Chile, Argentina & Brazil

16-Day Glorious South America Tour

The incredible sights of South America await on this once-in-a-lifetime 16-day tour, taking you to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and to the magnificent glaciers of Patagonia. Set off on a remarkable journey through natural and man-made wonders, discover the vibrant capital city of Chile, Santiago, admire the dramatic landscapes of the world-famous Tierra del Fuego and the UNESCO World Heritage glacier of Perito Moreno, see Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer, behold one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world at Iguazu Falls, enjoy an authentic Argentine tango lesson in Buenos Aires and so much more on this extraordinary 16-day tour. Includes four internal flights, 15 nights of premium accommodation, daily breakfast, four lunches and six dinners, plus private transportation throughout the tour.

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Tick South America and the spectacular glaciers of Patagonia off your bucket list, as this tour will take you to the most sought-after cities and sights of South America for 16 action-packed days. Soak up the breathtaking scenery as you travel from Chile through to Brazil, stopping along the way to admire impressive natural wonders and Unesco World Heritage sites. Enjoy authentic experiences such as an Argentine tango lesson with professional dancers, visit the "Paris of South America" - Buenos Aires, and stand before the legendary statue of Chirst the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, as you embrace the vibrant culture of this magnificent part of the world.

The Experiences – From cultural treasures to jaw-dropping nature, this truly is the tour of a lifetime!

Begin your South American adventure in the land of extremes, Chile. From the driest desert on earth to the vast southern glacial fields, this country has it all. Your first days will be spent visiting the lively capital city, Santiago: discover the colonial neighborhoods with their distinctive flair and tone, visit museums, admire grand architecture and venture to the top of San Cristobal Hill, where incredible views of the city and the Andes await you.

A quick internal flight will take you to the southernmost tip of Chile, Punta Arenas, where your trip around striking Patagonia begins. Retrace the steps of Magellan, the first European explorer to reach Tierra del Fuego - travelling to the Strait of Magellan, one of the world's busiest navigation routes and the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Set sail on the waters of the Ultima Esperanza Fjord and be amazed by the outstanding natural beauty surrounding you: admire the thousand-year-old Balmaceda and the Serrano glaciers, some of the biggest glaciers in the region.

Spend a full day exploring the breathtaking national park of Torres del Paine, part of Unesco's Biosphere Reserve system since 1978. Rising almost vertically above the Patagonian steppe, the granite mountains of Torres del Paine dominate the landscape of South America's finest national park, where you will be able to admire unparalleled nature and native animals like guanacos and Andean condors, together with azure lakes, emerald forests, thundering waterfalls and roaring rivers.

Journey to the unforgettable Perito Moreno Glacier. Known as the centerpiece of Los Glaciares National Park - an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site in Argentine Patagonia - Perito Moreno is the largest ice cap outside Antarctica and Greenland, measuring an impressive 30km in length, 5km in width and 60m in height. Walk along the steel catwalks (almost 4000m total) and get as close as you can possibly get to see, hear and photograph the glacier.

After being fully immersed in nature, enjoy a change of pace as you explore the sights and culture of the Argentine city of Buenos Aires – nicknamed the ‘Paris of South America’ for its European flavour: wide boulevards, elegant architecture, palaces and parks. Take a tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral, the colourful La Boca neighbourhood and let loose your passionate side with a traditional tango lesson taught by professional dancers.

Fly to Iguazu to see the breathtakingly beautiful Iguazu Falls, deemed by UNESCO to be ‘one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world’. Behold the thundering waters of the Devil’s Throat, explore the treasures of this stunning national park and pay a visit to the Brazilian side of these immense falls, Iguassu.

Last stop on this extraordinary journey of South America is the sun and fun of Brazil, with golden beaches, lush mountains, samba music and spectacular views, it's the playful Rio De Janeiro. When in Rio, you will ascend the scenic cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill to see the world-famous and iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, declared one of the new seven wonders of the world. From this incredible vantage point, admire 360-degree views of the city and captivating beaches. Walk the powdery-white sands of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches like a 'carioca' (a resident of Rio) and soak up the dazzling beauty and incredible energy of this city.

