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Incas & Conquistadors of Peru + Inca Trail

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
Historic main square, Cusco
Traditional women, Cusco, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
The Inca Trail, Peru
Lima main square
Inca Trail, Peru
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £2189 £1889
14 days

Holiday highlights

  • Take in the culture and restaurant scene of Lima.
  • Enjoy the superb mountain scenery, ancient ruins and traditions of Cusco.
  • Choose to stay overnight in the magical Sacred Valley.
  • Trek the Inca Trail, a four-day hike across the Andes to Machu Picchu.
  • 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, explore on your own or take our half-day Colonial Lima excursion. The city tour includes a visit to the catacombs of the monastery of San Francisco and the cathedral of Lima where the conquistador Francisco Pizarro is buried. Afterwards, return to the modern district of Miraflores and visit the pre-Inca site of Huaca Pucllana.

    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 acclimating 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.

    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.

  • Max altitude: 3,000m; Distance walked: 12km; Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours

    You depart early for a road transfer to the start of the Inca Trail at km 82 of the railway line. The Inca Trail is one of the world’s great mountain treks, with fabulous views across the Andes, stunning Inca ruins on route and an awe-inspiring end destination that that makes the long days of trekking all the more worthwhile. Beginning at Piskacucho in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, follow the Urubamba River for about two kilometres to Patallaqta, an important agricultural site producing food for the Machu Picchu area. From here, the trail gently climbs to Huayllabamba, a small village at 3,000m, where you camp for the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. All meals are included on the Inca Trail.

  • Max altitude: 4,200m; Distance walked: 11km; Approximate walking time: 6-8 hours

    This is the toughest day on the trail, and the climb up to the first pass is strenuous. There are three to four hours of climbing, which can be tiring, especially due to the altitude and the strong sun. The first pass at 4,200m, Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass), is the highest point of the trail and offers wonderful views across the Andean scenery. From here, you descend into the valley of the Pacamayo River, where the camp for the second night is set up.

    Meals included: All meals are included on the Inca Trail.

  • Max altitude: 3,950m; Distance walked: 16km; Approximate walking time: 8 hours

    The trail starts climbing up to the second pass. Halfway to the top are the ruins of Runkurakay, a large circular building which was probably a post-house. The second pass at 3,950m offers stunning views of the Vilcabamba range and its snowcapped mountains. The trail descends into cloud forest and to the impressive ruin of Sayacmarca, then follows the side of the mountain, passing through an Inca tunnel, before coming to the third pass, at 3,800m. After entering the ruins of Phuyupatamarca with its fine ritual baths, the trail rapidly descends the Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and the final campsite. There is a visitors’ centre here. The ruins of Wiñay Wayna, discovered in 1941, 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. The name Wiñay Wayna comes from a variety of orchid, meaning ‘forever young’ in the indigenous Quechua language, as the orchid blooms all year round.

    Meals included: All meals are included on the Inca Trail.

  • Max altitude: 2,700m; Distance walked: 6km; Approximate walking time: 2 hours

    You set off before dawn for the walk of around an hour and a half to the Intipunku (Sun Gate). The checkpoint at Wiñay Wayna opens at 5.30am, so you usually arrive at the Sun Gate at approximately 7-7.30am, where you get your first, spectacular view of Machu Picchu in the early morning light. The trail down to the ruins themselves takes about half an hour and a guided visit of Machu Picchu is included. You then have the rest of the morning to further explore the ruins or the surrounding area, before catching an afternoon train back to Cusco, arriving in the evening. If you would like more time at Machu Picchu, you can also spend a night at Machu Picchu, where you check into your hotel in the valley and have the option of returning to the ruins on the following day. Please ask us for details.

    Meals included: Breakfast on the Inca Trail.

  • Spend a free day in Cusco. The colonial centre of Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a mix of colonial and Inca architecture, making it a truly fascinating place to visit. Perhaps explore some of the 500 Inca sites around the city, visit one of the many museums or wander the streets of the picturesque San Blas neighbourhood. The city is also an excellent place for shopping, with a huge range of local goods on sale from fine alpaca jumpers to traditional Andean paintings; it is very easy to spend hours wandering around the various market stalls. Alternatively, try one of the many adventure sports on offer.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Your flight touches down in the morning, leaving the afternoon free for you to make the most of a second chance to explore the ‘City of Kings’. Go shopping in the fashionable district of Miraflores, perhaps visiting Larcomar on the cliff tops above the Pacific Ocean. Lima today is home to some of the finest cuisine in all of Latin America, and the city has some excellent seafood restaurants, with ceviche being the most famous dish.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Enjoy your final day in magical Peru. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have time to go shopping in the fashionable district of Miraflores, perhaps visiting Larcomar on the cliff tops above the Pacific Ocean, or dine in one of the many excellent seafood restaurants. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, meal on the transatlantic flight.

  • Your flight arrives back in the UK.

Accommodation

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Accommodation in Lima

San Agustin Exclusive

Included
Hotel San Agustin Exclusive, Lima
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
68%
68%
Service
70%
70%
Location
77%
77%

This is our standard hotel for departures in 2016.

Standard Hotel: A well-located hotel in Miraflores with a restaurant and cafe. The comfortable rooms have air conditioning and good en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? Centrally located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many shops and restaurants, this hotel is in an ideal spot and offers clean and comfortable rooms.

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 air conditioning, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hairdryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Included

This is our standard hotel for departures in 2017.

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 confortable. 

Why stay here: The hotel offers great efficient service and many convenient amenities. 

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.

