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Peru, Argentina and Chile

Peru, Argentina and Chile

This fabulous Peru, Argentina and Chile Tour combines three amazing countries and is a must for anyone who has not visited the area. Join us as we begin our journey in Peru, exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Lost City of the Incas; the archaeological wonders of Machu Picchu. We will visit the incredible cascading Iguazu Falls from the Argentina side & taste some of the best wines from the famous Casablanca Valley in Chile.

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Depart Home
Our journey begins when we board our flight to Lima, Peru. Sit back relax and enjoy the service and entertainment aboard. Upon arrival, transfer to the Pardo Double Tree Hotel.

Lima
This morning we depart for a city tour of Colonial Lima for a glimpse of its majestic past. You will visit the Church of San Francisco, its convent, museum of colonial art, cloisters and catacombs. Afterwards, we will enjoy a panoramic view of the Main Square with the Cathedral, Government Palace, the Municipal Hall, the “Desamparados” Train Station. Next we drive through the old streets, where we will have a spectacular view of traditional mansions with Moorish style balconies. Continue through the most traditional residential and commercial areas of contemporary Lima, passing by sites of pre-Columbian Civilizations, dating back to the beginning of the Christian era. The afternoon is free to relax or explore further on your own. (B,D)

Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley
This morning, return to Lima Airport for a 1 1/2 hour flight, over the Andes Mountains to Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. We will be met at the airport in Cusco and escorted to the Sacred Valley. At this lower elevation, you have the rest of the day to relax, acclimatize and enjoy your scenic surroundings. Overnight Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel. (B,D)

Sacred Valley
In the morning we begin a full day visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is a pre-hispanic agriculture centre. You will visit the old Pisac Inca community, which is located at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, 32 km / 20 miles from Cusco. Its traditional, colourful, local market has, over centuries, attracted local traders and remote communities from all over the valley. Dressed in their traditional and colourful costumes, it now attracts many visitors. Here we will enjoy a typical lunch from this region and afterwards, visit the Inca temple of Ollantaytambo, with its Inca Streets, traditional squares and dwellings. (B,L,D)

Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
After an early breakfast we journey to the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, by First class Train. This train journey crosses valleys, mountains and typical communities as it approaches Aguas Calientes. We will cross two different regions from the sierra to the rainforests, observing snow peaks, eucalyptus, deep canyons and finally orchids as we arrive. It is rated as one of the top 15 train journeys in the world. The stone citadel of Machu Picchu, located 112 km. from Cusco, was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The citadel was built on a very special spot covered in vegetation between two mountains: the Machu Picchu (old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (young mountain), at the foot of which meanders the Urubamba or Vilcanota River. Machu Picchu is considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO and is also categorized as one of the seven world wonders. On arrival to Machu Picchu, tour of the Sanctuary. Following this fascinating tour of Machu Picchu, we will take the Shuttle back to Aguas Calientes, where we will check into the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for the night. (B,L,D)

Machu Piccho/Cusco
In the morning take a shuttle up to Machu Picchu to enjoy a morning at leisure at the Sanctuary. On our second visit we will be able to explore the citadel at our own pace and see some of its least explored sites (no guide provided on this second visit). In the afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes to board your train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo we will transfer to the Casa Andina (Private Collection) hotel in Cusco. (B)

Cusco
In the morning, we will visit Cusco’s Historical Inca and Spanish Colonial Monuments, such as the Main Square, known in Inca times as Huacaypata or the Warrior’s Square, it was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history. The Cathedral, originally built on the site of the old temple of Suntur Wasi (House of God), now the church of El Triunfo, of particular interest are the choir cloisters, the pulpit, the engravings on the altar and furniture. Continue onto the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, a Spanish construction belonging to the Dominican Order, built upon the foundations of the Inca temple of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Koricancha (in quechua, site of gold) was the main religious building of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls, according to the chroniclers, were plated with sheets of gold. Magnificent blocks of finely carved stone were used in its construction. After, we will visit the surrounding ruins of the city of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, this huge Inca fortress is built on three overlapping platforms, each of them over 360 m long. Then, onto Tambomachay, known as the Inca baths. It was apparently a site dedicated to the worship of water and a resting place for the Inca monarch. Kenko, is said to have been a worship site. There is a huge 5.9metre high stone block that looks like a puma. There are also passages, canals and stairways with stone engravings representing animals. Finally, Puca Pucará, which was an adminis trative and military centre formed by terraces, stairways, passages, turrets and vaulted niches. Transfer back to our hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a Folkloric show and dinner. (B,D)

Cusco/Buenos Aires
This morning we transfer to Cusco’s Airport to board our flight to Buenos Aires via Lima. Transfer to Hotel Madero. Remainder of day at leisure. (B)

Buenos Aires
Full day tour of Buenos Aires visiting all main points of interest such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, Mayo Square, Congress Hall, Colon Opera Theatre, San Telmo, La Boca Italian District, Palermo Park and the fashionable Recoleta area with its famous cemetery with Eva Peron’s tomb in contrast with sidewalk cafes and elegant boutiques. This evening join your tour leader for dinner and world class Tango Show! (B,L,D)

