South American Three City
- Buenos Aires
- Rio de Janeiro
- Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains
- Optional Excursions to Wine Country, Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, and Colonia
Explore three of South America's most vibrant cities- Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. Take in the sights, sounds, food, and culture of these unique jewels. Taste the wine and visit the coast of Chile. Watch and listen to the rhythm of the tango in Buenos Aires. Enjoy the sun and soul of Rio de Janeiro with its beaches, samba, and monuments. This itinerary includes free days and optional activities so small groups can arrange guided excursions or explore on your own.
- Day 1 Arrive Santiago
- Days 2-3 Regions around Santiago
- Day 4 Welcome to Argentina!
- Days 5-6 Buenos Aires Free Days
- Day 7 Fly Brazil
- Day 8 Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains
- Day 9 Rio Free Day
- Day 10 Return Home
- Cultural ActivitiesIncludes cultural activities such as a visit to a traditional village or a local market to give a unique perspective.
- Art HotelCasa CalmaClaridge HotelElevage Buenos AiresHotel Mansion Dandi RoyalHotel NogaroPark Central UniquePark Chateau UniqueReino del Plata
- Hotel Martinique Copa
- Holiday Inn AirportHotel GaleriasHotel OrlyHotel Posada FarellonesMeridiano Sur HotelVilla Casa MarinW Santiago Hotel
Arrive into Chile’s metropolitan hub and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. This afternoon, explore the beautiful city of Santiago with a private guide! Visit historic downtown, including La Moneda, and the main square. The tour also includes famous Cerro Stana Lucia; make your way through the web of pathways and lush landscaped plazas. Finish your Santiago tour exploring the residential areas of Bellavista, Providencia and Las Condes.
Santiago is in close proximity to both the Andes and the Pacific coast, and its location provides travelers with great options for excursions. These days are free to explore the city of Santiago or the surrounding regions.
Suggested Optional Tours (Click here for details)
- Wineries - Chile is recognized internationally for its wines, and half and full day trips can be arranged to the wineries outside of Santiago and in the nearby Maipo Valley. Discover the technical aspects that go into making a good wine - and taste the results! Visit the Cousino Macul winery that is only 20 minutes from Santiago and home to one of the oldest and finest wine cellars in Chile or travel to the Maipo Valley and see Concha y Toro’s impressive Pirque vineyard and hear the "Casillero del Diable Legend," a tale that has made Chilean wines famous throughout the world. Our premium wine tour focuses on the wineries of the Maipo Valley, including Almaviva and Antiyal.
- Viña del Mar and Valparaiso - This chic beach region is a great place to spend an afternoon. Fashionable shops are found throughout downtown. Enjoy local Chilean cuisine along the shoreline. Our tour continues to Valparaiso. Valpo is Chile's principal port and second-largest city. Located on the narrow strip of land between the waterfront and the nearby hills, its cobblestone streets lead you through a labyrinth of colonial buildings, churches, and museums. As an alternative to visiting Vina del Mar, combine a trip to Valparaiso and Isla Negra, home to the Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda.
- Santiago Culinary Tour - If you choose to stay in the city, why not cook and eat? This morning, meet your guide and head out to "La Vega Central", fruit & vegetables market of Santiago,and the nearby "Mercado Central", the fish market of Santiago. With your guide/chef/sommelier, you will wander the stalls, discussing a menu, and begin shopping for your ingredients for lunch. With a full shopping bag, arrive to the chef's kitchen and prepare lunch (appetizers, main dish, dessert) while relaxing with cocktails. Sit down to enjoy your masterpiece with fine wine carefully selected by your chef. Transfer back to your hotel.
Interested in active excursions? We can arrange full day treks, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding in the Andes outside of Santiago.
This morning you will fly from Chile to Argentina. Arrive and transfer to your comfortable hotel. Settle in and prepare to view the city after lunch. Downtown Buenos Aires combines history, culture and architecture. This private tour includes a bilingual tour guide and visits to typical neighborhoods like La Boca, Palermo, Recoleta, and the Colon Theater, the National Congress and the Presidential Palace. Experience the highlights of Buenos Aires, and appreciate this great city.
It is hard to imagine a visit to Buenos Aires without attending a tango show. At Esquina Carlos Gardel, experience this intimate dance that unifies the city and its people together in a passionate embrace. The tango expresses the heart and the spirit of Argentina.
The next two days are free days for you to explore Buenos Aires, and we can help arrange excursions in and around the city, such as a trip to the Tigre Delta, a nearby estancia, or even tickets to a local soccer game. If the previous night's tango show was inspirational, we can arrange tango lessons!
Suggested Optional Tours (Click here for details)
- Estancias- The region of Buenos Aires is quite beautiful and has a storied past with the gauchos, and you can enjoy a trip to one of the estancias in the region. Watch the Argentine cowboys at work wrangling livestock and stroll around the beautiful grounds of these old ranches. Enjoy a traditional Argentinean barbeque of the some of world's finest beef, raised free-range on the estancia as well as fresh vegetables from the garden. Full day or multi-day trips with overnight stays at an estancia can be arranged.
- Colonia del Sacramento- Full day and overnight trips to Colonia, Uruguay, are possible by taking the one-hour ferry from Buenos Aires. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, this old colonial town is renowned for its cobbled, windy streets and colorful houses reminiscent of old Lisbon. A visit to the historic center is like a walk back in time with its small bars, excellent restaurants, art and craft shops, museums, and a large yacht harbor. Full day or 2 day/1 night trips can be arranged.
- Just north of Buenos Aires, the island city of Tigre is a region Argentine travelers should not miss. A serene riverside train ride takes us into Tigre. Visit the famous fruit market. Rustic weaves, cane and willow furniture, sugary sweets, exotic flowers and, of course, numerous varieties of native fruit tempt you as you make your way through this bustling market. A guided ferry tour of the beautiful Delta ends this excursion.
Take a morning flight to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. A private walking city tour will introduce you to this historic city, a former capital of Brazil. After seeing the architecture and important cultural sites, spend your free time discovering Rio’s world famous beaches - Ipanema and Copacabana - and sipping agua de coco (green coconut water) or a caipirinha (a drink made with lime juice and cachaça, sugar cane liqueur).
Visit Rio de Janeiro’s most popular attraction – the 125’ statue of “Christ the Redeemer” - on Corcovado Mountain, meaning 'hunchback' in Portuguese. The statue was constructed of concrete and soapstone and financed by Brazilian Catholics. Opened in October of 1931, the statue continues to make history. In 2007, the statue was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In February of 2008, the statue was struck by lightning. Because of the soapstone, the statue was not damaged.
For a different perspective of Rio, you and your guide will take the cable cars that climbs to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. From the peak, the entire cidade maravilhosa, (marvelous city), coastline, and Atlantic Ocean spread out below you.
|$650||Internal Flights (Santiago-Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro)|
|Flight costs subject to change|