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  • Private and fully-dedicated host to accompany you throughout your trip
  • Exclusive private hire of a Lear Jet 45
  • Private yacht in the Brazilian Amazon
  • Private tours of Buenos Aires, Machu Picchu, Ushuaia, the Perito Moreno Glacier, Cusco, Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro
  • Private scenic helicopter flights over Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel and Iguassu Falls
  • Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
  • Stargazing in the Atacama Desert
  • Iguassu Falls Gran Aventura boat trip
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

This is a truly epic and inspirational trip that lets you experience South America in a very special and unique way.

With an eight-person private jet, perfect for a family or group of friends, and a professional and dedicated host to assist you from start to finish, you can see some of the greatest sights and experiences in a short space of time, in the ultimate comfort, with minimal travelling fuss, and the best in personal service.

You will start in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, exploring its culture and heritage before flying to Ushuaia. Here you will enjoy a private helicopter ride over the southern Patagonian coastline, cruise the Beagle Channel and take a train to ‘the end of the world’. It’s then onto the magnificent glaciers of the Calafate region where you’ll explore the national park and marvel at these vast ice sheets that constantly creak and crack.

You’ll also get to stagaze in the amazing Atacama Desert and explore its canyons, valleys and volcanoes before you head to Cusco, from where you’ll board a luxury train to take you to Machu Picchu. Your private guide will bring this ancient citadel to life, but there is also time to explore by yourself. The crashing waterfalls of Iguassu are next before you spend two night exploring the Amazon on a luxury yacht.

The final stop is Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most exciting cities and the perfect place to end your adventure.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Buenos Aires

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Buenos Aires airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

Special welcome reception Special welcome reception

Upon your arrival at your hotel, there will be a welcome reception just for you with gourmet cheese and fine Argentinean wines to mark the beginning of a wonderful trip. We can arrange for spa treatments at your hotel or personal shopping excursions, or you can simply choose to relax after your flight. Dinner on the first evening with either be at your hotel, or we can arrange for top tables at some of the city’s finest restaurants for eating out such as Tarquino’s where traditional Argentinean gastronomy is given a mouth wateringly modern twist.

Two nights in Buenos Aires Two nights in Buenos Aires

Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here. Remember we can always organize you one of privately-guided tours (history, culture, art...) to more specialist excursions such as personal shopping trips, helicopter tours, wine tasting and tango lessons. Feel free to discuss your options with your travel designer.

Cultural tour of Buenos Aires Cultural tour of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires today offers both visitors and locals a broad choice of opportunities to enjoy its artistic and cultural heritage. Its fifty seven museums house permanent and visiting collections of classical and contemporary art, not to mention its many cultural and educational institutions to see. With your private, expert guide you will begin your cultural tour with a visit to the Colon Theatre (Teatro Colon) before leading you through the historic Recoleta Cemetery, then the National Museum of Decorative Arts, followed by the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA). Your tour will then conclude at the Fernández Blanco Museum of Spanish American Art, afterwards your guide will deliver you back to your hotel.

Colon Theatre Colon Theatre

The Colon Theatre is itself a living museum, displaying the costumes and memorabilia of performances past. It also hosts some of the world’s top orchestras, ballets, and opera companies. Your guide will bring alive the architecture, cultural resonance and history of this opera house.

Recoleta Cemetery Recoleta Cemetery

It might seem strange to visit a cemetery, but Recoleta doesn't fail to impress. Many mausoleums and tombs are the work of famous artists, 70 graves have been declared national monuments, but perhaps the most famous of all is the tomb of Evita Perón.

National Museum of Decorative Arts National Museum of Decorative Arts

This museum houses a fantastic exhibit of over 4000 objects, from Roman sculptures, European miniatures and portraits to contemporary hand-crafted silverwork. What's more, the building's neoclassical architecture and landscape gardens are a delight too.

MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)

The MALBA displays an exceptional permanent collection of the Argentine entrepreneur Eduardo Constantini. There are over 200 works by 20th-century modern and contemporary Latin American artists including Fernando Botero, Pedro Figari, Antonio Segui, Antonio Berni, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The Constantini collection is considered to be one of the most important and paradigmatic assemblies of modern art in the region.

