Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise (SAE)

22 days from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil

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Rum and rumba. Ruins and rainforests. Rio and revelry. This carefree vacation to South America has just the R&R you crave. From Brazil to Argentina to Peru, this tri-country tour of South America delivers a healthy dose of take-me-away scenery, sights, and sizzling culture. Sip caipirinhas at the top of Rio de Janeiro’s Sugar Loaf Mountain. Learn the sultry steps of the tango in breezy Buenos Aires. Put down your book and lose yourself in the real-life mystery of Machu Picchu. The health, wealth, and safe travels bestowed upon you at a traditional Mother Earth Ceremony in Peru’s Sacred Valley will come to fruition as you feel the magical mist of the roaring Iguassu Falls, taste the creative cuisine in the world-renowned culinary capital of Lima, and travel back five centuries as you stroll along the stone streets of the Inca capital of Cusco. When satisfying your inner historian, don’t forget your inner naturalist. Cruise around the famed Galápagos archipelago, where you’ll share the shores with every native species from the blue-footed boobies to the pint-size penguin. A meet-and-greet with a colony of sea lions seals the deal on this wondrous extension to your South America vacation.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

RIO DE JANEIRO
Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain and [LF] Sugar Loaf cocktail party; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; Churrascaria dinner

BUENOS AIRES
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery; [LF] Tango dance lesson; Tango show

IGUASSU FALLS
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit both sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle Train

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; [LF] dinner at Larco Herrera Museum; [LF] local Peruvian food market

SACRED VALLEY
Visit Kenko Amphitheater and Pisac; [LF] Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] a local home visit for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with Local Guide and two days entrance to the ruins

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral, the Santo Domingo Monastery, and Temple of Sacsayhuaman; farewell dinner

GALÁPAGOS
Quito sightseeing; 4-night Galápagos cruise

Notes:

Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 11 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! At 3:30 pm, meet your Tour Director for a drive along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. Cable-car ascent to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a sunset cocktail party to [LF] sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink).

Day 2

RIO DE JANEIRO. RIO DE JANEIRO Guided sightseeing includes a scenic cog railway ride to see Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Visit the Cathedral and see the Sambodromo, Carnival Parade location. Brazilian Churrascaria (traditional Portuguese BBQ) dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

RIO DE JANEIRO. RIO DE JANEIRO Free day.
Breakfast Breakfast

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Rio de Janeiro with an optional excursion to Petropolis, (mountain resort and former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II). This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA. RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

BUENOS AIRES. BUENOS AIRES Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour of La Boca and San Telmo districts. See La Casa Rosada (the President’s House), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Teatro Colón Opera House. Visit the site of Eva Perón’s tomb at Recoleta Cemetery. Private [LF] Tango lesson followed by Argentine steak dinner and Tango show.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

BUENOS AIRES. BUENOS AIRES Free day.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

BUENOS AIRES–IGUASSU FALLS. BUENOS AIRES Fly to Iguassu Falls.
IGUASSU FALLS Travel to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. Visit the rainforest via Ecological Jungle Train for a guided walking tour of the falls with a Local Guide.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

IGUASSU FALLS–LIMA, PERU. IGUASSU FALLS Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide in Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Fly to Lima, Peru.
LIMA Drive to your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 9

LIMA. LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. [LF] This evening, guided sightseeing at the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the largest private collection of Pre-Columbian Peruvian art in the world, followed by dinner at the museum.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY. LIMA Fly to Cusco.
SACRED VALLEY Guided Sightseeing by a Local Guide at the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater and the ancient site of Puca Pucara followed by an [LF] El Pago a la Tierra (Mother Earth Ceremony) with local shaman. Free time for shopping in the old mountain village of Pisac with its famous market.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU. SACRED VALLEY Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit to a [LF] local Peruvian home. Scenic ride on the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley.
MACHU PICCHU Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide at Machu Picchu. Pisco Sour demonstration and dinner at your nearby hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO. MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 13

CUSCO. CUSCO Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes visits to the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

CUSCO–LIMA. CUSCO Fly to Lima.
LIMA Visit and tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR. LIMA Fly to Quito.
QUITO Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

QUITO. QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING. QUITO Fly to San Cristobal.
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Embark the Galápagos Legend for a 4-night cruise. This afternoon, visit the Galápagos Darwin Interpretation Center with your expert Naturalist and learn about ongoing conservation of the archipelago, its history, ecosystems, flora, and fauna. Next, a walk to Tijeretas Hill brings you to a frigatebird nesting colony.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 18

CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND. ESPAÑOLA ISLAND Join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on Española Island, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here, you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 19

CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND. FLOREANA ISLAND Visit Cormorant Point to see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 20

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and visit the Tortoise Reserve where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. This afternoon, visit Charles Darwin Research Station, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galápagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galápagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galápaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of five are returned to their native areas.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 21

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION )–GUAYAQUIL. SANTA CRUZ Snorkel at Carrion Point to discover beautiful marine life.
BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil.
GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 22

GUAYAQUIL. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MAURO RUBINSTEIN

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"Born in Rio de Janeiro, I have been involved with professional travel for the last 20 years. I love helping people fulfill their travel dreams, and moreover I enjoy showing my country and continent. Most of all, I love to see a grin of satisfaction when it's time to say goodbye after a great tour."

Tour Director - MAURO RUBINSTEIN

 Accommodations

BUENOS AIRES

HILTON BUENOS AIRES

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

CUSCO

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM CUSCO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GUAYAQUIL

HILTON COLON GUAYAQUIL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

IGUASSU FALLS

WISH RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIMA

HOTEL PULLMAN MIRAFLORES

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MACHU PICCHU

SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

QUITO

HILTON COLON QUITO (SAT)

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.

RIO DE JANEIRO

HILTON RIO COPACABANA

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SACRED VALLEY

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM VALLE SAGRADO HOTEL AND VILLAS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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