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Luxury

South America Inca Journey

Santiago to Arequipa
21 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: ISB21
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • 18 nights' luxury accommodation
  • Spend two nights in refined style on a train trip across the Andes aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer
  • Finest dining - a total of 37 meals
  • Services of an expert APT Tour Director and local guides
  • Experience a stay at the only hotel located within Iguacu National Park, Brazil
  • Visit Machu Picchu and savour a gourmet picnic lunch at Huaypo Lagoon in the Andean mountains
  • Tipping and airport transfers

Map & Itinerary

South America Map 2023-2024 ISB21
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™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Welcome to Santiago. We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Then, set off on a guided discovery of Chile’s capital, wedged between the snow-capped Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Tonight, join a welcome reception.

Stay: Two Nights, The Singular Santiago

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore this World Heritage-listed city’s historic quarter before a funicular ride offering great views over Valparaiso.


Travel to the coastal city of Valparaiso, where you’ll find colourful cliffside houses sloping down to the sea. Known to Chileans as the ‘Jewel of the Pacific,’ the city is an eclectic, sometimes chaotic mix of art, culture and commerce. Enjoy a Signature Experience before relaxing over lunch and then returning to Santiago.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Buenos Aires, enjoy a taste of local culture with a tango demonstration and a selection of tapas.


Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant capital. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel in the city’s prominent Recoleta district. Home to some of Argentina’s wealthiest families, Recoleta is a leafy neighbourhood dotted with beautiful parks and grand mansions just north of the city centre.

Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel

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  • Breakfast

Join a guided discovery of the city, which includes the Italian-influenced barrio of La Boca, a neighbourhood known for its Latino vibe and brightly painted pedestrian streets. Explore the bohemian district of Palermo, filled with trendy eateries and galleries, before arriving at La Recoleta Cemetery. This is the resting place of Argentine notables such as the nation’s former First Lady Eva Peron.

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Row of brightly coloured timber houses, Argentina

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps journey to the island of Tigre for a cruise along the waterways of the Parana Delta. Discover daily life within this maze of rainforest and tiny islands, which is also a haven for birdlife. Or you might like to explore the Parisian influence on Buenos Aires during a walking tour. Alternatively, join a fascinating tour of the iconic and majestic Teatro Colon, considered the world’s leading opera house by acoustic finesse, and immerse yourself in the city’s sophisticated high arts scene.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Tonight, choose from three dining options: dinner and a tango show; dine in style at Alvear Grill; or sit down to a traditional Argentinian Asado experience.


Design your day one of three ways with Freedom of Choice.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Stay within Brazil’s Iguacu Falls National Park for two nights, enjoying the property’s unrivalled location.


This morning, fly to Iguazu Falls. This natural wonder straddles the Argentina-Brazil border. Arriving on the Argentinian side, set off on the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one to the 80-metre-deep Devil’s Throat. Then continue to your hotel for a Signature Experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Iguazu Falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a cachaca tasting this evening at your hotel, which boasts one of the largest cachaca collections in Brazil. In celebration of Brazil’s national spirit, well known as the key ingredient in the Caipirinha cocktail, a cachaca sommelier will lead you on a delightful journey of flavours.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Get up close to the roaring cascades of Iguazu Falls on an included jet boat safari or for a special bird’s-eye-view, soar over the falls on a helicopter flight.


Spanning an area of some 2.7 kilometres, Iguazu Falls is made up of roughly 275 waterfalls waiting to be explored today. Soak up panoramic views of the falls with a leisurely walk between each of the viewing platforms. Later, see the falls from an entirely different viewpoint on a Freedom of Choice activity.

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Begin your day with a visit to Parque das Aves bird sanctuary where you’ll see a spectacular array of colourful native South American birds. Later, fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most visited and naturally blessed city, set between lush forest mountains and sandy shores. On arrival, we’ll meet and transfer you to the elegant art deco grandeur of your hotel opposite the golden sands of iconic Copacabana Beach.

Stay: Three Nights, Rio de Janeiro, Belmond Copacabana Palace

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  • Breakfast
Copacabana Beach aerial view, Brazil

See Rio from above with a visit to Corcovado, the mountain famed for its Christ the Redeemer statue, the world’s largest art deco sculpture. From here, enjoy sweeping city views. Towards evening, board a cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain to toast the sunset and incredible views with a drink. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant for Brazil’s famously delicious barbecue fare.

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

This morning is set aside for you to sail the waters of Guanabara Bay aboard a schooner sailing ship. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, perhaps join a colonial walking tour, where the legends woven through the city’s narrow colonial-era streets are brought to life.


Today, join a Freedom of Choice activity to experience more of Rio.

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  • Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely morning before lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, an ornate coffeehouse considered one of the most beautiful cafes in the world and an iconic landmark of downtown Rio. Afterwards, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your included flight to Lima. In Lima, we’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Country Club Lima Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Pay a visit to a private hacienda to enjoy lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show.


Discover the Peruvian capital’s World Heritage-listed historic centre with an expert guide today. Afterwards, enjoy a Signature Experience at a private hacienda.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a traditional weaving demonstration which reveals how South America’s colourful materials are created by hand.


After breakfast today, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your included flight to Cusco, the pre-Columbian Inca capital of Peru. From here travel to Chinchero, a small village in the Sacred Valley, tucked into the Andean highlands. Enjoy a special welcome from the local Misminay community followed by today’s Signature Experience, which demonstrates a craft passed down through generations.

Stay: Two Nights, Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

See the glistening salt pools spill over the terraced slopes at the World Heritage-listed Salt Mines of Maras. Visit the circular Moray Inca terraces archaeological site.


Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a guide, including today’s Signature Experience exploring the stunning landscapes of the Salineras de Maras. Then, enjoy lunch overlooking the Andes and Huaypo Lagoon.

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  • Lunch
Lady walking through tiered salt mines, Peru

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board Inca Rail’s First Class Train and travel through forested landscapes to the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a gourmet Andean-inspired lunch on board while taking in the view.


Today is set aside for a full immersion in the natural setting and incredible heritage of Machu Picchu. Board Inca Rail’s First Class Train for your Signature Experience. On arrival, set off on a locally guided exploration of the lost city of the Incas, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. An eight-hour hike to Machu Picchu is also available at an additional coast (must be pre-booked).

Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Aerial view of Machu Picchu ruins, Peru

This morning, relax at your hotel and perhaps join a culinary demonstration to learn the secrets of South American cuisine. Board the 360° train for your return trip to the Sacred Valley. Here, transfer by coach to Cusco and settle into your hotel in the heart of this historic city.

Stay: Two Nights, Cusco, Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel

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A guided discovery of Cusco takes you to Plaza de Armas, a square at the city’s historic heart. You’ll also visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. This evening, dine on flavours of Peru at MAP Cafe, located in the central courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Belmond Andean Explorer train for an incredible two-night rail journey through Peru’s Andes Mountain range.


After breakfast, set off on a journey through the stunning Peruvian highlands aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer train.

Stay: Two nights, Belmond Andean Explorer

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Early risers will be rewarded with a glorious sunrise before enjoying a sumptuous breakfast on board. Afterwards, explore Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water. One of the most important places in Andean culture, the lake was considered to be the birthplace of the cosmos or, as it is more commonly known, the birthplace of the sun.

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

Stay: Arequipa, Casa Andina Private Collection

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Your South American Inca Journey comes to an end today.

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