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|Argentina, Brazil, Chile|
|Santiago||Rio de Janeiro|
Having discovered the laid-back charm of Santiago and the nearby vineyards we fly south to the town of Puerto Varas in the heart of the Chilean Lakes District. Nestled on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, the town is backdropped by the perfect cone of the spectacular Osorno volcano and the snowcapped peaks of Mount Tronador and Calbuco. Travelling by bus and boat we take the lakes crossing to the Argentinean town of Bariloche set in the foothills of the Andes. A short flight away is the huge Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires, home to magnificent colonial buildings, wide boulevards and lively tango shows. On the Brazilian border with Argentina we explore the mighty Iguazu Falls, where 275 seperate waterfalls plunge over the edge of an 80-metre cliff in a thunderous roar. Our trip across the continent finally comes to an end in Rio de Janeiro, where we take in the sights of this colourful city and enjoy a dip in the Atlantic Ocean at famous Copacabana or Ipanema beach.
Please note regional flights are not included in the tour price: Please contact us or you travel agent for flight details and costs.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Upon arrival in Santiago you will be met at the airport and transfered to our hotel. Please look for your transfer driver in the arrivals hall of the airport. They will be holding a sign with your name on it. On check-in at the hotel please check the noticeboard for a message from your tour leader. In the evening there will be a short briefing to discuss your holiday. This is usually followed by an optional dinner in a nearby restaurant. During our stay in Santiago we drive south from the city to the Concha y Toro winery located in Pirque, in Maipo Canyon. Founded in 1883, this is one of Chile’s most famous vineyards. The cellars, built with materials dating back to the 18th century, are situated six metres underground to maintain the ideal temperature needed for fine wines. We stroll around this beautiful estate before moving to the cellars, where some of the different stages involved in the local winemaking process are explained. And, finally, we have the opportunity to taste some of the wines that have made this place so famous! Returning to the city we start our exploration of the Chilean capital. This city has experienced a turbulent history that has included native wars, floods and earthquakes. A walking tour takes us to many of the outstanding attractions in the city centre before we drive through the main avenues of the old districts, across the Bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista and up San Cristobal Hill for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountain range. Then we visit the modern parts of Santiago to see elegant residential neighbourhoods, as well as shopping and financial districts. The tour ends at the artisan village of Los Graneros del Alba, where the craftsmen can be seen at work. Here, we also have time to walk around or do some shopping.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
In the morning we are transferred back to Santiago airport for our flight to Puerto Montt. We are then transfered to Puerto Varas nestled on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, one of the largest natural lakes in South America. The city is well known for its German traditions, its food, its fish and seafood and its superb natural environment. The perfect cone of Osorno volcano and the snowcapped peaks of Mt. Calbuco and Mt. Tronador are clearly visible from the lakefront. We have a free day in Puerto Varas for some optional activities such as a hike to the Orsono Volcano, or a visit to Chiloé Island. Alternatively you may just want to sit back, relax and take in the stunning views from Puerto Varas.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Today we take the regular boat and bus crossing service from Chile to Argentina via the Todos los Santos, Frias and Nahuel Huapi Lakes and on to the Argentinean alpine city of Bariloche. The scenery on this day will be stunning so make sure you have your camera handy!
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Bariloche has a distinctly alpine feel to it. It is set on the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, the largest lake in Nahuel Huapi National Park, and only 16 kilometres away from Cerro Cathedral. It is also one of the most popular winter ski resort areas in Argentina. We have time this morning for some optional excursions that include exploring the town, visiting the Patagonian Museum or taking a hike to the top of Cerro Otto, located eight kilometres from town. There is a cable car that takes us to the top for a great view over the lake and town. If you have a sweet tooth, then the chocolate is something that is not to be missed! In the late afternoon we are transfered to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
We have two full days to explore this marvelous city. Buenos Aires is home to 11 million 'portenos', a name given to the inhabitants of Buenos Aires that literally means 'residents of the port'. It has been shaped by a history riddled with conflict and struggles. Even the achievement of independence in 1816 did not resolve ongoing disputes between local residents and conservative provincial landowners. However, following a succession of military juntas, Argentina now has a stable, democratic government. Our city tour of the Argentine capital combines bus transportation and walking and takes us to the district of Recoleta, famous for its cemetery often referred to as a miniature city-within-a-city because of its size. This place is also famous as the resting place for Argentina's favorite First Lady, Eva Peron. We also visit Palermo, Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Mayo and the colourful neighborhood of La Boca, with its colourful wooden buildings. After our city tour our time is free for us to explore the city further at our leisure). In the evening it is also possible to arrange to see a tango show. Please ask your tour leader for more details.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
This morning we fly to the Argentinean town of Puerto Iguazu situated on the northern border with Brazil. Once we have checked into our hotel we cross the border and spend the afternoon at the Brazilian side of the stunning Iguazu Falls where we are confronted with fantastic panoramic views. For those who so desire you can also take an optional short helicopter flight over the falls for a birds-eye view of this spectacular setting. In the late afternoon we return to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina. The following day we visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls where we enjoy an action-packed day, with some great sightseeing and a jungle walk. Later in the day we get to witness the awesome power of the Falls close-up, as we take a power boat ride to the Falls thunderous base. At day's end we return to Puerto Iguazu to spend the night. Twenty metres higher than Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls are without doubt one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. Located at the confluence of the Rio Iguazu and the Rio Alto Parana, the water cascades over the edge of a 2.5 kilometre-wide plateau in 275 separate falls. Brazilian Visas If you require a visa for Brazil please ensure that you obtain a ''Multiple Entry'' Visa as you will be crossing into Brazil twice during your stay at Iguazu.
