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The Latin Quest

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The one that does it big and bold, crossing 4 countries over 36 epic days

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    36 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    12 Dinner, 35 Breakfast, 6 Lunch

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

Quito, Tena, Banos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Jungle Lodge, Puerto Maldonado, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Raqchi, San Antonio De Areco

The Latin Quest

57 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Locally guided city tour and view the Palace of Congress, Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral
  • Visit Panecillo lookout
  • Visit the Equator & Inti-Ñan Musuem
  • Salsa lesson and dinner
  • Visit the Devils Cauldron Waterfall
  • Included flight to Baltra
  • Boat Ride to Isabela Island
  • See Galapagos' famous giant tortoises
  • Visit the lava tunnels
  • Snorkelling experience
  • Wildlife kayaking adventure
  • Visit a Turtle breeding centre
  • Visit Tortuga Bay and take a hike to a secluded beach
  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Station
  • See the island's famous sea lions
  • Explore Kicker Rock
  • Visit a private beach
  • Included flight to Guayaquil
  • Included flight to Arequipa
  • City tour of Arequipa
  • Visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve
  • See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes
  • Visit Cruz del Condor
  • Visit Maca
  • Ride on a triciclo in Puno
  • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca from Puno
  • Visit Taquile and Uros Island communities in Puno
  • Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani
  • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha
  • Visit Raqchi Inca ruins and experience a water ritual
  • Explore the San Pedro Market & try some Peruvian snacks in 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 Puerto Maldonado
  • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views
  • Special stay in our Amazon Rainforest Jungle Eco-lodge
  • City sightseeing tour of Puerto Maldonado
  • Locally guided jungle catamaran cruise
  • Included flight to Lima
  • Included flight to Buenos Aires
  • Watch a sultry Tango show, learn to do it yourself, then reward yourself with an Argentine feast in Buenos Aires
  • Visit Gaucho Country & lunch at an Estancia
  • Locally guided city tour
  • Try tasty Argentine food on our interactive food tour
  • Included flight to Iguassu
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu - Brazilian side)
  • Try a delicious Churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ) in Iguassu
  • See the Devil's Throat, the underwater cave formation of Iguassu falls
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional Iguazú - Argentinian side)
  • Included flight to Rio de Janeiro
  • City orientation tour of Rio
  • Climb up to the heavens of Corcovado and gawp at Christ the Redeemer, Rio

21 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Community Visit US$40.00
  • Rafting Experience US$50.00
  • Morning bird watching
  • Canyoneering US$28.00
  • Aventure Zipline - Advanced Course
  • Adventure Zipline/Climb US$25.00
  • Horseback riding US$40.00
  • Island Biking Adventure US$40.00
  • Paddleboarding
  • Colca Canyon Zipline US$16.00
  • Hike the colourful contours of Rainbow Mountain from Cusco (subject to availability)
  • Peruvian Encounter dining experience where you’ll learn about traditional Peruvian culinary practices and ingredients in Cusco
  • White water rafting along the Urubamba River in Cusco
  • Have a go at the traditional game of polo followed by lunch in the Argentinian countryside
  • Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls to get the full aerial view
  • Jet boat ride under Iguassu Falls
  • Take a cable car ride up the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
  • Try some delicious Brazilian BBQ in Rio
  • Gaze at the sprawling metropolis of Rio as you hang-glide over it
  • Get into the Rio vibe at a local football game (seasonal)
  • Take a cruise along the arcing Guanabara Bay and enjoy caiprinhas and music, Rio

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 35 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    34 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay

    We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels, jungle lodges and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

About this trip

This one's for the wide-eyed wanderers who want to do it all, experience everything & explore every inch of Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina. From bustling, colourful streets to quiet ancient temples, live volcanoes & beautiful beaches, you'll find your own personal paradise in each travel destination over 36 epic days. Travelling through Latin America favours the bold - so say hello to the snaking ruins of Machu Picchu, hiking through the canopies of the Amazon rainforest, interactive food tours in Buenos Aires and pure white beaches at every turn. This Latin Quest hits all the on-trend travel hotspots, and is guaranteed to play flamenco with your heartstrings.

