Highlights of South America with Galápagos Cruise
Santiago to Guayaquil
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 22 nights in premium accommodation
- Four-night Galápagos Islands cruise aboard the M/V Santa Cruz II
- Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director for Days 1-19 and additional services of local guides for days 20-27
- All flights within South America
- 44 meals - 26 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 11 dinners
- Tipping and airport transfers
Travel & Accommodation
Charles Darwin Research Centre
Meet with a team of wildlife conservationaists, tour the facility and see giant Galápagos tortoises.
Discover Quito's Old Town
On a guided tour of the historic Old Town, marvel at the colonial architecture of Quito
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Prices include all flights as per itinerary in South America, transfers, tipping and airport taxes (airport taxes are subject to change)
- Surcharges on internal air will apply if not flying internationally with LATAM Airlines booked by Travelmarvel
- Please note that your Galápagos and Ecuador extension (Days 20-27) is not escorted by a Travelmarvel Tour Director, however you will enjoy the expert services of local guides and M/V Santa Cruz II staff
- Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
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Arrive Santiago (Chile)
Arrive in Santiago, the vibrant Chilean capital. Situated in the Santiago basin, this metropolis is spectacularly flanked by the Andes and enjoys one of the most magnificent settings of any city in the world. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight.
Stay: Two Nights: Santiago, Atton El Bosque
After breakfast this morning, head off to explore the picturesque port city of Valparaíso, one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. On arrival here, set out on a sightseeing tour of the World Heritage-listed town centre, take a drive up into the surrounding hills to absorb the stunning vistas of the bay and the colourful city below. Later, return to Santiago for your evening at leisure.Daily :
Santiago, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Take in panoramic views of Santiago by funicular and cable car.
This morning, see Santiago’s modern and historic sites on a guided tour. Rich in history, walk around the Plaza de Armas before transferring to the airport and flying to Buenos Aires. On arrival, check in to your hotel then enjoy free time.
Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Emperador HotelDaily :
Visit Café Tortoni, an amazing coffee house with a rich history. Here, indulge in a coffee and a selection of Spanish delicacies. This evening, indulge in an authentic Argentinian dinner while taking in an exhilarating tango performance.
Your in-depth sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires begins this morning at the Avenida de Mayo. See the pink Casa Rosada (Government House), the city’s cathedral and the Cabildo, Buenos Aires’ first city hall. Later, explore the Italian-influenced barrio of La Boca and its famously colourful pedestrian street, the Caminito. You’ll also travel along Avenida 9 de Julio.Daily :
Armed with the insight and advice provided by your knowledgeable Travelmarvel Tour Director, today is yours to either relax or further explore this fascinating city. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps enjoy a vibrant and interactive tango dance class; head to Tigre and cruise the Paraná Delta; or visit a hacienda (ranch) for a full-day adventure featuring horseback riding, folk music and lunch.Daily :
Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
This morning, fly to beautiful Rio de Janeiro, also known as ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ – Portuguese for the Marvellous City. On arrival, after checking-in, enjoy time to recharge or stroll along the stunning Copacabana beachfront.
Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Porto Bay Rio InternationalDaily :
Rio de Janeiro
Later this evening, sample Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, before enjoying a delicious Brazilian BBQ dinner.
Soak up Rio de Janeiro’s unique atmosphere with most of the day at leisure. In the evening, embark on a picturesque sunset cable car ride up to the majestic peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, where sublime views await you.Daily :
Rio de Janeiro
Visit the famous parade arena known as the Sambadrome on a guided tour.
Head to Corcovado Mountain and visit the astonishing statue of Christ the Redeemer at the peak, absorbing the breathtaking views from the top. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Enhance Your Journey: Today, you may like to visit the Maracanã Stadium or take in a historical walking tour.Daily :
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazú Falls (Brazil and Argentina)
Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazú Falls, a system of 275 falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. On the Brazilian side, experience the majesty of World Heritage-listed Iguazú National Park with a half-day tour. Walk through the spectacular subtropical rainforest and take in breathtaking panoramic views of the falls.
Stay: Two Nights: Iguazú Falls, Mercure IguazuDaily :
On the Argentinian side, ride the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways and viewing points. This narrow gauge train stops at several locations including one that leads to the 82-metre-high Devil’s Throat, one of the most spectacular falls of the region. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps board a speed boat safari and get up close to the powerful waterfalls or enjoy a hands-on Argentine Experience Dinner.Daily :
Iguazú Falls, Lima (Peru)
Today is yours to explore at leisure. Enhance Your Journey: At Iguazú Falls, perhaps learn about native bird species at Parque das Aves or visit Itaipu Dam, the world’s largest dam.This evening, fly to the vibrant metropolis of Lima to commence your Peruvian adventure.
Stay: Lima, Wyndham Costa Del SolDaily :
Lima, Cusco, Chinchero, Sacred Valley
See how the colourful fabrics of Peru are created during a traditional weaving demonstration. Meet local weavers and learn why it is so important to preserve these ancient traditions. Stay at the Aranwa Sacred Valley.
Wake early this morning, and fly to the World Heritage-listed city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Travel through Cusco to Chinchero, a city located in the stunning Andean highlands. This evening, enjoy dinner at your leisure. Soak up the Andean atmosphere and relax in comfort at the premium Aranwa Sacred Valley.
