GLOBUS: Spirit of South America with Galapagos Cruise (SAE)
22 days from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil
Explore the beauty of South America during this exhilarating vacation to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and the Galapagos 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 cafes, 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 Galapagos Islands. Just like Charles Darwin, you'll be able to see many species of animals and birds that call the Galapagos 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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- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 22 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Rio de Janeiro||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. Cap off the evening with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)|
|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, followed by a SAMBA SHOW, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza. (B,D)|
|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)|
|Day 4||Buenos Aires||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 cafes. Spend an evening at leisure. (B)|
|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 Colon Opera House before reaching the RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Peron. 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! (B,D)|
|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. (B)|
|Day 7||Iguassu Falls||This morning, fly to IGUASSU 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. (B,D)|
|Day 8||Lima||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. Have a late lunch before flying to Lima, Peru. (B,L)|
|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-Colombian Peruvian art in the world. Enjoy dinner at the museum's restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 10||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 experience in the Sacred Valley 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. (B,D)|
|Day 11||Machu Picchu||This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] 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. (B,D)|
|Day 12||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 and continue to Cusco. (B,L)|
|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. (B,D)|
|Day 14||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. (B)|
|Day 15||Quito||Fly to Quito, where the remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)|
|Day 16||Quito||On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA. (B)|
|Day 17||Galapagos Cruising||Take a morning flight to San Cristobal, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the Galapagos 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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 18||Espanola Island||Join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez on ESPANOLA 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 (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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 19||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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 20||Santa Cruz Island||Journey into the highlands of SANTA CRUZ, where you will see the giant tortoises endemic to this island roaming in the wild. This afternoon, visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitats and the area's famous giant tortoises. Spend time in Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)|
|Day 21||Guayaquil||This morning, circumnavigate DAPHNE, an eroded tuff cone formation, for an opportunity to see Darwin's finches, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and brown noddies. Later, fly to Guayaquil. (B)|
|Day 22||Guayaquil||Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $2,700 (based on Miami departure in March, 2017); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Rio de Janeiro/Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires/Iguassu Falls; Iguassu Falls/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip. Galapagos cruise price is based on a Standard Plus category cabin on the Galapagos Legend. Cabin upgrades are available.Galapagos cruise price includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee, transit card, and ship's fuel surcharge ($170 value)Prices based on double room occupancy. Single Room Supplement:$2,965 to $3,755Triple rooms are not available Extra Nights per person in Rio de Janeiro:in single room $300; in twin room $156Extra Nights per person in Guayaquil:in single room $191; in twin room $1062018 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2017.Travel Terms & Conditions
- Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Globus to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
- The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Globus Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
Booking your Vacation with Air
For air departure dates within 331 days, you'll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). Globus offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Globus in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus non-refundable per person service fee ($30 for North/Central America, $50 for Europe/Middle East and $80 for all other destinations. Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Globus has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.
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