Cross Continent and Bolivian Heartland

A cross-continent odyssey from beaches to the high Andean mountains, via remote villages, cosmopolitan cities, Inca archaeology and dramatic landscapes.

Travel Highlights

  • Our panoramic cross-country individual tour to Brazil, Bolivia and Peru
  • Travel from Atlantic to Pacific, via vibrant cities, sub-tropical climes and the Andes
  • Visit the iconic beaches and famous sites of vibrant Rio de Janeiro
  • Experience the awesome power and natural beauty of the Iguazu Falls
  • Explore the stylish city of Buenos Aires, home to the passionate tango dance
  • Discover the contrasting Bolivian cities of Santa CruzSucre and La Paz
  • Venture to the origins of the Inca Empire at majestic Lake Titicaca
  • Visit dramatic ancient hilltop ruins and see rural life in the Sacred Valley
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas and their former capital Cusco

Journey Breakdown

The Viracocha Tour
Travel Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Departure flight

Day 2 - Full Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro at Leisure

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Departure

Depart on Friday on a daytime flight to Rio de Janeiro, arriving in the evening. You will be met at the airport by our representative who will take you to your hotel in the cosmopolitan beach area of Copacabana, staying for 3 nights. On arrival you will have an introduction to the local area which is an opportunity for our guide to provide advice, explain your programme, answer any questions you may have.

 

Day 2 - Full Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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 3 - Rio de Janeiro at Leisure

Day at leisure to explore the city and enjoy the beaches of Rio. There is also a wide choice of optional excursions available, including a tropical islands cruise and a scenic mountain bus ride to the colonial city of Petropolis.

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, Internet access, air conditioning, cable TV and minibar. Some have private balconies. The restaurant and bar serve Brazilian specialties and exotic local drinks.

Windsor Excelsior Hotel

Rio de Janeiro - First Hotel

A modern hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach with 233 rooms and suites, all with air conditioning, internet, mini bar, safe and en-suite bathroom with hair-dryer as well as 24-hour room service. All rooms have twin beds that can be pushed together and made up as doubles. The top floor has a wonderful view of the beach and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, a rooftop swimming pool, fitness lounge, sauna and bar for cool drinks. The hotel has a bar, a restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner with buffet and a-la-carte menus, and also offers a complementary beach service with towels, umbrellas for shade and sunbathing chairs.

Sofitel Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janeiro - Deluxe Hotel

The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro is a De Luxe hotel located at the end of Copacabana Beach and just three blocks from the upmarket and stylish areas of Ipanema and Leblon. The hotel has two restaurants as well as two swimming pools: to catch both the morning and afternoon sun. There is also a fitness centre with sauna and massage. The snack bar provides an excellent vantage point over the whole of Copacabana beach and bay. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with cable TV, mini bar, telephone and Sofitel's specially designed bed for extra comfort. The Superior rooms face the city, and the deluxe rooms have a balcony facing the ocean and the beach. 

Iguassu Falls Day 4

Day 4 - Visit Iguassu Falls

Itinerary Description

Day 4 - Visit 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. Spend one night at our hotel overlooking the falls.

Bourbon Cataratas Resort

Iguassu Falls - First Hotel

The Bourbon has a spacious area, excellent facilities, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a health club and two restaurants. It is located on the road between the town and the Iguassu Falls and the best hotel outside the National Park area. There are 300 rooms all with air-conditioning, able TV and bathroom.

Hotel das Cataratas

Iguassu Falls - Deluxe Hotel

The Hotel Cataratas is part of Orient Express Group and the only hotel right by the waterfalls within the National Park. The hotel is beautifully decorate, the rooms are stylish and it has a large swimming pool, two restaurant, bar, shops and tennis courts and a spa.

Buenos Aires Days 5 - 7

Day 5 - Travel to Buenos Aires

Day 6 - Tour of Buenos Aires

Day 7 - Buenos Aires At Leisure

Itinerary Description

Day 5 - Travel to Buenos Aires

After a morning at leisure to enjoy the forest and views of the falls, you will fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 6 - Tour of Buenos Aires

Today you will visit this cultural, cosmopolitan city, dubbed the 'Paris of Latin America'. We 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 7 - Buenos Aires At Leisure

Time at leisure to explore to city on your own, maybe watch a tango show in bohemian San Telmo.

