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36 Day South American Discovery

Bunnik Small Group Tour starting in Guayaquil and finishing in Buenos Aires

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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 36 Day South American Discovery. This is the ultimate tour of South America! On this 36 day tour, explore volcanic Ecuador with its spectacular highlands and rejuvenating hot springs, be amazed by Machu Picchu, explore...read more

Overview

Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Duration: 36 Days
From: Guayaquil to Buenos Aires
Tour Code: BUN39096
Visits: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina
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Day By Day

1

Depart Australia - Arrive Guayaquil

Travelling via Santiago we arrive in Guayaquil.
2

Guayaquil - Cuenca

Today we travel through the highlands of El Cajas National Park to Cuenca. On arrival, we enjoy a leisurely stroll through the old town, before our group welcome dinner. (B/WD)
3

Cuenca

Ecuador is the heart of Panama hat manufacturing and today we visit a hat factory, before exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed former Incan town of Cuenca. Our sightseeing includes La Catedral Nueva, Plaza Calderon and Plaza de Carmen. (B)
4

Cuenca - Guamote

We make our way to Guamote, stopping in Alausi to board the famous train to the Devil's Nose, one of Ecuador's best rail journeys. (B/D)
5

Guamote - Banos

This morning we tour the Inti Sisa educational centre before heading to the Guamote Market, one of the most colourful and authentic markets in Ecuador. (B/L) Special Experience: Visit the Palacio Real Community for lunch and enjoy some llama tasting if you're game!
6

Banos

We travel into the Amazon Rainforest today and take a short hike to the Devil's Cauldron waterfall, located on the impressive Pastaza River Gorge. (B/L)
7

Banos - Otavalo

Departing Banos, we head to Otavalo, famous for textiles and its Handicraft Market. It's the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs! (B/D)
8

Otavalo

Special Experience: We board the Libertad Train to enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, travelling from the Andean Mountains of Ibarra through the cloud forest and subtropical landscape of Salinas. (B)
9

Otavalo - Papallacta

We journey through the Andes to a beautiful rose plantation continuing to Papallacta, famous for its hot springs where we can enjoy a soak! (B)
10

Papallacta - Quito

We travel to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. (B)
11

Quito - Lima

We explore Quito's colonial 'Old Town'. Our sightseeing includes Independence Square and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus. We stop at the 'Middle of the World' where we can stand with one foot on each equator. Later, we fly to Lima. (B)
12

Lima - Amazon Jungle

After flying to Iquitos, we take a short boat ride along the mighty Amazon River to our Jungle Lodge, where we meet our Amazon guides. (B/L/D)
13

Amazon Jungle

Today we begin with a Canopy Walk in the Sucusari Reserve, before visiting a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of many of the local plants. (B/L/D)
14

Amazon Jungle

After breakfast, we cruise to a local village (keep an eye out for pink dolphins), before visiting Neiser's Reserve, home to numerous species of monkey. (B/L/D)
15

Amazon Jungle - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco via Lima. (B)
16

Cusco

We visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the Incan baths at Tambomachay. Later we'll see the Cathedral of Santa Domingo and Koricancha (Temple of the Sun). (B)
17

Cusco - Sacred Valley

Another opportunity to pick up souvenirs as we visit impressive ruins and the lively market at Pisac. (B)
18

Sacred Valley

This morning we climb a steep stone staircase to the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo, an impressive Incan fortress. Later we explore the salt ponds at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray. (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a drink of chicha and taste some guinea pig at a local Chicheria.
19

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Get your camera ready as we travel by train through the scenic Sacred Valley to the famed Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. The sheer scale of this place will take your breath away. (B/D)
20

Machu Picchu - Cusco

There is time this morning to return to Machu Picchu for a second, optional visit. Later we visit Chinchero for a weaving demonstration before travelling to Cusco. (B)
21

Cusco

Take time to explore the amazing city of Cusco. (B)
22

Cusco - Lake Titicaca

We travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On arrival, we visit the floating Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds. (B)
23

Lake Titicaca

We cruise across Lake Titicaca by hydrofoil, visiting the Sun & Moon Islands and enjoying magical alpine views of the Andes. (B/L)
24

Lake Titicaca - Lima

Today we fly to Lima, Peru's largest city. (B)
25

Lima

We explore Lima's sights including the Plaza Mayor, San Francisco Convent and the Larco Museum. (B)
26

Lima - Iguazu Falls

Our tour takes us to Iguazu Falls, one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls. (B)
27

Iguazu Falls

We explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, and stand on a platform suspended over the incredible Devil's Throat! (B) Special Experience: Get up close with the local wildlife at the Parque Das Aves bird park.
28

Iguazu Falls - Rio

We explore the Brazilian side of the Falls, then fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro. (B)
29

Rio De Janeiro

Plenty of leisure time today before tonight's delicious barbecue dinner. (B/D) Special Experience: We explore the colourful Ipanema Hippy Market.
30

Rio De Janeiro

More great photo opportunities await as we explore the famous sights of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. (B)
31

Rio - Buenos Aires

We fly to the charming city of Buenos Aires, the fashion capital of South America. (B)
32

Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing in Buenos Aires includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street. We visit the Colon Theatre, considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world. (B)
33

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure, then don your dancing shoes on for fun tango lesson followed by dinner and a show! (B/D)
34

Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. (B)
35

In Transit

36

Arrive In Australia

Day By Day

1

Depart Australia - Arrive In Guayaquil

Bienvenido a Ecuador and the city of Guayaquil!
2

Guayaquil - Cuenca

Today we travel through the stunning highlands of El Cajas National Park to Cuenca. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner. (B/D)
3

Cuenca

Despite the name, Panama hat manufacturing originated in Ecuador and this morning we'll visit a hat making factory. (B)
4

Cuenca - Guamote

We board the famous train to the Devil's Nose, one of Ecuador's best rail journeys. (B/D)
5

Guamote - Banos

This morning we meet the staff and children of the Inti Sisa educational centre. Then it's a trip to the Guamote Market - one of the most colourful and authentic in Ecuador. (B/L) Special Experience: Visit the Palacio Real Community for lunch and taste some llama, if you're game!
6

Banos

We venture into the rainforest on a short hike to the Devil's Cauldron waterfall. (B/L)
7

Banos - Otavalo

Today we make our way to Otavalo, famous for its colourful textiles and Handicraft Market - a tradition dating back to pre-Incan times! (B/D)
8

Otavalo

Special Experience: Board the Libertad Train in Ibarra and enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, travelling through the cloud forest to Salinas. (B)
9

Otavalo - Papallacta

We take a picturesque journey through the Andes, stopping for brunch at a beautiful rose plantation. We'll arrive in volcanic Papallacta, famous for its hot springs, in the early afternoon. (B)
10

Papallacta - Quito

The morning is at leisure before we travel down through the valleys to Quito, Ecuador's capital. (B)
11

Quito - Lima

This morning we explore the colonial 'Old Town' of Quito. We'll also stop at the 'Middle of the World' to stand with one foot on each side of the equator. (B)
12

Lima - Amazon Jungle

After our morning flight to Iquitos, it's just a short boat ride along the famous Amazon River to reach our jungle lodge. This afternoon we head out on a piranha fishing excursion and see the incredible Victoria Regia lilies. (B/L/D)
13

Amazon Jungle

We begin the day with a canopy walk through the treetops in the Sucusari Reserve. We also visit a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of many of the local plants. (B/L/D)
14

Amazon Jungle

After breakfast we cruise to a local Yagua village for a cultural demonstration. Keep an eye out for pink dolphins along the way! We'll also visit Neiser's Monkey Reserve. (B/L/D)
15

Amazon Jungle - Cusco

Enjoy the morning at leisure before we fly to Cusco, via Lima, this afternoon. (B)
16

Cusco

This morning we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the Incan baths of Tambomachay. Later on a walking tour we'll see the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. (B)
17

Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. (B)
18

Sacred Valley

This morning we explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo. We'll also visit the terraced salt ponds at Maras. (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig at a local chicheria.
19

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

A magical day as we travel by train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu! (B/D)
20

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We'll then return to Ollantaytambo and visit Chinchero for a weaving demonstration. (B)
21

Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. Why not visit the buzzing San Pedro Market or stroll through the streets of Barrio de San Blas? (B)
22

Cusco - Lake Titicaca

We travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Here we visit the incredible floating Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds. (B)
23

Lake Titicaca

From Copacabana on the Bolivian side of the lake, we'll cruise across by hydrofoil, visiting the Sun & Moon Islands and enjoying magical alpine views of the Andes. (B/L)
24

Lake Titicaca - Lima

Today we fly to Lima, capital of Peru. (B)
25

Lima

Our city tour this morning includes the Plaza Mayor and the remarkable Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts. (B)
26

Lima - Iguazu Falls

We fly to spectacular Iguazu Falls. (B)
27

Iguazu Falls

We explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, and stand on a platform suspended over the incredible Devil's Throat! This afternoon we return to Brazil and walk the canyon path, enjoying the spectacular views. (B)
28

Iguazu Falls - Rio De Janeiro

Special Experience: Get up close and personal with stunning, colourful birds at the Parque Das Aves Bird Park. (B)
29

Rio De Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure before a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. (B/D)
30

Rio De Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. (B)
31

Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires. (B)
32

Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing today includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and the vibrant La Boca district. We also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. (B)
33

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. (B/D) Special Experience: Don your dancing shoes for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.
34

Depart Buenos Aires

Today we begin our journey home. (B)
35

In Transit

36

Arrive In Australia

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to South America (taxes included)
  • 8 internal flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $386pp AUD prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 27 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge
  • 1 night stay in a nature retreat in Aguas Caliente
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park
  • 33 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinner

Tour Highlights:

