Wednesday, March 16 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Highlights of South America

  • Duration: 15 days
  • Countries visited: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile
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South America is a lot more than you might expect: ancient ruins, colourful villages, stately colonial cities along with spectacular landscapes and wonderful cuisine combine to give any visitor memories that will last a lifetime.

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Daily itinerary

bwd vacations offers complimentary transfers from Galeão International Airport at 09:00, 12:00 & 3:00pm.

This afternoon you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and a short meeting followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Your local guide shows you the Brazilian capital today beginning with cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for the incredible views of the Guanabara Bay & its islands, the Rio Neteroi Bridge and the Corcovado Hill. Afterwards you will drive through the Flamengo Park towards the historical downtown where the highlights will include the National Library, Opera house, and the bohemian Lapa district. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to continue to explore the downtown or return to your hotel and relax on Copacabana beach.

This morning you climb aboard the Tremzinho, the cogwheel tram that will take you to the summit of Corcovado for a birds-eye view of the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. Sitting atop the 710m (2330ft) peak is the imposing Christ the Redeemer, with his arm opens offering faith and friendship to the people of Rio. One of the great icons of not just Rio de Janeiro but of all South America. We then then return passing through the Tijuca Forest, a tropical rainforest located within the city limits. Tonight, we finish our visit to the Brazilian capital with a breath-taking Samba spectacular, showcasing both Brazilian music and dance.

This morning you fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguaçu, home of the Iguazu Falls. This afternoon you will enjoy a guided visit of Brazil’s Iguazu National Park. Your journey will take you through the subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. After a short walk down into the canyon to offer you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the parks more than 240 waterfalls. You will then ascend in the glass elevator to the upper deck for incredible views of the Devil’s Throat, a 2700m (88860ft) wide fall that drops a total of 72m (236ft). After time to freshen up and enjoy the hotel facilities, you then enjoy a traditional Brazilian BBQ at one of Foz do Iguaçu’s most well-known restaurants.

This morning you cross the border into Argentina to visit the Argentina’s Iguazu National Park. Firstly, you will visit the upper falls, including the San Martin Falls and the Devil’s Throat, via a series of walkways that take right up to the base of the falls. Afterwards you will cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge with its incredible views of the Iguazu Canyon and into Argentina. You will then visit the upper walkway with its different perspective which allows a more intimate contact with the falls. Along the way you will walk through the subtropical rainforest filled with orchids, bromeliads and the many bird varieties in the park including the famed Toco Toucan. You will then return to your hotel where the rest of the afternoon and evening is set aside for you to enjoy Foz do Iguaçu.

This morning you board your flight to Buenos Aires. On your arrival at the airport, your local guide will be waiting to show you the highlights of the Argentinian capital. Your visit will include the Obelisk, towering about the 9 de Julio Ave., The Colon Theatre and the impressive French Embassy. Buenos Aires is well known for its traditional barrios or neighbourhoods and with your local guide you will visit, La Boco, Montserrat & San Telmo with its famed cemetery. You will then continue with a stroll through the elegant barrio of Recoleta and the trendy Palermo before visiting the Puerto Madero with its luxurious skyscrapers, yacht club and the Women’s Bridge.

This morning you head north to the town of Tigre and the Paraná River delta. A wonderful wetlands covered with lush vegetation and zig-zagging rivers where you will cruise along the Paraná river to admire the wonderful natural beauty of the area hopefully see some of the 200 species of birds that settle in the region.  Afterwards, you will return to Buenos Aires for a free afternoon. There is nothing like dancing the sultry tango in Buenos Aires, the city where it was born. This evening you will have dance lessons at the La Ventana Tango Club to learn some of the more well know moves before sitting down to a wonderful dinner and an unforgettable show highlights the tango dance, music and costumes.

Today you head out into the countryside where you will visit a traditional estancia, or Argentinian ranch. Located in San Antonio de Areco, the estancia is centered around an incredible farmhouse built in 1880 and built on over 300 hectares (740 acres). Whilst there you will learn about their famed gauchos, or cowboys including demonstrations of Doma India, horse whispering and tropilla, horse herding. If you want, you can then join them on a guided horseback or sulky (carriage) ride before sitting down to a traditional asado or BBQ. After lunch you have the chance to try some authentic mate, a South American herbal tea, along with pastelitos, traditional Argentinian sweet pies before returning to Buenos Aires for a free evening.

This morning you take the high speed ferry across the Rio de la Plata and onto the Uruguayan town of Sacramento de Colonia, regarded by many as the oldest settlement in the country. Once the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata, Colonia is today famed for its excellent restaurants, arts and craft shops, yacht harbour and its Barrio Historico, or Historic Quarter, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your local guide will show you the winding cobblestone streets, lined with colorful Portuguese colonial houses to visit the old fort, the old harbour and its lovely Rambla. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore this incredible town.

