Breathtaking South America

16 Days / 15 Nights - Daily Departure

DAY 1   RIO DE JANEIRO
Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro & after clearing the mandatory Immigration & Customs formalities, you will be met by a fluent English speaking Sundance Spirit representative & in a private air-conditioned vehicle, transferred to the confirmed hotel. Accommodation is confirmed here for three (3) nights in Rio de Janeiro with breakfast included. 

DAY 2   RIO DE JANEIRO – historic highlights city sightseeing & Sugarloaf gondola ride
Breakfast
This morning after breakfast, you will be picked up & embark on a regular half day of ´Rio highlights´ sightseeing excursion which will include the old city center of Rio, historic buildings, churches, theaters, museums & culminate with a ride up the famed Sugar Loaf cable car. 

The first of its kind installed in Brazil & the third in the world, the Sugar Loaf cable car is a major icon of Rio & has become a trademark of the city. Since its inauguration on 27 October 1912 it has transported 31 million tourists. In the nine decades since inauguration that it has operated, the cable car has received tourists from all over the world, including many internationally known personalities & artists. The eleventh in a sequence of James Bond movies - ´Moonraker` - had a spectacular fight scene filmed atop the cable car. At the conclusion of the excursion guests will be returned to their hotel where the remainder of the afternoon is free of any pre-organized activities.

DAY 3   RIO DE JANEIRO - a day to set your own timetable & pace
Breakfast
Today, there is nothing that has been re-organized, so by all means set your own timetable & your own pace today in this city that beats to a samba pulse - why not head out to one of Rio`s famous beaches (Copacabana, Leblon or Ipanema), or perhaps either go shopping or just relax & takes things easy. This is a day for you to do whatever you please.

DAY 4   RIO DE JANEIRO / IGUAZU FALLS
Breakfast
After breakfast this morning, check out of your room & a private air-conditioned transfer vehicle will collect you & take you to Rio de Janeiro airport, there to check in for a flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival to Foz do Iguassu airport you will be met by a fluent English speaking Sundance Spirit representative & in a private air-conditioned vehicle, transferred to your confirmed hotel on the Argentine side of the falls. Accommodation is confirmed here for the coming two (2) nights in Iguazu with breakfast & local tax included.

DAY 5   IGUAZU FALLS – National  Park Outdoor activities excursion
Breakfast
After breakfast this morning you will be picked up & driven to the Iguazu National Park Headquarters entrance, to there embark on full day regular excursion of the Argentine side of our planets most majestic waterfalls, accompanied by an English speaking guide. Iguazu Falls is made up of more than 270 cataracts, spread around three large half-moon shaped valleys. There are two basic circuits, an upper & a lower walking trail The upper path leads to incredible panoramic views of the falls from an extensive steel walkway, also an unforgettable experience, & he lower trail leads down a series of steel stair cases & viewing platforms to the base of the San Martin cataract where the intense water volume releases a misty spray into the air. 

Then also as an included part of your Iguazu experience, the ´People Mover` narrow gauge train gives guests access along a track of some 3.5km, to the steel walkway that goes out across the mezzanine level of the river to the point where physically Argentina & Brazil’s international border is defined by the thunderous ´Garganta del Diablo` – the Devil’s Throat.
At the conclusion of your day’s activities here at Iguazu Falls, you will be returned to your hotel where the remainder of the evening is free of anything that has been pre-organized.

DAY 6   IGUAZU / LIMA
Breakfast
After breakfast & at a pre-arranged time, you will need to check out of your hotel room as you are being picked up to transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to the Iguazu airport, to check in for a flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima & after clearing Immigration & Customs formalities you will be met by a fluent English speaking Sundance Spirit local representative & by private air-conditioned vehicle, transferred to your hotel. Accommodation is confirmed here in Lima for two (2) nights with breakfast & local tax included.

DAY 7   LIMA – historical city sightseeing excursion 
Breakfast
This morning after breakfast, you will need to check out of your hotel as you are going to embark on a regular Lima historic city sightseeing excursion. This regular sightseeing excursion, hosted by a local professional guide who is fluent in English, explores the modern districts of Lima - Miraflores & San Isidro, then the cities historic centre, Plaza de Armas, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

The excursion includes a visit to the city’s most visited church – Basilica San Francisco, constructed first in 1674, which subsequently has had several refurbishments. Its underground tunnels lead to catacombs that served as cemetery until 1808 & still contain thousands of human bones & skulls.
Afternoon at leisure to visit some of the many interesting attractions of the city.

