South American Discovery

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Countries Visited:

  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia

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Discover the ultimate South America. Enjoy the colours and beauty of volcanic Ecuador, venture into the Amazon Jungle, and travel to the heart of the Sacred Valley to visit Machu Picchu. Cross the continent to thundering Iguazu Falls, experience the excitement of Rio and dance the tango in Buenos Aires.

Authentic Ecuador

Bienvenidos to Ecuador! Explore the many sides of this diverse country, beginning in the former Inca town of Cuenca and travelling to Guamote via the famous Devil’s Nose train down the rocky slopes of the Andes. Visit the colourful and authentic Guamote and Otavalo markets, and then board the Libertad Train, one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, through the spectacular cloud forest. Tour the beautiful rose plantations at Hacienda La Compania and then soak in the natural thermal springs of Papallacta – just outside your hotel room!

Amazonian Adventures

From Ecuador, venture deep into the Peruvian Amazon Jungle for an unforgettable 3 night stay in a jungle lodge. Explore the lush, tropical rainforest and meet the natives, visiting a local Indian village. Take a canopy walk in Sucusari Reserve and visit Monkey Island, home to numerous species of monkey.

Incan Antiquities

Travel into the heart of the Sacred Valley, visit the lively market at Pisac and see the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo and the elliptical terraces of Moray. No tour of South America would be complete without seeing Peru's spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu! Board the vistadome train for a scenic journey to this breathtaking wonder of the world.

Vibrant Cities

Travel Copacabana on the Bolivian shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, set against a backdrop of dramatic snow-capped peaks. Spend time exploring the incredible floating reed Uros Islands - made entirely out of reeds from the lake. Fly to Brazil and explore both sides of the thunderous Iguazu Falls, before heading to the vibrant city of Rio. Your South American discovery finishes in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Discover the vibrant La Boca district and Recoleta Cemetery, and enjoy an evening of tango entertainment!

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a South America and the city of Lima!

Day 2. Lima - Guayaquil - Cuenca

This morning we fly to enchanting Ecuador. We'll travel through the stunning highlands of El Cajas National Park to Cuenca. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Cuenca

On a walking tour of the town we'll visit the Cathedral, churches, a flower market and stroll along the Tomebamba River. We'll also visit a Panama hat-making factory. [B]

Day 4. Cuenca - Guamote

We board the famous train to the Devil’s Nose, one of Ecuador’s best rail journeys. [B,D]

Day 5. Guamote - Baños

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Special Experience:This morning we meet the staff and children of the Inti Sisa educational centre.

Then it’s a trip to the Guamote Market to witness the hundreds of 'campesinos' in their traditional red, pink and green dress as they come to trade. [B,L]

Day 6. Baños

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We venture into the rainforest on a typical Chiva bus and take a short hike to the imposing Devil’s Cauldron waterfall. [B,L]

Day 7. Baños - Otavalo

Today we make our way to Otavalo, famous for its colourful textiles and Handicraft Market. Our accommodation for the next two nights is in a beautiful historic hacienda. [B,D]

Day 8. Otavalo

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Special Experience:Board the Libertad Train in Ibarra and enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, travelling through the cloud forest to Salinas. [B]

Day 9. Otavalo - Papallacta

We take a picturesque journey through the Andes, stopping for brunch at a beautiful hacienda and rose plantation. We’ll arrive in volcanic Papallacta, famous for its hot springs, in the early afternoon. [B]

Day 10. Papallacta - Quito

The morning is at leisure for you to indulge in the beautiful hot springs before we travel down through the valley to Quito, Ecuador’s capital. [B]

Day 11. Quito - Lima

This morning we explore the colonial ‘Old Town’ of Quito. We’ll also stop at the ‘Middle of the World’ to stand with one foot on each side of the equator. [B]

Day 12. Lima - Amazon Jungle

After our morning flight to Iquitos, it’s just a short boat ride along the famous Amazon River to reach our jungle lodge. This afternoon we head out on a piranha fishing excursion and see the incredible Victoria Regia lilies, up to 3m in diameter. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Amazon Jungle

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Special Experience:Begin the day with a canopy walk through the treetops in the Sucusari Reserve. We also visit a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of many of the local plants. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Amazon Jungle

After breakfast we cruise to a local Yagua village for a cultural demonstration. Keep an eye out for pink dolphins along the way! This afternoon we’ll visit Monkey Island. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Amazon Jungle - Cusco

The morning is at leisure before we fly to Cusco. [B]

Day 16. Cusco

This morning we visit the San Pedro Market and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Later on a walking tour we’ll see the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the streets of Barrio de San Blas and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. [B]

Day 17. Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to meet the herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in Awanacancha and to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. [B]

Day 18. Sacred Valley

This morning we explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo. We’ll also visit the salt ponds at Maras and terraces of Moray. [B]

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Special Experience:Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig (a regional delicacy) at a local chicheria.

