Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure

Peru · about Escorted or Guided Tour

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it’s 35 full days of fun. You’ll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4×4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you’ll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

What's Included

Uyuni Salt Flats excursion. Lake Titicaca excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide, porters, and cook. G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Colca Canyon excursion. Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca). Transportation between destinations and included activities. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4×4

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

1. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address:

http://www.gadventures.com/inca-advisory.php

2.Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

3. Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

4. Please note that this tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours. As such, your group CEO, fellow passengers, or vehicle may change between the individual tour sections.

5. Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.

6. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.

If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail and $35 per person for the Lares Trek.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 18, avg 14.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.

Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport

Public bus, train, plane, hiking, ferry, 4X4.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Simple hotels (25 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (3 nts), basic hotel on Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts).

My Own Room Exceptions

Nights 6-7: Salar de Uyuni, Night 13: overnight bus, Night 17: Lake Titicaca homestay, Nights 22-24: Inca Trail, Night 27: overnight bus, Nights 29-30: Colca Canyon, Night 31: overnight bus.

About Accommodation

Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Joining Hotel

Hotel Carsson
Viamonte 650
Buenos Aires
Argentina
T/ (+54) 11 4131 3800

Joining Instructions

Officially the airport is called Ministro Pistarini International Airport, but it is commonly referred to as Ezeiza. It is situated 35 km (22 miles) from the city, about 40 minutes in a taxi. A taxi to the centre costs approximately $45 USD and can be arranged from the official counter inside the Arrivals area.

If you are arriving from abroad and have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will meet you at the airport. If no one is there, take a public taxi to the hotel and we will reimburse you. If you have not paid for an arrival transfer, the best way to get into town is by public taxi or by buses (info below). If your taxi driver does not speak English and you do not speak Spanish, simply show driver the hotel address to simplify communications.

There is also a bus company that can take you to the hotel of your choice in the centre of Buenos Aires. Manuel Tienda Leon is the most well known, and costs about $13 USD (80 ARS). Their counter is at the customs exit.

There are exchange facilities in the Banco de la Nacion at the airport with 1.5% commission, ATM Visa and Mastercard facilities are also available. There are many official places to exchange money in centre of the city.

ARGENTINA’S “RECIPROCITY FEE”:
Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

COSTS:
US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
Canadian citizens: 75USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months; OR 150USD for a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities are planned. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will leave a Welcome Note with details of the Welcome Meeting time on Day 1. It is usually around 7pm. In this meeting you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office Buenos Aires, Argentina
During office hours (Weekdays 9am-6pm Local Time)
From outside Argentina: +54 11 2150 2581
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 2150 2581

After hours Emergency number
From outside Argentina: +54 9 11 3425 0380
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 15 3425 0380

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America however the weather varies greatly. Be prepared for rain and thunder storms in the wet season (from December to March), especially in the Amazon. Temperatures of -10C and lower are frequent around Uyuni and the Altiplano (high plateau). It is best to layer clothes rather than wearing a heavy parka. This allows you to accommodate clothing to varying degrees of temperatures and wet/dry/windy weather conditions. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A large daypack is also essential.

Checklist

-Documents
-Passport
-Insurance info
-Flight info
-Cash, credit and debit cards
-Vouchers and pre-departure information
-Required visas or vaccination certificates

-Sleeping bag (also available for hire)
-Weather-appropriate clothing
-Windproof/waterproof jacket
-Rain poncho
-Warm clothing
-Fleece jacket or warm layer
-Long trousers
-Hiking pants/track pants
-Shorts/skirts
-Shirts/T-shirts
-Hiking long sleeve shirt
-Thermal underwear
-Socks
-Knee-high socks
-Warm gloves
-Warm hat
- Small towel and swim wear
-Waterproof hiking boots
-Hiking boots/Sturdy walking shoes
-Sturdy walking shoes
-Flip flops/sandals

-Sun hat/Bandana
-Sunblock
-Sunglasses
-Headlamp
-Money belt
-Toiletries
-Watch and alarm clock
-First-aid kit
-Rehydration powder
-Insect Repellent
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)

