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SOUTH AMERICA

11-day group tour of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu), Argentina (Buenos Aires), and Peru (Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco)

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$4570

per person

11

days

From Rio de Janeiro to Lima

Explore the diverse beauty of South America on this 11-day group tour, offering a unique blend of city excursions, natural marvels, and rich cultural activities. From the bustling avenues of Rio de Janeiro and the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls to the cultural vibrancy of Buenos Aires and the historical treasures of Cusco and Lima, this journey is filled with unforgettable experiences. Enjoy the warmth, comfort, and safety of traveling with a like-minded group and access to Indian cuisine.

ITINERARY

DAY 01 : ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Embark on your South American adventure as you touch down in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A city that dances to the rhythm of samba, Rio greets you with its dynamic urban life, iconic landscapes, and the warm smiles of its people. From the golden sands of Copacabana Beach to the majestic views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, the postcard-perfect scenes are just the beginning.

Upon arrival, find comfort in the seamless service as your driver, waiting in the disembarkation area, whisks you away to the luxurious Hilton Rio Copacabana Hotel in a private transfer tailored to your flight schedule. Settle in and savor a delectable dinner at the hotel's esteemed restaurant. As night falls, the promise of an unforgettable journey settles in with your first overnight stay in this pulsating city.

Highlights:

Enjoy the convenience of a private pickup from the airport, directly to your hotel.

Savor your first meal in Brazil with dinner at the hotel's restaurant, offering a selection of delectable dishes.

Unwind in comfort with a 2-night stay at the Hilton Rio Copacabana or a similarly prestigious hotel, ensuring a restful beginning to your South American journey.

 

DAY 02 : RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING

Rise with the sun and enjoy a nourishing breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a day filled with awe-inspiring sights and memorable experiences. Your adventure begins with a captivating train journey through the lush rainforest, leading you to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Standing atop Corcovado Mountain, this global symbol of peace offers unparalleled views of Rio, earning its place among the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Descending back to the vibrancy of city life, your tour will take you past the legendary Maracanã Stadium and through the pulsating heart of the Sambadrome. Marvel at the architectural wonder of the Metropolitan Cathedral and be enchanted by the colorful and vibrant Selarón Stairs, an artistic masterpiece that captivates all who visit.

Lunch will be a flavorful affair at a selected Indian restaurant, offering a taste of home amidst the Brazilian backdrop. The journey continues to Sugar Loaf Mountain, where the world-renowned Cable Car Ride awaits. Ascend from Praia Vermelha to Morro da Urca and onto Sugar Loaf itself, each elevation offering increasingly spectacular views. From the lush greenery of the Atlantic Forest and the sprawling Tijuca massif to the urban beauty of Rio and the serene waters of Guanabara Bay, every angle presents a postcard-worthy panorama.

As the day draws to a close, return to your hotel to refresh before enjoying another exquisite meal at an Indian restaurant, rounding off a day of exploration and discovery. Rest well, for the adventure continues with another overnight stay at your hotel.

Highlights:

Enjoy a full day (8-hrs) exploring Corcovado & Sugar Loaf, complete with entrance fees.

Experience the personalized touch of private service with an English-speaking guide.

Morning departure after breakfast ensures a full day filled with wonder.

Savor the tastes of India with both lunch and dinner at selected Indian restaurants.

 

DAY 03 : FLY TO IGUASSU - SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast at your hotel, prepare for departure as you check out and transfer to the airport, embarking on your journey to the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls. En route, enjoy a packed lunch (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available) provided for your convenience. Upon arrival in Iguassu Falls, meet your guide and dive into the heart of the city for an enriching tour.

Stroll down Avenida Brazil, the bustling main street lined with shops and cafes. Visit the city's primary Catholic cathedral, Igreja Matriz, absorbing the spiritual ambiance. The exploration continues to the serene Buddhist Temple of Foz do Iguaçu, offering insights into Buddhism and its principles. Marvel at the Omar Ibn Al-Khatab Mosque, a symbol of cultural and religious significance, reflecting the diverse fabric of Foz do Iguaçu's community.

Your guide will then lead you to the iconic Landmark of the Three Frontiers, a unique point where the borders of three countries and the confluence of two mighty rivers meet. Here, three obelisks, each painted in the national colors of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, mark this geographical wonder. Learn about the historical significance of this site from your guide.

Conclude the day with check-in at the Continental Inn Hotel or a similar hotel, followed by a delightful dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Highlights:

 Enjoy a half-day (4-hrs) city tour including the Three Frontiers Mark, complete with entrance fees.

