Andes & Altiplano Discoverer

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Dragoman

Highlights
  • Take the cable car for a spectacular view of Salta
  • Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
  • Trip to the Colca canyon to spot Condors
  • Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires
  • 3 nights to trek in the Cordillera Blanca from Huaraz
  • Try horse back riding or mountain biking around the stunning landscape
  • Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango
  • 2 night stay in the historic colonial city of Popayan
  • Guided trek through spectacular Cocora Valley
  • Boat trip to the Ballestas islands to view wildlife
  • Explore the Chimu Adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the ancient Moche Pyramids
  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the Isla del Sol
  • Overnight on the remote beach of Puerto Inca
  • 2 nights to explore the beautiful city of Arequipa
  • Visit the crater lake of Quilotoa
  • Explore the region of Salento and visit a coffee finca
  • Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera
  • 2 nights camping on the Pacific beach at Punta Sal
  • See the mysterious Nasca lines with a chance of an optional flight
  • Explore the witches market & the dizzy heights of the world's highest capital city, La Paz
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Homestay with local Quechua families
  • Buy an original Panama hat direct from the factory
  • Explore the Peruvian capital of Lima
  • Visit the equator monument en-route to Quito
  • Walk around the ruins of Quilmes
  • Full day coffee experience and plantation tour
  • Explore the highest administrative capital city in the world
  • 3 nights to explore the infamous streets of Medellin
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Or, take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective
  • Visit the town of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • 2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
  • Photograph the iconic church bridge of Ipiales
  • Trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu Or, take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective, Or even the train package with no trekking
  • Go white water rafting, canyoning or trekking in Banos
  • Relax in the vibrant and cosmopolitan centre of Cuzco
  • Stay in the classic colonial city of Cuenca
  • Or, train package option with no trekking
  • 3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle
  • Explore the historic capital city of Lima
  • Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Try your hand at surfing or just relax with a cool drink
  • 2 Nights in the stunning Caribbean beach national park of Tayrona
  • 2 Nights to enjoy the colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica, home of the traditional Vueltiao hat
  • Trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • 2 nights to visit vineyards in Cafayate
  • 2 nights in vibrant Cartagena
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu by local expert
  • 3 night stay in a traditional isolated Argentian estancia with the Gauchos
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Private Bus, Train, Boat
Destinations
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Overland
  • Adventure
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Attraction-Based Hike
  • Active
  • Bicycle
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Eco
  • GAP Year
  • Walking
  • Historical
  • Horse Riding
  • Jeep & 4WD
  • Trekking
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Local Guide
  • Local Living
  • Mountain Hikes
  • Wildlife
  • Overland truck
  • Sightseeing
  • White water rafting
  • wine tasting
  • Foodie

Location: Buenos Aires

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also commonly known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).<p>Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires.</p></p>

Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today we have a free day to enjoy the sights of Buenos Aires, soak up the&nbsp;atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.</p>

Location: Cordoba

<p>Today we will have a full day drive to the lively university city of C&oacute;rdoba.</p>

Location: Estancia

<p>Today we will have a free morning to explore C&oacute;rdoba, before driving to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia after lunch, where we will stay for 3 nights.<p>During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This is a magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!</p><p><em>Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.</em></p><p>At the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.</p></p>

Location: Estancia

Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Estancia

Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Tafi Del Valle

<p>Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains, stopping near the town of Taf&iacute; del Valle, near the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes. </p>

Location: Cafayate

<p>Today we will have an included visit to the Quilmes Ruins en route, then arrive in the serene town of Cafayate. This small, unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!</p>

Location: Cafayate

<p>Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach our campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!</p>

Location: Salta

<p>Today we will have a short drive to the beautiful town of Salta, with a free afternoon to explore upon arrival.</p>

Location: Salta

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town.<br/></p>

Location: Purmamarca

<p>Today we will have some more free time in Salta before heading up to the small village of Purmamarca, at the base of the aptly-named &#39;Hill of the Seven Colours&#39;</p><p>In Purmamarca we will camp at a local campsite.</p><p>Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.</p>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Argentina and enter Chile at Paso Jama.<p>Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Chile, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.</p></p>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Today we have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to&nbsp;go stargazing, in one of the world&#39;s premier regions for astronomy&nbsp;(please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

