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Cultures and Contrasts of South America

22 Days 4 Countries 10 Cities

Explore the music, cuisine and cultures of South America as you journey through Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Brazil.

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    • Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your primary suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.
    • Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.
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      • All 2017 departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu Falls, Iguassu Falls-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Santiago, Santiago-Lima, Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2017. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com
      • Passport: Guest passport information for flights is required at time of final payment.
      • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your primary suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.
      • Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.
      • Trafalgar offers a selection of optional Itinerary Extensions to customize your vacation in South America. Please note, you cannot book these extensions online. To book and for more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Trafalgar directly. For more information about the optional extensions offered on this program, please go to www.trafalgar.com/extensions.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Lost kingdoms, intoxicating Latin rhythms and astounding natural phenomena-from the thundering Iguassu to dramatic Tango twists-are yours to discover on this epic voyage from Rio to Lima. Incan strongholds and floating islands on Lake Titicaca all explored en route.


      Trip type: Discovery

      Trip code: LCAC

      21 Nights

      accommodation

      36 Meals
      • 21 breakfasts

      • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 11 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      What's Included

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        • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, Cusco

        • Cruise the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca

        • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, the Church of San Francisco, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Temple of Korikancha, Lake Titicaca


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 21 breakfasts

        • 4 lunches
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        • 11 dinners
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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Santiago, Santiago to Lima, Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to Lima, including porter service at all airports

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

      Iguazu National Park, Argentina

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      Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

      Buenos Aires, Argentina

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      Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

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      Buenos Aires Sightseeing

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      Buenos Aires – Santiago Sightseeing (3 Nights)

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      Santiago – Lima (2 Nights)

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      Lima Sightseeing

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      Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

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      Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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      Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

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      Cusco Sightseeing

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      Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)

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      Depart Lima

      Day 1

      Arrive Rio de Janeiro (4 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rio de Janeiro (4 Nights)

      Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro. On arrival at the airport, you'll be met and taken to your lovely oceanfront hotel. Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach.

      Hotel

      Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

      Meals

      Hotel

      Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

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      Day 2

      Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

      Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church, to the Sambodromo, and city cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Welcome Reception

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Welcome Reception

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

      Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn to mix the national cocktail, the caipirinha, and indulge in a traditional Regional Meal barbecue at a local churrascaria.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Samba Show

      No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful Samba show. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and Samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration is 5 hours. Not available on Sundays. (Minimum of 10 guests for a private program).

      Adult Price: US$112.00

      Santa Teresa Walking Tour

      Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Gratuity Included. (Minimum 6 Guests)

      Adult Price: US$44.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rio de Janeiro Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro

      Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Optional activities include a tour into the nearby favelas, a sailboat cruise and a helicopter flight over Copacabana Beach.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Visit To A Favela

      Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included.

      Adult Price: US$38.00

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights) Day 5 - Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

      Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, a Cultural Insight, to see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Afterward, head to the airport for the short flight to Iguassu Falls. These 275 separate falls cover nearly 2 miles (3 kilometres) along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.

      Hotel

      Wish Resort Golf Foz de Iguassu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Wish Resort Golf Foz de Iguassu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Iguassu Falls Sightseeing Day 6 - Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

      Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Specialist to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Bird Park

      This family owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours.

      Adult Price: US$51.00

      Macuco Safari *

      Begin this adventure in open-air wagons as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom-designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity Included.

      Adult Price: US$142.00

      Samba Show

      No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful Samba show. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and Samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration is 5 hours. Not available on Sundays. (Minimum of 10 guests for a private program).

      Adult Price: US$112.00

      Santa Teresa Walking Tour

      Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Gratuity Included. (Minimum 6 Guests)

      Adult Price: US$44.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights) Day 7 - Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

      Cross the border into Argentina and board an open-air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the cascades with a Local Specialist and walk along a scenic catwalk to see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires, a city renowned for its boutiques, fine dining and museums.

      Hotel

      InterContinental Buenos Aires

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      InterContinental Buenos Aires

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Visit To A Favela

      Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included.

