22D18N Ultimate South America
Experience the vibrant cultures and diversity of South America on our 22 day adventure to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. This trip offers adventure and discovery as well as indulgence, comfort and relaxation. Be immersed in the culture and traditions of these countries, which are rich in natural beauty and history.
- Brazil: Sao Paul, Rio De Janeiro, Iguazu Falls
- Argentina: Buenos Aires
- Chile: Santiago, Valparaiso
- Peru: Lima, Cusco, Puno
Day 1: Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo Airport arrival. Meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: 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 center 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 go straight to the airport to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
Airport reception and transfer to the hotel in Copacabana area.
Day 3: 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, passengers 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.
Day 4: Rio De Janeiro – Iguazu Falls (B/L/D)
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 to take our next flight to Foz de Iguaçu.
Upon arrival in Foz, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 5: Iguazu Falls (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit the Brazilian side National Park.
Once in the beginning of the trail, we will continue 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.
Remaining of the afternoon at leisure, until dinner time, which will be included at your hotel.
Day 6: Iguazu Falls – Buenos Aires (B/L/D)
Today after having breakfast, we will cross the border to Argentina. We will go straight to visit the Argentinean National Park.
The Iguazú National Park is located 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 waterpours through Iguassu Falls. At an impressive altitude of 350 feet (107 meters), Devil's Throat is a must-see feature.
Enjoy lunch inside the park and then continue to Puerto Iguazu airport to fly to Buenos Aires.
Airport arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel.
Day 7: Buenos Aires (B/L/D)
Today we will explore the North area of Buenos Aires: Tigre & Delta.
We head north on a journey of 30 km to the City of Tigre, crossing parks and beautiful buildings. We will visit the imposing Rio de la Plata, the widest estuary in the world.
The first stop will be at the Puerto de Frutos, where we will visit this magnificent local market, with its small jetty bordering the Lujan River.
Once in Tigre´s small port, we will board a Panoramic Catamaran, to enjoy the Paraná Delta. In quiet, stable and safe navigation, we can see a labyrinth of islands and islets crisscrossed by rivers and streams. This visit is ideal to learn about life on the islands, flora, fauna, recreation and water sports.
Lunch included at local restaurant.
Later this evening, enjoy a traditional tango show.
Day 8: Buenos Aires – Santiago De Chile (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 will 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 colour, and the Tango-esque atmosphere.
Have a superb lunch at typical bodegon and afterwards be transferred to airport to take your flight to Santiago de Chile.
Meet your local guide at Santiago de Chile Airport and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 9: Santiago De Chile (B/L/D)
Explore Santiago de Chile today!
The tour begins with a visit to the historic city centre, whit the central plaza as a highlight (Plaza de Armas), kilometre zero and crucial centre of the capital, where the construction of Santiago began during the colonial era, with old buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, a beautiful building that combines the Bavarian and neoclassical styles of that time. In this context, a tour through the civic district, with the ministerial building surrounding the government’s house, the Palacio de la Moneda, a silent witness of the most relevant event in our republican history.
To conclude the historical area, a tour by the old and stately neighbourhoods of the old “high society”, a place full of an exquisite architectonic variety brought by immigrants, mainly European, in a time of great mining exploitation and high-born families. Later, a magnificent panoramic view from one of our hills in the city, where it is possible to appreciate a part of the mountain-chain slopes that surround the city to, afterward, go to the western area to see the great architectonic contrast. A thriving and contemporary city that proves its best with impressive buildings of daring architectonic styles that represent a seal of modernity to this big city.
Day 10: Viña Del Mar & Valparaiso – Santiago (B/L/D)
Today prepare yourself to leave Santiago behind and visit two important cities: Valparaiso & Viña del Mar. Valparaíso, the main port in Chile, considered a World Heritage Site by its rare architecture and narrow-street display, passages, and stairs that go up to the top of the hills.
Viña del Mar, the most visited tourist seaside resort in the country, also known as the Ciudad Jardín (Garden City), because of all the green areas that surround it, wide sidewalks, beautiful plazas, and bloomed gardens. They are the gates to the Pacific ocean. Discover the contrast of both cities next to the sea, located only 120 km from Santiago.
Day 11: Santiago De Chile – Lima (B/L/D)
Departure from your hotel for a half-day visit to the Maipo Valley. A few kilometres from the capital, the Maipo Valley is one of the areas with the greatest wine tradition in the country, next to the Maipo River. It was in this sector that the first vineyards were founded, favoured by the climatic conditions and excellent soils between the Andes Mountains and the coast.
