SOUTHAMERICAN DREAMS 2016

Ecuador -Peru -Bolivia -Chile -Argentina -Brazil 23 days/22 nights

  • Day 01  Quito
  • Day 02   Quito and Equator
  • Day 03   Quito – Otavalo - Cuicocha
  • Day 04   Quito-Lima
  • Day 05   Lima
  • Day 06   Lima-Cusco
  • Day 07   Cusco-Sacred Valley
  • Day 08   Sacred Valley- Machu Picchu- Cusco
  • Day 09   Cusco-Lima-La Paz
  • Day 10   La Paz-Lake Titicaca
  • Day 11   La Paz-Santiago
  • Day 12   Santiago
  • Day 13   Santiago
  • Day 14   Santiago-Mendoza
  • Day 15   Mendoza
  • Day 16   Mendoza-Buenos Aires
  • Day 17   Buenos Aires
  • Day 18   Buenos Aires
  • Day 19   Buenos Aires -Iguazu
  • Day 20   Iguazu-Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 21   Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 22   Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 23   Rio de Janeiro-Home

DAY 1

QUITO - / - / -

Arrival in Quito followed by the transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 2

QUITO B / - / -

City tour of Quito, the city is one of the highest located cities in the world 2840 metres. You visit Guapulo, where you have a beautiful view of the Valle de los Chillos and the eastern Andes. Following the tour, visit the beautiful renewed colonial centre with the Independence Square, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco and Church la Compañia which is bath in Gold, an impressive local art. To finish with the city tour, visit the Panecillo, a small hill middle of the city with a fabulous view of the 45 km long and 4 km wide city and the snow-capped volcanoes. In the afternoon visit the world famous Equator, “Mitad del Mundo” which is located only 30 minutes from Quito. Here you have the opportunity to jump from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. In the 18th century the French Geodesic Expedition arrived here to perform important researches and investigate the Earth’s actual form. A monument and the interesting INTI ÑAN Museum were will teach you all the different cultures of Ecuador.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 3

QUITO – OTAVALO – CUICOCHA B / - / -

Early departure from Quito through to the north on the Highway "Panamericana” to the Province of Imbabura. Visit Otavalo, which is 95 km north of Quito. There you find a colorful Indian market that for many years is performed in the "Plaza del Poncho." Place to take wonderful pictures and admire Otavalo Indians in their typical clothing, and also purchase leather products, woven products, rugs, "shigras" (colorful straw or linen woven bags), as well as hand-carved wood products. Also you have the opportunity to visit Lake Cuicocha, Peguche Artisan Center and Iluman, where wool hats are elaborated. Return to Quito in late afternoon.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 4

QUITO - LIMA B / - / -

After breakfast have free time on your own in Quito, at arranged time you have the transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Arrival in Peru and transfer to the hotel, where you have a briefing about the itinerary.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about your journey in our country.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 5

LIMA B / - / -

Get acquainted with Peru's Capital City, its 2000 years of history and colonial heritage. Experience the artistic traditions and contemporary lives of its residents. Tour Lima’s Historical Center, cultural heritage of humanity according to UNESCO and admire its imposing Cathedral. Visit Casa Aliaga, America's best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535. Continue to San Francisco Monastery, a masterpiece of colonial architecture housing important colonial paintings. Finally drive through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro where you enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and its beaches before returning to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 6

LIMA – CUSCO B / - / -

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco.

Allin Hamusqa Kapaychik!! This means welcome in Quechua, the official language of the Incas. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon take a tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery. This former colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Also included in the tour are stops at the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. After touring the most interesting sites of the city, drive to the surroundings of Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca Ruins in the area. Included are the cult center of Sacsayhuaman, the Temple and Amphitheater of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 7

CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY B / - / -

Take a trip to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo. The site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. After admiring the site's magnificent past, stroll through the quaint streets of today’s town. Continue to Pisac for an opportunity to haggle with vendors at its handicraft market. You have a magnificent view of the Urubamba Valley along the way.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 8

SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO B / - / -

In the morning transfer to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train towards Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to the station you will take a 25-minute motor coach ride to "The Lost City of the Incas", which was discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Enjoy a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, a unique awe-inspiring experience. Afterwards, stroll around the archaeological site.

To further enhance your travel experience we recommend you to visit the private art gallery: "Machu Pictures - Inspiring Views of the Sanctuary", located within Cafe Inkaterra in Machu Picchu pueblo, nearby the rail station. A privileged access created for you.

In the afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytambo Station. After arrival transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 9

CUSCO – LA PAZ B / - / -

Transfer to the airport for your international flight from Cusco to La Paz.

Arrival in flight from Cusco and transfer from the airport to your hotel in La Paz. The airport is located at 25 minutes from your hotel. Transportation, bilingual guide, assistance on departure and porterage at the airport are included.

