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Incas & Conquistadors of Peru + Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio

Iguazu Falls, Brazil
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rio, Brazil
Sacred Valley, Peru
Rooftops, Cusco, Peru
Iguazu, Argentina
Machu Picchu, Peru
Inca ruins at Chinchero, Sacred Valley, Peru
Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £3799 £3499
18 days

Holiday highlights

  • Take in the culture and restaurant scene of Lima.
  • Enjoy the superb mountain scenery, ancient ruins and traditions of Cusco.
  • An opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
  • Admire the mighty Iguazu Falls from above and below.
  • Enjoy the energy and beautiful setting of Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Fly from the UK to Lima, the social and economic heart of Peru. Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who christened it ‘City of Kings’. On arrival you are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel in the fashionable Miraflores district.

    Meals included: Meal on the transatlantic flight.

  • Spend the day getting to know this fascinating city, which you can discover on your own or take our half-day Colonial Lima excursion. The tour includes a visit to the pre-Inca site of Huaca Pucllana, then continue to the historic centre to explore the catacombs of the monastery of San Francisco and the cathedral of Lima where the conquistador Francisco Pizarro is buried. On Mondays, the cathedral is closed to visitors, so the beautiful Santo Domingo church is visited instead.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Take a morning flight to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire nestled in the Andes at 3,400 metres above sea level. Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously-inhabited city and is known for its many wonderful churches and courtyards and of course the magnificent Inca ruins.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend the day getting to know Cusco and acclimatising to the altitude. Discover the city’s fascinating Inca heritage on our half-day Inca Cusco excursion, which takes you to several Inca sites in and around Cusco, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Qoricancha, one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire, and to the fascinating San Pedro Market.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend a further day exploring Cusco, or leave the city behind on our optional full-day Sacred Valley excursion, which takes you about 15km north of Cusco, as the condor flies, to the traditional village and archaeological site at Chincheros, above the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then descend into the Sacred Valley and enjoy a good lunch in a country restaurant before continuing to the fascinating ‘living Inca town’ of Ollantaytambo, where you explore some of the most important Inca ruins of the empire. Return to Cusco in the late afternoon, or if you would rather spend more time in the beautiful countryside take the optional Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion, where you retire to your beautiful country hotel in the heart of the idyllic Sacred Valley, a perfect place to relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included if you take the Sacred Valley excursion.

  • The second day of the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion begins with a visit to the 3,000 salt evaporation ponds of Maras for some of the most unusual views in the region, and the vast circular terraces of Moray, used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. After, visit the friendly, traditional Andean community of Misminay, where life in the village goes on much as it would have during the time of the Incas. Enjoy a locally prepared lunch and watch as villagers demonstrate farming techniques, both ancient and new. Return to your Sacred Valley hotel in the late afternoon for another evening of relaxation in the lovely gardens.

    Alternatively, if you have not taken the excursion, you are free to enjoy a further day in Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included if you take the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion.

  • A visit to the Machu Picchu is the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru. We offer various ways of experiencing the iconic lost city of the Incas.

    You can take our optional Machu Picchu excursion, which starts with a magical train ride, followed by a buffet lunch next to the ruins, then a guided visit to the ruins. Board the late-afternoon train to Cusco, arriving in the late evening. If you would like more time at Machu Picchu, you can also take an optional Night at Machu Picchu, where you check into your hotel, with the option of returning to the ruins on the following day.

    Alternatively, if you like the idea of arriving at Machu Picchu on foot but do not want to trek for days to get there, then our optional Short Inca Trail excursion is for you. This one-day, nine-mile hike climbs to the beautiful Wiñay Wayna ruins arriving at the Sun Gate in the late afternoon. You check into your hotel in the valley below and return to Machu Picchu for a guided tour the next day, before returning to Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included on both the Machu Picchu and Short Inca Trail excursions. Some hotels in Machu Picchu also include dinner.

  • If you walk the Short Inca Trail, today you return to the ruins and take a guided tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco in the evening.

    If you spent a Night at Machu Picchu after the Machu Picchu excursion, you can either spend a relaxing day in the valley or buy an entrance ticket to enter Machu Picchu again. Perhaps walk up to the Sun Gate above the ruins, with fantastic views of the surrounding area and the ruins themselves, climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (tickets must be purchased in advance, please ask us for details) or visit the Inca drawbridge. Return to Cusco in the evening.

    Alternatively, spend a free day in Cusco and get to know the city better; explore some of the Inca sites or try one of the many adventure sports on offer.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Fly from Cusco to Buenos Aires via Lima, where you are met and taken to your hotel (3 nights).

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco.

  • Free day to explore one of South America's most iconic cities at your leisure. Perhaps go shopping in the bohemian district of San Telmo, explore the colourful streets in La Boca or enjoy a hearty lunch of Argentinian steak and wine by the rippling waters of the Rio de la Plata in Puerto Madero. In the evening, get into the Argentinian spirit with a trip to the Café de los Angelitos on our optional Tango Dinner Show excursion. Watch musicians and singers playing classic tango while professional dancers perform. A good dinner, with wine or soft drinks, is included at your table.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Dinner included on the Tango Dinner Show excursion.

     

  • Enjoy another free day in Buenos Aires, perhaps take a trip across the Rio Plata to Uruguay.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Catch a morning flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu, a small town on the Argentinian side of the border, surrounded by lush jungle. Spend the afternoon on a guided excursion across the border to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Falls. The falls straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil and comprise of a series of over 270 waterfalls stretching for over one-and-a-half miles through lush sub-tropical forest. Follow the trail which takes you to vantage points with amazing views of the waterfalls. There is also a platform under the Floriano Falls, where you can follow the walkway to middle of the river, and gaze at the incredible ‘Devil’s Throat’ waterfall, where several waterways combine to hurtle down a sheer drop, with rainbows forming amidst the billowing flumes. The Brazilian side of the falls has fewer walkways than the Argentinian side but offers more impressive panoramic vistas.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Free day. Take the visitor's train or explore the Argentinian side of the falls on foot, from where you appreciate the grandeur of the falls. If you'd prefer a guided tour, take the optional Argentinian Iguazu Falls excursion.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel in Puerto Iguazu.

  • Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Just before landing in this iconic city, take some time to appreciate its location in one of the world’s most stunning natural settings, with beautiful bays, tropical beaches, and hills rolling into the ocean. A former capital of Brazil, Rio has evolved into arguably the most vibrant city in all of the Americas, with fantastic nightlife and culture.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Free day in Rio. You can explore the city, taking the cable car on the Sugarloaf and enjoy the stunning views from the Christ the Redeemer statue.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel in Rio.

  • Free day in Rio. Explore the city further or relax on the beach.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel in Rio.

  • Fly overnight from Rio to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel in Rio.

  • Arrival in the UK.

Extend Your Holiday

See some exciting extension options to your holiday. Click below for more information.

Colonial Paraty

from £429

Salvador & Tropical Coast

from £899

Pantanal Wetlands

from £1799

Mancora Beach extension

from £659

Accommodation

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Lima and Cusco Casa Andina Premium Upgrade Package Save £66

Upgrade to AC by Marriott Lima and Casa Andina Premium Cusco for a discounted price.

from £189
(£190 Single Supplement)
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from £279
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Accommodation in Lima

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Included
Exterior, Casa Andina Select Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
81%
81%
Service
85%
85%
Location
82%
82%

Standard Hotel: The Casa Andina Select hotel boasts a great location in Lima's Miraflores neighbourhood. It has a modern, functional decor and the rooms are light and comfortable. 

