Splendours of South America

17 Days
Santiago to Cuzco
From (AUD)
$ 8,495
Dates & Pricing

2021 Santiago > Cuzco

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ESSL
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Santiago
Return City:
Cuzco

Selected Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Santiago, Chile

    Bienvenido! Welcome to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Located in a magnificent setting nestled at the base of the Andes Mountains, this is one of the most comfortable South American cities to start your journey. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director for a tour briefing.
    Two Night Stay: Santiago

  2. Day 2 - Santiago

    This morning is free to relax. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a guided tour of Santiago. Visit the historic central square or Plaza de Armas housing buildings such as the City Hall and Cathedral. See the impressive Moneda’s Palace which is the seat of the President of Chile. Be intrigued by the bustling Central Market where you will get a taste of local life, then finish with a funicular ride up Cerro San Cristobal for magnificent views over the city and surrounding mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Santiago – Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Fly across the breadth of South America to Buenos Aires, Argentina, a country rich in history and culture. Buenos Aires is a sophisticated city with a strong European in?uence. It once enjoyed wealth and opulence which is still evident in its elaborate architecture.
    Three Night Stay: Buenos Aires

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Buenos Aires

    Get acquainted with this beautiful city known as the “Paris of the Americas”. Visit the central square, Plaza de Mayo surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Headquarters) and the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall). We then travel through the charming streets of San Telmo, the home of Tango and down the colourful roads of La Boca. You’re Invited: This evening, we have a taste of tradition and culture as we soak up the sultry moves of a tango show accompanied by a sumptuous dinner and famous Argentinian wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Buenos Aires

    Today is free to explore Buenos Aires at your own pace. Walk the pedestrian mall “La Florida” and pick up a bargain, or take one of our Discover More activities.

    Discover More: Uncover Buenos Aires’ intricate architecture on a Belle Epoque and Colon Theatre tour, taste some local flavours on a Culinary tour or see a unique side of Buenos Aires on a Street Art tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Bem vinda and welcome to Brazil! Rio is a city full of life, colour and vibrancy mixed with beautiful tropical coastal scenery and is a fun city to visit. Our hotel is ideally located in the middle of the famous Copacabana Beach, so is a great base for exploration.
    Three Night Stay: Rio de Janeiro

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Rio de Janeiro

    Today, we tour the marvellous sights of Rio de Janeiro. Ride the cogwheel railway up Corcovado Mountain and see the iconic “Christ the Redeemer” statue. Take the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for amazing views of the city and dramatic coastal landscape. You’re Invited: Have some fun and get to know how the locals party with a visit to the Sambadrome, the site of the famous Rio Carnival. You may even have the chance to try on some of the colourful carnival costumes#. This evening, feast like a local and get a real taste of Brazil with a typical churrascaria.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Rio de Janeiro

    Enjoy a free day to get to know more of Rio. Your hotel is perfectly located to use as a base for exploring the beaches and city.

    Discover More: Uncover more of Rio with a tour of historical downtown Rio (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Rio de Janeiro – Iguazú Falls

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to the World Heritage listed Iguazú Falls, an incredible sight to behold. Set in a tropical jungle, an enormous river spills over towering cliffs to create a thunderous roar. This afternoon is free for you to relax, or start exploring Iguazú.
    Two Night Stay: Iguazú Falls

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Iguazú Falls

    Tour the Argentinian side of the falls. In contrast to the Brazil side, the Argentinian side follows a number of walkways over the top of the falls for incredible up close views. We board the ecological train and ride to the “Devil’s Throat” viewpoint. This walkway takes you over the river and sits right above the biggest of all of Iguazú’s falls. Feel the spray of the water and gaze in awe at one of the most spectacular views Iguazú has to offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Iguazú Falls – Lima, Peru

    After a relaxing morning, tour the majestic Brazilian falls. Make your way through the rainforest and along walkways up close to the base of the falls for outstanding views. Bid farewell to the natural wonder of Iguazú and transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Lima, the capital of Peru. This bustling city, known as the “City of the Kings”, is rich in tradition and culture. A late arrival has us staying at the comfortable airport hotel.
    Overnight Stay: Lima

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Lima – Sacred Valley

    Make your way to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire set high in the Andes Mountains. As you transfer to the breathtaking Sacred Valley, stop off at Awana Kancha llama farm and textile centre. Gain an insight into the Andean camelids; llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco – you may even have a chance to feed them! View and learn about traditional Andean weaving and dying techniques that have existed since the time of the Incas. This afternoon, we head into the colourful town of Pisac with its traditional handicrafts market. This is a good opportunity to snap up a bargain and practise some Spanish.
    Two Night Stay: Sacred Valley

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sacred Valley

    Enjoy a walking tour of the town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas. Your tour includes a visit to a traditional home to see how the locals live, then see the incredible Incan fortress that overlooks the town. You’re Invited: We will travel into the countryside and visit a community. This will give you the chance to meet the students and teachers at the local school and experience local life in the Sacred Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

    Transfer to the train station and board the Vistadome train for the journey to Machu Picchu. The highlight of the day is your visit to the ancient Inca site. Mystery still surrounds these well preserved ruins perched in between sheer cliffs and your visit will allow you to understand why they are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Your expert local guide will walk you through the ruins while sharing stories and knowledge to reveal some of the mysteries of this “Lost City of the Incas”.
    Overnight Stay: Machu Picchu

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Machu Picchu – Cuzco

    Spend the morning exploring the quaint town of Aguas Calientes or return for a final visit to Machu Picchu (own expense) before reboarding the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo. Return to Cuzco through the beautiful Sacred Valley across the patchwork fields of the Chinchero plateau.
    Two Night Stay: Cuzco

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Cuzco

    Be guided on a walking tour of the charming city of Cuzco, a World Heritage listed site that was a former capital of the Incas. Visit Coricancha temple, originally built for the Inca Sun God. Be guided through cobblestone streets and past ancient Inca buildings to Cuzco’s fascinating central market. Explore some Inca ruins on the outskirts of the city including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Finish with a visit to the beautiful main plaza and its surrounding cathedrals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Depart Cuzco

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. We hope you enjoyed your visit to South America and look forward to welcoming you back on another Evergreen cruise or tour. Chau!

    # Sambadrome may be closed due to Rio Carnival period.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • The services of expert Local Guides
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
  • Premium First Class hotels including all service charges and porterage
  • All on-tour flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing by modern air conditioned coaches
  • Get acquainted with Santiago on a guided city tour including a funicular ride up Cerro San Cristobal
  • Buenos Aires city sights tour of the famed “Paris of the Americas”
  • Undertake a guided walking tour of the Brazilian Falls and Argentinian Falls in Iguazú
  • Tour the Sacred Valley visiting the colourful market town of Pisac and a llama farm that demonstrates traditional weaving
  • Explore the quaint town and imposing ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • Rio de Janeiro city sights tour including Corcovado Mountain to see the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue, and cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Take the Vistadome Train to the famous Inca City of Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour at the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu
  • In Cuzco, marvel at the Incan, Spanish and modern architecture on a walking tour
  • Visit the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 23 superb meals including: 16 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Soak up the sultry tango while dining on a sumptuous dinner with Argentinian wine
  • Traditional Brazilian Churrascaria dinner in Rio de Janeiro

YOU’RE INVITED
  • Experience the rich culture of Buenos Aires by taking in a tango show while dining on local cuisine and sipping a glass of wine
  • Enjoy the Rio carnival spirit and try on some parade costumes at the Sambadrome#
  • Interact with and learn from students at a local school in the Sacred Valley

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