As South America offers SO MUCH, many of our clients are choosing to share this experience in a small group. You are still ensured the highest level of comfort, service and quality.
We have limited these groups to only 2 departures (16 Sep or 14 Oct 2017) with an average of 15 travellers to ensure each experience is still personalised.
Our 23 days Small Group Tour is planned such that each traveller has plentiful time sidelined to do side trips with others or reflect on the experience alone, take time out to soak up the vibe or see those off track and so often missed gems!
Your tour begins in Santiago de Chile. From there, we will take you to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
We will visit the amazing Iguassu Falls from the Argentinian and Brazil sides.
From Lima, we will head out to the Amazon jungle.
You will also explore Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and Cusco.
There are many alternatives available for extending your trip onwards from Day 23 so go ahead and check out the itinerary first and then contact us. We are always available to help you out.
Day 1 (16 Sep or 14 Oct 2017) - ARRIVE SANTIAGO
Arrive into Santiago today.
On arrival you will be meet by our local representatives and transfer you to your hotel.
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.)
Day 3 - SANTIAGO
Day at leisure. (B.)
Optional Extra Tour:
- Full Day Tour Viña Del Mar & Valparaiso / $95 p.p.: 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.
- Concha & Toro Vineyard / $50 p.p.: You will depart from Santiago to head to the mountain Pirque Valley, where the worldwide renowned and favorite vineyard for foreign tourists, Viña & Toro, is located. It was founded in 1883 by Melchor Concha y Toro with vines brought from the region of Bourdeaux, France. Today, this vineyard is the greatest exporter of Latin America in more than 130 countries. It is one of the most important wine brands in the world. One of the most notable aspects of Concha & Toro is that is a global company where the tradition and innovation are mixed perfectly. The Vineyard has won international fame for its brands, particularly, "Casillero Del Diablo" and “Don Melchor”. You will enjoy and be entertained when listening to the story of its legend and feel part of it. You will also go through its facilities and enjoy some of the best wines produced by Concha & Toro. Your visit will end at the wine stores where you will buy some gift or souvenir. Return to the Hotel.
Day 4 - SANTIAGO - BUENOS AIRES
This morning we will transfer you to Santiago airport for your direct flight to Buenos Aires.
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.
Rest of day at leisure. (B.)
Day 5 - BUENOS AIRES
This morning we will do a half day Buenos Aires city tour.
On an unforgettable route, we will live all the porteño magic. These few hours feature all the magic of Argentina`s capital city. In this most complete overview of the Paris of South America we will visit the glamorous neighbourhood of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value.
The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires, the pintoresque neighbourhood of San Telmo, residence to the porteño aristocracy until the end of the XIX century and where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday; Caminito Street, in the colourful, Italian immigrants neighbourhood of La Boca.
This evening enjoy a dinner and tango show at La Ventana. Famous for its amazing nightlife and for being the land of Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires countless gastronomic and artistic options. Tango portrays the ’Queen of the River Plate’ (’Reina del Plata’). We will enjoy an unforgettable night, surrender to the magic of this city that never sleeps and to the charm of this overwhelming and sanguine music —main protagonist of the night— while enjoying the best of its varied gastronomic offer. (B. D.)
Day 6 - BUENOS AIRES
Day at leisure. (B.)
Optional Extra Tours:
- Tigre Delta Navigation / $40 p.p.: This tour will offer the passengers a different way to explore and enjoy the nature, very close to the city. On the way north to Tigre, which is about 30 km away from Buenos Aires, and one of the biggest Deltas in the world, you will go through one of the most beautiful accesses downtown, passing by residential suburban neighborhoods with their calm narrow roads, Yacht clubs, and mansions. Departing from Tigre´s pier, on board of a typical island launch, the green labyrinth of channels and streams will open its doors to let you explore the nature of its islands, enjoying the views of beautiful riverside villas, Victorian docks, English gardens, and traditional rowing and boating clubs. For more that 100 years, the maze of rivers and channels of the Tigre Delta have been a favourite weekend gateway for ""porteños"". During this relaxing off-site, you will leave the bustling city behind and enter a world that has changed little since the 1920s
- A Day at The Pampas / $105 p.p.: Head to the Pampas to estancia Santa Susana. This excursion brings us to the Argentine countryside where you can enjoy a day on a ranch ‘estancia’ and discover its traditional dance and music, joining a true ‘Festival Gaucho’. Typical ‘empanadas’ and Argentine wine will be served at the welcoming party. Later, you will enjoy a delicious Argentine-style barbecue. A folkloric show with music and dance will take place. Typical ‘gauchos’ will show their horse-riding skills. A horse exhibition and the “sortija” will also form part of the show. Ride a horse or hop on a typical “sulki” to get a real feeling of the way of life of the ‘gaucho’. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of getting close to the life in the Pampas and learning about the habits of its people. (L.)
- The Argentine Experience / $100 p.p.: This evening enjoy the “Argentine Experience” is designed to give an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture; this is NOT a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience, where guest will meet and dine with people from all over the world. The international team of guides are on hand to spoil and take guests through every step of this culinary journey!
