After starting in Rio and joining the party celebrations of either New Years or Carnival, take in the majestic Iguazu Falls before enjoying a steak and a tango show in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Then hit the vast emptiness of Patagonia, stopping off on the Valdes Peninsula to spot some southern Atlantic wildlife and then heading to the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. Then follow the Andes north and enjoy some unrivalled outdoor€tivities: trekking the ’W’ Trail in Torres del Paine, visiting the mind-blowing Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate, rafting the Futaleufu off the Carretera Austral, ice climb and walk on a glacier in El Chalten, ascend a volcano and peer into its crater in Pucon. Finish up in Santiago, enjoying a well-earned break with the snow-capped Andes as a backdrop. Days 1 to 6 Brazil
Rio de Janeiro - where folk are always up for a party and live purely for the moment - Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun
Parati - laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Days 7 to 12 Brazil
Pantanal - organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Bonito - swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Days 13 to 18 Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Buenos Aires - great food, wine, nightlife and learn to tango!
Days 19 to 20 Buenos Aires - a smart cosmopolitan city with plenty to do; museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing & restaurants that serve the best steaks in the world.
Optional 2 hr ferry€ross the River Plate for a 1 or 2 day visit to the buzzing capital Montevideo & the quieter town of Colonia.
Days 21 to 30 Puerto Madryn - this Welsh settlement is the gateway to Valdes Peninsula, where Penguins, Sea Lions, Birds & Whales can be seen - Orcas have been known to beach themselves here to catch Sea Lions (season dependent).
Atlantic Marine sanctuaries - spot penguins, sea lions, sea elephants, birds & whales (season dependent).
Patagonia - vast, sparsely populated treeless plateau.
Ushuaia - most southerly town on earth you are ever likely to travel to.
Tierra del Fuego - an island on the southern tip of the continent - spectacular scenery and seagoing boat trips.
Days 31 to 45 Option to complete the W-Trek - must be booked in advance
Torres del Paine National Park - another area of outstanding beauty where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape.
Moreno Glacier - take a boat ride up close to this almost 200ft high glacier.
Los Glaciares National Park - the largest glacier in the world and an option to take a guided glacier hike on one!
Carretera Austral - (Open Jan & Feb) - incredible drive past spiralling volcanoes, glaciers & fjords.
Days 46 to 51 Bariloche - popular holiday destination for Argentineans and a top ski resort with great hiking trails and nightlife.
Andes mountain range
Villarrica Volcano - there is the option to climb this€tive volcano
Pucon - Chile’s Lake District, our base for the next few days, from where it is possible to organise white water rafting, skiing, horse riding and hikes. 51 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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