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.
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.
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.
Bid "Adios" to Buenos Aires and "Hola" to Lima as you fly to Peru and transfer to your hotel in San Isidro. This evening enjoy dinner at the hotel.
A memorable experience is waiting to welcome you to beautiful Peru. Meet Ignacia Barrios, a young chef who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. Visit a local market and Ignacio's cooking school where you'll see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular foods before dining on a Be My Guest lunch of typical Peruvian dishes, created just for you by Ignacio and his sous chef. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital with you Local Specialist. Immerse yourself in Lima's Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. The evening is yours to enjoy.
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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 $1,675.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $166 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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15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners.
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 travel.state.gov 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.
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.
Adult Price: $48.00 | Child Price: $24.00
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 1/2 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $147.00 | Child Price: $147.00
Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) 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. (No Minimum). For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.
Adult Price: $58.00 | Child Price: $35.00
Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you sail by picture postcard settings. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $230.00 | Child Price: $230.00
What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro from the air? Soar high over Rio with sweeping and unforgettable views of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Jardim de Alah, Ipanema Beach, Arpoador Rock, Copacabana Fort, Copacabana Beach and Vermelha Beach overlooking Sugarloaf. Length of flight - About 8 minutes. (Minimum 3 Guests)
Adult Price: $179.00 | Child Price: $179.00
Enjoy aerial views of both the Brazil and Argentina sides of the falls, national park and surrounding jungle. Capture great photos of the rivers flowing through what seems like never-ending forest! Fly close above the 275 waterfalls and the Iguassu River below while viewing Devil's Throat (the largest waterfall in the region). Your pilot will circle around the falls to allow each passenger to shoot photos from every possible angle. Length of flight - About 10 minutes. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $131.00 | Child Price: $66.00
Begin this adventure in open-air wagons as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom-designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration approximately 2 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $80.00 | Child Price: $75.00
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 (150 meters), 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 approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 5 Guests)
Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00
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 approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $112.00 | Child Price: $58.00
No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration of this outing is five hours. Not available on Sundays. Minimum of 10 guests for a private program.
Adult Price: $41.00 | Child Price: $28.00
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 approximately 3 ½ hours. (Minimum 6 Guests)
Adult Price: $63.00 | Child Price: $63.00
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 approximately 4 hours. (No Mimium)
Adult Price: $52.00 | Child Price: $52.00
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 and total duration approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $36.00 | Child Price: $19.00
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 approximately 4 hours. (No Minimum)
Glide upstream through the rainforests of Brazil in search of lone tapirs, grunting capybaras, and the giant anaconda, before witnessing the dark waters of the Rio Negro merge spectacularly with the pale sandy tides of the Solimões - a Meeting of Waters that creates the mighty Amazon ecosystem and feeds magnificent biodiversity.
This locally hosted pre- and post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Impressions of South America, Best of South America, South America Landscapes, South America Revealed, Icons of South America, and Cultures and Contrasts of South America.
Day 1: Arrive Manaus
Fly to Manaus, Brazil (international flight not included). Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel, before a city tour. Visit the grand Palacio Rio Negro, form home of a rubber baron that is now a museum preserving the traditional Amazonian culture. Discover the floating harbor and nearby Customs House, the vibrant Mercado Municipal, and the famed opera house, constructed during the rubber boom of Manaus' golden age.
Hotel: Tropical Manaus
Day 2: Manaus - Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge (2 Nights)
This morning, travel upstream to the famous "Meeting of the Waters" and watch the dark water of the Rio Negro mix with the brown water of the Solimões as the mighty river flows eastward to the Atlantic. After lunch, choose to take an optional canoe trip down a smaller tributary and try your hand at piranha fishing, or just relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere. Later this afternoon, transfer to your lodge on the banks of the Rio Taruma.
Hotel: Amazon ECOPARK Jungle Lodge
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Amazon Exploration
After breakfast, embark on a guided walk through the rainforest. When you enter the dense jungle, imagine yourself as one of the first explorers of the Amazon - perhaps you'll spot the capybara, the world's largest rodent, or get a glimpse of an anaconda as it naps on the branches of a tree. Then visit the home of native Amazonians to learn about their culture and way of life. This evening, enjoy dinner at your lodge surrounded by jungle.