-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Insect Repellent
-Moneybelt
-Pocketknife
-Antibacterial wipes/gel
-Reusable water bottle
-Ear plugs
-Plastic bags
-Walking poles (Optional, must be rubber-tipped)

Hiking equipment is available to rent locally if desired (prices subject to change):

-Walking pole 15 soles each (30 per pair)
-Sleeping bag 45 soles
-Air mattress 45 soles

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

ARGENTINA’S “RECIPROCITY FEE”:
Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

COSTS:
US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
Canadian citizens: 92USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

The currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS), in Chile the Chilean Peso (CLP), in Bolivia the Boliviano (BOB), and in Peru the Nuevo Sol (PEN).

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.

You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America, and in the case of Argentina, more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

We do not recommend bringing travellers cheques as they are very difficult to change in country.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Tipping

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

Buenos Aires:
Tango Show 450 ARS
Tigre tour 310 ARS
Interactive Culinary Experience 85 USD
Coastal train 16 USD
Teatro Colón 130 ARS
City tour 20-25 USD
Fiesta Gaucha 780 ARS
Hop on Hop off Bus 170 ARS

Montevideo:
City Tour $15

Colonia:
Scooter rental $5
Ranch excursion $40

Bariloche:
Tronador excursion $25
Lake Circuit $10-$15
Snowboarding $45
Chairlift tickets $10
Paragliding $80
Bicycle rental $5/hour

Puerto Montt:
Chiloe transport $10

Pucon:
Snowboarding $45
Mountain Bike rental $2-$8
Volcano Climb $50-$70
Rafting $30-$60
Thermal Baths $10-12
Horseback riding $30

Santiago:
Pisco distillery tour $6
Winery tour $8-$10

La Serena:
Pisco Distillery tour/Elqui Valley $25-30

San Pedro de Atacama:
Tour Moon Valley $20- 25 USD
Mountain biking $20-25 USD

Potosí:
Silver Mine Tour $21
Casa de la Moneda $3

Sucre:
Dinosaur Footprints tour $5
Hiking $25-35
Mountain biking $18-35

La Paz:
Chacaltaya tour $18
City tour $20
City Tour and Moon Valley $25
Mountain biking $60 – 100
Tiwanaku ruins $17.5
Tiwanaku museum entrance $13
Museum of Pre-Colombian Precious Metals $1
entrance for ticket to four museums Casa de Don Perdo Domingo Murillo enterance included in ticket above

Puno:
Sillustani archaeological site $12

Cusco:
Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket) $25(half ticket) $46(full ticket)
City tour $15 -20
Horseback riding around ruins (with guide) $40
Horseback riding around ruins (without guide) $15
Whitewater rafting $55
Mountain biking $55
Paragliding $95
Bunjee Jumping with transport $80
Inka Museum $3.5 entrance
Quad biking 3 hrs with guide $65 – 4 hrs $75
Sacred Valley Tour w/ G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op $50 (approximately)

Huayna Picchu: Whilst we appreciate that this hike may be may be promoted by others, at this time we cannot verify that this hike meets G Adventures minimum safety standards. For this reason, we do not include the Huayna Picchu hike in any of our itineraries, and our CEO’s and support staff are prohibited from providing advice or assistance with booking this activity.

Arequipa:
Santa Catalina Museum $10.5 entrance
Juanita Museum $5.4

Nazca:
Flight over the Nazca Lines $90-$100, depending on the airline available.

Pisco:
Ballestas Island tour $10

Lima:
These tours can be booked locally through our Lima office. Please call (1) 719-8866 to reserve your tour and to find out about other available options. All prices are in USD.

