Tango Samba Waterfalls
and Chile's Lake District
Chile's Lake District, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, the Iguassu Falls
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Chile's natural wonders: Santiago de Chile a Mediterranean coast, rolling hills, volcanoes and the highest mountain range in the Western Hemisphere, glacial lakes, European traditions and a heaven for lovers of excellent wines and incredible food. Finish your tour in the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires. Opt to extend to see the Iguassu Falls - larger than Niagara - in a lush green Argentine tropical setting.
Enjoy sights, sounds & shopping in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas." We show you both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the majestic Iguassu Falls. Take an unforgettable railway journey over the jutting Atlantic Rainforest Mountains, and view a mix of landscapes through southern Brazil on this special introduction into a fascinating land! The contrasts of Brazil become evident as you travel from natural wonders through high-tech farmlands to the industrial megalopolis of São Paulo. Finish your trip in marvelous Rio de Janeiro!
- Buenos Aires, Argentina - the Capital of Tango
- Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls
- Historic Port of Antonina
- Majestic Train Ride through the Atlantic Rainforest over the Serra do Mar
- Economic Powerhouse São Paulo
- + Bonus Rio incl. 2 sightseeings
- Santiago de Chile
- Concha y Toro Winery
- Valparaiso and Vi–a del Mar Excursion
- Lake Crossing Through The Andes
- Mountain resort of Bariloche
- Two Scenic Excursions around Bariloche
- The Paris of South America, Buenos Aires
- 19 Days/18 Nights
- Tango Show and Dinner
- 4 Dinners + 1 Bonus
- All Transfers & 1 Flight
- All Breakfasts, 1 Dinner upon arrival
- 2 Internal Flights & All Transfers
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Day 1: Arrive this morning in Santiago de Chile, gateway to the Andes, situated between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean. Your SouthAmerica.travel tour guide will accompany you to your hotel in the green heart of the city, Hotel Radisson****. Your guide introduces you to this city nestled between mountains: Enjoy a city tour visiting both the historic and modern centers of Santiago, as well as a trip to neighboring San Cristobal for a good look at the surrounding area. Dinner tonight is included.
Day 2: In the afternoon enjoy an excursion
to the Concha y Toro Winery, one of the most famous Chilean vineyards
around the world. Located in the Maipo River canyon, planted with grapevines
of the most noble French stock such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay,
Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and others. Founded in 1883 showing
today a most modern technology in cooling equipment, stainless steel tanks,
filters and oak casks which has lead to the making of exceptional wines.
Day 3: Though no longer its largest port, it
retains tremendous historical significance and beauty, as well as being
home to the Chilean House of Assembly and Senate. The upper and lower
parts of the city are connected through 16 funicular railways constructed
around the turn of the century, a time when the city experienced tremendous
growth.Parts of Valparaiso are considered to become a UNESCO heritage
site.From Valpara’so, continue along the coast to the beautiful beaches
of Vi–a del Mar, the Garden city, named for its many parks and green spaces.
Day 4: Fly from Santiago de Chile directly South to Puerto Montt, the capital of Lake District, founded in 1853 by German colonists on the site of an indigenous Mapuche community. Continue on to your hotel in neighboring Puerto Varas: Gran Hotel Colonos del Sur**** on the shores of Lago Llanquihue. The city gets its nickname from the tremendous variety of roses all over town. Your hotel has a small beautiful restaurant with lake view for your dinner (not included), but there are many other places for you to choose from in Puerto Varas: Among the the Merlin, Chile's best Fish restaurant South of Santiago.
Day 5: Set out this morning on the lake crossing over the Andes to Argentina,
following along the shores of Lago Llanquihue with breathtaking views
of the volcanos Osorno and Calbuco. Stop at Petrohu¨ Falls for some spectacular
views. No words can describe the natural beauty of the area. You'll be
speechless, the landscape awe-inspiring: Volcanos, jagged mountains, crystal
clear lakes - you'll expect Heidi on every Alpine meadow!
cross Lago Todos Los Santos, with more spectacular views of Volcano Osorno
and Tronador. Lunch stop in Puerto Peulla (overnight here from May - August
due to shortened daylight hours - continue Friday to Bariloche). Then
continue up over the Andes pass and down to Lago Frio, as you enter Argentina!
Board your second boat, then continue on a short bus journey to Puerto
Blest, where you'll board your 3rd boat across Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto
Panuelo. Upon arrival in Puerto Panuelo, continue to your Hotel
Nevada**** Bariloche and check in to your superior room. The hotel
is only a few steps away from Bariloche's many restaurants.
Day 6: Full day included excursion: Tronador Mountain & Alerces Falls. Head south and up into the Andes, following the road along Lago Mascardi with it's lush southern forest. After crossing the bridge of the calm River Manso, continue towards Laguna Los Moscos and Lake Hess where youâll see a tremendous waterfall - Cascada los Alerces. Onwards in the direction of Tronador, a large mountain with three peaks thrusts forth: Argentino (11,253 ft/3.410m), International (11,728ft /3.554m) and Chileno (11,319 ft/3.430m). Argentina and Chile share these mountain peaks directly on the border of the two countries.
Day 7: Navigate a beautiful circuit today around the surroundings of Bariloche, the 'Aspen of South America', with emphasis on the lakes areas. Follow the lake shore of the spectacular Lago Nahuel Huapi. From Cerro Campanario, enjoy a 360 degree view of the surrounding lakes, islands and mountains. Descend and continue on to the peninsula San Pedro. In Llao-Llao, stop for a brief walk to see the Chapel of San Eduardo.
