Group Wonders of South America

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  • Group Wonders of South America


    13 Nights - 19/11 to 02/12/2017

    PERU (Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley / Macchu Picchu)
    BRAZIL (Foz do Iguassu / Rio de Janeiro)

    Peru is a country in South America that's home to a section of Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. The region around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites. On Peru's arid Pacific coast is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art.


    Giant sand dunes, chiseled peaks and Pacific breaks a few heartbeats away from the capital's rush-hour traffic: from downtown Lima to smack-dab nowhere, this vast country translates to paradise for the active traveler. All the usual suspects – rafting, paragliding, zip lines and bike trails – are present. Spot scarlet macaws in the Amazon or catch the sunset over the dusty remnants of an ancient civilization.

    Day 1   November 19: Departure Delhi to Lima, Peru

    Welcome to Peru!

    19:15 hrs Arrival to Lima´s airport (… / 19:15), reception and transfer in our private Sprinter Mercedes Benz to our hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Altitude: Lima : 154 masl

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    Day 2   November 20: Lima

    Breakfast at hotel.

    City tour in Lima: (Duration 03 hours)

    We start our tour with a great panoramic view of The «Parque del Amor» and «La Huaca Pucllana», an old pre-Inca construction dating back to 500 DC. Later on we will head towards the heart of the city to visit its colonial site. Once we get there, we will start a nice walking tour that will take us to see various attractions of the city. Among them stand out; The Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), San Martin Square and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), with their different buildings: Government Palace, Archibishop's Palace, the Basilica Cathedral and the Municipal Palace. We continue our tour at the Convent of San Francisco, which was built in colonial times and still today keeps all the treasures from the Spanish era, including subterranean catacombs. After visiting the centre of Lima, we will head to the modern section of this great metropolis and will visit the district of San Isidro, stopping at its Olive Grove. Finally, we will visit Miraflores with its nice shopping center named Larco Mar, which was built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    Lunch at the restaurant "La Muralla" nin the historical center of Lima. Return to our hotel and Overnight stay at hotel

    Altitude: Lima : 154 masl

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    Day 3   November 21: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

    Breakfast-buffet at the hotel restaurant.

    06:45 hrs Transfer in our private transport to the Lima´s airport.

    09:00 hrs flight Lima / Cusco (09:00 / 10:15).

    10:15 hrs arriving in Cusco. Reception at the airport and transfer to Sacred Valley.

    Departure by bus to Awanacancha, a place where you can appreciate the beauty of the Peruvian Ande with its south American camels and derivatives gotten thanks to the majestic, traditional and modern technique (dyeing, spinning, weaving process) including used materials and live weaving by the people of the Peruvian andes. One-and-a-half hour scenic drive through stunning landscapes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our excursion to Sacred Valley is done on a private tourist transport. Afterwards we will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where we will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history.

    The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures. Later on, we will drive towards the modern town of Pisac, where there is a peculiar market that deserve to be visited. At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping.

    Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy good Andean food.

    Then, visit the majestic fortress of Ollantaytambo. Return to Cusco and visit Chincheros village, arrival to the hotel and overnight. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Altitude: Sacred Valley : 2,700 masl

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    Day 4   November 22: Sacred Valley

    Breakfast-buffet at the hotel restaurant.

    09:00 hrs Excursion in Sacred Valley to Maras, Moray and Chinchero.

    Chinchero: Located not so far from Urubamba and surrounded by patchwork style fields of exquisite natural colours. Chincheros is a charming town, with colonial style constructions and was a major agricultural center during the Tawantinsuyo. One can appreciate the stone walls with trapezoidal niches that provide the setting for the traditional market, where they still practice bartering. The Chincheros women can always be recognized for their very distinguishing clothing and braided hair.

    Moray: a further breathtaking 20 kms drive with the beautiful snowcapped Chicon and Veronica mountains in the Cordillera Vilcanota as a backdrop we continue through to Moray. In Moray we visit " the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory", consisting of four platforms amphitheater style or. Has a depth of 150 meters, the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental place to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems.

    Maras / Salineras: located 7 miles from Moray at altitude of 3, 380 m is a small village, as a model of a miniature city. Famous for its salt mines, made up of about 3000 small wells with an area average size of about 5 ms ². These were already exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange and securities.

    Very interesting to see how the salt is recovered from these mines and the lives of those who work here. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to our hotel and have a rest. Overnight stay at hotel

    Altitude: Sacred Valley : 2,700 masl

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    Day 5   November 23: Sacred Valley - Macchu Picchu

    Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

    Excursion to Macchu Picchu. This excursion we make by Vistadome train.

