Spirit of South America with Amazon & Nazca Lines (SAY2) - 2014 / 2015

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21 Day Tour from Manaus to Lima


Spirit of South America with Amazon & Nazca Lines
See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon
See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon
View of stunning Rio de Janeiro
The “Lost City of the Incas”
Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires
Iguassu Falls will captivate you
Stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, which includes graves of some of the most influential people in Argentina
The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings
Rio de Janeiro is on a strip of Brazils Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn, where the shoreline is oriented east–west
Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru

Vacation Overview

Explore the beauty of South America during this exhilarating vacation to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. Visit its cosmopolitan and lively cities as well as its ancient treasures and scenic highlights. A vacation highlight is the Amazon Jungle—cruise along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers forming the Amazon meet. Watch for the captivating native flora and fauna. More spectacular scenery awaits at Iguassu Falls, where you will marvel at the stunning panoramic views of many of the 275 cataracts that make up Iguassu Falls—with its clouds of spray, incessant roar, and surrounding tropical growth. You’ll also discover the fascinating cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Lima—and, of course, the great Machu Picchu.

Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant, bustling city known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful people. The birthplace of Samba, Rio’s vitality comes alive as you experience its sights, sounds, and flavors. Buenos Aires is regarded as the “Paris of South America” with its chic shopping, French architecture, outdoor cafés, legendary nightlife, and cosmopolitan cuisine. It is famous for its sensuous Tango dance—you’ll even get a Tango dance lesson on your Globus tour! In Lima, your sightseeing focuses on its rich colonial history and includes a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, which has a large collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art

Next, on to a major highlight of your vacation—Machu Picchu, where you’ll stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Then, visit the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, a fortress built in the early 12th century with stones weighing more than 350 tons. While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels. No trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the Earth.

Vibrant cities, ancient structures, lush biodiversity, mysterious miles of lines and patterns etched into the earth—this vacation to South America has it all! So, grab your camera and be prepared for a trip of a lifetime.

     
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BRAZIL'S AMAZON
Guided city sightseeing; “Meeting of the Waters” cruise; visit the Manaus Opera House, a jungle island, monkey reserve, and a native Amazon village; guided canoe rides and jungle walks

RIO DE JANEIRO
Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain; welcome dinner; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; Samba show and churrascaria dinner

BUENOS AIRES
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral; Cemetery of the Recoleta; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tango dance lesson; Tango show

IGUASSU FALLS
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit both sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle Train

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at Larco Herrera Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local Peruvian food market

SACRED VALLEY
Visit Kenko Amphitheater, Temple of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth ceremony with a shaman; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite home visit for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with Local Guide and two days entrance to the ruins

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery; farewell dinner

NAZCA LINES
Nazca Lines flight; Ballestas Islands cruise

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.


DAY 1Arrive in Manaus, Brazil

After arriving at your hotel, meet for guided sightseeing of Manaus to view vestiges of its glory days during the rubber boom. Your first stop will be the famous OPERA HOUSE, built in 1896 with materials imported from Europe. Next, visit a bustling LOCAL MARKET, abundant with local foods and wares. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Manaus–Amazon Jungle

Today your “Meeting of the Waters” tour passes by the impressive British-built Customs House and the floating port. CRUISE along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! After lunch on the river, explore a JUNGLE ISLAND (if the water level is not too low) with fascinating native flora and fauna. Later this afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge, situated on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazonian rainforest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon Amazon rain forest 
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DAY 3Amazon Jungle

Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a guided WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, depart the lodge and sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys and reintroduce them to the jungle. This evening, venture back out on canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot small alligators (or other night creatures). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon Amazon rain forest See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon 
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DAY 4Amazon Jungle–Rio de Janeiro

This morning, depart the Ecopark for a flight to Rio for an overnight. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Rio de Janeiro

Today is free in Rio to explore as you please. 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 6Rio 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 crowns Corcovado Mountain Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro 
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DAY 7Rio 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 trip to historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Rio 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)

At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the President Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires Beautiful downtown Buenos Aires along the shores of the River Plate The expansive Tigre River runs along the outskirts of Buenos Aires 
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DAY 9Buenos 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, which includes graves of some of the most influential people in Argentina Colorful La Boca District in Buenos Aires 
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DAY 10Buenos 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 11Buenos 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 12Iguassu 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 a late lunch before flying to Lima, Peru. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima Iguassu Falls will captivate you 
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DAY 13Lima

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)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru 
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DAY 14Lima–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 15Sacred 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 the Vistadome 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 at a Peruvian cooking demonstration before your included dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Machu Picchu Legendary Machu Picchu 
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DAY 16Machu 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 ancient ruins of Machu Picchu 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 
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DAY 17Cusco

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 18Cusco–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)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 19Lima–Nazca lines–Paracas

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to Pisco, wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 20Paracas–Ballestas Islands–Lima

CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, an unexplained candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Later, return to Lima. (Breakfast)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 21Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 12 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner, churrascaria dinner with Samba show in Rio, steak dinner with Tango show in Buenos Aires, and a farewell dinner in Cusco


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

FERNANDO BORDALLO

Years of Experience: 17 years

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, I speak English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. I became a Tour Director in 1986, and I love my work. It's so great to see guests engage with the diversity of South American countries' their traditions and contrasts. I love sharing the history of these countries, watching the group interact during the trip, and knowing I play a fundamental role in the success of the trip.

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