Tigre
This morning a half day tour to Tigre and the Northern Area of Buenos Aires. We will see the President Residence in Olivos. Visit to San Isidro, a neighbourhood that grew up around its imposing neo gothic Cathedral. The area around the Cathedral, with its trees, cobbled streets and century old houses make up one of the most charming neighbourhoods where a great number of summer houses, yachting clubs and rowing clubs are located. Tigre is located in the outlet of the Delta of the Parana River with islands and inlets crossed by streams, rivers and brooks. We will take a boat excursion to enjoy the great scenery of this landscape. Return to Buenos Aires with the afternoon free for you to explore on your own. (B)

Buenos Aires/Iguazu
Morning flight to Iguazu Falls and full day tour of the falls area. Iguazu Falls has been named a World Heritage Site. Our group will take a 15 minute train ride from the Visitors centre to “Cataracts Station”. From there we will walk the paths and lookouts of the superior and inferior paths, admiring the imposing 275 waterfalls which precipitate to the river from a height of 70 metres and also the amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then board the train to the “Gargantuan Station” and from there descend walking 1200 meters to the Devil’s throat Balcony to share one of the greatest shows on earth. (Boat rides into the falls are available as an optional tour). Overnight Hotel Loi Suites Iguazu. (B)

Iguazu/Mendoza
Morning free to explore Iguazu. Transfer to airport for flights to Mendoza via Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel Diplomatic Park Suites. (B)

Mendoza
This area of Argentina is famous for its fine wines so today we will enjoy a full day tour of the picturesque countryside and of course visits to the wineries for tasting and lunch. (B,L)

Mendoza
A full day tour of the Andes is planned for today. Heading south, across the vineyards and fruit plantations, the tour follows the national route 7, part of the famous Pan-American Road. Get inside the “precordillera”, the first range of mountains and discover the hidden shapes in the stones. On the way, you will see the Potrerillos dam and lake and shortly after, the town of Uspallata, where the movie “Seven Years in Tibet” was filmed. We continue driving through the Mendoza River Canyon, very close to the border of Chile where you will reach the viewpoint of the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America. On the way back, there is time to admire the “Inca Bridge”, a wonder of nature. Throughout the entire journey, you will encounter magnificent views. (B,L)

Mendoza
With its delight scenery, historic beauty and friendly people – today we enjoy a half day tour of Mendoza City. (B)

Mendoza/Santiago
Transfer to airport late morning for flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, check into Hotel Atton El Bosque. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Santiago
Morning tour of Santiago. Founded in 1541, in the beginning of the Andes Mountains, Santiago has been able to mix the old and the new. Many of the colonial buildings have survived to this day, such as the Cathedral, which is from the eighteenth century, the City Hall and the building of the former Royal Court, along with the Post Office and its French style architecture, which are all located in front of Plaza de Armas. The visit includes the Path through the Civic Center and Plaza de la Constitución, where you can find the headquarters of the national government La Moneda. Crossing the Forest Park and the Mapocho River, you reach the Cerro San Cristóbal and from the top you have one of the best panoramic views over the city and the great mountains that surround the Chilean capital Return to the hotel through the modern districts of Providencia and Las Condes. Free Afternoon. (B)

Santiago
Departure from our hotel to Valparaiso, Chile’s principal port which is combined in its urban landscape the giant bulk of ships moored at the wharves with the narrowness of its main streets, turning an abrupt piece of coastline into one of the world’s most picturesque ports. since recently Valparaiso is the new seat of Congress. Tour includes a visit to La Sebastiana museum another house of the poet Pablo Neruda. Then a visit of Viña del Mar, a South America’s sophisticated social summer resort located 85 mi. West of Santiago and also known as the “garden city” for its beautiful gardens, avenues filled with flowering trees and palms. Exciting and full of action is the gambling Casino and daytime activities center along Valparaiso Avenue with its many open-air cafés, restaurants and shopping malls. Group will make a stop for lunch. Late afternoon transfer back to Santiago. (B)

Santiago/Casablanca Valley/Home
Today begins with exploring two wineries in the Casablanca Valley. Midway between Valparaíso and Santiago, several wineries have united to promote the Casablanca valley, one of Chile’s fastest-growing and most accessible wine regions. Following the tour, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flights home. (B)

Tour Highlights

Lima – 2 Nights
Sacred Valley – 2 Nights
Machu Picchu – 1 Night
Cusco – 2 Nights
Buenos Aires – 3 Nights
Iguazu – 1 Night
Mendoza – 4 Nights
Santiago – 3 Nights

 

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Hotels

Lima – Pardo Double Tree Hotel
Sacred Valley – Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel
Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Cusco – Casa Andina
Buenos Aires – Hotel Madero
Iguazu – Hotel Loi Suites Iguazu
Mendoza – Hotel Diplomatic Park Suites
Santiago – Hotel Atton El Bosque

Pricing

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Package Includes:

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All hotel accommodation as indicated

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Domestic flights within South America

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All transfers & sightseeing tours by private coach with English speaking guides

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Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 5 Dinners

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All entrance fees per itinerary