South America: Rio to Lima

South America Revealed: Our Signature Journey           

This exciting coast-to-coast itinerary combines the appealing spectacle of Rio de Janeiro with the majesty of the Iguassu Falls and the wonders of Machu Picchu and the Inca Empire. The journey includes a few days in the Amazon Jungle as well as time in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas and ends with a couple of days in Lima, the gastro-capital of South America. This journey provides a superb introduction to South America and has all the ingredients for a memorable holiday.

Highlights:   Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu – Lima – Amazon Jungle – Cuzco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu

Number of Days:     18 Days

Accommodation: Choose from premium, upper, mid-range and value hotels according to preference and budget.

Indicative Costs: From £3,475 pp excluding transatlantic flights.

Accommodation: Premium; Upper; Mid-Range; Value

We book a full range of hotels, hideaways , haciendas and lodges throughout Latin America to suit all levels, from de luxe premium properties to four star upper or three-star mid-range hotels to budget accommodation providing value.

We have outlined here some of our preferred hotels, based on  our considerable experience over the last 10 years as  travel specialists for South America and helpful feedback from our passengers. If there is a particular property not listed here where you would like to stay, please let us know, We are here to help.

Days 1-4: Rio de Janeiro

  • Day 1: Arrival transfer to your hotel; 3 nights’ accommodation.
  • Day 2: Excursions to Sugarloaf Mountain and to Corcovado Mountain (Statue of Christ the Redeemer)
  • Day 3: Free day to explore Rio de Janeiro
  • Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Iguassu.

Rio de Janeiro has the most spectacular setting of all South American cities. We include a guided tour to Sugarloaf and Corcovado Mountains. If you would like us to arrange other excursions please just let us know.

Days 4-5: Iguassu:

  • Day 4: Arrival transfer to your hotel; 1 nights’ accommodation.
  • Recommended tour: Brazil side of the falls
  • Day 5: Excursion to the Argentine side of the falls.
  •  Late check-out and evening transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Lima.

The Iguassu Falls, on the border between Brazil and Argentina, are one of the great wonders of the natural world. We recommend walking in the national park or taking a helicopter flight.

Days 5-6: Lima:

  • Day 5: Arrival transfer to your hotel; overnight accommodation at an airport hotel.
  • Day 6: Fly to the Amazon Jungle

Days 6-9: Amazon

  • Day 6: Arrival transfer to your Amazon lodge.  3 night’s accommodation with all meals.
  • Day 7: Excursions in the rainforest.
  • Day 8: Excursions in the Amazon.
  • Day 9: Departure transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport in time for your flight to Lima.

The Tambopata National Park, near Puerto Maldonado, is home to over 20,000 plant species and is teeming with birds, mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.

Days 9-12: Cuzco

  • Day 9: Transfer from the station in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the hotel in Cuzco, 3 nights.
  • Day 10: City Tour and Fortress of Sacsayhuaman
  • Day 11: Free day in Cuzco
  • Day 12: Transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Cuzco is friendly, vibrant and exciting and there is always plenty to do here with a good choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs and fantastic handcraft shops.

Days 12-14: Sacred Valley

  • Day 12:  Arrival transfer from Cuzco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  2 nights’ accommodation
  • Day 13: Excursions to Maras, Moroy and Ollantaytambo are included.
  • Day 14: Departure transfer to the station to catch your train to Machu Picchu.

The Maras salt pools have been in use since Inca times to harvest salt. The circular terraces at Moroy appear to have been as an agricultural research station. Do climb to the top of the fortress of Ollantaytambo.

Days 14-15: Machu Picchu

  • Day 14: Arrival transfer from Machu Picchu station to the citadel.
  •   Tour of Machu Picchu including entrance fees and shuttle bus.
  •    Overnight accommodation in the hotel of your choice.
  • Day 15: Departure transfer to station and return by train to the Sacred Valley.


Machu Picchu is Latin America’s foremost archaeological site and is always something special and exciting, even for frequent travellers to Peru.

Days 15-16: Cuzco

  • Day 15: Transfer from the station in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to your hotel in Cuzco, 1 night.
  • Day 16: Departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Days 16-18: Lima

  • Day 16: Arrival transfer from Lima airport to your hotel; 2 night’s accommodation
  • Day 17: Free day in Lima.
  • Day 18: Departure transfer to Lima airport in time for your flight home.

Lima is the gastro-capital of South America with the Miraflores district at the heart of the modern city. The colonial part of town has been steadily restored over the last 25 years.

Indicative Costs (excluding transatlantic flights)

Premium:     From £5,886 pp

Upper:            From £4,769 pp

Mid-Range:  From £3,921 pp

Value:            From £3,475 pp

Indicative Costs are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.

Transatlantic flights are not included: we will book your transatlantic flights in economy, premium economy, business or first class according to your preference.

Domestic flights within Latin America are included in economy class. Please contact us to discuss upgrades.

Additional supplements apply for special events such as the Rio Carnival, Inti Raymi festival, Christmas & the New Year, Full Moon at Iguassu or at Machu Picchu.

Costs for 2021 are not yet confirmed.


What’s included in the price:

All accommodation and meals as detailed; Local taxes & service charges associated with included accommodation – All transfers & sightseeing as detailed;  various activities; ATOL protection; Research, sourcing, design and preparation of your tailor-made holiday itinerary and quote; booking admin and processing;  The services of our local ground agent who will coordinate your stay and ensure that everything runs smoothly including access to a local English language 24/7 telephone help line.

What’s not included in the price: Transatlantic flights; any national park entry fees which have to be paid locally;  drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature; meals and optional excursions not listed as included;  personal travel insurance;  passport and visa costs (e.g. costs associated with obtaining an American ESTA visa waiver, if flying via USA); Airport departure tax on leaving Peru, payable locally in US$ and currently US$ per person.

Please contact us for costs for families and parties of 3 or more passengers and for travel in 2021.


Extensions: Please contact us to discuss extensions to Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, the Colca Canyon or Kuelap in Peru or to combine this itinerary with Buenos Aires or with the Galapagos Islands.


Additional Information

Seasons and Climate

South America is a year-round destination.  The wet season runs from November to March when the Iguassu Falls will be at their fullest. The dry season is from April to October but bear in mind it can be cold up in the Peruvian Andes in June-August.



British nationals travelling on a full, valid British passport do not require a visa for entry to Brazil, Argentina or Peru. You should ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival.



It is advisable to check your immunizations for Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. If you have been to Africa within 3 months of arriving in South America you may need to provide proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever. You are advised to take malaria tablets for the Amazon.


Exchange Rates

Costs in Latin America are subject to $/£ exchange rates. At present we are working on current exchange rates of 1.2932 (as at 8 Jan 2020) although this may be subject to change.


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South America – Our Signature Journey

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