Rio de Janeiro
Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
Fantastic Rio de Janeiro has many things to see and do. A highlight for many is experiencing the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado, the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant colored tiles of the Selaron staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafes and shops lining the cobblestone streets. In the city center, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander around the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, one of the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. If you are in Rio de Janeiro around February/March, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival.
- Unless your tour meets Rio Carnival, your joining location is:
Hotel Regina, Rua Ferreira Viana 29, Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro
If your tour meets Rio Carnival in February, your joining hotel may be different to the above and you will be informed of your joining hotel closer to the time of departure.
Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Hotel Regina or similar
Foz do Iguazu
Summary of The Day: We fly over fertile farmlands to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguazu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazu Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazu Falls there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3 kilometer long U shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinian sides.
Visiting the Argentinian side of the falls you can board a speed boat which will take you under the falls, an optional adventure you'll never forget! You'll also find the famous Devil's Throat where fourteen falls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead.
Foz do Iguazu
Summary of The Day: Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the falls, giving you a whole new perspective of it. Here you can see the falls by walking through the rainforest and along catwalks above and below the rushing water. You can also visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu (optional) where you can learn about the construction of this amazing structure and its role in the region. There is also a very interesting bird park nearby, perfect for that must-have photo!
Summary of The Day: We fly to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. You will have three days to explore the fascinating neighborhoods and artistic markets of the city, where European and Latin American influences have mixed together to create a city like no other. Stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, spotting the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, which was built to commemorate the fourth century of the city, and the impressive Teatro Colon, one of the world's best opera houses. You can also visit the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace, from where Juan and Eva Peron famously addressed the crowds gathered on Plaza de Mayo in 1945.
Argentina’s capital city is a great destination for culture lovers, with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes boasting an impressive collection including original works by Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. You can also learn about the national heroine Evita at the Museo Eva Peron.
Summary of The Day: Buenos Aires has a variety of craft markets, and if you stroll through them at the weekends you may come across live bands, barbecues, make-shift bars and practicing tango dancers for a truly atmospheric Latin-American experience. San Telmo is the best market for antiques, while the market at Recoleta has great hand-made craft items. The nearby Recoleta Cemetery is also worth a visit – it has beautiful marble tombs and Eva Peron’s family tomb can be found here. No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a stroll around the upmarket boutiques and cafes of the Palermo district, and the contrasting bohemian barrio of La Boca, where poor inhabitants of the area used left-over paint from the nearby shipyards to paint their humble houses made of scrap metal in bright, block colors.
The city is also world-renowned for its incredible nightlife, with many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cinemas open all night. For a great evening, you could see an authentic tango show in the city where the dance originated, and you can’t leave Buenos Aires without trying some of the best steaks in the world!
Summary of The Day: We continue our exploration of Buenos Aires.
Summary of The Day: We fly across the country to Mendoza, the epicenter of Argentina's wine country. Mendoza is where General Jose de San Martin organised the army with which he liberated Chile and Peru from Spanish rule in 1818. There are great views from the top of Cerro de la Gloria at Parque San Martin, where you can also visit the local zoo.
Summary of The Day: Because of it's location beside the Andes, the city is a great base for some optional outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, rappelling and horseback riding. But of course no trip to Mendoza would be complete without touring the surrounding vineyards. You can hire bikes and cycle the Ruta de los Vinos (wine route), visiting both ancient cellars and working wineries - tasting some of the world's best Malbecs en route.
Summary of The Day: We continue our adventures in Mendoza.
Summary of The Day: We take a plane across the border to Chile's bustling capital Santiago. En route you may catch sight of Chile's ski resorts. You will have three days to explore this cosmopolitan city at your own pace.
Santiago is well-known for its fresh markets such as the famous La Vega Central Market, and the Mercado Central, one of the best seafood markets in the world. You can see the changing of the guard most days outside the impressive Palacio de La Moneda, the seat of the President of Chile.
Summary of The Day: For the best views of the city, take a funicular railway or hike to the top of San Cristobal, where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. Here you can taste some of Chile's best wines and find some beautifully situated swimming pools.
You may wish to take an optional excursion to the Chilean coast, about two hours’ drive from Santiago. You can wander around the creative port city of Valparaiso, which has a lively tradition of imaginative street art and painted murals, or you can relax in the upmarket beach resort of Vina del Mar, trying exquisite seafood in stylish restaurants that look out onto the Pacific Ocean.
Summary of The Day: As we finish our time in Santiago, take some time to visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, an impressive fine art gallery housed in a colossal neo-classical building, and the Cementerio General, a huge cemetery with large mausoleums including that of the former president Salvador Allende Gossens. Also worth a visit is the Plaza de Armas, the centerpiece of the city, which is bordered on one side by the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, completed in the 19th century.
