Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)=
lunch / (D)= dinner
Cost by person in Double Ocupancy US$ 6,745 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. (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.
Today, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning
CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN, a rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from
the bay below. Take the scenic cog railway ride to its top,
where a 360-degree panorama affords sweeping views. Proceed
to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and visit the
CATHEDRAL. This evening, it’s off to a churrascaria for a
feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal
in true Brazilian style. Later, experience a SAMBA SHOW,
where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a
colorful extravaganza. (B,D)
Day 7: Rio de Janeiro.
A day of leisure or you may wish to enjoy a Guanabara Bay
cruise, offering spectacular views of Rio and its beaches.
This afternoon, consider an optional trip to historic
Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom
Pedro II and now a mountain resort. (B)
Day 8: Rio de Janeiro.
This morning, try an optional Jeep tour to the Botanical
Garden with its orchid exhibit, and Tijuca National Park to
view native flora and fauna. Spend an evening at leisure.
Day 9: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls.
A flight from Rio takes you to IGUASSU FALLS. Experience the
clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding
luxuriant tropical growth that make this an unforgettable
natural wonder. Spend the afternoon enjoying the magnificent
panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local
Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide
torrential downpour, with some cataracts as high as 250
feet, which is nothing short of hypnotic. (B,D)
Day 10: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires - Argentina.
Take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and enjoy a closer
perspective on a walking tour of the Argentine side of the
Falls. Then, on to Iguazu International Airport for your
flight to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk
acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide
boulevards and outdoor cafés. (B)
Day 11: Buenos Aires.
Your sightseeing starts in La Boca, a colorful district and
site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of
this unique neighborhood 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,
housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon
Opera House before reaching THE CEMETERY OF THE RECOLETA,
the burial site of Eva Peron. Savor the atmosphere of this
cosmopolitan capital on the included evening excursion:
dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other specialties
topped off by a flawless PERFORMANCE of Latin America’s most
sensuous dance—the Tango! (B,D)
Day 12: Buenos Aires – Uruguay – Buenos Aires.
Today, visit another South American country—Uruguay. Travel
by CATAMARAN to the World Heritage City of Colonia del
Sacramento. Founded by Portuguese settlers from Brazil in
1680, this town held a strategic position as a smuggling
outpost for transporting British goods across the Rio de la
Plata into the Spanish colonies throughout the 17th century.
Today, its charm lies in its narrow streets and colonial
buildings. Enjoy a guided tour and lunch. (B,L)
Day 13: Buenos Aires.
Enjoy a full day at leisure, with 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 14: Buenos Aires–Bariloche.
Fly south to Bariloche in Patagonia on the shores of
fjord-like Lago Nahuel Huapi in the heart of Argentina’s
Lake District. Arrive in the early evening, with time to
enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town center.
See the city hall, the clock tower in Municipality Square,
and the famous chocolate factories. (B,D)
Day 15: Bariloche.
This chic alpine resort boasts some of the most glorious
scenery in the country. Cameras should be ready for today’s
chairlift ride to a lookout point at CERRO CAMPANARIO.
You’ll want to capture the vistas of surrounding lakes and
Andes mountain peaks. The tour continues with a leisurely
drive around the Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez
Day 16: Bariloche – Puerto Varas -Chile.
Set out today for your ANDES LAKE CROSSING! Board a boat for
the CRUISE across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Blest. Proceed
by motorcoach and see emerald lakes, thick pine forests, and
the snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains. Look out for
soaring Osorno Volcano as you cross Lago Todos los Santos by
CATAMARAN. Skirt the southern shore of Lago Llanquihue on
the way to Puerto Varas. Drive to your hotel along the
rosebush-lined streets of this lakeside resort. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt – Santiago.
Your morning tour of the nearby seaport of Puerto Montt in
Chilean Patagonia takes you to the harbor brimming with
fishing vessels and along a busy waterfront lined with
seafood stalls. Transfer to the airport for your flight
north to Santiago. Perched between the Pacific Ocean and the
Andes, Santiago has evolved as the country’s political,
commercial, and cultural capital. Tonight, dinner is at the
Day 18: Santiago.
Today your Local Guide traces the city’s history and
heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government
Palace, before heading to the Plaza de Armas, the main
square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. This
afternoon offers an optional excursion to the Undurraga
Winery, where you will learn how some of South America’s
wines are produced. This evening, you may opt to join a
Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show. (B)
Day 19: Santiago.
The day is free for independent activities. You may want to
take advantage of an optional excursion to the beautiful
coastal region west of Santiago. Drive through the
undulating hills of Chile’s wine country to the historic
port of Valparaiso, and continue along the coast to nearby
Viña del Mar. This chic seaside resort with palm tree-lined
avenues and lovely villas truly deserves the sobriquet
“Pearl of the Pacific.” Tonight your Tour Director hosts a
special farewell dinner to celebrate a great touring
Day 20: Santiago – Lima, Peru.
Fly to Lima this morning, where sightseeing focuses on its
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. Then,
take a short drive to the seaside suburb of Miraflores.
Later, tour the LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM with its dazzling
collection of Peruvian artifacts. (B)
Day 21: 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 the 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 22: 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 23: Sacred Valley – Cusco.
Visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO this morning before
returning to Cusco where you will 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 24: Cusco – Lima.
A short morning flight returns you to Lima, where the
remainder of your day is at leisure to explore on your own.
Day 25: Lima.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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