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Highlights of South America & the Galapagos

4 countries
6 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
2 character accommodation properties
From Buenos Aires to Rio and Lima, discover the highlights of South America on this cross-continental adventure. See thundering Iguazu Falls, fly over the incredible Nazca Lines, witness the abundance of wildlife on the Ballestas Islands and visit the spectacular Incan city, Machu Picchu.Vibrant CitiesThe adventure begins in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, visiting the must-see sights including colourful La Boca, Recoleta Cemetery and enjoying a sensational evening tango show. Travel to Rio de Janeiro where we visit some of the best-known landmarks including the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Majestic FallsSee spectacular Iguazu Falls from Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy the breathtaking views along the canyon path and stand on the platform over the thunderous Devil's Throat, where water pours in from three different sides and feel the energy as it vibrates through the boardwalk!Incan AntiquitiesTake a flight over the Nazca lines to view these gigantic and mystical geoglyphs - only fully appreciated from the air above. Then travel into the heart of the Sacred Valley, visit the lively market at Pisac and see the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo and the elliptical terraces of Moray. No tour of South America would be complete without seeing Peru's spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu! Board the vistadome train for a scenic journey to this breathtaking wonder of the world.Wildlife at its finestDiscover the amazing archipelago of the Galapagos Islands on a 5-day cruise! See a remarkable array of wildlife, from sea lions, and iguanas to frigate birds and exotic fish. Enjoy lunch among the giant tortoises and experience the beautiful lagoons, beaches and turquoise seas.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 9 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $250pp pre-paid for land arrangements. On board the cruise tipping is payable locally, suggested amounts of approx. $15pp US per day for crew and $10pp US per day for the guide

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3 -4 star)
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel (5 star)
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4 star)
  • 4 nights on board luxury motor yacht, Isabela II, in an Upper Classic Twin cabin
  • 24 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on min. of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Dance the night away in Buenos Aires

  • Discover the grand city of Buenos Aires on a city tour, including the colourful La Boca district, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, and a visit to the stunning Colon Theatre.
  • Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires.

Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls and experience the excitement of Rio

  • Spend 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach.
  • Enjoy a traditional Brazillian churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao.
  • Tour the iconic sights of Rio including the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Hill.
  • Spend 2 nights at the Belmond Das Cataratas hotel inside Iguazu Falls National Park, with the amazing waterfalls right on your doorstep.
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, including the famous Devil's Throat.
  • Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the Parque Das Aves Bird Park.

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and visit the village Awanacancha to see locals weaving and meet the herds of llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas.
  • Stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the lively market.
  • Tour the town of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life.
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu!
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth guided tour and enjoy some time to explore the ruins at your own pace.
  • Spend the night in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo and visit the fortress ruins.
  • Stop at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.
  • Explore the San Pedro Market and the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco.
  • Take a scenic flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs depicting hundreds of figures in the middle of the Nazca desert.
  • Enjoy a visit to scenic Paracas National Reserve.
  • Discover the amazing wildlife of the Ballestas Islands in Paracas, a vibrant sanctuary home to many birds and animals, including the endangered Humboldt penguins.

Follow in the footsteps of Darwin on the Galapagos Islands

  • Take a panoramic tour of Guayaquil including Parque de las Iguanas, Cathedral of Saint Peter, Malecon 2000, City hall and the Simon Bolivar and San Martin Monuments.
  • Spend 4 magical nights aboard the luxury motor yacht, Isabela II, and marvel at the wildlife in the famous Galapagos Islands. Enjoy lunch among the giant tortoises, visit Santa Fe, South Plaza, North Seymour and Bartolome islands and witness the unique animals and birds that call this archipelago home - blue-footed boobys, frigate birds, iguanas, sea lions and brilliant coloured crabs!

Not Included

  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card $20pp US
  • Galapagos National Park Fee - $100pp US
  • Wetsuit rental fee - $17pp US + tax
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
27
Price From
AUD $19,095
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Rail, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Jan 201911 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $18,670 
24 Apr 201920 May 2019AvailableAUD $17,370
22 May 201917 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $17,370
19 Jun 201915 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $17,370
31 Jul 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $17,370
28 Aug 201923 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $17,370
23 Oct 201918 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $17,370
20 Nov 201916 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $17,370
29 Jan 202024 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $17,770
26 Feb 202023 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $17,770
25 Mar 202020 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $17,770
ItineraryExpand
Itinerary 2018/19

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Buenos Aires

Bienvenido a grand Buenos Aires, affectionately known as the 'Paris of the South'!

Day 2. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing this morning includes Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in the colourful La Boca district. We also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. [B,D]

Special Experience: Don your dancing shs for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.

Day 3. Buenos Aires

The day is at leisure to discover more of the city. [B]

Day 4. Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro

We fly to colourful Rio de Janeiro. The afternoon is at leisure for you to begin exploring. [B]

Day 5. Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure before a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. [B,D]

Day 6. Rio de Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. [B]

Day 7. Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls

This morning we fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 8. Iguazu Falls

Special Experience: Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Standing on a platform suspended over the thunderous Devil's Throat, we'll sense the incredible power of the falls. [B]

Day 9. Iguazu Falls - Lima

On the Brazilian side of the falls, we wander along the canyon path, enjoying the panoramic views. We also visit the Parque Das Aves. Set deep in the rainforest, it is home to more than 160 species of tropical birds, including toucans and macaws. [B]

Day 10. Lima

Our sightseeing in Lima includes the Lima Cathedral, Convento de San Francisco and the Larco Museum, home to priceless Incan artefacts. [B]

Day 11. Lima - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. Our afternoon walking tour begins with a visit to the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo. We'll also see Koricancha (Temple of the Sun). [B]

Day 12. Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to meet the llamas and vicu as in Awanacancha and to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. We'll also visit the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo, an impressive Incan fortress. [B]

Special Experience: Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig (a regional delicacy) at a local chicheria.

