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Globus Spirit of South America with Amazon & Galápagos Cruise(SAY)

26 days from Manaus to Guayaquil 
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. Looking for the perfect introduction to sensational South America? How about the “Meeting of the Waters” where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro flows alongside the yellowish Rio Solimões without ever mixing. You’ll also meet monkeys, catch piranhas, and explore a native caboclo village when you begin your tour of South America with a Monograms vacation package to Brazil’s Amazon. 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.
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Itinerary (2023)

Day 1ARRIVE IN MANAUS, BRAZIL
 Welcome to Manaus! Meet your Monograms representative at your hotel. (D)
Day 2MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE
 MANAUS “Meeting of the Waters” cruise.
AMAZON JUNGLE Naturalist guided visit to a Jungle Island.(B,L,D)
Day 3AMAZON JUNGLE
 AMAZON JUNGLE Nature walk led by a Naturalist. Visit to an Amazon village and a Monkey Jungle Reserve to learn about rehabilitating indigenous primates. Nighttime Naturalist led excursion to search for nocturnal life. (B,L,D)
Day 4AMAZON JUNGLE–MANAUS–RIO DE JANEIRO
 MANAUS Depart your Amazon jungle lodge for guided sightseeing of Manaus including the Opera House and a local market.
RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Rio de Janeiro. (B)
Day 5RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
 RIO DE JANEIRO Free time this morning. 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 spectacular views and a sunset cocktail party to [LF] sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink). (B)
Day 6RIO 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. (B,D)
Day 7RIO DE JANEIRO
 RIO DE JANEIRO Free day. (B)

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.
Day 8RIO DE JANEIRO–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.
 RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour with a Local Guide. (B)
Day 9BUENOS 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 [LF] Tango lesson followed by Argentine steak dinner and Tango show. (B,D)
Day 10BUENOS AIRES
 BUENOS AIRES Free day. (B)
Day 11BUENOS 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. (B,D)
Day 12IGUASSU 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. (B,L)
Day 13LIMA
 LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. [LF] 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. (B,D)
Day 14LIMA–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 [LF] 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. (B,D)
Day 15SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU
 SACRED VALLEY Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit to a [LF] 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. (B,D)
Day 16MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO
 MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco. (B,L)
Day 17CUSCO
 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. (B,D)
Day 18CUSCO–LIMA
 CUSCO Fly to Lima.
LIMA Visit and tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
Day 19LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR
 LIMA Fly to Quito.
QUITO Free time this evening. (B)
Day 20QUITO
 QUITO Guided sightseeing includes Independence Square, the Cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church. (B)
Day 21QUITO–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. (B,L,D)
Day 22CRUISING: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 23CRUISING: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 24CRUISING: 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. (B,L,D)
Day 25CRUISING: 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. (B)
Day 26GUAYAQUIL
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 14 dinners

Related Globus Tours

SA - Spirit of South America
SAE - With Galápagos cruise
SAQ - With Brazil's Amazon
SAY - With Brazil's Amazon & Galapagos cruise

Globus Pricing Details

Galápagos cruise price does not include the Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value), but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Globus Notes

Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.

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