Experience the vibrant cultures of the bottom half of South America on a 17-day adventure to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Sip wine in Santiago, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and soak up the sun on the famous beaches of Rio. Enjoying an ideal combination of guided excursions and free time, you’re sure to fall for this alluring region.
Learn about Chilean wines from a certified enologist in the Maipo Valley, and cook up traditional dishes at a family home in Puerto Varas.
Dance the tango at a neighborhood studio in Buenos Aires, and then see an optional tango dinner show
Witness the thundering cascades of Iguaçu Falls, and experience the tranquility of the Chilean Lake District.
Discover Rio de Janeiro from our base on Copacabana Beach, and take an optional boat ride to the tropical islands near the colonial town of Parati.
Itinerary - 17 Days
Day 1 — Santiago
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2 — Santiago
Visit a winery in the stunning Maipo Valley, and learn about the wine-making process from a certified wine expert. Stroll the vineyards with your guide. Then sample various wines and enjoy a vertical tasting, trying one wine at various stages of the process, from different barrels, to experience the evolution of the wine for ourselves. (1B)
Days 3 & 4 — Puerto Varas
Fly southward and transfer to scenic Puerto Varas in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Enjoy views of Osorno Volcano while exploring the Angelmó fish market. Then join a family for dinner in their home, where you’ll help cook up local specialties. The next day, opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island, home to a traditional seafaring community. Discover the island’s stilted houses and historical churches, and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Cap off your excursion with a viewing of the island’s massive penguin colonies. (2B, 1L)
Days 5 & 6 — Bariloche
Travel by bus and ferry to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. View the mighty Petrohué Falls, and then board the Cruce de Lagos for what is considered one of the world’s most scenic ferry rides. We’ll cruise across turquoise waters while taking in magnificent views of lakeside volcanoes. The next day, enjoy free time to explore this stunning region. Opt to hike, stroll the town, or take a boat excursion to the charming village of Puerto Blest. (2B)
Days 7, 8, & 9 — Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires and spend three days exploring the “Paris of South America.” See the city highlights on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo (home to Eva Perón’s famous balcony), La Boca, and La Recoleta Cemetery. Spend an evening in San Telmo—the oldest barrio in the city—and enjoy a light dinner in a café, followed by a tango lesson from local dancers at a studio. Then it’s time to watch or join in the milonga, a neighborhood tradition where students and teachers of the studio show up to practice their moves. With free time in this fascinating city, opt to attend a tango dinner show, or roam the neighborhoods and museums on your own. (3B, 1D)
Days 10 & 11 — Iguaçu Falls
Fly to Iguaçu Falls and spend two days exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Learn about the region’s flora and fauna with a local biologist. Opt to ride a boat to the base of the falls, soar above them on a thrilling helicopter ride, walk the nature trails and catwalks of the surrounding national park, or visit a nearby bird sanctuary. (2B)
Day 12 — São Paulo
Fly to São Paulo and discover the city through gastronomy and architecture. Visit some of the city's most noted sites and along the way a specialist guide will also share knowledge of popular local cuisine.
Days 13 & 14 — Parati
Continue by van to Parati, and enjoy a visit to a nearby Afro-Brazilian community for a unique cultural experience and traditional meal. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery. The next day, take a boat excursion to nearby islands and beaches. (2B, 1L, 1D)
Days 15 & 16 — Rio de Janeiro
Carry on by private van to Rio de Janeiro for free time to explore the city from our hotel in Copacabana. Opt to take a city tour or see a samba show. (2B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguaçu Falls, Parati, and Rio de Janeiro are at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (16 nights)
Meals Included 16 breakfasts, 3 lunch, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $720-940 for meals not included.
Transportation Bus, ferry, private van
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $1,959
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.