Ecuador: Galapagos by Land

Welcome to the boutique lodge, Pikaia, headquarters for discovering nature’s headline act: the Galapagos Islands. Cruise between islands on a luxury yacht and meet the real-life inspiration behind Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Marvel at dramatic evidence of the area’s volcanic provenance. And when you think you’ve seen everything on terra firma, head beneath the waves for a whole new treasure trove.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Guayaquil

Welcome to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s main port and a bustling city. Upon arrival into the gateway to Galapagos Islands, your A&K representative will accompany you to your boutique accommodation. Ease into local time and get your first taste of the country with a chocolate experience like no other. Pick your own cacao pods and watch as they are transformed into decadent chocolate.

Hotel: Hotel del Parque

Day 2: Guayaquil – Galapagos Islands

Journey to the airport for your flight to Baltra in the Galapagos archipelago. Leave the city behind and take your front-row seat for nature’s dizzying showcase of evolutionary magic in the Galapagos. Your A&K Guardian Angel will welcome you at the VIP Lounge area of Baltra Airport before accompanying you on board your private cruise along Itabaca Canal to Santa Cruz Island. Here, a private vehicle whisks you towards your luxurious lodge, your base for discovery of the Galapagos and its incredible wildlife. Originally discovered by the Spanish Bishop of Panama in March 1535 when his ship was blown off course en route to Peru, the islands were put on the map after Charles Darwin visited in 1835 whilst serving as a naturalist on HMS Beagle.

Hotel: Pikaia Lodge, 5 nights

Day 3: Galapagos Islands

Step aboard your luxury yacht for a whole day dedicated to discovering exactly what inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Head first to North Seymour Island, where prickly pear cactus and Palo Santo trees stand out in an arid wilderness. Spy great frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and blue-footed boobies. And get up close to Galapagos sea lions and iguanas. Next, cruise to Bachas Beach and seek out small flamingo ponds overflowing with iguanas, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds and gulls. Spend time with nesting sea turtles on the coral beach. Then, back on the yacht, plunge into the steaming water of the Jacuzzi and watch dolphins play below.

Day 4: Galapagos Islands

Explore your island paradise, your way. Soak up the laid-back vibe of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. Lose yourself in the fascinating world of the ‘Father of Evolution’ at the Charles Darwin Research Station and stop by the giant tortoise-breeding programme. Trek deep into the Scalesia Forest and encounter Darwin’s finches – possibly the most famous birds in the archipelago. Snorkel amongst sea turtles moving dreamily underwater or embark on your own wildlife-spotting tour by bike or on foot.

Day 5: Galapagos Islands

Back on board your luxury yacht for a cruise to Bartolomé Island, the tip of an underwater volcano. Climb to the summit for sweeping views of James Bay and Santiago, your next stop. Cool off with swimming and snorkelling amongst Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and a kaleidoscope of fish. Marvel at sea lions curled up on rocks and watch flamingos stalking through the water of beachside saline lagoons. Journey onwards to Sullivan Bay and step back in time to the volcanic beginnings of the Galapagos. Experience the surreal and starkly beautiful environment of white coral sand beach and lava, as spy hawks, finches and mockingbirds soar overhead.

Day 6: Galapagos Islands

Continue your island adventure this morning, your way. Choose from a menu of included activities depending on the weather and tidal conditions. Join your A&K Guardian Angel this afternoon, on a revealing tour of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. Wander past humble dwellings and shops and be introduced to some of the descendants of the Norwegian, Swiss and German families that originally settled here four generations ago. Return to your lodge and seek out your favourite spot to enjoy nature’s show before dinner.

Day 7: Galapagos Islands – Guayaquil

Rise early this morning to soak up your final taste of the Galapagos, before you meet with your A&K Guardian Angel who will assist you with your private transfer by road and ferry to the airport for the return flight to Guayaquil where your journey ends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Guayaquil daily:$13,635.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Modern air-conditioned vehicle & luxury yacht
Flights:Air Ticket: Guayaquil – Galapagos Islands – Guayaquil
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Discover Machu Picchu by Rail

Experience the magical ancient empire of the Incas as you explore the colonial city of Cusco which was built on the foundations of former Inca palaces; discover the best of the Sacred Valley in Yucay; uncover the monumental architectural complexes of Ollantaytambo and travel to Machu Picchu by rail.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cusco

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to acclimatise to the high altitude.

