South America Discovery with Puno and Lake Titicaca Extension

South America Discovery with Puno and Lake Titicaca Extension

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South America Discovery with Puno and Lake Titicaca Extension

14 Days Starting in Rio De Janeiro and ending in Lima

Visiting: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno and Lake Titicaca, Lake Titicaca, Puno

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

VSLTN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 52

Age range:

5-99

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NB: Prices correct on 19-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of South America on the "South America Discovery with Puno and Lake Titicaca Extension" tour. This extraordinary adventure takes you across Brazil, Argentina, and Peru, showcasing the continent's most iconic sights and hidden gems. From the sun-kissed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls and the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu, this tour is a deep dive into the vibrant cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and rich history of South America. Enjoy a blend of guided tours and leisure time, with luxury accommodations and internal flights included to ensure a seamless and comfortable experience. Highlights include exploring the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, marveling at the architectural splendor of Lima, and immersing yourself in the mystical beauty of Lake Titicaca. With expert Travel Directors, cherry-picked hotels, and many meals included, this tour promises an unforgettable exploration of South America's most enchanting destinations.

Highlights

  • Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest from your cogwheel train

  • Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show

  • Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls at Iguassu Falls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the sub-tropical Iguassu National Park

  • Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs

  • Journey to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

  • Visit the famous Pisac Market

  • Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show

  • Venture out onto the vast, rolling waters of Lake Titicaca, believed by the Andeans to be the 'birthplace of the sun', and visit the unique floating Uros Islands

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Day 1 : Arrive Rio De Janeiro (3 Nights)

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Meals Included: No Meals

Golden swathes of famous coastline, tropical landscapes and a certain joie de vivre will welcome you to one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Rio de Janeiro. Energy pulses through every pore of this passionate and fun loving city, flooding from the favelas to the football fields and cumulating in nightly parties where the caipirinhas are free flowing and the samba rhythm is infectious. Rio may be best known for its annual Carnival, but visiting here you’ll realise that every day is cause for celebration. Settle in to your hotel before meeting up with your Travel Director this afternoon. Then perhaps hit the sands of Copacabana to watch the sun set whilst you sip your first Cachaça.

Day 2 : Rio De Janeiro Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Meals Included: Iconic Breakfast, Dinner

The picturesque Cosme Velho district will be your first port of call today, where 1920’s neocolonial buildings will surround you as you board the Corcovado Rack Railway. Hopping on board you’ll wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the very top of the Corcovado Mountains, standing in awe as you catch a first glimpse of the 30 metre high Christ the Redeemer. The undisputed icon of Rio, this magnificent art deco statue is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and offers the best vantage point of the ‘Marvellous City’ stretching out below. Take your time exploring here before heading on to visit lively Copacabana and beautiful Ipanema, Rio’s best known beaches. Tonight, celebrate the culture of South America at the Carretão Ipanema Churrascaria.

Day 3 : Rio De Janeiro City Free Time

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Meals Included: Breakfast

Waking up to your final full day in Rio, today is free to explore your way. For those keen to get a closer look, you could also opt for a half day city tour of Rio which includes ascending the Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for absolutely stand out views of Guanabara Bay.

Day 4 : Rio De Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

Location: Iguazu Falls

Accommodation: Viale Cataratas Hotel

Accommodation Name: Viale Cataratas Hotel, Iguassu Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving the colourful costumes and infectious rhythms of Rio behind, this morning you’ll head to the airport to catch your flight to Iguassu Falls. Words can’t really describe the magnificence of the world’s largest series of waterfalls (275 to be exact), which straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil and are surrounded by lush expanses of national park. Settle in to your hotel this afternoon and spend the evening relaxing, no doubt bubbling with excitement for the natural spectacle that tomorrow will bring.

Day 5 : Iguassu Falls And Free Time

Location: Iguazu Falls

Accommodation: Viale Cataratas Hotel

Accommodation Name: Viale Cataratas Hotel, Iguassu Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Pack your raincoat and your sense of adventure this morning as you’re off to visit the Iguassu National Park, entering on the Brazilian side of the falls. You’ll be venturing down to the ominously named and utterly exhilarating Devil’s Throat, the tallest and most impressive of Iguassu’s waterfalls. Remember that raincoat? Now’s the time to use it! This afternoon opt to go on an open-air tram ride^ through the jungle to the Macuco Falls, where you’ll then board a custom designed inflatable motorboat for a high intensity ride to the base of the falls. If keeping things a little more sedate is more your style, opt to visit a bird park where you can spot more than 150 different species of birds.

Day 6 : Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

Location: Iguazu Falls

Accommodation: NH City

Accommodation Name: Hotel NH City, Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast

Country hopping between Brazil and Argentina, today you’ll cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, otherwise known as Fraternity Bridge, to explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Adding a new stamp to your passport as you cross through customs, you’ll drive through the lush and wildlife rich Argentinian Iguassu National Park to reach the falls and cascades which are equally as impressive from this side of the border. Boarding the open sided and near silent Ecological Jungle Train which is every bit as scenic and sensual as it sounds, you’ll pay a second visit to Devil’s Throat before heading to the airport to catch a flight to passionate, sexy, European influenced Buenos Aires.

