Iguazu Falls & The Lake Districts

A 14-night tour that takes you from the lake districts of Chile and Argentina northwards to the world-famous Iguazu Falls before following the coastline to the capital of South America, Rio de Janeiro. With everything organised for you, you need only enjoy your time in the famous waters of Patagonia and South America.

17 Days

$5,242

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Santiago
  • Puerto Varas
  • Bariloche 
  • Buenos Aires
  • Iguazu Falls 
  • Paraty
  • Rio de Janeiro

Start from Santiago and end at Rio de Janeiro

Landmarks visited on Iguazu Falls & The Lake Districts

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Arrival day, no activities planned. The day is free to spend at your leisure exploring the city until our welcome meeting this evening.

Santiago is Chile's largest city and capital, with internationally recognised vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Possible day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile's premier beach resort, and to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda's seaside home.

Transport: Private Vehicle - Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport - Santiago

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Santiago (or similar)


Day 2: Santiago

Spend the morning with a wine expert, visiting a local winery outside Santiago and discussing the process that makes Chilean wine some of the best in the world. Sample various wines and enjoy a vertical tasting. Head out on an excursion to the Maipo Valley area for an in-depth look at the region that produces such fine quality wines. Chilean wine is top-notch, with only France and Italy selling more wine worldwide.

Exclusives: Chilean Wine Experience 

Spend the morning with a local wine expert, visiting a winery outside Santiago and discussing the process that makes Chilean wine some of the world's best. The first step will be visiting the "field" to learn about the vine process from planting to the harvest times. We then explore how wine is produced and the difference in grapes and techniques unique to the region. We will have a vertical tasting, trying one wine at various stages of the process, from different barrels, to experience the evolution of the wine for ourselves. After, with our newly acquired knowledge, we will enjoy a tasting of various wines.

Private Vehicle: Santiago

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Santiago (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 3: Santiago/Puerto Varas

Flight and transfer to Puerto Varas, in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Explore the countryside and Chilean culture as you visit the Puerto Montt's Angelmo fish market and the scenic town of Puerto Varas. After, visit a local family home and enjoy a "curanto", a beloved traditional dish. Mingle with the friendly hosts and try your hand at whipping up salsa pebre.

There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture perfect views from snow-capped mountains to deep-blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests, and glaciers.

Exclusives: Chilean Cultural Tour and Community Lunch

Embrace Chilean countryside and culture on a tour that includes Puerto Montt's Angelm? fish market (with its rows of vendors selling fresh and smoked fish and seafood, cheese, colourful woolens, and souvenirs) and a visit to the scenic town of Puerto Varas. Here, enjoy a visit to the home of a local family. Mingle with the friendly hosts, try your hand at whipping up salsa pebre and enjoy "curanto," a beloved traditional dish. Also learn how to make a traditional drink, then sit back and savour the fruits of your labour. Yum!

Transport: Plane - Santiago - Puerto Montt (1.5-2h) Private vehicle - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Accommodation: Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4: Puerto Varas

Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloe Island.

Optional Activity:

Chiloe Island Excursion

Take the ferry to Chiloe Island. This quaint fishing village is known for its wooden houses on stilts, artistic wooden shingles, and historical churches (remnants of the Jesuit influence of the Spanish conquistadors), most of which has been declared as Patrimony to Humanity sites. Sample fresh fish and produce for lunch, then motor to a penguin colony to see upwards of 5,000 Humboldt and Magellanic penguins.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: Puerto Varas/ San Carlos De Bariloche

Travel by bus and ferry to Bariloche, Argentina. Visit the Petrohue Falls, then enjoy the sights from the "Cruce de los Lagos", considered one of the most scenic cruises in the world.

Petrohue Falls Visit

Petrohue Waterfalls are gorgeous green falls that cascade over black basalt (former lava flows from the nearby Osorno Volcano). The falls are part of the Petrohue River and offer a picture-perfect setting. Don't try to swim though - the water is very cold.

Cruce de los Lagos Cruise

Chile's Lake District has few rivals when it comes to sheer scenic grandeur. Cross the placid Lago Todos Los Santos aboard a catamaran and marvel at vast mountainscapes and stunning views that'll have your shutter finger working overtime. Enjoy the breeze and beautiful scenery then continue by bus and another ferry. This full day excursion is considered one of the world's most scenic ferry crossings.

Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)

Peulla - Puerto Frias

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation: Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 6: San Carlos de Bariloche

Free time to explore this stunning region. Opt to take a bike tour, hike, or explore the town's shops and restaurants.

Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe. Sample a beef parrillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then take a day hike around Cerro Catedral or enjoy some shopping. It's also important to know that Bariloche is famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!

Accommodation: Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 7: San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires. Spend the evening enjoying a night out with a light dinner in a local cafe before heading to a popular dance venue where we enjoy a lesson from local dancers. Opt to stay for Milonga, a neighbourhood tradition where students and teachers of the venue show up to practice their moves.

Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the "Paris of the Americas," Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life.

Exclusives: Local Tango Lesson

Spend the evening as a local Porteno, enjoying a night out with typical dinner in a local cafe before heading to a popular dance venue to enjoy a lesson from local dancers. Once we've practiced our new steps, it's time for Milonga, a local tradition where students and teachers of the venue show up to practice their moves. Sit back and enjoy or if you are brave, join in.

Accommodation: Design Suites-Buenos Aires (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Buenos Aires

Enjoy a city tour of the "Paris of the Americas," visiting key sights and neighbourhoods including Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. When you are done exploring, rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants.

Buenos Aires Guided City Tour

Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

Free Time

Enjoy this vibrant city. When done exploring, settle weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Experience the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken, and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy!

Accommodation: Design Suites-Buenos Aires (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 9: Buenos Aires

Free day to explore this charming city. Opt to visit San Telmo for the antiques market and street arts displays. Or the Posh Recoleta area, with its cafes, museums and cemetery, is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon.

Carte Blanche

There's plenty to see and do in Buenos Aires, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like going to a Tango show, visiting Teatro Col?n, and take a city tour. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities:

Tigre Delta Excursion

Leave the big city behind and travel 28km (17 mi) northeast to the islands of Tigre in the Paran? Delta. Named for the "tigres" (or jaguars, really) that once lived here, the town and surrounding waterways are a popular getaway for locals, who come to buy fruit at the riverside market, shop for antiques, motor in mahogany launches, hike, fish and eat a meal in the many restaurants and pubs that line the shore. Admire the elegant mansions and rowing clubs and enjoy the leisurely pace.

Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

Accommodation: Design Suites-Buenos Aires (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 10: Buenos Aires/ Foz Do Iguacu

Fly to Iguassu falls and explore the Brazilian side to get the best panoramic view. This evening enjoy a lecture with local biologist/botanist who will talk to us about the flora and fauna around the falls, and the uses of local plants for medicinal and healing purposes.

Fly north to the Iguassu Falls area, near the borders of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Cross the border from Argentina to Brazil to experience the panoramic view of the falls.

As if imposing Iguassu Falls - with its 275 waterfalls - couldn't get more impressive, the area surrounding this natural wonder is home to jaguars, ocelots, anteaters, and large toucans, among others. The falls and the national park by the same name were named UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1984.

Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Puerto Iguazu - Foz do Iguacu

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Iguassu Falls Guided Tour Foz do Iguacu

Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguassu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Iguassu Falls, Flora and Fauna Lecture

Enjoy a lecture with local biologist and botanist Wilson Fernandes. You'll learn about all things flora and fauna in this unique region, including medicinal and healing uses of local plants.

Transport: Plane Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu (1.5h)

Accommodation: Hotel Wyndham Golden Foz (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 11: Foz do Iguacu

Explore the Argentina side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to get a view of the falls from below. Return to Foz for the night.

Explore trails directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat -- the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side.

Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Foz do Iguacu - Puerto Iguazu

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Iguassu Falls Visit

Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilise trails and catwalks adapted to the landscape of the area, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.

Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Optional Activities:

Iguassu Falls Boat Tour

Enter the jungle from the "Sendero Yacarat?a" and enjoy the panoramic view. Board motorboats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River, and continue onto the falls. After enjoying the view from San Martin Island, sail to "Tres Mosqueteros" to the "Devil's Throat." Sail along the shore before and enjoy the splendour of the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

Iguassu Helicopter Ride

Fly above the roaring cascades of Iguassu falls on a memorable helicopter ride to get a unique view and mind-blowing photo opportunities. Sit back in the comfortable seats, enjoy the ride and let the experienced pilot guide you over the immense falls.

Accommodation: Hotel Wyndham Golden Foz (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 12: Foz do Iguacu/ Sao Paulo

Fly to Sao Paulo and discover the city through gastronomy and architecture. Visit some of the city's most noted sites and along the way a specialist guide will also share knowledge of popular local cuisine.

