GLOBUS 2018: South American Getaway with Santiago & Easter Island (SBE2)
15 days from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago
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, from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain; visit the Christ the Redeemer statue; 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 cafes, 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. And, as a special treat, stay inside Iguassu National Park just steps away from the falls at the famous Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas!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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|Day 1||Rio de Janeiro||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, [LF] toast the start of a memorable vacation from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome COCKTAIL PARTY.|
|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. (B,D)|
|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. (B) |
|Day 4||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! (B,D)|
|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. (B)|
|Day 6||Buenos Aires||Today, fly to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk acquaints you with the 'Paris of South America' and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafes. (B)|
|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 [LF] EMPANADA COOKING CLASS. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a [LF] 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! (B,D)|
|Day 8||Buenos Aires||Today, head into the heart of the pampas (grasslands) and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of rural, country life at a working [LF] 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. 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. (B,L)|
|Day 9||Santiago||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. (B,D)|
|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. (B)|
|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 Vina del Mar. This chic seaside resort with palm tree-lined avenues and lovely villas truly deserves the sobriquet 'Pearl of the Pacific.' (B)|
|Day 12||Easter Island||Fly from Santiago to Easter Island, considered the world's largest open-air museum. (B)|
|Day 13||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. (B daily, L on Day 13) |
|Day 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. (B daily, L on Day 13) |
|Day 15||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. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $2,356 (based on Miami, departure in January, 2018); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Rio de Janeiro/Iguassu Falls; Iguassu Falls/Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires/Santiago; Santiago/Easter Island; Easter Island/Santiago. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip. Prices based on double room occupancy. Single Room Supplement:$1,505Triple Room Reduction per person:$95Extra Nights per person in Rio de Janeiro:in single room $280; in twin room $146; in triple room $140Extra Nights per person in Santiago:in single room $227; in twin room $126; in triple room $1222019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2018.
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