17 Day Classic Peru, Brazil & Argentina

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17 Day Classic Peru, Brazil & Argentina

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Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Lima-Cuzco, Juliaca-Lima, Lima-Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu & Iguazu-Buenos Aires.

Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. When visiting Machu Picchu, please be aware that walking sticks are not allowed in some areas of the archaeological site and must be carried in a backpack. Prescriptions are required for walking sticks to be allowed at the Machu Picchu archaeological site and must be rubbed tipped. Also selfie sticks are forbidden and only folding umbrellas are allowed. A few early wake-ups, some at 4 or 5 AM, as well as one long 10-hour drive to Puno are necessary to cover the territory. The altitude, 11,000 feet in Cuzco and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by high altitude. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Some hotels in Cuzco and Puno are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Lima, Buenos Aires-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Lima-Cuzco, Juliaca-Lima, Lima-Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu & Iguazu-Buenos Aires
  • 16 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Lima
    • 3 nights Cuzco
    • 2 nights Puno
    • 3 nights Rio de Janeiro
    • 2 nights Iguazu, Argentina
    • 3 nights Buenos Aires
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 22 meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Tour of Colonial Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire
  • Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via the PeruRail Vistadome Train
  • Drive through the Andean Plains to pristine Lake Titicaca
  • Excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands
  • Ascend to the summit of Corcovado Mountain to see the spectacular views of Rio
  • Stand in awe at majestic and awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls
  • Admire the elegant architecture in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America"
  • At Recoleta Cemetery, see the final resting place of Eva "Evita" Peron
  • Tango lesson with professional Argentine tango dancers

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. When visiting Machu Picchu, please be aware that walking sticks are not allowed in some areas of the archaeological site and must be carried in a backpack. Prescriptions are required for walking sticks to be allowed at the Machu Picchu archaeological site and must be rubbed tipped. Also selfie sticks are forbidden and only folding umbrellas are allowed. A few early wake-ups, some at 4 or 5 AM, as well as one long 10-hour drive to Puno are necessary to cover the territory. The altitude, 11,000 feet in Cuzco and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by high altitude. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Some hotels in Cuzco and Puno are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru; arrival and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru's vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Sunday - Lima City Tour
This morning, spend your time at leisure or join the optional tour Larco Herrera Museum with lunch. Experience one of Lima's most magnificent museums. Admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. Enjoy lunch before returning for your afternoon tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history. Begin at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, official residence of the President, and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornate carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. This evening, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting about the wonderful journey that awaits you
Optional: Larco Herrera Museum with lunch
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Monday - Fly to Cuzco, Cuzco City Tour
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco in the Peruvian Andes. This ancient capital of the Inca Empire is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in this historic city. In the afternoon, depart for a tour of Cuzco. View the impressive Colonial Cathedral, which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to colonial art. Continue on to visit the Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, once the most important religious site of the Incas, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold
Overnight: Cuzco ▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu*, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's rediscovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 3 hours
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today at leisure in the "Imperial City" of Cuzco. Take time to explore some of the city's stunning sights or shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Perhaps, participate in the optional Cuzco Behind the Scenes Tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, attend the optional tour Half Day Cuzco Ruins which explores some of Cuzco's most unique Inca Ruins. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a 3-course set dinner, featuring delectable Andean specialties
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Ancient Cuzco Ruins (PM)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Raqchi & Puno
Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers and artisans. Then, arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest fresh water lake. A box lunch will be provided en route
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same way as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure. Or, take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno
Optional: Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Fly to Lima, Farewell Dinner
This morning transfer to the airport in Juliaca for your flight back to Lima. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, you bid farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at a special Farewell Dinner with Peruvian specialties
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Lima, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, the vivacious "sun and fun" capital of South America. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by dinner at a typical Brazilian Churrascaria. Afterward, get a good night's rest before the exciting adventure that awaits you
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Rio de Janeiro, Tour of Corcovado Mountain
Awake this morning in amazing Rio. Begin the day with an ascent by a scenic cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands the 125 foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue, that embraces the entire city, is designated as one of the seven "New Wonders of the World". See the thrilling 360 degree sweeping view of the city and understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Afterwards, continue along Rio's famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema before returning to your hotel
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Full Day in Rio de Janeiro
Today is at leisure to discover all of the delights of Rio on your own. Watch the volleyball and soccer matches on the beach, shop for local crafts, and linger at a waterfront café to just "people-watch". Join the optional not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, symbol of the city, where you'll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay. In the afternoon attend the optional Carnival and Samba Experience. Visit one of the top Samba schools in the city and learn what made the Samba & Carnival icons of Brazilian national identity. On your last night in Rio at leisure, be sure to sample the cuisine at some of the fabulous restaurants and cafes ringing the beachfront
Optional: Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain (AM)
Optional: Half Day Carnival and Samba Experience (PM)
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Fly to Iguassu, Brazilian Falls
Depart Rio this morning on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, walk along the winding pathways on the Brazilian side of the majestic and awe-inspiring Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. Stand in awe at the unforgettable panoramic views before crossing the border to Iguazu, the Argentinean side of the Falls, for overnight. After a day filled with unforgettable memories, return to the hotel and enjoy a typical Argentine dinner
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Iguazu, the Argentinean Falls
Your adventure continues this morning on the Argentinean side of the Falls. A rail car takes you to the top of the Falls on the Upper Circuit,* and you will walk to the Lower Circuit where the power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil's Gorge - stand in amazement as you gaze at spectacular "Devil's Throat" the most magnificent of all of the cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature's most impressive achievements and a unique experience for your senses. Spend the rest of the day exploring the natural treasures of Iguazu National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna
*Please be advised that in order to access the falls, you are required to walk over uneven surfaces, followed by a series of narrow boardwalk paths. The paths feature many sets of stairs and can be slippery due to the mist
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Friday - Fly to Buenos Aires
This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the "Paris of South America" and its distinct European flavor. As you will have your night at leisure feel free to treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurants
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Saturday - Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this evening's tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango dancers. Tonight is at leisure, or, participate in the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM)
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Sunday - Full Day in Buenos Aires
Revisit some of your favorite places in the city today, shop for leatherwear and designer clothes, or, join the optional fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Return to the hotel with time to prepare for this evening's "Farewell to Argentina" Dinner with your group at a delightful restaurant
Optional: Full Day Gaucho Party
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Monday - Depart Argentina
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Larco Herrera Museum with lunch

Take a scenic drive through Lima and arrive at the magnificent Larco Herrera Museum. The museum is located in an 18th century restored mansion, built over a 7th century pyramid and surrounded by gardens. Following lunch, immerse yourself in the cultural intrigue of the museum with your local guide. Admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #2 01 Jul 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $59.00
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Half Day Ancient Cuzco Ruins

