South America Grand Tour

The ultimate South America bucket list trip.

A whirlwind exploration of South America's most celebrated sights awaits on this thrilling 15-day tour, taking you from Peru to Brazil. Start off in Lima, the City of Kings, where you'll see the majestic Presidential Palace and cathedral before visiting Cuzco and its Sacsayhuaman fortress, an Incan masterpiece of megalithic stone. Move on to the bustling markets of Pisaq, then admire the magnificent Macchu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. From there, your journey continues crossing Lake Titicaca visiting the floating villages before meandering through the magical streets of La Paz, where myth and ritual hang in the air, passing through the astonishing Iguacu National Park and culminates in mountainous Rio.

Tour highlights

  • An epic trip through the vaied civilisations of South America.
  • Visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. 
  • Dance the Tango in San Telmo - Buenos Aires.
  • Fully escorted with local guides.


Day 1

Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Lima, assistance to the airport and transfer to yor hotel. 

Day 2

Morning city tour including the main Square, Saint francis Church, Miraflores and San Isidro districts.

In the morning City Tour. Your tour will start en route to downtown. You will arrive at the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as "The City of Kings," in 1535, and then as capital of the Republic of Peru, in 1821, when the country became independent from the Spanish Crown. There you will see the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral. You will then go to Saint Francis' Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and it is possible to visit an authentic network of catacombs. When you finish the visit to the built-up area, a World Heritage listed by UNESCO, you will visit the modern Miraflores and San Isidro districts, ending the tour at the Love Park, located in front of the ocean, which shows a spectacular sight of Lima's Bay.

The afternoon is at leisure

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Afternoon tour of Cuzco visiting the main square and the Sascayhuaman Complex

Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival to Cusco, assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon you will start your tour with a visit to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works. Its construction lasted almost a century, it started in 1560 and ended in 1654. The Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered to extract and transport hundreds of stones from the Sacsayhuaman fortress for this purpose. You will then visit said fortress, en emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuaman complex was built with megalithic blocks, the transportation and erection of which continue to be a mystery.


The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is reenacted on June 24 of each year, during the winter solstice. You will then go to Qenqo, located four kilometers away from Cusco City, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and it is believed that agricultural rituals took place there. You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka


Pukara, located seven kilometers away from Cusco. Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress", was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes; it has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed that the Inca? entourage used it while he rested at Tambomachay. At the end, you will return to your hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Full day tour of Pisaq visit the local markets.

Today full day excursion to Pisaq. The citadel is a town built in the form of partridge known for two reasons: the craft market, established between colonial buildings, and for hosting one of the most impressive complexes of terraces in the valley. The market has dozens of stalls displaying and selling products crafted by the residents of the area.

Lunch at Muna restaurant

After lunch, continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like in the past. Pachacutec (1438 - 1572) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one absorbing it as part of his empire. The fortress of Ollantaytambo is a major archaeological site that although it was called a "fortress" it was a "tambo" town for rest and lodging of long distance travellers. It is without doubt one of the most monumental works of the empire. Return to you hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Visit one of the 7 wonders of the world Machu Picchu. Train journey from Machu Pichcu to Ollanta.

Today will be an unforgettable day you will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World: MACHU PICCHU.

You will be transferred to the Ollanta train station to travel to Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately one hour and 30 minutes. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before the entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru.

In Aguas Calientes are the railway station, a crafts market, restaurants and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer you will reach Machu Picchu, a

masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

In the afternoon return by train to Ollanta. Arrive to Ollanta train station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight at Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Day at leisure

Day at leisure

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Afternoon city tour of La Paz visit Indian markets, Witch Doctors Markets and breathtaking Panoramas.

Transfer to the airport for you flight to La Paz. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

In the afternoon City Tour in La Paz. The City of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins; a living history which treasures the pre-Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets. The indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breath-taking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Overland journey to Cocotoni, the shure of lake Titicaca,Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island and Sun island.

Overland journey from La Paz to Cocotoni, located at the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple “Inak Uyu”. Continue to Sun Island. Visit the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain; taste the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch at the Uma Kollu archaeological Restaurant; Visit the small handicraft market. Hydrofoil cruise to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, visit the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin. Overland journey to Huatajata with Tiquina Strait crossing. On arrival, visit the Andean Roots Eco Village: The Altiplano Museum; Handicrafts village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean.  Enjoy our elegant vicunas, llamas, alpacas and the mythical Suri.

