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Markets, Mountains and Lakes of South America

PRIVATE TOUR - 25 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$13258+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Strolling through the brightly colored and bustling markets of Otavalo, home to some of the most vibrant bazaars in South America.
  • Taking a walk through Independence Square in Quito, stopping off at the Presidential Palace, Cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and El Sagrario Church along the way.
  • Glimpsing historic Lima and relishing lip-smacking Peruvian cuisine.
  • Delighting in the colonial and pre-colonial architecture of Cusco on a private walking tour, with visits to the bustling markets.
  • Setting foot in the magical Incan citadel, Machu Picchu; a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Crossing Lake Titicaca from Peru into Bolivia, stopping at important cultural and historic sites along the way.
  • Stepping through the ethereal Chincana Ruins on Sun Island, boasting sublime views of the sapphire-hued lake.
  • Marveling at the exquisite colonial architecture and intriguing handicrafts at the street markets of bustling La Paz.
  • Drinking in the immaculate panoramas of Puerto Varas Lake with Osorno Volcano as an imposing backdrop and Lake Esmeralda in Bariloche.
  • Glimpsing the Argentine gaucho culture in the Pampas with a folklore and gaucho show along with a traditional asado; a delicious barbecue meal.
  • Getting up close to the imposing Iguazu Falls on a boat ride upriver, taking in its awe-inspiring beauty.
  • Taking a ride on a cog train through the world’s largest urban woodland, Rio’s Tijuca Forest, up towards the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
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Tour Overview

This Yampu Highlights Tour explores the markets, mountains and lakes of South America in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, plus a crossing from Peru to Bolivia through Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. You will spend a night in the Island of the Sun, on the shores of the lake, and a day in fascinating La Paz, the highest capital in the world, at 12,000 feet.

Begin this tour in Quito, Ecuador where you will find the best preserved colonial downtown in South America.  While in Ecuador you will visit local markets, eat delicious Andean Food, and visit the top sites in Quito.  If 25 days is not enough, add a few days in the countryside, you will not be sorry.  Then fly to Lima, the home of the best cuisine in the world.  Be sure to try the Ceviche or Lomo Saltaldo.  After a day of eating and seeing rich history of Lima, you will fly to Cusco.  Cusco will be an unexpected highlight of your trip.  Cusco is a beautiful town full of cobblestone streets, tiled roofs, Inca and Spanish Colonial treasures everywhere you look.  Couple that with the colorful locals that walk the streets, often with their llamas who will greet you with a smile.

Next your off for one of the highlights of your trip Machu Picchu.  Now restricted to 2500 people per day, be sure to book in advance.  You will have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu twice so you can hike around the ruins for the wonderful views and to see all the hidden temples.  Once back from Machu Picchu, you will continue by flight or train through the altiplano to the dreamy Lake Titicaca. Go back in time as you meet the friendly locals here on the highest navigable lake in the world.  You will take a boat to the Sun Island.  Take some time for birdwatching or stargazing in this magical far away place.

The next day you will continue to La Paz the highest city in the world.  Do not miss the out of this world witchcraft market of La Paz.  The next day you will fly to the comparatively modern cosmopolitan city of Santiago.  Enjoy world class wines and beautiful art.  Then fly to Puerto Varas and enjoy the endless lakes and Mountains.  Embark on the journey across the famous lake district by series of boats and buses until you arrive in Bariloche, the Argentina side of the Lake District.

Fly from the Lake District to the colorful city of Buenos Aires.  Enjoy the different personalities of this city.  Take some time to Tango and eat with the Gauchos of this city.  Do not get to used to city life for now you are off to the jungle of Iguazu Falls. Walk and get close to the 3 miles of continuous falls.  Be sure to watch for fantastic bird sightings here.

The Fly to Rio de Janiero, the last flavor of South America.  Samba your way home.

Inclusions
Price includes: Domestic air from Lima to Cuzco, Santiago to Puerto Montt, Bariloche to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguazu and Iguazu to Rio; hotel accommodation including continental breakfast; guided tours in English including all entrance fees; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling.

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.

