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Magical South America - Small Group Escorted Tour with South American Paths

TOUR OVERVIEW : Explore the real South America in this magical 24 days escorted small group tour and discover the best time and places to visit like the vibrant city of Buenos Aires that seduces with its street side tango or the amazing Iguazu Falls located between Argentina & Brazil. Enjoy the views, the culture and the vibes of the spectacular Rio de Janeiro. Get inmerse of the Inca culture and their legacy. Discovering the ruins of Machu Picchu and navigating the lake Titicaca the birthplace of the Incas. Travel to the cosmopolitan and modern city of Santiago de Chile learning about its culture, food and art.

Get a discount of $400pp off the full price of the tour ($2,300pp) if you book by 31 March 2020!

To book contact Caro & Janet at milford@worldtravellers.co.nz or call 09 3203514

INCLUSIONS:

  • International flights from Auckland.
  • Internal flights in South America
  • Superior class accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals specified on the itinerary
  • Tour Host - Jaime de la Maza
  • Activities, excursions specified on the itinerary and much more.

DAY 01 - 15 May, 2020

International Flight: Auckland - Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires: Transfer in from the Buenos Aires International airport to the hotel located in the beautiful neighborhood of San Telmo .

Dinner included at typical Argentinian restaurant in San Telmo (set menu, drinks included)

Overnight : Superior class accommodation

DAY 02 - 16 May, 2020

Morning half day walking tour of San Telmo. Sant Telmo is one the oldest neighbrood in Buenos Aires.The tour includes visit to the antique shops, Museo Historico Nacional, Mercado de San Telmo, El Zanjón de Granados museum (tickets included ), art streets, Buenos Aires city center, Casa Rosada (pass by), Corrientes street and florida street.

Lunch included at a local typical restaurant in La Boca (set menu, drinks included) Afternoon tour to La Boca and Recoleta.

Tango show with dinner at a local special place in San Telmo. (set menu, drinks included)

Overnight : Superior class accommodation

DAY 03 - 17 May, 2020

Free day to explore the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.

Dinner included at a local & an authentic restaurant in Buenos Aires (set menu, drinks included)

Overnight : Superior class accommodation

DAY 04 - 18 May, 2020

Transfer from the hotel to the domestic airport in Buenos Aires.

Flight Buenos Aires to Iguazu

Transfer in Iguazu airport to the Hotel.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 05 - 19 May, 2020

Tour to the Argentinean and Brazilian falls (National Park entrance fee included) Part of the tour excursion through the Iguazu National Park is done with the Ecological Train of the Jungle. With this, we will travel between the different traditional circuits that have to be covered on foot: Lower Circuit, Superior Circuit and “La Garganta del Diablo”. Lower Circuit: it is composed of a set of strategically designed walkways that allow the most diverse views of the Falls and an intimate encounter with the waterfalls and enchanting corners of the jungle. Superior Walk: this circuit allows access to the panoramic views of the Falls from the Upper Iguazú.

We will enjoy also the Great Adventure tour in Iguazu Falls, an excursion that allows the approach to the Falls. “Garganta del Diablo”: in this circuit, it is possible to see the fascinating landscape that shows the islands and coasts of the Iguazu River before arriving at the Devil's Throat, the most imposing and beautiful fall of the Iguazú Falls. This waterfall, shaped like a horseshoe, is 150 m wide and 80 m high; is surrounded by clouds of steam formed by the great flow of water that hits breaking the river bed. The swifts, are a fundamental part of this landscape, birds that rest on the stones behind the falls of water.

Overnight : Superior class accommodation

DAY 06 - 20 May, 2020

Transfer out from the hotel to the brazilian side airport.

Flight Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro

Transfer in from the Rio de Janeiro International airport to the hotel in Ipanema

Overnight : Superior class accommodatio

DAY 07 - 21 May, 2020

Full day visit to Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) via cogwheel train,
lunch and Sugar Loaf (with cable car tickets). And enjoy the magnificent view of this wonderful City.

Lunch included in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

Day 08 - 22 May, 2020

Free day to discover the beaches, the vives and the music of Rio de Janeiro.

Dinner included at an authentic restaurant in the bohemian neightboord of Lapa.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 09 - 23 May, 2020

Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Rio de Janeiro .

Flight Rio de Janeiro to Lima

Transfer to the hotel in Lima . The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 10 |- 24 May, 2020

Pick up around 10:00 am to explore Lima´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fascinating historic buildings. The route begins at the traditional Pueblo Libre district, where you visit the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. The museum boasts a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jeronimo de Aliaga. This is the only house from that time, still belonging to the same family. Continue with a scenic tour through the colonial downtown. See the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Admire Lima´s Cathedral, built during the 16th century. Finish the trip returning to the hotel.

In the afternoon you will have a walking tour of Barranco, the most colorful and artistic neighborhood of Lima, which has numerous bars and restaurants, beautiful colonial houses and good craft shops, for you to discover its streets and postcard looking scenarios. Then visit the Mario Testino Museum, where the famous Peruvian fashion photographer displays pictures and costumes that catalog his career worldwide. When finished, you will have free time to enjoy a delicious coffee at a local Cafe and give a perfect ending to this tour.

Dinner included at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 11 - 25 May, 2020

You will have a free day to explore Lima.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 12 - 26 May, 2020

Tranfer from hotel to the airport in Lima.

Flight Lima to Cuzco

Transfer from Cusco Airport to your hotel.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 13 - 27 May, 2020

Walking tour: Today you will participate on a walking tour starting at the Coricancha Temple, one of the most important buildings in the city. It was one of the most important centers of worship to the Sun God of the Incas that was converted into a convent after the arrival of the Spanish. Then visit the wonderful Cusco Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664, and end the tour visiting the San Pedro market, a pantry of thousands of products from different areas of the region. Finally, you will return to your hotel. * The visit to San Pedro market can be replaced by a visit to Casa Concha, an old colonial mansion that houses an impressive collection of Inca pieces from Machu Picchu.

