South America Wonders

Cities Visited

12

Duration

21 day(s)

Destination

Lima-Cuzco-Machu Picchu-Titicaca Lake-Iguazu Falls-Buenos Aires-Ushuaia-Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier)-Santiago de Chile-Valparaiso-Easter Island.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Lima

Upon arrival to Lima airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight - Jose Antonio Hotel or similar

Day 2

Cuzco

Buffet breakfast. Morning at leisure In the afternoon we will drive to the Plaza Mayor, where you will appreciate the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the City Hall. Then, you will visit the XVII century church and cloister of San Francisco, a world cultural heritage. The tour continues to the modern residential suburb of San Isidro where a visit to the pre-inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca is included before continuing to downtown Miraflores, with its Park of Love to enjoy a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. Overnight - Jose Antonio Hotel or similar

Day 3

Machu Picchu

Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco (Not Included). Upon arrival to Cusco, transfer to Ollantaytambo train station, located in Sacred Valley. After a 1-hour and 30 minutes trip in a Vistadome coach you will arrive to Aguas Calientes train station. Day at leisure. Overnight - Inti Inn Machupicchu or similar.

Day 4

Puno

Buffet breakfast. Today you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and citadel of Machu-Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture, surrounded by lush cloud forest. Lost in history, it was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. After a 2-hour guided visit of the ruins, you will have a self-service buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight - Inti Inn Machupicchu or similar

Day 05

Titicaca Lake

Buffet breakfast. Morning to enjoy a second visit of the ruins on your own (bus tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu included). On mid afternoon, return by train to Cusco city. Arrival in Cusco. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight - Jose Antonio Cusco Hotel or similar

Day 06

Iguazu Falls

Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Cusco airport to take the flight Juliaca (Not Included). Upon arrival to Juliaca, transfer to your hotel in Puno. You will have a guided visit to the famous pre - inca tombs of Sillustani on the way, located on the shores of the solitary Umayo Lagoon, these tombs or "Chullpas" with circular shaped towers were a cemetery for the religious leaders of Tiawanacu Culture, almost 2000 years ago. Overnight - Jose Antonio Puno Hotel or similar

Day 07

Buenos Aires

Buffet breakfast. TAQUILE + UROS A 3 hour boat trip on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, will take you to the Island of Taquile. To reach the hub of the island one must make a strenuous climb of 600 stone steps but the effort is well rewarded by the views of the Lake and its surrounding mountains. The people of Taquile are famous for their colorful, fine weavings and their hospitality. On the return trip to Puno you will make a stop on Uros Island, built on layers of the totora reeds, hence the name "floating island". Here the Uros indians live as they have done for generations, seeking out a living by fishing and selling handicrafts. You will be given a box lunch on this tour. Overnight - Jose Antonio Puno Hotel or similar

Day 08

Ushuaia

Buffet breakfast. Transfer from your hotel to Juliaca Airport to take the flight to Lima (Not included). Overnight - Jose Antonio Hotel or similar

Day 09

Calafate

Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Lima airport to take an international flight to Iguassu (Not Included). Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Saint George Hotel or similar

Day 10

Santiago de Chile

A dense forest inhabited by over 400 different varieties of birds, in the Northeast of Argentina, marks one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world: Iguazu Falls. Here, Iguazu River hurls itself down to a rocketed in 257 falls over 70 meters high. Crashing at the bottom the water shatters to a fine spray which, rising up forms a multitude of rainbows. Visit one of the wonders of the world. Catwalks and observatories will let us enjoy the magnificent falls, one of the wonders of the world, which culminates in the impressive Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), where the Iguazu River crashes down almost 80 meters offering a breathtaking experience. Overnight at Saint George Hotel or similar

Day 11

Easter Island

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Buenos Aires (Not Included). At arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. Get acquainted with Buenos Aires during this tour highlighting the city’s major neighborhoods and attractions. Among the points of interest you will see the Main Square Plaza de Mayo surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Headquarters Office), the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) and the Cathedral. You will also drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and down the colorful roads of La Boca, famous for its multicolor tin houses. Later, drive through elegant Barrio Norte on your way to the Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing aboveground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. Finally, visit Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks. Overnight – Dazzler San Telmo Hotel or similar