Casa Andina Private Collection, Lima

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Casa Andina Private Collection, Lima
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
91%
91%
Service
92%
92%
Location
85%
85%

Superior Hotel: This 148-room hotel, located in the centre of Miraflores, has good facilities, including a heated pool, a gym, spa, restaurant, cafe and a bar. The rooms are well appointed with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, and free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Why stay here? This is an excellent superior option located in the heart of Miraflores, making it easy to reach many of Lima’s world-class restaurants. The hotel is a good place to get away from the bustle of Lima.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is a restaurant, bar, lounge area, outdoor rooftop terrace and a cafe that serves coffee and light snacks. There is also a gym, sauna and indoor heated pool.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a gift shop, currency exchange and an ATM on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning.

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 types available

Traditional room

Accommodation in Cusco

Los Portales

Included
Exterior, Los Portales Hotel, Cusco
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
76%
76%
Service
86%
86%
Location
83%
83%

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 Private Collection, Cusco

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Casa Andina Private Collection, Cusco
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
83%
83%
Service
86%
86%
Location
88%
88%

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.

Free upgrade to suites (limited availability). The suites are very spacious and have one king-size bed and a separate living area. If you would like a twin room, then a rollaway bed (1.18m x 1.86m) can be placed in the living area. Alternatively, superior rooms have two double beds, but are smaller. On some dates, we are already full in the suites, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in this option.

Why stay here?  This hotel is a lovely colonial building with attractive courtyards where you can get away from the city bustle. The superior rooms are comfortable, and many of the suites 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, 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 with free upgrade to suite when available.

Hotel Aranwa

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Exterior, Hotel Aranwa, Cusco
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
92%
92%
Service
92%
92%
Location
96%
96%
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.

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 Rrom

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 Inca Trail

Camping Inca Trail

Included
Camping on the Trail

Good double tents are pitched for you at each overnight stop. Communal tents for eating. All meals are included. Good, warm sleeping bags are also provided.

Accommodation in Sacred Valley (optional excursion)

Posada Del Inca

Optional Excursion
Sonesta, Sacred Valley
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
90%
90%
Service
81%
81%
Location
90%
90%

Standard Hotel: A picturesque hotel in the small village of Yucay, five minutes from the town of Urubamba. The beautiful grounds and gardens include a chapel and an 18th century monastery, with a lovely mountain backdrop. There are 88 comfortable rooms, a restaurant, cosy bar and al fresco coffee bar.

Why stay here? This hotel is a peaceful retreat in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The grounds of the hotel are lovely and full of character, with the snow-capped mountains forming a beautiful backdrop to the red-tiled roofs.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is a restaurant, a bar and an al fresco coffee bar. There are various outdoor terraces and expansive gardens. There is also an outdoor chapel that can be booked for weddings.

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

About the room

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

Room types available

Standard room

Sol y Luna

Optional Excursion
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: In a beautiful and peaceful location close to the town of Urubamba, the rooms at this hotel are in individual ‘casitas’ set amongst lush gardens. The hotel offers a spa with a sauna, gym and yoga classes upon request, and activities in the surrounding area can be arranged. There is a good restaurant, lounge bar, an unheated pool and outdoor terrace, a lovely place to relax in the evening.

Why stay here? The gardens of the hotel make this a magical place, perfect for relaxing in after a day exploring the Sacred Valley.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is restaurant, a bar/lounge area and various terraces and communal areas throughout the vast gardens. There is also a fitness centre and an unheated pool.

• The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, shopping facilities available on site and laundry facilities.

About the room

Room are individual ‘casitas’ set throughout the gardens. All casitas have air-conditioning, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior Casita

 

Excursions

Excursions Package

Peru Excursion Package Save £41

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

from £149

Colonial Lima

£35
Basilica Cathedral, Colonial Lima Excursion
Llama Travel Customer Rating
75%
75%

Discover the rich history and culture of 'the City of Kings' on this half-day guided tour of Lima. Visit the ornate basilica cathedral, the final resting place of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro; enter the macabre catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery; and delve even further back in time with a trip to a pre-Inca archaeological site.

Full Description:

The Colonial Lima half-day tour begins in the early afternoon with a trip to the colonial centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive main square of Lima houses the Government Palace, cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, and city hall. Enter the cathedral to see the San Francisco Monastery and admire the Spanish-era treasures before descending into the catacombs, where skulls and bones of the city are found neatly arranged in geometric figures. Once you return to daylight, the excursion continues in the modern district of Miraflores, where you will tour the pre-Inca Huaca Pucllana archaeological complex, an administrative and ceremonial centre for the ‘Lima’ civilisation. On Tuesdays, Huaca Huallamarca, an alternative archaeological site also dating from the ‘Lima’ civilisation, is visited instead of Huaca Pucllana. The tour concludes in the romantic “Parque del Amor” (Park of Love); a landscaped park dotted with kissing sculptures, mosaic plaques and views overlooking the ocean, which is a popular place for local residents to relax.

Inca Cusco

£75
Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
89%
89%

Step back in time on this half-day guided tour around Cusco’s most interesting ancient Inca sites. Visit Qorikancha, the Inca temple of the sun; 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; and discover other Inca sites near the city.

Full Description:

The half day tour begins with a trip to the Qorikancha Temple, an Inca palace 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 to Cusco's iconic main square before 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 continues with visits to further archaeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centres.

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

Sacred Valley

£80
Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
90%
90%

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.

Full Description:

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 church. 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 also taking the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion; see below for more details.

Two Nights in the Sacred Valley

£130
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Garden, Sol Y Luna Lodge, Sacred Valley
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".

Full Description:

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 Sonesta Posada del Inca, a picturesque hotel in the dreamy village of Yucay, just five minutes from Urubamba. You can upgrade to the stunning Hotel Sol y Luna for a supplement of £70 (£90 single supplement), and relax in your own private casita surrounded by lush gardens.

Extensions

Galapagos Islands & Ecuador extension

from £2399

5 days Extension

The idea of combining the incredible sights of Peru with the natural wonders of the remote Galapagos Islands is a very attractive option, and we have put together the following extensions to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands that you can add to your holiday in Peru. The Galapagos Islands are expensive. However, for those who are lucky enough to visit the islands, this is a truly unforgettable experience.

