Scenic Tours - South America Gold Tour

30 days duration (32 days including travel days to and from South America).

The Gold Tour includes many, but not all, meals allowing you to do what you want and eat where you like in your free time.

59 superb meals are included in this tour: 30 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches & 16 Dinners, plus Meals Inflight.


These exciting escorted scenic tours of South America takes in the best that Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia have to offer. At thirty days in length (excl travel time to and from South America), you have ample time to enjoy the luxury and pampering that our Inca Gold Tours of South America are famous for.


We will have the opportunity to see the modern and exciting cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro as well as the historic and interesting cities of Lima, Cuzco and La Paz. Each with their own charm and character, we will be taken on conducted tours to gain an understanding of their uniqueness. This will be balanced with great vistas as we undertake the Lakes Crossing from Chile to Argentina, and venture to the base of the Iguassu Falls in an inflatable boat.

We stay in a luxury lodge overlooking the Amazon River and undertake a Canopy Walk in pristine jungle. In Peru the pre-Inca, Inca and Spanish transitions of architecture of buildings and streets are very visible, especially in Cuzco where one culture has built upon that of the other. You will visit the local Indian Market at Pisac and stay in the Sacred Valley before travelling by train to Machu Picchu Village, where we overnight and therefore are able to visit the site at visitor low peak time. We then take the Orient Express Train to Puno, from where we have two days to explore beautiful Lake Titicaca enroute to La Paz. To top it all, you will have the opportunity to experience fantastic food and very friendly people.

Overall this is a very rounded and culturally exciting tour with activities to keep everyone eagerly anticipating the next surprise, yet conducted at a leisurely pace to give us time to enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of the areas visited. 

 
Day 1 Saturday
  Depart Sydney / Puerto Varas
 
This morning you depart on your flight to Santiago. As you cross the International Date Line you ‘gain’ a day so you arrive later on Saturday. In Santiago we connect with our flight to Puerto Montt, in the Southern Lakes District of Patagonia. This area contains a series of magnificent lakes cutting through and strung along the foothills of the Andes. On arrival we are taken to our hotel in nearby Puerto Varas, a beautiful alpine type town on the shores of Llanquihue Lake. (Meals inflight)
 
Day 2 Sunday
  Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt
 
After a leisurely start we host a very informative tour orientation meeting in which we get to know each other and outline the important aspects of the day-to-day operation of your Gold Tour. Later we are taken on a sightseeing tour of Puerto Varas and nearby Puerto Montt, including the local fish markets. (BL)  
 
Day 3 Monday
  Puerto Varas / Southern Lakes Crossing / Bariloche
 
After breakfast we commence the spectacular Southern Lakes Crossing, a combination of bus and boat travel traversing this picturesque area. We are collected from our hotel and travel by coach around the shores of Lake Llanquihue. After entering Vicente Perez  Rosales National Park we visit Petrohue Falls. We then cross Todos Los Santos Lake, seeing Osorno Volcano and the peak of El Tronador Mountain, to Peulla. After lunch in Peulla we cross the Vicente Perez Rosales Pass into Argentina. We then travel by catamaran across Frias Lake to Puerto Alegre where we board a bus to Puerto Blest. From Puerto Blest to Puerto Panuelo is again by catamaran, this time on the famous Nahuel Huapi Lake. On arrival at Puerto Panuelo we will be taken to the luxurious Llao Llao Hotel for two nights. (BL)
 
Day 4 Tuesday
  Bariloche - Andes Scenic Tour
 
Bariloche, situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi is an internationally recognised ski resort with steep streets, wooden chalets perched Swiss-style upon a glacial moraine at the foot of Cerro Otto. Today’s tour follows the southern shore of the Lake Nahuel Huapi. We might catch sight of the highest mountain of the area, El Tronador (The Thunderer), whose snow capped peaks rise to 3,554 metres. The road then takes us through the coyhue forest, an indigenous evergreen of the beech family. We then follow the southern edge of Lake Moreno under the steep cliffs of Mount Lopez to the spectacular Panoramic Point for a magnificent view looking back towards the Andes. This breathtaking view includes Lake Moreno, the Llao Llao Hotel and the northern arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi including Victoria Island. (BL)
 
Day 5 Wednesday
  Bariloche / Buenos Aires
 
This morning we fly to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where we have three fabulous nights. Tonight enjoy dinner at a traditional Argentine steak house. (BD)
 
