Feel like a local explorer as expert guides show you life in a million-year-old rainforest on this epic Amazon tour. Unlock this diverse continent brimming with culture as you join a Lima chef for a market tour, sample chardonnay in Chile, marvel at Machu Picchu, and explore Cusco and the Andes Mountains.
Francisco Pizzaro’s 'City of Kings' is your launch pad to an epic encounter with the Amazon’s extraordinary biodiversity. On arrival in Lima, you’ll be escorted to your airport hotel and enjoy the day to explore the sights of this colonial capital on your terms.
Traverse the Inkaterra Forest
This morning, we fly to Puerto Maldonado (internal flight included) and embark on a journey on the Madre de Rios River to our jungle lodge. where we meet our guides for the Inkaterra Field Station. Join a Local Specialist for insights into the forest, then keep a keen eye out for shy caiman during a pre-dinner boat expedition.
Step Into the Mystical Amazon
Climb the exhilarating Inkaterra Canopy Walkway for an unforgettable opportunity to observe the rainforest from its rooftop. Deep within the rain forest, we enjoy the company of mischievous monkeys cavorting among the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes us into the Tambopata National Reserve where we’ll hike through the thick jungle, admiring towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birdcalls and the dappled light that filters through the canopy above. Arrive at Sandoval Lake, where you may spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans and the elusive anaconda. The perfect end to our day sees us watch the sun set over the lake before heading back to our lodge for dinner.
Encounter the Biodiversity of the Amazon
Discover the Amazon’s otherworldly realm of aguajales rainforest swampland during your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn how vegetation has adapted to the exotic species that are drawn here as you Connect With Locals. Here you will also get a chance to visit our organic bio-orchard to discover many of the rainforest’s tropical plants up-close and learn of their healing capabilities. Boldly venture out at night to discover some of the strange species that come alive under deep darkness in the Amazon with our Local Specialist. Stroll quietly as your senses heighten to the mysterious nocturnal sounds of birds, mammals, insects and amphibians wondering close by.
Parrots and Puerto Maldonado
This morning, embark on an excursion to a popular feeding area for multi-coloured parrots. After breakfast, we head back to Puerto Maldonado as your Amazon experience comes to an end. On arrival in Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive barrio of San Isidro where you’ll enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your Travel Director and travel companions.
Explore Vibrant Lima
Embark on a full day with your Local Specialist exploring Francisco Pizarro’s Capital of the New World. Immerse yourself in Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the Plaza de Armas with its iconic cathedral and government palace. Visit the Church of San Francisco, descending into the catacombs where Lima’s residents were buried for centuries. Later this morning, we’ll meet local chef Ignacio Barrios, joining him for a walk through a local market while he explains how the local produce is used in traditional Peruvian cooking. Visit his cooking school for a Be My Guest experience where you'll gain insights into preparing some of the most popular local dishes, then Connect With Locals over lunch, sampling some of the dishes that were prepared. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore on your terms.
Andean Textiles in Sacred Valley
We’ll Dive Into Culture and visit the Pisac market and admire the exquisitely crafted Quechuan wares. Connect With Locals and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century. End the day at your Stays With Stories, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.
Discover Iconic Machu Picchu
Our first stop on our journey back to the time of the Incas is Ollantaytambo, a former stronghold built using colossal stone blocks. We journey to the Lost City in the Clouds next, boarding the Vistadome train to the great citadel of Machu Picchu. Join your Local Specialist to explore the UNESCO-listed hilltop fortress including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and intricately carved Intihuatana. We’ll dine at our hotel this evening.
Mesmerizing Machu Picchu
Reconnect with Machu Picchu this morning. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun to witness first-hand the beauty of the misty peak and valley below. Take a moment to admire the stonework and ancient engineering feats that went into building this mystical city on top of an isolated mountain. This afternoon, we board a train to Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha. Dive Into Culture and learn how this traditional Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women of the nearby village.
The Secrets of Cusco
Gear up for a full-day of Cusco sightseeing. Explore the Inca and Spanish roots of the 'Imperial City', unlocking its best kept secrets with a Local Specialist. See the baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas, then delve deeper into the history of the Church of Santo Domingo, built atop Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun. Venture beyond the city to visit the intriguing megalith ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before you Dive Into Culture for a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant. Savour Cusquenian gastronomy against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.
Pre-Columbian Art in Lima
We return to Lima where we’ll have an afternoon at leisure to explore the city or simply relax. Later, Dive Into Culture when you meet your Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, home to the largest private collection of 7th-century pre-Columbian art in the world. Gain insights into the evolution and culture of ancient Peruvian societies as you explore this 18th-century vice-royal mansion. Tonight, we enjoy a Regional Dinner alfresco in the museum’s garden restaurant with all the essentials taken care of.
