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South America Discovery with Puno and Lake Titicaca Plus Ecuador Me to We Extension

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21 days

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Overview

Work alongside a local community and be a part of something bigger than yourself on this ME to WE Amazon Extension. Make your travels matter as you work on a sustainable development project deep in the heart of the Amazon Basin, staying at the luxury Minga Lodge. Learn what life is like for a local farmer, brave a night time trek into the rainforest to spot snakes and caiman and leave feeling as if your travels have created a positive and lasting impact.

Locations Visited

Rio De Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Quito, Amazon Rainforest

Countries Visited

Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador

Travel Style

Costsaver

Accommodations

20 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

Golden swathes of famous coastline, tropical landscapes and a certain joie de vivre will welcome you to one of the world's most vibrant cities, Rio de Janeiro. Energy pulses through every pore of this passionate and fun loving city, flooding from the favelas to the football fields and cumulating in nightly parties where the caipirinhas are free flowing and the samba rhythm is infectious. Rio may be best known for its annual Carnival, but visiting here you'll realise that every day is cause for celebration. Settle in to your hotel before meeting up with your Travel Director this afternoon. Then perhaps hit the sands of Copacabana to watch the sun set whilst you sip your first Cachaça.

  • Accommodation

    Mirador

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and Free Time

The picturesque Cosme Velho district will be your first port of call today, where 1920's neocolonial buildings will surround you as you board the Corcovado Rack Railway, an old cogwheel train. Hopping on board you'll wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the very top of the Corcovado Mountains, standing in awe as you catch a first glimpse of the 30 metre high Christ the Redeemer. The undisputed icon of Rio, this magnificent art deco statue is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and offers the best vantage point of the 'Marvellous City' stretching out below. Take your time exploring here before heading on to visit lively Copacabana and beautiful Ipanema, Rio's best known beaches. Laze under an umbrella, take a dip in the surf, then this evening dive in to Rio's famed culinary scene.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro City Free Time

Waking up to your final full day in Rio, today is free to explore your way. Perhaps discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa on a walking tour, learning the history of this bohemian neighbourhood which now boasts many of the city's best studios, galleries, museums and restaurants. Alternatively, opt for a sun drenched sailing excursion around Guanabara Bay, passing by islands and forts with the towering Sugarloaf Mountain ever present in the distance. For those keen to get a closer look, you could also opt for a half day city tour of Rio which includes ascending the mountain by cable car for absolutely stand out views. Tonight, celebrate the diversity and culture of South America at the Carretão Ipanema Churrascaria, where drummers and dancers enthral and delight whilst sharing folklore tales and mystical rituals.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

Leaving the colourful costumes and infectious rhythms of Rio behind, this morning you'll head to the airport to catch your flight to Iguassu Falls. Words can't really describe the magnificence of the world's largest series of waterfalls (275 to be exact), which straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil and are surrounded by lush expanses of national park. Settle in to your hotel this afternoon and spend the evening relaxing, no doubt bubbling with excitement for the natural spectacle that tomorrow will bring.

  • Accommodation

    Viale Cataratas

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Iguassu Falls and Free Time

Pack your raincoat and your sense of adventure this morning as you're off to visit the Iguassu National Park, entering on the Brazilian side of the falls. You'll be venturing down to the ominously named and utterly exhilarating Devil's Throat, the tallest and most impressive of Iguassu's waterfalls. Remember that raincoat? Now's the time to use it! This afternoon keep the adrenalin levels high on a hike down a canyon to the Macuco Falls, where you'll then board a custom designed inflatable motorboat for a high intensity ride to the base of the falls. If keeping things a little more sedate is more your style, opt to visit a bird park where you can spot more than 150 different species of birds.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

Country hopping between Brazil and Argentina, today you'll cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, otherwise known as Fraternity Bridge, to explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Adding a new stamp to your passport as you cross through customs, you'll drive through the lush and wildlife rich Argentinian Iguassu National Park to reach the falls and cascades which are equally as impressive from this side of the border. Boarding the open sided and near silent Ecological Jungle Train which is every bit as scenic and sensual as it sounds, you'll pay a second visit to Devil's Throat before heading to the airport to catch a flight to passionate, sexy, European influenced Buenos Aires.

