South America Revealed - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

16 days

from $6495 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Apr 2016.
"Trafalgar made our travel worry-free"
Chia , Jul 2014

Brazil. Peru. Argentina. Three of South America's most popular, diverse and colourful countries are revealed on this journey into their capitals, cultures and communities.

It’s Insider moments like… meeting locals who teach you all about the traditions of their home nations. In Brazil's lively city of Rio, a cocktail mixologist teaches you to make the perfect caipirinha as you experience the buzz, Carnival spirit and barbecued meats at a local churrascaria. In the Sacred Valley in Peru, weavers share traditions their ancestors passed down to them. And in Argentina, an expert in all things Buenos Aires takes you around the capital to see its iconic buildings and hear personal tales of life in the city of tango.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
LSRA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS)

    Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel. Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach. Depending on your schedule, you will arrive today or in the morning on Day 2.

    Hotel

    Windsor Atlantica

  • 2.

    RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Welcome Reception

  • 3.

    RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, and A Local Speciality , made with cachaça, and indulge in a traditional Brazilian barbecue Regional Meal at a local churrascaria.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 4.

    RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME

    Enjoy a full day to discover the wonders of Rio on your own. Choose to embark on an optional half-day journey by jeep into the lush Tijuca National Park—the world’s largest urban rainforest. Perhaps tour one of Rio’s favellas or take a sailboat cruise. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. Tonight, perhaps join an optional outing to a Carnival extravaganza with live Samba entertainment.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 5.

    RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS)

    Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon visit a Samba school with a Local Expert and learn how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. SeeCarnival props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Afterward, head to the airport for the short fight to Iguassu Falls. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Iguassu Resort

  • 6.

    IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your A Local Expert to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the cascades. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort. You may wish to join an optional activity such as a jetboat ride, helicopter fight or a visit to a tropical bird reserve.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch

  • 7.

    IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS)

    Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a diferent perspective. Stop at the Visitors Centre to learn about the geography of the area. Then board the open-air ecological jungle train to view the mighty cascades and take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk to see the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Afterward, fy to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s exciting capital, renowned for its designer boutiques, fne restaurants, museums and theatres.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    InterContinental Buenos Aires

  • 8.

    BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING

    With a Local Expert, embark on a guided tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; colourful La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo. See the world-renowned Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a A Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the opera house, including the main function rooms and main stage. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. This evening, linger over a Regional Meal and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinian beef! Cap of the evening by watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform and experience the passion and power of Argentina’s beloved, traditional tango music.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 9.

    BUENOS AIRES FREE TIME

    Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Visit one of the country’s fnest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Or, take an optional trip to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you’d like to experience a diferent side of Argentina, take an optional trip out into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive A Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of making typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this lively family will create a long-lasting memory.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 10.

    BUENOS AIRES – LIMA SIGHTSEEING

    Bid “Adios” to Buenos Aires and “Hola” to Lima as you fy to Peru. On arrival late this morning, transfer to the hotel where your room is immediately available. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with a Local Expert. Visit Lima’s colonial sights, including the Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace.

    Meal(s)

    Continental Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Lima

  • 11.

    LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY

    Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, a A Unique Insight. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac, where the local Quechua people gather to sell their produce and handicrafts. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century monastery, in the heart of the Urubamba Valley. Learn about the Local Speciality of traditional Andean textiles as you see weavers at work. Enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Continental Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Hotel

    Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

  • 12.

    SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU

    After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca hilltop fortress built from immense blocks of stone. Then board the Vistadome train (light snack included) and view incredible scenery through panoramic windows as you follow the Rio Vilcanota to the town of Aguas Caliente. Upon arrival, transfer to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide leads you through the ruins of this once-great fortress, built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial or calendar by the Incas. This evening, share your stories with your travelling companions over dinner at the hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Hotel El MaPi by Inkaterra

  • 13.

    MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS)

    Return to Machu Picchu to continue discovering on your own. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, descend from your mountaintop aerie and board the train to the Sacred Valley. Then, head toward the great colonial city of Cusco via motorcoach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a sample of chicha, a A Local Speciality, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Cusco

  • 14.

    CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Take a morning tour of Cusco, the capital of the Incas during their reign. See the highlights of the city including the incredible baroque cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas. Visit the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun often referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, explore the impressive ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco. This evening, celebrate your travels through Latin America at a festive Regional Meal of delicious Cusquenian dishes served at a popular local restaurant with a demonstration of ancestral dances.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 15.

    CUSCO – LIMA

    Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Later meet a Local Expert from the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art, and learn about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peru societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Novotel Lima

  • 16.

    DEPART LIMA

    Say hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your fight home or extend your stay in Lima.

    Meal(s)

    Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
  • Local Expert

    Visit a local Samba school in Rio to learn how they prepare for Carnival week.
    For included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, and Lima.
    Learn about the Larco Museum's large private collection of pre-Columbian art.
  • Local Speciality

    Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha.
    Visit a weaving centre and see local Andean textiles.
    Stop in at a chicheria to taste chicha.
  • Unique Insight

    Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.
    Visit an animal sanctuary in Awanakancha, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Buenos Aires

    Explore the city's sights and Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a tango show.
  • Cusco

    Explore the Plaza de Armas; visit the church of Santo Domingo and Temple of the Sun; explore the citadel of Sacsayhuaman and nearby shrines and Inca warehouses.
  • Iguassu

    Tour the falls from both Brazil and Argentina.
  • Lima

    Visit San Francisco Monastery and the catacombs; explore Lima's historic centre.
  • Machu Picchu

    Discover these famed Inca ruins.
  • Rio de Janeiro

    Discover the city's sights; see Christ the Redeemer; ride a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain; experience a Samba Show.
  • Sacred Valley

    Get up close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; browse the Pisac market; explore the fortress of Ollantaytambo.

