Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil
28 Days / 27 Nights
Pisac Indian Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress, Machu Picchu overnight,
Amazon adventure at Posada Amazonas, Lake Titikaka crossing to La Paz
in Bolivia, Santiago, Puerto Montt, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls,
Rio de Janeiro
Day 1 - Arrival
Peru... home to one of the earliest and most advanced civilizations in
the Western Hemisphere... Under the rule of powerful kings, an incredible
people known as the Incas amassed an empire that built systems of winding
mountain roads, remarkable cities, and an unforgettable legacy. One is
still mystified today by their amazing accomplishments, as can be seen
at the hidden and fascinating Machu Picchu... Take a trip back in time
and explore the roots of an ancient civilization that left behind some
of the most interesting and awe-inspiring constructions in the world.
Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring
to the hotel and help you in registering.
Day 2 - Lima
American Breakfast at your hotel. Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
and a Visit to the Gold Museum - This half-day tour visits both the
colonial and modern sections of this "City of Kings." Colonial
sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas with its cathedral and palace,
and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential
areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Then visit Peru's famous museum, which
houses a priceless collection of pre-Colombian gold artifacts as well
as the private armory of Miguel Mujica Gallo. Some of the cultures represented
in this collection include the Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Tiahuanaco and
Day 3 - The Amazon
American Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to airport. Flight
to Puerto Maldonado. Posada Amazonas 2 nights Program - after a scheduled
commercial flight to Puerto Maldonado, the departmental capital, we travel
two hours by boat up the Tambopata River to Posada Amazonas, arriving
in the early afternoon. The river trip is a good opportunity to observe
caiman, turtles, and riverside bird life. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 4 - Posada
Breakfast at the Lodge. Visit the parrot and macaw clay lick before breakfast.
Morning excursion to Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake where we will paddle around
the lake in search of giant river otters and other aquatic wildlife. After
lunch we will visit eagle-nesting sites or Piranha feeding boat excursion.
Dinner. Visit mammal clay lick. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 5 - Cusco
/ Sacred Valley
Breakfast at the Lodge. Early morning return by boat to Puerto Maldonado
and the airport for your flight to Cusco. Flight from Puerto Maldonado
to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you
in transferring to the hotel in the Urubamba Valley and help you in registering.
At 8200 feet of altitude, the valley offers the perfect starting point
to visit the wonderful remains of the Inca Empire. The contrast of the
tropical flowers with the Andean mountains will make the Sacred Valley
of the Incas an unforgettable landscape.
Day 6 - Sacred
American Breakfast at your hotel. Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian
Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress (Tu., Th., Su.) - Morning departure
for a drive through the fertile countryside to the colonial village of
Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the
opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian
handicrafts and jewelry. After lunch the tour continues to the village
of Ollantaytambo for a visit to its impressive Inca fortress. Lunch is
- Sacred Valley
American Breakfast at your hotel. Salt Pools and Quechua Village.
Morning excursion to the impressive salt pools formed by water emerging
from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. Continue your excursion
and visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the
Inca's ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off
the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos, see Quechua children
scamper about while woman are weaving their family's clothes. A meaningful
experience! Lunch is included.
Day 8 - Sacred
Valley / Machu Picchu
American Breakfast at your hotel. Excursion to Machu Picchu with overnight
stay - Early wake up for a train ride through the sacred valley of
Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched
8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semitropical
jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University
in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun"
took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins
and lunch are included. Lunch is included.
Day 9 - Machu Picchu / Cusco
American Breakfast at your hotel. Free morning to enjoy one of the most
incredible sights on earth, the ruins of Machu Picchu. Take as much time
as you need to study the mysterious ruins, hike Huayna Picchu, stroll
to the Inca Bridge or walk toward the Inca Trail to find the legendary
Sun Gate. Afternoon shuttle bus to the train station for your return trip
to Cusco. Upon arrival transfer from rail station to hotel.
