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28 Day South American Explorer

Bunnik Small Group Tour starting in Lima and finishing in Buenos Aires

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 28 Day South American Explorer. Explore the great wonders of South America. Immerse yourself in fascinating Peru - visit the 'white city' of Arequipa and the volcanic Colca Canyon, marvel at Machu Picchu and explore...read more

Overview

Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 28 Days
From: Lima to Buenos Aires
Tour Code: BUN18997
Visits: Peru, Brazil, Argentina
Our Price From:
$ 16,297
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Depart Australia - Arrive In Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and the capital city of Lima!
2

Lima

Our sightseeing in Lima includes the Plaza Mayor, Lima Cathedral, Convento de San Francisco and the famous Larco Museum. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner. (B/D)
3

Lima - Amazon Jungle

Adventure awaits! We fly to the Amazon Jungle. After a short cruise along the river, we reach our jungle lodge. (B/L/D) Special Experience: The Amazon Jungle is an incredibly diverse ecosystem. We cruise along rivers, canoe across lakes, stroll through rainforest and see the native wildlife. Think monkeys, otters, parrots and caiman!
4

Amazon Jungle

This morning we visit Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and Lake Sandoval, a beautiful palm-fringed expanse of water, home to the endangered giant river otter. (B/L/D)
5

Amazon Jungle

We cruise downriver to a small community and visit a local farm, where we sample some typical Amazonian food. The afternoon is at leisure to relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere. (B/L/D)
6

Amazon Jungle - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. This afternoon we explore Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), considered the most spectacular of all the Incan temples. (B/D)Note: For departures up to 17 March 2017, Lunch is included in lieu of Dinner. Sightseeing for days 6/7 is a slightly different order.
7

Cusco

This morning we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and discover the colours and local delicacies of the San Pedro Market. We also enjoy a short walking tour that includes the Plaza de Armas and the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a fine example of colonial baroque architecture. (B)
8

Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the ruins and lively market in Pisac. (B)
9

Sacred Valley

This morning we explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Incan fortress. In the afternoon we visit the salt ponds at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray. (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig at a local chicheria.
10

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu! (B/D)
11

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning before the crowds appear? This afternoon we'll return to Ollantaytambo via train and visit Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. (B)
12

Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. (B)
13

Cusco - Lake Titicaca

We travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B)
14

Lake Titicaca

Cruise on the highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Split across Peru & Bolivia, we learn how each of the local families lives on their own island and survives the harsh climatic conditions. (B/L)
15

Lake Titicaca - Colca Valley

We venture into the incredible Colca Valley, home to the world's deepest canyon and stunning volcanic scenery. (B/D)
16

Colca Valley - Arequipa

On our way to Arequipa, we visit the Cross of the Condor and the mountain terraces of Antahuilque. (B/L) Special Experience: The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
17

Arequipa

This morning we explore the 'white city' of Arequipa. Highlights include the Convent of Santa Catalina, Plaza de Armas, Church of La Compañía and Carmen Alto - a viewpoint for stunning vistas over the surrounding landscape. (B)
18

Arequipa - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. (B)
19

Iguazu Falls

Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls are one of the world's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Standing on a platform suspended over the thunderous Devil's Throat, we'll sense the incredible power of the falls. (B)
20

Iguazu Falls - Rio De Janeiro

Get up close and personal with stunning, colourful birds this morning at the Parque Das Aves. Set deep in the rainforest, it is home to more than 160 species of tropical birds, including toucans and macaws. This afternoon we fly to Rio de Janeiro. (B)
21

Rio De Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure before a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. (B/D)
22

Rio De Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. (B)
23

Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires, affectionately known as the 'Paris of the South'. (B)
24

Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing in Buenos Aires includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in the vibrant La Boca district. (B) Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, ranked the third-best opera house in the world.
25

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight we'll enjoy an amazing tango show, followed by dinner. (B/D)
26

Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. (B)
27

In Transit

28

Arrive In Australia

Day By Day

1

Depart Australia - Arrive In Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and the capital city of Lima! Peru is famous for its cuisine, Ceviche in particular, so why not head out tonight and try some with a Pisco Sour at one of the city's many good restaurants?
2

Lima

Our city tour this morning includes the Plaza Mayor and the remarkable Larco Museum, which provides an overview of over 4,000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history and contains many priceless Incan artefacts. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax or discover more of the city at your own pace. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner. (B/D)
3

Lima - Amazon Jungle

Adventure awaits! We fly to the Puerto Maldonado in the southern Amazon Jungle. After a short cruise along the river, we reach our jungle lodge. After lunch and a welcome drink we'll take an afternoon jungle walk and boat ride to spot caimans along the riverbank. (B/L/D)Special Experience: The Amazon Jungle is an incredibly diverse ecosystem. We cruise along rivers, canoe across lakes, stroll through rainforest and see the native wildlife. Think monkeys, otters, parrots and caiman!
4

Amazon Jungle

This morning we visit Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and Lake Sandoval, a beautiful palm-fringed expanse of water, home to the endangered giant river otter. This afternoon we'll cross the hanging bridges of the canopy walkway to learn about the flooded ecosystem. We'll take a nocturnal walk this evening before dinner at the lodge. (B/L/D)
5

