SOUTH AMERICAN  JOURNEY

 

This trip packed with South American highlights :
Start on amazing city of lamas in Lima, visit great natural wonder of the world - the Iguaçu Falls, explore the salts of the Uyuni and travelling across the Bolivian altiplano. Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you’ll get plenty of energetic cultures, the great outdoors before heading down to the coastal desert and finishing in Rio de Janeiro - the party Capital of the World,

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19 Days 18 Nights

TOUR STARTS: LIMA (PERU)

TOUR FINISH : RIO DE JENEIRO

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DAY BY DAY TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1 LIMA

17, April 2019

Welcome to Peru! Despite its complicated and often impressive and unexpected weather or landscape, Peru ranks amongst the world's great centers of ancient civilization.

Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. Most of its treasures might be well hidden, but are worth being discovered.

No Meals Included

Included  Service 

Airport transfer

DAY 2 LIMA

18, April 2019

Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. Most of its treasures might be well hidden, but are worth being discovered.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Lima Orentaion Walk

DAY 3 CUSCO

19, April 2019

You`ll find Cusco on the Huatanay River Valley. To the east is the Vilcanota Mountain Range, whose highest peak is Salkantay, and to the west is the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, whose highest peak is Ausangate, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is filled not only with archeological traces of the lost civilization but also traditional Quechua communities who retain pre-Columbian cultural practice.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Cusco orentaion walk

Flight to Cusco Included

DAY 4 MACU PICHU

20, April 2019

Transfer from your hotel at 05.30 am to Ollantaytambo Train Station. (1st Train leave at 06:00 am). The train ride consists of a spectacular views in this wonderful land of the Incas, amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, Inca farming terraces from Ollantaytambo on both sides of the valleys, snow capped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Ceja de Selva. See the Veronica snow capped mountain on the right side. From Pachar the Vilcanota river will be our companion until arrival at Aguas Calientes (2040m) well known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. Our local guide will meet us at the train station and transfer us to the bus terminal then 25 minutes bus ride to Machu Picchu Citadel. (Bring your origunal Passport) A guided tour of Machupicchu “The Old Sacred Mountain” takes approx 2 hrs and then you have some free time for photos.
It is recommended to use the bus down to Aguas Calientes town at least one hour before the train depart. Return by train to Ollantaytambo with transport from here to Cusco.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Macu Pichu tour and visit 

Train tickets included 

DAY 5 CUSCO / RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

21, April 2019

Fantastic day tour (with trekking) to Rainbow Mountain -  the so-called 7 Color Mountain in Peru, leaving from Cusco. Located in southern Peru, in the Cusco region, this route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains and crystal clear rivers and lakes. Pass by local villages of Quechua descendants and explore the breathtaking surrounding nature. The colours of the Rainbow Mountain will leave in awe.

Breakfast Included

DAY 6 CUSCO - PUNO

22, April 2019

Cusco to Puno “Route of the Sun” we explore old fashion Andean countryside, scenery and Incan ruins. This is by far the most popular and a fun way to ride a bus from Cusco to Puno.

Located on the Andean plateau of Peru, the Puno region is dominated by Lake Titicaca, sacred place of the Incas and home to natural and artificial islands. Among the many destinations, there are pre-Hispanic archaeological sites with circular constructions that still go by their original name of “chullpas”. Puno’s churches are characterized by their distinctive colonial architecture.

This evening we have amazing tour of Lake Titicaca, the Uros Islands, are a small group of handmade floating surfaces in the lake. The locals use a natural reed that grows around to make the islands. The history and the way to make their floating islands are considered unique in the world. We come to see this incredible way of life and learn more the history of this great rural community.

 

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Uros Island tour

Puno walking tour

DAY 7 PUNO - COPACABANA - LA PAZ

23, April 2019

After breakfast we take first leg of travel to Copacabana, is only a 4 hours picturesque journey. The bus arrives in time for the 13.30 boat to the Isla del Sol. You can have the break and continue second leg of travel to the La Paz

Crossing Peru - Bolivia border, once you're through the bridge, there's a huge sign in the font and style which is ubiquitous across the country's tourist attractions (trust us, you'll be seeing plenty of it over the last week). It's an excellent opportunity for a photo!

Eavning we arive to Bolivia's capital La Paz, the highest national capital in the world. Altitudes range from 3100 meters to 4050 meters. The city sits in a canyon, where the affluence of the neighborhoods increases towards the bottom (where there is more oxygen). The snow-capped mountains of Illimani, the second highest mountain in Bolivia at 6438 meters, can be seen in the distance. No planned activities on this day.

 

Breakfast Included

DAY 8 - 9 LA PAZ

24 -25, April 2019

The main problem you’re likely to face when you arrive in La Paz is the altitude. On arrival at high altitude you should take things very slowly and soon we get to a hotel where you can leave your luggage and rest. It’s also best to avoid smoking and alcohol, and to drink plenty of liquids, particularly maté de coca, an infusion of coca leaves that any local will tell you is the ideal remedy.

Alternatively, all chemists stock soroche pills; they’re high in caffeine, however, so don’t take them at night unless you fancy even less sleep than the altitude already dictates.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities

Walking to wechees market

La Paz city tour

DAY 10 UYUNI SALT FLATS TOUR

26, April 2019

We headed for the world's largest salt lake (3650 m alt.) visiting Colchane salt mining, the first salt hotel to Incahuasi volcanic island covered with giant cacti, also called Fish Island, crossed the Salar, the end of the evening watched the sunset and returns to the town of Uyuni.
Trips to the Salar de Uyuni are an unforgettable experience but unfortunately the general standard of facilities and services are not very high in this remote area. We would like to make it clear that things are not as reliable, comfortable and professional as we would like on these tours. 

