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15 days visit Lima – Sacred Valley (Yucay) – Cusco – Puno – Lima – Iguassu – Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro

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Day 01 – Thursday Lima

Arrival at the airport in Lima where you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

Lima was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro as “The city of the kings” and became the capital and most important city of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Today it is still Peru’s most important city as it gives home to about 9 million people, almost 30% of the national population. The historical city centre comes with splendid colonial style architecture, ample squares as the Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) and grand churches which yielded it the declaration as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In its modern quarters such as Miraflores and San Isidro you can find present day architecture, rich entertainment possibilities and a great number of first class hotels and restaurants. Peruvian cuisine is excellent and gets more and more famous in the world and Peruvians are extremely proud of their typical dishes.

Overnight at Hotel in Lima
Category A Property: Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores 3*+ or similar (standard room)
Category B Property: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

Day 02 – Friday Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon Arrival Transfer to the Hotel in the Urubamba Valley, known as Sacred Valley, where the Urubamba River, a headstream of the Amazon passes through.

Cusco – South America’s archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city is now one of Peru’ s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still remaining its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets.
Cusco also boasts magnificent repositories of colonial art – fine examples can be found in the Cathedral and Museum of Archaeology.

On your way to the Urubamba Valley you will undertake a short visit to the sanctuary Cochahuasi Wasi. You will have the opportunity to see Pumas, Condors and Aras. The small conservation project is not comparable with a Zoo. It’s also possible to get an insight in the Andean web techniques. You will continue to the “Mercado de Urubamba” and on the way you will have lunch in a typical local restaurant. The “Mercado de Urubamba” is an authentic market where real bartering takes place. The rural people of the surroundings sell and barter agricultural products as well as animals. It is also the place where locals exchange gossips and news.

Overnight at Hotel in Sacred Valley
Category A Property: Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay 3* or similar (standard room)
Category B Property: Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness 5* or similar (colonial room)

Day 03 – Saturday Sacred Valley

For the morning program the following optional tours can be booked on site:

Optional: Pisac Market (4h)
Visit of the typical Pisac market in the small village of Pisac. Here a very special and traditional market takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A large handicraft market is organized by the Pisac and Cusco craftsmen who exhibit and sell a wide variety of fine crafts such as woven goods, Alpaca rugs, tapestry, sculpture, jewellery. The other days a smaller market is held.

Optional: Moray and Maras (4)
The excursion starts with the visit to Moray, a little Andean community which is famous for its embedded amphitheater, formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear into the interior of the puna, like an artificial crater. Evidences seem to suggest that Moray was an important Inca agricultural research center. Finally, you will be transferred to visit the Salt Mines of Maras. With the salt which is tapped by exposing salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio in men-made wells to the sun, people earn their living. The view of this complex of nearly 3,000 wells is spectacular. The local people demonstrate the ancient techniques to visitors, even allowing you to participate.
**Remarks: Visits are not recommended during the rainy season (November to April)

Optional: Urubamba River Rafting (3h, 1h30min in the river)
At the given time passengers will be picked up from their hotels to be transferred to Pachar in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where their guide will be waiting for them ready with all the equipment. Here passengers will receive rafting equipment and a safety briefing (toilet facilities and changing rooms available). After a brief practice on the flat parts of the river, we will start our journey on easy waters while admiring the spectacular views of the mountains and archaeological remains. Afterwards we will continue towards Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces. At that time we will experience class 2-3 rapids, to finish with “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a strong class 3 rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. We will then reach our river take out located in the community of Cachiccata (Toilets available) just 10 minutes by car from Ollantaytambo.
Includes:
– Professional bilingual mountain bike guide
– Equipment: First-aid Kit, repairing kit, front-suspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves
Not Included:
– Entrance fee and visit to Ollantaytambo Archeological site.
**Remarks: Level: Class 2-3 rapids, Season: All year round

Optional: Biking at the Sacred Valley: Yanahuara (4h, 2h30min of biking)
We will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a one hour drive to Paucarbamba bridge. Here we will receive a safety briefing and will adjust our bikes for the ride. We will go through a trail following the Urubamba River, the sacred river of the Incas, until we reach the town of Pachar. From here we will take an easy descend through an ancient Inca trail that passes through farming fields and Inca terraces until we will get to the Inca bridge.
Includes:
– Orientation briefing
– Private transportation from hotel to start point of ride and from end of ride to hotel
– Professional bilingual mountain bike guide
– First-aid Kit
– Repairing kit
– Front-suspension mountain bike
– Helmet
– Gloves
Not Included:
– Entrance fee and visit to Ollantaytambo Archeological site.
**Remarks: Level: Easy Ride. No prior experience required, Season: All year round

Optional: Hiking, Ollantaytambo – Cachicata (3h)
Early in the morning, we will you pick you up from your hotel, on the way we will admire the imposing Urubamba range, along with potato fields to Ollantaytambo where Our hike will begin at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River.

