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Inca Civilisation, Mountain Landscapes, Colonial Heritage, Exuberan Wildlife & Rainforest, Cities and Expedition Cruises

52 Night Itinerary from  £23,023

Andean Odyssey Tour

A journey of a lifetime from Ecuador, Galapagos and Rainforest, following the Andres to Peru, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca to La Paz in Bolivia, Atacama & Torres del Paine in Chile, 4-night Patagonia cruise to Argentina and Buenos Aires.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Travel the length of the Andes, from Ecuador to Peru, Bolivia to Argentina
  • Travel by train across Andean mountain landscapes, and trek in Torres del Paine
  • Discover the wildlife in the Amazon, Galapagos, and Cape Horn
  • Tour the capitals QuitoLima, La Paz, Santiago, and Buenos Aires
  • Venture onto majestic Lake Titicaca to discover local life on its traditional islands
  • Explore the Inca capital Cusco and stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu, the lost citadel of the Incas
  • Embark on an unforgettable 7-night Galapagos Islands cruise 
  • Enjoy 4-nights in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador
  • Experience the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile
  • Take a fascinating 4-night expedition cruise to Cape Horn 

 


This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

Quito Colonial Centre

Quito - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Quito

Day 2 - City tour of Quito

Day 3 - Otavalo Market 

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Monday, 04 July 2022

Fly to Quito

Fly to Quito arriving later in the evening. On arrival, transfer to the first class Dann Charlton Hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Tuesday, 05 July 2022

City tour of Quito

Enjoy a half day city tour today with your local guide. Learn about the history of Ecuador and explore the UNESCO protected old town with the Presidential Palace, Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral. We continue to San Francisco Square, La Company church and the convent, as well as the pre columbian Art Museum with impressive archeological remains.


Wednesday, 06 July 2022

Otavalo Market

We leave the high plateau of Quito and drive to the subtropical valley of Guayallabamba, one of the deepest valleys in the Andes. We continue to Otavalo, famous for its authentic market. Enjoy strolling round the stalls offering textiles, silver jewellery, wall hangings, hats, paintings, wood-carvings, sweaters. A special experience.

Dann Carlton Hotel

Quito - First Hotel

The Dann Carlton Hotel is an elegant and cozy first class hotel located in the centre of Quito close to the old town. Enjoy attractive interior spaces, with avant-garde design for a relaxed and pleasant stay.

The hotel has 210 air-conditioned rooms, with queen size beds, TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, desk and chair, two types of pillow, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer and safe.

Public facilities include a swimming pool, gym, restaurant, spa and bar.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis. 

Dann Carlton Hotel
Parrot

Amazon Lodge Stay - 4 Nights

Day 4 - Transfer to Napo Wildlife Centre Amazon Lodge

Day 5 - Guided excursions and activities 

Day 6 - Guided excursions and activities 

Day 7 - Optional Activities 

 

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Thursday, 07 July 2022

Transfer to the Napo Wildlife Centre Amazon Lodge

Fly to Coca and transfer by boat to your Amazon Lodge, the Napo Wildlife Centre, staying for 4 nights on a full board basis including excursions and activities. Rest of the day at leisure getting acquainted with the remote and beautiful rainforest.


Friday, 08 July 2022

Guided excursions and activities

Today we experience the parrot clay licks to observe flocks of brightly-coloured macaws, parrots and parakeets as they descend to feed on the soil, extracting vital minerals to help them digest the fruit and seeds found in the jungle. At some, sightings have also been reported of tapirs, ocelots, owls and others animals. Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit a local community learning about their every-day-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions. Then we take a 30 minutes walk through the forest and enjoy lunch. We return to the lodge by riverboat. 


Saturday, 09 July 2022

Guided excursions and activities

Today, we visit the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform 36 metres high from which you will get an amazing treetop view of the jungle. Here, birds that are virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right past you. Flocks of vibrantly coloured tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, we will trek deep into a rain forest to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior observing the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! We also visit the black water Añangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique specie from the Amazon. 

