19 MAR - 12 APR 2024 (25-days) Peru Bolivia & Chile
(Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountains, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Salar Uyuni, Nazca Lines & Isla Ballestas)
Cost Rm14,100 (16 pax group) Rm13,500 (17 pax group and above)
Based on USD1=Rm4.8305 Maybank 30 Oct 2023.
We will make adjustment on the cost based on the USD rate when collecting final balance.
EXCLUDES KLM FLIGHT. We check for KLM group fares and all benefit of fares are passed on to trip members. Individual fares on 30 Oct 2023 is Rm8200. Members can opt for own tickets for deviations and extensions. Min for group fare request is 12 pax flying in and out at the same time and date.
Update 30 Oct 2023. Yongo works on first-come-basis re trip deposit to confirm any booking. Deposits are used for KLM group booking fees, domestic flight tickets to Cusco, train tickets Machu Picchu and bus tickets Tacna-Arequipa and San Pedro-Arica. Below itinerary is based on lowest airfares today but expect changes depending on future fare checks.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This This is meant to be a "free and easy" adventure trip. Participants should be relatively fit, with a good sense of humor, and above all, have the right attitude for close travel with others through possibly some trying times. Most definitely, this is not a trip for prudes, whiners, fuss-pots, and other similarly assorted types! We had a couple of those before and it wasn't pleasant for us or them. Although every effort will be made to stick to the given itinerary, ground conditions may change and cause some disruption and/or deviation from the norm. Otherwise, have fun.
This will be a semi-backpack experience using a couple of local express bus rides and some chartered buses traveling from town to town. We stay in good clean guesthouse in all places except for 3 days Salar Uyuni tour. It is important participants manage their own luggage. Note 26/28 inches bags are not allowed on Yongo trips. Like most Yongo trips, you pay for your own meals and entrances, except for those specified below. You also pay the within-the-town taxis and other activities not specifed below.
DAY 1 KUL SIN. Gather by 630 PM for flight TUE 19 MAR 2024 KUL (2130) to Singapore (1040).
DAY 2 SIN AMS LIM..Transit 3hr. Fly SIN (0140) to Amsterdam (0830) flight duration 13:50hr. Transit 3:10hr before fly AMS (1140) to Lima (1810) flight durattion 12:30hr. Transfer to hotel and free to wander about nearby shopping areas. Overnight (ON) Lima.
Day 3 Lima Old City. Group go by a public taxis to UNESCO listed Lima Old Town Center with its imposing Plaza de Mayor (Central Square), founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conqueror for a 3hr guided walking tour. There are numerous colonial churches and buildings including UNESCO listed San Francisco Monastery.. We also visit the nearby Bario Chino or Lima's Chinatown. San Francisco Monastery Catacombs entrance included in trip cost. ON Lima.
Day 4 Fly to Cusco. We fly 1:15hr to Cusco in the morning. We transfer to our hostal (Spanish for guesthouse) located a short walk from the main Town Square. We first visit the Bolivia Consular for visa application before free rest of day. Cusco is UNESCO listed and once served as capital of the vast Inca empire, then after, the highland capital of the Spanish colonist. Cusco Catheral is reputed to be Peru's best with grand paintings and decor. Cusco Boleto Touristico or Cusco Tourist Ticket S.130 (2023) included in trip price. ON Cusco.
Day 5 Inca Ruins Cusco. We hire transport for a half-day visit to four sets of Inca ruins in the vicinity of Cusco. The first and largest is Sacsayhuaman (commanly pronounced as Sexy Woman), sited on top of a hill overlooking Cusco. The site was also a great place for scenic photos of Cusco.The next set of ruins is the rather small Tambo Machay, a ceremonial royal bath. And nearby is another small fortress called Puca Pucara or Red Fort, believed to be the gateway to Sacsayhuaman. The last stop is Qenko translated zigzag - where ritual practices took place. The rest of the day is free to explore or take it easy. All these entrances are included in the Cusco Boleto Touristico. ON Cusco.
