Contrasts of South America Itinerary

Travel from the city sights of Lima through to the vibrant beat of Rio via Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle, Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls on this in-depth sojourn through South America.

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      USD $4,595
      CAD $4,890
      AUD $5,080
      EUR €3,535
      GBP £3,040
      NZD $6,020
      ZAR R46,240
      CHF FR4,355
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Day 1 Lima

Dive into the sights and delights of Lima and let this South American adventure begin.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Cuzco

Get acquainted with this charming city's intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures on a guided walking tour of its lesser-known sights. Don't miss the opportunity to sample mate de coca (coca tea).
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Travel through the lush Sacred Valley, looking out for the maize crops covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Stop in at a local community to learn about their traditional lifestyle and maybe try your tongue around a few words of the Quechua language. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins – a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 4-8 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Embark on the trek of a lifetime through dense forest and over high plateaux, up the steps of the Sun Gate to the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu. Spend a day exploring the site and learning about these fascinating ruins and their ancient history.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 2

Days 9-10 Amazon Jungle

Travel up-river in a motorised canoe to an eco-friendly jungle lodge in the heart of the Amazon Jungle. Fall asleep to a chorus of nocturnal creatures and wake to exotic birdcalls. Take a guided walk through the jungle with a local guide, and learn about the Amazon's exotic wildlife and indigenous inhabitants, as well as the medicinal properties and practical uses of native jungle plants.

Day 11 Lima

Catch a flight back to Lima and perhaps spend an evening in one of Lima's world-class restaurants.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 12-13 Buenos Aires

Walk along cosmopolitan streets, discover famous Argentinean attractions and landmarks, and sample fine local fare along the way. Meat lovers will go wild over the world-renowned Argentinean steaks, while those with a sweet tooth will delight in caramel cookie-like treats called alfajores. Stay up late to dance the tango in a musical milonga, shop up a storm in elegant boutiques and be spoilt by the plethora of activities and places to visit in Buenos Aires.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 14-15 Ibera wetlands

The wetlands cover an area the size of Belgium, so there’s plenty to explore. Roam the marshes, lagoons and grasslands, and keep an eye out for a rich array of wildlife; howler monkeys, otters, alligators, marsh deer, wolves and hundreds of species of birds all call the wetlands home.
ACCOM: Ranchstay - 2

Days 16-17 Iguazu falls

Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, the sheer presence of the Iguazu Falls will blow your mind. It’s no wonder these mammoth falls are on the Unesco World Heritage List. Walk the foot trails of the national reserve and watch as rushes of water cascade over cliffs and mist rises through the rainforests. Both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of the falls offer brilliant views.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 18-19 Rio de Janeiro

There is plenty to see and do in flamboyant, rambunctious Rio de Janeiro, the heart of Brazil. Visit Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado and admire amazing panoramas of the city, or head to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car. For some seriously eye-popping people watching, head down to the white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. And what trip to Rio would be complete without a samba boogie? Yes, the only way to truly experience this city is to try to keep up with it!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1