Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!
Departs: March 8, 2019
Visit the legendary Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and experience the Spanish colonial cities of Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima and Santiago on this Enrichment Journey to South America. Your journey starts in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the glittering capital of Argentina and home to the legendary tango! You’ll experience the city’s highlights, then head out into the countryside for a gaucho (cowboy) experience and BBQ at a local ranch. Then board the Celebrity Eclipse and set sail, stopping in Montevideo for an exclusive Enrichment Journeys shore excursion before continuing to the pristine shores of Puerto Madryn and the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. Cruise the Chilean Fjords before arriving in Valparaiso where you will then continue your Journey on land. Experience Chile’s countryside and wine-growing region surrounding Santiago. Next it’s on to Peru’s Sacred Valley and the scenic train ride to Machu Picchu, the legendary “Lost City of the Inca,” and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll also visit Peru’s capital cities of yesterday and today: Cusco—former capital of the Inca Empire and later a Spanish colonial stronghold—and Lima, the modern capital once known as the “City of Kings,” before returning home.
Optional 4-day Iguazu Falls extension available. Call for details!Visits: Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia, Argentina; Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay; Cape Horn, Punta Arenas, Strait of Magellan, Chilean Fjords, Puerto Montt, Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile; and Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Eclipse
|1||Buenos Aires, Argentina–Transfer to Hotel, Afternoon City Tour and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Buenos Aires–Visit Pampas La Candelaria Ranch, Evening Tango Show|
|3||Buenos Aires–Hotel Check-out, Transfer to Port for Embarkation|
|4||Buenos Aires, Argentina||6:45 PM|
|5||Montevideo, Uruguay—Included Shore Excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests only||8:45 AM||7:00 PM|
|6||Punta del Este, Uruguay||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|8||Puerto Madryn, Argentina||7:00 AM||5:30 PM|
|10||Cape Horn, Chile||4:00 PM||6:00 PM|
|11||Ushuaia, Argentina||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|12||Punta Arenas, Chile||9:00 AM||6:30 PM|
|13||Strait of Magellan–Scenic Cruising|
|15||Puerto Montt, Chile||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|17||Valparaiso to Santiago, Chile–Disembark, Tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Winery Tour and Hotel Check-in||5:00 AM|
|18||Santiago, Chile and Tour|
|19||Santiago to Sacred Valley, Peru–Hotel Check out, Fly to Peru, Transfer to Sacred Valley|
|20||Sacred Valley–Tour of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Wayra Ranch|
|21||Sacred Valley–Tour of Machu Picchu|
|22||Sacred Valley to Cusco–Hotel Check-out, Tour of Sacsayhuaman and Quenqo, Transfer to Cusco for Hotel Check-in|
|23||Cusco–Tour of Koricancha and Cathedral|
|24||Cusco to Lima–Hotel Check-out, Fly to Lima, Hotel Check-in, City Tour, Farewell Dinner and Dance Experience|
|25||Lima–Transfer to airport for Return Flight|
Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires
Upon arrival at the airport in Buenos Aires, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with transferring to the hotel. After an early hotel check-in, spend the morning relaxing at the hotel to recuperate after the flight. In the afternoon, join your fellow travelers for a city tour and welcome dinner. In this most complete overview of the “Paris of South America,” we will visit Recoleta, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. We will visit Colon Theatre, one of the world’s famous Opera Houses. For decades, visitors to Buenos Aires have marveled at the Colon Theater, a world class facility for opera, ballet and classical music, which opened in 1908 with a presentation of Aida. Occupying an entire block, the seven-story building has seating for 2500 spectators and standing room for another 1000. Learn about the Colon’s colorful history and the special features that make it among the world’s greatest. We will then continue to the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires, the picturesque neighborhood of San Telmo. It was the residence to the porteño aristocracy until the end of the XIX century and is now where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday, in the colorful, Italian immigrant neighborhood of La Boca. We will end the day with a welcome dinner at Café Tortoni, founded in 1858. It is the oldest café in the country, and for more than 150 years it has been the meeting place of intellectuals, politicians and artists, giving it a very rich history. (D)
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Depart Buenos Aires in a comfortable coach for the scenic ride through the Argentine pampas (plains) to an estancia (ranch), for a day of gaucho fun beginning with a friendly welcome reception including empanadas, wine and juice. Visit some of the ranch’s attractions, including the museum and bakery, before watching a milking demonstration—you can even participate in this daily activity if you like! Then watch the gauchos saddle up the horses, and take off on a leisurely horseback ride through the countryside. Back at the ranch, tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch including wine, soda, water and coffee. During lunch, be entertained by a folkloric song and dance show, and then work off your meal by participating in some traditional Argentine dances. Later, go for a carriage or tractor ride, and then watch the gauchos show off their incredible horse-riding skills with ring races and other performances. Before heading back to Buenos Aires, enjoy a glass of mate (an Argentine drink of yerba mate leaves steeped in hot water) accompanied by sweet cakes with quince jelly.
