Sample the unique cultures of South America on this thrilling vacation to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, including stays in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Bariloche, and Santiago. Plus, enjoy time in the Amazon Jungle. On this tour, you’ll see some amazing scenery and natural wonders. Imagine how you’ll feel when you see the Amazon with its abundance of wildlife and lush vegetation. On your guided jungle walk, you’ll get a chance to witness this amazing ecosystem. Or how about Iguassu Falls, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina? See the falls from both sides—with their thunderous roar, torrential downpour, and brilliant rainbows. Everywhere you look, there is water pouring down! Words cannot describe the sheer wonder of the falls! But that’s not all… you will stay at the famous Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas just steps away from the falls inside Iguassu National Park! Even more beauty awaits you in Bariloche, which boasts some of Argentina’s most glorious scenery. Take a chairlift ride to a lookout point at Cerro Campanario, rated one of the top 10 viewing spots by National Geographic. Experience breathtaking panoramic views and breathe fresh mountain air. In addition to beautiful scenery, you’ll also experience the vibrant cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Santiago—and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour plus plenty of leisure time in each city. Enjoy a Tango dance lesson in Buenos Aires and a cocktail party atop Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio. From the jungle, lakes, and mountains to the towns and cities, this vacation through South America is sure to leave you with plenty of stories, photos, and memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
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| BRAZIL’S AMAZON ||“Meeting of the Waters” cruise; visit a jungle island, monkey jungle reserve, and native Amazon village; guided canoe rides and jungle walks; Manaus guided city sightseeing, visit the Opera House and a local market|
| RIO DE JANEIRO ||Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain and [LF] Sugar Loaf cocktail party; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; Churrascaria dinner|
| IGUASSU FALLS ||Sightseeing with a Local Guide on both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of Iguassu National Park; Ecological Jungle Train|
| BUENOS AIRES ||Walking tour; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery; [LF] empanada cooking class; [LF] Tango lesson & show; [LF] visit a local estancia|
| BARILOCHE|| Sightseeing with a Local Guide; chairlift to Cerro Campanario; [LF] Andes lake crossing|
| PUERTO MONTT|| Sightseeing tour|
| SANTIAGO ||Guided city sightseeing; visit the cathedral; visit Concha y Toro Winery; farewell dinner|
Headsets throughout the tour.
- 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.
Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 10 three-course dinners including a churrascaria dinner in Rio, a Tango and dinner show in Buenos Aires, and farewell dinner in Santiago
Day 1 ARRIVE IN MANAUS, BRAZIL.
Welcome to Brazil where you will be met by a Monograms representative Dinner
Day 2 MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE.
Today, your “Meeting of the Waters” tour passes by the impressive British-built Customs House and the floating port. CRUISE along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! After lunch on the river, explore a JUNGLE ISLAND (if the water level is not too low) with fascinating native flora and fauna. Later this afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge, situated on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazonian rainforest BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 3 AMAZON JUNGLE.
Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a GUIDED WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, depart the lodge and sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates such as spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys and reintroduce them to the jungle. This evening, venture back out by canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot small alligators (or other night creatures) BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 4 AMAZON JUNGLE–RIO DE JANEIRO.
This morning, depart the Ecopark for guided sightseeing of Manaus to view vestiges of its glory days during the rubber boom. First stop is the famed OPERA HOUSE, built in 1896 with materials imported from Europe. Next, visit a bustling LOCAL MARKET, abundant with local foods and wares. Continue to the airport for your flight to Rio and an overnight Breakfast
Day 5 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
Today is free in Rio to explore as you please. 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 with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain during a COCKTAIL PARTY Breakfast
Day 6 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 and view the Sambodromo and visit the CATHEDRAL. Later today, you may wish to join an optional trip to a local favela, where you can see a different perspective of life in Brazil. This evening, it’s off to a CHURRASCARIA for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style Breakfast Dinner
Day 7 RIO DE JANEIRO.
A day of leisure or you may consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort Breakfast
Day 8 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. Head into Brazil’s Iguassu National Park to explore the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrent with some cataracts as high as 250 feet, which is nothing short of hypnotic Breakfast Dinner
Day 9 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 cataracts. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure Breakfast
Day 10 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
Day 11 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 Teatro Colón opera house before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Perón. 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 dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! Breakfast Dinner
Day 12 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 [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 BreakfastLunch
Day 13 BUENOS AIRES.
