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BR6 South America In Colour TOUR


Rio de Janeiro-'the marvelous city'; Amazon adventures; The Pantanal-South America's wildlife marvel; Thundering Iguacu Falls; Beagle Channel Cruise; Perito Moreno & Uppsala Glaciers; Exploring Torres del Paine National Park


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Mon 26 Oct 2015Thu 26 Nov 2015 $11240
Mon 15 Feb 2016Thu 17 Mar 2016 $11240
Mon 24 Oct 2016Thu 24 Nov 2016 $11240

Optional Single Supplement: $2920 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $1470, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.

Tour Overview

There's so much to see and do in these three spectacular South American countries, it's tough to fit it all into a time-frame of less than a month. Our 32-day adventure exploring the true faces of Brazil, Argentina and Chile begins in Manaus, the capital and commercial hub of the Amazonas region in Brazil. We glide up one of the largest rivers in the world, the mighty Amazon, and through the largest rainforest on the planet; exotic, dream-like sceneries make this portion of the tour an experience never to be forgotten. We travel to the Pantanal, wherein lies the greatest concentration of wildlife in South America, then on to Rio de Janeiro, whose attractions are so great in number and quality that we need a few days to explore them. En route to Iguazu Falls, where we cross into Argentina, we travel along winding roads in beautiful hill country and visit quaint colonial towns. We fly to Buenos Aires to see the numerous sights of interest in this glittering, cosmopolitan city, whereupon we turn south and head for the desolate, glacier-riddled Patagonia to witness the natural world at its best. From sub-Antarctic rainforests, through breathtaking vistas of fjord-like lakes and streams, and to the slopes of gargantuan glaciers and icebergs, our tour through Argentina leaves no topographical feature unexplored. We then cross into Chile and drive to the wondrous Torres del Paine National Park, perhaps the finest national park on the continent, before travelling to cities and villages at foothills of the magnificent Andes to enjoy colourful markets and sights. We end our tour in the lively Chilean capital city, Santiago.

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Brazil; Argentina and Chile


Particularly enjoyed several great public excursions in Patagonia, two to see glaciers and one to see bird islands. Victor is the ideal AA tour leader in every respect. Great tour.

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Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Manaus
Today we arrive in Manaus, gateway to the Amazon.

Amazonas is by far the largest of Brazil's states, covering an area that is almost a quarter of the national territory. Half of the Amazon River's 6275 km (4,000 mile) length is in Brazil with some 100-plus tributaries. Standing on the shores of the Rio Negro, 1500 km (900 miles) upriver from Belem and the point where the Amazon reaches the Atlantic, Manaus was originally a Portuguese settlement where a fort was built in 1669. The name of the city comes from the Manaos Indian tribe that inhabits the area.

Overnight in Manaus.

Meal plan: dinner

Day 2 Manaus - Amazon: Amazon Exploration
Today we transfer from Manaus to our Amazon lodge. This transfer may be by road, by boat or a combination of both.

The very mention of the name Amazon conjures up images of adventure and mystery. Designated the world's largest rainforest and one of the world's largest rivers, Amazon defines the word "exotic". The term "rainforest" describes forests that grow in constant humid conditions. They can occur whenever the annual rainfall is above 2000 mm (80 inches) per year, and high temperatures favour plant development. The Amazon River is almost 6440 km (4,000 miles) long, with a volume of water equal to 11 times the volume of the Mississippi River. Amazonia, consisting mainly of forest, forms more than 50% of Brazil's area, though only 7% of its total population. Most of the Amazon's inhabitants live in and around a few cities including Manaus, a thousand miles from the ocean.

Using a comfortable lodge as a base, we will explore the Amazon's maze of forest and mysterious waters by boat and on foot. During our time here we hope to observe exotic birds such as parrots, toucans, and macaws. We also hope to spot sloths and monkeys during our exploration. You may even have the chance to see the "boto", a kind of river dolphin.

* NOTE: Our activities in the Amazon will vary depending upon seasonality, weather, and other considerations, at the discretion of your Tour Leader and local Amazon guides.

Overnight at an Amazon lodge.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 3 Amazon: Bird Watching, Forest Walks & Village Visits
Today we continue with our exploration of the Amazon. This morning we will enjoy an early morning canoe trip for bird watching, and to enjoy the morning sounds of the jungle. There are good chances of seeing large flocks of egrets and cormorants. During the day we will be sure to visit a Caboclo village, home to the local population whose ancestors are half Indian and half Portuguese. Many of these inhabitants make a living on manioc plantations, fishing, diverse fruit trees, rubber, Brazil-nut trees, wood and other extractive products. A night trip by boat or on foot will enable us to see nocturnal animals, sometimes including nighthawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloths and frogs.

SEASONALITY: in the rainy season, which roughly runs from mid-December to mid-May, the temperature is a bit cooler than the June-December dry season. The average daytime temperature in the rainy season is usually in the mid-20's C (80's F) with nighttime lows in the mid teens C (70's to high 60's). In the dry season the daytime temperature can go up to the mid-30's C (90's) though there is much variability and cool days are common. Nighttime temperatures during the dry season are usually in the mid-20's (70's), though there are also some very cool nights.

Is it desirable to travel to the Amazon in the rainy season? Yes! Even though it does rain more this time of year, it is also true that many plants have evolved to fruit and flower during the rainy season, which attracts birds and primates to the water's edge for us to observe. The gigantic thunderstorms are a great pleasure to observe.

Overnight at an Amazon lodge.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 4 Amazon - Manaus: Manaus City Tour & 'Meeting of the Waters'
This morning before returning to Manaus we will have another early morning excursion into the nearby waterways and jungle. We will walk through the forest with commentary by our local guide. Here we will learn about the unique flora of the region, and the many medicinal uses of the plant life that surrounds us. The Amazon rainforest has a huge live collection of flora species, and botanical experts say that in 2.5 acres of the forest you can find 700 different species of trees and twice that number of plants.

