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From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile

Rio, Iguazu, Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago

From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile
From Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile

3 South American countries, 5 touristic destinations. Vibrant cities, stunning nature, impressive mountains and warm beaches. This tour offers the best of the south in 17 unforgettable days. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. This independent bus tour offers an itinerary from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Santiago in Chile visiting the Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and Mendoza along the way. It includes the bus trips, accommodation, highlight excursions and some airport and bus station transfers. 4300 km of joy and fun.

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Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Arrival to Rio. Transfer from International Airport and Accommodation.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast. Big Dude Rio de Janeiro Full Day Tour. All of Rio de Janeiro best sights in just one packed day. Details:
From 9:00 am to 10:00 am: Hotel pick-up by mini-bus
11:00 am Stop at Sao Conrado to watch the hang gliders land on the beach.
11:30 am Stop at Tijuca Forest for a walk around the park to experience a real rainforest.
12:15 pm Drive through the Tijuca Forest towards Christ the Redeemer.
12:40 pm Stop at Christ Statue for a visit to the top (ticket included).
14:15 pm Drive to Santa Teresa for a lunch break (not included), followed by a walk around the neighborhood
15:30 pm Drive to Lapa for a visit to the colorful steps "Escadaria Selaron", made famous by Snoop Dog in his music video "Beautiful".
16:30 Drive back to hotel with the option of a drop-off at Sugarloaf

 

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro.
Breakfast. Free day to chill out, visiting the beach or getting started to visit a "Balada" (night club)

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro - Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast, check out and go to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station on your own. Night Bus

Day 5: Puerto Iguazu
Arrival in Puerto Iguazu at about noon. Transfer to selected accommodation and check in. Free day.

 

Day 6: Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast. 8 am Full Day Excursion to the Falls, Argentine side: This Tour take will you to visit part of the Iguaz? National Park. It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicolored butterflies, birds and mammals, all of them part of the rich local flora and fauna.
The park was declared Natural World Heritage in 1984, due to its scenic beauties and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle. The famous falls are in the heart of this Park.
You will start the visit at the Local Museum and continue the Tour along the Lower Trail, from where you can see the " Two sisters Falls", the "Bossetti Fall", the "Hidden Fall", a panoramic view of "San Martin island " and the "Union Fall".
Later you walk the Upper Trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic "San Martin Fall? from where you have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls.
Finally, you go with the Train of the Jungle up to "Devil's Throat" station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the catwalks, you will reach the spectacular "Devil's Throat", where the Iguazu river expresses itself with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows.

 

Day 7: Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast. 8 am Excursion to the Falls Brazilian Side, half day: Your guides take you to visit the wonderful Iguazu Falls, on the Brazilian side, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Argentine water falls
You will get close to "Floriano", "Deodoro," and "Benjamin" waterfalls, and the walkways lead you also to "Santa Maria Falls." (Beware of visa needs if going to the Brazilian side, eg: Australia, USA, Canada, China, etc)

Day 8: Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. 11 am: Check out. Transfer to Puerto Iguazu Bus Station to take the overnight bus to Buenos Aires.

Day 9: Buenos Aires
Arrival to Buenos Aires. Check in at selected accommodation

Day 10: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. 9 am City Tour: Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires, see the National Congress, The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in Plaza de Mayo area. Visit the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America and San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was seat of immigrants - mainly Italians - and now home of some artists.
Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found.
Free afternoon.

Day 11: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Free Day. In the evening (8 pm), Tango show with dinner: In the very heart of Buenos Aires, this refurbished historic "conventillo" is a classic building of the porteño culture. A Tango Show is a trip to older times.
Professional artists will show you their best art, singing songs and dancing typical pieces, along with a famous tango orchestra. The show consists of several plays in which you can appreciate 2 tango orchestras, a folkloric group, dancers and singers.

Day 12: Buenos Aires-Mendoza
Breakfast and check out at 11 am. In the evening, departure to Mendoza by night bus.

