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Best Of South America

from $3275
Duration
Duration:
24 Days
Type
Type:
Private Tour
Run
Run:
Everyday
Overview

Tour South America in just 24 days! Explore the history and culture of the most famous cities in Latin America. You will visit the spectacular Bogota in Colombia, and its famous attractions like Plaza Bolivar and Monserrate. Enjoy walking through the streets of Cartagena which is a very popular beach destination, Lima and Cusco (the oldest city in the Americas) in Peru which is famous for its beautiful and artistic Spanish architecture. Also, You can enjoy watching the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes. Visiting the Top tourism destination which is Buenos Aires. Enjoy this 24-day tour in the most select place to visit, Latin America! Visiting the gateway to Iguazu National Park, Puerto Iguazu. The amazing highlight of this South America tour is a visit to Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, you will enjoy Carnival, samba lessons, bossa nova, and Balneário beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, and Leblon. Be ready for your adventure.

Included
  • Met and assisted by our Representative at the airports upon arrival and departure
  • All transfers included in the itinerary in the informed vehicles.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Bogota.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cartagena.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Lima.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cusco.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Aguas Calientes.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Buenos Aires.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Puerto Iguazu.
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in Rio de Janeiro.
  • All sightseeing tours included in the itinerary with a guide.
  • Tours (regular or private according to the itinerary)
  • Guides in language to be agreed upon with the customers.
  • Admission fees as described in the itinerary.
  • Meals according to the itinerary.
Excluded
  • International and internal flights (to be quoted according to travel date)
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visa 
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Spendings
  • Tips
Itinerary
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Day 1: City Of Origin - Bogota (Colombia)

Arrival to the city of Bogota, a site where all the regional cultures of the country come together. The Colombian capital invites all those who visit it to a unique experience combining peaceful panoramic views of the mountain with the noise and modern movement of today. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to spend at leisure.


Overnight in Bogota

Day 2: Bogota - Santa Marta

Regular guided city tour

In the morning we will find ourselves in the place chosen to explore the different areas of the city of Bogotá. We will go to the Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium, the largest football stadium in the Colombian capital. We will continue north to discover the Botanical Garden of Bogotá and its surroundings. The wide vegetation and the large size of its green areas have made it one of the lungs of the city, a place where a large number of locals go every day. During the tour, we will know the places of the itinerary thanks to the explanations of the driver. He is an expert in Bogotá! In addition, we will make a stop to discover the history of the most typical Colombian product: coffee.

Then we will head towards the center of the city and we will enter the emblematic neighborhood of La Candelaria. In this area we will admire the most colonial architecture, as well as the Chorro Quevedo square, the Plaza de Bolívar, the Primada Cathedral of Colombia or the Casa de Nariño. We will cross Bogotá to the financial zone and pass through the Zona Rosa, the neighborhood where the highest class in the country lives. In addition, we will discover the streets of Usaquén, one of the most fashionable neighborhoods among foodies. Finally, we will accompany you back to the starting point. There we will conclude the tour at approximately 13:00 HS.

In the afternoon private transfer to Bogota airport to take the domestic flight to Santa Marta. Arrival to Santa Marta. Private transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Santa Marta.

Day 3: Santa Marta – Tayrona – Santa Marta

Regular tour to Parque Tayrona

We will pick you up at the hotel first thing in the morning and head towards the northeast. After an hour and a half of road trip we will arrive at Tayrona Park, located between the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Once there, we will enter the paths that cross the rainforest. For two hours, we will walk next to trees over 25 meters high and discover some of the species that are part of the rich ecosystem of Tayrona National Natural Park. In addition, we can greet iguanas, howler monkeys, ocelots, anteaters or solitary eagles.

We will reach the Caribbean coast and stroll along the beaches of Canaveral, Arrecifes, Arenilla and the Pool. The most idyllic enclaves! Then, we will continue to Cabo San Juan del Guía. Did you know that it is one of the most popular corners of Tayrona? There you will have free time to try the local cuisine in one of the restaurants (not included). Then, we will go to the Cabo San Juan viewpoint to enjoy a unique panoramic view of the Colombian landscape.

Finally, we will resume the way back to Santa Marta. There we will accompany you to the accommodation to finish the excursion.

Duration: from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. approximately.

Overnight in Santa Marta.

