Wonders of South America
Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador & Peru in 28 Days • 26 Nights in Destination
A complete journey through South America encompassing capital cities, the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and much more!
Discover the best of South America on an action-packed tour. Get a taste of Brazilian culture in Rio de Janeiro and experience the power of nature at the Iguazu Falls. Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Buenos Aires in Argentina before heading to the tropical Amazon rainforest and the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Finally, explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Arrive at your US departure airport ready to check in for a flight* to Rio de Janeiro. Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Arrive at your CA departure airport, ready for a flight to Rio de Janeiro, the vibrant Brazilian capital in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend a stroll along Rio's famous beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day on an included city tour of wonderful Rio, which includes a trip up to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Visit the famous Corcovado Mountain, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Christ Redeemer is more than 2,296 feet in height and dominates the city's skyline. Admire the iconic structure; an immense rock statue built by the sculptor Francés Paul Landowski. Descend from the hills to enjoy a visit to Maracanã and the Sambódromo, where the annual Rio Carnival takes place. Also, visit the famous Selaron Steps. Overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day to discover all the wonderful delights that Rio has to offer. We recommend an optional excursion to Sugar Loaf Mountain for an unforgettable view across the city. * Overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro.
* Optional Excursion to Sugar Loaf Mountain: Head to the neighbourhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf Mountain. Travel to the top on a cable car and enjoy the spectacular views of Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Look down on Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói and be amazed at the sheer beauty and diversity of the Rio skyline.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Iguazu, home of the mighty Iguazu Falls! On arrival, transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. If your arrival time allows, we suggest enjoying a bike ride through the jungle or simply relaxing in this pristine natural setting. Overnight stay in Iguazu.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls on an exciting excursion. Take the train to the 'Devil's Throat' where a lookout area grants the opportunity to watch the water rush from the river and down an 80-meter high sheer drop. Walk across a number of bridges and enjoy the panoramic views on offer. Hear the roar of water whilst contemplating the spectacular landscape of rainbows, birds, exotic plants and trees. To experience more of this incredible environment, we recommend an optional Great Adventure excursion.* Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Iguazu.
* Optional Iguazu Great Adventure: Enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks specially designed for this environment. This 5 km long stretch ends at Puerto Macuco. At its dock, board a boat that sails in the Lower Iguazu River for as long as 6 km, heading towards the waterfalls area, enjoying plentiful rapids. Upon reaching the Tres Mosqueteros Fall, see the falls of both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Afterwards, the most exciting point comes when facing the incomparable San Martín waterfall, the hugest any boat may face. If you choose to take this optional excursion, it will replace a part of the included tour on this day.
Please note: You will not be able to take part in the Great Adventure excursion if you have any heart problems, have had any kind of heart surgery or if you have any physical disabilities.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a different perspective of the falls today as you visit the Brazillian side of the Iguazu Falls, one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World. Stroll along the well-placed viewing trails and enjoy a spectacular panorama of one of the biggest waterfall systems in the world. Overnight stay in Iguazu.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel and the rest of the day is free for you to explore this sprawling city, full of colonial architecture and vibrant culture. Overnight stay in Buenos Aires.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an included tour of the chic city of Buenos Aires. Visit the most emblematic sites and monuments of the capital, such as the Plaza de Mayo filled with soul-stirring history, the colourful district of La Boca, the famous Obelisk, a symbol of the Argentine capital, and Casa Rosada where Madonna performed the hit song 'Don't cry for me Argentina!' in 1996. The tour finishes in the neighbourhood of Palermo, the largest in the city. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Buenos Aires.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have a free day to enjoy at your leisure. Take advantage of the day and continue to discover the capital. Soak up the local atmosphere, the architecture of its colonial buildings and the delicious local cuisine. Overnight stay in Buenos Aires.
Arrive in the capital of Ecuador, a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in Quito.
If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
*Please note: The transfer from the airport to the hotel is a shuttle with a Spanish-speaking driver.
Breakfast at the hotel. Our local representative will give you all the information for the next few days. Today, spend the day in Quito at your leisure, exploring the city or simply taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. We recommend enjoying our full-day excursion to Otovalo* for a true local experience. Overnight stay in Quito.
*Optional Otavalo Day Tour: Full-day tour to various towns in the Andean highlands where you’ll discover some of the local gastronomy and traditional way of life. Start off your experience by tasting the interesting Cherimoya fruits in Guayllabamba, carry on to try the local biscuits made by the community in Cayambe. You will then be guided around the indigenous markets in Otavalo, Peguche and Cotacachi and get to know the story of the native people.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Baltra, in the incredible Galapagos Islands! From Baltra, transfer to the island of Santa Cruz, crossing the Itabaca Channel by ferry. Stop in the southern port town of Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, where you’ll get to know the area accompanied by a local guide. The guide will illustrate the Galapagos people's ‘Galapagueños’ way of life, and take you on an exclusive visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station where you’ll learn about the formation of these magical islands and their inhabitants. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz and meet our representative on the island who will talk you through the itinerary for the coming few days. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the spectacular shoreline and wonderful flora and fauna of this magical island. Why not go for a swim in the temperate waters and do some wildlife spotting. We recommend an optional half-day Bahia Tour*. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
*Optional Half-Day Bahia Tour: Discover Santa Cruz and its bays during this incredible experience. Visit some of the most beautiful and important areas of the island and learn about the importance of the archipelago. Discover the beautiful seascapes with your knowledgeable guide.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beautiful beaches and wonderful wildlife. Why not look for sea turtles and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crab at Tortuga Bay. We recommend an optional full-day excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands* Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
*Optional Full-Day Excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands (Parte Alta): This day trip includes a visit to the El Chato Reserve, where you’ll observe the renowned giant turtles in their natural habitat. Discover the Lava Tunnels formed when a flow of lava quickly goes cold as it comes into contact with the cold atmosphere thus creating these interesting tube-like formations. Following this, you’ll behold an incredible view of the Twin Craters, two mind-blowing volcanic material holes formed by a long process of slow subsidence of the land, where exceptional scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen. Lunch included.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying this extraordinary scenery. Why not discover more of the island and take in the unique wildlife and natural environment, with its bright red rocks, cacti and turquoise ocean. We recommend an excursion to the uninhabited islands of Seymour, South Plaza and Santa Fé, where you’ll encounter diverse wildlife such as sea-lions, the rare blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, prickly cactus and beds of brightly colored succulent plants among many other interesting species of flora and fauna.* Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
*Excursion can only be booked at the destination via local companies and is subject to weather conditions.
* For a Culinary Experience of Ecuador, you can choose our optional excursion package to add 3 food-focused optional excursions to your trip!
Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the mainland, with a flight from Santa Cruz airport. Arrive in Quito, and join a shared transfer to your hotel. Spend the day in Quito at your leisure, exploring the city or simply taking some time to enjoy the beautiful climate and natural environment. Overnight stay in Quito.
*Please note: The transfer from Quito airport to the hotel is with a Spanish-speaking driver.
Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day with a Colonial City Tour, visit the beautiful colonial center of Quito known as one of the most well-preserved in Latin America, walk through its small streets, enjoy its beautiful squares and taste typical Ecuadorian fruits in a local market. Afterwards, leave Quito behind and continue to the Ecuadorian highlands, towards the highest point of the road in the Papallacta moors and down to the eastern jungle of the country, until you reach Cotundo.
Surprise excursion in the evening, enjoy a special experience where you explore the Amazon in a unique way, on a night walk. Overnight stay in Cotundo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a day at your leisure and explore the wonders of the mighty Amazon rainforest. Relish the opportunity to enjoy the Ecuadorian part of this jungle and immerse yourself in its sounds and its wondrous sights. Make the most of your last day and discover what the otherworldly Amazonia has in store for you. Why not explore the surrounding area independently or take part in one of the optional activities.* Overnight stay in Cotundo.
* Optional Exclusive Chocolate Making Experience: A true experience for all your senses. Really get to know this key ingredient in Ecuadorian culture. Uncover the magical properties of cacao, from its indigenous roots. You will learn its origins, uses and also make your own chocolate. Learn the entire process through practice, all the way from the cultivation of this sacred plant to creating your own chocolate sauce. A truly enchanting experience.
** Optional Waterfall Walk: Join this incredible walk where you will be guided to spectacular views of the Waterfall, and learn about the tropical fauna and flora along the way.
*** Optional Half-Day Amazonia Excursion: Discover Paikawe Lagoon on a canoe ride, with curious large fish that you can see swimming and coming to the surface. Head to Misahualli Monkey Village, this sleepy jungle town where you can meet its most popular inhabitants, the monkeys! Finally visit the Amupakin community, to understand the traditional local way of life. Including lunch.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy free time to take in your last moments of the Amazon as it’s time to head back to Quito. On route, visit the celebrated ‘Middle of the World’ where you will have the unusual opportunity to stand on the imaginary line that divides the northern and southern hemispheres. Continue your journey to the capital city and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, or try some delicious food in the gastronomic neighborhood of La Floresta. Overnight stay in Quito.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to check-in for a flight to Lima. Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Transfer to the hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city's colonial streets and magical plazas at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can take beautiful photos of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco, the former Inca capital, and transfer to the Sacred Valley, on the way stop at Awanakancha (no guide, only driver) and savour the opportunity to explore this living museum, where ancient customs and traditions have been preserved across the centuries. Watch local communities creating beautiful handmade textiles and soak up the impressive views, unchanged by time. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively immaculate scenery of this iconic region. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting visit to Machu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for the train station to board the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu*, a treasure of Incan heritage and one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Spend some time discovering the ruins and being amazed by the terraces and enjoying a tour of the different sections of the site. Return to Sacred Valley. Arrive and overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
Note: The baggage policy on board the Expedition train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.
* Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Sacred Valley, an area in the Andean Highlands famed as the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. We recommend an optional Sacred Valley Excursion to experience the best of the region. * At the indicated time, take the train back to Cuzco. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Cuzco.
