Experience the spiritual harmony of Machu Picchu and the might of mother nature in Argentina’s Patagonia. Feed your travel dreams and start your adventure…

INTRODUCTION

The trip begins in Lima Peru aside the Pacific Ocean and leads you over the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean on the Rio de la Plata at Buenos Aires Argentina. An opportunity to broaden your knowledge of Latin America and see a new world at every turn. In Peru, land of the Incas, you will explore the rich cultural heritage of the Sacred Valley and revere in the marvel that is Machu Picchu. A short flight leads you onward to the Paris of the South, renowned Buenos Aires, Argentina. The writer Lawrence Thornton said of this city; “It is not often that you see life and fiction take each other by the hand and dance”. From here we head to the wide-open lands of Patagonia to witness the immense Perito Moreno and Spegazzini glaciers. Your time here in this pristine wilderness is a place of contemplation where mother nature reigns supreme.

QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:

  • Day 01 – Arrive Lima
  • Day 02 – Flight to Cusco, Visit Pisac Market & Pisac Ruins
  • Day 03 – Morning Tour of Ollantaytambo, Afternoon Train and Overnight near Machu Picchu
  • Day 04 – Private Tour of Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain Trek, Return to Cusco
  • Day 05 – Free Morning, Afternoon Walking Tour of Colonial Cusco
  • Day 06 – Flight to Buenos Aires, Transfer to Buenos Aires Hotel
  • Day 07 – Panoramic Private Buenos Aires Tour, Free Afternoon
  • Day 08 – Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport, Flight to El Calafate Patagonia
  • Day 09 – Full Day Tour of Perito Moreno Glacier and Safari Navigation
  • Day 10 – Tour of Cristina Ranch and Spegazzini Glacier Walk
  • Day 11 – Flight El Calafate to Buenos Aires, Transfer to Buenos Aires Hotel
  • Day 12 – Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport. Depart
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Day 01 – Arrive Lima

Arrival to Lima airport and overnight at Lima airport Hotel.
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Day 02 – Flight to Cusco, Visit Pisac Market & Pisac Ruins

Today begins with a short flight from Lima to Cusco city. High in the Andes highlands, Cusco was the center of the Inca Empire and today is a still the gateway to the Sacred Valley. Our guide will take you on a tour of the large market at Pisac, a great staging post to stop off to buy Andean silver and artefacts. Following on you will visit the mysterious ruins of Pisac. This ruin contains the rare intihuatana (solar clock) which the Inca’s used to worship the sun. The purpose of Pisac remains unknown with some putting forth the idea of a palatial home for Inca Pachacutec and others arguing of it being a strategic military fort to guard the Sacred Valley. Whatever the truth you are sure to be impressed and intrigued by your expertly guided tour of this unique and inviting destination.
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Day 03 – Morning Tour of Ollantaytambo, Afternoon Train and Overnight near Machu Picchu

You will begin with a visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. At the Northern extremity of the valley Ollantaytambo was a former Inca administrative center and gateway to the Amazon rainforest. The site is large and contains six 50-ton monolithic stones as just one of a selection of features at the unfinished Temple of the Sun. Across the valley you can see the face of the deity of Wiracocha carved into the mountainside and Inca storehouses clinging to the cliff side. In the afternoon we will board the train for Machu Picchu village and overnight in Aguas Calientes for your big adventure next day.
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Day 04 – Private Tour of Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain Trek, Return to Cusco

Today your private guide will take you to the citadel of Machu Picchu a short 30-minuites drive from Aguas Calientes. You will embark on an expertly guided tour of the complex and gain knowledge of the thinking of how Machu Picchu came to be, its purpose and influence upon the Inca empire and its inhabitants. Following on you will have an opportunity to take the hike up Machu Picchu Mountain. This trek offers some wonderful panoramic views of not just Machu Picchu but the neighboring valleys too and wonderful mountain landscapes. In the evening following an exhilarating day you board the train Cusco bound and overnight at the heart of the Inca empire.
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Day 05 – Free Morning, Afternoon Walking Tour of Colonial Cusco

A free morning is a welcome break after a busy day yesterday. In the afternoon you will have a privately guided walking tour of the Inca City of Cusco. This includes the main Plaza de Armas, Hatun Rumiyoc Street, the revered 12-Angled Stone, the artisan San Blas District and culminates with a trip to the local San Pedro Market. The city is a wonderful mélange of cobble lined colonial and narrow Incan alleyways, impressive architecture and yet maintaining the hustle and bustle of a living Peruvian city. A perfect place to spend an evening and sample some of the wonderful Peruvian food at one of the city’s top restaurants. Ask our luxury Peru travel experts for our insider’s tips on where to dine.
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Day 06 – Flight to Buenos Aires, Transfer to Buenos Aires Hotel

