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  • Destinations
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Chile
      • Peru
      • Ecuador
  • Travel Themes
  • Duration
    • 15+ days

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South America Botanical Discoveries in Spring

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19 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group. Discover the iconic sights, gardens and diverse landscapes of this incredible continent. Be amazed by the gardens of Brazil’s Roberto Burle Marx and the mighty Amazon Jungle. Learn about Darwin’s theory of evolution in the Galápagos Islands. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTSA19
Duration: 19 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Buenos Aires to Guayaquil
Meals included: 38

Itinerary

Day 1. Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. Join your tour in time for dinner.
Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Hotel Emperador
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Buenos Aires

Enjoy visiting some magnificent private gardens in the affluent neighbourhoods of Lomas de San Isidro, Pacheco and Pilar. This evening enjoy an exhilarating tango show.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Estancia Visit

Venture out to an estancia estate with parklands set out by Carlos Thays, a French-born botanist and architect. Thays is revered as the creator of many of the most celebrated parks and gardens in his adopted country of Argentina. This afternoon enjoy some free time to relax.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 4. Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This morning we fly from Buenos Aires to the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rio including a tour to the top of the 700 metre-high Corcovado mountain, through lush forests to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue with an exquisiteview over the city.
Stay: Four Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Porto Bay Rio International Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Visit Parque do Flamengo designed by architect Lota de Macedo Soares, and artist and garden designer Roberto Burle Marx. This afternoon enjoy some free time to relax.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Rio de Janeiro, Burle Marx Gardens

This morning visit Sitio, Roberto Burle Marx’s former home and garden outside Rio – sure to be a highlight. Afterwards explore Instituto Moreira Salles, an abstract modern garden, designed by Burle Marx.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Petropolis, Burle Marx Gardens

Take a tour to Petropolis outside of Rio, to visit Instiuto Samanbaia, featuring gardens designed by Burle Marx. The building was constructed in the 1700s, making it one of the oldest landmarks in the area. With high ceilings, tall windows, large wooden beams and rustic stone floors, it is easy to imagine the colonial period during which it was constructed.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Rio de Janeiro to Lima, Peru

This morning visit one of South America’s most impressive Botanic Gardens, the Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro, which was laid out in the 19th century. The lush gardens, set over 140 hectares, include around 6,000 species including bromeliads, orchids, carnivorous plants and palms. This evening, we depart Rio and fly to Lima.
Stay: Lima, Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 9. Lima to Amazon Rainforest

This morning we travel deep into to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. Visit the Inkaterra Reserva’s famous butterfly house, then have time to enjoy the lodge’s serenity and amenities before taking a guided tour of the rainforest at night.
Stay: Two Nights: Amazon Rainforest, Reserva Amazonica
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Amazon Rainforest, Freedom of Choice

You will have the opportunity to choose from a host of activities today, including a treetop walk in the jungle, a guided walk to learn about the medicinal plants of the Amazon, or simply relax within the ‘lungs of the world’.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Amazon Rainforest to Sacred Valley

Depart the Amazon and travel onto Sacred Valley via Cusco, the historic heart of the Inca empire set high in the Andean highlands. Enjoy time to relax this afternoon.
Stay: Sacred Valley, Aranwa Sacred Valley
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Sacred Valley

This morning see and learn about the Inca agricultural terraces which are thought to have been built for ancient agricultural research purposes. Peru boasts over 3,000 different varieties of potatoes, and we visit the museum created in their honour. This afternoon take the train to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. The Incan ‘estate’ of Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century using dry-stone wall construction techniques and includes the ‘Temple of the Sun’ and the ‘Room of the Three Windows’. Enjoy time to explore the unforgettable site and afterwards enjoy a tour of the orchid garden.
Stay: Aguas Calientes, Inkaterra Machu Picchu
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Machu Picchu to Cusco

Wake early to watch sunrise over Machu Picchu. Afterwards, take a train to Cusco, capital of the Incan empire.
Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, Hilton Garden Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Cusco

Enjoy a morning walking tour of Cusco including the cathedral and San Blas district. This afternoon is free for you to explore the city at leisure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 15. Cusco to Guayaquil, Ecuador

This morning fly to Guayaquil via Lima. The Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil is known as the gateway to the Galápagos Islands.
Stay: Guayaquil, Hotel Oro Verde
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 16. Guayaquil to Galápagos

Fly to the Galápagos Islands and take a ferry ride to the main island Santa Cruz, where you will stay for the next three nights whilst you explore the Galápagos Islands National Park. Perhaps enjoy some time relaxing at the hotel or you may choose some more adventurous activities such as snorkelling or kayaking.
Stay: Three Nights: Galápagos Islands, Finch Bay Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 17. Galápagos Islands

Enjoy a full day cruising the Galápagos Islands to see amazing birdlife, seals and iguanas as well as the adapted plants on each island. Explore with a naturalist guide.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 18. Galápagos Islands

Explore the Galápagos highlands to see the giant tortoise and incredible lava tunnels.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 19. Galápagos to Guayaquil

Depart the Galápagos for your return flight to Guayaquil where your tour ends.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of South America from your Tour Manager & local guides
  • Visit private gardens in Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy an exhilarating Tango show
  • Tour an estancia & parkland designed by Carlos Thays
  • Explore gardens designed by Roberto Burle Marx, including his home Sitio
  • See the sights of Rio de Janeiro including Corcovado & the famous Copacabana Beach
  • Stay in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Learn about the history of the Incas
  • Stay two nights in the beautiful & historic city of Cusco
  • See world heritage site, Machu Picchu
  • Stay in the Galápagos Islands & explore the Islands

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • 38 Meals – 18 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 13 Dinners
  • Internal South American flights as per the itinerary economy class
  • Stay in quality, centrally located hotels

Additional Information

Botanical Guide – Arno King

  • Arno King is a Brisbane based Landscape Architect and Horticulturalist who will share his love of South America with you

 

Fitness Level

  • This tour requires a high level of fitness – Pace moves quickly with long days, multiple one and two-night stays as well as unexpected cultural challenges. A very good degree of mobility is required. 

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Guests not flying to South America with LATAM will pay an internal flight surcharge
  • Visas and vaccination may be required for this tour
  • Prices are for land and internal flights only as specified 

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