 Carry along a packed lunch for your journey and savor dinner at the hotel restaurant, catering to your dietary preferences.

 Experience the expertise of private service with an English-speaking guide, ensuring a personalized experience.

 Enjoy a restful 2-night stay at the Continental Inn Hotel, rejuvenating for the adventures that await.

DAY 04 : IGUASSU FALLS (BRAZILIAN SIDE)

Awake to a delightful breakfast at your hotel, gearing up for an immersive exploration of the Brazilian side of the majestic Iguassu Falls. Your journey begins at the park's Visitors’ Center, offering insights into this natural wonder's significance and biodiversity. Embark on an 11 km journey through the park, where the sound of cascading waters accompanies you, and the lush rainforest unveils its inhabitants, from vibrant birds and butterflies to playful coatis.

Although only 25% of the falls lie on the Brazilian side, it's from here that you get the most breathtaking panoramic views of the remaining falls across the border in Argentina. Marvel at the myriad rainbows cast by the interplay of sunlight and mist, and navigate the 950-meter walkway for an up-close encounter with around 275 waterfalls. The highlight is the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat, boasting the park's most formidable water flow.

After taking in the falls from a panoramic elevator, revealing new perspectives of this natural spectacle, enjoy a well-deserved lunch at the Porto Canoas gastronomic center. The day concludes with a return to your hotel and a round-trip transfer for a dinner experience at a local buffet restaurant. 

Highlights:

Experience an in-depth, private tour of the Brazilian Falls, guided by knowledgeable English-speaking professionals for a truly personalized journey.

Dedicate a full day to the exploration of Iguassu's natural beauty, enjoying panoramic views that showcase the falls from a uniquely Brazilian perspective.

Gain complete access to the wonders of the National Park, with all entrance fees included.

Savor lunch at a local restaurant, indulging in the culinary delights that highlight the region's flavors.

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner at a renowned local restaurant, a perfect end to the day with a variety of flavorsome dishes.

DAY 05 : IGUASSU FALLS (ARGENTINEAN SIDE) - FLY TO BUENOS AIRES

Embark on a day of awe-inspiring natural beauty as you check out from your hotel and delve into the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls. Start with breakfast at the hotel before heading to the park’s Visitors’ Center, setting the stage for your adventure. A short train ride transports you directly to the heart of the falls, the Devil’s Throat, where the roar of the largest water flow captivates your senses from an impressive height of 350 feet.

Wander the Lower Circuit, a trail that allows you to come face-to-face with the park's serene smaller cascades, ensuring plenty of photo opportunities, especially at the Carlos Bozzetti Waterfall. Not to be missed, the Upper Circuit offers a bird's-eye view of the falls' majesty, stretching across to San Martin Island and glimpses of the Brazilian side.

A buffet lunch awaits within the national park, offering a moment of relaxation and culinary delight amidst the day's explorations.

Post-lunch, you’ll transfer to Puerto Iguazu Airport, marking your transition to the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, indulge in a dinner at a selected Indian restaurant, a prelude to the evening's highlight—a Tango show at either El Viejo Almacen or El Querandi, immersing you in Argentina's soulful cultural heritage.

Retire to the hotel for overnight stay.

Highlights:

 Enjoy the personalized attention and expertise of private service with English-speaking guides, ensuring a tailored and informative experience.

 Immerse yourself in a full-day excursion of the Argentinean Falls, witnessing the grandeur of Iguassu in depth.

 Gain seamless access to the National Park with all entrance fees included, allowing uninterrupted enjoyment of the natural wonders.

 Experience the cultural essence of Argentina with a captivating Tango show at either El Viejo Almacen or El Querandi.

 Savor a delightful lunch at a local buffet restaurant, offering a variety of dishes to suit all tastes.

 Conclude your day with an authentic dinner at an Indian restaurant, blending the flavors of India with the spirit of South America.

 Enjoy a 2-night stay in the elegance of the Hotel Savoy or Libertador Hotel, where comfort and luxury prepare you for a day of exploration.

DAY 06 : BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING

Begin your day in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires with a nourishing breakfast at your hotel, setting you up for a day of discovery and enchantment. Embark on a captivating half-day city tour that introduces you to the heart and soul of Argentina's capital. Wander through its bustling streets, soaking up the rich cultural tapestry and architectural marvels that define this iconic city.