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  • Only $200 deposit to book

    Reserve your space now with a deposit, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

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  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

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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

    Quito

  2. 2 2 nights

    Tena

  3. 2 2 nights

    Banos

  4. 1 1 night

    Guayaquil

  5. via via

    Santa Cruz Island

  6. 2 2 nights

    Isabela Island

  7. 1 1 night

    Santa Cruz Island

  8. 2 2 nights

    San Cristobal Island

  9. 2 2 nights

    Lima

  10. 1 1 night

    Arequipa

  11. 1 1 night

    Colca Canyon

  12. 2 2 nights

    Puno

  13. via via

    Raqchi

  14. 2 2 nights

    Cusco

  15. 1 1 night

    Sacred Valley

  16. 1 1 night

    Aguas Calientes

  17. 2 2 nights

    Cusco

  18. via via

    Puerto Maldonado

  19. 1 1 night

    Jungle Lodge

  20. 1 1 night

    Puerto Maldonado

  21. 1 1 night

    Lima

  22. 2 2 nights

    Buenos Aires

  23. via via

    San Antonio De Areco

  24. 2 2 nights

    Buenos Aires

  25. 2 2 nights

    Iguassu Falls

  26. 3 3 nights

    Rio de Janeiro

+16 more

DAY 1 - Quito

Quito

With plenty of Latino magic ahead of us, the mood will be sky high as we gather in Ecuador's capital. This modern day city (nicknamed the 'light of America') is built on ancient Incan ruins and boasts one of the best preserved historic centres in America. It was also the first city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Fact. We'll jump straight in to a team tour of the city, catch the views from Panciello lookout & skip between two hemispheres at the Equatorial line. Squeezing in a visit to the IInti-Ñan Museum should round off the first day on trip pretty nicely.

Stay

Hostal de La Mancha Quito (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally Guided City Tour

  • Visit Panecillo lookout

  • Visit the Equator and internan Museum

DAY 2 - Quito to Tena

Quito

Having dived deep into Quito yesterday we will wake up ready and raring for adventure, excited for the first of many dramatic changes in scenery on this trip.

Tena

Our first journey on the road leads us to what is known as the 'cinnamon capital of Ecuador'. But even more exciting than its sweet spice collection is it location - smack bang in the midst of the Amazon rainforest. This place is lush to say the least. It's the capital of the Napo Province and do you hear that noise? Damn right it's the great outdoors calling your name. Our hotel, located on the outskirts of town, is super chilled, allowing you to prepare for the jungle shenanigans of tomorrow.

Stay

Hotel Las Heliconias (or Similar)

DAY 3 - Tena

Tena

Today is yours to roam the city and jungle to your hearts content. Maybe unwind over a few hot sugar cane and cinnamon drinks and a traditional canelazo brew, or opt to visit a local indigenous community - a pretty cool way to truly go local and give back on your trip. You'll get the chance to meet a shaman, play soccer with the local kids and really experience what tribe life is all about in this part of the world. Like the sound of this? Maybe consider packing some extra school supplies or tasty treats in your luggage - absolutely not essential but definitely appreciated by the local children. This afternoon, take the adrenaline up a notch and and hit the river for some fast and furious rafting. Nothing like a spot of rapid riding to induce group bonding. Tonight, we'll feast on delicious meats, sauces and salads, all traditional and sourced locally from the area. YUM.

Stay

Hotel Las Heliconias (or Similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Community Visit

    US$40.00

  • Rafting Experience

    US$50.00

DAY 4 - Tena to Banos

Tena

Good morning, Amazonian roamers! Today we're off to the adrenaline capital of Banos, so time to shimmy our way out of the rainforest - our next adventure awaits...