We then say goodbye to the Amazon and return to Manaus from where we make an excursion by boat out to the 'Meeting of the Waters' -- one of the natural wonders of Brazil! This is the point where two tributaries of the River Amazon, each with a distinctly different hue, converge. One, the Rio Solimoes, is a light sandy colour. Its rival is the Rio Negro, the darkest of the pair, owing to the leaves and dead foliage it picks up on its route down from the Andes. Both rivers flow side-by-side over a distance of approximately six kilometers. Both never mix because of the stark differences in temperature, speed and water density between the two. The Solimões is faster, cooler and denser than the warmer, slower waters of the Rio Negro. After several kilometers, the two rivers eventually converge thanks to a blast of fast-moving whitewater, and become part of the Lower Amazon River.

We then continue with a city tour that will include the Municipal Market and the famous Amazonas Theatre. The magnificent Manaus Opera House (also known as The Amazon Theatre) is a working historical landmark that currently accommodates the Amazonas Philharmonic and plays host to the annual Amazonas Opera Festival. Construction on the neo-classical style Teatro Amazonas began in the late 1880's at a time when the plantation barons of Manaus were flush with cash due to the thriving rubber export business. Sparing no expense, the barons imported artists, designers and materials from across Europe.

Overnight in Manaus.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 5 Manaus - Brasilia: City Tour
This morning we fly to Brasilia, Brazil's modern, purpose-built capital. It was as far back as the early 1800's that the idea of an inland capital for Brazil was first discussed. A Salesian priest from Italy dreamed that a new, economically powerful civilization would rise up at the geographical centre of Brazil. It would take almost a century and a half before the dream was realized in 1960 by then President Juscelino Kubitschek.

This afternoon we will have a tour of this fascinating city. Our tour includes the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima; Dom Bosco's Church, one of the most beautiful buildings of the city. We will ascend the central TV Tower, with its lovely views over the entire city from its observatory platform. We will also stop at the memorial for Juscelino Kubitschek, the builder and founder of Brasilia and former President of Brazil.

During our time here we will see the cathedral and the Three Power Square - where we will see the Congress Building and Planalto Palace (the office of the President and supreme court).

Overnight in Brasilia.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 6 Brasilia - Campo Grande - Pantanal
Our destination for today is the Pantanal, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in South America. We must first fly to Campo Grande, the gateway to the Pantanal. Upon arrival we transfer by road to the Pousada Aguape, situated 160 km (100 miles) from Campo Grande. The Aguape Ranch was founded 155 years ago and is still owned by the same family. Through the years the farm activities have diversified. The Ranch is home for a school, a regional horse breeder, and a Hyacinth Macaw project, cattle ranching, and now a tourism area with a large variety and quantity of wildlife.

The Pousada Aguape is equipped with 14 air-conditioned rooms, each with a ceiling fan. The pousada has a swimming pool, bar, small gift shop and a restaurant. The great diversity of animal species in the region arises from vast differences in habitat. Savannah flood plains, dry forests and humid, temperate zones co-exist with grassy plains and scrubby vegetation. A total of over 80 mammal, 50 reptile, and 650 bird species have been identified here -- however, none of them are indigenous to the area. Among the residents are 13 endangered species -- among them jaguar, otter and anteater.

This afternoon after our arrival we will enjoy an open-vehicle safari. Here we are surrounded by nature with palm tree forests, open savanna and riverside terrain. The opportunity for wildlife viewing is great -- and we can hope to see anything from giant anteaters and armadillo to bat-eating fox and a plethora of bird species. Watch for the Jaribu Stork, Hyacinth Macaw and the Plumbeous Ibis.

Overnight in Pantanal region.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 7 Pantanal Exploration
Today will be spent exploring this remarkable region. In its two distinct seasons, the Pantanal presents a constant, unequaled spectacle. From December to April is the flood season when the rivers overflow and spread themselves for miles uniting with the bays and creeks creating a true ocean of sweet water. This is a beautiful period of Pantaneira flora -- the green explodes and provides breeding ground for flora and water-loving fauna. Excursions at this time of year usually involve exciting exploration by boat/canoe for at least part of the time.

We may start our day with a safari walk through the lush riverside forests of the Aquidauana River. This walk allows us to experience up-close the natural beauty of the Pantanal region. We have the chance to explore this stunning area and its abundant wildlife, and learn all about the flora and fauna that make this place unique.

An evening game drive will allow us the chance to discover nocturnal species, as animals are best viewed during the cooler hours of the day. The Pantanal of South America is one of the most immense, pristine and biologically rich environments on the planet. Often referred to as the world’s largest freshwater wetland system, with its extraordinarily concentrated and diverse flora and fauna, and a landscape spanning a variety of ecological sub-regions The Pantanal stands as one of the world’s great natural wonders.

Overnight in the Pantanal region.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 8 Pantanal: Full Day
Today we get to continue our exploration of the Pantanal. The Pantanal is renowned for it spectacled caimans -- a crocodile species which grow up to 3m (10 feet) in length. Once nearly endangered, today there are nearly 10 million in existence in the Pantanal. In addition, the area's waterways are filled with brightly coloured kingfisher and teem with the infamous piranha. Birds abound in the Pantanal and are more numerous than anywhere else in South America. Look out for eagle, stork, nandu, jabiru, macaw and ibis.

One of our activities today we be a boat safari along the Aguidauana River. This area is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary of spectacular beauty, an ecological paradise containing hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, myriads of brightly coloured flowers, and shoals of fish. Capuchin and Howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, anacondas, caimans and tapirs help create an aquatic theater of sights and sounds.