Day 13. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu! [B,D]

Day 14. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? This afternoon we'll return to Ollantaytambo via train and visit Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 15. Cusco

Today we explore the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the Incan baths at Tambomachay. [B]

Day 16. Cusco - Lima - Paracas

From Cusco, we fly to Lima and travel south to Paracas, a beach resort town on Peru's coast, home to a stunning national reserve. [B]

Day 17. Paracas

This morning we board a light plane for a scenic flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs depicting hundreds of figures in the middle of the Nazca Desert. [B]

Day 18. Paracas - Lima

We board a boat bound for the Ballestas Islands, a vibrant sanctuary, home to many birds and animals, including the endangered Humboldt penguins. We'll also be able to see the famous Paracas Candelabro formation from the cruise. We'll then return to Lima and enjoy a group farewell dinner overlooking the ruins of Huaca Pucllana. [B,D]

Day 19. Lima - Guayaquil

Discover Guayaquil on a city tour. [B]

Day 20. Guayaquil - Galapagos Cruise

Embark Cruise: We fly to the incredible Galapagos Islands and board the Isabela II. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Enjoy a relaxing lunch among the giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Day 21. Galapagos Cruise

Anchor at Santa Fe Island, home to many sea lion colonies and land iguanas. Visit South Plaza Island in the afternoon. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Galapagos Cruise

Enjoy more wildlife and bird watching on North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, home to abandoned WWII barges. [B,L,D]

Day 23. Galapagos Cruise

Discover iconic Bartolome Island and beautiful Sullivan Bay. [B,L,D]

Day 24. Galapagos - Guayaquil/Lima

Disembark Cruise: Our Galapagos adventure ends. We fly to Lima, via Guayaquil. [B]

Day 25. Depart Lima

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 26. In Transit

Day 27. Arrive Australia

Itinerary 2019/20

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Buenos Aires

Bienvenido a grand Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital! It's also affectionately known as the 'Paris of the South'!

Day 2. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing this morning includes Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in the colourful La Boca district. We also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. [B,D]

Special Experience:Don your dancing shs for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.

Day 3. Buenos Aires

The day is at leisure to discover more of the city. [B]

Day 4. Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro

We fly to colourful Rio de Janeiro. [B]

Day 5. Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure before a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. [B,D]

Day 6. Rio de Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. [B]

Day 7. Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls

This morning we fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 8. Iguazu Falls

Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Standing on a platform suspended over the thunderous Devil's Throat, we'll sense the incredible power of the falls. [B]

Day 9. Iguazu Falls - Lima

On the Brazilian side of the falls, we wander along the canyon path, enjoying the panoramic views. We also visit the Parque Das Aves. Set deep in the rainforest, it is home to more than 160 species of tropical birds, including toucans and macaws. [B]

Day 10. Lima

Our sightseeing in Lima includes the Lima Cathedral, Convento de San Francisco and the Larco Museum, home to priceless Incan artefacts. [B]

Day 11. Lima - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. Our afternoon walking tour begins with a visit to the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo. We'll also see Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. [B]

Day 12. Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to meet the llamas and vicu as in Awanacancha and to visit Pisac's lively market. We'll also visit the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo, an impressive Incan fortress. [B]

Special Experience:Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig (a regional delicacy) at a local chicheria.

Day 13. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu! [B,D]

Day 14. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? This afternoon we'll return to Ollantaytambo via train and visit Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 15. Cusco

Today we explore the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market. [B]

Day 16. Cusco - Lima - Paracas

From Cusco, we fly to Lima and travel south to Paracas, a beach resort town on Peru's coast, home to a stunning national reserve. [B]

Day 17. Paracas

Special Experience: Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs depicting hundreds of figures in the middle of the Nazca Desert, in a light plane.
We'll also enjoy a tour of the pristine Paracas National Reserve. [B]

Day 18. Paracas - Lima

We board a boat bound for the Ballestas Islands, a vibrant sanctuary, home to many birds and animals, including the endangered Humboldt penguins. We'll also be able to see the famous Paracas Candelabro formation from the boat. We'll then return to Lima and enjoy a group farewell dinner overlooking the ruins of Huaca Pucllana. [B,D]

Day 19. Lima - Guayaquil

Discover Guayaquil on a city tour. [B]

Day 20. Guayaquil - Galapagos Cruise

Embark Cruise: We fly to the incredible Galapagos Islands and board the Isabela II. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Enjoy a relaxing lunch among the giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Day 21. Galapagos Cruise

Anchor at Santa Fe Island, home to many sea lion colonies and land iguanas. Visit South Plaza Island in the afternoon. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Galapagos Cruise

Enjoy more wildlife and bird watching on North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, home to abandoned WWII barges. [B,L,D]

Day 23. Galapagos Cruise

Discover iconic Bartolome Island and beautiful Sullivan Bay. [B,L,D]

Day 24. Galapagos - Guayaquil/Lima

Disembark Cruise: Our Galapagos adventure ends. We fly to Lima, via Guayaquil. [B]

Day 25. Depart Lima

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 26. In Transit

Day 27. Arrive Australia