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17 Night Itinerary from £5,737
Journey from Rio de Janeiro to the mighty Iguassu Falls, explore Buenos Aires, Lima and Lake Titicaca and enjoy a luxury train journey across Andean mountain landscapes to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
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- Rio de Janeiro - 3 Nights
- Iguassu Falls - 1 Night
- Buenos Aires - 3 Nights
- Lima - 2 Nights
- Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
- Sacred Valley & Cusco - 3 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 1 Night
- Cusco - 2 Nights
- Travel to Brazil, Argentina and Peru, for a perfect overview of South America
- Discover the remains of ancient empires shrouded in mystery, the sounds and colours of traditional Indian markets and the melodic rhythms of vibrant Brazil
- Explore magnificent Rio de Janeiro, visiting its famous beaches and iconic sights, as well as its historic centre and lush Atlantic cloud forest
- Experience the mighty Iguassu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides
- Visit the coastal city of Lima, famed for its world class culinary scene
- Take a boat trip on beautiful Lake Titicaca meeting the local villagers
- Journey by train on the luxurious Andean Explorer through Andean mountain landscapes to the Inca capital Cusco
- Marvel at Machu Picchu, shrouded in cloud forest, and the Scared Valley's hilltop ruins
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Rio de Janeiro - 3 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Day 2 - Full day guided tour of Rio
Day 3 - At leisure in Rio
- Full Description
Friday, 03 February 2023
Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Fly from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving later the same evening. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transport to be taken to your hotel fro a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Your guide will give you a short introduction to your surroundings and explain the rest of your stay in Rio that can be adapted to your own interests.
Saturday, 04 February 2023
Full day guided tour of Rio
Today enjoy a full day in the company of your Veloso Tours guide visiting Rio's famous landmarks including the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain with fabulous views of the city. You will pass through the lush forest of Tijuca, with its tropical trees, waterfalls and pleasant shade, before visiting the old centre of Rio.
Sunday, 05 February 2023
At leisure in Rio
Spend the day exploring at leisure. There are many things to do according to your interests. Book a Veloso Tours optional excursion (payable locally).
Rio de Janeiro - Tourist Hotel
The Ipanema Inn has a wonderful location in the trendy residential district of Ipanema with numerous shops, bars and restaurant and only 300 meters from the beach.
All the rooms have private facilities, free WiFi, air conditioning, cable TV and minibar. Some have private balconies. The restaurant and bar serve Brazilian specialties and exotic local drinks.
Rio de Janeiro - First Hotel
The Arena Copacabana is in a wonderful location overlooking Copacabana Beach.
The decoration is light and modern, with 135 comfortable and spacious rooms, fully equipped with WiFi, air-conditioning and sound proof windows.
The top floor terrace, pool and sauna have a panoramic view of the beach and the ground floor restaurant serves international cuisine.
Rio de Janeiro - Deluxe Hotel
This grand, European-style hotel is a listed building with 226 rooms, a large swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna, rooftop tennis court, shops, business centre, piano bar and three of Rio's finest elegant restaurants.
All the rooms are large and spacious, decorated in a classic elegant style, fully air-conditioned with cable TV, electronic safe deposit box, voice mail, 24-hour room service, mini bar and complimentary WiFi. The separate Tower Annexe building is set back from the street and overlooking the pool, where all the rooms are suites with balconies.
Iguassu Falls - 1 Night
Day 4 - Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls
- Full Description
Monday, 06 February 2023
Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls
Transfer to Rio airport for flight to Iguassu. We take a guided tour of the Brazilian side of these mighty falls, walking on walkways above the thunder of the gushing water. Nothing will prepare you for your first sight of this natural wonder; it is truly awesome. The well maintained and located walkways above the falls will provide some superb photo opportunities.
