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Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Peru (1105) - 2015

20 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Lima


Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Peru
Iguassu Falls will captivate you
Iguassu Falls will captivate you
Rio de Janeiro is on a strip of Brazils Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn, where the shoreline is oriented east–west
Christ the Redeemer crowns Corcovado Mountain
View of stunning Rio de Janeiro
The “Lost City of the Incas”
Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru
Stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires
Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Get a well-balanced sample of the best of South America with this tour to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, and finish it off with a visit to the continent’s top destination: Peru. You’ll have plenty of free time in each city to explore and experience the varied restaurants, shops, and optional excursions of Rio, Buenos Aires, and Santiago. In Rio, view the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain; sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail; catch a Samba show; and enjoy famous Copacabana Beach for endless people watching! While in Buenos Aires, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried, and learn how at the age of 33 she was declared the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation.” You’ll also be able to witness a Tango show here, the world’s most sensuous dance, in a city where romance permeates the air. Santiago lends itself to an impressive city tour, a place of surprising art and culture set against the stunning Andes Mountains. The city is packed with local parks and things to do, but it’s also not far from fantastic wineries and the acclaimed towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.

A highlight on this journey is your visit to Iguassu Falls. See the impressive falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. Brazil’s view takes you through clouds of mist and the opportunity to see these 275 falls, spanning nearly two miles! Argentina’s side allows you to walk along the boardwalk network and embark on a jungle train through the forest for unforgettable views. Hear the deafening roar and admire the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray, and take in the majesty of this wonder of the world. Finish your vacation by heading north to Peru, where a city stay in Lima reveals the colonial heritage of Peruvians, then you’ll venture to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco—some of the most stunning and mystical places on Earth. Glimpse the ancient history and culture, and enjoy the unique opportunity to stay overnight in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, where you’ll have two included entrances to the site, and Cusco.

This experience of South America’s greatest cities, the wonder of Iguassu Falls, and a visit to Peru’s Machu Picchu is provided to the fullest on this extraordinary tour that will generate stories you can tell for years to come.

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Sightseeing:
In Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco

Scenic Highlights:
Corcovado, Brazilian & Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery, Tango Show, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu

Guides:

Local Guides for sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco; services of a professional Tour Director.


Day 1Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to white-sand beaches and host to the upcoming Summer Olympics in 2016! Settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free time exploration.

Day 2Rio De Janeiro

Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beaches. Take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colorful communities that nearly 25% of the people call home. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at a local churrascaria, serving prime meats, seafood, and fish. (B,D)

Day 3Rio De Janeiro

A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II. Tonight, opt for a fun outing to see a Samba show highlighting the Brazilian Samba and its dazzling costumes. (B)

Day 4Rio De Janeiro–Iguassu Falls

A morning flight takes you to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Journey to the Brazilian side of the FALLS to see the mammoth series of 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 250 feet deep. Walk into Devil’s Throat Canyon, where the clouds of mist, thundering roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you—an unforgettable experience! (B,D)

Day 5Iguassu Falls

Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of the FALLS. Begin with a short ride on the open-air ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN through the rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls to see the water crashing down into the Devil’s Throat. Your afternoon is free to explore, or you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of indigenous birds as well as flora from the area. (B)

Day 6Iguassu Falls–Buenos Aires, Argentina

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarizes you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafés, and charming shops. (B)

Day 7Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city’s landmarks, including the Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also visit San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhoods, and RECOLETA CEMETERY, where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous TANGO SHOW. (B,D)

Day 8Buenos Aires

Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys), as well as traditional dance performances and a barbecue lunch. (B)

Day 9Buenos Aires–Santiago, Chile

Fly over the majestic Andes to Santiago, Chile’s scenic capital between the Pacific and the Andes. With a coastline over 2,650 miles long, Chile is more than 10 times longer than wide. With a distinctly European flavor accented with Latin flare, Santiago is one of South America's most sophisticated and modern cities. (B)

Day 10Santiago

Your guided city tour introduces you to Santiago—the country’s political, commercial, and cultural capital. View La Moneda Government Palace and San Cristobal Hill with its landmark statue of the Virgin Mary. Also see Club Hipico, one of the most renowned horseracing tracks in South America. Your tour ends at the city’s main square, Plaza de Armas, with a visit to the relic-filled CATHEDRAL. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening, consider the optional Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show. (B)

Day 11Santiago

Today, enjoy a day at leisure. A trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar is highly recommended. A leisurely drive through the countryside and vineyards delivers you to Valparaiso, a city of 42 hills and the inspiration of many artists and poets. On to the chic seaside resort of Viña del Mar, full of unusual architecture and beautiful gardens. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your exciting Latin American vacation. (B,D)

Day 12Santiago–Lima

Board a flight for Lima, Peru. (B)

Day 13Lima

Sightseeing today focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage. Visit the 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and the Cathedral where Pizarro’s remains are buried.(B,D)

Day 14Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of Camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. Continue to your hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)

Day 15Sacred Valley

Visit the village of OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest. Next, visit a LOCAL INCA HOME to see life in a traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with an infamous INDIAN MARKET - a great place to buy souvenirs! (B)

Day 16Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

Board the VISTADOME train that cuts a path through the Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the town closest to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Ascend the mountainside to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the ruins dating back to the 15th century. (B,L,D)

Day 17Machu Picchu–Cusco

This morning use your included second entrance to MACHU PICCHU to see the ruins at your own pace. Later, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire. The remainder of your day free to relax. (B)

Day 18Cusco

A guided sightseeing tour of Cusco focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicenter of the Incas. Visit SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY and the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas, which houses a magnificent collection of artwork. Continue to the hillside overlooking Cusco for a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Also see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco. (B,D)

Day 19Cusco–Lima

A short flight brings you back to Lima. Transfer to your hotel, and enjoy time to explore the city. (B)

Day 20Lima

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.


RIO DE JANEIRO Windsor Plaza Copacabana (F)
IGUASSU FALLS Recanto Park (F)
BUENOS AIRES Dazzler Maipu (F)
SANTIAGO Atton Vitacura (F)
LIMA San Agustin Exclusive (F)
SACRED VALLEY Hotel Inkallpa (F)
MACHU PICCHU El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu (F)
CUSCO Jose Antonio Cusco (F)

19 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners

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