Highlights of South America With Patagonia Cruise

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Day 1: Santiago
Day 2: Santiago
Day 3: Valparaiso
Day 4: Patagonia Cruise
Day 5: Patagonia Cruise
Day 6: Patagonia Cruise
Day 7: Patagonia Cruise
Day 8: Buenos Aires
Day 9: Buenos Aires
Day 10: Buenos Aires
Day 11: Rio de Janeiro
Day 12: Rio de Janeiro
Day 13: Rio de Janeiro

Day 14: Iguassu Falls (Brazil side)
Day 15: Iguassu Falls (Argentina side)
Day 16: Lima
Day 17: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 18: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 19: Machu Picchu
Day 20: Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 21: Cusco
Day 22: Cusco
Day 23: Altiplano (Highlands) / Lake Tititcaca
Day 24: Lake Tititcaca
Day 25: Depart Lake Tititcaca

  • Day 1 - ARRIVE SANTIAGO

    On arrival to Santiago de Chile you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Private Transfer)

  • Day 2 - SANTIAGO

    Santiago de Chile was founded in 1541 by the Spanish Conqueror Pedro de Valdivia who was sent by the conqueror of the Incas, Pizzaro, to establish a new capital in the fast growing Spanish Empire in the New World. Much of the core layout as designed by the master builder Pedro de Gamboa remains to this day. During the half day city tour you will visit key locations where the rich history of the city played out. Santiago city is the perfect blend between the old colonial style and modern architecture, characteristics that make the city on of the most interesting in South America. The tour begins with a visit to San Cristobal Hill. Rising 880 mts / 2640 ft over the city – the second highest natural point in Santiago, you are offered panoramic views of the city. You then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city has a plaza de armas as when cities were founded the center was also were the armory and military base was established – hence the name “Plaza de Armas”. Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. You will also visit some the original colonial neighborhoods such as Concha y Toro Square. Characterized by its cobbled streets and old mansions that reflect the elegance and richness of the early twentieth century the neighborhood grew to prominence between 1870 and 1876 with the influx of wealth as a result of mining and the discovery of Silver. Many Chileans achieved great wealth, including Enrique Concha y Toro founder of the famed winery. Then onto the eastern part of the city and the more modern side of Santiago.

    End of the tour and transfer to the hotel. (B.) (Private Tour)

  • Day 3 - SANTIAGO - VALPARAISO

    This morning your tour will depart from Santiago to the coastline located 120 kilometers of Santiago, passing through the fertile “Curacaví and Casablanca Valleys”, its vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves. During the route, you will visit two important cities, “Viña del Mar”, the main resort of Chile and “Valparaíso”, a port city founded in the XVI century and declared “World heritage by UNESCO”. The promenade includes a panoramic tour by the emblematic places of Valparaíso, such as “National Congress”, “O’Higgins Park”, “Italia Park”, “Victoria Square”, “Sotomayor Square” and “Prat” dock located in the same port. You will then visit the Museum of the famous Chilean poet and writer and Nobel prize-winning in Literature (1971), Pablo Neruda named “Casa Museo La Sebastiana”. In the house, collections of old and navy maps and other paintings are kept. There are many other relics of the port and strange objects, such as music boxes and an antique carved wooden carousel horse. You will then walk through the wonderful viewpoints “Atkinson” and “Gervasoni” located in the most important hills of Valparaíso, “Cerro Alegre” and “Cerro Concepción”. You will also use its old and picturesque cable cars, the trolleybuses, which are still connecting this city. You will continue this beautiful route in front of the sea to arrive at the city of Viña del Mar, which is very well-known as the “Garden City”, fine. You will then walk past the picturesque “Flower Clock” and go through the “Peru Avenue” with its traditional “Casino” and fine “Hotel Del Mar”, which is the first of Chile, founded in 1930. Finally, you will be able to see and take a picture of an authentic Moai from the Easter Island, located on the outside of the important “Museum of Paleontology and Anthropology Fonck”. Return to the Hotel. (B.) (Private Tour)

  • Day 4 - SANTIAGO – PUNTA ARENAS

    Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas.

    Upon arrival we will transfer you to your selected cruise.

    Board the brand new M/V Ventus Australis cruise ship at 18:00. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. (B. D.) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 5 - AINSWORTH BAY - TUCKERS ISLETS

    At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony’s unpredictable movements.

    Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay. (B. L. D.)

