Spirit of South America with Amazon & Galápagos Cruise 2021 - 26 days from Manaus to Guayaquil
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Spirit of South America with Amazon & Galápagos Cruise 2021

26 days from Manaus to Guayaquil

Starting at $11,240


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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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.

Looking for the perfect introduction to sensational South America? How about the “Meeting of the Waters” where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro flows alongside the yellowish Rio Solimões without ever mixing. You’ll also meet monkeys, catch piranhas, and explore a native caboclo village when you begin your tour of South America with a Monograms vacation package to Brazil’s Amazon.

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.



Destination & Sightseeing

Notes:
Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

MEALS

Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 14 dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
Welcome to Manaus! Meet your Monograms representative at your hotel
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Day 2
MANAUS “Meeting of the Waters” cruise. AMAZON JUNGLE Naturalist guided visit to a Jungle Island
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Day 3
AMAZON JUNGLE Nature walk led by a Naturalist. Visit to an Amazon village and a Monkey Jungle Reserve to learn about rehabilitating indigenous primates. Nighttime Naturalist led excursion to search for nocturnal life
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Day 4
MANAUS Depart your Amazon jungle lodge for guided sightseeing of Manaus including the Opera House and a local market. RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Day 5
RIO DE JANEIRO Free time this morning. 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 cocktail party to [LF] sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink)
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Day 6
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
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Day 7
RIO DE JANEIRO Free day. (B) 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
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Day 8
RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires. BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide
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Day 9
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
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Day 10
BUENOS AIRES Free day
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Day 11
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
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Day 12
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
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Day 13
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
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Day 14
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
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Day 15
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
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Day 16
MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco
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Day 17
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
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Day 18
CUSCO Fly to Lima. LIMA Visit and tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Free time this afternoon and evening
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Day 19
LIMA Fly to Quito. QUITO Free time this evening
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Day 20
QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church
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Day 21
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
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Day 22
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
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Day 23
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
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Day 24
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
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Day 25
SANTA CRUZ Snorkel at Carrion Point to discover beautiful marine life. BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil. GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening
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Day 26
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Day 27
ARRIVE IN MANAUS, BRAZIL

Day 28
MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE

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AMAZON JUNGLE

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AMAZON JUNGLE–MANAUS–RIO DE JANEIRO

Day 31
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

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Day 34
RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Day 35
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Day 37
BUENOS AIRES–IGUASSU FALLS

Day 38
IGUASSU FALLS–LIMA, PERU

Day 39
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Day 40
LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Day 41
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

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MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

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Day 45
LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR

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QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING

Day 48
CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

Day 49
CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND

Day 50
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Day 51
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION )–GUAYAQUIL

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Day 79 ARRIVE IN MANAUS, BRAZIL.
Welcome to Manaus! Meet your Monograms representative at your hotel
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Day 80 MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE.
MANAUS “Meeting of the Waters” cruise. AMAZON JUNGLE Naturalist guided visit to a Jungle Island
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 81 AMAZON JUNGLE.
AMAZON JUNGLE Nature walk led by a Naturalist. Visit to an Amazon village and a Monkey Jungle Reserve to learn about rehabilitating indigenous primates. Nighttime Naturalist led excursion to search for nocturnal life
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 82 AMAZON JUNGLE–MANAUS–RIO DE JANEIRO.
MANAUS Depart your Amazon jungle lodge for guided sightseeing of Manaus including the Opera House and a local market. RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Day 83 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
RIO DE JANEIRO Free time this morning. 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 cocktail party to [LF] sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink)
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 84 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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 85 RIO DE JANEIRO.
RIO DE JANEIRO Free day. (B) 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
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 86 RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires. BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 87 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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 88 BUENOS AIRES.
BUENOS AIRES Free day
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 89 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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 90 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 91 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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 92 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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 93 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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 94 MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO.
MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 95 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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 96 CUSCO–LIMA.
CUSCO Fly to Lima. LIMA Visit and tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Free time this afternoon and evening
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 97 LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR.
LIMA Fly to Quito. QUITO Free time this evening
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 98 QUITO.
QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 99 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 100 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 101 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 102 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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 103 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
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 104 GUAYAQUIL.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

ManausBrazilian AmazonRio de JaneiroBuenos AiresIguassu FallsLimaSacred ValleyMachu PicchuCuscoQuitoGuayaquil
Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus
First-Class



Av Umberto Calderaro Filho, 817 - Adrianopolis Manaus Brazil

Located in the Adrianopolis district of Manaus nearby the Amazonas shopping center, the Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus features a rooftop pool with views of the city, on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and sauna.
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