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South American Tours - The Luxurious Lifetime Exploration

Destinations

Argentina: Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco and Iguassu Falls. Brazil: Rio de Janeiro. Peru: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. Ecuador: Quito and Galapagos Island.

Duration

22 days

$10,539

It’s the adventure of a lifetime. This is the ultimate South American ‘bucket lister’ – combining famous places and experiences like Macchu Picchu, Cusco, Rio de Janeiro and the Galapagos Islands with local secrets like gaucho culture and charming restaurants, when it comes to South American Tours, this is an itinerary to rival them all.

Included in this trip:

  • Accommodation; 21 nights.
  • Meals: 21 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 10 dinners (all including drinks).
  • Entrance fees 04: Iguassu argentine and Brazilian sides; Machu Picchu and Galapagos.
  • 7 domestic flights: Buenos Aires – Iguassu / Foz – Rio de Janeiro – Lima – Cusco – Quito – Galapagos – Quito.
  • All land transportation and professional, locally guided excursions as included in the itinerary. All excursions are privately operated or in small exclusive groups.
  • Flight and port taxes.
  • Personalized concierge service from our local experience manager before and during the trip.
  • 24/7 emergency phone and Whatsapp for urgent assistance from our staff.

Not included:

(We can gladly book these services for you if you need; just ask your Travel Designer).

  • International Flights from any destination.
  • Medical, travel and cancelation insurance.
  • Any tips.
  • Services mentioned as “optional”.

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Itinerary

Buenos Aires is a city full of culture, history and passion

Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America”

Before you head out to explore this magnificent city, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle. Here, our Experience Manager and your concierge for this journey kicks off the trip with a “Welcome Meeting” followed by a relaxing day spent adapting to Buenos Aires.

Meals: not included

Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

Accommodation
Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

Indulge in a delicious lunch with Argentinian wines

Day 2: Buenos Aires highlights & paired lunch in a chic restaurant

Today we´ll discover the beauty of Buenos Aires, visiting its main centre and enjoying a delicious three-course lunch paired with the best Argentine wines. Have fun and relax at the hidden and chic closed-door restaurant, where you’ll feel like a local.

Meals: breakfast and Lunch with drinks and argentine wines.

Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

Accommodation
Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

Experience Gaucho culture

Day 3: Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco, the cradle of Gaucho’s traditions

Get a taste of Argentina’s renowned food culture with a visit to one of San Antonio de Areco’s local markets. You can learn about Argentinean beef cuts and local produce, refine your culinary skills with an Argentine cooking lesson – making the perfect steaks on the grill. Then indulge the foodie in you with a traditional empanada and local delight – the “alfajor”.

Meals: breakfast and Barbecue Lunch with drinks and wines

Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

Accommodation
Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

Passionate and fast-paced, the Tango is a joy to watch

Day 4: A taste of Buenos Aires – shopping, food & tango

In company of a renowned local chef, visit a local market and get fresh products for your cooking class at one of the most famous closed-door restaurants. Enjoy a four-course lunch paired with complementing Argentine wines. In the evening enjoy a dinner and tango show at one of Buenos Aires’s most exclusive and intimate Tango Show.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks and wines

Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

Accommodation
Algodon Mansion Boutique Hotel

The Iguassu Falls are pure magic

Day 5: Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls

We depart to view one of the most amazing falls in the world. You’ll be privately transferred to the airport and then again to your accommodation, a perfect spot inside the Iguassu National Park, overlooking the falls. It’s an outstanding location to explore this breath-taking attraction.

Enjoy a pleasant lunch at the hotel before a local guide takes you around the park to view some of the most beautiful and diverse bird variety.

Meals: breakfast and lunch; and dinner with drinks and wines

Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

Accommodation
Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

Iguassu Falls, Brazilian side

Day 6: Iguassu Falls, Brazilian side

Today is time to relax at the hotel and explore the park your way. After lunch we´ll head to the Brazilian side of the falls and get inspired with the most beautiful and impactful views.

