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    Enchanting South America
    23 Nights
    Save 10% by booking before 31 October 2018
    Join us on this wonderful journey exploring South America's most incredible destinations. Marvel at Machu Picchu and the mighty Iguazu Falls, experience the cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago, the beaches and vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro and sample some of the region's most amazing food in Peru.

    Our small group tour of just 20 is perfect for those looking to travel with a group of like-minded individuals. We have left no stone unturned in giving you the best value group travel trip in the market.

    Various departures throughout 2019
    Highlights Inclusions

    Highlights

    Inclusions

    Highlights

    Highlights

    • Visit Buenos Aires
    • Iguazu Falls
    • Rio De Janeiro
    • Lima
    • Puno (Lake Titicaca)
    • Cusco
    • Machu Picchu
    • Peru Amazon
    • Free days in Buenos Aires
    • Small group up to 20 travellers
    • Stylish Accommodation

     

    Inclusions

    Inclusions

    • 19 nights accommodation in standard hotels plus 3 nights twin share accommodation at Refugio Amazonas or Posadas Amazonas Lodge with private en-suite facilities
    • 22 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 8 dinners
    • International flights ex Auckland, Sydney or London only with LATAM
    • Internal flights within South America as per itinerary with LATAM
    • Fully escorted tour in South America for groups with more than 9 participants
    • For groups smaller than 9 participants the tour will be locally guided
    • All transfers
    • Tours as stated in the itinerary with local English speaking guide
    Valid for travel
    Various dates
    Offer expires
    31 Oct 2018 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrive Buenos Aires

    On arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel This tour is operated under our group travel brand, Viva Expeditions.

    Viva specialises in guided small group tours to Latin America. Tonight there will be a pre-departure welcome meeting. Details confirmed upon arrival.

    Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital, is known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes. Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to explore including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows; San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city’s most
    exclusive area.

    Arrive Buenos Aires

    Day 2

    Buenos Aires City Tour

    A tour of Buenos Aires serves as a great introduction to this incredible city giving you a
    taste of its fascinating history, architecture, culture, inhabitants, anecdotes, and secrets. You will explore the busy centre, including the Plaza de Mayo, where the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace
    is located; the aristocratic North, including Recoleta Cemetery, best-known for holding Eva Peron’s grave; and the working-class South, such
    as the famous La Boca and San Telmo districts, heartland of the Tango. Afternoon is at leisure.

    This evening enjoy an intimate & passionate tango show, housed in a cosy wood-panelled 19th century building in the heart of Buenos Aires’s
    historic centre. The building has a colourful history as it was once a meeting point for poets and students. After being abandoned in the late 1970s,
    the bar was beautifully restored and reopened in
    July 1992 as El Querandí Tango Hall. The show, directed by Claudio Campos with musical
    arrangements by Ado Falasca, smoothly charts the history of Argentina’s most authentic artistic expression from its origins to the modern day.

    With one of the most varied à la carte menus you will find at a tango show, the dinner is very good, and the show, at just over an hour long, is the
    perfect length. The three house singers, six dancers and four musicians put on a great show.

    At the conclusion of the show a bus will transfer you back to your hotel.

    Day 3

    Buenos Aires - Free Day

    Today is free to enjoy the sights and sounds of this
    world famous city. Head to the famous San Telmo antiques & tourist markets for some great
    shopping. Or why not enjoy a day trip over the River Plate to the beautiful city of Colonia with its UNESCO World Heritage Listed historic centre.
    Or
    head out of city on day a day trip to the Tigre Delta or an Estancia. There are many options.

    Please ask your Travel Advisor for more details as advance reservations may be required.

    Day 4

    Buenos Aires to Iguazu

    You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the domestic airport for your flight from Buenos Aires.

    *Please note the Iguazu Tourist Tax will now be charged on check out at all Iguazu hotels. The amount is currently ARS50 (USD3.40) per person per stay.
    Please note this tax is subject to change without prior notice.

    Afternoon is at leisure.

    Buenos Aires to Iguazu

    Day 5

    Iguazu Fall : Argentinean

    After an early morning pick up from your hotel, we travel to the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Beginning at the visitor’s centre, we take a ride on the Rainforest Ecological train before exploring the
    upper and lower circuit footbridges. The footbridges, which are raised off the jungle floor, provide panoramic views from above and below the falls. A visit to Devil’s Gorge arguably the most spectacular falls, is one of the day’s highlights.

