Grand Tour of South America

34 days | Auckland roundtrip

Deal Details

Travel Dates

03 September 2024

Priced From

$36,965 per person
Grand Tour of South America Map

Embark on an extraordinary journey through South America, where the Amazonian rainforest, ancient Incan ruins, charming colonial towns, pristine white sandy beaches, and unique wildlife converge to create an unforgettable experience.

This six-country adventure begins in the heart of the Amazon jungle, followed by a captivating cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas' at Machu Picchu, explore the enchanting Lake Titicaca, witness the majestic waterfalls of Iguazu, and embrace the vibrant cities of Quito, Lima, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. Throughout this expedition, you'll discover a love for the region's rich history and diverse cultures, surrounded by a spectrum of colors and sights—all experienced with the utmost comfort and style.

WJ Iguazu Falls v2


Twin Share from

$36,965* per person

Single from

$46,980* per person


Your Journey at a Glance

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  • Immerse yourself in the marvels of the Amazon rainforest during a three-night stay at the breathtaking Sacha Lodge.
  • Embark on a five-day cruise through the Galapagos Islands aboard the Isabela II.
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, where the majestic Andean Mountains are mirrored in the azure waters of Lake iticaca, and be awe-struck by the incredible Iguazu Falls.
  • Experience the charm of Quito, home to the most beautiful historic center among all Latin American capital cities.
  • Revel in the natural beauty and vibrant beach culture of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Enjoy the guidance of a World Journeys host every step of the way.



Special Experiences

WJ Amazon

Stay in an eco-lodge in the pristine Amazon Rainforest
Experience the wonders of the Amazon rainforest staying at the famous Sacha Lodge with the only canopy walk in the Amazon, a birdwatching tower, and butterfly house.

Experience a traditional Inca ceremony
At Lake Titicaca, witness an Inca offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) led by a traditionally-dressed Shaman.

Be immersed in the ancient history of Peru
Visit the marvellous Larco Herrera Museum located in an 18th century mansion, surrounded by beautiful gardens. We will see the museum’s amazing archaeological collection.

Learn to dance the tango in Buenos Aires
Learn to dance the tango and enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a multi award-winning tango show.

What's Included

Small group tour (18 max)

Economy Class airfares ex Auckland

Airline and airport taxes

Tour host

Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels and lodges

Galapagos accommodation on board of the elegant Isabela II

Transfers, sightseeing, and entrance fees as per the itinerary

Meals as indicated (B-L-D) 


Not Included:

Items of a personal nature

Travel insurance (mandatory)

Visas (if applicable)

Optional activities

A Galapagos Islands National Park fee of US$100 per person is payable on arrival

Important Notes:

A non-refundable deposit of $3,000 per person is required, with the balance due 3 June 2024

Please note that it may be necessary to collect the airfare portion of the tour earlier than the final balance date

As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory

Please enquire about health and medical requirements

In the countries visited, tipping is customary. Four a hassle-free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by your host for all group activities.


Tuesday 3 September: Auckland to Santiago

Fly to Santiago and transfer to your hotel.

Wednesday 4 September: Santiago

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Santiago. (B)

Thursday 5 September: Santiago

Embark on a full-day excursion to the historic coastal city of Valparaiso. Afterward, delve into a winery experience featuring a guided tour, wine tasting, and a special 'welcome to South America' lunch, culminating in your return to Santiago. (B,L)

Friday 6 September: Santiago to Quito

Proceed to the airport for a morning flight to Quito via Lima. Upon reaching Quito, transfer to your hotel for the next phase of your journey. (B,D)

Saturday 7 September: Quito to Amazon Jungle

Embark on a brief flight over the Andes, soaring into the heart of the Amazon jungle. From there, transfer by river to the luxuriously appointed Sacha Lodge, nestled in the midst of pristine primary rainforest. (B,L,D)

Sunday 8 September: Amazon Jungle

Dedicate the following two days to immersive experiences, including nature walks, twilight river excursions, and exploration of the remarkable birds, butterflies, and wildlife surrounding you. Engage in activities such as piranha fishing and a treetop canopy walk, offering an excellent vantage point to witness the sunset. Expert naturalist guides will enrich your understanding of this extraordinary environment, making it come alive with their insights and knowledge. (B,L,D)

Monday 9 September: Amazon Jungle 

A full day of guided jungle activities. (B,L,D)

Tuesday 10 September: Amazon Jungle to Quito

Morning transfer by river then fly to Quito for overnight. (B)

Wednesday 11 September: Quito

Discover this enchanting city, formerly the northern capital of the Incan Empire and recognized as the inaugural UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Thursday 12 September: Quito to Galapagos Islands

Take a flight to the Galapagos, and upon arrival, explore the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to gain insights into its distinctive ecosystems and biodiversity. Witness giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat before boarding the Isabela II, your comfortable expedition ship for the journey. (B,L,D)