Day 19. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

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

Day 20. Machu Picchu - Cusco

This afternoon we return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 21. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. [B]

Day 22. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cusco 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. [B]

Day 23. Lake Titicaca

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Special Experience:Speed across the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the Island of the Moon and the Island of the Sun. [B,L]

Day 24. Lake Titicaca - Lima

Today we fly to Lima, capital of Peru. [B]

Day 25. Lima

Our city tour this morning includes the Plaza Mayor and the remarkable Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts. [B,D]

Day 26. Lima - Iguazu Falls

We fly to spectacular Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 27. Iguazu Falls

We explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, and stand on a platform suspended over the incredible Devil’s Throat! This afternoon we return to Brazil and walk the winding canyon path. [B]

Day 28. Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

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Special Experience:Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the famous Parque Das Aves Bird Park. [B]

Day 29. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 30. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 31. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

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

Day 32. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing today includes the Recoleta Cemetery and the vibrant La Boca district. We also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. [B]

Day 33. Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. [B,D]

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

Day 34. Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

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
  • Tipping Made Easy, $370pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 25 nights in good quality hotels (3½-5 star)
  • 2 nights at historic Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge near Iquitos
  • 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)
  • 33 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Be surprised by enchanting Ecuador

  • Travel through the highlands to Cuenca stopping at beautiful El Cajas National Park, characterised by its evergreen forests and hundreds of lakes.
  • Discover the town of Cuenca on a walking tour including the Cathedral, churches, flower market and a stroll along the Tomebamba River.
  • Despite its name, Cuenca is where panama hat making first originated, so you'll visit a factory to see how they are made. 
  • Zigzag down the Andes by train through some of Ecuador's most spectacular scenery around the famous "Devil's Nose", a crossing made by use of switchbacks - the train travels forward past a junction and then reverses down past the next junction and the process continues.
  • Meet the gorgeous children and staff at Guamote's Inti Sisa, an educational centre that provides education and opportunities for the local indigenous communities.
  • Take a walking tour of the famous Guamote market and witness the hundreds of 'campesinos' in their traditional red, pink and green dress as they come to trade wares and produce.
  • Stop to visit the Palacio Real community for lunch and taste some llama meat, if you're game!
  • Witness the amazing volcanic scenery and towering snow-capped peaks in Chimborazo Volcano National Park 
  • Enjoy a fun Chiva bus ride into the rainforest along the scenic Pastaza River gorge 
  • In Banos take a short hike through the rainforest to the Devils Cauldron Waterfall, accessed by a suspension bridge over the majestic Pastaza River Gorge.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and lush rainforest setting in the town of Banos.
  • Spend 2 nights in an historic hacienda near Otavalo. This hacienda was used by General Simon Bolivar during his journeys between Ecuador and Colombia for his military and political campaigns.
  • Experience the excitement of Otavalo's colourful handicraft market, Plaza de Ponchos - a tradition dating back to pre-Incan times!
  • Board the Libertad Train for a spectacular journey through the cloud forest from Ibarra to Salinas.
  • Stop and shop in Cotacachi, Ecuador's famous leather capital and visit the stunning Cuicocha Crater Lake at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano.
  • Enjoy a decadent morning tea in a beautiful 20th century hacienda at La Compania Rose Plantation and take a tour of the grounds and factory.
  • Relax in the thermal hot springs of volcanic Papallacta, right at your hotel room's doorstep!
  • Explore Ecuador's capital, Quito, on a city tour including Independence Square, La Compania Church, San Francisco Monastery, the Cathedral and the El Panecillo lookout.
  • Stop at the ‘Middle of the World’ where the equator passes through Ecuador and stand with one foot in each hemisphere, and visit the Inti Nan Solar Museum next door.

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Iquitos, discovering from the treetops on the amazing Sucusari canopy walkway. Go piranha fishing, see the amazing Victoria Regia lillies, visit a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of plants and learn more about the culture at a Yagua village.
  • Explore the San Pedro Market and the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and visit the village Awanacancha to see locals weaving and meet the herds of llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas.
  • 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.
  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.

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. 
  • Enjoy a traditional Brazillian churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao.
  • Tour the iconic sights of Rio including the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Hill.

