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Central America has the best tour programs and best rates

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Thank you for visiting this section of our web site. Here, you will find several combinations for the most popular destinations in Latin America....just click and go..!

CENTRAL AMERICA:

Around Central America  27 days -Visiting Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize....

Costa Rica & Panama I  9 days  -Visiting San Jose, Arenal, Hanging bridges, Panama city, and cruise the The Panama Canal.

Costa Rica & Panama II 8 days - Exploring Tortuguero Rain Forest, San Jose, Panama City and Gamboa Rainforest.

Guatemala, Honduras & Belize 14 days -Visiting Guatemala, Chichicastenango, Tikal, Quirigua, Copan, Lamanai, Xunantunich, Ambergrys and more.....(Best of the Mayas)

Guatemala and El Salvador  NEW! 10 days (Native Markets & Beaches)...Discover the culture, markets, colonial Guatemala and the beaches of El Salvador

7 Countries in 2 weeks...!! all Central America...Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

Panama & Colombia 12 days exploring Panama City, Bogota and Cartagena...

Panama & Colombia  8 days Cartagena & Panama city

 

 

SOUTH AMERICA:

 

New ! Best of South America 28 days visiting Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela.

Wonders of South America 17 days -Crossing the Lakes from Chile to Argentina plus Brazil and Peru.

Tara’s Journey Around South America 15 days visiting Peru, Chile, Argentina & Brazil

 

Argentina & Brazil (Best of the South Atlantic) 10 days visiting Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls

 

Argentina, Chile & Brazil 14 days Visiting Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and the Marvelous City "Rio de Janeiro

Brazil-Argentina-Peru (Tara's Quick Visit to to South America) ...12 days -Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cuzco & Machu PIcchu.

Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia 17 days visiting Galapagos, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca 

Ecuador & Peru 10 days Visiting Quito-Lima-Cuzco-Machu Picchu

Peru & Ecuador (Galapagos & Inkas) 14 & 18 days visiting Quito, Galapagos, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu (also see Ecuador section)

Peru & Bolivia 12 days (An Inka Legacy) Visiting Machu Picchu and beautiful Lake Titicaca.

Peru-Argentina-Brazil 12 days - Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Iguazzu and Rio de Janeiro

Peru-Chile-Argentina 14 days Lima-Cuzco-Machu Picchu-Santiago-Buenos Aires-Iguazzu Falls.

Chile & Peru  14 days - Finally the two most amazing archeological sites...Easter Islands & Machu Picchu at very affordable prices..!!

Chile & Argentina 14 days visiting Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Peulla, Puerto Montt & Santiago de Chile

Best of Patagonia Argentina-Chile   18 days visiting Torres del Paine (Chile) and Perito Moreno  (Argentina) plus Bariloche, Puerto Montt, Buenos Aires and Santiago with optional extension to Peninsula Valdez.

Souht America Capital Cities  8 days Exploring  Santiago, Capital of Chile and Buenos Aires, Capital of Argentina.

 

 

 

 

 

BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA

28 days/27 nights

Locally Hosted

 

DEPARTS EVERY SUNDAY (Other days available upon request)

 

DAY 01 MIAMI-CARTAGENA
Depart for your journey around South America. After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to hotel selected (see below selection of hotels).
DAY 02 CARTAGENA -City tour
Morning tour of this incredible colonial city. We start with the modern residential district of Bocagrande, continue to the highest hill in the city for a visit to the Monastery of La Popa and the panoramic view of Cartagena and its harbor. We will visit then "San Felipe de Barajas", an immense fortress built to defend the city against inland attacks. We continue to the "Gate of the Clock", main entrance to the old walled and beautiful city, where the Inquisition Palace and San Pedro Claver are located.
DAY 03 CARTAGENA-BOGOTA
Morning at leisure to enjoy this beautiful colonial city (and its beaches). Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Bogota.(B)

DAY 04 BOGOTA -City tour
Morning city tour. We will start by visiting the Colonial District located downtown where we find Bolivar Square, the Presidential Palace, House of Congress, Supreme Court of Justice. On to the Gold Museum, which house the world’s greatest and most famous collection of gold. We will also visit Bolivar villa, where Libertador lived occasionally. (Museums closed on Mondays). (BB)
Day 05 BOGOTA-QUITO  
Transfer to the airport for flight to Quito, Ecuador. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel selected.
DAY 06 QUITO -City tour
Morning drive along the northern residential section and see the impressive Parliament Building. Then stroll downtown to visit the colonial temple and monasteries designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Visit San Agustine Convent with its colonial cloisters, coffered ceilings and vast collection of paintings. Continue to the Independence Plaza flanked by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and Archbishop's Palace. Next, visit the great church and Monastery of San Francisco with the Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Your scenic tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito.   (B)
DAY 07 QUITO - Otavalo Indian Market
Full day excursion going north, via the Pan-American Highway to experience the colorful Market of Otavalo for excellent buys in local handicrafts. Visit the small city of Calderon, famous for its bread dolls. Also you will visit Peguche, where the Otavalo indigenous people actually do their weaving or San Antonio de Ibarra, the woodcarving center. Stop for lunch at a local hacienda and return to Quito. (B,L)
Optional extension to Galapagos available upon request.
DAY 08 QUITO- LIMA -City tour
Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Lima. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Lima founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your tour guide will take you to visit the most important sites of modern of colonial Lima. (B)
DAY 09 LIMA-CUZCO -City Tour
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco, upon arrival you will be taken to hotel selected. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the most important city during The Inka Empire and visit to the ruins nearby such as Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. . (B)
DAY 10 MACHU PICCHU -Full day excursion
Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip -with spectacular views of the the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range, to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. Mid-afternoon return to Cuzco by train. Overnight in Cuzco. Optional overnight in Machu Picchu available upon request. (B,L)
DAY 11 CUZCO
At leisure to explore Cuzco on your own. The city of Cuzco is like an open museum, wherever you go you will find ancient Inka streets, palaces, colonial mansions from the Spaniards conquistadores or just take advantage of great bargains such as sweaters, ponchos, alpaca rugs, gold and silver jewelry....plenty of things to do and see.... (B). 
DAY 12 CUZCO-LIMA-SANTIAGO
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago, Capital of Chile. Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel selected. (B)
DAY 13 SANTIAGO -City tour
Morning tour of Santiago -Capital of Chile, City tour begins at Santa Hill and continues with drive through residential areas of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, El Golf and Vitacura. Returning to town, take in such famous landmarks as Fine Arts Museum, National Congress Building and Moneda. Chile’s Presidential Palace.
DAY 14 SANTIAGO -Concha y Toro
Morning excursion to Concha y Toro winery. Drive south out of Santiago past La Florida, a new suburb, in the southern districts of Santiago and continue to Concha y Toro, founded in 1883, the country’s largest wine exporter. A complete guided tour of the facility begins in the vineyards, some of which were planted by founder (and noted winemaker) Spanish nobleman Don Melchor de Concha y Toro himself, the tour covers every step of the wine-making process and includes a wine tasting.
DAY 15 SANTIAGO-BUENOS AIRES -Dinner & Show
Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires with transfer to hotel selected.  At night dinner and tango show. As beef is the tradition of Argentina, no visitor ought to leave this land without enjoying a large steak grilled to perfection, washed down by one of its excellent wines. Then, enjoy the gaucho and criollo folkloric traditions, songs and dances, and the porteño love songs and intricate tango dance steps.  (B,D)
DAY 16 BUENOS AIRES -City tour
Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, The Argentina capital boasts a population of 9 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace). Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisk and Colon Theater and finally, to the colorful Boca District .
DAY 17 BUENOS AIRES
At leisure to visit famous Florida Street for leather buys. (B)
DAY 18 BUENOS AIRES-IGUASSU
Transfer to the airport for flight to Iguassu. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected (Argentinian side). (B)
DAY 19 IGUASSU -Tour of the Falls
Morning tour of the falls (Argentinian side). Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat.

Once you get to the end of the catwalks, you will be on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½-hour.  (Each station and catwalks has a snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor).   During this visit to the Falls,   they will be seen from up close,  allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna,  as well the Falls which are literally at the reach of one’s hands.   (Tour lasts about 5-6 hours)  (B)
DAY 20 IGUASSU-RIO DE JANEIRO Dinner-Show
Transfer to the airport (Brazilian side). Arrive in the Carnival City of the World -Rio de Janeiro where you will be met and transferred to hotel selected. At night famous Samba Show and typical Churrasqueria (BBQ) dinner. (B,D)
DAY 21 RIO DE JANEIRO -Corcovado  
In the morning your tour guide will take you up Corcovado Peak, where imposing Statue of Christ The Redeemer overlooks Guanabara Bay, Rio and fabulous beaches, then -proceed to the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. (B)
DAY 22 RIO DE JANEIRO -Sugar Loaf
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Sugar Loaf. Drive along Rio's famous beaches to the Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) cable car station, where you will be taken to the Urca Mountain (mid-way station) with its gardens and look-out points. Then, the second part of the ride will take you to the peak of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, 1300 ft above sea level to photograph the awe-inspiring views. (B)

DAY 23 RIO DE JANEIRO

Day at leisure to explore this magnificent city on your own, or take an optional tour to Buzios, Florianopolis "The Imperial City", or to Angra do Reis. (B)
DAY 24 RIO DE JANEIRO-MANAUS
Transfer to the airport for flight to Manaus "Capital of the Amazon Rain Forest". Arrive and transfer to hotel selected. (B)
DAY 25 MANAUS -City Tour & Rivers
Full day excursion to see the "Meeting of the Waters", where the Negro River meets the Amazon River both traveling together for miles without mixing their waters; continue for a "dugout" canoe trip through the flooded jungle, called "Igarapes" and "Igapos", where you will see the huge famous "Victoria Regias" (Amazon water lilies). (B,L).
DAY 26 MANAUS-CARACAS
Transfer to the airport for flight to Caracas - Capital of Venezuela. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected. (B)
DAY 27 CARACAS -City tour
City tour. Caracas is the capital and largest city of Venezuela. It is located in the North of the country, following the contours of the narrow Caracas Valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range (Cordillera de la Costa). The city was founded on July 25, 1567 by the Spanish Captain Diego de Losada as Santiago de Leon de Caracas. Today, Greater Caracas has an estimated population of about 5 million inhabitants. Morning visit to the city of Caracas including the main points of interest in the historical city - Bolivar's birthplace, the Pantheon where his remains lie, the Plaza Bolivar, the Cathedral, and very picturesque constructions, reminiscent of Spanish colonial days. (B)
DAY 28 CARACAS-USA
Transfer to the airport for flight back home. (B)

 

INCLUDING:

Daily Buffet breakfast; sightseeing tours as mention in itinerary; hotel accommodations at hotels of your choice for 27 nights, with room taxes and service charge; Private transfers on arrival and departure, including baggage handling, and tips to airport porters in all cities visited in this program; English speaking local tour guides & entrance fees. Assistance of our local representatives 24/7. Meals as per itinerary (B=buffet breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner). Local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Travel Insurance (available with Insure America);  airport departure taxes in all cities visited in this program;  visas; passports and any other service not mentioned in itinerary. USA departure tax  (please take note this amount is usually included in your international air ticket.).

 

2014 Land tour costs per person (includes local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima)

 

3 star Hotels

4 star Hotels

5 star Hotels

Double

US$8,540

9,700

13,200

Triple

8,153

9,340

12,960

Single

12,960

16,900

21,760

DOES NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE:

Special rates apply for Christmas, Holy Week, New Year and Carnival.

Take note all US citizens will have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival in Argentina & Chile. Visa needed for Brazil.

 

Sample cost for the International air portion per person:

(Miami-Cartagena-Bogota-Lima-Santiago-Buenos Aires-Iguassu-Rio-Manaus-Caracas-Miami) US$2,500-2,900

 

HOTELS USED:

 

3 stars hotels:

CARTAGENA=Regatta; QUITO= Cafe Cultura; LIMA=Britania; RIO=Savoy; B.AIRES=Impala; CUZCO=Royal Inka; Iguassu= Hotel Cataratas Argentina; MANAUS= St. Paul; CARACAS=Cumberland

4 stars hotels:

CARTAGENA=Capilla del Mar; QUITO=Dann Carlton; LIMA=Radisson; RIO=Leme Palace; B.AIRES=Novotel;  CUZCO=Dorado or Sonesta Cuzco; Iguassu=Panoramic or Esturion; MANAUS= Novotel; CARACAS=Eurobuilding

5 stars hotels:

CARTAGENA=Sofitel; QUITO=Hilton; LIMA=Marriot; RIO=Sofitel; B.AIRES=Marriot;  CUZCO=Libertador; Iguassu= Sheraton; MANAUS= Tropical; CARACAS=Marriott.

 

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Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

 

Exploring the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Legend, Cuzco,

and "The Lost City of the Inkas" Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Tiahuanaco and

the Highest Capital in the world "La Paz"

 

 

17 day/16 night Program

Departs every Friday - Locally hosted

DAY 01 FRI. MIAMI-QUITO:  

Depart Miami for Quito, Ecuador. After going through customs and immigration, you will be transferred to HOTEL HILTON.

