Chimu Adventures and Bench International invite you to come along and discover the South African and Peruvian highlights
Explore South Africa and Peru and discover the highlights of these two epic countries in one “Ultimate Famil”, along with a stopover in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. In South Africa we head out on safari in Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in search of “The Big 5” and explore Cape Town with its stunning setting and iconic Table Mountain backdrop. Peru sees us exploring Lima, the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Peru’s jewel in the crown, the legendary Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas where the history of the Incas will be revealed.
B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner
DAY 1: 27 Oct 2016 (Thursday)
Depart from Australia Fly from your capital city to Perth to connect with flight SA281 to Johannesburg, departing at 23:50 and scheduled to arrive into Johannesburg at 05:00 the following morning.
DAY 2: 28 Oct 2016 (Friday)
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve On arrival into Johannesburg International Airport, you will clear customs and then transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight to Skukuza.
Flight: Johannesburg to Skukuza SA886 10:00/10:50
On arrival at Skukuza Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge within Sabi Sabi Game Reserve. After time to settle in and relax, you will set off late afternoon into the wilderness, either by open Land Rover or on foot for a walking safari, accompanied by your armed and knowledgeable Game Ranger and Shangaan Tracker. Sabi Sabi Game Reserve is an award winning private reserve situated in the 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Wildtuin in the south western section of Kruger National Park. Sabi Sabi offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service and delicious cuisine. The reserve is a wildlife oasis. It is home to the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetahs, wild dogs and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area. Highly trained and experienced rangers and trackers accompany you on safari as you spot Africa’s beautiful wildlife and observe at close quarters the natural relationship between predator and prey.
Overnight at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge – L/D
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is a sanctuary that symbolises a new era in luxurious South African safari lodges. Sculpted into a slope of the earth and almost invisible in the landscape, the lodge uses texture, light and space to present a lodge unlike any other. Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, the lodge has been described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa. The entrance opens onto a panorama of uninterrupted bushveld. Featuring 13 ultra-luxurious suites including the Amber Presidential Suite, the lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. Each suite features individually designed furniture, private plunge pool, en-suite glass fronted bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower and butler services. The natural wooden sculptures by renowned South African artist Geoffrey Armstrong add a powerful magic. The lodge includes an indoor/outdoor dining area overlooking a waterhole and unending bushveld, a secluded library, art gallery, meditation garden and an underground wine cellar with a collection of over 6,000 bottles of rare wines. Everything at this luxury lodge has been created for your indulgence. The Amani Spa offers holistic body, skin and beauty rituals, treatments and massages.
DAY 3: 29 Oct 2016 (Saturday)
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives or walking safaris will see you exploring more of the Sabi Sabi Reserve and spotting more of the spectacular game.
Overnight at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge – B/L/D
DAY 4: 30 Oct 2016 (Sunday)
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve / Table Mountain National Park This morning after breakfast and an early morning game drive you will transferred to the airstrip for your onward flight to Cape Town.
Flight: Skukuza to Cape Town SA8652 11:20/13:55
On arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met and transferred to the Tintswalo Atlantic, located about 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.
Overnight at Tintswalo Atlantic – B/D
The chic 5-star luxury Tintswalo Atlantic lodge is located on Chapman’s Peak Drive in Table Mountain National Park, one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage Sites. Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean between Hout Bay and Cape Town, the lodge mirrors the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean in each uniquely designed suite with themes that pay tribute to the natural beauty and rich heritage of the surroundings. The setting is breath-taking and guests at the lodge are treated to warm, family-style hospitality and fine dining.
DAY 5: 31 Oct 2016 (Monday)
Cape Town This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to Cape Town to Redcliff House. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at Redcliffe House – B
Although contemporary in style, Redcliffe House with its high pressed ceilings, hard wood floors and grand entrance, has an old-world Victorian charm. This is the perfect place for families or groups of friends. The hotel features four en-suite bedrooms, a lounge with wood-burning fireplace, a private balcony looking onto Table Mountain, a small pool area and a dining room with 10-seater table and open-plan kitchen. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
DAY 6: 1 Nov 2016 (Tuesday)
Cape Town This morning after breakfast we take a tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain (cable car fee not included). Cape Town sits on a peninsula on South Africa’s south western coast beneath the imposing Table Mountain. The city boasts a beautiful waterfront and botanical gardens. Other attractions include the Italian Renaissance style City Hall and Grand Parade and the old colonial Martin Melck House. Robben Island lies off Cape Town in Table Bay. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and living museum, the island is the location of the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. Table Mountain is the flat-topped mountain that overlooks the city of Cape Town and forms part of Table Mountain National Park. It rises to just over 1,000 metres and is flanked by Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. There are spectacular views from the top of Table Mountain.
