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 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.

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 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

Tour Highlights

  • 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)

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA) including 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

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: 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 of Ollantaytambo, often called the "last living Inca village of Peru". Here, you'll experience the unique way of life in the Sacred Valley.

Accommodations: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay Hotel or similar
Meals: Lunch

Day 2: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cusco

Day 3: Cusco

Day 4: Cusco/Lima

Day 5: Lima

Day 6: Lima/Buenos Aires

Day 7: Buenos Aires

Day 8: Pampas

Day 9: Buenos Aires

Day 10: Buenos Aires/Iguassu Falls

Day 11: Iguassu Falls

Day 12: Iguassu/Rio de Janeiro

Day 13: Rio de Janeiro

Day 14: Depart Rio de Janeiro

Guided Tour Pricing

We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below, and we will notify you once dates are available.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Ruins of Cusco Tour

Larco Museum

Tigre Delta Morning Excursion

Petropolis plus Hippie Fair Full-Day Tour

Carnival Experience


David B

This tour was a superb snapshot of South America in 2 weeks. Machu Picchu, Lima, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro. It would be impossible for me to put together this tour myself for less money. Furthermore, the local guides were top notch, veteran professionals with humor. The thing we like most about Smartours is they keep us busy with excursions and site seeing. These trips are a huge bang for the buck. When I show photos of the trip, people are amazed at all we see and all the destinations. They have no idea that companies like Smartours put these trips together. One little area that we as a group thought would work better is to have one less day in Cusco and one more day in Rio. We would have liked a half day at Copacabana and that general area of beaches. But overall, another outstanding trip Smartours!
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