GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AMERICA - 16 Days

GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AMERICA

16 Day Package from Rio de Janeiro to Lima

Ruins. Vibrant cities. Natural scenery. Shopping. Dining. Gastronomic delights. Help! It all sounds like a lot to see and plan on one vacation. But don’t worry; leave it to Monograms to bring organization to your vacation desires and to allow you to see and experience it all—ancient ruins, postcard-perfect scenery, and fascinating South American cities offering cultural surprises, historic monuments, shopping opportunities, fun gathering places, and adventures for everyone. On this 16-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations in each city, sightseeing, and daily breakfast (as well as two lunches and one dinner). Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host®, here for you throughout your stay to help you truly experience the cities, sights and cultures.

This vacation includes some of South America’s most exciting and famous cities: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima & Cusco. You’ll arrive in Rio, where your Local Host will meet you at your selected hotel with a warm welcome and materials to familiarize you with the city. In fact, in each city, your Local Host will meet you on your first day to help you get settled, answer questions, offer suggestions, and help you feel comfortable, so you can start exploring immediately. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with an expert local guide. In Rio, your private sightseeing includes a ride on the cog-wheel train to the top of Corcovado Mountain, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. In Buenos Aires, your private tour includes the famous districts and the Cemetery of the Recoleta, burial site of Eva Person. Lima’s sightseeing features the historic city center and the Santo Domingo Convent with its relics. In Cusco, among many sites, your included sightseeing tour features the Santo Domingo Monastery, an important temple devoted to the sun, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, built in the early 12th century with some stones weighing more than 350 tons—built without the use of modern technology and machinery. On your tours in each city, your guides will share insider stories and little-known secrets that only locals know! Plus, you’ll have time in each city to explore on your own, so be sure to ask your Local Hosts for their suggestions on where to go, the best picture spots, and their favorite haunts for local food and drinks.

It’s not just the cities you’ll see on this vacation. Your package also includes beautiful Iguassu Falls, Machu Picchu, & Peru’s Sacred Valley. We’ve arranged for you to have a private tour of both the Brazilian & Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls, one of the Earth’s most breathtaking waterfalls. With its thunderous roar, cataracts as high as 250 feet, and rainbows formed in the mist, it cannot be captured in a photo. You must experience it! In Peru’s Sacred Valley, we’ve arranged for you to learn about the importance of the alpaca for Inca cultures at Awanakancha; to visit the market town of Pisac, where you can find local wares at bargain prices; and to visit Ollantaytambo, with some of the finest examples of Inca masonry.

No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, built in the 15th Century at the height of the Inca Empire and without a doubt one of the most magnificent settings in South America. You’ll receive an included tour, and if you desire, you’ll have the opportunity to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu and hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas, with your second included entrance to the ruins. Plus, you’ll have access to a Local Host in Machu Picchu—someone who can tell you the history and the culture like no one else.

And did we mention we’ve included the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu in your vacation package? It’s the best way to get to Machu Picchu. Between the sightseeing, transportation, guides, hotels, and meals we’ve arranged, we have saved you the cost of your time and the headaches by not having to figure out all of the travel details on your own.

Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you’ll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

  • Arrival & Hotel Transfer – Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.
  • Hotel Check-In – Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.
  • Sightseeing – Get an insider’s look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.
  • Free Time – Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.
  • Dining – What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.
  • MonogramsGO App – To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.
  • City Connections – When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we’ll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.
  • Activities & Excursions – Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.
  • Airport Departure – Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you’ve explored all that you can explore and it’s time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.


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* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).ISG

Day 09:
ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Welcome to South America’s capital of glamour—Rio de Janeiro. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 10:
RIO DE JANEIRO

Today, a private tour takes you to the Cosme Velho district, where you board a cog-wheel train that will take you through the lush tropical vegetation of Tijuca Forest to the top of CORCOVADO Mountain. This rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below is one of the New7Wonders of the World and home to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panorama, which affords sweeping views of the city and beaches below. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 11:
RIO DE JANEIRO

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional Jeep tour to the rainforest in the middle of the city, Tijuca National Park and its bird sanctuary. This afternoon you may elect to discover historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and site of the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II, or take an optional excursion to visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 12:
RIO–IGUASSU FALLS

Fly to IGUASSU FALLS. This masterpiece of nature encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. This afternoon’s private tour is dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour from the Brazilian side.

