Discover Brazil, Argentina & Chile

Within the bottom half of South America are some of the continent's most vibrant cultures. Experience everything amazing this region has to offer on this comprehensive adventure that takes you from Chile to Argentina and Brazil. This perfect combination of guided excursions and free time will have you sipping wine in Santiago, dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, and falling for the famous beach in iconic Rio.

Latin America

Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155223
Starts: Santiago, Chile Finishes: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You will visit
  • Santiago
  • Rio de Janeiro



Day 1: Santiago

Arrival day, no activities planned. The day is free to spend at your leisure exploring the city until our welcome meeting this evening.

Santiago is Chile's largest city and capital, with internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Possible day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Chile's premier beach resort, and to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda's seaside home.

Additional Notes:
Should you want more time to explore Santiago and do optional day trips, we highly recommend you book additional pre-nights.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Private Vehicle


Day 2: Santiago (1B)

Head out on an excursion to the Maipo Valley area for an in-depth look at the region that produces such fine quality wines. Chilean wine is top-notch, with only France and Italy selling more wine worldwide.

Included Activities:
Chilean Wine Experience

Private Vehicle


Day 3: Santiago/Puerto Varas (1B, 1L)

There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture perfect views from snow-capped mountains to deep-blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests, and glaciers.

Included Activities:
Chilean Cultural Tour and Community Lunch

Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 996km)
Private Vehicle


Day 4: Puerto Varas (1B)

Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island.


Day 5: Puerto Varas/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

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.

Additional Notes:
The approximate journey time today is between 10 and 11 hours. This journey is by comfortable bus and a scenic ferry that crosses the Chilean/Argentine border. Travel time can change based on the time of year and weather conditions. During certain times of the year, the ferry cannot be used, which means we will travel overland by bus.

Included Activities:
Petrohué Falls Visit
Cruce de los Lagos Cruise
Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)


Day 6: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe. Sample a beef parrillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then take a day hike around Cerro Catedral or enjoy some shopping. It's also important to know that Bariloche is famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!


Day 7: San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires (1B)

Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the “Paris of the Americas,” Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life.

When you are done exploring, rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. It's the best way to get a feel for the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken, and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy!

Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)


Day 8: Buenos Aires (1B)

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.


Day 9: Buenos Aires (1B, 1D)

Known as the "Paris of the Americas," Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets.

Additional Notes:
Transportation will vary on this day; depending on the size of the group we may take taxis or private mini-bus. We may even jump on the very fast and convenient metro.

Included Activities:
Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
Local Tango Lesson


Day 10: Buenos Aires/Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Fly north to the Iguassu Falls area, near the borders of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Cross the border from Argentina to Brazil to experience the panoramic view of the falls.

As if imposing Iguassu Falls – with its 275 waterfalls – couldn't get more impressive, the area surrounding this natural wonder is home to jaguars, ocelots, anteaters, and large toucans, among others. The falls and the national park by the same name were named UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1984.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
Iguassu Falls Guided Tour
Iguassu Falls, Flora and Fauna Lecture

Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)


Day 11: Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Explore trails directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat — the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side.

Additional Notes:
Note: If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, you will do it on Day 4 when visiting the Argentine side of the falls.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
Iguassu Falls Visit
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)


Day 12: Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty (1B)

Paraty's bay is filled with more than 65 tropical islands and dozens of beaches. Each offers something different, and are covered with vegetation that remains lush and colourful year-round. The bay's water is always the right temperature for swimming, diving, and snorkelling.

Additional Notes:
Sao Paulo is a huge, vibrant and very busy city. Traffic can be difficult and even driving out of the city can take longer than expected.

Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 298km)


Day 13: Paraty (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a visit to a nearby Afro-Brazilian community for a unique cultural interaction and traditional lunch.

Included Activities:
Afro-Brazilian Community Visit


Day 14: Paraty/Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Continue along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world: Brazil's ocean-side jewel, Río de Janeiro.

This massive city gets as many as five million international tourists every year to sip caipirinhas on the beach, dance the samba in the city's streets, and ascend Corcovado Mountain to see the truly monumental Christ the Redeemer up close.

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 241km)


Day 15: Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
It is highly recommended to book post-accommodation in Rio on Day 8 to have another day to enjoy the sights of the city at your own leisure.

    • Arrival transfer
    • Winery tour in the Maipo Valley with an enologist
    • Half-day cultural tour with visit to the Angelmó fish market and traditional curanto meal in a family home
    • Visit Petrohue Falls
    • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos
    • " Buenos Aires city tour
    • Local Buenos Aires tango experience
    • Tour of Iguassu Falls from Argentina and Brazil
    • Lecture with a biologist and botanist
    • Visit an Afro-Brazilian community and enjoy a local meal
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (14 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    • Buses, ferry, plane, private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Taste the best Chilean wines before making your own with the help of an expert
  • Learn some new moves with a tango lesson in a popular dance studio
  • Enjoy a lesson on Chilean cuisine from a local family
  • Visit an Afro-Brazilian community and enjoy a savoury local dish for lunch
  • Marvel at the might Iguassu Falls