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Grand Tour of South America with Buzios Beach Stay

21 Day Escorted Tour With 5 Day Extension

Peru, Latin America
Challenging Pace

Located a little over 100 miles from Rio de Janeiro, this former fishing village draws both local and international visitors for its expanses of sparkling, emerald water, more than 17 white sand beaches and picturesque cobbled streets and waterfront, which have earned it the well-deserved title of 'Brazil's St. Tropez'.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Relax in a chic beach resort
  • Explore the Incan civilisation of Machu Picchu
  • City tours of Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires & Rio de Janeiro
  • Wine region of Casablanca Valley
  • Beach resort of Vina del Mar in Chile
  • Explore Chile's Scenic Lake District
  • See the thundering Iguacu Falls
  • Visit Sugar Loaf Mountain & Christ the Redeemer in Rio
Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only


Day 1
UK to Lima

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Lima, Peru, via Sao Paulo.

Day 2


On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can rest and unwind before tonight's welcome dinner.

Day 3


Today's tour of Peru's vibrant capital starts at the Plaza Mayor with a visit to the lovingly-restored 18th century cathedral on the plaza's edge. View the majestic Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and baroque facade of the Government Palace before continuing on to San Francisco Monastery, which boasts a network of underground chambers once used as the city cemetery. Wander through lively Plaza San Martin before stopping at the Larco Herrera Museum, where you'll learn more about ancient Peruvian culture. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to take in more of the city sights.

Day 4
Lima to Sacred Valley

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey into the Incan heartland of Peru as today's flight takes you to the mountain city of Cusco and onwards to the Sacred Valley, an area of flat, fertile land which sustained many ancient towns and villages. En route, stop at the well-preserved terraced Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress, a stronghold of Incan resistance against the Spanish, and the village of Pisac, renowned for its lively market and stone Incan buildings, before arriving at your hotel.

Day 5
Machu Picchu

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit the mountain top Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the standout highlights of Latin America. Catch your first breath-taking glimpse of the ancient city as your train winds its way to its lofty location. Mystery still surrounds this enigmatic city and its 200 stone structures, although modern-day experts believe it was the residence of ancient Incan rulers. Explore its age-old sun temple, sacred plazas and ceremonial bathhouses before returning to the Sacred Valley for the night.

Day 6
Sacred Valley to Cusco


Explore the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, made up of precisely laid 200-tonne blocks that highlight the masterful stonework of that civilisation. Travel onward to Cusco for a city tour of this city nestled in the Andes and time at leisure to admire its fine colonial architecture.

Day 7
Cusco to Santiago

Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santiago, Chile's cosmopolitan capital.

Day 8


Santiago is slowly emerging from the shadow of its glitzier South American neighbours, with its splendid colonial buildings, majestic mountain backdrop and thriving culinary scene making it a delight to explore. Today's tour starts at the National Museum, and also takes in Santiago's historic centre, the bohemian Bellavista district and the views from San Cristobal Hill. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 9


Wander the streets of the port city of Valparaiso as today's excursion takes you to this colourful city, built across 42 hills. Journey from its merry slopes and UNESCO-listed historic quarter to the coastal city of Vina del Mar - a resort known for its fine beaches and pristine parks. Travel back to Santiago, stopping en route at an award-winning winery in Casablanca Valley for a tour and tasting session.

Day 10
Santiago to Puerto Varas


Fly to the city of Puerto Montt, where a short tour of the city allows for fantastic views over views of Angelemo Bay and Reloncavi Bay. Continue to the pretty town of Puerto Varas, which overlooks vast Lake Llanquihue, for your overnight stay.

Day 11
Puerto Varas to Bariloche

Breakfast & Dinner

Make your way by coach and boat to the mountain resort of Bariloche, stopping in the town of Peulla for lunch and time to explore. Bariloche's snowy mountains and stunning glacier-fed lake make for a spectacular setting in the Andean foothills.

Day 12


Take in Bariloche's breath-taking scenery on a drive to breath-taking where a lift to the summit allows for fantastic views of the lakes and towns below. Drive through the region, passing historic hotels and chapels, crossing rivers and bridges and enjoying views over the peninsula before returning to your hotel in Bariloche for the night.

Day 13
Bariloche to Buenos Aires

Breakfast & Dinner

Depart today for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's lively capital. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 14
Buenos Aires


Today's tour leads you from the city square at Plaza de Mayo past the architectural wonders of Avenida de Mayo. Continue on to the historic neighbourhood of San Telmo before visiting the colorful alleyways and cantinas of La Boca and the modern offices and apartments of gentrified Puerto Madero. Explore the extraordinarily ornate gravestones of Recoleta's Cemetery before returning to your hotel.

