Argentina, Chile & Peru
Enjoy the best of three countries. Explore fascinating Lima, the capital and the largest city of Peru, located between three river valleys and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Tucked deep within the Andes Mountains, travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incredible “Lost City of the Incas’ to Machu Picchu. Macho Picchu was built around 1450 A.D. at the height of the Inca Empire and is a sight that will surely take your breath away. It truly feels like you’ve walked into a beautiful painting. Machu Picchu was also just voted the #1 Best Reviewed Tourist Destination in the World. Peru has become the major supplier of asparagus and table grapes for America. Visit an asparagus farm and learn about their growing techniques and marketing. Walk through a lush vineyard and see those beautiful table grapes that will soon be sold in our American grocery stores. In Chile, enjoy picturesque views of the coastal region, visit a farm, and a major seed company that produces many of the new seed varieties you might be planting next season. Visit vibrant Buenos Aires and its countryside in Argentina. Learn about their soybean and corn production and inspect the fields. Savor a Gaucho style BBQ hosted by the owners of a 1,000 head cattle ranch. Visit the world’s largest cattle auction, with capacity for 15,000 head. Marvel at Argentina’s incredible architecture and leather works. Sample their delicious beef and famous wine, and watch a spectacular presentation of the popular and sensuous Tango.
- January 10 - 23, 2019
Day 1: Depart Miami
Meet your tour manager and fellow travelers in Miami, where you depart for an afternoon flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. (In-flight meal service)
Day 2: Lima, Peru
This morning enjoy a city tour of Lima, the capital and main cultural and business center of Peru. Our Peruvian national guide starts us off with a relaxing drive, stopping at the Plaza Mayor, the historical center of Lima. Plaza Mayor features impressive colonial treasures – the Presidential Palace, City Hall, and the Archbishop’s Palace. A drive through the elegant and charming residential districts of San Isidro and Mira Flores, located on the Pacific Ocean, is followed by lunch overlooking the ocean. Following lunch we travel to the National Agrarian University in La Molina district, where you will learn about Peru’s number one crop. The potato has long been important to Peruvians, and now there are more than 3,000 varieties of potatoes in Peru. Partake in a gastronomy workshop at San Ignacio de Loyola Escuela de Chefs, one of the most prestigious schools in South America. Here you learn how to make traditional Peruvian cuisine, as well as their famous national drink, Pisco Sour. Dinner will be in the Don Ignacio Restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Peru’s Countryside
Peru is the world’s foremost asparagus grower and is America’s largest competitor in this category. Asparagus production has developed into the country’s third largest agricultural export, behind coffee and precious metals. Asparagus has recently become one of the trendiest vegetables on the American dinner table. Peru’s growing season is opposite of North America’s, which makes this vegetable available almost year-round. Visit Peru’s most famous vegetable farmer, a past Peruvian Minister of Agriculture and currently the secretary of finance, who also tends to his large fruit and asparagus farm. This friendly, mild mannered man and his wife graciously take us on a tour of his operation, but not before serving us great pastries, nuts and desserts with coffee, tea or juice. Later we are treated to lunch and a folk show at the farm…always a fun time, and something you are sure to enjoy. Continuing on we drive through the sandy flatlands of Peru. With the help of Israeli irrigation specialists, Peruvian farmers now grow beautiful irrigated crops on this once desert landscape. Our final destination today is the city of Ica. Our accommodations feature a resort type atmosphere, creating the perfect back drop for a wonderful evening of relaxation. (B, L)
Day 4: Peru's Countryside and the Nazca Lines / Lima
Today we will introduce you to some of Peru’s local wildlife. Take a boat ride out to the Ballestas Islands, where you will see many penguins, sea lions, and birds. If you would like to experience the Nazca Lines, this morning is your opportunity! The resort provides flight tours over the Nazca lines for approximately $300 per person. Rupiper Tours has no affiliation with the flight tours but will allow time for you to enjoy this activity if interested. You must inquire early to reserve your flight over the Nazca Lines – Space is first come, first served.
About the Nazca Lines: The Nazca Lines, one of the world’s most mysterious phenomena, are geoglyphs and geometric line clearings in the Peruvian desert. The Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca people, who flourished along rivers and streams that flow from the Andes between 200 BC and 600 AD. The area of the Nazca art is called the Pampa Colorada (Red Plains) and is 15 miles wide and runs some 37 miles parallel to the Andes and the sea. Dark red surface stones and soil have been cleared away, exposing the lighter-colored subsoil, creating the “lines.” The design includes not only lines and geometric shapes, but also depictions of animals and plants in stylized forms. Some of the forms, including images of humans, grace the steep hillsides at the edge of the desert. The Nazca lines are communal. Their creation took hundreds of years and required a large number of people working on the project. Their size and their purpose have led some to speculate that visitors from another planet either created or directed the project.
