- Argentina - Brazil
/ 13 Nights
Santiago, Puerto Montt, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and Rio
Flight - USA/Santiago de Chile
Overnight flight to Santiago, the Capital of Chile. Chile, a superlative
land of exotic beauty, sophisticated charm and wondrous flora and fauna.
Its cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, attractive coastal resorts and islands,
and the serene magnificence of the Lake District will you visit to Chile
a trip to remember.
Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring
to the hotel.
Santiago Panoramic Tour (afternoon) - The ride starts touring through
the avenues of the downtown area across the beautiful Forestal Park, the
Bellavista Quarter, the artistic center of Santiago, continuing to the
San Cristobal Hill, a beautiful public park located on one of the spur
of the Andes mountain range. A great diversity of vegetation will be seen
during the ascent to the lookout of the summit on which stands the monumental
36 - meter high statue of the Virgin Inmaculada Concepcion. From here,
enjoy a panoramic overview of Santiago. The tour proceeds through the
mountain range to La Piramide sector with beautiful sightseeing tour to
the new urban sectors. Highlights are the quarters of : Santa Marfa de
Manquehue, Lo Curro and La Dehesa noted for its urban and rural blending.
As the tour continues through the canyon of the Mapocho River, the stately
Andes mountain range rises with beautiful sightseeing of the Arrayon village,
nestled on the hill slopes. In La Ermita, the beauty of the landscape
will be enhanced by the surrounding mountains and snowed peaks. Finally,
Las Condes Quarter, noted for its excellent shopping centers, fine handicraft
shops and boutiques.
Free evening in Santiago - Discover the city nightlife on your own or
enjoy one of the many excellent restaurants featuring Chilean seafood
and wine. Another option is the Bali Hai restaurant for entertainment
and Chilean cuisine, a charming restaurant with a tropical island decor.
Experience Chile's diverse cultural heritage as you enjoy a folkloric
show with dances and colorful costumes from the Northern, Central and
Southern regions as well as the exotic rhythms of Easter Island.
Full day excursion to Vineyard Concha y Toro and the Maipo Canyon - In
the morning we drive to Concha y Toro, the biggest and perhaps the most
important wine exporter in Chile. We shall visit the oldest of their bodegas
located south of Santiago in the Maipo Valley. Founded in 1883 it sits
amidst a beautiful park next to the old family mansion La Chascona, which
dates back to before the turn of the century. Our visit to the vineyard
includes a tour of the facilities and the historical museum. The best-known
brands made by Concha y Toro are Don Melchor, Marquéz de Casa Concha
and Casillero del Diablo. Afterwards we continue on to the nearby village
of Pirque, where we lunch in Andean foothills scenery. In the afternoon
we shall proceed up the beautiful Maipo river Valley into the Andes on
to the town of San José de Maipo. San Jose is a country village
laid out in the traditional chessboard grid pattern with the plaza de
Armas in the center. Lots of adobe architecture lends it a colonial air.
After enjoying the beauty of this typical Chilean countryside and the
pure mountain air of the Andes we shall return to Santiago.
Lunch is included. (AB,L)
Transfer from hotel to airport. Flight to Puerto Montt. Upon arrival
at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the
hotel. City Tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas - The tour of Puerto
Montt on Reloncaví Bay includes the important city sites as well
as the colorful fishermen's wharf, seafood market and crafts fair of Angelmó,
an age old inspiration for both poets and artists. Continue to Puerto
Varas on the shore of Lago Llanquihue from where you can see the volcanoes
and lakes in all their splendor with the magnificent Andes towering behind
Evening is free to enjoy The City of the Roses as it has come to be called
because of the tremendous variety of roses all over town. You will inevitably
be drawn to stroll along the shore of Lago Llanquihue. (AB)
Tour to Frutillar - In the morning we shall set out to the lakeside town
of Frutillar. Driving around the lakeshore with a spectacular view of
the Osorno volcano to visit Frutillar is like taking a step back in time.
Frutillar is charming German style village housing a wonderful open-air
museum with restored colonial homes and furnishings from the early German
settlement period, as well as an operating blacksmith shop and other relics
from the German pioneers who colonized the region. Throughout the summer
there are various festivals of classic music organized in Frutillar. Lunch
is included. (AB)
Lake Crossing - Puerto Montt / Bariloche.
One Day Andean Lake District Crossing (Chile to Argentina) - As this journey
begins admire the unforgettable, unspoiled natural beauty of the area.
Travel by bus from Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas to Petrohué, skirting
Lake LLanquihue and passing by Ensenada and Petrohué River falls.
Enjoy a pleasant two hour launch trip as you cross the calm, emerald green
waters of Lake Todos Los Santos, also known as Lake Emerald for the deep
green color of its waters. From the boat admire the Osorno volcano, El
Tronador and Puntiagudo Andean Peaks. We disembark at Peulla near the
Argentine border. Enjoy a leisurely walk among lush vegetation and visit
La Novia Falls
Continue by bus through this incredible region, crossing the border to
Argentina. After you are finished with Argentine Police and Custom formalities,
board a launch for a short ride over Lake Frías to Puerto Alegre.