From Cusco you will fly via Lima to Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is a city bearing heavy European influences, vibrant Tango passions and an insatiable Latin love of life. Immigrants from Italy, Spain, Wales, England and Germany all contributed to the creation of a high culture and love of the arts. The city has an unusual history in that it was founded twice by Spanish colonialist forces, once by Pedro de Mendoza in 1736 and subsequently by Juan de Garay in 1580. Much of the beautiful architecture and tree lined boulevards of the prosperous 1880’s remains today. A perfect backdrop to relax and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine as the Porteño world goes by.
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Day 07 – Panoramic Private Buenos Aires Tour, Free Afternoon

On an unforgettable route, we will live all the porteño magic. This morning features all the charm of Argentina’s capital city. Today you will visit Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest and trendiest Puerto Madero area. No visit to the Paris of the South would be complete without experiencing San Telmo where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday in addition to the mélange of colors bedecking Caminito Street, in the Italian immigrant neighborhood of La Boca.
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Day 08 – Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport, Flight to El Calafate Patagonia

You will be collected at your hotel by our guide and transferred to the national airport for a flight southbound to El Calafate. This town is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park home of the famed Perito Moreno Glacier, the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.
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Day 09 – Full Day Tour of Perito Moreno Glacier and Safari Navigation

The Perito Moreno Glacier rises majestically, some 80 km (50 miles) and two hours’ drive away from El Calafate. This is one of the largest and the only advancing glacier in the world surrounded by a 600,000-hectare protected reserve. We begin by navigating the Patagonian Andean forest and make a first breathtaking stop at "Curva de los Suspiros" (Curve of Sighs), where we will enjoy a first view of this incredible natural wonder. Here you can descend the catwalks to witness at proximity the enormous expanse of ice. You can witness mother nature’s spectacle of ice blocks cascading down their final plunge into the meltwaters of the Lago Argentino. We will then sail out of Bajo de las Sombras Bay, 30-minuites away from the glacier's catwalks, down to the southern side of the glacier. On our way, we shall continue to witness ice blocks falling off until Los Témpanos canal. Here we enjoy the viewing point along the southern wall of the glacier, where we shall stop to admire its majestic splendor.
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Day 10 – Tour of Cristina Ranch and Spegazzini Glacier Walk

In an almost magical atmosphere, ice blocks floating adrift and big brooding landscapes complete this unforgettable experience of full contact with mother nature. Sailing out of Puerto Bandera, 50 km (30 miles) from El Calafate we experience the best views of the Spegazzini glacier. We will then sail the Cristina Canal to disembark at the ranch and enjoy a relaxing walk culminating at the Caterina River. Surrounded by a picture postcard landscape we will visit the old shearing house, now a museum, the Chapel, and the heart of the old Patagonian Cristina Ranch.
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Day 11 – Flight El Calafate to Buenos Aires, Transfer to Buenos Aires Hotel

Flight El Calafate to Buenos Aires and private transfer to Buenos Aires hotel.
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Day 12 – Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport. Depart

Private transfer to Buenos Aires Airport and depart. This wonderous tour began way back in Lima Peru, brought you over the Sacred Valley of the Incan Andes and Machu Picchu and to the ends of the earth at Patagonia. You find yourself back in Buenos Aires to contemplate on all you have experienced, and it is a befitting place to say goodbye.

TOUR INFORMATION

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury Peru & Argentina luxury travel expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

  • US$ 550+ per person per day (based on 5-star hotels)**
  • US$ 400 – 550 per person per day (based on 4-star hotels)**
  • US$ 350 – 400 per person per day (based on 3-star hotels)**

Included in the Price:

  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
  • Hotel nights + breakfasts.
  • Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
  • 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).

Not Included in the Price:

  • International flights.
  • Domestic flight package. Flights needed Lima – Cusco – Lima / Lima – Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires – El Calafate – Buenos Aires. Approximate cost US$ 900 – 1,100 per person. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
  • Tips or gratuities.
  • Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

Peru has two seasons, the wet season (November – April) and the dry season (May – October). High-season is from April – November and also Christmas and New Year. February and March are the quietest months and have the heaviest rainfall. The Inca Trail (if included) is closed for the month of February. Unlike other parts of Patagonia, El Calafate is fairly accessible all year round. The most popular time to visit is during the summer months from December – March, where day time temperatures are slightly warmer (13 Deg C / 56 Dec F) and days are long with 17 hours of daylight. This is also the busiest time of the year, so booking with plenty of anticipation is highly advisable. The shoulder season months of September – November and April – May see slightly lower temperatures, but weather conditions still permit good access to all the attractions. Winter months June – August see temperatures plummet to freezing and the region receives heavy snowfall, so best avoided.

Departure Dates:
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.

Suitability:
This Peru and Argentine Patagonia Package is suitable for people looking for an active trip that includes light-adventure.

Difficulty:
Easy – Moderate: This travel package is suitable for most people. It is recommended to have a moderate level of fitness and mobility as excursions can include easy-moderately challenging hikes.

Destinations Visited:

  • Lima
  • The Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Cusco
  • Buenos Aires
  • El Calafate
  • Patagonia

Vacation Package Type:

  • Sightseeing
  • Nature
  • World Wonder
  • History
  • Light-adventure
  • City

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