South America & Machu Picchu

South America & Machu Picchu

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We only have one departure on the 10th August, 2018. Utilize this unique opportunity to experience an amazing continent while learning to take memorable travel photographs. 

Be part of a photographic journey like no other and explores the beauty, wonder, history and sights of South America as we visit Argentina, Bolivia and Peru!

This 20 day/19 night tour is the perfect opportunity to travel with like-minded photography enthusiasts, explore an incredible country, learn more about the arts of travel, landscape and street photography and capture amazing photographs of your journey. For the non-photographers accompanying us, additional sightseeing tours and activities will be available during photographic portions of the trip.


DAY 1: 10 Aug 2018 (Friday) - Arrival in Buenos Aires

Arrival Transfer: - On arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital, is known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes. Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to explore including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows; San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive area.


DAY 2: 11 Aug 2018 (Saturday) - Buenos Aires

This evening enjoy an intimate & passionate tango show, housed in a cosy wood-panelled 19th century building in the heart of Buenos Aires's historic centre. The building has a colourful history as it was once a meeting point for poets and students. After being abandoned in the late 1970s, the bar was beautifully restored and reopened in July 1992 as El Querandí Tango Hall. The show, directed by Claudio Campos with musical arrangements by Ado Falasca, smoothly charts the history of Argentina's most authentic artistic expression from its origins to the modern day. With one of the most varied à la carte menus you will find at a tango show, the dinner is very good, and the show, at just over an hour long, is the perfect length. The three house singers, six dancers and four musicians put on a great show.



DAY 3: 12 Aug 2018 (Sunday) - Iguazu Falls

The spectacular Iguazu Falls that straddle the Argentine-Brazil border, are made up of 275 individual waterfalls lining a 2.7km wide horseshoe-shaped gorge. The Falls are located where the Iguazu River cascades over the edge of the Paraná Plateau. The Falls can be viewed from both the Argentinian and the Brazilian sides, the Brazilian side offering a broader, panoramic view, with the Argentinian side offering a series of catwalks that allow you to experience the Falls from close range.

Once inside the park you will transfer onto the park authority’s buses. From the first balcony there is a great panoramic view of the Argentinian side of the falls. From the Brazilian side there are gorgeous panoramic views of the lower Iguazu River and the Devil’s Gorge Canyon. The elevator and the stairs lead to the shopping and restaurant area upstairs. There is some degree of difficulty as the path includes many stairs.

The spectacular Iguazu Falls that straddle the Argentine-Brazil border, are made up of 275 individual waterfalls lining a 2.7km wide horseshoe-shaped gorge. The Falls are located where the Iguazu River cascades over the edge of the Paraná Plateau. The Falls can be viewed from both the Argentinian and the Brazilian sides, the Brazilian side offering a broader, panoramic view, with the Argentinian side offering a series of catwalks that allow you to experience the Falls from close range.


DAY 4: 13 Aug 2018 (Monday) - Iguazu Falls

After an early morning pick up from your hotel, we travel to the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Beginning at the visitor’s centre, we take a ride on the Rainforest Ecological train before exploring the upper and lower circuit footbridges. The footbridges, which are raised off the jungle floor, provide panoramic views from above and below the falls. A visit to Devil’s Gorge arguably the most spectacular falls, is one of the day’s highlights.

During this trip, you will have some free time to explore for yourself. If you wish, you can choose to take a jet boat ride under the falls.


DAY 5: 14 Aug 2018 (Tuesday) - Salta 


Known as ''Salta la Linda'' (Salta the Pretty), Salta is a provincial capital in the mountainous north western part of Argentina. Founded in 1582, it is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and cobblestone streets as well as its Andean heritage. The centre of the city is the Plaza 9 de Julio, an elegant square bordered by the cathedral and El Cabildo, an 18th century town hall that is now a historical museum.


DAY 6: 15 Aug 2018 (Wednesday) - Salta - Cachi - Cafayate : Day 1

We set out from Salta travelling south to El Carril and entering the Laurel and Escoipe Gorges. From here we head up the Cuesta del Obispo, enjoying stunning views of the Enchanted Valley below before reaching the Mill Stone. At 3,384 meters, this is the highest point of the trip. From here we cross the Los Cardones National Park, named after the cactus plants that grow here before stopping at the charming mountain town of Cachi.

We continue along Route 40 to arrive in the sleepy town of Cafayate where we spend the night.


DAY 7: 16 Aug 2018 (Thursday) - Cafayate - Salta: Day 2

We begin this morning with a tour of Cafayate before boarding the bus for our return journey. This time we follow Route 68 traversing the Quebrada de las Conchas (Valley of Shells), where erosion caused by wind and water has carved various recognisable shapes out of the bright red rock.


DAY 8: 17 Aug 2018 (Friday) - La Quiaca - Villazon - Tupiza

 Bus trip from Salta to the border with Bolivia at La Quiaca.


DAY 9: 18 Aug 2018 (Saturday) - Private Transfer Tupiza - Uyuni

Uyuni, founded in 1889 by Bolivian president Aniceto Arce, is still an important military base. It lies in south- western Bolivia, 3,670 metres above sea level and situated on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. The Salar de Uyuni covers 12,000 square kilometres of the Bolivian Altiplano and is fringed by the mountains of the Andes. Beneath it lies the world’s largest lithium reserve estimated to be about 100 million tons. The salt in the salt flats is over 120 metres deep. The area is remote, arid and cold, stark, yet stunning, boasting extraordinary beauty and a silence that is captivating.