    Day 6

    Iguazu Falls Brazil Falls & Bird Park to RIO

    Today we see the falls from the Brazilian side of the border. After arriving at the visitor centre, we board buses for a tour of the park. Equipped with
    panoramic windows, the buses are designed to maximize your views of the falls, while the
    walkways and steps allow you to get up close to the spray. Views of the Floriana Falls, the Devil’s Gorge Canyon and the Iguazu River are spectacular and are guaranteed to impress.

    National park fee included. Afterwards you will be
    taken to the Bird’s Park. The bird park was created
    in 1994, and built with concern to deliver optimum
    for reproducing animals as well as ensuring the preservation of 16 hectares of native forest. It is an ecological sanctuary located 300 meters from
    the entrance to the Brazilian National Park, It has more than 900 birds of 150 different species, with most Brazilian birds. They are in huge cages of 630 square meters, where waterfalls and vegetation are recreated, so that birds find their natural habitat. The visit is done through trails within these nurseries, allowing observe species that rarely could be seen during a sightseeing tour. Besides birds, you can see butterflies,
    reptiles and mammals. After the tour you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Iguazu On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, you will be met
    and transferred to your hotel.
    Known as the ”Cidade Maravilhosa”, or Marvellous
    City, Rio never fails to amaze with its sandy beaches, carefree lifestyle and unparalleled natural beauty. As the capital of Brazil until 1960,
    Rio is today one of the most culturally and economically prominent cities in the country,
    receiving more tourists than any other part of Brazil.

    Day 7

    Corcovado & Sugarloaf

    After an early pick up from the hotel between 7:00 & 7:30am, the tour makes its way to the bottom of Corcovado Hill, where we ascend the mountain by vehicle. Climbing 4km through the Tijuca Forest,
    the world’s largest urban National Park, we will
    arrive at the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

    After taking in the panoramic views we continue to the
    Maracana Stadium. We also pass the Sambadrome
    and the Metropolitan Cathedral, before passing
    through the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa and
    its famous arches en-route to Copacabana. We have a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch before visiting the famous Sugarloaf Mountain with views
    across the entire city. After descending the mountain, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

    Included: All transport, tickets and entry fees, lunch (beverages not included). Approximate duration of tour: 8 hours.

    Day 8

    Rio - Free day

    Today is a free day for you to relax on one of Rio’s famous beaches such as Ipanema or Copacabana, or explore the city further at your leisure. Tonight we enjoy a wonderful evening together over dinner in Rio at a local restaurant.

    Day 9

    Rio to Lima

    Free morning to enjoy Rio at leisure You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight from Rio to Lima.

    On arrival into Lima, you will be met and transferred to your
    hotel. Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country’s arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. The city is home to the various museums including the Museo Larco that houses a collection
    of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations.

    Lima is known as the gastronomical capital of the
    Americas”, encompassing specialties from ceviche
    and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It even boasts several of the top restaurants in the world.

    Day 10

    Lima City Tour

    Today is spent touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. On the city tour we will visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the
    Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas as well as the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima’s magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past. Note: The Cathedral is closed on Easter Sunday 21 April 2019.

    Lima City Tour

    Day 11

    Lima to Puno via Sillustani

    You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight from Lima.

    On arrival at Juliaca you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Puno, stopping on the
    way to take in the pre-Inca burial ground of Sillustani. Here you can wander through the remarkable tombs built from volcanic stone, known as Chullpas which reach heights of up to 12 metres. Overlooking the beautiful Lake Umayo, Sillustani is considered to be one of the most
    important necropolises in the world. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and an important agricultural and livestock (llamas and alpaca) region. It sits at an altitude of over 3,800
    metres and is a picturesque hillside city and a melting pot of the Aymara and Quechua culture.

    Day 12

    Full day Titicaca Uncovered

    At 7:00 am you will be met and transferred to the port where you will board a fully equipped
    speedboat with on board service to head to Taquile Island. Disembarking at a secluded part of the island, we explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island (exclusive). Enjoy a pristine
    sandy beach where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. We then hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular
    landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and
    symbolism. In 2005, “Taquile and its Textile Art” were proclaimed “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.

    After 3 hours on Taquile, we leave the island for the short 25 minute journey to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten
    track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world. Then experience the
    preparation of “Pachamanca”, a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens, and
    one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy
    these delicacies in a small, but scenic restaurant. For the more adventurous there is an optional kayak along the coast of Llachon.

    After lunch we leave Santa Maria and 35 minutes later we arrive at a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake
    Titicaca to explore Uros Ccapi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. There are optional tours in reed boats before we depart back to Puno at 15:25 pm.

    On arrival back into Puno at 16:30pm, you are transferred to your hotel.

