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ITINERARY FOR BROWNS TRIP OF A LIFETIME IN SOUTH AMERICA

Day 01 – Sat – Jul.19.2014 American Airlines Flight # 206 Las Vegas NV USA 6:20 am to Miami FL USA 2:10 pm.

Day 01- LAN Ecuador flight # 517 Miami FL USA 5:10 pm to Quito, Ecuador 8:30 pm.

Day 02 – Sun – Jul.20.2014 – QUITO, Ecuador 

Guided Transfer Quito Airport (UIO) / Hotel 

Four star Hotel Patio Andaluz Quito – Phone # +593 2228 0830 – Breakfast Included.

Accommodation in Standard Room for 2 Nights

Day 02 – Sun – Jul.20.2014 – QUITO, Ecuador 

GROUP TOUR – CITY TOUR & MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

Colonial city tour: Quito displays the largest colonial town of the Americas and is the first UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Enjoy the eclectic architecture ranging from the modern quarters to varied colonial facades on churches and private residences decorated and balconies built along the last five centuries. The tour includes parks like El Ejido and Alameda, the monument of Simon Bolivar, the gothic Basilica of the Heart of Jesús, Independence Square developed during the past five centuries and flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop’s palaces dated back to XVII and XIX centuries and, the Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance. Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass by the Jesuit convent, once headquarters of the first university in the country, El Sagrario church with a unique orthodox cross lay out dated back to the seventeenth century and the jewel of the crown, the Jesuit temple of`La Compañía de Jesús, perhaps the most important monument of the baroque art in Quito. From there continue to the plaza of San Francisco, with temple and convent known to be the largest on the once Spanish colonies on the Americas which displays a rich sample of artistic and cultural heritage. 

From there we head approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of downtown Quito, we visit “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude where the eighteenth century French Geodesic Expedition erected one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the planet in a complex which replicates colonial architecture, a typical central plaza, a church and bull-fighting ring. We also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you’ll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator. 

Day 03 – Mon – Jul.21.2014 – QUITO, Ecuador 

 

GROUP TRANSFER – Hotel / Quito Airport (UIO)

Flight Quito Airport (UIO) / Baltra Airport Galapagos, Ecuador

Board the Legend Galapagos Cruise “C” – Galapagos  

Accommodation in Standard Plus Cabin – 3 Nights –All meals and activities included 

All-inclusive 3 night deluxe cruise. Only a special few have the chance to travel through this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior decoration of wood and brass interior décor, featuring ample outer decks and sea-view cabins and suites, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, bars and more. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows.

Swim and snorkel at any time of the year in the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages.

A fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfast to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues.

In the afternoon, we visit Santa Cruz Island, its highlands and Pit Craters 

Day 04 – Tue – Jul.22.2014 – GALAPAGOS, Ecuador 

In the morning, we visit South Plaza, Plazas Island (snorkeling and hiking activities)

In the afternoon, we visit Santa Fe Island (hiking, snorkeling and dinghy ride activities)  

Day 05 – Wed – Jul.23.2014 – GALAPAGOS, Ecuador 

In the morning, we visit Pitt Point, San Cristobal Island (hiking activities)

In the afternoon, we visit Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island (hiking, snorkeling and dinghy ride activities)  

Day 06 – Thu – Jul.24.2014 – GALAPAGOS, Ecuador 

In the morning, we visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve, San Cristobal (viewing and shopping activities)

Flight – Baltra Airport / Quito Airport (UIO)   

Guided Transfer Quito Airport (UIO) / Hotel  

Four Star Hotel Patio Andaluz Quito – Phone # +593 2228 0830 – Breakfast included.

Accommodations in Standard Room for 1 Night

Day 07 – Fri – Jul.25.2014 – QUITO, Ecuador

Guided Transfer Hotel / Quito Airport (UIO)   

Day 07 – Fri – Jul.25.2014 LAN Flight # 2591 Quito, Ecuador 8:35 am to Lima, Peru 10:50 am.

