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South America Express - Tucan Travel
South America Express - Tucan Travel
Tamasin "I absolutely have to write this review so that no one else is almost deterred by the 2-star reviews! I booked this tour because it squeezed so many amazing places that I wanted to see in under a month. Previously, I have got home sick in less than a month, but this time I am honestly sad that it's over! It was absolutely amazing and i'll always remember it fondly. I was worried that South Ameri..."
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6 reviews
Starts
Lima
+17 Destinations
Andes Mountains
Ends
Rio de Janeiro
Map

Highlights

  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • Wander the Atacama Desert
  • Visit Iguazu Falls
  • See a tango show
Age range
18 to 65 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel
Max Group Size
19
Transportation
Train & Rail, Jeep & 4WD, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Plane
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure, Christmas & New Year
Start in Lima and end in Rio de Janeiro! With the discovery tour South America Express, you have a 26 day tour package taking you from Lima to Rio de Janeiro and through Lima, Peru and 16 other destinations in Latin America. South America Express includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

6 Reviews

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  • FR
    Written on April 17, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I got to see and do everything I wanted to do in a short space of time.

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  • A
    Written on April 15, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Got to see and do everything I wanted in a short space of time

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  • DR
    Written on June 17, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    The guide of the tour was very good deserves more than 5 stars (Wilson) was like a friend and his help during the entire trip he was great. The hotels were not good, the worst the "La Paz" Bolivia. A big lack of information about what is basic hotels, as... Read more

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  • South America Express reviewer 4
    Written on May 4, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I absolutely have to write this review so that no one else is almost deterred by the 2-star reviews! I booked this tour because it squeezed so many amazing places that I wanted to see in under a month. Previously, I have got home sick in less than a month,... Read more

    Tucan Travel commented on this review
    We love reviews that go into this level of detail Tamasin. Thank you so much for taking the time to post it!
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  • C
    Written on February 29, 2016
    2.0 - Rather poor

    We travelled throughout South America in January 2016 visiting Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina & Brazil finishing the Rio carnival for a total of 30 days. We travelled with Tucan Travel on their South American Express group tour & have the following... Read more

    Tucan Travel commented on this review
    Hi Caroline, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. You raise many issues and I will try and comment on as many of them as possible, however I know that our Customer Relations Manager is currently investigating your case. Transport The tour you took through South America was designed with as many flights in as possible in order to limit the number of long travel days and make as much use of your time as possible, giving you more time in the exciting destinations the continent has to offer. Despite this, your tour still covered vast distances in a relatively short period of time and it is impossible to travel from A to B without long bus journeys and early starts sometimes. The early morning departures in particular are chosen to allow you to enjoy your destination as much as possible and the long bus journey between Santiago and Mendoza is meant to be one of the most beautiful in South America. When the road is open, we always take this route rather than flying as the views are exceptional and not to be missed. The 4WD’s we use on the Uyuni Salt Flats sit 8 people comfortably. This is the best way of driving over the salt pans and covering the huge distances required. Accommodation The accommodation we use varies throughout the trip but we always try and use hotels with the equivalent comfort of a three star hotel. Your tour included one night in basic, multi-share accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. This accommodation was clearly described in your itinerary and we choose these style of hotel due to the lack of affordable options in the region. We have never had any complaints about this accommodation before as it is clearly described online and part of the authentic travel experience we advertise. If you had any other issues with your accommodation, we always recommend raising it with your tour leader at the time so that they can work with the hotel to make changes. We block book hotel rooms and services up to 12 months in advance and the hotels we use are used to accommodating up to 36 of our clients at any time on some popular tours. There was one incident where half of the booking was lost but the hotel admitted responsibility and found somewhere of a similar standard for the rest of the group to stay very quickly. We are unable to control which rooms the hotels use and a lot depends on other guests Your Tour Leader Throughout your tour, your tour leader Denea was assisted by a much more experienced tour leader, Heidi who was running the tour alongside yours. Denea also had the support of our office in Peru who she was in contact with on a daily basis. Denae had plenty of experience that qualified her as a tour leader. She has been working for Tucan Travel for several months now and before that, ran tours for a volunteer company for over a year. Other As a tour operator, we are unable to provide medical advice. We always recommend that you visit a doctor before travelling, particularly if you are worried about altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can affect everybody in different ways so it is important that you understand the illness and take whatever precautions you are comfortable with depending on your doctor’s advice. I am sorry that you feel that you would not travel with us again and we wish you all the best in your future travels. Kind regards, Jess @ Tucan Travel
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  • JJ
    Written on February 9, 2016
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Tour leader was inexperienced (it was her first time in almost every place on the tour and she was clueless as to local conditions and information). Accomodations often lacked basics like hot water (to say nothing of terrible WiFi) and many meals were... Read more

