18 DAYS ●
Experience the very best of South America on an incredible adventure that encompasses Machu Picchu and Iguazu, spectacular scenery and sumptuous steak and all that’s in between finishing with a bang in the spirited city of Rio de Janeiro.
Visit the incredible old Incan city of Machu Picchu
Experience the culture and colours of Lake Titicaca
The breathtaking natural beauty and colossal power of these falls
Spend time in the vibrant, spectacularly located Rio de Janiero
Our Best 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 Peru’s historical and sophisticated capital Lima via Santiago. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Lima, visiting the Plaza des Armas to admire the cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Explore the San Francisco Monastery, including the catacombs, finishing at ‘Parque de los enamorados’, where there are great ocean views. Transfer to Lima’s airport and fly to the Andean city of Cusco.
Home to an incredible Incan legacy Cusco has some of the richest heritage in South 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, from where you can get fantastic views back over the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Getting on the train at Ollantaytambo, travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911 after it had been long abandoned, it is considered by many to be a wonder of the world. A guided tour will give you some insight into the Inca Empire. Return to Ollantaytambo by train and transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
The Sacred Valley, also the Urubamba Valley, is home to colonial towns, Incan citadels and beautiful scenery. 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 the fascinating terracing techniques at the Pisac ruins. This afternoon, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. Above the town is an old Incan fortress, whilst there is also an area of wonderfully preserved houses, both of which you can explore. Travel back to Cusco.
Leave Cusco and head across the Peruvian altiplano, passing Andean peaks and crossing La Raya Pass, 4,335 metres above sea level, to reach the town of Puno on Lake Titicaca. Stops en route will include the towns of Andahuaylillas and Pucara and the ruins of Racchi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Travel along the shores of the lake and over the border into Bolivia, to the town of Copacabana. Visit the shrine of the Virgen de Copacabana before cruising out to Moon and Sun islands, where you will explore a wealth of Incan relics. Cruise on to Huatajata where you’ll visit the Andean Roots Eco Village to learn about the culture of the region and to meet some more of Bolivia’s residents – vicugna, llamas and alpacas. Later, visit a Kallawayas, a natural healer, before a night time visit to the Native Observatory Alajpacha to study the skies of the southern hemisphere.
Transfer from Huatajata to Bolivia’s capital La Paz. On arrival you will embark on a city tour that will include the spectacular formations of the Moon Valley, the mystical Witch Doctor’s Market, San Francisco Church, Killi Killi lookout point and the Presidential Palace. This evening watch a performance showcasing music and dance from all over Bolivia.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and an irresistible combination of Latin flair and European elegance. Later take part in the ultimate Argentine experience with a night of creating your own empanadas, eating the world’s best steak and learning Argentinian gestures and the etiquette of mate tea.
Today’s city tour will take you to some of the city’s most colourful and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods including San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo and Recoleta - resting place of Eva Perón.
A town situated in Greater Buenos Aires, Tigre sits on the Parana Delta, an area of rivers and streams packed with marinas, Belle époque mansions and rowing clubs. Spend some time travelling through the channels and see the sights on a boat excursion. This evening there is an optional excursion to one of the famous Tango Houses for dinner and a Tango show*.
*Optional excursions at an additional cost, payable locally.
Depart Buenos Aires for the airport and fly to Puerto Iguazu before popping over the border to Foz do Iguazu in Brazil. The rest of the day is at leisure.
The incredible Iguazu Falls spans the border of Argentina and Brazil and features hundreds of rushing cascades, set in a lush rainforest scene. First you’ll be visiting the Brazilian side of the falls, walking along the paths and catwalks that will get you up close to the waters before hopping back into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Whilst here you’ll take the Ecological Jungle Train to the viewpoint for one of the falls’ most impressive points – the Garganta del Diablo.
Depart Foz do Iguazu for the airport to fly to Rio de Janeiro, the ‘Marvellous City’. On arrival, transfer to your hotel just a five minute walk from the famous Copacabana Beach. This evening there is an optional extra sunset tour of the city which visits the main sights, finishing at Sugar Loaf Mountain.*
*Optional excursions at an additional costs, payable locally.
Leave the hotel for Cosme Velho Station. Board the cog train that ascends the Corcovado Mountain, on the peak of which Christ the Redeemer watches over the city, passing through the lush vegetation of the Tijuca Forest. Emerging from the top terminus, you’ll find Rio laid out at your feet, with views over the city to the beaches and beyond to the islands that dot the bay. Descending by train, the tour concludes with a visit to some of Rio’s beautiful beaches.
Enjoy the day at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Santiago, where you will connect with your international flight.
Fly home to Australia, arriving one day later due to crossing the International Date Line en route.
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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