Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20

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Countries Visited:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • HAL Cruise

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5 countries

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5 UNESCO World 
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2 character accommodation properties

 

A spectacular adventure discovering the treasures of colourful South America. Visit the incredible Lost City of Machu Picchu and iconic Iguazu Falls. Explore the remarkable, unspoilt islands of the Galapagos, and cruise from Santiago to Buenos Aires, navigating Cape Horn, the stunning Chilean fjords and majestic Glacier Alley.

Thunderous Waterfalls and Colourful Cities

Fly to Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy breathtaking views and thunderous noise of the Devil's Throat, where water pours in from three different sides. Visit colourful Rio de Janeiro, travel to the top of Corcovado Hill and visit the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, take a trip to Sugar Loaf Mountain for its panoramic views of the city and stroll down vibrant Copacabana Beach.

Incredible Wonders

Experience the unspoilt Galapagos Islands, one of the world's most remarkable archipelagos. Spend 4 magical nights immersing yourself in nature and getting up close and personal with the amazing wildlife. Discover the archaeological ruins of the Incan empire. Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley and spectacular Machu Picchu – enjoy the views without the crowds and really soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

Cruise the South American Coastline

Cruise the diverse South American coastline with Holland America Line or Princess Cruises (depending on departure dates), docking at wonderful port cities across Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Here the days are yours to plan as you please or you can simply relax on board. Take in the stunning scenery, including the Chilean fjords and Glacier Alley, and round famous Cape Horn, the southern-most point of the South American continent before disembarking in beautiful Buenos Aires.

Holland America Cruise:

The cruise portion of the tour may be subject to change, depending on weather conditions.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Buenos Aires

Bienvenido a Argentina and its capital, Buenos Aires!

Day 2. Buenos Aires

We’ll discover Buenos Aires on a sightseeing tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in La Boca. We’ll also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Don your dancing shoes for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively welcome dinner and show.

Day 3. Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro

We fly to vibrant Rio! [B]

Day 4. Rio de Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. We’ll enjoy a traditional churrasco grill for dinner tonight at Fogo de Chao. [B,D]

Day 5. Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. [B]

Day 6. Iguazu Falls

Today we visit the Argentinian side of the falls and travel by train to Devil’s Throat, which we will stand over on a platform and sense its incredible power. [B]

Day 7. Iguazu Falls - Lima

This morning we visit the Brazilian side of the falls, walking the canyon path. Then get up close and personal with more than 160 species of tropical birds at the Parque Das Aves before flying to Lima. [B]

Day 8. Lima - Guayaquil

We discover the sights of Guayaquil on a city tour this afternoon, including Iguana Park, the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Malecon 2000, City Hall and the Simon Bolivar and San Martin Monuments. [B]

Day 9. Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands

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Special Experience: We fly to the amazing Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s best destinations for wildlife viewing. We’ll enjoy lunch at a heritage property amongst the giant tortoises once we arrive. [B,L]

Day 10. Galapagos Islands

Today we’ll visit one of the uninhabited islands to witness more amazing wildlife. Keep an eye out for penguins, dolphins and plenty of exotic fish. [B,L]

Day 11. Galapagos Islands

We visit beautiful Tortuga Bay on a walking tour, with time to snorkel and enjoy the underwater kaleidoscope. This afternoon we board a speedboat bound for the island of San Cristóbal, home to many natural wonders. [B]

Day 12. Galapagos Islands

We’ll board a yacht for either Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock, according to the National Park schedule. Both offer amazing snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Why not visit the islands’ Interpretation Centre? It provides a wealth of information and exhibits about the Galapagos. [B,L]

Day 13. Galapagos Islands - Lima

Today we fly to Lima via Guayaquil. [B]

Day 14. Lima - Cusco

This morning we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. After lunch we’ll explore Koricancha, Temple of the Sun - considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire. [B,L]

Day 15. Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. We’ll also visit the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo, an impressive Incan fortress. [B]

Day 16. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

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Special Experience: A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. [B,D]

 

Day 17. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We’ll return to Ollantaytambo this afternoon and stop in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration on our way to Cusco. [B]

Day 18. Cusco

Our day begins at the fascinating fortress of Sacsayhuaman before visiting the colourful San Pedro Market. Later we’ll explore Cusco’s San Blas neighbourhood on foot and tour the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo. [B]

Day 19. Cusco - Santiago

Today we fly to Santiago. [B]

Days 20 - 34. Cruising with Holland America Line

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Tour highlights of this 14-night Holland America cruise include Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco, Chilean Fjords, Canal Sarmiento, Punta Arenas, Cockburn & Beagle Channels, Glacier Alley, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands (weather permitting), Montevideo & Buenos Aires.

