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The Complete South America

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Experience a journey from the heights of Machu Picchu, through the stunning natural beauty of Patagonia, and into cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro. In Peru, visit Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Explore the cultured city of Santiago, Chile. In rugged Patagonia, take in the breathtaking sites at Torres Del Paine and Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate. Experience an authentic tango in Buenos Aires. Discover the mighty Iguazu Falls. Enjoy breathtaking views of Rio from Christ the Redeemer statue.

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Accommodation

Day 1 to 2: El Pardo DoubleTree by HiltonDay

Day 3 to 4: Casa Andina Premium

Day 5: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Day 6 to 7: Hilton Garden Inn

Day 8 to 9: Hotel Plaza San Francisco

Day 10 to 12: Hotel Costaustralis

Day 13 to 14: Esplendor El Calafate Hotel

Day 15 to 17: Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

Day 18 to 19: Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort

Day 20 to 22: Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Meals

22 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

All included


Tour Plan

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Day 1 - Lima, Peru

Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land and visit some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings." Stay: El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton (2 Nights)

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Day 2 - Lima

Today, it’s your choice! Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a colonial tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs; view the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas and visit the Casa de Aliaga – former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez – where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life -OR- choose to explore Lima’s modern side. Visit the fashionable suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños during a walking tour; see the Park of Love, featuring unique sculptures and artwork, along with a stop at the Pyramid Huaca Pucllana; visit the Pedro de Osma Museum featuring Peruvian art from the fifth to the eighteenth century. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes; you will quickly discover why Peru is consistently named the world’s top food travel destination. (B/D)

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Day 3 - Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. Stop in a Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. This evening, settle in at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Stay: Casa Andina Premium (2 Nights) (B/D)

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Day 4 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Inca

This morning you visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally-renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties. (B/L)

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Day 5 Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu

Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy a culinary demonstration before experiencing a tasting menu at your resort. Stay: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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Day 6 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

With leisure time this morning you may take an optional tour to return to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. This evening you may join an optional home hosted meal experience with a local Cuzco family. Stay: Hilton Garden Inn (2 Nights) (B)

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Day 7 - Cuzco

The morning is yours to relax or explore Cuzco on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional tour to San Blas to peruse its artisan shops, or delve further into Peruvian cuisine at an optional cooking class. This afternoon, join your local guide and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress, followed by a visit to explore Cuzco’s central market. Continue on a walking tour of the city, visiting Plaza de Armas, the Cuzco Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Convent. This evening you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors in the heart of Cuzco. (B/D)

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Day 8 - Cuzco - Santiago, Chile

Say farewell to the land of the Incas and fly south to cosmopolitan Santiago. As Chile's vibrant capital and cultural hub, the city provides a hypnotizing energy waiting to be discovered. (B) Stay: Hotel Plaza San Francisco (3 Nights)

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Day 9 - Santiago

Embark on a panoramic city tour with an expert guide. Stroll down the Paseo Ahumada pedestrian street, wandering past Chilean boutiques. Stroll amongst the locals and fresh seafood at Mercado Central, hailed as one of the world's top food markets. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to a local winery, getting an inside peek at the winemaking process before sampling the vintages yourself. (B/D)

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Day 10 - Santiago

The day is yours! Maybe you'll discover Cerro San Cristobal – an expansive park overlooking the city – or simply relax at an outdoor café. No matter how you chose to spend the day, join your fellow travelers tonight for a dinner featuring regional specialties. (B/D)

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Day 11 - Peruto Montt - Puerto Varas

Fly south to the seaport town of Puerto Montt. Your journey takes you to Puerto Varas, the lakeside resort town known as the “city of roses.” With free time today, take in the view of the neighboring volcanos in the distance before hopping in and out of chocolate and wine shops. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Cabaña del Lago

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Day 12 - Puerto Varas - Andean Lakes Crossing - Bariloche, Argentina

Stand in awe before the breathtaking Petrohué Falls, where vibrant water thunders downstream under the shadow of a snowcapped volcano. Head through the mythical Andean Lakes District to Patagonia, encountering nature in its purest form. Travel from Chile to Argentina by coach and catamaran, crossing lakes and driving through ancient forests. End your day in Bariloche where you will settle in for a 2-night stay. (B) Stay: NH Edelweiss (2 Nights)

