Cariocas, Gauchos & Incas

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Tour Overview

Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 

Delve deeper into the local cultures of South America and live the lifestyle of the Cariocas (locals of Rio de Janeiro), experience life on an estancia with the Gauchos (Argentine cowboys), the ways of the mighty Incas and even the local tribes as part of an Amazon adventure.

All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares.

Route Map

Cariocas, Gauchos & Incas Route Map


Arrive in Santiago

On arrival, transfer to your hotel.


Half day city tour of Santiago, set at the foot of the Andes mountains to discover the city’s many layers of cultural influence, visit “La Moneda” government house and try some pisco sour.

Santiago - Rio De Janeiro

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to hotel.

Rio De Janeiro

Full day trip to the top of Corcovado mountain, to see the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro in all its splendour. Afternoon tour and cable car trip to Sugar Loaf mountain.

Breakfast, Lunch
Rio De Janeiro

Day at leisure. In the evening, head to a local churrasqueria for a sumptuous Brazilian BBQ Dinner and lively samba show.

Breakfast, Dinner
Rio De Janeiro - Iguazu Falls

Transfer to airport and flight to Iguazu Falls. Tour to the panoramic Brazilian side of the falls. Transfer to hotel.

Iguazu Falls

Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including the impressive Devil’s Throat.

Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires

Transfer to airport and flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Buenos Aires

Half-day orientation of the stylish capital, Buenos Aires. Experience the tango in all its glory and sample the succulent local beef with a dinner and show.

Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
Buenos Aires

Full day tour to a Gaucho (Argentine cowboy) farm to experience life on an estancia.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11
Buenos Aires - Bariloche

Transfer to airport and flight to the city of Bariloche, “where the Andes meets Patagonia.” Transfer to hotel.

DAY 12

Half day city tour visiting Cerro Catedral, Llao Llao, Laguna Trebol & the Centro Civico.

DAY 13
Bariloche - Puerto Varas

(Lake crossing) Andes lakes crossing by bus/boat to Peulla navigating Nahuel Huapi

DAY 14
Puerto Varas

Half day tour visiting Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt.

DAY 15
Puerto Varas - Santiago - Lima

Transfer to airport and flight to Santiago and Lima.



DAY 16
Lima - Amazon Jungle

Transfer to airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado. Transfer by boat along the river to Tambopata Jungle lodge, adjacent to the natural reserve in the Amazon basin.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 17
Amazon Jungle

Full day of activities, canoeing, bird watching, jungle trekking, piranha fishing and alligator spotting.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 18
Amazon Jungle- Cuzco - Sacred Valley

A dawn start is required for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado giving memorable views of the sunrise over the river and transfer to airport for flight to Cuzco.  On arrival transfer to the Sacred Valley. * Staying in the Sacred Valley first will help you with your acclimatization and reduce the chances of getting altitude sickness.*

DAY 19
Sacred Valley

Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a stop at the colourful Pisac market & ruins of Ollantaytambo. Overnight.



Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 20
Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu by boarding a tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus up the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation.


Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a stop at the colourful Pisac market & ruins of Ollantaytambo. Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 21
Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Morning free to visit ruins. Afternoon train to Cuzco.

DAY 22

Half-day city tour of some of the sites in and around Cuzco including the cathedral, Q’oricancha (the temple of the sun) and the fortress of Sacsahuaman.

DAY 23
Cuzco - Puno

Spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 24
Uros Island

Half day tour of Uros islands, to visit the communities that live on these reed islands located on Lake Titicaca.

DAY 25
Puno - La Paz

Cross from Peru into Bolivia, via the lovely lakeside village of Copacabana, with its remarkable church before boarding a comfortable catamaran to begin the scenic crossing of the magical Lake Titicaca. Stop at the mysterious Sun Island before continuing onto La Paz.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 26
La Paz

Half day city tour of the Bolivian capital’s sights, a typical Indian market and a visit to Moon Valley.

DAY 27
La Paz - Santiago

Transfer to airport, flight to Santiago.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals as indicated (B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Transport by air conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking local guides
  • Meeting service and airport transfers
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions
  • Internal flights ex Santiago * Based using LATAM SAA airpass which requires arrival into South America with LATAM. If using another carrier into South America, price will differ.

Tour Pricing

Cariocas, Gauchos & Incas
Twin / Double
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