There will also be the chance today to enjoy a horse ride. This will take place in the early morning or late afternoon in order to avoid the intense heat of the day. For many, horseback riding is the best way to get into the heart of the Pantanal, getting to places that normally cannot be reached by regular means of transportation.

Overnight in Pantanal region.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 9 Pantanal - Campo Grande - Rio de Janeiro
Today we travel to Campo Grande from where we fly to Rio de Janeiro, the Ciudade Marvailhosa (marvelous city).

Seven million Cariocas, as the inhabitants are called, are jammed into one of the world's most beautiful city setting - between ocean and escarpment. This makes Rio one of the most densely populated places on earth. Cariocas pursue pleasures like no other people: beaches and the body beautiful, samba and football; cerveja (beer); and cachaca (sugar-cane rum). In Rio everything ends with samba -- football games, weddings, work, political demonstrations and, of course, a day at the beach. There's a lust for life, and a love of romance, music, dance and a talk that distinguishes the Cariocas from everyone else.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 10 Rio de Janeiro: City Touring & Christ the Redeemer
Today we have a tour of Rio. The city is divided into a zona norte (north zone) and a zona sul (south zone) by the Serra da Carioca, steep mountains that are part of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. These mountains descend to the edge of the city centre, where the zonas norte and sul meet.

Corcovado, one of these mountain peaks, offers us the best way to become familiar with the city's geography -- from it you have views of both zones. The statue Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), with his outstretched arms, gazes down on the Bahia da Guanabara and the landmark Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf). His left arm points toward the zona norte, and his right toward the zona sul suburbs of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and beyond. We will go to the foot of the mountain from where we travel by an electric tramway car to the top. We have plenty of time at the summit to take in this world-famous view!

We continue with a drive through the city center. Here we will also enjoy a walking tour and a break for lunch. The Centro in Rio, or the city center, is the oldest neighbourhood and the site where Rio de Janeiro was founded. Today it is not only the historic core but also the commercial, administrative and financial center. We will see one of Rio's finest buildings, the Theatro Municipal, hidden amongst busy roads. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio was completed in 1979, and its unique architectural style was based on the Mayan architectural style of pyramid construction.

The Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio Museum of Art) is the cities newest and most exciting gallery. The MAR, as it is known locally, was officially opened to the public on the 5th of March 2013. The luxury gallery is housed in two contrasting buildings, both with eye-catching and culturally historic architecture. One is an old colonial style structure, and the other an ex-bus station, adding a contemporary twist. The Museum opened in tandem with Rio’s 448th anniversary, simultaneously celebrating both the birth of the city, and its art history and heritage.

Later in our day we enjoy a sightseeing ride along Rio's beaches -- Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. One of the world's most famous beaches runs 4.5 km (3 miles) in front of one of the world's most densely populated residential areas. There is always something happening on the beach during the day and along the footpaths at night: drinking, singing, eating and all kinds of people checking out the scene; tourists watching Brazilians. From the scalloped beach you can see the granite slabs that surround the entrance to the bay -- a magnificent meeting of land and sea. Different parts of the beach attract different crowds.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 11 Rio de Janeiro: City Touring, Sugarloaf Mountain & Free Time
Today we continue to explore this world-class city. We will voyage to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From the top of this celebrated peak, the city, Baia de Guanabara, and the winding coastline are stretched out dazzling below. To reach the summit at a lofty 400 m (1,325 feet) it is necessary to take two cable cars. A clear day will supply the most spectacular of views: the uncurling arch of the Praia de Copacabana, its miles of tiles glistening in the sun's last rays. From the top you'll see Corcovado Mountain, with the massive statue of Cristo Redemtor (Christ the Redeemer), his arms extended in mercy and blessing.

We will stroll through parts of Santa Teresa, a small neighborhood located on top of the Santa Teresa hill. Close to the center of Rio, this district is famous for its winding, narrow streets that are a favourite spot for artists and tourists. Nearby is the Carioca Aqueduct. Located in the city center, this aqueduct was built in the middle of the 18th century to bring fresh water from the Carioca River to the population of the city. This is an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering.

There will be some free time this afternoon for you to explore on your own and perhaps stroll along the beachside avenue nearby our hotel.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 12 Rio de Janeiro - Iguacu Falls
This morning we will fly to Iguacu Falls.

Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, this is unquestionably one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world!! The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans. The Falls are formed by the Rio Iguacu, which has its source near Curitiba. Starting at an altitude of 1300 m (4,264 feet), the river snakes westward, picking up tributaries and increasing in size and power during its 1200 km (745 mile) journey. About 15 km (9 miles) before joining the Rio Parana, the Iguacu broadens out, and then plunges precipitously over an 80 m (263 foot) high cliff. The 275 interlinking cataracts extend nearly 3 km (2 miles) across the river.

On arrival, we'll head to the viewing area from where you will quickly appreciate the enormous size of the falls. From numerous spots all along the path there are excellent views, at first across the lower river at a point where it has narrowed to channel width. At the bottom of the path, where the river widens again, there's a catwalk leading out towards the falls themselves. Depending on the force of the river, the spray can be quite heavy so, if you have a camera, be sure to carry a plastic bag. Special walkways have been built along the path allowing visitors to get close up to this wonder of natural beauty and power.

Overnight at Iguacu Falls.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 13 Iguaçu Falls, Brazil - Iguazu Falls, Argentina
This morning we travel into Argentina where we have a different view of the falls -- spelled "Iguazu" in Spanish.

On the frontier with Brazil there is a gully -- La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat)* which is 150 metres (492 feet) wide and 700 metres (2,296 feet) long. We wander the paths and bridges along the upper and lower parts of the falls and the paths which go along the river from the observation point of the Bosetti falls to the quay. The plunging falls throw a fine drizzle up to 30 metres (98 feet) into the air, weaving countless rainbows in the sun. Be sure to bring rain-proof clothing.