Day 20. San Antonio, Chile

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Embark Cruise: We travel to San Antonio to board ms Zaandam for our 14-night cruise, stopping to visit the Casablanca Valley on the way.  [B,D]

Day 21. Cruising at sea
Day 22. Puerto Montt, Chile
Day 23. Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Day 24. Chilean fjords, Chile
Day 25. Canal Sarmiento, Chile
Day 26. Strait Of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Cockburn Channel, Beagle Channel
Day 27. Glacier Alley, Ushuaia
Day 28. Scenic Cruising, Cape Horn
Day 29. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (weather permitting)
Day 30. Cruising at sea
Day 31. Cruising at sea
Day 32. Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 33. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 34. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Disembark Cruise: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Note: Except for embarkation/disembarkation days, Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line’s discretion.

Today we’ll enjoy a group farewell lunch before we begin our journey home. [B,L]

Day 35. In Transit

Day 36. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 9 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Port taxes of $580pp (subject to change)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $295pp pre-paid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approx. $14pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals 

  • 16 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4½ star)
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel (5 star)
  • 14-night Holland America Line cruise on board ms Zaandam
  • 33 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 17 dinners, including group welcome and farewell meals

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on a min. of 8 passengers) - excluding cruise
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Dance the night away in grand Buenos Aires

  • Discover the grand city of Buenos Aires on a city tour, including the colourful La Boca district, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, and a visit to the stunning Colon Theatre.
  • Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires.

Experience the excitement of Rio and feel the Thunder of Iguazu Falls

  • Spend 2 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach.
  • Tour the iconic sights of Rio including the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Hill.
  • Enjoy a traditional Brazillian churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao.
  • Spend 2 nights at the Belmond Das Cataratas hotel inside Iguazu Falls National Park, with the amazing waterfalls right on your doorstep.
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, including the famous Devil's Throat.
  • Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the Parque Das Aves Bird Park.

Guayaquil

  • Take a panoramic tour of Guayaquil including Parque de las Iguanas, Cathedral of Saint Peter, Malecon 2000, City hall and the Simon Bolivar and San Martin Monuments.

Follow in the footsteps of Darwin on the Galapagos Islands

  • Spend four magical nights discovering the wildlife of the incredible Galapagos Islands. Enjoy lunch among the giant tortoises, visit uninhabited islands and witness the unique animals and birds that call this archipelago home - blue-footed boobys, frigate birds, iguanas, sea lions and brilliant coloured crabs!

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Take a walking tour of Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and enjoy the old world ambience over lunch at Casa Qorikancha restaurant, behind the Church of Santo Domingo in Cusco.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Visit the fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo and take a short walking tour of the village.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu!
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth guided tour and enjoy some time to explore the ruins at your own pace.
  • Spend the night in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Cusco by road, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman followed by a visit to the buzzing San Pedro Market, selling all things weird and wonderful.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood.

Colours of Chile

  • Tour the Bodegas RE winery in the Casablanca Valley.
  • Cruise the spectacular Chilean Fjords in luxury and round Cape Horn, South America's southernmost point.

Not Included

  • Galapagos National Park Fee - $100pp US
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee - $20pp US

Please Note: Once on the cruise, there is no sightseeing included as part of your Bunnik Tour. Should you like to book sightseeing (shore excursions) from the ship, this will need to be either pre-booked via the Holland America Line website, or on board.

