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Icons of South America

Operated by: Trafalgar

21 Days from $7,410 per person
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Countries Visited

Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina

Locations Visited

Rio de Jeneiro, Buenos Aires, Puerto Varas, Cusco, Machu Picchu
  1. Day 1 Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the "City of Kings". On arrival in the Peruvian capital of Lima, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive barrio of San Isidro. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception where you will meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Novotel Lima
  2. Day 2 Lima Sightseeing

    Embark on a full day exploring Francisco Pizarro's Capital of the New World. Immerse yourself in Lima's UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the Plaza de Armas with its iconic cathedral and government palace. Visit the Church of San Francisco, descending into the catacombs where Lima's residents were buried for centuries. Later this morning, we'll meet local chef Ignacio Barrios, joining him for a walk through a local market while he explains how the local produce is used in traditional Peruvian cooking. Visit his cooking school for a Be My Guest lunch where you'll gain insights into preparing some of the most popular local dishes, then connect with locals over lunch, sampling some of the dishes that were prepared. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore on your terms.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

    We travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley this morning. Dive into culture during a visit to Awanakancha, a farm located in the Peruvian Andes where you can interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Tuck into your picnic box lunch then connect with the local Quechua who sell their handicrafts at the vibrant market of Pisac. Admire the colorful displays and perhaps sample some of the local coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude while the sounds of traditional music fill the air. Delve into the tradition of spinning, dyeing and weaving before joining your fellow travel companions for an included dinner. We overnight at an 18th-century colonial-style establishment that was once a former monastery.

    meals Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  4. Day 4 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

    Our first stop on our journey back to the time of the Incas is Ollantaytambo, a former stronghold built using colossal stone blocks. We journey to the Lost City in the Clouds next, boarding the Vistadome train to the great citadel of Machu Picchu. Join your Local Specialist to explore the UNESCO-listed hilltop fortress including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and intricately carved Intihuatana. We'll dine at our hotel this evening.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra
  5. Day 5 Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

    Reconnect with Machu Picchu this morning. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun to witness first-hand the beauty of the misty peak and valley below. Take a moment to admire the stonework and ancient engineering feats that went into building this mystical city on top of an isolated mountain. This afternoon, we board a train to Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha. Dive into culture and learn how this traditional Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women of the nearby village.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Cusco
  6. Day 6 Cusco Sightseeing

    Gear up for a full-day of Cusco sightseeing. Explore the Inca and Spanish roots of the "Imperial City", unlocking its best kept secrets with a Local Specialist. See the baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas, then delve deeper into the history of the Church of Santo Domingo, built atop Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun. Venture beyond the city to visit the intriguing megalith ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before gathering for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Savor Cusquenian gastronomy against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  7. Day 7 Cusco – Lima

    We return to Lima where we'll have an afternoon at leisure to explore the city or simply relax. Later, meet your Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, home to the largest private collection of 7th-century pre-Columbian art in the world. Gain insights into the evolution and culture of ancient Peruvian societies as you explore this 18th-century vice-royal mansion. Tonight, we enjoy dinner alfresco in the museum's garden restaurant with all the essentials taken care of.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Novotel Lima
  8. Day 8 Lima – Santiago (2 Nights)

    Bid farewell to Peru and fly to Chile's fashionable capital, Santiago. On arrival, you'll be taken to your luxury hotel in Las Condes.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel InterContinental Santiago
  9. Day 9 Santiago Sightseeing

    Join a Local Specialist this morning for an in-depth orientation of the city. The flavors of crisp Chardonnay beckon after a visit to the city's Central market. We journey to Casablanca Valley, Chile's wine region, stopping at a popular winery for a gourmet Regional Meal lunch served out on the exquisite surrounds. Dive into culture and meet a local winemaker for a personalized winery experience with exclusive tasting.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  10. Day 10 Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas

    We fly to the coastal port of Puerto Montt this morning. From there it's on to Puerto Varas for a tour of the "City of Roses." On arrival at your lakeside hotel, you'll have the rest of the day at leisure before joining your travel companions for dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Cabana del Lago
  11. Day 11 Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing – Bariloche (2 Nights)

    This morning's first stop will see you admire the waters of Petrohue River cascading dramatically over volcanic rocks. We'll cruise over Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye for Andean condors against the backdrop of the Osorno Volcano. Journey through unforgettable landscapes of snow-capped mountains, lush forests and alpine lakes. Enjoy a lunch stop in Peulla before crossing the border into Argentina. We'll cruise Lake Nahuel Huapi en route to Swiss-inspired Bariloche.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel NH Edelweiss Bariloche
  12. Day 12 Bariloche Sightseeing

    Meet a Local Specialist this morning, making your way along the "Circuito Chico" for epic mountain views and shimmering lake waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. We visit Playa Bonita and admire the beautiful natural setting below from the hilltop of St. Edward's Chapel. Take a ride on the chairlift up to Cerro Campanario for a bird's eye view of the peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Today's "sweet spot" lies in Bariloche's centuries-old chocolate heritage. We dive into culture, exploring the production area and sampling a tantalizing variety of melt-in-your-mouth selections.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Bariloche – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