 


Sunday, 10 July 2022

Optional Activities

Today is free for you to choose from a range of optional activities, depending on your interests. Perhaps take a canoe ride exploring deeper areas of surrounding creeks with more wildlife possibilities, a handicraft workshop with the local community, or simply relax and enjoy the facilities and ambiance of the lodge.

Napo Wildlife Centre

Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador - First Lodge

This ecotourism project includes the conservation of over 53,000 acres of the most pristine Amazon Rainforest within the Yasuni National Park, an important biosphere reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador. You will be met at Coca airfield and taken to the bank of the river Napo for the two hour journey by motorised canoe to the Lodge. Once you arrive and settle into your room you will have a programme of daily guided excursions and walks to experience the exuberance of the Amazon rainforest.

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Frank Ecuador Quito Quito Main Square At Night

Return to Quito - 2 Nights

Day 8 - Fly to Quito

Day 9 - Art and Chocolate tour

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Monday, 11 July 2022

Fly to Quito

Transfer to Coca Airport and fly to Quito. Transfer to the Dann Charlton Hotel for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Rest of the day at leisure in Quito.

 


Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Art and Chocolate Tour

We then continue to a beautiful setting in the Bellavista hill region in northeast Quito, where we visit the former home of one of the most famous painters in Ecuador, Oswaldo Guayasamìn. Enjoy the paintings, his studio, colonial art and some, archaeological pieces too.

Dann Carlton Hotel

Quito - First Hotel

The Dann Carlton Hotel is an elegant and cozy first class hotel located in the centre of Quito close to the old town. Enjoy attractive interior spaces, with avant-garde design for a relaxed and pleasant stay.

The hotel has 210 air-conditioned rooms, with queen size beds, TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, desk and chair, two types of pillow, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer and safe.

Public facilities include a swimming pool, gym, restaurant, spa and bar.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis. 

Dann Carlton Hotel
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Avenue of the Volcanoes - 4 Nights

Day 10 - Experience Cotopaxi Volcano

Day 11 - Exploring the Southern Andes

Day 12 - City tour of Cuenca

Day 13 - Gualaceo and Chordeleg

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Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Experience Cotopaxi Volcano

This morning head southbound through the Avenue of the Volcanoes named by the German explorer Baron Alexander Von Humboldt back in 1802. We pass volcanoes, beautiful scenery and towns, and ascend to Cotopaxi National Park, home to the highest active volcano from which the park takes its name Cotopaxi. Enjoy a trek and visit a local village and market.

We continue through incredible scenery to Baños de Agua Santa, famous for its thermal springs. We explore the area, and the beautiful Altar volcano, the highest of Ecuador Chimborazo. Overnight at local hacienda in Baños on a bed and breakfast basis. 


Thursday, 14 July 2022

Exploring the Southern Andes

Today we explore the southern Andes region of Ecuador, visiting local villages and markets along the way. We visit Our Lady of La Balbanera that holds the title being the oldest church established by the Spaniards back in 1534. Onwards to Alausi, a pleasant town with special architecture, brightly coloured houses, and the famous train station that dates back from the early 1900s. Box lunch included today.

In the afternoon, we visit Ingapirca, considered Ecuador's largest Inca remains dating back from the late 1400s. We finally arrive in Cuenca for a 3-night stay at a very elegant family house, Hotel Mansion Alcazar on a bed and breakfast basis. 


Friday, 15 July 2022

City tour of Cuenca

Enjoy a city tour of Cuenca, Ecuador’s hidden gem. A beautiful city with the New Cathedral, Calderón Main Square, Flower Market, The Broken Bridge, Turi viewpoint, majestic Republican houses and mansions with a clear French and Spanish influence. We also will learn about the famous but wrongly named “Panama hats” which are really made in Ecuador, when we visit this local factory. 