We offer 5- and 8-day cruises as well as a 4-day hotel-based visit to the Galapagos. All Galapagos extensions also include 2 nights in Quito or Guayaquil on the Ecuador mainland before and after the Galapagos. More nights may be necessary to fit in with the start of the cruise.

Boats

Galapagos San Jose (8 day cruise)

A spacious and comfortable motor yacht carrying 16 passengers in 8 cabins. 7-night cruises starting on alternate Fridays.

Galapagos La Pinta (5 or 8 day cruise)

A luxury 48-berth yacht with bright, spacious cabins and excellent facilities. 7-night cruises start on Fridays. 4-night cruises are also available.

Galapagos Beagle (8 day cruise)

A lovely first class 14-berth sailing yacht with 7 cabins each with a double and lower bunk and a single upper. Air Conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. 7 night cruisies starting on Tuesdays.

Galapagos Odyssey (5 day cruise)

A superior 16-berth yacht with spacious upper deck cabins with outside facing windows, air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. 4-night cruises starting on alternative Sundays.

Hotel - Galapagos Finch Bay (4 day hotel based)

If you prefer to stay in a hotel rather than cruise, the Finch Bay is one of the best hotels in the Galapagos. Naturalist excursions are included each day. The 3-night programme starts on Fridays. 

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

Rio & Iguaçu Falls extension

from £1049

7 days Extension

This extension allows you to combine your adventure in Peru with a visit to the spectacular Iguaçu Falls and the excitement of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The Iguaçu Falls are possibly the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Stretching for over a mile and a half, with over 270 falls up to 80 metres tall, the falls are located in lush sub-tropical forest straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil. Staying in a hotel in Brazil, this extension allows you to visit both sides of the falls. Rio de Janeiro has one of the world’s most stunning natural settings, with beautiful bays, hills rolling into the ocean and tropical beaches. Enjoy the bustling life on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and dance to the rhythms of the samba, perhaps visiting a samba show.

Itinerary

Day 1 Iguaçu Fly from Lima to Foz do Iguaçu, where you are met at the airport and taken to your hotel (3 nights).

Day 2 Iguaçu Visit the Argentinian side of the falls where you follow the walkways, seeing the cascades from the waters’ edge below and from above. Take the visitors’ train to the walkway from where you see the mighty Devil’s Throat falls from above.

Day 3 Iguaçu Free day. Explore the Brazilian side of the falls by yourself, from where you can appreciate the grandeur of the falls. You can also take an adrenalin-filled (and drenching) boat ride to the base of the falls. If you would prefer a guided tour, take the optional Brazilian Iguaçu Falls excursion.

Day 4 Rio Fly to Rio de Janeiro (3 nights).

Day 5 Rio 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. If you prefer a guided tour, please ask us for details.

Day 6 Rio Free day in Rio. Explore the city or relax on the beach.

Day 7 Fly overnight to the UK.

Day 8 Arrival in the UK.

 

Hotels

Iguaçu Hotels

Hotel Nadai Confort - Standard Hotel

The Nadai Confort hotel is situated in the town of Foz do Iguaçu, and is a 20 minute drive to the national park. It has a pool, gym, spa and a restaurant. Rooms have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.  

Wish Resort - Superior Hotel

The Iguassu Resort benefits from extensive grounds and facilities, including a lovely pool area, a heated Jacuzzi, golf course, health club with a spa and gym, tennis courts, a coffee shop and a bar. There are walking trails running through the large grounds and the hotel has three restaurants featuring varied cuisine. The rooms are attractive, with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The hotel is located on the road to the national park, with easy access to the airport.

Hotel Das Cataratas - Superior Hotel

A Belmond hotel in the national park, within sight and walking distance from the falls, with beautiful grounds, a pool (heated in winter), spa, gym and tennis court. Elegant rooms are decorated in classic Portuguese style and have air conditioning. There is a restaurant, grill and bar. Deluxe rooms with views towards the falls are also available.

Rio de Janeiro Hotels

Hotel Windsor Palace - Standard Hotel

This 85-room hotel is located one block from Copacabana beach, and the nearby area has many restaurants, bars and shops. There is a rooftop pool with excellent views of Rio de Janeiro, a restaurant and bar. The rooms are comfortable, with air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and free wifi.

Hotel Porto Bay Rio Internacional - Superior Hotel

This comfortable 117-room hotel is located on Copacabana beach, close to many shops and restaurants. There is an attractive rooftop offering wonderful ocean views, a gym, sauna, restaurant, a bar and wifi is available for a fee. The comfortable rooms are well appointed and have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Rio and the Iguaçu Falls, please get in touch with us for more details.

Tayrona Beach Extension

from £349

3 days Extension

After your holiday of discovery and adventure, what could be better than a few days of rest and relaxation on a beautiful stretch of coastline? This extension allows you to end your holiday with three nights in the Tayrona region of Colombia, located on the Caribbean coast in the north of the country. Spend time on the beaches or around the hotel pool, or try something more active such as hiking, wildlife spotting or visiting archaeological remains in the nearby Tayrona National Park. The Tayrona region promises some of the best beaches in Colombia, a pleasantly hot and dry climate, and the chance to experience the amiable nature of the locals. The scenic beaches have fine sand and are dotted with huge round boulders which separate the bays; the sea is delightfully cool and clear; and the jungle-clad foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains stretch almost as far as the shoreline. Tayrona is an enchanting part of the world and a splendid place to end your time in South America.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tayrona In the morning, fly from Lima to Bogotá, the Colombian capital, and take a short connecting flight to Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast, where you are met at the airport. You have a one-hour drive to your hotel in the Tayrona region and arrive in the evening. Enjoy a relaxing dinner in the hotel restaurant and drink in the pleasant breeze which freshens the air in this part of the Caribbean (3 nights).