  • Day 6 - PIA GLACIER - GLACIER ALLEY

    We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we’ll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley. (B. L. D.)

  • Day 7 - CAPE HORN - WULAIA BAY

    We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

    In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint. (B. L. D.)

  • Day 8 - USHUAIA – BUENOS AIRES

    Welcome to Ushuaia.

    Upon disembarkation we will transfer you from your cruise to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

    The elegant Capital of Argentina, with over 3 million Porteños – as the residents are called, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B.) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 9 - BUENOS AIRES

    This morning enjoy a tour of the city, that portrays many faces of Buenos Aires: we will visit the symbol of our city, the Obelisk, El Cabildo, Casa Rosada (Argentinian Presidencial office) and El Congress squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Alvear; Avenida De Mayo, Corrientes and 9 de Julio among other avenues; La Boca and San Telmo, historic neighborhoods, the magnificent Palermo and Recoleta areas and modern neighborhoods like Puerto Madero, Dorrego square; Lezama Park and Tres de Febrero or Palermo woods (known as Bosques de Palermo) along with the Ecologic Reserve of the ‘Costanera Sur’ and the commercial and financial areas of the city.

    This evening, you will be taken to dinner and Tango show, where you’ll discover why the tango became one of the most elegant and sensual dances in the world. (B. D.) (Private Tour)

  • Day 10 - BUENOS AIRES

    Day at leisure. Revisit some of your favourite places in the city today, shop for leatherwear and designer clothes. Get acquainted with the "Paris of South America" and its distinct European flavour, free to treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurants. (B.)

  • Day 11 - BUENOS AIRES - RIO DE JANERIO

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio. Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s ‘cidade maravilhosa’. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, which is situated in the lively Copacabana Beach zone. (B.) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 12 - RIO DE JANEIRO

    Today enjoy a full day tour, beginning with Corcovado to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Passing by some of Rios beaches and by Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and proceeding as far as Cosme Velho Station to board a cog-train for the ride through Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain. The train ride takes 20 minutes and is a wonderful opportunity for a closer look to the forest lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado and then proceeding up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, passengers will descend by train and head to a restaurant for lunch. Proceeding after lunch along Rios beaches as far as Urca District to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Then coming down and proceeding along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park as far as downtown. Visiting downtown area, passing by the financial and business center and by other attractions such as the City Palace, Candelaria Church, Metropolitan Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theatre, National Libraryand by the Samba Rome, site of Rios famous Carnival parade, and then you will return to your hotel. (B. L.) (Shared Guide)

  • Day 13 - RIO DE JANEIRO

    Enjoy today at leisure and discover all of the delights of Rio on your own. Watch the volleyball and soccer matches on the beach, shop for local crafts, and linger at a waterfront café to just "people-watch". (B.)

  • Day 14 - RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUASSU FALLS (Brazil side)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. On arrival you will be transferred to the entrance of the National Park of Iguaçu. Once arrive at the park entrance to go through the guess entrance and return to the vehicle at the other side of the visitor center. From there you will be taken to the entrance of the park to the beginning of the trail of the Iguassu Falls, which takes about 20 minutes. The Trail is about 1400 meters long and has some steps along the way. At First you will experience a panoramic view of the falls, and as the walk through the tail they will get closer and closer to the falls. Approaching the end of the walk they will go on a catwalk that takes then to the middle of the Iguassu Falls. Following by a visit to the famous Bird Park, the biggest in Latin America, which focused in the preservation and the reproduction of native and non-native birds and other animals. With 16 ha of native jungle, the park houses around 900 birds of 150 different species, in addition to butterflies, marmosets, alligators, boa constrictors and hummingbirds. The tour takes place in a 1 mile walking trail that take visitors around and even inside some of the aviaries, giving the opportunity of direct contact to some species of birds. Once Brazilian side sightseen its completed you will be transferred to your hotel, which is situated in the Brazil side. (B.) (Private Transfer) (Private Tour)

  • Day 15 - IGUAZU FALLS (Argentina side) - LIMA

    An unforgettable tour on the Argentine side, bringing you face to face with one of the world’s wonders: Iguazú Falls, declared a Mankind Heritage by UNESCO. Take the train to the Devil’s Throat Boardwalk for a close up of the most powerful of the falls. Walk the superior and inferior boardwalks and soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of this gorgeous natural scenery.

