Cruising South America with Pre Easter Island (1712)

23 Day Tour from Santiago to Buenos Aires

2019 Tour Details

Your affordable South America vacation and cruise begins with a night in Santiago, followed by a three-night stay on Chile’s captivating Easter Island. You’ll explore this largest of open-air museums—home to more than 400 moais, ruins, and temples. Take in this spectacular setting to witness the mysterious creation of gigantic carvings by an ancient civilization. This incredible trip through South America’s legendary and beloved locations is perfect for the budget-minded adventurer in all of us! This affordable journey continues with a cruise through some of the continent’s most stunning destinations in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay with ports of call including Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands. Your odyssey carries you to Patagonia’s Lake District with some of the Earth’s most breathtaking scenery. Other once-in-a-lifetime adventures include your journey to Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel—named after the first ship to explore the region. You’ll cruise the Strait of Magellan through the Chilean fjords, passing icebergs, glaciers, and Andean peaks, and around Cape Horn at the end of the world—where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. You’ll see stunning landscapes of the Falklands with penguins on shore of the coastal town of Port Stanley and the wildlife of the gateway to remote environments and Argentine Patagonia. Arrive in Buenos Aires to enjoy colorful culture and cuisine. Adventure awaits on this affordable South America cruise vacation!

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 Tour Highlights

SANTIAGO
Guided sightseeing, visit Santiago Cathedral
EASTER ISLAND
Two days of guided sightseeing; Visits to Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Anakena, Rano Kau, Orongo, Ahu Vinapu, Ana Kai Tagata, Ahu Akivi, and Puna Pau
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE CRUISE
14-night South America cruise
BUENOS AIRES
Guided sightseeing, visit Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery; Tango show and dinner
EASTER ISLAND
Two days of guided sightseeing; Visits to Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Anakena, Rano Kau, Orongo, Ahu Vinapu, Ana Kai Tagata, Ahu Akivi, and Puna Pau

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

  • Rapa Nui National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

22 breakfast, 14 lunches, 15 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 SANTIAGO

Welcome to the capital of Chile! Santiago, Chile’s scenic capital between the Pacific and the Andes. With a coastline more than 2,650 miles long, Chile is more than 10 times longer than wide. It has a distinctly European flavor accented with Latin flair, making Santiago one of South America’s most sophisticated and modern cities. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Local Host, who will help you check into your hotel.

Day 2 SANTIAGO–EASTER ISLAND

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

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Day 3 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. 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 (stone ceremonial platforms). Last stop is the beach of ANAKENA, where King Hotu Matu’a first landed on Rapa Nui.

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Day 4 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. At 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.

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Day 5 EASTER ISLAND–SANTIAGO

Fly to Santiago where you will be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival to the hotel, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check-in.

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Day 6 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-rich CATHEDRAL. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening, consider the optional Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show.

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Day 7 SANTIAGO - VALPARAISO (EMBARKATION)

Enjoy a free day exploring Santiago before transferring to Valparaiso to board the Norwegian Sun where you will begin an unforgettable cruise around South America.

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Day 8 CRUISING: AT SEA

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Day 9 CRUISING: PUERTO MONTT

Wake up in Patagonia’s Lake District and the town of Puerto Montt with its Bavarian feel. Options today include a visit to Lago Todos los Santos to see waterfalls, breathtaking scenery, and Osorno Volcano.

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Day 10 CRUISING: PUERTO CHACABUCO

Arrive in northern Patagonian Puerto Chacabuco where Sculptured icebergs, soaring fjords and Andean peaks are all around you. This tiny town is truly and untouched settlement that is surrounded by pristine and rugged views of the Andes Mountains and massive glaciers. Perhaps opt to visit Rio Simpson National Reserve for light hiking and possible wildlife viewing.

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Day 11 CRUISING: CHILEAN FJORDS & PATAGONIA CHANNELS

Today finds you in the isolated and remote Chilean fjords with a relaxing passage through some of nature’s most exciting creations offering vistas of azure waters and glaciers around lesser known fjords.

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Day 12 CRUISING: STRAIT OF MAGELLAN

Bring binoculars and take a seat with a view for our majestic passage through the Strait of Magellan which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Named after Ferdinand Magellan who was the first European to sail the 350-mile long channel, the Strait of Magellan was once a major shipping channel prior to the Panama Canal’s completion in 1914.

