South American Escape with Amazon & Santiago (SBY) - 2016 / 2017

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16 Day Tour from Manaus to Santiago

South American Escape with Amazon & Santiago
View of stunning Rio de Janeiro
View of stunning Rio de Janeiro
Amazon rain forest
A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon
Christ the Redeemer crowns Corcovado Mountain
Beautiful downtown Buenos Aires along the shores of the River Plate
See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon
Rio de Janeiro is on a strip of Brazils Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn, where the shoreline is oriented east–west
The expansive Tigre River runs along the outskirts of Buenos Aires
At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the Presidents Pink House

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.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

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 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: $73 USD per person

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

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

Portillo including lunch Today drive up to Portillo, situated at 9448 feet and 90 miles north of Santiago. On your way to Portillo you'll have a fantastic view of the Andes Mountains. Through the canyon of the Aconcagua River you'll reach Portillo, one of Chile's best-known ski resorts. Next to the Hotel Portillo you'll find the legendary Laguna del Inca, a blue shimmering lagoon that is 3.5 miles long and is surrounded on three sides by accessible mountain slopes. After lunch, return to Santiago.

Approximate value: $235 USD per person

Vina del Mar & Valparaiso with La Sebastiana Today enjoy a full-day trip to the cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. Arriving in the resort city of Vina del Mar, see the famous beaches of Salinas, Renaca, Los Lilenes and Concon. Admire the beautiful summer homes and restaurants that are spread out along the coast before taking the coastal highway to Valparaiso. Here, pass by the main square where you can view the monument honoring the Naval Battle fought in 1879 and see La Sebastiana, the house of Nobel Prize Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Enjoy spectacular views of the bay and Valparaiso's downtown district and its adjoining hills before returning to Santiago.

Approximate value: $181 USD per person

Vina Santa Ines Over 60 years ago a young Italian named Pietro De Martino Pascualone arrived in Chile, searching to satisfy his passion for wine. In his quest for the ideal location he decided upon the Maipo Valley with its excellent soils and perfect climate and in particular Isla de Maipo, which is located just 50 km from Santiago and the Andes Mountains and 50 km from the Pacific Ocean. Gathering knowledge accumulated by generations of winemaking with typical pioneering Italian spirit, the Santa Ines Vineyard was soon to gain a reputation for quality. Today the Santa Ines estate has expanded, increasing its original vineyard acreage, whilst always remaining a "Family Winery". This fiercely proud family tradition is enabling the wines of Santa Ines to compete amongst the best. Enjoy a tour of the production facility followed by a tasting the great quality wine.

Approximate value: $122 USD per person

Winery Tour - Vina Concha y Toro Depart from your hotel and drive to the Maipo Valley. In 1883, Don Melchor Concha y Toro brought in French vine stock from Bordeaux and contracted eminent French enologist, Monsieur de Labouchere, to prepare his first wines. Today, Vina Concha y Toro is one of the largest exporters of wines in Chile and has obtained countless prizes of quality both in Chile and abroad. The company has always been the leader in adopting new techniques, updating its equipment and facilities for vinification processing, storage and bottling. During a walk through the beautiful park you will get to know the old Casona (from outside), the vineyards and then discover the 'Devil's legend' in the old & dark bodegas. No visit would be complete without a tasting of several of their wines!

Approximate value: $118 USD per person