From Huaraz to Huaraz (8
Cordillera Blanca on the
northern Peruvian Andes, is the world's largest
concentration of glaciers within the tropical
zone. Along its 180 km. length, twenty to thirty
peaks rise above 6000 mts. Depending on the
weather, such mountains as Pucahirca and Huandoy
are counted as one or four. The other thirty are
higher than the 5700 m Nevado Huascaran (6780
mts), making it the world's highest mountain in
the tropical zone, and the second highest on the
Andes. This magnificent mountain range has
attracted climbers and backpackers for many
years, and is now one of the most popular hiking
regions in South America. The mountains are very
accessible because the western side of the
cordilleras is uninterrupted by fifteen glacial
valleys, creating ideal routes which lead past
the peaks west of the main crest and into the
centre of the range.
OVERLANDING AND ADVENTURE
FOUR WORLD'S OF THE ANDES
(Departures: Apr, Jun, Jul,
Nov & Dec)
The classic adventure tour.
Enjoy colourful Andean culture and magnificent
archaeological monuments. Visit wildlife reserves
on the Amazon and Pacific coast, and fly over the
Nazca Lines. We emphasize active exploration. Top
guides, superior hotels, one night in native
Days 1-2 La Paz. Day 3
Tiawanaco/Copacabana. Days 4-5 Taquile
Island/Puno. Day 6 Train to Cusco. Days 7-8
Amazon Lodge. Day 9 Cusco. Days 10-11 Machu
Picchu. Days 12-13 Lima and home. Optional Coast
Extension: Days 13-14 Paracas/Nazca Lines. Day 15
Ballestas Islands/Lima. Day 16 Home.
Led by an expert weaver,
you meet weavers in highland villages where the
tradition of backstrap weaving remains strong.
Also visit private collections, museums, and
shops. Emphasis on active day hikes.
Days 1-3 La Paz/Sucre. Day
4 Tarabuco. Days 5-8 Hacienda stay. Days 9-10 La
Paz. Days 11-13 Royal Range village stay. Days
14-19 Charazani weaving village visits. Days
20-21 La Paz/home.
ROYAL CORDILLERA LLAMA TREK
(JUN, JUL, SEP)
Bolivia's Royal Cordillera
offers 21000 peaks, pristine lakes, spectacular
views from high passes, and exhilarating
scrambles to 18000 summits. You will also explore
the exquisite Lake Titicaca islands and camp on
Island of the Sun.
Strenuous, 8 nights
camping, 3 star hotels.
Days 1-2 La Paz/Illimani.
Days 3-6 Lake Titicaca/Island of the Sun. Days
7-13 Llama trek. Day 14 La Paz/home.
INCA HIGHLANDS TREK
(MAY, JUL, DEC)
Explore La Paz and
beautiful islands of Lake Titicaca. Add white
water rafting, and Inca sites around Cusco. Then
trek over a spectacular (4819 metre) pass, and
join the famous Inca Trail to arrive at Machu
Picchu from above. Fabuloso!.
Strenuous, 6 nights
camping, 3 star hotels. Optional extension to
Vilcanota Llama Trek available.
Days 1-2 La Paz. Days 3-4
Titicaca. Day 5 Train to Cusco. Days 6-7
Cusco/Sacred Valley/rafting. Days 8-14 Trek. Day
15 Machu Picchu. Days 16-17 Lima/home.
(APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG)
Here are all essentials in
a high quality trek you can easily customize. The
10 day version includes Cusco, the Inca Trail and
Machu Picchu. Add a day of white water rafting on
the Vilcanota River, and a challenging llama trek
in the spectacular Vilcanota Range for a 17 day
adventure you will never forget. Moderate (Inca
Trail) to strenuous (Llama Trek), 4 or 9 nights
camping, 3 star hotels.
Days 1-2 Lima/Cusco. Day 3
Market. Days 4-7 Inca Trail Trek. Day 8 Machu
Picchu. Day 9 Rafting. Days 10-15 Vilcanota Llama
Trek. Days 16-17 Lima/home.
MACHU PICCHU HIGHLAND TREK
(MAY, JUL, AUG, OCT, DEC)
You won't find a more
spectacular or exciting way to reach the Lost
City of the Incas. Highlights include glacier
romp, cloud forest exploration. Includes
overnight in the Hotel Machu Picchu.
