Grand Tour of South America (Summer 2017)
About Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Cusco: Sunday market in Chinchero, truly authentic and local. Visit the Salt Pans of Maras and learn about the ancient economy of the Inca empire revolving around caring for terraced salt pools.
- Lake Titicaca: Stand on the floating islands of Uros and hear about the day to day struggle just to stay afloat on top of Lake Titicaca from family members who know no other way of life.
- Kingston Family Winery: Be immersed in the cool climate wine culture that has made Chile famous.
- Buenos Aires: Stand on the wide open Pampas of Argentina and along side the gaucho's cowboy lifestyle of the past.
- Rio de Janeiro: Walk along white sand beaches humming the famous songs they are known for....Copacabana and Ipanema.
- Lima: Over a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado, learn the secrets and discover the unique flavour of Peruvian coffee with an expert barista.
- Lima: Enjoy a Highlight Lunch at Amor Amar in a trendy, bohemian district.
- Lima: Located in an unparalleled setting within the compound of a 1500-year-old adobe pyramid built by the original inhabitants of Lima, the menu at Huaca Pucllana is creatively Peruvian, with fusion touches spicing up classic criollo cooking.
- Sacred Valley: Experience a caja china lunch, a popular way to create a delicious meal in Peru, cooked in a wooden box.
- Sacred Valley: Delight in a Pachamama Feast prepared in an underground oven and served in an exquisite garden in Ollantaytambo.
- Cusco: Dine at MAP restaurant, one of the city's most prominent restaurants, situated on the patio of the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. This contemporary Peruvian haute cuisine restaurant offers an artistic dining experience, candlelit for a dazzling evening ambiance.
- Lima: Savour an inventive selection of Peruvian nouvelle cuisine with dinner at CALA, an oceanfront restaurant.
- Santiago: Savour a Highlight Dinner at Cafe Lasterria, set in Santiago's trendiest neighbourhood.
- Buenos Aires: Enjoy dinner is at Chef Donate DeSantos' Cucina Paradiso, an Italian eatery in Palermo.
- Buenos Aires: Savour a delicious meal, fabulous live music, solo singers and a breathtaking display of authentic tango at Rojo Tango.
- Buenos Aires: At San Antonio de Areco, one of the prettiest towns in the Pampas, enjoy a delicious asado lunch at La Bamba de Areco Estancia and a glimpse into the life of an Argentinian gaucho during an equestrian show.
- Rio de Janeiro: Your Michelin-starred Highlight Dinner is served in the elegant surroundings of the Belmond Copacabana Palace's award-winning restaurant, Mee, the vision of celebrity Chef Ken Hom and led by Executive Chef Kazuo Harada.
- Rio de Janeiro: Indulge in a classic buffet style lunch amid a lavish setting at the Belle Époque, Confeitaria Colombo.
- Rio de Janeiro: Enjoy elegant bayside surroundings with a Celebration Dinner at the flagship Fogo de Chao, a typical Brazilian Steakhouse where a variety of meats are barbecued in authentic 'churrasco style.'
- 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 20 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 1 Continental Breakfast (CB), 4 Highlight Lunches (HL), 7 Lunches (L), 1 Michelin Highlight Dinner (MHD), 6 Highlight Dinners (HD), 6 Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).
- Lima: Experience the beautiful 'City of Kings' through the eyes of a Local Expert.
- Macchu Picchu: Learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour.
- Lima: In the artistic district of Lima, meet sculptor and painter Victor Delfín, best known for his monumental El Beso sculpture, at his workshop.
- Sacred Valley: Visit the Centre for Traditional Textiles, meet with the founder, Nilda Callañaupa, and learn how the Centre is working to empower Quechuan woman and men in the communities of Chinchero, Chahuaytire and Pitumarca by preserving and teaching textile traditions that had begun to disappear.
- Santiago: Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.
- Sacred Valley: Visit a local Maras family who offer a variety of authentic and regional craft workshops.
- Sacred Valley: Witness the spectacular terraced salt pans, called Salinas de Maras and learn how the care of them is a family tradition in the region.
