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Argentina, Iguazu & Chile Family Overland Buenos Aires - Santiago

Trip Overview

An overland trip with kids is an absolute delight as long as there is plenty to do for everyone. On this trip we combine the sites and sound of the cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago with some of the icons of South America. So after the restaurants and highlife of BA it’s off to the world’s most spectacular waterfall, which you will see from both the Argentine and the Brazil sides.

A flight takes us to the far side of the country to the city of Cordoba, where you will meet the truck and head into the beautiful hills, or Cordillera, above Cordoba and into the ranch lands of the Gauchos. Here we stay at a beautiful Anglo Argentine Estancia, called Estancia Los Postreros. This is home to two colourful characters, Kevin and Louisa Begg, who will be our hosts on the very traditional working estancia, complete with over 150 horses and 600 head of prime Aberdeen Angus cattle.

We then head to the wine lands of Mendoza and cross the Andes, past Mt. Aconcagua, the highest in South America before descending into the plains of Chile and to the beach and surf of Valparaiso for R & R and seafood.

Follow our Marketing Manager Alex as she and her family set off on this trip.

16 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Brazil (+ 1 more countries)
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PRICE FROM:
$3,350 (USD) + Included
DURATION:
16 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Flight
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
20%
80%
MEALS:
11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
FAS
DEPOSIT:
$500 USD

Highlights

  Explore Buenos Aires and catch a Tango show

  2 nights to be able to observe the astonishing Iguazu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil

  3 night stay in an traditional isolated Argentian estancia with gauchos

  Ride beautiful horses in unspoilt location across remote cordillera

  2 night stay in the Malbec capital of the world, Mendoza

  Drive the Cristo Redentor pass through stunning Andean mountains

  View Cerro Aconcagua (6962m) the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere

  Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Valparaiso

  Explore Chile's capital, Santiago

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A very easy trip, with comfortable hotels and loads to see and do. A fairly fast pace, but some 2 or 3 night stays to really give you time to explore.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires ( 8th Aug 2020 )

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the lively capital of Argentina! 

There will be an important meeting this evening at 18:00 - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more information. 

Border Information: If you are flying into Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Ministero Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE)

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a comfortable centrally located hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting

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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires

Free
Day 2 - Buenos Aires ( 9th Aug 2020 )

We have a free day to explore Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of the San Telmo neighbourhood, visit the colourful houses of La Boca, maybe catch a football game or take an Argentine cookery class!  Buenos Aires is famous for it's Tango, and home to many restaurants where you can sample the famour Argentine steak and Malbec wine.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires

USD 25

Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron

Free

Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks!

USD 85

Head out to an exciting football game at La Bombanero, Diego Maradona's former home ground (when matches are scheduled)

ARS 300

Freely explore the beautiful area of Palermo Viejo, see the incredible modern sculpture of Floralis Generica, and head out to the area's bars and restaurants at night

Free

Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting

ARS 450

Head over to Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, for the day

USD 194
Day 3-4 - Puerto Iguazu, Foz do Iguaçu ( 10th Aug 2020 to 11th Aug 2020 )

Today we will take a short flight to Puerto Iguazu, where we will spend two nights.  After we have settled into our hotel we will visit the Argentine side of the mightly Iguazu Falls, there are lots of lovely trails for us to explore here.

Tomorrow we will cross the border into Brazil to explore the Falls from the Brazilian side, there is an opportunity to take a helicopter ride or a boat trip for those brave enough!

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a short trip into Paraguay to experience the chaos of Ciudad del Este and pick up a bargain or two (price listed is for a return trip in a taxi)

BRL 140

Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world

BRL 68

Visit the Parque das Aves bird park near Foz do Iguaçu, a wonderful conservation project which provides an excellent home to over 1000 iconic birds from the region such as toucans, macaws and eagles

BRL 36
Day 5-7 - Estancia ( 12th Aug 2020 to 14th Aug 2020 )

We will take a short flight to the Argentine city of Cordoba and from here we will transfer in our truck to our wonderful Estancia in the hills.  Here we will have a few days to live with the Gauchos, learning how to throw a lassoo, ride the superbly trained Criollo horses, enjoyed a traditional Asado (the Argentine BBQ) and sample some of the wonderful wines from the Estancia's own vineyard.

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

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Day 8 - Valle de las Sierras Puntanas ( 15th Aug 2020 )

This morning we will head off in our overland truck to the Valle de las Sierras Puntanas, we will spend the night in a local guesthouse or traditional estancia.  The province of San Luis is well off the regular tourist trail, but boasts beautiful scenery and mountain towns.

Estimated Drive time: 6hrs

 

Day 9-11 - Mendoza ( 16th Aug 2020 to 18th Aug 2020 )

Today we will continue our journey to the beautiful city of Mendoza, at the centre of Argentine wine production and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - especially famous for it's Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards in the world.  Mendoza has plenty to keep us busy; from rafting to hiking, horse riding to wine tours.

Estimated drive time: 5 hours

The following day we will have an included half day trek in the surrounding hills, followed by an opportunity for some adventure activities or perhaps to explore the plazas on a city tour.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

White water rafting on the Mendoza River

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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodegas

ARS 950

Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza

ARS 450

Take a mountain biking trip through the dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills near Mendoza

ARS 1000
Day 12 - Los Andes ( 19th Aug 2020 )

Today we say goodbye to Argentina and cross the border into Chile following the stunning mountainous road over the high Andes, we should have an opportunity to view Cerro Aconcagua (6962m) the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere.

In Los Andes we will spend the night in a local guesthouse out of town in comfortable rooms.

Estimated drive time: 6hrs

Border information: Enter Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor.

Day 13-14 - Valparaiso ( 20th Aug 2020 to 21st Aug 2020 )

It's time to hit the beach, this morning we will set off to the Chilean port town of Valparaiso.  There is much to explore in arty Valparaiso with it's colourful streets and the 42 cerros (hills), take a boat trip, or indulge in the chilean cuisine during a cooking class.  We will spend two nights here in a comfortable hotel by the beach.

Estimated drive time: 4 hours.

Day 15 - Santiago ( 22nd Aug 2020 )

After a free morning to enjoy our final day on the back, we will complete our journey to the vibrant Chilean capital of Santiago. 

In Santiago we stay in a comfortable, centrally located hotel. 

Estimated Drive time: 2 hours

If you would prefer to stay for additional time in Valparaiso please speak to our Sales team.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide

Free

Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia

Free

Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city

CLP 21000
Day 16 - Santiago ( 23rd Aug 2020 )

Border Information: If you are finishing your trip in Santiago, you will most likely exit Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Today is the final day of the trip and no accommodation is included tonight.  Please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation. 

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Departing: 8 Aug 2020
Returning: 23 Aug 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Santiago
$3,350 USD +
Deposit: $500 USD
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Departing: 7 Aug 2021
Returning: 22 Aug 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Santiago
$3,490 USD +
Deposit: $500 USD
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