May 2018 - Oct 2018
Home > All Tours > South & Central America Tours > Best of South America

18 Day Best of South America

APT Tour starting in Santiago and finishing in Cusco

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 18 Day Best of South America. Journeying through four countries, discover South America's incredible sights including Christ the Redeemer, Iguassu Falls and gaze in wonder upon Machu Picchu.


Operator: APT
Type: Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 28
Duration: 18 Days
From: Santiago to Cusco
Tour Code: IS18
Visits: Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru
Our Price From:
$ 11,963
Per Person ($AU)
Save This Month:
$ 432
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day


Arrive Santiago (Chile)

Welcome to Santiago! Take a guided tour, before enjoying a Welcome Reception. Stay Two Nights: The Singular Santiago


Enjoy your selected Freedom of Choice activity in Santiago today. (B/L)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Maybe travel to the seaside city of Valparaíso for a tour of the Historic Quarter and a funicular ride. Alternatively, enjoy a tour and tasting at Santa Rita winery.

Santiago, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Fly to Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel in the Recoleta district. Stay Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • Enjoy a tango lesson, before a selection of tapas.

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a tour of the city that takes in Avenida de Mayo, Plaza de Mayo and Government House. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Tonight, choose from three dining experiences.
Signature Experiences:
  • Savour coffee and a snack at Café Tortoni, a literati coffeehouse established in 1858. Explore the barrio of La Boca and La Recoleta Cemetery.

Buenos Aires

Perhaps head to the town of Tigre for a cruise over the Paraná Delta. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Take a walking tour, or visit Teatro Colón opera house.

Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Fly to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel on the famous Copacabana Beach. Stay Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace (B)

Rio de Janeiro

Make your way to Corcovado, famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Take in views of downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. Savour a Brazilian BBQ this evening. (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • At sunset, ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, stopping to enjoy a caipirinha.

Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy this evening to spend at leisure. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Today, you can choose from three activities. Maybe embark on a tour through favelas; set out on a colonial tour of the city or perhaps enjoy a Jeep tour into Tijuca Forest.

Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls

Tonight, dine at the Ipê Grill. Stay Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Fly to Iguassu Falls and perhaps take a boat ride safari and take in the spectacle from beneath the thundering cascades. Alternatively, embark on a helicopter ride over the falls.

Iguassu Falls

Today explore World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side of the falls. You'll also ride the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of viewing points so you can enjoy different perspectives. (B)

Iguassu Falls, Lima (Peru)

Visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, just outside the national park. See a range of exotic bird species like the toucan. Tonight, fly to Lima. Stay Two Nights: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms (B)


Discover the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima on a guided tour. (B/L)

Signature Experiences:
  • Visit a hacienda for live music and dance, before lunch and a Peruvian horse show.

Lima, Cusco, Chincheros, Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco and travel through the city by coach on the way to Chincheros in the Andes. Stay Two Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • Enjoy a traditional weaving demonstration some of the local villagers.

Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray

Visit the Moray archaeological site today. Descending to a depth of around 150 metres, it resembles an ancient Roman amphitheatre. (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Witness the Maras salt mines, where salt pools spill over a terraced slope.
  • Enjoy stunning views during lunch at El Parador de Moray.

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Board PeruRail's Vistadome train and admire the Andean landscape as you travel to Machu Picchu, more than 2,400 metres above sea level. Set off on a locally guided tour. Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel (B/D)

Machu Picchu, Cusco

Beat the morning rush and return to experience the site at your own pace. Alternatively, enjoy the comforts of your hotel. Later, board PeruRail's Vistadome train for your return trip to the Sacred Valley, then transfer by coach to Cusco. Stay Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel (B/D)


A walking tour through Cusco will take you to the Plaza de Armas, Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • For lunch today, you may choose from three superb restaurants. This evening enjoy Farewell Drinks.

Depart Cusco

After breakfast, your South American adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight home. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Grab a partner and perfect your footwork learning to dance the tango - an experience rewarded with a tapas feast.
  • See the colossal waterfall from a helicopter flight, or get even closer to the thunderous cascades on a boat safari.
  • Magical and mysterious, enjoy plenty of time to witness one of the planet's most amazing archaeological sites.

Included Experiences

  • The expertise of a dedicated APT Tour Director throughout your journey
  • Travel in a small group with a maximum of just 28 travellers
  • Expert local guide in each country
  • All tipping and porterage
  • All flights within South America

Fine Dining

  • A total of 26 included meals over the course of your tour.

Outstanding Accommodation

  • Stay in the best hotels, from Tambo del Inka in the Sacred Valley to Belmond's Hotel das Cataratas at Iguassu Falls.
  • 3 nights luxury stay in the palatial Alvear Palace, in the most elegant neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price includes all flights within South America and air taxes
  • A surcharge will apply if not flying with LATAM Airlines from Australia
  • Taxes are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/rail and flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included.

Operator Details

APT Reviews: (223)
Cruises on Sale: 346
Budget: Luxury & Premium
Airport Transfers: Included
Types: Tours, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Destinations: Worldwide

Reviews (1)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Best of South America with APT.
VIC, Australia
Jun 2015
1 Trip
“Enjoyed some fantastic experiences”
Booking With Global Journeys
Our tour was outstanding. The attention to detail was excellent and our tour guide ensured that everything ran smoothly at all times. We enjoyed some fantastic experiences and excursions both in the tour inclusions and in the optional excursions.
May 2018 - Oct 2018

Prices & Dates ($AU)

Superdeal Savings!
Companion Fly Free, Business Class Offers & air credits available! Book early before they run out!
Read More
Best Price Guarantee
Global Journeys offer a 'Best Price Guarantee' & will beat any comparative quote!
Read more
APT Club
All past APT passengers receive exclusive services and benefits including credits, free transfers, & free nights.
Read more
Past Client?
Have you booked a holiday with Global Journeys before? Save an additional $100 per booking!
Read more
07 May 2018 $ 11,963 Request Quote
11 Jun 2018 $ 11,963 Request Quote
02 Jul 2018 $ 11,963 Request Quote
20 Aug 2018 $ 11,963 Request Quote
10 Sep 2018 $ 11,963 Sold Out
08 Oct 2018 $ 11,963 Request Quote
Your Global Journeys tour consultant will check the availability of your departure date when you request a quote with us.

Similar Tours

Tour Notes
Trip prices are per person, and reflect applicable discounts. Discounts are subject to availability, exclusive to Global Journeys and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change by APT. Full terms & conditions are available here.
Travel Industry Associations & Awards

Back to top