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Chile Argentina & Brazil Trip Notes
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2013
Chile Argentina & Brazil
Trip code: GPKRC
Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
Table of Contents
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|Itinerary||Accommodation||Alternate Finish point|
|Also available to purchase||Meals|
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- Comfort is your style of travel if you want the whole grassroots experience with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. While accommodation is predominantly tourist class (3-4 star), on some itineraries there is the opportunity to stay with a local family, spend the night on a train or camp out in exotic places (without putting up your own tent of course). Along the way, you'll really experience the destination up close. You'll mingle with locals, enjoy a taste of their way of life and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel, but real world experiences - just with a softer landing!
Days 1-2 Santiago
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Chile.An arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel is included in your tour. This complimentary transfers is only applicable on Day 1 of your Intrepid trip or if pre tour accommodation is booked through Intrepid (please advise flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure if you wish to have this transfer provided).You can arrive at any time on Day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting tonight. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. After the group meeting there is the option of joining the group for dinner.Although Santiago covers a large area, the city centre is quite compact and easy to get around. Its centre is roughly triangular in shape and in its heart is the Plaza de Armas, the chief plaza and the cathedral. Panning out from here are wall-to-wall shops, restaurants and parks. For a more serene look at Chilean life, head out to the barrio Bella Vista, Santiago's 'Paris Quarter' or take a cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal. If the weather permits, you'll have impressive views over the city and the peaks of the Andes.You have a free day to continue exploring Santiago or perhaps take an optional trip to Valparaiso, by the Pacific coast.In Santiago our centrally located hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is situated in close proximity to downtown attractions. Rooms have air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.
- Complimentary airport arrival transfer
- Pisco distillery tour - USD15
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 3-4 Mendoza
Travel across the Andes by local bus (6-7 hours). On a clear day you may be able to spot Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America at 6,962 meters above sea level. Please note the time spent at the actual border crossing may take anything between 1 to 3 hours depending on local traffic. Please make sure you have snacks and water for today and note that fresh fruit and deli products (cheese, ham, etc) have to be consumed before crossing to Argentina or disposed off at the border.Once in Mendoza there is no better way to spend the afternoon than going for a gentle stroll around Mendoza's tree lined streets. Choose a cafe along Sarmiento pedestrian street and watch life pass by sipping a coffee. The city centre is beautifully landscaped and full of trees, squares and parks.On our free day here you will take an included winery tour. Mendoza is Argentina's most important grape growing region, producing 70% of the country's wine. Its exceptional climate produces excellent grapes, the region's signature variety is the Malbec. At night head out to Aristides Villanueva Street which has lately become on the starting point of Mendoza's night life. Tonight why not try the most popular drink in town: Fernet with Coke, a bitter (very) alcoholic cocktail.In Mendoza we stay in a centrally located hotel.
- Mendoza - Winery tour
- Chairlifts (seasonal) - ARS200
- Ski or snowboard rental (seasonal) - ARS100
- Spa at winery - ARS250
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 5-6 Buenos Aires estancia stay
Today we fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires (approx. 1.5hrs). Upon arrival we transfer to a minivan for a 2hr drive to our Estancia stay in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.During your time on the Estancia you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities may also vary depending on the day. You could work with the cattle (including branding, vaccinating etc), participate in a cattle auction or visit the local town, visit a cheese factory, play volleyball, soccer etc. Alternatively you could laze by the pool and read or have a barbecue.All meals at the estancia are included.
Farmstay (2 nts)
Days 7-9 Buenos Aires
Today we fly to Buenos Aires, perhaps South America's ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style.The following day your leader will take you on an orientation walk, perhaps visiting San Telmo and its weekend antiques market and artists' displays, La Boca home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors, Recoleta or the Casa Rosada (Pink House) among other attractions. In Buenos Aires we stay in a centrally located 3 star standard hotel.
- Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour
- Tango show - ARS540
- Coastal train - USD10
- Tigre - USD40
- Polo day - USD175
- Football game - ARS500
Hotel (3 nts)
Days 10-11 Iguazu Falls
Fly to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, our gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls. The next two day we will visit both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the Iguazu falls.Legend has it that a serpent god intended to marry a beautiful girl called Naipi. She escaped in a canoe with her mortal lover Caroba and in a jealous rage the god chased them, collapsing the river before them so that Naipi plunged over the falls to become a rock, while Caroba became a tree, forever unable to touch his love. A more scientific explanation is that the Rio Iguazu flows over a riverbed of basalt that ends where the lava cooled, leaving the water to fall. The falls were 'discovered' in the modern day by the Spaniard Juan Alvar Nunez, who named them Saltos de Santa Maria. The name we know them by today means 'Great Waters' in the Tupi-Guarani tongue.At over 2 km (6 miles) long the falls are a series of cataracts. There are 275 falls in all, and with some reaching up to 80 m in height, they are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara. For two different perspectives of the falls, we see them from the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. The Brazilian side offer grand panoramas while the Argentinean side is equipped with boardwalks that get so close to the thundering waters we are almost able to touch them. For a more adrenaline pumping falls experience, see them from below on a zodiac boat or take a helicopter ride, right over the top.