Lima City Tour $39 (Minimum 2): Tour colonial and contemporary Lima. – Approx 3 Hrs

San Francisco Church and catacombs $1.80
Museum of the Nation $3.6
Museum of the Inquisition FREE
Tour colonial and contemporary Lima. – Approx 3 Hrs

Pachacamac $35
Visit the Lost Inca Citadel of Lima. – Approx 3 Hrs

Larco Museum $55
This museum contains the best quality gold and silver collection. – Approx 3 Hrs

Culinary Tour $55
Visit a local market. Learn how to make Ceviche and Pisco Sours like the experts. – Approx 3 Hrs

Ballestas Islands with Huacachina From $180
Enjoy wildlife and history, have lunch in a winery and visit the Huacachina Oasis. – Full day

City Contrasts $25
Visit the other face of Lima, the shanty towns or Pueblos Jovenes. – Approx 3 Hrs

Lima at Night $55
Visit the Magic Circuit of Water, walk through the centre of Lima and savour an included dinner. – Approx 3 Hrs

Palomina Islands $55
Visit the port area of Lima. Spot wildlife and swim with the sea lions. – Approx 5 Hrs (minimum 2)

All prices are per person in US dollars amounts (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Please note your Adventure travels to high altitude. This is medically defined as anything over 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Most people can travel to 8,000 feet with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can on set with some people irrespective of fitness and age. For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are effected on your Adventure, please consult your physician.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Specific Responsible Travel

The Problem
Peru’s tap water is not potable; therefore most visitors and locals alike consume purified water, often from disposable plastic bottles. This results in a large amount of small plastic water bottles being used, most of which are not reused or recycled.

Just taking the example of 15 travellers on one G Adventures trip, if one person consumes 2 bottles a day, and there are 15 people on a 10 day trip, that’s 300 water bottles – just for one group of travellers! As such, there are millions of water bottles used in a year in Peru, and plastic recycling is not an option in most places.

Our Solution
Water dispensers in hotels. Planeterra is working with our partner hotels throughout Peru to provide purified water, by means of a large water dispenser, to their guests, and this of course includes our travellers. Each individual staying at the participating hotels can refill their own bottles from the large water dispenser. This eliminates the need for the daily use and consumption of multiple single-use plastic water bottles.

Planeterra provides the start-up funds to each participating hotel for the purchase of two large water dispensers, and travellers are collaborating by paying about US$2.50, or just under the cost of one large bottle, per day, for access to an unlimited amount of purified water from the dispenser.

Thanks Paula
Paula Quiros, Planeterra Ambassador for Peru, is leading this initiative. As a CEO who has been leading G Adventures trips in Peru for several years, and a passionate naturalist and environmentalist, this has been a personal mission of hers, as well as a Planeterra initiative, to try to eliminate the need for, and use of, single-use plastic water bottles. Thanks to Paula and all of our participating hotels for helping to decrease our impact on Peru’s environment.

Silver Mines in Potosí
Working conditions for miners were appalling, and a large portion of the indigenous population was decimated. African slaves were brought in to replace the native workers, and it is estimated that as many as eight million indigenous and African people died in the mines during the first three centuries of Spanish colonial rule. Unfortunately little has changed throughout time and working conditions have remained the same. Although this is not an excursion for everyone, we do recommend a visit as it is an eye-opening experience that gives you a chance to glimpse the realities of life in the Andes in general and more specifically in these mines however we do not condone the working conditions of the mine.

Associated Planeterra Project

Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. The purpose of this G Adventures for Good project was to empower local Cusqueña women to start their own business while lessening the environmental impact of Inca Trail travel. Planeterra provided $10000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell to the tourism industry. Esencia Andina is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for use by travelers, porters, and cooks on the Inca Trail. G Adventures is their biggest client, purchasing hundreds of their products per month for Inca Trail travellers!

Planeterra has been working with the Ccaccaccollo community since 2005 to develop a viable economic alternative for women by creating a weaving cooperative to sell traditional textiles to travellers. Donations by travelers have helped build a community centre supplied with looms and sewing machines for the women to use to expand their production. This project allows the women of the Ccaccaccollo community to maintain their cultural heritage and benefit from the tourism industry.

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Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD740-965 for meals not included.

Meals Included

26 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: SABM, ID: 23257

Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Salta

Head to Salta, choosing a flight over a long bus ride. Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina, is home to Empanadas Salteñas – a delicious local specialty. No visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening, experience a local celebration at one of the “Peña” folklore shows.