Location: Altiplano

<p>We will depart San Pedro de Atacama early today to drive to the world's highest Geyser field, at 4300m above sea level, the El Tatio Geysers are an impressive sight first thing in the morning. After time to explore, we will continue our journey into the Reserva Nacional Alto Loa, we will have plenty of opportunities for photographs along the way on this scenic drive.<p>Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border. On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point. Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary</p></p>

Location: Uyuni

<p>Border information: Exit Chile and enter Bolivia at Ollague<p>After breakfast we will break camp and cross the border into Bolivia. We will take our time to enjoy the views on the way to the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.</p></p>

Location: Uyuni

<p>Today we will&nbsp;venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot.&nbsp;En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and&nbsp;the cactus-filled &#39;Fish Island&#39;,&nbsp;and take all the time we need to get plenty of&nbsp;perspective-bending photographs!</p>

Location: Potosi

<p>Today we will head to the colonial mining town of Potos&iacute;, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!<p>This afternoon there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.</p></p>

Location: La Paz

<p>Today we will drive north to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world!<p>On the following day we will have a free day to independently explore the fascinating city and take part in some optional activities.</p></p>

Location: La Paz

Today we have a free day to independently&nbsp;explore the fascinating city and take part in some optional activities

Location: La Paz

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).<p>Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Copacabana

<p>Today we will head to the beautiful town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where we will have some time to explore.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Isla del Sol

<p>Today we will take an included day trip to Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it).<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Puno

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> exit Bolivia at Kasani, enter Peru at Yunguyo.<p>Today we will take a boat back to Copacabana, and then cross the border into Peru and head to the lakeside town of Puno. </p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Cuzco

<p>Today we will leave Puno and head through the highlands of Peru to the former Inca capital of Cuzco. <p><br/></p></p>

Location: Cuzco

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!</p><p>The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude:</strong> if you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p></p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p>These&nbsp;four days will be spent either trekking&nbsp;in the Andes,&nbsp;on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek,&nbsp;on the Classic Inca Trek&nbsp;or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.</p><p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p>Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of&nbsp;Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating&nbsp;tour of the site.&nbsp;We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking&nbsp;village in the Sacred Valley.&nbsp;Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years,&nbsp;and explore&nbsp;their beautiful&nbsp;archaeological ruins.&nbsp;We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a&nbsp;picnic lunch, and then visit the&nbsp;Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon).</p><p>We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot&nbsp;to Zurite where we&nbsp;have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight&nbsp;we will enjoy a traditional&nbsp;dinner and get a taste of the local village&nbsp;lifestyle.</p><p>Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p>This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of&nbsp;Pisac, where we will have a lunch. &nbsp;We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we have free time to explore the impressive&nbsp;archeological site. Tonight&nbsp;we stay in a comfortable hotel. &nbsp;</p><p>Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning.</p><p>No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.</p><p>There is no trekking today.</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek.&nbsp;You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights.</p><p>Meals included: Lunch</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Zurite to Amaruwatana</strong></p><p>After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeological&nbsp;site.&nbsp;We will then follow&nbsp;the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both the&nbsp;Vilcabamba and Vilcanota&nbsp;mountain ranges.&nbsp;From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 8hrs,&nbsp;Distance: 13kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba</strong></p><p>After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho and the start of the Classic Inca Trek - the railroad KM82 marker (at 2,700m altitude). Here we&nbsp;are joined by our&nbsp;crew of local porters and&nbsp;cooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubamba&nbsp;and following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river,&nbsp;enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,830m) and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodland, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m).</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>Today is a free day&nbsp;to&nbsp;enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture,&nbsp;beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and&nbsp;handicrafts.</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Amaruwatana to Ancascocha</strong></p><p>We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we&#39;re lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here!</p><p>After descending for approximatley&nbsp;2 hours, we arrive at a stunning&nbsp;highland valley with a glacial river&nbsp;named Kenqo Mayu (meaning &quot;Zig-zag River&quot;)&nbsp;flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch!</p><p>After lunch we will continue trekking downhill&nbsp;following the ancient trail, which leads&nbsp;us to our campsite in the&nbsp;Ancascocha area.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo</strong></p><p>This is the most challenging day of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approximately 4 hours) through Andean cloud forest and highland puna&nbsp;to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwa&ntilde;usca (meaning &quot;Dead Woman&#39;s Pass&quot;)&nbsp;at a height of 4,200m.&nbsp;During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate.&nbsp;On reaching the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges.&nbsp;From here we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m altitude) and to our second campsite.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong><br />Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo</strong></p><p>Today we will descend the narrow&nbsp;Silque Canyon, allowing us to&nbsp;observe its tall granite walls which are&nbsp;populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges&nbsp;we will reach the&nbsp;Camicancha area,&nbsp;where we stop at a magnificent&nbsp;volcanic&nbsp;viewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica.</p><p>From here&nbsp;it is only a short trek to Chilca, where our&nbsp;trail ends.&nbsp;We&#39;ll be picked up by our vehicle and head to&nbsp;Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel.</p><p>In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous&nbsp;Temple of the Sun.&nbsp;</p><p>Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning.&nbsp;No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Pacaymayo to Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna</strong></p><p>Today we follow ancient stone paths and steps to ascend the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (the &quot;Town above the Clouds&quot;)&nbsp;where we can appreciate the Incas&rsquo; complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty.&nbsp;Heading down the&nbsp;Andean slope, we reach our final night&#39;s camp by the Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna (meaning &quot;Forever Young&quot;)&nbsp;ruins, with panoramic views of the valley below.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 16kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Wild Andes Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco</strong></p><p>Today we will have&nbsp;an early start to&nbsp;catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of&nbsp;Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights!&nbsp;We&nbsp;have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time to&nbsp;explore this magical place.&nbsp;</p><p>In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!</p><p>Meals provided: Breakfast</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Wiñ</strong><strong>ay Wayna to Machupicchu</strong></p><p>Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination -&nbsp;Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes.</p><p>In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.</p><p>Meals provided: Breakfast</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p>Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some&nbsp;optional activities around the city.</p>

