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South America Highlights Small Group Tour: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Patagonia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 33 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Argentina   Brazil   Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 13625 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 13625 US Dollar (USD)

Join us on this wonderful journey exploring South America's most incredible destinations. Marvel at Machu Picchu, see the buzzing cities of Buenos Aires, the Beaches and vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu falls and sample some of the region's most amazing food in Peru. Explore remote Southern Patagonia and discover some of South Americas finest national parks including the Los Glaciers National Park, home to some of the worlds most stunning ice formations, Torres Del Paine National Park famous for its granite pillars, lakes and mountains & Tierra Del Fuego National Park, located in one of the most Southern regions of the world. This is tour of overwhelming natural beauty!

Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel.
Transfer Includes an English speaking guide. A tour of Buenos Aires serves as a great introduction to this incredible city giving you a taste of its fascinating history, architecture, culture, inhabitants, anecdotes, and secrets. You will explore 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.

Day 3-4: Transfer to the domestic airport for your journey from Buenos Aires.
Arrive in the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a full day tour on the Argentinean side of the falls. You will ride the rainforest ecological train and then explore panoramic views of above and below the waterfalls. You will visit the Devils Falls which is said to be one of the most spectacular falls and have the option of taking a boat ride under the falls. National park fees included. We visit the falls from the Brazilian side of the border. After arriving at the visitor center, we board buses for a tour of the park.

Day 5-6: Transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Iguazu. Includes Guide.
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro and private transfer to your hotel. After departing from the hotel, the tour makes its way to the bottom of Corcovado Hill, where you will ascend the mountain by van. Climbing 4km through the world’s largest urban national park, the Tijuca Forest, you will arrive at the statue of Christ the Redeemer. After some time with the panoramic views you will continue to the Maracana Stadium where we can make a stop to see the stadium. We also pass the Sambadrome, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, before passing through the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa and its famous arches en route to Copacabana. You will have a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch before visiting the famous Sugarloaf. After descending, passengers will return to their hotels. Hotel pick up between 8.00am and 9.30am. Included: All transport, tickets and entry fees, lunch (beverages not included). Approximate duration of tour: 8 hours.

Day 7: Free day to relax on Ipanema or Copacabana beach. If you want to be a bit more active consider an optional favela tour.

Day 8-9: Transfer to Lima.
Spend some time touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. Visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas, and the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima's magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past.

Day 10: Transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Lima.
On arrival at Juliaca airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Puno, stopping on the way to take in the pre-Inca burial ground of Sillustani. Here you can wander through the remarkable tombs built from volcanic stone, known as Chulpas which reach heights of up to 12 metres. Overlooking the beautiful lake Umayo, Sillustani is considered to be one of the most important necropolises in the world.

Day 11: Travelling by semi-speed vessel, begin by visiting the floating islands of Uros, where the friendly locals continue to practice their traditional way of life, living by fishing. Situated four kilometres from Puno, the original inhabitants of these floating islands are said to descend from one of the most ancient peoples of the Americas. On your way back to Puno, stop at Taquile Island, a place where time appears to have stood still. Around 350 Quechua-speaking families live here, operating a collective agricultural system dating from the 14th Century and renowned for their textiles - beautifully woven chumpis (belts), chullos (caps), and ojotas (sandals). Includes lunch. Tour duration: 10 hours.

Day 12: Transfer to bus or train station for outward journey from Puno.
After breakfast you will be driven across the Altiplano to Cusco. This drive will take you 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. Arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening. Includes lunch. Available alternative: Luxury Andean Explorer Train can be booked for an extra charge. Monday-Wednesday-Saturday (November to March) or Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday (April to October). For more information, please ask our sales consultant. Arrive at Cusco and transfer to hotel.

Day 13: Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market. There is free time to wander the colourful market stalls before a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant. Continue your journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo. The town, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning and was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley or the Ollantaytambo train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Includes lunch.

Day 14: Transfer from hotel to Ollantaytambo Train station.
This morning travel by train from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes.
You will be astonished at your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries. Tour includes guided group tour, and return bus from Aguas Calientes village. Please be aware that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind the Machu Picchu ruins). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit. Please contact your sales consultant if you would like to do this. This afternoon travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Transfer from the Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley to Cusco.

Day 15: Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire.
Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock, and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo the giant rock, the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay.

Day 16: Day at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude and spend wandering the cobble-stoned streets of the ancient Inca capital. With treasures around every corner, Cusco is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Vibrant markets and stores give the traveller a plethora of shopping opportunities set amongst fine Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage city is lined with history and ancient monuments, a truly enthralling city to spend time in.

Day 17: Transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Cusco.
You will be met at Puerto Maldonado Airport to transfer by land and a two and a half hour boat journey to Refugio Amazonas. Pass the Infierno Community and arrive into the Tambopata National Reserve, a 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. From Refugio, venture out at night, on the search for caiman, spotting the red reflection from their eyes.

Day 18: After breakfast venture out onto the lake by canoe or catamaran, looking for wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman, horned screamers, macaws and rare otters. Back on land, a thirty minute walk from the lodge will take you to the 25 metre scaffolding canopy tower, complete with staircase. Enjoy excellent views from the tree tops, sighting toucans, macaws and raptors. After lunch you will visit a farm to learn about local agriculture and Amazonian crops before an ethnobotanical tour to learn about medicinal procedures of the region. In the evening, Refugio staff offer lectures covering conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Day 19: Witness the audio and visual spectacle of a clay lick, watching vibrant coloured macaws and parrots feast on clay. Later, a short hike will bring you to a beautiful brazil nut forest where you can learn about the whole nut process from collection through transportation to drying. In the afternoon, there will be a further clay lick visit, this time to see mammals. Wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of up to twenty to eat clay, alongside deer, guan and parakeets. After dinner you have the option of a night hike when most mammals are active.

Day 20: After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for your departure flight.
Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures. Arrive at Lima then take a night flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 21: From Buenos Aires fly to El Calafate and then transfer to El Chalten, located in the heart of the Los Galciares National Park

Day 22: Trek the wonderful Laguna de los Trek hike to view Mount Fitzroy in El Chalten, Argentina's trekking capital.

Day 23: Walk on top of the mighty Viedma Glacier and explore magical ice caves.

Day 24: Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the earths most dynamic and accessible ice fields.

Day 25: Head back into Chile to Torres Del Paine, South Americas finest National Park.

Day 26-28: Breath-taking vistas await you on hikes to the Greys Glacier, French Valley and Las Torres.

Day 29: Visit the Seno Otway Colony, home to 3,000 breeding pairs of Magallanic Penguins.

Day 30: Enjoy your morning exploring Punta Arenas before crossing the Straights of Magellan onto the island of Tierra Del Fuego.

Day 31-32: Visit a King Penguin colony on the way to Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. Explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and arrive at ’the end of the road’: Lapatia Bay. Take a cruise on the Beagle Channel to view wildlife and learn of the regions history.

Day 33: Depart Ushuaia with wonderful memories, and a new respect of our wonderful planet courtesy of South America.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 30 nights in twin-share hotel and guesthouses with private en-suite facilities
- 3 nights accommodation in Amazon Lodge
- 1 night in hiking refuge in Torres Del Paine National Park
- Breakfast daily
- Approximately 50% of lunches & dinners
- Tours as stated in the itinerary with local English speaking guide
- Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles
- Service of an experienced tour leader as well as local guides
- Experienced Driver/Mechanic
- All National Park Entrance fees
- Airport transfers

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