 

DAY 02 SAT. QUITO: 

Afternoon drive along the northern residential section and see the impressive Parliament Building. Then stroll downtown to visit the colonial temple and monasteries designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Visit San Agustine Convent with its colonial cloisters, coffered ceilings and vast collection of paintings. Continue to the Independence Plaza flanked by the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent, QuitoPresidential Palace, Municipal Building and Archbishop's Palace. Next, visit the great church and Monastery of San Francisco with the Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Your scenic tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito.  HOTEL HILTON (B)

 

DAY 03 SUN. OTAVALO COUNTRY TOUR & MARKET:  

 Full day excursion going north, via the Pan-American Highway to experience the colorful Market of Otavalo for excellent buys in local handicrafts. Visit the small city of Calderon, famous for its bread dolls. Also you will visit Peguche, where the Otavalo indigenous people actually do their weaving or San Antonio de Ibarra, the woodcarving center. Stop for lunch at a local hacienda and return to Quito. HOTEL HILTON (B,L)

 

DAY 04 MON. QUITO-GALAPAGOS-M/V LEGEND Cruise A (or Cruise C)

Transfer to the airport for flight to Galapagos. Welcome at Baltra Airport . Briefing on ship´s facilities at lounge given by guides as well as National Park. Safety drill practice with passengers, crew and guides.
Afternoon visit North Seymour Island . After a dry landing guests will encounter Swallow Tailed Gulls and Sea Lions. This site is also known for being a major nesting colony for Blue Footed Boobies, and the largest colony of the Magnificent Frigate Bird. (a different species from the Great Frigate Bird). Travelers will also spot both endemic species of iguanas, the Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas. Passengers will enjoy this relaxed hike around the nesting sites. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 05 TUE. GALAPAGOS 

Morning at Genovesa Island . Best known as “the island of birds.” Passengers enjoy the safe harbor of being anchored deep within the cater formed bay. A dry landing at El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps). Passengers will walk on lava terrain observing Red Footed Boobies, Frigates, and the fragrant Palo Santo trees. Thousands of Storm Petrels can be seen hovering over the open expanses. Your second visit is a refreshing wet landing, travelers visit Darwin Bay . Visitors will enjoy observing the Red-Footed Boobies, Frigates, Sea Lions, Lava Gulls, Night Herons, and Fiddler Crabs at this site. This site also offers snorkeling in the bay to observe sharks and rays at a safe distance. Passengers never forget the beaches on this island. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 06 WED. GALAPAGOS 

Española Island . Travelers enjoy a dry landing at Suarez Point. Upon landing visitors will learn more about the lava terrain while crossing the inactive lava fields.. Aside from the Sea Lion colonies, this is one of the most important sites for bird watching. As soon as visitors step foot on this island many species can be spotted and observed up close. Among the many species, the Hooded Mocking bird and Red Billed Tropic Bird can be seen. Travelers will also spot a large colony of Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, and the colorful Sally Light Foot Crabs. After a short trek visitors encounter colonies of masked and blue-footed boobies. Nesting grounds sometimes overlap the trail. Visitors will also find Galapagos Doves, Hawks and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. After crossing the nesting grounds you will reach the world's largest colony of Waved Albatross (15000 approx.), Their mating rituals are a highlight. Nearing the end of this excursion passengers will visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots into the air at almost 23 mts. (75 ft.). 
Afternoon at San Cristóbal Island . Dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here passengers visit the Interpretation Center providing travelers an opportunity to learn about the natural and human history of the islands through an hour-long interactive presentation. There is some time to shop in town. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 07 THU. GALAPAGOS-GUAYAQUIL 

Morning arrival at Black Turtle Cove located near Las Bachas beach in the north of Santa Cruz Island . This excursion provides passengers with a “panga” ride though the mangrove, during which the outboard motor of the small boat is turned off. This allows for the close observation of Sea Turtles, White Tipped Reef Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, and Yellow Rays. Transfer to the airport for flight to Guayaquil with transfer to hotel Hampton Inn (great location with many restaurants and shops around and 2 block from the malecon. (B)

 

DAY 08 FRI. GUAYAQUIL- LIMA 

Reception and transfer to hotel RADISSON located in the pretty district of Miraflores. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your guided tour will take you to see the most important sites of modern and colonial Lima. (B)

 

DAY 09 SAT. LIMA-CUZCO

Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to the Hotel SONESTA CUZCO. Afternoon city tour of Cuzco and the surrounding valley and ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca-Pucara and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)

 

DAY 10 SUN. CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU

Full day excursion via alpine train to Machu Picchu. Early morning transfer to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour train ride along the Urubamba river to Putucusi bridge, then by bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Here your guide will explain the advanced world of the Inkas. Overnight at hotel Machu Picchu Inn (now called EL MAPI) (B)

 

DAY 11 MON. MACHU PICCHU-CUZCO

Morning at leisure to explore the magnificent archeological site on your own. Late afternoon return to Cuzco by train and to your hotel for overnight.  SONESTA CUZCO (B)

 

Day 12 TUE. CUZCO:

At leisure to walk and experience "The Capital of the Inka Empire". Cuzco is like an open museum, full of Inka buildings, temples, palaces -and beautiful Spanish churches. Also great shopping! (sweaters, alpaca rugs, ceramics, silver & gold jewelry) .(B)

 

DAY 13 WED. CUZCO-PUNO

Early in the morning transfer to the train station for a full day ride across the Altiplano as you pass through many villages and small towns with beautiful views of the Andean mountains and white snow peaks. Late in the afternoon arrive in Puno - and transfer to hotel CASA ANDINA. (B)

 

DAY 14 THU. PUNO-LAKE TITICACA

Depart Puno by Hidrofoil –crossing Lake Tititcaca, to visit the colorful Andean town of Copacabana (on the Bolivain side) and the Church of Nuestra Senora de Copacabana. Continue by Hidrofoil to visit the Sun & Moon Islands and drink water from the Sacred Spring -believed to be the source of eternal life Then to Huatajata port and hotel Inca Utama. Late afternoon you will visit the Eco and Altiplano museums to learn more about the Inka civilization and the Spaniard conquistadors. After dinner you will have a chance to discover the spiritual world of the Callawayas -masters in natural medicine of the Andes. Within their concept, you must first heal the spirit before you can heal the body . A meeting with a Shaman will tell your fortunes as He casts and reads the Coca leaves. Overnight at the INKA UTAMA. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 15 FRI. LAKE TITICACA-TIAHUANACO-LA PAZ

Wake up at the sound of the "Pututu" -a native alpine horn- to see the Sunrise and experience like the local people the energy of the Sun God. Depart Lake Titicaca for a half day sightseeing tour of the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco, capital of a great civilization that started in 1580 B.C and at the height of its splendor (700 AC) covered part of Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. Here, you will see its Aqueducts, Temples, Palaces, the Gate of the Sun and some of their mysterious monoliths, then continue to La Paz for overnight. HOTEL PRESIDENTE. (B)

 

DAY 16 SAT. LA PAZ

Morning city tour of the Capital of the Altiplano (13,000 feet high). You will visiting the Open Air Museum and Tiahuanaco Art collection, Casa Murillo, the local and picturesque witch Doctor street , the 16th Century San Francisco Church, the residential area of Obrajes and the unrealistic Moon Valley. HOTEL PRESIDENTE(B)

 

DAY 17 SUN. LA PAZ-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami with immediate connections to more than 100 USA cities. (B)

 

INCLUDING: Tips to porters at airports and ports (not at hotels); tours as mentioned in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking tour guides; 4 star hotel accommodations for 10 nights including room taxes and service charges of 15% in Ecuador and 18% in Peru; The 4 day/3 night Galapagos Cruise aboard the M/V Legend –outside cabins-with 2 lower berths Superior cabins; round trip bus/train tickets to Machu Picchu; meals as noted B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner; all transfers to airport, hotel and ports; local airfare Quito-Galapagos-Guayaquil and Lima-Cuzco.

 

NOT INCLUDED: International airfare from USA to Quito-Guayaquil-Lima-La Paz-USA; Other services not mentioned in itinerary; passport, visa, tourist car fees or insurance; departure taxes: Ecuador $25.00, Peru $25.00, $5.00 each domestic flight in Peru; $100.00 Galapagos National Park tax and $30.00 Galapagos airport tax; tips to tour guides and drivers. USA departure tax.

 

DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS: US$500.00 per person at the time of booking. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATIONS: Before departure: at any time $100 per person; 65 to 49 days $150 penalty pp; 48 to 30 days $300; 29 to 16 days 60% penalty of total cost pp; less than 15 days -no refunds.

 

INSURANCE: Through Insure America, cost for this program starts at US$179. Please see information on back page.

 

Rates per person (4 stars hotels)

 

2014 LAND TOUR RATES -include local airfares

 

Double

Triple

Single

Jan.02-Dec.15

US$7,963

7,720

12,517

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED: (USA to Quito-Guayaquil-Lima-La Paz-USA)

Sample cost of airfare from Miami, Florida US$800-1200

 

SAMPLE ADD-ONS VIA AMERICAN AIRLINES:

For same package add $240 from ATL, TPA, ORL & ZONE 1; $330 from BDL, BOS,BWI, EWR, NYC, PHL, RDU, WAS, + Zone 3 - -  Add $400 from CHI, CLE, DTT; - Add $420 from DEN, DFW, HOU, MSY, SJU ZONE 2 & 4; Add $450 from LAX, SFO + ZONE 5; Add$490 from Zone 6. .(See below Zone Chart. RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

 

 

 

 

CHILE-ARGENTINA-BRAZIL 

 

Visiting Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and 

the Marvelous City "Rio de Janeiro"

 

Days 14 days / 12 Nights

Independent departures

Locally hosted

Day 01 USA-Santiago

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to Santiago de Chile. (Dinner on board).

Day 02 Santiago

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to you Hotel. Afternoon tour of Santiago -Capital of Chile, City tour begins at Santa Hill and continues with drive through residential areas of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, El Golf and Vitacura. Returning to town, take in such famous landmarks as Fine Arts Museum, National Congress Building and Moneda. Chile’s Presidential Palace. (B)

Day 03/04 Santiago

At leisure to explore the city on your own or take an optional tour. (B)

Day 05 Santiago -Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires with transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 06 Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, The Argentina capital boasts a population of 9 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace). Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisk and Colon Theater and finally, to the colorful Boca District . (B)

Day 07 Buenos Aires

At leisure to visit famous Florida Street for leather buys. (B)

Day 08 Buenos Aires - Iguassu:  

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls (Argentinean side). Arrive and transfer to hotel selected on the Argentinean side. (B)

Day 09 Iguassu:  

Morning tour of the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls . Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will walk for about one kilometer on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands where there are snack bars. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½ hour. (Each station and catwalks have snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor) During this visit the Falls will be seen from up close allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna as well the Falls who are literally at the reach of one’s hands. . Then, transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires, where you will met and accompanied to your hotel on the Argentinian side. Overnight in Iguassu-Argentinean side.  (B)

Day 10 Iguassu - Rio de Janeiro

Morning departure. Transfer from the Argentinean side, to the Brazilian side of the falls (immigration formalities at the border) then tour of the Brazilian side of the falls with spectacular views. Continue to the airport (on the Brazil side) for flight to Rio de Janeiro "The Carnival City of the World".  Upon arrival in Rio, transfer to your hotel . (B)

Day 11 Rio de Janeiro

Morning sightseeing tour of Corcovado-Cascatinha-Bosque de Tijuca, your tour guide will drive you up Corcovado peak, where imposing Statue of Christ The Redeemer over-looks Guanabara Bay, Rio and fabulous beaches. From Corcovado, proceed to Cascatinha, Tijuca Forest and beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. (B)

Day 12/13 Rio de Janeiro

Days at leisure to enjoy the beaches, the sidewalk or the Rio night life. (B)

Day 14 Rio de Janeiro - Miami

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Miami. (B)

 

INCLUDING: Daily buffet breakfast; private sightseeing tours as mention in itinerary; hotel accommodations for 12 nights with room taxes and service charge; private transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters in Santiago, Rio, Buenos Aires and Iguassu; English speaking tour guides and entrance fees where necessary. Local airfare Buenos Aires-Iguassu-Rio de Janeiro

 

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare. Insurance (available with Insure America, cost for this program US$164-235); airport departure taxes: Santiago & Buenos Aires US$160. upon arrival- and $18/25 -when leaving the country;  Iguassu Falls $2.00 and Rio de Janeiro $25; visas; passports and any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. USA departure tax (usually included in your airline ticket)

Take note all US citizens will have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival in Argentina & Chile. Visa needed for Brazil.

 

2014 LAND PORTION: COST PER PERSON

  3 star hotels

4 star hotels

5 star hotels

Sharing double

US$3,994

US$4,850

US$6,640

Sharing triple

3,880

4,650

6,460

Single

6,793

7,990

10,520

Rates do not apply for Christmas, New Years or Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

PLUS  AIRFARE: SAMPLE COST MIAMI- SANTIAGO-BUENOS AIRES-IGUASSU-RIO DE JANEIRO-MIAMI US$1950-2350

 

ALL USA citizens NEED VISA RO ENTER BRAZIL

 

DEPOSIT LAND: US$ 400.oo per person at the time of booking.

DEPOSIT AIR: Please take note -airlines do not guarantee any airfare unless ticketed. Please call or email us (1-800-327-0080 or tara@taratours.com). Airline tickets need to be done in advance and pay in full.

 

FINAL PAYMENT LAND: 50 days before departure.

 

HOTELS USED:

 

CITY: 3 stars: 4 stars: 5 stars:
BUENOS AIRES Aspen Suite Novotel Marriott
IGUASSU Esturion Panoramic Sheraton
RIO DE JANEIRO Savoy Leme Palace Sofitel
SANTIAGO President or Bellas Artes Fundador Hyatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERU-ARGENTINA-BRAZIL

 

Visiting Lima "City of Kings", Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires,

Iguassu Falls and the Marvelous City "Rio de Janeiro"

 

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

Departs every Sunday

Locally hosted

 

 

DAY 01 USA-LIMA:

Departs USA for Lima, Peru. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected.

 

DAY 02 LIMA:

Morning sightseeing tour of Lima founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your tour guide will take you to visit the most important sites of modern of colonial Lima. In the afternoon you will visit the famous Gold museum with more than 10,000 gold pieces from pre-Inca and Inca culture. (B)

 

DAY 03 LIMA-CUZCO

Transfer and arrive in Cuzco. Afternoon city tour of Cuzco and surroundings ruins of Sacsayhauman, Kenko, Puca Pucara. (B)

 

DAY 04 MACHU PICCHU 

Full day excursion via alpine train to Machu Picchu. Early morning transfer to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour train ride along the Urubamba river to Putucusi bridge, then by bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Here your guide will explain the advanced world of the Inkas. Return to Cuzco for overnight. 