Day 2: Cusco

Today discover the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. Visit the popular San Pedro Market, a must-see in Cusco; Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Day 3: Cusco – Yucay

Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas starting on the Inca’s Balcony, offering impressive views of Chinchero ruins and the city. Spend time with a local community before visiting Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire. Ollantaytambo, with its narrow cobblestone streets, has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.

Day 4: Yucay – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train service to Aguas Calientes. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of the Sacred Valley from the panoramic windows. Disembark at Aguas Calientes station and then board a bus for the ride to Machu Picchu and your guided visit.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

A morning at leisure to explore the town of Aguas Calientes. or venture, on your own, to the citadel for further explorations. Alternatively hike up the impressive Huyna Picchu mountain for a bird’s-eye view of Machu Picchu. This afternoon board the train for the return journey to Cusco.

Day 6: Depart Cusco

Transfer to Cusco Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Cusco daily:$2,129.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & land transportation
Rail:Vistadome rail journey Ollanta - Aguas Calientes - Cuzco
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Ancient Cultures & Waterfalls

Discover two unique destinations in Peru – Kuelap, the most important archaeological site in northern Peru and the towering Gocta Waterfall, set amid jungle sheltering toucans and monkeys. Located in the region of Amazonas, in the northern part of the country, it combines history, culture and adventure.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Jaen – Cocachimba

On arrival transfer to your lodge overlooking the striking Gocta Falls.

Day 2: Gocta Waterfall

You will venture on a trek through the Cocachimba route on your way to the Gocta Waterfall. You will go across sugar cane fields until you reach a clouded forest with orchard, mushroom and moss-covered trees. Members of the Communal Association will accompany you along the way and will explain everything there is to know about the ecosystem that surrounds the area, as well as the history of its community and the waterfall, the third tallest in the world.

Day 3: Kuelap Fortress

Discover Kuelap, the most important archeological site in the northern Peruvian Andes. On a guided visit, you will learn everything about this monumental fortress, which is located on top of Cerro Barreta; its platform reaches up to 600 metres in length and, at certain points, its walls reach up to 19 metres high. You will be surprised by its imposing walls and its complex interior architecture, where you’ll find administrative, religious, ceremonial and residential areas, which are proof of the detailed organisation of its ancient inhabitants.

Day 4: Leymebamba Museum & Revash

You will explore the Leymebamba Mummy Museum, a place dedicated to the Chachapoyas culture. In its five rooms you will appreciate the 261 mummies and 200 funeral accessories that the place owns very up-close. Then, you will visit the Revash mausoleums, a holy land that belongs to the same culture; these collective tombs are located in natural caves or in excavations made on rock walls. On Sundays, the visit to Revash will be replaced by a visit to Yerbabuena, a place where the region’s largest market is located, which due to low tourist presence still maintains its traditional essence.

Day 5: Karajia

Today you will visit Karajia, a group of human-shaped sarcophagi that were part of the Chachapoyas culture’s traditions. These coffins, made of dry straw and clay, have an impressive height, reaching up to 2.5 metres, and were used for the burial of important people and families.

Day 6: Chachapoyas – Jaen 

You will be picked up from the hotel in Chachapoyas and transferred to the Jaen Airport to board your flight to your next destination

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Jaen daily:$2,315.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & land transportation
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Peru

Experience the history and allure of Peru, you’ll meet llamas, explore the Plaza de Armas in Cusco and more. Inca treasures, wild landscapes and ancient legends are brought to life in the Sacred Valley, centuries-old ruins of Machu Picchu and the charismatic capital streets of Lima.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Welcome to the Capital of the New World – the launch pad to our effortlessly delivered encounter with the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. On arrival in Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive barrio of San Isidro where you’ll enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your Travel Director and travel companions.

