21 October 2016
On this wonderful tour of South America you will see so many of the memorable highlights of Argentina, Brazil and Peru. Your 13 day tour begins in Buenos Aires, the beautiful capital of Argentina, where you will see all the sights and experience a colourful tango show before having the chance to meet the gauchos out on the pampas. Then it's on to Iguassu to see one of the world's biggest and most spectacular waterfalls. Next stop is Lima, the historic capital of Peru, before heading off to Cuzco and the magical Inca city of Machu Picchu. This action-packed tour ends in pulsating Rio de Janeiro where you have time to visit all the iconic landmarks.
On arrival at the international airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives and driven to your hotel in the city. After unpacking and relaxing the rest of the day is free for you to go exploring on your own seeing some of the famous sights and possibly visiting the emblematic Cafe Tortoni. In the evening you will be taken to see an unforgettable tango show performed by the city's best dancers and singers while enjoying a delicious meal . . . a must experience while staying in Buenos Aires.
After breakfast at your hotel you are taken on a three hour city tour of all the highlights. You will see the magnificence of the Northern Quarters, Palermo with its beautiful parks and buildings, Recoleta with its French style architecture, bars and cafes, the imposing Colon Theatre, one of the five most important opera houses in the world, Plaza de Mayo (May Square) with the Government House where Evita addressed the nation, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then see the colours of La Boca, the picturesque quarter of Italian immigrants and the fashionable area of Port Madero. The afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Today is free for you to explore the city on your own perhaps revisiting some or all of the places you saw on the tour. But most travellers prefer to take the optional tour to see a Gaucho Festival. You are driven out of the city through the typical landscape of the humid Argentina Pampas, one of the most fertile natural prairies in the world, famous for its meat and cereal production. Before watching the gauchos exhibition that includes riding and taming horses and the use of the lasso, you will enjoy a typical meal of meat pies, roast meat and fine local wines while watching a show of folk songs and dances.
You leave the city today and fly the short distance to Iguassu. As the plane comes in to land you should get your first glimpse of the spectacular falls. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel and in the afternoon there is a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. You take a beautiful route, crossing a bridge over the Iguazu River into the national park. From here, and bordering the river, you arrive at the falls where you get your first breathtaking panoramic views. Walk across a path with several balconies and a runway over the river to the Devil's Throat where, besides getting wet in the permanent mist, you get the closest view of the greatest falls in South America. The evening is free for you to explore the area further.
After breakfast at your hotel you are taken on a full day tour of the Argentina side of the falls. After a short ride on a tourist train through the lush forest you set off on foot to discover the upper and lower walking circuits of the national park. On the lower circuit you go deep into the jungle crossing streams and stopping at viewing galleries along the way to admire and take pictures of the falls. You can also get on to San Martin Island from here. The upper route is a series of bridges and platforms that take you across the river and through jungle before opening up into a spectacular amphitheatre of immense free falling water - the Devil's Throat.
Today you leave the breathtaking beauty of the falls behind when you fly to Lima, the capital of Peru. On arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel in the city. Lima is a metropolis full of history which has 10 million inhabitants and is going through an exciting process of cultural and economic change. Begin your included tour with a visit to the downtown area seeing the Main Square where Lima was founded in 1535. Then you will visit the Presidential Palace and the cathedral before stopping at St Francis Church with its network of eerie catacombs. Later you will be driven to the modern Miraflores and San Isidro districts ending the tour at the Love Park, located in front of the ocean where you get a great view of Lima Bay.
Today you are picked up at your hotel and driven back to the airport for your short flight up to Cuzco. After checking in to your hotel you will be taken to visit the Coricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun. At the time of the Incas the walls were covered in gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-sized llamas. You then visit the impressive cathedral, the most important building in the Main Square, and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in the Americas. Later you are taken to see the masive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built with magalithic blocks, which protected the holy Inca city. This evening is free for you to dine out at one of many lovely open air restaurants.
One of the highlights of the whole tour today when you visit the magical ruined Inca city of Machu Picchu. Begin with a two hour train ride from Ollantaytambo station to Aguas Calientes where you start the climb by road up to the entrance of Machu Picchu. This Unesco world heritage site is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and once in the citadel you can walk around visiting the Sun Gate and the Inca Bridge and seeing the spectacular sights from above the cloud forest. In the afternoon return by train stopping to visit part of the Scared Valley before returning to your hotel at Cuzco.
Today you visit the famous market at Pisac, which has scores of stands selling a mind boggling array of local products. Here you can find textiles, carvings and replicas of Inca objects. Then you have free time for lunch before visiting Ollantaytambo Park, stopping at a number of points of interest along the way. The town here is considered one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes of the Inca empire. Later return to Cuzco where you have a final night to explore the city and try a new restaurant.
A long day of travelling today when you are picked up at your hotel in Cuzco and driven to the airport for your flight back to Lima. There you change planes and fly to Rio de Janeiro where you are met by one of our tour representatives and driven to your hotel in this ocean-side city. However tired you are after the journey, it is worth going out tonight to stroll along one of the famous beaches and later sample some of the city's pulsating nightlife taking in a stunning samba show.
A half day tour today seeing Sugar Loaf Mountain and the downtown area. Begin with a panoramic tour of downtown Rio, including the amazing Sambadrome - an exhibition area for the city's renowned Samba schools. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral, famous for its pyramid design, and visit Cinelandia Square to see the main historic buildings such as the Municipal Theatre, the National Library and the Museum of Fine Arts. Then head off to the Urca district to one of Rio's most iconic symbols, Sugar Loaf Mountain, which you travel up by cable car getting great views of the city, Guanabara Bay and Copacabana Beach. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore on your own.
You are free today to explore more of this incredible city or take an optional half day tour to Corcovado and the Tijuca Forest. This popular tour includes a visit to the world famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, another of the Seven Wonders of the modern world, which stands proudly overlooking the city on top of Corcovado Mountain. You get there by a small funicular train that climbs through the lush Tijuca forest to reach the summit. From the dizzy heights you will experience truly incredible views over Rio and the coastline. The return journey goes past the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacobana.
Today your wonderful tour of so many of the highlights of South America comes to an end. Possibly time for some more sightseeing or last minute shopping for souvenirs in Rio before you are picked up at your hotel and driven to the airport to catch another flight or begin your journey back home. Everything referred to is included in this superb tour, except the cost of the internal flights which we can arrange to fit in with the itinerary.
Standard fr £1961pp
Superior fr £2226pp
Luxury fr £2758pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated