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JTW 2017 – South America

16 May 2017 – 14 June 2017

SouthAmericaTourHighlights

// Experience the Atacama Desert – the Earth’s clearest skies and the driest desert
// Stay in a Salt Hotel on the world’s largest salt flat
// Spend 3 nights cruising the Amazon River on a luxury cruise (and hopefully see a pink dolphin!)
// Stay overnight at Machu Picchu to witness the calm, early morning mist before the crowds arrive
// Visit the Witch’s Market of La Paz
// Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world

Day One // 16th May 2017
Today you will be transferred from your home address to Sydney Airport. Due to our early flight tomorrow morning, we will be spending the night at an airport hotel. Get a good nights’ rest before we take off to South America tomorrow morning!

Day Two // 17th May 2017
This morning we will have breakfast at the hotel before we check in for our flight to Santiago. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our accommodation in the heart of a wonderful city. Chile’s capital and largest city, Santiago sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean coastal range.  Tonight we will enjoy our first dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight, Dinner

Day Three // 18th May 2017
See the very best of Santiago on our comprehensive day in this bustling city. Highlights include the neoclassical Moneda Palace and the San Francisco Church, the oldest architectural expression of the capital built in the 16th century. We will also see the Main Square and Central Post Office, before we make our way through the Mercado Central. The Mercado is the central market of Santiago, opened in 1872 and offers an insight into the local diversity of the country. We will stop here for lunch before continuing to the bohemian area of the city, Bellavista. Here we will climb Saint Lucia Hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes mountains in the background.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SanFranciscoChurch

Day Four // 19th May 2017
Today we leave the city to experience the coastal area of Valparaiso, but on the way we stop to admire the lush, vine-covered hills of the Casablanca Valley. Due to its’ cold temperament, it’s a wine region known for its’ whites. We will stop at a vineyard to see Chile’s fastest growing wine region before continuing through to the coast of Valparaiso. A port town, Valparaiso is known for its colourful, clifftop homes. Built in the 16th-century on a total of 43 hills which are reached by narrow windy streets, staircases and a series of lifts (funiculars), the unique town has been declared by UNESCO as patrimony of humanity due to its eclectic architecture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five // 20th May 2017
This morning we will be transferred to the airport, for our flight to Lima. On arrival we will explore this ancient, colonial city – a bursting vibrant place with more than 1000 years of history. We will take in all the main city sights, culminating with a ‘welcome to Peru’ dinner at Huaca Pucllana. Overlooking the illuminated ruins at Huaca Pucllana, this sophisticated establishment serves a skillfully rendered array of contemporary Peruvian dishes. Perhaps tonight is the perfect opportunity to try the famous Peruvian drink, the Pisco Sour!
Meals: Breakfast, In flight, Dinner

Day Six // 21st May 2017
Travelling back to the airport this morning, we will fly into Iquitos to board out deluxe cruise to take us deep into the Peruvian Amazon. We will board the amazing Delfin II and spend 3 nights exploring one of the world’s largest protected flooded forests, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Whilst on board all meals will be included and are of an exquisite standard. Due to intimate size of the Delfin II we can only permit two people to pay for a single supplement for these three nights.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight, Dinner

Day Seven // 22nd May 2017
Today is our first full day exploring the Amazon and the experienced guides will show you the immense biodiversity of the area. Voyages include visits to native villages, kayaking, swimming near pink river dolphins, fishing, daytime hiking, and night safaris.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight // 23rd May 2017
We recommend getting up early to appreciate the vibrant zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun. Trail walks at destinations such as Fundo Casual jungle trail and others will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where your guide will point out dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. As part of your Amazonian cruising journey, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) close to Iquitos where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. On your visit, you will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nine // 24th May 2017
Today we have to farewell our amazing experience on board the Delfin and fly via Lima to Cusco. On arrival we will be transferred to our accommodation in Cusco. Once the capital of the Incan empire, it is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight, Dinner

CuzcoCity

Day Ten // 25th May 2017
Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. The flawlessly built Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” which was thought of as the centre of the world.

Today we will visit the Temple of the Sun, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the famous Cusco Cathedral with its Cuzqueno paintings.  After lunch, we will spend time visiting the San Pedro market to browse through the local products.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eleven // 26th May 2017
Travel back in time to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a day that begins in Pisac. Visit the market of Pisac where you can purchase beautifully crafted products hand-made by the locals. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch (included in price) before visiting the fortress of Ollantaytambo and its main attraction, the Temple of the Sun. Built using massive stones, each one approximately 12 feet (3.5m) tall, this temple was used as a fortress during the time of the Incan civil war. Tonight we will stay in the Sacred Valley for convenience of your journey the next day to Machu Picchu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Twelve // 27th May 2017
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 Machu Picchu, exploring the breathtaking Incan city from sunrise to sunset. 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Thirteen // 28th May 2017
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