    06:40 hrs we must be at Ollantaytambo railway station.

    07:05 hrs The train leaves from the station, taking a spectacular journey through a changing landscape. As the train leaves Ollantaytambo to begin the last part of its journey to Machu Picchu, the temple complex known as The Fortress, dedicated sometime in the 15th century to the many deities of the Inca pantheon, can be seen to the right above the earthwork ramp once used to drag its monolithic blocks up from the valley floor.

    The railway follows the river into the Urubamba Gorge. At Coriwaynachina, known simply to the generations of hikers who have begun the Inca Trail there as Km 88, a fine staircase carved into the rock leads to a series of ruined buildings where once, it is said, Inca artisans took advantage of the constant wind that rises from the valley floor to smelt gold. Emerging from a short tunnel, a series of beautiful agricultural terraces marks the ruins of Qente, which in Quechua means hummingbird. In this fertile microclimate fed by a nearby waterfall, giant hummingbirds are indeed a common sight in the early morning and bright flowers bloom all year round. Surrounded by tall ceibos and rocky outcrops hung with orchids and bromeliads, the train passes Km 104 at Chachabamba, from where the one-day trek to Machu Picchu via the magnificent ruins of Wiñay Wayna begins.

    Guests disembark at Macchu Picchu town and are taken by bus to Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (30 minutes). Upon our arrival, we will get into the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu and our guide will show us the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own.

    Lunch at local restaurant and overnight stay at hotel

    VISTADOME TURISTICAL TRAIN: WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RATE?

    A journey on the Vistadome train includes:

    •   Onboard snack

    •   Onboard entertainment

    •   Bus transfers (provided by Domirut Travel)

    •   Entrance to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary (provided by Domirut Travel)

    •   Private guide in Macchu Picchu (provided by Domirut Travel)

    This day if you prefer, you can also overnight at Macchu Picchu town. And have one additional day to make some personal explorations in Macchu Picchu.

    Altitude: Macchu Picchu : 2,400 masl

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    Day 6   November 24: Macchu Picchu – Huyna Picchu - Cusco

    Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

    Free day to visit once more Macchu Picchu. If you have an adventures soul we offer this day an unforgettable Climbing to the famous Huayna Picchu (without guide).

    06:30 hours we go up to Macchu Picchu by bus (30 minutes) and enter, once more to Macchu Picchu. We can visit Macchu Picchu only or climb Huayna Picchu or Inti Punku.

    Huayna Picchu means 'Young Peak' in Quechua, is the large mountain that sits directly behind Machu Picchu, and can been seen in all it's glory in the picture above.

    The total ascent is just over 1,000 feet (360m) with the summit at a steep angle above the city. As Huayna Picchu is so close to the city complex it provides a fantastic birds-eye view, and the climb itself provides brilliant vistas of the city from various angles. This perspective is very difficult to appreciate whilst walking within the Citadel.

    From summit the scale and ingenuity of Machu Picchu and it's various structures and terraces is fully revealed. The sheer magnitude and complexity of the site provides for a humbling view. There are also terraces and temple remnants that crown the mountain's summit, and will leave you questioning how the Inca managed to build these structures.

    Lunch at local restaurant.

    16:45 hrs we must be at the railway station.

    18:10 hrs take the Vistadome train, back to the city of Ollantaytambo. Snacks are served on the journey back to Ollantaytambo. Arriving and transfer to the hotel in Cusco. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Altitude: Cusco : 3,395 masl

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    Day 7   November 25: Cusco

    Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

    City tour and near ruins excursion in Cusco (duration: 4 hours)

    We start off by visiting the huge "Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman". This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took over 10,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of the temple of Sacsayhuaman is still today unknown. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec (in the Inca language Pachacutec means either Cataclysm or He who transforms the world), the man essentially credited with founding the Inca Empire. Later on we will visit another important Inca site known as "Qenqo". This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead.

    Afterwards we will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca site of "Tambomachay", a temple dedicated to the God of Water. After these visits, we will return to Cusco, where we will visit one of the most sacred Inca buildings, "The Temple of Koricancha". Koricancha was the most important temple of the Inca Empire.