Following your exploration, enjoy a flavorsome lunch at a carefully selected Indian restaurant, offering a taste of familiar cuisine far from home.

In the afternoon, the adventure continues with a visit to the Tigre Delta. A world away from the urban energy of Buenos Aires, Tigre offers a serene escape into nature. Explore this unique region, known for its rivers, streams, and numerous green islands, offering a refreshing perspective on Argentinean life.

Conclude your day with another exquisite dinner at an Indian restaurant, savoring the spices and flavors that remind you of home. With your appetite for both adventure and cuisine satisfied, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for a restful night's sleep, eagerly anticipating the adventures the next day holds.

Highlights:

 Discover Buenos Aires' rich history and vibrant culture with a half-day city tour, guided by local experts.

 Relish in a lunch and dinner at selected Indian restaurants, offering the comfort of familiar flavors amidst the excitement of travel.

 Venture to the serene Tigre Delta for a half-day visit, exploring its tranquil waterways and lush landscapes.

DAY 07 : FLY TO LIMA - PERU

The day unfolds with a refreshing breakfast at your hotel in Buenos Aires, marking the beginning of your journey to Lima, the captivating capital of Peru. After check-out, a smooth transfer takes you to the airport, where a packed lunch awaits to accompany your flight, ensuring your comfort and convenience en route.

Upon arrival in Lima, a city rich in history and culture, you'll be warmly greeted and transferred to your luxurious accommodation in the Miraflores District, a prime location that combines city charm with coastal beauty. Lima, a city named by its agricultural roots and established as the heart of the Viceroyalty of Peru, now stands as the vibrant capital of the Republic of Peru. Home to a third of Peru’s population, its metropolitan area is a bustling hub of life and tradition.

Your exploration of South America's gastronomic capital will be complemented by a dinner at a selected Indian restaurant, offering a taste of home amidst the Peruvian landscape. As the day comes to a close, the comfort of the DoubleTree by Hilton Lima Miraflores El Pardo or a similar hotel awaits, promising a restful night in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead in this historic city.

Highlights:

 Enjoy a seamless transfer to the airport with a packed lunch provided for your journey to Lima.

 Experience the warmth of Peruvian hospitality with a transfer to your hotel in the vibrant Miraflores District.

 Savor the flavors of an Indian dinner, blending the culinary traditions of India with the unique ambiance of Lima.

 Relax and rejuvenate with an overnight stay at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton Lima Miraflores El Pardo or a similar esteemed hotel.

DAY 08: FLY TO CUSCO - SIGHTSEEING

Begin an exciting transition from the coastal vibrancy of Lima to the historic charm of Cusco, the ancient heart of the Inca Empire. After breakfast, you'll be smoothly transferred from your hotel to Lima's airport, where your flight to Cusco awaits. Upon landing, another seamless transfer will take you to your hotel, nestled in the embrace of the Andean mountains, either at Hotel Costa del Sol, Sonesta Hotel Cusco, or a similar accommodation, promising comfort and hospitality.

Cusco, a city that weaves the fabric of its Inca roots with the threads of colonial history, invites you on a city tour that is a journey through time. Explore the remnants of the Inca palace, meander through the Plaza de Armas, and admire the old town's beautifully restored colonial buildings. The tour extends beyond the city to the imposing Sacsayhuaman fortress, the enigmatic Qenqo, the ceremonial baths of Tambomachay, and the military outpost of Puca Pucara, each site narrating tales of a civilization that continues to fascinate.

Culinary experiences complement your cultural exploration, with a packed lunch provided for your day's adventure and dinner at an Indian restaurant, ensuring that the flavors of home are never too far away. As night falls over the Andean skyline, the comfort of your hotel in Cusco awaits, offering a peaceful retreat in preparation for the continuing journey through Peru's wonders.

Highlights:

 Embark on a journey from Lima to Cusco, with efficient transfers and a flight connecting Peru's present with its past.

 Delve into the heart of the Inca Empire with a comprehensive city tour of Cusco, exploring its historic sites and colonial charm.

 Enjoy the convenience of a packed lunch during your explorations and the familiar taste of Indian cuisine for dinner.

• Rest and recharge for 2-nights at the Hotel Costa del Sol, Sonesta Hotel Cusco, or a similarly welcoming hotel, nestled in the historic ambiance of Cusco.