Day 4: Santa Marta - Cartagena De Indias

Private transfer to Cartagena de Indias.

Regular guided city tour of the city

After picking them up at the hotel, we will begin our tour touring the coastal areas of Cartagena de Indias. We can admire the breathtaking views of the bay and the beaches of volcanic sand. We will tour the island of Manga and the Bocagrande district, where the most exclusive neighborhoods of the city are located.

Since its foundation, Cartagena has been a port of great strategic importance, and the Spanish built numerous military buildings to protect the city from pirates and enemy powers. We will visit the castle of San Felipe, the most relevant of these fortifications. Nearby, we will admire the statue of Blas de Lezo, a Spanish admiral who led the defense of the city against the English.

The tour will continue with a tour of the San Pedro Claver Museum, dedicated to the memory of slaves and the first abolitionists of Colombia. Next, we will travel by car to the historic center of Cartagena and cross the imposing clock tower on foot. It is the only door that remains of the old walled enclosure of the city.

Our walk will take us through the squares and cobblestone streets of Cartagena while we discover the history of one of the oldest cities in America. We will walk next to the beautiful colonial houses of the center and visit Las Bóvedas. They will have about half an hour of free time to tour the stores of this former military warehouse under whose arcades are numerous craft and antique stores.

At the end of the tour through Cartagena, we will take you back to the hotel.

Overnight in Cartagena

Day 5: Cartagena De Indias

Free day to enjoy the beaches and the city.

Optional: Rosario Islands in regular

Between 6:00 and 7:00, we will pick you up at the hotel or the selected meeting point in Cartagena. From there, we will approach the port to board a speedboat with which we will cross the waters of the Caribbean Sea.

We will start the day doing a panoramic tour of the Rosario Islands and Baru so you can admire the beauty of this archipelago. Next, we will anchor the boat next to Isla Grande to snorkel and discover the seabed of this area.

We will continue with the tour until we reach Cholón, where we will offer you a delicious prawn cocktail to whet your appetite. Then, we will sail to Agua Azul, where we will get off the boat to enjoy 40 minutes of relaxation on its paradisiacal beaches before continuing with the excursion.

We will arrive at Playa Blanca, in Baru, one of the most famous places in this area of ​​Colombia. Here, we will serve you a great lunch in which you can choose between chicken, fish or a vegetarian menu.

After lunch, you can enjoy four hours of free time to relax on the beach, take a bath or just take a walk. You will have access to all the amenities of Playa Blanca, hammocks, bathrooms, lockers ... you will not have to worry about anything.

After the free time, we will go back to the speedboat and head towards Puerto Nairo, where they will explain everything we need to know about the light plankton. After the talk, we will jump into the water to see for ourselves the beauty of these microscopic organisms. You will swim at night in the waters of the Caribbean Sea while thousands of small blue dots light up your path.

After the bath, we will return to the mainland, where a minibus will be waiting for us that will take us back to the pick-up point in Cartagena at 9:00 p.m.

Overnight in Cartagena

Day 6: Cartagena De Indias - Lima (Peru)

Transfer to the airport to take the international flight to Lima, Peru. Lima was the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru and the largest and most important city in South America during the Spanish regime. Affter independence, it became the capital of the Republic. It is considered as the commercial, financial, cultural and political center of the country. Transfer to accommodation. Free day to enjoy the city.

Overnight in Lima

Day 7: Lima - Guided City Tour

The tour includes the Paseo de la República, Plaza San Martín and the Plaza Mayor, with its distinctive buildings: Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral Basilica and the Municipal Palace. You will enter the monumental Convent of San Francisco, which represents the largest sample of colonial religious art in America. You will also visit the modern neighborhoods of San Isidro and Miraflores.

Overnight in Lima

Day 8: Lima

Free day in Lima to enjoy the options this city offers to visitors.

