Indus Travels Latin America Brochure
South America is a land of extreme contrasts and beautiful surprises. No other continent has as much diversity of culture, wildlife, or natural wonders. Explore Machu Picchu in Peru, dance the tango in Argentina, or admire the view from Ipanema Beach. Follow in Darwin's footsteps on a cruise through the Galapagos or search for the elusive pink dolphin in the waters of the Amazon. From deserts in the north to glaciers in the south, and volcanoes, rain forests, beaches, lakes and everything else in between, everything is on offer in South America and its warm hospitality will leave you with the experience of a lifetime. Praveen Syal CEO, Indus Travels Inc.
latinamerica Chilie l Brazil l Peru l Mexico l Argentina l Equador l Amazon South America is a land of extreme contrasts and beautiful surprises. No other continent has as much diversity of culture, wildlife, or natural wonders. Explore Machu Picchu in Peru, dance the tango in Argentina, or admire the view from Ipanema Beach. Follow in Darwin's footsteps on a cruise through the Galapagos or search for the elusive pink dolphin in the waters of the Amazon. From deserts in the north to glaciers in the south, and volcanoes, rain forests, beaches, lakes and everything else in between, everything is on offer in South America and its warm hospitality will leave you with the experience of a lifetime. Praveen Syal CEO, Indus Travels Inc. P • 04 Argentina Express P • 05 Extensions in Argentina P • 06 Brazil In Style P • 07 Amazing Amazon P • 08 Chilean Adventure P • 09 Chilean vineyards P • 10 Essence of Peru P • 11 Peru in Style P • 12 Colonial Treasures of Mexico P • 13 Taste of Mexico P • 14 Magical Mexico P • 15 Splendors of Central America P • 16 Ecuador & Galapagos P • 17 Peru Express P • 18 South American Landscapes P • 19 Rhythms of South America P • 20 Pure Patagonia P • 21 Mare Australis – Cruise Expedition in Patagonia P • 22 Aqua Expedition - Peruvian Amazon Cruise P • 23 Iberostar – Grand Amazon Cruise Discover Argentina through Buenos Aires, its capital city with its grand European boulevards and pulsating night life. Venture to the land of Gauchos and savor an authentic asado barbecue. Continue your exploration with Iguassu and experience the thundering water falls 06 DAYS / 05 NIGHTS Argentina Express attracti Day 1 – Buenos Aires: Arrive at Buenos Aires International airport, where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a half day afternoon tour of Buenos Aires including stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta cemetery. Overnight in Buenos Aires ns • Visit Buenos Aires with its European feel • Feel the rhythms of an Argentinean Tango • Experience an authentic Argentinean estancia Day 2 – Buenos Aires: Full day Gaucho party at Estancia Susana includes a reception with empanadas (meat pies), asado (roast meat) and Argentinean wines. Enjoy a folkloric show with singing and dancing as well as a gaucho exhibition of riding and the use of lassos. This evening on your return to Buenos Aires see a Tango show. Overnight in Buenos Aires • Explore the Tigre River by boat, visit the Delta • Witness the magic of Iguassu Falls By Air By Train By Road Iguassu Mendoza Buenos Aires ARGENTINA Puerto Madryan Bariloche BUENOS AIRES - IGUASSU BUENOS AIRES Day 3 – Buenos Aires: Half day tour of the Tigre River and delta; explore the delta of the Paraná and Tigre Rivers, a group of islands and streams, by boat. Overnight in Buenos Aires Day 4 – Buenos Aires - Iguassu: Fly to Puerto Iguassu. On arrival at Puerto Iguassu you will be transferred to the hotel. Later in the afternoon visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Overnight in Puerto Iguassu Day 5 - Iguassu Today enjoy a visit to the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls. Overnight in Puerto Iguassu El Calafate Ushuaia Day 6 – Iguassu - Buenos Aires Fly back to Buenos Aires. On arrival transfer to the international airport or if you are continuing your visit transfer to your selected hotel P•4 Extend your journey by adding on an extension to Mendoza, Patagonia or Bariloche. EXTENSIONS: 03 DAYS / 02 NIGHTS 1. MAGIC MENDOZA 2. PATAGONIA PASSION 3. BEAUTIFUL BARILOCHE MAGIC MENDOZA PATAGONIA PASSION BEAUTIFUL BARILOCHE TOUR DAYS TOUR DAYS TOUR DAYS 03 DAYS 03 DAYS 03 DAYS Mendoza - Buenos Aires El Calafate - Buenos Aires Bariloche - Buenos Aires TOUR STYLE: PRIVATE DAILY DEPARTURES Discover Mendoza, the heart and soul of Argentina's wine country TOUR STYLE: PRIVATE DAILY DEPARTURES In El Calafate, find yourself at the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers. TOUR STYLE: PRIVATE DAILY DEPARTURES Explore the lake district of Bariloche in the foothills of the Andes Day 6 –Mendoza: Arrive at Mendoza Airport and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Mendoza Day 6 – El Calafate Arrive at El Calafate Airport and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in El Calafate Day 6 – Bariloche Arrive at Bariloche Airport and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Bariloche Day 7 – Mendoza: Enjoy a full day tour visiting the wine region learning about the wine making process with lunch at one of the local wineries. Overnight in Mendoza Day 7 – El Calafate: Enjoy a full day tour of Perito Moreno glacier, towering over Lake Argentino in a blaze of colours. You will learn about the glacier's formation and its flora and fauna while walking along its circuit and on a boat tour where you will be able to see both faces and surface of the glacier. Overnight in El Calafate Day 7 – Bariloche Enjoy a drive around the famous Circuito Chico, a 62 km route around Bariloche taking you around Nahuel Huapi Lake to Moreno Lake. Overnight in Bariloche Day 8 – Mendoza - Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Buenos Aires. Arrive and transfer to the international airport for your onward flight Day 8 – El Calafate - Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Buenos Aires. Arrive and transfer to the international airport for your onward flight attracti ns attracti ns • Discover El Clafate & Los Glaciares National Park • Visit a local winery and vineyard in Mendoza • Taste excellent varieties of Argentinean wine • Enjoy a walking and boat tour of Perito Moreno Glacier P•5 Day 8 –Bariloche - Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Buenos Aires. Arrive and transfer to the international airport for your onward flight Extend your journey by adding on an extension to Mendoza, Patagonia or Bariloche. attracti ns • Tour Bariloche's Circuito Chico • Cross Angostura Bridge over the Angostura stream G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m Brazil is a country with dazzling beaches and picturesque colonial towns. This tour explores lively Rio de Janeiro with its magnificent setting, famous beaches and colourful nightlife before flying to Iguassu Falls before travelling to Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city. 09 DAYS / 08 NIGHTS BRAZIL IN STYLE attracti ns • Explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro RIO DE JANEIRO IGUASSU FALLS SAO PAULO Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro Arrive at Rio de Janeiro Airport, where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Rio Day 2- Rio de Janeiro A full day tour to Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado and the 125-foot statue "Christ the Redeemer" one of South America's most famous landmarks standing at 2,400 feet above the city. Lunch is included. Overnight in Rio • Visit Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain • Experience an authentic Samba Show • Discover Iguassu Falls • Visit the modern city of Sao Paulo Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro Today is at leisure or take an optional tour. This evening enjoy a Samba Dinner show. Overnight in Rio Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro Today is at leisure or take an optional tour. Overnight in Rio By Air By Train By Road Day 5 - Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Iguassu where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Iguassu BRAZIL Rio De Janeiro Sao Paulo Iguassu Falls Day 6 - Iguassu Falls After breakfast, you will enjoy a half day tour to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, considered one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Iguassu Day 7 - Iguassu Falls - Sao Paulo After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Sao Paulo, one of the fastest growing cities in South America and an important cultural hub. On arrival at Sao Paulo Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight P•6 The Amazon is the world's largest tropical rain forest. The rivers of the Amazon Basin, in which a fifth of the world's fresh water flows, are 'roads' that lead to the heart of the jungle. Visitors come to see the famous Wedding of the Waters where the dark waters of the Rio Negro meet the yellowish waters of the Solimões River. 