Machu Picchu Image: Fernando Cortijo

The next step…

WITH less than 24 hours left before I head to Vancouver International Airport to board a plane bound for South America, I thought I should probably give you all a quick rundown on what I’m likely to be getting up to over the coming 4-5 weeks.

But first, a quick shout out to all who swung by my #1 watering hole in Vancouver, the Yaletown Brewing Company for a pint on Saturday night. It was fantastic to see so many faces belonging to friends that I have and will cherish for life! You guys are what makes a 6-year stint in ANY country worth while, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

Goodbye drinks at the Yaletown Brewing Company

Goodbye drinks at the Yaletown Brewing Company

Goodbye drinks at the Yaletown Brewing Company

Goodbye drinks at the Yaletown Brewing Company

Goodbye drinks at the Yaletown Brewing Company

Goodbye drinks at the Yaletown Brewing Company

South America – here I come!

With some help and thanks to my buddy Erin (@ErinGAdv), I’ve got myself booked on a 31-day tour of Peru and Bolivia on G Adventures’ “Altiplano Expedition” tour which kicks off this Friday in Lima, Peru. Taking in some of the highlight destinations on the South American continent like the ancient and mysterious “Machu Picchu” as well as the salt flats of “Salar de Uyuni” in Bolivia, the tour consisting of 12-15 other people will take in the following rough itinerary:

DAY

DESTINATION

1 LIMA
Free day to explore Lima, the capital of Peru in my own time.
3-4 NAZCA
Optional visit to Ballestas Island before travelling to Nazca. En route stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina. Guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and potters studio. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines before the night bus to Arequipa.
5-7 AREQUIPA / CHIVAY / COLCA CANYON
Free day in Arequipa for an optional visit to the Catalina Convent or individual exploration. Guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors. Optional visit to local hot springs. Return to Arequipa on Day 7.
8 CUZCO
Fly to Cuzco. Take an optional city tour or explore the city’s markets, museums and plazas.
9 OLLANTAYTAMBO
Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Shopping opportunities at a local market.
10-13 INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Optional climb up to Huayna Picchu or a visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco.
14-16 CUZCO
Free time to explore Cuzco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking.
17 PUNO
Travel day by bus from Cuzco to Puno.
18-19 LAKE TITICACA
2-day excursion to visit the floating Islands of Uros and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.
20-21 LA PAZ
Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving to La Paz.
22 UYUNI
Travel by train and bus to the town of Uyuni.
23-25 UYUNI / SALT LAKES
3-day 4×4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.
26 POTOSI
Bus journey from Uyuni to Potosi. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.
27-29 SUCRE
Continue by bus to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or explore the beautiful colonial city.
30 LA PAZ
Fly to La Paz. Optional city tour and free time to explore the markets and winding streets.
31 LA PAZ
A final free day in La Paz to explore this amazing high altitude city.

If you want to read into the itinerary in any further detail, check it out:

G Adventures website  

With that said I’d better get to it – see you on the flip side!

8 Comments

  1. Muzz says:

    Have a fantastic trip, Rob. Stay safe. xx

  2. Willow says:

    Finally it has been keeping me awake at night wondering what your next adventures were. Everyone asks me ‘how is Rob’ ‘What is Rob doing’ and I couldn’t tell them! I will just point all peeps here. Enjoy the adventure. Tour sounds cool will keep it in mind.

  3. Janis says:

    Have a wicked trip, Rob! Can’t wait to hear about and “see it” through your photos. Hope to see you when you get back before you leave us for good! xoxo

  4. She says:

    OK I hope this isn’t too late but it’s too much to tweet you. I asked my Peruvian work friend and she said for your free day morning in Lima. Go downtown and see the Colonial Buildings, she said the rest of Lima is pretty modern but downtown is beautiful. Also she said the Gold Museum and catacombs are amazing. And of course try the Peruvian food! Have so much fun can’t wait to hear all about it!

    xo

  5. Cole says:

    Safe travels, my friend, and see you again soon! Can’t wait to see your kick-ass pictures!

  6. Barbara (Momsie) Behan says:

    Have a safe journey Rob, we’ll all live vicariously through you and your wonderful photos. Great picture of my offspring I must say.

  7. Ueli says:

    Hi Rob

    I wish you a very safe trip and a great time in South America. Hope we hear from you again an see more great Pictures from your trip. I hope also, we meet us once again somewhere in the world… Have a good, safe journey and take care. See ya, wishes from switzerland.

    Ueli & Katja

  8. Karen Willett says:

    I know you will have a blast, and will be waiting in anticipation for photos. Wish you the best weather and trouble-free trip… Also hope there are some hotties on your tour group 🙂

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