Complete South America

From the mystical Machu Picchu and a journey through Patagonia to three nights in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, home of the World Cup and Olympics in a span of two years, this is the trip of a lifetime across South America, one of the world's most exciting and diverse destinations. In Peru, visit Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco to learn about the mystical Incan Empire. Sample award-winning wines and enjoy a lunch at a Chilean vineyard while exploring Santiago. In rugged Patagonia, cruise through the Chilean fjords, take in the breathtaking sites at Torres Del Paine and venture to the stunning Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate. Experience an authentic tango in Buenos Aires. Explore Uruguay's only Portuguese settlement, the village of Colonia del Sacramento. Discover the mighty Iguazu Falls. Craft caipirinhas - Brazil's famous cocktail - and enjoy breathtaking views of Rio from Christ the Redeemer statue.

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23 Days
Day 1LimaLima, Peru - Tour Begins: Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land and visit some of the world's most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings."
Day 2LimaLima: Discover Lima's fascinating history during a tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center; the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas; an abundance of colonial architecture; and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limenos. Then it's on to your exclusive visit to the Archbishop's Palace to witness the changing of the guard. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner with a tasting menu of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes and drinks. You will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world's top food travel destination four years in a row.
Day 3LimaLima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening is yoursâ?¦perhaps you'll take this opportunity to discover your hotel's planetarium to gaze at the stars.
Day 4Sacred ValleySacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo -Sacred Valley of the Incas: This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you'll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. By noon you will experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. You'll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments. Tonight, savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook.
Day 5Sacred ValleySacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu: Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the 'Lost City of the Incas.' Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort.
Day 6Machu PicchuMachu Picchu - Cuzco: With leisure time this morning you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. Make a stop at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a nonprofit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Taste these Andean-inspired beers and learn about their drive to support their community.
Day 7CuzcoCuzco: The morning is yours to relax and acclimate to the altitude. Later, the choice is yours on how you will explore Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan Empire. You may choose to follow a local guide on a walking tour of the city. Or, perhaps you would prefer to board a coach for a comprehensive tour of the city's main sites. Whichever you choose, you will journey through this colonial city and experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas; you'll also stop by the central market. Later, you'll gather together and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset overlooking the city before arriving at your authentic dinner and folklore show in the heart of Cuzco.
Day 8CuzcoCuzco - Santiago, Chile: Say farewell to this mystical land of the Incas and fly south to cosmopolitan Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital city.
Day 9SantiagoSantiago: This morning, embark on a city tour viewing such sights as the La Moneda Presidential Palace and Paseo Ahumada pedestrian avenue. Ride the funicular up Cerro San Cristobal for sweeping views of Santiago and the Andes, and admire the Statue of the Immaculate Conception. Delve into Chile's checkered past under the 20th-century dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet at the Museum of Human Rights. We continue our tour with a visit to a local winery for lunch and a sampling of some of Chile's famous cabernet and carmenere wines. An expert will teach you about winemaking in this part of the world.
Day 10SantiagoSantiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales: Leave Santiago behind and fly to the region of Patagonia, the southern portion of Chile and Argentina that is filled with natural wonders. Arrive in Punta Arenas, built along the Strait of Magellan. Visit the old port village and Fort Bulnes, a historical reconstruction based on the original fortified settlement. Take in the stunning scenery before heading to Puerto Natales, the stepping off point to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 11Puerto NatalesPuerto Natales: Embark on a full-day cruise through the Chilean Fjords, visiting the breathtaking Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. As you pass through the Seno Ultima Esperanza - 'Channel of Last Hope' - behold the pristine beauty of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile's largest natural reserve. This rugged landscape and unspoiled territory is a site you will never forget.
Day 12Puerto NatalesPuerto Natales - Torres Del Paine - Puerto Natales: Today you'll venture into the UNESCO biosphere reserve - Torres Del Paine National Park. Take in the panoramas of jagged mountains and emerald-blue lakes. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls and the flora & fauna that are unique to the area. You are sure to be awed at every turn when exploring what is known as South America's most incredible national park.
Day 13Puerto NatalesPuerto Natales - El Calafate, Argentina: Make your way from the Chilean side of Patagonia to El Calafate in Argentina, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. En route, meet some local gauchos at a typical Patagonian estancia. Partake in a traditional lamb roast lunch and learn about the local culture. Then you are treated to a dog show and sheep shearing demonstration. Revel in the beauty of the landscapes during your drive through the countryside before settling into your hotel, perfectly situated near downtown and featuring spectacular views of magnificent Lake Argentino.
Day 14El CalafateEl Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier: Discover the jewel of Argentina's Patagonia - Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field and is one of the few glaciers in the world still advancing. Gaze off the shoreline in search of floating icebergs as you listen to the sounds of crashing ice breaking off the massive glacier.
Day 15El CalafateEl Calafate - Buenos Aires: Board your flight to Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and the 'Paris of South America.' Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the city is a mosaic of European-styled architecture and South American spirit. Tonight, head to Esquina Carlos Gardel, named after Argentina's most famous tango maestro, where you'll savor Argentine cuisine and wine before a stunning tango performance.