Banos

Sitting amidst tumbling valleys, waterfalls, and the still active Volcán Tungurahua, Banos is a big deal on the natural beauty front. With tomorrow earmarked as our day of outdoor adventuring, tonight is all about learning the art of sultry salsa with an included lesson to get our snake hips a-shaking. Our friendly local teacher, Edith, knows what's up on the dance floor, and by the time we leave those salsa pro's won't know what's hit them. Dance floor goals complete, we'll hop around some watering holes for a taste of the local nightlife.

Stay

Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Salsa Lesson

  • Visit the Devils Cauldron Waterfall

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Morning bird watching

  • Canyoneering

    US$28.00

  • Aventure Zipline - Advanced Course

DAY 5 - Banos

Banos

The adventure opportunities are endless today, with horseback riding, canyoneering and ziplining all on the menu. And trust us, this isn’t just any regular old zipline – we’re talking aerial bridges, rock climbing and speeding through the skies, Superman style – pretty much the ultimate aerial adventure. Don’t have such a head for heights? Horsey fun and canyoneering expeditions will keep you on your toes. Oh what a tough day this will be in Banos – deciding how best to embrace your inner adventurer.

Stay

Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Adventure Zipline/Climb

    US$25.00

  • Horseback riding

    US$40.00

DAY 6 - Banos to Guayaquil

Banos

Adios Baños, you've been real. Today we're hearing the call of Ecuador's largest city and economic hub - our last stop on the mainland before we find ourselves clocking on to island time.

Guayaquil

Once in Guayaquil, start getting acquainted with Ecuador's urban side at the city's riverfront, Malecón, or within its historic neighbourhood, Las Peñas. Hungry? Seafood here is pretty much off the chart, so time to get involved - stat. Ceviche, anyone?

Stay

Hotel Palace Guayaquil (or similar)

DAY 7 - Guayaquil to Isabela Island via Santa Cruz

Guayaquil

We’ve arrived in Ecuador’s largest city and are ready and raring to conquer it all. Getting out of here pretty early we’ll take to the skies, bound for the glorious Galapagos Islands. Excited much? You should be. On arrival we’ll appease our rumbling stomachs with some munch.

Santa Cruz Island

Giant tortoises roaming their natural surroundings and incredible old lava tunnels will welcome us onto the island of Santa Cruz. After lunch, we’ll take to the ocean and make tracks to our home for the night – the impossibly glorious Isabela Island, where we’ll sleep amidst the spellbinding beauty of the Galapagos National Park.

Isabela Island

The inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’, Isabela Island is home to wildlife you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Picture the scene – sandy streets, palm trees, crystal waters and seal pups playing – can it really get any more perfect? Soak it all in, as it’s home for the next little while.

Stay

Gran Tortuga

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Flight to Baltra

  • Boat Ride to Isabela Island

  • See Galapagos famous giant tortoises

  • Visit the lava tunnels

DAY 8 - Isabela Island

Isabela Island

Well good morning paradise. The ocean is calling, and who are we to resist her? Our wildlife kayaking adventure will see us taking to the seas with beady eyes on the lookout for green sea turtles.

Stay

Gran Tortuga

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Snorkelling experience

  • Wildlife kayaking adventure

  • Visit a Turtle breeding centre

DAY 9 - Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island

Isabela Island

We’ll wake up hungry for the day this morning (that’s what island life does to you), and for good reason – Santa Cruz is on the horizon.

Santa Cruz Island

After settling in to the Santa Cruz way of life, we’ll stroll down to the beach and the cosy Tortuga Bay. Wildlife fanatics will be in their element – the island is known for sharks, rays, turtles, great blue herons, and even blue footed boobies. Spend your time sunbaking next to a marine iguana, or roam the streets stopping off in cute cafes for fresh juice pit stops.

Stay

Hotel Red Booby (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Tortuga Bay and take a hike to a secluded beach

  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Station

DAY 10 - Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island

Santa Cruz Island

Back on our boat we’ll set sail for San Cristobal, keeping our eyes peeled for cute bathing sea lions (we won’t have to look too hard – they’re literally everywhere). Four extinct volcanoes sit across the island creating scenic highlands that are best experienced by bike – mainly cruising downhill, you'll be happy to know. The tiny town of El Progreso will add a splash of colour to our journey, and we’ll also cross five different vegetation zones before arriving at our seaside destination – La Loberia beach.