Your package includes

  • Four internal flights during the tour – Santiago-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Iguazu, Iguassu-Rio de Janeiro
  • 15 nights of premium accommodation in prime locations, including two nights in Santiago, one night in Punta Arenas, one night in Puerto Natales, two nights in Torres del Paine, three nights at El Calafate, two nights in Buenos Aires, two nights in Iguazu and two nights in Rio De Janeiro
  • 25 meals across the duration of the tour, including daily breakfast, four lunches and six dinners
  • An authentic Argentine tango lesson with professional dancers
  • Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary
  • Private transportation in a modern, air-conditioned coach
  • The services of an English-speaking tour guide
  • English-speaking local guides in all major cities
  • Hotel porterage
  • Tips and gratuities

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

Low season:

20 September 2018

4 October 2018

18 October 2018

High season:

6 December 2018

13 December 2018

27 December 2018

Important: Please allow time for travelling from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Chile on your chosen tour date.

Arrival: Airport transfers in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro are not included, but can be pre-booked and purchased from the tour operator for an additional charge.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged eight years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, you must pay a single traveller surcharge of AU$950 for departures in low season and AU$1180 for departures in high season, payable directly to the tour operator.

Please note this tour is not suitable for children under eight years of age.

The maximum capacity on this tour is 35 people.

Instant Booking: To confirm your dates of stay at purchase, select 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates.

Can I change my check in date post purchase: Once you have purchased your package and received confirmation your dates cannot be changed without contacting the tour operator directly. This decision is strictly at the discretion of the tour operator and subject to availability, so please ensure you have selected your intended travel dates.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults and one child (subject to availability). See the ‘Child Policy' for more details.

Child Policy: One child aged from eight to twelve years may stay in the same room as two adults (subject to the availability of a triple room or a rollaway bed). Please note a full price twin-share package must be purchased.

Room configuration is one double or twin-single beds.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

Entry fees and departure taxes are required as follows: Chile requires a reciprocity fee of US$117 (approx. AU$155) payable by credit card or cash upon entry to the country.

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour operator.

The following optional tours are available to purchase directly with the tour operator:

Half-day Undurraga Winery tour & tasting AU$89 per person

Half-day Sugar Loaf Mountain AU$68 per person

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Tipping and gratuities are included in your package.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this accommodation package.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorized scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.

Strictly no refunds for this accommodation package for amendments and change of date - fees are at the tour operator’s discretion/policy.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights are not included with this accommodation package.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on the tour operator’s published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer LuxuryEscapes.com/terms

DAY 1- SANTIAGO

Arrive in the energetic capital city of Santiago and make your own way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, you will meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a briefing on the journey that awaits you, followed by a welcome drink and dinner together.

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza San Francisco, Santiago

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 - Santiago City Tour

This morning city tour takes you through the colonial neighborhoods of the city that contrast with the modern financial center, known as Sanhattan. Pass by beautiful residences that are part of the Barrio Universitario (University Area). In the historical center visit the lively Plaza de Armas, with its fountains, sculptures. The tour continues with a drive along the green Parque Forestal with its stunning Fine Arts Museum. Continue crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and climbing up San Cristóbal Hill to a viewpoint, for magnificent panoramic views of the city and the towering Andes Mountains backdrop. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the Undurraga Winery in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most important wine producing areas. Taste some of Chile's world-famous wines during the tour before returning to Santiago.

Optional: Half Day Undurraga Winery Tour & Tasting (PM)

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza San Francisco, Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Fly to Punta Arenas Today, fly to Punta Arenas, the Southernmost tip of Chile, jumping-off point to the rugged landscape of Patagonia. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, dinner together in Punta Arenas

Accommodation: Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4- Strait of Magellan, Puerto Natales

