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SOUTH AMERICA- 17 DAYS

South America is so much more than you might expect – an extraordinary diversity of Andean cultures, of ancient ruins, stately colonial cities and colourful Indian villages, of spectacular landscapes, amazing wildlife and wilderness, art, handicrafts and cuisine.

In the last decade South America has developed into a world leading travel destination. Luxury and boutique hotels have been built in major cities as well as in remote wilderness areas (Amazon rainforest, Chiloe Island, Patagonia and Atacama Desert to name four). Customer service is often better than it is here, and the cuisine world leading (Central in Lima has been voted the world’s 4th best). The infrastructure has been built to enable safe and comfortable exploration of this incredibly diverse continent.

Flights with Qantas, LATAM Airlines (our airline of preference) and Air New Zealand mean access has never been better.

Each country (e.g. ArgentinaBoliviaBrazilChile, ColombiaEcuador (Galapagos Islands), GuyanaPeruUruguay or Venezuela) has its own identity and special attractions and the breadth of travel experiences awaiting you is almost limitless. We know the joy of travelling to these fascinating destinations and, with so much to discover, a dedicated specialist with firsthand knowledge can design a holiday created around your personal preferences. See About Us for more information as to how we can help you realise your dreams.


 
DAY 1   RIO DE JANEIRO        
Private services with English speaking guide
Welcome to RIO! Arrival in Rio de Janeiro International Airport. You will be met inside the Arrivals Hall by our staff that will assist with luggage collection, before escorting you to your vehicle for the direct transfer to downtown where your hotel is located. At night you will enjoy a dinner with a traditional SAMBA SHOW
Check in at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure until dinner at the hotel
Rio is the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America. Part of
the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", identified by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 in the category Cultural Landscape.
Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Windsor Copa Hotel (4-star hotel)
Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 335 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22020-002, Brasil
DAY 2  RIO DE JANEIRO         
Private services with english speaking guide
After breakfast, our guide will meet you in the hotel to start a full day tour to the best of Rio, including Corcovado and Sugar
Loaf. Full day tour from 9 to 5:30 PM
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Windsor Copa Hotel (4-star hotel)
Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 335 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22020-002, Brasil
DAY 3 RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUAZU       
Private services with English speaking guide
Free time until we pick you up by the hotel a couple hours before your flight to Iguazú departs After your flight, our staff will meet you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel.
Iguazú is an important destination because of the waterfalls of the Iguazú River on the border of the Argentina province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. This natural attraction is considered one of the most important of the world: named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazú. Most of
the falls are on the Argentine side.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Cataratas (4-star hotel)
Ruta Nacional 12 Km. 4, 3370 Puerto Iguazú, Misiónes - Argentina
DAY 4  IGUAZU            
Tour from 9am to 5pm aprox      Private services with english speaking guide
In the morning, after breakfast, our guide will be waiting for you at the hotel reception.
See the mighty Iguazú Falls from every angle of the Argentinian side on a full-day tour from Puerto Iguazú. Take a walk through the mist at the base of the falls, then follow the upper path for amazing panoramic views.
Don't forget your camera, as there’s nothing quite like this natural wonder, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. You’ll be amazed as 400,000 gallons (1.5 million liters) of water a second plummet onto the rocks below in a network of more than 270 waterfalls!
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Cataratas (4-star hotel)
Ruta Nacional 12 Km. 4, 3370 Puerto Iguazú, Misiónes - Argentina
DAY 5 IGUAZU - BUENOS AIRES        
Private services with English speaking guide
It’s time to visit the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls! After breakfast, you will check out and take your entire luggage with us to visit the National Park from the Brazilian side. We will save your stuff while you enjoy this half day excursion.
From the argentine side we could see the falls from very close. In the other hand, Brazilian side of the falls offers a panoramic view of the falls from further, where you can truly enjoy the magnificence of this natural wonder
Iguassu is taller than Niagara Falls – and twice as wide – and consists of 275 cascading falls spread out over nearly 2 miles (3.2 km) in a horseshoe shape. The average flow of the waterfalls amounts to approximately 2.6 million gallons (10 million liters) of water per second.
At the scheduled time, we will take you straight to the airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires.
Reception in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. We will pick you up later to take you to a TANGO SHOW, including dinner. From 8pm to 11:45pm
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Scala (4-star hotel)
Bernardo de Irigoyen 740, C1072AAP Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
DAY 6   BUENOS AIRES         
Tour from 9 am to 12:30pm        Private services with English speaking guide
After having breakfast in the hotel, our guide will meet you at the reception to start a half day city tour
You will discover the beauty and magic of Buenos Aires. Starting from Colón Theatre, continuing by 9 de Julio Avenue (The widest street in the World) you can see the symbolic Obelisk. Then you will visit Plaza de Mayo (Square) This journey
continues southwards, walking along old-stoned streets of San Telmo: “Tango” neighborhood. Following the same direction, we arrive to La Boca neighborhood. There we find Boca Juniors Football Stadium, which is the maximum example of
Argentina’s Passion: Football. We will visit Caminito: the most tourist place of the area. Puerto Madero: panoramic view. We will visit Palermo, which is a residential neighborhood with parks and elegant buildings.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Scala (4-star hotel)
Bernardo de Irigoyen 740, C1072AAP Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
DAY 7   BUENOS AIRES - EL CALAFATE        
Private services with English speaking guide
At the agreed time, we will pick you up to take you to Aeroparque Airport, located in the city. We will assist you checking in for your flight to El Calfate. This is a city in Patagonia, Argentina. It is located in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province. The name of the city is derived from a little bush with yellow flowers and dark blue berries that is very common in Patagonia: the calafate. This town is an important tourist destination as the hub to visit different parts of Los Glaciares National Park, including Perito Moreno Glacier
The local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hosteria La Estepa (3-star superior hotel)
Av. del Libertador Gral. San Martín 5310, 9405 El Calafate, Santa Cruz
 
