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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 208

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Day 1: Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Welcome to the former capital of the Incas. Cuzco, which means ‘navel of the earth’ in the Inca language and is home to a mostly indigenous population. You will be met at Cuzco airport and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 2: Sacred Valley

Today, visit the Pisac Archeological complex, formed by a collection of remains of Incan dwellings, temples, and terracing, all of which combine perfectly with the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will then continue on to the Pisac Markets where we will have the chance to interact and barter with the local folk. After lunch, we end the day with a visit to the Incan fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This fortress was constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands, and later was the scene of Incan resistance in 1537, when Manco Inca’s forces faced Hernando Pizarro’s troops.

Day 3: Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes

This morning, transfer to the train station for an amazing Vistadome train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Enjoy a guided tour of the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco

2nd entrance to Machu Picchu including Huayna Picchu & bus tickets (No guide included today). This morning you will have time to enjoy some of the following activities on your own: 1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time. 2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu (Depending on weather conditions) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant. In the afternoon, return to Cusco by Hiram Bingham train. During the return journey cocktails and dinner will be served. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 5: Cuzco

This morning, you will go on a sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco. Cusco is the archaeological capital of South America and also has the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. A visit of the city's most important historical monuments, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple and a visit to the surrounding ruins of the Kenko Amphitheater, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 6: Cuzco

Day at leisure.

Day 7: Cuzco - Puno

This morning, transfer to the train station to take the Andean Explorer train to Puno. This spectacular rail journey runs between beautiful Lake Titicaca and historic Cusco. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya. On the journey passengers are served a 3 course lunch in their dining car, followed by coffee served in the Observation-Bar Car. Finally the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. After 10 hrs train ride, arrival to Puno city and transfer to your hotel. 4 day/3 night Titilaka Program - see separate word documents for details.

Day 8: Puno

Day at leisure.

Day 9: Puno

Day at leisure.

Day 10: Puno - Santiago

Transfer from your hotel to the airport. FLIGHT: PUNO TO SANTIAGO NOT INCLUDED. PLEASE ADVISE FLIGHT DETAILS FOR TRANSFERS. On arrival in Santiago you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 11: Santiago

Today's half day tour runs through the historical and architectural landmarks of the city: enjoy a panoramic view of neighborhoods such as Concha y Toro and/or Bellavista, the bohemian side of Santiago. You will enjoy visiting the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, and going through the typical streets of the Civic Center to reach the Palacio de la Moneda. One of the milestones of this tour is a visit to Cerro San Cristobal, which gives us one of the most complete panoramic views of Santiago.

Day 12: Santiago

Travel through the valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca to get to Valparaiso. Wander through the main square Plaza Sotomayor and the city plazas, passages and lifts. You'll enjoy walking across the Alegre and Concepcion hills and strolling along the Yugoslav and Gervasoni Promenades where the famous Cafe Turri and the home of renowned cartoonist Lukas are located. You'll pass by a large number of traditional alleys to get across the Cerro Alegre. We visit the La Sebastiana museum, home of famous poet and Nobel Prize Laureate Pablo Neruda. We then go on a panoramic visit of the neighboring city of Viña del Mar, that once sheltered the cream of Chile's society and is characterized by its beautiful parks and beaches.

Day 13: Santiago

The Colchagua Valley is one of the most important wine regions of the country with over 19,860 hectares of vineyards, known for its exceptional conditions for growing grapes. During the tour we visit two vineyards and get to know the complete and renowned Colchagua Museum. On the way to Santa Cruz city, we will visit Casa Silva; another attraction of the Colchagua Valley. It has more than 100 years of tradition with the oldest cellars and vines of the valley. Continuing, we visit Montes Vineyard, whose first activities started in 1987. Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 1987 became the first ever premium Chilean export wine and opened the market for itself and other Chilean wineries.

Day 14: Santiago

Departure transfer to the hotel.