South America Discovery

South America Discovery

14 Days Starting in Rio De Janeiro and ending in Cuzco

Visiting: Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

VSAMN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 52

Age range:

5-99

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Tour Overview

15 Day South America Tour to Brazil, Argentina & Peru. Starting in the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’, experience the sheer force of nature at Iguassu Falls before country hopping to Argentina for big steaks, fiery tango and a slice of gaucho living. Ending in Peru, cuddle llamas and walk in the footsteps of the Incas at mighty, magnificent Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest from your cogwheel train

  • Iguassu Falls: Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the sub-tropical Iguassu National Park.

  • Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colorful city

  • Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs

  • Visit the famous Pisac Market

  • Journey to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

  • Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show

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Day 1 : Arrive Rio De Janeiro (3 Nights)

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Golden swathes of famous coastline, tropical landscapes and a certain joie de vivre will welcome you to one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Rio de Janeiro. Energy pulses through every pore of this passionate and fun loving city, flooding from the favelas to the football fields and cumulating in nightly parties where the caipirinhas are free flowing and the samba rhythm is infectious. Rio may be best known for its annual Carnival, but visiting here you’ll realise that every day is cause for celebration. Settle in to your hotel before meeting up with your Travel Director this afternoon. Then perhaps hit the sands of Copacabana to watch the sun set whilst you sip your first Cachaça.

Day 2 : Rio De Janeiro Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Meals Included: Iconic Breakfast, Dinner

The picturesque Cosme Velho district will be your first port of call today, where 1920’s neocolonial buildings will surround you as you board the Corcovado Rack Railway. Hopping on board you’ll wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the very top of the Corcovado Mountains, standing in awe as you catch a first glimpse of the 30 meter high Christ the Redeemer. The undisputed icon of Rio, this magnificent art deco statue is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and offers the best vantage point of the ‘Marvelous City’ stretching out below.

Day 3 : Rio De Janeiro City Free Time

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Meals Included: Breakfast

Waking up to your final full day in Rio, today is free to explore your way. For those keen to get a closer look, you could also opt for a half day city tour of Rio which includes ascending the Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for absolutely stand out views of Guanabara Bay. Tonight, celebrate the culture of South America at the Carretão Ipanema Churrascaria.

Day 4 : Rio De Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls

Accommodation: Viale Cataratas Hotel

Accommodation Name: Viale Cataratas Hotel, Iguassu Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving the colorful costumes and infectious rhythms of Rio behind, this morning you’ll head to the airport to catch your flight to Iguassu Falls. Words can’t really describe the magnificence of the world’s largest series of waterfalls (275 to be exact), which straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil and are surrounded by lush expanses of national park. Settle in to your hotel this afternoon and spend the evening relaxing, no doubt bubbling with excitement for the natural spectacle that tomorrow will bring.

Day 5 : Iguassu Falls And Free Time

Location: Iguassu Falls

Accommodation: Viale Cataratas Hotel

Accommodation Name: Viale Cataratas Hotel, Iguassu Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Pack your raincoat and your sense of adventure this morning as you’re off to visit the Iguassu National Park, entering on the Brazilian side of the falls. You’ll be venturing down to the ominously named and utterly exhilarating Devil’s Throat, the tallest and most impressive of Iguassu’s waterfalls. Remember that raincoat? Now’s the time to use it! This afternoon opt to go on an open-air tram ride^ through the jungle to the Macuco Falls, where you’ll then board a custom designed inflatable motorboat for a high intensity ride to the base of the falls. If keeping things a little more sedate is more your style, opt to visit a bird park where you can spot more than 150 different species of birds.

Day 6 : Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

Location: Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires

Accommodation: NH City

Accommodation Name: Hotel NH City, Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast

Country hopping between Brazil and Argentina, today you’ll cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, otherwise known as Fraternity Bridge, to explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Adding a new stamp to your passport as you cross through customs, you’ll drive through the lush and wildlife rich Argentinian Iguassu National Park to reach the falls and cascades which are equally as impressive from this side of the border. Boarding the open sided and near silent Ecological Jungle Train which is every bit as scenic and sensual as it sounds, you’ll pay a second visit to Devil’s Throat before heading to the airport to catch a flight to passionate, sexy, European influenced Buenos Aires.

Day 7 : Buenos Aires Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: NH City

Accommodation Name: Hotel NH City, Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Waking up in sultry, red bloodied Buenos Aires this morning is a prospect that should fill you with excitement. This meat loving, tango obsessed capital city is a mix of sultry charm and gritty splendor, with European inspired buildings and street art pops from every corner. Dive in to all BA has to offer on a sightseeing tour that will visit 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, outstanding Colon Theater, Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and San Telmo, the oldest district in the city. Finishing up in colorful and charming La Boca you’ll then have time to explore by yourself this afternoon before dressing up in your South American finest for a night of Argentinian steak and classic tango, accompanied by a spectacular live orchestra.

Day 8 : Buenos Aires Free Time

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: NH City

Accommodation Name: Hotel NH City, Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast

Make the most of your free day in Buenos Aires joining one of our many optional experiences. One option is to head out into the glorious pampas (grasslands) surrounding Buenos Aires to visit a working ranch to learn more about the gaucho culture, enjoying folk music, traditional dances and carriage rides before rounding off the experience with a juicy BBQ lunch. You also have the option of visiting the lush countryside region of Tigre Delta, which offers a laid-back vibe and a chance to see a different side of Argentine life. Or, soak in another type of culture with a visit to “El Querandi,” a house in the historical district considered a living testimony of the city for a wine tasting. You can also join an Argentinean Culinary Experience making your own empanada and sampling Argentinean steak. Lastly, take a lesson in the iconic tango.

Day 9 : Buenos Aires – Lima (2 Nights)

Location: Buenos Aires, Lima

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Accommodation Name: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast

From Argentina you’ll fly to Peru this morning, bound for the ‘City of the Kings’, Lima. Rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs the city has a real sense of faded yet romantic grandeur, with historical sights a plenty and a culinary scene that is revered the world over. Arriving here you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore, which isn’t hard to do in this cultural and artsy city. Head to Parque del Amor to admire the Gaudi style architecture with beautiful views over Lima Bay, or take a wander around popular and bustling Miraflores. Tonight, in celebration of your first night in Peru, dinner should absolutely involve fresh ceviche followed by a tangy Pisco Sour as you toast to sunset.

Day 10 : Lima Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Accommodation Name: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Iconic Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the famous Plaza Mayor and Cathedral as well as the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs. Your afternoon and evening are free to join one of our exciting choice experiences. Take a walking tour with a local expert of the lively Miraflores district highlighting the Boardwalk of Miraflores, a cliff rising above the ocean at around 130 feet and the Larcomar shopping area. Or, indulge your taste buds on a food tour through Barranco or a street food tour – from coffee to churros – through Lima’s city center. In the evening, opt to visit the colorful, musical Magic Water Fountains of Lima.

Day 11 : Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

Location: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley

Accommodation: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot

Accommodation Name: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot, Sacred Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Flying into Cusco, welcome to the Incan capital of the world! Boasting the richest heritage of any South American city, Cusco is a wealth of archaeological greatness and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It’s also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so throbs day and night with visitors exploring its ancient streets. Take in the ornate temples and Incan ruins as you arrive here. On the way to Sacred Valley, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during your visit to Chinchero Sunday market, still a very original market where you can find fruit and vegetable vendors as well as the occasional souvenir stall. Your guide will introduce you to some local produce such as potatoes, and if you wish, you can also taste some of the fruit. Make your way to a local Chichería to enjoy a typical lunch from the region. Learn about chicha, a local drink made of corn, and admire llamas and alpacas before making your way to the hotel.

