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Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

This comfortable and compact adventure serves up Machu Picchu, one of the world's true treasures, in style. In colonial Cusco, once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, you'll spend a day exploring its Spanish, indigenous and natural highlights. You'll ride the rails through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, perched on a mountain ridge. Then, let your local guide explain the site. You're free to explore this Incan masterpiece before catching your train back to Cusco.

Highlights: Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide, wander the historic streets of Cusco, enjoy a scenic train journey through the Sacred Valley

4 days
From $849
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Magnificent Machu Picchu should be on every traveller's lifetime must-see list. In colonial Cusco, once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, you'll spend a day exploring its Spanish, indigenous and natural highlights. You'll ride the rails through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, perched dramatically on a mountain ridge. Then, let your local guide explain the site. You're free to explore this Incan masterpiece before catching your train back to Cusco.

Highlights: Explore colonial Cusco, travel by rail to ancient Machu Picchu

4 days
From $619
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Machu Picchu Adventure (SPMP)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Get acquainted with the wonders of the Incas in this exhilarating introduction to Peru. Embrace cultures past and present in the hills surrounding Cusco and delight in the amazing views of the Sacred Valley as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Taking the train will allow you lots of time to explore ruins, museums and markets. With years of experience, we employ the best local guides so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights: Explore ruins and bargain at local markets in the Sacred Valley, take in the views from the train to Machu Picchu, learn about the history of the Incas

8 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.

Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.

7 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR)

South America Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both—and pretty much everything in between—on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic culture, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road and have an adventure while you can.

Highlights: Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano, be awed by Iguassu Falls.

51 days
From $5799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB)

South America Peru, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, it's 35-full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

Highlights: Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion

35 days
From $3899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN)

South America Peru

Add a night in Lima and a flight to Cusco to complement your ongoing adventures in the Cusco area. A perfect add-on to our 'The Inca Trail' tour (trip code SPIT), this provides peace of mind with those extra details organized for you and leaves more time for enjoying all that Peru has to offer.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, have your logistics organized before a trip starting in Cusco

2 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1

La Selva Lodge - 5 Days (TSEJ5L)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon River system. Walk on raised platforms and paths through the jungle, spot birds from a canopy-level tower, fish for piranha from dug-out canoes, look for caiman on night paddles or simply relax in the hammock of your luxury cabana. La Selva's gourmet food and friendly, knowledgeable staff make it even easier to enjoy this paradise of unparalleled biodiversity.

Highlights: Stay in a remote and luxurious Amazon lodge, explore the jungle paths and rivers by foot and canoe, learn about this diverse ecosystem with expert local naturalists, enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by a renowned chef

5 days
From $1529
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

La Selva Lodge (TSEJ4L)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon River system. Walk on raised platforms and paths through the jungle, spot birds from a canopy-level tower, fish for piranha from dug-out canoes, look for caiman on night paddles or simply relax in the hammock of your luxury cabana. La Selva's gourmet food and friendly, knowledgeable staff make it even easier to enjoy this paradise of unparalleled biodiversity.

Highlights: Stay in a remote and luxurious Amazon lodge, explore the jungle paths and rivers by foot and canoe, learn about this diverse ecosystem with expert local naturalists, enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by a renowned chef

4 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this 2-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.

Highlights: Discover colonial cities and historic cultures, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, witness the stunning scenery and unique culture of northern Argentina.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGL)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

This ten-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore – so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays, and the Galápagos giant tortoise. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time – and optional activities abound.

Highlights: Encounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, race a bike downhill in San Cristóbal, search for whitetip reef sharks in "Shark Alley", hike the Sierra Negra Volcano, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

10 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu by Train (TSPTTC)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Spend eight days independently exploring the "land of the Incas" including Lima, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and two unforgettable train journeys. Visit the highest lake in the world and discover the unique city of Puno before hopping on the Andean Explorer train for the scenic journey into the Andes to Cusco. Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley and continue on by rail to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. This tour gives you the very best of Peru by train.

Highlights: Witness traditional life on Lake Titicaca, explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley, take in the views on two spectacular train journeys, stand in awe of the famed Machu Picchu

8 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN)

South America Peru

Get a unique perspective on local Peruvian life. Relax on the pristine waters of Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural indigenous culture. Get a first-hand experience of the people who live life in ways we can hardly imagine on a homestay opportunity in a small village. Explore the village, get to know your hosts and peek through a window into a culture that is unique and fascinating.

