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Tour Itinerary

Tall and tan, and young and lovely-expect nothing else on Rio's gorgeous beaches, your launch pad to a South American adventure through vibrant capitals and the Inca heart of Peru.

Day 1 - Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)
Immerse yourself in the tropical allure of Rio de Janeiro - your launch pad to a South American exploration of capital cities and ancient cultures. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel offering superb views of Copacabana Beach. This evening, we'll join our travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Welcome Reception.
Accommodation: Miramar by Windsor Oceanview Rooms
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing
Ease into your morning Rio-style before joining your Travel Director to delve into the captivating contrasts of Brazil's cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city). See the 18th century Carioca Aqueduct, the colonial Candelaria church and the home of the Rio Carnival, the Sanbodromo. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for a "pinch me moment" of inspiring bay and city views. Enjoy a free evening.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing
The iconic Christ the Redeemer beckons this morning as we journey by cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado for impressive panoramic views. Returning to the city, we visit the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema, spending the rest of the day at leisure to watch Rio's beautiful people living life to the fullest. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, then indulge in a sizzling Regional Dinner barbecue at a local churrascaria.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)
Spend the morning at leisure, then visit a Samba school where you'll 'Dive into Culture', gaining insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and sway your hips Rio-style as you learn how to Samba. We leave the city behind and fly to Iguassu Falls. This evening, we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel.
Accommodation: Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Iguassu Falls Sightseeing
Explore the Brazil side of Iguassu Falls, joining a Local Specialist in the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park for a walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. Indulge in lunch at a local restaurant against the backdrop of the falls before returning to your resort for an afternoon at leisure. Consider joining one of our optional experiences, including a jetboat ride* to the base of the falls or visit a tropical bird reserve, home to more than 500 species of birds.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)
Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Meet your Local Specialist, then board an open-air ecological jungle train through the rainforest and walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil's Throat Falls. We leave this force of nature behind for the sophisticated Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.
Accommodation: InterContinental Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Buenos Aires Sightseeing
Connect with the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy, joining your 'Local Specialist' for a guided tour of Buenos Aires' most notable sites, including the iconic Casa Rosada and colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. Admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon, then visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where Argentina's beloved former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine beef during a Regional Dinner. Later, we'll Dive into Culture, ending the evening with a stirring, sensual Tango performance.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Buenos Aires
Enjoy a full day at leisure to pursue your own interests in the "Paris of South America". Admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Belles Artes or sample delicious dulce de leche ice-cream at the famous Café Tortoni. Feeling adventurous? Consider an optional trip into the countryside to visit a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Later, we'll 'Connect with Locals', joining a family at their home in Palermo Soho for a Be My Guest dinner.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)
We leave one capital behind for another, travelling to Peru's capital, Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in San Isidro.
Accommodation: Novotel Lima
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Lima Sightseeing
Francisco Pizarro's "City of Kings" is ours to explore this morning as we discover the colonial heritage of Lima's UNESCO-listed Historic Centre. Admire the ornate baroque façades of the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima's status as the culinary capital of South America next, and meet Ignacio Barrios who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then continue to his cooking school where you'll 'Connect with Locals' and enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular dishes. You'll have an opportunity to sample some of these at a Be My Guest lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 11 - Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts, then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley. Later this afternoon, we arrive at a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the heart of the Sacred Valley, our hotel for the night. 'Dive into Culture' and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. 'Make a Difference' as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.
Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 12 - Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
The Sacred Valley reveals its mysteries today as we encounter the remains of the mighty Inca empire. Our first stop this morning is the famous Inca hilltop fortress, Ollantaytambo, built from massive blocks of stone. We board the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, where a Local Specialist will lead us through the ruins of this once-great fortress. Explore the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. Tonight, we'll dine at our hotel.
Accommodation: El Mapi by Inkaterra
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 13 - Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)
We return to Machu Picchu this morning with an opportunity to explore this mythical fortress on our own terms. If you're feeling energetic, consider hiking up to the Gate of the Sun for thrilling views over the fortress and valley below. Then it's off to Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha. 'Dive into Culture' and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.
Accommodation: Novotel Cusco
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Cusco Sightseeing
Explore the Incan and Spanish roots of the "Imperial City", unlocking its best kept secrets, including the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun. Later, we'll venture beyond the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman overlooking the city. This evening, we'll gather at a local restaurant for a Regional Dinner of Cusquenian flavours against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 15 - Cusco – Lima
A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima late this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, then join your Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum for an evening exploration of its collection of pre-Columbian art. We'll indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden.
Accommodation: Novotel Lima
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 16 - Arrive Quito
Your gateway to the Amazon is Ecuador's elevated capital, Quito. Arriving this evening, you'll meet your ME to WE representative and take a transfer to your hotel where you'll rest up for your impending adventure. (Please note flight from Lima to Quito is not included)
Accommodation: Wyndham Quito Airport

Day 17 - Amazon Basin (3 Nights)
After a hearty breakfast, you'll embark on a journey along winding mountain roads and past snow-capped volcanoes, descending gently into the Amazon basin. Your surrounds will change from peaks to lush cloud forest as you meander through the Ecuadorian countryside. Your first encounter with the Amazon's incredible biodiversity is an introductory 20-minute canoe ride up the Napo River. Your Local Specialist will reveal insights into the culture of the Amazon River area, while you keep a keen eye out for the colourful flashes of Macaws and other birdlife. You'll arrive at Minga Lodge just in time to enjoy your first Amazon sunset over the river. Celebrate the end of the day amidst the flavours of local treats like plantain chips with a glass of chilled guayusa tea. After settling into your beautiful surrounds, you'll meet with the team to learn how WE Village works to empower the local community through education, clean water, health care services, agriculture and alternative income projects. Then it's time for dinner featuring local delicacies such as heart of palm, stinging nettle and fish cooked in palm leaves. Add a scoop of aji hot sauce to get the true local experience. Later, you'll have an opportunity to learn a few key Spanish phrases which will help you connect with your new friends in the community.
Accommodation: Minga Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 18 - Amazon Basin
An early start to the day sees us get our first taste of the Amazon rainforest with a hike in the nearby reserve. You'll encounter the creatures, great and small, that find sanctuary amidst the dense and lush landscapes. After breakfast, join a ME to WE team member for a short jungle walk or canoe ride to the nearby community, where you'll roll up your sleeves and help the locals with their building projects. Gain insights into the community mindset of the Kwicha people and the community movement years ago that inspired the formation of ME to WE. Return to the lodge for lunch before joining the community to work on their most urgent projects for the afternoon. This evening, you'll sit down to a well-deserved family-style feast and share stories of your interactions with the community.
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 19 - Amazon Basin
You'll have a full day to connect with the community as you continue the work you started the day before and learn about their needs. After lunch at Minga Lodge, return to the community and walk in the shoes of a local by helping them with their day-to-day activities, like fetching water from the river, planting seeds or harvesting crops. Tonight's sunset dinner is served high above the Napo River - the sounds of the jungle providing an intoxicating backdrop for time spent with new friends. Spend your evening delving into the depths of the Amazon a final time with your Local Specialist cultural guide who will take you through the rainforest at night to see the nocturnal species which have willingly provided the soundtrack to your great Amazonian adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 20 - Transfer to Quito – Depart Quito
Say farewell to the steamy Amazon and take your boat transfer to Coca where you will board your flight to Quito Airport. *Note: International flights on the last day of your Me to We program should be scheduled to depart Quito after 6:00pm.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco
  • SEE the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach, the Casa Rosada
  • VISIT Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Larco Museum

Dining Highlights

  • 18 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 10 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

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