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12-Day South America: Machu Pichu, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Brazil, Brazil

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Day 1 – Cuzco: HD City Tour & Archaeological Sites
Welcome to Cuzco!
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, this colonial city is currently one of Peru’s most popular destinations. It is a must stop to visit Machu Picchu, one of the New World Seven Wonders , and host of the ruins of the Inca civilization and the most spectacular landscapes on the planet..

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel (private service).

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city and learn about the fascinating Inca Empire. Discover the insights of this lost civilization visiting the famous Qoricacha temple, the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral and other important monument along the city. Head to the top of the city to visit the remains of the fortresses of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara with stunning panoramic view of Cuzco.
Duration: half day

Day 2 – Cuzco: FD Maras & Moray
Discover the beautiful colonial town of Chincheros and the spectacular Inca sites of Maras and Moray. Start your morning at the fascinating Maras Salt mines which feature more than 100 small pools fed by a salt-water mountain spring that is interconnected by channels. Be fascinated by the mysteries of the Incan civilization and hold your breathe while learning about this interesting and never equaled culture. In the afternoon, head along a dirt road towards another typical Andean village called Moray; famed for being an Inca agricultural experimental center.
Duration: Full day

Note: During the rainy season (December to March) this excursion may be changed for South Valley tour taking in the archaeological sites of Tipon and Pikillaqta, and the town of Andahuaylillas

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 – Cuzco: FD Awanakancha, Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo / Sacred Valley
Drive along the Urubamba River valley to discover the spectacularly scenic Sacred Valley. Visit the Awana Kancha farm where the Andean camelids are bred and learn about the weaving activity of the region. Head to the historic town of Pisac to have a wander through its famous market before exploring the developed architectural sense of the Incas at the Ollantaytambo fortress.
Duration: Full day

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 – Sacred Valley: FD Machu Picchu Ruins / Aguas Calientes
Explore the most iconic archaeological wonder of South America travelling by train through the Andean landscapes until reaching Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Journey by bus to the once hidden citadel and learn about the Inca past and ponder its many mysteries. Be amazed by the breathtaking surroundings that makes this place one of the most magical spots of the world.
Duration: Full day

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Aguas Calientes / Cuzco
Morning at leisure in Aguas Calientes.

We strongly recommend to see the sunrise in the Machu Picchu citadel, climbing the Huayna Picchu mountain to have even better views from 390 meters high, a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In the afternoon, return by train to your hotel in Cuzco.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 – Cuzco / Buenos Aires
At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, via Lima (private service).

Welcome to Argentina!
Capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as shows off plenty of its own culture! Explore the traditional European architecture, the cobbled streets lined with rustic outdoor cafes, the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping, and the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open “parrilla” (barbeque) in the air. Buenos Aires is home to some excellent local designers and you will certainly find the perfect leather jacket, long leather boots and handbags for all occasions. Though above all, Buenos Aires is known as the home of the tango. Be sure to enjoy a traditional dinner-tango show and explore the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met at the airport and have a transfer in private to your hotel.

On your first day in the city you will be contacted by one of our Destination Hosts, who will check with you about the details of your itinerary, provide you with the printed documentation, and add any information you might need. She/he will be your local contact while you are traveling with us and will be ready to answer your questions, give you tips about places to go, restaurants to eat at and anything else you might be interested in. Not just about Buenos Aires, but also about the different places you will visit during your entire trip.

You will have the rest of the day to enjoy this vibrant city, leaving you time to explore the historic neighborhoods and enjoy the cafe culture of Buenos Aires.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 – Buenos Aires tour & Tango Show
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy our City Tour in a private premium service.

Over the course of a half day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political centre of the city, San Telmo with its cobblestone streets, La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present, and the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us that Buenos Aires was once the Paris of the South. This City Tour includes a tour of the magnificent Teatro Colón, considered one of the best theatres in the world for its size, acoustics and history (Subject to theatre schedule & availability).
Duration: 5 hours

In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel in a shared service to be driven to one of Buenos Aires’ most emblematic cultural highlights: a Dinner and Tango Show, offering a spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing accompanied by delicious Argentine cuisine and all the malbec you’d like.
At the end of the evening you will be driven back to your hotel.
Total duration (dinner + show): 4 hours approx.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner (drinks included also)

Day 8 – Buenos Aires / Iguazu
At appropriate time you will be driven to the Domestic Airport (Private Service) to take your flight to Iguazu.

Welcome to Iguazú!
The little and relaxing town is the gate to visit the impressive Iguazu Falls, (which have been recently declared as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders!), making them a must see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina

Upon arrival, you will be driven to your hotel (private service)

Day 9 – Iguazu National Park: Argentine Side
This day you are visiting a National Reserve. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included. Check at the end of your itinerary the corresponding fee, to be paid locally in national currency.

After breakfast you will depart on a full day tour (private service) to the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls where you will have intimate views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazu River. An guide will show you the hidden gems of this unique National Park and will take you off the beaten path to show you the best views.
Lower and upper walkways permit up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. Trails through the 210 square mile reserve provide visitors with various views of the falls, especially the largest one, Devil's Throat. The ecological train ride is included in the tour. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Duration: 6/8 hours

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 – Iguazu National Park: Brazilian Side / Rio de Janeiro
This day you are visiting a National Reserve. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included. Check at the end of your itinerary the corresponding fee, to be paid locally in national currency.

After breakfast, enjoy a half day excursion (private service) to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls where you will enjoy vast panoramic views of the Falls allowing you to take them in their entirety.

At appropriate time in the afternoon you will have a transfer (private service) to the airport to take your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!
The exotic mix of beach and mountains, colonial neighborhoods and modern style, together with the vibrant sound of Samba everywhere, is why this city was listed in the book “A thousand places to see before you die” as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro you will be taken to your hotel (private service) at which point you will have the remainder of the day to explore the lively city or spend time relaxing by the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 – Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado & Sugar Loaf
Explore the two major landmarks of Rio and even Brazil. Take a look at the horizon, mountains, history and people of this fantastic city. Begin the tour by riding the cog-wheel train up Corcovado Mountain to reach the spectacular view at the top: the sea, the mountains, the millions of houses and all of the amazing nature that captivate the eyes. Enjoy lunch in one of our selected restaurants and continue visiting the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, reaching the top by cable car. Gaze down to admire Río´s downtown, its Colonial Portuguese style buildings, the glittering waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful beaches below. Shared Service.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 – Rio de Janeiro
At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Information

Includes:
  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary in private
  • 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas Caliente, 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 2 nights in Iguazú and 2 in Rio de Janeiro with breakfast.
  • Breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
Excludes:
  • International or Domestic Flights
  • Insurance
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Brazil requires that most tourists have a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Please check with the Brazilian Consulate to ensure that you have the appropriate visa before traveling or you will not be allowed to enter Brazil. For example- US citizens, Canadians & Australians (as well as other nationalities) need a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Meeting Point

Cuzco Airport
  • 12-Day South America: Machu Pichu, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro
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