Saturday, 16 July 2022

Gualaceo and Chordeleg

Today we visit the valleys of Gualaceo and Chordeleg. Observe local artisan ikat weaving beautiful artistic shawls, belts, and scarves. We will also visit a unique orchid farm of a local family. Gualaceo is a little busy town with interesting architecture, and later to Chordeleg famous for local silver and gold jewellery. 

Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel

Cuenca - Luxury Hotel

The Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel is quite simply the best hotel in Cuenca. Located in the historic centre, it is one of only a few hotels that retain private gardens. The building has a rich history and was beautifully renovated in 2001 by the present owners.

Public facilities include a bar, lounge and the elegant Casa Alonso Restaurant offers the best Ecuadorian and International Cuisine. The exclusive spa is the ideal place to relax, rest and enjoy a selection of massages and skin-wellness treatments. The gardens are beautifully kept and a super place to relax.

There are 23 rooms and suites, either garden or patio facing. Each room and suite is individual and decorated differently. They are equipped with comfortable and colonial-style furnishings, TV, digital telephone system, safe deposit box, elegant bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, quality amenities and accessories.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis including afternoon English tea. 

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Guayaquil - 2 Nights

Day 14 - Scenic drive to Guayaquil

Day 15 - Walking tour of Guayaquil

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Sunday, 17 July 2022

Scenic drive to Guayaquil

Today is an amazing drive to Guayaquil first passing the wonderful Cajas National Park with over 200 lakes and small lakes, where time and weather permitting, we hike at over 4000 meters high!!  Observe different landscapes, vegetation, birds, as we descend to only four meters above sea-level, snaking through the Andes, villages, forests, cloud forest, jungle, then from cool temperatures to real tropical where you can later see cocoa, coffee and other tropical plantations. 

We arrive at Guayaquil where we stay for 2-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.


Monday, 18 July 2022

Walking tour of Guayaquil

You will be met at your hotel by your guide to start this walking tour, starting at Moorish tower in the Malecon, visiting the Rotonda monument, the botanical gardens of Malecon, the MAAC Contemporary and Anthropological Museum, and the Las Penas neighbourhood. We also visit the art Galleries and the Music Museum at Puerto Santa Ana.

Hotel del Parque

Guayaquil - Luxury Hotel

The beautifully restored 19th century mansion located in Guayaquil's Park Historico, a tropical paradise located in the centre of Guayaquil, ideally suited for a final night stay after an adventure in Ecuador. The hotel is a member of the respected Relais and Chateaux chain.

The public areas include extensive gardens, the Casa Julian Restaurant, fitness centre, spa, reading room and a charming 19th century chapel. Activities available are chocolate making classes, a tour of the hotel's herb garden and a coffee making tour.

The 44 rooms are split into 5 room types, from deluxe rooms to the enormous Park Suite. All are air-conditioned with private bathroom, TV, coffee, minibar, slippers, bathrobes, safe and included afternoon tea and coffee.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights

Day 16 - Fly to the Galapagos Islands 

Day 17 - Santa Fe and South Plaza Islands

Day 18 - San Cristóbal, Galapaguera & El Junco

Day 19 - Española and Punta Suarez

Day 20 - Floreana Island and Punta Cormorant

Day 21 - Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands

Day 22 - Genovesa Island and Prince Philip’s Steps

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Fly to the Galapagos for your 7-night cruise

Take a domestic flight to the Galapagos and transfer to the first class Beluga for a 7-night cruise on a full board basis. Your Galapagos cruise includes daily morning and afternoon guided excursions to admire the tame wildlife endemic to each island.

In the afternoon, visit Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable) - we visit the highlands of Santa Cruz where Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Continue to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a research facility and National Park Information centre. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation centre.

 


Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Santa Fe and South Plaza Islands

Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.

After lunch, visit South Plaza Island - Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.


Thursday, 21 July 2022

San Cristóbal, Galapaguera & El Junco

San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest. Cerro Brujo is a white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include: Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and sea lions, Chatham mockingbird, lava lizards.

In the afternoon, explore Galapaguera & El Junco. The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon. Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.


