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South America pulsates with a vibrant fusion of traditional and cutting-edge culture. While Buenos Aires is uniquely urbane with its southern European heritage, bohemian neighborhoods and the rippling essence of the tango, to the west and south, Patagonia and the rugged range of the Andes provide dramatic beauty, solitude and pristine lakes. A visit to an authentic estancia is a cultural must. A bit further west of this remote region and on the opposite side of the Andean divide stretches Chile with her fjords and vineyards. North of the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago and seaside cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, one finds the spectacular desert landscapes of the Atacama with its resident pink flamingoes.

Still to the north, Peru is home to the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu and ancient Incan city of Cuzco. Lima's trendy sophistication and unsurpassed culinary scene are not to be missed. From Peru, the mighty Amazon flows to and through the massive country of Brazil whose resource-rich terrains and tropical eco-regions, indigenous peoples, colonial cities, expansive beaches and natural wonders like Iguassu Falls have given rise to Rio's sultry sound of the samba.

In our short summary, we shouldn’t fail to mention the pre-historic archipelago and living laboratory of the Galapagos Islands, and the pacific beauty and biological diversity of prosperous Costa Rica. Discover the high-spirited wonders of our immediate neighbors. These remarkable countries - on our doorstep – are only the tip of the iceberg!

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Lima, Peru 
Arrive in Lima this evening and transfer to your hotel. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro, the “City of Kings” is a mélange of colonial structures, pre-Columbian sites and modern conveniences. Check in to the luxurious Miraflores Park Hotel in the heart of one of the city’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, the Miraflores has breathtaking views out to sea. Belmond Miraflores Park


 

Day 2:  Lima | Artifacts and Archaeology 
Explore Peru’s capital, visiting the Plaza Mayor, which is the birthplace of the city of Lima, and the beautiful
Cathedral, built in the 16th century. Continue with a journey into the past, enjoying Casa Aliaga, Lima’s oldest colonial mansion. Built in 1535 by the illustrious Spanish conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga, this incredible relic of colonial splendor has been home to 17 generations of his descendants ever since. Note the grace of the wood and marble staircase leading up to a fine entrance patio. View its beautiful rooms, the family chapel, the Golden Salon, with incredible golden mirrors and a beautiful upper gallery, which is home to some important paintings from the Cusco School. Spend time exploring the Larco Herrera Museum, one of the city’s best museums for pre-Columbian artifacts. This evening, visit the impressive Huaca Pucllana archaeological site before a welcome dinner of contemporary Peruvian cuisine at the on-site restaurant. Belmond Miraflores Park | B D

Day 3:  Sacred Valley | Peruvian Culinary Experience
After breakfast, fly to Cusco, an Andean city located at over 11,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the vast green valley that sprawls out far below Machu Picchu, and where an ancient way of life lives on. En route, visit Awanakancha, a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Learn about the renowned fibers created from their coats. Spend the balance of your day acclimatizing to the altitude. Tonight, in the kitchen of Wayra Restaurant, join the chef for a Chef’s Table culinary experience, as he demonstrates the step-by-step preparation of a variety of Peruvian dishes, such as quinoa soup and lomo saltado de alpaca, and then savor the mouthwatering results. Hotel Sol y Luna | B L D

Day 4:  Sacred Valley | Inca Fortress 
Start your exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a visit to the imposing fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure of massive terraces that hug the mountain slopes. Imagine the scene as your guide paints a vivid picture of the Spanish and Incas who fought here, the site of the Incas’ greatest victory over their invaders. This afternoon, prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu with a private lecture and question-and-answer session with a dedicated expert on the Inca ruins.

Delve deeper into the rich local culture when you visit the Kuychi Center. Then play a game and share a barbecue lunch with the underprivileged children at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow), a philanthropic project.
Hotel Sol y Luna
| B L D

Day 5:  Machu Picchu | Hiram Bingham’s Discovery
Journey deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu on board the glass-topped Vistadome train, passing through the spectacular Peruvian countryside along the way. Arrive to begin a thrilling overnight stay at the only hotel located at Machu Picchu, exploring the breathtaking Incan city from sunrise to sunset. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of trees atop a mountain by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing — its Incan inhabitants left no written records of its purpose. Built in the 15th century at the height of the Inca empire, it may have been a religious center or the estate of an emperor. Curiously, excavations here have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. Tour the ruins with your expert guide, and then enjoy exploring on your own. You may view the Temple of the Sun or Intihuatana, a ritual stone that may have been a kind of astronomical clock or calendar. As you wander, sense the majesty of the age-old stone walls and picture life as it might have been for the leaders, warriors, priests and craftsman who once inhabited this seemingly uninhabitable Incan citadel some 8,500 feet above sea level. This evening, rest easy in luxurious accommodations designed to echo the soaring natural surroundings and the sense of adventure they so stylishly enhance. 
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
| B L D

Day 6:  Machu Picchu/Cusco | Walking the Spectacular Ruins
Rise with the sun to walk through Machu Picchu in the early morning mist before the crowds arrive, for an experience some consider the spiritual highlight of the journey. You may opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the entry point to the ruins from the Inca Trail, or trek up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain that forms the backbone of the ruins, to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area. After your explorations, bid adieu to this “Lost City of the Incas” and return to Cusco aboard the Vistadome train, savoring incomparable views of the mountain scenery that surrounds you. Belmond Hotel Monasterio | B L

Day 7:  Cusco | The Immense Stone Marvel of Sacsayhuaman 
Discover Cusco on a city tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church built on the foundations of the Koricancha, the Incas’ principal religious building. Later, explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of massive stones, the largest of which may weigh as much as 200 tons, the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. See for yourself whether a single sheet of paper will slip between the ponderous blocks of stone. This ancient fortress, which witnessed the greatest battle between the Spanish and the Incas, overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco. Later, visit San Pedro market and spend the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy an Andean music presentation by regional expert Tito Leon, to learn the history and stories of a wide array of musical instruments. Afterward, enjoy a farewell dinner at the elegant MAP Café. 
Belmond Hotel Monasterio | B D

Day 8:  Lima | At Your Leisure
Return to Lima for an evening at leisure. Perhaps get in some last-minute shopping in a local crafts market or sample some of Peru’s culinary offerings. You may also enjoy viewing the city’s buildings, noting their mix of architectural designs, including colonial and Baroque styles. 
Belmond Miraflores Park
| B

Day 9:  Depart Lima
After breakfast, board your flight homeward bound. B

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