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.

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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  • 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

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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.

Accommodation

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BRA_RioDeJaneiro_WindsorMiramar (2)

Brazil / Rio de Janeiro

Windsor Miramar

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Brazil / The Pantanal

Pousada do Rio Mutum

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Argentina / Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side / Iguazu Falls

Melia Iguazu Resort and Spa

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Argentina / El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

Estancia Nibepo Aike

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Tierra Patagonia

Chile / Torres del Paine National Park

Tierra Patagonia

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Le Reve Santiago

Chile / Santiago and the vineyards

Le Reve Santiago

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Bolivia / Uyuni salt flats

Luna Salada

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Peru / Cusco

Inkaterra la Casona

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Peru / Sacred Valley of the Incas

Hotel Sol y Luna

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Peru / Machu Picchu

Inkaterra Machu Picchu

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Peru / Lake Titicaca – Peruvian side / Lake Titicaca

Titilaka

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Peru / Lima

Belmond Miraflores Park

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Las Alcobas

Mexico / Mexico City

Las Alcobas

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Mexico / Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca

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What our clients say

  • The holiday was all we expected and when asked we would recommend it to friends with reservation.

    EC, Taunton
    Jan 2018
  • I would recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in magnificent scenery and wonderful wildlife experiences.

    CT, Antrim
    Apr 2013
  • "This is my fourth JLA trip and it was as fulfilling and enjoyable as the earlier ones. You run an excellent organisation-and I commend and thank you. I will be back!!"

    AM, London
    Oct 2014
  • "Getting to Machu Picchu after a 50 year  dream was amazing. Although the whole of Bolivia was magical stunning scenery excellent guides and a surrealistic landscape."

    MF, Warwick
    May 2016
  • There are so many memorable parts of the trip it would be difficult to pick out one. Our overriding memories will be the totality of what we saw of South America - heat of the cities, colour, rhythm, vastness, scenery - lakes, mountains, glaciers and the meadows and condors of Chile and the albatross in the Beagle Channel.

    AP, Bridgwater
    Mar 2016
  • The first view of Machu Picchu from the watchman's tower, the view from El Alto overlooking La Paz and surrounding mountains and the Iguazu Falls will remain with me always. Also very pleased with the standard of accommodation.

    Overall this was the most interesting and varied holiday I have ever been on and was a superb introduction to what was, for me, a new area of the world.

    PM, Motherwell
    Feb 2013
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Meet our team

Real Latin american experts

  • Sally Dodge
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    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 London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    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 Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Charlotte Daubeney (2)
    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    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 Head of Sales.

  • Millie Davies Mono
    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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