This half day tour explores numerous Inca ruins that all served unique purposes. First head to Saqsaywaman, an enormous Inca site that overlooks Cuzco. Here observe precision masonry of the massive stones that fit perfectly within one another without requiring any mortar to remain standing walls. Continue on to Kenko and navigate through the engraved passages and canals of this once active worship site. From Kenko proceed to Puca Pacara, “The Red Fortress”, used by the Incas not only as a control station and look-out, but also used to house weapons and provide military support. Continue on to Tambomachay and discover the many aqueducts, canals and also waterfalls used by the Incas as an indulgent spa.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #5 16 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 $59.00
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Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes

Today's tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Begin with a "Healing Ceremony". Meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness an offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Continue with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Conclude the tour with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco, followed by lunch.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #5 16 Jan 2022 - 10 Jan 2023 $59.00
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Half Day Sillustani Tombs

Afternoon drive to the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani. Upon arrival, a walking tour to the "Chullpas" of Sillustani on Lake Umayo, where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests, in cylinder-shaped tombs. Please note that the archaeological site is located approximately a half-mile, 15 minute walk uphill from where you exit the bus.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #7 16 Jan 2022 - 10 Jan 2023 $49.00
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Half Day Carnival & Samba Experience

This afternoon, depart your hotel for Downtown Rio de Janeiro. Arrive at Academicos da Grande Rio, one of the top samba schools in the city. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the warehouse, where you see grandiose parade floats* and flamboyant costumes. There will be an opportunity to try on authentic Carnival costumes. Toast your Carnival experience with a caipirinha Brazil's national cocktail, while you learn about the history of the Samba dance and the Carnival parades from an expert guide. Then, try to copy the basic Samba steps from a professional dancer while you encounter diverse Afro-Brazilian rhythms like Ijexa, Coco, Iongo, and Samba de roda. Return to your hotel.
*Floats and carriages for Carnival are being constructed between September and December and therefore will not be fully completed and decorated during that time.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #11 01 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2023 $59.00
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Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain

Depart from your hotel for a brief driving tour of Rio de Janeiro on your way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. While passing through the downtown, admire the myriad of city landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the Municipal Theatre, and the Sambadrome. Upon arriving at Praia Vermelha, begin the first leg of your journey up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop in a cable car and ascend from street level to the top of Urca Hill. Over the course of that 3 minute ride, a superb panorama unfolds right before your eyes. At Urca, enter a second cable car for the ride to the summit. After a 6 minute ride, you will be welcomed to the top by an unsurpassed view. From this location, the entire area is within your grasp, including Rio, the bridge, the bay, the age-old majestic mountain range, and Niteroi, a city on the other side of the bay.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #11 16 Jan 2022 - 15 Jan 2023 $45.00
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Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show

Tonight enjoy an excellent dinner and tango show in downtown Buenos Aires. This has become a favorite of local residents as well as visitors and is the ideal setting for a delicious dinner and an alluring tango show. The Tango displays complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #15 01 Jan 2021 - 15 Jan 2023 $79.00
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Full Day Traditional Gaucho Party

Depart from the hotel towards Cardales to visit a traditional Estancia. An Estancia is the equivalent to a large rural estate similar to a ranch in the United States. Most have a main house and some straw-roofed constructions in which the dining-room and a traditional general store are located. The general store commonly called the 'pulperia' was a social gathering point for gauchos at sunset. Later, you can taste a typical Argentine barbecue (grilled beef, chicken, pork sausages, salads, dessert and coffee) in the dining-room. As lunch is finished you will enjoy a folklore show with live music, dancing and a tango demonstration, followed by 'cuadreras' and ring races where gauchos show their skills as riders.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #16 01 Jan 2021 - 15 Jan 2023 $99.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
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Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Peru - Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.

About Your Train to Machu Picchu
Tickets for Machu Picchu will be provided locally. On the day of your visit to Machu Picchu, you will depart by motor coach to the Ollantaytambo station. Your Tour Manager will check that you are carrying your passport which is required to board all Machu Picchu trains. Prior to arrival at the station, you will receive your round trip tickets including seat assignments from your Tour Manager. Passport names and numbers on the tickets must match your passport. You will present your ticket to the conductor prior to boarding the train for Aguas Calientes. You should hold on to your ticket as it will be required for the return journey. Due to very limited storage space, only one small backpack / daypack / handbag per passenger is permitted onboard trains to Machu Picchu. This applies for overnight stays as well. Additional luggage will be transported to and held at your next hotel for no additional charge. Passengers who wish to bring extra luggage on the train will be charged an additional fee payable directly to the train operator; this extra luggage might follow in a separate train car.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/res with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Cell Phones & Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of reason.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

Example:
To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555


WiFi Access
WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.


Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Argentina - While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially in the northeast and northwest parts of the country, including Iguazu Falls. If only traveling to Buenos Aires, Mendoza or Patagonia, it is not suggested to get this vaccination. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit Centers for Disease Control and also consult with your personal healthcare provider.

You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet seasons. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

The majority of cities in Argentina have altitudes under 3,000 feet. However, please be aware that some areas in the Andes near Mendoza and throughout Patagonia have elevations reaching 22,800 feet above sea level.

Brazil -While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit Centers for Disease Control and also consult with your personal healthcare provider.

Peru - While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites. You should also consult with your personal healthcare provider.

You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet season. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

Traveler’s diarrhea is common and is caused by contaminated food or water, often resulting in dehydration. You are advised to follow these steps to avoid or reduce the symptoms.
  • Drink only bottled water.
  • Avoid unpasteurized cheeses, unpeeled fruits and raw vegetables.
  • Eggs, meat and seafood should be properly and fully cooked.
  • Please note that the popular Peruvian alcoholic beverage, Pisco Sour is often made with uncooked egg white.
  • If you have contracted diarrhea, let your stomach rest. Do not eat for several hours or until you are feeling better.
  • Drink bottled or boiled water and re-hydration beverages containing electrolytes (sports drinks) frequently and in small amounts.
  • Resume your diet with simple and bland foods, such as crackers, rice, bread, potatoes, and bananas.

High Altitude sickness:
Altitude sickness occurs when there is less oxygen in the air that you breath at high altitudes, including Cuzco (11,000 feet) and Puno (12,600 feet). Altitude sickness will affect some travelers regardless of age, gender or physical fitness. Symptoms may include headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and trouble sleeping. For some it will pass within a few hours, however for many the condition if gone untreated may last for several days. We urge you to read and follow these suggestions in order to reduce the chances and/or severity of altitude sickness.

  • Prior to departure, speak with your healthcare provider. They may recommend the medication acetazolamide (Diamox), which has been found to reduce the symptoms if taken a day or two before you depart.
  • Stick to a light diet the day before traveling to a high altitude area. Foods found easy to digest include fish, chicken and hot liquids. Avoid fried foods, beef, lamb and caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and during your stay. Many find saline nasal drops/spray beneficial.
  • Upon arrival take it easy. Allow your body to adjust by lying down for 10-15 minutes. Rest as much as possible during the trip. Overexertion can exacerbate the symptoms.
  • Oxygen can be beneficial, and is easily found in airports, hotels and pharmacies.
  • For headaches, over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) have been found to be helpful.
  • Coca tea and wild mint (Munia) may ease the symptoms.
  • A diet high in carbohydrates, breads, cereals, grains, and pasta can also help alleviate the symptoms.
Once again, we highly recommend that you consult your personal healthcare provider before making the decision to travel to any high altitude destination and before choosing any course of treatment.

