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You’re already coming this far . . . Why not add another dimension to your South American experience by visiting the iconic wine country of Chile? You’ll be based in Santiago, enjoying sightseeing in the exciting capital and nearby Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, see the beautiful Andean countryside as you explore the Casablanca and Santa Rita wineries, enjoying tastings of some of Chiles’ classic vintages.
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Fly to Santiago, Chile’s historic capital
Fly to Santiago this morning. Upon arrival, a panoramic tour reveals the city’s colonial and contemporary highlights. You’ll have a chance to stroll down the famous Alameda, the city’s bustling main avenue, and explore the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, the stunning white Central Post Office, and the National History Museum — itself an historical monument. Enjoy your included dinner at a local restaurant.
Visit colorful Valparaíso, one of Chile’s most important seaports and its second-largest city. Set in a natural amphitheater overlooking the sea, the city boasts a historic quarter named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 19th-century architecture and urban planning. Today, Valparaíso is a romantic and revived city, a renowned educational center, and a culinary hotbed. After soaking in its beauty and charm, stop by a winery in the famed Casablanca Valley to get a taste of the country’s best white wines.
Visit Santa Rita winery and fly home
Get a taste of Chile’s wine culture today during a visit to the renowned Santa Rita winery. Enjoy a tour and tasting during your stay, along with a freshly prepared lunch. After, you’ll transfer to the airport for your late evening departure back to the U.S.
When Eleanor Roosevelt first laid eyes on Iguassu Falls, she is famously said to have uttered, “Poor Niagara!” It’s easy to understand what overwhelmed the First Lady. This torrent of water separating Brazil and Argentina plunges over 200-foot-high cliffs in a roaring fury of water. (In fact, Iguassu translates roughly from the local Guarani into “great water.”) Judging from Ms. Roosevelt’s reaction, you’ll want to extend your expedition to view Brazil’s other breathtaking natural wonder. Explore the cataracts from both countries, getting as close to the falls as the spraying mist allows. Join us on this thrilling adventure!
Fly to Iguassu, Brazil
Depart the U.S. on your flight to Iguassu today.
Arrive at Iguassu Falls
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. You have the day to rest after your journey and perhaps swim in your resort’s pool. Gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner.
Fly to Iguassu Falls for a day of trekking and a wet and wild boat ride
Fly to Iguassu this morning and check into your hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls. Unforgettable Moment: Begin with a walking tour that includes views of Devil’s Throat, the largest of Iguassu’s 275 waterfalls, where torrents crash into a narrow canyon. The tour will end at Puerto Canoas, where you’ll have lunch on your own. Then keep the adventurous momentum going with a Macuco Safari Boat Ride!
First, an open trolley ride brings you through the dense rain forest where you’ll view flowers, birds, butterflies, and even centenarian trees. Then, snap some photos worthy of National Geographic when you board special speedboats bound for Iguassu’s gorge. Get ready to get wet! Your experienced river pilots, who know these waters extensively, will give you a thrilling ride through some of the rapids, guiding you right up next to the splashing cascades. (Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, casual clothes, and prepare to get soaked!)
Walk across the falls
About 80% of the falls are in Argentina, so you’ll cross the border today for more breathtaking perspectives. You’ll view the park from the Upper Trail, where you’ll enjoy an eye-popping vantage point as you literally walk across the water! Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the park on your own, then return to the hotel.
Cultural Discovery: After Farewell Dinner in the hotel this evening, we’ll capitalize on the spirit of this region with a night on the town. Drinks and a lively samba dance show are on the menu, and you'll learn more about this dance and musical genre that has roots in African religious tradition.
Fly to Rio de Janeiro
This morning, you fly to Rio to begin your base trip.