DAY 8  EL CALAFATE  
Tour from 08:30am to 6pm         Private services with English speaking guide
Get ready for one of the most important places of Argentina: Perito Moreno Glacier. After breakfast, our guide will pick you up by the hotel reception. During the 40 minutes ride to the glacier our guide will give you a very interesting talk about glaciation and local landscape: steppe. The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This ice field is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. We will give you some free time to enjoy the magnificent view, walking by the panoramic footpaths.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hosteria La Estepa
Av. del Libertador Gral. San Martín 5310, 9405 El Calafate, Santa Cruz
DAY 9    EL CALAFATE
Tour from 08:30am to 6pm         Private services with English speaking guide
After breakfast we will go to Los Glaciares National Park by Route Nr 11. We will skirt the main body of Argentino Lake to Banderas Port, where, we will get on a modern catamaran to sail Brazo Norte and Brazo Upsala among icebergs towards the glacier with the same name. We will go on to Onelli bay to land and after a walk through the woods we will appreciate Onelli Lake as well as Onelli , Bolados and Agassiz Glaciers. Return to port and then to El Calafate
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hosteria La Estepa
Av. del Libertador Gral. San Martín 5310, 9405 El Calafate, Santa Cruz
DAY 10  EL CALAFATE - PUERTO NATALES   
Private services with English speaking guide
Meet our guide after breakfast and take your entire luggage before our way to Chile!
Getting to Puerto Natales might take around 6 hours, depending on amount of people willing to cross the borders where you will have to show your passport.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Costaustralis (4-star hotel)
Pedro Montt 262, Puerto Natales, XII Magallanes y Antartica Chilena, Chile
DAY 11  PUERTO NATALES - TORRES DEL PAINE    
Tour from 08:30am to 6pm         Private services with English speaking guide
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will start one of the greatest excursions of the tour. We will visit Torres del Paine National Park, called by a lot of travelers as an earthly paradise
This national park encompasses mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales.
The Torres del Paine are the peaks of the mountain range, Cerro Paine. They extend 3,050 meters above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine.
This is the best way to know the National Park by visiting its most famous highlights while enjoying some beautiful walks
where you will be surrounded by the flora and fauna facing the marvelous mountains that form part of the Paine Massif.  
Breakfast and vegetarian lunch (water included)
Hotel Costaustralis (4-star hotel)
Pedro Montt 262, Puerto Natales, XII Magallanes y Antartica Chilena, Chile
DAY 12 PUERTO NATALES - PTA ARENAS - PTO MONTT      
 Private services with English speaking guide
In the morning, we will start our way to Punta Arenas Airport. We visit Seno Otway Penguin Reserve on the way. Once in
Punta Arenas we will taking our flight to Puerto Montt. Once in Puerto Montt, the guide will we waiting to take you to the hotel
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Cabañas del Lago (4-star hotel)
Klener 195, Puerto Varas, X Región, Chile
DAY 13 LAKES CROSSING - BARILOCHE       
Private services with English speaking guide
08.00 hrs. Departure from Puerto Varas.
The tour will then follow onto Petrohue, bordering Llanquihue Lake. Throughout the journey on route, you will be able to enjoy imposing sights of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. Entrance to Vicente Perez National Park, place in where you will visit the Petrohue falls (tickets not included), impressive volcanic rock shapes, in which the esmerald green water covers.
10.30 hrs. Set sail to Peulla, navegating Todos los Santos Lake, if the weather permits it you will keep on enjoying the scenery of Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes and Tronador Hill.
12.15 hrs. Arrival to Peulla, ecological Village, paradise for the nature lovers. Here you will have lunch (not included).
After lunch, we will board a bus with destination to Puerto Frias, Customs procedures to exit Chile and enter into Argentina. We will cross the Andes Mountains at only 976 metres over sea level. We will start to go down road to Puerto Frías, and navigate through the lake that takes the same name: Lago Frias (Lake Frias) and head journey onto Puerto Alegre, place in where we will board a bus to Puerto Blest.
15.00 hrs. Cascada Los Cantaros Tour (included)
17.15 hrs. Depart from Puerto Blest, this will be our last navigation through Nahuel Huapi Lake with destination to Puerto Pañuelo.
Transfer to Bariloche
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Cacique Inacayal (4-star hotel)
Juan Manuel de Rosas 625, R8400ADG San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro
DAY 14  BARILOCHE   
Private services with English speaking guide
After breakfast, and around 10 am, we will start a Circuito Chico excursion, to visit Bariloche Area. This Bariloche short circuit tour - locally known as “Circuito Chico” - is a half day tour that will show you the best of Bariloche and its surrounding landscapes including the breathtaking panoramic views of the Andes and the fabulous Lake Nahuel Huapi.
This classic Bariloche small circuit tour will take you along the coast of Nahuel Huapi Lake, passing through stunning scenery before reaching the foot of Mount Campanario. From here you will be able to catch the ski lift to the mountain top and at 1,050m above sea level, enjoy the spectacular views of the Nahuel Huapi Lake district and National Park. The Bariloche small circuit tour passes through some of Patagonia’s must-see attractions, such as Playa Bonita, the San Pedro Peninsula, the Llao Llao National Park and the Angostura Bridge, where the Moreno Lake meets Lake Nahuel Huapi.
Get prepared to see the best views of Bariloche and book a tour of the surrounding area of Lake Nahuel Huapi. The Small
Circuit tour will show you some of the best hidden gems Bariloche has to offer. Return to hotel around 2 pm.
 
