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South America Discovery with Puno and Lake Titicaca Optional Extension

17 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)
Welcome to Rio de Janerio. Get settled in at your hotel and start exploring before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and Free Time
Begin the day with a visit to the Cosme Velho district where you will board a cog-wheel train. Wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. The ride is a wonderful opportunity to have a closer look at the tropical forest's lush vegetation and enjoy panoramic views of the city and its beaches. Disembark at the top of Corcovado mountain where you will stand next to one of the Seven Modern World Wonders: Christ the Redeemer. From here you have unparalleled views of the "Marvellous City." After, drive along some of the most famous beaches in the world-Copacabana and Ipanema. The rest of the day is for you to explore the city at leisure. (Full Breakfast)

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro City Free Time
Today, enjoy and explore. Perhaps board a helicopter and soar high over Rio or visit one of Rio's hillside favelas, interacting with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Maybe discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century and is home to artists, galleries, museums and eateries, or relax on the beach. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions at a local churrascaria where meat is cooked in the churrasco style. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)
Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls. Located where the Iguassu River empties its waters into the Parana River, the falls form the world's widest waterfalls and gives rise to the double border of Brazil and Argentina. Settle into your hotel this evening where dinner is served. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Iguassu Falls and Free Time
This morning, enter the Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk the catwalk that leads to the bottom of Devil's Throat, enjoying magnificent views. Your afternoon is at leisure. Consider several optional experiences for your leisure time: embark on the Macuco Safari for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the falls or visit Bird Park, home to more than 900 native birds while walking through subtropical forests. For the more adventurous, consider aerial views of the falls, National Park and surrounding jungle from a helicopter flight. (Full Breakfast)

Day 6 Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)
Depart from your hotel with a quick customs stop. Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, take a scenic drive up to the Argentinian Iguassu National Park. Visit the Argentinean Falls and visitor's center, then proceed to the river cascades and falls abroad the Ecological Jungle Train to the most impressive observation point, Devil's Throat. This afternoon, fly to Buenos Aires. (Full Breakfast)

Day 7 Buenos Aires Sightseeing and Free Time
Today, see the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world and pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Arrive at the main square, Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by the Government House and the first City Hall. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral before continuing on through San Telmo, a historical neighbourhood and the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Visit La Boca, a very colourful area of painted houses. Continue to Recoleta Cemetery, home to the grave of Eva Duarte, "Evita." This evening, enjoy dinner and a Tango show in historic Buenos Aires where the golden age of Tango shines once again. Experience the great Argentinean passion with a live orchestra and classic Tango dancers. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8 Buenos Aires Free Time
Set out into the city on your own or join several optional excursions available to you. Perhaps learn about the life of the Gauchos where you'll appreciate the charm of the Argentinean landscape as you travel to the region known as the Pampas. Round out your day in the countryside with a barbecue lunch, Argentinean wines, folk music, traditional dances and Gaucho games. Or consider an optional trip to Tigre and Delta Rio de la Plata, the aristocratic northern district of San Isidro. Enjoy a boat excursion around some of the stunning islands of this delta. Your Travel Director will be more than happy to help you decide. (Full Breakfast)

Day 9 Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)
This morning, fly to Lima, the "City of the Kings." Upon arrival, explore this city at your leisure. (Full Breakfast)

Day 10 Lima Sightseeing and Free Time
Today, discover the famous Plaza Mayor and Cathedral. See the Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace and City Hall. Visit the San Francisco Monastery, an interesting museum featuring mysterious catacombs. Your afternoon is free. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a lively dinner at a local restaurant. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)
Take a morning flight to Cusco where you visit Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum where you can see llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanucos. Learn about the traditional weaving techniques of the locals before strolling through the famous Pisac Market. After lunch, settle into your hotel. This evening, join your new friends for dinner at a local restaurant. (Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Machu Picchu Excursion
This morning, transfer to Ollantaytambo to board your train to Aguas Calientes, the village at the feet of Machu Picchu. As you make your way through Sacred Valley, the train passes little villages and rugged mountains. Transfer to the shuttle system that completes your journey to the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Return to Sacred Valley and share your impressions of Machu Picchu with friends over dinner. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)
This morning, visit Pablo Seminario's workshop. See beautiful pottery incorporating the techniques and styles of the ancient cultures of Peru. On the way to Cusco, visit a local home in Ollantaytambo, sampling the millenary beverage of the Incas at a chicheria and view the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Once at your hotel, the evening is free. (Full Breakfast)

Day 14 Cusco Sightseeing and Free Time
Today, view Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun." Discover the Cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from Escuela Cuzquena, Cusco's School of Art. Walk through the Inca Street of Loreto, with its remarkable Incan wall construction. Discover the San Pedro market, known for its local products. Later this evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for dinner at a local restaurant featuring a folkloric show of song and dance. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 15 Cusco – Julica – Puno and Lake Titicaca (2 Nights)
Continue your trip with an included flight from Cusco to Juliaca. Visit the Sillustani Burial Towers as you make your way to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Arrive in Puno, situated on the shores of the "Ocean of the Andes." Spend the evening at your hotel and enjoy an included dinner. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16 Lake Titicaca Sightseeing
This morning, travel by boat toward the Uros Islands. The inhabitants of the lake, the Uros, live just as their ancestors did-upon islands made of reeds. Continue to the Island of Taquile where you'll experience a culture that thrives on stone and weaving. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant featuring foods from local growers and fish provided by the lake. Later this afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening of leisure. (Full Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 17 Puno and Lake Titicaca – Julica – Depart Lima
Travel back to Lima with an included flight. Say goodbye to your travelling companions as your adventures come to an end. (Full Breakfast)

All This Included
A trip across South America's most influential and intoxicating countries-the icons of Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Three of South America's most popular, diverse and colourful countries are revealed on this journey into their capitals, cultures and communities.

Dining
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Dinners
Travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • All internal air included in trip cost
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Train excursion to Machu Picchu
Highlights
  • Buenos Aires Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colourful city
  • Cusco Discover Sacsayuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show
  • Iguassu Falls Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the tropical Iguassu National Park
  • Lima Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs
  • Machu Picchu Journey to the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Rio de Janeiro Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest from your cogwheel train
  • Sacred Valley Visit the famous Pisac Market and stop at the Awanakancha Living Museum where you may see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas

Accommodations
Rio de Janeiro: Mirador
Iguassu Falls: Viale Cataratas
Buenos Aires: De las Americas
Lima: La Hacienda
Sacred Valley: La Casona de Yucay
Cuzco: San Agustin Plaza
Lake Titicaca: Taypikala Lago
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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