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South American Explorer

3 countries
6 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Special departure: 17 June 2019 will experience Inti Raymi Festival in Cusco
Explore the great wonders of South America. Immerse yourself in fascinating Peru - visit the 'white city' of Arequipa and the volcanic Colca Canyon, marvel at Machu Picchu and explore the Amazon Jungle. Travel to spectacular Iguazu Falls, experience the excitement of Rio and discover grand Buenos Aires.Amazing PeruDiscover the many sides of Peru. Immerse yourself in the diverse eco-system of the Amazon Jungle, visiting Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and palm-fringed Lake Sandoval, spotting wildlife and soaking up the tranquil atmosphere. Fly to the former Incan capital of Cusco, then travel to the Sacred Valley and explore the ancient ruins, markets and Inca history. Travel by vista-dome train to the famous Lost City of the Incas, breathtaking Machu Picchu! Lakes, valleys, volcans and waterfallsEnjoy a wonderful day cruising immense Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, before continuing to volcanic Colca Valley. Travel to the Cross of the Condor, with amazing viewpoints over the canyon and where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising on the morning thermals. See spectacular Iguazu Falls from Brazil and Argentina. Stand on the platform over the thunderous Devil's Throat and feel the energy as it vibrates through the boardwalk!Vibrant CitiesThe cosmopolitan cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires offer a wonderful contrast to the amazing natural scenery of South America. See the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, La Boca, Recoleta Cemetery and experience an evening of tango entertainment, just to name a few.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 6 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, $330pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3 -4 star)
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle Lodge near Puerto Maldonado
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4 star)
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel (5 star)
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 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

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado, discovering village life, sampling local food and spotting wildlife. Visit beautiful Lake Sandoval and Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, and keep an eye out for the parrots, caiman and the endangered giant river otter.
  • Take a walking tour of Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and enjoy the old world ambience over dinner at Casa Qorikancha restaurant, behind the Church of Santo Domingo in Cusco.
  • 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 the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood.
  • 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. Then visit Taquile Island and learn about the unique traditions of the islands' inhabitants.
  • Make your way into the incredible Colca Canyon (the world's deepest), via the villages of Patapampa, Chucura, Toccra, Vizcachani and Patahuasi.
  • Visit the Cross of the Condor, the canyon's deepest point, and watch the majestic Andean condors as they cruise over the morning thermals.
  • Stroll through the villages of Yanque, Alchoma, Maca and Pinoholloand and stop at the mountain terraces of Antahuilque to learn about the importance of the balconies and hanging tombs.
  • Discover the "white city" of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone. See Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and Carmen Alto viewpoint.

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
28
Price From
AUD $16,695
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Festival, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 Jan 201924 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,000
25 Feb 201924 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,000
25 Mar 201921 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,000
06 May 201902 Jun 2019Limited SeatsAUD $13,800
17 Jun 201914 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $14,100
08 Jul 201904 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $13,800
12 Aug 201908 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $13,800
09 Sep 201906 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,800
07 Oct 201903 Nov 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,800
04 Nov 201901 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $13,800
20 Jan 202016 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $14,100
24 Feb 202022 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $14,100
16 Mar 202012 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $14,100
ItineraryExpand
South American Explorer

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

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and the capital city of Lima!

Day 2. Lima

Our sightseeing in Lima includes the Lima Cathedral, Convento de San Francisco and the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Lima - Amazon Jungle

Adventure awaits! We fly to the Amazon Jungle. After a short cruise along the Amazon River we'll reach our jungle lodge in time for lunch. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: The Amazon Jungle is an incredibly diverse ecosystem. We cruise along rivers, can across lakes, wander through rainforest and spot the native wildlife. Think monkeys, otters, parrots and caiman!

Day 4. Amazon Jungle

This morning we visit Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and Lake Sandoval, a beautiful palm-fringed expanse of water, home to the endangered giant river otter. Later we'll discover the canopy from some hanging bridges, before a night walk to spot the nocturnal wildlife. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Amazon Jungle

We cruise downriver to a small community and visit a local farm, where we'll sample some typical Amazonian food. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Amazon Jungle - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. This afternoon we explore Koricancha, Temple of the Sun - considered the most spectacular of all the Incan temples. [B,D]

Day 7. Cusco

This morning we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and discover the colours and local delicacies of the San Pedro Market. We also enjoy a short walking tour that includes the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a fine example of colonial baroque architecture, and Barrio San Blas. [B]

Day 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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 11. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We'll then return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 12. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. Full of plazas, archaeological ruins and interesting craft shops, it's a great place to explore and experience on your own. [B]

Day 13. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

We travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. [B]

Day 14. Lake Titicaca

Cruise on the highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Split across Peru and Bolivia, we visit the Uros Islands, made from reeds, to learn how each of the local families lives on their own island and survives the harsh climate. We'll also visit beautiful Taquile Island where we'll enjoy lunch. [B,L]

Day 15. Lake Titicaca - Colca Valley

We venture into the incredible Colca Valley, home to the world's deepest canyon and some stunning volcanic scenery. [B,D]

Day 16. Colca Valley - Arequipa

On our way to Arequipa, we visit the Cross of the Condor and the mountain terraces of Antahuilque. [B,L]

Special Experience: The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 17. Arequipa

This morning we explore the 'white city' of Arequipa. Highlights include the Convent of Santa Catalina, Church of La Compa a and Carmen Alto - a viewpoint for beautiful vistas over the surrounding landscape. Tonight, enjoy a special group "farewell to Peru" dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Arequipa - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 19. 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 20. Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Get up close and personal with stunning, colourful birds this morning at the Parque Das Aves. Set deep in the rainforest, it is home to more than 160 species of tropical birds, including toucans and macaws. This afternoon we fly to Rio de Janeiro. [B]

Day 21. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 22. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 23. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires, affectionately known as the 'Paris of the South'. [B]

Day 24. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing in beautiful Buenos Aires includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in the vibrant La Boca district. [B]

Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, the main opera house in Buenos Aires - ranked the world's third-best opera house.

Day 25. Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight don your dancing shs for a tango lesson, followed by dinner and a show. [B,D]

Day 26. Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 27. In Transit
Day 28. Arrive Australia