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BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA – 12 Days

Experience the mhytical Machu Picchu

Enjoy the spectacular waterfalls

It`s time to discover colorful Rio de Janeiro

FROM 1955 USD 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Highlights

Travel to South America
Cuzco Tours
Amazing Machu Picchu Excursions
Travel to Buenos Aires
Tour Iguazu Falls
Rio de Janeiro Tours

BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA – 12 Days

Tour Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

From north to south, from the city of the Incas to the Paris of South America, our South America tours will give you a taste of the diversity of this incredible continent. You’ll start out with travel to Peru and the great city of Cusco, where you will explore the ruins one of the world’s early civilizations. Then it’s on to wine and Tango in Buenos Aires. Your Argentina travel will continue with a stop at Iguazu, one of the most incredible waterfalls in the world. Finally, you will travel to Rio de Janeiro, finishing your trip in an incredible beachside paradise.

Day 1 – Cusco: HD City Tour & Archaeological Sites

Welcome to Cusco!

 

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, this colonial city is currently one of Peru’s most popular destinations. It is a must stop to visit Machu Picchu, one of the New World Seven Wonders and host of the ruins of the Inca civilization and the most spectacular landscapes on the planet..

 

Upon arrival at Cusco Airport, a transportation service will wait for you and will transfer you to your hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide who will inform you about the attractions and services that the city has to offer.

 

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city and learn about the fascinating Inca Empire. Discover the insights of this lost civilization visiting the famous Qoricacha temple, the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral and other important monument along the city. Head to the top of the city to visit the remains of the fortresses of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara with stunning panoramic view of Cusco.

 

Duration: half day

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Day 2 – Cusco: FD Maras & Moray/ Sacred Valley

Discover the beautiful colonial town of Chincheros and the spectacular Inca sites of Maras and Moray. Start your morning at the fascinating Maras Salt mines which feature more than 100 small pools fed by a salt-water mountain spring that is interconnected by channels. Be fascinated by the mysteries of the Incan civilization and hold your breathe while learning about this interesting and never equaled culture. In the afternoon, head along a dirt road towards another typical Andean village called Moray; famed for being an Inca agricultural experimental center.

 

In ther afternoon, you will be drop off at your selected hotel in Valle Sagrado.

 

Duration: Full day

 

Note: During the rainy season (December to March) this excursion may be changed for South Valley tour taking in the archaeological sites of Tipon and Pikillaqta, and the town of Andahuaylillas

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Day 3- Sacred Valley - Full Day Chinchero/ Vivo Museum/Ollantaytambo

During the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs.

 

In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. After this, you are transferred to Ollantaytambo, making a stop at the Raqchi viewpoint from where you can see the local archaeological site. Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo visit its town, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain.

 

Later, have lunch in Ollantaytambo and live a superior Andean gastronomy experience in Chuncho restaurant, where the true spirit of the Sacred Valley is transmitted in a cosy atmosphere. It should be noted that the restaurant offers exclusive service for LimaTours passengers at regular lunchtime, providing first class personal attention.

 

Then, you are transferred from Ollantaytambo to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre Andean traditions interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! At the end of this activity, you are transferred back to your hotel.

 

Duration: Full day

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Day 4 – Sacred Valley: FD Machu Picchu Ruins / Aguas Calientes

After having brekfast in your hotel, the tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately four hours time.
This town is also known as “Machu Picchu Pueblo” and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes there is a train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer by bus you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain”, and is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

 

At the end of the tour you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch at ¨Cafe Inkaterra¨ Machu Picchu.

 

You will have the rest of the afternoon free and will spend the night in your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes.

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Day 5 – Aguas Calientes - Full Day Machu Picchu Ruins / Cusco

After having breakfast at the hotel, you have the option to return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions of the citadel (2nd day visit not included in actual pricing).

 

Visit the Intipunku, which in Castilian means “Sun Gate” and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you follow the Inca trail from Ollantaytambo. The sun rises every day through this door if viewed from the most important buildings of the citadel. You may climb the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means “Young Mountain” as opposed to Machu Picchu. This ascent takes about an hour and its main attraction is the “Temple of the Moon”, a complex of underground constructions likely to have been used by the elite.

 

Finally you will be able to know the Inca Bridge, an incredible stonebuilding that served as entrance or exit of the citadel. In the afternoon you will head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco from there.

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Day 6 – Cusco / Buenos Aires

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, via Lima (private service).

 

Welcome to Argentina!

 

Capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as shows off plenty of its own culture! Explore the traditional European architecture, the cobbled streets lined with rustic outdoor cafes, the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping, and the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open “parrilla” (barbeque) in the air. Buenos Aires is home to some excellent local designers and you will certainly find the perfect leather jacket, long leather boots and handbags for all occasions. Though above all, Buenos Aires is known as the home of the tango. Be sure to enjoy a traditional dinner-tango show and explore the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods.

 

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met at the airport and have a transfer in private to your hotel.

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Day 7 – Buenos Aires tour & Tango Show

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy our City Tour in private  service.

