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Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforests and Incan ruins treat you to a mystical world of natural beauty, vibrant civilizations, other-worldly relics and colonial towns. Savour the mouthwatering delights of local cuisines, including dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Rio de Janeiro and a selection of Peruvian delicacies at the esteemed Astrid y Gastón in Lima.
Arrive in Lima, Peru.
Welcome to Peru! On arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your luxurious hotel in Miraflores. You can relax before meeting your Travelling Concierge at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner, where you'll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over wine and dinner at at the worldrenowned Astrid y Gastón. In the ambiance of a magnificent San Isidro hacienda, Chef Gaston Acurio Jaramillo – the father of modern gastronomy in Peru – dreams up innovative dishes for you to enjoy.
Lima City of the Kings.
Experience the cultural metropolis of Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert. A mix of modern high rises and ancient temples, you'll delve into the history of the fascinating City of Kings. Explore the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Lima, view the cathedral, and visit the Monastery of San Francisco. A Highlight Lunch is served at Amoramar, in the trendy bohemian district Barranco. Experience Lima Your Way and visit the workshop of Víctor Delfín, one of Peru's leading artists best known for his monumental El Beso sculpture, or take a guided visit to MATE-Museo Mario Testino, created by one of the world's most influential photographers.
On To The Sacred Valley.
Board your flight to Cusco and continue on to Peru's Sacred Valley. Visit the colourful market in the town of Chinchero. Afterwards, meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, president of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Have lunch with Nilda and learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques and how she has succeeded in bringing weaving once more to the forefront of her community. Later in the afternoon, check in to your luxurious spa resort.
Exploring the Sacred Valley.
In the town of Maras, you'll meet with a local family who will explain ancient salt mining techniques. Visit the spectacular terraced salt pans and where you will have a chance to participate in the ancient tradition. The salt pans, dating back to Inca times, have been passed down through families for generations and today are maintained in much the same way as they were long ago. Dine the local way as you feast on a typical Peruvian meal, a caja china lunch of fresh vegetables and slow-roasted meats, all cooked in a wooden box. After lunch, witness a private Pachamama Ceremony, or 'Payment to the Earth,' as a local shaman performs the centuries-old ritual.
Journey to Machu Picchu.
Today you'll visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a national archeological site set on the Urubamba River. Afterwards, board your first-class seats on the Vistadome train for your scenic journey to Machu Picchu village. Enjoy lunch at your rejuvenating resort followed by a guided exploration of its nature trails and fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. One for tea lovers, the afternoon will be spent discovering a working tea plantation, before viewing the world's largest private collection of indigenous orchids. In the evening, learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour before enjoying dinner with wine at the hotel.
Mysterious Machu Picchu.
No trip to Peru would be complete without visiting the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Pichu. With Luxury Gold, you’ll arrive at this striking archeological site before the crowds of day-trippers. Meet your Local Expert for a guided exploration through the enigmatic Lost City of the Incas, rediscovered only 100 years ago by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. See the great Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, believed to be an ancient sun clock. In the afternoon, enjoy time to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure or return to your resort. After a full day of discovery, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine, where you can share stories of your day with fellow guests in the serenity of your tranquil hotel.
Return to Cusco.
Bid goodbye to Machu Picchu as you travel through the Sacred Valley by train en route to Cusco. Stop for a traditional Highlight Lunch and savour a sumptuous Pachamanca Feast of Peruvian cuisine cooked underground. After lunch, get up-close to llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuñas before arriving at your hotel in Cusco, steps away from the Plaza de Armas.
Join your Local Expert to explore Cusco, where you'll check out the Temple of the Sun at Korikancha, the cathedral and the citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Shop like the locals do at the San Blas artisan centre. Enjoy free time for shopping on the Plaza de Armas, where you can stock up on a few souvenirs. In the evening, enjoy a candlelit Highlight Dinner with wine at one of the city’s most prominent culinary scenes, the MAP Restaurant in the central Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.
Lake Region of Peru.
Board your included flight to Juliaca and continue to Puno, nestled along the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. The peaceful, lakeside Libertador Hotel on Esteves Island is your home away from home.
The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca.
Cruise Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros, where locals bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes. On Amantaní Island, join the local community for a lunch of regional specialties. Afterwards, you can explore local handicrafts before returning to Puno, where you can relax until your evening dinner with wine.
Puno, Back to Lima.
Head to Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo to explore the impressive burial grounds, before your flight to Lima. Savour a sensational Highlight Dinner with wine at Matria, where Chef Arlette Eulert Checa intrigues and delights with creative seasonal dishes that are in harmony with nature's offerings.
