Accommodation based on TWIN in the selected hotel category
Excursions as noted in the itinerary
Private services with local English-speaking guide
The full day trip on DAY 7 is offered in SIC basis (seat in coach – non private services) shared with other travelers, with local English/Spanish speaking guide for PRIVATE and SIC services
Shared tourist bus Puno - Cusco with English-speaking escort for less than 10 passengers (for groups with 10 or more passengers escorted trip in private coach)
Train ticket Ollanta - Machu Picchu – Ollanta in Vistadome class (First Class)
Meals as noted (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
International air fares (see separate cost above)
Domestic flights (see separate cost above including airport taxes for flights in Peru)
Airport taxes for international flights in La Paz approx. USD 25 for international flights in Buenos Aires USD 13 for domestic flights and USD 29 for international flight departures, in Rio approx. USD 8 for domestic flights and approx. USD 36 for international departure flights
Tour South America without missing out on any of the world-famous attractions that characterize this continent, including two of the New 7 Wonders of the world. Start in the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires before flying to the ever prosperous Santiago de Chile. Cruise the mythical Titicaca Lake on hydrofoil to cross the border between Bolivia and Peru. Explore Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, and ride the train to Machu Picchu. Stroll the Devil’s Throat in Iguazu Falls and relax at Ipanema beach after having climbed Corcovado Mountain topped by the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
DAY 1 ... – BUENOS AIRES (-)
Welcome to South America. You will be picked up at the airport and privately escorted to your hotel in Buenos Aires.
DAY 2 BUENOS AIRES (B,D)
Today you will enjoy an exciting excursion to some of the most important sights of this impressive city. In the early 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The grand public buildings of Buenos Aires reflect this opulent era. The so-called ‘Paris of South America’ combines the atmosphere of a former European town with the features of a Latin American capital. Your guide will pick out some of the city’s highlights such as Plaza de Mayo, Caminito, Casa Rosada and Recoleta with its cemetery to illustrate the history of Argentina. Moving on to San Telmo, the oldest district in the city, you will walk along ancient cobblestone streets, admiring old colonial houses, churches and famous antique shops and ateliers. You will confirm that no area in the city evokes the old Porteno spirit as the artists' quarter of San Telmo.
In the evening you attend a fabulous Tango show in one of the best venues in Buenos Aires, rounded up with a delightful dinner featuring traditional dishes and excellent Argentinean wines.
DAY 3 BUENOS AIRES – SANTIAGO DE CHILE (B)
Day at leisure in Buenos Aires. We suggest you to visit the World Tango Museum and the former home of Carlos Gardel. In the restored headquarters of the National Tango Academy, Horacio Ferrer, a tango legend, has assembled an impressive collection of photographs, records, music scores, instruments and memorabilia outlining the history of Buenos Aires’s most famous contribution to world music. There are also daily performances and a souvenir shop (the exhibition is in Spanish only). The Carlos Gardel Museum is based in the house Gardel lived in with his mother during the 1930s. Known as the ‘criollo nightingale’, Gardel (1890-1935) was a pioneer of tango singing, and his melancholy recordings made him a star throughout Latin America. For many music fans, Gardel embodies the soul of the tango, a musical form and dance which evolved in the barrios of Buenos Aires and Montevideo at the end of the 19th century.
In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 4 SANTIAGO DE CHILE (B)
Morning city tour in Santiago. The tour begins in the colonial city center and the neoclassical La Moneda Palace, seat of the Government. You will then visit Plaza de Armas, a picturesque square surrounded by the 18th century Cathedral Metropolitana and the Central Post Office. Nearby, housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought iron building, is the Central Market, a colorful conglomeration of seafood, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Afterwards, you continue to the artistic life center of Bellavista and climb the Santa Lucia Hill, site of the foundation of Santiago in 1541. The tour ends in the modern part of Santiago, exploring the elegant residential and commercial areas of Providencia and Las Condes. Remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 5 SANTIAGO DE CHILE – VIÑA DEL MAR – VALPARAISO – SANTIAGO DE CHILE (B)
Today we head northwest of Santiago to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. Admire the view as you travel through the coastal mountain range towards the Pacific Coast. We first drive through Viña del Mar, an elegant and sophisticated seaside resort with fine hotels, palm tree-lines avenues and lovely villas. We visit its famous ‘Quinta Vergara’, formerly home of Viña’s founding family and today internationally known for its annual music festival. We then continue to the historic port of Valparaiso. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, set on a crescent of hills, is famous for its labyrinth-style hills and funicular railways. Return to Santiago de Chile and overnight in your hotel.
DAY 6 SANTIAGO DE CHILE – LA PAZ (B)
Early morning transfer to the airport and flight to La Paz. Welcome at the airport and transfer to you hotel. This afternoon you enjoy a sightseeing tour of La Paz. Tour highlights in the old town include the Plaza Murillo and the Jaen street featuring Spanish colonial architecture. To change scenery, your tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida and ends with the visit to the bizarre Moon Valley, offering a unique landscape.
DAY 7 LA PAZ – PUNO (B,L)
After breakfast you leave towards Puno. You drive from La Paz to Copacabana. Enjoy a lunch at a restaurant on the bay with lake view. Afterwards you will board the boat to the mythic Sun Island. According to the legend, the Inca couple Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo appeared here to found the Empire of the Sun. We'll visit the Inca steps and Yumani, a small community that has kept its traditions and boasts breathtaking views from Titicaca Lake. After visiting Pilkokaina Inca Palace you sail back to Copacabana. This town is not only beautifully nestled between hills overlooking the bay, but also an important Bolivian ancient shrine as thousands of pilgrims visit the city to be blessed by the Dark Virgin of Copacabana. Then we continue our trip to Puno by coach.