Day 6 Thursday
  Buenos Aires
 
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and South America’s, most fashionable city, with many beautiful parks and plazas. Portenos, as the locals call themselves, are fun loving people who enjoy their city. After breakfast we are taken on a city tour seeing Government House (Casa Rosada), City Hall, the House of Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Colon Theatre, Avenue 9th of July (the world’s widest avenue) and the Italian La Boca District. This evening we dine at the city’s most exclusive and upmarket Tango Show. (BD)
 
Day 7 Friday
  Buenos Aires
 
Today is entirely at leisure in Buenos Aires. (B)  
 
Day 8 Saturday
  Buenos Aires / Iguazu Falls
 
This morning we fly to Iguazu Falls, considered the most impressive in the world, surpassing in grandeur both Niagara and Vic Falls. Some 275 separate cascades fall in a wild array of spray over a winding 3 km cliff frontage. One of the most spectacular falls is aptly named The Devil’s Throat. On arrival we are taken on a walking tour of the Argentine falls before transferring to the Brazil side and to the famous Das Cataratas Hotel, for a fabulous two-night stay. (BLD)
 
Day 9 Sunday
  Iguassu Falls
 
Our day starts with a visit the most spectacular side of the falls from a photographic point of view—the Brazil side. We are then taken through the rainforest by 4-wheel drive jeep to the Iguassu River, for a spectacular boat ride up river to the base of Iguassu Falls. There should also be time to visit the local bird sanctuary, home to a wide variety of South American species. (BD)
 
Day 10 Monday
  Iguassu Falls / Rio de Janeiro
 
We fly to Rio de Janeiro and are taken to our hotel, located right opposite Copacabana Beach, for three nights. Rio sweeps 20 kilometres along the narrow alluvial strip between the sea and the mountains. The combination of dark blue sea, studded with rocky islands, with tumbling wooded mountains and expanses of bare grey rock surrounding the city is very impressive. Brazilians say “God made the world in six days, the seventh He devoted to Rio”. (B)
 
Day 11 Tuesday
  Rio de Janiero
 
We start with a visit to Corcovado Mountain and the Statue of Christ. The statue is one of Rio’s most famous landmarks. It is 37 metres high, weighs 1,100 tons and has a 360 degree view of the entire area below, encompassing the city, the bay, the mountains and the sea,within a circle of up to160 km. Tonight we dine at one of Rio’s most popular local restaurants before experiencing Rio’s best Carnival and Samba Show outside of Carnival! (BD)
 
Day 12 Wednesday
  Rio de Janeiro
 
In the afternoon we visit the Old City of Rio  before being taken to Sugar Loaf Mountain, located uniquely above the entrance to Guanabara Bay. It is reached by a spectacular 2-stage cable car that offers a beautiful look at the city and its beaches from a vantage point high above Rio. Here we enjoy a cool drink as the sun sets over the emerging lights of Rio. (B)
 
Day 13 Thursday
  Rio de Janiero / Lima
 
Early this morning we fly to Lima, Peru for a two-night stay. Lima, “The City of the Kings” is a very beautiful city. It was the first seat of Government of Spain in 1535 and still has many perfectly preserved buildings from the Colonial Period. This afternoon we are taken to the world famous Lima Gold Museum, which also houses one of the world’s largest collections of armoury. (BD)
 
Day 14 Friday
  Lima
 
Our morning starts with a tour of Colonial Lima, during which we visit the Casa Aliaga, one of South America’s oldest Spanish homes and still inhabited by the original family (an Inca Tours’ Australian exclusive!) and the Franciscan Monastery. We see the Government Palace and the Plaza de Armas, before driving through the elegant tree-lined avenues of San Isidro and Miraflores to Parque del Amor, with its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. (B)
 
Day 15 Saturday
  Lima / Amazon Jungle
 
We fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Amazon Basin, where on arrival we are met and driven to the river port. We then take a 45-minute journey down the Madre de Dios River by motor canoe, bringing us to Reserva Amazonica, a private ecological reserve and research centre and our home for three relaxing nights. This afternoon we take a guided walk on one of the trails in the Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the Amazon Jungle’s rainforest environment. (BLD)
 