Overnight at Redcliffe House – B
DAY 7: 2 Nov 2016 (Wednesday)
Cape Town This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to your apartment in Cape Town before a full day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour. The tour will take you along the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, the most south-westerly point of Africa. Cape Point lies 60 kilometres from Cape Town on the tip of the Cape Peninsula – the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. It is a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park and a Natural World Heritage Site. Sheer cliffs tower above the water with stunning bays, beaches, rolling green hills and valleys providing habitat for a rich biodiversity. The first lighthouse completed in 1859 still stands at 238 metres above sea level. At the end of the tour we return to our hotel.
Overnight at More Quarters Apartment – B
More Quarters Apartments are boutique apartments in the heart of Cape Town, providing easy access to all that Cape Town has to offer and within striking distance of a collection of boutique shops, local eateries, popular bars and beaches. More Quarters offers the privacy of apartment-style living with the convenience of a luxury hotel’s services and amenities. The property features 18 apartments including 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units each with their own unique layout and décor.
DAY 8: 3 Nov 2016 (Thursday)
South Africa to South America This morning after an early breakfast you will be collected and transferred to Cape Town Airport for your onward flight via Johannesburg to Sao Paulo.
Flight: Cape Town to Johannesburg SA 314 07:30/09:25 connecting with Johannesburg to Sao Paolo SA222 11:15/17:00
On arrival into Sao Paulo Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel Sao Paulo (TBC) – B
DAY 9: 04 Nov 2016 (Friday)
Lima This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Sao Paulo Airport for your flight to Lima.
Flight: Sao Paulo to Lima AV 6646 06:55/09:04
On arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Guided assistance is included. Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country’s arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. The city is home to various museums including the Museo Larco that houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. Lima is known as the “gastronomical capital of the Americas”, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It boasts several of the top restaurants in the world. After time to settle into the hotel we take a tour of Lima, the Colonial ‘’City of Kings’’. We visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima’s magnificent colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past. We also visit “Casa de Aliaga” (Aliaga House), one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima. The house has been in the Aliaga family for eighteen generations, since conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima in 1535 and granted the plot of land adjacent to Government Palace to his trusted ally Jerónimo de Aliaga. The Aliaga family has resided in this mansion since its construction, the mansion having undergone many renovations over the years. It houses a wide-ranging collection of Peruvian art and artefacts, including the sword that Jerónimo de Aliaga used in the conquest of Peru. The house reflects various eras of decor, dating back across the centuries. As you take a tour of the house you walk through its many layers of history. At the end of the tour we return to our hotel.
Overnight at Westin Lima (Deluxe Room)
The Westin Lima is located in San Isidro – Lima’s vibrant financial and shopping district, just 15 kilometres from Jorge Chávez International Airport and within easy access of an array of restaurants, galleries, banks, parks and corporate headquarters. The Westin is the largest convention centre in Lima, catering to many styles of meetings and providing the latest in technology and a dedicated staff. The Deluxe Rooms are contemporary with stylish décor and city views and feature a work desk, 37” LCD TV, walk-in closet and marble bathroom with shower and separate bathtub. Hotel facilities include a lobby lounge, concierge desk, internet access throughout, business centre, heated indoor pool and a spa and fitness studio. There is a fine-dining restaurant serving Peruvian and fusion cuisine, a restaurant serving international cuisine and a bar.
