27 Day Fully Guided Tour
A real kaleidoscope of the Andes – Peru – Bolivia – Argentina – Brazil
Begin this amazing adventure by heading directly to Lima.
Spending two nights to recover from the jetlag, its time to explore the capital of Peru – known as the City of Kings. From here, it's into the Amazon Jungle for an encounter you won't forget. You'll fly to remote Puerto Maldonado on the Rio Madre de Dios - a tributary of the Amazon - still unspoiled, where animal and bird spotting is among the best in South America. You'll then travel into the remote Tambopata Nature Reserve.
We find ourselves with so much to see and do as you explore Cusco the Inca temples and the quaint cobble-stone villages where life goes on as it did so many years ago. The beautiful red-tiled Cusco, fabled Navel of the Universe, you can explore the Inca Empire – still alive today – and prepare to hike the legendary Inca Trail to the 'Lost City of the Incas' Machu Picchu. For those not wishing to take up the challenge of the Inca Trail we have an exciting alternative programme – see shaded days of the detailed itinerary.
We'll travel across the altiplano to Puno, on the shores of tranquil Lake Titicaca, where you can experience life on the floating reed islands while visiting the Uros Indians. A stop overnight in sleepy Copacabana on the lake where you have the option to visit the scenic and tranquil Island of the Sun, the legendary birthplace of the sun as it rose out of the lake.
We then take a picture postcard route to La Paz, which is situated 3,900 metres above sea level and where ancient cultures meet the new millineum. This bustling city is unique, with bowler-hatted ladies selling their fruit and veges on the pavement outside towering skyscrapers.The opportunity to make an optional visit to the Bolivian salt flats .
From La Paz, we'll fly into stunning and vibrant Rio de Janeiro, where you will see spectacular views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue. From here, there will be time to watch people on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Next stop is Iguacu Falls - 275 cascades fall in a wild array of spray over a winding 3km cliff face into the gorge 60metres below - an impressive and mind-blowing sight!
We'll finish up in stylish Buenos Aires where you can enjoy a tango show and an enormous juicy steak.
There are no unpleasant surprises once you are in South America. You know before you leave exactly what this trip will cost and it is a bonus not having to dip into your money belt all the time to pay for 'EXTRAS' like some companies do. We pride ourselves on being totally upfront before you leave. Compare our inclusions for yourself – detailed on our Trip Dossier.
We want your adventure to be as hassle-free as possible – so you can expect the following whilst planning to explore the "Amazon to Andes".
- ALL transport (boats, buses, taxis, trains etc)
- ALL entrance fees as per itinerary
- ALL National Park entrance fees
- ALL sightseeing as per itinerary
- ALL accommodation with breakfasts
- ALL camping fees, tents, sleeping mats on trek
- ALL food during Inca Trail
- ALL transfers as per itinerary
- 5 dinners, 5 lunches
- Services of experienced local guides Inca Trail
- Services of porters to carry gear on Inca Trail
- Farewell dinner & Tango show in Buenos Aires
- Services of English speaking local guides
- Services of experienced Tour Leader
Does not include:- Tips - allow USD$225 per person
- Personal Spending
- Medical Expenses
Our experienced bilingual Tour Leaders travel with the group departures (subject to a minimum of 6 people travelling).
We use comfortable 3 star hotels throughout the tour. All rooms have your own private bathroom. Hotels are chosen for their location and services, and most would have free WIFI.
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service.
Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
At the start of the tour your Tour Manager will explain the tipping system and will coordinate all tipping on behalf of the group to cover the local guides, drivers and porters.
We suggest allow for US$35-45 per day to cover incidentals, laundry, and meals not included.
Groups are limited to a maximum of 15 people.