Once back the hotel, enjoy a pleasant dinner before leaving Argentina behind to enter Brazil.

Meals: breakfast and lunch; and dinner with drinks and wines

Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

Accommodation
Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

Rio de Janeiro is a city full of life and colour

Day 7: Iguassu - Rio de Janeiro

We depart Iguassu for the iconic seaside city of Rio de Janerio. Private transfers to and from the airports take you to your next accommodation, an exclusive property featuring a new level of sophistication, service and comfort by combining a unique and integrated concept of a luxury hotel with a resort beach.

Rest of the day remains free to enjoy the beach and the hotel´s amazing spa and restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast

Emiliano Boutique Hotel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation
Emiliano Boutique Hotel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Indulge in a traditional Brazilian-style lunch

Day 8: Visiting Corcovado & Sugar Loaf

Visit the most famous landmarks of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from above Corcovado Hill and Sugar Loaf Mountain. This is followed by a delicious Brazilian style lunch at a traditional barbecue restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks

Emiliano Boutique Hotel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation
Emiliano Boutique Hotel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian cocktails are fun to make, and drink!

Day 9: Exploring Rio’s culinary delights with a food walking tour & cooking class

Stroll through Rio’s streets on a food walking tour and learn about the various Brazil’s varied produce and culinary delights. We’ll cover the neighbourhoods of Lapa, Glória, Flamengo and Laranjeiras. On the way, visit a street market, the Arcos da Lapa (Aqueduto Carioca), the Escadaria Selarón and savour some local drinks such as the caipirinha.

Next up on the menu is a fun cooking class, a unique opportunity to learn how to cook some exotic and tasty traditional Brazilian meals. Besides cooking, guests learn about the origins and nutritional values of the different ingredients and taste what they have prepared at the end of the class.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks

Emiliano Boutique Hotel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation
Emiliano Boutique Hotel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Traditional Peruvian women dress in bright, voluminous layers

Day 10: Lima (Peru) visiting the city’s main attractions & enjoying local dances

In the morning you’ll be transferred to the airport to arrive in Lima, where another private transfer takes you to your boutique hotel.

Spend the afternoon enjoying Lima’s main attractions, including the famous Parque del Amor, the archaeological site of Huaca Pucllana, the residential areas such as El Olivar, San Martin Square, the Church of San Francisco de Asís, the catacombs, the Mayor Square, the Cathedral and Palaces. At the bohemian district of Barranco we will visit the Mario Testino Art Gallery. In the evening enjoy a buffet dinner while you watch a show of Peruvian typical dances at the traditional La Dama Juana Restaurant.

Meals: breakfast and dinner with drinks.

Hotel Arawi Boutique, Lima

Accommodation
Hotel Arawi Boutique, Lima

Learn how to make delicious Peruvian-style food

Day 11: A Peruvian gastronomic experience in Lima

Your experience will start with a visit to the renowned “Surquillo” market, where you will be able to appreciate Peru’s produce and seafood. At the market, partake in a demonstration of Peruvian cooking and learning how to prepare a Pisco Sour.

Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with a bottle of local wine at Malabar Restaurant.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks

Hotel Arawi Boutique, Lima

Accommodation
Hotel Arawi Boutique, Lima

Stroll the cobblestone streets of Cusco

Day 12: Lima – Cusco

We fly to Cusco and arrive by private transfer to our hotel. The day is left free for you to enjoy the new destination and get used to altitude. In the evening enjoy a five-course dinner in one of the best restaurants in the town, La Calle del Medio.

Meals: breakfast and dinner with drinks

Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco

Accommodation
Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco

Lunch, Peruvian style, at Limo restaurant

Day 13: Cusco’s main attractions & Mendivil’s Atelier

Stroll Cusco’s streets and discover its main attractions. We stop for lunch at Limo Restaurant and later visit the Mendivil’s Atelier, one of the most prestigious and important artisans in Cusco. After learning some crafts in his workshop, walk along San Blas, the Craftsmen neighbourhood and visit the stone with twelve angles.

