Ultimate South America (1200) - 2015 / 2016

19 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Lima

Ultimate South America
Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires
Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires
Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima
Christ the Redeemer crowns Corcovado Mountain
Iguassu Falls consisting of some 275 waterfalls
The “Lost City of the Incas”
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
Lake Titicana Huts
Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru
Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Favela Tour The Favela Tour reveals the way of life for around 20% of Rio's population. It changes the general idea that favelas are simply no-go areas dominated by criminals only, and opens a new perspective of Rio society. It is a tour to understand the city, its contrasts and paradoxes. The tour takes you to the community of Vila Canoas, with around 2.500 people, and Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil, having around 85,000 people. Both are placed within the rich neighborhood of Sao Conrado. In Vila Canoas, walk through the narrow alleyways and get a good idea of its social initiatives that are also part of many Rio favelas. Once in Rocinha, the contrasts are more evident as much as we go higher and deeper inside. Visits include the community school, commercial center, and handicraft center. Its huge dimensions, wide variety of commerce and breathtaking view from the top is certainly impressive for any visitor.

Approximate value: $45 USD per person

Petropolis A drive through the outskirts of Rio, up the Serra dos Orgaos on a winding, scenic road through the Atlantic Rain Forest will take you to the 'Imperial City of Petropolis', 810 m (2,660 ft) above sea level. We will visit the museum at the summer palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and the Cathedral with the tomb of the Emperor and his wife. You will see the highlights of this charming city, such as the 'Crystal Palace', mansions and buildings from imperial and modern times.

Approximate value: $75 USD per person

Samba Show Enjoy a colorful folklore and carnival show, a lively and colorful extravaganza of wonderful costumes, dancers, graceful and pretty mulatto girls and the hot beat of the Brazilian samba rhythm, featuring more than a hundred artists. The final apotheosis is a memorable display of dazzling costumes used in the Carnival Parade.

Approximate value: $127 USD per person

Bird Park The Bird Park, near Iguassu Falls, offers visitors the opportunity to spot birds up close is their native rainforest environment. Huge aviaries are home to over 900 tropical birds of 150 species. On a walking tour learn about the various birds found here and the ongoing effort to protect and conserve these native birds. Among other attractions, there is a butterfly aviary, hummingbird aviaries, and a reptile sector with caimans and snakes

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

Fiesta Gaucha In Argentina ranches dedicated to cattle breeding and to growing grains are called Estancias. Today, enjoy a complete day at and estancia in the pampas, where Buenos Aires ends and home to the gauchos! This full-day excursion is an ideal opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of rural life and a colorful feast in the heart of the pampas. Lunch includes world-renowned Argentine beef and live entertainment by gauchos in their native costumes. After lunch, the folklore show will began with its music and dances. The day will end with demonstration of typical activities at an estancia: regional games on horseback such as the "carrera de sortijas", where two teams gallop at full tilt under a wooden arch and try to pass a pin through a small ring hanging from the arch.

Approximate value: $155 USD per person

Peruvian Paso Horse Show with Dinner Experience traditional Peruvian entertainment while enjoying traditional Peruvian cuisine! During dinner you'll be treated to a Paso horse riding demonstration. Fine specimens of this national breed, obedient to their horsemen's reins, will demonstrate the elegance of their lilting and gentle gait to the rhythm of the Marinera, an emblematic Peruvian dance.

Approximate value: $85 USD per person

Dinner at Incanto Restaurant Head to this landmark location in the heart of Cusco for an extraordinary meal and modern style. Incanto offers an interesting gastronomic Italian-Peruvian fusion in a magical environment, where towering stone walls of what was once an Inca palace combine with minimalist modern architecture. It's cozy and contemporary, offering the finest ingredients and an original style.

Approximate value: $56 USD per person

Pre-Columbian Art Museum The Museo de Arte Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Art Museum) was an Inca ceremonial court around 1450 AD. In 1580, it became the mansion of the conqueror Alonso Diaz and in 1850, the Earl of Cabrera . It was restored to be the Pre-Columbian Art Museum in 2003. This extraordinary Cusco historic monument holds the only museum in Peru dedicated to revitalize the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures. The collection of 450 master pieces dates from 1250 BC to1532 AD. They were selected among 45,000 objects located in storage at the Larco Museum in Lima, by curators Mr. Fernando de Szyszlo, famous Peruvian painter, and Mrs. Cecilia Bakula, prestigious Peruvian Art Historian. The exhibition uses texts in Spanish, English and French to emphasize the artistic context of the collection displayed in 11 showrooms inside the museum. Its galleries were designed to meet the highest standards of modern museography enabling the visitors to admire Pre-Columbian art in its best expression.

Approximate value: $38 USD per person

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