Brazil Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Best of Argentina & Brazil

Intrepid Travel
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7 days
$ 361 / day
$ 2,472
From : $ 3,111
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Buenos Aires offers an eclectic mix of European, Cosmopolitan and Latin flavours, as well as a booming cultural and nightlife scene. Explore the neighbourhoods of this lively, confident city on a full-day tour with a local guide
  • Look for rainbows in the mist of the mighty Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, and visit a local indigenous community
  • Gaze over the dazzling city, mountains and bay of Rio de Janeiro from the foot of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Favelas may sit alongside mansions, but in the heaving metropolis of Rio, everyone’s invited to the party. Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, dance and music
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil
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Best of Brazil

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 99 / day
$ 760
From : $ 1,109
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Let loose and samba the night away in Rio de Janeiro – South America’s party capital. Arriving in this bustling metropolis is the perfect way to start your Brazilian adventure.
  • Party down with the locals in the streets of colonial Paraty, where Portugal meets Brazil, jungle meets sea and your adventure dials up a notch.
  • After seeing its virgin rainforests, blue lagoons and splendid beaches, you’d never imagine that Ilha Grande had such a treacherous pirate history. This is true natural beauty, Brazilian style.
  • You’ll have plenty of time to choose your own adventure at Ilha Grande with two full days on the island. So if hiking, boating, kayaking or lazing on a beach is your thing, we’ve got you covered.
  • With some of Brazil's biggest icons, including Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain all at your fingertips, why not consider extending your stay in colourful Rio?
Visits:
Copacabana, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Argentina
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Rio De Janeiro City Pak (hotel: Arena Ipanema Del ...

6 days
$ 128 / day
$ 770
From : $ 947
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
    Day 1 – Arrive Rio de Janeiro
  • You will be welcomed upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at your selected hotel.
  • Day 2 – Half Day Panoramic City Tour & Santa Teresa Visit – 6 Hrs
  • Day 2 – Half Day Panoramic City Tour & Santa Teresa Visit – 6 HrsThis is an unusual walking tour which gives the visitor a feeling for the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio. Pick up at hotel and continue to the city center, the oldest part of Rio. The walking tour includes many interesting points such as Candelaria church, Praça XV square, the “Travessa do Mercado” alley, Paço Imperial museum, the cultural center located in the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil building, the Casa França-Brasil museum, Ouvidor Street and Gonçalves Dias Street, where the traditional Confeitaria Colombo bakery is located. The walk continues down to Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square and the visit at Carmo church. Then, continue by car to Santa Teresa, a traditional district with a mild climate and big houses from the beginning of the century, built mainly by English railroad managers. In our days, it became an art center with lots of craftsmanship galleries and the only district in Rio where we can find the trolley car. Afternoon and evening at leisure. (B)
  • Day 3 to 5
  • Three Days at Leisure (B)
  • Day 6 – Rio de Janeiro / Depart
  • Private transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight bound for home. (B)
Visits:
Brazil
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Premium Argentina & Brazil

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 492 / day
$ 3,226
From : $ 4,651
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Discover the real Buenos Aires during Exclusive Experiences – a traditional asado feast in the home of a local, and a lively tango lesson at a classic conventillo with two professional dancers.
  • Marvel at Iguazu Falls from multiple angles with visits to the boardwalk system in Argentina and the panoramic viewpoints of Brazil.
  • Enjoy an Exclusive Experience with a difference when you visit the wonderful Gastromotiva social enterprise in Rio for lunch, where dishes are made by marginalised members of the community who receive free culinary training.
  • Uncover the history of Rio during a full-day tour, including a visit to the spectacularly located Christ the Redeemer statue and the lively and eclectic Santa Teresa neighbourhood.
  • Experience Art Nouveau elegance at the Tango de Mayo in Buenos Aires. Your fabulous Feature Stay hotel includes a rooftop bar that offers unbeatable views across the city.
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Argentina, Brazil
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Iguazu Extension

Exodus Travels
Preferred
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4 days
$ 195 / day
$ 779
From : $ 1,052
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the Argentine side of the falls Get up close and personal to the falls with an optional boat ride
  • Enjoy the flora and fauna inside a UNESCO World Heritage National Park
Visits:
Argentina
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Rio De Janeiro City Pak (arena Leme Superior Ocea ...

