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Travelmarvel

Highlights of South America & Chilean Fjords Cruise

Rio de Janeiro to Lima

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

  • 18 nights in premium accommodation
  • 14 night cruise through the Chilean Fjords aboard Holland America Line's Westerdam
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director (Days 1-7 and 22-23) and expert local guides
  • All flights within South America
  • 69 meals – 32 breakfasts , 16 lunches and 21 dinners
  • Tipping and airport transfers

Travel & Accommodation

View across the ruins of Machu Picchu

Marvel at Machu Picchu

Discover Peru’s ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu from a truly spectacular perspective.

Aerial of ship at sea, Westerdam

Chilean Fjords Cruise

Board the Westerdam and spend 14 nights cruising the Chilean Fjords, admiring glaciers, mountains and rainforests.

View of a cable car travelling towards Suparloaf mountain, Brazil

Cable car up Sugarloaf

Embark on a picturesque cable car ride up to the majestic peak of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include tipping, transfers, all internal flights and airport taxes as per itinerary (airport taxes are subject to change)
  • Prices are based on flying from Australia to South America with LATAM Airlines
  • Surcharges on internal air will apply if not flying internationally 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
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
South America Map ISTH33 2020
Rio de Janeiro to Lima

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Insider Experience

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On arrival in Rio today, check in to 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

Sample Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, before enjoying a Brazilian BBQ dinner.


Soak up Rio de Janeiro’s unique atmosphere with most of the day at leisure. In the evening, embark on a picturesque sunset cable car ride up to the majestic peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, where sublime views await.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take a guided tour of the parade arena known as the Sambadrome, the official venue of the Rio Carnival.


Head to Corcovado Mountain and visit the astonishing statue of Christ the Redeemer, thought to be one of the largest art deco-style sculptures in the world. Absorb breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro and its stunning surrounds. The afternoon is then yours to further explore or relax as you choose. Enhance Your Journey: Today, you may like to visit the Maracanã Stadium or take in a historical walking tour.

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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 Iguassu 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.

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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.


Your in-depth tour of Buenos Aires commences 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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Transfer to Holland America Line’s Westerdam for a cruise through the South American passage. Your ship remains docked overnight.

Stay: 14 Nights, Holland America Line’s 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. 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, you may like to take a tour of the city’s Old Town or perhaps 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 St 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 take in a range of penguins, including Magellan, 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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Brightly colored rooves of the houses of a small town along the waters edge under a clear blue sky

A cruise amid 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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King penguins walking on the beach with Chilean Fjords in the background

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 Santiago.

Stay: Two Nights, Santiago, Atton El Bosque

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take in panoramic views 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 free time.

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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

Soak up the Andean atmosphere and relax in comfort at the premium Aranwa Sacred Valley.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

See how the colourful fabrics of Peru are created during a traditional weaving demonstration. 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. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Aranwa, Sacred Valley

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Explore the colourful street markets in the Sacred Valley.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

visit a local family home and be treated to a traditional home-cooked Peruvian lunch.


Today explore the Ollantaytambo ruins, a unique Inca archaeological site. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps visit the important Inca site of the Terraces of Moray and the Maras salt mines or visit the Pisac markets.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the Vistadome train and soak up the stunning Andean landscapes as you travel to Aguas Calientes, located in the Urubamba River Valley and known as the gateway to Machu Picchu.


Farewell the Sacred Valley this morning. On arrival at Aguas Calientes, set off by coach to join a guided walking tour of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Afterwards, dinner awaits at your hotel.

Stay: Aguas Calientes, El MaPi Hotel

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With the morning free, you might like to step out and wander amid the colourful stalls of the Mercado de Artesanias craft market in Aguas Calientes. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps revisit Machu Picchu Citadel to further explore. Later today, you’ll re-board the Vistadome 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, known for its picturesque Sistine Chapel. You’ll also stop for a hearty buffet lunch. On arrival in Puno, this evening is at your leisure.

Stay: Puno, Hotel Libertador

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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. On this remarkable trip, you’ll enjoy an insight into the Uros’ unique way of life and experience the spectacular scenery that characterises the 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-Incan cemetery. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Stay: Two Nights, Lima, INNSIDE Miraflores

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, 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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This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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