South American Explorer

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Countries Visited:

  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Argentina

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6 UNESCO World 
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Special departure: 17 June 2019 will experience Inti Raymi Festival in Cusco

 

Explore the great wonders of South America. Immerse yourself in fascinating Peru - visit the ‘white city’ of Arequipa and the volcanic Colca Canyon, marvel at Machu Picchu and explore the Amazon Jungle. Travel to spectacular Iguazu Falls, experience the excitement of Rio and discover grand Buenos Aires.

Amazing Peru

Discover the many sides of Peru. Immerse yourself in the diverse eco-system of the Amazon Jungle, visiting Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and palm-fringed Lake Sandoval, spotting wildlife and soaking up the tranquil atmosphere. Fly to the former Incan capital of Cusco, then travel to the Sacred Valley and explore the ancient ruins, markets and Inca history. Travel by vista-dome train to the famous Lost City of the Incas, breathtaking Machu Picchu!  

Lakes, valleys, volcanoes and waterfalls

Enjoy a wonderful day cruising immense Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, before continuing to volcanic Colca Valley. Travel to the Cross of the Condor, with amazing viewpoints over the canyon and where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising on the morning thermals. See spectacular Iguazu Falls from Brazil and Argentina. Stand on the platform over the thunderous Devil’s Throat and feel the energy as it vibrates through the boardwalk!

Vibrant Cities

The cosmopolitan cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires offer a wonderful contrast to the amazing natural scenery of South America. See the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, La Boca, Recoleta Cemetery and experience an evening of tango entertainment, just to name a few.

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and the capital city of Lima!

Day 2. Lima

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

Day 3. Lima - Amazon Jungle

Adventure awaits! We fly to the Amazon Jungle. After a short cruise along the Amazon River we'll reach our jungle lodge in time for lunch. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: The Amazon Jungle is an incredibly diverse ecosystem. We cruise along rivers, canoe across lakes, wander through rainforest and spot the native wildlife. Think monkeys, otters, parrots and caiman!

Day 4. Amazon Jungle

Walking Man

This morning we visit Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and Lake Sandoval, a beautiful palm-fringed expanse of water, home to the endangered giant river otter. Later we'll discover the canopy from some hanging bridges, before a night walk to spot the nocturnal wildlife. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Amazon Jungle

We cruise downriver to a small community and visit a local farm, where we'll sample some typical Amazonian food. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Amazon Jungle - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. This afternoon we explore Koricancha, Temple of the Sun - considered the most spectacular of all the Incan temples. [B,D]

Day 7. Cusco

This morning we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and discover the colours and local delicacies of the San Pedro Market. We also enjoy a short walking tour that includes the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a fine example of colonial baroque architecture, and Barrio San Blas. [B]

Day 8. 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 9. 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 10. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Walking Man

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 11. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We'll then return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 12. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. Full of plazas, archaeological ruins and interesting craft shops, it's a great place to explore and experience on your own. [B]

Day 13. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

We travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. [B]

Day 14. Lake Titicaca

Cruise on the highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Split across Peru and Bolivia, we visit the Uros Islands, made from reeds, to learn how each of the local families lives on their own island and survives the harsh climate. We'll also visit beautiful Taquile Island where we'll enjoy lunch. [B,L]

Day 15. Lake Titicaca - Colca Valley

We venture into the incredible Colca Valley, home to the world’s deepest canyon and some stunning volcanic scenery. [B,D]

Day 16. Colca Valley - Arequipa

On our way to Arequipa, we visit the Cross of the Condor and the mountain terraces of Antahuilque. [B,L]

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Special Experience: The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 17. Arequipa

This morning we explore the ‘white city’ of Arequipa. Highlights include the Convent of Santa Catalina, Church of La Compañía and Carmen Alto - a viewpoint for beautiful vistas over the surrounding landscape. Tonight, enjoy a special group "farewell to Peru" dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Arequipa - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 19. 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 20. 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 21. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 22. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 23. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires, affectionately known as the ‘Paris of the South’. [B]

Day 24. Buenos Aires

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

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Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, the main opera house in Buenos Aires - ranked the world's third-best opera house.

