Grand Tour of South America with Brazil's Amazon, Arequipa & Colca Canyon (ISHD)

23 Day Package from Manaus to Lima

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu; Naturalist in the Amazon

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily; 6 lunches; 3 three-course dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE MANAUS, BRAZIL

Arrive in Manaus this afternoon, then meet for a private city SIGHTSEEING to view the vestiges of Manaus’ glory days during the rubber boom. Your first stop will be the famous OPERA HOUSE, built in 1896 with materials imported from Europe. Next, visit a bustling local market filled with regional foods and wares.

DAY
2
MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE

Today your “Meeting of the Waters” CRUISE passes by the impressive British-built Custom House and the floating port. Cruise along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! After lunch on the river, explore a JUNGLE ISLAND (if water levels permit) with fascinating native flora and fauna. Later this afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazonian rainforest.

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3
AMAZON JUNGLE

Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a guided JUNGLE WALK that introduces you to the flora and fauna that thrives in the Amazon. After lunch, sail up the river to visit a Caboclo’s native Amazon VILLAGE to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate captive primates and reintroduce them to the jungle. Here, you have the opportunity to see a feeding of spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, woolly monkeys, and capuchin monkeys. This evening, maybe venture back out with your Naturalist via canoe into the flooded forest to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night. Keep watch for small alligators (and other night creatures)!

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4
AMAZON JUNGLE–RIO DE JANEIRO

This morning, depart your Amazon lodge for a flight to fabulous Rio. Welcome to South America’s capital of glamour—Rio de Janeiro! Your Local Host will be available with suggested activities during your free time.

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DAY
5
RIO DE JANEIRO

Today, a private tour takes you to the Cosme Velho district, where you board a cog-wheel train that will take you through the lush tropical vegetation of Tijuca Forest to the top of CORCOVADO Mountain. This rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below is one of the new Seven Modern Wonders of the World and home to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panorama, which affords sweeping views of the city and beaches below. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

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6
RIO DE JANEIRO

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional Jeep tour to the rainforest in the middle of the city, Tijuca National Park and its bird sanctuary. This afternoon you may elect to discover historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and site of the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II, or take an optional excursion to visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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DAY
7
RIO–IGUASSU FALLS

Fly to IGUASSU FALLS. This masterpiece of nature encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. This afternoon’s private tour is dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour from the Brazilian side.

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DAY
8
IGUASSU FALLS

This morning, take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and tour the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS with numerous walkways that wind under the crashing water.

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DAY
9
IGUASSU FALLS–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Fly to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel you will have time to become acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

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DAY
10
BUENOS AIRES

A private sightseeing TOUR this morning starts in the colorful La Boca district, site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching the CEMETERY of the Recoleta, burial site of Eva Peron. This evening, perhaps savor the city’s atmosphere on an optional dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a performance of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango!

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DAY
11
BUENOS AIRES

Today is at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional excursion to the Pampas. Experience Argentine country life as you visit an estancia (ranch). Get acquainted with the lifestyle of the gauchos and enjoy a barbecue lunch and the warm hospitality of your hosts before returning to the city.

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DAY
12
BUENOS AIRES–LIMA, PERU

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host.

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DAY
13
LIMA

Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its eerie burial crypts.

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14
LIMA–CUSCO

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA.

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DAY
15
CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Today, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen.

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16
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas.

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17
MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas.

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DAY
18
CUSCO–AREQUIPA

Fly to Arequipa in the Chili River Valley and flanked by three snowcapped volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Known as the “white city,” Arequipa definitely does justice to its nickname, as its buildings are made of sillar, a white volcanic rock found throughout the area. The stone embellishes the facades of the city’s homes and churches. Upon arrival, a private city TOUR of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral before visiting the Jesuit CHURCH, considered the best example of the mestizo-baroque style. Continue to the residential districts of Yanahuara and Chilina, where you enjoy a magnificent view of Arequipa’s countryside and the Mount Misti volcano.

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19
AREQUIPA–COLCA CANYON

Depart for Colca Valley. Drive across Pampa Cañahuas within the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of vicuñas and a variety of birds. Admire beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas. Stop for lunch in the town of Chivay. This afternoon, relax at LA CALERA hot springs.

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20
COLCA CANYON

Today is free for independent exploration. Colca Canyon is an impressive geological formation carved out by the river as it descended between the mountains (made of largely volcanic materials) over millions of years. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world. Observe the spectacular terracing, considered among the most extensive in southern Peru. These terraces, which allow cultivation and meticulously controlled irrigation of the steep slopes of the canyon, were built by Collagua and Cabana ethnic groups between the 9th and 14th centuries.

