South American Escape with Santiago (SBE) - 2014 / 2015

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12 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago


South American Escape with Santiago
Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
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
At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the Presidents Pink House
View of stunning Rio de Janeiro
Beautiful downtown Buenos Aires along the shores of the River Plate
Iguassu Falls will captivate you
Christ the Redeemer crowns Corcovado Mountain
Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Vacation Overview

Magnificent scenery, vibrant dances, cosmopolitan cuisine, friendly people, and awe-inspiring sights—all this and more await you on this wonderful vacation to South America! Discover three of the great cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Santiago—at a relaxed pace. In Rio, 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, dance the Tango; see the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried; and hear more about her 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. On this tour, you’ll have plenty of free time in each city to explore and experience the varied restaurants, shops, and optional excursions.

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 from this amazing tour. From the vibrant cities to the scenic beauty, this vacation to South America is an opportunity of a lifetime.

     
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RIO DE JANEIRO
Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain; 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 the Cemetery of the Recoleta; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tango lesson & show; farewell dinner

SANTIAGO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide

Headsets throughout the tour


DAY 1Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Welcome to South America’s largest and most populous country. This afternoon, meet 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, toast the start of a memorable vacation at a local restaurant with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail. Cap off the evening with a welcome dinner. (Dinner)

Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro 
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DAY 2Rio 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 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, Dinner)

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer crowns Corcovado Mountain 
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DAY 3Rio de Janeiro

A day of leisure or you may wish to enjoy a Guanabara Bay cruise, offering spectacular views of Rio and its beaches. This afternoon, consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Rio 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, which is nothing short of hypnotic. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Iguassu Falls will captivate you 
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DAY 5Iguassu 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)

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DAY 6Iguassu 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)

The expansive Tigre River runs along the outskirts of Buenos Aires At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the President Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires Beautiful downtown Buenos Aires along the shores of the River Plate 
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DAY 7Buenos 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 the CEMETERY OF THE RECOLETA, burial site of Eva Peron. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DANCE LESSON, followed by 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, Dinner)

Stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires Colorful La Boca District in Buenos Aires 
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DAY 8Buenos Aires

Enjoy a full day at leisure, with an optional excursion to cruise the Tigre Delta. Drive through the northern district and outskirts of the city to get to Tigre, a charming resort where a great number of summer residences and yachting and rowing clubs concentrate the weekend activities of many locals. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the innumerable channels of the Paraná Delta to see some of the hundreds of islands covered with luxuriant vegetation. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Buenos Aires–Santiago, Chile

Fly over the Andes to Santiago, Chile’s capital. This country is more than 10 times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The beautiful skyline of Santiago at sunset Crops growing on the hillsides of the Andes 
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DAY 10Santiago

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)

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DAY 11Santiago

Today is free to explore on your own or 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 continue 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)

The shoreline of cultural Valparaiso, Chile 
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DAY 12Santiago

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 5 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


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.

FERNANDO CASARIEGO

Years of Experience: 21 years

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, I studied English in London, French in Paris, Italian in Siena, and Tourism with the focus on the American market in Rio de Janeiro. I have been a Tour Director for many years, and enjoy helping guests better understand the customs, cultures, and people. The friendships that are created within each group lead to an energy that revitalizes me, bringing happiness and satisfaction to the end of each tour.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the South American Escape with Santiago:

  • Iguassu Falls