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Highlights of Peru Meets the Best of Argentina

PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 6161

Private Tour Highlights

  • Discovering Cusco, where colonial architecture collides with Incan structures, and visiting the Temple of the Sun: “Korikancha”.
  • Soaking up the majesty of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, with its polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style.
  • Exploring historic Lima and relishing lip-smacking Peruvian cuisine.
  • Feeling the raw power of spectacular Iguazu Falls during a guided walking tour or invigorating boat ride.
  • Experiencing Buenos Aires, a truly unique capital city thanks to a blend of European influences and South American charisma.
  • Glimpsing the Argentine gaucho culture in the Pampas with a folklore and gaucho show along with a traditional asado; a delicious barbecue meal.
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Tour Overview

Combine two of the greatest wonders of South America, Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls, where the Highlights of Peru Meets the Best of Argentina. This trip begins in Peru and ends in Argentina. Yampu travelers will also visit Lima, the capital of Peru; Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire; and Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina with its many beautiful attractions including Plaza de Mayo, Florida Street, San Telmo, and Puerto Madero.

Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

Inclusions
Prices include round-trip airfare from Lima to Cusco; one-way airfare from Lima to Iguazu Falls; one-way airfare from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires; hotel accommodation including daily continental breakfast, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, and guided tours including all entrance fees, where applicable. Local airport departure taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Airfare taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are included in the cost.

*The domestic flight from Lima to Iguazu Falls operates on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday making the best departure days for your trip Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday. These departure dates can be modified to suit your schedule by rearranging the itinerary.

Note:
*Cost includes Vistadome train from Cusco or the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Vistadome is ideal for travelers who want a personalized immersion of Andean culture with traditional dances and music along the way. This train features panoramic windows, leather seats, new table design as well as heating and air conditioning.

*Deluxe service Hiram Bingham train features an observation wagon with a bar and two dining cars. In addition, this train includes a gourmet brunch on board, exclusive bus return to Machu Picchu, entrance to Machu Picchu as well as a guided tour. Afternoon tea in the Sanctuary Lodge, pre-dinner cocktails and a 4-course, a la carte dinner is also included. The train does not operate on Sundays. Upgrades available from Vistadome to Hiram Bingham Deluxe; please ask your Yampu Tour Consultant for the cost of the upgrade.

El Querandi
A bar since 1920 and restored in 1992, El Querandi is considered one of the best places in San Telmo to experience tango. Considered to be living evidence of civic memory by the Museum of the City of Buenos Aires, it has the capacity to hold two hundred people. The individual tables, combined with its wreathed columns, boisserie and deep shaped wood, create a romantic and intimate atmosphere, and the cuisine is excellent. Includes round trip shared transfers, dinner, and show. Dinner is a 3 course meal including beverages (soft drinks and wine). This venue holds 120 people.

Esquina Carlos Gardel
It first opened its doors in 1893, as a restaurant and hotel, and soon became a true Buenos Aires classic. After reopening its doors and keeping the Art Nouveau style of the most luxurious old-time dining rooms, it provides authentic shows with a pure essence of the Argentine tango. A great variety of local and international cuisine and selected wines are on offer to compliment the surroundings.
Includes round trip shared transfers, dinner, and show. Dinner is a 3 course meal including beverages (soft drinks and wine). This venue holds 410 people.

Rojo Tango
Fascinating artistic madness that conquers all senses by combining movement, colors, sound, fragrances and flavors. Rojo Passion: A cabaret designed by Philippe Starck, created to bring back nostalgic times that already passed, with the strength of a new show full of fantasy and sensuality. Rojo Flavor: A gastronomic proposal with an attitude of its own, that privileges the subtlety of perfumes and textures, accompanied with Baron B champagne. Rojo Tango: The tango returns right from the myth and becomes an intense reality throughout a different kind of live show, where the bodies are guided by the trance of a bandoneon and explode in a never ending ecstasy. Includes round trip private transfers, dinner, and show. Dinner is a 3 course meal including beverages (soft drinks and wine). This venue holds 100 people.

