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A Taste of South America: Brazil, Argentina and Chile

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Discover the highlights of Brazil, Argentina and Chile combined in this itinerary, A Taste of South America.

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Brazil, Argentina and Chile

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Day 4: Iguassu
Day 6: Buenos Aires
Day 9: Los Glaciares National Park
Day 11: Puerto Natales, Chile
Day 14: Chile’s Lake District
Day 17: Bariloche
Day 21: Buenos Aires
Day 22: Depart Buenos Aires

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A taste of South America: Brazil, Argentina and Chile

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Mountains, forests, beaches, lagoons, vegetation and the South Atlantic blend to form a dramatic back-drop as this incredible landscape rises from the sea. With its warm climate, it is the perfect year-round destination. Favourite sightseeing tours include taking the train to the top of Corcovado, the Statue of Christ overlooking Rio, the cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, a city tour to appreciate the history and colonial past of Rio, day trips to the tropical islands and beaches near the city or to the former capital of Petropolis located up in the cool of the mountains.
Rio de Janeiro 3 nights

Day 4: Iguassu
Fly to Iguassu. On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken directly to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. The Iguassu Falls are one of South America’s most renowned landmarks and one of world’s great natural wonders. The national parks on both sides of the Falls offer a wonderful range of tropical flora and fauna and during your stay you will be able to participate in a full range of activities. Local animal species include the black howler monkey, capybara, jaguar and puma. Transfer to a hotel on the Argentine side for your stay.
Iguassu 2 nights

Day 6: Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and known as “The Paris of South America”. From the tantalising tease of the tango to the bustle of its prosperous port, this European style city offers a great mix of cultures. There is something for everyone to discover and enjoy in this unique city and its environs.
Buenos Aires 3 nights

Day 9: Los Glaciares National Park
Fly to El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Transfer to your hotel located in the National Park for a 2 night stay. On your full day include an excursion to the striking Perito Moreno Glacier.
Los Glaciares 2 nights

Day 11: Puerto Natales, Chile
Back to El Calafate to board the regular overland bus service to Puerto Natales in Chile. This memorable journey takes about 10 hours. Chile’s Patagonia, land of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego is the gateway to Antarctica. This is one of the most spectacular areas in the world. Vast green pampas, ice blue glaciers, black and jade-coloured mirror-like lakes, deep valleys which turn to fjords, volcanoes, bays, inlets, channels waiting to be explored where icebergs float silently on the waters of Laguna San Rafael, under the brow of majestic snow-clad peaks. Patagonia has so much to offer; Torres del Paine National Park, its Mylodon Cave, flight seeing over Cape Horn, Straits of Magellan ferries to Tierra del Fuego, the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers by boat from Puerto Natales and the Grey Glacier from Pehoe. Wildlife is abundant and includes Condors, herds of Guanacos, Black-necked Swans, Silver Fox, Rheas and Trout-filled Rivers.
Chile’s Patagonia 3 nights

Alternatively stay at a special all inclusive resort located in the heart of Patagonia. Here daily excursions to suit all levels are offered in Torres del Paine National Park. Excursions are by comfortable 4WD, foot, horseback, motorboat, mountain bikes or boats made of lingue (native wood of the region). Due to its remote location a minimum 4 nights is required here.

Day 14: Chile’s Lake District
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Puerto Montt, where you will discover the wild and beautiful lands of Chile’s famed Lake District. The lakes are located in one of the Earth’s truly unspoiled areas. Here, stretching for hundreds of kilometers between the ocean and the Andes, are scores of glittering emerald lakes set amidst snow-capped active volcanoes, deep woodland meadows and flowering gardens. Here you will find great pine forests, waterfalls, clean air, and the purest of waters, that make tourists come to paint, photograph, hike, ride horses, or just relax. On one of your full days here take a tour to Chiloe Island, the last area of the Chilean territory dominated by the Spaniards.
Puerto Varas 3 nights

