Holiday Itinerary - Ultimate South America

Day 1: Rio De Janerio, Brazil.

Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to white-sand beaches and host of the 2016 Summer Olympics! After arrival, settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free time exploration.

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro.

Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana beaches. Take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a favela for a glimpse into the life of these colourful communities that nearly 20% of the people call home. (B)

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro.

A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the famous beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis. (B)

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Iguassu Falls.

Fly to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Journey to the Brazilian side of the FALLS to see the 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 250 feet deep. Walk into Devil’s Throat Canyon, where clouds of mist, a thundering roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you—an unforgettable experience! (B,D)

Day 5: Iguassu Falls.

Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of the FALLS. Begin with a short ride on the open-air ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN through the rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls for a look over the edge to see the water crashing down below into the Devil’s Throat. This afternoon, you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of endemic birds as well as flora from the area. (B)

Day 6: Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarises you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafés, and charming shops. (B)

Day 7: Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city’s well-known landmarks, including the Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House), and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhoods, and RECOLETA CEMETERY, where Eva Perón is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous TANGO SHOW highlighting this alluring dance so popular here. (B,D)

Day 8: Buenos Aires.

Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys) on a traditional Argentine ranch complete with a barbecue lunch. (B)

Day 9: Buenos Aires - Lima, Peru.

Board a flight for Lima, Peru. Heralded as the “City of Kings” by Spanish conquistadors, Lima still carries vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums. (B)

Day 10: Lima.

Sightseeing today focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage. Founded in 1535, Lima was once the capital of Spain’s South American Empire. Visit the baroque 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and was once the home of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima and conqueror of Peru. Nearby, see the cathedral where Pizarro’s remains are buried. The remainder of your day is free to explore on your own. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)

Day 11: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley.

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and, upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into colourful weaving fibres that are then used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with a famous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colourful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel, nestled in the peaceful Sacred Valley. (B,D)

Day 12: Sacred Valley.

Start the day with a visit to OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest—the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. You will see how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold. Next, visit a LOCAL HOME to experience life in this traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Then, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a typical Inca drink in Peru called chicha. (B)

Day 13: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu.

Board the VISTADOME train that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. Abandoned when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish, these remarkable ruins remained undiscovered for nearly 400 years. For this reason, many of the mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day. (B,D)

Day 14: Machu Picchu - Cusco.

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire. (B)

Day 15:  Cusco.

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicentre of the Incas. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop of one another. Also, see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas before a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here on your tour. Also, see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco. (B,D)

Day 16:  Cusco - Juliaca - Puno.

Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the Sun God to found the Inca Empire. (B)

Day 17:  Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca.

Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a boat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 18:  Puno - Juliaca - Lima.

En route to Juliaca, stop at the pre-Incan burial grounds of SILLUSTANI. See the above-ground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into a LOCAL HOME for an inside look at life here. Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 19: Lima.

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Note: Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Departure dates 2020/2021 : Ultimate South America (19 days) : 7% discount on all dates

Cosmos brochure price in black from £3365

Travel 55 discount price in red from £3130

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Starts from Rio de Janeiro ends Lima - tour 1200

Dates

Prices from*

Dates

Prices from* 

January 24 2020

£1925
£1791

August 7 2020

£1925
£1791

February 7 2020

£1925
£1791

September 4, 18 2020

£1925
£1791

March 6, 20 2020

£1925
£1791
October 2, 16 2020  £1925
£1791

April 17 2020

£1925
£1791
November 13, 27 2020 £1925
£1791

May 1 2020

£1925
£1791
January 22 2021 £2005
£1865

June 10 2020

£1925
£1791
February 58 2021 £2005
£1865

July 10 2020

£1925
£1791
March 5 2021 £2005
£1865

*Dates and prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. 

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single Room Supplement is available from £758. Please call for Triple Room Reduction details and prices. Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, please call for details and prices. 

2021 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2020.
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START YOUR VACATION IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON - tour 1202 23 days from Manaus to Lima

Add an Amazon lodge experience in Brazil’s Amazon to your vacation from £4205/£3911 land only*. 

ADD A GALAPAGOS CRUISE TO YOUR TOUR - tour 1205 26 days from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil

Spend two nights in Quito and four nights cruising the Galápagos from £7159/£6658 land only*. 

