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Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile - 17 Days


Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile - 17 Days

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrive in wonderful Rio. Airport pick-up and check-in at your accommodation.

Day 2: Big Dude Rio de Janeiro (Full Day Tour)

Get all of Rio de Janeiro's best sights packed in just one day. There is no way you visit Rio without it leaving a mark! Whether you love the lush green vegetation or the warm beaches. Whether you are impressed by the high Morros or by the pzazz of the Scolas de Samba. Rio de Janeiro has a special identity so find your favourite spot in this amazing city, Cidade Maravilhosa!

09:00-10:00 Pick-up by mini-bus
11:00 Stop at São Conrado to watch the hang gliders land on the beach
11:30 Stop at Tijuca Forest for a walk around the park to experience a real rainforest
12:15 Drive through the Tijuca Forest towards Christ the Redeemer
12:40 Stop at the Christ Statue for a visit to the top (ticket included)
14:15 Drive to Santa Teresa for a lunch break (not included), followed by a walk around the neighbourhood
15:30 Drive to Lapa for a visit to the colorful steps Escadaria Selaron, made famous by Snoop Dog in his music video 'Beautiful'
16:30 Drive back to your accommodatio or alternatively the option of a drop-off at Sugarloaf

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Free day to chill out, visit the beach and/or feel the rhythms at a Balada (night club).

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro - Puerto Iguazu

Breakfast and check-out. Spend the day exploring the city on your own, and in the evening make your own way to the Rio de Janeiro bus station to catch the night bus to Puerto Iguazú.

Day 5: Puerto Iguazu

Arrival in Puerto Iguazu around noon and transfer from the bus station to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free for you to explore your new surroundings.

Day 6: Iguazú Falls (Full Day Tour)

This full day excursion will take you to visit the Argentine side of the Iguazú National Park. The area preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicolored butterflies, birds and mammals, all of them part of the rich local flora and fauna. The park was declared Natural World Heritage in 1984, due to its scenic beauty and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle. The famous falls are in the heart of this park.

You will start the visit at the local museum and continue the tour along the lower trail, from where you can see the Two Sisters Falls, the Bossetti Fall, the Hidden Fall, a panoramic view of San Martin island and the Union Fall. Later you will walk the upper trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic San Martin Fall from where you have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls. Finally, you go with the Train of the Jungle up to Devil's Throat station. From there, after 1,000 meters' walk along the catwalks, you will reach the spectacular Devil's Throat, where the Iguazu river expresses itself with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows. Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation are included.

Day 7: Iguazú Falls (Half Day Tour)

Your guide will take you on a half day tour to visit the wonderful Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Argentine side. You will get close to Floriano, Deodoro and Benjamin waterfalls and the walkways lead you also to Santa Maria Falls. Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation are included.

Day 8: Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires

Breakfast and check-out at 11:00. Transfer to the Puerto Iguazu bus btation to catch the overnight bus to Buenos Aires.

Day 9: Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, find your own way from Retiro bus station to your accommodation. Spend the day as you like in this buzzing city.

Day 10: Buenos Aires City Tour

On this 3-hour city tour you will discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires city viewing the National Congress, The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in May Square area among other important buildings. You will catch a glimpse of the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America and San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. There is an important stop at the colorful neighbourhood of La Boca, originally inhabited by immigrants - mainly Italians - and now home to some artists. Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found.

Alternatively you can explore Buenos Aires by bike. If you want a more active tour to discover the corners of Buenos Aires with a small group and pedal your way along the city streets, the bike tour is the perfect choice for you.

City Tour: Pick-up from your accommodation, drop-off downtown
Bike Tour: Make your own way to Pasaje Giuffra 308, San Telmo.

Day 11: Buenos Aires & Tango Show

The day is free for you to enjoy the city. In the evening at 20:00 you're picked up from your accommodation for a tango show including dinner. In the very heart of Puerto Madero, the newest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, this show represents the best of the Porteño culture. A tango show is a trip to older and passionate times. Professional artists will show you their best art, singing songs and dancing typical pieces. The show consists of several parts in which you can appreciate a live tango orchestra, dancers and singers. Includes return transfers, a welcome drink, dinner (starter, main course and dessert), wine or soft drinks and of course, a beautiful tango show.

Day 12: Buenos Aires - Mendoza

Breakfast and check-out at 11:00. In the evening, make your own way to Retiro bus station to catch the night bus to Mendoza.