Overnight in Machu Picchu available upon request. (B)

 

DAY 05 CUZCO-LIMA-BUENOS AIRES:

Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires with transfer to hotel selected. (B)

 

DAY 06 BUENOS AIRES:

Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, The Argentina capital boasts a population of 9 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace). Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisk and Colon Theater and finally, to the colorful Boca District . (B)

 

DAY 07 BUENOS AIRES:

At leisure to visit famous Florida Street for leather buys. (B)

 

DAY 08 BUENOS AIRES - IGUASSU:

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Afternoon tour of the Argentinian side of the falls. Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will walk for about one kilometer on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands where there are snack bars. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½ hour. (Each station and catwalks have snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor) During this visit the Falls will be seen from up close allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna as well the Falls who are literally at the reach of one’s hands. .  Overnight at hotel selected. (B)

 

DAY 09 IGUASSU - RIO DE JANEIRO:

Transfer to the airport (Brazilian side) for departure flight. Upon arrival in Rio, transfer to your hotel. (B)

 

DAY 10 RIO DE JANEIRO:

Morning sightseeing tour to Corcovado. A quick drive from your hotel to the Cosme Velho Train Station. The cog wheel train will climb up through the Tijuca Rain Forest and will bring you to the steps of the Christ Statue. At 2.300 ft above sea level, a breathtaking view of the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the 9 mile Rio-Niteroi Bridge, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, then pass by the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. (B)

 

DAY 11 RIO DE JANEIRO:

Day at leisure to enjoy the beaches, the sidewalk or the Rio night life. (B)

 

DAY 12 RIO DE JANEIRO-USA   

Transfer to the airport for your flight to USA. (B)

 

INCLUDING:

Daily breakfast; sightseeing tours as mention in itinerary; hotel accommodations of your choice for 11 nights with room taxes and service charge; local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima; transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters; English speaking tour guides & entrance fees; assistance of our local representatives.

 

NOT INCLUDED: I

Insurance (available with Insure America, cost for this program US$100-$200); airport departure taxes; Lima $32 -when leaving the country; B. Aires $32; Iguassu Falls $2.00 and Rio de Janeiro $28; visas; passports and any other service not mentioned in itinerary. USA departure tax.

All US citizens will have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival to Argentina

 

DEPOSIT: US$300 per person at the time of booking. 

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

HOTELS USED:

 

CITY: 3 stars: 4 stars: 5 stars:
LIMA Britania or Casa Andina Radisson Marriott
CUZCO San Agustin Sonesta Cuzco Monasterio
BUENOS AIRES Impala or Ayres Novotel Marriott
IGUASSU Esturion Panoramic Sheraton
RIO DE JANEIRO Savoy Leme Palace Sofitel

 

 

2014 Land tour cost per person: Includes local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima

 

 

3 star hotels

4 stars hotels

5 star hotels

Double

US$3,957

4,580

5,740

Triple

3,850

4,419

5,560

Single Supp.

1,990

2,365

2,922

DOES NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE (USA-LIMA-BUENOS AIRES-IGUASSU-RIO-USA)

Special rates apply for Christmas, Holy Week, New Years and Carnival.

 

Sample cost air portion per person:

Miami-Lima-Buenos Aires-Iguassu-Rio-Miami  US$1900-2250 plus USA taxes...$90-180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tara's Journey

 

Around South America

 

 

PERU-CHILE-ARGENTINA-BRAZIL

 

Visiting Lima "City of Kings", Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls

and the Marvelous City "Rio de Janeiro"

 

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

Daily independent departures

Locally hosted

 

DAY 01 USA-LIMA:

Departs USA for Lima, Peru. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected.

DAY 02 LIMA:

Morning sightseeing tour of Lima founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your tour guide will take you to visit the most important sites of modern of colonial Lima. In the afternoon you will visit the famous Gold museum with more than 10,000 gold pieces from pre-Inca and Inca culture. (B)

DAY 03/04 LIMA:

Days at leisure to explore Lima on your own or take an optional tour to Cuzco-Machu Picchu (see optional cost at bottom of this page)or to the Amazon Jungle. (B)

DAY 05 LIMA-SANTIAGO:

Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago. Transfer to hotel selected. (B)

DAY 06 SANTIAGO:

Afternoon tour of Santiago -Capital of Chile, City tour begins at Santa Hill and continues with drive through residential areas of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, El Golf and Vitacura. Returning to town, take in such famous landmarks as Fine Arts Museum, National Congress Building and Moneda. Chile’s Presidential Palace.(B).

DAY 07 SANTIAGO:

Day at leisure to explore Santiago on your own or take an optional tour. (CB)

DAY 08 SANTIAGO -BUENOS AIRES:

Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires with transfer to hotel selected.(B)

DAY 09 BUENOS AIRES:

Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, The Argentina capital boasts a population of 9 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace).Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisk and Colon Theater and finally, to the colorful Boca District . (B)

DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES:

At leisure to visit famous Florida Street for leather buys. (B)

DAY 11 BUENOS AIRES - IGUASSU:

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Afternoon tour of the Argentinian side of the falls. Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will walk for about one kilometer on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands where there are snack bars. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½ hour. (Each station and catwalks have snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor) During this visit the Falls will be seen from up close allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna as well the Falls who are literally at the reach of one’s hands. . . Overnight at hotel selected. (B)

DAY 12 IGUASSU - RIO DE JANEIRO:

Transfer to the airport on the Brazilian side for departure flight. Upon arrival in Rio, transfer to your hotel. (B)

DAY 13 RIO DE JANEIRO:

Morning sightseeing tour of Corcovado-Cascatinha-Bosque de Tijuca, your tour guide will drive you up Corcovado peak, where imposing Statue of Christ The Redeemer over-looks Guanabara Bay, Rio and fabulous beaches. From Corcovado, proceed to the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. (B)

DAY 14 RIO DE JANEIRO:

Day at leisure to enjoy the beaches, the sidewalk or the Rio night life. (B)

DAY 15 RIO DE JANEIRO - USA:

Transfer to the airport for your flight to USA. (BB)

 

INCLUDING: Daily Buffet breakfast; sightseeing tours as mention in itinerary; hotel accommodations of your choice for 4 nights in Lima, 3 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Buenos Aires, 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro and 1 night in Iguassu Falls with room taxes and service charge; transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters in Lima, Santiago, Rio, Buenos Aires and Iguassu; English speaking tour guides & entrance fees

 

NOT INCLUDED: Insurance (available with Insure America, cost for this program US$.129); airport departure taxes: Lima $25, Santiago $20 -upon arrival- and $18 -when leaving the country; B.Aires $15; Iguassu Falls $2.00 and Rio de Janeiro $15; visas; passports and any other service not mentioned in itinerary. USA departure tax/fuel surcharge/security of US$200-400 (please take note this amount changes all time due to fuel increases). Brazilian visa.

 

All US citizens have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival in Argentina & Chile. Visa needed for Brazil.

 

DEPOSIT: US$300 per person at the time of booking. 

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

HOTELS USED:

 

CITY: 3 stars: 4 stars: 5 stars:
LIMA Britania or Casa Andina Radisson Westin
BUENOS AIRES Impala or Ayres Novotel Marriott
SANTIAGO Gran Palace Fundador Hyatt or Marriot
IGUASSU Esturion Panoramico Sheraton
RIO DE JANEIRO Savoy Radisson Miraflores Sofitel

 

 

2014 Land tour cost per person:

 

3 star Hotels

4 star Hotels

5 star Hotels

Double

US$4,494

4,584

5,782

Triple

4,310

4,490

5,490

Single

5,960

6,920

8,360

DOES NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE:

Special rates apply for Christmas, Holy Week, New Years and Carnival.

 

Sample cost air portion per person:

(Miami-Lima-Santiago-B.Aires-Iguassu-Rio-Miami) US$2,240-2,500

 

See a video of South America here: www.shelburnefilms.com/wonders-of-sa---video.html

OPTIONAL TOUR TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU:

3 Days/2 nights: Including two nights hotel accommodations at hotel Dorado with American breakfast, city tour of Cuzco with visit to ruins nearby, full day excursion to Machu Picchu with train- bus tickets, entrance fees, English speaking tour guides, transfers on arrival and departure and local AIRFARE LIMA-CUZCO-LIMA. Sharing double $1330.00; Sharing triple $1,303.00; Single $1,600.00

 

 

 

Wonders of South America

PERU-CHILE-ARGENTINA-BRAZIL

Visiting Lima "City of Kings", Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt,

Peulla, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and the Marvelous City "Rio de Janeiro"

 

18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS

Independent departures

Locally Hosted

 

DAY 01 USA-Lima:

Departs USA for Lima, Peru. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected.

DAY 02 Lima:

Morning sightseeing tour of Lima founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your tour guide will take you to visit the most important sites of modern of colonial Lima. In the afternoon you will visit the famous Gold museum with more than 10,000 gold pieces from pre-Inca and Inca culture. (B)

DAY 03/04 LIMA:

Days at leisure to explore Lima on your own or take an optional tour to Cuzco-Machu Picchu (see optional cost at bottom of this page) or to the Amazon Jungle. (B)

DAY 05 Lima-Santiago:

Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago. Transfer to hotel selected. (B)

DAY 06 Santiago:

Afternoon tour of Santiago -Capital of Chile, City tour begins at Santa Hill and continues with drive through residential areas of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, El Golf and Vitacura. Returning to town, take in such famous landmarks as Fine Arts Museum, National Congress Building and Moneda. Chile’s Presidential Palace.(B).

DAY 07 Santiago:

Day at leisure to explore Santiago on your own or take an optional tour. (B)

DAY 08  Santiago-Puerto Montt:

Transfer to the airport for flight to Puerto Montt. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected. Orientation tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. (B)

DAY 09  Puerto Montt-Peulla-Bariloche

Passing impressive Llanquihue, largest of Chile’s lakes, drive to Ensenada, pausing to view cascading Rio Petrohue. From Petrohue, cross Lake Todos Los Santos, beautiful work of nature bordered by mountains, whose virgin forests reach the water’s edge.

Continue by bus to Puerto Frias and cross into Argentina at La Cumbre. (Border immigration formalities). Proceed by motor-launch to Puerto Alegre and board motorcoach to Puerto Blest at eastern end of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Afternoon crossing of this beautiful lake ends today’s journey and on arrival at Puerto Pañuelo, you will be met and driven to hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. Overnight at hotel selected. (B)

DAY 10  Bariloche-

Day at leisure to explore this beautiful andean town on your own. Overnight at hotel selected. (B)

DAY 11 Bariloche-Buenos Aires:

Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires with transfer to hotel selected.(B)

DAY 12 Buenos Aires:

Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, The Argentina capital boasts a population of 9 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace).Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisk and Colon Theater and finally, to the colorful Boca District . (B)

DAY 13 Buenos Aires:

At leisure to visit famous Florida Street for leather buys. (B)

DAY 14 Buenos Aires - Iguassu:

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Afternoon tour of the Falls. Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will walk for about one kilometer on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands where there are snack bars. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½ hour. (Each station and catwalks have snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor) During this visit the Falls will be seen from up close allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna as well the Falls who are literally at the reach of one’s hands. . . Overnight hotel selected. (B)

DAY 15 Iguassu - Rio de Janeiro:

Transfer to the airport for departure flight. Upon arrival in Rio, transfer to your hotel. (B)

DAY 16 Rio de Janeiro:

Morning sightseeing tour of Corcovado-Cascatinha-Bosque de Tijuca, your tour guide will drive you up Corcovado peak, where imposing Statue of Christ The Redeemer over-looks Guanabara Bay, Rio and fabulous beaches. From Corcovado, proceed to the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. (B)

DAY 17 Rio DE Janeiro:

Day at leisure to enjoy the beaches, the sidewalk or the Rio night life. (B)

DAY 18 Rio de Janeiro - USA:

Transfer to the airport for your flight to USA. (B)

 

INCLUDING: Daily buffet breakfast; sightseeing tours as mention in itinerary; hotel accommodations of your choice for 17 nights with room taxes and service charge; all transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters; Daily buffet breakfast;  English speaking tour guides & entrance fees when necessary.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare, Insurance (available with Insure America, cost for this program US$.129); airport departure taxes: Lima $25, Santiago $20 -upon arrival- and $18 -when leaving the country; B. Aires $15; Iguassu Falls $2.00 and Rio de Janeiro $15; visas; passports and any other service not mentioned in itinerary. USA departure tax.

 

Take note all US citizens will have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival in Argentina & Chile. Visa needed for Brazil.

 

DEPOSIT: US$400 per person at the time of booking. 

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

HOTELS USED:

 

CITY: 3 stars: 4 stars: 5 stars:
LIMA Britania or Casa Andina Radisson Marriott
CUZCO San Agustin Sonesta Cuzco Monasterio
BUENOS AIRES Impala or Ayres Novotel Marriott
SANTIAGO Gran Palace Fundador Hyatt or Marriot
IGUASSU Esturion Panoramic Sheraton
P.MONTT Bellavista Cabanas del Lago Cumbres Patagonicas
BARILOCHE Tres Reyes Edelweiss Llao-Llao

 

 

2014 Land tour cost per person:

 

3 star Hotels

4 star Hotels

5 star Hotels

Double

US$4,956

5,471

6,920

Triple

4,866

5,381

6,740

Single

6,993

7,256

8,800

NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE. Special rates apply for Christmas, New Year, Carnival & Holy Week.

 

Sample airfare per person:

USA-Lima-Santiago-P.Montt.....Bariloche-Buenos Aires-Iguassu-Rio-USA

From Miami US$1960-2,400; New York US$2,100-2,500; Los Angeles US$2,300-2,700

 

See a video of South America here: www.shelburnefilms.com/wonders-of-sa---video.html

OPTIONAL TOUR TO CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU:

3 Days/2 nights: Including two nights hotel accommodations at hotel Dorado with American breakfast, city tour of Cuzco with visit to ruins nearby, full day excursion to Machu Picchu with train- bus tickets, entrance fees, English speaking tour guides, transfers on arrival and departure and local AIRFARE LIMA-CUZCO-LIMA. Sharing double $1330.00; Sharing triple $1,303.00; Single $1,600.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERU-CHILE-ARGENTINA 

Visiting Lima-Cuzco-Machu Picchu- Santiago de Chile,

Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls

PRIVATE TOURS

 

14 days / 13 Nights
Independent departures

Locally hosted

DAY 01 USA-LIMA
Arrive in Lima, Capital of Peru. Reception and transfer to hotel selected. (B)
 

DAY 02 LIMA 
Morning sightseeing tour of Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your guided tour will take you to see the most important sites of modern and colonial Lima. (B)
 

DAY 03 LIMA-CUZCO FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to hotel selected. Afternoon city tour of Cuzco –at one time- Capital of the Inka Empire. Then, continue to the surrounding valley and ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca-Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)

 

DAY 04 CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU
Full day excursion via alpine train to Machu Picchu. Early morning transfer to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour train ride along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes, then by bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Here your guide will explain the advanced world of the Inkas. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain –it is a very magnificent site. Late afternoon return to Cuzco by train and to hotel selected. (B) 

 

DAY 05 CUZCO
Day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city...or take an optional tour to explore more around Cuzco. (B)
 

DAY 06 CUZCO-LIMA-SANTIAGO
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima where you will connect with flight to Santiago de Chile. Arrive in Santiago and transfer to hotel selected. (B)
 

DAY 07 SANTIAGO
Morning tour of Santiago -Capital of Chile, City tour begins at Santa Hill and continues with drive through residential areas of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, El Golf and Vitacura. Returning to town, take in such famous landmarks as Fine Arts Museum, National Congress Building and Moneda. Chile’s Presidential PalaceAt leisure to explore the city on your own or take an optional tour. (B)

 

DAY 08 SANTIAGO-WINERY
Morning excursion. Drive south out of Santiago past La Florida, a new suburb, in the southern districts of Santiago and continue to Concha y Toro winery, founded in 1883, the country’s largest wine exporter. A complete guided tour of the facility begins in the vineyards, some of which were planted by founder (and noted winemaker) Spanish nobleman Don Melchor de Concha y Toro himself, covers every step of the wine-making process and includes a wine tasting. The excursion continues with a drive through Maipo Canyon, a great place to examine the Andes in all their stunning, eternally snow-capped glory. Return to Santiago. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
 

DAY 09 SANTIAGO-BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires with transfer to your hotel.(B)
 

DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES
Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, The Argentina capital boasts a population of 9 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace).Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisk and Colon Theater and finally, to the colorful Boca District .Afternoon at leisure to visit famous Florida Street for leather buys (B)
 

DAY 11 BUENOS AIRES-IGUASSU FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Afternoon tour of the falls.
Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will walk for about one kilometer on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands where there are snack bars. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½ hour. (Each station and catwalks have snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor) During this visit the Falls will be seen from up close allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna as well the Falls who are literally at the reach of one’s hands. .  (B)
 

DAY 12 IGUASSU-BUENOS AIRES FLIGHT
Morning free to explore the area on your own. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to B.Aires. (B)
 

DAY 13 BUENOS AIRES
At leisure to enjoy B.Aires on your own. (BB)
 

DAY 14 BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport for your flight to USA. (BB)

 

INCLUDING:

Daily buffet breakfast; private sightseeing tours as mention in itinerary; hotel accommodations for 13 nights as per itinerary with room taxes and service charge; private transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters in Santiago, Lima, Cuzco, Buenos Aires and Iguassu; Private tours with English speaking tour guides and entrance fees where necessary. Vistadome train tickets to Machu Picchu. Local flights Lima-Cuzco-Lima and Buenos Aires-Iguassu-Buenos Aires. Daily breakfast.

 

NOT INCLUDED

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE. Insurance (available with Insure America, cost for this program US$235-270); airport departure taxes when departing Chile $30, Argentina $32.50, Peru $28.00-also for local flights there is a new airport tax of $2.00 to $5.00 per person ; visas; passports and any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. USA departure taxes.

 

Take note all US citizens will have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival in Argentina & Chile.

 

DEPOSIT: US$ 500.oo per person at the time of booking.

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

2014 LAND TOUR COST  (Includes local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima and Buenos Aires-Iguassu-Buenos Aires)

 

Rates per person 3 star hotels 4 star hotels 5 star hotels
Sharing double US$4,993 US$5,660 US$7,270
Sharing triple 4,840 5,452 7,090
Single 7,900 8,665 10,555

ALL RATES PER PERSON: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.

Rates do not apply for Christmas, New Years or Carnival in Rio. Please call 1-800-327-0080.

 

SAMPLE COST AIRFARE:

From Miami US$1100-1300, New York $1200-1400, Los Angeles $1300-1500 (see sample add-ons below)

 

HOTELS USED:

 

CITY: 3 stars: 4 stars: 5 stars:
LIMA Britania or Casa Andina Radisson Marriott
CUZCO San Agustin Sonesta Cuzco Monasterio
BUENOS AIRES Impala or Ayres Novotel Marriott
SANTIAGO Gran Palace Fundador Hyatt or Marriot
IGUASSU Esturion Panoramic Sheraton

 

See a video of South America here: www.shelburnefilms.com/wonders-of-sa---video.html

 

SAMPLE ADD-ONS TO THE MIAMI RATE:

 

CITY ZONES  FOR LAN CHILE AIRLINES:

ZONE 1 ADD $220: ATL, JAX, ORL, TPA, EYW, FMY, JAX, TPA (via Miami)

ZONE 2 ADD $250: LIT, AUS, ABQ, DFW, ELP, HOU, MSY, OKC, SAT, TUL, ABI, ACT, FSM, FYV, GGG, LAW, SJT, SPS (via Miami)

ZONE 3 ADD $300: BOS, BWI, WAS, BGR, PHL, GSP (via NYC); BDL, BOS, BWI, PHL, RDU, WAS, ALB, BDL, BUF, CAE, CHS, CLT, GSO, MHT, ORF, PIT, PVD, RDU, RIC, ROC, SYR, PHL, (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 4 ADD $350 : AZO, BNA, CLE, DTT, GRB, GRR, IND, LAN, MBS, MEM, MKC, MSN, MSP, OMA, SDF, CHI, CID, DSM, DTT, GRR, MKE, CHI, CID, CLE, DSM, DTT, GRR, ICT, MKE, MKC, MSP, OMA, STL, COS, TUS, PIA, BNA, CHA, CLE, CVG, IND, MKE, SDF, TYS, BHM, CMH, DAY (Via MIAMI) and 

PHX (via LAX)

ZONE 5 ADD $350: DEN LAS RNO SAN SFO SCJ FAT MRY OAK SNA; BOI DEN EUG GEG LAS RNO SAN SFO SJC SLC OAK; DEN; BOI EUG GEG SFO; LAS, PHX (Via L.ANGELES) COS, MSO (Via MIAMI)

ZONE 6 ADD $350: PDX, SEA, ANC (Via L.ANGELES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERU & BOLIVIA "AN INKA LEGACY"

 

 

Visiting Lima, Cusco, The Inka citadel of Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley of Urubamba, Lake Titicaca,

The old city of Tiahuanaco and the Highest Capital in the World "La Paz" 

 

12 Days/11 nights

Daily departures from Miami, New York or Los Angeles

 

Day 01 MIAMI-LIMA:  

Depart USA for Lima, Peru. After going through customs and immigration, you will be met and taken to one of the new hotels located in the pretty neighborhood of Miraflores.

 

Day 02 LIMA:  

Morning private  sightseeing tour of modern and colonial Lima the "City of Kings" founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1,535 and the most important city in the Americas during the Spanish Viceroyship. You will be passing by Miraflores and San Isidro, the old district of Rimac, Main Square , the Cathedral, San Francisco Church, Torre Tagle Palace and many other landmarks, then visit the Larco Herrera museum which holds the most important archeological collection of ancient Peru with more than 45,000 pieces carefully classified including gold, silver, textiles and the famous erotic collection from the Moches...(B)

 

DAY 03 LIMA-CUZCO:  

Transfer to Lima airport for flight to Cuzco where you will be taken to your hotel in Cuzco. Morning best to rest and get used to the high altitude. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cuzco -the center of the universe for the Inka civilization- visiting the Temple of Koricancha or Sun God, the Cathedral and the ruins nearby such as Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. (B)

 

DAY 04 PISAC-OLLANTAYTAMBO-URUBAMBA:  

Full day excursion to visit the colorful indigenous market of Pisac (only Tue, Thu, Sun) where hundreds of natives come to town wearing their unique customes, to exchange or buy products. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue with your tour guide to see and learn about the impressive fortress built the Inka

General Ollantaytambo. Overnight in the Urubamba Valley at Posada del Inka or Casa Andina Private Collection. (B,L)

 

DAY 05 URUBAMBA-MACHU PICCHU:  

Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip -with spectacular views of the the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range, to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. Overnight at selected. (B)

 

DAY 06 MACHU PICCHU-CUZCO:  

Day at leisure to explore the "Lost City " of Machu Picchu on your own. You can walk for 2 miles towards the Intipunko (main entrance of M.Picchu in Inka times), or take a back trail to see the old Inka bridge carved on the side of the mountain, or just relax, take pictures and absorb the powerful energy of the place. Mid-afternoon return to Cuzco by train and bus.(B)

 

DAY 07 CUZCO:  

Day at leisure to explore the Inka city of Cuzco on your own (Cuzco is like big open museum) or take advantage of great bargains for sweaters, ponchos, rugs, handicrafts, etc. (or you can take an optional half day excursion to Chincheros, Maras or Piquillacta). (B).

 

Day 08 CUZCO-PUNO  MOTORCOACH TOUR

Depart Cuzco about 7.30am for a picturesque bus ride thru the Andean mountains. Stops will be made at Andahuaylillas, noted for its colonial chapel with beautiful Creole frescoes –also call the Sixtine Chapel of South America, then Raqchi, where a 6 mile Inka wall surrounds the Temple of the Inka God Wiracocha. Continue to "La Raya Pass" at 14,500 feet high with spectacular views of the white snow peaks. Time to take some pictures. Then, buffet lunch at typical restaurant.. Final stop will be made at Pucara where you'll find an interesting small museum with some statues from the Pucaras - a Pre-Inka civilization. Arrive in Puno and transfer to your hotel.  (B,L)

 

Day 09 PUNO-LAKE TITICACA

Depart Puno by bus to visit the colorful Andean town of Copacabana and the Church of Nuestra Senora de Copacabana. Continue by Hidrofoil to visit the Sun & Moon Islands and drink water from the Sacred Spring -believed to be the source of eternal life Then continue to the shores of Lake Titicaca for hotel Inca Utama. Late afternoon you will visit the Eco and Altiplano museums. After dinner you will have a chance to discover the spiritual world of the Callawayas -masters in natural medicine of the Andes. Within their concept, you must first heal the spirit before you can heal the body . A meeting with a Shaman will tell your fortunes as He casts and reads the Coca leaves. Overnight at the Inca Utama. (B,L,D)

 

Day 10 LAKE TITICACA-TIAHUANACO-LA PAZ

Wake up at the sound of the "Pututu" -a native alpine horn- to see the Sunrise and experience like the local people the energy of the Sun God. Depart Lake Titicaca for a half day sightseeing tour of the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco, capital of a great civilization that started in 1580 B.C and at the height of its splendor (700 AC) covered part of Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. Here, you will see its Aqueducts, Temples, Palaces, the Gate of the Sun and some of their mysterious monoliths, then continue to La Paz for overnight. (B)

 

Day 11 LA PAZ

Morning city tour of the Capital of the Altiplano (13,000 feet high). You will visiting the Open Air Museum and Tiahuanaco Art collection, Casa Murillo, the local and picturesque witch Doctor street , the 16th Century San Francisco Church, the residential area of Obrajes and the unrealistic Moon Valley. (B)

 

Day 12 LA PAZ-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami with immediate connections to more than 100 USA cities

 

 

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

• Hotel accommodations for 11 nights including room taxes and service charges. (Hotels as mentioned in itinerary). • Daily breakfast.• Transfers to/from airport and train station. • Tours as mentioned including entrance fees. • English speaking tour guide. • Tips to airport and hotel porters. • Local air Lima-Cuzco

 

NOT INCLUDED:

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE •Meals, unless specified in itinerary. • Insurance. • Tips to tour guide or bus driver. • Any other service not mentioned in itinerary. • Lima and Cuzco $5.00 each and upon leaving Peru $25.00. • USA departure tax/fuel surcharge/security of US$200-400 (please take note this amount changes all time due to fuel increases).

 

* LAND TOUR RATES 2014

Rates Per Person

Double

Triple

Single

First Class (3 star)

US$3,970

3,790

6,985

Superior (4 star)

4,610

4,448

7,208

Deluxe (5 star)

5,340

5,160

8,171

All rates in USA dollars. INTERNATIONAL AIR PORTION NOT INCLUDED.

 

HOTELS 3 stars:

Lima=Britania; Cuzco=San Agustin; Aguas Calientes: Presidente Puno=Sillustani or Casa Andina; La Paz= Presidente

HOTELS 4 stars:

Lima=Radisson; Cuzco= Sonesta Cuzco or Casa Andina Private Collection; Aguas Calientes: El MAPI; Puno=Casa Andina Private Collection; La Paz=Presidente

HOTELS 5 stars:

Lima=Marriot; Cuzco=Monasterio or Libertador; Aguas Calientes: Sumaq or Inkaterra El Pueblo Puno=Esteves; La Paz=Camino Real

For overnight at Sanctuary Machu Picchu please add US$485 per person DBL or TRP (to the 5 star hotel rates)

 

SAMPLE AIRFARE FROM MIAMI: US$900-1,100 per person -plus taxes

 

SAMPLE SEASONS & ADD-ONS ::

$150 from TPA, ORL and ZONE 1; $220 from ATL, BDL, BOS, BWI, CHI, CLE, DEN, DFW, EWR, HOU, MSY, NYC, PHL, RDU, SJU, WAS and ZONE 2, 3 and 4; $300 from LAX, SFO and ZONE 5; $400 from JAC, PDX, SEA

(From Jun.18 to Aug.15 and Jan.1 to Mar.31 add $190 pp.) (From Dec.12 to 31, add $350 to all rates). RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

 

INSURANCE: Tara Tours Inc. strongly recommends that you purchased travel insurance. Insured America has designed a policy for Tara Tours clients. Cost for this program is $104-129 per person (see inclusions in back page).

