Departures: Thursdays 23 Aug 2012
02 May, 30 May, 18 Jul & 22 Aug 2013
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
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. The opportunity to visit the unique Galapagos Islands on the El Grande Tour. Visit the land of the Otavalo Indians, then a delightful overland journey to Cuenca including the famous “Devils Nose Railway”.Fly to Lima Peru, City of Kings. Here you have an afternoon to browse through the world famous Gold Museum .Overland along the coast to Paracas then the mysterious Nasca Lines. Then to the white city of Arequipa and a spectacular journey into the Colca Canyon, home of the mighty Condor.
Then arriving in the Andes and Cusco the red-tiled capital of the Inca Empire. Spend 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.Discover the magical Sacred Valley –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. 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 enjoying 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 60metres below! We now experience the 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.
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 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
Meals not specified as above. It is necessary to allow USD$35-45 per day to cover this. Insurance
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
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.