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10 guests 11 Guests
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Customize Your South America

Luxury Vacation

• Experience the best of South America on a fully tailored and all-inclusive journey

• Efficient travel by private jet means you spend your time experiencing South America, not waiting to travel across it

• There are no set dates—the best times of the year to travel are November to May

• Travel with a dedicated TCS World Travel expedition leader

• This itinerary can be customized to your interests, specifications and group

• Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy, for a group of 10

17 Days 11 Days
7 Destinations 11 Destinations
10 guests 11 Guests
Pace - Moderate pace Moderate Pace
Customizable Customizable-01 Customizable
Small Jet Asset 80 Small Jet

What's Included

The price of this customizable, all-inclusive South America journey covers everything from travel by car or internal air, hotels, all daily activities unless specifically outlined, top-of-the-line guides and gratuities.

Itinerary

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    Cartagena, Colombia
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    Overview

    Begin your all-inclusive South America adventure in fascinating Cartagena

    Meet your English-speaking guide and driver, and begin your exploration of Cartagena, a Caribbean port city with a long and fascinating history. Founded in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors, Cartagena is known for its colonial architecture, protected by one of the most complete city walls in South America. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cartagena’s old town is perhaps best understood by taking part in the vibrant life on its cobbled streets.

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    Cartagena Walking Tour

    Join a local historian on a trip through the fascinating streets of Cartagena. See the most important historical structures in this World Heritage site: the colonial grandeur of the Palace of Inquisition, the painted ceilings of Theatre Adolfo Mejia and the incomparable views of sunset along the city wall. At each stop, deepen your appreciation of Cartagena cuisine and culture with private tastings of local food and drink.

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    Getsemani Mural Painting

    Spend the morning with your local guide in Getsemani, Cartagena’s coolest neighborhood. Grab a brush and join a well-known muralist in adding to the neighborhood’s exuberant street art, then make your way through Getsemani’s lively streets.

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    Sunset Sailing and Rum Tasting

    Board a luxury sailing yacht and glide across the peaceful waters of Cartagena Bay. As the sun sets behind the city skyline, sample rums with a local expert who will help you recognize the unique characteristics of each one you taste.

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    Dinner at Carmen

    Rated as one of the top restaurants in Colombia, Carmen specializes in a unique combination of contemporary cuisine and traditional Caribbean dishes. The kitchen’s emphasis on modern techniques and creative preparation makes a meal here truly special.

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    Private Cooking Class

    Prepare the city’s signature dishes, such as ceviche, seafood soup, coconut rice and plantain chips, with the chef from a renowned Cartagena restaurant. Learn about the evolution of Colombian gastronomy and laugh along as your teacher tells of working in the kitchens of some of the world’s best-known chefs.

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    Private Dining Experience

    Join two talented local chefs in an atmospheric and historic apartment for a unique private dining experience. These chefs are known for finding local ingredients from different regions of the Caribbean and using them to put their own modern spin on popular Colombian dishes.

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    Hotel Casa San Agustin
    An exclusive boutique hotel, Hotel Casa San Agustin most closely resembles a splendid private residence. The hotel’s three colonial-era, white-washed buildings have been lovingly restored to provide comfort for contemporary travelers while retaining Cartagena’s colorful Caribbean sensibility. Take tea in the library, unwind by the solarium pool or visit the relaxing spa.
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    Embark on a luxury Amazon river cruise in Peru

    A typical trip from Cartagena to Iquitos can cost travelers a full day or more—such are the realities of flying commercially in South America. Your private jet, however, will transport you comfortably from city to city in just two and a half hours. That leaves plenty of time for lunch and an afternoon excursion to the birthplace of the Amazon River before you board your luxury cruise ship bound for one of life’s great adventures.

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    Amazon by Launch

    Join a naturalist experienced in the ecosystems of the Amazon and get closer to the river system’s astounding variety of life. Board an eight-passenger launch boat to explore rivers adjacent to the Amazon, including the black waters of the Yanallpa; the birds, monkeys and turtles along the Pacaya; and the nocturnal wildlife and brilliant stargazing that emerge with nighttime on the Dorado.

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    Village Life

    Enjoy the rare opportunity to get to know some of the people who live along the Peruvian Amazon. Learn how to catch paiche, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish. Cruise alongside banana boats carrying their products to port, visit a remote village deep in the Amazon and stop at a morning market to sample exotic snacks, such as the caterpillar delicacy called suri.

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    Walk, Swim, Kayak or Canoe

    Take a more leisurely pace, one that will allow you to absorb the amazing atmosphere of the Amazon. Stroll deep into the jungle, paddle your own kayak or canoe up a winding tributary, or enjoy a morning swim in the dark waters of the Yarapa or Clavero rivers.

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    Amazon Manatee Rescue Center

    With its flat, paddle-like rear end, forelimbs shaped like flippers and a snout that recalls a hippopotamus, the Amazon manatee is an unusual sight—doubly so since it is hard to spot in dark Amazon waters. You’ll have the rare chance to get close to these unusual mammals at the Manatee Rescue Center, where staff members nurse orphaned animals back to health.

