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Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $3,994 per person

Three wonderful cities on a laid-back vacation: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago come together with the mighty Iguassu Falls, on this relaxed exploration into South America.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… being charmed by a vibrant young Buenos Aires family as they wine, dine and entertain you in their home. Lina and Gaspar let you in on the secrets of making delicious bread and how the Tango should be danced.

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  1. Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your lovely oceanfront hotel. Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach.

    hotel:Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
  2. Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.
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  3. Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn to mix the national cocktail, the caipirinha, and indulge in a traditional Regional Meal barbecue at a local churrascaria.
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  4. Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Optional activities include a tour into the nearby favelas, a sailboat cruise and a helicopter flight over Copacabana Beach.
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  5. Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, a Cultural Insight, to see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Afterward, head to the airport for the short flight to Iguassu Falls. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.
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    hotel:Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu
  6. Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Specialist to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort. You may wish to join an optional activity such as a jetboat ride to the base of the falls or a helicopter flightseeing tour.
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  7. Cross the border into Argentina and board the open air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the cascades. Walk along a scenic catwalk, with a Local Specialist, to see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires, a city renowned for its boutiques, fine dining and museums.
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    hotel:InterContinental Buenos Aires
  8. Embark on an in-depth tour with a Local Specialist to see the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; the colorful neighborhood of La Boca and San Telmo. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina's former First Lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, get ready for a festive Regional Meal and a chance to savor renowned Argentinian beef followed by a sensual Tango performance and Cultural Insight.
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  9. A full day at leisure to explore on your own or perhaps take an optional trip to a traditional estancia (ranch) and learn about the life of a gaucho (cowboy) while enjoying a barbecue lunch and equestrian show. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighborhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as they demonstrate the art of typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this lively family will be a memory you won't soon forget.
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  10. Bid "Adios" to Buenos Aires and say "Hola" to Santiago as you fly west across the Andes to the Chilean capital. Meet your Local Specialist and embark on a tour of this vibrant city, traveling by Club Hipico—the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O'Higgins. Drive along Alameda Avenue past the University of Chile on your way to the dynamic Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. Head up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snowcapped Andes. Later, settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago's most beautiful neighborhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure.
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    hotel:InterContinental Santiago
  11. Today, set out on a tour of Valparaiso city, formerly a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This afternoon, visit a Chilean winery and sample a variety of wines from this now famous region before returning to Santiago. This evening, gather with your travel companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.
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  12. Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. Choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Santiago or with an exciting optional extension.
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Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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Meal Summary

11 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Learn about the Tango at a performance in Buenos Aires. Visit a Samba school and see how they prepare for Carnival.

Be My Guest

  • Dine at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighborhood.

Local Specialist

  • For sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Recoleta Cemetery, Iguassu Falls and Valparaiso
  • See the Church of San Francisco, Copacabana and Devil's Throat Falls
  • Definite Departure
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,495.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $116 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires-Santiago and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Brazil will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • You will be using the Brazilian real, Argentinian and Chilean peso on your vacation. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Brazilian cuisine varies by region but the country’s most popular dish by far is feijoada, a rich stew of black beans and several cuts of meat that is typically served with rice, sautéed greens and orange slices. Brazil’s national cocktail is the caipirihna, made with cachaça, lime, and sugar cane.

    Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec.  For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.

    Chilean cuisine reflects Spanish influences and traditional indigenous dishes, many of which are seafood oriented due to the country's long coastline.  Maize and quinoa accompany many meals, served along side barbecued or stewed meats.

  • When dining out at restaurants it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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BRAZILIAN AMAZON

Glide upstream through the rainforests of Brazil in search of lone tapirs, grunting capybaras, and the giant anaconda, before witnessing the dark waters of the Rio Negro merge spectacularly with the pale sandy tides of the Solimões - a Meeting of Waters that creates the mighty Amazon ecosystem and feeds magnificent biodiversity. 

This locally hosted pre- and post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Impressions of South America, Best of South America, South America Landscapes, South America Revealed, Icons of South America, and Cultures and Contrasts of South America. 

Day 1: Arrive Manaus
Fly to Manaus, Brazil (international flight not included). Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel, before a city tour. Visit the grand Palacio Rio Negro, form home of a rubber baron that is now a museum preserving the traditional Amazonian culture. Discover the floating harbor and nearby Customs House, the vibrant Mercado Municipal, and the famed opera house, constructed during the rubber boom of Manaus' golden age. 
Hotel: Tropical Manaus

