18 Nights 19 Days
Destinations : Sao Paulo – Rio De Janeiro – Iguassu – Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – El Calafate – Bariloche – Puerto Varas – Santiago
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Day 1: Arrival in Sao Paulo
Upon your arrival at Sao Paulo Airport, you will be warmly greeted and then transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and unwind, with an overnight stay at the hotel in Sao Paulo.
Day 2: Sao Paulo - Rio De Janeiro City Tour
Wake up for a wonderful morning breakfast. This morning, you will set out to explore Sao Paulo during a city tour. Your journey commences at the Centro Cultural. Throughout this excursion, you will meander through the historic precincts of Sao Paulo's Old Downtown, acquainting yourself with noteworthy landmarks such as the Cathedral Se, Patio do Colegio, Monastery of Sao Bento, the Banespa Building, Martinelli Building (South America's first skyscraper), Viaduto do Cha, the Municipal Theater, Concert hall Sala Sao Paulo, the Estaçao da Luz train station, and the Municipal Market. Following the tour, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival at Rio de Janeiro Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. You are then free to explore the city at your own leisure. You will spend the night at your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 3: Rio De Janeiro
Today, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will go on an excursion to Sugar Loaf. This tour begins with a panoramic view of the city's downtown, passing by the Maracana Stadium, the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral, a striking pyramid-shaped structure with a diameter of 96 meters and a height of 80 meters. You will also discover the historic Cinelandia square, adorned with significant edifices, such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. The tour culminates at Pao de Açúcar, an iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro, which is reached via a two-stage journey on glass cable-cars. In the afternoon, you will visit Corcovado Mountain and explore the city's beautiful beaches. You will spend the night at your hotel in Rio De Janeiro.
Day 4: Rio De Janeiro
After a delightful breakfast, your day begins with a journey to HD Guanabara Bay, which is gracefully framed by magnificent mountains and pristine beaches, steeped in historical significance. During your cruise along this enchanting bay, you'll pass by numerous captivating islands like Ilha de Villegaignon, Ilha Fiscal, Ilha das Cobras, and Ilha das Enxadas, among others. The cruise also affords you captivating vistas of the bustling Docks and the iconic Rio-Niteroi Bridge. On the opposite side of the bay, the Niteroi coastline beckons with a plethora of attractions, including Gragoata beach and Fort, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and an array of exquisite beaches such as Flechas, Icarai, Sao Francisco, Charitas, Jurujuba, and Adao e Eva. Additionally, you'll feast your eyes on Pedra Itapuca and Pedra do Índio, as well as the grand Santa Cruz Fortress. As you journey back, don't miss the chance to revel in the sights of the Laje and São Pedro Fort, and the inviting shores of Flamengo and Botafogo beaches. You'll spend the night at your comfortable hotel in Rio De Janeiro.
Day 5: Rio De Janeiro – Iguassu
Your day commences with a transfer to Rio De Janeiro Airport in the morning. Upon your arrival in Iguassu, you'll be whisked away to your hotel in the area. Later, you'll embark on an excursion to the Brazilian Falls, a natural wonder of extraordinary beauty. The Brazilian Park, in particular, offers modern amenities that enhance your experience. Upon reaching the Visitors center, you'll board panoramic buses that kickstart your exploration of the park. After a brief bus ride, you'll descend to begin your journey along the park's winding pathways. From the initial balcony, you'll be greeted by a sweeping panoramic view of the Argentinean falls. A picturesque 950-meter path leads you to the falls on the Brazilian side, where you'll enjoy awe-inspiring vistas. Walking along the pathway that takes you right next to the Floriano fall, you’ll be treated to a refreshing encounter and breathtaking views of the lower Iguazu river and the attractive Devil’s Gorge Canyon. The adventure continues as you take the elevator or stairs to the shopping and restaurant area upstairs. You'll spend the night at your welcoming hotel in Iguazu.
Day 6: Iguassu
Begin your day with a delightful breakfast, followed by an enchanting journey to explore the Argentinean side of the Falls. This tour has been extended due to the introduction of new facilities for the Upper, Lower, and Devil's Throat Circuits. Upon arrival, you'll first reach the New Visitors Center, which allows you to explore the Nature's Interpretation Center. From here, you can hop on a train that will whisk you to the Cataratas Station in just about 8 minutes or opt for a short stroll through the "Green Trail," leading to the starting point of the Upper and Lower trails.
Upper Circuit: This segment spans 800 meters of raised walkways, gently removed from the jungle's floor to safeguard the local wildlife's natural pathways. Here, you'll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the falls, basking in their grandeur and taking in the panoramic spectacle.
Lower Circuit: Covering a substantial 1,600 meters of walkways, this circuit also gently ascends from the jungle's surface, granting you a unique perspective from below and around the falls. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to become one with the natural surroundings, allowing you to witness and feel their immense beauty up close.
