|Destinasjoner :||Argentina - Bolivia - Chile - Peru|
|Aktivitets nivå :||Camping - Kultur & Tema reiser (enkelt) - Natur og dyrereiser - Opplevelsesreiser - Overland - Reiser for ungdom - Villmarks opplevelser|
Overlanding is the best way to see South America by far! Dragoman have been leading the way in South American overland expeditions since 1990, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading to some unique hidden gems, well away from the usual tourist trail. We start this epic journey at the phenomenal city of Cuzco, our base for one of South America's best highlights, the Inca Trails and a visit to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu. After Cuzco, we will head south to the serene shores of Lake Titicaca and its sacred Inca island of Isla del Sol, and then move on to the thriving Bolivian city of La Paz. Heading south from La Paz, we visit our local community stay in Livichuco and the famous mining town of Potosí, before arriving in one of the continent's most spectacular natural wonders - the phenomenal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni. From here we will overland across the other-worldly scenery of the Bolivian Altiplano into the incredible Atacama Deserts of Chile, and then cross the Andes into the beautiful arid regions of Argentina and the wonderful town of Salta. We will make our way south through the wine regions and highlands of northwest Argentina before arriving at a very special highlight of this trip - our unique estancia stay for two days of horse riding on an idyllic country ranch. From here we make our way to the spectacular town of Mendoza, under the shadow of the Andes' highest mountains, before finally crossing the Andes again to arrive in the Chilean capital of Santiago. We will continue south from Santiago into the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District to enjoy the wealth of optional activities and beautiful scenery in Pucón and Barlioche. We will then journey down the spectacular Carretera Austral to arrive in the fabled land of Patagonia, famous for its hauntingly desolate scenery, its huge glaciers near El Calafate, the phenomenal mountain scenery of El Chaltén and Torres del Paine, and the chance to get out trekking, climbing and horse riding! We will then arrive in the remote outpost of Ushuaia, the most southern town in the world. Join Dragoman for this wonderful and unforgettable trip!
Border information:if you are starting in Ushuaia, you will most likely enterArgentina at Ushuaia Malvinas ArgentinasInternational Airport (IATA code: USH). Welcome to the incredible port townof Ushuaia, the southernmost City in the world!There will be an importantgroup meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. If you arrive early to Ushuaia, there areoptions such as a visit to the hauntingly beautifulTierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading outhorse riding along the coast.Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ushuaiabefore the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ushuaia. In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.
Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian. We start our journey witha full daydrive across to the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego, and aferry crossing onto the mainland. Tonightwe will wildcamp close to the Magellan Strait. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours(please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Today we willdrive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the worldand the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders!We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies andpick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park. Tonightwe will camp at Camping Pehoe,a stunningcampsite inside the National Parkwith incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Dragoman offers two options for your time in Torres Del Paine National Park: - Base Package - Camping at Lago Pehoe, full board and aguided trek on our finalday to the stunning three peaks viewpoint is included on all Dragoman Patagonia packages. - Full W-Walk - Optional upgrade to embark on the 4-day W-Walk with a local guide.Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so it is important to pre-book this option with your sales agent at least 60 days before your trip asit is not possible to book on arrival. Day 11 is a free day for our passengers on the base package. W-Walk Group - We will transfer by truck to take the morning Catamaran across the lake to Paine Grande. We will then begin our first trekwith our local guide along the edge of Lago Grey to an excellent viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. We will then trek back to Paine Grande where we will camp overnight. Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs. (alternatively, you may turn around at an earlier view point, making the trek today 4hrs).
Base package group: Today is a free day on our Base Package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities. Alternatively it's a great day to simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite. W-walk group: Today we will depart Camp Paine Grande and hike into the French Valley, in the afternoon we will continue onto Camp Cuernos. The hike is approximately 6 hours.
Base package group: Today isfree for optional activities. W-walk group: Today wewill leave CampCuernosand hike along Lake Nordenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio.Wewill hike for approximately 5 hours today
Today the base and W-Walkgroups will come together and we will all trekto the breathtaking viewpoint of thefamous three peaks, which give the National Park itsname. After taking in the view, we will trek back to Las Torres camp site and transfer in the truck to Camping Pehoe. Approximate walkingdistance: 24 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.
