South American Escape with Santiago & Easter Island (SBE2)

15 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago

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Mystical places, 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, learn to 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. Finally, be amazed on 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 eventually 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 the vibrant cities to the scenic beauty, and from the Andes Mountains to the secluded mystery of Easter Island, this vacation to South America is an opportunity of a lifetime.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

RIO DE JANEIRO
Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite empanada cooking class; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tango lesson & show; farewell dinner; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit a local estancia
SANTIAGO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide
EASTER ISLAND
Two days of sightseeing with a Local Guide
Headsets throughout the tour

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.

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

  • Iguazu National Park
  • Rapa Nui National Park

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 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

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive 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, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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Day 2 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.

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Day 3 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 4 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!

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Day 5 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 6 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 7 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite EMPANADA COOKING CLASS. 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 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!

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Day 8 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 (plains). 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 9 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.

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Day 10 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 11 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 12 Santiago–Easter Island

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Days 13-14 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 daily, L on Day 13)

Day 15 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.

 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 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

Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls
Buenos Aires
Santiago
Easter Island

Rio de Janeiro

Sheraton Rio Hotel and Towers

Avenida Niemeyer 121
Rio de Janiero, RJ Brazil

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shoe Shine
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens

Iguassu Falls

Wish Resort

Superior First-Class

Avenida das Cataratas, 6845
Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Free Wifi

Surrounded by lush garden and located 3 miles from Iguaçu National Park, the superior Wish Resort boasts a beautiful swimming pool, easy access to the Falls, and style and comfort at every turn. The hotel offers sophisticated rooms with air conditioning and thoughtful amenities. They are elegantly styled with classic wooden furniture and soft décor. The hotel is situated close to the entrance and to the Argentinian side of Iguaçu Park and provides all the convenience of home in this fantastic setting of Iguassu Falls.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Buenos Aires

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel

Moderate Deluxe

1225, San Martin
Buenos Aires, BA Argentina

Free Wifi

The Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy easy access to all the lively activity that the city has to offer. The hotel's ideal location is complimented by superior service, warm amenities, and a number of ways to enjoy your time at the hotel - from great dining, to beautiful pools, and well-fitted fitness facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Voicemail

Santiago

Sheraton Santiago

Ave Santa Amaria 1742
Santiago, Chile

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Shoe Shine
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • ATM
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Easter Island

Hotel Taha Tai

Apina Nui S/N PO Box 11
Easter Island, Chile

Free Wifi

This island oasis is ideally located minutes from town and features a fresh ambiance. Each of the 40 rooms is equipped with air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, and Internet connection. The hotel features a Chilean inspired restaurant and bar, swimming pool, and laundry services.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer

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