16D12N Highlights of South America
Experience the vibrant cultures and charming diversity of our must-visit Highlights of South America. Join us for a 16 day adventure to Argentina, Brazil and Peru where we cover some of the most incredible destinations and experiences. We tailormade each trip, so you can opt for a small group or private tours with specifics excursions and destinations in South America. Be immersed in the culture and traditions of these countries, which are rich in natural beauty and history.
- Argentina: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls
- Brazil: Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro
- Peru: Lima, Cusco
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires Airport arrival. Meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Buenos Aires (B/L/D)
Today we will explore the North area of Buenos Aires: Tigre & Delta.
It may be hard to believe that a few minutes ago from the chaos of the city, Nature and silence seem to have defeated the piles of concrete and the frenzy of urban life. Tigre, has become the gateway to the astonishing Paraná River Delta and will allow us to enjoy nature and fresh air from the river, to release our tensions and stress.
The city of Tigre is the gateway to the Paran á River Delta, a 14.000 square kilometres natural wonder. It encompasses thousands of luscious green islands filled with autochthonous species. We will sail the exotic channels of the Delta, we’ll experience a fascinating nautical experience.
We will then stop for lunch at Il Novo Maria del Luján Restaurant, and enjoy a nice meal by the riverside. We will also visit the elegant Paseo Victorica, where the Tigre Club & Casino is located. This splendid building recently renovated and restored, presently houses the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts.
Later this evening, enjoy a traditional tango show with roundtrip transfers at Cafe de los Angelitos.
Day 3: Buenos Aires (B/L/D)
Explore Buenos Aires today! One of the most fascinating cities in both Latin America and the world. Our visit will begin in Plaza de Mayo, see its surroundings and the most emblematic buildings, such as the Cathedral, final home of Argentina’s founding father, José de San Martin.
Visiting Palermo, Retiro and Recoleta, we will learn why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of South America”. After visiting the impressive Plaza San Martín, the distinguished Alvear Avenue, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, one of the city’s oldest churches, we will finally admire the Recoleta Cemetery, where we’ll make a stop at Eva Peron’s grave, one of the country’s most recognizable icons.
We’ll visit Puerto Madero, the latest addition to the city’s “barrios”, and contemplate the modernization in its exclusive docks, a new corporative, residential, hotel, and gastronomic district.
We’ll then head for San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires where we will learn about its rich history and walk its cobbled streets.
Leaving San Telmo behind, we’ll continue southwards to La Boca, one of the city’s most authentic neighbourhoods, evidence of Italian immigrant influence. Here, we’ll visit the mythical Caminito Street, which sums up everything that gives La Boca its distinctive spirit: the strong passion for soccer, the heavy presence of art and color, and the Tango-esque atmosphere.
Have a superb lunch at typical bodegon and enjoy the remaining of this day on your own.
Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner included at local restaurant.
Day 4: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls (B/L/D)
At scheduled time you will be transferred to airport to take your flight to Puerto Iguazu.
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your local guide to continue to the Argentinean side National Park.
The Iguazú National Park is in the northwest of the province of Misiones, at 11 miles from Puerto Iguazú. Its preserved ecosystem belongs to the Paraná Jungle eco region that covers almost all the provincial territory. The natural treasure being hosted are the Iguazú Waterfalls: 275 waterfalls that reach an altitude of almost 260 feet.
The Upper Circuit allows you to see the top of the majestic falls on the Argentinean side and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the area. Devil's Throat is the largest waterfall in the region and where the largest amount of water pours through Iguassu Falls. At an impressive altitude of 350 feet (107 meters), Devil's Throat is a must-see Iguassu Falls feature.
Enjoy lunch inside the park and then continue to your hotel.
Day 5: Iguazu Fall – Sao Paulo (B/L/D)
Today after breakfast, we will be ready to cross the border to Brazil in our following destination in this South American adventure.
After crossing the border we will visit the Brazilian side National Park.
Once in the beginning of the trail, we will continuing descending to the canyon, from where we can enjoy panoramic views of more than 240 falls. We will board a glass elevator, which takes us to a platform where more exquisite views will be revealed. Along with its “sister” park in Argentina, The Iguassu National Park forms the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America, which along with the waterfalls have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Lunch will be enjoyed inside the park to later continue to airport. In order to take your flight to Foz de Iguaçu.
Airport arrival In Sao Paulo and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner menu included at local restaurant.
Day 6: Sao Paulo – Rio De Janeiro (B/L/D)
After having breakfast, we will visit the main attractions of Sao Paulo city.
