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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

This journey is for solo travellers looking for the trip of a lifetime, on a small group experience!

Discover all the wonders of South America. Arrive to Lima, a town rich in ancient history for your first two nights, then take a stunning short flight over the Andes to arrive to Cusco, the archeological capital of the Americas. Explore Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 

From Cusco, travel to the altiplano for an unforgettable three night visit to Lake Titicaca. While visiting the lake, experience a catamaran sailing day and unique visits to Taquile and Uros Islands. Then returning to Lima, finishing your exploration of Peru, you take part in a culinary tour of the flavours of Peru, and a visit to the famous Larco Museum.

Onward to Brazil to arrive to the stunning Iguazu Falls, including a visit to both sides of the falls in Brazil and Argentina and a view from beneath, with a boat safari, to witness the impressive power of this enormous natural wonder.

From Iguassu Falls, to your final destination is the spectacular city of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where we spend three nights before your journey comes to a close.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    21 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    South America
  • Destinations:
    Peru, Brazil
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early price from $12585 tour & airfare package with your own room. *EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Coach,Train,Air
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    Maximum of 12 travellers
  • Trip Code:
    peru18-10
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

'Thank you Arendezvous! The trip to South America was fantastic. The tour guides were great and made the holiday. Everything about the tour was great - could've kept going!'

Jane, 54 years, Sydney, NSW

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INCLUSIONS

  • International return economy airfare ex Sydney, Australia ^
  • 18 nights of quality accommodation
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 8 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Vistadome train journey from Cusco to the town of Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • 4 internal flights in South America^
  • Group airport arrival transfer, Lima, Peru **
  • Group airport departure transfer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil **
  • All entrance fees to sightseeing inclusions as per the itinerary
  • Professional local guides at each destination
  • All tips for tour personnel
  • Small group tour, maximum 12 travellers

^ included with the tour & airfare package and includes departures from Sydney, including air taxes to the value of $270 per person. An add-on fare applies for departures from other cities. May exclude some nominal airport taxes in South America that must be paid at the airport.

** ^ Airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package. See getting there page for more detail

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tour, Lima, the most important American city during colonial times
  • Discover colourful Cusco, and enjoying free time to wander the streets of this charming town.
  • Delight your senses with a highlight fine dining Peruvian dinner in Cusco
  • Take the Vistadome train journey to Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Visit the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu
  • Spend 3 nights at Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru
  • Visit the thunderous Iguassu Falls and witness the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentina sides.
  • Visit the two famous sights of Rio de Janiero; Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains, including the impressive Christ Redeemer statue
  • Walk through the sand on Copacabana Beach
  • Enjoy small group touring

PRE TOUR STAY OPTION:
We encourage travellers to arrive the day prior to the tour commencement, to allow time to adjust to the new time zone. The cost of the additional hotel night of stay applies. When you book your flight with us, and stay at the group hotel, as part of your package, the airport arrival transfer is also included for a pre tour stay Saturday 2 June 2018.

** The itinerary below reflects the inclusions for the tour & airfare package. For a tour only package, flights to and from South America are additional. Also the internal flights within South America referenced in this itinerary below are also not included with the tour only option, and must be arranged and additional costs apply.

DAY 1: SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018
Lima, PERU

Depart Australia on our group nominated flight (included with the tour & airfare package)

Welcome to Lima, Peru!

Flights from Australia arrive at the end of the day. For all travellers on the group flight*, you are met by a tour representative and transferred to the group hotel. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

* an airport transfer is provided for travellers who have purchased the group flight with us as part of their package. If you have made your own flight arrangements, and are travelling on the same flight as the group, you can join the transfer for a nominal fee.

Meals: no included meals today

DAY 2: MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2018
Lima, PERU

Today there’s a half day city tour of Lima, the capital of Peru. To ensure a relaxed start to the day, we start at mid-morning.

Take a walk around the main square, where you can find the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and Metropolitan City Hall; all beautiful buildings and all full of history and tradition.

Then, visit Santo Domingo church and Francisco Monastery, a XVII century jewel, recognised as cultural heritage by UNESCO. The tour continues to the modern district of San Isidro. And finally, you will visit the Larco Museum, the most complete private collection of treasures that takes visitors through five thousand years of ancient Peru’s history.

Tonight, join fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy a Peruvian meal and entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

DAY 3: TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2018
Lima to Cusco, PERU

Today we take a short internal flight from Lima to Cusco (this flight is included with the tour & airfare package**).

Arriving to Cusco, the group is met and transferred to the hotel. Cusco is located approximately 3400m about sea level so take your time to get acclimatized to the altitude. It’s an enchanting town, packed with culture and Incan history.