About the Zika Virus - The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus mostly found in areas of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. According to the CDC, most cases of Zika are mild. However, there is a potential link between this virus and a brain defect called microcephaly which affects unborn babies and may pose a potential risk to pregnant women. If you are pregnant or believe you could be at the time of travel, the CDC cautions against traveling to these destinations. For information, please visit www.cdc.gov/zika/.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Argentina - Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

In Argentina the seasons are reversed compared to the United States. Spring: September – November; Summer: December – February; Fall: March – May; Winter: June – August

Argentina Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/americas/default.aspx#argentina-weather

Brazil - Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

The weather in Brazil is temperate to hot year round. Lightweight clothing that can be layered, sunscreen, and a hat are recommended.

Brazil Average Temperatures:https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/americas/default.aspx#brazil-weather

Peru - The sun is strong, particularly in the higher altitudes. Please bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Pack comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. When visiting Machu Picchu, please be aware that walking sticks are not allowed in some areas of the archaeological site and must be carried in a backpack. Prescriptions are required for walking sticks to be allowed at the Machu Picchu archaeological site and must be rubber tipped. Also selfie sticks are forbidden and only folding umbrellas are allowed. Remember that during your trip you will be traveling between different climate zones and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Please check to which season and region(s) you will be traveling and pack accordingly. Winter months (May - October) are cold. During those periods you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

Peru's climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons, summer (December - March) and winter (May - October). Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F. Winter is generally damp and chilly, with temperatures dropping to 53°F. This region sees little rain, but can see mist and drizzle during the winter. The coastal area of Ica (Paracas, Nazca) enjoys warm dry weather throughout the year, with average temperatures around 75 - 80°F. The highlands region of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba, Machu Picchu) has a dry temperate climate that also experiences two distinct seasons. The dry season (May - October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, with highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day. The jungle region (Amazon River) is tropical and humid. Throughout the year temperatures range from mid to upper 80s during the day and drop into the 70s during the night. The summer months (April - October) are considered the dry season, though despite the name it should be noted that it rains two-thirds of the year in the rainforest. The rainy season (November - March) sees frequent showers and high river levels.

Peru Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/americas/default.aspx#peru-weather

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination - either in advance of their trip or while traveling - as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

PERU: Books

Machu Picchu:
Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

Nazca Lines:
The Nasca Lines by Johan Reinhard (1986)
Nazca: Eighth Wonder of the World by Anthony Adams (2001)
Nazca by Steve Rogoff (2003)

General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

Incas:
The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

Other Archaeology/sites
Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

PERU: Films
The Secret of the Incas (1957)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

ARGENTINA: Books
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
The Tango Singer by Tomás Eloy Martínez
The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
My Father’s Ghost is Climbing in the Rain by Patricio Pron
Brodie's Report by Jorge Luis Borges
Perla by Carolina De Robertis
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

ARGENTINA: Films
The Clan (2015)
White Elephant (2012)
The Aura (2005)
La Cienaga (2001)
Crane World (1999)
Intimate Stories (2002)
The Road to San Diego (2006)

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

Brazil - Intra-Brazil flights have a weight restriction for luggage of 33 lbs. per piece of luggage with a limit of one piece of checked luggage per person. This differs from international flight luggage limits and should be taken into account when preparing for your trip.

Argentina - Most domestic flights in Argentina have a weight restriction 33 lbs. per piece of luggage with a limit of one piece of checked luggage per person. This differs from international flight luggage limits and should be taken into account when preparing for your trip.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

Check-In
If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Peru Domestic Flights
The airline tickets enclosed are for your international flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Gate 1). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice-versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that your checked luggage has a maximum weight limit of 50 lbs per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carrier's and is subject to change.

A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru including the Nazca Lines overflight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely be treated to a pretty mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure which tend to desensitize taste buds. Small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food, plus previously mentioned cost-cuts in order to keep airfares as low as possible, add to some often pretty poor fare. Our suggestion is to stick to simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Transfers
Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

Arrival Transfers - When exiting the airport and looking for your hotel transfer, please be aware of street scams. Please look for an official representative holding a Gate 1 sign. Do not accept ride from driver who will not accept voucher, provided in your travel documents, as payment.

About Your Escorted Tour Participants in Peru
Please note that the number of participants may vary during your tour as we accommodate travelers arriving at different points in the itinerary. Some participants will begin their tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while others will begin in Lima, Peru. At the end of the tour, some participants will depart from Lima while others will continue to Colca and Arequipa. Upon arrival at your first destination, you will be invited to join a welcome orientation with your Tour Manager and will meet your tour companions.

About Your Escorted Tour Participants in South America
Please note that the number of participants may vary during your tour as we accommodate travelers arriving at different points in the itinerary. All participants will begin their trip in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the end of the tour, some participants will depart from Buenos Aires, Argentina while others will continue on to Chile. Upon arrival at your first destination, you will be invited to join a welcome orientation with your Tour Manager and will meet your tour companions.

About Your Accommodations
Hotels
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Peru Hotels - Most hotels in the Peruvian highlands don't have air-conditioning or central heating (although generally a space heater is provided in the room) and may have weak WiFi signal or limited bandwidth. Hotels in the Sacred Valley and Urubamba are often old haciendas that have been renovated and are located in rural areas where the closest store or restaurant may require a taxi ride The comfort level in these hotels may be lower than that in big cities. Lack of hot water and power outages are not uncommon. Some travelers may experience discomfort from the temporary effects of altitude sickness in the Peruvian highlands. Oxygen is available at the front desk of hotels, though not available for use in the rooms (unless there is an emergency). If desired, small disposable portable oxygen pumps can be purchased locally for around $15. Few hotels in Cuzco offer pressurized rooms for those who have difficulty adapting to the higher altitude.

Argentina Hotels - Please be aware that accommodations in major cities may be limited to one large bed. A smaller bed or cot may be requested if two separate beds are preferred but cannot be guaranteed.

Brazil Hotels - Please be aware that accommodations in major cities may be limited to one large bed. A smaller bed or cot may be requested if two separate beds are preferred but cannot be guaranteed.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Gratuities
Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Escorted Tours

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $7 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $3 per person per day, US $2 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Argentina - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Brazil - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

Peru - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Motor Coaches in Peru - The trip is active and requires a moderate level of fitness. During your sightseeing you will encounter steps particularly in ruins that are higher than our standards of stairs, as well as cobblestone streets and some dirt paths. Please note that motor coaches in Peru are not air-conditioned, with the exception of motor coaches in Lima. Air-conditioning is unavailable and considered unnecessary on coaches in the highlands region (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba, Machu Picchu) where the temperature ranges between typical highs around 60-65°F and lows of 30-40°F. To view Peru's average temperatures, please visit https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/americas/default.aspx#peru-weather

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

Currency
We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Argentina - The Argentine Peso is the currency of Argentina.

It is recommended to carry new or like new banknotes as older, torn or poor condition notes may not be accepted locally.