Hotel: Novotel Lima, 2 nights

Day 2: Lima Sightseeing

Connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro’s “City of Kings”, admiring the colonial splendour of Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Centre. Stand in the birthplace of this ancient, yet modern city, surrounded by the Baroque façades of Cathedral of Lima and Palace of the Union. See the Church of the San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima’s status as the culinary capital of South America and ‘Connect with Locals’ when you meet Ignacio Barrios, who has worked alongside many of Peru’s most award-winning chefs. We visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then, continue to Chef Ignacio’s cooking school where we’ll enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru’s most popular dishes and have an opportunity to sample some at a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. ‘Visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts, then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley, our hotel for the night. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. ‘Make a Difference’ as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.

Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

The mystical empire of the Incas takes centre stage today. We visit the famous Sacred Valley stronghold of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation, admiring the 15th century stone ruins of temples, palaces and terraces perched high amidst the clouds. Join your ‘Local Specialist’ for an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we dine tonight.

Hotel: El Mapi by Inkaterra

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu beckon again and we have an opportunity to re-connect with this ancient wonder. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress. We board a train to the Sacred Valley, then head to the colonial city of Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria. ‘Dive into Culture’ and enjoy the sweet flavours of chica as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women.

Hotel: Novotel Cusco, 2 nights

Day 6: Cusco Sightseeing

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning, admiring the 16th century Spanish colonial buildings that stand on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. See the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. The afternoon is free to explore on your terms. This evening, gather for a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.

Day 7: Cusco – Lima

A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening we join our travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel Lima

Day 8: Depart Lima

Our discovery of an ancient civilisation has come to an end. We transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11, 18, 25$3,125.00$3,900.00
February: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,275.00$4,050.00
March: 07, 14$3,275.00$4,050.00
March: 21, 28$3,325.00$4,100.00
April: 04, 05, 11, 18, 19, 25$3,325.00$4,100.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 17, 23, 30$3,325.00$4,100.00
June: 06 13, 14, 20, 21, 27$3,325.00$4,100.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 19, 25$3,325.00$4,100.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 16, 22, 29$3,275.00$4,050.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,325.00$4,100.00
October: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,275.00$4,050.00
November: 07, 14, 15, 21, 28$3,125.00$3,900.00
December: 05 12, 198$3,125.00$3,900.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights:Air Ticket: Lima - Cusco - Lima
Rail:Journey aboard the Vistadome train
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Mysteries of The Inca Empire

On this Peru tour, delve into the past as you spend time in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca. Along the way, visit ancient ruins, see beautiful scenery, and enjoy guided sightseeing with Local Guides and a Tour Director dedicated to bringing you these destinations and to helping you learn about the local cultures.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Hotel: Jose Antonio Lima, 2 nights

Hotel: La Casona Yucay, 2 nights

Hotel: El Mapi by Inkaterra

Hotel: Jose Antonio Cusco, 2 nights

Hotel: Xima Puno Hotel, 2 nights

Hotel: Jose Antonio Lima

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 23$3,391.00$4,077.00
February: 20$3,391.00$4,077.00
March: 19$3,391.00$4,077.00
April: 02, 30$3,391.00$4,077.00
May: 14$3,391.00$4,077.00
June: 25$3,391.00$4,077.00
July: 23$3,391.00$4,077.00
August: 06$3,391.00$4,077.00
September: 17$3,391.00$4,077.00
October: 15, 26$3,391.00$4,077.00
November: 12$3,391.00$4,077.00
December: 10$3,391.00$4,077.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 21$3,874.00Price on Application
February: 18$3,874.00Price on Application
March: 18$3,874.00Price on Application
April: 01$3,924.00Price on Application
May: 13$3,874.00Price on Application
July: 08$3,874.00Price on Application
September: 30$3,874.00Price on Application
October: 14, 28$3,874.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport:Deluxe airconditioned motorcoach
Flights:Air Ticket: Lima - Cusco - Cusco - Juliaca - Lima
Rail:Vistadome Train: Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Colombia Revealed

Journey through a nation of ecological, cultural and gastronomical treasures and you’ll agree Colombia is Latin America’s best kept secret. From the cool European style of the capital to the fertile coffee country and the unique landscapes studded with palm trees that touch the clouds. Brightly coloured villages, urban street art and show-stopping museums reinforce the country’s rich artistic traditions.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant capital, located at 2,640 metres, on one of the Andes’ many high plateaux. On arrival at El Dorado International Airport meet your A&K representative who will transfer you to your colonial style accommodation in walking distance of the gourmet zone recognised for its wide selection of restaurants. Stroll out on your own, soak up the cool European atmosphere filled with museums, street art, markets and cafés, and perhaps even taste your first unforgettable Colombian coffee.