Friday, 22 July 2022

Española and Punta Suarez

Española Island is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here. Gardner Bay - Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. Visit to Islote Gardner, perfect for snorkelling.

After lunch explore the wildlife at Punta Suarez. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Ñasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.


Saturday, 23 July 2022

Floreana Island and Punta Cormorant

Explore Floreana, best known for its colourful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists. After lunch, visit Punta Cormorant with two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen. We continue to Devils Crown, a snorkelling site located just off Punta Cormorant. We also visit Post office Bay, where a wooden mail barrel still exists.


Sunday, 24 July 2022

Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands

Morning visit to Dragon Hill in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus. 

Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. After lunch, we explore Sullivan Bay, a site of great geological interest with a 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, and lava bubbles.


Monday, 25 July 2022

Genovesa Island and Prince Philip’s Steps

Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbour, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island. We visit Darwin Bay with steep cliffs home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin's finches. In the afternoon, visit Prince Philip's Steps observing the interesting birdlife,  including the unique "Short eared owl" at this site. 

Beluga

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

The M/Y Beluga is a spacious and comfortable superior first class motor yacht accommodating up to 16 passengers in 8 double cabins. One of these has an additional berth which becomes a triple room which is ideal for families.

Beluga is fully air-conditioned, has spacious social areas with all the comforts and facilities of a superior first class Galapagos yacht, including panoramic windows in the lounge and dining area and a large sundeck for relaxing, sightseeing or sunbathing.

Enjoy daily excursions ashore led by expert naturalist guides, fascinating evening talks and explorations by dinghy.

The first class Beluga
Lima

Lima - 2 Nights

Day 23  - Fly to Lima

Day 24 - City tour of Lima 

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Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Fly to Lima

Depart the Galapagos Islands after a visit to the mangrove lagoon at Turtle Cove. Transfer to Baltra airport and fly to Lima, via Guayaquil. On arrival at Lima airport, you will be met by our representative who will take you to your hotel for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.


Wednesday, 27 July 2022

City tour of Lima

Today explore the colonial and modern districts of Lima with our local guide. We also visit the Archaeological Museum, with its wonderful collections of Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Mochica, Huari, Chimu and Inca. 

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Lima - First Hotel

The 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel is located near the Kennedy Park and a few minutes away from the main shopping centres and restaurants of Miraflores. It’s a hotel that combines a contemporary Andean design.

The air-conditioned superior rooms are well-appointed with private bathroom, hair dryer, coffee making facilities, safe, iron and other facilities. The hotel also offers room service, FREE Wi-Fi, sauna, Jacuzzi, lounge, bar and gym. The La Plaza & Grill restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and also a variety of dishes.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas - 3 Nights

Day 25 - Fly to The Sacred Valley 

Day 26 - At leisure

Day 27 - Full day Sacred Valley excursion

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Thursday, 28 July 2022

Fly to The Sacred Valley

Transfer to Lima airport for a flight to Cusco. From here, our transport will take you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Friday, 29 July 2022

At leisure

Today is free to relax and get acclimatised to the high altitude of the Sacred Valley. There are also many optional activities available at your hotel.


Saturday, 30 July 2022

Full day Sacred Valley excursion

Explore the Sacred Valley of a full day tour, visiting .the colourful market at Chinchero well-known for its woven handcrafts typical of the region. From here we drive to the Moray ruins, used by the Incas as a type of open-air crop laboratory. Our next stop is Maras pre-Inca salt mines located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley. Explore the huge fortress of Ollantaytambo, the archaeological complex believed to have been a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. 

After lunch (not included), continue to Pisac, a small colonial village built by Viceroy Francisco de Toledo on the ruins of an Inca citadel, standing at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba River valley. The "Sacred Valley of the Incas" got its name from the agricultural produce and wealth it brought as the base of the Inca Empire. We also visit the Pisac ruins with superb views of the surrounding countryside.