Guided Transfer Lima Airport (LIM) / Hotel

Four Star Casa Andina Select Miraflores Lima – Phone # +51 1 4167500 – Breakfast included.

Accommodations in Double Standard room – 2 Nights   

Casa Andina Select Miraflores is the perfect choice for modern, urban and business travelers who value efficiency, superb service and affordable style. It is centrally located, only 2 blocks from Parque Central in the Miraflores neighborhood and near major restaurants, business addresses, shopping and attractions. Its 123 Traditional Rooms, 13 Junior Suites and 9 Suites (among all categories: 3 handicapped, 30 connecting) feature:  cable LCD TV, telephone, hairdryer, digital safety deposit box, super orthopedic  mattresses, air conditioning, soundproof windows & blackout curtains, fridge/minibar and  bathtubs. Among other facilities, the hotel counts with: Restaurant serving full buffet or American  breakfast and a la carte lunch and dinner of regional and international dishes, spa, gym & Sun  Terrace with Jacuzzi, executive meeting/corporate event room (60 m2), VIP Salon (47m2),  business Center (with 4 PCs and secretarial support) and free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet  access. With a comfortable, urban aesthetic – featuring locally inspired art and decoration – Casa Andina Select offers sophistication at affordable price. 

Day 08 – Sat – Jul.26.2014 – LIMA, Peru

LIMA CITY & LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM TOUR (4 HOURS) 

Peru`s bustling capital is one of the most interesting cities in South America – a potent  mix of colonial architecture, superb museums, great Pre-Columbian collections, glamorous  shops and one of the best cuisines of the world. It is built on both sides of the River Rimac and on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. It was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and was the center of the Spanish rule in South America during three centuries. Having experienced changing fortunes over its history, it is now claiming its place amongst South America`s emerging hotspots.    Our tour begins at Lima`s colonial historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. We start at the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the heart of the city, surrounded by the Government Palace, the imposing Cathedral, the Archbishop Palace and the City Hall. We visit the Church and Convent of San Francisco, one of the greatest monumental complexes of colonial art in the Americas. We will see its basilica with 21 altars, the convent with a cloister and Clementina and Capitular rooms, the choir and the monk`s library, and the Museo de Profundis that has 111 canvases from the Rubens School. We will also see the  Sacristy, with works by Zurbaran and Rivera, the Gran Patio ornamented with XVI century  tiles from Sevilla, Moorish arcs and finally the famous catacombs, the city`s first cemetery, with  underground tunnels containing the bones of some 75,000 people.    We continue our tour through old streets with churches, colonial mansions and Moorish styled balconies, the finest of them at the Palacio de Torre Tagle. We will see the Plaza San Martin, one of the most representative public spaces of the city and maybe its most beautiful square surrounded by magnificent buildings. We proceed then to the residential and modern districts of the capital. At the district of San Isidro we will cross the El Olivar Grove Park, a cozy and romantic place with olive trees dating from Colonial times.  We will pass then the pre-Inca worship centers of Huallamarca and Pucllana. Finally we visit the commercial and modern district of Miraflores, the real base of tourist activities of the city, with many hotels, restaurants, bars and commercial centers. Its most emblematic point is the romantic Parque del Amor (Love Park) where we will enjoy a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean.   We finish our tour with a guided visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Founded in 1926, the museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, the museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens. It features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. For an unforgettable experience, the Larco Herrera is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45.000 classified archaeological objects. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of Pre- Columbian art, after being exhibited in the world`s leading museums.

Day 09 – Sun -Jul.27.2014 – LIMA, Peru 

Guided Transfer Hotel / Lima Airport (LIM)

Day 09 – Fri – Sun Jul.27 2014 LAN Flight # 2027H Lima, Peru 9:45 am to Cuzco, Peru 11:05 am.

