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The Explorer Vacation Tours
For 18 - 35 Young Professionals, Singles and Students

Vacation Overview

Get ready for an epic South American journey, hitting the highlights of Peru, Argentina & Brazil. Follow the footsteps of the Inca’s at spots like Machu Picchu, Cusco & the incredible Amazon. Live it like a local in Buenos Aires & delve into its cool vibes, not to mention the beef & wine, before Iguassu Falls. From beaches & bikini’s to caipirinhas, experience the best of Brazil in Buzios & the home of Carnival, Rio. Note: You can choose to either trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or take it easy & go by train.

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Vacation Itinerary

Vacation Day 1 - Arrive Cusco
Hola! Welcome to Cusco. Once the heart of the Inca Empire, it’s now the modern-day starting point for visits to Peru’s most famous site, Machu Picchu.

Vacation Day 2 - Cusco to Sacred Valley
Say farewell to Cusco this morning as we make our way to the Sacred Valley of the ancient Incas. The Sacred Valley was the heart of the Inca’s agricultural setting and an important ceremonial region, with the sacred sites of Cuzco at one end and Machu Picchu at the other and countless ceremonial sites in between. After a stop for lunch in Urubamba we’ll make our way to one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns of South America – Ollantaytambo. We’ll wander around the site or visit the still inhabited Inca buildings before checking into the hotel. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 3 - Train to Machu Picchu or trek the Inca Trail
For those that have chosen the Inca Trail trek, well wake up this morning and take the train to KM104 to start your trek. Under the guidance of our professional Inca Trail Guide you’ll climb a gentle slope and experience the wildlife and cloudforest found here. After lunch begin the journey to our highlight, Machu Picchu. We’ll walk along the original Inca stonework path, past an altar to the Sun Gate where you’ll catch your first look at this awesome site. If you haven’t chosen our Inca Trail Trek today, then the morning is free to explore Sacred Valley. If you’re up for it, biking, hiking, rafting and horseriding await you today. This afternoon, we’ll catch a train through the lush and verdant mountains to Machu Picchu Pueblo the town at the base of the ruins. After check in at the hotel we’ll head out for dinner. Hotel (B,D)

Vacation Day 4 - Machu Picchu Pueblo to Cusco
It’s an early start this morning to be among the first to enter Machu Picchu. For those who want to get the blood pumping, there may be an opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu, the mountain peak behind the ruins. You’ll learn all about the site as we take a tour through the most important parts of the site such as the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths and the altar. Tonight is a great night to become a bona fide member of our "Illari Club" - by heading to one of the clubs and dancing until the sun rises. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 5 - Cusco
Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire, is now the modern-day starting point for visits to Peru’s most famous site, Machu Picchu. First up we’ll help you get your bearings on a walking tour of the city including a visit to the neighborhood of San Blas, and a stop on Calle Hatunrumiyoc, not far from Plaza de Armas. It is a narrow pedestrian street, famous for its Inca walls where huge stones are precisely carved to fit together without mud or concrete. Tonight we’ll check out the nightlife that is sure to keep you hopping into the wee hours of the night. Hotel (B,D)

Vacation Day 6 - Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
We’ll catch a flight over the Andes to the city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. Our lodge is a special experience in itself! Located in then luscious rainforest and made from wood and clay, its open walls leave you sleeping virtually amongst the rainforest! After you settle in, we’ll get a different take on the jungle as we take a hike to the canopy tower. After dinner you can experience something really different, heading out to look for caiman, a member of the alligator family native to the Amazon. Eco Lodge (L) (B,D)

Vacation Day 7 - Puerto Maldonado
We’ll wake early for best view of some the wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled as we travel further downstream to Tres Chimadas, an oxbow lake. We’ll board a simple catamaran with a jungle guide to learn about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the prehistoric hoatzin bird, the giant river otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha. After lunch, time is yours to do what you wish. For those keen on footy (soccer), spend the afternoon playing soccer, volleyball or take a dip. There are other options for your free time too. You can take an optional kayaking trip, try a 30 metre Canopy Climb with a rope, harness and jumar (a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope). Hotel (L) (B,D)