Devil's Gorge: Commencing from the Cataratas Station, a train journey of approximately 18 minutes will take you to the Garganta Station. From there, an alluring walk along the catwalks, spanning about 1,200 meters over the islands, will lead you to the most breathtaking vantage point: the Devil's Throat. Conclude your day with an overnight stay at the hotel in Iguazu.
Day 7: Iguassu to Buenos Aires
This morning, we will arrange for your transfer to Iguazu Airport, from where you'll catch a flight to Buenos Aires. Upon your arrival at Buenos Aires Airport, you will be smoothly transported to your hotel. Buenos Aires is a multifaceted, lively, and captivating port city, which extends from south to north along the shores of the Rio de la Plata, serving as Argentina's historical gateway. The people of Buenos Aires, known as Porteños, take immense pride in their intricate and culturally rich identity. They hold their European heritage in high regard, evident in their lifestyle and architectural influences, which distinctly resonate with European elements more than any other city in South America. In the evening, we invite you to indulge in the enchanting experience of a Tango Show and Dinner at the exquisite Tango Porteño. Rest and recharge for the night at your hotel in Buenos Aires.
Day 8: Buenos Aires
Begin your day with an exploration of Buenos Aires on the City Tour. We cordially invite you to uncover the charms of Buenos Aires, often referred to as the "Reina del Plata" (Queen of the Silver). Commence the tour by navigating through the city center, where you'll encounter its most alluring landmarks, including the grand Av. 9 de Julio, the renowned Colón Theatre, and the iconic Obelisk, symbolising Buenos Aires. Your journey will then lead you to the historic Plaza de Mayo, before venturing southward through San Telmo with its enchanting tanguerías, the vibrant La Boca and its famous Caminito, and onwards to Puerto Madero, the revitalised port district known for its culinary delights. You might also explore Palermo, the largest green oasis in Buenos Aires, featuring picturesque parks and elegant architecture. The day culminates in Recoleta, a neighbourhood that harmoniously blends culture and sophistication. On Sundays, your tour concludes at the lively Flea Market of San Telmo. Enjoy a comfortable night's stay at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
Note: If the City Tour takes place on a Sunday, the excursion wraps up at the vibrant Flea Market of San Telmo.
Day 9: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Have a healthy and delightful breakfast in the morning and embark on a flight from El Calafate Airport to reach the captivating Ushuaia. Situated at the southernmost tip of the Republic of Argentina, on the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia proudly holds the title of being the world's southernmost city. Nestled along the shores of the Beagle Channel, its name, derived from the yamana tongue, means "bay overlooking the West." Surrounded by the breathtaking embrace of the sea, dense forests, tranquil lakes, and towering mountains, Ushuaia presents itself as a picturesque city. It boasts a well-developed infrastructure to cater to tourists, an elegant commercial hub, and a burgeoning social and cultural scene. Your overnight stay awaits at a comfortable Ushuaia hotel.
Day 10: Ushuaia
In the morning, join on a captivating Half Day Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park, complete with a ride on the Train of the End of the World. This historic train journey offers a fascinating glimpse into Ushuaia's heritage, set against the backdrop of the Earth's southernmost point – a truly magnificent landscape. Located just 12 kilometers from Ushuaia, this park is unique as it is the only national park in the country that boasts an ocean coastline. Its vast 63,000 hectares are a sanctuary for a variety of flora, including nires, lengas, cherry trees, calafates, as well as delicate flowers such as violets and orchids.
In the afternoon, embark on a Beagle Channel Navigation excursion, including a visit to Seals Island. You'll be transported to the port, where you'll board a catamaran to sail the waters of the Beagle Channel, a body of water that links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This area serves as a haven for numerous sea mammals and birds, offering a unique opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat without disturbing their daily routines.
After a day filled with exploration and natural wonders, retire to your Ushuaia hotel for the night.
Day 11: Ushuaia to El Calafate
Start off the day with a healthy breakfast. On this day, you will bid farewell to your hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arriving in El Calafate, you will be promptly transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You will spend the night at your hotel in El Calafate.
Day 12: El Calafate
This morning, you will hop on for a full-day excursion to the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. As you journey through the breathtaking landscape, you will witness the magnificence of nature at its finest. Continuing from El Calafate, along the southern shore of the Argentine Lake, you will reach the entrance to Los Glaciares National Park, which is situated 90 kilometers away. Here, you will follow the trails leading to the glacier.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is a remarkable natural wonder, boasting an age of approximately 30,000 years. It covers an expansive surface area of 192 square kilometers, with a front wall extending for 5 kilometers and towering peaks that reach heights of up to 80 meters. Its deep blue base is nearly as dark as the surrounding waters. The tranquillity of the environment is occasionally broken by the resounding noise of massive chunks of ice breaking off from the glacier and plunging into the lake, where they float in the Icebergs Channel.
For a more immersive experience, you will go on a Nautical Safari excursion, which allows you to truly appreciate the vastness of the Perito Moreno Glacier. The journey commences at Bajo de las Sombras Port, located 6 kilometers from the Glacier Vantage Point. Visitors board a boat and sail along Rico Lake. Upon reaching the southernmost part of the Icebergs Channel, the boat anchors at a safe distance from the towering wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to observe the glacier's immense walls and the icebergs continually calving from the glacier into Rico Lake. After an eventful day, you will return to your hotel in El Calafate for the night.