DEPOSITS: US$400.00 at the time of booking.

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

CANCELLATIONS: Please see back page for terms & conditions.

 

 

 

PERU & ARGENTINA 

NN

Visiting Lima-Cuzco-Machu Picchu-

Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls

14 days / 13 Nights

 

Independent departures

Locally Hosted

 

Day 01 SUN. MIAMI-LIMA:  

Depart USA for Lima, Peru. After going through customs and immigration, you will be met and taken to hotel selected.

DAY 02 MON. LIMA-CUZCO

Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco, where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cuzco -the center of the universe for the Inca civilization- visiting the Temple of Koricancha or Sun God, the Cathedral and the ruins nearby such as, Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman an impressive megalithic construction, strategically placed on a hill overlooking the city of Cusco, It name means "satisfied falcon" in Quechua. Formed by three successive walls of immense stones (the biggest one—28 feet high, 15 wide and 12 thick –must weigh some 360 tons.). The three walls are almost parallel. Forming a zig-zag, each supporting a terrace and parapet. The mind boggles at the thought of the effort that the building of this great monument must have cost men who did not have the wheel: the out side wall alone is 650 yards long. It is said that its construction, begun by the Inca Túpac Yupanqui, took more than seventy years and required the labor of over twenty thousand men. Overnite at hotel selected. (B).

DAY 03 TUE. PISAC-OLLANTAYTAMBO

Full day excursion to visit the colorful indigenous market of Pisac where hundreds of natives come to town wearing their unique customs, to exchange or buy products. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue with your tour guide to see and learn about Ollantaytambo A typical town of Inca origin. Its design and the foundations of the majority of its buildings date from the Inca era, when it was a strategic military, religious and agricultural center. Above it stands a fortress as a defense against the primitive inhabitants of the hot valleys of the "Antis" or jungle Indians. The fortress consist of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stone accessed by long staircases. The upper terrace contains large, admirably worked stone. It was here that Manco Inca fought the troops of Hernando Pizarro in 1537, leading a fierce resistance against the Spanish at command of a "General" Ollantay who continued for many years from Inca hideouts in the jungles of Vilcabamba. You have to climb to visit the upper part, where six enormous stones (each weighing some 50 tons) stand upright. Return to Cuzco late afternoon. (B,L)

DAY 04 WED. CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU

Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip -with spectacular views of the the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range, to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Incas. Overnight at Hotel selected in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu. (B) 

DAY 05 THU. MACHU PICCHU-CUZCO

Day at leisure to explore the "Lost City " of Machu Picchu on your own. You can walk for 2 miles towards the Intipunko (main entrance of M.Picchu in Inca times), or take a back trail to see the old Inca bridge carved on the side of the mountain, or just relax, take pictures and absorbe the powerful energy of the place. Mid-afternoon return to Cuzco by train and bus.(B)

DAY 06 FRI. CUZCO:  

Day at leisure to explore the Inka city of Cuzco on your own (Cuzco is like big open museum) or take advantage of great bargaings for swaeters, ponchos, rugs, handicrafts, etc. (or you can take an optional half day excursion to Chincheros, Maras or Piquillacta). (B).

Day 07 SAT. CUZCO-LIMA: Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima with transfer to hotel selected. Early afternoon your tour guide will take you to visit the famous Gold Museum with more than 10,000 Gold pieces, textiles and metal work from Pre-Inka and Inka civilizations, some of them 4,000 years old. (B).

DAY 08 SUN. LIMA-BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires with transfer to your hotel. (B)
DAY 09 BUENOS AIRES
Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, The Argentina capital boasts a population of 9 million. City tour takes you to the Plaza de Mayo for view of Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace).Then along 9 de Julio Avenue, widest street in the world, with its much-photographed Obelisk and Colon Theater and finally, to the colorful Boca District .Afternoon at leisure to visit famous Florida Street for leather buys (B)
DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES-IGUASSU FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected on the Argentinian side.  (B)

DAY 11 IGUASSU

Morning tour of the Falls. Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will walk for about one kilometer on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands where there are snack bars. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½ hour. (Each station and catwalks have snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor) During this visit the Falls will be seen from up close allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna as well the Falls who are literally at the reach of one’s hands. . . Overnight on the Argentinian side. (B)
DAY 12 IGUASSU-BUENOS AIRES FLIGHT
Morning free to explore the area on your own. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to B.Aires. (B)
DAY 13 BUENOS AIRES
At leisure to enjoy B.Aires on your own. (BB)
DAY 14 BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport for your flight to USA. (BB)

 

INCLUDING:

Daily buffet breakfast; sightseeing tours as mention in itinerary; hotel accommodations for 13 nights as per itinerary with room taxes and service charge; private transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters in  Lima, Cuzco, Buenos Aires and Iguassu; English speaking tour guides and entrance fees where necessary. Local flights Lima-Cuzco-Lima and Buenos Aires-Iguassu-Buenos Aires. Daily breakfast.

 

NOT INCLUDED

International airfare. Insurance (available with Insure America, cost for this program US$200-300; airport departure taxes, Argentina $32.50, Peru $28.00 -also for local flights there is a new airport tax of $2.00 to $5.00 per person ; visas; passports and any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. USA departure tax/fuel surcharge/security of US$200-400 (please take note this amount changes all time due to fuel increases).

Take note all US citizens will have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival in Argentina.

 

DEPOSIT: US$ 400.oo per person at the time of booking.

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure.

 

2014 LAND TOUR COST 

Rates per person

3 star hotels

4 star hotels

5 star hotels

Sharing double

US$4,570

US$4,986

US$5,570

Sharing triple

4,390

4,797

5,380

Single

7,920

8,280

9,970

ALL RATES PER PERSON: Air is subject to availability.

SEASONS: Rates valid until Dec.19, 2014

Rates do not apply for Christmas, New Years or Carnival in Rio, World Cup Soccer.. Please call 1-800-327-0080.

HOTELS USED:

 

CITY: 3 stars: 4 stars: 5 stars:
LIMA Britania or Casa Andina Radisson Marriott
CUZCO San Agustin Sonesta Cuzco Libertador
BUENOS AIRES Impala or Ayres Novotel Marriott
IGUASSU (Argentina side) Esturion Panoramic Sheraton

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERU & ECUADOR

 

Quito-Lima- Cuzco and "The Lost City of the Inkas" Machu Picchu

 

10 Days/9 Nights

 

DAY 01 USA-QUITO: 

Depart USA with American Airlines. Airport reception and transfer to hotel selected.

DAY 02 QUITO: 

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Quito, known as "Queen of the Andes" - visiting the modern Legislative Palace, San Agustin Monastery, Independence Square, La Compania Church, the Cathedral and many other places of interest in old and new Quito. (B)

DAY 03 OTAVALO COUNTRY TOUR

This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Panamerican Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and then take the cobblestone road to San Pablo, with a stop along the way at a weaving workshop specialized in fine backstrap loom woven textiles. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area. (B,L)

DAY 04 QUITO

Day at leisure to explore Quito on your own or take an optional excursion. (B)

DAY 05 QUITO-LIMA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima. Arrive and transfer to hotel in Miraflores, e beautiful district in Lima near the Pacific Ocean. (B)

DAY 06 LIMA: 

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and called "City of Kings". Your guided tour will take you to see the most important sites of modern and colonial Lima. (B)

DAY 07 LIMA-CUZCO: 

Transfer to the airport for flight to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to the hotel selected. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the most important city in The Inka Empire with stops at the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), main square, the Cathedral and visit to the ruins nearby such as Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and the Inka Spa of Tambomachay. (B)

DAY 08 CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU: 

Full day excursion via alpine train to Machu Picchu. Early morning transfer to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour train ride along the Urubamba river to Putucusi bridge, then by bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Here your guide will explain the advanced world of the Inkas. Overnight in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes (see hotel selection below) (B,D)

DAY 09 MACHU PICCHU-CUZCO: 

Morning at leisure to explore the magnificent archeological site on your own. Late afternoon return to Cuzco by train and to the Hotel selected for overnight. (B)

DAY 10 CUZCO-LIMA-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima where you will be connecting with flight to USA. (B)

 

2014 LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON (includes local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima)

3 star hotels: DBL US$2995

4 star hotels: DBL US$3391

5 star hotels: DBL US$4242

 

HOTELS USED:

3 stars: Quito: La Rabida, Lima: Britania; Cuzco: Royal Inka; Machu Picchu: Inti/Presidente

4 stars: Quito: Dann Carlton, Lima: Sonesta Posada del Inka; Cuzco: Sonesta; Machu Picchu: El Mapi

5 stars: Quito: Hilton Colon, Lima: Casa Andina Private Collection; Cuzco: Libertador or Aranwa; Machu Picchu: El Pueblo or Sumaq

 

INCLUDING:  

Tours as mentioned in itinerary including entrance fees and English speaking tour guides; hotel accommodations of your choice for 09 nights including room taxes and service charges of 15% in Ecuador and 25% in Peru; round trip bus/train tickets to Machu Picchu; meals as noted B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner; all transfers to airport, hotel and ports; airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima. 

 

NOT INCLUDED:  

International airfare (USA-Quito-Lima-USA) Services not mentioned in itinerary; Passport fees; Airport departure taxes of $2.00 to $5.00 for local flights in Ecuador and Peru; Insurance;  Tips to hotel porters and tour guides; USA departure tax/security/fuel surcharges; Ecuador airport departure tax of $32 to 48 depending on airport; Peru airport departure taxes of $30.

 

DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS

US$250.00 per person at the time of booking. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

 

INSURANCE:  

Through Insure America, cost for this program starts at US$164-200. Please see information on back page.

 

 

 

 

Tara's Quick visit to South America

 

Brazil-Argentina-Peru

 

Visiting Rio De Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires,

Lima and mighty Machu Picchu

 

12 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

Daily independent departures -

Locally hosted

 

DAY 01. USA-RIO DE JANEIRO:  

Departs Miami, New York, Atlanta or Los Angeles for your overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro. (Ask for add-ons from other cities in U.S.A )

DAY 02 RIO DE JANEIRO:  

Upon arrival in Rio, transfer to hotel selected. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Sugar Loaf. Drive along Rio's famous beaches to the Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) cable car station where you will be taken to the Urca Mountain (mid-way station) with its gardens and look-out points. Then, the second part of the ride will take you to the peak of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, 1300 ft above sea level to photograph the awe-inspiring views. (BB)

DAY 03 RIO DE JANEIRO:  

A quick drive from your hotel to the Cosme Velho Train Station. The cog wheel train will climb up through the Tijuca Rain Forest and will bring you to the steps of the Christ Statue. At 2.300 ft above sea level, a breathtaking view of the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the 9 mile Rio-Niteroi Bridge, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean (3-4 hours)

DAY 04. RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUASSU:  

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Arrive and transfer to hotel selected. (B)

DAY 05 IGUASSU:  

Morning tour of the falls (Brazilian side)  -a never-to-be forgotten spectacle of 275 cataracts, literally miles of water hurtling over precipices higher than a 30-story building. Afternoon at leisure (B)

DAY 06 IGUASSU- BUENOS AIRES:  

Morning depart Brazil for the Argentinian side of Iguassu Falls (Immigration formalities at the border).  Upon arrival to the Visitors Center and the Iguazu National Park Entrance, you will board a gas-propelled train, that will take you to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will walk for about one kilometer on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands where there are snack bars. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat. The tour to Devil’s Throat has an approximate duration of 1 ½ hour. (Each station and catwalks have snack bars and toilets to cater to the visitor) During this visit the Falls will be seen from up close allowing for the detailed appreciation of both flora and fauna as well the Falls who are literally at the reach of one’s hands. . Then, transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires, where you will met and accompanied to your hotel.  (B)

DAY 07 BUENOS AIRES

Morning half-day tour around South America’s most elegant capital. On the way we will see Plaza de Mayo and the buildings that surround it: Casa Rosada (Government House), Cabildo (Old City Hall), The City Hall. Then, on to see the monumental Congress Building and its Square and along 9 de Julio Ave., the widest in the world, to see the Colon Theater, famous Opera House that stages the most important artists and musicians from all over the world. We will also visit San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Palermo Park with jacaranda and palo borracho trees which flower in spring and late summer, the polo field and the race track and the historical Recoleta Cemetery with its ornate memorials. (B)

DAY 08. BUENOS AIRES - LIMA: 

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima where you will be met and transfer to hotel selected. (BB)

DAY 09 LIMA

Afternoon sightseeing tour of modern and colonial Lima the "City of Kings" founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1,535 and the most important city in the Americas during the Spanish Viceroy times. You will be passing by Miraflores and San Isidro, the old district of Rimac, Main Square , the Cathedral, San Francisco Church, Torre Tagle Palace and many other landmarks as well as the modern section of the Capital of Peru. (B)

DAY 10 LIMA-CUZCO

Board flight to Cuzco and upon arrival,  you will be taken to hotel selected. Morning best to rest and get used to the high altitude. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the most important city in The Inka Empire with stops at the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), main square, the Cathedral and visit to the ruins nearby such as Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and the Inka Spa of Tambomachay. (B). See  City of Cuzco-Map

DAY 11 CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU

Full day excursion by train to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inka civilization. Early morning your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the train station for your 3 1/2 hour trip with spectacular views of the Urubamba River and the Andean mountain range to Machu Picchu. Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here your tour guide will take you from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. Mid-afternoon return to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel selected. (B)

DAY 12  CUZCO-LIMA-USA

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima where you will be connecting with your international flight to USA. (B)

 

INCLUDING:  

Daily breakfast. . Hotel accommodations of your choice for 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 2 nights in Rio de Janeiro, 2 nights in Iguassu, 2 nights in Lima and 2 nights in Cuzco with room taxes and service charges of 10% & 20%. Tours as mentioned in itinerary with entrance fees and English speaking tour guides. Transfers on arrival and departure including baggage handling and tips to airport porters in Rio and Buenos Aires · Local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima

 

NOT INCLUDED: 

International airfare. USA airport departure /security /fuel surcharges/ taxes -from USA $90-150...Brazil Airport tax $36; Buenos Aires tax $20; insurance, tips. Rates subject to change at any time.