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Day 13 CRUISING: PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE

From the original name "Sandy Point," this southernmost capital city in Chile had its humble beginnings as sparse penal colony near the Straits of Magellan. Today, Punta Arenas’ prosperity is fed by its strategic location as a gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula and wool industry.

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Day 14 CRUISING: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA & BEAGLE CHANNEL

Arrive in the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, located on the island of Tierra del Fuego. Once a secluded outpost and penal colony, today Ushuaia is a thriving community for timber, fishing, and tourism. You may opt to visit nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park before cruising the Beagle Channel this afternoon. The channel is named after the HMS Beagle which was the first ship to explore the area and had among its crew a then unknown naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin.

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Day 15 CRUISING: CAPE HORN

Grab your camera and a great seat on deck for cruising around the world famous Cape Horn at the “end of the world” where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet at the southern tip of South America.

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Day 16 CRUISING: PORT STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS

Arrive in the capital of the Falkland Islands—Port Stanley—an off-the-beaten-path coastal town with stunning landscapes. This quaint city may be home to a small population, but it’s big on things to see and do. Consider visiting the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost cathedral in the world, or the Historic Dockyard Museum. Perhaps, spend free time on the lookout for penguins near the shore.

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Day 17 CRUISING: AT SEA

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Day 18 CRUISING: PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA

Puerto Madryn is a gateway to remote wildlife preserves and Argentine Patagonia. If you want to see wildlife, go to the Punta Tombo Nature Reserve where a large colony of Magellan penguins can be found.

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Day 19 CRUISING: AT SEA

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Day 20 CRUISING: MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

Resting on the southernmost point of the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay's capital is a charming city. Perhaps tour the Establecimiento Juanico winery with buildings dating back to 1849, wander the Plaza Independencia or take in the scenery at Estancia La Rabida.

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Day 21 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (DISEMBARKATION)

Disembark your ship today in Buenos Aires. This cosmopolitan city with a great European cultural influence has managed to preserve its old traditions and charming corners. Continue to the hotel where you will have the remainder of the day at leisure.

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Day 22 BUENOS AIRES

Begin your Buenos Aires CITY TOUR with a drive on the widest avenue in the world, 9 de Julio, passing the famous Colon Theatre, Plaza de Mayo, La Casa Rosada (the President’ s Pink House), and the first City Hall, which was built during Spanish rule. Visit the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass when he was Cardinal of Buenos Aires. Also see the mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina’s national hero. Stop in San Telmo to explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires before continuing to La Boca with its colorful Caminito Street. End today’s tour in the glamourous Recoleta district, home to elegant boutiques, distinguished restaurants, and RECOLETA CEMETERY. See one of the most impressive monuments in Argentina, the mausoleum of Eva Perón, also known as Evita. Tonight, enjoy dinner and drinks before your professional TANGO SHOW begins.

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Day 23 BUENOS AIRES

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

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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.

FERNANDO BORDALLO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, I speak English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. I became a Tour Director in 1986, and I love my work. It's so great to see guests engage with the diversity of South American countries -their traditions and contrasts. I love sharing the history of these countries, watching the group interact during the trip, and knowing I play a fundamental role in the success of the trip.

Tour Director - FERNANDO BORDALLO

 Accommodations

Santiago
Easter Island
Buenos Aires

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Santiago
Buenos Aires

Santiago

Chilean Folkloric Show & Dinner

Chilean Folkloric Show & Dinner

Enjoy a lively folklore show of Chilean music and dance along with a four-course dinner.

Price Range: $$

Undurraga Winery

Undurraga Winery

Visit Undurraga Winery, where a local guide demonstrates how Chile's world-famous wine is produced.

Price Range: $$

Concha y Toro Winery

Concha y Toro Winery

Take a tour of Concha y Toro Winery, one of the largest exporters of wines in Chile, and their vineyards.

Price Range: $$$

Buenos Aires

Tigre & Delta Cruise

Tigre & Delta Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the innumerable channels of the Tigre Delta to see some of the hundreds of islands just outside of Buenos Aires.

Price Range: $$

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