Breakfas, Lunch Included

Included Activities 

Uyuni salt flats tour

DAY 11 UYUNI - VILAZON (BOLIVIA - ARGENTINA) LA QUIACA - TILCARA

27, April 2019

Our early morning trip from Uyuni to Villazon deserves to be reminded for the unforgettable images of simplicity and dignity what can give to us. After 5 hours drive we will cross the border between Bolivia and Argentina by feet and, after custom procedure and luggage check, we take taxi to reach La Quica station where we  take another bus ride to Tilcara.

 

Hotel

Breakfast Included

Included Activities

Vilazon town orentation walk

DAY 12 TILCARA

28, April 2019

Ready for a more ink in your passport?After border crossing formalities we stop in La Quica. Is a transportation hub to and from Argentina. 

Today will be a long day of travel through the spectacular landscape (approximately 7 hours), as you leave La Quiaca and head for Salta.

With a pleasant climate all year round and some incredible Andean landscapes nearby, Salta is the biggest spot for tourism in the Northwest of Argentina for good reason. However, this beautiful colonial town still retains a slower paced, rural vibe.

Hotel

Breakfast Included

Optional Activities

Salta walking tour

DAY 13 TILCARA - SALTA - FOZ DO IGUACU

29, April 2019

This morning we will climbe to Cerro San Bernardo, to the top of this hill for fabulous panoramic views of the city. It’s a great place to have a picnic on a sunny day or watch the sunrise in the mornings. Salta claims to be the birthplace of empanadas in Argentina, or at the very least, it’s rumored to have the best ones! Either way, you should definitely go on a quest to eat as many empanadas salteñas as possible while you’re here!

Afternoon we take flight to Foz Do Iguacu

 

Hotel

Breakfast Included

Included Activities

City orentation walk

Cerro San Bernardo view point visit

Flight to Foz Do Iguacu Included

DAY 14 FOZ DO IGUACU ( ARGENTINA SIDE)

30, April 2019

Depending on the water level of the river, there are between 150 and 300 separate waterfalls at the site pouring water over off a drop of 200 to 300 feet. Despite the hundreds of smaller falls that appear and disappear over the cliffs, over half of the river’s output flows through a channel known simply as the Devil’s Throat.

The Argentine side takes minimum 2 hours to see the best part: Garganta del Diablo the Devil’s Throat. And all day if you wish to view anymore. 

Hotel

Breakfast Included

Optional Activities

Argentina side falls visit

DAY 15 FOZ DO IGUACU

1, May 2019

Early morning we say goodbye to Argentina and take local bus to Brasil. The border crossing to get between the two towns is the quickest, easiest border you will ever cross. However, Americans and Canadians be aware of costly VISA fees. Ho have a EU passport don’t have to worry about those.  to Foz Do Iguacu,  the town also known as the Iguaçu Falls. The magnificent spectacle of these 275 individual drops has awed tourists, locals and indigenous inhabitants for centuries. They originate from the Iguazu River and are located on the border of Brazil (in the state of Paraná) and Argentina.
Today we vist falls on the foot, special walkways have been built around the Iguazu Falls to allow visitors to get close up to this wonder of their natural beauty and power. A long pathway along the canyon (on the Brazilian side)

Breakfast Included

Included Activities & Service

All transfers between airports and hotels 

Iguazu falls visit (Brazilian side)

flight to Rio included

DAY 16 RIO DE JANEIRO

2, May 2019

Welcome to the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro - a city rich in culture and surprises around every corner. Dramatically set between the mountains and the sea, Rio is home to so much. The world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Major landmarks including the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado mountain...Rio de Janeiro is a true melting pot of cultures, home to over six million people with no particular race, religion or creed that dominates, making it a unique gem in the heart of South America where everyone is welcome.

Breakfast Included

 

DAY 17 RIO DE JANEIRO

3, May 2019

There are a few favorite attractions what we explore today. Corcovado Mountain with the Christ the Redeemer statue is the most popular attraction. The view of the bay from the top of the mount is spectacular. Sugar Loaf Mountain has another fantastic view of the bay and the city. And getting to the top is a lot of fun as you have to ride on two different trams. Experience the rain forest by stopping in at Parque Nacional and Floresta da Tijuca. As we short on the time we have to do this tours by local transport (metro, bus and taxi)

Breakfast Included

Included Activities

Rio De Janeiro City  tour 

Optional Activities

Sugar Loaf Mountain 110 BR

DAY 18 RIO DE JANEIRO

4, May 2019

The trip ends on Day 18, there are no activities planned for this day, you can depart any time. However the check out time is 12 noon but you could use the hotel to keep your bags if you are out exploring Rio. Hope you enjoy the journey and please share your unforgettable memories with other friends!

Breakfast Included

Included  Service 

Airport transfer

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It’s easier than you think – We believe that traveling with us should not be hard, but it should be something everyone should do. You can choose to spend a week or a few, traveling this beautiful places and seeing what is out there. Why travel? Because you can, with all the challenges it presents and opportunities, let’s you discover who you are in a way that only the road brings.

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