Ultimate South America with Arequipa & The Colca Canyon

23 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Lima with Cosmos

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos 23 Day Ultimate South America with Arequipa & The Colca Canyon. Discover some of South America's greatest cities - Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Lima - and some of its most fascinating sites and spectacular scenery on this South America tour. You'll overnight in Rio...read more

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Tour Starts In
Starts In
Rio de Janeiro
Tour Ends In
Ends In
Lima
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
40
Max Group Size
40
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Brazil, Argentina, Peru
Trip Operated By:
Cosmos
Cosmos
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to whitesand beaches and host of the 2016 Summer Olympics! After arrival, settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free time exploration.
2 Rio De Janeiro
Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide begins with a drive along Rio's famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana beaches. Take the cog railway 701 metres (2,300 feet) up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore-perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colourful communities that nearly 20% of the people call home. (B)
3 Rio De Janeiro
A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the famous beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II. (B)
4 Rio De Janeiro - Iguassu Falls
A morning flight takes you to IGUASSU FALLS, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Upon arrival, journey to the Brazilian side of the falls to see the mammoth series of 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 84 metres (250 feet) deep. Walk into Devil's Throat Canyon, where the clouds of mist, thundering roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you- an unforgettable experience! (B/D)
5 Iguassu Falls
Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS. Begin with a short ride on the open-air ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN through the rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls to see the water crashing down into the Devil's Throat. Your afternoon is free to explore, or you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of endemic birds, as well as flora from the area. (B)
6 Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarises you with the "Paris of South America" and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafes, and charming shops. (B)
7 Buenos Aires
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city's landmarks, including the Teatro Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House), and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighbourhoods, and RECOLETA CEMETERY, where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous TANGO SHOW highlighting the alluring dance that is so popular here. (B/D)
8 Buenos Aires
Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys), as well as traditional dance performances and a barbecue lunch. (B)
9 Buenos Aires - Lima, Peru
Board a flight for Lima, Peru. Heralded as the "City of Kings" by Spanish conquistadors, Lima still carries vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums. (B)
10 Lima
Sightseeing today focuses on Lima's colonial heritage. Visit the 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and the cathedral where the founder of Lima, Francisco Pizarro's, remains are buried. (B/D)
11 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley
Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and, upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuna, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into colourful weaving fibres that are then used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with a famous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colourful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel, nestled in the peaceful Sacred Valley. (B/D)
12 Sacred Valley
Start the day with a visit to OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest-the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. You will see how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold. Next, visit a LOCAL HOME to experience life in this traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Then, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a typical Inca drink in Peru called chicha. (B)
13 Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
Board the VISTADOME TRAIN that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the "Lost City of the Incas." Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. Abandonded when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish, these remarkable ruins remained undiscovered for nearly 400 years. For this reason, many of the mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day. (B/D)
14 Machu Picchu - Cusco
Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire. (B)
15 Cusco
Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicentre of the Incas. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also, see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas before a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here on your tour. Also, see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco. (B/D)
16 Cusco - Juliaca - Puno
Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the sun god to found the Inca Empire. (B)
17 Puno. Excursion To Lake Titicaca
Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening. (B/L/D)
18 Puno - Colca Canyon
This morning, depart Puno for a scenic drive to Colca Canyon. Enjoy scenery of Pre-Columbian terraces populated with vicunas and a variety of birds, and stop for lunch in the town of Chivay. This afternoon, arrive in Colca Canyon. (B/L)
19 Colca Canyon
Today, spend time in the COLCA CANYON, an impressive geological formation more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Visit CONDORS' CROSS, an observation point, where you can view the Andean condor in flight at eye level, followed by a visit to the town of Yanque. This afternoon is free for independent exploration. (B/L)
20 Colca Canyon - Arequipa
Drive to Arequipa located in the Chili River Valley and flanked by three snowcapped volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Known as the "white city," Arequipa definitely does justice to its nickname, as its buildings are made of sillar, a white volcanic rock found throughout the area. The stone embellishes the facades of the city's homes and churches. (B/L)
21 Arequipa
This morning, a city TOUR of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral before visiting the Jesuit CHURCH, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style. Continue to the residential districts of Yanahuara and Chilina, where you enjoy a magnificent view of Arequipa's countryside and the Mount Misti volcano. (B)
22 Arequipa - Lima
Fly to Lima today. (B)
23 Lima
Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Cosmos Inclusions

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Trip Inclusions
  • RIO DE JANEIRO: Guided sightseeing, visit Corcovado to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • IGUASSU FALLS: Guided sightseeing of the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle train ride
  • BUENOS AIRES: Guided sightseeing, visit Recoleta Cemetery; Tango show and dinner
  • LIMA: Guided sightseeing, visit San Francisco Monastery
  • SACRED VALLEY: Guided sightseeing of Awanakancha and Pisac Indian Market; Visit Ollantaytambo, a local home, Seminario Ceramics Workshop, and a chicheria
  • MACHU PICCHU: Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; Guided sightseeing of the Machu Picchu ruins; stay overnight in Machu Picchu region
  • CUSCO: Guided sightseeing, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and Sacsayhuaman, see Kenko and Puca Pucara
  • LAKE TITICACA: Guided sightseeing of Taquile Island and the Uros Floating Islands; farewell dinner
  • SILLUSTANI: Guided sightseeing, visit a local home
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe airconditioned motorcoach while touring, Internal flights within South America
  • HOTELS: Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges
  • INSIDE VISITS: as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
Included Meals
  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior First Class (SF), Best Available (BA)
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Plaza Copacabana (F), Iguassu Falls Recanto Park (F), Buenos Aires Kenton Palace (F), Lima Jose Antonio Lima (F), Sacred Valley La Casona Yucay (MF), Machu Picchu El Mapi by Inkaterra (F), Cusco Jose Antonio Cusco (F), Puno Xima Puno Hotel (F); Arequipa & The Colca Canyon Extension: Colca Canyon Hotel Casa Andina Classic Colca (F); Arequipa Casa Andina Select Arequipa (F)
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions based on 2020 South America brochure
  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included

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