We will visit the Odfjell Winery vineyards, where the careful organic and biodynamic management is explained, focused on high quality wines. The tour continues with a visit to the first gravity-driven winery in South America, designed by Laurence Odfjell, son of the founder, which allows careful handling of the grapes, focused on high-quality wines. We continue with the fermentation room, the barrel room and the entire winemaking process.
The tour ends with a tasting of the award-winning wines with a panoramic view of the vineyards.
After enjoying a picnic lunch, we will continue to airport to take the next flight to Lima, Peru.
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 12: 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 modern district of Miraflores to enjoy a lunch at local restaurant.
Our day includes the visit of Magical Water Tour to then finalize having dinner to taste another wonderful meal.
Day 13: Lima – Cusco (B/L/D)
Your guide will pick you up to take the transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco.
Arrival at Cusco airport, and meet your local guide.
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.
Dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant, including live show.
Day 14: Machu Picchu – Cusco (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 the 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.
Finally, we will return to Aguas Calientes to make your way back to Cusco.
Day 15: Cusco – Puno (B/L/D)
At the scheduled time departure from Cusco to Puno City.
During the trip you will visit tourist attractions that are located along the route such as Tipon, Oropesa, Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas & Raqchi.
Drop off at your hotel in Puno, where you will have dinner.
Day 16: Puno – Amantani Island (B/L/D)
On this 2 days - 1 night experience in Lake Titicaca you will visit the most beautiful islands.
The first stop will be Uros Island on route, staying overnight on Amantani island and returning the next day on Taquile Island.
Amantani Island, like Taquile, offers a varied vegetation of wild flora, among which the Kantutas, native flowers of the whole Altiplano region, stand out, but in Amantani they have an appreciable profusion. We will learn about their representative system and how the island is divided into communities. Among the main economic activities of the settlers are agriculture and fishing; but equally, its inhabitants are well known for their ability to work in stone, as well as in the manufacture of straw baskets. This island is also famous for the commercialization of black and white pebbles that serve to pave the courtyards of Puno houses.
Amantani Island has been organized very well to receive tourists, who are offered accommodation in houses previously selected for their order and cleanliness. They are also very respectful and honest. They are also very appreciated because they are the most famous healers of the region, grouped in a small brotherhood responsible for maintaining this tradition from father to son and also preserving the physical and esoteric intangibility of the ceremonial temples of "Pacha Mama" and "Pacha Tata". Tutelary hills on whose summits officiate rites to ward off evil spirits, called souls of the abandoned, to their Tiahuanaco totems that exist in these ceremonial places. In addition to these pre-Inca vestiges are also the remains of ancient gentiles known as the Incachincana and the Inca Tiyana (Inca secret place and Inca Seats).
Day 17: Amantani Island – Taquile Island – Puno (B/L/D)
Today we will be departing early to visit Taquile Island. Taquile is a fascinating island, the male population wears very colourful traditional costumes, which are made by themselves.
Taquile people are from Quechua origin and maintain their traditions, organization and identity. The island has a length of around 6 to 7 kilometres and maintains several slopes with the ancient Inca terraces still in production thanks to its special climate.
Taquile Island is divided into 6 “Suyos” or community plots. We will learn about them and their administrative and representative system. Despite some contemporary changes, the island zealously maintains its ancestral customs of honesty, work, and mutual respect, in strict observance of the well-known laws of the Inca period.
They are mainly made up of agriculture and textiles. The first one serves them for self-maintenance, but it is the textile industry that stands out for the extraordinary skill and excellent quality of its fabrics. Taquile people maintain that they are the official heirs of the Incas, as weavers and they assure that their ancestors supplied clothing to the Inca courts.
Day 18: Puno – Llachon – Puno (B/L/D)
Despite its high location at 3,820 metres above sea level, on the Peninsula of Capachica, the village of Llachón offers a pleasant temperature year round on a tranquil corner of Lake Titicaca.
Get lost in this lovely town’s natural streets and perhaps catch a glance of a local woman working her loom with bright yarns to create woven pieces reflective of the community’s heritage.
Learn about recipes in a traditional family kitchen and enjoy a typical lunch with the most beautiful views of Lake Titicaca.
Day 19: Departure (B/L)
Transfer to the airport for departure 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.