South America Delights
Travel to South America and visit the wonders of Machu Picchu, Rio De Janeiro and Christ The Redeemer Statue. Stand under the amazing Iguazu Falls. Visit Buenos Aires and dance the tango. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Titicaca. Make this a trip of a lifetime and one to remember.
- Recoleta Cemetery, BuenosAires where the most influential Argentine personalities are buried, including their beloved Eva Peron
- Iguazu Falls both from Argentine and Brazil side
- Copacabna Beach
- Sacred Valley of the Incas Peru
- Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- Train trip from Cuzco to Puno
- Lake Titicaca
- Tango Show and Dinner
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Day 1 HOME – BUENOS AIRES Tuesday 18 August 20 (D)
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Wednesday 19 August 20 (BD)
Your guided tour starts in the city’s Plaza de Mayo, the historical, political and cultural centre of the city. Surrounding the plaza you can see the Casa Rosada (Pink House, the Presidential Palace) and the Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue the tour down the Avenida de Mayo, with its variety of architectural styles, and head for the district of San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city.
Next we visit the area known as La Boca, always a favourite for the great photo opportunities and colourful street performers. We’ll continue to Puerto Madero, one of the most modern parts of the city with elegant restaurants and chic boutiques. We’ll drive to the outer residential neighbourhood of Palermo, full of galleries, bars, boutiques and funky cafes, before finishing our tour in Recoleta. We visit the famous Recoleta Cemetery, where the most important and influential Argentine personalities are buried, including the beloved Eva Peron. At the end of your tour you may like to stay in Recoleta instead of being transferred back to your hotel; nearby on Posadas and Avenida Callao is one of the city’s gastronomic institutions, El Sanjuanino, where you can taste some of the city’s best empanadas!!
Day 3 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Thursday 20 August 20 (BL)
Departure to enjoy a full day excursion at Estancia El Ombú de Areco, a traditional estancia in the province of Buenos Aires 110 km from the city. Arrive at San Antonio de Areco, one of the oldest and most representative cities of the Argentine countryside, declared the Cradle of Tradition. We will visit the most important sites, such as the historic square, the Church of San Antonio de Padua and the promenade, for a revival of traditions and colonial culture. Return to the hotel around 6:00pm.
Day 4 PUERTO IGUAZU, ARGENTINA Friday 21 August 20 (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Welcome to Puerto Iguazu, the Argentine city located closest to the world famous Iguazu Falls. Whether you stay inside the Argentine National Park or in the town of Puerto Iguazu, the falls are only a short distance away. The Argentine side of the falls offers visitors an extensive network of trails running along the upper and lower sections of the waterfalls, and the opportunity to experience the power of the falls up close, with the Great Adventure Safari taking you right up to the base of the San Martin cascades.
Day 5 PUERTO IGUAZU, ARGENTINA Saturday 22 August 20 (B)
Depart this morning on a full day tour of the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls, located inside the Iguazu National Park and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The falls are actually a group of more than 275 individual cataracts up to 70 meters high, which are fed by the River Iguaçu and border Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The Argentine side allows you to explore the beauty of the forested area around the falls; during today’s tour you will see a wide variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies.
The tour begins at Estacion Central where you will board the small train that takes you to Estacion Cataratas. You’ll explore both the upper and lower circuits of the falls, strolling along the elevated walkways and admiring the beauty of the falls from the various viewpoints. Once you’ve completed the two viewing circuits you’ll board the train and ride to Estacion Garganta where you get the best views of the enormous Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) falls. The massive volume of water cascading from these falls creates an enormous plume of mist that rises from below; constantly shifting rainbows add to the magical beauty of the scene. At the end of your tour you’ll take the train back to Estacion Central and transfer to your hotel.
For the Argentinean side of the Falls, your Iguazu National Park entry is included.
