South America Flyer
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Some of the highlights included are:
- Be mesmerised by Iguazú Falls from Brazil and Argentina
- Visit the world-famous sites and beaches of Rio de Janeiro
- Enjoy some of the world's best steaks in Buenos Aires
- Tour Argentina's most famous wine region, Mendoza
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- International and internal flights
- 10 nights in hotel accommodation, hostels & guesthouses
- 6 breakfasts
- Transport: Travel by public bus, plane
- Argentinian Winery
- Entry to Iguazú Falls in Argentina
- Entry to Iguazú Falls in Brazil
- Tour leader throughout
Need to know
- There is a maximum of 16 travellers with an average group size of 8-12
- All countries have visa requirements that are subject to change at short notice
On your first day you are free to explore Chile's cosmopolitan capital city, Santiago, at your own pace. For the best views of the city, take a funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. Here you can taste some of Chile's best wines and find some beautifully situated swimming pools. Santiago is a very clean, modern city with many fountains and parks, and is well-renowned for its markets such as the famous Mercado Central, one of the best seafood markets in the world. In the Plaza Constitución at the Palacio de la Moneda you can see the changing of the guard on most days.
Travel by comfortable long-distance public bus across the border into Mendoza, the epicentre of Argentina's wine country. Mendoza is where General José de San Martín organised the army with which he liberated Chile and Peru from Spanish rule in 1818. Unfortunately, few historic buildings remain after an earthquake devastated the city in 1861. However, the city was rebuilt on a grid system, resulting in the broad tree-lined streets and beautiful green plazas for which the city is famous. There are great views from the top of “Cerro de la Gloria” at Parque San Martín, where you can also visit the local zoo. Situated on the foothills of the Andes, the city is a great base for some optional outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, rappelling and horseback riding. No trip to Mendoza would be complete without touring the surrounding vineyards. Hire bikes and cycle the ‘Ruta de los Vinos' (wine route), visiting ancient cellars and tasting Malbecs at working wineries.
Fly to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, known as the "Paris of South America" due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. You will have three days to explore the quirky neighbourhoods and artistic markets of the city, where European and Latin American influences have mixed together to create a city like no other. Stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, spotting the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the city, and the impressive Teatro Colón, one of the world's best opera houses. Visit the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace, from where Juan and Eva Perón famously addressed the crowds gathered on Plaza de Mayo in 1945. Explore the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and learn about the national heroin ‘Evita’ at the Museo Eva Perón. Stroll around the upmarket boutiques and cafés of the Palermo district, and sample one of the world's finest steaks.
Foz do Iguaçu
Foz do Iguaçu
Fly over fertile farmlands to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu, your base for visiting the famous Iguazú Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazú Falls there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3 kilometre long U-shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinean sides. Visiting the Argentine side of the falls you can board a speed boat which will take you under the falls soaking you from head to toe, an optional adventure you'll never forget! On the Argentine side you'll also find the famous "Devil's Throat" where fourteen falls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead. On the Brazilian side you can see the falls from a different perspective, by walking through the rainforest and along catwalks above and below the rushing water. You can also visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu (optional). Photograph a tucan at the nearby bird park.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Fantastic Rio de Janeiro has many things to see and do. A highlight for many would be to experience the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado, the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant coloured tiles of the Selarón staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafés and shops lining the cobblestone streets. In the city centre, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander around the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, one of the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. If you are in Rio de Janeiro around February/March, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival. Your tour ends in Rio, on day 11.