Uncover South America

  • Bunnik Tours
  • 17 Feb 21

A continent steeped in mysterious ancient ruins still being unearthed, sandy white coastlines and a mountain range that encompasses volcanoes, lakes, deserts and forests, it's not hard to see why South America should be on everyone's must-see list! But the wonders don't stop there. Continuing north into Central America with countries like Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala and Costa Rica the diversity of landscapes, culture and cuisine, the hardest decision will be which countries not to include!

The Devil's Cauldron waterfall of Baños, Ecuador by Kristi Rutten

The Devil's Cauldron waterfall of Baños, Ecuador by Kristi Rutten

Small Group Tours

South & Central America has so much to offer, from iconic Machu Picchu to astounding Iguazu Falls. Experience the culture and colour on a Bunnik small group tour.

 

South American Explorer – 28 Days

Explore the incredible wonders of South America during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Discover the delights of Peru, from the diverse Amazon Jungle to the Sacred Valley and mesmerizing Machu Picchu. Venture into Argentina and Brazil and see the spectacular Iguazu Falls. Experience the incredible highlights of Rio and Buenos Aires, two cosmopolitan cities bursting with life and colour.

 

Special Experiences on tour:

  • Learn how to make the deliciously sweet and sour cocktail, Pisco Sour. For decades it has been regarded as the signature drink of Peru.

  • Enjoy an Andean brunch, with traditional chicha and cuy, a regional delicacy of guinea pig.
  • The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Waking early, we will drive to the mountain peak of Corcovado before the official park opening hour and take in the breathtaking, panoramic views over the city of Rio as the sun slowly rises. Sitting beside the tranquil waters of the scenic Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, we’ll enjoy our sumptuous, picnic breakfast and reflect on our early morning experience.

  • Visit the stunning Colon Theatre. The main opera house in Buenos Aires, it is ranked as the world's third-best.

Itinerary map of South American Explorer small group tour

Inca Trail, Peru by Erick BacaInca Trail, Peru by Erick Baca

Maras, Peru by David HeinMaras, Peru by Erick Baca

What to immerse yourself in the incredible history, culture, and sites of Peru? Experience the Peru Explorer on our 20 day tour!

PERU EXPLOREr

 

South American Discovery – 35 Days

Embark on an in-depth journey across scenic South America. Discover the beauty of volcanic Ecuador, venture into the Amazon Jungle and travel through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Uncover incredible authentic, local experiences at every turn. Cross the continent to thundering Iguazu Falls, experience the hustle and bustle of Rio and dance the tango in Buenos Aires.

 

Special Experiences on tour:

  • Learn the importance of the Shaman and feel enlightened on our visit that includes a spiritual cleansing for our group.

  • An experience like no other, we’ll journey to a nearby village and test our haggling skills to buy a pig from a local farmer. Our newly acquired pig will accompany us on our bus ride to a neighbouring village where we will present them with the pig as our gift, naming the pig and learning about the community.

  • Sample a range of products, including tequila, made from the agave plant at Casa Agave, while enjoying lunch and learning the myriad of uses of this versatile plant.

  • Travelling to a local Andean community, we will enjoy an enriching experience through a Pachamanka ceremony, traditionally reserved for special occasions. This Inca ritual involves preparing a meal of vegetables and meat, cooked in the earth, and covered by hot lava stones. Enjoy this scrumptious meal for lunch.

  • Learn how to make the deliciously sweet and sour cocktail, Pisco Sour. For decades it has been regarded as the signature drink of Peru.
  • Pull up a blanket and cushion, as we picnic on the banks overlooking the picturesque Huaypo Lagoon and sample the delicious array of local produce prepared by the renowned Cicciolina restaurant of Cusco.

  • Don your dancing shoes for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina by David HeinBuenos Aires, Argentina by David Hein

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by David HeinRio de Janeiro, Brazil by David Hein

Lake Titicaca, Uros Islands by Belmond ImagesLake Titicaca, Uros Islands by Belmond Images

Want to unearth the incredible history, impressive natural wonders and unique cultures of Peru and Ecuador? Experience our 27 day Peru & Ecuador Discovery small group tour!