Day 25. Buenos Aires

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

Day 26. Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 27. In Transit

Day 28. Arrive Australia

Inti Raymi

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

This Itinerary is for the 17 June 2019 departure only. It includes the Inti Raymi Festival on Day 8

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and the capital city of Lima!

Day 2. Lima

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

Day 3. Lima - Amazon Jungle

Adventure awaits! We fly to the Amazon Jungle. After a short cruise along the Amazon River we'll reach our jungle lodge in time for lunch. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: The Amazon Jungle is an incredibly diverse ecosystem. We cruise along rivers, canoe across lakes, wander through rainforest and spot the native wildlife. Think monkeys, otters, parrots and caiman!

Day 4. Amazon Jungle

Walking Man

This morning we visit Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and Lake Sandoval, a beautiful palm-fringed expanse of water, home to the endangered giant river otter. Later we'll discover the canopy from some hanging bridges, before a night walk to spot the nocturnal wildlife. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Amazon Jungle

We cruise downriver to a small community and visit a local farm, where we'll sample some typical Amazonian food. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Amazon Jungle - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. This afternoon we explore Koricancha, Temple of the Sun - considered the most spectacular of all the Incan temples. [B,D]

Day 7. Cusco

This morning we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and discover the colours and local delicacies of the San Pedro Market. We also enjoy a short walking tour that includes the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a fine example of colonial baroque architecture, and Barrio San Blas. [B]

Day 8. Cusco, Inti Raymi Festival

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Special Experience: Witness the colour and pageantry of Inti Raymi Festival ("Festival of the Sun") featuring street fairs, dancing, and live music from Peruvian musical groups. Enjoy today at leisure taking in the spectacle and incredible sights & sounds of this annual festival. [B]

Day 9. 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 10. 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 11. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Walking Man

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 12. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We'll then return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 13. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

We travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. [B]

Day 14. Lake Titicaca

Cruise on the highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Split across Peru and Bolivia, we visit the Uros Islands, made from reeds, to learn how each of the local families lives on their own island and survives the harsh climate. We'll also visit beautiful Taquile Island where we'll enjoy lunch. [B,L]

Day 15. Lake Titicaca - Colca Valley

We venture into the incredible Colca Valley, home to the world’s deepest canyon and some stunning volcanic scenery. [B,D]

Day 16. Colca Valley - Arequipa

On our way to Arequipa, we visit the Cross of the Condor and the mountain terraces of Antahuilque. [B,L]

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Special Experience: The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 17. Arequipa

This morning we explore the ‘white city’ of Arequipa. Highlights include the Convent of Santa Catalina, Church of La Compañía and Carmen Alto - a viewpoint for beautiful vistas over the surrounding landscape. Tonight, enjoy a special group "farewell to Peru" dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Arequipa - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 19. 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 20. 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 21. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 22. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 23. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires, affectionately known as the ‘Paris of the South’. [B]

Day 24. Buenos Aires

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

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Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, the main opera house in Buenos Aires - ranked the world's third-best opera house.

Day 25. Buenos Aires

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

Day 26. Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 27. In Transit

Day 28. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 6 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, $330pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals 

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle Lodge near Puerto Maldonado
  • 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)
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 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

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado, discovering village life, sampling local food and spotting wildlife. Visit beautiful Lake Sandoval and Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, and keep an eye out for the parrots, caiman and the endangered giant river otter.
  • Take a walking tour of Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and enjoy the old world ambience over dinner at Casa Qorikancha restaurant, behind the Church of Santo Domingo in Cusco.
  • 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 the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood.
  • 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. Then visit Taquile Island and learn about the unique traditions of the islands' inhabitants.
  • Make your way into the incredible Colca Canyon (the world's deepest), via the villages of Patapampa, Chucura, Toccra, Vizcachani and Patahuasi.
  • Visit the Cross of the Condor, the canyon's deepest point, and watch the majestic Andean condors as they cruise over the morning thermals.
  • Stroll through the villages of Yanque, Alchoma, Maca and Pinoholloand and stop at the mountain terraces of Antahuilque to learn about the importance of the balconies and hanging tombs. 
  • Discover the "white city" of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone. See Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and Carmen Alto viewpoint.

