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Grand Tour of South America

Peru, Argentina and Brazil

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Explore Peru, Brazil and Argentina

Introducing South America – a land of breathtaking scenery, awe-inspiring archaeology, vibrant cities and enchanting wildlife. It’s a colourful and extraordinary continent where adventure and discovery seem to be waiting around every corner of its 13 countries. Combine three of the five largest on this fast-paced tour exploring the most memorable highlights of Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Discover the legacy of the Incas, flying to Peru’s Sacred Valley where the ‘expedition train’ will take you from Cusco to Machu Picchu, home of the ‘lost city of the Incas’.

In Argentina visit pulsing Buenos Aires where the sultry melodies of the tango were born, before your tour concludes in Brazil at Cidade Maravilhosa (‘the marvellous city’) of Rio de Janeiro and Corcovado Mountain, where you can stand at the feet of the towering and iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed16 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

Dinner plate26 meals: 16 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager


  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • City tour of colonial Lima
  • Visit to San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum
  • Visit to Chinchero and Maras and Moray Salt Mines
  • Trip to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ruins
  • Archaeological park of the Fortress-temple of Sacsayhuaman
  • Walking tour of Cusco city
  • City tour of Buenos Aires
  • Tour of the Falls in Iguazu National Park in Brazil
  • Trip to the Corcovado Mountain and Statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • Tour the Olympic Boulevard and museum visit in Rio De Janeiro

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

2021 Departures

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Day 1 UK to Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Lima.

Lima Peru South America

Day 2 Lima, Peru

Colonial buildings in Lima

Arrive in the morning and transfer to the 3-star plus Hotel Jose Antonio Lima (3Q) for two nights, with dinner at your hotel this evening.

Facilities at your hotel include a restaurant, bar, café, lounge and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 84 air-conditioned bedrooms is equipped with a telephone, television, safe and hairdryer. D

Day 3 Lima, Peru

Lima in Peru

A city tour will take you through the old and modern parts of the city, taking in the colonial buildings of Plaza de Armas, the monastery of San Francisco and the museum of Larco Herrera with its outstanding pre-Columbian collections, including gold ceremonial artefacts. You are free to dine independently and at your own cost this evening. B

Day 4 Lima to Cusco to Sacred Valley

Baby Llama, Pisac, Sacred Valley

It’s an early start today, as you fly to Cusco (80 minutes) and transfer to the Sacred Valley (35 miles, 90 minutes), where you will stay two nights at the 4-star Hotel Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay (3Q).

En route look forward to visiting the textile centre of Awanacancha and also the town of Pisaq known for its artisan market.

Look forward to enjoying dinner this evening at your hotel. Facilities at your hotel include two restaurants, a bar, café and free Wi-Fi. There are 88 air-conditioned bedrooms each equipped with a telephone, television, safe and hairdryer. B, D

Day 5 Sacred Valley

A local woman weaving

Set off today, starting with a guided tour to see some of the Inca Communities of the Sacred Valley.

This famous valley lies at the foot of Machu Picchu and its communities still enjoy a traditional way of life. Visit the Chinchero community, a centre dedicated to the preservation and production of traditional textiles and famed for their weaving. After taking in the town with its colonial buildings and enjoying a weaving demonstration and typical Chinchero lunch, you’ll continue to the community of Moray. Here you’ll see its extraordinary circular terraces believed to have been used by the Incas as a centre for researching agriculture in this unique landscape. During the day, you’ll also call at Ollantaytambo town and visit a typical house in what is regarded as Peru’s last surviving Inca village.

Your day concludes with a visit to the salt mines in Maras where salt is harvested via some 3,000 evaporation wells by allowing water from an underground source to crystallise. Dine independently this evening. B, L

Day 6 Macchu Picchu

The UNESCO site of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, one of the great modern wonders of the world awaits you today.

Look forward to travelling through the Scared Valley with its backdrop of mountains and villages as you take the train to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu. After enjoying lunch here continue to Machu Picchu via shuttle bus. This extraordinary and enigmatic ‘lost city of the Incas’ standing 2,430 metres above sea-level lies within a tropical forest and was the pinnacle of the Inca Empire’s building. Built in the 15th century the site has some 200 buildings which served a variety of purposes, the city split into two parts – one agricultural, one residential. The area embodies multiple facets of the Inca civilisation, many of which are yet to be understood, particularly its importance in terms of the civilisation’s astronomy. The city was abandoned in the 16th century after the Spanish invasion and it wasn’t until the 20th century that the city, by then shrouded in jungle, was uncovered.

After your visit transfer to the nearby 4-star Tierra Viva Hotel (3Q) where you’ll stay overnight. Facilities at your hotel include a lounge, breakfast room, bar and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 43 bedrooms is equipped with air-conditioning, a television, safe and hairdryer. This evening look forward to enjoying dinner in a local restaurant. B, L, D

Day 7 Macchu Picchu-Cusco

Even Llamas enjoy the views of Machu Picchu

This morning enjoy some time at leisure to relax or perhaps return to the site of Macchu Picchu when you can explore independently.

This afternoon return to Cusco where you’ll spend the next two nights at the 4-star Hotel Xima Cusco (3Q). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Cusco, perhaps relaxing at your hotel. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, and spa (charges apply). Each of the 167 bedrooms is equipped with a television, tea and coffee-making facilities. B

Day 8 Cusco

The city of Cusco

Look forward to a walking city tour of Cusco this morning, where you will take in some of the city highlights including the Temple of the Sun and the cathedral with its distinctive collection of Cusco school colonial art.

