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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 116

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Day 1: Lima

Bienviendos a Peru! Welcome to Peru and the start of your journey through the land of the Incas. Upon arrival into Lima International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. After check in spend some time with our rep discussing your up-coming trip. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure.

Day 2: Lima

For centuries Lima was considered the most beautiful city in Spanish America and today discover why with a morning sightseeing tour. Many of the city’s most imposing and important buildings were built around the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the old town. Here you’ll find the opulent facade of the Palacio de Gobierno, or Presidential Palace, where each day the ceremonial changing of the guard takes place. In the afternoon we will take you to Larco Musuem, with a shared English speaking guide.

Day 3: Lima - Cuzco

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, known to the Incas as the ‘navel of the world’. After you arrival transfer we explore what is considered the archaeological capital of South America, Cuzco is home to some of the finest examples of Inca history and architecture, which you will discover touring the sights of the Plaza de Armas, the Catedral and the Koricancha complex – a supreme example of Inca stonework. Head out further afield to tour the Kenko Amphitheatre, the fortified hunting lodge of Puca Pucara, the stunning imperial baths of Tambo Machay and the megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Day 4: Cuzco

Free day.

Day 5: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes

This morning a scenic train journey followed by a bus ride brings you to the legendary ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu. Set on a mountainous peak overlooking a deep canyon on the Urubamba River, the ancient Inca city is indeed one of South America’s most impressive sights. Be amazed by the incredibly well-preserved plazas, towers and temples as you enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

Day 6: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco

Today you are at leisure to re-enter Machu Picchu at your leisure (Entrance ticket not included) Later, our local rep will assist with your embarkation of the train back to Cuzco that arrives late in the evening.

Day 7: Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Today we meet you from Puerto Maldonado airport and the Hacienda Concepcion team will receive you and take you to there jetty to embark the speed boat transfer to the lodge. Overnight - Hacienda Concepcion.

Day 8: Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Today you have the opportunity to canoe around Lake Sandoval. After which you can take a 50 minute walk towards the Tambopata National Reserve and a 1 hr walk through "Terra Firma" forest, all with the assistance of a naturalist expert guide. (Certain activities are offered at an extra cost by the hotel). Later today you will have the opportunity to visit the interpretation centre and you will walk through treetops and wetlands.

Day 9: Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon - Cuzco

Today you will be transferred by boat back to the city where you will visit the Inkaterra butterfly house. Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Cuzco.

Day 10: Cuzco - Puno

Travelling by bus to the City of Puno. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters. Proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. Later we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile Centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture. Overnight in Puno - Lake Titicaca.

Day 11: Puno

After breakfast board a yacht from Puno port for a shared cruise and tour around the floating islands of Uros. Inhabited by fishermen and hunters, these beautiful islands are made from totora reeds and were built in order to escape the imposition of invading cultures. Your cruise continues to the genuine island of Amantani, renowned for the fine crafts made by inhabitants. Enjoy lunch in the community before visiting the hilltop sanctuaries of Pachatata and Pachamama the boat then returns to Puno by sunset.

Day 12: Puno - La Paz

Early land transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary, board the Catamaran Cruise Ship, snack on board while sailing to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain followed by the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display, and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids. Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Catamaran Cruise Ship to Chua harbor while enjoying a buffet lunch on board, land transfer to La Paz. Overnight in La Paz.

Day 13: La Paz

We visit the Witches Market, the Church of San Francisco and crafts shops on Sagarnaga Street. The tour continues to the Murillo Square, where the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace and Parliament buildings are. Then visit Jaen Street a colonial neighborhood where the most interesting museums in the city are clustered together, from there we will go to the replica of the Semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku Culture. Changing scenery, the tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and Florida. We visit to the spectacular Valley of the Moon, with the opportunity to take a short hike and visit a ceramic workshop where there will be a demonstration of this art.

Day 14: La Paz - Buenos Aires

This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires (Via Lima) Arriving into Buenos Aires a transfer awaits to take you to your hotel.

Day 15: Buenos Aires

This morning enjoy a guided city tour taking in the Neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral, the unusual dusty pink Government House and the history-packed Plaza de Mayo. Head to the neighbourhood of San Telmo where street performers gather to display the sensuous dance of tango, and continue to La Boca, a colourful suburb popular with local artists. Wander the attractive streets of Palermo until you reach Recoleta and the famous cemetery of the same name. Later in the evening you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Café de Los Angelitos for a night of love, passion, madness and glamour with a traditional tango show.

Day 17: Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls (Brazil)

After breakfast this morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazu, your base for exploring the magnificent Iguazu Falls. Enjoy a half day excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls, walking along catwalks that allow you to see the torrents of water at their most impressive.

Day 18: Iguazu Falls (Brazil) - Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are composed of over 250 separate cascades. Enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentinean side of the falls. A number of walking trails are available bringing you in front of or above the rapids. You’ll also see the dramatic Garganta del Diablo or Devil’s Throat, an awe-inspiring display of natural power.

Day 19: Iguazu Falls (Argentina) - Rio De Janeiro

Today we will transfer you to Foz do Iguacu airport, for the flight to Rio. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 20: Rio De Janeiro

The Sugar Loaf is a worldwide symbol of Rio de Janeiro. This visit is taken in two stages - The first one called "Morro da Urca" is 220 meters high, this mountain which is located in front of the famous "Sugar Loaf" and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Guanabara`s Bay when going up Sugar Loaf by cable car. Second stage the "Sugar Loaf" itself 395 meters high above the sea level - offering an incomparable panoramic view of Rio's skyline from one side. You will visit the main Rio de Janeiro touristic point that is The Christ the Redeemer Statue (one of the Seven Wonders of the New World ).

Day 21: Rio De Janeiro - Bariloche

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Bariloche. On arrival in Bariloche we will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 22: Bariloche

Today, you will discover the picturesque town of Bariloche by doing the "Circuito Chico" tour (Short Circuit). It starts along Nahuel Huapi Lake all the way up to Bonita Beach, where the Huemul Island chair lift can take you up to the top and appreciate the beautiful landscape surrounding Bariloche. The highlights are the Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno Lakes, the Trebol Lagoon, the San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas, Victoria Island, the Otto, Lopez, Catedral and Goye mountains. Continuing the trip, you will pass by the San Pedro Peninsula and will get to the Llao Llao peninsula. Then, after going around El Trebol lagoon, you will start heading back to the city.

Day 23: Bariloche - Puerto Varas

Today you will have the lake crossing through to Puerto Varas.

Days 24-25: Puerto Varas

The next 2 days are at leisure, for you to sit back and relax or explore on your own.

Day 26: Puerto Varas - Santiago

We will transfer you to Puerto Montt airport for the flight to Santiago. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 27: Santiago

Encircled by snow-capped Andean peaks, the city of Santiago enjoys a particularly spectacular setting. This morning join a group city tour to discover Santiago’s appealing blend of the old and new. Walking to the Plaza de Armas gaze at the handsome colonial architecture including the grandiose Catedral Metropolitana, the Post Office and the Santiago City Hall. Continue to the Government Palace and the older neighbourhood of Plaza Concha y Toro marked by cobblestone streets and elegant 20th century mansions. Heading east through neighbourhoods with a thoroughly modern appearance stop at a local handicrafts store where you can try a Pisco Sour.

Day 28: Santiago

Your South American adventure comes to an end today. We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.