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Peru, Argentina & Brazil

From the Andes to the Amazon

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Group Size: Max 30

Trip code: CTAD

Duration: 24 days

3 amazing countries
Internal flights included
Majority twin-share accommodation

From its Andean peaks and Incan ruins to its sugar-white beaches, Amazonian rainforest, and sequin covered nightlife, South America is awesome with a capital A. Explore three of its most exciting countries on this 24-day group trip. Kick off in Peru with adorable llamas, the shimmering shores of Lake Titicaca, the wonders of Machu Picchu, and a night in the Amazon in a rustic jungle lodge. Argentina is all about dancing to the tango beat in beautiful Buenos Aires, and chasing waterfalls in Iguassu, and Brazil brings the non-stop carnival vibes with Rio’s golden sands, churrascarias, boat trips, and big nights out, all washed down with bucket-loads of caipirinha. It doesn’t get better than this.

Trip Highlights

  • Tick off a bucket list biggie with a visit to the one-and-only Machu Picchu.
  • Spend your days on golden sands and your nights dancing to the Samba beat in Rio.
  • Head into the wilds of the Amazon with a night in our amazing jungle lodge.
  • Experience the thundering power of the biggest waterfall system in the world at Iguassu.
  • Tango until the sun comes up in beautiful Buenos Aires.
  • Live like the locals in an authentic, rural homestay on Peru’s Lake Titicaca.
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What's included
  • 23 nights’ accommodation
  • 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • Expert trip manager
  • All on-trip transport
  • Lima city tour
  • Flight to Arequipa
  • Arequipa city tour
  • Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve
  • El Misti Chachani and Pichu Pichu
  • Condor lookout point
  • Maca village
  • Triciclo bike taxi
  • Lake Titicaca boat trip
  • Meet Taquile and Uros Island locals
  • Lake Titicaca homestay
  • Pukara La Raya and Sicuani
  • Temple of Wiracocha
  • Raqchi ruins
  • San Blas
  • Coricancha
  • San Pedro Market
  • Cusco walking tour
  • Sacred valley
  • Llama farm
  • Pisac town & market
  • Corn beer tasting
  • Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu entry & guided tour
  • Flight to Puerto Maldonado
  • Tour of Puerto Maldonado
  • Canopy hike
  • Jungle lodge
  • Amazon River catamaran cruise
  • Flight to Lima
  • Flight to Buenos Aires
  • Dinner & tango show
  • Buenos Aires local tour
  • Flight to Iguassu
  • Iguassu Falls Brazil & Argentina
  • Devil’s Throat Falls
  • Churrascaria dinner
  • Flight to Rio
  • Rio tour
  • Favela tour
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Guanabara Bay cruise
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights to and from trip start and end points
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Lima (Peru). Welcome to the Peruvian capital. A sprawling metropolis with a buzzing street life, historic colonial architecture, and the best food in Latin America, Lima’s got it going on! Take a guided tour, including an underground catacomb, and boho Barranco before pisco sour sundowners.

Day 2: Arequipa. Take the short flight to Peru’s ‘White City’ where we’ll take a guided tour of its gorgeous white buildings, pretty plazas, and epic mountain backdrops. This evening is all about exploring Arequipa’s foodie scene. Our top tip? Don’t miss the rocoto relleno (stuffed peppers).

Day 3: Colca Canyon. Travel to Colca Canyon, stopping to take in Andean views in a national reserve and sip a cup of coca tea en route. Arrive at the Canyon’s highest point and peel your jaw off the floor as you look out over the giant earthly fissure. An optional ziplining experience takes it to the next level.

Day 4: Puno. Head back to Colca Canyon in search of the mighty Andean Condor. Watch the huge birds swooping through the ravine before hitting the road again. Stop in the traditional villages of Maca and Chivay, before arriving in Puno on the shimmering shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 5: Lake Titicaca homestay. Get ready to experience the lake life as we board our boat. Stop at Taquile, a tiny island of traditional weavers, and the floating Uros Islands, where time stands still. Spend the night in a traditional homestay in Llachon, where we’ll dine and live with the locals.

Day 6: Cusco. Our first stop is Pukara where we’ll visit a local museum, before continuing through snow-capped peaks to Sicuani. Take in scenic views and have some lunch before visiting the sacred site of Raqchi. Take a guided tour of the majestic ruins before today’s final journey to Cusco.

Day 7: Cusco. Cusco is one of our fave cities in Latin America, and after today you’ll see why. We’ll take you on a guided tour of its best bits, including the Cathedral, San Blas, Coricancha and the colourful San Pedro Market. After dark we’ll head for dinner with the gang and the bill’s on us.

