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South America Discovery

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A trip across South America's most influential and intoxicating countries-the icons of Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Three of South America's most popular, diverse and colourful countries are revealed on this journey into their capitals, cultures and communities.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

    Welcome to Rio de Janerio. Get settled in at your hotel and start exploring before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.

    Hotel: Mirador
  • Day 2: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and Free Time

    Today, visit the Cosme Velho district where you will board a cogwheel train. Wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Disembark at the top of Corcovado Mountain to stand next to one of the Seven Modern World Wonders, Christ the Redeemer. From here you have unparalleled views of the "Marvellous City." After, drive along some of the most famous beaches in the world-Copacabana and Ipanema. The rest of the day is free.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 3: Rio de Janeiro City Free Time

    Today, enjoy and explore. Maybe discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century and is home to artists, galleries, museums and eateries, or relax on the beach. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions at a local churrascaria where meat is cooked in the churrasco style.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

    Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls. Located where the Iguassu River empties its waters into the Parana River, the falls form the world's widest waterfalls and gives rise to the double border of Brazil and Argentina. Settle into your hotel this evening where dinner is served.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Viale Cataratas
  • Day 5: Iguassu Falls and Free Time

    This morning, enter Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk the catwalk that leads to the bottom of Devil's Throat, enjoying magnificent views. Your afternoon is at leisure. Consider several optional experiences for your leisure time: embark on the Macuco Safari for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the falls or visit Bird Park, home to more than 900 native birds while walking through subtropical forests. For the more adventurous, consider aerial views of the falls from a helicopter flight.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 6: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

    Depart from your hotel with a quick customs stop. Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, take a scenic drive up to the Argentinian Iguassu National Park. Visit the Argentinean Falls and visitor's center, then proceed to the river cascades and falls abroad the Ecological Jungle Train to the most impressive observation point, Devil's Throat. This afternoon, fly to Buenos Aires.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
    Hotel: Cyan Hotel de las Americas
  • Day 7: Buenos Aires Sightseeing and Free Time

    Today, see the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world and pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Arrive at the main square, Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by the Government House and the first City Hall. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral before continuing on through San Telmo, a historical neighbourhood and the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Visit La Boca, a very colourful area of painted houses. Continue to Recoleta Cemetery, home to the grave of Eva Duarte, "Evita." This evening, enjoy dinner and a Tango show in historic Buenos Aires where the golden age of Tango shines once again. Experience the great Argentinean passion with a live orchestra and classic Tango dancers.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8: Buenos Aires Free Time

    Set out into the city or join several optional excursions. Perhaps learn about the life of the Gauchos where you'll appreciate the charm of the Argentinean landscape as you travel to the Pampas. Round out your day in the countryside with a barbecue lunch, Argentinean wines, folk music, traditional dances and Gaucho games. Or consider an optional trip to Tigre and Delta Rio de la Plata, the aristocratic northern district of San Isidro. Enjoy a boat excursion around some of the stunning islands of this delta. Your Travel Director will be more than happy to help you decide.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 9: Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)

    This morning, fly to Lima, the "City of the Kings." Upon arrival, explore this city at your leisure.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
    Hotel: La Hacienda
  • Day 10: Lima Sightseeing and Free Time

    Today, discover the famous Plaza Mayor and Cathedral. See the Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace and City Hall. Visit the San Francisco Monastery, an interesting museum featuring mysterious catacombs. Your afternoon is free. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a lively dinner at a local restaurant.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

    Take a morning flight to Cusco where you visit Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum where you can see llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanucos. Learn about the traditional weaving techniques of the locals before strolling through the famous Pisac Market. After lunch, settle into your hotel. This evening, join your new friends for dinner at a local restaurant.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Hotel: La Casona de Yucay
  • Day 12: Machu Picchu Excursion

    This morning, transfer to Ollantaytambo to board your train to Aguas Calientes, the village at the feet of Machu Picchu. As you make your way through Sacred Valley, the train passes little villages and rugged mountains. Transfer to the shuttle system that completes your journey to the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Return to Sacred Valley and share your impressions of Machu Picchu with friends over dinner.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13: Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)

    This morning, visit Pablo Seminario's workshop. See beautiful pottery incorporating the techniques and styles of the ancient cultures of Peru. On the way to Cusco, visit a local home in Ollantaytambo, sampling the millenary beverage of the Incas at a chicheria and view the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Once at your hotel, the evening is free.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
    Hotel: San Agustin Plaza
  • Day 14: Cusco Sightseeing and Free Time

    Today, view Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun." Discover the Cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from Escuela Cuzquena, Cusco's School of Art. Walk through the Inca Street of Loreto, with its remarkable Incan wall construction. Discover the San Pedro market, known for its local products. Later this evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for dinner at a local restaurant featuring a folkloric show of song and dance.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 15: Depart Cusco

    This morning, your Peruvian adventure comes to an end or extend your holiday in Puno and Lake Titicaca.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast

Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • All internal air included in trip cost
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Train excursion to Machu Picchu

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Buenos Aires Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colourful city
  • Cusco Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show
  • Iguassu Falls Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the tropical Iguassu National Park
  • Lima Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs
  • Machu Picchu Journey to the marvellous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Rio de Janeiro Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest from your cogwheel train
  • Sacred Valley Visit the famous Pisac Market and stop at the Awanakancha Living Museum where you may see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas

Dates and Prices

All dates and prices subject to change. Please see https://www.getours.com/tours/south-america-discovery for the latest discounts and departure information for this tour.
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All prices are per person twin-share. Single rooms available at a supplement.

Please note that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay tips to Travel Director and Driver $166 per person.

Airport Transfers: Complimentary transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Intra-Air: Prices include economy airfare and related charges between Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls, Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires - Lima, and Lima - Cusco and require the purchase of round trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

Please note that this trip experiences high elevations. We recommend guests with existing medical conditions consult their physicians prior to travel.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country.

Optional Experiences

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.

Rio de Janeiro

Guanabara Bay Cruise

Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf 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.
Adult Price: $58 

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 

Ginga Tropical Show

Ginga Tropical celebrities the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro through music and dance. Bohemian culture, folklore and mystical rituals are represented by the drummers and beautiful dancers dressed in carnival costumes. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $112 

Half Day City Tour including Sugar Loaf

Begin your tour in the heart of Rio, where colonial Rio meets modern skyscrapers. See the Paço Imperial palace, the first residence of the Royal Family, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the Candelaria Church. Proceed to Presidente Vargas Avenue, built to create access from the suburbs to the commercial center of the Capital in the early nineties, passing through the popular market and Tiradentes Square. See the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Rio's aqueduct, Santo Antonio Church, BNDES and Petrobras buildings reaching Lapa, the most popular nightlife point in Rio. You will have panoramic views of the Municipal Theater (Teatro Municipal), the National Library and the City Council building—all of them inspired in the European 18th-century style. Afterward, drive through Flamenco Park, then ascend Sugar Loaf. This famous mountain is reached by cable car 1,200 feet high, an experience you will never forget. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity Included (Minimum of 15 guests to operate)
Adult Price: $69 

Iguassu Falls

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 

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 approximately 5 hours. Gratuity Included (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $120 

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 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 

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 

Piquillacta Ruins And Andahuaylillas Church

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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $73 

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