Lima to Rio de Janeiro: Tour 23 days
Day 1: Lima
Welcome to South America! We pick you up from the airport and check in to our hotel for the night. Depending on when you arrive, you can start to explore the city.
Day 2: Lima – Cusco
In the morning we take a flight to Cusco. After we checked into the hotel, we have time to relax and get used tot he height. In the afternoon we will start the city tour where we will visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral Coricancha and other attractions. The rest oft the day is at leisure to enjoy the atmosphere of this unique city.
Day 3: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Valle Sagrado – Aguas Calientes
Today we start a trip to get to know the Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado) with the typical terraces of Inca period and villages Pisac and ist colorful Indian Market (Calca, Yucay, Urubamba). After lunch we visit Ollantaytambo where we can see big rock walls, temples and palaces. We stay today at a hotel in Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Using a bus we climb up to Machu Picchu, one oft he Seven Wonders oft the World. We will spend about three hours, among other things, hearing the history of the Inca Site explained by a guide. In the afternoon we return by train to Cusco.
Day 5: Cusco – Puno
After breakfast we head by bus on the way to Puno. We stop at places like Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Pucara before we finally reach Puno.
Day 6: Puno – Lake Titicaca – Uros – Island Amantani
Today we will have an unforgetable excursion at the Lake Titicaca tot he Uros Islands. We will get to know the local life, which didn’t change a lot with time. Then we will visit the Island of Amantani where we will spend the night in the house of one oft the residents.
Day 7: Island Amantani – Taquile – Puno
After breakfast we continue our journey to the island of Taquile where we get to know the development of weaving the residents for generations witnessed. Overnight in Puno.
Day 8: Puno – Copacabana – La Paz
Today we take a touristic bus to get to La Paz. We pass the border with Bolivia in Copacabana. Overnight in La Paz.
Day 9: La Paz – Valle de la Luna – optional: Death Road
Today we take a trip to the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna); an impressive place with reddish rock formations. We will also visit the „Market of the Witches“. Optional you have the possibility to visit the death Road today. This trip includes a bike ride on the „most dangerous road in the world“ (in fact its not that dangerous).
Day 10: La La Paz – Uyuni
Our way from La Paz to Uyuni takes about 11 hours and is carried by train. We have the opportunity to observe the magnificent scenery that changes along the way. Trains only operate on Tuesdays and Fridays, so if there is no train we take the local bus. Overnight in Uyuni.
Day 11: Salar de Uyuni
This day we spend in the largest salt desert in the world. In Colchani we get to know how the salt is obtaines and processed and we visit a hotel made entirely from salt. Then we visit the Island Inkahuasi that is almost completely overgrown with cacti. Here we will have lunch. Overnight in a simple Hostal in Chuivica.
Day 12: Laguna Colorada
We continue our journey towards Laguna Colorada. On the way we pas the Stone Forest with its famous „Arbol de Piedra“, the active volcano Ollagüe and a variety of lagoons harboring flamingos and other wildlife. We will stay in a simple accommodation near the Laguna Colorada at an altitude of 4300m above sea level.
Day 13: Laguna Colorada – San Pedro de Atacama
Today we head towards San Pedro de Atacama behind the Chilean border. On the way we stop at the geysers „Sol de manana“ on 5000m above sea level and at hot springs where we can relax. At around 13:30 we will reach San Pedro de Atacama, a town surrounded by one of the driest deserts in the world.
Day 14: San Pedro de Atacama – Valle de la Luna
In the morning we start the journey towards Pukara Quitor. Here we visit a fortress and ruins dating back to 1536. We have a spectacular view of the Cordillera Real and Quebrada. In the afternoon we visit another Moon Valley. Overnight again in San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 15: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago de Chile – Mendoza
Early in the morning we start to Calama (100Km) to take the flight to Santiago de Chile. From here we continue with another flight to Mendoza.
Day 16 & 17: Mendoza
The following two days will be spent in Mendoza. We will make different trips and city tours.
Half-Day Bodegas: visit famous wine houses and Botique wineries, tastings of wine and visit an olive oil factory
Canopy: An adventurous experience, ride a funicular over the Arentine landscape.
Day 18: Mendoza – Buenos Aires
Today we take our flight to Buenos Aires where we have the rest of the day/afternoon of free time. In the evening we visit a tango show – „an unforgettable experience of Argentina“.
Day 19: Buenos Aires
In the morning we will make a city tour; visit the Plaza de Mayo, the Cathedral and other sights. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 20: Buenos Aires – Puerto Iguazu
Today we will take our flight to Iguazu. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 21: Iguazu – Cataratas (Argentinan side)
Today we visit the Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side. These beautiful waterfalls surrounded by lush subtropical forest were declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. The diversitiy of flora and fauna, the ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies is amazing.
Day 22: Iguazu – Cataratas (Brazilian side)
After breakfast we visit the Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side. This tour takes place in Brazilian terrain, some visitors may require a visa.
Day 23: Iguazu – Rio de Janeiro
Today we take the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Price per person = 3490,-USD
+ flights 780,-USD = 4270,-USD
Meals (mostly), all nights with breakfast, all transfers, train Machu Picchu and boating Lake Titicaca, all entrance fees (National Park, churches, museums, cathedrals, ruins, Machu Picchu), local tourist guides, flight Lima-Cusco, flight Calama-Santiago, flight Santiago-Mendoza, flight Mendoza-Buenos Aires, flight Buenos Aires-Iguazu, flight Iguazu-Rio de Janeiro
Snacks, water, admission to discotheques, alcoholic beverages, international flights to your home