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Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and BrazilChrist the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCopacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilPlaza de Armas in Santiago, ChileNahuel Huapi National Park, ArgentinaLa Boca in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSan Francisco Monastery in Lima, PeruMachu Picchu, Peru
Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Plaza de Armas in Santiago, Chile
Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina
La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina
San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 22 Days
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  • Brochure: South America 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: See the inspiring cultures of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru on this journey through South America. See the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and take a cable car ascent up Sugarloaf Mountain; admire nature's true beauty at the spectacular Iguassu Falls; discover the streets of bustling Buenos Aires and a charming scenic view of Santiago and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu in Peru. You can customise your trip with the following extensions: Galapagos Island Cruises, Easter Island and Brazilian Amazon.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! Your local host will meet you at the airport and take you to your elegant oceanfront hotel (check in time 3 p.m.). Take advantage of your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach as you relax and get settled. Perhaps head to vibrant downtown, just minutes away.

    Hotel: Windsor Atlantica Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    The morning is at your leisure before joining your Travel Director to see the highlights of Rio de Janeiro on a city tour. Start with the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church, then the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Next, take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for astounding views of the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

  • Day 3


    Enjoy a classic cogwheel train ride for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado where you will see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Head back down the mountain for a chance to learn about Brazil's precious gemstones. This Local Speciality will fascinate you with its creative process. Watch precious metals and rough gemstones be transformed into works of art. After lunch at a local restaurant, see the song inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches on your way back to your hotel. This evening, indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio's world-famous Carnival as you're treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance after learning how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, a Local Speciality, and Brazil's national cocktail made with cachaça.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 4


    Today is yours to explore the wonders and sights of Rio on your own time. Or you may choose to see the city and surrounding areas on any of the optional outings offered. Perhaps take a half-day journey by jeep and foot into the lush Tijuca National Park, the world's largest urban rainforest; or explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of Brazil.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Take a flight to see the magnificent Iguassu Falls, which border Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Journey into Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see one of the world's largest waterfalls and such endangered species as the giant otter and the giant anteater. Then cross over and explore the Brazilian side of the falls; take a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the cascades with a Local Expert.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Today, cross the border to Argentina and stop at the Visitors Centre before taking a scenic walk and boarding the open-air Ecological Jungle Train. You will enjoy a different vantage point of the mighty falls and a spectacular view of the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. After, depart for Buenos Aires where you will arrive at your stylish hotel in the heart of Argentina's sizzling capital city. You are just steps away from designer boutiques, savoury cuisine, and the culturally-rich mecca of museums, theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. Enjoy the rest of the evening to enjoy on your own.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Continue your immersion of Buenos Aires this morning as you embark on an in-depth city tour with a Local Expert. See the Plaza de Mayo, the pink Casa Rosada, and the renowned Teatro Colon where legendary stars Maria Callas and Caruso have performed; then view the colourful and fashionable neighbourhoods of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Then head to the elegant Recoleta via a drive along Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world. At the impressive cemetery, see the burial place of Argentina's former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), as well as the museum dedicated to her life in Palermo. After some time on your own in the afternoon, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. It will be an experience you won't soon forget.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 8


    After crossing the Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil, meet a Local Expert on the Uruguayan side who takes you on a walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic district of Colonia del Sacramento. A Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant will satisfy your pallet. Afterwards, stroll the charming streets and enjoy the shops and art galleries on your own. Return to Argentina later this afternoon by hydrofoil.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 9


    The “Paris of South America” is yours to explore on your own today. Perhaps take an optional trip to a traditional Argentinean estancia (ranch) for the day; share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), marvel at their horsemanship during a lively equestrian show and then feast on a traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. Back in the city, linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching a sensual performance of the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Fly to the lovely resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche, situated on the edge of the Andes. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Visit a chocolate shop, browse the quaint boutiques or take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Tonight, share your day's stories during a dinner at your hotel with your travel companions.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Discover the natural wonders of one of Argentina's prettiest areas, known as the “Switzerland of South America.” Meet your Local Expert and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular vistas of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lovely Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from hilltop St. Edward's Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of Lake Nahuel Huapi, the Llao Llao Peninsula, and the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Then, find out about Bariloche's chocolate connection with a visit to the Chocolate Museum. After a briefing on some 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area and, of course, sample an array of this Local Speciality. The rest of the day is free in Bariloche.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 12


