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Peru & Bolivia Explorer tour
La Paz Lima Peru & Bolivia Explorer Trip
Cultural Culture Peru & Bolivia Explorer package

Peru & Bolivia Explorer

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Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
From: $ 3,315 $ 207 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • 11 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights basic hotels and 1 night homestay
  • Travel by train, boat, bus, jeep and 2 internal flights
  • Spends time at altitude

Your chance to

  • Uyuni Salt Flats 4x4 adventure
  • Lake Titicaca island homestay
  • Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley
  • Bolivia's administrative capital, La Paz

Short Description

The combination of culture, history and scenery of grandeur found in Peru and Bolivia makes for an incredible journey from Lima to La Paz, the worlds highest administrative capital city. The Inca Empire lays claim to the magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu and the wonderful fortresses of the Sacred Valley. Across the altiplano we take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca to our village homestay on one of its islands. Ending on a high, literally, we visit La Paz and embark upon a three day adventure to see Uyuni's salt pans, vivid lakes, geysers and cacti islands.Journey from Lima to La Paz to discover the highlights of Peru and Bolivia

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lima
End City La Paz

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Peru

Cities & Attractions

La Paz Lima

Activities

Culture History

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Lima.

The daytime group flights usually arrive into Lima late this evening. It is a thirty to forty-five minute transfer from the airport to our hotel in the Miraflores district. Your leader may give a short welcome briefing upon arrival to the hotel, or they may decide to wait until the following day when everyone is feeling rested after a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 Lima city tour.

This morning we have a half day tour (approx. three and a half hours) of colonial and modern Lima. We explore the modern residential district of Lima (Miraflores) and then explore the historical downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Government Palace (also known as ‘House of Pizarro’) as we take a short walk around the colonial centre, and we visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinth of catacombs which still house the bones of Lima's wealthy eighteenth and nineteenth century residents. The afternoon is free to explore the coastal Miraflores district, where our hotel is located. This evening perhaps a visit to the bohemian district of Barranco for some local food and a taste of the famous Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail.

Day 3 Fly to Cuzco (3400m); afternoon walking orientation tour.

At around midday you will take the short (approx. one hour) flight to Cuzco (3,400m) and transfer to our centrally located hotel. Set amidst hills in the Andes, the Imperial City of the Inca’s, was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m). In the afternoon there is a walking tour to visit the beautiful Plaza de Armas (main square), the traditional San Blas neighborhood and a Coca Museum.

Day 4 Free day to explore the Inca capital.

Today has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and the Koricancha Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves. Outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores.

Day 5 Sacred Valley excursion, visiting Pisac, Ollantaytambo and a local village; overnight Aguas Calientes.

A tour of the highlights of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is included today. The Sacred Valley, which runs along the Urubamba River near Cuzco, is the true heartland of Incan culture. The high-Andean scenery is dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times: we stop to visit a local community in the valley to learn about their lifestyle and traditions. In Pisac we encounter a picturesque landscape of terraces carved into the solid rock itself. This citadel was once of strategic importance as this site guarded a road from the lowlands. We usually arrive at the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo by mid-afternoon. The huge stone terraces found here give a sense of the scale of what is yet to come when we visit Machu Picchu. This was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance. This evening we catch a train to Aguas Calientes, the town immediately below Machu Picchu, where we spend the night.

Day 6 Morning tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore; return to Cuzco by train and by road.

In order to beat the day-trippers coming from Cuzco, we wake early this morning and take the short bus ride (approx. thirty minutes) up the winding road to the greatest ruin in the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911. Your leader will give you a two/three hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards there will be free time to explore at your leisure. There are some spectacular walks around the site that you may wish to do, including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge or even up to the Sun Gate for that iconic view of the ruins. Once you’ve had your fill, return to Aguas Calientes in time to catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (approx. one and a half hours), and continue by road to Cuzco (approx. two hours).

Day 7 Spectacular drive over La Raya Pass (4335m) to Puno, visiting sites en route.

