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Trafalgar - South America Revealed with Galápagos Legend North and Central Cruise (LSRNCN17)

21 Days From Rio De Janeiro to Quito
Tour Style: Cruise
Trafalgar Brochure Price from $10,250.00
Brochures: Latin America 2022
Visits: Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador

You’ll feel just like a local on this South American tour as you go from Rio's gorgeous beaches to vibrant capitals, national parks, and the Inca heart of Peru, learn to samba and mix the perfect caipirinha. Then let loose your inner explorer meeting giant tortoises, turtles and sea lions, cruising the Galápagos Islands.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Explore Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima and Cusco with a Local Specialist
  • Visit Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Iguassu Falls, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman and the Larco Museum
  • See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach and the Casa Rosada
  • Scenic Train Ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train
  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Connect with Locals Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its European-style homes and hip attitude.
  • Connect with Locals Visit a local market with Chef Ignacio and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.
  • Dive into Culture Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions.
  • Dive into Culture Enjoy cusquenian dishes and a folkloric dance perfomance.
  • Dive into Culture Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting.
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Pisac market displaying indigeneous Quechua arts and crafts from communities from the surrounding highlands.
  • Dive into Culture Guided visit to the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Meet a master Quechua weaver and ambassador for Andean traditions.
  • Stays with Stories Stay at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.