04 DAYS / 03 NIGHTS Amazing Amazon in Sao Paulo DAY 1 - MANAUS/ARIAÚ Pick up from Manaus airport/hotel and transfer to the pier for a 2 hour boat ride to Ariaú Amazon Towers. Meals included: Lunch and dinner. Day 8 - Sao Paulo Enjoy a morning tour of Sao Paulo. The city features towering skyscrapers, astonishingly modern architecture and impressive parks. Remainder of the day is free. Overnight in Sao Paulo DAY 2 - ARIAÚ Activities today include a visit to the Hotel Reconnaissance by motorized canoe to visit an indigenous home, a jungle hike, piranha fishing and caiman spotting. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Day 9 - Sao Paulo After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure or extend your journey by adding our Manaus extension. DAY 3 - ARIAÚ Today's activities include an excursion by canoe to Acajatuba village. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trivia DAY 4 - ARIAÚ/MANAUS Today enjoy a sunrise tour before your return to Manaus with a transfer to the airport. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch SOCCER A RELIGION IN BRAZIL Brazilian Soccer History follows a parallel course to that of Carnival in Brazil. Soccer and Carnival were both born in Europe, both blossomed in Brazil's tropical land and both became Brazilian masterpieces. Trivia Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. This has been the case since at least the 1970s: government figures attributed 38 percent of deforestation from 1966-1975 to large-scale cattle ranching. However, today the situation may be even worse. According to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), "between 1990 and 2001 the percentage of Europe's processed meat imports that came from Brazil rose from 40 to 74 percent" and by 2003 "for the first time ever, the growth in Brazilian cattle production - 80 percent of which was in the Amazon—was largely export driven." By Cruise Art is one of the words used to describe Brazilian Soccer, at least, by Brazilians themselves. But pride aside, no other nation has produced more talented players, more beautiful plays or more unforgettable moments in a sport that excites and unites the world. attracti ns Manaus • Stay in an Amazon tree top lodge Soccer is almost a secular religion with its myths, rules and revered heroes, often competing with religion when games are played at the same time as church services, say two Brazilian researchers • Travel by motorized canoe among the Anavilhanas Archipelago • Explore one of most biologically diverse regions Manaus AMAZONE BRAZIL Brasilia • Discover the mysteries of the Amazon • Go piranha fishing in wooden canoes Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo Iguazu Falls P•7 G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m Chile is truly a land of extremes from the ice-fields of Patagonia to the desert of the Atacama, from the snow capped peaks of the Andes to the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast. On this tour you will travel from San Pedro de Atacama in the north to Punta Arenas, the southernmost town in South America. Chilean Adventure attracti ns • Visit Santiago with its colonial past • The Atacama Desert, one of the world's driest deserts • Catamaran excursion in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park • Discover Patagonia's dramatic landscape • Visit Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the world • Explore unspoiled Torres del Paine National Park By Air By Train By Road Santiago Chilean Vineyards Tour Calama San Pedro de Atacama Santa Cruz Curico Santiago CHILE CHILE Puerto Varas Puerto Montt Torres Del Paine National Park Punta Arenas Puerto Natales 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS SANTIAGO – CALAMA - SAN PEDRO CALAMA – SANTIAGO PUERTO MONTT - PUERTO VARAS PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO DAY 1 - SANTIAGO Arrive at Santiago Airport where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour including a visit to San Francisco Church, the Cousiño Palace, Constitution Plaza and La Moneda, the Presidential palace. Overnight in Santiago DAY 2 - SANTIAGO Today is at leisure or take an optional excursion to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Overnight in Santiago DAY 3 - SANTIAGO – CALAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Fly to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of San Pedro the most important archaeological center in Chile. Visit the Father Le Paige Museum and the beautiful white church of the town. Overnight in San Pedro DAY 4 - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Full day excursion visiting the huge Atacama Salt Lake, the flatness, clearness and emptiness here is overwhelming. Then discover Lagunas Miscanti & Meñiques, set at the base of two immense volcanoes and the village of Toconao. Overnight in San Pedro DAY 5 - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CALAMA – SANTIAGO – PUERTO MONTT – PUERTO VARAS Take an optional very early morning tour to El Tatio Geysers. In the afternoon fly via Santiago to Puerto Montt then transfer to Puerto Varas. Overnight in Puerto Varas P•8 Chilean winemakers are reaping the benefits of a pleasant climate, good soil, of hard work and five centuries of wine-making experience. On this tour explore Chile's wine producing region stretching from the narrow central valleys of the north of Santiago to Concepción in the south. Chilean Vineyards DAY 6 - PUERTO VARAS Full day tour to Peulla and Petrohue rapids one of the most beautiful scenic trips through the green countryside. Then visit Vicente Perez Rosales National Park to reach Petrohué at Lake Todos los Santos, also called "Emerald" for its vivid green colour. In the afternoon explore the area by catamaran before returning to Puerto Varas. Overnight in Puerto Varas DAY 1- SANTIAGO Arrive in Santiago and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Santiago DAY 2 - SANTIAGO Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour including a visit to San Francisco Church, the Cousiño Palace, Constitution Plaza and La Moneda, the Presidential palace. Overnight in Santiago DAY 7 - PUERTO MONTT Enjoy a tour of Puerto Montt, where you will drive along Costanera Avenue to an observation point for a beautiful view of the city, Reloncavi Bay and Tenglo Island. Afterwards, you will return through the town's centre with its typical square and its cathedral. Overnight in Puerto Varas DAY 3 - SANTIAGO Full day excursion including wine tasting to the Maipo Valley to visit different wineries including Viña Aquitania - a small boutique winery focused on high quality wines and Viña Santa Rita. Overnight in Santiago DAY 8 - PUERTO VARAS – PUERTO MONTT – PUNTA ARENAS Fly to Punta Arenas in southern Chile via Puerto Montt. Overnight in Punta Arenas DAY 5 - SANTIAGO – SANTA CRUZ Travel along the Panamericana to the Colchagua Valley. On the way visit two wineries: Viña Bisquertt and Viña Casa Silva. Continue on to Santa Cruz, the capital of the Colchagua Valley. Overnight in Santa Cruz DAY 9 - PUNTA ARENAS – PUERTO NATALES Today enjoy a half day city tour of Punta Arenas. See Independence Avenue with its many monuments and Cerro La Cruz vantage point offering sweeping views of Punta Arenas' colourful roofs, the Magellan Strait and Tierra del Fuego Island. Then transfer to Puerto Natales. Overnight in Puerto Natales DAY 6 - SANTA CRUZ Full day tour to the Colchagua Valley including visits to two wineries: Viña MontGras and Viña Viu Manent. Finish the day discovering Pre-Colombian treasures at the Colchagua Museum. Overnight in Santa Cruz DAY 10 - PUERTO NATALES Today visit Torres del Paine National Park, named a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Discover cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged mountain spires. En route visit the legendary Milodon Cave with its gigantic prehistoric fossil. Overnight in Puerto Natales DAY 7 - SANTA CRUZ – CURICO - SANTIAGO Return to Santiago via the Panamericana to Curico Valley to visit the famous Viña Miguel Torres winery. Overnight in Santiago DAY 11 - PUERTO NATALES – PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO Transfer to Punta Arenas for a flight to Santiago. Overnight in Santiago DAY 8 - SANTIAGO Travel to the Isla de Maipo region to visit various different wineries such as the Viña Odfjell, Viña Santa Ines and Viña Undurraga vineyards. Overnight in Santiago DAY 12 - SANTIAGO Transfer to Santiago Airport for your onward destination. DAY 9 - SANTIAGO P•9 09 DAYS / 08 NIGHTS SANTIAGO – SANTA CRUZ CURICO - SANTIAGO Visit various wineries such as Viña William Cole and Viña Veramonte in the Casablanca Valley famous for the production of white wines such as Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs. Overnight in Santiago DAY 10 - SANTIAGO Transfer to the airport for your onward departure. attracti ns • Visit Santiago with its colonial past • Explore the boutique wineries of the Maipo Valley • Wine tasting in the Colchagua Valley, Viña Bisquertt and Viña Casa Silva • Savor wine at the famous Viña Miguel Torres at Curico Valley Trivia Chili Peppers Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BC. There is archaeological evidence at sites located in Ecuador that chili peppers were domesticated more than 6000 years ago, and is one of the first cultivated crops in the Americas. Christopher Columbus was one of the first Europeans to encounter them, and called them "peppers" because of their similarity in taste with the Old World black peppers. From Mexico, at the time the Spanish colony that controlled commerce with Asia, chili peppers spread rapidly into the Philippines and then to India, China, Korea and Japan. They were quickly incorporated into local cuisines. G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m Peru is endowed with both natural and man-made attractions. The country offers charming Andean highland towns with colonial architecture, remote Amazonian jungle lodges, soaring snow capped mountains, volcanoes, a 3,220km (2,000-mile) coastline, and of course, Machu Picchu. 