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Ultimate South America

  • Duration
    28 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Go Beyond
  • Price From
    $18,480pp

The ultimate tour of South America, this all-encompassing journey will take you through the landscapes of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil on an epic adventure.

  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 26 , Lunches: 14 , Dinners: 9
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Ultimate South America tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Authentic Experiences

Our Ultimate South America Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fly to Lima
    DAY 1: Fly to Lima

    Fly to Peru’s historical and sophisticated capital Lima. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the afternoon to yourselves before a welcome dinner this evening.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Explore Lima
    DAY 2: Explore Lima

    Originally named the City of the Kings, Lima is rich in heritage, which you’ll see for yourself today. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre to admire the colonial magnificence before stopping at several other of Lima's most famous sites.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 3
    Sacred Valley
    DAY 3: Sacred Valley

    Fly from Lima to Cusco and transfer to the town of Urubamba set in Peru’s famous Sacred Valley. Backed by rolling foothills and snowy peaks, it is a lovely, relaxed place to acclimatize to the altitude of the Andes. On the way visit Pisac’s colourful market, and enjoy lunch made from home-grown produce with the local Chawaytire community. The rest of the day is free.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 4
    Train To Machu Picchu
    DAY 4: Train To Machu Picchu

    Spend the day in the remote village of Huilloc, approximately 40 minutes transfer from your hotel, where you will gain a fascinating cultural insight into their lives. You’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration of a typical Quechua dish before tucking into lunch with the locals. Continue onto the small town of Aguas Calientes by train (also known as Macchu Pichu Pueblo) for your overnight stay.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 5
    Machu Picchu
    DAY 5: Machu Picchu

    This morning you will visit the world famous citadel of Macchu Pichu. A guided tour will give you some insight into the Inca Empire and an understanding of how its inhabitants lived many centuries ago. The tour includes up to four hours of sightseeing, plus some free time to explore on your own. Return to the village of Machu Picchu before riding the train back to Poroy followed by your transfer to Cusco.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 6
    Discover Cusco
    DAY 6: Discover Cusco

    Home to an incredible Incan legacy, Cusco has some of the richest heritage in Latin America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara, the ‘Red Fortess’. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 7
    Train To Puno
    DAY 7: Train To Puno

    Today take a train from Cusco to Puno. Journey through amazing Andean landscapes to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, passing through the spectacular Peruvian highlands. The train has 4 dining cars, a bar car and an observation car. Along the way you will enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared with exquisite Andean ingredients and there will be music and dance shows on board.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 8
    Lake Titicaca
    DAY 8: Lake Titicaca

    Leaving Puno today, travel to the lakeside town of Copacabana, Bolivia. Visit Copacabana Sanctuary, followed by a catamaran cruise across Lake Titicaca to Sun Island. Visit the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, and take a short trip on a huge traditional Titicaca reed vessel for your journey to Pikokaina Inca Palace. Cross the Strait of Tiquina before reboarding the Catamaran for the night.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Travel To La Paz
    DAY 9: Travel To La Paz

    Depart Lake Titicaca today for La Paz. Enjoy a walking tour of the city with a journey in a cable car for a bird's eye view of the capital. Continue on to the Moon Valley, an area of tall clay spires, formed by erosions of the mountains in the area. Enjoy a cultural Bolivian dance and folklore show this evening, with performers in typical dress, This day is at altitude.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Explore Salar De Uyuni
    DAY 10: Explore Salar De Uyuni

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat. Enjoy a picnic lunch out on the salt flats before spending the night in a salt hotel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Explore Salar De Uyuni
    DAY 11: Explore Salar De Uyuni

    Spend a full day in the Salar De Uyuni where depending on the weather you will visit the museum or view the Coquesa Mummies, human archeological remains in a little cave near to Tunupa Volcano, from where you can observe the immensity of the salt flats. Conclude todays activities with a picnic on the Salt flats.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 12
    San Pedro De Atacama
    DAY 12: San Pedro De Atacama

    Today cross the Atacama Desert, arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile!

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 13
    Atacama Desert
    DAY 13: Atacama Desert

    This morning, discover the Salar de Atacama and the quaint desert village of Tocoano. This afternoon, you'll see some of San Pedro's most famous landscapes with a drive out to Death Valley and Moon Valley at sunset.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 14
    El Tatio
    DAY 14: El Tatio

    Rise early and travel for around 2 hours deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio Geysers. Enjoy a guided walk amongst the mud craters and bubbling geysers. After, travel through the Andes Mountain Range to the small desert village of Machuca. Return to San Pedro this afternoon and transfer to Calama to fly to Chile’s capital city, Santiago.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 15
    Explore Santiago
    DAY 15: Explore Santiago

    This morning transfer back to Calama for an early flight to Chile's capital city, Santiago. Embark on a city tour of Santiago, which will allow you to experience its eclectic contrasts. Stroll around the Plaza de Armas home to the 18th-century cathedral and 19th-century Post Office. Visit Cerro Hill where Santiago was founded in 1541 and now a park and offering panoramic views of the city. Conclude the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 16
    Valparaiso
    DAY 16: Valparaiso