Day 17: Bariloche
Today cross back into Argentina with a one day lake crossing to Bariloche; known as the Switzerland of South America. Located in the heart of the Andes in the Patagonian Region of south western Argentina, Bariloche is the gateway to a marvellous group of lakes, woods, glaciers and snowy peaks. During the Argentine winter (June to September) it is a thriving ski centre where it is possible to enjoy wide open ski slopes. At other times of the year hiking, mountain-climbing, riding, fishing and mountain-biking are on offer.
Bariloche 4 nights

Day 21: Buenos Aires
Transfer to Bariloche airport for your flight to Buenos Aires for your final night.
Buenos Aires 1 night

Day 22: Depart Buenos Aires

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Plan to visit Iguassu Falls at a full moon and ensure you stay at the Das Cataratas Hotel.  It is only from here that you have the opportunity to experience the lunar rainbow – don’t forget you’ll need a clear night, which of course can’t be guaranteed!

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Costa Rica Adventure

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There is so much to explore in this tropical country as you travel around.  You’ll not want to miss the Cloud Forest with its huge variety of birds and mammals or Arenal Volano, set in the tropical lowlands.  Enjoy this adventure packed tailor made trip through Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Adventure

Day 1: San José
Day 2: Poás Volcano National Park
Day 3: Pacuare River Rafting
Day 4: Bajos del Toro
Day 6: Arenal
Day 9: Rincon de la Vieja area
Day 11: Conchal Beach
Day 15: San Jose
Day 16: Depart San Jose

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Day 1: San José
You will be met at the airport and transported to your central hotel. Take a tour of the capital city including a visit to the Gold Museum which houses the largest collection of Pre-Columbian Gold in Central America. Enjoy a stroll along the Central Avenue Boulevard.
San Jose 2 nights

Day 2: Poás Volcano National Park
Early morning start to the northern mountains of the Central Valley and a full day tour of Poás Volcano National Park. Spend time at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the return to San José, visit a family owned coffee plantation.

Day 3: Pacuare River Rafting
Today you will head to the Pacuare River, crossing the Continental Divide and passing through the breathtaking Braulio Carrillo National Park. Take an exhilarating rafting trip down this wild and scenic river which offers some of the finest white water in Latin America winding deep inside one of Costa Rica’s most impressive rainforests. Traverse 20 miles of remote and Class 111 scenic waters that course through a wilderness of dense vegetation and steep sided gorges. You will eventually arrive at your overnight eco-lodge, nestled in a private 1000 acre rainforest reserve overlooking the river. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities such as hiking and swimming
Rainforest Lodge 1 night

Day 4: Bajos del Toro
Continue your river rafting adventure along the Pacuare, stopping off for lunch along the river. On arrival at your destination, transportation and a guide will be waiting to transfer you to Bajos del Toro. En route visit a former cocoa bean rain forest plantation for a guided hike followed by a hands-on chocolate making session. Continue to Bajos del Toro located in the Tropical Cloud Forest. Your base here is a luxury eco resort and spa set in 500 private acres of tropical cloud forest, dotted with hidden waterfalls and gentle creeks. Relax in your suite which boasts a private outdoor whirlpool tub, viewing deck and gasfireplace.
Bajos Del Toro 2 nights

On your full day here enjoy a nature walk through the cloud forest that will take you past a pristine creek and mesmerizing waterfalls. Enjoy lunch in the riverside restaurant. In the afternoon take a tour of the thriving local rural community with its rich traditions, unsurpassed landscapes and intriguing flora. Visit a local orchid enthusiast; his collection features more than 400 orchids.

