Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise (SAE) - 2014 / 2015

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22 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil


Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise
Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires
Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires
Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
A beautiful flamingo enjoying the waters of the Galápagos
Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
An enormous giant tortoise on the Galápagos Islands
Iguassu Falls will captivate you
Rio de Janeiro is on a strip of Brazils Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn, where the shoreline is oriented east–west
Look for giant tortoises while in the Galapagos
Iiripari Lagoon in the Galapagos

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

Favela Tour The Favela Tour reveals the way of life for around 20% of Rio's population. It changes the general idea that favelas are simply no-go areas dominated by criminals only, and opens a new perspective of Rio society. It is a tour to understand the city, its contrasts and paradoxes. The tour takes you to the community of Vila Canoas, with around 2.500 people, and Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil, having around 85,000 people. Both are placed within the rich neighborhood of Sao Conrado. In Vila Canoas, walk through the narrow alleyways and get a good idea of its social initiatives that are also part of many Rio favelas. Once in Rocinha, the contrasts are more evident as much as we go higher and deeper inside. Visits include the community school, commercial center, and handicraft center. Its huge dimensions, wide variety of commerce and breathtaking view from the top is certainly impressive for any visitor.

Approximate value: $45 USD per person


Petropolis A drive through the outskirts of Rio, up the Serra dos Orgaos on a winding, scenic road through the Atlantic Rain Forest will take you to the 'Imperial City of Petropolis', 810 m (2,660 ft) above sea level. We will visit the museum at the summer palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and the Cathedral with the tomb of the Emperor and his wife. You will see the highlights of this charming city, such as the 'Crystal Palace', mansions and buildings from imperial and modern times.

Approximate value: $82 USD per person


Fiesta Gaucha In Argentina ranches dedicated to cattle breeding and to growing grains are called Estancias. Today, enjoy a complete day at and estancia in the pampas, where Buenos Aires ends and home to the gauchos! This full-day excursion is an ideal opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of rural life and a colorful feast in the heart of the pampas. Lunch includes world-renowned Argentine beef and live entertainment by gauchos in their native costumes. After lunch, the folklore show will began with its music and dances. The day will end with demonstration of typical activities at an estancia: regional games on horseback such as the "carrera de sortijas", where two teams gallop at full tilt under a wooden arch and try to pass a pin through a small ring hanging from the arch.

Approximate value: $155 USD per person


Bird Park The Bird Park, near Iguassu Falls, offers visitors the opportunity to spot birds up close is their native rainforest environment. Huge aviaries are home to over 900 tropical birds of 150 species. On a walking tour learn about the various birds found here and the ongoing effort to protect and conserve these native birds. Among other attractions, there is a butterfly aviary, hummingbird aviaries, and a reptile sector with caimans and snakes

Approximate value: $50 USD per person


Middle of the World Travel to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the great diversity of Ecuador's native groups. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops that sell postcards and souvenirs. At the end of the day you'll receive a certificate for having crossed the Equator!

Approximate value: $50 USD per person


Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only) Drive into the old Colonial city for views of the romantic plazas and the impressive public and religious buildings. Quito is particularly splendid in the evening when illumination adds a special drama and mystery to its baroque architecture. Then, to one of the hills surrounding the city for a panorama of twinkling lights covering the valley below. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the finest selected restaurants of the city. PRIVATE EXCURSION: The standard price listed is for a private excursion which means you will not be joining others on this adventure.

Approximate value: $175 USD per person