Our tour continues after lunch as we journey back to Lima for our overnight stay. (B, L)
Day 5: Lima / Cuzco / Aguas Calientes
A one hour morning flight takes us to Cuzco, the mythical capital of the Inca Empire, where we travel to the city center for lunch and time to explore the town square. This afternoon, we embark on an unforgettable journey. Traveling through the mountains, past picturesque farms and villages, we enjoy impressive views of the Cuzco Valley and the glaciers beyond, before we board the Vistadome train and continue with a scenic rail trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here you can view the remains of the Inca culture, as well as the modern-day Incas’ farming population. In Aguas Calientes we check into the Hatuchay Tower Hotel where we enjoy dinner. If you wish, you may take a stroll through this quaint little village, perhaps finding that perfect little treasure you’ve been looking for. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Today’s journey is one of the most significant aspects of the tour. We ascend by motorcoach to Machu Picchu and the legendary “Lost City of the Incas,” one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world. Here we find the remains of temples, houses, terraces for growing crops, and a sacrificial altar. Enjoy an incredible guided tour of the citadel, considered one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. After our visit we return to Aguas Calientes. There is time to shop at a local craft market exploding with brightly colored fabrics, pottery, jewelry, fruits and vegetables, before we board the Vistadome train for our final train ride through the scenic Sacred Valley of the Incas. At the Poroy train station we disembark and transfer back to our hotel. Tonight we enjoy dinner and an entertaining folk show performed by local musicians and dancers. (B, D)
Day 7: Cuzco / Lima / Buenos Aires
We depart Peru on our morning flight across the Andes Mountain Range to Buenos Aires, arriving there in the evening. We transfer to our hotel for the next couple nights. (B, D)
Day 8: Buenos Aires Countryside
Today is fun and relaxing as we visit a rancher who owns a one thousand head cow/calf operation. He always rounds up a small herd and runs them through the chute while we are there. Also see the saddles and tack an Argentinian cowboy uses, which are very different from what Canadian and American cowboys use. Inspect their corn, soybean, and sunflower crops. Our hosts go all out with a wonderful Gaucho style BBQ lunch, which includes wine and dessert. Sit around the pool enjoying a cold beverage or lay back in one of the many hammocks available. Perhaps you prefer the chairs in the shade. Whatever you choose, today is about you relaxing. This is always a great way to unwind. (B, L)
Day 9: Buenos Aires Cattle Auction / Delta Boat Ride
Argentina is the second largest cattle producing country in the world. Join us on an interesting visit to one of the world’s largest livestock auction markets which merchandises 15% of all the cattle sold in Argentina. Per day, on average, about 10,000 head of cattle are sold for slaughter. The stockyards, located right in the city of Buenos Aires, have a capacity of 30,000 head. Then we head north, to the Parana River, for a leisurely boat ride on the Delta del Tigre. Explore this vast maze of canals, tributaries, and river as we navigate through the heavy vegetation and see the rich birdlife. (B, L)
Day 10: City Tour / Tango Show
We enjoy a wonderful city tour visiting Plaza de Mayo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, San Telmo, the Teatro Colon and Palermo Park. We see the Casa Rosada, the official residence of Argentina’s president, and drive down one of the widest boulevards in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, the street named in salute to Argentina’s Declaration of Independence. This afternoon we visit the new district of Palermo Soho. The streets are lined with elegant cafés and a variety of shops, including antiques, handicrafts, and clothing shops galore. Explore the area on your own or shop for that last minute special South American souvenir. Also enjoy a guided tour of the truly unique Recoleta Cemetery. Containing the graves of some of the most important Argentines, including Eva Perón, Raúl Alfonsín, and several presidents of Argentina, the cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles. This evening, enjoy one of the many highlights of the tour – sample Argentina’s famous beef and delicious wines, watch a spectacular presentation of the popular and sensuous Tango, and listen to unforgettable Pampas and Andean music (B, D)
Day 11: Buenos Aires / Santiago, Chile
We depart Peru on our afternoon flight to Santiago, Chile, arriving there in the evening. Before we say goodbye to Argentina, enjoy free time in the famous Sunday Antique Fair / Market in the neighborhood of San Telmo. This could be the perfect place to find that perfect Argentinian souvenir. We transfer to our lovely hotel in Santiago’s city center for a good night’s rest (B)
Day 12: Santiago, Chile
