2017-18 SEASON
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

37 Day Best of South America & Galapagos

Bunnik Small Group Tour & Cruise starting in Santiago and finishing in Rio De Janeiro

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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 37 Day Best of South America & Galapagos. A spectacular adventure discovering the treasures of colourful South America. Visit the incredible Lost City of Machu Picchu and iconic Iguazu Falls. Explore the remarkable,...read more


Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 37 Days
From: Santiago to Rio De Janeiro
Tour Code: BUN19179
Visits: Chile, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Argentina, Brazil
Our Price From:
$ 19,650
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day


Depart Australia - Arrive In Santiago

Bienvenido a Santiago, Chile's colourful capital!

Santiago - Guayaquil

This morning we discover historic and modern Santiago on a city tour. We'll enjoy a group welcome lunch before flying to Guayaquil, gateway to the Galapagos Islands. (B/L)

Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands

Special Experience: We fly to the amazing Galapagos Islands, one of the world's best destinations for wildlife viewing. We'll enjoy lunch on a heritage property amongst the giant tortoises once we arrive. (B/L)

Galapagos Islands

Today we'll visit one of the uninhabited islands to witness more amazing wildlife. Keep an eye out for penguins, dolphins and plenty of exotic fish. (B/L)

Galapagos Islands

We visit beautiful Tortuga Bay on a walking tour, with time to snorkel and enjoy the underwater kaleidoscope. This afternoon we board a speedboat bound for the island of San Cristóbal, home to many natural wonders. (B)

Galapagos Islands

We'll board a yacht for either Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock, according to the National Park schedule. Both offer amazing snorkelling opportunities. Later this afternoon, we'll visit the islands' Interpretation Centre which provides a wealth of information and exhibits about the Galapagos. (B/L)

Galapagos Islands - Lima

After breakfast we fly to Lima, via Guayaquil. (B)

Lima - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. After lunch we'll explore Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire. (B/L)


Our day begins at the fascinating fortress of Sacsayhuaman, before visiting the colourful San Pedro Market. This afternoon we'll explore Cusco's San Blas neighbourhood on foot and tour the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. (B)

Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. We'll also explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Incan fortress. (B)

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Special Experience: A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu, hidden high up in the jungle of the Andes. (B/D)

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning before the crowds appear? This afternoon we'll return to Ollantaytambo and visit Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. (B)


Enjoy a day at leisure. (B)

Cusco - Santiago

Today we fly to Santiago via Lima. (B)

Embark Cruise: Santiago

We travel from Santiago to the colourful port town of Valparaiso to board our Holand America cruise ship via the garden city of Vina del Mar. Tour highlights of this 14-night cruise include Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands (weather permitting), Montevideo & Buenos Aires. Except for embarkation/disembarkation days, Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line's discretion. (B/D)

Disembark Cruise: Buenos Aires, Argentina

After disembarking, we discover Buenos Aires on a sightseeing tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in La Boca. We'll also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. (B)

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. Why not visit the famous El Ateneo bookstore, housed in the former Teatro Gran Splendid. Tonight we'll enjoy an amazing tango show, followed by dinner. (B/D)

Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls are one of the world's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Standing on a platform over the Devil's Throat, we'll sense the incredible power. (B)

Iguazu Falls

This morning we visit the Brazilian side of the falls, walking the canyon path. Then get up close and personal with more than 160 species of tropical birds at the Parque Das Aves. (B)

Iguazu Falls - Rio De Janeiro

The morning is at leisure before our afternoon flight to vibrant Rio de Janeiro. (B)

Rio De Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. We'll enjoy a traditional churrasco grill for our farewell dinner tonight at Fogo de Chao. (B/D)

Depart Rio De Janeiro

Today we begin our journey home. (B)

In Transit


Arrive In Australia

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to South America (taxes included)
  • 9 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Holland America Line cruise
  • Port taxes of AUD $655pp (subject to change)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $255pp AUD prepaid, on board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately USD$14pp per day

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night stay in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park
  • 14-night Holland America Line cruise on-board MS Zaandam
  • 34 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 17 dinners, including a group welcome and farewell dinner

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (Subject to a minimum of 9 passengers) - excluding cruise
  • English-speaking local guides

Tour Highlights

  • Tour the sights of Santiago
  • Spend four magical nights discovering the wildlife of the incredible Galapagos
  • Wander through the cobble-stone streets of Cusco, the ancient Incan capital
  • Explore the ruins and markets in the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the spectacular lost Incan city of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a local weaving demonstration in Chinchero
  • Tour Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
  • Cruise the spectacular Chilean Fjords and round Cape Horn
  • Tour of colourful Buenos Aires and visit the renowned Colon Theatre
  • Tango the night away in Buenos Aires
  • Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls
  • Spend 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach. Our sightseeing of Rio includes the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain

Not Included

  • Galapagos National Park Fee - USD$100pp
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee - USD$20pp

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • On the cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining room. Holland America Line and Princess Cruises do have specialty restaurants that can be enjoyed for a small surcharge. Meals are included when in port, but only available on the ship. If you decide to take a day tour or leave the ship you will need to purchase your own meals.
  • Once on the cruise, there is no sightseeing included as part of your Bunnik Tour. Should you like to book sightseeing (shore excursions) from the ship, this will need to be either booked prior to departure, or while on board.

Tour Extensions

Please ask your Global Journeys Consultant if you would like to add one of the Tour Extensions below to this tour.

  • 3 Day Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
  • 4 Day Easter Island
  • 4 Day Amazon Cruise
  • 5 Day Stella Australis Cruise
  • 5 Day Copper Canyon by Rail
  • 5 Day Bariloche Lake Crossing
  • 6 Day Skorpios II Cruise
  • 6 Day Bolivian Salt Flats
  • 7 Day Pantagonia Adventure

Operator Details

Region: South & Central America
Type: Small Group Tour & Cruise
Max Group Size: 20 (Avg. 20)
Gratuities: Land Included, Onboard Not Included
Style: Ocean Cruise
Shore Excursions: Optional Extras
Flights: Included in Price
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Accommodation: 3-4 Star
Free WiFi: No
Drinks: Not Included
* Source: Bunnik for river cruises in South & Central America. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (2)


Trip Date: 11/10/2015

“Best tour guides we've ever had.”

Our tour guide Pepe (Jose Valdivia) was one of the best tour guides we've ever had. His caring, cheerful and positive attitude made this tour more enjoyable.

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Trip Date: 06/02/2014

“An excellent way to tour South America”

Touring 6-7 countries in South America over just under 6 weeks was an excellent way to do it & considering it included 15 flights as well as a 2 week cruise seeing glaciers etc it's very good value. Our tour guide, Gina, was excellent & a very caring person as well as extremely efficient & I know all people on our tour gave her 15 out of 10; she also came on the ship with us (a first for Bunnik) & continued her excellent service (I'm sure Marion Bunnik does appreciate her as she also joined us for a few days as did her son Dennis; both lovely people & willing to listen to feedback good or otherwise. As it was Bunnik's first inclusion to Galapagos Island with the Grand Tour of South America we provided her with some suggestions - eg the Darwin Centre is a bit tired & something else would be better. We put Yvonne at Global Journeys through some extra paces but she handled it all willingly so thanks Yvonne; we're now looking at booking a tour of UK & Ireland at your terrific discount (again) so we are standing by our recommendation of Global Journeys & their unbeatable prices. Thanks heaps. PS Bunnik Tours were excellent value, but again the optional tours with the HAL cruise ship were very expensive.

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2017-18 SEASON
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

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