Day 13: El Calafate to Bariloche
On this day, you'll bid farewell to your hotel in El Calafate and head to the airport for a flight to Bariloche. Upon your arrival in Bariloche, you will be comfortably transferred to your new abode. After checking in at the hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. You'll be spending the night at the hotel in Bariloche.
Day 14: Bariloche Exploration
Following a delicious breakfast, embark on a captivating journey through the picturesque city of Bariloche. Your adventure commences on Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, a scenic route that meanders alongside the enchanting Nahuel Huapi lakeshore. Along the way, you'll feast your eyes on the natural beauty of Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, El Trebol lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas, Victoria Island, Otto, Lopez, Goye, and Catedral hills, as well as the charming town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Continuing your route, you'll pass by a serene golf course, cross the Angostura river bridge linking Nahuel Huapi Lake to Moreno Lake, and glide past López Bay, nestled at the foot of Lopez Hill. Your journey will culminate at the Panoramic Point, a scenic overlook boasting a splendid vista of Moreno Lake and Llao Llao peninsula. As the day unfolds, you'll return to your hotel in Bariloche for a restful night.
Day 15: Bariloche to Puerto Varas
Today, you will go on a journey from the charming city of San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, venturing into Chile through the magnificent Andes Mountains. The day begins early as you set forth on your path towards the Cardenal Samore International Pass. As you traverse this mountainous terrain, you will be greeted by the sight of Osorno, Frutillar, Puerto Varas, and Puerto Montt, all nestled behind the peaks. This pass is the second most crucial international connection, providing direct access to Osorno and Puerto Montt via the Southern Road, as well as the rest of Chilean Patagonia.
Your journey commences as you cross the Argentinean Customs Office and the National Gendarmerie. Along the route, you'll gradually notice signposts guiding the way to renowned Puyehue hot springs, the Antillanca Volcano with its ski resort, and the distance remaining to Osorno, your first official stop. After a brief pause, our bus resumes its course, leading you to Puerto Varas, just an hour away, where you will ultimately arrive. The evening will find you at a comfortable hotel in Puerto Varas, ready to rest and rejuvenate.
Day 16: Puerto Varas
In the morning, hop on a Half Day Excursion to Frutillar. This delightful journey along the shores of Llanquihue Lake, the second largest lake in Chile, will lead you to the quaint town of Frutillar. Along the way, you'll be treated to stunning vistas of the Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo, and Tronador volcanoes. The town itself, with its charming 19th-century German architecture, offers a nostalgic trip back in time. Don't miss the chance to witness the breathtaking Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo, and Tronador volcanoes, as well as the Teatro del Lago. Spend the night at your hotel in Puerto Varas.
Day 17: Puerto Varas - Santiago
Today, bid farewell to your Puerto Varas hotel and transfer to Puerto Montt Airport for your flight to Santiago. Upon your arrival in Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel. Santiago serves as the central hub for a region teeming with alluring destinations and activities. Just to the south of Santiago, you'll find the lush and picturesque vineyards of the Maipo Valley, one of the world's most renowned wine-producing regions. In the afternoon, indulge in a City tour of Santiago. This excursion will take you to the heart of the city, commencing at Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue, its main thoroughfare. You'll visit the presidential palace, La Moneda, and take a leisurely stroll through the pedestrian streets of Ahumada and Huerfanos, ending up at the historic Plaza de Armas, encircled by the cathedral and other venerable structures. The tour continues with a climb up San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city, and then proceeds to other intriguing areas, including Bellavista, a hub of cultural and artistic activity, and the modern residential districts of Las Condes and Providencia. Enjoy your overnight stay at your hotel in Santiago.
Day 18: Santiago
Today, there will be a full-day excursion to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. As the morning sun graces Santiago, you'll set off towards the coastline to explore the charming towns of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. Your journey commences with a delightful stop in Pomaire, a quaint village renowned for its skilled artisans crafting an array of items from local clay, including dishes, pots, and intriguing sculptures, along with various other handicrafts.
As you proceed towards the coast, take in the coastal beauty with visits to the sandy shores of Renaca and the enchanting town of Vina del Mar, often referred to as the Garden City due to its elegant parks and streets adorned with vibrant flowers. In the afternoon, continue your adventure to the picturesque port city of Valparaiso, established in the 16th century atop 43 hills. Navigating the city involves navigating narrow winding streets, staircases, and a network of lifts, also known as funiculars. This unique urban layout, boasting eclectic architecture and historical significance, has earned Valparaiso UNESCO's recognition as a World Heritage Site. Retreat to your hotel in Santiago for an overnight stay, enriched by the experiences of the day.
Day 19: Departing from Santiago
After a satisfying breakfast, you will proceed to the airport to catch your flight, whether it be to your next destination or your cherished hometown. It's a day filled with memories that will last a lifetime.
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