Meals included: 3 breakfasts
In the morning we cross the border again into Brazil and transfer to the Foz do Iguacu airport for our flight to Rio de Janeiro. The Portuguese established a small, fortified settlement on the western side of Rio de Janeiro Bay in 1560. The name means River of January, a reference to the month when it was founded. The sugar boom and resulting slave trade saw the settlement grow so rapidly that by the 18th century, the population had reached 50,000 and the city had also become the chief port for a thriving gold industry. Rio is today regarded as the holiday capital of Brazil and its inhabitants, known as Cariocas, pursue life with a zest. The city is characterised by beautiful white sandy beaches and rolling surf, with towering mountains forming a spectacular backdrop. During our time here we take a tour of the city including a visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands on top of a peak known as Corcovado. The views from here are simply sensational. The beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the colourful and vibrant nightlife and the laid-back and friendly nature of Brazilians will help make your visit to Rio a memorable one.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Our trip across the South American continent comes to an end after breakfast.
During winter the Lakes Crossing takes 2 days, reducing the stay in Puerto Varas by 1 night. For regional flight details contact Peregrine or your travel agent.
Local tour leader in each country visited, local guides, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing.
Airport departure taxes, visas where required, meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
The regional flights required for this tour are not included in the tour cost. Except for the domestic flight in Brazil, all other flights are operated by LAN Airlines. These can be booked by us or your travel agent and are cheapest when issued in conjunction with your international flight ticket. Please contact us or your agent for the exact flights to be booked for this tour.
Please note the following regional flights are not included in the price: Santiago - Puerto Montt
Bariloche - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Iguazu Argentina
Iguazu Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
These flights are best booked in conjunction with you International Air Ticket. This is the most economical way to purchase these flights. LAN Chile offer an Airpass which provides discounted fares within South America and can be booked when your international flights into South America are with the following One World Airlines: Lan Chile, Qantas, British Airways, American Airlines, Iberian airlines or any airline who is a member of the One World Alliance. The majority of these flights can be purchased on this airpass.
Please contact us or you travel agent for flight details and costs.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, Americans, British, Canadians and New Zealanders, do not currently require a visa for Argentina. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that when entering Argentine Territory, the following citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee": Australians USD100, Canadians USD75 and Americans USD160. From 20 December 2010, the fee will be valid for multiple re-entries within a period of one year as of the date of first entry. Previously the fee was only collected at Ezeiza International Airport and at Aeroparque Jorge Newbury Airport on arrival but this will now be done entirely ONLINE, effective October 31, 2012 (for arrivals to Aeroparque Jorge Newbury airport) and December 28, 2012 (for arrivals to Ezeiza airport). This fee also needs to be paid online if you are crossing the border into Argentina by land. This price is subject to change and the price on the below website will have the up to date costs. How to pay the reciprocity fee online: • Visit www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar and register to start the process • Fill out the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information • Print the payment receipt • Present the printed receipt at Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and entry to the country will be registered
Australians, Americans and Canadians currently require a visa for Brazil. Please note - processing can take around 2-5 weeks at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. Please ensure you allow enough time for processing, before you leave home.
British, EU and New Zealand passport holders, currently do not require a visa for Brazil. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
If you intend to leave Brazil and return during your trip, you should obtain a multiple entry visa before leaving home. You should also ensure that an exit stamp is placed in your passport by Brazilian immigration authorities when you depart Brazil. On arrival you must complete an arrival card, which has a carbon copy. The carbon copy must be presented to immigration authorities on departure. Failure to do so may result in delays and possibly a fine when departing Brazil.
Australians, Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders or British do not currently require a visa for Chile. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. If you are entering Chile at Santiago International Airport as a tourist, some nationalities are required to pay a reciprocity fee (Australians US$95, Canadians US$132, Americans US$140). The fee does not apply to travellers arriving at other airports or entering the country via land borders.Insurance
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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Insight Guide Brazil-Edwin Taylor Brazil; Cultures of the World-Christopher RichardChile
Crisis in Allende’s Chile-E Kaufman The Pinochet Decade-P O’Brien & J Roddick
If you require a visa for Brazil please ensure that you obtain a 'Multiple Entry' Visa as you will be entering into Brazil twice during your stay at the Iguazu Falls.
Please note that flights in Latin America are often not at the most convenient hours and connecting flight times can require substantial transit times at airports. We try to minimise the number of early flights and airport waits however in some cases suitable alternatives are either not practical or not available and a degree of patience and understanding is required. Flight timings provided in our trip notes are subject to change. The flights on this tour will be unescorted but a transfer is provided to and from each airport by our representatives in each country.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
22 October 2013