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS Essence of Peru attracti LIMA – AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON PUNO – CUZCO – YUCAY MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO DAY 1- LIMA Arrive at Lima Airport where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Lima ns • Discover Lima • Tour the “white city” of Arequipa • Discover the stunning Colca Canyon and its condors • Visit the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca • See the impressive city of Cuzco • Meet the locals at the colourful Pisac Indian Market • Explore the mysteries of Machu Picchu DAY 2 - LIMA Half day city tour of Lima including: the Plaza de Armas with the Government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the Archbishop and the Cathedral. Afterwards visit San Francisco Monastery before driving through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores to the coast to see Lima's beaches and the Pacific Ocean. Overnight in Lima DAY 3 - LIMA – AREQUIPA Fly to Arequipa and transfer to the hotel. Tour the "White City" including, the Carmen Alto district, Arequipa's Cathedral and Plaza de Armas before driving to the complex of the Company of Jesus with its Chapel San Ignacio and Santa Catalina Convent. Overnight in Arequipa By Air By Train By Road Peru in Style PERU Lima Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Yucay Cuzco Chivay Puno Arequipa DAY 4 - AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON Begin your 2-day excursion to the Colca Canyon; drive to Chivay en route see Misti, Chachani, Ampatao and the still active Sabancaya volcanoes. Visit the observatory of the Cordillera Occidental, the village of Coporaque, the Amphitheatre of Ocolle and the hot springs of La Calera. Overnight in the Colca Canyon DAY 5 - COLCA CANYON – PUNO Early this morning travel to the deepest part of the canyon to the Cruz del Condor lookouts to see the P • 10 Peru, once home to the largest empire in the world – the Incas, a land rich in gold was Europe's major source of treasures during the sixteenth-century. Discover the heritage that the Incas have left behind in Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and of course at magnificent Machu Picchu. 09 DAYS / 08 NIGHTS Peru in Style mighty condor before departing for a full days journey to Puno. Overnight in Puno LIMA – CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO - LIMA DAY 1 - LIMA Arrive at Lima Airport, where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Lima DAY 6 - PUNO Enjoy a full day visiting the Uros floating islands on Lake Titicaca. Overnight in Puno DAY 2 - LIMA Visit Larco Herrera Museum home to the most extensive collection of preColumbian art in Peru and tour Lima's historical center. Overnight in Lima DAY 7 - PUNO – CUZCO Travel by train on the Andean Explorer to Cuzco through the Peruvian highlands. Arrive in Cuzco and overnight at the hotel. DAY 3 - LIMA – CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley, to Urubamba to visit Pisac market. Visit the Inca astronomic observatory and walk around the cultivation terraces. Enjoy lunch at a pleasant hostelry in the countryside and continue on to the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo. Overnight in the Sacred Valley DAY 8 - CUZCO Half day tour of Cuzco at the centre of the Incan Empire; visit the Plaza de Armas, the main Cathedral then discover the old town with its renovated colonial buildings. Visit Sacsayhuaman, the sites of Tambo Machay, Kenko, the bath of the Incas and Puca Pucara. Overnight in Cuzco DAY 9 - CUZCO Free day at leisure. Overnight in Cuzco During the Special Inti Raymi departures in June – the group will take part in Inti Raymi celebrations today. DAY 4 - SACRED VALLEY Visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero and its colorful Indian market. The main square of the town is bordered by a wall constructed by the Incas, and its church is decorated with unique frescoes on the portico. Continue with a tour of Moray, where the Incas used greenhouse terraces, then, on to Maras, a salt production centre that dates back to colonial times. Overnight in the Sacred Valley DAY 10 - CUZCO - YUCAY Depart for the Sacred Valley visiting the traditional Pisac market. The remainder of the day is at your leisure or take an optional afternoon tour to the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Overnight in Yucay DAY 11 - YUCAY - MACHU PICCHU – YUCAY Travel by train through the fertile plains of the Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes for a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. , this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone constructed, city. Return by train back to the Sacred Valley. Overnight in Yucay DAY 5 - SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU Board the train for Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, take a 25-minute coach ride to “The Lost City of the Incas”. Enjoy a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Square, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Overnight in Aguas Calientes DAY 12 - YUCAY – CUZCO Transfer to the airport in Cuzco for your onward destination. DAY 6 - MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO Wake up early to see the sunrise over P • 11 Machu Picchu. For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu. In the afternoon, return to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cuzco. Overnight in Cuzco DAY 7 - CUZCO Half day tour of Cuzco at the centre of the Incan Empire; visit the Plaza de Armas, the main Cathedral then discover the old town with its renovated colonial buildings. Visit Sacsayhuaman, the sites of Tambo Machay, Kenko, the bath of the Incas and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara. Finish the day with a visit to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and have dinner at the museum's restaurant. Overnight in Cuzco DAY 8 - CUZCO - LIMA Fly back to Lima and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Lima DAY 9 - LIMA After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. attracti ns • Discover the capital Capital city, city, Lima Lima • Visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero • Meet the locals at the colourful Pisac Indian Market • Explore the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu • See the impressive old city of Cuzco • Discover the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m This tour explores some of the best archaeological sites of Mexico's ancient civilizations. Discover the treasures found in one of the world's 10 best museums, the National Museum of Anthropology, see the famed Aztec Calendar, ponder the sport of Mesoamerican ball on the court at Monte Alban, laze in the turquoise waters of Agua Azul, imagine being the person who discovered Palenque amongst the dense jungle forest and ponder the advanced mathematical and astrological calculations used to build Chichen Itza before spending a day enjoying the white sand of the Mayan Riviera. Magical Mexico attracti 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS MEXICO CITY - PUEBLA - OAXACA MONTE ALBAN - TULE SAN CRISTOBAL - PALENQUE CAMPECHE - HERIDA - CANCUN DAY 1 - MEXICO CITY Arrive at Mexico City Airport, where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Mexico City ns • Visit the historic center of Mexico City Day 2 - MEXICO CITY - HISTORICAL CENTER AND ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM Tour Mexico City's historical center: visiting