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Essence of South America
15 days / 14 nights

Countries visited:
Chile, Argentina, Brazil

Tour highlights:

Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt
Iguassu Falls
Rio de Janeiro
Buenos Aires
Full day Rancho visit


Day 1 Santiago, Chile
Arrive at Santiago Airport and have a transfer to your hotel. Accommodation and evening at leisure.

Day 2 Santiago
Today start your South American journey with a city tour of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Walk through Plaza de Armas, the main square, see the cathedral and the neoclassical La Moneda Palace. Continue with a drive through the main avenues of old Santiago, crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and ride a funicular to the top of San Cristóbal Hill for a magnificent panoramic view of the city backed by the Andes Mountains. See also the modern Santiago, including its chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers.

Day 3 Santiago - Northern Patagonia’s Lake District (flight) - Puerto Varas
Fly this morning to the Lake District of southern Chile, renowned as a wonderland of mountain lakes, snow capped volcanoes, waterfalls and lush forests. Have lunch in Puerto Montt, reflecting the German heritage of the area’s original settlers, en route to the Patagonian resort town of Puerto Varas, a picturesque place on the shore of Chile’s largest man-made lake, Lago Llanquihue. Free time and overnight in Puerto Varas.

Day 4 Puerto Varas - Villa La Angostura - Bariloche (boat)
Sail across Nahuel Huapi Lake from the lakeside village of Villa La Angostura to Bariloche, a modern settlement, known for its chocolate, lakes and ski resorts. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of snow capped mountain peaks and forested islands, and have the possibility of watching Andean condors soaring effortlessly above you. Overnight in Bariloche.

Day 5 Bariloche
Today enjoy a tour of Bariloche. The first stop is Playa Bonita to admire Huemul Island. When you reach Campanario Hill base, take a chair lift to the top for the most beautiful and fascinating views in the area. At the end of the tour drive to the hotel, admiring fascinating scenery on the way and stop at a panoramic lookout, a natural balcony, from where you can admire Moreno Lake and Llao Llao Peninsula. The rest of the day is at leisure. Have a full day in Bariloche and immerse in the natural splendors of your idyllic lakeside setting.

Day 6 Bariloche - Buenos Aires (flight)
Leave Bariloche and take a flight to Buenos Aires. After a transfer to your hotel, enjoy evening at leisure.

Day 7 Buenos Aires
Have a guided visit of the city and enjoy many of the city's main attractions - Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace). Explore the colorful La Boca neighborhood, which is both a working class barrio and artist colony, and then enjoy lunch in the San Telmo District, a mix of colonial-style homes, narrow lanes, artist lofts and hip bars. Have a dinner in a traditional argentinian restaurant and watch a tango show.

Day 8 Buenos Aires - Rancho visit
A full day adventure in the glorious countryside on traditional Estancias or Ranches to enjoy Argentina’s top quality meats and wines surrounded by unique landscapes and local people. Learn about the lifestyle of the Gauchos (the Argentinean cowboys), their customs and tour the historical city of Chascomus, founded on 1779. During the tour you will have the chance to taste the best Argentinian beef steak and to try the famous local wines, an unforgettable experience!

Day 9 Buenos Aires
Have free time in the morning and after lunch, enjoy a visit to Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires’ seven-tiered opera house. First opened in 1908, its opulent stained glass, marble staircases and excellent acoustics, today it is considered among the five best concert venues in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10 Buenos Aires - Iguassu Falls (flight)
Today have a flight to Iguassu, a majestic place, home of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Day 11 Iguassu Falls
Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, Iguazú Falls, named a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, is masterpiece is selected for one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, and includes 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. You’ll have to visit both sides to get a complete look at the falls. Today you’ll experience the Argentinian side, walking along grated walkways of metal and climbing steps as you view the thundering water. Enjoy also a ride on the Ecological Jungle train, one of the best ways to discover the beautiful landscape and the waterfalls.

Day 12 Iguassu Falls - Rio de Janeiro (flight)
Your visit to Iguassu Falls is made complete when you travel to the Brazilian side today for a rainforest walk at the base of the falls, followed by lunch overlooking the river. In the afternoon fly to Rio de Janeiro where you will stay your last three nights of the journey.

Day 13 Rio de Janeiro
Have a full day to explore the city’s highlights. Journey by train to the summit of Corcovado to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, standing high above Rio and the sea below. Back down the mountain, see the famous Sambodromo parade area, the Cathedral and visit the 300-foot-high Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car to relish spectacular views of the city and the beaches. Have a walking tour of Rio's historic downtown, including the Cathedral, the National Historical Museum and other Belle Époque landmarks. In the evening enjoy a samba show and taste the local food in a traditional restaurant.

Day 14 Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy a full day at leisure.Explore one of the most famous beaches in the world like Ipanema and Copacabana or take an optional Jeep tour to the rainforest of Rio, Tijuca National Park, a bird resort, offering remarkable views of the city and Guanabara Bay.

Day 15 Rio de Janeiro
Have a transfer to the airport and fly back home.