South American Panorama

(Lima - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cuzco - Puno - Huatajato - La Paz - Buenos Aires - Iguacu - Rio De Janeiro)

Overview

This journey of a lifetime across South America promises an unforgettable adventure. Travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil, whilst discovering remarkable highlights including Machu Picchu, the breathtaking Iguazú Falls and Rio’s iconic sights. This fast-paced, yet rewarding tour is accompanied by a UK tour manager from start to finish.

 

What to expect
• Some long days with a number of early starts, considerable travel, as well as changes in food and climate
• Some time at leisure for relaxation or independent exploration
• Travel by plane, train, bus and boat
• Visiting altitudes of over 4260 metres above sea level
• The itinerary is subject to change.

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Day 1: London to Lima

Day 1: London to Lima

Meet your tour manager at Gatwick for your daytime flight to Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Guests choosing alternative flights will meet the tour leader at the hotel in Lima. Stay: Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores.

Day 2: Lima

Day 2: Lima

Explore the city’s UNESCO-listed colonial centre during a guided tour and discover ancient treasures at the Larco Museum. Stay: Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores. Enjoy a welcome dinner. B, D.

Day 3: Lima to Sacred Valley

Day 3: Lima to Sacred Valley

Fly to Cuzco and continue by road to the stunning Sacred Valley, once the heart of the Inca Empire. Set at a lower altitude than Cuzco, a stay here offers a chance to acclimatise to the high elevation of the Andes while enjoying spectacular views. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley. B.

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Rise early to spend the day exploring the incredible pre-Columbian ruins and Indian villages of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the vibrant Pisac market where you can shop for alpaca blankets, jewellery and handicrafts before heading to the village and ruins of Ollantaytambo, one of the most impressive Incan archaeological sites. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley. B, L.

Day 5: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Day 5: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Today is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your tour. Enjoy a scenic journey to Aguas Calientes on the Vistadome train and board a bus for a spectacular drive to the ruins of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Admire breathtaking scenery as you zig-zag your way to the top of the mountain for a guided tour of the citadel. Enjoy some free time here and lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge before returning to your hotel. Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. B, L, D.

Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cuzco

Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cuzco

Today is at leisure and offers the perfect opportunity for a return visit to the citadel – one visit is never enough. Continue by rail and road to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Stay: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. B.

Day 7: Cuzco

Day 7: Cuzco

Discover Cuzco’s impressive Incan and colonial architecture on a half-day city tour. Explore Koricancha Temple, visit the historic Plaza de Armas, and admire incredible views over the city from the Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Explore some Inca archaeological sites and visit the ‘Inka’s Expression’ art workshop. Stay: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. B.

Day 8: Cuzco to Puno

Day 8: Cuzco to Puno

Rise early and board a bus for your long journey to the small city of Puno on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. Enjoy the views as you pass small villages, and herds of alpacas and llamas grazing on the highland pampas, with the Andes providing a majestic backdrop. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In Puno you’ll be at the highest part of your trip – over 4260 metres above sea level. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno. B, L.

Day 9: Puno to Huatajata

Day 9: Puno to Huatajata

Transfer to Copacabana, in neighbouring Bolivia for a shared hydrofoil cruise across beautiful Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest commercially navigable lake. Visit Moon Island to see the Sun Virgins Temple, and Sun Island to discover the Inca Grand Stairs and the Sacred Fountain. Cruise to Huatajata to visit the Andean Roots Eco-Village. Meet the Limachi family who are renowned for building traditional totora-reed boats. This evening you’ll experience the ‘Mystic World of the Kallawayas’, healers and masters of natural medicine. Enjoy a welcome drink and candlelit dinner at your hotel which lies on the shore of the lake and visit the Native Observatory Alajpacha to learn about ancient Aymara cosmology and discover constellations. Stay: Inca Utama Hotel & Spa. B, L, D.

Day 10: Huatajata to La Paz

Day 10: Huatajata to La Paz

Enjoy views of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes as you journey to the impressive Pre-Columbian Tiwanaku Ruins – one of the oldest civilisations in the Americas. Enjoy a half-day tour of the ruins before continuing to Bolivia’s captivating capital La Paz which boasts a spectacular canyon setting. Stay: Casa Grande Hotel. B, L.

Day 11: La Paz

Day 11: La Paz

Explore the city on a half-day tour, visiting the fascinating Witches’ Market and the contrasting indigenous, colonial and modern areas. Witness the remarkable landscapes of Moon Valley where sandstone formations have been sculpted by the wind over thousands of years. Stay: Casa Grande Hotel. B.

Day 12: La Paz to Buenos Aires

Day 12: La Paz to Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Argentina’s vibrant capital, Buenos Aires. Either this afternoon or the following day, you’ll join a half-day city tour which visits the colourful La Boca district, the beautiful gardens of Palermo Park and the elegant Recoleta Barrio. Stay: Emperador Hotel. B.

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city’s contrasting neighbourhoods, such as the modern Puerto Madero district and European-style Recoleta which is home to the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of Eva Peron. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner and tango show at Equina Carlos Gardel. Stay: Emperador Hotel. B, D.

Day 14: Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls

Day 14: Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls

Fly to the spectacular Iguazú Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders, boasting 275 waterfalls. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Argentine side of the National Park and falls, which includes a ride through the jungle on the ecological train. Follow a series of walkways to the top of the falls and stand just metres from the top of the mighty Devil’s Throat. Stay: Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa. B, L.

Day 15: Iguazú Falls

Day 15: Iguazú Falls

Cross over the border into Brazil to enjoy a new perspective of the falls. Most of them are on the Argentinan side so from here you can enjoy incredible panoramic views as you follow the forest trail down to the canyon. Stay: Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa. B.

Day 16: Iguazú Falls to Rio de Janeiro

Day 16: Iguazú Falls to Rio de Janeiro

Depart from Iguazú this morning and fly to the incredible city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Stay: Miramar Hotel by Windsor. B.

Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Discover some of the city’s most iconic attractions on a full-day excursion to Corcovado. Gaze up in awe at the Christ the Redeemer statue – one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ and enjoy panoramic views over the city. Descend the mountain for a buffet lunch at the traditional Brazilian steakhouse Fogo do Cháo. Ride a cable-car to Sugar Loaf Mountain and admire breathtaking 360-degree views of Rio. Stay: Miramar Hotel by Windsor. B, L.

Day 18: Rio de Janeiro

Day 18: Rio de Janeiro

Spend today at leisure. Stay: Miramar Hotel by Windsor. B.

Day 19: Rio de Janeiro

Day 19: Rio de Janeiro

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.