Overview & Highlights

A forty day holiday to celebrate the forty years of Journey Latin America, devised by one of our most senior sales consultants. Featuring the top highlights, hidden corners, and experiences  conceived to offer you a unique perspective.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado Mountain
  • Iguazú Falls: Brazilian and Argentina sides with helicopter ride and boat tour
  • Pantanal: excursions from the lodge
  • Buenos Aires: night excursion with milonga show
  • Buenos Aires: walking city tour
  • El Calafate Patagonia: Excursion to Estancia Nibepo Aike
  • El Calafate Patagonia: Boat trip to the glaciers
  • Torres del Paine Patagonia: choice of activities at the lodge
  • Atacama desert: Tocanao village and Atacama salt flats
  • Uyuni salt flats: excursions en route
  • Cusco: city tour and San Pedro market
  • Sacred Valley: tour of valley with Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca sites
  • Machu Picchu: guided tour
  • Lake Titicaca: choice of activities from the lodge
  • Mexico City: cycle, tacos and beer tour
  • Mexico City: lucho libre wrestling match
  • Oaxaca: Night time excursion (on 31 October only) for Day of the Dead
  • Oaxaca: Day of the Dead (Nov 1 only) Night time excursion
  • Oaxaca: Cookery class
  • Huatulco: some activities at the hotel

For senior sales consultant Sophie Barber, it’s the mixture of exotic wildlife and natural landscapes combined with living culture and historic heritage which continue to draw her back to Latin America. To celebrate our 40th anniversary, she has devised an awe-inspiring 40-day holiday celebrating her favourite places and experiences. We are delighted to share it with you, and invite you to include some of her suggestions in your own holiday – or book the whole thing as it is, if you dare!

It isn’t, of course, fully comprehensive – there are a multitude of other places and activities which she could happily have included had there been time. But in this personal choice she has highlighted the most stupendous cities, a few of the best wildlife spotting destinations, some of the most dramatic natural scenery and staggering human achievements. She’s referred to her huge bank of knowledge to suggest innovative and sometimes quirky ways to enhance your experiences. 

With judicious timing, you’ll catch colourful indigenous markets and historic religious festivals.  After all the excitement of exploration, relaxing on a sunlit beach is the perfect way to end the holiday.

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Outline itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 2

Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountain.

Day 3

At leisure in Rio.

Day 4

Fly to the Pantanal wetlands.

Day 5

Explorations from the lodge.

Day 6

Optional activities from the lodge.

Day 7

By road to Cuiabá, overnight.

Day 8

Fly south to Iguazú Falls.

Day 9

Take to the Iguazú river in a boat.

Day 10

Fly to Buenos Aires.

Day 11

Visit the underground tunnels in San Telmo.

Day 12

Fly to El Calafate in Patagonia.

Day 13

Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier.

Day 14

On to Chilean Patagonia – Torres del Paine.

Days 15-16

Exploring the national park

Day 17

Fly to Santiago.

Day 18

Fly north to the Atacama Desert.

Day 19

Guided excursion to Tocanao and the salt flats.

Day 20

On through the salt flats to Bolivia.

Day 21

Discovering the Uyuni salt flats.

Day 22

Fly to Cusco in Peru.

Day 23

Guided tour of the city, its environs and San Pedro market.

Day 24

By road into the Sacred valley of the Incas.

Day 25

Explore the Sacred Valley and Pisac ruins.

Day 26

Visit Machu Picchu by train.

Day 27

Revisit the citadel, return to Cusco by train.

Day 28

By rail to Lake Titicaca.

Day 29

From your hotel, explore the lake's shores and hinterland.

Day 30

Fly to Lima, Peruvian capital.

Day 31

Fly north to Mexico City.

Day 32

Visit the ruined temples of Teotihuacán.

Day 33

Day at leisure in Mexico City.

Day 34

Fly to Oaxaca in the mountainous interior.

Day 35

Day of the Dead – or explore at leisure.

Day 36

Cooking class in Oaxaca.

Days 37-39

Fly to Huatulco on the Pacific coast.

Day 40

Fly to Mexico City and connect with your homeward international flight.

What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

Very efficient with the booking process and very helpful with his service throughout. Adam was always prompt and helpful in answering all our questions prior to departure.

IR, London

Tailor made holiday

Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

Ben Line
Ben Line - Travel Consultant

Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

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Inspired by this trip

Our exciting range of articles on Latin America explore everything from iconic destinations and lesser-known cultural gems to delicious traditional recipes. You’ll also find exclusive travel tips, first-hand client reviews and the chance to get your personal questions answered by our travel experts.


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Our exciting range of articles on Latin America explore everything from iconic destinations and lesser-known cultural gems to delicious traditional recipes. You’ll also find exclusive travel tips, first-hand client reviews and the chance to get your personal questions answered by our travel experts.

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

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