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Rambling through South America: Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil - ALL OVER SOUTH AMERICA

ITINERARY

Day 1: Monday - Arrival

You arrive and will lodge in Quito, the first city UNESCO declared as a World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Tuesday - Colonial Quito and the Intiñan Museum

The morning begins with a short trip to the northern section of Quito, to latitude 0’0’0’, the Equator, and to the Intiñan Museum, also called the Path of the Sun. After the visit, you will enjoy a marvelous sightseeing tour of the city, reaching the Main Square in the historic city center. Also on the schedule is a stop at the Santo Domingo church and convent.

Lodging in Quito.

Day 3: Wednesday - Andean handicrafts and markets

You will travel north of Quito to the Imbabura Province, land of impressive lakes. There, you will visit the small town of Otavalo, famous for its Indian market and the community members’ skill at handcrafting colorful clothing. Lunch will be provided at a nearby hotel or ranch, and the menu features delicious traditional dishes from the area.

Lodging in Quito.

*Optional
Nighttime in Quito
A wonderful excursion through historic Colonial Quito, the first city to be declared World Heritage.

Day 4: Thursday - Lima: City tour - colonial and contemporary Lima - Larco Museum

Transfer and arrival to the city of Lima. The afternoon is set aside for an excursion to historic downtown Lima, which includes stops at the most representative architectural landmarks. Later on, you will continue the tour to the city’s modern sectors: the exclusive district of San Isidro and Miraflores, with a stop at the "Parque del Amor" (a sort of lover’s lane) and its incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. You will also explore the Larco Museum, which exhibits the largest private collection of Pre-Colombian Peruvian art.

Lodging in Lima.

Day 5 : Friday - Cusco: half day city tour, Sacsayhuaman and ruins

Transfer and arrival at the city of Cuzco. Today, you will tour the Imperial City, a living example of the blend of the Andean and Spanish cultures. It begins at the Santo Domingo Convent, built overtop the ruins of the Koricancha, the main temple dedicated to the sun god. Next landmark is the Main Square, where you will visit the Cathedral and the Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). Following that will be a short drive to the outskirts of the city to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay archeological sites.

Lodging in Cusco.

Day 6: Saturday - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo

Your adventure this day is in the Sacred Valley of the Incas through which runs the Urubamba River and where mighty mountains like Veronica, Chicon, and Pitusiray, each over 5000 meters, guard the valley. Along the way, you will make a stop to marvel at the classic view of the valley, and then your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively market. Lastly, you will visit Ollantaytambo.

Lodging in the Sacred Valley.

Day 7: Sunday - Machu Picchu: "Lost City of the Incas"

You are going to visit one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and Peruvian iconic destination: Machu Picchu. You will board the train that will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes and from there ascend by bus to the archeological site. It is going to be an experience you will never forget. There will be a guided tour and, afterwards, free time for you explore the ruins on your own. Later, you will enjoy an exquisite buffet lunch at a local restaurant, and then board the train back to the city of Cuzco in the afternoon.

Lodging in Cusco.

Day 8: Monday - Transfer to Santiago de Chile

*Optional

Nighttime in Santiago, dinner and a show, featuring traditional Chilean music and dances
An exquisite dinner awaits you at the Los Buenos Muchachos Restaurant, a traditional Santiago establishment, famous for its steaks and folk dances, like the Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Day 9: Tuesday - Half day panoramic tour of the city

This day promises to give you the best views of Santiago, and you will see the different sides of this city, starting in the old residential district and Barrio Universitario and moving on to the historic city and financial center, whose major landmarks include the La Moneda Palace, Main Square, and other important buildings lining it. Afterwards, you will tour Parque Forestal, the district where the Fine Arts Museum is located, and lastly Barrio Bellavista, the Bohemian quarter.

Lodging in Santiago.

*Optional
Half day excursion to the Concha y Toro winery and Maipo
You will travel to the Concha y Toro winery, located in Pirque. You will walk through the vineyard’s old park and marvel at the lovely exterior of the mansion. Relax with a glass of Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc and Casillero del Diablo Carménère. The tour also includes the vineyard’s main attractions: the old underground wine cellars, particularly the most known "Casillero del Diablo".

Day 10: Wednesday - Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

Depart from Santiago with your course set for the magical port city of Valparaiso, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour continues to the neighborhood Cerro Alegre and the Museo al Cielo Abierto (Open Sky Museum), whose walls and stairways have been painted by local artists. Last stop is Viña del Mar and a panoramic tour of this resort city. Return to your hotel in Santiago.

Day 11: Thursday - Dinner and tango show

Tango dancers, singers, and live bands is the treat you are in for at any of the city’s famous tango bars. Dinner included.

Day 12: Friday - Half day excursion in the city of Buenos Aires

Get to know Buenos Aires and its main landmarks, from the historic city center to the hospitable streets of the neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca. You will also pass through elegant Barrio Norte on the way to famous Recoleta Cemetery. You end the visit in the upscale quarter of Palermo to see its magnificent mansions and parks.

Lodging in Buenos Aires.

Day 13: Saturday - Free day in Buenos Aires

Today is a free day for you to go out and do what you want to do.
Lodging in Buenos Aires.

*Optional
Full day excursion: Fiesta Gaucha at Santa Susana
Today, you will visit a typical ranch in the Argentina prairie. This farm is renowned for its grain and beef production. You are in for a treat during lunch since you will taste the turnovers Argentina is famous for, indulge in a traditional "asado" (barbecue), and be served choice wines. Afterwards, enjoy the "Fiesta Gaucha" (loosely translated as "cowboy fest"), a traditional live Gaucho show featuring a horse race known as the "carrera de sortijas" (ring race), or horseback rides.

Day 14: Sunday - Iguazu Falls (Argentinas side)

Today, you will head to the city of Iguazu in northeastern Argentina, where a tropical rainforest shelters the sublimely beautiful Iguazu Falls. There are observation decks and lookouts that afford excellent views of the gigantic cascade of water as the Iguazu River drops nearly 80 meters to its final, awe inspiring destination, la Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). You will be truly amazed!

Lodging in Iguazu.

Day 15: Monday - Visit to the brazilian side of Iguazu Falls / Rio de Janeiro

You will take a bus across the border to Iguassu Falls National Park in Brazil. The tour starts off with a visit to the heart of the park, where you will walk along pathways and see the beauty of the falls. Afterwards, you will return to the upper deck, riding a glass elevator. You will then be transferred to the airport, where you will board the flight to Rio de Janeiro. 
Lodging in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 16: Tuesday - Full day excursion to Corcovado and Pan de Azucar hills

Today, you will head out of your hotel in the direction of Cosme Velho, where the train and cable car station is located. Upon arrival, you will board a cable car that will take you to the top of 710 meter Corcovado Hill, crowned by the statue Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), one of Rio’s most famous images. Its raised platform grants you the most incredible view of the nearby beaches, downtown area, and Guanabara Bay. Your schedule also includes a trip to Praia Vermelha, to another cable car station. This time, the ride will take you to Pan de Azucar Hill.

Lodging in Rio de Janeiro.

*Optional
Nighttime in Rio with dinner and a samba show
After enjoying dinner at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, you will go to the Plataforma Samba Show and experience an unforgettable spectacle of Brazilian samba and popular traditions, which will carry you to the magical world of Carnival in Rio.

Day 17: Wednesday - Departure

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your return flight home.

*Optional
Additional night in Rio de Janeiro.

All of our adventure programs are inspired by destinations that evoke mystery and are charged with mystical energy. Our brand, Liv, Condor Travel is always on the lookout for the best routes on each journey.


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