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From the tranquil wineries of the Maipo Valley to the green landscapes of northern Patagonia and steamy tango joints in Buenos Aires, this eight-day adventure offers a lively quick taste of South America. Build up a thirst hiking through Chile's Lake District and take what is considered one of the most scenic ferry cruises in the world before sampling the region's outstanding wines. Travel days are well paced and include short flights. Find a fresh adventure at the end of the Earth.

Latin America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SCZNG/166061
  • Starts: Santiago, Chile
  • Finishes: Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will Visit
  • Santiago
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary

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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 recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Possible day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Chile's premier beach resort, and to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda's seaside home.

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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.

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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 Angelmó 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.

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Day 4: Puerto Varas

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

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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.

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Day 9: Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Chilean Wine Experience, Santiago National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Chilean Cultural Tour and Local Lunch, Puerto Varas National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Local Tango Lesson, Buenos Aires
    • Arrival transfer
    • Visit Petrohue Falls
    • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos"
    • Buenos Aires city tour
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van, plane, buses, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take a week to sip the best wines in the world
  • Rest and relax in Chile's beautiful Lake District
  • Discover the "Cruce de Lagos" on a scenic ferry cruise
  • Dance the tango in Buenos Aires