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Grand Tour of South America

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Savor South America, from cosmopolitan capitals to ancient Incan ruins.

The sophisticated cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires are the perfect introduction to this continent of contrasts. You’ll undertake thrilling outdoor adventures, such as admiring the Iguazú waterscape from every angle and embarking on expeditions of Incan sites, like the legendary Machu Picchu.

Your tour package includes
  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Samba school visit
  • Iguazú Falls
  • Plaza de Mayo
  • Buenos Aires’ La Boca neighborhood
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro today.

Rio de Janeiro2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Welcome lunch

Welcome to Brazil! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch.

Then, get to know Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour.

  • Enjoy a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Stop halfway up the mountain to take in scenic vistas of the Rio Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay
  • Continue to the top of the mountain, soaking in panoramic views of the city, beaches, and Atlantic ocean
  • Return to Rio to admire the city’s colonial architecture
  • Pass the National Library, Municipal Theater, Candelaria Church, and Tiradentes Palace
  • Admire the Escadaria Selarón and walk past the Museum of Tomorrow
Day 3: Corcovado & samba school visit
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a guided tour of the iconic peak, then see where performers perfect their routines for Carnival.

  • Hop aboard the cogwheel train, taking in the rainforest landscape of Tijuca National Park as you ride up the mountain
  • See the iconic Christ the Redeemer, a colossal Art Deco statue atop the summit
  • Pass Rio’s white-sand beaches, including Ipanema and Copacabana
  • Visit a samba school, where Carnival dance rehearsals take place
  • Head to the barracão, a workshop where artisans craft parade floats and decorations
Iguazú Falls2 nights
Day 4: Flight to Iguazú Falls
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Rio and fly to Brazil's Argentine border, site of the thundering Iguazú Falls, for a guided tour.

  • Drive through Iguazú National Park, a subtropical paradise
  • Walk through forested footpaths on the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views of the waters

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Iguazú Falls
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, cross the border into Argentina and view Devil’s Throat, the most famous section of Iguazú Falls.

  • Take a ecological train through the park
  • Walk along a pathway to arrive in front of Devil’s Throat where can can take photos of the incredible waterfall
  • Enjoy another train ride to see the upper section of the park, including the San Martín, Dos Hermanas, and Bozzetti falls
Buenos Aires3 nights
Day 6: Flight to Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, this morning. Then, spend free time exploring the city or add an excursion.

Tango Show & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of the city where tango was born.

  • Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighborhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina
  • Make your way past the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo
  • Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world
  • Explore Plaza de Mayo, site of the May Revolution in 1810, and enter the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Enjoy free time in the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of Italian settlers can still be felt today
Day 8: Free day in Buenos Aires
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring Buenos Aires at your leisure or add an excursion.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Estancia Visit: Argentine Barbecue & Gaucho Show
Excursion (additional cost)
Cuzco2 nights
Day 9: Flight to Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Cuzco via Lima and enjoy a free afternoon to acclimate to the altitude or start exploring on your own. Then, sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out on a sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the UNESCO-recognized ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

  • Stroll through ruins at Kenko, the “red-fortress” of Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman, which was once completely covered in fold
  • View the towering Cristo Blanco statue, a thank-you gift from the Palestinian refugees who took shelter in the city during World War II
  • Stop in the colonial-era Plaza de Armas to enter Cuzco Cathedral
  • Walk through the city center and step inside the Convent of Santo Domingo, built by the Spaniards where the Inca temple of Koricancha stood

Enjoy a free afternoon in Cuzco or add an excursion.

Peruvian Cooking Demonstration & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Machu Picchu1 night
Day 11: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A local guide leads you on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Peruse the colorful stalls of the wide-open Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display
  • Enjoy an included lunch in Urubamba
  • Uncover the ruins of Ollantaytambo, once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti
  • Board a train bound for Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, passing through the spectacular mountain scenery of the dramatic Urubamba River Valley

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Cuzco1 night
Day 12: Machu Picchu
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell dinner

Explore the Lost City of the Incas on a walking tour led by a local guide.

  • Take in incredible views of the valley floor and soaring Huayna Picchu
  • Discover the perfect stonework of the Temple of the Sun and take in the sights from the Temple of the Three Windows
  • Uncover the cave of the Temple of the Condor and marvel at the mysterious calendar of Intihuatana

This afternoon, enjoy an included lunch before boarding a train back to Cuzco. Then, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Lima & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to the Peruvian capital this morning for an extensive tour of both modern and colonial Lima.

  • Visit the Miraflores district and Parque del Amor
  • Stop in the San Isidro district to visit Huaca Huallamarca temple and its museum
  • View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic center
  • Enter the Cathedral of Lima and descend into the catacombs below the Church of San Francisco

This evening, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. If you’re continuing on the tour extension, you’ll spend the night in Lima.

Arrive Home
Day 14: Arrival at home

Arrive home this morning.

Extension to Lima & the Amazon

One of South America's most magnificent natural wonders, the Amazon is the biggest forest in the world and home to the single greatest concentration of life on the planet. Hike through a part of this stunning landscape, take a boat ride to an indigenous Yagua village and visit a former Franciscan mission town.

Lima1 night
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Lima
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to the Peruvian capital this morning for an extensive tour of both modern and colonial Lima.

  • Visit the Miraflores district and Parque del Amor
  • Stop in the San Isidro district to visit Huaca Huallamarca temple and its museum
  • View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic center
  • Enter the Cathedral of Lima and descend into the catacombs below the Church of San Francisco
The Amazon2 nights
Day 14: Flight to Iquitos & rainforest hike
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Iquitos this morning to begin your adventure in the Amazon. When you arrive, enjoy lunch before setting out on an invigorating hike in the rainforest reserve surrounding your lodge. Then, sit down for an included dinner tonight.

