The slight hint of cinnamon sugar from a bite of chuta, a specialty of an ancient Incan capital nestled comfortably in the Peruvian Andes, is made all the sweeter when you can enjoy it guilt-free. Having eaten your fill of the round bread and satiated your appetite for all the other local delicacies on offer on the streets of Cuzco – textiles markets, cooking demonstrations, tours through colonial sites and cathedrals – you can sit back and relish the fact that you’ve made it to spectacular South America, all without breaking the bank.
Budget holidays to bucket list destinations are made easy with Gate 1 Travel. Affordability is a top priority for this international tour provider that prides itself on a scrumptious array of discount packages and savings options without compromising in the slightest on comfort or quality. All transfers, accommodation and service are of a superior, deluxe standard, made accessible to solo wander-lusters and globetrotting groupies who want to focus on the priceless bits of travel rather than worry about the purse strings.
Concentrate on catching a glimpse of the sunset on the Annapurna Mountains. Hone in on a hairy red flash between the trees as you watch for orangutans in Borneo. Zero in on the gentle zig-zag of the Inca Rail en route to Machu Picchu. In Iceland, for example, a budget tour can serve as your glacial gateway to breathtaking fjords, national parks and equally astounding history and culture. Start in Reykjavik with a city tour that includes a stop at Hofdi House, the famous location of a 1986 Summit that led to the end of the Cold War. Thaw out in the thermal pools of Blue Lagoon and then take a tour of Iceland’s biggest and best – the largest glacier in Europe (Vatnajokull Glacier), the greatest fjord of Iceland (Akureyri), and one of the country’s most famous glaciers in Snaefellsjokull National Park.
For another decorated natural wonder, boasting the accolades of the biggest freshwater lake in South America and one of the highest in the world, ascend the Andes to Lake Titicaca. Several of Gate 1’s Peruvian packages include a trip past many a llama and alpaca up to heights of 12,500 feet above sea level, to take in this impressive expanse of water in view of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real range. Another highlight is the 3 hour trip from Sacred Valley to the Aguas Calientes on the Inca Rail Executive Train. Known more commonly as Machu Picchu, this ancient citadel is fitted out with a Temple of the Sun, House of the Priest, Sacred Plaza and huge carved rock believed to be a sundial.
With the world at your fingertips, pick and choose between continents and tour styles or page through an atlas and opt for the first place your finger lands. Better yet, peruse My Discoveries for unique treasures from Gate 1 – you’ll be able to make record savings in Europe, South America and South East Asia that you won’t find elsewhere, including $600 off booking price for Borneo and up to $300 off for Peru. Other tours include a Himalayan expedition through Nepal and Bhutan, an Amazonian escapade through Ecuador, a zoological encounter with the Big 5 in South Africa or a fourteen-day French frolick covering Paris, Lyon, the French Riviera and Bordeaux.