Day 8: Fly this morning to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires - Arrival, reception
and transfer from the domestic airport to Hotel
Pestana (ex-Murano)**** only one block away from the busy pedestrian
street 'Florida' and the famous shopping mall Galeria Pacifico. Opt upon
arrival to be taken first to the San Telmo Sunday-only Antique market, undoubtedley the best in the Americas. Dinner and Tango show tonight is
Day 9: Today's city tour visits the 'old' district of San Telmo, the main residential area in colonial days, full of antique shops to the picturesque district of La Boca, 2 miles south of the main port area, on the west bank of the river Riachuelo. This former port from the turn of the century was settled by many Italians from Genoa who made their homes from corrugated iron sheets, painting them with all the colors of the spectrum. Along the colorful street of Caminito (name of a famous Tango) sit local artists, painting and selling their wares.
Day 10: After breakfast, opt to experience the life on an Estancia during a full day Fiesta Gaucha. On arrival at Estancia Santa Susana, you will be served an 'empanada' (meat pasties) and a glass of wine. Then take a stroll around the house and park on your own or enjoy a horse ride or a ride in an old wagon coach. Feast on a great 'asado criollo' (BBQ), prepared by Gauchos over large open fires, served with salads, white and red wine, mineral water and/or beer. Along with dessert, witness a show of folklore music and dances of the Pampas. Finally, enjoy a Sortija and Cuadrera race.
Day 11: Sightseeing in this elegant city includes the Casa Rosada, the well-known stage for Evita Perón's plea, "Don't cry for me Argentina", as well as the history-laden Plaza de Mayo. The newly-rebuilt port area Puerto Madera with its restaurants and bars is a nice place to relax. The afternoon is free - opt to visit an Estancia with Lunch and Gaucho Show.
Day 12: Depart today for Iguazu/Iguassu. Upon your approach to Iguazu International Airport, your pilot might tip his wings to give you your first view of the magnificent Iguassu Falls and the surrounding natural park of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Your bilingual SouthAmerica.travel Tour guide or representative escorts you to the fabulous Hotel Mercure Internacional*****. Feast on a Brazilian dinner tonight after a relaxing swim in the pool.
Day 13: Today's full day excursion shows you the Falls from both sides. First, cross into Argentina for a walk above the falls, wider and more powerful than Niagara. A boat guides you to an island to get a close-up view of the Falls from below.The mist of the Falls engulfs you on the Brazilian side, as you walk out onto a platform and into the garganta do diabo, the 'devil's throat'. Opt for the Macuco Safari - a boat ride under the Falls on the Brazilian side.Day 14: The rolling landscape on today's journey is interrupted only by mountain chains, rich farmland and patches of original subtropical forest, with the unique Araucária trees. Arrive in Curitiba, named best-organized city in South America, now a model for many Western industrialized nations! The city has grown 10-fold in the past 20 years, using innovative ideas to manage its substantial growth.The capital of the state of Paraná is a melting pot of such diverse cultures as Dutch, Polish, Arabian, German, Ukrainian, Italian and Japanese cultures, amongst many others! Check in to the Hotel Mercure Curitiba****. Tonight's included dinner will give you a taste of the region's mix of cultures.
Day 15: Morning sightseeing gives you a view of the capital, including the glass Opera House, before heading down to the coast for a stroll along the historic promenade of the Port of Antonina. After lunch, board the scenic historic railway as it winds its way from sea level up 1200m (3/4 of a mile high!) over the Serra do Mar chain back to Curitiba.
Day 16: Head for São Paulo, the world's second largest city & South America's industrial powerhouse! 4000 deadly poisonous snakes welcome you on our sightseeing including the Butantã Institute, the world-famous research lab specializing in anti-venom research. Continue downtown to see the Paulistanos as they work and live in this surprisingly well-organized metropolis. Sightseeing includes the Contemporary Art Museum, Basilica and the Teatro Municipal. São Paulo's Hotel Mercure Paulista**** is located in the heart of the city. Tonight's dinner is included.
The city of São Paulo is full of surprises. It is the largest German manufacturing city in the world, and contains great architecture, such as this masterpiece by Oscar Niemeyer, architect of the capital, Brasilia Bonus Days!
Day 17: Arrive in the cidade maravilhosa, Rio de Janeiro. Welcoming you to the 'marvelous city' is your bilingual SouthAmerica.travel Tour guide or representative who will escort you to your hotel on the Copacabana - Luxor Continental****. (Get a free upgrade to the sea view apartment at the Luxor Continental**** now! See Specials!) The afternoon is free for a stroll, some shopping or relaxing on the beach or at your rooftop pool! Meet your fellow travelers for a complementary Rodizio, an All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Barbecue (included).
Day 18: The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain is the highlight of today's sightseeing tour. Board a funicular to reach the summit with its 360º spectrum of golden beaches, green forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of the world's most beautiful city. Sightseeing continues with a tour of Rio's historical past. Learn how Portugal's prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil. In the afternoon heat, everything slows down, and the Cariocas (as the people of Rio call themselves) head for the beach!
Day 19: Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710m (2340ft). Board the tremzinho (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird's eye view of the center of the city! This evening, depart for home or your onward journey.
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