San Cristobal Island

Stay

Casa de Nelly (or Similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See some Famous Sea Lions

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Island Biking Adventure

    US$40.00

DAY 11 - San Cristobal Island

San Cristobal Island

It’s our last day soaking up the natural beauty of the Galapagos, and what a day we’ve got planned. Bird-watching will kick us off, followed by a cruise to the 143-metre Kicker Rock – a natural phenomenon that protrudes from the ocean and is one of the greatest icons of the area. Our Local Guide will give us the low-down on the wildlife – both above and below the water – that surrounds the rock, then we’ll jump in and explore for ourselves. Keep a look out for chocolate chip starfish and a Galapagos Shark or two, but remember the golden rule – keep those toes off the coral, as you can do serious damage to the delicate eco-system. Back on board, we’ll make tracks for Puerto Grande beach. Here, we’ll eat lunch on board and enjoy a final afternoon of Galapagos fun, before rounding off the day with a feat to end all feasts. WHAT A DAY.

Stay

Casa de Nelly (or Similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Kicker Rock

  • Visit a private beach

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Paddleboarding

DAY 12 - San Cristobal to Lima

San Cristobal Island

We’ll wave goodbye to Ecuador this morning, but the sad faces at leaving this beautiful country won’t last for long. Why? 2 words... Peru, baby!

Lima

Our included flight will land us in the seaside Peruvian capital of Lima. Arriving late, we’ll nevertheless be pumped at the prospect of what tomorrow brings – more of South American adventuring and yet more awesome people to enjoy the journey with. Life is pretty sweet right now.

Stay

Hotel Girasoles (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Guayaquil

DAY 13 - 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 Girasoles (or similar)

DAY 14 - Lima to Arequipa

Lima

The skies are calling this morning as we board our included flight bound for the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city which lies in the shadow of three majestic volcanoes.

Arequipa

The town of Arequipa, or La Ciudad Blanca, is both culturally and aesthetically astounding. A city tour will gets us orientated, taking in highlights including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Plaza de Armas, then this evening is all about something we reckon you’re going to love…food. Racoto Relleno (stuffed hot peppers) and Chupe de Camarones (crayfish chowder) are both on the menu, and after a busy day exploring this ancient city, we’ll sure be deserving of a feast.

Stay

Casona Terrace Hotel (or Similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Arequipa

  • City tour of Arequipa

DAY 15 - Arequipa to Colca Canyon

Arequipa

Are you ready for another nature masterclass? Waving farewell to Arequipa this morning, we’ll pass through Salinas and Aguada Blanco national reserve on route to one of the world’s deepest canyons.

Colca Canyon

After a journey of windswept landscapes, sandstone cliff & stops for hot coca tea, we will arrive at the highest point of our entire journey, which at 4910 metres/16,108ft above sea level is the same height as Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. Those jaws will be on the floor as you catch a first glimpse of this epic natural masterpiece. Can you feel the tingles already?

Stay

Hotel Granada Colca (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve

  • See El Misti Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Colca Canyon Zipline

    US$16.00

DAY 16 - Colca Canyon to Puno

Colca Canyon

This morning promises to be pretty mega as we hop out of bed in search for the King of the Andes, otherwise known as the Andean Condor, which boasts a mega 3-metre wingspan. Fingers crossed luck is on our side – some days we may spot 10 condors, other days none – but that’s the fun of Mother Nature. Either way, the majestic view of the Colca Canyon never ceases to impress, and we know you’ll leave feeling like you’ve witnessed something truly special. Back on the road, we’ll roll past quaint villages, stop for lunch in Chivay, then head on to the high plains of Peru.