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    Artisans’ Market Visit

    Meet the craftspeople behind the products at Mercado Artesanal de San Juan, a large market located on our way to the airport in Iquitos. Look for hammocks, woodcarvings, textiles and pottery.

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    Aria Amazon
    The 147-foot Aria Amazon has sailed the remote Peruvian Amazon since 2011 and received a complete interior refresh in 2015. The custom-designed river expedition vessel features generously proportioned dining areas, lounges and suites equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows and air conditioning. Prefer the outdoors? Enjoy the view from the Aria Amazon’s whirlpool spa. Excursions in launch boats staffed by a naturalist get you even closer to the Amazon’s amazing variety of wildlife.

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    History lives in La Paz

    La Paz, set high on the edge of the Altiplano, is a city with an intriguing history and increasing cultural cachet. With indigenous, colonial and modern neighborhoods to explore, your adventure can begin around any corner. 

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    La Paz City Tour

    Let your knowledgeable guide introduce you to La Paz and its iconic sights, from the legendary “witches market,” where vendors provide everything needed for potions and rituals, to La Valle de la Luna, where the eroded landscape once inspired people to imagine the surface of a faraway planet. The best views, though, may come from on high as you cross La Paz aboard the Teleférico La Paz-El Alto, the city’s famous aerial cable car transit system.

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    Dinner at Mercat

    Join your fellow travelers for a traditional Andean meal called ataphi, a festive group buffet. Mercat is known for its delicious tapas and other Spanish specialties.

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    Cholets Visit

    Head to the city of El Alto to discover Bolivia’s latest architectural phenomena—cholets. With daring Baroque style full of colorful Andean symbols, the mini-mansions have become the iconic buildings of the new Aymara bourgeoisie. On the ground floor is a luxurious ballroom, the upper floors are apartments or shopping galleries, and the top floor is a comfortable chalet where the owner lives.

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    Casa Grande Hotel
    A premier boutique hotel in La Paz’s South Zone, Casa Grande Hotel exudes contemporary style that blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Rooms feature upscale furnishings and ample space for relaxation. Unwind with a cocktail at the outdoor terrace bar, or enjoy the saunas and Jacuzzis in the well-appointed fitness center.
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    Encounter an otherworldly landscape where salt is supreme

    Board your chartered plane for a 40-minute flight to the town of Uyuni and travel on to one of the most remarkable sights in South America. Salar de Uyuni, at more than 4,000 square miles, is the largest salt flat on earth. Here, salt rises from the ground to form a thick, white crust that stretches to the horizon. It’s a desolately beautiful landscape dotted with anomalies you’ll experience firsthand, such as an “island” covered in giant cacti and a hotel made entirely of salt blocks.

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    Salt Factory Visit

    You and your companions will enjoy private transportation from the airport to Salar de Uyuni, providing the chance to stop at some fascinating waysides. Amble through Uyuni’s colorful market and visit a salt factory in the village of Colchani to see how the salt is processed firsthand.

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    Coquesa Mummies Cave Hike

    The tiny village of Tahua, situated on the north shore of the salt flat, is best known for two sights, the Thunpa volcano and the cave of the Coquesa mummies. Stroll through the town at the foot of the volcano, then hike farther to find the 3,000-year-old mummies reclined among the rocks of the cave.

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    Lunch on the Salt Flat

    Find yourself on the pristine surface of the salt flat in time for a welcome drink and picnic lunch. The exceptionally level surface and unending white background make Salar de Uyuni a favorite with photographers who love to play with perspective against the perfect backdrop.

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    Island of Giant Cacti

    Surrounded by a sea of salt, Isla Incahuasi is the remains of an ancient volcano that once reached high into the Salar de Uyuni’s blue skies. Venture by private transportation to this fascinating outpost, another photographers’ favorite, and discover fascinating fossil formations and giant cacti that reach a height of more than 30 feet.

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    Hotel de Sal Luna Salada
    On the edge of the world’s largest salt flat, Hotel de Sal Luna Salada is an elegant outpost built entirely of blocks of salt. Enjoy sweeping views of the Salar de Uyuni during the day and unparalleled stargazing at night, long after other travelers head back to less striking accommodations. To unwind after a day of remarkable sights, consider a spa treatment, a steam bath or a soak in the hotel’s hot tub with its panoramic view of the salt flat just outside.

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    Spellbinding Atacama fulfills your dreams of uncommon adventure

    Between the low coastal mountains and the Andean foothills of northern Chile, the Atacama Desert stretches for some 600 miles. Atacama is a land that invites adventure. Serrated peaks and arid valleys call out for guided exploration by foot or mountain bike. Golden sand dunes stand steep enough for the daring traveler to surf down. The salt lagoons are perfect for a buoyant soak. And when evening falls, the dark sky glitters with stars so bright they’ll steal your breath away.

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    Valley of the Moon Tour

    Where the Atacama Desert meets the Andes, intricate stone and sand formations pierce the clear blue sky. Bright white craters of salt provide contrast, while sand dunes march off into the distance. The rusty red, orange and cream colors of this surreal landscape are especially dramatic at sunset, so plan this half-day tour by private vehicle for the afternoon. An aperitif is included to toast the setting sun.

