Discover three of South America’s greatest cities—Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires—at a leisurely pace. Finish it all off with a visit to the continent’s top destinations: Peru and the fascinating Galápagos Islands. On this tour you’ll have plenty of free time in each city to explore and experience the many restaurants, shops, and optional excursions. First, break up your journey to Brazil with a 2-night stay in Santiago, scenic capital of Chile. Your adventure begins with an included guided sightseeing tour that introduces you to the city and its sites, and you’ll also have plenty of free time to explore on your own. Next, fly from South America’s west coast to its east coast and arrive in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for three overnights. In Rio, view the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain; sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail; catch a Samba show; and enjoy famous Copacabana Beach for endless people watching! While in Buenos Aires, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried, and learn how at the age of 33 she was declared the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation.” You’ll learn more about her life on your sightseeing tour in Buenos Aires. And no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a Tango show, the world’s most sensuous dance, in a city where romance permeates the air.
A major highlight on this journey is a visit to Iguassu Falls in between your two city stays. It truly is one of the most spectacular sights on Earth. See the impressive falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. Brazil’s view takes you through clouds of mist and the opportunity to see these 275 falls, spanning nearly two miles! Argentina’s side allows you to walk along the boardwalk network and embark on a jungle train through the forest for unforgettable views. Hear the deafening roar and admire the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray, and take in the majesty of this wonder of the world.
Head north to Peru, where a city stay in Lima reveals the colonial heritage of Peruvians, then venture to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, two of the most stunning and mystical places on Earth. Glimpse the ancient history and culture, and enjoy the unique opportunity to stay overnight in both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, where you’ll have guided sightseeing of all the major Inca ruins, the chance to visit a local Inca home, and traditional Indian market. From the charming city of Cusco, where you’ll have a full day to explore the city and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, you’ll head to fascinating Lake Titicaca, a lake of floating islands, maintained over centuries by the local Indians who build their islands and homes from the continuously sinking reeds.
Finish your vacation by flying to Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands. Just like Charles Darwin, you’ll be able to see many species of animals and birds that call the Galápagos their home. On your 4-night cruise, watch for blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, land iguanas, flamingos, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life.
This discovery of South America’s greatest cities, the wonders of Iguassu Falls, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Galápagos delivers the fullest experience and will generate stories you can tell for years to come.
NOTE: Price includes internal air and taxes. International air ticket numbers must be provided upon booking. Guaranteed share option is not available on this tour.