Day 2 Tayrona During your stay in Tayrona you are entirely at your leisure. The Hotel Villa Maria has a swimming pool with shaded hammocks and sun loungers, and drinks can be brought from the restaurant, for total relaxation. The beautiful and peaceful Los Cocos beach is a five-minute walk from the hotel; perfect for carefree walks beside the sea, listening to the gentle splash of waves hitting the sandy shore. Your hotel is just three kilometres from the entrance to the Tayrona National Park, one of the most idyllic areas in Colombia, where the tropical jungle cloaking the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains comes to an abrupt end as it meets the fine sand and turquoise waters of the Caribbean. You can take a ten-minute local bus ride to reach the park.

Day 3 Tayrona Perhaps have a day relaxing with a cocktail and basking in the rejuvenating sunshine, or you may like to venture into the national park today. Most of the beaches in the park are reached by walking on a well-marked and mostly shaded trail which winds its way through the edge of the coastal forest. Each beach has its own character, and some are ideal for swimming and snorkelling with tropical marine life. In addition to the rich wildlife found here, which includes dusky titi monkeys, red woodpeckers, iguanas and more than 400 bird species, Tayrona has been home to several indigenous communities for hundreds of years. Day trips to El Pueblito archaeological site can be booked locally.

Day 4 Tayrona Depending on your flight time, enjoy a final morning and early afternoon in Tayrona. Try more of the local culinary specialities, such as fish dishes and coconut rice, in the hotel restaurant before taking a one-hour transfer to Santa Marta airport for your flight to Bogotá, where you connect to your international flight to the UK.

Longer stays in Tayrona are also possible. Please ask us for details about spending more than three nights here.

Day 5 Arrival in the UK.

Hotels
Villa Maria – Standard Hotel
This secluded and intimate hotel has a privileged position surrounded by jungle and overlooking the ocean. There are lovely outdoor seating areas, a swimming pool with sun loungers and hammocks, and the nearest tranquil beach is a five-minute walk away. The rooms are in individual thatched cabins spread throughout the grounds, and are attractively furnished, each with its own decorative style. The rooms are comfortable, with hot water, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a minibar and a security deposit box. Breakfast is included, and there is a good restaurant serving local and international cuisine. Free WiFi is available in the restaurant and pool areas. Please note, as Tayrona is quite a remote area, some services, such as the provision of hot water and WiFi, can be unreliable.

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

Salt Flats of Bolivia

from £1399
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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5 days Extension

After exploring the ancient wonders of Peru, this 5-day extension provides an opportunity to visit Bolivia, one of Latin America’s most authentic destinations. Situated in central South America, the Andes are a major feature, with much of the western part of the country sitting at over 3,000m. It has a large and visible indigenous population, and enough breath taking landscapes to keep one enthralled indefinitely. The most famous natural site is the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest salt flats in the world. Covering over 10,000 square kilometres, this is a Bolivia highlight and much of this extension is spent exploring the flats and the fascinating sites surrounding it. Bolivia also has its fair share of ancient ruins, ensuring that travellers leave with a sense of the richness of Bolivia.

Itinerary

Day 1 La Paz Fly from Cusco to La Paz. Transfer to your hotel in the historic centre of La Paz. This high-altitude city is sits at 3,650 metres and is surrounded on all side by the Andes Mountains. In the afternoon take a guided tour of the city, visiting the famous witches market, where herbal medicines and other curiosities are sold from small shops on winding cobbled streets. Also visit the San Francisco Church and Murillo Square, the central plaza where you will find Bolivia’s parliament. (1 night)

Day 2 Uyuni Take a morning flight to Uyuni, the large town on the edge of the salt flats. You will be met at the airport by your guide, before getting into the 4x4 vehicle that will take you around the area over the coming days. Drive straight from the airport to the train cemetery, one of Bolivia’s stranger sights. Here rusty decommissioned trains lie forlornly in the desert, seemingly miles from any tracks. The next stop is the town of Colchani. Here you can see an artisanal salt-processing plant and learn about the salt extraction process.

A short drive away, is the Ojos de Aguas, where you can see how the salt flats are formed. Next, head out to the salt flats, where a sea of snow-white salt opens out ahead of you. Take advantage of the lack of perspective to take some fun photographs, before moving on to Incahuasi Island, a fascinating location with a hill of cactuses and low shrubs (an hour drive away). Here, you will enjoy a picnic lunch on the salt flats, before exploring the island, climbing to the summit for an incredible 360 degree vista of the whiteness stretching out in every direction. A walk around the entire island helps you to appreciate the emptiness and quietness of this desert.
You then drive back across the salt flats to your hotel near the town of Colchani, a unique construction built of salt bricks. After dinner, spend the evening relaxing and perhaps stargazing, with the clear skies and lack of light pollution giving incredible views of the skies (2 nights).

Day 3 Uyuni After breakfast set off for Coquesa, a small village at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano. Admire the views of the flats on the 90-minute drive. Upon arrival, visit the archaeological site where well-preserved mummies can be seen. You can then take an optional three-hour walk to the viewing point of the volcano, with its incredible multi-coloured surface, made of minerals of reds, creams, greens and oranges. A packed lunch is included on the walk. If you prefer a shorter walk, this can also be arranged.

Depart Coquesa in the mid-afternoon, going back on the salt as you drive to Campana Island, another curious island of cacti in the salt flats. Explore this less-visited island, before watching the sun set on the salt flats. A spectacular sight, as the sun lowers, the salt crystals reflect the colours of the sky and shadows extend into the distance on this never-ending surface.
You drive back to your hotel, arriving in time for dinner and another night in the salt hotel.

