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Highlights of South America with Andean Lakes Crossing, Buenos Aires & Rio de Janeiro 2019-2020

15 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.

Day 2 Santiago, Chile - Tour Begins
Welcome to Santiago de Chile. Take in the views of this cultural hub tucked inside the Andes Mountains and witness the vibrancy of one of South America’s most modern cities. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers over sumptuous food and wine. (D)

Day 3 Santiago
Embark on a panoramic city tour featuring La Moneda Presidential Palace, Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s Cathedral and many other neoclassical buildings. Peruse the shops and interact with handicraft vendors on the Paseo Ahumada pedestrian avenue. Savor the freshness of the Mercado Central; Santiago’s celebrated fresh fish market, which was listed by National Geographic as one of the “Top 10 Food Markets” in the world. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you’ll visit the Museo Chileno de Arte Pre-Colombino, a museum dedicated to the study and display of pre-Columbian artwork and artifacts from Central and South America or join an optional tour to a local winery for an educational winemaking tour followed by a tasting of the locally produced wines. (B)

Day 4 Santiago - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas 
Depart Santiago this morning and fly south to the German-inspired seaport town of Puerto Montt and later, the lakeside resort of Puerto Varas. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the extraordinary Lakes District. During your free time, take a walk along Lake Llanquihue and be inspired by the beauty of Osorno and Calbuco volcanos. If you like to shop, you’re sure to find many treasures in Puerto Varas’ boutique clothing and wool stores, as well as chocolate, wine and gourmet food shops. (B,D)

Day 5 Puerto Varas - Andean Lakes Crossing - Bariloche, Argentina
This morning make a stop at the breathtaking Petrohue Falls before touring the mythical Andean Lakes District! Discover the secrets of Patagonia in this magical place and fall in love with nature in its purest form; marvel at the volcanoes, lakes, ancient forests and the warmth of the people. Your adventure alternates between bus and catamaran across lakes Todos los Santos and Llanquihue in Chile and lakes Nahuel Huapi and Frias in Argentina. End your day in Bariloche, Argentina where you will enjoy a two night stay. (B)

Day 6 Bariloche
The beautiful Alpine village of San Carlos de Bariloche, situated in northern Patagonia, is a spectacular region full of natural wonders. A bustling ski resort in winter, “Little Switzerland” borders the shores of stunning Lake Nahuel Huapi. Embark on the renowned Circuito Chico tour and soak in the panoramic vistas of the picturesque mountains from the top of Cerro Campanario. In town, enjoy leisure time to browse the many handicraft shops, indulge in the city’s famously decadent chocolate or take a stroll along the scenic lake path. (B)

Day 7 Bariloche - Buenos Aires
This morning board your flight to Buenos Aires. Stretching along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the “Paris of South America” is a mosaic of European-styled architecture and South American spirit. Meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a cocktail reception at your beautiful hotel located in the heart of the chic Recoleta neighborhood. Tonight, head to La Ventana Tango House, located in the San Telmo neighborhood in a beautifully restored building, and savor Argentine cuisine and wine before witnessing a stunning tango performance. (B,D)

Day 8 Buenos Aires
It’s your choice! Join a panoramic city tour by bus of lively Buenos Aires featuring the famous Avenida 9 de Julio, Teatro Colon opera house, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Make stops at the Plaza de Mayo, La Casa Rosada Presidential mansion, and the famous Recoleta Cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron; continue your city tour on the motor coach with free time to explore colorful San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood of the city and the birthplace of tango -OR- embark on a walking tour with a local guide highlighting the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods; see the city’s architectural gems, monuments and museums including embassy row, the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan, and the Decorative Art Museum, which is known as one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. The remainder of the day is yours to create your own adventure. Maybe you’ll stroll through San Martin Park or Calle de Florida, a shopper’s paradise. (B)

Day 9 Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco - Buenos Aires
This morning we cross the Argentine Pampas, the nation’s version of the “Wild West.” Embark on a guided tour of the charming country village of San Antonio de Areco, the birthplace of gaucho traditions. Visit with some of the local artisans and silversmiths before heading to a typical estancia where you’ll dine on a hearty asado lunch – a traditional Argentine barbecue. While on the ranch, it’s your choice! Go horseback riding through the countryside -OR- take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride. Meet authentic gauchos who will share stories about what life is like in the countryside. You’ll get the chance to relax on the estancia grounds before heading back to Buenos Aires for a free evening. (B,L)