Rio Sagrado

Sacred Valley of the Incas - Deluxe Hotel

North of Cuzco City, along the shoreline of the Urubamba River, lays the region properly baptized as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lands where mysterious mountains seem to still guard ancient and lost temples built for the Inca sun god Wiraqocha. Centrally located 3.2 kilometers from the Town of Urubamba, 15 minutes away from the gateway to the eternal citadel of Machu Picchu (Ollantaytambo Train Station) and along a sensuous curvature of the Urubamba River shoreline, Rio Sagrado Hotel, Villas & Spa stands united with the mystique of the holy valley.

This luxury hotel offers 13 Deluxe Suites, 8 Junior Suites equipped with queen or king size beds, direct dial and international telephone, large dresser, hair dryer, steam shower, private exterior terrace and heated wooden floors. Although accommodation in the hotel includes room and breakfast you will want to dine at a choice of two restaurants, one overlooking the Urubamba River.

Rio Sagrado also offers two-story riverfront villas which have accomplished refined functionality and comfort for up to eight guests. Envisioned as a getaway dream home, the villas have been conditioned with all necessary home amenities, services and comforts. Each villa comes with a personal housekeeper fit to treat guests with freshly prepared native breakfasts, afternoon snacks or homemade specialty dinners, as wells as grocery shopping, bartending and translation service while travelling.

 

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Journey along the Inca trail

Machu Picchu - 1 Night

Day 28 - The train to Machu Picchu 

 

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Sunday, 31 July 2022

The train to Machu Picchu

Take a spectacular train journey to Aguas Calientes village, located at the foot of Machu Picchu. On arrival, our guide will take you for a special lunch at the Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge and later this afternoon check into your hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Inkaterra Pueblo

Machu Picchu - First Hotel

Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that combined with the lush vegetation of the grounds, create a sense of tranquility & relaxation.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Cusco

Machu Picchu and Cusco - 2 Nights

Day 29 - Machu Picchu and Cusco

Day 30 - Cusco tour and ruins

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Monday, 01 August 2022

Machu Picchu and Cusco 

This morning we visit Machu Picchu, one of the world's most incredible sites buried deep in the cloud forest, high in the Andes. The ruins are very well preserved because the Spanish conquistadors never discovered it. It is thought that the citadel was abandoned before the Spanish arrived in Peru, buried for centuries in the jungle, until the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911. It was later explored by an archaeological expedition sent by Yale University, and continues to be excavated to this day.

In the afternoon, take the train back to your hotel in Cusco for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Tuesday, 02 August 2022

Cusco tour and ruins

Today take a guided tour of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square. We then drive to the mountains above Cusco to visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko. The largest complex and most famous of the ruins surrounding Cusco is Sacsayhuaman, a mighty fortress, built using massive stones some of which weigh over 100 tons. We also explore Tambomachay ruins, which may have served as a military outpost or a spa resort for the Incan political elite; as well as the Puca Pucara site, a red granite huge fortress.

Casa Andina Premium

Cusco - First Hotel

This beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 4 blocks from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas, is complete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.

The hotel has 93 air-conditioned rooms offering private bathroom, safe, minibar, safe, TV, kettle and FREE Wi-fi. The Alma Restaurant & Bar offers an enjoyable breakfast buffet and a varied menu. 

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The train to Lake Titicaca - 1 Night

Day 31 - Scenic train to Lake Titicaca 

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Wednesday, 03 August 2022

Scenic train to Lake Titicaca

Crossing the Andes on the Cusco – Puno train journey is an unforgettable experience all on its own. The train features an open-air observatory car, allowing guests to enjoy majestic views while listening to typical music of the Peruvian highlands. You can enjoy the two dining cars decorated in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s. During the 10 hour trip, you will enjoy personalised service and excellent cuisine. 

On arrival in Puno, transfer to your hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Casa Andina Premium

Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel

The Casa Andina Premium, Puno is a few minutes’ walk outside of Puno city centre, including Lima Street which is very popular amongst tourists and locals alike.

The hotel lobby boasts a stone fireplace, ideal for warming up after being out in cold weather. It has 53 rooms, all with TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, en-suite bathroom and mini-bar. The restaurant serves typical Andean cuisine.

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La Paz Cablecar

La Paz - 3 Nights

Day 32 - Lake Titicaca and La Paz

Day 33 - Guided tour of La Paz

Day 34 - At leisure 

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Thursday, 04 August 2022

Lake Titicaca and La Paz

Today we travel around Lake Titicaca, crossing into Bolivia to the city of Copacabana. Here, we visit its beautiful renascence style church and the famous ‘Dark Virgin of Copacabana’. We also take a boat trip to the Island of the Sun., where you will discover the sacred spot of the Incas, and visit Pilkokaina ruins, where you'll have an aptapi (communal Andean lunch). The boat continues to Yumani to see the Water of the Eternal Youth, where the Incas were baptised. 

We also visit Tiquina with great views of Lake Titicaca and the Andes Royal Range. Cross the strait of Tiquina and continue around the small lake, then through parts of the highlands to La Paz, where we stay for 3-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. 


Friday, 05 August 2022

Guided tour of La Paz

A guided city tour through La Paz, elected as one of the 7 wonder cities in the world located in a valley at the foothills of the Andes Range, 11942 feet above sea level. Explore the street markets rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft items, followed by a visit to the colonial section of the city, We visit San Francisco Church, the Gold Museum, Murillo Square, and the viewpoint "Mirador de Killi Killi”. Take a ride by cable car “Teleférico”, for a birds eye view of La Paz.


Saturday, 06 August 2022

At leisure

A day to make your own explorations of this extraordinary city.

Santiago in Winter

Santiago de Chile - 2 Nights

Day 35 - Fly to Santiago de Chile

Day 36 - City tour of Santiago 

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Sunday, 07 August 2022

Fly to Santiago de Chile

Fly to Santiago de Chile. On arrival our representative will transfer you to your hotel for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Monday, 08 August 2022

City tour of Santiago

Explore the historic and modern sights of Santiago de Chile today, including the Alameda Bernardo O'Higgins, Santiago's main avenue, La Moneda, the Government Palace. Enjoy a walk through the pedestrian streets of Huerfanos and Ahumada and visit the famous Plaza de Armas, the main square of the city, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral and other historical buildings. 

We continue by visiting the Santa Lucia area, the hill upon which the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. Finally, we cross the river to visit Bellavista, the cultural and artistic neighbourhood of Santiago.

Su Merced

Santiago de Chile - Boutique

Su Merced is renovated townhouse, small boutique hotel with only 9 rooms. Its location in the Lastarria area opposite the park in the heart of Santiago making it ideal for visiting the artistic, bohemian area of Bellavista, the main square Plaza de Armas, Presidential Palace and downtown. The rooms are comfortable and modern though rather small, and and the hotel has a restaurant and bar on which doubles as the reception.

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Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert - 3 Nights

Day 37 - Moon Valley & Pucara de Quitor sunset

Day 38 - Tatio Geysers and San Pedro Museum

Day 39 - San Pedro, Toconao, and Atacama Salt Lake

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Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Moon Valley & Pucara de Quitor sunset

Take a morning flight to Calama, and a drive past the snow-capped Andes to San Pedro de Atacama where we stay for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. We visit the Valley of the Moon, an incredible landscape of colourful sculpted rock formations and continue to Pucara de Quitor as the sun settles into the Pacific Ocean, lighting up the Andes mountains stretching north and south, over the desert, as far as the eye can see. 

 


Wednesday, 10 August 2022

San Pedro, Toconao and Atacama Salt Lake

Today we visit San Pedro de Atacama - the centre of a Palaeolithic civilisation that built impressive rock fortresses on the mountains encircling the green valley. We will then continue to Pukara de Quitor, a fortress which was conquered in 1540 by the Spanish conquistadores defeating the Incan troops. 

