|Purpose:||Culture, History, Ecotourism|
|No. of days:||12 days - 11 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro|
|Other cities:||Mendoza, Buenos Aires, Iguassu|
Your Tour includes:
Tour does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
|Location||Hotel Name||Room Type||Tripadvisor|
|Buenos Aires||Hotel de Las Americas||Standard||4|
|Iguassu||Hotel Recanto Park||Standard||4.5|
|Rio de Janeiro||Hotel Windsor Plaza Copacabana||Standard||4|
|Santiago||Hotel Atton Vicatura||Standard||4.5|
|Mendoza||Hotel Amerian Executive||Standard||4.9|
|Buenos Aires||Hotel 725 Continental||Superior||4|
|Iguassu||Hotel Mabu Foz||Master||4.5|
|Rio de Janeiro||Hotel Windsor Excelsior||Superior||4|
All hotels are subject to confirmation.
Santiago, Chile’s capital, is a sophisticated modern city that still conserves its colonial charm found on the central square and surrounding streets. The city was founded in 1541 by Spanish Conquistadors led by Pizarro. Today the city caters to all kinds of travelers. Offering a great selection of historic sites, excellent restaurants, museums and art galleries, having the imposing Andes Mountains as a backdrop.
The city is surrounded by snow caped mountains and healthy air and is known worldwide for its excellent wines, beautiful scenery and exquisite cuisine. It offers a wide range of activities from wine tasting and cooking classes to trekking and cultural city tour and Museum tours.
Buenos Aires is famous for its amazing nightlife and for being the land of Carlos Gardel’s famous Tango. The city offers countless gastronomic and cultural activities. Discover the classic Recoleta area and its chic cafes, and explore modern Puerto Madero and the traditional neighborhood of La Boca. Enjoy an unforgettable night, surrender to the magic of this city that never sleeps and to the charm of this overwhelming and sanguine music.
Iguazu National Park
Located inside a protected area, the Iguazú National Park with a total of 55,500 hectares— stands the Iguazu River, which means "great waters" in the indigenous Guaraní language. Surrounded by a lush subtropical rainforest, you will find the majestic Iguazú Waterfalls. The more than 275 cataracts and volume of water places it among the most important and spectacular waterfalls in the world
Rio de Janeiro
is situated on a privileged area, bordered on one side by the blue sea, on the other by the lush vegetation. Almost 8 million cariocas, how the locals are called, call it home. Rio is also one of the most important cultural cities in Brazil with state of the art museums and cultural centers, a bustling night life, gorgeous beaches and parks, and great shopping options. Rio is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, with the famous Christ the Redeemer blessing the city from atop of Corcovado Mountain, and the imposing Sugar Loaf, guarding the entry of the Guanabara Bay.
Day 1 - Tue: Santiago
Welcome to Santiago! Upon arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel. Later this afternoon leave for your comprehensive tour of Santiago. Visit the San Francisco church, built between 1572 and 1618. Pass through the Barrio Paris & London known for its European architectural style and the narrow cobbled streets. Then visit the area of the Club Hípico, one of the most beautiful horseracing tracks in South America. Next drive to Concha y Toro district. Notice that the buildings here are very similar to those in the Barrio Paris y London. While walking through the main street you can witness the vestiges of the aristocratic past of the Chilean capital. You will be impressed by the gothic, neo-colonial and Bauhaus constructions. Then see Plaza de Armas home to the catholic cathedral. Just around the corner, you will find the main post office, the National History Museum and the City Hall of Santiago.
From here cross the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colorful main avenue, towards the heart of the city, seeing the “Palacio de la Moneda” (seat of government), and various monuments and public buildings. Afterwards stop at the San Cristóbal Hill from where you will have one of the best views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. To round off the tour, drive through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture and, finally, the bustling Providencia shopping zone.
Day 2 - Wed: Santiago de Chile
Day at leisure. Choose one of the many tours available in Santiago. We recommend a full-day tour to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. [B]
Day 3 - Thu: Santiago, Mendoza
Today you are going on a full day panoramic bus journey crossing the majestic Andes and the border to Argentina.
After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the bus terminal in Santiago. Board the comfortable public bus to Mendoza*. Enjoy an impressive drive offering spectacular mountain views. Passing the city of Los Andes, your bus continues upwards on “Ruta 60” along the hillside of the Andean Mountains, offering you panoramic views on the way. You drive past Portillo, Chile’s most important centre of winter sports located at the foot of the Aconcagua Mountain: the highest of South America. You are going to leave Chile crossing the Argentinean Border through a tunnel built in 1980. Now, the road starts to lead downhill. You see the “Puente del Inca” (“Inca Bridge”), a strange rock formation resembling a bridge crossing the Mendoza River. Your bus passes Los Penitentes, Argentina’s best-known ski resort, before reaching Mendoza, your final destination for today. Arrival at the bus terminal in Mendoza and transfer to the hotel. [B]
*Note: Bus road trip from Santiago to Mendoza: In the event of bad weather or bad road conditions the travelers will need to book a flight from Santiago to Mendoza on their own expense.