Included in your tour today is the Great Adventure Jeep Safari. Board a specialised truck to take you 8km through the rainforest and then walk down around 100m of stairs to the dock. You will be given a drybag and lifejacket. During the thrilling boat ride along the river you will have the chance to take photographs, before the driver advises you to put all your gear in the drybag. You will then be driven right into the plume of the falls - getting absolutely soaked and experiencing the awesome power of the world's most voluminous falls.
Difficulty: high, 100 meters of stairs. People with physical / medical problems are not able to do it.
Day 6 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Sunday 23 August 20 (B)
Airport transfers for your onward flight & to your hotel on arrival.
Rio is blessed with a wonderful natural setting, wedged between the sea and the mountains, with contrasting peaks including Sugar Loaf and Corcovado - topped by the famous statue of Christ. Experience its beauty and the colourful state of mind of its almost 8 million locals who samba their way, relaxed and high-spirited, through life.
Day 7 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Monday 24 August 20 (BD)
Today you will enjoy a tour of Corcovado Mountain, where Christ the Redeemer is located. Depart from your hotel driving through the Laranjeiras residential district and quaint Cosme Velho to the Corcovado Train Station. Here you will board the cogwheel train for a 15 minute ride up the mountain to the Christ the Redeemer statue’s base.
At over 800m you will have a superb view out over the city; the beaches, Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf. Towering above you is the magnificent 38m statue, one of Rio’s most iconic symbols and considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. Enjoy some time at leisure to admire the view and take photos before returning to your hotel.
Depart this evening for a spectacular show at Ginga Tropical. The show combines a variety of Brazilian dances that developed from African rhythms via the slave trade and the natives that lived in Brazil before colonization. This is a show that perfectly combines diversity and culture. You will see the Ziriguidum from the Northeast, the Amazon with its Folklore, Bahia with its mystical rituals and Capoeira, and Rio de Janeiro with its bohemian Lapa neighborhood, samba dance halls and the performance of the legendary Tricksters. The luxurious Carnival, with fantastic drummers and beautiful women. A breathtaking, must see show! You will be transferred back to your hotel at the end of the night.
Day 8 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Tuesday 25 August 20 (B)
Today you will be taken on a beautiful ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain on two cable cars: the first going to Urca Hill and the second up to the top of Sugarloaf at 396 m. Already the ride uphill unfolds amazing scenery with breathtaking views. Sugarloaf is one of the symbols of Rio and its name was coined in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the hey days of sugar cane trade in Brazil. Blocks of sugar were made in conical moulds of clay to be transported on ships. The shape given by these moulds was similar to the peak, hence the name.
Afterwards you will visit the Maracana Football Stadium.
Passing by the Sambodromo, the stadium where the Carnival Competitions are held, we arrive quickly at the Maracana Stadium. Its official name is Journalist Mario Filho. Probably the world's most famous football stadium, Maracana is able to hold 100,000 spectators. Going to the Maracana is an unforgettable experience, even if there is no game going on. Just to sit on the tribunes and breath the air, makes you easily imagine the ambiance there is during the games.
The remainder of your afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 9 LIMA, PERU Wednesday 26 August 20 (B)
Day at leisure to relax and explore. Consider a trip to the beautiful Botanic Gardens or a tour through the surrounding forest and spectacular peak of Pedra de Gavea.
You may prefer to take a boat trip across Guanabara Bay to the Museum of Modern Art in Niteroi. The Museum of Modern Art was designed by Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, who was responsible for many of the county’s greatest architectural achievements, including many of the capital Brasilia’s public buildings. The building flies from a rock, giving a beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay and the city of Rio de Janeiro. Critics of the museum say the building is so exotic that it upstages the works of art inside it.
This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 10 LIMA, PERU Thursday 27 August 20 (BL)
You will be picked up at your hotel to depart for a half day city sightseeing tour of Lima including a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Your tour begins with a visit to Lima’s historic centre; your guide will take you to the most important historical places and impressive monuments.
Visit the Plaza de Armas, birthplace of the city and surrounded by the Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and Government Palace. After touring the historic centre you will have the chance to see Lima’s modern face as you visit the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, home to many of Lima’s best restaurants..
