South and Central America - 20 Days

Tee Lee Travel Presents : South and Central America Discoverer

Discover the best of South America with Tee Lee Travel.
Our itinerary cover the most iconic sights of this exotic continent, see the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, enjoy panoramic views from Rio’s Sugar loaf , enjoy the amazing views of Iguazu Falls.
Sail from from Lima to San Diego aboard a luxurious Cruise Liner and discover the colorful beauty of Central America.

Please note places are limited and tour is subject to minimum numbers.

Visas, countries like Brazil, Argentina and USA require an entry visa depending on your nationality. Please contact us ask us for visa application requirements and fees.

Schedules

Adelaide – Santiago

Airport Arrival Transfer

Upon arrival you will be meet by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel

Welcome to Santiago de Chile

Surprising, cosmopolitan, energetic, sophisticated and worldly, Santiago is a city of syncopated cultural currents, madhouse parties, expansive museums and top-flight restaurants.

Check in at Hotel Ismael 312

Hotel Ismael 312

Ismael Valdés Vergara 312, Santiago de Chile, Metropolitana de Santiago de Chile, CL +56 2 2616 7600

Santiago de Chile

This afternoon tour will cover the most iconic sights in Santiago.
Visit San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city. Our tour will also takes us through Plaza de Armas (Main Square) , Metropolitan Cathedral, Post Office to Santiago City Hall, La Moneda Presidential Palace and Concha y Toro Square (one of the oldest and best wineries in South America)

Santiago – Rio de Janeiro

Airport Arrival Transfer

Upon arrival you will be meet by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel

Check in at Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort (or similar)

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Av. Niemeyer, 121 +55 21 2274-1122

Welcome to Rio!

Rio de Janeiro, meaning the River of January, sits on the Atlantic coast of Brazil and is the country’s second largest city behind São Paulo. For over two centuries it was the bustling capital of Brazil and even today it is one of the most important commercial and political centres in the country.
The people’s sense of fun is matched only by the spectacular natural environment that Rio enjoys. There are mountains, nature trails and forests including Floresta da Tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest. Its beaches are among the most beautiful in the world while its waters are home to an abundance of marine life. In fact, no visitor should leave without experiencing the city’s beach life and Rio has hundreds of outstanding beaches from which to choose.
Along with Christ the Redeemer, the massive statue of Jesus, there is Sugar Loaf Mountain the iconic image of the Rio skyline. The view from the top is amazing.
The city also has many museums including the ‘living museums’ of Petrópolis and Parati where visitors can see authentic architecture from the time Rio de Janeiro was founded while sporting enthusiasts will be captivated by the Maracanã Stadium one of the world´s largest football stadiums. Rio de Janeiro is well and truly on the map as one of the world’s greatest cities.

Day Tour Corcovado & Sugar Loaf

Today we combine two of Rio’s most popular tours on a full day excursion packed with breathtaking views.
In the morning you will enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the opportunity to ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.
After lunch at a BBQ restaurant, you will travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain.

Rio- Iguassu
Airport Arrival Transfer

Upon arrival you will be meet by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel

Check in at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas or similar

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Pq. Nacional do Iguaçu, Foz do Iguaçu, PR, Brasil, 85855-750 +55 45 2102-7000

Iguacu Waterfalls (Brazilian Side)

After arrival we will visit the Brazilian side of the falls.
The Brazilian side consists of more panoramic views and short walk trails.
Why not take the opportunity to take a helicopter ride!

Iguazu Falls (Argentinian Side)

We will take a tour to the Argentinian side of the Falls where we will visit Porto Canoas and visit the awe-inspiring Devil’s throat and see the largest of the Argentinian Falls including San Martin Falls.
On the way to the Airport we will stop at the three borders where Brazil,Argentina and Paraguay meet.

Iguazu Falls – Lima

irport Arrival Transfer

Upon arrival you will be meet by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel

Check in at Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport (or similar)

Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport
Av. Elmer Faucett S/N, Lima, LIMA, PE, Callao 1 (01) 7112000

Lima – Cuzco

Airport Arrival Transfer

Upon arrival you will be meet by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel

Check in at Casa Andina Premium Cusco

Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473, Cusco, Cusco, Perú +51 84 232610

Cuzco

The foremost city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as
well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
Few travelers to Peru will skip visiting this premier South American destination, also the gateway to
Machu Picchu.
We will take a small walk around the old city, savoring the mix of ancient Inca ruins and Spanish
churches.
Take the opportunity to sample Peruvian delicacies such as alpaca and guinea pig

Cuzco- Ollantaytambo

Enjoy the ride from Cuzco into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Upon arrivla in Ollantaytambo we will board or Vistadome train to the town of Aguas Calienters. The gateway town to Manchu Picchu

Check in at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Avenida Hermanos Ayar, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, PE (01) 4470579

Machu Picchu

After checking into our Hotel we will visit Machu Pichu. We will endeavour to visit Machu Picchu in the early afternoon after the day visitors the the sight have left for the day.
In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century.
Despite this great tourist influx, the site manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery, and is a must for all visitors to Peru.

