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Travelmarvel

Highlights of South America

Santiago to Lima

Trip Code: IST20
20 Days
28 Meals
4 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 19 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and expert local guides
  • All flights within South America
  • 28 fine meals – 19 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Tipping and airport transfers
  • Take in views of Santiago by funicular and cable car
  • Enjoy an authentic Argentinian dinner and see a tango show in Buenos Aires
  • Travel aboard the 360º Machu Picchu Train to World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include tipping, transfers and all internal flights (including airport taxes, which are subject to change), as per itinerary
  • Surcharges on internal air will apply if not flying internationally from Australia with LATAM Airlines
  • Extend your journey – add a Galapagos, Amazon or Patagonia extension to your escorted journey, enquire for details
  • For those with a good level of fitness, there is an option to replace Day 14 touring with a full-day hike to Machu Picchu - additional expense applies and this must be pre-booked (enquire for details). You’ll then revisit Machu Picchu the next morning for a tour
South America 2023-2024 Map IST20
Santiago to Lima

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Enhance Your Journey

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Touring Variation

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Arrive in Santiago, the Chilean capital. Situated in the Santiago basin and flanked by the Andes, this metropolis enjoys one of the most stunning settings of any city in the world. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Santiago, Pullman El Bosque

After breakfast, head off to explore the port city of Valparaiso, one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. On arrival, set out on a tour of the World Heritage-listed town centre. Then take a drive into the surrounding hills to absorb the vistas of the bay and the colourful city below. Later, return to Santiago for your evening at leisure.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take in panoramic views of Santiago by funicular and cable car.


This morning, see Santiago’s modern and historic sites on a guided tour. Rich in history, walk around the Plaza de Armas before transferring to the airport and flying to Buenos Aires. On arrival, check into your hotel, then enjoy free time.

Stay: Three Nights, Buenos Aires, Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery

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Colorful La Boca houses in Buenos Aires, Chile

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Cafe Tortoni, an amazing coffee house with a rich history. Here, indulge in coffee and a selection of Spanish delicacies.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, indulge in an authentic Argentinian dinner while taking in an exhilarating tango performance.


Your in-depth tour of Buenos Aires starts this morning along the Avenida de Mayo. At the Plaza de Mayo, admire the pink Casa Rosada, a palatial building that houses the offices of the Argentine president. You’ll also see the city’s cathedral as well as the Cabildo, Buenos Aires’ first city hall. Later, explore the Italian-influenced barrio of La Boca and its famously colourful pedestrian street, the Caminito. You’ll also travel along Avenida 9 de Julio.

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ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Buenos Aires. You might like to head for Tigre today and cruise via the islands and riverbanks of the Parana Delta. Alternatively, perhaps enjoy a craft beer adventure, through the leafy Collegiate district, sampling quality brews and snacks in local pubs along the way (additional cost applies), enquire for details.


Armed with the insight and advice provided by your knowledgeable Travelmarvel Tour Director, today is yours to either relax or explore more of this fascinating city.

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This morning, fly to beautiful Rio de Janeiro, also known as ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ – Portuguese for the Marvellous City. After checking in, enjoy time to recharge or stroll along the stunning Copacabana beachfront.

Stay: Three Nights, Rio de Janeiro, JW Marriott Rio

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Later this evening, sample Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, before enjoying a sumptuous Brazilian BBQ dinner.


Today, head to Corcovado Mountain and visit the incredible statue of Christ the Redeemer, the world’s largest art deco sculpture. Admire the breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro and its stunning surroundings. See the sunset this evening on a cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.

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ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Rio de Janeiro. Today, you may like to join a historical walking tour or discover why Rio is known as the carnival capital of the world (additional cost applies), enquire for details.


In a capital city as dynamic as Rio, there’s always something around the corner to discover. Today you have a full day set aside to relax or explore, from beautiful landscaped parks and botanical gardens to bohemian neighbourhoods and long stretches of sandy beaches.

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Aerial view of Ipanema Beach, Capacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls, a system of 275 falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. On the Brazilian side, experience the majesty of World Heritage-listed Iguacu National Park during a half-day tour. Walk through the spectacular subtropical rainforest and take in breathtaking panoramic views of the falls.

Stay: Two Nights, Iguassu Falls, Mercure Iguazu

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  • Dinner

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Iguassu Falls, perhaps board a speed boat safari and get up close to the powerful waterfalls. You may like to enjoy a hands-on Argentine Experience Dinner this evening (additional cost applies), enquire for details.