While in Iguazu our leader will take us on a visit to one of the few remaining Guarani communities - original inhabitants of this region.
- Iguazu Fall Argentinian side entrance fee
- Iguazu Falls - Brazilian side visit
- Guarani community visit
- Bird Park - BRL25
- Great Adventure (boat ride and jungle trip) - ARS310
- Helicopter ride (min 3 people) - USD110
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 12-14 Rio de Janeiro
Today we fly to Rio de Janeiro.
In Rio we are joined by a local guide for a tour of this marvelous city. Kick off with a birds-eye-view of the city at the base of the Statue of Christ. This enormous white statue keeps constant watch over Rio, offering sweeping 360 degree views of the city’s natural wonders: beaches, lagoons, forests, bays and mountains that seem to rise from the ocean.Next, it’s time to trade in this tourist icon for something less visited, and step into a favela. Accompanied by our local guide we stroll the narrow alleys, meet some of the locals, learn about local life and dispel some of the myths about these vibrant communities.
The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. In this heaving metropolis, set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado, it's hard not to be caught up in the Cariocas' (residents) passion. The French were the first to settle here as they logged wood along the Brazilian coast, but they were soon driven out by the Portuguese, who built a fortified town, naming it Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and quickly amassed wealth in the gold rush of Minas Gerais. In the 19th century, the Portuguese monarchy fled from the threat of Napoleon in Europe to Rio where they built grand buildings, still in existence today. These days Rio is known best for its contrasting images of favelas (shanty towns) and the glitz and glamour of Carnaval. Rio is deservedly famous for its live music scene, which encompasses myriad styles such as samba, jazz, bossa nova, hip hop, reggae, rock and many other fusions of regional styles. The neighbourhood of Lapa offers great dance halls where you can join locals in doing some serious dancing - or just soak up the vibe.For some seriously eye-popping people watching, head down to the white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema - skimpy bathing suits optional.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
- Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado/Christ Redeemer visit
- Carnaval rehearsal (only available from June to Carnaval) - BRL80
- Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD30
- Samba show - BRL200
- Sugar loaf cable car - BRL44
- Favela tour - BRL75
Hotel (2 nts)
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
- Chile Argentina & Brazil - Single Supplement (PSCA)
Culture shock rating
At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
Hotel (11 nts), Farmstay (2 nts)
13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Bus, Plane, Minibus, Boat
Alternate Joining point
For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
05 Jan 2014 (GPKRC1401052), 12 Jan 2014 (GPKRC1401122), 26 Jan 2014 (GPKRC1401262), 09 Feb 2014 (GPKRC1402092), 14 Feb 2014 (GPKRC140214), 02 Mar 2014 (GPKRC1403022), 17 Mar 2014 (GPKRC1403152), 30 Mar 2014 (GPKRC1403302), 12 Apr 2014 (GPKRC140412), 27 Apr 2014 (GPKRC1404272), 03 May 2014 (GPKRC140503), 11 May 2014 (GPKRC1405112), 26 Jul 2014 (GPKRC140726), 02 Aug 2014 (GPKRC140802), 23 Aug 2014 (GPKRC140823), 01 Sep 2014 (GPKRC140830), 14 Sep 2014 (GPKRC140914), 27 Sep 2014 (GPKRC140927), 12 Oct 2014 (GPKRC141012), 25 Oct 2014 (GPKRC141025), 09 Nov 2014 (GPKRC141109), 22 Nov 2014 (GPKRC141122), 07 Dec 2014 (GPKRC141207), 13 Dec 2014 (GPKRC141213), 10 Jan 2015 (GPKRC150110), 25 Jan 2015 (GPKRC150125), 14 Feb 2015 (GPKRC150214), 01 Mar 2015 (GPKRC150301), 21 Mar 2015 (GPKRC150321), 05 Apr 2015 (GPKRC150405), 18 Apr 2015 (GPKRC150418), 26 Apr 2015 (GPKRC150426), 16 May 2015 (GPKRC150516), 31 May 2015 (GPKRC150531), 20 Jun 2015 (GPKRC150620), 28 Jun 2015 (GPKRC150628), 18 Jul 2015 (GPKRC150718), 02 Aug 2015 (GPKRC150802), 15 Aug 2015 (GPKRC150815), 30 Aug 2015 (GPKRC150830), 19 Sep 2015 (GPKRC150919), 04 Oct 2015 (GPKRC151004), 17 Oct 2015 (GPKRC151017), 01 Nov 2015 (GPKRC151101), 14 Nov 2015 (GPKRC151114), 29 Nov 2015 (GPKRC151129), 19 Dec 2015 (GPKRC151219)
Gen Suites Hotel
Av. Portugal 415
Hotel Atlantis Copacabana
61 Rua Bulhoes de Carvalho
Rio de Janeiro
Phone: +55 2125211142
Alternate Finish point
For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
05 Jan 2014 (GPKRC1401052), 12 Jan 2014 (GPKRC1401122), 09 Feb 2014 (GPKRC1402092), 14 Feb 2014 (GPKRC140214)
Mirador Rio Hotel
Rua Tonelero, 338
Rio de Janeiro
Phone: +55 (21) 3816 9999