We will begin with the oldest train station in the city, the Luz Station. It was inaugurated in 1867 and its architectural beauty remains, to this day, one of its most noteworthy features.
We will continue towards the Italy Terrace, one of the most charming buildings of old downtown. Next we will see the Municipal Theatre, where we stop to walk around and get to know different places of the old downtown such as, the Chá Viaduct , Banespa Building, Schoolyard, and Sé Cathedral with its splendid stained glass.
Afterwards, we will go inside the cathedral, take pictures and appreciate the busy downtown. Then we will go to the neighbourhood of Libertade. We will go into the financial centre of Sao Paulo and pass by Paulista Avenue, the most important street, full of modern buildings such as the MASP (Art Museum of São Paulo).
Finally, we end our city tour in the one million square meter Ibirapuera Park and its museum designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
After lunch, we will go straight to the airport in order to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
Airport arrival in Rio de Janeiro. Reception and transfer to the hotel in Copacabana area.
Day 7: Rio De Janeiro (B/L/D)
Depart from the hotel after breakfast to privately visit the city's most famous landmarks and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from above. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you will arrive at the bottom of Corcovado Hill. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located 2,300 ft above sea level. The Christ statue, known as the “wonder of Rio,” was elected one of the 7 "New Wonders of the World." Upon arrival at the top, guests can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statute.
Enjoy a typical “churrasco” barbeque lunch and then follow to your hotel.
Rest until dinner time, when you will be delighted by a local Brazilian dancers show included.
Day 8: Rio De Janeiro – Lima (B/L)
Once we finish our amazing brazilian breakfast, we will visit another icon of the wonderful city: the Sugar Loaf!
Over a million tourists each year visit the world-famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’ (Sugar Loaf), which has become an iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name refers to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable cars. The first cable car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf, which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360-degree view of the entire city, including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain, and downtown Rio de Janeiro.
After enjoying lunch, we will continue to airport in order to take our next flight to, Lima, Peru.
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 9: Lima (B/L/D)
We will begin the visit of the city with an exploration of Colonial Lima.
First, we will stop off at the Main Square, to explore it on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and the City Hall, all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence. We will visit the Cathedral; as walking through its numerous chapels, we'll discover various architectural styles and learn about the religious history of Peru. We will continue with the visit to San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” ancient underground cemetery of Lima.
Finally, we will go to Huaca Pucllana to visit this sacred place and have lunch there.
Remaining of day at leisure until dinner time to taste another wonderful meal.
Day 10: Lima – Cusco (B/L/D)
At the scheduled time, your guide will pick you up to take the transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco.
Arrival at Cusco airport, meet your local guide and being your visit to the city with lunch included.
We will first head to the Plaza de Armas, which the Spaniards built directly on top of the main square that the Incas called Huacaypata (place of wailing) because it was where the fighting occurred. The square’s well-preserved colonial charm features lovely archways and is overlooked by Cusco Cathedral and the Church of the Company of Jesus. Continue with visit Qoricancha (which means room of gold in Quechua), a temple dedicated to the Sun god. Legend has it that its inner walls were once completely lined with gold.
We will also visit San Pedro Market, full of colours and local flavours, and the narrow streets of San Blas to admire a gorgeous view of the city.
Dinner will be enjoyed at Tunupa restaurant, including live show.
Day 11: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Agua Calientes (B/L/D)
Today you will visit one of the most wonderful places in the entire country: the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu with lunch included.
We will pick you up from your hotel at the scheduled time and go to train Station. The comfortable train ride from there to the station at Aguas Calientes enjoying the most wonderful views. On our arrival, we will take a bus that will drop us at the admission fee to the citadel of Machu Picchu itself.
Unearthed for modernity by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural setting, and the energy that radiates from its enigmatic buildings will take your breath away. We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as we take a tour of the magical citadel led by one of our local guides. Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
Finally, we will return to Aguas Calientes to spend the night in this small town.
Day 12: Aguas Calientes – Cusco (B/L/D)
Morning at leisure to go for a second entrance In Machu Picchu or do some shopping.
Therefore, travel back to Cusco for your farewell dinner and final overnight in Peru and farewell dinner.
Note: Entrance and roundtrip bus included in Machu Picchu. Guide not included.
Day 13: Departure (B)
Breakfast and check out.
At scheduled time, transfer to the airport for taking the departure flight to Lima and connect with your flight back home.
Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect on the tour but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored based on the interests of the group.
This itinerary and its package inclusions might be changed later in time, subject to availability.