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South America Revealed

Operated by: Trafalgar

16 Days from $5,975 per person
JAN 2022 - MAR 2023
Carnival woman in costume, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Countries Visited

Brazil, Argentina, Peru ...more Brazil, Argentina, Peru

Locations Visited

Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls (Brazil), Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cuzco ...more Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls (Brazil), Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cuzco
  1. 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 travellers for a festive Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Arena Copacabana
  2. 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 (marvellous 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.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Uncover the Sights and Flavours 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.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  4. Day 4 Experience the Rhythms of Rio de Janeiro and off to Iguassu Falls

    Spend the morning at leisure, then visit a Samba school where you’ll Dive Into Culture, gaining insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and sway your hips Rio-style as you learn how to Samba. We leave the city behind and fly to Iguassu Falls. This evening, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Wish Iguacu
  5. Day 5 Soak in the Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls

    Explore the Brazil side of Iguassu Falls, joining a Local Specialist in the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park for a walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. Indulge in lunch at a local restaurant against the backdrop of the falls before returning to your resort for an afternoon at leisure. Consider joining one of our optional experiences, including a jetboat ride(^) to the base of the falls or visit a tropical bird reserve, home to more than 500 species of birds.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6 Discover the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls

    Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Meet your Local Specialist, then board an open-air ecological jungle train through the rainforest and walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil’s Throat Falls. We leave this force of nature behind for the sophisticated Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Alvear Art
  7. Day 7 Explore Buenos Aires

    Connect with the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy, joining your Local Specialist for a guided tour of Buenos Aires’ most notable sites, including the iconic Casa Rosada and colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. Admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon, then visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where Argentina’s beloved former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine beef during a Regional Dinner. Later, we’ll Dive Into Culture, ending the evening with a stirring, sensual Tango performance.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  8. Day 8 Buenos Aires Your Way

    Enjoy a full day at leisure to pursue your own interests in the 'Paris of South America'. Admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Belles Artes or sample delicious dulce de leche ice-cream at the famous Café Tortoni. Feeling adventurous? Consider an optional trip into the countryside to visit a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Later, we’ll Connect With Locals, joining a family at their home in Palermo Soho for a dinner during our Be My Guest experience.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  9. Day 9 Venture to Lima, the City of Kings

    We leave one capital behind for another, travelling to Peru’s capital, Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in San Isidro.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel
  10. Day 10 Savour the Flavours 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 Centre 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  11. Day 11 Admire the Local Culture of Cusco and Sacred Valley

    Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Dive Into Culture and visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts. Connect With Locals and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century. End the day at your Stays With Stories, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  12. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra
  13. 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. If you’re feeling energetic, consider hiking up to the Gate of the Sun for thrilling views over the fortress and valley below. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel
  14. Day 14 Explore Cusco and Sacsayhuaman

    Explore the Incan and Spanish roots of the 'Imperial City', unlocking its best kept secrets, including the 17th-century Church of Santo Domingo, built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun. Later, we’ll venture with our Local Specialist beyond the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. This evening, we’ll Dive Into Culture at a local restaurant for a Regional Dinner of Cusquenian flavours against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  15. Day 15 Onward to Lima

    A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima late this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, then Dive Into Culture with 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.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Novotel
  16. Day 16 Farewell Lima

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

    meals Breakfast
South America Revealed
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 2 Be My Guests
  • 2 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • 3 Regional Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • 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
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima and Cusco with a Local Specialist
  • Visit Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman and the Larco Museum
  • See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach and the Casa Rosada
  • Scenic Train Ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train
  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Connect with Locals Visit a local market with Chef Ignacio and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.
  • Connect with Locals Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its European-style homes and hip attitude.
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Pisac market displaying indigeneous Quechua arts and crafts from communities from the surrounding highlands.
  • Dive into Culture Enjoy cusquenian dishes and a folkloric dance perfomance.
  • Dive into Culture Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting.
  • Dive into Culture Guided visit to the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world.
  • Dive into Culture Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Meet a master Quechua weaver and ambassador for Andean traditions.
  • Stays with Stories Stay at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.

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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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