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Explore Peru and Iguassu Falls

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 1,459

This tour is a wonderful combination of history, culture and spectacular scenery. In Peru, enjoy Colonial Lima, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the awesome site of Machu Picchu and Cusco, the former capital of the Inca civilization. In Brazil, experience the dramatically scenic Iguassu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.


Guaranteed set departures, the "Explore" series of tours offer the best that each country has. Including all tours, transfers, transportation and accommodation these tours are great value.

This unique Brazil and Peru vacation starts in Lima, Peru’s capital, where you will spend your first 2 nights. Lima is a large busy city. The centre or Centro Historico as it is known locally is a UNESCO World Heritage site based on its beautiful pre-Hispanic and Colonial architecture. The following morning brings a tour of the highlights of Lima which include Miraflores situated on the ocean with its many parks and gardens, the modern suburb of San Isidro, the pre-Inca pyramid, Huaca Huallamarca, the Plaza Mayor, the centre of the city, Government Palace, City Hall and the old streets with their stately Colonial mansions. Also visit the recently restored Colonial Santo Domingo Convent and the Archbishop’s Palace.

Next leave Lima and fly to Cusco where you will travel by road to the Sacred Valley, so named because the Incas found it to have the best land. Situated in the Urubamba Valley, it contains numerous archaeological remains. Spend 2 nights here.

Exploration of the Sacred Valley begins with a visit to the Colonial village of Chinchuros with its Inca ruins and typical Andean village houses. Also visit the colourful local market. Then continue to Ollaytaytambo which is laid out as it was in Inca times. It is an old town built over a period of 500 years by the Incas. The Inca ruins here date back to the time when the Incas defeated the Spanish in a battle.

From the Sacred Valley, take the Vistadome train to Aguas Callentes where a short bus ride brings you to Machu Picchu, one of the true wonders of the world. Only discovered in 1911, it is actually a citadel perched high on top of a mountain and was the centre of worship for the Incas. It also served as an astronomical observatory. One can walk freely among the relics which consist of temples, tombs and other structures. Later, travel by bus and train to Cusco, a bustling and atmospheric city, for a stay of 2 nights. It was once the capital of the Inca Empire and as such is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You have a full free day here. Cusco is easy to walk around to get to know this colourful walled city. The beautiful and lively Plaza de Armas in the very centre consists of churches, shops, restaurants and bars. The vibrant San Pedro Market is an excellent place to watch the locals do their shopping. Nearby is Sacsayhuaman which is approximately 2 kilometres/1 mile outside of Cusco. It is something of a climb to reach on foot but well worth the effort due to its ambience and its Inca relics.

Fly from Cusco via Lima to Iguassu Falls in the very south of Brazil. It is an amazing spectacle, being taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide. The view from the Brazilian side is the most panoramic. The light is at its best in the morning. Spend 2 nights here.

The next day is spent exploring the Argentinean side of the Falls. Start at the Visitors Centre to board a train which takes you to the Devil’s Throat. It is a 70 metre/230 feet deep point where several branches of the Iguassu river converge causing a violent but spectacular sight. Spend a half hour on the Upper Trail Walk which takes you deep into the jungle and over the precipice of the many falls on the Argentinean side

Your final day at the Iguassu Falls takes in the Brazilian side where you will have further spectacular views.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,459

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Day 1

Arrive Lima

On arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

El Tambo Peru

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    El Tambo Peru



    El Tambo Peru is conveniently located just two blocks from the main avenue Jose Larco Miraflores and four blocks from Larcomar. This hotel is also a short walk from the ocean. Make yourself at home in their comfortable and spacious rooms.

    El Tambo Peru is conveniently located just two blocks from the main avenue Jose Larco Miraflores and four blocks from Larcomar. This hotel is also a short walk from the ocean. Make yourself at home in their comfortable and spacious rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Lima

Lima, Peru's national capital was one of the first to be established in South America by the Conquistadores. It is filled with many amazing colonial buildings and historic streetscapes. Today, after breakfast, you will visit the tourist district of Miraflores, and see the Pacific Ocean from the Love Park. The tour continues with the modern suburb of San Isidro and a visit to the pre-Inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca. Then, you will visit the Historical Center, Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), the Government Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lima to Cusco and Sacred Valley

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. (Flights not included in the trip price) Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas which allows for acclimatization due its lower altitude compared to Cusco. The remainder of the day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Days
Accommodation

San Agustin Urubamba

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    San Agustin Urubamba



    The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel & Spa is located near ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Maras Moray. The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel was an ancient colonial estate, remodelled into a modern hotel with beautiful gardens, outdoor swimming ...

