Iguazu Falls forms part of the border between Argentina and Brazil. Legend tells of Boi, a monstrous serpent god who intended to marry a beautiful girl called Naipi. But she was rescued by her lover, Taroba, and the pair escaped in a canoe. Boi became enraged with jealousy, twisting his body to crack the earth and create the falls. The two young lovers plunged to their death, Naipi was turned into a rock in the river and Taroba became a tree, forever doomed to be apart. The Chilean capital of Santiago is home to some of Chile's most famous wineries and the lively neighbourhoods and late nights of Buenos Aires. At the border with Brazil, we experience the magnificent might of Iguazu Falls, before finally arriving in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro.
- Discover the colonial charm, neoclassical plazas and stylish neighbourhoods of Santiago. This city is packed full of history and is a great place to explore on foot
- Favelas may sit alongside mansions, but in the heaving metropolis of Rio, everyone’s invited to the party. Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, dance and music
- Indulge in the cuisine, culture and nightlife of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Argentinian produce is some of the best in the world
- Look for rainbows in the mist of the mighty Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, and visit a local indigenous community
- Take part in the daily routines and duties of a gaucho on a traditional Argentinian estancia, a unique retreat for any traveller
- Wind through the country lanes of the Mendoza wine region - the world’s largest producer of Malbec. During this trip you'll have ample opportunity to refine your palate by tasting varietals of one of South America's favourite wines
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- Start Date:31 Dec 16
- End Date:13 Jan 17
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Day - 1
Location: Santiago - Welcome to Santiago, Chile. Once you’ve arrived, transfer from the airport to the hotel (transfer is included). Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early into Santiago, perhaps head out on a short walk to get your bearings of the city. Notes: The complimentary airport transfer is only applicable on Day 1 of the trip or if pre-trip accommodation is booked through Peregrine. Please advise us of your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure if you wish to have this transfer provided. If you are taking a transfer with us and have arrived on an international flight, please leave by Door 3. For a domestic flight please leave by Door 1. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Day - 2
Location: Santiago - Today you will take an orientation walk of the city centre with your tour leader. The city centre itself is quite small and easy to get around. The Plaza de Armas is at the heart of the city and is home to the cathedral. The rest of the city is a jumble of shops, restaurants and parks. A visit to Bella Vista, Santiago's Parisian Quarter, will offer a slightly more serene perspective on the Chilean capital. Similarly, taking the cable car to Cerro San Cristobal will offer you impressive views across the city and on to the peaks of the Andes. You will have some free time continue your exploration of the city.
Day - 3
Location: Mendoza - In the morning, travel through the Andes and across the Argentinian border by local bus to Mendoza (approximately 6-7 hours). It’s a good idea to bring plenty of water and snacks, as the trip may incur delays. On a clear day it may be possible to see Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 meters above sea level. Please note that crossing the border can take up to three hours depending on local traffic. Once in Mendoza, get to know the city with a gentle stroll around its tree-lined streets, or visit the local cafes and restaurants for some Argentinian fare.
Day - 4
Location: Mendoaza - Today will take an included winery tour. Mendoza is Argentina's most important grape growing region, producing 70% of the country's wine. Its exceptional climate produces excellent grapes, the region's signature variety is the Malbec. At night head out to Aristides Villanueva Street which has lately become on the starting point of Mendoza's night life. Tonight why not try the most popular drink in town: Fernet and Cola, a bitter (very) alcoholic cocktail. In Mendoza we stay in a centrally located hotel.
Day - 5
Location: Estancia Stay - Leave Mendoza behind and fly to Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires we will drive (approx 2 hours) to a traditional estancia (a rural estate) where you will stay overnight.
Day - 6
Location: Estancia Stay - During your time on the estancia you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities may also vary depending on the day. You could go horse riding, work with the cattle, take a cooking class or learn more about the sport of polo. Alternatively you could laze by the pool and read or have a barbecue. Estancias are ideal for relaxation and provide a great base for activities. Please remember that activities vary depending on the days that you are there. If in doubt, ask your trip leader for more information.
Day - 7
Location: Buenos Aires - Today you will travel back to Buenos Aires, perhaps South America's ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style.
Day - 8
Location: Buenos Aires - Today is a free day for you to explore Buenos Aires.
Day - 9
Location: Buenos Aires - Explore the city on a full-day tour with a local guide. Wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo and browse its famous antiques market and art displays, then continue to Plaza de Mayo and see the Casa Rosada. Walk among the tombs and monuments of Recoleta Cemetery – the final resting place of some of the city’s most famous residents. From here we take a private van to La Boca and its well-known ‘Caminito’ district, before moving on to the lesser known side of this colourful neighbourhood to visit an artist's gallery and enjoy an included lunch at local social project.
Day - 10
Location: Iguazu Falls - Fly to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, our gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls. You will spend the next two days exploring the falls in depth, seeing them from both the Argentinean and Brazilian side. The falls are two kilometres in length, and made up of 275 falls in total, some of which stretch up to 80 metres high. This makes them both higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls. Please note for visa information, you will be visiting the Brazilian side of the falls on Day 3 and Argentina on Day 4. The Brazilian side of the falls offers great panoramic views of them. For eagle-view of the falls, you can also opt to take on an optional helicopter flight over the top.
Day - 11
Location: Iguazu Falls - Today you visit the Argentinean side of the falls which allows you to get up close and personal with the powerful falls on boardwalks. You can choose to get an even more exhilarating look at Iguazu via an optional zodiac boat ride below the falls. Today, accompanied by your leader, you will have the opportunity to meet one of the few remaining original inhabitants of the region, the Guarani.
Day - 12
Location: Rio de Janeiro - You will cross the border into Brazil on the morning on Day 5 and take a flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro. The intense green of Guanabara Bay and the beauty of the surrounding slopes of the Corcovado and Sugarloaf, make Rio a majestic place, locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. The Portuguese influence is ever-present here, especially in the opulent Portuguese buildings that were constructed when the Portuguese monarchy fled Europe under threat of Napolean and took up residence here. The contrast between the opulence of this architecture, the extravagance of Carnaval and destitute poverty of the favelas make this one of the most fascinating and diverse cities in the world. Live music is the heartblood of the city, with everything from samba, jazz, bossa nova, hip hop, reggae and rock to the myriad of regional styles and fusions. Lapa is the place to go if you want to join locals for some serious dancing in the many dancehalls there. The white sand beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema are certainly the best place for people watching.
Day - 13
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Today you'll be taken on a full-day guided tour of the city, including some of Rio's most iconic sights. Head up to Santa Teresa, a beautiful artistic neighbourhood situated on a hill overlooking the city. Wander its cobbled streets to discover eclectic architecture, art galleries and restaurants before stopping by the famous Selaron Stairs. Continue on to Corcovado for a bird's-eye view of the city from the base of Christ the Reedemer. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this enormous white statue stands over Rio, offering sweeping 360 degree views of the city’s natural wonders. Next, it’s time to experience a different side of the city with a visit to the Santa Marta favela. Accompanied by our local guide, wander the narrow alleys, learn about local life and meet some of the people who make up this vibrant community.
Day - 14
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Your tour will come to an end after breakfast.