Today you visit the Bodega Bouza, a family owned winery located just outside Montevideo. Incredible scenery awaits as you will be given a tour of the vineyards, to see which grapes are used and why, before touring the winery itself to see how they create their wonderful wines. The owners are also avid collectors classic automobiles and you will be allowed to visit their garage browse their collection of classic cars. After your visit, you will then sit down to a wonderful lunch to try an assortment of locally prepared dishes all accompanied by the appropriate wine. After lunch you will then continue to your hotel in the trendy beachside district of Pocitos in Montevideo.

Your local guide will meet you at the hotel this morning to show you the most important sights of Montevideo. Your visit will begin with a visit to the beachside districts of Carrasco and Punta Gorda to enjoy views of the city’s wonderful coastline. You will then head downtown where you will visit Plaza Independencia, the city’s most important square, to see the Salvo Palace, the Solis Theatre as well as the Estévez Palace, the offices of the President of Uruguay. Afterwards you will walk through the Puerta de la Ciudadela, the old city gate, where to explore the Old Town including the Mercado del Puerto, the Port Market, one of the most important gastronomic destinations in the city. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the downtown or maybe visit one the city’s many museums.

This morning you board your flight to Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide who will introduce you to the Chilean capital. You will begin with a visit to Santa Lucia Hill where you visit the viewpoint for its incredible views over the city and across to the Andes Mountains before continuing to the Metropolitan Park, one of the largest Urban parks in the world. Afterwards you will visit Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s main square which is surrounded by many of the city’s historic buildings including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago which today houses the National Museum of Chile. You will then continue to the Moneda Palace, today the seat of the President of Chile, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. This evening you will enjoy a wonderful dinner accompanied by a selection of local Chilean wines.

Chile has become renown for the quality of their wines and this morning you depart your hotel for the vineyards of the Casablanca Valley located just outside Santiago. There you will be given a tour of the vineyard followed by a tasting of several of their wines. Afterwards your day will continue with a visit to Valparaiso the main port of Chile. Today Valparaiso is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its colourful houses that decorate the hillsides and give the city its unique appearance. There, your local guide will show you the city’s sights including the stunning street art that decorates the town. After some free time, you will return to Santiago for a free evening.

The morning is set aside to explore Santiago by yourself, perhaps visit one of the city’s many parks with many decorated with wonderful coffee shops or visit the bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood, for some of the best views over the city. This afternoon we visit Santiago’s two main markets: La Vega Central and the Mercado Central where you will buy the ingredients for your Farewell Dinner. Accompanied by a guide, you will explore the incredible variety of produce available before selecting the best products from our favourite stalls. You will then head to a private home where you will prepare a delicious Chilean meal using the fresh produce you selected earlier. No only a wonderful insight into Chilean gastronomy and culture but also incredible way to finish your South American experience with bwd vacations.

Your trip finishes this morning, bwd vacations offer complimentary transfers which will arrive at Arturo Merino International Airport at 06:00, 09:00 and 12:00

Highlights

Rio de Janeiro

  • Guided visits to Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, Tijuca Forest & Historical Rio
  • Samba Show with Dinner

Iguazu Falls

  • Guided visit of the Brazilian Iguazu National Park & Falls
  • Guided visit of the Argentinian Iguazu National Park & Falls
  • Brazilian BBQ dinner at Buffalo Branco

Buenos Aires

  • Guided visit of Buenos Aires
  • Guided visit of Tigre & the North Delta
  • Tango lessons at La Ventana
  • Tango Show with Dinner
  • Visit to el Ombu de Areco Estancia with Lunch

Colonia de Sacramento

  • Guided sightseeing of Colonia de Sacramento

Montevideo

  • Guided visit of the Bodega Bouza with wine tasting and Lunch
  • Guided visit of Montevideo

Santiago de Chile

  • Guided visit of Santiago de Chile
  • Guided visit of Valaparaiso
  • Wine tasting at Emiliana Vineyard
  • Cooking classes with a guided visit of the Mercado central

What's included

  • 14 nights accommodation in bwd vacations premium hotels
  • All internal flights and other transportation
  • All transfers
  • Audio headsets for improved sightseeing
  • 14 Buffet breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • All sightseeing entrances as per itinerary
  • Gratuities for local guides and local drivers
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Services of a professional Travel Director
  • All local taxes

What's not included

  • Gratuities for the Travel Director

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Departure day16 March, 2022
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