, re-arranging things to suit us, anticipating problems before they emerge, being fun as well. Nothing was too much trouble. She interacted excellently with us, the Peregrine guide and local guides. Gillian was an exceptional guide - don't lose her!
Linda
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, I loved experiencing the different cultures & architecture.
Megan
The Amazon walk and accommodation was the highlight for me. Loved it but it was exhausting - my fellow travellers were great.
Lynn
Overall it was a great experience. The host (Gillian) was excellent. Gillian and Enrique were great, very friendly and helpful and didn't overwhelm us with information.
Steve
It was a great trip and certainly exceeded my expectations… Good standard and location of accommodation and meals were great. Gillian, well, you should just pay her double what you're paying her because she was the catalyst that led to the trip being greater than the sum of its parts, and a great experience rather than just a great trip. As someone from a different people-based industry, it was just great to watch such a consummate professional at work. Bottle her and send her on your other trips, please.
Cathy, Canada/Alaska
I had a fabulous time. Lake Louise and the hotel were magnificent. The cruise was excellent. Diane made sure that she was available for group meals and sightseeing, and was alway in good humour and great fun. I would recommend your company to everyone.
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