Ultimate South America

Ultimate South America

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Ultimate South America

28 Days Starting in Lima, Peru and ending in Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Visiting: Lima, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno, Copacabana, La Paz, Uyuni, Salt Flats, San Pedro de Atacama, Calama, El Tatio, Santiago, Mendoza Province, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, State of Rio de Janeiro

Tour operator:

Wendy Wu

Tour code:

1531

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 18

Physical rating:

Medium, Physical Rating: 2

Age range:

12-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From:
$15914
$14589 including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$637 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$687

NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

The ultimate tour of South America, this all-encompassing journey will take you through the landscapes of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil on an epic adventure. Our Ultimate South America tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites including Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Highlights

  • Originally named the City of the Kings, Lima is rich in heritage.

  • Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes.

  • Cusco has some of the richest heritage in Latin America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Visit Copacabana Sanctuary, followed by a catamaran cruise across Lake Titicaca to Sun Island.

  • Enjoy a walking tour of the city with a journey in a cable car for a bird's eye view of the capital.

  • Visit either the local museum or view the Coquesa Mummies in a cave close to Tunupa Volcano.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Fly To Lima

Location: Lima

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Lima! You will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. You have the rest of the afternoon to yourselves before a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

Day 1 : Fly To Lima

Location: Lima

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Lima! You will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. You have the rest of the afternoon to yourselves before a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2 : Explore Lima

Location: Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast

Originally named the City of the Kings, Lima is rich in heritage, which you'll see for yourself today. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre before stopping at several other of Lima's most famous sites. (B)

Day 2 : Explore Lima

Location: Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast

Originally named the City of the Kings, Lima is rich in heritage, which you'll see for yourself today. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre before stopping at several other of Lima's most famous sites. (B)

Day 3 : The Sacred Valley

Location: Sacred Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Fly from Lima to Cusco and transfer to Peru's famous Sacred Valley. On the way visit Pisac's colourful market, and enjoy lunch made from home-grown produce with the local community. The rest of the day is free. (B,L)

Day 4 : Train To Machu Picchu

Location: Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Ollantaytambo, board the panoramic Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 5 : Machu Picchu/Cusco

Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning you will visit the world famous citadel of Macchu Pichu. A guided tour will give you some insight into the Inca Empire and an understanding of how its inhabitants lived many centuries ago. The tour includes up to four hours of sightseeing, plus some free time to explore on your own. Return to the village of Machu Picchu before riding the train back to Poroy followed by your transfer to Cusco. (B)

Day 6 : Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Home to an incredible Incan legacy, Cusco has some of the richest heritage in Latin America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara, the ‘Red Fortess’. Spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 7 : Train Through The Andes

Location: Puno

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today take a train from Cusco to Puno. Journey through amazing Andean landscapes to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, passing through the spectacular Peruvian highlands. The train has 4 dining cars, a bar car and an observation car. Along the way you will enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared with exquisite Andean ingredients and there will be music and dance shows on board. (B,L)

Day 8 : Lake Titicaca

Location: Copacabana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Puno today, travel to the lakeside town of Copacabana, Bolivia. Visit Copacabana Sanctuary, followed by a catamaran cruise across Lake Titicaca to Sun Island. Visit the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, and take a short trip on a huge traditional Titicaca reed vessel for your journey to Pikokaina Inca Palace. Cross the Strait of Tiquina before reboarding the Catamaran for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 9 : Travel To La Paz

Location: La Paz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Lake Titicaca today for La Paz. Enjoy a walking tour of the city with a journey in a cable car for a bird's eye view of the capital. Continue on to the Moon Valley, an area of tall clay spires, formed by erosions of the mountains in the area. This day is at altitude. (B,L,D)

Day 10 : Explore Salar De Uyuni

Location: Uyuni

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Uyuni today for a fascinating tour of the world-famous Bolivian Salt Flats. Start exploring straight away, visiting the Train Cemetery and Salt Museum before continuing to the ancient mummies of Tunupa Volcano. After, retire to your hotel – made entirely out of salt - where you will spend the night. (B,L,D)

Day 11 : Salar De Uyuni

Location: Salt Flats

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend a full day in the Salar de Uyuni, where depending on weather conditions, you'll visit either the local museum or view the Coquesa Mummies in a cave close to Tunupa Volcano. Later, enjoy a picnic on the salt flats. (B, L, D)

Day 12 : San Pedro De Atacama

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will bid farewell to Bolivia and cross the Atacama Desert to reach San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This day is at altitude. (B,L)

Day 13 : Atacama Desert

Location: Calama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, drive out into the otherworldly landscapes to visit the Salar de Atacama and the quaint desert village of Toconao. This afternoon, you’ll continue to Death and Moon valleys. (B,L)

Day 14 : El Tatio

Location: El Tatio

Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise early and travel for around 2 hours deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio Geysers. Enjoy a guided walk amongst the mud craters and bubbling geysers. After, travel through the Andes Mountain Range to the small desert village of Machuca. Later this evening, take advantage of some of the darkest skies in the world and participate in a stargazing session whilst enjoying a glass of wine. (B)

Day 15 : Explore Santiago

Location: Santiago

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Calama to fly to Chile's capital city, Santiago. Discover this vibrant city, including visits to the Plaza de Armas and Cerro Hill. End the day with dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 16 : Valparaiso