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.

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Single supplement: from $3,950
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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. In one end, is located the Aqua Rio, South America’s largest aquarium; and, on the other, lies the of Rio’s best cultural institutions, the National Historical Museum. 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.

Santa Lucia, Cuenca

Hotel Santa Lucia is actually housed one of Cuenca´s most historic antique buildings. This elegantly restored hotel is centrally located in a former colonial house with 20 rooms, set around a beautiful patio. You can dine in one of its 3 restaurants while soaking up the elegant atmosphere of yesterday and still enjoy the comfort of modern conveniences.

Facilities: wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Inti Sisa Guesthouse, Guamote

Located in the small village of Guamote, in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes, the Inti Sisa Guesthouse will feel like your home away from home. It’s location, halfway between Cuenca and Quito, makes it an ideal place to stop and visit. And not only to rest one’s head, but also to experience authentic Andean life by visiting the weekly Thursday market, riding the famous Devil's Nose train, visiting surrounding communities and the Chimborazo volcano.

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

La Floresta, Banos

La Floresta Hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms set amongst extensive gardens. It is located a convenient 5 minute walk from the centre of town. The hotel features bright and airy common areas to relax in with lounges and hammocks, a souvenir shop and cafe/restaurant. 

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box (at reception)

Hosteria Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo

Constructed in 1790, Hacienda Pinsaquí was originally a colonial textile enterprise, employing over 1,000 weavers and spinners. To this day, the Hacienda retains the character and authenticity of its earlier incarnation, making for a truly unique experience. It is situated in the heart of Ecuador’s lake district at the base of the Imbabura Volcano, just north of the world-famous Otavalo market, and only an hour-and-a-half from Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Features include: 200 year-old grounds, a restaurant offering International and Ecuadorian cuisine, a terrace snack bar, room service and its own chapel.

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box

Termas de Papallacta, Papallacta

Rooms at this beautiful property feature thermal pools in unspoilt natural surroundings right on their doorsteps, for exclusive use by hotel guests. The hotel restaurant offers delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine using ingredients from the organic kitchen garden.

Facilities: heating; wifi; outdoor thermal pools

Hotel Mama Cuchara, Quito

Situated in the historical centre of Quito, Hotel Mama Cuchara is ideally located walking distance from many of the city's popular historical sites including the Plaza Santo Domingo and La Ronda. Hotel Mama Cuchara also offers guests the opportunity to indulge themselves in a private collection of art and rotating exhibits from various Ecuadorian artists. 

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

Costa del Sol Wyndham, Lima Airport

The Wyndham Costa Del Sol Hotel is located just steps from the Lima International Airport. They have a 24-hour restaurant featuring local and international cuisine as well as a 24-hour spa, offering relaxing massages, a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Hotel Wyndham Costa Del Sol provides comfortably furnished rooms and marble bathrooms.

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

Ceiba Tops, Amazon Jungle

Ceiba Tops is located on the banks of the Amazon River. It offers the comforts of home with air conditioned rooms and private bathrooms and is one of the most luxurious Amazonian Rainforest hotels. At Ceiba Tops, elaborate gardens, a swimming pool, water slide, hammock house and the Esmeralda lounge all complement the surrounding exotic environment.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi (public areas); outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

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

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

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

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Summer: December to February

Autumn: March to May

Winter: June to August

Spring: September to November

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Rio de Janeiro

Wet Season: October to March

Dry Season: June to August

Rio de Janeiro

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Currency

Currency

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)

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

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

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

Passport-AU2

Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for Brazil needs to be applied for prior to travel.
  • 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.

Reviews for South American Discovery

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 24 reviews.

