Sensational South America

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Overview

Featuring Colonial Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; then Brazil for the simply astounding Iguazu Falls
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures Scheduled Dates: 9 open departures, September – December 2019
Price Includes
  • Round trip airfare from Miami via LATAM Airlines, including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • All intra-South America flights
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • 9 nights accommodation in first class hotels
  • 12 Meals: 9 breakfasts plus 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guides
Optional
  • Optional second visit to Machu Picchu or opportunity to climb to Huayna Picchu
  • Exciting excursions from Cusco to Tipon & Andahuaylillas and/or Chinchero & Maras (or Moray)
Highlights
  • Visit the Larco Herrera Museum and its pre-Columbian artifacts
  • Wander through the Pisac Market
  • Discover Ollantaytambo Fortress
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  • Marvel at the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a city tour of Cusco including Koricancha
  • Explore Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara
  • Stand in awe of the powerful Iguazu Falls
  • Feast on a traditional Brazilian buffet & take in a folklore show
Departs Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)
Themes History & CultureNature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, partially escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.
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Sensational South America itinerary

Indisputably, Machu Picchu in Peru and Iguazu Falls straddling Argentina and Brazil, are two iconic South America destinations. They're tough to combine in one, affordable tour because for starters, they're on opposite sides of the continent. But that's no problem for Friendly Planet travelers with a week's worth of vacation and a desire to experience the best of South America for a price that literally screams "amazing deal!"

You'll visit Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco, and Iguazu Falls. All flights, hotels, transfers and plenty of touring are included on this South American tour. Friendly Planet makes travel in South America easy and affordable. But hurry space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save $400 per person if you book by Apr. 11, 2019!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
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Departs: Tue, Sep 3, 2019
Returns: Fri, Sep 13, 2019
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Sep 3 – Sep 13 $3599 –$400 Apr 11 $3199 Select
Departs: Tue, Sep 17, 2019
Returns: Fri, Sep 27, 2019
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Sep 17 – Sep 27 $3599 –$400 Apr 11 $3199 Select
Departs: Tue, Sep 24, 2019
Returns: Fri, Oct 4, 2019
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Sep 24 – Oct 4 $3599 –$400 Apr 11 $3199 Select
Departs: Tue, Oct 1, 2019
Returns: Fri, Oct 11, 2019
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Oct 1 – Oct 11 $3699 –$400 Apr 11 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Oct 29, 2019
Returns: Fri, Nov 8, 2019
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Oct 29 – Nov 8 $3699 –$400 Apr 11 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov 12, 2019
Returns: Fri, Nov 22, 2019
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Nov 12 – Nov 22 $3699 –$400 Apr 11 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov 19, 2019
Returns: Fri, Nov 29, 2019
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Nov 19 – Nov 29 $3699 –$400 Apr 11 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov 26, 2019
Returns: Fri, Dec 6, 2019
Book by Thu, Apr 11, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 26 – Dec 6 $3699 –$400 Apr 11 $3299 Select
Departs: Tue, Dec 3, 2019
Returns: Fri, Dec 13, 2019
Book by Thu, Apr 11, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 3 – Dec 13 $3699 –$400 Apr 11 $3299 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Sensational South America
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$799
Optional Excursions
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit +$100
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance +$115
Chinchero & Maras (or Moray) Excursion +$89
Tipon & Andahuaylillas Excursion +$75
Late Check-out1
Late check-out +$43
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$43

1. Regular check-out is at 12:00 pm. Subject to availability.

Separately Paid Fees
Brazil eVisa Fee1 (paid separately) +$45

1. All US citizens visiting Brazil must obtain a visa in advance of travel. Visas can also be obtained at your local consulate ($160) or via a visa service (approximately $260)

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima

Accommodations: 2 nights Marriott Courtyard Miraflores, Lima.