DAY 8   LIMA / CUZCO & onwards to SACRED VALLEY 
Breakfast
This morning after breakfast you will be picked up & with a bi-lingual English speaking guide taken to Lima airport to check in for a flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival to Cuzco airport which is located high in the Los Andes cordillera at 11200`above sea level, you will be met by a fluent English speaking Sundance Spirit representative & transferred in a private vehicle by road, down into the Sacred Valley. 

This will help immensely with your acclimatization to altitude process, as the Sacred Valley is approx 2000` lower than is Cuzco.  Accommodation here for two (2) nights in Sacred Valley with buffet breakfast & local tax included.

DAY 9  SACRED VALLEY- historic Inca highlights sightseeing
Breakfast & Lunch
This morning after breakfast you will be picked up & with a bi-lingual English speaking guide hosting this regular excursion, you will visit the century’s old Pisaq market in the Sacred Valley. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America’s most famous artisan markets. Make sure to sample some ‘empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens. This afternoon you are going to the massive hillside Ollantaytambo Fortress where the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) & the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out. At the conclusion of the excursion you will be returned to your Sacred Valley Hotel.

DAY 10   VISTADOME TRAIN to AGUAS CALIENTES & MACHU PICCHU
Breakfast
After an early breakfast check out of your room as you will be picked-up & transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to the Ollanta train station, where you board the famous Vistadome train for a 90 minute scenic journey which travels down the Urubamba River Valley to the end of the line at Aguas Calientes. Here, you will transfer to a regular coach shuttle, which climbs the zig-zag road up to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Your shuttle bus round-trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu & the entrance ticket, with the services of a local expert English speaking guide for the group of visitors you will be traveling with is included.  Machu Picchu remained for centuries undiscovered by the Spaniards, only to be stumbled upon in 1911 by an American explorer, Hiram Bingham. The uniqueness of its location & the genius that went into its construction make this Inca archaeological site truly one of the outstanding iconic `Wonders of the World.´ Upon entering Machu Picchu, which in 1999 was proclaimed an UNESCO World Heritage site, you will proceed with a fluent English speaking local expert guide on what is likely to be a three hour interpretive walking excursion, in & among the sprawling remains of what was an amazing hidden Inca city. At the conclusion of the guided walking excursion, back to the shuttle coach & return down to Aguas Calientes to check-in at your confirmed hotel.Accommodation here for one (1) night in Aguas Calientes, with breakfast & local tax included. 

DAY 11   MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES & VISTADOME TRAIN to POROY
Breakfast
After breakfast you have the morning free to roam around the majestic site of Machu Picchu on your own if you wish. This would be an optional & additional basis, by taking the early shuttle to the Lost City entrance, buying your entrance ticket & taking your time to enjoy the sunrise over this amazing man-made wonder. You can spend literally as much of the morning here as you choose, however you need be aware of the check-out time from your hotel room & the appointed time in the afternoon, you will need to make your own way to the Aguas Calientes train station to board the Vistadome train & travel to Poroy train station. There you will be met & transferred by coach to Cuzco City. Accommodation is confirmed here for two (2) nights in Cuzco City, with breakfast & local tax included. 

DAY 12   CUZCO- historic inca highlights sightseeing
Breakfast
This morning after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel to embark on a half day regular sightseeing excursion, hosted by a bi-lingual English speaking local guide that includes the beautiful Koricancha, also referred to as the Sun Temple, Plaza de Armas & Cuzco Cathedral as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a most remarkable Inca site high above the city. From here onto the amphitheatre of Kenko, followed by a visit to Puca Pucara, the strategically located 'red fortress' that dominates the entire region, before visiting Tambomachay, with its two distinctive aqueducts that are fed by a spiritual spring, flowing from a hillside which to this day continue to provide clean water to the surrounding area.

This afternoon is free of any pre-organized activities so you can set your own timetable & pace, to browse the many artisan boutiques, shop for souvenirs or simply ´people watch` in this fascinating high Andean city.