Day 10 - Cusco
American Breakfast at your hotel. Free morning in Cusco for independent
activities - Wandering through this lovely city, exploring the astonishing
narrow streets of this tile roof colonial town will be your unforgettable
experience. Great buys are the traditional Peruvian handicrafts, alpaca-wool
sweaters and rugs, ponchos, pottery, gold and silver jewelry, leather
goods, etc. Because there is such a variety of products, we strongly suggest
that when you like any particular item, you should buy it - you may not
find the same item in another store.
Tour of Cusco and its Ruins - This afternoon's tour of the oldest
continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere includes important
landmarks of enchanting Cusco and also the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-pucara,
Tampumachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress. Once the center of the
Inca civilization, modern Cusco is a delightful combination of Inca and
colonial architecture. During the tour, you will visit Cusco's Cathedral,
Santo Domingo Church and the Plaza de Armas.
Day 11 - Cusco
/ Lake Titikaka
American Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to train station.
Rail journey through the Peruvian Andes to Lake Titikaka - Today one of
South America's most extraordinary overland trips takes you by rail to
Puno passing through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean
villages. Upon your arrival in Puno on the edge of Lake Titikaka, a host
will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and help you to
register. In case the train does not operate the journey through the Andes
will be by motor coach. Box Lunch en route is included.
Day 12 - Lake Titikaka
American Breakfast at your hotel. Full Day Excursion to the Uros Indians
- The morning excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in
the world, to visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians, considered
themselves Lords of the Lake, and they were convinced they had black blood
because they did not feel the cold of the lake and the winter. Sillustani
Burial Towers - These burial towers (Chulpas), are ancient and impressive
tombs from the pre-Inca period and they were built from a mixture of stone
and adobe, and served as burial places for chiefs and important people.
Day 13 - Lake Titikaka crossing to Bolivia
American Breakfast at your hotel. Combination of bus and hydrofoil
from Puno to La Paz - Drive to Copacabana passing Pomata and Juli.
After lunch in Copacabana you will cross the lake to Huatajata by hydrofoil,
visiting the Moon and Sun Islands. According to the legend, Manco Capac
and Mama Ocllo (sun and daughter of the Sun God Inti) came down to earth
on this island in order to improve the life of Andean people. Walk up
Inca steps to drink from the Sacred Spring, believed to grant eternal
life and happiness. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake before arriving
at Huatajata. Motor coach from Huatajata to La Paz. All transfers are
included. Lunch en route is included.
Day 14 - La Paz
American Breakfast at your hotel. Tiahuanaco Ruins, La Paz City Tour
and Moon Valley Full Day - Considered to be "The Cradle of the
American Civilizations," this city was once the largest in the world.
Parts of this highly developed culture are the Akapana pyramid, the Monoliths,
the temples of Kalasasaya and the underground temple of Kontiki. Stand
in awe in front of the Sun Gate with the crying God carved on the upper
front part. Wonder in amazement at how hundreds of years have passed,
but the stones beneath your feet were walked on then as they are today.
Afternoon visit the extraordinary city of La Paz, with its towering structures
and colorful downtown market. Tour includes a visit to the Open Air Museum,
Casa Murillo (Colonial Museum) and the residential section of Obrajes.
Next stop, you step out of your space shuttle onto the dusty surface ...
or that is step out of your bus and look out over Moon Valley. Have plenty
of film on hand, this is the closest simulation you'll find of the moon
on earth (NASA envies the realism of this place). Eroding sand has left
astounding clay formations that resemble the moon's surface. Standing
on the very edge of the valley, you just may feel weightlessness.
Day 15 - La Paz / Santiago de Chile
American Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to the airport.
Flight from La Paz to Santiago De Chile. Upon
arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring
to the hotel. Chile, a superlative land of exotic beauty, sophisticated
charm and wondrous flora and fauna. Its cosmopolitan capital of Santiago,
attractive coastal resorts and islands, and the serene magnificence of
the Lake District will you visit to Chile a trip to remember.