Vacation Day 8 - Puerto Maldonado to Lima
Our local guide will accompany us to the airport for our flight back into Lima. The rest of the day is yours to explore and you’ll have a night to relax before we start the next stage of our adventure. Tonight you can explore Miraflores, Larcomar mall or Parque Kennedy where you can grab a bite to eat, have your last Pisco Sour and practice your Spanish before switching gears and heading into the land where wine is king. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 9 - Lima to Buenos Aires
It’s so long Peru, and hello to Argentina. Known as the Country of Seven Continents, the diversity of landscapes here is super cool. You’ll find rainforest, plains and deltas, red sand desert, the southern Lakes District of Patagonia including Ushuaia the world’s most southern city. We’ll arrive in the capital city, Buenos Aires, known as South America’s most cosmopolitan city and paradise for the urbanite. Buenos Aires is perfect for unleashing the culture vulture within! It is the birthplace of Tango and there is a love of music, art, dance and of course football! Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 10 - Buenos Aires
On the first day we will dive into the heart of the city with a half-day city bike tour. We’ll visit the city’s historic center, San Telmo, the renowned neighborhoods like the colourful La Boca, including Maradona’s Statue at Boca Juniors stadium, Caminito and other renowned neighborhoods and areas such as Puerto Madero with it’s trendy shops and cafes. Your second day in BA is a day to enjoy the city your way. We’ll give you some ideas of how to spend it, doing stuff like visiting Colonia, Uruguay, going horseback riding with a gaucho at an Estancia (Ranch), or kayaking to the River Delta area of Tigre. Hotel (B,D) (B)

Vacation Day 11 & 12 - Buenos Aires
Today we’ll take a coach tour of the rest of the city, with an in-depth look at the history and modern-day Buenos Aires as you visit parks, pass by colonial mansions and learn about the historic figures that made the city and the country what it is today. During our tour we will visit the neighborhoods of Recoleta, Palermo Chico and Palermo Lagos y Bosques. Your second day in BA is a day to enjoy the city your way. We’ll give you some ideas of how to spend it, doing stuff like visiting Colonia, Uruguay, going horseback riding with a gaucho at an Estancia (Ranch), or kayaking to the River Delta area of Tigre. If hanging in town is what you’re after, there are loads of options. Check with your Tour Manager what is going on in town, there might be a football (soccer) game on, maybe rub elbows with the city’s elite while drinking champagne at a polo match or try your luck at the racetrack. For those interested in hitting the shops there is fantastic shopping in the boutiques and galleries that line La Florida, one of two pedestrian streets in the city centre. You could also visit the historic Gran Café Tortoni where you can ask for a ‘café con leche’ (Spanish for coffee with milk). Tonight, head out and find a local night spot to get a taste of Argentina’s famous beef, or try some of the homemade pizza and pasta that is the pride of the Italian population found in BA (Buenos Aires). Whatever you choose remember to save a little bit of energy for another night out on the town.

Vacation Day 13 - Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls
Today we depart Argentina to stay on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Iguassu Falls border Argentina and Brazil, with awesome views from both sides, and you’ll experience them both! Hotel (B,D)

Vacation Day 14 - Iguassu Falls
Get ready for an awesome day at Iguassu. First up, we’ll cross back into Argentina and visit their side of the Falls. You could feel the spray of the falls on a speed boat ride, or take a zodiac boat ride across to San Martin Island for a swim just down from the falls or a walk along the system or trails and catwalks that bring you up-close with some of the smaller waterfalls. Later, we’ll say farewell Argentina and it’s back to Brazil for another night of wining, dining and dancing. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 15 - Iguassu Falls to Buzios
It’s time to take it down a notch today as we start the next part of our journey in beachside Buzios. We’ll catch a flight to Rio de Janiero where we’ll transfer to this famous beachside resort town. This afternoon we’ll take to the water on a local boat, to visit two remote beaches and 4 different islands. Our stops include Joao Fernandes, Tartaruga, Armacao and Orla Bardot, named after ‘60’s starlet Brigitte Bardot who helped to bring Buzios its current level of fame. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 16 - Buzios
If you’re keen, you can rise early and catch a gorgeous sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. For those that prefer to sleep in, don’t worry, today’s another day to relax, chill and do what you want. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 17 - Buzios to Rio de Janeiro
Hello, Rio! Say farewell to the beach as we head to the city for our last 2 days on tour. Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the Brazilian bikini and of course some of the world’s best football (soccer) players, Rio goes off! Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 18 - Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, we’ll spend the day visiting Rio’s iconic sites. We will head to Rio’s old Cathedral, one of the city’s most important historical buildings before visiting the Lapa district and its 150 year-old aqueduct, the Arches of Lapa and Passeio Publico, the first public park in the city. Our last stop on today’s tour is Sugarloaf Mountain. Climb 1299ft (396m) in glass-paneled cable cars to the summit for more astounding views of the city and its beaches. Hotel (B,D)