  • Depart Miami on your flight bound for Lima, Peru
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
  • Please refer to your flight schedule for departure times, you must check in at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your flight's departure

Day 2: Lima

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast visit the Larco Herrera Museum
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch
  • In the afternoon embark on a panoramic tour of Lima

Plaza de Armas, LimaFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, your exploration begins with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, boasting one of the greatest private collections of pre-Columbian artifacts. Its permanent exhibition includes a variety of colorful textiles, ceramics and jewelry, but perhaps its most interesting collection consists of ancient erotic artifacts. Next, enjoy some free time for lunch before embarking on a panoramic tour of Lima, driving by the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Lima, the ornate Archbishop’s Palace and other buildings. You will also visit the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Accommodations: 1 night Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco
  • Explore Pisac Market and shop for unique crafts
  • Continue to Ollantaytambo and tour the fortress and ruins

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire (11,000 feet above sea level). Upon arrival, travel to nearby Pisac, a picturesque Andean village with a wonderful market. Here you'll have a chance to buy locally made ponchos, sweaters and other handcrafted clothing, ceramics and hand-painted beads. Enjoy browsing the "locals" section of the market, where villagers come from miles around, dressed in their traditional clothing, to barter and sell their produce.

OllantaytamboContinue to Ollantaytambo (9,160 feet above sea level), located at the foot of spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley. The temple area is at the top of a series of steep terraces which helped provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. Afterwards, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Accommodations: 1 night El MaPi Hotel, Machu Picchu. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuFull Day Itinerary: It's a short drive from your hotel to the Ollanta railroad station where you'll board the Vistadome train that will take you through the lush Urubamba Valley, passing through stunning scenery en route to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular and enigmatic archaeological sites in the world. (8,000 feet above sea level)

Unknown to the outside world until archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Incan Empire. Believed to have served as a country retreat town for Inca nobility, the complex consists of giant walls, terraces, and ramps constructed from precisely cut rock formations. This impressive architectural feat, in combination with its breathtaking natural setting amid mist-covered green mountains above the rushing Urubamba River, makes for a visually stunning, and even mystical, experience. Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening in Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Day 5: Machu Picchu & Cusco

Accommodations: 2 nights Novotel Cusco, CuscoIncluded meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure or optional second visit to Machu Picchu
  • Return to Ollanta station by Vistadome train then transfer to Cusco by bus

Machu Picchu panoramaFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, revisit the citadel at Machu Picchu or trek to the top of Huayna Picchu on an optional excursion. This afternoon, journey back to Ollanta station by Vistadome train, then continue to Cusco by motor coach. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for overnight.

Optional Excursion: Second Visit to Machu Picchu, $100 or $115. Early this morning, there will be an opportunity to independently visit Machu Picchu for a second time, and for the more adventurous, to test their limits with a climb to Huayna Picchu, the sharp peak which towers above the citadel. Entrance to Machu Picchu: $100 per person. Entrance to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu: $115 per person. Price includes reserved ticket and roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Please contact us to reserve this option in advance as availability is limited.

Day 6: Cusco

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or join one (or both!) optional excursions

Full Day Itinerary:Enjoy the day at leisure in this beautiful town in the high Andes Mountains. You may stroll through the main square, or wander through the many charming side streets. Alternatively, take advantage of one, or both, optional excursions!

Market in ChincheroOptional Excursion: Chinchero & Maras or Moray, $89pp.This morning's optional excursion begins with a visit to the ancient village of Chinchero and its beautiful colonial church built upon the original foundations of Tupac Yupanqui Palace. Explore Chinchero's artisan weaver's complex, and discover the traditional techniques of weaving, dying and spinning. Next, depending on your departure date, you will visit Maras or Moray. During the dry season (May through late-November) visit the salt works of Maras, consisting of about 3000 small pools, constructed on a mountain side. The ancient Inca would irrigate these pools with brackish spring water and allow them to evaporate to produce salt for the empire. During the rainy season (late-November though April), visit the archaeological site of Moray consisting of enormous terraces in concentric rings which allowed ancient farmers to create diverse micro climates and harvest a variety of crops.

Optional Excursion: Tipon & Andahuaylillas, $75pp: This afternoon's optional excursion begins with a scenic drive to Tipon, an impressive complex located 15 miles outside of Cusco. Tipon is an ancient marvel of engineering consisting of twelve agricultural terraces and an advanced irrigation system that is still used by the local population to this day. Next, continue to Andahuaylillas and visit the Church of San Pedro Apostol, considered the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” because of its ornate gold-leaf altar and beautiful artwork adorning its ceilings and walls.

