Mendoza is synonymous with wine and set to the backdrop of the Andes, the plentiful wineries provide the perfect location to tour following your climb. Let us arrange a half or full day wine tour with a local company after your expedition. It is a fantastic way to celebrate a successful trip and an excellent opportunity to buy some great gifts for your friends back home.
This bohemian city is an eclectic mix of culture and modernity, with grand architecture mixed in with modern bars and swanky restaurants. There's much to see during an extra day in the city, from just strolling through the pleasant avenues and parks to numerous sights to see, including the San Francisco church (one of the oldest colonial buildings in the country), the palace of La Moneda with its changing of the guard, the Santa Lucia Hill and many great nightlife opportunities.
Arriving or departing from Lima and have extra days up your sleeve? We can help with extra accommodation and city tours with our fantastic local guides. Visit the spectacular 16th century religious site the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, the Museo Larco for one of the world's largest and best-presented collection of ceramics, or simply explore the city's centuries-old aesthetic delights.
Cusco is an amazing city that was once a hub for the ancient Incan culture. Don't miss this phenomenal place built on the foundations of Incan structures and let us take the hassle out of a tour for you. While away time in the the relaxing atmosphere of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, explore the Incan ruins at Qurikancha, visit the Museo Inka for all things Incan or wander through the complex at Tipón, just 30km out of the city.
Located a short drive from Cusco is the Sacred Valley, home to several significant archeological sites, including Moray (3,176m/10,419ft) which houses enormous circular and pre-Incan semi-circular agricultural terraces that were constructed with the intention of being used as a botanical laboratory to carry out experiments on foreign crop acclimatisation (pictured).
Salinas de Maras
Visit the Sacred Valley's Salinas de Maras, the largest salt pans in the region that have been mined continuously all the way back to the Incan Empire. Even today, the salt is hand-harvested by local families during the dry season. Thousands of individual salt pools are terraced on a hillside, surrounded by views of the snow-capped Urubamba mountain range. The nearby village of Chinchero is also worth a visit, where the townspeople are famed for their preservation of traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques.
Warm and relaxed, the 'Old Town' of Quito is a Unesco World Heritage Site, whose colonial monuments are well worth a visit if you have extra time in the city.
No trip to Ecuador is complete without experiencing South America's largest indigenous market at Otavalo. Located a two-hour drive from Ecuador's capital, Quito, the Otavalo market is humming with activity and is the perfect opportunity to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Each Thursday, two hours south of Quito, the town of Saquisilí is overtaken by one of the most authentic markets in Ecuador. Hundreds of indigenous traders from surrounding mountain villages arrive to peddle their wares, which range from handicrafts to livestock and pots and pans. A visit to the market is an assualt on the senses and an opportunity to find some beautiful local crafts and taste the local cuisine.
South America's cities have much to offer for your extra days on the continent, please enquire with our office if interested in exploring any of these options.