RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUAZU – CUSCO – LA PAZ – BUENOS AIRES – SANTIAGO DE CHILE
16 Nights / 17 Days
This 360-degree tour of South America reveals the true colors of one of the most vibrant andculture rich continents in the world. Jump straightinto the action in Rio de Janeiro and visit the most iconic city sights, before heading across to witness the immense scale and power of the Foz de Iguazu waterfall. After a quick pit-stop in Lima fly down to Cusco and explore the ancient Sacred Valley, before visiting one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu. Now well acclimatized, visit the highest city in the world La Paz, before making another stop in Lima, before heading down to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Finally, fly into Santiago and relish in the history of city before sampling some of the best wines in the world in picturesque vineyards.
- RIO DE JANEIRO
- FOZ DE IGUAZU
- PUERTO IGUAZU
- SACRED VALLEY
- BUENOS AIRES
Welcome to Rio! After a pre-arranged pickup at the airport,we will privately escort you to your hotel.
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.
Head off the beaten track and hike up to the astonishingly beautiful hidden gem of Pedra Bonita. Towering above the forest of Tijuca National Park, this spot offers a bird’s eye view across the city. The west side of the city can be seen spread-out beneath like a blanket, with most of the Zona Sul (South Zone), Sugar Loaf and even the Christ the Redeemer statue in the distance.
Hiking Pedra Bonita is best attempted when the heat is less extreme and weather favorable. It is not recommendable when raining as the path becomes slippery. The hike itself can take anything from 40 minutes to an hour and the trail can get steep in some places, so regular breaks may be advisable.
Ingood time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Foz de Iguazu.Upon arrival you will start your half-day tour to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu National Park. Meander along the ‘Cataratas trail’ (distance 1.5 km/1 mile) and enjoy panoramic views of the falls, one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in all of South America. The catwalk at the end of the trail provides breathtaking views of the tallest waterfall, the ‘Devils’ Throat’. Finish your tour in style and see the top of the falls, through a panoramic elevator.
You head towards the Argentine side of Iguazu National Park for a 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 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 roundtrip) 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 the falls having a height of 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.
Afterwards be ready to see the falls from the water and get wet. The 12-minute boat trip starts from the dock opposite San Martin Island and gives you a quick tour of the Lower Iguazu River Canyon. You will reach the Tres Mosqueteros Fall to see the falls of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides and the Devil’s Throat from a different perspective. Protective bags are provided for cameras, gear and clothes.
Departures: every 20 minutes from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm (winter) and 5:30 pm (summer).
Note: Children under 12 years, pregnant women and people with physical restrictions (more than 100 stairs to get to the dock) and heart diseases are not eligible for this tour.
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport in Foz de Iguazu (Brazilian side) for yourflight to Lima. Upon arrival in the evening you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
In the morning, 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. Your guide will introduce you to the city’s architectural heritage. You then proceed to Santo Domingo Monastery boasting 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 next stop is at the Larco Herrera Museum. The collection allows the understanding of 3,000 years of
The Peruvian pre-Columbian history in an intuitive way. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Inca art and have been displayed in the world’s most renowned museums.
At the end of your city tour you will be driven to the airport to board your flight to Cusco.Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your tour to the Pisaq market in the Sacred Valley. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some ’empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens.
After lunch you 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.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Ollanta train station. The train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Aguas Calientes. 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 enjoy lunch in AguasCalientes. Afterwards you will return by train to Ollanta, where you will be met and taken to your hotel in Cusco.
This morning walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco. You will visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. Continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards, walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street named after the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what used to be Inca Roca’s Palace. Make a last stop in the San Blas artisan quarter, with its steeped cobblestone alleys. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city and see all the workshops and galleries – a great way to soak in Cusco’s artistic atmosphere.
Tonight enjoy a Pisco Tasting at the trendy lounge – bar ‘RepublicadelPisco’. After an insight into the different Piscoflavours, toast for a memorable journey with a classic ‘Pisco sour’ (a cocktail made with lemon juice, egg white, sugar syrup).
Transfer to the airport to continue your journey to La Paz.
In the evening you will be treated to a special dinner at Gustu. This upscale restaurant is a project of Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants. Just like the local produce concept Meyers promotes at Noma, all the ingredients at Gustu are 100% Bolivian. By sampling its 5-course menu you will take an imaginary trip to Bolivia’s Altiplano(High Plateau), salt lakes and the Amazon. The food school, which is part of Gustu, gives students with low-income households (Bolivia is the poorest country in South America) an education to become cooks, waiters and bakers with an entrepreneurial mentality.
Your morning sightseeing tour starts with a drive to the cliff-edge city ‘El Alto’. This metropolis, once inhabited by Aymara migrants, has long been associated with poverty. Today there is an emerging middle-class, proud of their urban-rural identity, which is reflected in the proliferation of colorful mansions blending modern architecture with symbols of the pre-Columbian Tiahuanaco culture. Your guide will take you through the streets featuring some of these so called ‘chalets’ of ‘new Andean’ architecture before boarding the highest cable car in the world. Enjoy spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains and the city of La Paz before arriving down in the historic center to visit the Murillo Square. Prominent buildings on the square include the Presidential Palace, the Congress Building and a neoclassical cathedral. After a short stop to sample a ‘saltena’ (a typical baked pastry filled with beef or chicken) you head to San Francisco Church, considered one of the best examples of baroque mestizo architecture in South America.
After breakfast you will start your journey by bus to Copacabana. Time to visit the colonial church and its famous dark virgin before boarding the catamaran to Sun Island. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain followed by the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Capac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids. Your visit also includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titicaca traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.
On your way back to Copacabana aboard the catamaran a buffet lunch will be served. Upon arrival a bus will be waiting for you to bring you to La Paz.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight to Argentina. Welcome to Buenos Aires! You will be picked up at the airport and privately escorted to your hotel.
Highlights of today’s tour include the Plaza de Mayo, the Obelisk, Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace), Cabildo (Town Hall), and Congress Palace. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and see the Colon Opera House. Built at the end of the 19th century ‘Teatro Colon’ is the monumental symbol of the cultural life of Buenos Aires. Explore Colon’s main hall, considered a world milestone in acoustic quality, to then follow the steps of Evita Peron at Recoleta Cemetery before heading to San Telmo,
Buenos Aires’ most historic neighborhood. Your sightseeing tour ends in La Boca, the port-of-call for thousands of immigrants that came from Europe at the end of the 19th century and is one of Buenos Aires’ most authentic barrios.
Transfer to the restaurant (only with Spanish speaking driver)
Dinner at Esquina Carlos Gardel. 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.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival to Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Your sightseeing tour will take you downtown to ‘La Moneda’, the current seat of Government, the former national congress, the 18th-century cathedral and Santa Lucia Hill. Nearby, housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought iron building, is the Central Market, famous for its seafood and seafood restaurants. Then, head up to the most charming and artistic side of Santiago, the neighborhoods of Lastarria and BellasArtes featuring the Forest Park, the Fine Arts Museum and the National Library. You will pass by the ‘Avenida Italia’ on the border of Providencia and Nunoa districts, one of the most popular parts of the capital for great dining, cultural events and historic heritage. You finish your tour exploring ‘El Golf’, a modern neighborhood that mixes residential areas, offices and banks. El Golf is also nicknamed ‘Sanhattan’ due to the predominance of high modern building in the area.
The day will start with a visit of the vineyards in Casablanca Valley (70 km northwest from Santiago). Situated on the coastal plain between Santiago and Valparaiso, Casablanca is Chile’s fastest growing wine region. The soil and climate favor the production of top quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You will visit Casas del Bosque. Enjoy a tour of vineyards (conducted in English shared with other visitors) and cellars and sample in the Aromas Bar, two Reserva and two Gran Reserva labels (four tastings total). After the vineyard visit you will continue your journey to Valparaiso. With its colorful hillside homes overlooking the Pacific and winding stairways, the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage, is alive with avant-garde culture and vibrant street art. Once in Plaza Sotomayor, Valparaiso’s main square, your guide will point out important buildings such as the Chilean Navy Building and the Chilean Customs House. You then take Ascensor Concepción, which is the city’s oldest elevator and funicular that climbs Cerro Concepción (Concepción Hill). From up the hills, you can take in the colorful vistas of this avant-garde town and take great pictures before returning to Santiago (driving time: approx. 2 ½ hours, 119 km)
Approx. visit duration: 1 hour and 1 hour lunch break
Location: 70 km from Santiago
SIC winery tours start daily at: 10:30 hrs, 12:30 hrs, 15:00 hrs and 16:30 hrs
At proper time you will be transferred to the airport.
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