South America Getaway with Amazon, Santiago & Easter Island (SBY2)

19 days from Manaus to Santiago

2019 Tour Details

On this vacation to South America, discover the Amazon Jungle, three of the great cities in South America—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Santiago—and Easter Island, an impressive and mysteriously isolated retreat in the Pacific Ocean. For an once-in-a-lifetime thrill you’ll visit the Amazon Jungle and cruise along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers forming the Amazon meet. Watch for the captivating native flora and fauna. Also visit a rehabilitation center for primates and see spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys.

After your wildlife expedition in the Amazon, visit Rio de Janeiro—sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail; visit the Christ the Redeemer statue; experience a Samba show; and walk on famous Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. In Buenos Aires, learn to dance the Tango; see the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried, and hear about her fascinating life. In Santiago, step back into the 16th century as you trace the city’s colonial history and heritage. Santiago sits with the snowcapped Andes Mountains as a backdrop, and it offers lovely cafés, shops, and attractions. Finally, be amazed by Easter Island, one of the most isolated islands on Earth. By about 300 AD, a small group of Polynesian seafarers settled on the island, and they began carving the hundreds of giant stone head statues—called moai—that still pepper the island. You’ll have an opportunity to see the moai as well as visit the volcano and caves.

A trip highlight is Iguassu Falls, one of the most spectacular sights on Earth. Meaning “Big Water” in the local dialect, there are 275 falls that cover a distance of over a mile and a half. A photograph cannot accurately portray this breathtaking sight—you must experience it for yourself! Hear the deafening roar and admire the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray.

These are just some of the many highlights on this amazing tour. From vibrant cities and scenic beauty to the Andes Mountains and secluded mystery of Easter Island, all accompanied by a fascinating visit to the Amazon, this vacation to South America is the opportunity of a lifetime.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

BRAZILIAN AMAZON
Guided city sightseeing; “Meeting of the Waters” cruise; visit the Manaus Opera House, a local market, a jungle island, monkey jungle reserve, and native Amazon village; guided canoe rides and jungle walks

RIO DE JANEIRO
Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain and [LF] Sugar Loaf cocktail party; welcome dinner; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; Samba show and churrascaria dinner

IGUASSU FALLS
Sightseeing with a Local Guide on both sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle Train

BUENOS AIRES
Walking tour; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery; [LF] empanada cooking class; [LF] Tango lesson & show; farewell dinner; [LF] visit a local estancia

SANTIAGO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide

EASTER ISLAND
Two days of sightseeing with a Local Guide

Headsets throughout the tour

Notes:

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 8 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner and a churrascaria dinner with Samba show in Rio, and a Tango and farewell dinner show in Buenos Aires

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

Arrive in Manaus, Brazil. After arriving at your hotel, meet for guided sightseeing of Manaus to view vestiges of its glory days during the rubber boom. Visit the OPERA HOUSE and a bustling LOCAL MARKET.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Manaus–Amazon Jungle. Today your “Meeting of the Waters” tour passes the British-built Customs House and floating port. CRUISE along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! Explore a JUNGLE ISLAND (water levels permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna before arriving at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge in the Amazon rainforest. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Amazon Jungle. Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, sail up the river to an AMAZON VILLAGE to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. 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 a canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot caimans (or other night creatures). (B,L,D)

Day 4

Amazon Jungle–Rio de Janeiro. This morning, depart the Ecopark for a flight to Rio for an overnight.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Rio de Janeiro. Today is free in Rio until meeting your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches to the base of 1,300-foot-high SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor spectacular vistas of the city. Next, [LF] toast the start of a memorable vacation from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome cocktail party. Cap off the evening with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy a day of leisure or consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Rio de Janeiro. Today, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN, a rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below. Take the scenic cog railway ride to its top, where a 360-degree panorama affords sweeping views. Proceed to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and visit the CATHEDRAL. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional trip into a local favela to see where 20% of Rio’s population lives. Visits include a community center and a school. This evening, it’s off to a CHURRASCARIA for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style. Later, experience a SAMBA SHOW, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

