17 Day Chile, Argentina & Brazil with Patagonia's Glaciers

17 Day Chile, Argentina & Brazil with Patagonia's Glaciers


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Chile
Depart for Chile

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Santiago
Welcome to Chile! Morning arrival in the energetic capital city of Santiago; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Santiago no later than 4 PM or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Santiago City Tour
This morning's city tour takes you through the colonial neighborhoods of the city that contrast with the modern financial center, known as Sanhattan. Pass by beautiful residences that are part of the Barrio Universitario (University Area). In the historical center visit the lively Plaza de Armas, with its fountains, sculptures, and intriguing people-watching opportunities. The tour continues with a drive along the green Parque Forestal with its stunning Fine Arts museum. Continue crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and climbing up San Cristóbal Hill to a viewpoint, for magnificent panoramic views of the city and the towering Andes Mountains backdrop. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the Undurraga Winery in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most important wine producing areas. Taste some of Chile's world-famous wines during the tour before returning to Santiago
Optional: Half Day Undurraga Winery Tour & Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Fly to Punta Arenas, Cerro Negro Ranch, Travel to Puerto Natales
Today, transfer to the airport early in the morning for your flight to Punta Arenas, the Southernmost tip of Chile, jumping-off point to the rugged landscape of Patagonia. Upon arrival, drive to Puerto Natales. Along the way, stop at Cerro Negro Ranch, to savor a traditional lamb barbecue lunch and experience the lifestyle of an authentic Patagonian ranch. Afterward, watch a sheepdog and sheep-shearing demonstration, before continuing to your hotel in Puerto Natales for overnight
Overnight: Puerto Natales
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Sunday - Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers
Get ready for an extraordinary day! Your trip begins in the port of Puerto Natales. Board a boat and sail through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord. The flora is dominated by different species of beech trees, Calafate, Chilco and Canelo among others. On the way, view cormorants, a colony of sea lions and the building that belonged to "Frigorifico Bories", one of the largest meat packing plants in Patagonia. Catch a glimpse of the astonishing thousand-year-old Balmaceda Glacier. In Puerto Toro, disembark and walk through a native forest towards the impressive Serrano Glacier. After your hike, relax and enjoy lunch before departing on a scenic ride to your hotel. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day Expedition to Torres del Paine*
Spend the day in Torres del Paine National Park declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. With its soaring granite pillars dominating the landscape, it is surely one of the most unspoiled and impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. Stand in awe at this unparalleled landscape with its jagged peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, thundering waterfalls and roaring rivers. Embark on a hike, starting from Guardería Grey, that takes you across hanging bridges into the dark Patagonian forest before arriving at Lago Grey beach. View the electric blue icebergs broken off of Glacier Grey, a gigantic three-mile wide wall of ice. After lunch, on to Lake Pehoé with its vibrant turquoise color, situated nearby Pudeto Dock. After a short hike, marvel at the magnificent views of Lake Nordenskjol plummeting into the famous Salto Grande waterfall. You will also encounter the famous Paine Horn, Los Cuernos, an outcropping of granite peaks which is part of the Paine Massif. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and spend time at leisure before dinner tonight
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Explore Torres del Paine, Travel to El Calafate*
Depart this morning for Torres del Paine to further explore this breathtaking national park that is surrounded by imposing snow-capped mountain peaks. Guanacos, a type of llama, can be seen wandering around on the Patagonian plains, as well as rheas, sheep, foxes, eagles, condors and other wildlife. View Lake Sarmiento the largest lake in the park and also the only lake that is not glacier fed. Continue towards the northeast area of the park and admire Amarga Lagoon located just outside the park. The water of the lake is a lush green color and contains algae and plankton. Spot large flocks of flamingos that gather here in search of food throughout the Patagonian summer. Afterward, head to El Calafate, a small city named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees that you’ll return one day to Patagonia. Get acquainted with the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the great Perito Moreno Glacier
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Wednesday - Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park*
A day you have been waiting for! Journey to the unforgettable Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park, created in 1937, is the largest ice cap outside of Antarctica and Greenland with an ice field that controls the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. Observe the glacier's massive ice wall, almost three miles wide and over 240 feet high above the lake's surface, from a cliffside promenade that overlooks the constantly shifting ice. Perito Moreno is legendary for its dynamic changes, which produces a cyclic phenomenon of movement forward and backward, along with spectacular ice falls from its front walls. The easy access to this site has crowned Perito Moreno as one of the most visited glaciers in the entire world. Tonight is at leisure in El Calafate
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Full Day Boat Excursion to Glaciers National Park*
At the pier, board a boat that will take you on an extraordinary excursion to view some of the world’s most spectacular glaciers. Sail across the North Arm of Lago Argentino to reach the Upsala Channel, with sightings of the huge Barrier Iceberg and Upsala Glacier, South America’s longest glacier. The voyage continues in-between spectacular icebergs of immense sizes and varied formations. After a box lunch on board, the boat reaches the icy monument of the Spegazzini Glacier, highest among all of the glaciers in the national park. You’ll be dazzled by blue ice floes that drift in the freezing waters to create astonishing images with changing hues. This afternoon return to the port of Punta Bandera and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in El Calafate