Day 2: Manaus - Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge (2 Nights)
This morning, travel upstream to the famous "Meeting of the Waters" and watch the dark water of the Rio Negro mix with the brown water of the Solimões as the mighty river flows eastward to the Atlantic. After lunch, choose to take an optional canoe trip down a smaller tributary and try your hand at piranha fishing, or just relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere. Later this afternoon, transfer to your lodge on the banks of the Rio Taruma. 
Hotel: Amazon ECOPARK Jungle Lodge
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Amazon Exploration
After breakfast, embark on a guided walk through the rainforest. When you enter the dense jungle, imagine yourself as one of the first explorers of the Amazon - perhaps you'll spot the capybara, the world's largest rodent, or get a glimpse of an anaconda as it naps on the branches of a tree. Then visit the home of native Amazonians to learn about their culture and way of life. This evening, enjoy dinner at your lodge surrounded by jungle.
Full breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amazon - Manaus - Rio de Janeiro
Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabilitation center and wildlife refuge, to watch the rescued monkeys eat and play. Then say goodbye to the Amazon as you return to Manaus Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, where you will joing your guided vacation on Day 1. Guests joining from Icons of South America or South America Landscapes will end their vacation at Manaus Airport for their flight home. 
Full Breakfast

2018 Pricing

$1,250 Per Person twin share
$25 Triple Room Discount
$275 Single Supplement

Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Manaus and Rio de Janeiro for the pre-itinerary extension, and between Rio de Janeiro and Manaus for the post-itinerary option and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation.

Please note that when booking this package as a pre-extension. we recommend you purchase an extra night in Manaus if your flight arrives during the early morning hours, to ensure your hotel room is available for immediate occupancy. 

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

EASTER ISLAND

Surrender to the magnetic allure of the imposing Moai statues that stand watch over Easter Island and are a testament to the mysterious Rapa Nui people, who called this remote, tempestuous Pacific island home. Witness their sacred traditions and explore their enigmatic culture.

This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, Best of South America, South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia, or as a pre-itinerary extension with South American Landscapes.

 

Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. Be greeted by your local host and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony that has taken place on the island.
Hotel: Taha Tai or Rapa Nui

Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hang Te'e. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues - 397 of which are still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the "Navel of the World." Afterward visit scenic Anakena beach where you have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
Continental Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing and Departure
This morning another private excursion takes you up to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, as you take in the majestic views of the whole island along the way. After, drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you can see spectacular petroglyphs related to the local culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings from the outside. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note:Sightseeing ends at 12p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your return flights.
Continental Breakfast

2018 Pricing

Best of South America
$850 Per Person twin-share
$250 Single Supplement

Please note that airfare to Easter Island is not included in the prices listed. Due to the flight schedule, an additional night in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in the cost of the extension package. The hotel in Santiago will be the Vacation Inn Santiago Airport, except for guests on South America Landscapes, who will stay at the InterContinental Santiago. For guests on Best of South America no additional overnight is required.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

Adult Price: $48.00 | Child Price: $24.00

This family owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. Total duration is approximately 2 1/2 hours. (No Minimum)

Buenos Aires

Fiesta Guacha With Bbq Lunch

Adult Price: $147.00 | Child Price: $147.00

Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides and horse demonstrations. Total duration is approximately 7 hours. (No Minimum). For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.

Rio De Janerio

Guanabara Bay Cruise

Adult Price: $58.00 | Child Price: $35.00

Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you sail by picture postcard settings. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)

Rio De Janerio

Helicopter Sightseeing Flight Departing From The Lagoon

Adult Price: $230.00 | Child Price: $230.00

What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro from the air? Soar high over Rio with sweeping and unforgettable views of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Jardim de Alah, Ipanema Beach, Arpoador Rock, Copacabana Fort, Copacabana Beach and Vermelha Beach overlooking Sugarloaf. Length of flight - About 8 minutes. (Minimum 3 Guests)

Iguassu Falls

Helicopter Sightseeing Over Iguassu Falls

Adult Price: $179.00 | Child Price: $179.00

Enjoy aerial views of both the Brazil and Argentina sides of the falls, national park and surrounding jungle. Capture great photos of the rivers flowing through what seems like never-ending forest! Fly close above the 275 waterfalls and the Iguassu River below while viewing Devil's Throat (the largest waterfall in the region). Your pilot will circle around the falls to allow each passenger to shoot photos from every possible angle. Length of flight - About 10 minutes. (No Minimum)

Iguassu Falls

Macuco Safari

Adult Price: $131.00 | Child Price: $66.00

Begin this adventure in open-air wagons as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom-designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration approximately 2 hours. (No Minimum)

Rio De Janerio

Samba Show

Adult Price: $112.00 | Child Price: $58.00

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration of this outing is five hours. Not available on Sundays. Minimum of 10 guests for a private program.

Rio De Janerio

Santa Teresa Walking Tour

Adult Price: $41.00 | Child Price: $28.00

Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total duration approximately 3 ½ hours. (Minimum 6 Guests)

Buenos Aires

Tigre Delta

Adult Price: $63.00 | Child Price: $63.00

Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (No Mimium)

Rio De Janerio

Visit To A Favela

Adult Price: $36.00 | Child Price: $19.00

Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (No Minimum)

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