Wonders of Sth America: Machu Picchu, Salar De Uyuni, San Pedro De Atacama

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“The raw beauty and majesty of the mountains are always an inspiration to me. I never cease to be amazed whenever I walk up one. Sometimes sitting and immersing myself in their presence is enough. I live for these opportunities.”

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Highlights

*Cover picture is Salar De Uyuni (aka: The Uyuni Salt Flats) in Bolivia. Imho, the 3-day tour in the salt flats is still one of my most picturesque destination so far.

This tour will encompass the May Day and Vesak Day holiday

Save up to $200 off this tour!
Get $100 off when you pay your deposit of $1,200 by 16 February!
Get another $100 off when you pay with a DBS / POSB credit card!

This 15-day tour takes you to Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, and wastes no time in bringing you the best of what the three countries can offer you: Machu Picchu, Uyuni Salt Flats, and San Pedro De Atacama - three of the best Unesco World Heritage sites in South America!

You will be flying from city to city - but you get to take your time in each location to fully take in the sights, immerse yourself in the history and culture, and have a local guide provide you with the insights of each amazing destination.


What this tour is all about:
- We are visiting 3 countries - Peru, Bolivia, and Chile on a short 15-day tour.

- We are visiting three of the best South American Unesco World Heritage sites - Machu Picchu, the Uyuni Salt Flats, and San Pedro De Atacama.

- Local guides at these 3 Unesco sites will lead you and guide you with historical, cultural, and geological information.

- These Unesco sites are far apart and we will fly from one city to the next (*see notes below why we choose to fly between South American cities) In total there will be 4 flights-on-tour that we need to take within the 3 countries. We will make these flight bookings for you. Cost for these flights will be around SGD 250 - 650 in total (actual total cost will be confirmed and you will be informed in due time)

- The outbound and inbound flights from/to Singapore will be your responsibility to book. Details on the recommended airlines and flights to book will be provided to you. Cost for this return international flights is estimated to be about SGD 2,300 to 2,800.


*Why fly and not take a bus/coach between cities
Travelling by bus/coach between locations is possible and would make the tour cost cheaper. However, the bus travel times range from 8 to 20 hours and it can be tedious and tiring. With bus travel, we need to add more travel days to the tour, or you might feel rushed in each city as we have shorter tour times due to the longer travel times. We have considered this option, and based on past experience and feedback, flying will be a more feasible option and the comfort and time saved will contribute to a better tour experience on the whole. Please contact me if you have questions.


Accommodation - basic budget hotels
To make this tour more affordable, we brought the travel cost down by going with basic budget hotels. After all, we will spent time sightseeing than staying in our rooms - so all we need is a comfortable bed to have a good rest, rooms that are clean, and bathrooms that work well. However, there is the option to upgrade to better accommodations if you want to. Please contact me if you have questions about this, or want to consider this upgrade option.



Duration of Land Tour:
15 days


Dates of Land Tour:
1 - 15 May 2020


Dates away from Singapore (inclusion of flight days):
Thu Apr 30 - Sun 17 May (Also possible to arrive on 16 May)
The total number of days away is 18 days (or 17 days if arrive on 16 May)


Possible Airlines for Outbound/Inbound Singapore :
Air France, British Airways, KLM, Emirates
We will provide you with the recommended airline and flight to book in due time
Estimated cost of flight: SGD 2,300 - 2,800

Recommended Flight:
The recommended flight will be chosen to fit the program in the itinerary with primary consideration for a low priced flight. Other considerations will be total duration of flight travel, number of connections, duration of layovers, and airline.
Once the recommended flight is chosen, the pick-up time for arrival and the drop-off time for departure will be based on the recommended flight, and so arranged transfers will be based on those times.


Cost of Tour Package Per Person:
SGD 4,831 - based on 6pax group

Get $200 off Early Bird and DBS Credit Card discount!


7pax group: SGD 4,535
8pax group: SGD 4,343
9pax group: SGD 4,168
10pax group: SGD 3,991

*Please see cost of flights-on-tour below

Deposit:
SGD 1,200

All deposits need to be paid up by 19 February to have a spot reserved on this tour.
After 19 February, please contact me or whatsapp me at +6598872168 if you want to sign up for thiis tour.


Early Bird discount - Pay deposit by 16 February and get $100 off!

DBS Credit Card discount - Pay with a DBS / POSB Credit Card and get $100 off!

Your deposit will be refunded if tour cannot proceed due to insufficient group numbers. Minimum pax numbers required for tour to proceed is 6 pax.


Cost of flights-on-tour:
We did not add on this cost to the package as airfares cost fluctuates and it will not be fair to you if we pinned down the cost of these flights on the high side and then add it to the package. This way you only pay for the actual cost of the airfare for the 4 flights plus a 5% booking fee. This fee will come to about SGD 12 to 32 (based on the total cost of the 4 flights SGD 250 - 650)

The four flights-on-tour are one-way flights for:
Lima - Cusco, Cusco - La Paz, La Paz - Uyuni, Calama - Santiago.
The flights are estimated to cost between SGD 250 - 650 in total.
Once we have a confirmed tour (i.e. we have 6pax deposits) we will look at the bookings for these flights and informed you of the actual cost of these flights. You will then make a separate payment for these flights via online banking transfer to the bank account of 3Playgrounds. As soon as all payments for the four flights have been received, we will proceed to book the flights.

Full Payment:
15 March 2020

Machu Picchu

This picture was taken in August 2018, my second visit to this beautiful, historical, and cultural site of the Inca empire. The first time, almost 20 years ago, we did a 4-days Inca Trail trek to this ancient ruin, camping out in the beautiful Andes. On this August 2018 tour, with a group of six, we did a simple 1-day trek to this ruin with an experienced local guide, and a cook that did us a freshly prepared and sumptuous lunch at noon. A truly, amazing and rewarding experience!

At Sun Gate - overlooking Machu Picchu

This is the amazing six that made it on the 1-day trek to Machu Picchu. (Not that it's such a herculean task to get here, but that the group has such amazing spirit, and it's fun when you have that energy in the group!) This is the spot on Sun Gate where you will first catch sight of Machu Picchu after a long trek through the beautiful valley cut by the Urubamba River. We had to fight people away to take this picture (just kidding!) From here, it's all the way down - an awesome feeling descending into the open arms of Machu Picchu.

Winay Wayna - along the Inca Trail

This is Winay Wayna. It is along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, before Sun Gate. Winay Wayna means "Forever Young". Can't help but have that Alphaville's song, running in my head as we walked up this ruin and getting to this spot. Why forever young? - come on this tour and ask the guide. I will never remember the story (if there is) as climbing the steps of those terraces really always makes me want to sing "Forever young, I wanna be, forever young, do you really want to live forever... "

Salar De Uyuni at sunset

Salar De Uyuni - the Uyuni Salt Flats. This was after a great afternoon taking silly pictures (see next highlight) and visiting a huge cactus island filled with hundreds of cactus. Our guide drove us to this spot where there is just that little bit of water skimming the surface of the salt flats where we took brilliant mirror shots of ourselves and the setting sun. We were tired after all that jump shots and posing. This is us heading back to our jeeps with that remnant radiant light of the sun, now gone. Click the video below to see my other group that also came to this spot to capture that brilliant mirrored reflection!

Salt Flats - taking silly shots!

That's what we, they and everyone else does on this clear and white expanse that lay before us - take silly illusory shots like this!

Silly video on the Salt Flats

And we made a silly video too!

Isla Incahuasi - Island of a Thousand Cactus

Incahuasi means Inca House - doesn't mean "thousand cactus". lol. Trust me, if you actually count, it will reach at least a thousand. This island lies in the middle of the salt flats. This is a group that did the 3-day Salt Flats tour in Sept 2019, You really want to spend at least 3 days on the salt flats in Bolivia. Awesome place to be! The next few pics will show you why.

Arbol De Piedra - not!

Árbol de Piedra is an isolated rock formation in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve of Sur Lípez Province, Bolivia. If you google it, you'll see lots of pictures of this one solitary rock. This rock is apparently well photographed and its everywhere on the internet - if you google it. But I was not impressed with that rock. I prefer this picture I took, which is a stone's throw away from that rock :)

Expansive lunch - Salt Flats Tour

We took a lunch break on our 2nd day of our 3-Day Salt Flats Tour. All jeeps seems to converge on this empty concrete little house (off-picture) to prepare lunch for their passengers. No different for us. Took this shot cause I'm forever awed by the expansive scene in Uyuni through the salt falts, the deserts, lagoons, and national reserves. Here, we are returning to our jeeps after lunch.

Motocycles on Salt Flats

So glad I captured this shot. Third time here, but first for me, to see motorcycles on the Salt Flats. Too bad the jeep in the distance photo-bombed my picture. :)

Sunset outside our lodging

Came out to capture the sunset after we arrived at our second night's lodging on our Salt Flats tour. Not too impressed with the weak attempt of the sun on this September evening, but definitely emotive of the desolate, expanse before me.

Sunset on the Salt Flats

Evening of Day 1 on the Salt Flats

Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada is a shallow salt lake that we simply call the Red Lagoon, Part of the many stops we make during our time in the Bolivian altiplano, this lake is simply gorgeous!

Laguna Verde

The Green Lagoon. Although this may not compare as well with the Red Lagoon, it's more the surreal expanse of the surroundings that drew me in.

Salvador Dali Desert

This area of the National Reserve during our Salt Flats tour is known as the Salvador Dali Desert. Those of you who has seen Dali's paintings would not hesitate to concur that this dreamy, surrealistic, and minimalistic scene bears a strong resemblance to the artist's work. I can only imagine that this place got it's name after many made this comparison and the name somehow got stuck.