In the afternoon, visit Toconao, a village where locals manufacture white volcanic stone sculptures. Continue to the huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea formed millions of years ago. You will be overwhelmed by the vast emptiness with the white salt crusts stretched out in front of you as far as your eyes can see. Lunch included today.


Thursday, 11 August 2022

Tatio Geysers

Very early morning departure to visit the Tatio Geysers located over 4000 metres above sea level and the world's 3rd largest geyser field. In the afternoon, we return to San Pedro and visit the Museum with artefacts from hundreds of years of Atacameño culture. Afternoon at leisure enjoying the unique surroundings of your hotel. 

Altiplanico Hotel

Atacama Desert - First Hotel

The Hotel Altiplanico is located in spacious grounds on the edge of San Pedro, just a short walk from the centre of the small town. The modern desert architecture and style, using local material and colours, enhances the local character and all the rooms have a terrace facing the Andes to the east and are decorated in a traditional Atacameño style. Every room has a private bathroom, hot water, and purified drinking water (no TV, telephone or mini-bar).

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Return to Santiago de Chile - 1 Night

Day 40 - Return to Santiago

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Friday, 12 August 2022

Return to Santiago

Fly back to Santiago today and overnight at the airport hotel, ready for you onward flight tomorrow to Patagonia.

 

Torres del Paine

Torres Del Paine National Park - 4 Nights

Day 41 - Fly and transfer to Torres del Paine 

Day 42 - Exploring the National Park 

Day 45 - Trekking, horse riding and more 

Day 44 - At leisure 

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Saturday, 13 August 2022

Fly and transfer to Torres del Paine

We fly to Punta Arenas, Patagonia and travel by road to Torres del Paine National Park to the La Torres Hotel for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Sunday, 14 August 2022

Exploring the National Park

Torres del Paine National Park is an area of special natural beauty, deemed a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. Thick forests, barren pampa, turquoise lakes with huge glaciers and beautifully sculpted icebergs surround you; and soaring out of the earth stand the majestic, granite towers of Torres del Paine. Unforgettable hikes can be made around the park, each offering fabulous views of this remote land, which is home to guanacos, foxes, woodpeckers, austral parakeets and condors, amongst many other species of wildlife. 

Las Torres Reserve was once an Estancia that has now been developed for tourism with comfortable, purpose built accommodation with private facilities, restaurant, bar and social area. The Reserve is ideally located for those wishing to trek along the Ascension River and up to the 'Towers', the rocky peaks with towering above a lake. Visits to Lago Grey on the other side of the park are possible with private transport and excursions arranged at the hotel. 


Monday, 15 August 2022

Exploring Torres del Paine

The hotel has a wide range of optional trips, from treks to horse riding, explorations by boat to wildlife tours. Choose depending on your interests.


Tuesday, 16 August 2022

At leisure

A final day to relax in one of the most beautiful and remote regions of the Andes.

Hotel Las Torres

Patagonia and Torres del Paine - First Lodge

The Hotel las Torres was once an Estancia that has now been developed for tourism with comfortable, purpose built accommodation with private facilities and heating; restaurant, bar and social area. The Hostel is ideally located for those wishing to trek along the Ascension River and up to the 'Towers', the rocky peaks with towering above a lake. Visits to Lago Grey on the other side of the park are possible with private transport and excursions arranged at the hotel.

The rooms of the hotel provide a cozy atmosphere, being the perfect setting to relax and enjoy after a long days excursion. Central heating, box spring beds, telephones and private bathrooms in a rustic yet elegant decoration provide the ideal ambience in our superior rooms for resting and preparing the next days activities.

Several services are available in the relaxing environment of your room, with a simple call you have the possibility of enjoying massages, food, wine and drinks.

Hostería Las Torres offers single, double twin, matrimonial and triple rooms in categories standard and superior.

Large variety of excursions

With over 25 excursions to choose from every day, passengers will have the opportunity to decide the next day's trip with the assessment of their guide. Many of the outings are very different to what is ordinarily offered in the park. Interesting Archeological areas visited on 4x4, private paths that climb to the base of mountain glaciers and the more subtle yet profound walk in the Lenga forests provide an in-depth view of the powerful nature in Patagonia.