* It is possible that for late 2014 / early 2015, the wooden pathways to the Devil's Throat will be closed for re-building. If this is the case for our visit, our formal sightseeing program will be shortened slightly overall.

Overnight at Iguazu Falls.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 14 Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires
You have a half-day free to revisit the paths along the upper and lower parts of the falls (optional 15 pesos per person, local bus 3 pesos) and the path that goes along the river from the observation point of the Bosetti Falls to the quay. The plunging falls throw a fine drizzle up to 30 m (98 feet) into the air, weaving countless rainbows in the sun. Be sure to take rain-proof clothing. The United Nations has declared Iguazu Falls a protected area of worldwide importance.

You can also take an optional boat ride to the base of the falls (200 pesos / 55 USD per person), or the local bus to Iguazu Town where you can explore and observe where Argentine, Brazil, and Uruguay come together. You will need to be back in the hotel this afternoon to be ready for your transfer to the airport; please verify the check-out time from your hotel reception desk.

Later this afternoon we fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to our hotel.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 15 Buenos Aires: City Tour
Today we see the sights of this cosmopolitan city. In the early part of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The grand public buildings of Buenos Aires reflect this opulent era. The city is known as the "Paris of South America" because of its wide boulevards and European-style architecture. Buenos Aires was founded for the second time in 1580 by Juan de Garay, just north of Mendoza's encampment. In accordance with Spanish law, he laid out the large Plaza del Fuerte (Fortress Plaza). It acquired its present name of Plaza de Mayo after the month of revolution in 1810. Our tour focuses on the major public buildings.

Catedral Metropolitana, built on the sight of the original colonial church was not completed until 1827. Not only is it considered a major religious landmark, but also a historic site of great importance. Here lies the tomb of Jose de San Martin, the man who (along with Simon Bolivar) liberated South America from Spanish rule in the early 1800's. The Plaza de Mayo is also home to Museo del Cabildo, the Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada), and the National Congress (Palacio del Congreso).

We also visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Buenos Aires' richest citizens are buried in magnificent marble tombs elaborately decorated with statues. The most internationally-famous person buried here is "Evita" Peron. While in BA, we will also visit La Boca neighbourhood, so named for its position at "the mouth" of the Riachuelo, and its role as the port of call for thousands of immigrants from Italy, Spain, and other European countries. Those settlers struggled, starved, hoped, and celebrated in this rough-and-tumble barrio. Today, one of the most photogenic and colourful parts of Buenos Aires, La Boca is the domain of the working class, bohemian artists, rabid soccer fans, and tango artists.

Ask your Tour Leader about the possibility of seeing an optional Tango Show this evening.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 16 Buenos Aires: Continued
Today we have a half-day WALKING tour.

Our first stop is the Centro Naval, one of the city's most exquisite buildings and a masterpiece of cast stone architecture. It's not generally open to the public, but sometimes they let you into the circular lobby.

The Kavanagh Building, at the time of its construction in 1936, was the tallest building in South America, standing at about 120 m (400 ft) with over 30 stories. Designed as a residential structure, it took more than 16 years to sell the apartments in this Art Deco building.

Palacio Paz is perhaps the most beautiful of the Beaux Arts mansions in Buenos Aires; the Circulo Militar looks plucked from the Loire Valley. It was the home of the Paz family and took almost 12 years to build; the patriarch who commissioned it died waiting.

The General Jose de San Martin Monument celebrates General Jose de San Martin, who battled against Spain in the wars of independence and is known as the founder of the Argentine nation. The Palacio San Martin is another of the grand mansions that line Plaza San Martin, this was the home of the powerful Anchorenas family whose prestige dated to colonial times in Argentina. The Islas Malvinas-Falkland Islands Memorial honors the more than 700 Argentines who died in the war over the Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands chain in the brief war with Great Britain in early 1982.

The Torre Monumental (British Clock Tower) is a 1916 gift from the British community in Buenos Aires, along with all other things British, was renamed in response to the Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands War and is called the Argentine Big Ben by some. Decorated with British royal imperial symbols, the base was partly destroyed by an angry mob during an Islas Malvinas-Falkland Islands memorial service. Inside the tower you'll find a small Buenos Aires City Tourism Information Office.

Retiro Station was opened in 1915 and was built with British technological assistance. Four British architects designed it, and the steel structure was made in Liverpool, England, and shipped to Argentina to be assembled.

Our tour ends in the Galerias Pacifico in time for your lunch break. This is the most famous shopping mall in Buenos Aires, opened in 1891. The building was designed to recall the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, with its long halls, glass cupola, and several tiers of shops.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 17 Buenos Aires - Bariloche
A direct flight from Buenos Aires brings us to Bariloche, located in the heart of the Lake District. The Nahuel Huapi National Park extends over 750,000 hectares, of which 330,000 is a National Reserve. Situated in the southwest of Neuquen Province and northwest of Rio Negro, it stretches from the Patagonian steppes to the high Andes. On account of abundant rainfall and summer melt from snowfields and glaciers, there is a great number of lakes and also rivers that flow either to the Atlantic or the Pacific oceans. Lake Nahuel Huapi, covering an area of 60,000 hectares, is the largest in the area.

This afternoon we visit the Francisco P. Moreno Patagonian Museum, inaugurated by National Parks in 1940. It is named after the famous explorer of the Andes and the Patagonian rivers, who donated the lands that were later transformed by the government into the first national park in Argentina. It has halls specializing in natural science, ethnography, pre-history and local and regional history. It also has a library and a bookstore.