Next drive to the archaeological ruins of the Fortress and Temple of Sacsayhuaman which lie a short distance from the city and date to a period prior to the Incas, before returning to the city for a tour of San Pedro market with its colourful displays and variety of goods. Enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant this evening. B, D

Day 9 Cusco-Lima

Lima, Peru

Travel back to Lima today (85 minutes), where you’ll stay overnight at the Hotel Jose Antonio Lima (3Q) where you stayed on your first night.

This evening look forward to enjoying an included dinner at the restaurant at the Museum of Huaca Pucllana. The museum is centred round an archaeological site which includes the remains of a great pyramid consisting of seven platforms, surrounded by walls and level areas and you’ll dine overlooking this fascinating site. B, D

Day 10 Lima-Buenos Aires

Colourful buildings in Buenos Aires

There will be an early start today as you fly to Buenos Aires (90 minutes), the capital of Argentina. Spend the next three nights at the 4-star Novotel Buenos Aires (4Q).

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this cosmopolitan city. Buenos Aires has so many claims to fame – birthplace of the tango, the place where Pope Francis was born and worked, home to the Colon theatre regarded as one of the world’s great opera houses. Buzzing, lively, gastronomic – it’s all here. Facilities at your hotel include a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool (seasonal). Each of the 129 rooms features a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and free W-Fi. B

Day 11  Buenos Aires

Recoleta's fascinating cemetery

A city tour shows you some of the highlights of Buenos Aires including 9 de Julio Avenue – the widest in the world, the Colon Theatre and the Avenida de Mayo that takes you past Government House and the Cathedral, with sight of the Congress building.

You’ll go into the Metropolitan Cathedral with its handsome neo-classical facade and stately nave, where Pope Francis conducted services while cardinal of the city. You’ll also see the historic and atmospheric area of San Telmo with its cobbled street and famous market as well as La Boca where the street of Caminito with its colourful houses is a ‘street museum’. After taking in the north of the city with its parks and green areas you’ll conclude at Recoleta with its elegant shops, and Recoleta cemetery, where around 90 tombs are listed as national monuments.

Tonight look forward to an included dinner and tango show with live music and dancing at the art deco Tongo Porteno. B, D

Day 12 Buenos Aires

The Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires

Enjoy today at leisure to explore independently or just relax at your hotel. Look forward to a drinks reception at your hotel this evening. B

Day 13 Buenos Aires-Foz do Iguaçu

The Iguazu Falls

Fly to Foz do Iguaçu (one hour and 50 minutes) and then transfer to the 4-star Recanto Cataratas Resort (4Q).

Situated approximately three miles from the city centre facilities at the resort include two restaurants, a bar, cafe, swimming pools, an indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, spa (charges apply). Each of the 300 air-conditioned bedrooms are equipped with a television, safe, fridge and hairdryer. The city of Foz do Iguaçu lies on the border of the Iguaçu Falls, one of the world’s widest spanning both the border of Brazil and Argentina. Look forward to dinner at the hotel this evening. B, D

Day 14 Foz do Iguaçu

Ride the Ecological Train through the jungle

Visit the Brazilian Falls today, walking beside the cascades.

Next you’ll head for the Argentinian Iguazú National Park where you’ll be able to see more of the falls and take the Ecological Jungle Train towards the Fall’s Observation point known as ‘The Devil’s Throat,’ which can be reached via a trek through the jungle. B

Day 15 Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer statue over Rio de Janeiro

Transfer to the airport fly to Rio de Janeiro (two hours). Transfer to your hotel in Copacabana where you will spend three nights at the 5-star Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana (4Q). Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa (charges apply). There are 545 air-conditioned bedrooms, each equipped with a telephone, television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.

The city of Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s most famous. Also known as the Cidade maravilhosa (the marvellous city) it faces the Atlantic with a stunning 11 mile long coastline. From its famous carnival and wonderful museums to stunning botanical gardens, sprawling favelas and iconic Christ the Redeemer on lofty Corcovado Mountain, it’s a city that awaits discovery. B

Day 16 Rio de Janeiro

Colourful murals along Olympic Boulevard

Rio has undergone considerable revitalisation and today you’ll be able to see some of that work as you visit the new Port Zone where you can walk along the Olympic Boulevard with its wall of murals representing every country that took part in the 2016 Olympic games here. You’ll also visit the Museum of Art of Rio De Janeiro and the Museum of Tomorrow – a science and experimental museum, regarded as one of the world’s most extraordinary buildings. Dine independently this evening. B

Day 17 Rio de Janeiro

One of Rio de Janeiro's beaches

Step aboard the cog-wheel train and travel up Corcovado Mountain, through the Tijuca forest.

After taking in the outstanding views of the city and its beaches, continue to the top of the mountain where the Statue of Christ the Redeemer looks out over the city. Afterwards take in some of the city’s beautiful beaches before enjoying time at leisure. Alternatively, discover more of the city on an optional excursion.

This evening enjoy a farewell bar-b-que dinner at a local restaurant. B, D

Day 18 Rio de Janeiro-UK

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B

Day 19 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service.

Sugar Loaf Mountain

Your excursion starts with a coach tour of the downtown business centre of Rio with its towering skyscrapers, Imperial palace and other notable buildings. Afterwards, you’ll head for Flamengo Park for Sugar Loaf mountain, where you’ll board a cable car to travel 1,200 feet to the top of the mountain. From here a panora unfolds with outstanding views of the area including the Maciço da Tijuca and Corcovado mountains.

Four hours
A cable car to Sugar Loaf
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Grand Tour of South America

Peru, Argentina and Brazil