Day 8: Sacred Valley. Our first stop is at a llama farm, where we’ll meet Peru’s national animals. Then see some local artisans at work at a weaving village before exploring the breathtaking Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide. This evening, wet your whistle at a corn beer tasting.  

Day 9: Aguas Calientes. Spend the morning exploring the mountainous area around Ollantaytambo, before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes, jump off point to Machu Picchu. Explore the cute little town, try some paddleboarding, and get excited about tomorrow’s epic experience with your mates!

Day 10: Machu Picchu. Get ready for non-stop ‘pinch me I’m dreaming’ moments today! Take a guided tour of the World’s most famous Incan citadel, including the Temple of the Three Windows and Huayna Picchu. After smashing all your travel goals, hop back on the train to Cusco.

Day 11: Cusco. Today’s all about rest and relaxation. Catch up on some zzzs, then head out for coffee and tamales, before a massage to work on those tired muscles, or some leisurely souvenir shopping. Alpaca jumper anybody? Tonight, there’s an optional Peruvian dining experience on offer.

Day 12: Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado and take a quick tour of the city. Then head to our amazing jungle lodge which is only accessible by boat. Chill in a hammock, take a hike through the canopy, and search for caimans before falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle.

Day 13: Amazon River catamaran cruise. Wake with the jungle birds and take a morning catamaran cruise on the Tres Chimadas Lake, spotting prehistoric birds, giant river otters, and caiman. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax at the lodge or get active with some climbing or kayaking.

Day 14: Flight to Lima. Take the short flight back to Lima, where our Peruvian adventure began. You’re practically a local now so you’ll know where all the best night spots are. Make tracks for Miraflores for a few piscos or enjoy one last ceviche feast in the Mercado de Surquillo.

Day 15: Fly to Buenos Aires (Argentina). It’s a new day and a new country as we fly to Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital.  With colonial architecture, superb dining, and some of the best nightlife in the world. Start spicy with dinner and a sizzling tango show.

Days 16 – 18: Buenos Aires. See the places that only the Portenos (Buenos Aires residents) know about on a locally guided tour on day 16.  Then spend the next couple of days exploring at your own pace. Visit the colourful La Boca neighbourhood, check out the river delta city of Tigre, have a go at a game of polo in the countryside, and tickle your tastebuds with an Argentine food experience.

Day 19: Iguassu Falls (Brazil). Take the short flight to Puerto Iguazu, where we’ll set foot on Brazilian soil before visiting the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls. Take your experience to the next level with an optional helicopter ride over the site, before a few caipirinhas with the gang at sundown.

Day 20: Iguassu Falls (Argentina). Hop back over the border to the Argentinian side of the Falls before hiking to the cusp of Devil’s Throat, the highest of the Falls. Take an optional speedboat ride to get even closer to the Falls. Tonight, we’ll treat you to an authentic Brazilian churrascaria dinner.

Day 21: Fly to Rio. Jet off to our final stop. Take a quick tour of the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’s’ highlights from Christ the Redeemer to Copacabana, before soaking up the sun and watching the beautiful people on those famous sands. Then put on your sequins ready for a big night out, Rio style.

Days 22 - 24: Rio de Janeiro. We’ve got tons to pack in with three more days in Rio. Take a tour of a favela, head up Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer, take a boat trip along Guaranabara Bay, with tunes and caipirinhas, hang-glide over the beautiful city, and party til the sun comes up with the cariocas before it’s time to say goodbye on day 24. Better start planning the next one!

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Arrival information

Your trip starts in Lima, Peru on day 1. As there is an activity on day 1, we recommend you arrive into Lima the day before your tour starts. We can help you book pre-nights at the starting hotel.

Your trip ends on day 24 in Rio De Janeiro in Brazi. You can depart at any time. 

Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange via taxi locally.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

23 nights’ of accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll spend 21 nights in hotels (twin share), 1 night in a hostel, and 1 night in an authentic homestay on Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Meals

23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 8 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals, snacks, and drinks yourself. Please let your travel advisor know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Minimum age & eligibility

This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-35. 

Visa rules and entry requirements are subject to change. Please ensure you check with the relevant embassies before travel. 

  • Peru – Visas are not required to enter Peru for tourism purposes for British citizens. Your passport will need to be valid for 6 months from your date of arrival.
  • Argentina – British tourists do not require a visa for stays of up to three months. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.
  • Brazil – British nationals can usually enter Brazil for the purposes of tourism without a visa. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from your date of entry.
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