Wonders of South America
22 Days, 21 Nights
Brazil, Argentina, Chile
& Peru Highlights
Beauties of Rio de Janeiro
Iguazu Falls & bird watching
Discover Buenos Aires & Gaucho Culture
Highlights of Patagonia including Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine
Santiago de Chile & Wines
Food and history in Cusco
Sacred Valley of Inkas
Dawn in Machu Picchu
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Rio de Janeiro "Natural beauty, Carnival, samba & bossa nova"
Reception at Rio de Janeiro airport and transfer to your hotel.
¡Welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Enjoy a relaxed arrival. We will provide our contacts, available 24hs, taking care of the details of your trip to make your trip a once in a lifetime experience!
Stunning Landscapes & Christ Redeemer
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the magnificent Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue on top of Corcovado Hill, Rio’s most famous landmark. The Corcovado Hill is part of the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. On the way to its top is the Dona Marta belvedere, from where is possible to see the Maracanã Stadium, the famous Guanabara Bay and the beautiful Sugar Loaf. Once at the top of Corcovado Hill, it is possible to admire breathtaking views of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Botanical Garden.
We will depart from the hotel after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks sites of the city and see from above the natural beauty of Rio. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, guests arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Here, you will embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain and get at the statue of Christ the Redeemer, located 2,300 ft above sea level. Once at the top, they can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to get to the foot of the statute, as well as enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro.
spectacular Sugar Loaf Mountain
Every year, over a million visitors go to the famous Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Its name was given due to the resemblance to the traditional shape of a refined sugar loaf.
The journey to the top is made in glass cable cars. The first cable car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. At Urca Hill, passengers take the second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf, which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degrees view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Hill and Rio’s downtown.
From Rio to the uniqueness of Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Today you will fly to Foz de Iguassu. Transfer from the hotel to Rio de Janeiro´s airport. Reception at Foz do Iguassu airport and transfer to your hotel.
Iguazu Falls is one of the most impressive places in the whole world, perfect for those who consider that being in intimate contact with nature is the best way to relate to life.
"Just amazing" Iguazu Falls, National Park Argentina
Today we will explore Iguazu Falls National Park together with your own private bird & nature expert guide. It will begin with a panoramic walk during which we will introduce you to the geological formation of the Iguazú Falls, creating a special connection between humans and natural environment. This will allow us to appreciate the fact that constantly and for millions of years more than 200 waterfalls form a natural scenery which places the human being in a unique context.
It’s important to start this visit early in the morning to increase our chances to observe the endless manifestations of life and a variety of unique species: we can find birds, butterflies, mammals, flowers and plants which contribute a special value to this experience. The main goal of this exploration is to enjoy the time at the open air and to awake the potential of our sensations towards natural sounds, colours, images and characteristic smells of the jungle.
A visit to the falls isn't complete with the "The Great Adventure" that includes a truck ride through the jungle and a navigation that will take you very close to the waterfalls. Prepare yourself to get wet! (Minimum 12 years old).
National Park Iguacu, Brazil
Today we will visit the Falls from the Brazilian side. The National Park do Iguaçu in Brazil was declared World Natural Heritage by the UNESCO in 1986, after such nomination of the Iguazu National Park in Argentina.
The IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment) administers the Park, which at the moment is being revitalized as the Argentinian Park.
Visiting area consists of the only circuit of walkways which are placed in front of the Falls, offering a truly impressive panoramic view. The circuit is 1200 metres long and composed of stairs. At the end of the circuit there is an elevator. The stairs contain 130 steps and are 220 metres long. Medium difficulty.
After visiting the Falls we will get back to Puerto Iguazu, and then to the airport.
Flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival at domestic airport and transfer to your hotel.
Buenos Aires "Passionate cosmopolitan city"
Buenos Aires is a pulsating, passionate, cosmopolitan city. The combination of rich architectural and cultural heritage, modern creative energy, electric nightlife, unique traditions, a vibrant arts scene, extensive parks, and warm, friendly hosts makes it one of the world's most exciting capitals.
Enjoy a personalized visit the City of Buenos Aires to discover the most pictures and traditional neighborhoods, the traces of immigration, the history of tango and folklore, the cattle culture, the football passion and more.
Classic places you should not miss include the traditional Plaza de Mayo and its surroundings that witnessed the founding of Buenos Aires; the neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca, with its famous Caminito street. Tour continues along Recoleta and Retiro.