Please Note: On the cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining room. Holland America Line has specialty restaurants that can be enjoyed for a small surcharge. Meals are included when in port, but only available on the ship. If you decide to take a day tour or leave the ship you will need to purchase your own meals.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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15/11/19 20/12/19 $500 $18,995 Guaranteed Departure book now
03/02/20 09/03/20 $500 $19,495 Guaranteed Departure book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide
Other departure cities: Clients ex Hobart & Perth add $300pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $295pp pre-paid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $1,735pp, and port taxes from $580pp
Single supplement: from $5,750

Upgrade from an Ocean View Stateroom to a Vista Suite from $2,500pp (subject to availability and based on twin share).

Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure

Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only

T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Peru

Machu Picchu 2nd visit - half day - $91pp US
Your tour already includes one visit to Machu Picchu; however you may wish to take a second visit to explore this phenomenon further. Please note that the 2nd visit includes entry and transportation only (guide not included).

Machu Picchu 2nd visit & Huayna Picchu - half day - $110pp US 
Your tour already includes one visit to Machu Picchu; however you may wish to take a second visit to explore this phenomenon further and incorporate a climb up to Huayna Picchu (considered to provide the best view over Machu Picchu). Please note this includes entry into Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and transportation only (guide not included).

Please note: Huayna Picchu has a limited number of tickets available each day and on occasion it may not be possible to arrange entry upon arrival into Aguas Calientes. As an alternative you may wish to purchase your entrance ticket online in advance to secure entry. However, it is important to note that this option is non-refundable even if entry is cancelled due to bad weather. The online option will only secure your ticket to Huayna Picchu and entrance to Machu Picchu; the return bus from Aguas Calientes will be in addition and will need to be arranged locally. http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Brazil                                                                

Helicopter Tour - 10mins - $200pp US
(min 2/max 4 participants per helicopter)
Departure is from the entrance of the Iguazu National Park (Brazilian side) and can be taken when doing the Brazilian Falls tour. Can only be booked locally - please advise your guide if you are interested in this tour.

Jeep Tour Old Rio and Santa Teresa - 4 hrs - $66pp US
This tour starts in the historical centre of Rio de Janeiro. The architecture of Praça XV, Arco dos Teles, the França-Brasil House (Old Alfândega), the São Bento Monastery, and the Lapa Arches are prime examples of buildings from the Colonial era. The Banco do Brasil Cultural Museum, Municipal Theatre, Museum of Fine Arts and the Public National Library are examples of architecture from the Imperial era. Next stop on the tour is the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. This traditional neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro is home to mansions from the beginning of the 20th century, built mainly by the English who sought out this region for its mild climate. Nowadays, it is a hotspot for artists and eccentrics. The antique cable car still runs through the narrow streets as the main form of collective transportation.
Includes: transportation on seat-in-coach basis

Olympic Boulevard Tour – 6 hrs – $115pp US
Connecting more than 25 historical landmarks churches museums, cultural centres, shops and restaurants, the Conde Waterfront Park is Rio’s newest attraction. Part of the Olympic legacy, a once rundown area was fully renovated, and where previously stood an elevated highway, now is a promenade that crosses the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, reclaiming the area for pedestrians. Paço Imperial, the Old Cathedral, Candelária Church, the Olympic Pyre, Maua Square, Rio’s Art Museum (MAR), and the Museum of Tomorrow, are some of the highlights in this 3km (1,86mi) walk. You will be dropped off at one end of the promenade and will walk, with the guide, towards the other end. The amount of walking can be established by your interests and conditions. Most museums close on Monday in Rio. Entrance in any of the sites can be included for an added cost. 
Includes: driver and guide

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability.  The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director whilst on tour.

                                                            

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Located in the prestigious Recoleta district, the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta is the perfect base for exploring the city of Buenos Aires. The hotel features 175 elegant and spacious rooms with welcoming and warm deco, as well as a restaurant, bar, patisserie, wine cellar and a garden.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Miramar Hotel by Windsor, Rio de Janeiro

Located right across from the famous Copacabana Beach, the Miramar Hotel by Windsor features a green granite pool, rooftop bar, butler service and a beach service that offers towels, chairs and parasols. The hotel is conveniently located near many shops and restaurants.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; pool; gym; espresso maker

Hotel Das Cataratas, Iguazu Falls

Hotel Das Cataratas is the only hotel located within Brazil's Iguazu National Park, just a short stroll from the sensational falls. Guests enjoy exclusive access to the falls at dawn and dusk, when the park is closed to all outside visitors. A Portuguese – Colonial residence, this classic Orient-Express hotel is redolent with the atmosphere of relaxing on the veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms. This hotel offers a large pool surrounded by tropical gardens full of orchids, a rainforest spa, 2 restaurants and a verandah bar.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

 

Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil

The Wyndham Guayaquil is a modern hotel that overlooks the Rio Babhayo. It is located just metres from the historic Santa Ana Hill and only a couple of kilometres from the Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo. 

