TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY
TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY

A Luxury Collection Tour: South America – Argentina & Peru

15 days

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From the modern docks of Puerto Madero and the chic streets of Recoleta to the historic quarters of authentic San Telmo and colorful La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital is a fascinating city of contrasts. The vibrantly decorated houses, restaurants and bars that line Caminito in the barrio of La Boca are an iconic sight. The upmarket Recoleta district is home to the Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place to Eva Peron. Imagine a city with a European feel, but with a South American flair that is rich in culture and heritage. Grand French and Italian-style palaces grab the limelight, and interesting architectural details in the buildings of even low-key, local barrios. Passionate and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin.

Iguacu Falls, one of the most spectacular natural wonder of the world is located on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. In the native Tupi-Guarani language Iguacu it translates to “Big Waters” and this is certainly no exaggeration. Huge amounts of water thunder relentlessly over 275 (!) adjacent waterfalls. On the Argentinian side you can get close to the falls – sometimes just an arm’s length away, while the Brazilian side offers a more panoramic view of this breathtaking spectacle. And we’re going to be lucky enough to see both sides!

Peru

Peru is truly a unique place. Lima is a vast and vibrant city placed in a privileged position overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean. It is an ideal place to start our Peruvian adventure. Lima is rich in architecture and culture. Peru’s UNESCO-listed capital is known as the “City of Kings “, due to its fine colonial buildings which were built with the wealth of plundered Incan gold. The city has a compelling mix of styles, from the colonial structure of the Monastery of San Francisco through to Baroque churches and the more modern Magic Circuit of Water and contemporary districts. Lima is a bustling and rugged coastal city veiled in the beautiful and profound history of the Inca Empire.

Standing in the citadel of Machu Picchu gives meaning to the expression “unforgettable experience.” This Inca fortress has been voted as one the new Seven Wonders of the World and is a World Heritage Monument since 1983. But Machu Picchu is not the only place in Peru that has been recognized as something outstanding. Cusco too is a vital city that shows off Peru’s Inca history – the Kathmandu of the Andes – in an enchanting and captivating manner. And Ballestas Islands, off the coast of the resort of Paracas, is known as “Little Galapagos.” Bienvenido!

Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday November 11, 2018: Home Gateway – Buenos Aires
Departure from our home gateway to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. Originally called “Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre” – freely translated, it comes to Our Royal Lady Saint Mary of Good Airs, the name was later shortened to Buenos Aires, meaning Good Airs or colloquially – Fair Winds.

Day 2: Monday November 12, 2018: Arrival to Buenos Aires
Depending upon arrival time, we’ll immediately set out for a panoramic bus tour of Buenos Aires for a few hours, until lunch at one of the city’s many kosher restaurants. After lunch we’ll make our way to our hotel to check in and rest up and enjoy the hotel’s facilities till dinner time. Dinner will be at another of Buenos Aires kosher restaurants, and then back to the hotel for overnight.

Day 3: Tuesday November 13, 2018: Buenos Aires – Iguacu Falls
After breakfast, we’ll leave our luggage behind, pack an overnight bag and fly to Iguacu National Park to visit the most famous waterfalls in South America – possibly in the whole world. We’ll spend a few hours on the Argentinian side marveling at this natural wonder, and then cross over to the Brazilian side and check into our hotel. After dinner we’ll go out to see the wonderful Churrascaria Rafain Show about the folklore of the 3 countries that border the Iguacu Falls.

Day 4: Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Iguacu Falls – Buenos Aires
After visiting the Brazilian side of the falls in the morning, we’ll fly back to Buenos Aires to continue our sightseeing in the city, beginning with San Telmo and La Boca—a lively and colorful area. Then, we’ll continue downtown towards the Plaza de Mayo where we’ll see the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo—Buenos Aires’ first City Hall, built during the colonial era. Driving along Avenida de Mayo, we’ll find the Congress building and the city’s widest boulevard, 9 de Julio, and pass the Colón Theatre—one of the world’s best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the locals. We’ll continue to Palermo with its beautiful parks, the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track and the National Polo Fields. At the end of the tour, we’ll pass through the Recoleta area—one of the city’s most glamorous spots. In the evening, it’s out to a Tango Show, and then into bed. It’s been quite a day!