Sao Paulo City and Food Tour

Sao Paulo Discover the city through gastronomy and architecture. Visit some of the city's most noted sites including the Flags Monument, Cathedral, colonial Patio do Colegio, and Oscar Niemeyer's striking Ibirapuera Auditorium. Along the way a specialist guide will also share knowledge of popular local cuisine as you sample "?gua de coco" and coffee with cheese bread, and enjoy a typical lunch sampling from various market stalls at the bustling Mercado Municipal.

Transport: Plane Foz do Iguacu - Sao Paulo, Private Vehicle - Sao Paulo

Accommodation: Blue Tree Premium Paulista (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 13: Sao Paulo/Paraty

Drive to colonial Paraty. Visit an Afro-Brazilian community for a unique cultural interaction and enjoy a traditional meal. Opt to visit a cachaca distillery.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit

Travel to an Afro-Brazilian community near Paraty to get to know this unique, centuries-old culture founded by former slaves. Explore the town and meet members of the community over a delicious lunch of local dishes and fresh fruit juice.

Optional Activity:

Cachaca Distillery Visit

Tour a cachaca distillery where sugarcane juice is used to create the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. If it tastes familiar, that's because it's the main ingredient in a Caipirinha, the country's national cocktail. Often called "Brazilian rum," cacha?a is so popular, it's produced by 40,000 micro-companies across the country. The blend from Paraty is sweet and salty; taste the sea as you sip this local liquid.

Transport: Private Vehicle Sao Paulo - Paraty

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 14: Paraty

Enjoy an included schooner tour of the harbour's many islands and beaches.

Paraty Bay Boat Tour

Explore some of Paraty's 65 islands and hundreds of beaches on a schooner tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 


Day 15: Paraty/Rio de Janeiro

Carry on by private van to Rio de Janeiro for free time to explore the city using our centrally located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Optional city tour or Samba show.

This massive city gets as many as five million international tourists every year to sip caipirinhas on the beach, dance the samba in the city's streets, and ascend Corcovado Mountain to see the truly monumental Christ the Redeemer up close.

Transport: Private Vehicle Paraty - Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Windsor Plaza Copacabana Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 16: Rio de Janeiro

Explore vibrant Rio; sun, beach, and nightlife await. Opt to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Optional Activities:

Rio de Janeiro City Tour

There's so much to see and do in this vibrant city pulsing with passion, music and the waves of the sea. Take a city tour and visit some of Rio's hot spots. Visit the art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, the colourful Lapa Steps and the Rio Cathedral. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and marvel at the magnificent views of the bay, city and beaches beyond.

Samba Show

A visit to Rio is not complete without experiencing a colorful samba show. The Plataforma Show includes colourful costumed dancers and musicians showcasing the best of Brazillian music, dance and capoeira (a Brazilian marital art and dance), building to a grand finale with a carnival parade on stage.

Accommodation: Windsor Plaza Copacabana Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
August 2017
19-Aug-2017 $5,242* Provisional Date
September 2017
23-Sep-2017 $5,432 Provisional Date
October 2017
7-Oct-2017 $5,432 Provisional Date
21-Oct-2017 $5,432 Provisional Date
November 2017
11-Nov-2017 $5,432 Provisional Date
25-Nov-2017 $5,432 -
December 2017
9-Dec-2017 $5,610 Provisional Date
23-Dec-2017 $5,610 Provisional Date
January 2018
6-Jan-2018 $5,610 Provisional Date
20-Jan-2018 $5,610 Provisional Date
February 2018
3-Feb-2018 $5,610 Provisional Date
17-Feb-2018 $5,610 Provisional Date
March 2018
3-Mar-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
17-Mar-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
April 2018
14-Apr-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
July 2018
21-Jul-2018 $5,242* Provisional Date
August 2018
18-Aug-2018 $5,242 Provisional Date
September 2018
1-Sep-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
22-Sep-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
October 2018
6-Oct-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
20-Oct-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
November 2018
10-Nov-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
24-Nov-2018 $5,432 Provisional Date
December 2018
8-Dec-2018 $5,610 Provisional Date
22-Dec-2018 $5,610 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £4,129

Includes

  • Arrival transfer.
  • Winery tour in the Maipo Valley.
  • Half-day cultural tour with visit to Angelmo fish market and traditional curanto meal.
  • Visit Petrohue Falls.
  • 'Cruce de los Lagos' lake crossing by ferry.
  • Buenos Aires city tour.
  • Tour of Iguassu Falls from Argentina and Brazil.
  • Visit an Afro-Brazilian community and enjoy a local meal.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners

Excludes

  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • International Flights
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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