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A trip across South America's most influential and intoxicating countries—the icons of Peru, Chile, Brazil and Argentina are brought to life by Insiders and unique experiences.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling the beats of South America at a churrascaria barbecue restaurant in Rio and see how Argentinian Tango should be danced at Lina and Gaspar's home in Buenos Aires. It's meeting other locals passionate about sharing the traditions of their homeland.
19 nights' accommodations, 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners.
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: $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 arrive the morning of Day 1 of your guided vacation or if you have purchased extra 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: $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: $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)
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)
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Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.
Festival Departures: A Christmas celebration is arranged for this departure.
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 $2,395.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $209 per person.
Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Lima, Lima-Santiago, Santiago-Puerto Montt, Bariloche-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Iguassu Falls and Iguassu Falls-Rio de Janeiro 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.
Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.
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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 liqueur.
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 along side 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 repellant 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.
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.
Extend your vacation with a pre-itinerary 5 day Peruvian Amazon package, including 3 nights in a jungle lodge.
Prices for the extension start at $1,269* per person twin share (single supplement $250).
Prices include internal flights. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension.
DAY 1 ARRIVE LIMA
Fly to Lima, Peru (international flights not included). Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
DAY 2 LIMA - PUERTO MALDONADO - CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA (3 NIGHTS)
This morning fly to remote Puerto Maldonado, then enjoy a journey on the Madre de Rios river to your jungle lodge. Get your first taste of the rainforest as your expert guide introduces you to the trees, medicinal plants, insects and animals that call the jungle home. Before dinner take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat.
(FB,L,D) Corto Maltes Amazonia
DAY 3 AMAZON EXPLORATION
Enjoy breakfast then watch monkeys cavorting through the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you to the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Disembark and hike through the jungle, admiring towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birds, and the light filtering through the forest canopy. Arrive at Sandoval Lake where you might spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans, or even the elusive anaconda. Enjoy a sunset over the lake before returning to the lodge for dinner.
DAY 4 AMAZON EXPLORATION
Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the lodge grounds or take a swim. Later immerse yourself in local culture with member of the Ese'eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional agriculture. This evening relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars come out.
DAY 5 CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA - PUERTO MALDONADO - LIMA
Enjoy a dawn excursion this morning to a popular feeding grounds for parrots. After breakfast bid farewell to the Amazon and head back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Lima. In Lima, join the rest of your tour group for Day 1 of Icons of South America.
*Prices are accurate as of 18 October 2016.
Extend your vacation with a post-itinerary 4 day Brazilian Amazon extension package, including 2 nights in a jungle lodge.
Prices for the extension start at $1,295* per person twin share (single supplement $275).
Prices include internal flights. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension.
DAY 1-19 Operate per Icons of South America Itinerary
DAY 20 RIO DE JANEIRO - MANAUS
Say farewell to your tour group in Rio de Janeiro and fly to Manaus, Brazil. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel before taking a city tour. Visit the grand Palacio Rio Negro, the former home of a rubber baron that is now a museum dedicated to preserving the traditional Amazonian culture. Discover the floating harbor and nearby Customs House, the vibrant Mercado Municipal, and the famed Opera House.
Tropical Manaus Hotel
DAY 21 MANAUS - AMAZON ECOPARK JUNGLE LODGE (2 NIGHTS)
This morning travel upriver to the famous "Meeting of the Waters" and see the dark waters of the Rio Negro mix with the brown waters of the Solimoes, as the river flows east to the Atlantic. After lunch, you may choose to take an optional canoe experience down a tributary river and try your hand at piranha fishing, or stay and relax in the jungle atmosphere. Later this afternoon, transfer to your lodge on the Rio Taruma.
(FB,L,D) Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge
DAY 22 AMAZON EXPLORATION
After breakfast take a guided walk through the rainforest. As you enter the dense jungle, imagine how the early Amazonian explorers felt. Perhaps you'll spot a capybara, the world's largest rodent, or glimpse a sleeping anaconda in a tree. Next you will visit the home of native Amazonians to learn about their culture and way of life. This evening, take to the river and go on a moonlit search for caiman.
DAY 23 AMAZON - MANAUS - RIO DE JANEIRO
Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabiliation center and wildlife refuge, to watch monkeys eat and play. Afterwards, say goodbye to the Amazon and return to Manaus Airport for your flight to the USA.
*Prices are accurate as of 19 October 2016.
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