14 days

Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Chile, Argentina & Brazil

The 'Devil’s Throat' of Iguazu

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Iguaçu Falls

Recoleta Cemetery and Eva Peron’s tomb

Argentina's capital Buenos Aires

Rio de Janeiro

Tasting Chile's wine

Christ the Redeemer

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  • Iguazu Falls forms part of the border between Argentina and Brazil. Legend tells of Boi, a monstrous serpent god who intended to marry a beautiful girl called Naipi. But she was rescued by her lover, Taroba, and the pair escaped in a canoe. Boi became enraged with jealousy, twisting his body to crack the earth and create the falls. The two young lovers plunged to their death, Naipi was turned into a rock in the river and Taroba became a tree, forever doomed to be apart.

    Why we love it

    • The Chilean capital of Santiago is close to some of Chile's most famous wineries
    • At the border with Brazil, we experience the magnificent might of Iguazu Falls, before finally arriving in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro.
    • Experience the Gaucho life at a traditional estancia stay.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Santiago

    • Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel.
    • There will be a welcome meeting held at about 6pm on Day 1. Please check the notice board in reception to confirm the time and place.
    • On Day 2 you will take an orientation walk of the city centre with your tour leader. The city centre itself is quite small and easy to get around. The Plaza de Armas is at the heart of the city and is home to the cathedral. The rest of the city is a jumble of shops, restaurants and parks.
    • A visit to Bella Vista, Santiago's Parisian Quarter, will offer a slightly more serene perspective on the Chilean capital. Similarly, taking the cable car to Cerro San Cristobal will offer you impressive views across the city and on to the peaks of the Andes.
    • You will have a free day to continue your exploration of the city. If you prefer, you could also take an optional trip to Valparaiso, on the Pacific coast.
    • NB:TRANSFERS
    • If you are taking a transfer with us and have arrived on an international flight, please leave by door 4 (not 3 nor 5) or a domestic flight, please leave by door 2 (not 1 nor 3)
    Hotel Loreto or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Mendoza

    • Travel across the Andes by local bus (6-7 hours). On a clear day you may be able to spot Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America at 6,962 meters above sea level.
    • Please note the time spent at the actual border crossing may take anything between 1 to 3 hours depending on local traffic. Please make sure you have snacks and water for today and note that fresh fruit and deli products (cheese, ham, etc) have to be consumed before crossing to Argentina or disposed off at the border.
    • Once in Mendoza there is no better way to spend the afternoon than going for a gentle stroll around Mendoza's tree lined streets. Choose a cafe along Sarmiento pedestrian street and watch life pass by sipping a coffee. The city centre is beautifully landscaped and full of trees, squares and parks.
    • On our free day here you will take an included winery tour. Mendoza is Argentina's most important grape growing region, producing 70% of the country's wine. Its exceptional climate produces excellent grapes, the region's signature variety is the Malbec.
    • At night head out to Aristides Villanueva Street which has lately become on the starting point of Mendoza's night life. Tonight why not try the most popular drink in town: Fernet and Cola, a bitter (very) alcoholic cocktail.
    • In Mendoza we stay in a centrally located hotel.
    San Suites or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 5-6 - Estancia Stay

    • Leave Mendoza behind and fly to Buenos Aires.
    • From Buenos Aires we will drive (approx 2 hours) to a traditional estancia (a rural estate) where you will stay overnight.
    • During your time on the estancia you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities may also vary depending on the day. You could work with the cattle (including branding, vaccinating etc), participate in a cattle auction or visit the local town, visit a cheese factory, play volleyball, soccer etc. Alternatively you could laze by the pool and read or have a barbecue.
    Estancia Monte Viejo or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-9 - Buenos Aires

    • From the estancia, you will return to Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan epicentre of South America. Combining the passion of Latin America with the elegance of Europe and its own distinctive style, Buenos Aires is a magical city. Each neighbourhood has a distinctive style, and you will notice that the local residents, or Portenos, are incredibly proud of their city.
    • Day 8 is a free day for you to explore this wonderful city.
    • On Day 9, embark on a full-day city tour with a local guide. Wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo and browse its famous antiques market and art displays, then continue to Plaza de Mayo and see the Casa Rosada. Walk among the tombs and monuments of Recoleta Cemetery – the final resting place of some of the city’s most famous residents. From here we take a private van to La Boca and its well-known ‘Caminito’ district, before moving on to the lesser known side of this colourful neighbourhood to visit an artist's gallery and enjoy an included lunch at local social project.
    Hotel Patios De San Telmo or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 10-11 - Iguazu Falls