We then cross the border to Argentina and check into our lodge located close to the Iguassu Falls where we over night including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Iguazu Falls - Tourist Lodge
Located in the forest outside of the town of Puerto Iguazu, and 15 minutes from the falls, La Cantera Jungle Lodge has rooms distrubited in a series of bungalows connected by raised walkways. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, with a balcony looking out into the forest as well as private facilities and air conditioning. The hotel has a restaurant and a swimming pool with a terrace area for relaxing.
Iguazu Falls - First Hotel
Set within the Iguazu National Park the Gran Melia Iguazu Hotel is a three-story hotel with spectaculars views of the magnificent Iguazu Falls. It is the only hotel with rooms that look directly over the Falls.
The superb public facilities include an infinity pool with views of the Iguazu Falls, the Yasi Spa and health club, 4 bars (the rooftop bar is a great place to enjoy a drink and the fantastic views) and the Merkado Restaurant serving international and Argentine specialities.
The hotel has 177 guest rooms split by deluxe, red level and suite categories. All rooms are air-conditioned and extremely well-appointed with private bathroom, king size beds, safe, mini bar, TV and luxury in room amenities.
From the hotel, you can easily walk to the nearby trails to observe the Falls, ideal for those who want to beat the tourist crowds and have more flexibility. The hotel also offers tango lessons, yoga classes and photographic tours.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Buenos Aires - 3 Nights
Day 5 - Iguazu Falls Argentinian side & fly to Buenos Aires
Day 6 - Guided tour of Buenos Aires
Day 7 - At leisure in Buenos Aires
- Full Description
Tuesday, 07 February 2023
Iguazu Falls Argentinean side and Buenos Aires
This morning, we take a guided tour of the falls from the Argentinian side (the larger of the two sides), where you will explore this vast area on secure walkways over numerous cascades reaching the largest waterfall of all - Devil's Throat. You will feel refreshed and invigorated.
Later in the day, we transfer to the airport and fly south to Buenos Aires for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
Wednesday, 08 February 2023
Guided tour of Buenos Aires
Today enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires - 'The Paris of South America'. We visit the colourful district of La Boca, the main square with the Casa Rosada and Presidential Palace. And continue to the bohemian district of Palermo and elegant Parque de Recoleta with its smart bars and street cafes. In the evening, enjoy the famous nightlife of Buenos Aires - perhaps taking in a tango show.
Thursday, 09 February 2023
At leisure in Buenos Aires
Explore Buenos Aires at your leisure today. Your guide can offer a wide range of optional excursions depending on your interests.
Buenos Aires - Tourist Hotel
An elegant hotel with spacious rooms and situated in the heart of the Barrio Norte, an elegant residential and commercial district, within comfortable walking distance of the exclusive shops of the Santa Fe and 9 de Julio avenues. All 162 rooms have private facilities, TV and telephone, mini-bar, and air-conditioning. There is 24 hour room service, a restaurant, two bars and a weekend tango show.
Buenos Aires - First Hotel
The Loi Suites Hotel is located in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires, close to the best shops and the trendy cafes overlooking the park. The hotel has 112 fully equipped rooms and suites combining style comfort and technology, and all decorated with tasteful beiges and creams creating a relaxing home away from home. There is a restaurant, bar, indoor heated swimming pool and health club.
Buenos Aires - Deluxe Hotel
In 1932 a classic was born in Buenos AIres, the Alvear Palace Hotel, a genuine palace right in the heart of the city. Constructed of materials imported from France, the hotel became one of the most characteristic buildings in town, strictly keeping the Louis XVI style.
Situated in the elegant quarter of Recoleta, close to the Park, lined with excellent restaurants and street cafes. Rooms are spacious and service and decor are first class
Recently the hotel has been completely refurbished, sticking to the original glory.
Lima - 2 Nights
Day 8 - Fly to Lima
Day 9 - Guided tour of Lima
- Full Description
Friday, 10 February 2023
Fly to Lima
Morning at leisure in Buenos Aires. In the afternoon, fly to Lima, and transfer to your hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Your guide will introduce you to Lima and advise on the best restaurants and bistros to enjoy. The Peruvian/Asian fusion cuisine is fast becoming a major attraction in Peru's capital city.