Day 13:
IGUASSU FALLS

This morning, take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and tour the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS with numerous walkways that wind under the crashing water.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 14:
IGUASSU FALLS–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Fly to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel you will have time to become acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 15:
BUENOS AIRES

A PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR this morning starts in the colorful La Boca district, site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching the CEMETERY OF THE RECOLETA, burial site of Eva Perón. This evening, perhaps savor the city’s atmosphere on an optional dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a performance of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango!

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 16:
BUENOS AIRES

Today is at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional excursion to the Pampas. Experience Argentine country life as you visit an estancia (ranch). Get acquainted with the lifestyle of the gauchos and enjoy a barbecue lunch and the warm hospitality of your hosts before returning to the city.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 17:
BUENOS AIRES–LIMA, PERU

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host.

Day 07:
LIMA

Your included CITY TOUR focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin, and the SANTO DOMINGO CONVENT to see the relics of three famous Peruvian saints—Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres, and San Juan Macias.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 02:
LIMA–CUSCO

Fly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your GUIDED TOUR visits the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. At Plaza de Armas, see the cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, the amphitheater of KENKO, and the red fortress of PUCA PUCARA.

Day 03:
CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY

Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to AWANAKANCHA to learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of PISAC, where you can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley, visit OLLANTAYTAMBO to see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 04:
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Board a TRAIN TRIP bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a GUIDED TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05:
MACHU PICCHU–SACRED VALLEY–CUSCO

A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco by train this evening, where your Local Host can recommend dining options for your free night.

Day 06:
CUSCO–LIMA

Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 08:
LIMA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

What's Included

  • Local Host In Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu
  • Buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches & 1 three-course dinner
  • Sightseeing & Activities - Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary.
  • Choice of hotels - We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.
  • Transportation - As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

INCLUDED HOTEL: WINDSOR PLAZA

The Windsor Plaza Hotel has become the perfect choice for travelers visiting Rio de Janeiro. Its facilities were designed to meet expectations in comfort and convenience. Sitting in the heart of Copacabana, the hotel offers exceptional services, comfortable amenities, and relaxation after a busy day in Rio de Janeiro.

Hotel Options

SHERATON RIO HOTEL AND TOWERS

Beautifully situated along the well-known Ipanema Beach, this contemporary hotel boasts gorgeous views and extreme comfort. All 559 guestrooms are equipped with the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, private balcony overlooking the sea, mini-bar, cable television, air-conditioning, and room service. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, beauty salon, fitness center, sauna, business center, three restaurants, and two bars.

HILTON RIO COPACABANA

Located just steps away from the famous Copacabana beach and waterfront, Hilton Copacabana offers two sparkling swimming pools, a full-service wellness spa, multiple restaurants and bars, beachside service at Copacabana’s waterfront, and comfortable and cozy guestrooms with spectacular views.

WINDSOR EXCELSIOR COPACABANA

Perfectly positioned on the beaches of the Copacabana in Rio, the Windsor Excelsior welcomes guests through a softly lit lobby and provides exceptional accommodations. With a restaurant serving International fare with Brazilian flourishes, the rooftop pool and poolside bar, and complimentary towels, umbrellas and lounge chairs for use on Copacabana Beach, the Excelsior provides all of the details and services you’d expect for the perfect stay in Rio de Janeiro.

IGUASSU FALLS

INCLUDED HOTEL: VIALE CATARATAS

The Viale Cataratas near Iguassu Falls glistens with beautiful and modern architecture. 151 luxury rooms, complete with home-style comforts, superior amenities throughout the hotel, and convenient access to the impressive Falls, make this out-of-the-ordinary hotel one of the best places to stay in Iguassu.

Hotel Options

RECANTO PARK

Recanto Park features spectacular architecture that is integrated with the natural exuberance of an area set aside as a native conservation area. With sophisticated surroundings, comfortable guestrooms, and a wide variety of amenities, guests will enjoy a relaxing stay in Iguassu Falls.