Brazil - The Brazilian Real is the currency of Brazil.

It is recommended to carry new or like new banknotes as older, torn or poor condition notes may not be accepted locally.

Peru - The Sol is the currency of Peru.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.
While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The “chip-and-PIN” cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don’t accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Peru - ATMs are available in larger cities and towns, such as Lima and Cusco, but may not be accessible in rural areas. Plan to take out enough cash prior to traveling to the countryside. Most tourist areas accept and exchange U.S. dollars. Torn or slightly damaged bills will likely not be accepted by Peruvian stores and restaurants. Be sure to bring crisp and new U.S. Dollars. MasterCard is not always accepted in restaurants and it is recommended to carry a Visa card if you are planning to use a credit card.

Shopping
Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Argentina - Shops open at 9 a.m. and generally close at 7 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Good buys include high quality leather goods, jewelry and furs.

Brazil - Brazil offers a wide variety of interesting handcrafted articles at colorful street markets. Cosmetics are also highly popular, along with designer swimwear, fine leather goods, and some of the world's best coffee.

Peru - Peruvians are friendly, serious, honest and traditional people. When shopping for Peruvian handicrafts including pottery, textiles and wood carvings it is not uncommon to negotiate the price down by 20-40 percent.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Brazil - While we recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense when traveling in any country, please be aware that in Brazil, and specifically Rio de Janeiro, there are significant issues with theft in public places. Always keep valuables in a safe place and avoid walking alone. We recommend that taxis be reserved via the hotel concierge desk when possible. As in most parts of the world, be aware of your surroundings and keep to well-lit and populated areas.

Peru - While we recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense when traveling in any country, please be aware that in Peru, there are significant issues with theft in public places. Always keep valuables in a safe place and avoid walking alone. We recommend that taxis be reserved via the hotel concierge desk when possible. As in most parts of the world, be aware of your surroundings and keep to well-lit and populated areas.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.


Local Emergency Phone Numbers
Argentina
  • Ambulance/Police: 101
  • Fire: 107

Brazil
  • General Emergency: 190

Peru
  • General Emergency: 150

Languages
Argentina - Spanish is the local language. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Brazil - Portuguese is the local language. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Peru - Spanish is the official language. Quechua is spoken in some areas as well. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Electricity
Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Argentina - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Brazil - The voltage used is 110/220 volts.

Peru - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Code of Conduct
Argentina - Common courtesies should be observed. Conservative casual dress is appropriate. Beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. Smoking, though common, is prohibited on public transport and in cinemas and theaters.

Brazil - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Normal courtesies should be observed. Offers of coffee and tea are customary. Casual dress is appropriate. Smoking is acceptable unless otherwise noted. The Catholic Church is highly respected in the community, and jokes at the expense of the Church are considered to be in poor taste.

Peru - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Visitors should observe normal courtesies. The atmosphere is generally informal and casual dress is appropriate. Please demonstrate respect for the cultural artifacts of the indigenous people.

Food and Meals
As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Gate 1 cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure at www.gate1travel.com/contactus. Terminology for dietary requests can vary from country to country and options may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you make your wishes known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant.

Peru - Ceviche is one of the classic dishes of Peru - raw fish and shellfish marinated in lime or lemon and served with raw onion toasted corn and sweet potato. Another very popular dish, especially in the Andean region, is Cuy (Guinea Pig). Unique Peruvian drinks include Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru, made from the white-grape brandy called pisco and the addition of lime juice syrup, egg white and bitters. Another unique drink is Chicha, a beer made from fermented maize. For non-alcoholic drinks, Inca Kola is the most popular soft drink in Peru and Mate de Coca, famous in the Andes region, is an herbal tea made from the coca leaves, used to treat altitude sickness. While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and raw fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Argentina - Argentine cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean influences, with Argentine barbecue being the national dish. Traditional foods include Asado, Locro, Humita, Provoleta, Choripan, and Milanesa. Some typical desserts to try: Medialunas (small croissants), Dulce de Leche, Alfajores (type of cookie), Rogel (cake). Yerba mate is a traditional herbal beverage. Argentina is famous for its fine wines like Torrontés (white wine), Bonarda (red wine) and is home to Malbec, a full-bodied red wine from the Mendoza region. Fernet is a dark syrupy liquor, usually served mixed with Coca Cola. Argentine mealtimes are as follows, lunch is from 1:00-3:00 pm and dinner from 9:00-11:30 pm.

Holidays
On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Argentina

Holidays 2022

Jan 1 : New Year's Day
Feb 28-Mar 1: Carnival
Mar 24: Memorial Day
Apr 2: Day of the Veterans
Apr 14: Maundy Thursday
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
May 1: Labor Day / May Day
May 25: May Revolution Day
Jun 17: Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes
Jun 20: Flag Day
Jul 9: National Independence Day
Aug 15: St. Martin's Day
Nov 21: National Sovereignty Day
Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Day
Dec 25: Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1 : New Year's Day
Feb 20-21: Carnival
Mar 24: Memorial Day
Apr 2: Day of the Veterans
Apr 6: Maundy Thursday
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
May 1: Labor Day / May Day
May 25: May Revolution Day
Jun 17: Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes
Jun 20: Flag Day
Jul 9: National Independence Day
Aug 21: St. Martin's Day
Oct 9: Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity
Nov 20: National Sovereignty Day
Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Day
Dec 25: Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays - Brazil

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 25-Mar 2 Carnival
Apr 2: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
Apr 21: Tiradentes Day
May 1: Labor Day / May Day
Jun 16: Corpus Christi
Sep 7: Independence Day
Oct 12: Our Lady Aparecida / Children's Day
Nov 2: All Souls' Day
Nov 15: Republic Proclamation Day
Nov 20: Black Consciousness Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 20-22: Carnival
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
Apr 21: Tiradentes Day
May 1: Labor Day / May Day
Jun 8: Corpus Christi
Sep 7: Independence Day
Oct 12: Our Lady Aparecida / Children's Day
Nov 2: All Souls' Day
Nov 15: Republic Proclamation Day
Nov 20: Black Consciousness Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays - Peru

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Apr 14: Holy Thursday
Apr 15: Good Friday
Apr 17: Easter
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 29: St. Peter & St. Paul Day
Jul 28: Independence Day
Jul 29: Independence Day Holiday
Aug 30: Santa Rosa de Lima Day
Oct 8: Battle of Angamos
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Day
Dec 25: Christmas

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Apr 6: Maundy Thursday
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 29: St. Peter & St. Paul Day
Jul 28: Independence Day
Jul 29: Independence Day Holiday
Aug 30: Santa Rosa de Lima Day
Oct 8: Battle of Angamos
Nov 1: All Saints' Day
Dec 8: Immaculate Conception Day
Dec 9: Battle of Ayacucho
Dec 25: Christmas

10 Day Classic Peru, July 2022
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Wow! We just returned from your 10-day Peru tour, and I want to take a moment to let you know what an incredible tour manager you have in Rolly. He truly treated us like family, and his attention to detail made our trip such a wonderful experience. My wife has done five different Gate 1 tours, and she shared that Rolly is by far the best tour manager she has had. We have already been posting on social media and several of our friends are looking into taking trips with Gate 1. I am certain that Rolly had a huge part of making our experience so enjoyable, so I wanted to be sure and share this feedback.