Day 7 : Buenos Aires Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: NH City

Accommodation Name: Hotel NH City, Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Waking up in sultry, red bloodied Buenos Aires this morning is a prospect that should fill you with excitement. This meat loving, tango obsessed capital city is a mix of sultry charm and gritty splendour, with European inspired buildings and street art pops from every corner. Dive in to all BA has to offer on a sightseeing tour that will visit 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, outstanding Colon Theatre, Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and San Telmo, the oldest district in the city. Finishing up in colourful and charming La Boca you’ll then have time to explore by yourself this afternoon before dressing up in your South American finest for a night of Argentinian steak and classic tango, accompanied by a spectacular live orchestra.

Day 8 : Buenos Aires Free Time

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: NH City

Accommodation Name: Hotel NH City, Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast

Make the most of your free day in Buenos Aires joining one of our many optional experiences. One option is to head out into the glorious pampas (grasslands) surrounding Buenos Aires to visit a working ranch to learn more about the gaucho culture, enjoying folk music, traditional dances and carriage rides before rounding off the experience with a juicy BBQ lunch. You also have the option of visiting the lush countryside region of Tigre Delta, which offers a laid-back vibe and a chance to see a different side of Argentine life. Or, soak in another type of culture with a visit to “El Querandi,” a house in the historical district considered a living testimony of the city for a wine tasting. You can also join an Argentinean Culinary Experience making your own empanada and sampling Argentinean steak. Lastly, take a lesson in the iconic tango.

Day 9 : Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Accommodation Name: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast

From Argentina you’ll fly to Peru this morning, bound for the ‘City of the Kings’, Lima. Rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs the city has a real sense of faded yet romantic grandeur, with historical sights a plenty and a culinary scene that is revered the world over. Arriving here you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore, which isn’t hard to do in this cultural and artsy city. Head to Parque del Amor to admire the Gaudi style architecture with beautiful views over Lima Bay, or take a wander around popular and bustling Miraflores. Tonight, in celebration of your first night in Peru, dinner should absolutely involve fresh ceviche followed by a tangy Pisco Sour as you toast to sunset.

Day 10 : Lima Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Accommodation Name: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the famous Plaza Mayor and Cathedral as well as the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Delve into the dark history of the San Francisco Monastery, a museum featuring mysterious catacombs. Your afternoon and evening are free to join one of our exciting optional experiences. Take a walking tour with a local expert of the lively Miraflores district highlighting the Boardwalk of Miraflores, a cliff rising above the ocean at around 130 feet and the Larcomar shopping area. Or, indulge your taste buds on a food tour through Barranco or a street food tour – from coffee to churros – through Lima’s city centre. In the evening, opt to visit the colourful, musical Magic Water Fountains of Lima.

Day 11 : Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

Location: Sacred Valley

Accommodation: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot

Accommodation Name: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot, Sacred Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Flying into Cusco, welcome to the Incan capital of the world! Boasting the richest heritage of any South American city, Cusco is a wealth of archaeological greatness and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It’s also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so throbs day and night with visitors exploring its ancient streets. Take in the ornate temples and Incan ruins as you arrive here. You’ll also have the chance to learn about the local weaving process, a craft that has been kept alive for thousands of years, and browse different products made from the fur of camelids. Also stopping by Pisac Market, the most famous market in the Cusco region where local indigenous communities from all over come to sell their wares and produce, you’ll finally drive the hairpin turned road that will lead you to the Sacred Valley, your stop for tonight.

Day 12 : Machu Picchu Excursion

Location: Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot

Accommodation Name: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot, Sacred Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is the day! Up bright and early this morning, you’ll travel to the ancient little town of Ollantaytambo to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the Incan village at the base of Machu Picchu. Slowly chugging your way through the rugged lands of the Sacred Valley, feel the excitement levels build as you pass by village settlements and towering mountains, the landscape changing as you descend. Making the last leg of the journey via shuttle, you’ll finally arrive at the most famous archaeological site of South America and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Catching a first glimpse of this awe inspiring ancient city above the clouds is a moment you’ll never forget, so be sure to take a few minutes just to soak it all in. Take your time exploring the vast complex of fascinating ruins and let the mind boggle at how it was all built, before descending the mountain and making your way back to the Sacred Valley.

Day 13 : Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza

Accommodation Name: San Agustin Plaza, Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

Begin your day in Pisaq, famous for its local market and empanadas. Feast on the specialty tasting the local food at a women-owned and operated empanada workshop. Learn from Mrs. Ernestina how to make empanadas out of seven different kinds of flour before enjoying the empanadas for lunch. Continuing on to Cusco you’ll also stop by the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 13th century, before arriving at the Incan capital of Cusco. Embark on a sightseeing tour of ancient Cusco visiting Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun and most important temple in the Incan Empire, before admiring the bounty of colonial art on display in the Cathedral.

