This journey across South America promises an unforgettable adventure. Travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil, whilst discovering highlights such as Machu Picchu, Iguazú Falls and Rio’s iconic sights. This is a fast-paced, yet rewarding tour with each new destination offering intriguing cultures, natural beauty or a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

• Lima: 2 nights

• Sacred Valley: 2 nights

• Machu Picchu: 1 night
• Cuzco: 2 nights

• Huatajata: 2 nights
• Uyuni: 2 nights
• La Paz: 1 night
• Buenos Aires: 3 nights
• Iguazú: 2 nights
• Rio de Janeiro: 3 nights

21nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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An unforgettable journey across South America visiting four iconic countries and ticking off bucket-lists sights. Discover the legendary ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and local cuisine in Peru. Head to the world's largest salt lake in Bolivia before discovering Argentinean steak and wine. Visit the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls, and end your South American journey in Brazil with the sights of Rio and the golden sands of Copacabana beach.

• Lima: 2 nights

• Sacred Valley: 2 nights

• Machu Picchu: 1 night
• Cuzco: 2 nights

• Huatajata: 2 nights
• Uyuni: 2 nights
• La Paz: 1 night
• Buenos Aires: 3 nights
• Iguazú: 2 nights
• Rio de Janeiro: 3 nights

21nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Lima Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Stay: Jose Antonio Bellavista (or similar). D.

Day 2: Lima Begin your exploration of the city with a visit to a local market to purchase fresh fish, exotic fruits and colourful vegetables for a cookery lesson. Following a Peruvian welcome lunch, join an introductory city tour. Stay: Jose Antonio Bellavista (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Lima to Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This afternoon, learn how to make a traditional pisco sour. Approx. flight time: 1¼ hours. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Visit the small town of Pisac and its local market before continuing on to the small town of Ollantaytambo to discover one of Peru’s most impressive Incan archaeological sites. Continue to the ancient Maras salt mines. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Today visit to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Transfer to the train station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Continue by bus to the top of the mountain and Machu Picchu. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours. Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cuzco This morning is free so that you have the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu for further exploration. This afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your journey to Cuzco. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours). Stay: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 7: Cuzco Join a city tour and discover the highlights of this striking colonial city which was built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Later admire local artisans creating artwork including paintings, wood carvings and silver pieces at the ‘Inka’s Expression’ workshop. Stay: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 8: Cuzco to Huatajata Transfer to the airport for your flight to La Paz and continue on to Huatajata, a village on the shore of Lake Titicaca. Take a hydrofoil cruise over to the island of Kalauta to see the ruins of an ancient village. Continue on to the Urus Iruitos floating islands where you will learn about an indigenous cultures. This evening you’ll experience the ‘Mystic World of the Kallawayas’, healers and masters of natural medicine. Approx. flight time: 1 hour. Stay: Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Huatajata Board a hydrofoil for a shared cruise to the Moon and Sun Islands. Visit the Andean Roots Eco-Village, the Altiplano Museum, a handicrafts village and see the traditional buildings of the Urus Chipayas people. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Limachi family who are renowned for building traditional totora-reed boats. Later visit the Native Observatory Alajpacha to learn about ancient Aymara cosmology. Stay: Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Huatajata to Uyuni Return to La Paz where you will catch your flight to Uyuni. This small town borders the incredible otherworldly landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat. Head out on the salt flats and visit Isla Pescado before transferring to a unique salt hotel. Approx. journey time: 2¾ hours. Stay: Hotel Luna Salada (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Uyuni Today, visit the small village of Thunupa which sits on the edge of the salt flats in the shadow of the Thunupa volcano. Stay: Hotel Luna Salada (or similar). B, L, D

Day 12: Uyuni to La Paz Transfer to the airport for your return flight to La Paz. Explore the city on a half-day tour. Later, witness the landscapes of Moon Valley. Stay: Hotel Casa Grande (or similar). B.

Day 13: La Paz to Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. This evening there'll be an Argentine Experience which includes dinner. Approx. flight time: 5 hours. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 14: Buenos Aires Explore the city during a morning tour that visits the main attractions. This evening you can look forward to a traditional tango show and dinner. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 15: Buenos Aires You have a whole day free to explore independently. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 16: Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls Fly to the Iguazú Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders, which boasts an incredible 275 waterfalls which are often framed by rainbows. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Argentine side of the National Park and falls. Approx. flight time: 2 hours. Stay: Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru (or similar). B, L.