Location: Raqchi

<p>Today we will drive south to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities.<p>This afternoon we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.</p></p>

Location: Chivay

<p>Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small town of Chivay, where we can have an optional trip to the nearby hot springs in the evening.</p>

Location: Arequipa

<p>This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay.<p>After lunch in Chivay, we will drive to the beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa.</p></p>

Location: Arequipa

<p>For the next two days we will enjoy free time to independently explore the colonial city of&nbsp;Arequipa, or to take part in&nbsp;some optional activities in and around the city.</p>

Location: Arequipa

Second free day to explore Arequipa.

Location: Puerto Inca

<p>Today we will continue our drive and head all the way downhill to the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Inca.</p>

Location: Nazca

<p>This morning we head north to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. We will have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.<p>In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.</p></p>

Location: Huacachina

<p>Today we continue north, stopping at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of the Nazca Lines. <p>We will arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying.</p></p>

Location: Lima

<p>Today we will drive the short distance to Paracas and board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.<p>After lunch, we will continue north to arrive at the chaotic Peruvian capital of Lima.</p></p>

Location: Lima

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA code: LIM).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima.</p></p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Paramonga Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.</p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the&nbsp;incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chav&iacute;n de Hu&aacute;ntar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and&nbsp;glaciers.</p>

Location: Huaraz

Second free day for optional activities and exploration in Huaraz.

Location: Huanchaco

<p>Today we will have a full day's drive down the stunning 'Casma Route' to the Pacific coast and on to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo.</p>

Location: Huanchaco

<p>Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).</p>

Location: Punta Sal

<p>Today we will have a full day's drive along the coast of northern Peru. <p>We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. </p></p>

Location: Punta Sal

<p>Today we have a full day&nbsp;to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.</p>

Location: Cuenca

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Peru at Tumbes, enter Ecuador at Huaquillas.<p>Today we will have a long drive day north, crossing the border into southern Ecuador and arriving at the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca.</p></p>

Location: Cuenca

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of&nbsp;Cuenca. The town&nbsp;is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to&nbsp;visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.</p>

Location: Chugchilán

<p>Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route and the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Chugchilán

<p>Today is a free day to enjoy optional activities such as mountain biking and horseback riding.</p>

Location: Rio Verde

<p>Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and head north to the village of Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.</p>

Location: Rio Verde

<p>We will have two full days of free time for a range of&nbsp;activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportuinty to visit the nearby town of&nbsp;Ba&ntilde;os and its&nbsp;popular volcanic thermal springs.</p>

Location: Rio Verde

Second free day for optional activities.

