Icons of South America & Galápagos Cruise

Explore the extraordinary Galápagos Islands, the culture of the Sacred Valley & the mighty Iguazu Falls on this 24-day tour from Guayaquil to Buenos Aires.

24 Days
Guayaquil to Buenos Aires
From (CAD)
$ 21,995
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Guayaquil > Buenos Aires

Earth and sea

Let spectacular South America share its many stories with you as you journey into the heart of this incredible region over 24 wondrous days.
Explore the extraordinary Galápagos Islands – ground zero for the origin of the species – and immerse yourself in the culture of the Sacred Valley, where you’ll visit a community school, feast on Andean delights and soak up the breathtaking atmosphere of the mighty Iguazú Falls and hear the roar of the ‘Devil’s Throat’.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SAG
Duration:
24 days
Departure City:
Guayaquil
Return City:
Buenos Aires

24 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Guayaquil

    Welcome to Ecuador. A world of wonder awaits as you start your journey with a two night stay in Guayaquil.

  2. Day 2 - Guayaquil

    Take a tour to discover the city’s secrets before an afternoon at leisure. Join your Tour Director for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Guayaquil > Galápagos Islands

    Fly to the Galápagos Islands. Settle into your airconditioned stateroom with large picture windows on board the stylish Santa Cruz II, your home for the next four nights. Over the coming days on a range of shore excursions you will see a rich variety of landscapes, fearless marine and land animals, and colourful birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Galápagos Islands

    Each day a new discovery awaits as you venture off in search of the ‘Big 15’, the captivating wildlife of the archipelago. Take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac to different islands, where walking tours will be led by expert naturalist guides, with the opportunity to snorkel and even kayak. Depending on the season, you’ll witness different species of birds, including the unusual blue-footed boobies, enjoy close encounters with the inquisitive Galápagos sea lion and discover the slow-moving Galápagos giant tortoise. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Galápagos Islands

    Cruise the Galápagos Islands and enjoy a range of shore excursions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Galápagos Islands

    Cruise the Galápagos Islands and enjoy a range of shore excursions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Galápagos Islands > Lima

    Farewell the crew and take away memories of an amazing experience as you disembark and fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Lima > Sacred Valley

    This morning fly to Cuzco, then travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your three night stay allows you to experience the history, unique lifestyle, culture and majestic scenery of this heartland of the former Inca Empire. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming village of Urubamba.

    Sundowners

    Tonight, meet with your fellow travellers as you enjoy a private performance by local musicians complemented by a tapas style dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Sacred Valley

    Join your expert local guide for a walking tour of Ollantaytambo, the site where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari, where you will learn about the daily life, traditions and work of the locals during a weaving demonstration. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the charming village of Urubamba.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Sacred Valley

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of the Pisac ruins and markets; or visit Moray and Inca salt pans. Alternatively, relax in your hotel with a spa treatment.

    Enrich

    Enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience of five different meats cooked in five different ways over an open flame, with spices and other ingredients grown in Tambo’s own organic garden.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu

    Travel through picturesque fields on your rail journey to Machu Picchu then spend time at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight relax at your charming hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco

    Learn how to make two of the country’s signature offerings: ceviche and pisco sours, during a cooking demonstration. Then, marvel at the spectacular views from the glass dome carriages on your rail journey through the incredible Andes. Continue to the charming city of Cuzco and your luxurious hotel, in the heart of the historic centre. Your three night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Cuzco

    The former capital of the Incan Empire, Cuzco is a city with incredible architecture. Uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site including Korichancha and the ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress.

    Enrich

    Visit a community exclusively supported by Scenic. Meet the students and teachers at the local school and learn about their lifestyle.

    Freechoice Dining

    Tonight, sample elegant à la carte dining at the Inti Raymi restaurant or dine on a menu showcasing delicious fusion cuisine in the Cicciolina restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Cuzco

    Freechoice

    Uncover the secrets of the iconic Peruvian coffee and Pisco on a tasting tour or choose to explore the fascinating San Pedro food markets with a local guide followed by a cooking class. Alternatively, discover the picturesque San Blas artisan quarter on a walking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Cuzco > Iguazú Falls

    Fly to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls for your three night Special Stay hotel, set inside the park gates. As a guest of the hotel you will be able to experience the sun setting over the top of the falls without the general public.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Iguazú Falls

    Enjoy a leisurely tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Be awed by the world’s largest volume waterfall and experience an exciting jet boat adventure.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy a Scenic Sundowners event of beverages and tapas.

    Optional flight - Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Iguazú Falls

    Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinian side to the lookout where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’ and be awed by the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro

    Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your Special Stay, this elegant hotel provides the perfect place to spend your last two nights in Brazil.

    Sundowners

    At Sugarloaf Mountain, the cable car takes you to the top of the peak, where you will enjoy Scenic Sundowner drinks while taking in the spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding landscape at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Rio de Janeiro

    Today you will discover the beating heart of this exotic city. Take a fascinating walking tour through downtown Rio, home to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Municipal Theatre. Learn about Rio’s history and culture and appreciate the locals’ lifestyle. Ride the cogwheel railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Indulge in a mouth-watering Brazilian Churrascaria experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - Rio de Janeiro > Buenos Aires

    Freechoice

    Walk through the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) while learning about its unique history, or get an insider’s perspective on daily life in the favelas and enjoy an energetic capoeira show. Alternatively, discover how the old and modern parts of Rio’s downtown co-exist on a historical walking tour.

    Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to your elegant hotel for a four night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  21. Day 21 - Buenos Aires

    An elegant city with pockets of colourful character, discover the highlights and the hidden secrets of this famed ‘Paris of the Americas’ with your local guide, including Casa Rosada. Visit soulful San Telmo and
    La Boca’s colourful Caminito. This evening enjoy dinner at the Gala Tango show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Buenos Aires

    Enrich

    Experience typical Porteña culture and gastronomy with a visit to a local Estancia, enjoy a wine tasting with expert sommeliers, a traditional Asado lunch and polo class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  23. Day 23 - Buenos Aires

    Freechoice

    Take a tour with a local artist to uncover the vibrant urban art scene. Alternatively, discover the green side of Buenos Aires on a bike tour of the city’s parks and plazas, or bask in the marvellous architecture of the city’s belle époque on a walking tour.

    Enrich

    Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner and indulge your senses in one of Buenos Aires’ coveted closed-door restaurants while enjoying a modern Argentine meal with wine pairing – complete with an empanada making class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Buenos Aires

    Say farewell as you transfer to the airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Smaller group sizes with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Your choice of 14 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 44 meals – 23 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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