Puno

Yet more natural beauty will be dished up this afternoon as we pull in to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Spend the evening settling in to our cosy hotel, our head into town for some dance floor action but a word of warning – Puno sits at an altitude of 3657 metres, so go easy on the piscos and the energetic dancefloor moves as the altitude could leave you feeling more breathless than normal. Tomorrow promises to be one to remember as we take to the lake for a taste of ancient Peruvian life…

Stay

Hotel Casona Plaza (or Similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Cruz del Condor

  • Visit Maca

DAY 17 - Puno

Puno

Ready to explore this area in all its multi-coloured glory? We thought so. Jumping in a triciclo (a three-wheeled bike taxi) we’ll bump our way down to the port and get our first taste of life on the Lake (fun fact – Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest freshwater lake). Our boat ride will take us first to Taquile Island, which to this day remains one of the most culturally intact communities in the whole of Peru, and it’s here you’ll meet local weaving groups and stop for lunch.

After exploring, we’ll then jump back on the boat and make for the Uros Islands, or as they’re more commonly called, the floating islands. Stepping off the boat you’ll feel like you’re walking on a water bed – unsurprising given the islands are made entirely from reeds. Here, we’ll hang with locals, visit a fish farm and even explore the local museum (yes, on an island made from reeds). The island community survives by selling textiles and totora reed boats to tourists, so after stocking up on one-off souvenirs, it’s back on the boat as we head home for the night to Puno.

Stay

Hotel Casona Plaza (or Similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Ride on a triciclo in Puno

  • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca from Puno

  • Visit Taquile and Uros Island communities in Puno

DAY 18 - Puno to Cusco via Raqchi

Puno

Heading out of Puno this morning we’ll make our way to Pukara to visit a small museum offering up archaeological findings and Peru’s iconic ceramic bulls. Hitting the road again we’ll journey through the snow-capped surrounds of La Raya, stopping for lunch in the town of Sicuani. Eagle eyes, this is llama country, so have those cameras at the ready.

Raqchi

Ancient Incan culture suggest that the Raqchi ruins are sacred for their powerful healing waters. Your entry tickets on us, and our local guide will paint the full picture as we explore the ruins. The Temple of Wiracocha is the pride of the site, and we’ll learn that the ruins were built as a village defence. History lesson complete we’ll head on to Cusco, the next stop of our adventure.

Cusco

Our final leg of the day lands us in Cusco, the hub of ancient Incan culture. This place is a feast for the senses and will call you out for an evening of exploration and maybe even some after dark antics, Cusco style.

Stay

MamaSara Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Pukara La Raya and Sicuani

  • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha

  • Visit Raqchi Inca ruins and experience a water ritual

DAY 19 - 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 San Pedro markets eating cacao buds and sipping on coca leaf tea. Today really is what you make it as you’re in total control…except for dinner with the crew – that’s on us.

Stay

MamaSara Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the San Pedro Market & try some Peruvian snacks in Cusco

  • Take a walking tour of Cusco

DAY 20 - 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

Tunupa Lodge 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 21 - 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

Inka Tower Machupicchu Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take the train to the gateway of Machu Picchu

DAY 22 - 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

MamaSara Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Machu Picchu Sanctuary

DAY 23 - Cusco

Cusco

The last few days have been pretty full on, so today is all about seeking out some much needed r’n’r. Grab a lie in at the hotel then sip fresh mountain coffee in the Plaza de Armas, or maybe take a stroll around town to pick up an alpaca sweater or ten (they are super snuggly). Can’t shake that taste for adventure? We hear you. 

Stay

MamaSara Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

  • Peruvian Encounter dining experience where you’ll learn about traditional Peruvian culinary practices and ingredients in Cusco

  • White water rafting along the Urubamba River in Cusco

DAY 24 - Cusco to Jungle Lodge

Cusco

Saying a final farewell to Cusco, we’ll hop on our included flight over the Andes to the city of Puerto Maldonado. With the sound of macaws and toucans welcoming us in, this can only mean one thing…it’s jungle time.