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21
COLCA CANYON–AREQUIPA

Proceed to CONDOR’S CROSS, an observation point where you have the possibility of observing the flight of the condor in its native habitat. From here, also enjoy the impressive COLCA CANYON panorama. Next, visit the towns of Yanque, Maca, Achoma, and Pinchollo. In the afternoon, return to Arequipa.

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22
AREQUIPA–LIMA

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima.

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DAY
23
LIMA

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

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Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

Included Hotels

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Manaus
Brazilian Amazon
Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls
Buenos Aires
Lima
Cusco
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Arequipa
Colca Canyon

Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus

Av Umberto Calderaro Filho, 817 - Adrianopolis
Manaus, Brazil

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in the Adrianopolis district of Manaus nearby the Amazonas shopping center, the Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus features a rooftop pool with views of the city, on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and sauna.

Location & Highlights

Located 25 minutes from Eduardo Gomes International Airport and next to the Manauara Shopping Mall.

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
Comfortable rooms feature cable TV, internet access, mini bar, and an in-room safe.

Activities & Excursions

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls
Buenos Aires
Lima
Cusco
Arequipa

Rio de Janeiro

Petropolis

Visit the 'Imperial City of Petropolis' outside of Rio in the Atlantic Rain Forest to visit the summer palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil.

Price Range: $$$$

Panoramic City Tour & Visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain

Enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Rio passing by the Sambodrome where Rio's famous carnival parades take place and stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral. You will also take the cable cars up to see Sugar Loaf Mountain and its splendid views of Rio's beaches and more.

Price Range: $$

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

The Bird Park near Iguassu Falls offers visitors the opportunity to see indigenous birds up close is their native rain forest environment.

Price Range: $$

Buenos Aires

Museums Tour

During this tour you will have the chance to visit your choice of two of the most outstanding art museums in Buenos Aires. Choose between the National Museum of Fine Art, the Museo Isaac Fernandez Blanco, the Modern Art Museum, and the Museum of Latin American Art.

Price Range: $$$

Dinner & Tango Show

Enjoy dinner followed by a traditional Argentinian tango show at El Viejo Almacen founded in 1969.

Price Range: $$

Argentina Experience Culinary Tour

Enjoy this introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture with an international team of guides that will spoil you and take you through every step of this culinary journey. Learn how to cook some traditional Argentine specialties and sample some famous wines from the country,

Price Range: $$$

Tigre & Delta Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the innumerable channels of the Tigre Delta to see some of the hundreds of islands just outside of Buenos Aires.

Price Range: $$

Fiesta Gaucha

Visit a working estancia, or farm, in Argentina's pampas, home to the gauchos!

Price Range: $$$

Lima

Gold Museum

Visit the renowned Mujica Gallo's Gold Museum and enjoy an in-depth tour of its priceless collection of gold artifacts.

Price Range: $

Fountains of Lima

Be amazed by the largest electronic water fountain complex in the world. You will enjoy a wonderful show of water, lights, music and images presented in the famous "Parque de la Reserva".

Price Range: $

Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center

Visit the Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center, built around 700 A.D. as a temple for the worship of the sun god, Pachacamac. It once housed an oracle that is believed to be one of the main pilgrimage centers in pre-Columbian Peru.

Price Range: $

Cusco

Dinner at Incanto Restaurant

Head to this landmark location in the heart of Cusco for an extraordinary dinner.

Price Range: $$

Arequipa

Dinner at Zig Zag Restaurant

Indulge in a dinner of fusion of European and South American cuisine at the impressive Zig Zag Restaurant in the heart of Arequipa.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Manaus
Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls
Buenos Aires
Lima
Cusco
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Arequipa

Manaus

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Manaus, BrazilMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Manaus, Brazil. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Manaus and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Manaus insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet Wilmar, a Local Host®

My name is Wilmar Strapasson and I was born and raised in Brazil. I speak four languages fluently in additon to Portuguese – English, Spanish, French, and Italian. As a graduate of the Univerity of Amazonas, I found my passion in guiding in that region. I have 20 years of experience working in the Amazon as a guide, specializing in its history, geography, Amazonian flora and fauna, and I have even done some survival training in the area. I love being a tour guide, meeting new people, and introducing them to this fascinating part of Brazil.

Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso

This is a really interesting visit to discover more about the history of rubber and its impact on Manaus. Spend a couple of hours learning about the somewhat sordid history of the rubber boom and bust in Brazil. Latex still oozes from trees, and the mystery of where those thick shelled Brazil nuts come from is made plain. A great tour and well worth a half day visit.

