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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 195

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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

(GROUP TOUR HALF DAY)For centuries Lima was considered the most beautiful city in Spanish America and today discover why with an insightful city 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. Nearby is the austere Catedral and various small palaces and balconied edifices that helped Lima claim UNESCO World Heritage status.

Day 3: Lima - Cuzco

(GROUP TOUR HALF DAY)After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, known to the Incas as the ‘navel of the world’. Known as 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 4: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes

(PRIVATE TOUR DAY)This morning we drive to explore the archaeological complex of Pisac, formed of a collection of remains of Incan dwellings, temples and terracing. Next stop of the day of touring concludes with a visit to the impressive fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. After lunch, off to the train station for a stunning train journey to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes and check in to your hotel.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes

(GROUP TOUR DAY) No place in Peru quite captures the imagination like the legendary ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu. The city itself is brilliantly preserved, a classical Inca-style complex of polished dry-stone walls and temples. This morning embark on a scheduled excursion to explore the citadel and the wonderful Temple of the Sun and magical Temple of the Moon on a guided excursion. Other highlights include the fascinating Sacred Plaza and the elaborately carved Intihuatana rock. The afternoon is free for you to explore the citadel at your leisure.

Day 6: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco

Today return to explore Machu Pichhu on your own (Pay entry ticket locally) Later, meet our rep in Aguas Calientes town who will assist you in catching the train back to Cuzco city.

Day 7: Cuzco

Enjoy the day exploring Cuzco in your own time.

Day 8: Cuzco - Buenos Aires

Today we transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima. Arriving here, connect onto your flight to Buenos Aires. Arriving into Buenos Aires, a driver will take you to your hotel.

Day 9: Buenos Aires

(GROUP TOUR DAY) This morning enjoy a 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. Afternoon at your leisure to explore.

Day 10: Buenos Aires

(GROUP TOUR DAY) Early morning we take you to the ferry terminal and assist you to catch the fast ferry across the mile wide River Plate to Colonia Del Sacremento. Arriving here, our guide is on hand to show you the fascinating highlights of this colonial city. You return by fast in the evening back to the Buenos Aires, and our guide will assist you to your hotel.

Day 11: Buenos Aires

(GROUP TOUR DAY) Experience a ‘fiesta gaucha’ (gaucho party) on this full-day tour from Buenos Aires to Estancia Santa Susana, a traditional ranch in the Argentina countryside. Loosely translated as the South American version of cowboys, gauchos are residents of the Argentina plains, and at Santa Susana, they offer a fun-filled day of ranch activities, horseback rides, a traditional folk show, a BBQ lunch, wine and a performance of their fantastic horse-riding skills.

Day 12: Buenos Aires

(GROUP HALF TOUR DAY)Today our a drive through the shady riverside suburbs of Buenos Aires takes you to the river-port town of Tigre, the embarkation point for boats that ply the Delta del Paraná. Half a day is spent exploring the town itself. This afternoon is spent on a boat exploring the delta—a vast maze of canals, tributaries, and river expanding out like the veins of a leaf.

Day 13: Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

(GROUP HALF TOUR DAY) 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 14: Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

(GROUP TOUR DAY) Today enjoy a scheduled 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 15: Iguazu Falls (Argentina) - Rio De Janeiro

Today a transfer to the airport in Brazil for you to catch the direct flight to Rio. Arriving here, our drive will take you onto your hotel.

Day 16: Rio De Janeiro

(GROUP TOUR DAY) Your full day tour starts with a guided visit to the Sugar Loaf, followed by a visit to the Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the new seven wonders of the world. After checking out the amazing views from the top of Corcovado mountain, we enjoy a hearty barbeque lunch and some more time exploring then return to your hotel.

Day 17: Rio De Janeiro

(GROUP TOUR DAY) Today we escape to the attractive mountain resort of Petropolis. With its delightful climate and delightful location, you will soon see why it was chosen as a summer residence by the Emperors of Brazil. Learn about the brief imperial history of Brazil and explore the Imperial Museum, once the Emperor’s palace. View the Imperial tombs at the splendid Gothic cathedral and visit the delightful Crystal Palace, imported from Europe to act as an exhibition center.

Day 18: Rio De Janeiro

(GROUP TOUR HALF DAY)This morning enjoy a journey on the old tram system across the viaduct into the cobblestone neighbourhood of Santa Teresa which is followed with a walking tour of Rio's historic buildings which is also a lovely way to pass an afternoon.

Day 19: Rio De Janeiro

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.