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Great South American Journey - Santiago to Rio

29 days,Santiago to Rio de Janeiro

Explore the lakes, volcanoes, hot springs and forests of the Lake District, Be awed by Iguassu Falls.


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Fantastic food and remote landscapes highlight this 29-day cross-continent adventure spanning four countries: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

What's Included

  • Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls.
  • (Allow USD525-690 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (24 nts), Buses (4 nts). Note: Accommodation can be quite basic/multi-share at times.
  • Public bus, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago. See Great South American Journey - Rio to Santiago

Day 1 Santiago

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-5 Night bus/Pucón

Overnight bus journey to Pucón. Optional activities include rafting, hiking, hot springs or a climb up the nearby Villarica Volcano.

Day 6,7 Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas

Travel by bus to Puerto Varas. Optional boat tours on the lake, day-trips to Chiloé Island or free time to enjoy the scenery and explore.

Day 8-10 Bariloche

Travel by bus across the Andes to Bariloche, Argentina. Optional activities include biking, rafting or hiking, or free time to explore the city and sample the local artisan chocolate.

Day 11-14 Night Bus/Buenos Aires

Travel by overnight bus to Buenos Aires. Free time for individual exploration to visit the many attractions and museums or take an optional city tour. Optional tango show and dinner.

Day 15-17 Colonia/Montevideo

Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside cafe. Continue by bus to Montevideo. Optional city tour, visit the Carnival museum or eat at the Port Market.

Day 18,19 Salto/Night bus

Travel by bus to Salto. Optional visit to nearby hot springs before boarding the overnight bus to Iguassu Falls.

Day 20-22 Iguassu Falls

Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, with and optional boat ride near the base of the falls or visit the nearby bird park.

Day 23-24 Paraty

Continue by overnight bus to colonial Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.

Day 25-27 Ihla Grande

Travel by bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches or take an optional boat tour.

Day 28 Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Rio de Janeiro by ferry and bus for free time to explore the city using our centrally-located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Optional city tour.

Day 29 Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.