27 days

Around South America

Around South America

Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer

Argentina's capital Buenos Aires

The 'Devil’s Throat' of Iguazu

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Iguaçu Falls

Recoleta Cemetery and Eva Peron’s tomb

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  • Capture the spirit of South America on this 27-day adventure from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires. Take a ride in a historical streetcar in Rio; be awestruck by the thundering Iguazu Falls; meander through the markets of Buenos Aires; discover ethereal flora and fauna in the Amazon; learn about the incas in La Paz; and stare up in awe at the Andes as you stroll the streets of Santiago. This is a journey rich in history, culture and beauty. From waterfalls to lush jungle, charming city streets to ancient Inca sites, be spellbound by the sights and sounds of South America.

    Why we love it

    • Experience the breadth of South America’s diverse cities, from the cosmopolitan colours of Buenos Aires to the old-world charms of Cusco
    • Witness the crashing streams of Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s true natural wonders
    • Delve into the Amazonian abyss beyond Puerto Maldonado to find one of the most pristine rainforests on the planet
    • Cruise across Lake Titicaca to visit the indigenous Uru people on their hand-built islands
    • Explore the ruins of Incan civilisations, including the mighty Machu Picchu
    • Indulge in Argentina’s world-famous food and wine – not only in the vineyards of Mendoza but also on a traditional rural ranch stay


    Day 1-2 - Rio De Janeiro

    • Arrive in Rio and take your complimentary transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel.
    • This evening at approximately 6pm you will have a group welcome meeting. Please check the notice board in the reception area for confirmation of the time and place.
    • The next morning you will start the tour with a visit to the famed Statue of Christ, which presides over the city and enjoys expansive views across the forests, beaches, bays and mountains that surround the city. From tourist mecca to local favela, your next stop will take you through the narrow laneways of these vibrant communities. You will have the opportunity to meet some local people and learn more about life within a favela.
    • The intense green of Guanabara Bay and the beauty of the surrounding slopes of the Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain, make Rio a majestic place, locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'.
    • The Portuguese influence is ever-present here, especially in the opulent Portuguese buildings that were constructed when the Portuguese monarchy fled Europe under threat of Napolean and took up residence here.
    • The contrast between the opulence of this architecture, the extravagance of Carnaval and destitute poverty of the favelas make this one of the most fascinating and diverse cities in the world. Live music is the heartblood of the city, with everything from samba, jazz, bossa nova, hip hop, reggae and rock to the myriad of regional styles and fusions. Lapa is the place to go if you want to join locals for some serious dancing in the many dancehalls there.
    • The white sand beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema are certainly the best place for people watching.
    Atlantis Hotel or similar

    Day 3-4 - Iguazu Falls

    • Today you will fly to Puerto Iguazu, from where you will explore the impressive Iguazu Falls.
    • You will spend the next two days exploring the falls in depth, seeing them from both the Argentinean and Brazilian side. The falls are two kilometres in length, and made up of 275 falls in total, some of which stretch up to 80 metres high. This makes them both higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls. The Brazilian side of the falls offers great panoramic views of them, while the Argentinean allows to you to get up close and personal with the powerful falls on boardwalks.
    • You can choose to get an even more exhilarating look at Iguazu via a zodiac boat ride below the falls or a helicopter flight over the top.
    • You will have the opportunity to meet one of the few remaining original inhabitants of the region, the Guarani, on a visit with your tour leader.
    Hotel Jasy or Similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Buenos Aires

    • You will fly to Buenos Aires today, the cosmopolitan epicentre of South America. Combining the passion of Latin America with the elegance of Europe and its own distinctive style, Buenos Aires is a magical city. Each neighbourhood has a distinctive style, and you will notice that the local residents, or Portenos, are incredibly proud of their city.
    • Next morning, at the agreed time, you will be taken on a walking/ driving tour of the city to visit a selection of notable places. It starts in San Telmo followed by the fampous Plaza de Mayo. Continuing on you will visit La Boca, where the world-class football team 'Boca Juniors' train. You will also stop and have lunch in a local artists house in La Boca. The last stop is at Recoleta cemetery where you can see the graves of some of the countries most influential figures
    • Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan epicentre of South America. Combining the passion of Latin America with the elegance of Europe and its own distinctive style, Buenos Aires is a magical city. Each neighbourhood has a distinctive style, and you will notice that the local residents, or Portenos, are incredibly proud of their city.
    Hotel Patios De San Telmo or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 7 - Buenos Aires -Lima

    • You will need to book a flight from Buenos Aires to Lima for today. Please book the earliest flight possible as you need to consider that today is your only day in Lima. Please speak with your travel agent for a the preferred flight time.
    • Later in the day you will have an orientation walk of Lima.
    Hotel Patios De San Telmo

