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EcoAdventures
The Best of South America:
Peru, Chile, Argentina & Brazil
with Machu Picchu, Chilean Lakes & Iguassu Falls

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21 Days/19 Nights from $4690*
Departures Daily Except Thursdays and Fridays

• 2 Nights Lima–City of Kings

• 3 Nights Cuzco–Capitol of the Inca Empire

• 1 Night Machu Picchu–Explore the Mysteries of the Incas

• 2 Nights Santiago–Art, restaurants & theaters

• 2 Nights Chilean Lakes Region–Breathtaking scenery & quaint fishing villages

• 2 Nights Bariloche–One of the most scenic spots in the world

• 3 Nights Buenos Aires–Sophisticated and chic

• 2 Nights Iguassu Falls–275 Thundering waterfalls

• 2 Nights Rio de Janeiro–Sizzling and exciting

Itinerary

EcoAdventures' Best of South America Custom Excursion
Day 1: Arrive Lima Start your adventure into the Land of the Incas. Transfer to your selected hotel.
Gold Incan artifact at Lima's Museum of Anthropology and ArchaeologyDay 2: In Lima Enjoy a tour of Lima, the City of Kings, combining the modern and colonial highlights with a visit to the world famous Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology to enhance your appreciation of pre-Inca and Inca cultures. (B)
Day 3: Lima to Cuzco Early wake-up call and transfer to the airport for your one-hour flight to Cuzco. Remainder of the day at leisure to acclimate to an altitude of over 11,000 feet! (B)
Incomparable Machu Picchu, PeruDay 4: Cuzco to Machu Picchu A special adventure begins. Depart by train* and journey back into the mists of time, arriving at the foot of Machu Picchu. Mini-buses follow a serpentine road to the heights of the ruins. Take a walking tour of these wondrous ruins with your expert guide. You and the lucky few who will spend the night here will have a few more hours to explore the site after the crowds have returned to Cuzco. Those who select the Deluxe Plus category hotels will overnight at the Sanctuary Lodge just outside of the gate to Machu Picchu and enjoy an additional dinner and lunch. The hotels in the Tourist and First Class categories are in the quaint village of Machu Picchu Town (formerly called Aguas Calientes), at the base of the ruins. (B, L)
*NOTE: In Tourist Category, the renovated Expedition Train is quoted and lunch is NOT provided. In First Class and Deluxe categories, the deluxe VistaDome train is quoted and lunch is provided at the Sanctuary Lodge adjacent to the entrance to Machu Picchu.
Day 5: Machu Picchu to Cuzco Continue exploring Machu Picchu before winding back down the mountain by bus to catch your afternoon train for Cuzco. NOTE: Transfers from Machu Picchu Town to and from Machu Picchu and entrance fees are NOT included this day. (B)
The great stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman, PeruDay 6: In Cuzco This afternoon, you will join a motorcoach for a tour of colonial Cuzco, including the Temple of the Sun, Cathedral and Plaza de Armas. Next, ascend into the hills surrounding Cuzco to visit the Inca ruins of K'Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambo Machay and the great stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)
Day 7: Cuzco/Lima/Santiago Morning return flight to Lima, where you will be assisted with a connecting flight to Santiago. Evening arrival in Santiago and transfer to your selected hotel. (B)
Day 8: Santiago City Tour On a half-day motorcoach tour of Santiago, visit Santa Lucia Hill and San Cristobal Hill before stopping at Bellavista, Santiago's Bohemian district, where you will find a variety of art galleries, restaurants, and theaters. (B)
Puerto Montt fishing boatsDay 9: Santiago to Puerto Montt (Puerto Varas) Fly south to the gateway to Chile's Lake District, Puerto Montt, on the Relancavi Estuary. Drive along Costanera Highway for a scenic overlook of Puerto Montt, and then tour the quaint fishing village of Angelmo with its open-air crafts market. Continue on to Puerto Montt’s sister city, Puerto Varas, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and overnight in your choice of hotel. (B)
La Natura Hotel, Vicente PĂ©rez Rosales National Park, ChileDay 10: Two-day Lakes Crossing (available all year) Begin this overland journey through pine forests, past tranquil farms and over broad lakes on the way to Argentina. Bus past Lake Llanquihue to Petrohue to board a boat crossing Lake Todos Los Santos to La Natura Hotel for overnight. Click here for Lakes Crossing map. (B, D)
Day 11: Arrive Bariloche Continue through the Lake District with a bus ride over the Continental Divide into Argentina, then cross Lake Frias by boat, and arrive in Puerto Blest by bus. View from Cathedral Mountain, BarilocheCruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo, and proceed overland to downtown Bariloche and your hotel. (B)
Day 12: Bariloche Tour See the main square and important government buildings. Then, skirt the lake to Cathedral Mountain for an overview of all the surrounding lakes, hills, and mountains that make Bariloche one of the most scenic spots in the world! (B)
Day 13: Bariloche to Buenos Aires Fly from Bariloche to Buenos Aires, and transfer to your selected hotel. Remainder of the evening at leisure. (B)
Argentine tango dancers in the streets of Buenos Aires
Tango dancers in the streets of Buenos Aires
Day 14: Buenos Aires City Tour Drive down the widest street in the world, 9th of July Avenue, past the Colon Opera House to the Plaza de Mayo. The plaza faces the pink Presidential Palace and National Cathedral, which houses the tomb of the liberator, San Martin. Next, visit the old port La Boca district with its pastel houses and shops; you will have time to browse through the shops for souvenirs. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 15: Tango Show A day completely free to explore on your own. Sip traditional tea at a local teashop, or visit one of the estancias in the countryside. This evening, enjoy a typical Argentine beef dinner followed by a folklore show and Tango performance. (B, D)
Folklore show "butterfly"
Day 16: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Fly northward to Iguazu Falls, Argentina for a tour of the mighty falls from the Argentine side. Walk along the river's edge, home to a myriad of semi-tropical flora and fauna. Cross small bridges over tiny waterfalls to vista points looking out to the main part of the falls, the Devil's Throat. Then take a boat out to a catwalk for a close-up view of the Devil's Throat! After the tour, transfer to Iguassu National Park in Brazil, and stay at the Hotel Das Cataratas located right at the falls. (B)
Devil's Throat, Iguassu Falls
Day 17: Iguassu Falls A full day at leisure, where you will have an opportunity to visit the falls from the Brazilian vantage point. Here, you have a magnificent overview of the entire horseshoe-shaped falls with over 250 separate cataracts. (B)
Sugar Loaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Day 18: Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer upon arrival to your hotel of choice. Remainder of the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 19: In Rio Full-Day motorcoach tour to Corcovado, Rio's highest mountain, crowned by the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy exceptional views, then continue on via the scenic route through Tijuca rainforest. Stop for lunch before beginning the two-stage ascent by cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. There you will be treated to breathtaking views of Guanabara Bay and Rio de Janeiro. (B, L)
Day 20: Depart Rio You have almost another full day free in Rio for shopping and sightseeing on your own before a late afternoon transfer to the airport. (B)
Day 21: Arrive Home City