    The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel & Spa is located near ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Maras Moray. The San Agustin Urubamba Hotel was an ancient colonial estate, remodelled into a modern hotel with beautiful gardens, outdoor swimming pool, and an exclusive spa. The Urubamba Hotel offers 101 rooms and suites. All guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, with patios and balconies to appreciate the immaculate sky of the Sacred Valley.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

Sacred Valley of the Incas

A full day excursion to the Chincheros and Ollantaytambo. With an early start, you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Chincheros. This traditional Andean town is known as 'the birthplace of the rainbow', and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, an elaborate colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market. Please note: The main market day is Sunday. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale.

Continuing down the valley and ever so slightly lower in altitude you head to the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel located 50 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The citadel served as both a temple and a fortress and the only battle at which the Incas held off the Spanish. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu return to Cusco

Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world travel - Machu Picchu!

After breakfast you are transferred from Scared Valley to the train station in the Incan town of Ollantaytambo.

Board the train to Machu Picchu - begin the train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes where you will disembark and then board a bus that takes you to the actual Machu Picchu archaeological site. You will definitely have an experience you will never forget. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco; you will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and be picked up and driven to your hotel.

There is an option to upgrade to the Vistadome train. With its glass ceilings offering panoramic views of the valley and surrounding Andes mountains a journey on the Vista Dome train moves from a rail connection to a memorable journey unto itself.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Eco Inn

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    Eco Inn



    The Eco Inn is located just blocks from the main square of the city and just in front of the largest craft market in Cusco. The hotel offers 167 comfortable and spacious guest rooms.

    The Eco Inn is located just blocks from the main square of the city and just in front of the largest craft market in Cusco. The hotel offers 167 comfortable and spacious guest rooms.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Day Spa
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Cusco

Today enjoy a full day at leisure. You may like to do some additional sightseeing, shopping, or simply relax.

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Day 7

Cusco to Lima to Iguassu Falls Brazil

You will be assisted with check in for your flight back to Lima. On arrival into Lima you are assisted to your international connection to Iguassu Falls Brazil. (Flights not included in the trip price)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Viale Cataratas

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    Hotel Viale Cataratas



    Located just 10 km from Iguassu Falls National Park and Airport, this hotel features a gym, a pool and a sauna. Viale Cataratas is ideally located 6 km from Argentina and 11 km from Paraguay and a short walk to the Foz do Iguassu city ...

    Located just 10 km from Iguassu Falls National Park and Airport, this hotel features a gym, a pool and a sauna. Viale Cataratas is ideally located 6 km from Argentina and 11 km from Paraguay and a short walk to the Foz do Iguassu city centre.

    Facilities

    • Swimming Pool
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 8

Iguassu Falls - Brazil Side

Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguassu River, Iguassu Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. During the rainy season of November - March, the rate of flow of water going over the falls may reach 450,000 cubic feet (12,750-metres cubed) per second.

These matter of fact details do nothing to describe the grandeur of the falls, the tremendous amount of water (an average of 553 cubic feet per second) thundering down 269 feet, the tropical location and the sheer beauty that led Eleanor Roosevelt to say, "Poor Niagara." Four times the width of Niagara Falls, Iguassu Falls are divided by various islands into separate waterfalls.

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Day 9

Iguassu Falls - Argentina Side - Onward travels

Today is spent exploring the Argentinean side of the Falls with your guide. The tour begins at the Visitor Center where you board the train at Central Station, some 400 metres away from the main gate. The train travels along Sendero Verde (Green Trail) finishing at Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) Station, the starting point of your journey. You will walk via the catwalks out and over the river, finally reaching Devil's Throat, the apex of the mighty Iguassu Falls.

It is a 70-metre-deep point where several branches of the Iguazu river converge, causing a violent but spectacular sight.

You will return to the station and re board the train to the Visitor Centre, and then to the start of the Upper Trail Walk. The Upper Circuit is a half-hour walk along a 1200- metre trail, with a low degree of difficulty and no stairs, which takes you deep into the jungle and over the precipice of the many falls on the Argentinean side.

After your tour, you are transferred to the airport where you are assisted with check in for your flight. Return to Lima, fly to Rio or cross into Argentina and travel onto Buenos Aires. (Flights not included in the trip price).

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DEPARTURES:

2018:  Jan 20; May 12; Jul 14; Sep 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Any advertised savings
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
  • Shared transfers and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary unless specified otherwise
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Prices are from, per person based on twin share. Single supplemtns available on request.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin-share Hotels are of the 3-star level. Savings are based on the land portion only. Guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people. Single supplement available on request. Subject to availability. Canadian rates are based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Cannot be combined with other offers. Full passport information is needed at the time of booking to confirm the rail tickets to Machu Picchu. There is a baggage limit for the train to Machu Picchu of 1 bag or backpack with a maximum weight of 5kg / 11lbs. A reciprocity tax is required for entry in Argentina and MUST be obtained PRIOR to travel. A visa for Brazil is required and MUST be obtained PRIOR to travel. Maximum group size is 30.

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20 Jan 2018
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