Spirit of South America (SA)

15 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Lima

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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. Start in Rio de Janeiro, 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. 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. 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, and you’ll see a Tango show—you’ll even get a Tango dance lesson on your Globus tour!

Be amazed as you view the spectacular panoramic views of many of the 275 cataracts that make up Iguassu Falls—with its clouds of spray, incessant roar, and surrounding tropical growth. Of course, no vacation to South America is complete without a visit to the marvelous structures built by the Incas, including the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater and Puca Pucara. You’ll visit 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! You’ll also 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 by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels.

From the vibrant cities to the ancient structures, 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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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 and Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Ollantaytambo and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a local 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, the Santo Domingo Monastery, and Temple of Sacsayhuaman; farewell dinner
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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Cusco
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Historic Center of Lima
  • Iguazu National Park

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 8 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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

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Day 2 Rio 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.

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Day 3 Rio 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 Breakfast

Day 4 Rio 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 Breakfast

Day 5 Buenos 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!

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Day 6 Buenos 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 Breakfast

Day 7 Buenos 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.

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Day 8 Iguassu 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.

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Day 9 Lima

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.

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Day 10 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara. Also experience in the Sacred Valley 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.

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Day 11 Sacred 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.

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Day 12 Machu 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 to Cusco.

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Day 13 Cusco

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. Also visit 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. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 14 Cusco–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.

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Day 15 Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

MAURO RUBINSTEIN

Years of Experience: 14

Born in Rio de Janeiro, I have been involved with professional travel for the last 20 years. I love helping people fulfill their travel dreams, and moreover I enjoy showing my country and continent. Most of all, I love to see a grin of satisfacation when it's time to say goodbye after a great tour.

Tour Director - MAURO RUBINSTEIN

 Accommodations

Rio de Janeiro
Buenos Aires
Iguassu Falls
Lima
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco

Rio de Janeiro

Sheraton Rio Hotel and Towers

Avenida Niemeyer 121
Rio de Janiero, RJ Brazil

Beautifully situated along the well-known Ipanema Beach, this contemporary hotel boasts gorgeous views and extreme comfort. All 559 guestrooms are equipped with the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, private balcony overlooking the sea, mini-bar, cable television, air-conditioning, and room service. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, beauty salon, fitness center, sauna, business center, three restaurants, and two bars.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shoe Shine
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens

Buenos Aires

Hotel Emperador

Moderate Deluxe

Av del Libertador 420
Buenos Aires, Argentina

An oasis of tranquility in the heart of this pulsating and vibrant city, the Emperador's distinctive and unique features stand out amongst the competition. Enjoy ultimate comfort in one of the 265 spacious rooms, offering contemporary ambience matched with state-of-the-art technical amenities. From the moment you enter the Buenos Aires Hotel Emperador, you'll experience the majesty of the lobby, combining modern style with the natural colors of the year-round green gardens.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

Iguassu Falls

Wish Resort

Superior First-Class

Avenida das Cataratas, 6845
Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Free Wifi

Surrounded by lush garden and located 3 miles from Iguaçu National Park, the superior Wish Resort boasts a beautiful swimming pool, easy access to the Falls, and style and comfort at every turn. The hotel offers sophisticated rooms with air conditioning and thoughtful amenities. They are elegantly styled with classic wooden furniture and soft décor. The hotel is situated close to the entrance and to the Argentinian side of Iguaçu Park and provides all the convenience of home in this fantastic setting of Iguassu Falls.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Moderate Deluxe

Ave la Paz 463
Lima, LIM Peru

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television

Sacred Valley

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley

5to Paradero Yanahuara
Urubamba Valley, Peru

Free Wifi

The Casa Andina Private 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 additon 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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Clock Radio
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite

Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Moderate Deluxe

Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3
Machu Picchu, Peru

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Cusco

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Plazaleta Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, CUS Peru

Free Wifi

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker

 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.

Rio de Janeiro
Buenos Aires
Iguassu Falls

Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour

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: $43 USD per person

Petropolis

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: $50 USD per person

Buenos Aires

Fiesta Gaucha

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: $144 USD per person

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

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

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



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