Proceed with a short bus ride to Puerto Blest. Traverse the crystalline
blue waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi passing Victoria Island before arriving
at Puerto Pañuelo pier. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel in
Bariloche. (Operates daily except Sundays, from September 1 to March 31)
Circuito Chico and Panoramic View - Enjoy the charming view as you drive
along the road bordering lake Nahuel Huapi. Continue to Campanario Hill,
where a cable car will take you to the bleeder located at the summit of
the hill. Enjoy a complete overview of Nahuel Huapi Lake, the mountain
peaks of the Andean range and the city. Then drive toward the San Pedro
and Llao Llao Peninsulas. Visit San Eduardo Chapel and view the Llao Llao
Hotel & Resort and Puerto Pañuelo, the departure point of most
Lake Excursions. Cross the bridge that connects Nahuel Huapi Lake and
Moreno Lake and proceed to Bahía López. Enjoy a breathtaking
view of Nahuel Huapi Lake from the Panoramic Point, a natural balcony
facing Moreno Lake. The scenery of Nahuel Huapi National Park is made
of a unique mountain and glacier landscape that will remain in your memory
long after your return home.
Afternoon is free for optional excursions or to walk around Bariloche,
famous for its chocolate and pastry shops. (AB)
Transfer from hotel to airport. Flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at
the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel
and in registering. Buenos Aires is the most elegant and cosmopolitan
city of South America. One is fascinated by the atmosphere and the individual
personality of each of its neighborhoods. (AB)
Buenos Aires City Tour - In this tour of Argentina's cultural and political
capital, you will get a sampling glimpse of the diverse districts that
make up this grand city. Visit the colorful "Boca" district
and the elegant North Quarter and Palermo Park. See the government "Casa
Rosada" - pink house, the Colon Theater, May Square and drive down
the famous 9th of July Avenue. Tango Show with Dinner. (AB)
Transfer from hotel to the airport for departure. Flight to Puerto Iguazu.
Guided excursion of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls - This tour will
introduce you to one of the wonders of the world: the Iguazu falls. Visit
to the Argentina side falls. They are located inside Iguazu National Park,
one of the first protected natural areas in America, declared Natural
Patrimony of Humankind by Unesco. We will walk through the Inferior and
Superior paths admiring the breathtaking 275 cascades which spread across
a gulf of nearly 2 miles and pour past lush tropical vines as they crash
into the waters below. After the walk the will drive to Puerto Canoas
and take a boat ride to the Devil's throat observation deck to enjoy the
most impressive view of the very heart of the falls.
Nautical Adventure Boat Excursion - Boat excursion to the Argentinean
and Brazilian side of the Falls, to admire the falls from the bottom.
Take a short walk down from the Inferior Path to board your speed boat
to San Martin Island. You will have a view of the Brazilian side of the
falls, navigate along the island shore for a view of the Argentine side
of the falls. (AB)
Guided tour of the falls - As the Das Cataratas Hotel is conveniently
inside the Iguassu National Park property, you will go in a guided walking
tour of the falls, considered to be one of the wonders of the world -
Here you will see the waters of the Paraná River plunge in 32 separate
falls over a 200 foot precipice two and a half miles wide. These colossal
waterfalls make the Niagara look like a tiny stream. For those staying
at a different one, transfers to and from the falls are included.
Transfer from hotel to the airport for departure. Flight to De Janeiro.
Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring
to the hotel and in registering.
Rio de Janeiro "The most beautiful city of the world" as the
cariocas call it, enjoys a turquoise sea, stunning lagoons, awesome mountains
and gorgeous sandy beaches. The best way to describe the Rio natives or
cariocas is: people with uncanny good humor and contagious happiness.
Samba Show at Plataforma 1 - Rio's nightlife has all you might wish and
can be compared to any other major city's nightlife in the world. You
will enjoy the allegoric Samba Show at the famous "Plataforma 1".
Excursion to Corcovado and Tijuca Forest - The mountain drive to Corcovado
(2,400 ft. elevation) is a succession of superb view sites from heavily
forested heights of Tijuca - Chinese View (1,300 ft.) and Emperor's Table
(1,500 ft.) are particularly sublime. Culminating in the exciting ascent
to Rio's highest peak, the Corcovado (Hunchback) with its majestic 125
ft. high statue of Christ the Redeemer looking out over the entire city.
There is a stiff climb (225 steps - 3 flights of stairs) from the lower
level to the statue base and viewing platform, so comfortable shoes should
be worn. The tour proceeds to Tijuca Rain Forest, with its brilliant tropical
flowers and lush foliage, and to nearby Tawnay waterfalls, passing Niemeyer
palisades on return. (AB)
Sugar Loaf Mountain is a 1,300-foot massive granite shaft at the entrance
to Guanabara Bay. After an ascent to the summit by cable car, visitors
admire the superb view of the city and harbor. Other attractions include
the Copacabana and Ipanema beach districts, Botanical Gardens, Museum
of Modern Art and Jockey Club race track. Transfer from hotel to the airport
for departure. (AB)
Flight - Rio De Janeiro / USA
Arrive home full of great memories of the Lake District, the passion
of Tango, the wondrous Iguazu falls, the rhythm of Samba and the beauty
of Rio de Janeiro.
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Prices available upon request.
Hotels to use: Plaza San Francisco in Santiago, Cabana
del Lago in Puerto Varas, Edelweiss in Bariloche, Claridge in
Buenos Aires, Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls, Le Meridien in Rio