Ultimate South America with Brazil's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise
About Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Begin this great journey in the Brazilian Amazon, then discover some of South America’s greatest cities at a leisurely pace, finishing with a visit to the continent’s top destination, Peru, and a cruise around the fascinating Galápagos Islands. Starting in Manaus, your Amazon adventure takes you to a local market and on a cruise along the Rio Negro to the Meeting of the Waters, where light and dark waters come together but never blend, showing a drastic contrast between these two great bodies of water. A monkey reserve and a visit to a local village to meet the residents who still make their life on the banks of the river will provide a full experience in the Amazon. In Rio and Buenos Aires you’ll have plenty of free time in each city to explore and experience the varied restaurants, shops, and optional excursions. In Rio, view the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain; sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail; catch a Samba show; and enjoy famous Copacabana Beach for endless people watching! While in Buenos Aires, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried, and learn how at the age of 33 she was declared the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation.” And no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a Tango show, the world’s most sensuous dance, in a city where romance permeates the air.A major highlight on this journey is a visit to Iguassu Falls in between your two city stays. It truly is one of the most spectacular sights on Earth. See the impressive falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. Brazil’s view takes you through clouds of mist and the opportunity to see these 275 falls, spanning nearly two miles! Argentina’s side allows you to walk along the boardwalk network and embark on a jungle train through the forest for unforgettable views. Hear the deafening roar and admire the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray, and take in the majesty of this wonder of the world. Next, journey to Peru, where a city stay in Lima reveals the colonial heritage of Peruvians, then venture to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, two of the most stunning and mystical places on Earth. Glimpse the ancient history and culture, and enjoy the unique opportunity to stay overnight in both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, where you’ll have two included entrances to the site, the chance to visit a local Inca home, and traditional Indian market. From the charming city of Cusco, where you’ll have a full day to explore the city and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, you’ll head to fascinating Lake Titicaca, a lake of floating islands, maintained over centuries by the local Indians who build their islands and homes from the continuously sinking reeds. Finish your vacation by flying to Ecuador and its 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 4-night cruise, watch for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, land iguanas, flamingos, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life.Experience some of South America’s greatest cities, the wonder of Iguassu Falls, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Galápagos Islands, and Brazil’s Amazon on this extraordinary tour that will generate stories you can tell for years to come.
Sightseeing: In Manaus, Brazil’s Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Quito, and Galápagos Islands Cruising
MANAUS Tropical Manaus (MD), AMAZON LODGE Ecopark Jungle Lodge (BA)RIO DE JANEIRO Windsor Plaza Copacabana (F)IGUASSU FALLS Recanto Park (F)BUENOS AIRES Dazzler Maipu (F)LIMA San Agustin Exclusive (F)SACRED VALLEY Hotel Inkallpa (F)MACHU PICCHU El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu (F)CUSCO Jose Antonio Cusco (F)PUNO Eco Inn Puno (F)QUITO Grand Mercure Alameda (SF)GALÁPAGOS CRUISE Santa Cruz (F)GUAYAQUIL Unipark Hotel Guayaquil (SF)
29 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D)
Transportation: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring; travel by boat to Amazon lodge