The Best of South America tour

DAY 1

Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Transfer in from Airport to hotel

A bilingual chauffer will be waiting for you at the airport with your name on a board to take you to the hotel.

 

Evening Tango Class

There is a saying: "It takes one lesson to learn Tango and a lifetime to improve it." An individual Tango Class is provided for you by experienced Tango teachers for you to experience the passion and sensuality of Tango.

 

Dinner at the famous Chiquilín Restaurante

Here you will be able to enjoy the world famous Argentine beef and Malbec Wine.

 

 

DAY 2

City Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up by a local guide and given a tour around the city and its surroundings that will allow you to discover its spirit, its mystique and its charm. The following areas will be visited: Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta Cemetery.

 

Tango Show with Dinner at “El Querandí”

Carlos Gardel is recognized as one of the most important singers and actors of the 19th century. Born in France, he came to Argentina as a child. Here he came to fame singing Tango in the many theatres of Buenos Aires.You will enjoy a Gala Dinner show of dance and singing dedicated to this icon whose voice has now been registered by UNESCO.

 

 

DAY 3

Gaucho Party at the Estancia Santa Susana

Today you will be taken out to the pampas of Buenos Aires to a typical ranch were you will be able to enjoy and gain an insight to the “Gaucho” culture. Gauchos are the famous horsemen (descended from the native Indians and Spanish settlers) who work the ranches of Argentina who have a clearly defined culture that manifests itself through folklore, music, dance and sport.

At the Gaucho party the following activities take place:

Wine and Empanada Reception

Visit to the Estancia museum and Church

Horse and sulky trips

Typical Argentine BBQ with wine

Folklore show with Malambo

Show of Gaucho horsemanship.

The services of a bilingual tour guide

 

 

DAY 4

Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

Breakfast

 

Transfer to Airport

Arrival at the airport. Welcome to the town of Igauzu, this small sleepy town is the gateway to the Mighty Iguazu Falls.

You will be met by our English speaking staff and Transfer to your selected Hotel.

 

Brazilian Falls tour

In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken across the Argentine –Brazilian border and enter the Iguazu National Park on the Brazil side. Here you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Falls during a walking tour through the passages that connect the different observation points.

Similar to football, the Brazilians and Argentines argue which side has the best view of the Falls. What is clear is that both sides are different and spectacular in their own unique way. You can decide for yourself, which side you are most impressed with.

 

 

DAY 5

IGUAZU FALLS

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Argentine Falls Tour

Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls. During the tour you will get ‘up, close and intimate’ with views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazu River. Our guide will show you the hidden gems of this unique National Park in the lower and upper walkways and will take you off the beaten path to show you the best views. Trails through the 210 square mile reserve provide visitors with various views of the Falls, especially the largest one, Devil's Throat.. The mist over the Devil's Throat is such that endless rainbows are formed.Expect to be get wet today and fell exhilarated with the spray and close contact with the sheer power of the falls.

The ecological train ride is included in the tour.

 

Options available: Jet boat ride under the falls at a cost of US$75 is available for purchase on day of visit whilst in the park.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

 

 

DAY 6

Iguazù - Foz de Iguaçu – Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

 

Welcome to Brazil!

Upon arrival, transfer to your selected hotel.

 

Night at leisure in Rio.

 

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacaban, Ipanema and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ("Cristo Redentor") atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cablecar; the Sambodromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracana Stadium, one of the worlds largest football stadiums.

 

 

DAY 7

Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Morning tour to the Corcovado, located at Floresta da Tijuca. From the Cristo Redentor statue enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Then visit the Botanical Garden and the south district beaches.

 

Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 8

Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

 

Morning city tour including the Sugar Loaf.

Visit to the famous soccer stadium, Maracana and the historical downtown area. Then we visit the Urca neighborhood and board the cable-car up to go up the “Pan de Azucar”where we can see a spectacular view of the city and the surrounding mountains.

 

Afternoon at leisure.

