Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!
Departs USA: March 2, 2018
Visit the legendary Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and experience the Spanish colonial cities of Buenos Aires, Lima and Santiago on this Enrichment Journey to South America. Your journey starts with a night in cosmopolitan Buenos Aries, the glittering capital of Argentina and home to the legendary tango! Then board a cruise that will take you all the way from the pristine shores of Puerto Madryn to the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia – via historic Cape Horn. Cruise the Chilean Fjords before arriving at Valparaiso where you will then continue your Journey on land. Experience Chile’s countryside and wine-growing region on your way to 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: Cuzco — 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, Puerto Montt and Valparaiso, Chile; and Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru
|2||Buenos Aires Hotel|
|3||Buenos Aires – Transfer to Ship||O/N|
|4||Buenos Aires, Argentina*||5:00 PM|
|5||Montevideo, Uruguay||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|6||Punta Del Este, Uruguay||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|8||Puerto Madryn, Argentina||8:00 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, Chile – Transfer to Santiago Hotel||5:00 AM|
|19||Transfer to Lima, Cusco, and Sacred Valley|
|20||Sacred Valley Tour|
|21||Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley|
|22||Transfer to Cusco Hotel|
|24||Transfer to Lima Hotel|
|25||Return to USA|
Day 1: Depart USA
Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel
Day 3: Buenos Aires city tour and transfer to ship
Day 4: Buenos Aires from the ship
Day 5-17: Cruising
Day 17: Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, and Santiago
After debarkation, meet with your guide for a tour of Valpairaiso and nearby Vina del Mar on the way to a wine tasting and lunch before arriving in Santiago and transferring to your hotel. Valparaiso, recently appointed by UNESCO World Inheritance for the Humanity, is the main port of Chile. See Errazuriz Avenue, the harbour, the Promenade and Prat Pier, Sotomayor Square, the Custom building, Portales Beach and the Membrillo Fishermen cove, Playa Ancha district with the Naval Academy, Cerro (Hill) Artilleria rand the 21 of May View Point with a panoramic sight over the port and the bay, the old bohemian port quarter, continuing through the business center. Optional time to ascend by one of the older funiculars to the Gervasoni and Atkinson Promenades with XIX century aristocratic mansions overlooking the harbour. You’ll pass through Viña del Mar, created in 19th Century and pretty resort town on the South Pacific coast. On arrival we will see the garden clock on the hillside of Cerro Castillo, on top of which stands the Presidents’ summer residence, following the La Marina Avenue and the seaside Peru Avenue, will observe the Casino. Further on will visit La Salinas and Reñaca beaches, the coastal road leading to Concon fishermen village. At the Oceanic Rock View Point, we turn around toward the center of the city via the Libertad Avenue in sight of the La Rioja Palace, the Sporting Club racing track, the Vergara Square and the classic Valparaiso promenade-street.
Day 18: Santiago
Today you will visit the landmarks in 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, the confines of which hold the lovely Museum of Fine Arts building. Last, but not least, you will take a tour of the new financial district, cleverly known as “Sanhattan”, located at the highest point in the city. The area is an incredible contrast to the early morning, with its modern architecture. You will return to your hotel afterwards.
Day 19: Santiago, Lima, Cusco, and 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.
Day 20: Sacred Valley
Visit Pisac, a town shaped as a partridge, which is 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.
Day 21: 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 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 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.
Day 22: 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 remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of Inti Raymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. 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 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.
Day 23: 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 full 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
Day 24: Cusco and 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. Enjoy dinner at La Dama Juana is a unique and comfortable restaurant, where creole cooking is the house specialty, thus creating a singular ambience which combine dance, music and flavours. La Dama Juana offers a buffet dinner with live show that mixes the principal dances from the different regions of Peru.
Day 25: Return to USA
A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and will transfer you to the Lima airport.
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.
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.
Stanley, Falkland Islands – Capital of the Falklands since 1845, tiny Stanley lies on the windswept tip of East Falkland Island. The Falklands long served as a way station for ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The islands’ rigorous environment is immediately apparent: Stanley Harbor is dotted with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the South Atlantic. While their strategic location led to important roles in both World Wars, the islands are best remembered as the cause of the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Today, travelers increasingly journey to the islands to view their rich assortment of bird and marine life.
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.
Amelia Glacier (Scenic Cruising) – These are some of the most magnificent fjords in the world. As your eyes work their way up the jagged walls of mammoth glaciers, you may be rewarded with an Andean condor sighting. On the ocean’s surface, the Magellan penguins always put on a good show.
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 Valparaíso 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.
During your 25-day excursion, you will explore Machu Picchu in Peru and other nearby landmarks. The group will board Celebrity Infinity for a 15-day Journey through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Afterward, you will enjoy the land portion of your trip, which involves hotel changes in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Santiago. 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.
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 Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay will be unforgettable and very different than what you might be used to. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves (like Lima and Montevideo) can be crowded, so we will proceed with caution.
South American culture is passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many forms of Spanish 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” 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. South America has fairly mild, damp and cool weather in January, 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
Retired in Uruguay: www.wallyinuruguay.blogspot.com/
Ola Uruguay: www.olauruguay.com
Golden Key Blog on Machu Picchu: http://goldenkeyhq.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/journey-to-machu-picchu/
Destination: Peru by National Geographic on YouTube
Tango, by Carlos Saura (Argentina)
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|
|Miami – Buenos Aires||Airplane||12 hours|
|Valparaiso – Santiago||Motorcoach||2.5 hours (direct)|
|Santiago – Lima – Cusco||Airplane||5.5 hours (plus layover)|
|Cusco – Sacred Valley||Motorcoach||2 hours|
|Lima – Cusco||Airplane||1.5 hours|
|Lima – Miami||Airplane||6 hours|
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|3/2/2018||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|12 (Inside)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
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|Boston||$400||John F. Kennedy||$600||Phoenix||$550|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$450||San Diego||$550|
|Washington – Dulles||$600||Chicago||$500||Tampa||$300|
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– 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.
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.
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: 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.
Celebrity Infinity® is complete with her new, “Solsticized” sense of style and excitement. Relax in her spa-inspired AquaClass® accommodations featuring exclusive access to Blu, our delicious Mediterranean focused “clean cuisine” restaurant. Keep in touch at the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech wonder from the first Apple® Reseller at Sea. Enjoy sweet or savory crepes at Bistro on Five. And get ready to have a uniquely unordinary dinner at the innovative Qsine® specialty restaurant, where you order from an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Peartini at the ice-topped Martini Bar. Celebrity Infinity will make the most of your precious vacation days.
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.
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.
At the present time, payment of a Reciprocity Fee (USD $160.00 per person), is required for entry into Argentina, which must be paid in advance. See https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/ for details.
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 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:
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
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
Argentina – Argentine peso
Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 pesos
Coins are in 1-50 centavos and 1-2 pesos (100 centavos on one peso)
Exchange – $1 USD to 5.53 pesos
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
Uruguay – Uruguayan peso
Banknotes in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000
Coins are in 1-50 peso units
Exchange – $1 USD to 21.27 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. 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 winter months of December-February can be warmer and act as summer 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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