Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise (UK version with 1 pre-night in Rio)


  • 23 days

  • Ecuador

tour : SA89

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Rum and rumba. Ruins and rainforests. Rio and revelry. This carefree vacation to South America has just the R&R you crave. From Brazil to Argentina to Peru, this tri-country tour of South America delivers a healthy dose of take-me-away scenery, sights, and sizzling culture. Sip caipirinhas at the top of Rio de Janeiro’s Sugar Loaf Mountain. Learn the sultry steps of the tango in breezy Buenos Aires. Put down your book and lose yourself in the real-life mystery of Machu Picchu. The health, wealth, and safe travels bestowed upon you at a traditional Mother Earth Ceremony in Peru’s Sacred Valley will come to fruition as you feel the magical mist of the roaring Iguassu Falls, taste the creative cuisine in the world-renowned culinary capital of Lima, and travel back five centuries as you stroll along the stone streets of the Inca capital of Cusco.

When satisfying your inner historian, don’t forget your inner naturalist. Cruise around the famed Galápagos archipelago, where you’ll share the shores with every native species from the blue-footed boobies to the pint-size penguin. A meet-and-greet with a colony of sea lions seals the deal on this wondrous extension to your South America vacation.

Small Group Discovery

Each Globus South America tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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2022 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 22 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners

ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.

Day
1

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.

Day
2

Free time this morning. At 3:30pm, meet your Tour Director for a drive along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. Cable-car ascent to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views and a cocktail party to sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

RIO DE JANEIRO

Day
3

RIO DE JANEIRO Guided sightseeing includes a scenic cog railway ride to see Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Visit the Cathedral and see the Sambodromo, Carnival Parade location. Brazilian Churrascaria (traditional Portuguese BBQ) dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

RIO DE JANEIRO

Day
4

RIO DE JANEIRO Free day.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Rio de Janeiro with an optional excursion to Petropolis, (mountain resort and former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II). This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTIN

Day
5

A.

RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BUENOS

Day
6

AIRES.

BUENOS AIRES Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour of La Boca and San Telmo districts. See La Casa Rosada (the President’s House), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Teatro Colón Opera House. Visit the site of Eva Perón’s tomb at Recoleta Cemetery. Private LF Tango lesson followed by Argentine steak dinner and Tango show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BUENOS

Day
7

AIRES.

BUENOS AIRES Free day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BUENOS AIRES–IGUASSU FALLS.

Day
8

BUENOS AIRES Fly to Iguassu Falls.
IGUASSU FALLS Travel to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. Visit the rainforest via Ecological Jungle Train for a guided walking tour of the falls with a Local Guide.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

IGUASSU FALLS–LIMA, PERU.

Day
9

IGUASSU FALLS Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide in Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Fly to Lima, Peru.
LIMA Drive to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

LIMA.

Day
10

LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. LF This evening, guided sightseeing at the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the largest private collection of Pre-Columbian Peruvian art in the world, followed by dinner at the museum.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY.

Day
11

LIMA Fly to Cusco.
SACRED VALLEY Guided Sightseeing by a Local Guide at the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater and the ancient site of Puca Pucara followed by an LF El Pago a la Tierra (Mother Earth Ceremony) with local shaman. Free time for shopping in the old mountain village of Pisac with its famous market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Day
12

SACRED VALLEY Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit to a LF local Peruvian home. Scenic ride on the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley.
MACHU PICCHU Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide at Machu Picchu. Pisco Sour demonstration and dinner at your nearby hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

Day
13

MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CUSCO

Day
14

CUSCO Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes visits to the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CUSCO–LIMA

Day
15

CUSCO Fly to Lima.
LIMA Visit and tastings at a LF Peruvian food market. Free time this afternoon and evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR.

Day
16

LIMA Fly to Quito.
QUITO Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

QUITO.

Day
17

QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING.

Day
18

QUITO Fly to San Cristobal.
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Embark the Galápagos Legend for a 4-night cruise. This afternoon, visit the Galápagos Darwin Interpretation Center with your expert Naturalist and learn about ongoing conservation of the archipelago, its history, ecosystems, flora, and fauna. Next, a walk to Tijeretas Hill brings you to a frigatebird nesting colony.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND.

Day
19

ESPAÑOLA ISLAND 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 sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND.

Day
20

FLOREANA ISLAND Visit Cormorant Point to see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND.

Day
21

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and visit the Tortoise Reserve where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. This afternoon, visit Charles Darwin Research Station, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galápagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galápagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galápaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of five are returned to their native areas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION )–GUAYAQUIL.

Day
22

SANTA CRUZ Snorkel at Carrion Point to discover beautiful marine life.
BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil.
GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

GUAYAQUIL.

Day
23

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

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