Andes, Iguassu & Beyond

This tour is designed for anyone looking for the most incredible natural and cultural highlights of southern South America. Spend 18 days exploring the cultures of Chile and Argentina with the Andes as your perfectly picturesque backdrop. Get active in the adventure-sport-lover's paradise of Pucon, Chile and then stand in the mist of majestic Iguassu Falls, before moving on to find out once and for all why Rio de Janeiro is the cultural icon it's become. Enjoy free time to explore this amazing city. Don't leave any adventure-stone unturned; do it all.

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Duration: 18 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154208
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.

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


Day 2: Santiago (1B)

In the morning depart for the colourful seaside town of Valparaiso. Enjoy the street art and snap a few pictures of the bright buildings that line the hills. Wander the streets of the city or relax on the beach. Later on stop at a winery and indulge in a wine tasting.

Included Activities:
Day trip to Valparaiso
Winery Visit

Local bus (2.50 hour(s), 128km)


Day 3: Santiago (1B)

Spend the day visiting different neighbourhoods of Santiago, stop at the Museo de la Memoria and learn about the history of Chile. Finish the tour at the Central Market and enjoy a famous Chilean empanada.

Local bus (8.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Pucón

Enjoy the free time in Pucon to either hike Villarica, raft or explore the area by foot.


Day 6: Pucón/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Cross the Andes to Argentina. Stop for photo opportunities on a driving tour through the Seven Lake district. Enjoy a free evening in this beautiful waterfront town of Bariloche.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)


Day 7: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B, 1L)

Transfer to a Gaucho Ranch just outside of Bariloche. Enjoy an asado for lunch and take to the saddle with a Gaucho by your side.


Day 8: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Enjoy the beautiful area of the Seven Lakes district. Take a hike in the countryside or visit the town, known for its shops and in particular, artisan chocolate.


Day 9: San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires (1B)

Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires, it is a vibrant city full of life.

When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and you will begin to understand 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 10: Buenos Aires (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.


Day 11: Buenos Aires/Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Fly to Iguassu Falls for two full days of exploration from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides.

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

Head to the airport and fly north to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. Continue on to the border from there.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Climb aboard and drive to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls for a little exploration.
Private Vehicle


Day 12: Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Explore trails that will bring you 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. Opt to take an inflatable boat to the base of the thundering falls.

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


Day 13: Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty (1B)

On arrival in São Paulo, continue on by bus to the gorgeous coastal town of Paraty. Wander the cobblestoned streets, take a boat trip to the nearby islands in the bay, or visit one of the many white-sand beaches that make Brazil famous.

An early morning flight gets you Paraty with plenty of time to explore.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Enjoy the drive to São Paulo, stopping for lunch along the way.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)


Day 14: Paraty (1B)

Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture—the pace might be slow but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Opt to take a caipirinha boat trip, regular boat trips, kayaking, horseback riding, or take a jeep tour.


Day 15: Paraty/Ilha Grande (1B)

A short, scenic drive along the coast takes us to Angra dos Reis. Board the ferry to Ilha Grande—home to some of Brazil's most beautiful beaches.

Enjoy free time to soak up the sun, snorkel, hike and cruise to various beaches, not to mention feast on fresh seafood and sip caipirinhas in the plaza in the evenings.

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 100km)
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))


Day 16: Ilha Grande (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande. Optional activities include hiking Pico Do Papagalo or Lopez Mendez, snorkelling or relaxing on the beach.


Day 17: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Travel back to the mainland by ferry before continuing north along the coast. Enjoy the incredible scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get your first look at one of the most memorable cities in the world—Río de Janeiro.

Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Enjoy the incredible scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get your first look at one of the most memorable cities in the world—Río de Janeiro.
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 87km)


Day 18: Rio de Janeiro (1B)

There are no planned activities today so feel free to book onward travel at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Additional Notes:
Some departures running in the summer of 2016 will be affected by the Olympics in Rio. Please see the itinerary note on the overview page for specific dates. Due to accommodation availability in Rio we have adjusted the itinerary to have 1 additional night in Ilha Grande and 0 nights in Rio. The tour will end on arrival in the city centre of Rio around 2pm. Please book onward flights accordingly.

    • Visit to a winery and wine tasting
    • City tour of Santiago
    • Driving tour through the Seven Lakes district
    • Estancia visit and barbecue lunch (full-day)
    • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina)
    • Beach time in Paraty
    • Beach time in Ilha Grande
    • Rio de Janeiro stay
    • Local flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (16 nts), overnight bus (1nt)
    Meals Included
    • 17 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    • Plane, public Bus, private van, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Drink wine in the Chilean countryside
  • Snap a photo of colourful Valparaiso
  • Get active in Pucon
  • Saddle up on a ranch in Argentina
  • Enjoy the energy of Buenos Aires
  • Get a little wet at Iguassu Falls
  • Walk the promenade of Copacabana beach in Rio