The hotel features a rooftop pool, spa and fitness centre as well as a restaurant serving Ecuadorian and international cuisine and a fabulous lobby bar. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor pool

Hotel Fiesta, Santa Cruz Island

Occupying a cluster of quaint, low-rise buildings, this laid-back hotel is a 6-minute walk from both the ocean and the harbour, 2 km from the Charles Darwin Research Station and 3 km from the wildlife at Tortuga Bay. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a relaxed bar, and vibrant restaurant with a wood-panelled ceiling.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Galapagos Sunset Hotel, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Offering a sun terrace and views of the sea, Galapagos Sunset Hotel is situated in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in the San Cristobal Island Region. It is surrounded by major restaurants, travel agencies, souvenir shops and less than 10 minutes from the airport of San Cristobal Island.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; pool

Novotel, Cuzco

The Novotel in Cusco is ideally located in the historic city centre close to the Plaza de Armas and Cathedral. This hotel is housed in a renovated 16th century building with spacious modern rooms and hosts an atmospheric restaurant and bar in an atrium at the centre of the hotel.

Facilities: wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

Casa Andina Premium, Sacred Valley

Nestled among more than 8 landscaped acres, the Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado has an air of tranquility and relaxation. It is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic views of the Andes from every angle. The hotel features a full-service spa, a domed planetarium, a restaurant and bar and games room. During your stay you might also like to relax in the large, landscaped grounds or indulge in a spa treatment.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu

An intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel in a sprawling Andean-style village within 12 acres of secluded exquisite beauty, where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable whitewashed casitas nestled into terraced hills. Spa services use sublime natural essences, and a first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River. Savor a cup of tea by a crackling fire in the hotel reception lounge and discover the indulgences, amenities and excursions that await you.

Facilities: wifi; outdoor swimming pool

 

Hotel Solace, Santiago

Featuring a fantastic location, Solace Santiago offers accommodations in the Providencia district of Santiago. Guests will find a seasonal outdoor pool and a fitness centre. The hotel has a terrace and views of the city. Additionally there is a 24-hour front desk. The property is steps away from an array of restaurants and commerce. Costanera Shopping Centre is also just a 20-minute walk away. Merino Benitez Airport is approximately a 25-minute drive.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

MS Zaandam - Holland America Line

Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, the MS Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. Offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations, many staterooms have private verandahs. The musically themed MS Zaandam offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. Inspired by the world's great music, artifacts and memorabilia from a variety of musical genres decorate the ship. You'll find musical instruments such as Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones used as art objects throughout the ship. At the heart of the MS Zaandam, in a soaring three-story atrium: a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of The Netherlands. Enjoy an onboard IPod self-guided tour of the complete Zaandam art collection.

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Weather

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Currency

Currency

Argentine Peso

The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS).

  • Peso (ARS; symbol AR$) = 100 centavos
  • Peso notes are in denominations of AR$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2
  • Coins are in denominations of AR$ 2 and 1, and in 50, 25 and 10 centavos

Real

The official currency of Brazil is the Real (R$).

  • 1 Real = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of R$100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of R$1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centavos

Nuevo Sol

The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (PEN; S/).

  • 1 Nuevo Sol = 100 céntimos
  • Nuevo Sol notes are in denominations of S/.200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of S/.5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 céntimos

US Dollar

The official currency of the United States, Ecuador and Zimbabwe is the US Dollar (US$).

  • 1 US Dollar = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of $1, 50 cents, 25 cents (Quarter), 10 cents (Dime), 5 cents (Nickel) and 1 cent (Penny)

Chilean Peso

The official currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CH$).

