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South America Discovery Tour

South America Discovery

Three of South America’s most popular, diverse, and colourful countries are revealed in this one-in-a-lifetime journey

South America Discovery

£ 2,469 from, per person

Discover three of South America’s most popular and diverse countries. Take in the sights of Rio, including Copacabana and Christ the Redeemer, and experience the force of Iguassú Falls and the Devil’s Throat before heading to Argentina to explore Buenos Aires and watch a fiery tango show as you dine. Ending in Peru, wander Cuzco, the ‘City of the Kings’, visit the famous Pisac Market where indigenous Quechua communities come to sell their produce and walk in the footsteps of the Incas at the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu.

Destinations: Brazil, Argentina, Peru

Includes:

  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Touring by air-conditioned coach
  • Services of an expert Travel Director
  • Selected sightseeing & transfers
  • Internal flights
4 Reviews
  • Departure/Return Location
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Lima, Peru
  • Important Notes
    Please get in touch to find out more about available departure dates and prices in 2020, and to discuss tailoring your experience
  • Main Destinations
    Brazil - Argentina - Peru
  • Incredible Moment
    Experience the force of Iguassú Falls and the Devil’s Throat before heading to the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Guide
    Internal Flights
    Meals
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Flights
    Insurance

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)
Golden swathes of famous coastline, tropical landscapes and a certain “joie de vivre” will welcome you to one of the world's most vibrant cities, Rio de Janeiro. Energy pulses through every pore of this passionate and fun-loving city, flooding from the favelas to the football fields and cumulating in nightly parties where the caipirinhas are free-flowing and the samba rhythm is infectious. Rio may be best known for its annual Carnival, but visiting here you'll realise that every day is a cause for celebration. Settle into your hotel before meeting up with your Travel Director this afternoon. Then perhaps hit the sands of Copacabana to watch the sunset whilst you sip your first Cachaça.
Hotel – Mirador ( 3 nights)
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Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and Free Time
The picturesque Cosme Velho district will be your first port of call today, where 1920's neocolonial buildings will surround you as you board the Corcovado Rack Railway, an old cogwheel train. Hopping on board you'll wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the very top of the Corcovado Mountains, standing in awe as you catch a first glimpse of the 30-meter-high Christ the Redeemer. The undisputed icon of Rio, this magnificent art deco statue is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and offers the best vantage point of the 'Marvellous City' stretching out below. Take your time exploring here before heading on to visit lively Copacabana and beautiful Ipanema, Rio's best-known beaches. Laze under an umbrella, take a dip in the surf, then this evening dive into Rio's famed culinary scene.

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro City Free Time
Waking up to your final full day in Rio, today is free to explore your way. Perhaps discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa on a walking tour, learning the history of this bohemian neighbourhood which now boasts many of the city's best studios, galleries, museums, and restaurants. Alternatively, opt for a sun-drenched sailing excursion around Guanabara Bay, passing by islands and forts with the towering Sugarloaf Mountain ever-present in the distance. For those keen to get a closer look, you could also opt for a half-day city tour of Rio which includes ascending the mountain by cable car for absolutely stand out views. Tonight, celebrate the diversity and culture of South America at the Carretão Ipanema Churrascaria, where drummers and dancers enthral and delight whilst sharing folklore tales and mystical rituals.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experience

Guanabara Bay Cruise Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you sail by picture postcard settings. The total duration is approximately 3 hours.

Optional Experience

Ginga Tropical Show Ginga Tropical celebrates the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro though music and dance. Bohemian culture, folklore, and mystical rituals are represented by the drummers and beautiful dancers dressed in carnival costumes. The total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)

Optional Experience

Half-Day City Tour including Sugar Loaf Begin your tour in the heart of Rio, where colonial Rio meets modern skyscrapers. See the Paço Imperial palace, the first residence of the Royal Family, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the Candelaria Church. Proceed to Presidente Vargas avenue, built to create access from the suburbs to the commercial center of the Capital in the early nineties, passing through the popular market and Tiradentes Square. See the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Rio´s aqueduct, Santo Antonio Church, BNDES and Petrobras buildings reaching Lapa, the most popular nightlife point in Rio. You will have a panoramic views of the Municipal Theater (Teatro Municipal), the National Library and the City Council building – all of them inspired in the European 18th-century style. Afterward, drive through Flamenco Park, then ascend Sugar Loaf. This famous mountain is reached by cable car 1,200 feet high, an experience you will never forget. The total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity Included (Minimum of 15 guests to operate)
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Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)
Leaving the colourful costumes and infectious rhythms of Rio behind, this morning you'll head to the airport to catch your flight to Iguassu Falls. Words can't really describe the magnificence of the world's largest series of waterfalls (275 to be exact), which straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil and are surrounded by lush expanses of national park. Settle in to your hotel this afternoon and spend the evening relaxing, no doubt bubbling with excitement for the natural spectacle that tomorrow will bring.
Hotel - Viale Cataratas

