Treasures Of South America

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A great option if you’d prefer to explore yourself.

Tour Overview

Experience the many facets of the Treasures of South America. Visit the Ancient sites of the Andean region, the glorious Galapagos Islands and the Amazon jungle, the mysterious Easter Island, before relaxing on the beaches of Tahiti in one ultimate journey.

All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures.

 

Highlights
Galapagos Islands
Machu Picchu
Lake Titicaca
Rio de Janeiro

Route Map

Treasures Of South America Route Map

Itinerary

DAY 1
Santiago

On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel.

DAY 2
Santiago

Half day tour of Santiago’s cultural historical monuments, artistic districts and panoramic sights.

Breakfast
DAY 3
Santiago - Guayaquil

Transfer to the airport, fly to Guayaquil, the largest and most important port in Ecuador. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Breakfast
DAY 4
Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands

Transfer to the airport, fly to Baltra. On arrival board the M/Y Coral I & II for your four-day cruise. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests respectively, these gorgeous comfortable twin yachts offer a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. To ensure all passenger have the same experience, the sister yachts sail together.

*Sample itinerary subject to change.

AM – Baltra airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises*. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes*; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.

Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
Galapagos Islands

AM – Egas Port (Santiago)

Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline.

The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.

PM – Bartolome

Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape* formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock*. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies*.

Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkelling experiences*; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes covered by mangroves.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Galapagos Islands

AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation* up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas*, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

PM – North Seymour

Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.

An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds*, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
Galapagos Islands - Quito

End of your cruise and flight back to the mainland. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Breakfast
DAY 8
Quito

Half day tour of Quito and Middle of the World monument.

Breakfast
DAY 9
Quito - Amazon Cruise

Transfer to the airport, fly to Coca. Board the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer. Over the next three days you will explore the Yasuni National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart for the Ecuadorian rainforest, while enjoying the comforts of your floating hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
Day 10: Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

Rainforest explorations

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
Day 10: Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

Rainforest explorations

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12
Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise – Quito – Lima

End of cruise. Fly to Lima via Quito. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Breakfast
DAY 13
Lima

Half day tour of Colonial and Modern Lima.

Breakfast
DAY 14
Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Transfer out for your flight to Cuzco. On arrival transfer to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley, a key area of the settlement of the Incas.

Breakfast
DAY 15
Sacred Valley

Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the colourful local market of Pisac.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 16
Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Start your two-day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu with a wonderful train journey, followed by a comprehensive tour through the beautiful forgotten citadel. Overnight at Aguas Calientes, the charming town at the base of the ruins.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 17
Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Morning free to explore the ruins on your own. Afternoon train back to Cuzco.

Breakfast
DAY 18
Cuzco

Half day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and its surroundings.

Breakfast
DAY 19
Cuzco - Puno

A spectacular Andean Explorer train* journey across the Altiplano to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

*A replacement bus service will run between Cuzco to Puno from May 2017 onward.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 20
Uros & Taquile Islands

Full day tour to the fascinating and unique reed islands of Uros and Taquile Island.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 21
Puno - La Paz

Full day crossing of the magical Lake Titicaca from Puno to La Paz, onboard a catamaran cruise. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 22
La Paz

Half day city tour of La Paz & the stunning Moon Valley

Breakfast
DAY 23
La Paz - Lima - Buenos Aires

Transfer to airport for your flight to Buenos Aires via Santa Cruz. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast
DAY 24
Buenos Aires

Half day tour of South America’s stylish capital, Buenos Aires, whose architecture and boulevards are influenced by a strong European heritage. Visit the bohemian street market of La Boca, the tango barrio of San Telmo and the famous Recoleta cemetery, home to the resting place of Eva Peron.

Breakfast
DAY 25
Buenos Aires

Free day to discover this exciting city or go shopping. In the evening, experience the tango in all its glory and sample the succulent local beef with a dinner and show.

Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 26
Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

Transfer to airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon tour of the Argentine side of the falls including a small train journey to the impressive Devil’s Throat.

Breakfast
DAY 27
Iguazu Falls - Rio De Janeiro

Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, before your flight to Rio. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast
DAY 28
Rio De Janeiro

Tour and cable car trip to one of the city’s favourite landmarks Sugar Loaf Mountain, the famous granite and quartz peak overlooking the Guanabara bay, for a fantastic view.

Breakfast
DAY 29
Rio De Janeiro

Visit to the top of Corcovado Mountain, catching a small train through the Tijuca forest before reaching the top to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Evening samba show and dinner

Breakfast
DAY 30
Rio De Janeiro - Santiago

Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport, fly to Santiago. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast
DAY 31
Santiago - Easter Island

Flight to Easter Island.  Afternoon tour of Orongo, including the Rano Kao volcano.

Breakfast
DAY 32
Easter Island

Full day tour of the Southern coast of the island including Rano Raraku quarry and Anakena beach.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 33
Easter Island - Papeete

Day at leisure before flying to Papeete, Tahiti. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 34
Papeete

Half day Circle Island tour of Tahiti

Breakfast
DAY 35
Papeete

Transfer to airport for your next flight.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • All internal flights based on LATAM air-pass which requires arrival into South America with LATAM. If using another carrier price will differ.
  • Accommodation at selected hotels with private facilities
  • Meals as indicated (34 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners.)
  • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca
  • Transport by air conditioned vehicles
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions excursions with English speaking guides
  • Meeting service and airport transfers

Tour Exclusions

  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharges (approx $465 pp)
  • Tips
  • Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years & Rio Carnival
  • Galapagos islands entrance fee and Ingala transit card (approx USD120)
  • Amazon community fees
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Tour Pricing

Treasures Of South America
Single
Twin/Double
Tourist Class
$26,196
$17,855
First Class
$31,371
$20,823
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