Arena Amazonia

After 2014’s world cup was hosted by Brazil, an impressive arena is left in the heart of Manaus. Take a tour of the new stadium and marvel at the impressive infrastructure and architecture of the venue.

São Sebastião Church

This lovely cathedral sits opposite the Opera House so if you’re stopping by, take a peek at this historical beauty. The square in front of the church is usually humming with activity and as you step inside, the air conditioning and stillness are a welcome reprieve from the heat and noise of the city. It’s a contemplative spot and often offers church services throughout the day.

Ponta Negra Beach

Not far from the Tropical Manaus Resort, this little patch of beach offers impressive views and is quite popular amongst the locals. It’s great for strolling, people watching and a little volleyball and soccer action. A fun way to spend a few hours on the coast.

Parque Ecologico Januari

This little ecological gem offers the chance to see some of the flora and fauna of the area while getting in some shopping and dining. Depending on the season you can catch glimpses of wild crocodiles, three-toed sloths, bats, and monkeys. Not to mention a good deal of interesting bird life and a giant lily pad lake.

Rio de Janeiro

Meet Bruno Mattos Linhares, one of your Local Hosts in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rio de Janeiro. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Rio de Janeiro and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Rio de Janeiro insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My name is Bruno Mattos Linhares Junior, but everybody calls me Bruno. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In spite of my extensive travelling, as a typical carioca, it is in Rio that I feel really at home: I need its sea, mountains, sun, breeze, light, architecture, and above all, its people. I have degrees in Civil Engineering, Philosophy and Theology, all of which haveadded to my interest in Arts, Geography, History and Tour Guide certification, and they all support my work as a Local Host. In fact, it is in my work as a host that I see everything coming together in my future!

Forte do Leme

A 20-minute walk to the top of this fort on Leme Beach leads you to one of Rio’s best-kept secrets. Take in the 360-degree views of Copacabana and Guanabara Bay while sagui monkeys dart around.

Rio Scenarium

Housed in a renovated warehouse that was once an antique store, this bar in the hip Lapa neighborhood is considered to be the most beautiful in Rio.

Aprazível

Chef Ana Castilho hosted a community event at her home in 1996 and never closed the door. Her Brazilian-fare restaurant takes up several rooms in her charming home and trickles out into the garden, where you can enjoy views of downtown Rio.

Rua da Carioca

The berimbau, a wooden string instrument, is one of the most popular Brazilian souvenirs. Rua da Carioca, dubbed “Music Row” due to its numerous music shops, is the perfect place to purchase one.

Tijuca National Park

For a break from the city, take a walk through this lush rainforest with 30 waterfalls and over 300 plant species.

São Conrado Beach

While the tourists flock to Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, head to this secluded beach for a little more space and beautiful mountain scenery. It’s also fun to watch the hang gliders descend to the landing strip here.

Old Rio

Admire the colonial architecture and baroque churches before hitting the Uruguaiana Shopping District for local treasures. The soft Brazilian cotton is extremely popular.

Santa Teresa

For a break from the glitzy and hedonistic side of Rio, take the streetcar to this charming, authentic village. Colonial houses have been converted to small inns and art studios, and the women are more likely to be in peasant skirts than halter tops.

Misiones Province Jesuit ruins

Most people stop at breathtaking Iguassu Falls on their way from Rio to Buenos Aires, but don’t just visit the amazing waterfall. The Misiones Province area has much to offer, including the 17th-century Jesuit ruins.

Colombo Tea House

If you want to travel back through time and eat in the past, then Colombo is the place for you. This magnificent Continental café has changed little since opening on September 17th, 1894, and it retains an air of restful elegance on its upstairs restaurant balcony.

Botanical Garden

Enjoy a paradise of plants and trees from the four corners of the earth. Founded in 1808, it spreads over an area of approximately 340 acres. It has over 5,000 species of plants, including the impressive Imperial Palms planted in 1842.

Barra Da Tijuca

Rio’s longest beach, it stretches over 18km along Av. Sernambetiba. A hot spot on the beach is the area around the Barraca do Pepê, a bar named for a famous Brazilian hang glider who died competing outside Brazil.

Recreio Dos Bandeirantes

This is a charming 2km long inlet at the end of Sernambetiba Ave. Sheltered by a large rock, Recreio is safe for swimming.

Prainha

A secluded sandy strip 700 meters long, Prainha is a surfer’s beach. It is an Environmental Protected Area.