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    Hike the Colorados

    Follow a route used by local shepherds for thousands of years on a four-mile guided walk. Pass through a tunnel that once connected the towns of San Pedro and Calama and enjoy the views along the cliffs of the Cordillera de la Sal. On the way home, don’t miss the chance to walk the narrow path atop the high dunes of Mars Valley.

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    El Tatio Geysers

    Explore the boiling mud, fumaroles and natural hot springs of the world’s highest geothermal field, perched more than 14,000 feet above sea level. On this full-day guided tour by private vehicle you’ll learn about the unique plants and animals that thrive in this extreme environment. On the way back to the lodge, visit Machuca, a traditional Atacama village.

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    Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
    Hidden in the Catarpe Valley of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is designed to blend seamlessly into the landscape. The lodge’s locally inspired architecture makes it appear to be a remote village, or perhaps a mirage nestled against a vermillion ridge. In fact, Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is just a mile from the town plaza of San Pedro and offers a world of sophisticated amenities on site, including a gourmet restaurant and a full-service spa to help you refresh after an active Atacama day. Your stay includes one complimentary spa treatment per room and a morning “trilogy” treatment for each person.
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    Some 70 feet higher than Niagara, Iguaźu Falls is one of nature’s most impressive spectacles

    The Iguaźu River, which means “big water” in the Guarní language, runs through a gauntlet of islands to finally plunge from a lava cliff in a series of 275 interlinking waterfalls. Iguaźu National Park, home of the falls, is a pristine preserve of subtropical rain forest with more than 2,000 identified plant and animal species, including 400 species of birds.

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    Iguazu Falls

    At Iguazu Falls, water plunges in a swirl of mist and rainbows more than 250 feet into Garganta del Diablo—the Devil’s Throat. With your private guide, ride the park train to this inspiring spot and stroll the approximately one and a half miles of structured catwalk for the most impressive views. Later, continue on the train to the upper viewpoints, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the falls and beyond. Afterward, return to your hotel for a delicious lunch.

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    Iguazú National Park, Lower Circuit

    For a more intimate experience of nature, join your private guide for a walk in the lower circuit of Iguazú National Park and feel the spirit of the rain forest. Take note of the forest’s humidity, sounds and scents on this approximately one-mile looped path that wanders past eight spectacular viewpoints.

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    Go Beyond the Falls

    Awasi Iguazu has collaborated with expert scientists to create an intriguing menu of excursions that illuminate the history, people, flora and fauna of Iguazu—beyond the falls. Choose your favorite topic and embark with your private guide on an unforgettable journey.

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    Awasi Iguaźu
    This new boutique lodge, with just 14 rooms, is located on the banks of the Iguaźu River just 15 minutes from the famed waterfalls. Each private villa is tucked discreetly into the jungle and features its own plunge pool, outdoor shower and spacious living area. Join fellow travelers in the main lodge for socializing at the bar and relaxed meals at the restaurant. Each villa is assigned a private guide and vehicle, allowing guests to explore at their own pace.
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    End your all-inclusive South America trip in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires

    Spend a last morning enjoying Iguaźu before transferring to your private jet for the 90-minute flight to elegant Buenos Aires, a city known for its European feel and unsurpassed hospitality. Spend a full day exploring all the city offers—its strikingly individual neighborhoods, eclectic architecture, fascinating archeology and, of course, its love of tango, excellent beef and superior wines—before catching your independent flight home.

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    Buenos Aires City Tour

    Explore some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods on a morning tour with your guide. See the main square with its neoclassical cathedral, colonial town hall and presidential palace, the famed Casa Rosada. Visit the cobblestone streets of San Telmo, the multicolor tin houses of La Boca, the elegant Barrio Norte; and Palermo, home to magnificent mansions and gracious gardens.

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    Tour El Zanjón de Granados

    When the current owner of a 19th century tenement decided to develop his property, he soon discovered evidence of early Buenos Aires in an underground zanjón—a tunnel that once was a small riverbed. As work continued, so did the surfacing of artifacts. The property is now a museum that provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of the historical city. You’ll see it all on a private guided tour.

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    Dinner and Tango

    Feel the passion of tango in the city where it was born. Enjoy a passionate tango performance followed by an invitation for guests to learn the basic tango steps. You will enjoy an open bar, champagne and outstanding local wines with dinner.

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    Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
    Located on Avenida Alvear, one of the grandest streets in the French heritage district called Recoleta, the Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires consists of two buildings, the neoclassical Palacio Duhau, built in the 1930s and meticulously restored earlier this century, and the sleek, 17-floor Posadas tower, constructed in 2006. Wandering between the two buildings poses a delightful quandary. Should you stroll through the art-lined, underground gallery or cross through the sunlit formal gardens above? Your time-saving journey by private jet means you’ll have time to do both, as well as to enjoy the hotel’s spa, restaurants and bars and the service of the butler assigned to each suite.
Cartagena, Colombia
Iquitos, Peru
La Paz, Bolivia
Uyuni, Bolivia
Atacama, Chile
Iguaźu, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina