Complete South America

23 Day Guided Tour from Lima to Rio de Janeiro with Collette

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Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil
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1 Lima, Peru - Tour Begins
Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land and visit some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings." Stay: El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton (2 Nights)
2 Lima
Today, it’s your choice! Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a colonial tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs; view the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas and visit the Casa de Aliaga – former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez – where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life -OR- choose to explore Lima’s modern side. Visit the fashionable suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños during a walking tour; see the Park of Love, featuring unique sculptures and artwork, along with a stop at the Pyramid Huaca Pucllana; visit the Pedro de Osma Museum featuring Peruvian art from the fifth to the eighteenth century. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes; you will quickly discover why Peru is consistently named the world’s top food travel destination. (B/D)
3 Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. Stop in a Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. This evening, settle in at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Stay: Casa Andina Premium (2 Nights) (B/D)
4 Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Inca
This morning you visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally-renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties. (B/L)
5 Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy a culinary demonstration before experiencing a tasting menu at your resort. Stay: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (B/D)
6 Machu Picchu - Cuzco
With leisure time this morning you may take an optional tour to return to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. This evening you may join an optional home hosted meal experience with a local Cuzco family. Stay: Hilton Garden Inn (2 Nights) (B)
7 Cuzco
The morning is yours to relax or explore Cuzco on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional tour to San Blas to peruse its artisan shops, or delve further into Peruvian cuisine at an optional cooking class. This afternoon, join your local guide and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress, followed by a visit to explore Cuzco’s central market. Continue on a walking tour of the city, visiting Plaza de Armas, the Cuzco Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Convent. This evening you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors in the heart of Cuzco. (B/D)
8 Cuzco - Santiago, Chile
Say farewell to this mystical land of the Incas and fly south to cosmopolitan Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital city and cultural hub. Stay: Hotel Plaza San Francisco (2 Nights) (B)
9 Santiago
Embark on a panoramic city tour featuring La Moneda Presidential Palace, Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s Cathedral and many other Neoclassical buildings. Peruse the shops and interact with handicraft vendors on the Paseo Ahumada pedestrian avenue. Savor the freshness of the Mercado Central; Santiago’s celebrated fresh fish market, which was listed by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 food markets in the world. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you’ll visit the Museo Chileno de Arte Pre-Colombino, a museum dedicated to the study and display of pre-Columbian artwork and artifacts from Central and South America, or join an optional tour to a local winery for an educational winemaking tour followed by a tasting of the locally-produced wines. (B)
10 Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
Leave Santiago behind and fly to the region of Patagonia, the southern portion of Chile and Argentina that is filled with natural wonders. Arrive in Punta Arenas, built along the Strait of Magellan. Take in the stunning scenery before heading to Puerto Natales, the stepping off point to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Stay: Hotel Costaustralis (3 Nights) (B/D)
11 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales
Today you’ll venture into the UNESCO biosphere reserve – Torres del Paine National Park. Take in the panoramas of jagged mountains and emerald-blue lakes. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls and the flora & fauna that are unique to the area. You are sure to be awed at every turn when exploring what is known as one of South America’s most incredible national parks. (B)
12 Puerto Natales
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the charming town of Puerto Natales. Or, you may join an optional full-day cruise through the Chilean Fjords, visiting the breathtaking Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. As you pass through the Seno Ultima Esperanza – “Channel of Last Hope” – behold the pristine beauty of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s largest natural reserve. This rugged landscape and unspoiled territory is a site you will never forget. (B)
13 Puerto Natales - El Calafate, Argentina
Make your way from the Chilean side of Patagonia to El Calafate in Argentina, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. En route, meet some local gauchos at a typical Patagonian estancia. Partake in a traditional lamb roast lunch and learn about the local culture. Then you are treated to a dog show and sheep shearing demonstration. Revel in the beauty of the landscape during your drive through the countryside before settling into your hotel, perfectly situated near downtown and featuring spectacular views of magnificent Lake Argentino. Stay: Esplendor El Calafate Hotel (2 Nights) (B/L)
14 El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier
Discover the jewel of Argentina’s Patagonia – Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This UNESCO site forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field and is one of the few glaciers in the world still advancing. Gaze off the shoreline in search of floating icebergs as you listen to the sounds of crashing ice breaking off the massive glacier. (B/L/D)
15 El Calafate - Buenos Aires
