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

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.

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

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SAG9|Spirit of South America
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Notes

Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

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Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South America dates. A Small-Group Discovery 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 tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Headsets throughout the tour.

Price Details US

Product Group

Spirit of South America

UNESCO Sites

City of Cusco|City of Quito|Galapagos Islands|Historic Center of Lima|Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu|Iguazu National Park

Meals

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZILWelcome to Rio de Janeiro!

Day 2

RIO DE JANEIRO.RIO DE JANEIRO 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 sunset cocktail party to sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink). (B)

Day 3

RIO DE JANEIRO 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. (B,D)

Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO RIO DE JANEIRO Free day. (B)

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.

Day 5

RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINARIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide. (B)

Day 6

BUENOS AIRESBUENOS 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. (B,D)

Day 7

BUENOS AIRESBUENOS AIRES Free day. (B)

Day 8

BUENOS AIRES–IGUASSU FALLSBUENOS 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. (B,D)

Day 9

IGUASSU FALLS–LIMA, PERUIGUASSU 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. (B,L)

Day 10

LIMALIMA 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. (B,D)

Day 11

LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEYLIMA 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. (B,D)

Day 12

SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU 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. (B,D)

Day 13

MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco. (B,L)

Day 14

CUSCO 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. (B,D)

Day 15

CUSCO–LIMA CUSCO Fly to Lima.
LIMA Visit and tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

Day 16

LIMA–QUITO, ECUADORLIMA Fly to Quito.
QUITO Free time this evening. (B)

Day 17

QUITOQUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church. (B)

Day 18

QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISINGQUITO 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. (B,L,D)

Day 19

CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLANDESPAÑOLA 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. (B,L,D)

Day 20

CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLANDFLOREANA 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. (B,L,D)

Day 21

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLANDSANTA 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. (B,L,D)

Day 22

CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION )–GUAYAQUILSANTA CRUZ Snorkel at Carrion Point to discover beautiful marine life.
BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil.
GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening. (B)

Day 23

GUAYAQUILYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Hilton Rio Copacabana Located just steps away from the famous Copacabana beach and waterfront, Hilton Copacabana offers two sparkling swimming pools, a full-service wellness spa, multiple restaurants and bars, beachside service at Copacabana's waterfront, and comfortable and cozy guestrooms with spectacular views. Rio de Janeiro Avenida Atlantica 1020 Moderate Deluxe
2 Hilton Buenos Aires Exceptionally located in the riverside Puerto Madero district, Hilton Buenos Aires is within walking distance of the city's top attractions and best restaurants. Guests can enjoy Argentinian cuisine at the on-site restaurant, relax at the rooftop pool, get pampered at the spa, or unwind in one of the hotel's stylish guestrooms. Buenos Aires Macacha Guemes 351 Deluxe
3 Bourbon Cataratas Hotel The Bourbon Cataratas Resort Hotel, is strategically located near the main tourist sites of Iguassu. Exclusive and professional staff take care of every detail. Iguassu Falls Rodovia Das Cataratas KM 2,5 First-Class
4 Hotel Pullman Miraflores The Hotel Pullman Miraflores is currently under construction with an expected completion date in November 2020. Please check back for more information about the hotel's location and amenities. Updates will be made as information is received. Lima C. Juan Fanning 515 - 525 Moderate Deluxe
5 Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel and Villas The Casa Andina Premium Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In addition to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley. Urubamba Valley 5to Paradero Yanahuara Superior First-Class
6 Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center. Machu Picchu Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3 Moderate Deluxe
7 Casa Andina Premium Cusco A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service. Cusco Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473 First-Class
8 Hilton Colon Quito (SAT) The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop. Quito Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1 Superior First-Class
9 Hilton Colon Guayaquil Combining excellent service and a laid-back resort feel, Hilton Colon Guayaquil is conveniently located only a few minutes from Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport. The hotel is the perfect retreat for those traveling to and from the Galapagos Islands. Guayaquil Av Francisco de Orellana Mz 111 Moderate Deluxe
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