Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!
March 2, 2019
Enchanted islands call to you from the paradise known as French Polynesia. What is it about these mythical tropical islands that has drawn Melville, Stevenson, London, Maugham, Michener and others to write about them? Embark upon the Oceania Marina for a 16-night cruise from Papeete to Lima and discover this magical destination for yourself. Then, visit mystical Easter Island, where more than 900 giant stone figures are partially buried in the hillsides. Where did they come from? What were they used for? You will have the opportunity to speculate just as others have done for centuries at this UNESCO World Heritage site, hundreds of miles out at sea. While onboard, you’ll enjoy the luxurious accommodations and exquisite cuisine for which Oceania Cruises is famous. Disembark in Peru, where you’ll fly to Peru’s Sacred Valley to begin your land tour. Visit the ruins of Machu Picchu, the legendary “Lost City of the Inca,” a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Built in approximately 1450 AD, it was later abandoned and forgotten until rediscovered in 1911. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of both Cusco and Lima, Peru’s capital cities of yesterday and today. Cusco, high in the Andes mountains, was the capital of the Inca Empire and later a Spanish colonial stronghold. You will see remnants of both occupations in and around the city. Lima, the modern capital located at sea level, was once the most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America and called the “City of the Kings.” It played a leading role in the history of the New World for more than 200 years, starting in 1542. Come discover mysterious statues, hidden empires, and a little corner of paradise on this Journey to Tahiti, Easter Island and Machu Picchu. Visits: Papeete, Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora Bora & Fakarava, French Polynesia, Hanga Roa (Easter Island), Chile, Lima, Sacred Valley & Cusco, Peru
|1||Arrive to Papeete and Transfer to ship for embarkation||10:00 PM|
|2||Raiatea, French Polynesia||8:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|3||Bora Bora, French Polynesia||8:00 AM||O/N|
|4||Bora Bora, French Polynesia||8:00 PM|
|6||Fakarava, French Polynesia||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|9||Pitcairn Islands Onboard Experience|
|12||Hanga Roa (Easter Island), Chile||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|17||Lima (Callao) Peru – Disembark, Fly to Cusco, Transfer to Sacred Valley (D)||8:00 AM|
|18||Sacred Valley – Full Day program to Pisac Citadel, Ollantaytambo fortress and lunch (B,L,D)|
|19||Sacred Valley – Full Day program to Machu Picchu (B,L,D)|
|20||Sacred Valley – Visit Sacsayhuaman Fort, Transfer to Cusco, Qenqo ruins and the Red Fortress (B,L)|
|21||Cusco – City Tour and Temple of the Sun (B,D)|
|22||Cusco – Fly to Lima, Peru. City tour and Larco Museum (B,D)|
|23||Transfer to airport for flight home (B)|
Day 1: Arrive in Papeete–You will be met at the airport and transferred to your cruise ship.
Day 2–16: Cruising
Day 17: Lima to Sacred Valley–After disembarking your ship, you will be transferred to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will be driven to Peru’s Sacred Valley for hotel check-in. (D)
Day 18: Sacred Valley–Visit Pisac, a town shaped like a partridge, which is known for its craft market established between colonial buildings and as the home 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 folk music will create a memorable afternoon. Next, 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 19: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu–After breakfast, you will be driven half an hour to the Ollantaytambo train station and embark for the two-hour ride to Aguas 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 will heighten 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. After your visit, you will drive back down to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. From here, board your train for the ride back to the Sacred Valley and your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 20: Sacred Valley and 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 still remains a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of Inti Raymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Qenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Qenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know Puka Pucara, located 2.5 miles 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. It is believed that the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. (B,L)
Day 21: 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 worshipped during the Inca Empire and it was once filled with 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 (B,D)
Day 22: Cusco and Lima–A transportation service, along with your guide, will pick you up from your hotel and will take 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 en 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. Enjoy dinner at La Dama Juana, 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 23: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Papeete, Tahiti–Papeete is the capital of both French Polynesia and Tahiti. It’s a walking city that features great people watching! It also serves as a major government center for Tahiti and is home to an industrial port.
