South America Revealed

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio
16 Days from $5,846 per person

Brazil. Peru. Argentina. Three of South America's most popular, diverse and colorful countries are revealed on this journey into their capitals, cultures and communities. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting an expert in all things Buenos Aires. Together, you'll explore the capital as you discover the history and secret stories behind the iconic buildings you see, in the iconic home of Tango.

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  1. Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel. Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach.
    hotel:Windsor Atlantica
  2. Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.
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  3. Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, and indulge in a traditional Brazilian barbecue Regional Meal at a local churrascaria.

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  4. Enjoy a full day to discover the wonders of Rio on your own. Choose to embark on an optional half-day journey by jeep into the lush Tijuca National Park—the world's largest urban rainforest. Perhaps tour one of Rio's favelas or take a sailboat cruise. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day.
  5. Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, a Cultural Insight, sharing 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 a 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.
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    hotel:Wish Resort Golf Foz do Iguassu
  6. 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 cascades. 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 under the falls, helicopter flight or a visit to a tropical bird reserve.
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  7. Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. With a Local Specialist, board an open air ecological jungle train to view the mighty cascades before a guided walk along a scenic catwalk to see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Afterward, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina's exciting capital, renowned for its designer boutiques, fine restaurants, museums and theaters.
    hotel:InterContinental Buenos Aires
  8. With a Local Specialist, embark on a guided tour of the passionate city where the Tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings. Visit the colorful neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. This evening, linger over a Regional Meal and taste of world-renowned Argentinian beef. Cap off the evening by watching the best Tango dancers in Buenos Aires, a Cultural Insight, and experience the passion and power of Argentina's traditional Tango music.
    meal(s):FB, RM
  9. Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests in the 'Paris of South America'. The possibilities are endless. Visit one of the country's finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. And if you'd like to experience a different side of Argentina, take an optional trip into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighborhood. Be delighted as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of making typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this lively family will create a long-lasting memory.
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  10. Bid "Adios" to Buenos Aires and "Hola" to Lima as you fly to Peru. On arrival late this morning, transfer to the hotel where your room is immediately available. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital with a Local Specialist. Visit Lima's colonial sights, including the Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace.
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    hotel:Novotel Lima
  11. This morning, fly to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha for a Cultural Insight, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac, where the local Quechua people gather to sell their produce and handicrafts. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century monastery, in the heart of the Urubamba Valley. Learn about traditional Andean textiles, a Cultural Insight, as you see weavers at work. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
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    hotel:Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  12. After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca hilltop fortress built from immense blocks of stone. Then board the Vistadome train (light snack included) and view incredible scenery through panoramic windows as you follow the Rio Vilcanota to the town of Aguas Caliente. Upon arrival, transfer to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your Local Specialist leads you through the ruins of this once-great fortress, built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial or calendar by the Incas. This evening, share your stories with your traveling companions over dinner at the hotel.
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    hotel:El Mapi by Inkaterra
  13. Return to Machu Picchu and continue discovering on your own. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, descend from your mountaintop aerie and board the train to the Sacred Valley. Then, head toward the great colonial city of Cusco via motorcoach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a sample of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.
    hotel:Novotel Cusco
  14. Take a morning tour of Cusco, the capital of the Incas during their reign. See the highlights of the city including the incredible baroque cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas. Visit the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun often referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, explore the impressive ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco. This evening, celebrate your travels through Latin America at a festive Regional Meal of delicious Cusquenian dishes served at a popular local restaurant with a demonstration of ancestral dances.
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  15. Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Later meet a Local Specialist, and curator, from the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art, and learn about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peruvian societies. Then gather with your traveling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.
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    hotel:Novotel Lima
  16. Say hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Lima.

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Meal Summary

15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Visit a weaving center. An animal sanctuary. Stop in at a chicheria. Visit a local Samba school. Watch a Tango performance.

Be My Guest

  • Dine at the home of a local family in Buenos Aires.