Christopher B.
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Peru, July 2022
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My tour of Peru was one of the most enlightening trip I've taken. We got to see the culture first hand. The floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca was fascinating. The tour director Victor went above and beyond to make our tour pleasing and enjoyable. It was obvious to me he and his staff of Johnathan and Justin really cared about our enjoyment. Johnathan was so kind and patient and Justin was an amazing driver on the hairpin curves and challenging traffic. The altitude was a challenge but Victor and Johnathan were understanding and very helpful with those of us who had difficulty.

Jane B.
10 Day Classic Peru, July 2022
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I just completed my survey of our recent trip to Peru. Your survey form is automated, and didn't really give me the chance to give the high praise I felt needed to be given to all of your staff in Peru, especially our tour guide, Alejandro. I imagine guiding a tour is much like herding cats (no easy task!), but Alejandro pulled it off with no issues. His passion for Peru and it's history was genuine and contagious, and he made 28 people from very different cultures and backgrounds feel like we were part of his family. Peru is an amazing place full of wonders, but it was Alejandro and the other staff members that made our trip so special, and the reason we'll be returning to Gate1 for our next adventure.

John B.
11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu, July 2022
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My partner and I recently returned from our 11-day Ecuador, the Amazon and Peru adventure with Gate1. The entire trip was fabulous from start to finish. We were not only blessed with excellent guides, but we had a a wonderful group to boot! (This was our fourth group tour and that doesn't always happen!) We continue to be impressed with the logistics involved and have noticed an upgrade in most of the accommodations provided. Tour guide Marco was excellent in Ecuador and the Amazon. We found him knowledgeable, professional and a whole lot of fun. Tour guide Abel was equally excellent. We have found that it can be a challenge for the second guide to win everyone over as many people get used to a style and can struggle with change. We were so impressed how Abel took great care to win everyone over with his caring nature and winning sense of humor. Personally, I got sick in the town of Machu Picchu the day after visiting the sacred valley. Abel took immediate action and got me some meds that worked like a miracle. He is a gem and Gate1 is lucky to have him. Again, we are Gate1 fans and we look forward to our next adventure. We have watched Gate1 go from good to great...not easy!

Gary T.
10 Day Classic Brazil and Argentina, July 2022
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Hello! I just wanted to inform you that I have taken several tours with other tour companies and I have never experienced as high quality guides as I have with Gate 1 on this tour! Alex truly went above and beyond in every capacity. He was a pleasure to travel with and truly took care of us all and ensured we had as wonderful a trip as possible. Gate 1 should be so grateful to have someone as outstanding as Alex working on their team. All of the local guides were truly fantastic as well. I would 100% recommend Gate 1 to everyone I know and I am looking forward to my next trip!

Michelle D.
10 Day Classic Peru, July 2022
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We recently traveled to Peru with Gate 1. This was our first experience with this travel company and we were very impressed with how smoothly everything went and how organized our trip was. We really can't say enough good things about our tour manager, Rogger. He was amazing and went above and beyond to make sure that our party and the entire group was taken care of in every way. He was attentive, helpful, kind, and patient with everyone. He was able to bring us all together as a family and helped everyone make memories that will last a lifetime. Rogger is passionate about his country and he is eager to share his knowledge and expertise with visitors. I am so appreciative to him, and to his assistant Alvaro who was also amazingly knowledgeable and very kind, for helping me and my children have an incredible vacation together in Peru. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to my family and friends.

Nina M.
11 Day Deluxe Peru, June 2022
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My deluxe trip to Peru was amazing. Rolly, the tour manager made the trip even more enjoyable. Not only were his group organizational skills impeccable, but his knowledge and even more importantly his passion for the job was so evident. My hope is that the next tour manager I encounter at Gate 1 is as great as Rolly. My daughter is Vegan with many food allergies. Rolly went out of his way to make sure that she was accommodated. In my opinion Rolly should be featured in Gate1 advertisements. His skills really are that stellar. The local guides Dimas and Milagros were excellent as well.

Sandra W.
7 Day Peru & Machu Picchu, June 2022
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It was amazing! Henry and Leo, our tour managers were very knowledgeable, organized and fantastic! Our drivers, Mario amd Dante were excellent too! We felt safe with them. Peru is an excellent tourist spot. Everything went smoothly, from our flights, hotels, to land tours. Thank you! For sure I will use Gate 1 again for my next adventure.

Caroline S.
10 Day Classic Peru, May 2022
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Washington is an excellent guide. He is very well organized, even with all the changes due to the closure of the airport. His language skills are perfect. We especially appreciated the extra information and experiences he provided as a local resident. He went out of his way to ensure everyone had the best experience possible. He even arranged for my kids to attend a local soccer game after the tour was completed. Our luggage was damaged during one of the flights and he ensured that claim was filed correctly and followed up with us after the tour was completed. His care for people didn't apply to just the tour group. He was passionate about the education and wellbeing of the Peruvian children we encountered at our stops. He is the type of person you want representing your company. Percy and the local guides were also very knowledgeable and did a great job making sure everything went smooth on our trip. The bus drivers were amazing, especially Ernesto. Maneuvering the large bus through the areas that he did, under those traffic conditions, is beyond belief. It's the people you hired in Peru that made this the excellent trip that it was.

Robert K.
11 Day Classic Peru with Nazca Lines, May 2022
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Absolutely outstanding! We loved this trip! And we are grateful for the awesome people at Gate 1 from the agents to the tour guides to the logistics team. What a great company!

Christine C.
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Peru, April 2022
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I just wanted to let Gate 1 management know what an amazing Tour Manager/Guide Maruicio was. I cannot say enough good words about him and I cannot image a better Guide! He was VERY organized and communicated each day's plans very well. He watched out for all of us his Tour like we were his children - making sure that we were all satisfied at restaurants - talking to staff to make sure everything was what we ordered and coming to us in a timely manner. He was very entertaining which helped make the longer bus trips go by quickly. He was also very patient with all of the people on the tour even when some didn't follow directions very well. He went above and beyond his required duties giving us little treats from time to time. He sold me on Gate 1!

Mark F.
11 Day Classic Peru & Bolivia, April 2022
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Yes, I recently got back from and Bolivia trip and I would like to mention that it was an excellent experience. I loved the different sites and activities for every day. The Tour Manager, Roger was excellent. He kept every day interesting and moved at the perfect pace. I really enjoyed Perú. The driver Justino, in Peru was very professional. For all the hotels, I loved the ones in Cusco (José Antonio) and the one in la Paz (H. Europa). Another great trip. Thank you.