 

Day 13: Mendoza
Arrival in Mendoza and check in. At 2.30 pm, Half Day Winery Tour: These Tour runs among vineyards in the areas of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. You will experience the work culture brought by immigrants, using irrigation techniques (canals and ditches) inherited from the former Huarpes Indians. They managed to change a vast desert into a productive river oasis. This is the scene of the settlement of prestigious wineries, which represent Argentine wines in the world with high quality wines.
You will visit two wineries, one with traditional organic methods and the other that uses the latest available technology. Guided by professionals in winemaking, you will learn about the vinification methods and processes, bottling and labeling of wines, in the end of the tour you will taste the different grapes that the wineries offer. Departure: 2.30 pm. Sundays 08.30 am

Day 14: Mendoza
Breakfast. 9.30 am: Rafting 12 km (or High Mountain Tour): The Rafting takes place in Potrerillos, a village located 60 km south west from Mendoza city, in heart of the Precordillera, the range before the High Mountains. The landscape is of 5000 meters snowy peaks, desert and colorful rocks.
Rafting is one of the most important adventure sport in Mendoza. It is not necessary to have previous experience, the rafts can hold 6 people plus 1 guide that will provide the necessary security information and the mini course to handle the boat.
The activity is based in the Mendoza River. The base of operations is located on the banks of the river and has locker rooms, showers, two pools and solarium among other things, so it is a great place to spend a beautiful day on the mountain besides doing a Rafting. Rapids are grade III. For rafting bring some clothes and a pair of shoes to get changed after the activity. A rafting wetsuit is provided, but whatever you decide to wear underneath the wetsuit is going to get wet. Bring also a towel, sun protection (hat, sun block), water and food (or money to buy some), swimming suit (remember there are two pools at the base) and warm clothes for after rafting. Back to town at 5 pm

Day 15: Mendoza-Santiago de Chile
Breakfast. Check out. In the morning, departure to Santiago by bus and time to relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful scenery roads in west Argentina. It is a day bus so don't fall asleep and try to catch a glimpse of the Aconcagua, the highest peak in the American Continent (almost 7.000 meters). Arrival during the evening. Accommodation.

Day 16: Santiago de Chile
Breakfast. Santiago Bike Tour: 09:30 am / 12.30 pm: This Tour shows you the popular culture and everyday life in Santiago. Multiculturalism, urban art and diverse religions in Patronato, fruit and vegetables in La Vega Market, history in the Plaza de Armas. All part of the many experiences on this unforgettable Tour of Santiago, Chile.
Stops: Bellavista Neighborhood, La Chascona: Pablo Neruda's House, Metropolitan Park, Patronato Neighborhood, La Vega Market, Mapocho Station, Central Market, Plaza de Armas, Bellas Artes Museum, Forestal Park.

Day 17: Santiago de Chile
Breakfast. Check out.

Included

  • Rio de Janeiro International Airport pick up.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Rio de Janeiro at selected basis with breakfast
  • Big Dude Tour in Rio de Janeiro (Full Day City Tour of this amazing city)
  • Bus from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Iguazu
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Puerto Iguazu Bus Station pickup and drop off
  • Full Day Tour to the Falls, Argentine Side
  • Half Day Tour to the Falls, Brazilian Side
  • Bus from Iguazu to Buenos Aires OW
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Buenos Aires at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Buenos Aires City Tour AM or PM 3 hours
  • Tango Show with Dinner and Drinks.
  • Bus from Buenos Aires to Mendoza
  • 2 nights Accommodation in Mendoza at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Half Day Wineries Tour
  • Rafting 12 km with transfers to rafting post.(Note: rafting depends on weather condition and on river condition. If rafting can't be done the alternatives will be: Alta Montaña Full Day Excursion or Horseback Riding + Asado)
  • Bus from Mendoza to Santiago de Chile
  • 2 nights accommodation in Santiago de Chile with breakfast
  • Santiago de Chile Bike Tour


Not Included

  • Transfers to Buenos Aires Bus Station.
  • Transfers to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station
  • Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park Argentine side (aprox 30 USD per person)
  • Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park Brazilian side (aprox 30 USD per person)
  • Transfers to Mendoza Bus Station
  • Pick up and drop off in Santiago de Chile
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room
     
Destination

Buenos Aires

The city of Buenos Aires, one of the most important Latin American cities, is a great cosmopolitan and many-sided metropolis. This city astonishes the tourist with its evident universal influence.

It is the capital of the Argentine Republic and the vital bond of the nation.

 How to access?

To access to the downtown from the airport there is an option to take a shuttle to the hostel where you will stay. Book here Hostel Shuttle.

As long as European arquitecture is concerned, many streets recall those of Paris.

