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Best of South America

12 Days 4 Countries 7 Cities

This all-embracing exploration of South America visits Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

"The sights were fabulous"

Richard, USA

About this trip

Three wonderful cities on a laid-back holiday: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago come together with the mighty Iguassu Falls, on this relaxed exploration into South America.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… being charmed by a vibrant young Buenos Aires family as they wine, dine and entertain you in their home. Lina lets you in on the secret of her delicious bread and Gaspar shows how tango should be danced.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: LBSA

11 Nights

accommodation

17 Meals
  • 11 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Day 1

Arrive Rio de Janeiro (4 nights)

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing At Leisure

Day 4

Rio de Janeiro At Leisure

Day 5

Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 nights)

Day 6

Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 7

Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 nights)

Day 8

Buenos Aires Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 9

Buenos Aires At Leisure

Day 10

Buenos Aires – Santiago (2 nights)

Day 11

Santiago Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 12

Depart Santiago

Day 1

Arrive Rio de Janeiro (4 nights)

Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your lovely oceanfront hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach. 

Hotel

Windsor Atlantica

Meals

Day 1

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception

Day 2

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing At Leisure

Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn to mix the national cocktail, the caipirinha, with a Local Specialist and indulge in a traditional Regional Meal barbecue at a local churrascaria.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Visit To A Favela

Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (No Minimum)

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Day 3

Day 4

Rio de Janeiro At Leisure

Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Optional activities include a tour into the nearby favelas, a sailboat cruise and a helicopter flight over Copacabana Beach.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Samba Show

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration of this outing is five hours. Not available on Sundays. Minimum of 10 guests for a private program.

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Guanabara Bay Cruise

Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you sail by picture postcard settings. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)

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Santa Teresa Walking Tour

Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total duration approximately 3 ½ hours. (Minimum 6 Guests)

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Day 4

Day 5

Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 nights)

Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, with a Local Specialist, to see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Afterward, head to the airport for the short flight to Iguassu Falls. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.

Hotel

Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and At Leisure

Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Specialist to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort. You may wish to join an optional activity such as a jetboat ride to the base of the falls or a helicopter flightseeing tour.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Optional Experiences

Bird Park

This family owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. Total duration is approximately 2 1/2 hours. (No Minimum)

Adult Price: US$48.00

Macuco Safari

Begin this adventure in open-air wagons as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom-designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration approximately 2 hours. (No Minimum)

Adult Price: US$131.00

Day 6

Day 7

Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 nights)

Cross the border into Argentina and board the open-air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the cascades and walk along a scenic catwalk to see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires, a city renowned for its boutiques, fine dining and museums.

Hotel

InterContinental Buenos Aires

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Buenos Aires Sightseeing and At Leisure

Embark on an in-depth tour with a Local Specialist to see the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Cultural Insight. Take a tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms and the main stage. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina's former First Lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, get ready for a festive Regional Meal and a chance to savour renowned Argentinian beef followed by a sensual tango dance performance.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides and horse demonstrations. Total duration is approximately 7 hours. (No Minimum). For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.

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Day 8

Day 9

Buenos Aires At Leisure

A full day at leisure—explore on your own or perhaps take an optional trip to a traditional estancia (ranch) and learn about the life of a gaucho (cowboy) while enjoying a barbecue lunch and equestrian show. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Watch as they demonstrate the art of typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this lively family will be a memory you won't soon forget.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Tigre Delta

Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (No Minimum)

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Day 9

Day 10

Buenos Aires – Santiago (2 nights)

Bid “Adios” to Buenos Aires and say “Hola” to Santiago as you fly west across the Andes to the Chilean capital. Meet your Local Specialist and embark on a tour of this vibrant city, traveling past Club Hipico, the regal racetrack, and sprawling Parque O'Higgins. Drive along Alameda Avenue past the University of Chile on your way to the dynamic Plaza de Armas with its fountaints and sculptures. Head up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snowcapped Andes. later, settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago's most beautiful neighborhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure.

Hotel

InterContinental Santiago

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Santiago Sightseeing and At Leisure

Today, set out on a tour of Valparaiso city, formerly a major stopover for ships travelling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Enjoy a tour of Casas del Bosque winery followed by a savoury lunch. This evening, gather with your travel companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 11

Day 12

Depart Santiago

Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. Choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Santiago or with an exciting optional extension to the Brazilian Amazon or Easter Island if you wish.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 12

The Trafalgar Difference

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
     at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.

  • Local Specialists
    in Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago. Visit a Samba school. Learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha.

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago

    • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf, Corcovado and Iguassu Falls

    • See the Church of San Francisco


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 12 nights First Class accommodation

    • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires to Santiago, including porter service at all airports

    • A Trafalgar bonus – guaranteed late hotel check-out until 6 p.m. in Santiago on Day 13


    Airport Transfers

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  • Guest Service Rating from 4 Reviews

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    Excellent. Gio was superb.

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    Service rating : The whole tour was enjoyed by the two of us. Beverley had an accident and Rodrego's care was marvellous.Product : The pace of the day tours and departures suited everyone. Rodrego's skills and contacts made airport and departures so smooth.

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    Things worked out pretty well especially since we had a lot of airline flights

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    Service rating : Argentina and Brazil were fabulous, the tour manager there was a 12 out of 10. Chile let you down, the tour guide there de the absolute minimum that he could get away with.Product : Argentina and Brazil were wonderful, whoever made the decision to cut the trip from 3 nights in

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    • Crossovers: All 2016 departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Land and Intra Air:prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu, Iguassu - Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires - Santiago and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2016. For up-to-date information, see Terms and Conditions.
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    • Trafalgar offers a selection of optional Itinerary Extensions to customize your vacation in South America. Please note, you cannot book these extensions online. To book and for more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Trafalgar directly. For more information about the optional extensions offered on this program, please go to www.trafalgar.com/extensions.
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