South America in Depth

Enjoy the Galápagos Islands with their astonishing natural beauty, the legends of Peru’s Sacred Valley and the passion of Brazil, Argentina and Patagonia.

34 Days
Guayaquil to Santiago
From (AUD)
$ 35,095
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Guayaquil > Santiago

The ultimate journey

Embark upon the adventure of a lifetime. From the Galápagos Islands with their astonishing natural diversity, to the legends of Peru’s Sacred Valley and the passion of Brazil, Argentina and Patagonia.
Fly to the mighty Galápagos Islands where you’ll relish the chance to observe unique wildlife in their natural habitat. Cruise the Amazon in luxury, then discover the grandeur of the ancient Incan site of Machu Picchu before seeking out the wonders of Cuzco. Buenos Aires will introduce you to the Tango, and Iguazú Falls will quite simply take your breath away. You’ll finish in spectacular Patagonia.
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34 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Guayaquil

    Welcome to Ecuador. A world of wonder awaits as you start your journey with a two night stay in Guayaquil.

  2. Day 2 - Guayaquil

    Take a tour to discover the city’s secrets before an afternoon at leisure. Join your Tour Director for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Guayaquil > Galápagos Islands

    Fly to the Galápagos Islands. Settle into your airconditioned stateroom with large picture windows on board the stylish Santa Cruz II, your home for the next four nights. Over the coming days on a range of shore excursions you will see a rich variety of landscapes, fearless marine and land animals, and colourful birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Galápagos Islands

    Cruise the Galápagos Islands and enjoy a range of shore excursions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Galápagos Islands

    Cruise the Galápagos Islands and enjoy a range of shore excursions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Galápagos Islands

    Cruise the Galápagos Islands and enjoy a range of shore excursions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Galápagos Islands > Lima

    Farewell the crew and take away memories of an amazing experience as you disembark and fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Lima > Iquitos

    Fly to Iquitos and settle into your over-sized suite on board Delfin III, your luxurious floating Special Stay for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Amazon Cruise

    Each day there will be a range of small group excursions to discover the diversity of this region. You will explore remote Amazon River tributaries, spot monkeys and birds whilst walking along a jungle trail, visit local villages and schools and meet with native Amazonians. Board the skiffs and cruise along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Amazon Cruise

    Board the skiffs and cruise along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Iquitos > Sacred Valley

    This morning fly to Cuzco and then travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your three night stay allows you to experience the history, unique lifestyle, culture and majestic scenery of this heartland of the former Inca Empire. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming village of Urubamba.

    Tonight, meet with your fellow travellers as you enjoy a private performance by local musicians complemented by a tapas style dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Sacred Valley

    Join your expert local guide for a walking tour of Ollantaytambo, the site where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari, where you will learn about the daily life, traditions and work of the locals during a weaving demonstration. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the charming village of Urubamba.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Sacred Valley

    Enjoy a walking tour of the Pisac ruins and markets; or visit Moray and Inca salt pans. Alternatively, relax in your hotel with a spa treatment.

    Enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience of five different meats cooked in five different ways over an open flame, with spices and other ingredients grown in Tambo’s own organic garden.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu

    Travel through picturesque fields on your rail journey to Machu Picchu then spend time at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight relax at your charming hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco

    Learn how to make two of the country’s signature offerings, ceviche and pisco sours, during a cooking monstration. Then, marvel at the pectacular views from the glass dome carriages on your rail journey through the incredible Andes. Continue to the charming city of Cuzco and your luxurious hotel, in the heart of the historic centre. Your three night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Cuzco

    The former capital of the Incan Empire, Cuzco is a city with incredible architecture. Uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site including Korichancha and the ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress.

    Visit a community exclusively supported by Scenic. Meet the students and teachers at the local school and learn about their lifestyle.

    Tonight sample elegant à la carte dining at the Inti Raymi restaurant or dine on a menu showcasing delicious fusion cuisine in the Cicciolina restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Cuzco

    Uncover the secrets of the iconic Peruvian coffee and Pisco on a tasting tour or choose to explore the fascinating San Pedro food markets with a local guide followed by a cooking class. Alternatively, discover the picturesque San Blas artisan quarter on a walking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Cuzco > Iguazú Falls

    Fly to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls for your three night Special Stay at the elegant Belmond das Cataratas Hotel, set inside the 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

  19. Day 19 - Iguazú Falls

    Enjoy a leisurely tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Be awed by the world’s largest volume waterfall and experience an exciting jet boat adventure.

    Enjoy a Scenic Sundowners event of beverages and tapas.

    Optional flight - Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Iguazú Falls

    Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinian side to the lookout where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’ and be awed by the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  21. Day 21 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro

    Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your Special Stay, this elegant hotel provides the perfect place to spend your last two nights in Brazil.

    At Sugarloaf Mountain, take the cable car to the top of the peak, where you will enjoy Scenic Sundowner drinks while taking in the spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding landscape at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Rio de Janeiro

    Today you will discover the beating heart of this exotic city. Take a fascinating walking tour through downtown Rio, home to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Municipal Theatre. Learn about Rio’s history and culture and appreciate the locals’ lifestyle. Ride the cogwheel railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Indulge in a mouth-watering Brazilian Churrascaria experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  23. Day 23 - Rio de Janeiro > Buenos Aires

    Walk through the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) while learning about its unique history, or get an insider’s perspective on daily life in the favelas and enjoy an energetic capoeira show. Alternatively, discover how the old and modern parts of Rio’s downtown co-exist on a historical walking tour.

    Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to your elegant hotel for a four night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  24. Day 24 - Buenos Aires

    An elegant city with pockets of colourful character, discover the highlights and secrets
    of this famed ‘Paris of the Americas’ with your local guide, including Casa Rosada. Visit soulful San Telmo and La Boca’s colourful Caminito. This evening enjoy dinner at the Gala Tango show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Buenos Aires

    Experience typical Porteña culture and gastronomy with a visit to a local Estancia, enjoy a wine tasting with expert sommeliers, a traditional Asado lunch and polo class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  26. Day 26 - Buenos Aires

    Take a tour with a local artist to uncover the vibrant urban art scene. Alternatively, discover the city’s green side on a bike tour of the city’s parks and plazas, or take an architecture walking tour.

    Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner and indulge your senses in one of Buenos Aires’ coveted closed-door restaurants, and enjoy a modern Argentine meal with wine pairing – complete with an empanada making class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Buenos Aires > El Calafate

    Fly to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia and enjoy a relaxing three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - El Calafate

    Established in 1937 as a national park and extending over 4,459 square kilometres, the World Heritage-listed Los Glaciares National 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.

    Toast your day in this natural wonderland framed by the spectacular backdrop of Perito Moreno glacier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  29. Day 29 - El Calafate

    Discover the traditional way of life on an estancia (ranch) in the Argentine countryside, surrounded by glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty. This evening is at leisure to  experience one of the many quaint restaurants and cafés.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  30. Day 30 - El Calafate > Torres del Paine National Park

    Drive to Patagonia and your luxurious retreat, set in the heart of the park on the shores of Lake Pehoe, the perfect base for a three night Special Stay. Settle into your tastefully appointed room, with sweeping views across the lake to the Paine Massif and enjoy a range of daily excursions, complimentary beverages and delicious meals featuring Patagonian specialities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Torres del Paine National Park

    Your exciting adventure into 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. Each day there are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace, all escorted by expert expedition guides.
    Each evening relax in the lounge with its magnificent views over the lake across to the mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  32. Day 32 - Torres del Paine National Park

    Continue to explore Torres del Paine National Park, there are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace, all escorted by expert expedition guides. Join your Tour Director on your final evening for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  33. Day 33 - Torres del Paine National Park > Santiago

    Savour the last views of the massifs of Torres del Paine before flying to the quirky Chilean capital of Santiago for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  34. Day 34 - Santiago

    Say farewell as you transfer to the airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Smaller group sizes with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 4 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Your choice of 14 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 5 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 67 meals – 33 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L) and 20 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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