Amazon Jungle

We cruise downriver to a small community and visit a local farm, where we'll sample some typical Amazonian food. The afternoon is at leisure to relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere before a canoe ride on the Cocha and native fishing later in the day. (B/L/D)
6

Amazon Jungle - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco. High in the Peruvian Andes, the city of Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire and is the gateway to the magical Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. This afternoon we explore Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), considered the most spectacular of all the Incan temples. Over dinner this evening we'll enjoy the old world ambience at the Casa Qorikancha restaurant, situated behind the Church of Santo Domingo. (B/D)
7

Cusco

This morning we visit the ancient fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and discover the colours and local delicacies of the San Pedro Market. We'll also enjoy a short walking tour of the city centre that includes the Plaza de Armas and the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a fine example of colonial baroque architecture. (B)
8

Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping in the village of Awanacancha to see locals weaving and meet the herds of llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas. We'll also visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. (B)
9

Sacred Valley

This morning we tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life. We'll visit the patchwork of terraced salt ponds at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before stopping at the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba. (B)Special Experience: Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig at a local chicheria.
10

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu! We'll take an in-depth guided tour before enjoying some time at leisure to explore further. (B/D)
11

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? Later we travel back to Ollantaytambo by train and visit Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. We'll then continue to Cusco by road. (B)
12

Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. Why not stroll through the quaint streets of the arty Barrio de San Blas neighbourhood? (B)
13

Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Marvel at the amazing scenery as we travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way we'll stop at Raqchi, the world's largest Inca temple ruins built in the 15th century. (B)
14

Lake Titicaca

Cruise on the highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Split across Peru & Bolivia, we'll visit the floating Uros reed islands and Taquile island and learn how each of the local families lives on their own island and survives the harsh climatic conditions. (B/L)
15

Lake Titicaca - Colca Valley

We venture into the incredible Colca Valley, home to the world's deepest canyon and stunning volcanic scenery. We'll stop to enjoy the tiny villages of Patapampa, Chucura,Toccra, Vizcachani and Patahuasi on the way. (B/D)
16

Colca Valley - Arequipa

Special Experience: The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.We'll visit the cross early this morning and then walk through the villages of Yanque, Alchoma, Maca and Pinohollo, stopping at the mountain terraces of Antahuilque to learn about the importance of the balconies and choquetico (hanging tombs). After lunch we'll make our way to Arequipa. (B/L)
17

Arequipa

This morning we explore the 'white city' of Arequipa, filled with beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone. See the Convent of Santa Catalina, Plaza de Armas, the Church of La Compañía and Carmen Alto - a viewpoint for stunning vistas over the surrounding landscape. (B)
18

Arequipa - Iguazu Falls

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to lima and then spectacular Iguazu Falls, straddling the border of Brazil and Argentina. Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is right in the National Park, with the thundering falls on our doorstep. (B)
19

Iguazu Falls

We explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, and stand on a platform suspended over the incredible Devil's Throat. Warning - you will get wet! This afternoon we return to Brazil and walk the canyon path, enjoying the spectacular views. (B)
20

Iguazu Falls - Rio De Janeiro

Get up close and personal with hundreds of stunning, exotic birds this morning at the Parque Das Aves. Set deep in the rainforest, it is home to more than 160 species of tropical birds, including toucans and macaws. This afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight to buzzing Rio de Janeiro. We'll be staying right on Copacabana Beach! (B)
21

Rio De Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and soak up the atmosphere or begin exploring. Tonight we'll experience a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. (B/D)
22

Rio De Janeiro

Today we spend a full day visiting some of Rio's most famous sights, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. The evening is at leisure. (B)
23

Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires

After a morning at leisure, we fly south to the grand city of Buenos Aires in Argentina, affectionately known as the 'Paris of the South'. (B)
24

Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing today includes the Plaza de Mayo, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery - burial place of Eva Peron, and Caminito Street in the vibrant La Boca district. Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, ranked the third-best opera house in the world.
25

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure to discover more of the city. Why not visit the amazing El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop, housed in a former theatre? Don your dancing shoes tonight for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show. (B/D)
26

Depart Buenos Aires

Today we bid farewell to Argentina and begin our journey home. (B)
27

In Transit

28

Arrive In Australia

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to South America (taxes included)
  • 6 economy class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $330pp AUD prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge near Puerto Maldonado
  • 1 night stay in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinner

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (subject to a minimum of 9 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Tour Highlights

  • Tour the sights of Lima including the famous Larco Museum
  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado, discovering village life, sampling local food and spotting wildlife
  • Feel the magic of Peru's Sacred Valley and the Lost Incan city of Machu Picchu
  • Visit a Chicheria and taste the local chicha drink
  • Enjoy a local weaving demonstration in Chinchero
  • Cruise across Lake Titicaca to the floating Uros Islands
  • Tour the Colca Valley and its incredible canyons
  • Visit the Cross of the Condor and watch these majestic birds of prey
  • Discover the "white city" of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls, our tour visits both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the Falls including the famous Devils Throat
  • Walk through the sand on Copacabana Beach
  • Tour the colourful Buenos Aires and visit the renowned Colon Theatre

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Tour Extensions

Please ask your Global Journeys Consultant if you would like to add one of the Tour Extensions below to this tour.

