Hola South America
From Brisbane To Santiago - 23 Nights
- Departing from:
- 23 Nights
- Travel Dates:
- 03/03/20 to 26/03/20
Price per person
From Amazonian rainforests, to Incan ruins, Andean Peaks and Patagonian glaciers, South America is the continent that has it all. Just the name conjures up intrepid explorers and wonderful adventures. Join us on this 24 day epic journey when we visit Chile, Argentina, Lima and Peru and take some of the best sights these beautiful countries have to offer. As we contemplate the astounding power of Iguazú Falls, and gaze at temples built by Inca armies we’ll also take the time to listen to a Brazilian samba, and marvel at the rhythm an Argentine tango. This is a trip of a lifetime and you won’t want to miss it.
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- Palacio de la Moneda
- The Andes Mountains
- Perito Moreno Glacier
- Plaza de Mayo
- La Recoleta
- Iguazu Falls
- Brazillian Side Falls
- Rio de Janeiro
- Cathedral of Lima
- Church of Convent of Santa Domingo
- Machu Picchu
Brisbane – Santiago (D)
Today we will meet our Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flights to Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival at Santiago Airport we will be met by a local representative who will assist us in collecting our luggage and we will then be escorted to our awaiting transport to transfer us to our hotel. Chile’s capital Santiago is a cosmopolitan city that sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range.
After our arrival into our hotel we will check into our hotel. This evening we will have dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation – Hotel Fundador or similar (2 Nights)
This morning after breakfast at our hotel we will depart on our tour to visit the city of Santiago.
We will begin by visiting the colonial districts of the city where history can be discovered in some the principal streets. We will continue to the Centro Civico and the Plaza de la Constitucion where you will get to discover the Palacio de la Moneda (The Currency Palace), headquarters of the government. Visiting then the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) of the first city of Santiago del Nuevo Extremo, as Pedro de Valdivia named it in 1541, in honor to the apostle Santiago and of the village where he was born in Spain. Here we will discover the Cathedral, the Central Mail Office, and the Municipality of Santiago.
We’ll then continue on to the Cerro Santa Lucia, one of the hills that dominate the city which as well as being a beautiful historical locale, also provides beautiful views of the city.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant and then we will return to our hotel where the rest of the afternoon and dinner is at leisure.
Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel and we will then be transferred to the airport to take our flight to Puerto Montt.
On arrival in Puerto Montt, we will be met by our guide and tour this pretty port city where the landscape offers a beautiful view of forests and snowy mountains. Called “Melipulli” (four mountains) from the Mapuche, Puerto Montt is the starting point for visits to the Lake Region. Our tour starts in the Pelluco, a seaside resort of Puerto Montt, which is popular for its beaches and also its restaurants specializing in “Curanto” dishes typical of the region. We’ll then continue to Angelmó whose name derives from the name of the physician Angelo Montt, who lived in this region but whose name the natives of the region found difficult to pronounce and thus Angelo Montt became “Angelmó”. We’ll then travel on to Puerto Varas- about half an hour away. Known as “La ciudad de las rosas” or “the city of roses” Puerto Varas sits on the banks of Lake Llanquihue and offers commanding views of snow-capped Osorno Volcano and Calbuco Volcano. Checking into our hotel we’ll have time to freshen up before meeting for dinner tonight.
Accommodation – Solace Hotel or similar (1 Night)
Puerto Varas – Cruce de Lagos – Bariloche (B,L)
This morning we will enjoy our breakfast at the hotel before departing today for Argentina.
This unique crossing has us travelling by ferry through the Andes Mountains across three beautiful lakes (Todos los Santos, Felix Frías and Nahuel Huapi) connected by four overland legs by coach. The scenery in this part of the world is dazzling with Osorno, Pontiagudo and El Tronador volcanoes dominating the expansive landscapes. This journey takes us through the most colorful region of the Patagonia and is a once in a lifetime experience.
Lunch at a local restaurant en-route today and tonight we will arrive into our hotel in Bariloche. As well as producing Argentina’s best chocolate, Bariloche is known for its Swiss-Alpine style architecture and for being the principal destination of Argentina’s Lakes District. With its snow-capped peaks and crisp winter air, this laid-back mountain town in Patagonia makes some travelers question whether they have landed in Switzerland instead of Argentina. This evening is at leisure at our hotel.
Accommodation – Kenton Palace Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a morning tour of Bariloche. Beginning on Bustillo Avenue, on the outskirts of Bariloche and continuing to the quiet resort of Llao Llao our excursion passes by Colonia Suiza, named for its early European colonists and renowned for its confectionery and excellent pastries. Today we can soak in the beauty of the region as we tour.