6 days
$ 115 / day
$ 690
From : $ 932
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1 – Arrive Rio de Janeiro
  • You will be welcomed upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at your selected hotel.
  • Day 2 – Half Day Panoramic City Tour & Santa Teresa Visit – 6 Hrs
  • Day 2 – Half Day Panoramic City Tour & Santa Teresa Visit – 6 HrsThis is an unusual walking tour which gives the visitor a feeling for the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio. Pick up at hotel and continue to the city center, the oldest part of Rio. The walking tour includes many interesting points such as Candelaria church, Praça XV square, the “Travessa do Mercado” alley, Paço Imperial museum, the cultural center located in the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil building, the Casa França-Brasil museum, Ouvidor Street and Gonçalves Dias Street, where the traditional Confeitaria Colombo bakery is located. The walk continues down to Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square and the visit at Carmo church. Then, continue by car to Santa Teresa, a traditional district with a mild climate and big houses from the beginning of the century, built mainly by English railroad managers. In our days, it became an art center with lots of craftsmanship galleries and the only district in Rio where we can find the trolley car. Afternoon and evening at leisure. (B)
  • Day 3 to 5
  • Three Days at Leisure (B)
  • Day 6 – Rio de Janeiro / Depart
  • Private transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight bound for home. (B)
Visits:
Brazil
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Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil Discovery - Class ...

12 days
$ 417 / day
$ 5,575
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Mendoza: A day made for budding wine connoisseurs, enjoy a leisurely winery tour where you'll learn more about wine making and taste some of the vineyard's delicious Malbecs.
  • Mendoza: Go on a nature tour to the Villavicencio Reserve located in the middle of the Andes.  Head on a guided hike with a Local Expert to see the rich, natural mountainous landscape and enjoy a picnic style lunch alfresco.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • Buenos Aires: Relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner and drinks.
  • Buenos Aires: In the evening, enjoy an authentic Asado Porteno (Argentinian barbecue) with local chef, Luis. He will share his own family recipe and how grilling the perfect beef has become a family ritual and local tradition.
  • Montevideo: Visit a local olive oil farm in the countryside of Colonia Del Sacramento and enjoy a tour of their facilities with a local expert before sitting down for a farm to table lunch paired with local wines.
  • Iguassu Falls: Your Highlight Dinner will be served at The Argentine Experience where you'll learn how to prepare your own wine-based cocktail, and your own empanadas. Afterword, savour an Argentinian picada and sample mate and Alfajores, Argentina's famous national sweet. To enhance your dining experience, your dishes will be complemented by Argentinian wine pairings.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Enjoy a Highlight Lunch with a classic Caipirinha cocktail at Casa Camolese, a contemporary restaurant situated next to the botanical garden.
  • Rio de Janeiro: In the evening, commemorate your holiday as you join your new friends for a memorable Celebration Dinner at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria with beautiful views of the Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Dining Summary: 5 Dinner with Wine (DW), 10 Breakfast (B), 2 Lunch with Wine (LW), and 1 Lunch (L)
  • Buenos Aires: Start your first full day in Buenos Aires with a city tour of Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. Take in the gorgeous local sights, including the Palacio Barolo, Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo.
  • Buenos Aires: Visit the historic Mercado San Telmo. Built in 1897, this indoor market is situated in the Tango District, in the heart of the San Telmo neighbourhood. Here you’ll find everything from fresh fruit and spices, to vintage clothing, antiques and crafts.
  • Montevideo: Visit the city of Colonia del Sacramento, with its charming cobbled streets and historic buildings. Now a UNESCO World heritage site, this colourful destination was originally founded by the Portuguese in the 1600s.
  • Mendoza: A day made for budding wine connoisseurs, enjoy a leisurely winery tour where you'll learn more about wine making and taste some of the vineyard's delicious Malbecs.
  • Iguassu Falls: Take in breathtaking views of the jungle and falls, before heading out with a Local Expert to explore the Argentinian side of the park.
  • Iguassu Falls: Today you’ll take a guided visit to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. While the walk is on the shorter side, it's no less impressive, allowing you to see all the cascades at once.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Conclude your day with a cable car ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of the Guanabara Bay and Rio's mountainous coastline.
  • Rio de Janeiro: In the morning, take a tour of Tijuca Forest National Park, where you’ll find Mount Corcovado, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • Buenos Aires: Witness a private demonstration and performance by professional tango dancers and musicians at an authentic “conventillo” in La Boca, where you will be introduced to this passionate dance and upbeat music.
  • Mendoza: Go on a nature tour to the Villavicencio Reserve located in the middle of the Andes.  Head on a guided hike with a Local Expert to see the rich, natural mountainous landscape and enjoy a picnic style lunch alfresco.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Join a local botanist for an exclusive guided visit to Rio’s Botanical Garden, a research and preservation site for a rare collection of bromeliads and orchids, as well as old trees and exotic plants.
Visits:
Rio de Janeiro, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
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The Adventurer(With Inca Trail Trek,Start Lima, E ...