In the afternoon City Tour including the Moon Valley. The City of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins; a living history which treasures the pre Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets. The indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breathtaking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 10

LA PAZ – LAKE TITICACA – LA PAZ B / L / -

In the morning overland drive to Huatajata at the shores of Lake Titicaca.

On arrival, visit the Andean Roots Eco Village: The Altiplano Museum; Handicrafts village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy our elegant vicuñas, llamas, alpacas and the mythical Suri.

Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu”. Continue to Sun Island. Visit the Inca “Grand Stairs” & the Sacred Fountain; taste the water believed to give eternal youth & happiness. Lunch at the "Uma Kollu" archaeological Restaurant; Visit the small handicraft market. Continuation to Copacabana and visit the shrine and the Dark Virgin.

Overland drive back to La Paz with Tiquina Strait crossing.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 11

LAKE TITICACA – SANTIAGO B / - / -

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Santiago. Transfer from the airport in Santiago to the hotel of your choice. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 12

SANTIAGO B / - / -

Half day City Tour Santiago: Santiago de Chile combines the characteristics of a rapidly modernizing metropolis with the historic features of a colonial city. This tour introduces you to both the historic centre and Santiago’s modern side.

At the historic centre, you visit the presidential palace, once the national mint, and hence named La Moneda. Additional sights are around the historic main square, the Plaza de Armas, with its cathedral and the beautiful old post office; the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, now home to the National History Museum;and the Casa Colonial, which was once the governor’s residence during the colonial era. The best views of Santiago and the Andes can be enjoyed from the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal, The hill is part of the Parque Metropolitano – the city’s largest municipal park – where many Santiaguinos spend the weekends practicing sports or enjoying a BBQ. After visiting the Cerro San Cristóbal, the tour continues through Providencia, one of the capital’s exclusive districts, with attractive shops, good restaurants and modern high-rise buildings.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 13

SANTIAGO B / - / -

Day at leisure where you can take the optional excursion: Full day Valparaiso

Meet your guide in the morning, who accompanies you during this full day excursion to Valparaíso.

The historic city of Valparaíso is Chile’s oldest port. It is also home to the senate and Chilean Congress, which was moved here from the capital after 1989, when democracy and therefore a National Congress were re-established.

The city’s many hills are a multi-colored panorama of painted houses crowding every nook and cranny that provide a spectacular backdrop and also ensure Valparaiso’s unique flair.

There is a good reason why the historic city centre of Valparaíso, with its fine 19th century architecture, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The upper and lower sections of the city are connected by 15 funicular elevators that were built at the turn of the 19th century and still provide good service to this day. During your city tour, you travel to a viewing point by one of them, in addition to visiting the parliamentary building and Plaza Sotomayor’s memorial to the heroes of the War of the Pacific.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 14

SANTIAGO – MENDOZA B / - / -

Private transfer from the hotel in Santiago to the bus terminal in Santiago. Public Bus to Terminal Los Heroes at Mendoza, Argentina (ticket included). Arrival at Mendoza and transfer to your hotel.

The rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 15

MENDOZA B / - / -

In the morning you have a half day City Tour. Visiting the most representative sites of this wonderful city, the excursion begins in Mendoza’s historical quarter - Pedro del Castillo Square. After admiring the urban architecture and San Francisco Ruins, visit some of the different government buildings. The tour continues to General San Martin Park, considered a true greenbelt area, where you enjoy the lake, the rose garden and over 30 sculptures, including a visit to the boat club and observatory. Then go to Cerro de la Gloria (Glory Hill) from where you can see the Monumento al Ejercito Libertador (Monument to the Heroes of the War of Independence) – and the Greek Theater - Frank Romeo Day, where the Fiesta de la Vendimia (harvest festival) is held every year. The tour ends after visiting El Challao, at the Virgin de Lourdes Church.

In the afternoon have a half day Wineries Tour - This circuit takes you out of the city and into the wine-making districts of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. Here you witness techniques used to irrigate the dry land (canals and ditches) and hear about how the aborigines managed to change a vast desert into a productive oasis. This area is home to prestigious wineries that produce internationally-recognized Argentinean wines. You visit to two of these wineries, both still using traditional working methods, together with some of the latest technology. Your tour is accompanied by a wine expert, who explains some of the vinification methods and processes and the bottling and labelling of wines and you can enjoy a tasting of the different wines the vineyards have to offer.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 16

MENDOZA - BUENOS AIRES B / - / D

In the morning transfer from the hotel to the Mendoza Airport for flight to Buenos Aires (AEP). Arrival at Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel.

The afternoon at leisure.

