2017-18 SEASON
Oct 2017 - Mar 2018

23 Day The Complete South America

Collette Guided Tour starting in Lima and finishing in Rio De Janeiro

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 23 Day The Complete South America. From the mystical Machu Picchu and a journey through Patagonia to three nights in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, home of the World Cup and Olympics in a span of two years, this is the trip of a lifetime across South America, one of the...read more

Overview

Operator: Collette
Type: Coach Tour (Premium)
Style: Classic
Duration: 23 Days
From: Lima to Rio De Janeiro
Tour Code: COL550
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil
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Day By Day

1

Lima, Peru - Tour Begins

Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land and visit some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings." Stay: Hilton Lima Miraflores (2 Nights)
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Lima

Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center; the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas; an abundance of colonial architecture; and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. Then it’s on to your exclusive visit to the Archbishop’s Palace to witness the changing of the guard. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner with a tasting menu of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes and drinks. You will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world’s top food travel destination four years in a row. (B/D)
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Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of “chicha,” a unique regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get firsthand knowledge on this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening is yours...maybe take this opportunity to discover your property’s planetarium. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection (2 Nights) (B)
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Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments. This afternoon, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Inca settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A unique terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, make a stop at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a nonprofit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Taste these Andean-inspired beers and learn about their drive to support their community. Tonight, savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook. (B/D)
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Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu

Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort. Stay: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (B/D)
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Machu Picchu - Cuzco

With leisure time this morning you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. En route to Cuzco, meet Peruvian children at an orphanage supported by the Collette Foundation.* Stay: Hilton Garden Inn (2 Nights) (B)
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Cuzco

The morning is yours to relax and acclimate to the altitude. Perhaps you’ll choose the “Cuzco through the Senses” optional tour, where you’ll get hands-on experience with the owner and artist of a local pottery studio, followed by interactive tastings of world-renowned Peruvian coffee and chocolate. This afternoon, the choice is yours on how you will explore Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan Empire. You may choose to follow a local guide on a walking tour of the city. Or, perhaps you would prefer to board a coach for a comprehensive tour of the city’s main sites. Whichever you choose, you will journey through this colonial city and experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas; you’ll also stop by the central market. Later, you’ll gather together and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset overlooking the city before arriving at your authentic dinner and folklore show in the heart of Cuzco. (B/D)
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Cuzco - Santiago, Chile

Say farewell to this mystical land of the Incas and fly south to cosmopolitan Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital city. Stay: Atton Vitacura (2 Nights) (B)
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Santiago

This morning, embark on a city tour viewing such sights as the La Moneda Presidential Palace and Paseo Ahumada pedestrian avenue. Ride the funicular up Cerro San Cristobal for sweeping views of Santiago and the Andes, and admire the Statue of the Immaculate Conception. Delve into Chile’s checkered past under the 20th-century dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet at the Museum of Human Rights. We continue our tour with a visit to a local winery for lunch and a sampling of some of Chile’s famous cabernet and carmenere wines. An expert will teach you about winemaking in this part of the world. (B/L)
10

Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Leave Santiago behind and fly to the region of Patagonia, the southern portion of Chile and Argentina that is filled with natural wonders. Arrive in Punta Arenas, built along the Strait of Magellan. Visit the old port village and Fort Bulnes, a historical reconstruction based on the original fortified settlement. Take in the stunning scenery before heading to Puerto Natales, the stepping off point to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Stay: Costaustralis Hotel (3 Nights) (B/D)
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Puerto Natales

Embark on a full-day cruise through the Chilean Fjords, visiting the breathtaking Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. As you pass through the Seno Ultima Esperanza – “Channel of Last Hope” – behold the pristine beauty of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s largest natural reserve. This rugged landscape and unspoiled territory is a site you will never forget. (B/L)
12

Puerto Natales - Torres Del Paine - Puerto Natales

Today you’ll venture into the UNESCO biosphere reserve – Torres Del Paine National Park. Take in the panoramas of jagged mountains and emerald-blue lakes. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls and the flora & fauna that are unique to the area. You are sure to be awed at every turn when exploring what is known as South America’s most incredible national park. (B)
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Puerto Natales - El Calafate, Argentina

Make your way from the Chilean side of Patagonia to El Calafate in Argentina, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. En route, meet some local gauchos at a typical Patagonian estancia. Partake in a traditional lamb roast lunch and learn about the local culture. Then you are treated to a dog show and sheep shearing demonstration. Revel in the beauty of the landscapes during your drive through the countryside before settling into your hotel, perfectly situated near downtown and featuring spectacular views of magnificent Lake Argentino. Stay: Esplendor El Calafate Hotel (2 Nights) (B/L/D)
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El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

