3 World Wonders Tour highlights:
An incredible route around South America. Our 3 World Wonders tour route shows you some of the best this beautiful continent has to offer.
- A fantastic combination of places in three contrasting countries
- Top highlights of Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls
- Lima city tour, explore the Peruvian capital and “City of Kings”
- Lima Pisco and Gastronomy experience
- Two visits to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
- Imperial Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain
- The mighty Iguazu Falls in both Brazil & Argentina
- 12 Day Multi-country, World Wonders tour package from US$ 2,395
This is an incredible 12-day adventure crisscrossing South America. Our Three World Wonders tour covers three countries and a number of iconic places and sights.
The main highlights are Machu Picchu, the Corcovado statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, and lastly the mighty Iguazu Falls in Argentina. But there is so much more to see and do on this World Wonders tour.
This trip can also be done in reverse i.e. From Rio to Lima.
Day 1 | Arrival in Lima
Your 3 World Wonders tour starts upon your arrival at Lima airport when we will transfer you to your chosen hotel in the Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco areas of the city. Enjoy the rest of the day as free time to enjoy the world-famous Peruvian food and Pisco Sour cocktails.
Note: You can arrive at any time today but is you arrive early we could potentially save a day by doing your Lima activities today.
Day 2 | Lima City Tour
Today you will be collected from your hotel for a full or half-day tour of Colonial and Modern Lima. You visit Lima Cathedral and the Church and Convent of San Francisco, among other places of interest. After lunch, which we can arrange for you if you wish, you have a large number of options and could choose to visit a museum, such as the excellent Larco Herrera for example, the Gold Museum or the National Museum.
Peruvian Gastronomy Option: Many of our clients are enjoying adding this to their day in Lima, click the link to see all the details. If you book this within our package it will cost you less, so just ask us to include it.
The evening could continue with a visit to the spectacular Fountain Park in the center of Lima. It can be a very full day of sightseeing in this bustling, historic metropolis if you wish. We custom-design everything to your wishes.
Day 3 | Cusco City Tour
This morning you will be driven to Lima airport for your short flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the lovely historic center.
Cusco is the jewel in the crown of Peru and your time spent here will never be forgotten. In the afternoon you will enjoy a Cusco City Tour visiting the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman plus the three other smaller Inca ruins nearby; Cusco Cathedral in the main square; and the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Coricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun.
Later in the day, you will enjoy a Cusco City Tour visiting the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, plus three other smaller Inca ruins close to Cusco; Cusco Cathedral in the main square; and the most important temple of the Inca Empire, Coricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun.
Cusco is a lovely city to wander around and you should take time to do this when not being guided. Make sure you walk around the San Blas district.
Day 4 | Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
This is a Sacred Valley tour option that includes a visit to Chinchero, an ancient village where much of its original character and traditions have been maintained. We will often use this route on shared tours to avoid many of the crowds in the Pisaq area.
Today we will take you on a full-day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and include a buffet lunch so you can recharge your batteries along the way. The tour of the Urubamba Valley includes a visit to the community of twelve weaving families, called “The Inca Balcony” in the ancient village of Chinchero, between Cusco and the valley. Chinchero is a place where the ancestral methods of coloring and manufacturing of fabrics and weaving are still being used today and is not as touristy a village as some in the area giving you a more authentic feel. The views of Chinchero and the surrounding areas cannot be beaten.
Later, we will arrive in Moray, an impressing pre-Inca greenhouse, then, we will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit the Inca town and fortress at Ollantaytambo, the site of an important Inca temple and the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. It is believed to have some of the oldest, continuously occupied dwellings in the Americas – dating back to the late 15th century. After your day out you will be dropped off at your Sacred Valley hotel or driven back to Cusco depending on your schedule with us.
Day 5 | Machu Picchu Tour | First Visit
You may have an early start to catch your chosen train to Machu Picchu which will be one of the services described in the link below. The advantage you have is that you have stayed in the valley overnight and therefore do not have to get up as early as you would in Cusco to catch the train and you have more time to play with later in the day.
A transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the station. After the 90-minute train ride, you will be met in Aguas Calientes by your guide, you drop off your overnight bags at your hotel before taking the bus transfer up to the Machu Picchu site. Here you will enjoy a tour of one of the most spectacular places on Earth with a local guide.
In the late afternoon, you will return to your chosen hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town that nestles in the valley below Machu Picchu.
Note: The option exists to return to Cusco the same day, but if you have the time, it is well worth staying over the see this incredible place the next day.
If you prefer to stay right at the gate of Machu Picchu, and your budget will stand it, you could choose the Sanctuary Lodge, as its location cannot be beaten.
Day 6 | 2nd Machu Picchu plus Huayna Picchu
Today, you will be able to re-visit Machu Picchu and enjoy this fabulous site at your leisure. You may choose to climb Huayna Picchu, the peak that overlooks Machu Picchu (400 people per day, and by prior appointment only at either 7 am or 10 am), which affords fantastic views and photo opportunities.
