Note: This tour does not include international flights.
Day 1: Buenos Aires: Arrival. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires we welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and start to get a feel for the 'Paris of the South'.
Day 2: Buenos Aires: City Tour: Breakfast and Dinner. Today we take a tour of Buenos Aires, to serve as an introduction to the city's features, history, architecture, culture, inhabitants, anecdotes, and secrets.
The tour explores the busy centre, including the Plaza de Mayo, where the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace is located; the aristocratic North, including Recoleta Cemetery, best-known for holding Eva Peron’s grave; and the working-class South, such as the famous La Boca and San Telmo districts, heartland of the Tango. The evening is spent admiring the mighty Tango and Argentinean folk music as we have dinner at one of Buenos Aires’ most well-regarded shows.
Day 3: Buenos Aires – Lima: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima we transfer you to your well-located hotel.
Day 4: City Tour: Breakfast. In the morning we take you on a sightseeing tour of the “City of Kings”, once the capital of the Spanish American Empire and a vital port for the conquistadors to ship their bounty back to the motherland. You will marvel at the Plaza Mayor and its Colonial style, as well as the beautiful government palace, home to the President of the Republic. The afternoon is free for further exploration of Lima's many museums, parks, shops, restaurants and bars.
Day 5: Lima - Puno: Breakfast. Today we transfer you to Lima Airport for your flight to Juliaca. From here we drive across the stark altiplano to Puno. Along the way, we visit the ancient burial ground of Sillustani. The tombs are built above the ground and the inside of the tombs are shaped like a womb: the ancient Peruvians believed that Mother Earth created and regulated life. Upon arrival in Puno we check into the hotel and acclimatise to life at nearly 4,000m/13,000ft.
Day 6: Lake Titicaca: Breakfast and Lunch. Today we spend the day on the world's highest navigable lake, Titicaca. First, we get the opportunity to visit the unique, man-made, floating reed islands of Uros to get an impression of how the Aymara-speaking locals have lived for centuries. Then we make our way to Taquile Island, where time appears to have stood still. The views of the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountains in Bolivia overlooking the lake are the icing on the cake! Upon return to Puno, the evening is free for the brave to sample some local cuisine: guinea pig (known locally as cuy) perhaps? Or maybe an alpaca steak?
Day 7: Puno – Cusco: Breakfast and Lunch. After breakfast, today is spent on the jaw dropping ride across the altiplano to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. This drive will take us through sleepy Andean villages, past spectacular snow capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas, and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. We arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening. Please note that on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday it is possible to upgrade to the Andean Explorer first-class train service.
Day 8: Cusco: Sacred Valley: Breakfast and Lunch. Today, we explore the "Sacred Valley of the Incas". This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious.
Our first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market, where you can pick up a bargain! You have free time to wander the colourful market stalls before we have a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant. We then continue our journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo, the best surviving example of Inca town planning and dominated by a giant Inca fortress, which was the scene of a famous victory for the Incas against the invading Spanish Conquistadors. We return to our Cusco hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 9: Cusco: Machu Picchu: Breakfast. After an early breakfast, we leave the hotel to take the train to Machu Picchu. After an impressive train ride of 4 hours through mountain valleys, cloud forest, and high rainforest, we reach this wonder of the world. Here the ’Lost City of the Incas’ occupies a ridge spur high above the raging Vilcanota River. We have a guided tour of the site, as well as some free time to appreciate this amazing place. For the energetic, there is the chance to climb the emblematic Huayna Picchu (Little Mountain). At the end of the day you descend by bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco. Optional: Overnight in Machu Picchu.
Day 10: Cusco: City Tour: Breakfast. A gentle wander through the cobbled stoned streets is recommended during the morning, to appreciate fully the magnificent blend of Colonial and Inca influence on the city. During the afternoon, we have a guided tour of the city, visiting the Cathedral, the Rock of the 12 Angles, and Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo and Koricancha. The evening is free to sample some of Cusco’s famous nightlife first hand!
