Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise (SAE)

22 days from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil

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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.

Small-Group Discovery

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


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Spirit of South America with Galápagos Cruise map

 Photo Highlights

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

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 11 dinners


Notes:

Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! At 3:30 pm, meet your Tour Director for a drive along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. Cable-car ascent to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a cocktail party to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink).

Day 2 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.

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Day 3 RIO DE JANEIRO

RIO DE JANEIRO Free day.

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.

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Day 4 RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide.

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Day 5 BUENOS AIRES

BUENOS 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tango lesson followed by Argentine steak dinner and Tango show.

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Day 6 BUENOS AIRES

BUENOS AIRES Free day.

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Day 7 BUENOS AIRES–IGUASSU FALLS

BUENOS 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.

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Day 8 IGUASSU FALLS–LIMA, PERU

IGUASSU 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.

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Day 9 LIMA

LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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Day 10 LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

LIMA 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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Day 11 SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

SACRED VALLEY Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit to a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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Day 12 MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco.

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Day 13 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.

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Day 14 CUSCO–LIMA

CUSCO Fly to Lima.
LIMA Visit and tastings at a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Peruvian food market. Free time this afternoon and evening.

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Day 15 LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR

LIMA Fly to Quito.
QUITO Free time this evening.

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Day 16 QUITO

QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church.

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Day 17 QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–CRUISING

QUITO 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.

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Day 18 CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

ESPAÑOLA 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.

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Day 19 CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND

FLOREANA 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.

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Day 20 CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

SANTA 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 giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galápagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galápagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galápaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of five are returned to their native areas.

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Day 21 CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA (DISEMBARKATION )–GUAYAQUIL

SANTA CRUZ Snorkel at Carrion Point to discover beautiful marine life.
BALTRA Fly to Guayaquil.
GUAYAQUIL Free time this evening.

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Day 22 GUAYAQUIL

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MAURO RUBINSTEIN

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

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 satisfaction when it's time to say goodbye after a great tour.

Tour Director - MAURO RUBINSTEIN

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rio de Janeiro
Buenos Aires
Iguassu Falls
Quito
Guayaquil

Rio de Janeiro

Petropolis

Petropolis

Visit the 'Imperial City of Petropolis' outside of Rio in the Atlantic Rain Forest to visit the summer palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil.

Price Range: $$

Buenos Aires

Fiesta Gaucha

Fiesta Gaucha

Visit a working estancia, or farm, in Argentina's pampas, home to the gauchos!

Price Range: $$$

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

Bird Park

The Bird Park near Iguassu Falls offers visitors the opportunity to see indigenous birds up close is their native rain forest environment.

Price Range: $$

Quito

Teleferico

Teleferico

Take a ride in the highest cable way in South America and get to know this amazing city, Quito, in a totally different way.

Price Range: $$

Middle of the World

Middle of the World

Travel to the Equatorial Monument which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere.

Price Range: $$

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner

Drive into the old Colonial city during the evening for views of the romantic plazas and the impressive public and religious buildings followed by dinner.

Price Range: $$$

Guayaquil

Guayaquil City Tour

Guayaquil City Tour

On this Guayaquil city tour, get to know the most interesting parts of this tropical and busy metropolis.

Price Range: $$



The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).