Carnival Tour for 15 Nights / 16 Days


Highlights


Rio de Janeiro
Foz do Iguazu
Buenos Aires
Santiago
Atacama
Uyuni
La paz
Puno
Cuzco
Lima 

Itinerary


Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Take in the breathtaking view as your plane descends upon Rio de Janeiro–the 'Marvellous City'where rolling green hills, turquoise ocean, sandy beaches and high-rise urban development is all packedtogether in a unique blend of life and humanity. Your driver will take you from the airport to the hotel,during which time you can get a different perspective of the city, passing through the colonial stylebuildings and along the world-famous beachfront. The natural beauty of Rio is almost transcendentalandgives you a taste of the Amazon rainforest while still retaining everything that is so incredibleabout a Latin American city. A walk along the mosaic tiles of Copacabana reveals much about the lifeof a 'carioca' (Rio local)–a refreshing caipirinha asthe waves lap against the shore, a fiercelycompetitive game of foot volleyball, and thousands of beachgoers sunning themselves on the whitesands. You have truly arrived in paradise. 

 

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Group tour to Corcovado and the Christ the Saviour statue After a delicious tropical breakfast in yourhotel, you will head out on a trip to see the world-famous Christ the Saviour statue on top of CorcovadoMountain. A specially designed train will take you from the foot of the mountain along a winding roadthrough the magical Tijuca rainforest where you will see some of the enchanting tropical wildlife onconstant display in Rio, such as toucans, monkeys and armadillos. At the summit of Corcovado, 700mabove sea level, proudly stands the iconic image seen around the world–a 38m high statue of Christthe Saviour. But that is not the only breathtaking thing about this place–when up close to the statueyou will be overwhelmed by the stunning panoramic view of the city, so high up it seems as thoughyou are truly flying with the birds around you. From the far reaches of Guanabara Bay, to the MaracanãStadium, all along to Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana, Ipanema and Gávea Mountain, you can see thewhole of Rio de Janeiro. Get ready for the Carnival party! An incredible night of music, dance, colourand joy awaits you. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Sambódromo, Rio’sstadium of samba. The samba schools parade down the avenue showing offtheir hip-swaying movesand elaborate costumes, along with flotillas often making humourous jokes about Brazilian politics.You may be taken back to the hotel at any time, or not at all! Rio de Janeiro hosts one of the mostfamous and colorful festivals in the world, which is considered the national cultural heritage of Brazil.Rio de Janeiro hosts one of the most famous and colourful festivals in the world, considered anessential part of Brazilian culture. Carnival involves the best samba schools in Riocompeting againsteach other in huge parades to be crowned champion. Millions of Brazilians and tourists descend on Riofor one week of samba-fuelled parties, taking place all over the city. From Ipanema beach to Rocinhafavela, people from all different backgrounds join toether to enjoy the hot summer sun and the joyoussound of samba. Don’t miss this incredible cultural event!

 

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Sugarloaf Montain excursion and the cable car You will be taken to the mythical Sugarloaf mountain,protruding abruptly from out of the ground like an asteroid just fallen from space. A magnificent cablecar ride will take you up to Urca Mountain, the stopoff between ground level and Sugarloaf. Fromthere you can enjoy a smooth cocktail or sample some of Brazil’s many signature dishes. Once arrivingto the top of Sugarloaf mountain you will see the captivating beauty of Rio from a different angle, Toyourleft you can see Copacabana beach stretching off into the distance, and on the horizon the faintoutlines of Two Brothers and Gávea mountains. Below you is the quaint and intimate Red Beach, whileto your right you can see across Guanabara Bay to Niterói and, closer in, Rio’s Botafogo and centralneighbourhoods, with the unmistakable silhouette of Christ the Saviour casting its eternal gaze over thecity. This trip is essential to gain a different perspective on Rio, and to truly understand its beauty.After descending the mountain by cable car, you will head into the Old Town and Centre, wherecolonial architecture still remains and many old churches such as the Candelária are still in use. Thecobbled streets and bright colours are a stark contrast to thewhitewashed, sun soaked streets ofIpanema but in many ways are part of the authentic, nearly-forgotten Rio of old, and one can almostfeel the hustle and bustle of hundreds of years ago when these streets were filled with merchants andcitizens of the Portuguese Empire

 

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro-Foz de Iguazu

After breakfast in your hotel your driver will take you to the airport where it is time to say goodbye tothe Marvellous City. However with the next stop being one of the natural wondersof the world, there isno time for tears. Board your flight to Iguazu Falls. Arrival and meeting at the airport. Transfer with adriver to the hotel

