16 DAYS ●
Experience the very best bits of South America on an incredible adventure that encompasses Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, soaring peaks and sumptuous steak and all that's inbetween, finishing with a bang in the spirited city of Rio de Janiero.
Visit the incredible old Incan city of Machu Picchu
Experience the culture and colours of Lake Titicaca
The breathtaking natural beauty and colossal power of these falls
Spend time in the vibrant, spectacularly located Rio de Janiero
Our Best of South America itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Return flight to the UK, arriving the same or following day.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
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