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South America Revealed 2014

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Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and BrazilChrist the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCopacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilRecoleta in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPlaza de Armas in Cusco, PeruSan Francisco Monastery in Lima, PeruMachu Picchu, Peru
Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru
San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Brochure: South America 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Immerse yourself in the music, cuisine and culture of South America while exploring the celebrated sites of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Enjoy a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguassu National Park with an expert guide. Stroll the energetic streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina and discover the pre-Columbian Inca archaeological sites of Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima in Peru. You can customise your trip with the following extensions: Galapagos Island Cruises, Easter Island, Brazilian Amazon

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled in and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio.

    Hotel: Windsor Atlantica Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director to take a classic cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Descend the mountain and see the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches on your way back to the hotel. Enjoy a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

  • Day 3


    Spend the morning exploring the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts - from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century Opera House, Sambadromo and city Cathedral. Then ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. After stopping for a lunch at a local restaurant, the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 4


    Enjoy a full day to discover the wonders of Rio on your own. Or choose to embark on an optional half-day journey by jeep and foot into the lush Tijuca National Park - the world's largest urban rainforest. Perhaps explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of Brazil. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, and Local Speciality, made with cachaça, and indulge in a traditional Brazilian barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria followed by a lively Samba show highlighting the costumes and traditions of Rio's world-famous Carnival parade.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 5


    This morning you will be introduced to one of Brazil's most famous Local Specialities: gemstones. Learn and watch the fascinating creative process as precious metals and rough gemstones are transformed into works of art, design and luxury. Then fly southwest to Iguassu Falls, on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Expert, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, then return to your hotel for an afternoon of free time.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 7


    Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Stop at the Visitors Centre to learn about the geography of the area. Take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk and board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train to view the mighty falls and see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel, located in the heart of Argentina's exciting capital with easy access to designer boutiques, fine restaurants, museums, theatres and the famous Teatro Colon.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    With a Local Expert, embark on an in-depth tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; colourful La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta, the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. Enjoy some free time before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. This evening will make a memory you won't soon forget.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 9


    Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Visit one of the country's finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Or, take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you'd like to experience a different side of Argentina, take an optional trip out into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. This evening, linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform and experience the passion and power of Argentina's beloved, traditional tango music.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Bid Adios to Buenos Aires and Hola to Lima as you fly to Peru. Transfer to the hotel where your room is immediately available and the rest of the morning is free. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital with a Local Expert. Visit Lima's colonial sights, including the Plaza San Martin with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace.

    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    This morning, fly to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha, where you can see and touch llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac, where local Quechua people gather to sell their produce and handicrafts. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century monastery, in the heart of the Urubamba Valley. Learn about the Local Speciality of traditional Andean textiles as you see weavers at work. Enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel.

    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca hilltop fortress built from immense blocks of stone. Then board the Vistadome train and view incredible scenery through panoramic windows as you journey up to the great citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, take a short bus ride to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide takes you through the ruins of this once-great fortress, built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial or calendar by the ancient Incans. This evening, share your stories with your travelling companions over dinner at the hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Your morning is free to return to Machu Picchu and continue discovering on your own. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. In the early afternoon, descend from your mountaintop aerie and head toward the great colonial city of Cusco. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Local Speciality, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by women only. Enjoy a dinner with your travelling companions this evening.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Take a morning tour of Cusco, the capital of the Incas during their reign. See the highlights of the city including the incredible baroque cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas. Visit the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun and Korikancha. Just outside of town, explore the impressive ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco. This evening, celebrate your travels through the lands of the Incas at a festive Highlight Dinner of delicious Cuscuenian dishes served at a popular local restaurant with demonstration of ancestral dances.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 15


    Fly back to Lima. This afternoon, meet a Local Expert from the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art, and learn about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peru societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 16


    Say hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Lima at the Novotel Lima.

    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
  • Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha.
  • Local Speciality Find out about Brazilian gemstones.
  • Local Speciality Visit a weaving centre and see local Andean textiles.
  • Local Speciality Stop in at a chicheria to taste chicha.
  • Local Expert Learn about the Larco Museum's large private collection of pre-Columbian art.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, and Lima.
  • Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Rio de JaneiroDiscover the city's sights; see Christ the Redeemer; ride a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain; experience a Samba Show.
  • IguassuTour the falls from both Brazil and Argentina.
  • Buenos AiresExplore the city's sights and Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a tango show.
  • LimaVisit San Francisco Monastery and the catacombs; explore Lima's historic centre.
  • Sacred ValleyGet up close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; browse the Pisac market; explore the fortress of Ollantaytambo.
  • Machu PicchuDiscover these famed Inca ruins.
  • CuscoExplore the Plaza de Armas; visit the church of Santo Domingo and Temple of the Sun; explore the citadel of Sacsayhuaman and nearby shrines and Inca warehouses.


  • 15 breakfasts:
    • 3 continental breakfasts
    • 12 full breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 10 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro
    • Highlight Dinner with wine and a Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro
    • Highlight Dinner with wine and a Tango Show in Buenos Aires
    • Highlight Dinner in Cusco
    • Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires
    • 4 dinners
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 15 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports

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