On arrival, the rest of the day is at your leisure. Your hotel is centrally located, and you will find it easy to wander the streets of Cusco and make your own local discoveries.

TIP: Read our page ‘Visas & Medical’ on our website for information about visiting High Altitude destinations.

We celebrate our arrival to Cusco with a three course dinner at local contemporary restaurant.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4:  WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2018
Cusco, Peru 

Today, get to explore the unique city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, on a half day guided tour.  The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an Incan palace and main centre for the worship of the sun god, Inti.  When the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built their church over this temple’s foundations – so stands today the church of Santo Domingo.

Your next destination is the main square, and then continues to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas.  How did the ancients move and place these gigantic stones?   Enjoy the view to Cusco from here.

The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites:  Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, all important religious and administrative bases for the Incas.

The evening is at your leisure. Your hotel is conveniently located with many dining options close by. 

Meals: Buffet breakfast

DAY 5:  THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2018
Cusco to Sacred Valley, PERU

You start off early this morning and travel to the town of Pisac, on the way you will visit Awanakancha, a store where you will find Peruvian handicrafts – perfect souvenirs; then onto the captivating Pisac Market.

As our day continues, we visit Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious, and agricultural centre strategically located at the top of a mountain. From the archaeological site, look down at the town and see its incredibly narrow streets and canals that have not changed since the Incas constructed them.

Today, the group enjoys an impressive lunch together, that will leave you wanting for nothing more. We enjoy an overnight stay in the Sacred Valley and the evening is free for you to relax.

Meals:  Buffet breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6:  FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2018
Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, PERU

Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism:  Machu Picchu archaeological site. The Vistadome train journey is an experience in itself, with stunning countryside scenery as you journey to the foot hills of Machu Picchu. 

Once there, disembark the train and then board a bus that drives you up to Machu Picchu, a New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.  Afterwards, there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax or to meditate. Later, the group descends to Aguas Calientes (hot water) town for lunch together.

Tonight, relax and enjoy dinner with your group at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7:  SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2018
Machu Picchu to Cusco, PERU 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at your leisure.

Tip: If you want to return to Machu Picchu this morning, this option must be pre purchased, and is subject to availability. Please ask us about this before finalising your booking.

Later, we board the train to head back to Cusco. The train journey takes us to Ollantaytambo Station, where you will be met and driven to your hotel in Cusco.

Tonight in Cusco, join together for a fine dining highlight experience. The restaurant’s location is wonderful!  Within the courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art of Cusco, both the stunning colonial architecture and reinvented Peruvian menu will delight your senses.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 8:  SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER 2018
Cusco – Puno (Lake Titicaca), PERU   

Today we drive to Puno. It’s a longer day of travels but with wonderful scenery on the way and sightseeing stops too. First you will visit Andahuaylillas, where a 17thC church boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After this you will visit Racchi ruins, known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha".

The last stop before arriving to Puno will be La Raya, the highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno, perfect for excellent photo opportunities.  When you arrive at Puno the rest of the day is at your leisure, until the evening when we come together for a group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9:  MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2018
Lake Titicaca, PERU 

The day begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island (rising 3950m above sea level). The culture on the island is old, dating back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their textiles (knitting from the men and weaving from the women). In fact, UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. 

Next, while still on the island, you will visit the community of Huayllano, whose members will show you their artistic, handicraft, and farming activities.  Enjoy a traditional lunch and then sail over to the famous floating reed islands of Uros.

ros Islands are a group of man-made floating islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca. Here, you will meet the islanders, hunters and gatherers and descendants of the first altiplano inhabitants, who still live on totora reed platforms.

At the end of the day, return to the hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10:  TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2018
Day out on a catamaran, Lake Titicaca

Before heading out for the day, enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

This morning we transfer early to Copacabana Sanctuary to board the Catamaran Cruise Ship. We cruise to the Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire, on arrival we visit the Inca Garden, steps and Fountain of Youth. Then, a visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex; it includes the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine centre, the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centre, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft centre, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out, the largest variety of Andean camelids (alpaca, llama, guanaco, and vicuńa).

Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.

And the end of our day, we cruise back to Copacabana Sanctuary, then transfer to Puno city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11:  WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018
Puno to Lima, PERU

Today we end our visit of the high Altiplano of Peru and fly back to Lima (this flight is included with the tour & airfare package **). 

Upon arrival at Lima airport you will be transferred from the airport to the city. 

This evening is at your leisure.

Meals:  Breakfast

DAY 12:  THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2018
Lima, PERU

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before our half day culinary tour.

