Best of South America - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from $4965 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Apr 2016.
"The experience was superb"
Alton , Jun 2014

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.

It’s 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. It’s Tango dancing the night away in Buenos Aires and eating succulent barbecued meats at a churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro. And it’s getting an insider’s guide to vibrant Santiago, as you discover the local stories behind historic landmarks like Plaza de Armas and buzzing Central Market.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
LBSA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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

  • 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 travelers.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Welcome Reception

  • 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 New 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 a A Local Specialty, the national cocktail, the caipirinha, and indulge in a traditional Regional Meal barbecue at a local churrascaria.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 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 favellas, a sailboat cruise and a helicopter fight over Copacabana Beach. Tonight, join the optional outing to a Carnival extravaganza of live Samba entertainment.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 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 Expert and see how this 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 fight 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Iguassu Resort

  • 6.

    IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE

    Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your A Local Expert 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 sightseeing tour.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch

  • 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 fy to Buenos Aires, a city renowned for its boutiques, fne dining, museums and the famous Teatro Colon.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    InterContinental Buenos Aires

  • 8.

    BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE

    Embark on an in-depth tour with a A Local Expert 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 A Unique Insight. Take a backstage 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 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 A 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 10.

    BUENOS AIRES – SANTIAGO (3 NIGHTS)

    Bid “Adios” to Buenos Aires and say “Hola” to Santiago as you fy west across the Andes to the Chilean capital. Settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    InterContinental Santiago

  • 11.

    SANTIAGO SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    This morning meet your A Local Expert and embark on a tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico—the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O’Higgins. Drive along Alameda Avenue past the Church of San Francisco and the University of Chile on your way to the dynamic Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Head up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Your afternoon is free or you may choose to join an optional trip to the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most traditional wine-producing region known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery and meet the winemaker for a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Celebrate Chile’s proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. Return to your hotel for an evening set aside for independent activities.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 12.

    SANTIAGO AT LEISURE

    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Santiago. Perhaps join an optional trip to Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, once known as “Little San Francisco” by the sailors who made it a frequent stopover on the long voyage between the Pacifc and Atlantic Oceans. Then take the coastal road to see the graceful mansions, white-sand beaches and historic casino of the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather with your travel companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 13.

    DEPART SANTIAGO

    Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m. Choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Santiago if you wish.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
  • Local Expert

    or included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago.
  • Local Speciality

    Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha.
    Watch Brazilian gemstones be transformed into beautiful pieces of jewellery.
  • Unique Insight

    Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.
    Visit a Samba school with a Local Expert and see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Buenos Aires

    Discover the “Paris of South America's” main sights including the Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show.
  • Iguassu

    Explore the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side.
  • Rio de Janeiro

    Discover the city's main sights; see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • Santiago

    See the San Francisco Church and Monastery; travel to Chile's wine country to visit a local winery.

Dining

  • 5 dinners: including Be My Guest, 2 Regional Meals, buffet dinner and Farewell Dinner.
    12 full breakfasts
    1 lunch

Travel Highlights

  • A Trafalgar bonus – guaranteed late hotel check-out until 6 p.m. in Santiago on Day 13
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 12 nights First Class accommodation
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • 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
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

RIO DE JANERIO

  • BBQ DINNER & SAMBA SHOW

    Adult Price: $146.00 No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Begin your evening with a delicious Brazilian BBQ dinner (drinks not included). 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.
  • BRAZILIAN COOKING CLASS

    Adult Price: $140.00 Enjoy a few hours of hands-on fun as you learn to prepare traditional Brazilian recipes. Your instructor will guide you through the cooking process and afterward dine on your sumptuous creation. Whether you are a novice or cooking enthusiast, the outing promises to be fun and entertaining. Total duration is 4 ½ hours and there is a minimum of four participants to operate. Not available on Sundays.
  • GUANABARA BAY CRUISE

    Adult Price: $70.00 Spend two hours sailing on Guanabara Bay in 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 cruise by a picture postcard setting. Total duration of this outing is three hours and transfers are included to/from the wharf.
  • HELICOPTER SIGHTSEEING

    Adult Price: $120.00 What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro from the air? Soar high over Rio with sweeping and unforgettable views of Sugar Loaf Mountain rising from Guanabara Bay. Take in spectacular views of Copacabana Beach, Copacabana fortress and Ipanema Beach. Total flight time is 6-7 minutes. Minimum of three guests required to operate.
  • SANTA TERESA WALKING TOUR

    Adult Price: $55.00 Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century, as you wander by foot through the winding, narrow cobblestone streets. 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 durations is about 3 ½ hours. Minimum of 6 guests required to operate.
  • VISIT TO A FAVELA

    Adult Price: $38.00 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 and there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by the children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society.

Iguassu Falls

  • BIRD PARK

    Adult Price: $43.00 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. The walk through the park takes about an hour and total duration of this outing with transfers is two hrs.
  • MACUCO SAFARI

    Adult Price: $125.00 Begin this adventure in open-air wagons with unhindered views 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 of this outing is about two hours.
  • HELICOPTER FLIGHTSEEING

    Adult Price: $163.00 Take a 10 minute flight high over Iguassu Falls and witness one of Mother Nature’s greatest achievements. Minimum of 3 participants to operate.

Buenos Aires

  • FIESTA GUACHA WITH BBQ LUNCH

    Adult Price: $150.00 Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) estancia (Argentinean Ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served with a variety of meats and salads. After lunch, watch a folklore show complete with music and dance. Also, sit back, relax and watch typical activities of an estancia including a wonderful horse demonstration. Duration of this outing is approximately 7 hours. (Min. 10 guests)
  • TANGO LESSONS

    Adult Price: $78.00 Immerse yourself into the world of tango with a renowned maestro. Your lesson can be specially designed to suit your level of expertise from no experience to advanced. Your group lesson will be in the San Telmo neighborhood (Tango's birthplace) in a unique residence that features an eclectic architectural style and filled with art nouveau crafts and paintings. Total duration of the lesson is 90 minutes and dependent on at least five participants in the lesson. Transfers to/from the lessons are additional. (Your Travel Director can arrange a taxi). (Min. 5 guests)
  • TIGRE DELTA

    Adult Price: $90.00 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 is about 4 hours. (Min. 10 guests)

Santiago

  • VALPARAISO AND VINA DEL MAR

    Adult Price: $71.00 A full day trip to the historic city of Valparaiso, designated a UNESCO World Heritage city in 2003. You will first travel through Chile’s wine country before arriving in bohemian Valparaiso, with its brightly colored buildings, hills and beautiful seaside setting. Later head north and visit the seaside resort of Vina del Mar, renowned for its beach setting and beautiful gardens. Total duration is 9-10 hours.
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