South America 'Big Five' Explorer


Tick off South America's big five with Chimu AdventuresSouth America is a haven for bucket-listers. Filled with must see icons and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, it is an essential destination to visit for all travellers fulfilling their dreams. This exciting 27 day journey around South America ticks off the 'Big Five' bucket list items on the continent. Iguazu falls, Rio de Janiero, Machu Picchu, the Amazon plus the Galapagos in one incredible journey, plus so much more!

From Argentina’s fascinating and historic capital of Buenos Aires, home of the tango, to the mighty and powerful Iguazu Falls and then on to the vibrant, pulsating city of Rio de Janeiro with its breath-taking setting, this is a tour of contrasts. Continuing to Peru, you will discover Lima - the gastronomical capital of the Americas and the funerary towers of Sillustani before you set sail from Puno across Lake Titicaca to the floating reed islands of Uros and beautiful Taquile Island.

Delve into the history of the Incas as you wander the streets of Cusco - the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, before travelling through the Sacred Valley to Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas. On to the Amazon Rainforest with its rich biodiversity and indigenous tribes where the sights and sounds of the jungle will captivate you. Your South America Circle takes you next to Ecuador and its colonial capital Quito before you fly to the spectacular Galapagos Islands. Cruise between the islands to discover the fascinating and unique wildlife and the rugged yet beautiful landscapes of the Galapagos archipelago. 

History, culture, wildlife and a kaleidoscope of incredible landscapes are all revealed on this iconic journey around the unforgettable South American continent.  
Are you ready to tick the 'Big Five' off your list?
27 Days
Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Amazon, Quito & Galapagos Islands.


Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Hotels throughout tour. Lodge in the Amazon. Cabin on the Galapagos ship.

Airport transfers
Internal flights
Accommodation with breakfast
All inclusive accommodation in the Amazon 
Tours as stated in the itinerary
Other meals where stated
Whilst on Ship
Daily excursions
All meals

Difficulty Rating 2 (High altitude in some areas)
Single Surcharge

Available on request. Subject to availability.


Flights, Park entrance fees, Scuba gear and drinks are NOT included. Please note other surcharges may apply, according to season, as well as fuel surcharges.


Price Dependent upon

Season and availability.


Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America. 

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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Accommodation & Pricing

Standard LATSSAB5-STD AUD 10799 - 10% off!