Day 5: Thursday, November 15, 2018: Buenos Aires – Lima, Peru
We’ll complete our visit to Buenos Aires today. After an early dinner we’ll make our way to the airport for our flight to Lima, capital of Peru. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel and flop into bed for a good night’s sleep.
Standing in the citadel of Machu Picchu gives meaning to the expression “unforgettable experience.” This Inca fortress has been voted as one the new Seven Wonders of the World and is a World Heritage Monument since 1983. But Machu Picchu is not the only place in Peru that has been recognized as something outstanding. Cusco too is a vital city that shows off Peru’s Inca history – the Kathmandu of the Andes – in an enchanting and captivating manner. And Ballestas Islands, off the coast of the resort of Paracas, is known as “Little Galapagos.” Bienvenido!

Day 6, Friday, November 16, 2018: Lima, Peru
Today we’ll embark on a city tour of Lima that begins at the Plaza de Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Running along two sides are arcades with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the center of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating from 1560. Located in the Plaza is the Cathedral, and next to the Cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace. We’ll view the 17th century Monastery of San Francisco and visit the old colonial streets in the center of the city as well as the Inquisition Museum. In the afternoon we’ll tour modern Lima and the district of Miraflores, with its Larcomar mall located on (and in) the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards we’ll return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat which we’ll enjoy with the local Jewish Community.

Day 7, Shabbat, November 17, 2018: Lima – Paracas
R&R (Rest & Relaxation) is some of what Shabbat is all about, so after Shabbat services, Kiddush and lunch with the local Ashkenazi community we’ll take a leisurely walk to visit an interesting archeological site before returning to the hotel. On Motzaei Shabbat we’ll pack our luggage, load it on to the bus and head south across the desert to the resort town of Paracas. Nothing like driving through the desert at night. Late night check-in and off to bed.

Day 8, Sunday, November 18, 2018: Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Paracas
After breakfast we’ll walk down to the pier and board our speedboats for the 2-hour ride across the water to Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the “Little Galapagos.” Composed largely of rock formations, these islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. These islands are the world’s largest supplier of guano. Other notable species include Humboldt penguins and two varieties of seals (fur seals and sea lions), amongst other mammals. We’ll cruise the islands slowly for a few hours and then head back to our resort hotel for some down time. In the afternoon we’ll offer optional activities such as snorkeling, an ATV (All-Terrain) ride through the desert, or an option to do some touristy shopping in the nearby hamlet of Pisco.

Day 9, Monday, November 19, 2018: Paracas – Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way back to Lima. Seeing as this is quite a long drive (and no, there aren’t any flights) we’ll stop along the way at some ancient Inca sites and begin to learn about this unusual civilization that came and went in the span of 500 years. Sun-worshippers and manufacturers of spectacular gold jewelry, for both decorative and religious purposes, they were wiped out by the Spanish who came to South America to plunder its riches.  We’ll make a lunch stop along the way and then continue to Lima airport for our flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, we’ll leave the city immediately * and descend to the Urubamba Valley, the popular name given to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Upon arrival to the Sacred Valley we’ll check into our hotel for (a late) dinner and overnight.

* IMPORTANT: The reason for our immediate departure from the city is that Cusco is located at an altitude of 3400m above sea level. That’s almost 3 times higher than Kathmandu! It is very important for you to discuss this issue with your doctor before traveling. Some people may require altitude pills and some won’t. Personal oxygen tanks are available in all hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Over the next three days we’ll discover the tranquility and beauty of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba – a 26 mile-long valley carved by a winding river that was once the heart of the Inca Empire. This fertile area between Cusco and Machu Picchu is home to small Andean towns and colorful markets. At 610 meters lower than Cusco, time here allows gentle acclimatization to the high altitudes of the Andes.