Bariloche has a very strong Central European influence; most of the first settlers were of Swiss, German, or Northern Italian origin. These people gave the city its European style, with Swiss chalets, ceramics, chocolates, and neat shop windows. However something tells you that you are not in Europe; boats are seldom seen in the huge Nahuel Huapi Lake, the roads are swallowed up in the wilderness as soon as they leave the city and at night, there are no lights on the opposite shore of the lake.

You will have time to explore the lakeside and to visit Bariloche town with it's chocolate shops and excellent visitors' centre.

Overnight in the Bariloche area.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 18 Bariloche Area: Small Circuit
Today we have the classic half-day tour of the Bariloche region. We will get a general overview of the surrounding area along a 60 Km (40 mi) partial loop excursion, all on a paved road. Our outing heads westward from Bariloche on the highway to Llao Llao along the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi. At Km 8, the road passes Playa Bonita, a small harbour and popular beach. Cerro Campanario, the Belltower Hill, is at Km 18 (mile 12), where our bus may stop on the outward leg or when returning. The view from the top of this hill, reached after a seven minute chairlift ride, is the highlight of the trip. The Catedral Ski Village, at the base of the ski slopes, and part of the city of Bariloche, are visible from this spectacular 360 degree look-out.

The tour continues toward St Eduard's chapel and the Llao Llao Hotel. It is after passing the hotel's golf course, at the 100 inch yearly rainfall boundary, that the Valdivian Rain Forest begins. This is a temperate rain forest, with vines canes and lush vegetation. Our tour continues through a thick beech forest surrounding the western Moreno Lake passing by the base of Lopez Mountain, a sheer 3650 m (12,000 ft) face of rock.

We'll have a short stop further along the road for a breathtaking view high above Moreno Lake, the Puerto Panuelo Harbour, Victoria Island and smaller islands on the lake. On the return trip, the road crosses the bridge between the Moreno lakes and then joins the main road back to Bariloche.

Overnight in the Bariloche area.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 19 Bariloche, Argentina - Lake Crossing - Puerto Varas, Chile
The Andean Lakes Crossing is the most scenic way to travel from Argentina to Chile. This spectacular crossing of the Andes takes us through lakes and mountain passes from Bariloche
to Puerto Varas, and occurs in a very well-orchestrated combination of boat and bus. Our luggage is handled for us -- you just sit back and enjoy the scenery.

After breakfast we leave by bus to Puerto Panuelo, where we will board the ship to navigate to the Puerto Blest Port, where we will arrive at 11:30. From there we will travel by bus to the Puerto Alegre Port at 13:30, visiting the Cascada de los Cantaros Waterfall, and where we will embark to navigate further. We then board a bus that will take us across the border to Chile at an altitude of only 976 m (3,200 ft); we continue on to Peula from which we embark towards Petrohue, sailing on the Lago Todos los Santos. Weather-permitting, we will have views of the Osorno Volcano, and the mountains, Puntiagudo and Tronador. Imposing views of the volcano Volcan Osorno y Calbuco dominate the landscape. At the Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales, we will visit the Saltos del Petrohue Falls, capriciously-shaped volcanic rocks, bathed by emerald water falls.

At 19:30 we arrive in Puerto Varas, the City of Flowers.

Overnight in Puerto Varas.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 20 Puerto Varas - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine
Today we fly to Punta Arenas and continue by road to Torres del Paine National Park.

The Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) are spectacular granite pillars which soar almost
vertically more than 2000 m (6,000 feet) above the Patagonian landscape. The park in which the high peaks sit may be considered the finest national park in all of South America. With turquoise lakes, roaring waterfalls, rivers and creeks, dense forests and sprawling glaciers, this is an unequalled destination.

Overnight at Torres del Paine.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 21 Torres del Paine National Park
Today we spend the entire day at Torres del Paine National Park.

Some say "Paine" come from the name of an early settler. Others say the name comes from an ancient Indigenous word meaning blue -- hearkening to the intense blue of the area's lakes. Whatever the name comes from or means, this is a spectacular park, comparable to Yellowstone or Yosemite in the US. Founded in 1959, Torres del Paine takes in 180,000 ha (450,000 acres). In 1978 UNESCO gave the park World Heritage status, recognizing it as a biosphere especially worthy of international recognition.

The park is part of the Paine Massif, which lies east of the high central Andean spine. These medium high mountains emerge suddenly from the plains of the Patagonian steppes. The mountains are granite, capped by crumbly sedimentary rock that used to lie on the valley floor. Before the park was acquired by the Chilean government, it belonged to ranchers who overgrazed and also burned down forests to increase pasture area.

The park is still recovering from this devastation, but it's a chance to see what nature can do to fix itself if given a chance. The glaciers of the park are in quick retreat -- up to 17 m (56 ft) a year for the last 90 years, creating a fascinating study of plant succession and soil build-up from bare rock to forest. The flora of the park ranges from grassland to southern beech forests. Many parts of the park were too remote for the cattle ranchers and exist today in a pristine state.

The animal stars of the park are the guanacos and the rheas. Rheas are an ostrich-like bird; guanacos are wild South American cameloids, related to the domesticated llama and alpaca. Native peoples hunted both across the plains, using every part for food and sheltering hide and feathers. When the Europeans came, the guanaco were slaughtered to make way for cattle, and almost became extinct.

We will travel through the park in our coach stopping at various points of interest and scenic viewpoints. We will also have an opportunity to walk one of the many easy-going trails that afford expansive views of the mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls for which Patagonia is famous.

Overnight at Torres del Paine.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 22 Torres del Paine, Chile - Calafate, Argentina
Today we travel by road to El Calafate, a resort town on Lake Argentino situated at the entrance to Los Glaciares National Park.

