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The Complete South America

From $7,299* pp |  23  Days •  37-38  Meals  *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy, tour inclusions and available options may vary based on departure date.
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From the mystical Machu Picchu and a journey through Patagonia to three nights in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, home of the World Cup and Olympics in a span of two years, this is the trip of a lifetime across South America, one of the world’s most exciting and diverse destinations. In Peru, visit Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco to learn about the mystical Incan Empire. Sample award-winning wines and enjoy a lunch at a Chilean vineyard while exploring Santiago. In rugged Patagonia, cruise through the Chilean fjords, take in the breathtaking sites at Torres Del Paine and venture to the stunning Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate. Experience an authentic tango in Buenos Aires. Explore Uruguay’s only Portuguese settlement, the village of Colonia del Sacramento. Discover the mighty Iguazu Falls. Craft caipirinhas - Brazil’s famous cocktail - and enjoy breathtaking views of Rio from Christ the Redeemer statue.

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  • Reviews Of The Complete South America

    Reviews Of The Complete South America

    The Complete South America

    From $7,299 pp*

    23 Days • 37-38 Meals

    • Spectacular South American Tour at a Frenzied Pace!

      • Service
        If you want to experience the top South American destinations in one trip, the ones you've dreamed about seeing, this is the tour. Collette's tour manager was one of the best we've had and all the hotels except for one were top notch. The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Chilean Wine Region, Patagonia, Buenos Aires and Igaucu Falls were the highlights. Before you decide on this tour, be prepared! The cost of the trip doesn't include costly airfares to/from/around South America. Collette's tour description says moderate physical activity. This trip goes to a large part of the continent in only 23 days and requires 7 flights, 40+ bus trips, boat trips, train and gondola rides, And that doesn't include optional pre/post tour extensions and daily tours. You need to have exceptional stamina and patience. Arrive for the tour a day early and spend an extra day at the end. Schedules are in flux each day - sometimes you'll arrive at your hotel for a heavy dinner at 9pm or later, go to bed at midnight, eat breakfast at an ungodly hour and leave the hotel well before dawn. A border crossing by bus could take hours. The included meals are geared to the tastes of the majority of people. Exceptional meals will be the ones that you have on your own. Most activities are outdoor, rain or shine, so bring GOR-TEX apparel: jacket, pants, hat, shoes and waterproof socks. Pack a change of clothes on long days. If you are prone to illness: colds, flu, coughs, gastrointestinal flareups, headaches, etc. pack what you need to protect yourself; you'll be in close quarters with many people for weeks. Forget workout clothes; you won't have time and you'll be too exhausted. Bring comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes as you'll be traversing irregular surfaces. Skip the day trip to Uruguay and see more of Buenos Aires on your own. Bring lots of US Dollars in small denominations - they are welcomed nearly everywhere and unless you are from Europe or Australia where Collette conveniently bundles gratuities into the cost of the trip you'll frequently need that cash. From my research, a tour is a must to see this much of South America in such a short time. Another week would allow more free time and regular schedules. We don't prefer tours but if we wanted to see a place that's challenging to travel, we'd consider another tour and likely use Collette.
      • Tour
        Spending time with local people, seeing all the top sights, enjoying the tango show and having free time in Buenos Aires.
      • Service
        The rating reflects the Tour Manager, **************** along with the limo service from our home to the airport (both ways). The logistics to get around a continent were handled my Andrea seamlessly. She is the best of the best. This is our 10th Collette tour and we can honestly say she set a standard very few, if any, can live up to.
      • Tour
        It was pricier than any trip we have taken thus far. I would have liked more clear info before the trip from Collette as well as our travel agent concerning the Brazil Visa and all the vaccines we were told to take.
    • Another Excellent Adventure by Collette

      • Service
        The Complete South America 23 day trip had an excellent itinerary. (personal details removed by Feefo) was a superior, experienced, knowledgeable, patient, and caring guide. Most of the local guides were good, but some were difficult to understand. It also seemed that some were reluctant to do everything that (personal details removed by Feefo) wanted for us and that there were dome disagreements in Spanish, which I did not understand except for the emotions being expressed. Sorry, I didn't take names and notes on the local guides. as I was there to enjoy myself, not be a tattle-tail. Most of the hotels were excellent as well as the food. The Tango show and dinner was especially nice. One thing I think could be improved is to have more music on the trip. We greatly enjoyed what music there was and wished there was more. How about one night of sing-a-long, as a starter. I think there are several times on the long transport in a van or bus that would have been improved by some musical leadership. Song sheets with the words of some trip-relevant songs might be nice. Now for a criticism. I really hate the necessity to tip local guides and bus drivers. Since there were many on this trip, and sometimes more than one in a day, this became tedious and unpleasant. Half of our group were British and we were told that they (three separate groups) had arranged to have their tips all paid up front. That left the few Americans responsible for tipping. I have taken many cruises where "tips" are paid in a lump sum, sort of like a service charge, with optional tipping always possible for extra or exceptional service. I suppose this is what the British members of our group had arranged. Why can't you do this for the Americans too? My hate of this tipping business is enough for me to prefer to take cruises in the future rather than Collette land tours. I suppose you could go part way and just eliminate tipping for local guides and bus drivers and reserve it for the general tour director. I and several member of our group were sick on this trip. (personal details removed by Feefo) was an excellent help, stopping at pharmacies and even taking a couple of us to the emergency room. She indeed provided superior service.
      • Tour
        I consider this an overall 5 star tour because of the wonderful itinerary and the excellent tour director. My suggestions for the inclusion of more music and the elimination of individual tipping, notwithstanding.
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