South America Tours
South America has the diversity of no other continent in the world. From snow-capped peaks in the Andes to the virgin rainforest of the Amazon, from the golden beaches of the Atlantic to the magical Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, not to mention the spectacular Iguazu Falls, there is an interest for everyone. Yampu offers numerous trips that combine several South American countries.
In South America, Yampu’s most comprehensive trips are the South America Highlights, taking you to between two and seven countries: Ecuador, which includes the fabled Galapagos Islands; Peru, home of Machu Picchu; Bolivia, a landlocked country with enormous diversity of ecological zones; Chile; Argentina, where the tango was born; Uruguay and Brazil, which comprises roughly half the land mass of the continent.
|The 5 most popular trips in Combined South America:||
South America Highlights Tour with Galapagos
Patagonian Chile and Argentina
Peru, Argentina and Brazil: Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Iguazu and Rio
Luxury Quito and Galapagos with Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu
A part from an unfortunate delay in our trip back, our trip has been a complete success. We enjoyed every minute. We visited amazing places, we did not have any problems whatsoever with people we met, communications, food, hotels, and above all with our health considering that for many days we lived at a very high altitudes. Services provided by your local partners in Peru and Chile were up to our expectations. As I told you the only negative remark was about the flight schedule. Every flight we took in Peru and Chile was early in the morning so we had to get up at 4 or 5AM and beside the fatigue of that we missed the breakfasts at the hotels. Considering that we had to leave the hotels early in the morning for our excursions to Colca Canyon in Peru and to the Geysers in Atacama, basically we missed most of our breakfasts included in the hotel prices. Here are some of my comments: LAN : excellent services on board, always on time, new and comfortable planes. Lima airport is a kind of a zoo and LAN check in is just one line. You really risk to miss the plane even if you are two hours early. Thanks to our local guide, we were able somewhat to jump the line and make it. A part for that again excellent services from LAN. We highly recommend them. Hotels: Alto Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama and Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes were outstanding. Amazing locations, excellent rooms, relaxing and fantastic atmosphere, and out of this world landscaping. Very glad of the choice made. The other hotels, Libertadores in Cusco and Casa Andina in Lima, Arequipa and Puno were also excellent but more traditional than the firts two. If I had to give marks, I would give a 10 to Alta Atacama and Inkaterra, 9 to Libertadores in Cusco and Casa Andina in Arequipa, a 8 to Casa Andina in Lima and a 7+ to Casa Andina in Puno. Food: most of the time we ate at the restaurants in the hotels. Everywere we had excellent meals. Again Alto Atacama was our firts choice followed by Libertadores. One consideration about Alto Atacama. They do not offer a menu a la carte, they give you only two options for each course. On the other hand they offer you the possibility to have half day board included in the room price. We would not have minded that possibility being offered at the time of booking. The welcome dinner at La Rosa Nautica in Lima was good but not as we were anticipating based on previous reviews we read about the restaurant. Maybe because our dinner was not a la carte. Next time, no more prepaid dinners. Trains: we liked the Vistadome and the Andean Explorer. Both comfortable and very clean. Services on board were excellent. We just wished they were a little faster in traveling. Communications: no problems whatsoever, almost everybody we dealt spoke English, and if not our broken Spanish mixed with Italian did it. Excursions: Machu Pichu was of course intended to be the highlight of our trip and it really deserved it, despite the thousand of visitors the day we were there and the pouring rain at times. We also enjoyed Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca in Peru, and the Atacama desert in Chile. We were just a little bit disappointed with the Colca Canyon excursion ( the condor showed up late and for very little time) and the geysers in the Chile (Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park in USA is better!) but still loved both trips in the rugged countrysides at a very high altitude. In conclusions, thanks to Yampu Tours and its local partners for the excellent vacation arranged and provided. We loved Peru and Chile, we loved their people, their culture, their museums, their handcrafts (we bought lots of clothing made of wool in Peru). We will certainly go back!! Many thanks to Karolina for her help in suggesting and preparing our itinerary and for her assistance before and after our departure. Next is going to be Argentina, sometimes in 2012. Be in touch then.