Grand South America (Small Groups)

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Set out on the grandest of South American tours as you discover Lima, the City of the Kings, explore the salt pans of the Sacred Valley and see the mysterious Machu Picchu up close, with an expert-led tour of the lost city before it opens to the crowds. Cruise Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands, where locals collect reeds to create their floating home...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

What's this trip about?

    Set out on the grandest of South American tours as you discover Lima, the City of the Kings, explore the salt pans of the Sacred Valley and see the mysterious Machu Picchu up close, with an expert-led tour of the lost city before it opens to the crowds. Cruise Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands, where locals collect reeds to create their floating homes and pause in the Casablanca Valley for a wine tasting at the boutique Kingston Family Winery. In Buenos Aires, take in the balcony made famous by the former First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, and adventure onwards to the thundering cascades of Iguassu Falls. Across the Brazilian border in Rio de Janeiro, dial down the pace with cocktails on Copacabana Beach and an authentic lunch at a local churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian steakhouse and quintessential Brazilian experience.


Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 24 people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityLima
End CityRio De Janeiro

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural


  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Peru


  • Rio de Janeiro


  • Culture
  • Luxury Travel


Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive in Lima, Peru

Journey by private transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel Lima where your ocean view room waits. Tonight, savor the culinary art of chef Jaime Pesaque at SAPIENS to begin your Peru luxury tour.

JW Marriott Hotel, Lima (Ocean View Room).


Day 2: Lima, City of the Kings

Discover Lima’s top sites including the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop`s Palace and the City Hall. Enhance your tour and choose to visit the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs or the Historic Torre de Tagle Palace and the Central Reserve Bank Museum. ...

Day 3: On to the Sacred Valley

A crafted-for-you experience awaits today in the heart of the Sacred Valley as Quechua scholar Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez shares the history and culture of traditional Peruvian Cusqueñan textile weavers at the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Learn about her mi...

Day 4: Exploring the Sacred Valley Relaxed Start

A local salt miner shares ancient salt mining techniques, passed down through generations. Uncover more of Peru’s past dining on a caja china lunch before a local shaman welcomes you to the Sacred Valley at a traditional blessing ceremony.

Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Journey to Machu Picchu

Board the panoramic Vistadome train for your journey to Machu Picchu, pausing for lunch above the Vilcanota River followed by a guided walk through the lush and enchanting cloud forest. Learn the art of tea making at a working tea plantation or view the world’s larges...

Day 6: Mysterious Machu Picchu

Arriving at the enigmatic Machu Picchu, your Local Expert paints a picture of Incan history on the Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana. Feast on an Andean lunch, then soak in grand views of Machu Picchu or return to the Pueblo for a twilight nature wal...

Day 7: Return to Cusco Relaxed Start

A traditional Pachamanca feast of Peruvian cuisine cooked underground will transport you back to pre-historic times. Get up close to the local wildlife and bask in views from San Cristobal before checking in to your five-centuries-old mansion in Cusco.

Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Suite with oxygen).

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Historical Cusco Relaxed Start

Step into the past at Cusco’s ruins of Sacsayhuman. Then, curate your day: Return to Cusco and visit San Blas church and the surroundings of this fascinating arty neighborhood of Cusco. After San Blas, continue to San Pedro market for some local shopping and insight i...

Day 9: Lake Region of Peru

Take your time in the sacred burial grounds of Sillustani. Reach Puno, for your stay GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca on the private island of Esteves, where you are treated to a lakeside sunset.

GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca, Puno.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

A private cruise of Lake Titicaca with your Local Expert showcases the incredible man-made Uros Floating Islands made entirely of reeds. On Amantani Island, join a local family for a farm-to-table lunch and stroll among the ancient ruins and terraced hillsides offering views across the water.

GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca, Puno.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Puno, Back to Lima

Return to Lima for your stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Lima in the vibrant Miraflores District. Savor a sensational dinner at Matria, where chef Arlette Eulert Checa intrigues and delights with creative seasonal dishes.

JW Marriott Hotel, Lima (Ocean View Room).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Fly to Santiago

Bid farewell to Limabound for Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city, arriving at The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel. Sip on a cocktail at the ninth floor Sky Bar or soak in views from the elevated terrace, the Parque Forestal, before a dinner of Chilean specialties.

The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: The Sights of Santiago

Discover the sites of Santiago from San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill to the bustling Plaza de Armas, Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and San Cristóbal Hill to indulge in 360-degree views of the city. Enjoy a local Chilean seafood lunch

The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Valparaiso and Wine Country

Savor the best of Chilean wine country at the coastal towns of Viña del Mar, “Garden City,” and UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso. Relish seaside breezes over lunchand treat your palate to Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and one of the best-rated Pinot Noirs in Chile paired with a traditional empanadas at Kingston Family Vineyard.

The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Fly to Buenos Aires

After your morning flight to Buenos Aires an six-course dining experience at El Fogon Asado awaits before a luxurious stay at Alvear Palace Hotel in the stylish neighborhood of La Recoleta.

Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires (Palace Premier Room).

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Beautiful Buenos Aires

Your Local Expert guides you through Buenos Aires’ Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods and shows off the iconic balcony made famous by Eva Peron. Take in the grand architecture of the Belle Époque Teatro Colón opera house before an evening of captivating music and dance at Rojo Tango.

Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires (Palace Premier Room).

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Pampas, Estancias and Gauchos

Delve into the world of “gauchos,” South American cowboys, visiting a traditional “estancia” ranch enjoying a guided horseback ride, gaining insight into the traditions or joining a guided tour for a window into life on a working ranch. Conclude the day entertained by...

Day 18: The Falls of Iguassu

Experience nature’s grandeur at the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls with your Local Expert where winding catwalks lure you to the rushing waters of Devil's Throat’s waterfall. Your luxurious resort – the only one inside the Brazilian Iguassu National Park – is a welcome respite.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu (Superior Room).

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19: The 'Great Waters' of Iguassu Falls

A Local Expert shows off the Brazilian side of the falls showcasing panoramic views of San Martin Island and rushing waterfalls. Visit the fascinating Bird Park that provides a shelter to many of South America’s birds, reptiles and butterflies.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu (Superior Room).


Day 20: Rio de Janeiro, City of Sea and Samba

Jet off to Rio de Janeiro, the 'Marvelous city,' where your ocean view room in one of South America’s most iconic hotels awaits. The golden sands of iconic Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Beach are just steps away.


Day 21: Exploring Rio de Janeiro

Reach the great heights Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for unparalleled views of the city’s peaks, bays and beaches. Dine like the locals at a classic Brazilian steakhouse before visiting the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading.

Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro (Deluxe Ocean View Room).

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22: A Farewell to Rio de Janeiro

Take a stunning train ride to the top of Corcovado Hill’s Christ the Redeemer statue and learn the history behind Bossa Nova on an exclusive walk with local guitarist, music aficionado and studio owner Cecelo Frony. Celebrate your grand journey with an unforgettable m...

Day 23: Depart Rio de Janeiro Departure Flight

After one last decadent breakfast of your Lima to Rio de Janeiro luxury tours, your private transfer will take you to the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport.


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JW Marriott Hotel, Lima (Ocean View Room). Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Superior Deluxe Room). Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Suite with oxygen). GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca, Puno. The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel. Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires (Palace Premier Room). Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu (Superior Room). Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro (Deluxe Ocean View Room).,
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Meals Included
  • 12 Dinner (D)
  • 22 Breakfast (B)
  • 13 Lunch (L)
  • Lima: You can relax before meeting your Travel Concierge at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner where local flavors and contemporary culinary techniques highlight the pillars of Peruvian cuisine.
  • Lima: Enjoy a fantastic seafood restaurant in the trendy neighborhood of Barranco in Lima. This restaurant offers Peruvian classics in a great outdoor ambiance underneath the lush trees.
  • Sacred Valley: Your personalized Exceptional Dining experience finds you taking a short walk from the hotel to the gardens of Tambo del Inka. Refreshing welcome drink in-hand, follow the hotel gardener for a tour of expansive garden from which the hotel and its sister property source most of their ingredients. Sit down at a lovely wooden table with views of the garden and the surrounding mountains to dine on a decadent meal which may feature fish or chicken and a host of colorful, fresh vegetables.
  • Sacred Valley: Experience a caja china lunch, a popular way to create a delicious meal in Peru, cooked in a wooden box.
  • Machu Picchu: Enjoy lunch at Café Inkaterra, located between the Machu Picchu train tracks and surrounded by lush forest.
  • Machu Picchu: Savor traditional Andean cuisine at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Cusco: Dine at MAP restaurant, one of the city's most prominent restaurants, situated on the lively, modern patio of the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.
  • Lake Titicaca: Sit down with community members for a farm-to-table lunch featuring ingredients grown on the island before exploring the terraced hillsides and viewing the skillfully made crafts the inhabitants are known for.
  • Lima: Savor a creative array of seasonal dishes created by chef Arlette Eulert at Matria. This Peruvian restaurant boasts organic ingredients that change according to the season.
  • Santiago: Enjoy a Chilean seafood lunch with Wine. Mestizo Restaurante has incorporated aspects of international gastronomy to Chilean cuisine to create delicious ceviches, main dishes and desserts.
  • Head to Fogón Asado, opening exclusively for Luxury Gold this evening. Indulge at a restaurant that presents a new way of living the traditional Argentine 'asado'. During this experience, see, feel and taste the unique grilling techniques. Sip on a welcome cocktail and meet the chef. Start an exquisite 6-course tasting menu that includes the best cuts of meat, fire-roasted seasonal vegetables, traditional recipes, and much more that brings 'asado' to new heights.
  • Buenos Aires: Savor a delicious meal, and enjoy fabulous live music, solo singers and a breathtaking display of authentic tango at Rojo Tango.
  • Get a taste of gaucho life with a delicious asado Highlight Lunch.
  • Iguassu Falls: Enjoy dinner with wine surrounded by a subtropical forest at Ipe Grill where you'll choose from a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Enjoy an authentic lunch at a local churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian steakhouse. Here, servers come to your table with knives and skewers of delectable cuts of meat. A quintessential Brazilian experience.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Your Farewell Celebration Dinner is served at the French-Brazilian E'toile Restaurant. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from the 26th floor as you toast to your journey.
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