South American Discovery

36 Day Small Group Tour from Lima to Buenos Aires with Bunnik

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 36 Day South American Discovery. Embark on an in-depth journey across scenic South America. Discover the beauty of volcanic Ecuador, venture into the Amazon Jungle and travel through the Sacred Valley to Machu more

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3.5 - 4 Star
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Small Group
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Scenic / Cultural
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Countries Explored:
Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina
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1 Depart Australia - Arrive Lima
Bienvenido a South America and the Peruvian city of Lima!
2 Lima - Guayaquil - Cuenca
This morning we fly to enchanting Ecuador. We'll travel through the stunning highlands of El Cajas National Park to Cuenca, before enjoying a group welcome dinner. (B/D)
3 Cuenca - Guamote
On a walking tour of the town we'll visit the Cathedral, churches, a flower market and stroll along the Tomebamba River. We'll also visit a Panama hat-making factory. (B)
4 Guamote
We board the famous Devil's Nose train, one of Ecuador's best rail journeys. (B/D)
5 Guamote - Baños
Special Experience: This morning we meet the staff and children of the Inti Sisa educational centre. Enjoy a trip to the Guamote Market to witness the hundreds of 'campesinos' in their traditional red, pink and green dress as they come to trade. Witness the stunning volcanic scenery of Chimborazo Volcano National Park and stop at the Palacio Real community for lunch. (B/L)
6 Baños
We venture into the rainforest on a typical Chiva bus and take a short hike to the imposing Devil's Cauldron waterfall. (B/L)
7 Baños - Otavalo
Today we make our way to Otavalo, famous for its colourful textiles and Handicraft Market. (B/D)
8 Otavalo
Special Experience: Board the Libertad Train in Ibarra and enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Ecuador, travelling through the cloud forest to Salinas. (B)
9 Otavalo - Papallacta
Enjoy a picturesque journey through the Andes, stopping for brunch at a beautiful hacienda and rose plantation. We arrive in volcanic Papallacta in the early afternoon. (B)
10 Papallacta - Quito
The morning is at leisure for you to indulge in the beautiful hot springs before we travel through the valley to Quito, Ecuador's capital. (B)
11 Quito - Lima
This morning we explore the colonial ‘Old Town' of Quito. We'll also stop at the ‘Middle of the World' to stand with one foot in each hemisphere. (B)
12 Lima - Amazon Jungle
After our morning flight to Iquitos, it's just a short boat ride along the famous Amazon River to reach our jungle lodge. This afternoon we head out on a piranha fishing excursion and see the incredible Victoria Regia lilies, which grow up to 3 metres in diameter. (B/L/D)
13 Amazon Jungle
Special Experience: Begin the day with a canopy walk through the treetops in the Sucusari Reserve. We also visit a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of many of the local plants. (B/L/D)
14 Amazon Jungle
After breakfast we cruise to a local Yagua village for a cultural demonstration. Keep an eye out for pink dolphins along the way! This afternoon we'll visit Monkey Island. (B/L/D)
15 Amazon Jungle - Cusco
The morning is at leisure before we fly to Cusco. (B)
16 Cusco
We'll visit the San Pedro Market and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman this morning. Later on a walking tour we'll see the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the streets of Barrio de San Blas and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. (B)
17 Cusco - Sacred Valley
We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to meet the herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in Awanacancha and to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. (B)
18 Sacred Valley
This morning we explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo. We'll also visit the salt ponds at Maras and terraces of Moray. (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some cuy, a regional delicacy of guinea pig, at a local chicheria.
19 Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu! (B/D) Inca Trail: Optional Inca Trail trek available.
20 Machu Picchu - Cusco
You may wish to visit Machu Picchu again this morning before we return to Cusco in the afternoon. We'll stop in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration on the way. (B)
21 Cusco
Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. (B)
22 Cusco - Lake Titicaca
Marvel at the amazing scenery as we travel through the High Andes Mountains from Cusco to Puno, a small city on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Cruise out to the incredible floating Uros Islands, made entirely of reeds from the lake. (B)
23 Lake Titicaca
Special Experience: Speed across the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the Island of the Moon and the Island of the Sun. (B/L)
24 Lake Titicaca - Lima
Today we fly to Lima, capital of Peru. (B)
25 Lima
Our city tour this morning includes the Plaza Mayor and the remarkable Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts. (B/D)
26 Lima - Iguazu Falls
We fly to spectacular Iguazu Falls. (B)
27 Iguazu Falls
Spend the morning exploring the Argentinian side of the falls, even getting the chance to stand on a platform suspended over the Devil's Throat! Return to Brazil in the afternoon and walk the winding canyon path. (B)
28 Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Special Experience: Get up close and personal with more than 150 species of stunning, exotic birds at the famous Parque das Aves Bird Park. (B)
29 Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy a day at leisure before a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. (B/D)
30 Rio de Janeiro
Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. (B)
31 Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires
We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of the South'. (B)
32 Buenos Aires
Our sightseeing today includes the Recoleta Cemetery and the vibrant La Boca district. We also visit the opulent Colon Theatre. (B)
33 Buenos Aires
Enjoy a day at leisure. (B/D) Special Experience: Don your dancing shoes for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.
34 Depart Buenos Aires
Today we begin our journey home. (B)
35 In Transit
36 Arrive Australia