Transport:
Plane (5.00 hour(s))

Day 3: Salta (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore the area. The scenic Quebrada de las Conchas and Cafayate, famed for its wine and vineyards, are recommended stops. The multi-coloured valleys in the foothills region of the Andes are sure to be a highlight.

Day 4: Salta/San Pedro de Atacama (1B)

In the morning, take a bus further north to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile. Stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Argentina – Chile)

Transport:
Local bus (10.00-11.00 hours)

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni

Groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos.

Additional Notes:
Note: During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.

We offer unique accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Chile – Bolivia)
Salt Flats Excursion

Transport:
Local bus (1.50-2.50 hours)
4×4 (1.00 hour(s))

Day 7: Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4×4 excursion.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

Day 8: Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4×4 excursion.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

Day 9: Salar de Uyuni/Potosí (1B)

Visit one of the highest cities in the world.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 10: Potosí (1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 11: Potosí/Sucre (1B)

Travel north to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during our two days here. Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, a visit to an old tin baron’s mansion and a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

Day 12: Sucre (1B)

Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 13: Sucre/La Paz (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.

Transport:
Overnight bus (12.00 hour(s))

Day 14: La Paz

Wake up from the overnight bus ride, get settled, and have the day to check out the city of La Paz.

Optional activities in La Paz include museum visits, a tour of the Valley of the Moon, or a visit to the world’s highest ski resort, Chacaltaya (5600m/18,368 ft).

Day 15: La Paz (1B)

Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches’ Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.

Day 16: La Paz/Puno (1B)

The drive around Lake Titicaca and through the Altiplano from La Paz to Peru is impressive.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Bolivia – Peru)

Transport:
Local bus (2.50 hour(s))
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))

Day 17: Puno/Isla Amantani (1B, 1D)

In the morning, board a boat on Lake Titicaca. Head to Taquile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and the chance for some shopping in the local weaving cooperatives.

After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

Additional Notes:
Split into smaller groups for the night and split into family homes to experience their style of living firsthand.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
Lake Titicaca Homestay

Transport:
Boat (3.00 hour(s))

Day 18: Isla Amantani/Puno (1B)

Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2

Day 19: Puno/Cusco (1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s), 389km)

Day 20: Cusco (1B)

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Additional Notes:
If you have pre-booked the Peru Adrenaline Bundle, the CEO will give you details about each activity throughout the tour. Today is likely the day for the full-day rafting excursion.

Day 21: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)

Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and your first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 95km)

Day 22: Ollantaytambo/Cuncani (1B, 1L, 1D)

The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

Additional Notes:
The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

Day 23: Cuncani/Kuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Cuncani – Kuyoc)

Day 24: Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Kuyoc – Punta Carretera)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))

Day 25: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 26: Cusco (1B)

Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Additional Notes:
If you have pre-booked the Peru Adrenaline Bundle, the CEO will give you details about each activity throughout the tour. Today is likely the day for the half-day horseback riding excursion.

Day 27: Cusco/Arequipa (1B)

Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Transport:
Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s), 520km)

Day 28: Arequipa

Those with an interest in history and architecture may take an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

Day 29: Arequipa/Chivay (1B)

Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon – one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, spot Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that may be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)

Day 30: Chivay (1B)

Get an early start to be on the look out for the condors flying. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

Day 31: Chivay/Nazca (1B)

Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 560km)

Day 32: Nazca (1D)

Travel north to one of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Very little can be seen from the ground. The best view is from a light aircraft, which can easily be arranged.

Day 33: Nazca/Paracas

Leave Nazca and stop at the Huacachina Oasis for some optional sandboarding. Continue to visit an artisanal winery to sample some local pisco and wine. Paracas is located one hour further.

Included Activities:
Huacachina Oasis visit
Huacachina Winery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)

Day 34: Paracas/Lima

Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands in the morning before travelling to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a Pisco Sour.

Transport:
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Minibus (0.50 hour(s))

Day 35: Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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