Enchanting South America - Including flights from Auckland

Small Group Tour

with Viva Expeditions

Explore South America's most incredible destinations on this small group tour. Discover the lively cities of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Cusco. Be amazed by the stunning ancient architecture of Machu Picchu and spot wildlife in the rich Amazon Rainforest. Travel to the Iguazu Falls to capture panoramic views of the spectacular waterfalls and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Lake Titicaca. Travelling with a small group of like-minded people you can explore South America in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.

 

Land Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires

On arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel
Welcome ton Buenos Aires, known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes.
Tonight there will be a pre departure welcome meeting. Details confirmed upon arrival.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

 

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

A tour of Buenos Aires serves as a great introduction to this incredible city giving you a taste of its fascinating history, architecture, culture, inhabitants, anecdotes, and secrets.This evening enjoy an intimate & passionate tango show, housed in a cosy wood-panelled 19th century building in the heart of Buenos Aires historic center. Dinner included.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

 

Day 3 - Buenos Aires - Free Day

Today is free to enjoy the sights and sounds of this world famous city.
Head to the famous San Telmo antiques & tourist markets for some great shopping.
Or why not enjoy a day trip over the River Plate to the beautiful city of Colonia with its UNESCO World Heritage Listed historic center.
Or head out of city on day a day trip to the Tigre Delta or an Estancia. There are many options. Please ask your Travel Adviser for more details as advance reservations may be required.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

 

Day 4 - Buenos Aires Iguazu

Today we depart Buenos Aires & fly to Iguazu Falls. Transfers & flights included. The spectacular Iguazu Falls that straddle the Argentine-Brazil border, are made up of 275 individual waterfalls lining a 2.7km wide horseshoe-shaped gorge.
Overnight in Iguazu, Argentina

 

Day 5 - Iguazu

After an early morning pick up from your hotel, we travel to the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Beginning at the visitor’s centre, we take a ride on the Rainforest Ecological train before exploring the upper and lower circuit footbridges. The footbridges, which are raised off the jungle floor, provide panoramic views from above and below the falls. A visit to Devil’s Gorge arguably the most spectacular falls, is one of the day’s highlights.
Overnight in Iguazu, Argentina

 

Day 6 - Iguazu Rio de Janeiro

Today we see the falls from the Brazilian side of the border. After arriving at the visitor center, we board buses for a tour of the park. Equipped with panoramic windows, the buses are designed to maximize your views of the falls, while the walkways and steps allow you to get up close to the spray.
Following your tour of the falls, we will head to the Bird Park. Wonder through the 12 acres of subtropical forest to see many native species of birds in their natural habitat.
Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Rio. Upon arrival in to Rio you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Rio

 

Day 7 - Rio de Janeiro

An early start this morning aiming to beat the crowds. Starting at the bottom of Corcovado Hill, where you will ascend the mountain by vehicle. Climbing 4km through the world’s largest urban national park, the Tijuca Forest, you will arrive at the statue of Christ the Redeemer. After some time with the panoramic views, the tour continues via the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa and its famous arches en route to Copacabana. You will have a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch before visiting the famous Sugarloaf with views across the entire city. After descending, passengers will return to their hotels.
Included: All transport, tickets and entry fees, lunch (beverages not included). Approximate duration of tour: 8 hours.
Overnight in Rio

 

Day 8 - Rio de Janeiro

Today is a free day for you to relax on one of Rio’s famous beaches such as Ipanema or Copacabana, or explore the city further at your leisure. We have a great selection of optional day tours. Please ask for more details.
Overnight in Rio

 

Day 9 - Rio de Janeiro Lima

Free morning to enjoy Rio at leisure
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight from Rio to Lima.
On arrival into Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities.
Overnight in Lima

 

Day 10 - Lima

Spend some time touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. Visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas, and the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima's magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past.
Overnight in Lima

 

Day 11 - Lima Puno

Today we will fly to Julianca Airport and travel on to Puno, stopping on the way to take in the pre-Inca burial ground of Sillustani. Here you can wander through the remarkable tombs built from volcanic stone, known as Chulpas which reach heights of up to 12 metres. Overlooking the beautiful lake Umayo, Sillustani is considered to be one of the most important necropolises in the world.
Overnight in Puno

 