Overnight in Calafate.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 23 Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier & Glaciarium
We leave the shores of Lago Argentino and ascend through sub-Antarctic forest which marks the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Its centrepiece is the Perito Moreno Glacier which, because of unusually favourable local conditions, is one of the world's few advancing glaciers. Huge icebergs on the glacier's 60 m (180 foot) high face calve and collapse into the Canal de los Tempanos as it advances about 100 m (300 feet) a year. The roar of the gigantic ice wall as it crashes into the surrounding channel is an unforgettable experience.

The geography at the nose of the glacier is also unique, in that it is possible to stand on a hill with spectacular viewpoints directly opposite the huge imposing wall of ice. The hope, of course, is to witness active calving, which results in a thunderous noise and oooo's and ahhhh's from its spectators. We will have plenty of time to stroll and enjoy fantastic views from every angle, and the unique plant and bird life.

While in the Calafate area, we will also visit the Glaciarium, a modern interpretation glaciological centre, and one of the few glacier museums in the world. The understanding of glaciers and environmental awareness are our main subjects. The exhibits include models, dioramas, photographs, screens, interactive representations, and a 3D documentary.

NOTE: Though weather may seem fine in Calafate, the weather near the glacier can be completely different. Generally the nose of Perito Moreno is characterized by cold wind and highly changeable conditions. You should be prepared with layered clothing and a warm hat.

This afternoon we return to Calafate.

Overnight in Calafate.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 24 Calafate: Upsala Glacier
This morning we depart early from our Calafate hotel to drive the short distance to the boat dock at Puerto Bandera at the western end of Lago Argentino. Here we board our boat for a picturesque trip across the pristine, exquisite turquoise waters to the Upsala Glacier, the other famous glacier near Calafate, only accessible from the water. At fifty kilometers long, ten kilometers wide, and many hundred meters thick, it is classified as one of three major glaciers in the park. Visitors are greeted with breathtaking vistas of crystal blue ice meeting vast blue skies and towering Argentinean mountains in the background.*

There are several outside decks that offer excellent views. Cold weather clothing is suitable today.

* The closeness of our approach depends on winds and the number of icebergs in the vicinity.

We return to Calafate late in the afternoon.

Overnight in Calafate.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 25 Calafate - Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego National Park
Today we fly to Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego.

Ushuaia is considered the world's southernmost city. In 1520, Magellan passed through the strait that now bears his name, in search of a sea route to the spice islands of Asia. The Yahgan Indians built the fires that inspired Europeans to give this region its name -- "The Land of Fire". At first, very little attention was paid to this rocky and glacial shoreline, and its indigenous Indian population. It was not until the demise of Spain's colonial domination of the region in the late 1800's, that other Europeans began settling here. Ushuaia lies on the north shore of the Beagle Channel, at the very heart of the archipelago, and just east of the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Since 1950, the town has played host to an important naval base, supporting Argentine claims in Antarctica.

Ushuaia has one of the world's most dramatic settings: surrounding jagged glacial peaks rise from sea level to nearly 1500 m (4,500 ft). In 1870, the South American Missionary Society, a British-based organisation, made Ushuaia its first permanent outpost in the Fuego region.

This afternoon will be spent in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Just a short drive from town, this pristine nature reserve is home to hundreds of species of birds, in addition to bountiful varieties of plant life. At Lapatoia Bay we reach the southern end of the Pan-American Highway, which starts in Alaska and runs all the way down through Canada, the USA, Central and South America.

You will also have time to discover this interesting town. We suggest a visit to the old prison of Ushuaia located within the confines of the Naval base. The penitentiary was constructed by the prisoners themselves between 1902 and 1920. Now this impressive complex houses the Antarctic museum, the maritime museum, a modern art gallery as well as a restored wing of the prison, complete with cells inhabited by some of the infamous prisoners.

Overnight in Ushuaia.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 26 Ushuaia: Beagle Channel Cruise - Buenos Aires
Today, weather permitting, we include a cruise on the Beagle Channel, named after the ship on which Darwin sailed through here in 1832. The island of Tierra del Fuego is divided between Argentina and Chile and the Beagle Channel forms part of the border between the two countries. In addition to spectacular scenery, we should see many species of marine mammals and birds, including a penguin colony.

Please note: As Tierra del Fuego is so close to the Antarctic Circle and surrounded by water, the weather here is extremely changeable hour by hour. In order to maximise our sightseeing, we may have to alter the sequence of our activities. Your Tour Leader will do his/her best to ensure that you see all the items listed on these days but, in the event of extreme weather, other activities may have to be substituted.

Later this afternoon we fly back to Buenos Aires.

(Breakfast and lunch OR dinner at your Tour Leader's discretion).

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 27 Buenos Aires - Mendoza: Town Tour
Today we fly to Mendoza, the provincial capital, situated in the pre-mountainous Andes, and one of the largest and most beautiful cities of Argentina. Among its highlighted characteristics it features tree-lined streets, gardens, pathways and trolleybuses. Mendoza is the heart of the viticulture activity in the country and the starting point for practicing adventure and mountain sports: skiing, mountain climbing and rafting.

Today we have a leisurely look at Mendoza, including the Government House, San Martin Park, Independence Square surrounded by the Municipal Theatre and the Modern Art Museum, and from there to Plaza Espana and Plaza del Castillo, where there is a museum that was built on the foundations of the old Town Hall where excavations, old photographs and elements from the past can be observed. They are evidence of the earthquake that damaged the city in 1861, three hundred years after its foundation.

Overnight in Mendoza.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 28 Mendoza: Wine Tour
Mendoza is one of the most charming capitals of Argentina. It has a dry and sunny climate and a design that consists of large streets, wide sidewalks shaded by old trees, low construction, and ample green areas. Many of its streets have adjacent irrigation channels which give them a special charm; the ditches and canals remind the visitor that Mendoza has grown thanks to irrigation technology and development.