Rio de Janeiro–Iguassu Falls. A flight from Rio takes you to IGUASSU FALLS. Experience the clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth that make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Spend the afternoon enjoying the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour, with some cataracts as high as 250 feet—it's nothing short of hypnotic!
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Iguassu Falls. Today, journey to the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS, where you will take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and enjoy a closer perspective on a walking tour of the falls. Meander along the walkways from atop the falls, and enjoy an exhilarating perspective looking over the precipice of the falls as the water plunges to the rocks below. You will also have the chance to walk through the rainforest on the lower falls trails that will bring you up close to some of the smaller falls. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

Iguassu Falls–Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today, fly to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Buenos Aires. Your sightseeing starts in La Boca, a colorful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Peron. Next, learn how to make a traditional Argentinean dish during your [LF] EMPANADA COOKING CLASS. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a [LF] DANCE LESSON, followed by farewell dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango!
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

Buenos Aires. Excursion to the Pampas. Today, head into the heart of the pampas (grasslands) and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of rural, country life at a working ARGENTINE ESTANCIA (ranch). After a traditional welcome with empanadas and local beverages, get acquainted with the lifestyle of real gauchos (cowboys) on a horseback ride or carriage ride through the pampas. Later, at lunch, enjoy a colorful feast, complete with world-renowned Argentine beef, salad, desserts, local wine, and live music and dance by the gauchos themselves. Top off the day with a horsemanship show by the gauchos before saying adios to the countryside and heading back to the city. (B,L)

Day 13

Buenos Aires–Santiago, Chile. Fly over the Andes to Santiago, Chile’s capital, where you will be met at the airport by a Globus representative. This country is more than 10 times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

Santiago. Step back into the 16th century as your Local Guide traces the city’s history and heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, before visiting the Plaza de Armas, the main square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. This evening, consider the optional Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

Santiago. Today is free to explore on your own or to take an optional excursion to the beautiful coastal region west of Santiago. Drive through the hills of Chile’s wine country to the port of Valparaiso, then along the coast to Viña del Mar. This chic seaside resort with palm tree-lined avenues and lovely villas truly deserves the sobriquet “Pearl of the Pacific.”
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

Santiago–Easter Island. Fly from Santiago to Easter Island, considered the world’s largest open-air museum.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

Easter Island. Two full days of sightseeing with a Local Guide on Easter Island include visits to the major Ahus of AHU VAIHU, AHU AKAHANGA, AHU TONGARIKI, TE PITO KURA, AHU VINAPU, and AHU AKIVI. Also visit the two volcanoes of RANO RARAKU and RANO KAU, the village of ORONGO, topknot-quarry PUNA PAU, as well as caves that were once inhabited. For a full description, please visit our website. (B , L on Day 17)

Day 18

Easter Island. Two full days of sightseeing with a Local Guide on Easter Island include visits to the major Ahus of AHU VAIHU, AHU AKAHANGA, AHU TONGARIKI, TE PITO KURA, AHU VINAPU, and AHU AKIVI. Also visit the two volcanoes of RANO RARAKU and RANO KAU, the village of ORONGO, topknot-quarry PUNA PAU, as well as caves that were once inhabited. For a full description, please visit our website. (B , L on Day 17)

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, 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 CORDEIRO

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"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 CORDEIRO

 Accommodations

BRAZILIAN AMAZON

ECOPARK JUNGLE LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
Best Available
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Inside the Amazon Jungle on the Rio Negro, enjoy daily excursions to learn about the flora, fauna, and indigenous tribes. Rooms feature private facilities and air-conditioning.

BUENOS AIRES

SHERATON BUENOS AIRES HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

EASTER ISLAND

HANGAROA ECO VILLAGE & SPA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

IGUASSU FALLS

WISH RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MANAUS

HOTEL BLUE TREE PREMIUM MANAUS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

RIO DE JANEIRO

SHERATON RIO HOTEL AND TOWERS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Beautifully situated along the well-known Ipanema Beach, this contemporary hotel boasts gorgeous views and extreme comfort. All 559 guestrooms are equipped with the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, private balcony overlooking the sea, mini-bar, cable television, air-conditioning, and room service. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, beauty salon, fitness center, sauna, business center, three restaurants, and two bars.

SANTIAGO

SHERATON SANTIAGO

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

This contemporary hotel is ideally located within minutes of some of the cities best shopping areas, restaurants, and sights. The hotel features three Chilean inspired restaurants, two bars, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, beauty salon, tennis court, gift shop, and medical services are also available.

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions 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).

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