GURU JOURNEYS

SOUTH AMERICAN  JOURNEY

 

This trip packed with South American highlights :
Rio de Janeiro - the party Capital of the World, visit great natural wonder of the world - the Iguaçu Falls, explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and travelling across the Bolivian altiplano. Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you’ll get plenty of energetic cultures, the great outdoors before heading down to the coastal desert and finishing in Lima.

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19 Days 18 Nights

TOUR STARTS: LIMA (PERU)

TOUR FINISH : RIO DE JENEIRO

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DAY BY DAY TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1 RIO DE JANEIRO

22 September, 2018

Welcome to the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro - a city rich in culture and surprises around every corner. Dramatically set between the mountains and the sea, Rio is home to so much. The world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Major landmarks including the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado mountain...Rio de Janeiro is a true melting pot of cultures, home to over six million people with no particular race, religion or creed that dominates, making it a unique gem in the heart of South America where everyone is welcome.

No Meals Included

Included Service

Airport transfer

DAY 2 RIO DE JANEIRO

23 September, 2018

There are a few favorite attractions what we explore today. Corcovado Mountain with the Christ the Redeemer statue is the most popular attraction. The view of the bay from the top of the mount is spectacular. Sugar Loaf Mountain has another fantastic view of the bay and the city. And getting to the top is a lot of fun as you have to ride on two different trams. Experience the rain forest by stopping in at Parque Nacional and Floresta da Tijuca. As we short on the time we have to do this tours by local transport (metro, bus and taxi)

No Meals Included

Included Activities 

Rio De Janeiro City  tour 

Optional Activities

DAY 3 FOZ DO IGUACU

24 September, 2018

Early morning we say goodbye to the Rio and take of for 60 minute flight to Foz Do Iguacu,  the town also known as the Iguaçu Falls. The magnificent spectacle of these 275 individual drops has awed tourists, locals and indigenous inhabitants for centuries. They originate from the Iguazu River and are located on the border of Brazil (in the state of Paraná) and Argentina.
Today we vist falls on the foot, special walkways have been built around the Iguazu Falls to allow visitors to get close up to this wonder of their natural beauty and power. A long pathway along the canyon (on the Brazilian side)

 

No Meals Included

Included Activities & Service

All transfers between airports and hotels 

Iguazu falls visit (Brazilian side)

Flight to Foz Do Iguacu Included

DAY 4 FOZ DO IGUACU ( ARGENTINA SIDE)

25 September, 2018

After breakfast we take local bus to Puerto Iguazú in Argentina. The border crossing to get between the two towns is the quickest, easiest border you will ever cross. However, Americans and Canadians be aware of costly VISA fees. Ho have a EU passport don’t have to worry about those. The Argentine side takes minimum 2 hours to see the best part: Garganta del Diablo the Devil’s Throat. And all day if you wish to view anymore. 

Breakfast Included

Included Activities

Argentina side falls visit

DAY 5 SALTA

26 September, 2018

With a pleasant climate all year round and some incredible Andean landscapes nearby, Salta is the biggest spot for tourism in the Northwest of Argentina for good reason. However, this beautiful colonial town still retains a slower paced, rural vibe.

Afternoon we will climbe to Cerro San Bernardo, to the top of this hill for fabulous panoramic views of the city. It’s a great place to have a picnic on a sunny day or watch the sunset in the evenings. Salta claims to be the birthplace of empanadas in Argentina, or at the very least, it’s rumored to have the best ones! Either way, you should definitely go on a quest to eat as many empanadas salteñas as possible while you’re here!