We travel to Puno by comfortable tourist coach for eight to ten hours along the Vilcanota River and onto the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive, it is interesting and often spectacular. There are scheduled stops at sites along the route (and a lunch stop) to help break up the day and we get a feeling for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. Look out for alpaca farms too! We arrive into Puno (3,800m), on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the late afternoon.

Day 8 Boat across Lake Titicaca to Amantani Island for village homestay.

It’s a relaxing journey by boat (approx. two to three hours) from the port to the deep part of Lake Titicaca, where on a clear day, the peaks of Bolivia’s snow-capped Cordillera Real are visible on the horizon. The boat is enclosed as it can be chilly at this altitude but there is an outside deck area to the rear. We arrive at Amantani Island in time for lunch and meet the families who will host us for the night. The island’s Pachatata Ceremonial Centre marks the highest point of the island and is only a steady uphill walk away. Take the chance to kick a football around at 4000m above sea level or just take in the local life and tranquil views over the lake. The homestay with local villagers allows us to see what life is really like for the isolated island communities, who for the most part, maintain a simple lifestyle and traditional customs.

Day 9 Return to Puno by boat, exploring the floating reed islands of the indigenous Uros communities en route.

Time to bid farewell to your host family before boarding the boat again. We head back towards the port, stopping in the shallows of the lake to visit the floating reed islands inhabited by descendants of the Uros Indians. There will be a demonstration of how they build the islands and houses – all of which are made entirely out of reeds. The villagers will show you their homes and sometimes their crafts, such as weaving. There is the chance to take a short voyage between two of the islands on a traditional reed vessel (for a small charge). Another half an hour by boat brings us back to the mainland where the afternoon is free to explore or spend you last Peruvian Nuevo Sol before we hop over the border to Bolivia tomorrow.

Day 10 Drive to Bolivia's administrative capital, La Paz (3650m).

Early this morning we will transfer by coach to Desaguadero check point on the Peruvian border (approx. two and a half hours) and go through the immigration procedure. This is your last chance to exchange money at a reasonable rate. After crossing the bridge we complete the immigration for entering Bolivia - this whole process takes around one hour. Bolivia is an hour ahead of Peru so remember to change your watch. We change buses and continue for another three and a half hours or so to arrive into La Paz by the early-afternoon, which at 3,650m above sea level is the world’s highest administrative capital.

Day 11 Fly to Uyuni; begin a three day 4x4 Uyuni Salt Flat adventure including Inca Wasi Island, Geysers del Sol, Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde.

Catch the first flight to Uyuni (usually the flight departs at 8am and the flight duration is about one hour). It’s time to start your 4x4 Salar de Uyuni adventure by visiting the train cemetery located just outside of Uyuni town. The railway was originally built to transport minerals from the salt flats but when the mining industry declined in the 1940’s the tracks themselves, together with a number of trains were abandoned – a peculiar sight in the midst of this vast open landscape. Next we drive to the middle of the salt flats, to Inca Wasi Island, known for its giant cacti and unusual fossils. This evening’s accommodation is basic but is a must when visiting Uyuni; we stay in a salt hotel (constructed out of salt bricks).

Day 12 Second day to discover the incredible formations of Salar de Uyuni by 4x4.

In our 4x4 vehicles we drive through incredible volcanic scenery to come to the Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) – a rock that has been whittled down by time, sand and high winds to form a distinctive tree shape protruding out of the Siloli Desert. We continue to Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) and stop to spot Andean flamingos. The colour of the lake is owing to sediments and algae. End your day taking pictures of the sunset before heading to our accommodation in the middle of the desert.

Day 13 Third and final day of our 4x4 Salar de Uyuni tour.

We wake early to see the sunrise; a beautiful spectacle at this altitude and over this vast landscape. A different highlight awaits today as our 4x4 adventure brings us to the Sol de Mañana, meaning ‘morning sun’. This sulphur spring field is one of the few places where you can get up close to volcanic (hydrothermal) activity. Across this expanse lie boiling mud lakes and steam pools, and there are several geyser-like features where pressurized steam spouts up to fifty metres into the air! Continuing on, we should reach the thermal baths by late morning. Those who can brave the cold air temperatures before getting into the warm waters can enjoy a dip. After lunch we will visit Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon), named so because of its vivid green/turquoise waters which are the result of arsenic and other minerals being suspended in the water. Due to its unique chemical composition the lake doesn’t freeze even in temperatures as low as minus fifty degrees Celsius. We return to Uyuni town for about five o’clock.