 

Day 5: Rio de Janeiro - Foz de Iguazu

After breakfast in your hotel your driver will take you to the airport where it is time to say goodbye tothe Marvellous City. However with the next stop being one of the natural wondersof the world, there isno time for tears. Board your flight to Iguazu Falls. Arrival and meeting at the airport. Transfer with adriver to the hotel.Day 5: Foz de Iguazu (03.03)Tour to the Brazilian side of the falls After breakfast in the hotel your driver will take you to theBrazilian side of the falls. A tranquil and calming walk along the edge of the falls provides the mostspectacular view you have ever seen; over 250 overflowing with millions of gallons of water racingfuriously down straight from the Amazon River. The sunlight flashing off the water has themesmerising effect of creating hundreds of rainbows as far as the eye can see. It is almost hard tobelieve, such is the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest paradise. After taking in the incredible views,the path takes you to the eye of the storm, the largest waterfall in the park, The Devil’s Throat. Watercrashes off an 80m cliff edge into the Iguazu River, but you have the chance to meet the water via awalkway that leads you into the heart of the waterfall. Feel the power of the water as it surrounds youfrom all sides, before heading up a stairway to look down from above on the mother of all waterfalls.At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel (entrance ticket included). Excursionswith additional charge: Optional: You will have the opportunity for an excursion to the Bird Park in theNational Park of Iguazu. There you will see a vibrant spectrum of all manner of birdlife as you walkaround the open-air enclosures, paying close attention to the chorus of birdsong above. (Price USD90Net P/P.) There will also be the chance for a “Macuco Safari” trip through the jungle. Hop into theback of an open-topped jeep and head out into the wilderness of the Iguazu National Park to witnessfirst-hand the incredible happenings of nature. Your guides will explain to you the variety of flora andfauna on display. Keep an eye out for monkeys overhead! (Price USD150NET P/p) Once you reachthe water you will board a boat and set out on the Iguazu river towards the deep rumble of the falls inthe distance. The high-speed boat will race through the cascading waterfalls and ensure you are soakedfrom head to toe! This ride really gets the adrenaline going, especially when you creep up to the earth-shattering power of the Garganta del Diablo, giving youan idea of the weight of water falling per second.

 

Day 6: Foz de Iguazu

Tour to the Argentinian side of the falls Wake up and have breakfast in your beautiful hotel. Today’stour will take you through the Argentinian side of the National Park. Often referred to as like being onstage compared to sitting in the audience from the Brazilian side, the Argentinian side allows you tofully interact with the falls as you walk across a spectacular maze of walkways over 3km long acrosstwo levels over the rushing water. Combined with the myriad rainbows, you are given the feeling ofwalking on water as you encounter the many waterfalls on display. It all starts with the Lower Circuit:At a length of 1700m, wooden walkways penetrate the lush jungle to carry you to the edge of the twinbeauty of the Salto Dos Hermanas (Two Sisters Falls),then the serene intimacy of Saltos Chico andRamirez. The next stop on this magical spectacle of water is the gaping yawn of Salto Bosetti, followedby the tall and narrow but furiously powerful Saltos Alvar Nuñez, Elenita and Lanusse, all the whileaccompanied by the song of tropical birds, the howling of monkeys and the occasional amber flash of atoucan’s beak. The second half of the day takes you to the Upper Circuit: make the quick journeyupwards from the Lower Circuit to bring you up to another walkway, this time from an elevated heightwhich allows you to walk right up to the edge of the waterfalls and observe this incredible sight fromabove via a series of smaller falls, eventually reaching the gargantuan Salto San Martin, which seems tostretch onendlessly. The ominous rumble of the Devil’s Throat can be heard in the distance. The tourculminates in awe-inspiring Devil's Throat, this time seen from the top of the fall. To reach it, you takea scenic train ride through the rainforest, passing by the indigenous coati, armadillo and innumerablebird species. The cascade of flying mist can be seen from afar. It seems almost apocalyptic; howeveronce you arrive at the Devil’s Throat you cannot help but be struck by the beauty as the spray crashesagainst your face. Water pours in a 150m-long horseshoe shape down an 80m drop, to the very placeyou were standing in yesterday. The sheer amount of water falling away each second is simply mind-boggling (entrance ticket included). After the tour you will havea transfer out to airport to take yourflight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel

 