After the gaucho experience, head back to the hotel to relax before the late evening’s special dinner. Tonight, be our guest at the tango venue in San Telmo. Deemed as ‘living evidence of civic memory’ by the Museum of the City of Buenos Aires, the venue is a truly historic site and will take you back to the tango heyday of the early 1900s. Before the show starts, enjoy a three-course dinner of Argentine and international dishes, accompanied by wines from Finca Flichman, an esteemed Mendoza winery, plus coffee and a glass of sparkling wine. At about 10:15pm, the show will begin! Sit back and prepare to be blown away by the passionate performances happening on stage. The show will take you from 1860 to the present, highlight the history of tango and Buenos Aires. While musicians sing and play the accordion, piano, violin and bass, four couples will show off their dramatic tango skills. They’re some of the best dancers in town, so don’t miss out! (B, L, D)
Day 3: Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Eclipse. (B)
Day 4–16: Cruising
Day 5: Montevideo Shore Excursion
After breakfast on board, set off with your local guide on the most exclusive Shore Excursion in Montevideo. Begin with an orientation tour of the city. You will see the Independence Square, Parliament, La Carreta Monument, Downtown, Pocitos and Parque Batlle Park neighborhoods, and the city coastline. You will then drive to the district of Cuchilla Pereira called “The Wine Land.” Here you will visit a bodega (wine shop) founded in 1898, where you will be part of an unforgettable experience. You will visit the wine cellar which dates to the 1800’s and browse through the old machinery museum. Along the way, you will enjoy a performance that recreates the era in which the milonga emerged in the Rio de la Plata. Argentinians, intrigued by the dance, borrowed several characteristics of it, added their own attitude and style, and called in the Tango. Dancers and Singers will make you feel you are being transported back in time and that are part of the Uruguayan history of the late 1800’s. To enhance the experience, you will enjoy the best national wines and delicious local snacks. History, wine making, dance, singing, gastronomy, and delicious wines should make for a memorable experience. From here, return to your ship with a new-found appreciation for Montevideo and Uruguay. (L)
Day 17: Valparaiso Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Eclipse and begin your post-cruise tour! Valparaiso, recently appointed by UNESCO World Inheritance for the Humanity, is the main port of Chile. We’ll see Errazuriz Avenue, the harbor, the Promenade and Prat Pier, Sotomayor Square, the Custom building, Portales Beach, Membrillo Fisherman’s cove, Playa Ancha district with the Naval Academy, Cerro (Hill) Artilleria, the 21 of May viewpoint with a panoramic sight over the port and the bay, and the old bohemian port quarter. We’ll then pass through Viña del Mar, a pretty resort town on the South Pacific coast that was created in 19th century. We will see the garden clock and President’s summer residence on the hillside of Cerro Castillo, La Marina Avenue, the seaside Peru Avenue, and the Casino. Then, visit La Salinas beach, Reñaca beach and the coastal road leading to Concon fishermen village. At the Oceanic Rock viewpoint, we’ll have a view of the city, the La Rioja Palace, the Sporting Club racing track, the Vergara Square and the classic Valparaiso promenade-street. On the way to Santiago, stop at a local vineyard for a tour, wine tasting and leisurely lunch. Upon arrival in Santiago, check in to the hotel and spend the evening at your leisure. (L)
Day 18: Santiago
Today you will visit the landmarks of the city of Santiago, such as Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins, Santa Lucia Hill, Barrio Lastarria, the La Moneda Palace, the Santiago City Hall, the Cathedral, the old financial district, and the urban park Parque Forestal. Then, take a tour of the new financial district, cleverly known as “Sanhattan”, located at the highest point in the city. Return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. This evening, join us for a splendid dinner of local flavors and live music. (B, D)
Day 19: Santiago to Sacred Valley
Today is a travel day that will take you all the way from the cosmopolitan city of Santiago to an unexpected resort in Peru’s Sacred Valley. (B, D)
Day 20: Sacred Valley
Start the day with a visit to Pisac, a town that appears from the air in the shape of a partridge, which is well-known for its craft market established between colonial buildings and for housing one of the most impressive complex of agricultural terraces of the valley. The market has scores of stands that exhibit and sell products manufactured by the residents of the area. We have planned a lunch at Wayra Ranch where you will be delighted by a meal designed by the prominent Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis. The ranch is also known for the Peruvian Paso horse, renowned for the smoothest gait in the world. Stunning equestrian demonstrations and marinera music will create a memorable afternoon before we continue on to Ollantaytambo, a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with the old traditions. You will find a huge archaeological complex which, although it bears the name of fortress, it was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate the delegations that traveled long distances. This evening dine and stay at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 21: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
