Discover Brazil, Argentina & Chile

National Geographic Journeys, Santiago to Rio de Janeiro

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Experience the vibrant cultures of the bottom half of South America on a 17-day adventure to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Sip wine in Santiago, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and soak up the sun on the famous beaches of Rio. Enjoying an ideal combination of guided excursions and free time, you’re sure to fall for this alluring region.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chilean Wine Experience, Santiago Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chilean Cultural Tour and Local Lunch, Puerto Varas Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Local Tango Lesson, Buenos Aires Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Iguassu Falls, Flora and Fauna Lecture, Foz do Iguaçu Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit, Paraty Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit Petrohue Falls
  • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos"
  • Buenos Aires city tour
  • Tour the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguazú Falls
  • City and food tour in São Paulo
  • Schooner tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Taste the best chilean wines before making your own with the help of an expert
  • Learn some new moves with a tango lesson in a popular dance studio
  • Enjoy a lesson on chilean cuisine from a local family
  • Visit an afro-brazilian community and enjoy a savoury local dish for lunch
  • Marvel at the might iguassu falls

Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago Arrival day, no activities planned. The day is free to spend at your leisure exploring the city until our welcome meeting this evening. Santiago is Chile’s largest city and capital, with internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Possible day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Chile’s premier beach resort, and to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s seaside home. Additional Notes: Should you want more time to explore Santiago and do optional day trips, we highly recommend you book additional pre-nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Santiago (1B) Head out on an excursion to the Maipo Valley area for an in-depth look at the region that produces such fine quality wines. Chilean wine is top-notch, with only France and Italy selling more wine worldwide. Included Activities: Chilean Wine Experience Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Santiago/Puerto Varas (1B, 1L) There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture perfect views from snow-capped mountains to deep-blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests, and glaciers. Included Activities: Chilean Cultural Tour and Local Lunch Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 996km) Private Vehicle
Day 4 Puerto Varas (1B) Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island.
Day 5 Puerto Varas/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B) Travel by bus and ferry to Bariloche, Argentina. Visit the Petrohue Falls, then enjoy the sights from the “Cruce de los Lagos”, considered one of the most scenic cruises in the world. Additional Notes: The approximate journey time today is between 10 and 11 hours. This journey is by comfortable bus and a scenic ferry that crosses the Chilean/Argentine border. Travel time can change based on the time of year and weather conditions. During certain times of the year, the ferry cannot be used, which means we will travel overland by bus. Included Activities: Petrohué Falls Visit Cruce de los Lagos Cruise Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)
Day 6 San Carlos de Bariloche (1B) Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe. Sample a beef parrillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then take a day hike around Cerro Catedral or enjoy some shopping. It’s also important to know that Bariloche is famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!
Day 7 San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires (1B) Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the “Paris of the Americas,” Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)
Day 8 Buenos Aires (1B, 1D) Enjoy a city tour of the "Paris of the Americas," visiting key sights and neighbourhoods including Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. When you are done exploring, rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. Spend the evening enjoying a night out with a light dinner in a local café before heading to a popular dance venue where we enjoy a lesson from local dancers. Opt to stay for Milonga, a neighbourhood tradition where students and teachers of the venue show up to practice their moves. Included Activities: Buenos Aires Guided City Tour Local Tango Lesson
Day 9 Buenos Aires (1B) Free day to explore this charming city. Opt to visit San Telmo for the antiques market and street art displays. Or spend the afternoon in the posh Recoleta area with cafés, museums, and a cemetery.
Day 10 Buenos Aires/Foz do Iguaçu (1B) Fly north to the Iguazú Falls area, near the borders of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Cross the border from Argentina to Brazil to experience the panoramic view of the falls. As if imposing Iguazú Falls – with its 275 waterfalls – couldn’t get more impressive, the area surrounding this natural wonder is home to jaguars, ocelots, anteaters, and large toucans, among others. The falls and the national park by the same name were named UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1984. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour Iguassu Falls, Flora and Fauna Lecture Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)
Day 11 Foz do Iguaçu (1B) Explore trails directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat — the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side. Additional Notes: Note: If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, you will do it on Day 4 when visiting the Argentine side of the falls. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
Day 12 Foz do Iguaçu/São Paulo (1B, 1L) Fly to São Paulo and discover the city through gastronomy and architecture. Visit some of the city's most noted sites. Along the way, a specialist guide will share his knowledge of popular local cuisine. Additional Notes: São Paulo is a huge, vibrant and very busy city. Traffic can be difficult and even driving out of the city can take longer than expected. Included Activities: São Paulo City and Food Tour Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 13 São Paulo/Paraty (1B, 1D) Drive to colonial Paraty. Visit an Afro-Brazilian community for a unique cultural interaction and enjoy a traditional meal. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery. Included Activities: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 298km)
Day 14 Paraty (1B, 1L) Enjoy an included schooner tour of the harbour's many islands and beaches. Included Activities: Paraty Bay Boat Tour
Day 15 Paraty/Rio de Janeiro (1B) This massive city gets as many as five million international tourists every year to sip caipirinhas on the beach, dance the samba in the city’s streets, and ascend Corcovado Mountain to see the truly monumental Christ the Redeemer up close. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 241km)
Day 16 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Explore vibrant Rio; sun, beach, and nightlife await. Opt to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Day 17 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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