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Grand Tour of South America: Brazil, Argentina & Peru

15 days |  18 days with Lima & the Amazon extension
15 days |  18 days with Lima & the Amazon extension
Group size1530 travelers
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iguazu falls at iguacu national park in brazil on sunny day
low angle view of cristo redentor statue in rio de janerio brazil
aerial view of rio de janerio city through the bay in brazil
people in front of the casa rosada in buenos aires argentina on sunny day
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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

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Samba school visit
  • Iguazú Falls
  • Plaza de Mayo
  • Buenos Aires’ La Boca neighborhood
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Day-by-day itinerary

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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 an ecological train through the park
  • Walk along a pathway to arrive in front of Devil’s Throat where 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

From $105 per person

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

From $165 per person

Lima1 night
Day 9: Flight to Lima
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Lima, Peru this morning. Then, spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Traditional Peruvian Dinner

From $75 per person

Cuzco2 nights
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lima & flight to Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour highlighting Lima’s modern and UNESCO-recognized colonial quarters.

  • 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

Then, fly to Cuzco and get a taste of Peruvian cuisine during an included dinner as you watch a traditional folklore show featuring indigenous dances from around the country.

Day 11: 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 gold
  • 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

From $125 per person

Machu Picchu1 night
Day 12: 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 13: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu & train to Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu to uncover the Lost City of the Incas, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in South America and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Soak in incredible views of the misty cloud forest and soaring Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Tour the ruins of the ceremonial center, cultivation terraces, and guard house
  • Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, the Chamber of Ornaments, and the Sacred Plaza
  • Soak in the vistas from the Temple of the Three Windows
  • Marvel at the mysterious Intihuatana stone and discover the cave of the Temple of the Condor

This afternoon, enjoy an included lunch before boarding a train back to Cuzco.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 14: Flight to Lima & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell lunch

Fly back to Lima and celebrate your trip at a farewell lunch. Then, relax in a dayroom before boarding your late-night or early morning flight home.

Please note: If you’re continuing on the tour extension, you’ll spend the night in Lima.

Arrive Home
Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Lima & the Amazon
In the Amazon, nature is on display like nowhere else (seriously—more things live here than anywhere else in the world). Fly to Iquitos, then set out to see incredible wildlife in the world’s biggest rainforest and meet indigenous Yagua people to learn about their history.
Lima1 night
Day 14: Flight to Lima
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell lunch

Fly back to Lima and celebrate your trip at a farewell lunch. Then, settle in to your hotel for the evening.

The Amazon2 nights
Day 15: Flight to Iquitos & rainforest walk
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 walk 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 16: Free morning & Yagua village visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, enjoy a free morning in the Amazon or add an excursion. Then, sit down for an included lunch before setting out to visit a local village.

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

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Amazon Canopy Walk

From $165 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 17: Franciscan mission town visit & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the Franciscan mission town of Indiana this morning. This large river community has grown to include its own market, high school, and small hospital.

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

Arrive Home
Day 18: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Tour
    10/21/23 by 1st-time traveler Raynard

    The tour was fabulous, it met all my expectations and more. The overall experience was amazing, the tour itself was fast paced but not unrealistic. The hotels were top notch, and the food was amazing. I enjoyed the knowledge that each of the tour guides had of their specific tour, they were very pro...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the wait
    10/21/23 by 2nd-time traveler Cheryl

    After four years and four cancellations, the trip finally happened! It was every bit as exciting as I imagined. The highlights were Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu and the Amazon. The amount of time spent in each country worked for me. Even though there were lots of flights, that also worked for me. Cop...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Leo was magnificent
    10/21/23 by 6th-time traveler Kenneth

    Our guide in Peru was the BEST we could have hoped for! He was on top,of EVERYTHING, not just for my wife and I, but for EVERYONE in our group. An exceptional host guide.

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    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.

    Hotels

    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
    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...

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    Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort
    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...

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    Grand Brizo Buenos Aires
    Grand Brizo Buenos Aires

    This conveniently located hotel is located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Guests enjoy the rooftop cocktail bar with views of city, an outdo...

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    Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
    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...

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    El MaPi by Inkaterra
    El MaPi by Inkaterra

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

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    Holiday Inn Lima Airport
    Holiday Inn Lima Airport

    This comfortable hotel is located right next to the Lima Airport. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurant. Nearby you'll ...

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    Ceiba Tops Lodge
    Ceiba Tops Lodge

    This lodge-style hotel is located in the Amazon rainforest. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a pool, and a hammock house. Nearby, you'll find the Amazon River and ...

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    Flights

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