The Larco Museum has the most important archaeological collection of the north coast of Peru and is located in an old Vice Royal mansion that was constructed on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the 18th century. This fabulous museum has also an exquisite collection of gold and silver of ancient Peru and a room full of erotic art. The pieces in this museum are now world-famous after having been exhibited in the best museums around the world.
Lunch is included and afterwards you will get a chance to explore the shopping of Miraflores and Barranco and Miraflores.
Day 11 SACRED VALLEY, PERU Friday 28 August 20 (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport for your onwards flight.
On arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. En route to your hotel you will visit Awanacancha, which is a weaving centre with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. You can also learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have a chance to see native weavers from different areas showing their different weaving styles and dress. Here you can see four members of the camelid family - llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos.
Upon arrival at your hotel, you have the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure to enjoy the beautiful setting of the Sacred Valley. This will provide you the opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude.
Day 12 SACRED VALLEY, PERU Saturday 29 August 20 (B)
This morning you will visit Pisac Markets & Ruins. Pisac Ruins are perched high on a hill overlooking strategic views over the town of Pisac and the Sacred Valley. Your guide will walk you through the ruins, explaining the function of the four groups of ruins that run along the ridge- Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q'allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. You will see the curved Temple of the Sun. baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, the citadel and residential area, all the while enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding agricultural terraces and verdant valley below.
After the tour you will visit the famous Pisac Markets. Pisac markets are justifiably renowned as one of South America’s most colourful, located in the town’s central plaza and full of woven blankets, llama and alpaca wool hats, socks and jumpers, jewellery and more. If you are after something really special, it may be worth asking your guide for suggestions on smaller boutiques or workshops, where the design will be unique and the quality of a higher standard.
Day 13 SACRED VALLEY, PERU Sunday 30 August 20 (BL)
Today's tour will take you to Maras, Moray & Ollantaytambo which are some of the loveliest sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You begin with a visit the famous salt terraces of Maras, in use since Incan times. Afterwards you travel to Moray, famous for its embedded amphitheatre formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear into the interior of the puna like an artificial crater. Evidence seems to suggest that Moray was an important centre of Inca agriculture research on crops grown on different sized plots and at various altitudes. The irrigated fertile soil was experimented with more than 250 different types of vegetables, cereals like corn, quinoa and kiwicha.
Lunch is included at the last stop of the day is at the charming village of Ollantaytambo, where you visit the spectacular fortress ruins. Ask your guide to point out the face of Tunupa, which appears in the wall of the nearby Pinkuylluna mountain.
Day 14 MACHU PICCHU, PERU Monday 31 August 20 (BLD)
The lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in Peru and all of South America. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed collection of temples, terraced hills, and plazas was once the mountaintop citadel of the ancient Inca empire under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui. It may now be world famous, but Machu Picchu still hasn't revealed the mysteries behind construction, function, and eventual demise. The spectacular remains are thought to date from around 1450. As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu sits at the top of many bucket lists!
This morning, you will be met and transferred from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo train station to connect with the Vistadome service to Aguas Calientes station, gateway to Machu Picchu. Your luggage will be collected and transferred to your hotel in Cuzco for storage while you are at Machu Picchu. We recommend you do not leave valuables in your luggage. However, you must take your passport with you. Board the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes; a 90 minute journey. Your Vistadome service departs at (***time to be advised) and you need to be on the platform 30 minutes prior to departure.
The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu. Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and numerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travellers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travellers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.
Upon your arrival into Aguas Calientes Railway Station, you will be met by your guide who will arrange for your luggage to be taken to your hotel for secure storage while you’re exploring Machu Picchu. Your guide will then take you from Aguas Calientes Railway Station up to Citadel of Machu Picchu by a 30-minute mini-bus transfer. You will have a 2 hour guided walking tour of the citadel and depart once your assign time shift ends. Buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge is included today.
