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A Discovery of South America by Private Jet

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Buenos Aires
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Havana
  • Panama City
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Cuzco
  • Machu Picchu
  • Easter Island

22 Days By Private Jet
  • Departing:
  • 23 Aug 2018

Aboard our private jet, discover the ultimate South America, witnessing both the wildest places on earth and the insatiable Latin American appetite for la vida.

A Discovery of South America 2018 map
Peru has a remarkable history stretching back at least 10,000 years, and has had the benefit of hosting numerous civilisations. The Cupisnique, Chavin, Moche and Chimú cultures, now extinct, all called the area around modern day Peru home, and left many fascinating artefacts behind. From Lima to Chiclayo to Trujillo, your journey will be an archaeological delight – contact our Guest Relations Team for details.
Low Altitude Option included in tour price

Our introduction to South America begins the Recoleta neighbourhood at Alvear Palace, where we'll enjoy dinner before retiring for the night. A relaxed morning precedes a visit to the iconic sights, including the quirky district of La Boca. We then celebrate the art of the tango at Rojo Tango. A relaxed morning stroll through the Recoleta neighbourhood precedes a visit to the iconic sights, including the quirky district of La Boca. We then celebrate the art of the tango with dinner and a live show at Rojo Tango. Retreating to Estancia Villa María in the countryside, a game of polo is played exclusively for our viewing. At lunch, the flamboyant Francis Mallmann, Michelinstarred chef and global ambassador for the region's cuisine, personally prepares a culinary adventure for our taste buds and we sample the finest Argentinian wines, handpicked and paired with lunch. You might then like to try your hand at polo or continue on in the enigmatic company of Francis Mallmann as he demonstrates some of his signature methods of cooking with fire.

A perk of private jet travel, we drop in on Iguazu Falls for lunch. Explore by speedboat, visit the Iguazu Falls Bird Park or perhaps take a helicopter flight. Next up is Rio de Janeiro, a city that inspires a love of life. The Belmond Copacabana Palace is our base as we're exposed to sights, sounds and tastes that are quintessentially Rio. Tonight you're invited to a gala dinner at Das Canoas House, built by revered Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. The next day, be guided through the city by a member of Niemeyer's family, explore favelas by Jeep or visit a sugar cane farm where cachaca is made. Later, see this striking city from the air on a helicopter flight to Sugarloaf Mountain.

While there's no erasing the neglect of the communist years, Cuba is today reinventing itself, so we're in Havana at just the right time. From the Kempinski Manzana de Gomez Hotel, we explore Old Havana. Later, trace the footsteps of Hemingway across the city and beyond, tour a cigar factory or delve into the Cuban-American connection before a night of Cuban cuisine and music. With a spring in our step, we visit plazas, museums and fortresses before lunch in an 18th-century colonial building at a paladar (a private restaurant). The afternoon is your own to shape, and for dinner you'll select from a range of the city's finest paladars.

In Panama City, we choose from two Your World experiences. See modern skyscrapers, Spanish-colonial buildings and the ancient ruins of the city's original inhabitants, or visit the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre. Our residence in Panama City is the American Trade Hotel, located in a restored landmark building in the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter). We dine at Tejas, Madrigal or The Dining Room for a delicious insight into the flavours of the city. A full day immersion into the engineering wonder that is the Panama Canal is in store for us on our final day in Panama. We will board a private cruising boat and wind through the canal, experiencing the locks first hand.

Our private jet delivers us to Guayaquil before we take a local flight to the Galápagos and cast off on a three-night expedition cruise on the Galápagos Legend, headed for our first wildlife encounter. Over the coming days, we'll learn how Charles Darwin's fascination with the Galápagos changed the way humankind understands its own existence as we explore a number of islands. Among the hiking, paddling, swimming and snorkelling there's ample opportunity to spot unique creatures such as Galápagos penguins, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, colourful fish, flamingos and land iguanas.

Low Altitude Option Available

Your low-altitude alternative to Cuzco is included in tour price – contact our Guest Relations Team for details.

Arriving in Cuzco, we check in to the Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Our explorations of Cuzco commence with an Inca pilgrimage beginning at the Temple of the Sun and ending at the red fortress of Tambomachay. Our second day in Peru is much-anticipated – dedicated as it is to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. Perhaps wake early and ride the Vistadome train to Aguas Caliente then travel by road to Machu Picchu, where we clamber through the ruins before the crowds arrive. Alternatively, rise later and travel into the clouds of the Peruvian Andes in style on the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, enjoying tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge and appreciating the site from a number of unique vantage points. The following day, the Sacred Valley of the Incas beckons, as do the salt mines of Maras and a lunch overlooking the terraces of Moray. On return to Cuzco, take in a private cultural performance before choosing where you'd like to dine. As Cuzco is 3,400 metres above sea level.

We arrive on Easter Island, a place frozen sometime between the 13th and 16th centuries, when its moai were built. We visit the abandoned village of Orongo, where stone houses perch on the lip of a volcanic caldera. On one side, the 300 metre cliff affords spectacular views of the ocean. On the other side, a gentle slope leads us to a freshwater crater lake before we're welcomed at the Explora Rapa Nui resort. At sunrise, the tallest moai at Ahu Tongariki create a scene that justifies the early start. After a traditional umu lunch, the afternoon is yours before a farewell dinner where we will contemplate our immense journey.

We depart Easter Island aboard our private jet, bound for Australia via Tahiti and New Zealand. We cross the international dateline and land in Sydney the following day.