Bid farewell to Peru and fly to Chile’s fashionable capital, Santiago. On arrival, you’ll be taken to your luxury hotel in Las Condes.
Wine in Casablanca Valley
Join a Local Specialist this morning for an in-depth orientation of the city. The flavours of crisp Chardonnay beckon after a visit to the city’s Central market. We journey to Casablanca Valley, Chile’s wine region, stopping at a popular winery for a gourmet lunch served out on the exquisite surrounds. Connect With Locals and meet a local winemaker for a personalised winery experience with exclusive tasting.
Uncover the City of Roses
We fly to the coastal port of Puerto Montt this morning. From there it's on to Puerto Varas for a tour of the 'City of Roses' with your Local Specialist. On arrival at your lakeside hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure before joining your travel companions for dinner.
Cruising to Bariloche
This morning’s first stop will see you admire the waters of Petrohue River cascading dramatically over volcanic rocks. We’ll cruise over Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye for Andean condors against the backdrop of the Osorno Volcano. Journey through unforgettable landscapes of snow-capped mountains, lush forests and alpine lakes. Enjoy a lunch stop in Peulla before crossing the border into Argentina. We’ll cruise Lake Nahuel Huapi en route to Swiss-inspired Bariloche.
Striking Views in Bariloche
Meet your Local Specialist this morning, making your way along the 'Circuito Chico' for epic mountain views and shimmering lake waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. We visit Playa Bonita and admire the beautiful natural setting below from the hilltop of St. Edward's Chapel. Take a ride on the chairlift up to Cerro Campanario for a bird’s eye view of the peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Today’s 'sweet spot' lies in Bariloche's centuries-old chocolate heritage. We Dive Into Culture, exploring the production area and sampling a tantalising variety of melt-in-your-mouth selections.
Tango in Buenos Aires
Fly from the edge of Patagonia to the lively city of Buenos Aires where you will join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for an exclusive Connect With Locals dinner in Palermo Soho. A local family and long-time residents of this trendy neighbourhood welcome us into their home sharing the fruits of homemade family recipes for a Be My Guest experience. Discover the secrets of kneading fresh country bread and learn about the art of the Tango.
Explore Argentina's Capital
Connect with Argentina's capital this morning, joining your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the iconic Casa Rosada and barrios of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. Spend some time admiring the ornate façades of Teatro Colon, then head to Recoleta cemetery to pay tribute to Argentina’s former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita). Spend the afternoon at leisure, before meeting your travel companions for a Regional Dinner this evening to savour the authentic taste of Argentina Asado. Dive Into Culture as you witness the fire and passion of a traditional Tango performance by some of the best dancers in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires Free Time
Relish a morning and afternoon to explore the 'Paris of South America' on your terms. Perhaps visit the country's finest museum, admiring the art on display at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or consider a visit into the country at a traditional estancia where you’ll enjoy an authentic parrillada lunch.
Fly to Iguassu Falls
Fly to Iguassu Falls in Argentina and meet your Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park. Take a front-row seat on board an open-air ecological jungle train, keeping your camera close at hand as you stroll along the walkways to get an up-close view of the fury of Devil’s Throat Falls. We cross the border into Brazil and enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner at our resort.
The Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls
Wake up in paradise and return to Iguassu National Park – this time to explore the Brazilian side of the falls. Your Local Specialist will be close at hand to take you on an immersive walk through the evergreen rainforest fed by the spray of the falls.
Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy a soul-stirring encounter with Iguassu National Park this morning, meeting your Local Specialist to gain further insights into this extraordinary natural wonderland. We’ll fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro this afternoon and transfer to our hotel with magnificent ocean views over the playground of Copacabana Beach.
The Iconic Sites of Rio de Janeiro
Your Rio adventure begins with your Local Specialist as you ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car to take in the best vantage points. Afterwards, tour the city of Rio de Janeiro and see some of its famous sites with your Local Specialist. Make the most of your afternoon in this dazzling city by exploring at your own leisure.
Samba in Rio de Janeiro
Hop aboard a classic cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, the site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. As the day unfolds, visit the iconic and unexpected sites with a Local Specialist including an 18th-century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church. Later this afternoon, we’ll Dive Into Culture at a Samba school for in-depth insights into how the school operates and prepares for the annual Rio Carnival. Admire the original costumes used in the celebrations. Then, sway those hips Samba-style as you take part in a private dance lesson accompanied by a musical Samba Trio. This evening, we’ll Dive Into Culture and visit a churrascaria for a Farewell Dinner complete with a splash of festive caipirinha mixing.
Depart Rio de Janeiro
Today marks the last day of this Icons of South America adventure. Fit in some last-minute exploring and souvenir shopping until your transfer to the airport or consider extending your stay.