Why stay here: The hotel offers great efficient service and many convenient amenities. Live entertainment is often held in the lobby area.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi access.

• There is a restaurant and a bar.

• There is a gym, sauna, jacuzzi and salon.

About the room

All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee and are light and spacious.

Room types available

Superior room.

AC Miraflores by Marriott

£105
(£105 Single Supplement)
Llama favourite accommodation

***SPECIAL OFFER: Passengers travelling in 2022 have a free upgrade to an Ocean View Room***

Superior Hotel: This 139-room hotel in Miraflores has ocean views and excellent facilities including a European-style bar, rooftop restaurant, cocktail lounge and café. Rooms are stylish and well appointed, featuring luxury bedding and elegant bathrooms. The hotel has a good location in Miraflores, next to the upscale Larcomar shopping centre and nearby several attractions including Kennedy Park, Costa Verde and the Bridge of Sighs. There is a 24-hour fitness centre and high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel.   

Why stay here? This elegant hotel offers a range of great dining options including Lima’s only rooftop restaurant that overlooks the ocean ​​and boasts leadership by one of Peru’s best chefs.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas.

  • There is a European and Peruvian fusion restaurant, rooftop restaurant, cocktail lounge, cafe and deli.

  • 24-hour fitness centre

  • The hotel offers room service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, express check-in and shops.

About the room

All rooms have air-conditioning, soundproof windows, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room type

Deluxe City View Room*

*NB. Passengers travelling in 2022 have a free upgrade to an Ocean View Room.

Accommodation in Cusco

Los Portales

Included
Exterior, Los Portales, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
69%
69%
Service
81%
81%
Location
85%
85%

Standard Hotel: Located opposite the Inca Temple of the Sun, this comfortable hotel has a restaurant and bar. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? This hotel boasts simple but stylish décor and a good location in the historic centre of Cusco.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a gift shop and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior room

Casa Andina Premium Cusco

£150
(£150 Single Supplement)
Entrance, Casa Andina Premium Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
90%
90%
Service
91%
91%
Location
96%
96%

Superior Hotel: This 94-room hotel is located three blocks from the main square. The beautifully restored colonial mansion has lovely public areas and a good restaurant. The comfortable rooms are around the three interior patios.

Why stay here?  This hotel is a lovely colonial building with attractive courtyards where you can get away from the city bustle. The rooms are comfortable, and many of them have colonial features.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar and an outdoor terrace area.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, shops on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning. There is also an ATM/cash machine on site.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi is available for a fee, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Superior rooms, Imperial suite

Hotel Aranwa

£240
(£240 Single Supplement)
Courtyard, Hotel Aranwa, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
88%
88%
Service
89%
89%
Location
95%
95%
Llama favourite accommodation

Boutique Hotel: This 43-room hotel is built in an elegant 16th century colonial house with a beautiful central patio. The hotel has a good restaurant and bar. The rooms are very comfortable, and well appointed with oxygen systems and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. 

Why stay here? This hotel is a very beautiful colonial house which makes excellent use of the central courtyard. The rooms are extremely comfortable.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace area.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, shops on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Deluxe room
Classic room

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

NH Lancaster, Buenos Aires

Included
Exterior, NH Lancaster, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
73%
73%
Service
73%
73%
Location
82%
82%

Standard Hotel: This well-located hotel in central Buenos Aires has a stylish interior, a restaurant, bar, small gym and sauna. The modern rooms have air conditioning, WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? The main draw for this hotel is its location in the heart of Buenos Aires, with numerous popular attractions within a short walking distance.

Hotel Facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar/lobby, a small gym and a sauna.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms are soundproofed and have air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior room

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

£150
(£150 Single Supplement)
Entrance, Sofitel Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
92%
92%
Service
98%
98%
Location
90%
90%

Superior hotel: In the exclusive La Recoleta area, a stylish hotel with a heated indoor pool, gym, spa, bar, restaurant and gardens. Well appointed rooms with air conditioning, WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta boasts numerous superior services as well as an on-site patisserie promising delicious fresh breakfasts, and a pretty outdoor area.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a gym, a spa and heated indoor pool and gardens.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, currency exchange and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms are soundproofed and have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Deluxe room

Accommodation in Iguazu Falls

Mercure Hotel Iguazu

Included
Entrance, Mercure Iguazu, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
77%
77%
Service
80%
80%
Location
69%
69%

Standard Hotel: This 100-room hotel is located amidst jungle foliage, just 20 minutes from the Puerto Iguazu airport. It provides excellent amenities and modern facilities which embrace the natural setting. Rooms boast large windows, private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning, while there is also a gym, spa, restaurant, bar, and pool set in a luscious garden.

Why stay here?  The hotel has excellent facilities, light, comfortable rooms and the setting amidst the jungle is relaxing but easily accessible.

Hotel facilities

• Restaurant and bar

• Pool, fitness centre and spa

• Wi-fi and 24-hour reception

About the room

All rooms are light with private balconies and en-suite bathrooms. There is a safe, wifi, minibar, air conditioning and cable television.

Room types available 

Standard room

Loi Suites

£100
(£100 Single Supplement)
Pool at night, Loi Suites, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
94%
94%
Service
92%
92%
Location
94%
94%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: A beautiful hotel surrounded by subtropical jungle, a great location just 15 minutes from the Iguazu falls. There is a spa, sauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a lounge area. The air conditioned en-suite rooms are comfortable, and have WiFi.

Why stay here?  We love how this hotel is designed around its jungle surroundings; with connecting bridges and tree trunks incorporated into the buildings. The pool area is a really peaceful place to relax with lots of comfortable sun loungers.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a snack deli, a lounge, a spa and sauna, two open air pools, a garden and outdoor terrace areas.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All the rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Studio junior deck

Hotel Melia Iguazu

from £200
(£200 Single Supplement)
Exterior, Gran Meliá Iguazú, Iguazu Falls
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
95%
95%
Service
95%
95%
Location
99%
99%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: This 176-room hotel is located in the Iguazu Falls National Park itself, with views of the falls. This hotel has beautiful gardens, a swimming pool, gym, spa treatments, restaurant and bar. The comfortable rooms are well appointed with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. There is WiFi available throughout the hotel for a fee. Standard rooms have a jungle view; falls view rooms are available for a supplement.

Why stay here? This hotel has one of the best locations in all of Latin America. The rooms are comfortable, and it is very easy to visit the falls.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar with outdoor seating areas, a gym, a spa and whirlpool jacuzzi, an outdoor pool with sundecks and gardens with various seating areas.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a wakeup call service and laundry facilities. There are also shops on site and the hotel offers currency exchange.

About the room

All the rooms have air conditioning, WiFi for a fee, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard jungle view (falls view also possible)

Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

Novotel Rio Leme

Included

Standard Hotel: This 274-room hotel is located at the quieter end of Copacabana, next to the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Novotel Rio Leme offers sophisticated accommodation in one of Rio’s most tranquil neighbourhoods. The hotel is set just one block back from the beach and has a rooftop pool and terrace with sun loungers overlooking the ocean.

Why stay here:  The hotel enjoys a great setting right at the end of Copacabana Beach and close to Sugarloaf Mountain,  just steps from the ocean as well as restaurants, outdoor cafes and the colourful kiosks of Copacabana.

Hotel facilities

• There is a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and bar.

• Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

• The hotel offers daily housekeeping, concierge service, 24-hour front desk, room service and tour desk.

About the room

Rooms are  fairly small but modern, with en-suite bathrooms and a city view. All rooms have a TV, air conditioning, telephone, desk and safety deposit box.

