12 Nights / 13 Days
Head straight into the action by visiting the vibrant and colorful city of Rio de Janeiro. Take a close-up view of the most famous historical landmarks, soak up the arts and culture and witness first-hand what makes the Brazilian music so contagious. Marvel one of the most immense and powerful falls in the world in Iguazu. After a quick stop over in Lima, visit the Sacred Valley and learn about the ancient ruins and traditions, before heading to Machu Picchu – one of the seven new wonders of the world. Fly into Lima to head down to Buenos Aires and see why this cosmopolitan city is known as the “Paris of South America”.
- RIO DE JANEIRO
- FOZ DE IGUAZU
- PUERTO IGUAZU
- SACRED VALLEY
- BUENOS AIRES
Transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
Catch a first glimpse of the city today as we tour Rio’s best-known landmarks. The city is divided into a north zone and a south zone by the Serra da Carioca – the steep mountains that are part of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca). These mountains descend to the edge of the city center, where both zones meet. The Corcovado Christ statue is positioned on one of these mountain peaks, offering the best way to become familiar with the city’s geography – from here you have views of both zones. The Christ the Redeemer statue with its outstretched arms is one of the most famous city sights and a favorite motive on Rio’s postcards. Enjoy a sightseeing ride along Rios famous beaches Ipanema and Copacabana. Then, take a cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain where you can get prime views from the city, Baia de Guanabara and the winding coastline.
This sightseeing tour introduces you to Rio’s central district. Rio was the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves from 1815 to 1822, and the capital of independent Brazil from 1822 to 1960. The walk includes the following highlights: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Municipal Theater – a replica of the Opera House in Paris, the National Library – the largest library in South America, and the Fine Arts Museum. Then head to the historic Praça XV de Novembro (November 15th Square) that boasts the former palace of the Imperial family. Tucked away in an alley just off Praça XV, the ‘Arco do Teles’ is an old archway which opens out to the quaint and picturesque ‘Travessa do Comércio’, a remnant of old colonial Rio, complete with narrow shop fronts and cobblestone streets. Before you are transferred to your hotel, take a break at Confiteria Colombo. This exceptionally beautiful Victorian café, opened in 1894, and was inspired by the magnificent European cafés of the early 20th century. This is definitely one of the must-visit sites in Rio de Janeiro.
Enjoy a traditional Brazilian buffet lunch at Confeiteria Colombo. A living portrait of the Belle Époque in Rio, and one of the city’s gourmet landmarks, the Confeitaria Colombo still retains much of its Art Nouveau charm dating back to the beginning of the century. Its famous Belgian mirrors in hardwood frames and rosewood showcases, Italian marble benches, ornate light fixtures, glossy floors and period furniture have been preserved just as they were. They have been admired by many famous individuals who helped write the history of Brazil and helped make the Confeitaria Colombo a major downtown attraction (this service is not available on Sundays).
Tonight explore Brazilian rhythms at Rio Scenarium. You will be picked up to head to Rio’s historic center. This 3-floor indoor venue with antique decor is famous for its live music (from samba to choro and forró). You will see how the locals dance right from the comfort of your table. Rio Scenarium, listed by the Guardian newspaper as one of the 10 best bars in the world, is quite popular among locals and travelers alike and has to be reserved well in advance. Don’t forget to bring your ID along (all customers are registered upon entry and given a card on which all purchases are recorded and you pay only when you leave).
In good time you will be picked up from your hotel in Rio de Janeiro and transferred to the airport for your next flight to Foz do Iguazu. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Puerto Iguazu.
Head towards the Argentine side of the Iguazu National Park for your day tour. The majority of the falls (approx. 80%) are on this side of the park covering an area 550 km². Enjoy a walk along the upper and lower trails. The lower circuit (1400m) has balconies with marvelous bottom-up views of the falls (the same falls that you see from above in the upper circuit). The superior circuit is about 650 m long with a low degree of difficulty. This trail has six viewpoints with panoramic views of the falls. Between the two circuits you will find the station to board the ecological train to reach the final station – The Devil’s Throat. At this point a bridge (2200 m round trip) leads out over the Iguazu River and small islands ending at the mighty Devil’s Throat. The Devil’s Throat is 150 m (490 ft) wide and the tallest of all of them at 82 m (270 ft). The bridge goes right out to the head of the falls, so be prepared for plenty of spray.
The upper circuit has a low degree of difficulty and ramps making it suitable for handicapped visitors. The lower circuit requires more physical effort due to its stairs. If you have any physical impairment we recommend avoiding the last section of this circuit.
In good time you will be picked up from your hotel in Puerto Iguazu and transferred to the airport in Foz de Iguazu for your next flight to Lima.
