BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA
Cultural tour of Peru, Brazil & Argentina

On this tour we travel to South America’s most amazing highlights. We start in the beautiful colonial city of Lima, Peru’s capital and then head to the World Heritage city of Cusco, visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and enchanting Lake Titicaca. We marvel at the mighty Iguassu Falls, visiting both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides before heading to the world's tango capital of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Our tour concludes in the vibrant Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, famous for its Sugar Loaf, Redeeming Christ Statue and stunning beaches.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 15 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 16 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Lima (PERU)
Day 02: Lima/Cusco (Flight)/Yucay (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 03: Yucay
(B)
Day 04: Yucay/Machu Picchu (Drive)/Cusco (Train)
(B)
Day 05: Cusco
(B)
Day 06: Cusco/Puno (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 07: Puno/Juliaca (Drive)/Lima (Flight)
(B, L)
Day 08: Lima
(B, L)
Day 09: Lima/Iguassu (Flight) (BRAZIL)
(B)
Day 10: Iguassu
(B)
Day 11: Iguassu/Buenos Aires (Flight) (ARGENTINA)
(B)
Day 12: Buenos Aires
(B)
Day 13: Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro (Flight) (BRAZIL)
(B)
Day 14: Rio de Janeiro
(B)
Day 15: Depart Rio de Janeiro
(B)

* Please contact us for other “combination” programs of South America.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Lima (PERU)

Arrival in Lima and transfer from the airport to the hotel.   Check in time starts from 1400 hrs.
Overnight: Hotel La Hacienda or Hotel Casa Andina PC Miraflores, Lima (1 night)

Day 02: Lima/Cusco (Flight)/Yucay (Drive)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco (not included). Upon arrival you will start the tour with a visit to Chinchero community located 28 km away from Cusco. Here are the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as beautiful colonial temples built on Inca’s foundations. However, its main attraction is its Sunday market originally dedicated to the people of the valley to barter their products. This colourful and lively market still fascinates people with its variety of handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbian style.   Afterwards you will be transferred to “El Mirador de Racchi” where you will have a splendid view of the Sacred Valley. Afterwards you will enjoy a typical lunch at a local house, followed by the transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Yucay (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 03: Yucay

Morning free at leisure for optional activities. In the afternoon, a visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community, is included. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo we will find the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone terraces rising from the edge of town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out on them. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls. (B)

Day 04: Yucay/Machu Picchu (Drive)/Cusco (Train)

Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town Machu Picchu.   Called the Lost City of the Incas, this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with impressive delicacy, exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces.
There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites in the world. Enjoy a guided visit of around 2 hours of the ruins and return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight: Hotel Eco Inn or Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique, Cusco (2 nights) (B)

Day 05: Cusco

In the morning the half-day city tour begins. It will be shown the exact centre of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings; some of them are being used as hotels. Then proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin located approx. 3 km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins.  Afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 06: Cusco/Puno (Drive)

A full day bus journey from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks, passes up to 4.300m above sea level and then goes down to Puno, which is right on Lake Titicaca. On route we will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi, and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included. After arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Jose Antonio Puno or Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca, Puno (1 night) (B, L)

Day 07: Puno/Juliaca (Drive)/Lima (Flight)

Full day excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros floating islands. The Aymara Indians build their houses over floating artificial islands that elaborate themselves on the waters of the Titicaca in which they inhabit in organizations and with ancestral customs.  Continue to Taquile Island where you find numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins and Inca terracing. The island is narrow, only about 1km wide, but 6-7km long. The people here still wear their traditional clothes and there is a co-operative shop on the Plaza where one can buy woollen goods of very fine quality.   A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included.  Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Juliaca.  Flight to Lima (not included) and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores or Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Lima (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 08: Lima

In the afternoon you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of this convent is the visit of the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs.  Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.   Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle founded the museum on July 28, 1926, in the Chiclin sugar estate in Trujillo, naming it as his father as an expression of filial homage. In 1958 he moved the collection to Lima, installing the Museum in a Colonial house in the district of Pueblo Libre, where it currently functions. This locale was adapted to the characteristics style of the 18th century Colonial houses from Trujillo. The approximate 45,000 objects of the collection have been exhibited to the public in the Permanent Hall, Jewelry Vault and the Classified Storage Area ever since.  The Halls of the Larco Museum are organized by subjects. The Metals, Ceramics, the Stones, the Culture, the Great Jewelry Vault and Textile Halls emphasize the technological aspects by Pre-Columbian cultures. Finally the World’s unique Erotic Hall gives us a glimpse of the fascinating sexual life of ancient Peruvians. (B, L)

Day 09: Lima/Iguassu (Flight) (BRAZIL)