Room types available

Superior room

Windsor California Hotel

£75
(£75 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Located on the seafront of Copacabana Beach, Windsor California Hotel enjoys a prime location in Rio de Janeiro, 15 minutes from the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. The hotel overlooks the ocean and has facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant, spa and bar.

Why stay here: The hotel is in a great location and offers an extensive wellness area including a pool, spa lounge, steam room, hammam, fitness centre and sauna.

Hotel facilities

• A spa with steam room, hammam, swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna.

• Prime beachfront location within walking distance from Rio’s main beaches.

• Bar, restaurant and contemporary features.

About the room

Rooms have air-conditioning, private bathroom, flat-screen TV and towels.

Room types available

Standard room

Accommodation in Sacred Valley (optional excursion)

Hacienda Urubamba

Optional Excursion
Main House, Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
96%
96%
Service
95%
95%
Location
94%
94%

Standard Hotel: This fantastic hotel has a picturesque setting in the Sacred Valley, with 36 well-appointed spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms and beautiful views. There are extensive gardens, a restaurant and bar.

Why stay here: Immersed in the countryside of the Sacred Valley, with sweeping views of the imposing mountains, all rooms boast great views. It is impossible not to relax here.

Hotel facilities
• WiFi 
• Restaurant and bar, with a complimentary pisco sour included
• Afternoon tea and turndown service is included, and there is a 24/7 reception desk

About the room
Rooms are en-suite with a king size bed, and seating area and a small dining area, as well as a scenic terrace. There is also a safe, minibar, and flat screen television.

Room types available
Urubamba superior deluxe rooms

Accommodation in Machu Picchu (optional excursion)

El Mapi

Optional Excursion
Entrance, El MaPi, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
74%
74%
Service
71%
71%
Location
89%
89%

Standard Hotel: A good 90-room hotel, located on the main street of Aguas Calientes. The hotel reception is constructed from recycled materials. There is a restaurant, bar, a small garden and a spa. Rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Why stay here?  This is a very good standard hotel, with clean and simple rooms, and it is a great base for visiting Machu Picchu.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge

• There is a restaurant, a bar and a spa

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, laundry facilities, wake up calls and binoculars are available for rent

About the room

Rooms are simply yet comfortably decorated, in a smart modern style. All rooms have free WiFi, a telephone, air-conditioning, a TV, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer (on request) and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Machu Picchu Pueblo Inkaterra

Optional Excursion
Eco Center, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
83%
83%
Service
91%
91%
Location
88%
88%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: A beautiful, rustic-style hotel set in five hectares of tropical gardens and orchid trails. The 85 rooms are located in small clusters in the hotel grounds and have en-suite bathrooms. There is a small outdoor pool, spa and free WiFi in the common areas. The price includes a good dinner and a guided nature tour.

Why stay here?  This is our favourite hotel at Machu Picchu, with large attractive rooms. It is worth spending time exploring the beautiful gardens or taking one of the included nature tours. A unique offering is the sanctuary for the endangered spectacled bear, endemic to  the Andes region. 

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a cafe, restaurant, bar and garden. There is also a spa and sauna offering various treatments including massages, hot stone treatments and body wraps.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, a gift shop, luggage storage, laundry facilities and binoculars are available for rent.

About the room

All rooms are spacious with air-conditioning, separate seating areas, a telephone and en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms also have WiFi and fireplaces.

Room types available

Superior room

Sanctuary Lodge

Optional Excursion
Entrance, Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
91%
91%
Service
91%
91%
Location
99%
99%

Superior Hotel: This 31-room hotel, located just outside the ruins, is the closest hotel to Machu Picchu. There is a small garden and the views of the surrounding mountains are wonderful. The rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, and free WiFi. Mountain view rooms are available for a supplement. All meals are included.

Why stay here? The reason to stay here is the amazing location, but the excellent service and attractive gardens mean that a stay here is special in any case. 

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There are two restaurants, including the Tampu, an eatery exclusive to hotel guests, and a bar/lounge area. There is also a spa offering a range of massages and aromatherapy treatments. There are also beautiful gardens with landscape views.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a gift shop and laundry facilities.

About the room

Rooms are comfortable and well equipped. Rooms with views are available for a supplement. All rooms have air-conditioning, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room
Standard patio room
Superior Terrace room
Deluxe room (with mountain view)
Deluxe Terrace room (with mountain view)

Excursions

Excursions Package

Machu Picchu Excursion Package Save £71

Take the Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Inca Cusco and Colonial Lima excursions together for a discounted price.

from £569
Short Inca Trail Excursion Package Save £41

Take the Short Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, Inca Cusco and Colonial Lima excursions together for a discounted price.

from £709
(£40 Single Supplement)

Colonial Lima

£50
Lima Cathedral, Colonia Lima Excursion
Llama Travel Customer Rating
75%
75%

Discover ‘the City of Kings' on this half-day guided tour of Huaca Pucllana and Lima's historical centre. Located in the heart of Miraflores, lies the pre-Inca site of Huaca Pucllana, an ancient adobe and clay pyramid, dating back to 200 A.D. when the Lima culture began construction. Drive from the site to the centre for a walking tour of the centre of Lima. Delve back in time as you visit the macabre catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery and the ornate basilica cathedral, the final resting place of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

Full Description:

Get picked up from your hotel for a short transfer to the pre-Inca site of Huaca Pucllana. Nestled in the urban district of Miraflores, the Huaca Pucllana complex is a series of clay pyramids that have been preserved in the region since 200 AD. Learn about how the administrative site was built and the historical significance surrounding the former Pre-Inca indigenous coastal civilisation. You are then driven to the historic centre; one of the most important cities in Latin America during colonial times, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the excursion on foot, strolling through vibrant squares and streets lined with colonial buildings. Explore the San Francisco Convent, considered one of Lima’s landmarks, where you will find the catacombs, Lima's oldest and most famous cemetery, where skulls and bones of the city are found neatly arranged in geometric figures. Return to daylight and walk towards the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will find the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral. Learn about the famous balconies in downtown Lima, which allowed a safe space for the elite women during the Spanish Colonial rule of the 17th and 18th centuries. The intricate carvings were designed for women to be enclosed behind elegant partitions, allowing them to look out on the streets of Lima without passersby gazing up at them. Explore the cathedral, where Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador whose expeditions led to the Spanish conquest of Peru, is buried in a chapel with stunning mosaics covering almost every surface.  You then return to your hotel in modern Miraflores. On Mondays, the Cathedral is closed to visitors, so the beautiful Santo Domingo church will be visited instead.

Inca Cusco

£90
Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
85%
85%

Start by discovering modern-day Cusco with a visit to the bustling San Pedro Market, a local market where you can sample exotic fruit and soak up the colours, flavours, smells and traditions of Cusco, then step back in time for a guided tour of Cusco’s most interesting ancient Inca sites. Visit Qorikancha, the Inca temple of the sun and explore the incredible citadel and fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which stands above the city and was the location for a vital battle between the Incas and the Conquistadors.