Local Specialist

  • in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Lima and Machu Picchu. Learn about the Larco Museum.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima and Cusco
  • See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach and the Casa Rosada
  • Visit Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Awanakancha, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman and the Larco Museum
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey between the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes aboard the Vistadome train
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Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedFestival Departures: Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations are arranged for these 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 $1,975.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $158 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Lima, Lima-Cusco and Cusco-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.

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 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 to learn more.

  • You will be using the Brazilian real,  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.

  • 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. 

    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 post-itinerary 7 day Galapagos Islands package, including a 4 night cruise.

Prices for the extension start at $4,337* per person twin share (single supplement from $3425).

Prices include internal flights, Galapagos National Park fees, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and gratuities on board the cruise. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. 

DAY 1 - 15 Operate per South America Revealed Itinerary

Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
(FB) Hilton Colon, Quito

Visit the historic center of the city, which was the first place in the world designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the "Middle of the World" to stand on the Equator.  

Fly to Baltra Island and transfer by ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Visit Las Bachas and its salt water lagoons. These lagoons are the feeding grounds for many different types of wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Board your ship and enjoy a Welcome Drink before dinner. 

Explore the coastling along the imposing cliffs of Buccaneer Cove. Enjoy the fantastic natural formations such as the Elephant Rock, The Bishop, and an impressive natural cave.  Depart for Santiago Island and Puerto Egas where you might catch a glimpse of some marine birds amidst the lava flows and tuff-stone layers. 

Land near a red colored beach on Rabida Island, where sea lions and marine iguanas laze on the rocks. With your choice of sightseeing, either get up close and personal with vibrant undersea colonies on a snorkel excursion, or view them from a glass bottom or panga boat. Visit Bartolome Island with its stunning landscapes. Hike to the island summit for impressive views. The island is also home to the Galapagos Penguin, the only penguin species to live near the Equator. 

The morning begins with a climb to a flat, rocky plateau. Along the way, you might have the chance to observe large colonies of Nazca, red-footed boobies, and great frigate birds. Or perhaps enjoy a panga boat ride along the cliffs (weather permitting). In the afternoon, land at Darwin Bay to enjoy some swimming and snorkeling. Later enjoy a leisurely stroll to observe more of the native wildlife. 

Transfer to Guayaquil Airport for your flight home. Airport arrival will be at 4.30pm - please be aware when booking your flights to the USA (not included in the extension price). Should you choose to extend your stay, you will be transferred to the Guayaquil hotel.


*Prices are accurate as of 17 October 2016.

Extend your vacation with a pre-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. 

Fly to Manaus, Brazil (international flights not included). 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

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

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. 

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 Rio de Janeiro. In Rio de Janeiro, join the rest of your tour group for Day 1 of South America Revealed.


*Prices are accurate as of 19 October 2016.


Extend your vacation with a 3 day post-itinerary extension package to Easter Island.

Prices for the extension start at $975* per person twin share (single supplement $350).

Please note that the guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. Prices do not include airfare to Easter Island from Peru. Please ask your Grand European Travel Specialist about flight arrangements.  Due to the flight schedules to Easter Island, an additional night in Santiago is required and is included in the cost of this extension.

DAY 1 – 16 will operate per South America Revealed itinerary.

Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that endures to this day. The language, music and traditions remain alive among the island’s people; while the enormous stone carved Moai allude to an ancient past.  Your local host will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony. The restored site of Ahu Akivi has seven Moai statues representing the seven explorers sent to Raoa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Continue on to the ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura and visit the Puna Pau red scoria stone quarry.
Tahatai or Otai Rapanui Hotel

Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive along the island’s southern coast and see the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hanga Te’e. Continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of which are on the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue your drive to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”.  Afterwards enjoy a stop at scenic Anakena beach and take in the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.

This morning your private excursion will take you to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the island. See the island’s distinct geological features including a crater lake. Next, drive to a ceremonial village of Orongo, where you can see remarkable petroglyphs.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao.  Drive down to Ahu Vinapu to see further evidence of pre-Incan architectural influences on Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings. Return to your hotel before you are transferred to the airport for your flights later this afternoon.

*Prices accurate as of 24 October 2016.

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