South American Highlights

average review


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.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 1 night in Yucay
  • 2 nights in Cusco
  • 1 night in Lima
  • 3 nights in Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights in Iguassu Falls
  • 3 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
  • 19 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and admission fees
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Directors throughout and local guides

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Day 2: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 3: Cusco

Day 4: Cusco – Lima

Day 5: Lima – Buenos Aires

Day 6: Buenos Aires

Day 7: Pampas Excursion

Day 8: Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls

Day 9: Iguassu Falls

Day 10: Iguass Falls – Rio de Janeiro

Day 11: Rio de Janeiro

Day 12: Rio de Janeiro

Day 13: Depart Rio

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

Enhance your trip with these 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

Petropolis plus Hippie Fair Full-Day Tour

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

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


David B

1 year ago
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!