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

What’s accessible only by boat, is made from wood and clay and surrounded by the sounds and colours of nature? Answer – our rainforest lodge, your blissful home for the night. We’ll work up a pre-dinner appetite by hiking to the canopy tower, then after a tasty home-cooked dinner continue our outdoor pursuits by heading out to spot caimans – a member of the alligator family native to the Amazon. Tonight promises to be one for the story bank as you fall asleep in your open-walled room to the exotic sounds of the surrounding jungle.

Stay

Posada Amazonas by Rainforest Expeditions (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Puerto Maldonado

  • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

  • Special stay in our Amazon Rainforest Jungle Eco lodge

  • City sightseeing tour of Puerto Maldonado

DAY 25 - Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado

Jungle Lodge

If the vibrant morning song of the jungle birds hasn’t roused you early doors, the prospect of the Tres Chimadas lake teeming with wildlife will. Our morning catamaran cruise will have us spotting prehistoric hoatzin birds and giant river otters. Satisfaction levels on high, the rest of the afternoon is all yours – canopy climbing or kayaking ticking any of the boxes?

Puerto Maldonado

Tired and hungry after another adventure filled day, we’ll head back to Puerto Maldonado to make camp for the night. After such an epic day of jungle antics, we’re guessing a good night’s sleep and some sweet group hangs are pretty high on the agenda.

Stay

Sandoval Lake Lodge (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided jungle catamaran cruise

DAY 26 - Puerto Maldonado to Lima

Puerto Maldonado

Today marks our last day in Peru before heading east to Argentina and Brazil, so how better to spend it than one last night in the city where it all began – Lima.

Lima

Options for your free evening in Lima are varied and endless. Maybe make for the trendy district of Miraflores, hang in Parque Kennedy or opt for one last plate of fresh to death ceviche in the city its best known for. One things for sure, we know you’ll be toasting your Peruvian leg with a final pisco sour, as tomorrow the nectar takes a decidedly red and rich turn as we enter Argentina.

Stay

Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or Similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Flight to Lima

DAY 27 - Lima to Buenos Aires

Lima

This morning we'll leave the land of the Inca and fly to one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America.

Buenos Aires

Hola Buenos Aires! We'll get straight into the local culture with an authentic dinner (washed down with a glass of malbec, of course) and a tantalising tango show. The perfect way to get our Argentina adventure started.

Stay

Tribeca Buenos Aires Apart (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Buenos Aires

  • Watch a sultry Tango show, learn to do it yourself, then reward yourself with an Argentine feast in Buenos Aires

DAY 28 - San Antonio De Areco Day Trip

Buenos Aires

Today we'll switch it up and get out of the bustling city towards perhaps the prettiest town in all of the Pampas: San Antonia de Areco.

San Antonio De Areco

In this picturesque town, Gaucho traditions are still front and center, and we'll stroll the historic centre, learning the important role Gauchos played in Argentine history before enjoying a leisurely lunch at a traditional Estancia. Trust us - the local ice-cream is to die for.

Buenos Aires

Back to the passionate grandeur of Buenos Aires, we'll settle in for the evening with a whole day of exploration awaiting us tomorrow.

Stay

Tribeca Buenos Aires Apart (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Gaucho Country & lunch at an Estancia

DAY 29 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Today, you'll get the full Porteño (Buenos Aires local) experience.  What better way to get intimate with this invigorating city than a tour with our very own local guide? After getting to know the local sights and sounds, we'll get a taste of true Argentina on our included, interactive food tour. Food coma - here we come.

Stay

Tribeca Buenos Aires Apart (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided city tour

  • Try tasty Argentine food on our interactive food tour

DAY 30 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Now that you know Buenos Aires like a Porteño the day is yours to explore! Join in a day at the Polo where you'll learn about the traditional Argentine game, learn how to play and even partake in a game of your own. If you're more comfortable out on the water, opt to experience the Tigre Delta for the day on a relaxing boat ride, or if you want to stay on dry land enjoy a short bike ride around the surrounding areas. No matter what you choose, we'll all dive into a delicious regional lunch. Weather permitting you can even swim and kayak. In love with the city life of Buenos Aires? Then spend some time exploring the museums and/or the shops in Palermo.  There truly is something for everyone.

