South American Wonders

  • days: 36
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Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Peru
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • HAL Cruise

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5 countries

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5 UNESCO World 
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2 character accommodation properties

 

Discover the wonders of South America on this cross-continental journey from Peru to Chile. Explore the buzzing cities of Lima, La Paz, Rio, Buenos Aires and Santiago. Visit breathtaking Machu Picchu and spectacular Iguazu Falls, cruise Glacier Alley and round Cape Horn, South America’s southernmost point.

Feel the magic of the Sacred Valley

No tour of South America would be complete without seeing the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu. It’s an extremely spiritual place and will take your breath away. We then journey to Lake Titicaca, with majestic views of the Andes, before visiting the incredible floating Uros Islands - made entirely of reeds!

Live it up in Rio and Buenos Aires

Our tour continues to the thunderous Iguazu Falls. These spectacular falls are a sight to behold and are set deep in lush jungle along the border of Brazil and Argentina. From Iguazu Falls, we head to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Here we'll visit some of Rio's best known landmarks - the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. We continue on to Buenos Aires, perhaps the most European of all of South America's cities. It is famous for its wide boulevards and wealth of museums and galleries.

Cruising the South American continent

Cruise the diverse South American coastline with Holland America Line, docking at wonderful port cities across Uruguay, Argentina & Chile. 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.

Holland America Cruises:

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 Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and its capital city, Lima!

Day 2. Lima

Our sightseeing in Lima includes the Lima Cathedral, Convento de San Francisco and the Larco Museum, home to priceless Incan artefacts. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Lima - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. After lunch our walking tour begins with the Plaza de Armas and the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo. We’ll also explore Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire. [B,L]

Day 4. Cusco - Sacred Valley

This morning we visit the fascinating fortress of Sacsayhuaman, before we travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. [B]

Day 5. Sacred Valley

We explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Incan fortress, before a stop at a chicheria to enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig - the local delicacy! This afternoon we’ll visit the salt ponds at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray. [B]

Day 6. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

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

 

Day 7. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning before the crowds appear? This afternoon we’ll return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 8. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. Why not visit the buzzing San Pedro Market? [B]

Day 9. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Today we travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Here we’ll visit the incredible floating Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake. [B]

Day 10. Lake Titicaca - La Paz

This morning we visit the colonial churches of Copacabana on the Bolivian side of the lake.

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Special Experience: Cruise across the highest freshwater lake in the world by hydrofoil, visiting Moon Island and enjoying lunch at an archaeological restaurant on Sun Island.

This afternoon we travel to La Paz, Bolivia’s scenic capital, surrounded by mountains. [B,L]

Day 11. La Paz

We discover the city on a sightseeing tour, including a visit to the San Francisco Colonial Church, Plaza Murillo, a typical Indian street market and the famous Witches’ Markets. We’ll also see the natural wonder of Moon Valley, with its incredible lunar-like landscape. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 12. La Paz - Lima - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 13. Iguazu Falls

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Special Experience: Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Standing on a platform suspended over the thunderous Devil’s Throat, we’ll sense the incredible power of the falls.

This afternoon we’ll return to Brazil and walk the canyon path. [B]

Day 14. Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Get up close and personal with stunning, colourful birds this morning at the Parque Das Aves. Set deep in the rainforest, it is home to more than 160 species of tropical birds, including toucans and macaws. This afternoon we fly to Rio de Janeiro. [B]

Day 15. Rio de Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. [B]

Day 16. Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure before a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. [B,D]

Day 17. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires. [B]

Day 18. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing in Buenos Aires includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in vibrant La Boca. [B]

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Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, ranked the third-best opera house in the world.

Day 19. Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight don your dancing shoes for a tango lesson, followed by dinner and a show. [B,D]

Days 20-34. Cruising with Holland America Line

We travel to the port of Buenos Aires to board the Holland America Line ms Zaandam. [B,D]

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

Day 20

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Embark Cruise: Buenos Aires, Argentina [B,D]

 

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

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Disembark Cruise: Santiago, Chile

 

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.

After disembarking in San Antonio, we make our way to Santiago. Highlights of our city tour include La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Casa Colorada which was once the Spanish governor's residence. This afternoon we'll explore the beautiful Maipo Valley and visit a historic winery. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 35. Depart Santiago

Today we bid farewell to Chile and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 36. Arrive in Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 5 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 $685pp (subject to change)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $255pp pre-paid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 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 NP at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel (5 star)
  • 14-night Holland America Line cruise on board ms Zaandam 
  • 34 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 19 dinners, including a group welcome and farewell dinners

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

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Explore the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun.
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco. 
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life. 
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Explore the patchwork of salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before visiting the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba.
  • 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.
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cuzco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake.

Be amazed by the landscapes and cities of Bolivia

  • Cross the lake to Copacabana on the Bolivian side and visit the churches of Pomata, Juli and the Copacabana Cathedral.
  • Travel by hydrofoil on Lake Titicaca to visit Moon and Sun Island and enjoy lunch and magical alpine views of the Andes.
  • Discover beautiful La Paz on a city tour including San Francisco Church, Plaza Murillo, the famous Witches Market, and a ride on the Teleferico Cable Car for panoramic views.
  • Venture out to the incredible Valle de la Luna and marvel at the amazing moon-like landscape.

Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls and experience the excitement of Rio

  • 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.
  • Spend 3 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.

Glaciers and grand cities in Argentina

  • 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.
  • Cruise spectacular Glacier Alley in luxury and round Cape Horn.

Colours of Chile

  • Take a city tour of Santiago including La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office, Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Casa Colorada - once the Spanish governor's residence.
  • Explore the beautiful Maipo Valley, Chile's premier wine region, and visit a historic winery for a tour and tasting.

