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Journey to Machu Picchu and the Panama Canal

18-Nights featuring the Panama Canal, Cartagena, Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!

Departs: November 19, 2018

About This Journey

Marvel at the incredible engineering achievement of the Panama Canal, explore the legendary Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, and sway to the music of Latin beats on this incredible 18-night Journey from Miami to Lima. After a night in Miami, you’ll begin your journey on Azamara’s newest ship, the Azamara Pursuit! In Cartagena you’ll enjoy an exclusive Enrichment Journeys shore excursion before continuing to do a full transit of the Panama Canal on your way south to Peru. Once there, you’ll explore the ancient fortresses of the Sacred Valley and take a 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 the former capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco, a beautiful city nestled in the Peruvian Andes featuring a unique mix of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. You’ll explore the city and surrounding area before ending your journey in Peru’s current capital and modern city, Lima, once known as the “City of Kings.”

Optional 2-night Lake Titicaca extension available. Call for details!Visits: Miami, Florida; Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal and Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama; Salverry (Trujillo), Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru, South America; Azamara Cruises; Azamara Pursuit

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Journey to Machu Picchu and the Panama Canal

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Miami, Florida—Transfer to Hotel for Check In, Afternoon at Leisure & Welcome Dinner
2 Miami, Florida—Hotel Check Out, Transfer to Port for Embarkation 5:00 PM
3 At Sea
4 At Sea
5 Cartagena, Colombia—Exclusive Shore Excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests only  1:00 PM
6 Cartagena, Colombia 12:00 PM
7 Panama Canal (Cruising) & Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama 5:30 AM 6:00 PM
8 Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama 1:30 PM
9 At Sea
10 At Sea
11 Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
12 Lima, Peru 8:00 AM
13 Lima, Peru—Disembark, Fly to Cusco & Transfer to Sacred Valley for Hotel Check In
14 Sacred Valley—Tour of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Wayra Ranch
15 Sacred Valley—Tour of Machu Picchu
16 Sacred Valley to Cusco—Hotel Check Out, Tour of Sacsayhuaman, Transfer to Cusco, Tour Qenqo and Cusco Hotel Check In
17 Cusco—Tour of Koricancha and Cathedral
18 Cusco to Lima—Hotel Check Out, Fly to Lima for Hotel Check In, City Tour, Farewell Dinner & Dance Performance
19 Lima—Hotel Check Out, Transfer to Airport for Return Flight
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Package Highlights

Day 1: Arrive in Miami
Transfer to your hotel for check in. You will have free time before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Pursuit (B)

Day 3–4: Cruising

Day 5: Cartagena Shore Excursion
After lunch on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Cartagena! Start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monastery at Iglesia de La Popa, formerly known as the “Popa del Galeon.” It famously resembles the stern of a galleon ship. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery provide 360 degree views of the city and the sea as well as the port, one of the most important in the Caribbean. Then, visit San Felipe Fortress, built in the 17th century by the Spanish for protection against pirate attacks. Walk around the fortress and learn about the castle construction, engineering feats, tunnels, underground galleries and passageways. Next, continue to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) to visit the Church of San Pedro Claver, a beautiful Baroque ecclesiastical church and museum built in the 17th century. Then, head to a local restaurant to participate in a rum and a coffee tasting session, guided by a Master Taster from “Hacienda San Alberto,” a coffee plantation located in the Coffee Triangle. Finish the day with dinner at a traditional restaurant where you’ll enjoy local cuisine and a folkloric show. (D)

Day 6–12: Cruising

Day 13: Lima to Sacred Valley
After disembarking from the ship, the rest of today is a travel day that will take you all the way from the cosmopolitan city of Lima to an unexpected resort in Peru’s Sacred Valley. (B, D)

Day 14: 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 15: 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, then return by train and have the evening at leisure at the hotel. (B, L)

Day 16: 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 Qenqo, located about 2.5 miles (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 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, L)

Day 17: 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, D)

Day 18: 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 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. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner while enjoying a live performance of the principal dances from the different regions of Peru. (B, D)

Day 19: Lima
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (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.

Port Highlights

Miami, Florida–You’ll be hard pressed to find a city more vibrant than Miami! Home to an incredible array of cultures, Miami is the place to go to see Art Deco designs, dance the night away to Latin rhythms and relax on legendary beaches—all on the same day! If you’re feeling more adventurous, rent a boat to catch a glimpse of manatees or explore the Everglades and seek an encounter with an alligator.

Cartagena, Colombia–Enchanting, romantic, and exuding Spanish Colonial charm, colorful Cartagena is an inviting destination for travel lovers. This walled city holds stunning treasures just waiting to be discovered, such as castles, palaces, and sandy beaches. After a day of exploration, settle into an open air café and watch horse-drawn carriages canter by.

Panama Canal, Panama–Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments and a must-see for every world traveler. Seeing over 14,000 ships pass through every year, the journey cuts through the Isthmus of Panama and takes about nine hours, as ships are lifted and lowered a total of approximately 170 feet through its three locks.

Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama–Founded in 1519, Panama City is now one of Central America’s most cosmopolitan cities and home to incredible architecture, ethnic diversity, and distinctive Panamanian dishes. To tempt your taste buds, visit the neighborhood of Casco Viejo, the historic heart of Panama City. Hike the Parque Natural Metropolitano, and go to the Miraflores locks to watch huge ships travel along the Panama Canal.

Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru–Peru’s cultural capital, Trujillo is a lively city with a storied history. Stunning colonial architecture, a vibrant arts scene, and a wealth of archaeological discoveries make Trujillo the ideal gateway to explore Peru’s pre-Incan wonders.