Grumari

Enjoy the reddish sand in an unspoiled setting. The sea is often rough here. It is also an Environmental Protected Area.

Burle Marx

Out beyond Barra, the vegetation is almost virgin. If you have time, visit Prainha and Grumari beaches—much loved by the surfers. The vegetation is protected, and building is not permitted. Nearby is the estate where the famous landscape artist, Burle Marx, lived. This is open to visitors and is perfect for an ecological/photographic safari. It contains plants from all over the world, though the emphasis is on wonderful examples of Brazilian flora.

Open Fairs

There are open fairs, such as the Hippie Fair in Praça and General Osório in Ipanema, where all sorts of handcrafts, art, and leather goods can be found. At the Babilônia Feira Hype (in the Jockey Club in Gávea), every fortnight the booths are loaded with clothes—mainly for the young. A typically Brazilian event is the open street market—selling fruit and vegetables—which moves around from borough to borough, so a little local knowledge is needed to know when one is operating near your hotel. The show of fruit and greens is spectacular, and prices are reasonable.

Iguassu Falls

Meet Nuxa Areias, one of your Local Hosts in Iguassu Falls, BrazilMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Iguassu Falls. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Iguassu Falls and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Iguassu Falls insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Nuxa. Despite living in Iguassu for over 32 years, I was born in Angola and after the war I moved with my parents to live in a few countries before arriving in this beautiful place at the age of 12. Here, I did most of my studies and earned a Degree in Letters, becoming a teacher but realized that my passion was nature and that's how I became a guide. I feel that I have one of the best jobs in the world because I work in one of the most beautiful places in the world and my clients are people interested in nature and are concerned about the environment and the planet.

Bird Park

Located near the entrance of Iguassu National Park, the Bird Park has more than 300 species of birds and was constructed with the intention of offering ideal breeding conditions for birds. Rare and colorful birds fly in the huge aviaries, which have been built to blend in with the humid subtropical forest. Visitors are able to enter these aviaries and view the birds at close quarters. They will also see alligators, anacondas, pythons, marmosets, and butterflies. At present, the Bird Park is the largest in Latin America and is internationally recognized. It is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Itaipu Dam

A joint venture between Brazil and Paraguay, the Itaipu Dam is responsible for 20% of the energy consumed in Brazil and 90% in Paraguay. Located approximately 30 minutes from Iguassu, the Dam is five miles wide and 600 feet high. It is considered second in generating capacity behind the Three Gorges Dam in China. Since it was opened for visitation in 1977, the Itaipu Dam has been visited by 10 million people from over 165 countries.

Casino Iguazu Argentina

Venture to Casino Iguazu to play some roulette, black jack, poker, baccarat, or slot machines. Or maybe just enjoy its beautiful restaurant serving international dishes. Don’t forget to bring your passport, as you will need it to enter.

Buenos Aires

Meet Julia Elena Buonaventura, one of your Local Hosts in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Buenos Aires. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Buenos Aires and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Buenos Aires insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet Julia, a Local Host®

Born in Buenos Aires but having grown up under a very strong European influence, my father’s profession obliged the whole family to live in different countries. This provided me the opportunity to study foreign languages and at the same time be in touch with a wide variety of cultures, which has fostered my love of nature and especially people. This passion, together with a strong service vocation, made me embrace the tour guide profession, with which I’ve been involved since I was almost a teenager. I love the city where I was born, its wide avenues and parks, its cultural life, and every single corner where I can find even a simple story and share it with those that pass by throughout my daily life. From my point of view, Buenos Aires has everything, and everything here deserves to be seen and shared.

El Niño Bien

There are many tango shows for tourists in Buenos Aires, but this tango salon is where the locals go to strut their stuff. Have fun observing this graceful dance, but don’t be surprised if an instructor tries to coax you onto the floor. Note that this is not a Tango show, but a Milonga salon where local people go to dance and drink. Note: open from midnight and not all days of the week!

Museo Evita

You can stand before the Casada Rosada and see the balcony where Evita addressed her fans, and you can see the tomb where she was laid to rest in the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery. But to truly understand this controversial woman, visit the Museo Evita where her life story is told through her personal objects.

San Telmo Antiques Fair

Held every Sunday in Plaza Dorrego, this outdoor market is full of small antiques and crafts. Normally free live music and tango dancing complete the experience. The market does not take place when it’s raining.

Alvear Palace

Located in the exclusive Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, the Alvear Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in South America. Step into the Lobby Bar to admire the elegant surroundings while you relax with a cocktail. Perhaps enjoy a selection from their extensive cognac and whiskey list.

