Expedition LATAM - 21 Days

salt flat Uyuni

Overview

South America cultures are the rich total of several of the leading cultures of this world. Along with the indigenous culture that was developed during the Inca or Andean civilization, there are the influences of the European culture that was brought by the colonizers in this continent. Moreover, South America had been almost the central position of the commerce and intercultural exchange. The cultural diversity resulted impressive in several social features also. The field of religion was also influenced and this lead to the diversity in religion in South America.

Highlights

  • Peru: Lima city, Cusco city, Machupicchu, Puno city, titicaca lake
  • Bolivia: La Paz capitala city, Death road, journey to Salar de Uyuni
  • Chile: Journey from salar de Uyuni to Atacama desert

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Lima, Perú

Kuntur Peru’s representative will wait you at Jorge Chavez, the International Airport, he will welcome you to Peru’s Capital, Lima city. Today we will pick you up at and transfer you to the hotel in Miraflores district, one of the most pristine neighborhoods.
Lima known as the “City of the kings.” It is the culinary center of South America where you will find some of the best restaurant to taste the many cultural influences of this country.

• Hotel in Miraflores district…
• Relax from long flight

Day 2
Lima City tour

Explore the very best of the city, from the colonial architecture of the historic center to pre-Columbian art and seaside neighborhoods. See the gorgeous interior of the San Francisco Convent and catacombs, tour the Museo Larco, then get back in the past visiting Lima’s earliest history in Miraflores. This private tour of Lima offers the flexibility and convenience of a personalized tour, including pickup and drop-off at hotels.

Day 3
Flight to Cusco city - welcome to historical capital of the Incas

In the morning we will drive you to the airport for your flight to Cusco city
We pick you up from Cusco’s airport and drive you to the hotel at the city center. Cusco City stands up at 3.450 m it is recommended for every visitor to rest the first day in Cusco to acclimate and adjust to the altitude.
Take a look at the colonial main plaza in the city, explore some of the original Inca streets still standing throughout the time.

Day 4
Cusco city tour

Visit the Inca sites out of Cusco city. In the morning at 9:00 am. We drive to Tambomachay, where we will visit a small Inca site and water spring, near Tambomachay is Pukapukara where we will experience mountains and Cusco valley, we continue on to Qenqo, visiting a stone altar where Inca priest took out ritual practices, after that we will discover Saqsayhuaman, admire its megalithic constructions. From Saqsayhuaman, we will drive down to Cusco’s main square, where we will visit the Cathedral considered as an art museum for it invaluable collection of paintings made by Andean people in the XVI century, we will end the city tour visiting Qoricancha, the Sun temple of Incas.

Day 5
Sacred valley of the Inca

Today we leave at 7:30 am, we will drive first to Awanacancha a traditional weaving center, where you will be able to appreciate the Andean camelids such us Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, and Guanacos. Afterward, we continue driving to Pisaq, the first Inca site located upon one of the Mountains in the valley, this will take 30 minutes from the village which has the same name. Pisaq is an archeological complex made up of large terraces for agriculture, Incan residences, water fountains, pathways, and more. After the guided tour we will drive to Urubamba town for lunch, there we will enjoy a buffet service of typical food, after our delicious lunch, we will continue to Ollantaytambo, we will visit the formidable Inca site, surrounded by Mountains, and valleys. You will have a guided tour exploring around at the ruins. From Ollantaytambo, we will go to the last archeological site called Chincero, an Inca site and a small town, where families still keep the old traditions to make textiles, we will have the chance to visit one of those families. Afterward, we will drive toward Cusco, arriving around 6:30 pm, we will drop you off at the hotel.

Day 6
Maras, Moray - Salineras

Explore the other side of the Sacred Valley, we will drive to chinchero where you will visit the archeological site and colonial temple, after Chinchero, continue the journey to Moray terraces, a unique farming terraces, after experiencing the site, continue to Salineras de Maras, where we will visit the only recourse of salt that are being attracted since pre Incan time, a network of aqueducts and ponds were built to evaporate the salty water that comes out from underground, from Salineras we drive back to Ollantaytambo village.