 

Breakfast Included

Included Activities

City orentation walk

Cerro San Bernardo view point visit

Flight to Salta Included

DAY 6 SALTA - LA QUIACA - VILAZON - TUPIZA

27 September, 2018

Today will be a long day of travel through the spectacular landscape (approximately 12 hours), as you leave Salta and head for Tupiza, ready for a more ink in your passport? As soon we arrive to La Quiaca we take a minivan across the border into Villazon, Bolivia. Last leg of journey continues to Tupiza.
Tupiza is easy to navigate with most things to do and see within a six block radius – the focal point being the main market in center of town (Mercado Antonio Gilduran). You will have free evening to explore this magical town.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities

Tupiza town orentation walk

DAY 7 TUPIZA - UYUNI

28 September, 2018

On the northern route, following the valley of Salo, is a sight of Poronga, phallic vertical rock about 50m. It continues along rural populations like San Miguel and Salo and start the ascent imposing mountain over 4,000m. We visit Huaca Huañusca place of last heist of legendary Buch Casidy and the Sundance Kid, continue to Atocha, sand dunes and Uyuni.

Breakfast Included

DAY 8 UYUNI SALT FLATS TOUR

29 September, 2018

We headed for the world's largest salt lake (3650 m alt.) visiting Colchane salt mining, the first salt hotel to Incahuasi volcanic island covered with giant cacti, also called Fish Island, crossed the Salar, the end of the evening watched the sunset and returns to the town of Uyuni for overnight bus to La Paz.
Trips to the Salar de Uyuni are an unforgettable experience but unfortunately the general standard of facilities and services are not very high in this remote area. We would like to make it clear that things are not as reliable, comfortable and professional as we would like on these tours. 

Overnight bus to La Paz flat lay seats 

Breakfast Included

DAY 9 LA PAZ

30 September, 2018

Early morning we arive to Bolivia's capital La Paz, the highest national capital in the world. Altitudes range from 3100 meters to 4050 meters. The city sits in a canyon, where the affluence of the neighborhoods increases towards the bottom (where there is more oxygen). The snow-capped mountains of Illimani, the second highest mountain in Bolivia at 6438 meters, can be seen in the distance. No planned activities on this day.

The main problem you’re likely to face when you arrive in La Paz is the altitude. On arrival at high altitude you should take things very slowly and soon we get to a hotel where you can leave your luggage and rest. It’s also best to avoid smoking and alcohol, and to drink plenty of liquids, particularly maté de coca, an infusion of coca leaves that any local will tell you is the ideal remedy. Alternatively, all chemists stock soroche pills; they’re high in caffeine, however, so don’t take them at night unless you fancy even less sleep than the altitude already dictates.

Hotel

No Meals Included

Included Activities

La Paz walking tour

DAY 10 PALACA CANYON TOUR

1 October, 2018

Delve into the dramatic landscapes of Palca Canyon (Cañón de Palca) on a full-day hiking tour from La Paz. In the company of a guide, you’ll explore the rugged rock formations and twisting caverns of the eroded amphitheater. Observe the vivid contrast of lush flora with the barren rocks and listen to informative commentary as you explore the surreal environment. A hearty lunch, a drink complimentary on this day.

Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Included Activities

Palaca Canyon Tour

DAY 11 LA PAZ OPTIONAL BIKING DOWN “WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS ROAD"

2 October, 2018

Mountain biking down the “Worlds Most Dangerous Road" from La Cumbre to Coroico is one of the most popular activities amongst backpackers in Bolivia. Suitable for confident beginners and experienced riders alike this is a ride to remember. Starting amongst stunning mountain scenery at a height of 4700 meters and winding down through the Yungas cloud forest to the semi tropical setting of La Senda Verde Animal refuge this is the best way to the experience beautiful scenery of the area in combination with the adrenalin rush of downhill mountain biking.

Hotel

Breakfast Included

DAY 12 LA PAZ - COPACABANA - PUNO

3 October, 2018

After breakfast we take first leg of travel to Copacabana, is only a 4 hours picturesque journey. The bus arrives in time for the 13.30 boat to the Isla del Sol. You can have the break and continue second leg of travel to the Puno.

Crossing Bolivia - Peru border, once you're through the bridge, there's a huge 'Peru' sign in the font and style which is ubiquitous across the country's tourist attractions (trust us, you'll be seeing plenty of it over the next week). It's an excellent opportunity for a photo!