Vacation Day 19 - Depart Rio de Janeiro
Don’t forget to swap addresses with your mates and Tour Manager, as our South American adventure ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

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Vacation Prices
Starts Cusco  / Ends Rio de Janeiro

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
27 Sep 2018 14 Oct 2018 $4,255 Definite
25 Oct 2018 11 Nov 2018 $4,255 Definite
22 Nov 2018 09 Dec 2018 $4,255 Definite
24 Jan 2019 10 Feb 2019 $4,039 Definite
07 Feb 2019 24 Feb 2019 $4,039 Definite

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
14 Sep 2018 01 Oct 2018 $4,255 Definite
02 Nov 2018 19 Nov 2018 $4,255  
09 Nov 2018 26 Nov 2018 $4,255 Definite
30 Nov 2018 17 Dec 2018 $4,255 Definite
28 Dec 2018 14 Jan 2019 $4,255 Definite
01 Feb 2019 18 Feb 2019 $4,039 Definite

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
02 Mar 2019 19 Mar 2019 $4,039  
23 Mar 2019 09 Apr 2019 $4,039  
27 Apr 2019 14 May 2019 $4,039 Definite
25 May 2019 11 Jun 2019 $4,039  
22 Jun 2019 09 Jul 2019 $4,039  
20 Jul 2019 06 Aug 2019 $4,039  
17 Aug 2019 03 Sep 2019 $4,039 Definite
14 Sep 2019 01 Oct 2019 $4,039 Definite
12 Oct 2019 29 Oct 2019 $4,039  
09 Nov 2019 26 Nov 2019 $4,039  
07 Dec 2019 24 Dec 2019 $4,039  
04 Jan 2020 21 Jan 2020 $4,039  
01 Feb 2020 18 Feb 2020 $4,039  
07 Mar 2020 24 Mar 2020 $4,039  

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
09 Mar 2019 26 Mar 2019 $4,039 Definite
30 Mar 2019 16 Apr 2019 $4,039  
04 May 2019 21 May 2019 $4,039  
01 Jun 2019 18 Jun 2019 $4,039 Definite
15 Jun 2019 02 Jul 2019 $4,039 Definite
29 Jun 2019 16 Jul 2019 $4,039  
27 Jul 2019 13 Aug 2019 $4,039  
24 Aug 2019 10 Sep 2019 $4,039  
21 Sep 2019 08 Oct 2019 $4,039  
19 Oct 2019 05 Nov 2019 $4,039  
16 Nov 2019 03 Dec 2019 $4,039  
28 Dec 2019 14 Jan 2020 $4,039  
11 Jan 2020 28 Jan 2020 $4,039  
25 Jan 2020 11 Feb 2020 $4,039  
08 Feb 2020 25 Feb 2020 $4,529  
14 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 $4,039  

*This trip requires travel insurance that must be purchased before final payment.

*Prices not guaranted until time of booking
*Single Room available (extra cost)

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.


  • 18 nights: 17 nights twin-share hotels & 1 night Special Stay experience
  • 5 internal flights & transfers
  • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
  • Sightseeing tours of all major areas
  • Local taxes & service charges


  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager
  • English speaking local guides


  • 27 meals: 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches (or 3 for Machu Picchu Trekking option) & 7 dinners


    • 4 World Heritage Sites visited
  • City walking tour
  • Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha
  • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo
  • Try some local Chicha de Jora
  • Train ride to the 104km point
  • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide
  • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar
  • Return train ride from Machu Picchu
  • City tour
  • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views
  • Special stay in our Amazon Rainforest Jungle Ecolodge
  • Visit the Infierno community
  • Locally guided jungle catamaran cruise
  • Tango lesson, show & dinner
  • Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca & Puerto Madero
  • City tour
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu - Brazilian side)
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional Iguazú - Argentinian side)
  • See the Devils Throat
  • Taste delicious Brazillian BBQ
  • City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Paseo Publica
  • Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain
  • City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Paseo Publica
  • Boat cruise with caipirinhas, sun & music



























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Full payment is due 45 days prior to vacation departure.
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