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Santiago to Rio via Ushuaia Overview
- 2012-01-01 - 2014-01-10
Embark on an epic adventure through Chile, Argentina and Brazil!
Explore some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet on this amazing Overland trip through three of South America's most dynamic countries. Starting in colourful Santiago, the journey continues to Bariloche, Argentina's adventure capital, before venturing south into the frozen wilds of Patagonia. Appreciate the beauty of nature while trekking through pristine wilderness. Experience the thrill of spotting exotic animals, gaze in awe at the towering cliffs of the Perito Moreno Glacier and discover the abundant flora and fauna of Brazil's jungles. Along the way, visit some of South America's most vibrant cities, meet friendly locals and savour spectacular views of breathtaking scenery. Get set for the experience of a lifetime on this epic 52-day adventure.
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Set within a circle of snow-capped mountains, Santiago is vibrant, artistic and gourmet - and the gateway to adventures in the snow, sea or desert.
With four beautiful waterfalls cascading from the river Laja, Salto del Laja is a celebrated summer holiday destination surrounded by forests and greenery.
With the spectacular Villarrica volcano bubbling away in the background, captivating Pucon is an adventure lover's paradise with outdoor activities galore in a gorgeous natural setting.
A city of immense natural beauty known for its great chocolate, Bariloche is fabulous for sports lovers and food connoisseurs in all its picturesque seasons.
The Old Patagonia Express and the Esquel meteorite are the claims to fame for Esquel, a small town surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery.
Running through the sunburnt Pinturas River Canyon, Rio Pinturas runs through Patagonia and is home to the Cueva de las Manos, a cave filled with pictures of prehistoric hands and animals.
Unpredictable currents and winds, combined with the narrowness of the passage, has made the Straits of Magellan a beautiful yet precarious route for many ships over the centuries.
A picturesque town at the end of the world, Ushuaia is the launching pad for many Antarctica trips and is also excellent for hiking and mountain-based activities.
Around 570 km long, the Straits of Magellan became part of Chile in 1843 and was once the main ship route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
Seated on the shores of a beautiful lake, Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park and a great place to catch up with fellow hikers for a pre or post trek meal in one of the many quaint local restaurants.
Located in the wilds of Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is one of the world's most beautiful landscapes with glaciers, lakes and dramatic mountain peaks.
Surrounded by snowy-mountain peaks and endless grass plains, El Calafate is famed for its proximity to the Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the few advancing glaciers in the world, Perito Moreno Glacier is a glorious, electric-blue mass of ice that occasionally breaks dramatically into Lago Argentino. Originally a place for wool traders to gather, El Calafate has grown into a charming town with lots of restaurants and outdoor activities on offer.
The small village of El Chalten, nestled between picturesque mountains within Glacier National Park, is mainly a campsite for visitors, albeit a spectacular one. Los Glaciares National Park is resplendent with its 47 glaciers, soaring mountains perfect for climbing, inviting grassy plains and lakes of the deepest blue.
A nature lover's paradise with amazing penguin colonies and an abundance of animal species and marine life, sleepy Camarones is a lovely place to relax oceanside .
Puerto Madryn is a popular beachfront city with Welsh roots and is close to the Valdez Peninsula, a protected wildlife sanctuary.
Travel up the coast of Argentina, enjoying sea views and the small towns that are dotted along the way. Camp overnight.
Cosmopolitan, cultured and chic, Buenos Aires has European sensibilities with a fiery Latin heart. Discover colonial architecture, funky neighbourhoods, exceptional cuisine and a thriving nightlife.
Sitting on the Uruguay River opposite the Uruguayan city of Salto, Concordia is Argentina's centre of citrus growing and a peaceful place to relax waterside.
Founded in 1632 and now well-preserved ruins, San Ignacio Mini is an old Jesuit mission that was destroyed in 1817 and rediscovered amongst the jungle the late 1800s.
An Argentinean town close to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu is a relaxed, friendly place to rest after a day enjoying the splendour of the falls.
Beautiful by name, beautiful by nature, Bonito is a small town set amongst a gorgeous landscape of emerald jungle and glassy, blue rivers simply teeming with life.
The Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world and is home to thousands of species of animals and plants, and its 210,00 sq km spreads through Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia.
A tiny place that has a big name for eco-tourism, Brotas offers hiking, kayaking, rafting and other sports in a pristine jungle environment.
Step back in time in gorgeous Paraty, where Portuguese colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and horse and cart are set against a verdant backdrop of misty hills.
Bigger than life and beautiful to boot, Rio de Janeiro sits resplendent among mountains, rainforest and sea, and emits an energy that is irresistible to everyone who visits.
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