Buenos Aires, Farm & Countryside
Today we will discover Buenos Aires Province in an authentic way; you will be able to experience the countryside at an exclusive "estancia" or farm and walk the town of San Antonio de Areco.
While at " Areco", as the locals call it, you will enjoy a close up view of our pampas and the village and its historical heart.
Once at the estancia you can ride on the horses or go for a ride in a sulky whilst enjoying a glass of Malbec wine and the traditional empanadas. At lunchtime you will enjoy a typical country style barbeque prepared using only the finest quality meats. Dessert is accompanied by a demonstration of gaucho skills and folklore.
From Buenos Aires to El Calafate. Trip to the Grand Glaciers of Patagonia.
At schedule time, transfer from your hotel to domestic airport to take your flight to El Calafate. Located on the southern margin of Lake Argentino in the Andean mountain range, El Calafate is a picturesque village, a haven of peace and vegetation. It is, in addition, an important tourist center since from this point all the glacial circuits begin.
Reception at El Calafate airport and transfer to your hotel.
Be dazzled by the Perito Moreno Glacier & navigate the Témpanos Channel.
Visit to the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier, located within the Los Glaciares National Park and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
During the tour you can already appreciate the unique landscapes of Patagonia next to the pre Andes mountain range. In this visit you'll go through the walkways to appreciate the imposing Glacier from different angles, whose detachments and continuous noises speak of a permanent advance movement.
You will sail for approximately 1 hour to observe the impressive walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier from a totally different perspective and its continuous landslides on the waters of Lago Rico. Once in front of the Glacier wall, the boat stops for a few minutes to observe the landscape in more detail.
Trekking and navigation in the Glaciers
Departing from Puerto Argentino or Puerto Moreno, we will sail through the Canal de los Témpanos and enter the Seno Mayo del Lago Argentino. We will disembark at Toro Bay and, accompanied by a guide, we will make an interpretative walk through the Patagonian Andean Forest (made up of cherry, cinnamon, lenga and ñires) until we reach a centenary guindo tree with a trunk of more than three meters. diameter. Then we will go through the forest until we reach a stream, which is fed by a waterfall, from where we can observe a formation of calcareous rocks whose stockade measures approximately 180 meters high and 100 wide. We will remain at this point until the moment we return to the ship that will take us to the next destination.
Starting from Bahía Toro, we will continue navigating the Seno Mayo of the Argentino Lake from where we will observe the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro. Then, we will disembark together with the guide and we will initiate a walk, of approximately 1,000 meters, entering the Andean Patagonian Forest; following the path of a stream we will guide ourselves until we reach the stone wall from where we will observe the hanging glaciers mentioned above and enjoy, with 360º panoramic views, a wonderful landscape that will leave us amazed.
We will stay for a while at the site, observing Cerro Mayo and Cerro Blanco, and then we will return to the boat that will take us to the north wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Once there, we will disembark on the floating dock of Puerto Moreno, located at the foot of the footbridges, to give place to the route of the same. At the end, you will return to the city of El Calafate.
This navigations takes places from September to April. for other months it will be replaced with other excursion.
From El Calafate to Puerto Natales. From the Argentine Glaciers to the Chilean Glaciers.
Transfer from El Calafate to Puerto Natales, and transfer to your hotel.
Puerto Natales it the main gate to visit Torres del Paine National Park.
Torres del Paine the Chilean Glaciers.
The tour starts around 8:00 am ready to take the first pictures.The first stop is the Mylodon Cave, a remarkable cavern 200 meters long, 30 meters high, and 80 meters wide, located 25 km from Puerto Natales. A half-hour walk takes us into the cave, which was made famous by the discovery of seemingly fresh skin and bones of a prehistoric gigant sloth known as a mylodon. In the same cave the remains of other extinct animals were found, including the dawn horse (Eohippus), a prehistoric cave bear, the Patagonian panther, and the saber-toothed tiger.
We will make a stop in Cerro Castillo at a café and then continue to Torres del Paine, as we pass several estancias (ranches) and go from a steppe eco-region towards deciduous forest. Along the way we may be able to see some of the local fauna, including many species of birds. We may also see guanacos, wich are wild camelid related to the llama.