Visit one of Lima’s symbolic markets to appreciate the amazing variety of fish, exotic fruits, and vegetables used in Peruvian food. You will be equipped with a list of products and descriptions of food you will encounter to help you enjoy this visit even more. 

Afterwards, you will watch as the chef of a renowned restaurant demonstrates how to prepare Peru’s main dishes, and you will learn how to make a delicious Peruvian dish yourself.

Rounding out this culinary experience is a memorable Peruvian lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13:  FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018
Lima, PERU to Iguazu, BRAZIL

FLIGHT:
LA2443    X13    LIM -  IGU        
Depart    1230  
Arrive     1825
Daily except Mon & Wed

Today, the group transfers to the airport to take an international flight to Iguazu, Brazil (this flight is included with the tour and airfare package**).

On arrival to Iguazu you are met and transferred to your hotel in Brazil.  (Visas must be arranged for Australian passport holders. Passport holders of other countries should check their visa requirements). The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14:  SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2018
Iguassú Falls, BRAZIL

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel, before heading out on tour to view the spectacular Brazilian side of the Falls, a boat safari to the Falls and then a fabulous visit to the Bird Park.

The Iguazu Falls, situated in the Iguazu National Park are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Listed in 1986 by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site, the Iguau National Park is one of the largest of the forest reserves in South America. The park is a subtropical rainforest and an araucaria forest, with palms, imbúia, caviúna, mate herb and other species.

Once at the Falls, there’s an easy-to-walk path of approximately 1200m. At the end, arrive to a platform for a panoramic and breathtaking view of the Falls. The tour ends on the upper part of the Falls, reached by a panoramic elevator. From here, we go to the Porto Canoas area, for a tranquil view of the Upper Iguazu River.

After a view from above, we discover the Falls from below, on our Macuco Boat Safari

The tour starts travelling onboard open trolleys, then a walk to the Macuco Port, with a panoramic view of the Macuco Falls. From here we ride in inflatable boats as close as one kilometre from base of the Falls at the spectacular Devil's Throat. On the way back we are ‘baptised’ under a shower of water from the Three Musketeer Falls.

After our Macuco Safari we make our way to the Parque das Aves where there is time for a lunch stop before touring the park. This Bird Park is an ecological sanctuary, providing an ‘up close’ view of some 900 birds and 150 species (even some from Australia) as they would be in nature.

As the day comes to an end we head back to our hotel for a relaxing evening at your leisure.

Lunch and dinner today are by your own arrangement.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15:  SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER 2018
Iguassu Falls, BRAZIL & ARGENTINA 

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before we transfer to Argentina, to view Iguassu Falls from the Argentine side.  Cross the 480m International Fraternity Bridge connecting the two countries to arrive at the Iguaçu National Park. Board the ecological trains to Cataratas Station to observe the Upper and Lower part of Iguassu Falls, then to Devils' Throat Station, one of the most important observation points of the Falls.

After our tour, we cross back over the border from Argentina to Brazil for our final night of stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16:  MONDAY 29 OCTOBER 2018
Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janiero, BRAZIL

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Today, we travel to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. (This internal flight is included with the tour & airfare package price**)

On arrival to Rio de Janeiro, the group is met at the airport and transferred to the hotel, located at Copacabana Beach. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17:  TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2018
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL 

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before a full day of touring the highlights of Rio de Janiero.

We visit two of the most famous sights in Rio de Janeiro today:  Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains, including the iconic landmark of Christ Redeemer statue.

After arriving at the base of Corcovado Mountain via the Cosme Velho Train, we ride through the lush and dense Tijuca rainforest to the towering Christ Redeemer statue.  This massive statue, which stands guard over the city of Rio has a fascinating history that will be shared by your local guide.  Then, we make our way to downtown Rio for a panoramic tour, and see the Sambrodome and stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral. 

Lunch today is at a local restaurant. After lunch you head toward toward the Urca neighborhood, home of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Ride the iconic cable cars all the way up the mountain, stopping at Urca Hill and its vantage point overlooking Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi bridge and Corcovado mountain. You finish your ascent to the top of Sugar Loaf to enjoy gorgeous views of the Copacabana beach and Santa Cruz Fortress. 

After riding the cable car back down, we return to the hotel and the evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 18:  WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2018
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before our morning vintage Jeep tour!   Beginning with an exploration of the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro, see the buildings from the colonial era like the Monastery of St Benedict and Arcos da Lapa.  Also architectural examples from the Empire Era like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Municipal Theatre.  The tour continues to the Santa Teresa district, an old neighborhood of Rio (during the 60's Santa Teresa became the hippies’ centre and today the home of many artists such painters and sculptors).  On this tour, we understand local community day to day life, walking through the alleys and the commercial area of the neighbourhood.

