South America Highlights Itinerary

17 Nights / 18 Days

Day 1: Lima

Fly to Lima.

On arrival transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Lima (B)

Tour of the "City of the Kings". You will start in the Huaca Pucllana Archeological Center that operated between the 5th and 8th centuries.  Proceed to the historical centre, see the Plaza Mayor surrounded by the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace.  Proceed to the San Francisco Monastery, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture.  Drive through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.  Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Transfer from your hotel to the airportUpon arriving in Cuzco you will be transferred to your hotel.  Remainder of the morning at leisure.

This afternoon explore the magical capital of the Incas on a tour including a visit to Plaza Regocijo, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Convent Monastery.  The Santo Domingo Monastery was built over the Koricancha temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun.  According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold sheet and filled with golden representations of nature.  Then walk around the old town with its very narrow streets.  After seeing the most interesting sites of the city, you will drive to the countryside outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area: the cult centre of Sacsayhuaman, the Temple and Amphitheatre of Kenko, the Inca Baths of Tambomachay and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.

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Amazon Extension (OPTIONAL)

Extend your itinerary for a 2 night visit to one of our jungle lodges near Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon.  Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado for a 2 nights stay, then fly to Cuzco.  Separate itinerary available on request.

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Day 4: Cuzco (B,L)

Take a trip to the Urubamba valley; the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. The site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible.  After seeing the magnificent past of the area, stroll through the quaint streets of the present town.  Enjoy lunch at a nice hostelry in the countryside and continue to Pisac for an opportunity to bargain with vendors at its local handicrafts market, then back to Cuzco.

Day 5: Machu Picchu (B,L)

Transfer from the hotel to the station to board the rail coach for a train ride to Machu Picchu.  You will take a motor coach ascent to 'The Lost City of the Incas'.  Take a guided tour of the marvellous citadel visiting the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of The Three Windows, the Circulal Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds.  Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.  This afternoon return by train to Cuzco for overnight.

Day 6: Cuzco – Lima-Santiago (B)

Morning at leisure.

Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight via Lima to Santiago.  On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 7: Santiago (B)

Departure for a comprehensive city tour of Santiago.  We will start this tour at the San Francisco Church, which was built between 1572 and 1618.  We will then continue to the Palacio de la Moneda, current seat of government, followed by a visit to The Plaza de Armas, where we will see important national monuments, such as the Iglesia Catedral (The Cathedral Church), Correo Central (The Main Post Office) and the Municipalidad de Santiago (The City Hall).  We will continue our trip going to the Cerro Santa Lucía (the Santa Lucia Hill), where the city was founded in 1541.  We will cross the Mapocho River and pass through different residential districts giving us an overview of the city.  Return to the hotel.  Afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Santiago-Puerto Varas (B)

Transfer to the airport and connect by air to Puerto Montt.  On arrival transfer commence a tour of Puerto Montt and the picturesque town of Puerto Varas.

Day 9: Puerto Varas – Puella (B,D)

We will depart taking the Lakes Crossing service to Peulla and drive along the edge of Lake Llanquihue, near the Calbuco volcano, and then enter the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, from where we will be able to see the majesty of the Osorno Volcano, the waterfalls of Petrohué River and Lake Todos los Santos. We will sail the beautiful emerald-coloured waters of this lake where you will be able to appreciate the shore bordered by native forests, mountains, volcanoes, hills and waterfalls. vArrival to Peulla.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Peulla.

(NB During the months Oct-Mar, the Lake Crossing is done in 1 day Puerto Varas- Bariloche and an additional night is spent in Buenos Aires)

Day 10: Puella- Bariloche (B)

We will depart to cross the Vicente Pérez Rosales border point and then by bus up to Lake Frías from where we will sail to Puerto Blest.  After a short bus ride, we will continue sailing, crossing Lake Nahuel Huapi until we reach Puerto Pañuelo, where we will then continue on to Bariloche by bus

Day 11: Bariloche (B)

We will take a half day tour visiting the city, including Playa Bonita, from where we can see Huemul Island.  Later on, we will get to the foot of Campanario Hill.  You may take the chair lift to the top of the hill (optional).  We then continue onto the peninsula of Llao-Llao and here we will see Puerto Pañuelo.  We will cross the bridge to La Angostura which links Lakes Moreno, Nahuel and López Bay.  We will arrive to Punto Panorámico, a natural balcony with views over Lake Moreno and the Llao-Llao peninsula.  Afternoon at leisure.

Day 12: Bariloche – Buenos Aires (B)

Transfer to the airport and connect by air to Buenos Aires.  Transfer to your hotel.

Our half day afternoon tour will allow us to discover the city of Buenos Aires.  We will visit its Civic Centre: the impressive National Congress and May Square (Plaza de May) surrounded by Government House (Casa Rosada), the Metropolitan Cathedral and City Hall from colonial days (Cabildo).  We will visit the Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón); one of the world’s best know opera houses and the cultural pride of the “Porteños” (Buenos Aires natives). Next, we will tour the traditional Barrio of San Telmo where the magical atmosphere of the district will take you back in time.  (Sunday visits include the Flea Market).  We will then stop at La Boca, home of the first Italian immigrants and you will observe its picturesque and colourful architecture.  We will then continue to the residential neighborhood of Palermo and see Palermo Parks.  Finally, we will go to Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive district, with its famous cemetry where Evita is buried, elegant boutiques, gourmet restaurants and side walk cafés under ficus trees (gomeros).

Day 13: Buenos Aires (B)

Day at leisure to explore this fascinating city.

Day 14: Buenos Aires- Iguazu (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu.  On arrival commence a tour of the Argentine side of the falls. View the mighty Devils Throat Cataract.  Transfer across the border to the town of Foz do Iguassu on the Brazilian side

Day 15: Iguassu – Rio de Janeiro (B)

Morning tour to the Brazil side of the falls.  This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio.  Transfer on arrival to your hotel located in Copacabana .

Day 16: Rio de Janeiro (B)

Morning tour to one of the older parts of Rio called Cosme Velho, from where we take the train to the Corcovado Mountain with the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer (2.300ft above sea level).  A modern Swiss-made cogwheel rail climbs the mountain from its base at 15 meters almost to the summit at 710 meters.  The trip up takes approx. 17 minutes, at a maximum speed of 15km/h.  The trip down takes 22min. at a speed of 12km/h.  Return to your hotel.

This afternoon visit to the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the middle of the Guanabara Bay, from where one of the most breathtaking views of the city of Rio can be seen. (Take the two-stage car up to the top of the Mountain).  The tour also offers a panoramic tour to downtown Rio, which is a great opportunity to see some of the historical sites of the city such as the Cathedral and the Municipal Theatre.

Day 17: Rio de Janeiro (B)

Day at leisure.

Day 18: Rio de Janeiro (B)

You will be transferred to the airport.

Dates & Prices:

Dates: Departures Daily

Prices Per Person in US$

                                                     3 Star           4 Star           5 Star

2014 Jan-Dec  

Twin / Double                           $5050          $5330           $6100

Single room supplement       $1580          $1895           $2650