Gems of South America: Peru, Argentina & Brazil - 17 Days
Spend 17-days travelling through three of the most iconic countries in South America - Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Be sure to have your camera ready at all times when you explore landmarks, temples, markets, mountains, lakes, cities and villages. You will experience charm at every turn as you travel through Lima, Arequipa, Colca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puno, Buenos Aires, Foz do Iguassu and Rio de Janeiro. This package also includes flights, accommodation, meals, transfers, a friendly guide, sightseeing and memories to last a lifetime.
|Validity||Apr 2019||May - Jun 2019||Jul 2019||Aug 2019||Sep 2019||Oct-Nov 2019|
|Price (Per Person)||Price (Per Person)||Price (Per Person)||Price (Per Person)||Price (Per Person)||Price (Per Person)|
|2 Passengers – based on twin share||from £6,025.00||from £5,885.00||from £6,150.00||from £6,050.00||from £5,925.00||from £5,985.00|
|4 Passengers – based on twin share||from £5,275.00||from £5,125.00||from £5,395.00||from £5,300.00||from £5,175.00||from £5,225.00|
|6 Passengers – based on twin share||from £5,125.00||from £4,995.00||from £5,250.00||from £5,175.00||from £5,025.00||from £5,075.00|
What's not Included
Day 1 - Lima: (D)
Get ready to be dazzled by the culture of Peru, when your plane lands at the airport. You will be welcomed by a guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Once you have checked-in, you will be free to relax. But if you have enough energy and are keen to explore then venture outside and discover Lima, which is a modern metropolis full of history.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima: (B,L,D)
Today you will peel back the many enthralling layers of Lima, which is the capital and the most populated city of Peru. In fact, it is home to around 10 million people. As you explore, you will discover that Lima is also one of the very few South American cities that has preserved its colonial past. This morning, you will tour the historic center of Lima – starting at Lima’s contemporary districts, Miraflores and San Isidro, that combine beautiful parks, such as “El Olivar” and “Parque del Amor”, shopping centers, and modern architecture. In the historical center, you will be able to admire the colourful colonial architecture around the “Plaza San Martín” and the main square “Plaza de Armas”, where you can also see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and the Municipality. Get your camera ready as you visit the San Francisco Monastery and discover its underground maze of tunnels and catacombs.
Next, you will visit the Aliaga family’s colonial mansion, which is located half a block from the “Plaza de Armas”, in Lima’s historical hub. Built in 1535, it is one of Lima’s oldest buildings and has been passed down the family for 17 generations. Inside, there are items from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Afterwards, you will head to the Larco Museum, which houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artefacts as well pieces of erotic art. You are bound to work up an appetite from all this activity, which is handy as you will next enjoy lunch at an old-style café.You will then have time to rest before dinner at your hotel.
Day 3 - Lima to Arequipa: (B,L,D)
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport for your flight to Arequipa.Once your plane lands, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in before embarking on a city tour through Arequipa. Your first stop will be at the impressive Cathedral, which you will see from the outside, before heading to the church La Compañía with its clusters. Next, you will head to the district of San Lazaro and the outer districts of Yanahuara and Cayma. Later, you go to the ‘City within the city’ - the monastery Santa Catalina. Here, for over 400 years, nuns were living cut off from the outside world and without any contact with their families. Only in 1970, it was opened to the public. You will stop at some point in the day to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel for dinner and a well-earned rest.
Day 4 - Arequipa & Colca: (B,L,D)
Get ready for one of the highlights of your trip as you set off to the spectacular Colca Canyon. On the way, you will stop at the National Park Aguada Blanca, where you can photograph vicuña and alpacas roaming free. Next, you will head to Colca Canyon and travel to the highest viewpoint to enjoy a stunning views of the snow-capped Misti, Ampato and Sabancaya.There will be time to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you check-in at your hotel for dinner and a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 5 - Colca to Arequipa: (B,L,D)
This morning you will wake up early and leave for the Condor Cross viewpoint where you will have a good chance of seeing majestic condors flying. From here you will also be able to appreciate the canyons depth, which is thought to be one of the deepest in the world. You will return through the small villages of Maca and Yanque, which boasts charming colonial churches.After lunch, you are driven to Arequipa for an overnight stay. Enjoy dinner at the famous restaurant in Arequipa.