Day 17: Iguazú Falls Cross over the border into Brazil to enjoy a whole new perspective of the falls. Journey by bus through the emerald forests of Iguaçu National Park to reach the falls. Stay: Mercure Iguazú Hotel Iru (or similar). B.

Day 18: Iguazú Falls to Rio de Janeiro Depart from Iguazú this morning and fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to your hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. flight time: 2 hours. Stay: Porto Bay Rio Internacional (or similar). B.

Day 19: Rio de Janeiro Discover some of the city’s most iconic attractions on a full-day excursion. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the foot of Corcovado Hill and ride a small train up the mountain to view the city’s world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue. After lunch at a churrascaria – traditional Brazilian steakhouse, continue to Sugar Loaf Mountain, another icon of the most famous Brazilian city. Stay: Porto Bay Rio Internacional (or similar). B, L.

Day 20: Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a whole day at leisure to explore independently or relax on one of Rio’s famed beaches. Stay: Porto Bay Rio Internacional (or similar). B.

Day 21: Rio de Janeiro To help you make the most of your time in Rio, we’ve arranged a late check-out (4pm). Later transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.

Day 1: UK to Lima Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Stay: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe (or similar).

Day 2: Lima Begin your exploration of the city with a visit to a local market to purchase fresh fish, exotic fruits and colourful vegetables for a cookery lesson. Following a Peruvian welcome lunch, join an introductory city tour. Stay: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Lima to Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco (approx. 1½ hours) and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, or Urubamba Valley. This afternoon, learn how to make a traditional Pisco Sour. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Visit the small town of Písac and its local market before continuing on to the small town of Ollantaytambo to discover one of Peru’s most impressive Incan archaeological sites. Continue to the ancient Maras salt mines. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Today visit the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Transfer to the train station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes (approx. 1½ hours). Continue by bus to the top of the mountain and Machu Picchu. You’ll need a small overnight bag here; the rest of your luggage will be forwarded on to your Cuzco hotel. Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cuzco
This morning is free for further exploration at Machu Picchu. Your hotel is just a short stroll from Aguas Calientes where you can go by bus to the ruins (additional entrance not included, we recommend booking in advance). In the early afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your journey (approx. 1½ hours) to Cuzco, the Inca Empire’s former capital. Stay: Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 7: Cuzco
Join a city tour and see the highlights of this striking colonial city, built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Later admire local artisans creating artwork including paintings, wood carvings and silver pieces at the ‘Inka’s Expression’ workshop. Stay: Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: Cuzco to Huatajata
Transfer to the airport for your flight to La Paz (approx. 1 hour) and continue to Huatajata, a village Lake Titicaca’s shore. Take a hydrofoil cruise over to the island of Kalauta to see the ruins of an ancient village. Continue to the Urus Iruitos floating islands where you’ll learn about indigenous cultures. This evening, experience the ‘Mystic World of the Kallawayas’, healers and masters of natural medicine. Stay: Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Huatajata Board a hydrofoil for a shared cruise to the Moon and Sun Islands. See the Sun Virgin Temple of Inak Uyu before visiting Copacabana for the shrine dedicated to the patron saint of Bolivia, the Dark Virgin of the Lake. Return to Huatajata by road, stopping en route at the Andean Roots Eco village, Altiplano Museum and a handicrafts village. Later admire the Southern Constellations at the Native Observatory Alajpacha. Stay: Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Huatajata to Uyuni Return to La Paz where you will catch your flight to Uyuni. This small town borders the incredible otherworldly landscapes of Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat. Head out on the salt flats and visit Isla Pescado before transferring to a unique salt hotel. Approx. journey time: 2¾ hours. Stay: Hotel Luna Salada (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Uyuni
Visit Tahua, a small village at the base of the Tunupa Volcano – take a short hike to the caves of the Coquesa Mummies and explore the ruined ancient villages and burial grounds of this lesser-known civilisation. During wet season (January-March), the salt flats can flood and Tunupa Volcano and Coquesa Mummies caves are closed to visitors. Return to your hotel this afternoon – enjoy spa treatments and salt lagoon views. Stay: Hotel Luna Salada (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Uyuni to La Paz
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to La Paz (approx. 1 hour). Explore the city on a half-day tour, before discovering Moon Valley. Stay: Hotel Casa Grande (or similar). B.