Day 4  La Paz In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to La Paz. You are met at the airport and travel an hour and a half out of La Paz on a scenic journey through the Bolivian highlands to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku. This site was constructed by the Tiwanaku, one of the most ancient civilisations in the Americas. They are also considered amongst the most advanced people for their time, and you can admire the stonework evident in the Kalasasaya Temple, such as the Ponce and Fraile monoliths. Visiting the two local museums reveals the Tiwanakus were also skilled at pottery and you can see more of their stonework too.

After the Tiwanaku visit, you have lunch then return to La Paz (1 night).

Day 5 Lima In the morning, transfer to the airport in La Paz for your flight to Lima, where you are taken to your hotel.

 

Hotels

La Paz Hotel

La Casona – Standard Hotel
La Casona is a characterful boutique hotel in the historic centre of La Paz. A beautiful colonial building dating back to the 17th century, it is within walking distance of many of La Paz’s main attractions. All rooms have TV, en-suite bathrooms, WiFI and safes. There is a restaurant and rooftop terrace.

Uyuni Hotel

Palacio de Sal – Standard Hotel
Palacio de Sal is a one-of-a-kind hotel, built almost entirely out of salt blocks. It sits on the edge of the salt flats, giving it a unique location. There are 30 igloo-style rooms, with conical salt-ceilings, each with en-suite bathroom and heating.

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

Chan Chan & Sipan extension

from £750

3 days Extension

The north coast of Peru is probably the richest archaeological area in all of the Americas. The colonial city of Trujillo is beautiful in its own right, but also has the largest adobe city in the world nearby: Chan Chan. Here, 35,000 Chimu people lived, before the Incas laid siege to the city and conquered it in the 15th century. The Moche temples of El Brujo and the Huaca de la Luna contain some of the finest painted friezes in Peru, and it is likely that human sacrifices were performed here. Near Chiclayo is the site of Sipan, where the incredible treasures of the Lord of Sipan were only discovered in 1987 after looted relics alerted archaeologists to the tombs. The fantastic Royal Tombs museum houses many of the treasures found in the tombs, including coral breastplates and gold necklaces with delicate designs.

Itinerary

Day 1 Trujillo Morning flight to the colonial city of Trujillo. Visit Chan Chan, the capital of the Chimu Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. Also visit the coastal town of Huanchaco, where fishermen still use reed boats (1 night).

Day 2 Chiclayo A morning visit to the Huaca de la Luna and the Huaca del Sol near Trujillo. The former contains incredible painted friezes, still bright after almost 2,000 years. In the afternoon, take a three hour drive along the coast to Chiclayo. En route, you visit the Moche temple of El Brujo, with amazing bas relief friezes (1 night).

Day 3 Lima A morning visit to the archaeological site of Sipan, one of the richest treasure troves ever discovered. Here, the Moche people buried their most important leaders almost 2,000 years ago. You then visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, home to the fabulous riches found in the tombs, including those of the Lord of Sipan and the Old Lord of Sipan. Evening flight to Lima (1 night).

Note: it may be possible to spend an extra night in Trujillo. Ask us if you are interested in this option.

 

Hotels

Hotel in Chiclayo - Casa Andina Select Chiclayo

This 129-room hotel now managed by the Casa Andina group is ten minutes walk from the main square. There is a pool, restaurant and bar. The rooms are large and comfortable with air conditioning, balconies, en-suite bathrooms and free wifi.

Hotel in Trujillo - Hotel Libertador, Trujillo

This 79-room hotel is located right on the main square in Trujillo. The comfortable hotel has a small pool, a good restaurant, a bar, sauna and gym. The comfortable rooms have en-suite bathrooms with air conditioning and free wifi.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Chan Chan and Sipan, please get in touch with us for more details.

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Prices include

Return flights from the UK; flights within Latin America; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers in Latin America; 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 Heathrow. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip to Latin America 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

  • Prices are based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within Latin America, 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, however, departure taxes on some flights within and leaving Latin America are not included. These must be paid in cash at the airport. Currently, these are: Guatemala US$3 international and domestic flights and Costa Rica US$29 (some airlines). Travel insurance is not 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

    1. Your contract

      Your contract is with Llama Travel Limited, registered in England and Wales, number 4370517. The following conditions will apply to your booking and form part of your contract. They cannot be varied and should be read carefully. A contract will exist when we accept your booking and issue our confirmation invoice. The contract and all matters arising from it shall be governed by English law and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. All correspondence will be sent to the lead passenger of the booking unless otherwise advised. You must be over 18 to book a Llama Travel holiday. Llama Travel holidays are not for resale.

    2. Deposits and final payments

      A deposit of 10% of the holiday cost is required. On some occasions a higher deposit is required, we will advise you if this is necessary. When this is received, we will issue a confirmation invoice. The balance of the payment must be paid 90 days before departure. If the booking is made less than 90 days before departure, full payment must be made when booking. On some occasions, earlier balance payment may be required to secure flight seats or other services. In order to secure your holiday arrangements in some cases, we may ask for a payment in advance before we can reserve the appropriate services. This payment is not refundable if you subsequently decide not to proceed with the booking.

    3. Our prices

      Brochure prices are based on the latest known information at the time of preparation – 1 July 2016 (£1 = US$1.33, Brent Crude oil $50 per barrel) but can go up or down. Before making a booking, please call us to check the correct up to date price of your chosen holiday.

      Once you have made a booking and we have issued our confirmation invoice, your holiday price can only be varied due to a significant increase in our costs or an increase in charges, fees, taxes or similar items as a result of governmental action.

      The following taxes, entrance fees and charges are included in our prices. An adjustment will be made to the price of your holiday if any of these changes before your holiday:

      UK air passenger duty (APD):

      • £73 until April 2017;
      • £75 from April 2017;
      • for business class, APD rates are double the above rates.

      Entrance fees:

      • Galapagos National Park $120;
      • Machu Picchu $50;
      • Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail $80;
      • Cusco Tourist Ticket $45;
      • Perito Moreno US$30;
      • Iguazu Falls (Brazil) US$30;
      • Iguazu Falls (Argentina) US$30;
      • Torres del Paine US$35.