DAY 8 PUNO - CUSCO (B,L) (389 km - approx. 10 hours)
A ten-hour bus trip takes you through picturesque Andean landscapes dotted by small villages and herds of llamas and vicunas. Your final destination is Cusco; however you make three important stops along our way: the first one is La Raya Pass (4,335 m/ 14,172 ft) to enjoy a panoramic view of the snow-capped Andes. Lunch at a local restaurant in Sicuani. Then your tour continues to visit the Viracocha Temple. This was the only Inca temple featuring cylindrical stone columns covered by fine clay layers. The last stop is in Andahuaylillas known by its baroque church dating from the 17th century. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 9 CUSCO (B)
This morning, we walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco. We visit the famed Cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century ‘Cusco Painting School’. We continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards we walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street which is named for the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what was Inca Roca's palace. We make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter. Its steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in Cusco's artistic atmosphere. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 10 CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (B,L)
Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas in a different way. We leave in the morning for Chincheros to learn more about the skills used to weave on the Andean back-strap loom and the history and role of textiles in the Andes. We join a local weaving family in their courtyard for an overview of the Andean weaving process. We watch as wool is carded, spun, and dyed and learn about the different techniques used to create belts, ponchos and shawls. Then we stop at Maras -astounding Inca salt pans- that have been used for centuries.
DAY 11 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B,L)
Morning transfer to Ollanta train station. The 1½ - hour train ride train takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu. On arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. Machu Picchu remained for centuries undiscovered by the Spaniards, only to be found in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The uniqueness of its location and the genius that went into its construction make this Inca archaeological site truly one of the great wonders of the world. After the guided excursion you will return to Ollanta train station, where you will be met and transferred by coach to your hotel in Cusco.
DAY 12 CUSCO – LIMA (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Lima. Your sightseeing tour explores the modern districts of Lima and its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As you wander the main plaza and Plaza San Martin it is hard not to wonder about its diverse architecture. Your guide will introduce you to the city’s architectural heritage. We then proceed to Santo Domingo Monastery boasting fine carved choir stalls, the oldest of Lima. It was here that San Marcos University, the first in South America, was founded in 1551.
DAY 13 LIMA – FOZ DO IGUAZU – PUERTO IGUAZU (B) (Flights to IGU on TUE, THU, FRI, SUN)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Iguazu. You will be met at the airport in Iguazu and escorted to your hotel on the Argentine side of the falls.
DAY 14 FOZ DO IGUAZU - PUERTO IGUAZU (B)
This morning you will enjoy a walking tour of the falls from the Brazilian side. From spots all along the path there are prime views of the 275 falls from different angles. Thunderous crash of tons of rushing water against basaltic rocks amidst the jungle of birds, butterflies and orchids will take your breath away. Depending on the force of the river, the spray can be quite heavy, so if you have a camera, be sure to carry a plastic bag.
We head towards the Argentine side of Iguazu National Park. This place is known as the ‘Hito de las Tres Fronteras’ because at this point Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay converge. Enjoy a walk along the upper and lower trails around the spectacular Iguazu Falls, admiring the whole system of more than 275 different falls. Our visit includes a stroll to La Garganta del Diablo ‘The Devil’s Throat’ which is 150 m (490 ft) wide and 700 m (2,290 ft) long. You might see here many species of wildlife such as toucans, parakeets, coatis, capuchin monkeys and several species of tropical butterflies.
DAY 15 PUERTO IGUAZU – FOZ IGUAZU – RIO DE JANEIRO (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. You will be welcomed at the airport and escorted to your hotel upon arrival. Afternoon in Rio at leisure. Take the chance to get to know this exhilarating city with so much to offer. You may catch some rays on one of the famous beaches and enjoy fresh seafood for lunch. There are literally dozens of museums in Rio for culture vulture. Petropolis and Teresopolis are charming mountain towns less than one hour away from Rio.
DAY 16 RIO DE JANEIRO (B,L,D)
Get an overview of the city today as we tour Rio's best-known landmarks. The city is divided into a north zone and a south zone by the Serra da Carioca, steep mountains that are part of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. These mountains descend to the edge of the city center, where both zones meet. Corcovado Christ statue on one of these mountain peaks, offers the best way to become familiar with the city’s geography - from there you have views of both zones. The statue Christ the Redeemer with his outstretched arms is after the Sugar Loaf the most famous sight of the city and a favorite motive on Rio's postcards. We enjoy a sightseeing ride along Rio’s famous beaches Ipanema and Copacabana. Then we take a cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain where you can get prime views from the city, Baia de Guanabara and the winding coastline.
In the evening we will enjoy a dinner with folkloric show, Rio’s most traditional samba music.
DAY 17 RIO – … (B)
At proper time you will be transferred to the airport to take your international flight.
Price per person in USD sharing TWIN Prices valid through December 23rd 2013, except for Carnival and Champions Parade in Rio
* min. 2 persons
Flights (net price per person in USD)
Buenos Aires – Santiago
Santiago – La Paz
Cusco - Lima
Lima – Foz do Iguazu
* Air fares subject to change according availability