Your return mini-bus transfer to Aguas Calientes is included; buses leave approximately every 15 minutes. The village of Aguas Calientes is very small; on arrival please ask for directions to your hotel. Most properties are within a 5- 10 minute walk from the bus terminal. Your luggage will be made available to you after you have checked in.
Day 15 CUZCO, PERU Tuesday 01 September 20 (B)
Your return mini-bus tickets and entry to Machu Picchu Citadel are included today.
You need to bring your entry from the previous day to be allowed to enter without a guide today.
Make your way to the minibus stop for your second visit to Machu Picchu this morning. Today will be an unguided exploration of this extensive site; we ask that you respect your assigned time shift.
After your visit, take a mini-bus back to Aguas Calientes and have some free time for lunch or visiting the souvenir shops. Please make sure you allow enough time to collect your luggage from your hotel before returning to the train station to take the Vistadome train back to Poroy.
Note: If you would like to climb Huayna Picchu you need to pre-book prior to departure from Australia; only 400 people per day may climb the peak. Although it is a challenging walk up, the views from Huayna Picchu are spectacular and we highly recommend this option for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. It is around two hours round trip.
On arrival into Poroy train station, our representative will meet you and transfer you by road the rest of the way to your hotel in Cuzco, where the bulk of your luggage will be waiting.
Day 16 CUZCO, PERU Wednesday 02 September 20 (B)
Discover one of South America’s most beautiful cities on your half day guided tour of UNESCO Heritage Listed Cuzco. Your tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas.
Your next destination is the Main Square, surrounded by the Cathedral, the beautiful Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ), and other colonial period buildings. We'll visit the Cathedral, the most important religious building in the city. Afterwards, continue to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located, also at the top of a hill that affords you an incredible panorama of the city. You will finish the tour visiting two other important archaeological sites: Qenko and Puca-Pucara.
As part of your sightseeing around the Cuzco and Sacred Valley region, you will also receive the Full Cusco Tourist Ticket (or (BTCI, Boleto Turistico del Cusco). It includes entrance to 16 attractions within Cusco, surrounding areas and the Sacred Valley. This ticket is valid for 10 days.
Sites include: Saqsayhuman, Qenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, Museo de Arte Popular, Museo Histórico Regional, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Sitio de Korikancha, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Monumento de Pachacutec, Tipon, Pikillacta, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero & Moray.
Day 17 CUZCO, PERU Thursday 03 September 20 (B)
Today you will have a free day to explore the city on your own. You will have the Cuzco Tourist Ticket which gives you access to many of the city's most interesting museums and sites. Some suggested touring options include:
- Half day City tour & Archaeological Site with MAP (Precolumbian Art Museum)
- Half day or Full day horseback Criollos Ride
- Half day Cuzco by night with Pisco Sour lesson (Monday to Saturday)
- Full day Culinary tour with lunch
- Half day Cooking Class at MAP Cafe Restaurant including lunch or dinner
- Full day Trekking Rainbow Mountain
Day 18 PUNO, PERU Friday 04 September 20 (BL)
This unique ten-hour journey takes you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in South America; enjoy panoramic views of the Andean mountains, the high plateau dotted with llama and alpaca, and highland villages.
Your train ticket includes: gourmet lunch, on board entertainment and afternoon tea.
Departing Cuzco the train travels along the Hutanay River, through green fields and remote communities. Crossing the valley we reach the Huambutio Vilcanota River, which plunges steeply into the gorge before widening to reach the Grand Canyon of the Urubamba. At Km 40 we reach Rumicolca, where the great stone doorway marked the entrance to Cuzco in Incan times. Shortly afterwards at Km 45 you’ll see the Andahuaylillas church, one of the crown jewels of the colonial Cusco, with its magnificent murals and splendid paintings of religious themes.