Location: Santiago

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel westwards out of the capital today for a full day's tour of Valparaiso, the bohemian port town. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valparaiso is a unique and delightful tangle, draped over a series of hills on Chile's coast. Explore this charming town on foot and by funicular, before returning to Santiago this afternoon. (B,L)

Day 17 : Across The Andes

Location: Mendoza Province

Meals Included: Breakfast

Bid farewell to Chile as you travel across the Andes to Argentina. Pass alongside Aconcagua (South America's tallest mountain) before arriving in Mendoza, home of Argentina's world-famous wine industry. (B)

Day 18 : Mendoza Wine Tour

Location: Mendoza Province

Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a relaxed city tour of Mendoza before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 19 : Maipu Valley

Location: Mendoza Province

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a full day tour of Maipu Valley, where you will taste some delicious local wines from the Malbec grape followed by a delicious lunch. (B,L)

Day 20 : Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a morning flight to Argentina's flamboyant capital, Buenos Aires. The Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is a romantic and lively city. (B)

Day 21 : Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy the irresistible combination of Latin flair and European elegance on a Buenos Aires city tour. Visit the vibrant districts of La Boca, San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Palermo and Recoleta. This evening sit down for dinner and an exciting tango show. (B,L,D)

Day 22 : The Pampas

Location: Buenos Aires

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the day just outside the city on the vast, fertile grasslands known as the pampas, on a traditional estancia (ranch). Here you’ll get some insight into the life of folk heroes, the gaucho and after a typical Argentinian asado lunch, there will be a fun folklore show. (B,L)

Day 23 : Iguazu Falls

Location: Iguazu Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Say farewell to Buenos Aires to board your plane over to Puerto Iguazu, the town closest to the incredible wonder that is Iguazu Falls. The incredible Iguazu Falls spans the border of Argentina and Brazil and features hundreds of rushing cascades, set in a lush rainforest scene. (B,D)

Day 24 : Meet The Mbororé Aldea People

Location: Iguazu Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day on the Argentinian side of Iguazu falls, with a trip to the most impressive observation point – the Devil's Throat. Visit the Mbororé Aldea community this afternoon where you will learn about this ancient tribe's way of life. (B,D)

Day 25 : Fly To Rio De Janeiro

Location: State of Rio de Janeiro

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cross the border to visit the Brazilian side of the falls, followed by a transfer to the local airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's 'Cidade Maravilhosa'. (B)

Day 26 : Explore Rio

Location: State of Rio de Janeiro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today you willl experience many of Rio's most iconic sites including Mount Corcovado where Christ the Redeemer sits, Tijuca Forest, Urca neighbourhood and two cable car journeys to Sugarloaf Mountain. From here, you will be able to gaze down upon the city, Corcovado and the surrounding islands. (B,L)

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    26 nights in 4 star accommodation

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Entrance Fees

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

    International flights from/to the UK

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals

    Breakfasts: 26, Lunches: 14, Dinners: 12

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Over the age of twelve

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, international flights from/to the UK

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This trip has a physical rating of 2: Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 people

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4* accommodation

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any changes to confirmed bookings need to be sent to us in writing via your travel agent. Please refer to our booking conditions for further information and fees.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your Final Travel Documents are usually sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Your travel pack will include your tour itinerary, hotel details, flight e-tickets and a travel guide. If you have booked with a travel agent, your tickets will be dispatched to your travel agent unless we have been otherwise informed.

  • Will I be travelling with passengers from other countries?

    Our passengers generally enjoy the mixture of British, Australian and American clients on tour. Occasionally we are joined by English-speaking passengers from other countries.

  • Do you allow children on your tours?

    We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our private or tailormade tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour.

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Operator discount: -$637

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Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$773

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Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Wendy Wu allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 0 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Wendy Wu requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wendy wu charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • How we Keep you safe on our Tours

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority which is why we’ve instituted the most stringent COVID health and safety protocols on all of our tours. Here is a brief summary of the steps we are taking to ensure you will be safe, secure and satisfied when you travel with us.


    Guides and National Escorts
    Our National Escorts and guides will conduct a Health and Safety briefing with you before the tour begins and will help everyone ensure they adhere to social distancing, hygiene practises and local regulations. They will carry a supply of face masks and hand sanitiser for you to use free of charge and will, of course, observe the highest level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Should anyone on the group fall ill your National Escort will ensure the individual receives swift medical attention and can only return to the group once cleared to do so.


    Transport & Sightseeing
    Vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each excursion service, overnight and between different groups.

    You will always have at least one seat between you and your fellow tourers, hand sanitiser will be given to the group on each embarkation and vehicles will be thoroughly ventilated prior to passengers boarding.

    Drivers will always embark vehicles after clients, disembark the group vehicle prior to clients disembarking, and maintain social distancing and a high level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Your guides will assess the situation on the ground avoiding large crowds – where possible, alter timings and splitting the group into smaller sizes.


    Accommodation
    Wendy Wu Tours will only offer hotels that have undergone a detailed hygiene assessment, have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with government standards.

    We will ensure these protocols include staff practising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPI, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in all areas and food safety.


    Dining
    All the restaurants we visit will be researched and inspected regularly to ensure that they follow the strictest health, cleanliness and safety guidelines.

    All waiting staff will wear face masks and gloves and we will arrange à la carte dining, waiter-served meals or waiter-assisted buffets throughout the tour. We will not share open-buffet meals with other hotel or restaurant guests.

    Hand sanitiser will be provided to the group before and after every food and beverage service.

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