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Quito, Ecuador • Lima • Machu Picchu, Peru • Rio de Janeiro • Iguassu Falls, Brazil • Buenos Aires

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Trip Includes

  • Flights from anywhere in the United States and flights between countries as per your itinerary. (all necessary flights on your trip are included)
  • Daily Mass is available but not mandatory. Proximo Travel strives to have one or more Catholic Priests accompanying the group as chaplain(s).
  • Airport Taxes, Security Fees & Fuel Surcharges Saving you an average of $400-$600!
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • 4 or 5 star hotels in downtown areas.
  • Transportation with luxury bus.
  • All breakfasts and all dinners. Dinners take place at upscale restaurants not at the hotel. (Except in the Holy Land, at the Shrines, or when there is a long day of travel and the circumstances necessitate it.) Wine included with all dinners.
  • All tips to driver, hotel, and tour guide. If you feel that the tour guide did a great job, offering them extra tips is greatly appreciated.
  • Guided Tours and Tour Fees ~ Our tour guides are very caring, licensed, and well educated. Many of our guides have their PhD's.
  • Luggage handling (1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person)
  • Single Supplement (as long as the passengers is willing to room with someone and allows us to provide them with a roommate. If the passenger wants a guaranteed room to of their own, then they have to pay the $900 single supplement)
  • Remember: Our trips are not more expensive during high season ~ Passengers will never be expected to pay extra for anything while on the trip ~ We always wait for passengers and never leave anyone behind.

Trip Does Not Include

  • Lunch
  • Any necessary Travel Visas
  • Trip Insurance

Trip Itinerary

January 23: Fly from your home town to Quito, Ecuador. Dinner will be served on the plane. Upon arrival you'll be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver who will take you to the hotel to get checked in for your overnight in Quito.

January 24: After breakfast enjoy a walking tour in Spanish Colonial Quito. Our guide will show us the Plazas and will explain the history of the 16th Century founding of the Quito by the Spanish Conquistador Benalcazar. We will continue on to the 17th Century Archbishops Palace, and the Monastery of Our Lady of Good Success. We will see the upper choir loft where Our Lady appeared to Mother Mariana and the incorrupt bodies of the founding Mothers. There will be time for a Rosary in front of the Miraculous image and Mass over the tomb of Mother Mariana. After lunch we will continue our tour with a visit to the San Francisco Monastery and the Carmelite Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Quito.

January 25: After breakfast we depart on a tour that takes us “in the footsteps of La Dolorosa”. We begin with a visit to the Church of El Sagrario, Then on to the 17th Century Jesuit complex of La Compania. During our visit to the actual chapel of the miracle we will have time for a Rosary and personal devotion. You will have time for lunch in the area before boarding the bus for north Quito and Mass in front of the original miraculous image of La Dolorosa at the St. Gabriel boys’ school. Dinner and overnight in Quito.

January 26: Today our tour will cover the life of the great Catholic President of Ecuador, Garcia Moreno. We will begin our tour that retraces his last day on earth at Plaza Grande. We will visit the Monastery of Santo Domingo, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedra, and the Monastery of Santa Catalina where his body was secretly hidden for 100 years. We then visit the top of mountain Panecillo and the Virgin of the Apocalypse with its spectacular view of Colonial Quito. Fly to Lima, dinner will be served during your flight. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Lima.

January 27: We will visit the highlights of Lima: the Main Square of Lima, the Lima Cathedral, the Government Palace, Municipal Palace and the Church of Santo Domingo where the remains of the most important saints of Lima Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porres are found. The Plaza de Armas. After lunch we will finish exploring Lima with the house and church of St. Rosa Lima, Church of Las Nazarenes and finish with La Merced. Dinner and overnight in Lima.

January 28: After breakfast, Panoramic view tour to the exclusive districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, from where you’ll enjoy an excellent view of the Pacific Ocean. Also, we will visit the Pre Inca ruins of Huaca Pucllana with its famous Pyramids and remains of the human sacrifice altars which were partially destroyed by Spanish Conquistadors. In the afternoon, transfer from the hotel to the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Dinner in Muna Amazonia. Overnight in Cusco.

January 29: The adventure begins by embarking on one of the most beautiful railway routes, pass through picturesque Andean landscapes and enjoy the amazing lush jungle until you arrive to the City of Aguas Calientes; here we´ll take the bus for a 30 minute drive along a zigzaging path leading to the marvelous ancient citadel. Machu Picchu may have been home to Pachacutec, first Inca emperor. Walk through passageways and alleys of the citadel enjoy and take in this unique place in the world. Take free time to enjoy the mystic energy and natural beauty of the site before returning to Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon we´ll take the train back to Cusco. Dinner in Tunupa Restaurant and overnight in Cusco.

January 30: You have much of the day free to relax and explore Cusco on your own.  At the appropriate time, you will transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to Río de Janeiro (dinner aboard the flight).