Day 11: Cusco - Puerto Maldonado – Ecoamazonia Lodge: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner. This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado airport, we take you on a brief city tour in an ecological bus, transfer to river port on the Madre de Dios River. Boat journey down river to Ecoamazonia Lodge. Brief orientation and lunch. In the afternoon we take a guided visit to “Monkey Island”, 5 minutes from lodge. Observe several kinds of monkeys like: the “black spider monkey”, “capuchin monkey”, “tamarind”, “squirrel monkey” and many others. We return to the lodge and enjoy sunset and dinner.
Day 12: Ecoamazonia Lodge: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner. After breakfast, take a guided walk along the trails until you reach the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Lake), a virgin rainforest with swamps and marshes, which protects a great diversity of animals such as giant otters, caimans, turtles, Brazilian tapirs “sachavacas”, birds, jaguars and fish. Afterwards we visit the Amazon Watch Tower for a panoramic view of the rainforest, from the top of an immense tree (the Shihuahuaco). We take a canoe ride around the lake and return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we take another canoe trip down the river to visit a local family. We return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Ecoamazonia Lodge: Gamitana & Briolo Rivers: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner. After breakfast, we’ll start another excursion through the magical jungle, navigating along the Madre de Dios River, then begin our walk towards the Gamitana and Briolo rivers, which spring from the heart of the virgin jungle. Their impressive curves form long channels that we’ll navigate by canoe while observing turtles, caimans, birds and a wide variety of insects. We’ll also be able to fish and take a quick dip in the river.
We’ll return to the lodge and end the day with a pleasant dinner.
Day 14: Amazon – Puerto Maldonado – Lima: Breakfast This morning we transfer you to Puerto Maldonado airport for your flight to Lima. Transfer from Lima airport to the hotel for overnight.
Day 15: Lima – Rio De Janeiro: Breakfast. Upon arrival at Rio airport, we transfer you to your hotel. Famed for its breathtaking beauty, Rio is undoubtedly one of the most attractive cities in the world. Rio’s temperate climate makes it even more enticing, attracting people to perennial favourites such as: Corcovado mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer stands proudly, arms outstretched and watching over the city; Sugar Loaf mountain offering stunning views of Rio; and the characteristic beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and São Conrado.
Day 16: Rio De Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Mountain and City tour: Breakfast. We depart after breakfast on a city tour proceeding to the “Maracanã”, one of the world’s largest football stadiums and venue for the 2014 World Cup Final. There will be a visit to the modern Cathedral in the centre of town, passing Flamengo Park and the World War II Memorial. The grand finale of the tour: a thrilling cable-car ride to the top of the Sugar Loaf, 395 meters above the city, with a breathtaking view of Guanabara Bay and beyond.
Day 17: Corcovado and Beaches: Breakfast and Dinner. A morning departure passing through the traditional, residential area of Cosme Velho, and disembarking at the Corcovado station to take a funicular train ride through lush forest up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands 38 meters high, and 710 meters above the city. We return via a panoramic road passing Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and continuing to São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches. In the evening, we pick you up from your hotel for a typical Brazilian Night at La Plataforma - dinner and show at one of the famous samba show houses in Rio de Janeiro. Here you will witness a display of the notorious Carnivale: beautiful costumes, the rhythms of a typical “Samba school”, wonderful “mulatas”, and the diverse richness of Brazilian Folklore will leave you unable to sit still!
Day 18: Rio de Janeiro – Foz Do Iguassu: Breakfast . This morning you fly to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil where you are picked up from the airport. Upon arrival, we visit the Brazilian side of the Falls. At certain points, we are surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfall, all within a spectacular jungle setting.
After the tour we make our way to Argentina to our hotel and overnight.
Day 19: Iguazu Falls: Breakfast. We spend the day on a tour of the Argentinean side of the Falls. Here you can ride the Rainforest Ecological Train, then wander the many walkways that get you right up close to the deafening roar of the awe-inspiring Garganta del Diablo – Devil’s Throat!
We return to the hotel in the afternoon, where we spend the night.
Day 20: Puerto Iguazu – Buenos Aires: Breakfast. Transfer to IGR airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel for overnight.
Day 21: Buenos Aires: End of Services: Breakfast. After this epic journey, the tour ends after breakfast.
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