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South American Discovery

5 countries
8 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
4 character accommodation properties
Discover the ultimate South America. Enjoy the colours and beauty of volcanic Ecuador, venture into the Amazon Jungle, and travel to the heart of the Sacred Valley to visit Machu Picchu. Cross the continent to thundering Iguazu Falls, experience the excitement of Rio and dance the tango in Buenos Aires.Authentic EcuadorBienvenidos to Ecuador! Explore the many sides of this diverse country, beginning in the former Inca town of Cuenca and travelling to Guamote via the famous Devil's Nose train down the rocky slopes of the Andes. Visit the colourful and authentic Guamote and Otavalo markets, and then board the Libertad Train, one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, through the spectacular cloud forest. Tour the beautiful rose plantations at Hacienda La Compania and then soak in the natural thermal springs of Papallacta just outside your hotel room!Amazonian AdventuresFrom Ecuador, venture deep into the Peruvian Amazon Jungle for an unforgettable 3 night stay in a jungle lodge. Explore the lush, tropical rainforest and meet the natives, visiting a local Indian village. Take a canopy walk in Sucusari Reserve and visit Monkey Island, home to numerous species of monkey.Incan AntiquitiesTravel 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.Vibrant CitiesTravel Copacabana on the Bolivian shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, set against a backdrop of dramatic snow-capped peaks. Spend time exploring the incredible floating reed Uros Islands - made entirely out of reeds from the lake. Fly to Brazil and explore both sides of the thunderous Iguazu Falls, before heading to the vibrant city of Rio. Your South American discovery finishes in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Discover the vibrant La Boca district and Recoleta Cemetery, and enjoy an evening of tango entertainment!

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, $370pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 25 nights in good quality hotels (3 -5 star)
  • 2 nights at historic Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge near Iquitos
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4 star)
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls NP at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel (5 star)
  • 33 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 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

Be surprised by enchanting Ecuador

  • Travel through the highlands to Cuenca stopping at beautiful El Cajas National Park, characterised by its evergreen forests and hundreds of lakes.
  • Discover the town of Cuenca on a walking tour including the Cathedral, churches, flower market and a stroll along the Tomebamba River.
  • Despite its name, Cuenca is where panama hat making first originated, so you'll visit a factory to see how they are made.
  • Zigzag down the Andes by train through some of Ecuador's most spectacular scenery around the famous "Devil's Nose", a crossing made by use of switchbacks - the train travels forward past a junction and then reverses down past the next junction and the process continues.
  • Meet the gorgeous children and staff at Guamote's Inti Sisa, an educational centre that provides education and opportunities for the local indigenous communities.
  • Take a walking tour of the famous Guamote market and witness the hundreds of 'campesinos' in their traditional red, pink and green dress as they come to trade wares and produce.
  • Stop to visit the Palacio Real community for lunch and taste some llama meat, if you're game!
  • Witness the amazing volcanic scenery and towering snow-capped peaks in Chimborazo Volcano National Park
  • Enjoy a fun Chiva bus ride into the rainforest along the scenic Pastaza River gorge
  • In Banos take a short hike through the rainforest to the Devils Cauldron Waterfall, accessed by a suspension bridge over the majestic Pastaza River Gorge.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and lush rainforest setting in the town of Banos.
  • Spend 2 nights in an historic hacienda near Otavalo. This hacienda was used by General Simon Bolivar during his journeys between Ecuador and Colombia for his military and political campaigns.
  • Experience the excitement of Otavalo's colourful handicraft market, Plaza de Ponchos - a tradition dating back to pre-Incan times!
  • Board the Libertad Train for a spectacular journey through the cloud forest from Ibarra to Salinas.
  • Stop and shop in Cotacachi, Ecuador's famous leather capital and visit the stunning Cuicocha Crater Lake at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano.
  • Enjoy a decadent morning tea in a beautiful 20th century hacienda at La Compania Rose Plantation and take a tour of the grounds and factory.
  • Relax in the thermal hot springs of volcanic Papallacta, right at your hotel room's doorstep!
  • Explore Ecuador's capital, Quito, on a city tour including Independence Square, La Compania Church, San Francisco Monastery, the Cathedral and the El Panecillo lookout.
  • Stop at the 'Middle of the World' where the equator passes through Ecuador and stand with one foot in each hemisphere, and visit the Inti Nan Solar Museum next door.