      Adult Price: US$38.00

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Buenos Aires Sightseeing Day 8 - Buenos Aires Sightseeing

      Embark on an in-depth tour with a Local Specialist to see the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings, the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, San Telmo and lovely Palermo. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina's former First Lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, get ready for a festive Regional Meal and a chance to savour renowned Argentinian beef followed by a Tango performance, a Cultural Insight.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch

      Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides and horse demonstrations. Total duration is approximately 7 hours. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)

      Adult Price: US$160.00

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Buenos Aires Day 9 - Buenos Aires

      A full day at leisure-explore on your own or perhaps take an optional trip to a traditional estancia (ranch) and learn about the life of a gaucho (cowboy) while enjoying a barbecue lunch and equestrian show. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family, who are long-time residents of this trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Spending time with this lively family will be a memory you won't soon forget.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Tigre Delta

      Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration is approximately 4 hours.

      Adult Price: US$69.00

      Bird Park

      This family owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours.

      Adult Price: US$51.00

      Macuco Safari *

      Begin this adventure in open-air wagons as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom-designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity Included.

      Adult Price: US$142.00

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Buenos Aires – Santiago Sightseeing (3 Nights) Day 10 - Buenos Aires – Santiago Sightseeing (3 Nights)

      Bid "Adios" to Buenos Aires and say "Hola" to Santiago as you fly to the Chilean capital. Meet your Local Specialist for a tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico-the regal racetrack-and sprawling Parque O'Higgins. Drive along Alameda Avenue past the University of Chile on your way to the dynamic Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. Head up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snowcapped Andes. Later, settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago's most beautiful neighbourhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure.

      Hotel

      InterContinental Santiago

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      InterContinental Santiago

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Valparaiso Sightseeing Day 11 - Valparaiso Sightseeing

      Today, set out on a tour of Valparaiso city, formerly a major stopover for ships travelling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This afternoon, visit a Chilean winery and sample a variety of local wines from the region before returning to Santiago. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travellers.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch

      Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides and horse demonstrations. Total duration is approximately 7 hours. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)

      Adult Price: US$160.00

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Santiago Day 12 - Santiago

      Enjoy a full day in Santiago to explore. Perhaps join one of the many optional experiences offered. Your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Tigre Delta

      Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration is approximately 4 hours.

      Adult Price: US$69.00

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Santiago – Lima (2 Nights) Day 13 - Santiago – Lima (2 Nights)

      This morning, fly from Santiago to Lima, dubbed the "City of Kings" by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Take some time to relax and get settled in to your hotel in fashionable Miraflores.

      Hotel

      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Lima Sightseeing Day 14 - Lima Sightseeing

      Enjoy a leisurely morning before meeting your Local Specialist for a city tour of Lima's highlights. Enjoy Lima's ancient districts and visit the Church of San Francisco, the most notable group of colonial buildings in the city. Its unique wooden cupola of Moorish design covers the imperial staircase. Explore the impressive underground catacombs along with a religious art museum and extensive library. Later this afternoon, join your Travel Director for a guided walk in the Miraflores neighbourhood. The evening is yours to enjoy.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

      La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours.

      Adult Price: US$67.00

      Pachacamac

      Pachacamac is located around 30 km (19 mi) south of Lima and was constructed around 700 A.D. It was the most important ceremonial center on the Peruvian Coast during the pre-Inca and Inca period. The early inhabitants came here to worship and give offerings to their God “Pachacamac”, who was believed to be the creator of the world and all its creatures. The site includes several clay buildings including palaces, plazas and temples. This optional experience can only be offered if you arrive the morning of Day 1 of your guided vacation or if you have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximately 3 hours. Not available on Mondays. Gratuity included.

      Adult Price: US$39.00

      Magic Circuit Of The Water

      The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$26.00

      Day 14

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      Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley Day 15 - Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

      Fly to Cusco this morning. On the way to the Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra (Payment to Mother Earth) ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture and Cultural Insight to bless your trip. Enjoy a farm-to-table Be My Guest lunch where you'll about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn in the Sacred Valley. Your hosts will demonstrate the difference between the farming techniques of years past and the newer technologies used today. You'll even have the chance to watch a traditional dance performance of the Marinera and experience the showmanship of the Peruvian Paso horses and their skilled riders. Explore the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac and visit a local chicheria to learn about chicha, a Cultural Insight and favourite drink of the Andes.

      Hotel

      Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness

      Meals

      • Continental Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness

      Meals

      • Continental Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Day 15

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      Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu Day 16 - Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

      Visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo. Then head toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress with a Local Specialist. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. Later, if you're interested in participating, a cooking class will be offered by the hotel's head chef where you will learn how to prepare Peruvian ceviche and mix the perfect pisco sour. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

      Hotel

      Sumaq Machu Picchu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Sumaq Machu Picchu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 16

      Day 17

      Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights) Day 17 - Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

      Return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring on your own. Travel back to the Sacred Valley by train. Learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers as they show their various weaving styles and ways of dress, a Cultural Insight. This evening is free to explore Cusco or simply enjoy the amenities of your elegant five star hotel.

