Tick some€tion-packed adventures off your bucket list with this once in a lifetime South American overland tour from Santiago to Rio. Begin your journey with a taste of the wonders of Patagonia. Hike to the very top of a volcano in Pucon, tackle vertical ice and trek glaciers in El Chalten and brave the rapids at Futaleufu.
Take in more of the stunning sights with a closeup encounter of the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, challenge yourself to the famous ‘W’ Trek at Torres del Paine and explore the world’s most southern city, Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.
Continue your trip with a spot of nature watching at Valdes Peninsula, a taste of Argentina’s famous steak and red wine at Buenos Aires and revel in the sights and sound of the Iguazu Falls. End your South America tour in Rio for either Carnival or New Year’s Eve celebrations! Days 1 to 6 If you are travelling on the trip that travels through Patagonia from July to September please be aware it will get very cold at times with temperatures well below zero, and you can expect snowfall. Please be prepared for cold conditions, with thermal clothing and the correct sleeping bag. On our July to September trips in Patagonia, this section of the trip is subject to change en route. Please see detailed itinerary for further details.
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.
Villarrica Volcano - there is the option to climb this€tive volcano.
Andes mountain range
Bariloche - popular holiday destination for Argentinians and a top ski resort with great hiking trails and nightlife.
Days 7 to 21 Patagonia – endless grasslands leading to stupendous mountains and glaciers
Los Glaciares National Park - the largest glacier in the world and an option to take a guided glacier hike on one!
Perito Moreno Glacier - take a boat ride up close to this almost 200ft high glacier.
Torres del Paine National Park - another area of outstanding beauty where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape.
Option to complete the W-Trek - adviseable to be booked in advance
Day 22 Tierra del Fuego - an island on the southern tip of the continent - spectacular scenery and seagoing boat trips.
Ushuaia - most southerly town on earth you are ever likely to travel to.
Days 23 to 30 Patagonia - vast, sparsely populated treeless plateau.
Atlantic Marine sanctuaries - spot penguins, sea lions, sea elephants, birds & whales (season dependent).
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).
Day 31 We follow the coast to Buenos Aires.
Days 32 to 33 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 34 to 39 Buenos Aires - Leaving Buenos Aires we head north towards Brazil
Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Days 40 to 45 Brazil
Bonito - swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Pantanal - organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Days 46 to 51 Parati - laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Rio de Janeiro - where folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment - Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun 51 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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