Trafalgar Tour Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Rio de Janeiro
Immerse yourself in the tropical allure of Rio de Janeiro - your launch pad to a South American exploration of capital cities and ancient cultures. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel offering superb views of Copacabana Beach. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Welcome Reception.
Visits: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Welcome Reception
Accommodation: Arena Copacabana
Day 2Enjoy Rio de Janeiro and Sugarloaf Mountain
Ease into your morning Rio-style before joining your Travel Director to delve into the captivating contrasts of Brazil’s cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city). See the 18th-century Carioca Aqueduct, the colonial Candelaria church and the home of the Rio Carnival, the Sanbodromo. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for a 'pinch me moment' of inspiring bay and city views. Enjoy a free evening.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Uncover the Sights and Flavours of Rio de Janeiro
The iconic Christ the Redeemer beckons this morning as we journey by cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado for impressive panoramic views. Returning to the city, we visit the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema, spending the rest of the day at leisure to watch Rio’s beautiful people living life to the fullest. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, then indulge in a sizzling Regional Dinner barbecue at a local churrascaria.
Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Day 4Experience the Rhythms of Rio de Janeiro and off to Iguassu Falls
Spend the morning at leisure, then visit a Samba school where you’ll Dive Into Culture, gaining insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and sway your hips Rio-style as you learn how to Samba. We leave the city behind and fly to Iguassu Falls. This evening, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our hotel.
Visits: Iguassu Falls (Brazil)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Wish Iguacu
Day 5Soak in the Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls
Explore the Brazil side of Iguassu Falls, joining a Local Specialist in the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park for a walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. Indulge in lunch at a local restaurant against the backdrop of the falls before returning to your resort for an afternoon at leisure. Consider joining one of our optional experiences, including a jetboat ride(^) to the base of the falls or visit a tropical bird reserve, home to more than 500 species of birds.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6Discover the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls
Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Meet your Local Specialist, then board an open-air ecological jungle train through the rainforest and walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil’s Throat Falls. We leave this force of nature behind for the sophisticated Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.
Visits: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Alvear Art
Day 7Explore Buenos Aires
Connect with the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy, joining your Local Specialist for a guided tour of Buenos Aires’ most notable sites, including the iconic Casa Rosada and colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. Admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon, then visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where Argentina’s beloved former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine beef during a Regional Dinner. Later, we’ll Dive Into Culture, ending the evening with a stirring, sensual Tango performance.
Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Day 8Buenos Aires Your Way
Enjoy a full day at leisure to pursue your own interests in the 'Paris of South America'. Admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Belles Artes or sample delicious dulce de leche ice-cream at the famous Café Tortoni. Feeling adventurous? Consider an optional trip into the countryside to visit a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Later, we’ll Connect With Locals, joining a family at their home in Palermo Soho for a dinner during our Be My Guest experience.
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest
Day 9Venture to Lima, the City of Kings
We leave one capital behind for another, travelling to Peru’s capital, Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in San Isidro.
Visits: Lima
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel
Day 10Savour the Flavours of Lima
Francisco Pizarro’s 'City of Kings' is ours to explore this morning as we discover the colonial heritage of Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Centre with our Local Specialist. Admire the ornate baroque façades of the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima’s status as the culinary capital of South America next, and meet Ignacio Barrios who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then continue to his cooking school where you'll Connect With Locals and enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular dishes. You’ll have an opportunity to sample some of these at a Be My Guest experience lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest
Day 11Admire the Local Culture of Cusco and Sacred Valley
Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Dive Into Culture and visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts. Connect With Locals and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century. End the day at your Stays With Stories, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.
Visits: Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
Day 12Journey to Machu Picchu
The Sacred Valley reveals its mysteries today as we encounter the remains of the mighty Inca empire. Our first stop this morning is the famous Inca hilltop fortress, Ollantaytambo, built from massive blocks of stone. We board the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, where a Local Specialist will lead us through the ruins of this once-great fortress. Explore the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. Tonight, we’ll dine at our hotel.
Visits: Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: El Mapi by Inkaterra
Day 13Continue in Machu Picchu then Return to Cusco
We return to Machu Picchu this morning with an opportunity to explore this mythical fortress on our own terms. If you’re feeling energetic, consider hiking up to the Gate of the Sun for thrilling views over the fortress and valley below. Then it’s off to Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha. Dive Into Culture and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.
Visits: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel
Day 14Explore Cusco and Sacsayhuaman
Explore the Incan and Spanish roots of the 'Imperial City', unlocking its best kept secrets, including the 17th-century Church of Santo Domingo, built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun. Later, we’ll venture with our Local Specialist beyond the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. This evening, we’ll Dive Into Culture at a local restaurant for a Regional Dinner of Cusquenian flavours against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.
Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Day 15Onward to Lima
A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima late this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, then Dive Into Culture with your Local Specialist at the Larco Museum for an evening exploration of its collection of pre-Columbian art. We’ll indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden.
Visits: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Novotel
Day 16Voyage to Quito
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ecuador (flight not included in holiday price). Enjoy a warm welcome in Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Visits: Quito
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton
Day 17Uncover Historical Quito
Visit the historical centre of Quito, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and travel to the 'Middle of the World' to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 18Tortoises and Santa Cruz Island
Cruise north to south through the islands and islets of the remote Galápagos. On arrival at Baltra Island Airport, transfer to the M/V Galápagos Legend, which will ferry you to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll walk amongst the world’s largest tortoises in the wild.
Visits: Baltra Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: M/V Galápagos Legend
Day 19Wander Genovesa Island
Visit to Genovesa Island today, climbing up the rocky Prince Phillip's Steps in search of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and Darwin’s famed finches. Walk to expansive lava field over which Wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm, then continue to Darwin Bay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20The Wildlife of Santa Cruz and Santa Fé Island
The marine iguanas of Santa Cruz view our arrival with indifference as we embark on our walk from the small lava dock. We’ll see the shallow lake where flamingos come to feed, then continue inland in search of land iguanas. Arriving Santa Fé island later, we’ll enjoy a snorkel amongst sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays, then walk past a forest of giant Opuntia cacti.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21Depart Santa Cruz Island
The serene landscape of Bachas Beach is our final stop on our Galápagos expedition. Bachas is a great place to swim, walk along the shore or visit the lagoon. Our journey at its end, we transfer to Baltra Airport for our return flight to Quito. Airport arrival time in Quito will be at 5 p.m.; please be aware when booking your flights.
Meals: Breakfast


Available Room Types: Single, Triple, Twin
Child: ages 5 to 11

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