    Day 8-9 - Puerto Maldonado (Amazon Jungle)

    • Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and explore the dense Amazon Jungle by canoe.
    • Upon arrival, the lodge staff will take us to their office in town where you'll leave most of your luggage in a safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for our next two nights in the jungle. Then take a motorized canoe up river to our jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area.
    • Head into the jungle with your local, multilingual guides and encounter magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. You may spot everything from macaws and monkeys to peccary, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies. The guides can also teach you about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants.
    • After exploring the wilds, it's time to jump back in the canoe and return to Puerto Maldonado.
    • The lodge is eco-friendly and combines low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps for light.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10-11 - Cusco

    • Fly to Cusco, the heart and soul of Peru. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Inca-built walls line the central streets and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for explorations into the Inca world or to enjoy a range of outdoor activities.
    • Your leader will take you on a walking tour including a visit to the Coca Musuem - where you can learn more about this infamous plant which has been an essential part of life in the Andes for centuries - and the local San Pedro market.
    • The Boleto Turistico (Tourism Ticket) is a good option if you to visit the many musems in Cuzco. This ticket also includes the archaeological around Cuzco such as Q'enqo, Pica Pakara, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Some museums in town, like Contemporary Art Meseum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum can only be accessed by purchasing the Boleto Turistico.

    Day 12 - Sacred Valley

    • Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley, known as Wilcamayo by the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls.
    • At the Sacred Valley you will visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an awesome picture of how highly developed Inca engineering was. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength.
    • You will visit a local community en route to Ollantaytambo,
    • The town of Ollantaytambo was built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
    • Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 13-15 - Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Cusco

    • Day13- Nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu, your destination today will be Aguas Calientas. You will travel by train for 90 minutes through the winding Urubamba Valley to reach town, where you can spend some free time exploring the natural hot springs after which the town was named
    • Day 14- Take a very early (5:30am) bus along the winding road to Machu Picchu (approx. 30 minutes) where you will be joined by a guide who will take you through the ruins. Looking at Machu Picchu for the first time, as it sits against a backdrop of forested mountains, is a truly breathtaking experience. No matter how many photos you've seen, it is hard to prepare for its awesome beauty.
    • MACHU PICCHU: While it's thought Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility, there is evidence this had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Another school of thought is that this was an astronomical observatory. There's plenty of time for you to decide for yourself as you wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters. You will have a guided visit (approx 1.5-2 hrs) with plenty of free time afterwards. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cuzco.The rest of day 14 and 15 will be free for you to continue exploring Cuzco. Your included "full boleto turistico" will give you access to the archaeological sites of Qenqo and Tambomachay, in the outskirts of Cuzco.
    • WAYNA PICCHU: Due to Peregrine's internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 16-17 - Puno - Lake Titicaca

    • We travel by bus to Puno (this is a full day journey)
    • This scheduled tourist service will take you on good roads through some spectacular mountain scenery and you will stop at several sites along the way, including Inca adobe ruins.
    • Lunch will be included on a stop in the small town of Sicuani. Along the way you will also make a short roadside stop at La Raya, which at 4335 metres is the highest point on your journey. You will also drive through the large sprawling town of Juliaca on your way to Puno, which is a colourful and lively place renowned for its traditional street dancing, often performed in celebration of Catholic festive days in February each year.
    • Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances. Many festivals are celebrated here, so if you're lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colourful evening parades, when the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians. The night of day 10 you will stay in a Puno hotel.
    • Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, sitting at 3,820 m above sea level. From the shoreline, the water stretches out almost as far as the eye can see, its expanses just waiting to be explored.
    • Take a tour of the lake by slow motor boat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. The Uros originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. The islands are built from many layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake. As the reeds closest to the water begin to rot, more layers are added on top. These reeds are used for making everything on the islands, including the boats which can last up to 12 months.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 18-19 - La Paz

    • Stop at Tiahuanaco on the way to La Paz for a guided visit, then wander the streets and laneways of the unofficial capital of Bolivia. Don't miss the Travel by minivan to Desaguadero, where you'll cross the border into Bolivia. The first stop is the Peruvian migration office where you'll be asked to leave the bus and proceed through Peruvian migration. Then walk via a bridge to the Bolivian side, submit your passport at the Bolivian migration office and reboard the bus, which will continue to La Paz. About 30 minutes after crossing the border there's another stop where the army will again check your documents. Bolivia is one to two hours ahead of Peru.
    • On your way to La Paz, you will stop at Tiwanaku for a guided visit.
    • Tiwanaku archaeological site was where the Incas learned about building systems and agricultural practices.
    • This was the base of a great civilisation that began around 500 BC before mysteriously 'disappearing' around 1200 AD. It is believed that the ceremonial complex date back to the 8th century AD and was once at the centre of a powerful and self-sustaining empire based in the southern Central Andes. The sprawling ruins comprise of temples, courtyards, terraced pyramids, monolithic stone statues and gateways. The most famous structure is the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun).
    • From the ruins it is less than a two-hour drive to La Paz, where you'll spend the night. You will enjoy spectacular views of the city on your approach, due to its unique location in the middle of a vast volcanic crater that resembles a bowl.
    • At around 3,600 metres, La Paz feels like the top of the world. It's not far from it and vies with Tibet for the title of highest capital in the world. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional.
    • There are no activities planned for the final day and you will be able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
    • Whilst in La Paz you will take an orientation walking tour around Down town.Witches Market.

