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Luxury

South America with Galápagos and Amazon cruise

Santiago to Lima
32 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: ISGD32
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Trip Highlights

Amazon Rainforest Cruise

All aboard the luxurious Delfin II 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

  • All flights within South America
  • Services of an APT Tour Director
  • Sightseeing in 13 locations
  • Stay four nights on Galápagos Islands at Finch Bay Hotel
  • Stay three nights aboard the Delfin II on the Amazon
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • All transfers, tipping and porterage
  • Finest dining - a total of 64 meals

Map & Itinerary

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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.

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  • 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
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

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


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
  • 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.


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

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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.


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 the picturesque bay and beaches. Return to ground level and spend the evening dining on a sumptuous Brazilian BBQ.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today, you can choose your activity. Set out on a colonial walking tour for the historical sights of the city or perhaps board a schooner boat for a cruise on Guanabara Bay.


Today in Rio de Janeiro, enjoy a choice of sightseeing options.

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  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

At Iguazú Falls, you may wish to step aboard a jet 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 Iguazú Falls, an impressive system of waterfalls that straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil.

Stay: Two Nights, Iguazú Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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  • Breakfast

Today you will visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, just outside the national park where you will have the chance to see exotic birds such as the toucan. Afterwards, continue to the Peruvian capital, Lima.

Stay: Two Nights: Country Club Lima Hotel

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  • Breakfast
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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

This morning, you may return to experience Machu Picchu at your own pace. Afterwards, rejoin your group and board the Mapi Train for your return trip to the Sacred Valley. You’ll then transfer by coach to Cusco. (The more adventurous can replace Day 16 touring with an eight-hour hike to Machu Picchu. Revisit Machu Picchu the next morning for your guided tour. Must be pre booked. Please enquire for pricing information).

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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  • 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
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Join a delicious ‘Bean to Bar’ chocolate workshop. Enjoy tastings of Peruvian chocolate and create your own flavours.


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: Two Nights: Arequipa, Casa Andina Private Collection

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today your journey begins upon arrival in Guayaquil, the gateway city to the Galápagos Islands.

Stay: Guayaquil Hilton

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, check into Finch Bay Hotel for four nights on 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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  • Dinner

Enjoy another day exploring the unique Galápagos Islands by yacht. Home to an astonishing array of native animals, the Galápagos Islands are unlike any other place in the world. Today, get up close to the incredible creatures that call this region home such as blue-footed boobies, iguanas, whales, dolphins, 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
  • Lunch

This morning, fly to Iquitos, located on the Amazon and transfer to your boutique 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 II

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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
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On board your skiff, visit the community of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. There is the chance to visit the women’s art and craft market here.


Your cruise ends with a transfer to Iquitos. On the way visit the Manatee Animal Rescue Centre. Fly to Lima for your overnight stay.

Stay: Lima, Costa Del Sol Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Your journey comes to an end today after breakfast as 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

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family