Enchanting South America

From Buenos Aires to Lima
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Small Group Tours
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Tour Description

The highlights of South America travel in three, totally unforgettable weeks: our Enchanting South America Tour packs an absolute punch, combining local culture with awe-inspiring natural and historical highlights. Ideal for those who want to savour the best of the continent in an organised, safe and totally fun small-group tour.

Sharing your venture with a small tribe of like-minded adventurers, we invite you to soak up the delights of titillating cities like Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Cusco, cast your eyes on the ancient wonder that is Machu Picchu, marvel at the mesmerizing force of mighty Iguazu Falls, admire the impressive Lake Titicaca and, just when you think your small-group tour couldn’t possibly get any better, dive into  the Amazon Rainforest, for an unparalleled jungle experience. A particularly genial ‘introduction’ for first-time visitors and a fabulous add-on to further Latin America travel, Enchanting South America Tour is the perfect casting-off point to this exciting and eclectic continent.

This itinerary is perfect for combining other experiences in South America, such as the incredibly contrasting landscapes of Chile or the one-of-a-kind wildlife experiences of the Galapagos Islands.


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Experience some of the most amazing destinations in South America, from vibrant cities like Buenos Aires and Rio, to incredible natural wonders; Amazon, Lake Titicaca & Iguazu Falls, in 3 weeks!

"A group tour gives you the opportunity to explore in a fun and exciting environment surrounded by like-minded travellers. Experience a perfect balance between organised sightseeing and free time for independent discovery. " Ersan, Team Viva

Travel with confidence with a small group and guide. Plus we offer a “Willing to Share” option for all single travellers where we will pair you with another traveller of the same sex to share a twin room.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Buenos Aires

On arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel
Welcome to Buenos Aires, known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes.
Tonight there will be a pre departure welcome meeting and a welcome dinner with the group.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 2
Buenos Aires

A tour of Buenos Aires serves as a great introduction to this incredible city giving you a taste of its fascinating history, architecture, culture, inhabitants, anecdotes, and secrets.This evening enjoy an intimate & passionate tango show, housed in a cosy wood-panelled 19th century building in the heart of Buenos Aires historic center. Dinner included.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 3
Buenos Aires

Guided walking tour through Palermo discovering the history of the Argentinean food scene. The tour consists of 2-3 hours walking and stopping to taste the most iconic dishes. The food tour is a unique opportunity to experience the authentic neighbourhood of Palermo through its delicious food while listening to stories about its fascinating history. Includes: 5 stop in 5 different food shops or restaurants, including a meal in a premium steak house in Palermo. There are more than 30 different tastings, making this an awesome food experience! Notes: Start point in Palermo Hollywood (Plaza Mafalda).

OPTIONAL EXCURSION – This evening you may want to go watch the famous La Bomba de Tiempo show. A live concert of collaborating percussionist who perform improvised, powerful rhythmic music. Let your guide know a day before so tickets can be arranged in advance.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 4
Buenos Aires Iguazu

Today we depart Buenos Aires & fly to Iguazu Falls. Transfers & flights included. The spectacular Iguazu Falls that straddle the Argentine-Brazil border, are made up of 275 individual waterfalls lining a 2.7km wide horseshoe-shaped gorge.
Overnight in Iguazu, Brazil

Day 5

After an early morning pick up from your hotel, we cross back over the border and travel to the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Beginning at the visitor’s centre, we take a ride on the Rainforest Ecological train before exploring the upper and lower circuit footbridges. The footbridges, which are raised off the jungle floor, provide panoramic views from above and below the falls. A visit to Devil’s Gorge arguably the most spectacular falls, is one of the day’s highlights.
Overnight in Iguazu, Brazil

Day 6
Iguazu Rio de Janeiro

Today we see the falls from the Brazilian side of the border. After arriving at the visitor center, we board buses for a tour of the park. Equipped with panoramic windows, the buses are designed to maximize your views of the falls, while the walkways and steps allow you to get up close to the spray.
Following your tour of the falls, we will head to the Bird Park. Wonder through the 12 acres of subtropical forest to see many native species of birds in their natural habitat.
Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Rio. Upon arrival in to Rio you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Rio

Day 7
Rio de Janeiro

An early start this morning aiming to beat the crowds. Starting at the bottom of Corcovado Hill, where you will ascend the mountain by vehicle. Climbing 4km through the world’s largest urban national park, the Tijuca Forest, you will arrive at the statue of Christ the Redeemer. After some time with the panoramic views, the tour continues via the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa and its famous arches en route to Copacabana. You will have a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch before visiting the famous Sugarloaf with views across the entire city, where we have some drinks and will enjoy the sunset. After descending, passengers will return to their hotels.
Included: All transport, tickets and entry fees and lunch.
Approximate duration of tour: 8 hours.
Overnight in Rio

Day 8
Rio de Janeiro

Today is a free day for you to relax on one of Rio’s famous beaches such as Ipanema or Copacabana, or explore the city further at your leisure. We have a great selection of optional day tours. Please ask for more details.
In the evening we enjoy a traditional Brazilian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Rio

Day 9
Rio de Janeiro Lima

Free morning to enjoy Rio at leisure
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight from Rio to Lima.
On arrival into Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities.
Overnight in Lima

Day 10

Spend some time touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. Visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas, and the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima's magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past.
Overnight in Lima

Day 11
Lima Amazon

Today we fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, where we will transfer by boat to your lodge in the Amazon. All meals & a variety of jungle exclusions are included during your stay with local naturalist guides.