Its numberless museums, exposition and comference centres, art galleries, cinemas and theatres with national and international spectacles of high quality, are witnesses of its important cultural life.

The Colon Theatre, one of the most important lyrical theatres in the world, is seat, together with some other scenaries, of an intense musical activity that comprises all genres including, of course, the famous and typical Tango; besides, the city is frequently visited by orchestras, groups and soloists from all over the world.

Financial, stock-exchange and economical seat of the country, Buenos Aires is the main port of the nation. It has an intense commercial activity, reflected in numberless shops of the main worldfamous branches, shop centres and commercial shoppings.

Its nightlife is quite varied and extends up to the ealy hours. Discos, restaurants, cafeterias and many other attractions for all tastes are spread all around the city offering the tourist a large number of options.

Its accomodation capacity ranges from luxurious 5 stars hotels belonging to international chains up to modest lodgings, including all the hostel levels.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Try an Asado Argentino (Argentine BBQ)
  • Enjoy a day at the countryside learning our country traditions
  • Go to a Tango show, Milonga or take tango lesson
  • Enjoy the city doing a Bike City Tour
  • Go dancing and enjoy all night till dawn
  • Wander the streets of Buenos Aires finding out of sales books
  • Meeting friends in one of the famous Buenos Aires Cafes

TRANSPORT IN BUENOS AIRES

• Buses: The bus (colectivo) is a fast and inexpensive means of transport to travel over the Capital. There are more than 180 lines going through the city and providing connection with all districts in the Greater Buenos Aires. The service is available at regular intervals. Sometimes, streets may be blocked in the downtown area due to traffic jams. The ticket is sold on the bus and only coins are accepted. Hours: Bus service is available all day long but its frequency decreases after 12 am.

• Subways: This is the fastest and easiest way to reach your destination. The six subway lines (commonly known as “subtes”) are connected with the main avenues and railway and bus stations, and converge upon downtown, the main tourist and hotel area. Maps showing the subway lines in different colors may be obtained at the ticket offices located in every station. Information boards showing each line routes and transfer stations between lines are available in all stations. These connections that allow passengers to use more than one line are called “combinación”. The service runs Mondays through Saturdays, from 5 am to 10 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 8 am to 10 pm.

Taxis: They can be requested by phone or you may call them on the street. Radiotaxis (provided with radio systems) are considered safer. There is a great number of taxis in the city – getting a taxi near the tourist areas is easy at any time of day or night. Usually, you will wait for no longer than a few minutes. Taxis can be easily recognized by their colors – black and yellow. In addition, a red light on the taximeter indicates that they are available.

• Remises: They are a sort of limo service that you request by phone to the numerous agencies spread out in the city. These cars are not identified with a special color. The  total fare varies according to the kilometers covered and time elapsed.

• Trains: If you want to visit areas outside the Capital such as the Delta or neighborhoods distant from downtown, the railways provide an affordable service. Several lines allow access to the center of the city.

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Iguazú

Situated in the northeast of Argentina, Puerto Iguazú City is 300 km away from the Capital City of the Province - Posadas City - and is the city that borders on Brazil and Paraguay through the concourse of Paraná and Iguazú Rivers.

Being a touristic place, it provides with the greatest spectacle of water and forest ever existing on Earth - the imposing Iguazú Falls - in guaraní language "Big waters".

This region has a humid subtropical climate without dry season, with temperatures ranging from 20º C to 33º C in Summer while Winter is mild and nice. It is important to mention that due to the high degree of humidity the rain diminishes thermic amplitude and causes clouds increase.

Topographicaly speaking, Puerto Iguazú is located in a plateau with red rocky land due to the melaphyre decomposition rich in iron and having cliffs covered by humus favouring the growth of an exuberant forest.

To get to this charming city and one of the most wonderful sceneries in South America one can do it by plane arriving at Iguazú International Airport 17 Km away from the city centre.

Coming from Brazil and Paraguay one can cross "Tancredo Neves International Bridge".

Among the most chosen activities, the tourist goes on excursions to Iguazú National Park -Natural Heritage to Humanity by UNESCO- visiting 275 waterfalls and getting to know the exotic flora and fauna.

In the city, there are different places to visit such as "Mbororé" and Natural Sciences Museums, Tres Fronteras Boundary Stone and the International Casino.