Meals: breakfast and lunch with drinks

Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco

Accommodation
Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco

Lush green crops are ringed by mountains

Day 14: Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Explore the village and the market of Pisac, lunch at the Alhambra restaurant in Urubamba and continue to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that still preserves the pre-Hispanic architectural style.  We will stay at the Inkaterra Sacred Valley, a contemporary hacienda-style hotel and the perfect base for our Machu Picchu adventures. A typical country accommodation, the hotel is surrounded by breathtaking mountain and valley views.

Dinner is based on a ‘land to table’ concept where guests are encouraged to pick their own organic plants and taste the most amazing dishes.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley

Accommodation
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley

Take your time exploring stunning Macchu Picchu

Day 15: Feeling the energy at Machu Picchu citadel

Board the luxurious Hiram Bingham Train to reach Aguas Calientes town and then reach the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu by bus. Explore its ancient ruins and history and after lunch descend to Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco City.

Meals: breakfast and lunch with drinks.

Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco

Accommodation
Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco

The heart of Cusco's 'old town' is easy to explore on foot

Day 16: Cusco – Quito

Fly from Cusco to Quito, including private airport transfers, to arrive at your lovely accommodation – a three-story restored mansion. This ‘casa’, a family home, is an intimate and sophisticated space with all the facilities and services today’s most refined world travellers expect.

Rest of the day remains free to explore the beautiful colonial town of Quito.

Meals: breakfast

Casa Gangotena Hotel Boutique

Accommodation
Casa Gangotena Hotel Boutique

Kicker Rock, near San Cristobal Island, is known for hammerhead sharks

Day 17: Galapagos – Santa Cruz Island

The morning is spent in transit as you fly into Baltra Island from where you’ll be transferred to Petrel. Spend the afternoon enjoying the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the second largest of the islands in the Galapagos archipelago.

Meals: all-inclusive program (not included: alcoholic beverages, plastic-bottled beverages)

Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

Accommodation
Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

Get up close to playful sea lions

Day 18: Galapagos – Santiago Island & Bartholomew Island

Spend the morning exploring the volcanic past of Santiago Island. At Sullivan Bay on the east side of the island you can walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. In the afternoon we head to Bartholomew Island (also known as Bartolomé Island), renowned for the Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best known landmark in the Galapagos.

Meals: all-inclusive program (not included: alcoholic beverages, plastic-bottled beverages)

Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

Accommodation
Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

The Galapagos is the only place to see giant tortoises in the wild

Day 19: Galapagos – Genovesa Island

Today we explore Genovesa Island, a horse-shoe shaped island that is renowned for its birdlife. We visit the island’s two main spots, Darwin Bay and El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps).

Meals: all-inclusive program (not included: alcoholic beverages, plastic-bottled beverages)

Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

Accommodation
Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

The Galapagos is home to many white sand beaches

Day 20: Galapagos – Santiago Island

Back on Santiago Island, we spend the morning exploring Egas Port, one of the best visitor sites on the island. In the afternoon we head to Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer Cove, great spots for swimming and snorkelling.

Meals: all-inclusive program (not included: alcoholic beverages, plastic-bottled beverages)

Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

Accommodation
Ocean Spray Luxury Galapagos

A multi-night cruise is the best way to see the islands

Day 21: Galapagos: Santa Cruz Island – Quito

In The morning we visit Carrion Point on Santa Cruz Island, a beautiful spot to snorkel. In the afternoon we transfer to Baltra airport for our flight back to Quito.

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Casa Gangotena Hotel Boutique

Accommodation
Casa Gangotena Hotel Boutique

Cotopaxi volcano looks over Quito City

Day 22: Depart Quito

You’ll be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals: breakfast

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