    Late afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, capital of Peru, which was founded by the great conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and soon became the capital of the extensive and tremendously wealthy Peruvian Vice Regency of Spain. By the end of the 16th Century it had grown into a city of fine palaces and churches and was the cultural centre of the southern hemisphere. Today, Lima still retains the essence of the Spanish colonialism. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B.) (Shared Guide) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 16 - LIMA

    This morning, embark on a city tour of Lima. See the plazas, colonial buildings with ornate balconies, colonial churches and mansions, gems of Ibero-American architecture including the 17th century San Francisco Monastery. Modern Lima is a mix of architectural styles and beautiful gardens, especially Miraflores and San Isidro, popular commercial districts with excellent shops, art galleries and restaurants. Visit Love Park in the Miraflores district and admire its view of the Pacific Ocean, and then head to Huaca Pucllana, the adobe pyramid that was ancient Lima’s ceremonial heart. Next, drive through the district of San Isidro, the financial center of the city, and then on to the city’s main square, Plaza Mayor, where you’ll see the Government Palace and Lima’s town hall. (B.) (Shared Guide)

  • Day 17 - LIMA – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

    This morning we transfer you to the airport for your departing flight to Cusco.

    On arrival to Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (8,500 feet elevation), a long, fertile river valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks that lies between Cusco (11,000 feet elevation) and Machu Picchu (8,000 feet elevation). Starting here helps you adjust to the high altitude of the Andes and is a great way to see how the local people continue to live in the traditional Andean manner. Rest of afternoon at leisure. (B.) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 18 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

    This morning you will head to the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional Indian Market and you can buy some local souveniers. We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. On the guided walk into the Citadel of Pisac you can observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels/caves and the famous Intihuatana “The hitching post of the Sun".

    Rest of afternoon at leisure. Take this time to discover on your own Ollantaytambo (only 5 minutes walk from your hotel) surrounded by the sacred mountains, where we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, the amazing temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress, all surrounded by the sacred mountains and Valley of Patacancha and Willoq. (B.) (Shared Guide)

  • Day 19 - SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU

    Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu, where you will definitely have an experience you will never forget. Transfer to Ollanta station to board Vistadome train bound for Aguas Calientes and take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu, a breathtaking Incan citadel. Have lunch at the Belmont Sanctuary Lodge and then a guided tour of the ruins will have you wondering about the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this citadel and what drove them to build it on a mountain-top. Excavations have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing, but no gold. The same precise stonework as in other Incan sites in evident. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record.

    Once all activity are completed transfer to your hotel where dinner will be served. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 20 - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

    Today you can make an unguided return visit to Machu Picchu in the morning to have sometime to explore on your own; your shuttle and entrance tickets are included and will be provided to you. Going early, when the site first opens, allows you time at the ruins when there are far fewer people around. There are many things to see and do at the site, including the hike to Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun.

    On the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cusco. You will have the balance of the day free to relax and explore this historic city. Cusco is another of the highlights of a trip to Peru, a fascinating city built on the foundations of the former Incan capital. You can observe massive Incan walls along many of the streets of the city. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants. (B.) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 21 - CUSCO

    This morning, enjoy a city tour, which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, and the Koricancha Temple. Just outside Cusco, you will visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testimonial to the Incan architectural skills. Compiled of massive stones (one weighs 125 tons!) you are challenged to try to slip a piece of paper between the cracks of these blocks, cut and fitted together with incredible precision without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and the Incas took place overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cuzco and the spectacular lush countryside. Also visit Qenqo (the Labyrinth), an Incan shrine dedicated to the Earth Mother, the small fortress of Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, a sacred bathing place. (B.) (Shared Guide)

  • Day 22 - CUSCO

    Today enjoy free time to relax, shop or explore more of Cuzco's sights. (B.)

  • Day 23 - CUSCO – ALTIPLANO – PUNO

    Transfer to the station for your morning bus trip across the Altiplano (Spanish for high plain), where the Andes are at their wildest.

