Cultures and Contrasts of South America

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Marvel at Rio's Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains and enjoy a Carnival Samba show, take in the magnificent Iguassu Falls from Brazil and Argentina then try your hand at Tango or watch the professionals in a sizzling show. The natural wonders of Bariloche is often called the 'Switzerland of South America' and go wine tasting in the Maipo Valley. This trip will enhance all your senses and become unforgettable.

 

Itinerary 

Days 1-4 Rio de Janeiro

Soak up the vibe of this carnival city while exploring the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th Century opera house, Sambodromo and city Cathedral. Stretch our legs in lovely Flamengo Park before ascending Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and bay. Board a classic cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the new Severn Wonders of the World. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain to visit a precious gemstone workshop before a lunch at a local restaurant. Driving back via Copacabana and Ipanema beaches you'll how to mix the perfect Caipirinha and later indulge in a traditional barbecue dinner at a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio's world-famous Carnival as you're treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song and dance.

 

Day 5  Iguassu Falls

Fly to magnificent Iguassu Falls, boarding Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of the world's largest waterfalls and take a guided scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the Brazilian falls.

 

Days 6-7 Buenos Aires

Cross the border to Argentina and take a scenic walk before boarding the open-air Jungle Train for a spectacular view of the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Fly to Buenos Aires and enjoy a light buffet dinner followed by a presentation on the passions and traditions of the Argentinean people - the wine, the tango, the beef and the soccer. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, pink Casa Rosada, renowned Teatro Colon, and fashionable districts of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. See the workshop of a master leather artisan, drive stately Avenida 9 de Julio to the elegant Recoleta, and see the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron is buried.

 

Day 8 Colonia del Sacramento

Cross the Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil this moring. On the Uruguayan side a local guide takes you on a walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic district of the charming Colonia del Sacramento. After a leisurely Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy time to stroll the exclusive art galleries and shops on your own. Return by hydrofoil to Argentina.

 

Day 9 Buenos Aires

Free time in the 'Paris of South America', perhaps even take an optional day trip to a traditional Argentinean estancia for a barbecue with the local gauchos. This evening linger over a highlight dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching a sensual performance of the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires.

 

Days 10-11 Bariloche

Fly to the edge of the Andes and the lovely resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Travel the 'Circuito Chico' for spectacular vistas of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National P{ark. Ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views.

 

Day 12 Andean Lake District Cruise

Straddling Argentina and Chile, marvel at breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountain peaks, green forests and sapphire lakes as you cruise to Peulla for lunch. Board a catamaran to cross Todos Los Santos Lake and after a stop at the waterfalls of Petrohue River, arrive in Puerto Varas on the banks of Lake Llanquihue.

 

Day 13 Puerto Varas

Enjoy tranquil Puerto Varas, the 'City of Roses' with its stunning arbors and Germanic-style architecture gracing the many centuries-old houses.

 

Days 14-16 Santiago

Fly to Santiago for an orientation tour that visits Alameda Avenue, the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures and Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, head for the Maipo Vallet for a wine-tasting and gourmet lunch at a exclusive winery. Explore Santiago further on your own and enjoy a festive folklore dinner.

 

Tour Includes

15 nights accommodation in first class hotels

15 breakfast, 4 lunches and 8 dinners

Return transfers and all flights international and domestic

All touring and sightseeing with a tour director and local guide

 

Prices from £4849 per person

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