Day 6 - Arequipa to Cusco & Sacred Valley: (B,L,D)
Make sure you are comfortably dressed this morning as you embark on a busy day of travel and sightseeing. Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport for your flight to Cusco. In Cusco, you will be welcomed at the airport . On the way to your hotel in the Sacred Valley you will visit the small town of Pisac and Ollantaytambo before heading to the hotel You will adore wandering through the bazaar-like open market, which offers a wide selection of Peruvian handicrafts such as ceramics, paintings, weavings, and jewellery. Then you will stop for lunch at local restaurant. Next, you will explore the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo, which is one of the few places where the Incas won a battle against the Spaniards. You will have the chance to climb up the platforms and enjoy the view above the village and onto the valley. Near the ruins, you will also visit a typical home and learn about the unique way their family has lived for generations in the Sacred Valley.Finally, you will enjoy dinner and an overnight at your hotel.
Day 7 - Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco: (B,L,D)
This morning you will start the day with a delicious breakfast, before boarding a train to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, you will enjoy the stunning Andean views filled with small communities and snow-capped mountains. When you arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small village nestled at the bottom of Machu Picchu, you will take the shuttle bus up to the ancient citadel. Here you will learn about the Inca civilization, the site’s discovery, and the different theories on this mysterious and spectacular archaeological site. Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and is located 2400 meters above sea level. It is made of stone and spreads on a low and narrow hill. The function of this citadel is a mystery that archaeologists have not been able to clear up. After your visit, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.Next, you will enjoy lunch at local restaurant, before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo.From here you will be driven to your hotel in Cusco, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 8 - Cusco: (B,L,D)
Be sure to have your camera ready to snap all the wonderful landmarks that you will see on your sightseeing tour today around Cusco. Your first stop will be at “Plaza de Armas” where you will visit the impressive renaissance-style Cathedral. Here, you will make your way through small alleys edged with Incan walls until you reach Koricancha, which is the temple dedicated to the sun “Inti”. It is believed to be the most important temple for the Incas, and was destroyed by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Its foundations were used to build the Catholic Church Santo Domingo. Next, you will continue your journey into the past as you explore the different Inca ruins around Cusco, with a stop in Sacsayhuamán, which is the Inca ceremonial fortress dedicated to the sun. Here you will admire the gigantic rocks used to build the site and the way they were perfectly fitted together. Next, you will head to the nearby Qenqo, which is a temple carved in a gigantic monolith with tunnels and chambers that were hand carved by men thousands of years ago. Next, you will visit the Puca Pucara fort, which was an important military checkpoint for the Inca Empire. Finally, you will end your tour at the Inca Baths known as Tambomachay and learn about the aqueducts and channels that allow the water to flow naturally.During the day, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant as well as dinner at a local restaurant with a folk show.
Day 9 - Cusco to Puno: (B,L,D)
You will start the day with a scrumptious breakfast, before you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the train station. From here, you will travel from Cusco to Puno on the Titicaca train. During the train ride you will enjoy the landscapes of the Andean highlands, a gourmet lunch and a show of traditional music and dances. Once, you arrive, you will be picked up from the train station and transferred to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 10 - Puno to Lima: (B,L,BD)
Prepare to be wowed this morning, when you are picked from your hotel and taken to Puno’s dock to travel towards the Uros Islands. These consist of more than 50 small reed islands that are manmade and floating. They are located within the Titicaca National Reserve, and are named after their builders whose families still live here after centuries, maintaining their traditional way of living. Here you will learn more about their origins. Afterwards, you will continue your journey to the Island of Taquile, which is famous for its knitting men. People here wear colourful clothes that are handmade and sold everywhere on the island. There are no streets - only agricultural terraces and paths through wonderful countryside. With a little luck, you can even see Bolivia and the Cordillera Real. You will have the chance to visit the highest point of the island before lunch in the afternoon.After your feast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima with a boxed dinner.Once you land, you will be taken to your airport hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 11 - Lima to Buenos Aires: (B,D)
After breakfast, you will walk to the airport, which is easily done as you will be staying inside an airport hotel. Then you will board your flight to Buenos Aires. Once you arrive, you will be welcomed by a friendly guide and taken to your hotel.After check-in at your hotel, you will be taken to a local restaurant for a delicious dinner.