*Andean Explorer Train from Cuzco to Puno (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only): Fantastic train ride that takes a gentle climb to higher, and cooler, altitudes. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andes Mountains which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. The glass-walled observation car provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route. Three-course lunch included. Restaurant and bar service is available at an additional cost. The train leaves Cuzco at 8 a.m. and arrives in Puno at 6:00 p.m.

El Querandí
Tonight you will take a shared transfer to the El Querandi tango show. You will see an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers, while enjoying a delicious meal. 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, creates a romantic and intimate atmosphere, and the cuisine is excellent.

Esquina Carlos Gardel
Tonight you will take a shared transfer to the Esquina Carlos Gardel tango show. You will see an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers, while enjoying a delicious meal and a glass of wine. It first opened its doors in 1893, as a restaurant and hotel, and soon became a true Buenos Aires classic. Today, after reopening its doors, 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. Specifics: Price includes transfers, Dinner with a glass of wine and the show.Pick up time from your hotel is around 7.30. Dinner starts at 8.30 pm, the show at 10.30 pm and finishes at midnight.

Rojo Tango
Tonight you will take a private transfer to the Rojo tango show. You will see an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers, while enjoying a delicious meal. Fascinating artistic madness that conquers all senses, combining movement, colours, sound, fragances and flavours. 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 bandoneón and explode in a never ending ecstasy.

Gala Tango
Tonight you will take a private transfer to the Gala tango show. You will see an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers, while enjoying a delicious meal. Its architecture, French style decoration and the exclusive refined details makes 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”.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$11977 £$13258 £$16222 £$20011
Single £$18115 £$20814 £$26157 £$32994

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.

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
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Flight to Quito

Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Day
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Otavalo Market

In a very packed day, visit Otavalo and Peguche, towns known for their weavings and for some of the best handicrafts, and for their Indian market on Saturdays. Continue on to Cotacachi, famous for its leather works. Have lunch at a local restaurant, and along the way, see the fascinating agricultural mosaic of rural Ecuador. The market operates every day, but the best day to visit is Saturday.

In a very packed day, visit Otavalo and Peguche, towns known for their weavings and for some of the best handicrafts, and for their Indian market on Saturdays. Continue on to Cotacachi, famous for its leather works. Have lunch at a local restaurant, and along the way, see the fascinating agricultural mosaic of rural Ecuador. The market operates every day, but the best day to visit is Saturday.

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Full Day Colonial Quito Tour & The Equator

The tour begins today with a visit to Independence Square where the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. Visit the Church of La Compania (1605), and enjoy a brief visit to the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). The oldest Ecuadorian church, the collection of artwork here includes paintings, sculpture and furniture dating back to the 16th century. Leaving the churches, visit the recently restored 24 De Mayo Boulevard, named after the battle which sealed Ecuador´s independence. One will also visit La Ronda Street in Old Quito. Lined with colonial houses and inspired by painters, poets, musicians and historians, this visit will give a taste of traditional Quito. The tour will then continue 30-minutes outside of Quito, towards the Middle of the World. Visit the main Monument honoring the correct location of the equator and visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument. Or one can visit the Inti Nan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses.
Afternoon, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
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Lima

This morning is at your leisure.
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 one 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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Lima- Cusco

This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be greeted and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon is 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 takes 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 and 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 Sacsahuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Note: For more adventurous travelers, there is an optional sunset horseback riding tour through the Sacsahuaman Ruins. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information.
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Sacred Valley

Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will head through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to Machu Picchu and then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes 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 started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, at the entrance of the ruins, before returning to the hotel at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the town 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 can confirm entrance to the ruins. Machu Picchu entrance tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
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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 consultant 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 consultant to go back to the ruins or hike the Huayna Picchu at time of booking (subject to availability).

