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

19 Day Tour from Brazil's Amazon to Santiago

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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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, and Santiago. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, and Santiago; services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Corcovado, Brazilian & Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls, La Boca, Recoleta Cemetery, Tango show, and San Cristobal Hill.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Iguazu National Park
  • Rapa Nui National Park

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Manaus, 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 2 Manaus–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.

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Day 3 Amazon 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).

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Day 4 Amazon Jungle–Rio de Janeiro

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

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Day 5 Rio de Janeiro

Today, enjoy free time in Rio, then join Day 1 of your vacation and meet your Tour Director.

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Day 6 Rio 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 infamous 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. Following dinner, perhaps opt for a fun outing to see a Samba show highlighting the Brazilian Samba and its dazzling costumes.

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Day 7 Rio 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.

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Day 8 Rio 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!

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Day 9 Iguassu 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.

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Day 10 Iguassu 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.

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Day 11 Buenos 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.

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Day 12 Buenos 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.

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Day 13 Buenos 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.

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Day 14 Santiago

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.

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Day 15 Santiago

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.

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Day 16 Santiago–Easter Island

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

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Day 17 Easter 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 Matu’a) 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 on an Ahu. Last stop is the beach of ANAKENA, where King Hotu Matu’a first landed on Rapa Nui.

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Day 18 Easter 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19 Easter Island–Santiago

Fly to Santiago for connections to your homebound flight. The flight from Easter Island arrives in Santiago late this evening and may require a post night in Santiago, depending on international flight schedules. Please check the flight schedule before booking your international flight.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JOSE ANTONIO DO VALLE CORDEIRO

Years of Experience: 11

Born in Rio de Janeiro, being a Tour Director is not just a dream job, it is my passion. Whether I'm revealing a famous sight or a hidden treasure to my guests, or simply helping them plan their day, it is my passion to help people discover more about Brazil and South America. I like to share my stories, experience, and knowledge with guests so that they can get a real insider's point of view.

Tour Director - JOSE ANTONIO DO VALLE CORDEIRO

 Accommodations

MANAUS Tropical Manaus (MD),
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)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls
Buenos Aires
Santiago

Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour
Favela Tour

Favela Tour

The Favela Tour reveals the way of life for around 20% of Rio's population. It changes the general idea that favelas are simply no-go areas dominated by criminals only, and opens a new perspective of Rio society. It is a tour to understand the city, its contrasts and paradoxes. The tour takes you to the community of Vila Canoas, with around 2.500 people, and Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil, having around 85,000 people. Both are placed within the rich neighborhood of Sao Conrado. In Vila Canoas, walk through the narrow alleyways and get a good idea of its social initiatives that are also part of many Rio favelas. Once in Rocinha, the contrasts are more evident as much as we go higher and deeper inside. Visits include the community school, commercial center, and handicraft center. Its huge dimensions, wide variety of commerce and breathtaking view from the top is certainly impressive for any visitor.

Approximate value: $43 USD per person

Petropolis
Petropolis

Petropolis

A drive through the outskirts of Rio, up the Serra dos Orgaos on a winding, scenic road through the Atlantic Rain Forest will take you to the 'Imperial City of Petropolis', 810 m (2,660 ft) above sea level. We will visit the museum at the summer palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and the Cathedral with the tomb of the Emperor and his wife. You will see the highlights of this charming city, such as the 'Crystal Palace', mansions and buildings from imperial and modern times.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

Samba Show
Samba Show

Samba Show

Enjoy a lively and colorful extravaganza of wonderful costumes, dancers, and the hot beat of the Brazilian samba rhythm, featuring more than a hundred artists. The final apotheosis is a memorable display of dazzling costumes used in Carnival parades throughout Brazil.

Approximate value: $78 USD per person

Sugar Loaf
Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf

Travel to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. You'll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point over 1,000 feet high offering beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands as well as Corcovado Mountain. The second cable car takes you to the top at 1,300 feet where you will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niteroi.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park
Bird Park

Bird Park

The Bird Park, near Iguassu Falls, offers visitors the opportunity to spot birds up close is their native rainforest environment. Huge aviaries are home to over 900 tropical birds of 150 species. On a walking tour learn about the various birds found here and the ongoing effort to protect and conserve these native birds. Among other attractions, there is a butterfly aviary, hummingbird aviaries, and a reptile sector with caimans and snakes.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

Buenos Aires

Fiesta Gaucha
Fiesta Gaucha

Fiesta Gaucha

In Argentina ranches dedicated to cattle breeding and to growing grains are called Estancias. Today, enjoy a complete day at and estancia in the pampas, where Buenos Aires ends and home to the gauchos! This full-day excursion is an ideal opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of rural life and a colorful feast in the heart of the pampas. Lunch includes world-renowned Argentine beef and live entertainment by gauchos in their native costumes. After lunch, the folklore show will began with its music and dances. The day will end with demonstration of typical activities at an estancia: regional games on horseback such as the "carrera de sortijas", where two teams gallop at full tilt under a wooden arch and try to pass a pin through a small ring hanging from the arch.

Approximate value: $144 USD per person

Santiago

Chilean Folkloric Show & Dinner
Chilean Folkloric Show & Dinner

Chilean Folkloric Show & Dinner

Enjoy a spectacular drive through illuminated downtown Santiago before reaching a restaurant popular among the locals. After a sumptuous four-course dinner, relax and enjoy a lively folklore show of Chilean music and dance.

Approximate value: $104 USD per person

Undurraga Winery
Undurraga Winery

Undurraga Winery

Crossing the suburbs of the southern area of Santiago, this half-day tour proceeds to the famous Undurraga Winery, where a local guide demonstrates how Chile's world-famous wine is produced.

Approximate value: $53 USD per person

Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar
Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar

Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar

A short drive through the rolling hills of Chile's Curacavi Valley leads to Valparaiso, a picturesque seaport that has long been an inspiration for poets and artists. Then on to Vina del Mar, a modern resort renowned for its lovely gardens.

Approximate value: $56 USD per person

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