PERU & Ecuador DisCOVERY

 

South America In-Style – 27 Days

Discover the very best of South America, staying at some of the continent’s grandest hotels and enjoying the old-world charm of luxury rail journeys. Experience the magic of the Sacred Valley, wander through the ancient city of Machu Picchu and explore volcanic Arequipa. Visit the wonder that is Iguazu Falls, vibrant Rio and grand Buenos Aires.

 

Special Experiences on tour:

  • In the evening we’ll tour Lima's oldest colonial mansion, Casa Aliaga, before a decadent 3-course dinner in the dining room, courtyard, or main salon.

  • Experience a famous Paso horse show over lunch 'al fresco', then visit the renowned Seminario pottery workshop.

  • The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals. Watching this amazing bird in flight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Wake to the thunderous sound and breathtaking image of the cascading falls, as we spend the next two nights at the opulent Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, within the Iguazu National Park, in your Deluxe Falls View room.

Deluxe Experiences on tour

  • Enjoy a magical day as we travel on the Hiram Bingham train through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Sit back, relax and indulge in a sumptuous brunch, accompanied by a selection of Peruvian wines.

  • All aboard the luxurious Andean Explorer train as we travel from Cusco to Puno. Unwind in your splendid cabin as the train winds its way through the majestic High Andes Mountains.

  • We travel to one of the country’s oldest estancias, where we spend the night and have the opportunity to take part in horse riding, asados and yerba maté tasting.

Itinerary map of South America In-Style small group tour

Andean Explorer, Peru by Belmond ImagesAndean Explorer, Peru by Belmond Images

Peruvian Paso Horse Show, Peru by PromPeruPeruvian Paso Horse Show, Peru by PromPeru

La Boca, Argentina by Maria SchiarroneLa Boca, Argentina by Maria Schiarrone

Want to experience the finer side of life on a 5-star journey of Peru? Try our Peru In-Style small group tour!

PERU IN-STYLE

 

Highlights of South America – 23 Days

Uncover incredible South America on this cross-continental adventure. Dance the tango in Buenos Aires, see powerful Iguazu Falls and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. Experience the contrasts between modern and ancient Peru in Lima and Cusco, fly over the remarkable Nazca Lines and visit the abundant wildlife on the Ballestas Islands.

 

Special Experiences on tour:

  • Don your dancing shoes for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.

  • Learn how to make the deliciously sweet and sour cocktail, Pisco Sour. For decades it has been regarded as the signature drink of Peru.

  • Be welcomed into the traditional world of the indigenous woman of the agricultural community of Ccorccor, joining in on a range of customary activities, from Andean games and an authentic ‘Tribute to Mother Earth’, to a ‘chicha’ demonstration.

  • Fly in a light plane over the mysterious Nazca Lines in the middle of the Nazca Desert. We'll see ancient geoglyphs depicting hundreds of figures.

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Iguazu Falls, Brazil by David HeinIguazu Falls, Brazil by David Hein

 

Ultimate Chile & Argentina - 23 days

Let the landscapes of Chile and Argentina take your breath away on this scenic adventure. Discover the diversity of the Atacama Desert and the unspoiled beauty of Patagonia. Soak in thermal hot springs and stay in a luxury treehouse within the Patagonian rainforest. Cross the tranquil Lake District and witness breathtaking glaciers and peaks.

 

Special Experiences on tour:

  • Gain insight into daily life on a traditional Atacameñan farm, learning how to cultivate crops in such a barren region, before tasting some of the authentic products from the land.

  • Learn about the native Mapuche culture at Kila Leufu ‘House between three rivers’, before feasting on typical Mapuche fare for lunch, made with organic ingredients fresh from the farm.

  • Experience two nights staying in a luxury treehouse with picture windows offering incredible views over the nature reserve.

  • Prepare to immerse yourself in a very hands-on traditional experience, enjoying lunch with the Chilotes, creating their local specialty dish ‘curanto’, a stew full of seafood, various meats and Chiloé potatoes cooked in an earth oven – reserved for special occasions.

  • Hear the thunderous sound of ice breaking from Perito Moreno Glacier, as we cruise up close to witness one of the few advancing glaciers, left in the world.

     

Itinerary map of Ultimate Chile & Argentina small group tour

Moon Valley, Chile by Aleisha TreloarAndean Explorer, Peru by Belmond Images

El Tatio Geyers, Chile by Marion BunnikIguazu Falls, Brazil by David Hein

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