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Ultimate South America Vacation from North to South

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PRIVATE TOUR - 28 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 18062

Private Tour Highlights

  • Admiring sweeping views of Bogotá and beyond from the top of Monserrate Hill, reached by cable car and promising unforgettable vistas.
  • Going for a dip in the mud baths at Totumo Volcano, which are known for their healing properties, offering a fantastic way to unwind within nature.
  • Strolling through the brightly colored and bustling markets of Otavalo, home to some of the most vibrant bazaars in South America.
  • Soaking up the majesty of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, with its polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style.
  • Discovering Cusco, where colonial architecture collides with Incan structures, and visiting the Temple of the Sun: “Korikancha”.
  • Sampling delicate, delicious and boutique wines during a tour of the Casablanca Valley.
  • Drinking in views of the immaculate Puerto Varas Lake with Osorno Volcano as an imposing backdrop.
  • Making the epic lake crossing from Chile to Argentina, passing ethereal waters and soaring snow-capped mountains.
  • Marveling at the intricate footwork of tango dancers at a prestigious show in Buenos Aires, performed by the most talented in the city.
  • Getting up close to the imposing Iguazu Falls on a boat ride upriver, taking in its awe-inspiring beauty.
  • Whizzing up to Sugarloaf Mountain on a cable car, drinking in the views of Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach and the Santa Cruz Fortress.
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Tour Overview

The Ultimate South America Vacation from North to South tour is the perfect introduction to this huge and diverse continent. It includes Quito and Otavalo in Ecuador, and Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru. Yampu travelers then visit Santiago in Chile and the scenic Lake District, crossing by boat with views of snow-capped volcanoes to Bariloche in Argentina. We also take in the delights of Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Rio. These classic highlights are combined with Colombia’s main destinations: Bogotá and the beautiful Cartagena.

These classic highlights are combined with Colombia’s main destinations: Bogotá and the beautiful Cartagena. We begin in Bogota, located high in the Andes at more than 8000 feet, has a combination of influences, Spanish and Indian. Then, we will move on to Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This hot, sultry city filled with color, music and charm is the perfect way to experience Colombia’s culture.

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
Price includes: air transportation from Bogota to Quito, Quito to Lima, Lima to Santiago in economy class (surcharge applicable from other cities); domestic air from Bogota to Cartagena round, Lima to Cusco, 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. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. There may be a surcharge for December- January and Easter.

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 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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Double £$15948 £$18062 £$21606 £$25247
Single £$24550 £$28558 £$34548 £$41603

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.

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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

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Bogota

Take the flight to Bogota. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Bogota has a combination of influences: Spanish, Indian and African, which create a diverse and rich culture heritage. With an intense and vibrant intellectual and social life, this modern city provides travelers with a unique look in the heart of Colombian culture.

Take the flight to Bogota. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Bogota has a combination of influences: Spanish, Indian and African, which create a diverse and rich culture heritage. With an intense and vibrant intellectual and social life, this modern city provides travelers with a unique look in the heart of Colombian culture.

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City Tour of Bogota with Monserrate

Today, enjoy a private visit to the Colombian capital. It starts at the Plaza de Bolivar (the city’s main square), which is surrounded by federal government buildings, and continues into the old colonial part of the city better known as "La Candelaria". Visit the San Francisco Church, the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) and the Emerald Museum. Seek higher grounds by taking a cable car to the top of the Monserrate Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The tour finishes in the north of Bogota in a shopping center called Hacienda Santa Barbara in Usaquen, which is a small colonial village now surrounded by the city ...read less

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Zipaquira's Underground Salt Cathedral

Take the Pan American highway north towards Zipaquira, traveling across the central region of the savanna, passing some typical villages to reach Zipaquira where the Salt Cathedral is located. The Salt Cathedral is an impressive work of engineering. The visit begins in a tunnel that exhibits the fourteen stations of the Way of the Cross and leads to the dome where one can observe the great cross sculpted in low relief. Finally arrive at the three naves of the cathedral joined by openings that represent the birth and death of Christ. The central nave houses the main altar, a 16 meter cross, and the Creation of Man, a marble statue by the sculptor Carlos Enrique Rodriguez. ...read less