    Fly from the edge of Patagonia to the lively city of Buenos Aires where you will join your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for an exclusive connect with locals dinner in Palermo Soho. A local family and long-time residents of this trendy neighborhood welcome us into their home sharing the fruits of homemade family recipes for a Be My Guest experience. Discover the secrets of kneading fresh country bread and learn about the art of the Tango.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel InterContinental Buenos Aires
  14. Day 14 Buenos Aires Sightseeing

    Connect with Argentina's capital this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the iconic Casa Rosada and barrios of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. Spend some time admiring the ornate façades of Teatro Colon, then head to Recoleta cemetery to pay tribute to Argentina's former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita). Spend the afternoon at leisure, before meeting your travel companions for a Regional Meal this evening to savor the authentic taste of Argentina Asado. Dive into culture as you witness the fire and passion of a traditional Tango performance by some of the best dancers in Buenos Aires.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  15. Day 15 Buenos Aires

    Relish a morning and afternoon to explore the "Paris of South America" on your terms. Perhaps visit the country's finest museum, admiring the art on display at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or consider a visit into the country at a traditional estancia where you'll enjoy an authentic parrillada lunch.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  16. Day 16 Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls (2 nights)

    Fly to Iguassu Falls in Argentina and meet a Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park. Take a front-row seat on board an open-air ecological jungle train, keeping your camera close at hand as you stroll along the walkways to get an up-close view of the fury of Devil's Throat Falls. We cross the border into Brazil and enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner at our resort.

    meals Continental Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Wish Resort Foz de Iguassu
  17. Day 17 Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

    Wake up in paradise and return to Iguassu National Park - this time to explore the Brazilian side of the falls. Your Local Specialist will be close at hand to take you on an immersive walk through the evergreen rainforest fed by the spray of the falls.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  18. Day 18 Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

    Enjoy a soul-stirring encounter with Iguassu National Park this morning, meeting your Local Specialist to gain further insights into this extraordinary natural wonderland. We'll fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro this afternoon and transfer to our hotel with magnificent ocean views over the playground of Copacabana Beach.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Miramar by Windsor, Oceanview Rooms
  19. Day 19 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

    Your Rio adventure begins today as you join a Local Specialist to ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for spectacular city views. Make the most of your afternoon by exploring this vibrant city at your leisure.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  20. Day 20 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing (Continued)

    Hop aboard a classic cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, the site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. As the day unfolds, visit the iconic and unexpected sites with a Local Specialist including an 18th-century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church. Later this afternoon, we'll dive into culture at a Samba school for in-depth insights into how the school operates and prepares for the annual Rio Carnival. Admire the original costumes used in the celebrations. Then, sway those hips Samba-style as you take part in a private dance lesson accompanied by a musical Samba Trio. This evening, we'll visit a churrascaria for a Farewell Dinner complete with a splash of festive caipirinha mixing.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  21. Day 21 Depart Rio de Janeiro

    Today marks the last day of this Icons of South America adventure. Fit in some last-minute exploring and souvenir shopping until your transfer to the airport or consider extending your stay in Rio at the Miramar by Windsor.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Meal Summary

20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Visit a local market and meet Ignacio Barrios, award-winning chef, and visit his cooking school where you'll see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular foods
  • Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighborhood of Palermo Soho with its Spanish-style houses and hip attitude.

Dive into Culture

  • Visit Awakancha to see where the delicate alpaca, llama and vicuña wool is sourced from.
  • Meet a Quechua scholar to learn about Peruvian weaving.
  • Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting.
  • Visit a winery in Chile's Casablanca valley and meet the winemaker for a personalized winery experience including a wine tasting.
  • Learn about Bariloche's chocolate heritage with a visit to the Chocolate Museum and sample a delicious array of locally made chocolates.
  • Experience the beauty of the Tango at a traditional milonga and learn about its traditions.
  • Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, at the Larco Museum, in Santiago, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, on both sides of Iguassu Falls and in Rio de Janeiro.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Puerto Varas
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Chile's wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado
  • Cruise in Chile's Lake Region
  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
Dates & Prices
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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Lima

La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

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. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $65

Magic Circuit Of The Water

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. This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Adult Price: $27

Cusco

Moray And Moras

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, 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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 5 Guests)
Adult Price: $86

Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum

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. Total duration is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $45

Buenos Aires

Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000-acre 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. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)
Adult Price: $170

Tigre Delta

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 is approximately 4 hours.
Adult Price: $74

Iguassu Falls

Dinner and Show at Churrascaria Rafain

Journey through South America Culture with a folkloric performance of Samba, Tango and Paraguayan Music while enjoying at traditional Brazilian barbecue dinner. Total duration is approximately 5 hours. Gratuity included. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $120

Bird Park

This family-owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours.
Adult Price: $55

Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa Walking Tour

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 is approximately 3.5 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 6 Guests)
Adult Price: $44

Visit To A Favela

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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included.
Adult Price: $38

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