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Andean Crossing

(Until Feb 2021)

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

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    22 days

  • Places

    15 places

  • Meals

    21 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 11 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

Andean Crossing (Until Feb 2021)

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Experiences that are included with your trip

  • 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
  • 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

2 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Hike the colourful contours of Rainbow Mountain from Cusco (subject to availability)
  • Sandboarding

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 21 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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.

About this trip

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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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. 2 2 nights

    Cusco

  8. 1 1 night

    Copacabana

  9. 2 2 nights

    La Paz

  10. 2 2 nights

    Sucre

  11. 1 1 night

    Potosi

  12. 2 2 nights

    Uyuni

  13. via via

    Salar de Uyuni

  14. 1 1 night

    Avaroa National Reserve

  15. 2 2 nights

    San Pedro de Atacama

  16. 2 2 nights

    Santiago de Chile

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DAY 1 - Lima

Lima

A new day, a new country – let’s do this! Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, Lima 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

Hotel Arawi Miraflores Express (or similar)

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

Hotel Tupac Yupanqui (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

Hotel Tupac Yupanqui (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Machu Picchu Sanctuary

DAY 8 - Cusco

Cusco

Another day, another incredible Latin American destination to uncover; today it's sun up 'til sun down in Cusco. Shop for artisan jewellery and woodworks, roam the cobble-stone streets or just stroll the Plaza de Armas, eating cacao buds and sipping on coca leaf tea. Today you're in control of your adventures... except for dinner with the crew tonight, on us. Bolivia is on the horizon tomorrow.

Stay

Hotel Tupac Yupanqui (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Hike the colourful contours of Rainbow Mountain from Cusco (subject to availability)

DAY 9 - Cusco to Copacabana

Cusco

Bolivia, you're in our sights. Filling up on breakfast, it's all eyes to the border as we make our way through Peru's spectacular Altiplano Plateau and over the border to Lake Titicaca, iconically the highest body of water in the world (and said to be the original birthplace of the Incas).

Copacabana

Small, bright and enchanting, Copacabana sure as hell turns on the charm. Situated on Lake Titicaca's shores, this is more than just a place with sandy beaches and lakeside cafés. Opt for a cultural walk toward the Basilica of Our Lady Copacabana, or shop for local goods in its famous shopping street. 

Stay

Hotel Gloria Copacabana (or similar)

DAY 10 - Copacabana to La Paz

Copacabana

Today we'll journey through the pretty Bolivian countryside towards La Paz. Situated a slightly unnerving 12,000 ft above sea level (yeah, for real), this city is big on altitude AND energy. 

La Paz

If you're looking for vistas, La Paz is your gal. Sitting in the midst of a narrow canyon and dwarfed by the mighty icecapped 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

Hotel Gloria La Paz (or similar)

DAY 11 - La Paz

La Paz

Cameras on full charge and free breakfast fully taken advantage of, it's time to hit the streets of La Paz. Your Trip Manager will take you on a guided walking tour where'll get to explore all that the city has to offer. Feel the cultural vibes by the San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral, before you make your way to the colourful Jaen Street and Plaza Murillo. And for those feeling ultra spiritual, the Witches' Market is only a short walk away.

Stay

Hotel Gloria 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 12 - La Paz to Sucre

La Paz

Adios La Paz, you've taken our breath away (quite literally). 

Sucre

Steeped in history with narrow tree lined streets, white stone buildings (some dating back five centuries) and endless blue skies, Sucre is a place where time stands still. Get your bearings on a guided walking tour and let the impressive Convento de San Felip Neri work its magic on your inner architecture nerd. The afternoon is then yours to explore places like Cal Orck'o (did someone say real dinosaur footprints?), wander the cities various museums, or just take it easy before the evenings shenanigans. 

Stay

Hotel San Marino Royal (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided walking tour

  • See the Casa de la Libertad and the Convento de Santa Teresa

  • Visit the Convento de San Felip Neri

DAY 13 - Sucre

Sucre

With a full day in Sucre, the choice is yours of how to DIY your time in this cultural melting pot. Maybe the museums, galleries and parks are calling your name, or perhaps your itching for something a bit more physical? If that's the case, our ME Time Optionals are likely to be your jam.

