Essential South America
This exhilarating journey showcases the beauty and splendour of South America.
Experience the grandeur and spectacle of South America, crossing this magical continent from Peru to Argentina and Brazil. In only two weeks, explore the beauty of these countries, visiting the glorious mountain stronghold of Machu Picchu, scenic Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires – the Paris of the Americas, as well as the breathtaking Iguazu Falls.
- You’ll visit Cuzco, the archaeological capital of the Americas and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent.
- Immerse yourself in the energetic sights and sounds of Buenos Aires and discover the rhythmic tango at a show.
- Uncover the mystery of the Inca Empire at magnificent Machu Picchu, one of the most stunning sites in the world.
On arrival in Lima, you will spend the night at the airport hotel.
Today fly to Cuzco. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure so that you can acclimatise to the altitude. (B)
Travel by road into the Sacred Valley to visit the famous market of Pisac and the Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo. (B)(L)(D)
Today you will enjoy an unforgettable train journey to Machu Picchu. Considered a crowning glory of the Inca civilisation and one of the most stunning archaeological sites anywhere in the world, Machu Picchu sits atop a mountain ridge overlooking the sacred Urubamba Valley. Join a guided visit of the lost citadel of the Incas. You will spend the night in the enchanting town of Aguas Calientes. (B)(L)(D)
The morning is at your leisure to explore the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu on your own. This afternoon board the train back to Cuzco. (B)
Today, discover the city of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and possessor of a style all its own. The stones that make up its walls and streets radiate a magical energy and speak of its grand past. Visit Korikancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main centre for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over this temple’s foundations, the Church of Santo Domingo, which still stands today. Visit the Main Square, upon which sits the Cathedral, the beautiful Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ), and other colonial period buildings. Continue your adventure at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. On the outskirts of the city are three archaeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centres for the Incas that resonate with the power of their past glory. (B)
Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon discover the best of colonial and modern Lima marvelling at the colonial churches and mansions. Continue to the modern suburb of San Isidro and visit the pre-Inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca that was built long before the Incas rose to power. End the day in Miraflores which looks to the Pacific Ocean and take a stroll along the cliffs that overlook the sea. (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. On arrival, transfer to your unique hotel located inside the Iguazu National Park on the Brazilian side. (B)
Explore the magnificent Iguazu Falls. Marvel at the grand views of the 275 falls by walking along the paths with spectacular panoramic vantage points. Later in the afternoon, fly to Rio de Janeiro, your home for the next three nights.
Explore Rio’s four iconic highlights in an open jeep ride and immerse yourself in this magnificent city visiting Tijuca Forest, Corcovado, Sugarloaf and the Botanic Gardens. (B)
Discover one of the largest favela’s in Latin America with around 150,000 inhabitants. You’ll be able to see, hear and feel the rhythm and beat of the favela, the heart and soul of Brazil. Immerse yourself in the community by visiting local homes and schools and later in the day, head to the headquarters of Rocinha’s samba school. (B)
Today you will fly to Buenos Aires. Explore this cosmopolitan city filled with colonial buildings, theatres, cafes and shops; all offering a unique atmosphere. In the evening taste some of the best Argentine cuisine and be absorbed by the tango rhythm at a show. (B)(D)
Spend some time exploring the city known as the Paris of the Americas. Visit the Plaza de Mayo and the colourful quarter of La Boca. (B)
Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)
Prices are based on low season travel
Specific travel dates apply
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