Guided Transfer to the Sacred Valley Hotel and Cuzco city and Ruins tour on the way there. (4 Hours)  

The old capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco or Q`osqo means “Navel of the World” in the native Quechua language. It was indeed the capital of the great Inca civilization from the 13th to the 15th centuries when most of its amazing stone structures were built. After the Spanish conquest, many of the Inca palaces and temples were destroyed and their foundations used for the construction of colonial buildings and churches. This has made Cuzco a rich mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture and nowadays a Unesco World Cultural Heritage site.    We will begin our tour visiting the Korikancha, the ancient Temple of the Sun where the Spanish built the Convent of Santo Domingo. Then we will take a walk through the narrow streets on the way to the Main Square, where we will enjoy its beautiful architecture, surrounded by colonial houses, the Compania Church and the magnificent Cathedral, which we will visit. We will then take a ride to the imposing site of Sacsayhuaman, located in the outskirts of Cuzco, on a hill that dominates the city. It is usually described as a fortress because it is practically enclosed by three slopes, and also for its impressive walls built with enormous carved limestone boulders. We will enjoy an unforgettable view of the city and then take a short visit of the ceremonial site of Qenqo. End of the tour and back to your hotel.  Cuzco Tourist Ticket (City + Valley)

 Day 09 – Mon – Jul.27.2014 – SACRED VALLEY, Peru 

Three and ½ Star Hotel Pakaritampu Sacred Valley – Phone # +51 84 204020 – Breakfast included.

Accommodations in Double Superior room – 2 Nights

Hotel Pakaritampu is located in Ollantaytambo, the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Surrounded by lovely gardens, which include a variety of trees and plants that are typical of the region, Hotel Pakaritampu has extraordinary views of the archaeological center and the nearby mountains. It is surrounded by Inca agricultural terraces and a unique environment that only the town of Ollantaytambo can offer.   The hotel has 37 guest rooms and 01 suite. Guests enjoy our hospitable service and the comfort we offer.  Our guest rooms have spectacular views of the area, picturesque balconies, private bath with hot water and shower, telephone service with national and international direct dialing, hair dryer, safe and bath accessories. In our Mijuna Wasi restaurant has a menu with a large selection of the innovative Novoandina cuisine, as well as the best of Peruvian and international cuisine, accompanied by melodies that magically flow from Andean musical instruments. Our Hujina Wasi bar has a pleasant atmosphere where you can enjoy a variety of wines and liquors, among which our national drink, Pisco, stands out.  Our Happy Hour is from 5 to 8 PM.  In order to offer you a unique experience, our facilities are laid out in six independent blocks, which include the following services: Luggage storage, pay phone, handicrafts store, business center with 24-hour Internet service, tour assistance, foreign currency exchange, taxi and transfer service, main salon with fireplace, television room with satellite TV, dining room, bar, kitchen, laundry and 24-hour room service.  

Day 10 – Mon -Jul.28.2014 – SACRED VALLEY, Peru 

PISAC MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO RUINS PRIVATE TOUR

Transfer and excursion by private vehicle to the plentiful and beautiful Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the colonial town of Pisac. Pisac is famous because of the colorful Indian market that takes place in the town. A buffet lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The tour ends in Ollantaytambo, which is also a beautiful little town and at the same time one of the most important Inca sites of Peru. Not only is it home to historical buildings and temples, but it also has spectacular terraced landscapes and open views to the Urubamba valley. 

Day 11 – Tue-Jul.29.2014 – SACRED VALLEY, Peru  

GROUP TOUR – MACHU PICCHU BY 1ST CLASS TRAIN

The train journey to Machu Picchu is a highlight of any trip to the Andes. The scenery is simply spectacular, and the first class trains with their panoramic windows allow you to enjoy it in comfort. Very early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to the train station of Cuzco in the Sacred Valley (this depends on the availability of the train companies). The journey takes you through a changing landscape of the Sacred Valley, passing by lush, green fields and colorful villages in the foothills of the Andes. With wonderful vistas of the mountains and, deep in its dramatic canyon, the beautiful Urubamba River.  And what a destination awaits you!  Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, is one of the wonders of the Americas. The stunning ruins of the ancient citadel, perched on a mountain peak high in the Andes, are perhaps the greatest surviving testament to Inca civilization.  Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, Machu Picchu was the secret city of the Incas, never discovered by the Spanish. It was only rediscovered in 1911 by Professor Bingham (of Yale University), and it remains South America´s most spectacular archaeological site.   Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, make the brief walk through the town markets and over the railway bridge to board any one of several coaches which will take you up to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Your guide will await you there for a visit to the Lost City of the Incas. After the tour, return to Aguas Calientes. Free time. In the afternoon, the train departs back to Cuzco.