Start the day with a visit to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint, admire magnificent vistas of the Strait of Magellan and the island of Tierra del Fuego. Walk to the Plaza Muñoz Gamero with its beautiful display of conifers accented by opulent mansions, and the nearby monument that commemorates the 400th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage. Visit the Magallanes Regional Museum and see how Punta Arenas evolved through the years. In the northern part of the city, stop at the Monument to the Shepherd, Croat Monument, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery Square before embarking on the next leg of your trip. Travel to the mythical Strait of Magellan, one of the busiest navigation routes in the world, used by valiant explorers such as Drake, Magellan, Fitzroy and Darwin among others. Then, continue north and drive on an unpaved road through the Patagonian steppe with sleepy sheep farms and native flora and fauna such as Upland geese, Andean condors, Kelp gulls, and Eagles. Stop at Nao Victoria Museum named after the only ship in Ferdinand Magellan's fleet of five to complete the circumnavigation of the globe. The museum offers an interactive experience teaching visitors of the historic significance, discovery, and colonization of the area. See accurate replicas of the ships used by the great explorers as well as copies of hardware, sailing rigs, clothing, and weapons of the era. Continue to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Accommodation: Cabo de Hornos Hotel or Hotel Deams del Estrecho

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers

Get ready for an extraordinary day! Your trip begins in the port of Puerto Natales. Board a boat and sail through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord. The flora is dominated by different species of beech trees, Calafate, Chilco and Canelo among others. On the way, view cormorants, a colony of sea lions and the building that belonged to “Frigorifico Bories”, one of the largest meat packing plants in Patagonia. Catch a glimpse of the astonishing thousand-year-old Balmaceda Glacier. In Puerto Toro, disembark and walk through a native forest towards the impressive Serrano Glacier. After your hike, relax and enjoy lunch before you take the zodiacs to start the trip up the Serrano River. During this excursion, observe panoramic views of Tyndall Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Southern Patagonia. Then continue to your hotel in Torres del Paine. For Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20, & Dec 27 departures, dinner will be provided at the hotel on days 5 and 6

Accommodation: Hotel las Torres or Hotel Rio Serrano

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6- Full Day Expedition to Torres del Paine

Spend the day in Torres del Paine National Park declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. With its soaring granite pillars dominating the landscape, it is surely one of the most unspoiled and impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. Stand in awe at this unparalleled landscape with its jagged peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, thundering waterfalls and roaring rivers. Embark on a hike, starting from Guardería Grey, that takes you across hanging bridges into the dark Patagonian forest before arriving at Lago Grey beach. View the electric blue icebergs broken off of Glacier Grey, a gigantic three-mile wide wall of ice. After lunch, on to Lake Pehoé with its vibrant turquoise color, situated nearby Pudeto Dock. After a short hike, marvel at the magnificent views of Lake Nordenskjol plummeting into the famous Salto Grande waterfall. You will also encounter the famous Paine Horn, Los Cuernos, an outcropping of granite peaks which is part of the Paine Massif. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and spend the evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel las Torres or Hotel Rio Serrano **For Mar 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20, & Dec 27 departures, dinner will be provided at the hotel on days 5 and 6

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 - Explore Torres del Paine, Travel to El Calafate

Depart this morning for Torres del Paine to further explore this breathtaking national park that is surrounded by imposing snow-capped mountain peaks. Guanacos, a type of llama, can be seen wandering around on the Patagonian plains, as well as rheas, sheep, foxes, eagles, condors and other wildlife. View Lake Sarmiento the largest lake in the park and also the only lake that is not glacier fed. Continue towards the northeast area of the park and admire Amarga Lagoon located just outside the park. The water of the lake is a lush green color and contains algae and plankton. Spot large flocks of flamingos that gather here in search of food throughout the Patagonian summer. Afterward, head to El Calafate, a small city named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees that you’ll return one day to Patagonia. Get acquainted with the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the great Perito Moreno Glacier.

Accommodation: Kosten Aike Hotel, El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8 - Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park

A day you have been waiting for! Journey to the unforgettable Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park, created in 1937, is the largest ice cap outside of Antarctica and Greenland with an ice field that controls the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. Observe the glacier's massive ice wall, almost three miles wide and over 240 feet high above the lake's surface, from a cliffside promenade that overlooks the constantly shifting ice. Perito Moreno is legendary for its dynamic changes, which produces a cyclic phenomenon of movement forward and backward, along with spectacular ice falls from its front walls. The easy access to this site has crowned Perito Moreno as one of the most visited glaciers in the entire world. Tonight is at leisure in El Calafate.

