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Ultimate South America

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Price per person
from £4,189

Price based on
London Heathrow
8th Feb 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book before 31 October and secure your 2019 Long Haul holiday for just £99pp. 

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  • 20 days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Discover some of South America's greatest cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Lima—and some of its most spectacular sites on this South America tour to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. You'll overnight in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca.

Highlights of this South America tour include time at Iguassu Falls, one of the world’s most impressive sites. Experience the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides, hear the thundering roar, be amazed at the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray, and stand in awe as you witness these 275 falls spanning nearly two miles! You’ll also be amazed at Machu Picchu, set in a majestic mountainside with ruins dating back to the 15th century. Glimpse the ancient history and culture as you enjoy this stunning and mystical place.

Other tour highlights include a visit to the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, where stones weighing up to 350 tons piece together to form a complex housing up to 10,000 men. Time in Peru's Lake Titicaca, a lake of floating islands maintained over centuries by the local Indians, gives you a chance to experience the world's highest navigable lake and to learn about local practices. 

Guided sightseeing in each of the cities features the must-see sites. In Rio, take the cog railway to the summit of Corcovado to view the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Your time in Buenos Aires includes a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, burial place for Eva Peron, and a Tango show highlighting this sensuous dance. In Lima, sightseeing focuses on the city's colonial heritage with a visit to the baroque 11th-century San Francisco Monastery.

All of this and more are included on this South America tour designed for the value-minded traveller who wants to experience it all.

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At a glance

  • Corcovado Stand at the feet of the iconic Christ the Redeemer for stunning views of Rio.
  • Iguassu Falls Marvel at the awesome power of these cascading waterfalls.
  • Tango Show Enjoy a sensuous tango show in Buenos Aires.
  • Sacred Valley Visit the scene of Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest.
  • Machu Picchu Tour the remarkable terraced ruins of this 15th century Incan citadel.
  • Lake Titicaca Sail the highest navigable lake in the world on a motorboat tour.

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 6 days: Arequipa and Colca Canyon Tour Extension

  • 7 days: Galápagos Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

The amount of shopping time on the day trips was...

2nd September 2018
Trusted Customer

The amount of shopping time on the day trips was far too much. Plus the trip to see the falls from the Argentina side was not worth it. Every thing else was excellent. The arrangements for all the internal flights was very good.

Overview

Discover some of South America's greatest cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Lima—and some of its most spectacular sites on this South America tour to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. You'll overnight in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca.

Highlights of this South America tour include time at Iguassu Falls, one of the world’s most impressive sites. Experience the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides, hear the thundering roar, be amazed at the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray, and stand in awe as you witness these 275 falls spanning nearly two miles! You’ll also be amazed at Machu Picchu, set in a majestic mountainside with ruins dating back to the 15th century. Glimpse the ancient history and culture as you enjoy this stunning and mystical place.

Other tour highlights include a visit to the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, where stones weighing up to 350 tons piece together to form a complex housing up to 10,000 men. Time in Peru's Lake Titicaca, a lake of floating islands maintained over centuries by the local Indians, gives you a chance to experience the world's highest navigable lake and to learn about local practices. 

Guided sightseeing in each of the cities features the must-see sites. In Rio, take the cog railway to the summit of Corcovado to view the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Your time in Buenos Aires includes a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, burial place for Eva Peron, and a Tango show highlighting this sensuous dance. In Lima, sightseeing focuses on the city's colonial heritage with a visit to the baroque 11th-century San Francisco Monastery.

All of this and more are included on this South America tour designed for the value-minded traveller who wants to experience it all.

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Total meals included:

  • 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

UK - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Day
1

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for your three night stay.

Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 Summer Olympics! After arrival, settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free time exploration.

Rio De Janeiro

Day
2

Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana beaches. Take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a favela for a glimpse into the life of these colorful communities that nearly 20% of the people call home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rio De Janeiro

Day
3

A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rio De Janeiro - Iguassu Falls

Day
4

Fly to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Journey to the Brazilian side of the FALLS to see the 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 250 feet deep. Walk into Devil’s Throat Canyon, where clouds of mist, a thundering roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you—an unforgettable experience!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Iguassu Falls

Day
5

Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of the FALLS. Begin with a short ride on the open-air ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN through the surrounding rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls for a look over the edge to see the water crashing down below into the Devil’s Throat. This afternoon, you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of indigenous birds as well as flora from the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day
6

Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarises you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafés, and charming shops.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Buenos Aires

Day
7

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city’s well-known landmarks, including the Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House), and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhoods, and RECOLETA CEMETERY, where Eva Perón is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous TANGO SHOW highlighting this alluring dance so popular here.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Buenos Aires

Day
8

Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys) on a traditional Argentine ranch complete with a barbecue lunch.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Buenos Aires - Lima, Peru

Day
9

Board a flight for Lima, Peru. Heralded as the “City of Kings” by Spanish conquistadors, Lima still carries vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima

Day
10

Sightseeing today focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage. Founded in 1535, Lima was once the capital of Spain’s South American Empire. Visit the baroque 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and was once the home of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima and conqueror of Peru. Nearby, see the cathedral where Pizarro’s remains are buried. The remainder of your day is free to explore on your own. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Day
11

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and, upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into colourful weaving fibres that are then used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with a famous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colourful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel, nestled in the peaceful Sacred Valley.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sacred Valley

Day
12

Start the day with a visit to OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest—the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. You will see how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold. Next, visit a LOCAL HOME to experience life in this traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Then, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a typical Inca drink in Peru called chicha.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Day
13

Board the VISTADOME train that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. Abandonded when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish, these remarkable ruins remained undiscovered for nearly 400 years. For this reason, many of the mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day
14

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cusco

Day
15

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicentre of the Incas. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also, see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas before a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here on your tour. Also, see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cusco - Juliaca - Puno

Day
16

Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the sun god to found the Inca Empire.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca

Day
17

Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Puno - Juliaca - Lima

Day
18

En route to Juliaca, stop at the pre-Incan burial grounds of SILLUSTANI. See the above-ground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into one of the locals’ HOMES for an inside look at life here. Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

For guests extending their holiday with an Arequipa and Colca Canyon Tour Extension, this morning depart Puno for a scenic drive to Colca Canyon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima - UK

Day
19

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. For guests extending their stay with a Galapagos cruise, after your breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Quito.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
20

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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Puno - Colca Canyon

This morning depart Puno for a scenic drive to Colca Canyon. Enjoy the scenery of Pre-Columbian terraces populated with vicuñas and a variety of birds, stopping for lunch in the town of Chivay. This afternoon, arrive in Colca Canyon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Colca Canyon

Today, spend time in the COLCA CANYON, an impressive geological formation more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Visit CONDORS’ CROSS, an observation point, where you can view the Andean condor in flight at eye level, followed by a visit to the town of Yanque. This afternoon is free for independent exploration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Colca Canyon - Arequipa

Drive to Arequipa located in the Chili River Valley and flanked by three snowcapped volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Known as the “white city,” Arequipa definitely does justice to its nickname, as its buildings are made of sillar, a white volcanic rock found throughout the area. The stone embellishes the facades of the city’s homes and churches.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Arequipa

This morning, a city TOUR of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral before visiting the Jesuit CHURCH, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style. Continue to the residential districts of Yanahuara and Chilina, where you enjoy a magnificent view of Arequipa’s countryside and the Mount Misti volcano.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Arequipa - Lima

Fly to Lima today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Quito

Board a flight for Quito.

Quito

Included sightseeing showcases Quito’s treasures: Independence Plaza, the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery and the Jesuit’s La Compania Church with its stunning golden altars.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Quito - Baltra (Embarkation)- Galápagos Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos and embark the Santa Cruz II. This afternoon, arrive at Santa Cruz Island and visit Dragon Hill, where you will find a brackish lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks, and flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the archipelago, as well as the chance to see land iguanas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Galápagos Cruising: Isabela & Fernandina Islands

Wake up on Isabela Island to search for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, fur seals, and boobies that call this island home. This is also a great place to snorkel due to its rich marine life. In the afternoon, explore the youngest island in the archipelago, Fernandina. This unique environment boasts a high density of marine iguanas, sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins, and the flightless cormorants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Galápagos Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the famous giant tortoises. Next up: you have a choice of activities, including visiting the highlands of Santa Cruz, beach walks, or kayaking.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Galápagos Cruising: Floreana Island

Visit Post Office Bay on Floreana, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards.  Take advantage of another chance for great snorkelling. Take a dinghy ride along Champion Islet in search of Galápagos penguins, sea lions, turtles, sharks, and dolphins. At Cormorant Point, see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Galápagos Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation) - Guayaquil

Disembark and fly to Guayaquil for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guayaquil

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Rio de Janeiro - Windsor Plaza Copacabana

This property is 1 minutes walk from the beach. Situated less than 350 yards from the lively Copacabana Beach, the Windsor Plaza Hotel offers a relaxing rooftop swimming pool and sauna. Free WiFi is available.

