The Best of South America I
Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Puno
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- visit most famous places in Brazil, Argentina and Peru
- walk on the world-famous beaches Copacabana and Ipanema and see the statue of Jesus Christ on Corcovado mountain
- experience amazing Buenos Aires and tango
- visit the seventh wonder of the world – Machu Picchu
This extensive tour is a dream of many travelers. Set out for a 19-day journey across South America visiting selected places in Brazil, Argentina and Peru. Who has not heard of Rio and its famous Copacabana beach, Samba dancers and gigantic statue of Jesus Christ on the Corcovado Mountain? Iguazu Falls are another unique natural attraction. You can learn how to dance tango in Argentina and explore Buenos Aires. Lima and Cusco are next stops on your way. When visiting South America, you cannot miss Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca with its floating islands. This and even more is included in this unique package. South America is a destination not only for nature and adventure lovers, but a completely different life style. Best of South America will give you a best overview of South America you can get in 19 days and we offer daily departures!
Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro. You will be met by an English speaking tour guide at the airport. On the way to your hotel on Copacabana or Ipanema beach, you will start experiencing the amazing natural beauty as you ride around Guanabara’s bay, through the Corcovado Mountain, by Rodrigo de Freitas’ lagoon until you reach your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to relax on the beach or at the rooftop of your hotel.
Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro – Corcovado, Tijuca, Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema (B)
Get ready for a morning tour. You will be taken on a ride through the city to a 19th century train station to go through Tijuca Forest, on a cogwheel train, to the top of Corcovado Mountain, to visit the statue of Christ at 2,330 feet above the sea level. From there, you will be able to see why people kindly say that God is a Carioca (a local from Rio). After that, you will go to Sao Conrado`s beach to see the hang gliders land on the sand, and then you will ride along the beaches of Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and back to Copacabana. Free afternoon.
Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro – Sugar Loaf, Botafogo and Flamengo (B)
This morning you can sleep in late. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Guanabara`s bay and the downtown of the city. Your sightseeing will continue along Botafogo`s and Flamengo`s beaches until you reach the downtown area of Rio de Janeiro, where you will visit the ultra modern Cathedral, the Sambodromo (Carnival`s dome), amongst other places.
Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro – Iguazu Falls (B)
Today is a transfer day. You will fly from Rio to the Iguazu Falls. A guide will await you there to take you to the hotel. A visit to the Brazilian side of the falls is waiting for you in the afternoon! The tour includes regular transportation and an English speaking guide. You will go for a walk through the subtropical forest and you will be able to enjoy incredible panoramic views of the falls including the Devils Throat. The thunderous roaring at the foot of the falls can be heard from miles away. Overnight in a hotel standard room.
Day 5 – Iguazú – Argentinean side (B)
Today enjoy a full day regular tour to the Argentinean side of the falls with an English speaking guide visiting the three main paths: the upper and lower paths as well as the Devil´s Throat. The Argentinean side provides an intimate touch with the falls. Compared to the Brazilian spectacular panoramic view, the Argentinean side has the best and most varied up-close views of the falls. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 6 – Iguazu Falls – Buenos Aires (B)
Today is a transfer day again. You will move from the falls to Buenos Aires. The rest of the day is at leisure, you can set out into the streets of this busy metropolis. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 7 – Buenos Aires (B)
You will discover the highlights of the attractive and pulsating capital of Argentina during a 3-hour city tour. The metropolis is famous for being the Paris of South America and the visitor will quickly recognize it by looking at its architecture. You will visit the heart of the city, the May Square (Plaza de Mayo), with the Government House (Casa Rosada) on one side of the square and the Cathedral (which is visited during the tour) on the other side, and the City Hall. The Cabildo is right across the street, it is the Town Hall of colonial times. From there, the bus drives you through San Telmo (a tango district) to La Boca, with its most famous colourful and picturesque houses on Caminito Street. At the end of the tour you will visit the Recoleta neighbourhood with wide avenues, parks and residential houses in French style. Here, you will visit the unique monumental cemetery, where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried. The rest of the day is at leisure. We highly recommend an evening Tango Show, which can be arranged for you on request.
Day 8 – Buenos Aires – “Tigre Tour” (B)
This is a half-day tour (about 4 hours) through the elegant suburbs of Olivos, Martinez and San Isidro, that will show passengers the streets and avenues lined by colourful trees, and lovely houses, some from mid 19th century. You will board at Tigre a typical river boat for a 60-minute cruise along the canals and streams that thread their way among many islands. The Paraná river starts far in the North, in Brazil, just South of the Amazon basin, and ends in this vast delta, before it flows into the river de la Plata. The vegetation in the delta is dense and many Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) have made sailing clubs and weekend homes, built on stilts because of frequent flooding. The way back to the hotel is along the Panamericana highway. The afternoon is at leisure again.
