South America Express

Overview

Choose this suggested itinerary or customise to create your own unique journey. Tour departs daily to suit your travel plans. Price based on budget accommodation. Superior or Deluxe also available.

Enjoy a quick exploration of South America on this 12-day trip

Fly into the Argentinian capital, Bueno Aires, to begin your trip across South America. After a few days to enjoy the elegant metropolis, make your way to the majestic cascades of Iguazu Falls. See both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the falls then travel to Rio de Janeiro, one of the most attractive cities in the world. The Peruvian capital of Lima is ready to be explored for the day before you fly to Cusco. Here, you will see not only the modern city, but the ruins of the ancient Incan civilization at Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.

 

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TRIP CODE
MCTSSAE
DEPARTURE
Daily
DURATION
12 Days
LOCATIONS
Argentina, Brazil, Peru

Itinerary

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Hotel
Inclusions

Domestic flights
All airport transfers
Accommodation
All breakfasts
All tours detailed in itinerary

All meals stated in itinerary

Difficulty Rating 2 (High altitude)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request

Notes

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Season and availability

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

We ensure that we have as little negative impact on the wildlife as possible and minimise disturbances. We also encourage the education and visitation of protection and conservation services, specifically associated with the area. We follow strict guidelines when visiting Machu Pichu as a World Heritage Site, pronounced by UNESCO, and want to facilitate your enjoyment whilst conserving its beauty and wonder. You will also find that we visit many other national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks of which we encourage you to explore yet advise you to remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in pre-departure information and en-route by guides and staff.

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

 

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Accommodation & Pricing

PRICING
STANDARD TRIP CODE PRICING FROM
Budget MCTSSAE-BUD AUD 3935
Standard MCTSSAE-STD AUD 4610
Superior MCTSSAE-SUP AUD 6365


The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

ACCOMMODATION
Superior
 El Mapi - Machu Picchu
Superior HB Room
The recently renovated 48 room El Mapi Hotel is a modern, stylish hotel close to Aguas Calientes train station, boasting beautifully landscaped gardens featuring a hot tub where guests can relax with a drink after dinner. The hotel's design creates a smart but casual atmosphere featuring all the essential comforts. Rooms are equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal toiletries, 32 inch flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and laundry service.
 
El Mercado Tunqui - Cusco
Superior Room
El Mercado Tunqui is a brand new chic hotel located in the heart of Cusco. Celebrated for its customer service, El Mercado Tunqui brings the magic of the mountains to the city. It is built on the site of a former market and is located just a couple of blocks from the main Plaza de Armas where you can purchase the countries most loved Peruvian products. The rooms (26 superior, 3 junior suites and 2 suites) are charming and well equipped, boasting original decor and homely comforts. Junior suites have fireplaces and stand-alone bathtubs. Main suites are ideal for small families or for those seeking extra space and feature a terrace or a private dining/living room. If you don't want to escape the warm Peruvian atmosphere you can relax in the courtyard beside the fire pit. The restaurant, La Taberna is open for lunch, dinner and drinks. You can sample fresh, locally sourced market food and it is the perfect place to try exotic foods and delicious wines. The separate breakfast room has a stand preparing fresh juices and smoothies made to order with a vast menu of breakfast foods.
 
 Hotel Casa Republica - Lima
Republica Classic Room
Casa Republica is a brand new boutique hotel in the bohemian district of Barranco, Lima. A 100 year old Republican era mansion has been turned into a 22 room boutique hotel which oozes the character and charm of the era. It is located a stone's throw from many of Lima's best bars and restaurants, boasts a fantastic rooftop bar with ocean views and superb rooms with period features.
 
 Windsor Palace - Rio de Janeiro
Superior Room
Walk the streets of Copacabana and be near one of the most famous beaches in the world while in Rio de Janeiro. Stay at the Windsor Palace Hotel where you find comfort, convenience and assistance. The hotel is the ideal accommodation for those wishing to experience the beauty of Rio de Janeiro, whether on holidays or on business trips in a pleasant, comfortable, and friendly atmosphere. With several attractions around, including beaches, bars and restaurants, shops and much more, the Windsor Palace Hotel mixes the renowned Windsor quality with all Rio can offer, which ensures a fantastic stay.
 