- Sacred Valley: Learn of the importance of ancient rituals to the people of the Sacred Valley as a local shaman performs a a centuries-old ritual just for you that expresses reverence to the Earth.
- Sacred Valley: Enjoy stunning scenery from the panoramic viewing cars of the Vistadome train.
- Aguas Calientes: With a Local Expert, explore the cloud forest, visit a working tea plantation and an orchid farm.
- Machu Picchu: Join your Local Expert for a full day discovering the enigmatic 'Lost City of the Incas'.
- Sacred Valley: At a local camelid farm, meet llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuña and enjoy an insight into how their soft wool is used to make beautiful woven textiles.
- Cusco: Join a Local Expert to explore the Temple of Korikancha, Sacsayhuaman and the cathedral.
- Cusco: With a Local Expert, practice your bartering skills at a local market. Enjoy a fun challenge of purchasing items from the market (with money and a list supplied by your Travelling Concierge) for the best prices possible. All purchases are later donated to local needy families.
- Lake Titicaca: Cruise the lake and learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people, who bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes.
- Puno: Explore Sillustani to view the stone burial towers 'chullpas' that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times.
- Santiago: Meet a Local Expert for a tour of the Chilean capital.
- Buenos Aires: With a Local Expert, your comprehensive city tour includes a visit to the splendid Belle Époque Teatro Colon.
- Iguassu Falls: Be welcomed into the community of the indigenous Guarani people, meet the tribal representative and learn about daily life in the jungle.
- Iguassu Falls: Join a Local Expert for a spectacular walk past thundering curtains of water and misty rainbows on both Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the falls.
- Rio de Janeiro: Experience sightseeing with a Local Expert and a cable car journey to the lofty heights of Sugarloaf Mountain.
- Rio de Janeiro: Meet Bob Nadkarhi, a local club owner, and hear how he created one of the most famous jazz clubs in all of South America.
- Rio de Janeiro: Journey up Corcovado Hill to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer and magnificent views over the legendary bay.
- Rio de Janeiro: Partake in a stunning show of extravagant costumes and enthralling music, songs and dances at Ginga Tropical.
- Cusco: The stylishly decorated and luxurious El Convento is built atop ancient Incan ruins.
- Sacred Valley: The elegant Tambo del Inka will ensure an indelible stay.
- Iguassu: The luxury Belmond das Cataratas is the only hotel inside the National Park and sits alongside the falls.
- Rio de Janeiro: The iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace is perfectly located on the famous Copacabana Beach
You will visit the following 4 places:
Argentina is a diverse country, both naturally and culturally, with geography ranges from northern deserts to humid jungles and culture, art and architectural influences from around the world. The name "Argentina" is derived from Latin argentum ("silver", plata in Spanish), a noun associated with the silver mountains legend, widespread among the first European explorers of the La Plata Basin. The country is best known for its tango, steak and football.
Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. At the southern tip of Chile's mainland is Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in the world, and beyond that lies the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego, an island divided between Chile and Argentina. Among the top tourist attractions in Chile are the world’s driest desert, spectacular scenery of glaciers and fjords, and the many volcanoes along the Pacific “ring of fire”. Some parts of the region have never received a drop of rain and the Desert is probably also the oldest desert on earth. Chile is today one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. It leads Latin American nations in rankings of human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, state of peace, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption.
Brazil – the largest sovereign state in Latin America. A federal republic, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country, by both geographical area and total population. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and the only one in the Americas. It is a country of great diversity, and is famous for its football (soccer) tradition and its annual Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Olinda. It is also a land of profound economic contradictions.
Peru is an extremely biodiverse country in western South America. From exotic jungle to coastal desert via the breathtaking peaks of the Andes, the country has the second highest number of bird species in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony of pre-Columbian cultures and the hub of the Inca's empire, their gastronomy, their colonial architecture (it has imposing colonial constructions) and their natural resources (a paradise for ecological tourism). Peru’s staggering variety of places to visit means the potential for adventure is boundless!