Day 16 - Santiago de Chile
American Breakfast at your hotel. Santiago Panoramic Tour (afternoon)
- The ride starts touring through the avenues of the downtown area across
the beautiful Forestal Park, the Bellavista Quarter, the artistic center
of Santiago, continuing to the San Cristobal Hill, a beautiful public
park located on one of the spur of the Andes mountain range. A great diversity
of vegetation will be seen during the ascent to the lookout of the summit
on which stands the monumental 36 - meter high statue of the Virgin Inmaculada
Concepcion. From here, enjoy a panoramic overview of Santiago. The tour
proceeds through the mountain range to La Piramide sector with beautiful
sightseeing tour to the new urban sectors. Highlights are the quarters
of : Santa Marfa de Manquehue, Lo Curro and La Dehesa noted for its urban
and rural blending. As the tour continues through the canyon of the Mapocho
River, the stately Andes mountain range rises with beautiful sightseeing
of the Arrayon village, nestled on the hill slopes. In La Ermita, the
beauty of the landscape will be enhanced by the surrounding mountains
and snowed peaks. Finally, Las Condes Quarter, noted for its excellent
shopping centers, fine handicraft shops and boutiques.
Free evening in Santiago - Discover the city nightlife on your
own or enjoy one of the many excellent restaurants featuring Chilean seafood
and wine. Another option is the Bali Hai restaurant for entertainment
and Chilean cuisine, a charming restaurant with a tropical island decor.
Experience Chile's diverse cultural heritage as you enjoy a folkloric
show with dances and colorful costumes from the Northern, Central and
Southern regions as well as the exotic rhythms of Easter Island.
Day 17 - Santiago de Chile
American Breakfast at your hotel. Vineyard Concha y Toro and the Maipo
Canyon (full day) - In the morning we drive to Concha y Toro, the
biggest and perhaps the most important wine exporter in Chile. We shall
visit the oldest of their bodegas located south of Santiago in the Maipo
Valley. Founded in 1883 it sits amidst a beautiful park next to the old
family mansion La Chascona, which dates back to before the turn of the
century. Our visit to the vineyard includes a tour of the facilities and
the historical museum. The best-known brands made by Concha y Toro are
Don Melchor, Marquéz de Casa Concha and Casillero del Diablo. Afterwards
we continue on to the nearby village of Pirque, where we lunch in Andean
foothills scenery. In the afternoon we shall proceed up the beautiful
Maipo river Valley into the Andes on to the town of San José de
Maipo. San Jose is a country village laid out in the traditional chessboard
grid pattern with the plaza de Armas in the center. Lots of adobe architecture
lends it a colonial air. After enjoying the beauty of this typical Chilean
countryside and the pure mountain air of the Andes we shall return to
Santiago. Lunch is included.
Day 18 - Santiago / Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas
American Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to airport. Flight
from Santiago to Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas. Upon arrival at the airport
a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel. City
Tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas - The tour of Puerto Montt on
Reloncaví Bay includes the important city sites as well as the
colorful fishermen's wharf, seafood market and crafts fair of Angelmó,
an age old inspiration for both poets and artists. Continue to Puerto
Varas on the shore of Lago Llanquihue from where you can see the volcanoes
and lakes in all their splendor with the magnificent Andes towering behind
Evening is free to enjoy The City of the Roses as it has come to be called
because of the tremendous variety of roses all over town. You will inevitably
be drawn to stroll along the shore of Lago Llanquihue.
Day 19 - Frutillar
American Breakfast at your hotel. Tour to Frutillar - In the morning
we shall set out to the lakeside town of Frutillar. Driving around the
lake shore with a spectacular view of the Osorno volcano to visit Frutillar
is like taking a step back in time. Frutillar is charming German style
village housing a wonderful open-air museum with restored colonial homes
and furnishings from the early German settlement period, as well as an
operating blacksmith shop and other relics from the German pioneers who
colonized the region. Throughout the summer there are various festivals
of classic music organized in Frutillar. Lunch is included.