Aguas Calientes – Cuzco

Check in at Casa Andina Premium Cusco (or similar)

Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473, Cusco, Cusco, Perú +51 84 232610

Time at leisure for sightseeing and last minute shopping.
Shopping highlights for gold, silver, fine textiles and pottery.
Your local guide will give you suggestions.

Airport Transfer

After check out from your Hotel you will be transferred to Cuzco Airport

Cuzco – Lima

Welcome to Lima!

Peru’s bone-dry capital (only Cairo is drier as far as national capitals go), Lima is a booming energetic metropolis built on ancient foundations millennia in the making. At first she is no looker, but scratch that parched surface below the high-rise offices and dust-settled dwellings and Lima’s charms begin to shine: Strikingly preserved pre-Columbian ruins sit defiantly among modern skyscrapers, a cultural potpourri of world-class museums, sun-toasted beaches beautifully illuminated by nightly sunsets and one of the most exciting and dynamic culinary landscapes in the world.
Lima is a tale of two cities. Colonial charms abound in the city’s historic center, where impressive plazas—including the cinematic 16th-century Plaza de Armas, the handiwork of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro—are overseen by Baroque and neoclassical cathedrals, palaces, monasteries and
remnants of ancient city walls. But a different Lima emerges in the cliff-hugging seaside barrios of Miraflores and Barranco. Miraflores, Lima’s modern face, is a bustling enclave of chic restaurants, bars and nightlife, and Barranco is a bohemian resort commune flush with grand casonas converted
into atmospheric hotels and eateries. One of the city’s allures is navigating between the old and the new.

But the Peruvian capital is at its most extraordinary at mealtimes, where the signature dishes of its world-famous cuisine—ceviche, lomo saltado pisco (beef stir-fried with tomatoes, peppers, onions and fried potatoes), aji de gallina (a pepper-laced chicken stew), causa(avocado and shrimp layered between mashed potato)—are the culinary stuff of legend, further wowing when chased by Peru’s extraordinary national cocktail, the highly addictive pisco sour. ¡Salud!

Half Day Tour of Lima

We will take a half day tour of historic Lima known as; “the City of Kings” and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Stops include Main Square, Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Santo Domingo Convent, the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores.

Port Transfer

Lima – San Diego Cruise

Holland America-Incan Empires- Volendam (to be confirmed)

Elegant and spacious, Volendam takes her décor cues from the garden. Her grand public spaces are graced with floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of fresh floral arrangements. While on board, explore the wonders of nature in BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy a cooking show or hands-on
workshop with America’s Test Kitchen. Relax with a spa treatment at the Greenhouse Salon & Spa. Or dine in one of our selection of fine restaurants.
Each day onboard offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

Cruise departs today from Lima at 5 pm

 

General San Martin (Pisco), Peru


While most tourists envision a lush Peru—with mountaintop citadels shrouded in jungle and mist—the Pisco region is a stunningly stark junction of lunar landscape and teeming sea—all earth tones and aquas. For a place whose beauty is so austere, however, the area is shockingly fertile, both agriculturally (the beloved national brandy of the same name hails from here) and culturally (civilizations from the Paracas to the Incas have left a mark—or many—here).
But your visit won’t be all about signature cocktails and ancient ruins: The local waters are home to such a mind-blowing menagerie, they’re often called the Galápagos of Peru or simply Little Galápagos. You can reach these wildlife hangouts, among other Pisco-area highlights, quite easily from the port of
General San Martín. Or you can simply stake out a seaside table and fill up on some of the freshest ceviche of your life—a house pisco sour close at hand for good measure.

Days At Sea

Days At Sea

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

One of the stops along the Panama Canal Zone route, Puntarenas on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is nicely positioned within easy day-trip distance of a number of that country’s national parks. The town, a busy working port on the surface, makes an ideal base from which travelers can venture out to explore the variety of this Central American country’s outdoor attractions, from lush jungle destinations to pristine beaches along the Pacific. Activities include snapping photos of gushing waterfalls (and swimming at the base of one, if you bring your swimsuit!), sightseeing near active volcanoes, bird watching in nature reserves and sanctuaries and horseback riding on Pacific beaches . . . and that’s just for starters. Visitors to this extraordinary region also enjoy shopping for the handicrafts that local artists sell at their cooperatives, as well as sampling traditional Tico cuisine, especially gallo pinto—a combination of rice and beans eaten at any time of the day or night. A trip here serves as the perfect reminder that adventure often awaits just around the bend.

