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South American Adventure, Galápagos & Amazon cruising

Enjoy an extraordinary 28 day adventure from Quito to Rio de Janeiro. Visit the Galápagos Islands, visit Machu PIcchu and cruise through the Amazon.

28 Day
From (AUD)
$ 28,995
  • 2018 Quito > Rio de Janeiro

    Origin of the species

    Embark upon the adventure of a lifetime. From the Equator to the Galápagos Islands with their astonishing natural diversity, to the legends of Peru’s Sacred Valley and the passion of Brazil and Argentina.

    Stand upon the Equator in Ecuador before flying to the mighty Galápagos Islands where you’ll relish the chance to observe unique wildlife in their natural habitat. Cruise the Amazon in luxury, then discover the grandeur of the ancient Incan site of Machu Picchu before seeking out the wonders of Cuzco. Buenos Aires will introduce you to the Tango, and Iguazú Falls will quite simply take your breath away. You’ll finish in spectacular Rio de Janeiro.

    Tour Code:

    SAAG

    Duration:

    28 Days

    Departure City:

    Quito

    Return City:

    Rio de Janeiro

  • 28 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Quito
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      Welcome to colourful Ecuador. Start your journey into wonder with a three night stay in Quito.

    • Day 2 - Quito
      Highlights:
      Equator; Enrich: La Belle Epoque

      A picturesque city on the lower slopes of the Pichincha volcano, Quito is surrounded by the volcanoes of the Central Cordillera. Travel to the middle of the world where you will have a chance to stand upon
      the equator.

      Enrich

      Celebrate your journey tonight at the elegant La Belle Epoque restaurant accompanied by the lively tunes of local entertainment.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Quito
      Highlights:
      Discover Quito

      Discover this well-preserved city, a World Heritage-listed Site dating back to the 1500s on your walking tour including the Santo Domingo Church and La Ronda district.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 4 - Quito > Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Embark on Galápagos adventure

      Today you fly to the Galápagos Islands and board your expedition cruise ship. Over the next five days you will see a rich variety of landscapes, fearless marine and land animals, and birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man. Enjoy a range of shore excursions all escorted by the naturalist guides.
      Your home for the next four nights is the stylish Santa Cruz II, in an air-conditioned stateroom with large picture windows. This afternoon take your first excursion onto the islands, escorted by the expert naturalist guides.

      Sundowners

      Toast the end of your first day as the sun sets over the ocean.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos Islands

      Each day brings a new discovery as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago. You’ll take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guides. There will be the opportunity to snorkel and even kayak. Depending on the season you’ll witness different species of birds including the magnificent frigate bird with its distinctive red-chested plumage. Enjoy close encounters with the inquisitive Galápagos sea lion and discover the slow moving Galápagos giant tortoise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos Islands

      Cruise the Galápagos Islands enjoying morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guides.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos Islands

      Cruise the Galápagos Islands enjoying morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guides.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Galápagos Islands > Lima
      Highlights:
      Fly to Lima

      Bid a fond farewell to the crew and take away memories of an amazing experience as you disembark and fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Lima > Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Delicious Andean feast

      Fly to Cuzco then travel to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas to your three night Special Stay.

      Enrich

      Marvel at the display of the ‘dancing’ Paso horses before a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Culture and history

      With more than 20 small group activities on offer, all escorted by the exploration team and tailored to different lengths of time, pacing and modes of transport, you can choose the activity that best suits you. From the interesting Inca Salt Pans to the ruins of Ollantaytambo, you’ll encounter the culture and history of the valley, your way.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Sundowners

      Choose to visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray, among other archaeological sites. Travel around local trails between lagoons, farm communities and cornfields. Whatever activity you choose, your senses will be awakened.

      Sundowners

      Celebrate with drinks and canapés accompanied by the soothing sounds of local musicians.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu
      Highlights:
      Ancient Inca site

      Travel through the picturesque fields on your rail journey to World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu then spend a full day at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight relax at your charming Machu Picchu hotel and enjoy a delicious three course à la carte dinner.

      Inca Trail Trek - Choose to take an optional full day walking trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Enquire for details (additional cost).

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Experience the Vistadome train

      Explore the village of Machu Picchu at your leisure. Marvel at the spectacular views from the glass dome carriages as you journey through the incredible Andes to the Sacred Valley on your rail journey. Continue to the charming city of Cuzco and your luxurious hotel set in the heart of the historic centre. This former monastery boasts an elegant façade and sumptuous appointments and your two night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Discover Cuzco; Freechoice dining

      A city like no other, Cuzco is the former capital of the Incan Empire and a city with incredible architecture resulting from a combination of Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is also the modern day capital of the Andean Highlands and an important commerce centre. On your walking tour you will uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site. Your final stop will be the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress.

