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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: Santiago to Lima
Meals included: 32

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart London

Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Santiago.

    Day 2. Arrive Santiago (Chile)


    Welcome to Santiago, the capital of Chile. On arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, located in the historic Lastarria neighbourhood in the heart of the city. This afternoon explore the city’s iconic landmarks on a guided tour, including the Plaza de Armas. Tonight, meet fellow travellers and your APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception.
    Stay: Two Nights: The Singular Santiago

      Day 3. Santiago, Valparaíso, Freedom of Choice


      Today, travel to the picturesque seaside city of Valparaíso. There, tour the World Heritage-listed centre, and ride a funicular for stunning views of the bay and the colourful city below as you ascend the steep hills. Return to Santiago and enjoy a choice of restaurants for dinner this evening.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 4. Santiago, Buenos Aires (Argentina)


      This morning fly to the lively Argentinian capital. On arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, located in the fashionable Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore the area as you wish.
      Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 5. Buenos Aires, Freedom of Choice


      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 croissants as you savour the atmosphere of this elegant café. Afterwards, visit the city’s oldest barrio (district), San Telmo. Here, enjoy 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. Tonight, choose from three unique dining experiences. Perhaps discover the city’s gourmet secrets over dinner served by a chef in a private home; savour sumptuous meats cooked on an Argentinian BBQ at El Mirasol de la Recova; or learn how to make empanadas and savour a range of Argentinian dishes during an interactive dinner party.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 6. Buenos Aires, Freedom of Choice


      Today, perhaps head to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta. You may like to explore the Parisian influence on Buenos Aires during a walking tour, or perhaps head to Teatro Colón to absorb the ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world. Another option is a fun tango lesson to learn Argentina’s national dance. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before heading to the Philippe Starck-designed cabaret, Rojo Tango, for dinner, drinks 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 7. Buenos Aires, 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.
      Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 8. Rio de Janeiro

      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. 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, backdropped by Sugarloaf Mountain.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 9. Rio de Janeiro, Freedom of Choice

      This morning, explore another perspective of Rio de Janeiro on your selected sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tour through local favelas – the Brazilian term for shanty town. Alternatively, take a full-day excursion to nearby Petrópolis, The Imperial City of Brazil. Perhaps 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 10. Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls

      Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, an impressive series of waterfalls that straddle the border of Argentina and Brazil. On arrival, view the falls from close to the base of Devil’s Throat, then enjoy an unforgettable Boat Ride Safari that takes in the breathtaking spectacle of Iguassu Falls from beneath the thundering cascades. This evening, dine at the Ipê Grill within your hotel.
      Stay: Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 11. Iguassu Falls


      Today spend time on Argentina’s World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park Land on the Argentinian side of the falls. 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. Later, return to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 12. Iguassu Falls, Lima (Peru)


      Today, 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 the iconic toucan. This evening, board your flight to the Peruvian capital, Lima.
      Stay: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 13. Lima, Cusco, Chincheros, Sacred Valley

      This morning, fly to the World Heritage-listed city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. On arrival, travel to 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, Luxury Collection by Starwood
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 14. Sacred Valley

      A full day tour exploring the Sacred Valley begins 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 meet the locals of the Sacred Valley and savour some authentic home-cooking. 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’s a World Heritage-listed site and the most familiar icon of the Inca World.
      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. This afternoon, board PeruRail’s Vistadome for your return trip from Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley, then transfer by coach to Cusco. Check in to your luxurious hotel, which exudes Spanish colonial charm.
      Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 17. Cusco, Freedom of Choice

      A walking tour of Cusco this morning 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 Cusco Cathedral. Afterwards, you can from choose from three restaurants for lunch. Your choice includes Limo Cocina Peruana and Pisco Bar for a taste of local Peruvian dishes; superb Italian cuisine at Incanto; or fine dining from an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Café. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 18. Cusco, Lake Titicaca

      This morning, board the Andean Explorer for a day-long rail journey into the highlands and on to Puno, almost 4,000 metres above sea level. Travelling in Andean Explorer Class (first class), the start of your trip is dominated by the Andes mountains towering over the valleys below. Later, you’ll reach the Andean Plains, home to wild vicuña and alpaca. On the way, enjoy access to the lounge car and the open-air observation bar car, and be treated to a three-course lunch. On arrival in Puno, check in to your hotel by the lake.
      Stay: Two Nights: Puno, The Libertador Lake Titicaca, Lake View Rooms
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 19. Puno, Lake Titicaca

      Located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is situated at 3,800 metres above sea level, making it the highest altitude lake in the world. This morning, travel by speedboat to the village of Liquina. Here, visit a special school project organised by APT where you can appreciate the donation that APT has contributed on your behalf to the local community, and spend time with the teachers and pupils. Then enjoy lunch with views of the Capachica Peninsula. This afternoon, 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. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour conducted by a local guide. Visit the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima and the Convent of Santo Domingo, one of the best preserved monasteries in the city. Tonight, enjoy one of South America’s most unique dining experiences for your special Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana – set within the ruins of an archaeological compound built between 200 and 700 AD. As you dine, take in amazing views of a colourfully illuminated adobe pyramid.
      Stay: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 21. Depart Lima

      After breakfast, your South America journey concludes with a transfer to Lima airport for your return flight to the UK.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 22. Arrive London

      Arrive London.

        Trip Highlights

        Your Holiday Price Includes

        • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
        • All flights within South America
        • Dedicated services of the same APT Tour Director throughout your tour
        • Expert local guides in each country
        • All tipping and porterage
        • Explore the World Heritage-listed city of Valparaíso
        • Visit famous Café Tortoni for coffee in Buenos Aires
        • See Argentina’s most exclusive tango show at Rojo Tango
        • Enjoy a Boat Ride Safari at Iguassu Falls
        • Visit a Bird Park and see a toucan near Iguassu Falls
        • See traditional weaving in the Sacred Valley town of Chincheros
        • Enjoy lunch at a local Peruvian home in the Sacred Valley
        • Take the option to trek eight hours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (own expense)
        • Travel aboard the Andean Explorer from Cusco to Puno
        • Visit a local school on Lake Titicaca, supported by APT

        Accommodation

        • Stay two nights at the brand-new Singular Santiago, in the historic area of Lastarria
        • Stay three nights at the five-star Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires
        • Stay three nights at Rio de Janeiro’s lavish Copacabana Palace
        • Enjoy two nights alongside stunning Iguassu Falls at Hotel das Cataratas
        • Stay a total of two nights at Lima’s JW Marriott Hotel in Ocean View Rooms
        • Enjoy two nights in the Sacred Valley at the refined Tambo del Inka
        • Stay at the boutique Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
        • Stay two nights at the Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka, in Cusco
        • Stay two nights at The Libertador Lake Titicaca, in a Lake View Room

        Dining

        • Includes 32 meals – 19 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 9 Dinners

        Map

        Photos

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

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        Freedom to Choose

        APT’s Freedom Concept allows you to tailor your holiday to suit your interests and tastes.

        In Santiago, Buenos Aires and Cusco enjoy Freedom of Choice dining and  in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro enjoy Freedom of Choice Activities - See your Freedom of Choice selections here. Check the specific itinerary details for the Freedom of Choice touring activities on your South American holiday.

        Additional Information

        Optional Inca Trail Hike

        • The more adventurous can replace Day 15 touring with a eight-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. Must be pre-booked.

        Trip Notes

        • Prices include return flights from London Heathrow, all flights between Santiago and Lima, and airport taxes
        • Airport taxes are subject to change
        • Supplements for Solo Travellers are available upon application

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