Day 10, Tuesday November 20, 2018: The Sacred Valley
Today we’ll tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located along the banks of the Rio Segrado River, between the lofty mountains of the Lower Andes. We’ll include as many of the following as we can:
1. Chinchero, according to Inca legend, this is the birthplace of the rainbow
2. The village of Pisac to experience a colorful local market
3. Ollantaytambo, a picturesque village with its magnificent ancient ruins and mountainside rock terraces.
4. Moray, an ancient Inca crop laboratory. Maybe this is the place where the people of Peru learned how to cultivate over 3000 (Three Thousand!) species of potato and colorful varieties of corn.
5. If time permits, we’ll also make a stop at the Maras Salt Ponds to see how ancient salt mining techniques are still being used today.
For those who would like to do some horse riding, it’s an optional activity for this afternoon. It’s going to be a busy day!

Day 11, Wednesday November 21, 2018: Sacred Valley -Machu Picchu- Cusco
Bucket List Day! After an early breakfast we’ll transfer to the Ollanta train station for the ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, ‘the Lost City of the Incas’ (altitude 2,340 meters – twice that of Kathmandu). The ruins of Machu Picchu are one of the most captivating and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. Sweeping Andean landscapes provide a spectacular backdrop for this mysterious stronghold that was lost to the world until its rediscovery by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III in 1911. This mountaintop citadel, which served as both a center of worship and an astronomic observatory, is located in the middle of the cloud forest overlooking the Urubamba River. There are both agricultural and urban areas constructed with the precision stonework for which the Incas were known. The agricultural area consists of terraces and food storehouses, and the urban area contains temples, squares, and royal tombs.
After the tour, we’ll return to enjoy some free time in the endearing and colorful village of Aguas Calientes (Spanish for “Hot Waters” due to the hot springs that are located in this area), before boarding the train for the journey back to Cusco. Upon arrival, we’ll check in to our hotel for dinner and some well-deserved rest.

Day 12, Thursday, November 22, 2018: Cusco
The ancient capital of the Incas offers an intriguing combination of colonial architecture and Inca ruins. This Spanish colonial city and former capital of the great Inca Empire is bursting with ruins and artifacts built on the foundation of an old Inca Citadel.  Highlights include the Temple of the Sun and the magnificent Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman which is set on a hill overlooking the city.  Hopefully, our night’s rest will have helped us acclimatize to the altitude here in the Capital of the Incas. We’ll go slow today, taking in as many of the sights as our pace will allow. We’ll visit the awesome fortress of Sacsayhuaman just outside the city – an incredible ancient construction built of huge rocks cut to fit into one another without any cement or other form of construction adhesive. If there’s time and we’re not too groggy, we’ll also take in the Inca sites of Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tampumachay. We’ll return to the city to visit the local market, the plazas and cobble-stone streets, and the Koricancha (‘site of gold’). We’ll probably need some rest time in the afternoon. In the evening after dinner we’ll go out to a delightful dance show in one of the city’s nightclubs.

Day 13, Friday, November 23, 2018: Cusco -Lima
After breakfast we’ll head for the airport and fly back to Lima, where we’ll complete the tour of the city we began a week ago, and then check in to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat which we’ll spend once again, with the local Jewish community.

Day 14, Shabbat, November 24, 2018: Lima
After Shabbat services, Kiddush and lunch we’ll enjoy a walk down to the sea front to Parque Yitzhak Rabin and Parque Del Amor from where there’s a magnificent view over the cliffs to the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed the western side of the Pacific – with a typhoon – when we were in Vietnam. Now we’ll be looking at the pacific from its Eastern side – but this time we cannot guarantee Typhoon. After Shabbat and Havdalah, we’ll go out to one last site here in Lima, the Magical Water Circuit, which is comprised of many colorful fountains that dance to music – this is a place that is usually packed with locals who come out to enjoy the spectacle. We’ll then return to the hotel and all gather round for our traditional farewell evening of refreshments, song and laughter and shared memories and perhaps begin to think about the future…

Day 15, Sunday, November 25, 2018: Lima – Home gateway
That’s it! Our venture into Latin America is now behind us. After breakfast, we’ll pack our bags, say Adios to Lima and make our way to Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport for our flights home. Bon Voyage!

Dates & Prices
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Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
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* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.

** Supplement for single room.

* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.

Need to Know

Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 30-59 working days prior to departure: 25% of total per passenger
• 15-29 working days prior to departure5025% of total per passenger
• Less than 14 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

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