 

Take note all US citizens will have to pay USD$160.00 upon arrival in Argentina. Visa needed for Brazil.

 

 

LAND TOUR RATE (includes local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima)

2014 3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars
Double US$3,490 4,057 5,551
Triple 3,391 3,895 5,344
Single 5,920 6,694 8,800

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.

Sample airfare: from Miami US$1600-1800; New York $1800-1950; Los Angeles US$1950-2150 plus taxes

 

HOTELS USED:

 

CITY: 3 stars: 4 stars: 5 stars:
LIMA Britania or Casa Andina Radisson Marriott
CUZCO San Agustin Sonesta Cuzco Libertador
BUENOS AIRES Impala or Ayres Novotel Marriott
RIO DE JANEIRO Savoy Leme Palace Sofitel
IGUASSU (Brazil side) Viale Cataratas Bourbon or Mabu Cataratas -Orient Express-

 

 

DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS

US$350.00 per person at the time of booking. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

 

INSURANCE:  

Through Insure America, cost for this program starts at US$235-400. Please see information on back page.

 

 

 

 

COSTA RICA & PANAMA I

 

Visiting San Jose, The Arenal National Park , Hanging , 

the Jungles of Gamboa and White Beach

9 Day/8 night Program 
Independent departures any day of the week.

Locally hosted

 

DAY 01 U.S.A-COSTA RICA

Depart U.S.A. for San Jose, Capital of Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel IRAZU.

DAY 02 SAN JOSE- LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS-ARENAL VOLCANO

Our journey begins as you leave the urban center of Costa Rica's central valley and head north into the mountains. Your first stop is the renowned La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This unique, enchanting location boasts a comprehensive rescued wildlife preserve, which includes jungle cats, monkeys, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.  Enjoy a walk along a sparkling clear mountain river on a trail that provides easy access and great views of gorgeous waterfalls framed by serene forested mountains. Enjoy an appetizing lunch at the facility's restaurant set amid the lush beauty of their gardens. Then continue your journey through the tropical plantations and cattle ranches of the northern central lowland plains before arriving at your hotel in the Arenal region. (B,L)

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or Arenal Manoa.

DAY 03 ARENAL VOLCANO TOUR, ORGANIC FARM LUNCH, & FORTUNA WATERFALLS

In the morning, traverse a landscape shaped by old lava flows with your naturalist guide. The Arenal Volcano erupted in 1968 devastating the village and farmlands in the western foothills at its base.  After slightly more than four decades of activity which included smaller eruptions, hot rock avalanches (termed pyroclastic flows), and lava flows, Arenal Volcano today steams quietly, and heats numerous local rivers that flow near its base. These natural hot rivers have been channeled into pools to create hot springs. The volcano will likely undergo another similar active phase several hundred years from now. Rainforests are now regenerating in the areas cleared by the explosion. During your visit, you may see parrots, toucans and other forest wildlife. 

La Fortuna Waterfall: After exploring the lava flows, you will tour an organic farm and educational center managed by a rural family and dedicated to preserving the traditional Costa Rican lifestyle.  Here you will have a lovingly prepared typical Costa Rican lunch. Walk off your lunch with a short afternoon hike to the La Fortuna Waterfall. This beautiful 200 foot-tall waterfall receives its cool, clear waters from the pristine forested mountains of Arenal National Park. The steep trail leads you down through dense, lush rainforest with the objective of reaching a large pool at the base of the falls. (B,L)

DAY 04 ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES -SAN JOSE

Explore the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a system of suspended bridges and trails that provide access to the forest floor, and canopy layer of a beautiful rainforest. The plant and animal communities that inhabit different layers of a rainforest can be quite different from one another. The lush vegetation is composed of numerous species of palms, ferns, bromeliads, orchids, heliconias and tall trees. From some of the bridges there are panoramic views of nearby Arenal Volcano. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a wide diversity of wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and white-faced capuchin monkeys. If you don't recognize the names of these animals, then just ask you friendly, knowledgeable guide!

After your walk, you will have a transfer to San Jose for overnight at hotel IRAZU. (B)

DAY 05  SAN JOSE-PANAMA BY AIR

Arrive in Panama. Upon arrival meeting and transfer to hotel HARD ROCK (B)

DAY  06  PANAMA CITY TOUR

Our day will start at the Miraflores locks, located at the Pacific entrance to the Canal where our expert guide will let you in on the secrets and histories surrounding the building of the Canal while you experience this magnificent architectural masterpiece and have a breathtaking view of the ships transiting through the 8th wonder of the world. The trip then takes to the city, where you will be able to experience not only the banking capital of Central America but also the beauty of the colonial city of Panama. We will visit the "Cause Way, a leisure paradise with shopping, restaurants and bars that offers spectacular views of the modern city and its skyscrapers. In contrast, the oldest sector of the modern Panama City founded in 1673, has a charming mixture of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and ethnic diversity. UNESCO recently named this area "World Heritage Site". HOTEL HARD ROCK (B)

DAY 07  PANAMA-HALF DAY CANAL CRUISE

This tour is a once in a lifetime experience. Transiting by ferry through 2 sets of locks. This feat is accomplished on gravity alone, no water pumps are used. You will cross the Continental divide and thru the narrowest part of the Panama Canal. You viewing the sites and towns such as: the infamous dredging división of Gamboa, under the new Centennial Bridge, Pedro Miguel and also view the first bridge, That brought together, the east and west banks of the the Panama. Disembark at Gamboa on Gatun Lake HOTEL HARD ROCK (B)

Note: Canal cruise is only on Saturdays. Depending on your arrival date, program will be adjusted.

DAY 08  PANAMA EMBERA VILLAGE

Depart in the morning by car and then by boat going thru a fascinating and dense jungle to visit the Embera Village.. You will arrive at a village of the Emberá. Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Emberá tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea on how they live. The Emberá Indians will experience an authentic view into thousands of years of culture and human tradition, who already were there before the Europeans arrived to the Americas. The Emberá women will also prepare a typical snack for you..  HOTEL HARD ROCK.(B,L)

DAY 09 -PANAMA-USA

Transfer to the airport. (B)

 

INCLUDING:

All transfers (private) , tours with English speaking tour guides (shared), entrance fees, hotel acc. for 8 nights , room taxes, daily buffet breakfast. Assistant of our local representatives 24/7.

 

2014 LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON DBL USS$1,960  (TRP PP US$1,870)

 

COST AIRFARE FROM MIAMI:  US$650-850 plus taxes (MIA-SJO-PTY-MIA) Add-ons available from more than 100 USA cities, please call or emails us for furthther information (tara@taratours.com)

 

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare. Insurance, USA airport tax,  airport tax from Panama $40 and any other service not specifically mentioned here

 

Child rates 3-10years  25% off -when going with 2 adults

*
RATES NOT VALID DURING CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS & HOLY WEEK

*SAMPLE ADD-ONS:
Add $200 from Houston, Dallas, New Orleans or Orlando; Add $175 from ZONE 2; Add $230 from: ATL, BOS, BWI, CHI, CLE, DTT, PHL, RDU, WAS; Add $200 from: EWR, NYC, ORL, TPA, ZONE 1; Add $290 from: DEN, LAX, SFO + ZONE 4; Add $260 from BDL, SJU, +ZONE 3; Add $300 from ZONE 5; Add $350 from ZONE 6. (See Zone Chart at the end of the page).

 

COSTA RICA & PANAMA II

8 Day/7 night Program 
Independent departures any day of the week.

Locally hosted

 

DAY 01 U.S.A-COSTA RICA

Depart U.S.A. for San Jose, Capital of Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel IRAZU.

Day 02 SAN JOSE-TORTUGUERO:

In the morning, your guide will pick up at your hotel and from San Jose you will travel via bus going through high mountain plateaus, eventually winding down to the coastal plain with its rich banana plantations down to Hamburgo, where you will board a jungle boat for Pachira or Mawamba lodge. (B,L,D.)

Day 03 JUNGLES OF TORTUGUERO:

After breakfast, you will board the riverboat for a 3-6 hour voyage through the quiet river and canal system that connects it with Costa Rica’s rich tropical rain forest. You are likely to glimpse birds of startling beauty, including toucans and brilliantly colored parrots. Costa Rica has more than 800 species of birds, more than all of the United States and Canada combined, and your guide will help you identify them. (B,L,D.)

Day 04 TORTUGUERO-SAN JOSE:

You’ll be awaken by the sounds of howler monkeys in the forest behind the Lodge. Then, after a big family style breakfast, return by boat/car to San Jose with transfer to the hotel Irazu (B).

DAY 05  SAN JOSE-PANAMA BY AIR

Arrive in Panama. Upon arrival meeting and transfer to hotel HARD ROCK (B)

DAY  06  PANAMA CITY TOUR

Our day will start at the Miraflores locks, located at the Pacific entrance to the Canal where our expert guide will let you in on the secrets and histories surrounding the building of the Canal while you experience this magnificent architectural masterpiece and have a breathtaking view of the ships transiting through the 8th wonder of the world. The trip then takes to the city, where you will be able to experience not only the banking capital of Central America but also the beauty of the colonial city of Panama. We will visit the "Cause Way, a leisure paradise with shopping, restaurants and bars that offers spectacular views of the modern city and its skyscrapers. In contrast, the oldest sector of the modern Panama City founded in 1673, has a charming mixture of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and ethnic diversity. UNESCO recently named this area "World Heritage Site". HOTEL HARD ROCK (B)

DAY 07  PANAMA-GAMBOA RAINFOREST

Depart in the morning by car and then by boat going thru a fascinating and dense jungle of Gamboa.. This beautiful resort is located on the Chagras River and only a mile away from the Canal. This morning, you will start your excursion visiting  the Aerial Tram and ending at the Ecological Exhibits. The tram takes you from the shadowy rainforest floor through the under growth and into the sun drenched canopy. There you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of a thousand acres of green forest interspersed with flora and fauna. You will also visit the Orchid Gardens, the Serpentarium, the butterfly exhibit, the reptile and fish exhibit. HOTEL HARD ROCK.(B)

 DAY 08 -PANAMA-USA

Transfer to the airport. (B)

 

INCLUDING:

All transfers (private) , tours with English speaking tour guides (shared), entrance fees, hotel acc. for 7 nights , room taxes, daily buffet breakfast. Assistant of our local representatives 24/7.

 

2014 LAND TOUR COST PER PERSON DBL USS$1,294  (TRP PP US$1,195)

 

COST AIRFARE FROM MIAMI:  US$750-850 plus taxes (MIA-SJO-PTY-MIA) Add-ons available from more than 100 USA cities, please call or emails us for furthther information (tara@taratours.com)

 

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare. Insurance, USA airport tax,  airport tax from Panama $40 and any other service not specifically mentioned here

 

Child rates 3-10years  25% off -when going with 2 adults

*
RATES NOT VALID DURING CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS & HOLY WEEK

*SAMPLE ADD-ONS:
Add $200 from Houston, Dallas, New Orleans or Orlando; Add $175 from ZONE 2; Add $230 from: ATL, BOS, BWI, CHI, CLE, DTT, PHL, RDU, WAS; Add $200 from: EWR, NYC, ORL, TPA, ZONE 1; Add $290 from: DEN, LAX, SFO + ZONE 4; Add $260 from BDL, SJU, +ZONE 3; Add $300 from ZONE 5; Add $350 from ZONE 6. (See Zone Chart at the end of the page).

