Empty and untamed, the massive southern portion of South America known as Patagonia is a land of endless steppe-like plains, jagged pinnacles and blue-white glaciers that stretches all the way to Cape Horn, the southernmost point in the Americas. The few human residents work on sheep estancicas (ranches); the true residents are wild guanacos and condors, Tierra del Fuego's sea lions, elephant seals and whales, and the tens of thousands of penguins that rook near Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From the awesome sight of a glacier calving huge ice walls into a milky white lake, through the barren pampas to fairy-tale Bariloche, nestled in the Andes, Patagonia is stark and stunning, a place to come to feel insignificant in the face of Nature.
Southern Discovery (SSB)
From the wineries of Santiago to the pristine beauty of Patagonia and the cosmopolitan flair of Buenos Aires, experience the riches of South America. Enjoy a taste of wilderness with hiking opportunities in Chile's Lake District and Argentine Patagonia before cleansing your palate for a wine tasting at a Santiago vineyard. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style. As an introduction to Chile and Argentina, this trip offers the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore at your own pace.
Highlights: Wandering the streets and sampling the wines in Santiago, Soaking in the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District's volcanoes and waterways, Experiencing the sophistication of Buenos Aires.
Southern Explorer (SSR)
From natural wonders to some of the region’s most vibrant cities, experience the riches of South America on this comprehensive adventure that takes you from Chile to Argentina and Brazil. Enjoy the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore the beauty of some of the world’s most breathtaking wonders—northern Patagonia and Iguassu Falls. Sip wine in Santiago, learn to tango in Buenos Aires and live it up in beachside Rio. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style.
Highlights: Appreciating the beauty of the Lake District's volcanoes, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, sipping caipirinhas on a Brazilian beach, experiencing a traditional family barbecue.