Cross Continent and Bolivian Heartland
Travelling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, embark on a journey of discover to explore the distinct cultures and histories that define theses majestic nations. From cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the mighty Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and Andean villages of Bolivia. Surround yourself by stunning sceneries as we ventures from sub-tropical climes to landlocked inlands.
Day by Day Summary
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Rio de Janeio
Days 1 - 4
Day 1 - Departure
Depart on an overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, arriving the following morning.
Day 2 - Arrival in Rio
Transfer to your hotel in the cosmopolitan beach area of Copacabana. After arriving at your hotel, you will have an arrival welcome briefing with your guide, who will introduce you to the city. The rest of the day is at leisure
Day 3 - Full Day Tour of Rio
Today you will visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, perched on Corcovado mountain, granting fabulous views of the city, lagoon and beaches. You will then continue by visiting the historic Royal Palace and Cathedral in the centre of the city.
Day 4 - At Leisure
Day at Leisure to explore the city and enjoy the beaches of Rio.
Day 5 - Iguassu Falls
Fly to Foz do Iguassu to visit the spectacular waterfalls which are made of numerous smaller falls along a span of 2,470m . Visit the Brazilian side for a panoramic view, then transfer to the Argentinian side, for a perspective from above and walks along the trails.
Days 6 - 8
Day 6 - Buenos Aires
After a morning at leisure to enjoy the forest and views of the falls, you will fly to Buenos Aires.
Day 7 - Tour of Buenos Aires
Today you will visit this cultural, cosmopolitan city, dubbed the 'Paris of Latin America'. You will pass through the colourful quarter of La Boca, birthplace of the tango, and the main square with the Presidential Palace, finishing at the elegant Parque de Recoleta with its smart bars and street cafés.
Day 8 - At Leisure
Time at leisure to explore or watch a tango show in bohemian San Telmo
Santa Cruz &
Days 9 - 12
Day 9 - Santa Cruz
Fly to Santa Cruz in Bolivia and stay overnight at leisure and sightseeing.
Day 10 - Sucre
Fly to Sucre, an attractive, temperate city, with numerous museums and where buildings retain their colonial charm, preserving the traditional white façades. Afternoon tour of the city.
Day 11 - Tarabuco Sunday Market
Full day excursion to Tarabuco market, where locals, dressed in their unique costumes, sit behind pyramids of coca leaves and fruit, whilst others sell their traditional woven goods.
Day 12 - Day-trip to Potosi
The day begins with a journey to Potosí, (4070m). Towering over the city, the Cerro Rico is an imposing, colourful mountain whose stores of precious metals, although seriously depleted, are still mined. An afternoon visit to the old Spanish Mint before returning to Sucre.
Days 13 - 14
Day 13 - La Paz
Transfer to Sucre airport and fly to La Paz, the world's highest capital city, (3,636m), where you stay for 2 nights. A bustling city settled in a large basin, where adobe houses cling precariously to the sheer sides.
Day 14 - La Paz
Your tour of the city follows a maze of streets and alleyways, leading us to the witches' market, where ladies sell colourful potions to cure all ills
Days 15 - 16
Day 15 - Lake Titicaca
Drive to Lake Titicaca, cross the straits of Tiquina and drive along the lake shore with the snow-capped mountains in the background. Visit the village of Copacabana, Bolivia's main pilgrimage centre and the Calvario hill high above the lake. Afternoon boat trip to Sun Island, walk to your hotel with a panoramic view of the lake. Time to walk and explore, relax and admire Lake Titicaca.
Day 16 - Puno
Morning on Sun Island to walk and explore. In the afternoon continue to Puno, staying at our lakeside hotel.
Days 17 - 18
Day 17 - Andean Explorer Train to Cusco
An early start for a classic railway journey to Cusco part of the Orient Express group as the train crosses the Andean landscape. You will sit at a table by the window to catch glimpses of small villages and isolated stations crop up, where people wait to sell their wares. From Cusco train station, we transfer to the Urubamba Valley "Sacred Valley of the Incas" for 2 nights.
Day 18 - Sacred Valley of the Incas
A full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Drive through the beautiful valley, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo, a massive temple fortress, spend time at Pisac market, where people come from miles around to buy and sell, and enjoy the views from the spectacular site of Pisac ruins.
Day 19 - Machu Picchu
Early transfer to the train station for a stunning journey along the Urubamba River. A glorious trip with fantastic views, culminating in the breath-taking Machu Picchu. Private guided tour of the archaeological site with our local guide.
Days 20 - 21
Day 20 - Return to Cusco
Morning free to explore or return to the site, before taking the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you stay for 2 nights.
Day 21 - Cusco
Full day to explore Cusco including a tour of this marvelous city and ruins in the surrounding area. Beautiful colonial buildings rest upon Inca foundations unchanged over the centuries and the mighty Inca fortress and religious site of Sacsayhuamán, an astounding megalithic structure, whose massive stones, weighing over 100 tons, fit together with incredible perfection.
Days 21 - 24
Day 22 - Lima
Morning flight to Lima. After checking in to your hotel, you will have an afternoon tour of the grand colonial squares and the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses fascinating artifacts from pre-Inca and Inca times.
Day 23 - Departure
Morning at leisure. Afternoon departure on your return flight home, overnight, arriving on Day 24