Hotel: Four Seasons Casa Medina, 3 nights

Day 2: Bogotá

Set out on a ‘Weaving Peace’ day tour, visit key historical sites and learn about key moments of Colombia’s history – culminating in the signing of a Peace Agreement in 2016. This unique, immersive experience visits the Parque Nacional to understand Colombia’s political struggles before continuing to the Café Wasikamas, where an indigenous community serves special coffee grown in the mountains of southern Colombia. Stops are also made at Plaza Bolivar and the Toma Del Palacio de Justicia, the chocolate district, and the ‘Museo Nacional de Colombia’, Colombia’s National Museum to appreciate the price-winning textiles of the Tejedoras de Mampuján, a group of afro women from the Caribbean who received the National Peace Prize.

Afterward, enjoy lunch at Salvo Patria, a restaurant with a native-food rescue philosophy where you will have the chance to talk with the chef about how the restaurant builds value chains with small producers to reactivate rural areas. Return to your hotel early afternoon.

Day 3: Bogotá

Spend the morning admiring the pre-eminent collection of artworks housed in The Museo Botero, an old colonial residence showcasing Botero’s works as well as his private collection including Picassos, Renoirs and Monets. Afterwards discover some 32,000 pieces of incredible pre-Hispanic gold artefacts glittering within The Museo del Oro.

The afternoon is free to enjoy at leisure or explore the city your way. Uncover Bogotá’s eclectic street art scene on a bike tour of graffiti hotspots. Discover the city’s unique art culture as a local art dealer takes you to hidden galleries and ateliers. Or get a taste for Colombian cuisine on a gastronomic walking tour of five family-run eateries. Later this evening, learn the dance of passion in a local home before swinging your hips with Bogotá’s salseros in iconic salsa clubs.

Day 4: Bogotá – Villa de Leyva

Head north through the Bogotá Savannah, where many of the country’s flowers are grown, to Zipaquirá, home to one of Colombia’s most revered attractions: the underground salt cathedral. Navigate your way through underground tunnels to the gigantic cross crafted in salt by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez – the largest of its kind in the world.  Continue onwards to Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most picturesque towns and your boutique accommodation.

Hotel: Casa Terra, 2 nights

Day 5: Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva was founded in 1572 and declared a national monument in 1954. Explore its Spanish-style houses and winding cobblestone laneways by foot accompanied by your private guide. Discover how it got its name and the important role it played in independence from Spain. Learn the art of handmade ceramics in Ráquira town, which in local language means the “city of pots”, before enjoying lunch sampling the famous longaniza and morcilla spicy sausages of Sutamarchán town.

Day 6: Villa de Leyva – Bogotá – Pereira

Begin early for your private return journey to Bogotá, stopping en route to admire the religious artwork of the 17th century Convento del Santo Ecce Homo. Proceed to Bogotá Airport for your flight into Pereira, the gateway to Colombia’s coffee country. On arrival a private transfer whisks you to your hacienda style accommodation. The coffee region is recognised by UNESCO for its strong cultural identity and is topographically striking – verdant slopes, rural hamlets and the Andes in the distance.

Hotel: Hotel Boutique Sazagua, 3 nights

Day 7: Pereira

Climb high into the steep volcanic hills to visit the coffee finca of Hacienda San Alberto. Here, you’ll learn about coffee in all its stages – from the sweet red fruits the beans start off as on the branch, to sorting, roasting, grinding and brewing. Fuelled by a coffee tasting and lunch, move onto Pijao, a city where the living is slow, and the locals are gracious. Be welcomed into the homes of several families; taste home-made beverages using produce from their treasure-filled gardens and get a unique taste of life in Latin America’s first “Slow City”.