Day 10 Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Fly to Iguazu Falls – located at the crossroads of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay – hailed as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Board the Rainforest Ecological Train inside the national park on the Argentine side and walk to the platform overlooking powerful Devil’s Throat. Discover unparalleled views of five waterfalls as they plummet into the Iguazu River. Cross to the Brazilian side and check into your resort. Cap off your day with a relaxing dinner. (B,D)

Day 11 Iguazu Falls
Soak up the breathtaking views of the waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Join your local guide as you discover how Brazil and Argentina have both fought to protect the beauty and raw power of the falls by making each side a national park. You will see first-hand why Eleanor Roosevelt, upon seeing Iguazu Falls, exclaimed “Poor Niagara.” The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the many amenities at your resort or you may choose an optional jungle boat ride at the base of the falls. (B)

Day 12 Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Magnificent views, beautiful beaches, flamboyant Carnival costumes, great cuisine and friendly people make Rio the cultural capital of Brazil. Venture to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking views. Check into your beachfront hotel in the exclusive Leblon neighborhood. Then cap the night off at Rio Scenarium, a lavishly decorated restaurant and music venue in the historic Lapa district. Meet local Cariocas (the name for people from Rio de Janeiro) for a night of dinner, music and dancing. (B,D)

Day 13 Rio de Janeiro
Journey to Corcovado by train to see Christ the Redeemer, one of the largest Art Deco statues in the world. Take in the panoramic vistas from Tijuca Forest National Park and 360-degree views around the city. Then spend time with locals at one of the city’s open-air markets. Break into small groups with market guides as you discover and taste over a dozen different types of exotic fruits from Brazil. Your afternoon is at leisure. Relax by the beach or take in the sights. (B)

Day 14 Rio de Janeiro
This morning, step behind-the-scenes of Carnival and meet the artists who are designing the floats, costumes and dances during their year-round preparations for Rio’s biggest event. Later we gather to enjoy a panoramic city tour that includes a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral with architecture that was inspired by a Mayan pyramid. Stop by the Maracanã football stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup finals, before continuing on to the Carnival parade route, the Sambadrome. Learn how to craft caipirinhas – Brazil’s famous cocktail made with sugar cane liquor and lime. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell feast in a typical Brazilian churrascaria. Indulge in wine and meats slow-roasted to perfection. (B,D)

Day 15 Rio de Janeiro - Tour Ends
Your tour ends this morning. For guests with evening flights, enjoy additional time to prepare for your flight and absorb the pulse of this amazing city. (B)
Map
All This Included
From Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires to the Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls, and Brazil’s marvelous Rio de Janeiro, delve into the vivacious sights and sounds of South America. Experience the majestic beauty of the Andean Lakes Crossing as you journey from Chile to Argentina across northern Patagonia. Explore the quaint Alpine charm of Puerto Varas and Bariloche. Spend three nights in fantastic Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America." Discover the best Tango show in Buenos Aires and stroll the famed 9th of July Boulevard as you explore life in this vibrant city. Spend a day in the Argentinian countryside featuring a traditional asado lunch and gaucho horse show at an estancia. Behold the power of the Iguazu Falls from both Argentinian and Brazilian vantage points and explore Iguazu National Park. Learn how to craft the famous caipriniha cocktail. Eat and dance with the locals at a dinner and music show in Rio de Janeiro. Ascend Corcovado by train to Christ the Redeemer, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Step behind-the-scenes of Carnival and meet the artists who are preparing for Rio’s biggest event. And finally, indulge in a Brazilian-style barbeque at one of Rio's top churrascaria restaurants.
  • 20 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Move to the passionate rhythms of tango during a stunning performance.
  • Step behind-the-scenes at Carnival and meet the artists who are designing the floats, costumes and dances for Rio’s biggest event.
  • Experience the beauty of the Andean Lakes Crossing.
Accommodations
Santiago: Hotel Plaza San Francisco 
Puerto Varas: Hotel Cabaña del Lago 
Bariloche: NH Edelweiss 
Buenos Aires: Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta
Foz do Iguazu: Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort 
Rio de Janeiro: Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Hotel Plaza San Francisco
Post Tour Extension:
  • Salvador 4 Day Extension ( Land Only )
  • Brazilian 4 Day Extension ( Land Only )
Post Night Hotel:
  • Sheraton Rio
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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