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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02/03/19 06/04/19   $18,725 On Request  
17/02/20 23/03/20 $500 $18,495 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide
Other departure cities: Clients ex Hobart & Perth add $300pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $255pp 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, $1,280pp and port taxes from $685pp
Single supplement: from $4,950
  • Upgrade from an Oceanview Stateroom to a Vista Suite on board Holland America Line from $2000pp (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 are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). 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.

Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe, Lima

Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe is located in the trendy Lima neighborhood of Miraflores. Within walking distance of the Larcomar oceanfront entertainment, dining and shopping complex, as well as Las Pizzas Street, the Miraflores Central Mark and Kennedy Park, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Peruvian capital from. The hotel boasts a rooftop outdoor pool with poolside bar and terrace, a fitness centre, a restaurant and bar/lounge. Comfortable guest rooms feature modern conveniences and amenities such as soundproof windows, flat-screen TVs, hair dryers, coffee makers and ironing boards.

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

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)

Pakaritampu, Sacred Valley

The name Pakaritampu derives from the Quechua words 'pakari' meaning dawn and 'tampu' meaning home. Pakaritampu Hotel is located in the Sacred Valley in the quaint village of Ollantaytambo, just 2 minutes from the train station with direct connection to Machu Picchu. The town of Ollantaytambo is the starting point of the Inca Trail, a beautiful place that also offers various tourist attractions, shops, restaurants and cafes.

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

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

 

Casa Andina Premium, Puno

Casa Andina Premium Puno is nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca and enjoys a spectacular location with stunning views over the highest navigable lake in the world. The property features a restaurant and bar/lounge, as well as a terrace, and complimentary newspapers and a fireplace in the lobby.

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Europa Hotel, La Paz

The Europa Hotel is situated in a fantastic location in La Paz with 110 spacious rooms and suites. Within the hotel are highly renowned restaurants - Eurocafé Bistro and Le Gourmet, preparing the best local and international cuisine. Other amenities include a fitness centre and Spa Finn Club equipped with a heated pool, dry and steam sauna, jacuzzi and massage rooms.

Facilities: wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool

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

 

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

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

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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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

Weather

Weather

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Autumn: March to May

Winter: June to August

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Wet Season: December to February

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Currency

Currency

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

Boliviano

The official currency of Bolivia is the Boliviano ($b).

  • 1 Boliviano = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of $b200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of $b5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20 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

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

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

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.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

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South American Wonders Overall a great trip 4
The highlights for me were Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands. Susan L - February 2018
South American Wonders Amazing 5
There are not enough adjectives to describe this tour - it was absolutely amazing and we saw so many wonderful places. We started with a cruise around the Galapagos Islands and then joined the main tour in Lima for the trip around South America. I find it hard to pick a favourite but Iguazu Falls were stunning. Our guide, Jesus, was great and looked after our small group (nine in total) very well. The guides in each of the places visited were very knowledgeable and friendly. Everything ran very smoothly, which is no mean feat, considering we had so many internal flights. The two week cruise at the end was a great way to see those hard to reach places and very relaxing after the hectic four weeks on the mainland. My suggestion - go! Kate Norman - February 2018
South American Wonders Small group travel and personalised attention 5
Highlights: Finally going to places in South America that have been on our bucket list for a long time. It was our trip of a life time and thank you Bunnik Tours for fulfilling our dream. You will see us again. Graeme Waddell - February 2017
South American Wonders Fantastic experience....many WOW moments 5
Our South American experience was incredible. The Inca history in Peru, especially mystical Machu Picchu was a stand-out for us. Our guide Miluska was the most amazing, caring, incredible person we have ever met on any tour. Iguazu Falls was incredible, and Rio and Buenos Aires were equally amazing. Our small group (just 4 of us!) got on really well together and all our guides were knowledgeable and passionate. The cruise section of our trip was equally fantastic, with so many new experiences every day. We had the most wonderful time and would recommend it to everyone. Kathy & Grahame Bateup - November 2016
South American Wonders Great blend of Sightseeing and free time 5
Our favourite places were Peru (all stops), Iguassu and the opportunity to visit the Falklands and Chilean glaciers. Very well organised and paced and great mix of organised and free time. Ken Horton - March 2014
South American Wonders Overall the experience was fantastic. 5
Where do I start? Maribel is the best tour guide I've had on the last 10 years or so. The whole adventure was magnificent. The sights were varied and very interesting. Everywhere was excellent. I would have to say that the helicopter flight over Iguazu Falls was an absolute standout and everybody should be encouraged to do this trip. Graeme Hughes - March 2014
South American Wonders Excellent 5
Jesus was a great guide and very cooperative. Machu Picchu and Iguazu together with time on ship through channels at south of continent were highlights. Peter Gillett - November 2013

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Special Experiences!

  • Travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu.
  • Cruise across the highest freshwater lake in the world by hydrofoil, visiting Moon Island and enjoying lunch at an archaeological restaurant on Sun Island.
  • Experience thunderous Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls, straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil.
  • Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, ranked the third-best opera house in the world.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, train, boat, hydrofoil, cable car & cruise ship

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $255pp pre-paid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day

Tour Highlights

• Wander through the cobblestone streets of Cusco, the ancient Incan capital • Discover the incredible Lost City of Machu Picchu • Visit the islands of Lake Titicaca by hydrofoil • Explore Bolivia’s Moon Valley and La Paz • Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls over the Devil’s Throat • Stay right on Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach • Navigate Glacier Alley and round Cape Horn on a luxury ocean cruise

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for South American Wonders

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 7 reviews.