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Modern & Ancient Civilisations

17 Night Itinerary from  £4,650

Montecristi Tour

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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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • 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.

Tour Itinerary

Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro

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 

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Sunday, 21 April 2024

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.

Monday, 22 April 2024

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.

Tuesday, 23 April 2024

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).

Ipanema Inn Hotel

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.

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Arena Copacabana

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.

1776 Arena Copacabana

Copacabana Palace

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.

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Aerial of Hotels & Waterfalls

Iguassu Falls - 1 Night

Day 4 - Fly to the Iguassu Falls

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Wednesday, 24 April 2024

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.


La Cantera

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.

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Gran Melia Iguazu

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.

Gran Melia Iguazu overlooking the falls
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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 

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Thursday, 25 April 2024

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.

Friday, 26 April 2024

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.


Saturday, 27 April 2024

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.

De las Americas

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.


Loi Suites Recoleta

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.

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Alvear Palace Hotel

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.


1939 Alvear Palace Hotel

Lima - 2 Nights

Day 8 - Fly to Lima 

Day 9 - Guided tour of Lima  

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Sunday, 28 April 2024

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.

Monday, 29 April 2024

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.

Allpa Hotel

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

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.

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Belmond Miraflores Park

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park 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.

Miraflores Park Plaza
Picnic connecting with Nature on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights

Day 10 - Fly to Lake Titicaca

Day 11 - Exploring Lake Titicaca 

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024

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.

Wednesday, 01 May 2024

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. 

Casa Andina Premium

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.

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Titilaka Lodge

Puno & Lake Titicaca - Deluxe Lodge

Experience Lake Titicaca on a secluded private peninsula staying in a luxury lodge on the lake shore.

Titilaka Lodge features sumptuous lake view suites, intimate fireside dining, wraparound terraces, and a heated outdoor pool. A serene setting, surrounded by incomparably blue waters, graced with dramatic dawns and spectacular sunsets.

The lodge is all-inclusive, with 18 suites and includes private transport to and 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 choice of excursions in Land Rover or by boat. Rooms are facing the lake and all have private bathrooms with heated floors.

Daily included activities on offer are nature and archeology adventures, kayaking, visiting living cultures, bike excursions, colonial churches, islands like Taquile and the nearby man-made floating Uros islands, local markets, cloth weavers, canoeing, a reed boat ride, and a picnic overlooking the lake.

Overlooking Lake Titicaca
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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 

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Thursday, 02 May 2024

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. 

Friday, 03 May 2024

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. 

Saturday, 04 May 2024

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.

Maytaq Wasin

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.


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Casa Andina Premium

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. 

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Belmond Monasterio de Cusco

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.

Belmond Monasterio
Llamas at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - 1 Night

Day 15 - Visit Machu Picchu

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Sunday, 05 May 2024

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.  

Casa Andina Classic

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.

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Sumaq Machu Picchu

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.


Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Hotels

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.


Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Cusco Main Square Garden & Church

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

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Monday, 06 May 2024

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. 

Tuesday, 07 May 2024


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.

Wednesday, 08 May 2024

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.

Thursday, 09 May 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 1 July - 12 Aug, 16-31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,650 £5,103 £7,391 £4,865 £5,333 £7,556
Single Traveller - Own Room £6,155 £7,333 £8,847 £7,307 £8,396 £10,753

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What's Included

  • 19 Days / 17 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
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