From (AUD)$18,495
Days36
Airfares included
Embark on an in-depth journey across scenic South America. Discover the beauty of volcanic Ecuador, venture into the Amazon Jungle and travel through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Cross the continent to thundering Iguazu Falls, experience the hustle and bustle of Rio and dance the tango in Buenos Aires.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $400pp pre-paid
Transport — Boat, Chiva, Coach, Hydrofoil, Plane & Train
No Hidden Extras

Enjoy a magical day travelling through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost city of the Incas - Machu Picchu!

Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Feel the power as you stand on a platform suspended over the Devil’s Throat.

Visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Explore the many incredible sites of Cusco, including Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha and the streets of Barrio de San Blas.

Special Experiences

We meet the staff and children of the Inti Sisa educational centre.
Board the Libertad Train in Ibarra and enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, travelling through the cloud forest to Salinas.
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.
Enjoy an Andean brunch, with traditional chicha and cuy, a regional delicacy of guinea pig.
Speed across the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the Island of the Moon and the Island of the Sun.
Get up close and personal with more than 150 species of 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.

Itinerary South American Discovery

Itinerary

Day

Inclusions South American Discovery

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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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.

Travel

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  • 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, $400pp pre-paid

Accommodation

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  • 25 nights in 3½-4½ star hotels
  • 2 nights at historic Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge near Iquitos
  • 1 night stay at the 4½ star Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat, Aguas Calientes
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park at the 5 star Belmond das Cataratas Hotel

Meals

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  • 33 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras are based on special-interest activities that don't always appeal to everyone, meaning they're truly optional. To view our optional excursions in South & Central America click here.

Accommodation South American Discovery

Accommodation

Costa Del Sol Wyndham

Peru flag 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

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Santa Lucia Hotel

Ecuador flag 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

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Inti Sisa Guesthouse

Ecuador flag 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)

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La Floresta Hotel

Ecuador flag Baños

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)

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Hosteria Hacienda Pinsaqui

Ecuador flag 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

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Termas de Papallacta

Ecuador flag 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

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Hotel Mama Cuchara

Ecuador flag 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

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Ceiba Tops

Peru flag 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)

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Novotel

Peru flag Cusco

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)

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Pakaritampu

Peru flag 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)

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Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Peru flag 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

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Casa Andina Premium

Peru flag 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

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Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe

Peru flag 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

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Hotel Das Cataratas

Brazil flag 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

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Miramar Hotel by Windsor

Brazil flag 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

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Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

Argentina flag 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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Information South American Discovery

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

 

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, 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 without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  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

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Dates & Prices South American Discovery

Dates & Prices
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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
13 Sep 20
18 Oct 20
$18,495
Available
01 Nov 20
06 Dec 20
$18,495
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Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $400pp pre-paid
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $1,775
Single Supplement
From $4,250
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
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

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