South America

I was thinking lets start up a blog about when i go to south america with my family on the 16th December. Everyone seems to be doing one so i though i would do one too. 

i will give you where we are and what we have been doing when i have time to stop and think,

here is the outline of what we are going to be doing 

December 16 – Day flight to Lima. Arrival and transfer to the hotel of your choice.

December 17 – Afternoon tour of the “City of Kings.” (B)

December 18 – Early morning flight to Cusco, for two nights. Afternoon tour of the capital of the Inca Empire. (B) 

December 19 – Full-day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including visits to Ollantaytambo and Pisac, famous for its Inca terracing and colourful market. Overnight in Cusco.
(B, L)

December 20 – Early transfer to the station for the train journey through to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas with a guided tour of one of the world’s great archaeological sites. Overnight. (B, L)

December 21 – Morning to explore the site further. Afternoon rail journey back to Cusco for two nights. (B) 

December 22 – At leisure in Cusco. (B) 

December 23 – Depart Cusco station for the spectacular ten-hour rail journey through dramatic mountain scenery to Puno, travelling on the luxurious Orient-Express train. Stay for two nights in the hotel of your choice. (B, L) 

December 23 – Motorboat trip on Lake Titicaca to visit the unique floating islands of the Uros Indians. Afternoon visit to the Chullpas of Sillustani above Lake Umayo where the ancient Aymaras used to bury their high priests in 12 m / 40 ft high cylinder-shaped mausoleums. 

December 24 – Drive south towards Bolivia, stopping at the Baroque churches in Juli and Pomata. Continue by hydrofoil to the legendary Sun Island for overnight, enjoying wonderful lake views. (B, L, D) 

December 25 – Depart after lunch and visit the Urus-Iruitos floating islands en route to Huatajata before continuing to La Paz for two nights. (B, L) 

December 26 – Morning city tour of La Paz. In the afternoon, visit Tiwuanaku, the pre-Inca great Imperial capital. (B) 

December 27 – Morning at leisure to relax before an afternoon flight to Santiago de Chile, for two nights. (B)

December 28 – Morning sightseeing tour of Santiago including the Presidential Palace of La Moneda, the imposing Cathedral and the central market where you will see an extensive display of flowers, fruit, seafood etc. Afternoon visit to the Maipo Valley, Chile’s best wine producing area, and to the famous Concho y Toro vineyards for a tour and wine tasting. (B) 

December 29 – Fly to Buenos Aires, the charming and cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. Spend three nights here at a hotel of your choice. (B) 

December 30 – Morning tour of this exciting city. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

December 31 – At leisure in Buenos Aires to enjoy an optional tour such as a visit to one of the famous Argentinian Estancias. (B) 

January 1 – Continue on to the Iguassu Falls for a two-night stay. If you choose the Hotel das Cataratas on the Brazilian side or the Sheraton Internacional on the Argentine side, you can walk straight down to the falls. (B)
January 2 – Morning and afternoon visits will show you both sides of the falls. (B)
January 3 - Departure for the flight to Manaus, in the Brazilian Amazon. (B)
January 4-5 - Early morning departure for a two-night stay at a jungle lodge, allowing ample time to learn more about the life-giving rainforest during daily reconnaissance trips and excursions. Full-board included. (B, L, D)

January 6 – Arrival back in Manaus in time for an afternoon departure to Salvador in Bahia, changing planes in Brasilia. Late arrival at the hotel; stay for three nights. (B)

January 7 – Morning at leisure. Afternoon excursion to the historical colonial centre, visiting the lovingly restored Pelourinho, with its narrow alleyways, ornate churches and colourfully painted facades. (B)

January 8 – At leisure in Salvador. Opportunity for an optional tour or to explore the city at your own pace. (B)

January 9 – Flight to Rio de Janeiro, stunningly set between the mountains and the sea. Stay for three nights. (B)

January 10 – Full day tour of Rio visiting its two main landmarks – Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains. (B, L)

January 11– At leisure in Rio. (B)

January  12– Finish and a few days touring  

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