Dance to the rhythm of Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil

Uncover the many faces of South America on this tour through the heart of the continent. Travelling through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil you will soak up modern life in vibrant cities, chill out on remote tropical beaches, hike in stunning wilderness areas and see amazing natural wonders. Try amazing foods, dance to Latin beats and meet welcoming locals from buzzing Santiago, beautiful Buenos Aires and rambunctious Rio de Janeiro. With plenty of free time and a do-it-yourself approach, this adventure is the perfect way to see the very best of these five captivating countries.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Santiago, Chile
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
574kg pp per trip


  • Sip zesty Chilean wines in Santiago
  • Get an adrenaline fix in Pucon
  • Sample handmade chocolates in Bariloche
  • Learn the tango in Buenos Aires
  • Walk along cobblestone streets in Colonia
  • Experience ranch life on a Uruguayan estancia
  • Visit the magnificent Foz do Iguazu
  • Get down to the samba sound in Rio de Janeiro


Walk through Plaza de Armas, Santiago's historic centre and browse the colourful Central Market. Visit the Palacio de la Moneda, originally a colonial mint, which is now the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. In the afternoon, why not take an optional vineyard tour before boarding an overnight bus to Pucon.
Thrill seekers will get a kick out of Pucon's bundle of adventure activities. The town lies at the foot of smouldering Villarrica Volcano so perhaps opt to hike to the impressive crater. Otherwise, explore the black sand beaches, conquer whitewater rapids or hike pristine forest trails.
Enjoy the fine dining, artisan chocolate shops and quaint chalet-style wooden architecture of Bariloche. Skiing is the favoured past time of holiday makers in the winter months, with lots of swimming options in summer. There are also many hiking trails near Bariloche, which can be enjoyed year round.
Between its Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine, Buenos Aires is a joy to explore. Nibble on alfajores, wander San Telmo's cobblestone streets, talk football with Portenos in a cafe or get a history lesson at the quirky Museo Evita. The hippest spot in town is Palermo's Plaza Serrano so head out in the evenings to tango with the locals. There are so many awesome things to do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in!
Hop aboard a ferry across the tea-coloured Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. Stroll quirky narrow streets, dine at a riverside restaurant or admire the mix of sandstone architecture.
Travel to the vibrant city of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Tour through busy streets and perhaps visit the Mercado del Puerto to feast on sizzling plates of barbecued meat and listen to local music.
Enjoy a taste of the simple life on a traditional estancia (ranch) stay. Perhaps muck in with farm chores, herd sheep or work in the garden. At the end of each day, get together and share some hearty Uruguayan home cooking.
Jump at the chance to visit the most breathtaking of all Argentina attractions, the mighty Iguazu Falls. Cross narrow walkways and peer over the ledge to watch thousands of litres of water thundering into the Iguazu river. Spectacular views from either the Brazilian or Argentinean side makes a visit to Iguazu truly memorable.
Travel to Paraty to indulge in some R and R Brazilian style. Walk through cobblestone streets or explore the beaches, trails and waterfalls of nearby national parks.
With a unique blend of tropical beaches and steamy rainforest, Ilha Grande is one of the most superb places to visit in Brazil. On this island getaway, relax with a caipirinha or hike through the forests to discover Praia Lopes Mendes, one of Brazil's most beautiful beaches.
What better place to end a sensational Argentina and Brazil tour than rowdy Rio de Janeiro! Catch a local music show in Santa Teresa, relax in the lush Jardim Botanico or watch the sunset on Ipanema beach with a refreshing agua de coco (coconut water) in hand.
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8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Bus, Ferry, Overnight bus
Hacienda (3 nights), Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (16 nights), Overnight bus (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour


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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

For information about altitude sickness click here

Important notes

29 May 2012. Based on previous travellers and leaders feedback, the itinerary of this trip has changed from what it is advertised in the Intrepid Latin America 2012 brochure. We trust this amended itinerary will only enhance travellers experience of this region.

New Itinerary:

Days 1-2 Santiago
Days 3-5 Pucon
Days 6-7 San Martin de los Andes (Arg)
Days 8-10 Bariloche
Days 11-13 Buenos Aires
Days 14 onwards will continue to run as per original itinerary.

Previous Itinerary:

Days 1-2 Santiago
Days 3-4 Pucon
Days 5-7 Ancud
Days 8-10 Bariloche
Days 11-13 Buenos Aires

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