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Colorful culture and once-in-a-lifetime experiences pave the course as you explore three of South America’s most vibrant countries - Argentina, Peru and Brazil - on this two-week journey.

14 days From $4,495 per person
Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2023 Tour code: GR-LAGA-23

About the tour

Few places in the world that can so delicately balance sacrality and excitement, but nowhere more so than South America - your hub for the next two weeks of adventure. Our time here is split between three incredible countries, each of which boasts a unique flair that keeps visitors enamored from their first minute on the continent to the last. The journey commences in Lima, Peru, surrounded by colonial architecture and centuries of history. From here, we fly into the Sacred Valley and find ourselves immersed in Peruvian culture, from its cuisine to its markets and rituals. The pinnacle of your time here is a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. Next, we fly into Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires. Enjoy three days here to explore, both on your own and alongside a knowledgeable guide that presents the city's juxtaposition of elegance and old-world ambiance. Delve further into the regional culture while enjoying a live tango performance over dinner. We end our time in Argentina surrounded by the unbelievable beauty of Iguazu Falls. Since this natural paradise is set on the Argentina/Brazil border, we also explore the Brazil side, called Iguassu Falls, and the Iguazu River as our introduction to Brazil. Our last stop is perhaps the most recognizable: Rio de Janeiro. This city is renowned for its liveliness and offers a highly scenic conclusion to this expedition. Ride aboard the Corcovado Rack and Pinion Mountain Railway to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, get an up-close look at local flora and fauna at the botanical garden, and marvel at the sparkling waters of Guanabara Bay from Sugarloaf Mountain's cable car. This tour is your chance to experience the wonders of South America with in-depth exploration filled with tradition and natural beauty.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima

Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy your first taste of South America on a guided coach tour. A thriving capital city, Lima was first founded by Spanish conquistadors in the late 16th century and still has a well-preserved colonial center. Our tour begins at the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, where we visit its beautiful courtyards and catacombs. Later, we see Huaca Pucllana, a structure that pre-dates the Incas. We continue to the upmarket district of Miraflores, where traditional stalls rub shoulders with modern boutiques. Overnight Lima.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - The Sacred Valley

We take an internal flight to Cusco this morning. Here, we set out for the Sacred Valley, stopping along the way to take part in a Coca Kintu ceremony, an age-old ceremony that involves asking mountain spirits to bless our journey. For the next two nights, we stay at the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley Hotel. Situated in the Peruvian Highlands, the Sacred Valley was once the beating heart of the Incan empire. Made up of fertile farmland, soaring mountains, and traditional villages, today it's a peaceful yet wild region to explore, filled with national treasures. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Pisac

We visit the town of Pisac, home to an authentic market selling handmade crafts and Peruvian keepsakes, as well as Ollantaytambo, where we have a guided tour. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the local chicheria, a type of bar serving a fermented alcohol drink typically brewed from maise, called chicha. We enjoy a tasting of the different chichas brewed here and are taught a few popular Peruvian pub games. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Machu Picchu

We travel the scenic rail route to Aguas Calientes to visit the 'Lost City of the Incas': Machu Picchu. A winding bus ride takes us up to Machu Picchu itself, where we are greeted by one of the most incredible sights in the world. Our local guide explains the fascinating history of this awe-inspiring landmark, forgotten for 400 years and discovered in 1911. Machu Picchu is now a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Cusco

We end the day back in Cusco, which we discover on a guided walking tour. Regarded as the 'Archaeological Capital of the Americas', our explorations delve into both the city's colonial Spanish history and its ancient indigenous past, as we visit the Plaza de Armas and Temple of the Sun. This evening we dine at a local restaurant, where food is served with a side of entertainment in the form of a time-honored folk show. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Buenos Aires

Today we fly to the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Buenos Aires

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires. We visit Recoleta, an upmarket suburb with a distinctly Parisian atmosphere, where elegant townhouses and chic boutiques line the streets. We visit the resting place of Eva Perón here, a true icon of Argentina, who is buried at the local cemetery - known as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. We continue our tour, seeing sights including the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral - the main Catholic Church in the city, and San Telmo, the city's oldest neighborhood, with its quaint cobbled streets and antique shops. This evening, we get an authentic taste of South America with a visit to a tango show, accompanied by dinner. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Buenos Aires

Today is at leisure to explore Buenos Aires as you like. You may wish to visit one of the city's fine restaurants and experience two of the things this country is particularly well known for: red wine and steak. Or, you could join an optional excursion to Santa Susana Estancia, a gaucho ranch just outside the city. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 9 - Iguazu Falls

On the border between Argentina and Brazil lies the thundering waterfalls of Iguazu. We fly to the falls themselves this morning, checking into our hotel for two nights on arrival.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Iguazu Falls (Argentina's side)

Exploring the Argentine side of the Falls today, we wander along the elevated wooden walkways that snake through the national park and offer sublime views over the different offshoots of the falls and their bubbling pools of water below. We also see the torrent that is the Devil's Throat, a spectacular U-shaped cascade once poetically described as 'an ocean plunging into an abyss'. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 11 - Iguassu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

We cross into Brazil for a better view of the source of this epic waterfall system, the Iguassu River. After a half-day's tour taking in the dramatic landscapes with a local expert, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Rio de Janeiro. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 12 - Exploring Rio

We get under the skin of this vibrant Brazilian metropolis today, embarking on a sightseeing tour. First, we board the Corcovado Rack and Pinion Mountain Railway to ascend Corcovado Mountain, home to one of Rio's most recognizable landmarks, the astonishing statue of Christ the Redeemer. Traveling just over two miles to the viewing platform, on a clear day we admire the sensational views over the sprawling city and beyond to the turquoise South Atlantic Ocean. The statue itself is equally remarkable, standing at 98 feet tall with an arm span of 92 feet. Back in the heart of the city, we sit down to a typical Churriscera style barbecue lunch before visiting the botanical gardens, where we see a wide variety of both Brazilian and international flora. Enjoy the afternoon to explore at your own pace. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 - Rio de Janeiro

Today, we make the journey by cable-car up iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, which delivers breathtaking, panoramic views across Guanabara Bay. We continue exploring, making visits to the Sambadrome, the home of Rio's famous carnival, the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Municipal Theatre - an elegant opera house. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14 – Tour Conclusion

Our day is free until this afternoon when we transfer to the airport to begin our journey home. 

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Grand Hotel Brizo, Buenos Aires

Grand Hotel Brizo, Buenos Aires

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Costa del Sol Ramada Hotel, Cusco

Costa del Sol Ramada Hotel, Cusco

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Casa Andina Private Collection hotels, Peru

Casa Andina Private Collection hotels, Peru

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02 Iguazú, Puerto Iguazú

02 Iguazú, Puerto Iguazú

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Windsor Leme Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Windsor Leme Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

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