Call Scenic 138 128

Grand South America

Visit the many wonders that make South America unique.Over 33 days travel from Lima to Buenos Aires and see extraordinary places like Machu Picchu and Cuba.

33 Day
From (AUD)
$ 28,995
  • 2017 Lima > Buenos Aires

    Unexpected delights

    Astonishing peaks, undulating waterways and incredible islands, this grand journey through South America will astonish along every step.

    Transiting the Panama Canal is a wonderful way to kick off your journey, before exploring the vintage charm of Havana, Cuba with its quirky cars, complex history and of course those famous cigar factories. In contrast, the wildlife found on the Galápagos Islands will leave you speechless as will the magic of Peru’s Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Discover the unique Uros communities of Lake Titicaca before finding out just what the ‘Devil’s Throat’ really is at Iguazú Falls in Brazil. The sultry excitement of Rio de Janeiro follows before you finish your journey in the ‘Paris of the America’s’, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Tour Code:

    SAMC

    Duration:

    33 Days

    Departure City:

    Lima

    Return City:

    Buenos Aires

  • 33 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Lima
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      A world of wonder awaits as you start your journey in colourful Peru with an overnight stay in Lima.

    • Day 2 - Lima > Panama City
      Highlights:
      Fly to Panama City

      A relaxing morning before flying to Panama City. Dating back to 1519 this modern day capital provides a contrast between the glittering skyscrapers and the World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo historic centre. Your three night stay hotel, located in the heart of the city will be a highlight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Panama City
      Highlights:
      Portobelo

      Discover a city of contrasts today as you first travel on the Trans Isthmus Railway to Portobelo an important port during the time of the Spanish conquistadors and visit the ruins of Fort San Jeronimo and Santiago. Then join your passionate local guide on a walking tour through the heart of the historic centre this afternoon. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight celebrating the start of your journey.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Panama City
      Highlights:
      Discover the Panama Canal

      The Panama Canal is one of the most strategic artificial waterways in the world. Today you will marvel at this feat of engineering as you descend 27 metres through a series of three locks to the Pacific Ocean. This evening dine in a traditional Panamanian restaurant in the Casco Viejo.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Panama City > Havana
      Highlights:
      Step back in time

      Fly to the intriguing capital of Cuba, Havana where you’ll feel as though you have stepped back in time in this vibrant city with its faded façade and architecture influenced by a communist and Spanish colonial past. Your hotel is located in the heart of the historic centre providing the perfect location for your four night stay.

      Sundowners

      Tonight learn the art of Salsa whilst enjoying a Mojito.

      Enjoy a ‘Welcome to Cuba’ dinner this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Havana
      Highlights:
      Enrich: vintage car
      Enrich

      Step aboard a 1950s vintage car and cruise the streets.

      Discover the intriguing history of this fascinating city. Visit Revolution Square and Castle Morro for panoramic views. Then take a walking tour along the quaint cobblestone streets of the Habana Vieja - the historic centre and visit the Museum of the Revolution.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Havana
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Follow in the footsteps of Havana’s adopted son Hemingway and discover his favourite haunts or drive out into the countryside and the picturesque Pinar del Rio region for a fascinating insight into Cuban life. Alternatively take a horse and carriage ride around the historic centre and visit the Rum Museum.

      Enrich

      Experience dining in a delightfully appointed paladar restaurant and sample delicious Cuban specialities.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Havana
      Highlights:
      Visit cigar factory

      Visit a cigar factory to see how the famous Cubans are made. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to wander the streets, experience the colourful local life and soak up the unique atmosphere that is Havana. Dine in a local restaurant this evening and be entertained by musicians.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Havana > Guayaquil
      Highlights:
      Fly to Guayaquil

      Say a fond farewell to Cuba and fly to Guayaquil, the main port city of Ecuador for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 10 - Guayaquil > Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Embark on Galápagos adventure

      Today you are embarking on an adventure as you fly to the Galápagos Islands. Over the next five days you will see a rich variety of landscapes, fearless marine and land animals and birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man. Your home for the next four nights is the stylish La Pinta Yacht in an air-conditioned stateroom with large picture windows. This afternoon take your first of many shore excursions onto the islands, escorted by a expert naturalist guide.

      Sundowners

      Toast the end of your first day on the Sky Deck at sunset.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos

      Each day brings a new discovery as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago. You’ll take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guide. There will be the opportunity to snorkel and even kayak. Depending on the season you’ll witness different species of birds including the magnificent frigate bird with its distinctive red-chested plumage. Enjoy close encounters with the inquisitive Galápagos sea lion and discover the slow moving Galápagos giant tortoise.

      Sundowners

      This evening toast the end of another exciting day on the Sky Deck.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos

      Take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guide.

