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South America Revealed

16 Day South America Tour of Argentina & Peru

16 Days
3 Countries

Brazil, Argentina, Peru

8 Cities

Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

25 Meals

2 Welcome Receptions, 15 Breakfasts, 2 Regional Dinners, 3 Lunchs, 2 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Plenty of free time. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Beautiful people and equally stunning scenery, color and culture - expect nothing else on Rio's gorgeous beaches, your launch pad to a South American tour through vibrant capitals, national parks, and the Inca heart of Peru. You’ll even learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha and pisco sour.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro

Immerse yourself in the tropical allure of Rio de Janeiro - your launch pad to a South American exploration of capital cities and ancient cultures. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel offering superb views of Copacabana Beach. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a festive Welcome Reception.

Football at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Accommodation Windsor Excelsior Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Enjoy Rio de Janeiro and Sugarloaf Mountain

Ease into your morning Rio-style before joining your Travel Director to delve into the captivating contrasts of Brazil’s cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city). See the 18th-century Carioca Aqueduct, the colonial Candelaria church and the home of the Rio Carnival, the Sanbodromo. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for a 'pinch me moment' of inspiring bay and city views. Enjoy a free evening.

Cable Car, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Accommodation Windsor Excelsior Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sugar Loaf Mountain by Cable car

Journey high above Guanabara Bay first to Urca hill and then the top of Sugarloaf at 1,299 feet above sea level for views of Botafogo cove, Copacab...

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Optional Experiences Selaron Steps, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Santa Teresa including Selarón Steps

Drive to the charming Santa Teresa hilltop neighborhood. Walk around the winding narrow streets filled with colorful buildings, artists, and a bohe...

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Optional Experiences See brazilian dancers at Ginga Tropical Show, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ginga Tropical Show

Ginga Tropical celebrates the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio De Janeiro though music and dance. Bohemian cul...

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Day 3

Uncover the Sights and Flavors of Rio de Janeiro

The iconic Christ the Redeemer beckons this morning as we journey by cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado for impressive panoramic views. Returning to the city, we visit the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema, spending the rest of the day at leisure to watch Rio’s beautiful people living life to the fullest. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, then indulge in a sizzling Regional Dinner barbecue at a local churrascaria.

View of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Accommodation Windsor Excelsior Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visit Corcovado and the iconic Christ the Redeemer

Climb into the clouds to the top of Corcovado Mountain to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer. You’ll ride the Corcovado Railway, the first electr...

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Optional Experiences
Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest by Jeep

The 140-hectare Botanical park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contain...

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Day 4

Experience the Rhythms of Rio de Janeiro and off to Iguassu Falls

Journey into some of South America’s most beautiful natural landscapes taking a flight from Rio to Iguassu Falls, the UNESCO-listed magnificent falls that straddle the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, 'Big Waters', in Iguassu National Park with a Local Specialist. Hike to the cascading falls through giant clouds and sprays of water feeling refreshed in the humidity. You’ll learn that while hot and humid, this lush micro-climate supports diverse fauna in its subtropical rainforest of over 2,000 species of vascular plants. Conclude your day crossing the border to Argentina to your hotel.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Accommodation Hotel Mercure, Argentina
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Visit the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park

Join a Local Specialist who will guide your exploration of the Brazilian side of the falls in this massive park spanning the border between Argenti...

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Day 5

Iguassu National Park Argentinian side with local specialist

Get a different perspective of grandeur on the Argentinian side of the falls at the Devil's throat. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience finds you paying a visit to the Guarani community of Fortín M'bororé who open their doors to reveal the secrets of the jungle, their natural medicine, culture, songs, dance, crafts, philosophy and beliefs. Discover with the Guarani the "Spirit of the Trees", a walk where you learn to walk through the interior of the Jungle guided by aboriginal experts. This afternoon, join an optional experience on Gran Aventura boat tour or an Argentinean experience learning about Argentine culture, tasting local dishes in a five-course dinner, sampling four Argentinean wines and mingling with travelers from around the world.