 

 

DAY 9

Rio de Janeiro – Lima

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Time at leisure until the departure for the airport to board the outbound flight. We arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru. Transfer to your selected hotel. You have the Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the rich history, great museums and delicious cusine of this Inca City.

Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru . Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Today, around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan area.

Lima is home to one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12, 1551 during Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.

 

 

DAY 10

Lima – Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival transfer to your selected hotel.

 

Rest of the morning at leisure.

The City of Cuzco has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Situated at 3,400 m above sea level, it is located in a fertile alluvial valley fed by several rivers in the heart of the Central Peruvian Andes of South America. Under the rule of Inca Pachacuteq (Tito Cusi Inca Yupanqui), in the 15th century, the city was redesigned and remodelled after a pre-Inca occupation process of over 3,000 years, and became the capital of the Tawantinsuyu Inca Empire, which covered much of the South American Andes between the 15th and 16th centuries AD

In the afternoon, we take a city that visits: the Koricancha Temple or Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of PucaPucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.

 

 

DAY 11

Cusco – Urubamba – Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Today we take a full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of Urubamba to visit the village of Pisac and its colorful market where artisans from the area congregate to sell their crafts. We continue on to Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire, an excellent example of military architecture.

 

The Urubamba Valley, or Sacred Valley of the Incas, is a setting of picturesque communities, impressive terraces and many important archeological sites. Dominated by the imposing peaks of the Vilcanota mountain range, the valley has been the storehouse for agricultural products for the city of Cuzco since Inca times, and today is famous for being home to maize cobs, the sacred food of the Incas, with the largest kernels in the world.

 

The valley includes the area between the Inca communities of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo is a  typical Inca community located 21 km from Urubamba at 2,800 meters above sea level, named in honor of the chief Ollanta, who was famous for courting an Inca princess, daughter of Pachacutec. One of its best-preserved areas, known as Hanan Haucaypata lies north of the main square and contains 15 estates built with elegantly crafted stonewalls.

Ollantaytambo also features an extensive archaeological site located on the imposing hillside overlooking the town, containing structures such as the Temple of the Sun, and the Manacaray or Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Banos de la Princesa.

 

 

DAY 12

Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco  

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Early transfer to the station on time to catch the train to Machu Picchu, citadel hidden in the exuberant vegetation of the jungle from the Spanish expansion and discovered only in 1911 by the American Hiram Bingham. After a 3 hour train ride, we arrive to Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of the Lost City will start.

Embedded within a dramatic landscape at the meeting point between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization. Recognized for outstanding cultural and natural values, the mixed World Heritage property covers 32,592 hectares of mountain slopes, peaks and valleys surrounding its heart, the spectacular archaeological monument of “La Ciudadela” (the Citadel) at more than 2,400 meters above sea level. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century. It was not until 1911 that the archaeological complex was made known to the outside world.
Overnight.

 

 

DAY 13

Cusco – Lima

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Lima.

Upon arrival, transfer to selected hotel.

 

In the afternoon, we take a 3-hour city tour including the historical centre of Lima: the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral at Plaza Mayor. We visit the Art Museum at the Cathedral and the 17th century Convent of San Francisco. Before returning to the hotel , we also visit the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Overnight. (B)

 

 

DAY 14

Lima

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home or continue with extensions.

INCLUDED:

- Accommodation at the mentioned hotels daily with local taxes (21%) included for the specified number of nights

- Breakfast

- Transfers and tours as specified in the itinerary

- Meals were specified

- Seat in bus/train services

- Local Bilingual speaking guide

NOT INCLUDED:

- International or domestic fights. Air tickets Bue-Igr-Rio-Lim-Cuz-Lim

- National Park Fee entrances: usd 63 per person

 

 

 

 

14 Days

Summary: BUENOS AIRES, IGUAZU FALLS, RIO DE JANEIRO, LIMA- PERU, CUSCO & MACHU PICCHU

Description: This 14 day Best of South America tour package enables you to experience the Gems of South America from the magic of Buenos Aires & Rio, the splendor of Iguazu Falls and the unforgettable Machu Picchu.

Departs: Every Day

 

 

FROM US$ 4435

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