DAY 10: 19 Aug 2018 (Sunday) - Uyuni Salt Flats - Day 1

Visit the train cemetery and then head for the great Salt Flats stopping along the way at the small town of Colchani where you will see local artisans processing salt. Then we visit our exclusive hotel PALACIO DE SAL & SPA, the first hotel in the world constructed completely of salt (one of the 10 most extraordinary hotels in the world and in the TOP 10 for adventure travel). Continuing on the salt flats you will visit the Eyes of the Salt Flats and see how salt is extracted from the flats. The next stop is the Incahuasi Island, also known as Fish Island, where one can appreciate the famous giant cactus. Then we move on to the town of Jirira.


DAY 11: 20 Aug 2018 (Monday) - Uyuni Salt Flats - Day 2

This morning we leave for the town of Coquesa where you will find the mummies which are sacred for the local people and then continue on to Tahua and visit the lookout point on the slopes of the Thunupa Volcano. You will also visit the small communities and churches along the shores of the Salt Flats and the Chiquini caves. The tour returns to the Salt Flats to continue the journey on to the city of Uyuni.

Tonight, you will board the regular bus service from Uyuni to La Paz, arriving early the next morning.


DAY 12: 21 Aug 2018 (Tuesday) - La Paz

Upon your arrival to La Paz bus station, you will be transferred to your hotel.

This afternoon, visit the City of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins; a living history which treasures the pre- Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets. The indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breathtaking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.


DAY 13: 22 Aug 2018 (Wednesday) - La Paz to Copacabana

Transportation going north through the highlands and parallel to the Andes Royal Range to Copacabana (3 1⁄2 hours), a nice town in the shores of Lake Titicaca. Visit the famous Virgen Morena and its church, have a stroll of town. Take the boat to the Island of the Sun (1 hour), land in Huacani port, have a typical lunch “Aptapi”. Hike for about 45 min to overnight in Ecolodge La Estancia.


DAY 14: 23 Aug 2018 (Thursday) - Copacabana to Puno

The morning is at leisure. Around noon visit the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain; taste the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch at the Uma Kollu archaeological Restaurant; Visit the small handicraft market. Hydrofoil cruise to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, visit to the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin”. Overland journey to your hotel in Puno.

Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and an important agricultural and livestock (llamas and alpaca) region. It sits at an altitude of over 3,800 metres and is a picturesque hillside city and a melting pot of the Aymara and Quechua culture.


DAY 15: 24 Aug 2018 (Friday) - Lake Titicaca

At 7:00 am you will be met and transferred to the port where you will board a fully equipped speedboat with on board service to head to Taquile Island. Disembarking at a secluded part of the island, we explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island (exclusive). Enjoy a pristine sandy beach where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. We then hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. In 2005, "Taquile and its Textile Art" were proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. After 3 hours on Taquile, we leave the island for the short 25 minute journey to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world.

Then experience the preparation of "Pachamanca", a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens, and one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but scenic restaurant. For the more adventurous there is an optional kayak along the coast of Llachon. After lunch we leave Santa Maria and 35 minutes later we arrive at a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Ccapi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. There are optional tours in reed boats before we depart back to Puno at 15:25 pm. 



DAY 16: 25 Aug 2018 (Saturday) - Puno to Cusco

The spectacular journey from Puno to Cusco takes you across the Altiplano and you will travel accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The drive takes you through sleepy Andean villages and past spectacular snow- capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. Lunch is included and you will arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening.


Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza in every direction. Many of the colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty.


DAY 17: 26 Aug 2018 (Sunday) - Cusco 

Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay.

That night, we will head to one of Luke's favourite restaurants in Cusco to celebrate his birthday! :)


DAY 18: 27 Aug 2018 (Monday) - Sacred Valley 

Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market and Inca Ruins. There is free time to wander the colourful market stalls before heading uphill to the Pisac, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa and Kinchiracay ruins. Enjoy a fine buffet lunch in gardens overlooking the Valley.

Continue your journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo. The town, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning and was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. Transfer to your hotel for the night or should you be returning to Cusco, visit Chinchero en route, an important Inca town with a colonial church and plaza.

Travel from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in this comfortable train, and let your feet have rest. Enjoy an authentic Andean experience, while relaxing in modern and comfortable interior design illuminated by Latin American music. Comfortable seats with tables in front to share the journey with friends and partake of a refreshing beverage. On-board services includes a fun and refreshing selection of drinks prepared using Andean herbs and fruits, all of which boast revitalising properties to fill you with energy and keep you ready for the next adventure waiting ahead of you.



DAY 19: 28 Aug 2018 (Tuesday) - Machu Picchu 

You will be astonished by your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430 metres above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites, but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world’s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas abandoned the city just prior to Spanish colonisation, the city was never pillaged and as a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition. With its location on a dramatic ridgeline surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three sides, the city of Machu Picchu is a remarkable place to visit. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries.

The tour includes guided tour and return bus from Aguas Calientes village. Please be aware that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind the Machu Picchu ruins). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit at least 3 months in advance. Please contact your sales consultant if you would like to do this.

This afternoon travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.


DAY 20: 29 Aug 2018 (Wednesday) - Travel Day


Important Information


Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All accommodation is handpicked by us. 

  • All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All internal airfares and transport on tour.
  • Most itinerary attractions including fees or permits. (Some exclusions apply)
  • Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
  • Photography lessons each day with professional photographer and teacher.
Price Dependent:

Price based on a minimum of 6 participants.