December 5, 2017

Join me in South America in 2018!

This wonderful itinerary covers some of the best highlights of South America in Argentina, Brazil (to see Iguacu Falls), Peru and Chile.

Bookings must be paid for by June 30, so feel free to contact me if you’re interested in this epic 3 week trip. We’ve done all the hard work so you can just enjoy yourself!

South America tour NZ

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


Tango in Buenos Aires

Take in some tango on the streets of Buenos Aires!

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.

Visit Iguacu

The stunning Iguacu Falls

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.

Machu Picchu tour

We’ll visit breathtaking Machu Picchu for 2 days

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.

Visit Santiago

Explore the highlights of Santiago

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.

Dates: 20 October – 9 November, 2018

Cost: $12,295pp twin share

Inclusions: Return economy class flights from Auckland to Buenos Aires and home from Santiago, including flights to Iguacu, Lima and Cusco, plus the train to Machu Picchu. It also includes all breakfasts and three evenings meals, plus entrance fees into sights as per itinerary.

*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 and phone (09) 535 4559 or drop me a line at if you have any questions.

** If you’d like to spread your payment out over 16 months apply for the House of Travel Q Card.

*** If you’d like to room alone the single supplement will be $3,700.

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  1. Kay Begg on

    Would love to join you on this trip but need to think about it more as I am away in August so have to work out finances – is there still availability. I would be a single traveller and would want a room to myself

  2. Karen Hicks on

    Hi Megan,
    I’m interested in the South American tour if you still have places available. I would be a solo traveller so wonder if you had other solos who would be willing to share.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks, Karen

  3. Pam Tyson on

    My husband and I are very interested in joining your tour of Sth America – could you please email further information about it. Thanks. Pam

    • Megan on

      Hi Karen, no we’re not going to Rio. However if you’d like add that on at the end of the tour for a few days, we can arrange it 🙂

  4. Milena Rodriguez on

    Hi Megan, your trip sounds great! I’m Peruvian and now living in Auckland. I’m also a freelance travel organiser and work closely with two tour operators in Peru. If you want we can have a chat and I could give you more tips for your stay in Lima and Cusco. For example, I would suggest you include a visit to the Larco Museum in Lima. This museum considered among the 25 best museums in the World. It’s not big so visits can be done in one or two hours. I’ll be delighted to give you more info if you wish! regards, Milena

    • Megan on

      Hi Liz
      Cost is NZ$12,295pp based on a twin share. If people want to room alone there is an extra charge of $3,700. All flights from Auckland return are included, plus flights between Buenos Aires, Iguacu, Lima, Cusco and Santiago plus the train trip to Machu Picchu. Price includes all breakfasts and 3 evening meals. The rest are at your own expense. It also includes entry fees into the sights in the itinerary. Happy to give you a call if you’d like to chat about it. – Megan

  5. Jenny on

    Hi Megan,
    I would love to hear about your travel plans for 2019.
    I’m 62 and live in Tauranga. Reading your travel blog with small groups would suit me.
    It all sounds very exciting.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

    • Megan on

      Hi Jenny
      I am working on an itinerary for Africa in 2019. I’ll drop you a line when I have something for you to look at 🙂

  6. Judy Steel on

    I am 71 years of age. Have travelled many times around the world. I am very interested in your South America tour. I take medication for blood pressure. Does the high altitude in Machu Picchu affect people with BP problems.
    Please could you email me the details of your SA trip.
    Regards,Judy Steel

  7. Muharram Azizova on

    Hi Megan,
    I am interested in South American tour. I have a few questions about this.
    Can you please let me know how much will it cost for single person?
    What is included in the itinerary? I couldn’t find any information about the flight cost?
    Cheers Muharram

  8. Dorothy Morris on

    Can recommend your South American tour visited all places except Santiago Chili. Did a trip for 8 weeks or about flew Aeorolinis Argentinus and Varig airlines was years ago Adventure World tour did India and Nepal following year with them too.. Just loved it, lake Titicaka. Etc etc. love to go again but at 76 and health problems I would be a drag. But for any able bodied curious person. BOOK GO AND ENJOY. From a older globetrotter..Dorothy

  9. Gayle Leask on

    Hi Megan
    I have a few questions about the South American tour.
    The free days spent in Buenos Aires and other places would there be activities organized for these because I’m thinking of travelling on my own and don’t really want to be wandering around on my own.
    Is there a cost for a single supplement?
    Do you get to visit Machu Picchu again the next day?
    I have been thinking about doing a South American tour but wanted to include Lake Titticaca and the Amazon Jungle visit.
    Thanks so much.

    • Megan on

      Hi Gayle, great to hear from you.
      The free days in Buenos Aires are for exploring – as I will be, so joining me is certainly an option. I might look into an empanada cooking class, a spot of market shopping and visiting museums. This is the time for you to also do things you have on your Must Do list. What tends to happen in these small group tours is that a couple of people will do one thing and more will do something else and we make a plan based on who’s interested in doing what. Don’t fear – you won’t be wandering around on your own!
      Yes we can go up to Machu Picchu again the next day, although that is an extra admission fee as some might not want to. I recommend it though as it’s a chance to get there early before the crowds. And yes, there is a single supplement as the cost has been worked out over 14 people. The SS is $4,185. You could also add on Lake Titicaca and the Amazon directly through Alison at House of Travel if you wanted to.
      I hope you can join us 🙂

  10. Maureen Gibson on

    Away from home at present.. could you please email me the information about this trip. The print is too small to see on my cellphone. Thanks


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