Discover the jewel of Argentina’s Patagonia – Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field and is one of the few glaciers in the world still advancing. Gaze off the shoreline in search of floating icebergs as you listen to the sounds of crashing ice breaking off the massive glacier. (B/L)
15

El Calafate - Buenos Aires

Board your flight to Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and the “Paris of South America.” Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the city is a mosaic of European-styled architecture and South American spirit. Tonight, head to Esquina Carlos Gardel, named after Argentina’s most famous tango maestro, where you’ll savor Argentine cuisine and wine before a stunning tango performance. Stay: The Brick Hotel MGallery Collection (3 Nights) (B/D)
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Buenos Aires

Today the choice is yours! Perhaps you’ll choose to experience the lively capital by bus or for the more adventurous, you may choose to take in the city with a local guide on an exhilarating bicycle tour. Both options bring you to the Teatro Colon opera house; the Avenida 9 de Julio; the Metropolitan Cathedral, the former church of Pope Francis I; Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita Peron rests; the Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada; and the colorful neighborhood of La Boca. The remainder of the day is yours to create your own adventure. Maybe you’ll stroll through San Martin Park or Calle de Florida, a shopper’s paradise; or perhaps you’ll take the optional Tigre y Delta boat tour where you’ll pass by an array of historic mansions and former residences of Buenos Aires’ aristocracy before cruising through canals meandering past a network of homes that sit on stilts. (B)
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Buenos Aires - Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay - Buenos Aires

Hop aboard the Colonia Express, a ferry that takes you across the Rio de la Plata to the charming village of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. This UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to 1680, is the only remaining Portuguese settlement in Uruguay. A local resident joins us for a ride through town to introduce you to its landmarks before leading you on a guided walk through the historic old town. Then, savor lunch featuring some local delicacies and Uruguayan wine before having free time to relax and explore on your own. Later, we head back to Buenos Aires for the evening. (B/L)
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Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

This morning, fly to Iguazu Falls – located at the crossroads of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay – heralded as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Board the Rainforest Ecological Train inside the national park on the Argentine side and walk to the platform overlooking powerful Devil’s Throat. Discover unparalleled views of five waterfalls as they plummet into the Iguazu River. Then we cross into the Brazilian side where you’ll check into your resort and cap off your evening with a relaxing dinner. Stay: Mabu Thermas Grand Resort (2 Nights) (B/D)
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Iguazu Falls

Soak up the breathtaking views of the waterfalls from the Brazil side. Join your local guide as you discover how Brazil and Argentina have both fought to protect the beauty and raw power of the falls by making each side a national park. You will see first-hand why Eleanor Roosevelt, upon seeing Iguazu Falls, exclaimed “Poor Niagara.” This afternoon you may choose an optional jungle boat ride at the base of the falls or you can enjoy the many amenities at your resort. (B)
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Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Magnificent views, beautiful beaches, flamboyant Carnival costumes, great cuisine and friendly people make Rio the cultural capital of Brazil. Witness the city of Rio that captivated the world during the 2016 Summer Olympics. Stop by the Maracanã football stadium which hosted the 2014 World Cup Finals, before continuing on to the famous Carnival parade route, the Sambadrome. Afterward, behold the renowned Metropolitan Cathedral whose architecture was inspired by a Mayan Pyramid. Check into Rio’s only beachfront hotel. Learn how to craft caipirinhas – Brazil’s famous cocktail made with sugar cane liquor and lime – before venturing this evening to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Then, cap the night off at Rio Scenarium, a lavishly decorated restaurant and music venue in the historic Lapa district. Meet local Cariocas, the name for people from Rio de Janeiro, for dinner, music and dancing that celebrates the rich history and vibrancy of the Brazilian people. Stay: Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort (3 Nights) (B/D)
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Rio de Janeiro

Journey to Corcovado by train to see Christ the Redeemer, one of the largest Art Deco statues in the world. Take in the panoramic vistas from Tijuca Forest National Park. With 360-degree views around the city, you’ll soon realize why this statue is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Then spend time engaging with locals at the one of the city’s open-air markets. Break into small groups with local market guides as you discover and taste over a dozen different types of exotic fruits from Brazil. This afternoon, you choose your activity! Perhaps you’ll choose to get a behind the scenes look at Carnival and meet the artists who are designing the floats, costumes and dances during their year-round preparations for Rio’s biggest event. Or, maybe you’d prefer to join a local guide for a tour of a favela; learn about the unique history of these “shanty towns” as you stroll through the community center, a school, and a local home. Relish some time for coffee, cake and discussion with some residents. The evening is free for your own exploration. (B)
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Rio de Janeiro