Day 7: Cusco & Lima

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Costa del Sol Lima Airport.Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Morning city tour of Cusco
  • Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara
  • Afternoon at leisure in Cusco for last minute shopping and exploration
  • This evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima

Full Day Itinerary:After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cusco. You'll see the Plaza de Plaza de Armas, CuscoArmas, center of the Inca Empire, where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. Here, you'll visit Cusco's beautiful 16th century cathedral. Then, just a few blocks away, you will discover the ruins of the Koricancha, an important temple built to honor Inti, the Incan sun god. When the conquistadors first arrived in Cusco, the temple was covered in sheets of solid-gold and adorned with golden statues, but within months of their arrival, the temple was stripped and the gold plundered as treasure for Spain.

Then, visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an emblematic Incan Ruins, Sacsayhuaman Fortressconstruction built in the 15th century. The size of the fortress and its massive stones are remarkable, and the manner in which they were transported, cut, and laid is still a mystery. Next, travel to Puka Pukara, also known as the "red fortress", which is thought to have been a military stronghold. it has many rooms, courtyards, bathrooms, aqueducts, and towers to explore.

Return to Cusco for lunch at a local restaurant. The balance of the afternoon is yours to explore Cusco and shop for last minute souvenirs. Why not make your way to the San Blas neighborhood, known as the "Balcony of Cusco"? Here you'll find excellent workshops and art shops of some of the best artisans specializing in goldsmithing, pottery, and wood and stone carving. This evening, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, cross the sky bridge and check in at your airport hotel.

Day 8: Lima, Peru/Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Accommodations: 2 nights Mabu Thermas Grand Resort or similar, Foz do Iguaçu. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Return to the airport via the sky bridge for your flight to Iguazu Falls, Brazil
  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Full Day Itinerary: This morning, return to the airport via the sky bridge for your flight to Foz do Iguassu, Brazil. Upon arrival, and after customs formalities, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Day 9: Iguazu Falls

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Full day tour of Iguazu Falls on the Argentinean side
  • Brazilian dinner with folklore performance

Iguazu FallsFull Day Itinerary: Upon seeing Iguazu, Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" You'll soon discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world! Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, the Falls consist of 275 inlets and cataracts cascading down 250 feet, framed by multiple rainbows and mist that rises up to 500 feet in the air. Iguazu boasts the greatest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world.

After going through international customs control, cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge between Brazil and Argentina. Once in Argentina, travel through the rainforest to the most spectacular sight at Iguazu:  Devil's Throat, a massive U-shaped cataract that measures 270' high, 490' wide and 2300' long.  Continue to the upper Argentinean falls, including the San Martin falls. 

This evening, enjoy a traditional Brazilian dinner with a folklore performance.

Note: Today's tour requires you bring your passport.

Day 10: Depart Iguazu Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight via Lima, Peru

Iguazu FallsFull Day Itinerary: Today, you'll get a fantastic close-up view of the falls and their dazzling and awesome display of power starting on the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk along the pathways through the sub-tropical rainforest into the canyon on the falls for an incredible up-close view.

Later this afternoon, bid farewell to sensational South America as you transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight back to the USA via Lima. 

Day 11: Depart Lima/Arrive USA

  • Return flights depart Lima shortly after midnight
  • Arrive in the USA later this morning

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS/PRECAUTIONS: The high altitude reached on this trip (Cusco is at 11,000 feet above sea level) as well as the considerable amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip. We strongly suggest that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns as well as possible medications to ease the effects of the high altitude.

A Yellow-fever certificate of vaccination is not required for entry into Brazil, however due to the presence of yellow fever throughout much of Brazil it is highly recommended to obtain a yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days prior to travel. Remember to bring mosquito repellent and lots of sunscreen.

Hotels

Mabu Thermas Grand Resort

Mabu Thermas Grand Resort

First Class

Located near Iguaçu National Park, and drawing hot springs from the Guarani Aquifer -one of the world’s largest underground freshwater reservoirs- the Mabu Thermas Grand Resort is the perfect place to relax, and to jumpstart your exploration of one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature: Iguazu Falls.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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