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from £7989/£7430 land only*

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Cosmos Tours
Ultimate South America

19 days escorted tours - 7% discount

Discount prices start from only £3130

Your tour begins in Brazil with sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro, on to Iguassa Falls with sightseeing of the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls.

Next, fly to Buenos Aires for sightseeing, a tango show and time to explore. On to Peru, time in Lima and on to the peaceful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into colourful weaving fibres that are then used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today.

Board the Vistadome train ascend the mountain-side through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of Machu Picchu. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century.

Experience fascinating Lake Titicaca as you embark on a boat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On Taquile Island, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. Continue to the Uros Floating Islands, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands.

This wonderful 19 day South America tour comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance

Tour highlights

Rio de Janeiro Guided sightseeing, visit Corcovado to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Iguassu Falls Guided sightseeing of the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle train ride.

Buenos Aires Guided sightseeing, visit Recoleta Cemetery; Tango show and dinner.

Lima Guided sightseeing, visit San Francisco Monastery.

Sacred Valley Guided sightseeing of Awanakancha and Pisac Indian Market; Visit Ollantaytambo, a local home, Seminario Ceramics Workshop, and a chicheria.

Machu Picchu Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; Guided sightseeing of the Machu Picchu ruins; stay overnight in Machu Picchu region.

Cusco Guided sightseeing, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and Sacsayhuaman, see Kenko and Puca Pucara.

Lake Titicaca Guided sightseeing of Taquile Island and the Uros Floating Islands; farewell dinner

Sillustani Guided sightseeing, visit a local home 

Professional tour director

Transportation: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

Hotels: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling. Listed hotels or equivalent

Rio De Janeiro - Windsor Plaza Copacabana

Iguassu Falls - Recanto Park

Buenos Aires - Kenton Palace

Lima - Jose Antonio Lima

Sacred Valley - La Casona Yucay

Machu Picchu - Mapi by Inkaterra

Cusco - Jose Antonio Cusco

Puno - Xima Puno Hotel

Brazil's Amazon extension - Manaus Blue Tree Manaus; Amazon Lodgde Ecopark Jungle Lodge 

Galapagos extension: Quito - Grand Mercure Alameda Glapagos cruise; Santa Cruz II; Guayaquil Unipart Hotel Guayaquil

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon extension - Colca Canyon Hortel Casa Andina Classic Colca; Arequipa Casa Andina Select, Arequipa

Meals: On Tour 1200—18 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 7 dinners (D 

Everything you need

Transportation

When it comes to showing you the best the world has to offer, Cosmos goes the extra mile! In addition to our private, first-class motorcoaches, we use a variety of transportation for an out-of-this-world experience! How do we do it? With a journey on a bullet train in Japan…a rickshaw ride in India…cruises on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam or the Amazon River in Brazil, or the open-air safari vehicles in South Africa…and so much more! Plus, with Cosmos, you never have to worry about getting to the boat on time, buying tickets for the train, or waiting in long lines. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Accommodation

After a day of travelling, you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel or safari lodge that is centrally located. We select hotels with the best guestrooms (always with a private bathroom), and service. Our hotels in Asia, Africa and South America include a full breakfast each day so you can start the day off right. See individual itinerary pages for hotel listings.

Sightseeing

Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that reveal the best of the Exotics. Discover the wonders of historic Kyoto, Beijing, and Siem Reap…walk along Shanghai’s famous Bund…explore ornate temples in Bangkok…discover the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu…hand-feed giraffes in Nairobi…experience the Great Barrier Reef…and more. Enjoy inside visits of the must-see sites and parks with knowledgeable Local Guides and Driver/Guides who will bring each destination to life. See itinerary pages to learn what’s included in your holiday.

Leisure time

No one enjoys a holiday where every second is spent on a schedule. We build free time into every Cosmos holiday where possible, so you can eat, shop, and explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer suggestions for things to see and do—or you can join one of our many intriguing optional excursions.

CosmosGo

Our free CosmosGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions for each destination. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

Guidance

At the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable folks who show you around and help you maximise your free time. We go to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and Local Guides for the richest experience possible.

See individual tours for hotel listings and learn what is included in your holiday.


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