Overnight in Lima

Day 9: Lima - Cusco

Transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight to Cusco. The city of Cusco is located at 3,350 meters above sea level, and has been inhabited since time immemorial. It is considered the oldest city in the Americas. There was Qosqo, the "navel of the world," the capital of the Inca Empire. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to rest and acclimatize to the height of this city. Accommodation.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 10: Cusco - Guided City Tour

City tour in Cusco to learn about its history and tour the different points of the city and its surroundings, including the cathedral, the iconic Plaza de Armas and different areas of the Inca Empire.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 11: Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

In the morning, departure to the Andean town of Aguas Calientes in the Belmond Hiram Bingham, a luxurious and exclusive train with all-inclusive service in which you will live unforgettable experiences. Arrival and accommodation. In the afternoon, we will visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the Modern World: the sacred city of Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunset. "Old Mountain" in Quechua language, it is currently universally known both for its imposing archaeological remains but also for its incomparable location on the edge of an abyss at the bottom of which the flowing waters of the Urubamba River run. There, we will enjoy the unforgettable sunset.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 12: Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Return in train to the town of Cusco in the evening.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 13: Cusco - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Transfer to the airport to take the international flight to the city of Buenos Aires, via Lima. Arrival to the city. Nowadays, Buenos Aires shines as a cosmopolitan, dynamic and traditional city where European customs predominate in pleasant fusion with Argentine authenticity, impacting each tourist, due to the diversity of options and scenarios that it presents. Assistance at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Free time and accommodation.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Day 14: Buenos Aires - Guided City Tour

Tango dinner show.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 15: Buenos Aires

Free day to enjoy the city and all the options it offers to visitors.

Optional: Visit to a local “Estancia”

Travel to the center of the province of Buenos Aires to experience the Argentine traditions at their best. With optional activities such as horseback riding, local games and a traditional Creole lunch: the famous Argentine Asado.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Day 16: Buenos Aires- Puerto Iguazu (Brasil

At agreed time, transfer to the airport to take a flight to the town of Foz do Iguazu. Declared World Heritage of Humanity in 1984, the Iguazu Falls National Park, one of the new Wonders of the World, has Outstanding Universal Value, according to Unesco.

Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day off.

Overnight in Puerto Iguazú

Day 17: Puerto Iguazu

Regular full day tour, Iguazu falls, Argentinean side

Explore the Argentine side of the falls. From the National Park Visitor Center, where there is an exhibition that illustrates the biodiversity of the region's rainforest, a small train powered by natural gas will transport us to the Cataratas station, where the high road begins. This sequence of walkways links dozens of small basalt islands at the top of a steep rock and the walkways cross the countless streams of the Iguazu River as they cascade over the edge of the precipice.

Overnight in Puerto Iguazu.

Day 18: Puerto Iguazu

Free day to enjoy at leisure.

Overnight in Puerto Iguazu.

Day 19: Foz De Iguazu-Rio De Janeiro

Half-day regular tour, Iguazu falls, Brazilian side

After breakfast, we will go to the Brazilian side of the falls, from where there is a wide panorama of these magnificent waterfalls, and there are some excellent opportunities to photograph the full sweep of the waterfalls. Before leaving the Brazilian side, you can stop at the excellent and peculiar bird park just outside the entrance to the Iguazú National Park (optional). The enclosure houses a wide variety of birds and wildlife, including toucans, trogons and coatis, from the same family as the raccoon.

Once the excursion is finished transfer to the airport to take a flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrival and private transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 20: Rio De Janeiro

City guided regular city tour

City tour to learn about the different scenarios of this carioca city, one of the most important economic, cultural and financial centers in all of Brazil. We will enter the Metropolitan Cathedral of São Sebastião, one of the symbols of the metropolis. This temple stands out for its pyramidal structure, reminiscent of the religious buildings of pre-Columbian America. After this, we will go to the center of Rio to get into the local culture, for which we will climb the Selaron stairs and cross the Lapa arches on board our vehicle.

4-hour regular tour with guide. Departures Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 21: Rio De Janeiro - Tour To Pao De Azúcar And Corcovado

After breakfast, we will pick you up at your accommodation to start your activity. The first stop will be at the top of Mount Corcovado, where we will find the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. From the viewpoint, we will have a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Rio de Janeiro. From there, we will depart towards the base of the Morro de Pan de Azúcar, where two cable cars connect to the summit, 395 m above Rio. Rest of the day free to spend at leisure.


Overnight in Rio de Janeiro

Day 22: Rio De Janeiro

Day free to enjoy the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, among others.

Optional: Half-day tour Ciudade do Samba


Guided tour of the cultural complex that houses the floats and costumes of the samba institutions that walk along the Sambadrome catwalks during the Rio Carnival, enjoying activities that include music, dance and caipirinhas.


Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 23: Rio De Janeiro

Day free to enjoy the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, among others. In the evening, farewell dinner to enjoy a wonderful meal in the most traditional and "carioca" gastrobar: Rio Scenarium, located in one of the oldest mansions in the city. Decorated with radio, television and music elements from the different eras of Brazil, we will appreciate an incredible dinner accompanied by a live show, in this restaurant categorized as one of the best ten in the world.


Overnight in Rio de Janeiro

Day 24: Rio De Janeiro - Final Departure

At agreed time, transfer to the airport to take the international flight to your city of origin.

Prices
Golden Accommodation

Prices
Price Per Person
$ 3275 Price per Person in triple room
$ 3495 Price per Person in double room
$ 5399 One Person Travelling Alone
Diamond Accommodation

Prices
Price Per Person
$ 3665 Price per Person in triple room
$ 4095 Price Per Person in double room
$ 6535 One Person Travelling Alone
Prices

Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in AUD, Euro or British Pound. The prices quoted per person per tour all inclusive and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the lowest price possible. Prices valid until April 30th, 2021 except during the high periods i.e Christmas and New Year and holidays.

Child Fee
  • Child up to 2 years old totally free of charge
  • Children between 2 and 6 years old pay 50% of the adult rate.
  • Children between 6 and 12 years old pay 75% of the adult rate.
  • A child from 12 years old is considered an adult person and pays the same rate.
Payment Plan

We are offering a low down payment of just 10% to secure your spaces on the tour including hotel room, cruise cabin, domestic flight ticket, and other travel-related services. The remaining balance can be paid up to two days prior to your arrival date or in cash upon arrival at the destination to your tour manager, therefore, making your booking a risk-free investment.

Is Latin America safe to visit?

Latin America is a very large continent, and there are many areas that are safe to visit. In most parts, tourists need only to exercise the caution that they would have in any vacation spot—pay attention to surroundings, wear a money belt, and avoid dark and deserted areas—to avoid becoming crime victims. The scenarios that involve tourists usually involve non-violent pick-pocketing or muggings. In South America, we recommend not to make it obvious that you’re a tourist. Try to not speak a foreign language out loud. In addition, you should keep valuable items such as your passport, camera, and your wallet in a pocket or bag in front of you. While sitting outside at a restaurant keep your things on your lap or tied to the foot of the chair.

Which languages are spoken in Latin America?

Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico: Spanish speakers.
Brazil: Portuguese
You will find most of the workers in tourism speak English and at least a third language.

Is it a common practice to give tips in Latin America?

Tipping is essentially a norm in bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. It’s recommended to tip chauffeurs and guides during transfers and paid excursions. In these cases, we suggest calculating the amount according to how satisfied you have been with the service. 

What is the official currency in Latin America?

The currency changes depending on the country:
Argentina: Argentinean Peso (ARS)
Brazil: Brazilian Real (BRL)
Chile: Chilean Peso (CLP)
Uruguay: Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
Bolivia: Boliviano (BOB)
Peru: Sol Peruano (PEN)
Colombia: Colombian Peso (COP)
Guatemala: Quetzal (GTQ)
México: Mexican peso (MXN)

Each currency is only useful for its respective country. It is not possible to use the currency of one country in another.

Do I need a visa to enter Latin American Countries?

It depends on your country of origin and the country you want to visit. It is necessary to check with your migration department.

Cancellation Policy
  • In case you cancel your trip, the following scale of charges will be applied:

From the date of booking until 61 days before your arrival date, 10% of the entire tour price will be charged.
Between 60 and 31 days before your arrival date, 20% of the entire tour price will be charged.
Between 30 and 15 days before your arrival date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged.
Between 14 and 1 days before your arrival date, 100% of the entire tour price will be charged.
 
Additionally, there are cancellation fees on all domestic flights within Egypt. If you cancel a tour at any time, you will be subject to any fees according to the airline’s cancellation policy.

 

  • Emergency Cancellation Policy

Memphis Tours offers a very flexible cancelation policy in case the government or the airline issues a travel warning from/to your departure country and destination. We, at Memphis Tours, prioritize your well-being and safety above all else and for that reason, we have adapted our cancellation policy to reflect our values. Familiarize yourself with our full payment policy, cancellation and refund conditions.

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