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Day 13 - Bariloche

From snow covered mountains to the shores of glacial Lake Nahuel Huapi, the alpine village of San Carlos de Bariloche is full of natural wonders. Travel along the renowned Chico Circuit to the top of Cerro Campanario, taking in panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape. Back in town, enjoy time to browse handicraft shops, indulge in mouthwatering chocolate or take a stroll along the scenic lake path. (B)

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Day 14 - Bariloche - Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires, where European décor blends seamlessly with the beat of Latin culture. Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, Argentina's capital exhibits a dynamic cultural scene of street art, songs, and steak. (B) Stay: Emperador (3 Nights)

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Day 15 - Buenos Aires

Choose how you see the city because it's your choice! Take a panoramic tour of Buenos Aires with several stops along the way featuring the city's most famous sites -OR- get a closer perspective of the city on foot as you discover the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods with a local guide, followed by a subway ride on the continent's oldest subway line. The remainder of the day is yours to create your own adventure. Tonight, head to a tango house to indulge in Argentine cuisine and wine before watching a thrilling tango performance. (B/D)

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Day 16 - Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco - Buenos Aires

Cross the Pampas – fertile plains that are considered to be Argentina's version of the “Wild West.” Step into a world of cowboys, corrals, and cattle with a tour of San Antonio de Areco, a country village best known as the birthplace of lasso-slinging gaucho traditions. Visit with some local artisans and silversmiths before heading to an estancia (cattle estate) to dine on a hearty asado lunch – a traditional Argentine barbecue. While on the ranch, it's your choice! Go horseback riding through the countryside -OR- take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around the property. Get to know what life is like in the countryside as the gauchos share stories about their experiences. Enjoy time to relax on the estancia grounds before heading back to Buenos Aires for a free evening. (B/L)

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Day 17 - Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Fly to Iguazu Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Begin your discovery on the Argentine side and board the Rainforest Ecological Train inside the national park. Feel the mist against your face as you walk the platform overlooking the powerful Devil's Throat, watching playful birds darting in and out of the spray. Admire your vantage point from on top of the falls. Cross over to the Brazilian side to check into your resort, ending your day of adventure with a relaxing dinner. (B/D) Stay: Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort (2 Nights)

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Day 18 - Iguazu Falls

Embrace a different personality of the falls when you spend the day exploring the Brazilian side of Iguazu. A local insider leads you through the park, providing insight on how Brazil and Argentina have partnered together to protect the natural beauty of the falls. On a clear day, allow your eyes to drift for miles above the tree topped-horizon and gaze out upon misty rainbows. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the many amenities at your resort. (B)

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Day 19 - Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro, a coastal hub of rich culture and lively energy. Sandy beaches, vibrant costumes, savory cuisine and friendly people – all this and more await you in Rio. Take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, offering an incomparable view of the city standing in the shadow of the mountains. After your descent, enjoy free time to explore the famous beach-side Copacabana. (B) Stay: Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort (3 Nights)

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Day 20 - Rio de Janeiro

Start your morning with a panoramic tour of Rio's sites including the Metropolitan Cathedral – whose architecture was inspired by a Mayan pyramid – and the Sambadrome. Head behind-the-scenes of Carnival and meet the artists that design the floats and costumes. Learn how to craft caipirinhas – Brazil's famous cocktail made with sugar cane liquor and lime. The rest of the evening is at leisure. (B)

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Day 21 - Rio de Janeiro

Journey to Corcovado by train to see the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, the city's well-known icon. Take in the 360-degree panoramic vistas from the statue's base in Tijuca Forest National Park. Return to the city to spend time with the locals at one of the city's open-air markets. Partner up with a local guide in small groups to discover and taste over a dozen different types of exotic Brazilian fruits. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. With your free time, perhaps you will relax by the beach or take in the city's hidden sights on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell feast in a traditional Brazilian churrascaria (barbecue), where you will indulge in caipirinhas and savor meats slow-roasted to perfection. (B/D)

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Day 22

Wish South America goodbye as your tour draws to a close this morning. (B)

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