Saturday, 11 February 2023
Guided tour of Lima
Today we explore Lima on aguided tour visiting the delights of this colonial capital, its main squares, the Presidential Palace and ornate church. We also visit the Larco Herrera Museum which houses a fine collection of pre-Colombian artefacts.
Lima - Tourist Hotel
This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.
Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Lima - First Hotel
The 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel is located near the Kennedy Park and a few minutes away from the main shopping centres and restaurants of Miraflores. It’s a hotel that combines a contemporary Andean design.
The air-conditioned superior rooms are well-appointed with private bathroom, hair dryer, coffee making facilities, safe, iron and other facilities. The hotel also offers room service, FREE Wi-Fi, sauna, Jacuzzi, lounge, bar and gym. The La Plaza & Grill restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and also a variety of dishes.
Lima - Deluxe Hotel
The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.
A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.
Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.
Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
Day 10 - Fly to Lake Titicaca
Day 11 - Exploring Lake Titicaca
- Full Description
Sunday, 12 February 2023
Fly to Lake Titicaca
Transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Juliaca, from where we travel to Puno on the shore of magical Lake Titicaca. We stay for 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Time to relax at your hotel and enjoy the views of the lake framed with snow-covered peaks.
Monday, 13 February 2023
Exploring Lake Titicaca
Today enjoy a full day excursion onto the lake, visiting the floating islands of Uros where you will meet the villagers whose lifestyles have remained the same for many years. It is extra-ordinary how these friendly peoples life on floating islands on the lake. We continue to the isolated rocky island of Taquile, famous for their weaving that is done mainly by the men on the island.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel
The Casa Andina Premium, Puno is a few minutes’ walk outside of Puno city centre, including Lima Street which is very popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
The hotel lobby boasts a stone fireplace, ideal for warming up after being out in cold weather. It has 53 rooms, all with TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, en-suite bathroom and mini-bar. The restaurant serves typical Andean cuisine.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - Deluxe Lodge
Experience Lake Titicaca on a secluded private peninsula. Titilaka, a luxury refuge features sumptuous lake view suites, intimate fireside dining, wraparound terraces, heated outdoor pool. A serene setting, surrounded by incomparably blue waters, graced with dramatic dawns and spectacular sunsets. This all-inclusive 18-suite exploration lodge includes private transport to & from the airport in Juliaca and from Puno train station, full board, bar and a choice of two, three or four day programmes with a-la-carte excursions in Land Rover or boat. Rooms are facing the lake and all have private bathrooms with heated floors. Daily activities include nature and archeology adventures, visiting living cultures, bike excursions, colonial churches, islands like Taquile and the nearby man-made floating islands of the Uros people.
Sacred Valley & Cusco - 3 Nights
Day 12 - Andean Explorer train to Cusco
Day 13 - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 14 - Guided tour of Cusco & nearby Inca sites
- Full Description
Tuesday, 14 February 2023
Andean Explorer train to Cusco
This morning, join the luxurious Andean Explorer train for a spectacular daytime journey passing stunning landscapes, remote farms, towering mountains and tiny hillside villages. The trip from Puno to Cusco on one of the world's highest rail journeys is a real highlight of this tour. On arrival in Cusco, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
Wednesday, 15 February 2023
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Today we enjoy an included full day guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas exploring its small villages, hillside terraced fields and the Incas ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac. We also visit the colourful market at Chinchero returning to Cusco late in the afternoon.
Thursday, 16 February 2023
Guided tour of Cusco & nearby Inca sites
Morning at leisure in Cusco. In the afternoon, your guide will show you the best of Cusco including the colonial-era cathedral. We will also visit the Temple of the Sun and explore the nearby Inca ruins at Sacsayhuamán.
Cusco - Tourist Hotel
Situated in the heart of the Incan empire, only a few steps away from the main plaza, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceiling and plenty of natural light. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hills and chic common areas with modern decor. The hotel is only 150 metres from the Inca Museum and steps away from the main Plaza de Armas.