Day 6 Cusco (Rainbow mountains). We have a private tour of Rainbow mountains starting at 830am. Trip cost S.140 Rm180 (2023) is included in trip cost. The 7.5km 3hr return trail involves high altitude trekking up to 5000 meters. Ponies are available for hire (2023 S/80-90 one-way) but members will still need 20 min to walk the final stretches. Those who opt out, can wander about the extensive hillside villages overlooking Cusco. MEMBERS NOT GOING TO RAINBOW MOUNTAINS GET BACK CASH. ON Cusco.
Day 7 Chincero Sunday Market, Moray & Maras Salt Pans Early start to Chincero Village, a typical Andean village for its less touristic and colourful Sunday Market. Goods are better priced here and much of the money goes directly to the villagers who make them. We then visit the 700m long salt pans of Maras, which for centuries, have been producing salt. Moray Amphitheathre, a mind-boggling Inca construction of huge circular terraced depression believed to be for agricultural experiments. Finally to Ollantaytambo ruins - said to be the biggest pueblo (town) in the Inca empire at one time. From here we board the 4pm train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the bottom of Machu Picchu, arriving at 6pm. ON Aguas Calientes.
Day 8 Machu Picchu Start at 6AM with a 25min bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Entrance fee S.352 (2023) for both Machu Picchu and Huana Picchyu, is included in trip cost. This will be a guided visit to Machu Picchu including the farm terraces, Main Square, Temple of the Sun, Temple of Condor and the residential areas. The city was abandoned for unknown reasons and was not "harmed" by the Spanish as most of the buildings are original. The guide spends 4 hr with the group before taking group to Huayna Picchu trailhead, for the 1 hr walk/trek/climb up Huayna Pichhu translated big mountain, for amazing top-down views of Machu Picchu as well as the high ruins and temples located on top of Huayna Pichhu. Those who skip Huayna Picchu will have to exit MP and go down to Aguas Calientes earlier. We late lunch in Aguas Calientes before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a bus takes us to Cusco 89km 2hr. ON Cusco.
Day 9 Pisac Ruins & Market. Our destination this morning is the Pisac ruins 2hr bus, with several photo stops along the way. The agricultural terraces found here were used for crop research and test cropping. At the very top one finds a few sets of ruins used for ceremonial and residential purpose. We adjourn to the famous Pisac Market 30 min away. We return in the evening and our last night. ON Cusco.
Day 10 Cusco to Puno. We board 730AM bus tour on the Tourist Bus Tour to Puno, a journey of 380km over the surreal Altiplano (high altitude Andean platueau), its highest point at La Raya 4335m. The stops include Andahuylillas , a 3122m Mestizo baroque architecture church and Raqchi at 3400m Inca temple of Wirachocho God and home to Raqchi people with their distinct clothing. It is amazing to note that there were 20,000km of Inca Trail, which are rock paved trails linking the vast Inca Empire. It also passes through towns like Raqchi. Estimated arrival time in Puno is 5PM. Tour cost includes lunch and entrance fees are included in trip cost. ON Puno.
Day 11 Lake Titicaca. We go on a cruise on huge Lake Titicaca taking a 3 hr tour of Uros floating islands, which number some 50, big and small. This was apparently the only place on the huge lake where the water is shallow enough to allow building of these unique floating islands. The oldest islands are some 150yr old and the totora reeds are up to 30 meters deep. Lake Titicaca covers an area of 8560sq km, deepest point 280m with 24 rivers flowing in and one river flowing out in Bolivia. Boat tour included in trip cost. Evening, highly recommended dining at Balcones Restaurant, mains cost about S.40 Rm50, and includes an hour of colourful folklore dances. ON Puno.
Day 12 Copacabana, La Paz BOLIVIA. We transfer at 630AM to the bus station to travel the scenic route via Kasani border crossing into Copacabana. We lunch on lake trout at this pleasant town beside Lake Titicaca. We cross the border and will arrive in La Paz around 5PM. This scenic route runs beside the lake with views of grazing animals and lakeside villages. La Paz is the highest capital in the world at 3700m. ON La Paz.
