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South American Odyssey: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Machu Picchu & More

Program No. 22885RJ
Learn the Samba in Rio and the tango in Buenos Aires, climb to Machu Picchu and have lunch hosted by locals in colorful Valparaiso on this journey to the best of South America.

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At a Glance

The rhythm of samba and the icons of Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado, Sugar Mountain and Copacabana Beach. The pounding waters of Iguazu Falls. The glint of sunlight illuminating the ruins of the Incas in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The Colorful and classic neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and the culture of Argentina’s Gauchos. Cosmopolitan Santiago, the Pacific coast of Chile all set against the imposing backdrop of the Andes. On this journey from the extraordinary coast of Brazil to the mountaintops of the Peruvian Andes, feast your senses on the natural, ancient and contemporary wonders of South America.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Elevations up to 11,000 feet in Cusco, Peru. Walking and standing up to two miles a day in a variety of conditions.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Explore the highlights of Rio de Janeiro and take in the awesome splendor of Iguazu Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian vantage points.
  • Walk among the remains of the ancient Inca civilization in the Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu.
  • Discover Argentine culture in Buenos Aires with a tango lesson and the sophisticated neighborhood of Recoleta.
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