With so many other areas of the world in conflict, South America is attracting a lot of interest from travellers. The strength of the Australian dollar makes it a hot destination. Here are four excellent trips covering Argentina, Brazil and Peru.
IGUAZU FALLS: Get up close to one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls on the Discover Iguazu Falls tour from Tempo Holidays. One of South America’s most famous natural attractions, the magnificent Iguazu Falls straddles the borders between Argentina and Brazil, plunging 70 metres through 275 cataracts.
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Tempo’s three-day package starts from $A432 per person twin share and includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, a morning tour of the Argentinean side of the falls, a jungle train ride through the lush forest and a walk around the spectacular Devil’s Throat, where the force of falling water fills the air with clouds of spray to create rainbows. The package also includes a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, national park fees, return coach airport transfers and hotel pick up and drop off for all excursions. Choose from accommodation in the Iguazu National Park or nearby Puerto Iguazu towns.
AMAZON CRUISE: Go piranha-fishing, spot rare pink dolphins and monkeys and visit native villages on Tempo Holidays’ Delfin II Amazon Cruise. Defin II Amazon Cruise is one of the best ways to see Peru’s incredible Amazon jungle while experiencing upscale and boutique cruising. The tour includes wildlife spotting on blackwater rivers, bird-watching on lagoons and a visit to the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a 5 million acre flooded forest area.
The Delfin II accommodates up to 26 passengers and feature spacious cabins with individual air-conditioning and private bathrooms with hot water, a cosy dining room and an observation deck with a bar, sofas and hammocks. The cruise departs Iquitos airport and includes return airport transfers, three breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners and jungle excursions/activities with bilingual guides.
BUENOS AIRES: Tempo Holidays is offering an extra night in Buenos Aires for free in a range of hotels when booked by June 30, 2011. Stay four nights but pay for only three when staying at the five-star Sofitel, one of the city’s most stylish hotels located in the heart of Buenos Aires; and the four-star Americas Tower Hotel, which features excellent facilities including an outdoor swimming pool and modern fitness centre.
The deal also applies to the 3.5 star Design Suite Hotel, a chic, boutique style hotel decorated with abstract art and sleek futuristic furnishings; and the three-star Hotel de las Americas, a comfortable hotel located in the elegant neighbourhood of Recoleta. Prices start from $A227 per person twin share (based on a four-night stay in Hotel de las Americas) and include daily breakfast.
Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital is a stylish city with a grand European appearance, boasting romantic cafes, world-class restaurants, beautiful colonial boulevards and an impressive 4000 monuments. Each of Tempo’s Buenos Aires hotels are centrally located with tourist sights such as Teatro Colon, Plaza de Mayo and the waterfront of Puerto Maderos within easy reach.
WONDERS OF THE NEW WORLD tour from Cox & Kings. Priced from $A2,822 per person twin share, this nine-day escorted small group journey includes a half-day tour of Buenos Aires taking in the Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried and colorful La Boca District, and a tour of both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of Iguazu Falls including the spectacular Devil’s Throat section.
The itinerary also visits Rio de Janeiro and its famous Corcovado Mountain – site of the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer which overlooks the city, as well as iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. The tour departs Buenos Aires and includes eight nights accommodation, small group sightseeing, transport by quality vehicles, services of a tour escort/local guides and entrance fees for sites on the itinerary. The tour also operates on a fully private basis. For bookings contact your local travel agent or Cox & Kings on 1300 836 764 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit coxandkings.com.au.