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From R 115 019 per person
Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru

A big adventure awaits-one that will see you crisscross the South American continent, exploring a dazzling array of natural wonders, ancient Incan and Columbian civilisations, “Little Switzerland” in Chile’s Lake District and the buzzing music in the streets of Rio, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

 

DINING

  • 20 BREAKFASTS
  • 4 LUNCHES
  • 9 DINNERS

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Orientation of Puerto Varas
  • Cruise in Chile’s Lake Region
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Chile’s wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado
  • 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: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Lima, Lima to Santiago, Santiago to Puerto Montt, Bariloche to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls and Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro, 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

 

BE MY GUEST
Visit a local market and meet Ignacio Barrios, award-winning chef, and visit his cooking school where you’ll see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru’s most popular foods and dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its Spanish-style houses and hip attitude

CULTURAL INSIGHTS
Visit Awana Kancha to see where the delicate alpaca, llama and vicuña wool is sourced from. Meet a Quechua scholar to learn about Peruvian weaving. Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting. Visit a winery in Chile’s Casablanca valley and meet the winemaker for a personalised winery experience including a wine tasting. Learn about Bariloche’s chocolate heritage with a visit to the Chocolate Museum and sample a delicious array of locally made chocolates. Experience the beauty of the Tango at a traditional milonga and learn about its traditions. Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil

HIDDEN TREASURES
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

LOCAL SPECIALISTS
in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, at the Larco Museum, in Santiago, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, on both sides of Iguassu Falls and in Rio de Janeiro

Day 1
Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

Day 2
Lima Sightseeing

Day 3
Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Day 4
Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Day 5
Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

Day 6
Cusco Sightseeing

Day 7
Cusco – Lima

Day 8
Lima – Santiago (2 Nights)

Day 9
Santiago Sightseeing

Day 10
Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas
Bariloche, Argentina

Day 11
Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing – Bariloche (2 Nights)

Day 12
Bariloche Sightseeing

Day 13
Bariloche – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)
Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 14
Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Day 15
Buenos Aires

Day 16
Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Day 17
Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

Day 18
Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

Day 19
Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Day 20
Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Day 21
Depart Rio de Janeiro

Day 1
Arrive Lima (2 Nights) Day 1 – Arrive Lima (2 Nights)
Bienvenidos a Lima, founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” Upon arrival in Lima, you will be greeted and taken to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima’s exclusive neighbourhoods. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

Hotel
Novotel Lima

Meals
Welcome Reception

 

Day 2
Lima Sightseeing Day 2 – Lima Sightseeing
Kick back, relax and enjoy your morning at the hotel, or perhaps venture out to do some exploring on your own. At lunchtime, meet your Travel Director and head to Casa Diez Canseco, the private home of an illustrious Lima family, and meet the friendly owner for a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. Learn about the history of your hosts’ ancestors and tour his historic home before celebrating your arrival in Peru with a sumptuous home cooked meal of traditional Peruvian delicacies. After lunch, bid farewell and spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with your Local Specialist. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendour of Lima’s Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. Then see the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs and splendid architecture. The evening is yours-perhaps try one of Lima’s renowned seafood restaurants.

Meals
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

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.
Adult Price: US$67.00
(Price is subject to change)

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 (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours
Adult Price: US$26.00
(Price is subject to change)

 

Day 3
Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley Day 3 – Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes, and Cultural Insight, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Learn about Peruvian weaving as you observe centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles. Discover this Cultural Insight with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel.

Hotel
Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Meals
Continental Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

 

Day 4
Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu Day 4 – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Next, board the Vistadome train for the journey to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Panoramic windows allow you to appreciate the incredible scenery as you follow the Rio Vilcanota to the town of Aquas Calientes. Upon arrival, take a short ride up to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. With a Local Specialist, visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site-the 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 by the ancient Incas. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Hotel
El Mapi by Inkaterra

Meals
Full Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 5
Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights) Day 5 – Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)
Return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring on your own. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Then head toward the great colonial city of Cusco by coach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made only by local women.

Hotel
Novotel Cusco

Meals
Full Breakfast

 

Day 6
Cusco Sightseeing Day 6 – Cusco Sightseeing
This morning, embark on a tour of Cusco, the “Imperial City”, and the capital of the Incas during their reign. This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Inca and Spanish who came after them. Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of the city with a Local Specialist, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient location at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundation of the Inca Temple of the Sun, often referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco, and see nearby warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. This evening, gather for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, enjoying delicious Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.

Meals
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

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 (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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 5 Guests)
Adult Price: US$83.00
(Price is subject to change)

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: US$73.00
(Price is subject to change)

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 approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: US$55.00
(Price is subject to change)

 

Day 7
Cusco – Lima Day 7 – Cusco – Lima
Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon on your own to do some more exploring, pick up souvenirs or just relax. Later, meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, and learn about the evolution and cultures of Ancient Peruvian societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for an alfresco dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant.

Hotel
Novotel Lima

Meals
Full Breakfast
Dinner with wine

 

Day 8
Lima – Santiago (2 Nights) Day 8 – Lima – Santiago (2 Nights)
Today, fly from Peru to Santiago, the fifth largest city in South America. On arrival in Chile, you will be taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Las Condes.

Hotel
InterContinental Santiago

Meals
Full Breakfast

 

Day 9
Santiago Sightseeing Day 9 – Santiago Sightseeing
This morning, meet your Local Specialist for an exciting tour of the city and a visit to the Central Market. Then head for the Casablanca Valley, Chile’s wine-producing region known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will enjoy a gourmet Regional Meal lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. After, meet the winemaker for a Cultural Insight and a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Then celebrate Chile’s proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. The evening is at leisure. Perhaps try a restaurant in the trendy Bellavista District.