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Bogota – Cartagena

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Cartagena is the fifth largest city in Colombia and an important port city on the Caribbean coast. After numerous pirate attacks during the colonial era, a wall was built to surround the historic city center and protect its inhabitants. Cartagena is now a popular tourist destination that retains its colonial architecture and charm.
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walk of the historic walled city. The tour will take through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. the guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient times right up to the present. From the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, on through to the Plaza Bolivar; with its shady areas, where a fresh Lemon juice can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by. Cartagena is steeped in history and a delight to stroll the streets with one’s own personal encyclopedia of knowledge guiding from one interest to the other.
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Islas del Rosario

Be met at the hotel by a private guide and transfer to the Santa Cruz pier, a 15-minute drive from the historical center. Travelers will then take a boat to Isla Grande, which makes part of the Rosario Islands. (Please note that the guide will not accompany travelers to Isla Grande).
The Rosario Islands are formed by 23 separate coral Islands, which together constitute one of Colombia’s 46 Natural National Parks. Created to protect one of the most important coral reefs on the Colombian Caribbean Coast, this marine habitat houses one of the richest and most diverse marine ecosystems in Colombia. The park has an extension of 120,000 marine and land hectares and is associated with marine pastures, mangroves and numerous species of algae, as well as a variety of animals which feed the coral and fish life that inhabits the reefs. The Rosario Islands are approximately a one-hour ride from Cartagena by motor boat. The route takes travelers first through the Bahia de Cartagena and then into the open sea, passing through the Bocachica strait between the colonial forts of Bateria de San Jose and Fuerte de San Fernando. Continue on to the Majagua beach hotel, which is located on Isla Grande. Here is where one will have plenty time to relax before lunch is served.
After lunch, there will be some extra time to relax on the beach or take a walk across the island.
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Totumo Volcano

Today, tour Totumo Volcano, known for its medicinal properties. Begin by heading an hour and a half along the coastal highway to reach the site. Legend has it that the volcano was once the home of the devil and spewed hot lava; a local holy man doused the volcano in holy water vanquishing the devil and turning the hot lava in to rich mud. It’s not cold, it’s warm! It does not seem to have a bottom, and it’s impossible to sink. This is truly one of the strangest experiences to have along the Caribbean coastline.
The Volcano is 20 meters high with basic wooden steps up to its crater at the top. The mud is said to have exfoliation properties cleansing the skin while having fun!
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Cartagena – Quito

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota and connect with the international flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bogota and connect with the international flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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Otavalo Market

The Indian markets in Ecuador are well known for their color and diversity. Otavalo is the most famous of the markets. Operating every day, the main market day is actually on Saturdays. Driving north from Quito, this trip begins in Cayambe, where Yampu invites travelers to savor the local specialty biscuits or “Bizcochos” before arriving in the province of Imbabura, also known as “the Province of Lakes”. Approaching Otavalo, there will be stunning views of the San Pablo Lake with the high peak of Imbabura Volcano behind it. Next is the town of Otavalo, home of the largest indigenous market of its kind in South America. (Saturdays only) After lunch, head for Cotocachi, a town renowned for its handmade leather goods. If time allows, also visit Cuicocha, an ancient, eroded volcanic crater famous for the deep lake found within it. Lunch included today. ...read less

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Full Day Colonial Quito Tour & The Equator

This 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. Travelers 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. Travelers will 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 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 the tour, 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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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 Yampu highly recommends resting 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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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 will be 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, an optional sunset horseback riding tour through the Sacsayhuaman Ruins is suggested. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information.
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Machu Picchu

Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will take travelers 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 may confirm entrance to the ruins. Machu Picchu entrance tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
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Machu Picchu

Today is 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).

Today is 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).

