The famous icons and secret highlights of Brazil, Peru and Argentina are uncovered on this comprehensive journey of discovery.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting a local family in Palermo Soho, in the heart of Buenos Aires. They'll teach you how to make bread using a local recipe, and share their family stories over a tasty meal of regional dishes and local wine.
Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro. On arrival at the airport, you'll be met and taken to your lovely oceanfront hotel. Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach.
Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, a Cultural Insight, to see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Afterward, head to the airport for the short flight to Iguassu Falls. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.
Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Specialist to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort. You may wish to join an optional activity such as a jetboat ride to the base of the falls or a helicopter flightseeing tour.
Bid "Adios" to Buenos Aires and say "Hola" to Santiago as you fly to the Chilean capital. Meet your Local Specialist for a tour of this vibrant city, traveling past Club Hipico—the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O'Higgins. Drive along Alameda Avenue past the University of Chile on your way to the dynamic Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. Head up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snowcapped Andes. Later, settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago's most beautiful neighborhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure.
Enjoy a full day in Santiago to explore. Perhaps join one of the many optional experiences offered. Your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day.
Fly to Cusco this morning. On the drive to the Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra (Payment to Mother Earth) ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture and Cultural Insight to welcome you to Cusco and bless your trip. Enjoy a farm-to-table Be My Guest lunch and learn about the culture surrounding the production of giant white corn in the Sacred Valley. Your hosts will demonstrate the difference between the farming techniques of years past, and the technologies used today. You'll also have the chance to watch a traditional dance performance of the Marinera and experience the showmanship of the Peruvian Paso horses and their skilled riders. Explore the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac and visit a local chicheria to learn about chicha, a Cultural Insight and favorite drink of the Andes.
Visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo. Then head toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress with a Local Specialist. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. Later, if you're interested in participating, a cooking class will be offered by the hotel's head chef where you will learn how to prepare Peruvian ceviche and mix the perfect pisco sour. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
20 nights' accommodations, 20 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $2495.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $215 per person.
Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu Falls, Iguassu Falls-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Santiago, Santiago-Lima, Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.
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U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Brazil will also need an entry visa. We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.
You will be using the Brazilian real, Chilean and Argentinian peso, and Peruvian sol on your vacation. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Brazilian cuisine varies by region but the country’s most popular dish by far is feijoada, a rich stew of black beans and several cuts of meat that is typically served with rice, sautéed greens and orange slices. Brazil’s national cocktail is the caipirihna, made with cachaça, lime, and sugar cane.
Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec. For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.
Peruvian food is a colorful mix of cultural influences and flavorful ingredients. Sample popular specialties including seafood ceviche – the country’s national dish –stir fried beef, potatoes with spicy cheese sauce, and stuffed peppers. And there’s nothing quite like a South American pisco sour cocktail prepared with lemon juice, egg white, and pisco liquor.
Chilean cuisine reflects Spanish influences and traditional indigenous dishes, many of which are seafood oriented due to the country's long coastline. Maize and quinoa accompany many meals, served alongside barbecued or stewed meats.
We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
When dining out at restaurants it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. Keep in mind that this tour visits locations at high altitude, where it is very important that you stay hydrated and do not over exert yourself.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Glide upstream through the rainforests of Brazil in search of lone tapirs, grunting capybaras, and the giant anaconda, before witnessing the dark waters of the Rio Negro merge spectacularly with the pale sandy tides of the Solimões - a Meeting of Waters that creates the mighty Amazon ecosystem and feeds magnificent biodiversity.
This locally hosted pre- and post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Impressions of South America, Best of South America, South America Landscapes, South America Revealed, Icons of South America, and Cultures and Contrasts of South America.
Day 1: Arrive Manaus
Fly to Manaus, Brazil (international flight not included). Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel, before a city tour. Visit the grand Palacio Rio Negro, form home of a rubber baron that is now a museum preserving the traditional Amazonian culture. Discover the floating harbor and nearby Customs House, the vibrant Mercado Municipal, and the famed opera house, constructed during the rubber boom of Manaus' golden age.
Hotel: Tropical Manaus
Day 2: Manaus - Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge (2 Nights)
This morning, travel upstream to the famous "Meeting of the Waters" and watch the dark water of the Rio Negro mix with the brown water of the Solimões as the mighty river flows eastward to the Atlantic. After lunch, choose to take an optional canoe trip down a smaller tributary and try your hand at piranha fishing, or just relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere. Later this afternoon, transfer to your lodge on the banks of the Rio Taruma.
Hotel: Amazon ECOPARK Jungle Lodge
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Amazon Exploration
After breakfast, embark on a guided walk through the rainforest. When you enter the dense jungle, imagine yourself as one of the first explorers of the Amazon - perhaps you'll spot the capybara, the world's largest rodent, or get a glimpse of an anaconda as it naps on the branches of a tree. Then visit the home of native Amazonians to learn about their culture and way of life. This evening, enjoy dinner at your lodge surrounded by jungle.
