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Impressions of South America

9 Days from $2,968 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Sashay across South America on this leisurely jaunt, from the intoxicating shores of Ipanema to the thundering Iguassu Falls and sophisticated streets of Eva Pero's Buenos Aires.

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Sashay across South America on this leisurely jaunt, from the intoxicating shores of Ipanema to the thundering Iguassu Falls and sophisticated streets of Eva Pero's Buenos Aires.

  1. Welcome to Rio! Transfer to your hotel with superb ocean views of Copacabana Beach and join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Miramar by Windsor, Oceanview Rooms
  2. The rhythm of Rio is yours to explore. This morning join your Travel Director to delve into the captivating contrasts of the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city). Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain, then spend the evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. Hands outstretched, the iconic Christ the Redeemer welcomes you to the hunched outcrop of Corcovado. This afternoon is at leisure along the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema or continue exploring the rediscovered waterfront district with an optional experience. We'll learn how to mix caipirinha this evening, then indulge in a sizzling barbecue at a local churrascaria Regional Meal.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  4. Soak up the laid-back carioca life before you dive into culture at a local Samba School to see their preparations for Carnival Week and learn how to Samba. We fly to the magnificent Iguassu Falls where this evening, we'll enjoy dinner together at our resort.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Wish Resort, Foz do Iguassu
  5. Explore the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park with a Local Specialist, walking through the rainforest to the base of the falls before indulging in lunch at a local restaurant. Consider one of our optional experiences this afternoon, a jetboat ride to the base of the falls*.

    *Participation in this activity is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

    meal(s):FB, L
  6. Join your Local Specialist on the Argentinian side of the falls for a walk along the long catwalk suspended above the swirling waters of the Iguassu River. View the water pouring down Devil's Throat Falls, then board an open-air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the mighty cascades. We journey to Buenos Aires.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:InterContinental Buenos Aires
  7. Our day together is spent on a paseo through the wide boulevards of this beautiful capital in the company of a Local Specialist. This evening, linger over a delicious regional Meal of Argentine Asado and dive into culture watching talented Tango dancers.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  8. Get under the skin of Buenos Aires today—a full day to pursue your own interests in the 'Paris of South America.' Consider an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch)—a unique opportunity to meet the local gauchos (cowboys). Tonight, we connect with locals, joining a local family in Palermo Soho for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner of delicious family dishes.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  9. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Buenos Aires.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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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.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Please Note: Yellow Fever

    We encourage our guests to consult a physician prior to travel to receive any vaccinations you may need. The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that anyone traveling to Brazil be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Because of current limitations in the availability of Yellow Fever vaccine in the United States, travelers may need to contact a Yellow Fever vaccine provider well in advance of travel.

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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 $995.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $99 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu Falls and Iguassu Falls-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM 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.

Passport: Guest passport information for flights is required at time of final payment.

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Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • 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
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Dive into Culture

  • Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil and the important role it plays in Rio's incredible Carnival. Experience the beauty of the Tango at a traditional milonga and learn about its traditions.

Connect with Locals

  • Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighborhood of Palermo Soho with its Spanish-style houses and hip attitude.

Local Specialist

  • For sightseeing on both sides of Iguassu Falls and in Buenos Aires

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery
  • See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach, the Casa Rosada
  • View Devil's Tower Falls
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Intra-Air Included

    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.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Please Note: Yellow Fever

    We encourage our guests to consult a physician prior to travel to receive any vaccinations you may need. The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that anyone traveling to Brazil be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Because of current limitations in the availability of Yellow Fever vaccine in the United States, travelers may need to contact a Yellow Fever vaccine provider well in advance of travel.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Intra-Air Included

    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.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Please Note: Yellow Fever

    We encourage our guests to consult a physician prior to travel to receive any vaccinations you may need. The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that anyone traveling to Brazil be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Because of current limitations in the availability of Yellow Fever vaccine in the United States, travelers may need to contact a Yellow Fever vaccine provider well in advance of travel.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil and Argentina 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.

