Ultimate South America With Galapagos Cruise

Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, host to the Summer Olympics in 2016! After arrival, settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free time exploration.
Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro. Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio's famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beaches. Take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a favela for a glimpse into the life of these colorful communities that nearly 25% of the people call home. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at a local churrascaria. Following dinner, perhaps opt for a fun outing to see a Samba show highlighting the Brazilian Samba and its dazzling costumes. (B,D)
Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro. A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis. (B)
Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls. Fly to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Journey to the Brazilian side of the FALLS to see the 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 250 feet deep. Walk into Devil's Throat Canyon, where clouds of mist, a thundering roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you"an unforgettable experience! (B,D)
Day 5 - Iguassu Falls. Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of the FALLS. Begin with a short ride on the open-air ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN through the surrounding rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls for a look over the edge to see the water crashing down below into the Devil's Throat. This afternoon you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of indigenous birds as well as flora from the area. (B)
Day 6 - Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarizes you with the "Paris of South America" and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafes, and charming shops. (B)
Day 7 - Buenos Aires. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city's well-known landmarks, including the Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also visit San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhoods, and RECOLETA CEMETERY, where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous TANGO SHOW highlighting this alluring dance so popular here. (B,D)
Day 8 - Buenos Aires. Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys) on a traditional Argentine ranch complete with a barbecue lunch. (B)
Day 9 - Buenos Aires - Lima, Peru. Board a flight for Lima, Peru. Heralded as the "City of Kings" by Spanish conquistadors, Lima still carries vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums. (B)
Day 10 - Lima. Sightseeing today focuses on Lima's colonial heritage. Founded in 1535, Lima was once the capital of Spain's South American Empire. Visit the baroque 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and was once the home of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima and conqueror of Peru. Nearby, see the Cathedral where Pizarro's remains are buried. The remainder of your day is free to explore on your own. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)
Day 11 - Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley. Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of Camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into precious weaving fibers that are then used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with an infamous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colorful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel, nestled in the peaceful Sacred Valley. (B,D)
Day 12 - Sacred Valley. Start the day with a visit to OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest"the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. You will see how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold. Next, visit a LOCAL HOME to experience life in this traditional village which has been remarkably well preserved. Then, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a typical Inca drink in Peru called chicha. (B)
Day 13 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu. Board the VISTADOME train that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the "Lost City of the Incas." Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. The ruins went undiscovered for nearly 400 years after they were abandoned when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish. For this reason, many of the mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day. (B,D)
Day 14 - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Awaken early and use your included second entrance to MACHU PICCHU to see the sunrise over the ruins. Early risers will be awe-struck as the sun first illuminates the ruins that are free of crowds. Later, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire. (B,L)
Day 15 - Cusco. Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicenter of the Incas. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas before a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here on your tour. Also see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco. (B,D)
Day 16 - Cusco - Juliaca - Puno. Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the Sun God to found the Inca Empire. (B)
Day 17 - Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca. Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 18 - Puno - Juliaca - Lima. En route to Juliaca, stop at the pre-Incan burial grounds of SILLUSTANI. See the above-ground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into one of the locals' HOMES for an inside look at life here. Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 19 - Lima - Quito, Ecuador. Board a flight for Quito. (B)
Day 20 - Quito. Included sightseeing showcases Quito's treasures: Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, and the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars. (B)
Day 21 - Quito - San Cristobal (Embarkation) - Galapagos Cruising. Fly to San Cristobal in the Galapagos, embark the Santa Cruz II and enjoy five days of cruising among various Galapagos Islands. This afternoon, arrive at PUNTA PITT, the easternmost point in the islands, the only place in the archipelago where all three types of booby exist (blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca), nesting next to both types of frigates. (B,L,D)
Day 22 - Galapagos Cruising: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands. Wake up at SANTA FÉ Island, where you are met by sea lion harems and the endemic land iguana. The beach offers great snorkeling. At SOUTH PLAZA, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, and hybrid iguanas"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, and many more. (B,L,D)
Day 23 - Galapagos Cruising: Santa Cruz Island. Visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the famous giant tortoises. Next up: the highlands of SANTA CRUZ, marked by extinct volcanoes and astonishing plants. (B,L,D)
Day 24 - Galapagos Cruising: Española Island. Excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez on ESPAÑOLA ISLAND, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago, feature 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. (B,L,D)
Day 25 - Galapagos Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation) - Guayaguil. Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 26 - Guayaquil. Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Ultimate South America With Galapagos Cruise
  Tour Code  
1205
  Tour Duration    26 Days
  Start City:   Rio de Janeiro
  End City:   Guayaquil
  Price From   USD $6,669.00   See in Cart
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2017-01-08 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
2017-01-22 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
2017-02-05 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
2017-03-05 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
2017-03-19 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
2017-04-02 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
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2017-06-11 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
2017-07-09 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
2017-08-20 USD $6,669.00 See in Cart
    Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Cosmos, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $2,723 (based on Miami, departure in March, 2016); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Rio de Janeiro/Iguassu Falls; Iguassu Falls/Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 15, 2015 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Galapagos cruise price is based on a Horizon Deck Explorer cabin on the Santa Cruz II. Cabin upgrades are available.

    Galapagos cruise price includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single Room Supplement:
    $4,075

    Triple rooms are not available:

    Extra Nights per person in Rio de Janeiro:
    in single room $278; in twin room $144

    Extra Nights per person in Guayaquil:
    in single room $146; in twin room $78

    2017 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2016.

 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Sightseeing:
    In Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • Guides
  • Local Guides for sightseeing in Rio, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca; services of a professional Tour Director.
  • Launch Date
  • 07/14/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • 25 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Scenic Highlights:
    Corcovado, Brazilian & Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery, La Boca, Tango Show, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.
  • Title
  • Ultimate South America with Galapagos Cruise
  • Transportation
  • Transportation:
    Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
 

Hotels

    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 II (F)
    GUAYAQUIL Unipark Hotel Guayaquil (SF)
 
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