Grand Tour of South America, Sept 2022
Amazonian rainforest, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white sandy beaches, and unique wildlife - the wonders of South America make for an incredible experience! Take this journey visiting six amazing countries, starting off in the Amazon jungle before cruising the Galapagos Islands. Visit the 'Lost City of the Incas' at Machu Picchu, explore Lake Titicaca, marvel at the mighty waterfalls of Iguazu, and embrace the beautiful cities of Quito, Lima, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. You'll fall in love with the rich history and vast range of cultures, colours and sights, all in comfort and style.
YOUR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE • Explore the wonders of the Amazon rainforest with a three night stay at the stunning Sacha Lodge • 5 day Galapagos Islands cruise on board the Santa Cruz II • Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, the majestic Andean Mountains reflecting in the azure waters of Lake Titicaca, and the incredible Iguazu Falls • Quito, with the most beautiful historic centre of any Latin American capital city • Rio de Janeiro's natural beauty and vibrant beach culture • A World Journeys host to guide you every step of the way
Stay in an eco-lodge in the pristine Amazon Rainforest Experience the wonders of the Amazon rainforest staying at the famous Sacha Lodge with the only canopy walk in the Amazon, a birdwatching tower, and butterfly house.
Experience a traditional Inca ceremony At Lake Titicaca, witness an Inca offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) led by a traditionally-dressed Shaman.
Be immersed in the ancient history of Peru Visit the marvellous Larco Herrera Museum located in the 18th century mansion, surrounded by beautiful gardens. We will see the museum's amazing archaeological collection.
Learn to dance the tango in Buenos Aires Learn to dance the tango and enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a multi award-winning tango show.
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Sun 4: Auckland > Santiago Fly to Santiago and transfer to our hotel.
Mon 5: Santiago (B) Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Santiago.
Tue 6: Santiago > Quito (B) Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Quito via Lima. On arrival Quito, transfer to our hotel.
Wed 7: Quito (B-D) Explore this charming city, once the northern capital of the Incan Empire and the first ever designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening we will enjoy an included Welcome Dinner.
Thu 8: Quito > Amazon Jungle (B-L-D) We take a short flight over the Andes into the Amazon jungle. Then we transfer two hours by river to the stunning Sacha Lodge, set in primary rainforest.
Fri 9 & Sat 10: Amazon Jungle (B-L-D) Spend our days on nature walks, twilight river excursions and discovering the incredible birds, butterflies and wildlife. Other activities include piranha fishing and a treetop canopy walk, a great place to watch the sunset! Superb naturalist guides will help bring this incredible environment alive!
Sun 11: Amazon Jungle > Quito (B) Morning transfer by river then fly to Quito for overnight.
Mon 12: Quito > Galapagos Islands (B-L-D) Fly to the Galapagos and transfer to our expedition ship, the Santa Cruz II. Later, enjoy an excursion to see lagoon birds and swim or snorkel from a beautiful white beach.
Tue 13: Galapagos Islands (B-L-D) Spend the morning at Buccaneer Cove, home to a range of marine birds and some impressive geological formations. In the afternoon visit Puerto Egas for amazing lava formations and a great place to witness the marine iguana. Swim or snorkel with sea lions, marine turtles and a myriad of fish.
Wed 14: Galapagos Islands (B-L-D) See Rabida Island with its red sandy beaches and very rich marine and bird life. In the afternoon visit Bartolome Island and enjoy a zodiac ride to spot the Galapagos penguins.
Thu 15: Galapagos Islands (B-L-D) Visit Tower Island and moor inside a collapsed volcanic crater. Once ashore, marvel at the incredible range of birdlife. In the afternoon, visit Darwin Bay which is very rich in bird and marine life. Here you may swim, snorkel or enjoy a glass bottom boat ride.
Fri 16: Galapagos Islands > Lima (B) Our final morning includes a real highlight, visiting the giant tortoise in their natural habitat in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Then fly to the mainland and connect to Lima.
Sat 17: Lima (B) A full day of great sightseeing in this historic city, including a visit to the wonderful Larco Herrera Museum.
