At a Glance

The Great South America Trip through the South American continent begins in Cartagena, the legendary Caribbean port city, and ends on the dreamlike islands of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago in Brazil’s northeast.

In between, the scenic and cultural highlights of South America are lined up like pearls on a string: the heart of the Peruvian Andes with the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and finally the citadel of Machu Picchu, followed by Lake Titicaca with its magical panoramas and the island of Suasi. After visiting the metropolis of La Paz, which is breathtaking in two respects, you will cross the surreal landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni as part of a private tour, before the route leads past colorfully oscillating lagoons across the Chilean border to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama.

As a stop on the way south that is as picturesque as it is steeped in history, you will visit Valparaíso before the Patagonian Ice Sheet with the Perito Moreno Glacier and a three-day stay in the hiker’s paradise of El Chaltén at the foot of the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre massifs in Los Glaciares National Park are on the agenda.

Here our Great South America Trip has reached its southernmost point, from now on we will head north again. In Buenos Aires, we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the legendary nightlife of the world capital of tango.
The next and last Argentinean stop of the trip are the mighty waterfalls of Iguazú, from whose Brazilian part you will travel on to the Amazon Lodge in the Anavilhanas Archipelago near Manaus, but not without having paid a visit to Rio de Janeiro first.

The fascinating landscape and water world of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago will be the relaxing conclusion of this trip.

The selection of hotels for this trip is based on the criteria of location, style and price/performance ratio, ranging from lodges in privileged locations to stylish boutique hotels and small bed & breakfasts.

A detailed description of the individual destinations of the trip and the respective hotels can be found here (in German).

Note about the travel period: Due to the climatic conditions in Patagonia, this trip is only feasible between November and April. Other combinations of destinations, leaving out the extreme south of the continent, are possible all year round.

The Great South America Trip in brief:

6 countries, 17 stops, 43 days in the continent’s most fascinating places, including these 10 World Heritage Sites alone: Port, fortifications and monuments of the colonial period in Cartagena, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Tiahuanaco (optional), historic center of Valparaíso, Los Glaciares National Park, Iguazú National Park (Iguaçu), cultural landscape of Rio de Janeiro and the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

Itinerary as PDF (in German) and request offer – the trip in pictures

Itinerary of the Great South America Trip

Day Transport to the next destination and number of nights Hotel
1 Arrival in Cartagena, taxi to your hotel (2N B&B) Quadrifolio
3 Flight to Bogotá (1N B&B) Hotel de la Opera
4 Flight to Cusco (2N B&B) Casa Cartagena
6 Transfer to Ollantaytambo (2N B&B). From here train ride to Machu Picchu and visit of the ruins. El Albergue
8 Tour through the “Sacred Valley” back to Cusco (1N B&B) Casa Cartagena
9 Flight to Juliaca, transfer to Puno, boat ride to your hotel on Isla Suasi (2N FB) Isla Suasi
11 Boat ride back to Puno (1N B&B) as a necessary stopover Libertador Lago Titikaka
12 Transfer to  La Paz (2N B&B) Stannum Boutique
14 Flight to Uyuni (1N B&B), start of the tour through the Salar de Uyuni and the Altiplano to Chile (2N B&B) La Petite Porte
17 End of the tour (see above) in San Pedro de Atacama (2N B&B) Terrantai Lodge
19 Transfer to Calama, flight to Santiago de Chile and transfer to  Valparaíso (2N B&B) Casa Galos
21 Transfer to Santiago de Chile and flight to Puerto Natales (1N B&B) Hotel Vendaval
22 Flight to El Calafate (2N B&B), visit to Perito Moreno Glacier with mini trekking on the ice. Madretierra Patagonia
24 Drive to El Chaltén (3N B&B), hikes in Los Glaciares National Park. Hostería Senderos
27 Drive back to El Calafate and flight to Buenos Aires (2N B&B) Duque Hotel
29 Flight to Puerto Iguazú (3N B&B) Iguazu Jungle Lodge
32 Transfer to Foz do Iguazú and Flight to Rio de Janeiro (3N B&B) Casa Geranio
35 Flight to Manaus (1N B&B) Villa Amazônia
36 Pick up for the transfer to the lodge on the Amazon/Rio Negro (3N FB) with tours Anavilhanas Lodge
39 Transfer back to Manaus (1N B&B) Villa Amazônia
40 Flight (via Recife) to Fernando de Noronha (3N B&B) Pousada Do Vale
43 Flight to Recife and return flight


Sample Itineraries

Duration: 20 days/ 19 nights
Services included: 19 nights accommodation as described, all flights except intercontinental, bus rides, train ride to and from Machu Picchu, entrance fee Machu Picchu and Huyana Picchu, transfer Cusco - Poroy and Ollantaytambo - Cusco, tour Tiwanaku, our fee.
Price: from about 2200 € per person with two travelers (2021)
Duration: 27 days/ 26 nights
Services included: 26 nights with breakfast in the described hotels, all flights except intercontinental flight, shuttles, shared cabs and bus rides, day tour in jeep from San Agustín, day tour Tayrona National Park, tourist ticket for San Andrés, our fee.
Price: from approx. 2500 € per person with two travelers (2023)
Duration: 21 days/ 20 nights
Services included: 20 nights (13 with breakfast, 3 times VP, 4 times without meals) in the described hotels, all flights except intercontinental flight, all bus trips, 2 tours from Punta Arenas, boat trip on Lago Grey, transfer to Hotel Lago Tyndall, "Zodiac Tour" to Puerto Natales, rental car as described with fully comprehensive insurance without deductible, mini-trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier, our fee.
Price: from around 3650 € per person with 2 travelers