 

Over the course of a half day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political centre of the city, San Telmo with its cobblestone streets, La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present, and the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us that Buenos Aires was once the Paris of the South. 

 

Duration: 4-5 hours

 

In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel in a shared service to be driven to one of Buenos Aires’ most emblematic cultural highlights: a Dinner and Tango Show, offering a spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing accompanied by delicious Argentine cuisine and all the malbec you’d like.
At the end of the evening you will be driven back to your hotel.
Total duration (dinner + show): 4 hours approx.

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Day 8 – Buenos Aires / Iguazu

At appropriate time you will be driven to the Domestic Airport (Private Service) to take your flight to Iguazu.

 

Welcome to Iguazú!

 

The little and relaxing town is the gate to visit the impressive Iguazu Falls, (which have been recently declared as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders!), making them a must see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina.

 

Upon arrival, you will be driven to your hotel (private service)

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Day 9 – Iguazu National Park: Argentine Side

After breakfast you will depart on a full day tour (private service) to the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls where you will have intimate views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazu River. An guide will show you the hidden gems of this unique National Park and will take you off the beaten path to show you the best views.
Lower and upper walkways permit up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. Trails through the 210 square mile reserve provide visitors with various views of the falls, especially the largest one, Devil’s Throat. The ecological train ride is included in the tour. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Duration: 6/8 hours

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Day 10 – Iguazu National Park: Brazilian Side / Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, enjoy a half day excursion (private service) to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls where you will enjoy vast panoramic views of the Falls allowing you to take them in their entirety.

 

“Brazil requires that most tourists have a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Please check with the Brazilian Consulate to ensure that you have the appropriate visa before traveling or you will not be allowed to enter Brazil. For example- US citizens, Canadians & Australians (as well as other nationalities) need a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls.”

 

At appropriate time in the afternoon you will have a transfer (private service) to the airport to take your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

 

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!

 

The exotic mix of beach and mountains, colonial neighborhoods and modern style, together with the vibrant sound of Samba everywhere, is why this city was listed in the book “A thousand places to see before you die” as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

 

Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro you will be taken to your hotel (private service) at which point you will have the remainder of the day to explore the lively city or spend time relaxing by the beach.

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Day 11 – Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado & Sugar Loaf

Explore the two major landmarks of Rio and even Brazil. Take a look at the horizon, mountains, history and people of this fantastic city. Begin the tour by riding the cog-wheel train up Corcovado Mountain to reach the spectacular view at the top: the sea, the mountains, the millions of houses and all of the amazing nature that captivate the eyes. Enjoy lunch in one of our selected restaurants (not included) and continue visiting the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, reaching the top by cable car. Gaze down to admire Río´s downtown, its Colonial Portuguese style buildings, the glittering waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful beaches below. Shared Service.

 

***In case you rather a more personalized and flexible service please check with us the private tour option.

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Day 12 – Rio de Janeiro

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

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Included

– All transfers mentioned in the itinerary in private-
– 2 nights in Cusco, 2 nights in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas Caliente, 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 2 nights in Iguazú and 2 in Rio de Janeiro with breakfast.
– Breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary
– Tours described in the itinerary
– Tickets to Corcavado & Sugar Loaf
– Tickets to Qoricancha Templ, Monastery of Santo Domingo, Cusco Cathedral in Cusco, Moray archaeological remains, Maras salt deposits, Awana Kancha, Pisac market Ollantaytambo Fortress in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
– Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights

National Park Entrance Fees 

– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Accommodation & Prices

BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA – 12 Days


INN/ B&B

USD 1955

COMFORT

USD 2390

SUPERIOR

USD 2855

Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2019 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Lima - Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $300 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

– All transfers mentioned in the itinerary in private-
– 2 nights in Cusco, 2 nights in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas Caliente, 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 2 nights in Iguazú and 2 in Rio de Janeiro with breakfast.
– Breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary
– Tours described in the itinerary
– Tickets to Corcavado & Sugar Loaf
– Tickets to Qoricancha Templ, Monastery of Santo Domingo, Cusco Cathedral in Cusco, Moray archaeological remains, Maras salt deposits, Awana Kancha, Pisac market Ollantaytambo Fortress in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
– Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights

National Park Entrance Fees 

– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Trip Reviews

BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA – 12 Days

Charlene Stanway

Charlene Stanway

(5 / 5)

Keep up the good work

I have now just posted a comment on Trip Advisor about the wonderful trip Say Hueque organized for us this past January/February.


I first learned of Say Hueque on the Internet and checked the reviews on Trip Advisor as well
I wanted to have a South American company look after our trip because they have far more expertise than trying to organize this from Canada. This approach worked well for us when we planned a trip to South Africa and Say Hueque's good feedback on Trip Advisor made me comfortable about choosing them.
We did have to agree with you that Iguazu Falls were far superior to our Niagara Falls so this was definitely a highlight of our trip. We also enjoyed the atmosphere and friendliness of Buenos Aires which you so wonderfully shared with us.
We really enjoyed the Fierro in BA - it felt very personal and they were so enthusiastic about advising us on any of our questions. The other 2 hotels were more of a "big city" experience but we were still very happy with them.
We really enjoyed our day out at the ranch in BA - felt like a different world for us and very unique. Dale is still telling everyone about the demonstration we saw by the young gaucho who showed us how he breaks in a horse - it was breathtaking to watch him put the horse on his back, climb on the horse's stomach and then press his head against the horse's like they were kissing. We have never seen anything else like it.....
We loved having you take care of us in BA, especially assisting my quick visit to the hospital where we really didn't lose any time. Our guide in Iguazu was also good but you were exceptional!
Keep up the good work - great experience for both Dale and I and we will be coming to BA again!