      We have been advised that the Galapagos National Park entrance fee may increase, but this has not been confirmed.

      The VAT rate for holidays outside the EU is zero. Except for increases in entrance fees or tax increases, such as in APD or VAT, we will absorb any increase up to 2% of your holiday cost.

      If there is a surcharge of more than 10% of your holiday cost, you will be entitled to cancel within 7 days of being notified of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. No surcharge will be made less than 30 days before the start of your holiday.

    4. Alterations or cancellations by you

      If you wish to alter your holiday arrangements before departure, we will do our best to help. An administration fee of £25 per passenger will be charged, together with any additional costs incurred as a result of the change. If you make any alterations within 60 days of departure, we may treat this as a cancellation, and apply cancellation fees. Scheduled airlines treat name changes as a cancellation and rebooking; any alteration is likely to incur a 100% cancellation charge. Please make sure that all names you give us are spelled exactly as they appear in passports.

      It is not normally possible to make alterations after commencement of travel. If you do wish to make alterations during your holiday, cancellation fees for services booked may apply. Refunds cannot be made for any unused accommodation, services or transport.

      If you wish to cancel your holiday, you must let us know in writing. The following cancellation charges apply:

      Days before departure when you notify usPenalty
      90 days or more Loss of deposit
      61 to 89 days 25% of holiday cost, or deposit if higher
      31 to 59 days 60% of holiday cost (75% for Galapagos holidays), or deposit if higher
      30 days or less 100% of holiday cost

      If the balance payment is required earlier than 90 days before departure, this will normally be non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

      In addition, where one person in a party cancels and others still wish to travel, single room supplements will be payable if this results in single rooms being used.

      We recommend that you take out full travel insurance with cover against cancellation penalties, including in the event of force majeure; see section 6 below.

    5. Alterations or cancellations by us

      We make careful arrangements with airlines, hotels and service operators to ensure that we are able to provide you with the holiday as described. However, in exceptional cases, it may be necessary to make changes to your holiday arrangements (including airlines, flights, accommodation, transport or services) due to circumstances beyond our control. Flight times are given only as indications, and finalised times will be shown on your tickets.

      When changes are necessary, we will do our best to ensure that they do not affect your holiday. If, before you depart, a major change is necessary (defined as a change of itinerary so that you are no longer able to visit a destination where you are scheduled to spend one or more nights or an appropriate alternative destination, or a change of accommodation to a lower standard or category affecting a significant part of your holiday) or if we have to cancel your holiday, we will contact you and offer you the choice of:

      • accepting the changes to your holiday;
      • purchasing another available Llama Travel holiday; or
      • cancelling your holiday with a full refund.

      If we have to cancel or make major changes to your holiday less than 60 days before departure, other than in the event of force majeure (see section 6 below), you will also be entitled to compensation at the following levels:

      When notifiedCompensation per person
      43 – 60 days before departure £50
      29 - 42 days before departure £100
      15 - 28 days before departure £150
      0 - 14 days before departure £200
    6. Alterations or cancellations by you or us in the event of force majeure

      If we have to make major changes to, or cancel, your holiday in the event of force majeure, we will contact you and offer you the above choices. However, compensation will not be paid.

      If, in the event of force majeure, we are still able to operate your holiday but you wish to cancel, please contact us to discuss the options. We will endeavour to recover from suppliers, and refund to you, monies paid for your holiday, but where we are unable to do so, you may be able to claim for irrecoverable costs from your travel insurance.

      Force majeure events include war, threat of war, civil unrest or strife, decisions by governments or governing authorities, epidemic, natural disasters, fire, bad weather, terrorist activity, nuclear disaster, industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, changes of timetables of airlines, or other causes beyond our control.

    7. Our responsibilities to you

      Llama Travel is dedicated to ensuring that your holiday is as described. If a part of your holiday is not provided as promised, and this affects the reasonable enjoyment of your holiday, we will pay compensation appropriate to the circumstances, limited to a maximum of twice the price of the service concerned.

      Llama Travel accepts responsibility for illness, personal injury or death caused as a direct result of the direct acts and/or omissions of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors while acting in the course of their employment to provide services or arrangements for your holiday that you have booked with us in the UK. We do not accept responsibility for illness, personal injury or death where there has been no fault of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors, or as a result of taking part in any activity which does not form part of the holiday booked through us in the UK. Where illness, personal injury or death arises in the course of air travel, rail travel, sea travel or hotel accommodation, the amount of compensation you may receive is limited in accordance with the provisions of any International Convention. If illness, personal injury or death is suffered as a result of taking part in an activity where a third party is involved, we shall, at our discretion, offer advice and assistance to aid in the resolution of the issue, provided you inform us within 90 days of the occurrence. Our costs in respect of the above on behalf of you and your party shall not exceed £5,000 in total. If you are able to make recovery of these costs whether from the third party or from a policy of insurance, you may be asked to refund our outlay.

    8. Your responsibilities

      Clients are responsible for ensuring that all immigration and health requirements are fulfilled, for obtaining travel documents, including passports, visas and vaccination certificates, and for ensuring that these are all in order, including for any intermediate stops on international flights. If the name on your airline ticket does not match that on your passport, you must inform us as soon as you receive the ticket.

      We require your passport details to issue some tickets. If these change after you have given them to us, you must inform us.

      It is your responsibility to behave in a responsible, restrained and sober manner when dealing with local authorities, fellow travellers and our representatives.

      By taking a Llama Travel holiday, you agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees and representatives. If, in the opinion of such people, your behaviour or health before the departure of a tour is likely to threaten the safety, comfort or progress of that tour, then you may be excluded from the tour without refund or compensation. It is your responsibility to obey local laws, otherwise you may be excluded from the holiday and we will cease to have any responsibility for you.