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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive Lima
  2. Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas
  3. Day 3: Machu Picchu
  4. Day 4: Cusco
  5. Day 5-6: Puno & Lake Titicaca
  6. Day 7-8: La Paz
  7. Day 9: Uyuni
  8. Day 10: Uyuni (Salt Flats)
  9. Day 11: Laguna Colorada
  10. Day 12-13: San Pedro de Atacama
  11. Day 14-16: Santiago
  12. Day 17-19: Mendoza
  13. Day 20-22: Buenos Aires
  14. Day 23-24: Foz do Iguaçu
  15. Day 25: Rio de Janeiro
  16. Day 26: Depart Rio de Janeiro

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

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Videos

  • The Road to Rio Carnival Day 3
  • The Road to Rio Carnival Day 5
  • Main Page Video
  • Cusco, Lima
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Cusco, Lima
  • Main Page Video
The Road to Rio Carnival Day 3

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  • Leslie3rd September 2018
    It is too bad there is no 6 or 8 star rating available. 5 isn't really good enough for TourRadar. This enterprise surpasses even the most stringent, high-bar criteria for excellence of customer service. These people are consistently, constantly, on top of your tour itinerary, where you are are in the process, your current status and your situation, they answer the phone on the 2nd or 3rd ring, I'M NOT KIDDING, nd when they pick up they already know who you are, what your tour and status is, and they instantly produce precise answers and solutions to your questions or problems in a matter of seconds. I don't know who the competition is for this outfit but my advice to them is, give up. Go find another line of business. You will never catch up with the platinum customer service these people provide.

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    USD $5,129
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    May 7, 2019
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    USD $4,419
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    Apr 26, 2019
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    May 21, 2019
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    May 10, 2019
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    26 Days
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    Jun 4, 2019
    to Rio de Janeiro
    7 seats left
    USD $4,419
    + $620 Local Payment
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About the countries

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Currencies

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Peru
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Boliviano
Bolivia
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Chile and Argentina
R$
Real
Brazil

Plugs & Adapters

Peru, Bolivia and BrazilPeru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and BrazilChileArgentina

Visa

Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
Recommended for Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Recommended for Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. Ideally 10 days before travel.

Policies

Location
Lima is the starting point and Rio de Janeiro is the endpoint.
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Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $140 to confirm this Tucan Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 10 February 2019 the full payment of $4,419 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $4419 for South America Express, but the deposit of $140 is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
Availability
Some departure dates and prices may vary and Tucan Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
Credit Cards
The following cards are accepted for Tucan Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 6,793 km.
  • Lima (Peru)
  • 576 km
  • Cusco (Peru)
  • 24 km
  • Sacred Valley (Peru)
  • 21 km
  • Ollantaytambo (Peru)
  • 26 km
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • 65 km
  • Cusco (Peru)
  • 334 km
  • Puno (Peru)
  • 68 km
  • Lake Titicaca (Bolivia)
  • 68 km
  • Puno (Peru)
  • 213 km
  • La Paz (Bolivia)
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