View of Iguassu Falls, Argentina
Accommodation Hotel Mercure, Argentina
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Iguassu Falls, Argentina
Explore Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side

Join a local specialist for a walk along the long catwalk suspended above the swirling waters of the Iguassu River. View the chaotic crush of water...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit of the Guarani Community, Iguassu National Park, Argentina
Visit of the Guarani Community

Visiting the ancestral Guarani community for an immersive MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Join the Guarani for a jungle walk, first greeted by an a...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Gran Aventura
Gran Aventura

Departing from the Operative Center or from the Visitors’ Center, we shall enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks specially designed for...

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Optional Experiences The Argentine Experience
The Argentine Experience

Learn about Argentine culture, taste fantastic local dishes, drink exceptional wine, and mingle with fellow travelers from around the world, in a f...

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Day 6

Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires

Take a flight from Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Check into your hotel located in the heart of the cultural center at the historic Plaza San Martin and, with the rest of the day free, perhaps take a stroll around this upscale part of the city. This evening dive into culture watching the passionate fiery and precise steps of some of Buenos Aires most talented tango dancers. Here at El Viejo Almacen in the neighborhood of San Telmo, you’re in the most classic house of tango putting on shows since 1969 and preserving the architecture and atmosphere of Tango culture.

Couple dancing the Tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Accommodation Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Dive Into Culture Couple dancing the Tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Beautiful Dance of Tango

Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 7

Buenos Aires Sightseeing and at Leisure

Take in the sights of Buenos Aires on a City Tour to the pink palace, cathedral and La Boca neighborhood. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore this exciting city on your own or join one of our tempting optionals. Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta, a popular weekend getaway of scenery, summer residences, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Or venture on a wine tasting trip to “El Querandi,” a big house located in the historical district and considered a living testimony of the city originally founded as a bar in 1920.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Accommodation Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience See Casa Rosada and more on a Buenos Aires City Tour, Argentina
Buenos Aires City Tour

Embark on a Buenos Aires City Tour with a Local Specialist. Walk through the wide boulevards of this beautiful capital admiring the spirit of a cit...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Boat Travelling Down Canal in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Journey to 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 fo...

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Optional Experiences Wine Tasting at El Querandi Vineyard, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wine Tasting

Leave your hotel and drive to “El Querandi”, a big house located in the historical district and considered a living testimony of the city. It was o...

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Day 8

Buenos Aires Your Way

Leave Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the gaucho traditions in the pampas region, for a tour along its quaint streets lined with silversmiths. Take part in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visiting a local project of the Local Association for disabled people who are keeping up the tradition of making the alpargatas shoes. Appreciate more artisans paying a visit to a local artist's studio observing how masterpieces are created. Cap off your day with a Be My Guest experience, complete with sizzling asado steak, at a family-owned gaucho ranch where your watch cowboys show off the horsemanship accompanied by music and dance.

Gaucho Cowboy on Horse, Estancia, Argentina​
Accommodation Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Visit San Antonio De Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visit San Antonio de Areco

Uncover San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the “gaucho” traditions in the “pampas” region. Walk around the small village’s cobblestoned streets app...

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Dive Into Culture

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Local Association for Disabled People in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visit a project of the Local Association for Disabled People

Visit a workshop where people with special abilities manufacture in an artisanal way the traditional shoe of the gauchos: "alpargatas", still used ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Be My Guest Gaucho Ranch Experience
Gaucho Ranch Experience with a Local Family

Visit a family-run gaucho ranch for an energizing event of food, drink, music, dance and horseback riding demonstrations. Kick off with a lunch of ...

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Be My Guest

Dive Into Culture Visit a Gaucho Painter Atelier in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visit a Gaucho Painter Atelier

Visit a gaucho painter’s studio to view his works, appreciate the diverse subjects of his paintings, learn the history of the gaucho town followed ...

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Dive Into Culture

Day 9

Venture to Lima, the City of Kings

The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome on your epic voyage through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in the upscale shopping district of Miraflores. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

Main Square in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Day 10

Savor the Flavors of Lima

Francisco Pizarro’s 'City of Kings' is ours to explore this morning as we discover the colonial heritage of Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Center with our Local Specialist. Admire the ornate baroque façades of the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima’s status as the culinary capital of South America next, and meet Ignacio Barrios who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then continue to his cooking school where you'll Connect With Locals and enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular dishes. You’ll have an opportunity to sample some of these at a Be My Guest experience lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Monastery of San Francisco in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit Chef Ignacio Cooking School in Lima, Peru
Chef Ignacio Cooking School and Lunch

Visit a local market with Chef Ignacio and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Beach in Lima, Peru
Lima City Tour

Take in the highlights of Lima, the 'City of the Kings,' including a panoramic view of the ancient districts. Join a local specialist for a visit t...

