Starting in Ecuador with a 5 day Galapagos tour on land and sea which provides spectacular bird and wildlife viewing. Next up is Peru starting with the capital city Lima after which you fly to Cuzco to explore the capital of the Incan Empire.
Your journey in Peru will also include a two day train excursion to the Unesco Heritage site of Machu Picchu. In the Sacred Valley you will also visit the Pisac market and the ancient site of Ollantaytambo. After a night in the city of Puno and an excursion to lake Titicaca, you will fly from Juliaca in Peru to Iguazu.
The next few days are spent exploring the breathtaking beauty of Iguazu Falls. You will visit both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of the falls.
Last but not least is your visit to Rio’s famous Copacabana beach, Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer before heading home or continuing your adventure.
|Day 1||Travel from Australia to Guayaquil via Santiago, overnight in Guayaquil|
|Day 2||Shuttle transfer to airport for flight to Galapagos, start Santa Cruz Express program|
|Day 3||Visit one of the spectacular islands North Seymour, Bartolome or another|
|Day 4||Visit one of the spectacular islands North Seymour, Bartolome or another|
|Day 5||Visit one of the spectacular islands Santa Fe or Plaza Island|
|Day 6||Visit Charles Darwin Station, transfer to airport for flight to Lima (via Quito)|
|Day 7||Half day Lima city tour|
|Day 8||Private transfer to airport for flight to Cusco|
|Day 9||Half day city tour Cusco|
|Day 10||Full day tour to Sacred Valley, Pisac market and Ollantaytambo incl lunch|
|Day 11||Two day Machu Picchu tour by Vistadome train incl all transfers, lunch & guide|
|Day 12||Re-entry to the ruins after which you get a transfer back to Cusco|
|Day 13||Free day Cusco|
|Day 14||Bus transfer from Cusco to Puno incl lunch and entrance fees for visit sites en route|
|Day 15||Shared full day tour of Lake Titicaca incl lunch|
|Day 16||Private transfer to airport to connect with flight from Juliaca, via Lima to Iguazu Falls|
|Day 17||Half day Iguazu Falls on Brazilian side, incl entrance|
|Day 18||Full day Iguazu Falls on Argentinian side, incl entrance|
|Day 19||Transfer to airport, flight Iguazu to Rio|
|Day 20||Full day Corcovado & Sugar Loaf mountain tour incl lunch|
|Day 21||Half day Secrets of Old Rio|
|Day 22||Departure day with transfer to the airport in Rio for your connecting flight|
Day 1 – Arrival in Guayaquil
After your international flights into Guayaquil you get a shuttle transfer to the Wyndham hotel y for one overnight stay. (Flights not included in the price).
Day 2 – Travel to Galapagos, start Santa Cruz Express program
Today you will fly to the island of Santa Cruz (arrival at Baltra airport) to start your land based expedition.
After arrival the tour will take you to the highlands of the island with its green vegetation. Here you will stop to visit a Ranch. Next, you will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. You will enjoy lunch at the ranch.
Optional activity: After lunch the tour will proceed to leave our “soul print” in the Galapagos Islands. You can also take part in a project of conservation on the island. The program consists in planting your own tree in Primicias Ranch. The tree will have your name on it and later on, you will receive a certificate for actively supporting the maintaining of the Galapagos’ ecosystem.
After this visit the tour will head to Puerto Ayora to check-in in a selected hotel.
Day 3 – Excursion to another island
Today you will have the opportunity to make an excursion to another Island, in order to discover the diversity of the Galapagos Islands. The tour consists of a hike around the island and afterwards you can snorkel, swim or just relax. Based on availability we can confirm one of the following tours:
Bartolome Island: Discover amazing landscapes, and fascinating geological formations, here you will have great opportunity for snorkeling.
North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas and the Magnificent Frigate bird. This bird has an incredible scarlet regular pouch. Also the blue-footed boobies birds and their particular courtship dance and sea lions surfing across the waves.
South Plazas: Small island but outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts to be seen.
Santa Fe: This Island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of the Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sited in these environments.
Day 4 – Excursion to another island
Choose another island to visit today from the above options:
- South Plazas
- North Seymour
- Bartolome Island
- Santa Fe
Day 5 – Excursion to another island
Choose another island to visit today from the above options:
- South Plazas
- North Seymour
- Bartolome Island
- Santa Fe
Day 6 – Charles Darwin Station – fly back to Guayaquil
After breakfast, we will head to the Charles Darwin Station. The center is the best source of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics.
The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Centre. Here it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos taken with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the center, you can see the land and marine Iguanas and different species of birds.
After this visit you will be brought to the airport for your fights to Lima via Quito (flights are not included in the pricing).
Apon arrival in Lima a private transfer will take you to your hotel in Miraflores.
Day 7 – Half day city tour of Lima
After breakfast there is a half day tour to explore Lima’s ancient history through its historical sites and museums. Morning highlights include visiting the Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor), the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), City Hall, the Basilica Cathedral of Lima, the House of El Oidor and the Larco museum.
The afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 8 – Private transfer to airport for flight to Cusco
Today you will travel from Lima to Cusco (flight not included in pricing) for which you will receive private transfers on both ends of your flight.
Overnight in Cusco.