    • Today you will fly to Puerto Iguazu, from where you will explore the impressive Iguazu Falls.
    • You will spend the next two days exploring the falls in depth, seeing them from both the Argentinean and Brazilian side. The falls are two kilometres in length, and made up of 275 falls in total, some of which stretch up to 80 metres high. This makes them both higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls. The Brazilian side of the falls offers great panoramic views of them, while the Argentinian allows to you to get up close and personal with the powerful falls on boardwalks.
    • You can choose to get an even more exhilarating look at Iguazu via a zodiac boat ride below the falls or a helicopter flight over the top.
    • You will have the opportunity to meet one of the few remaining original inhabitants of the region, the Guarani, on a visit with your tour leader.
    • NB: Please note for visa information, you will be visiting the Brazilian side of the falls on Day 10 and Argentina on Day 11.
    Hotel Jasy or Similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 12-13 - Rio De Janeiro

    • You will cross the border into Brazil on the morning on Day 12 and take a flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro.
    • The next day you'll be taken on a full-day guided tour of the city, including some of Rio's most iconic sights. Head up to Santa Teresa, a beautiful artistic neighbourhood situated on a hill overlooking the city. Wander its cobbled streets to discover eclectic architecture, art galleries and restaurants before stopping by the famous Selaron Stairs. Continue on to Corcovado for a bird's-eye view of the city from the base of Christ the Reedemer. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this enormous white statue stands over Rio, offering sweeping 360 degree views of the city’s natural wonders. Next, it’s time to experience a different side of the city with a visit to the Santa Marta favela. Accompanied by our local guide, wander the narrow alleys, learn about local life and meet some of the people who make up this vibrant community.
    • The intense green of Guanabara Bay and the beauty of the surrounding slopes of the Corcovado and Sugarloaf, make Rio a majestic place, locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'.
    • The Portuguese influence is ever-present here, especially in the opulent Portuguese buildings that were constructed when the Portuguese monarchy fled Europe under threat of Napolean and took up residence here.
    • The contrast between the opulence of this architecture, the extravagance of Carnaval and destitute poverty of the favelas make this one of the most fascinating and diverse cities in the world. Live music is the heartblood of the city, with everything from samba, jazz, bossa nova, hip hop, reggae and rock to the myriad of regional styles and fusions. Lapa is the place to go if you want to join locals for some serious dancing in the many dancehalls there.
    • The white sand beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema are certainly the best place for people watching.
    Hotel Ipanema Inn or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 14 - Rio De Janeiro

    • Your tour will come to an end after breakfast today.
    Hotel Ipanema Inn or similar
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader in each country, and professional local guides at some sites
    • All domestic flights
    • Arrival transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel
    • Leader-led orientation walk in Santiago
    • Winery tour in Mendoza
    • Stay in a traditional estancia in Buenos Aires
    • Guided tour of Buenos Aires including La Boca, Centro, San Telmo and Recoleta
    • Iguazu Falls tour (both Argentinean and Brazilian sides)
    • Guarani community visit
    • Guided tour of Rio de Janeiro including Santa Teresa, Selaron Steps, Christ the Redeemer and Santa Marta favela
    • Accommodation: 11 nights comfortable hotel, 2 nights estancia
    • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
    • Entrance fees where applicable
    • Tips for services you receive as part of your trip including drivers, specialist local guides, restaurant staff for included meals, porters, bellboys and other hotel staff (excluding your tour leader)

    Not Included

    • All international flights
    • Airport departure tax
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Laundry
    • Tips for your tour leader
    • Items of a personal nature

    Safety Information

    Active Volcanoes
    This tour passes through volcanic areas.  In the instance that a volcano becomes potentially dangerous and authorities declare nearby towns unsafe for travel, the itinerary will be re-routed. Where possible, Peregrine  will provide advance notice of such changes. At short notice, when this is not possible, your tour leader will provide up to date information on behalf of Peregrine.

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Trip Code PSCA
Start City: Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
End City: Rio de Janeiro
Style: Small Group

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