Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise 2021 - 22 days from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil
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Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise 2021

22 days from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil

Starting at $9,963


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.

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, 6 lunches, 11 dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
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 cocktail party to [LF] sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink)

Day 2
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 3
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 4
RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires. BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide
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Day 5
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 6
BUENOS AIRES Free day
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Day 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco
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Day 13
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 14
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 15
LIMA Fly to Quito. QUITO Free time this evening
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Day 16
QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church
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Day 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Day 23
ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Day 24
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Day 26
RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Day 27
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Day 29
BUENOS AIRES–IGUASSU FALLS

Day 30
IGUASSU FALLS–LIMA, PERU

Day 31
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Day 32
LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Day 33
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Day 34
MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

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CUSCO–LIMA

Day 37
LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR

Day 38
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Day 39
QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING

Day 40
CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

Day 41
CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND

Day 42
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Day 43
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION )–GUAYAQUIL

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Day 66 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 cocktail party to [LF] sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink)

Day 67 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 68 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
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Day 69 RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires. BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide
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Day 70 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 71 BUENOS AIRES
BUENOS AIRES Free day
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Day 72 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
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Day 73 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
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Day 74 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 75 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 76 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 77 MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO.
MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco
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Day 78 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
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Day 79 CUSCO–LIMA.
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 80 LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR.
LIMA Fly to Quito. QUITO Free time this evening
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Day 81 QUITO.
QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church
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Day 82 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 83 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 84 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 85 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 86 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
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Day 87 GUAYAQUIL.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

Rio de JaneiroBuenos AiresIguassu FallsLimaSacred ValleyMachu PicchuCuscoQuitoGuayaquil
Hilton Rio Copacabana
Moderate Deluxe



Avenida Atlantica 1020 Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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.
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