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... experience the riches of South America.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Sample the best Chilean wines in the Maipo Valley
- Soak in the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District's volcanoes and waterways
- Savour a local meal slow-cooked under hot rocks in the ground
- Experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires
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- International and internal flights
- 7 nights comfortable hotel accommodation
- 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- Transport: Private van, plane, comfortable buses, ferry
- Arrival transfer
- Maipo Valley winery tour with tastings
- Half-day cultural tour with visit to Angelmó fish market and traditional curanto meal
- Visit Petrohue Falls
- ‘Cruce de los Lagos’ lake crossing by scenic ferry
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Need to know
- Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10
- Speak to your travel consultant about extending your trip pre or post tour
Explore the many museums and parks of Santiago, and the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista to see some handicrafts and trendy cafés, before your welcome meeting in the evening. Although Santiago covers an immense area, the central core of the city is relatively small. It is a roughly triangular shaped region. The centre of this triangle is the Plaza de Armas, the chief plaza of Santiago, bounded on its northern side by the main post office and on the western side by the cathedral. The streets between the Plaza de Armas and O'Higgins are wall-to-wall shops, restaurants, snack and fast food bars, cinemas, expensive hotels and office blocks. One of Santiago's main parks, Cerro Santa Lucía, is in the triangle facing O'Higgins. anta Lucia Hill in the city center is an important historic landmark. The other main park is Cerro San Cristobal. It is a large hill that rises dramatically from the plain to the north of Avenida Providencia. Between this avenue and the mountain, on either side of the Avenida Pío Nono, is Santiago's 'Paris quarter', the barrio Bella Vista. Here you'll find beautifully landscaped parks and gardens, artists' colonies and impressive views over the city.
On day two, spend the day enjoying Chile's tastiest export, wine. Tour different wineries in the Maipo Valley, learn the history of the region's wineries and learn a thing or two about the art of wine making. We visit a large commercial winery and a smaller handcrafted winemakers.
Fly to Puerto Varas, in the stunning Chilean Lake District and enjoy views of the Osorno Volcano. Take a cultural tour and enjoy a traditional lunch. There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture perfect views from snow-capped mountains to deep-blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests and glaciers.
Travel by bus and ferry to Bariloche, Argentina. Visit the Petrohue Falls, then enjoy the sights as the ‘Cruce de los Lagos’ is considered one of the most scenic cruises in the world. Founded in 1902, Bariloche is on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi and is surrounded by mountains and forests. Bariloche is the gateway Nahuel Huapi National Park, the second largest National Park and the first established in Argentina (1903). The region boasts a broken mirror puzzle of lakes, forest, mountains and rivers running along sharp fluvial valleys and dominated by Cerro Tronador (“Thunder Hill”), an inactive volcano that rises 3554 metres above sea level, with three glacier covered summits and 8 glaciers falling on either sides of the mountain which make it a reference mountain in Patagonia. Next day, enjoy free time to explore this stunning region. Opt to take a boat excursion to visit Puerto Blest, hike or explore the town. The urban centre of the Argentine Lake District, Bariloche in many ways resembles alpine resorts of Europe. Bariloche has some of the best food in the country. Sample a beefy parrillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then work it off during a day hike around Cerro Catedral or while practicing your salsa at one of the town's salsotecas.
Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas’, Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy!
Your tour finishes today - you can leave at any time. Not ready to leave? Your travel consultant can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.