Guided Transfer Train Station / Hotel 

Four Star Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco – Phone # +51 84 232610 – Breakfast included.

Accommodations in Double Superior room – 1 Night

The hotel is an ancient colonial-style large house that has been completely redesigned, including 3 beautiful interior courtyards. With 72 rooms (5 suites), the hotel is located in  the heart of the old colonial part of Cuzco, 3 and a half blocks away from the city Main  Square, and is the only 4-star hotel offering oxygen pressurized rooms in the Cuzco  region. Each room features private bathroom, cable TV, direct telephone in room and bathroom (national and international dialing), hairdryer, digital safe-deposit box and coffee kit. In addition, the hotel includes a first-class restaurant (86 people capacity) highlighting the local ingredients of the regional cuisine.   

Day 12 – Wed – Jul.30.2014 – CUZCO, Peru 

Guided Transfer Hotel / Cuzco Train Station  

ANDEAN EXPLORER TRAIN CUZCO/PUNO INCL. LUNCH (10 HOUR)

Travel in luxury on the Orient Express Train “Andean Explorer” from Cuzco to Puno incl. Lunch. This spectacular rail journey begins in historic Cuzco and travels south to the city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On the journey, the train makes a gentle climb to higher and cooler altitudes. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which towers over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River.  It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. While travelling aboard the Andean Explorer, the glass-walled observation car provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route.  

Guided Transfer Puno Train Station / Hotel    

Four Star Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno – Phone # +51 51 363992 – Breakfast Included.

Accommodations in Double Lake View room – 3 Nights.

Perched at water’s edge and taking full advantage of its privileged location on the Puno area of Lake Titicaca, with extraordinary views 3,800m (12,500 ft.) above sea level. A majority of the hotel’s 46 rooms boast unparalleled lake views; the hotel’s gourmet restaurant is enclosed by a glass wall framing the lake and gardens; and a large, sunny terrace invites guests to contemplate Lake Titicaca’s seemingly endless expanse. Unique among Puno hotels, oxygen is available in all rooms (a bonus for guests having difficulty adapting to the high altitude).   Inviting rather than imposing, the hotel -which has its own private train station stop, for guests coming from or traveling to Cusco- is a reflection of its altiplano location.  It is built with rustic local materials, including stone, wood and clay tiles, while stone fireplaces warm the lobby lounge and restaurant.   

Day 13 – Fri – Jul.31.2014 – PUNO, Peru 

GROUP TOUR – SILLUSTANI RUINS (3 HOURS)

Afternoon excursion to Chullpas de Sillustani. These funerary towers dating back from 13th Century are located at 35 km. from Puno, on the way to Juliaca. The highest is 12 meters approximately. The wonderful view and Lago Umayo (Umayo Lake), which is nearby make this tour a very special experience.

Day 14 – Sat – Aug.01.2014 – PUNO, Peru

GROUP TOUR – UROS & TAQUILE + LUNCH (8 HOURS – PRIVATE GUIDE)

 The boat trip will depart from the dock in Puno to the Lake Titicaca. First of all you will visit the “floating islands” of the Uros Indians. These islands are made of piles of reeds, an ancient tradition of the Uros. They are descendants of the oldest people of the Altiplano, though the present Uros people have mixed with the Aymara and no pure Uros exist anymore. Then the boat continues to the fascinating Island of Taquile. Upon arrival you will have a hike around this beautiful island, inhabited by 1,500 Quechua-speaking Indians, famous for its hand weavings and an ancient communal way of life. Lunch will be served on a local restaurant. You will spend the rest of the day exploring the island before returning to Puno in the late afternoon.  

