Experience South America’s amazing diversity, enjoying a private wine sampling in Chile; exploring Argentina’s “Little Switzerland”; Bariloche; and Buenos Aires, capital of the tango. Then, walk beside mighty Iguazu Falls, and visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World — the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 1 - Arrive Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Santiago, the charming capital of Chile, where you
are met and transferred to your hotel, with guaranteed early
check-in. This afternoon, embark on a city tour to Santiago.
Drive past the Fine Arts Museum, built in the neo-classical
style, and view Palacio de La Moneda, seat of the President of
the Republic of Chile. Tour the Museum of Pre-Columbian
Art, and then continue to Plaza de Armas, site of the beautiful
Metropolitan Cathedral. This evening, gather for a welcome
briefing, followed by dinner at your hotel’s elegant restaurant.
Day 2 - Pucón
Fly to Temuco, gateway to the gorgeous Chilean Lake District.
Then, journey overland to Pucón, a lakeside town renowned for
its soothing hot springs and breathtaking views of Villarrica
Volcano. Upon arrival at Vira Vira, tour the farm and visit the
dairy and cheese factory located on the Hacienda grounds.
Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with locally grown produce.
Afterward, float leisurely down the river or simply relax in your
sumptuous accommodations. Tonight, meet with your hotel’s
excursion manager to arrange your next day’s activities, tailored
to your interests, such as trekking in the Cordilleras or hiking in a nearby natural park, kayaking on the Trancura River, or
sailing on Villarrica Lake.
Day 3 - Pucón
Start the day with an optional sunrise yoga session, and then
explore your beautiful surroundings, choosing an activity among
those available from your hotel. Or instead, opt to experience the
mystic ambience of the ancient Mapuche territories on your own.
Extending from southern Chile into western Argentina, they
remain the home of Chile’s indigenous peoples whose collective
history dates back to 600 BC. You may wish to ask for suggestions
from Vira Vira’s guides, who are passionate about their work and
excited to share their knowledge of the Mapuche’s heritage with
Day 4 - Bariloche, Argentina
Today, journey through the Lake District, absorbing panoramic
views of deep-blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanoes
and ancient forests. Cross into Argentina around mid-day, and,
after a stop in a cozy little mountain town, board a catamaran
for a private cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi (subject to weather
conditions and port authority permission). Enjoy a light lunch
served on board and arrive in picturesque Bariloche by early
evening. Transfer to the Llao Llao Hotel, a National Historic
Monument built in 1940 in the style of one of Canada’s grand mountain lodge hotels. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Day 5 - Bariloche
Hike through the scenic woodlands surrounding Bariloche to take
in vistas of streams and lakes framed by snow-capped peaks that
show why the region is called “Little Switzerland.” Pause along
the way to try yerba mate — a local caffeine-infused drink. Then,
make an artisan visit to a local brewery, meeting the brewmeister
and enjoying a tasting.
Day 6 - Buenos Aires
After a leisurely breakfast, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s
stylish capital, and check in to your hotel. Then, experience
a private tango demonstration and lesson from performers
at the famed Rojo Tango, followed by a thrilling tango show
performance and dinner at the Rojo Tango cabaret. Get caught
up in the passion, precision and glamour of these renowned
professional dancers, as they perform to the accompaniment
of a live orchestra.
Day 7 - Buenos Aires
Today, visit the beautiful Teatro Colón, an opera house
considered one of the five best concert venues in the world,
owing to its incredible acoustics. Then, visit the beautiful parks of Palermo, the old quarters of San Telmo and the colorful
La Boca district with La Bombonera, as well as some landmarks
connected to the “Peronismo” legacy. After a light lunch at a
traditional local café, stop at La Recoleta Cemetery, last resting
place of Eva Perón, Argentina’s beloved and controversial former
First Lady. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Day 8 - Iguazu Falls
Fly to Iguazu Falls and, upon arrival, visit the Argentine side of
the spectacular cataract. Board a train shuttle to the Cataratas
Station, and disembark to walk through paths that lead along
and above the falls. Beautiful flowers, ferns, tropical plants,
butterflies and exotic birds add to the experience, which is
highlighted by a visit to a suspended platform that extends 1,300 yards over the lush tropical basin at the very brink of the
“Garganta do Diablo” (Devil’s Throat). Enjoy lunch inside the
Iguazu National Park. This evening, cross the border to your
hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls.
Day 9 - Iguazu Falls
Visit the Brazilian side of the falls today, joining your guide on a
walking tour through the National Park of Iguazu to experience
the incredible power of millions of barrels of falling water, as you
are led to within arm’s length of the rumbling cascades. Next,
stop at the Parque das Aves, an internationally recognized rescue
and conservation center for birds, located in the nearby Atlantic
Rainforest. Gather this evening for dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro, where you are transferred to your
luxurious hotel, nestled on famous Copacabana Beach. Later, take
a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for breathtaking
views, and stay for a Scenic Sundowner, sipping a refreshing
cocktail as the sun sets over the sea.
Day 11 - Rio de Janeiro
Early this morning, travel to the heights of Corcovado (Hunchback)
Mountain for a spectacular glimpse of Rio. Crowning Corcovado is
the majestic statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing 120 feet high.
Next, get a taste of the Carnival culture with a tour that takes you
backstage to see the construction process of costumes and floats.
Enjoy a chance to dress up in carnival costumes, learn some samba
moves and join a percussion class. This evening, gather for a special
dinner at a local restaurant in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa
Day 12 - Depart Rio de Janeiro
Explore the downtown area of Rio and its impressive cultural
heritage, visiting the São Bento Monastery, Candelária Church,
Gonçalves Dias Street and many other points of interest. Stop
for lunch at Confeitaria Colombo Restaurant, which features
rich, Art Nouveau decor dating to its opening in 1894. Return to
your hotel and relax with special late access to your room before
transferring to the airport for your flight home.