Fernández Blanco Museum of Spanish American Art Fernández Blanco Museum of Spanish American Art

A descendant of an aristocratic Spanish family, Isaac Fernández Blanco's fortune allowed him to acquire a superb collection of colonial art treasures, including silverwork, paintings, furniture, books and documentation of his era. He presented it at his house in the centre of town which he opened to the public in 1922. There is also an impressive collection of European art, tapestries and ceramics built up by the Noel family and a beautiful silver and art collection donated by Celina González Garaño. The Ibero-American collection is today considered to be one of the most representative and comprehensive in Latin America.

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Rojo tango show with dinner Rojo tango show with dinner

Enjoy the best tango show in town, set in the exclusive environs of the Faena Hotel. The Rojo tango is the smallest and most stylish of tango salons. Your evening includes a three-course dinner, wine and transfers to and from the venue.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Buenos Aires airport

Transfer

Private jet flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Days 3-5

Ushuaia

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Ushuaia

Accommodation in Ushuaia

Private helicopter ride over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel Private helicopter ride over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel

A private helicopter will take you flying over the striking southern Patagonian coastline of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, taking in the beautiful, sweeping scenery of glaciers, mountains, inlets and forests.

Full day tour exploring Ushuaia Full day tour exploring Ushuaia

You have an action-packed day of exploring today. Your private local guide will pick you up in the morning to first of all take a boat trip across the famous Beagle Channel, following in the (watery) footsteps of Charles Darwin on his expedition. Next you’ll board the Austral Fuegino (also known as the train at the end of the world); a historic, narrow gauge steam train that will take you along a scenic route into the Lapataia National Park. Here you will explore further before heading back to your hotel in Ushuaia.

Beagle Channel cruise Beagle Channel cruise

Board the comfortable and speedy catamaran at the pier in the downtown area of Ushuaia which moves off along the Beagle Channel. The town is rapidly left behind and appears, map-like, spread out on the lower slopes of the mountain that rises behind it, topped by the Martial Glacier. The catamaran glides along the channel, out of the Bay of Ushuaia, past the estancias originally belonging to the first settlers, set like miniatures against the towering grey mountain ranges. Pass the historic lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, the inspiration for Jules Verne’s novel 'The Lighthouse' at the End of the World, lying on a rocky promontory which stretches into the choppy waves. On the way back to Ushuaia, the catamaran passes small islands of rock rising from the wind-tossed waters, home to noisy communities of seals, sea lions, cormorants, giant petrels and many other species of sea-birds.

Train to the End of the World Train to the End of the World

One of the two narrow-gauge tracks left in Argentina, the Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino used to ferry prisoners from the island’s prison stronghold into the National Park to fell and chop trees. The “Trencito de los Presos” (the Little train of the Prisoners) departs from the Fueguino railway station with the stationmaster’s shrill whistle and steams slowly along the Pipo river until it reaches the Macarena waterfalls. A native Indian camp can be viewed at this point, recreated on the basis of evidence provided by today’s descendants of the tribes as well as documentation left by the early settlers. The train continues into the Lapataia National Park with its stunning views of Monte Susana, the Martial Glacier and the large swamp where the relics of the prisoners’ logging tasks can still be seen.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Ushuaia airport

 
Private jet flight to El Calafate Private jet flight to El Calafate
Days 5-6

Calafate

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in the Calafate area

Accommodation in Calafate

Half Day Private Tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier Half Day Private Tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier

After a good lunch at your hotel you'll embark on this half day private tour of the magnificent Perito Moreno National Park and its humbling glacier complete with private 4WD vehicle and one of our expert guides. Beginning with a scenic drive through the National Park followed by an guided-tour along the specially built in walkways facing the glacier.