Corinto, Nicaragua

As a travel destination, Nicaragua still remains below the radar for many Americans, despite a recent surge of media interest in this Central American country. One of the region’s most politically and socially stable nations, Nicaragua has been billed as the next great spot for eco-, cultural and culinary
tourism. Adventurous guests keen to experience its charms are rewarded richly for their efforts. The country’s most visited cities are Managua (the capital), Granada and León; the latter sits near the Pacific Coast. Corinto is the nearest port town, just northwest of León and along the route to the Panama Canal Zone. It offers many of the charms of the larger cities, including their colonial-era architecture, as well as a number of cultural and ecological attractions in surrounding areas. Given the port’s proximity to León, it’s easy for cruise passengers to take a day trip to this beautiful city established by Spanish conquistadores in 1524. While there, be sure to sample the traditional dish called vigorón, a hearty plate heaped with pork, boiled yuca and cabbage salad. Though residents of Granada claim to have invented it, vigorón is popular around the entire country and is a true taste of Nicaragua.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala’s largest port on the Pacific Ocean side of this Central American country, important for both cargo and cruise ships. There’s not a great deal to see and do in Puerto Quetzal itself, and visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly. Yet you shouldn’t despair, either;
Puerto Quetzal is an ideal point of departure for exploring several corners of the country. Choose your mode of transportation—plane, bus, car or boat—and decide whether you want to take in Guatemala’s stunning, volcano-studded landscape, one (or more!) of the country’s Maya sites, the UNESCO–
recognized colonial city of Antigua (the former capital), a coffee plantation or one of the many beguiling bodies of water. In addition to the gleaming Pacific, there’s Lake Atitlán, which 19th-century German explorer Alexander von Humboldt described as the most beautiful lake in the world. All of these attractions are accessible as day trips, and getting to them is all part of your Guatemalan adventure.

Manzanillo, Mexico

A glance at Manzanillo’s coat of arms tells you most of what you need to know about one of Mexico’s most significant port cities. Divided into four quadrants, the shield features a multi-masted sailing vessel, a ship’s wheel and anchor, a coconut palm rooted in golden sand against an ocean backdrop and a sailfish arcing out of the water. The only item missing, perhaps, is a plate of freshly caught seafood. Manzanillo is one of Mexico’s busiest, most important ports (some say the busiest and most important). Located on the Pacific, it’s nicknamed the Sailfish Capital of the World. It’s little wonder, then, that most of the activities in Manzanillo are centered on or near the water, and most of the city’s culinary specialties are inspired by the fruits of the sea. Don’t have high hopes if you plan to shop for authentic souvenirs here; many of the options are chain stores that may be familiar to you and which offer the same goods you could buy at home. No worries, though: Your money is best spent on
Manzanillo’s experiences.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Unique compared to Acapulco, Cancún, Zihuatanejo and several other coastal resort towns in Mexico —many of which were created by the government as planned communities—Puerto Vallarta (“PV” to Page 18 of 20 locals), on the Pacific Ocean, retains quite a bit of its colonial-era charm. Its town square, Plaza de Armas, and the gorgeous parish church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, topped with an ornate crown and overlooking the port, serve as the loveliest representations of bygone ages. Alongside these echoes of the past are more modern attractions, including an ambitious public art project along the seaside walkway (the malecón) and trendy restaurants such as La Leche, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine. Round these out with plenty of fun-in-the-sun outdoor activities on and along Banderas Bay (whale-watching! snorkeling! jet-skiing!), excursions that reveal the best of Puerto Vallarta’s flora and fauna, and a side trip to one of Mexico’s pueblos mágicos (magical towns, a designation conferred by the government to recognize smaller towns that possess historical and cultural value), and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant place to spend part of your cruising vacation.

Days At Sea

San Diego, California, US

Easygoing San Diego embodies the Southern California surfer town fantasy, with its more than 300 days of sun, mild year-round temperatures and accessible, sporty pastimes and tourist attractions. You can hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to get a glimpse of whale migrations, go sailing in the bay and, of course, surf the famous swells of Del Mar, Oceanside and La Jolla (among many other superb spots). But the sixth-largest city in the United States is surprisingly nuanced, with distinctive neighborhoods: Old Town, North Park, Point Loma and Coronado are all within a few miles of the port, while the bustling Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy are within walking distance.
And while there are lots of things to do for everyone—from visiting the country’s largest urban park to taking in the famous horse-racing season in Del Mar to riding the charming Old Town Trolley— definitely don’t pass up the chance to investigate San Diego’s quickly growing reputation as a culinary
destination. Its inventive new restaurants and huge craft-brewing industry are something to be.

Departure Transfer

San Diego – Adelaide