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.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Other departure cities: Clients ex Hobart & Perth add $300pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $330pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $1,365pp
Single supplement: from $3,650
  • 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
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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.

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

Hacienda Concepcion, Puerto Maldonado

Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and accessed by the Madre de Dios river from Puerto Maldonado port, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is located in the heart of Puerto Maldonado's Amazon Jungle. The rooms and bungalows provide rustic comfort, with dark wood floors and furniture. Each comes with a private bathroom and forest or oxbow lake views. Guests can make the most of the onsite restaurant and bar, and the hotel can also organise extra excursions like canopy tours, jungle walks and night sailing on the river.

Facilities: safe deposit box

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

Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon

Boasting a wide range of spa services, access to thermal baths and 3 gourmet dining options, this resort offers garden views from every room. Basic internet satellite service is available at the front desk. Rooms feature a warm ambiance - there are parquet floors, rugs, stencilled walls, fire places and decorated wood panelling. Puye Restaurant offers Alpandina cuisine and the BBQ bar serves typical Peruvian specialties on the banks of the Colca River.

Facilities: heating; wifi (public areas); safe deposit box; outdoor pool

Casa Andina Premium, Arequipa

Restored to its original grandeur, this storied pillar colonial mansion is as much living museum as it is hotel. Inhabiting the 1794 former Casa de la Moneda (Mint House)—a National Historic Monument — it is Arequipa’s finest hotel and one of the most sumptuous hotels to stay in all of Peru. Brilliantly illuminated at night, the hotel is located in the heart of Arequipa’s historic quarter.

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

Weather

Weather

Lima

Summer: December to February

Autumn: March to May

Winter: June to August

Spring: September to November

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Puerto Maldonado - Amazon Jungle

Wet Season: year-round

Puerto Maldonado - Amazon Jungle

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Dry Season: June to August

Wet Season: December to February

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Rio de Janeiro

Wet Season: October to March

Dry Season: June to August

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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

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 Explorer

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 38 reviews.