Day 13: La Paz to Buenos Aires
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Enjoy an Argentine Experience including dinner. Approx. flight time: 5 hours. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 14: Buenos Aires Explore the city during a morning tour that visits the main attractions. This evening, enjoy a traditional tango show and dinner. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 15: Buenos Aires
You have a whole day free to explore independently. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 16: Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls
Fly to Iguazú Falls, a natural wonder whose 275 waterfalls are often framed by rainbows. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Argentine side of the national park and falls. We recommend bringing a waterproof jacket. Approx. flight time: 2 hours. Stay: Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 17: Iguazú Falls
Cross the border into Brazil to enjoy a whole new perspective of the falls. Journey by bus through the emerald forests of Iguaçu National Park to reach the falls. We recommend bringing a waterproof jacket. Stay: Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru (or similar). B.

Day 18: Iguazú Falls to Rio de Janeiro
Depart from Iguazú this morning and fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to your hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. flight time: 2 hours. Stay: Windsor California Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 19: Rio de Janeiro
Discover iconic attractions on a full-day excursion. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the foot of Corcovado Hill and ride a small train up the mountain to view the city’s world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue. After lunch at a churrascaria – traditional Brazilian steakhouse, continue to Sugar Loaf Mountain, another icon of the most famous Brazilian city. Stay: Windsor California Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 20: Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy a whole day at leisure to explore independently or relax on one of Rio’s famed beaches. Stay: Windsor California Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 21: Rio de Janeiro to UK
To help you make the most of your time in Rio, we’ve arranged a late check-out (4pm). Later transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

This all-encompassing trip from Lima to Rio de Janeiro is perfect for those looking to see many of the highlights of South America over a three-week period.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 12 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• This is a combination of itineraries including Highlights of Peru and Highlights of Argentina & Brazil; some guests will follow the full tour while others will only be joining certain sections
• Separate guides in each country. You will meet your new tour guides at the border or the arrival airport in each country
• Some busy days, travel by bus and train, and changes in climate
• Altitudes of over 4270 metres above sea level
• Unsuitable for those with walking difficulties
• Luggage allowance on local flights varies.

Accommodation on tour

We have included stays at quality hotels that are well appointed for sightseeing and exploration. These include characterful properties that give you a real sense of the local culture and unique hotels such as an incredible salt hotel on the edge of Bolivia’s famous salt flats, Salar de Uyuni. In Iguazú you will stay in the beautiful Iryapú Jungle while your hotel in Rio overlooks the famous Copacabana Beach.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £1498

Is this for you?

A packed itinerary for those looking to experience South America’s most famous sights in a three-week trip.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 10)

• Average group size of 12 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• You'll need a small overnight bag for your night in Machu Picchu, the rest of your luggage will be forwarded on

• Tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties due to uneven terrain, steps and hills to climb

• Tour is not suitable for those with respiratory problems as you'll visit altitudes up to 4000m (13,125ft)

• Temperatures and weather conditions vary, therefore we recommend taking layers that can be easily added or removed and a waterproof jacket (particularly for Iguazú Falls)

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended

• Luggage limited to 23kg on flights in Bolivia and 15kg in Argentina, extra weight for AR$650 fee payable locally. In Peru, approx. US$23 and in Brazil approx. R$120 fee per bag payable locally
• A good level of fitness is required
• During rainy season in Bolivia (usually January, February and March) the salt flats can get flooded, and Tunupa Volcano and the caves of the Coquesa Mummies are closed to visitors.

Accommodation on tour

In Peru you’ll stay in stunning Sacred Valley on the banks of the Urubamba River and a restored mansion in Cuzco. Your Aguas Calientes hotel is tucked away in the cloud forest reserve just a short walk from the bus departure point to Machu Picchu. Stay on the edge of the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia in a unique lake-view hotel made entirely of salt blocks. In Brazil you’ll stay on Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £10209

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Feb 22; Mar 15; Apr 19; Sep 06; Oct 04

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice for a supplement from £1895 per person.

Tour dates

2020 Apr 15; Sep 16; Oct 14

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Handpicked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £11425 per person.

Kuoni highlights

We have combined three tours to create an incredible journey across the continent of South America, taking you to the famous sights and cities such as Machu Picchu, the Iguazú Falls, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. We have included some fantastic cultural experiences providing you with the opportunity to discover thousands of years of history and see traditional ways of life that have hardly changed for millenia.

Kuoni highlights

Enjoy bucket-list sights and a culinary journey across the continent. Discover Machu Picchu, the superb Uyuni Salt Flats, mighty Iguazú Falls and imposing Christ the Redeemer statue. Savour Peruvian cuisine with a gastronomic experience and Argentina’s famous wine and mouth-watering steak. Stay in unique accommodation, from a Salt Hotel in Bolivia to a night close to Machu Picchu to maximise your time there.