Day 15 – Sat – Aug.02.2014 – PUNO, Peru

Guided Transfer Puno / Juliaca Airport (JUL)   

Day 15 – Sat – Aug.02.2014 – LAN Airlines flight # 2096 Juliaca, Peru 1:15 pm to Lima, Peru 2:55 pm.

Day 15 – Sat – Aug.02.2014 – LAN Airlines Flight # 643V Lima, Peru 5:45 pm to Santiago, Chile 10:20 pm.

Guided Transfer Santiago Airport (JUL) / Hotel   

Day 15 – Sun – Aug.02.2014 – SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Chile

Four Star Atton El Bosque Hotel Santiago – Phone # +56 2 2947 3600 – Breakfast Included.

Accommodations in Standard Room – 3 Nights

Day 16 – Sun – Aug.03.2014 – SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Chile

SANTIAGO CITY TOUR & ST LUCIA HILL (4 HOURS)

Departure from hotel in Santiago. Santiago, is located on the foot of the Andes mountain range. Beginning with a visit to the civic Centre and Plaza de la Cosntitución, where the government palace known as La Modena is located, this is a splendid colonial style building. Very close by is Plaza de Armas, the main cathedral and other fine buildings from the colonial times. From there visit to Sta Lucia hill from where one can have a fantastic view of this large city of 6 million inhabitants.

Day 17 – Mon – Aug.04.2014 – SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Chile 

GROUP TOUR – VIÑA MAR-VALPARAÍSO-NERUDA MUSEUM +LUNCH (8 HOURS)

Begin the tour today by travelling up the coast to Valparaíso, one of Chile`s most important seaports and an increasingly vital cultural center. Although Santiago is Chile`s official capital, Valparaiso houses the National Congress. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. It is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often considered to be one of Latin America`s most intriguing urban areas.   Lunch in a seafood restaurant before continuing to Viña del Mar. On our city tour we will see the Floral Clock, one of Vina`s landmarks. It`s a large clock, it`s face made only with flowers. During the tour we will also see the Abarca Cove, the Arab Union Club, Wulff Castle, the Marga-Marga estuary and Peru Avenue. We will also  see the Quinta Vergara, a colonial masterpiece of a home built by  Vina del Mar`s  founding family, the Vergara’s,  who at one time lived here and laid out the lush garden  filled with many Chilean trees and flowers.  We view the Palacio Rioja, a French-style palace built for the banker Fernando Rioja in 1906. It now houses an environmental museum and a cinema. Perhaps we might even catch a glimpse of the resident ghost which wanders about the palace according to local hearsay.     Finally we will see the Vergara Pier which was inaugurated in 1938. It was first used in the loading and unloading of coal; later, it came into the possession of the now defunct sugar refinery `Crav`. Next to the pier we will find the beaches of `Acapulco` to the south, and `El Sol` (the sun) to the north. Driving past the vast Botanical Gardens we travel back to Santiago via Renaca. 

Day 18 – Tue – Agu.05.2014 – SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Chile 

Guided Transfer Hotel / Santiago Airport (EZE)

Day 18 – Tue – Agu.5.2014 LAN Flight # 445V Santiago, Chile 2:10 pm to Buenos Aires, Argentina 5:00 pm.

Guided Transfer Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) / Hotel

Four Star Hotel Ayres de Recoleta Plaza Buenos Aires – Phone # +54 11 4312 9898 Breakfast Included.

Accommodations in Double studio room – 4 nights

Positioned across the street from the famous Francia Square and Del Pilar Church in Buenos Aires’ historic Recoleta area.   Hotel Ayres de Recoleta Plaza has central location in the capital, within walking  distance of various cultural destinations including Palais de Glace, Centro Cultural Recoleta,  and  museums, whereas the Obelisk among other tourist attractions are just a  quick drive away.    The hotel offers 38 fully equipped studios with cooking facilities, queen size bed, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, electronic lock system, etc.   All rooms are non-smoking.   Services:  – Fitness centre – Solarium – Swimming pool – Internet service 

Day 19 – Wed – Aug.06.2014 – BUENOS AIRES, Argentina 

BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR (4 HOUR TOUR)