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The half-day tour begins with a visit to the San Pedro Market, where you can find traditionally-dressed vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and meats to pachamama dolls, souvenir knick-knacks and coca leaves, thought to help with altitude sickness. Get lost in the labyrinth-like market, where all your sense will come into play. If you’re feeling brave, try haggling for a snack as the local ‘caseritas’ compete with each other to get you to their stall. Continue to Qorikancha Temple, an Inca palace in the heart of the city, dedicated to the worship of the sun god Inti and the most sacred building in the empire. Admire the fine Inca stonework before entering the church of Santo Domingo, which was built on the site of the Inca temple by Francisco Pizzaro after the Conquistadors raided and melted down the gold from the original temple. Continue ascending to the epic Sacsayhuaman fortress, site of an infamous battle between the Incas and Conquistadors, strategically located at the top of a hill with glorious views overlooking the city. When you can tear yourself away from the panorama, take a moment to appreciate the fantastic masonry of the fortress, which is built from enormous stone blocks, some weighing up to 150 tonnes, which the Incas expertly shaped. The tour finishes at the Plaza de Armas, where you have time to take photos of the impressive main square before returning to your hotel.

The Inca Cusco excursion includes the Cusco tourist ticket, which gives you access to many additional sites in and around the city.

Sacred Valley

£90
Chinchero ruins, Sacred Valley
Llama Travel Customer Rating
94%
94%

Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a Peruvian paradise where the bubbling Urubamba River weaves its way between terraced slopes, Inca ruins and dreamy villages with the snowcapped Andes towering above. On this full-day excursion, visit the colonial village of Chincheros and the superb Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo.

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The full-day tour of the Sacred Valley departs Cusco in the morning, visiting Chincheros, a small village located high up on the windswept Andean plains. Attend a demonstration where the townsfolk show how to spin, weave, thread and dye fabrics using traditional Andean techniques. Chincheros was believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow, and with the bright bunting strewn across the streets and the colorful attire of the villagers, this will probably be one of the most colourful places you will see in Peru. Perhaps try your hand at weaving the cloth yourself before exploring the archeological ruins in the area and the charming local village. Descend into the Sacred Valley for lunch in a country restaurant, and then travel to the fascinating town of Ollantaytambo, an Inca military, religious, and agricultural hub. Ollantaytambo is now a ‘living Inca town’ and the best surviving example of Inca town planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Ollantaytambo is also well known as the site of many fascinating Inca ruins, including the Ollantaytambo fortress on the outskirts of the settlement, where the Incas successfully, albeit briefly, held off the Conquistadors, and the semi complete, but no less impressive, temples of the sun and moon. Explore the superb ruins and old-world town before returning to Cusco in the evening. 

If you would like to spend more time in the Sacred Valley, you can extend your stay by  taking the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion; see below for more details. If you need help deciding,  you can see our blog post Should I take the One or Two Day Excursion Option? 

Machu Picchu

£410
Machu Picchu, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
96%
96%

Rediscovered in 1911, the Inca site of Machu Picchu is one of the great wonders of the world. The archaeological ruins combine perfectly with the incredible mountain scenery to present an unforgettable sight. The Spanish never found and looted the site which explains its excellent state of conservation. Explore the iconic lost city on a day trip to the ruins, returning to Cusco in the evening. You can also spend a night near the ruins to extend your stay.

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On the full-day excursion to Machu Picchu, you depart early in the morning, taking a bus and then the Vistadome train, with wonderful views of snowy peaks of the Andes as the train descends the beautiful Urubamba Valley. The vegetation becomes increasingly tropical as you approach the cloud forest below Machu Picchu.

The journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu normally takes around four hours, arriving at around 10am. Then take a shuttle bus for the 20-minute journey up the switch-back road to the entrance of Machu Picchu. You have an early buffet lunch next to the ruins, before entering the site at around midday. You are immediately confronted by a combination of stunning mountain scenery and well-preserved Inca ruins, making this one of the wonders of the world. These were only rediscovered in 1911 after lying abandoned for centuries.

Take a fascinating guided tour of the site, visiting the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Intihuatana, which the Incas used to ‘tie’ the sun to the earth at the winter solstice. 

You board the late-afternoon train to Cusco, arriving in the late evening. Alternatively, spend a night at Machu Picchu to give yourself more time to get to know the area.

Two Nights in the Sacred Valley

£200
(£50 Single Supplement)
Misminay Community, Sacred Valley, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
96%
96%

Soak up the magical atmosphere of the Peruvian countryside with two overnight stays on this extended excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Relax in the gardens of your beautiful hotel in the heart of the valley. Visit the salt evaporation ponds of Maras, the amphitheatre-like terraces of Moray and the Andean community of Misminay and discover why the Sacred Valley was known as "the breadbasket of the Incas".

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If you opt to add this two-night extended excursion, then rather than returning to Cusco at the end of the Sacred Valley excursion (detailed above), you are instead taken to your attractive hotel in the heart of the valley, where you can enjoy the evening relaxing in the gardens.

Set out early the next morning to explore some of the most unusual and interesting sites in the region. You start out at Maras, home to a surreal landscape of over 3,000 terraced salt evaporation and extraction ponds. Continue to Moray, where the Incas used the natural formations of the landscape to build circular and semi-circular agricultural terraces into the top of a limestone hill overlooking the Urubamba Valley. These were used by the Incas as a kind of botanical laboratory, with the crops experiencing different temperatures and altitudes depending on where they were planted on the terrace. So using trial and error, the Incas were able to determine the optimal conditions for growing their various crops. Many believe that the Incas first chose to populate this area as its fertile soils, hot springs and abundant wildlife were signs that the valley was dear to the heart of Pachamama, their Mother Earth. This decision proved key to the success of the empire, as the Sacred Valley produced abundant crops to feed cities like Cusco and provided food for the Inca armies.

Next, visit the traditional and friendly Andean community of Misminay, where locals prepare lunch for you before demonstrating ancient agricultural techniques dating back to the Incas. The families in Misminay typically live in small one or two-room houses made of adobe, and they raise guinea pigs, cows, and sheep. If you wish, you can help them plow or harvest their crops, depending on the time of year.

Return to your hotel in the Sacred Valley in the late afternoon. The following day, travel to Machu Picchu or return to Cusco. The price of this excursion includes two nights in the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a picturesque hotel with great views of the valley.

Night at Machu Picchu

£45
(£40 Single Supplement)
Machu Picchu, Peru

After taking the Machu Picchu excursion, spend a night in the shadow of one of the wonders of the world in a choice of three hotels: the cosy El Mapi; the enchanting Machu Picchu Pueblo; and the sophisticated Sanctuary Lodge, which is sensationally located just outside the ruins. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity to re-enter and further explore Machu Picchu the following day.

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By spending a night near the ruins, you have more time to explore the site in the afternoon, which is often the best time, with fewer people present. Then descend to the valley below and check in to your hotel. Llama Travel offers a choice of three hotels you can stay in:

The El Mapi, a comfortable hotel situated on the main street of Aguas Calientes, is included in the excursion price. A stylish and contemporary hotel set among pleasant landscaped gardens, the El Mapi has simple, yet comfortable, rooms which are well furnished and decorated. There is also a restaurant, bar and a small garden and the hotel is also conveniently located close to buses that depart for the ruins. The price includes dinner in the hotel.

For a supplement* you can stay in the Machu Picchu Pueblo, a lovely colonial-style hotel set amongst 12 acres of tropical gardens filled with hummingbirds, butterflies and orchids. Rooms are in small clusters in the grounds and are comfortable, spacious and all unique, with lovely views of the forested gardens and a homely touch added by alpaca blankets and comfortable seating areas. There are small outdoor hot tubs and Andean saunas, and the price also includes a good dinner at the restaurant. Guided nature tours of the orchid trails and bird watching tours are also included in the price.

For a supplement* you can upgrade further to the Sanctuary Lodge, sensationally located just outside the Inca ruins, granting easier access to Machu Picchu. Rooms are comfortable and well furnished, there is a small interior garden with a variety of flowers and orchids and stunning panoramic views of the mountains. There are also two restaurants and a bar, and all meals are included during your stay.

