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South American Explorer

Lose yourself in the wonders of nature at Galapagos islands, be captivated by the ancient Inca civilization as you explore Cusco, the picturesque sacred valley and the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu. Visit the magnificent Iguazu Falls, an immense stretch of waterfalls bordering two countries. Sample the flavors and feel the rhythm of the vibrant cities of RIo De Janeiro and the elegant cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Board for your cruise along the Patagonian channels and fjords of Argentine and Chile, stooping at various ports and see glaciers, wildlife and impressive scenery as you travel as far south as the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn, finishing your journey in the capital of Chile, Santiago is a city of contrasts ranging from the traditional old world to the civic and commercial district of a modern city.

 

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    Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO – GUAYAQUIL
  • Day 2 GUAYAQUIL (B)
  • Day 3 GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D)
  • Day 4 Floreana
  • Day 5 Gardner Bay / Gardner & Osborn Islets / Suarez Point
  • Day 6 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - QUITO - LIMA (B)
  • Day 7 LIMA - CUZCO (B)
  • Day 8 SACRED VALLEY (B)
  • Day 9 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)
  • Day 10 MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B)
  • Day 11 CUZCO (B)
  • Day 12 CUZCO – LIMA – IGUAZU FALLS (B)
  • Day 13 IGUAZU FALLS (B)
  • Day 14 IGUAZU FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO (B)
  • Day 15 RIO DE JANEIRO (B)
  • Day 16 RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D)
  • Day 17 RIO DE JANEIRO – BUENOS AIRES (B)
  • Day 18 BUENOS AIRES (B, D)
  • Day 19 DAY 19 – DAY 32 : BUENOS AIRES – PATAGONIAN CRUISE (B L D)
  • Day 33 VALPARAISO – SANTIAGO (B)
  • Day 34 SANTIAGO (B)
  • Day 35 SANTIAGO – AUSTRALIA
Day 1 AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO – GUAYAQUIL

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

Day 2 GUAYAQUIL (B)

Half day city tour of Guayaquil

Day 3 GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D)

Transfer to airport for your flight to Galapagos Islands. On arrival transfer to your ship, the Coral.

AM – Baltra
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/Y Corals.
PM – Charles Darwin Station
In the afternoon we visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of this species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
Dinner is provided.

 

Day 4 Floreana
AM – Floreana
Breakfast is provided.
Wet landing on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sties of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.
PM – Post Office Island
Lunch is provided.
In the afternoon we will have a wet landing at Post Office, located on the north side of Floreana. The bay is so-named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letter with them to their destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! We may encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkelling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocapus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort. Snorkellers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

Dinner is provided.

Day 5 Gardner Bay / Gardner & Osborn Islets / Suarez Point
AM – Gardner Bay/Gardner & Osborn Islets
Breakfast is provided.
Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos Hawk, American Oyster catcher, Galapagos Dove, Hood Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea) which is another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkelling offers a great variety of Galapagos marine animals: King Angelfish, Creole Fish, Damsel Fish, Parrot fish, manta rays, and White-tipped Reef Sharks.

Lunch is provided.

PM – Suarez Point
In the afternoon we will make a dry landing at Suarez Point, an island of geological interest, where we will explore volcanic formations and riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Espanola mockingbird, Nazca boobies and the spectacular red billed tropic bird. You will also encounter marine iguana, lava lizards, and the colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favourites include the Galapagos Dove, the Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23m (75 ft.) in the air.

Dinner is provided.

Day 6 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - QUITO - LIMA (B)
Breakfast is provided.
We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls and Brown Noddies. Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for your return flight to Quito and connecting to Lima.
On arrival transfer to your hotel.
Day 7 LIMA - CUZCO (B)

Half day tour of modern and colonial Lima.

Transfer to airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 8 SACRED VALLEY (B)

Visit the colourful market of Pisac.

Day 9 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)

Travel to Ollantaytambo to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Tour of the ruins. Overnight at Aguas Calientes.

Day 10 MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B)

Morning free to explore around town before afternoon train back to Cuzco.

Day 11 CUZCO (B)

half day city tour of the ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco.

Day 12 CUZCO – LIMA – IGUAZU FALLS (B)

Transfer to airport for your flight to Iguazu falls. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 13 IGUAZU FALLS (B)

Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls including the impressive Devil’s throat.

Day 14 IGUAZU FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO (B)

Tour of the panoramic Brazilian side of the falls and transfer to airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 15 RIO DE JANEIRO (B)

Tour and cable car trip to Sugar Loaf mountain for a fantastic view of the city and Guanabara bay.

Day 16 RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D)

Morning tour of Corcovado Mountain to admire the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. In the evening, be treated to a sumptuous Brazilian BBQ dinner at a local churrasqueria and a lively samba show.

Day 17 RIO DE JANEIRO – BUENOS AIRES (B)

Transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 18 BUENOS AIRES (B, D)

Morning city tour of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America”, including the boulevards and cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron. In the evening, enjoy the spectacle of the tango with a traditional Argentinean feast.

Day 19 DAY 19 – DAY 32 : BUENOS AIRES – PATAGONIAN CRUISE (B L D)

Board the MS Zaandam (Or Celebrity Infinity) for your cruise along the Patagonian channels and fjords of Argentine and Chile. Stop at various ports and see glaciers, wildlife and impressive scenery as you travel as far south as the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn.

Day 33 VALPARAISO – SANTIAGO (B)

On arrival your will be met and transferred to Santiago.

Day 34 SANTIAGO (B)

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

Day 35 SANTIAGO – AUSTRALIA

Transfer to hotel for your flight to Australia

*Prices can change on more than one factor such as accomodation, availability, etc.

More About South American Explorer

Includes

  • 9 Internal flights within South America
  • English speaking local guides
  • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities
  • 14 Day Holland America Cruise
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Meeting service and transfers
  • Meals (34 Breakfasts, 18 lunches, 21 dinners)
  • Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions
  • Internal flights ex Santiago * Based using LATAM SAA airpass which requires arrival into South America with LATAM. If using another carrier into South America, price will differ.

Excludes

  • Airport or security taxes
  • Tips
  • * Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years, Rio Carnival
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