Day 14 Return to La Paz by road.

A long but breathtaking drive from Uyuni to La Paz. For the first five hours (approx.) the road conditions are a bit rough and so we travel by 4x4, before changing into a private minibus for the remainder of the journey (a further four to five hours). There will be stops to stretch your legs and take pictures of the altiplano landscape and quinoa fields along the way. We arrive into La Paz in the late afternoon.

Day 15 Free day La Paz; optional excursion to the pre-Columbian ruins of Tiahuanaco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is nothing planned for today. Your leader will be able to make suggestions of things to do and see and help you organize it. Perhaps you might like to visit the cathedral and the Prado pedestrian area of La Paz. There are also various optional excursions to sites outside the city, such as the pre-Columbian ruins of Tiahuanaco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 16 Depart La Paz.

Time to bid your farewells as the tour ends in La Paz this morning. The group flights usually depart early in the morning and it will be a very early start for your transfer to the airport.

Day 17 Arrive London.

Land Only

Day 1 Start Lima.

The tour starts in Lima ths evening. The daytime group flights usually arrive into Lima late this evening. It is a thirty to forty-five minute transfer from the airport to our hotel in the Miraflores district. Your leader may give a short welcome briefing upon arrival to the hotel, or they may decide to wait until the following day when everyone is feeling rested after a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 Lima city tour.

This morning we have a half day tour (approx. three and a half hours) of colonial and modern Lima. We explore the modern residential district of Lima (Miraflores) and then explore the historical downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Government Palace (also known as ‘House of Pizarro’) as we take a short walk around the colonial centre, and we visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinth of catacombs which still house the bones of Lima's wealthy eighteenth and nineteenth century residents. The afternoon is free to explore the coastal Miraflores district, where our hotel is located. This evening perhaps a visit to the bohemian district of Barranco for some local food and a taste of the famous Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail.

Day 3 Fly to Cuzco (3400m); afternoon walking orientation tour.

At around midday you will take the short (approx. one hour) flight to Cuzco (3,400m) and transfer to our centrally located hotel. Set amidst hills in the Andes, the Imperial City of the Inca’s, was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m). In the afternoon there is a walking tour to visit the beautiful Plaza de Armas (main square), the traditional San Blas neighborhood and a Coca Museum.

Day 4 Free day to explore the Inca capital.

Today has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and the Koricancha Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves. Outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores.

Day 5 Sacred Valley excursion, visiting Pisac, Ollantaytambo and a local village; overnight Aguas Calientes.

A tour of the highlights of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is included today. The Sacred Valley, which runs along the Urubamba River near Cuzco, is the true heartland of Incan culture. The high-Andean scenery is dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times: we stop to visit a local community in the valley to learn about their lifestyle and traditions. In Pisac we encounter a picturesque landscape of terraces carved into the solid rock itself. This citadel was once of strategic importance as this site guarded a road from the lowlands. We usually arrive at the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo by mid-afternoon. The huge stone terraces found here give a sense of the scale of what is yet to come when we visit Machu Picchu. This was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance. This evening we catch a train to Aguas Calientes, the town immediately below Machu Picchu, where we spend the night.

Day 6 Morning tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore; return to Cuzco by train and by road.

In order to beat the day-trippers coming from Cuzco, we wake early this morning and take the short bus ride (approx. thirty minutes) up the winding road to the greatest ruin in the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911. Your leader will give you a two/three hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards there will be free time to explore at your leisure. There are some spectacular walks around the site that you may wish to do, including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge or even up to the Sun Gate for that iconic view of the ruins. Once you’ve had your fill, return to Aguas Calientes in time to catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (approx. one and a half hours), and continue by road to Cuzco (approx. two hours).

Day 7 Spectacular drive over La Raya Pass (4335m) to Puno, visiting sites en route.