 

 

AROUND CENTRAL AMERICA

 

Visiting Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, 

 

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Belize

 

27 Days/26 nights

 

Departs every Saturday

 

DAY 01 SAT. USA-PANAMA 
Arrive and transfer to new hotel HARD ROCK in Panama city. 
DAY 02 SUN. PANAMA CITY TOUR
AM Panama City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful city, Capital of the Republic of Panama, and located at the pacific side of the American Continent. Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias Davila, a Spanish Governor, it has been considered as on of the most important cities of the Americas. 
You will visit the oldest sector of modern Panama, known as the Casco Viejo. Other points of interest are the famed flat arch or Santo Domingo Church, the beautiful gold- plated altar of the San Jose Church, the Panama Canal Museum, the National Theater, the National Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and other numerous colonial churches and monuments. Then your tour will continue to see modern Panama and The Banking District and its beautiful Skyscrapers .The city is and important center of international finance and is home to more than 120 banks. Continue to visit Miraflores Locks & Panama Canal: 
Participants will be able to witness the magnificent Miraflores Locks and most probably, its operation. An expert canal guide will take us back in time to be part of it. What a way to experience this magnificent architectural masterpiece and to have a breathtaking view of the 8th wonder of the World. Overnight hotel HARD ROCK. (B)
DAY 03 MON. PANAMA-COSTA RICA 
Transfer to the airport. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to hotel IRAZU. (B)
DAY 04 TUE. SAN JOSE CITY TOUR
AM Get a taste of San José City and its surrounding areas!
San Jose is the Capital City of Costa Rica and economic center of the nation.  It is currently undergoing a renaissance, with modern high rise buildings emerging, a brand new national stadium, and a new Chinatown section being built.  Yet it still retains much of its past multicultural heritage in restored elegant old buildings, museums, historic statues and parks.  The Walking City Tour is an intimate and authentic perspective of our capital city and contemporary Costa Rica.  You will also visit our National Museum for an absorbing lesson of our history and a hill top view overlooking the city. Return to your hotel Irazu. (B)
DAY 05 WED. SAN JOSE- MONTEVERDE
Morning drive to Monteverde with your driver/guide, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the most diverse and richest tropical cloud forests in the New World is best known as home to the Resplendent Quetzal but has hundreds of other birds, mammals and plant species. Overnight in Monteverde at FONDA VELA LODGE (B, D.)
DAY 06 THU. MONTEVERDE
Morning visit to the Monteverde Canopy walkway composed of hanging bridges and nature trails that lets you observe Nature from a different perspective. In the afternoon hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve viewing the misty forest with its dense vegetation and majestic trees. Overnight in Monteverde at FONDA VELA LODGE. (B, D)
DAY 07 FRI. MONTEVERDE- SAN JOSE
Depart Monteverde for San Jose. Arrive San Jose mid-afternoon. Overnight hotel IRAZU (B)
DAY 08 SAT. COSTA RICA-NICARAGUA  
Transfer to the airport for flight to Managua. Arrive and transfer to new hotel HOLIDAY INN. (B)
DAY 09 SUN. MANAGUA CITY TOUR
Managua is the capital of Nicaragua since 1852. Managua is a very warm and sunny city.  Among the places to visit are: “National Historic Park Loma de Tiscapa”. We will know in much detail, the story behind national hero Augusto Cesar Sandino and the Somoza dictatorship. We will see the ruins of old presidential palace, destroyed by the earthquake that leveled the city. Then we will drive down to the old city center to visit the “Park of Peace”. We will also visit “El Malecon”, for a closer look at Lake Managua and surrounding areas. We will see the monument to Simon Bolivar, in the avenue of the same name. National Theater Ruben Dario, New Presidential House, Palace of culture and other buildings. The tour will take us to see the enigmatic human footprints of Acahualinca, (6000 years). We will also see the future center of the city with its modern and new metropolitan cathedral. Completing with a visit to the arts and craft market for souvenirs, and the Coffee House. Hotel HOLIDAY INN (B)
DAY 10 MON. MANAGUA-GRANADA
Full day excursion to Granada. The colonial city of Granada was founded by Captain Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524. It was founded next to the Mombacho volcano and the great lake of Nicaragua. Named after the city of Granada in Spain, this city has plenty of colonial churches, narrow streets and large homes with beautiful indoor patios, tiled roofs and pretty colonial colors. Upon arrival, we will have a sightseeing tour to arrive later to the main plaza for our walking tour of the surrounding area. We will see “La Merced” church, the house of the Zamora family, the famous “Casa de Los Tres Mundos” and the San Francisco convent. Here, we will have the opportunity to see and take pictures of mysterious idols made by our ancestors. This is an impressive collection of genuine pre-Columbian sculptures in human and animal shapes. During the tour we will learn the history of the city, and about the adventures of filibuster William Walker, who invaded the city in the year 1855.  Then, we will continue to Lake Nicaragua for a relaxing boat ride around some of the islands. Formed by the impressive Mombacho volcano. See the volcanic evidence and influence of the area. Enjoy great landscape views and wildlife and of course have a chance to take pictures. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Managua. Hotel HOLIDAY INN (B, L) 
DAY 11 TUE. MANAGUA-SALVADOR 
Transfer to the airport. Arrive in San Salvador and transfer to hotel EL SALVADOR. (B)
DAY 12 WED. SAN SALVADOR 
AM we will drive through the streets and avenues of the city until we arrive at Santa Elena; a beautiful residential area. After this we will visit the National Anthropological Museum Dr. David J. Guzman, where we will be able to have a guided tour in this interesting historical location. We will continue our tour through La Zona Rosa where you will be able to find everything to satisfy your nightlife; then to the Paseo General Escalon, until we arrive to the monument of the Divino Salvador del Mundo, located in the Plaza Las Americas. Then, we will continue the tour until we arrive at the monument of the Fallen Victims; then our tour shall continue through Los Heroes Boulevard, Alameda Juan Pablo II and Centro de Gobierno until we arrive to National Historical Center which will bring us very close to the Metropolitan Cathedral and to the National Palace; when we finish we will visit the monument of Central American Independence, then we shall go to a view-point located in Planes de Renderos,  for a magnificent view of the city and also access to a gallery of hand crafted artifacts. Hotel EL SALVADOR. (B)
DAY 13 THU. SAN SALVADOR -La Palma and San Ignacio. 
Today we will take you to La Palma, one of the most re-known cities for its art. Here interesting crafts are painted on wood and Copinol seeds with a singular artistic expression and beautiful colors. Also because we will be on an altitude of 1200 Mts. above sea level you are going to find a very pleasant climate. In La Palma, we will visit local craftsman’s workshops; so we can have the opportunity to learn about their art and above all, you will be able to participate in the elaboration of one of these beautiful pieces and take it home as a souvenir of your unforgettable stay. After lunch we re-take our journey to the town of San Ignacio, a gorgeous and quiet place located on the roots of the Petal Mountain, the highest mountain of El Salvador. Hotel EL SALVADOR (B)
DAY 14 FRI. SAN SALVADOR -Joyas del Ceren
Joya de Ceren is considered to be the most important archeological site ever discovered in El Salvador, which was declared world heritage by UNESCO in 1993 for being the only location in the whole Mayan culture where you can appreciate the day to day living styles of the popular pre-Columbian inhabitants. All was well preserved thanks to the ashes of the volcano’s eruption. We will return to the city through the Pan-American Highway going up and through the mountains that belong to El Balsamo´s mountain range, and to finish our tour, we will stop at a restaurant to enjoy a good local lunch. Hotel EL SALVADOR. (B)
DAY 15 SAT. EL SALVADOR-HONDURAS 
Depart San Salvador for San Pedro de Sula. Arrive and transfer to Hotel CLARION. (B)
DAY 16 SUN. SAN PEDRO DE SULA -Full day Copan
Visit the most beautiful Mayan site where you will observe archaeologists at work excavating and marking new discoveries. Visit the archaeological park, museum and the quaint village of Copan. Late afternoon return to San Pedro Sula. Hotel CLARION.
ABOUT COPAN
Since it was discovered by John Stephens in 1839, Copan has become the highest artistic and cultural achievement of the ancient Maya civilization. Often referred to as the Athens of the Maya world, the great works and peaceful surrounding of the forested Copan valley seldom fail to touch the hearts of most modern visitors. Today Copan has been named an UNESCO World Heritage site and a Honduran national monument. Also, it holds the new sculpture museum-an architectural landmark. 
DAY 17 MON. SAN PEDRO DE SULA
Depart from your hotel to visit one of the many banana plantations in the area. Here you will receive a brief history about bananas, how they are planted, harvested, transported and packed for shipping. You will visit the headquarters village of La Lima, home of the Chiquita Banana. Upon returning to San Pedro Sula visit the museum, the residential areas, and the Guamilito artisan market to do your souvenir shopping. Hotel CLARION. (B)
DAY 18 TUE. HONDURAS-GUATEMALA 
Transfer to the airport. Depart San Pedro de Sula for Guatemala via San Salvador. Overnight hotel BARCELO GUATEMALA.
DAY 19 WED. GUATEMALA 

Morning sightseeing tour of the Capital city, visiting the most important sites of old and new Guatemala City. Afternoon at leisure for some shopping. Guatemala has beautiful handicrafts, textiles and souvenirs. Hotel BARCELO. (B)

DAY 20 THU. GUATEMALA-CHICHICASTENANGO
Early morning depart Chichicastenango. One of the Guatemala’s most popular tourist destinations. Chichicastenango allows a glimpse of centuries-old-Indian ceremonies in the setting of a bustling, colorful marketplace. Travelers make a point of visiting this village, located some 90 miles from Guatemala City, on Thursdays and Sundays, when Indians from 60 surrounding villages bring handicrafts, produce and livestock to a lively open-air market in the town square.
On arrival visit the colorful open-air market and Church of Santo Tomas. The afternoon is at leisure for further shopping or to see the town on your own. Overnight at the MAYAN INN. (B)
DAY 21 FRI. CHICHICASTENANGO-ATITLAN
In the morning, transfer to Lake Atitlan - Guatemala’s most majestic natural wonder, framed by three volcanoes and towering mountains...Arrive in Atitlan and join the launch excursion to the picturesque lakeside village of Santiago Atitlan. The afternoon is at leisure for further shopping or to see the town on your own. Overnight at hotel ATITLAN (B)
DAY 22 SAT. ATITLAN-ANTIGUA-GUATEMALA
In morning you will depart for Antigua, the former Spanish Colonial Capital of the country and today a national monument of the Americas. Sightseeing tour of this charming town. A very pleasant city of cobble stones streets, houses and mansions with colonial-style facades and tile roofs. Your tour guide will take you to visit churches, convents, monasteries and other colonial buildings and explain the history of all these places. After lunch, continue to Guatemala City. Overnight Hotel BARCELO GUATEMALA. (B)
DAY 23 SUN. GUATEMALA-TIKAL
Today, you will go back more than 2,000 years in time when you visit Tikal. Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to the city of Flores. Arrive and transfer by car or bus to the National Park of Tikal for a visit of the many pyramids, stelaes, temples and buildings of one of the major archaeological finds of the Americas "Tikal", the Capital of the Mayan Empire. After lunch you will visit the local museum to learn more about this great civilization. Overnight Hotel CAMINO REAL TIKAL on the shores of Lake Peten. (B, L)
DAY 24 MON. GUATEMALA-BELIZE 
Transfer to the airport in Flores for flight to Belize City where you will be connecting with local flight to Ambergrys Caye. Arrive and transfer to hotel Sunbreeze –just a block away from the local airport and great location facing the Caribbean Ocean. Overnight hotel SUNBREEZE. (B)
DAY 25-26  TUE-WED. AMBERGRYS
Days at leisure to explore the island or just relax and stay by the beach. Great snorkeling and diving. Overnight hotel SUNBREEZE
DAY 27 THU. AMBERGRYS-BELIZE-USA
Walk to the local airport in Ambergrys for flight to Belize City where you will be connecting with flight back to USA.

 

 

*2014 LAND TOUR COST: per person  including local airfare Flores (Guatemala)-Belize City & Belize to Ambergrys RT.

Double: US$6,640; Triple $6,550; Single $10,924

 

 

AIR COST: per person

From Miami $1,600/1,750; New York $1,750/1,950; Los Angeles $1,800/1,990

(This cost of airfare includes portion from Panama-S.Jose-Managua-Salvador-San Pedro-Guatemala)

Airfare subject to change at any time. USA airport tax/fuel surcharges/security not included, about $250.
*From Jan.1 to Mar.31 and from Jul.01 to Aug.15, add $190 pp. From Dec.09 to 31 add $350 to all rates.

INCLUDING:
26 nights hotel accommodations with room taxes and service charges. Meals as marked in itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner). Transfers on arrival and departure (airport/hotel/airport). English speaking tour guides and entrance fees when necessary. All ground transportation for the different tours mentioned in this itinerary. Local airfare from Flores (Guatemala) to Belize City (Belize) and to Ambergris Caye. Entrance fees when necessary.

NOT INCLUDED:
U.S.A airport departure taxes (usually included in your airline ticket). Insurance (Insure America has designed a policy for Tara Tours clients. Cost for this program is $340 pp). Airport departure taxes –Costa Rica US$18.00, Belize $28, Guatemala $32, El Salvador $26, Honduras $28, Panama $30. Passports or entry documents. Tips to tour guides or bus drivers. Meals unless mentioned in you day by day itinerary.


 

 

 

7 Countries in 2 weeks...!!

 

Central America

 

Visiting  Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala & Belize 

 

15 Days/14 nights

 

Departs every Sunday

(Other departure days available upon request)

 
DAY 01 SUN. USA-PANAMA 
Arrive and transfer to new hotel Hard Rock. (B) 

DAY 02 MON. PANAMA CITY TOUR & CANAL
AM Panama City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful city, Capital of the Republic of Panama, and located at the pacific side of the American Continent. Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias Davila, a Spanish Governor, it has been considered as on of the most important cities of the Americas. 
You will visit the oldest sector of modern Panama, known as the Casco Viejo. Other points of interest are the famed flat arch or Santo Domingo Church, the beautiful gold- plated altar of the San Jose Church, the Panama Canal Museum, the National Theater, the National Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and other numerous colonial churches and monuments. Then your tour will continue to see modern Panama and The Banking District and its beautiful Skyscrapers .The city is and important center of international finance and is home to more than 120 banks. Continue to visit Miraflores Locks & Panama Canal: 
Participants will be able to witness the magnificent Miraflores Locks and most probably, its operation. An expert canal guide will take us back in time to be part of it. What a way to experience this magnificent architectural masterpiece and to have a breathtaking view of the 8th wonder of the World.