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Palacio Duhau

Located in the exclusive Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, this hotel opened its doors in 2006. The original building was the residence of the wealthy Duhau Family and was constructed with imported material from Europe. The combined old and new architecture is connected with magnificent terrace gardens. You may enter from Alvear Street or Posadas Street.

Cabaña Las Lilas

The average citizen in Argentina consumes 130 pounds of beef per year. If you want to fit in with everyone from local residents to government VIPs, head to this famous steakhouse dating back to 1905. Known worldwide, Cabaña Las Lilas serves the nation’s specialty like no one else. Every night, local and international leading figures of the 20th century flocked to La Cabana—the place to be seen—to enjoy its famous atmosphere and to sample some of the world’s finest beef. Now, it has relocated to Buenos Aires’ fashionable Recoleta area amid many boutiques, 5-star hotels, and beautiful gardens. The restaurant’s original interior has been lovingly recreated with Gaucho-style, large, open fireplaces and many original design details, including heavy-iron ornaments, leather, and burnished-copper utensils.

La Bourgogne

Taste Jean Paul Bondoux’s haute cuisine in Buenos Aires! La Bourgogne is a kind of gastronomic mecca for gourmets. It offers light meals of fish and beef during the day and the symphony of his creations in French regional specialties during the evenings. There is also the famous boutique of delicatessen products, including top cheeses, on the premises. It is open from Monday to Saturday, mid-day and evenings.

Gran Café Tortoni

Whether you make it to a performance at the majestic Teatro Colón or not, you’ll want to visit its equally famous Gran Café Tortoni. Sink into one of the red leather chairs, order the sidra, its signature alcoholic cider, and enjoy the 19th-century décor like Albert Einstein and Josephine Baker once did.

Belgrano

If you’re looking for a Buenos Aires neighborhood off the beaten path, look no further than the Chinatown located here. Considering most locals don’t even know it exists, you won’t bump into any tourists while exploring its shops and restaurants.

Calle Florida

Shopping in the “Paris of the South” is a delight, and you won’t be disappointed with the shops and boutiques here. Exquisite leather shops line Calle Florida, and many will custom-make something for you during your visit.

Calle Báez (Las Cañitas—Belgrano District)

Buenos Aires is known for its nightlife and whether you want dinner, drinks, dancing, or all three, you’ll find plenty of hot spots on this street.

Palacio Barolo

This odd-looking building, once the tallest in South America, has just recently been opened to the public. It offers sweeping views of the city from its unusual tower.

Palermo Soho & Palermo Hollywood

Don’t miss the trendy neighborhoods with excellent designer shops, cafés, and restaurants. They are recommended during the day and evening!

Lima

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Meet a Local Host® in Lima, Peru

Hello my name is Julio Castro and for many years I worked in the Sales Department of a very large International Corporation. There it was always emphasized that we were not supposed to create satisfied customers because that was not enough. What we were required to do was to produce ONLY delighted customers and that has been my personal philosophy ever since. I am eager to show the many wondrous and beautiful features of Lima, Peru with our guests.

Magic Water Circuit

Magic Water Circuit is located at Lima’s Reserve Park, where monumental fountains, laser lights and music are melded in spectacular displays. You will see more than 10 fascinating fountains. It’s the biggest water circuit in the world (a Guinness World Record). (Available from Wednesday to Sunday.)

Huaca Pucllana

Magic Water Circuit is located at Lima’s Reserve Park, where monumental fountains, laser lights and music are melded in spectacular displays. You will see more than 10 fascinating fountains. It’s the biggest water circuit in the world (a Guinness World Record). (Available from Wednesday to Sunday.)

Pedro de Osma Museum

This museum, located in Barranco, has one of the best painting collections in Peru with pieces dating back to the 16th century. The paintings from well-known artists are on linen cloth, metal, wood, glass and leather. Antique pieces of furniture, silver, sculptures and textiles are also part of the collection. The base for the Museum Pedro de Osma came from the personal collection formed by Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister between 1936 and 1967. He had remarkable knowledge of the Peruvian art and gradually gathered various exquisite objects dating from the 16th to the 19th century. All the pieces were kept in the large family house in Barranco, arranged in a tight exhibition (style of the European palace museums in the 19th century).

Real Felipe fortress

The fortress was built in 1747 to protect the port from pirates and was the last Spanish bastion during the independence of Peru. Today, it houses an interesting military museum.

Bodega and Quadra Museum

This museum is located in downtown Lima and exhibits pieces of the culture of Lima, Inca and Chancay that took place during the colonial and republican period.