Day 12 - Buenos Aires: (B,L,D)
Get ready to discover the birth city of the Tango, when you embark on a city tour of Buenos Aires. Your journey will start with a drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, which is the widest avenue of the world. Here, you will pass the Colon Theatre, which is one of the world's best-known opera houses. Next, you will visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, which is surrounded by the Casa Rosada Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo, which is the first City Hall built during Spanish rule. You will have a chance to stop and visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is an imposing Neo-classical building. There will also be time to see the mausoleum of national hero General San Martin, which is located inside the Cathedral. Next, you will continue to San Telmo, which is a historical neighbourhood and the eldest district of Buenos Aires. Here you may have some time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego with its many antique shops. Your next stop will be at La Boca, before you are driven to Palermo, which is a green area of the city that boasts beautiful parks, the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track and National Polo Fields. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Recoleta area, which is one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Here you will see elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees.
The heart of the neighbourhood is Recoleta cemetery, which is the final resting place of Argentina’s most famous personalities including the grave of former first lady Eva Duarte, who was famously known as Eva Perón and Evita.
After an exciting morning, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next, you will enjoy an hour-long boat excursion on the channels of the Tigre-Delta. During your visit, you will learn how continuous sediment from the Paraná River has given the river it particular brownish-red colour, and forms the Delta islands.
You will return to your hotel to unwind, before being taken to a tango house to enjoy dinner and a show with music, singing and dancing. The dinner includes an entrée, main course, dessert and drinks. After the tango show, you will return back to your hotel.
Day 13 - Buenos Aires and Foz Do Iguassu: (B,L,D)
Today, you will be picked up and taken to the airport to board your flight to Puerto Iguassu.Once you arrive, you will be taken to visit to the Argentinian falls on the way to your hotel. You will have time to walk on the upper and lower trail close between the waterfalls.Next, you will also go on the Ecological Jungle-train to enjoy a spectacular view of the Devil's Gorge. Lunch at El Fortin restaurantFinally, you will be dropped off at your hotel to check-in and freshen up. You will have dinner at your hotel.
Day 14 - Foz Do Iguassu to Rio De Janeiro: (B,L,D)
Prepare to be impressed as you embark on a tour of the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls and National Park. This is a jaw-dropping, visceral experience. Feel the power and noise of the Fall’s cascades, which is something that will live forever in your memory. As you go on a guided walk along the Brazilian side, you will continue to enjoy epic views of the waterfalls. In fact, it is also possible to get a panoramic view of the Isla San Martín and of the most majestic waterfalls: the Bossetti, the San Martín and the Three Musketeers. Towards the end of the walk you will reach a view point, to appreciate ‘the Devil’s Throat’, which is where rainbows constantly form due to the weather conditions.You will return to your hotel, to pick up your luggage before heading to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the international airport and taken to your hotel for a well-earned rest.
Day 15 - Rio De Janeiro: (B,L,D)
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes today as you go on a tour of Rio. You will start the day by visiting the old Rio with its paving stones and beautiful architecture. You will get to see Candelaria Church, Rio’s Aqueduct, Municipal Theatre, and the National Library, among other attractions. Afterwards, you will head to Sugar Loaf, which is a famous mountain that is reached by a cable car. This will take you 1,200 feet high and offer unforgettable view of the city. Next, you will head to the Cosme Velho district to board the cog-wheel train, which will take you through the Tijuca Forest to the top of the Corcovado Mountain. The ride takes 20 minutes and it is a wonderful opportunity to have a close look at the tropical forest's lush vegetation and enjoy panoramic views of the city and its beaches. Once you are at the top of Corcovado, you may climb the stairs or take the elevator and escalators to the very top of the mountain where you will stand next to one of the Seven Modern World Wonders: The Statue of Christ the Redeemer. This one of the world’s most famous attractions - with its open arms blessing the whole city of Rio de Janeiro. It sits on top of the 710-metre-high Corcovado Hill. You will be wowed as you look up and gaze at the landmark, which is made of concrete and soapstone. Discover how it measures 37 metres high and weighs 1,145 tons. The statue was inaugurated in 1931 and built with donations by the Catholic Church. As well as looking at the statue, you will also enjoy a superb view of the whole city including the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and the Lagoon. Finally, you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 16 - Departure: (B)
Be sure to enjoy in the final breakfast of your holiday this morning. You will have time to pop out and pick up any last-minute holiday souvenirs, before being taken to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Day 17 - Arrival:
Complete your journey back to London.