Border information:Exit Chile at Cerro Castillo, enter Argentina at Cerro Castillo. Today we leave Torres del Paine behind usand head across the borderto the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier. In El Calafate we stay in dorm bedsin a lovely hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9hours.
Today we will head out on an includedfull dayguided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the mostspectacular sights in Patagonia.
Today we have a short drive across the Patagonian steppe to the tiny town ofEl Chaltén, situated inLos Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciersand world-class trekking opportunities. In El Chaltén we stay in dorm bedsin a hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4hours.
Enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt.Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, horse riding, and mountain biking.
Today we will have a full daydrive north along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).Please note that the road from here all the wayto Futaleufú is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow. Tonight we will wildcamp somewhere near the town of Perito Moreno. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Ingeniero Pallavecini, enter Chile at Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez. Today we will drive across the border into themagnificent scenery of the ChileanCarretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning areas in South America. We will arrive in the beautiful mountains of theCerro Castillo National Reserve. In Cerro Castillo we will camp ina lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.
Today we have a free day to hike to the stunningturquoise waters of Laguna Cerro Castillo or to go horse riding. We camp in the same campsite.
Today we willdrive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park, where we can walk through the enchanted forestto see the spectacular Hanging Glacier. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6hours. We will camp at a basic campsite.
Today we continue to the rafting mecca ofFutaleufú. In Futaleufú we stay in a local campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Border information: Exit Chile at Rio Futaleufú, enter Argentina at Rio Futaleufú. Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District. In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Today will be afree dayto enjoy thebeautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot,mountain bike, kayak orboat.
Border information:Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chileat Mamuil Malal. Today we will drive throughthe scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) to the beautiful Lake District of Chile and the lakeside town ofPucón. In Pucón we will stayin dorm bedsin a friendly local hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Today we will havea free dayin Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb theVillarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading outhorse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hotsprings.
Today we have a full day drive north along the Pan American Highwayto the cosmopolitan Chilean capital ofSantiago. In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.
Border information:if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chileat Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL). Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be an importantgroup meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. The following dayisa free day to explore the incredible city, soak up theatmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Santiago before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Santiago. In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.
Border information:Exit Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor,enter Argentina at Los Libertadores. Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza,nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours(please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region. In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.
Today we will have a big drive to Rio Ceballos and our home stay at a traditional Argentina Estancia. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7hours.
Today we will compete our drive to ourunique Anglo-ArgentineEstancia, where we will stay for3 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. During our time at the Estancia, we will head outhorseback riding, taste the excellentwines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos,and enjoya traditional asado (ArgentineBBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip! Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions.Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15stone (210lbs) or95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participatein the horseback riding. In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near themain house.
Today we will drive north across thelush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains. Tonight we willcamp in a basic campsite in the town of Tafí del Valle. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Today we will have an included visit to the ancient ruins of the indigenous city ofQuilmes en route, then arrive inthe serene town of Cafayate. This small unassuming townis thecentre of one ofArgentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them! In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
Today we wil drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the beautiful colonial town of Salta. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On the following day, we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot orby mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby. In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.
Border information:Exit Argentinaat Paso Jama, enter Chileat Paso Jama. Today we will have a drive day to cross the mighty Andes,cross the border into Chile, and thendescend all the way into the Atacama desert. Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance togo stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy(please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon). In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.
Border information:Exit Chile at San Pedro de Atacama, enter Bolivia at Uyuni. Today we will climb back up into the deserts and cross the Bolivian border into thewilds of the Bolivianaltiplano, a surreal anddesolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the town of Uyuni. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes ofLagunaColoradoand Laguna Verde en route. In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Today we will have an early start to complete our epic crossing of the Bolivian altiplano, and reach the town ofUyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world! Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Today we willventure out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot.En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard andthe cactus-filled 'Fish Island',and take all the time we need to get plenty ofperspective-bending photographs!