Day 16 Sunday
  Amazon Jungle
 
Our day starts early with a boat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve, where wildlife surrounds us as we take the one hour walk to the pristine Sandoval Lake. Here we glide in a wooden catamaran across a beautiful, mirror like oxbow lake that is home to the endangeredgiant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. This afternoon we travel upriver to Hacienda Concepcion, home to a remarkable Botanical Garden with over 200 different species of rainforest plants, many of which are used for medicinal purposes. (BLD)
 
Day 17 Monday
  Amazon Jungle
 
Today we take a short boat ride to Inkaterra’s private canopy walkway. After ascending the first tower, at 30 metres above the forest floor, we literally walk through the treetops for one and a half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. We enjoy vistas and landscapes that would be unimaginable from below, while looking for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and with luck, monkeys or sloths. Later we walk to Gamitana Creek. The sights, scents and sounds of the jungle will surround us as we walk along the banks of this winding, dark water creek that is home to piranha, caimans, turtles and brightly coloured birds. (BLD)
 
Day 18 Tuesday
  Amazon Jungle / Sacred Valley
 
This morning we fly to Cuzco, the Inca Capital, from where we are driven to a lower altitude in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We have accommodation in this stunning rural destination for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy our surroundings. (BD)
 
Day 19 Wednesday
  Sacred Valley of the Incas - Pisac Markets / Ollantaytambo
 
Here we visit the famous Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo before continuing on to the traditional local markets of Pisac, with their fabulous artefacts, weavings, etc. After lunch at a private hacienda, we return to our hotel. (BL)
 
Day 20 Thursday
  Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
 
We have an early morning transfer to Ollanta Train Station for our two-day excursion to Machu Picchu. We follow the Urubamba River on one of the world’s great train journeys. Machu Picchu, known as the “Lost City of the Incas” is the most spectacular archaeological site on the continent. On arrival we are taken on a guided walking tour of Machu Picchu. (BLD)
 
Day 21 Friday
  Machu Picchu / Cuzco
 
Your morning is free to further explore the ruins of Machu Picchu without the hassle of large crowds. Early this afternoon we make our way back to the train station for our return journey to Cuzco. On arrival we check in to our luxurious hotel for three fabulous nights. (B)
 
Day 22 Saturday
  Cuzco
 
Cuzco is the archaeological capital of the Americas and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Massive Inca-built stone walls line most of Cuzco’s central streets to form the foundations of Colonial and modern buildings. This morning we take you on a comprehensive tour of Cuzco that includes the Main Cathedral, the Plaza de Armas, the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), as well as other highlights. We then visit one of the other very important Inca Ruins outside of Cuzco: Sacsayhuaman. (BD)
 
Day 23 Sunday
  Cuzco
 
Today is at leisure to further explore Cuzco. (B) 
 
Day 24 Monday
  Cuzco / Lake Titicaca
 
This morning we board the Orient Express Andean Explorer train for our journey across the Altiplano, via the La Raya Pass (until recently the world’s highest) and on to Juliaca. This journey takes about10 hours and provides a wonderful insight into local life as it has been for hundreds of years.We witness some of the world’s most spectacular views and the only area where Vicuna still exist in large numbers. On arrival in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, we are driven to our luxury hotel for a unique three-night stay. (BLD)
 
Day 25 Tuesday
  Lake Titicaca
 
Today we enjoy a boat excursion to the Uros Floating Islands. These islands are inhabited by local descendants from one of the most ancient cultures in South America. They live in an archipelago of more than 40 man-made totora reed islands. We learn how they survived by catching fish, used reeds in amazing ways and traded with land-based settlers. This afternoon we have another excursion in this very remote part of the world. (BLD)
 
Day 26 Wednesday
  Lake Titicaca
 
Today’s start sees us sail across the lake to Taquile, the most interesting island in the area because of its pristine way of life and unique past. Taquile people are of Quechua origin, as opposed to the majority of region’s locals who are of Aymara origin. Being part of the Inca Empire, the island has ruins on the peak of its mountain. From Taquile you can view the impressive snowcapped Cordillera Real. After lunch we choose another excursion. We may like to visit Socca, another rustic community. Here we can walk along wide sandy shores between wetlands and farms and appreciate the local dress and slow pace of life. (BLD)
 