    Sightseeing on the way:

    • Andahuaylillas: Referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel because is magnificent frescoes, the church is but one example of the mestizo baroque architecture typically of the Cusco school which was prominent in the 17th You will marvel at the ceiling of carved panels covered with gold leafs
    • Raqchi: Also named the Temple of the God Wiracocha. The Inca temple is monumental: 100 meters in length, 26 meters in width and 14 meters in high. Divided in two naves, each of these still retains the bases of eleven giant columns. The base of the walls consist of Imperial Inca stonework with a top section of adobe. Adjacent to the temple, we can see many storehouses, used for various purposes: social, religious and military
    • Sicuani: in this village you will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet and buy handicrafts.
    • La Raya: The highest pass on the route between Cusco to Puno. Beautiful landscapes await you, as well as the animals that are symbolic of the Andes: llamas, alpacas and vicunas. This is a region situation between two cultures Quechua and Aymara, as well as composite of two terrains: the dry and arid Altiplano and the more verdant Quechua valleys and rivers
    • Pucara:This is the most important and oldest ceremonial site this side of Tiahuananco. Characterize by a series of satire platforms, the ruins also reveal some lito-sculptures and tombstone, all witnesses of pre Inca civilization, possible one at the origin of the Andean culture of the Altiplano.

    On arrival into Puno, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B. L.) (Private Transfer)

  • Day 24 - ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (Peru side)

    Today will be a full day excursion on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3808 m, and you will visit its main attraction: the floating Uros Islands, which lay just 6 km off the Puno Bay. 35 minutes from these is Taquile Island, where the community will, after giving you a traditional welcome, show you their customs, like their traditional and colorful outfits, and teach you what the knitted patterns mean. From this spot, the views become even better. The colour of the lake turns a deeper blue, and the setting takes on an even more special mood. (B. L.) (Shared Guide)

  • Day 25 - DEPART LAKE TITICACA

    Your tour comes to an end with an airport transfer for your final journey back home. (B.) (Private Transfer)

     PLEASE NOTE: We can offer you the possibility to extend this tour to other incredible destinations like:

    • BOLIVIA: La Paz & Uyuni Salt Flats
    • ECUADOR: Quito & Galapagos Islands
    • PERU: Amazon Jungle
    • CUBA: Havana

The below hand-picked properties feature good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for a comfortable stay.

CHILE

  • Santiago: Ismael 312
  • Patagonia Cruise: Australis Cruise (Cabin A)
  • ARGENTINA
  • Calafate: Kosten Aike
  • Buenos Aires: NH Crillon

BRAZIL

  • Rio: Windsor Martinique
  • Iguassu Falls: Viale Towers

PERU

  • Lima: Arawi – Miraflores
  • Cusco: San Agustin Plaza
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pakaritampu
  • Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu): Mapi by Inkaterra
  • Lake Titicaca: Sonesta Posada del Inka

NOTES:

  • Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise
  • Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay
  • We have several Patagonia cruises and itineraries that you can choose from, please let us know if you wish to changed the selected cruise for other vessel or program
  • Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours Pty Ltd will provide the best possible alternative.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All Internal fights within South America and airport tax. The Internal flights are based on the assumption you would be flying internationally to South America and back with LATAM Airlines. A supplement will apply if your International air-ticket is purchased and issued separately or by another airline company
  • Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Patagonia Cruise.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary:

(B.) = Breakfast

(L.) = Lunch

(D.) = Dinner

  • All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise:

(Private Transfer / Transport) = Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport are operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others

(Semi-Private Transfer) = transport provided by the hotel or lodge to their guest only

(Private Tour) = Your own, personal tour guide and an exclusive vehicle

(Shared Guide) = Meet other like minded travellers and share the services of a guide / vehicle during the plan activity. Typical group size is 10 travellers which really works well and makes for a fun experience for all.

  • Parks and monuments entrance fees (excluding Galapagos Islands, read below in “What’s not included” section)
  • Total assistance coverage up to USD $2,000 per person during your stay in Peru
  • Professional English speaking local guides throughout
  • Return Vistadome train tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Service charges and taxes.  

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International air-tickets. We have access to wholesale fares and work closely with LATAM Airlines, contact us before organize your flights independently
  • Tourist Visas are not included.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone call, laundry, tips, etc. 

NOTES

  • Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events
  • Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise
  • Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay
  • Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours will provide the best possible alternative. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay LATAM Airlines.
  • Irrespective of whether you book directly with us or with your preferred travel agent, we’ll want to know the details of all of your fights – flight times frequently change and we want to make sure your transfers and other arrangements are amended accordingly
  • You should ensure you have travel insurance in place to cover the possibility of unforeseen circumstances which result in the inability to participate in the tour
  • All routes are subject to change without notice due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.
  • Certain countries require that you obtain official authorization (a visa) before entering the country. It is your responsibility for verifying and obtaining any necessary travel documents for entry and exit to the countries visited, as these requirements vary depending on the specific country and nationality of the traveler
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