Grand South America

  • 17 Days

Embrace the vitality of Latin America, visiting the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes, Argentina, both sides of the Iguassu Falls and Brazil's colourful cities and coast.

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Accommodation on tour
Flights
Meals on tour
Porterage
Services of a tour director
All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable
Transfers
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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches,

Overview

Maximum elevation on this tour is 13,313ft.

At a glance

Sacsayhuaman & Puka Pukara Inca ruins Machu Picchu by train Lake Titicaca - Moon & Sun Islands Buenos Aires sightseeing Iguassu Falls Sugarloaf Mountain

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Lima

On arrival in Lima you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Lima

This morning enjoy a tour of Lima's historic downtown, with visits to the Presidential Palace and Lima Cathedral before exploring Saint Francis' Church. Continue on to the garden district of Miraflores and the residential area of San Isidro, ending at Love Park with a spectacular view of Lima's Bay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Lima - Cusco

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to the former Inca imperial capital of Cusco. This afternoon, tour this colonial town with a visit to the Cathedral which houses 400 paintings. Head out to the city's scenic surroundings to see Sacsayhuaman - Inca ruins from the 15th century. Continue onto Qengo, an archaeological complex, before ending at Puka Pukara.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Cusco - Pisac - Cusco

Spend the day in Pisac, a citadel town famous for its craft market. After lunch travel through amazing Inca-terraced valleys to the fortified village of Ollantaytambo, without doubt one of the most monumental works of the Incan empire.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Cusco - Machu Picchu (by train) - Cusco

Today will be an unforgettable day to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world's great archaeological treasures. Transfer to Ollanta train station for your journey to Aguas Calientes. After a short transfer you will reach the world's most photographed fortified mountain to enjoy this spellbinding site. (B) NOTE: Due to government restrictions on visitor numbers to Machu Picchu, extra visits to the site may not be possible.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Cusco

Today is a day at leisure to enjoy the many attractions Cusco has to offer.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Cusco - La Paz

Transfer to the airport for your flight to La Paz, the worlds highest metropolis at 11,910 feet above sea level. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the well-preserved colonial town with breathtaking panoramas framed by the majestic Illimani mountain. Visit Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

La Paz - Lake Titicaca - La Paz

This morning transfer to Lake Titicaca, South America's largest lake, for your cruise to the sacred Moon and Sun Islands. Visit the Inca Grand Stairs and Sacred Fountain, believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Cruise to Copacabana and continue overland to Huatajata where you will visit the Andean Roots Eco Village and have the opportunity to see the local handicrafts, mud igloos, llamas and alpacas. Journey overland back to La Paz.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

La Paz - Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. The rest of the day is at leisure so enjoy the many attractions this vibrant city has to offer.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Buenos Aires

A fantastic morning taking in many of the city's most cosmopolitan sights including the San Telmo neighbourhood, famous for its tango houses, La Boca with its artist community, the world's widest avenue - the magnificent Avenida 9 de Julio - and the grandiose Colon Theatre, one of the world's most splendid concert halls. Afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion to the Tango Show in Café de los Angelitos.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Buenos Aires - Iguassu Falls

Fly to Iguassu. Today visit a UNESCO site and one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomena. The extended chain of falls are set in a wildlife-rich rainforest. Arrive on the Argentinean side and take a train through the park followed by a walking tour to visit the upper walkways to the suspended platform of the Devil's Throat - the largest of the falls. Transfer to your hotel on the Brazilian side. (B) NOTE: Your walking tour in Iguassu will include a number of steps which some customers may find strenuous.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Iguassu Falls

Today discover the Brazilian side of the falls, starting with a scenic drive through the pristine Atlantic Forest vegetation of the Iguassu National Park. Follow the Iguassu River canyon with spellbinding views of more than 275 falls which form the horseshoe-shaped Iguassu Falls. Take a walking tour to a lookout at the bottom of the falls with water circling around. A glass lift will slowly take you up the cliff face for a spectacular view at the upper deck. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. (B) NOTE: Your walking tour in Iguassu will include a number of steps which some customers may find strenuous.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Iguassu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro with its world-renowned Copacabana Beach. The afternoon will begin with an orientation tour, followed by taking the cable car to Urca Mountain for stunning views of Guanabara Bay and the surrounding mountains. Continue on the cable car to the famous Sugarloaf Mountain to experience a spectacular and breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Rio de Janeiro

Today is at leisure. Discover the hidden treasures of Rio de Janeiro. Perhaps take the optional Corcovado excursion to visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Alternatively enjoy your last day relaxing on one of Rio's famous beaches - Copacabana or Ipanema.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Rio de Janeiro - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your stay In Rio de Janeiro or on the Buzios Peninsula.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

Lima: Hotel Jose Antonio; Cusco: Hotel Jose Antonio; La Paz: Hotel Presidente; Buenos Aires: Hotel de las Americas; Iguassu: Hotel Recanto Park; Rio de Janeiro: Hotel Windsor Plaza. NOTE: Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Notes

Maximum elevation on this tour is 13,313ft.

Latest customer reviews

24/10/2016

This holiday was fantastic despite being fast paced. Hotels very good and extremely well situated, transport was very efficient and local guides very knowledgeable. Best of all was our wonderful tour director Erich Hochhauser. He is thoughtful, kind, caring, punctual, knowledgeable, extremely well organised a true gem of a man. He actually made our holiday.

30/09/2016

The tour was very good. However, the number of 12 hour + days together with the altitude were exhausting. The Tour Director used his discretion and the 'free time' was reduced to allow for a slower pace.

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