You already know that you want to come to South America, but this post going to explain why you should make it a reality. If you’ve seen our past adventures, you know that we’re all about exploring and making the most of what any place has to offer. After a lot of requests and inquiries, we’ve decided to start our own set of adventure vacations, completely designed and guided by us. This fall and winter, we’ll be traveling and trekking throughout the continent on the trip of our dreams. We’ve got friends joining us throughout different portions of our stay, and we still have some space left for more people to join. If you’re interested in taking the vacation of your dreams, you should come to South America with us.
- Staying in the Dali Desert
- Exploring Salar De Uyuni (the largest salt flat in the world)
- Biking down Death Road
- Laguna Verde
- Laguna Colorada (hopefully flamingos)
- Exploring La Paz
The plan is to minimize our time in the city and maximize our time exploring and adventuring. Bolivia is full of parks and natural attractions. Our goal is to make the most of the dramatic landscapes and immerse ourselves in the outdoors. If you love nature and are ready for a wild ride into the unknown, come to South America with us.
- Hiking around Machu Picchu
- Exploring Cusco
- Visiting the floating islands of Lake Titicaca
- Finding some awesome markets and street food
While we’re in Peru, we’re aiming for some cultural immersion. We want to explore ancient ruins, eat like locals, and see all the things that this place has become known for. We won’t be camping or trekking, but instead soaking in scenery and relaxing.
Bolivia Trip Details
Included: The money that you pay us goes towards coordinating our epic itinerary and includes lodging, park entry fees, all tours, and ground transportation. We’ll be seeing a lot of amazing things along the way, and your ground transportation/gas share is already covered in the cost. Basic lodging accommodations and camping permits are included in the trip cost. Due to the remoteness of some trip destinations, camping or extremely basic hotels are the only option. Our travel style is all about seeing the most, for the least amount of money. If you’re used to room service and 24/7 wifi, this may not be the trip for you.
Not Included: Airfare, tourist visas, camping gear, and food isn’t included in the price of the trip. We’re really crafty when it comes to finding cheap fares, and we will work with you to find a great price. As for food and souvenirs, you’ll be happy to know that these things come pretty cheap in Bolivia. Plan on bringing about $250 for food & souvenirs. Tourist Visas are good for 10 years, but pricey and mandatory. Unfortunately, these visas are basically a gringo tax. United States citizens who want to visit have to pay a fee of $130 to the Bolivian Government. From what I understand, people holding citizenship in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia only have to pay $30. Break out your dual citizenship if you’ve got it. As for camping gear, this is entirely up to you. Our gear is really nice because we use it for trekking in harsh conditions. Cheaper options will likely work fine for Bolivia, but I’d still recommend going with something from REI, not Walmart. If you’re new to camping, don’t fret. Chris is an expert in this field and he’ll help you with anything that you’re concerned about, right down to assembling it for you. Now days camping is basically glamping. We have blow-up pillows, sleeping pads, and have been known to rig our iPad to the tent ceiling for a flat screen sleeping experience. You can even buy portable showers and toilet tents if you’re concerned with hygiene or privacy!
Total Costs: $749 (trip cost) + $1100 (airfare estimate) + $450 (food, visas, and extras) = $2300 per person. Wow, that adds up quickly. True, it’s a lot of money, but it’s also the trip of a lifetime. Now think about the typical vacation that you’d normally find yourself going on. If you’re staying at a popular beach for a week, or in New York for a week, you’re probably spending about $1400 on food and a pricey hotel, not to mention a rental car or flight. Why not spend a little extra and go on a trip that’s out of the ordinary.
Considerations: The highlights of this trip are really awesome, but not all aspects of travelling in developing countries are great. We do as much planning on our end as possible, but unpredictable conditions and circumstances may prevail. For a great majority of this trip, we’ll be spending long hours in the car, and attempting to navigate a foreign land. If the thought of this is intimidating, you should question whether or not this trip is right for you. Travel insurance is a priority for us, and you should definitely consider getting covered. Another thing to consider is altitude sickness. If you’ve suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past, this trip may not be for you. There isn’t a lot that can be done once it sets in, but Chris is a licensed wilderness first responder and knows how to help prevent/remedy the problem.
Peru Trip Details
Included: The money that you pay us goes towards coordinating our itinerary and covers most of your expenses. Basic lodging, activities, ground transportation, and park entry is included. When we’re on vacation, the goal is to maximize our itinerary, not our room service. We can’t guarantee a 5 star experience, because most Peruvian hotels offer a more basic and simple travel experience.