Dinner at restaurant a local restaurant in Cuzco to enjoy the best panoramic views of the city.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 14 - 28 May, 2020

Cuzco to Sacred Valley. Begin the journey to the Pisac market, where the main town square is daily filled with dozens of stands that display and sell products created by the residents of the area. Find beautiful alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas of ancient Inca pieces. Then you will be transferred to the new and impressive Inkariy museum, which presents a new vision of the pre-Hispanic cultures of ancient Peru through dioramas that recreate iconic scenes composed of hyper realistic characters, reflecting the native man with the clothing and ornamentation specific to each era.

After this tour you will have time for a nice local lunch. Continue to the Ollantaytambo Park, stopping at several points of interest. The town of Ollantaytambo is a typical example of urban inca planning still inhabited as in the past. At the end you will return to the hotel.

Lunch included

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 15 - 29 May, 2020

Transfer from the hotel in Sacred Valley at the established time and will drive you to the Ollantaytambo train station. The guide will assist us at the station.

After breakfast at the hotel, a transportation service will pick you us and transfer to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The 'Lost City of the Incas' is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel, presenting its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at the famous Café Inkaterra, a beautiful thatched-roof restaurant hemmed in between the railway and a mountain.

*Luggage: Please pack an overnight bag for this journey. Due to luggage restrictions aboard the trains to/from Machu Picchu, passengers may only take (1) one small handbag weighing no more than 5 kg (11 lbs).

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 16 - 30 May, 2020

The delicious breakfast at the hotel is followed by a relaxing morning at leisure. We strongly recommend waking up early today to see the breathtaking sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a must-have experience! The best views are from Huayna Picchu, which is about 360 metres above Machu Picchu, boasting an underground temple complex, and from Inti Punku, which offers even better views from about 390 metres above the citadel. Another option is the Inca Bridge, a secret military trail, which controlled the access to the citadel.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Aguas Calientes station and take the train back to Ollanta station. From here you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco. The second entrance to Machu Picchu is not included. A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from the Ollantaytambo train station at the established time, and will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco City.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 17 - 31 May, 2020

Enjoy the day to explore the magical city of Cuzco.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 18 - 01 June, 2020

We will travel by bus from Cusco to Puno for about seven hours. You will be transferred to your hotel upon your arrival. Enjoy lunch and guided visits along the way.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 19 - 02 June, 2020

Transfer to the lacustrine port of Puno, where a boat takes you to the floating island of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that populates a series of artificial islands built with totora plant, a type of reed which grows in the Titikaka lake. There they build their houses, also from totora. After a journey of an hour and a half, continue your trip to the island of Taquile. This island was part of the Inca Empire and its inhabitants speak quechua. Once there, receive a briefing about the island. Have a tasty lunch and start your return to Puno.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 20 - 03 June, 2020

Puno - Kasani - Copacabana - Isla del Sol - Inti Wata Cultural Complex - Copacabana - La Paz

We will continue our trip from Puno, Peru to Kasani (Bolivian border) including a transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary to board the catamaran cruise ship to sail to Sun Island while enjoying a snack on board. On this island, birthplace of the Inca Empire you'll visit the Inca Garden, Steps and Fountain, followed by the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, which includes 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 Kapac gazer, the largest variety of Andean camelids.

The Complex also includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka traditional reed vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Return to the catamaran to enjoy a buffet lunch on board while sailing towards Copacabana to then continue by land to La Paz city.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 21 | June 04, 2020

Pick up transfer from the hotel to visit the famous Witch Doctor's Market, San Francisco Colonial Church and the typical handicrafts of the Sagarnaga Street.The tour continues to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Then, visit the famous colonial street Jaen where interesting museums are clustered together, followed by a visit to the Killi Killi Viewpoint.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 22 | June 05, 2020

Transfer from the hotel to the airport in La Paz.

Flight La Paz to Santiago de Chile

Transfer in from the airport in Santiago de Chile to hotel.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 23 | June 06, 2020

Half walking tour of old Santiago. The City Tour will begin. The visit to the city is a tour of the historical, cultural and residential areas. External visit and the courtyards of the Government Palace "La Moneda", view of the historic center with the Guns Square, Cathedral, Central Post Office and Municipality. Then, we will pass through the main avenue of the city "La Alameda", Santa Lucia Hill, Forest Park, Museum of Fine Arts and the bohemian Lastarria & Bellavista neighborhood.

Dinner at local restaurant in Lastarria neighrhood.

Accommodation: Superior class accommodation

DAY 24 | June 07, 2020

Santiago - Valparaiso

Pick up in the morning to explore the central coast of Chile including Casablanca Winery Valley to taste one the best chilean wines. Then our tour will continue to the colorful hills of the historic port city of Valparaíso.

Inspiring poets and writers such as Rubén Darío, Gonzalo Rojas and Pablo Neruda, Valparaíso World Heritage is the cultural capital of Chile, a unique city and an explosion of color. Thanks to its maze-like hills (Cerros), its mysterious landscapes and historic center, Valparaíso, as it is affectionately known to locals, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. On the other hand, its sister city, Viña del Mar, was conceived from the beginning as the main vacation spot for Santiaguinos. The “Garden City”

Both cities are an hour and half from Santiago and are two of the most visited cities in Chile by foreigners and locals alike.

We will also get the chance to ride a vintage funicular, check out art streets with amazing views, and discover the secrets of Valparaiso

Afternoon transfer from Valparaiso to Santiago de Chille airport for your departure flight.

Flight Santiago de Chile - Buenos Aires - Auckland

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