Enjoy a full day at leisure, with an optional excursion to cruise the Tigre Delta. Drive through the northern district and outskirts of the city to get to Tigre, a charming resort where a great number of summer residences and yachting and rowing clubs concentrate the weekend activities of many locals. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the innumerable channels of the Paraná Delta to see some of the hundreds of islands covered with luxuriant vegetation Breakfast
Day 14 BUENOS AIRES–BARILOCHE.
Fly south to Bariloche in Patagonia on the shores of fjord-like Lago Nahuel Huapi in the heart of Argentina’s Lake District. Arrive in the early evening, with time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town center. See the city hall, the clock tower in Municipality Square, and the famous chocolate factories Breakfast Dinner
Day 15 BARILOCHE.
This chic alpine resort boasts some of the most glorious scenery in the country. Cameras should be ready for today’s guided sightseeing including a chairlift ride to a lookout point at CERRO CAMPANARIO. You’ll want to capture the vistas of surrounding lakes and Andes mountain peaks. The tour continues with a leisurely drive around the Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez Bay BreakfastLunch
Day 16 BARILOCHE–PUERTO VARAS, CHILE.
Set out today for your [LF] ANDES LAKE CROSSING! Board a boat for the CRUISE across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Blest. Proceed by motorcoach and see emerald lakes, thick pine forests, and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains. Look out for soaring Osorno Volcano as you cross Lago Todos los Santos by CATAMARAN. Skirt the southern shore of Lago Llanquihue on the way to Puerto Varas. Drive to your hotel along the rosebush-lined streets of this lakeside resort. (B,L,D) BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 17 PUERTO VARAS–PUERTO MONTT–SANTIAGO.
Your morning tour of the nearby seaport of Puerto Montt in Chilean Patagonia takes you to the harbor brimming with fishing vessels and along a busy waterfront lined with seafood stalls. Transfer to the airport for your flight north to Santiago. Perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Santiago has evolved as the country’s political, commercial, and cultural capital. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel. (B,D) Breakfast Dinner
Day 18 SANTIAGO.
Today, your Local Guide traces the city’s history and heritage on a guided city tour. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, before heading to the Plaza de Armas, the main square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. Continue into Chile's nearby wine region and visit one of Chile's oldest wineries, CONCHA Y TORO. A guided tour uncovers the vine-to-wine process that produces some of the world's finest wines. This evening, you may opt to join a Chilean folkloric dinner show Breakfast
Day 19 SANTIAGO.
The day is free for independent activities. You may want to take advantage of an optional excursion to the beautiful coastal region west of Santiago. Drive through the hills of Chile’s wine country to the historic port of Valparaiso, and continue along the coast to nearby Viña del Mar. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner to celebrate a great touring adventure Breakfast Dinner
Day 20 SANTIAGO.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus
Av Umberto Calderaro Filho, 817 - Adrianopolis Manaus Brazil
Located in the Adrianopolis district of Manaus nearby the Amazonas shopping center, the Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus features a rooftop pool with views of the city, on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and sauna.
Ecopark Jungle Lodge
Amazon Manaus Brazil
Inside the Amazon Jungle on the Rio Negro, enjoy daily excursions to learn about the flora, fauna, and indigenous tribes. Rooms feature private facilities and air-conditioning.
Sheraton Rio Hotel and Towers
Avenida Niemeyer 121 Rio de Janeiro 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.
Avenida das Cataratas, 6845 Iguassu Falls Brazil
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.
Hilton Buenos Aires
Macacha Guemes 351 Buenos Aires Argentina
Exceptionally located in the riverside Puerto Madero district, Hilton Buenos Aires is within walking distance of the city's top attractions and best restaurants. Guests can enjoy Argentinian cuisine at the on-site restaurant, relax at the rooftop pool, get pampered at the spa, or unwind in one of the hotel's stylish guestrooms.
San Martin 536 Bariloche Argentina
Overlooking the majestic Lake Nahuel Huapi, Hotel Panamericano is a dynamic hotel with striking views of the surrounding natural landscape and modern amenities including an indoor pool, spa, health club, and on-site restaurant.
Radisson Puerto Varas
Del Salvador 24, esquina Av Costenera Puerto Varas Chile
Situated in the heart of the city beside Lake Llanquihue, the Radisson Hotel offers stunning views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes along with easy access to popular attractions. Featuring German-influenced architecture blended with rich wooden fixtures and classic stonework accents, the hotel's atmosphere is warm and inviting. Guests can enjoy the indoor pool, spa, complimentary Wi-Fi, and on-site restaurant.
Hyatt Centric Las Condes Santiago
Enrique Foster 30, Las Condes Santiago Chile
Located in the modern Las Condes neighborhood, Hyatt Centric Las Condes Santiago features an outdoor pool, rooftop bar, restaurant, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi.