Spirit of South America with Amazon & Galápagos Cruise
About South America
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, including the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll cruise along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the Amazon. Watch for the captivating native flora and fauna. Additionally, be amazed as you view the spectacular panoramic views of Iguassu Falls—with its clouds of spray, incessant roar, and surrounding tropical growth. Experience an once-in-a-lifetime thrill in the Galápagos Islands, where 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. And that’s just the start…there’s also Machu Picchu. About 1,000 people once lived there—in around 200 structures—but archaeologists still don’t know its true purpose. Regardless, the first glimpse of this city poised high above the jungle-covered ravines is one of the most majestic images in South America. On this tour, you’ll also discover South America’s fascinating cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Lima. You’ll have sightseeing with a local expert and leisure time in each city to browse the shops, visit the sights, sip the local drinks, sample the local cuisine, and explore the many sights. Vibrant cities, amazing scenery, spectacular flora and fauna, and ancient structures—this vacation to South America has it all!
BRAZIL’S AMAZONGuided city sightseeing; “Meeting of the Waters” cruise; visit the Manaus Opera House, a jungle island, monkey reserve, and a native Amazon village; guided canoe rides and jungle walksRIO DE JANEIROCable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain; welcome dinner; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; Samba show and churrascaria dinnerBUENOS AIRESSightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral; Cemetery of the Recoleta; [LF] Tango dance lesson; Tango showIGUASSU FALLSSightseeing with a Local Guide; visit both sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle TrainLIMASightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; [LF] dinner at Larco Herrera Museum; [LF] local Peruvian food marketSACRED VALLEYVisit Kenko Amphitheater, Temple of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Pisac; [LF] Mother Earth ceremony with a shaman; [LF] home visit for a glimpse into rural Peruvian lifeMACHU PICCHUTake the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with Local Guide and two days entrance to the ruinsCUSCOSightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery; farewell dinnerQUITOSightseeingGALÁPAGOS4-night Galápagos cruiseHeadsets throughout the tour
MANAUS Tropical Manaus (MD)AMAZON RESERVE Ecopark Jungle Lodge (BA)RIO DE JANEIRO Sheraton Rio (D)BUENOS AIRES Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires (MD)IGUASSU FALLS Hotel Mabu Thermas (F)LIMA Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores (D)SACRED VALLEY Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (SF)MACHU PICCHU Hotel Sumaq (MD)CUSCO Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (SF)QUITO Hilton Colon (SF)GALÁPAGOS CRUISE Galápagos Legend (F)GUAYAQUIL Oro Verde (SF)
Breakfast (B) daily, 8 lunches (L), 15 three-course dinners (D) including a welcome dinner, churrascaria dinner with Samba show in Rio, steak dinner with Tango show in Buenos Aires, and a farewell dinner in Cusco
NOTE: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.