South America Getaway with Amazon


  • 13 days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

tour : SBQ

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£3,933pp

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£3,614pp

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On this vacation to South America, discover the Amazon Jungle and two of the great cities in Brazil and Argentina—Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires—at a leisurely pace. For an once-in-a-lifetime thrill, you’ll visit the Amazon Jungle and cruise along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the Amazon. Watch for the captivating native flora and fauna. Also, visit a rehabilitation center for primates and see spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys.

In addition to the beauty of the Amazon, this tour also offers you a chance to experience Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires and sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail in Rio from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain. Listen to the samba sounds of Rio and watch people play soccer and volleyball on famous Copacabana Beach. Sightseeing in both cities shows you the famous sights, including the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried in Buenos Aires. A trip highlight is Iguassu Falls, one of the most spectacular sights on earth. Meaning “Big Water” in the local dialect, there are 275 falls that cover a distance of over a mile and a half. A photograph cannot accurately portray this breathtaking sight—you must experience it for yourself! Hear the deafening roar and admire the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray. And, as a special treat, stay inside Iguassu National Park just steps away from the falls at the famous Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas!

From the vibrant cities to the scenic beauty, this vacation to the Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, and Buenos Aires will leave you with vacation memories you’ll cherish forever.

Highlights

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 Manaus Opera House and a local market
RIO DE JANEIROCable-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 FALLSSightseeing with a Local Guide on both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of Iguassu Falls; Ecological Jungle Train
BUENOS AIRESWalking tour; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery; [LF] empanada cooking class; [LF] Tango lesson & show; farewell dinner; [LF] visit a local estancia

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2022 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

ARRIVE IN MANAUS, BRAZIL

Day
1

Welcome to Brazil where you will be met by a Monograms representative.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE.

Day
2

Today your “Meeting of the Waters” tour passes the British-built Customs House and 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! Explore a JUNGLE ISLAND (water levels permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna before arriving at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge in the Amazon rainforest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AMAZON JUNGLE.

Day
3

Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, sail up the river to an AMAZON VILLAGE to learn about local traditions, costumes, and culture. Try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys and reintroduce them to the jungle. This evening, venture back out on a canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot caimans (or other night creatures).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AMAZON JUNGLE–RIO DE JANEIRO.

Day
4

This morning, depart the Ecopark for a guided sightseeing of Manaus to view vestiges of its glory days during the rubber boom. Visit the OPERA HOUSE and a bustling LOCAL MARKET. Continue to the airport for your flight to Rio and an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.

Day
5

Enjoy free time in Rio before meeting your Tour Director this afternoon 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 from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome COCKTAIL PARTY.

RIO DE JANEIRO.

Day
6

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. View the Sambodromo and visit the CATHEDRAL. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional trip into a local favela to see where 20% of Rio’s population lives. Visits include a community center and a school. This evening, it’s off to a CHURRASCARIA for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

RIO DE JANEIRO.

Day
7

Enjoy a day of leisure or consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

RIO DE JANEIRO–IGUASSU FALLS.

Day
8

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 enjoy 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, Iguassu Falls is nothing short of hypnotic!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

IGUASSU FALLS.

Day
9

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 falls. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

IGUASSU FALLS–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BUENOS AIRES.

Day
11

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 farewell dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BUENOS AIRES. EXCURSION TO THE PAMPAS.

Day
12

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

BUENOS AIRES.

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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