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Andean Crossing

(From March 2021)

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The one that sees you hiking up Machu Picchu & crossing the Bolivian Salt Flats

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    9 places

  • Meals

    6 Dinner, 12 Breakfast, 4 Lunch

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Mini-Van, Plane, Local Overnight Bus, 4x4s

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

Lima, Jungle Lodge, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, La Paz, Avaroa National Reserve, Puerto Maldonado, Uyuni

Andean Crossing (From March 2021)

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Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a Lima city tour and admire the historical centre, Barranco & Miraflores
  • Included flight to Puerto Maldonado
  • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views
  • City sightseeing tour of Puerto Maldonado
  • Included flight to Cusco
  • Take a walking tour of Cusco
  • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo
  • Meet some resident llamas in a local farm in Cusco
  • Visit Pisac town and Pisac Market
  • Try some local Chicha de Jora
  • Take the train to the gateway of Machu Picchu
  • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar with our guide
  • Included Flight to La Paz
  • Included flight to Uyuni
  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard
  • Visit Salar de Uyuni the worlds largest salt flats
  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street

0 Free Time Add-Ons

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

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    10 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.

About this trip

This 13 day quest will take you from a lodge nestled in the Amazon rainforest through to The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, before an unforgettable adventure across Bolivia and it's mindbending Salt Flats. Get ready for some 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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Lima

  2. via via

    Puerto Maldonado

  3. 2 2 nights

    Jungle Lodge

  4. 1 1 night

    Cusco

  5. 1 1 night

    Sacred Valley

  6. 1 1 night

    Aguas Calientes

  7. 1 1 night

    Cusco

  8. 1 1 night

    La Paz

  9. via via

    Uyuni

  10. 2 2 nights

    Avaroa National Reserve

  11. 2 2 nights

    La Paz

+1 more

DAY 1 - Lima

Lima

Welcome to Lima! Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, this place is sure to ignite your love for Peru. Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catacombs, then hit the Barranco district this afternoon to get a feel for its bohemian ambiance. A stroll over the Bridge of Sighs is also a must. And of course no trip to Lima is complete without devouring at least one portion of ceviche – it’s a pretty massive deal in the city. Round off the day watching the sun set over the Pacific, most likely with a pisco sour in hand…

Stay

Selina Miraflores (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a Lima city tour and admire the historical centre, Barranco & Miraflores

DAY 2 - Lima to Jungle Lodge via Puerto Maldonado

Lima

We’ll catch a flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. We’ll have lunch on the river as we travel upstream by a traditional Peruvian boat to our Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Lodge in the mighty Amazon jungle, where we’ll try to spot toucans, macaws and capybaras along the way.

Puerto Maldonado

 A quick tour of the city will reveal colourful fruit stalls, open air markets, and locals going about their day. But now we're back underway and we just want to get to the jungle.

Jungle Lodge

Our lodge is a special experience in itself! Located in then luscious rainforest and made from wood and clay, its open walls leave you sleeping virtually amongst the rainforest! After you settle in, we’ll get a different take on the jungle as we take a hike to the canopy tower. After climbing the 100ft of stairs you will be provided with a birds-eye view of the rainforest! Home to monkeys, birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

After dinner you can experience something really different, heading out to look for caiman, a member of the alligator family native to the Amazon. Scan the shores with flashlights and see if you can catch the red gleam of the light as it reflects off of the caiman’s eyes.

Stay

Sandoval Lake Lodge (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Puerto Maldonado

  • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

  • City sightseeing tour of Puerto Maldonado

DAY 3 - Jungle Lodge

Jungle Lodge

With another day at the jungle lodge, keep your eyes peeled for a wildlife like the giant otter, monkeys, tropical birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

Stay

Sandoval Lake Lodge (or similar)

DAY 4 - Jungle Lodge to Cusco

Jungle Lodge

Wave goodbye to your jungle home, and say hello to Cusco.

Cusco

Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco - wander the main plaza, visit the Tread Right support weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco's amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club!

Stay

Selina Saphi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Cusco

  • Take a walking tour of Cusco

DAY 5 - Cusco to Sacred Valley

Cusco

Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley on our private coach, this is where our journey into the ruins and mystique of this land truly begins. But first, llamas. An iconic symbol of Peru, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these furry favourites up close, and we’re talking the whole humpback family – llamas, vicuna and alpacas. #llamaselfie achieved, we’ll then stop off to witness the ancient Incan art of weaving in practise by a group of talented local artisans. Throughout the journey, play close attention to your surrounds – there’s the chance to spot the Incan farming technique of terracing, as well as the ‘salineras’ (salt mines). Want to know what the Peruvians do for fun? You’ll get the chance to play the traditional game of “Sapo”, and exactly what that entails we’ll leave to the imagination…

Sacred Valley

Our explorations of the Sacred Valley will begin with a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Our Local Guide will give you the d-l on both, visiting the circular terraced Pisac ruins first which date back to the 1400’s. Moving on to Ollantaytambo, base camp for those taking the trek tomorrow, we’ll appease dry mouths with some homemade Chica de Jora brew. This tiny town may be small in geographical terms, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude, with artisan shops and cafes spilling out onto streets, and the roaring Urubamba river providing the perfect natural background noise. For those embarking on the Inca trail tomorrow this is your final chance to stock up on last minute essentials (socks, socks and more socks). For all others, spend your time soaking in the vibes, hanging with other travellers and just getting a feel for this iconic little town.