After a relaxing night in the valley, you can also purchase a ticket for a second entrance to Machu Picchu, so you are free to make the most of another day in the ruins. Perhaps stroll to the Sun Gate or to the Inca Drawbridge, or – for the more adventurous – climb to the summits of either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views across the lost city.

*Please ask us for details regarding hotel upgrade prices at Machu Picchu

Next Day Entrance to Machu Picchu

£95
Machu Picchu, Peru

Return to Machu Picchu to make the most of your time here, exploring the wonderful lost city of the Incas. Discover the beautiful surrounding area; stroll to the famous Sun Gate, hike to the Inca Drawbridge or trek to the lofty heights of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views.

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After a restful night in the valley, return to Machu Picchu to further explore the majestic ruins. Perhaps wake up early to observe the ruins in the soft morning light, or have a lie in and visit later in the morning. A great way to see a different aspect of Machu Picchu is to walk to the Sun Gate for fabulous views of the lost city from above, or hike to the Inca Drawbridge, about a 30-minute walk from the citadel, for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.  No guide is included on this day, so you can explore at your own pace.

For more of a challenge you can trek to the spectacular summit of Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu’s iconic sugar loaf mountain. Hike along rocky precipices and up ancient Inca staircases while the lost city majestically unfurls below you. Enjoy the fantastic views before hiking to the mysterious Temple of the Moon, an Inca ceremonial temple of impressive stonework set within an overhanging cave in the mountainside. The climb to Huayna Picchu takes approximately one hour in each direction and involves very steep drops and ladders up cliff faces. The walk to the Temple of the Moon takes approximately two hours each way, and the path is quite narrow with steep drops at certain points. Please note that guides do not accompany you to Huayna Picchu or the Temple of the Moon, and that the National Institute of Culture limits the number of people who are able to climb Huayna Picchu or visit the Temple of the Moon each day, and permits must be bought well in advance.

For an alternative adventure, the hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain, where Inca priests once performed rituals, is a great option. The views are even more spectacular than from Huayna Picchu, and the although the trekking is longer, it is less vertical. Machu Picchu Mountain is over twice the height of Huayna Picchu and is a more gradual assent and the pathways are wide and well-marked. Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel above the Sun Gate, overlooking the Inca site and Huayna Picchu. A round trip will take around four hours but it is definitely worth the effort. The trail to the top of the mountain takes you up ancient stone steps crafted by the Incas, with beautiful vistas of the Urubamba River, the surrounding mountain scenery and spectacular aerial views of the famous Inca ruins. Please note that guides do not accompany you to Machu Picchu Mountain, and that the National Institute of Culture limits the number of people who are able to climb Machu Picchu Mountain each day, and permits must be bought in advance.

The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has introduced regulations controlling entrances to Machu Picchu. There are now hourly slots for each ticket, and it is not possible to enter the site prior to the time stated on the ticket.  There is a maximum stay of four hours in Machu Picchu. The site is open from 6am to 5.30pm, with the last entrance at 3pm. The authorities prohibit re-entry to the site, so once visitors leave the site of Machu Picchu, they will not be able to visit again on the same ticket. A guided visit is necessary for a first visit to the site, although for second entrances the following day, a guide is not required.

For visits to Machu Picchu on the second day, Llama Travel will purchase tickets for the earliest time slot available. We will purchase the 6am tickets if they are available. It is possible to enter the site at any time after the stated time on the ticket, but not before. In the afternoon take the train back to Cusco.

Short Inca Trail

£520
(£40 Single Supplement)
Short Inca Trail, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
98%
98%

If you like the idea of arriving at Machu Picchu on foot, after trekking through the Andes, but do not want to walk for four days to get there, our Short Inca Trail is the perfect option. This one-day hike climbs from the Urubamba River Valley to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna before arriving at Machu Picchu in the evening. You have a full tour of the ruins the following day, before returning to Cusco.

 

Full Description:

Travel by road and train to the starting point of the trail at Chachabamba, km 104 of the train line. The first part of the trail climbs steeply, arriving at the spectacular Inca site of Wiñay Wayna in about three hours. The walk offers some wonderful views of the ruins of Choquesuysuy, visible below Wiñay Wayna, and the trail passes a waterfall.

The ruins of Wiñay Wayna are some of the most beautiful in the Inca Empire. The site was mainly agricultural, and the curved terraces on the incredibly steep slope are breathtaking. Apart from the terracing, the site includes a complex of accommodation and ceremonial structures. Next to the structures there is a series of ten baths, joined by small waterfalls. Given the importance of water in Inca ceremonies, this seems to indicate the religious importance of Wiñay Wayna.

After a packed lunch, you continue the trail, the path following the contour of the mountain as you walk from Wiñay Wayna to the Intipunku (Sun Gate), taking about two hours. As you climb the final few steps and arrive at the Sun Gate you are greeted by your first, spectacular view of Machu Picchu. The trail down to the ruins themselves takes about half an hour.

You do not visit the site on the first day, as it is too late. Instead, you descend by bus into the valley where you spend the night in your hotel. Aguas Calientes is named after the hot springs, where you can bathe.

In the morning, take the bus up to Machu Picchu, where your guide will give a tour of the ruins, before you catch the afternoon train and bus back to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

The excursion includes a professional guide, train, bus and entrance tickets and hotel accommodation. A packed lunch on the first day and breakfast at your hotel on the second day are included. Some hotels also include dinner. An overnight bag will be taken to your hotel in Aguas Calientes while you are on the trail.

The nine-mile long trail climbs rapidly for the first half of the walk, climbing from 2,000 to a maximum altitude of 2,700 metres, so a good level of fitness is required. It may not be suitable if you suffer from vertigo.

Tango Dinner Show

£110
Tango Dinner Show, Cafe de los Angelitos, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
78%
78%

Classic cuisine, great music and passionate tango, this evening excursion takes you to the Café de los Angelitos, where musicians and singers play classic tango while professional dancers perform. This is a great evening out and an excellent way to get into the Argentinian spirit.

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Tango has had a resurgence in recent years in Buenos Aires, and a visit to a tango show allows you to appreciate the elegance and sensuality of this dance. This excursion visits the Café de los Angelitos, with musicians and singers playing classic tango while professional dancers perform complicated routines on stage. A good dinner, with wine or soft drinks, is included at your table. You are collected from your hotel in the evening and taken back after the show. Click here to read a first-hand account of the Tango Dinner Show. 

Santa Teresa

£75

Explore Rio’s most picturesque neighbourhood with a guide on foot during this half-day excursion in Santa Teresa, characterised by its cobbled streets lined with local galleries, cafés and bars. Take the antique tram past the Lapa arches, walk up the colourful Jorge Selarón steps and admire the bay from the impressive vantage point of Parque das Ruínas. End the tour with a caipirinha from a local bar.

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After visiting the main tourist sites around the city, this unique excursion gives you a feel for old Rio. Your guide meets you at your hotel and you make your way on public transport to the old tram , which you climb aboard to reach the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, passing through the city’s famous 'Arcos da Lapa' aqueduct. Continuing on foot, the tour reveals many of Santa Teresa's secrets, such as the ‘Escadaria Selarón’, the colourful, tile-lined stairway that leads to the studio of Jorge Selarón (the Chilean-born Brazilian painter) and the cultural centre of Parque das Ruínas with its impressive views over the bay. With its cobbled streets and turn-of-the-century homes on the hill overlooking Guanabara Bay and the city centre, this colourful neighbourhood is home to many of Rio's artists, musicians and poets, and is undoubtedly the most picturesque area in the city. Its numerous cosy restaurants, bohemian bars and trendy shops are great to wander around, watching the locals go about their daily activities and getting an authentic feel for life in Rio. Perhaps stumble upon a group of musicians playing Bossa Nova, or watch a local artist painting a vibrant scene. You stop for a caipirinha, a delicious Brazilian cocktail (included) in a local bar, then hop back onto the tram to go back to the city centre and on to your hotel. The tour lasts around four hours in total.