Day 12 - Puno - Lake Titicaca

Starting early around 7am, we will head to the port to board our speedboat & head to Taquile Island. Disembarking at a secluded part of the island, we explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island (exclusive). Enjoy a pristine sandy beach for some time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. Hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. In 2005, "Taquile and its Textile Art" were proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.
Our journey continues by speedboat to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world. Then experience the preparation of "Pachamanca", a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens, and one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but scenic restaurant. For the more adventurous there is an optional kayak along the coast of Llachon.
After lunch we leave Santa Maria and 35 minutes later we arrive at a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Ccapi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. There are optional tours in reed boats before we depart back to Puno at 15:25 pm. Expect to reach the hotel around 5pm.
Overnight in Puno

 

Day 13 - Puno Cusco

After breakfast you will be driven across the Altiplano to Cusco. This drive will take you through sleepy Andean villages, past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas, and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. Arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening. Includes lunch.
Overnight in Cusco

 

Day 14 - Cusco

Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay.
Overnight in Cusco

 

Day 15 - Cusco Sacred Valley

Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market. The colonial village of Pisac sits at the base of the spectacular Pisac Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colourful market stalls before a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue your journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo. The town, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning and was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Lunch & Dinner is included today
Overnight Aguas Calientes

 

Day 16 - Machu Picchu Cusco

An early morning start for your first sights of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430 meters above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites, but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world’s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas abandoned the city just prior to Spanish colonisation, the city was never pillaged and as a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition. With its location on a dramatic ridgeline surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three sides, the city of Machu Picchu is a remarkable place to visit. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. You will be astonished by your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries. Tour includes guided group tour, and return bus from Aguas Calientes village.
**Please be aware that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind the Machu Picchu ruins). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit. Please contact your sales consultant if you would like to do this. **Due to new regulations at Mach Picchu, our entry permits allow us to explore Machu Picchu between 6am-12noon. If you require longer, additional fees apply. Please ask for more details. Subject to change at any time.
Later in the afternoon we travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo Train Station, we will transfer by road back to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco

 

Day 17 - Cusco

Today is at leisure allowing you to spend wandering the cobble-stoned streets of the ancient Inca capital.
This evening, enjoy dinner and show in a nearby restaurant
Overnight in Cusco

 

Day 18 - Cusco Amazon Jungle

Today we fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, where we will be transfers in to the Amazon to either Posada Amazonas or Refugio Amazonas. (Depending on departure). All meals & a variety of day tours are included during your stay.
Please note most rooms are twin beds.
Overnight at a Peru Amazon Lodge

 

Day 19 - Amazon Jungle

Variety of Amazon tours included, which varies depending on the lodge. Please ask for more details.
Overnight at a Peru Amazon Lodge

 

Day 20 - Amazon Jungle

Variety of Amazon tours included, which varies depending on the lodge. Please ask for more details.
Overnight at a Peru Amazon Lodge

 

Day 21 - Amazon Jungle Lima

After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for your flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
Overnight in Lima

Day 22 - Lima Departure Day

Time to say farewell to your fellow travelling companions as your tour comes to an end.


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Please note: Prices shown are based on low season.

Departure dates:
27 Sep 2019. 10 Jan, 20 Mar, 17 Apr, 15 May, 17 Jul, 04 Sep, 09 Oct 2020 Please check on current availability as tours departures are limited and selling fast.

Not included:
- Iguazu Tourist Tax payable locally only ARS50 (USD3.40)

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

22 days from

$13,995*

Includes

  • Return airfares flying LATAM from Auckland.
  • 18 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • 3 nights twin-share Refugio or Posada Amazon Lodge with private en-suite facilities
  • 21 Breakfast, 7 Lunches & 9 Dinners
  • Internal flights within South America as per itinerary with LATAM
  • Fully Escorted within South America (Buenos Aires to Lima) for groups with 10 or more passengers
  • Departures 9 passengers or less, will include services of our Local English Speaking Guides
  • All Airport transfers
  • All Tours with local English speaking guide
  • Tours Includes in Buenos Aires: - Half Day City Tour, Dinner & Tango Show
  • Tours Included in Iguazu: Full Day Argentina Falls, Half Day Brazil Falls & Bird Park
  • Tours Included in Rio: Full Day Corcovado & Sugarloaf
  • Tours Included in Lima: Half Day City Tour
  • Tours Included in Puno: Visit Inca Burial ground of Sillustani, Full Day Lake Titicaca Boat Tour
  • Travel from Puno to Cusco: Tourist bus from Puno to Cusco including Sightseeing
  • Tours Included in Cusco: Half Day City Tour, Full Day to Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour
  • Tours Included in Amazon Jungle: Various activities included.
  • All entrance fees, national park fees on all day tours
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