Day 13 La Paz Market, City Tour, Overnight Bus. Our hotel is next to a 3 km long street with a lively and colourful market. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America and the street scenery is very traditional, different from modern Lima. The morning market is especially attractive with kilometers long stalls exhibiting a wide range of products. At 2pm, we have a half-day City tours B.135 Rm100 (2023) including 5 gondola rides on the largest public transit aerial gondolo system in the world. MEMBERS NOT GOING GET BACK CASH. At night we take an overnight express bus to Uyuni. Half-day tour cost is included in trip cost. ON Bus.
Day 14 Uyuni Day 1. ETA 6AM. After breakfast and a short rest, we start our 3 days 2 nights tour of the beautiful Salar Uyuni (Salt Plains of Uyuni) in Toyota 4WD vehicles. First stop is Colchani village, where locals process salt blocks into iodised table salt. This UNESCO listed site, area 9000 sq km, is the biggest salt lake on earth and one of the flattest as well. What is amazing is the fact that a hard 7m layer of salt sits on top of several meters of salt water at the bottom of the lake, making driving across the white watery surface a real treat. At 3653m, it's probably one of the highest as well. Lunch stop is at a disused Salt Hotel b4 heading to Isla de Pescado 60 km. Located in the middle of Salar Uyuni, this small island is wholly surrounded by a sea of white salt. We then drive to a Guesthouse made of salt blocks for our night stay. Salar Uyuni 3D2N tour, meals and entrance fees included. (NOTE: ACCOMODATION ON THIS 3-DAYS TRIP IS BASIC IN MULTI -BEDDED ROOMS AND SHARED TOILETS/BATH).
Chinchero Sunday Market / Maras Salt Pans
Day 15 Uyuni Day 2. We cross Salar de Chiguana, a thin salt crusted plain. The track climbs 4000m plus to the only active volcano in Boliva, the 5865m Ollgue. The scenery along the way is excellent, flanked by rust coloured plains and topped by snow-capped mountains. The area abounds with wild vicunas, related to the Llama, Alpaca and is a distant relative of the camels. We visit a number of lakes including the surreal Laguna Canapa with its multi-coloured mineral-filled waters. The thriving mirco-organisms provide ample food for the large populations of flamigos (3 kinds), ducks and various other birds. The road goes even higher to 4500m across Pampa Siloli, a high altitude desert of volcanic ash and gravel., scattered with rock outcrops blasted into contorted shapes included the famous "stone tree". Soon after we enter Reserva Eduardo Avoro, where one finds the biggest lake in Uyuni. Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon/lake), which has a huge seasonal population of reddish flamingoes which feeds on the natural red pigmented algae. The fringes or the lake are coloured white with chemical Borax. ON multi-bedded rooms near Laguna Colorada.
Day 16 Uyuni Day 3. We leave at 430AM. First stop is at 5AM, at the Sol de Mauana geyser, shooting up to a height of 40m. This thermal active area located at 4900m has several mud pools with temperatures reaching 2000 degrees C. So watch where you put your feet! By 7AM we reach Lagunas Polques, our breakfast place and also a place for refreshing dip in a 36 degrees C natural hotspring pool. Next stop is Laguna Verde (Green Lake) with no flamingos. This beautiful lake reflecting the snow mountains, contains poisonous arsenic causing the green colour. At 10AM we arrive at the Bolivia/Chile border for our 1hr bus transfer to Pedro de Atacama, a popular backpacker rest place. We arrive about lunch time and rest well here. ON San Pedro.
Day 17 San Pedro de Atacama. We have a free day to take it easy in pretty little village, catching up with emails and relaxing. Recommended trips include bicycling to some sights in the vicinity. After dinner, we board the 8PM for the 10hr overnight express bus to the town of Arica, located the Chile/Peru border. ON Bus.