Day 20 - Lake District, Puerto Montt / Bariloche
American Breakfast at your hotel. One Day Andean Lake District Crossing
(Chile to Argentina) - As this journey begins admire the unforgettable,
unspoiled natural beauty of the area. Travel by bus from Puerto Montt
or Puerto Varas to Petrohué, skirting Lake LLanquihue and passing
by Ensenada and Petrohué River falls. Enjoy a pleasant two-hour
launch trip as you cross the calm, emerald green waters of Lake Todos
Los Santos, also known as Lake Emerald for the deep green color of its
waters. From the boat admire the Osorno volcano, El Tronador and Puntiagudo
Andean Peaks. We disembark at Peulla near the Argentine border. Enjoy
a leisurely walk among lush vegetation and visit La Novia Falls.
Continue by bus through this incredible region, crossing the border to
Argentina. After you are finished with Argentine Police and Custom formalities,
board a launch for a short ride over Lake Frías to Puerto Alegre.
Proceed with a short bus ride to Puerto Blest. Traverse the crystalline
blue waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi passing Victoria Island before arriving
at Puerto Pañuelo pier. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel in
Bariloche. (Operates daily except Sundays, from September 1 to March 31.)
Day 21 - Bariloche
American Breakfast at your hotel. Circuito Chico and Panoramic View
- Enjoy the charming view as you drive along the road bordering lake Nahuel
Huapi. Continue to Campanario Hill, where a cable car will take you to
the bleeder located at the summit of the hill. Enjoy a complete overview
of Nahuel Huapi Lake, the mountain peaks of the Andean range and the city.
Then drive toward the San Pedro and Llao Llao Peninsulas. Visit San Eduardo
Chapel and view the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort and Puerto Pañuelo,
the departure point of most Lake Excursions. Cross the bridge that connects
Nahuel Huapi Lake and Moreno Lake and proceed to Bahía López.
Enjoy a breathtaking view of Nahuel Huapi Lake from the Panoramic Point,
a natural balcony facing Moreno Lake. The scenery of Nahuel Huapi National
Park is made of a unique mountain and glacier landscape that will remain
in your memory long after your return home.
Afternoon is free for optional excursions or to walk around Bariloche,
famous for its chocolate and pastry shops.
Day 22 - Bariloche / Buenos Aires
American Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to airport. Flight
from Bariloche to Buenos Aires. Upon
arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring
to the hotel and in registering. Buenos Aires is the most elegant and
cosmopolitan city of South America. One is fascinated by the atmosphere
and the individual personality of each of its neighborhoods.
Day 23 - Buenos Aires
American Breakfast at your hotel. Buenos Aires City Tour - In this
tour of Argentina's cultural and political capital, you will get a sampling
glimpse of the diverse districts that make up this grand city. Visit the
colorful "Boca" district and the elegant North Quarter and Palermo
Park. See the government "Casa Rosada" - pink house, the Colon
Theater, May Square and drive down the famous 9th of July Avenue.
Tango Show with Dinner.
Day 24 - Buenos Aires
American Breakfast at your hotel. Full Day Estancia Excursion and Gaucho
Show (Fiesta Gaucha) - In today's excursion you get the chance to
learn about and admire the traditional dances, songs and meals of the
Gaucho (Argentinean Cowboy) by taking part in a real Gaucho Festival.
The party is held at a beautiful estancia, is an old ranch situated on
the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Lunch at the ranch.
Day 25 - Buenos Aires / Iguazu Falls
American Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to the airport for
departure. Flight form Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu.
Iguazu Falls - The most spectacular falls in the world. The Iguazu river
throws an average of 1700 cubic meters of water per second from 210 feet
high alone 275 falls spread in a half moon shape width 4.32 miles. Most
of the falls are in the Argentine side, but in order to get a good view
the visitor must cross to the Brazilian side for a few hours at least.