Stay

Tribeca Buenos Aires Apart (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Have a go at the traditional game of polo, followed by lunch in the Argentinian countryside

DAY 31 - Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls

Buenos Aires

Rise and shine Latin adventurers, we’ve got yet another included flight to catch – Brazil bound…

Iguassu Falls

Landing in Puerto Iguazu we’ll hop over the border and dig our toes into Brazilian soil for the first time, clapping eyes on yet another astounding natural wonder. Listen out for all those oohhs and aahhs. A collection of 275 individual waterfalls, Iguassu Falls sprawls both Brazil and Argentina, with both sides offering up stunning UNESCO World Heritage parks and views. Today though, is all about the Brazilian side, and what better way to see the falls from every angle than with an optional helicopter ride, taking the term ‘birds eye view’ to a whole new level. Go on – treat yo’ self! For those keeping feet on the ground, take your time exploring the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, then tonight we’ll pencil in some group hangs over caipirinha’s to debrief yet another action packed day.

Stay

Hotel del Rey (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Iguassu

  • Visit Iguassu National Park

  • Try a delicious Churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ) in Iguassu

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls to get the full aerial view

DAY 32 - Iguassu Falls

Iguassu Falls

Iguassu we’re not done with you yet! Yesterday was all about the Brazilian side, but today we’re hopping back over to Argentina to see what the deal is from this side of the falls. We’ll take a hike to the very edge of Devil’s Throat, the highest of the 275 falls, and for those keen there’s even the option to take to the water with a speed boat ride through the spray of the falls. Refreshing? Oh you could say that…With a full day spent here, take your time exploring, trying to figure out the age old debate – which side wears it better? Tonight, dinners packing a serious punch – we’ll be treating you to an authentic Brazilian BBQ dinner. Say hello to the meat sweats…

Stay

Hotel del Rey (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Devil's Throat, the underwater cave formation of Iguassu falls

  • Visit Iguassu National Park ARG side

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jet boat ride under Iguassu Falls

DAY 33 - Iguassu Falls to Rio De Janeiro

Iguassu Falls

Catch you later Iguassu – Rio, we’re coming in hot…

Rio de Janeiro

If Rio knows one thing, it’s how to p-a-r-t-y, so having fun in this life loving city is already a given. But first things first – let’s get acquainted with our surroundings a little better. After a quick orientation tour, the afternoon is then yours to explore as you please, though given our hotel's beachfront location, we reckon you'll only have one thing on your mind.

Stay

Royalty Rio Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Rio de Janeiro

  • City orientation tour of Rio

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cable car ride up the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio

  • Try some delicious Brazilian BBQ in Rio

DAY 34 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Today check out the city from above, hang gliding to see Rio in all its scenic glory. Then this afternoon is all yours, and it sounds like Copacabana Beach is calling your name. Or if a game's in town watch the masters of football do it like no one else can, while you soak in the crazy atmosphere that goes alongside the national sport.

Stay

Royalty Rio Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Gaze at the sprawling metropolis of Rio as you hang-glide over it

  • Get into the Rio vibe at a local football game (seasonal)

DAY 35 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Excuse us while we cry into our caipirinhas - today is our last full day on trip. But before the emotions run too high, let's make sure we see it out with a bang, Rio style. First up is a visit to Christ the Redeemer, a New Wonder of the World. Standing at an impressive 30m high (98ft), this religious monument casts an almighty shadow over the city below, and will be a moment you won't be forgetting anytime soon. This afternoon, how does a boat cruise sound? Featuring cocktails, tunes and good times, it'd be rude not to.

Stay

Royalty Rio Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Climb up to the heavens of Corcovado and gawp at Christ the Redeemer, Rio

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise along the arcing Guanabara Bay and enjoy caiprinhas and music, Rio

DAY 36 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

This morning, this adventure of epic proportion will finally come to an end. Hug it out with the new friends you now class as family, and damn right you’re already on those reunion tour plans. Europe next summer, anyone?

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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.