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Machu Picchu – Patagonia Tours

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  • Cross from the heights of Machu Picchu to the lakes and glaciers of Patagonia in 13 days
  • Experience Cuzco's Sacred Valley by train
  • Cruise the sapphire waters of Argentina and Chile's Lake District
  • See Pedrito Moreno Glacier up close by boat
  • Thrill to tango shows in Buenos Aires, "The Paris of South America"
  • Enjoy many optional activities, from whitewater rafting to wine tours

From US$3,195 + flights

Background to Machu Picchu – Patagonia Tours

Imagine a land so geographically diverse, so rich in natural beauty that it draws explorers and adventurers from the world over. When you journey with us through Peru and Patagonia, you’ll live and breathe these sublime landscapes, from spreading glaciers to sun-drenched vineyards, from vast flatlands to the misty crags of the Andes.

But your South American escape isn’t just about the outdoors. Legendary cities also await you—cities like Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, with its Spanish colonial churches and stone temples to the sun; or Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango, and home to figures like Evita Perón and Che Guevara.

Best of all, whether you're scaling the peaks of Machu Picchu or horseback riding in Nahuel Huapi National Park, you’ll have with you our expert guides, who’ll help you live your odyssey to the fullest.

Naturalists and adventure travelers describe the Peruvian sierra and Patagonia as wild, unspoiled paradises. Learn why when you come with us to these gorgeous, life-changing places.

Suggested Machu Picchu – Patagonia Tour itinerary

Option! Do this trip in reverse, starting in Buenos Aires.
  • Day 1: Arrival to Lima
  • Day 2: Explore ancient Cuzco
  • Day 3: The stunning Sacred Valley
  • Day 4: Visit Machu Picchu
  • Day 5: Cuzco – Santiago de Chile
  • Day 6: Santiago City Tour or Wine Tour
  • Day 7: Puerto Varas
  • Day 8: Lake Crossing to Bariloche
  • Day 9: Bariloche
  • Day 10: El Calafate Balcony Tour
  • Day 11: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
  • Day 12: El Calafate – Buenos Aires
  • Day 13: Buenos Aires – Home
Day 1: Arrival to Lima

You'll be tired after your trip, so we'll pick you up at the airport in Lima and take you straight to your hotel in the modern, beach-side district of Miraflores.

Day 2: Lima – Cuzco

After a short flight over the Andes, you'll arrive at Cuzco, the UNESCO World Heritage city the Incas regarded as the center of the universe.

The Spanish found themselves gaping in awe at the Incas' massive stonework when they arrived here in 1533, and you will too as you stand atop the 120-ton boulders of the hilltop fortress of Sacsayhuaman, or the curving walls of the Qorikancha, the Inca Sun Temple.

After wandering the cobbled streets, you can stay overnight in the city, or take a short trip to the Sacred Valley to sleep comfortably at a lower altitude.

Day 3: The Sacred Valley

The Urubamba River Valley near Cuzco was sacred to all Andean peoples, and this full-day tour takes you to the heart of the Inca mystery. After a stop at the quaint village of Chinchero—where you can bargain for handicrafts with locals in colorful traditional garb—you’ll scale the ruins at Pisac, looking out at a sweeping vista of Inca agricultural terraces.

In the afternoon, you'll come to Ollantaytambo, a perfectly preserved, living Inca town presided over by a colossal fortress that struck terror into the hearts of Spanish invaders. We'll spend the night here to get an early start for Machu Picchu the next day.

Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour

In the morning, you'll travel to Machu Picchu in comfort, looking out your train window at the sunny peaks and fast-flowing waters of the Sacred Valley before arriving at this staggering royal estate.

After a guided tour, you'll have time to explore the site at leisure—taking photos, scaling the surrounding slopes, or sitting in quiet contemplation—before returning to Cuzco in the evening.

Option! Spend a second day at Machu Picchu to climb up the peak of Huayna Picchu.

Day 5: Cuzco – Santiago de Chile

In the morning, you'll fly to Lima and on to Santiago, where we'll take you straight to your downtown hotel to relax, unwind and explore the city.

Day 6: Santiago City Tour or Wine Tour

Chile for you means choice: upon arrival, you can either explore the capital, Santiago, with its fascinating museums of contemporary fashion and pre-Colombian art.

Alternatively we can head outside the city to the Maipo Valley, where Chile's most aromatic cabernet sauvignons and merlots are distilled, in sprawling mega-vineyards as well as tiny artisanal bodegas.

In the afternoon, we'll take you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Montt, and from there to Puerto Varas, in Chile´s Patagonian Lake District.

Day 7: Optional Tour: Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas is your jumping-off point for a host of outdoor activities. Choose from a trip to Osorno Volcano, a ferry ride to the houses on stilts and pagan legends of Chiloe Island, whitewater rafting in Petrohue, kayaking on Lake Llanquihue, or local horseback riding and fly-fishing. We’ll spend the night in Puerto Varas.

Day 8: Lake Crossing to Bariloche, Argenina

Your next day will be a scenic adventure, as you cross the Andes from Chile to Argentina by navigating three shimmering lakes.

This remote borderland is hemmed in by volcanoes and snow-capped peaks, and flows directly into the Swiss-style hamlet of Bariloche. There, on shores lapped by pristine Lake Nahual Huapi, you’ll be charmed by Alpine chateaus and an authentic European pioneer village. You'll also have time to explore before returning to your hotel.

Day 9: Optional Bariloche Tour

From sapphire lakes to icy waterfalls to glacier-covered volcanoes, Bariloche is an outdoorsman's paradise. In this unspoiled wilderness you’ll enjoy hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and more, all amidst 1,000-year-old trees and silent mountain peaks. Bonus: You can also cram your cheeks with the Andes' best chocolate.

Day 10: Bariloche – El Calafate Balcony Tour

We'll take a short flight to El Calafate—the gateway to southern Patagonia. Here, from the turquoise waters of sprawling Lake Argentino, you’ll embark on an exciting 4X4 off-road trip into the huge expanses of Patagonia, where you'll spot condors, guanacos, wild horses, and all manner of birds.

Day 11: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

On this full-day tour of the blue Perito Moreno Glacier—one of the few in the world that's not receding—you'll take a boat ride that brings you within touching distance of a wall of ice as big as a city. You'll also head to Redonda Bay, home of swans, flamingoes, upland geese, and South American coots, before returning to spend the night in El Calafate.

Day 12: El Calafate – Buenos Aires

After your morning flight to Buenos Aires, we'll take you directly to your downtown hotel. From there, you'll have the rest of the day to enjoy the tango shows, old-time cafes notables, pumping nightlife, and world-class parrilla beef of this "Paris of South America." Don't miss Evita Peron’s grave, or the day-glo houses of La Boca.

Day 13: Buenos Aires – Home

Depending on your flight time, you may have room for a guided tour of Buenos Aires before going to the airport—and then on to your connection home.

All our tours are customized and can depart on any day. Please contact us for your personalized tour program.

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