Your journey continues through Rachi, San Pedro and Sichuan. You’ll pass idyllic country scenes of terraced farms, green pastures and Aymara Indians bringing produce to local centres. In Marangi we start to leave the fertile hills of Cuzco for the great plateau known as the Altiplano. The train continues its ascent to La Raya, the highest point of the journey at 4,321m and a cold and remote place. We then begin our descent through the endless pastures and remote villages until reaching Juliaca, a bustling town of around 150,000 inhabitants, where you’ll see countless merchants plying their wares along the tracks. From here it is a short ride to Puno, the end of our trip, from where you can see the sacred Lake Titicaca.
Day 19 PUNO, PERU Saturday 05 September 20 (BL)
This morning, get ready for a full day excursion on Lake Titicaca, world's highest navigable lake. First, you will sail to the floating Uros Islands. The Uros are the descendants of a pre-Inca group who live on forty-two self-fashioned floating islands on Lake Titicaca. The Uros use bundles of dried totora reeds to make reed boats and to make the islands themselves. The purpose of the island settlements was originally defensive, and if a threat arose they could be moved.
Your guide will discuss the Uros way of life, culture and history and explain how these unique islands are built and maintained. Continue to Taquile Island, located around 45km east of Puno. We walk along a gently inclining path – streaks of stone that wind their way among greenery platforms - to arrive at the village of Taquile where we have lunch.
Taquileños run their society based on community collectivism and on the Inca moral code 'ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhilla' (Quechua for do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy). The island is divided into six sectors or 'suyus' for crop rotation purposes. The economy is based on fishing, terraced farming horticulture based on potato cultivation, as well as income from tourism. Later this afternoon we take the boat back to Puno and your hotel.
Day 20 SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE Sunday 06 September 20 (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 21 SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE Monday 07 September 20 (B)
Today, you will undertake a Panoramic City tour of Santiago - The tour begins with a visit to the historic city centre, with the central plaza as a highlight (Plaza de Armas), kilometre zero and crucial centre of the capital, where the construction of Santiago began during the colonial era, with old buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, a beautiful building that combines Bavarian and Neoclassical styles of that time.
Tour will also visit the civic district, with the Palacio de la Moneda, a silent witness of the most relevant event in Chile's republican history. To conclude the historical area, a tour by the old and stately neighbourhoods of the old “high society”, a place full of an exquisite architectonic variety brought by immigrants, mainly European, in a time of great mining exploitation and high-born families.
Later, a magnificent panoramic view from one of our hills in the city (Cerro Santa Lucía or Parque Metropolitano), where it is possible to appreciate a part of the mountain-chain slopes that surround the city to, afterwards, go to the western area to see the great architectonic contrast. A thriving and contemporary city that proves its best with impressive buildings of daring architectonic styles that represent a seal of modernity to this big city.
Day 22 SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE Tuesday 08 September (BD)
Depart Santiago this morning, travelling through the Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys to arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed port city of Valparaiso.
On arrival in Valparaiso we’ll admire the colourful houses perched on the hillside and visit the highlights of the city: Victoria Plaza, Sotomayor Plaza and the Glorias Navales Monument. Your guide will take you through the winding streets and up the hillsides for lovely views of the port below. Later you’ll continue to Viña Del Mar, known as the Garden City. You’ll see the giant Reloj de Flores (Flower Watch), the art deco casino and the beach of Reñaca, where you will have time for lunch (not included). We return to Santiago via the coastal route, via Quinta Vergara Park, renowned for hosting the International Song Festival.
Tonight you will have a farewell dinner included at a nearby restaurant. Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Day 23 IN FLIGHT Wednesday 09 September 2020
Day 24 BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA Thursday 10 September 2020
- 3.5 to 4 star acommodation (Central Location)
- Breakfast daily, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
- All transfers
- Sightseeing tours, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile
- English speaking guides
- Recoleta Cemetery Buenos Aires where the most influential Argentine personalities are buried, including their beloved Eva Peron.
- Iguazu Falls both from Argentine and Brazil side.
- Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking Rio De Janeiro
- Copacabna Beach
- Sacred Valley of the Incas Peru
- Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Train trip from Cuzco to Puno
- Lake Titicaca
- Tango Show and Dinner