Day 7
Rainbow mountain Expedition

We pick you up early at, 4:30 am. It takes about 3.5 hour driving to the starting point. Along the road, we will see amazing views of the Andes until reaching the trailhead for this trek. Before we begin the trek, trekking cook will prepare a fresh breakfast. We start the adventure from the base of Chillca Valley at 3,700 m/12,139 ft. It will be a 3.5 hour uphill to the Rainbow Mountain. On our way, we will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, as well as llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, there is a chance to see wild vicunas wandering. This is the only place in Cusco where you can see this animal.
From the top, we will see what we were searching for the Rainbow Mountain, valleys, Ausangate glacier (The tallest in Cusco region, raised up until 21,000 ft.); your guide will share some information about the composition of these mountains. Afterward, we will begin our trek downhill back to the lunch spot. after lunch we continue on to Cusco city, we drop you off at the hotel.

Day 8
Inca trail day 1

From Ollantaytambo, place where we will have our first breakfast, we drive to Piskacucho village (Km 82) the starting point of our Inca trail adventure. it is important to bring your passports to show at the checkpoint. We will start over a short uphill which will lead up the way to the picturesque landscapes of the valley and archaeological sites at the distance, after 2.5 hours trekking, we will reach to Llactapata ruis (8.747ft./2.650m), one of the largest and beautiful sites along the Inca trail. Our trekking guide will give us a brief story about Llactapata, afterward, we will continue on our way following the valley toward Hatunchaka, place where we will get our first lunch. In the afternoon, we will follow the valley uphill for two more hours to get our campsite at Ayapata (10.825ft / 3.300m).
Today we have been hiked about 14 km, but nothing more satisfying than finding our tents and our trekking crew waiting for us.
Our camping spot is further away from the regular camping sites, the trekking team will be waiting to invite us to enjoy the evening tea (The happy hour). Spend the night in a four-season camping tent with pillows and foam mattresses will be provided to you.

• Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
• Accommodation: sleeping in four season tents
• Estimated walking time: about 6 – 7 hours
• Walking distance: 83.8 Miles / 13.5km.
• Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 9
Inca trail day 2

Today is the challenging day of the Inca trail, after a good breakfast, we will begin the trekking uphill with a lot of stone steps for about two hours, we will pass throw a beautiful forest of native trees to reach Llullucha Pampa at 12.450ft./3.795m. “the half way up to dead woman’s pass” we will stop there for a small break and use the toilets, at this spot you can get fresh water from the vendors in case you need, from Llullucha Pampa we will continue up two more hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail to Warmywañusca “Dead woman’s pass” at 13.725ft./4.215m, from here we will be able to enjoy a spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, after a short break and some pictures, we will continue downhill for 1.5 hrs to Paqaymayu 11.765ft/3.560m, place where we will have our lunch.
In the afternoon it will take us about 3.5 hours to get our camp site Chakicocha at 11.867ft/3.600m. Two hours uphill to the second pass “Runku Raqay pass” (13.050ft./3.985m), then one and half hours descending on a stone paved trail made by the Inca, impressive views from the pass. On the way, we will visit Runku Raqay and Sayaqmarca ruins, from the second one 30 minutes to the camping site, where our porters will receive us clapping our arrival.
Tonight we will have the best sleep ever, as we can see, we trek up and down in the mountains, about 9.3 miles/15.5 km.

• Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: staying in tents
• Estimated walking time: 10 hrs. including lunch and breaks
• Walking distance: 9,3miles/15.5km
• Difficulty: challenging

