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Uncover the many faces of South America on a tour through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Cities, beaches and waterfalls - this trip has it all.

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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.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Santiago, Chile
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hacienda (3 nts), Hostel (4 nts), Hotel (16 nts), Overnight bus (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Ferry, Overnight bus
  • Included activities:

    Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    574kg pp per trip
  • 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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Days 1-2 Santiago

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.

Days 3-5 Pucon

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.

Days 8-10 Bariloche

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.

Days 11-13 Buenos Aires

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.

Day 14 Colonia

Facing Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata, Colonia del Sacramento has a beautiful Old City with cobblestone streets, charming buildings and a wonderful nightlife.

Day 15 Montevideo

Spread out along the Bay of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital has an eclectic array of architecture, good beaches and a rich cultural heritage.

Days 16-19 Estancia Stay

Experience life on a working estancia in the heart of Uruguay's farming country. Things are simple down on the ranch but you're guaranteed a warm Uruguayan welcome from our hosts.

Days 20-22 Foz do Iguazu

Foz do Iguazu is a largish city famed for being at the doorstep - along with Argentina and Paraguay - of the incredible Iguazu Falls.

Days 23-24 Paraty

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.

Days 25-27 Ilha Grande

Relax among the spoils of paradise on Ilha Grande, a gorgeous tropical island that has little development, no cars and pristine rainforest and beaches.

Days 28-29 Rio de Janeiro

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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