Explore Peru, Argentina & Brazil

Start: Lima Finish: Rio de Janeiro

Visiting: Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu / Cusco, Puno, Lake Titicaca (Homestay), Buenos Aires, Ituizangó, Ibera Wetlands/Ituizangó, Foz do Iguazu, Foz do Iguacu, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro


Duration: 17 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour Operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

There are many sides to South America, from the energy of the cities, the beauty of the lansdcapes and the spirit of its people. Discover it all on this trip that winds through the Inca heartlands and jungles of Peru, the enigmatic cities and natural wonders of Argentina and the dynamism of Brazil's vivacious Rio. See animals, meet locals, traverse trails and marvel at all the contrasts of this very special corner of the world.

Highlights

  • iconDiscover Buenos Aires, Argentina's sultry and sensual capital. Tour its best sights, then explore its many corners at your leisure, from the star-studded Recoleta cemetery to the tucked-away milongas (tango halls)
  • iconEnjoy plenty of time in gorgeous Cusco, the perfect place to launch into further outdoor adventures, or simply relax and take in mountain views
  • iconThe floating reed islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are astounding in concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the world's highest navigable lake and stay with a local family there
  • iconWith included visits to Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides, you'll get the most out of this jaw-dropping natural wonder
  • iconExplore the lush landscapes of the Ibera Wetlands in search of anacondas, otters, howler monkeys and a vast array of colourful birds
  • iconMarvel at the mother of all Inca cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own
  • iconFinish in Rio de Janeiro, where you're free to stroll the sands of Copacabana, soar across town on the Sugarloaf Cable Car or delve into the city's pulsing nightlife

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Lima

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru’s capital and one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and tour leader. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting, stroll the streets of downtown Lima and check out some of its main attractions on a leader-led walking tour. Enjoy free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there's little time spent in Lima, you may like to arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, Central Park, Lovers' Park and the National Museum.

Included Activities:
-Lima - Leader-led walking tour

Optional Activities:
-Lima - Archaeological Museum
-Lima - Museum of the Inquisition - Free
-Lima - Gold Museum
-Lima - Museo de la Nacion
-Lima - Private Lima: Home Cooked Tour Urban Adventure (price from)
-Lima Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventures

icon Day 2: Cusco

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Catch an early flight to Cusco. Spend a little time acclimatising to the high altitude (3450 metres/11,320 feet) and then get acquainted with this charming town on a walking tour with your leader. Check out Cusco’s vibrant main square (Plaza de Armas). Witness the flurry of activity that characterises San Pedro market. Stroll past the slew of quaint restaurants and artisans found in San Blas Square. See Qoricancha (an Inca Sun Temple) and the famous 12 Angle Stone, then end your tour at the chocolate museum, where you’ll get a chance to sample hot chocolate made from local cacao beans. This might be a good opportunity to purchase some gifts or souvenirs. There’s a small store where you’ll find various handicrafts and a variety of artisanal chocolate products.

Included Activities:
-Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
-Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate

Optional Activities:
-Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
-Cusco - Half Boleto Turistico Pass (access to selected archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
-Cusco - City tour
-Cusco - Pre-Colombian Museum
-Cusco - Inca Museum (entrance fee)
-Cusco - Cathedral Entrance Fee
-Cusco - Coricancha Temple (entrance fee)

icon Day 3: Aguas Calientes

Location: Aguas Calientes

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley (approximately 2 hours) on the outskirts of Cusco. This lush valley was known as Wilcamayo to the Incas and has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. You will visit a community in the valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities. If your visit coincides with market day you can browse the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos, and perhaps practice your newfound language, Quechua. Later in the afternoon, board a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. This extra journey ensures that we can travel to Machu Picchu as early as possible tomorrow morning.

