16 Day Cultures & Contrasts of South America
16 Day Cultures & Contrasts of South America
Uncover cultural riches on this extensive tour that takes you through some of the most beautiful cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Gaze in amazement at legendary monuments and enjoy the sights of natural wonders as you plunge into the beautiful landscape of South America.
Tour highlights
  • Witness the splendour of the carnival city of Rio de Janeiro, including Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • Tour the mystic, natural wonder of the Iguassu Falls from both Brazilian and Argentinean sides.
  • Walk the streets of the “Paris of South America” in the cultural city of Buenos Aires
  • Taste the treats of the Alpine styled Bariloche, famous for its chocolate and scenic views.
  • Delve into the folklore and traditions of Chile in the capital city of Santiago.
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£4220
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Tour Only from
£4220
pp
Tour Inc. Flight from
£Call
Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro where you will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
Today you will be taken through the city by your Tour Director to witness the contrasting wonders of the beautiful city, from the colonial Candelaria Church and 18th Century aqueduct to the city Cathedral and 20th Century Sambodromo Opera House. Take a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain for stunning views over the city with its curvaceous bay and coastline. Enjoy a Welcome Reception in the evening at the hotel with your fellow travellers.
  • Standard: (B)
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Take an adventure today by boarding a cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, resting place of the legendary Statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of The New Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy the scenic panoramic views next to the statue that stands watch over the cityscape. After descending back down the mountain you’ll be treated to a firsthand experience of the creative process of how raw Brazilian gemstones and rough metals are transformed into works of art and jewellery. Visit the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana as you head back to the hotel to spend the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening you’ll be taught how to make Brazil’s national cocktail, Caipirinha, and feast on a barbecue Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria eatery, and entertained with an all-dancing all-singing Samba show.
  • Standard: (B,L,D)
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro
Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the culture-filled streets of the carnival infused cityscape. Alternatively you can take an optional half-day tour to the verdant, largest urban rainforest, Tijuca National Park; explore Petropolis and visit the Imperial Museum; or cruise along the emerald waters of Septiba Bay, enjoying lunch and a swim on a beautiful island.
  • Standard: (B)
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls
Catch a flight over to the marvellous Iguassu Falls, the cascading water hurtles over the gorge which borders Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Take a tour through Iguassu National Park, filled with a myriad of exotic flora and fauna. Journey after to see the Brazilian side of the falls and amaze at the scenery as you walk through the rainforest at its glorious base.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 6: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires
Cross over the border today to Argentina. Stop by the Visitors Centre before riding aboard the Ecological Jungle Train for a spectacularly unique view of the Devil’s Throat. Afterwards, fly over to Buenos Aires, the amazing capital of Argentina and home of the Tango, where you will be taken to your hotel. Partake in a light buffet dinner at the hotel, followed by a talk with a local expert about the lifestyles and traditions of the Argentinean people.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 7: Buenos Aires
Take a guided tour and get up close and personal with Buenos Aires. Begin by seeing the Plaza de Mayo, the palatial mansion Casa Rosada, and the famous Teatro Colon before continuing on through the vibrant streets of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. Learn from a master artisan how to create fine Argentinean leather goods at his workshop. Drive along the purported  widest street in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, as you head to Recoleta, home of the Eva Peron Museum and final resting place of the once first lady of Argentina. In the evening you will be taken from your hotel to the manse of a local family who will show you some of their favourite art before inviting you to make delicious empanadas. Enjoy the evening with your hosts as you sample some local delicacies and some special vintages from the wine regions.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 8: Colonia Del Sacramento
Board a hydrofoil and cross the Rio de la Plata over to Uruguay where a guide will take you through the historical district of the colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento. Enjoy a relaxing Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Argentina the same way you came.