Day 9 – Half day city tour Cusco
Cusco, the Archaeological Capital of the Americas, exists in the present and the past at the same time, being a living example of the meeting of two different age of culture. Visit to the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral from the early 17th century, it is a fine example of colonial baroque art. Continue the excursion with the visit to the nearby ruins of Tambomachay with their water fountains; Kenko, the religious center; Puca-Pucara, the red fortress, and finally the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
Afternoon at leisure, overnight in Cusco.
Day 10 – Full day tour to Sacred Valley, Pisac market and Ollantaytambo incl lunch
In the morning, you will visit Pisac, a picturesque town located 19.8 miles or 32km northeast of Cusco. Its colorful fairs also take place every day. Here merchants offer for sale all sorts of handicrafts, the most important of which are the textiles and ceramic goods such as ceremonial goblets called “Q’eros”, plates, ashtrays, necklace and replicas of pre-Hispanic pottery. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will visit the remarkable fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas. A very steep stone staircase leads into the fortress. Across an esplanade there is a temple with 10 niches, and beside it a block of partially unworked stones. Beyond another esplanade, six huge rectangular monoliths (estimated weight: 50 tons) form the Temple of the Sun. Vestiges of rooms are seen on top, and on the other side of the hill a four storey building, either a military school or prison.
Transfer to your hotel in Ollantaytambo town.
Day 11 – Two day Machu Picchu tour by Vistadome train incl all transfers, lunch, guide, overnight in Aguas Calientes
Depart from Ollantaytambo Station via the Vistadome train arriving into Aguas Calientes station, upon your arrival into Aguas Calientes you will be transferred by bus to the gates of Machu Picchu for lunch at the Sanctuary lodge. After lunch you have a guided tour of the Machu Picchu site, you will then have free time to explore the site at your own leisure. Well known as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu was built around 1450, but abandoned 100 years later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. In 1911 Hiram Bingham, an American historian discovered its existence with its classic Inca style. The main buildings of Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows, are located in the Sacred District of Machu Picchu.
Day 12 – Second excusrion day to Machu Picchu
Early in the morning, before all the other visitors arrive you will re-entry the ruins after which you get a transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco.
Day 13 – Free day Cusco
Explore Cusco at your leisure.
Day 14 – Travel to Puno
Today you will travel from Cusco to Puno incl lunch and entrance fees for visit sites en-route. This city is located on the shore of Lake Titicaca and has been named as the ‘Capital Forklorica del Peru’ (Folklore capital of Peru) from its wealth of artistic and cultural expressions particularly dancing.
Day 15 – Shared full day tour of Lake Titicaca incl lunch
Full day boat tour on lake Titicaca to Uros Islands and Taguile Island to visit floating reed islands and it’s colorful people. You will sail to Taguila island for lunch and a steep hike to The Plaza. At the end of the afternoon you will arrive back in Puno.
Day 16 – Travel day to Iguazu
Today you will be get a private transfer to the airport to connect with a flight from Juliaca, via Lima to Iguazu Falls. Overnight in Iguazu.
Day 17 – Half day Iguazu Falls on Brazilian side
Today you will spent a half day on a shared tour to explore the falls from the Brazilian side (entrance fee including). Overnight in Iguazu.
Day 18 – Full day Iguazu Falls on Argentinian side
The tour today leaves from the hotel to visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls, 67.000 hectares long, located within Iguazú National Park, one of the first protected areas of America. Entrance fee included, overnight in Iguazu.
Day 19 – Travel to Rio
After breakfast you will get a private transfer to the airport to connect with you flight from Iguazu to Rio (flight not incl in price) where you will stay for three nights.
Day 20 – Full day Corcovado & Sugar Loaf mountain tour incl lunch
Depart from the hotel after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from up above. Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’, (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars.
The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill. It rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf. With its 395 meters above sea level, offers a 360 degree view of the entire city. The views include Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Afterwards, descend the mountain and stop for a delicious lunch. From there passengers will be taken to the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located 2,300 ft above sea level. The Christ statue is known as the “wonder of Rio”. It was elected one of the 7 “New Wonders of the World”. Upon arrival at the top, guests can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statute. There, passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the “Marvelous City”.
Day 21 – Half day Sectrets of Old Rio
This is a unique walking tour which gives visitors a feeling for the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio. The walk includes a visit to many interesting points, such as the São Bento Monastery, Candelária Church, Praça XV, the “Travessa do Mercado”, Imperial Palace (‘Paço Imperial’). The cultural center is located in the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil. Visit the Casa França-Brasil, Ouvidor Street and Gonçalves Dias Street with the traditional Colombo Coffee Shop. The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square, and up to the Metropolitan Cathedral. Afterwards, passengers will meet their transportation that will take them back to their hotels.
Day 22 – Depart Rio
Today you will finish your South America Complete tour with a transfer to the airport of Rio to connect with your flight (flight not included in pricing).
- Arrival and departure transfers from all cities
- All hotel accommodation
- 5 day Galapagos package
- 2 day Machu Picchu by train package
- All entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
- City tours in Lima, Cusco and Rio
- International and internal flights
- Items of personal nature
- Drink alcoholic and non-alcoholic
- Tips to drivers, guides and porters
Travel Just 4U has competitive South America Flights to get you to the starting point of your chosen Holiday. Contact one of our Travel Consultants for a full quotation including airfares, stopovers and any additional travel you wish to organize.
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