  • Accommodation

    Cyan Hotel de las Americas

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 7

Buenos Aires Sightseeing and Free Time

Waking up in sultry, red bloodied Buenos Aires this morning is a prospect that should fill you with excitement. This meat loving, tango obsessed capital city is a mix of sultry charm and gritty splendour, where European inspired buildings rub shoulders with rough around the edges barrios, and street art pops from every corner. Dive in to all BA has to offer on a sightseeing tour that will visit 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, outstanding Colon Theatre, Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and San Telmo, the oldest district in the city. Finishing up in colourful and charming La Boca you'll then have time to explore by yourself this afternoon before dressing up in your South American finest for a night of Argentinian steak and classic tango, accompanied by a spectacular live orchestra.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Buenos Aires Free Time

Another free day in the Argentinian capital could see you experiencing a glimpse into the life of a gaucho, the cowboy culture that has existed for over three centuries. Heading out into the glorious pampas (grasslands) surrounding BA you'll visit a 3000 acre working ranch to learn more about the gaucho culture, enjoying folk music, traditional dances and carriage rides before rounding off the experience with a juicy BBQ lunch. You've also got the option of visiting the lush countryside region of Tigre Delta, which offers a laid back vibe and a chance to see a different side of Argentine life. Enjoy a picturesque cruise around the delta and spot the delightful summer residences of BA's elite.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 9

Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)

From Argentina you'll fly to Peru this morning, bound for the 'City of the Kings', Lima. Rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs the city has a real sense of faded yet romantic grandeur, with historical sights a plenty and a culinary scene that is revered the world over. Arriving here you'll have the rest of the day free to explore, which isn't hard to do in this cultural and artsy city. Head to Parque del Amor to admire the Gaudi style architecture with beautiful views over Lima Bay, or take a wander around popular and bustling Miraflores. Tonight, in celebration of your first night in Peru, dinner should absolutely involve fresh ceviche followed by a tangy Pisco Sour as you toast to sunset.

  • Accommodation

    La Hacienda

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 10

Lima Sightseeing and Free Time

Heading out on a sightseeing tour of Lima this morning, unearth architectural masterpieces including Plaza Mayor, the House of Pizarro, Archbishop’s Palace and the fascinating San Francisco Monastery, where the mysterious catacombs will both enthral and delight you. With your afternoon free perhaps head over to the bohemian Barranco district, a historically popular spot for Lima’s creatively minded. Admire the old colonial casas, Republican era mansions and colourful houses that add character to the wide, tree lined streets, then tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you dive deep into the essence of Peruvian food. Feast on an authentic meal at Mangos, a restaurant boasting nearly 15 years of service.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

Flying into Cusco, welcome to the Incan capital of the world! Boasting the richest heritage of any South American city, Cusco is a wealth of archaeological greatness and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It's also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so throbs day and night with visitors exploring its ancient streets. Take in the ornate temples and Incan ruins as you arrive here, before heading to Awana Kancha to visit the regions furry and famous residents - llamas and alpacas. Here you'll also have the chance to learn about the local weaving process, a craft that has been kept alive for thousands of years, and browse different products made from the fur of camelids. Also stopping by Pisac Market, the most famous market in the Cusco region where local indigenous communities from all over come to sell their wares and produce, you'll finally drive the hairpin turned road that will lead you to the Sacred Valley, your stop for tonight.

  • Accommodation

    La Casona de Yucay

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Machu Picchu Excursion

Today's the day! Up bright and early this morning, you'll travel to the ancient little town of Ollantaytambo to board the train to Agues Calientas, the Incan village at the base of Machu Picchu. Slowly chugging your way through the rugged lands of the Sacred Valley, feel the excitement levels build as you pass by village settlements and towering mountains, the landscape changing the higher you get. Making the last leg of the journey via shuttle, you'll finally arrive at the most famous archaeological site of South America and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Catching a first glimpse of this awe inspiring ancient city above the clouds is a moment you'll never forget, so be sure to take a few minutes just to soak it all in. Take your time exploring the vast complex of fascinating ruins and let the mind boggle at how it was all built, before descending the mountain and making your way back to the Sacred Valley.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)

Art fans are in for a treat this morning as you pay a visit to the workshop of Pablo Seminario, a respected artist who creates beautiful pottery using techniques, styles and influences reminiscent of ancient cultures from all across Peru. Keeping things local you'll then pay a visit a family home in Ollantaytambo to sample a drink favoured by the Incas. Made from malted corn and sugar, the taste of Chicha de Jora may be a bit of a crowd splitter but is a little taste of history, so needs must! Continuing on the road to Cusco you'll also stop by the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 13th century, before arriving back into the Incan capital where the rest of the day will then be free.