Full breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Amazon - Manaus - Rio de Janeiro
Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabilitation center and wildlife refuge, to watch the rescued monkeys eat and play. Then say goodbye to the Amazon as you return to Manaus Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, where you will joing your guided vacation on Day 1. Guests joining from Icons of South America or South America Landscapes will end their vacation at Manaus Airport for their flight home.
$1,250 Per Person twin share
$25 Triple Room Discount
$275 Single Supplement
Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Manaus and Rio de Janeiro for the pre-itinerary extension, and between Rio de Janeiro and Manaus for the post-itinerary option and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation.
Please note that when booking this package as a pre-extension. we recommend you purchase an extra night in Manaus if your flight arrives during the early morning hours, to ensure your hotel room is available for immediate occupancy.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.
Surrender to the magnetic allure of the imposing Moai statues that stand watch over Easter Island and are a testament to the mysterious Rapa Nui people, who called this remote, tempestuous Pacific island home. Witness their sacred traditions and explore their enigmatic culture.
This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas,South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia.
Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. Be greeted by your local host and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony that has taken place on the island.
Hotel: Taha Tai or Rapa Nui
Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hang Te'e. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues - 397 of which are still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the "Navel of the World." Afterward visit scenic Anakena beach where you have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
Continental Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing and Departure
This morning another private excursion takes you up to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, as you take in the majestic views of the whole island along the way. After, drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you can see spectacular petroglyphs related to the local culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings from the outside. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note:Sightseeing ends at 12p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your return flights.
Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia:
$975 Per Person twin-share
$350 Single Supplement
Please note that airfare to Easter Island is not included in the prices listed. Due to the flight schedule, an additional night in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in the cost of the extension package. The hotel in Santiago will be the Vacation Inn Santiago Airport, except for guests on South America Landscapes, who will stay at the InterContinental Santiago. For guests on Best of South America no additional overnight is required.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.
Tread lightly through another world - a moonscape unencumbered by humans and home to giant tortoises, Sally Lightfoots, and marching blue-footed boobies. Hop between the volcanic islands of the extraordinary Galapagos, into a land of magic and myths, and to the Middle of the World to touch an imaginary divide.
Day 1: Lima - Quito (2 Nights)
Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito
Day 2: Quito Sightseeing
Visit the historical center of the city, the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the "Middle of the World: and stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Quito - Galapagos Cruise (4 Nights)
Arrive at Baltra airport and the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A short ride takes you through the highlands of Santa Cruz Islands to enjoy a refreshing lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Afterwards, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. Then enjoy the Captain's welcome cocktails and dinner.
Yacht Isabella II
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Cruise to South Plaza Island
Visit Santa Fe Island where the small, tranquil Bahia Barrington is home to green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays. This afternoon, see South Plaza Island, home to the famed Galapagos sea lions, yellow-gray land iguanas, and the unusual prickly-pear cactus tree.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: North Seymour and Santa Cruz Island
Land near a long sandy beach on North Seymour Island, where sea lions and marine iguanas hang out on the rocks. Later cruise to Santa Cruz Island where you will swim and snorkel at Las Bachas, a saltwater lagoon and important feeding ground for flamingos.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Bartolome and Santiago Islands
Visit the breathtaking landscape of Bartolome Island. Hike to the island's summit for impressive views. The island is home to the Galapagos penguin, the only species of penguin to live near the equator. Later arrive at Sullivan Bay and enjoy dinner with a farewell cocktail this evening.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7: Baltra Island - Depart Guayaquil
Transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to Guayaquil where you will be assisted with your connection to your international flight (airfare not included) or transferred to the Guayaquil hotel should you wish to extend your stay.
$4,625 Per Person twin-share
$3,495 Children under 12 years old
$3,495 Single Supplement
Price Includes: Galapagos National Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and tips to shipboard personnel and cruise guides while on the cruise.
Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos, and Galapagos-Guayaquil and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation plus round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If you are traveling internationally on another airline, the above prices will be higher.
Airport arrival is at 3:30 p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your flights.
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