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Splendours of South America

26 days Fully Guided

 

Departures:   

2014    10 May,  21 June, 02 Aug, 06 Sept                     

 

The Best of Peru – Amazon & Andes, Bolivia – Argentina – Brazil

Start this amazing adventure in Lima. Explore the capital of Peru – also known as City of Kings. From here, it’s straight into the Amazon Jungle. If you are looking for a more in depth Amazon experience, then the Tambopata Research Center suits you best. After staying the first night at Refugio Amazonas, you'll continue on to one of the largest known macaw claylick and explore the trails of the Tambopata Research Center in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve. A rule in the Amazon states that the further away from the cities you go and the longer you stay in the forest, the better chances you will have to observe the wildlife.

Then on to Cusco, the fabled Navel of the Universe, to explore the Inca Empire – still alive today. A great opportunity to hike the legendary Inca Trail to the 'lost city of the incas' Machu Picchu exists. For those not wishing to take up the challenge of the Inca Trail we have an exciting alternative programme through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting local markets, Inca Sites and a train trip to Machu Picchu where you stay overnight.  

Leaving Machu Picchu behind, we travel across the altiplano to Puno, on the shores of tranquil Lake Titicaca, where you can experience life on the floating reed islands while visiting the Uros Indians. A Stop overnight in sleepy Copacabana on the lake ensues, where you will visit the scenic and tranquil Island of the Sun – the legendary birthplace of the sun as it rose out of the lake.

We then take a picture postcard route to La Paz situated 3900 metres above sea level and where ancient cultures meet the new millineum.  This bustling city is unique, with bowler-hatted ladies selling their fruit and veges on the pavement outside towering skyscrapers.

From La Paz we fly into stylish Buenos Aires where you can enjoy a tango show and an enormous juicy steak. 

Then its onto the Iguacu Falls. 275 cascades fall in a wild array of spray over a winding 3km cliff face into the gorge 60 metres below - an impressive sight! 

We finish up in stunning and vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Revere in the spectacular views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, and watch the people on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches below.

There are no unpleasant surprises once you are in South America - you know before you leave exactly what this trip of a life time costs, and it is a bonus not having to dip into your money belt all the time to pay for 'EXTRAS' like you may experience with 'other' companies. We pride ourselves on being totally upfront before you leave. 

Compare our inclusions for yourself – detailed on our Trip Dossier.

Cost Includes:

- ALL flights within South America                                 

- 2 dinners and 2 lunches       

- ALL accommodation with breakfasts

- ALL transport (boats, buses, taxis, trains etc)         

- ALL entrance fees as per itinerary                              

- ALL camping fees, tents, sleeping mats on the trek

- ALL national park entrance fees                                 

- ALL food during Inca Trail

- ALL sightseeing as per itinerary                                 

- ALL transfers as per itinerary                           

- Services of experienced local guides Inca Trail 

- Services of porters to carry gear on Inca Trail; NB: 4.5kg limit on all treks. rest of gear is left at hotel.

- Services of experienced Tour Leader                        

- Services of English speaking local guides

- Farewell Dinner & Tango Show in Buenos Aires

Does not include:

Airport Taxes & Tips allow US$150 per person.

Insurance - Laundry - Personal Spending - Medical Expenses.   

Tour Leaders:  

Our experienced bi-lingual tour leaders travel with the group departures (subject to a minimum of 6 people travelling). 

Accommodation:

We use comfortable 3 star hotels throughout.  All rooms have their own private bathroom. Hotels are chosen for their location and service, and most have free WIFI.

Tipping:

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.  At the start of the tour your Tour Manager will explain the tipping system and will coordinate all tipping on behalf of the group to cover the local guides, drivers and porters.  

Personal Spending:

We suggest you allow for US$35-45 per day to cover incidentals, laundry, and meals not included in the inclusions.

Group Size: 

Groups are limited to a maximum of 15 people.