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The Latin Quest

(Until Jan 2020)

4.3
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The one that does it big and bold, crossing 4 countries over 36 epic days

Duration
36 Days
Countries
4 Countries

Visiting 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

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach

Highlights

  • 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
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

35 nights accommodation

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.

51 Meals

13 Dinner, 35 Breakfast, 3 Lunch

We'll get 51 of your meals (or 52 for the Inca Trek option), you get the rest. You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.

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

61 included, 18 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Go snorkelling and kayaking amidst the impossible marine life collection of the Galapagos Islands
- Experience a sacred water ritual at the Raqchi Inca ruins known for their powerful healing properties
- Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru
- Spend a night in the wild with a special stay in a Jungle Eco Lodge of the Amazon Rainforest
- Watch and learn the art of Tango over dinner and wine tasting in Buenos Aires
- Go hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro, spotting Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
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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The Latin Quest (Until Jan 2020)

61 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
  • Included flight to Baltra
  • Boat Ride to Isabela Island
  • See Galapagos' famous giant tortoises
  • Visit the lava tunnels
  • Snorkelling experience
  • Wildlife kayaking adventure
  • 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
  • Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience
  • Galapagos Meal
  • Visit a private beach
  • Included flight to Guayaquil
  • Lima city tour - see the historical centre, Barranco & Miraflores
  • Included flight to Arequipa
  • City tour of Arequipa
  • Visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve
  • See wild Vicuña
  • See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes
  • Visit Cruz del Condor
  • Visit Maca
  • Ride on a triciclo
  • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
  • Visit Taquile & Uros island communities
  • Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani
  • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha
  • Visit Raqchi Inca ruins and experience a water ritual
  • City Walking Tour
  • Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market
  • 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
  • Included flight to Puerto Maldonado
  • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views
  • Special stay in our Amazon Rainforest Jungle Eco-lodge
  • City sightseeing tour
  • Locally guided jungle catamaran cruise
  • Included flight to Lima
  • Included flight to Buenos Aires
  • City sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires
  • Tango show, lesson, dinner and wine tasting
  • Included flight to Iguassu Falls
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu - Brazilian side)
  • See the Devils Throat
  • Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional Iguazú - Argentinian side)
  • Included flight to Rio de Janeiro
  • City orientation tour of Rio
  • Welcome dinner with the group
  • Favela tour
  • Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer)
  • Rio Cruise
  • Favela tour

18 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
  • Adventure Zipline/Climb US$25.00
  • Canyoneering US$28.00
  • Horseback riding US$40.00
  • Island Biking Adventure US$40.00
  • Paddleboarding
  • Sacred Valley Rafting
  • Hike the Rainbow Mountain (subject to availability)
  • Canopy climbing experience
  • Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River
  • Parilla Tour
  • Polo Day Trip
  • Argentine Culinary Experience
  • Helicopter flight over the falls
  • Jetboat ride to the falls
  • Hang gliding
  • Boat cruise with caipirinhas, sun & music

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Quito
2
2 nights
Tena
2
2 nights
Banos
1
1 night
Guayaquil
via
via
Santa Cruz Island
2
2 nights
Isabela Island
1
1 night
Santa Cruz Island
2
2 nights
San Cristobal Island
2
2 nights
Lima
1
1 night
Arequipa
1
1 night
Colca Canyon
2
2 nights
Puno
via
via
Raqchi
2
2 nights
Cusco
1
1 night
Sacred Valley
1
1 night
Aguas Calientes
2
2 nights
Cusco
via
via
Puerto Maldonado
1
1 night
Jungle Lodge
1
1 night
Puerto Maldonado
1
1 night
Lima
4
4 nights
Buenos Aires
2
2 nights
Iguassu Falls
3
3 nights
Rio de Janeiro
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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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