Included Activities:
-Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch

icon Day 4: Machu Picchu / Cusco

Location: Machu Picchu / Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Take a bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu (approximately 30 minutes). This is your chance to decide for yourself whether Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility or is an ancient astronomical observatory. Enjoy a guided visit of the incredible site (1.5–2 hours) and its many temples, palaces and living quarters. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, return to Cusco. Note: Due to Intrepid's internal safety policy, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking climbs of Wayna Picchu. Visiting Machu Picchu: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Included Activities:
-Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour

icon Day 5: Cusco

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy free time to relax, shop and explore more of Cusco's sights, or simply rest your legs at a cafe on Plaza de Armas. For those who can't get enough active adventure, a mountain bike adventure into the surrounding hills is recommended.

Optional Activities:
-Sacred Valley - Mountain Biking
-Sacred Valley - Via Ferrata & Zipline
-Cusco - Stand Up Paddle Boarding
-Cusco - Totem painting workshop
-Rainbow Mountain Hike

icon Day 6: Puno

Location: Puno

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Travel by local bus across the spectacular Altiplano to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approximately 7 hours). Mingle with the locals in this melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan cultures and see how traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. If you're lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colourful evening parades, which see the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians.

icon Day 7: Lake Titicaca (Homestay)

Location: Lake Titicaca (Homestay)

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Take a tour of the lake by slow motor boat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. Using the versatile totora reeds found in the shallows of the lake, the Uros originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. To get a closer look at daily life in the Lake Titicaca region, you'll be welcomed into the home of a local community and stay the night. Make the most of your visit by helping your host family with their daily activities, communicating to them in Quechua or perhaps trying your luck with them at soccer.

Included Activities:
-Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay

icon Day 8: Lima

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Depart your homestay this morning and take a bus to Juliaca airport (approximately 2 hours). In the afternoon take an included flight flight back to Lima (approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes). Enjoy a last night out with your fellow travellers in Lima.

icon Day 9: Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Hotel

Say ‘hasta luego’ to Lima and board a flight today to Argentina’s fiery capital, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is the ultimate cosmopolitan city, with Latin passion, European elegance and its own distinctive style. Your adventure continues with another welcome meeting at 6 pm. Your leader will leave a note at the hotel reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. If you arrive early, why not visit San Telmo and its weekend antiques market and artists' displays – it's a great chance to acquaint yourself with some portenos (local residents). Alternatively, visit Recoleta (the grand cemetery) or perhaps Casa Rosada (the Pink House).

Optional Activities:
-Buenos Aires - Coastal train
-Buenos Aires - Tango show ticket prices from
-Buenos Aires - Football game (subject to availability) ticket prices from
-Buenos Aires - Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Urban Adventure

icon Day 10: Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy some breakfast, then embark on an orientation walk through this fantastic city. You'll be introduced to some of Buenos Aires' major sights – the likes of the Colon Theatre, the Obelisc and Plaza de Mayo. Along the way, learn a little more about Argentina's independence from Spain.

Included Activities:
-Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk

Optional Activities:
-Buenos Aires - Polo day

icon Day 11: Ituizangó

Location: Ituizangó

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

This mroning catch a short flight to Posadas, followed by a drive to Ituzaingo (approximately 1 hour). Ituizangó will serve as your base to explore the beautiful Ibera Wetlands region in the north of Argentina. Spanning more than 15,000 square kilometres, the Ibera wetlands are roughly the size of Belgium, which gives you an idea of how much there is to explore. The biodiversity in incredible, and the swamps, lakes and lagoons are home to such creatures as otters, alligators, deer, wolves and black howler monkeys, just to name a few. Keep a look out too for those oddly noble-looking creatures, the capybaras. These cousins of guinea pigs are the largest rodents in the world.

icon Day 12: Ibera Wetlands/Ituizangó

Location: Ibera Wetlands/Ituizangó

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

Take part on a full day (approximately 8-10 hour) walking tour and car safari with a guide, tasty lunch and plenty of snacks. You might see any number of obscure species – maybe caiman or swamp deer, perhaps even an armadillo, or a flock of rhea (which are like a South American equivalent of an emu). Anacondas, though particularly hard to spot at certain times of the year, are also known to inhabit these wetlands. Keep an eye to the sky, as you're bound to catch a glimpse of some of the 350 bird species here, from the sharp-tailed tyrant to the gorgeous and garish yellow robin.