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Journey Highlights
Be surprised by enchanting Ecuador
  • Travel through the highlands to Cuenca stopping at beautiful El Cajas National Park, characterised by its evergreen forests and hundreds of lakes.
  • Discover the town of Cuenca on a walking tour including the Cathedral, churches, flower market and a stroll along the Tomebamba River.
  • Despite its name, Cuenca is where panama hat making first originated, so you'll visit a factory to see how they are made. 
  • Zigzag down the Andes by train through some of Ecuador's most spectacular scenery around the famous "Devil's Nose", a crossing made by use of switchbacks - the train travels forward past a junction and then reverses down past the next junction and the process continues.
  • Meet the gorgeous children and staff at Guamote's Inti Sisa, an educational centre that provides education and opportunities for the local indigenous communities.
  • Take a walking tour of the famous Guamote market and witness the hundreds of 'campesinos' in their traditional red, pink and green dress as they come to trade wares and produce.
  • Stop to visit the Palacio Real community for lunch and taste some llama meat, if you're game!
  • Witness the amazing volcanic scenery and towering snow-capped peaks in Chimborazo Volcano National Park 
  • Enjoy a fun Chiva bus ride into the rainforest along the scenic Pastaza River gorge 
  • In Banos take a short hike through the rainforest to the Devils Cauldron Waterfall, accessed by a suspension bridge over the majestic Pastaza River Gorge.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and lush rainforest setting in the town of Banos.
  • Spend 2 nights in an historic hacienda near Otavalo. This hacienda was used by General Simon Bolivar during his journeys between Ecuador and Colombia for his military and political campaigns.
  • Experience the excitement of Otavalo's colourful handicraft market, Plaza de Ponchos - a tradition dating back to pre-Incan times!
  • Board the Libertad Train for a spectacular journey through the cloud forest from Ibarra to Salinas.
  • Stop and shop in Cotacachi, Ecuador's famous leather capital and visit the stunning Cuicocha Crater Lake at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano.
  • Enjoy a decadent morning tea in a beautiful 20th century hacienda at La Compania Rose Plantation and take a tour of the grounds and factory.
  • Relax in the thermal hot springs of volcanic Papallacta, right at your hotel room's doorstep!
  • Explore Ecuador's capital, Quito, on a city tour including Independence Square, La Compania Church, San Francisco Monastery, the Cathedral and the El Panecillo lookout.
  • Stop at the ‘Middle of the World' where the equator passes through Ecuador and stand with one foot in each hemisphere, and visit the Inti Nan Solar Museum next door.
Discover the wonders of Peru
  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Iquitos, discovering from the treetops on the amazing Sucusari canopy walkway. Go piranha fishing, see the amazing Victoria Regia lillies, visit a local shaman to learn about the medicinal uses of plants and learn more about the culture at a Yagua village.
  • Explore the San Pedro Market and the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and visit the village Awanacancha to see locals weaving and meet the herds of llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas.
  • Stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life. 
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Explore the patchwork of salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before visiting the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu!
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth guided tour and enjoy some time to explore the ruins at your own pace.
  • Spend the night in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Cusco by road, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cuzco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake.
  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls and experience the excitement of Rio
  • Spend 2 nights at the Belmond Das Cataratas hotel inside Iguazu Falls National Park, with the amazing waterfalls right on your doorstep.
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, including the famous Devil's Throat.
  • Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the Parque Das Aves Bird Park.
  • Spend 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach. 
  • Enjoy a traditional Brazillian churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao.
  • Tour the iconic sights of Rio including the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Hill.
Dance the night away in grand Buenos Aires
  • Discover the grand city of Buenos Aires on a city tour, including the colourful La Boca district, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, and a visit to the stunning Colon Theatre.
  • Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires.
Trip 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
  • Tipping Made Easy, $400pp pre-paid
  • Porterage included where available
Accommodation & Meals
  • 25 nights in 3½-4½ star hotels
  • 2 nights at historic Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo
  • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge near Iquitos
  • 1 night stay at the 4½ star Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat, Aguas Calientes
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls National Park at the 5 star Belmond das Cataratas Hotel
  • 33 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
Your Tour Guides
  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

Reviews (2)

36 Day South American Discovery reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Saw more than we expected & the tour was value for money”
- Australia Mar 2014

The South America Discovery tour was great. Altitude was a problem at times not only with breathing but the weather in Ecuador everyone expected it to be warmer close to the equator. Carlos our guide in Ecuador was fantastic making it very enjoyable nothing was a problem or to much trouble. 4 of us had birthdays & every one was given special attention on their day. We saw more than we expected & it was value for money. I think Bunnik put together a great tour.

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“Very pleased with Global Journeys and Bunnik”
- Australia Mar 2014 1 Helpful Vote

This trip was great, it helped we had a good group. Ecuador was fantastic, all new information and places. Our guide Carlos was the best we have ever had. All places were good, La Paz was interesting but depressing, wouldn't go back in a hurry. Was disappointed in 3 areas. 1. National guide was a nice chap but totally helpless with information etc. All the local guides did all the work. 2. Didn't think Amazon was as good as it could be, they didn't take us to the REAL jungle just skirted more

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