Breakfast Included

DAY 13 PUNO

4 October, 2018

Located on the Andean plateau of Peru, the Puno region is dominated by Lake Titicaca, sacred place of the Incas and home to natural and artificial islands. Among the many destinations, there are pre-Hispanic archaeological sites with circular constructions that still go by their original name of “chullpas”. Puno’s churches are characterized by their distinctive colonial architecture.

Today we have amazing tour of Lake Titicaca, the Uros Islands, are a small group of handmade floating surfaces in the lake. The locals use a natural reed that grows around to make the islands. The history and the way to make their floating islands are considered unique in the world. We come to see this incredible way of life and learn more the history of this great rural community.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Uros Island tour

Puno walking tour

DAY 14 PUNO - OLLANTAYTAMBO (URUBAMBA)

5 October, 2018

Puno to Cusco “Route of the Sun” we explore old fashion Andean countryside, scenery and Incan ruins. This is by far the most popular and a fun way to ride a bus from Puno to Cusco.The Route of the Sun’s charm is magical and captivating, with several stops along the way, visiting churches, museums and Incan ruins.
Inka Express Bus can take us where no train or tour buses can go!

Breakfast Included

DAY 15 MACU PICHU

6 October, 2018

Transfer from your hotel at 05.30 am to Ollantaytambo Train Station. (1st Train leave at 06:00 am). The train ride consists of a spectacular views in this wonderful land of the Incas, amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, Inca farming terraces from Ollantaytambo on both sides of the valleys, snow capped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Ceja de Selva. See the Veronica snow capped mountain on the right side. From Pachar the Vilcanota river will be our companion until arrival at Aguas Calientes (2040m) well known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. Our local guide will meet us at the train station and transfer us to the bus terminal then 25 minutes bus ride to Machu Picchu Citadel. (Bring your origunal Passport) A guided tour of Machupicchu “The Old Sacred Mountain” takes approx 2 hrs and then you have some free time for photos.
It is recommended to use the bus down to Aguas Calientes town at least one hour before the train depart. Return by train to Ollantaytambo with transport from here to Cusco.

 

Hotel

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Macu Pichu tour and visit

DAY 16 CUSCO / RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

7 October, 2018

You`ll find Cusco on the Huatanay River Valley. To the east is the Vilcanota Mountain Range, whose highest peak is Salkantay, and to the west is the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, whose highest peak is Ausangate, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is filled not only with archeological traces of the lost civilization but also traditional Quechua communities who retain pre-Columbian cultural practice. Later this afternoon we take flight to Lima.

Optional fantastic day tour (with trekking) to Rainbow Mountain -  the so-called 7 Color Mountain in Peru, leaving from Cusco. Located in southern Peru, in the Cusco region, this route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains and crystal clear rivers and lakes. Pass by local villages of Quechua descendants and explore the breathtaking surrounding nature. The colours of the Rainbow Mountain will leave in awe.

 

 

Hotel

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Cusco orentaion walk

Flight to Lima Included

Optional Activite 

Rainbow mountain tour 50 USD

DAY 17 LIMA

8 October, 2018

Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. Most of its treasures might be well hidden, but are worth being discovered.

Hotel

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Lima Orentaion Walk

DAY 18 LIMA

9 October, 2018

The trip ends on Day 18, there are no activities planned for this day, you can depart any time. However the check out time is 12 noon but you could use the hotel to keep your bags if you are out exploring Lima. Hope you enjoy the journey and please share your unforgettable memories with other friends!

Breakfast Included

Included  Service 

Airport transfer

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WHY BOOK AND TRAVEL WITH GURU JOURNEYS ?

It’s easier than you think – We believe that traveling with us should not be hard, but it should be something everyone should do. You can choose to spend a week or a few, traveling this beautiful places and seeing what is out there. Why travel? Because you can, with all the challenges it presents and opportunities, let’s you discover who you are in a way that only the road brings.

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