San Pedro de Atacama
Summary of The Day: We fly north along the Pacific coast and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. This is a picturesque small town that looks like it has come straight from the scene of a Western with its single-story buildings, white-washed walls and dusty roads. There is an excellent archaeological museum in San Pedro de Atacama, housing a good selection of ancient artifacts. The Atacama desert that surrounds the town offers some of the clearest skies in the world and as such is used by international space agencies to monitor the skies. If it is a clear night, the starscape viewed from San Pedro de Atacama will most likely be the best you'll ever see.
San Pedro de Atacama
Summary of The Day: Today we head into the desert, exploring the Valley of the Moon by 4WD. This area is famous for salt-covered lunar landscapes, interesting rock formations, smoking geysers, salt flats and hot volcanic springs.
Summary of The Day: We continue our 4WD expedition and cross the border into Bolivia, into some of the most remote areas of the Bolivian Altiplano. You will see a variety of dramatic landscapes including smoking volcanoes, barren deserts and gravity-defying rock formations carved by the wind. In this incredibly empty landscape you'll most likely feel the furthest from civilization you've ever been. You will visit the Laguna Colorada, which offers some truly breathtaking scenery, with several varieties of flamingos gathering in the shallow waters of the beautiful crimson lagoon.
Summary of The Day: Continuing our exhilarating 4WD tour, we explore the epic Salar de Uyuni. Claimed to be the largest salt flat in the world, the brilliant white vast Salar de Uyuni, which covers some 10,500 square kilometers and is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, looks like something from a surrealist painting and its seemingly infinite horizons will amaze you. The highlight of the day is Fish Island (seasonal dependent), also known as Isla Incahuasi.
Located in the center of the Salar, 100 kilometers from Uyuni, this hilly outpost is covered in giant cacti amid a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles. The island is so named because it has the shape of a fish. The otherworldly views from Fish Island will take your breath away, with the brilliant blue sky (weather permitting of course) contrasting with the pure white of the salt flats.
On this day we will also explore the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives, and we visit Colchani, which is the main plant for the iodization of salt and the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar.
- Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become overly flooded and we may have to alter the itinerary if the salt flats are not safe to traverse. Your tour leader will advise as early as possible if this is likely to happen on your tour.
Summary of The Day: We continue the exploration of Uyuni.
Summary of The Day: We fly across the country from Uyuni to La Paz. If it is a clear day, you will be able to see the huge expanse of the Altiplano as you fly over the landlocked country, perhaps seeing the Andes slowly flattening out to become the Amazonian basin.
Nestled in a steep valley that protects its inhabitants from the harsh elements of the Altiplano, La Paz makes for a striking cityscape, with bare-brick houses and tall skyscrapers seemingly built on top of each other in front of a dramatic mountainous landscape in the background. Our hotel is very centrally located, close to the city's colorful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and suitably named witches market,' where women wearing bowler hats and flared skirts sell strange paraphernalia said to ward off evil spirits. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance. The square still retains its colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace. La Paz is possibly the best place to experience a traditional pena show of Andean music and dance, where local bands play time-honored instruments such as zamponas (pipes) and charangos (ukulele).
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
You might like to visit the Moon Valley with its strange rock formations shaped by the weather. Another fantastic excursion is to the emerald green area of Coroico, the gateway to the Bolivian jungle region and a great place to see sub-tropical vegetation and plants. En route you will cross a 5,000 meter high pass before descending to 1,300 meters on narrow mountain roads.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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Holiday Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Entry to Iguazu Falls in Brazil
- Entry to Iguazu Falls in Argentina
- Argentinian Winery
- Guided tour of the Valley of the Moon
- Entry to Laguna Colorada National Park
- Drive on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats
- 18 nights in hotels, hostels & guesthouses
- 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Travel by 6 flights, 4WD
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Full day Rio de Janeiro city tour: USD 75.00/person
- Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) cable car: USD 30.00/person
- Maracana Stadium tour: USD 7.00-35.00/person
- Favela half day tour: USD 35.00/person
- Hang-gliding: USD 240.00/person
- Helicopter ride over the Falls: USD 120.00/person
- Bird Park: USD 14.00/person
- Rafain dinner and dance show: USD 50.00/person
- Itaipu Dam, including transport, presentation film and tour around the engineering marvel: USD 25.00/person
- Jungle 4WD and boat trips: USD 12.00-60.00/person
- Tango show & dinner: USD 90.00/person
- Buenos Aires Hop on/hop off bus: USD 20.00/person
- White water rafting: from USD 40.00/person
- Wine & bike tour: USD 70.00/person
- Paragliding: USD 90.00/person
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: USD 1.00/person
- Museo Historico Nacional: USD 1.00/person
- Teatro Municipal: from USD 3.00-12.00/person
- Maipo region winery tours: USD 18.00-50.00/person
- Death Road Mountain Biking: USD 107.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
- On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, we recommend you change enough money into the local currency (real) for at least the first four or five days of your trip, especially if you are arriving on a Saturday night. The exchange rate at the airport is just as good as in the city center. There is the 24-hour Banco do Brasil on the third floor which will give cash advances with visa cards (also has ATMs). Please note that this bank gives better rates than the Cambio on the first floor of the international arrivals area.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
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- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
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