    According to archaeologists it housed over 1000 priests and attendants. Within its walls religious ceremonies were constant and offerings to the Gods and the Inca's mummies were made each day. Finally we will visit the beautiful "Cathedral" of Cusco. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17-th century. Among them a painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and the apostles eating guinea pig (Guinea-pig was the one of the main courses at sacred feasts in Inca times). After our city tour our local guide will drop you off at your hotel. Overnight San Agustín Plaza 4* Dinner-buffet with folk dances show at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Altitude: Cusco: 3,395 masl

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    Day 8   November 26: Cusco - Foz Do Iguassu, Brazil

    Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

    07:00 hrs Transfer to the airport in order to have our flight Cusco / Lima (10:59/ /12:20).

    12:20 hrs Arriving in Lima we make connection with our international flight to Iguazu.

    After breakfast, visit the world famous Iguassu Falls – Brazil. The Iguassu Falls are one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world with 275 falls with around 1,500 cubic meters of water per second. Regardless of the climate, this wonder of nature arouses diverse sensations in those who contemplate it. Lunch will be served on Porto Canoas restaurant inside the National Park. After lunch, you will go to Macuco Safari to enjoy an adventure under the Iguaçu Falls. The tour starts on an electric vehicle through the middle of the National Park followed by an adventure boat trip the boat trip through the Iguassu River, where bathing in the falls is the highlight. In the evening, we will enjoy a cruise and dinner with Port Kattamaram. Overnight stay at hotel. Full board included.

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    Day 9   November 27: Foz Do Iguassu

    After breakfast, visit Parque das Aves (Bird Park) a private park with more than 200 species of animals. About 50% of the birds were rescued from bad treatment and trafficking and the main purpose of the Park is to be a sanctuary for them. The park is also home to the largest araras (Brazilian bird) nursery in South America. After the visit, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrival and transfer to the hotel for overnight.

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    Day 10   November 28: Foz Do Iguassu - Rio De Janeiro

    After breakfast, visit the most famous churches of colonial times of Rio de Janeiro and the Museu do Amanha or Tomorrow's museum. The museum is very unique in its approach as it is shows ideas, explorations and questions about the time of great changes in which we live in and the different paths that open to the future. After lunch, visit the famous Sugarloaf with its fantastic view. Sugar Loaf and Corcovado share the title of most beautiful views of Rio. This famous postcard of the city is reached by cable car, first to the Morro da Urca, where visitors board a second cable car, which will take them to the final destination. Overnight stay at hotel.

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    Day 11   November 29: Rio De Janeiro

    After breakfast, visit the famous Corcovado and Tijuca Forest, at the top of Corcovado hill is Cristo Redentor, one of the most important tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro. It is the largest and most famous Art Deco sculpture in the world, located in the Tijuca National Park, 710 meters above sea level, from where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city. It will be 220 steps leading up to the feet of the famous statue, elected one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We will enjoy lunch and ride in Santa Teresa famous and charming neighborhood with its cobbled streets, cable car, nice restaurants and an amazing view of the city. In the afternoon, enjoy walk at Ipanema and Leblon beaches. In Ipanema, birthplace of Bossa Nova music you also find fashion designer brands that spread through the streets of the neighborhood. The beach, which has the Dois Irmãos hill as a backdrop, is perfect for an afternoon walk, watching the sunset. Leblon, gathers cafes, libraries, restaurants as well as celebrated stylist shops. Overnight stay at hotel.

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    Day 12   November 30: Rio De Janeiro

    After breakfast, visit the Botanical Garden with a total area of 137 hectares, of which 54 are cultivated, the Jardim Botânico houses rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as centuries old trees and exotic plants. The garden also has works from the early 16th century, retaining a rich historical and cultural heritage. After lunch, we will tour around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where cariocas (local people) and visitors play sports, enjoy picnics and moments of relaxation. We continue to the world famous Copacabana beach boardwalk, starting at the quiet Leme beach to reach Copacabana also called "Princesinha do Mar". Copacabana beach is also the scene of major sport and cultural events and its iconic promenade of Portuguese stones simulate the waves of the sea - one of the symbols of the city. Later in the evening, we will have a special dinner and samba show at Plataforma Samba Show. Overnight stay at hotel.

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    Day 13   December 1 : Rio De Janeiro

    After breakfast, enjoy a private boat ride through the region called Costa Verde, because of reflection of the mountains vegetation in the warm crystal clear water of the sea. We suggest an exclusive 5-hour sea tour visiting the most beautiful beaches and islands of Paraty Bay, including a lunch stop. Overnight stay at hotel.

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    Day 14   December 2: Departure Rio De Janeiro to Delhi

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to the airport to take your flight back to Delhi.