There’s time at leisure this afternoon and tonight, a farewell dinner at a Brazilian Steakhouse, to celebrate the amazing discoveries of South America.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19:  THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2018
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
 

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel.

The day is at your leisure, until it’s time to transfer to the airport for your onward journey. A group transfer is included for the group nominated return flight to Australia *

Farewell South America…we hope you’ve are taking home some amazing memories.

Meals: Breakfast

* included if you have purchased your flights with us as part of your package, otherwise a transfer fee applies.

** the tour & airfare package applies to the package inclusive of flights ex major capital cities in Australia. If you are making your own flight arrangements it’s necessary that you book the same internal flights in South America to correspond to our itinerary and group airport to hotel transfers. You will need to obtain these flight detail from us.

DAY 20:  FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2018
In transit

DAY 21:  SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2018
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Arrive home to Australia.

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Star Rating

Lima, Peru

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

4

Cusco, Peru

Novotel Cusco

 4

Yucay, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley

 3.5

Aguas Calientes, Peru
(Machu Picchu)

El Mapi by Inkaterra or
Casa Andina Machu Picchu

3.5

Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Sonesta Posada Del Inca

3.5

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Mabu Thermas Hotel

 4

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Windsor Exelsior Hotel

3.5

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CASA ANDINA SELECT MIRAFLORES, LIMA
A comfortable hotel with a fully equipped fitness room as well as sauna, jacuzzi and hair salon. Room amenities include; desk, iPod port and alarm clock, mini bar (empty), coffee kit, digital safety box, Iron & ironing board, hair dryer, bathtub.

La Plaza restaurant combines tradition with the exquisite local ingredients. Guests will enjoy a tasty and varied breakfast buffet with seasonal fruits, cereals, select hams, cheeses, and eggs. The restaurant is open 6am to 11pm.

NOVOTEL, CUSCO
The Novotel Cusco hotel is located in the historic centre, close to Cusco's main tourist attractions: the Plaza de Armas, the 12 Angle Stone, the viewpoint at San Cristóbal church and the Qorikancha temple. It features modern and colonial architecture with large rooms and free WIFI.

Relax in the shade of the covered courtyard, sample a courtesy coca tea or try the restaurant's international cuisine.

ARANWA SACRED VALLEY HOTEL & WELLNESS, YUCAY
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17th century, just half an hour from the city of Cusco, and 30 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel rooms are decorated in Colonial, Modern and Minimalist-styles.

Enjoy unforgettable days in the suites of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, and let yourself go with its mystical atmosphere in the Sacred Valley that combines the magical encounter of two periods: the ancient Inca culture and colonial grandeur in one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world.

EL MAPI BY INKATERRA, AGUAS CALIENTES
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 81 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.

OR

CASA ANDRINA, MACHU PICCHU
Our Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu hotel is a modern and friendly hotel strategically located in Aguas Calientes to go to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The hotel has 53 new and comfortable rooms with impeccable basic finishings that will allow you to rest and replenish your energy to enjoy the tour of the citadel.
The Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu hotel stands out for its spectacular view of the Vilcanota River, giving the restaurant and some of its rooms a special atmosphere.

Guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of Vilcanota River, and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.

SONESTA POSADA DEL INCA, PUNO, LAKE TITICACA
The hotel is located 5 km from Puno, on the northeast coasts of Lake Titicaca, approximately 50 km from Juliaca Airport and a few minutes from Puno train station.

Situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, Sonesta Posadas del Inca Peruvian combines traditional hospitality with first-class service and offers an environment surrounded by beauty, tranquility and spectacular scenery giving its guests a unique experience of the beautiful lake.

MABU THERMAS GRAND RESORT, IGUAZU FALLS
Located above Guarani Aquifer, one of the world's largest underground water reservoirs, Mabu Thermas Grand Resort includes free WiFi. Mabu Thermas also features outdoor pools, a swim-up bar, hot tubs, a sun terrace, and other attractions and recreational activities. A spa, a restaurant and a bar with high quality cuisine are available for guests.
Mabu Therma’s comfortable rooms are all equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar and a desk. The private bathrooms include a shower and a hairdryer.
The Three Borders Landmark is 4 km away and the entrance of Iguaçu National Park is within 9 km.

WINDSOR EXCELSIOR, COPACABANA BEACH RESORT, RIO DE JANEIRO
Guests just cross the street to swim in the green waters of the sea of Copacabana, without worrying about chairs and towels. The hotel provides everything as a courtesy. Then, if you want to go out for a while and experience the beauty of Rio de Janeiro, the Windsor Excelsior is a key point, providing easy access to major points of the city.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

 ** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING #2: Book & pay the deposit by 19 December 2017
SAVE $400 for tour & airfare package with your own room | $250 if you share 

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE WITH YOUR OWN ROOM

EARLY BIRD: Tour price ex Sydney

$12585

STANDARD: Tour price ex Sydney

$12985

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION: 

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2040 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing). 

