SMALL GROUP TOURING

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.

There’s quality dining and accommodation throughout, with expert local guides in each destination.

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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:
    $13585 tour & airfare package, own room.
  • Transport:
    Coach,Train,Air
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    12 travellers
REVIEWS

'Thank you! 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
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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 return 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 Janiero, Brazil **
  • All entrance fees to sightseeing inclusions as per the itinerary
  • Professional local guides at each destination
  • Tips for local guides & drivers included
  • 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.
# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package. 
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares & airport transfers if booking a tour only package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • 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



Departure Dates for this tour

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26 MAY - 15 JUN 2019
Early bird offer
$13585, tour & airfare with own room*
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SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by Wednesday 19 December 2018
SAVE $600 for tour & airfare package with your own room | $350 if you share

Note: early bird option does not apply to the tour only option - only applies when you book the tour and airfare with us a total package.
* ‘share’ refers to sharing a room with another person; a friend or a roommate match that we arrange. 

Prices per person, AUD

Own Room

EARLY BIRD: Tour price ex Sydney

$13585

STANDARD: Tour price ex Sydney

$14185

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2390 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).


Trip Code: perubr19-5

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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 the night prior to the tour commencement.

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 are not included with the tour only option, and must be arranged, and the additional costs apply. 

DAY 1  
Lima, PERU

Depart Australia on our group nominated tour flight*

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 nominated tour 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  
Lima, PERU   

Today there’s a half day city tour of Lima, the capital of Peru and a lovely lunch together while you are out, getting acquainted with the city.

Take a walk around the main square, where you can find the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and Metropolitan City Hall; 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 with a folklore show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 3  
Lima to Cusco, PERU

Today we take a short flight from Lima to Cusco (this flight is included with the tour & airfare package**). Enjoy the view from the sky across the Andes.

Arriving to Cusco, the group is met and transferred to the hotel.  Cusco is located approximately 3400m about sea level and 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 dinner at local contemporary restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
** if you have elected to make your own flight arrangements you must ask our travel team for the exact flights to book to suit this itinerary. Making your own flight arrangements is not recommended.

DAY 4
Cusco, Peru 

Today, get to explore the unique city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.  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 continuing 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 the other significant archaeological sites: Kenko and Puca-Pucara.

Finally, you will visit the Inka's Expression art workshop, where you will appreciate how different Peruvian natural products are used (such as plants, fruits, vegetables among others) and you will discover their nutritional, curative and cosmetic properties.

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

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5  
Cusco to Sacred Valley, PERU   

This morning 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 a lunch that honours the Andean ingredients, and 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:  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 
Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, PERU

HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCE
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 to arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes.

Once there, we disembark the train to then then board a bus that makes the ascent to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.  Later, the group descends to Aguas Calientes town for lunch together and a relaxing overnight stay.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 7  
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. See our OPTIONAL TOURS information on our website.

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 with stunning colonial architecture and the menu a reinvented Peruvian offer that will delight your senses.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 8
Cusco – Puno (Lake Titicaca), PERU   

You will be picked up from our hotel to make the journey to Puno. En route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the South Valley of Cusco. First stop is Andahuaylillas, where you will find the church of San Pedro, a beautiful seventeenth century building that has an impressive organ, decorated with angels and cherubs.Then, visit the ruins of Raqchi -also known as The Temple of God Wiracocha. After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant.

Then, you will head towards La Raya, the highest point between Cusco and Andahuaylillas, where you will make a brief stop to appreciate the landscape. Afterwards, you will head towards Pucara, where you will visit the town and museum of this Inca military construction, which also functioned as an administrative centre.
The day comes to an end as you arrive to Puno and are transferred to your hotel.
Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 9
Lake Titicaca, PERU 


The day begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island (rising 3950m above sea level). note: this is shared service but with a private guide for your group.

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 by 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.  There’s a boxed lunch, and then sail over to the famous floating reed islands of Uros, a set of man-made floating islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. 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 for the evening at your leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 10  
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. note: this is a shared service

You will sail to the Island of the Sun, the birthplace of the Inca Empire. On this legendary island you will visit the Garden, Stairway and Fountain of the Inca, before visiting the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, a Bolivian private tourist attraction that includes the underground Ekako Museum. This visit also includes the chance of sailing aboard an immense and traditional totora raft and enjoying the panoramic view of the Pilkokaina Inca palace. Finally, you will board the catamaran and enjoy a buffet lunch on board, before heading to Puno by land.

The evening in Puno is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 11  
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 

** if you have elected to make your own flight arrangements you must ask our travel team for the exact flights to book to suit this itinerary. Making your own flight arrangements is not recommended. 

DAY 12
Lima, PERU

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

Gastronomic Tour In Lima
The most representative flavours of Peruvian gastronomy are waiting for you. Embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure, beginning your tour at a typical Peruvian market. There you will find a variety of national ingredients, among which you will find traditional Peruvian fruit like cherimoya, lucuma and aguaymanto. Then, you will visit an exclusive restaurant in Lima where you will learn to prepare pisco sour and ceviche, two great representatives of the Peruvian flavour. Finally, you will enjoy a delicious lunch with Peru’s most important dishes.