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Cusco – Lima – Santiago

Today, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima connecting with a flight to Santiago. Afternoon city tour of Santiago. The tour begins from the Funicular de Santiago (Gondola), which provides a stunning and panoramic view over the city from the top of San Cristobal Hill. Travelers then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas, the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city has a plaza de Armas as when cities were founded the center was also where the armory and military base was established - hence the name Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms). Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. Continue to the Presidential Palace La Moneda; the current seat of the government. Wander the streets that were once elegant at the beginning of the 19th century and now are a commercial center. Also visit some of the original colonial neighborhoods such as Concha y Toro Square. Characterized by its cobbled streets and old mansions that reflect the elegance and richness of the early twentieth century the neighborhood grew to prominence between 1870 and 1876 with the influx of wealth as a result of mining and the discovery of Silver. Many Chileans achieved great wealth, including Enrique Concha y Toro founder of the famed winery. Return to the hotel for the evening. Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). ...read less

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Santiago

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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, one will 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 one will have an opportunity to walk along the city’s winding streets and enjoy the scenery and culture of this charming port-city. Continue on 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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Santiago – Puerto Montt

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Transfer to the airport and take the flight to Puerto Montt. En route to Puerto Varas, travelers will have a tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. Puerto Montt is the capital of the region. Visit the town, Pelluco beach area and Chinquihue on the Tenglo Canal before getting to the picturesque village of Angelmo with time to explore this pretty fishing port and craft center famous for its woolens and woodwork.

Visit the town of Puerto Varas, founded by German immigrants in 1854. 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 lakeshore and enjoy the view of the tranquil waters with Osorno Volcano in the background. Transfer to the hotel.
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Puerto Varas

Depart from Puerto Varas early in the morning and enjoy a private drive to Pargua where the ferry goes to the "big island" of Chiloe. Pass through Chacao and Caulin where there is an abundance of bird life. Continue to Ancud, the largest town on the north of the island and visit the main square, the Chile Tour museum which has a picture display of the history of Chile, showing the myths and legends for which the island is famous. Continue past the Gulf of Quitalmahue to the fort of San Antonio for a visit here. Time for lunch (not included), and in the afternoon visit Huaihuen Hill for a beautiful view of the town and its surroundings. Return to Puerto Varas and transfer to the hotel. ...read less

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Lake crossing to Bariloche

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

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

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Bariloche

Morning, 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, snow-capped peaks, deep blue or transparent green lakes, spring flowers, and alpine architecture. Afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Morning, 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, snow-capped 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

On the Buenos Aires city tour, visit the most famous districts of Buenos Aires, discovering the history and modern life of this world renowned city. The tour provides an in-depth introduction to its architecture, the culture of its people, its anecdotes and secrets. To be put simply Buenos Aires is exceptional: dynamic, sophisticated and awe-inspiring. An exquisite combination of a European atmosphere and the charm of Latin American cities. Begin at the famous Plaza de Mayo, before venturing out to the old tango districts of Buenos Aires: Monserrat, San Telmo and la Boca. Yampu Travelers will then move on to the busiest areas - Puerto Madero, Retiro and Plaza San Martin - and then, districts with wonderful green spaces and old residences: Palermo and Recoleta. ...read less

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Evening of Tango

This morning is at leisure.

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 3 and 4-star option with shared transfers, and the Rojo Tango or Gala Tango for 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 and 10:15pm and the tango show begins around 10:15 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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Iguazu Falls

Early morning, transfer to the airport to take the flight to the Iguazu Falls. Reception at Puerto Iguazu airport and transfer to the hotel on the Argentinian side of the falls for a day of leisure. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Early morning, transfer to the airport to take the flight to the Iguazu Falls. Reception at Puerto Iguazu airport and transfer to the hotel on the Argentinian side of the falls for a day of leisure. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

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Iguazu Falls

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Transfer to 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, board a little train, which runs from the visitor center to the paths and between them. One may also walk from the visitor center to upper and lower paths, but cannot walk to Devil's Throat because it is located more than four kilometers from the visitor center.