We’ll return to the hotel and the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you might like to take the opportunity to put your feet up, or if not perhaps explore downtown Bariloche – within walking distance of our hotel. The group will meet for dinner tonight
Bariloche – El Calafate (B,D)
After breakfast at the hotel we will be transferred to the airport in Bariloche to take our flight to El Calafate. El Calafate is a town near the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and is mainly known as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park.
Upon arrival, we will be met by our guide and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure and tonight we will enjoy our dinner together at the hotel.
Accommodation – Hotel Mirador Del Lago or similar (2 Nights)
El Calafate – Perito Moreno – El Calafate (B,D)
Breakfast is at the hotel this morning before we depart for Perito Moreno. Perito Moreno Glacier is simply stunning and has become one of the principal tourist attractions in Argentina and Patagonia. The Perito Moreno Glacier, named for a 19th-century explorer, is currently 19 miles long and rises an average height of 240 feet above the water. Altogether, the glacier covers about 121 square miles. It is part of an ice field located in both Argentina and Chile that is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world. Part of an area known as Argentina’s Austral Andes, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. Once at the glacier a variety of viewing decks so you can appreciate the glacier from every angle and lead to some rest areas with benches where you can just sit and enjoy the spellbinding view. Colour coded maps show you the different routes to follow and how they connect. Take your time and enjoy one of the most incredible sights in the world. (The boardwalks bring us very close to the glacier but for anyone wanting to get much closer it is possible to do a boat trip on the lake at additional expense).
We will have lunch in a local restaurant before returning to El Calafate later this afternoon.
El Calafate – Buenos Aires (B,D)
After our leisurely breakfast at the hotel this morning we will be transferred to the airport to take our flight to Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is the largest city in, and capital of Argentina. With a dual heritage – part European, part South American the city is both glamorous and down to earth. Situated on the shore of the Río de la Plata, 240 km from the Atlantic Ocean, Buenos Aires is the national centre of commerce, industry, politics, culture, and technology. Buenos Aires locals are referred to as porteños (“people of the port”) because so many of the city’s inhabitants historically arrived by boat from Europe. On arrival we will be met by our guide and transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure before the group meets for dinner tonight.
Accommodation – Broadway Hotel & Suites or similar (3 Nights)
Buenos Aires (B,L)
After an early breakfast at the hotel this morning, we will be picked up for our city tour of Buenos Aires. Today discover the heart of the city: the Plaza de Mayo. Around it is the historic Cabildo (Town Hall) where the movement for independence from Spain was first planned; the Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace), and other old buildings. Near the Plaza you can find theatres and a commercial area. Then you will discover the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world. You will also discover the main Avenues of Buenos Aires: Corrientes Avenue, known as the entertainment centre, a street of theatres and night life; de Mayo Avenue, with a strong Spanish influence; the Florida Street, where you may enjoy a tango demonstration in the street.
We’ll also visit of the most residential neighborhood of Buenos Aires: La Recoleta. Here one gets to know why Buenos Aires is considered as the “Paris of Latin America”. Exquisite and refined, this place offers a lot of monuments and museums. We will visit the Cemetery where Evita Perón is buried and where many of the monuments of this cemetery have been declared National Monuments.
We’ll also visit the old port of La Boca with its famous colourful painted houses on Caminito Street and tango performers. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant and we’ll return to the hotel later, where this evening will be at leisure.
Buenos Aires (B,D)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel followed by the day at leisure. Your tour manager will discuss options with you if you’d like to do an additional tour (at own expense) or perhaps simply spend some time exploring this vibrant city.
Tonight – a Buenos Aires tradition we cannot miss. We will attend a dinner with Tango Show at a local cabaret. With lightning quick feet, and furious with passion Buenos Aires tango dancers will steal your breath away.
Buenos Aires – Iguazu (B,D)
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, and some time to pack, we will transfer to the airport for our flights to Iguazú.
Upon arrival, we will be met by our guide and transfer to the hotel for check in before we visit the Iguazú Falls (on the Argentinean side). The Iguazú Falls are simply astounding. A chain of hundreds of waterfalls nearly 3km long make up the longest waterfall system in the world. Different circuits guarantee close-up contact with the water and rock formations. The main fall, Devil ´s Throat, is impressive and generates surprise reactions and unexpected showers. At approximately 80 meters in height and with constantly rushing water, Devil’s Throat is the highlight of a visit to the falls and marks the border between Brazil and Argentina. After our extraordinary afternoon at the falls we will have dinner tonight at the hotel.
Accommodation – San Martin Resort or similar (2 Nights)
This morning after a breakfast at the hotel we will be collected for our tour to the Brazilian Falls by bus. We’ll take a walking tour over the boardwalks to admire the view of the falls. While the falls are farther away, you can get a better overview of them from the Brazilian side. From virtually every angle, you’ll get to see the entire panorama of cascades.
