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Ultimate South America by Private Jet

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
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A journey overview

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

22 Days By Private Jet
  • Departing:
  • 3 May 2020

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.


Tour Manager

Low Altitude Option included in tour price

Tour Manager Bas Bosschieter

Our introduction to South America begins in the Recoleta neighbourhood at Alvear Palace. 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 with dinner and a live show at Rojo Tango. There’s the opportunity to visit Teatro Colon and one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, or the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, before retreating to Estancia Villa María in the countryside for a private game of polo. Before re-joining our private jet, we’ve hunted down the location of some of the city’s best closed-door restaurants.

A perk of private jet travel, we drop in on Iguassu Falls for lunch. Explore by speedboat, visit the Iguassu Falls Bird Park or 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 the many sights, including Corcovado Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Your World experiences give us the chance to step behind the scenes at Grande Rio’s Samba Factory, explore one of the city’s oldest districts or take a hang-gliding adventure. A highlight is a helicopter flight over the city 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. On Your World experiences, trace the footsteps of Hemingway across the city, tour a cigar factory, ride in a classic 1950s Chevrolet or Buick, or learn about the city’s architecture before a night of fine Cuban cuisine and salsa dancing. We’ll visit plazas, museums and fortresses before lunch in an 18th-century colonial building at a paladar (a private restaurant). And for dinner, you'll select from the city's finest paladars.

In Panama City, the choice is yours. Journey through three eras of the city, visit the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre, or explore the Frank Gehry-designed Bio Museum. Our residence in Panama City is the super cool American Trade Hotel, located in a restored landmark building in the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter). You choose from three handpicked restaurants on our first evening here. 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 four-night expedition cruise on the M/V 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

Cusco is 3,400m above sea level. Should you prefer, it would be our pleasure to arrange a low altitude alternative. Please see below or contact our Guest Relations Team for details.

Arriving in Cusco, we check in to the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas for a four-night stay. Our first morning takes us into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping at the Pre-Columbian salt mines of Maras and Moray. For dinner, we enjoy a private meal in the Golden Room of the restaurant at the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. The next day is reserved for the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. The energetic amongst us may choose to make early and clamber through the ruins before the crowds arrive, then follow a steep and uneven footpath to Huayna Picchu. Or, rise later and take the luxurious 1920’s Belmond Hiram Bingham train. Back in Cusco, we’ll get to the know the city on foot and explore a host of ancient fortresses, including Sacsayhuaman and Kenko Temple.

We arrive on Easter Island, a place frozen sometime between the 13th and 16th centuries, when its moai were built. Local elders welcome us to the Explora Rapa Nui resort with singing and dancing. At sunrise, the tallest moai at Ahu Tongariki create a scene that justifies the early start. See where stone for the maoi was quarried and visit the abandoned village of Orongo, where stone houses perch on the lip of a volcanic caldera. After a traditional umu lunch accompanied by a Polynesian performance, the afternoon is ours before a farewell dinner. Our journey concludes and we say our goodbyes after a final breakfast at Explora Rapa Nui resort.