      Please bear in mind that travel in Latin America is not the same as travel in the UK, and minor inconveniences and delays may arise due to weather conditions, strikes, demonstrations, the poor state of roads or for other reasons. By travelling with Llama Travel, you are implicitly accepting this part of the Latin American way of life.

    9. Flights

      We have no control over international or national air carriers, and therefore schedules may change or flights be delayed due to no fault of our own. We will do all we can to ensure the smooth flow of all your transport connections, but it is your responsibility to check exact times of flights and reconfirm these. This is particularly important for internal flights within Latin America, which can be rearranged at short notice. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the consequences of flights missed due to the client’s failure to reconfirm.

      When you travel with an airline, the Conditions of Carriage of that airline apply, some of which will limit or exclude liability. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements between countries.

      Flying to Latin America involves long flights and may require changes in other airports. It is your responsibility to arrive at the departure airport at the appropriate time and to check in for your international flight, and to change aeroplanes if necessary at intermediate airports. If you wish to sit in a specific seat or section of the plane, or wish to sit with other people on the flight, it is recommended that you check in early or check in online. It is sometimes possible to reserve seats directly with the airline by telephone or online prior to travel.

      Airlines do not allow more than one booking per passenger on a flight and may cancel seats if they are held by more than one operator. Clients are responsible for ensuring they are not holding flights with another operator.

    10. Baggage allowance

      Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger. 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, you will usually be able to leave the rest of you luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    11. Insurance

      You must have adequate insurance provision to cover the cost of assistance, including emergency repatriation, in the event of illness or other problems occurring during your holiday.

    12. Complaints

      If you have any complaints about your holiday arrangements when you are abroad, please bring these to the attention of our local representatives who will do all they can to ensure a swift and satisfactory resolution. Problems can usually be sorted out by talking to the supplier concerned (e.g. hotel) and our local representatives or by informing us directly. If this is not done, Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the situation, as we will not have been given the opportunity to rectify the problem. If you do not inform us, your consumer rights to compensation may be affected. If you have tried and failed to rectify the situation whilst abroad, please send us your complaint in writing within 28 days of returning to the UK. We will then follow up your complaint. Communication with Latin America is often slow, so we may not be able to resolve the situation as quickly as you would like.

    13. Financial protection

      When you buy an ATOL protected flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.

      We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

      If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable).You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. 

    14. Brochure and website information

      The information in our brochures and on our website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of going to press. However, details of flights or hotels may vary during the lifetime of a brochure. These changes will be reflected on our website where possible.

      The copyright on all material in our brochures and on our website, including text, photographs, maps and layouts is held by Llama Travel Limited. No part of these publications may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any way without the prior written permission of Llama Travel.

    15. Data Protection

      The information we ask you to provide, including personal information about you and members of your party, is necessary for us to arrange and operate your holiday. By booking a holiday with us, you agree to our processing this information, including, where appropriate, its transfer outside of the EU.

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 by cheque, credit card or debit card. We accept personal credit cards, subject to a handling charge (Visa 2%, Mastercard 3%, American Express 2.5%). There is no charge for most debit card payments. We are unable to accept cash.

About the Inca Trail

  • The Inca Trail crosses high passes (the highest is at 4,200m) and involves ascending and descending steep slopes. At some points, there are steep drops on the side of the path. A good level of fitness is required and it is necessary to take proper care when walking. The guides carry basic medical supplies, but as you will be in remote mountain areas, more advanced medical facilities are not available. If you need to leave the mountain, there is no quick route off the trail. Please ensure you have suitable medical insurance for the Inca Trail in place.

  • Most of the general equipment required for the trail, such as tents, sleeping mats and cooking equipment, will be provided and will be carried by the porters. Sleeping bags and liners are also provided, or you can bring your own. Additionally, a porter will carry your personal belongings up to a limit of 5kg per person. These will be put in a canvas bag, which will contain 2 people’s belongings. You will check out of your hotel in Cusco, but the luggage you do not take on the Inca Trail can be left in your hotel in Cusco, where there are luggage storage facilities. If you are taking our Sacred Valley Two Night excursion, any luggage you take from Cusco to the Sacred Valley which you do not require on the Inca Trail can be taken back to the luggage storage facilities in Cusco for you. In addition to your belongings carried by the porter, you will need to carry a few things yourself.

    The following is a general list of things you may want to bring.

    •Your passport (You will need this to start the trail. Please take the passport with which you initially booked, even if this has changed since booking. Otherwise you will not be allowed on the trail).
    •A small daypack (your main belongings will be carried by a porter).
    •Walking boots with ankle support.
    •Trainers for evenings.
    •Warm clothing and thermals, walking socks, hat, scarf and gloves (it gets very cold at night).
    •Shorts, T-shirt, a sun hat and sunglasses (it can be hot when walking).
    •Layers of fast-drying, lighter clothing is better than one heavy layer.
    •Waterproofs.
    •Sunblock, insect repellent, lip balm, blister treatment and any medication you require.
    •Toiletries, including biodegradable soap and shampoo, toilet paper. A towel.
    •A water bottle. Water is provided at rest stops throughout the day.
    •Walking poles (metal points must be covered with rubber tips).
    •A torch (a head torch can be useful).
    •A camera.
    •Some snacks if you have a specific preference.
    •Money for tips and emergency requirements.

  • All meals and some snacks are provided for the hike. Hot drinks will be served during the meals. If you want other snacks during the trail, these can be bought in Cusco. Boiled drinking water is provided after the meals. Lunch on the fourth day is not included and you can buy this in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

  • On some departures, there may be customers in the same group who have not booked through Llama Travel.

  • The guides, porters and cooks usually provide an excellent service, and tipping is normal on the Inca Trail. We recommend tipping around US$40 - 60 per trekker for the 4 day 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.

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.