Rafael Larco Herrera Museum

The world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian art is housed in this museum. Marvel at the 45,000 pieces of ceramics, textiles, and jewelry from the Moche Dynasty.

T’anta

For a bite on the run, this gourmet market is the place to go. Grab a salad or sandwich to go, or if you have the time, linger over the passion fruit tart in the café.

Canta Rana

Peru is famous for its ceviche—a dish of seafood marinated in citrus juices and served with roasted corn and onions. Canta Rana serves some of the best in Lima.

Killari

For handicrafts made in Peru, this shop in Miraflores offers a unique collection of weavings, ceramics, and silver.

La Posada del Mirador

Peru’s most famous cocktail is the Pisco Sour, made from Pisco, a regional grape brandy. You can enjoy one on the garden patio of this watering hole in the Barranco neighborhood. Occupying an old house overlooking the ocean, the setting is as great as the drink.

Barrio Chino

This neighborhood in Lima holds South America’s largest Chinese community. Visit any number of the neighborhood’s chifas for Chinese cuisine with a Peruvian twist.

Caballero de Fina Estampa

You can’t visit Lima without seeing at least one peña—a show at a criollo music club with inspiring vocal and dance performances. This criollo club, named after a famous Peruvian song, offers a terrific show.

Miraflores Jogging Path

It’s difficult to maintain your exercise routine on vacation. It’s even more difficult in a traffic-heavy city like Lima. The biking and jogging paths along the malecón in Miraflores offer a great way to get some exercise and see the city at the same time.

Country Club Lima Hotel

Experience the grandeur of this 1927 hacienda-style hotel. Enjoy afternoon tea under the light of elegant chandeliers as a pianist offers enjoyable background music.

Museo De La Nacion

Enjoy the National Museum, where impressive halls exhibit the most important aspects in the development of ancient Peru. Exhibits include replicas of archaeological sites, engravings and dioramas, and an extensive collection of ancient material.

Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center

Built around 700 AD as a temple for the worship of the sun god Pachacamac, it housed an oracle that is believed to be one of the main pilgrimage centers in pre-Columbian Peru and on a par with Cuzco. Pilgrims flocked here from far away to worship Pachacamac, who was believed to be the creator of the world and its creatures. The site includes palaces, plazas, and temples that have been painstakingly restored. The on-site museum has a collection of local relics.

Barranco

Every major city has its bohemian district—where all the artists and musicians hang out—and for Lima, this district is Barranco. The advantage of Barranco is that it combines all this with being a fashionable beach resort too. Originally a playground and place to spend the summer for the old aristocracy of Lima, the district is a cluster of houses, shops, and restaurants in and around a ravine near a cliff overlooking the beach. In Barranco, it is relatively easy to find a place to sip a coffee or a beer while enjoying a fine view over the ocean.

Islas Palomino

Sail to the islands of Callao. First see the yachts, warships, and merchant ships at anchor in Callao Bay. Then sail over "El Camotal" into the open sea, and observe sunken and stranded ships. Pass the Isle of San Lorenzo—with its long history going back to pre-Columbian times. There are fishing boats at work and many colonies of sea birds and Humboldt penguins. The farthest point on the trip is Palomino Island, home to a large number of seals and sea lions. In a wetsuit, you can swim among them, as they have no predators—it is an unforgettable and emotional moment. Then start your voyage back through impressively shaped islets and rocks.

Hacienda Mamacona

No more than 25 km to the south of Lima is a little-known hacienda where you can experience nature on the coast, ancestral customs, links with the Inca past, and the incomparable Peruvian paso horse. (Only on Tuesdays.)

Astrid Y Gaston

This warm and chic modern, colonial dining room is hidden discreetly on a busy side street leading to Parque Central in the Miraflores district. The restaurant has high, white-peaked ceilings and orange walls decorated with colorful modern art—the products of local art students. At the back is an open kitchen, where one of the owners, Gastón, can be seen cooking with his staff. The place is sophisticated but low-key—a description that could fit most of its clients, who all seem to be regulars. The menu might be called "criollo-Mediterranean" with a light Peruvian touch.

Cusco

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Meet a Local Host® in Cusco, Peru

Hello my name is Jorge Malaga. What I like about Cusco is the peace it makes you feel. A tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a sunny day is enough to make you relax and enjoy this peace and harmony, in which its people live every day. I really admire this city and its cultural identity that amazes everyone who visits our archaeological sites.

