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Explore the beauty of South America during this exhilarating holiday to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and the Galápagos Islands. Visit its cosmopolitan and lively cities as well as its ancient treasures and scenic highlights.

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GL. 21 night tour. 4 nights Rio De Janeiro, 3 nights Buenos Aires, 1 night Iguazu Falls, 2 nights Lima, 2 nights Sacred Valley, 1 night Cusco, 1 night Lima, 1 night Guayaquil, 4 nights Galapagos Cruise, 2 nights Quito.

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. Vibrant cities, spectacular scenery, and ancient structures—this vacation to South America has it all!

Day 1

UK - Rio de Janeiro
Welcome to South America’s largest and most populous country, transfer this evening to your hotel.
Overnight in Rio.
Hotel: Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro (B,D)
This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches. Here, you will enjoy a special COCKTAIL PARTY on the beach, toasting the start of a memorable vacation with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail. Next, make your way to the base of 1,300-foot-high SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN and ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor spectacular vistas of the city. Cap off the day with a welcome dinner this evening. Overnight in Rio
Hotel: Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers

Day 3

Rio De Janeiro (B,D)
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, followed by a SAMBA SHOW, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza. Overnight in Rio.
Hotel: Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers

Day 4

Rio De Janeiro (B)
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 Guanabara Bay cruise that delivers gorgeous views of Rio from the harbor. This afternoon, sightseers might elect to discover historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II. Overnight in Rio.
Hotel: Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers

Day 5

Rio De Janeiro (B)
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. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Hotel: Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Towers

Day 6

Buenos Aires (B,D)
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 Colon Opera House before reaching the CEMETERY OF THE RECOLETA, burial site of Eva Peron. After an afternoon at leisure, savor the atmosphere of this cosmopolitan capital at a dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialties. Top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB to enjoy flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! Overnight in Buenos Aires
Hotel: Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Towers

Day 7

Buenos Aires (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure, with an optional excursion to the Pampas. 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. Overnight in Buenos Aires
Hotel: Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Towers

Day 8

Buenos Aires-Iguazu Falls (B,D)
This morning, fly to IGUAZU FALLS. The spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour—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 falls drop over 300 feet into the Devil’s Gorge below. Continue to your hotel this evening for an included dinner. Overnight at Iguazu Falls.
Hotel: Hotel Mabu Thermas

Day 9

Iguazu Falls-Lima, Peru (B)
Today is dedicated to exploring the Brazilian side of the 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. Later today, fly to Lima, Peru. Overnight in Lima
Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Day 10

Lima (B)
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. Then, take a short drive to the seaside suburb of Miraflores. Overnight in Lima.
Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Day 11

Lima-Cusco-Sacred Valley (B,D)
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages. Stop at the ancient site of PUCA PUCARA before reaching 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. 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. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Day 12

Machu Picchu-Cusco (B)
A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your 2nd included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco and learn more about the Incas on your guided tour, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. Overnight in Cusco
Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Day 13

Cusco-Lima (B,D)
A short morning flight returns you to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of this exciting Latin American vacation. Overnight in Lima

Day 14

Lima-Guayaquil (B)
Fly to Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador. Overnight in Guayaquil
Hotel: Oro Verde

Day 15

Guayaquil-San Cristobal (Embarkation)-Galapagos Cruising (B,L,D)
Take a morning flight to San Cristobal, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the Galápagos Explorer II and enjoy five days of CRUISING among various Galápagos Islands. On SAN CRISTOBAL, visit Cerro Brujo, a sandy beach that is home to Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas. This is an ideal spot for snorkeling as well as observing sea and shorebirds.

Day 16

Cruising: Espanola Island (B,L,D)
Today, 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 seabird colonies including the waved albatrosses (Apr.-Dec.), 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.

Day 17

Crusing: Santa Cruz & Rabida Islands (B,L,D)
On SANTA CRUZ, visit Whale Bay, one of the oldest whaling camps in the archipelago. Later, disembark at RÁBIDA ISLAND on a red-colored beach, formed from the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Here, your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a wonderful place to snorkel from the beach, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes.

Day 18

Cruising: Santa Cruz & South Plaza Islands (B,L,D)
This morning, visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, home to famous “Lonesome George,” established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises. Spend some time in the town of Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship. At SOUTH PLAZA, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, and hybrid iguanas, which are the result of a cross between male marine iguanas and female land iguanas. This is also a bird-watcher’s paradise, where you will see nesting swallow-tailed gulls, masked and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans, and Audubon’s shearwaters.

Day 19

Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation)-Quito (B)
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Baltra for your flight to Quito. Overnight in Quito
Hotel: Hilton Colon

Day 20

Quito (B)
On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA. Overnight in Quito
Hotel: Hilton Colon

Day 21

Quito (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning before departure for your flight home.

Day 22

Arrive UK



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The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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