MacchuPicchu

Day Fourteen // 29th May 2017
A full day on the road today, travelling southeast to Puno. We will be stopping en route to visit important Inca sites like, Andahuayillas Andean Church, Raqchi and La Raya pass. Arrive at your striking lodge on the shores of Lake Titicaca late this afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Fifteen // 30th May 2017
Lake Titicaca, straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains, is one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins. Its waters are famously still and brightly reflective. We will spend a full day exploring the islands, visiting the reed islands of the Uros and the community on Taquile island.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Sixteen // 31st May 2017
Another day on the road as you travel from Puno to La Paz in Bolivia. Stop in Copacabana on the shores of Titicaca, visit the Cathedral, the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin. Take a hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island to visit the Sun Virgin’s Temple, then to Sun Island where the Inca “Grand Stairs” and Sacred Fountain are located. Another hydrofoil takes you to Huatajata to visit the Andean Roots Eco Village Inca terraces, Moray Peru & Bolivia Discovery and to meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris reed boats which made epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to your La Paz hotel late this afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Seventeen // 1st June 2017
In La Paz, any corner, any street, it is a hidden treasure where adventure begins. Traditions and magic rites spread out on the streets and are complemented with colourful handicraft markets, a huge population of bowler-hatted native women…and a shopping paradise. This morning we visit the Witches’ Market of La Paz, which sells herbs, folk remedies and a variety of fascinating ingredients used to manipulate the many spirits that populate the Aymara world. This afternoon we leave the city to see the spectacular canyons and pinnacles of the Moon Valley, before finishing our day with a ride on the world’s highest and longest cable car.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sewing

Day Eighteen // 2nd June 2017
This morning we will take an early flight to Uyuni, gateway to the world’s largest salt flats. Uyuni is one of the most remote and unusual areas in South America with magnificent sunrises and sunsets. During our tour of the area, we will stop for lunch at Isla Pescado. At a distance this island has the shape of a fish. It is a rocky oasis in the middle of the salt pan covered in thousands of giant columnar cacti – a photographer’s paradise! Afterwards we check in at our unique Salt Hotel. Built on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni plain, the property is built entirely of salt!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nineteen // 3rd June 2017
Today we will explore the surreal landscapes of the Uyuni salt flats, which sit at an altitude of 3600m. Our tour today will include a visit to Colchani, home to the salt cooperative, the Ojos de Agua geysers and the Salt Museum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty // 4th June 2017
We have a big day of travel today, as we transfer from Uyuni through to the Atacama Desert. Although it’s a full day on the road, the scenery is stunning and we will experience so much more of the country from the ground rather than sitting in airports! Once we arrive, you will know it was worth the wait. The Atacama Desert offers the Earth’s clearest skies and the driest desert – with some parts not seeing a drop of rain in over 400 years!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty-One // 5th June 2017
Our first full day to explore the Atacama Desert and we have access to the resorts full range of activities. With both full day and half day excursions available, we can visit the Rainbow Valley, Chaxa Lagoon, Tatio Geysers and the Cejar Lagoon (along with much more! Although we will make recommendations you will have the freedom to choose the activities that you are most interested in while staying at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty-Two // 6th June 2017
Today continue to enjoy the excursions offered by the lodge and perhaps even take a horse ride through Moon Valley.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty-Three // 7th June 2017
From the desert to the ice, today we will fly from the Atacama region to Patagonia. Ice Age, big depressions of sunk valleys, moraines left by the retrieving waters had formed the unique landscape of Patagonia. A region of mountains (cordillera), rivers, lakes, vast amount of water falls, native forests, fjords, glaciers, archipelagos, Magellan steppes as well as islands and islets make this a place of amazing beauty. During our 3 night stay on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, we have access to the lodge’s full program of activities.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Santiago

Day Twenty-Four // 8th June 2017
Today choose your adventure! We will have access to fly fishing experiences, as well as navigations, hiking, horseback riding, bicycle tours and bird watching, all with local specialists. Our lodge activities  not only focus on the attractiveness of Torres del Paine National Park, as we also have the opportunity to get to know all the “other” wonders of the area – such as the fjords, the Sierra Dorotea, Torres del Paine, the Cordillera Prat, lakes and lagoons, Rotundo area, the El Milodon Cave… the list goes on!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty-Five // 9th June 2017
Continue to explore Chilean Patagonia with the activities organised from the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty-Six // 10th June 2017
Today we travel overland to El Calafate, mainly known as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty-Seven // 11th June 2017
Today, visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world. Hike at your own pace and ability along the seven “balconies” (walkways) located at different heights and distances from the glacier, each with magnificent views of the glacier’s northern and southern faces. This is our last full day in South America and is sure to leave a lasting impression!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty-Eight // 12th June 2017
Today we start our journey back to Sydney, via Santiago.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight

Day Twenty-Nine // 13th June 2017
Due to the date line/time difference, the 13th June will be in flight.
Meals: In flight

Day Thirty // 14th June 2017
On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your home address and it’s time to recount the memories of the amazing month you have experienced in South America.

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