DAY 09: TRAIN TO SACRED VALLEY - EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU

Your adventure begins before dawn, as you embark on a journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, at the Ollantaytambo Train Station, you will board the Vistadome Train, renowned for its panoramic windows offering unparalleled views of the mist-shrouded Andean peaks. This train will carry you to the awe-inspiring ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO, Machu Picchu remained hidden from the western world until its rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Your morning will be spent exploring the unforgettable wonders of this 15th-century sanctuary, which was abandoned nearly a century later with the arrival of the conquistadors. Discover the majestic Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza, and the intricately carved rock that the ancient Incas likely used as a sundial. The images captured here will forge lasting memories of this significant archaeological site. After soaking in the mystique of Machu Picchu, you will return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cusco for the night.

Approximately three hours will be devoted to exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, ensuring a thorough immersion in its history and beauty. 

Highlights:

• Board the first-class Vistadome Train at Ollantaytambo, enjoying the journey through the Andes with spectacular panoramic views.

• Explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including its most iconic structures and views.

• Conclude your day with a return to Cusco.

Important Note:

To ensure guaranteed entry to Machu Picchu, please observe the following deadlines for booking:

 For departures in May and November, reservations must be made at least 35 days before the arrival date. Beyond this period, we will make an effort to secure entry, but it cannot be guaranteed.

 For departures in June, July, August, September, and October, reservations should be made no later than 50 days prior to the arrival date. While we will attempt to accommodate later bookings, entry cannot be assured after these deadlines.

 

DAY 10: FLY TO LIMA - SIGHTSEEING

Transition back to the vibrant city of Lima, starting with a transfer from your hotel to Cusco airport for your flight. Upon arrival in Lima, you'll be escorted to your hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Lima Miraflores El Pardo or a similar accommodation, where you can settle in and refresh before embarking on an afternoon exploration of Peru's capital.

Lima, with its rich tapestry of more than 2000 years of history, offers a fascinating blend of the ancient and the colonial. Your tour commences in the colonial center of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where historic buildings encircle the majestic Plaza Mayor. Here, marvel at the architectural grandeur of the Archbishop's Palace with its intricately carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima, a monument to the city's foundation by Francisco Pizarro.

Your journey through Lima's history continues at the 17th-century Monasterio de San Francisco. This complex is renowned for its stunning azulejos (ceramic tiles), ornate ceilings, exceptional paintings, and a world-renowned library, offering a glimpse into Peru's rich religious heritage and artistic legacy.

The remainder of your day is yours to enjoy at leisure, providing the perfect opportunity to absorb the city's vibrant atmosphere or relax at your hotel.

Highlights:

 Transfer smoothly from Cusco to Lima, ensuring a comfortable continuation of your South American adventure.

 Embark on an afternoon city tour of Lima, exploring the colonial center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marveling at its historic architectural wonders.

 Enjoy lunch and dinner at select Indian restaurants, offering a taste of familiar flavors amidst the cultural exploration of Lima.

 Settle into the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton Lima Miraflores El Pardo or a similar esteemed hotel, located in the heart of Lima for an overnight stay.

DAY 11: DEPARTURE

As dawn breaks, your unforgettable South American journey reaches its conclusion. After enjoying your breakfast in Lima, it's time to check out from the hotel. Reflect on the incredible experiences, the sights you've seen, and the memories you've made as you prepare for your departure.

A transfer from the hotel to Lima airport is arranged, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey to catch your flight back home. As you board your flight, take a moment to look back on the diverse landscapes, rich cultures, and historical wonders that have marked the past 11 days. From the vibrant streets of Rio de Janeiro and the awe-inspiring falls of Iguassu to the ancient majesty of Machu Picchu and the colonial elegance of Lima, each moment has contributed to a journey of discovery and connection.

Goodbye! The tour may end, but the stories and memories you've gathered will continue to inspire and resonate with you long after you've returned home. Safe travels, and may your next adventure be just around the corner.

2024 TOUR DATES

May 23

June 20

July 18

August 8, 22

September 10, 24

October 13

November 13

HIGHLIGHTS

Rio de Janeiro City Tour

Sugar Loaf Cable Car Ride

Iguassu City Tour (Half-day) with Three Frontiers Mark

Iguassu Falls Tour (Brazilian side)

Iguassu Falls Tour (Argentina side)

Buenos Aires City Tour

Tango Show at El Viejo Almacen or El Querandi

Tigre Delta Tour (Half-day)

City Tour of Cusco

Visit Machu Picchu

City Tour of Lima

HOTELS

Rio de Janeiro: Hilton Rio or similar (2-nights)

Iguassu Falls: Continental Inn or similar (2-nights)

Buenos Aires: Savoy Hotel or similar (2-nights)

Lima: Doubletree by Hilton or similar (1-night)

Cusco: Sonesta Hotel or similar (2-nights)

Lima: Doubletree by Hilton or similar (1-night)

PRICE INCLUDES

Flights within South America as per itinerary.

