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Experience Amazing Wonders in South America.

Includes return flights from the UK. Explore the amazing highlights of South America, visiting Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. See amazing Iguassu Falls, explore vibrant Rio and in Peru see Macchu Pichu and Lake Titicaca. View complete itinerary

Trip code: IS22F
Duration: 22 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels and Resorts
Journey: Buenos Aires to Lima
Travel style(s): Escorted Vacations
Meals included: 34

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart UK

Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Buenos Aires.

    Day 2. Arrive Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Welcome to the lively Argentinian capital for the start of your adventure. On arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, located in the fashionable Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Enjoy time at leisure to familiarise yourself with the area before meeting your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a special Welcome Reception this evening.
    Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel

      Day 3. Buenos Aires

      A guided tour of Buenos Aires this morning begins with a visit to the Avenida de Mayo, an avenue that connects with the city’s main downtown square, the Plaza de Mayo. See the pink Casa Rosada (Government House), the city’s cathedral and the Cabildo, the first city hall. Next, visit the city’s iconic Café Tortoni, a famous literati coffeehouse established in 1858. Here, you’ll enjoy coffee and empanadas as you savour the atmosphere of this elegant café. Afterwards, visit the city’s oldest barrio (district), San Telmo. Here, enjoy ample time to stroll around the charming square, which is lined with quaint antique shops. Later, explore the Italian-influenced barrio of La Boca, with its colourful houses and picturesque pedestrian street, the Caminito. As you then drive along one of the widest avenues in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, you’ll see the iconic Teatro Colón (Opera House). Continue on to see the parks, gardens and tree-lined streets of Palermo, then visit La Recoleta Cemetery. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before heading to the Philippe Starck-designed cabaret, Rojo Tango, for dinner and the most exclusive tango show in the city. You’ll be dazzled as singers, a small orchestra and sublimely skilled dancers create an ambience of romance and drama. This magnificent show allows you to embrace the fiery passion of Argentina’s celebrated music and dance.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 4. Buenos Aires, Freedom of Choice

      Today, perhaps head to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the Paraná Delta. You may like to visit an estancia (ranch), for a full-day Fiesta Gaucha featuring horseback riding, folk music, dance and lunch. Alternatively, set off on an insightful tour of a number of renowned local artists' studios. Or, perhaps head to Teatro Colón to absorb the ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world. Tonight, choose where to dine from one of three restaurants. Perhaps enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at Sorrento Recoval; savour sumptuous meats cooked on an Argentinian BBQ at El Mirasol de la Recova; or sample Italian fare at Piegari Restaurant.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 5. Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls (Argentina and Brazil)

      Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, 275 falls situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil that has the second highest annual flow of any waterfall system in the world. Land on the Argentinian side of the falls and ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through forest to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one located directly over the 82 metre-high Devil’s Throat. Afterwards, travel into Brazil and on to your hotel, located just a stroll from the falls. This evening, dine at the Ipê Grill within your hotel.
      Stay: Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas by Orient-Express
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 6. Iguassu Falls

      After breakfast this morning, enjoy time in Brazil’s World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park. View the falls from close to the base of Devil’s Throat, then visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, set just outside the national park. Walk through the giant aviaries and get up close to a range of native South American birds, including flamingos, parrots and macaws as well as a number of species of the iconic toucan. Afterwards, enjoy an unforgettable Boat Ride Safari that takes in the breathtaking spectacle of Iguassu Falls from beneath the thundering cascades. You’ll then enjoy an afternoon at leisure to perhaps make use of the facilities at your incredible hotel.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 7. Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

      Today, fly to one of the world’s most spectacular cities, Brazil's Rio de Janeiro. Lapped by deep blue ocean, flanked by mountains and lush rainforest, and drenched with white-sand beaches, life here pulsates to an intoxicating rhythm. At sunset, delight in the opportunity to absorb truly exquisite views as you ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. After time at the peak, head for Porcão Rio’s to sample Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha. Then enjoy a delicious Brazilian BBQ as you gaze out across the beautiful bay, back-dropped by Sugarloaf Mountain.
      Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 8. Rio de Janeiro, Freedom of Choice