Sun 18: Lima > Sacred Valley of the Incas (B-D) We take a short flight to Cuzco and then transfer to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, situated at a lower altitude which will help us to acclimatise to altitude.
Mon 19: Sacred Valley of the Incas (B-L) A full day exploring this picturesque valley. Visit the Inca salt mines at Maras, amazing Moray and the very impressive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo. Enjoy a Peruvian Paso Horse show at our special lunch.
Tue 20: Sacred Valley of the Incas > Machu Picchu (B-L-D) Travel by train to Machu Picchu, the incredible 'Lost City of the Incas'. We will have lunch and then enjoy a guided tour around this archaeological gem. Dinner and overnight in our luxury hotel.
Wed 21: Machu Picchu > Cuzco (B) Return by train to visit the famous weaving village of Chinchero and amazing scenery on our way back to Cuzco.
Thu 22: Cuzco (B) Morning tour of historic Cuzco, including the beautiful Cathedral and the impressive Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Then enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore.
Fri 23: Cuzco > Puno (B) Luxury train to Puno. Overnight at a lakeside hotel.
Sat 24: Lake Titicaca (B-L-D) Cruise Lake Titicaca and overnight aboard a catamaran with private facilities. Enjoy a fascinating visit to Isla del Sol, the birthplace of the Incas.
Sun 25: Lake Titicaca > La Paz (B-L) Continue across the lake, then by road to La Paz. We'll see some amazing views of the Royal Chain of the Andes.
Mon 26: La Paz (B) Morning tour to the markets of the most 'Indian' of South American capital cities. Also visit the mysterious Moon Valley and Mario Sarabia, a world-famous ceramics artist.
Tue 27: La Paz > Rio de Janeiro (B) We fly to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to our hotel.
Wed 28: Rio de Janeiro (B) Visit the historical centre of old Rio, then take two cable cars to the summit of Sugarloaf. Afternoon at leisure.
Thu 29: Rio de Janeiro (B) Visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer and later pass by Rio's famous beaches. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Fri 30: Rio de Janeiro > Iguazu Falls (B) Fly to the mighty Iguazu Falls and tour the Brazilian side. Visit a wonderful bird and wildlife park before transferring to our hotel situated in Argentina.
Sat 1: Iguazu Falls (B) Morning tour with amazing falls views then the highlight, the Devil's Throat Cataract - the most impressive in the world.
Sun 2: Iguazu Falls > Buenos Aires (B) Fly to elegant Buenos Aires and transfer to our hotel.
Mon 3: Buenos Aires (B) Tour Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of the Americas'.
Tue 4: Buenos Aires (B-D) Explore, shop, or relax in this great city. In the evening we will enjoy a special farewell dinner and tango show.
Wed 5: Buenos Aires > Auckland (B) Transfer to the airport for our flight home via Santiago.
Thu 6: In Flight
Fri 7: Auckland
• Economy Class airfares ex Auckland • Airline and airport taxes • A World Journeys host • Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels and lodges • Galapagos accommodation in a Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin on the Santa Cruz II, cabin upgrades are possible at additional cost - subject to availability • Transfers, sightseeing, and entrance fees as per the itinerary • Meals as indicated (B-L-D) • Gratuities
Pricing (per person) $NZD
2022 4 September
Booking conditions A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is required, with the balance due 3 June 2022. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory. Please refer to World Journeys' terms and conditions and our health and medical requirements at www.worldjourneys.co.nz
A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is required, with the balance due 3 June 2022. As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory. Please refer to World Journeys' terms and conditions and our health and medical requirements at www.worldjourneys.co.nz
Not included • Items of a personal nature
• Travel insurance (mandatory)
• Visas (if applicable)
• Optional activities
• A Galapagos Islands National Park fee of US$100 per person is payable on arrival
• Items of a personal nature • Travel insurance (mandatory) • Visas (if applicable) • Optional activities • A Galapagos Islands National Park fee of US$100 per person is payable on arrival
Gratuity In the countries we are visiting, tipping is customary. For a hassle-free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by the World Journeys host for all group activities.
In the countries we are visiting, tipping is customary. For a hassle-free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by the World Journeys host for all group activities.