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Botanica

South America Botanical Discoveries in Spring

Santiago to Guayaquil

Trip Code: BTSA25
25 Days
53 Meals
2019

Trip Highlights

Wildflowers of Patagonia

Spend 5 nights in the spectacular Patagonia region during wildflower season.

Explore the Galapagos Islands

Stay 3 nights on the Galapagos Islands. See amazing wildlife as well as the adapted plants on each island.

Stay in the Amazon Rainforest

Stay 2 nights deep in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, to learn about the plants of the forest.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Stay in good quality, centrally located hotels
  • Internal South American flights as per itinerary in Economy class
  • 53 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • High Fitness Level - pace moves quickly with long days, multiple one and two-night stays as well as unexpected cultural challenges. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Guests not flying to South America with LATAM will pay an internal flight surcharge
  • Visa and immunisations could be required for this tour, enquire for details
  • Prices are for land and flights as specified only
South America Map BTSA25 2019
Santiago to Guayaquil

Be met on arrival and transferred to your luxury hotel in Santiago’s historic centre. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at 6.30pm.

Stay: Santiago, The Singular Hotel

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This morning fly to Punta Arenas and on to the Patagonian town of Puerto Natales, which is on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, recognised as the most spectacular National Park in the world.

Stay: Three Nights: Puerto Natales, Tierra Patagonia Hotel

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Today we explore this magnificent park of glaciers and waterways. Take in the peaks of the Paine Massif and a range of wildlife and wildflowers. We journey into the park with a wildflower guide, to gain an in-depth appreciation into the beauty and variety of the flora in this most spectacular of locations. This afternoon choose one of the many activities on offer including guided walks or private boat rides.

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You have another full day to enjoy the beauty of this region. Perhaps choose one of the many outdoor activities on offer, or relax and enjoy the incredible scenery.

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Depart Peurto Natales and cross the border into Argentina to El Calafate, which is set on the shores of Lake Argentino and is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park.

Stay: Two Nights: El Calafate, Xelena Hotel

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This morning we embark on a scenic cruise to the face of Perito Moreno Glacier, which rises an average of 74 metres above the surface of the water. Later, we take a guided walk along the boardwalk for views across to the top of the glacier.

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Today we fly to the magnificent Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, described as a ‘grand European city with a latino twist’. Upon arrival, we’ll take in the sights including, the Colón Theatre, the Recoleta neighbourhood and the cemetery where the celebrated former First Lady, Eva Peron, known universally as ‘Evita’ is buried.BTSA19 & BTSA15 guests join tour in time for dinner.

Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Hotel Emperador

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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’.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Explore the Galápagos highlands to see the giant tortoise and incredible lava tunnels.

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Depart the Galápagos for your return flight to Guayaquil where your tour ends.

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Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.

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