I had such a great time hosting my first group tour to Vietnam in 2017 that I have two tours planned for 2018: South America in June and Italy in September!
I have been to South America a couple of times and I’ve worked with House of Travel Howick to put this awesome three-week itinerary together to see, taste and experience some of the highlights and show you some of the amazing gems this continent has to offer.
So where are we going in South America?
We will be just a small group of up to 14 people starting in Buenos Aires where we’ll immerse ourselves into the vibe of this great city then see stunning Iguacu Falls from the Argentina and Brazil sides, then visit Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu for some of the world’s most breathtaking views and experiences before ending in Santiago – and if you want to stay on and see more, you can do that too!
Here’s an overview of my South America tour in 2018 and you can click here for the full day-by-day itinerary
Start your incredible tour of South America with six days in Buenos Aires, Argentina staying in the heart of the city. We’ll take a private city tour down “9th July Avenue”, San Telmo and colourful La Boca. We’ll visit Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron and other notable people are laid to rest and hear tales of mystery and mayhem. Take in a tango show and dinner – and the adventurous can even have a tango lesson! We’ll make empanadas in Palermo, eat juicy steaks, and enjoy time to explore on your own for shopping and maybe see a football game or a polo match.
Two nights in Iguacu Falls ensures we get to see the mighty falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. We’ll take a riverboat ride to get up close and walk through the surrounding jungle looking for native birds and other unique wildlife.
Fly to Lima for two days staying in upmarket Miraflores, close to shops and restaurants. A city tour will help us orientate the next morning including a visit to San Francisco Cathedral, famous for its catacombs in the crypt.
We’ll fly to Cusco for two nights to begin acclimatising for our visit to breathtaking Machu Picchu, but Cusco is a highlight in itself with so much history and culture to see and experience. We’ll take a guided tour of the ruins this city is famous for then spend the afternoon at leisure browsing the local markets or off taking photos.
Then we’ll move to the Sacred Valley for two nights and visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress.
Then it’s off to Machu Picchu – by train. No hiking for us! Enjoy the Peruvian countryside as we roll towards the most famous of Inca sites and stay two nights in Aguas Calientas so we can visit them again the next morning before the tourists arrive on the next day’s train!
Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spaniards. For centuries it was buried in the jungle until American explorer Hiram Bingham found it in 1911 and is an extraordinary example of architecture and engineering. We will enjoy a guided tour to learn about this phenomenal hidden city, then be free to explore it on our own.
Back to Cusco for a night, then we’ll fly to Santiago, Chile for two nights staying in an elegant boutique hotel located in the charming, upmarket Providencia area.
Our introductory tour of the city includes the most famous tourist attractions in Santiago including the Civic Centre; La Moneda Presidential Palace, Plaza de Armas, Santa Lucia Hill, the Bellavista district, Santiago’s nightlife and artistic centre lined with galleries, open-air cafes and restaurants and San Cristobal Hill.
Then we say goodbye to South America and fly direct from Santiago to Auckland.*
I would LOVE to have you with us!
We will take a maximum or 14 people and a minimum of 8, so don’t miss out if these countries are on your Bucket List.
*If you wish to extend your holiday, that can be arranged by Alison Kearney and her team at House of Howick. Contact them to make your booking on firstname.lastname@example.org and phone (09) 535 4559 or drop me a line at email@example.com if you have any questions.