Best of South America & The Amazon


South America is a massive continent and is not the easiest places to travel. The weather varies greatly due to the proximity of the equator, there are five different currencies, and both Spanish and Portuguese are spoken. But what it throws you in challenges, it delivers five-fold in vibrancy of culture, diversity in eco-systems all offering a truly once-in-a lifetime experience.

From the cosmopolitan of Santiago, Chile’s capital, to a nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site port city, Valparaiso, with picturesque architecture and multi-coloured urban housing spread out over more than forty hills… You’ll see it all!

Onto Rio De Janeiro including the Christ Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain to the giant Brazilian and Argentine waterfalls and Buenos Aires where tango was born. Combine this with a luxury eco-lodge stay in the amazing Amazon rainforest, located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, Peru to explore lush ecosystem and the remarkable wildlife from colourful macaws to toucans, parrots, monkeys, tapirs, three-toed sloths and butterflies both night and day.

Guides, private tours, transfers and accommodation are all well thought through; you might like to consider this epic itinerary or work from this to create your own unique journey.

Itinerary

Day 1

Flight and Welcome Santiago, Chile’s capital city.

Meet and greet your representative to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2

Exclusive private tour of Santiago.

Chile´s rich cultural heritage comes to life as we visit the iconic symbols of the city, including La Plaza de Armas (the main square), La Moneda (the government palace), the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the spectacular Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded in 1541.

Visit the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes Mountains in the background.

Visit the Los Dominicos craft market, artisan village and enjoy a tasty empanada, discover Santiago’s impressive pre-Columbian museum, explore the historic Lastarria neighbourhood or take a walking tour through the Mercado Central, Chile’s largest fresh seafood market where you can try some of the local cuisine on offer.

Day 3

Explore the coastal villages from Valparaiso to Viña del Mar.

‘Valpo’, was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Enjoy a stroll through the labyrinth of colourful streets lined with impressive street-art and visit the former home of Pablo Neruda to learn about this famous Chilean poet.

From Valparaiso head to the fashionable coastal resort city of Viña del Mar where we can admire the famous city ‘flower clock’ and visit the Main Square, which offers an Amphitheatre that hosts the Viña del Mar International Song Festival every summer.

On the way back to Santiago explore the Casablanca valley with its famous orchards, citrus groves, grape plantations and wonderful mountain backdrops.

Day 4

Flight from Santiago to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Private transfers from hotels to airports.

Day 5

Explore Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Visit the Christ Statue, recently elected as one of the seven modern wonders of the world, via the small train ride up the beautiful mountainside.

Drive to Santa Teresa, a traditional neighbourhood located high upon the hills of the city, overlooking downtown and Guanabara Bay.

The city doesn’t sleep, so you will have options for relaxed, live music and samba shows, plus a host of world class restaurants serving fine Brazilian and international cuisine.

Day 6

Visit the world famous Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Enjoy a cable car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, with spectacular views of the entire bay and its islands. From Urca Hill, continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugarloaf, offering 360- degree views of the entire city, including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.

Day 7

Flight from Rio De Janeiro to Falls, Enz do Iguazu, Brazil.

Private transfers from hotel to airport to hotel.

Enter the Brazilian Falls National Park to see the Brazilian side of the falls, with 14 separate waterfalls drop with such force that a cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead. Raincoats are highly advisable!

Day 8

Transfer to Iguazu National Park, Argentina.

Take a small train on a tour of the park. First stop, follow the pathway to the top of the Cataratas (‘The Falls’) where you’ll have a spectacular view of the falls and their surrounding scenery. The second stop occurs at La Garganta del Diablo (‘The Devil’s Throat’), the largest fall in the park and the highlight of the tour. A suspended platform at the brink of the fall allows for a startlingly close view of this breathtaking natural wonde

Day 9

Flight from Enz do Iguazu to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Private transfers from hotel to airport to hotel.

Day 10

Enjoy an excursion to discover Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.

Wander the streets of ‘San Telmo’, the oldest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires famous for its historic architecture, tango parlours and antique shops.

Next visit ‘La Boca’, the most picturesque of all neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. This extravagant zone is completely different to the old and to the modern Buenos Aires and romantic stories tell us that tango was born in this working class area. Wander its famous street ‘Caminito’ where you will have the chance to view the spectacle of impromptu tango dancing, street performers and have the chance to buy some local handicrafts.

At night attend a Dinner & Tango Show at La Ventana.

Day 11

Half day private tour of Buenos Aires.

Explore its better known and sophisticated districts; Palermo and Recoleta. Starting with a drive through Recoleta with its open green spaces mixed in with elegant boutique shopping. We visit such landmarks as the Pilar Church and Evita Monument before taking a short walk through the Recoleta cemetery where Evita’s tomb can be found.

Continue on to Palermo which is Buenos Aires’. Here you will walk the streets which are full of beautiful parks, hip boutique hotels, chic restaurants and bars, and high fashion stores.

Day 12

Flight from Buenos Aires to Lima, the capital of Peru.

Private transfers from hotel to airport to hotel.

Lima was once called the ‘City of Kings’ by Spanish conquistadors. You’ll be rewarded with the National Museum’s pre-Columbian treasures and Plaza Mayor’s colonial splendour.

Day 13

Today we will start in Miraflores market, a vibrant place visited by local chefs for its wonderful variety of fresh produce from the coast, the Andes and the Amazon.

Pass by ‘Huaca Pucllana’ an ancient adobe pyramid structure. Continue to the San Isidro district and visit the impressive ‘El Olivar’ park before stopping at the historic Hotel Bolivar where you have the chance to taste Peru’s national drink, the ‘Pisco Sour’.

Visit Lima’s downtown with its historic and traditional buildings: the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s palace and the Metropolitan City Hall surround the Main Square. Continue to San Francisco church and monastery, a 17th century jewel, recognised as a cultural heritage site by UNESCO.

Explore at leisure in the afternoon.

Day 14

Flight from Lima to Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado, Peru.

Private transfers from hotel to airport to hotel.

Day 14-16

Welcome to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge.

Take a 45-minute trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River gets you to the lodge. Settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room.

Meet your Inkaterra Explorer Guide to choose from the various excursions available at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica.

  • Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin.
  • Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river.
  • Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world.
  • Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake.
  • Encounter amazing wildlife on the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walks.
Day 17

Puerto Maldonado to Second Valley, Cusco, Peru.

Travel a 45-minute return trip by boat where your representative will collect you and transfer you to Second Valley.

Day 18

Discover Second Valley of the Incas on this full day excursion. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. Travel to the scenic town of Pisac where you’ll visit the colourful local market and have free time.

Continue our journey along the River Urubamba to Ollantaytambo, where you will visit to the Ollantaytambo ruins and one of its best preserved areas, Hanan Hucaypata.

Day 19

Tour the Sacred Valley via VISTADOME train.

The VISTADOME train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Aguas Calientes.

Meet a guide in Aguas Calientes, who will take you by small coach up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel to have your PRIVATE tour. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

Overnight in Machu Picchu, Peru.

Day 20

Free to roam around the majestic site of Machu Picchu, climb the Wayna Picchu (at 3000 m) and get panoramic pictures from Machu Picchu.

Return by VISTADOME train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta train station.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the station and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 21

Leisurely morning in Cusco with an optional tour will including Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and Koricancha Temple. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed ruins of Sacsayhuaman just outside of Cusco which were once the former capital of the Incan Empire.

Day 22

Flight from Cusco to Santiago, Chile.

Private transfers from hotel to airport to hotel.

Note: This itinerary is a sample only. Arrangements are subject to confirmation at time of booking.