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Vaya Adventures Revives Grand Touring in South America

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | August 13, 2015

Vaya Adventures Revives Grand Touring in South America

PHOTO: The South American Grand Tour includes a stop at Iquazu Falls. (Photo by David Cogswell)

Vaya Adventures is offering a new South American tour that visits five countries in 31 days. It’s called the South American Grand Tour, Reimagined.

Vaya’s founder, Jim Lutz, says that the use of the term “Grand Tour” in the title of Vaya’s South American itinerary hearkens back to earlier times when Grand Touring in Europe was a rite of passage for many people. The tour is offered in response to a demand of people seeking longer tours, especially in destinations that are new to them.

It is “reimagined” because the concept that was old in Europe has been reapplied to South America and in that context takes on a new meaning.

Vaya Adventures specializes in “designing premier bespoke vacations,” which means that customers can take the trip as it is packaged right off the shelf, or they can change it anyway that want to, within the realm of possibility. Only two people are required to qualify for an exclusive departure.

The basic itinerary, which can be altered, begins in Quito, Ecuador. From there it takes a small ship cruise among the Galapagos Islands before embarking on a journey that includes an exploration of the Mayan ruins and Spanish colonial history of Peru; a visit to Santiago, Chile;  hiking in Patagonia; ice trekking in Glaciares National Park; a city adventure in Buenos Aires, Argentina; an encounter with Iguazu Falls and the experience of the warm rhythms of Rio de Janeiro.

A menu of options is available for adding on, including a trip to the Amazon jungle, a stay at Lake Titicaca and a visit to the Chilean winelands.  

The price of the tour starts at $17,500 per person. It includes accommodations in boutique hotel properties and small yachts, transfers, guiding services, excursions, entrance fees and some meals. 

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