 Mercure Iguazu Hotel - Iguasu
Standard Room
Comfort and nature combine harmoniously with the environment. 100 spacious and comfortable rooms located at the heart of the Iryapu Jungle, just 20 minutes from Puerto Iguazu International Airport and close to the region's main tourist attractions.
 
 Own Grand Palermo Soho - Buenos Aires
Junior Suite Room
Located in the trendy Palermo neighbourhood, Own Grand Palermo Soho is a stylish boutique hotel offering rooms with a modern and sophisticated décor and free WiFi access. The property has a rooftop pool and spa facilities. The spacious rooms at Own Grand Palermo Soho feature air conditioning, hardwood floors and a modern style décor. All of them have minibars, flat-screen TVs and safety deposit boxes. Private bathrooms include a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can enjoy a meal in the hotel's exclusive restaurant or request drinks at the bar. There is also a relaxing spa and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, babysitting services and a tour desk. Car rentals are available upon request.
Standard
 Casa Andina Korikancha - Cusco
Standard Room
Casa Andina Korikancha is removed from the traffic, hustle and bustle of the centre but still just 3 blocks from Cusco Plaza de Armas. An atmosphere of spaciousness and serenity, spread across 2 sprawling, connected 18th-century manor houses and 2 peaceful interior colonial patios. The hotel is just steps from Koricancha (the Inca Temple of the Sun) and Santo Domingo church.
 
Casa Andina Classic Mapi - Machu Picchu
Traditional Room
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu is a friendly and cosy hotel in a strategic location in Aguas Calientes, the nearest access point to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. This hotel has 54 new and comfortable rooms in a 5-storey building, where you can relax after your visit to Machu Picchu. The traditional rooms have mountain views and the hotel offers Wi-Fi and has a restaurant with a spectacular view of the Vilcanota River.
 
 Wakapunku Boutique - Cusco
Standard Room
Wakapunku, meaning 'Door to the Sanctuary' in Quechua, is a small 8 room boutique hotel located just two blocks from Cusco's main plaza and only a very short stroll from some of Cusco's top bars and restaurants. This colonial style hotel is a comfortable, tranquil and calm oasis in Cusco providing exceptional service. All rooms have showers and bathrooms with abundant hot water 24 hours a day. They feature comfortable beds and are also equipped with an LED TV, telephone and safety deposit box as well as an iPhone dock. Suite and Balcony Rooms are also available at an additional cost.
 
 Allpa Hotel & Suites - Lima
Executive Room
Allpa Hotel & Suites provides spacious and modern rooms with a touch of contemporary style. Nearby you can enjoy the best of Lima, excellent restaurants, upscale boutiques, shopping malls, handicraft markets and cultural attractions. Also, within walking distance of the hotel you will have a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.
 
 Windsor Palace - Rio de Janeiro
Standard Room
Walk the streets of Copacabana and be near one of the most famous beaches in the world while in Rio de Janeiro. Stay at the Windsor Palace Hotel where you find comfort, convenience and assistance. The hotel is the ideal accommodation for those wishing to experience the beauty of Rio de Janeiro, whether on holidays or on business trips in a pleasant, comfortable, and friendly atmosphere. With several attractions around, including beaches, bars and restaurants, shops and much more, the Windsor Palace Hotel mixes the renowned Windsor quality with all Rio can offer, which ensures a fantastic stay.
 
 La Cantera Jungle Lodge - Iguasu
Tierra Room
La Cantera Jungle Lodge is situated within the Natural Reserve "Selva Iryapu". This reserve is strategically situated, 10 minutes' drive from the city of Puerto Iguazu, 15 minutes' drive from The International Iguazu Airport, and 15 minutes from the Cataratas del Iguazu. The difference of lodging within the Natural Reserve is mainly the real contact with nature, the sounds of birds and the leaves moved by the wind, and the mystery of the forest that embraces everything. La Cantera Jungle Lodge was built with the aim of preserving the setting and minimising the impact on the area. Within the property's three acres there are trees that are more than 400 years old (Caa Fstola) and others that are protected as they are in danger of becoming extinct (Palo Rosa).The Lodge is characterized for being an innovative, exclusive and sophisticated property with the goal of offering first class services to all of its guests. It has 24 suites and offers all the amenities that you need for a comfortable stay, from a beautiful swimming pool to a spa, bar and restaurant.
 