the Zocalo, the Cathedral, the National Palace and Bellas Artes. Enjoy a guided tour of the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the world's 10 best museums. Overnight in Mexico City • Explore the Zapoteca site of Monte Alban • Discover Oaxaca's architecture and rich cultural heritage • View the turquoise water of Agua Azul • Discover Palenque, an UNESCO Cultural and Archaeological Heritage site • See the coastal town of Campeche where the Spanish first set foot on Mexican soil • Meander among the ruins of Uxmal • Visit Merida known as the White City • Witness the great Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World By Air By Train By Road MEXICO Cancun Merida Mexico City Campeche Puebla DAY 3 - MEXICO CITY – PUEBLA OAXACA En route to Oaxaca visit Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a temple decorated by indigenous hands and Puebla, the City of Angels visiting the Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the Main Square and historic center. Continue on to Oaxaca. Overnight in Oaxaca Day 4 - OAXACA – MONTE ALBAN – MITLA - TULE Visit Monte Alban, built on a mountain by the Zapotecs and Mitla one of the most sacred sites. Stop to see the Tule Tree, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Return to Oaxaca for a city tour including the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Church and Gold Museum. Overnight in Oaxaca Palenque Oaxaca San Cristobal de Las Casas DAY 5 - OAXACA – SUMIDERO CANYON – SAN CRISTOBAL Depart for Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the state of Chiapas. Enjoy a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon en route to San Cristobal de las Casas. Overnight in San Cristobal P • 14 Guatemala is a country rich with natural, historical and cultural appeal. As the birthplace and heartland of the Maya, Guatemala is in many ways defined by the legacy of this early civilization. Known for its jungle scenery and Caribbean coastline, Honduras is home to one of the Mayan World's most impressive sites, Copán. Visit Tikal and Xunantunich, two fascinating Mayan archaeological sites in Belize. Splendors of Central America GUATEMALA, HONDURAS & BELIZE DAY 6 - SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS – NATIVE COMUNITIES Visit San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, typical native communities. In the afternoon explore San Cristobal de las Casas; the Market, the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Church. Overnight in San Cristobal Day 1: Guatemala City – Antigua On arrival in Guatemala City, transfer to Antigua. Overnight in Antigua Day 2: Antigua Enjoy a half day walking tour visiting the main square, the Palace, the Cathedral, La Merced Church & San Francisco Church. Overnight in Antigua DAY 7 - SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS – AGUA AZUL PALENQUE Depart for the turquoise waters of Agua Azul Falls before continuing on to Palenque. Overnight in Palenque Day 3: Antigua - Lake Atitlan Drive through the highlands to scenic Lake Atitlan. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Atitlan, visit the villages of San Juan La Laguna and Santiago and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T'zutujil Maya. Overnight in Atitlan Day 8 - PALENQUE - CAMPECHE Visit the Palenque archaeological zone. Afterwards head to the coastal fortified town of Campeche, where the Spanish first set foot on Mexican soil. Overnight in Campeche Day 4: Lake Atitlan - Chichicastenango Antigua Visit the famous craft market at Chichicastenango. Return back to Antigua. Overnight Antigua DAY 9 - CAMPECHE – UXMAL - MERIDA Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Campeche before departing for a visit to Uxmal also declared an UNESCO Archaeological Heritage site. Continue on to Merida known as “the White City” for a panoramic tour along Avenida Montejo, the Monument to Motherland, the Main Square and the Cathedral. Overnight in Merida Day 5: Antigua – Copan Ruinas Depart Antigua crossing the central desert region of Guatemala to the Honduran border and onwards to the pretty town of Copan Ruinas. Overnight in Copan DAY 10 - MERIDA – CHICHEN ITZA – CANCUN or MAYAN RIVIERA Visit Chichen Itza, undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the peninsula and recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Continue to Cancun or the Mayan Riviera for an overnight Day 6: Copan Have a guided tour of the Mayan site of Copan with its famous hieroglyphic staircase, ball court and tunnels. Enjoy lunch at a tropical bird park where rescued birds are looked after. Overnight in Copan DAY 11 - CANCUN or MAYAN RIVIERA Today is at leisure to enjoy the beach. Overnight in Cancun or on the Mayan Riviera Day 7: Copan - Quirigua - Rio Dulce Livingston Drive to the tropical area of Rio Dulce visiting the UNESCO site of Quirigua along the way. Once at Rio Dulce board a boat for a scenic trip through tropical scenery and a limestone canyon to the Garifuna town of Livingston. Overnight in Livingston DAY 12 - CANCUN or MAYAN RIVIERA Transfer to the airport for your onward destination. P •15 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS GUATEMALA CITY - ANTIGUA - COPAN RIO DUICE - TIKAL - XUNANTUNICH BELIZE CITY Day 8: Livingston - Flores Today enjoy a walking tour of Livingston before transferring back down the Rio Dulce by boat and then by land into the northern rainforest area near Flores and Tikal. Overnight in Flores Day 9: Tikal Today explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan site of Tikal where temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. Overnight in Flores Day 10: Flores - Xunantunich - Cayo Transfer across the border to Belize. En-route visit the fascinating site of Xunantunich. Transfer to your lodge. Overnight in the Cayo Area Day 11: Cave Adventure Enjoy a cave/river trip to see ancient Mayan ritual sites. Choose between Barton Creek where you canoe through a cave or Actun Tunichmal for a more strenuous jungle/ cave trip. Overnight in the Cayo Area Day 12: Belize City Transfer to Belize International Airport for your onward flight. attracti ns • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua • Take a scenic boat ride on Lake Atitlan • Explore the Mayan ruins of Copan • Discover the Rio Dulce by boat • Visit the Mayan Temples in Tikal • Explore the fascinating site of Xunantunich in Belize G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m Discover Ecuador, unsurpassed among Andean nations for its richness in ecological and cultural diversity and the world's most impressive wildlife sanctuary, the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador features the best of Latin America. 09 DAYS / 08 NIGHTS Ecuador & the Galapagos at a Glance attracti ns • Visit Quito's historical center • Ride the Chaski Antawa train • Explore local villages in the Otavalo region • Discover Otavalo and its famous market • Cruise the Galapagos Islands on the MV Galapagos Legend • See marine iguanas, lava lizards, blue footed boobies, rally light foot crabs & flamingos • Visit a giant tortoise breeding center By Air By Train By Road Baltra Otavalo Quito QUITO – OTAVALO GALÁPAGOS - QUITO Day 1-Quito Arrive at Quito Airport, where you are met and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure. Overnight in Quito boobies and has the largest colony of frigate birds. See swallow tailed gulls, sea lions, marine and land iguanas. Overnight on board MV Galapagos Legend Day 2 – Quito Explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical center in the Americas on your colonial city tour of Quito. Visit some of Quito's most important churches such as the majestic La Compañía and iconic San Francisco. Overnight in Quito Day 6 – Cruise: Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill) Dry landing: walk to a saltwater lake where one can often see pink flamingos. The trail leads up to Dragon Hill offering views of the bay. The island is a nesting site for reintroduced land iguanas and also home to a Holy Stick Forest Day 3 – Quito - Otavalo Today tour Calderón a village known for its decorative bread dough figurines, the valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe, landscapes of towering volcanoes, Cuicocha Crater Lake and Cotacachi, famous for its leather products. Overnight in a hacienda in Otavalo Floreana (Cormorant Point) Wet landing: Hike through black mangrove beds to a lagoon with one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos, see plants such as Scalesia Villosa, Galapagos Daisies, white and black mangrove and holy stick. Snorkel off the main beach with playful sea lions. Overnight on board MV Galapagos Legend Day 4 – Otavalo - “Chaski Antawa”Quito Ride the Chaski Antawa Train built at the beginning of the 20th century connecting the northern highlands to the tropical coast. Enjoy a unique