  • Standard: (B,L)
Day 9: Buenos Aires
Spend one last day in the “Paris of South America” and discover any wonders you may not have seen yet. Take an optional trip to a rural ranch for the day where the local cowboys will wow you with their equestrian and horsemanship skills before sharing a drink and feast over lunch. Back in the city prepare yourself for a Highlight Dinner and witnessing an authentic performance from some of Buenos Aires’s best dancers.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 10: Buenos Aires - Bariloche
Fly over to the tip of the Andes mountain range to the Alpine-styled town of Bariloche. Spend the afternoon exploring through the beautiful and popular destination, known for its roots in chocolate history and beautiful scenes of snow-capped mountain peaks that make this an ideal location for ski and trekking fans. The local boutiques and eateries are numerous, and be sure to stroll through the parks found on the coastline of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Share your stories so far with your fellow travellers over dinner at the hotel in the evening.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 11: Bariloche
Meet up with your guide and travel along the “Circuito Chico” which offers awe-inspiring views of the lush forests, craggy mountains and shimmering waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. See the sands of Playa Bonita Beach, view the vistas from the St. Edward’s Chapel hilltop, and take a chairlift ride to the peak of Cerro Campanario, a beautiful vantage point to look upon the lakes and peninsulas below, as well as the summits of both Catedral and Tronador. Learn more about Bariloche’s history in chocolate at the Chocolate Museum where you can see the production area and sample some of the treats. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
  • Standard: (B)
Day 12: Bariloche – Andean Lake District Cruise – Puerto Varas
Take an adventure today across the dramatic landscape of the Lake District that overlaps Argentina and Chile. The cerulean blue lakes and vibrantly green forests trail up to the snowy peaks of the mountains to create a picturesque view of some of the most beautiful lands in the Southern Hemisphere. Cruise across the waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi and Lake Frias, followed by driving across the Chilean border to Peulla for a Highlight Lunch. Continue on by crossing Todos Los Santos Lake, with the majestic Osorno Volcano ominously sitting in the background. Andean Condors have a tendency to soar over the lakes and mountains in this region. Make a pit stop to watch the cascading waters of Petrohue River rush over the volcanic rocks before finally arriving in Puerto Varas, a quaint colonial village along the banks of Lake Llanquihue. Enjoy a light dinner at the hotel in the evening.
  • Standard: (B,L,D)
Day 13: Chiloe Island Patagonia
Spend the day at ease, exploring the city of Puerto Varas, renowned for its spectacular views and rose arbours. Join a guide as you ferry across the Chacao Channel to the secluded island of Chiloe on an optional tour of a place that houses a mythical atmosphere with its traditional wooden churches. Visit the preserved 16th Century San Antonio fortress and enjoy a Highlight Lunch in the city of Ancud. Weather permitting, a visit to see penguin colonies located on small islands off the coast is possible before returning to Puerto Varas in the afternoon.
  • Standard: (B)
Day 14: Puerto Varas – Santiago
Fly from Puerto Montt to the capital of Chile, the glorious city of Santiago. You will be taken for an orientation tour upon arrival to bask in the wonder of the city, passing Club Hipico racetrack and Parque O’Higgins. Head down Alameda Avenue where you will see the Church of San Francisco and University of Chile as you pass them by to the bustling Plaza de Armas, filled with sculptures and fountains. See the market of the Palacio de la Moneda, and drive up San Cristobal Hill for beautiful vistas of the city and mountain ranges. You’re in for a treat next as you head to the Maipo Valley, a traditional wine-producing location renowned for making some of the best vintages around. In the winery you will meet with a winemaking expert who will be your host as he takes you around the production areas of the winery, from start to finish. End the tour with a taste of the fine wines, followed by a Highlight Lunch served on the winery grounds. Spend the rest of your day at leisure once you return to the city of Santiago.
  • Standard: (B,L)
Day 15: Santiago
Explore Santiago at your leisure, visiting the boutiques and restaurants, or embark on an optional trip to the historic site of Valparaiso and the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. A Farewell Dinner is in store during the evening, including a folklore show featuring costumed performers channelling the traditions and cultures of Chile and the Easter Islands.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 16: Depart Santiago
Depart Santiago today for your return flight home.
  • Standard: (B)
  • Accommodation as detailed, or similar
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, D= Dinner)
  • Arrival and departure transfers on official start and end days of the tour only