Friday 13 September: Galapagos Islands

Start your day with a visit to Bartolome Island, where you'll be treated to magnificent views. Following this, embark on a Zodiac ride to search for the incredible Galapagos penguin and various other marine bird species. Later, explore Santiago Island, a prime location to observe a variety of Galapagos finches, along with mockingbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, and vibrant flamingos. (B,L,D)

Saturday 14 September: Galapagos Islands

Embark on an exploration of Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island, an ideal location for spotting enigmatic land iguanas. In the afternoon, venture to Darwin Bay, a site abundant in bird and marine life. (B,L,D)

Sunday 15 September: Galapagos Islands

Embark on a captivating day exploring two of the finest islands in the Galapagos. Begin the morning with a Zodiac cruise along the coast of Isabela Island, where you can spot delightful birds, including the iconic blue-footed boobies. For those interested, a snorkeling opportunity with sea turtles awaits, while non-snorkelers may opt for a glass-bottom boat cruise. In the afternoon, land on Fernandina, the youngest island in the archipelago. Marvel at its astounding volcanic landscape, abundant vegetation, and a multitude of marine iguanas basking on the rocks. (B,L,D)

Monday 16 September: Galapagos Islands to Lima

Fly late morning to the mainland and connect to Lima. (B)

Tuesday 17 September: Lima

Embark on a full day of exceptional sightseeing in this historic city, highlighted by a visit to the remarkable Larco Herrera Museum. (B)

Wednesday 18 September: Lima to Sacred Valley of the Incas

Board a brief flight to Cuzco, followed by a transfer to the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Nestled at a lower altitude, this location provides an opportunity to acclimatize gradually to the higher elevations. (B,D)

Thursday 19 September: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Begin your day by exploring the picturesque Sacred Valley. Visit the Inca salt mines at Maras and the remarkable Inca ruins of Moray. Later, delight in a special lunch featuring a Peruvian Paso Horse show. (B,L)

Friday 20 September: Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu

Start your day with a visit to the impressive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo. Following this, catch the train to Machu Picchu, the incredible 'Lost City of the Incas.' Spend the rest of the afternoon in the enchanting surroundings of the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel. (BL,D)

Saturday 21 September: Machu Picchu to Cuzco

Embark on a guided tour of Machu Picchu in the morning, followed by a leisurely lunch. Later, return to Cuzco via train and coach. (B,L)

Sunday 22 September: Cuzco

Morning tour of historic Cuzco, encompassing visits to the beautiful Cathedral and the impressive Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The afternoon is yours to explore and enjoy at leisure. (B)

Monday 23 September: Cuzco to Puno

Today is a fascinating journey to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where your day will be filled with captivating landscapes and cultural exploration. (B,L)

Tuesday 24 September: Puno to Lake Titicaca

Cross into Bolivia and embark on a cruise across Lake Titicaca, exploring Sun Island—recognized as the birthplace of the Incas. Marvel at the azure blue lake and the breathtaking alpine vistas of the Royal Chain of the Andes. Conclude the day's journey by heading to La Paz. (B,L)

Wednesday 25 September: La Paz

Enjoy a morning tour to explore the markets of La Paz, one of the most culturally rich South American capital cities. Additionally, visit the enigmatic Moon Valley and meet Mario Sarabia, a globally renowned ceramics artist. (B)

Thursday 26 September: La Paz to Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Friday 27 September: Buenos Aires

Explore Buenos Aires, often referred to as the 'Paris of the Americas,' on a captivating tour.(B)

Saturday 28 September: Buenos Aires

Spend your time exploring, shopping, or simply relaxing in this vibrant city. In the evening, partake in a tango lesson followed by a special dinner and an enchanting tango show. (B,D)

Sunday 29 September: Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls

Take a flight to the majestic Iguazu Falls and then transfer to your hotel, located within the National Park, providing convenient access to the natural wonder. (B)

Monday 30 September: Iguazu Falls

Embark on a morning tour offering breathtaking views of the amazing Iguazu Falls, with the highlight being the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat Cataract, considered one of the most impressive in the world. (B)

Tuesday 1 October: Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro

Explore the Brazilian side of the falls and visit a delightful bird and wildlife park before taking a flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, which overlooks Copacabana Beach. (B)

Wednesday 2 October: Rio de Janeiro

Embark on a visit to the historical center of old Rio, followed by an ascent to the summit of Sugarloaf via two cable cars. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B)

Thursday 3 October: Rio de Janeiro

Explore the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer and later, take a scenic tour of Rio's renowned beaches. The afternoon is yours to savor at your leisure. (B)

Friday 4 October: Rio de Janeiro to Auckland

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight home, via Santiago. (B)

Saturday 5 October: In Flight

Sunday 6 October: Arrive Auckland

Early morning arrival into Auckland.


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