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Grand Tour will take you to visit the most important highlights in South America.
You will have the chance to see four countries in 23 days: Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru.
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Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro.
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Accomodation.
Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro. (B, L)
FD Sugar Loaf with City tour and Corcovado with Tijuca Forest+Lunch. We will leave the hotel after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks of the city where we will see the natural beauties from up above. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, passengers arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. We will embark on a comfortable train which will climb the mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer, is located (2.300ft above sea level). The Christ statue known as the “wonder ofRio” was recently elected one of the 7 winners of the ” New Wonders of the World “. Upon arrival at the top we have mechanized access, with panoramic elevators and escalators that take us to the foot of the statute. There, passengers enjoy a panoramic view ofRio de Janeiro, discover why it is called the “MarvelousCity” and the view the Christ statue which is considered “ the wonder of Rio”. We make our way down on the same route and towards the other world famous landmark, the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Over a million tourists a year visit the world famous Pão de Açúcar, or Sugar Loaf Mountain in English, which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. The tour is done in two steps by glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay its islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises395 metersabove sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, the Corcovado and downtown Rio. Lunch is included.
Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro/ Iguassu Falls. (B)
Transfer out to airport. Arrival in Iguassu. Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.
Day 4 – Iguassu Falls. (B)
Brazilian Falls Tour: we will proceed to the Iguaçu National Park where we drive through the lush, subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. Stroll the trail descending the canyon that offers a panoramic view of the more than 240 falls. Take the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its “sister” park in Argentina form the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which along with the waterfalls have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Macuco Safari: The trip begins within the National Park on the Brazilian side, where visitors take seats in an open wagon driven through the forest where they can observe birds, animals and exotic vegetation all while accompanied by a specialized guide. At the end of the 2 km ride we continue on foot to the margin of the Iguassu River to take a specially prepared motor boat for an exciting and unforgettable trip. Passengers are taken as close as possible to the water falls, where they can hear the thunderous roar of the walls of water, and get wet from the mist of the falls.
Day 5 – Iguassu Falls/ Buenos Aires. (B)
Argentinean Falls: Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge en route to the Iguazu National Park in Argentina. At the entrance the passenger will take a small train for a visit through the park with 2 stops until the trail where the walking tour begins to the visit the upper walkways, which allow for more intimate contact with the falls and the rainforest. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil’s Throat – the largest fall. This trip shows you the highlights of the Argentinean side.
Transfer out to the airport. Arrival in Buenos Aires. Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Accomodation.
Day 6 – Buenos Aires. (B, D)
Buenos Aires panoramic city tour will take you through the highlights of South America’s most European and cosmopolitan city. We’ll drive along 9 de Julio Avenue where the renowned Colón Theater and the Obelisk, symbols of our city, are located. We’ll visit Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by important historic buildings like the Casa Rosada, the Cathedral and the City Hall. We’ll also visit Plaza San Martin, Alvear and Plaza del Congreso. The tour will drive us along the old fashion Avenida de Mayo and the dynamic Avenida Corrientes. Explore neighborhoods filled with colors and history, like La Boca and San Telmo, and the sumptuous neighborhoods of Palermo, Recoleta and the modern Puerto Madero, a busy gastronomic and entertainment center. Among other highlights of the tour we’ll pass by Parque Lezama, Tres de Febrero, commercial and financial areas plus La Bombonera, boca’s football stadium.
Tonight Tango Show with Dinner: we will watch the authentic roots and the pure essence of the Argentine tango in a full show of music, singing and dancing of top artistic quality.
Day 7 – Buenos Aires/ El Calafate. (B)
Transfer out to airport. Arrival in El Calafate and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.
Day 8 – El Calafate. (B)
FD Glaciar Perito Moreno: This park has been declared as Mankind Heritage by UNESCO. Those glaciers that named it (about 47) show us a 10 thousand-year-old world: cold and wild. The most famous one is Perito Moreno Glacier in the southwestern end of Argentino Lake at 80 km away from El Calafate. This glacier is so-called due to a great Argentinian explorer from last century and is one of the few glaciers that is still moving in the world. That is why it has become one of the most spectacular natural shows in South America. From time to time its 60-m-high snout releases some ice walls as huge as buildings that fall into Rico Bend or Canal de los Témpanos (Ice floes Channel) and then they continue sailing along the channel to the main area of the lake. However, that is not all. The glacier, while moving forward, comes closer to the Magallanes Peninsula, in the opposite lake bank as well as footbridge and viewpoint area. This cycle takes from 4 to 6 years and it eventually separates the lake into two areas. Rico Bend is dammed up and it increases about 35 m over its average level. Its water slowly pierces its way through the glacier snout until it makes it fall down. This show is breathtaking.