      This morning after breakfast, enjoy your chosen Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a Jeep tour through two friendly local favelas - the Brazilian term for shanty town. Alternatively, take a full-day excursion to nearby Petrópolis, 'The Imperial City of Brazil'. Perhaps you would like to experience the beauty of the Botanical Gardens and Tijuca National Park on a Jeep tour. Another option is to enjoy a historical tour of the city. After your chosen activity, the evening is yours to spend at leisure. This provides a fantastic opportunity to explore the vibrant nightlife and try one of the local restaurants.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 9. Rio de Janeiro, Freedom of Choice

      Today, travel to Corcovado, a mountain that’s famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views over downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach and much more. Tonight, choose from our Freedom of Choice Dining options. Perhaps indulge in dinner at Prado Grill; enjoy Italian cuisine while taking in the views over Copacabana Beach from Dom Camillo; or head to a samba bar for dinner and live samba music.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 10. Rio de Janeiro, Santiago (Chile)

      Say farewell to Brazil today as you board an included flight to Santiago. The Chilean capital boasts one of the world’s most incredible settings, situated in the Santiago basin and spectacularly flanked on the east by the snow-capped Andes mountain range. On arrival, check in to your five-star hotel before enjoying an evening at leisure to do as little or as much as you please.
      Stay: Two Nights: Grand Hyatt Santiago
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 11. Santiago, Valparaíso

      On a guided tour of Santiago, explore the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Plaza de Armas. Then travel to the picturesque seaside city of Valparaíso. En route, stop at a winery in the Casablanca Valley for a tasting. At Valparaíso, enjoy lunch and a tour of the World Heritage-listed port-town. See stunning views of the bay and the colourful city below as you ascend the steep hills. After, return to Santiago for an evening at leisure.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 12. Santiago, Lima (Peru)

      Board a flight from Santiago to the starting point for your Peruvian discovery and the country’s capital, Lima. Here, you’ll enjoy lunch at Brujas del Cachiche, a local restaurant set in an old mansion overlooking a park. Afterwards, join a city tour with a local guide. Visit the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima and see the catacombs of the monastery of San Francisco that link the religious sites of Lima.
      Stay: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, in an Ocean View Room
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 13. Lima, Cusco, Chincheros, Sacred Valley

      Today, fly to the World Heritage-listed city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. On arrival, travel through the city by coach on the way to the lovely city of Chincheros, set high in the Andean highlands. During a traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created. To the locals of the Andean highlands in Peru, weaving is an important way for preserving ancient traditions. Then, settle in to one of Peru’s most prestigious hotels overlooking a river in the Sacred Valley.
      Stay: Two Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 14. Sacred Valley

      A full day tour in and around the Sacred Valley begins after breakfast this morning with a visit to the colourful markets of Pisac, a hilltop handicraft village that lies near ancient Incan ruins. Later, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you’ll visit the home of a local family to sample a typical Andean meal. This is a unique opportunity to interact on a cultural level with the people of the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, travel to the spectacular archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. During the times of the Incas, Ollantaytambo was a royal estate belonging to Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region. Here, spend some time further discovering the Sacred Valley the way you wish before returning to your hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 15. Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

      Board PeruRail’s Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape outside your large panoramic windows as you travel to Machu Picchu, located over 2,400 metres above sea level. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a locally guided tour of the iconic Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. This ancient Inca citadel was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire, and remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911. Today, it is a World Heritage-listed site and the most familiar icon of the Inca World. After your time here, check in to your charming hotel.
      Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 16. Machu Picchu, Cusco

      As you wake this morning, you’ll realise how close you are to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have the opportunity to beat the morning rush and return to Machu Picchu to experience the site in true serenity at your own pace. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the comforts and facilities of your hotel. After lunch, board PeruRail’s Vistadome train for your return trip from Machu Picchu to Cusco. On board, you’ll be served some refreshments as you watch the picturesque mountain scenery glide by. On arrival back in Cusco check in to your luxurious hotel, which exudes Spanish colonial charm.
      Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, Libertador Palacio del Inka
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 17. Cusco, Freedom of Choice