Guadalupe R.
Machu Picchu Express, April 2022
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This is the first time I have traveled with Gate1 and Gate1 exceeded my expectation! The trip was well planned and managed, not only that I got a chance to see many wonderful views of Peru but also learned the in-depth history of Inca Empire. I want to praise my tour guides, Ruben and Percy, who were so knowledgeable, kind, warm, friendly and patience with our group. Ruben took the extra step for us to experience the tasting of a Guinea pig. Percy carried all the backpacks for the elderly while climbing up the hills at Machu Picchu. Also, our fabulous driver Mel kept us safe and secure during out trip. My daughter and I really appreciate their services, their compassion about people and energy during the trip. Because of the excellent experience with Gate1, I will definitely use Gate1 again and have already started recommending Gate1 to others!

Peter L.
13 Day Galapagos, Ecuador, Andes & Amazon, April 2022
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This was our first time traveling with Gate 1. We took two back to back trips to Peru and then to Ecuador. I can't say enough about the quality of this tour. Special kudos to both our guides, Edgar in Peru and Giovannah in Ecuador. They were both incredible. So proud of their countries, their home towns, their history and genuinely happy to share all of that with us. Giovannah especially went above and beyond to make sure that all went smoothly with so many changes of locations and types of areas. She handled the varying ages and abilities beautifully as this was a very active trip. I was impressed that no job was beneath her and ensuring that each person had a wonderful time was clearly her goal. Based on our experience with these two trips and wonderful tour managers we are already looking at our next Gate 1 trip!

Kathy C.
9 Day Peru Inca Special, April 2022
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I wanted to write to praise our tour manager Edgar C. Edgar was a consummate professional - so knowledgeable about Peru. He clearly loves and is so proud of his country and his heritage. His year's of experience and his personal love of Peru's rich history and culture made our trip that much richer. He managed all of us beautifully, brought the group together and provided so many wonderful insights. I also appreciated the individual tour guides specific to Puno and Lima. They added to the experience and the level of education and information shared with us.

Kathy C.
11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu, April 2022
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Prior to the pandemic, we had traveled several trips with Gate 1. This was our first trip post pandemic with Gate 1 and it was one of the best trips we have ever taken with Gate 1. Both of our tour managers, Jose and Gary were the very best we ever had! It was like having your own tour guide for each segment of the trip. They truely cared about the traveler and wanted to share everything about their country with you: the food, the culture, the environment, their lives, it was like having a family member with you. It really appeared to us that during the time that the pandemic shut down travel, Gate 1 used this time to better understand it clients and improve their services so that when travel resumed, our experience would be better than prior to the pandemic. And it was. To say that Gate 1 upped their game would be an understatement. We have another trip booked with you this September and we can't wait, Gate 1, you have won us over for all of our future trips. Your tour managers, your support, your selected hotels and agendas are top notch and I would recommend you to anyone that is planning to travel the world. Thanks Gate 1 for being a much better travel service than prior to the pandemic!

Ted S.
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Peru, April 2022
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This is my first time travel with Gate1 and had a wonderful experience. The trip is well planned and managed, and I got chance to see many wonderful views and places, and enjoyed my travel a lot. Especially, I want to praise my tour guide, Victor, who is so kind, warm, friendly and patience with our group. He is very considerate and provide all the supports, guide and help we needed during the trip. My friends and I really appreciate his services and his passion and energy during the trip. This trip has been such an amazing experience to me and I already start to plan my next trip with Gate1!

Ji G.
11 Day Ecuador, the Amazon & Peru with Machu Picchu, April 2022
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We just traveled last week, Ecuador and Peru. It was a very nice travel. Gate1 did a fantastic job, from the airport to the hotels, to the tour. Everything was very smooth and relaxing. Thank you Gate1. I will travel with Gate 1 again on our next vacation.

Carlos I.
14 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country, March 2022
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I'm writing as a seasoned Gate One traveler. I want to commend you on your guide, Virginia. She was an exceptional guide on my recent tour of Brazil, Argentina, Mendoza and Chile. What a valued employee she is to you. More importantly, what a value to your customers. She was tireless in effectuating an excellent trip for all on this journey including the added requirements that were imposed by the governments of all these countries due to Covid. She kept everyone informed and encouraged cohesion throughout the group through excellent communication skills. I am proud to have been her customer and appreciate all her friendliness, professionalism, courtesy and attention to detail for everyone to enjoy the time with her. Great job on your part to hire the RIGHT person!

Carol J.
9 Day Classic Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country, March 2022
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I wanted to comment more about how wonderful our tour guide, Lucas , was. Lucas was excellent in every way--he went above and beyond his tour duties every day of our trip. He was beyond patient, extremely helpful, very organized, and always friendly and welcoming to all of us. Every time we had free time built into our schedule, he always offered to have lunch/dinner/walk around with us. Every time he offered, every person in our group accepted. I have been on one other Gate1 tour, and it was also great, but I, and everyone in my tour group, could tell that Lucas was exceptional. My husband and I were on the fence about group travel (for various reasons), but having a tour guide like Lucas makes us want to take more Gate1 tours. I cannot say enough about how great he was--he was just exceptionally great.

Kristin B.
7 Day Peru & Machu Picchu, February 2022
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My family and I had a wonderful time in Peru!!! We are so happy we traveled with Gate 1. Our tour manager, Americo, was fabulous and was the best tour manager anyone could ask for. Being a native of Cusco, Peru, Americo helped us see Peru from the perspective of someone who truly loves his country as well as Gate 1! We had fabulous bus drivers during our travels. My family and I felt secure and safe during our entire trip! Americo is a genuinely nice person. We would love to have him as our tour guide for future trips. Our hotels were amazing, especially Inkaterra Machu Pichu Pueblo Hotel! Americo's promptness and planning allowed our tour group to enjoy all the wonders of Peru. All of Gate 1 staff during our time in Peru were gracious hosts. They were helpful and educational. Our stops in Peru were all amazing and well planned. Updates by Gate 1 prior to our trip and during the trip were informative. We were sad when the trip ended.

Beth Z.
7 Day Peru & Machu Picchu, October 2021
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This trip was beyond amazing! Peru has so much to offer and our guide, Ruben, was wonderful. He was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and personable. He took us to wonderful restaurants, had great recommendations about what to do in the villages/cities during our leisure time, and even took it upon himself to walk around with a few of us during leisure time. Julio, our assistant tour manager, was also very knowledgeable - he and Ruben worked very well together! My partner on the trip got some altitude sickness symptoms and Ruben took wonderful care of him. Ruben made sure there was never a dull moment because he took the time to tell us stories and teach us about culture as we traveled from one destination to another. Beautiful hotels, especially Inkaterra! This was a great experience to practice my Spanish with locals (Ruben and Julio also both helped me)! I was pleasantly surprised about how seriously Peru took Covid precautions and was happy to comply. I have loved all of my Gate1 trips (I believe this was my 4th), and I recommend Gate1 every chance I get! Hope to travel with Gate1 again soon!

Aubryn S.
10 Day Classic Peru, October 2021
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Recently returned from Peru -A Hotels trip. I must commend both Edgar and Marcos as our leaders. They BOTH went above and beyond throughout the tour, but especially at Machu Picchu, where Marcos assisted several of us who were stressed due to altitude and terrain. He personally guided several folks individually to ensure their safety. He was the "million dollar man"! Edgar was simply stellar throughout. He used repetition to stress the important points and it worked. He is a jewel of a person. His tour of the Cathedral and Museum in Cuzco was the finest I have experienced in more than 20 years of touring churches. His nickname is 24/7 and it's true. He phoned each room at every stop to ensure all was OK after checking in each hotel. He is a 5 star employee and you should be very proud of Edgar.