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

<p>Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.<p>Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation. </p></p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

<p>Over the next two days we will head into the&nbsp;Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in&nbsp;motorised&nbsp;dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community.&nbsp;</p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

Second full day in the rainforest.

Location: Quito

<p>Today we will drive back up into the highlands and arrive at the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.</p>

Location: Quito

<p><strong>Border Information:</strong> if joining in Quito, you will most likely enter Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Quito before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Quito.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Otavalo

<p>Today our journey begins with a short drive to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator. After this we will continue north to the charming town of Otavlo.<p><br/></p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Ipiales

<p>Today we will leave Ecuador behind and travel into Colombia. We will have an included visit to the Santuario de las Lajas en route to our hotel in Ipiales.<p>Border information: Exit Ecuador at Ipiales, enter Colombia at Ipiales.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Popayan

<p>Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán.<p>On the following day we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Popayan

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.</p>

Location: Salento

<p>Today we will continue our journey north to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Salento

<p>Today we will have a guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia.</p>

Location: Salento

<p>Today we will have a tour of the coffee plantation and learn about the cultivation of coffee.</p>

Location: Manizales

<p>Today we have a short drive to our Hacienda in the heart of the coffee region. <p><br/></p></p>

Location: Medellin

<p>Today we will drive to the vibrant city of Medellin, where we will spend 3 nights.<p>On our first full day in Medelli&shy;n we will have a guided walking tour of the city, and our second day will be free time to independently explore the town, its parks, churches, and museums.</p></p>

Location: Medellin

Today we will have a guided tour of the city.

Location: Medellin

Today is free time to independently&nbsp;explore the town, its parks, churches, and museums.

Location: Lorica

<p>Today we have a drive north to the beautiful, colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica.<p>The following day we have a free day to explore the historic centre, learn about the traditional hates that are made in the region or head to the coast for a final beach sunset at San Bernardo del Viento.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Northern Colombia

<p>Today we will start the journey north towards Tayrona National Park, staying en route in a local Guesthouse.</p>

Location: Tayrona NP

<p>Today we arrive in Tayrona, one of the most popular National Parks in Colombia. Leaving our main luggage stored on the truck, we take a day-pack/night-bag and go on a moderate walk in to the park to where we will stay. Mules to carry your luggage can be hired at an extra cost.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Tayrona NP

<p>Today we will go for a guided trek in the National park and in the afternoon there is time to do some snorkelling or just relax on the beautiful beaches.</p>

Location: Cartagena

<p>We will have some more free time in Tayrona National Park in the morning, before we walk back to the park entrance and complete our epic journey with a drive to the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena.<p>In Cartagena we will stay in a comfortable hotel just outside the historical centre.</p></p>

Location: Cartagena

<p>Today we will have an included walking tour of the city, and then the afternoon will be free to explore the city further, enjoy the many optional activities on offer, or simply relax on the beach.</p>

Location: Cartagena

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are finishing in Cartagena, you will most likely exit Colombia at Cartagena Rafael N&uacute;&ntilde;ez International Airport (IATA code: CTG).<p>Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Cartagena. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.</p><p>If you are continuing on to Panama then your leader will assist you with airport transfers for your included flight. You will stay tonight in a comfortable hotel in either Panama City or Cartagena (depending on the flight times and availability).</p></p>

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  • Accommodation
    -Comfortable Hotel 22 nights. Multishare Hostel 15 nights. Camping 16 nights. Basic Hotel 17 nights. Wild Camp 3 nights. Homestay 1 night. Guesthouse 2 nights. Hammocks 2 nights
  • Meals
    -Breakfasts x 150, Lunches x 68, Dinners x 62

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Dragoman has a proud history, of nearly 40 years of pioneering overland adventures in their fleet of iconic, orange trucks. They aim to get you completely off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places that they visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and ensuring that every part of the journey counts towards an amazing adventure.

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Start:Buenos Aires
Finish:Cartagena
Group size:0 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 22 nights. Multishare Hostel 15 nights. Camping 16 nights. Basic Hotel 17 nights. Wild Camp 3 nights. Homestay 1 night. Guesthouse 2 nights. Hammocks 2 nights
Physical rating:High
Meals:Breakfasts x 150, Lunches x 68, Dinners x 62
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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