Day 9 – El Calafate/ Torres del Paine. (B, D)
Transfer to Torres del Paine. Around 5 hours of trip by land. Arrival at the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 10 – Torres del Paine. (B, L, D)
FD Paine: This is the best way to know the National Park by visiting its most famous highlights while enjoying some beautiful walks where you will be surrounded by the flora and fauna facing the marvelous mountains that form part of the Paine Massif. After enjoying a lunch outdoors we will take you to Lago Grey where you will have the option to take a walk around the lake shore or take the navigation and get close to the Grey Glaciar.
Day 11 – Torres del Paine. (B, L, D)
This half-day excursion is the best option for people who would like to see the Torres del Paine without all the walking. We should see many of the plants, animals and birds – flamingos, condors, water birds and predatory birds – the park is known for. You will see great views of the Towers of Paine and the enormous landscapes that brought great part of the explorers into the area. You will visit Laguna Amarga and discover the different organisms that live there.
Day 12 – Torres del Paine/ Punta Arenas/ Santiago. (B)
Transfer to airport in Punta Arenas. Departure to Santiago. Arrival in Santiago and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.
Day 13 – Santiago. (B)
HD City tour: From your hotel in Santiago, we head to the direction of the Santiago city center, where it is possible to know the main places of the city. During the trip, there will be a panoramic view of Bellavista Neighborhood, Mercado Central, Estación Mapocho and Museo de Bellas Artes. Next is a guided visit to Cerro Santa Lucía. From here we head to the main square, from where it is possible to see the Santiago Cathedral, Municipality, Post Office, National history Museum. The trip continues with a panoramic view of former National Congress. We will also have a guided visit of the Government Palace. The excursion continues with a visit of area of Club Hípico, the University Neighborhood and the Concha y Toro neighborhood. On the way back, we’ll see Modern Santiago and arrive at the Faba Handicraft Shop, which specializes in jewelry made with lapis lazuli, a stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan.
Tonight Bali Hai Folk Show: Departure from hotel in Santiago, to discover a totally different Santiago by night. Touring around the streets full of lights and the magic of the night, it is possible to appreciate the architectural appeal of the capital. Arrival to the Bali Hai Restaurant decorated in Polynesian style with replicas of moai statues on the exterior. Here it is possible to find the charm of the wines and the taste of the foods while observating a show with colourful suits, live music and different types of folkloric dances of the Chilean regions.
Day 14 – Santiago/ Lima. (B)
Transfer to airport. Arrival in Lima. Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Accomodation.
Day 15 – Lima/ Cusco. (B)
Transfer to airport. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.
Day 16 – Cusco/ Machu Pichu/ Cusco. (B, L)
FD Machu Picchu: Early wake up for a train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here.
Day 17 – Cusco/ Puno. (B, L)
This first class and spectacular rail journey aboard the Orient Express’ “Andean Explorer” travels south to the beautiful city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On the journey the train makes a gentle climb to higher, and cooler, altitudes. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains, which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. The glass-walled observation car of the Andean Explorer provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route. Train journey includes a three-course lunch. A Breakfast Menu, along with various snacks and a continuous Restaurant and Bar service is available at an additional cost.Late afternoon arrival in Puno.
Day 18 – Puno. (B, L)
Visit to the Uros Indian and Taquile Island at Lake Titikaka – This full day excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world, to visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians, considered themselves Lords of the Lake, and they were convinced they had black blood because they did not feel the cold of the lake and the winter. Continuing to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives with the traditions of the XIV century that respect the principals of an Incan way life. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its a archeological remains, the sacred and ceremonial sites, the festive activities, their rituals and for the daily life of the inhabitants which is dedicated to farming, textile production and fishing.
Day 19 – Puno/ Lima. (B)
Transfer to airport. Arrival in Lima. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation.
Day 20 – Lima. (B)
HD City tour: Visit both the colonial and modern sections of this “City of Kings”. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas with its cathedral and palace; and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace, modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima drive through the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Day 21 – Lima/ Sao Paulo. (B)
Arrival in Sao Paulo. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Accomodation.
Day 22– Sao Paulo. (B)
HD City tour: We start our tour at the famous Bairro Orintal with its typical Japanese decoration. Then we proceed till the Cathedral( Praca da Se) at downtown area. From this point we walk towards the dead center of São Paulo (Tropic of Capricorn) and visit the monument “The Immortal Glory of the founders of the city”.Back to the van/car/bus we go to Higianopolis, the hard and soul of the modern Jewish community and where the rich families used to live during Old Republic era.Next stop will the most important financial center of South America the Paulista Avenue, among six different stiles of architecture there is MASP (Museum de Arte de São Paulo), considered one of the best museums in the world. From that point we go to Governor’s Palace, we finish at the green area Ibirapuera Park and the Oscar Niemeyer buildings (1.6 million square meters) the largest of our 32 public squares.
Day 23 – Sao Paulo. (B)
Transfer out to airport.