You will see the symbol of Buenos Aires: the Obelisk, reigning from the heart of the world`s widest street: 9 de Julio Avenue. The Colon Theater, the Embassy of France, and different squares such as historical Plaza de Mayo, the elegant Plaza San Martín and the financial district. The history and essence of Tango will fascinate you in the traditional neighborhoods:  La Boca, San Telmo and Montserrat, with its antique markets on Sundays. Stroll through the elegant neighborhoods of Recoleta and the trendy Palermo. Finally, the  recycled and most modern part of the city: Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires` old port  which has been completely renovated, with luxurious skyscrapers, a yacht club, a  variety of first class restaurants and the Woman`s Bridge.

Day 20 – Thu – Agu.07.2014 – BUENOS AIRES, Argentina 

GROUP TOUR – TANGO SHOW & DINNER ESQUINA CARLOS GARDEL

We take you from your hotel to the famous Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show house, at the corner of Carlos Gardel Street and Calle Anchorena. Enjoy a unique Tango Show while having dinner.

Day 21 – Fri – Aug.08.2014 – BUENOS AIRES, Argentina 

Guided Transfer Hotel / Buenos Aires Pier (ferry Station)

GROUP TOUR – COLONIA BY SPEED BOAT + LUNCH (8 HOURS)

You will have a city tour with an English-speaking guide, showing you the most important sights of this lovely colonial town. You will have your lunch in a restaurant (drinks not included). At the end of the city tour the English speaking guide will bring you back to the port of Colonia where you will take the ferry to return to Buenos Aires.  Ferry tickets, lunch and English speaking guide included.

Guided Transfer Buenos Aires Pier (ferry Station) / Hotel

Day 22 – Sat – Aug.9.2014 – BUENOS AIRES, Argentina 

Guided Transfer Hotel / Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP)

Day 22 – Sat – Aug.09.2014 LAN Flight # 4026H from Buenos Aires-Eseiza, Argentina 11:15 am to Newbery/Aeroparque/ Iguazu Falls, Argentina 1:05 pm.

Guided Transfer Iguazu Airport (IGR)/ Hotel 

Four Star Hotel La Cantera Puerto Iguazu – Phone # 54 11 5236 9091 – Breakfast Included.

Accommodations in Standard Forest View Room – 2 Nights.  

Day 23 – Sun – Aug.10.2014 – PUERTO IGUAZU, Argentina 

EXCURSION TO ARGENTINEAN SIDE OF THE FALLS

Argentine Falls: The Iguazú National Park, located at eighteen kilometer’s from Puerto Iguazú, was declared Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The famous falls are inside this Park. The Iguazú Falls on the border with Brazil are one of the world`s natural wonders.   Lined with dense forests, the Iguazú River flows into 275 waterfalls, plunging more than 70 meters with a deafening noise. As this huge volume of water reaches the bottom, spray rises, and lots of rainbows are formed in the sky. An incredible variety of fauna and flora completes the perfect setting for the waterfalls within the protection of the Iguazú National Park   Start this tour following a scenic highway up to the Argentine Iguazu Park. Visit starts with ample time to visit the upper falls on the Argentinian side, including the San Martin Falls and the Devil`s Throat. Entrance Fee Argentinian Falls National Park 

Day 24 – Mon – Aug.11.2014 – PUERTO IGUAZU, Argentina 

EXCURSION TO BRAZILIAN SIDE OF THE FALLS BRAZILIAN FALLS

The Park is located in the westernmost region of the state of Paraná, in the Iguaçú river basin, 17km from downtown Foz do Iguaçú. It borders Argentina, where the Iguazu National Park, which was implemented in 1934, is located. The border between the two  countries and their national parks is made by the Iguaçú river, whose source is near the  Serra (mountain range) do Mar near Curitiba and runs for 18 km throughout the state  of Paraná.   The most spectacular sightseeing of the park is the Iguaçú Falls, which form a 2,700m wide semi-circle, while the waterfalls filled visitors with awe as they watch the water foam that plunges down from a height of 72m. Visit the park`s visitor`s center with its exhibition of the local eco-system. Continue down the Cataratas Highway through the rainforest of the park to the falls. Descending a walkway, you can contemplate the lovely waterfalls in all of nature`s exuberance, with panoramic views of both sides of the falls – Brazil and Argentina. Reaching the elevator, you can ascend to have a bird`s eye view over the falls from the lookout.  Entrance Fee Brazilian Falls National Park 