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Cacique Inacayal (4-star hotel)
Juan Manuel de Rosas 625, R8400ADG San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro
DAY 15 BARILOCHE - BUENOS AIRES - LIMA 
Private services with English speaking guide
At the agreed time, we will transfer you to Bariloche Airport. Connection in Buenos Aires is needed to get to Lima in Peru. Once in Lima, our guide will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel Casa Andina San Antonio (3-star hotel)
Av 28 de Julio 1088, Miraflores LIMA18, Perú
DAY 16 LIMA - CUSCO
Private services with English speaking guide
After breakfast, transfer to airport to take flight to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to Hotel. After check in, we will start a half day city tour of Cusco. This fabulous half day tour takes you around all the most important sites of Cusco.
Including visits to Cusco's Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) and the various Inca sites found outside of the city you get to see an incredible mixture of Inca and Spanish-style and in the case of Qoricancha, the two combined.
Cusco is truly a fascinating place to visit; providing a blend of the two cultures (Inca and Spanish) the city has a look and feel about it that is completely different to the rest of Peru. This tour is a must-do when visiting Cusco and is usually
one of the first ports of call for all visiting tourists.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel San Agustín (3-star superior hotel)
Calle San Agustin, Cusco, Perú
DAY 17 CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY    
Tour from 8am to 5pm   Private services with English speaking guide
Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day excursion from Cusco. Travel to the scenic town of Pisac where you'll visit the local market and see mass if traveling on a Sunday. Then, head over to the ruins of the Ollantayambo Fortress and the Temple of the Sun, a mysteriously built structure with massive 12 foot (3.5m) tall stones.
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel San Agustín (3-star superior hotel)
Calle San Agustin, Cusco, Perú
DAY 18 CUSCO - MACHU PICCHU      
Tour from 8am to 5pm   Private services with english speaking guide
Take a day trip to breathtaking Machu Picchu from Cusco. Visit the world-famous Incan ruins and learn about the city, its history and the people who once lived there. Ideal for first-time visitors, families (non-strenuous hiking) and individual travelers, this once in a lifetime experience is a must-do when visiting Peru!
Breakfast + Indian or vegetarian dinner (water included)
Hotel San Agustín (3-star superior hotel)
Calle San Agustin, Cusco, Perú
DAY 19 CUSCO           
Private services with English speaking guide
Free time until transfer to Cusco Airport. Arrival in Lima and City Tour until transfer back to Airport
Breakfast
 
INCLUDED:
Excursions and services mentioned
Entrance fee to National Parks visited
Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
24-hours phone assistance
Private transportation with english speaking guide
NOT INCLUDED:
Air tickets
Tips                             
Reciprocity fees or visas to the visited countries
 
IMPORTANT: US, Canadian and Australian citizens have to pay a reciprocity fee to enter to Argentina. Check:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf
Remember that a passport is required for all international flights. Please make sure you check the regulations or immigration requirements every time you make an international trip, as these regulations are constantly changing.
Check VISA requirements to enter to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Ecuador.
If you are travelling to Iguazu Falls crossing the border to see the Brazilian side of the falls, remember to check Visa requirements. Please Note that it is your responsibility to hold all entry, departure and health documents and any other document required by the destination country. If you are not sure what the immigration requirements are, we recommend you check with the consulate / embassy of the destination country


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