Day 1: Cusco, Peru.
Arrival into the Lima International Airport where you will take a short flight to Cusco. There, we will meet you to begin our nature adventure in the "Land of the Incas". Cusco, recognized as the archeological capital of the Americas, is situated way up in the Andes at 3,326 meters (10,900 feet) above sea level. We will have the rest of the day free to explore the city, then have a welcome dinner at night.
Day 2: Sacred Valley, Peru.
After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive along the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley up to the major Inca site of Ollantaytambo. This is one of the few areas where the Spaniards lost a major battle during the conquest. We will visit the temple and the ruins in the area. After lunch we will check into our hotel. Free time until we meet for dinner.
Day 3: Machu Picchu, Peru.
Right after breakfast we will make our way up to Machu Picchu, arguably the most spectacular archeological site on the continent, also known as the "Lost City of the Incas". Here we will be able to let our spirits roam in the awe-inspiring peaks and clouds. We will have our box lunch before returning to town and meeting for dinner.
Day 4: Machu Picchu, Peru.
We will have another full day to enjoy Machu Picchu, but let's get an early start for those who want to climb the Huayna Picchu, from which many consider to have the best view of the area. If you prefer, you can relax amid the ruins below and feed your mind and soul with inspiration. Again, we will have our box lunch on site and meet for dinner in town.
Day 5: Cusco, Peru.
This morning we return to Cusco, where we will visit the colonial Andean village of Pisac and have lunch. Then we will have a full afternoon, visiting the Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Tambomachay (ceremonial stone bath), Qenco (meaning ZigZag, which is large limestone rock covered with carvings), Puca Pakara (Red Fort), and and the ruins of Sacsahuaman (the most impressive ruins next to Cusco). Then we will return to Cusco for our dinner.
Day 6: Arequipa, Peru.
Today we will have a free day to enjoy the town of Cusco, with its narrow streets, wide open plazas, and unique handcraft markets. After dinner we will take the overnight bus leaving at 9:00 pm from Cusco to Arequipa, arriving around 7:00 the next morning. The bus is Super Class service, including meals, a blanket, and a sleeper seat.
Day 7: Calama, Chile
This morning we arrive in Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, surrounded by spectacular mountains, including the El Misti Volcano. Arequipa is known as the "White City", as many buildings are constructed with the light-colored volcanic rock called "Sillar". We will have a city tour to visit the main highlights, including the Santa Catalina Monastery. After lunch we will take a flight to Calama, Chile, where we will have dinner and check into our hotel for the night.
Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
After breakfast we will drive the 90 kilometers to the town of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis village at the northern end of the Atacama Salt Flats. At 2,440 meters (8,000 feet) above sea level, San Pedro preserves a colonial feeling. We will walk through the streets, visit the main church, then after lunch drive down to the salt flats, where we will have the opportunity to witness 3 species of flamingos (James, Chilean and Andean). The Atacama Salt Flats offers impressive views of the Andes, including the Licancabur Volcano. We will then visit the village of Toconao, a fruit-growing oasis and the church of San Lucas with its separate bell tower dating back to the mid-18th century. Then we head back to San Pedro for dinner.
Day 9: Calama, Chile.
Early this morning we depart to the world famous El Tatio Geysers. Being among the geysers is like walking in the course of a large steam bath. Ringed by volcanoes and fed by 64 gurgling geysers and hundreds of gassy fumeroles, at 4,300 meters (14,100 feet) above sea level, El Tatio is the world's highest geyser field. We then return to San Pedro to relax some before lunch, then visit Tulor, a circular group of adobe structures and the oldest excavated village in the region. Then we continue to the Moon Valley, named because of its lunal-like surface eroded by eons of flood and wind. We will drive to Calama to have dinner and stay overnight. If you are leaving the group here, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Santiago to catch your international flight home.
Day 10: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This morning we will take a flight to Santiago, then change planes to hop over the Andes to Buenos Aires, the Tango capital, where we will have free time to explore some before dinner. If you are joining the group at this point, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, where you will have free time until dinner.
Day 11: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Today we will take a walking city tour of Buenos Aires, visiting the National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, around the Plaza de Mayo, and many other key areas. Then, tonight we have included a Tango Dinner Show to give you a taste of the real Argentinean culture!
Day 12: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina.
After breakfast we will fly to Puerto Iguazu, have lunch together, and check into our hotel for the next two nights. Then you will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the town before we meet for dinner.
Day 13: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina.
Guarani legend says that Iguazu Falls originated when a jealous forest god, enraged by a young warrior escaping down the river in a canoe with a young, beautiful girl, causes the riverbed to collapse in front of the lovers, producing a precipitous waterfall over which the girl falls, and, at their base, turned into a rock. The warrior survived, but as a tree overlooking his fallen lover. We will have all day in this amazing natural wonder. Box lunch in the park, then we will have a farewell dinner back in town.
Day 14: Today we will transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires to catch your international flight home. We hope you enjoyed visiting 3 World Heritage sites, and that we were able to provide you with an unforgettable travel experience.
If taking the full tour, you would fly into Lima and out of Buenos Aires. The first segment (Machu Picchu to San Pedro-9 days) would mean flying into Lima and out of Santiago, and in the second segment (Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls-5 days) you would fly into and out of Buenos Aires. Lodging choices available: Basic Bed and Breakfast, and 3 - 4 star hotels.
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