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Arrival by Emirates Airways flight at 2040 hrs. and transfer to the hotel.
We will enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires which includes a visit to the La Boca neighborhood known for its colorful tin constructions. After lunch we would head back to the hotel and then in the evening, we will witness a Tango performance followed by dinner.
After breakfast, we will proceed to the airport to take a flight down south to San Carlos de Bariloche, the capital of the Lake District in the Argentinian Patagonia. The Nahuel Huapi Lake surrounds the town and our night stay will be on the shore of the blue waters. We will first take a chair lift to the Mt. Campanario to enjoy the views of the surrounding from the top. Lunch would be enjoyed with a view after which we will head back down hill and drive around to stop at viewpoints for pictures of this vast lake scenery. The evening is ideally spent in the hotel as you view the color of the lake changing as the sun sets.
Today would be a day of driving around with either a river or a lake to give us company. We will also witness the Patagonian dry grasslands in contrast with the water. Part of the drive will be on a pebble road as we pass Villa Traful for a cup of hot chocolate after driving through the raw landscape of the Argentinian Patagonia. There will be various stops to enjoy the changing scenery before we arrive in Angostura for lunch. Drive back to Bariloche and spend time in the centre to perhaps buy some locally made chocolates.
The highlight of our time in North Patagonia promises to be today. Our journey will take us through a combination of water and land travel. We will pass some of the most breathtaking scenery of this region and overall of continental South America. We will make the scenic crossing on three lakes, Nahuel Huapi, Lake Fria, and Lake Todos Los Santos. There will be an immigration check when the border is crossed and we enter lush green Chile. Later in the evening, we will arrive in Puerto Varas to enjoy a stay overlooking the Volcano and the Llanquhue Lake.
The morning is at leisure after an active earlier day. We will visit the regional capital, Puerto Montt. After spending time at the viewpoint from where the Pacific islands are visible, we shall visit the local market. Lunch would be local and with a view. Later in the evening enjoy a leisurely walk in the town center of Puerto Varas, with its many cafes and local shops.
We will proceed to the airport to board the domestic flight, first to Santiago and then spend 2 -3 hours in Transit at the Santiago Airport before boarding the international flight to Lima. Arrive in Lima in the evening and check-in at the airport hotel. Dinner will be Peruvian.
In the morning we will board a flight to the Amazon region of Peru. Puerto Maldonado is where the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers merge and this would be the start of our two days Jungle Adventure. We will sail on one of the two rivers to reach the Jungle River Lodge for our two nights stay. In the evening we have a walk to observe the nocturnal insects. A post-dinner briefing would be held to talk about the activities for the following day.
You will have an option to enjoy various forest excursions depending on your physical abilities. The excursions are planned in three different times of the day, to catch the wildlife and birds of the Amazon. The lodge is located beautifully on the banks of the river.
Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco. We will be served with pack lunch. On our arrival in Cusco, we would drive to down to a much lower altitude to the Sacred Valley. This helps us to acclimatize. Our hotel for the next three nights will be in the sacred valley which is blessed with the river Urubamba.
In the morning, transfer to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo to leave by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, the base of Machu Pichu. The train journey is scenic and parallel to the gushing waters of the Urubamba. Once in Aguas Calientes, we will take the bus to the entrance of the ruins of Machu Picchu where the guided tour will start. We will return back to our hotel in the valley for dinner.
We will start our day leisurely. A day to enjoy the valley is a beautiful way to understand the way of life of people. After having breakfast, we will visit a local Andean Museum to learn about the weaving and other handicrafts of the region. Lunch will be in the market of Pisac, which is also a good place to buy local products. The evening is free to enjoy around the hotel.
Post lunch, we will proceed to Cusco. On the way, we will visit the most important temple in the Inca Empire, Qorikancha Later, we will visit the Central Square and the Cathedral. The evening would take us to San Blas, the artisanal neighborhood of Cusco also called as the Balcony of Cusco.
We will board the flight to Juliaca, on the high plateau of Peru. Our drive to Puno from the Juliaca airport will take us an hour. Once in Puno, we will have lunch and later enjoy a boat ride on the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. The lake at an altitude of 14500 ft above sea level is divided between Peru and Bolivia. We will visit the exotic Uros Islands, which are made of reed grass. We would learn about the Uros way of life and hear the Aymara language of the locals. In the evening we will take the flight back to Lima. On arrival check in our city center hotel.
It is important to relax today with a city tour that takes you through both historical and modern Lima. The historical Lima is in the political center where the Plaza de Armas is located with its artistic wooden balconies. We will then visit the Larco Museum, a private display of collectibles from various regions of Peru. In the evening we will have time to visit the modern part of lima which faces the Pacific ocean.
In the morning after a leisurely breakfast, we will drive down south on the Pacific coast. This is an interesting drive which runs parallel to the Ocean on a desert road. Only where the rivers from the Andes flow into the ocean, are patches of green, which are used to grow 50% of Peruvian fruits. We will visit a local distillery where we will have a tasting session of Pisco. Lunch would classic sea food-friendly in the late afternoon in Paracas. We will then arrive to our hotel located on the shores of the Paracas Bay. The evening is best enjoyed watching the sunset, walking on the beach.
In the morning visit the Ballestas Islands (the southern neighbors of the Galapagos in Ecuador) to see the beautiful flora and fauna like the Penguins, Sea Lion, and the Marine Birds. In the afternoon enjoy lunch at a regional restaurant. Later proceed back to Lima for an overnight stay. The purpose of visiting the coast is to explore the 3rd region of Peru after the Jungle and the Andes.
After breakfast, we will board the flight to Foz do Iguazu. After arrival, we will proceed to check in our hotel in the town of Foz Do Iguazu in Brazil. Enjoy a traditional Brazilian dinner.
Today we would need to cross the border twice and therefore passports are needed to be carried. We will arrive on the Argentinian side of the falls and start with the train ride to the ‘Devils Throat’ station. The walkway will take us to the edge of the falls where falls are at their most powerful. We will also witness other waterfalls on one of the circuit of the falls. The most exciting part of the day will come when you would get into a speed boat and go under the falls to get soaking wet. At the end of the day, we will drive back to Foz in Brazil.
The Iguassu falls are one of the new seven natural wonders of the world. The view from the Brazilian side is different than what we witnessed from Argentina. We would get a much wider view of the falls today. After lunch, we will head to the airport to board a flight to Rio de Janeiro.