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Ultimate South America

Private Travel | General interest 35 Days & 33 Nights Lead-in price: £8995

This epic journey travels across seven countries to explore South America's greatest cultural, historic and natural wonders, including a cruise of the Galapagos islands. The varied five-week adventure starts in Rio, traverses the width and length of this amazing continent and finishes on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit 7 countries in 35 days
  • Vibrant cities of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires & Santiago
  • Magnificent Andean scenery & winelands
  • Ancient sites of Peru including Cuzco & Machu Picchu
  • Natural wonders of the Galapagos & Iguazú Falls
  • Explore colonial Quito & Cartagena
  • Stay in 4- & 5- star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-3: Fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fly to Rio via Madrid with Iberia. Stay at the Windsor California (superior room) for 3 nights and visit the city’s iconic sites. (B)

Days 4-5: Iguazú Falls

Fly to Iguazú for a 2-night stay at Mercure Iguazú and explore both sides of the falls. (B)

Days 6-7: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fly to Argentina’s vibrant capital and stay for 2 nights at the Recoleta Grand. Take a city tour or add a day trip to Colonia in Uruguay. (B)

Days 8-9: Mendoza

Fly to Mendoza in Argentina’s winelands for a 2-night stay at Huentala. Explore the city and visit local vineyards for wine tastings. (B)

Days 10-11: Santiago, Chile

Fly to Santiago and visit its historic centre. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco. Take an optional visit to a vineyard or pictureque coastal Valparaíso. (B)

Days 12-13: La Paz, Bolivia

Fly to La Paz, situated at 3,500 metres above sea level. Stay 2 nights at La Casona. Take a city tour and visit the Moon Valley. (B)

Day 14: Lake Titicaca

Travel by road to Huatajata and stay overnight at the Inca Utama Hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Discover the cultural heritage of the local Aymara people. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Puno, Peru

Journey by hydrofoil across the lake with stops en route to visit the sacred Sun and Moon islands. Overnight at the GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca in Puno. (B)

Days 16-17: Cuzco • Sacred Valley

Fly or take a full-day train journey to Cuzco. Transfer to the Sacred Valley for a 2-night stay. Explore local markets and Inca ruins. (B)

Day 18: Machu Picchu

Travel by train to Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins and stay overnight at El Mapi. (B, L, D)

Days 19-20: Cuzco

Option to revisit the ruins. Afternoon train to Cuzco. Stay 2 nights at Casa Andina Premium Cuzco and explore the ancient Inca capital. (B)

Days 21-22: Lima

Fly to Lima for 2 nights at Casa Andina Premium Miraflores. Uncover the city’s colonial heritage and try Peru’s culinary offerings. (B)

Day 23: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly to the port city of Guayaquil for an overnight stay at Wyndham Guayaquil. (B)

Days 24-26: The Galapagos

Fly to the Galapagos islands for a 3-night cruise†. Take small group excursions to different islands with expert naturalist guides. (B, L, D)

Days 27-28: Quito

Fly to the capital Quito and stay 2 nights at Casona de la Ronda. Take a city tour and visit the equatorial line monument. (B)

Days 29-30: Bogotá, Colombia

Fly to Bogotá for a 2-night stay at Novotel Parque 93. Explore the historic centre and visit the Gold and Botero museums. (B)

Days 31-33: Cartagena

Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast and end your tour with a 3-night stay at Ananda. Explore the beautiful walled city on foot. Take an optional visit to the Rosario Islands. (B)

Days 34-35: Fly home via Bogotá & Madrid

Fly to Bogotá, to connect with an overnight flight to Madrid, and on to London. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information:

Travel by road to Huatajata and stay overnight at the Inca Utama Hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Discover the cultural heritage of the local Aymara people. (B, L, D)

* Park fees:

Entry fees at the Galapagos and Iguazú / Iguaçu national parks are not included.

† Galapagos cruises:

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 speak to one of our travel consultants to discuss the options.


It is possible to extend this trip with additional time/explorations within each country, to include Asuncion and/or the Jesuit missions in Paraguay, or to take a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay. Accommodation upgrades are available.

To further discover South America and create a truly epic journey, head east off the beaten track to explore the little-visited Guianas. Alternatively, head north and explore the riches of Central America, Mexico and Cuba. For inspiration please refer to the following private journeys: ‘Splendours of Central America’, ‘Highlights of Mexico’, ‘Splendours of Cuba’ and ‘Discovering the Hidden Guianas’.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Wyndham Garden Guayaquil
    Wyndham Garden Guayaquil

    The Wyndham Garden Guayaquil is conveniently located within five minutes from the airport, and offers a complimentary shuttle bus service. Rooms are elegantly furnished with modern amenities and premium bedding. Guests can relax in the small terrace area with a jet pool or enjoy both local and international cuisine in the onsite restaurant. Features: 136 rooms, restaurant/bar, gym, jacuzzi pool. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, coffee machine, Wi-Fi.

  • Windsor California
    Windsor California

    The Windsor California is located on the world-famous Copacabana beach. Rooms feature contemporary décor in neutral tones, dark wooden furnishings and marble bathrooms. You can upgrade to an oceanfront room with ceiling-to-floor windows. There is a rooftop terrace with a small pool and panoramic ocean views. Complimentary beach service provides guests with towels and an umbrella for the beach.

  • Novotel Bogotá Parque 93
    Novotel Bogotá Parque 93

    Situated in the Parque de la 93 district, the Novotel Bogotá Parque 93, (formerly Atton Bogotá 93) is located close to Parque 93 and a wide range of cafes, restaurants and shops. This modern hotel features spacious and stylish public areas and bright, comfortable rooms.

