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Sizzling South America Adventure

27 Days  |  Departing Saturday 7th March 2020 and returning Thursday 2nd April 2020

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Progress Payment: $ 5490 6500 by 8 Nov 2019
Final Payment: $ 6279 7299 by 9 Dec 2019
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A small group adventure of a lifetime!

Highlights

Visits to Peru, Chile, Brazil & Argentina
City Tour of Santiago
Tour to the Moon & Mars Valley
Excursion to Tatio Geysers & Machuca Village 
Tour of old and modern Lima & Larco Herrera Museum
3 Night Stay in the Amazon Jungle
City tour of Cusco & Nearby Ruins
Tour to Sacred Valley, Chincheros, Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo Ruins
Day Tour to Maras Salt Pans and Moray
Vistadome Train Excursion to Machu Picchu with Guided Tour
Visit to Uros Floating Islands in Lake Titicaca
Visit to the Pre Incan Burial Site of Sillustiani
Tour of Iguassu Falls Argentine Side
Tour of Iguassu Falls Brazil Side & Exotic Bird Park
City tour of Buenos Aires
Tango and dinner show at La Ventana   
Argentine Folklore show and BBQ lunch at local ranch
 

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by an Experienced Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return Airfares including taxes to South America ex Melbourne (Other departure cities available on request) including luggage
All Internal Flights within South America including taxes and luggage 
Specialist Guides at each Destination
All Transportation Througout
All Sightseeing as per Itinerary including Entrance Fees
All Meals as per Itinerary
Accommodation based on 4 Star Properties in Good Locations
Wiling to Share Option
Meet & Greet prior to Departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)

** Please note accommodation at the Amazon Lodge is Twin Share only (the Single Tour cost has been priced to reflect Twin Share at this accommodation)

**TIPPING**

Local tipping is customary in South America.  Sisterhood Womens Travel  tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is  paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is USD200.00 and this will be confirmed in your final documentation.

** Not included - Please allow for:
Chile Reciprocity Fee - approx USD120.00

Please note a Yellow fever certificate is required for entry into Brazil and must be produced on arrival 

Notice

There are vaccinations that will be required to this part of the world.  Please consult with your GP or local TRAVEL CLINIC Doctor for more accurate advice.   A Yellow Fever Certificate will be required to join this tour.

Countries will be visiting include:
Argentina
Chile
Peru
Brazil


You must have a certain level of fitness to join us on this tour.  You must be in good health and able to walk long distances on uneven ground.   Advice on avoiding Altitude Sickness will be covered pre tour and at our meet and greet.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 7 March 2020

Melbourne - Santiago (Meals inflight, D)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet our Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for our flight to Santiago.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our full service airline as we head towards South America.

Upon arrival into Santiago we'll be met and transferred to our hotel and tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner.

Overnight:  Hotel Plaza San Francisco (or similar)

Day 2 - Sunday 8 March 2020

Santiago (B,L)

This morning after breakfast we will enjoy a city tour around Santiago. This entertaining tour consists of visiting the main attractions of Santiago, We start out with a visit to the highpoints of the city’s civic centre, such as Cerro Santa Lucia (a centrally located historic urban park), the La Moneda Palace (presidential offices) and the traditional Plaza de Armas square, a meeting place for Santiago’s diverse and multicultural expressions. Buildings of historical value can be found in the neighbourhood, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Museum of History (From outside) and Central Post Office.

We later walk through the Parque Forestal, a park running parallel to the Mapocho River with a variety of tree species offering a refreshing break from the urban agitation of the city’s centre, and continue on to Barrio Bellavista, Santiago’s bohemian neighborhood, with some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. Visit San Cristobal Hill by cable car (Funicular). Lunch is included today at Central Market, with dinner tonight at leisure.

Overnight:  Hotel Plaza San Francisco  (or similar)

Day 3 - Monday 9 March 2020

Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama (B,D)

This morning transfer we transfer to the airport for our flight to Calama. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel located in San Pedro de Atacama.