Day 6: Arenal
After breakfast, you may join in an optional Yoga session or a guided cloud forest trail walk. After lunch transfer to Arenal. Your journey passes through the agricultural town of Zarcero before continuing to the northern lowlands in Alajuela Province where we find the Arenal Volcano, active since 1968. Here you will be based for 3 nights
Arenal Volcano 3 nights

Your first morning is filled with adrenaline as you drive into the tropical rainforest outside the town of La Fortuna. When you arrive at the waterfalls you will abseil from the top down into the beautiful pristine canyon below. After trekking through the canyon there will be more abseiling down to other waterfalls that will take you to the tranquil pools. Enjoy some bird watching, or just relax in this unspoiled paradise. Before sunset, visit the best lookout point in La Fortuna to enjoy Arenal Volcano and Lake at the same time! You can simply sit, take pictures and relax waiting for the frequent volcanic activity or hike along the lava trails.

Your second full day here takes you through citrus groves, pineapple and sugar cane plantations to Los Chiles on the northern border with Nicaragua. From here you’ll be taken on a comfortable boat ride up the Río Frío, a tropical river alive with an immense variety of animals. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge consists of over 18,000 acres of lagoons and marshland (tropical everglades). The area attracts many bird watchers and nature lovers. Capuchin, spider and howler monkeys, sloth, garfish, roseate spoonbills, many types of herons, caimans and turtles are commonly found in this unique reserve. As many as 60 different types of birds have been spotted on this adventure tour. Lunch included in a local restaurant in the village of Los Chiles. On the way back, stop by the iguana bridge to observe some huge specimens. Arrive back at the hotel in the mid afternoon before enjoying a gentle evening float trip down the Peñas Blancas River. Witness the jungle transform from day into night. Regular sightings include the common opossum, common gray four-opossum, brown-throated three toed sloth, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, long-nosed bat, mantled Howler monkey, yellow-crowned night-heron, spectacled owl, the american crocodile and plenty of baby crocodiles.

Day 9: Rincon de la Vieja area
Travel from the northern lowlands to the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range where the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is located. Your base for 2 nights is a family owned cattle ranch which offers a contrasting volcanic activity experience. During your stay here you have a choice of activities including horseback riding to a waterfall, river tubing and cattle herding. Or relax in the hotel’s spa and swimming pool.
Rincon de la Vieja 2 nights

Day 11: Conchal Beach
After breakfast transfer to all inclusive beach resort Paradisus located by one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, for a few nights relaxation at the end of your holiday.
Paradisus Beach Resort 4 nights (or longer)

Day 15: San Jose
Your guide will meet you at your beach resort and transfer you back to San Jose. En route enjoy lunch at a Hacienda, perhaps sampling the fresh tilapia. Continue towards San Jose for your final night

Day 16: Depart San Jose

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Peru – Condors, Culture and Countryside

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There is so much more to Peru than Machu Picchu, and on this itinerary idea you will explore many of Peru’s highlights, culminating in your discovery of the stunning city of Machu Picchu.

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On the 24th July 1911, Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu and on any visit to Peru, this is one of the major highlights.  However, there is so much more to Peru than Machu Picchu and on this itinerary idea, you will explore many of Peru’s highlights, culminating in your own discovery of the stunning city of Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Lima
Day 2: Arequipa
Day 4: Colca Canyon
Day 6: Puno
Day 8: Cusco
Day 10: Sacred Valley
Day 11: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
Day 12: Cusco
Day 14: Depart Cusco

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The country of Peru is located on the western side of the South American continent, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes and into the Amazon Basin, and from its border with Ecuador in the north to Chile and Bolivia in the South.  It is a country steeped in history, probably the best known of which is the Inca Empire.  No trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to the lost city of Machu Picchu, but take time to explore other highlights of this fascinating country first and one very quickly realises that there is a lot more to Peru than meets the eye.