Scenic drive through the Perito Moreno National Park Scenic drive through the Perito Moreno National Park

You will be brought by private vehicle through the National Park, a beautiful drive of some 2.5 hours with stops to enjoy the view, including the Corner of Sighs, where you get your first full view of the glacier. During the drive, you might catch a glimpse of red and grey foxes fleeing across the heathery landscape, whilst in the distance cinnamon-coloured guanaco deer balance on rocky crags and below, large Patagonian hares leap from bushes across streams. Along the roadside crawl little armadillos and if you are very lucky you might just see the tawny back of a puma, a mountain lion. Rosy flamingos gather at the water’s edge while hawks and kites hover over the hillside, eyeing scurrying voles and other rodents. And, just possibly, way way up above, you might spy the magnificent silhouette of the condor, apparently motionless, floating on the thermal wind currents that curl between the mountain peaks.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Calafate airport

 
Private jet flight to the Atacama Private jet flight to the Atacama
Days 6-8

Atacama Desert

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation in Atacama Desert

Two days exploring the Atacama Desert Two days exploring the Atacama Desert

Choose from a whole menu of activities and adventures to explore the Atacama, all tailored to you and your preferences. From hiking, horse riding, 4WD excursions and bicycling to the major sights of salt flats, geysers, canyons, valleys and volcanoes.

Stargazing in the Atacama Explora Observatory Stargazing in the Atacama Explora Observatory

The clear skies of Atacama, considered the best in the Southern Hemisphere for astronomy, offer exceptional observation of the firmament and celestial bodies.

Your exploration of the sky begins at night with an introductory talk outdoors. You then continue to the observatory to contemplate in detail the constellations of stars, planets and galaxies through a powerful telescope equipped with advanced optics for excellent resolution and clarity.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Calama airport

 
Private jet flight to Cusco Private jet flight to Cusco
Days 8-9

Cusco

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco

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Overnight in Cusco Overnight in Cusco

Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.

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Tour of Cusco and nearby ruins Tour of Cusco and nearby ruins

Your local expert guide will collect you from your hotel for a tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery. This former Colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to the worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Your next stop will be the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. After touring the most interesting sites of the city, you will be driven by private vehicle to the countryside just outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area such as the cult centre of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Poroy Station

Days 9-10

Machu Picchu

Trains to Machu Picchu

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Private Tour of Machu Picchu with overnight Private Tour of Machu Picchu with overnight

Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you'll descend to Aguas Calientes for a delicious lunch at the rustically elegant Inkaterra hotel, before an afternoon at your leisure: you can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.

Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.

Accommodation in Machu Picchu

A llama walks around the ruins of Machu Picchu
Morning free to explore Machu Picchu Morning free to explore Machu Picchu

You have the morning free to explore the famous site on your own.

Train from Machu Picchu Train from Machu Picchu

Board the train for the journey back from Machu Picchu with refreshments served on board.

Days 10-11

Cusco

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Ollanta station to your hotel in Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco

Overnight in Cusco Overnight in Cusco
Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Cusco airport

 
Private jet flight to Iguassu Private jet flight to Iguassu
Days 11-12

Iguassu Falls

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in the Falls area

Accommodation in Iguassu Falls

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Two days exploring Iguassu Falls Two days exploring Iguassu Falls

Enjoy this stunning natural wonder of the world. We can arrange for kayaking trips, canopy zipline adventures, specialist hiking trails, bird watching and much more, so speak to our travel designers about exactly how you'd like to spend your time here.

Private tour to Iguassu Falls Argentinean Side including Boat trip Private tour to Iguassu Falls Argentinean Side including Boat trip

A stunning tour of Iguassu, where you get a chance to really get up close to the falls.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and bring you by private vehicle to the entrance of the park on the Argentinian side. You'll then be taking the rest of the tour mainly on foot. Exploring the various wooden walk ways that lead through the national park close up to the many chutes of the falls.


One of the most spectacular sites of the falls is the 'devil's throat' which sees the largest flow of water. In order to visit the Devil’s Throat, the visitor must board the train at the Main Station or at the Cataratas Station, close to the Upper Circuit. For those who love trekking there is the one-kilometre-long Sendero Verde (Green Trail) that connects the Visitors Centre to the Cataratas Station and to the Upper Circuit.

Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will have to walk for 1.100 meters on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, you will be surprised by a strategic lookout point resting on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat.

Gran Aventura by Boat Gran Aventura by Boat

Going up river in these boats specially prepared to get to the base of Iguassu Falls and to be able to admire and feel them from up close. Whirlpools, waves and currents provoked by the Falls make this an unmissable part of any visit to the park.

