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21 Day Inca Explorer - Lima to La Paz
This 3 week trip is a great way to see the highlights of Peru and the world’s highest capital, La Paz in Bolivia! You'll visit much of former Inca empire in a short time frame. You couldn’t see more sights and have more fun with any other form of travel in this amount of time.

21 Day Inca Explorer 2 - Lima to Lima
This 3 week trip is a great way to see the highlights of Peru and its former Inca Empire in a short time frame. You couldn’t see more sights and have more fun with any other form of travel in this amount of time, and don’t forget it also goes to the World’s highest capital, La Paz in Bolivia!

28 Day Andes to Rio
A great journey that starts up in the world’s highest capital city of La Paz travelling through the high country of Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in the world. You’ll head down into the northern desert of Argentina and across the Chaco marshlands to the famous Iguazu Falls. On to the best animal viewing area in South America, the Pantanal before heading across to the beaches and Rio de Janeiro; party time!

29 Day High Andes - Lima to La Pax
If you’re interested in travel through the Andean countries and want to experience the sights, sounds and smells of this fascinating region, then this 4 'weeker' is for you. Travel is through the arid desert of Peru and up into the high Andes following in the footsteps of the Incas with the main highlights being Nazca, Cuzco and the Altiplano throughout Bolivia, including the largest salt take on earth.

42 Day Inti Express- Quito to La Paz
Passing over the equator we visit the great market town of Otavalo, then it’s jungle, mountains, desert and back into the Andes again. We follow the longest range of mountains in the world and the old Inca Empire all on one trip. You’ll get the opportunity to visit lively markets, deserted beaches, a deep canyon, and isolated ruins not to mention the world’s two highest capital cities. Six weeks of shear pleasure, fun and excitement; you can’t miss it!

42 Day Andean Trek - Lima to Santiago
Join this trip for the adventure of a lifetime. This journey visits the Andes so you can enjoy the wonders of this incredible mountain range, explore the remains of the ancient Inca empire, and visit the coastal desert region of Chile.

49 Day Discover Patagonia - Santiago to Rio
Starting from Chile’s modern metropolis we head south into the beautiful lake districts of Chile and Argentina before passing into remote and windy Patagonia to the world’s largest glacier and most southerly town. Visit Valdez Peninsula for its supreme range of marine life before magical Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal and of course Rio! What more can anyone want: gorgeous scenery, plenty of trekking and dynamic nightlife!

The itineraries are given as a guide only and tour leaders may need to make adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances. The crew will also try to be in the best place for local holidays and festivals, etc. To make sure you have the most up to date itinerary please download a copy of these trip notes from our website just before travelling.

Optional Excursions
Choose as many or as few optional excursions as you like! Your tour leader will be able to make recommendations and bookings in advance for most of these extras so you have more flexibility and control over your trip.

Entrance Fees
Entrance fees to sites described in the itinerary are not included. This enables those who have a student card to enjoy even more savings.

Spending Money
To give you a rough idea, we recommend you allow at least US$150 per week. This should cover additional meals, snacks, laundry, drinks, some souvenirs and most museum and site entrance fees. This should cover meals when staying in hotels, snacks, laundry, drinks, some souvenirs and most museum and site entrance fees. Remember this amount DOES NOT allow for any of the optional excursions!

What’s not included?
Before you book your trip you must also budget for; international flights and airport departure taxes (usually US$25 to US$40 from South America – see Country Profiles), visas, travel insurance (compulsory to join a trip), personal travel items, sleeping bag, camping mattress, spending money (see above) and optional excursions.

Special Luggage Requirements
You MUST bring a sleeping bag (and sleeping sheet if required), camping mattress and towel.

We stay in inexpensive hotels and hostels, on a share basis and usually with a private bathroom. Whilst camping we use spacious waterproof 2 person tents staying at campsites and in the wild!

The average group size is 15 - 25 people with a maximum number of 34. Travellers come from all over the World and this is a great way to meet people and make new friends!

Tour Cost
The price you pay to your Travel Agent for your trip includes the following:
All transport on a fully equipped expedition truck.
Fuel, road taxes, tolls and ferries.
Services of your driver and tour leader.
All camping & cooking equipment (BYO sleeping bag and roll mat).
Specialist vehicle liability insurance.

Local Fund
In general, the Local Fund will include:
Three daily meals while camping and lunches on travel days on the truck.
Campsite fees & cooking gas.
Hotels & hostels when staying in towns & cities.
National park fees when visited in the truck.

NB: The full Local Fund must be paid in US$ cash to your tour leader on day 1 of your tour.

Please note these tours are very much hands-on and you are expected to be involved in many of the duties in the campsite including cooking, washing up, cleaning out the truck and vehicle packing.

Life on the road
At times we will have long drives, but there will be toilet stops en-route plus photo stops and lunch breaks. Most evenings we will stop at a bush-camp or regular campsite and you and your tent-mate will put up your tent. Everyone will pitch in to unpack the gas stoves, gas bottles, pots, pans, tables, camp stools and put up the cook tent (if required due to bad weather). Someone can fill the kettles for some hot
drinks while the cooks prepare the evening meal. If you are not an expert at cooking - don’t worry! Our crew are normally very skilled at organising appetising meals Some mornings when we don’t have to break-camp, we may have a cooked breakfast. If we stay in a hotel, breakfast is occasionally provided (always in Brazil). Lunch will be a cold buffet with bread, cheese, cold meat and salad. After all meals everyone is responsible for washing their own plates while the washing-up team clean the pots and pans. After dinner you are free to relax, go into town or perhaps organise a sangria night if everyone is keen to party!

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