Extensions

Colonial Paraty

from £429

4 days Extension

Paraty is a small, well-preserved colonial town located a four hour drive away from Rio de Janeiro, and this three-night extension gives you plenty of free time to get to know it. The journey there follows the vibrant, green Emerald Coast, and once there you will feel right at home. The town itself is extremely picturesque with pretty buildings, cobbled streets and a lovely bay, with boats bobbing on the water. There are pretty beaches within walking distance, or you could take a ride on a schooner boat to the beaches further afield. The water is warm and clear, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. This area is also brimming with history, as you will discover on your explorations.

Day 1 Paraty Take a four hour transfer along the beautiful Emerald Coast from Rio to Paraty.

Day 2 Paraty Today enjoy a free day in Paraty, strolling the cobbled streets and relaxing in cafes along the bay. Maybe visit one of the beautiful beaches nearby.

Day 3 Paraty Another free day in Paraty. Perhaps explore the islands and beaches in the bay on a schooner tour from the harbour, or travel inland to the forests and waterfalls found there, or visit the Gold Trail by jeep.

Day 4 Take a four hour transfer back to Rio to catch your flight back to the UK.

Day 5 Arrival in the UK

Salvador & Tropical Coast

from £899

6 days Extension

This five-night extension comprises two nights in Salvador, one of Brazil’s most culturally-rich cities, and 3 nights relaxing on the Bahian coast. Salvador was Brazil’s original capital city, and to this day holds on to its unique cultural heritage. Its inhabitants are descendants of African slaves and Portuguese settlers, and this cultural mix is evident in many aspects from the delicious food to the cobbled streets and colonial buildings. Less than 90 minutes from Salvador is the tranquil fishing village of Itacimirim. With its postcard-worthy bay and long sandy beaches, it is the perfect place to relax. The town of Praia do Forte is just five kilometres up the road, and while still small and charming, offers slightly more by way of activities (like the TAMAR turtle project and the sea kayaking) and restaurants.

Day 1 Salvador Fly from Rio to Salvador. You are met and taken to your hotel in the historic centre. Salvador is a city with a fascinating past and a blend of traditional cultures. As the first capital city of Brazil, its streets bear witness to its fascinating colonial past, with pastel-coloured houses in the Portuguese style and imposing ornate churches. Please be aware that flights often arrive late at night, sometimes after midnight.

Day 2 Salvador Discover the city’s fascinating past and its unique cultural heritage on the Historic Salvador excursion. This half-day walking tour visits churches and historical buildings in the old town of Pelourinho, including the Franciscan church and convent. You also get a chance to enjoy the views at the Elevador Lacerda urban lift, which connects the upper and lower town.

Day 3 Itacimirim The day begins with a morning transfer to your beachfront hotel in the tranquil fishing village of Itacimirim on the glittering Bahian coast. Spend a free afternoon relaxing on the picturesque beach watching fishing boats bobbing up and down in the bay, or perhaps make the most of the hotel pool. You can take a short drive to the pretty town of Praia do Forte, just 5km north of Itacimirim. Once a small fishing village, Praia do Forte is now popular with holiday-makers, and at the weekend people living in Salvador visit the area to unwind. The town retains a low-key feel, has good restaurants and the sea is never far away.
Day 4 Itacimirim A free day to unwind on the hotel’s beach or to try one of the many outdoor activities available in Praia do Forte, such as water sports, kayaking, sea fishing and whale-watching excursions which are available from July to October. It is also worth visiting the nearby Sapiranga Reserve, a 600 hectare region of coastal rainforest, where there are guided walks to spot the local birds, animals and plant-life.
Day 5 Itacimirim Another free day on the coast. Perhaps spend the day getting to know some of the exotic local wildlife. Sea turtles nest along this stretch of coast between October and February. Turtles can be seen year-round at the TAMAR Project visitor centre in the heart of Praia do Forte, which promotes the conservation of five species of sea turtle.

Day 6 Take a one-hour transfer to Salvador airport. Fly to Rio or Sao Paulo and connect to your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 7 Your flight back arrives in the UK.

Hotels in Salvador
Pousada do Pilar – Standard hotel
This characterful hotel has just 12 rooms and is located in the historic district of Santo Domingo, close to the colourful Pelourinho district. Each of the comfortable rooms has a good sized balcony, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom. The hotel itself is housed in a nineteenth century building and has a pleasant rooftop breakfast area with excellent bay views.

Casa do Amarelindo – Superior hotel
The Casa do Amarelindo is a regal 19th century colonial mansion which has been converted into an intimate, characterful hotel. It sits in Pelourinho, the historic centre of Salvador, and boasts spectacular views of the Todos os Santos bay. The hotel offers free internet, a pool, cocktail bar, fitness centre and on-site restaurant, while all rooms have televisions, air-conditioning and are fully sound proof.

Hotel in Itacimirim
Pousada Praia das Ondas
Located on the beachfront in the fishing village of Itacimirim, five kilometres south of Praia do Forte, this tranquil pousada with lovely grounds has two pools, a restaurant and bar. The simple, but comfortable, rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and private hammocks on the terrace.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Salvador and the Tropical Coast, please get in touch with us for more details.

Pantanal Wetlands

from £1799

5 days Extension

This three-night extension has visitors immersed in the Pantanal Wetlands, exploring one of the world’s most biodiverse regions and learning about the plants and animals that live here. Each day you will head into the wetlands on a series of excursions from the lodge – sometimes by foot, sometimes on horse-back and sometimes by canoe. In between, relax at the lodge taking in the sights and sounds on this magnificent area.

Day 1 Pantanal Fly from Rio to Cuiabá airport, where you are picked up for a three-hour drive into the Pantanal. Pass the small village of Mimoso and travel on a dirt road for the final stretch of the journey, spotting vultures, eagles and rheas. Arrive at the lodge in the evening.

Day 2 Pantanal In the morning, hike on woodland trails and open fields in search of the birds, mammals, reptiles and plants which form the Pantanal ecosystem. Returning to the lodge for lunch, you then take a trip by motorised canoe on the Mutum River to watch wildlife and see a beautiful Pantanal sunset, spotting caimans and giant river otters on the way. See southern caracaras, black-collared hawks, roseate spoonbills, sunbitterns, kingfishers, great kiskadees and trogons. After dinner, take an evening excursion by jeep in search of nocturnal creatures, such as anteaters and armadillos.

Day 3 Pantanal Rise early for a sunrise canoe trip, watching as macaws soar overhead whilst the screaches of the southern screamer pierce the air and caimans look on from the water. Later in the morning, ride on horseback to Sia Mariana Bay, through lush woodland where tropical fruits grow, and across open plains, where horses and white cattle graze in the company of egrets. Relax at the lodge during the hottest hours of the day, before taking to the river to fish for piranhas and other species, with the chance of seeing giant river otters and capybaras playing in the water. Return to the lodge after sunset, where an elusive tapir may be taking advantage of the low light to feed on fruit trees in the grounds.

Day 4 Transfer back to Cuiabá to catch a flight back to Rio.

Day 5 Catch a flight back to the UK.