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Lake Titicaca

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lake Titicaca. En route to the hotel, visit the necropolis of Sillustani (12,000 feet above sea level), the lagoon of Umayo and the fabulous “chullpas,” cylinder-shaped tombs. Transfer to the hotel.
Note: One may also take the Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Puno (10 hour scenic ride), which operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Fridays also from April to December; surcharge applies, please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant. Note that if one is to take the train they will not be able to visit the Sillustani Ruins.
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Puno- Ecolodge La Estancia

Early morning departure from Puno, heading north and crossing the highlands parallel to the Royal Andes Range. First stop is Copacabana, a main Catholic pilgrimage center with a church that houses the famous Virgin Morena. It was an important area in pre-Colombian times and entrance to this sacred land. Visit the church and explore the town. After a light lunch, take a boat to Sun Island, and visit the "Pilcocaina" Sun Temple. From here, hike about one hour to the Ecolodge La Estancia, offering spectacular views of the mountains and the lake. La Estancia is located in the southern part of Sun Island on Lake Titicaca. It was built preserving the Andean architecture and combines modern comfort with respecting the harmony of the surrounding nature and habitat. Overnight on Sun Island. Dinner tonight is included. ...read less

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Chincana Ruins and Sacred Rock

In the early morning take the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise. Take a boat north to visit Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock. After this excursion, travel by boat to the Island of the Moon and explore the the Inak Uyu ruins before finally reaching Copacabana. After lunch transfer to the hotel in La Paz.

In the early morning take the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise. Take a boat north to visit Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock. After this excursion, travel by boat to the Island of the Moon and explore the the Inak Uyu ruins before finally reaching Copacabana. After lunch transfer to the hotel in La Paz.

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La Paz

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Full-day tour of La Paz. Visit the Gold, Murillo and Costumbrista museums and the Mirador de Laikakota with a beautiful overview of the city. Walk through various street markets including the Uruguay Market, where one can see the highland agricultural products of quinua, tunta, chuno (dehydrated potato) and oca (sweet potato) and a variety of small animals such as guinea pigs, pigeons and chicken; the semi-legal black market where imported clothing and other products are sold at very reasonable prices; and the Witch Market where the locals still buy their supplies from a variety of traditional products used in ritual ceremonies like the Ch’alla and offerings to the Pachamama (mother earth). The tour continues going through the modern residential area of the city and ends in the Valley of the Moon, with its impressive geological formations.

Tour includes lunch at a restaurant with typical Bolivian food.
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Santiago

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Santiago. Reception at the Santiago airport and transfer to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Santiago. Reception at the Santiago airport and transfer to the hotel.

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City Tour of Santiago

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Afternoon city tour of Santiago. Be picked up from the hotel to explore the historic and modern sights of Santiago de Chile. Begin the tour at the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, Santiago’s main avenue, visiting La Moneda, the Government Palace, where there will be an explanation on the historical and actual meaning of this place. Enjoy a walk through the pedestrian streets of Huerfanos and Ahumada, where the main commercial activity of the city is concentrated. Next, visit the famous Plaza de Armas, the main square of the city, which is surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral and other historical buildings such as the City Hall and the Post Office, both dating from colonial times. Afterwards, head to Santa Lucia Hill, the hill upon which the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. It is a lone steep rock, with many plants and an antique building rising steeply from the city below. From here, see the Parque Forestal on one side and the Mapocho River on the other. Yampu travelers will cross the river to visit Bellavista, the cultural and artistic neighborhood of Santiago. Return to the hotel.
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Private Casablanca Valley with Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

This morning, be met at the hotel and transferred to the Casablanca Valley, approximately 50-miles (80-kilometers) from Santiago. The Casablanca Valley is one of Chile’s most important regions for cultivating the grapes that produce crisp white wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Here is where one will be able to enjoy a tour, tasting and lunch at one of the local wineries situated along this thriving wine route.
After lunch, leaving the Casablanca Valley, visit Valparaiso, the oldest and most important port in Chile. Here there will be an opportunity to walk along the city’s winding streets and enjoy the scenery and culture of this charming port-city. Continue to Vina del Mar, a resort city that was founded in 1874, famous for its beautiful gardens and flower clock. Late in the afternoon return to the hotel in Santiago. Lunch is included today.
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Puerto Montt- Puerto Varas

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Transfer to the airport and take the flight to Puerto Montt, the capital of the region. Visit the town, Pelluco beach area and Chinquihue on the Tenglo canal before ending the visit in the picturesque village of Angelmo. with time to explore this pretty fishing port and craft center famous for its woolens and woodwork. It is then that Yampu Travelers will be able to visit Puerto Varas, a town founded by German immigrants. Continue on to Philippi Hill, where there are many native trees and also a beautiful view over the town and the lake. Head down to the lake shore and enjoy the view of the tranquil waters with the Osorno Volcano in the background. Transfer to the hotel. ...read less