lunch at a community restaurant and then visit Otavalo and its famous indigenous arts and crafts market, the largest in South America. Return to Quito. Overnight in Quito Day 5 – Quito - Galapagos – Cruise embarkation Fly to Baltra where you are met and transferred to the pier to board the MV Galapagos Legend. Dry Landing: North Seymour - a major nesting colony of blue footed Day 7 – Cruise: Española (Suárez Point) Dry landing: learn about the lava terrain and cross inactive lava fields. Besides the sea lion colonies, this is a very important bird watching location. Various bird species such as the mockingbird of Española and Nazca & Blue footed booby can be spotted and observed up close. Their nesting grounds sometimes overlap the walking trails. There are also large colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, and rally light foot crabs. Visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots 23 m (75 ft) in the air. P • 16 Explore Peru's scenic splendor and rich cultural heritage; with a visit to old town colonial Lima and a tour of Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Also reach by panoramic vistadome train the country's most famous and dramatic archeological attraction, Machu Picchu “the lost city of the Incas”. Peru Express San Cristóbal (Interpretation Center or La Galapaguera) Dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: Visit the San Cristóbal breeding center to learn about the National Park's giant tortoise breeding program. Overnight on board MV Galapagos Legend 05 DAYS / 04 NIGHTS LIMA - CUZCO - MACHU PICHU - CUZCO - LIMA Day 1 – Lima Arrival at Lima airport, where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel. Day 2 – Lima Breakfast. Tour old and modern Lima, including visit to the Government Palace, Town Hall, Cathedral, Monastery of San Francisco and the Archbishop's Palace, as well as traditional neighborhoods such as San Isidro, which is famous for its 450-yearold olive groves. Overnight in Lima Day 8 – Cruise: Santa Cruz (Carrión Point) - Quito Today, either ride in an outboard motorboat to observe Galapagos fur seals, seabirds and marine wildlife or go snorkeling to see a variety of tropical fish, manta rays or even harmless white-tipped reef sharks! Return to the MV Galapagos Legend, check-out and transfer to the airport. Fly back to Quito. On arrival you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Quito Day 3 - Lima-Cuzco City tour of Cuzco: Plaza de Armas, Koricancha, temple of the Sun God and Tambomachay, known as the baths of the Inca. You will also visit nearby ruins: the amphitheater of Kencco, the Red Fort of Puca Pucará and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, a few steps away from the center, consisting of huge walls built with monumental stones. Overnight in Cuzco Day 9 – Depart Quito After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight or add on our Ancestral Peru tour. This tour is also available as a 4 & 7 night cruise program, please contact us for the details! Day 4 – Cuzco-Machu Picchu-Cuzco Transfer to the train station of San Pedro to take the train to Aguas Calientes and transfer to Machu Picchu. Visit of the site, with its squares, temples, platforms, access ways, ceremonial enclosures, the royal palace, the famous sun clock, and a series of spring water streams flowing through carved rock. Enjoy lunch. Return to Cusco. Overnight in Cuzco Trivia Canto general includes Neruda's (1904-1973) famous Brazilian poem 'Alturas de Macchu Picchu', which was born after he visited the Incan ruins of Macchu Picchu in 1943. In it Neruda aspires to become the voice of the dead people who once lived in the city. “I want to know, salt of the roads, show me the spoon - architecture, let me scratch at the stamens of stone with a little stick, ascend the rungs of the air up to the void, scrape the innards until I touch mankind." (from 'The Heights of Macchu Picchu') attracti ns • Discover the beautiful historical Lima city center • Discover the impressive old town of Cuzco and its Plaza de Armas • Ride through the plains of the Urubamba valley to the city of Aguas Calientes • Explore the mysterious Inca ruins of Machu Picchu By Air By Train By Road PERU Lima Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Cuzco Day 5 - Cuzco – Lima After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward destination. P • 17 G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m On our tour explore Santiago, Chile with its colonial past; discover Mendoza, the heart and soul of Argentina's wine country then on to Buenos Aires with its European flair and the magic of Iguassu Falls. Finally discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro with its world famous beaches. 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS South American Landscapes attracti ns • Visit Santiago with its colonial past • Discover Mendoza, the heart and soul of Argentina's wine country • Visit Buenos Aires and its European architecture • Witness the magic of Iguassu Falls • Explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro • Travel by cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain • Journey by cog train up Corcovado to the statue of Christ the Redeemer By Air By Train By Road Rhythms of South America BRAZIL Brasilia Rio de Janeiro Iguassu Falls Mendoza Santiago ARGENTINA Buenos Aires SANTIAGO – MENDOZA BUENOS AIRES - IGUASSU RIO DE JANEIRO DAY 1 - SANTIAGO Arrive at Santiago Airport, where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour including a visit to San Francisco Church, the Cousiño Palace, Constitution Plaza and La Moneda, the Presidential palace. Overnight in Santiago of La Boca famous for its colourful tin-houses. Visit Recoleta Cemetery and travel along the widest avenue in the world, the Avenida 9 de Julio, to the Plaza Lavalle to see the Federal Court of Justice and Teatro Colón. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional tour: visit the San Telmo market. Overnight in Buenos Aires DAY 2 - SANTIAGO Day at leisure or take an optional tour: a full day excursion to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Overnight in Santiago DAY 7 - BUENOS AIRES Day at leisure or take an optional tour: a full day visit to a typical Argentinean Estancia including an asado lunch. Overnight in Buenos Aires DAY 3 - SANTIAGO – MENDOZA Cross the majestic Andes and border into Argentina by coach ending in Mendoza. Overnight in Mendoza DAY 4 - MENDOZA Half day city tour visiting Independence Plaza, the Civic Centre, the Founding area, General Martin Park and the Hill of Glory, a popular spot for a panoramic view. Optional: Evening wineries & bodegas tour in the city. Overnight in Mendoza DAY 5 - MENDOZA - BUENOS AIRES Fly to Buenos Aires. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Evening optional tour: Tango Show & dinner. Overnight in Buenos Aires DAY 6 - BUENOS AIRES Half day sightseeing visiting the Plaza de Mayo, with the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo (town hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, district of San Telmo, and the worker district DAY 8 - BUENOS AIRES – IGUASSU Fly to Cataratas where you will be met and taken to Iguassu Falls National Park to view the falls from the Argentinean side. Take the Jungle Train to the Devil's Throat for an impressive view of the falls. After the visit transfer to the hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls. Overnight in Iguassu DAY 9 - IGUASSU In the morning visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk along the paths and catwalk that take you very close to the bottom of the Devil's Throat for more magnificent views. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional tour.Overnight in Iguassu DAY 10 - IGUASSU – RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon tour includes Candelaria Church, the Opera House (Teatro Municipal), Carioca Square, the church of Santo Antonio and the Cathedral. Afterwards drive through Flamengo Park from where P • 18 Visit Buenos Aires the cradle of Tango and the Paris of South America before beholding the wonders of Iguassu Falls. Finish the adventure in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Rhythms of South America you can view Sugar Loaf. Reach the top of Sugarloaf Mountain by a cable car 1,200 feet above for one of the most spectacular views in the world. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro DAY 1 - BUENOS AIRES Arrive at Buenos Aires Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Buenos Aires DAY 11 - RIO DE JANEIRO Enjoy a half day tour including a visit to the Corcovado statue. Board the cog train for a ride through Tijuca Forest up to Corcovado Mountain. At the top of Corcovado visit the lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro DAY 2 - BUENOS AIRES Half day sightseeing visiting the Plaza de Mayo, with the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo (town hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, district of San Telmo, and the worker district of La Boca famous for its colourful tin-houses. Visit Recoleta Cemetery and travel along the widest avenue in the world, the Avenida 9 de Julio, to the Plaza Lavalle to see the Federal Court of Justice and Teatro Colón. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional tour: visit the San Telmo market. Overnight in Buenos Aires DAY 12 - RIO DE JANEIRO After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward destination. DAY 3 - BUENOS AIRES Day at leisure or take an optional tour: a full day visit to a typical Argentinean Estancia including an asado lunch. Overnight in Buenos Aires Trivia ORIGINS OF TANGO: DAY 4 - BUENOS AIRES – IGUASSU Fly to Cataratas where you will be met and taken to Iguassu Falls National Park to view the falls from the Argentinean side. Take the Jungle Train to the Devil's Throat for an impressive view of the falls. After the visit transfer to the hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls. Overnight in Iguassu Ballroom Tango originated in the lower class of Buenos Aires, especially in the "Bario de las Ranas". The story of Tango as told is that it started with the gauchos of Argentina. They wore chaps that had hardened from the foam and sweat of horses. Hence to gauchos walked with knees flexed. They would go to the crowded night clubs and ask the local girls to dance. Since the gaucho hadn't showered, the lady would dance in the crook of the man's right arm, holding her head back. Her right hand was held low on his left hip, close to his pocket, looking for a payment for dancing with him. The man danced in a curving fashion because the floor was small with round tables, so he danced around and between them. DAY 5 - IGUASSU In the morning visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk along the paths and catwalk that take you very close to the bottom of the Devil's Throat for more magnificent views. Afternoon at your leisure or take an optional tour. Overnight in Iguassu 08 DAYS / 07 NIGHTS BUENOS AIRES – IGUASSU RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon tour includes Candelaria Church, the Opera House (Teatro Municipal), Carioca Square, the church of Santo Antonio and the Cathedral. Afterwards drive through Flamengo Park from where you can view Sugar Loaf. Reach the top of Sugarloaf Mountain by a cable car 1,200 feet above for one of the most spectacular views in the world. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro DAY 7 - RIO DE JANEIRO Enjoy a half day tour including a visit to Corcovado. Board the cog train for a ride through Tijuca Forest up to Corcovado Mountain. At the top of Corcovado visit the lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro DAY 8 - RIO DE JANEIRO After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward destination. attracti ns • Discover Buenos Aires and its European architecture • Witness the magic of Iguassu Falls • Explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro • Travel by cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain • Journey by cog train up Corcovado to the statue of Christ the Redeemer DAY 6 - IGUASSU – RIO DE JANEIRO P • 19 G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m Explore the contrasts of Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia. See a colony of sea lions, walk among half a million Magellan's penguins at Punta Tombo and enjoy the thrill of Ushuaia's Tierra del Fuego National Park driving through the isolated snowy mountains with views of Laguna Verde. Navigate through the Beagle Channel at the End of the World before reaching El Calafate, the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers. Stand a few meters from Perito Moreno Glacier listening to the sound of crackling ice. BUENOS AIRES – PUERTO MADRYN USHUAIA – CALAFATE TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO Pure Patagonia attracti ns • Discover Buenos Aires and its European architecture • Visit a colony of 500,000 Magellan's Penguins • Tierra del Fuego National Park at the end of the world • See Perito Moreno Glacier • Discover Chile's Patagonian landscape • Visit Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the world • Explore unspoiled Torres del Paine National Park • Visit Santiago with its colonial past By Air By Train By Road DAY 1 - BUENOS AIRES Arrive at Buenos Aires Airport where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Buenos Aires hundreds of whales swim through the quiet waters of the Nuevo and San Jose Gulfs during their breeding season. Overnight in Puerto Madryn DAY 2 - BUENOS AIRES Half day city sightseeing including the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, the pink house, the Cabildo (town hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, district of San Telmo, the worker district La Boca, the Avenida 9 de Julio, to the Plaza Lavalle with the Federal Court of Justice and the Teatro Colón, to Palermo with its parks and gardens. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional tour to San Telmo market. In the evening optional Dinner and Tango Show at the Restaurant Viejo Almacen. Overnight in Buenos Aires DAY 6 - PUERTO MADRYN – TRELEW – USHUAIA Visit a large colony of Magellan Penguins at Punta Tombo before transferring to the airport in Trelew. Fly to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Ushuaia DAY 3 - BUENOS AIRES Day at leisure. Take an optional full day tour to an Argentinean Estancia including an asado lunch. Overnight in Buenos Aires ARGENTINA Santiago Buenos Aires DAY 4 - BUENOS AIRES – TRELEW – PUERTO MADRYN Fly to Trelew. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Puerto Madryn, located on the Atlantic coast. Overnight in Puerto Madryn Puerto Madryn Trelew El Calafate Torres del Paine Puerto Natale Punta Arenas Ushuaia 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS DAY 5 - PUERTO MADRYN – VALDÉS – PUERTO MADRYN Full day excursion to Valdes Peninsula Nature Reserve; discover its flora and fauna. Thousands of sea-elephants roam along miles of beach on the east side of the peninsula. Optional: Whale watching tour can be booked from May to mid of December to see DAY 7 - USHUAIA Tour Tierra del Fuego National Park at the end of the world, drive through the park to enjoy the landscapes, with time to walk the various paths in the park. In the afternoon take an optional catamaran tour on the Beagle Channel. Overnight in Ushuaia DAY 8 - USHUAIA – CALAFATE Fly to El Calafate. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Calafate DAY 9 - CALAFATE – PERITO MORENO – CALAFATE Full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier; drive through Los Glaciares National Park seeing a forest full of colours before encountering the glacier. This is one of the few glaciers that are still growing. Watch and listen to this glacier when single ice blocks fall into the lake and crash with a huge noise. Overnight in Calafate DAY 10 - CALAFATE – PUERTO NATALES Travel by coach to Puerto Natales. P • 20 AUSTRALIS CRUISES will navigate the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, the Cape Horn, and explore some of the most beautiful areas in the world, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. We offer 3 and 4 night cruise programs from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas and vice versa with departures from September to April Mare Australis SATURDAY TO WEDNESDAY Cruise Expedition In Patagonia The remainder of today is at your leisure. Overnight in Puerto Natales PUNTA ARENAS – USHUAIA DAY 11 - TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Today visit Torres del Paine National Park, named a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Discover cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged mountain spires. En route visit the legendary Milodon Cave with its gigantic prehistoric fossil. Overnight in Puerto Natales DAY 12 - PUERTO NATALES – PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO Transfer to Punta Arenas airport for a flight to Santiago. Overnight in Santiago DAY 13 - SANTIAGO Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour including a visit to San Francisco Church, the Cousiño Palace, Constitution Plaza and La Moneda, the Presidential palace. Overnight in Santiago DAY 14 - SANTIAGO Transfer to the airport for your onward destination. Punta Arenas ARGENTINA Ushuaia Trivia Santiago Sunday: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islet Continue navigating until arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay. On the beach observe a colony of elephant seals. Later on visit Tucker Islet by Zodiac to see colonies of Magellanic Penguins and cormorants. Overnight on board Friday: Gunther Plüschow