South American Highlights

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Explore the highlights of South America on this comprehensive tour that takes you to all the must-see sites of Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. Start your journey in the heart of the Inca civilization, exploring the ruins of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, incredible Machu Picchu, and Cusco, considered to be the oldest living city in the Americas. Next, you’ll see both the colonial and modern parts of Peru’s capital city, Lima. In Argentina, take a stroll through Buenos Aires’ La Boca district and enjoy a tango show before venturing out to the Argentine Pampas for a barbeque and regional Gaucho games. See one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world – Iguassu Falls, which sits on the border of Argentina and Brazil before ending your trip in sunny Rio de Janeiro where you’ll ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car for stunning views of the city and take a cog railway up to the landmark statue of Christ the Redeemer.

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Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight flight
  • 1 night in Yucay
  • 2 nights in Cusco
  • 2 nights in Lima
  • 4 nights in Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights in Iguassu Falls
  • 2 nights in Rio de Janeiro


  • Sacred Valley
  • Ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • Visit a typical house in the “last living Inca Village of Peru”
  • Machu Picchu
  • Colonial & contemporary city tour of Lima
  • Tango lesson and show (Buenos Aires)
  • Folk music & wine in the Argentinian countryside
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Rio)
  • Copacabana (Rio)

Activity Level: Adventurer 

Your Tour

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights & ground transportation
  • Accommodations at deluxe & superior first-class hotels
  • 21 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout and local guides

Tour Itinerary

Depart from the U.S.

Your journey to South America begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight bound for Peru.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Yucay on Day 2.

Arrive Cusco/Sacred Valley

Arrive in Lima and catch your connecting flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you’ll visit the small town of Pisac, well known amongst both locals and tourists for its bazaar-like market offering a wide selection of Peruvian handicrafts. Next, explore the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo, one of the few places where the Incas won a battle against the Spaniards, before visiting a local home in the town…

Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cusco

This morning, board the train to Machu Picchu enjoying the stunning Andean views of small communities and snow-capped mountains along the way. When you arrive in Aguas Calientes, the small village nestled at the bottom of Machu Picchu, take the shuttle bus up to the ancient citadel where you’ll learn more about the Inca civilization, the site’s discovery, and the different theories of this mysterious and spectacular archaeological site. After our tour of Machu Picchu,…


Today’s walking tour starts at the “Plaza de Armas” where you’ll visit the impressive Renaissance-style Cathedral. Make your way through small alleys edged with Incan walls until you reach Koricancha, the temple dedicated to the sun, “Inti”. Believed to be the most important temple for the Incas, it was destroyed by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century and its foundations were used to build Santo Domingo, a Catholic church, epitomizing the clash of cultures.…


Enjoy a morning at leisure in Cusco before you fly to Lima, Peru’s capital city. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Jose Antonio Deluxe or similar | Breakfast


You’ll start your exploration of Lima today in the historical center where you’ll admire the colorful colonial architecture around the “Plaza San Martin” and the main square (Plaza de Armas) where you’ll find the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and the Municipality. From here, visit the San Francisco Monastery and discover its underground maze of tunnels and catacombs. Finally, head to Lima’s Contemporary districts, Miraflores and San Isidro, which combine beautiful parks like “El Olivar” and…

Lima/Buenos Aires

Today, you’ll board your flight bound for Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The city is often referred to as the “Paris of South America” and has a strong European influence which is reflected in its refined taste in cooking, luxury boutiques, and the elegance of its inhabitants. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Buenos Aires independently. Loi Suites Recoleta or similar |…

Buenos Aires

Today’s highlights include a drive along “9 de Julio”, the widest avenue in the world, the Plaza de Mayo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral with its towering ceilings and striking stained glass. Stroll along colorful “Caminito” in La Boca district, and pass by the Boca Juniors soccer stadium before driving to the Puerto Madero area, a district made with recycled docks where some of the city’s best restaurants are located. Our tour ends in Recoleta, one…


Travel outside the city on a full-day excursion to the Argentine Pampas, where the native gauchos raise the cattle and other livestock that graze on the long grasses of these flatlands. You’ll be welcomed with typical Argentinian empanadas and drinks and then you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate the charm of the Argentinian countryside by a sulky or horse ride. Enjoy a typical barbeque lunch with Argentinian wines followed by a show of folk music…

Buenos Aires

Today is yours to explore this cosmopolitan city! Consider an optional half-day tour to the Tigre Delta or explore Buenos Aires independently.