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Iconic Experience

Dive Into Culture Visit to Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country, Ica, Peru
Learn about Pisco Sour & How to Make a "Chilcano"

You’re treated to a lesson on how to pour the perfect Pisco sour, Peru’s native drink. In the good hands of professional chef Ignacio, the results ...

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Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit the Magic Circuit Of The Water in Lima, Peru
Experience The Magic Circuit Of The Water

The Magic Water Circuit is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lase...

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Day 11

Journey to the Sacred Valley

Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® when you visit Manos de la Comunidad, a Weaving Center where you’ll uncover the traditions of the Sacred Valley, called “lindaje.” Then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, our hotel for the night. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and learn more about the artisan traditions meeting Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver and the first person from her village to attend university. She has been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.

Woman weaving in Sacred Valley, Peru
Accommodation Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, Sacred Valley
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Woman weaving in Sacred Valley, Peru
Meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver

Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience meeting Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver and the first person from her village to attend un...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Trafalgar Difference A Stays with Stories at the Sonesta Posada del Inca, Yucay, Peru
Stay with Stories

Enjoy this Stays With Stories, at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.

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Trafalgar Difference

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Manos de la Comunidad, Linderaje musicians in Sacred Valley, Peru
Visit Manos de la Comunidad

Visit Manos de la Comunidad weaving center to learn about artistic traditions and the four Andean camels: Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Guanacos. Th...

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Day 12

Journey to Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley reveals its mysteries today as we encounter the remains of the mighty Inca empire. Our first stop this morning is the famous Inca hilltop fortress, Ollantaytambo, built from massive blocks of stone. We board the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, where a Local Specialist will lead us through the ruins of this once-great fortress. Explore the iconic 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 centuries ago. Tonight, we’ll dine at our hotel.

View of Machu Picchu, Peru
Accommodation El MaPi, Machu Picchu
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Ollantaytambo Fortress Visit Machu Picchu, Peru
Ollantaytambo Visit

Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist. These famous ruins are a massive Inca fortress made of large stone te...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Train from Cuzco to Machu Pichu, Peru
Epic Ride to Machu Picchu

Soak in every moment of your Machu Picchu tour in style as you descend to the Lost City in the clouds aboard the Vistadome train. Traveling the Inc...

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Iconic Experience View of Machu Picchu, Peru
Visit Machu Picchu

Take a shuttle to the top of the mountain where you’ll meet your local specialist for a guided hike of Machu Picchu. You’ll learn about Machu Picch...

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Day 13

Continue in Machu Picchu then Return to Cusco

We return to Machu Picchu this morning with an opportunity to explore this mythical fortress on our own terms. Then it’s off to Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha. Dive Into Culture and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.

Train from Cuzco to Machu Pichu, Peru
Accommodation Hotel Novotel Cusco
Included Meals Breakfast
Must-see Highlights Chicha de jora in Machu Picchu, Peru
Sweet Flavors at Local Chicheria

Enjoy the flavors of chicha, a Peruvian corn beer. Hear about how chicha is brewed by the local indigenous women and its history dating back to the...

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Must-see Highlights

Iconic Experience View of Machu Picchu, Peru
More Time at Machu Picchu

The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story. Journey to take in the ruins at sunrise ...

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Day 14

Step Back in Time in Cusco

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning with your Local Specialist, admiring the 16th century Spanish colonial buildings that stand on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. See the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. The afternoon is free to explore on your terms.

Ruins in Cusco, Peru
Accommodation Hotel Novotel Cusco
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Traveller stood at Coricancha Temple in Cusco, Peru
Cusco City Tour

Join your Local Specialist for a guided walk through Cusco's colonial center, including the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Koricancha. Her...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit Sacsayhuaman Cusco, Peru
Visit Ruins of the Sacsayhuamán Fortress

Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking Cusco. With zig zagging walls and ruins of giant stones, see how...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Sacred Valley Salt Mines in Maras, Peru
Moray and Maras

Explore ancient history and living traditions on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Maras Salt Mine. Discover how salt from this region where the...

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Optional Experiences
Cusco After Dark

Experience Cusco like never before! During your walking tour through the streets of the ancient city, you will learn its darkest secrets. Stories o...

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Cusco - Off the Beaten Track

Start your visit with the oldest Cemetery of Cusco, Cementerio General de la Almudena. Your guide will not only explain burial rites, but also rela...

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Optional Experiences Visit and enjoy a workshop at Choco Museum, Cusco, Peru
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...

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Day 15

Onward to Lima

A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima late this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, join your Local Specialist at the Larco Museum for an evening exploration of its collection of pre-Columbian art. We’ll indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden.

Larco Museum in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit The Larco Museum in Lima, Peru
Visit the Larco Museum

Join a local specialist for a tour of the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art in ...

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Day 16

Farewell Lima

Say hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Lima.

Blankets in Lima, Peru
Included Meals Breakfast

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Sugar Loaf Mountain by Cable car

Journey high above Guanabara Bay first to Urca hill and then the top of Sugarloaf at 1,299 feet above sea level for views of Botafogo cove, Copacab...

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Iconic Experience
Visit Corcovado and the iconic Christ the Redeemer

Climb into the clouds to the top of Corcovado Mountain to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer. You’ll ride the Corcovado Railway, the first electr...

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Iconic Experience
Visit the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park

Join a Local Specialist who will guide your exploration of the Brazilian side of the falls in this massive park spanning the border between Argenti...

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Iconic Experience
Explore Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side

Join a local specialist for a walk along the long catwalk suspended above the swirling waters of the Iguassu River. View the chaotic crush of water...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit of the Guarani Community

Visiting the ancestral Guarani community for an immersive MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Join the Guarani for a jungle walk, first greeted by an a...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
The Beautiful Dance of Tango

Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Buenos Aires City Tour

Embark on a Buenos Aires City Tour with a Local Specialist. Walk through the wide boulevards of this beautiful capital admiring the spirit of a cit...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit San Antonio de Areco

Uncover San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the “gaucho” traditions in the “pampas” region. Walk around the small village’s cobblestoned streets app...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit a project of the Local Association for Disabled People

Visit a workshop where people with special abilities manufacture in an artisanal way the traditional shoe of the gauchos: "alpargatas", still used ...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Gaucho Ranch Experience with a Local Family

Visit a family-run gaucho ranch for an energizing event of food, drink, music, dance and horseback riding demonstrations. Kick off with a lunch of ...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit a Gaucho Painter Atelier

Visit a gaucho painter’s studio to view his works, appreciate the diverse subjects of his paintings, learn the history of the gaucho town followed ...

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Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Chef Ignacio Cooking School and Lunch

Visit a local market with Chef Ignacio and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lima City Tour

Take in the highlights of Lima, the 'City of the Kings,' including a panoramic view of the ancient districts. Join a local specialist for a visit t...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Learn about Pisco Sour & How to Make a "Chilcano"

You’re treated to a lesson on how to pour the perfect Pisco sour, Peru’s native drink. In the good hands of professional chef Ignacio, the results ...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver

Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience meeting Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver and the first person from her village to attend un...

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Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stay with Stories

Enjoy this Stays With Stories, at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit Manos de la Comunidad

Visit Manos de la Comunidad weaving center to learn about artistic traditions and the four Andean camels: Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Guanacos. Th...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ollantaytambo Visit

Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist. These famous ruins are a massive Inca fortress made of large stone te...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Epic Ride to Machu Picchu

Soak in every moment of your Machu Picchu tour in style as you descend to the Lost City in the clouds aboard the Vistadome train. Traveling the Inc...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Machu Picchu

Take a shuttle to the top of the mountain where you’ll meet your local specialist for a guided hike of Machu Picchu. You’ll learn about Machu Picch...

