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Andean Crossing

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The one with all the bucket list musts, from the Inca trail to The Amazon

Duration
22 Days
Places
15 places

Visiting Lima, Jungle Lodge, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Copacabana, La Paz, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni, Avaroa National Reserve, San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago de Chile, Puerto Maldonado, Salar de Uyuni

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach

Highlights

  • Lima city tour - see the historical centre, Barranco & Miraflores
  • Included flight to Puerto Maldonado
  • Included flight to Cusco
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

21 nights accommodation

19 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

You and your new amigos will be spending your nights in hotels, jungle lodges, and cool hostels right amongst the action.

36 Meals

11 Dinner, 21 Breakfast, 4 Lunch

Refuel on hearty breakfasts, plus a few local lunches and a few cherry picked and munch worthy dinners, on us. Then, the rest of your Latin American food safari is entirely up to you to DIY as you please. Enjoy!

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Getting around Latin America is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.

Experiences

24 included, 3 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Wander around lavish churches and visit an underground cemetery with a guided tour of colonial Lima
- Spend two nights in a wooden hut surrounded by exotic wildlife native to Peru
- Go sandboarding in Chile's otherworldly Valley of the Moon*
- Get access to the Pisa ruins of the 1400's whilst uncovering the artisan town of Sacred Valley
- Take in the immense colour and culture of the Bolivian city of La Paz, guided by the wisdom of your local guide
- Take a train ride to soaring heights where you can take in one of the 7 wonders of the new world, Machu Picchu

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
You've got 22 days to spare, so what's next? How about an unforgettable Latin American adventure that includes Peru, Bolivia and Chile? This trip combines buzzing cities, out of this world nature, local experiences, some of the worlds most iconic sights, and of course a whole bunch of new friends to share it all with.

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Andean Crossing

24 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Lima city tour - see the historical centre, Barranco & Miraflores
  • Included flight to Puerto Maldonado
  • Included flight to Cusco
  • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo
  • Visit a llama farm
  • Try some local Chicha de Jora
  • Visit Pisac town and Pisac Market
  • Take the train to the gateway of Machu Picchu
  • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar with our guide
  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street
  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See the Casa de la Libertad & the Convento de Santa Teresa
  • Visit the Convento de San Felip Neri
  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See the National Mint of Bolivia & Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace & Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas
  • Visit the Cathedral Market
  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard
  • Visit Salar de Uyuni
  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
  • Visit Valle de la Luna
  • City Tour

3 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Sacred Valley Rafting
  • Hike the Rainbow Mountain (subject to availability)
  • Sandboarding

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Lima
via
via
Puerto Maldonado
2
2 nights
Jungle Lodge
1
1 night
Cusco
1
1 night
Sacred Valley
1
1 night
Aguas Calientes
2
2 nights
Cusco
1
1 night
Copacabana
2
2 nights
La Paz
2
2 nights
Sucre
1
1 night
Potosi
2
2 nights
Uyuni
via
via
Salar de Uyuni
1
1 night
Avaroa National Reserve
2
2 nights
San Pedro de Atacama
2
2 nights
Santiago de Chile
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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