BELMOND HOTEL DAS CATARATAS

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel located within Iguassu National Park, with the world famous Iguassu Falls just a two minute stroll away. Amenities include two restaurants, bar, two pools, tennis courts, spa, shopping boutique, and business center.

BOURBON CATARATAS HOTEL

The Bourbon Cataratas Resort Hotel is strategically located near the main tourist sites of Iguassu. Exclusive and professional staff take care of every detail.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

INCLUDED HOTEL: PULITZER HOTEL

The Pulitzer Buenos Aires is an innovative concept. This “Grand Boutique” hotel, combines personal hospitality, attentive service and contemporary, light-filled interiors which stand out for their originality and distinctive atmosphere. Clean lines, comfort, and superior amenities and service will make your stay in Buenos Aires unforgettable.

Hotel Options

SOFITEL BUENOS AIRES RECOLETA

Situated in the beautiful Recoleta district, this hotel combines European sophistication with the warmth of Argentinean tradition. This home away from home features a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, 24-hour room service, health club, pool, and courtyard.

LIBERTADOR HOTEL

The Libertador is close to shopping and nightlife. The Skyline Pool & Health Club is a highlight of the deluxe facility. The top floor offers spectacular views of the city.

LIMA

CASA ANDINA SELECT MIRAFLORES

This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima’s bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.

Hotel Options

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM MIRAFLORES

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.

SWISSOTEL LIMA

An elegant and modern, luxury hotel with finely appointed rooms, Swissôtel Lima is located in the heart of San Isidro, the most attractive business, residential and cultural district of the city. Offering a luxurious Swiss touch with fresh, stylish accommodation complemented by cutting-edge amenities, it boasts special features like the Oro Fit gym and spa, with top-of-the-line gym equipment and pampering body treatments. Whether you’re in the mood for a light lunch made with seasonal ingredients or a leisurely classic meal spread out over several courses, Swissôtel Lima’s restaurants, bars and lounges provide a choice of ambience and delicacies from Peru and around the world. A sumptuous breakfast buffet also offers a wide range of choices to energize your day.

JW MARRIOTT LIMA

The JW Marriott Hotel Lima awaits with a stunning central location, awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent views. Towering above grand, oceanside cliffs in Lima, Peru’s Miraflores district, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima offers sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean from every guest room. The hotel’s 25-story, ultra-modern glass tower makes a grand statement as the most cosmopolitan and contemporary of Lima luxury hotels. Spacious rooms feature new bedding from Marriott with designer duvets and plush pillows. The hotel is home to a 5-star gourmet restaurant, a health club, spa, and fitness center, and a pristine pool. Enjoy the first-class service and facilities that create a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

COUNTRY CLUB HOTEL LIMA

The Country Club Lima Hotel is now considered a national monument. It is a truly exceptional expression of authentic Peruvian luxury hospitality. Finely decorated with more than 300 pieces of original artwork and colonial furniture on loan from the famed Pedro de Osma Museum, the Country Club Lima Hotel presents the perfect marriage of architectural charm, history and modern comfort.

SACRED VALLEY

SONESTA POSADAS DEL INCA – SACRED VALLEY – YUCAY

Bursting with character, the Sonesta Posadas del Inca hotel is the leader in boutique hotels in the Sacred Valley. Featuring a rustic ambiance with modern comforts, dynamite local cuisine, and friendly service, it makes for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable places in the world. The colonial-style former monastery is surrounded by views of the Andes and beautiful gardens – a leisurely and soothing escape.

Other Hotel Options

HOTEL ARANWA SACRED VALLEY

The riverside lands of an 18-century colonial hacienda have been restored into an exclusive 115-room hotel, comprising rural elegance within the hacienda and minimalist design in modern deluxe rooms. Complete with three restaurants, a 2,500 sq meter spa & wellness center with three hydrotherapy pools, art gallery, on-site museum, orchid pyramid and movie room, this hotel offers superior service and comfort, both inside your room and out of it – the perfect way to spend your time in this mystical part of the world.

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM VALLE SAGRADO HOTEL AND VILLAS

The Casa Andina Premium Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley’s most complete hotel. In addition to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru’s Sacred Valley.