On the Argentinian side, ride the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways and viewing points. This narrow-gauge train stops at several locations including one that leads to the 82-metre-high Devil’s Throat, one of the most spectacular falls of the region.

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ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Iguassu Falls. Perhaps learn about native bird species at Parque das Aves (additional cost applies), enquire for details.


Today is yours to explore at leisure. This evening, fly to the vibrant metropolis of Lima to begin your Peruvian adventure.

Stay: Lima, Wyndham Costa del Sol

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Meet local weavers and learn why it is so important to preserve these ancient traditions.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Soak up the Andean atmosphere and relax in comfort at the premium Aranwa Sacred Valley.


Wake early this morning, and fly to the World Heritage-listed city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Travel through Cusco to Chinchero, a city located in the stunning Andean highlands. See how the colourful fabrics of Peru are created during a traditional weaving demonstration.

Stay: Two Nights, Aranwa, Sacred Valley

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  • Dinner

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Sacred Valley. Perhaps visit the important Inca site of the Terraces of Moray and the Maras salt mines (additional cost applies), enquire for details.


Today explore the Ollantaytambo ruins, a unique Inca archaeological site. Then visit a local family home and be treated to a traditional home-cooked Peruvian lunch.

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  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the 360º Machu Picchu Train, settle in and soak up the stunning Andean scenery as you travel to Aguas Calientes, which is located in the Urubamba River Valley and known as the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail Hike Option

For those with a good level of fitness, there is an option to replace Day 14 touring with a full-day hike to Machu Picchu - additional expense applies and this must be pre-booked (enquire for details). You’ll then revisit Machu Picchu the next morning for a tour.


Farewell the Sacred Valley this morning bound for Machu Picchu aboard the 360º Machu Picchu Train. On arrival, you’ll set off to join a guided walking tour of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Stay: Aguas Calientes, El MaPi Hotel

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ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Machu Picchu. Perhaps revisit Machu Picchu citadel to further explore (additional cost applies), enquire for details.


With the morning free, you might like to step out and wander around the colourful stalls of the Mercado de Artesanias craft market in Aguas Calientes. Later today, you’ll re-board the 360º Machu Picchu Train for a wonderful journey to Ollantaytambo station, before a coach returns you to Cusco. Enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner and traditional folklore show at the Tunupa Restaurant Bar and Grill this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Cusco, Hilton Garden Inn

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A guided walking tour through Cusco today will take you to the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas. During your tour you’ll visit the sacred site of Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, thought to be the most important temple of the Inca Empire. Ruined during the 16th century, today its stonework forms the foundations of the baroque Church and Convent of Santo Domingo. Following the tour, the afternoon is yours to absorb the atmosphere of this city at your own leisure.

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Take a coach to the city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, you’ll stop at the small town of Andahuaylillas to visit San Pedro Apostol, a small Baroque chapel built in the 16th century that is called the Sistine Chapel of the Andes owing to a dazzlingly ornate interior of murals and decorations. You’ll also stop for a hearty buffet lunch. Later, on arrival in Puno, this evening is at your leisure.

Stay: Puno, GHL Lago Titicaca

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  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Set out on a cruise over the lake to the extraordinary home of the Uros people – a group of more than 40 man-made islands created from floating reeds. Enjoy an insight into the Uros’ unique way of life and experience the spectacular scenery, typical of this region.

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Peru. Perhaps visit Sillustani Burial site, an intriguing pre-Inca cemetery (additional cost applies), enquire for details.


Set on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is considered the highest navigable lake in the world. Enjoy a free morning here with the option to visit Sillustani Burial site should you wish. After lunch at the hotel, set off on today’s Insider Experience where you’ll gain an insight into the Uros way of life. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Stay: Two Nights, Lima, Hilton Garden Inn Miraflores

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, indulge in a Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, set within the ruins of an archaeological compound beside an illuminated adobe pyramid.


On a tour of Lima’s historic centre, admire the Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Built in the 16th century, this pink convent is also the resting place for three Peruvian saints.

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Tessellated pavement with fountain in central downtown of local city

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Tour Director, Pablo Milano was the best we have had on any international tour. His knowledge, patience, organisation and willingness to help in any situation was incredible and very much appreciated.