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Iquitos, discovering from the treetops on the amazing Sucusari canopy walkway. Go piranha fishing, see the amazing Victoria Regia lillies, visit a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of plants and learn more about the culture at a Yagua village.
  • Explore the San Pedro Market and the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun.
  • 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 impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins 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.
  • Explore the patchwork of salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before visiting the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba.
  • 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. Continue to Cusco by road, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cuzco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake.
  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Dance the night away in grand 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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
36
Price From
AUD $18,995
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Festival, Rail, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
31 Mar 201905 May 2019AvailableAUD $16,835
05 May 201909 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,735
14 Jul 201918 Aug 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,735
08 Sep 201913 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,735
03 Nov 201908 Dec 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,735
19 Jan 202023 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $16,335
22 Mar 202023 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $16,335
ItineraryExpand
South American Discovery

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

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a South America and the city of Lima!

Day 2. Lima - Guayaquil - Cuenca

This morning we fly to enchanting Ecuador. We'll travel through the stunning highlands of El Cajas National Park to Cuenca. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Cuenca

On a walking tour of the town we'll visit the Cathedral, churches, a flower market and stroll along the Tomebamba River. We'll also visit a Panama hat-making factory. [B]

Day 4. Cuenca - Guamote

We board the famous train to the Devil's Nose, one of Ecuador's best rail journeys. [B,D]

Day 5. Guamote - Ba os

Special Experience:This morning we meet the staff and children of the Inti Sisa educational centre.

Then it's a trip to the Guamote Market to witness the hundreds of 'campesinos' in their traditional red, pink and green dress as they come to trade. [B,L]

Day 6. Ba os

We venture into the rainforest on a typical Chiva bus and take a short hike to the imposing Devil's Cauldron waterfall. [B,L]

Day 7. Ba os - Otavalo

Today we make our way to Otavalo, famous for its colourful textiles and Handicraft Market. Our accommodation for the next two nights is in a beautiful historic hacienda. [B,D]

Day 8. Otavalo

Special Experience:Board the Libertad Train in Ibarra and enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, travelling through the cloud forest to Salinas. [B]

Day 9. Otavalo - Papallacta

We take a picturesque journey through the Andes, stopping for brunch at a beautiful hacienda and rose plantation. We'll arrive in volcanic Papallacta, famous for its hot springs, in the early afternoon. [B]

Day 10. Papallacta - Quito

The morning is at leisure for you to indulge in the beautiful hot springs before we travel down through the valley to Quito, Ecuador's capital. [B]

Day 11. Quito - Lima

This morning we explore the colonial 'Old Town' of Quito. We'll also stop at the 'Middle of the World' to stand with one foot on each side of the equator. [B]

Day 12. Lima - Amazon Jungle

After our morning flight to Iquitos, it's just a short boat ride along the famous Amazon River to reach our jungle lodge. This afternoon we head out on a piranha fishing excursion and see the incredible Victoria Regia lilies, up to 3m in diameter. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Amazon Jungle

Special Experience:Begin the day with a canopy walk through the treetops in the Sucusari Reserve. We also visit a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of many of the local plants. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Amazon Jungle

After breakfast we cruise to a local Yagua village for a cultural demonstration. Keep an eye out for pink dolphins along the way! This afternoon we'll visit Monkey Island. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Amazon Jungle - Cusco

The morning is at leisure before we fly to Cusco. [B]

Day 16. Cusco

This morning we visit the San Pedro Market and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Later on a walking tour we'll see the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the streets of Barrio de San Blas and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. [B]

Day 17. Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to meet the herds of llamas, alpacas and vicu as in Awanacancha and to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. [B]

Day 18. Sacred Valley

This morning we explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo. We'll also visit the salt ponds at Maras and terraces of Moray. [B]

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

Day 19. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

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

Day 20. Machu Picchu - Cusco

This afternoon we return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 21. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. [B]

Day 22. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake. [B]

Day 23. Lake Titicaca

Special Experience:Speed across the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the Island of the Moon and the Island of the Sun. [B,L]

Day 24. Lake Titicaca - Lima

Today we fly to Lima, capital of Peru. [B]

Day 25. Lima

Our city tour this morning includes the Plaza Mayor and the remarkable Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts. [B,D]

Day 26. Lima - Iguazu Falls

We fly to spectacular Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 27. Iguazu Falls

We explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, and stand on a platform suspended over the incredible Devil's Throat! This afternoon we return to Brazil and walk the winding canyon path. [B]

Day 28. Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Special Experience:Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the famous Parque Das Aves Bird Park. [B]

Day 29. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 30. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 31. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires. [B]

Day 32. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing today includes the Recoleta Cemetery and the vibrant La Boca district. We also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. [B]

Day 33. Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. [B,D]

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

Day 34. Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 35. In Transit
Day 36. Arrive Australia