Tonight is at your leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 13  
Lima, PERU to Iguazu, BRAZIL  

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. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

** if you have elected to make your own flight arrangements you must ask our travel team for the exact flights to book to suit this itinerary. Making your own flight arrangements is not recommended.

Visa Note:
Visas must be arranged for Australian passport holders. Passport holders of other countries should check their visa requirements. 

DAY 14
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 Iguazu National Park is one of the largest of the forest reserves in South America.

Once at the Falls, there’s an easy-to-walk pathway and at the end, a panoramic and breathtaking view of the Falls. The tour ends on the upper part of the Falls, reached by a panoramic elevator. After a view from above, we discover the Falls from below, on our Macuco Boat Safari. 

Start by boarding open trolley vehicles, then a walk to the Macuco Port (about 600 metres distance), with a panoramic view of the Macuco Falls. From here we ride in inflatable boats to navigate upstream, offering a unique view. 

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
Iguassu Falls, BRAZIL & ARGENTINA 

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before we transfer to Argentina, to view Iguassu Falls from the Argentine side.  Your visit includes taking a train to Devil's Throat, which is the largest waterfall in the Iguazu Falls, located in the midst of the Brazilian and Argentinean Falls. Afterwards, on foot, take the Superior Circuit (1200 meters), and weather permitting, the Lower Circuit (1750 meters). After our tour, we cross back over the border from Argentina to Brazil for our final night of stay, and dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16  
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 

** if you have elected to make your own flight arrangements you must ask our travel team for the exact flights to book to suit this itinerary. Making your own flight arrangements is not recommended. 

DAY 17
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL 

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

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.

Board a cog train for a ride to Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the world's most famous landmarks, the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Experience the 20 minutes' steep train journey which takes you through the dense Atlantic rain forest of Tijuca and enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city. You will disembark at the top of Corcovado and then proceed up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Get up-close to Christ the Redeemer and spend some time viewing the panoramic view of this beautiful city of Rio from the incredible mountain-top vantage point.

From Corcovado we head to the Urca neighbourhood, 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. 

There’s a return cable car ride and this evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 18
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before our morning 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
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 nominated tour flight to Australia *
Farewell South America…we hope you’re 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.

DAY 20
In transit

DAY 21
Arrive home to Australia 

Itineraries may be 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

Country

Hotel Name

Nights of
Stay

Lima

Peru

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

2

Cusco

Peru

Novotel Cusco



2

Sacred Valley

Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley

1

Aguas Calientes
(Machu Picchu)

Peru

El Mapi by Inkaterra



 

1

Cusco

Peru

Novotel Cusco



1

Puno, Lake Titicaca

Peru

Sonesta Posada Del Inca

3

Lima

Peru

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

2

Iguazu Falls

Brazil

Mabu Thermas Hotel

3

Rio de Janiero

Brazil

Windsor Exelsior Hotel

3


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

Aranwa Sacred Valley, Yucay

Sonesta Posada Del Inca, Puno, Lake Titiaca, Peru

Mabu Thermas Hotel, Iguazu Falls, Brazil

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.

 

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.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

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

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section of our website.


HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

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.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote. Airlines included as part of the tour package departing Australia include LATAM or Qantas.

Flights schedules vary between Australian cities and flight routes may vary also. Additionally depending on fare availability, passengers from the same originating city may be on different flights. In South America flight schedule changes are common and if you book your flight with us as part of the package we will keep you up to date with these changes prior to departure.

TRANSFERS
If you book your flight with us as part of the package and travel on the nominated tour flight, airport transfers on arrival to Lima and departure from Rio de Janiero are included.

Arriving 1 night pre tour, Lima
If you elect to arrive 1 day in advance of the tour commencement, so long as you stay at the group hotel, and book your stay and nominated tour airfare with us a part of your package the arrival transfer is included.

For land/tour only bookings without airfares, or travel on alternative flights, transfers can be arranged for a fee.  Please ask our travel team at the time of booking. For our transfers, a local representative will meet you on arrival at the airport in Lima, and you are transferred to the group hotel on arrival.

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 of 12 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour, 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.

The tour is best suited to travellers that are independent in nature in their travels, and accustomed to solo travel, as a tour escort does not join the group. Rather, local guides are used in each destination and travel between each place of stay is without a tour escort.

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

Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

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. A tour escort does not join the group.

TRANSPORT
Transport includes road, air, train and boat travel.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS

COACH TOURING: 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.

TRAIN: 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.

AIRLINES: 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.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 

Wifi is readily available in the larger cities.  You may get access in some of the towns and most of the hotels do have wifi available.
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee. 

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide PERU BRAZIL page on our website for destination information. You may also view our Destination Highlights.  PERU    BRAZIL

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Thank you! 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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