Your guide will bring you to the starting point where large trucks specially adapted to this tour will take you and the other visitors to explore six kilometres in the humid subtropical forest as far as the banks of the Iguazu River, downstream from the Falls. From here you will board special high powered Zodiac boats that will take you, at high speed, to enjoy one of the most unforgettable experiences in the region: the direct and wet contact with the mighty Iguassu Falls. After this incredible trip participants will get off the boat at the base of the Falls, on catwalk that connects to the lower visitation circuit of the Falls. This tour can be started in the reverse direction, from this catwalk downwards ending with the jungle truck ride.

Helicopter Flight Over the Falls Helicopter Flight Over the Falls

Your guide will bring you to the helipad on the Brazilian Side for a spectacular overflight of the falls

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel to Iguassu airport

 
Private jet flight from Iguassu Falls to Manaus Private jet flight from Iguassu Falls to Manaus
Days 12-14

Amazon

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Manaus airport to the marina to board your luxury yacht

Yachts in the Amazon

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Two nights cruising the Brazilian Amazon aboard the Zenith Yacht Two nights cruising the Brazilian Amazon aboard the Zenith Yacht

The most elite and exclusive experience available in the Brazilian Amazon, board the luxurious 120-foot Zenith Yacht for days exploring its waterways and tributaries, getting you up close to nature and much further into this wilderness than your average cruise.

Your daily schedule will depend on the length of the cruise and your preferences.

Full day exploring the Amazon Full day exploring the Amazon

Spend today exploring the Brazilian Amazon’s abundant nature and wildlife. Get up early with your expert naturalist guides and take small speed boats into the river’s tributaries to hear the birds sing their morning song and watch the rainforest awake. Return to the boat for breakfast and some time to relax before the option of going fishing for peacock bass. In the afternoon you can venture onto land for a rainforest walk with your guides to get up close to the wildlife, then perhaps go swimming with the pink river dolphins. Return to the yacht for maybe a jacuzzi on the top deck before dinner.

Morning Excursion Morning Excursion

Embark on another early morning excursion with your guides to see the Amazon’s wildlife awake and spot the various birds and mammals. You'll then head back to the yacht for breakfast and your cruise back to Manaus.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Manaus airport

 
Private jet flight to Rio de Janeiro Private jet flight to Rio de Janeiro
Days 14-16

Rio de Janeiro

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

Two days exploring Rio Two days exploring Rio

Spend your days in the heady 'Marvellous City' you can explore and enjoy Rio at your leisure. You'll have a full set of recommendations and advice from us on how best to make the most of the city.

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Private full day tour of Rio Private full day tour of Rio

You will be met at your hotel by your expert, English-speaking Carioca guide and a private vehicle will be waiting to start your city tour of Rio. Your guide will tailor the tour to how you wish, taking into account your pace and preference.

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Visit Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain Visit Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain

Christ the Redeemer statue is Rio’s most famous attraction with his arms stretched out, he looks to be blessing the entire city. At 710 metres above the centre on the Corcovado hill, the statue is surrounded by wide, open terraces from where you get unbeatable vistas of the city's impressive littoral, the southern neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema, the Lagoon, the Sugar Loaf and the town of Niterói.

Visit the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa Visit the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa

The faded grandeur of this part of the city, often referred to as the Montmartre of Rio, set into the hills close to the centre of town, still retains a rich cultural atmosphere of art, music and history. Mansions line the narrow streets struggling with the encroaching vegetation and incline, and is still home to many painters cafes and artists studios. You can stop for a drink or lunch at one of the many charming restaurants, bistros and cafes that populate Santa Teresa’s lively streets. Your guide will also take you to the Ruins Park, a cultural centre in the remains of a 19th century house which has a Belvedere that commands some of the best views over Rio.

Tour the historic centre of Rio Tour the historic centre of Rio

Your guide will escort you through the narrow 19th century streets at your required pace, stopping at the magnificent Baroque churches and the ruins of the old port from where most of Brazil’s gold left for its long journey to Europe. You will also see many other culturally interesting and historical attractions that illustrate the city’s rich and varied heritage.

Visit Sugar Loaf mountain Visit Sugar Loaf mountain

This massive granite rock, 396 metres tall, is one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks, adorning many a postcard. You will take the cable car with your guide from the Guanabara Bay entrance in the Urca district. At the zenith the view of Rio and its neighbourhoods sprawled over bays, coves, and appearing from dense green hillsides is unrivalled and quite spectacular.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Rio's international airport

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