7/14 Days South America Tour

Price: $2799

1. Home City - Lima

Hotel : Casa Andina Select Miraflores or similar

Upon arrival in Lima, capital city of Peru, transfer directly to the hotel for leisure or rest.

2. Lima (B/L)

Hotel : Casa Andina Select Miraflores or similar

Today you will enjoy a full day Lima city tour.  The tour will take you to visit the colonial and modern sections of this so-called "City of Kings". Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas with its cathedral and palace, the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace, modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The San Francisco Monastery and catacombs. In modern Lima, drive through the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.  As Lima has a history of being home to Chinese immigrants over the years, today you will enjoy a Peruvian-Chinese lunch during the tour.  We will then pay a visit to the “Park of Love” to see the statue “El Beso” as well as to appreciate the views of the Pacific Ocean.  Then, it’s on to visit the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco.  There will also be some time to visit a local handicrafts market before returning to the hotel.                                                                           

3. Lima - Cusco (B/D)

Hotel : San Agustín Plaza or similar 

Today you will head to the airport for the brief flight to Cusco, nestled high in the Andes Mountains.  Check in at the hotel, take it slow and enjoy a bit of leisure time to get your body accustomed to the mountain altitude.  This evening, transfer to dinner at Tunupa Restaurant to enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner accompanied by performances of live Andean folk music and dance.                          

4. Cusco – Sacred Valley (B/D)

Hotel :  San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta or similar

Today, start with a drive through the scenic Sacred Valley of the Incas to the village of Ollantaytambo for a visit to an impressive Inca fortress.  Here, you will have a chance to climb to the top of the fortress for breathtaking views.  Then, stop by the village of Pisac to visit the local marketplace where the native people sell a variety of handicrafts.  Then, proceed to your hotel located in the heart of the Sacred Valley region.                                                                                   

5. Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B/D)

Hotel : Casa Andina Private Collection or similar 

Today you will set out on an excursion to Machu Picchu, “The Lost City of the Incas.” Wake up early and take a wonderful train ride through the Sacred Valley of Urubamba to Machu Picchu. Perched at 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Incan "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here at Machu Picchu.  Enjoy a tour of the site followed by time for leisure or shopping at the crafts market nearby in the town of Aguas Calientes.  Then, journey back to Cusco for dinner and overnight.                                                                  

6. Cusco - Lima (B/L)

Hotel : Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport or similar 

This morning we set out for a guided tour of the ancient capital of the Inca Empire—Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha "The Temple of the Sun". Take in a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. We will also visit Sacsayhuaman fortress just a few minutes outside Cusco.  The fortress is an imposing example of Inca military architecture. It was built using colossal limestone blocks arranged in a variety of interlocking shapes. The estimated weight of some stones is over 120 tons. Visitors are still wondering how it was constructed way back in pre-Colombian times.  Following our sightseeing, we will head to the airport for the flight back to Lima.                      

7. Cusco ~ Home City (B) // Cusco - Lima - Buenos Aires (B/D)

For 7-day tour members, we will arrange a transfer to the airport for you at a designated time.  We wish you a pleasant flight.             

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Hotel : 725 Continental Hotel or similar

Head over to the Lima Airport this morning for the flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Upon arrival in the Argentine capital, set out to enjoy a tour of this city known to some as “The Paris of South America”. You will experience the beauty and magic of Buenos Aires.  Today and tomorrow, you will tour to city to see all the popular sights including “Avenida 9 de Julio”, “Teatro Colón” and “Plaza de Mayo”, The Metropolitan Cathedral and “La Casa Rosada”.  We will also tour the streets of tango in the traditional San Telmo neighborhood and pass through the Lezama Park area.  Then, we head to La Boca where we will stop to visit this colorful neighborhood, which was the initial settling place of the Italian immigrants that arrived to the city.  Today, La Boca is the home of important artists.  We finish the tour passing through the well-known districts of Palermo and Recoleta.  Enjoy a lovely Italian-Argentine style dinner tonight.                                                                 

8. Buenos Aires (B/L)

Hotel : 725 Continental Hotel or similar

This morning we will begin the day by continuing our Buenos Aires city tour, picking up where yesterday’s tour left off to cover all the city’s greatest attractions.  Then, this afternoon, we will make a short journey outside of the city to the town of Tigre on the Paraná River Delta.  Here you will take a boat ride along the Paraná River Delta.  The life of the "isleños" (people who live on the islands of the Delta) is very special. You will learn about their customs, culture and ways of life while navigating the Delta.  Tonight the program is free for you to have some leisure time or perhaps you would like to join an optional tour to attend a Tango Dinner Show!

9. Buenos Aires - Iguassu (B/D)

Hotel : Viale Cataratas Hotel or similar

Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Iguassu.  Upon arrival in Iguassu, you will transfer directly to the hotel for check-in and relaxation time. Later, this evening, you will discover the traditional music and dances of Latin America and sample a variety of typical Brazilian and international dishes with an all-you-can-eat buffet at the well-known Rafain Dinner Show.                                                                

10. Iguassu (B/D)

Hotel : Viale Cataratas Hotel or similar

After breakfast today, head to Iguassu's Argentina Falls National Park Center. From here, you will take either the train to the Falls Station or walk a charming foot path which will take you to two trails: The Upper and Lower Walk.  You will have a chance to explore each trail.  The Upper Walk consists of 800 meters of gangways stretched high above the ground. Along this circuit, you can watch the water falling from the top of the falls and enjoy its magnificence from an elevated viewpoint. The Lower Walk is a 1,600 meter gangway that offers views from the foot of the falls. Today’s tour allows the unique experience of being part of the natural environment—seeing and feeling the magnitude of the falls. 

11. Iguassu - Rio de Janeiro (B/D)

Hotel : Mirasol Copacabana Hotel or similar

Enjoy one more day to take in the splendor and beauty of the Iguassu Falls.  You have the chance to enjoy the falls from a different perspective today, this time from the Brazilian side, with a visit to The Brazilian Falls National Park.  Marvel at unique views of the falls, walk the footpaths through lush tropical vegetation and enjoy this natural paradise.  Then we head to the airport for the flight to Rio de Janeiro.  Upon arrival in Rio, we will head to the hotel for check in.  Enjoy a dinner served at the hotel

12. Rio de Janeiro (B/L)

Hotel : Mirasol Copacabana Hotel or similar

Today we have the full day to discover all the main sights of one of South America’s most beautiful cities, Rio de Janeiro.  The highlights of today’s tour are the spectacular ride by cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for impressive views and the trip up to the top of Corcovado Mountain by a cogwheel train for photos of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.   For lunch today, we have arranged a special Feijoada menu at a local restaurant—this hearty black bean and pork stew is Brazil’s most famous dish.                                                

13. Rio de Janeiro - Home City (B/L)

Today we have planned another city tour to take you around to see more of the city’s marvelous sights including Downtown Rio, the Lapa district, The Sambadrome and Maracana Stadium.  There will also be time for shopping today in the district of Ipanema.  In the evening, we head to the airport so you can check in for your departure flight.

14. Home City

Arrive home today.

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