South America Landscapes

Bariloche, Lake District, Argentina
13 Days from $4,462 per person

A discovery across South America's most influential and intoxicating countries, the icons of Chile, Argentina and Brazil and stunning Patagonia are brought to life by Insiders and unique experiences.


You'll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling the beats of South America Samba in Rio and seeing how Argentinian Tango should be danced at Lina and Gaspar's home in Buenos Aires. It's meeting other locals passionate about sharing the traditions of their homeland.

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  1. Welcome to Santiago, the fifth largest city in South America. You will be met by a local host upon arrival at the airport and taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Las Condes.
    hotel:InterContinental Santiago
  2. This morning, meet your Local Specialist for an exciting tour of the city and a visit to the Central Market. Then head for the Casablanca Valley, Chile's wine-producing region known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will enjoy a gourmet Regional Meal lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. After, meet the winemaker for a Cultural Insight and a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Then celebrate Chile's proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. The evening is at leisure. Perhaps try a restaurant in the trendy Bellavista District.
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  3. Fly south from the Chilean capital to Puerto Montt, one of Chile's beautiful coastal ports. Then it's on to Puerto Varas for a tour of the "City of Roses" on the way to your lakeside hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy before an included dinner in the evening.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Cabana del Lago
  4. An exciting day awaits as you cross the Andes via land and water. Your first stop is the Petrohue River to see the burbling waterfalls cascade over black volcanic rock. Then cross Todos Los Santos Lake with the mighty Osorno Volcano looming in the background. Keep an eye out for the giant Andean condor gliding over the lake. Back on land, it's time to sit back and relax as you drive by breathtaking landscapes of snowcapped mountains, gloriously green forests and sapphire blue lakes. Stop for lunch in pretty Peulla before crossing the border into Argentina and enjoying a cruise on majestic Lake Nahuel Huapi. Arrive in Bariloche this evening.
    meal(s):FB, L
    hotel:NH Edelweiss Bariloche
  5. Discover the natural wonders of one of Argentina's prettiest areas, known as the “Switzerland of South America.” Meet your Local Specialist and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular views of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lovely Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop of St. Edward's Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Then, learn about Bariloche's chocolate connection with a visit to the Chocolate Museum and sample a delicious array of this Cultural Insight. The rest of the day is free in Bariloche.
  6. Fly from the edge of Patagonia to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an exclusive Be My Guest in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and residents of this trendy neighborhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and see members of the family dance the Tango.
    meal(s):FB, BG
    hotel:Emperador Buenos Aires
  7. Get acquainted with Argentina's largest city and capital with a Local Specialist. See the Plaza de Mayo and the iconic pink Casa Rosada. View the colorful and fashionable neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. Drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world, to the elegant Recoleta, the cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita), Argentina's former first lady, is buried. The afternoon is free before a Regional Meal with an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinian beef. Cap off the evening by watching the best Tango dancers, a Cultural Insight, in Buenos Aires perform.
    meal(s):FB, RM
  8. Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests where the possibilities are endless. Visit one of the country's finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, visit a local market or for a different side of Argentina, perhaps take a trip into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch) for the Fiesta del Gaucho (festival of the cowboy), with a lively equestrian show and a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch.
  9. Take a morning flight to Iguassu Falls, Argentina. Meet your Local Specialist for a visit to Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of the world's largest waterfalls. Board an open-air ecological jungle train and bask in the majesty of the falls. Along the way, take a walk on a catwalk to get an up-close view of the cascades and view the thundering Devil's Throat Falls. Cross the border into Brazil for a relaxing evening and dinner at your resort.
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    hotel:Wish Resort Golf Foz de Iguassu
  10. Return to Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the falls with a Local Specialist, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. This afternoon, fly to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your elegant hotel overlooking pristine Copacabana Beach.
    hotel:Miramar by Windsor
  11. Meet your Rio Local Specialist and ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car where you'll see unforgettable city and bay views. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take an optional cruise on Guanabara Bay viewing Rio's picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain.
  12. Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then, accompanied by your Local Specialist, continue your exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) and its many contrasts from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambadromo, and city cathedral. Later this afternoon, head over to a Samba school where a representative of the school will give a Cultural Insight into how the school prepares for Carnival week. You'll also be able to view Carnival costumes and for those that desire, participate in a dance lesson. This evening, visit a renowned churrascaria for a festive Farewell Dinner complete with a caipirinha mixing demonstration.
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  13. Your day is free until your transfer to the airport or choose to extend your stay at the Miramar by Windsor in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

12 nights' accommodations, 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Meeting a winemaker in Santiago, tasting chocolate in Bariloche, visiting a Samba school and watching a Tango performance in Buenos Aires.