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    End of Services


    Hotels

    Lima:

    La Hacienda Hotel 4*
    www.hoteleslahacienda.com

    Sacred Valley:

    San Agustín Monasterio 4*
    www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe

    Macchu Picchu:

    Hotel Hatun Samay Boutique 4*
    www.grupointi.com

    Cusco:

    PeHotel San Agustín Plaza 4*
    www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe

    Foz do Iguassu:

    Belmond Hotel das Cataratas 4*
    www.belmond.com/hotel-das-cataratas-iguassu-falls/

    Rio de Janeiro:

    Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema 4*
    www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8941-sofitel-rio-de-janeiro-ipanema-ex-caesar-park/index.html



    Include:

    Not Include:

    13 nights at 4 star hotels on a double room including breakfast

    Drinks on meals

    10 lunch and 3 dinners

    International ticket

    2 shows: Peru folk dance + Brazil samba show

    Travel Insurance

    All flights in Peru & Brazil

    Visa and vaccines

    All private transfers in A/C car/coach

    Tours with bilingual guides and tickets to attractions (once only)

    Indian escort from Delhi to Rio de Janeiro.


    The itinerary may be subject to change due to timetable variations in: international and domestic flights, trains, buses, delay in rivers and lakes due to weather conditions, social unrest or natural catastrophes and technical malfunction (planes). If that is the case, the best alternative will always be sought to the passengers. The passenger will pay additional charges.

    NOTE

    •   Prices are in American Dollars per person.

    •   Prices may be subject to variations at any time without previous notification.

    •   Train tickets are not refundable, not endorsable, and not transferable.

    •   Air tickets are not refundable, not endorsable, and not transferable.

    •   Booking cancellation and voidance (or parts of it) are subject to penalties and administrative charges.

    •   Net prices are non-commissionable

    •   The itinerary may be subject to change due to timetable variations in: international and domestic flights, trains, buses, delay in rivers and lakes due to weather conditions, social unrest or natural catastrophes and technical malfunction (planes). If that is the case, the best alternative will always be sought to the passengers. The passenger will pay additional charges.


    Penalities

    Cancelations For Fits

    15 Days before the arrival: 50%

    7 Days before the arrival: 75%

    24 Hours before the arrival: 100% NO SHOW


    Cancelations For Groups

    60 Days before the arrival: 30%

    45 Days before the arrival: 75%

    15 Days before the arrival: 90%

    24 Hours before the arrival: 100% NO SHOW


    Reservation Policy

    •   Due to our suppliers' reservation policies, we require:

    •   Individuals: Complete passenger information 30 days before service begins.

    •   Groups: Preliminary passenger list 60 days before group arrival.

    •   24 Hours before the arrival: 100% NO SHOW


    Payment Policy

    •   Full payment for services must be made before passenger arrival, following these terms and conditions:

    •   Individuals: 30 days prior to start of services.

    •   Groups: 60 days prior to start of services (50% of total amount), 30 days prior (remaining 50% of total amount).


    Domiruth Travel Liability

    •   Domiruth Travel's liability for services not rendered and nonconformity with services purchased through us is limited. Domiruth Travel shall not be held liable for injuries, losses, accidents, delays, or any other irregularity that may take place due to omission or negligence on the part of the companies or individuals that provide transportation (or drive the vehicles), lodgings, or other tour-related services or for natural phenomena, disease, war, quarantines, strikes, interventions by police or customs / health authorities, or any other factor outside its control.

    •   Domiruth Travel reserves the right to change any tour or excursion when it deems it necessary for providing better service to its customers.

    •   Domiruth Travel shall not be held liable for required visas or vaccinations.


    Train to Machu Picchu

    Remember that Domiruth Travel needs complete passenger information (full name, type and number of document, nationality, and date of birth) at least 30 days prior to the date of the trip in order to guarantee seating on the chosen train. This is the only way of assuring you have the proper seats.


    Onboard Luggage Policy (Trains To Macchu Picchu)

    Allowable passenger carryon bags.

    Any luggage not meeting the measurements cannot be taken aboard.


    1 bag or backpack

    WEIGHT: 05kg/11lb

    SIZE
    62 inches/157cm
    (length + width + height)


    Passengers who will trek on the Incan Trail and who present the special authorized permit are eligible for the Exceptional Flexibility Policy for luggage.


    Adventure Activities and Nonconventional Programs

    Some activities involve inherent risk of personal harm, for example, the Inca Trail, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, etc. Passengers must be told and should be aware that their safety cannot be guaranteed and that Domiruth Travel will not assume responsibility for this.