The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

 Seaman - Twin Cabin - 5 Days - Galapagos
Standard Ocean View Room
The M/C Galapagos Seaman is a first class Boutique Yacht catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. The Galapagos Seaman Journey makes it possible to enjoy several cruises in the Galapagos island with different itineraries that include amazing land tours throughout most of the Galapagos Islands. During the Galapagos Cruises, guests will encounter many endemic species like the Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Penguins, Land and Marine Iguanas, Frigate Birds, Blue Footed Boobies, and much more! Throughout one of the cruises, each guest can enjoy the well-furnished areas offering comfort and privacy. The Galapagos Seaman has a maximum capacity of 16 passengers allowing both intimacy and camaraderie at the same time. There are several resting areas which include, the spacious sundecks, and on board mini library, and a bar and lounge area. All 8 cabins have A/C, private bathrooms with a full shower, hot water and ocean view windows. All rooms are above water level.
 Patio Andaluz - Quito
Standard Room
Hotel Patio Andaluz, an elegant Boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic 'Quito Antiguo' and declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. The hotel is an official National Treasure and holds centuries of history within its walls. Revolutionary actors, historic figures, presidents and thinkers had passed through its patios and corridors. Experience the hotel yourself and enjoy the elegance and comfort that this boutique hotel gives you, with its great arches, balconies and attics. Experience the colonial times through its corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century.
 Refugio Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado
Standard FB Room
Refugio Amazonas is a charming 32 bedroom lodge, well located immediately adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. It is located 4 hours upriver from Puerto Maldonado in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Refugio Amazonas is ideal for those looking for a three night stay to experience culture and nature in the Amazon. All rooms in Refugio Amazonas have an exposed wall facing the jungle, for that true jungle experience. The rooms are built using local materials such as wood, bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees. Each bed is equipped with its own mosquito net and each room has a spacious private bathroom with hot water. Numerous kerosene lamps and candles provide the lighting. Electricity and internet access are available in the common areas of the lodge.
Casa Andina Classic Mapi - Machu Picchu
Traditional Room
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu is a friendly and cosy hotel in a strategic location in Aguas Calientes, the nearest access point to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. This hotel has 54 new and comfortable rooms in a 5-storey building, where you can relax after your visit to Machu Picchu. The traditional rooms have mountain views and the hotel offers Wi-Fi and has a restaurant with a spectacular view of the Vilcanota River.
 Wakapunku Boutique - Cusco
Standard Room
Wakapunku, meaning 'Door to the Sanctuary' in Quechua, is a small 8 room boutique hotel located just two blocks from Cusco's main plaza and only a very short stroll from some of Cusco's top bars and restaurants. This colonial style hotel is a comfortable, tranquil and calm oasis in Cusco providing exceptional service. All rooms have showers and bathrooms with abundant hot water 24 hours a day. They feature comfortable beds and are also equipped with an LED TV, telephone and safety deposit box as well as an iPhone dock. Suite and Balcony Rooms are also available at an additional cost.
 Casa Andina Tikarani - Puno
Standard Room
Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani is a medium-sized, quiet hotel with several spacious common areas, including a living room with fireplace and a patio. The hotel is in an excellent location close to Puno's restaurant and bar scene. The rooms are spacious and feature private shower, TV and safety deposit box. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi, internet service and laundry service.
 Casa Andina San Antonio - Lima
Standard Room
Casa Andina San Antonio was the first hotel opened by the Casa Andina group in 2003. It is a 5-storey building located in the safe, tranquil residential neighbourhood of Miraflores, close to Larcomar. Miraflores has become the most fashionable and upmarket district of Peru's cosmopolitan capital and is renowned for its dynamic nightlife and gastronomic scene. The rooms were remodelled in 2011 and feature air-conditioning, heating, cable TV and safety deposit box. The hotel has a spacious lobby, interior patio and offers Wi-Fi, internet and laundry service.
 Windsor Palace - Rio de Janeiro
Standard Room
Walk the streets of Copacabana and be near one of the most famous beaches in the world while in Rio de Janeiro. Stay at the Windsor Palace Hotel where you find comfort, convenience and assistance. The hotel is the ideal accommodation for those wishing to experience the beauty of Rio de Janeiro, whether on holidays or on business trips in a pleasant, comfortable, and friendly atmosphere. With several attractions around, including beaches, bars and restaurants, shops and much more, the Windsor Palace Hotel mixes the renowned Windsor quality with all Rio can offer, which ensures a fantastic stay.
 La Cantera Jungle Lodge - Iguasu
Tierra Room
La Cantera Jungle Lodge is situated within the Natural Reserve "Selva Iryapu". This reserve is strategically situated. It is 10 minutes' drive from the city of Puerto Iguazu, 15 minutes' drive from The International Iguazu Airport, and 15 minutes from the Cataratas del Iguazu. The difference of lodging within the Natural Reserve is mainly the real contact with nature, the song of birds, the sound of the leaves moved by the wind, and the mystery of the forest that embraces everything. La Cantera Jungle Lodge was built having in mind the preservation of the setting and thinking that the impact on the place had to be very little. Within the three acres of the property there are trees that are more than 400 years old (Caa Fstola) and others that are protected as they are about to be extinted (Palo Rosa).The Lodge is characterized for being an innovating, exclusive and sophisticated proposal, with the goal of offering first level services and betting for a real approach to each host. It has 24 suits and offers all the amenities that you would need for your comfort, from its beautiful swimming pool to its spa, bar or restaurant.
 Dazzler Tower Recoleta - Buenos Aires
Standard Room
The modern 4-star Dazzler Recoleta is located in an old elite area of the city, the district of Recoleta, surrounded by quaint mansions and beautiful wide tree-lined streets with small boutique restaurants offering al fresco dining. The hotel offers a wide variety of services including 24-hour desk, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, room service, central air-conditioning and heating, business centre, outdoor pool, solarium, sauna and gym. The rooms have double paned soundproof windows and are equipped with Wi-Fi, cable TV, telephone, electronic safe, magnetic card door lock, private bathroom, work desk and chair.

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