Note: All airfares within South America are included in the rates and are subject to change without notice. Airfares from/to North America are not included. Call 800-326-5025 for airfares from major US cities.

Hotel Category
Dois Hermanos, Rio de Janerio
Rates Per Person*
Low Season
High Season
 
Year
Dbl
Sgl Supp
Dbl
Sgl Supp
Tourist Class**
2016
$4466
1470
$4820
1645
2017
4998
1635
5355
1830
First Class
2016
$5040
2150
$5480
1980
2017
5595
2370
6088
2200
Superior First Class
2016
$5950
3025
$6260
2590
2017
6600
3360
6840
2880
Deluxe Class
2016
$6400
3840
$6820
3655
2017
7120
4260
7577
4060
Deluxe Plus Class
2016
$6980
4320
$7450
4570
2017
7755
4800
8280
5079
Upgrade to Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco (Chica Jr. Room)
2016
$75
75
$75
75
2017
85
85
85
85
Upgrade to Mountain View room at Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
2016
$150
150
$180
180
2017
165
165
200
200
Upgrade for Private Services
2016
$535
1070
$600
1130
Dois Hermanos "The Two Brothers"
2017
595
1190
675
1255
Take a boat ride up to the Devil's Throat, Iguassu Falls
High Season
= JAN-MAR, JUL, OCT, NOV, and DEC 20-31. Rates apply to accommodation dates in Santiago, Rio and Buenos Aires, not to the departure dates from the USA.

Note:
Rates do not apply to Easter, Christmas, New Years or Carnival in Buenos Aires or Rio.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The airfares LIMA/CUZCO/LIMA/SANTIAGO/PUERTO MONTT BARILOCHE/BUENOS AIRES/IGUAZU FALLS IGUASSU FALLS/RIO are NOT included and may vary from $1450 per person to $2400 per person depending on availability of space and the international airline used to travel to South America. Early booking is very important. Airfares quoted are subject to change without notice, and cannot be guaranteed unless they are purchased and the tickets are issued.

**In Tourist Class, the
Expedition Train is quoted. In First Class and Deluxe Categories, the VistaDome Train is quoted. In the Deluxe & Deluxe Plus categories dinner is included at the selected Machu Picchu hotel.

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Hotels in Category
City
Tourist Class
First Class
Superior First Class
Deluxe Class
Deluxe Plus Class
Lima
Belmond Miraflores Park
City View Jr. Suite
Machu Picchu
Hostal Presidente
(Superior Riverview)
Machu Picchu Pueblo
(MAP Superior)
Machu Picchu Pueblo (MAP)
or Sumaq
(MAP Superior Deluxe)
Cuzco
Santiago
Puerto Varas
Los Cumbres
(Superior)
Los Cumbres
(Luxury)
Peulla
Bariloche
Design Suites (Mtn View)
or Villa Huinid (Mtn View)
Alma del Lago
(Lake View)
Llao Llao
(Lake View)
Buenos Aires
Loi Suites (Jr. Studio)
Iguassu Falls
Esturion
(Regency room)
Rio de Janeiro
Astoria Palace
(Deluxe room)
Arena Copacabana
(Superior)
Porto Bay International
(Superior) or
Caesar Park
(Dlx Ocean Front)
Sofitel Rio Palace
(Dlx Oceanview) or
JW Marriott
(Dlx Oceanview)