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A Taste of South America: Brazil, Argentina and Chile

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Discover the highlights of Brazil, Argentina and Chile combined in this itinerary, A Taste of South America.

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Brazil, Argentina and Chile

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Day 4: Iguassu
Day 6: Buenos Aires
Day 9: Los Glaciares National Park
Day 11: Puerto Natales, Chile
Day 14: Chile’s Lake District
Day 17: Bariloche
Day 21: Buenos Aires
Day 22: Depart Buenos Aires
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A taste of South America: Brazil, Argentina and Chile

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Mountains, forests, beaches, lagoons, vegetation and the South Atlantic blend to form a dramatic back-drop as this incredible landscape rises from the sea. With its warm climate, it is the perfect year-round destination. Favourite sightseeing tours include taking the train to the top of Corcovado, the Statue of Christ overlooking Rio, the cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, a city tour to appreciate the history and colonial past of Rio, day trips to the tropical islands and beaches near the city or to the former capital of Petropolis located up in the cool of the mountains.
Rio de Janeiro 3 nights

Day 4: Iguassu
Fly to Iguassu. On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken directly to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. The Iguassu Falls are one of South America’s most renowned landmarks and one of world’s great natural wonders. The national parks on both sides of the Falls offer a wonderful range of tropical flora and fauna and during your stay you will be able to participate in a full range of activities. Local animal species include the black howler monkey, capybara, jaguar and puma. Transfer to a hotel on the Argentine side for your stay.
Iguassu 2 nights

Day 6: Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and known as “The Paris of South America”. From the tantalising tease of the tango to the bustle of its prosperous port, this European style city offers a great mix of cultures. There is something for everyone to discover and enjoy in this unique city and its environs.
Buenos Aires 3 nights

Day 9: Los Glaciares National Park
Fly to El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Transfer to your hotel located in the National Park for a 2 night stay. On your full day include an excursion to the striking Perito Moreno Glacier.
Los Glaciares 2 nights

Day 11: Puerto Natales, Chile
Back to El Calafate to board the regular overland bus service to Puerto Natales in Chile. This memorable journey takes about 10 hours. Chile’s Patagonia, land of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego is the gateway to Antarctica. This is one of the most spectacular areas in the world. Vast green pampas, ice blue glaciers, black and jade-coloured mirror-like lakes, deep valleys which turn to fjords, volcanoes, bays, inlets, channels waiting to be explored where icebergs float silently on the waters of Laguna San Rafael, under the brow of majestic snow-clad peaks. Patagonia has so much to offer; Torres del Paine National Park, its Mylodon Cave, flight seeing over Cape Horn, Straits of Magellan ferries to Tierra del Fuego, the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers by boat from Puerto Natales and the Grey Glacier from Pehoe. Wildlife is abundant and includes Condors, herds of Guanacos, Black-necked Swans, Silver Fox, Rheas and Trout-filled Rivers.
Chile’s Patagonia 3 nights

Alternatively stay at a special all inclusive resort located in the heart of Patagonia. Here daily excursions to suit all levels are offered in Torres del Paine National Park. Excursions are by comfortable 4WD, foot, horseback, motorboat, mountain bikes or boats made of lingue (native wood of the region). Due to its remote location a minimum 4 nights is required here.

Day 14: Chile’s Lake District
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Puerto Montt, where you will discover the wild and beautiful lands of Chile’s famed Lake District. The lakes are located in one of the Earth’s truly unspoiled areas. Here, stretching for hundreds of kilometers between the ocean and the Andes, are scores of glittering emerald lakes set amidst snow-capped active volcanoes, deep woodland meadows and flowering gardens. Here you will find great pine forests, waterfalls, clean air, and the purest of waters, that make tourists come to paint, photograph, hike, ride horses, or just relax. On one of your full days here take a tour to Chiloe Island, the last area of the Chilean territory dominated by the Spaniards.
Puerto Varas 3 nights

Day 17: Bariloche
Today cross back into Argentina with a one day lake crossing to Bariloche; known as the Switzerland of South America. Located in the heart of the Andes in the Patagonian Region of south western Argentina, Bariloche is the gateway to a marvellous group of lakes, woods, glaciers and snowy peaks. During the Argentine winter (June to September) it is a thriving ski centre where it is possible to enjoy wide open ski slopes. At other times of the year hiking, mountain-climbing, riding, fishing and mountain-biking are on offer.
Bariloche 4 nights

Day 21: Buenos Aires
Transfer to Bariloche airport for your flight to Buenos Aires for your final night.
Buenos Aires 1 night

Day 22: Depart Buenos Aires

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Highlights of Argentina

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Include the main highlights of Argentina on this two week itinerary.