Michael S.
10 Day Classic Peru, October 2021
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We LOVED Gate 1. It was our first time traveling with them and it was SUPER!! Every detail was well taken care of and provided for. I felt very safe and comfortable in a foreign country where I cannot speak the language. I was concerned over what I might encounter but Gate 1 completely took care of any concerns. We had a fabulous trip and I will certainly travel with them again and again!! Our tour guide, Washington was WONDERFUL!! So informative and dedicated to our trip. He took a personal interest in each person on the tour. He presented the culture in such a personal and sincere manner. I learned so much from him. He was so helpful and available for every question, concern or thought. Very knowledgeable. He also made it fun with his sense of humor and insight. His assistants were likewise as marvelous! Ernesto, Roberto, Alexis and even the bus drivers were EXCELLENT! Thank you GATE 1 (and the Peru tour guides) for making our trip a FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!

Catherine E.
Machu Picchu Express, September 2021
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One can't but love our Tour Guide, Ruben. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable and professional but also has a GREAT sense of humor. It was obvious that he would do anything and everything to make sure we had a safe and wonderful experience. This was my first Gate 1 tour. IF the other Gate 1 Tour Guides are half as good as Ruben, then I'm sold on Gate 1. That's how impressed I was with Ruben. I was also impressed with our Driver, Julio. THANK YOU, RUBEN AND JULIO!

James F.
Peruvian Legends, September 2021
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Our 14 day Peruvian Legend trip was very beautiful. We learned at lot of stuff about the history and culture of Peru. Our tour guide Victor was very knowledgeable about the history and culture and he explained and took care of us very well. I would recommend this trip to everyone. Machu Picchu was the highlight of this trip. I also enjoyed Lake Titicaca with Uros floating island made with totora reeds with the uros inhabitant and totora reed boat.

Meena S.
10 Day Classic Peru, September 2021
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I had such an amazing time and experience during my trip to Peru. The program itinerary was immersive and very engaging. Many thanks to our extraordinary and exceptional tour manager, Raul Fernando and his team, Julio, local guide in Cusco, Broz, local guide in Puno and our super driver, Ernesto. The entire team, with Raul Fernando's leadership, was exemplary. They made sure that everyone was safe, especially during this time of pandemic and constantly reminded everyone to be careful and sanitize our hands everywhere we go. Each tour member was provided hand sanitizer as we board the bus and required to wear masks. Each hotel has mats entrances to sanitize footwear. Some of the hotels sprayed alcohol on our clothes (front & back) and anything else we are carrying as we enter the hotels. Hotel restaurants have tables set far apart. The government of Peru requires masks even outdoors and double masks in all indoor places, with some places requiring face shields in addition to the double masks. I felt safe the entire trip and truly had a memorable experience. Many thanks to the local team for also having a very organized Covid testing for our return trip. I hope that I will have the same memorable experience on my upcoming trip to Iceland.

Livia L
10 Day Classic Peru, September 2021
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Our trip to Peru was supposed to be a girls trip to Amsterdam but COVID hit and that trip was canceled. So the 3 of us kept looking for another Gate 1 trip and the 10 day Peru trip popped up on the Gate 1 site. We decided YES this will be our girls trip. What a great vacation and outstanding tour guides. Our guides were so knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable. The activities were the best. The hotels were OUTSTANDING. As 3 ladies leaving our husband's at home we requested 3 beds and each hotel accommodated us. The food in Peru was delicious as it was fresh daily. Of all the places we went I personally loved the floating islands at Lake Titicaca best. Yes we went to Machu Picchu and that too was amazing. I can't say enough about Gate 1 and our 10 day trip. You made each of us feel like family and met all out needs. We were pleased to see that Gate 1 helps a school in Peru. This is another reason they are #1.

Catharine V.
10 Day Classic Brazil & Argentina, January 2020
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We are very pleased with all tour guides and drivers, but having Marina with us the entire trip was excellent! She was not only well knowledge in the locations as well as being extremely organized/prepared or anticipated any questions or concerns we had, but very entertaining! She is a “hard working” woman. We all appreciate the excellent service she always provided with a big comforting smile and I love her jolly laugh. The itinerary provided a nice balance in learning about Rio de Janeiro, Iguazú Fall and Buenos Aires and time to explore on our own. This was another great experience with Gate 1 and we are looking forward to traveling with you again.

Carolyn P. Manassas, VA
Peruvian Legends, December 2019
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Every aspect of the trip was great. Well organized, great tour manager, good accommodations, good food, and amazing country. Overall a very good experience.

Madhavi P. Dublin, CA
14 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country, November 2019
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Our trip to South America was wonderful! The best compliment should go to our tour guide, Alejandro. His organization and thoughtfulness made the trip very enjoyable. The itinerary and hotels were very good too, though we had to have a very early start on couple of days. We will definitely spread the word about the trip to our friends.

Tammy H. Walnut Creek, CA
10 Day Classic Brazil & Argentina, November 2019
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The trip exceeded my expectations. Our guide Jorge is an expert guide and a very nice person. His passion for his work is evident as is his knowledge of local history and culture which he shares in the most interesting and understandable way. The other guides were excellent as well.

Kathleen B. Portland, OR
Peruvian Legends, October 2019
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It was fantastic! I couldn't have been more pleased with our tour manager, accommodations, food, etc. Our entire group was thrilled with our trip and we are making arrangements to travel to Ireland next September. I have already made our reservations and am contacting others in our group so they can make travel arrangements. We couldn't have done it without Gate 1. I would like to commend Rene, our tour manager, and Ernesto, our driver for the excellent service they provided to us. They were so accommodating to our group and had everything well organized. They are definitely an asset to your company and I would highly recommend them. Job well done! Looking forward to our next trip.

Paula D. Waynesville, OH
Peruvian Legends, September 2019
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Excellent! Good services, Excellent Hotel. Food is great. Tour Manger and Tour guide mastered their subjects and were very helpful!

Dang N. Montreal, Quebec
15 Day Kaleidoscope of South America, September 2019
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It was wonderful. Beautiful scenery. Great hotels. A super tour director who worked overtime to make sure everyone had a great time. And, wonderful memorable visits and tours to some of the world's most spectacular sites. Gate 1 did a wonderful job at putting this tour together.

Thomas J. Springfield, VA
10 Day Affordable Peru, September 2019
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Our trip was excellent. Americo was our tour manager and He had an excellent team to work with. They were always looking out for every person in our tour group to make sure, we all were safe and comfortable at all times. Thank you!