Itinerary

Thu 30 Apr
Depart SIN on night flight – about 10pm

Fri 1 May
Arrive in Lima – free evening
2-nt stay

Sat 2 May Meals: BF
Lima city tour and Culinary Experience (Full Day)

Sun 3 May Meals: BF
AM: Flight to Cusco
Walking Tour in Cusco (3-4h), Alpaca Expeditions briefing
Transfer to Pisac
1-nt stay

Mon 4 May Meals: BF
Sacred Valley, Maras Salt Mines, Moray Incan Site, Chinchero (Full Day)
Transfer to Cusco
1-nt stay

Tue 5 May Meals: BF, Lunch, Dinner
2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour
4am: Transfer to Ollantaytambo, Train ride to Trailhead, Trek to MP, Shuttle to Aguas Calientes
1-nt stay in hotel in Aguas Calientes

Wed 6 May Meals: BF
2nd Day Inca Trail Tour
Guided tour of Machu Picchu citadel
Optional: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (added cost for permit)
3pm: Train ride back to Ollantaytambo, Transfer to Cusco
1-nt stay

Thu 7 May Meals: BF
AM: Flight to La Paz, Bolivia
City Tour of La Paz (4h)
1-nt stay

Fri 8 May Meals: BF, Lunch, Dinner
AM: Flight to Uyuni
3-day Uyuni Salt Flats – Private Improved Tour (and 3rd day transfer to San Pedro De Atacama)
1-nt hotel/lodge stay – determined by local operator

Sat 9 May Meals: BF, Lunch, Dinner
2nd Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour
1-nt hotel/lodge stay – determined by local operator

Sun 10 May Meals: BF, Lunch
3rd Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour
Transfer to Bolivia / Chile Border, Cross over to Chile, Transfer to San Pedro De Atacama
5-day Best of San Pedro De Atacama Tour
(note that sequence of the 5 days may be altered)
Valle De La Luna, Valle De La Muerte
1-nt stay

Mon 11 May Meals: BF
2nd Day Best of San Pedro De Atacama Tour
Chaxa Lagoon
Piedra Rojas
Lagunas Altiplano – Miscanti and Miniques,
Toconao
Salar De Tara (if feasible)

Tue 12 May Meals: BF
3rd Day Best of San Pedro De Atacama Tour
Taito Geysers

Wed 13 May Meals: BF
4th Day Best of San Pedro De Atacama Tour
Yerbas Buenas petroglyphs
Domeyko Mountain – Rainbow Valley
9pm: Astronomic tour in Atacama Desert

Thu 14 May Meals: BF
5th Day Best of San Pedro De Atacama Tour
Puritama Hot Springs tour
Transfer to Calama Airport
PM: Flight to Santiago, transfer to hotel
1-nt stay in Santiago

Fri 15 May Meals: BF
Depart on flight to SIN

*Sun 17 May
PM: Arrive in SIN

*Flight to SIN with long flights, connections, and change in time zones will lose 16 May en route.

Reviews

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  • One of the most memorable trips of my life! Daniel was amazing in accommodating everyone's requests. We had so much fun that we even did some impromptu trips outside the schedule which was so much fun! I am going back with Daniel to Iceland and already looking forward to that trip. 3PG has now becom... Read more One of the most memorable trips of my life! Daniel was amazing in accommodating everyone's requests. We had so much fun that we even did some impromptu trips outside the schedule which was so much fun! I am going back with Daniel to Iceland and already looking forward to that trip. 3PG has now become part of my travel schedule every year. There is at least 1-2 trips I plan with them. I really appreciate Georgina and team for this wonderful initiative. It is really incredible to make people from different background feel not only comfortable but enjoy the trip to the full extent if not more. I will very very highly recommend 3PG but with Daniel even more so :-) Read less

  • Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil. 21 days 5 countries 17 flights. 6 adventurers and one & only one Daniel Goh Of course, my wife and I were attracted by Machu Picchu, Igauzu falls, Christ the Redeemer.. these are the key places that attracted us to South America. At the... Read more Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil. 21 days 5 countries 17 flights. 6 adventurers and one & only one Daniel Goh Of course, my wife and I were attracted by Machu Picchu, Igauzu falls, Christ the Redeemer.. these are the key places that attracted us to South America. At the end of the tour,. I think we got more than what we bargained for.. perhaps that is the beauty of small private tour group. We can have options. The amazing Bolivia salt flat Uyuni with so many untold secrets.. Felt truly blessed to have visited this place. Oh.. we missed out the Inca hiking activity when we booked the tour and realised it only at subsequent tour briefing. It was tough, but feel great overcoming the challenge with 8 hours hike. We have fun together as a group tackling this task. We squeezed a lot more much waking time. During the tour. Evident in total of more than 17 flights just to shorten travelling time. We have food (both good & bad), interesting experience, and great fun as a group of six adventurers and one Daniel Goh. Especially with our exchange rate. I think most of us will find it very hard to have a similar holiday trip for a long time to come. It is really one of its kind with good memories to last for a pretty long time. As least for me, I feel very blessed to have my bucket list with South America fulfilled in 2019 in such fun, such fashion and such great companions started off as total strangers and we can be crazy as children in play. Jimmy Yip & Cecily Sum Read less