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Experience more with so much included

  • Marvel at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian and Brazilian sides
  • Be astounded at the iconic panorama of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and the foot of Christ the Redeemer
  • Enjoy a wonderful evening’s entertainment at a typical tango show
  • Guided tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of South America’
  • Discover Argentina’s ‘pampas’ or plains on our visit to a typical ‘estancia’ 
  • Explore the extraordinary Machu Picchu, the fabled ‘Lost city of the Incas’, on a guided tour
  • Tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit Pisac’s famed Indian market and temple of Ollantaytambo
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Cusco, former capital of the Incan empire, now one of South America’s most enchanting cities
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • Stay in hand-picked three-star superior and four-star accommodation with daily breakfast and four meals
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

Selected departures up to October 2019 & March to October 2020

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At a Glance
3 to 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
18 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 1 dinner
Programme of daily tours & visits
Expert tour manager
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

In the minds of many, Peru is inextricably associated with the Incas, the remarkable civilisation that, by the 16th century, had created one of the greatest empires in the world. Their territory stretched, in modern-day terms, from Colombia in the north, to Chile and Argentina in the south. Amazingly, this dominance was achieved without the benefit of the written word, ferrous metals, horses, currency or wheels. We stay for two days in the beautiful rural surroundings of the Sacred Valley, the bread basket of the Incas, and for two nights in Cusco, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the Americas. Nestling in dramatic Andean hills, it’s among the continent’s most interesting destinations. Immense, virtually earthquake-proof Incan walls line cobbled streets and form the foundations of some very well-preserved colonial buildings, reminiscent of medieval Spain. We see Cusco’s cathedral, fabulous art and opulent treasure collections, as well as the main square where the conquistadors were almost overwhelmed.

Machu Picchu is the most striking image of Peru. One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times, it is located along a ridge with a breathtaking landscape of rich rainforest, precipitous gorges and lofty peaks, stretching as far as the eye can see. Nothing prepares you for the excitement as you approach the site, and then the sheer exhilaration when it comes into view. You ascend a slope and, suddenly, there it is – the classic view you’ve seen in countless photographs, but all the more magnificent when seen firsthand.

Argentina, the second-largest country in South America, is known for its gauchos (cowboys), its huge steaks, its excellent wines, and the invention of the tango. We’ll sample all of these during our three-night stay in Buenos Aires – sophisticated, cosmopolitan and the most ‘European’ of the South American capitals. With its wide tree-lined avenues, café culture and upmarket boutiques, Buenos Aires cannot fail to surprise and delight you.

Iguazu Falls may not be as well-known as Niagara or Victoria Falls, but it outshines them all in its sheer scale and majesty! Spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil, each side has its own particular attractions. Don’t miss the chance to experience the falls from below on our exciting optional jetboat trip.

And finally, there’s Rio, arguably the most spectacularly sited city on the planet. The ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’, or marvellous city, is an intoxicating fusion of samba rhythms, vast stretches of beaches, beautiful people, lush forests and extraordinary granite peaks. Somehow everything seems bigger, brighter, louder and more colourful when you’re in Rio! We stay at the northern end of Copacabana beach, from where the wide swathe of the whole bay stretches before you. Copacabana and its sister, Ipanema beach, are the playgrounds of the city and the people-watching is simply fascinating. Of course, we’ll also get to the top of two of Rio’s most famous peaks, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Corcovado peak with its awe-inspiring 100ft statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Needless to say, South America is a vast continent with a huge variety of incredible places to see and things to do, which are simply impossible to cover on one trip. We have hand-picked the real ‘stand-out’ experiences that encapsulate the culture, history, cuisine, monuments and scenic wonders in this once-in-a-lifetime, three-country tour.

Your Itinerary

South America Highlights

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes scheduled flights to Lima via Sao Paolo, flights between Lima and Cusco, from Lima to Buenos Aires, from Buenos Aires to Iguacu, from Iguacu to Rio ad return flights from Rio via Sao Paolo, 13 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast and five meals, all tours as mentioned, entrances to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco, estancia and Tango show in Buenos Aires, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer peak & Botanical Gardens in Rio, all transfers, hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

 

Useful Information

Important note on water bottles

To lessen our impact on the environment, plastic bottles will no longer be handed out during your tour in Peru (days 2 to 7). Instead, we encourage you to take a reusable water bottle with you. There are several water refill points throughout the tour where you can top up with safe, clean drinking water.

Read about our sustainability efforts here.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Health

A Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended when travelling to some areas of South America. Some areas are also considered to have a high risk of Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women are advised to postpone non-essential travel until after pregnancy. We recommend you contact your GP or local health professional to obtain further information.

  • For useful information on travelling to a Yellow Fever Zone and for other travel health advice visit nathnac.net
  • For general travel advice and tips please go to travelaware.campaign.gov.uk

Fact file

  • Currencies: Peruvian Nuevo Sol, Brazilian Real, Argentine Peso
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight time: Approx.  11 hrs 45 mins from London to Sao Paulo and 5 hrs 15 mins from Sao Paulo to Lima
  • Language: Portuguese, Spanish, Quechua, Aymara,
  • Time zone: GMT-5
  • Country: Brazil, Argentina, Peru

Connecting flights

Flights with LATAM from London Heathrow will connect via Sao Paolo on both the inbound and outbound journeys.

Please contact us if you would like timings and/or further information on the connecting flights. All flight details will be listed in your booking confirmation.  

Visas and passports

UK nationals do not require a visa to travel to Argentina, Peru or Brazil, but other passport holders should contact the relevant embassy. Please ensure that your British passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Lima - Jorge Chávez International Airport Lima 1 hr Rio De Janeiro Rio de Janeiro - Galeão International Airport 30 mins


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