Overland journey back to your hotel in La Paz.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Transfer to and from the airports

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Morning City Tour, visiting Plaza Mayor La Boca and San Telmo.

In the morning City Tour, including some of the most interesting places of this cosmopolitan city, like:  Plaza de Mayo square, the Government House, the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) the Metropolitan Cathedral, Avenida de Mayo, the Congress Palace, the Colon Theatre and La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta neighborhoods.

Afternoon is at leisure

At night optional visit to the popular Tango Show in Cafe de los Angelitos - including dinner. The Portenos, name of the habitants of Buenos Aires, show the different variations of the Tango, as well as the classic instrument the “Bandoneon”.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Visit Iguassu from the Argentine side , visit the devils throat and take the electric train through the national park.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. Arrival at Puerto Iguazu International Airport, meet and great by your local Guide.

Today, visit Iguassu from the Argentine side for a more extensive experience of the falls and surrounding rainforest. Arrival at  the Argentine Iguazu Park, to visit the Devil Throat we will take an electric train for a visit through the park with 2 stops until the trail where the walking tour begins to the visit the upper walkways which allows a different and more intimate contact with the falls and the rainforest. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil’s Throat – largest of the waterfalls. Return always by train to visit the upper Argentinean falls, including the San Martin Falls.

After discovering the falls you will be transferred back to your Hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 12

Visit the Iguassu national park from the Brazilian side.

After enjoying a relaxed breakfast, we will venture to discover the other side of the falls located inside the Iguacu National Park.

From the Iguassu National Park main gate to the top of the trail leading to the falls - a 25km drive through pristine Atlantic Forest lush vegetation. The trail going down the Iguassu river canyon is pleasant as it opens, here and there, to the spectacle of more than 275 falls that form the horseshoe-shaped Iguassu Falls. A walking tour will take us to the bottom, where a lookout takes you to the edge with waters circling around.

A glass elevator moves you slowly up the cliff face for an exquisite view at the upper deck. The water volume is staggering and when the waters are high - sheer emotion! Brazil shares Iguassu Falls with Argentina and on both sides a National park protects the rainforest that surrounds this marvel! UNESCO has declared Iguassu Falls and both parks a National Heritage Site of Brazil and Argentina!

The afternoon is at leisure.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 13

City tour of downtown and the historical centre. Take a trip on the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain,

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport. Domestic flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival, and a relaxed way of life.  Meet and great at the airport and transfer to your hotel.  This afternoon, your orientation begins with a city tour downtown and Rio de Janeiro's historical centre. The tour covers 4 centuries of history, from the Sao Bento (benedictine) Monastery in the late 1500's, Praca XV de Novembro (Square) a central point of all major events of the colonial, imperial and republican history. Here we find the Vice-Roy's Palace, today an important cultural centre. Candelaria Church with a strange setting as its front is to the sea and there is an important avenue behind. Casa Franca-Brasil a fine example of neoclassic architecture built in 1819 to the Chamber of Commerce. The Rua do Mercado (Market Street) and one´s feeling of not being in Rio at all. Afterwards, we continue to Praia Vermelha and the Sugar Loaf cable station. The first stage - Morro da Urca is reached after a 3-minute cable car ride. Morro da Urca (Urca Mountain) is a stop before the second stage, 6-minute ride - to the Sugar Loaf. At Morro da Urca, there is a pleasant walk to the second station with a lovely panorama of Guanabara Bay, Copacabana and the surrounding mountains. At the Sugar Loaf, experience a spectacular and truly breath-taking view of Rio de Janeiro. The sunset from this vantage point is not easily forgotten!

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 14

Discover Rio's beaches take an optional tour of Corcovado, the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Today is at leisure to discover the hidden treasures of Rio, enjoy the beaches and the relaxed way of life of the Cariocas or take an optional Corcovado Tour, one of Wonders of the World: The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below. The perfect way to reach the summit is on the toy train which zig zags its way up through the lush rainforest of the Tijuca Forest where it’s possible see monkeys and parrots in the trees. Once on top you will have ample time to admire the views.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 15

Transfer to the Airport

Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home or ask for our optional extension programs in Rio to relax and soak up the Brazilian atmosphere.

INCLUDES : Breakfast


From 1st January 2016 - 31st December 2016


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