Be My Guest

  • in Palermo Soho at the home of a local family.

Local Specialist

  • For sightseeing in Santiago, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Puerto Varas
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Chile's wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado
  • View Devil's Throat Falls
  • Cruise in Chile's Lake Region and on Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
14 Jan 17 26 Jan 17 $5,088$4,642pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,088 $4,642 pp
11 Mar 17 23 Mar 17 $5,088$4,642pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,088 $4,642 pp
16 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 $4,888$4,462pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$4,888 $4,462 pp
14 Oct 17 26 Oct 17 $5,088$4,642pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,088 $4,642 pp
11 Nov 17 23 Nov 17 $5,088$4,642pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,088 $4,642 pp
9 Dec 17 21 Dec 17 $5,088$4,642pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,088 $4,642 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,875.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $135 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Santiago-Puerto Montt, Bariloche-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Iguassu Falls and Iguassu Falls-Rio de Janeiro and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil, Argentina and Chile must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Brazil will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit to learn more.

  • You will be using the Brazilian real, Chilean and Argentinian peso on your vacation. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Brazilian cuisine varies by region but the country’s most popular dish by far is feijoada, a rich stew of black beans and several cuts of meat that is typically served with rice, sautéed greens and orange slices. Brazil’s national cocktail is the caipirihna, made with cachaça, lime, and sugar cane.

    Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec.  For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.

    Chilean cuisine reflects Spanish influences and traditional indigenous dishes, many of which are seafood oriented due to the country's long coastline.  Maize and quinoa accompany many meals, served alongside barbecued or stewed meats.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out at restaurants it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Extend your vacation with a post-itinerary 4 day Brazilian Amazon extension package, including 2 nights in a jungle lodge.

Prices for the extension start at $1,295* per person twin share (single supplement $275).

Prices include internal flights. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. 

DAY 1 - 12 Operate per the South America Landscapes itinerary

Say farewell to your tour group in Rio de Janeiro and fly to Manaus, Brazil (international flights not included). Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel before taking a city tour. Visit the grand Palacio Rio Negro, the former home of a rubber baron that is now a museum dedicated to preserving the traditional Amazonian culture. Discover the floating harbor and nearby Customs House, the vibrant Mercado Municipal, and the famed Opera House.
Tropical Manaus Hotel

This morning travel upriver to the famous "Meeting of the Waters" and see the dark waters of the Rio Negro mix with the brown waters of the Solimoes, as the river flows east to the Atlantic. After lunch, you may choose to take an optional canoe experience down a tributary river and try your hand at piranha fishing, or stay and relax in the jungle atmosphere.  Later this afternoon, transfer to your lodge on the Rio Taruma.
(FB,L,D) Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge

After breakfast take a guided walk through the rainforest. As you enter the dense jungle, imagine how the early Amazonian explorers felt. Perhaps you'll spot a capybara, the world's largest rodent, or glimpse a sleeping anaconda in a tree. Next you will visit the home of native Amazonians to learn about their culture and way of life. This evening, take to the river and go on a moonlit search for caiman. 

Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabiliation center and wildlife refuge, to watch monkeys eat and play.  Afterwards, say goodbye to the Amazon and return to Manaus Airport for your flight to the USA.


*Prices are accurate as of 19 October 2016.

Extend your vacation with a 3 day pre-itinerary extension package to Easter Island.

Prices for the extension start at $975* per person twin share (single supplement $350).

Please note that the guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. Prices do not include airfare to Easter Island. Please ask your Grand European Travel Specialist about flight arrangements.  Please note that you will need to arrive in Santiago the night prior to Day 1. Due to the flight schedules to Easter Island, an additional night in Santiago is required and is included in the cost of this extension.

Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that endures to this day. The language, music and traditions remain alive among the island’s people; while the enormous stone carved Moai allude to an ancient past.  Your local host will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony. The restored site of Ahu Akivi has seven Moai statues representing the seven explorers sent to Raoa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Continue on to the ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura and visit the Puna Pau red scoria stone quarry.
Tahatai or Otai Rapanui Hotel

Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive along the island’s southern coast and see the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hanga Te’e. Continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of which are on the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue your drive to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”.  Afterwards enjoy a stop at scenic Anakena beach and take in the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.

This morning your private excursion will take you to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the island. See the island’s distinct geological features including a crater lake. Next, drive to a ceremonial village of Orongo, where you can see remarkable petroglyphs.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao.  Drive down to Ahu Vinapu to see further evidence of pre-Incan architectural influences on Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings. Return to your hotel before you are transferred to the airport for your flights later this afternoon.

Upon your return to Santiago, you will join the rest of your tour group for Day 1 of South America Landscapes.

*Prices accurate as of 24 October 2016. 

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