Stay

Sol Natura Hotel Ollantaytambo (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into the Sacred Valley and Pisac ruins

  • Meet some resident llamas in a local farm in Cusco

  • Visit Pisac town and Pisac Market

  • Try some local Chicha de Jora

DAY 6 - Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes or Inca Trail Trek

Sacred Valley

For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. With just 3.5 hours on foot and 6-kilometres to cover, the enchanting site that awaits us will make it all worthwhile. Descending into the site we’ll take in Wayana Picchu 'Little peak' – the iconic peak you’ll have seen in every picture ever – marvelling at the incredible handiwork of the ancient Incas. Satisfaction levels at an all-time high and with a big ol’ smile on your tired face, we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes and a squishy hotel bed you couldn’t be more deserving of. 


For those not embarking on the Inca Trail, the morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes

Can you feel the excitement mounting? Yep – those are pretty much the feels when Machu Picchu is quite literally on the horizon. This afternoon we’ll hop on the train to Aguas Calientes, a cute town in its own right complete with roaring river, quaint bridges and local haunts, but most famously known as the gateway town to Machu Picchu. We’ll meet up with those who opted for the one day trek, and basically spend the evening hyping each other up for what’s to come tomorrow.

Stay

Hotel Hatun Samay (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take the train to the gateway of Machu Picchu

DAY 7 - Machu Picchu to Cusco

Aguas Calientes

Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time! Built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the new world. We’ll be treated to a guided tour of the site taking in such wonders as the Temple of the Three Windows and Wayana Picchu (the peak you’ll of seen in every Machu Picchu image ever), and of course you’ll have some alone time to explore the area as only you can do. This is one big old tick off the life goals list, so enjoy every single second of it.

Cusco

Back on the train we’ll de-brief on our once-in-a-lifetime experience as we head back to Cusco. Last time round was all about getting acquainted with the city, so now you’ve got you’re bearings you can really get lost amongst the market stalls and cobbled streets, maybe even going truly local by trying out a serving of cuy.

Stay

Selina Saphi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Machu Picchu Sanctuary

DAY 8 - Cusco to La Paz

Cusco

Another day, another country.

La Paz

Welcome to Bolivia! If you're looking for vistas, La Paz is your gal. Sitting in the midst of a narrow canyon and dwarfed by the mighty ice capped peak of Mount Illimani to the South, this is a city of contrasts, where 19th century churches rub shoulders with towering office blocks and pretty, colourful markets. Take your time adjusting to the altitude, then make the most of your afternoon in this hustling, cosmopolitan city.

Stay

Selina La Paz (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Flight to La Paz

DAY 9 - La Paz to Avaroa via Uyuni

La Paz

Today we're headed to Uyuni, the official gateway to the Salar de Uyuni...more commonly known as the Bolivian Salt Flats.

Uyuni

Excited much? You should be. To get the journey started,  we'll be heading to the Great Train Graveyard, which is every bit as incredible as it sounds.  Next up what you've been waiting for, the Salt Flats.Hope you've got your picture ideas ready, the possibilities are endless.

Avaroa National Reserve

We'll continue through the desert before parking up for the night. Expect some beautiful night's skies out here.

Stay

Avaroa National Reserve

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Uyuni

  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard

  • Visit Salar de Uyuni the worlds largest salt flats

DAY 10 - Avaroa National Reserve

Avaroa National Reserve

It's time to jump back in the 4x4 and continue through the Bolivian desert.We'll be starting a crossing through the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, mountains, lakes and flocks of flamingos will have your head spinning 360 as you try to take it all on. Nature on steroids is probably the best description.

Stay

Avaroa National Reserve

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 11 - Avaroa - Night Bus

Avaroa National Reserve

Today we start the journey back to Uyuni. So sit back and enjoy the views unlike anywhere else. You'll get a chance to have a look around the town and grab some dinner.

La Paz

Tonight we're getting on a night bus. Falling asleep in Uyuni and waking up in La Paz? There's no easier way to get across the country.

Stay

Overnight bus

DAY 12 - La Paz

La Paz

Today's the day to soak up Bolivia one last time. See the city from above on La Paz's incredible cable car system, or use the your day to get a final taste of Bolivian delicacies - llama anyone?
This afternoon, a nap may be calling your name, getting you nice and rested before your final night with your Contiki crew.

Stay

Selina La Paz (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided walking tour

  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral

  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street

DAY 13 - End La Paz

La Paz

This morning your trip ends.  Not ready to say goodbye to South America? Why not join us on another Contiki tour with your new mates?

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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.