South America El Grande Guided Tour (42 Days)

5 Countries:  Ecuador - Peru – Bolivia –  Brazil - Argentina

- Visit Galapagos Islands
- Quito-Cuenca Avenue of the Volcanoes       
- Cusco-“Navel of the Universe”
- Mystical ‘Lost City of the Incas”
- Magnificent Andes crossing
- The amazing Colca Canyon
- Islands of Lake Titicaca
- Colourful and bustling La Paz
- Stunning and vibrant Rio de Janeiro
- Breathtaking Iguacu Falls
- Elegant and sophisticated Buenos Aires

This kaleidoscope of South America is unbeatable for value, offering you the very best of this diverse continent.

Quito - Buenos Aires

You will begin your adventure of discovery in Quito. Here the tour kicks off with the opportunity to visit the unique Galapagos Islands on the El Grande Tour.
Visit the land of the Otavalo Indians, then a delightful overland journey  to Cuenca including the famous “Devils Nose Railway”. Fly to Lima Peru - City of Kings. Here you have an afternoon to browse through the world famous Gold Museum. Next travel overland along the coast to Paracas then the mysterious Nasca Lines. Then on to the white city of Arequipa and a spectacular journey into the Colca Canyon, home of the mighty Condor. 

When arriving in the Andes and Cusco the red-tiled capital of the Inca Empire, spend two days exploring the famous and mystical citadel. Cusco is the Heart of the Inca Empire, city of terracotta roofs and cobblestone streets. Marvel at the precise Inca stone architecture and surrounding Inca ruins. Discover the magical Sacred Valley – fabulous Chinchero Indian market. From here the magical ruins of Machu Picchu await you! We guarantee this will be a moment you will never forget.

Your journey continues on to Lake Titicaca, which lies at nearly 4000 metres above sea level, and is the largest lake in South America. You'll travel across the lake and the stark Altiplano enjoying spectacular scenery and dramatic landscapes all the way to colourful bustling city of La Paz where traditional culture still shares the streets with glass towers and the traffic of life in the new millennium.

Next is the scenes of the stunning and vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Spectacular views from the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, plus time to watch people on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

Then into the heart of South America to Iguacu Falls, 275 cascades falling in a wild array of spray over a winding 3km cliff face into the gorge 60 metres below!
Finally enjoy the sophistication of stylish Buenos Aires before flying home.



- ALL travel as per itinerary – buses, boats, flights, transfers, and taxis.

- ALL transfers as per itinerary.     

- ALL accommodation twin share with private facilities in comfortable 4 star hotels.

- ALL entrance fees and sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary.

- Breakfasts daily, 5 Lunches & 4 Dinners.

- Services of Professional Tour Manager (subject to a minimum of 6 people travelling).

- Services of local English speaking guides & Naturalist guide in Galapagos.

- Airfares Quito/Galapagos return, Galapagos Cruise with all meals & shore excursions.

- Airfares Quito-Lima & La Paz - Rio-Iguassu - Buenos Aires.


- Meals not specified above.  It is necessary to allow USD$35-45 per day to cover this.

- Insurance.

- Visa fees.

- Medical expenses.

- Tips & airport taxes (allow US$370).

- Optional sightseeing and personal expenses.

- Galapagos Park entrance fee of US$100 which must be paid in US cash on arrival.

- All flights are with economy scheduled airlines, Latam Airlines.

- All flights are booked by Latin Link - all Latam flights are eligible for Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

Please note these costs only apply if travelling internationally to/from South America on Latam Airlines. Should you wish to fly  with Air New Zealand a surcharge of NZ$540  would apply.


1.         Visas are not necessary for New Zealand passport holders

2.         Yellow Certificate required / Malarials not required

All costs are subject to airline increases and currency fluctuations.

South America El Grande

41 Nights / 42 Days

Visit Galapagos Islands, Quito-Cuenca Avenue of the Volcanoes, Cusco-“Navel of the Universe”, Mystical ‘Lost city of the Incas”, Magnificent Andes crossing, The amazing Colca Canyon, Islands of Lake Titicaca, Colourful and bustling La Paz, Breathtaking Iguacu Falls, Stunning and vibrant Rio de Janeiro, Elegant and sophisticated Buenos Aires

Abbreviated itinerary:

DAY 1: Quito

DAY 2: Quito City Tour

DAY 3: Otavalo

DAY 4: Quito - Galapagos

DAY 5: Genovesa Island

DAY 6: Bartolome Island

DAY 7: Daphne Island & Santa Cruz

DAY 8: Santa Cruz

DAY 9: Floreana Island

DAY 10: Espanola Island

DAY 11: Galapagos - Quito

DAY 12: Quito - Patate

DAY 13: Patate - Riobamba

DAY 14: Devils Nose Railway - Cuenca

DAY 15: Cuenca City Tour

DAY 16: Cuenca, Quito, Lima

DAY 17: Lima City Tour

DAY 18: Lima - Paracas

DAY 19: Paracas - Nasca

DAY 20: Nasca - Arequipa

DAY 21: Explore Arequipa

DAY 22: Colca Canyon

DAY 23: Colca Canyon -Cusco

DAY 24: Cusco

DAY 25: Cusco - Sacred Valley

DAY 26: Sacred Valley  or Optional Day Inca Trail

DAY 27: Train to Aguas Calientes/Day 2 Inca Trail

DAY 28: Bus to Machu Pichu/Day 3 Inca Trail

DAY 29: Cusco/Day 4 Inca Trail

DAY 30: Cusco - Puno
DAY 31: Uros Islands-Copacabana
DAY 32:  Copacabana Isla del Sol -La Paz
DAY 33: La Paz City Tour

DAY 34: La Paz

DAY 35: La Paz - Rio de Janeiro

DAY 36: Rio  Tour

DAY 37: Rio free day

DAY 38: Rio-Iguacu

DAY 39: Iguacu Falls- Buenos Aires

DAY 40: Buenos Aires  Tour

DAY 41: Buenos Aires  free day

DAY 42: Depart Buenos Aires

Detailed Itinerary & Prices

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