Day 10
Inca trail day 3

On our third day of the Inca trail, we will take our time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. After a delicious breakfast, we will leave the camp site and hike a small uphill, but suddenly reach to an uneven pavement stone trail, we will enjoy the scenery of the valleys, cloud forest vegetation, Inca stone steps still standing today, and more. It will take about 1.5 hours of astonishing views to reach Phuyu Patamarka “The lookout spot”, at 12.303ft./3.750m, from where we will be able to see the Machu Picchu Mountain far in the distance, after a small break, we will head down to visit Phuyu Patamarka Inca site, we will enjoy the guided tour while we see the views of the valley, after a brief story, we will head downhill to Intipata, the Inca ruins from where we will get to see our lunch place.
Intipata is made up of large terraces facing the direction of the sunrise that is the reason was named Intipata “the sun over the terraces” place where Inca people cultivated their products. 30 minutes from Intipata, is Wiñaywayna 8.747ft./2.650m, our lunch place also the campsite.
As we described, the today is the shortest day on the Inca trail, about 6 hours trekking until our lunch place, in the afternoon there is a chance to visit Wiñaywayna archeological site, the last Inca site before we reach Machu Picchu, our goal.

• Meals: Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Sleeping in tents
• Estimated walking time: About 6 hours including breaks
• Walking distance: 6.2 Miles/10 Km
• Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Day 11
Machupicchu Discovery

On our last day on the Inca trail the most exciting of our trek, we will wake up very early, to ensure and get to see Machu Picchu when very few people are in the city. After a light breakfast, we will go to the path gate, at 5:30 am, is the last time when Rangers ask for the passports, once we pass the check point, we trek about 1.5 hours to reach Inti Punku “The Sun Gate” (8.977ft./2.720m) from here we will have the first view of Machu Picchu, After a small break, we will continue the last 50 minutes to the citadel of Machu Picchu “The Lost city of the Inkas” (7.920ft/2.400m).
We will get our guided tour after we store our backpacks and trekking poles. We will have two hours exploring and visiting all the important sectors such as enclosures, temples, shrines, the sun temple, urban area, agricultural sector, etc. After the tour, you will have plenty of time for further exploration.
Note: If you purchased the admission tickets to climbing Wayna Picchu Mt or Machu Picchu Mt, the guide will give you some instructions about where and what time you should go there, it takes 1.5 hours back and forth to Wayma Picchu Mt and about 3 hours to Machu Picchu Mt.
The guide will meet us at Aguas Calientes town for lunch, afterward, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo, from where our private transportation will drive us back to Cusco.

• Meals: Snacks, Breakfast. Lunch is not included today.
• Accommodation: Back to your hotel in Cusco.
• Estimated walking time: 2 hours walk, 2 hours guided tour in Machu Picchu citadel.
• Walking distance: 3,7 Miles/ 6 km
• Difficulty: Moderate

Day 12
Break day, Cusco city

After your adventure trekking the inca trail get a day break, enjoying the colonial Cusco city, temples and churches, explore the streets, the incan walls in the streets still standing, taste the Peruvian food at some of the famous restaurants in down town or simple take a day tour or half day tour of some other atraction in Cusco city.

Day 13
Sun Rute to Puno city

There are lots of transportation to go from Cusco to Puno at the bus station in Cusco city, the buses leave at various schedules, but generally in the afternoon, direct transportation to Puno city takes about 7 hours, driving from Cusco along the south valley to the altiplano, experience the views of the highlands, passing through La Raya, the highest point on the road (the border between Cusco and Puno) from where the land flats and mountains give the shape to highlands plato, continuing to the Puno region, entering to Juliaca city then to Puno where we will appreciate the highest and largest lake in the world.

• Transfer from the hotel to the bus station, not included
• Hotel in Puno:

Day 14
Titicaca Lake, Taquile island

Enjoy Titicaca Lake on motor boat, visiting the Uros floating island at half an hour, where you will have the chance to interact with locals and experience walking over the soft totora reed fake land on the lake, at 1.5 hours on boat from Uros islands we will is the Taquile island, unlike the Uros islands, this is a hill in the middle of the lake, you will take a walk to a local house where we will have lunch. In the afternoon continue upwards to the main area where you will have amazing views of the lake. After some photos take a walk down to catch the boat to go back to Puno city.

• Full day tour in Titicaca lake
• Visiting Uros floating island, Taquile island , lunch in Taquile
• Hotel Puno:

Day 15
Journey to La Paz, Bolvia

After breakfast we take the transportation that will take us to the border at Desaguadero, you will go to the immigration office to show and present a passport to get permission to enter Bolivia country, once you pass the control already at Bolivian side, you will take a transportation which will take you to La Paz this Journey by car takes about 2 hours, we will make sure to drive to down town straight to the hotel in La Paz Bovia.
Explore La Paz city taking the gondolas which will take you to see Bolivia’s capital city looking from above the whole urbanization in La Paz and neighborhoods.