  • Mercure Iguazú Hotel
    Mercure Iguazú Hotel

    The Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru, located in the Iryapú jungle close to Puerto Iguazu, manages to combine modern elegance with its natural surroundings. The hotel offers spacious, comfortable rooms, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Features: 100 rooms, swimming pool, 2 bars, restaurant, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, minibar.

  • La Casona Hotel Boutique
    La Casona Hotel Boutique

    La Casona Hotel Boutique is situated close to Plaza San Francisco in the heart of La Paz. This converted colonial property features an interior courtyard with a fountain and attractive exposed stonework, wooden beams and colourful walls. The rooms have parquet floors and en suite bathrooms.

  • La Casona de la Ronda Boutique Hotel & Luxury Apartments
    La Casona de la Ronda Boutique Hotel & Luxury Apartments

    Traditionally a gathering place for artists, writers and poets, the winding street of La Ronda is one of the oldest in Quito. The Casona de la Ronda boutique hotel is located in one of the historical houses on this charming street and offers 22 rooms located around a beautifully remodelled central courtyard. The decor respects the culture and traditional features of the building, while also providing modern comforts such as wireless internet. The hotel offers daily breakfast, a coffee shop and reading room with a fireplace. Its central location allows easy access to restaurants and many of Quito's sights.

  • Inca Utama Hotel
    Inca Utama Hotel

    The Inca Utama hotel is situated on the shores of Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. It has comfortable rooms, restaurants with lake views and a spa offering traditional treatments. On site are museums, an Andean village and an observatory to educate visitors about the Aymara indigenous culture.

  • Huentala Hotel
    Huentala Hotel

    Situated in downtown Mendoza, Huentala Hotel offers 79 traditionally decorated rooms with all modern conveniences. There is an elegant restaurant, lobby bar, wine cellar and an outdoor swimming pool.

  • Hotel Plaza San Francisco
    Hotel Plaza San Francisco

    Located 16km from the airport, the Hotel Plaza San Francisco is situated on the busy O'Higgins Avenue in the heart of the city's downtown area. This elegant hotel has traditional decor, with richly coloured fabric wallpaper, oriental rugs and subdued lighting. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving award-winning cuisine, a bar, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.

  • Intersur Recoleta
    Intersur Recoleta

    Hotel Intersur Recoleta has a prime location in the heart of this fashionable neighbourhood and is close to many cultural attractions. This elegant four-star hotel features a classical facade and 100 stylish rooms equipped with all modern conveniences. There is a small spa, a restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine and a bar serving traditional afternoon tea.

  • GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
    GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca

    The GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca (formerly Libertador Lake Titicaca) is situated on the peninsula of Isla Esteves, a short drive from the town of Puno. The spectacular panoramic views over Lake Titicaca means it is well positioned to enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This modern hotel offers spacious lake-view rooms and public areas, and is an excellent base for lake excursions. Features: 123 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, sauna, jacuzzi, gym. Room amenities: Television, hairdryer, safe, bathrobes, Wi-Fi.

  • El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
    El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra

    El MaPi, owned by Inkaterra, is located in the village of Aguas Calientes, just a few minutes' walk from the train station and the Machu Picchu bus station. This smart contemporary hotel offer comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities and an organic spa, located on the top floor of the hotel, with panoramic views over the cloud forest.

  • Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley
    Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley

    Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley (formerly Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley) is located near Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley, and is surrounded by Andean peaks. It is part of a small resort offering charming rooms, a restaurant with a local ambience, and a bar with an outside terrace where you can take in the sights and sounds of the Peruvian countryside.

  • Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
    Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

    The Casa Andina Premium Miraflores is located in the heart of the Miraflores district in Lima, close to Kennedy Park. It is a medium-sized hotel with guestrooms decorated in a contemporary style with local Peruvian textiles and art. Features: 148 rooms, restaurant, cafe, swimming pool, gym, sauna, ATM, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, heating, coffee facilities. Please note there is a new hotel being built adjacent to the Casa Andina Premium, due to be completed by the end of 2021. Work is being carried out 8am-5pm and rooms nearest the construction are not being used. We've been advised that there should be no disruption to clients.

  • Casa Andina Premium Cuzco
    Casa Andina Premium Cuzco

    Occupying an 18th-century mansion, Casa Andina Premium Cuzco is in the colonial part of Cuzco, beside Limacpampa square and just a few blocks' walk from the main square. The hotel's rooms combine traditional local furnishings with modern comforts. There is a central patio with a fountain, a colonial bar and a stylish restaurant decorated with traditional paintings. Features: 93 rooms, restaurant, bar, massage room, ATM, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, heating.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £8995 per person

High season from £9295 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Quito

    Quito is the second highest capital in South America (2,850 metres) and lies in a narrow...

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  • Iguazu (Argentina)

    On approaching Iguazu Falls, a faint but thunderous roar can be heard and you...

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  • Rio de Janeiro

    Brazilians call Rio de Janeiro 'cidade maravilhosa', meaning 'the marvellous city', and...

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  • Cuzco

    Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America.

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  • Machu Picchu

    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...

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  • Mendoza

    Described as the land of sun and good wine, Mendoza is spectacularly set in the foothill...

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  • Santiago

    The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is a buzzing metropolis set against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.

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  • Puno

    Puno lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca and is used as a base to visit the the...

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  • The Sacred Valley

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...

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  • Lima

    Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...

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  • Guayaquil

    Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and is the focus of the nation's economy. Its...

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