Day 8: Pereira

Journey to the rolling green foothills of the Colombian Andes to the Valle de Cocora, home to the world’s tallest palm tree, the Quindian wax palm. Explore the cloud forest on foot and learn firsthand why Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world. Later, explore the vibrant traditional towns of Salento and Filandia, and even dare to sample some local spirits before your return journey.

Day 9: Pereira – Medellín

Begin early with a visit to Finca Romelia, home to some 6,000 orchids. Meet José and Maria and learn the story of their private collection, which spans 832 different species and 6,000 orchids in total. After sampling their home-grown produce, travel onwards to Medellín and your villa accommodation. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Medellín is a city fizzing with civic pride, arts and innovation. Drop your bags, unwind in the lush tropical gardens or step out and explore the buzzing neighbourhood.

Hotel: Patio del Mundo, 2 nights

Day 10: Medellín

Begin your day with a visit to a community project to learn about the incredible changes in the city since the death of Pablo Escobar. Stop and discover the public renovation projects, recreational and educational spaces that have improved the quality of life of its inhabitants. Interact with members of a local business to see the positive impact on life and family.  Spend time admiring some of the best street-art murals in the world. Afterwards, try your hand at creating gourmet masterpieces in a community cooking class using local ingredients. Enjoy a tram ride and floating over colourful rooftops in a cable car to gain a whole new perspective of a city reborn before an afternoon exploring other sites showcasing the dramatic changes in Medellín since the early 1990’s, when it was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Day 11: Medellín – Cartagena

Private transfer to Medellín airport for your flight to the vibrant port city of Cartagena, the jewel in Colombia’s crown. Considered one of the most exquisite colonial cities in Latin America, it is famous for its pastel coloured colonial-era architecture, bougainvillea draped balconies, cobbled streets and the grand churches of its old walled city. Proceed to your luxury small hotel at the heart of Cartagena’s handsome old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening is a chance to relax with a glass of wine on a cruise along Cartagena Bay before dinner at Interno, Latin America’s first restaurant inside a prison, tended by its women inmates. It is a model of social reintegration designed to improve the quality of life of prisoners and their families.

Hotel: Casa San Agustin, 3 nights

Day 12: Cartagena

Start your day off with a panoramic view of the city and port zone from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa before exploring the hilltop San Felipe Fortress, built to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn how the castle was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Continue to the Old City and admire the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver built in the middle of the 17th century. Explore the handicrafts zone of Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall, that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments and later as a prison. Nowadays it’s an artisan centre where visitors can appreciate the local handicrafts.

Enjoy lunch at Club de Pesca, one of Cartagena’s most traditional and famous restaurants located right in front of the picturesque Bay of Cartagena, before an afternoon spent exploring the city’s colonial district. Soak up the atmosphere at Bolivar Park, shaded by large trees with four fountains and a statue of the great Liberator. Discover treasures in the 16th century Santo Domingo Church, and understand the history in the aptly-named Inquisition Palace, recognised for its large Baroque style door and the prison and torture chambers of presumed opponents of the Catholic Church.

Day 13: Cartagena

Appreciate a day at leisure to choose to spend it your way. Stroll the cobblestone streets and continue exploring the many highlights of Cartagena’s colonial district. Alternatively choose to join a gastronomic walking tour and feast on the city’s unique fusion of Spanish and African flavours or take in the nearby National Aviary of Colombia where more than 135 species of birds can be observed in their natural habitat.

Day 14: Depart Cartagena

Private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Bogota:$11,145.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicles
Flights:Air Ticket: Bogota – Pereira / Medellín – Cartagena
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Coffee Aromas & Colonial Charms

Discover the rich and diverse history of Colombia in this tour showcasing the coffee and fruit region of the Cauca Valley and experiencing the new transformed Medellin following the drug wars of the 1980’s. Experience the traditions and customs in this ‘coffee zone’ including local architecture, traditional liquors, and quaint but lively nightlife. You will learn about Pablo Escobar visiting the famous “La Catedral” originally a prison but now a monastery while reflecting on his life and his impact on the transformed Medellin.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Medellin

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, you will experience true local flavours as you visit a Fonda.