DAY 10: 05 Nov 2016 (Saturday)
Lima Culinary Tour Peru is recognised as having one of the world’s finest cuisines and today gives you an opportunity to learn how to cook and sample a selection of local dishes. Our charismatic chef will take you on a fascinating and educational journey through the fragrances and tastes of the country. We visit a typical “Peruvian Market”, where you will find a wide variety of Peruvian products and enjoy unique fruits like “chirimoya”, “lucuma”,”aguaymanto” and “pacae”. Lunch is taken in the market. Later in the day we make our way to Senorio del Sulco, a restaurant in Miraflores owned by Isabel Alvarez, author of several cookbooks. The restaurant is decorated with antique cooking vessels hanging on the walls and serves traditional Peruvian cuisine with dishes such as ceviche (raw marinated fish or seafood), chupe de camarones (a creamy prawn soup), arroz con pato (rice and duck with a splash of dark beer), congrio sudado (a tender white fish in a spicy broth) and huatia sulcana (a traditional beef stew). Here we are given a cooking demonstration and Pisco class followed by dinner. You will be shown how to prepare a selection of typical Peruvian dishes that you will later be able to sample. After dinner, we return to our hotel.
Overnight at Westin Lima (Deluxe Room) – B/L/D
DAY 11: 06 Nov 2016 (Sunday)
Cusco City Tour This morning after breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight from Lima to Cusco.
Flight: Lima to Cusco AV 809 08:40/10:05
On arrival into Cusco, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza in every direction. Many of the colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty. After settling into the hotel, we take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the ancient Inca capital and heart of the Inca Empire. We visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here we head to a few of the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (Giant Rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay. After the tour we return to our hotel.
Overnight at Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco (Superior Room) – B
Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is built within a historic mansion known as the Casona de los Cuatro Bustos, adjacent to the Qorikancha Palace in the centre of Cusco. Hotel facilities include the Inti Raymi restaurant that serves a range of Peruvian and international dishes, bar, on-site gym and a spa offering a range of treatments based on indigenous Andean minerals and products, as well a soothing indoor therapy pool. The 203 guest rooms are beautifully decorated with colonial art and furniture and feature exclusive Luxury Collection beds, spacious bathrooms, LCD TVs, heating and high speed Internet. Cusco School paintings decorate the walls of some rooms, while the headboards and ceilings bear original hand-painted frescoes. Oxygen can be provided in the suites on request to help with the effects of Cusco’s high altitude.
DAY 12: 07 Nov 2016 (Monday)
Sacred Valley: Pisac and Ollantaytambo Today we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. Our first stop is at the picturesque village of Pisac, with its famous market and Inca Ruins. The town square is often the centre of activity throughout this region, but so too is the town market, and none is more alive than the famous market at Pisac. Products range from produce and meats to textiles and artisanal crafts. There is time to wander the colourful market stalls before heading uphill to the Pisac, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa and Kinchiracay ruins. We enjoy a fine buffet lunch in gardens overlooking the Sacred Valley. We continue our journey along the Urubamba River, to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. From its beginnings as the royal estate of Inca-Emperor Pachacutec, to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the temple at Ollantaytambo was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centres. The town is dominated by the impressive Inca fortress and is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning. Ollantaytambo was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. Later we transfer to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight at Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (Superior Room) – B/L
Set at the base of Ch’iqan Mountain overlooking the Vilcanota River in the enchanting Urubamba Valley, the elegant Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa is new yet full of character and visually aesthetic having been built using rustic materials. The 128 rooms and suites look out across the river and gardens and up towards the towering Andes. They feature marble bathrooms, Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV’s, iPod docks and minibars. Hotel facilities include a spa, indoor/outdoor pool, massage table, fitness centre, games room, business centre and a contemporary restaurant serving Peruvian fusion cuisine.
DAY 13: 08 Nov 2016 (Tuesday)
Machu Picchu This morning after breakfast we transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where we catch the Vistadrome train to Aguas Calientes for our visit to Machu Picchu. This modern train has been built with panoramic windows providing uninterrupted views as the train makes its way through the spectacular Andes mountain range to the renowned Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. On arrival into Machu Picchu, we have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries.