  • The currency in Brazil is the real and in Argentina is the peso. 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 in Brazil and Argentina. 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.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out at restaurants on your trip 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 24 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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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Intra-Air Included

    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.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Please Note: Yellow Fever

    We encourage our guests to consult a physician prior to travel to receive any vaccinations you may need. The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that anyone traveling to Brazil be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Because of current limitations in the availability of Yellow Fever vaccine in the United States, travelers may need to contact a Yellow Fever vaccine provider well in advance of travel.

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.

Rio De Janeiro

Santa Teresa Walking Tour

Adult Price: $44.00 | Child Price: $31.00

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 is approximately 3.5 hours. Gratuity Included. (Minimum 6 Guests)

Rio De Janeiro

Visit To A Favela

Adult Price: $38.00 | Child Price: $21.00

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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included.

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

Adult Price: $51.00 | Child Price: $26.00

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 2.5 hours.

Iguassu Falls

Macuco Safari

Adult Price: $142.00 | Child Price: $75.00

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 is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity Included.

Buenos Aires

Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch

Adult Price: $160.00 | Child Price: $160.00

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. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)

Buenos Aires

Tigre Delta

Adult Price: $69.00 | Child Price: $69.00

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 is approximately 4 hours.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Intra-Air Included

    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.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Please Note: Yellow Fever

    We encourage our guests to consult a physician prior to travel to receive any vaccinations you may need. The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that anyone traveling to Brazil be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Because of current limitations in the availability of Yellow Fever vaccine in the United States, travelers may need to contact a Yellow Fever vaccine provider well in advance of travel.

BRAZILIAN AMAZON

Glide upstream through the rainforests of Brazil in search of lone tapirs, grunting capybaras, and the giant anaconda. Witness the Rio Negro merge spectacularly with the pale sandy waters of the Solimões—a Meeting of Waters that creates the mighty Amazon. 

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

Day 1: Arrive Manaus
Fly to Manaus, Brazil (not included in vacation price on pre-trip extension), where you'll gain insights into the city's golden age during a city tour to the iconic Palacio Rio Negro, the floating harbor and vibrant Mercado Municipal. 
Hotel: Quality Hotel Manaus

Day 2: Manaus - Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge (2 Nights)
See the murky waters of the Rio Negro merge with the brown water of the Solimões, then consider an optional canoe trip down a smaller tributary. Later, we transfer to our lodge on the banks of the Rio Taruma. 
Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Amazon ECOPARK Jungle Lodge

Day 3: Amazon Exploration
Embark on a guided walk, keeping a keen eye out for shy capybara or the giant anaconda. Next, we'll immerse ourselves in the culture, rituals and heritage of the native Amazonians before dinner at our lodge.
Full breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amazon - Manaus - Rio de Janeiro
Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabilitation center and wildlife refuge. Then return to Manaus Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, where you will join 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 (not included in trip price on post-trip extension). Airport arrival will be at 11 a.m.; please be aware when booking your flights.
Full Breakfast

2019 Pricing

From $1,075 Per Person twin share
$25 Triple Room Discount
From $175 Single Supplement

Land and Intra Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Manaus-Rio de Janeiro (pre-extension) or Rio de Janeiro-Manaus (post-extension), and require purchase of the Impressions of South America, South America Revealed, South America Landscapes or Icons of South America vacation and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM 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.

Please note that when booking this package as a pre-extension. we recommend you purchase an extra night in Manaus on arrival 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. 

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Intra-Air Included

    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.

  • Important Visa Information

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

  • Please Note: Yellow Fever

    We encourage our guests to consult a physician prior to travel to receive any vaccinations you may need. The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that anyone traveling to Brazil be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Because of current limitations in the availability of Yellow Fever vaccine in the United States, travelers may need to contact a Yellow Fever vaccine provider well in advance of travel.

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