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Grand South America (Insight Vacations Luxury Gold)
 
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Set out on the grandest of South American tours as you discover Lima, the City of the Kings, explore the salt pans of the Sacred Valley and see the mysterious Machu Picchu up close, with an expert-led tour of the lost city before it opens to the crowds. C...

Duration
23 Days
Countries
4
Next Departure
26-Aug-2022
Starting at
USD 13,395.00
USD 12,231.00
Price per day
USD 532.00

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Grand South America

Summary

Set out on the grandest of South American tours as you discover Lima, the City of the Kings, explore the salt pans of the Sacred Valley and see the mysterious Machu Picchu up close, with an expert-led tour of the lost city before it opens to the crowds. Cruise Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands, where locals collect reeds to create their floating homes and pause in the Casablanca Valley for a wine tasting at the boutique Kingston Family Winery. In Buenos Aires, take in the balcony made famous by the former First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, and adventure onwards to the thundering cascades of Iguassu Falls. Across the Brazilian border in Rio de Janeiro, dial down the pace with cocktails on Copacabana Beach and dinner at the esteemed and century-old Confeitaria Colombo.

Grand South America (Insight Vacations Luxury Gold)

Short Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrive In Lima, Peru.
Day 2.
Lima, City Of The Kings.
Day 3.
On To The Sacred Valley.
Day 4.
Exploring The Sacred Valley. Relaxed Start
Day 5.
Journey To Machu Picchu.
Day 6.
Mysterious Machu Picchu.
Day 7.
Return To Cusco. Relaxed Start
Day 8.
Historical Cusco. Relaxed Start
Day 9.
Lake Region Of Peru.
Day 10.
The Floating Islands Of Lake Titicaca.
Day 11.
Puno, Back To Lima.
Day 12.
Fly To Santiago.
Day 13.
The Sights Of Santiago.
Day 14.
Valparaiso And Wine Country.
Day 15.
Fly To Buenos Aires.
Day 16.
Beautiful Buenos Aires.
Day 17.
Pampas, Estancias And Gauchos. Relaxed Start
Day 18.
The Falls Of Iguassu.
Day 19.
The 'Great Waters' Of Iguassu Falls.
Day 20.
Rio De Janeiro, City Of Sea And Samba.
Day 21.
Exploring Rio De Janeiro. Relaxed Start
Day 22.
A Farewell To Rio De Janeiro.
Day 23.
Depart Rio De Janeiro. Departure Flight

Visited Countries (4): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru

Visited cities (12): Buenos Aires, Colombo, Cusco, Juliaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Rio de Janeiro, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar

Highlights

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Lima: Take a guided visit of the Monastery and its catacombs.
  • Lima: Visit the historic Torre de Tagle Palace and the Central Reserve Bank museum.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Machu Picchu: Visit a working tea plantation.
  • Machu Picchu: View the world's largest private collection of indigenous orchids around your hotel surrounded by the Cloud Forest.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Machu Picchu: Explore Machu Picchu further with a guided hike up to Inti Punku, also known as Sun Gate. These ruins are considered the main entrance for those who journey through the original Inca Trail. It offers a spectacular panoramic view of Machu Picchu from above.
  • Machu Picchu: Embark on a twilight nature walk where your guide will point out medicinal plants, sacred Pre-Inca pictographs, and an enchanting waterfall in the Cloud Forest.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Cusco: Visit the ruins of Tambo Machay and enjoy a leisurely 3.7 mile (6 km) downhill walk back to Cusco as you pass the ruins of Puca Pucara and Quenguo.
  • Cusco: Return to Cusco by vehicle and visit San Blas church and the surroundings of this fascinating artsy neighbourhood of Cusco. After San Blas, continue to San Pedro market for some local shopping and insight into Peruvian produce.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Santiago: Enjoy lunch with wine at El Castillo Forestal, a converted castle located in the Parque Forestal. This unique dining experience offers French cuisine with a turret room and a terrace with views of the park.
  • Santiago: Enjoy a Chilean seafood lunch with Wine. Mestizo Restaurante has incorporated aspects of international gastronomy to Chilean cuisine to create delicious ceviches, main dishes and desserts.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Buenos Aires: Enjoy an indigenous dinner crafted with contemporary flair. Specializing in native meats and alternatives, El Baqueano works with small producers and fishermen to create extraordinary seasonal delights.
  • Buenos Aires: An iconic gastronomic hub, enjoy a traditional steakhouse dinner featuring fresh and local ingredients that make for an exceptional experience.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Buenos Aires: Meet the local gauchos and learn about the traditions of these South American Cowboys on a horseback ride.
  • Buenos Aires: Explore the beautiful ranch on a leisurely walk, learning all about the gaucho lifestyle.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Rio de Janeiro: Visit this beautiful library that was built in the heart of Rio by the Portuguese monarchy.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Take a behind the scenes look at Rio's iconic Municipal Theater with a local expert.