Please note that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind Machu Picchu). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit at least 3 months in advance. Please contact your sales consultant if you would like to do this but please note that permits cannot be guaranteed as there are only limited permits available and they are issued on a first come first served basis. At the end of our visit to Machu Picchu we return to Aguas Calientes to take the Vistadrome train back to Ollantaytambo. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection (Superior Room) – B
DAY 14: 09 Nov 2016 (Wednesday)
Sacred Valley: Chincheros, Maras and Moray After breakfast at the hotel you will be collected by bus to begin our tour to Maras and Moray. We begin by visiting Maras, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas at an altitude of 3,300 metres above sea level. Maras has an interesting mix of Inca and colonial influences and is well known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds, in use since Inca times. We then visit Moray located about 7 kilometres southwest of Maras. This impressive Inca ruin of giant terraces in the shape of nearly perfect circles is believed to have been used for agricultural experimentation. The temperature of the terraces increases as you descend further into the complex and there is a well-developed irrigation system. From here we head to Salineras, the salt ponds. The ponds are filled from a natural underground salt spring that comes from the adjacent mountain. The people have worked and harvested the salt the same way since the time of the Incas. You can watch them work and even buy a small bag of the fresh salt to take home and use in your kitchen. Finally we transfer back to Cusco visiting Chincheros en-route, an important Inca town with a colonial church and plaza.
Overnight at Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco (Superior Room) – B
DAY 15: 10 Nov 2016 (Thursday)
Cusco to Buenos Aires This morning after breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your outward flight from Cusco to Buenos Aires.
Flight: Cusco to Lima AV838 07:22/08:55 connecting with Lima to Buenos Aires AV967 10:35/16:58
On arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital, is known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes. Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to explore including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows; San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive area.
Overnight at Park Hyatt (Deluxe Room) – B
Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt is a luxurious 5-star hotel and one of the finest hotels in Buenos Aires, blending the 1930’s charm of the French Palacio Duhau with contemporary design and décor. Ideally located on Avenida Alvear, in the heart of the French heritage district of Recoleta, the hotel is a short stroll from MALBA (Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires) and Puerto Madero. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens in a residential neighbourhood surrounded by luxury boutiques. The hotel features a private art gallery, indoor swimming pool, fitness studio, sauna and the Ahín Wellness & Spa that offers rejuvenating spa and massage treatments. There are several restaurants and bars with food ranging from sophisticated Argentinian cuisine to modern Italian cuisine. The spacious deluxe rooms offer panoramic views of the gardens or traditional street views and feature bathrooms with bath tub and rain shower, in-room coffee, wireless internet and butler service.
Day 16: 11 Nov 2016 (Friday)
Buenos Aires City Tour and Tango Show A tour of Buenos Aires serves as a great introduction to this incredible city giving you a taste of its fascinating history, architecture, culture, inhabitants, anecdotes and secrets. You will explore the busy centre, including the 16th century Plaza de Mayo, where the iconic, balconied Casa Rosada Presidential Palace is located; the aristocratic North, including Recoleta Cemetery, best-known for holding Eva Peron’s grave; and the working-class South, such as the famous La Boca and San Telmo districts, heartland of the Tango. The tango originated at the end of the 19th century in the working-class neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires and Montevideo in Uruguay and the tango remains Argentina’s premier musical art form to this day. This evening you will get to experience this intimate and passionate dance at the Rojo Tango show. A 3-course dinner precedes the show. Located inside the exclusive and impressive Hotel Faena in Puerto Madero, Rojo Tango is a fascinating show that conquers all the senses, combining sounds, colours and movement. Rojo Tango’s dancers, singers and musicians have been acclaimed as some of Argentina’s best. At the conclusion of the show you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight at Park Hyatt (Deluxe Room) – B/D
Day 17: 12 Nov 2016 (Saturday)
Buenos Aires Free Day Today is free for you to explore Buenos Aires at your leisure or you may like to book an optional day tour (not included, at own expense). Optional tours include the following: – Asado Experience – Estancia Day – Day Tour to Uruguay
Overnight at Park Hyatt (Deluxe Room) – B
Day 18: 13 Nov 2016 (Sunday) – Depart for Australia
You will be collected from the hotel at the appropriate time for your transfer to the airport for your flight home to Australia, arriving in Australia on Tuesday 15th November.
Flight: Buenos Aires to Auckland NZ31 23:59/05:30 (+2) connecting with flights to SYD, MEL, BNE, PER or ADL