Quinta Eulalia

Cuzco’s version of the sidewalk café is the quinta—an open-air restaurant with affordably priced Peruvian fare. Quinta Eulalia is Cuzco’s oldest quinta, and it offers a little history with a lot of food.

Restaurante Illary

Restaurante Illary offers a fine-dining experience in the Hotel Monasterio. Savor the alpaca tenderloin in the sacred setting of this former monastery.

Alpaca’s Best

Many will try to sell you what you believe to be 100% alpaca, but you can rest assured that the sweaters, scarves, and blankets at this shop are the real deal.

Carlos Chaquiras

Handmade silver jewelry is an excellent purchase in Cuzco. If you want to know the name behind your special find, purchase a piece from this local craftsman.

Café Ayllu

This bustling coffee shop is famous for its ponche de leche, a beverage made with milk and a shot of pisco, and its lenguas, a flaky pastry with a crème filling.

Barrio de San Blas

If you can make the steep walk from the Plaza de Armas to this charming neighborhood, you won’t regret it. Panoramic views of the city can be seen outside the artists’ workshops that line the streets of this picturesque area.

Artesanías Mendivil

There are many handicraft shops in Cuzco. This one is known internationally for its saint figures with elongated necks.

Museum of Popular Art

Founded in 1937, this museum houses an interesting collection of masks and other carved items. Its most interesting display is its large collection of dolls.

Tambomachay

Cuzco may be the gateway to Machu Picchu, but there are smaller ruins you shouldn’t miss. Water still flows over a system of complicated canals at this amazing site—also known as the Inca Baths.

Inka Museum

Raised on Inca foundations by Admiral Aldrete Maldonado in the early-17th century, this home has a magnificent baroque doorway emblazoned with the admiral’s coat of arms, a large arched patio, and salons with coffered ceilings. It exhibits keros (carved ceremonial goblets), weavings, mummies, and silver and gold figurines, as well as Inca weapons, tools, and ceramics.

Awanacancha

Enjoy this area where South American camelidae are bred. Learn about the superb fibers that come from llamas, alpacas, and vicunas. Also learn about the ancient weaving techniques, which are still in use.

Seminario Ceramic Studio - Urubamba

Pablo Seminario has been dedicated to the discovery of the techniques and design from ancient Peruvian cultures. Mr. Seminario presents a new art expression providing continuity to these cultural inheritances.

Andahuaylillas

Enjoy this pretty town 35 km (1 hour) from Cuzco along the paved highway to Puno. Its unique church, San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, is the biggest attraction for visitors.

Incanto Restaurant

Located a few meters off the Main Square of the fascinating city of Cuzco in an old Inca palace, the new Incanto is definitely worth a visit. Welcoming and contemporary, its varied menu contains more than 80 dishes. The restaurant offers Italian food, pasta, and various specialties from the grill cooked with an original touch and Peruvian ingredients.

Cicciolina

On the second floor of a colonial-era townhouse, this restaurant has a unique personality. La Panaderia serves gourmet breakfasts with breads straight out of the oven. The tapas bar is a perfect relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas. The main dining room offers an unforgettable fusion of Mediterranean dishes made with Andean ingredients.

ChocoMuseum Workshop

Learn about the history of the Cacao and the chocolate, the Cacao’s tree and its small chocolate factory where the products are made. Enjoy a workshop in the Museum: Roasting of the cacao beans, cacao husk removal, grinding of the cacao nibs on a metate with a mano (the way the aztecs did) or with a batang (like Incas here in Peru), refining and conching of the cacao paste in a melangeur.

Tipon and Piquillacta

Tipon is important for its excellent hydraulic engineering work and it is composed by an agricultural group of platforms with long steps and ducts elaborated in limestone. This impressive system of irrigation is still used in agriculture. Some of the fountains in Tipon must have ceremonial purposes. Tipon is considered an Inca temple dedicated to the water cult.

Piquillacta is a national archaeological park with landscapes of great interest. This archaeological Pre-Inca citadel was one of the most spectacular regional centers of the Wari culture. The constructions of Piquillacta are composed by more than 700 structures displayed in a harmonious and symmetric way, with different buildings that should have sheltered a population of about ten thousand people.

Mandor waterfall

It’s located one hour by walking from Aguas Calientes; find lots of butterflies and birds, and maybe even orchids at the right time of year.

Casa Concha Museum

Located in Cusco city, the exhibition of over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu that were recently returned by the U.S. Yale University will be held at the newly-renovated Casa Concha. You will be able to appreciate ceramics, stone and metal objects, fragments of bones as well as a nearly complete skeleton of a male between 23 and 25 years.