Board your flight to Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and the “Paris of South America.” Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the city is a mosaic of European-styled architecture and South American spirit. Tonight, head to La Ventana Tango House, located in the San Telmo neighborhood in a beautifully restored building, and savor Argentine cuisine and wine before witnessing a stunning tango performance. Stay: Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta (3 Nights) (B/D)
16 Buenos Aires
It’s your choice! Join a panoramic city tour by bus of lively Buenos Aires featuring the famous Avenida 9 de Julio, Teatro Colón opera house, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Make stops at the Plaza de Mayo, La Casa Rosada Presidential mansion, and the famous Recoleta Cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron; continue your city tour on the motorcoach with free time to explore colorful San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood of the city and the birthplace of tango -OR- embark on a walking tour with a local guide highlighting the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods; see the city’s monuments, museums and architectural gems including embassy row; the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan; and the Decorative Art Museum, known as one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. This afternoon explore the city at leisure. (B)
17 Buenos Aires
Today is yours to create your own adventure in Buenos Aires! Maybe you’ll stroll through San Martin Park or Calle Florida, a shopper’s paradise. (B)
18 Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Fly to Iguazu Falls – located at the crossroads of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay – hailed as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Board the Rainforest Ecological Train inside the national park on the Argentine side and walk to the platform overlooking powerful Devil’s Throat. Discover unparalleled views of five waterfalls as they plummet into the Iguazu River. Cross to the Brazilian side and check into your resort. Tonight, perhaps you will join the optional Three Borders Landmark Dinner & Show overlooking the river at the conjunction of three nations. Stay: Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort (2 Nights) (B)
19 Iguazu Falls
Soak up the breathtaking views of the waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Join your local guide as you discover how Brazil and Argentina have fought to protect the beauty and raw power of the falls by making each side a national park. You will see firsthand why Eleanor Roosevelt, upon seeing Iguazu Falls, exclaimed “Poor Niagara.” The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the many amenities at your resort or you may choose an optional jungle boat ride at the base of the falls. Cap off your day with a relaxing dinner. (B/D)
20 Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Magnificent views, beautiful beaches, flamboyant Carnival costumes, great cuisine and friendly people make Rio the cultural capital of Brazil. Venture to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking views. Check in to your beachfront hotel in the exclusive Leblon neighborhood. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an exciting dinner at Rio Scenarium, a lavishly decorated restaurant and music venue in the historic Lapa district. Meet local Cariocas (the name for people from Rio de Janeiro) for a night of dinner, music and dancing. Stay: Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort (3 Nights) (B/D)
21 Rio de Janeiro
Journey to Corcovado by train to see Christ the Redeemer, one of the largest Art Deco statues in the world. Take in the panoramic vistas from Tijuca Forest National Park. With 360-degree views around the city, you’ll soon realize why this statue is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Next, spend time with locals at one of the city’s open-air markets. Break into small groups with market guides as you discover and taste over a dozen different types of exotic fruits from Brazil. This afternoon, step behind-the-scenes at Carnival and meet the artists who are designing the floats, costumes and dances during their year-round preparations for Rio’s biggest event. This evening we gather to enjoy a panoramic city tour that includes a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral with architecture that was inspired by a Mayan pyramid. Stop by the Maracanã football stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup finals, before continuing on to the Carnival parade route, the Sambadrome. (B)
22 Rio de Janeiro
Your morning is at leisure to explore fabulous Rio de Janeiro on your own. Relax by the beach at your resort or take a shuttle to Copacabana. This evening, learn how to craft caipirinhas – Brazil’s famous cocktail made with sugar cane liquor and lime. Then, cap the night off with a farewell feast in a typical Brazilian churrascaria. Indulge in wine and meats slow-roasted to perfection. (B/D)
23 Rio de Janeiro - Tour Ends
As your tour comes to a close, transfer to the airport for your flight home. For guests with evening flights, enjoy additional time to prepare for your flight and absorb the pulse of this amazing city. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Learn centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum.
  • Discover the majestic nature of Iguazu Falls.
  • Embrace the art of tango at a live performance.
Trip Inclusions
  • Expertly crafted itineraries
  • 4-star+ accommodation
  • Skilled and engaging tour managers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge
  • Attraction entrance fees with preferential access
  • Many meals full of local flavour
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour
Activity Level
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
Arrival & Departure
  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Lima (LIM) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Rio De Janeiro (GIG) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day
Private Airport Transfers
  • Chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Reviews (1)

23 Day Complete South America reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Great trip through South America ”
- VIC, Australia Oct 2017 5 Helpful Votes

It was an amazing trip and we have enjoyed very much. There are lots of companies offer the touring of South America. The reason we chose the Collette was because their trip include the opportunity to see the spectacular glaciers as well. It was our second trip booked through Global Journeys with the help of Yvonne. She can be contacted with phone or email all the time and helped us with whatever questions we had, which made our booking so much easier. Thanks Yvonne!

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