Today we will visit two wineries for which the region is famous. As quality, season, and customer feedback can vary, we do not pre-determine which properties we will be visiting far in advance. Your Tour Leader will advise on today's activities in greater detail while on tour.

Today we include lunch at a wine estate (instead of dinner). If available, we may also be able to enjoy an olive oil tasting.

Balance of the day at leisure to enjoy Mendoza.

Overnight in Mendoza.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch

Day 29 Mendoza, Argentina - Santiago, Chile
Today we travel by regularly-scheduled public coach service to Santiago. This very scenic journey is comfortable and takes 7-8 hours with rest stops.

The route RN7 is vaguely the one that San Martin used for his liberation campaign. The canyons are still dotted with silver mines exploited by the Spaniards in the 18th century. The road from to Uspallata to the summit is a breathtaking drive through the Uspallata Valley. We pass into the valley through a small canyon, and when the valley emerges, you'll be treated to one of the most beautiful sights in Argentina, a magnificent view of Aconcagua (the highest in the Americas) and the mountains (weather permitting).

The polychromatic mountains splash light off Aconcagua and the "Tiger Chain" ahead, with occasional clouds painting shadows on some mountains and allowing sun to pour light on others. The curious rock formations surrounding you were filmed for the dramatic setting of Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt.

NOTE: Expect temperatures to drop significantly as you climb the mountains.

Overnight in Santiago.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 30 Santiago: Vina del Mar & Valparaiso
Today we travel out of Santiago past the vineyards, farms, orchards and olive plantations of the Curacavi and Casablanca valleys. At the coast, we drive along the beaches of Las Salinas and Renaca to Vina del Mar, a town Chileans refer to as Ciudad Jardin due to its parks, flower beds and gardens. The beach is the resort's main draw, however, and visitors and locals alike make use of Costanera Avenue and the oceanfront promenade in the shadows of the imposing Casino Municipal.

We follow Espana Avenue to neighboring Valparaiso, a port christend by the Spanish in 1536. The tour proceeds to the heart of the city, the Plaza Sotomayor, a pleasant sanctuary, opposite the Maritime Authority. Inside the plaza is the Monument a los Heroes de Iquique, a memorial for those killed during the War of the Pacific. Just beyond this is Muelle Prat, the pier complete with small crafts market. Today we include a seafood lunch on the water in Viña del Mar (dinner on your own this evening).

This afternoon we visit La Sebastiana, another of poet Pablo Neruda's homes-turned-museums, and ride one of the city's many elevators, an effective mode of moving about this largely vertical port at the turn of the century. Ascendor Artilleria, built in 1898, is one of the oldest still in operation and offers a beautiful view of the ocean.

Finally we enjoy a drive through the financial and commercial districts before setting out for Santiago through the Curacavi Valley, where traditional Chilean sweets and snacks are for sale.

Overnight in Santiago.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch

Day 31 Santiago: City Tour
Today we have a tour of central Santiago.

Founded in 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago was attacked and overrun by Mapuche Indians just six months later. Spanish troops fortified the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia, and made immediate plans to rebuild the settlement. For almost 2 years, Santiago remained all but a settlement under siege. By the end of the 16th century, the settlement was made up of just 200 houses, with a population of no more than 2,000.

We will visit Santiago's Plaza de Armas (ongoing renovations and possible limited viewing / access). As the midpoint of the Spanish settlement of 1541, the square was once a military training ground -- hence its name -- but with time it became the focus of Santiago's social and commercial life with some of the nation's most accomplished architecture.

We visit the Cathedral in the plaza and see the old post office. We also visit the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda, and head to Cerro Santa Lucia for a view of the city. We visit the central market to see the various types of seafood on offer, and make a stop in Bellavista neighborhood. Our tour also includes the Museum of Memories and Human Rights, dedicated to the victims of human rights violations during the civic-military regime led by Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. From here we take a stroll through the Quinta Normal Park looping back to our hotel.

Overnight in Santiago.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 32 Departure
Today is free to explore and enjoy Santiago. Departure from Santiago (most flights depart Santiago in the evening).


Meal plan: breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Amazon Eco Park Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Manaus
Country: Brazil

Created and directed by the private sector in operation since 1991 .
As jungle ( " lodge" ) hotel ,
... been active since 1995.
It is located about 1 hour from the Manaus airport ( own shuttle van or bus and regional boat ) , Tarumã the River , a tributary of the Rio Negro.

The hotel offers 64 apartments spread between 20 and 01 wooden bungalows masonry (total 21 bungalows).

Each unit wooden bungalow offers 3 apartments with entrances , balconies and separate bathrooms , each with air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows.

The only fully brick bungalow has 04 rooms, also with air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows and is suitable for guests with special needs ( 02 apartments with ramp and bar in the bathrooms ) and families ( 02 apartments with 04 beds each , can be a double and 02 single ).

All bungalows , although rustic , have nice decor and comfort .

The complex also offers : " pier " for loading and unloading of guests , large reception area , bar , convenience store and crafts , 01 restaurant in the form of indigenous longhouse ( kitchen open to visitors ) , 01 air-conditioned hall for events , games room 01 or events ( not airconditioned ) , lectures and TV room (heated ) , resting hut with hammocks and lounge chairs , 04 pools and private beach . Have multiple streams with clear water , jungle trails with different types of vegetation , including virgin forests , natural savannas and flooded areas . A real opportunity for the visitor spotting birds of different species , giant trees , exotic orchids , medicinal herbs and more.

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Manhattan Plaza

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Brasilia
Country: Brazil

You will find spacious and comfortable rooms, efficient services and a delicious breakfast in a hotel with modern and practical
... that will make your stay even more pleasant in Brasília. Manhattan Plaza is the business hotel of our chain Plaza Brasília Hotels.