This afternoon we will enjoy a tour to the Moon & Mars valley. This tour gives the feeling that we are walking on the surface of another planet. The 43-kilometre ride leads to the Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range) a group of attractive natural stone and sand sculptures that millions of years ago formed part of a large lake. Once here, we will be taken to a surprising lookout to enjoy views of the valley. The next stop is the awesome Valle de Marte (valley of Mars) also known as the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) with its peculiar stone formations and absolute desert landscape: no vegetation or insects to be seen in what is considered one of the country’s most barren regions.

Next, the tour ventures on to Las Tres Marias (the three Marys), an interestingly strange geological formation near an old salt mine. At sunset, the exploration ends atop a giant sand dune in Valle de la Luna (moon valley), named this way because of its moon-like landscape where an amazing spectacle of different colours can be admired when the sun slips below the horizon.

Tonight we have included an enjoyable dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight : Hotel Altiplanico (or similar)

Day 4 - Tuesday 10 March 2020

San Pedro de Atacama (B,L)

After breakfast we will head on an excursion to Menique & Miscanti Lagoons with includes lunch. The tour starts out with a 350 km drive to Salar de Atacama (Atacama salt flat) Chile’s largest salt deposit. The trip continues to the Altiplano lagoons located 90 km from San Pedro, at an altitude of 4,500 m and 18 km south of Socaire, one of the seven sectors that make up the Los Flamingos National Reserve. This area offers a unique habitat for seldom seen fauna, such as the horned coot, Chilean flamingo, small flamingo, Baird’s sandpiper, Andean avocet, puna plover, crested duck and Andean goose. The area is surrounded by impressive volcanoes formed in remote geological times simultaneously with the rising of the Andes mountain range and has pools of emerald-green waters enclosed by the Andean peaks.

Return to our hotel with afternoon and dinner at leisure.

Overnight:  Hotel Altiplanico (or similar)

Day 5 - Wednesday 11 March 2020

San Pedro de Atacama (B)

Following breakfast today we will take a tour to Tatio Geysers & Machuca Village.  This tour offers visits to two quite different spots in the same area: a breathtaking dawn in the immensity of the desert and the simple life of a small shepherd settlement. Early departure to the El Tatio Geysers geothermal field, located at an altitude of 4,000 meters which offers an amazing spectacle at dawn: steaming fumaroles that can reach up to 6 meters of altitude. The experience is complemented with guided walks through the hot craters of mud and small geysers.

On the way back we take a break at Machuca, a picturesque village located at an altitude of 4,000 meters, with some twenty homes and a church, gives a good idea of the way of life of the llama shepherds that inhabit it. The area is home to a variety of local fauna, such as llamas, alpacas, ducks, Andean seagulls and flamingos.

Later return to San Pedro de Atacama with dinner at leisure.

Overnight:  Hotel Altiplanico (or similar)

Day 6 - Thursday 12 March 2020

San Pedro de Atacama - Lima (B)

After breakfast we depart our hotel to Calama Airport for our flight to Lima. On arrival we will be met and transferd to our hotel.

Lima is situated in the central western region of Peru between the sea and the western cordillera of the Andes. It is home to more than 6 million inhabitants and has been the nation’s capital since the Spanish Conquest, having been founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro. From that period in history old mansions, churches and convents still survive as well as the bullring Plaza de Acho, the third most ancient in the world; likewise the original building of the University of San Marcos, the oldest in America.

Lima has grown and modernised; it has many excellent hotels and restaurants where one can savour both local and international dishes. It is important to note that Peruvian cooking is offering an abundance of varied and exquisite dishes. As regards to museums, the most outstanding are the Anthropological and Archaeological, the Larco Herrera, the Amano, and the Gold Collection

Overnight: Hotel Casa Andina Select (or similar)

Day 7 - Friday 13 March 2020

Lima (B, D)

This morning following breakfast we will enjoy a tour of the city and Larco Museum.  Our tour will visit both the colonial and modern sections of this "City of Kings". Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas with its cathedral and palace, and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, we drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Afterwards we finish with a visit to the famous Larco Herrera Museum. The museum showcases one of the world's largest collections of pre-Columbian art inluding Moche, Nazca, Chimú, and Inca pieces. Additionally, the Larco Museum is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery. Later we return to our hotel and afternoon at leisure.

This evening we will be treated to a dinner and a show at La Dama Juana, where we will partake in a variety of Peruvian dishes served buffet-style while enjoying a wonderful show of Peruvian folk dances.   

Overnigh: Hotel Casa Andina Select (or similar)

Day 8 - Saturday 14 March 2020

Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Posada Amazonas (B)

Following breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado we will be transferred to the Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying our first taste of the forest in the gardens, we will be asked to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at the headquarters’ safe deposit. This helps keep the boats and cargo light.  Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometres to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business. Afterwards, a forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas, an oasis in the Amazonian jugle. Upon arrival at the lodge we will be welcomed and briefed on important navigation and security tips.

Overnight: Posada Amazonas (or similar)

Day 9 - Sunday 15 March 2020

Posada Amazonas (B, L, D)

During our stay at Posada Amazonas we will have the opportunity to choose our activities from the lodge excursion menu. The excursions range from soft adventures, family, research and cultural experiences all designed to satisfy our personal preferences. You may choose a morning and an afternoon excursion, returning to the lodge for lunch. All our meals, excursions and lectures are included during our stay.

The Ese’eja Native Community lodge, Posada Amazonas is the newest and most comfortable Lodge in this area of Peru. The lodge was constructed combining traditional native architecture and materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) with modern, low-impact, eco-lodge technology. This area of Amazonian Peru is a relatively undisturbed area with unrivalled opportunities for wildlife viewing and wilderness. More than 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species - 10% of the world's total), 200 mammal species, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants are protected within this reserve.

Overnight: Posada Amazonas (or similar)

Day 10 - Monday 16 March 2020

Posada Amazonas (B, L, D)

Another day at Posada Amazonas to enjoy the range of excursions included during our visit.

Overnight: Posada Amazonas (or similar)

Day 11 - Tuesday 17 March 2020

Posada Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco (B, D)

Following breakfast this morning we transfer by boat to the Tambopata River Port and back to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters for our flight to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure and dinner is included tonight.

Cusco is a stately and historic city, with stone streets and building foundations laid by the Incas more than 5 centuries ago, the town is much more than a mere history lesson.  Cusco is a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian and colonial history and contemporary mestizo culture. The Incas made Q'osqo (meaning "navel of the world" in Quechua) the political, military, and cultural centre of their empire, which stretched up and down the Andes, from Ecuador through Bolivia and all the way to Chile. Cusco was the empire's holy city, and it was also the epicentre of the legendary Inca network of roads connecting all points in the empire.

Overnight: Hotel Costa del Sol Wyndham (or similar)

Day 12 - Wedndsday 18 March 2020

Cusco (B)

Today we can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning.  Later this afternoon we depart our hotel on our city tour, visiting the principal monuments and points of interest in Cuzco, considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere, including the nearby important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Tambo Machay.

Dinner is at leisure tonight.

Overnight: Hotel Costa del Sol Wyndham (or similar)

Day 13 - Thursday 19 March 2020

Cusco - Sacred Valley (B, L)

Following breakfast we wiill start our tour at the Chinchero town, which was one of the most important villages during the Inca Empire. Here we will have a weaving demonstration. Then we continue towards the colonial village of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewellery. Afterwards the tour continues to the village of Ollantaytambo for a visit to its impressive Inca fortress. Lunch is included today.

Dinner is at leisure tonight.

The Urubamba Valley, better known as El Valle Sagrado de los Incas (the Sacred Valley of the Incas), is a relaxed and incomparably beautiful stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across broad plain and rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco. The magnificent Inca ruins found from Pisac to Ollantaytambo are testaments to the region's immense ceremonial importance. The Incas built several of the empire's greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centres of Cusco and Machu Picchu, positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley.

Overnight:  Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection (or similar)

Day 14 - Friday 20 March 2020

Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes (B, D)

This morning after breakfast we will visit the cultural experimental centre of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheatre made up of four circular terraces, which appear to disappear into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 metres). It is believed that the terraces, built over containing walls filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, enabled the Incas to grow more than 250 plant species.

Later we continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.

Afterwards transfer to Ollantaytambo Station to board the Vistadome train for a 2½ hour journey over and through the Andes to Aguas Calientes.  Dinner tonight is included.

Overnight: Hotel El Mapi (or similar)

Day 15 - Saturday 21 March 2020

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B,L)

This morning after breakfast we will be met and taken to the shuttle buses which will take us up a 600 metre switchback road to the entrance of Machu Picchu, the fabled Lost City of the Incas - never found by the Spanish Conquistadores and only rediscovered in 1911 by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins followed by lunch. 

Once we are ready to leave the ruins, we can take the shuttle bus down to the little town of Aguas Calientes at the bottom of the mountain.  In the afternoon make your way to the station for the afternoon train departing to Poroy and further transfer to Cusco and your hotel. 

Dinner is at leisure tonight.

Overnight at Hotel Costa del Sol Wyndham 

Day 16 - Sunday 22 March 2020

Cusco - Puno (B, L)

Today after breakfast, we transfer to the train station for the journey through mountains and valleys, offering spectacular views of the Huatanay River valleys, traditional Andean villages and picturesque scenes of grazing herds of vicuña and alpaca. Lunch is included.

Dinner is at leisure tonight.

Overnight: Hotel Posada del Inca (or similar)

Day 17 - Monday 23 March 2020

Puno (B)

After an early breakfast this morning we will enjoy a tour to the island of Uros within Lake Titicaca.  Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water. At present, they speak Quechua and Aymara. Return to Puno and rest of the day and dinner is at leisure.

Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, at 3,808 metres, approximately 8,100 square kilometres in area, 194 kilometres long and having an average width of 65 km. At over 170 km long, it is also the largest lake in South America. Its altitude means the air is unusually clear and the azure waters particularly striking. Interesting boat trips can be made from Puno, the major port on the lake. The area is also known for its folk dances and huge herds of alpacas and llamas. In parts of the lake where the depth is over 25 m, its waters are blue and in the shallower areas it is transparent and green in hue due to the presence of aquatic plants.  It is home to extraordinary fauna such as flamingos, fish such as "suche”, "capache" and trout which has found the Lake to be a great habitat.

Overnight: Hotel Posada del Inca (or similar)

Day 18 - Tuesday 24 March 2020

Puno - Lima (B)

This morning after breafast we will visit Sillustani.  Located between Puno and Juliaca Sillustani is a site from the Pucara and Tiwanaku cultures. It sits on a hilltop overlooking Lake Umayo, with a good variety of flora and water birds like the Giant Andean Coot, the white tufted and Silvery Grebes, the Puna Ibis, the Andean Goose, the black crowned Night-Heron, the Speckled and Puna Teals, the Yellow-Billed Pintail, the Andean Gull and others. In Sillustani, we find hundreds of funerary towers called “chullpas”, built by the Incas in the 15th century. More important people were buried in the towers, while lesser regarded people were buried in similarly-shaped areas below the ground. There is also a small island in the lake that is a reserve and has herds of llamas and alpacas.

We will then be transferred to Juliaca Airport for our flight to Lima. 

Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Costa del Sol Wyndham (or similar)

Day 19 - Wednesday 25 March 2020

Lima - Puerto Iguazu (B, D)

Today after breakffast we will take our flight to Puerto Iguazú.  On arrival we will be met for transfer to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.  Later tonight we will enjoy dinner which is included in the itinerary.

Iguazú Falls is located in the unspoilt, tropical jungle at the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, and is considered one of the most spectacular nature attractions of South America. Iguazú Falls are bigger and more breathtaking than the Niagara falls and they are even bigger than the Victoria falls in Africa. On a spread of 2.5 km the Iguazú descends with such force into the deep of the Garganta del Diabolo that one can hear it kilometres away. This spectacle of nature with the brown jungle stream gently flowing until it suddenly plunges straight down into the deep creating a huge cloud of water is an experience that will remain unforgettable.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure (or similar)

Day 20 - Thursday 26 March 2020

Puerto Iguazu (B)

This morning after breakfast we will enjoy a tour of Iguazú Falls, Argentine side with a stop at the Visitor's Centre at the entrance of the Iguazú National Park. The Centre displays great panels showing the importance of the biodiversity of the humid subtropical forest. In order to gain access to the walkways from where the Iguazú Falls may be observed, we will take a gas-operated train to the upper paths and the Devil's Throat. The access to the San Martin Island is through the lower paths. Arriving at the Devil's Throat station the footbridge crosses several islands until the end where we will enjoy a magnificent viewpoint of this overwhelming waterfall. 