Stay: Two Nights: Aranwa Sacred ValleyDaily :
This morning, visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, a unique Inca archaeological site. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch followed by a free afternoon. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps visit the important Inca site of the Terraces of Moray and the remarkable Maras salt mines or visit the Pisac markets.Daily :
Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Travel aboard the Vistadome train to World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu.
Board the Vistadome train and soak up the stunning Andean landscapes as you head to Machu Picchu. On arrival, you’ll set out on a locally guided tour of the incredible Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Aguas Calientes, El MaPi HotelDaily :
With the morning free you might like to step out and wander amid the colourful stalls of the Mercado de Artesanias craft market in Aguas Calientes. Then re-board the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo station before a coach returns you to Cusco. Tonight, enjoy a Peruvian dinner and folklore show at the Tunupa Restaurant Bar & Grill.
Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, Hilton Garden InnDaily :
A guided walking tour through Cusco today will take you to the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas. During your tour you’ll visit the sacred site of Koricancha and the Baroque church of Santo Domingo. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the atmosphere of this city.Daily :
Cusco, Lake Titicaca
Take a coach to the city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, you’ll stop at the small town of Andahuaylillas, known for its picturesque Sistine Chapel. You’ll also stop for a hearty buffet lunch. On arrival in Puno, this evening is at your leisure.
Stay: Puno, Hotel LibertadorDaily :
Lake Titicaca, Lima
Cruise the reed islands of Lake Titicaca.
Set on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest altitude lake in the world. Enjoy a free morning here, followed by lunch at the hotel. This afternoon you’ll set out on a cruise over the lake to the extraordinary home of the Uros people – a group of more than 40 man-made islands created from floating reeds. On this remarkable trip, you’ll enjoy an insight into the Uros’ unique way of life and experience the spectacular scenery that characterises the region. Afterwards, be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Lima.
Stay: Two Nights: Lima, Crowne PlazaDaily :
This evening, indulge in a Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, set within the ruins of an archaeological compound beside an illuminated adobe pyramid.
Relax in the morning before taking part in a guided tour of the World Heritage-listed historic centre of Lima. On this tour, admire one of Lima’s most religious locations, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Built in the 16th century, this pink convent is also the resting place for three important Peruvian saints.Daily :
Lima, Quito (Ecuador)
Today, fly to Quito, Ecuador’s charming and historic capital. On arrival, transfer to your premium hotel. Take a guided city tour, including its historic Old Town. Here, marvel at the architecture of the Plaza and Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), La Compañía de Jesús and the Museo de Arte Colonial. Enjoy the evening at leisure and experience the flavours of South America at one of Quito’s many restaurants.
Stay: Two Nights: Quito, Hotel Mercure AlamedaDaily :
Today is yours to either relax or further explore Quito independently. Enhance Your Journey: Perhaps visit the artisan markets of Otavalo and see a local weaving demonstration or stand with a foot on each hemisphere at the Equatorial Monument, which marks the exact Middle of the World.Daily :
Quito, Galápagos Islands Cruise
Fly to Baltra Island, once a United States Army Air Force base, in the Galápagos archipelago. On arrival, transfer to your ship and enjoy a talk on the landscapes you are about to discover. After lunch, set out cruising to the fascinating Cerro Dragón region, also known as Dragon Hill, a point on Santa Cruz Island that’s home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches and varieties of endemic Opuntia and cactus, as well as land iguanas and flamingos. Here, leisurely stroll along a walking trail, passing brackish-water lagoons frequented by shorebirds and ducks. Following the track inland, relish in views of the bay and western islands before returning to the vessel to relax.
Stay: Four Nights: Galápagos Islands Cruise, M/V Santa Cruz IIDaily :
Galápagos Islands Cruise
After breakfast, explore the coast of Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island by panga (Zodiac) – all whilst a naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area. A nesting place for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and green sea turtles, you may choose to snorkel (weather dependent). After lunch, continue to Fernandina Island, the youngest and westernmost island of the archipelago. A walk through the lush mangrove vegetation will lead you to colonies of sea lions.Daily :
Galápagos Islands Cruise
Disembark your ship on Santa Cruz Island at Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Meet with a team of conservationists as you tour the facility and see giant Galápagos tortoises, as well as a range of other native creatures. The afternoon is then yours at leisure. Perhaps go hiking, biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay, before returning to your ship.
Galápagos Islands Cruise
This morning, take a panga ride alongside Floreana Island, before continuing to Baroness Cove. Land at Post Office Bay, home of the historic barrel that has served as a post office for over two centuries. See where postcards are traditionally left from other vessels and perhaps leave your own for future attendees. Later, board a glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet – known as one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago. Continue onwards to Punta Cormorant, where a wildlife walk provides one of the highlights of your journey. Keep an eye out for flamingos, pintail ducks and sea turtles.Daily :
Galápagos Islands Cruise, Guayaquil
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Disembark your ship at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil, the main port of Ecuador, as well as the country’s largest and most populous city. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner later this evening.
Stay: Guayaquil, Oro Verde HotelDaily :
Your South American journey ends this morning after breakfast when you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.