DAY 1 Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro, meet and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel Arene Leme
DAY 2 HALF DAY SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN
You will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. You will travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the top. At 395 meters, we will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress, and several beaches of Niterói.
DAY 3 HALF DAY CORCOVADO + SOUTH BEACHES
Proceed for a tour of Corcovado Mountain and Beaches. Board a cog train from Cosme Velho Station for a ride to Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Experience the 20 minutes’ steep train journey which takes you through the dense Atlantic rain forest of Tijuca offering a wonderful opportunity for a closer look at the forest’s lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city. You will disembark at the top of Corcovado and then proceed up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Day 4 Free day in Rio or visit the Favelas and see local life
Day 5 Fly to Iguassu HALF DAY BRAZILIAN SIDE OF THE FALLS
Departure in vehicle heading to the National Park of the Brazilian Falls . The tour starts with a visit to the Main Center of the park, where the participants will have the opportunity to get some hints about the local ecosystem. From there the tour follows with a walking time through the most important track of the park where the participants could enjoy a astonishing view of the waterfalls. From the local belvedere the participants will have a privileged sight of the both parks of the waterfalls, Return to the main point via the panoramic elevator.
Visit the Birds Park(Extension of Brazilian Side Falls – Duration 02 hours)
Located at the entrance of the National Park Bird Park is an ecological sanctuary, linking ecotourism with conservation. Huge nurseries provide a basic understanding of some 900 birds, 150 species. Brazilian birds predominate, but there are species of Australia, Africa and Asia represented. It also develops a recognized work of education, research and Environmental
DAY 6 HALF DAY ARGENTINEAN SIDE OF THE FALLS
Departure from hotels ahead to Argentina side with a quick stop at customs check out. After that, the tour continues to the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguassu River, which separates the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, a scenic highway up to the Argentine Iguassu Park is taken from where the visit of the Argentinean Falls at Porto Canoas, which gives the access to the very brink of the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat, largest of the Argentinean Falls, including the San Martin Falls. On the way back from the falls a stop at the “Three Borders” Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet.
DAY 7 Flight from Iguassu to Lima
HALF DAY GASTRONOMIC TOUR IN LIMA
The most representative flavors of Peruvian gastronomy are waiting for you. Embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure, beginning your tour at a typical Peruvian market. There you will find a broad variety of national ingredients, among which you will find traditional Peruvian fruit like cherimoya, lucuma and aguaymanto. Then, you will visit an exclusive restaurant in Lima where you will learn to prepare pisco sour and ceviche, two great representatives of the Peruvian flavor.
Finally, you will enjoy a delicious lunch with Peru’s most important dishes.
HALF DAY CITY TOUR
You will visit the Historic Center of The City of Kings, the most important city in America during colonial times. Explore the Santo Domingo Convent, which was built in 1535 and still stands until today. Then, take a walk towards the Main Square, where you will find the Governments Palace, the Archbishops Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral. Here you will have the chance to photograph the impressive colonial buildings of this part of the city. From here, you will walk towards the Cathedral, where you can appreciate its renaissance style of decoration, as well as its statues of apostles.
Overnight at selected hotel in Lima.
Breakfast and Lunch
Fly to Cusco
Arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to the Sacred Valley with tourist stop in Chincheros to have a weaving demonstration.
Then you will stop in Muña restaurant for lunch.
Visit the town of Maras, where one of the world’s finest salts is extracted: Maras salt. These mines form terraces and lagoons, which are a mandatory spot for snapping amazing pictures. Plus, visit the Misminay community, where you will experience the Andean lifestyle. You will explore local gastronomy through a wonderful cooking class, beginning your experience with the planting and harvesting of some products, according to the season. Then, next to your hosts, you will prepare a delicious traditional dish using only local products, which you will enjoy for lunch. Then, you will visit the Moray agricultural terraces, which were used as a botanic laboratory by the Incas and from where you’ll have a privileged view of the Sacred Valley.
Lunch with the community of Misminay.
MACHU PICCHU BY VISTADOME TRAIN
A visit to one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. The excursion starts with a train trip to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. The natural beauty of the surroundings makes the train the best way to start your visit. When you arrive, you will start the ascent to the ruins, which will without a doubt be one of your most unforgettable experiences. At Machu Picchu you can see one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World and take some impressive photos. Then it is back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch in a local restaurant.
Lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes included.
In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco
Day 12 HALF DAY CITY & SACSAYHUAMAN
Visit to the city of Cusco, also called the Imperial City, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The excursion starts at Koricancha temple, an ancient Inca palace and centre of worship of the sun god, on the site of which the Dominicans ordered a church to be built, which survives to this day. Then to the Main Square, where you will visit the cathedral, the most important religious building in the city. The climb continues to Sacsayhuamán fortress, an impressive example of Inca military architecture.
The perfect way to end a tour: Enjoy a sparkling wine in a beautiful scenery with an amazing view of Cusco city.
This spectacular train trip starts in the historical city of Cusco and goes South, to Puno, by the side of Lake Titicaca. The glass windows on the Titicaca train will let you perfectly observe the beautiful landscape: the train slowly ascends to very high and cold places, around the magníficent Andes mountain range, over the deep Huatanay River valleys. Then, the train goes through the Andean plains, where you can see vicunas and alpacas grazing among the small villages along the road. The trip includes a stop at La Raya, the highest spot of the route, to observe the spectacular landscape at 4,300 meters above sea level. The trip includes a three course lunch on board.
Lunch on board included.
This tour begins at Huayllano, the lake port for the Isle of Taquile, whose inhabitants give a friendly welcome to visitors. Traditions, customs and colourful costumes are maintained on the island. The islanders are skilful craftsmen and employ the techniques developed over the centuries by their ancestors. You will be welcomed into one of the houses to share their activities, such as weaving. After this is a delicious lunch made from local ingredients. Then, a walk back to the Main Square to board the launch that will take you to the floating islands of Uros. These islands consist of layers of totora and are their inhabitants’ homes and workplaces.
TOUR THROUGH THE ARTISTIC AND BOHEMIAN DISTRICT OF BARRANCO (private service – English speaking guide)
*Mario Testino and Osman museum are closed on Monday*
Get to know Barranco, a district with a long tradition and much history, full of beautiful streets, old houses and small plazas. Barranco is famous as Lima’s relaxed bohemian quarter and vibrant cultural life, which includes museums, designer boutiques, handicrafts fairs and concerts. Cross the “Bridge of Sighs” and feel the energy of old Lima. The tour then takes in the Pedro de Osma Museum with its fine collection of colonial-era paintings, furniture and textiles. The tour continues with a visit to MATE, a museum owned by renowned photographer Mario Testino.
Depart for Airport to fly home or extend your stay.