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South America Discovery

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Tour Pace: Active
Downtown Lima, Peru
Tour Style: Value
15 Days from $3,128 per person

A trip across South America's most influential and intoxicating countries—the icons of Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Three of South America's most popular, diverse and colorful countries are revealed on this journey into their capitals, cultures and communities.

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  1. Welcome to Rio de Janerio. Get settled in at your hotel and start exploring before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Mirador
  2. Today, visit the Cosme Velho district where you will board a cogwheel train. Wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Disembark at the top of Corcovado Mountain to stand next to one of the Seven Modern World Wonders, Christ the Redeemer. From here you have unparalleled views of the "Marvellous City." After, drive along some of the most famous beaches in the world—Copacabana and Ipanema. The rest of the day is free.
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  3. Today, enjoy and explore. Perhaps board a helicopter and soar high over Rio or visit one of Rio's hillside favelas, interacting with locals and gaining a new understanding of Brazilian society. Maybe discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, home to artists, galleries, museums and eateries, or relax on the beach. This evening, join your fellow traveling companions at a local churrascaria where meat is cooked in the churrasco style.
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  4. Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls. Located where the Iguassu River empties its waters into the Parana River, the falls form the world's widest waterfalls. Settle into your hotel this evening where dinner is served.
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    hotel:Viale Cataratas
  5. This morning, enter Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk the catwalk that leads to the bottom of Devil's Throat, enjoying magnificent views. Your afternoon is at leisure. Consider several optional experiences for your leisure time: embark on the Macuco Safari for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the falls or visit Bird Park, home to more than 900 native birds while walking through subtropical forests. For the more adventurous, consider aerial views of the falls from a helicopter flight.
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  6. Depart from your hotel with a quick customs stop. Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, take a scenic drive up to the Argentinean Iguassu National Park. Visit the Argentinean Falls and visitor's center, then proceed to the river cascades and falls aboard the Ecological Jungle Train to the most impressive observation point, Devil's Throat. This afternoon, fly to Buenos Aires.
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    hotel:De las Americas
  7. Today, see the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world and pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Arrive at the main square, Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by the Government House and the first City Hall. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral before continuing on through San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Visit La Boca, a very colorful area of painted houses. Continue to Recoleta Cemetery, home to the grave of Eva Duarte, "Evita." This evening, enjoy dinner and a Tango show in historic Buenos Aires where the golden age of Tango shines once again. Experience the great Argentinean passion with a live orchestra and classic Tango dancers.
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  8. Set out into the city or join several optional excursions. Perhaps learn about the life of the Gauchos where you'll appreciate the charm of the Argentinean landscape as you travel to the Pampas. Round out your day in the countryside with a barbecue lunch, Argentinean wines, folk music, traditional dances and Gaucho games. Or consider an optional trip to Tigre and Delta Rio de la Plata, the aristocratic northern district of San Isidro. Enjoy a boat excursion around some of the stunning islands of this delta. Your Travel Director will be more than happy to help you decide.
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  9. This morning, fly to Lima, the "City of the Kings." Upon arrival, explore this city at your leisure.
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    hotel:La Hacienda
  10. Today, discover the famous Plaza Mayor and Cathedral. See the Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace and City Hall. Visit the San Francisco Monastery, an interesting museum featuring mysterious catacombs. Your afternoon is free. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a lively dinner at a local restaurant.
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  11. Take a morning flight to Cusco where you visit Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum where you can see llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanucos. Learn about the traditional weaving techniques of the locals before strolling through the famous Pisac Market. After lunch, settle into your hotel. This evening, join your new friends for dinner at a local restaurant.
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    hotel:La Casona de Yucay
  12. This morning, transfer to Ollantaytambo to board your train to Aguas Calientes, the village at the feet of Machu Picchu. As you make your way through Sacred Valley, the train passes little villages and rugged mountains. Transfer to the shuttle system that completes your journey to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Return to Sacred Valley and share your impressions of Machu Picchu with friends over dinner.
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  13. This morning, visit Pablo Seminario's workshop. See beautiful pottery incorporating the techniques and styles of the ancient cultures of Peru. On the way to Cusco, visit a local home in Ollantaytambo, sampling the millenary beverage of the Incas at a chicheria and view the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Once at your hotel, the evening is free.
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    hotel:San Agustin Plaza
  14. Today, view Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun." Discover the Cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from Escuela Cuzquena, Cusco's School of Art. Walk through the Inca Street of Loreto, with its remarkable Incan wall construction. Discover the San Pedro market, known for its local products. Later this evening, join your Travel Director and traveling companions for dinner at a local restaurant featuring a folkloric show of song and dance.
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  15. This morning, your Peruvian adventure comes to an end or extend your vacation in Puno and Lake Titicaca.
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Intra-Air Included

Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

Meal Summary

14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest from your cogwheel train
  • Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the tropical Iguassu National Park
  • Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colorful city
  • Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs
  • Visit the famous Pisac Market and stop at the Awanakancha Living Museum where you may see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas
  • Journey to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show
  • Definite Departure
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All prices are per person twin-share. Single rooms available at a supplement. 

Single Supplement from: $775
Please note that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay tips to Travel Director and Driver $158 per person. 

Intra-Air: Prices include economy airfare and related charges between Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls, Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires - Lima, and Lima - Cusco and require the purchase of round trip flights on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. 

Please note that this trip experiences high elevations. We recommend guests with existing medical conditions consult their physicians prior to travel. 

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