Tour operator Rainbow Tours (www.rainbowtours.co.uk) has introduced two brand new small group tours to Peru and Colombia for 2018, offering an alternative style of travel for those keen to explore Latin America.
“Rainbow Tours traditionally specialises in tailor-made travel for individuals, couples and families, but we also offer a number of small group adventures for clients in Africa and Madagascar,” comments head of product, Matt Rushbrooke. “We’ve seen an increase in enquiries for similar group options in Latin America, so it was only logical to introduce these new itineraries and offer our clients more choice on how to travel.”
“Group tours are popular with clients who enjoy the social aspect of travel as much as exploring a new destination; and who also appreciate having a knowledgeable guide to escort them throughout their journey,” adds Rainbow Tours’ Latin America product manager Rachel Nicoll. “On our Peru group tour, travellers can experience one of the continent’s most exciting festivals; whilst the Colombia tour introduces visitors to an alluring destination in the midst of a tourism renaissance.”
About the new group tours
The two new group tours each have one scheduled departure in 2018 and have maximum group sizes of 16 guests.
• Treasures of Peru with Inti Raymi
This tour squeezes some of Peru’s most popular experiences into a two-week trip, also incorporating the sun festival of Inti Raymi, one of the Inca Empire’s most important celebrations. The adventure begins in Peru’s capital, Lima, home to great museums and some of the continent’s most celebrated restaurants. From there, the group will head to Arequipa, a beautiful colonial city set against a backdrop of three volcanoes, and on across the altiplano, through natural landscapes dotted with wildlife, to the Colca Canyon for the chance to see Andean condors floating on thermal currents. At Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, the group will visit Taquile Island and the man-made floating reed islands, the Uros Islands. The next leg of the journey is taken by train to Cuzco, arriving just in time for the Inti Raymi festival. This colourful procession, full of music and dance, pays tribute to the Sun God on the winter solstice, marking the start of the Inca New Year. After Inti Raymi, the group will spend four days exploring Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and of course, visiting the famous citadel of Machu Picchu.
Treasures of Peru with Inti Raymi runs from 16th – 29th June 2018 and costs from £3,595 per person. This price includes international and domestic flights, transfers, accommodation in 3* and 4* properties, local guides in each destination, excursions as outlined in the itinerary and some meals (daily breakfast, eight lunches, one afternoon tea and two dinners). Book with Rainbow Tours (020 7666 1266, www.rainbowtours.co.uk)
For the full itinerary, please see: https://www.rainbowtours.co.uk/tours/peru/treasures-of-peru-with-inti-raymi-small-group-tour/
• Colours of Colombia Small Group Tour
After years of being overlooked as a tourist destination, Colombia has shrugged off its edgy reputation and is just waiting to be discovered. On this group tour, travellers will explore the colonial cities, steamy jungles, coffee plantations and Caribbean beaches they already associate with the country, along with some more unexpected aspects. In Villa de Leyva – a town said to have barely changed since the 16th century – visitors will view the fossilised remains of a kronosaurus that lived over 120 million years ago; and a stop at Zipaquira Salt Cathedral unveils an incredible underground structure, built entirely of salt, where tunnels connect 14 small chapels, each sculpted by a different artist. The group will tour the attractions of Bogotá’s historic centre, La Candelaria, including the world’s largest collection of gold artefacts and precious stones at the Gold Museum, then fly to Pereira to visit a coffee plantation and learn about the production process from bean to cup. From Medellin, guests will visit Guatapé – labelled the world’s most colourful town – and perhaps climb the 654 steps to the top of the mysterious El Peñol rock, which is thought to be a meteorite. The tour ends with three nights in Cartagena where the group will be taken around the historic centre as well as having free time to enjoy the beach or nearby islands.
Colours of Colombia runs from 5th – 18th October 2018 and costs from £2,745 per person. This price includes international and domestic flights, transfers, accommodation, local guides in each destination, excursions as outlined in the itinerary and some meals (daily breakfast and three lunches). Book with Rainbow Tours (020 7666 1266, www.rainbowtours.co.uk)