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Travelmarvel

Highlights of South America & Chilean Fjords Cruise

Trip Code: ISTH33
33 Days
68 Meals
5 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 18 nights in premium accommodation and 68 meals
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and expert local guides for all land touring
  • All flights within South America, tipping and airport transfers
  • 14-night cruise through the spectacular Chilean Fjords aboard Holland America Line's Westerdam
  • Enjoy a BBQ dinner and caipirinha in Rio de Janeiro
  • 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
  • Cruise amid the idyllic reed islands and meet the heart-warming locals of Lake Titicaca

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
  • Please note that your cruise (Days 8-22) will not be escorted by a Travelmarvel Tour Director, however you will enjoy the expert services of the wonderful staff aboard your Holland America Line cruise
  • Tour operates in reverse, please refer to ISTHR33 on our website for details
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
South America Map ISTH33 2021

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Insider Experience

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On arrival in Rio today, check into your hotel before enjoying time to recharge or stroll along the stunning Copacabana beachfront. Join a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Three Nights, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Bay Rio International

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a BBQ dinner and caipirinha at a local restaurant.


Visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado Mountain. Later, take a sunset cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain. Dine out for this evening’s Insider Experience.

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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. Enhance Your Journey: 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).

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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 Iguaçu 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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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. Enhance Your Journey: 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).

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Iguassu Falls in Brazil with blue sky

Enjoy the morning at leisure, before you fly to Buenos Aires.

Stay: Two Nights, Buenos Aires, Recoleta Grand

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Indulge in an authentic Argentinian dinner while taking in an exhilarating tango performance, this evening.


Your in-depth tour of Buenos Aires starts this morning along the Avenida de Mayo. At the Plaza de Mayo, admire the pink Casa Rosado, 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 Caimito. You’ll also travel along Avenida 9 de Julio.

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Transfer to Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam for a cruise through the South American passage. Your ship remains docked overnight.

Stay: 14 Nights, Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam

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As part of your Holland America Line cruise, an extensive range of activities and excursions are on offer at every port (own expense). On waking in Buenos Aires today, you may choose to relax on board or perhaps set off to explore the city further on an excursion.

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Wake to views of Uruguay’s capital Montevideo. Here, perhaps take a tour of the city’s Old Town or explore the quaint streets of World Heritage-listed Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay’s oldest town. Alternatives include lunch and wine-tasting at Juanico Winery or a trip down the coast to explore Punta del Este, known as the Saint-Tropez of Uruguay.

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Enjoy the ever-changing scenery as you glide along the Argentinian coastline. Make use of your ship’s premium facilities, and perhaps select from a range of onboard experiences including cooking demonstrations, workshops and natural world presentations with BBC Earth Experiences. Afternoon tea is served daily.

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More time at sea bound for the Falkland Islands means further time to relax into your journey.

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Disembark in Port Stanley today, the Falkland Islands’ remote capital. The Falklands were first colonised by the British in 1765, a history that is evident in everything from the scarlet phone boxes to the pubs. Perhaps take a historical tour or join one of the many wildlife activities available. You might like to see a range of penguins, including Magellanic, gentoo and king penguins, at home in one of the world’s largest rookeries.

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Before the Panama Canal, only the Strait of Magellan linked the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by boat. This important route was first traversed by Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 during a Spanish expedition to the East Indies. Today, it’s your turn to cruise this stunning stretch of water.

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A cruise around the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, via the Cockburn and Beagle channels, brings you to Punta Arenas. Just a short flight away, perhaps discover the glaciers and peaks of World Heritage-listed Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, go sea kayaking, take a heritage walking tour, set off on a wildlife tour on Magdalena Island, or enjoy an exclusive visit to Antarctica.

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Back in Argentina, arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town. Here, activities include city walking tours, a heritage train ride and a 4WD wilderness safari.

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Cruise around South America’s most southerly point, where Argentina and Chile converge. Take in views of the treeless headland on Hornos Island.

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Cruise the Canal Sarmiento today, one of the main channels in Patagonia, where glaciers descend into turquoise waters. With the Chilean mainland to the east and the islands of Esperanza, Vancouver and Piazzi flanking the channel to the west, the scenery is spectacular.

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Chile’s fjord region sprawls some 1,500 kilometres. Today, your ship will not sail in a straight line, it will meander along the jagged coast, through fjords and iceberg-strewn bays fringed by mountains.

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Perito Moreno glacier surrounded by snow capped peaks in Argentina.

Arrive in the Chilean town of Puerto Montt, considered the gateway to the region’s lakes, volcanic landscapes and national parks. While ashore, among other excursions available, you might like to visit a unique 100-year-old German settlement or meet the Indigenous communities of Mapuche people.

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Enjoy a final day at sea. Retreat to your favourite spot on board or stand on deck and savour the views for the last time.

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Disembark in San Antonio and travel to Valparaíso for a tour of the World Heritage-listed town centre and a trip into the surrounding hills. Then continue to the Chilean capital of Santiago.

Stay: Two Nights, Santiago, Pullman El Bosque

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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 discovery. Then enjoy time to relax or explore as you like.

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After breakfast, fly to Peru’s capital, Lima. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Lima, Wyndham Costa del Sol

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


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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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit a family home for a delicious home-cooked Peruvian lunch.


Today explore the Ollantaytambo ruins before stopping for today’s Insider Experience. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps visit Maras and Moray (additional cost applies).

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the 360º Machu Picchu Train and soak up the landscapes as you travel to Aguas Calientes.


Today’s Insider Experience takes you to the ancient Inca Empire of Machu Picchu. On arrival, join a tour of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Stay: Aguas Calientes, El MaPi Hotel

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Two lama's at sunset sitting down in front of temples, Sacred Valley, Peru

Enjoy a free morning. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps revisit Machu Picchu (additional cost applies). Return to Cusco for dinner and a Peruvian folklore show

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, known for its picturesque Sistine Chapel. You’ll also stop for a hearty buffet lunch and cruise on Lake Titicaca. Later, on arrival in Puno, this evening is at your leisure.

Stay: Puno, GHL Lago Titicaca

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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.


Set on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is considered the highest navigable lake in the world. Enjoy a free morning here. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps visit Sillustani Burial site, an intriguing pre-Inca cemetery (additional cost applies). After lunch at the hotel, later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Stay: Two Nights, Lima, INNSIDE 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. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, located within the ruins of an archaeological compound beside an illuminated adobe pyramid.

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

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.