  • 3 Day Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
  • 4 Day Easter Island
  • 4 Day Amazon Cruise
  • 5 Day Stella Australis Cruise
  • 5 Day Copper Canyon by Rail
  • 5 Day Bariloche Lake Crossing
  • 6 Day Skorpios II Cruise
  • 6 Day Bolivian Salt Flats
  • 7 Day Pantagonia Adventure

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 6 economy class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $330pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals 

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle Lodge near Puerto Maldonado
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4½ star)
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel (5 star)
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (subject to a minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Tour Highlights

Discover the wonders of Peru
  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado, discovering village life, sampling local food and spotting wildlife. Visit beautiful Lake Sandoval and Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, and keep an eye out for the parrots, caiman and the endangered giant river otter.
  • Take a walking tour of Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and enjoy the old world ambience over dinner at Casa Qorikancha restaurant, behind the Church of Santo Domingo in Cuzco.
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman followed by a visit to the buzzing San Pedro Market, selling all things weird and wonderful.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and visit the village Awanacancha to see locals weaving and meet the herds of llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas.
  • Stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life. 
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Explore the patchwork of salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before visiting the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu!
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth guided tour and enjoy some time to explore the ruins at your own pace.
  • Spend the night in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Cusco by road, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cuzco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake. Then visit Taquile Island and learn about the unique traditions of the islands' inhabitants.
  • Make your way into the incredible Colca Canyon (the world's deepest), via the villages of Patapampa, Chucura, Toccra, Vizcachani and Patahuasi.
  • Visit the Cross of the Condor, the canyon's deepest point, and watch the majestic Andean condors as they cruise over the morning thermals.
  • Stroll through the villages of Yanque, Alchoma, Maca and Pinoholloand and stop at the mountain terraces of Antahuilque to learn about the importance of the balconies and hanging tombs (for 2018/19 program). 
  • Discover the "white city" of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone. See Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and Carmen Alto viewpoint.
Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls and experience the excitement of Rio
  • Spend 2 nights at the Belmond Das Cataratas hotel inside Iguazu Falls National Park, with the amazing waterfalls right on your doorstep.
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, including the famous Devil's Throat.
  • Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the Parque Das Aves Bird Park.
  • Spend 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach. 
  • Enjoy a traditional Brazillian churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao.
  • Tour the iconic sights of Rio including the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Hill.
Dance the night away in grand Buenos Aires
  • Discover the grand city of Buenos Aires on a city tour, including the colourful La Boca district, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, and a visit to the stunning Colon Theatre.
  • Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires.

Trip Notes

  • Tour dates and length subject to change depending on airline schedules and your city of departure.
  • Enjoy the colour and pageantry of Inti Raymi or "Festival of the Sun" in Cusco, Peru during the June 18th departure of this tour. This unique experience features street fairs, dancing, and live Peruvian music!
  • Please note above pricing is correct at time of brochure release. Pricing can change due to airline availability and currency fluctuations. Early booking is therefore strongly recommended.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

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Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 50+ years
Types: Small Group Tours (Flights Included)
Max Group Size(s): 20
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, South & Central America

Reviews (2)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on South American Explorer with Bunnik.
Australia
May 2014
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Stop procrastinating and go!”
Value
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Accommodation
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Booking With Global Journeys
I booked this tour with Global Journeys, as I came across the trip on their web site. All went smoothly. The buses on tour were first class, clean and modern. Accommodation was brilliant. Machu Picchu, in particular, was beyond belief. Whilst Casa Andrina Private Collection Valle Sagrado was excellent, if there was any way of skipping it and going to Inkaterra for an extra night, it would be worth doing. Inkaterra was amazing. Or tour guide Gina really looked after us. Her knowledge was great and her humour made her fit in with the Aussies. The sightseeing in Cusco, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley & Iguassu Falls was mucho excellent!! How do you describe sitting on the edge of a 4,000m canyon as Condor fly about you? I took 420 photos in about 90 minutes and still could not capture the experience. Almost every day was new highlight. Not a better or poorer highlight, just a different one. The jungle brought the group together, Cusco just assaulted the senses, the Sacred Valley was an incredible experience then onto Machu Picchu. One of the best days in the last 20 years. Add to this the amazing Iguassu Falls and you have an incredible experience. Anyone thinking of doing this trip should stop procrastinating and go!
Australia
Feb 2014
1 Trip
“Well organized with plenty of spare time in most places”
Value
Guide
Accommodation
Pace
Booking With Global Journeys
South America tour was excellent. Guide was excellent and the local guides in each place were very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. Overall accommodation was of the highest standard. Tour well organized with plenty of spare time in most places. Would highly recommend Bunnik Tours to anyone and Global Journeys did an excellent job with our booking.
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