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Luxury

Best of South America

Santiago to Cusco
19 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: IS19
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Trip Highlights

Sunset at Sugar Loaf

Soar to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain on a cable car for a sunset cocktail above Rio’s golden beaches

Iguassu From Any Angle

See the colossal waterfall from a helicopter flight, or get even closer to the thunderous cascades on a boat safari

Sacred Valley Salt Pools

Admire thousands of salt pools dripping down the side of a soaring cliff and meet the locals who tend to them

Your Vacation Includes

  • All flights within South America
  • A talented APT Tour Director and friendly local guides
  • 28 fine meals
  • All sightseeing excursions, including APT's Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice inclusions
  • Tipping, porterage and airport transfers
  • Awake in the ancient heart of Santiago during two nights at The Singular Santiago
  • Settle in for two nights in Ocean View Rooms at Lima's JW Marriott Hotel
Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Welcome to Santiago for the start of your enthralling adventure. The Chilean capital boasts one of the world’s most incredible settings, situated in the Santiago basin and spectacularly flanked to the east by the snow-capped Andes mountain range. This afternoon, explore the city’s iconic landmarks on a guided tour, before enjoying a Welcome Reception in the evening.

Stay: Two Nights: The Singular Santiago

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today, you have a choice of two sightseeing options, both of which include a delicious lunch. You might like to travel to the picturesque seaside city of Valparaíso. Here, embark on a tour of the World Heritage-listed Historic Quarter and, on a funicular ride, treasure views of the colourful buildings below. Alternatively, learn about the history of Chilean wine during a tour and tasting of aged wines amid the beautiful setting of Santa Rita winery.


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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At your hotel, discover Argentina’s national dance during a tango lesson, before indulging in a delicious selection of tapas.


Fly to the lively Argentinian capital. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the fashionable Recoleta barrio (district) of Buenos Aires.

Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy coffee and a snack at the iconic Café Tortoni, a literati coffeehouse established in 1858.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose where to dine from one of three venues. Perhaps you’d like to learn the art of empanada making while feasting on an array of tasty Argentinian dishes during an interactive dinner party. You might prefer a relaxed evening at Fervor, a traditional Argentinian steak restaurant. Or, dinner and a tango show may be more your style.


Step out and discover Buenos Aires today. Your tour begins with a visit to the Avenida de Mayo, an avenue connecting with the city’s main downtown square, the Plaza de Mayo. You’ll also see Government House, made famous when Evita Perón stood on the balcony - a key moment in Argentinian political history. Later, explore the barrio of La Boca, with its colourful houses and charming pedestrian street, the Caminito. Continue on past the parks and tree-lined streets of Palermo and see La Recoleta Cemetery.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose from three activities 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 visit Teatro Colón to absorb the ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world.


Afterwards, enjoy some free time to experience this proud city.

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Fly to one of the world’s most spectacular cities, Rio de Janeiro. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by mountains and drenched with white-sand beaches, the Carnival capital is known to be the beating heart of Brazil. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach.

Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At sunset, ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, stopping mid-way to enjoy a caipirinha while you admire the sweeping view.


Today is sure to be a highlight as you make your way to Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views over downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. Return to ground level and spend the evening dining on a delicious Brazilian BBQ.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tour through local favelas - the Brazilian term for shanty town. Alternatively, set out on a colonial tour of the city. Or, perhaps enjoy a Jeep tour taking you deep into Tijuca Forest, past waterfalls and fragrant tropical fruit trees.


Later, the evening is yours to spend at leisure, providing a fantastic opportunity to experience Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant nightlife.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

At Iguassu Falls, you may choose to step aboard a boat ride safari and take in the breathtaking spectacle of Iguassu Falls from beneath the thundering cascades. Alternatively, embark on an awe-inspiring helicopter ride over the falls.


Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, an impressive system of waterfalls that straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil, and choose from a range of sightseeing activities. This evening, dine at the Ipê Grill within your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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Today you’ll spend some time exploring World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side of the falls. You’ll also ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through the forest to a series of walkways and viewing points.

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Visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, set just outside the national park. Walk through the giant aviaries and see a range of exotic bird species including the iconic toucan. Tonight, fly to Lima, the country’s capital, for the starting point of your Peruvian discovery.

Stay: Two Nights: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit to a private hacienda will showcase regional traditions. Arrive to the upbeat rhythms of live music and dance, before enjoying lunch and an elegant Peruvian Paso horse show.


Discover the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima on a guided tour. Known as the ‘City of Kings’, here you’ll see one of the best preserved monasteries in the city, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and experience an artful combination of lively local culture and colonial monuments.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created.


Board a flight 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 Chincheros, set high in the Andes. To the locals of the Andean highlands in Peru, weaving is an important way for preserving ancient traditions. Later, settle in to your hotel overlooking a river in the Sacred Valley.

Stay: Three Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This afternoon, you may select from two activities that showcase the traditions and culture of the local region. You may like to taste a range of local, handcrafted microbrews at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company. Alternatively, tour the workshops at a local ceramics studio where you’ll meet the owner and learn how the artisans utilise ancient techniques to create beautiful ceramics and pottery.


With a leisurely start to the day perhaps explore your picturesque surrounds via one of the hotel’s walking trails.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of salt pools spill over the side of a steep terraced slope. Later, at the Moray archaeological site, enjoy stunning views out over the deep terraces during lunch at El Parador de Moray.


Venture down the steps to watch local families tend to the pools and learn how salt has been continually harvested from this site since the Inca Empire. Your next stop is the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraced fields which were likely used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. Descending to a depth of around 150 metres, the site resembles that of an ancient Roman amphitheatre.

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OPTIONAL INCA TRAIL HIKE

The more adventurous can replace Day 16 touring with an eight-hour hike to Machu Picchu, before re-joining the group for dinner at your hotel, Revisit Machu Picchu the next morning for your guided tour. Additional cost per person. Must be pre-booked.


Board PeruRail’s Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape outside your large windows as you travel to Machu Picchu, located more than 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. This ancient Inca citadel remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911. Today, it is one of the most famous World Heritage-listed sites.

Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

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As you wake this morning, you’ll realise how close you are to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have the opportunity to beat the morning rush and return to experience the site in its true serenity at your own pace. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the comforts and facilities of your hotel. This afternoon, board PeruRail’s Vistadome train for your return trip from Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, then transfer by coach to Cusco. Aboard your train, you’ll watch the picturesque mountain scenery glide by. On arrival in Cusco, check in to your hotel and absorb the Spanish colonial charm.

Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For lunch today, you may choose from three superb restaurants. Perhaps head to Limo Cocina Peruana and Pisco Bar for a taste of local Peruvian dishes; enjoy Italian cuisine at Incanto; or choose a fine dining experience as you savour an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Café.


A guided walking tour through Cusco this morning will take you to the stunning square in the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. This evening’s Farewell Drinks offer the chance to swap stories with your fellow travellers before you depart the tour.

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After breakfast, your South American adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Stunning Hotels

From Tambo del Inka in the Sacred Valley to Belmond's Hotel das Cataratas at Iguassu Falls, stay in the best hotels

Internal Flights Included

Getting between each destination has never been easier as all flights within South America are included

A Taste of South America

Zesty caipirinhas, juicy steaks and fine Peruvian chocolate - you'll be tantalised by the region's favourite dishes

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.