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

South American Discovery Everything went like clockwork 5
Guides were fabulous and the tour was a perfect tempo - never at a loose end but appropriate rest time. Simon H - August 2018
South American Discovery Organisation, accommodation, inclusions 5
Highlights: Staying in a hotel on Lake Titicaca and the islands we visited there. The 5 star hotel at Iguassu Falls. The Bariloche Crossing, which was spectacular. The whole of Ecuador, which was wonderful value and our guide was outstanding in all aspects. Beverley Cheal - April 2017
South American Discovery Varied itinerary, excellent hotels, small group, great guides 5
We had the most amazing time in South America - the Discovery Tour itinerary is brilliant and we had a wonderful time every day! The group was fun and we all got on well. Absolutely loved Ecuador and our guide Carlos was fantastic- such a nice guy, great English and knowledge and he looked after everything from start to finish. We were very impressed with him and the Colourful Ecuador group who also looked after us in Galapagos. We were really delighted to visit Ecuador- recommend it to everyone!! The rest of the trip was also amazing with such varied experiences from the Amazon to the Inca places and Iguassu Falls etc. Loved it all. Our local guides and drivers were all terrific- great language skills, excellent knowledge and we felt very much at home with them all. Highlights - definitely all of Ecuador, the Galapagos extension, the amazon and the Inca country, Iguassu Robyn Hawkshaw - April 2017
South American Discovery Variety, fabulous guides, excellent itinerary, great accommodation, excellent transport, coordination 4
Highlights: Most of Ecuador, Quito, Macchu Pichu, Cusco, Buenos Aires, the glaciers, Iguazzu Falls. Mt Chimborazo. Gina and Carlos were absolutely wonderful, organised fun knowledgeable. Barbara Webb - October 2016
South American Discovery We loved the spectacular scenery and different cultures 5
We enjoyed it all - especially visiting some of the great wonders of the world ie amazing Macchu Picchu and Iguazu Falls plus actually standing on the equator, staying in the amazon jungle and seeing pink dolphins, experiencing life at altitude in the Andes and the floating Islands in Lake Titicaca - we were so well looked after where ever we were. Julie Scott - May 2016
South American Discovery Efficiency of all tour leaders and accomodation was brilliant 5
Loved seeing all the magnificent sights I'd been dreaming of Machu Picchu, Iguazo Falls ,Christ the Redeemer,the Andes. Carlos in Ecuador was fantastic made every one feel they were special. Jill Graham - March 2016
South American Discovery New experiences, new foods, new cultures, new friends! 5
The awesomeness of the Andes and waterfalls in Ecuador; pink dolphins on the Amazon, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in Peru, floating islands on Lake Titticaca in Bolivia, speedboat ride under the Iguazu Falls in Argentina, the street art of the Vidigal favela in Rio, the beauty of Buenos Aries. We were fortunate with a small group to have buses that allowed us to have 2 seats each most of the time - makes it so much easier with backpacks, cameras, etc - and everyone gets a window! On the whole, the accommodation was well above expectations - especially Iguazu, could have stayed there a week! Peta Gillespie - March 2016
South American Discovery Was an amazing adventure with lots of different highlights 5
Machu Picchu and Iguazu were great but also Ecuador had some great highlights as well including the Rose garden and Papallacta and the Hot Springs. Transportation was great always plenty of seats , very comfortable. Sightseeing was exceptional. We all got on well together. Paula Revell - March 2016
South American Discovery Our tour guides were wonderful, personable, articulate and read the group dynamics very well. 5
Highlights; too many to list but as well as the usual and expected highlights - Machu Picchu, Iguassu and the like, I really enjoyed the more informal moments. Jennifer Graham - March 2016
South American Discovery Loved Ecuador and the amazing scenery 4
Fondest memories included spending time with two amazing tour guides - Carlos and Jose. They made our trip interesting and fun, no matter where we were visiting. Christina Williams - March 2016
South American Discovery A well conducted tour with all top guides 5
Highlights were Machu Picchu and other Inca ruins, the Iguazu Falls, Lake Titicaca and the reed people, Rio de Janeiro and Ecuador - very picturesque. Terry Schroeder - March 2016
South American Discovery Expert knowledge of local guides 5
Highlights were experiencing local food and culture in Ecuador and Peru, the view of Iguazu Falls from the air and the splendour of Machu Picchu. Gordon Jackson - March 2016
South American Discovery We loved it all, surprising Ecuador, mystical Peru, stunning Brasil, thrilling Amazon, exciting Rio, sexy Argentina. 5
We had a fabulous small group who all got on extremely well, we had lots of laughs, made lifelong friends and memories, all with the help of our super guides Carlos #1 and Carlos #2 Helen Wiltshire - February 2016
South American Discovery Comprehensive tour of South America 5
Highlights were the Galapagos (extension), Ecuador, Machu Picchu and Iguassu Falls. We wanted a thorough overview of the main sights in South America and that is what we got. Plenty of "own time" which is what we wanted. The timings of visits to major sites was excellent. Barry Burgess - October 2015
South American Discovery Variety! 5
The Market at Guamote was fascinating - observing and mingling with the local people was a privileged position. Until one goes to places like Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, Uros Islands, Sacred Valley, Galapagos (extra) like the saying 'you never know until you go' and then one can stand in the shoes of others. Jenny Hillier - September 2015