We travel to Puno by comfortable tourist coach for eight to ten hours along the Vilcanota River and onto the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive, it is interesting and often spectacular. There are scheduled stops at sites along the route (and a lunch stop) to help break up the day and we get a feeling for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. Look out for alpaca farms too! We arrive into Puno (3,800m), on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the late afternoon.

Day 8 Boat across Lake Titicaca to Amantani Island for village homestay.

It’s a relaxing journey by boat (approx. two to three hours) from the port to the deep part of Lake Titicaca, where on a clear day, the peaks of Bolivia’s snow-capped Cordillera Real are visible on the horizon. The boat is enclosed as it can be chilly at this altitude but there is an outside deck area to the rear. We arrive at Amantani Island in time for lunch and meet the families who will host us for the night. The island’s Pachatata Ceremonial Centre marks the highest point of the island and is only a steady uphill walk away. Take the chance to kick a football around at 4000m above sea level or just take in the local life and tranquil views over the lake. The homestay with local villagers allows us to see what life is really like for the isolated island communities, who for the most part, maintain a simple lifestyle and traditional customs.

Day 9 Return to Puno by boat, exploring the floating reed islands of the indigenous Uros communities en route.

Time to bid farewell to your host family before boarding the boat again. We head back towards the port, stopping in the shallows of the lake to visit the floating reed islands inhabited by descendants of the Uros Indians. There will be a demonstration of how they build the islands and houses – all of which are made entirely out of reeds. The villagers will show you their homes and sometimes their crafts, such as weaving. There is the chance to take a short voyage between two of the islands on a traditional reed vessel (for a small charge). Another half an hour by boat brings us back to the mainland where the afternoon is free to explore or spend you last Peruvian Nuevo Sol before we hop over the border to Bolivia tomorrow.

Day 10 Drive to Bolivia's administrative capital, La Paz (3650m).

Early this morning we will transfer by coach to Desaguadero check point on the Peruvian border (approx. two and a half hours) and go through the immigration procedure. This is your last chance to exchange money at a reasonable rate. After crossing the bridge we complete the immigration for entering Bolivia - this whole process takes around one hour. Bolivia is an hour ahead of Peru so remember to change your watch. We change buses and continue for another three and a half hours or so to arrive into La Paz by the early-afternoon, which at 3,650m above sea level is the world’s highest administrative capital.

Day 11 Fly to Uyuni; begin a three day 4x4 Uyuni Salt Flat adventure including Inca Wasi Island, Geysers del Sol, Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde.

Catch the first flight to Uyuni (usually the flight departs at 8am and the flight duration is about one hour). It’s time to start your 4x4 Salar de Uyuni adventure by visiting the train cemetery located just outside of Uyuni town. The railway was originally built to transport minerals from the salt flats but when the mining industry declined in the 1940’s the tracks themselves, together with a number of trains were abandoned – a peculiar sight in the midst of this vast open landscape. Next we drive to the middle of the salt flats, to Inca Wasi Island, known for its giant cacti and unusual fossils. This evening’s accommodation is basic but is a must when visiting Uyuni; we stay in a salt hotel (constructed out of salt bricks).

Day 12 Second day to discover the incredible formations of Salar de Uyuni by 4x4.

In our 4x4 vehicles we drive through incredible volcanic scenery to come to the Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) – a rock that has been whittled down by time, sand and high winds to form a distinctive tree shape protruding out of the Siloli Desert. We continue to Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) and stop to spot Andean flamingos. The colour of the lake is owing to sediments and algae. End your day taking pictures of the sunset before heading to our accommodation in the middle of the desert.

Day 13 Third and final day of our 4x4 Salar de Uyuni tour.

