Experience the best the South American continent has to offer with this exhilarating whistle-stop tailormade tour through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. Bringing together Peru’s Inca past, the dizzying heights of La Paz, stylish Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro’s iconic beaches, this epic journey will take you to the highlights of South America.
Fly into Peru’s capital city Lima for your first taste of Peruvian culture, enjoying a city tour before heading up into the Andes to the colonial city of Cuzco. With cultural Cuzco as your base you will travel by train to the incredible Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Spend the day with your local guide to discover and marvel at this new Seven Wonder of the World.
Next you will travel across the altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Continue into Bolivia and visit charming the charming Sun & Moon Islands. Continue onto the bustling city of La Paz to explore the Witches Market and the spectacular Moon Valley.
Jump across the border with a flight to Argentina landing in the energetic city of Buenos Aires. This bright city will sweep you off your feet as you dance the Tango and visit the vibrant districts of La Boca and San Telmo, walking down the streets dotted with colourfully painted houses. Spend your last day in Argentina witnessing the colossal power of the 275 cascading falls of the Iguazu Falls, watching from the suspended platform which overlooks the Devil's Throat before crossing over to the Brazillian side. Here you will observe the vistas from the north side of the UNESCO site, exploring the tropical flora and fauna of the surrounding rainforest.
Leave behind this incredible nature for the exciting hustle and bustle of the iconic Rio de Janeiro. Journey up to Corcovado to see the city from the perspective of Christ the Redeemer, relax on the pristine beaches and take a tour of the historic centre, all while enjoying the cities cosmopolitan restaurants and bars.
With a host of options tailor made extensions in Brazil, such as staying in the charming costal town of Buzios, this holiday is a fantastic option for those who are visiting South America for the first time. Taking you to the most iconic sights and unique cultures this trip will leave you with a desire to come back and explore this remarkable continent again.
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UK - Lima
Travel direct to the Peruvian capital of Lima with British Airways. Transfer to the Casa Andina Select hotel, located in the heart of the Miraflores District and close to a great selection of restaurants and cafes and the downtown area.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Miraflores
Enjoy a half day introductory tour of Lima, a city first founded as 'The City of Kings' in 1535 and subsequently made the capital in 1821 when Peru became independent from Spain. Highlights here include the Presidential Palace and Lima Cathedral. Explore the modern areas of Miraflores and San Isidro, finishing in the Love Park overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean.
Lima - Cuzco
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Cuzco. Your base for the next couple of nights is the Sonesta Cuzco, close to the city's beautiful historic main square, Plaza de Armas.
Accommodation: Sonesta Cuzco
Explore the wonderful city of Cuzco with your local guide. The city is awash with cultural and historic sights for you to explore from the Cathedral located on the Plaza de Armas to the grand Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking the city. Cuzco has great restaurants, coffee shops and bars with many overlooking the main square. For the more adventurous there are many activities to enjoy such as rafting, mountain biking and trekking.
Cuzco - Sacred Valley
Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full day tour. Visit the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful terrace with an impressive view of Chinchero, an indigenous town where they continue to live in a traditional way. Visit Ollantaytambo fortress, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire and the town dating back to the 13th century with its cobblestone streets and traditional values.
Accommodation: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
A full day to experience Machu Picchu and explore this spectacular citadel with your knowledgeable guide. From the Sacred Valley travel to Ollantaytambo train station for the journey through the Andes to the village of Aguas Calientes. From here travel by bus via the zig zag mountain road to the entrance of this magical site. Machu Picchu, meaning 'Old Mountain', is considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO and was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. With your local guide you will learn about the history surrounding this iconic place.
Accommodation: El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Free morning to visit the Machu Picchu archaeological complex (optional). Explore some of the outlying places, like the Intipunko, also called the “Doorway of the Sun” and take the opportunity to climb Huyana Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the spectacular views. In the afternoon return by Vistadome train to the town of Poroy and return to Cuzco.
Cuzco - Puno (Lake Titicaca)
Spectacular drive through the Andes Mountains to the town on Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. As you travel the altiplano, admire the wonderful scenery with the snowcapped mountain peaks. Visit Andahuaylillas, with its 17th century church adroned with angels and cherubs and Racchi ruins known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha". Before arriving to Puno climb to the highest point, La Raya, for some fantastic photo opportunities.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno
Enjoy a full day tour to the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia. From Puno, travel by bus to Juli, located at the lake shore. Embark the hydrofoil for your cruise to Moon Island taking in a visit to the Sun Virgin Temple 'Iñak Uyu'. Next stop is Sun Island, and a stop for lunch at the Uma Kollu restaurant, with its spectacular views of the lake and the Cordillera Royal mountain range. Return to the mainland at Huatajata, visiting the Andean Roots Eco Village before continuing to La Paz.
City tour to explore this magical city, where history unfolds on every corner. A highlight for many is a visit to the indigenous Witches Market famed for its unusual wares. There is also the opportunity to visit the main square Plaza Murillo along with Calle Jean a pretty colonial style street. In the southern part of the city visit Moon Valley, a spectacular clay formation scenery resembling the face of the moon.
La Paz - Buenos Aires
Early morning departure from La Paz for your flight to Buenos Aires via Santa Cruz. Buenos Aires is the chic and vibrant capital of Argentina situated on the estuary of the River Plate and surrounded by fertile pampas plains. Transfer to your centrally located base, the boutique Mine hotel. Use today to rest and relax, exploring the downtown area at your own pace.
Accommodation: Mine Hotel
Morning city tour to introduce you to the main highlights of this cosmopolitan city. Visit the Plaza de Mayo square, the Government House and the Congress Palace located in downtown before continuing to the diverse neighbourhoods. La Boca, the old port district, is by far the most colourful with the brightly painted tin and wooden houses. The area is vibrant and lively, with many shops, cafes and tango dancers in the street. In the evening there is an option to include a tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel, the typical Argentine dance made famous in the early 1900's.
Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls
Depart Buenos Aires for the truly amazing Iguazu Falls which borders Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Spend 2 nights on the Argentine side of the falls with ample time to explore all the different view points allowing you to fully appreciate this spectacular natural wonder.
Accommodation: Panoramic Hotel
Full free day to visit into the National Park on the Argentine side. From a variety of viewpoints you will be able to appreciate the scale of the 275 individual falls. Take the electric train through the national park to the start of the various walkways. The most spectacular is the suspended platform which overlooks the Devil's Throat, the largest of the waterfalls.
Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Morning tour around the Brazilian side of the falls. Drive through the lush Atlantic rainforest to the start of the trail leading to the falls and the spectacular vista. When the waters are high the volume of the water is staggering. Spend your afternoon at leisure, exploring the rainforest and its spectacular flora and fauna or relax by the pool at your hotel. Continue to the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains, sea, samba, carnival and relaxed way of life from your beach front hotel.
Accommodation: Windsor Miramar
Rio de Janeiro
With your local guide visit the cities highlights from Sugar Loaf Mountain with its spectacular, panoramic views of the city including Guanabara Bay, Copacabana beach and the surrounding mountains. Continue to Corcovado Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue and into the man-made Tijuaca Forest, an ideal environment to spot wildlife.
Rio de Janeiro - UK
Day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janiero before transferring to the airport for your return flight.
Pricing Information & Dates
17 day tour, from £4530 per person
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