  • Location

    Avenida Princesa Isabel, 263, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22011-010, Brazil

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar Wifi available Outdoor Pool Fitness Centre Air conditioning

Iguassu Falls - Recanto Park

The resort feature a water park with thermal pools and a bowling alley. Rooms include air conditioning, cable TV, a minibar and a desk.

  • Location

    Av. Costa e Silva, 3500, Foz do Iguaçu, CEP 85863000, Brazil

Buenos Aires - Kenton Palace

Kenton Palace Buenos Aires offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TV in traditional San Telmo District. Buenos Aires’ Main Square is 350 yards away. Kenton Palace Buenos Aires is 200 yards from Plaza de Mayo metro station. 

  • Location

    Defensa 383, San Telmo, C1065AAE Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Facilities

    • Swimming Pool Fitness Sauna Free Wi-Fi Air-conditioning

Posada Del Inca Yucay

Bursting with character, the Posada Del Inca Yucay is the leader in boutique hotels in the Sacred Valley. Featuring a rustic ambiance with modern comforts, dynamite local cuisine, and friendly service, it makes for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable places in the world. The colonial-style former monastary is surrounded by views of the Andes and beautiful gardens - a leisurely and soothing escape.

  • Location

    Plaza Manco 11 De Yucay 123 Sacred Valley, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge Currency Exchange Dry Cleaning Gift shop

Machu Picchu - El Mapi Hotel

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, hot-water pond, gift shop, Internet, and laundry service.

  • Location

    Av. Pachacutec 109, Machu Picchu, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Swimming pool Restaurant Bar/Lounge

Sonesta Hotel Cusco

The Sonesta Hotel Cusco features a modern contemporary décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. It is within blocks of a handicraft market, Plaza de Armas, shops, and restaurants.

  • Location

    Av. El Sol 954 Cusco, CUS Peru

  • Facilities

    • Free Wifi Bar/Lounge Gift shop Dry Cleaning

Manaus - Blue Tree Manaus

Guests can sunbathe at the outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by sun loungers. A modern gym and a sauna are also available. WiFi is free in all areas of the hotel.Rooms at the Blue Tree are air conditioned and offer a 32" LCD TV with cable channels, a work desk, a minibar and a safe.

  • Location

    Avenida Umberto Calderaro Filho 817 (Antiga Rua Paraíba), Manaus, CEP 69057-021, Brazil

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool Fitness centre Sauna Free Wi-fi

Amazon Lodge - Ecopark Jungle Lodge

In a privileged reservation area in the Amazon Rainforest, it features pools, private beach and several jungle trails. Guests of Amazon Ecopark are accommodated in bungalows, which feature comfortable, rustic furnishings. All apartments have air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows.

  • Location

    Taruma Acu River, Manaus, CEP 69025-090, Brazil

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool Sun umbrellas Sun loungers Beach towels Outdoor pool Free Wi-Fi

Quito - Grand Mercure Alameda

Mercure Hotel Alameda is situated just steps away from the Artisan Market on Quito’s showcase shopping street, Avenida Amazonas, within the district of Mariscal Sucre.

  • Location

    Roca E4-122 y Av. Amazonas, 170150 Quito, Ecuador

Guayaquil - Unipark Hotel Guayaquil

Set in a high-rise building, this modern hotel is a minute's walk from Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral and 2 km from modern art at Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo. All bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and cable TV.

  • Location

    Clemente Ballén 406 y Chile, Clemente Ballén 406, Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador

Colca Canyon - Hotel Casa Andina Classic Colca

Set in an area with restaurants, this relaxed hotel is an 11-minute walk from the Inca Bridge. Simply decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, plus exposed wood beams and private entrances.

  • Location

    Huayna Capac sin numero, aqp 002 Chivay, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Terrace Garden

Arequipa - Casa Andina Select Arequipa

Overlooking Plaza de Armas, this refined hotel, set in a Spanish colonial-style building, is a 3-minute walk from the Museo Santuarios Andinos and a 7-minute walk from Santa Catalina Monastery. Featuring modern furniture, the upscale rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars.

  • Location

    Portal de Flores 116, Arequipa, Peru

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