Lima, Peru–Laid-back, but with layers of history and culture to explore, the “City of Kings” is one of South America’s crown jewels. You’ll experience a live performance of the principal dances from the different regions of Peru and get a real taste of this city’s rich culture.

Journey to Machu Picchu and the Panama Canal

Included Features

  • Included international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • One night pre-cruise land program in Miami
    • Miami, Florida – one-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
  • Six night post-cruise land program in Peru
    • Sacred Valley, Peru–three-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour of Pisac and Ollantaytambo
      • Lunch at Wayra Ranch including Peruvian Paso horse demonstration
      • Full-day tour of Machu Picchu
    • Cusco, Peru–two-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, and Puka Pucara
      • Half-day tour of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral
    • Lima, Peru–one-night hotel stay
      • Half-day Lima city tour
      • Farewell dinner and evening dance performance
  • Local Tour Hosts in Miami, Cartagena and Peru
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 11-night sailing aboard Azamara Pursuit
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Cartagena, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Journey to Machu Picchu and the Panama Canal

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Your 18-night Enrichment Journey begins with a one-night land program in Miami and ends with a six-night land program in Peru. Each day during the land program in Peru will include tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see, 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. During the 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.

Physical Activity

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.

Cultural Focus

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.

Unique Factors

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: 

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney

 

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet’s Peru www.lonelyplanet.com/peru 

Blogs

Two Wandering Soles: Peru https://www.twowanderingsoles.com/peru/

The Slow Rod: Peru http://www.butterfield.com/

Videos

Destination: Peru by National Geographic on YouTube

The Motorcycle Diaries (Peru & more)

Transportation

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 Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Lima–Cusco Flight 1.15 hours
Cusco–Sacred Valley Coach 1 hour

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Special Offers

Two-night Lake Titicaca Islands Extension

INCLUDES:

  • Flight from Cusco to Puno and Puno to Lima
  • Two-night hotel accommodations (Libertador, or similar)
  • Most meals
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles, including:
    • Tour of the floating island of the Uros
    • Tour of the island of Taquile
    • and more. Click here to see full tour description »

Space is limited! 
Please call your travel agent or 1-800-296-1992 for more information and to book!

Reserve this extension from $1,399 per person (or $1,649 for a Single). Call for details today!

 

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

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Dates & Prices
11/19/2018 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
V3 (Club Veranda) $9,332 $6,999 $2,333 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Houston Intercontinental $450 Philadelphia $300
Boston $250 Toronto $300 Chicago $400
Denver $500 Los Angeles $300 San Diego $500
Dallas-Ft. Worth $500 Orlando $355 Washington – Dulles $450
Miami $0 San Francisco $450
– 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.

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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.

Accommodations
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca  Huayllabamba,
Urubamba 084, Peru

Phone : + 51 (1) 207-0440

E-mail: info@aranwahotels.com

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.

Belmond Monasterio Hotel Cusco

Calle Palacio 140, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco, Perú

Phone: +51 84 60 4000

E-mail: perures.fits@belmond.com

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.

Jose Antonio Deluxe

Calle Bellavista 133
Entre la cuadra 2 y 3 de Pardo,
Lima 18, Peru

Telephone: 011 51 1 7083765
Email: reservas4@hotelesjoseantonio.com

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.

Azamara Pursuit

Cruise Line: Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With the hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touring, Azamara will not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing Evenings℠ event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Like her sister ships, the brand new Azamara Pursuit offers some of the most extraordinary adventures on Earth, to places you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to visiting totally new-to-Azamara destinations, the Pursuit will stay longer in each port, so you have more time to experience the world’s many wonders.

Onboard this new boutique ship, built in the same style as her sisters, enjoy seven intimate restaurants, cafes and lounges, a refreshing onboard pool, sun-drenched decks, a revitalizing spa where you can truly relax…the list goes on.

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Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. 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 make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

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.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

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.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and 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 for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

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 have questions about 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. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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 item to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

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.

Cell phones

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 your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, 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 for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. 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 with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some 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 speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers 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

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.

Briefing sessions

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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

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 accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

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 Colombia, Panama 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.

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

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:

Colombia – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Panama – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Peru – 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 https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Electric Current

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. 

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

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Colombia – Colombian peso

Panama – United States Dollar or Panamanian Balboa

Peru – Peruvian nuevo sol

Tipping Guidelines

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. 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.

Climate

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. Expect average temperatures to vary by region and time of year.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Cartagena 86/75 88/75 88/77 88/79 88/79 90/79 90/79 90/79 90/79 88/79 88/79 88/77
Panama City 88/73 90/73 91/73 91/75 90/75 88/75 88/73 88/73 86/73 86/72 86/72 86/72
Lima & Cusco 79/64 80/69 80/69 76/66 72/63 69/61 67/60 66/60 67/59 69/61 72/63 76/66

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

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

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Colombia

  • Is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • The name “Colombia” is derived from the last name of the explorer Christopher Columbus.
  • The traditional national sport of Colombia is called Tejo. It is a team sport that involves launching projectiles at a target.
  • Colombia is the world’s leading source of emeralds and its coffee is world-renowned.

Panama

  • Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
  • The Panama Canal generates fully one-third of Panama’s entire economy.
  • Panama was the first Latin American country to adopt the U.S. currency as its own.
  • Panama City is the only capital city that has a rain forest within the city limits.

Peru

  • There are almost 30 million Peruvians in the country, with 84% speaking Spanish and 13% using the Quechua language.
  • Two-thirds of Peru is covered in prime Amazon Rain Forest.
  • Cuy, or Guinea Pig, is a traditional dish eaten in Peru during important festivals, and is usually baked whole, as a small suckling pig.
  • The New York Times calls Peruvian cuisine the best kept secret in South America. Lima has over twenty cooking schools.

Journey to Machu Picchu and the Panama Canal

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