Arrive into Chile’s metropolitan hub and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. This afternoon, explore the beautiful city of Santiago with a private guide! Visit historic downtown, including La Moneda, and the main square. The tour also includes famous Cerro Stana Lucia; make your way through the web of pathways and lush landscaped plazas. Finish your Santiago tour exploring the residential areas of Bellavista, Providencia and Las Condes.
Santiago is in close proximity to both the Andes and the Pacific coast, and its location provides travelers with great options for excursions. These days are free to explore the city of Santiago or the surrounding regions.
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This morning you will fly from Chile to Argentina. Arrive and transfer to your comfortable hotel. Settle in and prepare to view the city after lunch. Downtown Buenos Aires combines history, culture and architecture. This private tour includes a bilingual tour guide and visits to typical neighborhoods like La Boca, Palermo, Recoleta, and the Colon Theater, the National Congress and the Presidential Palace. Experience the highlights of Buenos Aires, and appreciate this great city.
It is hard to imagine a visit to Buenos Aires without attending a tango show. At Esquina Carlos Gardel, experience this intimate dance that unifies the city and its people together in a passionate embrace. The tango expresses the heart and the spirit of Argentina.
The next two days are free days for you to explore Buenos Aires, and we can help arrange excursions in and around the city, such as a trip to the Tigre Delta, a nearby estancia, or even tickets to a local soccer game. If the previous night's tango show was inspirational, we can arrange tango lessons!
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Take a morning flight to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel in the famous Copacabana neighborhood. Spend your time today discovering Rio’s world famous beaches - Ipanema and Copacabana - and sipping agua de coco (green coconut water) or a caipirinha (a drink made with lime juice and cachaça, sugar cane liqueur).
Meet your guide at the hotel for a half-day visit to Rio de Janeiro’s most popular attraction – the 125 foot statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain that stands over Rio de Janeiro. Begin the ascent of the mountain in a cogwheel train through the lush Tijuca Forest, a national park and the world's largest urban forest. Arrive to the base of the statue where you will truly appreciate the size of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The views from the observation platforms are spectacular and provide insight of how the city of Rio has grown around and up the seemingly inhospitable natural rock features along the coast. Rio spreads out below you, revealing Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, the famous Maracana Stadium, and the luxurious Botafoga Bay. And it is impossible to ignore the favelas, Rio's hillside communities.
Return by train and explore the coast with your guide as you drive along Sao Conrado, Ipanema & Copacabana Beaches. Your afternoon is free to relax on the beach, shop in Copacabana's boutiques, or enjoy caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, at a beachfront cafe. Additional activities such as boat or helicopter tours, a visit to a favela, samba lessons, or a trip to the coastal hotspot of Buzios can be arranged.
Sugarloaf Mountain got its name from Portuguese sailors who felt the granite monolith's resembled a traditional block of sugar. Today's tour gives a different perspective of Rio, you and your guide will take the cable cars that climbs to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From the peak, the entire cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), coastline, and Atlantic Ocean spread out below you. Descend by cable car and do a driving tour of Rio de Janeiro's city center to see the famous Sambadrome, the Teatro Municipal, and the modern-styled Cathedral. Please note that this half-day excursion can be arranged on any day and is a good option for the evenings to enjoy the sunset over Copacabana Beach if you would prefer. The remainder of your day is free to relax, take in the sights of Rio's beaches, or for an optional excursion during this custom Brazil tour.
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Rio's Nightlife - Music, food, and Brazil's openess to share their culture and love of life are key ingredients for Rio's nightlife. Begin the evening at a traditional Brazilian barbecue house before heading to Plataforma 1 for a musical show with samba, costumes, and dancing that provides a taste of Carnaval's energy and flair.
Explore the Atlantic - Travel by bus from Rio towards Santos and enjoy the coastal views on your way to the fishing village of Itacuruca. Embark on a schooner and head out into Sepetiba Bay. After an hour of sailing, arrive to an island for lunch and sample regional cuisine. Spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing on the beach before returning by boat to Itacuruca and then transferring to Rio in the early evening.
Take a morning stroll on the beach or a swim. Transfer to the airport for a flight home or to your next destination. Contact us to extend your trip to nearby Ilha Grande, Buzios, or Paraty.
$730 single supplement