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Lake Crossing to Bariloche

This tour begins by bus from Puerto Varas, taking the road via Ensenada. On arrival at Petrohue, board the catamaran which brings travelers across All Saints Lake, also known as Esmeralda Lake, until reaching the tiny village of Peulla. Time to eat lunch (included). The journey continues by vehicle to Puerto Frias in Argentina where a boat takes travelers to Puerto Alegre. Travel by bus to Puerto Blest and continue on Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo. The last stage of the journey, from here to Bariloche, is done by vehicle. ...read less

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Bariloche

This morning is free to enjoy Bariloche and its fabulous views of the Andes across the blue waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Bariloche and its surrounding area are evergreen forests, snowcapped peaks, deep blue or transparent green lakes, spring flowers, and alpine architecture. Afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

This morning is free to enjoy Bariloche and its fabulous views of the Andes across the blue waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Bariloche and its surrounding area are evergreen forests, snowcapped peaks, deep blue or transparent green lakes, spring flowers, and alpine architecture. Afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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Buenos Aires

Tour of Buenos Aires, an impressive city that combines the atmosphere of an old European town with that of a Latin American capital. In this tour, acquire a deep understanding of its characteristics, its history, its architecture, its culture and its best stories. Visit the center of the city, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo, and stops in Plaza de Mayo, Caminito and Recoleta with its cemetery. Tours are guided by a historian from the University of Buenos Aires. This particular tour is done on group basis and may involve wait times picking up other passengers at different hotels. Yampu recommends that this tour be done privately in order to avoid this, at an additional cost of $ 42 per person, based on two people ($ 84 based on one person).

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 both 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 8:30 pm and 10:15 and 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 is a specific preference.
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Fiesta Gaucha

Full-day excursion to an estancia for a typical barbeque lunch and a folklore/gaucho show. Here visitors will learn about the customs of the Argentinean gauchos, and his abilities on the horse that will leave everyone breathless. The meat will be cooked “a lo gaucho” outdoors on the barbeque. Lunch and drinks included. Afternoon, return to Buenos Aires. Duration: 6 hours. Operates every day except Monday.

Full-day excursion to an estancia for a typical barbeque lunch and a folklore/gaucho show. Here visitors will learn about the customs of the Argentinean gauchos, and his abilities on the horse that will leave everyone breathless. The meat will be cooked “a lo gaucho” outdoors on the barbeque. Lunch and drinks included. Afternoon, return to Buenos Aires. Duration: 6 hours. Operates every day except Monday.

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Iguazu Falls

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Iguazu Falls. Reception at Puerto Iguazu airport and afternoon guided tour to the Argentina side of the falls. Transfer to the visitor center inside the Iguazu National Park. To get from the visitor center to the beginning of Upper Path, Lower Path and Devil’s Throat, visitors will board a little train, which runs from the visitor center to the paths and between each one of them. One may also walk from the visitor center to Upper and Lower Paths, but not to Devil’s Throat because it is more than 4 kilometers from the visitor center. After the tour, transfer to the hotel. ...read less

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Brazil Side

Morning guided tour to the Brazil side of the waterfalls. These natural falls are the largest in the Americas, surrounded by an amazing wildlife preserve in the middle of the jungle. Afternoon, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Morning guided tour to the Brazil side of the waterfalls. These natural falls are the largest in the Americas, surrounded by an amazing wildlife preserve in the middle of the jungle. Afternoon, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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Rio at Leisure

Enjoy the morning in Rio de Janiero at leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a private Half Day Tour to the Sugar Loaf with private driver/guide. This tour begins with a stroll through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, in pyramid form, with internal diameter of 96 meters and height of 80 meters. Get to know the traditional Cinelandia square with the historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. By taking the Aterro do Flamengo, one will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca to find one of the largest symbols of the city: The Sugar Loaf. This visit is made in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high and provides a beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi bridge and Corcovado hill. From this stage, a second cable car will be taken up to the top with 395 meters to find a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some beaches of Niteroi.
Note: If one would like to experience a typical Brazilian lunch after the tour, please let Yampu know and it will be added.
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Corcovado