From Puerto Iguazú, one can go on excursions to Ciudad del Este (East City) -Paraguay- where there is an important crafts and electronics fair, as well as on excursions to Brazil in order to get a different view of the falls.

Puerto Iguazú is a place where nature , in its greatest beauty expression, will amaze the tourist for sure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride in a speedboat under the Falls
  • Explore the jungle and discover its secrets
  • Flow through the jungle giants doing Canopy
  • Abseil down a cascade in the middle of the forest
  • An adventure day in the brazilian side
  • Try Mate ice cream
  • To visiting the Wanda gemstones site
  • Itaipú Hydroelectric Factory, located in the border of Brazil and Paraguay
  • To visit La Aripuca theme park
  • A tour around the beginnings of American history: the "San Ignacio Miní" Jesuit mission
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Mendoza

Situated at the foot of The Andes, Mendoza is the capital city of the homonimous province and the most important city of the West of Argentina. It is one of the most chosen tourist destinations because of the various interesting activities available in the region. It is an incredible oasis to grow fruits and vegetables due to the presence of the Mendoza and Tunuyán Rivers.


The climate of the region is mild though the mountains provide a certain degree of aridity. The temperature in Summer ranges from 18º C to 33º C and days are hot and nights are fresh. In Winter, the minimum temperature is 3º C and the maximum registered temperature is 16º C.

One can get to Mendoza City by plane arriving at Francisco Gabrielli-El Plumerillo International Airport, or by car or bus through Nº 8, 7 and 40 National Routes.

In the city, there is a beautiful sight of streets flanked by trees, squares and parks linked by a web of irrigation ditches which is 500 km long and waters the whole area allowing city planning even in arid zones.

Land with historic tradition, Mendoza keeps many memories of San Martín's epic in the cerro de la Gloria (Hill of the Glory), El Plumerillo, San Martín Park and the museums that show documents testifying the presence in the region of this Argentinian eminent person.

Starting point to enjoy adventure travel and high mountain sports like andinism, ski or rafting, Mendoza offers various circuits to go on these excursions. Walks in the five squares, the civic centre and the foundation area make the tourist admire the culture, the history and the idiosyncrasy of native people. In the surroundings of Mendoza City, interesting places and towns can be visited: Ruins of San Francisco Church, Maipú, El Challao, Villavicencio Thermal Resort, Cacheuta, Potrerillos and Vallecitos.

The very well known "Ruta de los Vinos" (Route of the Wines) deserves a special mention because tourists can visit ancient cellars and taste excellent yields which are product of carefully chosen grapes.

When visiting Mendoza, one is going along the land of the good sun and the good wine

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Hill of Glory, it is a bronze construction of fourteen tons that pays tribute to the Army of the Andes for its successful campaign of liberation
  • Foundation Area Museum, a site that takes us back to colonial times in the city of Mendoza
  • A visit to the best wineries of Argentina and maybe the world!
  • Ski at Las Leñas valley 
  • Trekking the highest peaks
  • Visit the incredible Puente del Inca
  • Rafting in Atuel canyon, San Rafael 
  • Horsback riding
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Río de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the must-see of Brazil. This cosmopolitan city has a lot to offer. See the archs of Lapa, sit on the Selaron staircase, listen to some bossa nova on Ipanema´s bars (maybe you are lucky and have the chance to hear Garota de Ipanema), relax on Copacabana beaches, do some sightseeing on Downtown, enjoy the nature on Tijuca Rainforest national park, or take some pictures for your social media in the Christ the Redemeer or Sugar Loaf.

 

Highlights

  • Enjoy the views from the base of the Christ the Redemeer
  • Watch a Brazilian football match in a bar with locals or even better, in the Maracana
  • Listen to a bossa nova
  • Dance in a balada
  • Try Brazilian coffee in their ancient coffees
  • Sit on Selaron staircase
  • Enjoy the ride in the telepheric of Urca morro
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Santiago De Chile

Conocida también con el nombre de Gran Santiago, se ubica en el valle del Maipo, encajonada por la cordillera de la Costa al oeste y por los cordones Chacabuco y Angostura al norte y al sur, respectivamente.

Santiago de Chile posee un clima del tipo mediterráneo frío continental, con estación prolongada. La temperatura media es de 14°C. Durante el periodo estival la temperatura aumenta a los 20°C, mientras que en el invierno suele descender hasta los 8°C. Todos estos aspectos han generado una urbe modernao.

 

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