    Day 20 - La Paz- Santiago

    • You will need to book a flight from La Paz to Santiago for today. Please chyeck with your travel agent for the preferred flight time.
    • As once you arrive the rest of the day is free, until approximately 6pm when there will be a group meeting.
    • Although Santiago covers a large area, the city centre is quite compact and easy to get around. Its centre is roughly triangular in shape and in its heart is the Plaza de Armas, the chief plaza and the cathedral. Panning out from here are wall-to-wall shops, restaurants and parks. For a more serene look at Chilean life, head out to the barrio Bella Vista, Santiago's 'Paris Quarter' or take a cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal. If the weather permits, you'll have impressive views over the city and the peaks of the Andes.
    • If you arrive early enough perhaps take an optional trip to Valparaiso, by the Pacific coast.

    Day 21 - Santiago

    • Today there is an included orientation walk of the city centre.

    Day 22-23 - Mendoza

    • Travel across the Andes by local bus (6-7 hours). On a clear day you may be able to spot Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America at 6,962 meters above sea level.
    • Please note the time spent at the actual border crossing may take anything between 1 to 3 hours depending on local traffic. Please make sure you have snacks and water for today and note that fresh fruit and deli products (cheese, ham, etc) have to be consumed before crossing to Argentina or disposed off at the border.
    • Once in Mendoza there is no better way to spend the afternoon than going for a gentle stroll around Mendoza's tree lined streets. Choose a cafe along Sarmiento pedestrian street and watch life pass by sipping a coffee. The city centre is beautifully landscaped and full of trees, squares and parks.
    • On our free day here you will take an included winery tour. Mendoza is Argentina's most important grape growing region, producing 70% of the country's wine. Its exceptional climate produces excellent grapes, the region's signature variety is the Malbec.
    • At night head out to Aristides Villanueva Street which has lately become on the starting point of Mendoza's night life. Tonight why not try the most popular drink in town: Fernet with Coke, a bitter (very) alcoholic cocktail.
    • In Mendoza we stay in a centrally located hotel.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 24-25 - Estancia Stay

    • You will leave pretty Mendoza behind and fly to Buenos Aires.
    • From Buenos Aires we will drive (approx 2 hours) to a traditional Estancia (a rural estate) where you will stay overnight.
    • During your time on the Estancia you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities may also vary depending on the day. You could work with the cattle (including branding, vaccinating etc), participate in a cattle auction or visit the local town, visit a cheese factory, play volleyball, soccer etc. Alternatively you could laze by the pool and read or have a barbecue.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 26 - Buenos Aires

    • Today we travel back to Buenos Aires perhaps South America's ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style. Your leader will take you on an optional orientation walk, perhaps visiting San Telmo and its antiques stores and artists' displays, La Boca home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors, Recoleta or the Casa Rosada (Pink House) among other attractions.

    Day 27 - Buenos Aires

    • The trip winds down in Buenos Aires after breakfast.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Arrival transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel.
    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader in each country and professional local guides at some sites.
    • 24 night accommodation in a comfortable hotel, 2 nights in a jungle lodge, 2 nights in a traditional Estancia
    • All domestic flights
    • Meals- 26 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
    • City tours of Buenos Aires & Rio de Janeiro and an orientation walk in Santiago.
    • Favela tour and Sugar Loaf tour in Rio de Janeiro
    • Iguazu Falls tour (both Argentinean and Brazilian side) and Guarani Community Visit
    • Sight seeing and Entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Train and bus to Machu Picchu (non-trekking trip) with a guided tour of Machu Picchu.
    • All Jungle Excursions
    • Full day winery tour in Mendoza
    • Stay in a traditional Estancia in Buenos Aires.
    • Tips for services you receive as part of your trip including drivers, specialist local guides, restaurant staff for included meals, porters, bellboys and other hotel staff (excluding your tour leader)

    Not Included

    • Tips for your Tour Leader
    • International flights
    • Airport departure tax
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Items of a personal nature
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Start City: Rio de Janeiro
End City: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
Style: Small Group

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