The Complete South America

From the mystical Machu Picchu and a journey through Patagonia to three nights in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, home of the World Cup and Olympics in a span of two years, this is the trip of a lifetime across South America, one of the world's most exciting and diverse destinations. In Peru, visit Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco to learn about the mystical Incan Empire. Explore the cultured city of Santiago. In rugged Patagonia, take in the breathtaking sites at Torres del Paine and venture to the stunning Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate. Experience an authentic tango in Buenos Aires. Discover the mighty Iguazu Falls. Craft caipirinhas - Brazil's famous cocktail - and enjoy breathtaking views of Rio from Christ the Redeemer statue.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2019
Duration
23 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1LimaLima, Peru - Tour Begins: Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land and visit some of the world's most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings."
Day 2LimaLima: Today, it's your choice! Discover Lima's fascinating history during a colonial tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs; view the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas and visit the Casa de Aliaga - former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez - where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life -OR- choose to explore Lima's modern side. Visit the fashionable suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limenos during a walking tour; see the Park of Love, featuring unique sculptures and artwork, along with a stop at the Pyramid Huaca Pucllana; visit the Pedro de Osma Museum featuring Peruvian art from the fifth to the eighteenth century. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes; you will quickly discover why Peru is consistently named the world's top food travel destination.
Day 3LimaLima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. Stop in a Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. This evening, settle in at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
Day 4Sacred ValleySacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Inca: This morning you visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you'll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally-renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. You'll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties.
Day 5Sacred ValleySacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu: Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the 'Lost City of the Incas.' Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy a culinary demonstration before experiencing a tasting menu at your resort.
Day 6Machu PicchuMachu Picchu - Cuzco: With leisure time this morning you may take an optional tour to return to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. This evening you may join an optional home hosted meal experience with a local Cuzco family.
Day 7CuzcoCuzco: The morning is yours to relax or explore Cuzco on your own. Perhaps you'll choose to take an optional tour to San Blas to peruse its artisan shops, or delve further into Peruvian cuisine at an optional cooking class. This afternoon, join your local guide and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress, followed by a visit to explore Cuzco's central market. Continue on a walking tour of the city, visiting Plaza de Armas, the Cuzco Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Convent. This evening you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors in the heart of Cuzco.
Day 8CuzcoCuzco - Santiago, Chile: Say farewell to this mystical land of the Incas and fly south to cosmopolitan Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital city and cultural hub.
Day 9SantiagoSantiago: Embark on a panoramic city tour featuring La Moneda Presidential Palace, Plaza de Armas, Santiago's Cathedral and many other Neoclassical buildings. Peruse the shops and interact with handicraft vendors on the Paseo Ahumada pedestrian avenue. Savor the freshness of the Mercado Central; Santiago's celebrated fresh fish market, which was listed by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 food markets in the world. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you'll visit the Museo Chileno de Arte Pre-Colombino, a museum dedicated to the study and display of pre-Columbian artwork and artifacts from Central and South America, or join an optional tour to a local winery for an educational winemaking tour followed by a tasting of the locally-produced wines.
Day 10SantiagoSantiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales: Leave Santiago behind and fly to the region of Patagonia, the southern portion of Chile and Argentina that is filled with natural wonders. Arrive in Punta Arenas, built along the Strait of Magellan. Take in the stunning scenery before heading to Puerto Natales, the stepping off point to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 11Puerto NatalesPuerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales: Today you'll venture into the UNESCO biosphere reserve - Torres del Paine National Park. Take in the panoramas of jagged mountains and emerald-blue lakes. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls and the flora & fauna that are unique to the area. You are sure to be awed at every turn when exploring what is known as one of South America's most incredible national parks.
Day 12Puerto NatalesPuerto Natales: Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the charming town of Puerto Natales. Or, you may join an optional full-day cruise through the Chilean Fjords, visiting the breathtaking Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. As you pass through the Seno Ultima Esperanza - 'Channel of Last Hope' - behold the pristine beauty of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile's largest natural reserve. This rugged landscape and unspoiled territory is a site you will never forget.
Day 13Puerto NatalesPuerto Natales - El Calafate, Argentina: Make your way from the Chilean side of Patagonia to El Calafate in Argentina, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. En route, meet some local gauchos at a typical Patagonian estancia. Partake in a traditional lamb roast lunch and learn about the local culture. Then you are treated to a dog show and sheep shearing demonstration. Revel in the beauty of the landscape during your drive through the countryside before settling into your hotel, perfectly situated near downtown and featuring spectacular views of magnificent Lake Argentino.
Day 14El CalafateEl Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier: Discover the jewel of Argentina's Patagonia - Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This UNESCO site forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field and is one of the few glaciers in the world still advancing. Gaze off the shoreline in search of floating icebergs as you listen to the sounds of crashing ice breaking off the massive glacier.