Dining

  • 15 breakfasts:

    including 12 full breakfasts and 3 continental breakfasts.


    8 dinners:

    including Be My Guest, 3 Regional Meals, 2 three course dinners, buffet dinner and Farewell Dinner.


    2 lunches

    Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 15 nights First Class accommodation
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports
  • 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

RIO DE JANERIO

  • BBQ DINNER & SAMBA SHOW

    Adult Price: $146.00 No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Begin your evening with a delicious Brazilian BBQ dinner (drinks not included). Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration of this outing is five hours. Not available on Sundays.
  • BRAZILIAN COOKING CLASS

    Adult Price: $140.00 Enjoy a few hours of hands-on fun as you learn to prepare traditional Brazilian recipes. Your instructor will guide you through the cooking process and afterward dine on your sumptuous creation. Whether you are a novice or cooking enthusiast, the outing promises to be fun and entertaining. Total duration is 4 ½ hours and there is a minimum of four participants to operate. Not available on Sundays.
  • GUANABARA BAY CRUISE

    Adult Price: $70.00 Spend two hours sailing on Guanabara Bay in a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you cruise by a picture postcard setting. Total duration of this outing is three hours and transfers are included to/from the wharf.
  • HELICOPTER SIGHTSEEING

    Adult Price: $120.00 What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro from the air? Soar high over Rio with sweeping and unforgettable views of Sugar Loaf Mountain rising from Guanabara Bay. Take in spectacular views of Copacabana Beach, Copacabana fortress and Ipanema Beach. Total flight time is 6-7 minutes. Minimum of three guests required to operate.
  • SANTA TERESA WALKING TOUR

    Adult Price: $55.00 Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century, as you wander by foot through the winding, narrow cobblestone streets. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total durations is about 3 ½ hours. Minimum of 6 guests required to operate.
  • VISIT TO A FAVELA

    Adult Price: $38.00 Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way stop at a community school and there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by the children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society.

Iguassu Falls

  • BIRD PARK

    Adult Price: $43.00 This family owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. The walk through the park takes about an hour and total duration of this outing with transfers is two hrs.
  • MACUCO SAFARI

    Adult Price: $125.00 Begin this adventure in open-air wagons with unhindered views as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration of this outing is about two hours.
  • HELICOPTER FLIGHTSEEING

    Adult Price: $163.00 Take a 10 minute flight high over Iguassu Falls and witness one of Mother Nature’s greatest achievements. Minimum of 3 participants to operate.

CUSCO

  • DINNER AT CALLE DEL MEDIO

    Adult Price: $63.00 This world class award winning restaurant, hosted by renowned chef Jaime Pesaque, is located in front of the Cathedral in Plaza de Armas and is one of Cusco’s most popular. It has a bright and cozy atmosphere that features Peruvian cuisine consisting of fresh, mostly Andean ingredients. Appetizer, main course, dessert, pisco sour and coffee/tea are included in the meal. You can choose between two options for the appetizer, main course and dessert. Tip is additional.
  • MORAY AND MORAS

    Adult Price: $165.00 A short drive from Cusco, you will visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Should this optional experience have more than two guests participating, the selling price may be reduced. Total duration is about 4 hours.
  • PIQUILLACTA RUINS & ANDAHUAYLILLAS CHURCH

    Adult Price: $162.00 On this afternoon outing, visit 17th century Piquillacta, a pre-Inca citadel built by the Wari people, featuring an elusive history and bizarre architecture. Afterward, head to Andahuaylillas to see San Pedro Church, a perfect example of Peru’s colonial architecture and often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of America. Also, during this outing, if you wish you are invited to sample typical Peruvian chicharrones (pork) or cuy (guinea pig). Should this optional experience have more than two guests participating, the selling price may be reduced. Total duration is about 4 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests)
  • VISIT AND WORKSHOP AT CHOCO MUSEUM

    Adult Price: $72.00 On this popular outing you visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited and total duration of this outing is 2 ½ to 3 hours.

Buenos Aires

  • FIESTA GUACHA WITH BBQ LUNCH

    Adult Price: $150.00 Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) estancia (Argentinean Ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served with a variety of meats and salads. After lunch, watch a folklore show complete with music and dance. Also, sit back, relax and watch typical activities of an estancia including a wonderful horse demonstration. Duration of this outing is approximately 7 hours. (Min. 10 guests)
  • TANGO LESSONS

    Adult Price: $78.00 Immerse yourself into the world of tango with a renowned maestro. Your lesson can be specially designed to suit your level of expertise from no experience to advanced. Your group lesson will be in the San Telmo neighborhood (Tango's birthplace) in a unique residence that features an eclectic architectural style and filled with art nouveau crafts and paintings. Total duration of the lesson is 90 minutes and dependent on at least five participants in the lesson. Transfers to/from the lessons are additional. (Your Travel Director can arrange a taxi). (Min. 5 guests)
  • TIGRE DELTA

    Adult Price: $90.00 Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration is about 4 hours. (Min. 10 guests)
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