Day 13: Mendoza & Half Day Winery Tour

Upon arrival in Mendoza, make your own way to your accommodation. In the afternoon you're picked up to go on a winery tour that runs among vineyards in the areas of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. You will experience the work culture brought by European immigrants, using irrigation techniques (canals and ditches) inherited from the former Huarpes original people. They managed to change a vast desert into a productive river oasis. This is the scene of the settlement of prestigious wineries, which represent Argentine wines in the world with high quality wines.

You will visit two wineries, one with traditional organic methods and the other that uses the latest available technology. Guided by professionals in wine making, you will learn about the vinification methods and processes, bottling and labelling of wines, and at the end of the tour you will get to taste the different grapes that the wineries offer.

Day 14: Rafting on Mendoza River

Be ready to be picked by 09:30 up for an exciting rafting adventure along a 12 km route on the Mendoza River. The rafting takes place in Potrerillos, a village located 60 km south west from Mendoza city, in heart of the Precordillera, the range before the High Mountains. The landscape varies between 5000 meters of snowy peaks, desert and colourful rocks.

Rafting is one of the most important adventure sports in Mendoza. It is not necessary to have previous experience, the rafts can hold 6 people plus 1 guide who will provide all the necessary security information and a mini course to handle the boat. Rapids are grade III. The base of operations is located on the banks of the river and has locker rooms, showers and two pools among other things, so it is a great place to spend a beautiful day on the mountains besides the rafting activity. Bring some extra clothes and a pair of shoes to change to after the rafting. A wetsuit is provided, but whatever you decide to wear underneath the wetsuit is going to get wet. Also bring a towel, sun protection (hat, sun block), water and food (or money to buy some), swimming suit (to dip into the pools at the base) and warm clothes for after rafting. We'll get you back to town around 17:00.

Note: As rafting depends on the weather conditions, this activity can be replaced by horseback riding with Asado or Alta Montana (Aconcagua valley day trip).

Day 15: Mendoza - Santiago de Chile

Make your own way to Mendoza bus station to catch a morning bus to Santiago that allows you to enjoy one of the most beautiful scenic roads in west Argentina. It is a day bus so try to catch a glimpse of the Aconcagua, the highest peak on the American continent (almost 7,000 meters). Upon arrival in Santiago in the evening find your own way to your accommodation.

Day 16: Santiago City Bike Tour

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and head out to explore Santiago by bike at 09:30. This tour shows you the popular culture and everyday life in Santiago. Among the many experiences on this unforgettable tour of Santiago are multiculturalism, urban art and diverse religions in Patronato, fruit and vegetables in La Vega Market and history in the Plaza de Armas

Starting Point: Make your own way to the starting point Loreto 6, Santiago.
Featured Stops: Bellavista Neighborhood, La Chascona: Pablo Neruda´s House, Metropolitan Park, Patronato Neighborhood, La Vega Market, Mapocho Station, Central Market, Plaza de Armas, Bellas Artes Museum, Forestal Park
Inclusions: Single-speed green bike, helmet, bilingual guide, bottle of water, snack, hot chocolate (autumn/winter), natural juice (spring/summer)

Day 17: Santiago de Chile

Breakfast and check-out.

What's Included

Rio de Janeiro airport pick-up
13 nights' accommodation with breakfast
Full day Big Dude tour in Rio de Janeiro
Overnight bus from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Iguazu
Puerto Iguazu bus station pick-up & drop-off
Full day Iguazu Falls tour, Argentinean side
Half day Iguazu Falls tour, Brazilian side
Overnight bus from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires city tour OR Buenos Aires bike tour
Tango show with transfers, dinner & drinks
Overnight bus from Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Half day winery tour
Full day rafting trip
Bus from Mendoza to Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile bike tour

Wat is inbegrepen?

Extra kosten tijdens tour
Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park, Argentina and Brazil (approx. 23 USD + 23 USD per person; paid in local currency)


Choose between hostel and budget hotel accommodation. The hostel options are a dorm or a private (single/double) room, all with shared facilities. Please note that towels are not included when staying in the dorm.

Lokaal vervoer

Included Transportation
Rio de Janeiro airport pick-up
Overnight bus from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Iguazu
Puerto Iguazu bus station pick-up & drop-off
Overnight bus from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires
Overnight bus from Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Bus from Mendoza to Santiago de Chile



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