South America On A Budget


This tour is for those on a budget but wanting to fit in as much of South America as possible. It takes in South America's most economical highlights so that you can maximize the value of your holiday.

Visit the vibrant cities of Buenos Aires, Rio, Santiago and Lima as well as exploring key wildlife and historical areas such as Iguasu Falls, Cusco and Lake Titicaca.

Although this is a budget focused tour please note that we can also organise this itinerary with higher standard hotels and services. 

20 Days
Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru


Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Budget Hotels


Airport transfers


Tours in the itinerary

Internal flights


All breakfasts

Other meals where stated

Difficulty Rating 1 (easy)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request


This tour can be done in reverse. Please contact us for more details.

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.


Find out more about sustainability in:



Electricity Generation Currently 41% of energy in within Argentina comes from renewable energy sources (mostly hydropower…



  Environmental issues in Brazil include deforestation in the Amazon Basin, illegal wildlife trade, air and…



Chile is considered to be one of the least sustainable countries in the world, indiscriminately…



Electricity Generation Currently 48% of energy in within Peru come from renewable energy sources (mostly hydropower…

Accommodation & Pricing


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.

 Hotel Buenavista - Lima
Standard Room
In the heart of Lima's Miraflores area, this hostel is close to many shops and local attractions and features an outdoor area, free Wi-Fi and full kitchen. Rooms include private bathroom and cable TV. All of the 19 rooms at Hostal Buena Vista Lima are equipped with telephone and traditional decor. Room service and 24-hour front desk are available. Guests can enjoy a varied buffet breakfast in a cosy internal patio area. Buena Vista Lima also offers a lounge with TV and DVD, tour desk and transportation services. The hotel is 3 blocks from Kennedy Park and a 30-minute drive from downtown Lima. The airport is a 45 minute drive away.
 Hotel Balsa Inn Puno - Puno
Standard Room
Conveniently located in Puno's city centre, the Hotel Balsa Inn is located very near to the Plaza de Armas and just a short stroll from the Cathedral. The rooms are comfortable and include private bathroom and internet connection and the hotel features a bar and restaurant.
 Imperio Machu Picchu - Machu Picchu
Classic Room
Featuring a restaurant, Flower's House offers accommodations in Machu Picchu. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here features a safety deposit box, a private bathroom and cable TV. A daily breakfast is included. At Flower's House guests will find free shuttle service, a 24-hour front desk and a bar. The property is a 5-minute walk from the train station and a 7-minute walk from the bus station where guests can take a bus to Machu Picchu.
 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.
 Merit San Telmo Hotel - Buenos Aires
Standard Room
Merit San Telmo is a 3-star hotel in Buenos Aires, located in the heart of San Telmo neighbourhood and close to the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada. This 8-storey building has been built on a structure dating back to 1940 and its architecture preserves the most significant elements of that time. The spacious rooms feature a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, safety deposit box, free Wi-Fi, minibar and hairdryer. The hotel also has a bar/lounge, business centre, 24-hour front desk and multilingual staff.
 Hotel El Pueblito Iguazu - Iguasu
Master Room
El Pueblito Iguazu - Hotel Tematico was born with the dream of its creator and her passion about nature. The hotel is situated in one of the last portions of "Paranaense" Forest. It is eco-sustainable in all of its infrastructure, surrounded by a natural reserve by the "Los Pajaros" lake together with the theme natural park Biocentro Iguazu. Its design recreates the historical and cultural monuments of Puerto Iguazu: like the local school, National Park, customs and the police department.
 Santa Clara Hotel - Rio de Janeiro
Standard Room
Hotel Santa Clara is located in Bairro Peixoto, between the hills of Morro da Saudade and Morre de Sao Joao, close to Copacabana Beach, one of the most beautiful and most famous beaches in the world. The hotel is within easy access of shops, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and supermarkets. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone and wooden furnishings. The hotel offers Wi-Fi, a lounge area, 24-hour front desk and restaurant with breakfast included.
 Hotel Montecarlo - Santiago
Standard Room
Located in the historic Lastarria district in the heart of Santiago, Hotel Montecarlo offers modern rooms with air-conditioning and cable TV. Free private parking is possible on site. All rooms have panoramic views of the Cerro Santa Lucia Park and are equipped with a private bathroom and a safety deposit box. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas and there is a convenient 24-hour front desk service. Hotel Montecarlo's restaurant serves local Chilean dishes, as well as international dishes. The hotel also features a bar.

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