Day 2: Medellin

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to really understand the transformation Medellin lived after the violent period. From the most dangerous city to the most innovative city in the world. You will visit Casa Museo de la Memoria and Comuna 13, the neighborhood at the core of the transformation. With a local guide, you will visit the escalators, the Metro Cable, the Hip Hop school and you will have a gastronomic and social experience that will help you to analyze how these people decided to change their life through art, graffiti, and music.

Afternoon tour retracing the life of the infamous, Pablo Escobar. You will visit La Catedral, the prison he built for himself and the Monaca Building where the law finally caught up with him

Day 3: Medellin – Santa Fé de Antioquia

Today you will travel along the Cauca Riverbanks into the Western highlands of Antioquia to explore the colonial treasure of the region: Santa Fé de Antioquia. Founded in 1541 on the Western bank of the Cauca River, it became the first capital of Antioquia in 1584. Afternoon city tour to see the many colonial churches, plazas and monuments

Day 4: Santa Fé de Antioquia – Jardín 

This morning hit the road towards Jardín a beautiful village in Antioquia and surrounded by coffee and banana plantations. Jardín is famous for its colourful houses and balconies. Experience the unique atmosphere on the main square and feel the serenity of Colombia´s coffee region

Day 5: Jardín – Jericó

Travel to the precious coffee village of Jericó, listed as Cultural Heritage Village with the 16 most beautiful chapels of Antioquia in its town centre. Take a guided tour of the historic centre with its traditional facades and the local “carriel” workshops. These special leather accessories are handmade in Jericó and make great gift options

Day 6: Jericó – Fredonia – Támesis 

Travel to the Andean village of Fredonia located high up in the hills surrounded by coffee- and fruit plantations. Discover the whole coffee processing from the plant to the cup with a local family before travelling to the Andean coffee village of Támesis located high above the Cauca River Valley

Day 7: Támesis – Salento

Támesis is known as one of the places with the greatest density of indigenous pre-Hispanic petroglyphs in Colombia. After visiting the archaeological museum, visit the archaeological sites in the region. Observe different types of petroglyphs and travel back into the ancient times before the Spanish invaders came into Colombia. After lunch continue to Salento.

Day 8: Salento

Morning departure to the Cocora Valley, located in National Park “Los Nevados”. Hummingbirds and endemic yellow-eared parrot live here. Upon arrival, either hiking or horseback riding, head into cloud-forest; enjoy biodiversity of flora and fauna. Cross Quindío River walking-along an ecological pathway through the tallest wax-palms in the world.

Day 9: Depart Salento

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Medellin:$4,166.00$8,056.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Handpicked Colombia

Discover a land of myth and legend in Colombia, where idyllic Caribbean beaches give way to the old world charm of colonial alleys, and where visitors are seduced by the aroma of Colombian coffee, considered the finest in the world. Explore Bogota and visit secluded archaeological sites. And don’t forget Cartagena, a city of legends, with its stunning colonial architecture and cobbled alleys.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bogota

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Bogota

Enjoy a city sightseeing excursion before taking a cable car to the top of Monserrate Hill. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Bogota – Zipaquira – Villa de Leyva

Visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, a small town 30km from Bogota. Your journey will take you into the heart of an enormous salt mountain. After your visit you will be driven to Villa de Leyva.

Day 4: Villa de Leyva – Armenia – Salento

Enjoy a morning visit of Villa de Leyva before driving back to Bogota for your flight to Armenia, Colombia’s coffee region. On arrival, transfer to your hotel which is surrounded by coffee plantations.

Day 5: Salento – Cocora Valley – Salento

A day trip to Salento and the Cocora Valley awaits you today. Salento is a colourful coffee town, where the typical “Paisa” architecture can be observed; and the Cocora Valley is the home of the unusual Wax Palm Tree.

Day 6: Salento

Today visit Hacienda El Ocaso which produces top quality coffee. Spend time learning the process of how coffee is harvested and roasted, before tasting some of the best coffee in the world.

Day 7: Salento – Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 8: Cartagena

Today discover the highlights of Cartagena city, also known as the “Pearl of the Caribbean”.

Day 9: Cartagena

Today is at your leisure. This evening experience a walking tour at sunset through the walled city.

Day 10: Depart Cartagena

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Bogota:$2,515.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & land transportation
Flights:Flight Ticket: Bogota - Armenia - Cartagena
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Bogota & Cartagena

Discover the vibrant city of Bogota with it’s modern urban cool and fascinating cobblestoned colonial centre-La Candelaria. Explore Cartagena, a picturesque seaside town declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. Its cobblestone streets are alive with outdoor cafes, basket weavers, flower sellers and street performers.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bogota 

Arrival at El Dorado International Airport. Meet and greet and transfer to selected hotel.

Day 2: Bogota 

Morning city tour. Visit to Bolivar Square, National Capitol, Bolivar House and Gold Museum with 30.000 pre-Columbian pieces (entrance tickets to Gold Museum and Bolivar House included). The Museum is closed on Mondays. Afternoon free at leisure.

Day 3: Bogota – Cartagena

Transfer to airport for flight to Cartagena (additional cost). Arrival at Rafael Nuñez International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to selected hotel.

Day 4: Cartagena

City tour, visiting the main monuments of the old town including San Felipe castle, La Popa Hill, the ‘Walled City’, Boca Grande and Castillo Grande residential neighborhoods. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 5: Cartagena

Full day tour to Rosario Islands, a marine paradise of crystal-clear waters and stunning white sand beaches.

Day 6: Depart Cartagena

Transfer to airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Bogota:
Tourist Class Hotels:$1,284.00$2,250.00
First Class Hotels:$1,692.00$3,170.00
Deluxe Hotels:$2,684.00$5,202.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a spectacular trekking experience. In the ranking of Peru treks, it is far and away number one, but we could also certainly claim that it is among tops in the entire world. The hike trail winds through some of the most sublime countryside in the Peruvian Andes and, as if that were not enough, leads to one of the Wonders of the World, famed Machu Picchu. Awaken your senses through this awe-inspiring Machu Picchu Inca Trek Tour.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Cusco – Chilca – Wayllabamba

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning to take bus to km 82, the entrance of the trail to begin the trek to Machu Picchu. You will walk for approximately three hours along the Urubamba river until the archaeological site of Llactapata, where you will stop for lunch. Then you will continue walking towards your first camp at Wayllabamba. Dinner and overnight in tents at the campsite.

Walking time: Between 5 – 6 hours
Distance: Approx. 13 kilometres
Highest point: 3,000 metres above sea level

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

After breakfast, the toughest part of the trail begin, walking towards the highest point in the Inca Trail where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area and will observe different types of microclimates. After 3 hours of walking you will reach the first pass, named Warmiwañiusca or Dead Woman`s Pass, at approximately 4,200 m.a.s.l. Here, you will feel a tremendous sense of achievement as you reach the top and gaze at the landscape below. After lunch you will continue your walking down to Pacaymayo where you will camp and have dinner.

Walking time: 6 -7 hours
Distance: Approx. 11 kilometres
Highest point: 4,200 metres above sea level

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Puya Patamarka – Wiñay Huayna

After breakfast you will start the descent towards the second most important pass of the trail at 3,850 m.a.s.l. Having a guided visit at the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. Continue your trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served. After a short break you will continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) for a guided visit of this impressive archaeological complex with a spectacular setting. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Walking time: Between 7 – 8 hours
Distance: Approx. 10 kilometres
Highest point: 3,900 metres above sea level

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu

After breakfast, have a very early start to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or the Gate of the Sun, also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, your guide will take you on a tour around the citadel visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander, then you will meet with the rest of the group to drive by bus down to Aguas Calientes and then to your hotel for overnight or board the train back to the city of Cusco.

Please note: Entrance into Machu Picchu is included for this day only

Walking time: 2 hours
Distance: Approx. 4 kilometres
Highest point: 2,700 metres above sea level

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Free day to explore the ruins before your afternoon train back to Cuzco.

Please note: Park entrance fee not included on day 5

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Cusco daily:
Camping & Tourist Class Hotels:$1,345.00$1,565.00
Camping & First Class Hotels:$1,815.00$2,084.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Transfer to Entrance of the Inca Trail
Rail: Tourist train ticket: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco
Accommodation: 3 nights camping & 1 night accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide & Porters to carry equipment only
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.

* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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