Day 9 – Buenos Aires – Lima (B)
Your stay in Buenos Aires draws to an end today. You will be driven to the Ezeiza airport to fly to the Capital of Peru, Lima. You will be transferred to the hotel after landing. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10 – Lima – Cusco (B)
Morning transfer to the airport for a short (1.5 hrs) flight from Lima to Cusco. Cusco is located 3200m above sea level. A guided city tour is on the programme for the afternoon. Cusco has a marvellous historic square with colonial cathedrals, you will visit the Templo del Sol, which was the heart of the Inca Empire. The tour includes a visit to a huge fortress Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara. Puca Pucara means “red fort” but was more likely a storage area, hunting lodge, or stopping area for travelers rather than a fort. In the evening you can taste local Peruvian cuisine in one of the restaurants. Night in a hotel, close to the city centre.
Day 11 – Sacred Valley (B)
We set off for a day-trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas straight after breakfast. Ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes and scattered farming towns define the valley. We will take you in the afternoon to Pisac village, renowned for its markets, colourful handmade crafts and souvenirs. All the Cusco surroundings is scattered with Inca ruins. Finally the town and an Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo close to Urubamba river will be visited. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 12 – Machu Picchu (B)
You will get on the train to Machu Picchu early in the morning and start the slow 4-hour long zig-zag ride up the peak. The train takes you through wild and beautiful nature to the “Lost City”. The magical ruins of Machu Picchu were rightfully included among the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will be guided through the site. More active tourists may climb the Huayna Picchu with a superb view. At the close of the day you will move to Aquas Calientes, from where a train takes you back to Cusco. Option: extended stay and lodging at Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
Day 13 – Cusco (B)
Today there is no fixed programme. You have plenty of time to buy souvenirs at local markets and explore more deeply the town itself or the surrounding area.
Day 14 – Cusco – Puno (B)
You will be taken in the morning to a bus station. A bus will take you straight to Puno. On the way you will pass typical Peruvian villages, Pucara, Racchi and Andahuaylillas. As you reach the town of Puno, the gateway to the Titicaca Lake, a guide will take you to a hotel for the night.
Day 15 – Lake Titicaca, floating islands of Uros and Amantani (B, L, D)
In the morning you board a boat which will take you for a Titicaca cruise during which you will visit the floating islands of Uros. These islands are man-made from the totora reeds and they are home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. You will have chance to hear their language, Aymara. Afterwards you will proceed the to Amantani island for overnight in a house of locals, so you can try to live one afternoon as a native. Full board is included this day.
Day 16 – Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island, return to Puno (B, L)
You will visit on the way from Amantani island Taquile. Taquile Island has preserved its old charm by limiting the amount of tourism exposure. It is a peaceful island, there are no roads or electricity, but there are plenty of hills and archaeological ruins. The native Quechua-speaking people are known for their fine hand-woven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts, colourful belts chumpis, caps chullos and sandals ojotas. You may taste local cuisine in the evening, what about Guinean pig meat?
Day 17 – Puno – Lima (B)
Today you will fly from Puno back to Lima. The afternoon is at leisure. You can relax in the hotel or go into the streets and explore the city. The hotel you will be staying in is situated in the city centre.
Day 18 – Lima – departure (B)
Our last service is to take you to the airport so that you catch your flight back home. Hope you enjoyed the holiday, see you soon in South America.
Optional Day 19 – Buenos Aires – Add extra night in Buenos Aires.
- all services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program
- local English speaking guide during tours
- all nights accommodation in a 3* hotel
- meals detailed in the program (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner)
- National Park entrance fee on Argentinian side
- all flight tickets specified in the program
- permanent English assistance by our Operations Department
- National park entrance fee on Brazilian side – $26 USD payable only on spot
- international airfare
- airport tax
- meals and services not detailed in the program
- personal expenses
- optional excursions
- single supplement (around $800 usd)
- accommodation upgrade to 4* hotel
- extended stay in Argentina, Brazil or Peru
- Rio de Janeiro – Samba show with traditional dinner and transport
- Buenos Aires – Tango show with traditional dinner and transport
- extended stay by an extra night at Machu Picchu
- Price per person (2 people in double / twin room).
- The program can be customized according to your requirements.
- The price is subject to availability and actual airfare cost.
- Difficulty level of this tour – moderate.