Full breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Amazon - Manaus - Rio de Janeiro
Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabilitation center and wildlife refuge, to watch the rescued monkeys eat and play. Then say goodbye to the Amazon as you return to Manaus Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, where you will joing your guided vacation on Day 1. Guests joining from Icons of South America or South America Landscapes will end their vacation at Manaus Airport for their flight home.
$1,250 Per Person twin share
$25 Triple Room Discount
$275 Single Supplement
Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Manaus and Rio de Janeiro for the pre-itinerary extension, and between Rio de Janeiro and Manaus for the post-itinerary option and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation.
Please note that when booking this package as a pre-extension. we recommend you purchase an extra night in Manaus if your flight arrives during the early morning hours, to ensure your hotel room is available for immediate occupancy.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.
Surrender to the magnetic allure of the imposing Moai statues that stand watch over Easter Island and are a testament to the mysterious Rapa Nui people, who called this remote, tempestuous Pacific island home. Witness their sacred traditions and explore their enigmatic culture.
This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas,South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia.
Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. Be greeted by your local host and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony that has taken place on the island.
Hotel: Taha Tai or Rapa Nui
Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hang Te'e. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues - 397 of which are still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the "Navel of the World." Afterward visit scenic Anakena beach where you have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
Continental Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing and Departure
This morning another private excursion takes you up to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, as you take in the majestic views of the whole island along the way. After, drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you can see spectacular petroglyphs related to the local culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings from the outside. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note:Sightseeing ends at 12p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your return flights.
Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia:
$975 Per Person twin-share
$350 Single Supplement
Please note that airfare to Easter Island is not included in the prices listed. Due to the flight schedule, an additional night in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in the cost of the extension package. The hotel in Santiago will be the Vacation Inn Santiago Airport, except for guests on South America Landscapes, who will stay at the InterContinental Santiago. For guests on Best of South America no additional overnight is required.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.
Explore the natural beauty and ancient archaeological sites of Islas Ballestas, the Nazca Lines, and the Paracas National Reservation on this locally hosted post-itinerary extension, only available in conjunction with Cultures and Contrast of South America.
Day 21: Puno - Juliaca - Lima - Paracas (2 nights)
Fly back to Lima this morning and travel south to Paracas for a closer look at rural life in Peru. Dinner is at your hotel.
Hotel: Aranwa Paracas Resort and Spa
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22: Paracas - Nazca Lines Flight
Explore the Regional Museum of Ica with Paracas weavings and textiles, well-preserved mummies and a scale model of the Nazca Lines. Next you will take to the skies and soar of the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs created between 400 and 600 AD, visible only from the air. Then visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco, a Cultural Insight. The rest of the day is free.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 23: Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Lima
Cruise the unihabited Ballestas Islands, a "mini Galapagos" teeming with wildlife. See another mysterious design in the earth, the majestic Candelabra. Travel back to Lima, with time to freshen up. Visit the Larco Museum to learn about ancient Peruvian cultures with a local specialist, before enjoying a festive Farewell Dinner in the garden restaurant at the museum.
Hotel: Hilton Miraflores
Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 24: Depart Lima
Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for you flight home, or extend your vacation in Lima at the Hilton Miraflores.
$795 Per Person twin-share
$175 Single Supplement
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: $147.00 | Child Price: $147.00
Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides and horse demonstrations. Total duration is approximately 7 hours. (No Minimum). For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.
Adult Price: $58.00 | Child Price: $35.00
Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you sail by picture postcard settings. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $230.00 | Child Price: $230.00
What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro from the air? Soar high over Rio with sweeping and unforgettable views of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Jardim de Alah, Ipanema Beach, Arpoador Rock, Copacabana Fort, Copacabana Beach and Vermelha Beach overlooking Sugarloaf. Length of flight - About 8 minutes. (Minimum 3 Guests)
Adult Price: $112.00 | Child Price: $58.00
No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration of this outing is five hours. Not available on Sundays. Minimum of 10 guests for a private program.
Adult Price: $41.00 | Child Price: $28.00
Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total duration approximately 3 ½ hours. (Minimum 6 Guests)
Adult Price: $63.00 | Child Price: $63.00
Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (No Mimium)
Adult Price: $36.00 | Child Price: $19.00
Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $64.00 | Child Price: $52.00
La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximtely about 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $22.00 | Child Price: $22.00
The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration approximately 2 ½ hours. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $80.00 | Child Price: $75.00
Visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 5 Guests)
Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $31.00
Pachacamac is located around 30 km (19 mi) south of Lima and was constructed around 700 A.D. It was the most important ceremonial center on the Peruvian Coast during the pre-Inca and Inca period. The early inhabitants came here to worship and give offerings to their God “Pachacamac”, who was believed to be the creator of the world and all its creatures. The site includes several clay buildings including palaces, plazas and temples. This optional experience can only be offered if you have purchased post-stay nights. Total duration approximately 3 hours. Not available on Mondays. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00
Visit 17th century Piquillacta, a pre-Inca citadel built by the Wari people, featuring an elusive history and bizarre architecture. Afterward, head to Andahuaylillas to see San Pedro Church, a perfect example of Peru’s colonial architecture and often referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $52.00 | Child Price: $52.00
Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited and total duration approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
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