Day 12 : Machu Picchu Excursion

Location: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley

Accommodation: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot

Accommodation Name: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot, Sacred Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is the day! Up bright and early this morning, you’ll travel to the ancient little town of Ollantaytambo to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the Incan village at the base of Machu Picchu. Slowly chugging your way through the rugged lands of the Sacred Valley, feel the excitement levels build as you pass by village settlements and towering mountains, the landscape changing as you descend. Making the last leg of the journey via shuttle, you’ll finally arrive at the most famous archaeological site of South America and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Catching a first glimpse of this awe inspiring ancient city above the clouds is a moment you’ll never forget, so be sure to take a few minutes just to soak it all in. Take your time exploring the vast complex of fascinating ruins and let the mind boggle at how it was all built, before descending the mountain and making your way back to the Sacred Valley. Visit the local home of Mrs. Rosa. Her house goes at least 7 generations back and is a fine example of Incan architecture. Learn more about how guinea pigs are raised, as well as ancient traditions kept alive until this day.

Day 13 : Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)

Location: Sacred Valley, Cusco

Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza

Accommodation Name: San Agustin Plaza, Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

Begin your day in Pisaq, famous for its local market and empanadas. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® as you taste the local food at a women-owned and operated empanada workshop. Learn from Mrs. Ernestina how to make empanadas out of seven different kinds of flour before enjoying the empanadas for lunch. Continuing on to Cusco you’ll also stop by the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 13th century, before arriving at the Incan capital of Cusco. Embark on a sightseeing tour of ancient Cusco visiting Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun and most important temple in the Incan Empire, before admiring the bounty of colonial art on display in the Cathedral.

Day 14 : Cusco Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza

Accommodation Name: San Agustin Plaza, Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kick off the final day of your tour joining for an optional experience. Head to Moray and Maras to see Incan farming and salt mining techniques at play or visit 17th century Piquillacta to view the pre-Incan citadel built by the Wari people. Another option is to indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Choco Museum to learn more about the Peruvian chocolate making process. In town, tour Cusco after dark learning the secrets of this ancient city or experience Cusco off the beaten track visiting tiny stores and cemeteries with plenty of personal stories along the way. If you’re looking for an all-day adventure, join a trip to Rainbow Mountain where you’ll take a rigorous hike through breathtaking scenery of mountains and lakes.

Day 15 : Depart Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

3 countries, 2 New Wonders of the World and 1 incredible adventure later, your trip will finally come to an end this morning. Leaving with priceless memories, a wealth of new knowledge and a wonderful group of new friends, you’ll make your way to the airport today. Departure is at leisure from Cusco Airport.

What's Included

  • All internal air included in trip cost

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Many meals included

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries

  • City orientation tours

  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences

What's Not Included

  • International flights

    International flights to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers for peace of mind.

  • Optional experiences not selected

    Any optional experiences not selected as part of your tour package are not included.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and souvenirs are not covered.

Mode of Transport

All internal air included in trip cost. Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries.

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are international flights included in the South America Discovery tour?

    No, international flights to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Are there any optional experiences not included in the South America Discovery tour?

    Yes, any optional experiences not selected as part of your tour package are not included.

  • What are the exclusions of the South America Discovery tour?

    Exclusions include international flights, travel insurance, some meals, optional experiences not selected, personal expenses, and tips and gratuities.

  • What is the primary tag of the South America Discovery tour?

    The primary tag of the South America Discovery tour is Coach tours (worldwide).

  • Are meals included in the South America Discovery tour?

    Yes, many meals are included in the South America Discovery tour.

  • What countries will I visit on the South America Discovery tour?

    On the South America Discovery tour, you will visit Brazil, Argentina, and Peru.

  • What are some of the highlights of the South America Discovery tour?

    Some highlights include exploring iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer, Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo, 9 de Julio Avenue, the "City of the Kings", Pisac Market, Machu Picchu, and Sacsayhuaman.

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect on the South America Discovery tour?

    You can expect cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted, on the South America Discovery tour.

  • Is travel insurance included in the South America Discovery tour?

    No, travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers for peace of mind.

  • Is there Wi-Fi available on the coach during the South America Discovery tour?

    Yes, there is luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries during the South America Discovery tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

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