Day 1: Lima
Arrive in Lima. Take a tour of Peru’s capital city before transferring to your overnight hotel.
Lima 1 night

Day 2: Arequipa
Fly south to Arequipa for a 2 night stay. Located in the southern Peruvian highlands, Arequipa is set in beautiful countryside surrounded by snow capped mountains. Your stay here includes a city tour which begins with the extraordinary architecture of the Convent of Santa Catalina, opened to the public in 1970 after more than 400 years of religious cloistered life. Visit the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the Cathedral, Church of La Compañia with all its colonial jewels and its chapel Sixitina, then cross the city along the Chili River before visiting the Carmen Alto viewpoint to enjoy beautiful views of Arequipa´s valley.
Arequipa 2 nights

Day 4: Colca Canyon
Today you will embark on a 3 day/2 night private tour to the remarkable Colca Canyon, the world’s deepest canyon. During your tour you will journey deep into the Andes where you will have the opportunity to view the majestic flight of the condors. With spectacular scenery the area is also home to llamas and Vicuñas, the national animal of Peru. Visit small remote towns and villages that still maintain their ancestral traditions.Your base for 2 nights is the town of Chivay.
Chivay 2 nights

Day 6: Puno
This morning travel by private transfer to the city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca for a 2 night stay. On your full day here you will take an excursion to the Uros and Taquile Islands in Lake Titicaca. The Uros Islands are made of reeds and rise six meters above the lake level. They are anchored by logs and connected to each other by ropes. The inhabitants live basically by fishing, hunting and making handicrafts to sell to visitors. Continue to the Taquile island. Offering a spectacular view from its hills, Taquile is an important textile centre. Taquileños still follow a traditional life style, making a living from their textile activities.
Puna 2 nights

Day 8: Cusco
Today you will take a guided bus transfer from Puno to Cusco. This 9 hour journey includes lunch and stops off enroute at many places of interest including Andahuaylillas Church, with its superb murals, the remarkable Raqchi Inca archaeological complex and the village of Pucara, famous for its pottery. Your full day will include and half day tour or the city, considered by many to be the Archaeological Capital of the Americas, and the nearby ruins.  There is an alternative mode of transport here – by rail.

Cusco 2 nights

Day 10: Sacred Valley
Today you will take a full day tour in the Sacred Valley of the Incas before checking in to you hotel in village of Yucay, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
Sacred Valley 1 night

Day 11: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
Rise early and transfer to Ollantaytambo railway station to board the tourist train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spaniards. For centuries it was buried in the jungle until found in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The Holy City of Machu Picchu represents an extraordinary example of architecture and engineering. Upon arrival at the station at Aguas Calientas, buses wait to transfer you to the top of the ruins.
Aguas Calientes 1 night

Day 12: Cusco
Morning at leisure, before catching the afternoon train back to Cusco.  On arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel for a further 2 night stay
Cusco 2 nights

Day 14: Depart Cusco
Transfer to Cusco airport for the start of your return journey to the UK or continue your adventure…

Possible Extensions
The above itinerary is just one suggestion for Peru – it may be amended to suit your particular interests. If time allows, there are numerous ways to extend your trip including..

The Nazca Lines
Travel South of Lima to Ica. From here take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. These drawings made in the sand over 2,000 years ago by the Nazca people are only visible from the air. You will see gigantic geometrical lines resembling a landing field and over 32 figures including a monkey, a spider, a condor, a reptile, a fish, a bird… Continue to the Paracas Peninsular where you may take a cruise out to the Ballestas islands; sea lions, penguins and more than 60 species of sea birds and wild life.

Peruvian Rainforest
Complete your Peru experience with a few days in the Amazon rainforest. There are number of exciting options available, from a luxury cruise into remote estuaries of the Peruvian rainforest to an exhilerating camping expedition through the remote and pristine Manu Biosphere Reserve, or a relaxing stay in a rainforest lodge where rainforest walks, bird watching and canoeing are amongst the acitivities on offer.

Call us for more details and ideas on your tailor made trip …

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Machu Picchu is a very special place. We suggest including a second entry ticket to the ruins giving you the opportunity to explore at your own pace and without the crowds of day trippers that will arrive in the middle of the morning.

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‘We loved Cusco and really could have spent an extra night there, but the highlight of the holiday, without a doubt, was our visit to Machu Picchu.  STUNNING!’

