Experience the spectacular continent of South America on this comprehensive tour encompassing 4 enthralling countries. Visit awe-inspiring natural wonders and cosmopolitan cities. All of Latin America’s great wonders are on the agenda – the mysterious mountain-top Inca city of Machu Picchu, the breath-taking Iguazu Falls, the picturesque lake – lands of Chile & Argentina with the exhilarating city of Rio as your final stop. This epic journey also includes the opportunity to discover the colonial elegance of Cuzco and Santiago and the fiery passion of Buenos Aires
Straddling the the border of Argentina & Brazil the Iguazu falls make up the largest waterfall system in the world.
As the Christ the Redeemer statue watches over the city, explore this beachside metropolis including the iconic Copacabana beach and ascend Sugar Loaf mountian by cable car.
Boarding the glacial lake of Nahuel Huapi, the town is famed for its alpine terrain and chocolate box style houses.
European chic meets Latin passion in the Argentine Capitlal - Buenos Aires
VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home. Fly from London overnight to Lima
Upon arrival, transfer to the Jose Antonio Hotel or similar
A tour of Lima begins with a walk around the Plaza Mayor, the city’s historic heart, where the surrounding buildings have been given a new lease of life thanks to a decade of painstaking restoration and renovation. Visit the 18th century cathedral, and continue by coach to view the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall and Baroque Government Palace. Pass San Francisco Monastery, with its stunning Mudéjar-style interior and hugely significant library of parchments dating from the 15th century, sitting on top of an extensive network of underground chambers once used as the city’s cemetery. Stop at the Larco Museum, which details the development of pre-Columbian societies. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
One of the standout highlights of Latin America - and indeed world travel - is Machu Picchu. Every aspect of our full day excursion is memorable, from the train that winds its way up the Sacred Valley to the breathtaking first sight of this legendary mountaintop city and the fascination of exploring its atmospheric ruins in the company of a knowledgeable guide. As you do so, take some time to imagine the excitement of American archaeologist Hiram Bingham (a possible inspiration for the film character Indiana Jones) who, in 1911, became the first ‘outsider’ to experience the majesty of Machu Picchu since its abandonment at the time of the Spanish Conquest. There is plenty of time to appreciate the glory of this Inca citadel before we retrace our steps back into the Sacred Valley.
The ruins of another Inca fortress at Sacsayhuaman offer a wonderful, panoramic vantage point on Cuzco and the surrounding plains and mountains. From here, Inca warriors launched forays against Spanish-controlled Cuzco in the 1530s and the blocks used in its mighty walls well demonstrate the masterful stonework of that civilisation - though they each weigh up to 200 tonnes, they are so precisely cut and aligned that a single piece of paper will not fit between them. Take some time to absorb the site and its views before proceeding to Cuzco, for a city tour and time at leisure to admire its fine colonial architecture independently. Your hotel is the Xima Cusco Hotel or similar.
It is time to bid farewell to Peru and fly south via Lima to Santiago. Upon arrival in the evening, or early the following morning transfer to the Plaza San Francisco or similar for the first of three nights.
A full-day excursion north of Santiago introduces two contrasting cities. Valparaiso, Chile’s main port city built over 42 hills, has in places a strong British character from the 19th century days of empire when Britain was Chile’s biggest trading partner. The port’s turbulent past included piratical raids and, over many years, heavy fortifications were established to protect the city and its cargoes. The historic quarter is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Viña del Mar could scarcely be more different - a popular, yet peaceful summer resort noted for its fine beaches, pristine parks and private gardens. En route back to Santiago, stop at an award-winning winery for a brief tour and a tasting session with an expert sommelier.
Fly to Puerto Montt, gateway to the Chilean Lake District founded by German colonists in 1852. Make a short tour of the city, enjoying views of Angelemo Bay and Reloncavi Bay, and then continue to the town of Puerto Varas, overlooking the vast Lake Llanquihue - covering more than 850km, the lake is the fourth largest in Latin America. In this magnificent setting, stay at the Cabanas del Lago or similar.
A long - but unforgettable - day of scenic exploration takes us across lakes and through the dramatic Andes Mountains into Argentina and the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. Begin your journey tracing the south shore of Lake Llanquihue to Petrohue, a small town from which departs a catamaran, crossing Lake Todos los Santos in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. The lake was created many centuries ago, when volcanic eruptions prevented water from the Petrohue River draining into Lake Llanquihue. Disembark at Peulla, with free time for lunch, then it is onwards by road across the Andes and the Perez Rosales Pass into Argentina. Cross two further lakes by boat - Lake Frias and the immense, glacier-carved Lake Nahuel Haupi - and make a final transfer to San Carlos de Bariloche, where your base for two nights will be the Hotel Edelweiss or similar
Take a scenic tour of the region, stopping at the foot of the Campanario Mountain, the Llao Llao peninsula and the Angostura River, in the shadow of the Lopez Mountains. Your afternoon is free to explore San Carlos de Bariloche which, thanks to the influence of Swiss, Austrian and German settlers, somewhat resembles a European alpine resort.
The ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires is a city of simmering excitement and a tango heartbeat. Your morning tour begins at the Plaza de Mayo, lined with grand buildings including the Presidential Palace, Casa Rosada, Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then continue to San Telmo, a former port area now transformed into one of the city’s most desirable residential districts, and La Boca, a district famous for its colourful tin houses and Italian immigrant history. Finally, visit the walled cemetery of Recoleta to view the elaborate mausoleums and resting places of Argentinean luminaries, including Eva Peron.
Free for you to explore Buenos Aires further. Alternatively, why not join an optional full day excursion to a typical Argentinean Estância to learn about the daily life of the gaúcho, South America’s answer to the cowboy.
A further flight takes us to the World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls, a series of 275 distinct waterfalls on the Iguazu River, which forms a stunning natural border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Taller than Niagara and twice as wide, Iguazu Falls are an unforgettable sight - view them from the Argentinean side today, presenting an awe-inspiring aspect of thunderous cascades set against a lush jungle backdrop, before crossing into the fourth and final country on this amazing tour, Brazil. The Hotel Bourbon Cataratas or similar will host you for two nights.
A further day in the environs of Iguazu Falls, this time on the Brazilian side, where carefully constructed walkways and viewing points yield breathtaking panoramic vistas - a photographer’s delight! Relax or explore independently this afternoon.
A further flight delivers you to Rio de Janeiro (possibly indirect). Upon arrival, transfer to the Windsor Excelsior or similar for the first of three nights.
The ‘samba city’ of Rio de Janeiro is another ‘must-see’ of world travel. Your full day tour includes a cog-train ride through the Tijuca Forest to the summit of ‘hunchback’ Corcovado Mountain, appreciating far-reaching views from virtually the same perspective as the iconic Statue of Christ the Redeemer, set in an eternal, open-armed embrace of the city, recently voted one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. Also pass some of the famous beaches and ascend the equally iconic Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for more outstanding city views, this time with Christ the Redeemer in sight.
Free to relax and make your own discoveries in Rio before a farewell dinner at a popular churrascaria restaurant this evening.
Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to London
Upon arrival, your VIP vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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