Gala Tango
Its architecture, French style decoration and the exclusive refined details make Gala Tango the most glamorous place in Buenos Aires. Since your first contact with Gala Tango until the end of the show, you will feel a different, overwhelming experience. Gourmet cuisine, specially designed for the strictest guests, complemented with wines from one of the most exclusive wine-houses in Argentina. An elegant, warm, refined Tango and Folklore show defines Gala Tango as a superior option in popular art. The Orchestra is formed by a quintet (piano, large concertina, 2 violins, and double bass) accompanied by two tango singers, four dancing couples, a “charango” player and “boleadoras”. Includes round trip private transfers, dinner, and show. Dinner is a 3 course meal including beverages (soft drinks and wine). This venue holds 80 people.
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Pricing Details
  3-Star 4-Star 5-Star Luxury
Double £$5463 £$6161 £$8335 £$10262
Single £$7769 £$8967 £$12625 £$16386

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Peru

Overnight flight to Lima.

Overnight flight to Lima.

Day
2

Flight to Cusco

Upon arrival, be met by Yampu staff to assist with the connecting flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be greeted and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to acclimate. Cusco’s elevation is approximately 3,400 meters (11,200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours and taking in some coca tea.
Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). Also, if one is to take a day flight to Lima, Yampu can accommodate a night at the airport hotel (at extra cost). Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant.
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Walking tour of Cusco

This morning, enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco where one will visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During this private tour today there is the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market.
The Casa Concha museum was recently renovated and houses over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu, recently returned by Yale University.
San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where one will receive a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and have an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market.
This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Note: For more adventurous travelers, Yampu suggests an optional sunset horseback riding tour through the Sacsayhuaman Ruins. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information.
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4

Machu Picchu

This morning transfer to the train station for the trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. Travelers will then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, most likely the gateway to the jungles of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone-works of the Cusco imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas began their expansion. There will be time to enjoy a light lunch or snack and return to the hotel at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the village of Aguas Calientes.
Note: Government regulations limit the number of visitors to Machu Picchu daily. Entrance is subject to availability. Please book with plenty of notice so Yampu may confirm entrance to the ruins.
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Day at Leisure

One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.
Note: Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu on this day are not included. Please contact a Yampu travel to go back to the ruins or hike the Huayna Picchu at time of booking (subject to availability).

One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.
Note: Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu on this day are not included. Please contact a Yampu travel to go back to the ruins or hike the Huayna Picchu at time of booking (subject to availability).

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Day
6

Cusco- Lima

This morning, be met at the hotel in Cusco and transferred to the airport for a flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, be greeted and transferred to the hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a private city tour of Lima—one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city and admire the beauty of San Martin and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the late 16th century, and its catacombs. This tour also includes a drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Please note the Cathedral is open daily except on Sundays.
During this tour, travelers will also visit the Museo Larco. Founded in 1926 the Museo Larco chronologically showcases the past 3,000 years of Peruvian history and culture including its pre-Colombian history. The museum is located in a beautiful 18th century vice-royal mansion built atop a 7th century pre-Colombian tomb. After exploring the Museo Larco enjoy a complimentary cocktail and appetizer at the onsite Larco Cafe overlooking the beautiful, surrounding gardens.
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7

Lima- Iguazu Falls

Today, transfer to the airport for a direct flight from Lima to Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel on the Argentinean side of the Falls.
Note: Flight only operates Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

Today, transfer to the airport for a direct flight from Lima to Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel on the Argentinean side of the Falls.
Note: Flight only operates Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

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Day
8

Iguazu; Argentinean Side

This morning, enjoy a guided tour to the Argentinean side of the waterfalls. The guide will meet travelers at their hotel and transfer to the visitor center inside Iguazu National Park. To get from the visitor center at the beginning of Upper Path, board a train that runs from the center to the paths throughout the park at Lower Path and Devil's Throat. One may walk from the visitor center to the upper and lower paths, but not to Devil's Throat because it is located more than 4 kilometers from the visitor center. Great Adventure: This tour combines a jungle trip with a boat trip to the falls. This journey starts in the jungle of the National Park in 4 by 4 trucks without roof for optimal visibility of the trees and to take the best possible photos. Then, take a zodiac boat to the lower Iguazu River and travel upstream to discover the falls. Be prepared to get wet under the falls! In the afternoon, return to the hotel.