Overnight new hotel Hard Rock in Panama city. (B)

DAY 03 TUE. PANAMA-COSTA RICA (San Jose) 
Transfer to the airport. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to hotel Irazu (B)

DAY 04 WED.  SAN JOSE CITY TOUR
AM Get a taste of San José City and its surrounding areas!
San Jose is the Capital City of Costa Rica and economic center of the nation.  It is currently undergoing a renaissance, with modern high rise buildings emerging, a brand new national stadium, and a new Chinatown section being built.  Yet it still retains much of its past multicultural heritage in restored elegant old buildings, museums, historic statues and parks.  The Walking City Tour is an intimate and authentic perspective of our capital city and contemporary Costa Rica.  You will also visit our National Museum for an absorbing lesson of our history and a hill top view overlooking the city. Return to your hotel Irazu. (B)

DAY 05 THU. COSTA RICA (San Jose)- NICARAGUA (Managua)
Depart for San Jose. Arrive Managua mid-afternoon. Overnight Hotel Holiday Inn.(B)
DAY 06 FRI. MANAGUA & GRANADA TOUR –Full day
Managua is the capital of Nicaragua since 1852. Managua is a very warm and sunny city.  Among the places to visit are: “National Historic Park Loma de Tiscapa”. We will know in much detail, the story behind national hero Augusto Cesar Sandino and the Somoza dictatorship. We will see the ruins of old presidential palace, destroyed by the earthquake that leveled the city. Then we will drive down to the old city center to visit the “Park of Peace”. We will also visit “El Malecon”, for a closer look at Lake Managua and surrounding areas. We will see the monument to Simon Bolivar, in the avenue of the same name. National Theater Ruben Dario, New Presidential House, Palace of culture and other buildings. The tour will take us to see the enigmatic human footprints of Acahualinca, (6000 years). We will also see the future center of the city with its modern and new metropolitan cathedral. Completing with a visit to the arts and craft market for souvenirs, and the Coffee House, Then continue to Granada for a sightseeing tour of this beautiful colonial town.
Granada was founded by Captain Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524 next to the Mombacho volcano and the great lake of Nicaragua. Named after the city of Granada in Spain, this city has plenty of colonial churches, narrow streets and large homes with beautiful indoor patios, tiled roofs and pretty colonial colors. Your tour guide will take you to the most interesting places of this magnificent colonial city. Return to Managua and to your  Hotel Holiday Inn (B)
DAY 07 SAT. NICARAGUA (Managua)-HONDURAS (San Pedro de Sula)
Transfer to the airport. Arrive in San Pedro and transfer to hotel Clarion. (B)

DAY 08 SUN. SAN PEDRO DE SULA -Full day Copan
Visit the most beautiful Mayan site where you will observe archaeologists at work excavating and marking new discoveries. Visit the archaeological park, museum and the quaint village of Copan. Late afternoon return to San Pedro Sula. Overnight hotel Clarion (B).
ABOUT COPAN
Since it was discovered by John Stephens in 1839, Copan has become the highest artistic and cultural achievement of the ancient Maya civilization. Often referred to as the Athens of the Maya world, the great works and peaceful surrounding of the forested Copan valley seldom fail to touch the hearts of most modern visitors. Today Copan has been named an UNESCO World Heritage site and a Honduran national monument. Also, it holds the new sculpture museum-an architectural landmark. 

DAY 09 MON. HONDURAS (San Pedro de Sula)-EL SALVADOR (San Salvador)

Transfer to the airport. Arrive in San Salvador and transfer to new hotel Holiday Inn. (B)

DAY 10 TUE. SAN SALVADOR 
Depart 12noon. We will start the tour with a good local lunch. Then we will drive through the streets and avenues of the city until we arrive at Santa Elena; a beautiful residential area. After this we will visit the National Anthropological Museum Dr. David J. Guzman, where we will be able to have a guided tour in this interesting historical location. We will continue our tour through La Zona Rosa where you will be able to find everything to satisfy your nightlife; then to the Paseo General Escalon, until we arrive to the monument of the Divino Salvador del Mundo, located in the Plaza Las Americas. Then, we will continue the tour until we arrive at the monument of the Fallen Victims; then our tour shall continue through Los Heroes Boulevard, Alameda Juan Pablo II and Centro de Gobierno until we arrive to National Historical Center which will bring us very close to the Metropolitan Cathedral and to the National Palace; when we finish we will visit the monument of Central American Independence, then we shall go to a view-point located in Planes de Renderos,  for a magnificent view of the city and also access to a gallery of hand crafted artifacts. Hotel Holiday Inn (B)

DAY 11 WED. EL SALVADOR-GUATEMALA BY BUS
Depart by bus San Salvador for Guatemala city. Arrive and transfer to Barcelo. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the city visiting the most important places in old and modern Guatemala. Hotel Barcelo Guatemala. (B)

DAY 12 THU. GUATEMALA- Full day to Tikal
Today you will go back more than 2,000 years in time when you visit the Tikal National Park. Early morning you will be picked up at your hotel for transfer to the airport to board the flight to Flores, Petén . On arrival, our representative will take you to the Mayan City of Tikal which is located in the center of the National Park that bears its name, and has an extension of 222 square miles. Tikal was inhabited from 600 BC., till 869 AD. Its highlight was between 690 till 850 AD., a time period known by archaeologists as the Late Classic. Visit the Twin-Pyramid Complexes “Q” and “R”, Lost World Complex where the Great Pyramid and Temple 5C-49 are the most important. Also, visit Temple III and the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, squared off with the pyramids of the Grand Jaguar and the Masks, the Palace of the Nobles, and Pyramid IV. This one is the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from its top a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle can be enjoyed. In the afternoon transfer to your hotel in Flores. (B,L)

DAY 13 FRI. FLORES-BELIZE (GUATEMALA-BELIZE)
Morning flight to Belize city. Arrive and transfer to hotel Biltmore Plaza. (B)

DAY 14  SAT. BELIZE-ALTUN HA-BABOON SANCTUARY:

Full day excursion. In the morning your guide will take you to explore the Mayan ruins of Altun-Ha - at one time it spread out about 20 square miles. You will see towers, palaces and pyramids of this great city where your tour guide will explain the advance world of the Mayan Civilization, then visit the exciting Baboon Sanctuary. Return to Belize for overnight. (L)

DAY 15 SUN. BELIZE-USA

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to USA.

 

*2014 LAND TOUR COST: per person including local airfare Flores (Guatemala)-Belize City

Double: US$3,925; Triple $3,817; Single Supp.  $2,680

Rates do not apply for Christmas, New Years and Holy Week. 

 

DEPOSIT: US$300 per person

FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure

 

AIR COST: per person

From Miami $1,200/1,350; New York $1,450/1,550; Los Angeles $1,500/1,600

(This cost of airfare includes portion from Miami to Panama-S.Jose-Managua-Salvador-San Pedro-Guatemala....and Belize-Miami)

Airfare subject to change at any time. USA airport tax/fuel surcharges/security not included, about $200.

Add-ons available upon request. Airfares need to be done in advance. We will advise accordingly.

 

 

INCLUDING:
14 nights hotel accommodations with room taxes and service charges. Meals as marked in itinerary (B=breakfast). Transfers on arrival and departure (airport/hotel/airport). English speaking tour guides and entrance fees when necessary. All ground transportation for the different tours mentioned in this itinerary. Entrance fees when necessary. Local airfare Flores (Guatemala) to Belize City

NOT INCLUDED:
AIRFARE, U.S.A airport departure taxes (usually included in your international ticket). Insurance. Airport departure taxes –Costa Rica US$18.00, Belize $28, Guatemala $32, El Salvador $26, Honduras $28, Panama $30. Colombia $52. Passports or entry documents. Tips to tour guides or bus drivers. Meals unless mentioned in you day by day itinerary.

 

ALL RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, unless under deposit and confirmed.

 

 

 

PANAMA-COLOMBIA

Visiting Panama City, Bogota & Cartagena
 

12 days/11 nights
Independent departures

Locally Hosted

Day 01 : USA-PANAMA

Arrive in Panama. Upon arrival meeting and transfer to hotel selected.

Day 02 : PANAMA-HALF DAY CITY TOUR & CANAL

Our day will start at the Miraflores locks, located at the Pacific entrance to the Canal where our expert guide will let you in on the secrets and histories surrounding the building of the Canal while you experience this magnificent architectural masterpiece and have a breathtaking view of the ships transiting through the 8th wonder of the world. The trip then takes to the city, where you will be able to experience not only the banking capital of Central America but also the beauty of the colonial city of Panama. We will visit the “Cause Way, a leisure paradise with shopping, restaurants and bars that offers spectacular views of the modern city and its skyscrapers. In contrast, the oldest sector of the modern Panama City founded in 1673, has a charming mixture of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and ethnic diversity. UNESCO recently named this area “World Heritage Site”. (B)

Day 03: PANAMA-HALF DAY GAMBOA RAINFOREST

Experience the green rainforest of Gamboa from within, ascending some 280 feet from the shadowy forest floor, through the dense undergrowth and up to the sun drenched canopy with its thousand shades of green that are only interrupted by the vibrant colors of flowering trees. Colorful birds and butterflies are abundant here, and you might also encounter sloth or white-faced capuchin monkeys and hear the howler monkey cry out in the distance. Once at the top, you will have the opportunity to climb our observation tower (also accessible for wheelchairs) from where you will have uninterrupted views of the vast rainforest of Soberania National Park while at the same time watch the giant cargo ships maneuver through the Galliard Cut (the narrowest part of the Panama Canal).
You will then continue to our interpretative exhibits of native flora, fauna and culture with highlights such as a model Embera village, butterfly and orchid exhibit and displays of aquatic life and reptiles. (B)

Day 04: PANAMA

Day at leisure to explore Panama on your own. (B)

DAY 05 PANAMA - BOGOTA
Transfer to the airport for flight to Bogota where you will be met and taken to hotel selected.(B)
DAY 06 BOGOTA
Morning tour. We will start by visiting the Colonial District located downtown where we find Bolivar Square, the Presidential Palace, House of Congress, Supreme Court of Justice. Then, onto the Gold Museum, which houses the world's greatest and most famous collection of gold. We will also visit Bolivar Villa, where Libertador lived occasionally.  (B)
DAY 07 BOGOTA-ZIPAQUIRA’S UNDERGROUND SALT CATHEDRAL.
Morning tour. Leaving the city through the northern residential district, we take the Pan American Highway, passing some typical villages to reach Zipaquirá where the Salt Cathedral is located. These salt deposits were formed 2 million years ago. The Cathedral is underground, built in a tunnel of salt mines, 200 meters inside a salt mountain. Curving and twisting tunnels descend into the Roman Catholic temple, passing 14 small chapels representing the stations of the cross, which illustrate the events of Jesus' last journey. Each station has several kneeing platforms carved into the salt structure. It is spectacular. (4 hours duration). (B)
DAY 08 BOGOTA -CARTAGENA
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cartagena. Arrive in the great colonial city of Cartagena. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel selected. (B)
DAY 09 CARTAGENA
Morning tour of this incredible colonial city. We start with the modern residential district of Bocagrande, continue to the highest hill in the city for a visit to the Monastery of La Popa and the panoramic view of Cartagena and its harbor. We will visit then "San Felipe de Barajas", an immense fortress built to defend the city against inland attacks. We continue to the "Gate of the Clock", main entrance to the old walled and beautiful city, where the Inquisition Palace and San Pedro Claver are located. (B)
DAY 10 CARTAGENA - ROSARIO ISLANDS
Today you will enjoy the beauty of Rosarios Islands and its beaches, an excursion to an spectacular coral reef and marine life. Depart in the morning for  a 45-minute trip by speedboat. A tour guide will provide very valuable historical information about the bay, the outlying villages and the main entrance to Cartagena by sea.
Upon arrival at the selected island (Isla del Pirata or Isla del Sol), you may appreciate the imposing beauty of the place and its ecological environment. A series of optional activities are offered, such as snorkeling, a panoramic tour of some of the 27 islands, transfer to the aquarium to enjoy dolphin and shark shows and different marine species (additional cost). Later on the island you will have an exquisite typical lunch and a few hours to enjoy its beaches. Mid-afternoon return to Cartagena by boat. (B)

DAY 11 CARTAGENA
Days at leisure to explore the city on your own or take an optional tour to visit the Islands nearby or enjoy the beaches of Cartagena. (B)
DAY 12 CARTAGENA - USA
Transfer to the airport for flight to Miami, Los Angeles, New York or Washington DC. (B)

LAND TOUR RATES PER PERSON (Airfare not included)

2014

Double

Triple

Single

Children

First class hotels

US$1,960

US$1,934

US$3,760

US$1,420

Deluxe hotels

2,493

2,448

4,840

1,771

SAMPLE AIRFARE: From Miami US$800-900; From New York $950-1050, Los Angeles $950-1150. More cities available upor request. Email your request at: tara@taratours.com

First Class Hotels:

Panama: Country Inn Suites; Bogota: Regency; Cartagena: Decameron (all inclusive with alcoholics drinks and nightly shows)

Deluxe Hotels:

Panama: Hard Rock; Bogota: La Fontana; Cartagena: Sofitel

 

INCLUDING:
All hotel accommodations with room taxes and service charges for 11 nights; Transfers on arrival & departure; meals as mentioned in itinerary ( B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner); Tours as mentioned in itinerary with English speaking tour guides and entrance fees where necessary.

NOT INCLUDED:
AIRFARE, Insurance, USA & Colombia airport departure taxes/fuel surcharges, security of US$150-200 and any other service not specifically mentioned here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE AMERICAN AIRLINES ZONE CHART:

 

ZONE 1: APF, EYW, FLL, FMY, JAX, PBI, SRQ.

ZONE 2: ABI, ABQ, ACT, AMA, AUS, BPT, BTR, CLL, CRP, ELP, FSM, FYV, GGG, HRL, ILE, JAN, LAW, LBB, LFT, LIT,LRD, MAF, MFE, OKC, SAT,SHV, SJT, SPS, TUL, TXK,TYR.

ZONE 3: ALB, BDL, BGR, BTV, BUF, CLT, GSO, GSP,HAR, HPN, ISP, MHT, ORF, ORH, PIT, PVD, PWM, RIC, ROC, SAV, SWF, SYR

ZONE 4: AZO, BHM, BNA, CID, CMH, CMI, COS, CVG, DAY, DBQ, DLH, DRO, DSM, EGE, EVV, FWA, GRB, GRR, GUC, HDN, HSV, ICT, IND, LSE, MEM, MKC, MKE, MSN, MSP, OMA, PHX, PIA, RST, SDF, SGF, STL, TOL, TUS, TVC, TYS, ALO, BRL, CGI, COU, DEC, FSD, IRK, MKL, JLN, LEX, LNK, MLI, MWA, OWB, PAH, SPI, SUX, SBN,TBN, UIN.

ZONE 5: BFL, BUR, FAT,LAS, LGB, MRY, OAK, ONT, PSP, RNO, SAN, SBA, SBP, SJC, SLC, SMF, SNA.

ZONE 6: JAC, PDX, SEA

 

 

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