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Treasures Of South America – 36 Days/ 35 Nights –

Departs Thursdays.

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.

Note: Upgrade to business class (long haul) for additional $4400 per person.
Please contact us for first class itinerary as tourist class itinerary is slightly different.

 

 

 

 

    Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1: AUSTRALIA - SANTIAGO
  • Day 2: SANTIAGO (B)
  • Day 3: SANTIAGO - GUAYAQUIL (B)
  • Day 4: GUAYAQUIL - GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D)
  • Day 5: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - QUITO (B)
  • Day 8: QUITO (B)
  • Day 9: QUITO - AMAZON CRUISE (B, D)
  • Day 10-11: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE (B L D)
  • Day 12: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE – QUITO – LIMA (B)
  • Day 13: LIMA (B)
  • Day 14: LIMA - CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B)
  • Day 15: SACRED VALLEY (B, L)
  • Day 16: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)
  • Day 17: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B)
  • Day 18: CUZCO (B)
  • Day 19: CUZCO - PUNO (B, L)
  • Day 20: UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS (B, L)
  • Day 21: PUNO - LA PAZ (B, L)
  • Day 22: LA PAZ (B)
  • Day 23: LA PAZ - LIMA - BUENOS AIRES (B)
  • Day 24: BUENOS AIRES (B)
  • Day 25: BUENOS AIRES (B, D)
  • Day 26: BUENOS AIRES - IGUAZU FALLS (B)
  • Day 27: IGUAZU FALLS - RIO DE JANEIRO (B)
  • Day 28: RIO DE JANEIRO (B)
  • Day 29: RIO DE JANEIRO (B)
  • Day 30: RIO DE JANEIRO - SANTIAGO (B)
  • Day 31: SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND (B)
  • Day 32: EASTER ISLAND (B, L)
  • Day 33: EASTER ISLAND - PAPEETE (B)
  • Day 34: PAPEETE (B)
  • Day 35: PAPEETE - AUCKLAND (B)
  • Day 36: AUCKLAND - AUSTRALIA
Day 1: AUSTRALIA - SANTIAGO

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

Day 2: SANTIAGO (B)

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

Day 3: SANTIAGO - GUAYAQUIL (B)

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.

Day 4: GUAYAQUIL - GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D)

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.
Day 5: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D)

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.
Day 6: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D)

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.
Day 7: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - QUITO (B)

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

Day 8: QUITO (B)

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

Day 9: QUITO - AMAZON CRUISE (B, D)

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.

Day 10-11: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE (B L D)

Rainforest explorations

Day 12: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE – QUITO – LIMA (B)

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

Day 13: LIMA (B)

Half day tour of Colonial and Modern Lima.

Day 14: LIMA - CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B)

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.

Day 15: SACRED VALLEY (B, L)

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

Day 16: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)

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.

Day 17: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B)

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

Day 18: CUZCO (B)

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

Day 19: CUZCO - PUNO (B, L)

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.

Day 20: UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS (B, L)

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

Day 21: PUNO - LA PAZ (B, L)

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

Day 22: LA PAZ (B)

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

Day 23: LA PAZ - LIMA - BUENOS AIRES (B)

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

Day 24: BUENOS AIRES (B)

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.

Day 25: BUENOS AIRES (B, D)

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.

Day 26: BUENOS AIRES - IGUAZU FALLS (B)

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.

Day 27: IGUAZU FALLS - RIO DE JANEIRO (B)

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

Day 28: RIO DE JANEIRO (B)

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.

Day 29: RIO DE JANEIRO (B)

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

Day 30: RIO DE JANEIRO - SANTIAGO (B)

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

Day 31: SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND (B)

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

Day 32: EASTER ISLAND (B, L)

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

Day 33: EASTER ISLAND - PAPEETE (B)

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

Day 34: PAPEETE (B)

Half day Circle Island tour of Tahiti

Day 35: PAPEETE - AUCKLAND (B)

Transfer to airport for flight to Auckland.

Day 36: AUCKLAND - AUSTRALIA

Connect in Auckland for your flight to Australia.

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

Low Season 15 Jan - 25 Nov (air & land ex sydney) Single Twin / Double  
Tourist Class Hotels $25,091.00 $17,787.00 / person
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First Class Hotels $33,064.00 $22,478.00 / person
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High Season 26 Nov - 14 Jan (air & land ex sydney) Single Twin / Double  
Tourist Class Hotels $25,835.00 $18,531.00 / person
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First Class Hotels $33,808.00 $23,222.00 / person
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Land & Internal air only (ex Quito) Single Twin / Double  
Tourist Class Hotels $23,182.00 $15,878.00 / person
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First Class Hotels $31,155.00 $20,569.00 / person
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More About Treasures Of South America – 36 Days/ 35 Nights –

Includes

• Flights ex SYD in economy class (Prices ex MEL/BNE add $150pp)
• 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 (31 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 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

 

Excludes

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