Day 6 Your flight arrives in the UK.

Hotel in the Pantanal
Pousada Rio Mutum
A peaceful lodge set in seven acres of leafy grounds on the banks of the Mutum River, with an attractive pool area, reading room and map room. The 22 chalet-style rooms offer privacy and are spread across the grounds, which host wildlife including jabiru storks, night monkeys, tapirs, and birds such as chachalacas and cardinals. Each room is comfortably furnished with air conditioning and a ceiling fan, a fridge, en-suite bathroom and private terrace with a hammock. All meals are included and are served in the lodge’s cosy restaurant, featuring typical pantaneiro cuisine. The indoor common areas have WiFi. The pousada includes a full excursion programme, including horse-riding, walking trails, canoe and motorboat rides. The lodge enjoys a privileged position close to the Sia Mariana and Chacorore lakes, whose waters are home to piranhas, giant river otters, capybaras and caimans, and where the calls of hundreds of water birds fill the skies.

If you are interested in adding an extension to the Pantanal Wetlands, please get in touch with us for more details.

Mancora Beach extension

from £659

4 days Extension

After exploring the myriad fascinating attractions that Peru has to offer, you may find yourself in need of a relaxing few days. This beach extension takes you to Mancora, on Peru’s north coast, where you can ease into beach life and give yourself a few days to process all the things you’ve seen and learnt in Peru. The climate here is warm, dry and sunny all year round, and the ocean remains a pleasant temperature for swimming year round too. The nearby town itself has a laid back surfer vibe with some good eateries on the main street, and a row of informal cafes right on the beach. Your time in this small town will be spent swimming and strolling along the beach, enjoying fresh seafood and soaking up the sunshine in the relaxing atmosphere of your hotel.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mancora Fly to the town of Talara and take a 90-minute transfer to the Arennas Mancora Hotel, arriving in the late afternoon.

Day 2 Mancora After an action packed tour of Peru, how you spend your time in Mancora is completely up to you. The hotel has a stylish bar and restaurant and a lovely pool area overlooking the beach. Spend today sipping cocktails by the pool and enjoying the view, taking a sunset stroll along the beach. Alternatively head into town to discover the little souvenir shops and restaurants, and watch some of the goings-on at the beach.

Day 3 Mancora Have another relaxing day lazing on the beach and by the pool, or you could take advantage of some of the hotel’s in-house excursion options, perhaps going on a deep-sea fishing expedition, horse-riding on the beach or whale-watching. For something a little less demanding, you could have a treatment at the spa before enjoying a delicious meal of Peruvian-fusion food at the hotel restaurant.

Day 4 Lima Today you catch a flight back to Lima for your final night in Peru.

Please note that an extra night in Lima is sometimes required, depending on flight times.

Hotel

Arennas Mancora – Standard Hotel

The Arennas Mancora is a stylish boutique hotel situated on Las Pocitas beach, approximately 15 minutes from the town of Mancora. Employing a minimalist décor style, the hotel lets the setting do most of the work. Situated right on the beach, the hotel is built around oasis-like gardens, with common areas such as the pool, restaurant and bar located right in front of the beach. Garden View rooms are elegant with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and private terraces. Ocean View rooms are available for a supplement. The beautiful restaurant serves up Peruvian fusion dishes and there is a varied cocktail menu. The Arennas Mancora provides a wonderful setting for relaxing by the sea.

If you are interested in adding a beach extension to Mancora, please get in touch with us for more details.

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Prices include

Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another. This is particularly the case for our European tours, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    All holidays in Europe have a minimum group size of 4 passengers, except Iceland which has a minimum group size of 6passengers.
    All holidays in Namibia or South Africa have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Kenya have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Before You Go

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 2361); Brazil (020 7747 4500); Colombia (020 7589 5037); Bolivia (020 7235 4248); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586), Panama (020 7409 2255).

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Morocco (020 7724 0624); South Africa (020 7451 7299); Namibia (020 7636 6244); Botswana (020 7499 0031). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted with a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee (US$ 50 per person, paid in cash). This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask Zimbabwe consulate (020 7836 7755). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate (020 7636 2371). You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

    Jordan

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate (020 7937 3685).

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

When Your Are Travelling

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and LGBT couples can share rooms. In much of Africa, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • A holiday in Latin America or Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and usually at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class, although sometimes airlines have special offers and prices may be lower. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long haul business class cabins with seats which convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the UK when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

Peru

Travelling in Peru

  • The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (approximate exchange rate: S/.3 = US$1). Most items in Peru are priced in Nuevo Soles, but the US dollar is used in some cases. Travellers should take US dollars and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. These dispense both Nuevo Soles and US dollars. Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into Nuevo Soles, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it.

    When travelling to some of the more remote areas (e.g. the jungle, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon), it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money or change travellers cheques. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged, especially if changing directly into dollars (this is often less if changing into Nuevo Soles). Some hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop, therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. As tipping is not necessarily normal in restaurants, please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

    For the four-day Inca Trail, tipping is normal as the guides, porters and cooks usually provide an excellent service. We recommend tipping around US$40 -60 per trekker for the whole trail, depending on the size of the group. For small groups (fewer than 6 trekkers), tipping per trekker is usually higher than for larger groups (more than 10 trekkers), as the number of support staff per trekker is higher.

    For the Short Inca Trail, around US$15-20 is normal for the two-day excursion.

    If you would like to tip your guide in the jungle, approximately US$10 per person per day is recommended.

  • Lima is the culinary capital of Peru, and possibly of all South America, and the city is full of good places to eat, ranging from the cheap and cheerful, to among the best, and most expensive, in all the Americas. Many serve traditional Peruvian food, as well as the standard international restaurants. Seafood is among the best choices. There are many restaurants serving good value set lunches, especially around Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. Most of the best restaurants are in Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco.

    Most of the restaurants in the centre of Cusco offer a range of international and Peruvian food, and cater for tourists as well as locals. Many local dishes are based on highland crops, such as potatoes and quinoa, and there are many excellent soups. You may want to try an ancient Inca delicacy – guinea pig! This is usually served in picanterias, which are restaurants specializing in local dishes. Prices in restaurants aimed at tourists generally range from around $10 - $20, although even upmarket restaurants often have good value set lunches.

    The hotels on the shore of Lake Titicaca offer a good selection of highland and international food. Additionally, there is a wide range of restaurants in the city of Puno, especially on Jr. Lima near the main square.

    Arequipa has a strong culinary tradition, and there is a wide variety of local dishes available. Soups are particularly popular. Additionally, Rocoto Relleno (stuffed spicy pepper) is another local favourite well worth trying, although make sure you specify if you do not want it too spicy. Most picanterías (restaurants serving traditional Arequipeño food) are outside of the centre, and a taxi should be taken. There are several restaurants on the balconies in the Plaza de Armas giving fine views of the Plaza.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$15 – 20 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Lima and Cusco, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more. However, these still offer excellent value for money compared to equivalent restaurants in the UK, and we find that many of our customers treat themselves to a special meal in Lima at the end of their holiday.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. Wine, particularly imported wine, can be quite expensive.

    We find that many people take advantage of the excellent crafts markets in and around Cusco, so please allow for this if you are likely to buy such items. The prices vary significantly depending on the quality of the items, and detailed crafts can be expensive.

    There are also many excellent shopping opportunities in the cities, with excellent alpaca clothing and jewellery shops. These generally take credit cards, although a discount is sometimes possible for cash payments.

  • In Cusco and the highlands of Peru, daytime temperatures tend to be around 20 degrees centigrade. However, night time temperatures drop rapidly, sometimes to below freezing. The coast can be warmer, although night temperatures can be cool, especially between May and September. The jungle is usually hot and humid, although between May and September there are sometimes cold fronts, and temperatures can drop to 5 degrees. Therefore, a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cold weather is advisable. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended. Lip balm is recommended and insect repellent is advisable, especially for jungle areas and around Machu Picchu.

    Electricity in Peru is 220V, and plugs are of the flat two-pin type.

    It is a legal requirement to carry identity documentation when in Peru. Therefore, having a copy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

    You require your passport when visiting Machu Picchu. Please make sure you bring this, otherwise you may not be able to enter the site.

    If you are walking the Inca Trail or the Short Inca Trail, please take the passport that you had when you initially booked if this has changed since booking. Otherwise you will not be permitted to start the trail.

Argentina

Travelling in Argentina

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$20 – 25 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Restaurant in more remote areas, including Torres del Paine and Easter Island, are more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Buenos Aires, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar.

  • Argentina is well known for its steaks and for meat lovers it is well worth heading to one of the many parrilla restaurants. The food in Buenos Aires is excellent, with a wide range of both national and international cuisine available. Due to the city’s Italian heritage, Buenos Aires also has excellent ice cream. Some of the best places to eat are found in the neighbourhoods of Palermo and Puerto Madero, though there are many good restaurants throughout the city. Argentinians tend to eat quite late, starting around 9 – 10 pm.

    Puerto Iguazú near the Iguazu Falls has a good variety of restaurants. Like most of Argentina, there are a number of places serving good steaks, although the specialty here is the locally caught fresh water fish.

    For its size, El Calafate has a good selection of restaurants serving local as well as international cuisine. The lamb and trout are generally excellent and there are a number of good ice cream and chocolate shops on the main street. Due to the remoteness of the town, food can be expensive.

    Seafood is the most popular type of food in Ushuaia, in particular local king crab. Other Patagonian specialities, such as lamb, and international cuisine is also widely available. Due to the remote location of Ushuaia, food can be expensive.

  • The currency in Argentina is the Peso (approximate exchange rate is AR$45 = US$1).                                                                                                                                                                                             

    If you are visiting the Iguazu Falls, you will visit the Brazilian side of the falls. The currency in Brazil is the Real (approximate exchange rate: BRL$3 = US$1).

    Travellers should take US dollars and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard) can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. Not all cash machines work with international cards, so look for the Cirrus or Plus (Visa) symbols. Most banks will only have one cash machine compatible with international cards, and will usually only work with Cirrus or Plus cards, not both. However, the Red Banco 24 Horas machines usually accept most cards. Using a prepaid travel card (which are loaded online and can be used like a credit or debit card when abroad) are often the best way to avoid the fees charged for using your usual cards abroad.

    Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into local currency, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary; however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 4 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. 10% is usual in restaurants. Please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

  • Daytime temperatures in Buenos Aires from October to May are around 18°C - 30°C and night-time temperatures are around 10°C - 20°C. Daytime temperatures in El Calafate in Patagonia from October to April are around 10°C- 18°C and night-time temperatures are from freezing to 7°C.

    Due to the variations in weather, we recommend taking a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cold weather. Rain is possible throughout the year, especially in Buenos Aires, so waterproofs are also recommended.

    Electricity in Argentina is 220V, and plugs are either of the European two-pin type or Australian flat 3-pin type. We recommend taking a universal adaptor.

    It is a legal requirement to carry identity documentation when in Argentina and Brazil (when visiting Iguazú Falls). Therefore, having a copy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

Brazil

Travelling in Brazil

  • Light-weight, warm weather clothing is suitable for travelling in Brazil. Some areas, especially the Pantanal and Amazon regions, have very high humidity. On the Atlantic coast, during the winter months from June to August, night-time temperatures can be cooler and long-sleeved clothing is recommended. Long-sleeved, breathable clothing and closed shoes are necessary for visiting the Amazon and the Pantanal. Sun hats, sunglasses and sun protection cream are also recommended.

    Rain showers are possible throughout the year in all destinations, so waterproofs are recommended.

    Electricity in Brazil is 110V. Plugs are of the two round pin type. Some sockets also accept two flat pin plugs. We recommend taking a universal adaptor with relatively long pins, as some sockets are inset into the wall.

    It is a legal requirement to carry identity documentation when in Brazil. Therefore, please carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$25 – 30 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Rio, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. Wine, particularly imported wine, can be quite expensive. 

    Rio is generally expensive for most services, often higher than in the UK, although prices outside of Rio and other large cities are usually more reasonable/

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. 10% is usual in restaurants. Please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

  • The currency in Brazil is the Real (approximate exchange rate: BRL3 = US$1). Items are priced in local currency. Some hotels will accept payments in US Dollars or Euros. Travellers should take local currency, US dollars or Euros and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Brazilian Reals are usually stocked in UK currency exchanges.

    Credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard) can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. In cities, ATMs are often inside banks and cannot be accessed at night, so if you require cash, it is best to get this during the day. Not all cash machines work with international cards, so look for the Cirrus or Plus (Visa) symbols. Banco do Brasil, Bradesco and HSBC banks should accept international cards; however sometimes banks will only have one cash machine compatible with international cards, and will usually only work with Cirrus or Plus cards, not both. The Red Banco 24 Horas machines usually accept most cards. Santander banks are widespread but do not usually accept international cards. All airports, visited on your Llama Travel tour, have at least one cash machine compatible with international cards.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.
    Using a prepaid travel card (which are loaded online and can be used like a credit or debit card when abroad) are often the best way to avoid the fees charged for using your UK credit/debit cards abroad. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged. Many hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop; therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into local Reals, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it.

  • Rio has restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. Typical of the city are the churrascarias, or steakhouses, where, for a fixed price, waiters offer various different cuts of meat to add to your plate. There are many per kilo restaurants, where you pay according to the weight of your plate.

    The restaurants in Foz do Iguaçu near the Iguaçu Falls offer typical Brazilian dishes, and due to its cultural diversity, European and Asian food is also found. To avoid taking a taxi to eat out in the evenings, you may find it more convenient to eat in your hotel. Each of our Iguaçu hotels has at least one good restaurant and bar. In the Brazilian national park, there are snack shops, a cafeteria at the end of the walking trail, and a restaurant which looks out directly towards the falls. The Argentinian national park has a restaurant and several smaller cafes selling snacks.

    Salvador has a distinct cuisine which is a fusion of indigenous, Portuguese and African influences. Common ingredients are dendê (palm oil), fresh coriander, seafood such as shrimps, tomatoes and coconut milk. Must-try dishes include the street food favourite acarajé, a dumpling made from beans and deep-fried in palm oil, stuffed with a paste of shrimps and cashew nuts. Another speciality of the area is moqueca, a tasty slow-cooked seafood and fish stew with coconut milk, coriander, onions and garlic. For dessert, try cocadas, a sweet with fresh grated coconut, which is found in various forms around Latin America. Fresh juices and ice creams made from the wide range of fruits found in Brazil are also delicious. Coconut water is a very refreshing drink popular in the city.

    The Praia das Ondas hotel in Itacimirim has an attractive restaurant and bar area, serving main meals and snacks, including local and international options. There are many restaurants on the main streets of Praia do Forte, in addition to ice cream and juice shops which use a wide range of local fresh fruits. Restaurants mainly serve seafood and other Bahian dishes, and some also offer pasta dishes and salads. Prices are often for two people. This is not always specified on the menu so ask the waiter for clarification if prices seem high.