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5 - Iguassu Falls and Free Time
Pack your raincoat and your sense of adventure this morning as you're off to visit the Iguassu National Park, entering on the Brazilian side of the falls. You'll be venturing down to the ominously named and utterly exhilarating Devil's Throat, the tallest and most impressive of Iguassu's waterfalls. Remember that raincoat? Now's the time to use it! This afternoon keep the adrenalin levels high on a hike down a canyon to the Macuco Falls, where you'll then board a custom-designed inflatable motorboat for a high-intensity ride to the base of the falls. If keeping things a little more sedate is more your style, opt to visit a bird park where you can spot more than 150 different species of birds.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experience

Bird Park This family-owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up-close and personal view of the birds. The total duration is approximately 2.5 hours.

Optional Experience

Dinner and Show at Churrascaria Rafain Journey through South America Culture with a folkloric performance of Samba, Tango and Paraguayan music while enjoying a traditional Brazilian barbecue dinner. The total duration is approximately 5 hours. Gratuity Included (No Minimum)
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Day 6 - Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)
Country hopping between Brazil and Argentina, today you'll cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, otherwise known as Fraternity Bridge, to explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Adding a new stamp to your passport as you cross through customs, you'll drive through the lush and wildlife rich Argentinian Iguassu National Park to reach the falls and cascades which are equally as impressive from this side of the border. Boarding the open sided and near silent Ecological Jungle Train which is every bit as scenic and sensual as it sounds, you'll pay a second visit to Devil's Throat before heading to the airport to catch a flight to passionate, sexy, European influenced Buenos Aires.
Hotel - Cyan Hotel de las Americas

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 7 - Buenos Aires Sightseeing and Free Time
Waking up in sultry, red bloodied Buenos Aires this morning is a prospect that should fill you with excitement. This meat loving, tango obsessed capital city is a mix of sultry charm and gritty splendour, where European inspired buildings rub shoulders with rough around the edges barrios, and street art pops from every corner. Dive in to all BA has to offer on a sightseeing tour that will visit 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, outstanding Colon Theatre, Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and San Telmo, the oldest district in the city. Finishing up in colourful and charming La Boca you'll then have time to explore by yourself this afternoon before dressing up in your South American finest for a night of Argentinian steak and classic tango, accompanied by a spectacular live orchestra.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 8 - Buenos Aires Free Time
Another free day in the Argentinian capital could see you experiencing a glimpse into the life of a gaucho, the cowboy culture that has existed for over three centuries. Heading out into the glorious pampas (grasslands) surrounding BA you'll visit a 3000-acre working ranch to learn more about the gaucho culture, enjoying folk music, traditional dances and carriage rides before rounding off the experience with a juicy BBQ lunch. You've also got the option of visiting the lush countryside region of Tigre Delta, which offers a laid back vibe and a chance to see a different side of Argentine life. Enjoy a picturesque cruise around the delta and spot the delightful summer residences of BA's elite.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experience

Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family-style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides, and horse demonstrations. The total duration is approximately 7 hours. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)

Optional Experience

Tigre Delta Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration is approximately 4 hours.
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Day 9 - Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)
From Argentina you'll fly to Peru this morning, bound for the 'City of the Kings', Lima. Rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs the city has a real sense of faded yet romantic grandeur, with historical sights a plenty and a culinary scene that is revered the world over. Arriving here you'll have the rest of the day free to explore, which isn't hard to do in this cultural and artsy city. Head to Parque del Amor to admire the Gaudi style architecture with beautiful views over Lima Bay, or take a wander around popular and bustling Miraflores. Tonight, in celebration of your first night in Peru, dinner should absolutely involve fresh ceviche followed by a tangy Pisco Sour as you toast to sunset.
Hotel - La Hacienda

Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experience

La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours.

Optional Experience

Magic Circuit Of The Water The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours
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Day 10 - Lima Sightseeing and Free Time
Heading out on a sightseeing tour of Lima this morning, unearth architectural masterpieces including Plaza Mayor, the House of Pizarro, Archbishop’s Palace and the fascinating San Francisco Monastery, where the mysterious catacombs will both enthral and delight you. With your afternoon free perhaps head over to the bohemian Barranco district, a historically popular spot for Lima’s creatively minded. Admire the old colonial casas, Republican era mansions and colourful houses that add character to the wide, tree lined streets, then tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you dive deep into the essence of Peruvian food. Feast on an authentic meal at Mangos, a restaurant boasting nearly 15 years of service.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 11 - Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)
Flying into Cusco, welcome to the Incan capital of the world! Boasting the richest heritage of any South American city, Cusco is a wealth of archaeological greatness and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It's also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so throbs day and night with visitors exploring its ancient streets. Take in the ornate temples and Incan ruins as you arrive here, before heading to Awana Kancha to visit the regions furry and famous residents - llamas and alpacas. Here you'll also have the chance to learn about the local weaving process, a craft that has been kept alive for thousands of years, and browse different products made from the fur of camelids. Also stopping by Pisac Market, the most famous market in the Cusco region where local indigenous communities from all over come to sell their wares and produce, you'll finally drive the hairpin turned road that will lead you to the Sacred Valley, your stop for tonight.
Hotel - La Casona de Yucay

Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 12 - Machu Picchu Excursion
Today's the day! Up bright and early this morning, you'll travel to the ancient little town of Ollantaytambo to board the train to Agues Calientas, the Incan village at the base of Machu Picchu. Slowly chugging your way through the rugged lands of the Sacred Valley, feel the excitement levels build as you pass by village settlements and towering mountains, the landscape changing the higher you get. Making the last leg of the journey via shuttle, you'll finally arrive at the most famous archaeological site of South America and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Catching a first glimpse of this awe inspiring ancient city above the clouds is a moment you'll never forget, so be sure to take a few minutes just to soak it all in. Take your time exploring the vast complex of fascinating ruins and let the mind boggle at how it was all built, before descending the mountain and making your way back to the Sacred Valley.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 13 - Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)
Art fans are in for a treat this morning as you pay a visit to the workshop of Pablo Seminario, a respected artist who creates beautiful pottery using techniques, styles and influences reminiscent of ancient cultures from all across Peru. Keeping things local you'll then pay a visit a family home in Ollantaytambo to sample a drink favoured by the Incas. Made from malted corn and sugar, the taste of Chicha de Jora may be a bit of a crowd splitter but is a little taste of history, so needs must! Continuing on the road to Cusco you'll also stop by the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 13th century, before arriving back into the Incan capital where the rest of the day will then be free.
Hotel - San Agustin Plaza

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 14 - Cusco Sightseeing and Free Time
Kick off the final day of your South American Discovery with a sightseeing tour of ancient Cusco. Visit Coricancha, or the 'Temple of the Sun', the most important temple in the Incan Empire, before admiring the bounty of colonial art on display in the Cathedral. Walk down Loreto street and admire the handiwork of Incan stone masons before ending up shopping for local handicrafts in San Pedro market. With the rest of the day then free, why not join us for a visit to Moray and Moras to see Incan farming and salt mining techniques at play, head to 17th century Piquillacta to see the pre Incan citadel built by the Wari people, or treat your sweet tooth with a visit to the Choco Museum to learn more about the Peruvian chocolate making process. Tonight, you'll see out an incredible trip in style with dinner, folklore tales and dancing.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experience

Moray And Moras Visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 5 Guests)

Optional Experience

Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited. Total duration approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)
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Day 15 - Depart Cusco
3 countries, 2 New Wonders of the World and 1 incredible adventure later, your trip will finally come to an end this morning. Leaving with priceless memories, a wealth of new knowledge and a wonderful group of new friends, you'll make your way to the airport today. Not done with Peru just yet? Why not extend your holiday with a few extra days in Puno and Lake Titicaca.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Map and Highlights

Starting in the 'Cidade Maravilhosa', experience the sheer force of nature at Iguassu Falls before country hopping to Argentina for big steaks, fiery tango and a slice of gaucho living. Ending in Peru, cuddle llamas and walk in the footsteps of the Incas at mighty, magnificent Machu Picchu.

Sightseeing highlights

BUENOS AIRES Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colourful city CUSCO Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show IGUASSU FALLS Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the tropical Iguassu National Park LIMA Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs MACHU PICCHU Journey to the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World RIO DE JANEIRO Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest from your cogwheel train SACRED VALLEY Visit the famous Pisac Market and stop at the Awanakancha Living Museum where you may see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas

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Comments

  • Rossie
    24-Oct-2019

    Great overview of 3 South American countries, visit major sites such as Machu Picchu, Iguassu Falls and Christ the Redeemer. Fabulous hotels and side trips. Be prepared for a lot of travel time.

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  • Sarah
    06-Nov-2019

    Good amount of time in each location, compared to other tours I have done there was more free time in this tour which was appreciated so could do your own thing

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  • Sam
    16-Feb-2020

    The itinerary was action packed- Christ the Redeemer, Iguasu Falls and Macchu Pichu being the highlights. The power boat ride at the falls, the visit to the Gauchos and authentic Peru were all amazing, unique experiences.

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  • Kellyanne
    06-Mar-2020

    Itinerary is very hectic but well planned. Perfectly executed trip to Brazil and Argentina. I will use them again. It’s all worth it.

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