Arrive Rio and settle into your hotel on Copacabana Beach, for your 3 night stay
Head to Sugarloaf Mountain for an unforgettable ride. First board a cable car to Urca Hill, 215 meters high. Then continue to Sugarloaf, where you can see the whole Guanabara Bay, its islands, the Rio Niteroi Bridge, and Corcovado Hill. Sightseeing continues with a tour of Rio’s historical past. Learn how Portugal’s prince Dom Pedro I scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil, as you see the sites of Rio de Janeiro. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. On the way to downtown, drive through Parque do Flamengo. Pass by the National Library, the Opera House, and get a sense of Rio’s glamour.
Climb aboard the trenzinho (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird’s eye view of the Marvelous City. The 38-meter Christ the Redeemer, statue, sitting atop Corcovado from an elevation of 710m (2340ft), is the image of the faith and friendliness of cariocas. You’ll also get a close up look at Rio’s world-famous beaches.
Enjoy a private, guided visit of Brazils Iguacu National Park. After checking out the exhibits in the visitors center, a bus will take you to various vantage points for a panoramic view of the falls. An elevator up to a lookout platform provides a birds eye view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most stunning waterfall is the Devils Throat, which spans a 2,700 semi-circle that gushes over a height of 72 m (236 ft). Our trip begins at the Iguassu National Park Visitor’s Center where we board for a drive through the lush subtropical vegetation of park en route to the falls. Stroll the trail descending the canyon that offers the most panoramic view of the more than 240 different falls. Penetrate the mist of the Devil’s Throat on the main walkway. Take the glass elevator up the cliff face for a view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its “sister” park in Argentina
On this private visit to Argentina’s Iguazu National Park, you will visit the upper falls, including the San Martin Falls and the Devil’s Throat, visible from a series of walkways that take you right up close to the 70 meters (230 feet) tall falls and through the lush forest of the park.This very complete trip shows you all the different angles of the waterfalls from the Argentine side and includes not only the upper trails and the Devil’s Throat but also the lower trail which winds through heavy rainforest. On this trip, we offer several different options for lunch, which is optional.
This private Lima city tour begins at the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, and Government Palace are situated. Then visit the Monastery of San Francisco, which houses colonial art, impressive architecture, one of the oldest library collections in Latin America, and catacombs. You will also see the San Isidro olive groves, the pre-Inca worship center of Pucllana, the Miraflores Parque Central, and the romantic Parque del Amor. Then visit the Larco Museum, which holds the finest precious metals collection in Peru. Housed in a royal mansion of the 18th-century, the museum is famous for its gold and silver collection, its erotic archaeological collection, and its pre-Colombian art collection. There are over 45,000 objects, all classified by culture and theme in chronological order.
Have an early breakfast in your hotel, and then prepare for the tour of a lifetime to see Machu Picchu, the breathtaking Inca city in the sky. Travel through the Sacred Valley into the cloud forest, where the city of Machu Picchu lay relatively hidden for centuries. The first class Vistadome train, with its glass ceiling, allows you ample room to enjoy the unbeatable scenery as you take the 1 1/2-hour journey towards Machu Picchu. The train will take you to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. Take a short walk over to the shuttle bus station, which will whisk you up the mountain to the entrance to Machu Picchu. There your guide will take you on a tour of this fascinating city of the Incas. As you gaze in wonder at the expansive stone ruins, steep terraces, and looming cliffs, you will realize why Machu Picchu has been called one of the new wonders of the world. The stonework at Machu Picchu is so well engineered that many of the walls are almost perfectly intact since the days of the Incas in the 15th and 16th centuries. After the tour, wander around the ruins on your own, or return to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, meet your train for the ride back to Cuzco and check in to your hotel for the night. An alternative would be to spend the night in Aguas Calientes, and take the train back to Cuzco the next day.
Discover the fascinating historical and cultural legacy of the Incas in the capital of the Inca Empire on this private 4-hour Cuzco city tour. Visit Korikancha, known as the Temple of the Sun during Inca Empire, and now the site of the Santo Domingo Convent. You will also see the Cathedral, which faces the Plaza de Armas in the heart of downtown Cuzco. Continuing on, tour the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, located above the city, and you can enjoy spectacular views of Cuzco below. Follow the road up to several other Inca stone ruins, including Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel.
Travel in luxury on the legendary “Andean Explorer” Train from Puno to Cuzco. This spectacular rail journey begins in historic Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and travels north to the city of Cuzco, the center of Inca civilization. On the journey, the train makes a gentle climb to higher, and cooler altitudes. Out of Puno, the gentle, rolling Andean Plains, are in view, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. The second half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. While travelling aboard the Andean Explorer, the glass-walled observation car provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route.
Perched at water’s edge and taking full advantage of its privileged location on the Puno area of Lake Titicaca, with extraordinary views 3,800m (12,500 ft) above sea level. Built with rustic local materials, stone, wood, and clay, this hotel reflects the natural beauty of its environment.
Soak in the beauty of this high altitude lake that is known in Inca history as the birthplace of the Inca Empire. The lake dwellers of Lake Titicaca are expert reed craftsmen who build reed islands and boats, which you can see during your Lake Titicaca tour. Visit the floating islands of Uros, which are made completely from reeds. Then visit the island of Taquille, which is home to about 1500 Quechua-speaking inhabitants. They are known for their incredible textile weaving skill. In the evening, return to your Puno hotel for the night
Return to Lima for our last night.
Return home or Galapagos Extension
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