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Highlights of Argentina

As with many areas, there is no right or wrong way to plan a holiday to Argentina, however, the following itinerary takes in several of the main highlights and is a great base to start from:

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 2: Full day Estancia
Day 3: Buenos Aires
Day 4: Ushuaia
Day 5: Ushuaia
Day 6: El Calafate
Day 7: El Calafate
Day 8: El Calafate
Day 9 : Bariloche
Day 11: Bariloche
Day 12: Buenos Aires
Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires or Optional Extension to Iguazu
Day 12: Iguazu Falls
Day 13: Buenos Aires
Day 14: Depart Buenos Aires
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Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, and known as “The Paris of South America” There is something for everyone to discover and enjoy in this unique city. With its wide boulevards, ornate architecture and love of statues, squares and gardens it is a delightful city for walking in and observing city life. From the old port to the chic boutiques of Calle Florida with its outdoor cafés, the city’s sophisticated lifestyle is famous throughout Latin America. We would recommend a city tour to take in the highlights of the city.
Buenos Aires 3 nights

Day 2: Full day Estancia
Enjoy a full day at a 19th century estancia. On arrival, you will be welcomed with delicious empanadas and Argentine wines. After a tour of the main house and surroundings, the typical asado (barbecue) will be served for lunch. During the day, relax in the extensive gardens, swim in the pool or go horse riding with one of the ranch owners. Afternoon tea with home-made pastries will be served before returning to Buenos Aires.

Day 3: Buenos Aires
At leisure to enjoy the shops and atmosphere of Buenos Aires or take an optional excursion such as a river cruise, helicopter flight over the city, football fans may enjoy a visit to the La Boca stadium or attend a match. For tango enthusiasts, enjoy a tango lesson before going to one of the many tango shows in the evening.

Day 4: Ushuaia
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, the capital of Tierra del Fuego situated on the northern shore of the Beagle Channel and close to the legendary Cape Horn. The city is surrounded by the snow covered Cerro Martial and offers beautiful views of a unique landscape of mountains, sea and forest. In the afternoon take a sailing tour along the Beagle Channel with the opportunity to view the nests of a wide range of sea birds including petrels, albatrosses, cormorants and oyster catchers.
Ushuaia 2 nights

Day 5: Ushuaia
Today spend a day at leisure in Ushuaia or take a full day 4 x 4 tour to Escondido and Fagnano Lakes

Day 6: El Calafate
This morning you will take a half day tour of Lapataia National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to see the splendid scenery of the island with lakes, rivers, vegetation and peat bogs. In the afternoon fly to El Calafate, the main gateway for visitors to Los Glaciares National Park.
El Calafate 3 nights

Day 7: El Calafate
Full Day Tour to Perito Moreno Glacier: travel 80 km through the most beautiful landscapes to the remarkable Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s few advancing glaciers. The visit includes a walk to the base of the glacier where you will hear the sound of the calving ice crashing into the lake waters below. During your trip you may spot condors, eagles and flamingos.

Day 8: El Calafate
Full day tour to Upsala & Onelli glaciers: Upsala is the the largest continental glacier in Patagonia and is only accessible by boat. Continue to Onelli Bay where, weather permitting we take an hour long walk through the virgin woods. Continue to Onelli Lake where the Onelli, Bolado and Agassiz glaciers meet. The lake is completely covered by blue icebergs.

Day 9 : Bariloche
Fly to Bariloche, known as the Switzerland of South America. It is situated in the heart of the Andes in the Patagonian Region of south western Argentina. Bariloche is the gateway to a marvellous group of lakes, woods, glaciers and snowy peaks. The town of Bariloche is situated on the largest lake of the Nahuel Huapi National Park which provides many outdoor recreational possibilities. Bariloche has a strong European style as most of the original settlers were of Swiss, German and Italian origin. Apart from tourism, one of its great industries is the production of chocolate. Duirng you stay include a half day tour of the area surrounding Bariloche.
Bariloche 2 nights

Day 11: Bariloche
Today you have a choice of either taking a full day tour to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Wood
or spend a full day at an Estancia where horse riding or trekking tours are offered.

Day 12: Buenos Aires
Fly back to Buenos Aires for your final night. Spend the evening enjoying a dinner and tango show.

Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires

or Optional Extension to Iguazu

Day 12: Iguazu Falls
On arrival in Buenos Aries from Bariloche connect with a flight to Iguazu. On arrival transfer to your hotel within the Iguazu National Park with rooms overlooking the Falls. In the afternoon take a private tour of the Argentine side of Falls with an English-speaking guide.

Day 13: Buenos Aires
Morning visit to Brazilian side of Falls (with optional Helicopter Flight over the Falls). Transfer to the airport on the Argentine side for your flight to Buenos Aires where you will spend your final evening

Day 14: Depart Buenos Aires

             

            

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