Day 7: Buenos Aires

After breakfast in your hotel, head out on a private guided city tour (4 hours). BuenosAires has aEuropean feel to it, and the grandiose buildings and wide avenues remind one of Paris or Barcelona.But the Argentine capital is very much its own city, and certainly retains that familiar Latin streak. Youwill see the famous Pink House, a great example of colonial architecture, the majestic Colon Theatre,the iconic Obelisk in the middle of 9th of July Avenue, as well as a trip to Boca (the birthplace oftango). Take a walk around the picturesque Caminito, bursting with bright colours and theair full ofsizzling steak aromas. Afterwards you will visit the affluent Recoleta district with its chic bars andrestaurants, not forgetting the beautiful Plaza San Martín surrounding by neoclassical architecture.Buenos Aires is famous for being the birthplace of Tango. No doubt, this is the best city in the worldfor fans of this famous, passionate dance. In the evening, enjoy a first-class dinner and tango show. Thebest selection of international and local dishes, world-renowned Argentine beef grilledover charcoal,homemade pasta, delicious desserts, a wide selection of Argentine wines from the cellar. In the eveningenjoy an amazing Tango Show and Dinner. Tango is still alive. A good way of penetrating its spirit isvisiting one of the restaurants that offers tango shows of an excellent level, to enjoy tango ́s sensualmagnetism taken to the stage by some of the best dancers, singers and musicians in Buenos Aires!After a delicious dinner, you will follow a spectacular presentation of acclaimed popularand sensuousTango, performed by the world's best. It is the music of Buenos Aires par excellence. Tango is felt inthe air of the city, as humidity.

 

Day 8: Buenos Aires-Santiago

After breakfast in your hotel your driver will take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Santiago. Arrival and meeting at the airport. Transfer with a driver to the hotel

 

Day 9: Santiago

After breakfast you will be picked at the hotel to go to a Santa Lucia Hill Tour. Climb the elegant stairsto the top of this central hill to enjoy panoramic views of Santiago and admire the ornate fountains,flower displays and amphitheater. Rising out of the eastern edge of downtown Santiago is the picturesque Cerro Santa Lucía (Santa Lucia Hill). Escape the city center crowds and enjoy panoramic views over Santiago’s rooftops to the Andes mountains. Admire an impressive collection of art and architecture or shop for handicrafts at artisanal markets. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

Day 10: Santiago–San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. From San Pedro de Atacama(Chile) drive toward Hito Cajón, admire the Green Lagoon and enjoy the panoramic view of theLicancabur Volcano. Cross the Dali Valley, enjoy the Polkes hot springs and admire the “Sol deMañana” geysers. Continue towards the Red Lagoon where you will observe many Andean flamingos,you will see the Árbol de Piedra and (Stone Tree) and arrival at “Ojo de Perdiz”

 

Day 11: Villa Mar Uyuni

Start the journey visiting the small Lagoons: Onda, Chiar Kota, Hedionda y Cañapa, stop at the scenicviewpointof the Ollagüe Volcano, one of the few active volcanoes in the surroundings. Continue thejourney through the Salt Flats of Chiguana, which is a vast extension of saltpeter (potassium nitrate).Arrival at the village of San Juan, visit of the archaeological museum and continue the trip through theSalt Flats of Uyuni towards the Fish Island, where you will find the highest cactus in the world. Hikeup to the top of the island to enjoy of a great view of the entire Salt Flat. After lunch drive towardsUyuni,visiting Colchani, a town that its main economy is based on the salt processing and distributionof salt. Includes: Private four wheel drive transportation, guide (English–Spanish), meals and hotelsaccording to the program, entrance fees to the AbaroaNational Park and Fish Island. Connection inprivate transportation without guide in the border of Chile and Bolivia

 

Day 12: Uyuni–La Paz

Transfer to the airport for your flight to La Paz and private transfer in to the city center. In theafternoon: City Tour by the heights–Charming La Paz. Pick up from the hotel to visit theembroiderers street of typical costumes where colorful folk dresses are displayed. Excursion to the historical center of the city of La Paz, visit to the Witches Market (mystical articles of Andean region),Church of San Francisco, Murillo main square, Executive Palace, Legislative Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Killi Killi view Point. Transfer by cable car to enjoy a beautiful panorama of La Paz cityin one of themost picturesque and long cable urban air transport in the world. Unmissable visit to the impressive Moon Valley located at 10 km far from La Paz city center, these curious geologicalformations where created by the erosion of the winds and the heavy rains forming an attractive lunar landscape. Departure from Hotel Rosario towards the pre Incan remains of Tiwanaku, declared worldheritage site by UNESCO in December 2000. On the way enjoy great views of the Royal Range of theAndes. Upon arrival, visit theLithic and the Ceramic Museums where you will receive an introductionabout the Tiwanaku civilization, explore the archaeological site walking through the main temples suchas the Pyramid of Akapana, the Semi Underground temple, the Kalasasaya temple in where you willfind the Ponce monolith and the famous Gate of the Sun. Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue the triptowards Desaguadero, which is the border in between Bolivia and Perú and there you will be welcomedby your Peruvian guide, and transfer toyour Hotel in Puno.