Chilean Highlights

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Chile is quite a unique country to visit compared to the rest of South America. A country of unforgettable natural beauty, making it an ideal holiday destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Here you can explore a diverse variety of landscapes including volcanos, deserts, beaches, lakes, glaciers and forests. It also has amazing natural wonders, culture, food and people.

Discover Chile on this two week adventure.

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Chilean Highlights

Day 1: Santiago
Day 2: Santiago
Day 3: Full day wine region tour
Day 4: Atacama Desert
Day 7: Chilean Lake Region
Day 08: Full day tour
Day 9: Southern Patagonia
Day 13: Santiago
Day 14: Depart Santiago

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Day 1: Santiago
Arrive Santiago Airport and transfer to your hotel
Santiago 3 nights

Day 2: Santiago
A day to relax after your flight and take a half day tour of Chile’s capital city, Santiago. This great orientation tour begins with a drive through the main downtown avenues past the historic Presidential Palace and the main square of the city, Plaza de Armas. Visit the old cathedral, see the beautiful and historic building which houses the Post Office. Finally, a stop at the central market is a great opportunity to see a fabulous selection of vegetables, fruit and fish virtually unknown in Britain. Short drive to the top of Santa Lucia Hill and O’Higgins Park before continuing through the newer residential parts of the city to San Cristobal Hill where you will take a cable car ride – the view of the city at the foothills of the Andes is truly spectacular!

Day 3: Full day wine region tour
Today you have a choice of full day tours exploring the Casablanca Valley in the heart of Chile’s wine country. You tour will include a tour and tasting at one of the wineries in the Casablanca valley before continuing on to explore the Pacific coastal area with its beautiful beaches and traditional resorts including Valparaíso, one of the most picturesque ports, beloved by artists.
Alternatively combine your wine tour with a visit to a unique Chilean ranch. Witness a Chilean rodeo – a skilled duet between the Chilean horseman (huaso) and his horse. Admire the Chilean thoroughbreds and the skills of the huasos while you enjoy a glass of wine or a pisco sour.

Day 4: Atacama Desert
Return to the airport for your flight to Calama where your will be transferred to your boutique hotel in the heart of the Atacama Desert for a 3 night stay. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on the earth but it is an area of astonishing beauty and unique landscapes including turquoise-blue high altitude lakes, salt flats, geysers, volcanoes and sand dunes. Your hotel offers a range of private excursions and activities which are customised to suit you. These include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and vehicle tours.
San Pedro de Atacama 3 nights

Day 7: Chilean Lake Region
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Montt. Transfer to Puerto Varas located on the shores of Llanquihue Lake, surrounded by an amazing Andean mountain chain dominated by two stunning volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco. You hotel has magnificent views of Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano. If your flight time allows include a half day tour on arrival.
Puerto Varas 2 nights

Day 08: Full day tour
Today take a full day tour to Todos Los Santos Lake and Osorno Volcano: depart from your hotel and travel along the southern shores of Lake Llanquihue with wonderful views of Osorno Volcano. You will learn about the area’s colonial history and local farming. Continue to Todos Los Santos lake, also known as Esmeralda Lake. Travel by catamaran to Peulla, a tiny hamlet on the other side of the lake. On the way, enjoy views of the Osorno volcano, Mount Puntiagudo and Mount Tronador. There will be time for a walk by the lake or to stop for coffee before continuing to Osorno Volcano where you can ride the ski lift for magnificent views.

Day 9: Southern Patagonia
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. Here you will be transferred to your deluxe Patagonian resort for a 4 night stay. Set on the shores of Lake Pehoé, this stunning hotel is located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia and is the perfect base to explore the spectacular surrounding area. A range of exciting activities are included in your stay here. Excursions are offered by foot, horseback, motorboat, mountain bike, boats made of lingue (native wood of the region) or 4WD.
Torres del Paine 4 nights

Day 13: Santiago
Transfer back to Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Santiago where you will be transferred to your hotel for your final night.