January 31: Upon arrival early this morning, you will immediately depart to Sugarloaf Montain. Arrival at Morro da Urca, and take a cable car to ascend the second mountain - Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Montain). It is from these majestic view points that it is easy to see how the early explorers believed that they had sailed into the mouth of a great river when they named Rio de Janeiro – which means River of January, as the city was discovered on the 1st of January 1502. They had mistaken Guanabara Bay for the mouth of a great river. The most famous landmark of Guanabara Bay, this solid granite and quartz prominence rises 396m high above the sea and derived its name from the mountains shape – which resembles conical clay molds used earlier to refine sugar.  After the tour, you will transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy the rest of the day free.  Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

February 1: This morning we depart for a ride along the world-famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, circling the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and proceeding to the ""Maracanã"", one of the world's largest stadiums. Visit to the modern Cathedral in the center of town, passing by the Flamengo Park and the World War II Memorial. The grand finale is the visit the Christ of Redeemer, located in the top of the Corcovado Mountain at a height of 710 meters, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is certainly one of the world's best-known and most-visited monuments. This outing begins in the Cosme Velho District, aboard a miniature train that runs through the steep Atlantic Rainforest up to the foot of the statue, offering stunning glimpses of Rio from many different angles. From the top, the view is nothing short of heavenly: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botanical Gardens, the Jockey Club, and the Lagoon. The entire city spreads out in a magnificent panorama during the day, glittering and magic after dark and always protected by Christ the Redeemer, who blesses visitors and residents from on high.  After the excursion, transfer immediately to the airport where you will check in to your flight to Foz do Iguaçu.  Upon arrival, airport reception and dinner at El Fortin.  Overnight Foz do Iguacu.

February 2: Nothing in the world of water compares to, or is more impressive than the natural spectacle provided by the stunning group of 275 waterfalls that make up the Iguassu Waterfalls. The geologic change that gave birth to the Iguassu Waterfalls took place nearly 150 million years ago when a gigantic canyon was created, full of rock steps through which the grand Iguassu flows, producing a huge steam cloud and a deafening sound.The average flow of the Waterfalls is up to 3 million gallons per second. The biggest waterfall is the “Devils Throat”, which is 90 meters high.Besides the stunning views of the falls, we also visit the Bird Park at the entrance of the Iguassu National Park, where we can connect with nature and photograph hundreds of different native and exotic birds, reptiles, caimans, marmosets and butterflies in great walk-through aviaries and trails that wind through the jungle. Dinner at Cantina Sorelle and overnight in Iguassu.

February 3: This morning we fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Upon arrival our tour guide will begin the tour with the symbol of the city, the Obelisk. This monument was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the city. We will continue with a visit to the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada (The Pink House), which is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina, and the famous Opera house Teatro Colon. After lunch, we continue with the famous Cemetery of Recoleta, the Sanctuary of Our Lady del Pilar, the Museum of Bellas Artes and the Sanctuary of San Cayetano. Dinner at Café Tortoni and overnight in Buenos Aires.

February 4: Today we will visit sites from the life of Pope Francis, starting with the early years when he was known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Our first stop is Our Lady of Mercy Church where he was baptized, and the adjoining school, St. Joseph’s, where he took his first communion and attended primary school. It was here as a teenager that he received his vocational calling. We continue to Flores, a working class town located in the center of Buenos Aires, and birthplace to Pope Francis. Following lunch, we will make our way to Maximo of San Miguel College where Pope Francis studied and later taught philosophy and theology. As a rector, he sheltered those who were “on the run” from the military dictatorship. Next, we will make our way to the Seminary Chapel, also the former living quarters of Pope Francis. Finally make our way to the Church of the Immigrant. Dinner at Siga la Vaca in Puerto Madero and overnight in Buenos Aires.

February 5: Today we will head to the countryside to visit the famous Argentine countryside and attend the Gaucho Fiesta at Santa Susana estancia. “Gaucho” meaning “the South American Cowboy”, is one of the icons of Argentina’s rural farming areas. Each year, they celebrate the gaucho way of life and all things rural, including horse parades, dancing, music and barbecued meat (a food Argentina is famous for). After lunch (included) we return to the center in the late afternoon for some free time shopping on Avenue Santa Fe, in Galería Pacífico, visit the Ateneo Library, or eat a delicious ice cream. A la carte dinner in the Railway Museum, where owner Carlos Regazzoni himself attends our wishes. Overnight in Buenos Aires.

February 6: After breakfast at the hotel, we board our bus to the city of La Plata to visit its impressive Cathedral and the beautiful layout of its center. Dinner at Pizzeria Guerrin. Overnight in Buenos Aires.

February 7: Today, following breakfast, we will take a boat ride up north to Tigre, and visit the Parana Delta and Waterway. As you make your way through the web of inter-connecting rivers and streams, you will get to view the many English Style rowing clubs, marinas, and elegant mansions. Make a stop at San Isidro Cathedral, built in 1706 by French architects, and opened by the city founder: Captain Domingo de Acassuso. After some tea time watching the boats pass by, Drive to airport to fly back home.

February 8: Arrival back home.

Please note: We do our best to ensure that all sites listed in this itinerary will be seen. However, due to scheduling conflicts, or other circumstances beyond our control, sites may be visited on a different day than listed. If this happens it will also necessitate a change in the restaurant for dinner. However, we will never sacrifice the quality of the meal, all restaurants will meet Proximo Travel's very high standards.

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