    Today, journey by land and water across the breathtaking Lake District straddling Argentina and Chile to marvel at some of the Southern Hemisphere's most stunning landscapes. Soak in the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountain peaks, gloriously green forests and sapphire blue lakes as you cruise upon lakes Nahuel Huapi and Frias and drive across the Chilean border to Peulla for an included lunch. Board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos Lake with the mighty Osorno volcano looming in the background. Keep an eye out for Andean condors gliding over the lakes and mountains. Make a stop at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waterfalls cascade over the black volcanic rock. Arrive in Puerto Varas, one of Chile's most charming villages, located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. Check into your lakefront hotel and enjoy a light dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Cabana del Lago Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Relish an entire day to relax, pursue your own interests and perhaps explore the city at your own pace. Puerto Varas is renowned for its spectacular views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Discover why it is also known as the “City of Roses” with its stunning rose arbors and Germanic-style architecture gracing the many centuries-old houses and churches that dot this tranquil town. Relax at one of the many cafés, trendy restaurants or delve into the budding bar scene. As an option, take an excursion to the isolated island of Chiloe to get acquainted with the mythical world of the island and its traditional architecture, including its typical wooden churches (from mid-April to October, a visit to several Magellan and Humboldt penguin colonies is also offered instead).

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 14


    Fly north from Puerto Montt to the Chilean capital. Upon arrival, head for the Maipo Valley, Chile's most traditional wine-producing valley known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will enjoy a gourmet Highlight Lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. After, meet the winemaker, your Local Expert, for a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Celebrate Chile's proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. Back in Santiago, meet your Local Expert and embark on an orientation tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico - the regal racetrack - and sprawling Parque O'Higgins. Cruise along Alameda Avenue past the Church of San Francisco and the University of Chile on your way to the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Return to your hotel, which is situated in one of Santiago's most beautiful neighbourhoods, near boutiques, bars and restaurants.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 15


    Enjoy a day in Santiago on your own. Explore further, or perhaps embark on an optional trip to Valparaiso, site of a historic naval battle and the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather for a festive Highlight Dinner with a folklore show featuring elaborately costumed dancers representing Chile and Easter Island's native people.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 16


    Say hasta luego to Chile this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Transfer to the hotel and join your travelling companions and a Local Expert to visit Lima's colonial sights, including Plaza San Martin with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. The evening is yours.

    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast / Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 17


    Take a morning flight to Cusco and set out for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit Awanakancha. Enjoy a box picnic lunch then browse for Quechua handicrafts at the vibrant Pisac market. Arrive at your lovely hotel, a former colonial-style monastery in the Urubamba Valley and learn about the Local Speciality of weaving Andean traditional textiles.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 18


    Marvel at Inca ingenuity when you visit the hilltop fortress of Ollantaytambo this morning. Then, take in the incredible views aboard your train ride climbing up toward the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide takes you through the ruins of this once-great Inca fortress and royal estate high in the Andes.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 19


    You have the morning to further explore Machu Picchu's marvels on your own. This afternoon, head toward the great colonial city of Cusco, stopping at a local chicheria for a taste of the Local Speciality of chicha - Peruvian corn beer.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 20


    Set out for a guided visit of colonial Cusco, including the baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas and the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Back in Cusco, enjoy a Highlight Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 21


    Fly back to Lima this morning for a day to relax or explore on your own. This evening, gather at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-columbian art in the world, for a presentation by a Local Expert, the museum curator, and a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 22


    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight arrangements or extend your stay in Lima.

    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast / Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
  • Local Speciality Find out about Brazilian gemstones.
  • Local Speciality Mix a perfect Brazilian Caipirinha.
  • Local Speciality See the Chocolate Museum and enjoy samples in Bariloche.
  • Local Speciality Watch the art of weaving.
  • Local Speciality Visit a chicheria and taste chicha.
  • Local Expert Experience the wine-making process in Chile.
  • Local Expert Learn about the Larco Museum's large private collection of pre-Columbian art.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeting in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, Bariloche, Santiago, and Lima.
  • Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Rio de JaneiroSee the Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • Iguassu FallsExplore the magnificent falls from Brazil and Argentina.
  • Buenos AiresVisit the “Paris of South America”.
  • Colonia del SacramentoStroll in this UNESCO World Heritage city.
  • BarilocheEnjoy the surroundings of this lovely resort town.
  • Andean Lake District CrossingExplore Nahuel Huapi National Park.
  • Puerto VarasDiscover Chile's loveliest town.
  • SantiagoDelight in a Chilean folklore show.
  • LimaDiscover the city's colonial sights.
  • Sacred ValleyVisit Awanakancha and meet llamas, vicuñas and alpacas.
  • The VistadomeRide aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu.
  • Machu PicchuImmerse yourself in the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a guided tour.
  • CuscoDelve into the city's Inca and Spanish colonial past.


  • 21 full breakfasts
  • 5 lunches:
    • Highlight Lunch with drinks in Colonia del Sacramento
    • Highlight Lunch with wine in the Maipo Valley
    • 3 lunches
  • 12 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro
    • Highlight Dinners with wine in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Cusco
    • Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires
    • 5 dinners
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 21 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Santiago, Santiago to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports

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