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Individual Departures: Thursdays


43 Days Fully Guided:

5 Countries:  Ecuador – Peru – Bolivia –  Brazil – Argentina

- Visit Galapagos Islands

- Quito-Cuenca Avenue of the Volcanoes       

- Cusco - “Navel of the Universe”

- Mystical ‘Lost City of the Incas”

- Magnificent Andes crossing

- The amazing Colca Canyon

- Islands of Lake Titicaca

- The colourful and bustling La Paz

- Breathtaking Iguacu Falls

- Stunning and vibrant Rio de Janeiro

- Elegant and sophisticated Buenos Aires

This kaleidoscope of South America is unbeatable for value, offering you the very best of this diverse continent.

Quito - Rio de Janeiro

You will begin your adventure of discovery in Quito with the opportunity to visit the unique Galapagos Islands on this El Grande Tour. Visit the land of the Otavalo Indians, then a delightful overland journey to Cuenca including the famous “Devils Nose Railway”.

You'll then fly to Lima, Peru - the City of Kings. Here you have an afternoon to browse through the world famous Gold Museum before heading overland along the coast to Paracas and the mysterious Nasca Lines. Then on to the white city of Arequipa and a spectacular journey into the Colca Canyon, home of the mighty Condor. 

You'll arrive in the Andes and Cusco, the red-tiled capital of the Inca Empire, spending two days exploring the famous and mystical citadel. Cusco is the Heart of the Inca Empire, city of terracotta roofs and cobblestone streets.  Marvel at the precise Inca stone architecture and surrounding Inca ruins and discover the magical Sacred Valley and its fabulous Chinchero Indian market.  From here the magical ruins of Machu Picchu await you! We guarantee this will be a moment you will never forget.

Journey to Lake Titicaca. Lying at nearly 4000 metres above sea level, this is the largest lake in South America. Here you'll travel across the lake and the stark Altiplano enjoying spectacular scenery and dramatic landscapes all the way to colourful bustling La Paz, where traditional culture still shares the streets with glass towers and the traffic of life in the new millennium.

Afterwards we will enjoy the sophistication of stylish Buenos Aires before flying into the heart of South America to Iguacu Falls. 275 cascades falling in a wild array of spray over a winding 3km cliff face into the gorge 60 metres below!  Final stop is the experience of stunning and vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Spectacular views from the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, plus time to watch people on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

Inclusions:

- ALL travel as per itinerary – buses, boats, flights, transfers, and taxis

- ALL transfers as per itinerary     

- ALL accommodation (twin share) with private facilities in comfortable 4 Star hotels

- ALL entrance fees and sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary

- Breakfasts daily, 7 lunches & 4 dinners

- Services of s Professional Tour Manager (subject to a minimum of 10 people travelling)

- Services of local English speaking guides

- Airfares Quito/Galapagos return, Galapagos Cruise with all meals & shore.

Exclusions:

- Meals not specified as above.  It is necessary to allow USD$35-45 per day to cover this.

- Insurance

- Visa fees

- Medical expenses

- Tips & airport taxes ( allow US$270)

- Optional sightseeing and personal expenses

- Galapagos Park entrance fee of US$100 which must be paid in US cash on arrival.

All flights are with economy scheduled airlines, Lan Chile, Lan Peru, TAM, Lan Argentina. All flights are booked by South America Journeys and all LAN  flights are eligible for Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

Notes:

1.  Visas are not necessary for New Zealand passport holders.

2.  Yellow Certificate required / Malarials not required.

All costs are subject to airline increases and currency fluctuations.