Day 15
Buenos Aires

Breakfast & Dinner

Enjoy a day of leisure followed by a night of merriment with an evening dinner and tango show at historic El Querandi restaurant. Witness Argentina's passionate traditional dance and enjoy delicious local food and wine in a traditional setting.

Day 16
Buenos Aires to Iguacu Falls

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, catch your flight to Iguacu Falls, Brazil, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of World. Upon arrival, a day trip takes you into Argentina to experience the mighty waterfalls from the Argentinian side. Marvel at its thundering waters as you walk along elevated footbridges to observation points with sweeping views, then make your way to Devil's Throat, the U-shaped section of the waterfall which got its name from the deep roar and clouds of mist it emits as water cascades through. Return to the Brazilian side for your overnight stay.

Day 17
Iguacu Falls

Breakfast & Lunch

Experience Iguacu Falls from the Brazilian side, giving you the chance to see Devil's Throat and the islet of San Martin from a different perspective. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 18
Iguacu Falls to Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 19
Rio de Janiero


This morning, travel to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a fantastic bird's eye view of Rio de Janeiro and Copacabana Beach. Travel to the forested peak of Corcovado where Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks the city and get a closer look at the 30-metre-tall figure which serves as a symbol of peace and Christianity.

Day 20
Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast & Dinner

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the sights of Rio, perhaps joining the sun-seekers on Ipanema Beach or exploring the city's beautiful cathedrals. Tonight's farewell dinner at a barbeque steakhouse marks the end of your tour.

Day 21
Rio de Janeiro to the UK


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, via Sao Paulo.

Day 22
Rio de Janeiro to Buzios


After breakfast, transfer to Buzios. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen accommodation.

Day 23-25


Enjoy your time in Buzios as you like. Explore the town or discover one of the numerous white sandy beaches the resort is famed for.

Day 26
Buzios to the UK


After breakfast, transfer back to the airport in Rio for your flight to the UK, via Sao Paulo.

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Dates & Prices

Vila da Santa Hotel Boutique and Spa

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Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £5,628
1 Date
12th Jan - 5th Feb
February 2023
from £5,628
1 Date
9th Feb - 5th Mar
March 2023
from £5,628
1 Date
9th Mar - 2nd Apr
April 2023
from £5,628
1 Date
20th Apr - 14th May
May 2023
from £5,628
1 Date
18th May - 11th Jun
June 2023
from £5,908
1 Date
1st Jun - 25th Jun
September 2023
from £5,328
1 Date
7th Sep - 1st Oct
October 2023
from £5,098
1 Date
6th Oct - 30th Oct
November 2023
from £5,228
1 Date
2nd Nov - 26th Nov


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Vila da Santa Hotel Boutique and Spa
4 nights
Buzios, Brazil
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Jose Antonio Hotel
2 nights
Lima, Peru
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Tour Reviews

Norman Luper

23 Nov 18

Just want to say thank you for organising a wonderful and memorable trip. Very professional guides, hotels save for Kentons in Argentina very good and in some cases ie Santiago and Peurto Varas excellent. Will certainly go with Mercury again.

Important Information

British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to Peru, Chile or Argentina. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima (via Sao Paulo) with LATAM (JJ) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 10kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your final documentation. It is compulsory to recheck luggage in Sao Paulo when connecting with a domestic flight. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health & vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa. org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Altitude Sickness Altitude sickness is a fairly common condition that can occur when you ascend to a high altitude (generally higher than 2,500 metres above sea level) quickly. The decrease in atmospheric pressure can make breathing more difficult as the body is not able to take in as much oxygen. Most cases are mild with symptoms that can include: a headache, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion. Several of the places in Peru are located at high altitude (over 2,500 metres above sea level) including Puno, Lake Titicaca and Cusco. Therefore, you may find you experience some symptoms at this altitude. It is advised that at these high altitudes, you keep hydrated and avoid alcohol. If you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness during your tour, ensure you tell your guide immediately who will be able to advise the best thing for you to do. You can contact your GP before you travel for advice on medication for altitude sickness.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is an escorted tour, meaning you will have the services of an English-speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), the currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP/CH$) and in Argentina, the currency is the Argentinian Peso (ARS). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £650-800 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is a common practice in South America and it is customary to tip approx. USD $5 per person per day which is split between the driver and the local guide. This is a total of $40 per person to budget for tips on your trip. Tips can be given at the end of each day, or at the end of the tour. Tips are accepted in US dollars and local currencies. A local tax called Ecotasa of approximately AR$45 per person per night is to be paid to the hotel in Bariloche upon check in or check out.