Welcome to Lima, the ‘City of Kings’. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel
In good time, we will pick you up and take you to the airport for your next flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. En route you make a stop in Pisaq, which was originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products. Pisaq has evolved to become one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some empanadas baked in traditional clay ovens.
Today you will visit the salt mines of Maras where an intense white shines like snow on a sunny day – an impressive sight for any visitor. Salt was extracted from these mines from Inca times and the same method has been used ever since. You then head to Moray. The circular terraces hidden among the hills are similar to a Greek amphitheater. Surrounded by an impressive backdrop of snow-covered mountains, Moray was used as an open-air agricultural lab for adapting crops to different environmental conditions.
Lunch at Parador de Moray. The ancient Inca agricultural labs at Moray give an impressive backdrop for a unique dining experience at ‘El Parador de Moray’ – a country house dating back to Republican times. Outstanding Peruvian home-style food is prepared with native produce and served alongside with pork, trout or alpaca in an intimate and cozy atmosphere. The view of the spectacular terraces of Moray, the venue and the history, blend to make of this an unforgettable experience in a secluded place of the Sacred Valley.
Finally you will visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out.
Morning transfer to the Ollanta train station. The 1 1/2 -hour train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of
the Incas up to Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world. After the guided excursion you will return Aguas Calientes to Ollanta for lunch at Café Inkaterra, which is located next to Machu Picchu train station and blends Andean food with contemporary cuisine. Cafe Inkaterra is situated under a traditional Amazonian palm-thatched roof, and is decorated with local crafts. The decoration transmits the fusion of the two elements given in this place: Andean, Inca architecture legacy in the cloud forest.In the afternoon, return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta train station. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco (only with Spanish speaking driver). In case you have left any luggage in the hotel in the Sacred Valley, it will be picked up en route.
Your tour will include a soft and short trek that starts at the cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. You continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where you can witness the incredible Inca masonry.
You will leave the city and be driven up to Tambomachay (the resting place of the Inca). Only a 10-minute walk from this archaeological site we find Puka Pukara (the red fortress). From here a gentle path leads you to Kenko, the temple is dedicated to Mother Earth before you reach Sacsayhuaman – a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. Finally you
walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of San Blas to get back to Cusco. (Hike duration: 2 hours. The excursion takes approx. 4 hours)
IMPORTANT (walking timing)
Tambomachay – Puka Pukara: approx. 5 min
Puka Pukara – Kenko: approx. 1 hour
Kenko – Sacsayhuaman: approx. 30 min
Sacsayhuaman – Cusco (San Blas): approx. 30 min
We say goodbye to the Inca capitol of Cusco and you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Once in Lima, we will privately escort you to your hotel.
This afternoon, your sightseeing tour explores the modern districts of Lima and its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As you wander the main plaza and Plaza San Martin it is hard not to wonder about its diverse architecture, which your guide will explain to you. You then proceed to Santo Domingo Monastery that boasts fine carved choir stalls, the oldest of Lima. It was here that San Marcos University, the first in South America was founded in 1551. Your tour ends in the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.
In good time you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima and transferred to the airport for your next flight to Buenos Aires.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Today you will enjoy a full day excursion and a thorough exploration of this cosmopolitan city. In the early part of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The grand public buildings of Buenos Aires reflect this opulent era. The so-called ‘Paris of South America’ combines the atmosphere of a former European town with the features of a Latin American capital. Your guide will pick out some of the city’s highlights such as the Obelisk and Plaza de Mayo featuring the Presidential Palace (Pink House) and the Town Hall before heading to Recoleta to wander through its cemetery illustrating Argentina’s history. Once in ‘La Boca’ without a doubt, one of the most visited tourist destinations of Buenos Aires, you will have time to take pictures of its emblematic street ‘Caminito’ but also celebrate one of Argentina’s greatest passions – soccer. You’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the Argentine sport temples, the stadium known as ‘La Bombonera’, home to Maradona’s former team Boca Juniors. The museum is an entertainment stroll through Boca Juniors history. After a break for lunch you will be driven to San Telmo, the oldest district in the city. Walk along ancient cobblestone streets, admiring old colonial houses, churches and famous antique shops and ateliers.
Tonight take part in a Buenos Aires tradition – a night out at the tango! This dinner and show combines an exciting music and dance experience of Argentina’s famous dance genre. The event takes place at ‘La Esquina de Carlos Gardel’ an impressive and historic tango venue located in Abasto district. This was once Carlos Gardel’s neighborhood and he even used to dine with his friends at this locale. Born in the 1880’s and one of the biggest stars of South America, Gardel, is most famous for the hundreds of tangos he wrote. You will enjoy a three-course gourmet meal with your choice of dishes, including Argentina’s renowned steak whilst sipping on Argentine wines before the show starts.
We say goodbye to Buenos Aires and will transfer you to the airport for your next international or domestic flight.
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