Fly to Santiago.
Bid farewell to Lima as you fly to Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner and get a taste of Chile.
The Sights of Santiago, Valparaiso and Wine Country.
Meet a Local Expert for an in-depth city exploration before visiting the UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso. Visit the boutique Kingston Family Winery in the Casablanca Valley for a local wine tasting. Return to Santiago for the evening.
Fly to Buenos Aires.
Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying to Buenos Aires, where you'll spend the next couple of days. This evening, taste famed Argentinean beef, a local specialty, during a Highlight Dinner with wine at Piegari Carnes.
Beautiful Buenos Aires.
Get to know Buenos Aires with a Local Expert as you explore the neighborhoods of Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta. View the balcony made famous by Eva Peron, the former First Lady of Argentina, and walk the colourful streets of La Boca. Experience Buenos Aires Your Way with a visit to the regal Belle Époque Teatro Colon theatre or the historical Barolo Palace. Experience an electrifying evening of live music, singers and dancers at Rojo Tango during your Highlight Dinner with wine.
Pampas, Estancias and Gauchos.
Experience Candelaria del Monte, a working farm in the Argentine Pampas. Step into a world of riding boots and leather chaps at the estancia, where you will be served a delicious asado Highlight Lunch and a taste of the life of an Argentinian gaucho, or cowboy.
The Falls of Iguassu.
Fly to Iguassu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venture to the Argentinean side of the falls to see the unfathomable Devil's Throat with your Local Expert. Dinner is served at your luxurious resort, the only hotel inside the Brazilian Iguassu National Park, where you'll choose from a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine.
The 'Great Waters' of Iguassu Falls.
Wake up inside the park and beat the crowds. Join a Local Expert for a walk on the Brazilian side of the falls, where you'll witness panoramic views of San Martin Island and visit incredible Bird Park, which provides shelter for over a thousand birds, butterflies and reptiles from across South America.
Rio de Janeiro, City of Sea and Samba.
Fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel on iconic Copacabana Beach, famous for its three-mile stretch of golden sand and bustling energy. Settle into the local way of life, with a Highlight Dinner at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse followed by a lively samba show at Ginga Tropical.
Exploring Rio de Janeiro.
Join a Local Expert on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Savour a Highlight Lunch at Confieiraria Colombo, a century-old cafe in a lavish setting. Explore a different side of Rio as you visit one its favelas, with a special introduction to Bob Nadkarni, founder of The Maze, an iconic jazz club and community hot spot.
A Farewell to Rio de Janeiro.
Join your Local Expert on a train ride up Corcovado Hill to Christ the Redeemer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and modern wonder of the world. Toast your journey over a remarkable Celebration Dinner at the exceptional, Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant. Asian and Brazilian flavours come together through innovative dishes served up by executive chef Kazuo Harada.
Depart Rio de Janeiro.
A private transfer will take you to the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, locally known as Galeao International.
Lima (Contemporary) - Peru
Explore the very best of Peru's capital city at the JW Marriott Hotel Lima.
Sacred Valley (Traditional ) - Peru
The elegant Tambo del Inka will ensure an indelible stay.
Machu Picchu (Traditional) - Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 81 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest.
Cusco (Heritage) - Peru
The stylishly decorated and luxurious JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is built atop ancient Incan ruins.
Puno (Traditional) - Peru
Enjoy the sunsets on the lake from the only five-star hotel region, the Libertador.
Santiago (Traditional) - Chile
The Mandarin Oriental Santiago is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in Santiago. It is located in the exclusive neighbourhood of Las Condes and offers spectacular rooms and award-winning restaurants.
Buenos Aires (Heritage) - Argentina
Distinguishable by its architecture and décor, the Alvear Palace Hotel is a hallmark of world class hotels.
Iguassu (Heritage) - Brazil
The luxurious Belmond das Cataratas is the only hotel inside the National Park and sits alongside the falls.
Rio de Janeiro (Heritage) - Brazil
With a prime location overlooking Copacabana Beach, the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace offers an unforgettable stay in timeless luxury.
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1011 independent user reviews received during the past year.
30 November, 2018
Trip: the itinerary was detailed. it was not rushed in the morninglike other tours which start at 6 in the morning.
Service: fantastic customer service. Our Tour Manager Roberto campos was unbelievable. We have traveled with many tours including four with Insight. He was by far the best of all.