Beginning at Santiago’s main avenue, Alameda, we visit the historically significant Government Palace, La Moneda. We walk through the bustling pedestrian zone of Huérfanos and Ahumada, and tour the famous Plaza de Armas, the city’s Main Square, which is surrounded by many historical buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue on to the most imaginative and exuberant piece of landscaping in Santiago, the lushly forested hill, Cerro Santa Lucia. This place bears historical importance; Santiago was officially founded by Pedro de Valdivia at the foot of Cerro Santa Lucia on February 12, 1541. From the hill’s lofty top, we are able to see the Parque Forestal on one side and the Mapocho River on the other. Crossing the river we tour Barrio Bellavista, the French influenced cultural and artistic neighborhood of Santiago, which lies at the foot of Cerro San Cristóbal, the city’s highest hill. If time permits, we have an opportunity to shop at Los Dominicos handicraft market. Finally we visit Providencia, one of the noble parts of Santiago, with top-rated restaurants, elegant shops and modern high-rise buildings. This evening is capped off with dinner served high above the city in the Tower Restaurant. From this lofty vantage point you’ll enjoy great views of the Chilean capital. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Viña del Mar / Valparaíso
Traveling along the beautiful coastal region of the Pacific Ocean, we pass through the agricultural valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca and visit picturesque Valparaíso, the country’s main seaport, and the most important maritime destination of the Pacific Coast until the Strait of Panama was opened to navigation in 1914. By touring the downtown area and hilly neighborhoods, we gain a better understanding of why this was Chile’s most flourishing city in the early 20th century. Journeying north along the coastline of the bay we reach Viña del Mar, Chile’s most luxurious resort town. With its many parks, lush vegetation, and huge palm trees, Viña del Mar well deserves the name “Garden City.” Stroll the golden sandy beaches in the Reñaca area (B, L)
Day 14: Country Tour / Concha y Toro
Today we travel south on the Pan-American Highway to Buin, an agricultural town close to the Maipo River. You are sure to enjoy our visit to one of the largest Pioneer seed processing plants in the world. Many of you know that developing new varieties takes time. Pioneer of Chile processes thousands of bushels of seed each day. With over 25,000 acres devoted to seed production they can jump start 100 to 150 varieties of seed corn each year, about 1000 varieties of parent stock. Visit the Pioneer facility and see the steps taken to get their seed ready for market. Next we head to a nearby farm that produces corn for Pioneer. Discuss inputs, costs, and processes and find out how Pioneer contracts their seed corn production. Lunch is at a local restaurant before we ascend to Alto Jahuel, a picturesque mountain village. The view is stunning – beautiful vineyards set against the backdrop of the towering Andes. This area is ideal for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. We pass through extensive vineyards before reaching the largest and most important one, Concha y Toro. Founded in 1883, this vineyard uses the most modern technology for its refrigeration equipment, including stainless steel tanks, filters, and casks made of American and French oak. We enjoy a wine tasting and visit the beautiful private park, the museum, the cellars and caves, including the legendary cave named Casillero del Diablo or “Cellar of the Devil,” because it is so deep and dark that people were afraid to go in. Return for wonderful farewell dinner, featuring delicious filet of beef and great Chilean wine. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Return to the US
Early this morning we arrive in Miami which leaves ample time to connect to your home airport. (In-flight Meal Service)
Rupiper Tours reserves the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary if necessary.
International Round-trip Airfare from Miami
South American International & Domestic Airfare
Transfers by Deluxe Motorcoach
Four Star Hotels
Meals as per itinerary B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
All Entrance Fees to Special Sights, Events and Activities
English-speaking Tour Guides Throughout
Special Events and Sights
Lima City Tour
National Agrarian University visit
Gastronomy Workshop at San Ignacio de Loyola Escuela de Chefs
Asparagus, Orchard, & Table Grape Farm
Vistadome Train Ride
Machu Picchu “Lost City of the Incas”
Sacred Valley of the Incas
See Wild Penguins at Ballestas Island
Santiago City Tour
Santiago Tower Restaurant
Cerro San Cristóbal
Viña del Mar “Garden City”
Valparaíso & Colchagua Valley
Concha Y Toro Vineyard & Wine Tasting
Pioneer Seed Production Facility & Crop Farm
Buenos Aires City Tour
Technical Farm & Ranch Visits
Dinner Tango Show
Palermo Soho and Leather Factory
Tigre Delta Excursion
Comments from 2017 Argentina, Chile & Peru Tour Participants
"We truly enjoyed the trip to South America. We learned so much about Peru, Chile & Argentina. It has opened our minds and appetite for more knowledge. The food and wines were so terrific. We will be searching out some of those wines. you were a great host and we hope to see you again on future trips. Thanks"
- Jeff & Helena M. (Michigan)
"The people were very nice & friendly, also helpful. I had a wonderful time. The guides and tour manager were excellent."
- G. F. (New York)
"The tour was excellent. Above and beyond all expectations!"
- Don U. (Texas)
"This was my first trip with you guys and was delighted with the experience. I felt very safe and thought the tour manager did an amazing job taking care of us. His assistance at the airports was very reassuring. I will travel with Rupiper Tours again - hopefully soon!"