Our hike starts going up an Inca trail through terraces and tombs, until reaching the base of one of the most important mountains of the area, the Apu Buena Negra, a granite geological formation. From this area we will have an impressive view of the Verónica Mountain, one of the most important in the Urubamba range, as well as a great view of the Pakaritampu pyramid, based on the agricultural terraces, and the town of Ollantaytambo and its fortress. Here we will enjoy our box lunch, followed by our descent while we admire breathtaking views in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its beautiful typical little houses, its green corn fields, which are irrigated by the sacred river of the Incas.

The hike ends at “El Rancho” in the nice community of Cachiccata’s. The houses in this community were built on stone foundations, using adobes (mud bricks) to build houses of only one or two stories high, all with roofs made of straw. Transportation will wait for us in the community of Cachiccata, to take us to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Includes:
– First-aid kit with oxygen
**Remarks: Level: Demanding. Good physical condition required, Season: All year round

In the afternoon, a visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community, is included. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo we will find the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone terraces rising from the edge of town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out on them. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls.

Day 04 – Sunday Yucay – Machu Pichu – Cusco
Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town.

Machu Picchu called the Lost City of the Incas, this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with impressive delicacy, exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure – it is one of the most impressive sites in the world.

Enjoy a guided visit of around 2 hours of the ruins and return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight at Hotel in Cusco

Category A Property: Hotel Eco Inn 3* or similar (standard room)
Category B Property: Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique 5* or similar (classic room)

Day 05 – Monday Cusco
Cusco – South America’s archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city is now one of Peru’ s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still remaining its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets. Cusco also boasts magnificent repositories of colonial art – fine examples can be found in the Cathedral and Museum of Archaeology.

Today you will start for a half day city tour. It will be shown the exact centre of the Incan Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings; some of them are being used as hotels.
Proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin site located approx. 3 km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view over the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins.

**Remark: – To protect the historic center of Cusco, vehicles are no longer allowed in the main square.

The afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 06 – Tuesday Cusco – Puno
A full day bus tour from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks of the Andes, small villages and reaches its highest point in La Raya at 4.300 m above sea level. On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included.
Upon arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.

Puno – The beauty and charm of Puno town is made up by its habitant’s kind personality and by its mixture of typical Andean architecture that is to be found all way down from the sides of the hills until the bank of the Titicaca Lake. Its archaeological, cultural and architectural variety and richness owes Puno to the fact that it once has been inhabited by three different civilizations on the banks of the Titicaca Lake: Aymara, Quechua and Spanish. This multicultural origin has created a mestizo race that is also found in their artistic and cultural expression and especially in an incomparable folklore which is second to none and has made Puno the “Folklore Capital of Peru”. But the main attraction of Puno is the Titicaca Lake, a must for any visitor. The Sacred Lake of the Incas is one of the most enigmatic places in the world. It is the highest navigable lake and combines beautiful sights, culture and history.

Overnight at Hotel in Puno

Category A Property: Hotel Jose Antonio Puno 3*+ or similar (standard room)
Category B Property: Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca 4* or similar (classic room)

Day 07 – Wednesday Puno – Lima
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Puno’s dock where you will depart towards the Uros Islands on Titicaca Lake. The Uros are 40 small floating islands made of packed totora (reed), located within the Titicaca National Reserve. Here the inhabitants of the lake, the Uros, live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs and idiosyncrasies.
After visiting the Uros Islands we will continue by boat to Taquile Island. There are no roads or electricity in Taquile and the locals have maintained their traditions and culture and many still wear traditional dresses. The Taquileños are known for their high-quality handicrafts, especially for the knitting, which is exclusively performed by males. In the main square there is a cooperative shop, selling woollen goods and hand-woven items, as well as a small church.

A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included.

Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Juliaca.

Flight to Lima (not included) and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Lima
Category A Property: Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores 3*+ or similar (standard room)
Category B Property: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

Day 08 – Thursday Lima
In the afternoon you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of this convent is the visit of the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs.

Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.

Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle founded the museum on July 28, 1926, in the Chiclin sugar estate in Trujillo, naming it as his father as an expression of filial homage. In 1958 he moved the collection to Lima, installing the Museum in a Colonial house in the district of Pueblo Libre, where it currently functions. This locale was adapted to the characteristics style of the 18th century Colonial houses from Trujillo. The approximate 45,000 objects of the collection have been exhibited to the public in the Permanent Hall, Jewelry Vault and the Classified Storage Area ever since.
The Halls of the Larco Museum are organized by subjects. The Metals, Ceramics, the Stones, the Culture, the Great Jewelry Vault and Textile Halls emphasize the technological aspects by Pre-Columbian cultures. Finally the World’s unique Erotic Hall gives us a glimpse of the fascinating sexual life of ancient Peruvians.

Day 09 – Friday Lima – Iguassu
Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Lima. Flight to Iguassu and transfer to the hotel.

Iguassu – one of the biggest wonders of nature in South America: located amidst a sub-tropical forest in the triangle of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, a gigantic row of waterfalls goes down into the river Iguassu.

Overnight at Hotel in Iguassu
Category A Property: Hotel Recanto Park 3* or similar (standard room)
Category B Property: Hotel Mabu Foz 4* or similar (master room)

Day 10 – Saturday Iguassu
You will leave your hotel on the Brazilian side by motor coach and cross the Iguassu National Park towards the Brazilian Falls. You walk along the paths following the cascades and then along the catwalk which leads you very close to the bottom of the Devil’s Throat. You will enjoy magnificent views. Afterwards you take an elevator to go up back to the road, and there you will board the motor coach which will take you to the Argentiniean side of the falls.

You will make a short stop at the Visitor’s Centre and proceed from there along the Inferior Circuit, the down-river falls, to the Superior Circuit, the up-river cascades. The Ecological Jungle Train leads you to the most impressive observation point of the falls – The Devil´s Throat. After visit transfer to the hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls.

Day 11 – Sunday Iguassu – Buenos Aires
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel.

Buenos Aires – is not only the capital of Argentina; it is also one of the 10 most important metropolises in the world and the centre of the political, economic and intellectual life of the country. This cosmopolitan city – with great European cultural influence – displays a refined taste in its cooking, in its ”boutiques” and in the elegance of its inhabitants. Almost 12 million people live there and can enjoy the plentiful night life visiting ”tango” bars, cabarets, discotheques, restaurants or eternally open bars. During the day, a wide variety of attractions is offered: museums, art galleries, tasteful shops, fascinating antiques, large green areas, parks, wide tree lined boulevards, clubs and sporting events. The Italian-Spanish descent of the inhabitants has formed this modern metropolis. Feel the flair, above all in the Italian old quarter La Boca and in the wide streets with cafes from the turn of the century. At the Plaza de Mayo, in the political centre of town, is the starting point of this tour through this exciting capital. The widest street of the world, the very famous opera house and also the shopping street Florida make Buenos Aires unforgettable.

Overnight at Hotel in Buenos Aires
Category A Property: Hotel Broadway Suites 4* or similar (junior suite)
Category B Property: 725 Continental 5* or similar (superior room)

Day 12 – Monday Buenos Aires
After breakfast you will visit the most important sites during a city tour. You will drive to the Plaza de Mayo, with the Casa Rosada, the pink house, seat of the government, the Cabildo (town hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, home of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The tour goes onto the district San Telmo. Until 1888 this part of the city was a river port, today San Telmo is one of the most modern and desired places to live in Buenos Aires. The worker district La Boca is famous for its colourful tin-houses and its history as living district of Italian seamen and dock workers in the 19th century. The Barrio Norte called Recoleta is the quarter of the rich of Buenos Aires. On the cemetery of Recoleta one will find the grave of Eva Duarte who became famous as Evita Perón. Continue along the widest avenue in the world, the Avenida 9 de Julio, and continue to the Plaza Lavalle with the Federal Court of Justice and the Teatro Colón, to Palermo with its parks and gardens. Return to the hotel.

Afternoon free at leisure – following optional tours can be booked with our ground operator:

Optional: half day Tigre Tour. From your hotel we will drive along the Northern residential districts of the city, until getting to San Isidro, a colonial and aristocratic area. You will see the mansions and houses in front of the River Plate. You will continue the driving to Tigre, a charming area near Buenos Aires city where a great number of summer residences, yacht clubs and rowing clubs attract the week-end activity of many “porteños”.
The Tigre Delta with its rivers, streams and numerous green islands is one of the most attractive areas for visitors. The continuous sediment of the Paraná River, which gives the river and estuary their particular brownish-red color, forms the Delta islands.

Enjoy a boat excursion (1 hour) along the innumerable channels of the Paraná-Delta to see some of the hundreds of islands covered with luxuriant vegetation. Drive back to the city via the Panamericana highway.