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Buenos Aires/Iguassu Falls

After breakfast, board a short flight to the Argentinian side of Iguassu Falls. You’ll soon discover why this is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world! Set at the border of Argentina and Brazil, the falls consist of 275 inlets and cataracts that send their cascades roaring 250 feet below. Enjoy a ride on the ecological train through the rainforest for a spectacular close-up view of the falls. Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu or…

Iguassu Falls

Because Iguassu Falls is too spectacular to leave behind just yet, today you’ll be afforded a view of the dramatic Brazilian side of the falls and surrounding lush sub-tropical vegetation on an included morning tour. The afternoon is free for independent activities, shopping, or relaxing beside your hotel’s hot-spring-fed pool.

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Iguassu/Rio de Janeiro

Today, you’ll catch a flight to Rio de Janeiro, often described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Sprawling between lush tropical mountains and the exquisite beaches of the Atlantic, Rio’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people will win your heart. This afternoon, you’ll ascend imposing Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car to the 1,300-foot summit for stunning views of the city and surroundings. Later, you’ll ride beside the white-sand beaches of…

Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a full day at leisure! How will you do Rio? Jewelry fans will love shopping for authentic gemstones. Culture hounds can explore the city’s museums and historic monuments. Sunbathers can spend the day basking in the rays on the beach. If you’d rather get out of the city, you can join our optional full-day excursion to the picturesque mountain resort of Petropolis, 42 miles away. It’s such a desirable destination that Pedro II, the…

Depart Rio de Janeiro

Before leaving the big city, enjoy a fruit tasting tour at a Rio market! Next, our morning tour takes us to a cog railway that leads through the rainforest up Corcovado Mountain, a 2,300-foot peak crowned by the landmark statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views from the top of the mountain are dazzling! The balance of the day is dedicated to your leisure for last-minute sightseeing or simply relaxing by the hotel pool. Time…

Arrive in the U.S.

Your exciting journey ends as you land in the U.S. this morning.

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

2022 Tours Tour Only With Flights  
September 4
September 19
$4,399 $3,999
$5,199 $4,799

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $949.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

These tours are available to pre-book! Optional tours are subject to change. If you choose to book your optional tours in-destination, please note that the prices are approximate. They are payable by cash (USD).

Ruins of Cusco Tour

  • From approx. $55 Per Person
Journey into the past as we explore the different inca ruins around Cusco. We’ll begin our tour at Sacsayhuamán, the Inca ceremonial fortress dedicated to the sun, where gigantic rocks were perfectly fitted together to build the site. We’ll continue to the nearby temple of Qenqo, a temple carved in a gigantic monolith with tunnels and chambers that were hand-carved by men thousands of years ago. Next, we’ll visit the Puca Pucara fort, an important…

Larco Museum

  • From approx. $46 Per Person

Visit Larco Museum and appreciate its collection with over 45.000 objects including pre-Columbian ceramics, textiles, gold and silver pieces. Don’t miss the museum’s famous and unique erotic ceramics collection from the Mochica culture.


Tigre Delta Morning Excursion

  • Buenos Aires
  • From approx. $89 Per Person
The Tigre Delta, located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, boasts rivers, streams and numerous green islands, making it one of the most attractive destinations for visitors. The continuous sediment of the Parana River, which gives the river and estuary their particular brownish-red color, forms the Delta Islands. After arrival, enjoy a delightful one-hour boat ride along the waterways. En route to the Delta, you will cross the Northern suburbs of the city, where you’ll…

Petropolis plus Hippie Fair Full-Day Tour

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • From approx. $70 Per Person
Enjoy a perfect excursion to the picturesque mountain resort of Petropolis, the summer home to the former Brazilian Imperial Family. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive on a private Macro Bus from Rio to quaint Petropolis, with its breezy mountain climate and magnificent views from 2,500 feet above sea level. En route, you’ll enjoy a tasty stop for fresh Brazilian bananas before visiting a chocolate factory. Then tour the Imperial Museum, once the Summer Palace, with…

Carnival Experience

  • From approx. $62 Per Person

Enjoy a Carnival experience with a guided visit to the Samba School in the “City of Samba”. We’ll learn about the history of the Samba and the Carnival Parades. Enjoy a special drink and dance class with dancers at the school during your visit.