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

South American Explorer Organised and diverse experiences 4
It was well organised and diverse with excellent accommodation and a very knowledgeable guide Roger B - July 2018
South American Explorer Loved Peru 5
There were many interesting places visited and good balance between site visits, social, free time. Hotel accommodations were perfect and loading\unloading of bags were well coordinated between the coordinator and hotel. Virgilio C - September 2018
South American Explorer I loved the informative guides, exciting itinerary and gorgeous hotels 5
The highlights; Amazon, Cusco, Inti Raymi, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca, Arequipa, Iguazu & cities, Lima, Rio & Buenos Aires were all presented with informative passion & excitement making the whole experience an epic adventure. The surprise gems, cooking lesson at Sumac, opera house tour & tango show in Buenos Aires were icing on the cake. Jenni Kennedy - June 2017
South American Explorer Well organised, great itinerary and fantastic guides. 5
Absolutely loved Peru and Iguazzu Falls (especially staying at Belmondo das Cataratas). Only had 9 in our group which made for extra special attention from our guides and less waiting time. Lorraine Swavley - April 2017
South American Explorer Loved the variety of sightseeing and wonderful people 5
Highlights were experiencing the Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and other Inca sights, the wonderful food, friendly people, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. Also enjoyed the Colca Valley and viewing the amazing condors just gliding right in front of us. Fran Francis - February 2017
South American Explorer Loved the luxurious stay at Iguazu Falls 5
Peru, Brazil and Argentina all have a torrid, colourful and fascinating heritage. The food and exposure to many different lifestyles were very enjoyable. The accommodation was excellent. John Haeusler - February 2017
South American Explorer Excellent personal service, great itinerary, accommodation and guides. 5
We really appreciated the personal service provided by Bunnik Tours on our South American tour, especially catering for late travellers and taking care of sick participants. We couldn't have had better guides, especially Carlos and Miluska who were exceptional. Everyday was another great surprise and the accommodation and food far surpassed our expectations. Brilliant itinerary, great company and we now have a new group of friends all over Australia. Thanks for a great experience. Mary-Anne Lattimore - September 2016
South American Explorer Amazing, spectacular scenery. Brilliant, knowledgeable guide. Excellent accommodation, food, entertainment. 5
Cuba was so good and interesting. Accommodation and extras were great. So glad to have experienced this. Peru was a revelation...Machu Picchu is all that you read, and more. Pisac, Colca Valley, Lake Titicaca and Arequipa amazing. Topped off by the Amazon and Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina. Gina is the best tour guide that we have ever experienced anywhere in the world. Her knowledge is impressive and her personality so warm and friendly to all. She made everything so easy and enjoyable for the entire group. Paul Israel - September 2016
South American Explorer The Amazon trekking was incredible and unforgettable. 5
Highlights were the Amazon for sure, Lake Titicaca, Iguazu Falls and Colca Canyon. Danielle Blasetti - March 2016
South American Explorer It was everything I'd hoped for and more! 5
Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls were spectacular and I came home with a whole new appreciation of South America. Brenda Hancock - March 2016
South American Explorer Amazing South America 5
This was the most organised tour we have done in 25 years of travel. Our tour guide Carlos Lazo Quintana was exceptional in all areas of our tour. His care, especially in high altitudes, was always a priority for him. His enthusiasm for his country of Peru was infectious to the whole group. Machu Picho and our travels in Peru, The Colca Valley and Iguazu Falls were the highlights of an amazing trip of such a diverse continent. We highly recommend this tour. Marilyn Smith - November 2015
South American Explorer The quality of sightseeing was excellent. 5
Our tour Director (Carlos Lazo-Quintana) was absolutely excellent. We have been on many guided tours over the past 8 years and he was as good as we have had. His knowledge, attention to detail and care of us was exceptional. Trip was well organised. Machu Pichu and the Iguazu Falls were the standout highlights but travelling from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and from Puno to the Colca Canyon were memorable for the wonderful scenery along the way. Bevan Glover - November 2015
South American Explorer An overview of South America 5
The tour flowed well. We saw everything that we expected and enjoyed the itinerary with free time and guided tours. Our guides were great, especially our main guide Carlos, who was very passionate and knowledgeable about his country, as well as being a caring person who looked after everyone. Paul Beith - September 2015
South American Explorer It was all good - hotels, sights, small group and our guide! 5
All the local guides were excellent, along with Carlos our director. Iguazu Falls were magnificent and spectacular, the hotel there was first class and most enjoyable. All the other sights were everything we hoped for. We had a wonderful trip and experience. Roger Onley - July 2015
South American Explorer Well-balanced itinerary, great guides and well-located hotels. 5
Sightseeing was very good indeed, particularly with the guides - Carlos was fantastic and very good at managing our group. There was an excellent balance of accommodation, with the treats of the Inkaterra at Machu Picchu and the Belmond at Iguazu greatly appreciated. Peter Coppin - August 2015