Note: Not permitted, are: children under 12 years of age, pregnant women, people with spinal or cardiac conditions, or anyone who would be physically unable to respond in case of a nautical emergency. Please ask your travel consultant about this. ...read less

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Day
9

Iguazu; Brazil Side

This morning, tour the Brazil side of the falls that are famous for the beautiful panoramic views. The thunderous crash of tons of rushing water against basaltic rocks amidst the jungle of birds, butterflies and orchids will take one’s breath away.
After the tour, transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel.
Tonight, enjoy an evening of Tango. Witness an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers in Buenos Aires, while enjoying a delicious meal with Argentinean wine. After the show return to the hotel.

Note: There are several venues in the city, each offering something unique. Yampu includes the El Querandi or Esquina Carlos Gardel in the 3 and 4-star options with shared transfers, and the Rojo Tango or Gala Tango for the 5 star and deluxe options with private transfers. Estimated pick up time from the hotel is between 7.30 and 8.30 pm; dinner is served between 8:30and 10:15pm and the tango show starts around 10:15 pm until 11:30 pm. Please see below for detailed information on each venue and discuss with a Yampu travel consultant if there are specific preferences.
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Day
10

Fiesta Gaucha

Fiesta Gaucha
Full-day excursion to an estancia for a typical barbecue lunch and a folklore/gaucho show. Here one will learn about the customs of the Argentinean gauchos and their abilities on horseback that will leave one breathless. The meat will be prepared a lo gaucho outdoors on the barbecue. Lunch and drinks are included. This evening, return to the hotel in Buenos Aires.

Fiesta Gaucha
Full-day excursion to an estancia for a typical barbecue lunch and a folklore/gaucho show. Here one will learn about the customs of the Argentinean gauchos and their abilities on horseback that will leave one breathless. The meat will be prepared a lo gaucho outdoors on the barbecue. Lunch and drinks are included. This evening, return to the hotel in Buenos Aires.

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Day
11

Flight Home

This morning the guide will meet at the hotel and will help with the transfer to the airport for the international flight home.

This morning the guide will meet at the hotel and will help with the transfer to the airport for the international flight home.

Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru

Lima, Peru

Iguazu Falls

Places You'll See

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    Lima

    Bursting with architectural history and culture, Lima has an eclectic array of attractions. Visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a religious and artistic staple of the city’s historic center. Take a walk along the cliffs of the Miraflores district, showcasing the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and after, enjoy some shopping at the Larcomar Mall.

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    Cusco

    Once a powerful Incan city, Cusco is filled to the brim with relics of its grand history. Visit the ruins of the ancient Incan Koricancha Temple, where the Church of Santo Domingo now stands atop. Behold the many beautiful, colonial buildings in the Main Square, including the Cathedral and Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ).

  • Machu Picchu

    Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

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    Puerto Iguazu

    Just a short distance away from the Iguazu Falls, the beautiful city of Puerto Iguazu is full of wonderful sites and attractions. View the Museum of Images of the Jungle, a beautiful collection of woodcarvings. Look around at Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay all at the same time, at the Three Frontiers Landmark where the three countries meet.

  • Buenos Aires

    One of South America’s most stunning cities, Buenos Aires will charm and delight anyone who walks its dazzling streets. Enjoy watching a tango show or visiting the many shopping centers such as Alto Palermo, or Paseo Alcorta. Buenos Aires is also home to several music festivals such as Quilmes Rock, Creamfields BA, and the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Lima : El Tambo 2

Lima : Hotel Jose Antonio

Lima : Allpa Hotel & Suites

Lima : Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro, Lima

Machu Picchu : La Cabana

Machu Picchu : Casa Andina Standard, Machu Picchu

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Jasy Hotel

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Hotel Saint George

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Hotel Jardin de Iguazu

Buenos Aires : Savoy Hotel, BA

Buenos Aires : Rendez-Vous Hotel

4 Star Properties

Lima : Dazzler Lima

Lima : Hotel Atton (San Isidro)

Lima : Doubletree El Pardo, Lima

Lima : Airport Lima Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol

Machu Picchu : El MaPi

Machu Picchu : Tierra Viva

Machu Picchu : Casa del Sol

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Amerian el Portal

Buenos Aires : Loi Suites, BA

Buenos Aires : Hotel Madero

Buenos Aires : Design CE

5 Star Properties

Lima : Country Club Hotel (San Isidro)

Lima : The Westin Lima Hotel (San Isidro)

Machu Picchu : Sumaq Hotel

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Loi Suites Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Panoramic Grand Hotel

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Iguazu Jungle Lodge

Buenos Aires : Hub Porteno

Buenos Aires : Legado Mitico, BA

Buenos Aires : Sofitel Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires : MIO Buenos Aires

Luxury Properties

Lima : JW Marriott, Lima

Lima : Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima : Hotel B

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (Suite Room)

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (standard Room)

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Iguazu Grande

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa

Buenos Aires : Algodon Mansion

Buenos Aires : Duhau Park Hyatt

Buenos Aires : Alvear Palace

Testimonials

Karen and Stephen

Traveled January, 2007

I cannot really convey in a few sentences how satisfied we were with your services.

I never took the time to thank you for the wonderful arrangements made by you and your team at Yampu for a trip we made in late January of this year to Peru and Bolivia. I cannot really convey in a few sentences how satisfied we were with your services. We had never used a travel company before this trip. Considering the fact that we were traveling to third-world countries where life simply is not the same as here in the U.S., we were wonderfully surprised at the smoothness of all of our travel. We attribute this to your choice of tour guides and accommodations chosen in those countries. I thought of you and Yampu recently because we are planning to travel to southern Spain next year, but unfortunately for us you don’t service Spain! Some day we plan to travel to Chile and Argentina, and hope to make use of your services again. Thanks again for such great travel arrangements.

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Ed

Traveled August, 2006

We had a great trip and were happy with the service provided by Yampu

We had a great trip and were happy with the service provided by Yampu. You can use my name as a reference. I have traveled to over 30 countries and your travel company made our trip to Peru, Argentina and Brazil one of the best and hassle free.

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Repeat Client

Traveled November, 2012

We know who we will call when we are ready to go again

Our first trip with Yampu Tours was in 2003 when it was Kon-Tiki Tours and Travel. We contacted Jose Irauzqui and his team to create a special trip for us to Chile. (We travel by ourselves on a customized tour with a driver and an English speaking guide). We told Jose what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go, our time limits and anything else he needed to know and he and his staff went from there creating a wonderful trip with lots of memories for us. We were so impressed by the service we got that when we were ready to return to south-america to visit Peru in 2006, we immediately contacted Jose, who again came through for us. Most of our trips are ecological in nature. My daughter is an exotic animal veterinarian and we travel to see animals in the wild. All of our trips through Yampu have comprised an ecological component, which we have built our vacations around. Many of the ecological lodges we stayed in were small in size, so we start making our plans at the beginning of the year for a trip in the fall because of availability. We traveled with Yampu to southern Brazil in 2004, Peru in 2006, Argentina in 2007 and again to Peru in 2012. Some parts of our trips were done with groups, but on the most part, we had private customized tours. Yampu has a terrific network system of tour providers in all these countries and through five trips we have only had one complaint, which Yampu took care of when we returned. The problem was with a tour guide and therefore was beyond Yampu’s control until we got back as we did not complain at the time to the local agency. Next time we will handle it locally as Yampu provides you with a list of people to contact along the way. The number of fabulous, well-informed tour guides far outweighed that one incident. The above trips are just the ones my husband and I have gone on with our daughter through Yampu. My daughter has used Yampu for many trips throughout Central and south-america with her friends. We just returned from our second trip to Peru in November and she is off to Ecuador in January. We still have places in south-america we wish to visit, it is a big continent and very diverse. We know who we will call when we are ready to go again. We were very fortunate to find Yampu. And now Yampu has expanded to other parts of the world!

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