Silvia H. Davie, FL
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Peru, August 2019
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Our trip to Peru with Gate 1 was one of the best tours we’ve taken. All the hotels were four star rated. The sights (Machu Picchu, Eros, and Colca Canyon) were fabulous, the food wonderful, and the people very welcoming to tourists. Our tour manager Abel ranks as the best we’ve every had with Gate 1. Abel was friendly, very knowledgeable, approachable and above all a “fixer” when it came to minor issues that occur during any tour. We can’t wait for our next tours to Egypt, Vietnam, and Morocco.

Victor C. Folsom, CA
10 Day Classic Brazil & Argentina, August 2019
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This was one of my favorite Gate 1 trips. My daughter, Allison and I both really enjoyed ourselves. Our tour director, Rosanna was fantastic. We had a large group, and she handled it very well. Everyone was on time . That speaks for itself. Rosanna was knowledgeable and helpful, funny, polite, and always ready to help. She is one of the best ! The hotels we stayed at were beautiful. Also, they were centrally located , which made our lives much easier for exploring on our own. Our local tour guides, Pablo and Gisella were also very good. Great personalities and fun to be with. I loved visiting the school. I think it is wonderful that Gate 1 donates money to those less fortunate. I have nothing bad to say. Thank you Gate 1, thank you Rosanna for a memorable vacation.

Claire G. Delray Beach, FL
10 Day Classic Brazil & Argentina, August 2019
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It was marvelous! My daughter and I were in a group going to Rio de Jeniro and Buenos Aires. Our guide, Lucas, was helpful, friendly, and informative. Carlos, our city guide was also friendly, helpful and informative. They were very professional and attentive to our needs. We learned a lot of new things about the history of Brazil and Argentina. We will recommend this and other tours to friends and family.

Loretta G. Deerfield Beach, FL
12 Day Kaleidoscope of Peru, August 2019
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Excellent trip ! My first time with Gate 1 tour and I am very impressed. Our tour manager Henry is excellent, very good: knowledgeable (knows his stuff well), helpful, reliable there all the time, very organized and excellent management of the tour, responsible, looks after everyone, very conscientious and friendly, motivated, caring, kind-hearted, generous, honest.... what more can I say. Can't find any tour manager better than Henry ! He made our trip so very enjoyable, no stress ! Will not hesitate to join Gate 1 tour again.

Philip C. Richmond Hill, Canada
12 Day Classic Argentina & Chile with Easter Island, August 2019
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We would like to thank you for a fabulous trip to Argentina, Chile and Easter Island. Everything went according to plan, hotels were great, we loved all 3 of them, the offered excursions (we took the one to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar and the sunrise over the Moai) were awesome and our tour guides were great. We would like to commend Veni, Nelson and Lili for their outstanding support and assistance. The tidbits of information they offered on the respective countries was well researched, good and helpful information regarding customs, history, politics, any topic we had a question about was answered. The professional and caring guides and their drivers were available when stated, the airport pickups were timely and I especially wanted to mention Nelson who was the one to pick us back up from when we landed from Rapa Nui back in Santiago and he made sure we all knew about our onward travel arrangements. Veni came to see us off on the morning of departure to Rapa Nui and Lili at Rapa Nui was full of anecdotes and I understand she also participates in local dances which were very well received by the participants who went to the event. In all, it was another successful Gate 1 tour and we will look forward to book with you in the future. Please extend our thanks again to the great guides we had, our group to Easter Island was small and we will stay in touch which is an added bonus of making new friends who share the love of travel.

Carroll and Sabine M. Florence, AZ
10 Day Affordable Peru, May 2019
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The trip was a outstanding! As always, lots of moving around but worth every moment of it. Pavel keeps things smooth, entertaining, and educational. He is truly committed to Gate 1 and creating amazing travel experiences for his guests. The group blended so well, that it made it difficult to leave. My Peru travel family will always be remembered.

Vanessa G. Laurel, MD
10 Day Classic Brazil & Argentina, May 2019
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Our trip was fabulous. Not only beautiful scenery especially Iguzu but the food, people and culture was awesome. Our guide, Sylvia, was the best ever. She was quick, organized, thoughtful, knowledgeable and all the time with a smile and patience with everyone.

Eleanor D. Charleston, SC
17 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile with Easter Island, April 2019
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My trip was wonderful! Gate 1 is the best! Our guide, Fede, did so many extra things to make us feel special. You have my loyalty because you deliver quality and service!

Patricia G. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
7 Day Peru & Machu Picchu, April 2019
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We had the time of our lives! It was the best trip we have ever been on! The food was amazing and Abel our tour manager made the trip into a magical experience! He was very knowledgeable, kind, very aware of our needs and made our group feel as if we were a family. He made the trip the special experience it was. Richard the helper was also excellent, always helping us down steps, always asking what we needed. He, Abel, and Julio the bus driver made a great team! This is our first trip with Gate 1 we will definitely be back! It was an amazing trip and please let Abel know that he brought the beauty of the Inca people into a magical reality with his wealth of knowledge ! Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip!

Pamela D. LeRoy, WV
10 Day Affordable Peru, April 2019
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It was definitely the trip of a lifetime! My partner, Mark, and I have been dreaming of crossing Peru off our bucket lists for some time now and it was as amazing as we could have hoped for. The energy of our entire vacation felt magical, from visiting the bustling city of Lima to the rural highlands and everything in between. Our tour guide Pavel was so passionate and informative, shucks even the other couples we met in our group quickly felt like close friends. Gate 1 had all of our needs taken care of, transportation/hotels/dining accommodations went smoothly so we could focus on experiencing this together worry free. We couldn't be more delighted.

Dainan M. Upland, CA
17 Day Chile, Argentina & Brazil with Patagonia's Glaciers, April 2019
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The trip was WONDERFUL!! Another Gate 1 success!!! I highly recommend this trip. Our tour manager, Lucas, was the absolute BEST!! I have never had a bad tour manager at Gate 1 but Lucas went well above and beyond in being attentive to us and seeking the best experiences for us. He is one of my top 2 all time favorites with Gate 1 tours.

Karen G. White House, TN
10 Day Affordable Peru, March 2019
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The trip was outstanding. The guide, Edgar, and his assistant, Henry, couldn’t have been more helpful or knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone considering a trip to Peru.

Ruth M. Henderson, NV
10 Day Affordable Peru, March 2019
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It was lovely! Rogger and Pepe were wonderful, handling anything that came up and making sure we were all well looked after. Jose, our Lima guide, was excellent and Victor, our driver, navigated those mountain roads so well. A beautiful country with a rich history and culture. Machu Picchu was amazing!

Kathryn C. British Colombia, Canada
15 Day Kaleidoscope of South America, March 2019
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The SA trip was busy but great. We are amazed at how much we saw in two weeks. The Delta Comfort Plus seats were worth every penny. I knew about the famous SA cities but the spectacular natural sights of Chile and Argentina Andes / lake districts and the Iguazu falls were a huge surprise. We had amazingly good weather in these normally rainy areas. Our guides were first rate particularly Jorge, our tour director. Jorge took care of everyone individually ... We have done mostly DIY touring in the past but we could not have planned and maneuvered such a complex and complete tour on our own without a lot of uncertainty, discomfort, and risk. So far we are big Gate 1 fans.

Carl B. Catonsville, MD

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