In the late afternoon, you will board the train for your trip back to Cusco. You will leave the train at Poroy, the last station before Cusco, or maybe at Ollantaytambo, for a faster and more convenient transfer by road back to your hotel in Cusco. No trains actually arrive at Cusco train station from Machu Picchu any more and you do save quite a lot of time as a result.
Day 7 | Fly to Lima and connect to Rio de Janeiro
Depending on the air connections available for your World Wonders tour, we will typically fly you to Lima from Cusco in the morning, to connect with an afternoon flight to Rio. If the connections for your tour are such that you have to fly to Rio late in the day, you will have a free morning tomorrow to recover in your hotel or dozing on the famous Copacabana beach.
Whatever time you arrive in Rio de Janeiro, we will welcome you at the airport, and transfer you to your hotel, which is typically in the beach-side districts of Copacabana or Ipanema.
Day 8 | Rio de Janeiro and the Corcovado
After you have had time to rest, in the afternoon we will collect you for your half-day tour to the new Wonder of the World, the Corcovado, or White Christ statue, towering over the city of Rio. The views are unforgettable and you will be astounded! You will have an evening to enjoy Rio nightlife along the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Day 9 | Rio de Janeiro and the Sugar Loaf Mountain
Today you will take a tour to see the other very famous Rio landmark, Sugar Loaf Mountain, which you will ascend by a two-stage cable car. The views from this site are also incredible, so you really cannot go wrong. Make sure you have plenty of space on your camera memory card.
Day 10 | Fly to Iguacu – see the Argentine side of falls
We will whisk you off to the airport for your hour and a half flight to the town of Foz do Iguaçu. Foz is the gateway for the spectacular Iguazu Falls. We have a wide range of hotel options from 3-star to 5-star luxury for you to choose from here so let our travel consultants help you select the best for you.
In the afternoon, you will have an excursion crossing the border to see the waterfalls from the Argentinian side. You will pass through the Iguazu National Park, enjoying the lush jungle environment, the huge rapids, and very impressive falls.
If you wish to have another day or two at the beach, either before or after Iguazu, just let us know. The tour is custom-designed just for you, we can modify anything you like!
Day 11 | Brazilian Falls and Macuco Safari
Today, you will have a full day excursion to the Brazilian side of these truly breathtaking waterfalls (please check Visa requirements for your nationality). The Iguazu waterfalls are some of the most impressive natural wonders you will ever see.
During the afternoon, you will have a spectacular boat ride right under the Falls. This is a truly amazing experience, but please note that you will be getting a little wet (plastic bags and ponchos provided).
Day 12 | Tour ends or extends…
After breakfast, you will bid farewell to Brazil as your World Wonders tour ends. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight home, via Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo…or maybe extend to Patagonia?
*Please note that the price listed above represents the lowest budget rate we can offer for a minimum of 2 people traveling, during the lowest season, sharing rooms in budget 3* hotels, with shared tours & services. Flights are quoted separately according to dates and season.
For solo travelers, the ‘single supplement charge’ applies (essentially to pay for having your own hotel room and airport transfers). Ask your travel consultant for more information.
Hotels: We work with a wide range of hotels and lodges from 3-star, mid-range, through 4 stars, to high-end 5 star, luxury establishments. You choose and we quote, we custom design each tour to your budget. We deal with all transport from when you enter Latin America to when you leave. Transfers, trains, planes (unless specified in the “Not Included” section), buses, etc. Our “from” website prices are based on 3-star, twin share arrangements, and in the lowest season. Single supplements will vary by tour and season.
Guided Tours: You can choose private tours for just you and your traveling companions or take a tour with other people you don’t know. You can, of course, mix tour styles up during the same tour to suit your wishes, some private and some group.
Support & Backup: You will have 24 / 7 backup while on tour with us. We provide you with all the information and contacts you need and you will feel safe and very well taken care of.
Meals: This very much depends on the type of tour you choose, some places such as the Amazon jungle or Galapagos cruises are nearly always full board. Breakfasts are generally included, plus some lunches and evening meals in accordance with your specific schedule. More often than not we like to leave people to choose where to eat in the evenings as there is a wide range of great places to try.
Entrance Fees & Tickets: Where a particular tour is included in your itinerary the necessary entrance tickets or fees will also be included (unless local conditions dictate otherwise). Such tickets will be held by your local guide and presented to you at the correct time.
Flights: We quote most domestic and international flights according to your specific program as prices vary greatly according to seasonal demand. We may be able to get special prices/discounts at some times and can pass these savings on to you. Your travel consultant will advise you and provide the flight costs with your tour program.
Many clients use miles to buy their flights and we just work those into the schedule, online booking engines like Kayak are also a great option.
Travel Insurance & Expenses: Personal expenses are not included and we advise that clients bring some cash and a credit/debit card to take funds from ATMs / pay directly. Travel insurance is considered mandatory under our terms and conditions, please ask your travel consultant for details.
Tips: Ask us for our advice regarding tipping as it varies by country and service.