- Trenda N. (Nebraska)
"I was very pleased with everyone who helped put the trip together in each region we visited. The local guides were very good. This style of trip gave us a peek into a lot of places - each country would like us to stay a month! I got everything I paid for."
- Edward & Suzanne W. (New Jersey)
"The tour manager was very thorough. Very conscientious of each person's needs. He did whatever he could to make this trip a more pleasant experience for everyone. We appreciated the bottles of water every day."
- Doug & Karen S. (Iowa)
"Brent did a great job, and everyone was great. We really enjoyed Machu Picchu and the farms."
- Robert & Jeanne C. (Minnesota)
"Thank you for a wonderful tour - Brent and Rupiper Tours provided the best tour we have taken. We appreciated the total superb organization and quality of the tour."
- Charles & Carol B. (Tennessee)
"The tour manager and guides were all very good. I really enjoyed visiting Chile. All were helpful before and throughout the tour. Thanks!"
- Carlos R. (Pennsylvania)
Comments from 2016 Argentina, Chile & Peru Tour Participants
"Brent was a super tour manager - we could hear him give us all the needed information and so helpful at the airports. We have relived the tour through photos & the DVD & will continue to do so! The time went fast and can't believe what all we saw and did. Very organized and could tell that the local guides love working with Rupipers. The guides were all very informative - love their knowledge of their native countries."
- Ben & Sue W. (Nebraska)
"We learned lots of history and facts from the tour guides. We were amazed at the motor coach drivers - they all handled the traffic and narrow streets very well."
- Wilbur & Elsie S. (Missouri)
"Can't say enough about Brent - Super pleased with the attention given. Loved Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines and Santiago!"
- Marsha & Dave D. (Colorado)
"Motor coach drivers were all great. Alberto (guide) was great. Always very helpful and friendly to all. Patricia & Adolfo (guides) were outstanding as we got to Argentina. We really enjoyed the ranch in Argentina, the vegetable farm in Peru and the vineyards in Chile."
Ron & Peggy D. (Michigan)
"Brent, the tour manager was very professional, patient, and responsive. He treated all people and questions very well. His attitude is one reason I would like to do more tours with Rupiper. Alberto the guide - don't change a thing. He is perfect. All drivers were excellent."
- Veronica E. (Florida)
"It was a good trip. The guides were great, the tour manager excellent, the people on the tour were great. Everyone was easy to talk to and agreeable. Thank you for the great DVD."
- Ken & Bonnie H. (Michigan)
"The tour manager was wonderful - very friendly. All the guides were good, although each were quite different."
- Sue M. (Oregon)
"The tour manager was very relaxed and casual - never seemed to push us. Always available and friendly. Would love to tour with him again. Very helpful staff in South Dakota. I feel they personally care. Can't wait to take another Rupiper Tour! Pioneer Seed was great and the farms too. Loved being with other farm families. We especially appreciated all the effort to make Machu Picchu so smooth. Excellent job!"
- Deb & Arnold M. (Texas)
Previous Argentina, Chile & Peru Tour Comments
“My tour with Rupiper was great from beginning to end. Thanks to each person in the office for the planning to make the trip special for me. The team did an awesome job in making the tour of South America so special. - Thank you – I hope to travel with you again in the future.”
- Fran G. (Minnesota)
“All the guides were a wealth of knowledge about their countries. We bonded with Paula as she gave us insight into how it was growing up in Chile. No matter how silly or how serious the question, the staff were all there with answers. The cross section of people on the tour melted together like old friends. Everybody was respectful of each other and helpful. By the end of the tour we had bonded and made friends we will keep in touch with.”
- Wayne & Susan S. (Oregon)
“Now that we’ve all had a rest and time to reflect on our trip we want to thank you all for the wonderful time we had on the Peru, Chile, Argentina trip. Your organization of all tours etc. plus personality, wit and fun entertainment made all perfect. Thank you again for an unforgettable time.”
- Rex & Lucille D. (Nebraska)
“Brent did an excellent job. He was well organized, explained things, gave important information. Very professional! Good to have help at airports. Booklets were excellent resource for notes. Loved the DVD when we got home. We are already planning what we would like to do next time. Glad my girlfriend told me about you. We have relived it in pictures and DVDs and made some wonderful new friends.”
- Yolanda & Jerry S. (Missouri)
“I thought Brent did an excellent job managing the tour. All the staff were very helpful and friendly. Great tour, and next I am going to Australia & New Zealand with Rupipers.”
- Marvin T. (Connecticut)
“We received the DVD of our recent trip to Peru, Chile & Argentina. Thanks. We really enjoyed it and promptly played our other trip DVDs of our travels with you (India, Russia, Poland, Australia). We look forward to future travels.”
- Stan & Linda W. (Minnesota)