    Day 13

    Puno to Cusco

    This morning, you will be collected from your hotel
    and transferred to the bus station for the journey
    from Puno to Cusco. The spectacular journey from
    Puno to Cusco takes you across the Altiplano. The
    drive takes you through sleepy Andean villages, past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas, and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi.
    Lunch is included and you will arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening.

    Approximate duration of drive: 10 hours. On arrival into Cusco,
    you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
    Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains. Narrow, cobblestoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from
    the main plaza in every direction. Many of the
    colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty.

    Day 14

    Cusco City Tour

    Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart
    of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled
    Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the
    fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the
    ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay. Afternoon at Leisure

    Day 15

    Sacred Valley Full Day Tour

    Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This
    fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisac, with its
    famous market. The colonial village of Pisac sits at the base of the spectacular Pisac Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive
    agricultural terracing. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside
    villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free
    time to wander the colourful market stalls before a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant.

    Continue your journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo. The town, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning and was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. At the end of the tour you will be
    transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Lunch is included. Dinner tonight is at leisure. Your guide will recommend local places to eat.

    *Due to limited space for luggage storage on trains,
    luggage restrictions apply: one bag or backpack (carry-on luggage) with a maximum weight of 5.0 kg/11 lb, measuring no more than 62 linear inches/157 linear cm (height + length + width)

    Day 16

    Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

    An early morning start for your first sights of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430 metres above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites, but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world’s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas bandoned the city just prior to Spanish
    colonisation, the city was never pillaged and as a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition. With its location on a dramatic ridgeline surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three
    sides, the city of Machu Picchu is a remarkable place to visit. Machu Picchu was declared a
    UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. You will be astonished by your first view of
    Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as
    the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries. Tour includes
    guided group tour, and return bus from Aguas Calientes village.

    **Please be aware that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind the Machu Picchu ruins). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit. Please contact your sales consultant if you would like to
    do this.

    **Due to new regulations at Mach Picchu, our entry permits allow us to explore Machu
    Picchu between 6am-12noon. If you require longer, dditional fees apply. Please ask for more
    details. Subject to change at any time. Later in the afternoon we travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at
    Ollantaytambo Train Station, we will transfer by road back to your hotel in Cusco.

    *Due to limited space for luggage storage on trains, luggage restrictions apply: one bag or backpack (carry-on
    luggage) with a maximum weight of 5.0 kg/11 lb, measuring no more than 62 linear inches/157 linear cm (height + length + width)

    Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

    Day 17

    Cusco - Free Day

    Today is at leisure allowing you to spend wandering the cobble-stoned streets of the
    ancient Inca capital. With treasures around every
    corner, Cusco is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Vibrant markets and stores give the traveller a plethora of shopping opportunities set amongst fine Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. The
    UNESCO World Heritage city is lined with history and ancient monuments, a truly enthralling city to spend time in. This evening, enjoy dinner and
    show in a nearby restaurant.

    Cusco - Free Day

    Day 18

    Cusco to Peru Amazon

    You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight from
    Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado, you will be met to transfer by land and a 45-minute boat journey to Posada Amazonas.

    Check-in to your unique three-walled bedroom to truly experience the Amazon. Climb the staircase to the 30 metre scaffolding canopy tower, allowing exceptional treetop views of the Tambopata River
    winding through dense jungle. Look out for toucans, parrots and macaw flying overhead.
    Lectures are provided in the evening focusing on cotourism projects. 3 nights Posada Amazonas, Superior room.

    Cusco to Peru Amazon

    Day 19

    Peru Amazon

    After breakfast we head to Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake, 30 minutes by boat and then a 45 minute hike from the lodge. At the lake we set out in a catamaran, keeping a look out for giant river otters, caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers.
    There is a resident family of 9 giant river otters here. After lunch at the lodge, an informative Ethnobotanical Tour will be conducted by a local group who run a small medicinal clinic using forest
    plants. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose to attend their small clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different
    medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants. In the evening after dinner, there is an optional night walk to find nocturnal animals by the reflection from their eyes in the flashlights, whilst listening
    to the hive of activity at this time.

    Day 20

    Peru Amazon

    Enjoy the spectacle of a clay lick just a short walk from the lodge to see dozens of beautifully coloured parakeets and parrots. Later, trek from
    the lodge on the Ceiba Trail for two hours, studying the natural history of the rainforest with
    your knowledgeable guide. Following lunch, take a
    boat downriver to the community of Infierno to
    visit their farm of Amazon crops.

    Peru Amazon

    Day 21

    Puerto Maldonado to Lima

    After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for your flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.

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