Raiatea, French Polynesia–Raiatea is far removed from the more touristy islands of Bora Bora or Moorea. Visit some of the places where ancient Hawaiians lived before leaving the island to colonize Hawaii. Due to the warm temperature, one of the best ways to see the city is by rented scooter, rather than by foot.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia–Known as one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world, Bora Bora is a perfect place to spend a relaxing couple of days. Take in the imposing sight of Mount Otemanu, towering over the turquoise lagoon. Swim, snorkel or scuba around the clear, beautiful water and take in the sight of corals, fish and rays.
Fakarava, French Polynesia–Fakarava is an excellent place to spot rare birds, crustaceans and plants. This nearly untouched tropical oasis offers visitors quaint villages, a beautiful lagoon and friendly locals who will welcome you with open arms.
Hanga Roa (Easter Island), Chile–Beyond the town of Hanga Roa is Rano Raraku, an inland quarry that’s home to most of Easter Island’s most famous monolithic statues, or moai. The moai were made by the ancient Rapa Nui people. Explore this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site and the volcanic crater lake of Rano Kau. This is a great area for hiking. You can also visit the ceremonial village of Orongo. Congratulate yourself on being one of the few to make the journey to this mystical destination, still shrouded in mystery.
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.
During your 22-night Journey, you will explore Machu Picchu in Peru and other nearby landmarks. The group will board the Marina for a 16-night Journey through French Polynesia, the South Pacific and Easter Island. Afterward, you will enjoy the land portion of your trip, which involves hotel changes in Lima, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco. While on land, there are included daily excursions. Optional shore excursions 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, involving walking to several historical sites. Walking on different types of land, roads and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially at Machu Picchu. 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. 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.
Please note: Most historic areas in South America were developed during a time when traffic was by foot, or horse-drawn vehicle. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Many pavements are made up of brick or cobblestone (often original) and therefore are rough and/or uneven. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites in South America often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited – 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. 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
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. In contrast, the French inspired islands of Polynesia are picture-perfect scenes of white sand beaches, bungalows and shades of blue water you did not know existed. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves can be crowded.
South American and South Pacific culture is passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many forms of 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 “hello” and “thank you” when addressed by locals.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. Peru has fairly mild weather in March, with warmer temperatures in Lima and cooler temperatures in the mountains. The South Pacific is usually sunny and warm, 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:
Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Experience on Easter Island, by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D.
The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island, by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo
The Lure of Tahiti, by A. Grove Day
The Journal of Captain James Cook, by James Cook
Lost City of the Incas, by Hiram Bingham
The Last Days of the Incas, by Kim MacQuarrie
The Treasure of Easter Island, by Geronimo Stilton
Who Built Machu Picchu? by Anita Croy
Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu, by Ted Lewin
Lonely Planet’s Tahiti & French Polynesia
Fodor’s Peru: with Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail
Lonely Planet’s Chile & Easter Island
Nomadic Matt in Easter Island: www.nomadicmatt.com/
Easter Island Tourism Blog: www.easterislandtourism.com
Travel+Leisure Guide to Machu Picchu: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-travel-to-machu-picchu
Never Ending Footsteps: French Polynesia https://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/whats-it-like-travel-in-french-polynesia/
Destination: Peru by National Geographic on YouTube
The Ghosts of Machu Picchu
Come Hell or High Water
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements for a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The $50.00 fee for custom air services is credited to any additional charges for airfare should you accept them, but are non-refundable if you decline the custom itinerary.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Lima – Cusco||Airplane||1:15- 1:45 Hours|
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|3/2/2019||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|B4 (Veranda)||$10,389||$7,799||$2,590||CALL FOR RATES|
|A4 (Concierge Veranda)||$10,798||$8,099||$2,699||CALL FOR RATES|
|PH (Penthouse)||$12,165||$9,199||$2,966||CALL FOR RATES|
|OC (Oceania Suite)||$15,465||$11,599||$3,866||CALL FOR RATES|
|Boston||$400||John F. Kennedy||$300||Phoenix||$500|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without noticeWhile we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
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.