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE
* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

TOUR ONLY EXCLUSIONS  (without airfares)
All international airfares and internal airfares within South America are excluded when you purchase the tour package only, without airfares. If making your own arrangements it’s essential you liaise with us to ensure you arrange the same flights as our group itinerary. Without a travel itinerary that is the same as the group travel arrangements we cannot guarantee airport transfers, and if additional transfer fees on arrival and departure to/from and within South America will apply.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

TAXES & FUEL COSTS, AND SURCHARGES:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $270. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. 

Not included: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Share and save with our roommate match option.

On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $600 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Thursday 12 July 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Lima, PERU                           
Depart from: Rio, BRAZIL         

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
As a guide, hotel check in times are not generally before 2pm or sometimes 3pm and hotel check out times are by 11am or 12 midday.

Final Hotel, Rio Hotel Check Out
Hotel Check out time is by noon.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TRANSFERS
For all travellers on the nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package*, you are met by a tour representative and transferred to the group hotel on arrival. Also, on departure, the transfer to the airport is included as part of your package.

* For travellers who have made their own flight arrangements, and also travelling on our nominated tour flight you can opt to join the transfer for a nominal fee.

AIRPORT TAXIS
If you are not opting for the private airport transfer service booked with us, there are official and unofficial taxis. It is best to seek out the official service within the airport (not outside). Expect the ride to Miraflores to take at least an hour.

 

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites, including the Airport information. Content is provided as a guide only.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single/solo travellers.

THE PACE - MEDIUM [3 out of 5]
A moderate to faster pace. There are some days with early starts and full days of touring.  The nights of stay at each destination are either 1, 2 or 3 nights (refer to the tour map for details).

A reasonable level of fitness or more is recommended for joining this tour.  You should be able to walk for up to 5 kilometres on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. You must be able to carry your own bags, as porter service may not always be available at all hotels.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.

HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS
For some travellers, visiting Cusco can lead to some symptoms of high altitude sickness. Mostly these symptoms would be mild to moderate. For some, no symptoms are experienced.  In less frequent cases, stronger symptoms. There are things you can do to assist or prevent high altitude sickness. 

As one ascends, air pressure decreases and less oxygen can be inhaled.  Bodies adapt but this usually takes a few days. Some symptoms may include, a headache, dizziness, breathlessness, heart pounding, an upset stomach, sleeplessness, vivid dreams, forgetfulness, a magnified reaction to alcohol, dehydration.

Precautions and remedies include rest, eating lightly, increasing your fluid intake, avoiding coffee and alcohol, drink the local ‘Mate de Coca’ tea, breathe deeply, get fresh air.

Before leaving home, ask your doctor about preventative medications. On prescribed drug called Diamox (Acetazolamide), has been shown to assist. It is a consideration and you need to seek advice from a medical doctor.   

The information presented is a combination of advice from different sources and is only an overview of the symptoms and precautions for altitude sicknesses to assist in planning for your trip.  Encounter Travel strongly recommends that each traveller seek and follow the advice of a doctor on the matter of altitude sickness prior to departure.  The responsibility for decisions is that of each traveller and their doctor.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

Highlight Dinners
The itinerary includes a number of highlight dining experiences, dining at local restaurants and some meals at our hotels. 

LOCAL GUIDES
This is a private group tour with English speaking locally based guides for each destination.

TRANSPORT
Transport includes air, train and boat travel

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Maximum checked luggage allowance is a maximum weight of 20kg (40lbs).  Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

On the train journey to/from Machu Picchu allowable passenger carryon bags must not exceed 5kg and restricted to sizes 157cm (length + width + height) - any luggage not meeting the measurements cannot be taken aboard.

As a guide, for internal flights in South America, maximum 1 piece of checked luggage not exceeding 23 kilograms. For specific airline luggage restrictions, refer to your ticket terms.

Visit our Travel Guide for PERU and BRAZIL page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Thank you Arendezvous! The trip to South America was fantastic. The tour guides were great and made the holiday. Everything about the tour was great - could've kept going!'

Jane, 54 years, Sydney, NSW

'For a taste of South America, the South American Highlights is a must. You will want to go again.'

John, 55 years, ACT

'Everything was very well organised, the guides great, meeting us at the airports and making sure all was well with us.'

Janice, 74 years, QLD
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