Glacier In the afternoon view Gunther Plüschow Glacier, named after the region's pioneering German aviator. Then sail to Chico Sound, disembark in Zodiacs to observe majestic Piloto and Nena glaciers. Tuesday: Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay Sail through the Beagle and Murray Channels to Cape Horn National Park known as the “End of the Earth” for a visit. In the afternoon, go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, renowned for its beauty. Walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos to reach a lookout point. Overnight on board Wednesday: Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. CHILE It was the ancient Greeks who first came up with the idea of Antarctica. They knew about the Arctic named Arktos - The Bear, from the constellation the great bear and decided that in order to balance the world, there should be a similar cold Southern landmass that was the same but the opposite "Ant Arktos" - opposite The Bear. They never actually went there, it was just a lucky guess! USHUAIA - PUNTA ARENAS Punta Arenas Ushuaia P • 21 TUESDAY TO SATURDAY Thursday: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Continue sailing through the Beagle and Murray Channels to reach Cape Horn National Park, known as the “End of the Earth”. In the afternoon go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, renowned for its beauty. Walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns to reach a lookout point. Overnight on board Buenos Aires 350 B.C. 04 DAYS / 03 NIGHTS Saturday: Punta Arenas Check in at Punta Arenas. The ship departs and sails through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Overnight on board Monday: Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley Navigate to Pia Bay, disembark near Pia Glacier for a short hike to a lookout point. Continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic Glacier Alley. Overnight on board By Cruise 05 DAYS / 04 NIGHTS Wednesday: Ushuaia Check in at Ushuaia. The ship departs and sails through the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Overnight on board Saturday: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas Early in the morning, visit Magdalena Island, the home of a colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic Penguins that one can watch during a walk to a lighthouse. The island's penguins migrate in April; as a replacement visit Marta Island, to observe a sea lion colony. Sail on to Punta Arenas. attracti ns • Sail through the breathtaking Strait of Magellan • Cruise the Beagle Channel • Discover Spain, France and Italy Glaciers along the Glacier Alley • See a colony of Magellanic Penguins on Tucker Islet • Explore the Cape Horn National Park and its unique Flora • Visit Ushuaia the southernmost city in the world G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m There is no better way to experience the diverse wildlife and learn about the many Amazon rainforest animals than on a cruise on the Amazon River. The ability to travel quietly by water into the remote areas of the Amazon jungle, many of which have been seldom visited by travelers, allow us to experience the Amazon's animals in a more intimate manner from the Amazon's dolphins to its fish, monkeys, insects and birdlife. The route takes us to Pacaya Samiria Reserve and we enter the Amazon jungle and a world filled with birds, playful Amazon monkeys, graceful hawks and herons and millions of butterflies. Aboard the Cruise as well as on short excursions, you will have the opportunity to see hundreds of species of Amazon wildlife, including the endangered pink Amazon dolphin, the three toed sloth—and perhaps, if you are very lucky—a sleek, black jaguar. Aqua Expedition 08 DAYS / 07 NIGHTS Peruvian Amazon Cruise attracti ns • Witness the majesty of the Peruvian Amazon's Flora and Fauna • Discover Yacapana Island and its iguana population • Visit the headwaters of the Amazon at the confluence of Ucayali and Marañon rivers • Interact with indigenous peoples at Puerto Miguel • See the giant water lilies “Victoria Regias” of the Amazon • Watch white and pink fresh water Dolphins • Visit the riverside community of Belen By Cruise Iquitos City Anapu Wharf Yanayacu Maranon Marayali Canal Hatum Posa Lake Puerto Miguel Village Carocurahuayte Lake Iquitos City PERU Lima Cuzco Arequipa SATURDAY TO SATURDAY CRUISE ITINERARY: DECEMBER - MAY (HIGH WATER ITINERARY) Please contact us for JuneNovember (Low Water Itinerary) Day 1 – Saturday • IQUITOS / AMAZON RIVER Arrive at Iquitos International Airport and transfer to Iquitos' main port and check-in. Overnight on board Day 2 – Sunday • AMAZON / TAHUAYO RIVER/CHARO LAKE/YACAPANA ISLAND Enjoy a Tahuayo black water river exploration and fishing trip at Charo Lake before exploring Yacapana Islands with its large population of iguanas in the afternoon. Watch for white and pink fresh water dolphins. This evening, search for caiman, frogs and various other forms of night life. Continue sailing upstream. Overnight on board Day 3 – Monday • MARAÑON RIVER/PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Option 1: Full-day excursion to Ranger Station No. 2 with a picnic lunch to see howler and capuchin monkeys, pink and gray river dolphins, and a vast variety of birds. See Kapok trees, the tallest in the Amazon Basin. OR Option 2: Guided jungle walk & Monkey and Dolphin Expedition to visit a sustainable resource management project, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. After lunch see dolphins, various species of monkeys, alligators and over 200 species of bird. Overnight on board Day 4 – Tuesday • BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON/PUERTO MIGUEL VILLAGE/NAUTA CAÑO Visit Pacaya-Samiria Reserve at the headwaters of the Amazon basin where the union of the Ucayali and the Marañon rivers form the world's greatest waterway. Travel by skiff to Puerto Miguel village to meet and interact with local villagers. On the way back discover the world's largest aquatic plant, the giant water lilies or “Victoria Regias”. In the afternoon explore Nauta Caño and its black water lagoons to see toucans, parrots, macaws, iguanas and more. Overnight on board Day 5 - Wednesday • UCAYALI/YANALLPA/DORADO RIVERS/PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Enjoy an expedition on Yanallpa River to explore the black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest to spot parrots, macaws and fluffy monk saki monkeys. After lunch explore the Dorado River through the “Mirrored Forest” seeing towering trees reflected in the black water river and see macaw, varieties of primates and sloths. Overnight on board Day 6 – Thursday • PUINAHUA RIVER/HATUM POSA LAKE/PACAYA RIVER Explore Hatum Posa Lake where you will see various flora and fauna. Then enjoy either a jungle walk near Hatum Posa or visit a local village. In the afternoon discover Pacaya River from Ranger Station No. 1 to Yanayacu Lake to see the late afternoon activity of the rainforest P • 22 Your Amazonian adventures on the Iberostar Grand Amazon, a luxury cruise ship, will take you on an unforgettable cruise along the Negro and Amazon Rivers stopping at various locations in the Amazon Rainforest, offering excursions on tenders for guests who want to explore the jungle's dense, untouched vegetation. Iberostar SATURDAY TO WEDNESDAY Grand Amazon Cruise animals. When night falls, listen as the nocturnal animals send their shrill calls across the tree tops. Overnight on board 1) RIO SOLIMOES (3 NIGHTS): DAY 1 - THURSDAY Depart Manaus for Manacapuru sailing past Ponta Negra. Overnight on board Day 7 – Friday • PUINAHUA/PACAYA RIVERS/CAROCURAHUAYTE LAKE Explore the Pacaya River at sunrise aboard skiffs; see a trove of wildlife and stop near a popular dolphin feeding spot. In the afternoon sail downstream to Carocurahuayte Lake to go piranha fishing along with 3000 other varieties of tropical fish. Continue sailing to Iquitos. Overnight on board DAY 2 - FRIDAY Pass through Manacapuru harbor at the entrance to the Rio Manacapur. Enjoy trekking and a photo safari in the Manacapuru region along with a boat ride to Igarapés and Igapós on the way to Lago do Jacaré. Spot alligators and bird watching at Lago do Rei. Overnight on board Day 8 – Saturday • IQUITOS Depending on weather and water levels visit the riverside community of Belen by skiff. Here, the houses and shops actually float on the river. Belen is the market hub for all local inhabitants throughout the region selling and purchasing goods. In the afternoon disembarkation and visit Iquitos City, the Manatee Rescue Center and the San Juan Amazonian Indian Market. Later transfer to Iquitos airport for your onward destination By Cruise Manaus Lago do Rei Januaca Lago do Jacare Brazilian author PAULO COELHO born in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro “We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” DAY 3 - SATURDAY Sail on to Janauacá for a photo safari and bird watching on Janauacá Lake with time for trekking. Sail on to Igarapé do Rei - Rio Amazonas with time for bird watching and alligator spotting and a boat excursion through the Igarapés. Overnight on board DAY 4 - SUNDAY Cruise to the confluence of the rivers Negro and Solimôes to watch the meeting of the waters. Sail back to Manaus. Manacapuru Trivia 05 DAYS / 04 NIGHTS Manaus BRAZIL Brasilia Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo Iguazu Falls 04 DAYS / 03 NIGHTS TUESDAY TO SATURDAY de Jacaré for a photo safari at Igarapé Aturiá and tender cruising in the Igarapé Aturiá. Sail towards Rio Cuieiras. Overnight on board DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY Enjoy a photo safari and a visit to the Cambebas Community at Rio Cuieiras. Tender cruise through Igarape del Pato at Praia Grande with some free time at Praia Grande. Overnight on board DAY5 - THURSDAY Cruise to the confluence of the rivers Negro and Solimôes to watch the meeting of the waters. Sail back to Manaus. attracti ns • Discover the natural beauty of the mighty Amazon River 2) RIO NEGRO (4 NIGHTS): • Trek through the mystical and magical Amazon Jungle DAY 1 - SUNDAY Depart Manaus cruising towards Novo Airão. Overnight on board • Come face to face with alligators and piranhas DAY 2 - MONDAY Arrive at Novo Airao and embark on tenders to trek through the igarapés to see pink dolphins. Sail on to Lago Aracari with time for a photo safari before continuing on towards Rio Puduari watching for alligators. Overnight on board • Observe the meeting of the Rio Negro and Rio Solimôes • See the Amazon pink dolphins at Novo Airão DAY3 - TUESDAY Arrive at Rio Puduari and embark by tender to go trekking and bird watching. Cruise to Ilha P • 23 G o o nlin e fo r fur t h e r d e t ail s : w w w. o nl y l at in am e r i c ato ur s . c o m Explore Mexico's best preserved colonial towns on this tour. Tour Mexico City's treasures; visit the World Heritage sites of San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato and Zacatecas three of only a few cities in the world with this distinction. Discover Tequila, the mariachis of Guadalajara and the colonial cities of Patzcuaro and Morelia. 10 DAYS / 09 NIGHTS Colonial Treasures of Mexico attracti Day 1- MEXICO CITY Arrive at Mexico City Airport, where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Mexico City ns • Discover the art and architecture of San Miguel de Allende DAY 2 - MEXICO CITY - QUERETARO - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE Depart for Querétaro: visit the Aqueduct, the Convent of the Crosses and its historic downtown. Continue on to the World Heritage city of San Miguel de Allende visiting the Parish Church, the Holy House Chapel, the Inquisitor's House and San Francisco Church. Overnight in San Miguel de Allende • Visit Guanajuato with its underground streets and 18th century architecture • Explore Zacatecas known as the colonial city of Pink Cantera • Discover Guadalajara where tequila and mariachis originated • Visit Patzcuaro known for its colonial beauty and unique traditions • See the magnificent colonial buildings of Morelia • Tour Mexico City's cultural and historic centers By Air By Train By Road Taste of Mexico MEXICO Guadalajara Zacatecas Guana Juato San Miguel De Allende Quere Taro Mexico City Patzcuaro Morelia Acapulco Oaxaca MEXICO CITY - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - GUANAJUATO ZACATECAS - GUADALAJARA Cancun DAY 3 - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE DOLORES HIDALGO - GUANAJUATO Visit Dolores Hidalgo where Mexico's War of Independence began then on to Guanajuato, a World Heritage Site. Tour the colonial alleys and plazas, the university, Juarez Theater, Kissing Alley and Diego Rivera's house. Overnight in Guanajuato DAY 4 - GUANAJUATO-ZACATECAS Head to Zacatecas, also a World Heritage Site to see its outstanding Mexican baroque style architecture found in its Cathedral and other monuments. Visit "La Bufa" Hill for an unforgettable view of the city. Then descend by funicular to visit Eden mine. Overnight in Zacatecas DAY 5 - ZACATECASGUADALAJARA On to Guadalajara where mariachis originated, enjoy the ambience of Tlaquepaque colonial town with its music and folklore. Overnight in Guadalajara P • 12 Oaxaca is known as the culinary capital of Mexico and "The Land of the Seven Moles," Oaxaca embodies all the best of Mexican cuisine. Combine the joys of learning to cook Oaxacan cuisine with discovering the Zapotec sites of Monte Alban and Mitla and exploring the many indigenous villages that surround it. 09 DAYS / 08 NIGHTS Taste of Mexico DAY 6 - GUADALAJARA-TEQUILA Tour Guadalajara, the Government Palace, Plaza Tapatia, Degollado Theater and the Cathedral before continuing on to Tequila, where tequila is still produced. Overnight in Guadalajara DAY 1: OAXACA Arrive in Oaxaca and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Oaxaca DAY 2: HIERVE EL AGUA Today enjoy an excursion to visit Hierve el Agua, southeast of Mitla, where bubbling mineral springs run into bathing pools with a dramatic cliff top location. Hierve el Agua means “the water boils” but the mineralladen water is actually cold. En-route back to Oaxaca stop at a Mezcal distillery to learn about the production of Mezcal. Overnight in Oaxaca DAY 7 - GUADALAJARA- PÁTZCUARO Travel to Pátzcuaro to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the House of the Eleven Patios and the historic colonial downtown. Overnight in Patzcuaro DAY 8 - PATZCUARO- MORELIA- MEXICO CITY Drive to Morelia, known for its pink cantera colonial buildings; the Cathedral, the Government Palace, Clavijero Palace, the Major Plaza, the Aqueduct and Guadalupita Temple at San Diego Convent. Return back to México City. Overnight in Mexico City DAY 3: THE MITLA ROUTE Enjoy a tour visiting Santa Maria El Tule home to the unique, gigantic sabine known as “the Tule tree” approximately 2000 years old, Teotitlan del Valle, Santa Ana del Valle, Tlacolula known for its Sunday market and one of the prize jewels of Mexican Baroque architecture: the chapel of the Christ of Tlacolula. Explore Mitla, a Zapotec ceremonial center and residence of holy men. Overnight in Oaxaca DAY 9 - MEXICO CITY Tour Mexico City's cultural and historic centres, the National Palace and its Diego Rivera murals, the Zocalo, the Aztec Templo Mayor ruins and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Afterwards visit Chapultepec Park and the Zona Rosa. Overnight in Mexico City DAY 10 – MEXICO CITY After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward destination. Trivia Frida Kahlo [Mexican Painter, 1907-1954] Born July 6, 1907 in the town of Coyoacán in Mexico, Frida Kahlo survived many difficult events in her life, including contracting polio as a child, a long recovery from a serious car accident, two failed marriages, and several miscarriages. She used these experiences, combined with strong Mexican and Native American cultural influences, to create highly personal paintings. P • 13 OAXACA - HIERVE EL AGUA - MITLA MONTE ALBAN - SAN BARTOLO COYOTEPEC DAY 6: THE ROUTE OF THE DOMINICANS Visit the town of Etla; famous for its cheeses and its onyx handicrafts, Coixtlahuaca; built by the Dominicans in 1596. Then discover Teposcolula, an extraordinary 16th century outdoor chapel, known as the chapel of the Indians and Yanhuitlan, the 16th century convent and church of special interest for its finely detailed architecture. Overnight in Oaxaca DAY 7: OAXACA This morning you shall attend a second cooking class again including a visit to the market and lunch. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Oaxaca DAY 8: THE OCOTLAN ROUTE Today visit San Bartolo Coyotepec famous for its burnished black clay pottery, San Martin Tilcajete, known for brightly painted animal figures carved from wood and Ocotlan de Morelos whose main attractions is the Friday “tianguis” or market, where you'll find red clay pottery, knives, apaxtles and traditional kitchen utensils. Overnight in Oaxaca DAY 4: OAXACA This morning attend a cooking class including a visit to the local market and lunch. In the afternoon tour Oaxaca, with its beautiful Santo Domingo Church and its historical center that is comprised of 27 blocks that cover 5 km: 26 temples, 5 convents and a variety of buildings that portray the diverse architectural style from the XVI to XX century. Overnight in Oaxaca DAY 9: OAXACA Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. DAY 5: THE MONTE ALBAN, ZAACHILA ROUTE Tour Monte Alban, the ancient capital of the Zapotecs then visit the village of Arrazola before continuing on to Zaachila, the last capital of the Zapotec empire. 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