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Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise - 4 Nights

Day 45 - Embark your Australis expedition cruise  

Day 46 - Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets

Day 49 - Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

Day 48 - Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn

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Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Embark your Australis expedition ship

Travel to Punta Arenas and embark either the Stella or Ventus Australis expedition ship for a 4-night cruise including full board (all meals) and guided excursions.

After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.


Thursday, 18 August 2022

Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April -- when the penguins live elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.


Friday, 19 August 2022

Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries -- Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.


Saturday, 20 August 2022

Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn

During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region's largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station -- which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area -- passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum - letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers - an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition -- and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland -- Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

 

Ventus Australis

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego - First Cruise Vessel

The Ventus Australis is a brand new and state-of-the-art vessel, purpose built to cruise the fjords and channels of Tierra del Fuego in luxury and comfort. Up to 210 passengers sleep in a wide range of cabins, all with panoramic windows from which to observe and admire the changing Southern Patagonian scenery. 

The cruise are organized and managed by the Australis Expedition Group and consist of walks through trails in the native Chilean forest and visits to magnificent sculpted glaciers, with talks on the wildlife and plantlife of the area. A delicious whisky with the millenary ice, or a cup of hot chocolate will be served at the end of the excursions.

The four night cruises travel between Ushuaia in Argentine Tierra del Fuego and Punta Arenas on the Chilean side, allowing you to combine an Australis Tierra del Fuego cruise with some hiking in Torres del Paine, the pristine lakes and forests of the Lake District and the cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

See below for cabin details, itineraries and holiday ideas.

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La Boca, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - 4 Nights

Day 49 - Fly to Buenos Aires

Day 50 - Guided city tour

Day 51 - Evening Tango Show

Day 52 - Buenos Aires

Day 53 - Fly back to the UK

Day 56 - Arrive in the UK

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Sunday, 21 August 2022

Fly to Buenos Aires

Arrive in Ushuaia. After a brief exploration of the most southerly city in Latin America, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. 


Monday, 22 August 2022

Guided tour of Buenos Aires

Today enjoy a half day city tour visiting Plaza de Mayo Square, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral the "Cabildo" (the Town Hall during the Spanish Colonial Period), and the Casa Rosada - the Presidential Palace. All visit the famous Colon Theatre, one of the best Opera houses around the world. Visit San Telmo and the brightly coloured houses of La Boca neighbourhood. Later, drive to Palermo, the largest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, with pretty colonial mansions, the botanical gardens and the beautiful Cortázar Square. 


Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Evening Tango Show

After a day at leisure, enjoy an evening at the Cafe de los Angelitos is a historic cafe in the centre of Buenos Aires, which every evening plays host to a tango show in the sumptuous adjoining theatre. Before the show, you will be seated to enjoy a 3 course menu of Argentinean and international dishes, served with local wines. 

 


Wednesday, 24 August 2022

At leisure

The final day of your Andean Odyssey. A chance to relax in Buenos Aires. Our local guide can assist with a range of optional activities, or perhaps take yourself to the Recoleta neighbourhood for relaxed cafe-style living the South America way. A chance to reflect on your incredible journey, a life-changing trip you will never forget. 


Thursday, 25 August 2022

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. 


Friday, 26 August 2022

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Loi Suites Recoleta

Buenos Aires - First Hotel

The Loi Suites Hotel is located in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires, close to the best shops and the trendy cafes overlooking the park. The hotel has 112 fully equipped rooms and suites combining style comfort and technology, and all decorated with tasteful beiges and creams creating a relaxing home away from home. There is a restaurant, bar, indoor heated swimming pool and health club.

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Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Year round Jul-Aug, 16 - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement First First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £23,023 £30,244

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 54 Days / 53 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Seven night Galapagos Cruise (Lower deck cabin)
  • Four night Cape Horn Expedition Cruise (A grade cabin)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 54 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 16 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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