Day 27 Thursday
  Lake Titicaca / Sun Island / La Paz
 
An early start sees us on our way to Bolivia! We are collected from our hotel and driven around the shores of Lake Titicaca to Juli, where we board our hydrofoil for the trip across the lake and into Bolivian waters. Stopping at the Moon Island to visit Inak Uyu, the Sun Virgins Temple, we have breathtaking views across the lake.We continue to the Sun Island and go ashore to visit the Inca staircase and sacred fountain, where we touch the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. After lunch on the island we again board our hydrofoil bound for Copacabana. Here we have a short tour of the local market before our private bus trip to La Paz. On arrival we check in to our hotel for a unique two-night stay. (BL)
  
Day 28 Friday
  La Paz
 
We undertake a comprehensive half day tour of La Paz, during which we visit the Indian and Pagan sacrificial markets, Calle Jaen with its museums, San Francisco Church, Plaza Murillo, the National Congress, the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Obrajes and Calacoto. We also visit the unusual formations of the spectacular Moon Valley, outside of La Paz. (B)
 
Day 29 Saturday
  La Paz / Santiago
 
Late today we fly to Santiago, via Iquique in the Atacama Desert on Chile’s far northern coast. On arrival into Santiago we are met and taken to our luxurious uptown hotel for two relaxing nights. (B)
 
Day 30 Sunday
  Santiago
 
Our day starts with a city tour visiting the Plaza de Armas, the 16th Century Cathedral, City Hall, the National Congress Buildings and the Moneda Presidential Palace. We also see O’Higgins Park, featuring the former Chilean Military Academy and Santa Lucia Hill, where Santiago was founded in 1542. Tonight we enjoy a special end of tour farewell dinner. (BD)
 
Day 31 Monday
  Santiago / Inflight
 
Today we are taken to Santiago Airport for our flight home to Sydney. (B & Meals Inflight)
 
Day 32 Monday
  Arrive Sydney 
 
We will arrive in Sydney late today. (Meals Inflight) 
 
Welcome Home!
 
 
 
All prices are subject to currency fluctuations, additional airline charges and changes in costs from ground suppliers. We reserve the right to vary any part of this tour at our sole discretion as circumstances may require.

 


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TOUR DATES

2014

  • 5 April - NO SPACE
  • 4 October

 

COUNTRIES VISITED
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Bolivia 

  

COMFORT LEVEL
  • Luxury

  

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Senior Tour Conductor throughout
  • Expert local tour guides in each location
  • Lakes Crossing from 'Chile to Argentina
  • Iguazu Falls Argentine & Brazilian sides
  • Corcovado & Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro
  • Gold Museum of Peru, Lima
  • Amazon Jungle, Peru
  • Canopy Walkway, Amazon Jungle
  • The Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo & Pisac Market, Peru
  • Overnight stay in Aguas Caliente with two visits to Machu Picchu
  • Luxurious Hiram Bingham Train, Machu Picchu to Cuzco
  • Cuzco, the original Inca Capital, Peru
  • Orient Express Train from Cuzco to Puno
  • Visit to the Uros Floating Islands, Taquile Island & the Moon Island on Lake Titicaca
  • La Paz & the Moon Valley
  • Exploration of Santiago

  

ITINERARY IN BRIEF
  • Puerto Varas (2 nights)
  • Bariloche (2 nights)
  • Buenos Aires (3 nights)
  • Iguassu Falls (2 nights)
  • Rio de Janeiro (3 nights)
  • Lima (2 nights)
  • Amazon Jungle (3 nights)
  • Sacred Valley (2 nights)
  • Aguas Caliente, Machu Picchu (1 night)
  • Cuzco (3 nights)
  • Lake Titicaca (3 nights)
  • La Paz (2 nights)
  • Santiago (1 night)

  

GOLD TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Economy-class group airfares throughout the entire tour.
  • Services of an experienced Tour Conductor throughout the Inca Gold Tour and the services of experienced local guides throughout any extensions undertaken.
  • Accommodation in Superior-class hotels with private facilities, except in the Amazon which is basic.
  • All private airport transfers with English speaking guides.
  • All private city & sightseeing tours as described with English speaking guides.
  • Meals as indicated: (B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner).
  • All ground transportation and touring vessels as described.
  • Re-confirmation of all onward flights.
  • Porterage of 1 suitcase per person.
  • Airport taxes within South America.
  • Tipping.

  

NOT INCLUDED
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Passport, visa costs and reciprocity fees in Chile & Argentina.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage.