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South America Revealed

Operated by: Trafalgar

16 Days
Carnival woman in costume, Rio, Brazil

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Rio de Janeiro, Candelaria Church, Sambadromo, City Cathedral, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Iguassu Falls, Iguazu National Park, Devils Throat Falls, Buenos Aires, Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, La Boca, San Telmo, Teatro Colon, Recoleta, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Palermo Soho, Lima, Monastery of San Francisco, Sacred Valley, Pisac Market, Urubamba River, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacred Plaza, Intihuatana, Gate of the Sun, CUSCO, Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Larco Museum ...more Rio de Janeiro, Candelaria Church, Sambadromo, City Cathedral, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Iguassu Falls, Iguazu National Park, Devils Throat Falls, Buenos Aires, Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, La Boca, San Telmo, Teatro Colon, Recoleta, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Palermo Soho, Lima, Monastery of San Francisco, Sacred Valley, Pisac Market, Urubamba River, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacred Plaza, Intihuatana, Gate of the Sun, CUSCO, Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Larco Museum
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

    Rio de Janeiro launches your South American exploration of capital cities and ancient cultures. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach. This evening, we enjoy a festive Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Miramar by Windsor, Oceanview Rooms
  2. Day 2 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

    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 Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

    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 Meal barbecue at a local churrascaria.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  4. Day 4 Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

    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 Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu
  5. Day 5 Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

    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 Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6 Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

    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 Buffet Breakfast
    hotel InterContinental Buenos Aires
  7. Day 7 Buenos Aires Sightseeing

    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 neighbourhoods of La Boca and San Telmo. 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 Asado during a Regional Meal. Later, we'll Dive into Culture, ending the evening with a stirring, sensual Tango performance.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  8. Day 8 Buenos Aires

    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 Be My Guest dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  9. Day 9 Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)

    We leave one capital behind for another, travelling to Peru's capital, Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in San Isidro, where you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Lima
  10. Day 10 Lima Sightseeing

    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. 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 dinner before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 11 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

    We fly to Cusco this morning, bound for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to Awanakancha, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. The colourful craft stalls of Pisac market are our next stop where you'll have an opportunity to engage with the local Quechua and admire their craft. Later this afternoon, we'll arrive at a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, our hotel for tonight. 'Dive into Culture' and learn about centuries-old Andean weaving techniques before dinner at the hotel.

    meals Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  12. Day 12 Sacred Valley – 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 Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra
  13. Day 13 Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

    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 Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Cusco
  14. Day 14 Cusco Sightseeing

    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 beyond the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman overlooking the city. This evening, we'll gather at a local restaurant for a Regional Meal of Cusquenian flavours against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  15. Day 15 Cusco – Lima

    A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima late this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, then join your Local Specialist and curator 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 Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Novotel Lima
  16. Day 16 Depart Lima

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

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 15 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 9 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • 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
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach, the Casa Rosada
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
  • Visit Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Awanakancha, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Larco Museum

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

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

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

Visit To A Favela

Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included.
Adult Price: $38

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 is 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 Trafalgar 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


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


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

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

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 29, 2018
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
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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