Day 14: Depart Santiago
Transfer to airport for return flights back to the UK
Or continue your adventure with an extension to Easter Island or elsewhere in South America…

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Such a diverse country deserves a holiday in its own right – wedged between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, explore the length and breadth of the country – particularly the Atacama Desert.  For the more adventurous, consider adding the border crossing to Salta, Argentina, or complete the triangle with a trip into Bolivia.

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Honeymoon

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With the excitement of the wedding and all the details that need your attention, the honeymoon can often slip down the agenda. It is the moment when you can relax (or otherwise if that is what you want!), have some time to yourselves and reflect on the memories of the day itself. Meticulous planning is required to ensure the honeymoon is as memorable as the wedding.

The key is to start planning early and to tap in to the knowledge of an expert for your chosen destination.  It will cost no more and will ensure that you are in the right place at the right time. There is nothing worse than looking forward to a safari of a lifetime, only to arrive and find that the rains are in full swing, making travel difficult (if not impossible) and the wildlife has dispersed to inaccessible areas.  The popular destinations often include time spent on a beach and timing can be critical. Swimming in the sea along with large quantities of seaweed (as happens in some popular beach resorts) is not the experience most would relish.

The sooner someone is working on your honeymoon, the sooner you will have the options to consider and decide upon. We will ensure that you are not rushing from one place to another, with no time to see what attracted you there in the first place. We will work to your budget and time constraints and will have suggestions as to the type of accommodation available and what activities are on offer. We will also advise the lodges and hotels where you stay that you are newly-weds, which often brings a few treats.

There are often special packages for honeymooners and your advisor will factor these in to your itinerary, if appropriate.

A number of our recent newly weds who have already set up home, have opted for their friends and families making contributions towards their honeymoon rather than struggling to find wedding gifts that they have not already got at home.  Experience Holidays offers this service at no extra cost.

So get in touch with Experience Holidays on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk and start working together with our experts to ensure that your bespoke, tailor made honeymoon itinerary is truly as important and memorable as your wedding.

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Highlights of Argentina

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Include the main highlights of Argentina on this two week itinerary.

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Highlights of Argentina

As with many areas, there is no right or wrong way to plan a holiday to Argentina, however, the following itinerary takes in several of the main highlights and is a great base to start from:

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 2: Full day Estancia
Day 3: Buenos Aires
Day 4: Ushuaia
Day 5: Ushuaia
Day 6: El Calafate
Day 7: El Calafate
Day 8: El Calafate
Day 9 : Bariloche
Day 11: Bariloche
Day 12: Buenos Aires
Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires or Optional Extension to Iguazu
Day 12: Iguazu Falls
Day 13: Buenos Aires
Day 14: Depart Buenos Aires

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Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, and known as “The Paris of South America” There is something for everyone to discover and enjoy in this unique city. With its wide boulevards, ornate architecture and love of statues, squares and gardens it is a delightful city for walking in and observing city life. From the old port to the chic boutiques of Calle Florida with its outdoor cafés, the city’s sophisticated lifestyle is famous throughout Latin America. We would recommend a city tour to take in the highlights of the city.
Buenos Aires 3 nights

Day 2: Full day Estancia
Enjoy a full day at a 19th century estancia. On arrival, you will be welcomed with delicious empanadas and Argentine wines. After a tour of the main house and surroundings, the typical asado (barbecue) will be served for lunch. During the day, relax in the extensive gardens, swim in the pool or go horse riding with one of the ranch owners. Afternoon tea with home-made pastries will be served before returning to Buenos Aires.

Day 3: Buenos Aires
At leisure to enjoy the shops and atmosphere of Buenos Aires or take an optional excursion such as a river cruise, helicopter flight over the city, football fans may enjoy a visit to the La Boca stadium or attend a match. For tango enthusiasts, enjoy a tango lesson before going to one of the many tango shows in the evening.

Day 4: Ushuaia
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, the capital of Tierra del Fuego situated on the northern shore of the Beagle Channel and close to the legendary Cape Horn. The city is surrounded by the snow covered Cerro Martial and offers beautiful views of a unique landscape of mountains, sea and forest. In the afternoon take a sailing tour along the Beagle Channel with the opportunity to view the nests of a wide range of sea birds including petrels, albatrosses, cormorants and oyster catchers.
Ushuaia 2 nights

Day 5: Ushuaia
Today spend a day at leisure in Ushuaia or take a full day 4 x 4 tour to Escondido and Fagnano Lakes

Day 6: El Calafate
This morning you will take a half day tour of Lapataia National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to see the splendid scenery of the island with lakes, rivers, vegetation and peat bogs. In the afternoon fly to El Calafate, the main gateway for visitors to Los Glaciares National Park.
El Calafate 3 nights

Day 7: El Calafate
Full Day Tour to Perito Moreno Glacier: travel 80 km through the most beautiful landscapes to the remarkable Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s few advancing glaciers. The visit includes a walk to the base of the glacier where you will hear the sound of the calving ice crashing into the lake waters below. During your trip you may spot condors, eagles and flamingos.

Day 8: El Calafate
Full day tour to Upsala & Onelli glaciers: Upsala is the the largest continental glacier in Patagonia and is only accessible by boat. Continue to Onelli Bay where, weather permitting we take an hour long walk through the virgin woods. Continue to Onelli Lake where the Onelli, Bolado and Agassiz glaciers meet. The lake is completely covered by blue icebergs.

Day 9 : Bariloche
Fly to Bariloche, known as the Switzerland of South America. It is situated in the heart of the Andes in the Patagonian Region of south western Argentina. Bariloche is the gateway to a marvellous group of lakes, woods, glaciers and snowy peaks. The town of Bariloche is situated on the largest lake of the Nahuel Huapi National Park which provides many outdoor recreational possibilities. Bariloche has a strong European style as most of the original settlers were of Swiss, German and Italian origin. Apart from tourism, one of its great industries is the production of chocolate. Duirng you stay include a half day tour of the area surrounding Bariloche.
Bariloche 2 nights

Day 11: Bariloche
Today you have a choice of either taking a full day tour to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Wood
or spend a full day at an Estancia where horse riding or trekking tours are offered.

Day 12: Buenos Aires
Fly back to Buenos Aires for your final night. Spend the evening enjoying a dinner and tango show.

Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires

or Optional Extension to Iguazu

Day 12: Iguazu Falls
On arrival in Buenos Aries from Bariloche connect with a flight to Iguazu. On arrival transfer to your hotel within the Iguazu National Park with rooms overlooking the Falls. In the afternoon take a private tour of the Argentine side of Falls with an English-speaking guide.

Day 13: Buenos Aires
Morning visit to Brazilian side of Falls (with optional Helicopter Flight over the Falls). Transfer to the airport on the Argentine side for your flight to Buenos Aires where you will spend your final evening

Day 14: Depart Buenos Aires

             

            

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Un-Cruise have launched two very exciting new itineraries starting late 2016 exploring Costa Rica and Panama.  Both for 7 nights:

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Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal is solely exploring Panama with its native cultures and colonizers, history as colourful as the many humming birds, tropical wildlife with loads of adventure.  Its abundance enticed conquistadores and pirates, gold prospectors and canal builders like George Washington Goethels who over saw the completion of the Panama Canel in 1914.  Like those before, you set sail on a conquest to take in the rich culture and natural wonders of Panama. 

 

 

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Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves will take you from Costa Rica to Panama another adventure cruise along the Panama Canal.  As the first to see the legendary MardelSur, Vasco Balboa walked into the ‘southern sea’ claiming it for Spain. Hoping to find gold and pearls, it had taken Balboa and his small company of men three weeks to cross the Isthmus of Panama.  It is your turn to discover these wondrous lush lands, though your journey will be anything but arduous as you set sail between two seas – gathering unforgetable memories exploring wildlife, wetlands, jungle forests.