TAMBO DEL INKA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT AND SPA, SACRED VALLEY

Experience Peru’s Sacred Valley with stunning sophistication and repose. After enjoying the rugged terrain and mystery of Peru, settle into first-class accommodations, striking scenery, and all the comforts a traveler could need. Tambo del Inka is a sanctuary – a peaceful and refined spot designed with luxury and adventure in mind. Between the authentic Peruvian cuisine of the Hawa restaurant, a stylish hotel bar, the luxurious spa, and a pool that allows you the warmth of the hotel and the chance to swim out into the open air of the Sacred Valley, you will be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of this divine haven of mystery and wonder.

CUSCO HOTEL OPTIONS

NOVOTEL CUSCO

Novotel Cusco, located in the historic city center of Cusco, is in the perfect spot for discovering the Inca civilization. The hotel is in a 16th century building, and is an ideal starting point for visiting the cathedral and other hotspots of Cusco. Guests can enjoy international and local cuisine in La Cave Restaurant, or on the heated patio covered with a spectacular glass ceiling. The bar serves a wide variety of drinks and snacks, and you’ll enjoy modern en suite furnishings with simple lines and restful amenities.

CASA ANDINA STANDARD KORICANCHA

Casa Andina Classic Koricancha is a comfortable and welcoming hotel located just 4 blocks from the Plaza Mayor of the city of Cusco. It extends over 2 large colonial houses with 2 peaceful interior courtyards. Offering a restaurant on site and within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas and Santo Domingo Church, you’ll have access to everything you need to enjoy your time in this great city. Rest peacefully in the hotel’s updated rooms with comfortable bedding and private en suite bathrooms.

JOSE ANTONIO CUSCO

Located in the heart of the archaeological center of America’s oldest city. A few minutes from the Plaza de Armas, this hotel has modern architecture with fine colonial details.

SONESTA HOTEL CUSCO

The Sonesta Hotel Cusco features a modern contemporary décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. It is within blocks of a handicraft market, Plaza de Armas, shops, and restaurants.

ARANWA HOTEL CUSCO BOUTIQUE

Luxury in the heart of the Inca city, this hotel is superior in every way. Built on a completely restored 16th century manor, the exquisite rooms, each with a unique feel and architecture surround the elaborate courtyards and lush inner gardens. Mestizo restaurant and tapas bar complete the gastronomic offer. Antique paintings from the Cuzco School, colonial carvings and sculptures with high cultural value line up the corridors, encompassing a design that brings back its grandeur and lets history speak for itself.

JW MARRIOTT EL CONVENTO CUSCO

In the heart of the city’s historical center, the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco combines the needs of today’s luxury traveler with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. History-seekers will find Peruvian cultural artifacts in the hotel’s two exhibition halls. Accommodations are equipped with the latest technology and comfortable features. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a Cusco restaurant with excellent Peruvian cuisine, a bar and a full-service spa offering a relaxation heated pool, sauna, steam room and treatments inspired by ancient techniques

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM CUSCO

A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco’s emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.

MACHU PICCHU

EL MAPI BY INKATERRA

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo. The hotel welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, hot-water pond, gift shop, Internet, and laundry service.

Other Hotel Options

SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL

The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.

CASA ANDINA STANDARD MACHU PICCHU

Check-in – 13:00
Check-out – 11:00

This is one of the newest hotels to come to the Machu Picchu area and offers Casa Andina’s fine standards and everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Clean lines, modern colors, and friendly staff welcome you as you settle in for your adventures to the ruins. With every part of the hotel brand new you’ll feel refreshed and well cared for during your visit.

MEET ONE OF YOUR LOCAL HOSTS

Hello my name is Julio Castro and for many years I worked in the Sales Department of a very large International Corporation. There it was always emphasized that we were not supposed to create satisfied customers because that was not enough. What we were required to do was to produce ONLY delighted customers and that has been my personal philosophy ever since. I am eager to show the many wondrous and beautiful features of Lima, Peru with our guests.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A LOCAL HOST?
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lima. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Lima and you’ll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Lima insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

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