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Iguassu (not included).  Transfer to hotel.  The rests of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Recanto Park or Hotel MaBu Foz or Hotel Wish Resort Golf Convention, Iguassu (2 nights) (B)

Day 10: Iguassu

Depart from the hotel on the Brazilian side by motor coach and cross the Iguassu National Park towards the Brazilian Falls. You walk along the paths following the cascades and then along the catwalk, which leads you very close to the bottom of the Devil’s Throat. You will enjoy magnificent views. Afterwards you take an elevator to go up back to the road, and there you will board the motor coach, which will take you to the Argentina side of the falls.  A short stop at the Visitor’s Centre before proceed from there along the Inferior Circuit, the down-river falls, to the Superior Circuit, the up-river cascades. The Ecological Jungle Train leads you to the most impressive observation point of the falls – The Devil´s Throat.  After visit transfer to the hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls. (B)

Day 11: Iguassu/Buenos Aires, (ARGENTINA) (Flight)

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires (not included).  Transfer to hotel.  Day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Broadway or Hotel 725 Continental or Hotel NH Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires (2 nights) (B)

Day 12: Buenos Aires

After breakfast you will visit the most important sites during a city tour. You will drive to the Plaza de Mayo, with the Casa Rosada, the pink house, seat of the government, the Cabildo (town hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, home of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The tour goes onto the district San Telmo. Until 1888 this part of the city was a river port, today San Telmo is one of the most modern and desired places to live in Buenos Aires. The worker district La Boca is famous for its colourful tin-houses and its history as living district of Italian seamen and dock workers in the 19th century. The Barrio Norte called Recoleta is the quarter of the rich of Buenos Aires. On the cemetery of Recoleta one will find the grave of Eva Duarte who became famous as Evita Perón. Continue along the widest avenue in the world, the Avenida 9 de Julio, and continue to the Plaza Lavalle with the Federal Court of Justice and the Teatro Colón, to Palermo with its parks and gardens. Return to the hotel.  Afternoon free at leisure. (B)

Day 13: Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro (Flight) (BRAZIL)

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Rio de Janeiro (not included). Transfer to hotel.  Day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Windsor Plaza Copacabana or Hotel Windsor Excelsior Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro (2 nights) (B)

Day 14: Rio de Janeiro

Leaving the hotel and proceeding as far as Cosme Velho Station to board a cog-train(*) for the ride through Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain at 748 m (2.454 ft) high. The train ride takes 20 minutes and is a wonderful opportunity for a closer look at the forest’s lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado and then proceeding up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, passengers will descend by train. The tour proceeds passing by Rio’s world-famous beaches as far as Urca District to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain at 390 m (1.280 ft) high. Then coming down and proceeding along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park as far as downtown.   Visit downtown area, passing by the financial and business centre and by other attractions such as the Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theatre, National Library, Fine Arts Museum, and by the Sambadrome, site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade.
Note: (*) or certified vans by the city´s administration departure from Largo do Machado where the vans stop then go to top of Corcovado. (B)

Day 15: Depart Rio de Janeiro

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.  Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

Please contact us for other “combination” programs of South America.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Jan 07 & 21; Feb 04; Mar 04 & 18; Apr 01; May 13 & 27; Jun 17; Jul 15; Aug 19; Sep 16; Oct 07 & 21; Nov 25

2018

Jan 06 & 20; Feb 17; Mar 03 & 31; Apr 07; May 12 & 19; Jun 09; Jul 14; Aug 18; Sep 08 & 22; Oct 13; Nov 24

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Hotel Category Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017
Option 1 US$ 2980 US$ 780
Option 2 US$ 3580 US$ 1115
Hotel Category Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2018
Option 1 US$ 3195 US$ 780
Option 2 US$ 3780 US$ 1115


Hotels below or similar for Option 1 (3-Star) & Option 2 (4-Star)

City Option 1 Option 2
Lima
(3 Nights)
Hotel La Hacienda Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Yucay
(2 Nights)
Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Cusco
(2 Nights)
Hotel Eco Inn Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique
Puno
(1 Night)
Hotel Jose Antonio Puno Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca
Buenos Aires
(2 Nights)
Aires: Hotel Broadway Hotel 725 Continental or Hotel NH Buenos Aires City
Iguassu
(2 Nights)
Hotel Recanto Park Hotel MaBu Foz or Hotel Wish Resort Golf Convention
Rio de Janeiro
(2 Nights)
Hotel Windsor Plaza Copacabana Hotel Windsor Excelsior Copacabana

Notes

Please contact us for other “combination” programs of South America.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 18 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Train ticket mentioned
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Domestic airfares (within tour itinerary Lima/Cusco-Juliaca/Lima/Iguassu/Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro from US$ 1,380)
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 16 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.