      Sundowners

      This evening toast the end of another exciting day on the Sky Deck.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos

      Take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guide.

      Sundowners

      This evening toast the end of another exciting day on the Sky Deck.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Galápagos Islands > Lima
      Highlights:
      Fly to Lima

      Bid a fond farewell to the yacht’s crew as you disembark and fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Lima > Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Enrich: delicious Andean feast

      Fly to Cuzco then travel to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas where your three night Special Stay will be a highlight.

      Enrich

      Marvel at the display of the 'dancing' Paso horses and a demonstration of the centuries old technique of the Chinchero village weavers before a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayocarri.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Culture and history

      With more than 20 small group activities on offer you can choose one that best suits your style. From colourful Pisac to the ruins of Ollantaytambo you will encounter the culture and history of the valley.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Sundowners

      Enjoy a second day in the Sacred Valley that will awaken your senses.

      Sundowners

      Celebrate with drinks and canapés accompanied by the sound of local musicians.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu
      Highlights:
      Ancient Inca site

      Take a picturesque rail journey to World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu then spend a full day at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Relax overnight at your hotel in Machu Picchu

      Inca Trail Trek - Choose to take an optional full day walking trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Enquire for details (Additional expense).

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Rail journey

      Marvel at the spectacular views from the glass dome carriages on your rail journey.

      Continue to Cuzco where your three night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 20 - Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Discover Cuzco; Freechoice dining

      The former capital of the Incan Empire, on your walking tour you will uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site including the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress.

      Enrich

      Visit a community school supported by Scenic and learn about their traditional way of life.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at the elegant El Tupay restaurant or try the intimate Cicciolina restaurant. Alternatively, dine at MAP Café or at Inka Grill sample a range of cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Tour the local market followed by a cooking class or visit Chinchero village for lunch with a local family. Alternatively, tour the hotel’s extensive art collection with an expert historian.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 22 - Cuzco > Lake Titicaca
      Highlights:
      Travel to Lake Titicaca

      Fly to Juliaca and upon arrival join your expert local guide on an excursion to the floating islands of the Uros communities. Be introduced to their quirky traditional lifestyle and take a ride on one of the reed boats. Overnight stay Lake Titicaca.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Lake Titicaca > Lima
      Highlights:
      Fly to Lima

      Morning at leisure before flying to Lima for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 24 - Lima > Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Marvel at the natural wonder

      Fly to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls for your three night Special Stay at your elegant hotel inside the national park gates. As a guest of the hotel you will be able to experience the sun setting over the top of the falls without the public masses.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Explore the Brazilian Falls

      Take a walking tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Your day continues with an exciting jet boat adventure.

      Helicopter flight - Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight. Enquire for details. Additional expense, please book on tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      ‘Devil’s Throat’

      Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinean side where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’. Then at Parque das Aves be amazed by the colourful array of rare birds flying freely in the huge aviaries.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Discover Rio de Janeiro

      Take in one last view of the falls before flying to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your three night Special Stay hotel set in the heart of the beach strip.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 28 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Christ the Redeemer statue

      Discover the beating heart of this exotic city as you ride the cogwheel railway cars to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

      Enrich

      Meet your Samba dancer and enjoy a colourful Samba display.

      At Sugarloaf Mountain the cable car ride takes you to the top of the peak for sweeping panoramic views. This evening dine like a ‘carioca’ (local) and feast on a traditional churrascaria buffet dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 29 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Enrich: private dinner
      Freechoice

      Discover the hidden secrets of Rio on your walking tour or take a drive to visit Petropolis. Alternatively tour the favelas (shanty towns).

      Enrich

      Dine in the elegant Library Restaurant and charge your glasses over a delicious gourmet three course meal.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 30 - Rio de Janeiro > Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Discover Buenos Aires

      Fly to Buenos Aires for a three night stay.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight enjoy the Gala Tango show and dinner. Alternatively dine at a traditional parilla (steakhouse) or dine on the special Scenic menu in the elegant Le Sud restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 31 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Tango dancers

      An elegant city with pockets of colourful character, today you’ll discover the highlights and the hidden secrets of this famed ‘Paris of the America’s’. See the dusky pink Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada, visit soulful San Telmo and in colourful La Boca enjoy a walk down famous Caminito Street.

      Enrich

      Learn about the culture of Tango as you witness the elegance of some local dancers as they perform a
      private dance.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 32 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Discover the famous faces of the city or take a tour to uncover the vibrant urban art scene. Alternatively uncover some of the secrets of Argentinean cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 33 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Your journey of wonder comes to an end as you say farewell and transfer to Buenos Aires airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 7 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 20 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 6 Sundowner events
    • 4 memorable Special Stays
    • Galápagos expedition cruise
    • 68 meals – 32 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 20 dinners