Public areas include an open rooftop terrace, lounge, restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available.
The well-appointed rooms have twin/double beds, cable TV and private bathoom with shower.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Cusco - First Hotel
This beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 4 blocks from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas, is complete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.
The hotel has 93 air-conditioned rooms offering private bathroom, safe, minibar, safe, TV, kettle and FREE Wi-fi. The Alma Restaurant & Bar offers an enjoyable breakfast buffet and a varied menu.
Cusco - Luxury Hotel
Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, the building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a luxury hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. The Belmond Monasterio de Cusco is Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located.
All of the 122 air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a lobby bar, two restaurants and deli/café.
Several activities are available including art tours, cooking classes and pisco lessons.
The rooms and on a bed and breakfast basis.
Machu Picchu - 1 Night
Day 15 - Visit Machu Picchu
- Full Description
Friday, 17 February 2023
Visit Machu Picchu
Today, we depart on the Vistadome train from Cusco following the beautiful Urubamba River leading us to the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of this extra-ordinary wonder of the ancient world. Your guide will bring to life this mountain top citadel of the Inca empire. It is a truly memorable experience. After visiting Machu Picchu, we check into a nearby hotel for a 1-night stay including breakfast.
Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel
Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.
Machu Picchu - First Lodge
The brand new Sumaq hotel is located in Aguas Calientes, owned by a Peruvian family that have made reality their dream of building a luxury hotel close to the most emblematic archaeological site in Peru: Machu Picchu. The hotel provides guests with the highest levels of comfort in an appropriatel magnificent setting, and the design and decoration of the hotel have benefited from a continuous research and recreate many aspects of Inca culture.
Machu Picchu - Deluxe Lodge
Set in its own gardens and the only hotel in such close proximity to the magical ruins, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge offers twenty-nine well-appointed rooms and two suites. Also located just outside the gates to the Lost city of the Incas, this beautiful hotel is the only one to command views of the site. An Orient Express owned hotel, the service is impeccable and the food is excellent. Accommodation includes room, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In nearby Aguas Calientes hot springs you can enjoy a soothing bath at the end of a long day of exploring. Enjoy lunch in the cafeteria overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you can choose from a wide variety of dishes and enjoy a spectacular view. There is also an indoor dining room where a delicious breakfast buffet and international cuisineare available.
The Lodge has 31 rooms and one suite, bar, restaurant, self service autlet and a cliffhanging snack bar, with one of tha best views of the Sacred Mountain. All rooms have Television, laundry service, mini bar, Idd telephone.
Cusco - 2 Nights
Day 16 - Return to Cusco
Day 17 - Cusco
Day 18 - Fly to Lima and flight home
Day 19 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Saturday, 18 February 2023
Return to Cusco
This morning is free to explore the area around Machu Picchu at your leisure. You may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, there is a gentle climb, back along the Inca Trail, to Intipunku: the Gate of the Sun, and the first sight one has of the complex if walking the Inca Trail. In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train for a 2 night stay with breakfast included.
Sunday, 19 February 2023
Cusco is one of those places in the world that is so appealing you really won't want to leave. It is a sheer joy observing the locals in their colourful clothing mingle with the tourists in this elegant colonial mountain setting. People-watching in a local cafe is a popular pastime in this enchanting city. So enjoy your final day in the land of the Incas; no doubt still fathoming how the Incas could build such imposing castles, towns and cities high in the Andes.
Our guide is also on hand today if you want to book any additional optional excursions.
Monday, 20 February 2023
Fly to Lima and flight home
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, connecting to your international overnight flight back to the UK.
Tuesday, 21 February 2023
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||Rest of the year||1 July - 12 Aug, 16-31 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£5,737||£6,982||£4,945||£6,199|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£6,520||£8,550||£5,737||£7,767|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£7,398||£9,704||£6,597||£8,922|
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