* Optional Essence of the Sacred Valley Excursion: Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress. Lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco' included granting entrance to the Sacred Valley and surrounding sights.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a fascinating half-day tour of Cuzco. Begin in the iconic Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighbourhood, known for its artists, shops and artisan workshops. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the city and sampling the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head back to the Peruvian capital today. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the atmospheric city plazas or shopping for souvenirs. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bring your unforgettable South American journey to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the US. Night on board.
28 days trip including flights*
27 days and 26 nights in destination
NYC - RIO
NYC - RIO
Río de Janeiro
Río de Janeiro
Río de Janeiro
LIM - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Accommodation: 26 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Americas Copacabana, Mirador Rio Hotel, Nobile Hotel Copacabana Design.
Rio de Janeiro City Tour & Corcovado Mountain
Visit the famous Corcovado Mountain, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and soak up the views of Rio de Janeiro below. Afterwards, descend from the hills to see the exterior of the Maracanã, the Sambódromo and the Selaron Steps.
Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls Excursion
Spend the day exploring the Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls, including the Devil's Throat viewpoint and walk along a series of footbridges to get up close to the thundering falls!
Not included: Entrance fee
Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls Excursion
Experience the beauty of the Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side of the border! Explore the beautiful visit Iguazu River Canyon Iguazu Park, take in the views from Salto Floreano viewpoint and visit Iguazu River Canyon.
Not included: Entrance fee
Buenos Aires City Tour
Set off on a 3-hour city tour of Buenos Aires today! Visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palermo and see Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and explore Puerto Madero, San Telmoa and the La Boca neighborhood.
Not included: Entry to Recoleta Cemetery not included
Sugar Loaf Mountain Excursion
Travel to the top on a cable car and enjoy the spectacular views of Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain.
Iguazu Great Adventure Excursion
Begin with a 4x4 ride through the verdant rainforests of Iguazu. Next, ride a Zodiac boat along the Lower Iguazu River, passing through the rapids and before entering the Canyon of the Devil's Throat and viewing the huge San Martín waterfall.
Unique Ecuador Package of 3 Excursions: Full-day Otavalo Tour, Half-day Amazonia Excursion & Local Experience
Full Day to Otavalo (day 2), half day excursion to the Amazon (day 9) and, enjoy a local experience. On day 2, check out the history, flavors and culture, on day 9 immerse yourself in the Amazon and, finish by preparing and tasting your own Canelazo.
What's included: Two excursions, one half-day and one full-day, also enjoy a local experience.
Full-day Otavalo Tour
Taste the Cherimoya fruits in Guayllabamba, try the local biscuits in Cayambe.Check out the markets in Otavalo, Peguche and Cotacachi and get to know the story of the native people.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Rio de Janeiro, Lima - US.
- Internal & international flights: Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu, Iguazu - Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires - Quito, Quito - Galapagos, Galapagos -Quito, Quito - Lima, Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco - Lima *more information
- Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Voyager Train. **more information
- 26 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 26 breakfasts.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes & fuel surcharge.
- English-speaking guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase
National Park entrance fees, tourist citytax, drinks, tips and anything not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
*Entrance fees to the 'Iguazú National Park' in Brazil are not included.
*Entrance fees to the all national parks in Argentina are not included. Keep in mind that these fees must be paid in cash (USD or pesos).
Transit control card (TCC)* (20 USD) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (100 USD).
* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.
* Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
We strongly recommend you consult your doctor regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness before you travel.
** You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.
IMPORTANT: Please check with your doctor's recommendation for vaccines to travel to Brazil.
If you would like to travel with children, please contact Customer Services to find out the conditions.
Please note: Depending on the weather, the public ferry service in the Galapagos Islands can become quite choppy at times. If you suffer from seasickness, we recommend taking precautions to alleviate your symptoms in case of rough seas.
Please note: The ruins of Ingapirca are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. If your visit to Ingapirca falls on either of these days, the visit will be replaced with an excursion to a traditional hat factory* in Cuenca tomorrow (day 7).
The itinerary is subject to changes and alterations due to weather conditions or force majeure.
For the flight to Galapagos we will transfer you to the airport 3 hours in advance in order to complete the required formalities.
- Entry requirementsPassport, valid for at least six months.
- VisaNo visa required.
- CurrencyBrazilian Real (sub-divided into 100 centavos)
- ElectricityEuropean style plug.
- HealthVaccination against Yellow Fever is recommended in the case of prolonged travel to areas where there is a high risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Travelers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneUTC - 03:00.
- Other useful informationAvoid drinking tap water as well as fruit and vegetables that have been recently washed.
- Tourist Office websitewww.visitbrasil.com
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
At the airport Galapagos passengers must present their transit control card (TCC) with their passport and pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Cost: US$100 per person.
If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 888-488-0592 or via our contact form.
Exoticca Travel Stories
Creating unforgettable memories, one traveler at a time
Argentina & Brazil 2022
After waiting through the pandemic Exoticca re-delivered this trip as specified. Well planned and laid out documents, assistance through the Covid regulations made simple. Local guides supported us from start to finish in our language. Particular mention to Gus in Iguazu and Anderson in Rio.