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South American Adventure & Amazon Cruise

You'll discover the depth of South American beauty over 24 days from Lima to Rio de Janeiro including an Amazon cruise and an excursion to Machu Picchu.

24 Day
From (AUD)
$ 20,995
  • 2017 Lima > Rio de Janeiro

    South American heart

    If you were to seek out South America’s beating heart it would certainly be found amongst the lush jungle of the Amazon. This lovely journey offers up plenty of opportunities to experience one of the last great rainforests, before introducing you to the many other wonders of this continent.

    Spend three glorious days cruising through a remote part of the Amazon, with shore excursions into the jungle. Handfeed baby manatees near Iquitos, enjoy a delicious Andean feast in Peru’s Sacred Valley, wander the magical site that is Machu Picchu and explore South America’s oldest inhabited city, Cuzco. Cruise across Lake Titicaca before getting your Tango on in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The roar of the World Heritage-listed wonder that is Iguazú Falls will leave you speechless and the excitement of Rio de Janeiro will have you smiling for days.

    Tour Code:

    SAA

    Duration:

    24 Days

    Departure City:

    Lima

    Return City:

    Rio de Janeiro

  • 24 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Lima
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      Welcome to colourful Peru. Start your journey into wonder with a two night stay in Lima.

    • Day 2 - Lima
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Enrich: Peruvian dinner
      Freechoice

      At Museo Larco view the private collection of artefacts before visiting the upscale district of Miraflores. Alternatively visit the impressive pre-Colombian ruins of Pachacamac or relax with a pampering treatment at the hotel spa.

      Enrich

      Tonight be welcomed by a family into their private home and enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Lima > Iquitos
      Highlights:
      Begin your Amazon adventure

      Morning at leisure before flying to the remote town of Iquitos where your luxury adventure begins. Settle into your handsomely appointed, over-sized suite on board our private charter of Aria Amazon your luxurious floating Special Stay for the next 3 nights.

      Enjoy a welcome briefing and toast each day’s adventures with complimentary beverages served with lunch and dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Amazon Cruise
      Highlights:
      Excursions into the jungle

      Your luxury cruise takes you into the heart of this untouched natural wilderness with a flexible cruising schedule to take advantage of the best conditions. Explore remote Amazon River tributaries, spot monkeys and birds whilst walking along a jungle trail, visit local villages and meet with native Amazonians. Daily activities include boarding the skiffs and cruising along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides. Delicious Amazon cuisine is showcased on the exclusive menu designed by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

      Sundowners

      Toast the end of another exciting day as the sun sets over the river.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Amazon Cruise
      Highlights:
      Excursions into the jungle

      Cruise the Amazon. Daily activities include boarding the skiffs and cruising along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides.

      Sundowners

      Toast the end of another exciting day as the sun sets over the river.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Iquitos > Lima
      Highlights:
      Enrich: handfeed baby manatees

      Final morning excursion before disembarking and bidding a fond farewell to the crew as you take away wonderful memories.

      Enrich

      At the Amazon Rescue Centre a highlight will be feeding the rescued baby manatees by hand.

      Fly to Lima this afternoon for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Lima > Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Enrich: delicious Andean feast

      Fly to Cuzco then travel to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Inca’s where your three night Special Stay is a former private hacienda transformed into an elegant sanctuary.

      Enrich

      Marvel at the display of the 'dancing' Paso horses and a demonstration of the centuries old technique of the Chinchero village weavers before a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayocarri.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Culture and history

      With more than 20 small group activities on offer, all escorted by the exploration team and tailored to different lengths of time, pacing and modes of transport, you can choose the activity that best suits you. From the interesting Inca Salt Pans to the ruins of Ollantaytambo you’ll encounter the culture and history of the valley.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Sundowners

      Another day of exploration awaits. Choose to uncover traditional farming techniques at Huarocondo village or take an easy bike ride along the banks of the Urubamba River. Whatever activity you choose your senses will be awakened.

      Sundowners

      Celebrate with drinks and canapes accompanied by the soothing sounds of local musicians.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu
      Highlights:
      Ancient Inca site

      Travel through the picturesque fields on your rail journey to World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu then spend a full day at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight relax your charming hotel in Machu Picchu and enjoy a delicious three course à la carte dinner.

      Inca Trail Trek - Choose to take an optional full day walking trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Enquire for details. (Additional expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Rail journey

      Explore the village of Machu Picchu at your leisure. Marvel at the spectacular views from the glass dome carriages as you journey through the incredible Andes to the Sacred Valley on your rail journey.