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Friday - Fly to Buenos Aires
Travel today on a flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent as you arrive in this 19th century “Paris of South America” with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a very distinct European flavor. Tonight, be sure to treat yourself to a fabulous Argentine beef dinner at one of the city’s many superb steak restaurants
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city's highlights on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace). View the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, artists' lofts and trendy cafes. At the Recoleta Cemetery, view the resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds cover over four city blocks, with more than 6,400 handcrafted mausoleums, including the legendary tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always decorated with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring on your own before the evening's tango lesson with professional Argentine dancers. Tonight is at leisure, or participate in the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM)
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Full Day in Buenos Aires
Revisit some of your favorite places in the city today, shop for leatherwear and designer clothes, or, join the optional fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Return to the hotel with time to prepare for this evening's "Farewell to Argentina" Dinner with your group at a delightful restaurant
Optional: Full Day Gaucho Party
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Fly to Iguazu Falls
Depart Buenos Aires by flight to Iguazu on the Argentine side of the Falls. Time to settle in at the hotel before tonight’s dinner
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - The Argentinian Falls, Upper and Lower Circuit, Devil’s Throat
A railway car transports you to the Upper Circuit of the Falls.* As you walk to the Lower Circuit, the enormous power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil's Gorge - stand in awe as you gaze at spectacular "Devil's Throat" the most magnificent of all of the cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature's most impressive achievements, a unique experience for your senses. The rest of the day is devoted to exploring the treasures of Iguazu National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna*In order to access the falls, you are required to walk over uneven surfaces, narrow boardwalk, and paths that feature many sets of stairs that may be slippery due to the mist
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Iguassu, The Brazilian Falls, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Today visit the Brazilian side of the majestic Falls*, walking along the winding pathways of one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. The unforgettable panoramic views will be a memory that lasts forever. Later, depart Iguassu on a flight to Rio, the vivacious “sun and fun” capital of South America*In order to access the falls, you are required to walk over uneven surfaces, narrow boardwalk, and paths that feature many sets of stairs that may be slippery due to the mist
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Thursday - Rio de Janeiro and Tour of Corcovado Mountain
Awake this morning in remarkable Rio de Janeiro. Start the day with an ascent by a cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands the astonishing 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue that embraces the entire city is designated as one of the seven "New Wonders of the World". At the peak, see wondrous sweeping views of the city and beaches; you’ll understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the afternoon, join the optional not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, symbol of the city, where you'll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay
Optional: Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain (PM)
Overnight: Rio De Janiero
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Friday - Depart Brazil
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*The Day 5 through Day 9 itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions, safety, and the decision of the local guides/captain of the boat.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Santiago, Rio de Janeiro-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Santiago-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Iguazu, Iguassu-Rio de Janeiro
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Santiago
  • 1 night Puerto Natales
  • 2 nights Torres del Paine
  • 3 nights El Calafate
  • 3 nights Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights Iguazu
  • 2 nights Rio de Janeiro
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Take a city tour of Santiago, the energetic capital of Chile
  • View the astonishing Balmaceda Glacier, habitat of cormorants and sea lions
  • Visit Torres del Paine, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Travel to Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the sophisticated “Paris of South America”
  • Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires with professional Argentine dancers
  • Stand in awe at majestic Iguassu Falls one of nature's most impressive achievements
  • At the summit of Rio's Corcovado Mountain stand before the statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Santiago-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Buenos Aires, Bunoes Aires-Iguazu & Iguassu-Rio de Janeiro.

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Plaza San Francisco
    This first class hotel is situated in downtown Santiago.

    CostAustralis Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Puerto Natales, with beautiful views of the Fjord of Last Hope.

    Hotel Rio Serrano
    This first class hotel is located in the renowned Torres del Paine Park on the eastern border of the Serrano River.

    Kosten Aike Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated in the city of El Calafate.

    Panamericano Buenos Aires
    This deluxe hotel is located in central downtown Buenos Aires, nearby the historic Obelisk.

    Amerian Portal del Iguazu
    This first class hotel overlooks the convergence of the Iguazu and Parana Rivers and is located just over 300 feet from "The Three Borders" where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet.

    Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is a gem set in a great location within the vibrant city of Rio. It is just steps from the iconic Copacabana Beach.

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