Accommodation: Kosten Aike Hotel, El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 - Full Day Boat Excursion to Glaciers National Park

At the pier, board a boat that will take you on an extraordinary excursion to view some of the world’s most spectacular glaciers. Sail across the North Arm of Lago Argentino to reach the Upsala Channel, with sightings of the huge Barrier Iceberg and Upsala Glacier, South America’s longest glacier. The voyage continues in-between spectacular icebergs of immense sizes and varied formations. After a box lunch on board, the boat reaches the icy monument of the Spegazzini Glacier, highest among all of the glaciers in the national park. You’ll be dazzled by blue ice floes that drift in the freezing waters to create astonishing images with changing hues. This afternoon return to the port of Punta Bandera and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in El Calafate

Accommodation: Kosten Aike Hotel, El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 - Fly to Buenos Aires

Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent as you arrive in this 19th century “Paris of South America” with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a very distinct European flavor. Tonight, be sure to treat yourself to a fabulous Argentine beef dinner at one of the city’s many superb steak restaurants.

Accommodation: Panamericano Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show

Discover the city's highlights on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, artists' lofts and trendy cafes. At the Recoleta Cemetery, view the resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds cover over four city blocks, with more than 6,400 handcrafted mausoleums, including the legendary tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always decorated with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring on your own before the afternoon tango lesson with professional Argentine dancers. Tonight, experience a very impressive Tango Show along with dinner in downtown Buenos Aires.

Accommodation: Panamericano Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 - Fly to Iguazu Falls

Depart Buenos Aires and fly to Iguazu on the Argentine side of the Falls. Time to settle in at the hotel before tonight’s dinner

Accommodation: Amerian Portal del Iguazu

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 - The Argentinian Falls, Upper and Lower Circuit, Devil’s Throat

A railway car transports you to the Upper Circuit of the Falls.* As you walk to the Lower Circuit, the enormous power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil's Gorge - stand in awe as you gaze at spectacular "Devil's Throat" the most magnificent of all of the cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature's most impressive achievements, a unique experience for your senses. The rest of the day is devoted to exploring the treasures of Iguazu National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna

*Please be advised that in order to access the falls, you are required to walk over uneven surfaces, followed by a series of narrow boardwalk paths.The paths feature many sets of stairs and can be slippery due to the mist.

Accommodation: Amerian Portal del Iguazu

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 - Iguassu, The Brazilian Falls, Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Today visit the Brazilian side of the majestic Falls, walking along the winding pathways of one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. The unforgettable panoramic views will be a memory that lasts forever. Later, depart Iguassu on a flight to Rio, the vivacious “sun and fun” capital of South America

Accommodation: Windsor Excelsior Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 - Rio de Janeiro and Tour of Corcovado Mountain

Awake this morning in remarkable Rio de Janeiro. Start the day with an ascent by a cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands the astonishing 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue that embraces the entire city is designated as one of the seven "New Wonders of the World". At the peak, see wondrous sweeping views of the city and beaches; you’ll understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the afternoon, join the optional not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain,* symbol of the city, where you'll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay

Sugar Loaf Mountain and Urca Hill will be inaccessible from Apr 6 - 11, May 21 - 25, and Oct 3 - 4. Ascent by cable car to Urca Hill will be available for May 7 - 11 and Sep 19 - 20

Optional: Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain

Accommodation: Windsor Excelsior Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16 - Depart Brazil

Make your own way to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

This itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions, safety, and the decision of the local guides/captain of the boat.

The tour begins in Santiago and ends in Rio de Janeiro and your international flights are not included in your package.

Flights to Santiago from Australia will typically take a minimum of two stops and approximately 16 hours, departing from most major cities with Qantas, United and various other airlines.

Direct Flights (departing Australia only): Booking your flight with us is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your travel dates with the hotel, then head to our new online booking page to book your flights here.

Multi-Stop Trips (departing Australia only): If you require a stopover en route or are travelling to multiple destinations, simply call 1300 88 99 00.

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