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Pure Panama & Uncharted Isthmus

Don’t miss out on these new fantastic cruises and why not incorporate them into an even bigger bespoke tailor made adventure holiday finishing with the perfect place to relax!!  For more ideas on the best way to do this please call us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

  

BA makes Machu Picchu, Peru more accessible

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Vicki Tester

 

Machu Pichu - Picture courtesy of M. Buckman

Machu Pichu – Picture courtesy of M. Buckman

British Airways are launching flights to Lima as from next summer.  It will be in operation three times a week from Gatwick and will start on May 4, offering the only direct flights between London and the capital of Peru.

While Machu Picchu will be high on your list of places to see there is so much to do and see in Peru that you really do need to plan your time here well. Machu   Picchu has become so popular that you now need to book your time in this stunning site. Fly in to Lima and then head to the Peruvian highlands around Arequipa – beautiful countryside surrounded by snow capped, rugged mountains. The city abounds with colonial era architecture and convents that have existed for 400 years.

The world’s deepest canyon, the Colca Canyon takes you deep in to the Andes and is full of wildlife and birdlife, including the rare condor. The villages here have hardly been touched by the modern world. No trip to Peru should miss the Sacred Valley of the Incas with Pucara considered by many as the best archaeological site in South America.

Catch the tourist train through the Sacred Valley that takes you to Aguas Caliente where you can catch the bus that takes you to the Holy City of Machu Picchu. This has to be one of the highlights of any trip to Peru.

If time allows, consider travelling to Ica, south of Lima to take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines – huge drawing made in the desert 2000 years ago and only truly appreciated from the air. And /or include a trip to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest for a completely different type of experience.

 With direct flights starting next May it is all so much more doable, please give us a call on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk to discuss your bespoke, tailor made trip to Peru (or anywhere else for that matter).

Costa Rica becomes more accessible!

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We’ve just heard great news for clients thinking about visiting Costa Rica! British Airways have announced a direct service between London Gatwick and San Jose, beginning in early May 2016. With two flights per week during the summer, increasing to three flights per week during the winter (the best time to travel), this new flight makes Costa Rica more easily accessible than ever and is sure to be very popular.

 

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Photo courtesy of ICT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a country of diverse attractions. Spend time in the capital of San Jose, and perhaps take a trip out to Poas Volcano National Park from here. Then, head into the rainforest, and stay in Tortuguero. Take a boat ride through the National Park’s canals, and look out for birdlife. Continue to Arenal, a fascinating volcanic region. Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest, located high in the mountains with stunning scenery. This region is a treasure trove of rare flora and fauna, and is also the source of some of Central America’s finest coffee. Relax and look for wildlife, or enjoy adrenalin activities such as abseiling or ziplining. Finally, ensure you finish with a stay on a beautiful beach, with crystal clear waters, providing a chance to relax after such varied sightseeing. 

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There are small ship cruises offered around Costa Rica, which add a different element to the holiday – take a tall ship cruise with Star Clippers. In late 2016, UnCruise Adventures will have a Costa Rica and Panama expedition style trip on offer, which ties in perfectly with a tailored trip of the interior of the country.

Costa Rica can be surprisingly affordable, and we’d suggest either a privately guided trip, or perhaps a slightly more independent trip making use of group transfers and tours. Whichever your preference, we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit your requirements. For more information, see our website http://www.experienceholidays.co.uk/costa-rica/country-costa-rica/, call us on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of ICT

Country: Costa Rica

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Yvonne Dann

 

Costa Rica – there is so much to explore in this tropical country as you travel around.  You’ll not want to miss the Cloud Forest with its huge variety of birds and mammals or Arenal Volano, set in the tropical lowlands.  Continue on to Tortuguero National Park where Green Sea Turtles nest, and Manuel Antonio National park with its tall evergreen forests.  The Pacific and Caribbean coasts are home to wonderful beaches to visit for a little rest and relaxation. 

Costa Rica Adventure Itinerary

 Costa Rica Itinerary

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