  • Chilean Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of CH$20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000
  • Coins are in denominations of CH$500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1, although the latter is no longer in circulation

Peso Uruguayo

The official currency of Uruguay is the Peso Uruguayo (UYU; $U).

  • Notes are in denominations of $U2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20.
  • Coins are in denominations of $U10, 5, 2 and 1 and 50 centécimos

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. A Reciprocity Fee is also payable upon arrival in Chile. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for Brazil needs to be applied for prior to travel.
    • A Chile Reciprocity Fee of $117pp US is payable upon arrival by cash or credit card.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Reviews for Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 11 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 It fulfilled all my expectations. 4
The guides were great and ensured that all our wishes were met Adrienne A - January 2018
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 Excellent 5
Awesome sites and experiences in some of the most fantastic locations that I have visited. All assisted by welcoming/well-informed/enthusiastic, English-speaking guides. Robyn Hesse - January 2017
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 fantastic organisation, local guides, hotels, sights, museums,and whole experience 5
Patagonian glaciers, cruise to cape Horn, Buenos Aires and tango lesson, Rio, IGUACU and Belmond Hotel das Cataratas and Bird Park, Galapagos especially San Cristobal island and snorkelling, and CUSCO, Sacred Valley and MachoPicchu, and Santiago - and our local guides! Would like to send more later after we have sorted ourselves out - only just got home!!! Ronald Skeates - January 2017
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 Loved the itinerary 4
The itinerary was very good, the 3 main places visited, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls they are all highlights of the tour. Chow Boey - February 2016
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 Loved seeing a lot of a large continent! 5
Highlights were Galapagos, Machu Picchu, Falkland Islands, rounding Cape Horn and seeing the Glaciers. Geoffrey B - February 2016
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 Great guide, great itinerary, great size tour group. 4
Loved the Amazon experience, Machu Piccu, Torres del Paine excursion, the Iguassu Falls, the boat trip around Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands and Gina's sense of humour and experienced guiding. Michele Retschlag - November 2014
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 Organisation, and guides/help! Very good. 4
Highlights ..Rounding Cape Horn, the Falls, MACHU PICCHU! All of the guides were good, the 'stand-outs' were Jesus and Sergio, they are very efficient, Jesus looked after the whole group like a mother hen, he is a great asset, Sergio in Peru was most efficient and informative along with being a great guy with a keen sense of humour! Mel Mollison - October 2014
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 They gave personal insight into their countries. 5
The coaches were of a very high standard. Very comfortable and clean. We were very pleased with the accommodation. All of our guides were great. The were very caring and shared their wealth of Knowledge. They gave a personal insight into their countries. David Forrester - February 2013
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 Iguazu falls were simply mind-blowing- Outstanding 5
We thought the ground transport was outstanding. Most hotels offered very good accommodation in room and views. Excellent at Cusco, Machu Picchu and Rio. Peru was amazing...especially Machu Picchu. Iguazu falls were simply mind-blowing. Outstanding. Lance & Raelene Roger - February 2013
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 4
Holland-America always offers a good cruising experience. I saw all of the things that I had come to see. A real highlight was stopping in the Falkland Islands. All of the hotels were located in central positions. They were clean and comfortable and welcoming.Gina (Peru) took excellent care of us. Great Fun! Kim Gosbee - February 2013
Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20 Loved it all. 5
Machu Picchu was so much bigger than we expected. Seeing the Inca ruins and hearing about their lives. How can you describe the Iguasu Falls? They are spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyed the Bird Park at Iguasu. Heather Kruse - February 2014

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Special Experiences!

  • Don your dancing shoes for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.
  • Fly to the amazing Galapagos Islands, a wildlife paradise, and enjoy lunch on a heritage property amongst giant tortoises.
  • Enjoy a magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, boat, speedboat, train & cruise ship

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $295pp pre-paid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day

Tour Highlights

• Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires • Spend 2 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach • Enjoy a traditional Brazillian churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, including the famous Devil's Throat • Spend four magical nights discovering the wildlife of the incredible Galapagos Islands • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Best of South America & the Galapagos 2019/20

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 11 reviews.