Overnight at a Peru Amazon Lodge

Day 12

There are a variety of Amazon tours included, your day might look like:
After breakfast we head to Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake, 30 minutes by boat and then a 45 minute hike from the lodge. At the lake we set out in a catamaran, keeping a look out for giant river otters, caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. There is a resident family of 9 giant river otters here.
After lunch at the lodge, an informative Ethnobotanical Tour will be conducted by a local group who run a small medicinal clinic using forest plants. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose to attend their small clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.
In the evening after dinner, there is an optional night walk to find nocturnal animals by the reflection from their eyes in the flashlights, whilst listening to the hive of activity at this time.

Overnight at a Peru Amazon Lodge

Day 13

There are a variety of Amazon tours included, your day might look like:
Enjoy the spectacle of a clay lick just a short walk from the lodge to see dozens of beautifully coloured parakeets and parrots. Later, trek from the lodge on the Ceiba Trail for two hours, studying the natural history of the rainforest with your knowledgeable guide. Following lunch, take a boat downriver to the community of Infierno to visit their farm of Amazon crops.
Overnight at a Peru Amazon Lodge

Day 14
Amazon Cusco

After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for your flight from Puerto Maldonado to the famous Cusco where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 15

Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay. Lunch included.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 16
Cusco Sacred Valley

Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market. The colonial village of Pisac sits at the base of the spectacular Pisac Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colourful market stalls before a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue your journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo. The town, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning and was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Lunch is included today
Overnight Aguas Calientes

Day 17
Machu Picchu Cusco

An early morning start for your first sights of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430 meters above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites, but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world’s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas abandoned the city just prior to Spanish colonisation, the city was never pillaged and as a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition. With its location on a dramatic ridgeline surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three sides, the city of Machu Picchu is a remarkable place to visit. You will be astonished by your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows.

Later in the afternoon we travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo Train Station, we will transfer by road back to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 18

Today is at leisure allowing you to spend wandering the cobble-stoned streets of the ancient Inca capital.
This evening, enjoy dinner and show in a nearby restaurant
Overnight in Cusco

Day 19
Cusco Puno

After breakfast you will be driven to Puno.This drive will take you through sleepy Andean villages, past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas, and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. You will stop for lunch along the way and arrive into Puno early evening, where you will have dinner at the hotel.
Overnight Puno

Day 20
Puno Lake Titicaca

Starting early around 7am, we will head to the port to board our speedboat & head to Taquile Island. Disembarking at a secluded part of the island, we explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island (exclusive). Enjoy a pristine sandy beach for some time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. Hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. In 2005, "Taquile and its Textile Art" were proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.
Our journey continues by speedboat to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world. Then experience the preparation of "Pachamanca", a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens, and one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but scenic restaurant. For the more adventurous there is an optional kayak along the coast of Llachon.
After lunch we leave Santa Maria and 35 minutes later we arrive at a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Ccapi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. There are optional tours in reed boats before we depart back to Puno at 15:25 pm. Expect to reach the hotel around 5pm.
Overnight in Puno

Day 21
Puno Lima

Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Julianca Airport for your flight back to Lima for a final night.
Overnight Lima

Day 22
Lima Departure Day

Time to say farewell to your fellow travelling companions as your tour comes to an end.

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What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 18 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights twin-share Refugio or Posada Amazon Lodge with private en-suite facilities
  • Included Copy 31 Single supplement for single room is 25% of the total tour cost. Shared options available
  • Included Copy 20 21 Breakfast, 11 Lunches & 8 Dinners
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Fully Escorted within South America (Buenos Aires to Lima) for groups with 10 or more passengers
  • Included Copy 20 Departures 9 passengers or less, will include services of our Local English Speaking Guides
  • Included Copy 20 All Airport transfers
  • Included Copy 20 All Tours with local English speaking guide
  • Included Copy 20 All entrance fees, national park fees on all day tours
  • Included Copy 20 Internal flights within South America as per itinerary with LATAM
  • Included Copy 31 NOTE: Internal flights are on LATAM Airpass. Surcharge applies if International is not LATAM
  • Included Copy 7 International flights not included
  • Included Copy 7 Iguazu Tourist Tax payable locally only ARS50 (USD3.40), Gratuities, Laundry, Drinks
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  • Included Buenos Aires experiences: - Half Day City Tour, Food Tour, Dinner & Tango Show
  • Included Iguazu Experienes: Full Day Argentina Falls, Half Day Brazil Falls & Bird Park
  • Included Rio Experiences: Full Day Corcovado & Sugarloaf with Sunset Drinks
  • Included Lima City tour
  • Included From Puno: Visit Inca Burial ground of Sillustani, Full Day Lake Titicaca Boat Tour
  • Included Cusco & Surrounds: Half Day City Tour, Full Day to Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour
  • Included Amazon lodge stay
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