Great Adventure: This tour combines a jungle trip with a boat trip to the falls. The trip starts in the jungle of the National Park in roofless 4x4 trucks for best visibility of the trees and to take unobstructed photos. Then take a zodiac boat to the lower Iguazu River upstream to discover the falls little by little with a panoramic view of the Iguazu Falls. Be prepared to get wet under the falls! 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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Iguazu Falls

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 in Rio, reception at airport and transfer to the hotel.
Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).

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 in Rio, reception at airport and transfer to the hotel.
Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).

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Half day Sugar Loaf

Spend this morning 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, travelers will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where they will 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 can be added.
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Corcovado

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Afternoon private tour to Corcovado with private driver/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 gliders overhead. Transfer back to the hotel.

Tonight, experience the show at the Rio Scenarium (this tour does not include dinner). Located in the Lapa area, Rio Scenarium is one of the premier places to listen to the best of Brazilian music, and where the real carioca spirit of bohemian way of life can be felt. The venue is an antique shop during the day, and a live music bar during the night. The programming changes every month, each q\wrapping up around midnight.
Note: If one prefers a traditional samba performance on a stage, Yampu can include Rio Plataforma. After dinner, enjoy a Brazilian music presentation at the famous Rio Plataforma. Rio Plataforma is one of the premier places to listen to the best of Brazilian music. Please ask a travel consultant.
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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.

Bogotá - Bogota, Colombia

Cartagena - Bolivar, Colombia

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Lima, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru

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

  • Plaza-de-Bolivar-Bogota-Colombia

    Bogota

    Located in the center of Colombia, the city of Bogota appeals to all types. The La Candelaria area draws in the lovers of art and culture with its many museums including the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum. Other notable attractions include botanical garden Jose Celestino Mutis, the National Observatory, and over 100 shopping malls.

  • Cartagena-Colombia

    Cartagena

    The walled city of Cartagena, with its cobblestone streets and gorgeous colonial architecture, is full of exciting and engaging sites and activities. Visit the Palacio de la Inquisicion, where the Spanish Inquisition condemned men accused of crimes against religion. Or spend the day at the Playa Blanca beach, enjoying the surf and the sand.

  • Peru_Lima_city

    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.

  • Peru_Cusco_city

    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.

  • santiago_chile

    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.

  • puerto-varas-chile

    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.

  • bariloche_argentina_landscape

    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.

  • foz-do-iguacu-argentina

    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.

  • Rio-de-Janeiro-Brazil

    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.

  • 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.

  • Otavalo-Market-Ecuador

    Otavalo

    Surrounded by the volcanic peaks of Imbabura, Cotacachi, and Mojanda, Otavalo is hiking, camping and fishing. Kayak on the San Pablo Lake, one of the biggest in Ecuador, or enjoy the beauty of the Peguche Waterfall. On Saturdays, visit the market, which takes up nearly one third of the town, to buy locally made crafts such as clothing, jewelry, and stone carvings.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel Casa Deco

Bogota : Abadia Colonial

Cartagena : Hotel Bantu

Cartagena : Alfiz

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

Cusco : Terra Andina

Cusco : Maytaq Wasin

Cusco : Rumi Punku

Machu Picchu : La Cabana

Machu Picchu : Casa Andina Standard, Machu Picchu

Santiago : Torremayor Lyon (Providencia)

Santiago : Hotel Plaza San Francisco (Downtown)

Santiago : Orly (Providencia)

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

Buenos Aires : Rendez-Vous Hotel

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Jasy Hotel

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Hotel Saint George

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Hotel Jardin de Iguazu

Rio de Janeiro : Atlantis Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro : Copa Sul Hotel

4 Star Properties

Bogota : Hotel de la Opera – standard Room

Bogota : Andino Royal

Bogota : Sonesta

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Classic)