Day 12

Easter Island

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Ushuaia (Not Included). Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight – Altos Ushuaia Hotel or similar

Day 13

Half day excursion to the national protected area of the island;a park located 12 km to the west of Ushuaia City, near the international border with Chile. Within the park, you will appreciate the local flora composed by beech trees and different kinds of bushes and flowers. Fauna in represented by natives and introduced animals , such as reddish foxes, beavers, rabbits and many species of birds (more than 90) . Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia bay are the touristic places that we visit, including some short walks near the lake, beaver dams and Lapataia Bay. At the end of the national park, we reach the finish of the national route Nº 3, located 3063 km far from Buenos Aires. After 4 hours of excursion we return to Ushuaia. Overnight – Altos Ushuaia or similar

Day 14

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to El Calafate (Not Included). Overnight – Koi Aiken Hotel or similar

Day 15

Transfer towards Perito Moreno Glacier; an 80 km long bus ride with stops along the way to take pictures. A tour guide from “Los Glaciares” National Park will provide information about the surrounding area, the history and mysticism of this unique glacier. After entering the Andean Patagonian forest area, we’ll stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Sighs Curve), to enjoy the first panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier, continuing our way to the platforms and balconies in front of the glacier, having free time to visit them on our own. Return to Calafate. Overnight – Koi Aiken or similar

Day 16

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Santiago de Chile, via Buenos Aires (Not Included). Meet and greet at Santiago airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

Day 17

9:00 Depart to the coast by Route 68, which connects Santiago with the port of Valparaíso in only 1,5 hours. We cross the Curacavi Valley, with its fruit trees plantations, vineyards, little fruit markets and restaurants. Then, the Casablanca Valley, a wine making area, growing in fame, shows a green landscape that captivates visitors. We reach the magical port of Valparaiso dubbed a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We admire Valparaíso from the hills. Through walkways and terraces we will be witnesses, of the wonderful natural amphitheater that frames the bay, to the history of this port-city. Strolll through narrow alleys that meander through the hills, revealing in every corner, images that deserve worthy of a picture. We also have the oportunity to experience the old funiculars that made this picturesque city famous. After visiting typical Valparaiso we head to Viña del Mar city and visit its beaches and main attractions. Overnight – Atton El Bosque or similar

Day 18

Breakfast at hotel Transfer from hotel to the airport to take a flight to Easter Island (Not Included). Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight –Iorana Hotel or similar

Day 19

9:30 - A half day tour to the restored Ahu Akivi with its 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island to continue to Ana Te Pahu Cave, one of the biggest lava tubes of the island before visiting Ahu Tepeu (not restored) and afterwards the topknot-quarry Puna Pau. Return to the hotel at 13:00. 15:00 We drive up to the extinct volcano Rano Kau appreciating a view over the whole island and with its distinct geological features. On top of the volcano we proceed to a breathtaking view of the crater lake. Afterwards we will drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the birdman competition took place, and you can see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture and the 3 islands situated opposite the coast. Then we drive down again to Ahu Vinapu (not restored) and the Ana Kai Tangata cave with its paintings before we return to the hotel at 18:30. Overnight –Iorana Hotel or similar

Day 20

Breakfast at hotel 9:30 This unique tour first takes you to the south coast in order to visit representative examples of the not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu and Akahanga. Then we proceed to Rano Raraku, the quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano with a crater lake. After this stop we visit Ahu Tongariki (restored with 15 Moais) which is the most recent and biggest restoration on the island. Next we drive to the east coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”. Last but not least we visit the beach of Anakena with its recovered Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean. Return to the hotel at 17:00. Overnight –Iorana Hotel or similar

Day 21

Breakfast at hotel. Morning at leisure. Transfer from hotel to the airport to take a fligh to Santiago de Chile (Not included). Arrival at Santiago Airport and assitance to take your conecting international flight.

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