Tour: SA - 2013 (SA) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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, toast the start of a memorable vacation at a local restaurant with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail. Cap off the evening with a welcome dinner. (Dinner)

Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro 
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DAY 2Rio 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer crowns Corcovado Mountain 
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DAY 3Rio 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 Guanabara Bay cruise that delivers gorgeous views of Rio from the harbor. This afternoon, you might elect to discover historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Rio de Janeiro–Buenos Aires, Argentina

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. (Breakfast)

Beautiful downtown Buenos Aires along the shores of the River Plate The expansive Tigre River runs along the outskirts of Buenos Aires Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the President 
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DAY 5Buenos 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 CEMETERY OF THE RECOLETA, burial site of Eva Peron. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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! (Breakfast, Dinner)

Stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires Colorful La Boca District in Buenos Aires 
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DAY 6Buenos Aires

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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Buenos Aires–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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Iguassu Falls will captivate you 
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DAY 8Iguassu Falls–Lima, Peru

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 dinner in Iguassu before flying to Lima, Peru. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 9Lima

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world. Enjoy dinner at the museum’s restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru 
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DAY 10Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

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. See 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. While at the ruins, experience an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls The Peruvian village of Pisac 
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DAY 11Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO followed by the opportunity to visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life in the Sacred Valley. Then, board a 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 before your included dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Legendary Machu Picchu Machu Picchu 
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DAY 12Machu Picchu–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 on to Cusco. (Breakfast)

The “Lost City of the Incas” Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu 
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DAY 13Cusco

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. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings 
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DAY 14Cusco–Lima

A short morning flight returns you to Lima. For a special treat, make a stop at a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 15Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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