Arrival to La Paz:

Day 16
Death road La Paz

The tour begins at 7:30am with a meeting at the bike office in La Paz (if your select hotel is not eligible for pickup). Leave at 8am and head up to La Cumbre (start point), which takes about 1 hour on the van. Upon arrival, you will be 4,200m above sea level. You will get to the summit where instructions will be given by the guides. For about an hour you will be riding on a paved road, until you reach the uphill part – not to worry, you will still be in the van. An entrance fee has to be paid in this part (50 Bs. or 7 USD).
After a short ride on the van you get to the second part where for about three and a half hours you will be going through the famous Death Road on bike. On the way there will be breaks in which you can take pictures, and while you get more instructions by the guides, you will also have your bike checked.
You will get to a warm little town called Yolosita at 1,100m above sea level, from there we take the van and will head to a hotel where you will have a buffet lunch, showers and free time to use a swimming pool. After this relaxing time, you head back to La Paz on a journey in the van for about 3 hours.
After the death road tour in the evening, we will go to the bus station to board the bus which will take us to Uyuni town, it will be about 10 hours driving.

Day 17
City tour La Paz - Journey to Uyuni

Day 18
Salar de Uyuni day 1

The trip begins from Uyuni town around 10:30 am and the first stop is the Cementerio de Trenes (Train Cemetery), which houses old abandoned trains that used to service the salt mines. After this, you will visit the village of Colchani, where you will see where locals extract and process salt. You will also learn about how the salt flats were formed through a process that takes thousands of years. The Uyuni Salt flat is the world’s largest at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 square miles) and is 3,656 meters (11,995 feet) above sea level. It was formed from transformations between prehistoric lakes and it extraordinarily flat and expansive. Here you will also see the Ojos de Sal (“salt eyes”), where water from an underground river bubbles through the salt, forming bizarre, eye-like circles in the ground. From there, you will go to a hotel that is made entirely of salt blocks and has now been converted into a mini-museum. Lunch will be served on Isla Incahuasi – an “island” in the middle of the salt flats covered in giant cacti! You will arrive in San Villa Candelaria in the late afternoon and get a chance to see the sun set over the salt flats – a once in a lifetime visual experience. Tonight you will stay in a hostel made entirely of salt!

Day 19
Salar de Uyuni day 2

After breakfast at 7 a.m., visit the Chiguana Desert on the south side of the Uyuni Salt Flat, which is surrounded by volcanoes including the active Ollague Volcano which is nearly 18,000 feet (5,840 meters) tall. Next, visit the Cueva del Diablo and Cueva Galaxia caves to see mummies, stalagmites, and stalactites. Continue to colorful Andean lagoons inhabited by flamingos, then enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve to visit the Desert of Siloli at 15,000 feet (4,550 meters) to take a photo next to the Rock Tree. Later, stop at an overlook near Red Lagoon to see more flamingos in their natural habitat and admire the intense red-colored lake before continuing to your family homestay for the night.

Day 20
Salar de Uyuni to Atacama – Chile

Today is an early start, so that you can see the Geysers of the Morning Sun – incredible natural spouts of steam that sprout from the ground at over 90°C (194°F), at an altitude of 4,900 meters (just over 16,000 feet!). From there, you will go to the Polques hot springs, where you can enjoy the hot water before continuing the trip! After this you visit the Dalí Desert, named after Salvador Dalí as it features rocks which are reminiscent of the style he uses in many of his paintings. From here you continue to White Lagoon (Laguna Blanca) and Green Lagoon (Laguna Verde), both located at the foot of the impressive Licancabur Volcano. Around 10:30 am, you will be heading to the Chilean border by way of the Hito Valley. You will arrive in San Pedro around 13:00 (1:00 pm) – your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Day 21
Atacama; Chile end of the program

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