30 November, 2018
Trip: love the accommodation and the food
Service: Very hard working travel concierge
17 November, 2018
Trip: The service was excellent thanks to our tour director Roberto Campos. With his enthusiasm, energy and experience, he ensured that the tour ran smoothly and all the nitty gritties were attended to without us having to worry about the logistics. All we had to do was to sit back, relax and enjoy the trip.
Service: The service was excellent thanks to our experienced and dedicated tour director Roberto Campos. Full of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge, Roberto anticipates the needs of passengers and is able to think out of the box when issues arise. Except for an overbooking problem with LATAM Airlines for our flight from Lima to Cuzco, the logistics of the tour ran smoothly. We were able to enjoy our tour to the fullest extent without having to worry about timings and logistics, all of which were efficiently handled by Roberto.
16 November, 2018
Trip: comprehensive, well covered
Service: great, very good local guides and overall tour manager, elegant hotels
16 November, 2018
Trip: very good except in rio, include optional tours, too much time spent in the Maze. others can be included like selaron steps and sambodromo. provide flexibility in itinerary depending on weather conditions, the visit to corcovado could have been done after the sugar load mountain visit if the weather forecast on the following day is raining
Service: the accommodation, expertise of the local tour guide and overall tour manager are excellent. the itinerary is also outstanding and manageable, not too stressful. included meals should have variety, for not included esp during airport transfers, advice is required where to buy the food. a lot of free time in rio i understand given that the tourists are tired already. for optional (must to see in rio but not included), better to include in the optional tour, luxury gold also to handle, the trip to corcovado was raining, but the trip to sugar loaf was ok, provide more flexibility to change the itinerary depending on the weather conditions, tango in argentina was changed from gala to rojo without informing the tourist of the change. thanks that luxury gold made a refund of USD200 but we have paid for it already, should ensure that we stick to the itinerary.
20 October, 2018
Trip: Tried to do too much , to many airports. The first two weeks we had 40 people on the tour. Too many.
Service: The customer service was excellent. Robert our tour guide was outstanding. Though when we first arrived in Lima there was no one to meet us at the airport.
20 October, 2018
Trip: On the whole the itinerary was well planned. It would have been good to have some hot breakfast on days when we have to leave at 6am. Day 15 (Beautiful Buenos Aires) is too long. The optional-Macuco Safari ride was exhilarating.We had a wonderful group of 23 travelers and all took part despite the rain.
Service: Our Travel Concierge (Roberto Campos) service is outstanding. Always around to deal with any issues and steps ahead with our itinerary. The local guides were engaging, enthusiastic tn sharing and some also humorous The hotels were all five stars and the meals very good, though can be a little slow in serving..
08 October, 2018
Trip: Awesome could not have been better.
Service: Great customer service also Roberto our guide was amazing.
05 October, 2018
Trip: Loved the cultural interaction!
21 September, 2018
Trip: The sites we went to were great! Good choices of places we went to plus great local guides. Peru was extensively covered. I just hoped that we could have spent more time in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Of course, this would have added more days to the tour. Being in South America already, I wouldn’t mind staying for a few more days in each of these countries. Please consider that in your future itineraries.
Service: The tour was well organized. We had an excellent traveling concierge, Roberto Campos, as well as great local guides who bombarded us with meaningful insights and information on the places and people/ countries visited. The pace was just right for us over 60 years old. The hotels and restaurants were great!
21 September, 2018
Trip: Great itinerary, it gave us a taste of everything South American. Amazingly beautiful views, 5-6 star hotels/palaces with excellent service, good restaurants and great experiences like Tango and Samba shows and a visit of Lake Titicaca village.
Service: We thoroughly enjoyed our South America trip. We highly recommend it. Our Tour Director Robert Campos was very attentive to the travelers' needs and fun as well. Our fellow travelers were a good group and I believe enjoyed the experience as well. There were a lot of special experiences which were unexpected like the dinners in amazing restaurants and the Tango and Samba Shows. The weather has been excellent everywhere we went bar one day considering we were there for nearly a month. Machu Picchu was enchanting! We found that the Peruvians are nice people especially in the countryside. Buenos Aires was beautiful and has tender and juicy beef! Rio de Janeiro was beautiful with never ending beaches but edgy! Santiago's Andes mountains never seem to end and we were fortunate to see it covered in snow! Chile has really good wines both whites and reds. Iguassu Falls was our favorite though because it never seem to end and amazingly beautiful. During the day trip/s we had not one but two rainbows and then because it was full moon one night, we experienced viewing the Falls at night, as they say once in a "blue moon" experience!
07 September, 2018
Trip: Very well planned itinerary.
Service: Perfectly organized tour...