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Afternoon private tour to Corcovado with private driver and guide. The tour begins in Cosme Velho's neighborhood. The cog train rolls through the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world and up to the statue. Once there, enjoy a panoramic and extraordinary view of Rio, including the Sugar Loaf, the Guanabara Bay, the beaches of Southern Zone and the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. After the visit of the Corcovado, the tour continues to Sao Conrado area with a brief stop at the Pepino beach where one can appreciate hang gilders overhead. Transfer back to the hotel.

Rio by night: Depart from the hotel for dinner at one of Rio’s liveliest restaurants. Following dinner, enjoy a real samba show with “mulatas” and “batuqueiros” showing Brazilian rhythms, folklore and fancy dress carnival costumes.
Note: Transfers are done via bus and may involve wait times picking up other passengers at different hotels. Yampu also offers private transfers at an additional cost of $42 per person, based on two people ($84 based on one person).
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Flight Home

Evening transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.

Evening transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Lima, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru

Puno, Peru

Lake Titicaca

La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia

Santiago, Chile

Puerto Varas, Chile

Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Misiones Province, Argentina

Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Places You'll See

  • Quito-Ecuador-Hillside

    Quito

    The magnificent city of Quito is bursting with cultural, historical, and artistic character. Along with its scenic parks such as Parque La Carolina, visit its enchanting museums like the Museo del Banco Central. Take a trip to the Mitad del Mundo, or the “Middle of the World”, where the first measurements to prove the earth was round, were taken.

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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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    Puno (Lake Titicaca)

    Situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, is the picturesque city of Puno. Visit the llama farm where the locals get the fleece to make their signature textiles. Climb to the top of the hillside city for beautiful views of the lake, or head out on the water for a boat ride to see the famous floating islands.

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    La Paz

    Spend time up in the clouds in La Paz, the highest de facto capital city in the world, nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. Visit Calle Jaen, home to many well preserved colonial buildings and museums. Visit the Witches’ Market for all your charm and potion needs, and other fun souvenirs. Take a walk up to Mirador Killi Killi, to enjoy beautiful views of the city.

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    Puerto Varas

    On the shores of Lake Llanquihue sits the City of Roses, Puerto Varas. Known for its German influence and architecture, Puerto Varas has spectacular views of the area including of the surrounding lakes and volcanoes. While visiting, take a hike up the volcanoes and witness the picturesque Petrohue Waterfalls.

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    Bariloche

    Located in the foothills of the Andes, Bariloche has a wide range of sites and activities. Hit the slopes at Cerro Catedral for a day of skiing, or visit in the summer for sun-bathing on the beautiful beaches of Playa Bonita or Villa Tacul. Take a refreshing dip in the cold waters, chilled by the surrounding melting snow.

  • 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.

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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.

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    Santiago

    As the political and cultural center of Chile, Santiago has much to offer. Relax at one of the many jazz clubs scattered throughout the city, or go for a wine tasting at one of the local wineries. Take a guided city trek to learn about the Chilean culture and their traditional meals. Or visit the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia for beautiful views.

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    Rio de Janeiro

    The largest Art Deco statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer, welcomes travelers to the famous city, Rio de Janeiro. Let the local music, art, and food capture your sense as you visit its sandy beaches or watch an enchanting samba show. Try your hand at trekking up Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) for beautiful views of the bay and beyond.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Quito : Stuble Suites

Quito : Vieja Cuba Boutique

Quito : NU House

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

Machu Picchu : El MaPi

Puno (Lake Titicaca) : Eco Inn Puno

Puno (Lake Titicaca) : Casa Andina Standard, Puno

La Paz : Hostal Naira

Santiago : Orly (Providencia)

Santiago : Hotel Plaza San Francisco (Downtown)

Santiago : Torremayor Lyon (Providencia)

Vina Del Mar : San Martin (City View)

