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Grand Tour of South America

A tour of five countries, and a journey of a lifetime, this is a grand adventure, from Peru’s Pacific Ocean port, and Machu Picchu ruins, to Brazil’s South Atlantic beaches, via Bolivian Lake Titicaca, the capitals of Uruguay and Argentina, and the fantastic Iguassu Falls

From Andean peaks to Incan ruins, from seafront cities to Spanish towns, and from the world’s biggest waterfall to its highest waterway, South America is astounding in its diversity. Our discovery begins in Peru, amid the bell towers, balconies, and multi-coloured houses of Lima; the hairpin bends to historic relics in the Sacred Valley; mystical Machu Picchu, hidden in its fern and forest shroud for 500 years; and Cuzco, with all its history on show. We enter Bolivia at Lake Titicaca, the origin of the Inca civilisation, sail to Sun God Island, and visit La Paz, a heady mix in more ways than one, with steep streets, snow-capped peaks, and a sky-high cable car. Two capital cities follow, facing each other across the Rio de la Plata; elegant Buenos Aires, looking familiarly European but feeling unmistakably Argentinian; and Uruguay’s famously friendly Montevideo, teaming Old Town streets with a huge sandy bay. On first sight of Iguassu Falls, “Poor Niagara!” was Eleanor Roosevelt’s reaction to its thunderous run of 275 cascades, crashing through jungle greenery. In Brazil, the reputation of Rio de Janeiro, the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (‘marvellous city’), is a lot to live up to, but this surfing, samba, Sugarloaf city rises to the challenge.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Lima  - 1 night
  • Sacred Valley  - 2 nights
  • Cuzco  - 2 nights
  • Puno  - 1 night
  • La Paz  - 2 nights
  • Buenos Aires  - 2 nights
  • Montevideo  - 2 nights
  • Buenos Aires  - 1 night
  • Iguassu  - 2 nights
  • Rio de Janeiro  - 2 nights
  • Return flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Natural Wonders
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Local Expert Guides
  • Central Hotels

A tour of five countries, and a journey of a lifetime, this is a grand adventure, from Peru’s Pacific Ocean port, and Machu Picchu ruins, to Brazil’s South Atlantic beaches, via Bolivian Lake Titicaca, the capitals of Uruguay and Argentina, and the fantastic Iguassu Falls

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Day 7 includes a long transfer with sightseeing en route.

Altitude
Part of your itinerary will be travelling at altitude. We therefore strongly recommend that anyone, regardless of age, should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fully fit and understand the effects of travelling at altitude. This is absolutely essential if you have any pre-existing heart conditions, anaemia or lung problems.

Accommodation

Innside Lima Miraflores Hotel – Lima

A modern 4-star hotel in the Miraflores district. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Taypikala Sacred Valley - Sacred Valley

A 4-star hotel surrounded by a garden and close to Urubamba. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 53 rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea making facilities and satellite TV.

Costa del Sol Wyndham

Sonesta Posadas del Inca - Lake Titicaca

A 3-star hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca with astounding landscape views. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 70 rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and TV.

Atix Hotel - La Paz

Modern 4-star hotel in the Calacoto neighbourhood in southern La Paz. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 53 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Sofitel Recoleta - Buenos Aires

A stylish hotel in the heart of Recoleta, surrounded by elegant restaurants, traditional cafes, art galleries and boutiques. The hotel has a pool, gym, garden and WiFi (free). 175 air-conditioned rooms styled in cream-coloured hues, stylish mahogany furniture, with mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and TV.