The 265 rooms of Manhattan Plaza measure approximately 50 square meters, including balcony and private bathroom. The rooms may have one, two or three beds. They are equipped with TV with cable channels, desk, air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, personal safe and wireless internet.

For a good meal, the Manhattan Restaurant offers a varied menu with dishes from the international cuisine, not to mention the Brazilian options, such as the typical feijoada, served on Wednesdays, at lunchtime. In the pool area, the Madison Hall Bar offers snacks, drinks and loads of fun. If you prefer, we offer room service, which is available 24 hours everyday.

With a great location, the hotel is located at the Hotel Sector North, 15 minutes from the international airport Juscelino Kubitschek, next to three shopping malls – Conjunto Nacional, Liberty Mall and Brasília Shopping – and a few minutes away from the Esplanade of the Ministries and the National Stadium Mané Garrincha.

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Pousada Aguape

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Pantanal
Country: Brazil

The farm has been run by the same family for some 150 years. Located in a rich area formed by
... wetland vegetation and open pastures with patches of stunted vegetation, lakes, lowlands, pond outlets and the Aquidauana River. The pousada is equipped with 14 apartments with air-conditioning, swimming pool, restaurant, thatched-roof kiosks to relax after meals.

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Martinique Copa

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Country: Brazil

The Martinique Copa Hotel is situated on Sa Ferreira Street, within walking distance of Copacabana Beach, and approximately 20-minutes driving
... from the airport. Local attractions include Rio Sul Shopping Center, Sugarloaf. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with terrace. Guest rooms feature cable TVs, mini-bars, central A/C, telephone, hairdryers, make-up mirrors, and in-room safes.

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Hotel San Martin

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Iguacu Falls
Country: Brazil

San Martin Hotel is proud to offer its guests an environment in which every angle press out to be a
... "natural paradise".
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Hotel Kenton Palace

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Buenos Aires
Country: Argentina

Framed by Nahuel Huapi Lake and with the mountains in the background. These two elements create a spectacular picture of
... Argentina. We are strategically located in the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, opposite the Civic Centre, 1 block away from the Commercial Centre and 200 meters away from Nahuel Huapi Lake.

With the intention of creating a hotel that matches the environment, we succeeded in diluting the limits between outdoors and indoors in the interior design of our hotel, by placing big glazed walls which make us feel even closer to the gardens of Parques Nacionales’ historical building.

The hotel is decorated with black and white pictures, original pictures of emblematic places and buildings of Buenos Aires, and accompanied with natural materials from the area, in the public areas as well as in our 72 rooms overlooking the lakes and mountains outside.

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Edelweiss Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Bariloche
Country: Argentina

Conveniently located in the downtown area, only steps away from Nahuel Huapi Lake and the Civic Centre, the refurbished and
... infrastructure is in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings; mountains, forests and lakes.

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Cabanas del Paine

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Torres Del Paine
Country: Chile

The Hosteria Cabanas Del Paine Hotel provides 4 pavilions of lodging where each with comfortable rooms all with living room
... a wonderful view to Serrano River and Paine mountain range.

There is a dining room with grill and with a capacity for 80 people and a bar to enjoy the regional gastronomy.

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El Quijote Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: El Calafate
Country: Argentina

We are a family business that provides accommodation and food service
for over 39 years in El Calafate.

... is renowned not only for his career, but also for the warmth, professionalism and following tracks of a staff committed to their work.

Our commitment is to provide a service that exceeds your expectations, positioning us as an excellent hotel.

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Hotel Diego De Velazquez

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Santiago
Country: Chile

The warm welcome to all those who choose us for your trip to Santiago de Chile, sure the stay, location
... services are created so they can enjoy an unforgettable trip for those traveling on tourism, recreation, work, studies, or incentives. We are the alternative to Providence to start from Hotel Diego de Velazquez, the starting point to enjoy the exciting city, capital of Chile.
All an experienced hospitality team, whose mission is service, expect each of whom form Hotel Diego Velazquez, to fully and unforgettable trip.

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Trip Information

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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and local restaurants). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), visa fees. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, visas, and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour operates twice a year in Feb & Nov / Dec.

November will be warmer and more humid, but not as hot as summer months (Jan / Feb). Short tropical rainstorms occur throughout the year but they should not adversely affect travel plans.

AMAZON: in the rainy season, which roughly runs from mid-December to mid-May, the temperature is a bit cooler than the June-December dry season. The average daytime temperature in the rainy season is usually in the mid-80's [F] with nighttime lows in the mid 70's to high 60's. June-December dry season. The daytime temperature can go up to the mid-30's C (90's F) though there is much variability and cool days are common. Night-time temperatures are usually in the mid-20's C (70's F), though there are also some very cool nights.

PANTANAL: November in the Pantanal heralds the very beginning of the rainy season. February is the rainy season, which sounds negative, but it is actually a beautiful, green time of birds and excursions by boat or canoe. August is the middle of the dry season and is a very good time for this region.

Weather conditions can vary greatly from place to place. Most of our time is spent in the south where conditions can be very changeable at any time of year. We visit in the Austral summer (Nov-Mar), when Buenos Aires and Santiago are hot and Patagonia is at its warmest. That said you must be prepared for cold, windy, possibly rainy conditions. November tends to be less windy than mid-summer (Jan).

Transport and Travel Conditions

Road transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Internal flights via scheduled local carriers. Numerous optional walking opportunities and walking tours on uneven surfaces. Several internal flights via domestic carriers. This in a full itinerary with plenty of moving around.


Well-located, heated / air-conditioned, mid-range (3-star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.

Pantanal lodge: Private bathrooms, hot water, screened windows, ceiling fans, air- conditioning, 110 volt outlets. Amazon lodge: Rustic bungalows in a preserved forest area with typical regional architectural design, with screened windows. Hot water, fan and air-conditioning.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, driver, local naturalist guides.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)