After breakfast, you will be driven half an hour to the Ollantaytambo train station and embark for the two hour ride to Agua Caliente, also known as Machu Picchu pueblo. Please note: be sure to bring your passport with you as local authorities check the name on the ticket against a picture ID. Also, luggage on the train is limited to a backpack. After leaving the train, you will walk through a crafts market and board a local bus to ascent to Machu Picchu, the most important archaeological site in Peru. The ascent takes about 20 minutes on mountainous roads – your expectations heightening with each new vista. Your local guide will talk about the site and will lead you in small groups around the site according to the level of exercise you are comfortable with. Enjoy lunch at Café Inkaterra. In the afternoon return to by train and have the evening at leisure at the hotel. (B, L)
Day 22: Sacred Valley to Cusco
You will be transferred from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to the city of Cusco. En route, you will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of Inti Raymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshiped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know Puka Pucara, located 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) from the city of Cusco. Puka Pucara, which means “Red Fortress”, was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. This afternoon, arrive in Cusco and check in to your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B)
Day 23: Sacred Valley to Cusco
You will start your scenic tour of Cusco at the Koricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun”, the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438–1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun was worshiped during the Inca Empire and it was once filled gold artifacts. You will then go to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works. Its construction lasted almost a century, it started in 1560 and ended in 1654. The Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered to extract and transport hundreds of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for this purpose. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B)
Day 24: Cusco to Lima
A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, your tour will start in downtown Lima, where you will visit the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as “The City of Kings,” in 1535, and it was already known by the name of Lima when Peru proclaimed its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821. There you may see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Lima Cathedral. You will then visit the Aliaga House, a viceregal construction delivered by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains (Jerónimo de Aliaga) when he founded the city. You will then go to Saint Francis’ Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and an authentic network of catacombs open to the public. Next, you will go to Pueblo Libre district to visit the Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926. The museum, located inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts as well pieces of erotic art. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at La Dama Juana is a unique and comfortable restaurant, where creole cooking is the house specialty, thus creating a singular ambiance which combine dance, music and flavors. La Dama Juana offers a buffet dinner with live show that mixes the principal dances from the different regions of Peru. (B, D)
Day 25: Lima
Check out of the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Buenos Aires, Argentina–If only one word could be used to describe this vibrant and richly cosmopolitan city, it would be “mosaic.” Stroll along these broad thoroughfares, like the Plaza de Mayo, where famed first lady Evita Perón led fervent crowds to petition for her husband’s release from prison, or visit Pirámide de Mayo, the oldest of the city’s many national monuments.
Montevideo, Uruguay–Uruguay is cattle country, and although Montevideo is a thoroughly modern city with a rich artistic tradition, the reach of the rural estancias is all around you. If ever there were a time you were inclined to indulge, delicious steaks are the specialties of the house in virtually every restaurant.
Punta del Este, Uruguay–If South America had purposely created a place to compete with the Riviera, this would be it. Leisurely browse through the chic shops and galleries of Calle Gorlero, or spend a relaxing afternoon people watching from a beachside café while the assorted sun lovers and jet setters around you enjoy one of the continent’s most storied playgrounds.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina–This deep water port was founded in 1865 by Welsh immigrants. Extending out into the Atlantic from Puerto Madryn is the Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary where vast numbers of sea elephants, whales and penguins far outnumber the few human visitors who make it out this far.
Cape Horn, Chile (Scenic Cruising)–Tierra del Fuego, Land of Fire, is the most isolated place in the Americas, and Cape Horn is its southernmost point. These craggy cliffs and windswept shores are stark, rugged beauty personified, creating a dramatic setting for the collision between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Ushuaia, Argentina–No city on the planet has more southerly latitude. As a result, the sun shines for 18 hours during each summer day, providing ample opportunity to view the mix of glaciers, forests and sea, all framed by Mount Martial to the west and Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the east.
Punta Arenas, Chile–The southernmost point on the contiguous South American continent, Punta Arenas overlooks the Strait of Magellan and Otway Sound, home to colonies of sea lions and Magellan penguins. It’s also one of the few places on earth where you can snow ski while looking out over the ocean.