Your day is at leisure to explore fabulous Rio de Janeiro on your own. Relax by the beach at your resort or take a shuttle to Copacabana. Or, perhaps you’ll take an optional tour and board a jeep for a ride through the Tijuca forest followed by a visit to historic Santa Teresa. Or maybe an optional cooking class is more to your liking — you’ll immerse yourself in local flavors as you join a local chef in a cooking class where you’ll learn how to cook like a true Carioca! Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell feast in a typical Brazilian churrascaria. Indulge in wine and meats slow-roasted to perfection. (B/D)
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Rio de Janeiro - Tour Ends

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. For those with later flights, you can choose an optional visit to the Olympic Park and the famous Botanical Gardens. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Exclusive to Collette

  • Discover centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum.
  • Embrace the art of tango at a live performance.
  • Embark on a full-day cruise through the breathtaking Chilean Fjords.
  • Explore the UNESCO seaside village of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.

What's Included:

  • A professionally planned itinerary
  • Strategically located hotels (4 stars and above)
  • The services of a professional tour manager
  • Expert local guides who provide insider knowledge
  • Attraction & museum entrance fees with preferential access
  • All on-tour gratuities (excludes on-board cruise gratuities)
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Breakfast every day and over 50% of dinners
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Attraction & museum entrance fees with preferential access
  • Wi-Fi available on tour

Activity Level

  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

Flight Information

  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Lima (LIM) Airport, please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Rio De Janeiro (GIG) Airport, please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day

Trip Notes

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Roundtrip Home to Airport Chauffeur Drive Service

  • Chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.

 

Optional Activities

The optional activities below can be pre-booked & included in your trip quote.

Mystical Shaman Ceremony

Location: Machu Picchu. Cost: $107.
Enjoy a mystical experience that introduces you to the sacred beliefs and rituals of the ancient Peruvians, allowing to you further connect with the energy that attracts so many to Peru and Machu Picchu. Shamanism is the exploration and discovery of non-material...read more

Cuzco through the Senses

Location: Cuzco. Cost: $133.
Come to know the colors and flavors that bring Peruvian culture to life on an adventure that is sure to dazzle your senses. Begin by discovering the pottery techniques inspired by Andean and Colonial period artwork at a local pottery studio. Roll up your...read more

Tigre y Delta Boat Tour

Location: Buenos Aires. Cost: $80.
Just 18 miles outside of Buenos Aires, discover the extraordinary ecological zone of the Parana River delta. Enjoy a tour with a local guide on this breathtaking journey. Behold a picturesque coastline dotted with marinas, stunning homes and riverside...read more

Iguazu Falls Jungle & Boat Ride (Brazil Side)

Location: Iguazu Falls. Cost: $107.
Venture on a safari into the heart of a lush tropical rainforest where 275 dazzling waterfalls cascade and create nature's soundtrack. In Iguazu National Park, you'll find rare and endangered species of birds, more than 700 species of butterflies, vibrantly...read more

Tijuca Forest National Park and Historic Santa Teresa

Location: Rio de Janeiro. Cost: $100.
Venture into the lush Tijuca Forest National Park by open-jeep for a tour that truly showcases the spectacular rainforest around Rio de Janeiro. Tijuca is all that remains of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) which once surrounded Rio. The 8,000-acre...read more

Cooking Carioca Style

Location: Rio de Janeiro. Cost: $153.
Roll up your sleeves for an authentic Brazilian culinary experience! Get to know the secrets of Brazilian cuisine that blends culinary traditions from around the globe. Set off to a local market where you'll meet your chef and shop for groceries for today's...read more

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Park and Botanical Gardens

Location: Rio de Janeiro. Cost: $100.
Your experience begins by rediscovering the magic of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Take a walk through the main Olympic Park in Barra, and marvel at the stadiums that hosted some of the world's best athletes. Get exclusive entrance into some...read more

Operator Details

Region: South & Central America
Style: Classic
Accommodation: 4+ Star
Location: Various
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: All Included in Price
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 36)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Collette for trips in South & Central America. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

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