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Trafalgar Cultures and Contrasts of South America with Paracas Extension Summer 2018 (LCAP)

24 Days from Rio De Janeiro to Lima Print
Tour Style: Discovery
South America 2018
Visits: Rio de Janeiro, Candelaria Church, Sambadromo, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Iguazu National Park, Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, Palermo Soho, Club Hipico de Santiago, University of Chile, Plaza de Armas, San Cristobal Hill, Valparaiso, Lima, Monastery of San Francisco, Cathedral of Lima, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Cusco Cathedral, Juliaca, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island, Nazca Lines, Bodega El Catador, Ballestas Islands, Paracas Candelabra, Larco Museum, Brazil, Argentina, Peru

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.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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

Dining Highlights

  • 21 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 11 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • 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

Trafalgar Tour Itinerary

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.
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.Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
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.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
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.Full Breakfast
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.Full Breakfast, Dinner
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. Full Breakfast, Lunch
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.Full Breakfast
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.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
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.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
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.Full Breakfast
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.Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
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.Full Breakfast
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.Full Breakfast, Dinner
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.Full Breakfast
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.Continental Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner
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.Full Breakfast, Dinner
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.Full Breakfast
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.Full Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
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.Full Breakfast, Lunch
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.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal, Dinner
Day: 21 Puno – Juliaca – Lima – Paracas (2 Nights)
Fly back to Lima this morning and travel south along the Pan American Highway to Paracas for a closer look at rural life in Peru (box lunch included). Dinner is at your hotel. Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day: 22 Paracas – Nazca Lines Flight
Explore the Regional Museum of Ica with Paracas weavings and textiles, well-preserved mummies and a scale model of the Nazca Lines. Then take to the skies as you soar high over the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs created between 400 and 600 AD, viewable only from the air. Then visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest Pisco, a Cultural Insight, in the countryside. The rest of the day is free. Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 23 Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Lima
Cruise the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a "mini-Galapagos" teeming with wildlife including fur seals, sea lions, dolphins, penguins and birds, including the blue-footed booby. See another mysterious design in the earth-the majestic Candelabra. Travel back to Lima to freshen up. Visit the Larco Museum to learn about ancient Peruvian cultures with a Local Specialist, before enjoying a festive Farewell Dinner in the garden restaurant at the museum.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day: 24 Depart Lima
Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your holiday in Lima at the Hilton Miraflores. Full Breakfast

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