Day 16Buenos AiresBuenos Aires: Start your day with a panoramic tour of lively Buenos Aires. Visit the Palermo district and Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita Peron rests. Drive along the famous Avenida 9 de Julio; view the Teatro Colon opera house; the Metropolitan Cathedral, the former church of Pope Francis I and the Presidential Palace, 'La Casa Rosada' at Plaza de Mayo. Then the choice is yours! Continue on the city tour by bus or for the more adventurous embark on a bicycle tour with a local guide. Either way you'll visit La Boca and the Puerto Madero neighborhoods. The rest of the day is yours to create your own adventure. Maybe you'll stroll through San Martin Park or Calle de Florida, a shopper's paradise; or possibly you'll take the optional Tigre Delta trip where you'll pass by an array of historic mansions and former residences of Buenos Aires' aristocracy before boarding a cruise through canals meandering past a network of homes that sit on stilts.
Day 17Buenos AiresBuenos Aires - Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay - Buenos Aires: Hop aboard the Colonia Express, a ferry that takes you across the Rio de la Plata to the charming village of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. This UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to 1680, is the only remaining Portuguese settlement in Uruguay. A local resident joins us for a ride through town to introduce you to its landmarks before leading you on a guided walk through the historic old town. Then, savor lunch featuring some local delicacies and Uruguayan wine before having free time to relax and explore on your own. Later, we head back to Buenos Aires for the evening.
Day 18Buenos AiresBuenos Aires - Iguazu Falls: This morning, fly to Iguazu Falls - located at the crossroads of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay - heralded as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Board the Rainforest Ecological Train inside the national park on the Argentine side and walk to the platform overlooking powerful Devil's Throat. Discover unparalleled views of five waterfalls as they plummet into the Iguazu River. Then we cross into the Brazilian side where you'll check into your resort and cap off your evening with a relaxing dinner.
Day 19Iguazu FallsIguazu Falls: Soak up the breathtaking views of the waterfalls from the Brazil side. Join your local guide as you discover how Brazil and Argentina have both fought to protect the beauty and raw power of the falls by making each side a national park. You will see first-hand why Eleanor Roosevelt, upon seeing Iguazu Falls, exclaimed 'Poor Niagara.' This afternoon you may choose an optional jungle boat ride at the base of the falls or you can enjoy the many amenities at your resort.
Day 20Rio de JaneiroIguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Magnificent views, beautiful beaches, flamboyant Carnival costumes, great cuisine and friendly people make Rio the cultural capital of Brazil. Check into your beachfront hotel in the exclusive Leblon neighborhood. Venture to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain this afternoon. Then, cap the night off at Rio Scenarium, a lavishly decorated restaurant and music venue in the historic Lapa district. Meet local Cariocas, the name for people from Rio de Janeiro, for dinner, music and dancing that celebrates the rich history and vibrancy of the Brazilian people.
Day 21Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro: Journey to Corcovado by train to see Christ the Redeemer, one of the largest Art Deco statues in the world. Take in the panoramic vistas from Tijuca Forest National Park. With 360-degree views around the city, you'll soon realize why this statue is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Then spend time engaging with locals at the one of the city's open-air markets. Break into small groups with local market guides as you discover and taste over a dozen different types of exotic fruits from Brazil. This afternoon, you choose your activity! Perhaps you'll choose to get a behind the scenes look at Carnival and meet the artists who are designing the floats, costumes and dances during their year-round preparations for Rio's biggest event. Or, maybe you'd prefer to join a local guide for a tour of a favela; learn about the unique history of these 'shanty towns' as you stroll through the community center, a school, and a local home. Relish some time for coffee, cake and discussion with some residents. The evening is free for your own exploration.
Day 22Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro: Your day is at leisure to explore fabulous Rio de Janeiro on your own. Relax by the beach at your resort or take a shuttle to Copacabana. Or, perhaps you'll take an optional tour and board a jeep for a ride through the Tijuca forest followed by a visit to historic Santa Teresa. Or maybe an optional cooking class is more to your liking - you'll immerse yourself in local flavors as you join a local chef in a cooking class where you'll learn how to cook like a true Carioca! This afternoon, witness the city of Rio that captivated the world during the 2016 Summer Olympics. Stop by the Maracana football stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup finals, before continuing on to the famous Carnival parade route, the Sambadrome. Afterward, behold the renowned Metropolitan Cathedral whose architecture was inspired by a Mayan pyramid. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell feast in a typical Brazilian churrascaria. Indulge in wine and meats slow-roasted to perfection. To toast a wonderful trip learn how to craft caipirinhas - Brazil's famous cocktail made with sugar cane liquor and lime.
Day 23Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro - Tour Ends: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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03/08/2018Land Only 
CostAustralis Hotel Puerto Natales, Chile
Atton Vitacura Santiago, Chile
Brick Hotel Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sheraton Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley Cusco, Peru
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel Machu Picchu, Peru
Hilton Lima Miraflores Lima, Peru
Esplendor El Calafate El Calafate, Argentina
Mabu Thermas Grand Resort Foz do Iguacu - PR, Brazil
Hilton Garden Inn Cusco Cuzco, Peru
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
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