We wake early to see the sunrise; a beautiful spectacle at this altitude and over this vast landscape. A different highlight awaits today as our 4x4 adventure brings us to the Sol de Mañana, meaning ‘morning sun’. This sulphur spring field is one of the few places where you can get up close to volcanic (hydrothermal) activity. Across this expanse lie boiling mud lakes and steam pools, and there are several geyser-like features where pressurized steam spouts up to fifty metres into the air! Continuing on, we should reach the thermal baths by late morning. Those who can brave the cold air temperatures before getting into the warm waters can enjoy a dip. After lunch we will visit Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon), named so because of its vivid green/turquoise waters which are the result of arsenic and other minerals being suspended in the water. Due to its unique chemical composition the lake doesn’t freeze even in temperatures as low as minus fifty degrees Celsius. We return to Uyuni town for about five o’clock.

Day 14 Return to La Paz by road.

A long but breathtaking drive from Uyuni to La Paz. For the first five hours (approx.) the road conditions are a bit rough and so we travel by 4x4, before changing into a private minibus for the remainder of the journey (a further four to five hours). There will be stops to stretch your legs and take pictures of the altiplano landscape and quinoa fields along the way. We arrive into La Paz in the late afternoon.

Day 15 Free day La Paz; optional excursion to the pre-Columbian ruins of Tiahuanaco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is nothing planned for today. Your leader will be able to make suggestions of things to do and see and help you organize it. Perhaps you might like to visit the cathedral and the Prado pedestrian area of La Paz. There are also various optional excursions to sites outside the city, such as the pre-Columbian ruins of Tiahuanaco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 16 End La Paz.

Time to bid your farewells as the tour ends in La Paz this morning. The group flights usually depart early in the morning and it will be a very early start for your transfer to the airport.

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A wonderful trip!

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I travelled with my 23 yr old daughter and we had a great time. Lots of
superlatives which have been covered by reviewers below, so I will not repeat
them, but suffice to say that this trip exceeded both our expectations in
terms of the amazing variation in landscape in the iconic National Parks
visited, and the diversity of activities - ranging from exciting hikes, to
laying on the ground in Death Valley looking at the Night Sky. Never a dull
moment - and our guide inserted little surprises at regular intervals.
Perhaps meeting our inspirational Navajo guide in Monument Valley and
learning about her childhood and culture. But lots to inspire both of us
....


Joseph Spaid was an incredible leader. He was so knowledgable, approachable,
engaging and fun. He was very interesting to chat to, and worked so hard to
make sure everyone’s needs were met. We were quite a disparate crowd of
11, some very experienced hikers, others recovering from recent injury, but
he found ways to embrace that - I wish I had his energy!


Take a brolly as sun shade for Death Valley! And rehydration tabs/powder
when it's really hot. We all used it and had no problem with overheating
even in August. You get dusty walking so plenty of walking gear - it is a
busy trip and there wasn’t much time for washing. I was pleased to have my
poles in Zion and the Grand Canyon for long (albeit beautiful) uphill
stretches.

I would definitely advise a few days in San Francisco before joining the
trip. It is an incredible city. Our flight from Heathrow was delayed by 28
hours, so we missed one of our three planned days, but we still were well
able to meet up with the Group on Sunday.

Las Vegas didn’t appeal to us, so we didn’t stay at the end, and we in
time to fly out on the same night.

The helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon was just extraordinary!


As an introduction to SW America, this trip takes some beating. It was
fantastic.

Thank you Exodus and Grand American Adventures!!


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The National Parks

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Very busy , hugely interesting itinerary. Some quite breathtaking scenery,
with opportunities for physical activity in order to experience it more
fully. Very good tour leader, experienced, knowledgeable and well organised.
Tour group (9 of us) , various ages and experiences, combined well. A great
experience.
Hard to pick one particular moment or event. Perhaps the experience of
Yosemite: view of the valley from Glacier Point, variety of hikes, and also
appreciating the national park beyond the valley itself.


Very good. See above.


Some long days in the bus, but that doesn't have to be a problem- it can just
mean that you see more.


