Wonders of South America
A multitude of attractions awaits the traveller in these three fascinating countries, from the dramatic scenery and ancient Inca ruins of Peru to the Latin sophistication of Buenos Aires and the impressive Iguazu Falls. Your journey ends in captivating Rio de Janeiro, one of the most scenic and exciting cities in the world. A&K’s signature service and expertise is included throughout with privately guided touring wherever you are.
Day 1: Arrive to Lima
A warm welcome and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Lima
This morning touring begins at the Plaza Mayor, the official centre of the city. See the 16th century cathedral, an architectural marvel, and the Presidential Palace before driving through modern Lima to the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum which houses one of the largest private collections of pre-Inca ceramics in the world. An optional culinary experience is available today with top Lima chef Penelope Alzamora at her home in Barranco (additional cost) (B).
Day 3: Lima - Sacred Valley (2,800M)
Fly to Cusco then stop for lunch at Limo restaurant before travelling by road into the Sacred Valley, full of archaeological sites, Inca terraces and colonial churches. Visit Awanakancha, a centre where South American camelids including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas are bred. Learn about the renowned fibres created from their fleeces, as well as ancient weaving techniques which are still used today. Remainder of afternoon at leisure (B,L).
Days 4 : Sacred Valley
A rewarding day starting with a visit to the Kuychi Centre, created to support the Children of the Rainbow project. Continue with a unique visit to an Andean highland community to meet local Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers. This personal encounter introduces you to the lifestyle and traditions of these Incan descendants. Lunch is at Hacienda Huayoccari, an elegant farmhouse high in the hills. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure (B,L).
Day 5: Sacred Valley - Machu Piccu (2,450M)
A morning visit to the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure which was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish. Next, board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu where a late morning arrival gives you time to begin your explorations of this breathtaking Inca citadel with your guide. Well preserved, most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed giving an excellent picture of what the structures originally looked like (B,L,D).
DAY 6: Machu Picchu - Cusco (3,400M)
An option to further explore the site of Machu Picchu at sunrise or enjoy a hike with your guide. Later board the Hiram Bingham luxury train to Cusco with gourmet dinner included on board (B,L,D).
DAY 7: Cusco
This morning enjoy a city tour which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple or Koricancha, a Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Inca’s principal religious building, dedicated to sun worship. You also visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman outside of Cusco, a testimonial to Incan architectural skills. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and spectacular countryside (B).
DAY 8: Cusco - Buenos Aires
Return flight to Lima. Connect with your onward flight* to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, where a private A&K welcome awaits (B).
DAY 9: Buenos Aires
This morning you are driven through the leafy streets of Palermo with time to explore the famous ten acre Recoleta cemetery where generations of Argentina’s elite are buried, including Eva Peron. Dinner and a tango show are included at Esquina Carlos Gardel with VIP arrangements (B,D).
DAY 10: Buenos Aires
Visit the colourful La Boca district once inhabited by Italian immigrants and home to football giants Boca Juniors. Explore the Bohemian delights of San Telmo and visit the beautifully restored 19th century residence El Zanjon, an important urban archaeological site (B).
DAY 11: Buenos Aires - Iguazu falls
Transfer to airport for your flight* to Iguazu. Your hotel is within the Brazilian National Park and an easy walk from the falls (B).
DAY 12: Iguazu Falls
Explore the Argentine side of the Falls and get up close to the thundering torrent. Walk through the jungle to a catwalk for dramatic views (B).
DAY 13: Iguazu - Rio de Janeiro
Fly* to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure (B).
DAY 14: Rio de Janeiro
Take in the sights this morning including a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf, Guanabara Bay. After a typical Brazilian BBQ lunch visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer with time to explore the bohemian Santa Teresa district (B,L).
DAY 15: Design your day - Rio de Janeiro
Plot your course this morning with a samba lesson or a tour through the city’s favelas (slum districts). Afternoon at leisure (B)..
DAY 16: Depart Rio de Janeiro
Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport (B)..
TERMS & CONDITIONS
As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking. Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.
Inclusions and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our consultants for the most up to date itinerary, prices and availability.