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (subject to a minimum of 9 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • Enjoy a number of spectacular scenic drives as we travel past volcanoes, lakes and rugged mountain passes in Ecuador and Peru
  • Visit the Otavalo Handicraft Market (Plaza de Ponchos), considered to be one of the biggest and most colourful markets in South America.
  • Stay overnight in Papallacta, home to hot springs, spectacular mountain scenery and abundant wildlife
  • Stop at the 'Middle of the World' where the equator passes through Ecuador and you can actually stand with one foot in each hemisphere
  • 3 nights in a jungle lodge within the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Our stay includes guided rainforest walks, cruises on the Amazon River and piranha fishing
  • An overnight stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where our touring includes the lively Pisac market, Maras & Moray and all the towns and ruins
  • A once-in-a-lifetime visit to the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu and a stay at an eco-resort in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel by hydrofoil across Lake Titicaca from Peru to Bolivia. On our way across we visit the floating Uros Islands and explore the Sun and Moon Islands
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Our tour visits both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the Falls including the famous Devil's Throat and Bird Park
  • Spend 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach. Our sightseeing of Rio includes the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Explore Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, including the colourful La Boca district and the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried
  • Enjoy a tango lesson in Buenos Aires, before sitting back and watching the professionals!

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Tour Extensions

Please ask your Global Journeys Consultant if you would like to add one of the Tour Extensions below to this tour.

  • 3 Day Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
  • 4 Day Easter Island
  • 5 Day Trails of El Chalten
  • 5 Day Bariloche Lake Crossing
  • 5 Day Atacama Desert
  • 5 Day Stella Australis Cruise
  • 6 Day Bolivian Salt Flats
  • 6 Day Skorpios II Cruise
  • 7 Day Pantagonia Adventure
  • 8 Day Antarctica - Classic Cruise
  • 9 Day Best of Ecuador by Rail

 

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to South America (taxes included).
  • 8 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $370pp AUD prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 25 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 2 nights in a historic hacienda near Otavalo
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge near Iquitos
  • 1 night stay in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park
  • 33 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (subject to a minimum of 9 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Tour Highlights

  • Zigzag down the Andes by train through the famous "Devil's Nose"
  • Enjoy a number of spectacular scenic drives as we travel past volcanoes, lakes and rugged mountain passes in Ecuador and Peru
  • Experience the exciting Otavalo Handicraft Market, one of South America's biggest and most colourful
  • Soak in the thermal hot springs of volcanic Papallacta
  • Stop at the 'Middle of the World' where the equator passes through Ecuador and you can actually stand with one foot in each hemisphere.
  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Iquitos, discovering from the treetops on the amazing canopy walkway
  • Feel the magic of Peru's Sacred Valley and the Lost Incan city of Machu Picchu
  • Travel by hydrofoil across Lake Titicaca from Peru to Bolivia. On our way across we visit the floating Uros Islands and explore the Sun and Moon Islands
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Our tour visits both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the Falls including the famous Devil's Throat and Bird Park
  • Spend 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach. Our sightseeing of Rio includes the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Explore Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, including the colourful La Boca district and the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried and visit the renowned Colon Theatre
  • Enjoy a tango lesson in Buenos Aires, before sitting back and watching the professionals!

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Tour Extensions

Please ask your Global Journeys Consultant if you would like to add one of the Tour Extensions below to this tour.

  • 3 Day Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
  • 4 Day Easter Island
  • 4 Day Amazon Cruise
  • 5 Day Stella Australis Cruise
  • 5 Day Copper Canyon by Rail
  • 5 Day Bariloche Lake Crossing
  • 6 Day Skorpios II Cruise
  • 6 Day Bolivian Salt Flats
  • 7 Day Pantagonia Adventure

 

Operator Details

Region: South & Central America
Style: Small Group Tour
Accommodation: 3-4 Star
Location: Various
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Various
Age Range: Avg 30-65 years
Flights: Included in Price
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 20 (Avg. 20)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Bunnik for trips in South & Central America. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (2)

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Australia
Trip Date: 10/03/2014

“Saw more than we expected & the tour was value for money”

The South America Discovery tour was great. Altitude was a problem at times not only with breathing but the weather in Ecuador everyone expected it to be warmer close to the equator. Carlos our guide in Ecuador was fantastic making it very enjoyable nothing was a problem or to much trouble. 4 of us had birthdays & every one was given special attention on their day. We saw more than we expected & it was value for money. I think Bunnik put together a great tour.

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Australia
Trip Date: 10/03/2014

“Very pleased with Global Journeys and Bunnik”

This trip was great, it helped we had a good group. Ecuador was fantastic, all new information and places. Our guide Carlos was the best we have ever had. All places were good, La Paz was interesting but depressing, wouldn't go back in a hurry. Was disappointed in 3 areas. 1. National guide was a nice chap but totally helpless with information etc. All the local guides did all the work. 2. Didn't think Amazon was as good as it could be, they didn't take us to the REAL jungle just skirted the lodge, I felt like I was in the forest where I live...felt it could be much more interesting. 3. Although our local guide in Buenos Aires was excellent, I didn't get the essence of Argentina, it was just a big city. Felt we could have been taken to a Ranch etc. In saying that the trip as whole was very good, and we were very pleased with Global Journeys and Bunnik. I do hope they listen to the feedback. Many thanks.

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