Machu Picchu Standard View / Alternate view Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu
Day 18 Border to Arequipa. Arrive 6AM and cross the border by our chartered bus to the Peruvian town of Tacna 1.5hr, where we breakfast. We proceed by public bus to Arequipa 5hr. We have time in the evening, to visit the Plaza de Armas, the Churches and more colonial buildings. ON Arequipa.
Day 19 Arequipa. Half day City Tour on Tourist Bus, finishing around lunch time. Then, free day to wander about this pleasant tourist town also listed by UNESCO. Founded in 1540, it retains an elegant historic center constructed entirely out of white volcanic stone, which gives the city its distinctive look and the nickname "the white city". Members can visit Unesco listed Monasterio de Santa Catalina (at own cost S.45 2023), one of the most important and impressive religious monument in Peru, also known as a City within a City. Cost of Half-day City Tour included in trip cost. ON Arequipa.
Day 20 Nazca. We charter a bus for 3 days to Lima. First day is to Nazca 623km 9-10hr. Nazca is a small town famous worldwide for the giant desert drawings including an image of an ancient "astronaut". On the way to Nazca, we lunch in a local seafood restaurant in Camana. ON Nazca.
Day 21 Fly Nazca Lines. These are a series of giant desert figures, clearly visible only from the air. From 7AM we transfer in small groups to the town's small airport for the flights over the famous UNESCO listed Nazca Lines. Planes either 6 or 4 seaters and plastic bags are provided for those with weak stomachs! Some of the giant desert figures viewed from the air included whale, dog, spider, monkey, tree, flamingo, humming bird, trapezoids and an astronaut!. We leave for Pisco 4-5hr after lunch with a stop at Huacachina Desert Dunes. Nazca Lines flight US$90 airport taxes 77s/ (rate 2023) is at own cost. Desert Buggy S.60 Rm80 (2023) is included in trip cost and MEMBERS NOT GOING GET BACK CASH. ON Pisco.
Day 22 Isla Ballestas & Pisco. A half day tour starting at 8AM takes us to to the jetty in Paracas 30min. There we board a 30-seats speedboat to visit what is dubbed as "poor man's Galapagos Island". You will be able to sight thousands of birds including pelicans, penguins, comorrants, oyster catchers, seagulls and huge colonies of sea lions. On the way, boats stop for a view of the famous landmarked Candelabra, a giant candle-like figure etched into the coastal hills. Seafood lunch in Paracas before we bus 4-5hr to Lima. Isla Ballestas Boat Tour included in trip cost. ON Lima.
Day 23 Lima, Fly Home. We have an easy day revisiting Lima town and it's many side street full of shops and colonial buildings. Across the street from from our hotel is the popular San Miguel Mall, a huge complex of modern shops, McDonalds, Pizza Huts and KFC. Or walk 2km 25min to a very local Magdalena Market, for good eating and shopping quinoa etc. At 2PM, we leave for the airport for flight WED 10 APR 2024 LIM (1800) to Paris (1325+1) flight duration 12:35hr. ON Plane.
Day 24 Paris Bangkok. Transit 7:25hr before fly Paris (2050) to Bangkok (1550+1) flight duration 13hr. ON Plane.
Day 25 KLIA. Transit 2:55hr before fly Bangkok (1105) to KUL (1415) FRI 12 APR 2024 2:15 PM.
Fly over Nazca Lines / Ballestas Island Sea Lions & seabirds
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Cost cover Lima/Cusco flight, accommodation, town-to-town travel and tours specified in the itinerary as included.|
- Cost cover Bolivia Visa fees USD35 (2023) - for Malaysia and Singapore passports.
- Accommodations will be in guesthouses (hostals in Spanish) except for 3D2N Salar Uyuni tour, which will be in basic multi-beds room.
- Not covered are KLM airfare, meals (Rm80 x 18 days = Rm1440) and other entrance fees (most of the main fees already included in price).
- Optional activities and In-town taxis are not covered.
- Cost is subject to change depending on fluctuations in exchange rates and local entrance costs.
- A Non-refundable deposit of Rm4200 is payable to confirm your place.