South American Explorer It was an absolutely amazing experience. 5
It is hard to pick a favourite highlight, as every highlight is so different. We covered such diverse highlights as the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls. Our guide, Carlos, was fantastic. He shared his knowledge, looked after us and understood the Aussie 'sense of humour'. The local guides were also amazing. The transportation was very comfortable and the accommodation was great, particularly the Hotel Das Cataratas in Iguazu Falls. Cathryn Gardiner - August 2015
South American Explorer The landscape, Amazon, Iguazu, Machu Picchu, Titicaca, Rio, Buenos - all extraordinary! 5
Our main guide, Carlos, was excellent. His ability to share his knowledge and experience, as well as his willingness to help in any way he could, was exemplary. The structure of the tour was diverse and the locations exceeded our expectations. All in all a wonderful holiday. John Oxenham - August 2015
South American Explorer Great variety of experiences, group size and complete sense of luxury! 5
Highlights were Machu Picchu, Iguassu Falls, Cusco and the Uros (reed) islands. The colours were all as great as I'd hoped. Guides were so knowledgeable, helpful and attentive that we never had to want for anything and made us feel really pampered. Sightseeing was perfectly timed in all cases. Sylvia Vagg - July 2015
South American Explorer Spectacular hotel location at Iguazu allowed enjoyment before crowds arrived 5
Well-organised, good value tour of South American highlights. Sightseeing opportunities were excellent overall. In Buenos Aires the tickets to view a Philharmonic rehearsal at Teatro Colon was a real treat. Breathtaking scenery and experiencing the Incan ruins with informative guides enriched our enjoyment. Salt ponds at Maras was of unexpected interest. Overall, each guide provided helpful and interesting information throughout. Bev and Fred Leaney - June 2015
South American Explorer Loved the whole experience 5
Highlights - Amazon jungle, Machu Picchu, Iguazu falls & statue of Christ the redeemer. Keep up the good standards. Bryan Knott - June 2015
South American Explorer Loved the pacing of the trip, inclusions, group size, sights seen 4
Highlights; The Iguazu Falls, lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Rio and BA. Really though it was all wonderful. The transport was very comfortable and the access to bottled water was most appreciated. The sight seeing was amazing in general and we were given a taste of what are the main things to see in these areas. Miriam Rechner - May 2015
South American Explorer Wonderful destinations and experiences and Peru is fantastic 5
Highlights.. Staying in the Amazon jungle; visiting Cusco; beautiful Sacred Valley and incredible Machu Picchu; visiting people on one of the Uros Islands and sailing on one of their reed boats; condors ascending on the thermals to right above our heads; both sides of Iguazu Falls; great weather all the way! Pamela Pinder - May 2015
South American Explorer Fantastic tour guide (Carlos), everything ran smooth and was organised. 5
There are just to many wonderful memories. There are the great sights we all experience e.g. Iguazu falls and Machu Picchu etc, but it is the different experiences I loved, for example, the Amazon Jungle. I will always remember the hike into the jungle through mud and the canoe ride at the end on Lake Sandoval. I was overwhelmed by the majestic views across the Sacred Valley and watching the Condor birds in the the beautiful Colca Valley. I have so many wonderful photos. Kaye Brown - March 2015
South American Explorer We saw so much and the guides were top class. 5
There were so many highlights on this tour, the itinerary was well chosen and the National Tour guide Carlos Lazo was fantastic - nothing was too much trouble. The local guides were very knowledgeable - Sergio (Cusco) in particular stood out though the others were extremely good. Carlos handled all situations admirably and was very considerate of everyone Gail Ferguson - March 2015
South American Explorer Was able to tick several items off my bucket list. 5
Highlights - Galapagos( /Baha Paracasan Eden..) Nazca, Amazonia (birds, Tarantulas...) Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Andean Altiplano, llamas, Alpacas etc..., Peruvian food (yum), Titicaca, Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetary, La Boca, Rio de J. AND The Locals!!!! ! Carlos throughout, all tour was especially great and looked after us all. Accomodation..Brilliant. Loved the local touches, especially in Quito, Cuzco and Aguas Calientes (Inka Terra, wow!) Emily Cross - February 2015
South American Explorer Guides did a great job explaining the history and facts of the local areas we were in. 5
The Peru side of the trip was just great. could have stayed at certain locations longer, but mix was just right. National Guide was excellent, helping everyone as much to enjoy holiday. Bus drivers were safe and all local guides knew their stuff. Climb to Huayna Picchu was worth the climb for the views..enjoy Steve Hunt - March 2015
South American Explorer Excellent itinerary, small group, caring, attentive group leader. 5
Fondest memory - finally reaching Sun Gate at Machu Picchu! Highlights - Machu Picchu of course, Iguassu Falls & seeing Toucan in wild! Learning so much about Sth American history & culture from amazing local guides. Wonderful sights everywhere we went - well done! Lorraine Moore - March 2015
South American Explorer Wonderful places visited with knowledgeable, friendly guides 5
