Spirit of South America with Amazon & Galápagos Cruise - 2023

Visiting: Arrive In Manaus, Brazil, Manaus–Amazon Jungle, Amazon Jungle, Amazon Jungle–Rio De Janeiro, Arrive In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro–Buenos Aires, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires–Iguassu Falls, Iguassu Falls–Lima, Peru, Lima, Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley, Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu–Cusco, Cusco, Cusco–Lima, Lima– Quito, Ecuador, Quito, Quito–San Cristobal (Embarkation)–Galápagos Cruising, Cruising: Española Island, Cruising: Floreana Island, Cruising: Santa Cruz Island, Cruising: Santa Cruz–Baltra (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil, Guayaquil


Duration: 1 Nights

Physical rating: Active pace

Tour Operator: Cosmos


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Tour Overview

Explore the beauty of South America during this exhilarating vacation to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and the Galápagos Islands. Visit its cosmopolitan and lively cities as well as its ancient treasures and scenic highlights, including the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll cruise along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the Amazon. Watch for the captivating native flora and fauna. Additionally, be amazed as you view the spectacular panoramic views of Iguassu Falls—with its clouds of spray, incessant roar, and surrounding tropical growth. Experience an once-in-a-lifetime thrill in the Galápagos Islands, where you’ll be able to see many species of animals and birds that call the Galápagos their home. On your 3-night cruise, watch for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and more. For even more fun, consider swimming and snorkeling in search of sea life. And that’s just the start...there’s also Machu Picchu. About 1,000 people once lived there—in around 200 structures—but archaeologists still don’t know its true purpose. Regardless, the first glimpse of this city poised high above the jungle-covered ravines is one of the most majestic images in South America. On this tour, you’ll also discover South America’s fascinating cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Lima. You’ll have sightseeing with a local expert and leisure time in each city to browse the shops, visit the sights, sip the local drinks, sample the local cuisine, and explore the many sights. Vibrant cities, amazing scenery, spectacular flora and fauna, and ancient structures—this vacation to South America has it all!

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 Arrive In Manaus, Brazil

Location: Arrive In Manaus, Brazil

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Brazil where you will be met by a Monograms representative.

icon Day 2 Manaus–Amazon Jungle

Location: Manaus–Amazon Jungle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today your “Meeting of the Waters” tour passes the impressive British-built Customs House and the floating port. CRUISE on the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the different bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! After lunch, explore a JUNGLE ISLAND (water level permitting) with native flora and fauna. Arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazonian rainforest.

icon Day 3 Amazon Jungle

Location: Amazon Jungle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a GUIDED WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to learn about their traditions and culture. Also, try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys and reintroduce them into the jungle. This evening, venture back out on a canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot small alligators (or other nocturnal creatures).

icon Day 4 Amazon Jungle–Rio De Janeiro

Location: Amazon Jungle–Rio De Janeiro

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, depart the Ecopark for a guided sightseeing of Manaus that explores vestiges of its glory days during the rubber boom. See the famed OPERA HOUSE, built in 1896 with materials imported from Europe, and visit a LOCAL MARKET, abundant with local foods and wares. Continue to the airport for your flight to Rio and an overnight.

icon Day 5 Arrive In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Location: Arrive In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Meals: Breakfast

Today is free in Rio to explore as you please. 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, LF toast the start of a memorable vacation with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain during a COCKTAIL PARTY.

icon Day 6 Rio De Janeiro

Location: Rio De Janeiro

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

icon Day 7 Rio De Janeiro

Location: Rio De Janeiro

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 8 Rio De Janeiro–Buenos Aires, Argentina

Location: Rio De Janeiro–Buenos Aires, Argentina

Meals: Breakfast

. 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.

icon Day 9 Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

. 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 Teatro Colón opera house before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Perón. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a LF 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!

icon Day 10 Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

. Enjoy a full day at leisure, with an optional excursion to the pampas (grasslands). 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.

icon Day 11 Buenos Aires–Iguassu Falls

Location: Buenos Aires–Iguassu Falls

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, fly to IGUASSU FALLS. The spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrent—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 waterfalls drop more than 300 feet into the Devil’s Gorge below. Continue into Brazil’s side of Iguassu Falls, your home for the night.

icon Day 12 Iguassu Falls–Lima, Peru

Location: Iguassu Falls–Lima, Peru

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today is dedicated to exploring the Brazilian side of IGUASSU 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 or early dinner before flying to Lima, Peru.

icon Day 13 Lima

Location: Lima

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 LF LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, which houses the largest private collection of Pre-Columbian Peruvian art in the world. Enjoy dinner at the museum’s restaurant.

icon Day 14 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Location: Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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, in the Sacred Valley, experience an LF 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.

icon Day 15 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

Location: Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a LF LOCAL 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.

icon Day 16 Machu Picchu–Cusco

Location: Machu Picchu–Cusco

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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 RIDE and continue to Cusco.

icon Day 17 Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

icon Day 18 Cusco–Lima

Location: Cusco–Lima

Meals: Breakfast

A short morning flight returns you to Lima. For a special treat, make a stop at a LF 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.

icon Day 19 Lima– Quito, Ecuador

Location: Lima– Quito, Ecuador

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to Quito, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

icon Day 20 Quito

Location: Quito

Meals: Breakfast

On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA.

icon Day 21 Quito–San Cristobal (Embarkation)–Galápagos Cruising

Location: Quito–San Cristobal (Embarkation)–Galápagos Cruising

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a morning flight to San Cristobal, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the Galápagos Legend for your 4-night CRUISE. On SAN CRISTOBAL, visit the INTERPRETATION CENTER with your Naturalist and learn about what makes the archipelago so unique. Next, a walk to TIJERETAS HILL brings you to a frigatebird nesting colony.

icon Day 22 Cruising: Española Island

Location: Cruising: Española Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Also, look for red, green, and black marine iguanas and a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site.

icon Day 23 Cruising: Floreana Island

Location: Cruising: Floreana Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today on FLOREANA ISLAND, join your Naturalist for an excursion to Post Office Bay, where a wood barrel has served as an informal post office since 1793. Darwin’s finches, lava lizards, and green sea turtles can be found here. Later, at Cormorant Point, walk to the brackish lagoon, home to a large flamingo population. Snorkeling from the beach provides a great opportunity to see reef fish, sea turtles, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks! Occasionally, a small colony of penguins can also be seen on this island.

icon Day 24 Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Location: Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey into the highlands of SANTA CRUZ to see giant tortoises, endemic to this island, roaming in the wild. This afternoon, visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and the area’s famous giant tortoises. Spend time in Puerto Ayora before returning to the ship.

icon Day 25 Cruising: Santa Cruz–Baltra (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

Location: Cruising: Santa Cruz–Baltra (Disembarkation)–Guayaquil

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, snorkel at Carrion Point on Santa Cruz to discover the beautiful marine life. Later, fly to Guayaquil.

icon Day 26 Guayaquil

Location: Guayaquil

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

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    Meals

    25 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 14 dinners

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      Cosmos requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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