Experience the vibrant cultures of the bottom half of South America on a 17-day adventure to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Sip wine in Santiago, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and soak up the sun on the famous beaches of Rio. Enjoying an ideal combination of guided excursions and free time, you’re sure to fall for this alluring region.

Trip highlights

Afro-Brazilian Community Visit, Travel to an Afro-Brazilian community near Paraty to get to know this unique, centuries-old culture founded by former slaves. Explore the town and meet members of the community over a delicious lunch of local dishes and fresh fruit juice.

Chilean Cultural Tour and Local Lunch, Embrace Chilean culture in the scenic town of Puerto Varas. Visit the home of a local family and enjoy curanto – a traditional dish slow-cooked in a large pot. Then enjoy a glass of wine with the lunch you’ve helped prepare.

Chilean Wine Experience, Visit a winery outside Santiago and learn about local vintages and winemaking from a local expert. Discover what makes Chilean wine some of the best in world and learn about the production process before sampling some of the delicious offerings.

Iguaçu Falls, Flora and Fauna Lecture, Enjoy a lecture with a local biologist and botanist. You’ll learn about all things flora and fauna in this unique region, including medicinal and healing uses of local plants.

Iguassu Falls Visit, Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour.

Local Tango Lesson, Take part in a tango lesson taught by dancers at a venue popular with locals. Once you’ve practiced your new steps, it’s time for a milonga, a local tradition where students and teachers drop by to practice their moves. Sit back and enjoy, or join in if you’re feeling brave.

São Paulo City and Food Tour , Discover the diverse flavours of São Paulo on a tour that combines gastronomy with architecture. Visit some of the city’s most emblematic structures with a specialist guide while sampling “água de coco” and coffee with cheese bread. Then enjoy a typical lunch, sampling from various market stalls at the bustling Mercado Municipal.

Itinerary - 17 Days

Day 1 Santiago

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Santiago (1B)

Spend the morning with a wine expert, visiting a local winery outside Santiago and discussing the process that makes Chilean wine some of the best in the world. Sample various wines and enjoy a vertical tasting.

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

Fly to Puerto Varas, located in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Explore the countryside and Chilean culture as you visit the Puerto Montt's Angelmó fish market and the scenic town of Puerto Varas. After, visit a local family home and enjoy a “curanto," a beloved traditional dish. Mingle with your friendly hosts and try your hand at whipping up salsa pebre.

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.

Day 6 San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Free time to explore this stunning region. Opt to take a bike tour, hike, or explore the town's shops and restaurants.

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

Fly to Buenos Aires and enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city.

Day 8 Buenos Aires (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a city tour of the "Paris of the Americas," visiting key sights and neighbourhoods including Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. When you are done exploring, rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. Spend the evening enjoying a night out with a light dinner in a local café before heading to a popular dance venue where we enjoy a lesson from local dancers. Opt to stay for Milonga, a neighbourhood tradition where students and teachers of the venue show up to practice their moves.

Day 9 Buenos Aires (1B)

Free day to explore this charming city. Opt to visit San Telmo for the antiques market and street art displays. Or spend the afternoon in the posh Recoleta area with cafés, museums, and a cemetery.

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

Fly to Iguazú Falls and explore the Brazilian side to get the best panoramic view. This evening, enjoy a lecture with local biologist/botanist who will talk to us about the flora and fauna around the falls, and the uses of local plants for medicinal and healing purposes.

Day 11 Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to get a view of the falls from below. Return to Foz for the night.

Day 12 Foz do Iguaçu/São Paulo (1B, 1L)

Fly to São Paulo and discover the city through gastronomy and architecture. Visit some of the city's most noted sites. Along the way, a specialist guide will share his knowledge of popular local cuisine.

Day 13 São Paulo/Paraty (1B, 1D)

Drive to colonial Paraty. Visit an Afro-Brazilian community for a unique cultural interaction and enjoy a traditional meal. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery.

Day 14 Paraty (1B, 1L)

Enjoy an included schooner tour of the harbour's many islands and beaches.

Day 15 Paraty/Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Carry on by private van to Rio de Janeiro for free time to explore the city. Use our centrally located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Opt to take a city tour.

Day 16 Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Explore vibrant Rio; sun, beach, and nightlife await. Opt to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Day 17 Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Depart at any time.

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