Icons of South America & Amazon Cruise

Explore South America on a 21-day luxury tour from Lima to Buenos Aires. Highlights include an Amazon cruise, Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro & Buenos Aires.

21 Days
Lima to Buenos Aires
From (NZD)
$ 19,230
$ 18,830
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Lima > Buenos Aires

South American heart

If you were to seek out South America’s beating heart it would certainly be found amongst the lush jungle of the Amazon. This journey offers up plenty of opportunities to experience one of the last great rainforests, before introducing you to the many other wonders of this continent.
Spend three glorious days cruising through a remote part of the Amazon, with shore excursions into the jungle. Handfeed baby manatees near Iquitos, enjoy a delicious Andean feast in Peru’s Sacred Valley, wander the magical site that is Machu Picchu and explore South America’s oldest inhabited city, Cuzco. Hear the roar of the World Heritage-listed wonder that is Iguazú Falls. Continue to the excitement of Rio de Janeiro which will have you smiling for days. Then get your Tango on in Buenos Aires, Argentina, known as the ‘Paris of the Americas’.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
21 days
Departure City:
Return City:
Buenos Aires

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lima

    Welcome to colourful Peru. Start your journey into wonder with an overnight stay in Lima.

  2. Day 2 - Lima > Iquitos

    Fly to Iquitos and settle into your over-sized suite on board Delfin III, your luxurious floating Special Stay for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Amazon Cruise

    Each day there will be a range of small group excursions to discover the diversity of this region. You will explore remote Amazon River tributaries, spot monkeys and birds whilst walking along a jungle trail, visit local villages and schools and meet with native Amazonians. Board the skiffs and cruise along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Amazon Cruise

    Board the skiffs and cruise along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Iquitos > Sacred Valley

    This morning fly to Cuzco and then travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your three night stay allows you to experience the history, unique lifestyle, culture and majestic scenery of this heartland of the former Inca Empire. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming village of Urubamba.

    Tonight, meet with your fellow travellers as you enjoy a private performance by local musicians complemented by a tapas style dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sacred Valley

    Join your expert local guide for a walking tour of Ollantaytambo, the site where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari, where you will learn about the daily life, traditions and work of the locals during a weaving demonstration. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the charming village of Urubamba.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Sacred Valley

    Enjoy a walking tour of the Pisac ruins and markets; or visit Moray and Inca salt pans. Alternatively, relax in your hotel with a spa treatment.

    Enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience of five different meats cooked in five different ways over an open flame, with spices and other ingredients grown in Tambo’s own organic garden.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu

    Travel through picturesque fields on your rail journey to Machu Picchu then spend time at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight relax at your charming hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco

    Learn how to make two of the country’s signature offerings, ceviche and pisco sours, during a cooking monstration. Then, marvel at the pectacular views from the glass dome carriages on your rail journey through the incredible Andes. Continue to the charming city of Cuzco and your luxurious hotel, in the heart of the historic centre. Your three night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Cuzco

    The former capital of the Incan Empire, Cuzco is a city with incredible architecture. Uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site including Korichancha and the ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress.

    Visit a community exclusively supported by Scenic. Meet the students and teachers at the local school and learn about their lifestyle.

    Tonight sample elegant à la carte dining at the Inti Raymi restaurant or dine on a menu showcasing delicious fusion cuisine in the Cicciolina restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Cuzco

    Uncover the secrets of the iconic Peruvian coffee and Pisco on a tasting tour or choose to explore the fascinating San Pedro food markets with a local guide followed by a cooking class. Alternatively, discover the picturesque San Blas artisan quarter on a walking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Cuzco > Iguazú Falls

    Fly to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls for your three night Special Stay at the elegant Belmond das Cataratas Hotel, set inside the park gates. As a guest of the hotel you will be able to experience the sun setting over the top of the falls without the general public.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Iguazú Falls

    Enjoy a leisurely tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Be awed by the world’s largest volume waterfall and experience an exciting jet boat adventure.

    Enjoy a Scenic Sundowners event of beverages and tapas.

    Optional flight - Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Iguazú Falls

    Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinian side to the lookout where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’ and be awed by the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro

    Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your Special Stay, this elegant hotel provides the perfect place to spend your last two nights in Brazil.

    At Sugarloaf Mountain, take the cable car to the top of the peak, where you will enjoy Scenic Sundowner drinks while taking in the spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding landscape at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Rio de Janeiro

    Today you will discover the beating heart of this exotic city. Take a fascinating walking tour through downtown Rio, home to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Municipal Theatre. Learn about Rio’s history and culture and appreciate the locals’ lifestyle. Ride the cogwheel railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Indulge in a mouth-watering Brazilian Churrascaria experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - Rio de Janeiro > Buenos Aires

    Walk through the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) while learning about its unique history, or get an insider’s perspective on daily life in the favelas and enjoy an energetic capoeira show. Alternatively, discover how the old and modern parts of Rio’s downtown co-exist on a historical walking tour.

    Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to your elegant hotel for a four night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Buenos Aires

    An elegant city with pockets of colourful character, discover the highlights and secrets
    of this famed ‘Paris of the Americas’ with your local guide, including Casa Rosada. Visit soulful San Telmo and La Boca’s colourful Caminito. This evening enjoy dinner at the Gala Tango show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Buenos Aires

    Experience typical Porteña culture and gastronomy with a visit to a local Estancia, enjoy a wine tasting with expert sommeliers, a traditional Asado lunch and polo class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - Buenos Aires

    Take a tour with a local artist to uncover the vibrant urban art scene. Alternatively, discover the city’s green side on a bike tour of the city’s parks and plazas, or take an architecture walking tour.

    Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner and indulge your senses in one of Buenos Aires’ coveted closed-door restaurants, and enjoy a modern Argentine meal with wine pairing – complete with an empanada making class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Buenos Aires

    Say farewell as you transfer to the airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Smaller group sizes with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Your choice of 14 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 37 meals – 20 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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