Connect with the cosmopolitan verve of the Chilean capital, Santiago. On arrival, you'll enjoy a warm Trafalgar welcome and be transferred to your luxury hotel in fashionable Las Condes. Spend the rest of the day on your terms discovering the unique personalities of each of the city's diverse barrios. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception.
This morning's city tour with a Local Specialist includes a stop at the ornate wrought-iron Central Market where we'll see the catch of the day and stroll past pop-up restaurants serving local favourites. We journey to wine country, visiting an exclusive winery in Casablanca Valley for a gourmet Regional Meal lunch served alfresco in exquisite surrounds. 'Dive into Culture' and meet the winemaker for a personalised winery experience, followed by an opportunity to taste the fruit of his labours. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
We fly south to the coastal city of Puerto Montt, then continue to Puerto Varas for a tour of the "City of Roses" against the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes. Later, we make our way to our hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue where we'll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and an included dinner.
Look forward to a day of pinch me moments as you cross the Andes via land and water. Our first stop sees us watch the burbling waters of the Petrohue River cascade over black volcanic rock. We'll cross Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye out for giant Andean condors as the mighty Osorno Volcano with its white cap looms in the background. Admire the soul-stirring landscapes en route to Peulla where we'll enjoy lunch. Then, cross the border into Argentina and cruise the glacial waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We'll arrive in Bariloche this evening.
Soak up the sights and sounds of the "Switzerland of South America" this morning, breathing in the fresh alpine air. We'll meet our Local Specialist and travel along the "Circuito Chico" for spectacular views of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit the beach playground of Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop of St. Edward's Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. 'Dive into Culture' and indulge in the rich flavours of chocolate during a visit to Bariloche's Chocolate Museum, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Leaving spectacular Patagonian landscapes behind, we fly to the passionate Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. This evening, we'll 'Connect with Locals', joining our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner with a local family in Palermo Soho. Savour traditional flavours and homemade family dishes, then discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Our unforgettable local encounter continues as we watch family members engage in an elegant Tango performance.
Immerse yourself in the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy. We'll join a Local Specialist to see some of Buenos Aires' most notable sites, including the Plaza de Mayo and iconic pink Casa Rosada. View the fashionable neighbourhoods of La Boca and San Telmo, admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon and drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio to the elegant Recoleta, where Argentina's most famous sons and daughters have been laid to rest. We pay homage to the beloved former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine Asado, the authentic tastes of world-renowned Argentinian beef. 'Dive into Culture' later, watching the sensual, stirring moves of a traditional Tango performance.
Get a taste of life as a porteño this morning, embracing the energy of this passionate South American hub on your terms. Perhaps, admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Belles Artes or stroll around the colourful stalls that line one of the local markets. Take to the country and consider spending the day at a traditional estancia (ranch) for the the Fiesta del Gaucho (festival of the cowboy), where you'll be entertained by a lively equestrian show and enjoy a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch.
Journey to the thundering cascade of Iguassu Falls, where we'll meet our Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park. Board an open-air ecological jungle train delving deep into its subtropical rainforest. Walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil's Throat Falls. We'll cross the border into Brazil for an evening at leisure and dinner at our resort.
Rediscover the 'Big Waters' and return to Iguassu National Park, where you'll join a Local Specialist who will guide your discovery of the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls and peer at its majesty through the powerful spray. We enjoy an evening at leisure.
We bid farewell to the falls and fly to sultry Rio de Janeiro. You'll be transferred to your hotel overlooking the colourful Copacabana Beach.
Begin your exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) with your Local Specialist, ascending Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for astounding bay and city views. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an optional cruise on Guanabara Bay viewing Rio's picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We join our Local Specialist to explore more of the city's iconic sights. Later this afternoon, we'll 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to a local Samba school where we'll gain insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and immerse yourself in the rhythms of Samba as you participate in a dance lesson. This evening, the flavours of churrascaria linger at our Farewell Dinner. As our hosts demonstrate how to mix the perfect caipirinha, we toast to an epic South American journey. Saude!
Transfer to the airport or choose to extend your stay at the Miramar by Windsor.
Crossovers: All 2018 departures will operate as per the 2018 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Santiago-Puerto Montt, Bariloche-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Iguassu Falls and Iguassu Falls-Rio de Janeiro and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2018. For up-to-date information, see Terms and Conditions.
Please note: In some locations, you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Passport: Guest passport information for flights is required at time of final payment.
Trafalgar offers a selection of optional itinerary extensions to customize your vacation in South America. Please note, you cannot book these extensions online. To book and for more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Trafalgar directly. For more information about the optional extensions offered on this program, please go to www.trafalgar.com/extensions.
"You will want to spend all of your time outdoors in the lakes region between Puerto Varas and Bariloche especially on the lake crossing by boat. This is a great time to spot the Andean condor and no need to stake out a seat inside the boat, you will not use it."Alan Cook, Manager, Latin America