De las Americas

Buenos Aires - 161

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 - 162

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.

Alvear Palace Hotel

Buenos Aires - 163

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.

 

Sucre & Potosí Days 8 - 11

Day 9 - Tour of Sucre

Day 10 - Tarabuco Sunday Market

Day 11 - Day-trip to Potosí

Itinerary Description

Day 8 - Fly to Santa Cruz

Fly to Santa Cruz, Bolivia's largest city and stay one night at leisure and have a dinner at one of the many good restaurants.

 

Day 9 - Tour of 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 10 - 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 11 - Day-trip to Potosí

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.

La Paz Days 12 - 13

Day 12 - Fly to La Paz

Day 13 - City tour La Paz

Itinerary Description

Day 12 - Fly to 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 13 - City tour La Paz

Our tour of the city follows a maze of streets and alleyways to visit plazas, churches, and the Indian half of the city where the streets are lined with stalls selling wonderful weavings, traditional musical instruments and jewellery, before leading us to the witches' market, where charismatic ladies sell a range of herbs, bottled potions and amulets to cure all illness.

Lake Titicaca Days 14 - 15

Day 14 - Sun Island

Day 15 - Puno

Itinerary Description

Day 14 - Sun Island

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 15 - Puno

Morning on Sun Island to walk and explore. In the afternoon continue to Puno on the Peruvian side, staying at our lakeside hotel.

Sacred Valley of the Incas Days 16 - 17

Day 16 - Andean Explorer Train to Cusco

Day 17 - Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Itinerary Description

Day 16 - Andean Explorer Train to Cusco

Board the luxury Andean Explorer Train to Cusco, crossing the dramatic Andean landscape. You will sit at a table by the window, where lunch and afternoon tea will be served, to catch glimpses of small villages and isolated stations, where people wait to sell their wares. On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in the Urubamba Valley "Sacred Valley of the Incas" for 2 nights.

 

Day 17 - Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

A full-day excursion in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Drive through the beautiful valley, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo, a massive temple fortress, spend time at the Pisac market, where people come from miles around to buy and sell, and enjoy the views from the spectacular site of Pisac ruins.

Pakaritampu

Sacred Valley of the Incas - Tourist Hotel

The Pakaritampu Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Sacred Valley; ideally situated for investigating the Valley, starting the Inca Trail, and taking the train to Aguas Calientes. The hotel has large gardens hosting a variety of local plants and flowers and is a series of four separate buildings, built according to the architectural style of Cuzco. From the hotel you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Ollantaytambo ruins. Each of the 37 rooms features its own private bathroom facilities and telephone. The hotel has a cosy living room with open fire, a reading room, restaurant and bar. There is also internet access and laundry service. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Casa Andina Private Collection

Sacred Valley of the Incas - First Hotel

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 10 km from Ollantaytambo train station. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers an Andean spa and a Gym, restaurant, bar, room service, telescope to view the night sky and business centre with internet access. From the hotel River Rafting, Trekking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding can be arranged. Each of the 85 rooms is equipped with Cable TV, heating, bathtub or Jacuzzi, hairdryer and safe deposit box. Accommodation includes room and breakfast. 

Sol Y Luna

Sacred Valley of the Incas - First Hotel

Located in Huicho in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Sol y Luna has a stunning setting between the snow-capped mountain ranges of the Cordillera del Vilcanota and the Cordillera del Vilcabamba. The hotel is a series of adobe bungalows, each with private facilities and a terrace, decorated in a rustic style and set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Each detail has been carefully chosen to reflect the ambience of the Andean culture in the Sacred Valley. The hotel also offers a unique combination of eco-tourism, adventure, sport and culture in a variety of outdoor activities. As well as hikes and treks in the surrounding areas, you can also choose from horseback riding, mountain biking and paragliding. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Machu Picchu Days 18 -19

Day 18 - Machu Picchu tour

Day 19 - Machu Picchu at Leisure

Itinerary Description

Day 18 - Machu Picchu tour

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.

 

Day 19 - Machu Picchu at Leisure

Morning free to explore Machu Picchu further or possible climb Huayna Picchu or walk to Intipunku, the Gate of the Sun, at the end of the Inca Trail. Afternoon train back to Cusco, where you will stay for 2 nights.

El Mapi

Machu Picchu - Boutique

A smart and contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes); the perfect spot to start enjoying a once in lifetime experience to the Citadel of Machu Picchu: the Lost City of the Incas. El Mapi hotel is located just a few steps from the main square and the train station, this hotel of only 48 rooms, offers its guests the opportunity to admire and interact with the picturesque Andean town of Machu Picchu town. The hotel welcomes all of its guests with great service in a friendly and cozy environment. With all the facilities in mind, the rooms are modern equipped with two twins or one king bed, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets covers, 32'' TV and cable, hair dryers and naturally scented toiletries.

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.

Inkaterra Pueblo

Machu Picchu - First Hotel

Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that combined with the lush vegetation of the grounds, create a sense of tranquility & relaxation.

Cusco Day 20

Day 20 - Cusco

Itinerary Description

Day 20 - Cusco

Full day to explore Cusco including a tour of this marvellous city and ruins in the surrounding area. Beautiful colonial buildings rest upon Inca foundations unchanged over the centuries. Visit 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.

Casa San Blas

Cusco - First Boutique

The Boutique Hotel Casa San Blas provides a service based on personalized attention within the context of a friendly, home-like atmosphere. The hotel is located in the historic artisans quarter of San Blas, just two and a half blocks from Cusco's main plaza. The rooms are decorated with a select collection of weavings designed to provide guests with an insight into the history and meaning of the mystical symbolism of the Andes. The hotel has been designed to harmonize with the colonial architecture of the San Blas neighborhood, based upon the restoration of a historic mansion while incorporating all the benefits of the modern world, warmth, comfort - in a perfect blend of old and new. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Costa Del Sol Picoaga

Cusco - First Hotel

The hotel Picoaga occupies an original Colonial mansion built for a Spanish nobleman, shown in its stonework arches and large countryyard. Located just 2 minutes from the mian square, it is the ideal base from which to explore the city. The 70 rooms are well decorated, comfortable and modern, all with private facilities.

Monasterio de Cusco

Cusco - Deluxe Hotel

Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, this building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. It has now become 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 124 rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a bar, restaurant and café.

La Casona

Cusco - Deluxe Hotel

The first luxury boutique hotel in Cusco, with a unique mix of culture and tradition. Carefully restored to retain its historical heritage, La Casona presents modern luxury without sacrificing authenticity. Eleven suites surround a sumptuous courtyard. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivily enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

Lima Days 21 - 22

Day 21 - Fly to Lima

Day 22 - Flight back home

Day 23 - Arrive home

Itinerary Description

Day 21 - Fly to Lima

Morning flight to Lima and transfer to our hotel in the elegant quarter of Miraflores. Afternoon tour, visiting the grand colonial squares and the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses fascinating artifacts from pre-Inca and Inca times.

 

Day 22 - Departure

Morning at leisure, before overnight direct flight home, arriving on Day 23. Or extend your trip to walk the Inca Trail or see the stunning nature in the Amazon.

Allpa

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.

Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima - First Hotel

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.

Country Club

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

Located in the residential area of San Isidro the most exclusive residential, financial and commercial district of Lima with a pleasant view facing the Lima Golf Club. At 7 miles from the International Airport.

Opened in 1927, the Country Club offers accommodations in either a single or double room equipped with cable TV, minibar, internet access, and air conditioning. Dine in the hotel restaurant or enjoy a cold drink at the bar. For something light try the hotel snack bar. Work out in the hotel gym or take a leisurely swim in the pool.

Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a park, 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. There is the formal Ambrosia restaurant for superb dining and the stylish Park Cafe for informal meals. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.

Travel Details
Viracocha

What's Included

  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 1 July - 12 Aug, 9 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,147 £5,935 - £5,477 £6,220 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £761 + £1,218 - + £743 + £1,217 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £2,202 + £2,919 - + £2,156 + £2,919 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 1 July - 12 Aug, 9 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €5,276 €6,222 - €5,672 €7,086 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €913 + €1,462 - + €892 + €939 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €2,642 + €3,503 - + €2,587 + €2,981 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 1 July - 12 Aug, 9 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $5,691 $6,715 - $6,120 $7,086 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $989 + $1,584 - + $966 + $1,582 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,862 + $3,796 - + $2,803 + $3,794 -

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