Rest of the day and dinner is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure (or similar)

Day 21 - Friday 27 March 2020

Foz do IguaƧu (B)

Folowing breakfast we will take a tour of the falls on the Brazil side where we will have quite a different perspective.  We will stop at the Visitor's Centre at the entrance of the Iguaçu National Park. The visit continues inside the National Park, along a paved road, which will take us to the magnificent Iguaçu Falls. We start the walking tour along the catwalk with gorgeous panoramic views of the falls and at the end of the catwalk a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devils' Throat and the main waterfalls. It is a completely different tour than the one on the Argentinian side.  Our tour ends at the upper part of Iguaçu Falls taking a panoramic elevator. From there, the visitors will follow a track to Porto Canoas, from where we will enjoy a pleasant lookout with a great view.

Later we finish up with a visit to the bird park. This world-class Bird Park is situated on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. It offers tourists, ecologists, photographers and ornithologists an opportunity to enter huge 8-meter high forest aviaries to study and photograph birds in their natural habitat without the restrictions of netting and cages. There are over 160 species, both indigenous and from other continents.

Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure (or similar)

Day 22 - Saturday 28 March 2020

Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires (B, D)

This morning after breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. Enjoy the remainder of the day in Buenos Aires at leisure.  This evening we will be spoilt with a a perfect combination; a delicious meal, good wine and the best Tango. we will taste Argentine cuisine specialities accompanied by excellent wines and finish the evening enjoying a Tango and folklore show long to be remembered.  

Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina with over 11 million inhabitants, is one of the largest cities in the world. This complex, energetic, and seductive port city, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata, has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Porteños, as the multinational people of Buenos Aires, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity. They value their European heritage highly; Italian and German names outnumber Spanish, and the lifestyle and architecture are markedly more European than any other city in South America. Buenos Aires is, undeniably, the great gateway to this magnificent country and to South America. (Take some time to do some shopping here: Leather goods, shoes, bags and clothes are a real bargain)

Overnight:  Hotel Kenton Palace (or similar)

Day 23 - Sunday 29 March 2020

Buenos Aires (B)

Following breakfast, today we will discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires on a city tour, visiting the National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in the Plaza de Mayo (May Square) area. Admire the Colon Theatre, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America. Visit San Telmo, a traditional neighbourhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants.

We stop at La Boca, the oldest and most authentic neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Settled and built by Italian immigrants that worked in the warehouses and meatpacking plants in the area, La Boca is now home to many artists. Later enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces.

Finally, we visit La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant district where the famous cemetery is found. Although it may seem unusual, fashionable restaurants, bars, cafes, discos and a cinema complex also surround the area.

Enjoy the remainder of the day and dinner at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Kenton Palace (or similar)

Day 24 - Monday 30 March 2020

Buenos Aires (B, L)

Today after breakfast we will experience the Argentine countryside with its customs and traditions spending a day at a ranch. This unique tour will allow us to enjoy the traditional dances and songs of the Argentine countryside. We will be welcomed with typical "empanadas" (meat pies) and superb Argentine wine. 

Later we will enjoy a delicious Argentine barbecue, "asado". This will be followed by a folklore show with singing and dancing and a demonstration of "gaucho" skills on horseback: riding, rodeo, as well as a horse exhibition and the "sortija" (ring race). We may also have a horse ride or get on a typical carriage to have a better feeling of the gauchos' way of life. 

Afterwards return to our hotel and dinner at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Kenton Palace (or similar)

Day 25 - Tuesday 31 March 2020

Buenos Aires - Melbourne (B, Meals in Flight)

Today after breakfast we farewell South America and begin our journey home.  We'll transfer to the airport in the morning and fly home to Australia .  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of the airlines as we head towards home.

Day 26 - Wednesday 1 April 2020

In Flight (Meals in Flight)

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of the airlines as we head towards home.

Day 27 - Thursday 2 April 2020

Welcome Home

Arriving back into Melbourne today.  What an adventure!  We thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure!

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