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Ultimate South America with Galapagos Cruise (1205)

26 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil

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Discover some of South America's greatest cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima, and Quito—and some of its most spectacular ruins and scenic areas on this South America tour. You'll overnight in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Quito, and Guayaquil, along with four nights cruising the Galápagos Islands aboard the Santa Cruz II.

Highlights of this South America tour include time at Iguassu Falls on both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. Experience the falls, hear the thundering roar, be amazed at the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray, and stand in awe as you witness these 275 falls spanning nearly two miles! You’ll also be amazed at Machu Picchu, set in a majestic mountainside with ruins dating back to the 15th century. Glimpse the ancient history and culture as you enjoy this stunning and mystical place. Other tour highlights include a visit to the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, with stones weighing up to 350 tons. Time in Peru's Lake Titicaca, a lake of floating islands maintained over centuries by the local Indians, gives you a chance to experience the world's highest navigable lake and to learn about local practices.

Guided sightseeing in each of the cities features the must-see sites, including Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Lima’s baroque 11th-century San Francisco Monastery, and Quito’s La Compania Church. But that’s not all…you’ll take a 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise. Explore the islands, snorkel, swim, and enjoy seeing rays, starfish, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, land iguanas, and much more. Learn about conservation efforts for the famous giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All of this—and more—are included on this South America tour designed for the value-minded traveler who wants to experience it all!

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

RIO DE JANEIRO
Guided sightseeing, visit Corcovado to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer

IGUASSU FALLS
Guided sightseeing of the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle train ride

BUENOS AIRES
Guided sightseeing, visit RecoletaCemetery; Tango show and dinner

LIMA
Guided sightseeing, visit San Francisco Monastery

SACRED VALLEY
Guided sightseeing of Awanakanchaand Pisac Indian Market; Visit Ollantaytambo, a local home, Seminario Ceramics Workshop, and a chicheria

MACHU PICCHU
Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; Guided sightseeing of the Machu Picchu ruins; stay overnight in Machu Picchu region

CUSCO
Guided sightseeing, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and Sacsayhuaman, see Kenko and Puca Pucara

LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing of Taquile Island and the Uros Floating Islands; farewell dinner

SILLUSTANI
Guided sightseeing, visit a local home

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
4-night Galápagos Islands cruise

Guides:

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

Notes:

This extension is not available on January 25, March 15 & May 3 2019 departures.

Transportation:

Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

25 breakfasts, 5 lunch, 11 dinners

 Itinerary

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

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, 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

Escorting tours for more than 20 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."

Tour Director - FERNANDO BORDALLO

 Accommodations

BUENOS AIRES
CUSCO
GUAYAQUIL
IGUASSU FALLS
LIMA
MACHU PICCHU
PUNO
QUITO
RIO DE JANEIRO
SACRED VALLEY

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions 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).

Price Ranges

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



* 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 airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price 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 Cosmos).
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