Please note: Some flights to Iquitos depart very early in the morning, and breakfast may not be included.

Day 15: Free morning & Yagua village visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, enjoy a free morning in the Amazon or add an excursion. Then, set out to visit a local village.

  • Take a short river cruise to a Yagua Indian village, keeping your eye out for the elusive pink dolphin
  • Learn about the local village culture and watch a blowgun demonstration
  • Enjoy an included lunch

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Amazon Canopy Walk
Excursion (additional cost)
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 16: Local school visit & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the Franciscan mission town of Indiana and stop by a local school this morning.

Then, enjoy an included lunch before flying back to Lima. You’ll relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 17: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Oct 26–Nov 8, 2019
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by 2nd time traveler 

Outstanding tour directors. I experienced the best of South America.

Great Tour
by 2nd time traveler 

My first experience with Go Ahead Tours was extremely positive. I have to give kudos for out tour director Leo in Peru. He was courteous polite efficient and always going the extra mile with a smile. I wish we had him the entire tour. If someone was not feeling well at high altitude he ran and offe...

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by 3rd time traveler 

The city bus tour of RIO could be skipped. Buenos aires was worthless Fly from the Falls to Peru To much time in AirPorts and on airplane Use a different airlines. Delta screwed us out of a day of tour. And mishandled luggage

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Having traveled to Europe over 20 times, I looked forward to some place different; this tour did not disappoint. We had planned to travel in September, but a bad reaction to the yellow fever shot delayed us until October. Thank you so much to the Go Ahead staff who were unbelievably understanding in...

Grand Tour of South America
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The grand tour of South America was phenomenal. Each day was as awesome as the prior day. The restaurants and hotels were clean and well maintained. Checking in and out was a breeze. The security guards in the hotels were alert and attentive. A special shout out Emiliano and Saulo, the tours guide...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Arena Leme Hotel

This eco-friendly hotel is located in the Leme neighborhood. Guests enjoy a bar, a restaurant, and beach views. Nearby, you’ll find Forte Duque de Cax...

Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort

This contemporary hotel is located in Portal da Foz. Guests enjoy a water park with thermal pools, a poolside bar, and multiple restaurants. Nearby, y...

NH 9 de Julio

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Buenos Aires. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, and a rooftop terrace and pool. Nearby, yo...

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco

This contemporary hotel is located in Santa Ana. Guests enjoy courtyard yoga, Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour market. Nearby, you'll find Plaza de Armas, Quirika...

El Mapi Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Aguas Calientes. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a bar, and laundry service. Nearby, you'll find Machu Picchu, Phuyupatamarc...

Hotel Jose Antonio Cuzco

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Local weather
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Weather averages
High 71°F Low 55°F
Cuzco, Peru
Weather averages
High 61°F Low 41°F
Lima, Peru
Weather averages
High 63°F Low 56°F
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Weather averages
High 73°F Low 65°F
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter any of the countries on this tour. At this time, Argentina has suspended the reciprocity fee for both U.S. and Canadian travelers. As of June 17, 2019 Brazil no longer requires U.S. or Canadian citizens to obtain a visa for stays under 90 days. Please check with VisaCentral or the State Department website for the latest rule changes.
  • Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card that you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.In order to secure your entrance to Machu Picchu, travelers are required to confirm their full passport details with Go Ahead Tours no later than 45 days prior to your departure date.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, and slippery walkways, with some hills at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats and trains.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Tour Director
  • You will have one Tour Director while in Brazil and Argentina and a different Tour Director while in Peru.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Rio de Janeiro and depart from Lima. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Rio to Iguazú Falls, Iguazú Fallsto Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cuzco and then back to Lima are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes round-trip flights between Lima and Iquitos, in the northern Amazon).
  • Round-trip train rides between Aguas Calientes and Cuzco are also included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • You will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Machu Picchu, as most luggage will need to be stored in Cuzco.
  • When visiting Machu Picchu on the tour extension, there are restrictions in place for backpacks, food, umbrellas, and camera tripods.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing.
  • A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses, and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and insect repellent are essential for daily activities in the Amazon on the tour extension.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • The Brazilian government strongly recommends that travelers receive a yellow fever vaccination before visiting certain areas of Brazil. While it is not required by the Brazilian government, Go Ahead Tours requires travelers to either receive the vaccination or provide a written notification that they understand and accept any associated risks if they choose not to be vaccinated. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider with any questions or concerns around receiving the vaccination. Visit more information.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider regarding any potential health risks.
  • Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea, and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you stay hydrated and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • The cuisine of Brazil varies from region to region. Some staples like beans, coconut, dende oil, codfish, and shrimp, can be found throughout. The caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, is made with cachaça (a clear spirit distilled from sugar cane, like rum) mixed with sugar, mint and lime.
  • In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs, and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet honey-and-milk paste in pastries.
  • Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains such as quinoa, maize and rice, as well as beans, potatoes and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) white-grape brandy.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Brazil operates on 127-220 volts and uses Types C or N plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins or two round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some South American hotels may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Argentina is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Argentina currently does not observe daylight saving time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis.
  • Brazil spans four time zones. Rio de Janeiro is 3 hours behind GMT and two hours ahead of ET.
  • Peru is five hours behind GMT, the same as ET. Peru does not observe daylight saving time.
  • From March through November, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Rio and Buenos Aires and noon in Lima. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Rio and Buenos Aires and 11am in Lima.
  • You will use the Brazilian real in Brazil, the Argentine peso in Argentina, and the Peruvian sol in Peru.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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