Hotel Accommodation with Breakfast.

Lunches and Dinners as per itinerary (includes veg and non-veg options).

Airport transfers on private basis.

Private services with local English-speaking guides for the transfers and services mentioned in the itinerary.

Sightseeing and admissions as per itinerary.

Tours will be conducted in a coach, minibus, or van depending upon the number of guests.

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

International flights to and from South America, Passport, Visa, Consular fees, Tips for Drivers & Guides, Porterage and other personal services, Travel and Medical Insurance, Early check-in / Late check-out, Meals & Beverages not mentioned in the itinerary, and any Tours/Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary. Wi-Fi access is limited to the hotel lobbies. Please note that yogurt will not be available at any time during the tour.

PRICING

Price per guest is based on accommodation for two adults in a double room.
Single travelers have to pay a $700 single room supplement to ensure a private room.

Children (2-9 years) will receive a 30% reduction in the tour price.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Booking: A non-refundable deposit of $1500 per guest is required to reserve a place on the tour. The remaining balance must be paid at least 50 days prior to departure.

Cancellation: Reservations may be changed or canceled without additional fees, excluding the non-refundable deposit of $1500 per guest, up to 50 days prior to the scheduled tour date. For cancellations occurring between 50 and 35 days before the tour, guests are eligible for a 50% refund after excluding the non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made 35 days or fewer before the tour departure.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel cancellation and interruption protection to help protect you and your travel arrangements against the unexpected. For optimal protection against unforeseen events, we suggest choosing a protection plan that includes coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation, along with protection for Trip Delay and Baggage Delay, among other key benefits.

Please familiarize yourself with OpenWinds booking, payment, and refund conditions.

FLIGHT INFORMATION

You can book your flights to Rio de Janeiro and from Lima with the airline of your choice! You'll need to arrive in Rio on Day 1 at Galeão International Airport (GIG) and plan your departure from Lima on Day 11 via Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM).

 

Your journey includes five internal flights, all of which are part of your tour package. These flights are:

1. From Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Iguassu (IGU) on the Brazilian side, on Day 3.

2. From Iguassu (IGR) to Buenos Aires (AEP) on Day 5.

3. From Buenos Aires (AEP) to Lima (LIM) on Day 7.

4. From Lima (LIM) to Cusco (CUS) on Day 8.

5. And back to Lima (LIM) from Cusco (CUS) on Day 10.

These flights will be booked for you within 48 hours after we receive your booking deposit, and they are non-cancelable.

 

To ensure everything goes smoothly, we'll require your full name exactly as it appears on your passport, your date of birth (month/date/year), and a copy of your passport, making sure the passport number is clearly visible.

Keep in mind the baggage allowances for your internal flights to help you pack accordingly and ensure a comfortable trip:

1. Rio (GIG) to Iguassu (IGU): 1 handbag up to 10kg and 1 check-in bag up to 23kg

2. Iguassu (IGR) to Buenos Aires (AEP): 1 handbag up to 8kg and 1 check-in bag up to 15kg

3. Buenos Aires (AEP) to Lima (LIM): 1 handbag up to 10kg and 1 check-in bag up to 23kg

4. Lima (LIM) to Cusco (CUS): 1 handbag up to 10kg and 1 check-in bag up to 23kg

5. Cusco (CUS) to Lima (LIM): 1 handbag up to 10kg and 1 check-in bag up to 23kg

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned return date.

Confirm you have at least two blank pages for visas and entry/exit stamps.

Visa requirements vary by nationality and destination. Apply for visas well in advance of your travel date where required. 

Use the following official resources to check and fulfill the visa requirements for each country:

Brazil: Brazilian Consulate General

Argentina: Embassy of Argentina

Peru: Peru Visa Requirements

HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION

Health and vaccination requirements can change, so it's essential to consult a travel health clinic or the following official health resources:

CDC Travelers’ Health - Brazil

CDC Travelers’ Health - Argentina

CDC Travelers’ Health - Peru

WEATHER GUIDE

Brazil (May to November):

Rio de Janeiro: This period starts with the end of fall and covers winter and spring. Temperatures are generally mild, with cooler evenings. Expect temperatures ranging from 18°C (64°F) to 25°C (77°F). The winter months (June to September) are drier, while spring (October and November) can be warmer with occasional rain showers.

What to Pack: Light layers for the day, a warmer jacket for evenings, and a waterproof jacket for unpredictable rain showers in spring.

Argentina (May to November):

Buenos Aires: The season spans fall to spring, with winter in between (June to August). Winter can be cool, with temperatures ranging from 8°C (46°F) to 18°C (64°F). Rain is possible year-round, with spring (September to November) bringing warmer temperatures and blooming landscapes.

What to Pack: Warm clothing, including sweaters and a warm jacket for winter. Comfortable walking shoes, and consider an umbrella or raincoat for rainy days.

Peru (May to November):

Cusco and Sacred Valley: This period covers the end of the dry season (May to September) and the start of the rainy season (October to November). May to September is generally dry with clear skies, ideal for visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Daytime temperatures can range from 17°C (63°F) to 22°C (72°F), but nights can be cold, especially in higher altitudes.

What to Pack: Sun protection for daytime, layers for varying temperatures, and a warm jacket for cold nights and early mornings. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes for exploring ruins and the countryside. Starting in October, pack waterproof clothing or a rain jacket for the rainy season.

PREPARING FOR ALTITUDE

Cusco sits at an elevation of around 3,400 meters (11,152 feet) in the heart of the Andes Mountains, while Machu Picchu is located at about 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) above sea level. Due to these high elevations, some individuals might experience altitude sickness, characterized by symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and swelling. These symptoms typically lessen or disappear within the first 48 hours. To reduce the likelihood of altitude sickness, staying well-hydrated and consuming light meals are recommended strategies. Additionally, over-the-counter medications can help mitigate symptoms, and local traditional remedies, such as coca tea, are popular and readily available for relief.

CURRENCY AND PAYMENTS

Brazil: Brazilian Real (BRL). Credit cards are widely accepted, but cash is needed for small vendors.

Argentina: Argentine Peso (ARS). Credit cards are accepted but cash transactions are more common.

Peru: Peruvian Sol (PEN). Credit cards are accepted in cities, but cash is preferred in remote areas.

Consider informing your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues with transactions abroad. 

You might want to consider exchanging a small amount of currency for each country before arrival for any personal expenses.

VOLTAGE AND POWER SOCKETS

Brazil: Uses 127V or 220V, depending on the region. Power sockets are of type N, though you may occasionally encounter type C.

Argentina: Standard voltage is 220V, with type I power sockets.

Peru: Operates on 220V, and the power sockets are of type A and C.

Consider bringing a power strip along with a Universal Travel Adapter that can accommodate types A, C, I, and N. Additionally, carrying a portable battery pack for charging phones and tablets can be very useful during long days of sightseeing.

TOUR GUIDELINES 

- The hotel in Rio requires the guest to present a credit card upon check-in to cover any incidental charges. The hotel will release the hold from the credit card within three weeks if there are no incidental charges. 

- Hotel check-in time is 4 p.m., while check-out is 11 a.m.

- Porterage/Baggage Handling is not included. Guests requiring this service can contact the respective Hotel's bell desk and pay for it.

- The standard room features a king-size bed, with a maximum occupancy of 4 guests per room. Rooms accommodating three or four guests will be arranged with two double beds. Please note that the availability of bed types cannot be guaranteed and is subject to the hotel's availability. Rollaway beds are not permitted in rooms with two beds. Hotel pricing includes room rate, taxes, and breakfast (if applicable). Guests are responsible for any additional incidentals incurred at the Hotel.

- Availability of kettles in hotels is not guaranteed.

- In certain cases, due to the dynamic nature of travel, the final selection of hotels might be subject to change to a similar alternative. We strive to ensure the best accommodations and will promptly update any alterations closer to the tour date.

- Hotels are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, government regulations, or orders; in such cases, passengers will be notified.

- We are committed to inclusivity and strive to cater to the needs of all travelers. Unfortunately, the existing tour arrangements do not support assistance for guests with mobility impairments or those in need of wheelchair access, except for the accommodation of lightweight manual wheelchairs that can be stowed in the luggage hold, provided a family member accompanies to assist.

- We recommend purchasing trip cancellation and interruption protection to help protect your travel arrangements against the unexpected. 

- Political and religious discussions are discouraged during travel. This vacation package is open to everyone.

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