 

Day 13: Puno–Cusco

In the morning, we take a short boat ride to visit the Uros Islands, the fames floating reed islands ofLake Titacaca. A unique feature of this part of the lake is the traditional settlement of Uros people onfloating islands made entirely of reeds-the same material they use to build their canoes. The islandersalso use totora reeds to make boats, and even as food. Although fishing is still an important activity,nowadays the inhabitants earn their living mainly through selling handicrafts to tourists. Ournextdestination is Taquile Island, knows for their kindness of their residents, their ancestral skill inweaving, their pre-Columbian constructions, and lovely countryside. After the tour private transfer tothe bus station for your bus trip to Cusco (incl. buffet lunch). During the bus trip visit the Pucara sitemuseum, Wiracocha temple & Andahuaylillas chapel. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

 

Day 14: Cusco–Machu Picchu–Cusco

After breakfast, we set off by train to Machu Picchu. The train passes through the Sacred Valley. Thesingle line track hugs the right side of the canyon next to the boulder-strewn, roaring Urubamba River.Arrival at the small town of Aguas Calientes, andfinally a 30-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu.Machu Picchu, an Inca city with a maze of fine stone temples, houses and fountains, spectacularlysituated on a ridge between two peaks. Hidden by dense vegetation when Hiram Bingham discovered itin 1911. There you have a guided tour. In the afternoon you willhave lunch in a local restaurant andthen we return to Cusco by train. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight

 

Day 15: Cusco–Lima

In the morning we will get away from the crowds to visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive citadel full ofcolossal constructions surrounded by beautiful landscapes in complete communion with nature. Wewill then continue to the Inca shrine of Qenqo, with its awesome altar for sacrifices embedded in theside of the rock.We will finally reach the Puca Pucara watchtower and Tambomachay, a monument ofnoticeable architectural excellence, considered one of the pillars of the Andean view of the world.Climb to the Archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman, in the higher part of Cusco. Our first stop will beTambomachay, a source of spring water that it is believed was once worshipped. Next we will visit theremains of Qenqo, a stone made labyrinth with a sacrificial altar in its center. At the Fortress ofSacsayhuaman we will enjoya wonderful view of Cusco while admiring the massive stones that makeup the fortress. Our last stop will be to see the Tower of Pucca Pucara before we will transfer you to theairport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima private transfer to yourhotel. Lima is the capitaland the largest city of Peru. It is located in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking thePacific Ocean. The city was founded in 1535 by the Spanish discoverer Francisco Pizarrounder andwas named “Ciudad de los Reyes” (City of Kings). The historic center was declared World HeritageSite by UNESCO.It’s a city with great cultural diversity-which has a large number of museums.Another amazing thing it has to offer is its great food which has been recognized worldwidethroughmany years. Lima offers a wide range of restaurants and bars, where you can taste delicious Peruvian dishes and drinks. In Lima you will find everything you are looking for diversity of cultures,adventures, beaches, variety of food, entertainment and everything you can imagine.

 

Day 16: Lima-Back home

In the morning you have a guided tour that includes visits to the main Colonial attractions such as the Main Square with the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent, and many elegant buildingswith theirtraditional wooden balconies, which had being restored. Afterwards you will visit Lima’s residential areas: San Isidro with its Olive Grove, Country Club and Golf course and Miraflores with its CentralPark, City Hall and Main shopping streets such as Larco Avenue. Transfer to the airport for your international flight back home!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Inclusion


Accommodation in hotels by the program
Transfers according to the program
Meals according to the program
Excursions by program (except optional)
Domestic flight: Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu – Buenos Aires – Santiago – Calama – La Paz - Lima
Carnival ticket

Exclusion


International Flight
Optional excursions
Food and drinks during the transfers
Personal expenses

USD 7855.00 (1% off)

7955.00


 15 Nights / 16 Days


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