Stay

Hotel San Marino Royal (or similar)

DAY 14 - Sucre to Potosi

Sucre

Think you've seen it all in the last few days? We've barely gotten started... Today we big adios to enchanting Sucre and make our way to Potosi, a town rich in history, architecture, and silver.

Potosi

Situated at the foot of Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain), Potosi is a treasure trove of markets, churches and friendly locals. We'll get you adjusted on a locally guided tour around the city, stopping off at the Cathedral Market to check out the local wares and visiting sites like the impressive Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas. Later, head out with your crew for a traditional local dinner, washed down with Chuflay a plenty. Que bueno!

Stay

Hotel Patrimonio Potosi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided walking tour

  • See the National Mint of Bolivia and Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace and Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas

  • Visit the Cathedral Market

DAY 15 - Potosi to Uyuni

Potosi

Another lazy morning in Potosi, before making tracks for Uyuni, and we think you know what comes next... 

Uyuni

Welcome to Uyuni, the official gateway to the Salar de Uyuni...or the Bolivian salt flats to you and I. Excited much? You should be. To get you in the mood, we'll be heading to the Great Train Graveyard, which is every bit as incredible as it sounds.  A place full of deserted steamtrains that were abandoned sometime in the 40s, if you're into deserted theme parks, ghost walks or general creepy stuff, you've found your mecca.

Stay

Hotel Samay Wasi Uyuni (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard

DAY 16 - Uyuni incl Salar de Uyuni

Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Wanna know what makes a breathtaking photo? Well, let's just say that in Salar de Uyuni, every angle is picture perfect. We hope you've been researching the best poses and use of props, because this is one experience most only get to enjoy once in a lifetime.

Stay

Quechua Connection (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Salar de Uyuni

DAY 17 - Uyuni to Avaroa National Reserve

Uyuni

It's goodbye mini bus and hello 4x4's as we kick start our 2 day expedition across the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve.

Avaroa National Reserve

Not much can beat yesterdays views, but this sure gives them a run for their money. 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

Quechua Connection (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 18 - Avaroa National Reserve to San Pedro de Atacama

Avaroa National Reserve

Can it really get any better? You ain't seen nothing yet. Up with the birds, we'll stop off first for some geyser spotting before journeying on to the Salvador Dali desert. And yes, it's every bit as impressive as the name suggests.

San Pedro de Atacama

Who's ready for a new country? Oh hi there, Chile! From one other worldly landscape to another, we'll venture into the Atacama desert with San Pedro de Atacama in our sights, our home for the next 2 nights. Feel the dryness in the air? That's because this land is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Don't say we don't try to impress you.

Stay

Hotel Diego de Almagro San Pedro de Atacama (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 19 - San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

After two days of crossing the Avaroa reserve, it's time to chill, and that poolside seat has your name all over it. But then again with sandboarding on offer, maybe the lure of the desert will be too hard to resist? As the afternoon rolls in we'll head out to Valle de la Luna. Literally translated as the Valley of the Moon, this lunar like landscape was carved by wind and water and is the probably the closest you'll ever get to a space travel experience.  Seriously, can this trip get any better?

Stay

Hotel Diego de Almagro San Pedro de Atacama (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Valle de la Luna

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sandboarding

DAY 20 - San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago de Chile

San Pedro de Atacama

This morning we leave the desert behind and jump on flight to Santiago de Chile.  Upon arrival we’ll get acquainted with this bustling place on a city tour.  The afternoon is yours to explore and this evening we’ll wrap up our 3-week adventure with a farewell dinner.

Santiago de Chile

Stay

Eurotel Providencia Santiago (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • City Tour

DAY 21 - Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

The day is yours.  Choose to visit the colorful, hillside city of Valparaiso or spend a day exploring Chile’s wineries.

Stay

Eurotel Providencia Santiago (or similar)

DAY 22 - Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.