Train Tranvia

A tranvia is a vehicle designed to look like the old mule-pulled streetcars that once traversed Cusco. It offers sightseeing through the main streets in Cusco and visits 40 different places in Cusco city.

Sacred Valley

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sacred ValleyMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sacred Valley, Peru. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Sacred Valley and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Sacred Valley insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

I'm passionate about working as a tour guide in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu because it gives me the opportunity to appreciate this wonderful country, its culture, nature and traditions. I love my job because every day I get to show the world how great and unique my home country, Peru is, and my favorite places - Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley.

Hike to Mandor Waterfall (Aguas Calientes)

On this perfect nature walk, you might encounter butterflies and birds, even orchids at the right time of year. A private nature reserve located 4km from Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where you can walk into bio diverse gardens to learn and enjoy. You’ll understand and appreciate the restoration, conservation and preservation of the habitat of hundreds of species of flora and fauna in a vulnerable state, due to many factors such as climate change and human impact.

Paso Horse Show

The Peruvian Paso horse has been bred in this region for centuries and they are known for their smooth gait even while traversing the terraced landscape of the Sacred Valley. At Wayra Ranch in the Sacred Valley, see a demonstration on these beautiful horses and traditional folkloric dances performed with the horses. You can even take a quick ride on one of the horses if you are adventurous!

Alpaca Shopping

Peru is known for its Alpaca wool so you really can’t go home without any. Many vendors in Peru will try to sell you what you believe to be 100% alpaca, but you can rest assured that the sweaters, scarves, and blankets at “Alpaca’s Best” are the real deal.

Tipon Ruins

Tipon is an important set of Inca ruins known for its excellent hydraulic engineering work and it is composed by an agricultural group of platforms with long steps and ducts elaborated in limestone. This impressive system of irrigation is still used in agriculture. Some of the fountains in Tipon have ceremonial purposes. Tipon is considered an Inca temple dedicated to the water cult. This is also a great spot to try Cuy, a traditional Incan meal of guinea pig.

Maras Salt Mines

Definitely a must see in the Sacred Valley are the salt mines. A stroll through and you’ll be amazed at how the Incas built this maze of hand-made channels that divert saltwater springs into the exposure of the sun. Once the water evaporates, the salt is collected to be sold – an ancient old tradition still in use today. Beyond the engineering, the views from the mines are breathtaking!

Machu Picchu

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Meet a Local Host

I'm passionate about working as a tour guide in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley because it gives me the opportunity to appreciate this wonderful country, its culture, nature and traditions. I love my job because every day I get to show the world how great and unique my home country, Peru is, and my favorite place - Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Arequipa

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Meet Jorge, a Local Host®

If seeing a beautiful new world is what you seek, you must undoubtedly visit Arequipa and Colca Canyon. See and enjoy a beautiful geography of mountains that speak to their guests, dream-like flora and fauna, and lively cultures with friendly people. And from the deepest Canyon on the earth, you can see the millenarian “condor” ascend. Do you want to know more? Then come visit this beautiful part of Peru!

Recoleta Convent

A monastery from the 17th century, now a museum displaying mummies, masks, various objects from missionary travels and a huge library.

Juanita Museum

Ampato´s Princess, discovered in September 1995. She was an offering to the Apus over 500 years ago. Its discovery astonished scientists due to the conservation of her body.

Santa Teresa Convent

The Monastery of the Barefoot of San Jose opens its doors to the public as a Museum of Art after 295 years of its foundation. The museum offers a selected sample of canvas paintings, sculpture, goldsmithing, mural painting, furniture and daily use objects.

House Of Moral

It represents the civil architecture of Arequipa, built in 1733, with a mixed baroque style. It preserves an emblematic Blackberry tree in its courtyard and has a fascinating collection of colonial and republican furniture.

San Camilo Market

This market is a historical and monumental patrimony of the city of Arequipa. Here you can see the great variety of products that this land offers. Additionally, you can see the area of “hierberos” with their natural medicine options.

Patio Del Ekeko

A nice shopping center in downtown where you can find Peruvian handicraft and the best places to buy fine alpaca products. Here you can also find Ilaria, with the best works in Peruvian Silver. Also delight in some snacks at the coffee shop.

La Compañia Cloisters

Founded in the 17th century by Jesuits, here you can find great variety of Alpaca products and local handicrafts.

NOTE: Due to the Carnival holiday, departures with overnights falling in Rio de Janeiro from February 9-13, 2018 and March 1-5, 2019 are on request only and will have a supplemental cost, if available.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.

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