Today we will leave Uyuniand head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver! The afternoonwill be free to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town. In Potosí we willstay in a friendly localhotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Today we head down to easy going Cochabamba, where we will have a full day to enjoy the city; visit Christo de la Concordia (Bolivia's answer to the Christ the Redeemer statue of Brazil, check out La Cancha, the largest market of Bolivia or head out into the fantastic national park for hiking orclimbing opportunities. Approximate Drive time - 10hrs / 520km
Today we will leave Cochabambaand drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrativecapital in the world! Estimated Drive Time - 340km / 8-9hours. On the following day we havea free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities. In La Paz we will stay in agood hotel in the historical centre.
Border information: if you are joiningin La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB). Welcome toLa Paz,Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrativecapital in the world! There will be an importantgroup meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Pazbefore the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz. A note on altitude: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise. In La Paz we will stay in agood hotel in the historical centre.
Today we will headtothe beautifultown of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where we will have some time to freely explore. In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours(please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Today we will take an included day trip to Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it). In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Border information: exit Bolivia at Kasani, enter Peru at Yunguyo. Today we will take a boat back to Copacabana, and then cross the border into Peru and head to the lakeside town ofPuno. In Puno we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5hours.
Today we will leave Puno and head through the highlands of Peru to the former Inca capital of Cuzco. We will have an included visit to the Inca site of Tipón en route. In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
The rest of today will befree to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco,discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number ofoptional activities near the city. There will be a further meeting this eveningfor our Wild Andesand Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefingfrom our local trekkingguides about the next few days!
Thesefour days will be spent either trekkingin the Andes,on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek,on the Classic Inca Trekor for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package. Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples ofSacsayhuaman for a fascinatingtour of the site.We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speakingvillage in the Sacred Valley.Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years,and exploretheir beautifularchaeological ruins.We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for apicnic lunch, and then visit theQuillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon). We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by footto Zurite where wehave a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonightwe will enjoy a traditionaldinner and get a taste of the local villagelifestyle. Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town ofPisac, where we will have lunch. We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we will explore this impressivearcheological site. Tonightwe stay in a comfortable hotel. There is no trekking today.Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek.You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights. Meals included: Lunch
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Zurite to Amaruwatana After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeologicalsite.We will then followthe ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both theVilcabamba and Vilcanotamountain ranges.From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping. Approximate walking time: 8hrs,Distance: 13kms,Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho and the start of the Classic Inca Trek - the railroad KM82 marker (at 2,700m altitude). Here weare joined by ourcrew of local porters andcooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubambaand following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river,enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,830m) and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodland, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m). Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12kms,Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package Today is a free daytoenjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture,beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles andhandicrafts.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Amaruwatana to Ancascocha We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we're lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here! After descending for approximatley2 hours, we arrive at a stunninghighland valley with a glacial rivernamed Kenqo Mayu (meaning "Zig-zag River")flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch! After lunch we will continue trekking downhillfollowing the ancient trail, which leadsus to our campsite in theAncascocha area. Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10kms,Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Option 2 - Classic Trek Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo This is the most challenging day of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approximately 4 hours) through Andean cloud forest and highland punato reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwañusca (meaning "Dead Woman's Pass")at a height of 4,200m.During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate.On reaching the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges.From here we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m altitude) and to our second campsite. Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11kms,Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo Today we will descend the narrowSilque Canyon, allowing us toobserve its tall granite walls which arepopulated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridgeswe will reach theCamicancha area,where we stop at a magnificentvolcanicviewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica. From hereit is only a short trek to Chilca, where ourtrail ends.We'll be picked up by our vehicle and head toOllantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel. In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famousTemple of the Sun. Approximate trekking time: 5hrs, Distance: 12kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna Today we follow ancient stone paths and steps to ascend the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (the "Town above the Clouds")where we can appreciate the Incas’ complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty.Heading down theAndean slope, we reach our final night's camp by the Wiñay Wayna (meaning "Forever Young")ruins, with panoramic views of the valley below. Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 16kms,Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Wild Andes Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco Today we will havean early start tocatch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city ofMachu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights!Wehave a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time toexplore this magical place. In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day! Meals provided: Breakfast Option 2 - Classic Trek Wiñay Wayna to Machupicchu Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination -Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest. Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms,Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco. Meals provided: Breakfast
Border information:if you are finishingin Cuzco, you will most likely exitPeru at CuzcoAlejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Cuzco. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodationin order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
Overland expedition vehicle trekking, and local minibus
2 crew, local guides as necessary
Strenuous in parts
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