    Travel to the coast to visit 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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 17
    Across the Andes
    DAY 17: Across the Andes

    Fly over the breath-taking Andes Mountains and view the immensity of the range from above during the short flight to the lively and atmospheric city of Mendoza.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 18
    Mendoza
    DAY 18: Mendoza

    This morning take a leisurely walk around the city before an afternoon at leisure.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 19
    Maipu Valley
    DAY 19: Maipu Valley

    Head to the Maipu Valley, the heart of Argentina's most important and oldest wine region. Visit some of the most prominent wineries and taste fine wines, including Argentina's most famous red, Malbec, and also enjoy a delicious lunch.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 20
    Buenos Aires
    DAY 20: Buenos Aires

    Morning flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's flamboyant capital.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 21
    Buenos Aires
    DAY 21: Buenos Aires

    Today you will explore the vibrant districts of La Boca, San Telmo and Recoleta on a city tour. Later, enjoy a quintessential Argentine experience; the tango! Enjoy dinner and a sultry tango show.

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 22
    The Pampas
    DAY 22: The Pampas

    Spend the day on the vast, fertile grasslands known as the pampas, on a traditional estancia (ranch). Here you'll get some insight into the life of the gaucho. After a delicious asado lunch, there will be a fun folklore show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 23
    Iguazu Falls
    DAY 23: Iguazu Falls

    Fly north to Puerto Iguazu, to see the incredible Iguazu, a huge waterfall that straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil.

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 24
    Meet The Mborore Aldea People
    DAY 24: Meet The Mborore Aldea People

    Today, visit the Argentinian side of Iguazu where you'll get a fantastic showcase of its power and magnificence. Later, learn about the indigenous culture of the Mbororé Aldea people, who will open the doors of their community and share fascinating stories of their ancestors, rituals, myths and legends.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 25
    Fly to Rio De Janeiro
    DAY 25: Fly to Rio De Janeiro

    This morning you will cross the border to explore the Brazilian side of the falls, wandering paths through lush greenery to smaller cascades. This afternoon hop on a plane to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Watch the sunset from Copacabana Beach.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 26
    Explore Rio
    DAY 26: Explore Rio

    Start at the foot of Corcovado, travelling up to the peak by cog railway to the spot where the iconic Christ the Redeemer watches over the city. After lunch, enjoy a city tour and ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for breath-taking views.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 27-29
    Fly Rio to Australia
    DAYS 27-29: Fly Rio to Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home two days later.

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 22°c
  • 1mm
  • Cusco
  • 13°c
  • 145mm
  • La Paz
  • 9°c
  • 134mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 25°c
  • 168mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 27°c
  • 137mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 23°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 13°c
  • 134mm
  • La Paz
  • 9°c
  • 105mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 24°c
  • 171mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 27°c
  • 130mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 23°c
  • 5mm
  • Cusco
  • 13°c
  • 107mm
  • La Paz
  • 9°c
  • 72mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 22°c
  • 172mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 26°c
  • 136mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 21°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 12°c
  • 43mm
  • La Paz
  • 8°c
  • 32mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 18°c
  • 111mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 25°c
  • 95mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 19°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 11°c
  • 9mm
  • La Paz
  • 6°c
  • 14mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 15°c
  • 72mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 23°c
  • 70mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 18°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 10°c
  • 2mm
  • La Paz
  • 5°c
  • 5mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 12°c
  • 55mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 22°c
  • 43mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 17°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 10°c
  • 4mm
  • La Paz
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 12°c
  • 70mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 22°c
  • 42mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 16°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 11°c
  • 9mm
  • La Paz
  • 5°c
  • 15mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 13°c
  • 72mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 22°c
  • 44mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 17°c
  • 5mm
  • Cusco
  • 12°c
  • 22mm
  • La Paz
  • 7°c
  • 36mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 15°c
  • 75mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 22°c
  • 54mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 18°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 13°c
  • 39mm
  • La Paz
  • 8°c
  • 38mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 18°c
  • 124mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 23°c
  • 86mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 19°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 13°c
  • 72mm
  • La Paz
  • 10°c
  • 50mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 21°c
  • 114mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 24°c
  • 98mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Lima
  • 21°c
  • 0mm
  • Cusco
  • 14°c
  • 123mm
  • La Paz
  • 10°c
  • 95mm
  • Buenos Aires
  • 23°c
  • 102mm
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • 26°c
  • 134mm
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Ultimate South America map

Places Visited: Lima (2N) - Cusco (1+1N) – Urubamba (2N) - Augas Calientes (1N) – Puno (1N) – Chua (1N) - La Paz (1N) – Uyuni (1N) – Atacama (2N)– Santiago (3N) – Mendoza (2N) - Buenos Aires (3N) – Iguazu (2N) - Rio de Janeiro (3N)

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