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South American Escape with Amazon and
( 17 days and 16 nights )
Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)=
lunch / (D)= dinner
Cost by person in Double Ocupancy US$ 4,280 Each
Day 1: Arrive in Manaus,
After arriving at your hotel, meet up for guided city
sightseeing of Manaus to view the vestiges of its glory days
during the rubber boom. Your first stop will be the famous
OPERA HOUSE, built in 1896 with materials imported from
Europe. Next, visit the MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES before a
stroll through a bustling LOCAL MARKET abundant with local
foods and wares. (D)
Day 2: Manaus–Amazon Jungle.
Today your “Meeting of the Waters” tour passes by the
impressive British-built Custom House and the floating port.
CRUISE along 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
differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and
never mix! After lunch on the river, explore a JUNGLE ISLAND
(if the water level is not too low) with fascinating native
flora and fauna. Later this afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark
Jungle Lodge situated on the banks of the Rio Negro inside
the Amazonian rainforest. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Amazon Jungle.
Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a guided JUNGLE WALK
introducing you to the flora and fauna that thrives in the
Amazon. After lunch, depart the lodge and sail up the river
to visit a Caboclo’s NATIVE AMAZON VILLAGE to learn about
their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also try your hand
at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE,
where researchers work to rehabilitate captive primates and
reintroduce them to the jungle. Here, you have the
opportunity to see a feeding of spider monkeys, squirrel
monkeys, woolly monkeys, and capuchin monkeys. This evening
you may wish to venture back out on canoe with your
Naturalist into the flooded forest to appreciate the sounds
of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot small
alligators (or other night creatures). (B,L,D)
Day 4: Amazon Jungle–Rio de Janeiro.
This morning, depart the Ecopark for a flight to fabulous
Rio for an overnight stay. (B)
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro.
Today is free to enjoy Rio as you please. This afternoon,
meet your Tour Director and 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, enjoy a special cocktail party on the beach,
toasting the start of a memorable vacation with caipirinhas,
a favorite Brazilian cocktail. Enjoy a welcome dinner this
Day 6: Rio de Janeiro.
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 and evening are at leisure for you
to experience this vibrant city on your own. Tonight, you
may opt to join in a fun outing to a churrascaria for a
feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal
in true Brazilian style, followed by a SAMBA SHOW, where the
sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful
Day 7: Rio de Janeiro.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to fill as you wish. This
morning, you may choose to join the optional Jeep tour to
visit the Botanical Garden with its splendid orchid exhibit,
and the dazzling green world of Tijuca National Park. This
afternoon, sightseers might elect to discover historic
Petropolis, a mountain resort and the site of the former
summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II. (B)
Day 8: Rio de Janeiro–Iguassu Falls.
Fly to Iguassu Falls. The afternoon is dedicated to enjoying
the magnificent panorama of waterfalls. The spectacle of
this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour—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. (B,D)
Day 9: Iguassu Falls–Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This morning, take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and tour the
Argentine side of the Falls before your flight 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. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 10: Buenos Aires.
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 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
Colon Opera House before reaching the CEMETERY OF THE
RECOLETA, the burial site of Eva Peron. Spend the afternoon
at leisure. This evening, savor the atmosphere of this
cosmopolitan capital on your farewell evening excursion with
dinner followed by a flawless performance of Latin America’s
most sensuous dance—the Tango! (B,D)
Day 11: Buenos Aires.
Today is at leisure, or consider an optional excursion to
the Pampas. 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
Day 12: Buenos Aires–Lima, Peru.
A morning flight takes you to Lima, Peru. This afternoon a
guided sightseeing tour focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage.
See the 18th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its unique
cloisters, the Government Palace, and Cathedral situated
around the vast Plaza de Armas. Later, tour the LARCO
HERRERA MUSEUM with its dazzling collection of Peruvian
pre-Columbian artifacts. (B)
Day 13: Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley.
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the
capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred
Valley of the Incas with a visit to semi-circular KENKO
Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of
passages. Stop at the ancient site of PUCA PUCARA before
reaching 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. Continue to Pisac, an old mountain
village where you will have the opportunity to visit a home,
meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life.
Enjoy free time here 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. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu–Sacred Valley.
Board a TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba
Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to
legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Your
Local Guide will bring you closer to the mysteries still
hidden in these amazing structures. Later this afternoon,
return to the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Sacred Valley–Cusco.
Visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO this morning before
returning to Cusco. Learn more about the Incas on your
guided tour, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the
SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local
restaurant accompanied by ANDEAN FOLKLORIC MUSIC. (B,D)
Day 16: Cusco–Lima.
Fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is free. (B)
Day 17: Lima.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
End Our Services.
All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double
All scheduled transportation.
All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide
All entrance fees.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
International Domestic airfares, airport departure
taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges,
additional nights during the trip due to flight
cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water,
snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls,
radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights
and items of personal nature, domestic flight
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