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Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Brazil's Amazon & Easter Island (1109) - 2015

19 Day Tour from Manaus to Santiago


Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Brazils Amazon & Easter Island
A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon
A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon
At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the Presidents Pink House
View of stunning Rio de Janeiro
The expansive Tigre River runs along the outskirts of Buenos Aires
Iguassu Falls will captivate you
Stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, which includes graves of some of the most influential people in Argentina
See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon
Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires
Rio de Janeiro is on a strip of Brazils Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn, where the shoreline is oriented east–west
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Venture to the wondrous Brazilian Amazon, discover some of South America’s greatest cities at a leisurely pace: Rio, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, then visit small but significant Easter Island. Starting in Manaus, your Amazon adventure takes you to a local market and on a cruise along the Rio Negro to the Meeting of the Waters, where light and dark waters come together but never blend, showing a drastic contrast between these two great bodies of water. A monkey reserve and a visit to a local village to meet the residents who still make their life on the banks of the river will provide a full experience in the Amazon.

Then, on to South America’s great cities! 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 the 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 major highlight on this journey is a visit to Iguassu Falls in between your two city stays. It truly is one of the most spectacular sights on Earth. 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 South American journey with three nights on Easter Island, an unspoiled island full of remarkable and mysterious sculptures and formations more than 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile. You’ll have the chance to explore and marvel at the strange and beautiful caves, moai sculptures, and the island’s volcano.

From vibrant cities to scenic beauty, and the highlights of Iguassu Falls and Easter Island, this vacation to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile will leave you with vacation memories you’ll cherish for life.

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Sightseeing:
In Manaus, Brazil’s Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Easter Island

Scenic Highlights:
Brazil’s Amazon, Corcovado, Brazilian & Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery, Tango Show, and Easter Island

Guides:

Naturalist in the Amazon, Local Guides for sightseeing in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Easter Island; services of a professional Tour Director.


Day 1Manaus, Brazil

Welcome to the capital of the Amazonas region. Located in the dense Amazon Jungle area, Manaus preserves images of its opulent past and is still a major port—even 1,000 miles inland! Meet your guide at 2 pm for a city tour featuring sites from Manaus’ glorious past. See the downtown area; visit the famous OPERA HOUSE, completed in 1896 after 15 years of construction, and a LOCAL MARKET humming with locals selling anything from fruit to rubber.

Day 2Manaus–Amazon Jungle

Floating past the clustered huts of locals living on the banks of the river, cruise down the Rio Negro to the MEETING OF THE WATERS. Marvel at the confluence of the dark-colored Rio Negro and the light chocolate-colored Rio Solimões, where the two rivers come together to form the mighty Amazon. For four miles, these two bodies of water flow side by side before they mix together. Later, disembark at a JUNGLE ISLAND (water level permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna. This afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazonian rainforest. (B,L,D)

Day 3Amazon Jungle

Enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys and reintroduce them to the jungle. This evening, venture back out on canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night and look for small alligators (and other night creatures). (B,L,D)

Day 4Amazon Jungle–Rio De Janeiro

This morning, depart the Ecopark for a flight to Rio. (B)

Day 5Rio De Janeiro

Today, enjoy free time in Rio, 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. (B)

Day 6Rio 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 7Rio 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 8Rio 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 9Iguassu 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 10Iguassu 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 11Buenos 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 12Buenos 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 13Buenos 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 14Santiago

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 15Santiago

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 16Santiago–Easter Island

Today, board a flight for Easter Island, considered the largest open-air museum and boasting over 400 moais, ruins, and temples. (B)

Day 17Easter Island

Your first stop is AHU VAIHU, where eight large moais lie in ruins, followed by AHU AKAHANGA, said to be the site where bones of the first king of Easter Island (Hotu Matua) were buried. Next up, RANO RARAKU, where 95% of all moai were carved and you will find 394 statues remaining in various stages of completion. It seems as if production was abruptly abandoned, leaving a frozen snapshot of time. Next, visit the beautifully restored AHU TONGARIKI, the largest platform on the island with its 15 moai. See AHU TE PITO KURA, the largest moai ever transported and erected onto an Ahu. Last stop is the beach of ANAKENA, where King Hotu Matu’a first landed on Rapa Nui. (B,L)

Day 18Easter Island

Visit RANO KAU, the second-oldest volcano on the island with a freshwater lake in its caldera. Continue to the ceremonial village of ORONGO, to see the restored houses from the 16th Century. In AHU VINAPU see the fallen remains of the broken moai - the figures here are slightly different and have short legs. Next stop is ANA KAI TAGATA, a beautiful cave with wall paintings depicting the Manutara bird. This afternoon, visit AHU AKIVI, with seven restored moais built in the middle of the island. According to legend, these statues represent the seven scouts sent to Rapa Nui by King Hotu Matu’a. Finally, visit the PUNA PAU topknot-quarry where all the Pukaos that were placed on top of the moais were made. (B)

Day 19Easter Island–Santiago

Fly to Santiago for your connections to your homebound flight. Please schedule international flights after 10 pm. (B)

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring; travel by boat to Amazon lodge


MANAUS Tropical Manaus (MD)
AMAZON LODGE Ecopark Jungle Lodge (BA)
RIO DE JANEIRO Windsor Plaza Copacabana (F)
IGUASSU FALLS Recanto Park (F)
BUENOS AIRES Dazzler Maipu (F)
SANTIAGO Atton Vitacura (F)
EASTER ISLAND Hotel Otai (MF)

18 breakfasts, 3 lunch, 6 dinners

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