SACRED VALLEY, MACHU PICCHU, CUSCO, LIMA, BUENOS AIRES, IGUASSU & RIO DE JANEIRO
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.
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.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.
- 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)
- 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
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
Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cusco
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
Today is yours to explore this cosmopolitan city! Consider an optional half-day tour to the Tigre Delta or explore Buenos Aires independently.
Buenos Aires/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.
Iguassu/Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Depart Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in the U.S.
Your exciting journey ends as you land in the U.S. this morning.
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.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $949.
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
- 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.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Tigre Delta Morning Excursion
- Buenos Aires
- From approx. $89 Per Person
Petropolis plus Hippie Fair Full-Day Tour
- Rio de Janeiro
- From approx. $70 Per Person
- 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.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay HotelYucay
Once an 18th-century monastery, this beautiful hotel is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley and is surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Your hotel room features a digital safe, hairdryer, and WiFi.
Plaza Manco II 123 Yucay
Urubamba, Cusco, Peru
Sonesta Hotel CuscoCuzco
Just blocks from the main square, the Sonesta Hotel Cusco boasts a restaurant and bar with excellent food, laundry service, and rooms with a hairdryer, minibar, safe-deposit box, and WiFi.
Hotel Jose Antonio DeluxeLima
Located in Lima’s cosmopolitan Miraflores district, enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool, gym, restaurant and WiFi! Rooms here have a hairdryer, coffee kit, safe, and WiFi.
Calle Bellavista 133
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Loi Suites Recoleta HotelBuenos Aires
Situated in the lovely Recoleta neighborhood filled with art galleries, restaurants, and parks, the hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant, fitness center, and WiFi. Rooms feature a safe, minibar, and flatscreen TV.
Vicente López 1955,
128ACC CABA, Argentina
Bourbon Cataratas do IguaçuIguassu
This resort hotel boasts a pool with a swim-up bar, restaurant, fitness center, sauna, and more! Rooms feature a safe, flatscreen TV, hairdryer, and mini-fridge.
Av. das Cataratas km 2,5, Nº 2345
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & ResortRio de Janeiro
The city’s only beachfront resort with spa and private balconies.
Avenida Niemeyer, 121-Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, 22450-220, Brazil
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. More details including cost will be added when available.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Peru, Argentina, Brazil)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Peru, Argentina, Brazil)
The high altitude reached on this trip (Cuzco is at 11,000 feet above sea level) as well as the considerable amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip. We strongly suggest that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns as well as possible medications to ease the effects of the high altitude.Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
Your departure flights to Lima and return flights from Rio de Janeiro are via LATAM Airlines. You are expected to check-in for your flight at least three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
|2022: All Dates
2023: All Dates
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT AND FREQUENT FLYER MILES
LATAM Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours® is not involved with assigning seats. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land services start upon independent check-in for the flight to Cusco on Day 2 of the itinerary. Land-only services end after breakfast at the Rio de Janeiro hotel on Day 15 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel.
U.S. citizens do not require a visa to enter Brazil June 17, 2019 onwards. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries on this tour for the most current visa requirements. Please note that visa procedures may change at any time. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
You should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as to their recommendations, including immunization for Yellow Fever.
Peru, Argentina and Brazil are located in the Southern hemisphere so their seasons are the reverse seasons of the U.S. Spring is in September/October/November with daytime average temperatures in the 50s and 70s. Summer is December through February with daytime average temperatures in the 80s. Early fall is in March with daytime average temperatures in the 70s and April’s average temperatures in the 60s. In areas of higher elevations (Cusco, Machu Picchu), morning, late afternoon and evening temperatures will be considerably cooler. Overnight temperatures may lower by 10-20 degrees.
You may dine at the hotels on this tour or nearby restaurants—ask your guide for recommendations. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in hotel cafes is about $20–$25 per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.