Exceptional Dining

  • Callao Region: You can relax before meeting your Travelling Concierge at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner at MAYTA with chef Jamie Pesaque.
  • Lima: Enjoy a fantastic seafood restaurant in the trendy neighborhood of Barranco in Lima. This restaurant offers Peruvian classics in a great outdoor ambiance underneath the lush trees.
  • Sacred Valley: Experience a caja china lunch, a popular way to create a delicious meal in Peru, cooked in a wooden box.
  • Machu Picchu: Enjoy lunch at Café Inkaterra, located between the Machu Picchu train tracks and surrounded by lush forest.
  • Machu Picchu: Savour traditional Andean cuisine at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Cusco: Dine at MAP restaurant, one of the city's most prominent restaurants, situated on the lively, modern patio of the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.
  • Lake Titicaca: Sit down with community members for a farm-to-table lunch featuring ingredients grown on the island before exploring the terraced hillsides and viewing the skillfully made crafts the inhabitants are known for.
  • Lima: Savour a creative array of seasonal dishes created by chef Arlette Eulert at Matria. This Peruvian restaurant boasts organic ingredients that change according to the season.
  • Santiago: Enjoy lunch with wine at El Castillo Forestal, a converted castle located in the Parque Forestal. This unique dining experience offers French cuisine with a turret room and a terrace with views of the park.
  • Santiago: Enjoy a Chilean seafood lunch with Wine. Mestizo Restaurante has incorporated aspects of international gastronomy to Chilean cuisine to create delicious ceviches, main dishes and desserts.
  • Buenos Aires: Enjoy an indigenous dinner crafted with contemporary flair. Specializing in native meats and alternatives, El Baqueano works with small producers and fishermen to create extraordinary seasonal delights.
  • Buenos Aires: An iconic gastronomic hub, enjoy a traditional steakhouse dinner featuring fresh and local ingredients that make for an exceptional experience.
  • Buenos Aires: Savour a delicious meal, and enjoy fabulous live music, solo singers and a breathtaking display of authentic tango at Rojo Tango.
  • Get a taste of gaucho life with a delicious asado Highlight Lunch.
  • Iguassu Falls: Enjoy dinner with wine surrounded by a subtropical forest at Ipe Grill where you'll choose from a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Dine at a local churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, where you'll be served a variety of quality meats, a quintessentially Brazilian experience.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Indulge in a classic Highlight Lunch amid a lavish setting at the century-old Confeitaria Colombo. This prestigious coffee shop dates back to 1894.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Your Farewell Celebration Dinner is served at the French-Brazilian E'toile Restaurant. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from the 26th floor as you toast to your journey.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Dinner with Wine (DW), 22 Breakfast (B), 11 Lunch (L), and 2 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Chairman's Collection

  • Lima: Meet Dr. Canseco today and visit his beautiful home and hear about his family's history and his sucessful political and philanthropic career. Dr. Canseco comes from a long lineage of Peruvian politicians and has started his own political party in Peru in which he ran fro president. He also owns Quinoa farms in the highlands of Peru in which he uses as a part of his social program to support local indigenous farmers.

Journey Highlights

  • Lima: Take a guided visit of the Monastery and its catacombs.
  • Lima: Visit the historic Torre de Tagle Palace and the Central Reserve Bank museum.
  • Sacred Valley: Learn from locals about the process of salt mining.The cascading salt terraces along this scenic canyon have been harvested using an evaporation technique since the times of the Incas and has been passed down by local families, who still harvest salt from it today to sell to the local market.
  • Sacred Valley: A local shaman will perform a welcoming ceremony to the Sacred Valley and the mystical Andes Mountains that surround it.
  • Ollantaytambo: Join a local expert and visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. See the magnificent views of the ruins on the side of the cliffs above the Urubamba river.
  • Machu Picchu: Visit a working tea plantation.
  • Machu Picchu: View the world's largest private collection of indigenous orchids around your hotel surrounded by the Cloud Forest.
  • Machu Picchu: Spend a full day exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911 after being forgotten for centuries. A Local Expert helps you understand the enigmatic fortress abandoned by the Incas in the 16th century.
  • Machu Picchu: Explore Machu Picchu further with a guided hike up to Inti Punku, also known as Sun Gate. These ruins are considered the main entrance for those who journey through the original Inca Trail. It offers a spectacular panoramic view of Machu Picchu from above.
  • Machu Picchu: Embark on a twilight nature walk where your guide will point out medicinal plants, sacred Pre-Inca pictographs, and an enchanting waterfall in the Cloud Forest.
  • Sacred Valley: Travel back to the Sacred Valley by train, offering you great views with panoramic windows and an outdoor observation carriage.
  • Cusco: Join your Local Expert for a visit to the ruins of Sacsayhuman, on of the most important Incan sites and a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. You'll also visit Korikancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun, and the beautiful colonial neighborhood of San Blas and the magnificent Cathedral at Plaza de Armas which took 100 years to complete.
  • Puno: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Umayo before visiting the archeological site of Sillustani. Explore the stone burial towers 'chullpas' that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times.
  • Lake Titicaca: Visit the Uros Floating Islands to learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people and enjoy lunch with this community that bundles reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes.
  • Santiago: Meet a Local Expert for an in-depth city exploration. Start out at the heart of the city, seeing the Chilean University, San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill. Then visit the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral. Cross the Mapocho river to the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to San Cristobal Hill, where you will have the best views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains.
  • Santiago: Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.
  • Valparaiso: From Santiago, head west towards Valparaíso. Pass by the main square where you can see the monument honoring the 1879 Naval Battle of Iquique. Declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, Valparaíso offers unique ocean landscapes with colorful neighborhoods, picturesque cobblestone streets, and old cable cars. Then, take the coastal highway to the modern seaside city of Viña del Mar.
  • Buenos Aires: Take a tour of this historical and prestigious opera house and explore the Main Hall, Foyer, Bustos Gallery and the Golden Hall.
  • Buenos Aires: Explore the beautiful ranch on a leisurely walk, learning all about the gaucho lifestyle.
  • Iguassu Falls: Head to the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls and view the unfathomable Devil's Throat.
  • Iguassu Falls: Join a local expert for a spectacular walk past thundering curtains of water and misty rainbows on the Brazilian side of the falls. Explore the base of the falls and see the impressive panoramic view of San Martin Island.
  • Iguassu Falls: See several native birds in their natural habitat. One of the largest bird parks in Latin America, The Bird Park is an integrated conservation center for birds of the Atlantic Forest and his home to 120 species of birds.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Experience sightseeing with a Local Expert and a cable car journey to the lofty heights of Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Visit this beautiful library that was built in the heart of Rio by the Portuguese monarchy.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Take a behind the scenes look at Rio's iconic Municipal Theater with a local expert.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Take a train ride up Corcovado Hill through the Tijuca National Forest to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer and magnificent views over the legendary bay.

VIP Experiences

  • Lima: Visit the home of local artist Victor Delfin, known for his monumental El Beso sculpture at his workshop in the city's trendy Barranco district.
  • Cusco: Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques and how she has succeeded in bringing weaving once more to the forefront of her community.
  • Cusco: Savour a Pachamanca feast in the Sacred valley. This traditional way to slow cook local vegetables and meats using hot stones and clay pots underground is a communal rite in the Sacred Valley that dates back to pre-historic times. It is a way to celebrate and show gratitude to Pachamama, "Mother Earth".
  • Lake Titicaca: Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience a you as you meet a local family on Amantani Island. Home to about 4,000 inhabitants, you'll discover how the traditions and language of the Inca culture are being kept alive on this remote location not commonly visited by tourists.
  • Buenos Aires: Meet Alfredo Genovese at his Filetado workshop, recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Learn about this traditional artwork that can be found throughout the city decorating trucks, murals, and signs.
  • Ipanema: Meet Local Expert Cecelo, a local guitarist, music aficionado, and studio owner from Ipanema. Join him on a walking tour of Ipanema, the birthplace of Bossa Nova in the 1950s. Enjoy the sounds and sights of the place that inspired this new genre of samba music. After your tour, head back to your hotel where Cecelo will play you some Bossa Nova classics over a caipirinha cocktail.

Your Way

  • Cusco: Visit the ruins of Tambo Machay and enjoy a leisurely 3.7 mile (6 km) downhill walk back to Cusco as you pass the ruins of Puca Pucara and Quenguo.
  • Cusco: Return to Cusco by vehicle and visit San Blas church and the surroundings of this fascinating artsy neighbourhood of Cusco. After San Blas, continue to San Pedro market for some local shopping and insight into Peruvian produce.
  • Buenos Aires: Meet the local gauchos and learn about the traditions of these South American Cowboys on a horseback ride.

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