Strenuous 6 nights camping,
22 day version (16 day
version begins with Day 7 arrival into Lima):
Days 1-2 La Paz. Days 3-5
Tiawanaco/Taquile Island. Day 6 Train to Cusco.
Days 7-8 Cusco (optional Amazon). Day 9 Chinchero
weaving. Days 10-11 White water rafting. Day 12
Inca ruins. Days 13-19 Trek. Day 20 Machu Picchu.
Days 21-22 Lima/home.
Close to Cusco, yet seldom
entered by trekkers, the green valleys of the
Urubamba Range shelter Quechua villages renowned
for their weavers. In traditional Andean fashion,
llamas haul your camp gear. The trip leaders
include skilled weaver born in the Peruvian
highlands. Moderate, 9 nights camping, 4 star
hotels and simple rural inns.
Days 1-4 La Paz/Puno/Cusco.
Days 5-6 Chinchero weaving. Day 7 Ollantaytambo.
Days 8-9 Machu Picchu. Days 10-14 Trek to
Ccachin. Day 15 Ccachin. Days 16-18 Cusco/Puno.
Days 19-20 Taquile Island. Days 21-23 La
Climb the highest peak in
the Americas!. This is a challenging ascent via
the Polish Glacier route for experienced
Days 1-2 Mendoza. Days 3-6
Trek to base camp. Days 7-16 Polish Glacier
ascent. Days 17-20 Reserve days (for weather
delays and acclimation). Days 21-25 Return to
In the Andes of North West
Argentina, you will discover a fascinating land
of traditional villages, cactus forests, and
water sculpted ravines. Enjoy spectacular views
from the highest pass at 4518 metres. Moderate, 8
(Departures: Jul, Aug, Sep,
Oct, Nov, Dec)
Day 1 Depart Salta. Days
2-3 Puka Mayo gorges. Days 4-6 To La Mesada
Plateau. Days 7-9 Inca Trail, return to Salta.
(NOV, DEC, JAN, FEB)
This is the most varied two
week adventure you can find in Patagonia. Trek in
spectacular Paine Towers National Park, raft down
a river through remote wilderness rich in
wildlife, and sail in fjords beneath the South
Moderate, 6 nights camping,
2 nights on boat, 4 and 3 star hotels.
Day 1 Santiago/Punta
Arenas. Day 2 Penguin rookery/ranch. Days 3-7
Trek in Paine Towers Park. Days 8-10 Raft to the
sea. Days 11-13 Cruise the fjords. Days 14-15
PAINE TOWERS CIRCUIT
(DEC, JAN, FEB, MAR)
You follow a challenging
route of overwhelming grandeur through the heart
of the Paine Towers massif. Horses carry the gear
where possible, but for 2-3 days you must carry
your loaded backpack over routes too rough for
Strenuous, 10 nights
camping, 3 star hotels.
Days 1-2 Punta Arenas/Paine
Towers National Park. Day 3 Rio Ascencio. Days
4-5 To Lake Dickson. Days 6-8 Cerro Blanco/Lake
Grey. Days 9-11 Pehoe/Rio Frances. Days 11-12
(JAN, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG,
SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC)
Trek beneath Ecuador's
volcanic giants Cotopaxi (5783 metres) and El
Altar (5271 metres). Then descend to the Amazon
for four unique days at a remote rain forest
camp. Sacred waterfalls, jungle hot springs.
Moderate, 3 nights camping, 3 nights in superior
hotel in Quito.
Days 1-2 Quito. Days 3-5
Cotopaxi/El Altar Trek. Day 6 Banos. Days 7-11
Amazon. Day 12 Quito/home.
ECUADOR INN - TO - INN
(FEB, APR, JUL, AUG, DEC)
The essential highlands.
Hike in nature reserves, bike on country lanes to
visit local artisans in their workshops, and shop
until you drop at the famous Otavalo Market.
Charming country inns, naturalist guide.
Day 1 Quito. Days 2-3
Biking to local artisans near Otavalo. Day 4
Cultural hike. Days 5-6 Paramo nature excursions.
Day 7 Otavalo Market. Day 8 Quito/home.
(JAN, FEB, JUNE, JUL, AUG,
SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC)
Trek from South East of
Quito towards Antisana, following a highland
route to Cotopaxi National Park. Includes
transfers and 3 star hotels in Quito.
For detailed information on above treks, please
call Destination Holidays or your travel