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. You'll proceed to the historical centre, see the Plaza Mayor surrounded by the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace. Then you're off to the San Francisco Monastery, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture, before driving through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
The afternoon is available at your leisure.
Day 3: Lima - Cuzco (B)
You'll transfer from the hotel to the airport, and fly through to Cuzco. Upon arriving, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the morning is at your leisure.
In the afternoon you'll 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 you'll walk around the old town with its very narrow streets. After seeing the most interesting sites of the city, you'll ride into 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.
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 night stay, then fly to Cuzco. Separate itinerary available on request.
Day 4: Cuzco (B/L)
Day 4 sees you 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, a 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)
A 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' and 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. You'll lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before returning by train to Cuzco for the night.
Day 6: Cuzco – Lima-Santiago (B)
Morning at your leisure before transfering to the airport for a connecting flight via Lima to Santiago. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 7: Santiago (B)
The tour of Santiago begins! You will start this tour at the San Francisco Church, which was built between 1572 and 1618, before continuing to the Palacio de la Moneda (current seat of government). Following this, 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). You will continue our trip going to the Cerro Santa Lucía (the Santa Lucia Hill), where the city was founded in 1541. You will cross the Mapocho River and pass through different residential districts giving us an overview of the city before returning to the hotel.
The afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 8: Santiago-Puerto Varas (B)
On Day 8 you transfer to the airport and connect by air to Puerto Montt. On arrival. your transfer commences with a tour of Puerto Montt and the picturesque town of Puerto Varas.
Day 9: Puerto Varas – Puella (B/D)
You will depart taking the Lakes Crossing service to Peulla and drive along the edge of Lake Llanquihue, near the Calbuco volcano, before entering the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Here you will be able to see the majesty of the Osorno Volcano, the waterfalls of Petrohué River and Lake Todos los Santos. You'll 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, before arriving in Peulla.
Here you'll experinece dinner and an overnight stay 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)
You'll depart to cross the Vicente Pérez Rosales border point and then by bus head up to Lake Frías from where you'll sail to Puerto Blest. After a short bus ride, you'll board and continue sailing, crossing Lake Nahuel Huapi until we reach Puerto Pañuelo, where you then continue on to Bariloche by bus.
Day 11: Bariloche (B)
A half day of exploring the city, including Playa Bonita, from where you can see Huemul Island. Later on, you will get to the foot of Campanario Hill. You may take the chair lift to the top of the hill (optional). You'll continue onto the peninsula of Llao-Llao and here see Puerto Pañuelo before crossing the bridge to La Angostura which links Lakes Moreno, Nahuel and López Bay. Arriving in Punto Panorámico, a natural balcony with views over Lake Moreno and the Llao-Llao peninsula in alte orning, you''ll have the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 12: Bariloche-Buenos Aires (B)
A transfer to the airport and connect by air to Buenos Aires. On arrival. transfer to your hotel.
A half day afternoon tour allows you to discover the city of Buenos Aires. You'll 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). You'll 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, you'll experience 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).
Before wrapping up the day, you'll stop at La Boca, home of the first Italian immigrants and you observe its picturesque and colourful architecture before heading through 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 of leisure to explore this fascinating city.
Day 14: Buenos Aires- Iguazu (B)
A transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. On arrival, you'll commence a tour of the Argentine side of the falls, and view the mighty Devils Throat Cataract. Next on the itinerary is a transfer across the border to the town of Foz do Iguassu on the Brazil side of the falls.
Day 15: Iguassu – Rio de Janeiro (B)
The morning tour sees a visit to Brazil side of the falls, before the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio. An arrival you'll be transfered to your hotel located in Copacabana.
Day 16: Rio de Janeiro (B)
The morning tour see you haed to one of the older parts of Rio called Cosme Velho, from where you will board a 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 metres, almost to the summit at 710 metres. 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. On descent, you'll return to your hotel.
In the afternoon, a 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 your leisure.
Day 18: Rio de Janeiro (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Dates & Prices:
Dates: Departures daily
Prices per person in USD$
3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Twin / Double $4395 $4795 $5890
Single room supplement $1650 $2020 $2830
NB. These prices are only valid if you are flying internationally to/from South America with LAN or TAM Airlines. Should you fly with another carrier a surcharge will apply.