Highlights: Immerse yourself in local culture at a Lake Titicaca homestay, explore the reed islands of the Uros people, enjoy stunning lake views by boat

4 days
From $239
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

Fierce, cold and stunningly beautiful – explorers since Shackleton have grappled with the contrasts of the Weddell Sea. Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea – this less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and the birthing ground of incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This isn't a polar cruise – it's an adventure.

Highlights: Spend eight full days exploring one of the world's last true wildernesses, connect with the history of exploration while retracing Shackleton’s journey, catch sight of whales and albatross following the ship, go ashore with seasoned experts explaining the intricacies of Antarctic ecology, admire the tabular icebergs of the Weddell Sea

15 days
From $8499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM)

South America Amazon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Big on comfort for those short on time, this journey offers an intriguing combination of natural wonders and local cultures. Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, embracing cultures past and present in the former Inca capital of Cusco or choosing to hike the Inca Trail (or catch the scenic train), this is the once-in-a-lifetime adventure for you! Enjoy the the majesty of Machu Picchu and be assured you are travelling with the leading experts in the region.

Highlights: Spot wildlife at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, explore the Incan city of Cusco, conquer the Inca Trail or enjoy the scenic train to Machu Picchu, meet local people at a Planeterra-supported community restaurant

10 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
4

In Search Of Iguassu—Rio to Buenos Aires (JRB)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Dance your way through the best of South America's colourful cities. Kick off your adventure in Rio where you're free to explore the carnival atmosphere or soak up rays. You'll enjoy time outdoors and on the beach at Ilha Grande and connect with the land at an estancia stay in Uruguay. Best of all, we'll fly over to Iguassu Falls for more time to explore the immense cascades. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers great value and is the perfect way to discover South America's unique vibe.

Highlights: Revel in the energy of Rio, wander around colonial Paraty, sip a caipirinha on the beach in southern Brazil, marvel at Iguassu Falls, discover the charm of Uruguay at an estancia, sample the food and wine of Buenos Aires.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast—no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally located Copacabana hotel.

Highlights: Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires, discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch, marvel at Iguassu Falls, skip the overnight bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo, sip caipirinhas on the beach, revel in the energy of Rio de Janiero.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Highlights: Wander Quito and colonial cities, soak in Andean hot springs, feel like a local at a Quichua homestay, search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baños, shop at the Otavalo Market, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with an historic hacienda stay.

16 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Avoid the crowds on this independent adventure and head off the beaten track! The challenging Lares Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail, offering opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities, allowing hikers learn about the Inca’s fascinating culture. Sandwich it between charming colonial Cusco and magical Machu Picchu and you couldn't ask for a more complete Incan experience.

Highlights: Discovering the wonders of Cusco, interacting with the locals, conquering the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

7 days
From $1089
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

See the heart of Incan Peru: colonial Cusco, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Explore the museums, markets, restaurants and ruins of fascinating Cusco before strapping on your hiking boots to tackle the famous trail on this independent adventure. A rite of passage for many visitors to Peru, the Inca Trail is a challenging, 4-day trek from the Sacred Valley floor, up through the high Andes descending into cloud forest. Traverse high mountain passes and finishing at the magical 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the site before heading back to Cusco by train. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Highlights: Discovering Incan history in Cusco, climbing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

7 days
From $1089
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4
4 days
From $849

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC)

4 days
From $619

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN)

8 days
From $1349

Machu Picchu Adventure (SPMP)

7 days
From $599

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

51 days
From $5799

Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR)

35 days
From $3899

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB)

2 days
From $299

Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN)

5 days
From $1529

La Selva Lodge - 5 Days (TSEJ5L)

4 days
From $1249

La Selva Lodge (TSEJ4L)

10 days
From $2999

Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGL)

8 days
From $1999

Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu by Train (TSPTTC)

4 days
From $239

Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN)

15 days
From $8499

Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX)

10 days
From $2499

In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM)

16 days
From $1599

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

7 days
From $1089

Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN)

7 days
From $1089

Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $849
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $619
Machu Picchu Adventure (SPMP) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL) 7 days Local Living Basic
From $599
Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR) 51 days Yolo Basic
From $5799
Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3899
Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN) 2 days Classic Standard
From $299
La Selva Lodge - 5 Days (TSEJ5L) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1529
La Selva Lodge (TSEJ4L) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1249
La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1444
$1699
Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGL) 10 days Active Standard
From $2999
Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu by Train (TSPTTC) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $239
Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX) 15 days Marine N/A
From $8499
In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
In Search Of Iguassu—Rio to Buenos Aires (JRB) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2124
$2499
In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2124
$2499
Inland & Amazon (EIA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN) 7 days Active Standard
From $1089
Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN) 7 days Active Standard
From $1089