Optional: Visit of a Tango Show incl. dinner at the Restaurant Viejo Almacen.

Day 13 – Tuesday Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrival in Rio and transfer to the hotel.

Rio de Janeiro founded in 1556, the city of St. Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro became the capital of the Colony of Brazil in 1776. In 1808 the Portuguese royal family fled Napoleon and settled in Rio. This brought a surge of progress and the city became the main cultural, political and economic centre of the Portuguese empire. In 1889, when the republic was proclaimed, Rio was confirmed as the country’s capital, which it remained until 1960, when the construction of the new capital, Brasilia, was founded. Rio is situated in a 15-mile-strip of land, wedged between mountains and sea. There are some thirty miles separating downtown Flamengo, from far-flung Recreio, bordered on one side by the blue sea, on the other by verdant hills. Between them lies a colourful state of mind called CARIOCA, with almost 8 million locals who samba their way through life, relaxed and high-spirited. That is just the way it should be in Rio, surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, with Christ the Redeemer perched on top of Corcovado blessing the city and Sugar Loaf, one of the most famous postcards of our country.

Overnight at Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Category A Property: Hotel Windsor Plaza Copacabana 3-4* or similar (superior room)
Category B Property: Hotel Windsor Excelsior Copacabana 4* or similar (superior room)

Day 14 – Wednesday Rio de Janeiro
Leaving the hotel and proceeding as far as Cosme Velho Station to board a cog-train(*) for the ride through Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain at 748 m (2.454 ft) high. The train ride takes 20 minutes and is a wonderful opportunity for a closer look at the forest’s lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado and then proceeding up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, passengers will descend by train. The tour proceeds passing by Rio’s world-famous beaches as far as Urca District to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain at 390 m (1.280 ft) high. Then coming down and proceeding along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park as far as downtown.

Visit downtown area, passing by the financial and business centre and by other attractions such as the Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theatre, National Library, Fine Arts Museum, and by the Sambadrome, site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade.

(*) or Vans certificated by the city´s administration departure from Largo do Machado where the van stop is located and go to top of Corcovado.

Optional: Rio by night – Show in the evening
Visit a folklore and Carnival show featuring skilled dancers, entertainers, samba bands and wonderful costumes in a wonderful display of Brazilian folklore and Carnival.

Day 15 – Thursday Rio de Janeiro
Transfer to the airport for your international flight back home (not included).

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE DATES 2016:
22.09.2016 | 06.10.2016 | 20.10.2016 | 24.11.2016

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE DATES 2017:
07.01.2017 | 21.01.2017 | 04.02.2017 | 04.03.2017 | 18.03.2017 | 13.05.2017 | 27.05.2017 | 17.06.2017 | 15.07.2017 | 19.08.2017 | 16.09.2017 | 07.10.2017 | 21.10.2017 | 25.11.2017


Based on Category A
$3050
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Seat in coach or minimum 4 passengers: $3050
  • Private 2 – 3 passengers: $4365
  • Single supplement: $1075

Based on Category B
$3650
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Seat in coach or minimum 4 passengers: $3650
  • Private 2 – 3 passengers: $4885
  • Single supplement: $1550

There are five inter-tour flights required. The airfares given below are only for reference.
LIMA – CUSCO + JULIACA – LIMA – IGUASSU – BUENOS AIRES – RIO DE JANEIRO

net p. p. USD 1.298,00 incl. Q-tax and national airport tax

Additional Information

OVERVIEW

Peru – Also known as The Kingdom of the Sun, Peru is one of the most representative countries of Latin America with the treasures of Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu and more.
Argentina – the second biggest state of South America and a fascinating land of contrasts where the exceptional is almost commonplace.
Brazil – with this term one associates endless Amazon jungle, wonderful beaches, Rio de Janeiro, carnival and samba. This is all correct but in reality, Brazil is much more, a huge country of the superlatives

DEPARTURE

Group departure guaranteed for minimum 4 travelers and maximum 16 passengers. Private departure guaranteed for minimum 1 traveler

HOTELS

Category A Property: As indicated in the itinerary.
Category B Property: As indicated in the itinerary.

INCLUSIONS

Middle Class or Comfort Class Hotel with daily breakfast as listed in the itinerary,
Round trip airport/hotel/airport transfers
Sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
Current taxes, entrance fees, tax & service charge in the hotels and the obligatory luggage fees at the airports and in the hotels based on one piece per passenger.
Meals are included as and when mentioned in our programme (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Domestic airfares, personal expenses, extras in the hotels, tips to guides and drivers and beverages

QUESTIONS

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