Explore the beauty of South America during this exhilarating vacation to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and the Galápagos Islands. Visit its cosmopolitan and lively cities as well as its ancient treasures and scenic highlights. Start in Rio de Janeiro, a vibrant, bustling city known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful people. The birthplace of Samba, Rio’s vitality comes alive as you experience its sights, sounds, and flavors. In Lima, your sightseeing focuses on its rich colonial history and includes a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, which has a large collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art. Buenos Aires is regarded as the “Paris of South America” with its chic shopping, French architecture, outdoor cafés, legendary nightlife, and cosmopolitan cuisine. It is famous for its sensuous Tango dance, and you’ll see a Tango show—you’ll even get a Tango dance lesson on your Globus tour! Be amazed as you view the spectacular panoramic views of many of the 275 cataracts that make up Iguassu Falls—with its clouds of spray, incessant roar, and surrounding tropical growth. Of course, no vacation to South America is complete without a visit to the marvelous structures built by the Incas, including the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater and Puca Pucara. You’ll visit Machu Picchu, where you’ll stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! But that’s not all…experience an once-in-a-lifetime thrill in the Galápagos Islands. Just like Charles Darwin, you’ll be able to see many species of animals and birds that call the Galápagos their home. On your 3-night cruise, watch for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life. Vibrant cities, spectacular scenery, and ancient structures—this vacation to South America has it all!
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| 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|
Headsets throughout the tour.
- Participation in this tour requires guest’s name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.
- Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.
- This extension not available on the September 8, 2020 departure.
Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 11 three-course dinners including a churrascaria dinner in Rio, steak dinner with Tango show in Buenos Aires, and a farewell dinner in Cusco
Day 1 ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
Welcome to South America’s largest and most populous country. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches to the base of 1,300-foot-high SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor spectacular vistas of the city. Next, [LF] toast the start of a memorable vacation with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain during a COCKTAIL PARTY
Day 2 RIO DE JANEIRO.
The city’s landmark, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, crowns CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN, a rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below. A scenic ride by cog railway leads to the top, where a breathtaking 360-degree panorama affords sweeping views. From here, proceed to bustling downtown Rio, where modern office towers stand next to relics of the Portuguese colonial past. View the Sambodromo and visit the CATHEDRAL. The afternoon is at leisure for you to experience this vibrant city on your own. Tonight, it’s a fun outing to a CHURRASCARIA for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style Breakfast Dinner
Day 3 RIO DE JANEIRO.
A full day at leisure to savor Rio. Relax on one of the world-famous beaches or take advantage of the world-class shopping or fine dining. Alternatively, you may choose to join an optional trip to historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II. (B) Breakfast
Day 4 RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Fly to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. Spend an evening at leisure Breakfast
Day 5 BUENOS AIRES
Your included sightseeing this morning starts in La Boca, a colorful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking TOUR of this unique neighborhood at the mouth of the river and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and as a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, which houses San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Teatro Colón opera house before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Perón. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a [LF] DANCE LESSON, followed by dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! Breakfast Dinner
Day 6 BUENOS AIRES
Enjoy a full day at leisure, with an optional excursion to the pampas (grasslands). Experience the atmosphere of Argentine country life as you visit an estancia (ranch). Get acquainted with the lifestyle of the gauchos and enjoy a barbecue lunch and the warm hospitality of your hosts before returning to the city Breakfast
Day 7 BUENOS AIRES–IGUASSU FALLS.
This morning, fly to IGUASSU FALLS. The spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrent—with some cataracts as high as 250 feet—is nothing short of hypnotic. The clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Upon arrival, journey to the Argentinean side of the falls and take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN for a bird’s-eye view from the catwalks perched over part of the Devil’s Throat, where 14 waterfalls drop more than 300 feet into the Devil’s Gorge below. Continue into Brazil’s side of Iguassu Falls, your home for the night Breakfast Dinner
Day 8 IGUASSU FALLS–LIMA, PERU.
Today is dedicated to exploring the Brazilian side of IGUASSU FALLS from a completely different vantage point than in Argentina. A walk along the pathway at the base of the falls takes you into the Devil’s Throat Canyon, with spectacular panoramic views of many of the 275 cataracts that make up Iguassu Falls. Have a late lunch or early dinner before flying to Lima, Peru BreakfastLunch
Day 9 LIMA.