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Included in Trip
Must-see Highlights
Sweet Flavors at Local Chicheria

Enjoy the flavors of chicha, a Peruvian corn beer. Hear about how chicha is brewed by the local indigenous women and its history dating back to the...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
More Time at Machu Picchu

The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story. Journey to take in the ruins at sunrise ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cusco City Tour

Join your Local Specialist for a guided walk through Cusco's colonial center, including the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Koricancha. Her...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Ruins of the Sacsayhuamán Fortress

Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking Cusco. With zig zagging walls and ruins of giant stones, see how...

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Iconic Experience
Visit the Larco Museum

Join a local specialist for a tour of the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art in ...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima and Cusco with a Local Specialist, Explore both the Brazilian & Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls with a local specialist, Enjoy a Tango & Dinner Show
Visit Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Larco Museum, the Guarani community, Manos de la Comunidad Weaving Center and San Antonio de Areco - the heart of the “gaucho” traditions in the “pampas” region
See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach and the Casa Rosada
Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
Scenic Train Ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train

Optional Experiences

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Santa Teresa including Selarón Steps

Drive to the charming Santa Teresa hilltop neighborhood. Walk around the winding narrow streets filled with colorful buildings, artists, and a bohe...

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Ginga Tropical Show

Ginga Tropical celebrates the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio De Janeiro though music and dance. Bohemian cul...

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Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest by Jeep

The 140-hectare Botanical park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contain...

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Gran Aventura

Departing from the Operative Center or from the Visitors’ Center, we shall enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks specially designed for...

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The Argentine Experience

Learn about Argentine culture, taste fantastic local dishes, drink exceptional wine, and mingle with fellow travelers from around the world, in a f...

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Journey to 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 fo...

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Wine Tasting

Leave your hotel and drive to “El Querandi”, a big house located in the historical district and considered a living testimony of the city. It was o...

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Experience The Magic Circuit Of The Water

The Magic Water Circuit is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lase...

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Moray and Maras

Explore ancient history and living traditions on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Maras Salt Mine. Discover how salt from this region where the...

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Cusco After Dark

Experience Cusco like never before! During your walking tour through the streets of the ancient city, you will learn its darkest secrets. Stories o...

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Cusco - Off the Beaten Track

Start your visit with the oldest Cemetery of Cusco, Cementerio General de la Almudena. Your guide will not only explain burial rites, but also rela...

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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...

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Argentina, Brazil & Peru

  • Official Languages across Argentina, Brazil & Peru: Spanish is the official language of Argentina and Peru, and Portuguese is the official language of Brazil.
  • Currency used in Argentina, Brazil & Peru: The currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso ($), the currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real is (R$), and the currency of Peru is the Peruvian Sole (S/).
  • Capital cities: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Brasília (Brazil), Lima (Peru).
  • Time Zone(s) in Argentina, Brazil & Peru: The main time zone used in most of Argentina is Argentina Standard Time (ART). However, during daylight saving time, some regions, such as the provinces in the west, may adjust their clocks and observe Argentina Daylight Time (ARST). The time zones in Brazil are Brasília Standard Time (BRT) in the central region, Amazon Standard Time (AMT) in the western region, Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) in the Atlantic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, and Brasília Summer Time (BRST) when daylight saving time is observed, which moves the clocks forward by one hour. The main time zone used in Peru is Peru Standard Time (PET).

Argentina, Brazil & Peru passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Argentina, Brazil or Peru.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Argentina has a diverse range of climates due to its vast size and varying geography. In the north, regions like the Gran Chaco experience a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The central Pampas region has a temperate climate with hot summers and cool winters. Patagonia, in the south, has a cold and arid climate with strong winds and cool summers. The Andes Mountains influence the climate in western Argentina, creating alpine conditions with cooler temperatures and more precipitation. The coastal areas, including Buenos Aires, have a maritime climate with mild winters, moderate summers, and rainfall spread throughout the year.

Brazil has a diverse range of climates due to its vast size and geographical features. The northern region, including the Amazon Rainforest, has a tropical climate with high temperatures, high humidity, and abundant rainfall throughout the year. The northeastern coast has a tropical climate as well, characterized by warm temperatures and a distinct rainy season. The central regions have a more temperate climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The southern parts of Brazil experience a subtropical climate, with mild to cool winters and warm summers. The Pantanal region in western Brazil has a wetland climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, experiencing heavy rains during the wet season and hotter, drier conditions in the dry season.

The weather and climate in Peru vary significantly due to its diverse geography and varying elevations. Along the coastal region, which includes cities like Lima, the climate is generally mild and arid. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are cooler and often overcast. In the highland areas of the Andes, such as Cusco and Machu Picchu, the climate is cooler due to the higher elevations. The weather can change rapidly in the highlands, with cool temperatures during the day and cold nights. The Amazon rainforest region in eastern Peru experiences a tropical climate, with high temperatures, high humidity, and abundant rainfall throughout the year. In the southern region, including Arequipa and Lake Titicaca, the climate is more temperate, with warm summers and cooler winters.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots: Suitable for walking and light hikes. You should also consider bringing sandals or flip-flops for lounging or beach days.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Rain Gear: It's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

As an American citizen traveling to Argentina and Brazil, here's what you need to know about electricity, adapters, hair dryers, and air conditioning:

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz. In Argentina, the standard voltage is 220V, and the frequency is 50Hz. In Brazil and Peru, the standard voltage is also 220V, and the frequency is 60Hz. 

  • In Argentina, the outlets commonly used are Type C and Type I. Type C outlets have two round pins, while Type I outlets have two flat pins in a V-shape and an additional grounding pin.
  • In Brazil, the outlets used are mainly Type C, Type N, and Type I. Type N outlets are similar to Type C but have an extra grounding pin.
  • In Peru, the outlets commonly used are Type A and Type C. Type A outlets have two flat parallel pins, while Type C outlets have two round pins.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in Argentina, Peru, and Brazil. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

Adapters and Converters

  • If you plan to bring American appliances, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220 from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the power outlets.
  • It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.
  • To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Many hotels in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru provide hair dryers in their rooms for guests to use, especially those catering to international travelers. These hair dryers are usually compatible with the local voltage and plug types, so you won't typically need to worry about bringing your own unless you have specific preferences or requirements.

If you have a high-powered or specialized hair dryer that you prefer to use, or if you're staying in accommodations that might not provide hair dryers, you can bring a travel hair dryer that's designed to work with various voltage levels and plug types. This way, you'll ensure that you can use your hair dryer regardless of the specific electrical setup in the hotel.

Remember also to pack any necessary travel adapters or voltage converters if your hair dryer is not compatible with the local voltage and plug type. It's always better to be prepared to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience during your trip.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can see if they provide this information on their site or contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is used in Argentina, Brazil and Peru, especially during the hot and dry summer months. Given the warm climate in these regions, air conditioning is essential for maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures. Restaurants, shopping malls, museums, and other public spaces typically have air conditioning to provide relief from the heat. 
  • While air conditioning is crucial during the summer, the need for it might decrease during the cooler months. Some places may not use air conditioning during the winter or cooler evenings.
  • Keep in mind that local customs and practices might influence the use of air conditioning. In more traditional or older buildings, air conditioning might not be as prevalent as in modern structures.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Initial contact with Daniel Pelletier was great. Later found out the price didn't include the interior flights.Also we didn't know we had booked two sepaarte tours. We loved our group of 26 in Brazil and Argentina, but Trafalgar added us to another group in Peru which made us 40+, not as easy to wrangle and not as cohesive. Both travel directors were exceptional, Rodrigo and Rudy. The sights were well planned. Many of the optional tours were canceled, which was disappointing. Judging from former GET tours, we appreciated the better quality food of included meals, drinks included, and upscale hotels.There was a lot of hype about the Novotel Hotels, which were just OK.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. South America Revealed is indeed one trip made up of two separate smaller tours. We apologize that this was not made clear to you when you made your reservation and thank you fro bringing this to our attention.
Monday, October 1, 2018
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The addition of the cost of the interior flights from our first impression of the the "total price" of the tour was unsettling. We would have booked it anyway, but it it was something of a bait and switch tactic that left us questioning ethics. We'll book again with GET, but we'll be wary of the bottom line at the introductory conversation.
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