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Colca Canyon

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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 163

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Day 1: Lima

Bienvenidos 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 - Cuzco

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, known to the Incas as the ‘navel of the world’. 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, on an afternoon scheduled tour. 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 3: Cuzco

Spend the day at your leisure exploring all the city has to offer.

Day 4: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes

This morning enjoy a scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes where you drop your bags then take the scenic bus ride brings you to the legendary ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu on a scheduled excursion. 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. After your tour, spend as long as you like the guide will give you a return ticket back to town where your hotel is located.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Sacred Valley

Sit back and enjoy the views as the landscape changes on your train journey to Ollantaytambo. Arriving here, our driver will take you to your Sacred Valley hotel in the town of Urubamba.

Day 6: Sacred Valley - Cuzco

Enjoy a full day with our expert local guide taking in the spectacular sites of the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo Fortress and Citadel, the archaeological complex of Pisac, formed of a collection of remains of Incan dwellings, temples and terracing and a in-depth look at the ancient town of Urubamba. Returning to Cuzco by the evening.

Day 7: Cuzco - Puno

This morning we drive you to the Terminal Terrestre where we assist you catching the bus to the lakeside city of Puno. Arriving here, a driver will take you onto your hotel.

Day 8: 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. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the town.

Day 9: Puno - La Paz

This morning you will be driven to Copacabana Sanctuary, where you board the Catamaran Cruise Ship destined to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Here, 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 centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids. After the tour you reach land once more and make the passing through customs and driving onto La Paz.

Day 10: La Paz

Enjoy a full day tour of this scenic city - visit world-class museums like the Gold, Murillo and Costumbrista, explore traditional street markets and head up to the Mirador de Killy Killy for fantastic views over the city. Later on marvel at the geological formations of the Vally of the moon, 10km outside of town.

Day 11: La Paz - Buenos Aires

Your Andean Adventure has come to an end, this morning we transfer you to La Paz airport in time for your flight further south to Buenos Aires. Arriving here, our local team await to take you to your hotel.

Day 12: Buenos Aires

This morning join a scheduled 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.

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Buenos Aires your own way – wander the city’s many distinctive barrios on the hunt for colourful street art or head to the markets for some souvenir shopping. Prided as a literary city, Buenos Aires has a number of fabulous book shops worth checking out, often housed in revamped historical buildings.

Day 14: Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

After breakfast this morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazu, your base for exploring the magnificent Iguazu Falls. Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are composed of over 250 separate cascades. Upon arrival a scheduled transfer will take you to your hotel, and later you will join a scheduled tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, walking along catwalks that allow you to see the torrents of water at their most impressive.

Day 15: Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

Enjoy a private 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 16: Iguazu Falls (Argentina) - Rio De Janeiro

This morning we will take across to Brazils Iguazu falls airport where you catch the flight to Rio De Janeiro. Arriving here, our team will drive you to your hotel.

Day 17: Rio De Janeiro

Joining fellow tourists today you head out to explore Sugar Loaf, Corcovado, Tijuca and the Botanical Gardens.

Day 18: Rio De Janeiro

Spend today at your leisure exploring all this incredible city has to offer.

Day 19: Rio De Janeiro

Sadly your journey has come to an end with a transfer to Rio Airport in time for your flight home.