 Hotel Own Recoleta - Buenos Aires
Junior Room
Hotel Own Recoleta is set in the heart of Retiro, a quiet neighbourhood but situated in a key area of the city. With a refined atmosphere and surrounded by an elegant Frenchified architecture, just a step away from Recoleta, it is a residential area with neighbourhood cadence and a vibrant commercial life, which brings together the finest shops, shopping centres, art galleries, antiques’ shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Retiro is one of the most vibrant areas of the city marking a pulse day and night.
Budget
 Imperio Machu Picchu - Machu Picchu
Classic Room
Featuring a restaurant, Flower's House offers accommodations in Machu Picchu. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here features a safety deposit box, a private bathroom and cable TV. A daily breakfast is included. At Flower's House guests will find free shuttle service, a 24-hour front desk and a bar. The property is a 5-minute walk from the train station and a 7-minute walk from the bus station where guests can take a bus to Machu Picchu.
 
 Inkarri Hostal - Cusco
Standard Room
Located in San Blas, 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Inkarri is a renovated 18th century colonial house. There is an outdoor patio where Wi-Fi is free. Bright and spacious, rooms at Inkarri Hostal are decorated with wooden furnishings and open out onto balconies. They all come equipped with cable TV and private bathrooms with either bath or shower. Guests can enjoy a selection of neo-Andean dishes, with ingredients known from the Inca times combined with modern cooking techniques. A hot breakfast buffet is served daily at the in-house cafe overlooking the courtyard.
 
 Hotel Buenavista - Lima
Standard Room
In the heart of Lima's Miraflores area, this hostel is close to many shops and local attractions and features an outdoor area, free Wi-Fi and full kitchen. Rooms include private bathroom and cable TV. All of the 19 rooms at Hostal Buena Vista Lima are equipped with telephone and traditional decor. Room service and 24-hour front desk are available. Guests can enjoy a varied buffet breakfast in a cosy internal patio area. Buena Vista Lima also offers a lounge with TV and DVD, tour desk and transportation services. The hotel is 3 blocks from Kennedy Park and a 30-minute drive from downtown Lima. The airport is a 45 minute drive away.
 
 Santa Clara Hotel - Rio de Janeiro
Standard Room
Hotel Santa Clara is located in Bairro Peixoto, between the hills of Morro da Saudade and Morre de Sao Joao, close to Copacabana Beach, one of the most beautiful and most famous beaches in the world. The hotel is within easy access of shops, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and supermarkets. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone and wooden furnishings. The hotel offers Wi-Fi, a lounge area, 24-hour front desk and restaurant with breakfast included.
 
 Jardin del Iguazu - Iguasu
Standard Room
Jardin del Iguazu is located in the heart of Puerto Iguazu, 2kms from the Three Borders Monument and within easy access of the Iguazu Falls. The comfortable, modern rooms have large windows overlooking the inner terrace and are equipped with plasma TV's and air-conditioning. The hotel also features a garden with swimming pool and hydro-massage tub, a bar, restaurant, 24-hour front desk and Wi-Fi. Unwind on the sun loungers by the pool or maybe request a relaxing massage session.
 
 Two Hotel Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
Standard Room
Comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and modern design can be enjoyed in Buenos Aires. Two Hotel has on-site gym facilities. Private parking is available for a fee. Two Hotel Buenos Aires is within easy access of taxi and bus stops. Plaza de Mayo Square is 600 m away, while The Obelisk of Buenos Aires is 950 m from the property. Rooms at Two are equipped with air conditioning and flat-screen cable TVs. They feature minimalistic-inspired design and light parquet floors. All rooms have private bathrooms and minibars.

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