  • Latin America is relatively safe to visit, and most people experience no problems during their stay. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem. Tourists are often seen as being wealthy, and can therefore appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk to yourself, use common sense. Do not walk around with obvious signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive looking jewellery or with cameras round your neck. Keep passports and valuables in your hotel safe. When in restaurants, always keep bags (especially if they contain valuables) close to your person and out of sight. Do not walk down empty streets, especially after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a completely trouble-free holiday.

    Please use the safe in your hotel room to store your valuables, if this is available. If there is not a safe in your room, there will usually be a safe in reception where you can store valuables.
    Making sure that you stay safe during your holiday is very important. We bear this in mind when selecting hotels, but please understand that standards of health and safety in Latin America are often not as high as they are in the UK. Enclosed is a sheet with some useful advice on health and safety produced by LATA (the Latin American Travel Association). Please take the time to read this before you travel. Take extra care if you are travelling with children.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of any local operators.

  • Excursions are operated together with other holidaymakers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and Spanish or Portuguese speaking. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary.

  • 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.

  • To phone the UK from Peru, dial the international dialing code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores.

    To phone Peru from the UK, dial the international dialing code for Peru (0051) and then the Peruvian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Some UK mobile phones work in Peru, but must be tri-band. Check with your mobile phone service provider if your telephone will work.

  • 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. If we have only one or two people booked on an excursion, the excursion may be operated together with people other than Llama Travel customers. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, such as treks in Torres del Paine, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers. 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 in a vehicle with more than 18 people.

  • 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.

    Both the Hotel Libertador and the Hotel Doubletree on the pacific coast have good restaurants, and there are also several local restaurants in Paracas itself. The seafood is excellent. There is also a good variety of restaurants in Trujillo serving both local and international cuisine. Although Chiclayo does not have as many options it still has some good restaurants which specialise in local creole food.

  • 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.

Before you Go

  • Some countries in Latin America 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.

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

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us. Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this. If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these. Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.

  • Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (Tel: 020 7838 9223). You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

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

    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.

  • 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.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives good advice about travelling in Peru.
    Malaria and Yellow Fever precautions are usually recommended when visiting the jungle in Peru. If visiting the jungle, your jungle lodge provides mosquito nets.

    Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    There have been reports of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, in various Latin American countries. Please check www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for latest advice regarding this. If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a medical professional prior to travel.

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

    Much of Latin America, especially Peru, is at high altitude. Most people who travel to altitude do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day or so at altitude. If possible, rest for a couple of hours when you first get to altitude. Coca leaf tea, available in most of Peru, is often helpful in combating the effects of altitude. Additionally, some Llama Travel customers have reported beneficial effects of the herbal remedy Ginkgo Biloba.

    Many of the places you visit require some walking uphill. Please bear in mind that the altitude means this is more strenuous than equivalent length walks in the UK and a reasonable level of fitness is required. If you think you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP before travelling.

    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. Illnesses caused by altitude can be serious. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

  • 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 in the UK.

Getting there

  • 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 flights within Latin America, 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 always guarantee specific seats. 

  • If you would like to break your journey to or from Peru and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible.

    Depending on which airline you choose, stopovers may be possible in Miami, New York, Houston, Madrid, Amsterdam or Paris.

  • Most airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to Heathrow. 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.

  • A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights, and 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. Opinions change over time, but in the past year, Llama Travel customers’ preference was for Air France, KLM, British Airways and Virgin, followed by United and Iberia. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Most airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to Heathrow. 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 Heathrow.

  • 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. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy
    British Airways World Traveller Plus, Air France Premium Voyageur and Virgin Premium Economy seats are available. These provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    KLM, Iberia and United offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost. KLM seats can be booked through Llama Travel. United and Iberia seats can be reserved with the airlines one month prior to departure.

    Business Class
    British Airways Club World has seats which convert into full flat beds and have a privacy screen.

    Iberia Business Plus between Madrid and Latin America offers seats which convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Madrid, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    KLM World Business Class offers seats that recline to 150 degrees (to Quito) or 170 degrees (to Lima). Between the UK and Amsterdam, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    Air France Affaires Class offer seats which convert into virtually flat beds. Between the UK and Paris, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger. 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, you will usually be able to leave the rest of you luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

  • All people flying to the USA, even if only in transit to Latin America, 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 USA and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the USA. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    As 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 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.
    Additionally, if the passport was issued, renewed/extended between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 it must contain a digital photograph. If the passport was issued, renewed/extended on or after October 26, 2006, 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.

    ESTA Visa Waiver Program - **** Action by you may be required ****
    The US State Department has introduced a mandatory electronic system to help speed up the US immigration process for travellers on the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers must fill in a form on the US State department website. This can be found at (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov). Please enter this into the address bar on your web browser. There is a $14 charge per person to apply for this. DO NOT search for this website via a search engine, such as Google, as it will take you to an incorrect website. Although this can be filled in up to 72 hours before travel, we recommend that you fill in this form as soon as possible so any issues can be identified immediately. To apply please scroll to the bottom of the green area and press the apply button on the left hand side of the page. Please make sure that this form is filled out for all the passengers on your booking. If you require more detailed instructions, please visit www.LlamaTravel.com/ESTA.

    If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, or if your passport does not meet the relevant criteria, then you will require a US visa before you travel. Even if you are given authorization on the ESTA website, some travellers may not be eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. If in doubt, please consult the US embassy website.

    Advanced Passenger Information - **** Action by you is required ****
    The US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight. This is in addition to the information to be submitted for the Visa Waiver Program which you may have already completed. Please visit our website where you will find details on how to submit this information using the airlines website. www.LlamaTravel.com/USAPI.

    Please complete this procedure as soon as possible. If your passenger information is not entered into the flight booking we are unable to issue your flight tickets. This may result in your flight booking being cancelled and high charges being incurred.