Contiki
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
24 days
$ 251 / day
$ 6,016
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Visit Cruz del Condor
  • Visit Maca
  • Ride on a triciclo in Puno
  • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca from Puno
  • Visit Taquile and Uros Island communities in Puno
  • Explore the San Pedro Market & try some Peruvian snacks in Cusco
  • Take a walking tour of Cusco
  • Entry into the Sacred Valley and Pisac ruins
  • Meet some resident llamas in a local farm in Cusco
  • Visit Pisac town and Pisac Market
  • See the Devil's Throat, the underwater cave formation of Iguassu falls
  • Visit Iguassu National Park ARG side
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Arequipa, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado, Puno, Rio de Janeiro, Sacred Valley, Argentina, Brazil, Peru
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Best of Brazil

Great Value Vacations
Premier
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8 days
$ 368 / day
$ 2,940
From : $ 5,265
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Full-Day Tour to Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Iguassu Falls Tour (Brazilian Side) (3.5 hours)
Visits:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Brazil Highlights with Brazil's Amazon, Brasilia ...

14 days
$ 336 / day
$ 4,699
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the Museum of Natural Sciences before a stroll through a bustling local market
  • Visit aboriginal dwellings
  • Visit a Caboclo’s native Amazon Village to learn about their traditions and culture
  • Visit the Monkey Jungle Reserve, where researchers work to rehabilitate captive primates and reintroduce them to the jungle
  • Visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain
Visits:
Brasilia, Manaus, Pantanal, Argentina, Brazil
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Trans-Oceanic Ecology voyage

17 days
$ 116 / day
$ 1,972
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard lectures about destinations and wildlife along the route
  • Excursions to cities, cultural and historical places
  • Extended stay in Fortaleza after leaving the vessel
Visits:
Agadir, Cape Verde, Casablanca, Brazil, Morocco, Spain
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Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls & Amazon River Cruise

Great Value Vacations
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 419 / day
$ 4,187
From : $ 5,783
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Tour to Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain (full-day)
  • Iguassu Falls Tour (Brazilian Side) (3.5 hours)
Visits:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Brazil Highlights with Brasilia & Pantanal

11 days
$ 329 / day
$ 3,619
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain
Visits:
Brasilia, Pantanal, Argentina, Brazil
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South America Landscapes with Brazilian Amazon

17 days
$ 344 / day
$ 6,000
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Discover how locals prepare for Rio de Janeiro's Carnival week
  • Explore Santiago, Puerto Varas, San Carlos de Bariloche, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro with a Local Specialist
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Chile’s wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado
  • View Petrohue River, Devil's Throat Falls
  • Scenic Cruise in Chile's Lake Region and on Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina
  • Connect with Locals
  • Connect with Locals
  • Connect with Locals
  • Dive into Culture
  • Dive into Culture
  • Dive Into Culture
  • Dive Into Culture
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
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Ultimate South America with Brazil's Amazon & ...

27 days
$ 183 / day
$ 4,889
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment. Hard
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
Visits:
Arequipa, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Manaus, Puno, Sacred Valley, Pacific Ocean, Argentina, Brazil, Peru
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Top Brazil Attractions & Experiences

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550 Brazil Tour Reviews - Summary 91% Recommend

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Great Introduction to Lake Titicaca

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Although it was just a short trip down to Puno and Lake Titicaca, it was a great way to see the area and visit some of the islands.