Cartagena : Hotel Casa Pestagua

Quito : Casa Aliso

Quito : La Casona de la Ronda

Lima : Dazzler Lima

Lima : Hotel Atton (San Isidro)

Lima : Doubletree El Pardo, Lima

Lima : Airport Lima Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol

Cusco : Esplendor Hotel

Cusco : Casa Andina Premium, Cusco

Cusco : Andean Wings

Cusco : El Mercado

Machu Picchu : El MaPi

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

Buenos Aires : Loi Suites, BA

Buenos Aires : Hotel Madero

Buenos Aires : Design CE

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Amerian el Portal

Rio de Janeiro : Arena Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Pestana Rio Atlantica

5 Star Properties

Bogota : The Orchids Real – Suite

Cartagena : Ananda Hotel Boutique

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Superior)

Cartagena : Casa del Arzobispado

Quito : Swissotel

Quito : Le Parc Hotel

Quito : JW Marriott in Quito

Lima : Country Club Hotel (San Isidro)

Lima : The Westin Lima Hotel (San Isidro)

Cusco : Palacio del Inka by Libertador, Cusco

Cusco : Casa Cartagena

Cusco : Inkaterra La Casona

Machu Picchu : Sumaq Hotel

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Puerto Varas : Cumbres Puerto Varas (Standard Room)

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) : Loi Suites Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Panoramic Grand Hotel

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina Side) : Iguazu Jungle Lodge

Rio de Janeiro : Windsor Miramar

Rio de Janeiro : Pestana Rio Atlantica

Rio de Janeiro : JW Marriott Hotel

Luxury Properties

Bogota : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Suite

Bogota : Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

Cartagena : Hotel Casa San Agustin

Cartagena : Charleston Santa Teresa

Quito : Plaza Grande

Quito : Casa Gangotena

Lima : JW Marriott, Lima

Lima : Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima : Hotel B

Cusco : Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Cusco : Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (standard Room)

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (Suite Room)

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

Santiago : Ritz Carlton

Santiago : W Santiago (Las Condes)

Santiago : The Singular Santiago

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

John and Patty J.

Traveled October, 2014

John and I had a fabulous time on the trip you planned for us in Peru and Ecuador.

John and I had a fabulous time on the trip you planned for us in Peru and Ecuador.You planned every part of our trip down to the last detail, and we are happy to report that all went as planned! We were met at every flight by the guides who did an excellent job of teaching us about the areas we were visiting.They made each day interesting and fun. All of our accommodations were excellent, we especially appreciated the splash pool in our cabana at Inkaterra Amazonica. The weather there was very hot and humid, so being able to cool off in our private pool was a luxury! The one day hike into Machu Picchu was perfect. It gave us a taste of what hiking the Inka Trail was like. For us, it was a great alternative to hiking 4 or more days. We were able to see so many other places to add to our experience, without adding too many more days to our trip.

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Dennis, Laurel, Mike and Linda

Traveled May, 2015

Peru was fascinating, and the people very friendly

We enjoyed this trip very much, Peru was fascinating, and the people very friendly. The itinerary was well-paced, full of interesting places and historical sites. Obviously we were on the go a great deal, yet there was also time to ourselves to explore and try out some restaurants. From the big city of Lima, to colonial Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley, spectacular Machu Picchu, to Lake Titicaca, we certainly covered a lot of ground. Some of the highlights: The hors d’oeuvres at Museo Larco, seaside Miraflores, the central square in Cusco, the Sunday market in Chinchero, the Moray salt fields, visiting the Andean family in Misminay, beautiful Sol y Luna hotel, the funky town of Aguas Calientes, of course Machu Picchu, and for Laurel and me, the floating islands of the Uros and Taquille Island on Lake Titicaca. Overall, we were very pleased with how Yampu handled this trip. Representatives were always waiting for us when we arrived somewhere. All our tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable, making our tours very enjoyable. We were happy with our hotels, and of course Sol y Luna was just exceptional and Palacio Manco Capac was a beautiful boutique hotel with nice views of Cusco.

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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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