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South American Panorama

Days 1 – 2

Meet your tour manager at Heathrow for your flight with Iberia to Lima via Madrid. On arrival transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection hotel for two nights. enjoy a guided tour of Peru’s capital, exploring the city’s colonial centre and discovering antiquities at the archaeological museum.

Days 3 – 4

Fly to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, in the Peruvian Amazon. Continue by boat along the Madre de Dios River to the Reserva Amazonica Lodge for two nights. The area is home to a variety of remarkable wildlife including parrots, caiman, toucans, monkeys, tapirs and thousands of species of butterfly.

Lunch and dinner

Days 5 – 6

Fly to Cuzco. On arrival, transfer to a Standard room in the Casa Andina Private Collection in the Sacred Valley for two nights. Carved through the Andes, the Sacred Valley is a beautiful area once revered by the ancient Incas. We include a full day excursion to explore the Sacred Valley, visiting the dramatic hilltop ruins at Ollyantaytambo and the charming market at Pisac.

Day 7

A memorable journey by Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Long sought by the conquistadors but never found, this remarkable site was eventually rediscovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu hotel.

Lunch and dinner

Day 8 – 9

Time at leisure to enjoy the variety of activities available at the hotel or revisit the ruins. In the afternoon continue by rail to Cuzco for two nights at the Libertador Palacio Del Inka.

Day 10

Travel across the high Altiplano aboard the Andean Explorer train to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy dramatic mountain vistas as you climb out from Cuzco before continuing across the vast Andean plains. This will be the highest part of your whole trip with a stop at over 14,000 feet above sea level. On arrival in the late afternoon transfer to the Libertador in Puno overlooking the lake for one night.

Lunch and dinner

Day 11

Transfer to Copacabana, in neighbouring Bolivia for a hydrofoil cruise across the lake, visiting the important Incan sites of Sun and Moon Island. Continue to Huatajata, to visit the Andean roots eco-village, spending time with a Kallaway (natural medicine doctor) and learning about the tortora reed boats. Overnight at the Inca Utama hotel (three star).

Lunch and dinner

Days 12 – 13

Continue to Bolivia’s largest city, La Paz – the highest capital city in the world. Tour the heart of the town with its fine colonial buildings and colourful markets before heading out to see the remarkable scenery of the Moon Valley. Spend two nights at the Radisson Plaza.

1 lunch

Days 14 – 15

Fly La Paz to Santiago, arriving late afternoon and check in to the Plaza el Bosque for two nights. A short tour introduces you to Chile’s capital, one of the most developed in South America.

Days 16 – 17

An early start for the onwards flight to Buenos Aires, dubbed the ‘Paris of the Americas’ this elegant city has a distinct European feel with wide boulevards and

classical architecture and you will enjoy a a city tour. Spend two nights at the excellently located Emperador Hotel, an evening visit to a traditional tango show is included.

1 dinner

Days 18 – 19

Fly north to spectacular Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders with over 270 cascades spread over almost two miles. The most impressive of which is the Garganta del Diablo (devil’s throat) a U-shaped cliff marking the border between Argentina and Brazil. Visit both sides of the falls during your two nights at the Sheraton Iguazu.

Days 20 – 21

Fly onwards by TAM Brazilian Airlines to the city of Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the Sofitel Rio for two nights. Rio is a magnificent city and there is much to discover including the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Hill and the wonderful beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. There is free time to explore Rio before our special farewell dinner.

1 dinner

Day 22

Overnight Iberia flight back to Heathrow via Madrid.

 

Destination:
South America

Locations:
Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil

Nights:
21

Type:
4* hotels, breakfast throughout