      Enrich

      Visit a community school supported by Scenic and meet the teachers and pupils to learn about their way of life.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight sample elegant à la carte dining at El Tupay restaurant or dine on a menu showcasing delicious fusion cuisine in the Cicciolina restaurant. Alternatively, dine at the elegant MAP Café.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Cuzco > Iquitos
      Highlights:
      Begin your Amazon adventure

      This morning fly to the remote town of Iquitos where your luxury Amazon adventure begins. Settle into your handsomely appointed, over-sized suite on board our private charter of Aria Amazon, your luxurious floating Special Stay for the next three nights. Enjoy a welcome briefing and toast each day’s adventures with complimentary beverages served with lunch and dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Amazon Cruise
      Highlights:
      Excursions into the jungle

      Your luxury cruise takes you into the heart of this untouched natural wilderness with a flexible cruising schedule to take advantage of the best conditions. Explore remote Amazon River tributaries, spot monkeys and birds whilst walking along a jungle trail, visit local villages and meet with native Amazonians. Daily activities include boarding the skiffs and cruising along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides. Delicious Amazon cuisine is showcased on the exclusive menu designed by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

      Sundowners

      Each evening toast the end of another exciting day as the sun sets over the Amazon river.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Amazon Cruise
      Highlights:
      Excursions into the jungle

      Explore remote Amazon River tributaries.Daily activities include boarding the skiffs and cruising along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Iquitos > Lima
      Highlights:
      Enrich: handfeed baby manatees

      Enjoy a final morning excursion before disembarking and bidding a fond farewell to the crew as you take away wonderful memories.

      Enrich

      At the Amazon Rescue Centre a highlight will be feeding the rescued baby manatees by hand.

      Fly to Lima this afternoon for your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 19 - Lima
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Peruvian dinner

      Founded by the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro in 1535, follow in his footsteps to uncover Lima’s colonial history and then visit Museo Larco to view their private collection.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Lima > Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Discover Buenos Aires

      Fly to Buenos Aires and enjoy a three night stay. The evening is at leisure for you to explore and experience this charming city.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 21 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Tango; Freechoice dining

      An elegant city with pockets of colourful character, today you will discover the highlights and the hidden secrets of this famed ‘Paris of the Americas’. See the dusky pink Presidential Palace, visit soulful San Telmo and in colourful La Boca enjoy a walk down famous Caminito Street.

      Enrich

      Learn about the culture of tango as you meet some local dancers.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight enjoy the Gala Tango show with dinner or dine on the special Scenic menu in the elegant hotel restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Explore the city today and discover the famous faces of Pope Francis, Carlos Gardel – the father of Tango – and Eva Peron with the finale a tour of the elegant Teatro Colón. Alternatively take a tour with a local artist to uncover the vibrant urban art scene and view some of the open-air street art murals or take a walking tour with a local guide to uncover some of the secrets of Argentinean cuisine at small local restaurants and cafés.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 23 - Buenos Aires > Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Hear the roar of the ‘Devil’s Throat’

      Fly this morning to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls. Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinean side to the lookout where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’ and be awed by the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls. Cross the border into Brazil and the heart of the national park for your two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Explore the Brazilian Falls

      This morning enjoy a leisurely walking tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Be awed by the world’s largest volume waterfall. Your day continues with an exciting jet boat adventure where you will witness the base of the falls and feel the spray of water on your face. In the afternoon at Parque das Aves be amazed by the colourful array of rare birds flying in the huge aviaries.

      Helicopter flight -  Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight. Enquire for details. Additional expense, please book on tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Discover Rio de Janeiro

      Take in one last view of the falls before flying to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your Special Stay. Set in the heart of the beach strip, this elegant hotel provides the perfect place to spend your last three nights on this colourful continent.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 26 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Christ the Redeemer statue

      Today you will discover the beating heart of this exotic city with your local guide. Ride the cogwheel railway cars to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. At Sugarloaf Mountain the cable car takes you to the top of the peak for sweeping panoramic views.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 27 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Discover Rio on your walking tour of Santa Teresa or take a tour into the favelas (shanty towns). Alternatively enjoy a historical tour of downtown. Enjoy a delicious three course gourmet meal at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say farewell as you transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 6 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 11 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 3 Sundowner events
    • 5 memorable Special Stays
    • Galápagos expedition cruise
    • Luxury Amazon cruise
    • 59 meals – 27 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 18 dinners