Hilton Garden Inn – Montevideo

A modern 4-star hotel, walking distance from Playa Buceo beach and close to many restaurants. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 172 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Mercure Iguazu - Iguassu Falls

Modern 4-star hotel in the heart of the Iryapú Jungle. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 100 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Hilton Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro

4-star hotel situated on Copacabana beach with restaurants, bar, panoramic roof terrace with pool, spa, WiFi (free). 537 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Extension Options

Amazon Extension

For the jungle experience stay two nights at the charming Hacienda Concepcion chosen for its location between the Tambopata Nature Reserve and the shores of Madre de Dios river. Tour includes a nature walk, twilight cruise, an oxbow lake visit and canopy walk. The first two nights of the extension will be spent in Lima before the Amazon stay and the return flight from Puerto Maldonado will be either to Lima or Cuzco to join the main tour on Day 2.

Innside Lima Miraflores Hotel – Lima

A modern 4-star hotel in the Miraflores district. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion - Puerto Maldonado

This lodge is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and on the banks of the Rio Madre de Dios. Dining room, bar, spa and no WiFi. 30 rooms with private facilities, hot water and mosquito net. Electricity is provided for several hours each day.

Arequipa and Colca Canyon Extension

Combine a visit to Arequipa, Peru's second most important city, on the foot of the impressive Misti volcano, with the Colca Canyon - twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

Casa Andina Premium - Arequipa

A 4-star hotel in an 18th-century colonial mansion made of volcanic stone in the centre of Arequipa. Restaurant, bar, spa and WiFi (free). 40 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Casa Andina Standard - Colca

This 3-star hotel lies at the edge of the Colca Valley. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 52 rooms in traditional stone casitas with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.

Innside Lima Miraflores Hotel – Lima

A modern 4-star hotel in the Miraflores district. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Búzios Extension

Búzios was a simple fishing village until the early 60’s, when it was ‘discovered’ by Brigitte Bardot. Today it is a fashionable resort with charming cobbled streets, a picturesque beachfront promenade and beautiful beaches. Stay at the 4-star Vila d’este, conveniently located on Humaita Hill, the most exclusive area of Buzios, overlooking Armação bay, with private access to Bardot promenade.

Vila d’este – Buzios

A personal 4-star boutique-hotel conveniently located on Humaita Hill, the most exclusive area of Buzios, overlooking Armação bay, with private access to Bardot promenade, close to Rua das Pedras. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 20 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Nazca Lines Extension

By air experience the enigma of the Nazca Lines (weather permitting) and by boat visit the nearby Ballestas Islands, home to a large sea lion colony. Stay two nights in Paracas and one night in Lima.

La Hacienda Paracas

This 4-star hotel is located right by Paracas Bay. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 87 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and TV.

Innside Lima Miraflores Hotel – Lima

A modern 4-star hotel in the Miraflores district. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Lima before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Rio de Janeiro before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Innside Lima Miraflores
(per night) £60
Single supplement £60
Arrival transfer £65

Hilton Copacabana
(per night) £130
Single supplement £110
Departure transfer £90

Innside Lima Miraflores Hotel – Lima

A modern 4-star hotel in the Miraflores district. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Hilton Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro

4-star hotel situated on Copacabana beach with restaurants, bar, panoramic roof terrace with pool, spa, WiFi (free). 537 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
LATAM Airlines from Heathrow via São Paulo

April
April 9 (Tuesday)
October
October 1 (Tuesday)
November
November 12 (Tuesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 17 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
Accommodation tax to be paid in Buenos Aires locally, currently 1.5 USD per person/per night (can be paid in USD or Pesos).

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Apr, Oct, Nov
  • £1225
  • 2025: May, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov
  • £1295
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £750
  • Arrival transfer
  • £65
  • Departure transfer
  • £90
Extension Options
  • Buzios Extension (3 nights)
  • £925
  • Single Supplement
  • £445

  • Arequipa and Colca Canyon - Pre Tour Extension (4 nights)
  • £845
  • Single Supplement
  • £95

  • Amazon Extension - Pre Tour (4 nights)
  • £825
  • Single Supplement
  • £185

  • Nazca Lines Extension Pre Tour - 2024 (3 nights)
  • £995
  • Single Supplement
  • £195

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