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.
Avenida Benavides 415 Miraflores Lima, Peru
Telephone: (51-1) 630 77 77
In Lima’s Miraflores District, Hotel Estelar Miraflores offers 4-star accommodations and free Wi-Fi. 30 minutes from Jorge Chavez International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Lima. All of the spacious rooms have panoramic city and ocean views, and fully equipped with modern facilities, including LCD TVs, air conditioning and marble bathrooms.
On the 21st floor there is a restaurant overlooking the city and the sea. Both the restaurant and the lobby bar open daily, serving traditional and international cuisine, as well as a daily breakfast.
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax on board luxurious ships and savor exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea, but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. Considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound, and there are never supplemental charges in any of the onboard restaurants. Value packages ensure that sipping a glass of vintage wine, surfing the Internet or enjoying a shore excursion is both convenient and affordable. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.®
Marina blends sophistication with a contemporary flair to create a casually elegant ambiance. From the sparkling Lalique Grand Staircase to the stunning Owner’s Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, designer touches are everywhere, highlighting the finest residential design and furnishings. More than anything, Marina personifies the Oceania Cruises experience.
Intimate and luxurious, Marina retains the same warmth and charm of her acclaimed consorts Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena. While the country club casual ambiance and level of personalized service remain the same, Marina offers even more choice and some enticing new amenities.
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 French Polynesia and 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 French Polynesia, Chile and Peru.
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.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as CIBT. 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:
French Polynesia – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Peru – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Chile – 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 220/220v 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, Peru and French Polynesia. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
French Polynesia (Tahiti) – TAHT (Tahiti Time Zone)
Peru – PET (Peru Time)
Chile – CLT (Chile Standard Time) or EAST (Easter Island Standard Time)
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 French Polynesia, Peru and Chile.
French Polynesia – French Pacific Franc (XPF)
Banknotes in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Coins and 500, 1000, 5000, 10000 francs
Coins are in 1-100 francs
Exchange – $1 USD to 100.9 francs
Peru – Peruvian Nuevo Sol
Banknotes in 10, 20, 50, 100, 200
Coins represent 5-50 ‘centimos’ and 1-5 ‘soles’ (100 centimos in a sole)
Exchange – $1 USD to 2.79 soles
Chile – Chilean Peso
Banknotes in 100, 200, 500, 10000, 20000
Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 pesos
Exchange – $1 USD to 514.67 pesos
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. 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. Traditionally in French Polynesia, tipping has not been the custom, although if you receive great service, the gesture will surely be appreciated. 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 francs/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 (Papeete, Easter Island, Lima and Cusco). The fall months of October can be warmer and act as spring in South America, but may be cooler at higher altitudes. The Pacific is nearly always warm, so pack accordingly! Please note, temperatures can vary greatly within the country itself too.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Easter Island – 0
Lima – up to 5,000
Cusco – 11,200
Easter Island – up to 1663
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 some top phrases to know before arriving in French Polynesia, Chile and Peru.
Chile & Peru: 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?): Where is the restroom?
Me encanta Macchu Picchu! (May ehn-CAN-ta Macchu Picchu): I love Macchu Picchu!
Bajá un cambio! Relax!
Serpentina (Peru): Beer
Dale! (Uruguay): OK Let’s go!
Bacán (Chile): Terrific
French Polynesia: French
Bonjour Madame/Monsieur/Mademoiselle (Boh(n)-zhoor mah-dahme/ muh-syuhr/ mah-dah-mwa-sell): Hello Mrs./Mr./Miss
Bonsoir (Bohn swarh): Good evening
Pardon (Par-dohn): Excuse Me
S’il vous plait (seal voo play): Please
Merci (mare-see): Thank you
Ou sont les toilettes (ooh saun le twala): Where is the bathroom
Facts and Figures
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