Day 14 : Cusco Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza

Accommodation Name: San Agustin Plaza, Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kick off the final day of your tour joining for an optional experience. Head to Moray and Maras to see Incan farming and salt mining techniques at play or visit 17th century Piquillacta to view the pre-Incan citadel built by the Wari people. Another option is to indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Choco Museum to learn more about the Peruvian chocolate making process. In town, tour Cusco after dark learning the secrets of this ancient city or experience Cusco off the beaten track visiting tiny stores and cemeteries with plenty of personal stories along the way. If you’re looking for an all-day adventure, join a trip to Rainbow Mountain where you’ll take a rigorous hike through breathtaking scenery of mountains and lakes.

Day 15 : Cusco – Julica – Puno And Lake Titicaca (2 Nights)

Location: Puno and Lake Titicaca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Taypikala Lago, Lake Titicaca

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Having made the excellent choice to extend your stay in Peru, you'll board a flight this morning bound for busy Juliaca. Driving through the rolling hills of the Largo Umayo peninsula you'll pay a visit to the Sillustani Burial Towers before arriving into Puno, which is nestled on the 'Ocean of the Andes'. Explore the regal plaza and charming, crumbling buildings and take a first good look at Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.

Day 16 : Lake Titicaca Sightseeing

Location: Lake Titicaca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Taypikala Lago, Lake Titicaca

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® when you venture out onto the vast, rolling waters of Lake Titicaca this morning, believed by the Andeans to be the 'birthplace of the sun'. Make your way to the Uros Islands, a unique set of floating islands that are home to the Uros people, who live just as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years and rely on the buoyant Totora reeds to provide them with housing, boats, and even food. Visit the Island of Taquile, where the red colored sands contrast spectacularly with the glistening blue of the lake, to learn more about the stone work and weaving cultures of the island. Enjoy a fresh fish lunch at a local restaurant, before heading back to Puno for the evening.

Day 17 : Puno And Lake Titicaca – Juliaca – Depart Lima

Location: Puno

Meals Included: Breakfast

Taking one final look a that gorgeous expanse of blue, you'll leave Puno this morning as you travel back to Juliaca, to catch your included flight to Lima. Departure times for the included flight from Juliaca to Lima vary. Please book international flight from Lima on departure day at earliest from 6pm onwards. Whether heading home immediately or spending a few extra days in Peru's bustling capital city, we'll look forward to meeting you again some time soon!

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All internal air included in trip cost

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Many meals included

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries

  • City orientation tours

  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    International airfare to and from the start and end point of your trip is not included and must be purchased separately.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers to ensure protection.

  • Optional Experiences

    Any optional experiences or excursions not listed in the inclusions are available at an additional cost.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, and room service are not included.

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities for your Travel Director, driver, local guides, and hotel staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Mode of Transport

All internal air included in trip cost. Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries.

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any optional experiences available, and are they included in the tour price?

    Yes, there are extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences available at an additional cost.

  • What type of transportation is provided during the tour?

    Transportation includes all internal air included in trip cost, and luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries.

  • Are meals included in the South America Discovery tour?

    Yes, many meals are included in the South America Discovery tour. However, some meals will be at your own expense, giving you the opportunity to explore local dining options.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Some highlights include exploring iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer, Iguassu Falls, the "City of the Kings" in Lima, the citadel of Machu Picchu, and venturing out onto Lake Titicaca to visit the unique floating Uros Islands.

  • Is international airfare included in the tour price?

    No, international airfare to and from the start and end point of your trip is not included and must be purchased separately.

  • What is the minimum age for participants on this tour?

    The tour does not specify a minimum age for participants.

  • What countries will I visit on the South America Discovery tour with Puno and Lake Titicaca Extension?

    You will visit Brazil, Argentina, and Peru on the South America Discovery tour with Puno and Lake Titicaca Extension.

  • Is travel insurance included in the tour?

    No, travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers to ensure protection.

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect on this tour?

    You can expect cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

  • How can I learn more about the tour or book my trip?

    The tour's specific supplier code and supplier tour URL are not provided, so for more information or to book your trip, you may need to contact the tour operator directly or visit their official website.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

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ONE OF MY BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN MY LIFE!

12-Jan-2023

Travel Director Alberto and Driver Victor were providing excellent services and amazing travel experiences. Since I came back I strongly recommended to all my contacts how impressed I am with your Professional Team.

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Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Best trip ever!

20-Jan-2023

Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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05-Jan-2023

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1. The visited places were interesting. 2. A real value for money. 3. Super knowledgeable and friendly tour director 4. Secure and safe. 5. Comfortable bus. 6. Efficient hotel check-in experience. 7. Highly experienced driver. 8. Excellent coordination with hotels.

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