South American Experience

This sample three-week South America holiday from the Pacific to the Atlantic includes the highlights of the Inca Empire in Peru and travels across Lake Titicaca into Bolivia before taking in Buenos Aires and the Iguazu Falls on the way to Rio de Janeiro.

Highlights: Cuzco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Lake Titicaca – La Paz – Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro

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DAY 1:

Fly to Lima. On arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel. Lima is our gateway to the marvels of Peru so you won’t have much time to explore the city.

DAY 2:

Transfer to the airport in time for to catch your flight east to Cuzco. On arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Afternoon tour of Ollantaytambo.

DAY 3:

Morning excursion to the salt pools at Maras which have been used since pre-Inca times. We would be delighted to discuss other excursions and activities such as local markets, a zipwire adrenaline experience or a visit to one of the social projects supported by the Latin America Travel Association (LATA) Foundation.

DAY 4:

A full-day tour to Machu Picchu travelling by train from Ollanta station to Aguas Calientes and by bus to the Inca citadel. Guided tour of the site. Overnight at a hotel in the local village or at the only hotel next to the ruins. We can also arrange a trek of the last part of the traditional Inca Trail to arrive at Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.

DAY 5:

Morning at leisure to return to Machu Picchu or to explore the market in the local village. Afternoon train back to the Sacred Valley, before your onward transfer by road to your hotel in Cuzco. Did you know that Cuzco is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site?

DAY 6:

Half-day guided tour of the capital of the Inca empire, exploring the wonders of Cuzco, including the amazing fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking the city. Free afternoon for your own activities, such as cooking classes, mountain-biking, riding or perhaps a show.

DAY 7:

Free day in Cuzco. This would be an ideal day to arrange an activity such as white-water rafting or a riding and trekking excursion.

DAY 8:

Travel to Lake Titicaca on board the luxury Titicaca Train, which runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

DAY 9:

Full day excursion out on the picturesque Lake Titicaca to the Uros Islands and to either Taquile or Amantani (above).

DAY 10:

Full day’s journey from Puno via Copacabana and the Island of the Sun before crossing Lake Titicaca to reach La Paz.

DAY 11:

Half day tour of La Paz with special insight into the city from a shoe-shiner. The tour continues to the Moon Valley. Free afternoon

DAY 12:

Fly from La Paz over to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city.

DAY 13:

City tour of Buenos Aires, including the Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and the Puerto Madero docklands, now a thriving area of bars and restaurants. The tour ends at the elegant district of Recoleta. In the evening enjoy a tango show with dinner.

DAY 14:

Day at leisure in Buenos Aires to relax or further explore the city. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange any particular excursions or activities, for example a day trip across the border to Colonia in neighbouring Uruguay.

DAY 15:

Fly to Iguazu on the Argentine side of the border and transfer from the airport, via the falls to your hotel in Brazil.

DAY 16:

Day to explore the Brazilian side of the falls. Please let us know if you would like to book a tour of the impressive Itaipu Dam.

DAY 17:

Fly to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour to Sugarloaf mountain.

DAY 18:

Half day excursion to Corcovado and the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.

DAY 19-21:

Transfer to Angra Dos Reis, Buzios, Ilha Grande, or stay in Paraty for a few days of rest and relaxation at the end of your holiday.

DAY 22:

Transfer to Rio International Airport in time to check in for your transatlantic flight home. Farewell South America!

The above sample South America holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


We offer a range of accommodation from three star standard hotels to five star luxury so please chat to our staff for informed advice and expertise to discuss arrangements for your tailor-made South America holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your South America Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample South America holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made South Americaholiday.

Duration of your South America Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your South America holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote for your tailor-made South America holiday together with  links to hotel websites, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made South America holiday.