Contrasts of South America Overview

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      USD $4,595
      CAD $4,890
      AUD $5,080
      EUR €3,535
      GBP £3,040
      NZD $6,020
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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Discover the delights of South America in Peru, Argentina and Brazil

There are many sides to South America, from the energy of the cities, the beauty of the lansdcapes and the spirit of its people. Discover it all on this trip that winds through the Inca heartlands and jungles of Peru, the enigmatic cities and natural wonders of Argentina and the dynamism of Brazil's vivacious Rio. See animals, meet locals, traverse trails and marvel at all the contrasts of this very special corner of the world.

  • Trek the awe-inspiring Inca Trail
  • Become immersed in local culture in Peru's Sacred Valley
  • Delve into the exotic depths of the Amazon Jungle
  • Discover the rhythms of Rio
  • Check out Buenos Aires' eclectic neigbourhoods
  • Admire stunning Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Lima, Peru
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    18 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Hotel (11 nts), Ranchstay (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus, Canoe, Minibus, Plane, Private minibus, Train
  • Included activities:

    2-Night Peru Amazon Adventure, 4 or 3 days trek and Machu Picchu guided tour, Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour, Coca Museum, Guarani community Entrance, Iguazu Falls entrance fee- Argentina side, Iguazu Falls entrance fee- Brazil side, Posada Rancho Ibera Pckg: 2nts stay + 2 activities + fullboard, Wildlife watching walk

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    788kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    The international flight from Lima to Buenos Aires on day 12 of this itinerary is not included in the price of the trip and you must purchase it separately. This trip is a combination of the following 2 trips: Inca Trail & Amazaon (GGSEC) and Argentina & Brazil Explorer (GSST) Please look at these trip individually if the Contrasts of South America doesn't show departure date match to suite your travel plans. INCA TRAIL: Please note this trip can be confirmed immediately until 30 days out from the departure date, however Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once your deposit is paid and passport details provided, we will endeavour to secure a permit for you and get back to you within 72 hours. In order to obtain an Inca Trail permit, it's vital that you provide the correct and most up-to-date passport information at the time of booking (date of birth, passport number, expiry date and name spelling exactly as it appears in the passport that you will travel with). Inconsistencies and/or changes between passport details provided at the time of booking and the passport you travel with will most likely result in you not being granted access to the Inca Trail. If for reasons outside your control you must change your passport (ie. your passport gets lost or stolen) after your Inca Trail permit has been purchased, please contact your booking agent immediately to attempt arrange an alternative permit (fees may apply). Amongst other restrictions, Inca Trail permits are dated. Should you request a change to your original trip or travel day, a new permit will need to be purchased (subject to availability) at an extra cost. In the event that Inca Trail permits can't be secured, you'll be offered the following options: 1) Change to another trip or departure. 2) Hike the alternative Quarry Trail, which includes a visit to Machu Picchu. 3) Stay in Cuzco for 2 nights, travel to Aguas Calientes by train for a 3rd night and visit Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco. The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you'll automatically be booked to hike the Quarry Trail. Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Please note if you choose this option you'll be unaccompanied by your group leader. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply. , Please note that since the production of this trip the wetlands home stay has changed to a family owned lodge.

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    USD $4,595
    CAD $4,890
    AUD $5,080
    EUR €3,535
    GBP £3,040
    NZD $6,020
    ZAR R46,240
    CHF FR4,355
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    USD $241
    CAD $257
    AUD $267
    EUR €186
    GBP £160
    NZD $316
    ZAR R2,433
    CHF FR229
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Day 1 Lima

Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.

Day 2 Cuzco

Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.

Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

The Sacred Valley was once the heartland of the Inca Empire and now contains picturesque villages and impressive archeological sites. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the city of Ollantaytambo is an incredible archeological site and the starting point of the classic Inca Trail trek.

Days 4-8 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Winding around mountains, through valleys and up steep slopes, the iconic Inca Trail is a series of beautiful vistas and challenging hikes all the way to Machu Picchu. Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti.

Days 9-10 Amazon Jungle

A small city sitting on the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, Puerto Maldonado is the gateway for trips into Peru's incredible Amazon Jungle.

Day 11 Lima

Founded in 1535, Lima still has a wealth of colonial buildings and grandiose churches, plus there are many interesting museums and great restaurants to enjoy.

Days 12-13 Buenos Aires

Cosmopolitan, cultured and chic, Buenos Aires has European sensibilities with a fiery Latin heart. Discover colonial architecture, funky neighbourhoods, exceptional cuisine and a thriving nightlife.

Days 14-15 Ibera wetlands

Winding through the Corrientes province of Argentina, the Ibera Wetlands are the second largest wetlands in the world and are a haven for some of the region's most unique animals.

Days 16-17 Iguazu falls

An Argentinean town close to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu is a relaxed, friendly place to rest after a day enjoying the splendour of the falls.

Days 18-19 Rio de Janeiro

Cosmopolitan, cultured and chic, Buenos Aires has European sensibilities with a fiery Latin heart. Discover colonial architecture, funky neighbourhoods, exceptional cuisine and a thriving nightlife.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $4,595
      CAD $4,890
      AUD $5,080
      EUR €3,535
      GBP £3,040
      NZD $6,020
      ZAR R46,240
      CHF FR4,355
      *
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