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Luxury

South America Inca Journey

Santiago to Arequipa
23 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: IS23
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Heart of the Inca Empire

Discover the fascinating history of the Incas as you explore ancient Sacred Valley and incredible Machu Picchu

In Rhythm With Buenos Aires

Grab a partner and perfect your footwork learning to dance the tango - an experience rewarded with a tapas feast

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • All flights within South America
  • A talented APT Tour Director and friendly local guides
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to nine destinations
  • All tipping and porterage
  • APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions in six locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 38 meals

Map & Itinerary

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South America Map IS23 2018

Santiago to Arequipa

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

Arrive in Santiago, the capital of Chile. This afternoon, explore the city’s landmarks on a guided tour, before enjoying a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Two Nights: The Singular Santiago

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps travel to the colourful port city of Valparaiso for a tour of the World Heritage-listed Historic Quarter and a funicular ride. Alternatively, learn about the history of Chilean wine during a tour and tasting at the picturesque Santa Rita winery.


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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At your hotel, discover the passion of the national dance as you take a tango lesson, before indulging in a delicious selection of tapas.


Fly to Buenos Aires where you’ll stay in the fashionable Recoleta district.

Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Café Tortoni, a literati coffeehouse established in 1858. Later, explore the barrio of La Boca, with its colourful houses. Continue on past the parks and tree-lined streets of Palermo and see La Recoleta Cemetery.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose where to dine. Try a traditional Argentinian steak restaurant, making empanadas at an interactive dinner party, or dinner and a tango show.


Take a tour of Buenos Aires today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps travel 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 city walking tour. Alternatively, head to Teatro Colón, one of the finest opera houses in the world.


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  • Breakfast

Fly to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, which is lapped by a deep blue ocean and flanked by mountains and lush rainforest.

Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace

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  • Breakfast
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. Return to ground level and spend the evening dining on a delicious Brazilian BBQ.


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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps venture deep into the urban Tijuca Forest on a jeep tour, take a colonial city walking tour, or sail on Guanabara Bay, gliding through the bay’s tranquil waters, passing islands and historic forts while viewing Rio’s picturesque city skyline and Sugar Loaf Mountain. (Due to local unrest in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro and in the interests of your safety and wellbeing, the touring of the Favela's has currently been withdrawn from our touring options and replaced with the Guanabara Boat Tour.)


Today enjoy your chosen Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Tour.

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  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You may wish to step aboard a boat ride safari and take in the breathtaking spectacle 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.

Stay: Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Spend time in World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side of the falls. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways and viewing points.

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  • Breakfast

Walk through the giant aviaries and get up close to a range of native South American birds, including the iconic toucan, at Parque das Aves Bird Park. This evening, board your flight to the Peruvian capital, Lima.

Stay: Two Nights: Hilton Lima Miraflores

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Arrive to the upbeat rhythms of live music and dance, before enjoying lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show.


Explore the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima. Afterwards, a visit to a private hacienda will showcase regional traditions.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Board a flight to Cusco. On arrival, travel to Chincheros, a small Andean village in the Sacred Valley.

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of salt pools spill over a terraced slope. Then, travel to the ancient terraced fields of Moray.


Enjoy a picnic lunch.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
OPTIONAL INCA TRAIL HIKE

Perhaps enjoy an optional Inca Trail Hike. Must be pre-booked.


Board PeruRail’s Vistadome train and travel through lush forest to Machu Picchu. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a guided tour. It remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911.

Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Perhaps return to experience Machu Picchu for sunrise. Then, board PeruRail’s Vistadome train for your return trip to the Sacred Valley, then transfer by coach to Cusco. 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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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For lunch, perhaps head to Limo Cocina Peruana and Pisco Bar, savour Italian cuisine at Incanto, or enjoy a fine dining experience at the renowned MAP Café.


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 Cusco Cathedral.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today board the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer train for your two night escape. Journey across the giant peaks and wide open spaces of the highest plains of the Andes to reach iconic Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incas.


Early risers will be rewarded with a stunning sunrise before you enjoy breakfast on board. It’s then time to head off to explore Lake Titicaca. Enjoy a boat ride out to the Uros Islands and Taquile Island where you will savour a private lunch.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit Sambay Caves, home to paintings that are thousands of years old. Then, enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Arequipa. Blessed by 300 days of sunshine annually and filled with incredibly dazzling white stone buildings, the ‘White City’ is definitely a delight to explore.

Stay: Three Nights: Arequipa, Casa Andina Private Collection

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, join a delicious ‘Bean to Bar’ chocolate workshop. Enjoy tastings of Peruvian chocolate and create your own flavours.


Embark on a city tour, visiting the historic World Heritage-listed centre where you can admire the beautiful colonial architecture, including the 16th-century Santa Catalina Convent.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During the day, visit San Lazaro, Arequipa’s traditional quarter and the ‘Tambos’. These white stone buildings once used as basic shelters that are now considered living museums of architecture.


Conclude today’s tour at an alpaca textile centre. Tonight, swap stories with fellow travellers and Tour Director over a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

A Taste of South America

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

First Class through the Andes

Step aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer train and spend two nights in luxury, discovering sights along the way

Stunning Hotels

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

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.