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Icons of South America & Patagonian Adventure

Explore South America & Patagonia on a 25 day journey from Lima to Santiago. Visit the Los Glaciares National Park & Torres del Paine National Park.

25 Day
From (AUD)
$ 20,995
  • 2018 Lima > Santiago

    Incan treasures

    The Incan civilization flourished in ancient Peru between c. 1400 and 1533 CE, and their empire eventually extended across western South America, making it the largest empire ever seen in the Americas. Explore their incredible legacy.

    Beginning in the lovely Sacred Valley discover remote villages, wander amongst ancient ruins and meet the local people. Visit the extraordinary World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu then Cuzco. The power of nature in this part of the world is also on display at Iguazú Falls. Argentina and Chile also await your footsteps, where you’ll discover even more.

    Tour Code:

    SAIP

    Duration:

    25 Days

    Departure City:

    Lima

    Return City:

    Santiago

  • 25 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Lima
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      Welcome to colourful Peru. Your journey into wonder starts with an overnight stay in Lima.

    • Day 2 - 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 a display of the ‘dancing’ Paso horses before a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - 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, your way.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - 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 soothing sounds of local musicians.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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 Machu Picchu hotel.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Experience the Vistadome train

      Marvel at the spectacular views from the glass dome carriages on your rail journey. Continue to Cuzco for your two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - 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 and sample a range of cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Cuzco > Lima
      Highlights:
      Fly to Lima

      Fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Lima > Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Discover Rio de Janeiro

      Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your three night Special Stay. Set in the heart of the beach strip, this elegant hotel provides the perfect place to spend a few nights on this colourful continent.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 10 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Christ the Redeemer statue

      Discover the beating heart of this exotic city as you ride the cogwheel railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. At Sugarloaf Mountain the cable car takes you to the top of the peak for sweeping panoramic views.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Discover the hidden secrets of Rio on your walking tour of Santa Teresa or take a small group tour into the favelas (shanty towns) to see the day-to-day lifestyle. Alternatively enjoy a historical tour of downtown Rio de Janeiro

      This evening enjoy a delicious three course gourmet meal at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Rio de Janeiro > Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Marvel at the natural wonder

      Fly to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls for your three night Special Stay 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 general public.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - Iguazú Falls > Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Discover Buenos Aires

      Fly to Buenos Aires for a three night stay.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight enjoy the Gala Tango show and dinner or enjoy fine dining in the hotel restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - 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 Americas’. 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 17 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Explore the city and discover the famous faces of Pope Francis, Carlos Gardel – the father of Tango – and Eva Peron, with the finale a tour of the elegant Teatro Colon. Alternatively take a tour with a local artist to discover the vibrant urban art scene and view some of the open-air street art murals or take a walking tour with a local guide to discover some of the secrets of Argentinean cuisine at small local restaurants and cafés.

      The afternoon and evening is at your leisure to enjoy this vibrant city at your own pace.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 18 - Buenos Aires > El Calafate
      Highlights:
      Los Glaciers National Park

      Fly to El Calafate, the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park for your three night stay. Dine tonight on a delicious menu showcasing Patagonian specialties.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - El Calafate
      Highlights:
      Perito Moreno Glacier; Sundowners

      Established in 1937 as a national park and extending over 4,459 square kilometres, this World Heritage-listed park is sure to be a highlight. Cruise close to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, whose face rises an average of 74 metres above the surface of the water. Then take a guided walk along the boardwalk for views across to the top of the impressive 250 square kilometre glacier.

      Sundowners

      Toast your day with a whisky or Baileys on glacial ice.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 20 - El Calafate
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Discover the traditional way of life on an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinian countryside or enjoy stunning scenery on an off road adventure (4x4) through Calafate Mountain park.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 21 - El Calafate > Torres del Paine National Park
      Highlights:
      Majestic National Park

      Cross the border today into Chile and take a spectacular drive through the Torres del Paine National Park. Your luxurious nature retreat rests in the heart of the park on the shores of Lake Pehoe and provides the perfect place for a three night Special Stay. Settle into your tastefully appointed room, with views across to the Paine Massif and enjoy complimentary beverages and a range of excursions each day, all escorted by the naturalist guides.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Torres del Paine National Park
      Highlights:
      Daily excursions and activities

      Your exciting exploration of one of the most spectacular national parks in the world begins. Boasting glaciers, waterways, the peaks of the Paine Massif and a range of wildlife including the elusive puma, your days exploring will be a memory to treasure. Over the next two days there are more than 40 small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace, all escorted by the expert  expedition guides. Each evening relax in the lounge, savour the Patagonian specialties and magnificent views over the lake and to the mountains.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Torres del Paine National Park
      Highlights:
      Daily excursions and activities

      Explore this spectacular national park enjoying small group activities.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Torres del Paine National Park > Santiago
      Highlights:
      Fly to Santiago

      Drive through the lovely Patagonian countryside to Punta Arenas. Then fly to the quirky Chilean capital of Santiago and your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 25 - Santiago
      Highlights:
      Farewell

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

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 3 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 13 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 Sundowner events
    • 5 memorable Special Stays
    • 48 meals – 24 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 14 dinners