Best of South America


Experience the very best bits of South America on an incredible adventure that encompasses Incas and Iguaçu, soaring peaks and sumptuous steak and all that’s inbetween finishing with a bang in the spirited city of Rio de Janiero.

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 4,990pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Lima (2N) - Cusco (3N) - Puno (1N) - Lake Titicaca (1N) - La Paz (1N) - Buenos Aires (3N) - Iguaçu (2N) - Rio de Janiero (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

The incredible old Incan city of Machu Picchu
The culture and colours of Lake Titicaca
The breathtaking natural beauty and colossal power of Iguaçu Falls
Dynamic Buenos Aires and its sophisticated districts
The vibrant, spectacularly located Rio de Janiero

Day 1: Fly to Lima
Fly to Peru’s historical and sophisticated capital Lima. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 1: Fly to Lima
Day 2: Lima city tour
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Lima, visiting the Plaza des Armas to admire the cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Explore the San Francisco Monastery, including the catacombs, finishing at 'Parque de los enamorados', where there are great ocean views. Transfer to Lima’s airport and fly to the Andean city of Cusco.
Day 2: Lima city tour
Day 3: Cusco city tour
Home to an incredible Incan legacy Cusco has some of the richest heritage in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, from where you can get fantastic views back over the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Cusco city tour
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Getting on the train at Ollantaytambo, travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911 after it had been long abandoned, it is considered by many to be a wonder of the world. A guided tour will give you some insight into the Inca Empire. Return to Ollantaytambo by train and transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Day 5: Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley, also the Urubamba Valley, is home to colonial towns, Incan citadels and beautiful scenery. Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, visit the excellent market to both mingle with the locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then see the fascinating terracing techniques at the Pisac ruins. This afternoon, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. Above the town is an old Incan fortress, whilst there is also an area of wonderfully preserved houses, both of which you can explore. Travel back to Cusco.
Day 5: Sacred Valley
Day 6: Travel to Puno
Leave Cusco and head across the Peruvian altiplano, passing Andean peaks and crossing La Raya Pass, 4,335 metres above sea level, to reach the town of Puno on Lake Titicaca. Stops en route will include the towns of Andahuaylillas and Pucara and the ruins of Racchi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 6: Travel to Puno
Day 7: Lake Titicaca
Travel along the shores of the lake and over the border into Bolivia, to the town of Copacabana. Visit the shrine of the Virgen de Copacabana before cruising out to Moon and Sun islands, where you’ll explore a wealth of Incan relics. Cruise on to Huatajata where you’ll visit the Andean Roots Eco Village to learn about the culture of the region and to meet some more of Bolivia’s residents – vicu?as, llamas and alpacas. Later, visit a Kallawayas, a natural healer, before a night time visit to the Native Observatory Alajpacha to study the skies of the southern hemisphere.
Day 7: Lake Titicaca
Day 8: La Paz city tour
Transfer from Huatajata to Bolivia’s capital La Paz. On arrival you will embark on a city tour that will include the spectacular formations of the Moon Valley, the mystical Witch Doctor’s Market, San Francisco Church, Killi Killi lookout point and the Presidential Palace. This evening watch a ‘pe?a’ show where you can enjoy dances and music from all over Bolivia.
Day 8: La Paz city tour
Day 9: Buenos Aires city tour
Transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and an irresistible combination of Latin flair and European elegance. Today’s city tour will take you to some of the city’s most colourful and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods including San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo and Recoleta, where you will visit the famous cemetery with its magnificent tombs. Later take part in the ultimate Argentine experience with a night of creating your own empanadas, eating the world’s best steak and learning Argentinian gestures and the etiquette of mate tea.
Day 9: Buenos Aires city tour
Day 10: Buenos Aires
Today is a day of leisure where you can relax, further explore the city or take part in an optional excursion out into the countryside to spend the day soaking up the gaucho culture at the estancia Santa Susana.
Day 10: Buenos Aires
Day 11: The Parana Delta
A town situated in Greater Buenos Aires, Tigre sits on the Parana Delta, an area of rivers and streams packed with marinas, Belle époque mansions and rowing clubs. Spend some time travelling through the channels and see the sights on a boat excursion. This evening there is an optional excursion to one of the famous Tango Houses for dinner and a Tango show – a must in Buenos Aires.
Day 11: The Parana Delta
Day 12: Foz do Iguacu
Depart Buenos Aires for the airport and fly to Puerto Iguacu before popping over the border to Foz do Iguacu in Brazil. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 12: Foz do Iguacu
Day 13: Iguacu Falls
The incredible Iguacu Falls spans the border of Argentina and Brazil and features hundreds of rushing cascades, set in a lush rainforest scene. First you’ll be visiting the Brazilian side of the falls, walking along the paths and catwalks that will get you up close to the waters before hopping back into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Whilst here you’ll take the Ecological Jungle Train to the viewpoint for one of the falls’ most impressive points – the Garganta del Diablo.
Day 13: Iguacu Falls
Day 14: Travel to Rio de Janeiro
Depart Foz do Iguacu for the airport to fly to Rio de Janeiro, the ‘Marvellous City’. On arrival, transfer to your hotel just a five- minute walk from the famous Copacabana Beach. This evening there is an optional extra sunset tour of the city which visits the main sights, finishing at Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Day 14: Travel to Rio de Janeiro
Day 15: Christ the Redeemer
Leave the hotel for Cosme Velho Station. Board the cog train that ascends the Corcovado Mountain, on the peak of which Christ the Redeemer watches over the city, passing through the lush vegetation of the Tijuca Forest. Emerging from the top terminus, you’ll find Rio laid out at your feet, with views over the city proper to the beaches and beyond to the islands that dot the bay. Descending by train, the tour concludes with a visit to some of Rio’s beautiful beaches.
Day 15: Christ the Redeemer
Day 16: Fly Rio to the UK
Return flight to the UK, arriving the same or following day.
Day 16: Fly Rio to the UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4,390 (Lima - Rio de Janeiro)
Single room from £740

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4,390 (Lima - Rio de Janeiro)
Single room from £740

04-Mar > 20-Mar - £6,390 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4,390 (Lima - Rio de Janeiro)
Single room from £740

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Jose Antonio Hotel
Jose Antonio Hotel - Lima (2 Nights)
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Hotel Eco Inn Cusco
Hotel Eco Inn Cusco - Cusco (2 Nights)
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Hacienda Del Valle
Hacienda Del Valle - Sacred Valley (1 Nights)
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Hotel Eco Inn Puno
Hotel Eco Inn Puno - Puno (1 Nights)
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Hotel Inca Utama & Spa
Hotel Inca Utama & Spa - Lake Titicaca (1 Nights)
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Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel - La Paz (1 Nights)
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Hotel Kenton Palace Buenos Aires
Hotel Kenton Palace Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires (3 Nights)
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Hotel Rafain Palace
Hotel Rafain Palace - Iguacu (2 Nights)
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Hotel Mirador Rio Copacabana
Hotel Mirador Rio Copacabana - Brazil (2 Nights)
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Rua Tonelero, 338, Rio De Janeiro, Brasil



What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is perfect for those with less time to spend who are looking to take in the very best sights of the South American continent. Taking in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil this tour encompasses culture, nature and fascinating heritage with a range of both indigenous and colonial historical sights, natural wonders and four fascinating capital cities, which showcase both the similarities and differences of these Latin American nations.

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