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Explore South America

From £4135 for 42 days
Trip Overview
24 April 2018 – Due to an unexpected change on the bus schedule between San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) and Salta (Argentina), from the 5th of May 2018, this trip will spend one less night in San Pedro de Atacama and one extra night in Buenos Aires. With a continent as huge as South America, and with as many incredible spots and sights to see across so many countries, it can be slightly overwhelming to narrow down the best of the best – but that’s exactly what’s been done for you on this trip leaving you free to focus on the most important part: enjoying yourself! Take in the best of Quito, the lush green of the Amazon Jungle, hike to the Inca splendour of Machu Picchu and puzzle over the Nazca Lines. See centuries-old Inca ruins around Cusco, tango the night away in Buenos Aires and lose yourself in Lima. Even seasoned travellers will find something new on this incredible South American journey that will tantalise and immerse you in the culture, sights and heart of this incredible place.
Essential Info
Starts: Quito
Ends: Buenos Aires
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IGGBPC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru
What's Included

Meals

37 Breakfasts included
9 Lunches included
8 Dinners included

Transport

4x4,Bus,Coach,Minibus,Overnight bus,Plane,Taxi,Van

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights),Dormitory (2 nights),Homestay (1 night),Hotel (31 nights),Jungle Lodge (2 nights),Overnight bus (2 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Hike through the Amazon rainforest and sample fruit, chocolate and if you’re brave enough, tree worms in a local indigenous farming community

•   Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a majestic destination, no matter how you get there

•   Through a vast Andean valley lies the Colca Canyon, home to the mighty Andean condor. See these magnificent beasts go about their morning routines at sunrise

•   The floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the lake and spend the night with a local family in a traditional island community

•   The landscapes of Salar de Uyuni are so unique they’re almost extra-terrestrial. Embark on a three-day adventure via 4WD across the rocky Atacama Desert and the largest salt lakes in the world - passing cactus islands, train cemeteries and mineral lakes teeming with flamingos

•   Soak up the cosmopolitan, European and Latin charms of Buenos Aires and explore the sights of its historic city centre

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 8th Feb 2020
Returning: 20th Mar 2020
£4,135pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 18th Apr 2020
Returning: 29th May 2020
£4,135pp
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Departing: 6th Jun 2020
Returning: 17th Jul 2020
£4,430pp
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Departing: 1st Aug 2020
Returning: 11th Sep 2020
£4,430pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 22nd Aug 2020
Returning: 2nd Oct 2020
£4,430pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Sep 2020
Returning: 23rd Oct 2020
£4,430pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 19th Sep 2020
Returning: 30th Oct 2020
£4,430pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Oct 2020
Returning: 20th Nov 2020
£4,300pp
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Departing: 21st Nov 2020
Returning: 1st Jan 2021
£4,135pp
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Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Quito, Ecuador. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where the welcome meeting will take place. After this important meeting, join your leader on a walking tour of the historic centre of Quito. Stroll through Plaza Grande (main square) and by the Archbishop's Palace. From here, walk about 800 metres uphill to reach the Basilica del Voto Nacional. Time permitting, you may wish to spend more time exploring this church and its views from the top towers. Finally, walk to La Ronda Street and pass by La Compania de Jesus (Church of the Society of Jesus) and San Francisco churches. At the end of the walk, your leader will recommend a local restaurant on La Ronda Street for an optional group dinner. Quito is an incredible city with loads to see and do, so a few extra days here before the trip is highly recommended. Optional activities and Urban Adventures (best booked ahead of time) include a half-day tour to the Equator Line, a full-day tour to the massive Otavalo Market, a Cotopaxi Volcano adventure, a guided Cloud Forest hike, or a day of relaxing at Papallacta Hot Springs. Contact quitodaytours@peakdmc.com or visit www.urbanadventures.com for more information and to book.
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