Your city sightseeing TOUR focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. See the 18th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its unique cloisters, Government Palace, and the cathedral situated around the vast Plaza de Armas. Tonight, visit the [LF] LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, which houses the largest private collection of Pre-Columbian Peruvian art in the world. Enjoy dinner at the museum’s restaurant Breakfast Dinner
Day 10 LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY.
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the semi-circular KENKO AMPHITHEATER with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara. Also, in the Sacred Valley, experience an [LF] El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Continue to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares, such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, with dinner at the hotel Breakfast Dinner
Day 11 SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU.
This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] LOCAL HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life in the Sacred Valley. Then, board the VISTADOME TRAIN for a scenic journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Upon arrival, ascend the mountainside to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Your Local Guide will introduce this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct, and will bring you closer to the mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures. Tonight, learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour at a Peruvian cooking demonstration before your included dinner Breakfast Dinner
Day 12 MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO.
A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included entrance to the ruins. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN RIDE and continue to Cusco BreakfastLunch
Day 13 CUSCO.
On your guided sightseeing tour of Cusco today, learn more about the Inca and Spanish influence. Begin at the heart of Cusco in the Plaza de Armas (main square), with a visit to the imposing CATHEDRAL, where construction began in 1550 and was finally completed 100 years later. Continue to Koricancha and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, and see how the two sites have become one. The Temple of the Sun at Koricancha was once the most important Inca site, dedicated to the worship of the Sun. The walls, altars, and decorations were all said to be covered in gold—until the Spaniards looted the temple and then built the contrasting Baroque Santo Domingo Monastery on top of the temple’s foundations. Also, visit the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant Breakfast Dinner
Day 14 CUSCO–LIMA.
A short morning flight returns you to Lima. For a special treat, make a stop at a [LF] LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of the life of the local people. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on
your own Breakfast
Day 15 LIMA– QUITO, ECUADOR.
Fly to Quito, where the remainder of your day is at leisure Breakfast
Day 16 QUITO.
On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA Breakfast
Day 17 QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL (EMBARKATION)–GALÁPAGOS CRUISING.
Take a morning flight to San Cristobal, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the Galápagos Legend for your 4-night CRUISE. On SAN CRISTOBAL, visit the INTERPRETATION CENTER with your Naturalist and learn about what makes the archipelago so unique. Next, a walk to TIJERETAS HILL brings you to a frigatebird nesting colony BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 18 CRUISING: 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. Also, look for red, green, and black marine iguanas and a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 19 CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND.
Today on FLOREANA ISLAND, join your Naturalist for an excursion to Post Office Bay, where a wood barrel has served as an informal post office since 1793. Darwin’s finches, lava lizards, and green sea turtles can be found here. Later, at Cormorant Point, walk to the brackish lagoon, home to a large flamingo population. Snorkeling from the beach provides a great opportunity to see reef fish, sea turtles, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks! Occasionally, a small colony of penguins can also be seen on this island BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 20 CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND.
Journey into the highlands of SANTA CRUZ to see giant tortoises, endemic to this island, roaming in the wild. This afternoon, visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and the area’s famous giant tortoises. Spend time in Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 21 CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION)–GUAYAQUIL.
This morning, snorkel at Carrion Point on Santa Cruz to discover the beautiful marine life. Later, fly to Guayaquil Breakfast
Day 22 GUAYAQUIL.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
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Located just steps away from the famous Copacabana beach and waterfront, Hilton Copacabana offers two sparkling swimming pools, a full-service wellness spa, multiple restaurants and bars, beachside service at Copacabana's waterfront, and comfortable and cozy guestrooms with spectacular views.
Hilton Buenos Aires
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Exceptionally located in the riverside Puerto Madero district, Hilton Buenos Aires is within walking distance of the city's top attractions and best restaurants. Guests can enjoy Argentinian cuisine at the on-site restaurant, relax at the rooftop pool, get pampered at the spa, or unwind in one of the hotel's stylish guestrooms.
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Surrounded by lush garden and located 3 miles from Iguaçu National Park, the superior Wish Resort boasts a beautiful swimming pool, easy access to the Falls, and style and comfort at every turn. The hotel offers sophisticated rooms with air conditioning and thoughtful amenities. They are elegantly styled with classic wooden furniture and soft décor. The hotel is situated close to the entrance and to the Argentinian side of Iguaçu Park and provides all the convenience of home in this fantastic setting of Iguassu Falls.
Pullman Lima San Isidro
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Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel and Villas
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
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Casa Andina Premium Cusco
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Hilton Colon Quito (SAT)
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Hilton Colon Guayaquil
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