Great to fulfil wish to visit Machu Picchu. It was more than I thought it could be. Loved the history of the site and wandering through it. Iguassu Falls was spectacular, loved the boat rid under the falls, & the helicopter ride above. Visiting Uros Island on Lake Titicaca was a one off, interesting experience. Cusco and Arequipa such wonderful places. Peru magnificent. thoroughly enjoyed all we saw in Argentina - La Boca and Caminito Street, Eita's grave, the Colon theatre, tango night. Ipanema Beach in Rio beautiful. Great to go to Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf mountain. A great trip with a wide variety of experiences. Well done Bunniks! Henya Worland - March 2015
South American Explorer On the whole, excellent! We visited all the places on our bucket list. 5
Gina was an excellent guide. She established an excellent rapport with us and showed great patience with several of the group and was very knowledgeable. She had a good sense of humour and nothing was ever any trouble for her. Highlights were the great weather, and seeing Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Iguazu Falls, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio. This was the first organised tour group we have been involved with and we felt all went very smoothly and the other group members were very pleasant and easy to get along with. Rawson & Pippa Ball - October 2014
South American Explorer Loved the diverse range of experiences & excellent company 5
Galapagos (tour extension), Amazon Jungle, Cusco & history of the Inca tribes, Lake Titicaca and Iguazu. Gina was very professional and had a great ability to keep all people in the group happy and united. Her interaction with everyone had her voted as "number 1 guide"! Max Corney - September 2014
South American Explorer A wonderful experience, spent in the company of delightful fellow-travellers 5
We did love our tango night in Buenos Aires (the best food and show we've experienced of its type) and our barbecue dinner in Rio de Janeiro for our final dinner was great fun ... the train ride and then our first glimpse of awesome Machu Picchu... gliding in a dugout over Lake Sandoval in the Amazon... charming Cusco ... the bird park in Iguazu and feeling the might (and spray) of the falls as we walked the platform out towards the jaws of Devil's Throat ... scenically beautiful Rio, so full of energy and vivacity. There were so many memorable occasions, many of them as much about the company as the place, like lunch on the terrace by the pool at Hotel das Cataratas, or in the evening sitting in their bar enjoying a light meal and some pisco sours, humming along to the music of the resident pianist. Rosalind Horan - August 2014
South American Explorer The best guide on the planet 5
I just cannot speak highly enough of 'our Maria'. Her dedication and passion for her country is fantastic. Her explanations and stories, her knowledge, patience and planning were amazing. The whole group just loved her. "The best guide on the planet" Jill Griggs - February 2014
South American Explorer An amazing experience which cannot be explained. 5
Almost every day was new highlight. Not a better or poorer highlight, just a different one. The jungle brought the group together, Cusco just assaulted the senses, the Sacred Valley was an incredible experience then onto Machu Picchu. One of the best days in the last 20 years. Add to this the amazing Iguassu Falls and you have an incredible experience. Anyone thinking of doing this trip should stop procrastinating and go! Brian Lynne - May 2014
South American Explorer Worthwhile, different & interesting 5
The sights we saw were all worthwhile and quite different and interesting. We enjoyed seeing the sights that we have always wanted to see. The tour organisation was excellent and Jesus was a very conscientious leader. Joan Belle - April 2014
South American Explorer Brilliant! 5
It was everything I hoped for and more. Just when you thought you'd seen or experienced the best of the trip, there was something even more exciting just around the corner. Sally Burchett - April 2014
South American Explorer In fifty years of travel we've never had a better guide. 5
Fondest memories and highlights were Machu Pichu, Iguassu Falls. Seeing the bird wildlife park at Iguassu was an added bonus. The shows at Arequipa, Iguassu and Buenos Aires were marvellous. Paul Gustafson - September 2013
South American Explorer Really great holiday 5
Great group of people and well organised. We covered a huge area and saw a lot of very interesting places Julie Bird - September 2013
South American Explorer Exceeded expectations 5
This trip greatly exceeded our expectations in all respects. Our guide was excellent & we had a very friendly and happy group to travel with. Many laughs along the way that helped make the trip memorable. We will certainly be recommending Bunnik to our friends. Thank you for some very special memories. Sue & Jeff Johnston - March 2013

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Special Experiences!

  • Explore the Amazon Jungle, an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Cruise along rivers, canoe across lakes, wander through rainforest and spot the native wildlife. Think monkeys, otters, parrots and caiman!
  • Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig at a local chicheria.
  • Visit The Cross of the Condor in Colca Canyon, where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, ranked the third-best opera house in the world.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, boat & train

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $330pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Explore the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado, discovering village life, sampling local food and spotting wildlife • Tour the fortress and town of Ollantaytambo • Discover the patchwork salt ponds of Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray in the Sacred Valley • Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian sides • Spend 3 nights in the heart of Rio's Copacabana beach

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for South American Explorer

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 38 reviews.