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Essence of South America

Trip Length

Trip Code

21 days PSSE

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru

Start City

End City

Lima, Lima, Peru Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
Essence of South America

 

An estancia is the southern South American version of a hacienda or dude ranch. Gauchos work on horseback to rear livestock, shear sheep and herd cattle. Take part in a traditional estancia experience for two nights, where you’ll also learn how to prepare and cook a traditional Argentinian barbecue and drink mate (tea) by the bonfire.

 

Why we love it:

Essence of South America


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Accommodation: Antigua Mira Flores or Similar, Lima

Activities:

Day 2-3: Puerto Maldonato- Amazon Jungle

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Heath River lodge or similar, Puerto Maldonato

Activities:

Day 4-5: Cusco

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Eco inn or Similar, Cusco

Activities:

Day 6: Cusco - The Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Samanapaq hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 7: Aguas Calientes

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Andina hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 8-9: Machu Picchu- Cusco

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Terra Andina hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 10-12: Puno- Lake Titicaca

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Taypikala hotel or similar, Puno

Activities:

Day 13: La Paz

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Rosario Hotel or similar, La Paz

Activities:

Day 14-15: Santiago

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Gen suites or similar

Activities:

Day 16-17: Mendoza

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: San Suites or similar, Mendoza

Activities:

Day 18-19: Estancia Stay

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Estancia Monte Viejo or similar

Activities:

Day 20: Buenos Aires

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Patios De San Telmo or similar, Buenos Aires

Activities:

Day 21: Buenos Aires

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Argentina
Australians, Americans, British, Canadians and New Zealanders, do not currently require a visa for Argentina. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that when entering Argentine Territory, the following citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee": Australians USD100, Canadians USD75 and Americans USD160. The fee will be valid for multiple re-entries within a period of one year as of the date of first entry. Effective October 31, 2012, payment must be made entirely ONLINE and fees can no longer be paid on arrival at any airport. This fee also needs to be paid online if you are crossing the border into Argentina by land. This price is subject to change and the price on the below website will have the up to date costs.

How to pay the reciprocity fee online:
• Visit www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar and register to start the process
• Fill out the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information
• Print the payment receipt
• Present the printed receipt at Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and entry to the country will be registered

Bolivia

Americans currently require a visa for Bolivia. Australians, British, Canadians and New Zealanders currently do not require a visa for Bolivia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Chile

Australians, Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders or British do not currently require a visa for Chile. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. If you are entering Chile at Santiago International Airport as a tourist, some nationalities are required to pay a reciprocity fee (Australians US$95, Canadians US$132, Americans US$140). The fee does not apply to travellers arriving at other airports or entering the country via land borders.

Peru
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Peru. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Argentina

On Heroes and Tombs-E Sabato Kiss of the Spider Woman-M Puig Argentina: A City and a Nation-J Scobie Gaucho’s and the Vanishing Frontier-R Slatta Peron & the Enigma of Argentina-T Martinez

Bolivia

A Traveller’s Guide to El Dorado & the Inca Empire-L Meisch Backpacking and Trekking in Peru & Bolivia-H Bradt

Chile

Crisis in Allende’s Chile-E Kaufman The Pinochet Decade-P O’Brien & J Roddick

Peru

Cut Stones and Crossroads - R Wright Exploring Cusco - P Frost The Incas and Their Ancestors - M Moseley


Important Information

On this trip you may link up with travellers on another of our tours.

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, quite a few museums are closed on Mondays.

Hotel Breakfasts
Breakfasts in Latin America are simple affairs. They consist of tea or coffee, fruit juice, bread rolls, butter and jam. Eggs and fruit are sometimes available on request, for a small charge.

Flights
Please note that flights in Latin America are often not at the most convenient hours and connecting flight times can require substantial transit times at airports. We try to minimise the number of early flights and airport waits however in some cases suitable alternatives are either not practical or not available and a degree of patience and understanding is required. Flight timings provided in our trip notes are subject to change. The flights on this tour will be unescorted but a transfer is provided to and from each airport by our representatives in each country.


Local contact numbers: PEAK South America (Peru & Bolivia) +51 99605 5559 or +51 97009 4823 PEAK South America (Brazil, Argentina and Colombia / Overland) + 55 21 96940-9208 Or +51 99605 5559 or +51 97009 4823

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

7 April 2014


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