South American Odyssey (SG)

15 Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago

2021 Tour Details

Triple the sights, sounds, and sizzle on this South American vacation through three of the continent’s most scintillating countries. As you samba through Brazil, tango through Argentina, and cueca through Chile, your toes will meet the liveliest of dance floors, the sandiest of beaches, and the most storied of streets. Guided visits to the vibrant cities of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Santiago are perfectly balanced with quieter excursions to lush rainforests, chic waterfront resorts in Patagonia, and even a rural Argentine ranch where you can saddle a horse and be a beret-wearing gaucho for the day.

Traditional open-fire barbecues and crispy empanadas will satisfy your cowboy cravings throughout your South American journey, while witnessing both sides of thundering Iguassu Falls, cruising Patagonian fjords beneath the soaring peaks of the Andes, and visiting Chile’s renowned wine country will quench your thirst for scenic adventure.

Small-Group Discovery

Each Globus South America tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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South American Odyssey map

 Photo Highlights

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

  • Iguazu National Park

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! At 3:30 pm, meet your Tour Director for a drive along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. Cable-car ascent to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a cocktail party to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sample caipirinhas (the famous Brazilian rum drink).

Day 2 RIO DE JANEIRO

RIO DE JANEIRO Guided sightseeing includes a scenic cog railway ride to see Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Visit the Cathedral and see the Sambodromo, Carnival Parade location. Brazilian Churrascaria (traditional Portuguese BBQ) dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

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Day 3 RIO DE JANEIRO

RIO DE JANEIRO Free day.

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Day 4 RIO DE JANEIRO–IGUASSU FALLS

RIO DE JANEIRO Fly to Iguassu Falls.
IGUASSU FALLS Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide in Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls.

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Day 5 IGUASSU FALLS

IGUASSU FALLS Travel to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. Visit the rainforest via Ecological Jungle Train for a guided walking tour of the falls by a Local Guide. Free time this afternoon and evening.

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Day 6 IGUASSU FALLS–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

IGUASSU FALLS Fly to Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES Orientation tour.

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Day 7 BUENOS AIRES

BUENOS AIRES Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour of La Boca and San Telmo districts. See La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Teatro Colón Opera House. Visit the site of Eva Perón’s tomb at Recoleta Cemetery. Argentinean Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite empanada cooking class. Private Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tango lesson followed by Argentine steak dinner and Tango show.

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Day 8 BUENOS AIRES

BUENOS AIRES Scenic drive to the pampas to visit an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Argentine estancia (ranch). Welcome reception includes empanadas, local beverages, and wine. Authentic Argentine lunch with live music, followed by a horseback ride or carriage ride and a gaucho (cowboy) horsemanship performance.

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Day 9 BUENOS AIRES–BARILOCHE

BUENOS AIRES Fly to Bariloche in Patagonia in the heart of Argentina’s Lake District.
BARILOCHE Orientation walk with a Local Guide includes city hall, Municipality Square clock tower, and chocolate factories.

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Day 10 BARILOCHE

BARILOCHE Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a scenic chairlift ride to Cerro Campanario summit for views of the Andean peaks, Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez Bay. Lunch at a local restaurant. Free time this afternoon and evening.

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Day 11 BARILOCHE–PUERTO BLEST–PUERTO VARAS, CHILE

BARILOCHE Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Andes Lake crossing from glacial fjord Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Blest.
PUERTO BLEST Scenic drive through pine forests and mountains en route to Lago Todos los Santos. Catamaran cruise into Chile past Osorno Volcano, along Lago Llanquihue en route to Puerto Varas in Chilean Patagonia.

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Day 12 PUERTO VARAS–PUERTO MONTT–SANTIAGO

PUERTO MONTT Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes seaport fish market and downtown. Fly to Santiago.

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Day 13 SANTIAGO

SANTIAGO Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Government Palace, Plaza de Armas, San Cristobal Hill, and the Cathedral. Guided tour and tasting at Concha Y Toro Winery.

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Day 14 SANTIAGO

SANTIAGO Free day before a farewell dinner this evening.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Santiago with an excursion to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 15 SANTIAGO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JOSE CORDEIRO

Escorting tours for more than 15 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

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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 MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls
Buenos Aires
Santiago

Rio de Janeiro

Petropolis

Petropolis

Visit the 'Imperial City of Petropolis' outside of Rio in the Atlantic Rain Forest to visit the summer palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil.

Price Range: $$

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

Bird Park

The Bird Park near Iguassu Falls offers visitors the opportunity to see indigenous birds up close is their native rain forest environment.

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: $$

Santiago

Vinolia Wine Adventure with lunch

Vinolia Wine Adventure with lunch

A visit to Vinolia offers an immersive Chilean wine experience including lunch paired with unforgettable tastings of great wines.

Price Range: $$$

Undurraga Winery

Undurraga Winery

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

Price Range: $$

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: $$

Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar

Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar

Discover the picturesque seaports of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar.

Price Range: $$



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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