Guided Transfer to Iguazu Airport (IGU) 

Day 24 – Mon – Aug.11.2014 TAM Flight # 3189K from Iguassu Falls, Brazil 3:05 pm to Rio de Janeiro-Galeao, Brazil 5:12 pm.

Guided Transfer Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG) / Hotel

Four Star Hotel Porto Bay International Rio de Janeiro – Phone # +55 21 2546 8000 Breakfast Included.

Accommodation in Superior Room – 4 Nights  

Day 25 – Tue – Aug.12.2014 – RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ Brazil

SUGAR LOAF & CORCOVADO BY TRAM / TRAIN

The Panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf & Corcovado by Train (6 Hour tour) the panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, at 1,296 ft.  (395m) above sea-level, is breathtaking. Two sets of cable cars elevate you to the top of Sugar Loaf.  The first brings passengers to the top of Urca Mountain.  From Urca Mountain a second set of  cable cars  brings passengers to the summit with its 360º spectrum of golden beaches, green  forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of the world`s most  beautiful city.   Sightseeing continues with a tour of Rio`s historical past. Learn how Portugal`s prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil.  Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710m (2340ft). Board the tremzinho (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird`s eye view of the center of the city from the center of the city! The 38-meter statue is the image of the faith and friendliness of cariocas. The monument was inaugurated on the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, 12 October, 1931 by then President Getúlio Vargas and cardinal Dom Sebastião Leme.   Then get a close-up look at Rio`s world famous beaches. 

Day 26 – Wed – Aug.13.2014 – RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ Brazil 

Day at leisure 

Day 27 – Thu – Aug.14.2014 – RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ Brazil 

Day at leisure 

Day 28 – Fri – Aug.15.2014 – RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ Brazil 

Guided Transfer Hotel / Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG)

Day 28 – Fri – Agu.15.2014 TAM flight # 8056 from Rio de Janeiro-Galeao, Brazil 10:06 pm to Miami, FL USA 6:10 am.

Day 29 – Sat – Agu.16.2014 American flight # 1063 From Miami, FL USA 11:30 am. to Tampa FL, USA 12:35 pm.

Day 29 – Sat – Agu.16.2014 Stay at the Tampa Marriot Waterside Hotel.

Provide own transportation to the Dock ½ miles from Hotel.

Day 30 – Sun – Agu.17.2014 – Board the Carnival Legend.  4:00 pm

Day 31 – Mon – Agu.18.2014 – Fun Day at Sea

Day 32 – Tue – Agu.19.2104 – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 33 – Wed – Agu.20.2014 – Fun Day at Sea

Day 34 – Thu – Agu.21.2014 – Cartagena, Colombia 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Day 35 – Fri – Aug.22.2014 – Panama Canal Transit 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 36 – Sat – Agu.23.2014 – Fun Day at Sea

Day 37 – Sun – Agu.24.2014 – Puntarenas, Costa Rica 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Day 38 – Mon – Agu.25.2014 – Fun Day at Sea

Day 39 – Tue – Agu.26.2014 – Fun Day at Sea

Day 40 – Wed – Agu.27.2014 – Fun Day at Sea

Day 41 – Thu – Agu.28.2014 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 5:00 am – 3:00 pm

Day 42 – Fri – Agu.29.2014 -Fun Day at Sea

Day 43 – Sat – Agu.30.2014 -Long Beach, CA 9:00 am

Day 43 – Sat – Agu.30.2014 – Jet Blue Flight # 880 from Long Beach, CA 12:48 pm to Las Vegas, NV 1:53 pm.

Day 44 – Sun – Agu.31.2014 – Day at leisure at home.