South American Escape with Santiago & Easter Island
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.
RIO DE JANEIROCable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain; welcome dinner; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; Samba show and churrascaria dinnerIGUASSU FALLSSightseeing with a Local Guide on both sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle TrainBUENOS AIRESWalking tour; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cemetery of the Recoleta; [LF] Tango lesson & show; farewell dinnerSANTIAGOSightseeing with a Local GuideEASTER ISLAND2 days of sightseeing with a Local GuideHeadsets throughout the tour
RIO DE JANEIRO Sheraton Rio (D)IGUASSU FALLS Hotel Mabu Thermas (F)BUENOS AIRES Sheraton Buenos Aires (MD)SANTIAGO Sheraton Santiago (D)EASTER ISLAND Easter Island Hotel Taha Tai (BA)
Breakfast (B) daily, 1 lunch (L), 5 three-course dinners (D) including a welcome dinner and a churrascaria dinner with Samba show in Rio, and a Tango and farewell dinner show in Buenos Aires