DAY 13   CUZCO/LIMA/ BUENOS AIRES
Breakfast
This morning the first order of the day is breakfast. Then, depending on your flight departure time, check out of the hotel & by prearranged schedule, you will be picked up to transfer in a private vehicle to Lima airport. There you will check in for your flight across the Andes & on to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at EZEIZA International airport & after clearing the mandatory Argentina Immigration & Customs procedures you will be met by a fluent English speaking professional Sundance Spirit local guide, then by way of a private air-conditioned vehicle, transfer to your confirmed centrally located city hotel. Accommodation for a total of three (3) nights in a Buenos Aires with breakfast & local tax included. 

DAY 14   BUENOS AIRES – historic city sightseeing excursion
Breakfast
This morning after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel to embark on a 3 hour regular Buenos Aires historic city sightseeing excursion. Sense, feel & soak up the emotions & ambiance of South America’s most glittering capital city. Take in all the major plazas: Plaza San Martin, Plaza 25 de Mayo, Plaza Congreso & Plaza San Martin; traverse the major boulevards & avenues: Av. Corrientes, Av. Cordoba, Av. 9 de Julio, Av. Callao & Av Libertador; visit the historic districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Montserrat, Once, Recoleta, Puerto Madero & the elegant neighbourhoods´ of Palermo & Belgrano. You’ll see the historic civic buildings, fountains & monuments for which this city is standout: pause in Plaza 25 de Mayo at the Presidential Palace - Casa Rosada, the reverence within Buenos Aires Cathedral, the famous Cabildo & the iconic Obelisco, all the while gaining a knowledge & education through the descriptions & in-depth commentary provided by your local expert bi-lingual English speaking guide.

DAY 15   BUENOS AIRES - day at your pre-determined pace & evening of tango
Breakfast & dinner
This is your chance to strike out on your own & explore Buenos Aires as today is free of any pre-organized activities, until this evening. After breakfast if you want to shop or just browse, then we suggest the many boutiques that are on both sides of Avenida Santa Fe, or down Calle Florida a famous pedestrian shopping street & Galeria Pacifico in the central city. Whatever you decide to do today, please be sure to be back at your hotel, dressed in smart casual attire in time to be picked up shortly before 8.00pm for an evening of traditional charm & romance. Tango is the trademark dance & rhythm of Argentina & there is no better place to be exposed to this sensational pulse than at a dinner & tango show, with professional tango musicians, singers & the best of tango dance couples.

Dinner includes appetizers, various choices of a main course, deserts, accompanied by with fine local red & white vintages of wine, local beers & soft drinks, then tea & coffee, should you wish. This is an evening that will captivate & live on with you as the essence of not only Tango, but Buenos Aires itself. It is likely you will not be returned to your city hotel until approaching midnight, where no doubt sleep will come easily.

DAY 16   BUENOS AIRES
Breakfast
This morning after breakfast you will check out of your hotel & at a time that will be advised to you well in advance, transfer by way of a private air-conditioned vehicle to the EZEIZA International airport so you may check in for your international flight.  
This brings to a conclusion the services as provided by Sundance Spirit.


HOTEL SELECTION
3* HOTELS
Rio de Janeiro -Augustos Rio Copa
Iguazu Falls - Arami
Lima - Hotel El Tambo II
Sacred Valley - Hotel Augustos Urubamba
Cusco - Maytaq Wasin Basin
Machu Picchu - Waman hotel
Buenos Aires - Loi Suites Esmeralda

4*HOTELS
Rio de Janeiro -Windsor Excelsior
Iguazu Falls - Raices Esturion
Lima - La Hacienda
Sacred Valley - Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Cusco - Novotel
Machu Picchu - El Mapi
Buenos Aires - Dazzler San Martin

5* HOTELS
Rio de Janeiro - Rio Othon Palace 
Iguazu Falls - Amerian Portal de Iguazu 
Lima - Double Tree El Pardo
Sacred Valley - Aranwa Sacred Valley
Cusco - Aranwa Cusco Boutique
Machu Picchu - Sumaq
Buenos Aires - Panamericano

PER PERSON PRICE - DOUBLE BASIS 01 MAR - 20 DIC 2019
HOTEL 3* USD 1.897
HOTEL 4* USD 2.370