      Continue to the charming city of Cuzco and your luxurious hotel set in the heart of the historic centre. This former Monastery boasts an elegant façade and sumptuous appointments and your three night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Discover Cuzco; Freechoice dining

      A city like no other, Cuzco is the former capital of the Incan Empire and a city with incredible architecture resulting from a combination of Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is also the modern day capital of the Andean Highlands and an important commerce centre. On your walking tour you will uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site. Your final stop will be the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress.

      Enrich

      Visit a community school supported by Scenic and meet the teachers and pupils to learn about their way of life.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight sample elegant à la carte dining at El Tupay restaurant or dine on a menu showcasing delicious fusion cuisine in the Cicciolina restaurant. Alternatively, dine at the elegant MAP Café including the option to try the local delicacy of guinea pig or at Inka Grill sample a range of cuisine from their extensive menu.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Take a walking tour of the local market followed by a cooking class or visit Chinchero village and enjoy lunch with a local family before watching a shaman’s ceremony. Alternatively, tour the hotel’s extensive art collection guided by an expert historian.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 14 - Cuzco > Lake Titicaca
      Highlights:
      Travel to Lake Titicaca

      Fly to Juliaca and upon arrival join your expert local guide on an excursion to the floating islands of the Uros communities. Be introduced to their quirky traditional lifestyle and take a ride on one of the reed boats. Overnight stay Lake Titicaca.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Lake Titicaca > Lima
      Highlights:
      Fly to LIma

      Morning at leisure before flying to Lima for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 16 - Lima > Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Discover Buenos Aires

      Fly to Buenos Aires. Enjoy your three night stay and an evening at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Tango; Freechoice dining

      An elegant city with pockets of colourful character today you will discover the highlights and the hidden secrets of this famed ‘Paris of the America’s’. See the dusky pink Presidential Palace, visit soulful San Telmo and in colourful La Boca enjoy a walk down famous Caminito Street.

      Enrich

      In a private house, meet some local dancers, learn about the culture of Tango and witness their elegance as they perform the dance for you.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight enjoy the Gala Tango show and dinner. Alternatively dine at a traditional parilla (steakhouse) or dine on the special Scenic menu in the elegant St Regis restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Explore the city today and discover the famous faces of Pope Francis, Carlos Gardel – the father of Tango and Eva Peron with the finale a tour of the elegant Teatro Colón. Alternatively take a tour with a local artist to uncover the vibrant urban art scene and view some of the open-air street art murals or take a walking tour with a local guide to uncover some of the secrets of Argentinean cuisine at small local restaurants and cafés. The afternoon and evening is at your leisure to enjoy this vibrant city at your own pace.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 19 - Buenos Aires > Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Hear the roar of the ‘Devil’s Throat’

      Fly this morning to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls. Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinean side to the lookout where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’ and be awed by the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls. Cross the border into Brazil and the heart of the national park for your two night Special Stay at your elegant hotel. With an enviable setting inside the park gates, as a guest of the hotel you will be able to experience the sun setting over the top of the falls without the public masses.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Explore the Brazilian Falls

      This morning enjoy a leisurely walking tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Be awed by the world’s largest volume waterfall and feel the water on your face as you stand on the walkway in the middle of the falls. Your day continues with an exciting jet boat adventure where you will witness the base of the falls and feel the spray of water on your face. In the afternoon at Parque das Aves be amazed by the colourful array of rare birds flying in the huge aviaries.

      Helicopter flight - Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight. Enquire for details. Additional expense, please book on tour.

      The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy this pristine wilderness and the facilities of your magnificent hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Discover Rio de Janeiro

      Take in one last view of the falls before flying to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your Special Stay. Set in the heart of the beach strip, this elegant hotel provides the perfect place to spend your next three nights on this colourful continent.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 22 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Christ the Redeemer statue

      Discover the beating heart of this exotic city with your local guide. Ride the cogwheel railway cars to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

      Enrich

      Meet your Samba dancer and enjoy a colourful Samba display.

      At Sugarloaf Mountain the cable car ride takes you to the top of the peak for sweeping panoramic views. This evening dine like a ‘carioca’ (local) and feast on a traditional churrascaria buffet dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Enrich: dinner
      Freechoice

      Discover the hidden secrets of Rio on your walking tour of Santa Teresa and the historic city centre or take a drive into the countryside to visit the former mountain retreat of Brazil’s emperor’s at Petropolis. Alternatively take a small group tour into the favelas (shanty towns) to see the day-to-day lifestyle.

      Enrich

      Join your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening in the elegant Library Restaurant to share stories and tales of your adventure through the continent and charge your glasses over a delicious three course gourmet meal.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say farewell as you transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 7 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 20 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 4 Sundowner events
    • 5 memorable Special Stays
    • Luxury Amazon cruise
    • 49 meals – 23 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 15 dinners