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( 16 days and 15 nights )
Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)=
lunch / (D)= dinner
Cost by person in Double Ocupancy US$ 3,895 Each
Day 1: Arrive in Rio de
. Welcome to South America’s capital of glamour—Rio de
Janeiro! Your Local Host will be available with suggested
activities during your free time. Tonight, you may opt to
join an outing to a fun churrascaria for a feast of
barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true
Brazilian style, followed by a Samba show, where the sheer
vitality of this country explodes in a colorful
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
. An included city tour takes you to bustling downtown Rio,
where modern office towers stand next to relics of the
Portuguese colonial past. View the Sambodromo and the
Cathedral before visiting 300-foot-high Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor
spectacular vistas of the city and beaches. The afternoon
and evening are at leisure. (B)
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an
optional Jeep tour to the rainforest in the middle of the
city, Tijuca National Park and its bird sanctuary. This
afternoon you may elect to discover historic Petropolis, a
mountain resort and site of the former summer palace of
Emperor Dom Pedro II. (B)
Day 4: Rio–Iguassu Falls
. Fly to Iguassu Falls at the crossroads of Brazil,
Argentina, and Paraguay. This masterpiece of nature
encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles.
The afternoon is dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this
2-mile-wide torrential downpour. With some cataracts as high
as 250 feet, it’s nothing short of hypnotic. The clouds of
spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant
tropical growth make this an unforgettable natural wonder.
Day 5: Iguassu Falls.
This morning, take the Ecological Jungle Train and tour the
Argentine side of Iguassu Falls with numerous walkways that
wind under the crashing water. (B)
Day 6: Iguassu Falls–Buenos Aires
. Fly to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country
that occupies most of the southern part of the continent.
After arriving at your central hotel you will have time to
become acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its
wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. Enjoy an evening at
Day 7: Buenos Aires
. Included sightseeing this morning starts in the colorful
La Boca district, site of the city’s first port. Take a
short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then on to
San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a
popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo,
see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the
Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin’s Mausoleum.
Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching the
Cemetery of the Recoleta, burial site of Eva Peron. Spend
the afternoon at leisure. This evening, perhaps savor the
city’s atmosphere on an optional dinner at a local
restaurant followed by a performance of Latin America’s most
sensuous dance—the Tango! (B)
Day 8: Buenos Aires
. Today is at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an
optional excursion to the Pampas. Experience Argentine
country life as you visit an estancia (ranch). Get
acquainted with the lifestyle of the gauchos and enjoy a
barbecue lunch and the warm hospitality of your hosts before
returning to the city. (B)
Day 9: Buenos Aires–Lima
. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you
will be met by your Local Host. (B)
Day 10: Lima.
Your included city tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial
history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of
Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the
independence of the South American republics in the early
19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of
Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its
eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 11: Lima–Cusco.
Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided tour visits the
Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the Koricancha Temple,
one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the
sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with
golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see
the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city
to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman with its intricate stone walls,
amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.
Day 12: Cusco.
Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred
Valley of the Incas, brings you to Awanakancha, where you
will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for
Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques
still in use today. Continue to the market town of Pisac.
Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought
here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley,
visit Ollantaytambo. Here, some of the finest examples of
Inca masonry can be seen. Tonight, try out area cuisine at
one of the many Cusco restaurants recommended by your Local
Day 13: Cusco–Machu Picchu.
Board a train bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through
the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,”
discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a
guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple
remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a
brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient
entrance used by the Incas, or hike to the peak of Huayna
Day 14: Machu Picchu–Cusco
. A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up
early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco,
where your Local Host will recommend options for your free
time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the
artisan district of San Blas. (B)
Day 15: Cusco–Lima.
Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your
Day 16: Lima
. Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)
End Our Services.
All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double
All scheduled transportation.
All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide
All entrance fees.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
International Domestic airfares, airport departure
taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges,
additional nights during the trip due to flight
cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water,
snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls,
radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights
and items of personal nature, domestic flight
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