      After breakfast this morning, a walking tour of Cusco will take you to the square in the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo Cathedral. Afterwards, you can from choose from three restaurants to dine at for lunch, including Limo Cocina Peruana and Pisco Bar, Incanto or the renowned MAP Café. The evening is then yours to enjoy at leisure.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 18. Cusco, Lake Titicaca

      Board the Andean Explorer by Orient-Express for a full day rail journey into the highlands and on to Puno. Travelling in Andean Explorer Class (first-class), the start of your trip is dominated by the Andes towering over the valleys below. On the way, enjoy access to the lounge car and the open-air observation car, and be treated to a three-course lunch.
      Stay: Two Nights: Puno, Libertador Lake Titicaca, in a Lake View Room
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 19. Puno, Lake Titicaca

      Located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest altitude lake in the world. Today, travel by speedboat to the village of Liquina. Here, visit a school project organised by APT where you can see the results of the donation that APT has contributed on your behalf to the local community. Spend time with the teachers and pupils, then on the Capachica Peninsula, enjoy lake views and a local lunch. Later, cruise to the home of the Uros people, a group of more than 40 man-made islands created from floating reeds, and embrace the traditions of these pre-Incan people.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 20. Lake Titicaca, Lima

      After flying back to Lima, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana - set within the ruins of an archaeological compound built between 200 and 700AD.
      Stay: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, in an Ocean View Room
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 21. Depart Lima

      Your wonderful South America journey concludes after breakfast this morning with a transfer to Lima airport for your return flight to the UK.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 22. Arrive UK

      Arrive in the UK.

        Trip Highlights

        Your Holiday Price Includes

        • Fully inclusive cruising with APT - all this is included in your holiday price
        • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
        • All flights within South America
        • The services of the same APT Tour Director throughout your tour
        • Expert local guides in most locations
        • All tipping and porterage
        • 19 nights in luxury accommodation
        • Visit famous Café Tortoni for coffee in Buenos Aires
        • See Argentina’s most exclusive tango show at Rojo Tango
        • Visit a Bird Park and see a toucan near Iguassu Falls
        • Enjoy a Boat Ride Safari at Iguassu Falls
        • Enjoy a wine tasting followed by a tour of Valparaíso, including lunch
        • See traditional weaving in the Sacred Valley town of Chincheros
        • Enjoy lunch at a local Peruvian home in the Sacred Valley
        • Travel aboard the Andean Explorer from Cusco to Puno
        • Visit a local school near Puno supported by APT, followed by a local lunch on the shores of Lake Titicaca

        Freedom to Choose

        • In Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Cusco

        Accommodation

        • Stay three nights at Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires
        • Enjoy two nights alongside Iguassu Falls at Hotel das Cataratas by Orient-Express
        • Stay three nights at Rio de Janeiro’s lavish Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express
        • Enjoy a two-night stay at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Santiago
        • Enjoy two nights in the Sacred Valley at the Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa
        • Stay at the boutique Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
        • Stay two nights at the Libertador Lake Titicaca, in a Lake View Room

        Dining

        • Includes 34 Meals - Enjoy 19 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 9 Dinners, including:
        • A BBQ and Caipirinha at Porcão Rio’s in Rio de Janeiro
        • A local lunch on Lake Titicaca’s Capachica Peninsula
        • Dinner at Lima’s Huaca Pucllana, set within the ruins of an archaeological compound

        Map

        Photos

        Experience the vibrant colours of Caminito in La Boca, Argentina.

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        Additional Information

        Optional Inca Trail Hike

        • The more adventurous can replace Day 15 touring with a five-hour hike to Machu Picchu, before rejoining the group for dinner at your hotel. Revisit Machu Picchu the next morning for your guided tour and morning tea.

        Trip Notes

        • Prices include return flights from London Heathrow, flights between Buenos Aires and Lima, and airport taxes
        • Airport taxes are subject to change
        • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change

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