Puerto Varas : Hotel Solace

Puerto Varas : Hotel Cabana del Lago

Puerto Varas : Casa Kalfu

Bariloche : Hosteria Las Marianas

Bariloche : Ayres del Nahuel

Bariloche : Peninsula Petit

Buenos Aires : Savoy Hotel, BA

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Jasy Hotel

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Hotel Saint George

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Hotel Jardin de Iguazu

Rio de Janeiro : Copa Sul Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Atlantis Copacabana

4 Star Properties

Quito : La Casona de la Ronda

Quito : Casa Aliso

Lima : Dazzler Lima

Lima : Hotel Atton (San Isidro)

Lima : Doubletree El Pardo

Lima : Airport Lima Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol

Machu Picchu : Tierra Viva

Machu Picchu : Casa del Sol

Santiago : Hotel Magnolia

Santiago : Carménère ecoHotel

Santiago : Noi Victoria

Puerto Varas : Hotel Patagónico

Puerto Varas : Puelche

Puerto Varas : Gran Hotel Colonos del Sur

Bariloche : Posada los Juncos

Bariloche : Design Suites

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Loi Suites Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Amerian el Portal

Rio de Janeiro : Arena Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel

5 Star Properties

Quito : Swissotel

Quito : Le Parc Hotel

Quito : JW Marriott in Quito

Lima : Country Club Hotel (San Isidro)

Lima : JW Marriott, Lima

Lima : The Westin Lima Hotel (San Isidro)

Lima : Miraflores Park Plaza

Machu Picchu : Sumaq Hotel

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Puno (Lake Titicaca) : Casa Andina Premium, Puno

Puno (Lake Titicaca) : Libertador Lake Titicaca

La Paz : Ritz Apart Hotel

La Paz : La Casona Boutique Hotel

Santiago : Le Reve (Providencia)

Puerto Varas : Cumbres Puerto Varas (Standard Room)

Puerto Varas : Hotel AWA

Bariloche : Villa Huinid Resort & Spa

Bariloche : La Cascada Hotel

Buenos Aires : Hub Porteno

Buenos Aires : Legado Mitico, BA

Buenos Aires : Sofitel Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires : MIO Buenos Aires

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Panoramic Grand Hotel

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Iguazu Jungle Lodge

Rio de Janeiro : Miramar

Rio de Janeiro : Pestana Rio Atlantica

Rio de Janeiro : JW Marriott Hotel

Luxury Properties

Quito : Plaza Grande

Quito : Casa Gangotena

Lima : Hotel B

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (standard Room)

Puno : Titilaka (All Inclusive)

La Paz : DM Andino Resort & Spa

La Paz : Casa Grande Apart Hotel

Santa Cruz Bolivia : Camino Real

Santiago : Ritz Carlton

Santiago : Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel (formerly known as Lastarria Boutique Hotel)

Santiago : The Singular Santiago

Santiago : W Santiago (Las Condes)

Puerto Varas : Cumbres Puerto Varas (Suite Room)

Puerto Varas : Quincho Country Home Puerto Varas

Bariloche : El Casco Art Hotel

Bariloche : Llao Llao

Buenos Aires : Algodon Mansion

Buenos Aires : Duhau Park Hyatt

Buenos Aires : Alvear Palace

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Iguazu Grande

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

Rio de Janeiro : Santa Teresa Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Copacabana Palace

Testimonials

Sabrina P.

Traveled September, 2014

I truly enjoyed every single minute I was in South America.

Thank you so very much for your assistance and support in the trip. I truly enjoyed every single minute I was in South America. It was an awesome trip and the guides were great. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Andy

Traveled March, 2011

I had been promising myself this trip to Patagonia for some years and am happy to report that it has exceeded all my expectations.

I had a truly fantastic time in Chile and Argentina. The trip went like a dream with absolutely no hitches. I had been promising myself this trip to Patagonia for some years and am happy to report that it has exceeded all my expectations. Thanks for putting together a great itinerary for me and taking the hard work out of planning my vacation.I will be in touch to seek your help planning my next trip to south-america whenever that may be.

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Patricia

Traveled March, 2016

Argentina and Chile exceeded all of my expectations

I never knew South America could be so beautiful. Everything was well organized and the guides were knowledgeable, helpful, and well prepared. We will definitely be recommending Yampu to our friends and family. Thanks again!

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