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Immerse Yourself Tour
This tour of South America will show you the highlights of this fantastic continent for those on a tighter schedule. The epic journey ticks off bucket list sights of Machu Picchu, Iguacu Falls,
Christ the Redeemer and more.
Our Wonders of South America itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Brazil’s ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’, Rio de Janeiro. You will be met at the airport and
transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
After a leisurely morning, take a panoramic city tour, stopping at some of the city’s beautiful
sights before ascending Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for breathtaking views over the
city, its beaches and the surrounding bay and islands. This evening, enjoy an exciting samba
Climb onboard a jeep and head off to explore deeper into the city, the perfect way to soak
up Rio’s carioca spirit. Pass through residential neighbourhoods, green hills on one side and
the twinkling blue of the ocean on the other. The tour includes the 19th-century hillside
neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, an area with a wonderfully bohemian atmosphere, and the
world’s largest urban forest, tropical Tijuca. (B,D)
On the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguaçu is the largest waterfall system in the world,
with hundreds of cascades pouring off the edge of the Parana Plateau. Today fly to Iguaçu
and discover paths and catwalks to wander. These will lead you to some of the numerous
smaller cascades that dance their way along gullies and through lush greenery. (B,D)
Today you will see a completely different side of the falls as you wander along the
Argentinian half of Iguaçu which offers a fantastic overview of the whole of the falls and
showcases its power and magnificence. Don’t miss the viewpoint of one of the falls’ most
impressive sights, the Garganta del Diablo. This afternoon, take a unique opportunity
to learn about the indigenous culture of the Mbororé Aldea people, who open the doors of
their community and share fascinating stories of their ancestors, rituals, myths and legends. (B,D)
Fly to Argentina’s flamboyant capital city Buenos Aires and this evening sit down to dinner and a sultry tango show. (B,D)
An irresistible combination of Latin flair and European elegance, Buenos Aires is a delight
to explore and that’s exactly what you’ll do today on a city tour. This will include the vibrant districts of La Boca, San Telmo and Recoleta. (B,L)
Today fly to Santiago, Chile and travel to the coast to visit the manicured seaside resort
of Vina del Mar and the bohemian port town of Valparaíso. Designated a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, Valparaíso is a unique and delightful tangle, draped over a series of hills.
Funiculars connect the industrial seafront with the cerros (hill) neighbourhoods, each a maze
of colourful, artfully-dilapidated mansions and enchanting street art. Ride the funicular up
into the hills to explore, stopping for a visit to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s house. (B,D)
After breakfast, leave Valparaiso and head back to the city of Santiago. This afternoon,
experience a fascinating and educational vineyard tour, tasting a variety of locally produced wines. (B,L)
Spend the morning at leisure, and then lunch on fish fresh from the morning’s catch
at well-known restaurant El Galeon located in the bustling Central Market. Afterwards,
embark on a city tour which will allow you to experience Santiago’s eclectic contrasts. Stroll
around the Plaza de Armas and cathedral to admire the colonial facades before walking
down Ahumada Boulevard, the city’s main commercial street. Explore bohemian Bellavista and ascend San Cristobal Hill for views over the city and the towering Andes Mountains. (B,L)
After breakfast today, bid goodbye to Chile and travel to Peru and the Scared Valley. (B)
The Urubamba, or ‘Sacred’, Valley is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes.
Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, visit the excellent market to both mingle with the
locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then see fascinating terracing
at the Pisac ruins. Later, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. The town has
some wonderfully preserved Incan houses, whilst above it there is an old Incan fortress, both of which you can explore.(B,L)
From Ollantaytambo board the panoramic Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Long abandoned by the Inca, it came to international attention when it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and is considered one of the new 7 Wonders of
the World. (B,L,D)
Take a three-hour train ride back to the station of Poroy and transfer to Cusco, enjoying
beautiful scenery along the way. This evening witness an enthralling folklore show and learn
about the local culture to finish your incredible South American experience (B,D)
Fly to Lima today and embark on a city tour. Founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro
and originally named the City of the Kings, Lima has plenty of heritage, which you’ll
begin exploring today. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre to admire
its colonial magnificence, before visiting the 17th century San Francisco church and Casa Aliaga, a beautifully preserved colonial mansion. Finish the day at the Huaca Pucllana archaeological centre. (B)
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia, arriving home in 2 days due to crossing the International Date Line once again. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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