Lunch which will be in a restaurant situated in the park and we’ll return to the hotel this afternoon where the evening will be at leisure.
Iguazu – Rio de Janeiro (B,D)
This morning after breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Rio de Janeiro – the huge seaside city in Brazil. Rio has been one of Brazil’s most popular and frequented tourist destinations for decades and its vibrant city centre is bursting with culture and pulsating with a deep sense of history and heritage. On arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel for check in and time to freshen up before we are taken by foot to a local restaurant for dinner.
Accommodation – Merlin Copacabana or similar (3 Nights)
Rio de Janeiro (B,D)
This morning we will have breakfast at the hotel before visiting Corcovado. The mountain towers over the city of Brazil and is noted not only for its natural beauty and prime positioning, but also because it is the foothold of the globally recognised statue called Christ The Redeemer. This statue is 30 metres high and depicts Jesus Christ standing over the city of Rio de Janeiro with his arms outstretched.
The afternoon at leisure to enjoy your surroundings and tonight we will walk to a nearby local restaurant for dinner
Rio de Janeiro (B,D)
After our breakfast at the hotel this morning we will visit Sugar Loaf. The peak sits at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 m above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. Today we’ll take a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf with its amazing views. Admiring Rio from the top our guide will no doubt assure us that Rio is the most beautiful city of the world.
The afternoon is at leisure before we walk to a nearby local restaurant for dinner tonight.
Rio de Janeiro – Lima (B,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to the airport to take our flight to Lima. The capital of Peru lies on the country’s arid east coast. With a civilization that dates back millennia, Lima is a sprawling modern city shrouded in history. On arrival we’ll be met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel. Time to settle in and freshen up. Tonight we’ll walk to a nearby local restaurant for dinner.
Accommodation – La Hacienda Hotel and Casino or similar (2 Nights)
Before our morning tour we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We will be collected from the hotel for our tour of the historic centre of Lima: the Main Square, with the Presidential Palace and the City Hall. Today we’ll also visit the Cathedral of Lima, built in 1625 and rebuilt in 1940 after an earthquake hit the city. Behind a relatively bare facade, we will find beautiful chapels and splendid wood carvings.
Then we will visit the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo and the modern district of Miraflores, the banking and business center of the city. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant and the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Lima – Cusco (B,D)
After an early breakfast at the hotel we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Cusco, where we’ll be met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel. Cusco was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.
Once we are settled in our hotel we will enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. Be inspired as you walk through the ancestral streets and plazas of Cusco. You can walk through each era of history in this regal city; it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas. Time can be traced from the Native Americans to the Incans to Spaniards and now to the modern-day citizens of Cusco. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Accommodation – Sonesta Hotel or similar (1 Night)
Cusco – Pisac Market – Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley (B,D)
After an early breakfast at the hotel we will depart to visit the Indian market of Pisac. Situated at the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru is the village of Pisac – strategically located as it is a place of passage for most travellers from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Due to its excellent location, the village is famous for its craft market, which offers visitors the opportunity to buy handmade products or simply watch local craftsmen. Close to the square, we find a traditional baker’s oven or “horno”.
We’ll then continue on to Ollantaytambo – a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on the hillside and one of the last sites built by the Incas before the Conquerors arrival. Originally built for religious purposes, it was the site of a major battle – one of the only successful ones against the conquistadors. The village’s old town is an Inca-era grid of cobblestoned streets and adobe buildings. This afternoon we’ll check into our hotel and tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation – La Casona de Yucay or similar (1 Night)
Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).
We’ll travel by mini bus from Aguas Calientes by a vertiginous climb that will lead to the site. Upon arrival we will be guided to the site Machu Picchu, “The lost city of the Incas” at 110 km of Cusco, discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham.
The citadel is, without doubt, one of the most important architectonic and archaeological monuments of the planet. Located at 2400 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu is made of stone constructions spreading itself on a low and narrow hill, delimited by a cliff of 400 meters, a canyon giving on the Urubamba River. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before we catch the return train to Cusco.
Accommodation – Sonesta Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
Today is at leisure in Cusco. Your tour manager will discuss options you might like to take up today or you might simply like to relax and explore the city a little more. Perhaps check out some artisan cafes or chocolate shops, the San Pedro Markets or perhaps one of the wonderful museums.
Tonight we will have dinner and take in a cultural show at one of the local restaurants.
Cusco – Santiago (B,D)
After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Santiago, where we will then transfer to our hotel.
Tonight is the last night before we return home, we enjoy a farewell dinner at Como Agua para Chocolate restaurant.
Accommodation – Hotel Fundador or similar (1 Night)
Days 23 & 24
Santiago – Brisbane (B)
After breakfast and some free time we will transfer to Santiago Airport for our Australia bound flight. We leave South America with memories that will last a lifetime.
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