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Bad trip leader experience

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The activities were a mixture of good and repetitive and the description of the game drives seems a little embellished. We didn't encounter hardly any elephants and the leopard sighting is apparently not as common as one might think (2-3 a week according to local guide). While we were "fortunate" to observe one, it was so far away that only a 400mm lens would get to see it, but that's after you fight through about 40 vehicles all converging to a single space in order to catch a glimpse before the park warden hurries you on because your time is up! It's also a madhouse trying to get into the park. There is no orderly fashion while up to a hundred vehicles all vie to be first in the gate (this is at Yala). The biggest downside to the trip was our trip leader. On two occasions when we had questions about the activities, he became very defensive and argumentative, and when trying to walk away from the conversation so that it didn't escalate further, he followed us intent on exclaiming what a good guide he's been and that we were the problem. We walked away again, and yet he still following us turning the conversation into harassment. I was glad when the trip ended to get away from him and if it weren't for having another back-to-back Exodus trip (see Maldives review) immediately following this one, I would have never wanted to travel with Exodus again given that experience. In sum, trip leader very poor (astonishingly so) and trip itinerary could improve by offering more variety/flexibility to wildlife viewings rather than doing the same repeat walks 3 times. All food was at hotels so not much of a variety or local fare encountered. Lovely country and lovely people though and group was great!
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A magical trip! One of my best ever!

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This trip far exceeded my expectations on every level. The underwater wildlife encounters were superior to any other snorkeling I've done. There's an abundance of things to see and coupled with the chance to scuba dive and excellent water conditions - it's a top notch destination. The boat was very comfortable, the crew was excellent and took care of every need, and the food was awesome. Ranks as one of my all-time favorites!
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ecuador

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What the trip delivered: The trip was filled with a good variety in landscape, ecosystems, wildlife and culturally. All the Exodus agents where very efficient and gave great pre-trip service.

The tour leader was knowledgeable in history, culture and wildlife. Also a good amount of hiking which was great.

What the trip didn't deliver: the tour operator adhering to their booking conditions and enforcing this in regards to enforcing that ALL travelers can undertake the trip. There was an old woman who could not walk upright without walking sticks. Along with being grossly unfit, and heavily medicated on prescription opium amongst other pain killers, which caused erratic, manic behaviour.
This traveler should have been taken off the trip as it took all the effort and time of the tour leader, which has a knock on effect on rest of group. Only half way through the trip, did the tour leader ban the traveler from doing any more activities as she was not fit to continue. But he kept her on the entire trip.

We had to deal with another traveller suffering from incontinence, another who was an alcoholic shouting and swearing when he couldn’t control himself.

Due to this I strongly recommend that you never room share. Only book single supplement with Exodus. Otherwise you could potentially land up in situation like I did that could ruin your holiday.

Either it was the wrong time of year or bad luck, but I ended up feeling like it was a tour for geriatrics all with health issues. Not an adventure company as advertised on all their marketing.
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Whta the trip delivered was a good variety in landscape, wildlife and culturally. The Exodus booking agents where very efficient and gave a great pre-trip service.

The tour leader was knowledgeable in history, culture and wildlife. Also a good amount of hiking which was great.

What the trip didn't deliver was the tour operator adhering to their booking conditions and enforcing this. There was an old woman who could not walk upright without walking sticks. Along with being grossly unfit, not very mobile and heavily medicated on prescription opium which caused erratic, manic behaviour.
Travellers like this should be taken off the trip as the tour leader has to dedicate so much time and effort to these travellers.

We had to deal with another traveller suffering from incontinence, and another who was an alcoholic shouting and swearing when he got out of control.

Due to this I strongly recommend that you never room share. Only book single supplement with Exodus. Otherwise you could potentially land up in situation like I did that could ruin your holiday

Either it was the wrong time of year or bad luck, but I ended up feeling like it was a tour for geriatrics, all with their health issues. Not an adventure company as advertised on all their marketing.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

11 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights basic hotels and 1 night homestay
Travel by train, boat, bus, jeep and 2 internal flights
Spends time at altitude

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Trip ID#:

exodus-APB

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included in the price of the tour. Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style, with a variety of hot and cold dishes. Where lunch and dinner is not included we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants. For some of the days with long drives we may take some packed lunches to eat at a scenic spot along the way. Food in Peru and Bolivia is delicious and varied, with a wide range of fresh ingredients - local specialties to look out for include ceviche (a spicy dish of fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a stir fry) and the hearty soups.

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