South America highlights vacation

“A 21 day mammoth and totally marvellous journey around Argentina, Brazil and Peru, with capitals, citadels, coast and colossal cascades. With domestic flights, transfers and some guided tours. ”

Highlights

Peru: Lima | Puno | Lake Titicaca | Cusco | Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu | Puerto Maldonado | Madre de Dios River | River boat to Ecoamazonia Lodge Argentina| Buenos Aires: Tigre Delta Cruise | Iguazu Falls Brazil: Iguazu Falls | Rio de Janeiro

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Departure information

This set itinerary can be started on any day throughout the year (no minimum group size)
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Responsible tourism: South America highlights vacation

Environment

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed.

We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste. Staff are encouraged to ride a bike or take public transport to work. Recently we have also started an initiative to plant a tree in Peru and Bolivia for each and every client traveling to these wonderful countries. So booking with is like your making your very own contribution to the environment!

Community

Our trips source as much as possible from the local community. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are done by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on. Hotels used are all locally owned and we try to choose where possible hotels which hold the same values and understand their responsibilities to the local environment as we do. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. We source them due to their unique contact with the local communities we visit, as well as their knowledge of the lakes, fauna and flora you will pass on route. This will give you an insight into the history of this fascinating region. In our pre departure information pack, and throughout the orientation on site, we help you to minimise your carbon footprint on your tour, and help protect the diverse environments which we visit on this tour. This information includes simple advice on waste disposal and the offset of carbon emissions through our carbon offsetting program created for your journey with our company.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on the community you are visiting. We can also assist you if you wish to visit community projects in order to get a lot more out of your trip. Most importantly a percentage of the funds generated from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us support the next generation and the environment they live in.

We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our funds go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and GVI Foundation in Australia which works on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in needs.

4 Reviews of South America highlights vacation

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Reviewed on 20 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Inca Trail and Cusco without doubt.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


1. Skip Iguazu waterfalls or stay as short as possible there. Other than waterfalls there is nothing.
2. Stay longer in Cusco area. There is something for everyone there. Museums, churches, ruins, restaurants, shopping, party...
3. El Calafate is a lovely little town with lots of activities on offer (riding, hiking, biking, zip lining...) so much more to do than just visit to Perito Moreno, give yourself more time.
4. Don't stay in San Telmo neighbourhood in Buenos Aires (it is not safe, does not feel comfortable walking around and we got attacked to prove it). Palermo is great for younger people with lots of bars, restaurants and cool shops, recoletta
area for older guests.
5. Expect problems with credit cards in Argentina.. In shops and ATM..all types of credit and debit cards (between 2 people we tried 6 different cards)


3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In Peru I thought it made difference and in El Calafate.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great vacation. We were away for a month so it is to be expected there will be some problems but overall we were very happy and felt Simon really understood us as customers and planned vacation for US based on OUR interests. At all times we felt he had our back and could call him if things went wrong. Great company, great guy! I would highly recommend them and I would use their services again.

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Quite a few memorable moments: our stay in the amazon in refugio amazonias; visiting the incredible iguazu falls and walking up whanu picchu.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring sensible walking boots. A little bit of spanish helps :-)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All of the tours and the hotels were in line with this ethos.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing! Completely unforgettable. Everything was nicely organized to the last detail

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Watching 50+ red mackaws gather at a "mud-lick" in the Tambopata National Reserve from our hide.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't get tense; they will show up as specified in the plan !
Just make sure YOU are on time.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Everyone who took care of us was local and, apart from being very friendly, they always made clear how important tourisim to their local well-being.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 01 May 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Discovering a part of the world so unique and full of natural beauty. The Patogonian Lakes district had spectacular lakes, scenic mountains, volcanoes, forests, wilderness, communities and views by bus, boats and border crossing. And waking up to the sunrise over these Mountains and lakes memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take advantage of this smaller group experience to feel like a modern day explorer but learn some of both countries language as English is the last language translated by guides and rug up for this area.
We were looked after very well throughout the entire time we travelled/vacationed in South America.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


By utilizing local tour guides and transport, visiting and spending in the community benefited the locals. Most places we stayed encouraged you to save water, electricity and were environmentally conscious.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The vacation was fantastic and unique covering the main attractions as well as time to explore ourselves. And after a major injury the tour guide on site, offices in the country and company in Australia were fantastic in their support, response and meeting my needs and comfort to return home.

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