Included Activities:
-Ibera Wetlands - Day tour

icon Day 13: Foz do Iguazu

Location: Foz do Iguazu

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy some breakfast and prepare for a long travel day. From Ituizangó take a comfortable local bus to Puerto Iguazu (approximately 5 hours). As soon as you arrive at Puerto Iguazu bus station, you will take a minivan across the border into Brazil and continue to your hotel in Foz do Iguazu (approximately one hour, depending on traffic at the Argentina–Brazil border).

icon Day 14: Foz do Iguacu

Location: Foz do Iguacu

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Here at Iguazu, you'll visit the mighty waterfalls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. At over two-kilometres-long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls in all, and with some reaching up to 80 metres in height, they are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara. Enjoy the magnificent panoramas on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Seeing the falls from this side has its perks, such as a view of San Martin Island which you don't quite get from the Argentinean side. You might like to take a helicopter ride over the falls while you're here. This optional excursion gives you spectacular views of the falls and the lush green parklands that surround it.

Included Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls

Optional Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Helicopter ride
-Iguazu Falls - Bird park

icon Day 15: Iguazu Falls

Location: Iguazu Falls

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Today we go to the Argentinean side of the Falls where it’s possible to follow a series of boardwalks to get up close to the thundering waters – so close you can almost touch them. Later, visit a Guarani community for the rare opportunity to meet some of the region’s few remaining indigenous people.

Included Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
-Iguazu Falls - Guarani community visit

Optional Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Boat Trip

icon Day 16: Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Clara

Meals: breaksfast

Travel by plane to Rio de Janeiro, the festive heart of Brazil. Settle into your hotel and then set out on an orientation walk with your leader. Rio is a fascinating and diverse city best known for its contrasting images of favelas (shanty towns) and the glitz and glamour of Carnaval. With free time, you can choose from many optional activities. Perhaps head to a football game, take a cable car ride between Praia Vermelha and the Sugarloaf Mountain for incredible views over town. For further options, chat to your leader.

Optional Activities:
-Rio de Janeiro - Carnival rehearsal (June to Carnival only)
-Rio de Janeiro - Football game tickets from
-Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain (entrance fee)

icon Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

This morning you'll be picked up at your hotel first thing in the morning and head straight to Christ the Redeemer to beat the crowds. Soak up the early morning air and take some photos of this iconic statue before heading to a traditional local Farmer's Market. Your local leader will show you some of the best foods to try as well as providing plenty of interesting facts about the market traditions. Today you'll have a free afternoon, so may wish to return to the hotel with your leader to relax. Otherwise, a visit to Sugarloaf is a great way to spend the rest of the day.

Included Activities:
-Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer & Farmer's Market Urban Adventure

icon Day 18: Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Meals: breaksfast

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Optional Activities:
-Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 2: Old Town, Sugarloaf & Urca Urban Adventure

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Homestay (1 night), Hotel (14 nights)

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    Meals

    16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinners

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    Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour

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    Lima - Leader-led walking tour

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    Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer & Farmer's Market Urban Adventure

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    Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls

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    Buenos Aires - Orientation walk

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    Ibera Wetlands - Day tour

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    Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay

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    Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk

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    Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate

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    Iguazu Falls - Guarani community visit

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    Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls

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    Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls

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    Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls

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    Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk

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    Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch

Accommodation

  • Homestay (1 night), Hotel (14 nights)

Transport

  • Boat , Bus , Private , Vehicle , Plane , Train

Included Activities

  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
  • Ibera Wetlands - Day tour
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Guarani community visit
  • Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer & Farmer's Market Urban Adventure

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    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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