Puerto Montt, Chile–This coastal enclave lives and dies by the sea, as evidenced by the colorful fishnet floats that adorn the main cathedral’s alter, the dozens of salmon farms that thrive in the hidden bays, and the hundreds of fishing boats that venture out each dawn in search of ocean bounty.
Valparaiso, Chile–The picturesque neighborhoods of Valparaiso extend up into the hills overlooking the busy port and the Pacific Ocean beyond. To explore the churches and architectural landmarks that make this a World Heritage site, ride the accentors, a series of elevators that are over 100 years old.
Your 24-night Enrichment Journey begins with a two-night land program in Buenos Aires and ends with an eight-night land program in Chile and Peru. Each day during the land tour will include tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels chosen include a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining and shopping. Between the land tours, the group will board the Celebrity Eclipse for a 14-night cruise. Some days will be at sea, but during ports of call you may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
Please note that as both Machu Picchu and Cusco are at significant altitude above sea level, shortness of breath and fatigue may occur. Guests unfamiliar with the effects of high altitude should consult their personal physician.
The land portion of the trip should be considered very active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, most historic areas were developed during a time when traffic was by foot. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Walking on different types of land, roads and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially at Machu Picchu. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.
A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements, and not all sites are accessible by wheelchair. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
Ancient history blends together with modern appeal in the heart of the former Inca Empire. Influences from this civilization are present alongside traces of Spanish colonization that later brought its own cultural stamp. Immerse yourself in the South American style while surrounded by staggering mountains and green valleys. A trip of a lifetime through South America will provide unforgettable experiences that will be very different than that you might be used to at home. New cuisine can be the biggest difference travelers experience abroad. Dishes are prepared fresh and can often be modified to your tastes. The local host or tour manager as well as any staff would be happy to recommend new types of cuisine for you to sample and are willing to explain the flavorful components. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. The cultures of the countries visited on this journey is quite diverse. You will have the chance to hear several different languages/dialects and interact with a wide range of people. Keep in mind that some hand gestures have different meanings than they do in the U.S, so it’s customary to simply smile, say “hola” (hello) and “gracias” (thank you) when addressed by locals. Note that sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves can be crowded.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. South America has fairly mild, damp and cool weather in March (autumn), so having the appropriate gear for this type of climate and rain is advisable. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city walks and when exploring Machu Picchu.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Odyssey to Ushuaia: A Motorcycling Adventure from New York to Tierra del Fuego
Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney
Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler (Chile)
The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis (Uruguay)
Solving the Mysteries of Machu Picchu (Digging Into History) by Anita Croy
Where Angels Glide at Dawn: New Stories from Latin America by Lori M. Carlson
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
Lonely Planet’s Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
The Rough Guide to Chile by Jonathan Franklin
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Argentina by Demetrio Carrasco, Nigel Hicks, Linda Whitwam
Argentina by Nomadic Matt https://www.nomadicmatt.com/
A Gringo in Buenos Aires: www.gringoinbuenosaires.com
Two Wandering Soles: Peru https://www.twowanderingsoles.com/peru/
The Slow Rod: Peru http://www.butterfield.com/
Destination: Peru by National Geographic on YouTube
Tango, by Carlos Saura (Argentina)
The Motorcycle Diaries (Argentina, Peru & more)
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|Cusco–Sacred Valley||Coach||1 hour|
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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.
Carlos Pellegrini 551 | Capital Federal, Buenos Aires C1009ABK, Argentina
Telephone: 011 54 11 4348-5000
The Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel is situated on 9 de Julio Avenue, just in front of the Obelisk and the Colón Theater, in the downtown area of Argentine’s Capital Federal known as “microcentro”. It is Buenos Aires’s nerve and vibrating center, a city with a European soul and Latin fervor. Buenos Aires is Puerto Madero, with its restaurants, the “Puente de la mujer” (Woman’s bridge) by Santiago Calatrava. But is also La Boca, with the “Bombonera” and Caminito; San Telmo with its fair, antiquarians and the air full of tango; the Costanera Sur (Southern riverside), with Lola Mora’s fountain; and Plaza de Mayo square, with its Cathedral and its Casa Rosada (the Pink House). Buenos Aires is Palermo with the Planetarium, the Racetracks, the Zoo and the Floralis Generica, Eduardo Catalano’s steel flower. Buenos Aires is tango and Maradona’s soccer, but is also polo, pure skill and adrenaline.
Av. Nueva Costanera 3736, Vitacura, Santiago
Telephone: +56 2 2432 6800
Noi Vitacura is located in the heart of Alonso de Córdova, a neighborhood known throughout Chile for its notable boutiques offering some of the finest brands from around the world. Here you’ll find famed haute couture designers, as well as other creators of international renown.
The hotel is just a short walk from Parque Bicentenario, a park with over 30 hectares of artificial lagoons, native flora and paths that make for lovely open-air excursions.
Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca Huayllabamba,
Urubamba 084, Peru
Phone : + 51 (1) 207-0440
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on a seventeenth century colonial hacienda by the Vilcanota River, just one hour away from the city of Cusco and on the route to Machu Picchu. The hotel offers rooms decorated in colonial style as well as other modern minimalist decor. Enjoy unforgettable days in Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness and let yourself be carried away by its mystical atmosphere in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is the magical meeting of two eras: ancients Inca culture and colonial sumptuousness in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Calle Palacio 140, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco, Perú
Phone: +51 84 60 4000
Right beside the lively Cusco central square is Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592.
One of the most unique hotels in Cusco, this delightful retreat combines centuries-old charm with luxury hotel service. Discover inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites, all clustered around a tranquil central courtyard.
The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cusco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.
Calle Bellavista 133
Entre la cuadra 2 y 3 de Pardo,
Lima 18, Peru
Telephone: 011 51 1 7083765
Located in the heart of tourist-friendly Miraflores, the Jose Antonio Deluxe Hotel is the perfect place to rest before exploring the beautiful city of Lima. The Jose Antonio Deluxe Hotel boasts an included breakfast, an on-site restaurant and bar and Free Wi-Fi. The hotel is located just three minutes from the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and just twenty minutes from the historical capital of Lima.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
Ship: Celebrity Eclipse
Since Celebrity Eclipse® joined Celebrity’s fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice® Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine®, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge℠, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for—easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, and you may never want to set foot on land again.
How you handle your currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.
Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines with weight and size.
Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please check with your Personal Vacation Manager to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into South America from the U.S. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these items are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Please note: At the present time, payment of a Reciprocity Fee (Canadian citizens only), is required for entry into Argentina. The fee must be paid in advance. See https://dnm.provincianet.com.ar for details.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, some countries, like Peru, will have you fill out a visa in customs upon arrival.
The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding on what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this Journey:
Peru – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Chile – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Argentina – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Uruguay – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. All countries visited are on 220v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.
You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip throughout Chile, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
Peru – PET (Peru Time)
Chile – CLT (Chile Standard Time) or EAST (Easter Island Standard Time)
Uruguay – UYT (Uruguay Time Zone)
Argentina – ART (Argentina Time Zone)
Since you will be visiting multiple countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.
Here are current exchange rates for Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay:
Peru – Peruvian nuevo sol
Argentina – Argentine peso
Chile – Chilean peso
Uruguay – Uruguayan peso
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. In Peru, 10 percent is often added to the bill, and another 10 percent is expected by guests who’ve had good service. In Argentina, upwards of 20 percent is customary at restaurants and spas. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in South America that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Note the great variances in currency between countries and plan accordingly.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few pesos/soles in the local currency is customary. The Enrichment Journeys local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). The suggested tip amount for drivers is $5 per person, per day.
With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Lima, Cusco, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago and Punta de Este). The spring months of March-June can be cool in the evening, as it is the fall season in South America. Temperatures can vary greatly within the country itself too.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Lima – up to 5,000
Cusco – 11,200
Santiago – 1,706
Punta Arenas – 112
Ushuaia – 75
Buenos Aires – 360
Montevideo – 140
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top ten fun phrases in South American Spanish, with a few colloquialisms from Chile, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.
South American Spanish
Hola (OH-lah): Hello
Como está usted? (KOH-moh ehs-TAH oos-TEHD?): How are you?
Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you
Si (See): Yes
No (Noh): No
Delicioso (Deh-lee-SYOH-soh): Delicious
Ayudame! (Ah-YOO-dah may!): Help me!
Cuanto cuesta? (KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah): How much?
Donde está el bano? (Don-day ehs-TAH ehl BAH-nyoh?): Please, where is the restroom?
Me encanta Macchu Picchu! (May ehn-CAN-ta Macchu Picchu): I love Macchu Picchu!
Bajá un cambio! (Argentina): Relax!
Serpentina (Peru): Beer
Dale! (Uruguay): OK Let’s go!
Bacán (Chile): Terrifi
Facts and Figures
Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Chile, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay before you embark on your Journey.
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