You can also have a close look to the flora and fauna walking through
the Argentine catwalks in between the falls at the lower level or upper
level, discovering the amazing varieties of ferns, begonias, orchids,
birds, and butterflies. Guided excursion of the Argentinean side of
Iguazu Falls - This tour will introduce you to one of the wonders
of the world: the Iguazu falls. Visit to the Argentina side falls. They
are located inside Iguazu National Park, one of the first protected natural
areas in America, declared Natural Patrimony of Humankind by Unesco. We
will walk through the Inferior and Superior paths admiring the breathtaking
275 cascades, which spread across a gulf of nearly 2 miles and pour past
lush tropical vines as they crash into the waters below. After the walk
the will drive to Puerto Canoas and take a boat ride to the Devil's throat
observation deck to enjoy the most impressive view of the very heart of
Nautical Adventure Boat Excursion - Boat excursion to the Argentinean
and Brazilian side of the Falls, to admire the falls from the bottom.
Take a short walk down from the Inferior Path to board your speedboat
to San Martin Island. You will have a view of the Brazilian side of the
falls, navigate along the island shore for a view of the Argentine side
of the falls.
Day 26 - Iguassu Falls / Rio de Janeiro
American Breakfast at your hotel. Guided tour of the Brazil side of
Iguassu Falls - As the Das Cataratas Hotel is conveniently inside
the Iguassu National Park property, you will go in a guided walking tour
of the falls, considered to be one of the wonders of the world - Here
you will see the waters of the Paraná River plunge in 32 separate
falls over a 200 foot precipice two and a half miles wide. These colossal
waterfalls make the Niagara look like a tiny stream. For those staying
at a different one, transfers to and from the falls are included. Transfer
from hotel to the airport for departure. Flight from Iguassu Falls
to Rio De Janeiro. Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and
assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering. Rio de Janeiro
"The most beautiful city of the world" as the cariocas call
it, enjoys a turquoise sea, stunning lagoons, awesome mountains and gorgeous
sandy beaches. The best way to describe the Rio natives or cariocas is:
people with uncanny good humor and contagious happiness.
Samba Show at Plataforma 1 - Rio's nightlife has all you might
wish and can be compared to any other major city's nightlife in the world.
You will enjoy the allegoric Samba Show at the famous "Plataforma
1". Barbecue dinner is included.
Day 27 - Rio de Janeiro
American Breakfast at your hotel. Half-Day Excursion to Corcovado-
The mountain drive to Corcovado (2,400 ft. elevation) is a succession
of superb view sites from heavily forested heights of Tijuca - Chinese
View (1,300 ft.) and Emperor's Table (1,500 ft.) are particularly sublime.
Culminating in the exciting ascent to Rio's highest peak, the Corcovado
(Hunchback) with its majestic 125 ft. high statue of Christ the Redeemer
looking out over the entire city. There is a stiff climb (225 steps -
3 flights of stairs) from the lower level to the statue base and viewing
platform, so comfortable shoes should be worn.
Day 28 - Rio de
American Breakfast at your hotel. Half-Day Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour
- Drive to "Praia Vermelha" (Red beach), to take the two
stage car up to the top of Sugar Loaf (270 meters-high), which grants
the entrance to Rio's harbor and Guanabara Bay. The Italian made cable
car holds 80 passengers and each of the two stages takes two minutes.
The first stage is Morro da Urca with 170 meters, with a restaurant, amphitheatre
and heli-port. The second stage goes on the Sugar Loaf itself, thus named
for its resemblance to the loaves of sugar used by the Portuguese at the
time of the city's discovery. After an ascent to the summit, visitors
admire the superb view of the city and harbor. Transfer from hotel to
the airport for departure. Flight from Rio De Janeiro to USA. Arrive
home full of great memories of the Lake District, the passion of Tango,
the wondrous Iguazu falls, the rhythm of Samba, and the beauty of Rio
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