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17 Days
Availability : Sept - Dec 2018 / Jan to Apr 2019 / Sep to Dec 2019
Santiago - Chile
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
National Geographic Expeditions

TRIP OVERVIEW
  • Learn about Chilean wines from a certified enologist in the Maipo Valley, and cook up traditional dishes at a family home in Puerto Varas.
  • Dance the tango at a neighborhood studio in Buenos Aires, and then see an optional tango dinner show
  • Witness the thundering cascades of Iguaçu Falls, and experience the tranquility of the Chilean Lake District.
  • Discover Rio de Janeiro from our base on Copacabana Beach, and take an optional boat ride to the tropical islands near the colonial town of Parati.

 
ITINERARY

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.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

DAY 1: SANTIAGO
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Optional Activities:Bellavista Neighbourhood Visit, Pisco Distillery Santiago, Day Trip to Isla Negra, Day trip to Valparaiso
Accommodations:Crowne Plaza Santiago (or similar)
 
DAY 2: SANTIAGO
Spend the morning with a wine expert, visiting a local winery outside Santiago and discussing the process that makes Chilean wine some of the best in the world. Sample various wines and enjoy a vertical tasting.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Crowne Plaza Santiago (or similar)
 
DAY 3: SANTIAGO/PUERTO VARAS
Flight and transfer to Puerto Varas, in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Explore the countryside and Chilean culture as you visit the Puerto Montt’s Angelmó fish market and the scenic town of Puerto Varas. After, visit a local family home and enjoy a “curanto”, a beloved traditional dish. Mingle with the friendly hosts and try your hand at whipping up salsa pebre.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)
 
DAY 4: PUERTO VARAS
Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Chiloé Island Excursion, Paso Desolacion Trek, Osorno Volcano Day Hike
Accommodations:Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)
 
DAY 5: PUERTO VARAS/SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)
 
DAY 6: SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE
Free time to explore this stunning region. Opt to take a bike tour, hike, or explore the town’s shops and restaurants.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Hiking, Mountain Biking, Bariloche Rafting, Horseback Riding Bariloche, Bariloche Circuito Chico Tour
Accommodations:Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)
 
DAY 7: SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE/BUENOS AIRES
Fly to Buenos Aires. Spend the evening enjoying a night out with a light dinner in a local cafe 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Design Suites-Buenos Aires (or similar)
 
DAY 8: BUENOS AIRES
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 cafes and restaurants.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Kenton Palace (or similar)
 
DAY 9: BUENOS AIRES
Free day to explore this charming city. Opt to visit San Telmo for the antiques market and street arts displays. Or the posh Recoleta area, with its cafes, museums and cemetery, is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos, Buenos Aires Bike Tour, Teatro Colón Tour, Tigre Delta Excursion
Accommodations:Kenton Palace (or similar)
 
DAY 10: BUENOS AIRES/FOZ DO IGUAÇU
Fly to Iguazú Falls and explore the Brazilian side to get the best panoramic view. This evening enjoy a lecture with local biologist/botanist who will talk to us about the flora and fauna around the falls, and the uses of local plants for medicinal and healing purposes.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Wyndham Golden Foz (or similar)
 
DAY 11: FOZ DO IGUAÇU
Explore the Argentina side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to get a view of the falls from below. Return to Foz for the night.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Iguassu Falls Boat Tour, Iguassu Helicopter Ride
Accommodations:Hotel Wyndham Golden Foz (or similar)
 
DAY 12: FOZ DO IGUAÇU/SÃO PAULO
Fly to São Paulo and discover the city through gastronomy and architecture. Visit some of the city’s most noted sites and along the way a specialist guide will also share knowledge of popular local cuisine.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Blue Tree Premium Paulista (or similar)
 
DAY 13: SÃO PAULO/PARATY
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activities:Cachaça Distillery Visit
Accommodations:Villas de Paraty (or similar)
 
DAY 14: PARATY
Enjoy an included schooner tour of the harbour’s many islands and beaches.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Villas de Paraty (or similar)
 
DAY 15: PARATY/RIO DE JANEIRO
Carry on by private van to Rio de Janeiro for free time to explore the city using our centrally located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Opt to take a city tour.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Rio de Janeiro City Tour
Accommodations:Windsor Plaza Copacabana Hotel (or similar)
 
DAY 16: RIO DE JANEIRO
Explore vibrant Rio; sun, beach, and nightlife await. Opt to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Rio de Janeiro City Tour, Rio Football Game
Accommodations:Windsor Plaza Copacabana Hotel (or similar)
 
DAY 17: RIO DE JANEIRO
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Rio Football Game, Rio Hang Gliding
 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation: Hotels (16 nts).
  • Meals: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Buses, ferry, plane, private van.
  • 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
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What’s Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities
MY OWN ROOM

During your trip, sometimes it’s just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That’s why we offer the “My Own Room” option – a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $6,518

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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