Argentina & Chile Highlights
Journey to Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu, San Carlos De Bariloche, Puerto Varas and Santiago De Chile.
- Tour of the Argentinean side of the Falls
- Great Adventure Tour – Iguassu National Park
- Argentina culinary experience
- Buenos Aires city tour
- Dinner and tango show at El Viejo Almacen
- Day tour to the town of San Antonio de Areco with a visit to a local ranch
- Panoramic tour around Bariloche, including chair lift to the Campanario Hill
- Andean crossing experience – Bariloche to Puerto Varas
- City tour of Santiago
- Day 1:
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at Puerto Iguazu airport and taken to your hotel in the Argentinean side. Overnight at the Hotel Mercure Iguazu .
- Day 2:
After breakfast, you depart from the hotel to Argentinean National Park. You will arrive at the Visitors Center and board a gas-propelled train at the main station, which takes you to the upper Falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), the most prominent and one of the highest falls. Then, you can walk along the Iguassu river canyon, via the lower and upper circuits, to appreciate the flora and fauna, always feeling the almost 270 individual waterfalls up close. The Great Adventure combines the whole essence of the Iguassu National Park in one ride: the jungle and the waterfalls. All terrain trucks go through the jungle in the humid subtropical forest as far as the banks of the Iguazú River. From here you will board special boats that will take you, at high speed, to enjoy one of the most unforgettable experiences: the direct and wet contact with the mighty Iguassu Falls! You will get off the boat at the base of the Falls, on a catwalk that connects to the lower circuit of the Falls. This tour can be started in the reverse direction, from this catwalk downwards ending with the jungle truck ride. After tour return to hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Mercure Iguazu.
- Day 3:
You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and taken to your hotel. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and the center of the political, economic and intellectual life of the country. Next enjoy the Argentina culinary experience. This is the best introduction to the Argentine cuisine and culture. The international team of guides are on hand to spoil you and take you through every step of this culinary journey. Overnight at the Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires.
- Day 4:
Your city tour of Buenos Aires starts at the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, which is known as the widest avenue of the world. Pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. You arrive at the main square Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (first City Hall). You will have an inside visit of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Continue to San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the eldest district of Buenos Aires with many antique stores. On Sundays, a visit of San Telmo's antique fair is a "MUST". Your next stop is La Boca, a very colorful area of painted houses with the famous street Caminito. The tour ends with the northern districts. Drive to the green area of Palermo with its parks and artificial lakes. Then, visit Recoleta area which offers lots of elegant boutiques and restaurants. At the cemetery of Recoleta you will find the grave of Eva Duarte, known as Eva Perón (Evita). The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. Tonight enjoy dinner and a tango show at one of the most authentic tango houses in the city, El Viejo Almacen. Overnight at the Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires.
- Day 5:
Today, you leave Buenos Aires city to San Antonio de Areco, set in the heart of Argentina's Pampas. San Antonio de Areco is a historical town and it is known as the “Cradle of Tradition”. Today you will enjoy the most authentic and original visit to the Pampas, interacting with San Antonio de Areco's locals, enjoying the town of gauchos while tasting a unique Argentine style barbecue in a local ranch. Overnight at the Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires.
- Day 6:
You will be picked up and taken to the domestic airport to board your flight to Bariloche. Situated on the southern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche is the most important town in the area and the best departure point to explore the lakes, forests and snow-capped mountains. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and taken to your hotel. Today, a small circuit tour gives you the first impression of this nice area. You will drive along the forest, lakes and mountains, which surrounds Bariloche. You begin the tour to the southeast along Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, bordering the Nahuel Huapi Lake. After crossing the residential district Melipal, arrive at Playa Bonita, located just in front of Huemul Island. Further on, you reach the barracks of the Mounted Engineers Company and the Andean Instruction Department. Arrive at the base of Campanario hill, where you will have a chair lift ride taking you to the summit 3.444 feet from where you can get breathtaking views of lakes Nahuel Huapi and Moreno, the Trebol pond, St Peter’s Peninsula, Llao Llao, Victoria Island and Otto Hill, Lopez, Goye, Cathedral Mountains and Bariloche city. Continue traveling to Llao Llao Peninsula, where the small and delicate St Edwards Chapel and Llao Llao Hotel, two architectural jewels, are located. Very close to Llao Llao Hotel is located Puerto Pañuelo, the starting point for the lake tours around the area. Continue driving to Angostura Bridge, crossing the Angostura River, which joins lakes Moreno, Nahuel Huapi and Lopez Bay at the foot of Lopez Mountain. Arrive at a natural look out point to get imposing views towards Moreno Lake and Llao Llao Peninsula. You will have photo stop opportunities and afterwards continue to Ezequiel Bustillo avenue that will take you back to downtown Bariloche. Overnight at the Hotel NH Edelweiss.
- Day 7:
Today is at leisure. One option is the Bariloche discovery tour, kayaking and hiking, picnic lunch. Overnight at the Hotel NH Edelweiss.
- Day 8:
Today, take an early walk to Lake Crossing Terminal located at Puerto Panuelo. Embark on the catamaran for one-hour navigation of the Blest arm of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, until reaching Puerto Blest. Start a bus trip to Puerto Alegre which borders the Frías river. On board a motorship, you sail Frías Lake for 15 minutes, from where you shall have the first view of Tronador Hill. Upon arrival at Puerto Frías you clear Argentine customs and proceed on a bus through lush Andean vegetation to the Vicente Pérez Rosales pass and then 29 km to the Chilean customs at Peulla. After customs, it is a short ride to Peulla. Then you board the Lagos Andinos Catamaran and set out to cross the waters of the Todos Los Santos lake. On your trip you will be able to view Mount Puntiagudo and the impressive Osorno volcano. You will arrive to Petrohué, from where you continue by bus until the last stop, the Petrohue rapids. Bordering LLanquihue Lake, you get to Puerto Varas. Overnight at the Hotel Solace.
- Day 9:
Transfer from your hotel in Puerto Varas to the airport in Puerto Montt. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport in Santiago to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Marina Las Condes.
- Day 10:
Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts with traces of its Colonial past mixed with the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center. Chile’s capital will surprise you. This tour offers you the opportunity to see this eclectic mix for yourself. The tour begins by heading south through the downtown area, to get to the heart of the city. From here you head along the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colorful main avenue, where you’ll see some important iconic constructions such as the Chilean University, San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill, site of Santiago’s foundation in 1541. Then you continue towards the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral. You will visit the Pre-Columbian Museum, where you will learn more about the Chilean history. Very close from here is the famous Central Market, which is the main market for fresh fish and seafood, an interesting building, dating back to the end of the 19th century. It is a steel construction, built in London and brought to Chile by ship. Afterwards, you continue the tour crossing the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to the San Cristóbal Hill. From one of the hill’s viewpoints, you will have the finest views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. To finish the tour, you will pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture to come back to your hotel. Transfer from the hotel in Santiago to the airport of Santiago.
April 18 – December 23, 2019 (Blackout Dates June 29 – August 25)
$2,699 price per person sharing
Included: Accommodations and meals mentioned in the tour description; taxes; entrance fees; tax and service charge at the hotels as well as the mandatory luggage handling fees
Not included: Optional tours; airfares; airport taxes; personal expenses; extras at the hotels; drinks during meals if not otherwise mentioned; non-mandatory tips as well as newly introduced entrance fees