Torres del Paine is world-famous for its granite towers, which give the park its name. These gigantic spires were carved by glacial ice. After entering the park we will come upon a series of lakes with intense colors, mountains covered in ice, and an rray of local fauna. After lunch we continue to Lago Grey, where we will hike to a beach to observe the glacier of the same name. The return of Puerto Natales may be via same route, or on the alternate road that takes us past the pinturesque lakes called Toro, Porteño, and Sofía.
From Patagonia to Santiago de Chile
Transfer from your accommodation in Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas airport. Reception at Santiago de Chile airport and transfer to your hotel.
Casablanca Valley wines
A fantastic Road Trip through Chile'sWine Country, across the majestic Andes Mountains. Today we make our way to the lush, vine-covered hills of the Casablanca Valley, 75 km away from Santiago. At Matetic vineyards, you can learn about winemaking, bottling and storage. The visit to this beautiful vineyard includes tasting of two premium wines from the Corralillo line and lunch.
From here we visit Isla Negra to see the museum house of Pablo Neruda before returning to our boutique hotel in Santiago during the afternoon
From Santiago fly to Cusco, Peru
Transfer to Santiago de Chile International airport. Flight to Cusco. Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to your hotel.
High up in the Peruvian Andes lies Cusco, once the center of the Incan Empire. It is, of course, the launching point for Machu Picchu – Peru's largest tourist attraction – but the city is well worth a visit, to acclimate and experience the mix of Incan and Spanish influences that define it.
Cusco, a gem of a city
We will visit the imperial city of Cuzco, a place with abundance of ancient Inca culture.
Explore with your private guide some of the best archeological remains from the Incan times in the surroundings of Cusco. We also suggest visiting great Colonial Art sites such as The Cathedral, famous for its gold and silver baroque style; Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun; Sacsayhuamán, the Temple and Fortress; Qenqo with its passageways and Canals; Puca Pukara, an Incan storehouse; Tambomachay, the place of the water rituals.
For Foodies, relax and enjoy the amazing food scene!
Inca´s Sacred Valley
Enoy today a visit to the Inca´s Sacred Valley: Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros.
Beautiful crossing by Quebradas, rivers and a colorful landscape that allows to know archaeological monuments and indigenous towns together with the wonderful Inca culture.
Be amazed by the panoramic view of the Inca citadel of Pisac and visit the typical Indian market of Pisac, where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants, Pisaq Archaeological Complex - Intihuatana then we go to the City of Urubamba, traveling along the banks of the Vilcanota river.
Visit to the Ollantaytambo Fortress, the only place that preserves its ancient Inca urban design and famous for being one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish conquerors in an important battle. Step through Chinchero, wonderful place where you can still feel and see the Inca culture as it was in past ages.
Conquering Machu Picchu
Today we will head to Machu Picchu. And, although it is located only 50 miles from Cuzco, it’s not the simplest place to get to. We will travel by train towards the station of Aguas Calientes. We will arrival after a 4 hour journey, and a short bus ride for a 30 minutes uphill ride up to the entrance of the fabulous Machu Picchu citadel, considered one of the Cultural Heritages of Humanity and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit of the citadel to admire its stairways, temples, sanctuaries and terraces.
We will spend the night in Aguas Calientes, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the ruins. In addition you will be able to do some extra exploration the following day.
Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Before returning to Cusco, you will have some free time to rest or walk around Aguas Calientes.
For those who wish to visit the Ruins again or climb the Huayna Picchu (limited places - book in advance), it is possible to do it during this free morning. In both cases, you must pay the admission ticket again (second ticket not included). We suggest making this decision there so you can evaluate your physical conditions after an exhausting previous day. But we will discuss these details while during your trip planning. Transfer back to Cusco during the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your accommodation.
Lima, There's more to Peru than Incas – Farewell
A personalized visit to Lima, the Capital city of Peru is the last highlight of this amazing trip! We will go to the famous Love Park located in Miraflores, where we will have a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, our tour will make a panoramic visit to the Huaca Pucllana and then visit the city center of Lima, we will visit the Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral and the Municipality, and finally, we will visit the Santo Domingo Convent where the remains of Santa Rosa rest, the first Saint of America.
Foodie Lovers! We will also learn about Pisco, Peru's beverage of choice, a brandy made from grapes. You will love the ceviche. We will teach you all about it and point you to the best places to taste this traditional dish made of fresh, raw fish.
Lima, Peru – Farewell
Your private transfer will drive you to Lima´s International Airport.
Its time to say Goodbye, but only for now...
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