At night you enjoy a Tango Show including dinner. Buenos Aires nightlife provides its visitors with numerous entertainment possibilities. This evening you attend an unforgettable tango show with performances by some of the best dancers and singers in the country, whilst enjoying a delicious meal. This is the perfect way to live Buenos Aires - the City of Tango.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 17

BUENOS AIRES B / - / -

In the morning you have a half day City Tour. This sightseeing tour allows you to discover the magic of this vibrant cosmopolitan city. The tour includes the beautiful parks and gardens of the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods, the Colon Theatre (one of the world's five most important opera theatres), Plaza de Mayo, the cathedral, traditional Mayo Avenue, Congress Square and many other buildings and palaces of architectural, historical and cultural interest. Your tour then continues with a visit of San Telmo, the residence of aristocracy until the end of the 19th century. You have the opportunity to explore Caminito Street in La Boca, a colorful neighborhood of Italian immigrants. You' visit the recently revitalized area of Puerto Madero and on Sundays the tour includes a stop at the vibrant San Telmo Flea Market. The afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 18

BUENOS AIRES B / - / -

Today is at your leisure. Optional tour: Full day Estancia visit

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Buenos Aires, head out to the vast grassy plains of the Pampas, the birthplace of the gaucho tradition. Spend the day on an estancia where you can truly immerse yourself in Argentine tradition, by taking part in the activities on the farm. The day also includes horseback riding and ancient horse-drawn carriages accompanied by seasoned gauchos; you also have the chance to witness some of the gaucho's incredible skills on horseback: Ring racing, horse racing, and racing with leathers and reins test. The amazing ability of these gauchos can be appreciated through these typical displays of past tradition.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 19

BUENOS AIRES – IGUAZU B / - / -

In the morning transfer from the hotel o the Buenos Aires Airport for your flight to Iguazu. Arrival in Iguazu and transfer to the hotel.

In the afternoon tour of the Argentinean Falls - Catwalks and observatories let you enjoy the magnificent falls, one of the wonders of the world, which culminates in the impressive Garganta del Diablo (Devils Throat), where the Iguazu River crashes down almost 80m offering a breathtaking experience. From the visitors centre you can walk around trails or board a picturesque train. The lower circuit leads to the base of the falls, where the spray moistens visitors. It is a unique experience, worth daring the adventure. From the upper circuit you have the best panoramic views of the park. Leaving from Cataratas station, walk along the catwalk on the upper section of the river. You get to the balcony on the Devils Throat, the biggest fall with such a big flow of water that you are overcome by the grandeur of the scenery.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 20

IGUAZU – RIO DE JANEIRO B / - / -

In the morning half day Tour of Brazilian Falls (4 hrs) - Along a beautiful route, crossing a bridge over Iguazu River, do you reach the Iguaçu National Park in Brazil. From there and bordering the river, arrive at the falls where you have fabulous views. You are able to observe the incomparable beauty of the Iguaçu Waterfalls from across a 1,200m path, with several balconies and a runway over the river up to the ¨Devils Throat”, where besides getting wet with the mist, visitors enjoy the closest view of the greatest falls in South America. The path ends in a viewpoint right by the Floriano Falls.

In the afternoon transfer out to the Foz do Iguaçu airport for departure flight to Rio.

Arrival in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel

Rio de Janeiro, capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and also Brazil's capital from 1763 to 1961, is nestled between the mountains and the sea. Its magnificent shoreline includes charming bays and beautiful beaches, dotted with islands up and down the coast. Flying into Rio offers you a beautiful sight, whether at night or during the day, the visitor quickly finds out why Rio is known as the Wonderful City. The center for art and fashion, new styles and clothing concepts are always available in Ipanema's elegant boutiques.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 21

RIO DE JANEIRO B / - / -

In the morning half day City Tour including the Sugarloaf. Drive to "Praia Vermelha" (Red beach), to take the two stage car up to the top of Sugar Loaf (270m), which grants the entrance to Rio's harbor and Guanabara Bay. The Italian made cable car holds 80 passengers and each of the two stages takes two minutes. The first stage is Morro da Urca with 170m, with a snack bar, amphitheater and helicopter-point. The second stage goes on the Sugar Loaf itself, thus named for its resemblance to the loaves of sugar used by the Portuguese at the time of the city's discovery.

In the afternoon half day tour to Corcovado. Drive to Rio´s elegant residential area of yesteryear’s – the 19th century, its residences, quaint villas and the Näif Art Museum. The top of Corcovado Mountain is reached by a Swiss-made cog-wheel train taking 20 minutes to reach the top. The Christ the Redeemer statue stands 15 meters from its base and proudly closes the summit at 710 meters. The view at the top of Corcovado is one of Rio´s famous postcards, easily recognized around the world. The ever changing scenarios, the lake, the forest, the beaches, are Rio´s landmarks.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 22

RIO DE JANEIRO B / - / -

Day at leisure to enjoy the Carioca’s way of life.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 23

RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT B / - / -

At noon, check out and transfer from the hotel to the airport, including luggage handling of one bag per person to the airport.

 
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