      Hotel

      Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

      La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours.

      Adult Price: US$67.00

      Pachacamac

      Pachacamac is located around 30 km (19 mi) south of Lima and was constructed around 700 A.D. It was the most important ceremonial center on the Peruvian Coast during the pre-Inca and Inca period. The early inhabitants came here to worship and give offerings to their God “Pachacamac”, who was believed to be the creator of the world and all its creatures. The site includes several clay buildings including palaces, plazas and temples. This optional experience can only be offered if you arrive the morning of Day 1 of your guided vacation or if you have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximately 3 hours. Not available on Mondays. Gratuity included.

      Adult Price: US$39.00

      Magic Circuit Of The Water

      The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours

      Adult Price: US$26.00

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      Day 18

      Cusco Sightseeing Day 18 - Cusco Sightseeing

      Meet a Local Specialist and begin the day with a visit to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive site of ruins towering over Cusco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture that was completed in 1694 after over 100 years of construction. Also visit bohemian San Blas, a unique neighbourhood with artisan shops and craft workshops. Stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the Incan Walls. Learn more about the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina with a Local Specialist like Peter Frost who found this hidden site back in 1999. The afternoon is free followed by a your choice dining experience, giving you the option to eat at one of several local restaurants.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Moray And Moras

      Visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 5 Guests)

      Adult Price: US$83.00

      Piquillacta Ruins And Andahuaylillas Church

      Visit 17th century Piquillacta, a pre-Inca citadel built by the Wari people, featuring an elusive history and bizarre architecture. Afterward, head to Andahuaylillas to see San Pedro Church, a perfect example of Peru’s colonial architecture and often referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)

      Adult Price: US$73.00

      Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum

      Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited. Total duration approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)

      Adult Price: US$55.00

      Day 18

      Day 19

      Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights) Day 19 - Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)

      Fly to Juliaca and meet with a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian Altiplano before transferring to Puno along the shores of magnificent Lake Titicaca. Relish the lake at sunset for breathtaking views not soon forgotten.

      Hotel

      Libertador Lake Titicaca

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Libertador Lake Titicaca

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 19

      Day 20

      Lake Titicaca Excursion Day 20 - Lake Titicaca Excursion

      Discover the floating Uros Islands on lovely Lake Titicaca aboard a cruise with a Local Specialist. The islands are constructed out of reeds by the native Uros Indians. Embark on a private tour of Taquile Island to meet the local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and enjoy a Regional Meal before some free time this afternoon. Perhaps join an optional outing to a pre-Incan burial ground at sunset. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant in Puno.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

      Day 20

      Day 21

      Puno – Juliaca – Lima Day 21 - Puno – Juliaca – Lima

      This morning, your journey continues with a flight to Lima. Take advantage of some free time in the afternoon. Tonight, experience one of Lima's most renowned museums after dark with a Local Specialist. Visit the Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artefacts such as jewelry, ceramics and pots that offer insight into ancient Peruvian culture. You'll then sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner of Peruvian cuisine, overlooking the museum's beautiful gardens; a night of great food and culture celebrating your Peruvian holiday.

      Hotel

      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 21

      Day 22

      Depart Lima Day 22 - Depart Lima

      Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or if you like, extend your stay at the Hilton Miraflores.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 22

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco, Peru A mansion dating back nearly five centuries, this elegant Authentic Accommodation is an iconic representation of old world Cusco surrounded by the historic city centre.
        Stay at the centuries-old Palacio del Inka in the historic heart of Cusco

      • Be My Guest
        Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its Spanish-style homes and trendy vibe. Visit Hacienda "Sarapampa", a Quecha word meaning corn field, and savour Peruvian farm-to-table cuisine based around this important crop with your lively hosts

      • Cultural Insights
        Visit a local Samba school. See the beauty of the Tango at a traditional milonga. Meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture. Visit a local chicheria for a traditional chicha tasting. Learn about the tradition of weaving from a group of local weavers

      • Hidden Treasures
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      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing on both sides of Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Qoriwayrachina, on the Peruvian altiplano, Uros Islands and at the Larco Museum

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