South American Discovery The variety of experiences! 4
In Ecuador, one of the experiences that stands out for me was visiting the Guamote Market. We saw thousands of local people in their brightly coloured clothing buying and selling a range of goods from medicinal herbs to guinea pigs. Rosemary Owen - September 2015
South American Discovery Great sights, great guides with Carlos & Gina, well organised. 5
Highlights were the Andes and volcanoes, seeing different indigenous groups at their market place, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the treetop walk in the Amazon, shopping, learning lots from Carlos in Ecuador, and laughing with Gina in Peru. Pauline Scott - September 2015
South American Discovery Great variety of cultures, scenery and history with a small group 5
Highlights were the volcanoes, local people, the animals (llama, alpaca and vicuna), ornate churches, Inca ruins, thermal pools, Iguazu Falls, the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Rio, Buenos Aires and our other tour members. Graham Bament - August 2015
South American Discovery Seven weeks of being totally spoilt. Thank you Bunnik. 5
Breathtaking wilderness of Patagonia - I want to go back. Wildlife of Galapagos - especially snorkeling with inquisitive seal lions; made me giggle underwater. Ecuador was an unexpected delight - from the beautiful old haciendas, to the dramatic volcanic landscape, the local markets that gave a glimpse into the lives of these gentle people, to the stunning beauty of the hummingbirds - loved it all!!! Peru, the land of the Incas - that first long-anticipated glimpse of Machu Picchu, cuddling a sloth in the Amazon rainforest, getting caught up in a road blockade of villagers wanting a school for their teenagers, learning how the reed houses of Lake Titicaca are made (simply incredible!), the wonderful Inkaterra ecoresort. Buenos Aires - the faded glory of stunning architecture from an era long gone, the fun and laughter associated with learning the tango, the colourful neighbourhood of Caminito in the La Boca district and the amazing tango and musical cabaret. Such a great night! Iguazu falls - words fail me in describing this powerful, majestic place. Just spectacular. And our hotel in the middle of the national park with views to the falls was luxurious and quaint and I felt thoroughly spoilt. Favourite memory of Rio was standing in the rain listening to a concert by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra :) Our small tour group was great company and our national guide, Carlos, was superb. Seven weeks of being totally spoilt. Thank you Bunnik. Carol Bacon - November 2014
South American Discovery Well organised great sight seeing and great value. 5
Our guide in Ecuador was Carlos. He was superb. For the rest of the tour we had Mayra who was equally superb. We toured with a great bunch of people. Having a small group size makes such a difference. David Panton - September 2014
South American Discovery The whole experience was amazing. 5
Machu Picchu for the ancient wonder, Iguazu falls for the natural wonder. So many wonderful highlights including our picnic lunch in Ecuador that our guide Carlos and driver Lewis had prepared, just looking at the most amazing scenery and watching a couple of children herd the sheep. The train down to the devil's throat was brilliant. Not to forget Lake Titicaca and the Amazon. All in all just fantastic. Ann McMahon - April 2014
South American Discovery Loved everything I saw. 5
Our guide Jesus was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, caring and helpful. Very impressed with the standard of the hotels and location Gail Symons - February 2014
South American Discovery Overall a great experience. 4
The scenery everywhere was spectacular, Macchu Picchu was all we expected and more, Lake Titicaca was great, Iguazu Falls - what can one say, and Barilochie and the crossing of the lakes was also spectacular. Gerry & Deirdre Eastwood - February 2013
South American Discovery Every day was different and with something new and exciting to experience. 5
Ecuador was wonderful. Snow in the high pass on the Equator was unforgettable. Being at Machu Picchu with so few tourists was special, as was the Inkaterra Hotel. Iguazu Falls (we chose to do a helicopter flight) was breathtaking and with the hotel located with in the National Park we were able to get the most out of that visit. Sandra Hardwick - February 2013

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Special Experiences!

  • Board the Libertad Train in Ibarra and enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, travelling through the cloud forest to Salinas.
  • Take a canopy walk through the treetops in the Sucusari Reserve.
  • Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig at a local chicheria.
  • Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the famous Parque Das Aves Bird Park.
  • Don your dancing shoes for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.
  • Meet the staff and children of the Inti Sisa educational centre.
  • Speed across the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca by hydrofoil.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Plane, coach, train, chiva, hydrofoil & boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $370pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Take a short hike through the rainforest and over a suspension bridge to the Devil's Cauldron waterfall • Spend 2 nights in a historic hacienda near Otavalo, once used by Gen. Simon Bolivar • Explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco • Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian sides • Discover the grand city of Buenos Aires

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for South American Discovery

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 24 reviews.