Meals
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal

 

Day 10
Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas Day 10 – Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas
Fly south from the Chilean capital to Puerto Montt, one of Chile’s beautiful coastal ports. Then it’s on to Puerto Varas for a tour of the “City of Roses” on the way to your lakeside hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy before an included dinner in the evening.

Hotel
Cabana del Lago

Meals
Full Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 11
Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing – Bariloche (2 Nights) Day 11 – Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing – Bariloche (2 Nights)
An exciting day awaits as you cross the Andes via land and water. Your first stop is the Petrohue River to see the burbling waterfalls cascade over black volcanic rock. Then cross Todos Los Santos Lake with the mighty Osorno Volcano looming in the background. Keep an eye out for the giant Andean condor gliding over the lake. Back on land, it’s time to sit back and relax as you drive past breathtaking landscapes of snowcapped mountains, gloriously green forests and sapphire blue lakes. Stop for a delicious lunch in pretty Peulla before crossing the border into Argentina and enjoying a cruise on majestic Lake Nahuel Huapi. Arrive in Bariloche this evening.

Hotel
NH Edelweiss Bariloche

Meals
Full Breakfast
Lunch

 

Day 12
Bariloche Sightseeing Day 12 – Bariloche Sightseeing
Discover the natural wonders of one of Argentina’s prettiest areas, known as the “Switzerland of South America.” Meet your Local Specialist and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular views of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lovely Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop of St. Edward’s Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Then, learn about Bariloche’s chocolate connection with a visit to the Chocolate Museum. After a briefing on almost 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area and sample a delicious array of this Cultural Insight. The rest of the day is free in Bariloche.

Meals
Full Breakfast

 

Day 13
Bariloche – Buenos Aires (3 Nights) Day 13 – Bariloche – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)
Fly from the edge of Patagonia to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for an exclusive Be My Guest in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Tango. Spending time with this lively family will create a long-lasting memory.

Hotel
InterContinental Buenos Aires

Meals
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

 

Day 14
Buenos Aires Sightseeing Day 14 – Buenos Aires Sightseeing
Get acquainted with Argentina’s largest city and capital with a Local Specialist. See the Plaza de Mayo and the iconic pink Casa Rosada. View the colourful and fashionable neighbourhoods of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. Drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world, to the elegant Recoleta, the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita), Argentina’s former first lady, is buried. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore further. This evening, linger over a Regional Meal with an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinian beef. Cap off the evening by watching the best Tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform, a Cultural Insight, and experience the passion and power of Argentina’s beloved traditional music.

Meals
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch
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. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)
Adult Price: US$160.00
(Price is subject to change)

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: US$69.00
(Price is subject to change)

 

Day 15
Buenos Aires Day 15 – Buenos Aires
Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests in the ‘Paris of South America.’ Visit one of the country’s finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or wander around a local market for a different side of Argentina. Perhaps take a trip into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch) for the Fiesta del Gaucho (festival of the cowboy), complete with a lively equestrian show and a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch.

Meals
Full Breakfast

 

Day 16
Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights) Day 16 – Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)
Take a morning flight to Iguassu Falls, Argentina. Meet your Local Specialist for a visit to Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls and to such endangered species as the giant otter and giant anteater. Board an open-air ecological jungle train and bask in the majesty of the many different views and perspectives of the falls. Along the way, take a walk on a protruding catwalk to get an up-close view of the cascades and view the thundering Devil’s Throat Falls. End your adventure by crossing the border into Brazil for a relaxing evening and dinner at your resort.

Hotel
Wish Resort Golf Foz de Iguassu

Meals
Continental Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 17
Iguassu Falls Sightseeing Day 17 – Iguassu Falls Sightseeing
Return to Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the falls with a Local Specialist, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. Enjoy this evening at leisure.

Meals
Full Breakfast
Meals

Optional Experiences

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: US$51.00
(Price is subject to change)

Macuco Safari *
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 is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity Included.
Adult Price: US$142.00
(Price is subject to change)

 

Day 18
Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights) Day 18 – Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)
Return to Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the falls with a Local Specialist, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. This afternoon board a short flight to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your elegant hotel overlooking pristine Copacabana Beach for a free evening.

Hotel
Miramar by Windsor

Meals
Full Breakfast

 

Day 19
Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing Day 19 – Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing
Meet your Local Specialist and ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car. From this vantage point, the views of the city and bay are unforgettable. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take an optional cruise on Guanabara Bay viewing Rio’s picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain from the water.

Meals
Full Breakfast

 

Day 20
Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing Day 20 – Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing
Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then, accompanied by your Local Specialist, continue your exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) and its many contrasts from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambadromo, and city cathedral. Later this afternoon, head over to a Samba school where a representative of the school will give a Cultural Insight into how the school operates and how they prepare for Carnival week. You’ll also be able to view Carnival costumes and for those that desire, participate in a dance lesson accompanied by a musical Samba Trio and Mulata dancers. This evening, visit a renowned churrascaria for a festive Farewell Dinner complete with a caipirinha mixing demonstration.

Meals
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

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: US$44.00
(Price is subject to change)

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: US$38.00
(Price is subject to change)

 

Day 21
Depart Rio de Janeiro Day 21 – Depart Rio de Janeiro
Your day is free until your transfer to the airport or choose to extend your stay in Rio de Janeiro at the Miramar by Windsor.

Meals
Full Breakfast

Additional Info

  • Duration :
    21 Days
  • Countries :
    4 Countries
  • Cities :
    14 Cities
  • Price From :
    R115 019 per person
  • Location :
    Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru
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