- Choose from the gourmet fillings and create your own empanada learning the traditional 'repulgue' technique.
- Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and oven roasted vegetables.
- 2 distinct Malbec wines are chosen from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement food; learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner.
- For desert make your own alfajores (Argentina's national sweet) where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine.
- And finally, get taught about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina's national pastime and prepare it from scratch among yourselves! (D.) (Group Dinning)
Day 7 - BUENOS AIRES - RIO DE JANEIRO
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.)
Day 8 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Proceed for a tour of Corcovado Mountain and Beaches.
Board a cog train from Cosme Velho Station for a ride to Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Experience the 20 minutes steep train journey which takes you through the dense Atlantic rain forest of Tijuca offering a wonderful opportunity for a closer look at the forest's lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city.
You will disembark at the top of Corcovado and then proceed up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Get up-close to Christ the Redeemer and spend some time viewing the panoramic view of this beautiful city of Rio from the incredible mountain-top vantage point.
Then, you will descend by the train. The tour continues passing by Rio's world-famous beaches.
Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant of Rio de Janeiro.
After lunch, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf.
You will travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the top. At 395 meters we will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói.
After riding the Cable car back down, return to the hotel. (B. L.)
Day 9 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Day at leisure. (B.)
Optional Extra Tours:
- Favela Tour / $50 p.p.: This morning we visit the “favelas”. The favelas reveals the way of life of around 20% of Rio population. It changes the general idea that favelas are simply no-go areas dominated by criminals only and opens a new perspective over Rio de Janeiro society. It is a tour to understand the city, its contrasts and paradoxes. The tour takes the visitor to the community of Vila Canoas, with around 2500 people, and Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil, having around 85.000 dwellers. Both are placed within the rich neighborhood of Sao Conrado. In Vila Canoas, we make a walking trip through its narrow alleyways and get a good idea of its local initiatives that are also part of many Rio favelas. Once in Rocinha, the contrasts are more evident as much as we go higher and deeper inside. Its huge dimensions, wide variety of commerce and breathtaking view from the top is certainly impressive for any visitor.
- Rio by Night / $100 p.p.: Enjoy a nice dinner in one of the best barbecue restaurant, where you can try all different cuts of meat as well as a delicious salad buffet. After dinner, have fun and enjoy a great samba show where "mulatas" exhibit the intricate steps of local dances and "batuqueiros" produce a delirium beat from exotic percussion instruments the world most famous mark of samba rhythm. (D.)
Day 10 - RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUASSU FALLS (Brazil side)
This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your direct flight to Iguassu.
On arrival in Iguassu, reception and transfer to your hotel.
This afternoon enjoy the Brazil side of the falls.
Departure in vehicle heading to the National Park of the Brazilian Falls. The tour starts with a visit to the Main Center of the park, where the participants will have the opportunity to get some hints about the local ecosystem. From there the tour follows with a walking time through the most important track of the park where the participants could enjoy a astonishing view of the waterfalls. From the local belvedere the participants will have a privileged sight of the both parks of the waterfalls.
Return to the main point via the panoramic elevator. (B.)
Optional Extra Tour:
- Bird Park / $50 p.p.: The famous bird park is 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.
Day 11 - IGUASSU FALLS (Argentina side) - LIMA
This morning we departure from your hotel ahead to Argentina side with a quick stop at customs check out. After that, the tour continues to the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguassu River, which separates the border between Argentina and Brazil.
Once in Argentina, a scenic highway up to the Argentine Iguassu Park is taken from where the visit of the Argentinean Falls, 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.
On the way, back from the falls a stop at the “Three Borders” Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet.
Late afternoon once all activities are completed we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima.
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.)
Day 12 - LIMA
This morning, embark on a city tour of Lima.
Our guided visit to Lima allows you to see the Historical Center: Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit an historic convent, an icon of colonial architecture.
The tour goes all the way to modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll appreciate huacas or sacred Inca structures. Also, you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront. (B.)
Day 13 - LIMA
Day at leisure. (B.)
Optional Extra Tours:
- Nazca Lines / $400 p.p.: At 06.00 am we transfer you to the bus station to take you bus to Paracas. Once you arrive you will be transferred to the local airport for your flight over the incredible Nazca Lines, drawn on the pampas of the same name. You will see several figures of stylized plants and animals drawn in an enormous labyrinth of straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals scattered about the desert floor that has remained preserved for about 2000 years. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. At a proper time you will be transferred to the bus station to take your bus back to Lima. (L.)
- Larco Herrera Museum / $60 p.p.: The Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum: Founded in 1926, is the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art; with an astonishing array of gold, silver, semi-precious stones and textiles. The collection's predominant strength is in Mochica ceramics, from the north coast of Peru, of which the erotic ones are the most famous. Their notariety ought not to obscure the fact that the museum presents a complete view of the cultural development of ancient Peru through a selection of its 45,000 pieces, housed in a colonial building of the 18th century.
- Flavors of Peru / $110 p.p.: Visit one of Lima’s symbolic markets to see the amazing variety of fish, fruit, and vegetables used in Peruvian food. You will be equipped with a list of names and descriptions of food you will encounter to help you enjoy this visit even more. Afterwards, you will watch as the chefs from a famous restaurant demonstrate how to prepare Peru’s main dishes and you will also learn how to make an exquisite typical Peruvian dish yourself. Rounding out this culinary experience is a delicious lunch. (L.)
- Barranco at Night / $60 p.p.: Discover the bohemian district of Barranco and its traditional Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and spectacular show at a local restaurant, which features the most important manifestations of Peruvian dances, music and folklore from the Coast, Andean and Amazon regions. (D.)
Day 14 - LIMA - PUERTO MALDONADO - AMAZON JUNGLE
This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Upon arrival, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you for ten minutes to the Rainforest Expeditions headquarters in Puerto Maldonado. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.
Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado: we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas: the two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
Orientation: Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Caiman Search: We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes. (B. L. D.)
Day 15 - AMAZON JUNGLE
Parrot Clay Lick: A fifteen minutes’ boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.
Brazil Nut Trail and Camp: A few minutes’ hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Mammal Clay Lick: Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.
Night walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. (B. L. D.)
Day 16 - AMAZON JUNGLE
Oxbow Lake Visit: We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
Canopy Tower: A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.
Farm Visit: Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.
Ethno Botanical Tour: Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.
Tambopata National Reserve Lectures: Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve. (B. L. D.)
Day 17 - AMAZON JUNGLE - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport for your 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 snow-capped 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. (B.)
Day 18 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Today we discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful place with an impressive view of Chinchero ruins and city, where twelve families still preserve their traditional mores, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles.
Later, we will arrive to Moray, an impressing pre-Inca greenhouse, then, we will have lunch in a local restaurant.
Afterwards, we will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, that also served as a temple. Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. (B. L.)
Day 19 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS - 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.
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.
Have lunch at the Belmont Sanctuary Lodge and then there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax or to meditate.
Once all activity are completed transfer to your hotel and dinner will be served. (B. L. D.)
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.)
Day 21 - CUSCO
This morning you will visit the city of Cusco, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and home to a somewhat particular essence.
The tour will start at the Koricancha temple, an ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God, where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then, you will tour the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. You will then continue the journey to the colonial church of San Cristóbal to enjoy a spectacular view of the city.
Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, located in a strategic location, on a hill, with a broad view of the city of Cuzco.
Later, you will visit the important archaeological complexes of Qenko and Puca Pucara. (B.)
Day 22 - CUSCO
Day at leisure. (B.)
Optional Extra Tour:
- Cusco by Night with Pisco Sour Lessons / $40 p.p.: You will get to see Cuzco from a different perspective on this tour. You will stop by the Cristo Blanco, a statue overlooking the city from atop a hill, and the San Cristobal lookout point, from where you get the most beautiful views of the entire city. Then, you will descend to the Main Square, in the historic city center, for a leisurely stroll around the plaza, with its renovated fountain, and have some time to take great pictures. After this, it’s off to a well known bar for lessons from an expert bar tender on how to make our traditional Pisco Sour. Lastly, you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 23 - DEPART CUSCO
This morning we transfer you to the bus station or the airport for your onward destination. (B.) (Private Transfer)
We can offer you the possibility to extend this tour to other incredible destinations like:
- BOLIVIA: La Paz and Uyuni salt flats
- ECUADOR: Quito and the Galapagos Islands
- PERU: Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Arequipa
- Santiago: Solace
- Buenos Aires: NH Crillon
- Rio: Arena Leme
- Iguassu Falls: Viale Towers
- Lima: Atton
- Amazonas: Refugio
- Cusco: Mercado
- Sacred Valley of the Incas: Inkaterra Hacienda
- Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu): Mapi by Inkaterra
- Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise
- All Internal fights within South America and airport tax
- Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary:
(B.) = Breakfast
(L.) = Lunch
(D.) = Dinner
- All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise
- Parks and monuments entrance fees
- Total assistance coverage up to $2,000 per person during your stay in Peru (for more information please contact us)
- 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.
- Extra optional tours (minimum 2 passengers)
- Travel Insurance
- Reciprocal fees and tourist visa
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone call, laundry, tips, etc.
- Group sizes of 20 passenger’s maximum, average of 15 (mix of couples and singles)
- The group tour cost is based on the assumption you would be flying internationally to South America with LATAM Airlines. A supplement will apply if your International air-ticket is purchased and issued separately or by another airline company
- Please be aware that many of our products are operated in US Dollars and therefore subject to currency fluctuations. If there is a significant change in exchange rates, then we will be required to add a currency surcharge without warning. If you would like to remove this currency risk you do have the option of paying in full at the time of booking
- 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.
- South America Tours Pty Ltd does not provide visa services.