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12 Day Tour from $3,990 per person

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

You will be met at the airport by your SA Expeditions guide and taken to your Rio de Janeiro hotel. Depending on your time of arrival we can arrange an activity in the city for the afternoon or evening.

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Day 2 - Private Half Day Corcovado Tour

After waking up in the beautiful and vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, you'll set off on a tour up Corcovado Mountain to visit the impressive statue of Christ the Redeemer. You'll ascend the mountain with your private guide and enjoy Rio's most famous landmark and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World up close.

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Day 3 - Sugarloaf Mountain Tour

Get to know Rio a bit better by taking an informative tour though its downtown. You'll pass the famous Sambodrome and Metropolitan Cathedral on your way to Sugarloaf Mountain, another postcard perfect Rio landmark. To get to the top, you'll take an exciting two-stop ride in a glass cable car. From Sugarloaf's peak you'll have spectacular panoramic views of Guanabara Bay, Corcovado, and the cityscape.

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Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls & Tour

In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu, Brazil. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Brazilian side of the falls, best known for encompassing vistas of the entire site. From the walkways you'll enjoy panoramic views of Iguazu's 275 falls. Altogether, Iguazu Falls stretches an impressive mile across. After your Iguazu tour, you'll continue in private transportation to your comfortable hotel on the Argentine side of Iguazu.

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Day 5 - Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires

In the morning you'll head to the Argentina National Park to see the stunning jungle scenery and rushing waterfalls from the Argentine perspective. This side allows up-close views via pathways that hug the falls. You'll visit Devil's Throat, the largest set of waterfalls in the park and when your tour finishes, you'll be taken to the airport for your evening flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will transferred to your Buenos Aires hotel to rest.

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Day 6 - Buenos Aires City Tour

After breakfast you'll head out on a Buenos Aires city tour during which you'll explore the districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, the city center, and the main plaza. The tour will end in the Recoleta Cemetery where you'll have the chance to stay and explore further independently or continue back to the hotel.

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Day 7 - Free Day with Dinner & Tango Show

Your day will be free, giving you time to explore independently. The main districts in Buenos Aires are pedestrian friendly and the city's subways are efficient and easy to use. In the evening, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to one of Buenos Aires's best tango houses for an authentic Porteno evening of dinner, music, and dancing. Choose either a small, intimate show or a large, Broadway-style production.

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Day 8 - Buenos Aires to Lima, Peru

At your convenience you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima. Welcome to Peru! After gathering your luggage, simply exit the airport and walk across the street to your Lima hotel, Costa del Sol Ramada.

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Day 9 - Lima to Cuzco and City Tour

Take a morning flight from coastal Lima to highland Cuzco. After dropping off your suitcases at your hotel, you'll experience firsthand the remnants of this great Incan capital. At Sacsayhuaman you will see the largest and most impressive stonework of pre-Columbian America. Your visits to Koricancha and the main cathedral will highlight the differences between Incan and European architecture.

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Day 10 - Private Sacred Valley Tour

Your Sacred Valley tour will include visits to the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. Departing from Ollantaytambo, enjoy a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Machu Picchu where you will stay in your hotel at Aguas Calientes.

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Day 11 - Private Machu Picchu Tour

Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided tour of this Incan citadel. You'll visit the most important parts of the ruins to learn how and why they were constructed. After the tour, you'll have time to further explore the ruins or sit back and enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. Departing from Machu Picchu town, enjoy a train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.

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Day 12 - International Departure

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.

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