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Luxury

South America Inca Journey With Amazon Cruise & Galápagos Islands

Santiago to Lima
30 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: ISGD30
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Amazon Rainforest Cruise

All aboard the luxurious Delfin III as you follow parrots and piranhas along the placid waters of the Amazon.

The Best of South America

Exploring the icons of this vast continent is easy as you travel in comfort and style.

The Ultimate Wildlife Wonder

Home to thousands of animal and marine species, the Galapagos Islands is a definite must-see destination.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Sightseeing in 13 locations
  • All transfers, tipping and porterage
  • All flights within South America
  • Services of an APT Tour Director
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 59 meals
  • Stay three nights aboard the Delfin III on the Amazon in Upper Suites
  • Two nights aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer train through the Andes & a four night stay at Finch Bay in the Galapagos

Map & Itinerary

APT South America ISGD30 Map 2020
Santiago to Lima

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™ - Dining

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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

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

Stay: Two Nights, The Singular Santiago

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Travel to the seaside city of Valparaíso for a tour of the Historic Quarter and a funicular ride, and treasure views of the colourful buildings around the bay.


Take a tour of Valparaíso, followed by lunch.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At your hotel, discover the passion of the national dance as you take a private 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

Take a tour of Buenos Aires. Later, explore the barrio of La Boca. Continue past the parks and tree-lined streets of Palermo and see La Recoleta Cemetery.

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  • Breakfast

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, enjoy a visit to a parrillas (Argentine steakhouse) or enjoy dinner and an intimate tango show.

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.


Today in Buenos Aires, enjoy a choice of sightseeing options.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy your hotel’s unrivalled location within Iguazú Falls National Park.


Today, fly to Iguazú Falls. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train and arrive at a lookout at the thunderous Devil’s Throat.

Stay: Two Nights, Iguazú Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Get up close to the roaring cascades on a Jet Boat Ride Safari or Helicopter Ride over the Falls.


Spend time enjoying panoramic views of the falls while walking to each viewing platform.

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  • Breakfast

Today you will visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, where you will see exotic birds, such as the toucan. Fly to Rio de Janeiro, where 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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  • Breakfast

At Corcovado, see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Then, as the sun sets, set off on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of the city, before gathering for some of Brazil’s famous barbecue.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Witness the beauty of Guanabara Bay as you sail its waters on board a schooner boat. Alternatively, take a colonial walking tour, where the legends woven through the narrow streets are brought to life on an enthralling discovery.


Today, enjoy your Freedom of Choice – Sightseeing inclusions.

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  • Breakfast

Today, have lunch at the beautifully restored Confeitaria Colombo, before we fly to Lima in Peru.

Stay: Two Nights, Country Club Lima Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

A visit to a private hacienda will showcase regional traditions. Arrive to the upbeat rhythms of live music and dance, before a delicious lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show.


Explore the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima on a guided tour.

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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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

See the glistening salt pools spill over the terraced slopes at the Maras salt mine.


Travel to Moray, followed by lunch overlooking the Andean mountains.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Inca Rail train in first class and travel through lush forest to Machu Picchu.


Enjoy lunch onboard the Inca Rail train and savour views from Observatory-Lounge with its open balcony. On arrival, set off on a locally guided tour of the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Board the train for your return trip to the Sacred Valley. You’ll then transfer by coach to Cusco.

Stay: Two Nights, Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For lunch today, you may choose from Barrio Ceviche or enjoy a fine dining experience at 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.

Stay: Two Nights, Belmond Andean Explorer

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

Stay: Arequipa, Casa Andina Private Collection

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today fly to Guayaquil in Ecuador, the gateway city to the Galápagos Islands.

Stay: Guayaquil Hilton

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, check into Finch Bay Hotel in the Galápagos Islands.


This morning, fly to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galápagos Islands National Park. Some 1,000 kilometres from South America, the Galápagos Islands are often referred to as a living museum that acts as a showcase of evolution. Take a short ferry ride across the channel to Santa Cruz Island before checking into Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel – your home for the next four nights. During your time here, you will explore the incredible Galápagos Islands National Park aboard your hotel’s private yacht. Take advantage of the included kayaks and snorkelling equipment to explore the many hidden coves and beaches nearby. You’ll also enjoy getting up close to the region’s unique wildlife and stunning landscapes.

Stay: Four Nights, Santa Cruz Island, Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel

Enjoy a full day exploring the fascinating Galápagos Islands aboard a private yacht with only 20 guests, before savouring a delicious buffet lunch. Your yacht offers day trips to different sites within the National Park including the wildlife-rich North Seymour, iconic Bartolome, the wild and rugged South Plaza, and the beautiful Santa Fe. Tonight relax at Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel after dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today explore the Galápagos Highlands to see plant life exude from basalt rock as well as the giant tortoises wallowing in muddy banks or small ponds. On the return to Puerto Ayora, visit one of the island’s lava tunnels. Perhaps visit Tortuga Bay a stunning white sand beach where turtles seasonally lay their eggs or kayak along the shore line encountering the playful seals that frequent these waters.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy another day exploring the unique Galápagos Islands by yacht. Get up close to the incredible creatures that call this region home such as blue-footed boobies, iguanas, whales, sea turtles, penguins and crabs, to name just a few. Each island boasts its own unique landscape, ranging from barren black, volcanic rocks to white sand beaches melting into gemstone-blue waters.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

You will make your way to Baltra Island airport this morning for your return flight to Guayaquil, then continue onwards to Lima. This evening, we stay at the airport for our early morning departure to Iquitos.

Stay: Lima, Costa Del Sol Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast

This morning, fly to Iquitos, located on the Amazon and transfer to your river ship. Here, you will have the opportunity to go fishing for piranhas as you explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Each day activities will start off in the skiff boats with a naturalist guide exploring the hidden corners of the river, birdwatching or taking you on trail walks. This evening, listen to the rhythmic sounds of the jungle as your settle in.

Stay: Three Nights, Aboard Delfin III

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today spend the morning and afternoon exploring by boat. You will discover the scenery of Clavero Lake from on board an aluminum skiff, and have the opportunity to head deep into the rainforest and discover the astounding diversity of flora and fauna that are native to the region.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Watch for wildlife in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, home to hundreds of bird, mammal, reptile amphibian, and fish species. After, cruise El Dorado River and see grey and pink river dolphins. As you cruise, watch for Scarlet Macaws, Amazonian Parrotlets, iguanas and squirrel monkeys.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your cruise ends with a transfer to Iquitos. On the way visit the Manatee Animal Rescue Centre. Fly to Lima where you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Stay Amid a Natural Wonderland

In the heart of the Galápagos Islands, award-winning Finch Bay Lodge is perfectly positioned for discovery.

Stunning Hotels

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

First Class through the Andes

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

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home