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Botanica

South America History, Landscapes & Botanical Discoveries with Patagonia Cruise

Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro

Trip Code: BTSA31
31 Days
72 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

Explore the Galapagos Islands

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

Wonders of South America

Visit the iconic Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest, Rio de Janiero and more.

Wildflowers of Patagonia

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

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director, Botanical Guide & Expedition Team including naturalists in Patagonia
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • Internal South American flights as per itinerary in Economy class
  • 11 Night all-inclusive Patagonia Cruise
  • 19 Nights in good quality, centrally located accommodation
  • 72 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • 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,cruise and flights as specified only
South America Map BTSA31 2019-21
Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro

Be met on arrival to the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, known as the gateway to the Galápagos Islands, and transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner.

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, your base for the next three nights whilst you explore the Galápagos National Park where Charles Darwin explored his theory on evolution.

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 Island’s interior and highlands where you are most likely to see the giant tortoise and discover the incredible lava tunnels.

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Depart the Galápagos for your return flight to Guayaquil and continue on 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 with its amazing flora. 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 range 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 free time this afternoon.

Stay: 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 we will fly from Cusco to Santiago. Upon arrival we will check into our luxury hotel in Santiago’s historic centre.

Stay: Santiago, The Singular Hotel

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After breakfast, we will fly to Puerto Montt where our elegant Small Ship, the MS Island Sky will be waiting for us.

Stay: 11 Nights, MS Island Sky

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Leaving the ship we will head to the Vincente Perez Rosales National Park, the oldest in Chile and home to three commanding volcanoes. We will see the mighty Petrohue River and the rapids that crash through lava channels creating a series of magnificent waterfalls. We return to the ship via Puerto Varas, situated in a stunning location.

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Chiloe is Chile’s second largest island. Our visit ashore this mainly forested island will include Castro, one of the oldest towns in the Americas, known for its unique wooden architecture and stilted houses. You will also see the wooden cathedral of St Francis and the historic old quarter.

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During the next seven days we will enjoy some of the most stunning scenery imaginable. Our route will be managed by our experienced captain and expedition leader.

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A true nature’s garden comes to life as we explore Patagonia, with its vast area of mountains, glaciers, fields of wildflowers, lakes and waterfalls.

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Dropping anchor at Puerto Natalaes, today may be the day we enjoy a full day in South America’s largest national park, the Torres del Paine. Look out for yellow and white ‘tongues’ of the porcelain orchid and the periwinkle Patagonian edelweiss amongst many others plants.

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While cruising , we recommend heading to the upper deck to enjoy the scenery and marine life out in the fresh air.

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Depending on the conditions, today may be the day we arrive at Magdalena Island to see the resident colony of Magellan penguins. We also hope to navigate the Kirke Narrows, that can only be sailed at low tide.

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As your ship moves along the coast, keep your eyes peeled for the ripples of dolphins and whales whilst overhead the skies will be alive with sea birds.

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Enjoy learning about the incredible landscapes and wildlife from your Expedition Team. Board Zodiac vessels and go on shore to see wildlife up close.

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We will make our way around Cape Horn, and weather permitting we hope to use our Zodiacs to land and enjoy a walk to the Magellan monument. This afternoon we sail the Beagle Channel. Here the mountains, still partly unmapped, drop as sheer, densely wooded cliffs into the channel and six glaciers flow from the 8,000 foot Mount Darwin into the sea. Penguins, dolphins and sea lions abound here in the channel.

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This morning we fly to Buenos Aires. 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.

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 a traditional estancia 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. Later, enjoy free time to relax.

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This morning we fly to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour through lush forests to the top of Corcovado mountain and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue where you’ll enjoy an exquisite view 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 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.

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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 he designed.

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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 tall windows, large wooden beams and stone floors, it is easy to imagine the colonial period during which it was constructed.

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This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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