  • Accommodation

    San Agustin Plaza

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 14

Cusco Sightseeing and Free Time

Kick off the final day of your South American Discovery with a sightseeing tour of ancient Cusco. Visit Coricancha, or the 'Temple of the Sun', the most important temple in the Incan Empire, before admiring the bounty of colonial art on display in the Cathedral. Walk down Loreto street and admire the handiwork of Incan stone masons before ending up shopping for local handicrafts in San Pedro market. With the rest of the day then free, why not join us for a visit to Moray and Moras to see Incan farming and salt mining techniques at play, head to 17th century Piquillacta to see the pre Incan citadel built by the Wari people, or treat your sweet tooth with a visit to the Choco Museum to learn more about the Peruvian chocolate making process. Tonight, you'll see out an incredible trip in style with dinner, folklore tales and dancing.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15

Cusco – JULIACA – Puno and Lake Titicaca (2 Nights)

Having made the excellent choice to extend your stay in Peru, you'll board a flight this morning bound for busy Juliaca. Driving through the rolling hills of the Largo Umayo peninsula you'll pay a visit to the Sillustani Burial Towers before arriving into Puno, which is nestled on the 'Ocean of the Andes'. Explore the regal plaza and charming, crumbling buildings and take a first good look at Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.

  • Accommodation

    Taypikala Lago

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16

Lake Titicaca Sightseeing

Venture out onto the vast, rolling waters of Lake Titicaca this morning, believed by the Andeans to be the 'birthplace of the sun'. Make your way to the Uros Islands, a unique set of floating islands that are home to the Uros people, who live just as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years and rely on the buoyant Totora reeds to provide them with housing, boats, and even food. Visit the Island of Taquile, where the red coloured sands contrast spectacularly with the glistening blue of the lake, to learn more about the stone work and weaving cultures of the island. Enjoy a fresh fish lunch at a local restaurant, before heading back to Puno for the evening.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17

Puno and Lake Titicaca – Juliaca – Depart Lima - Arrive Quito

Taking one final look a that gorgeous expanse of blue, you’ll leave Puno this morning as you travel back to Juliaca, to catch your included flight to Lima. Make your way to Ecuador for what will be an unforgettable and utterly rewarding 5 days, meet up with your ME to WE representative at the airport and then head to your hotel. The flight Lima – Quito is not included.

  • Accommodation

    Wyndham Quito

Day 18

Quito – Minga Lodge (3 nights)

Your journey today will begin with an ascent through the highlands, where snow capped mountains will keep your eyes drawn to the horizon. Winding down mountain roads you'll then descend to the Amazon basin, enjoying the sensation of the lush cloud forest closing in around you. Traveling by motorised canoe you'll travel down the Rio Napo, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife before arriving at Minga Lodge, your luxury jungle home for the next 3 nights. Meet the local team to learn about the WE Village development model you'll then enjoy a delicious home cooked meal using local ingredients, before spending an evening getting to know a few key Spanish phrases that will stand you in good stead for your time here.

  • Accommodation

    Minga Lodge

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19

Minga Lodge

You'll be up early this morning to enjoy a sunrise hike into the Amazon rainforest, hoping to spot toucans, long tailed Potoos and various species of spiders and snakes. After breakfast at Minga Lodge and together with your group you'll then meet the Kichwa people; the community you'll be supporting over your time in the Amazon. Get involved in to a community project this afternoon, advancing your skill set and supporting the community in the process. Work could involve digging a well, laying foundations for a health centre or working with a member of the community. After a fulfilling day, dinner tonight will be well deserved as you tuck into a family style feast and swap stories around the table.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20

Minga Lodge

This morning you'll continue work on the sustainable development project you began yesterday, swapping stories and gaining insight from local community members who will be working alongside you. After another tasty lunch back at the Lodge, this afternoon you'll then join a local farmer to help carry out some of their daily activities. Planting seeds, fetching river water and harvesting crops are all in a day's work for these hardworking men and women, so you'll certainly gain a sense of perspective from experiencing their daily routine. This evening and after enjoying a dinner on the banks of the Rio Napo, you'll head out with a cultural guide for an Amazon night hike, keeping your eyes and ears alert for frogs, tree snakes, owls and caiman.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21

Depart Minga Lodge – Quito

You'll be saying a sad goodbye to Minga Lodge and its welcoming community of people as you head back to Quito today. Traveling by boat to Coca, you'll then catch a flight to Quito.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • Aerial Views Fly over the Ecuadorian Amazon on the way to Quito

  • Buenos Aires Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colourful city

  • Cusco Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show

  • Iguassu Falls Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the tropical Iguassu National Park

  • Lima Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs

  • Machu Picchu Journey to the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

  • Rio de Janeiro Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest from your cogwheel train

  • Rio Napu Travel by boat along the Rio Napu

  • Sacred Valley Visit the famous Pisac Market and stop at the Awanakancha Living Museum where you may see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas

  • Volunteer Join community members to volunteer on a sustainable development project

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What's Included

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  • 16 Breakfasts

  • 2 Lunches

  • 8 Dinners

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  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Variety of Optional Experiences

  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

  • All internal air included in trip cost

  • Train excursion to Machu Picchu

  • City orientation tours

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