Project Description

Iconic South America

15 Days / 14 Nights MRB15

Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguacu, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Buenos Aires

PRICE AND DATE

Dates Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Jan – Dec, 2022 $2,690 $820

Prices are per person in CAD based on double occupancy; including accommodations, transfers, tours, admissions, daily breakfast & some meals. Prices exclude gratuities, visa fees, taxes, surcharge (peak & weekend) and all flights. Guaranteed departure for min. 2 people traveling together on the following dates: Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 28, May 2 & 23, Jun 6 & 20, Jul 11, Aug 1 & 29,  Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, 2022. Other departures are available, please inquiry.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Rio De Janeiro

Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: 3*+ South American or similar (3 nights)

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro          B

Proceed for a half-day panoramic tour of downtown and stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was built in a pyramidal form with an internal diameter of 96 meters, and a height of 80 meters. Walk through the Aterro do Flamengo and arrive to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. You will travel all the way to the top in two stages by cable car. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high with beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the top.  At 395 meters we will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói. After riding the Cable car back down, return to the hotel.

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro          B

Enjoy a half-day tour of Corcovado Mountain and Beaches. Board a cog train from Cosme Velho Station for a ride to Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro  –  Foz do Iguassu    B

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu, meet and transfer to the hotel

Head  to  the  National  Park  of  the  Brazilian  Falls (entrance fee included). Start with a visit to the Main Center of the park, where you will have the opportunity to get some hints about the local ecosystem. From there hike along the most important trail of the park where you can enjoy an astonishing view of the waterfalls. From the local belvedere you will have a privileged sight of the both parks of the waterfalls. Return to the main point via the panoramic elevator.

Hotel: 3*+ Viale Tower or similar (2 nights)

Day 5: Foz do Iguassu – Iguazu (Argentinian side)  B

Transfer ahead to Argentina side with a quick stop at customs checks. After that, the tour continues to the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguassu River, which separates the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, take a scenic highway up to the Argentine Iguassu Park (entrance fee included) where you will have a spectacular view of the Argentinean Falls, with access to the very brink of the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat, largest of the Argentinean Falls, including the San Martin Falls. On the way back from the falls a stop at the “Three Borders” Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet.

Visit the upper circuit and the Devil´s Throat.

Day 6: Foz Do Iguacu – Lima  B

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, Peru.

Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Day 7: Lima B

Visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the “City of Kings”, beginning in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Pass by a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop´s Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents.

Afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: 3*+ Arawi Express or similar (1 night)

Day 8: Cusco            B

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco city. Enjoy your leisure time exploring the charm of this beautiful colonial city that was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. Not to miss: Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), San Blas artisan’s neighborhood, the Cathedral and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Hotel: 3*+ Yawar Inka or similar (1 night)

Day 9: Cusco – Sacred Valley           B,L

You will head to Chinchero to visit the PARWA Center, where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take home. After, visit the Chinchero church, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and remains standing until today. Continue with a visit to the ruins of Chinchero, where you will find an important Inca center in which terraces and aqueducts were built. Then, you will stop at the Racchi Viewpoint, from where you will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will head towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will find the imposing Inca fortress that bears the same name. This place is of great historical importance, because it is where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish forces in 1538. Then, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo which stands out for still maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of his original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone alleys. You can tour the town and visit the local market.

Hotel: Hotel Hacienda del Valle or similar (1 night)

Day 10: Machu Picchu – Cusco       B,L

Board the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu.

You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu. You will be driven to the archeological site, the visit of which will be an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to impart to you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip.

Board train in Aguas Calientes, to Ollantantaytambo, and transfer back to Cusco.

Hotel: 3*+ Yawar Inka or similar (2 nights)

Day 11: Cusco B

Heasd to Soraypampa, starting point of your trek. On the way, you will cross the city of Limatambo -located at 2100 m.a.s.l.- an important access point to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. There you will find the archaeological remains of Tarawasi, a place that served as a resting point for those heading to Chinchaysuyo. Then, you will continue your journey along the right bank of the Apurimac River until you reach Soraypampa. From this point, you will start your trek up the mountain towards the Humantay Lagoon. Upon arrival, you will appreciate the stunning scenery of this wonderful place and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. Before leaving, you will have time to take pictures around the lagoon. At the end of the visit, you will walk back to Soraypampa, where the transport will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel.

Day 12: Cusco – Lima – Buenos Aires          B

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Loi Suites Esmeralda Studio or similar (3 nights)

Day 13: Buenos Aires           B,L,D

Embark a tour to discover the charm of Argentina’s capital, from the chic districts of Recoleta and Palermo, to historic Plaza de Mayo, and architectural icons such as the Colon opera house, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the palace of Congress. The program finishes in old town San Telmo, home of the city’s aristocracy until the late

19th century; Caminito street, in La Boca, the colorful shelter for Italian immigrants by the Riachuelo, and the young

thriving restaurant scene at the Puerto Madero waterfront.

Tonight, enjoy dinner and Tango Show.

Famous for its amazing nightlife and for being the land of Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires countless gastronomic and artistic options. Tango portrays the ‘Queen of the River Plate’ (‘Reina del Plata’). We will enjoy an unforgettable night, surrender to the magic of this city that never sleeps and to the charm of this overwhelming and sanguine music —main protagonist of the night— while enjoying the best of its varied gastronomic offer. This typical early

20th century house is an ideal stage for a unique show: 15 artists, one tango orchestras, a folk music group, dancers and singer.

Day 14: Buenos Aires           B,L

Home to the gaucho, the humid pampa is one of the most fertile natural prairies in the world and is famous for its production of beef and cereals. Only a few kilometers away from the City of Buenos Aires, in a natural environment with beautiful landscapes, we will be honored with their typical national asado, empanadas, and excellent Argentinian wines. The wild smell of the countryside will invite us to break away from routine and discover a charming hundred-year-old rural tradition in the midst of the XXI century. Folk songs and dances, equestrian activities, and unbeatable shows of traditional gaucho skills, such as ring races, cuadreras (horse races), entrevero de tropillas (horse games): let’s live the traditional lifestyle of Argentinian ranches through the gaucho, the greatest symbol of these lands.

Day 15: Depart Buenos Aires          B

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.