This journey travels across six countries and explores South America's greatest cultural, historic and natural wonders, visiting Rio de Janeiro, the Iguaçu Falls, Buenos Aires, Santiago and the ancient sites of Bolivia and Peru, before concluding with a cruise of the Galapagos Islands. It is also possible to add a side trip to Uruguay or extend to Colombia and Venezuela.
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Fly to Rio de Janeiro, via Madrid, with Iberia. Transfer to the Windsor Excelsior Hotel (Superior partial ocean view room) on Copacabana beach for 3 nights. (N)
Full-day tour of Rio. (B)
At leisure to relax or take optional excursions, such as a 4x4 ride through the Tijuca rainforest. (B)
Fly to Iguaçu and visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Stay at the Mercure Iguazu for 2 nights. It is possible to upgrade to the luxurious Hotel das Cataratas located inside the park. (B)
Morning visit to the Argentinian side of the falls. (B)
Fly to Buenos Aires. Stay 2 nights at the Recoleta Grand or similar. (B)
Morning city tour. It is possible to stay additional nights in Buenos Aires and visit a traditional estancia (ranch) in the Pampas or take a side trip to Uruguay. (B)
Morning flight to Santiago for a 2-night stay at Hotel Plaza San Francisco. Afternoon tour of the historic centre and San Cristobal Hill. (B)
Day at leisure or take optional excursions to a nearby winery or the colourful port town of Valparaiso. (B)
Fly to La Paz and stay at La Casona Hotel Boutique for 2 nights. (B)
Morning city tour and visit to the Moon valley. (B)
Transfer to the shores of Lake Titicaca (optional visit en route to the Tiwanaku ruins). Overnight at Inca Utama. (B, D)
Journey across the lake by hydrofoil, visiting the Moon and Sun Islands enroute, to Puno in Peru. Stay in a hotel overlooking Lake Titicaca. (B, L)
Cross the Altiplano by road to Cuzco, passing peaks and valleys. Stay at Casa Andina Private Collection for 3 nights. (B, L)
Afternoon tour of Cuzco and the nearby Inca ruins. (B)
Full-day tour of the Sacred Valley. (B, L)
Take the train to Machu Picchu and tour the ruins. Stay overnight at El Mapi. (B, L, D)
Optional morning visit to the ruins or a birdwatching excursion along the river. Return to Cuzco for 1 night at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B)
Fly to Quito, via Lima. Stay 2 nights at La Casona de la Ronda. Alternatively, break your journey with a couple of nights in Lima, one of the oldest cities in the Americas.(B)
Morning tour of Quito and the equatorial line monument. (B)
Fly to the Galapagos Islands for a 3-night cruise on the Seaman Journey. It is possible to extend your cruise duration or choose from a number of alternative cruise vessels. (B, L, D)
Cruise the islands, taking tours with naturalist guides. There will be time for swimming and snorkelling. (B, L, D)
Fly to Guayaquil and on to London, via Madrid, with Iberia. Alternatively, break your journey with an overnight stay in Guayaquil and take a short city tour the following day. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This itinerary is based on a Saturday departure from London to fit with the Andean Explorer train schedules (April to October service - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) and the Seaman Journey 3-night cruise schedule. Departures between November and March will require changes to the itinerary, as the train does not operate on Fridays.
Prices, based on two people travelling and sharing a twin-room, are intended as a guideline only and will vary according to the time of year. This is a suggested itinerary, which can be further tailored to suit your individual needs. The itinerary can be taken in either direction.
Entry fees at the Iguazú and Iguaçu national parks are not included.
There are a number of small, medium and large boats sailing around the Galapagos Islands with cruise durations ranging from 3 to 14 nights. Please refer to our Galapagos Islands tailor-made section for more details or call one of our specialists.
It is possible to add extra time in any of the destinations, add further explorations within the individual countries or upgrade your hotel accommodation. Add a side trip from Buenos Aires to Uruguay or Paraguay, or extend your trip with explorations of Colombia and / or Venezuela.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6780 or email email@example.com
Buenos Aires is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that often feels more European than Sout...
Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchantin...
On approaching Iguazu Falls, a faint but thunderous roar can be heard and you will see a...
One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...
Puno lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca and is used as a base to visit the the...
Brazilians call Rio de Janeiro 'cidade maravilhosa', meaning 'the marvellous city', and...
The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is a buzzing metropolis set against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.
Quito is the second highest capital in South America (2,850 metres) and lies in a narrow...