Day 4 - Fri: Mendoza
Argentina is the 5th largest wine producer worldwide and 70% of all the Argentinean vineyards are concentrated in Mendoza making this area one of the main oenological centres of South America.
This morning you will visit Mendoza’s agricultural oasis stop at a vineyard, learn the complete wine making process and enjoy a wine tasting. The afternoon is free at leisure. We recommend a half-day tour of Mendoza. [B]
Day 5: Saturday: Mendoza, Buenos Aires
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
Later depart for your Half day Panoramic Tour: in the next few hours you will experience all the magic of Argentina`s capital city. In this complete overview of the Paris of South America you will visit the glamorous neighborhood of Recoleta and its famous cemetery, Palermo; the Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House - the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the new & trendy Puerto Madero area, and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires - the picturesque neighborhood of San Telmo, residence to the porteño aristocracy until the end of the 19th century and where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday, and the Caminito Street, in the colorful neighborhood of La Boca. [B]
Day 6 - Sun: Buenos Aires
Day at leisure. Choose among the many optional tours available in the city.
We highly recommend a visit to the San Telmo neighborhood where every Sunday an antique market takes place. Tango couples are dancing on the street and cafes invite to sit on their terrace while you relax and savour the typical scenery. [B]
Day 7: Mon: Buenos Aires (Tigre)
Drive along the Northern residential districts of the city, until getting to San Isidro, a colonial and aristocratic area. Observe the mansions and luxurious houses in front of the River Plate. Continue driving to Tigre, a charming area near Buenos Aires city where a great number of summer residences, yacht clubs and rowing clubs attract the week-end activity of many “porteños”. The beauty of Tigre Delta with its rivers, streams and numerous green islands fascinate the visitors. The continuous sediment of the Paraná River gives the river and estuary a particular brownish-red color, and forms the Delta islands. Enjoy a 1 hour boat ride along the innumerable channels of the Paraná-Delta to see some of the hundreds of islands covered with luxuriant vegetation. Then drive back to Buenos Aires via the Panamericana highway. [B]
Day 8: Tue: Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls (Argentinian Side)
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Iguassu. Upon arrival, immediate departure to tour the Argentinean side of the falls. You will start at the inferior circuit and stop to admire the picture perfect spots. Continue with the Ecological Jungle Train ride to reach the balcony over the incredible Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s Throat), one of the highlights of your tour, with waters falling down from 240 feet high. Next cross the border and head to your hotel located in Brazil. [B]
Day 9 - Wed: Iguassu Falls (Brazilian Side)
This morning depart your hotel to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk along the catwalks and admire the several panoramic views of the falls. At the end of the catwalk a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devils’ Throat and main cataracts. The tour ends at the upper part of Iguassu Falls accessed through a panoramic elevator; from there, follow a track heading to the lookout of Espaco Canoas from where you can take amazing pictures! Afternoon at leisure to enjoy Iguassu at your pace or take an optional tour [B]
Day 10 - Thu: Iguassu, Rio de Janeiro
Day at leisure. At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to stroll on the beach or explore the city on your own [B]
Day 11 - Fri: Rio de Janeiro (Corcovado* & Sugar Loaf)
Your day starts with a visit to the Corcovado Mountain - the most important site of Rio, where Christ of Redeemer stands! The panoramic ride begins at the Corcovado Train Station where a cogwheel train takes you through the lush Tijuca forest to the base of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Enjoy the spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the entire city. The tour continues with a drive through the famous beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Our next stop is in the neighborhood of Urca, home to another iconic symbol of the city: the Sugar Loaf. Two cable cars will bring you to the top. Admire the beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay, Flamengo Park, Copacabana beach, the downtown area and Niteroi. At the end of the day return to your hotel. [B]
Note: Train to Corcovado Mountain If for any reason the train is not working, or fully booked the ride to the top of the Corcovado Mountain will be done by certified vans.
Day 12 - Sat: Rio de Janeiro, USA
Day at leisure. At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight back home or to your next destination. [B]
[B] = Breakfast
Tour Prices and Departure Dates:
|Departure dates 2017||Tourist Class||First Class|
|Jan 10||$2,045||$ 2,845||$2,309||$ 3,379|
|Nov 7, 14, 21|
Rates are per person, for the fixed departures and may change without notice
Price for single is for passenger staying in a single room and traveling with at least another passenger
This itinerary can be replicated for other dates. Different rates may apply.
Intra flights (Mendoza – Buenos Aires – Iguazu – Rio de Janeiro) must be booked in advance by Holidays With Downtown to match flights designated by our representative
Visa is required for US citizens traveling to Brazil
Tour Code: MU02SCL17SAT