Not Included: Airfare, tourist visas, food, and the train to Augas Calientes are not included in the cost of travel. We’re great at finding the cheapest rates on airfare, and plan to work with you to find the cheapest price. Tourist visas aren’t nearly as expensive as ones for Bolivia, but I like to mention them here. After all, it’s the little things that tend to add up fast. Food is rather cheap in Peru, so you don’t have to worry about that as much as would on a typical vacation. Unfortunately, we can’t include the train to Machu Picchu in the price, because it has a tendency to fluctuate. Once it’s closer to the trip date, we’ll coordinate a time to buy tickets as a group.
Total Costs: $999 (Trip Cost) + $900 (Airfare) + $500 (Food + Train + Extras) = $2399. That may be more money than you expected to spend on a trip to South America, but you have to understand that these destinations cater to tourists. Nearly everywhere you go in South America, there are two prices for just about anything. One price is for the locals, and one is for the Gringos (people lacking citizenship of the particular country). Because it’s considered a once in a lifetime destination, just the experience of visiting Machu Picchu (Train + Park Entry + Lodging) costs about $400.
Considerations: Altitude sickness is a very real possibility in Cusco and Aguas Calientes. Learn about it and how to avoid it so that you can make the most of your trip. We’ll do our best to accommodate the group’s needs, but this is our vacation too! Which leads me to another point, some days are going to start extremely early. Since we all have a limited amount of time, it’s important that we stick to our itinerary. South America can be unpredictable, but the areas that we’re visiting are reasonably safe. Be that as it may, we take security very seriously, and always recommend buying travel insurance.
5 Reasons We Want You to Come to South America
- There’s safety in numbers, and that’s especially true when you’re traveling long distances in unfamiliar areas. Add in a language barrier, and you can understand why it feels nice to have more than just two of us along for the ride. You know what they say, 4 or 5 bodies is a lot to bury.
- More people means lower costs, and if you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty cheap. When you have 5 people on a trip, that’s 5 ways to split gas, insurance, rental cars, and lodging. Not to mention, we can upgrade from hostels to private apartments if we play our cards right.
- We Get Lonely. Actually, that’s kind of a lie. We’re so crazy, we can entertain ourselves for hours just by being alone with our own thoughts. Yikes, still want to spend 8 hours in a car with us? But seriously, we love meeting new people, and if you’re considering one of our trips, it’s probably because you’re pretty awesome and we can’t wait to get to know you more.
- Do you model, because you can totally be our model. We’re in the business of growing a travel community. That means that we want to expand and offer more dream trips, but first we’ve got to grow our audience. By you joining us, your friends and family are going to be inspired by the pictures they see and the stories they hear. Essentially, you’re like a really low paid spokes-model that we can’t wait to post pictures of.
- We need some guinea pigs. Yeah, you heard that right. We need open minded people who want to join in on the unwritten adventure as we grow and determine what this branch of our business and community will become. We want you to help us work out all of the kinks and bugs. The essence of travel is unpredictability and spontaneity. We’re hoping that you understand that your feedback is vital to us.
Come to South America F.A.Q.
What are the exact dates? The exact dates will be announced by April 1st. We’ve already purchased our tickets to Lima, and are in the process of planing our full itinerary. As of now, both of the trips are scheduled for the second half of November: Peru (Nov. 12-22) and Bolivia (Nov. 23-Dec. 3). You can spot by paying the deposit.
When is the deadline? By paying a deposit, you reserve your spot on one of the trips. There isn’t a deadline, but space is limited.
Can I merge the two trips together, or create my own itinerary? Yes. We’ll work with you and your travel dates to make that happen. So say that you want to skip Machu Picchu and arrive in Cusco afterwards, you can definitely do that. We know of some great companies that offer day trip alternatives to other attractions if you’ve already seen Machu Picchu.
Are we together as a group during the entire duration of the trip? Not necessarily. We like alone time, and you probably do to. We’ll build in some time for exploring outside the confines of a group setting. Depending on when/where you arrive, your first and last day will probably be spent by yourself instead of with the group.
Is there a discount for couples? Yes. That’s because we can get you a cheaper hotel room since you’ll be sharing a bed. The discount won’t be huge, but every little bit helps.
How do I pay you? Money orders or personal checks are preferred, but I may begrudgingly accept paypal. That leads me to an important point technically (and legally) you aren’t paying us for any services. We aren’t an official tour company or travel agency, but a group of friends splitting vacation costs.
What if I want to do the Incan Trail? That’s great and you’ll probably have a blast, but that’s not what our group is doing. We’re going to be in South America for about 4 months and plan on doing a considerable amount of trekking in remote regions. For the time frame that we’re offering the trip, we want a break from trekking. The Incan Trail is famous, but very expensive. If you’re considering trekking to Machu Picchu instead of taking the train, we recommend looking at the Salkantay Trek as opposed to the more traditional and more expensive one.