Sincerely,

Charlene


23.01.18

Gopal Ganesh

Gopal Ganesh

(4 / 5)

I must congratulate the agency for providing good accomodation and guide services throughout the journey. Thank you for making my visit memorable.

Dear Patty,

These are my comments on my recent trip to Argentina and Brazil with Say Hueque.

I made my booking through this agency after looking at the internet with particular emphasis on experience of the agency and the favourable comments made by previous users.

I must congratulate the agency for providing good accomodation and guide services throughout the journey. The hotels where I was put up were good. However, I would have liked tea/coffee making arrangements in the hotel rooms. Except for Igazu, other hotels did not have this facility.

I also felt that in Igazu, it would have made better sense to be put up on the Brazilian side on the second day of visit, instead of coming over to the Argentinian side hotel for the night and then crossing the border again to catch the Avianca flight from Puerto Igazu next morning. The crossing clearances took a long time and it was tense in the morning when you had to cross the border to take a flight.

In Argentina, I felt that the sightseeing programme could have been organized better. The half day programme of sightseeing was spent more on travelling to the city and except for seeing the Palace and the surrounding park, besides the cemetry of Eva Peron, there was nothing else.Since I was the only person in the group who stayed in Palermo, I was sent back to the hotel in a taxi.

In Brazil, it was a taxi driver who informed me that the first day's sightseeing programme was cancelled owing to prospect of rain. I was left to visit museums on my own that day. Conseqiuently, the last day in Rio de Janeiro was crowded and it was a miracle that I managed to get to the hotel and check out as agreed with them.
The visit was marred by the cancellation of the flight from Rio de Janeiro to London Heathrow after waiting in the aircraft for several hours. We were put up at a hotel with full boarding but there was no announcement till late afternoon about the flight to London. I fell sick there and it has taken me more than 15 days to become normal again.
About events in Rio de Janeiro, could I suggest that in future you could think of including a programme on Samba like the Tango show in Buenos Aires?

One more word regarding the flight to Igazu from Buenos Aires. The booking done by you was through a local airline (which was delayed after boarding due to some technical glitch), which did not have any code sharing agreement with Avianca- the airlines which was used by me in Peru as well and in which I came to Buenos Aires- with the result that the luggage allowance was only 15 kg instead of 23 kg. This cost me about 12$ in excess baggage. In future, in case it is possible, please book through an airline which has code sharing arrangement with the prominent airline of South America.

These are some of the critical comments I had to make to help you to better your services.

Overall, I was quite impressed with your services.
Thank you for making my visit memorable.

Yours sincerely
Gopal Ganesh


11.08.17

Ian & Alina Chen

Ian & Alina Chen

(5 / 5)

The advice and recommendations provided throughout, such as restaurants and services, were very much appreciated.

Hey Paty,

Great to hear from you!

Our friend - Justin Siau, who had gone on a trip with SH before and was very impressed with the service and experience he received, recommended SH to us.

In addition to our friend's referral, we were very pleased that SH was able to fit all the different sights and locations that we wanted to visit in a succinct schedule, as we knew we did not have a lot of time for the whole trip. The advice and recommendations provided throughout, such as restaurants and services, were very much appreciated.

The seamless coordination across multiple locations and countries, coupled with the wealth of information shared prior the trip, really allowed us - the honeymoon couple, to just sit back and enjoy the trip with each other.

Our favorite hotel: It would have to be Casona Yucay. Not just for the views and the scenery, but the very professional service provided by the front desk. The front desk had to assist us to print out our train tickets and were prompt in confirming our schedule with the local travel agency due to last minute changes caused by the strike in Cusco.

Our favorite excursions have been to the glaciers in El Calafate and Iguazu Falls on the Argentinean side. We also would like to mention our guides for the visits - El Calafate (Fleur) and Iguazu Falls (Diego).

We were rather upset that due to the strike in Cusco, there were a few hiccups to the coordination and arrangements for our trip in Cusco. For example, we were left stranded at a train station 2-hours outside of Cusco and were without our luggage for over 48 hours, despite arriving back in Cusco.

Hopefully we don't have to wait too long to our next trip back to South America!

Regards,
Ian & Alina


21.07.17

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Testimonials

Charlene Stanway

Keep up the good work

Gopal Ganesh

I must congratulate the agency for providing good accomodation and guide services throughout the journey. Thank you for making my visit memorable.

Ian & Alina Chen

The advice and recommendations provided throughout, such as restaurants and services, were very much appreciated.

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