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From the Pacific to the Atlantic in 36 days!
Extraordinary journey that will take you across the Continent, crossing the Andes and the Pantanal! After visiting Lima, the City of the Kings, we will cross the desert and the Oases, the Ballestas Islands and the famous Nazca Lines! On the foothills of the Andes, we reach Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.
We will then discover Cusco or Qosqo, navel of the world, center of the Inca culture with its ruins, its Sacred Valley and the Wonder of Machu Picchu. We will then reach the highlands, the Titicaca and reach La Paz, seat of the Bolivian government and start our expedition in the salt desert of Uyuni.
Then it will be the turn of Potosi the mining, Sucre the colonial, and finally Santa Cruz! From there night train to the border and entry into the Pantanal, an ecosystem that brings together 3 countries, and whose biodiversity is even richer than the Amazon. We will then arrive at the magnificent Iguazu Falls and finally the Atlantic coast which we will go up, in paradisiacal scenery, to Rio de Janeiro.
|NOT INCLUDED||International flights to and from the place of arrival and departure
Anything not mentioned under “Included.”
Compulsory travel insurance (accident/repatriation)
Your expenses on site :
Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant. Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.
We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel located in the Miraflores district. End of the day free.
Night in Lima
We’re off on an exciting city tour. We will visit the bohemian district of Barranco, modern Lima with Miraflores and the historical center of the Peruvian capital.
Night in Lima
Private guided tour in English/ Entrance fees included / Private transportation
Lima - Paracas
We leave Lima by the South Panamericana in the direction of Paracas, a small fishing village, where we will stay. After dropping off our suitcases, we will enter the desert where the Paracas National Reserve is located. We will stay there until early afternoon before returning to the hotel.
Night in Paracas
Private Transfers / English-Spanish Group Visits / Entrance fees included / CRUZ DEL SUR Comfort Line Bus to Lima – Paracas
Ballestas Islands - Huacachina
Early in the morning, we will embark for the Ballestas Islands, known as the habitat of many birds and the famous Humbolt penguins. At the end of the morning, a private transport will take us to Ica with a stop at a winery for lunch and a guided tour followed by the tasting of local products. We will then go to the famous Huacachina Oasis, in a magnificent setting, where we will go for a buggy ride in the dunes. Evening meal included.
Night in Huacachina
English-Spanish group tours of the islands / Private transfer / Entrance fees included / Evening meal included
This morning we leave for Nazca, the centre of the civilization of the same name, at the origin of the famous Nazca lines that you can fly over as an option. If the weather permits, in the afternoon we will visit the archaeological site of Cahuachi. In the evening, we will take a night bus that will take us to Arequipa (5* bus on the Panamericana).
Night in the bus
Optional Line Overflight (125usd) / Private transfer / Entrance fees included / Private English tour / CRUZ DEL SUR 5* Comfort Line Bus
We walk through this magnificent city, nicknamed the White City because of its facades built in sillar, a clear volcanic rock. On the menu of this visit is the Convent of Saint Catherine, a real city within the city with its streets, parks, cloisters. We will also visit Juanita, one of the best preserved mummies in the world, discovered in 1995 at the top of the Ampato Volcano.
Night in Arequipa
Private English speaking tour for the city / Entrance fees included / Private transfer / English speaking group visit for Juanita
Arequipa – Colca Canyon
We leave early in the morning for Chivay, with on the road a magnificent view of the volcanoes of the cordillera. We will cross the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas where we will have the opportunity to observe herds of vicuñas. Arriving at the village, located in the middle of green terraces more than 1,500 years old, we will have lunch and continue to the hotel. In the afternoon, if you wish, we will leave for a short walk in the countryside with the visit of the UyoUyo ruins and an end of the day in thermal baths.
Night in Yanque
Shared transportation / Private English speaking guide / Tickets included
Colca Canyon - Arequipa
Early in the morning, we will first reach the Condor Cross, an excellent observation point on the Canyon, where we may have the chance to appreciate the majestic flight of the Condor.
Then we will follow the Canyon to reach the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque. Then we will continue our trip back to Arequipa.
Night in Arequipa
Bundled services English – Spanish / Including entries
n the morning, magnificent flight that will take us from the southern slope of the Cordillera to the last valley in the north before the Amazon basin: Cusco.
Arriving in Cusco, we will settle down at the hotel before a short walk in the afternoon to discover this city full of history.
Night in Cusco.
Private transfers / Flights Arequipa – Cusco included
In Cusco, we offer several tourist and local activities. Our experience on site will also allow you to experience the city from the inside.
After the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, you will explore either the Temple of the Sun or the Inca Museum before heading to the Central Market, while strolling through the alleys of the Historic Center and the bohemian San Blas neighborhood.
Night in Cusco
Private visits in English/ Entrance fees included
Chinchero – Salinas de Maras - Moray
Visit with our own bus to the Sacred Valley. We start in the weavers’ village of Chinchero, where we will learn how to weave and dye wool. We will then continue through the sites of Maras and Moray, before arriving in Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night.
Night in Ollantaytambo
Private transportation / Private tours in English/ Entrance fees included
Early in the morning, you take the train to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a guided tour of the Inca citadel, considered a masterpiece of Inca architecture and classified as World Heritage.
Optional: The most courageous will be able to climb the Machu Picchu mountain or the Huayna Picchu, offering at their summits a magnificent view of this Inca city so long forgotten.
You will also have some time to isolate yourself and contemplate this site with the necessary calm.
You will then go back down towards the station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus to Cusco.
Night in Cusco
Private English speaking guide to be found at the entrance of the site / Bus and train return to Machu Picchu included / Option for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain in addition / Private transfer from Ollantaytambo
Free day in Cusco.
We are at your disposal to accompany you in any of the options you choose.
In the evening, departure by night bus to Copacabana!
Night in the bus
Private Transfers / Liner Bus
Today we will embark for the Isle of the Sun, from where, according to legend, Viracocha sent his sons to found Cusco, the navel of the world. Today we will discover magnificent villages, descendants of the thousand-year-old peoples of the Altiplano.
We will return to the small hotel of Ismael which dominates the bay. After a rest period at the hotel we will then be able to enjoy the sunset from a nearby site.
Night on the Sun Island
Public boat / English speaking guide / Tickets included
Sun Islands – La Paz
The island is magnificent, blue horizon, barred on the east by the glaciers of the Cordillera Real. After breakfast we will go back down to the port to take our public boat back to the Copacabana peninsula. Free time to walk around, visit the basilica, then bus to La Paz.
Night in La Paz
Public boat / English speaking guide / Public bus to La Paz / Private transfer to La Paz
Today we will visit a unique capital, mixing at 4’000m altitude a population tied to the Aymara people, whose traditions have been anchored for thousands of years. We will visit the Murillo Square where the seat of government is located, then we will pass by the San Francisco Square before visiting the witch market.
If time permits, we will also take the city cable car to appreciate a little more the unique urban architecture of this city built in a basin.
Night bus to Uyuni
Private visits in English/ Entrance fees included / Private transfer / Bus line to Uyuni
Option: Possibility to sleep in La Paz and take a flight the next morning to Uyuni. Please contact us for more information.
La Paz – Uyuni – Sud Lipez
We start a 3-day private 4×4 trip in extraordinary regions, from the largest salt desert in the world to the colorful hills of South Lipez. We will cross unique landscapes that will remain engraved in your memory. Having our own vehicle, we will be able to stop wherever we want and for as long as we want.
During this trip, we will strive to offer you the best possible comfort, whether on the road or in our stopover accommodations. It is however necessary to know that even the best accommodation for the next 3 nights will be rudimentary. However, this relative lack of comfort will be largely compensated by the beauty of what you will see. Night in a small dormitory. (Possibility to have private rooms for an extra charge).
Night of day 19 in Uyuni at the hotel. Evening meal of day 19 not included.
Private Spanish services / Entrance fees included / Full board during the 4×4 tour
In the morning, bus to Potosi. Once there, we will stretch our legs to visit this colonial city, which was, thanks to its mines, the most populated city of the 16th century.
Due to its architecture, Potosí still strongly preserves the colonial atmosphere of the time.
Night in Potosi
Private Transfers / Scheduled Bus Service to Potosi / Spanish Tour / Admission included
Today we will discover the silver and tin mines, in order to understand the daily life of the miners and the associated rites. Then we will also visit the Casa de la Moneda, the museum that will explain the importance and role of Potosi in history, especially during the Industrial Revolution in Europe. (Closed Sunday and Monday)
Mid-afternoon, nice road to Sucre.
Night in Sucre
Group visits Spanish – English / Entrance fees included / Bus line to Sucre / Private transfer
Day dedicated to the discovery of the woman who was the instigator of the revolution for the independence of South America at the beginning of the 18th century. This magnificent colonial city, named after General Antonio Jose de Sucre, is very relaxing and enjoys, at 2’500m, a pleasant climate.
Night in Sucre
Private visits in English/ Entrance fees included
Sucre – Santa Cruz
In the morning, flight to Santa Cruz, the economic city of Bolivia, located at 450m altitude.
Day visit and relaxation. As an option, we will visit the park dedicated to butterflies and before tasting the local specialties, we will also be able to swim in a superb water park.
Night train to Brazil.
Private transfers / Flights Sugar – Santa Cruz included / Train tickets Bolivia – Brazil included
Little known outside South America, the Pantanal is a huge area of swamps, covering 3 countries. This vast alluvial plain is what remains of an inland sea that dried up 65 million years ago.
It is certainly one of the best places to observe the rich biodiversity of plants and animals. You can see caimans, monkeys, anacondas, a multitude of birds and other animals and insects living here.
We will sleep in a lodge and from there we will go on day trips.
Group transfer / Group tours Portuguese – English / Full board
As its name suggests, this small town is “beautiful”.
On the edge of the Pantanal, there are several caves and rivers rich in fish where you can snorkel. Half a day of relaxation is also possible before the night bus that will take us to Iguazu.
Night in Bonito (day 27) and night in the bus (day 28).
Portuguese – English group tours / Entrance fees included / Bus line to Iguazu
The most beautiful falls in the world! Wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara! There are 275 of them, spread over 3km on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Declared International Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1986, the falls were also used as film sets for “Mission” or for Indiana Jones in “The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.
We will visit the falls on both sides, Brazil and Argentina, over the 2 days.
Night at Foz de Iguazu
Private Transfers / Private Services / Included Entries
Le Brésil est un grand pays… et c’est peu dire ! Le matin nous pourrons visiter Itaipu, 2ème plus grand barrage du monde. Nous aurons ensuite besoin de l’après-midi et de la nuit pour atteindre la côte Atlantique et rejoindre la magnifique ville coloniale de Paraty. Depuis là, ce ne sera plus que détente !
Nuit dans le bus.
Visite en groupe portugais –anglais / Entrées incluses / Transfert privé / Bus de ligne pour Paraty
Also declared World Heritage for the richness of its Portuguese architecture, Paraty is located between jungle and heavenly beaches, totalling 65 tropical islands.
We will be able to go along the beaches by boat, ride a bike in the forest, and also taste the local products. There is no lack of activities in this small paradise and the difficulty will be to choose among all those proposed!
Night in Paraty
Private or group activities according to your choices on site / Services in Portuguese – English / Entrance fees included
Rio de Janeiro
We will follow the coast northwards to reach the exuberant and splendid Rio de Janeiro.
“God made the earth in 6 days and the 7th dedicated it to Rio”. This marvelous city was founded in a magnificent setting, a combination of white beaches, lush forests, dominated by Sugar Loaf.
We will have 2 days at our disposal to visit it and feel the joyful atmosphere rocked by the good mood of the Cariocas and the rhythm of the Samba.
Night in Rio de Janeiro
Private Transfers / Portuguese – English Group Visits / Entrance Fees Included
Rio de Janeiro
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if required)||Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Airline tickets and copy||Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Warm and waterproof jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bathing suitcase|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medicines you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).