Day 15El CalafateEl Calafate - Buenos Aires: Board your flight to Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and the 'Paris of South America.' Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the city is a mosaic of European-styled architecture and South American spirit. Tonight, head to La Ventana Tango House, located in the San Telmo neighborhood in a beautifully restored building, and savor Argentine cuisine and wine before witnessing a stunning tango performance.
Day 16Buenos AiresBuenos Aires: It's your choice! Join a panoramic city tour by bus of lively Buenos Aires featuring the famous Avenida 9 de Julio, Teatro Colon opera house, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Make stops at the Plaza de Mayo, La Casa Rosada Presidential mansion, and the famous Recoleta Cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron; continue your city tour on the motorcoach with free time to explore colorful San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood of the city and the birthplace of tango -OR- embark on a walking tour* with a local guide highlighting the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods; see the city's monuments, museums and architectural gems including embassy row; the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan; and the Decorative Art Museum, known as one of the city's most beautiful buildings. This afternoon explore the city at leisure or take the optional Tigre Delta trip where you'll pass by an array of historic mansions before boarding a cruise through the canals.
Day 17Buenos AiresBuenos Aires: Today is yours to create your own adventure in Buenos Aires! Maybe you'll stroll through San Martin Park or Calle Florida, a shopper's paradise.
Day 18Buenos AiresBuenos Aires - Iguazu Falls, Brazil: Fly to Iguazu Falls - located at the crossroads of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay - hailed as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Board the Rainforest Ecological Train inside the national park on the Argentine side and walk to the platform overlooking powerful Devil's Throat. Discover unparalleled views of five waterfalls as they plummet into the Iguazu River. Cross to the Brazilian side and check into your resort. Cap off your day with a relaxing dinner.
Day 19Iguazu FallsIguazu Falls: Soak up the breathtaking views of the waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Join your local guide as you discover how Brazil and Argentina have fought to protect the beauty and raw power of the falls by making each side a national park. You will see firsthand why Eleanor Roosevelt, upon seeing Iguazu Falls, exclaimed 'Poor Niagara.' The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the many amenities at your resort or you may choose an optional jungle boat ride at the base of the falls.
Day 20Iguazu FallsIguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro: Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Magnificent views, beautiful beaches, flamboyant Carnival costumes, great cuisine and friendly people make Rio the cultural capital of Brazil. Venture to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking views. Check in to your beachfront hotel in the exclusive Leblon neighborhood. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an exciting dinner at Rio Scenarium, a lavishly decorated restaurant and music venue in the historic Lapa district. Meet local Cariocas (the name for people from Rio de Janeiro) for a night of dinner, music and dancing.
Day 21Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro: Journey to Corcovado by train to see Christ the Redeemer, one of the largest Art Deco statues in the world. Take in the panoramic vistas from Tijuca Forest National Park. With 360-degree views around the city, you'll soon realize why this statue is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Next, spend time with locals at one of the city's open-air markets. Break into small groups with market guides as you discover and taste over a dozen different types of exotic fruits from Brazil. This afternoon, step behind-the-scenes at Carnival and meet the artists who are designing the floats, costumes and dances during their year-round preparations for Rio's biggest event. This evening we gather to enjoy a panoramic city tour that includes a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral with architecture that was inspired by a Mayan pyramid. Stop by the Maracana football stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup finals, before continuing on to the Carnival parade route, the Sambadrome.
Day 22Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro: Your morning is at leisure to explore fabulous Rio de Janeiro on your own. Relax by the beach at your resort or take a shuttle to Copacabana. Or, perhaps you will join an optional tour to Rio de Janeiro's Tijuca Forest National Park: venture into the lush park by open-air jeep for a tour that truly showcases the spectacular rainforest around Rio de Janeiro before a visit to historic Santa Teresa. This evening, learn how to craft caipirinhas - Brazil's famous cocktail made with sugar cane liquor and lime. Then, cap the night off with a farewell feast in a typical Brazilian churrascaria. Indulge in wine and meats slow-roasted to perfection.
Day 23Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro - Tour Ends: As your tour comes to a close, transfer to the airport for your flight home. For guests with evening flights, you may choose an optional visit to the famous Botanical Gardens along with a historic walking tour of the waterfront district which underwent a fantastic transformation for the 2016 Olympics.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
10/17/2019$6,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/14/2019$5,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/09/2020$6,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/27/2020$6,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/12/2020$6,699.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hotel Plaza San Francisco Santiago, Chile
Sheraton Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Doubletree El Pardo Miraflores, Peru
Bourbon Cataratas Resort & Convention Center Foz do Iguacu - Parana , Brazil
Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley Sacred Valley, Peru
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel Machu Picchu, Peru
CostAustralis Hotel Puerto Natales, Chile
Esplendor El Calafate El Calafate, Argentina
Hilton Garden Inn Cusco Cuzco, Peru
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
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