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Operator Active Adventures

Serendipity in Travel

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

An unexpected tour hiccup pushed me onto the Chinchilla in a serendipitous turn of events that allowed me to discover the beauty and wonders of Lake Titicaca and the Uyuni Salt Flats. Whilst my original intent was to do the Inca Trail, the Chinchilla was not a lesser alternative, as all the usual bells and whistles of an Active trip were still in abundance, plus the bonus of the spectacular sights I saw instead. (I did manage to do an abbreviated Inca trail on my own, with Rainbow Mountain thrown in. Which led to this epiphany: the Jaguar and Chinchilla would make an incredible combination.) That said, I did find the Chinchilla less strenuous than the Jaguar (as described), and would have wanted a little more Active with the Adventure. In part, this was because the supplemental tour guides may not have gotten the memo, and failed to incorporate certain activities that were advertised (e.g., the hike to the highest point on Taquile Island didn't happen). There is a fair amount of travelling involved, shuttling from Cusco to Puno to Copacabana to La Paz, which could have been a factor, but I would have been perfectly happy to start earlier, as well, if it allowed for more activities.

Or in some instances, tweak the itinerary. I was underwhelmed by the visit to Isla de la Luna, as we spent considerably more time travelling on the boat, than on the island itself, and the ruins were not particularly interesting or impressive. I wonder if a visit to Isla del Sol would have been better, despite being overrun by tourists. Maybe from a cultural perspective?

And maybe a little less time in Copacabana. The climb up and the view from Calvary Hill redeemed this stop for me, but other than this, there wasn't much in terms of cultural interest. The scene by the lake shore was busy and frenetic, but the water was too cold for me to venture in.

Nevertheless, the trip was incredible. I was impressed and awed by the beauty of Peru and Bolivia. I tried to stay awake during the long drives because the scenery, from the mountains to Lake Titicaca, were almost always spectacular. And don't get me started on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Beyond words. And the Luna Salada Hotel was simply amazing. I couldn't believe we were staying there.

As with Active trips, the food is usually an attraction in itself, moreso in Peru. The restaurants in Cusco and Puno were stellar. But also dominated by tourists. I was always itching for the opportunity to try more authentic local cuisine in establishments that are popular with the residents. The smaller group size for this trip afforded us the opportunity to go off the tourist track on a number of occasions, which led to wonderful discoveries, as well. The chicharron I had in Puno was the best I had in South America, and the fast food chicken (Pollo Copacabana in La Paz) that our driver in Uyuni recommended was flavorful and delicious. Perhaps that's an option you may want to include in your future tours. Other travellers may not be as adventurous, but I would welcome alternatives if offered, even if it was on my own.

Finally, the guides. Wilson did an excellent job of shepherding our small group around, even if he was under the weather. He was quick to respond to our questions, as well as to accommodate our requests. He managed the logistics seamlessly, and provided guidance and direction, especially on what foods to try.

And a special shout out to Israel Villaroel and Juvenal of Sande Andino. They made the trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats truly spectacular. They knew the territory well, and brought us to the best spots for photographs or to admire the view, especially at sunset. Our day at the salt flats was hands down, the best of the whole trip.

All in all, another amazing trip.

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Operator Active Adventures

More Than I Expected

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I only did three days of the Chinchilla Trip but what I did do I thoroughly enjoyed. My main focus was Cuzco, the Inca Trail Hike and Machu Picchu so I had no real expectations for Puno & Lake Titicaca and I have to say that it was a real pleasure to tour this area. I just loved the people and culture. The Uros Floating Island was fascinating and totally unique. The culture on Taquile Island was intriguing and the homestay on Amantani Island was truly a lovely experience. To see people with few material items be so self-sufficient and happy made a real impression and has made me think differently about my needs & wants. I only wish I could have done the full Chincilla Tour.

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Operator Active Adventures

A Varietal Overview of Bolivia

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Such a diverse opportunity to experience Lake Titicaca, both from Peru and Bolivia, to hike on a cactus island in a salt field, and to experience the Uros Reed Islands ending back in La Paz with its Cable Cars

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Operator Active Adventures

Ed's Chinchilla Review

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

No endorsement please.

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Titicaca and Bolivia Adventure

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Since we didn't do the entire Chinchilla trip (had booked the Jaguar which was then broken into the 2 sections), I don't think a review is appropriate.

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