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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 161

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Day 1: Rio De Janeiro

Bem Vindo a Brazil! Welcome to Brazil and the start of your journey through South America. Upon arrival into Rio International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. After check in spend some time with our rep discussing your up-coming trip. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure

Days 2-4: Rio De Janeiro

In your free time over the coming days you'll soon find there is plenty to see and do. There are trips up Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car and Corcovado, with its famous Statue of Christ, for great city views. Another interesting journey is on the old tram system across the viaduct into the cobblestone neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. A walking tour of Rio's historic buildings is also a lovely way to pass an afternoon, or you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens or one of the famous beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon, Lounge on the white-sand beaches, explore the forest covered mountains or marvel at the iconic Cristo Redentor.

Day 5: Rio De Janeiro - Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

Meet our driver in reception who will take you onto the airport in time for your flight to Foz De Iguacu. Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are composed of over 250 separate cascades. Upon arrival a local guide will take you on a private tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, walking along catwalks that allow you to see the torrents of water at their most impressive. After, you will be taken to your hotel on the Argentinian aide of the falls.

Day 6: Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

Enjoy a free day to explore the Argentinean side of the falls. A number of walking trails are available bringing you in front of or above the rapids. You’ll also see the dramatic Garganta del Diablo or Devil’s Throat, an awe-inspiring display of natural power. (Entry Ticket not included pay at the gate)

Day 7: Iguazu Falls (Argentina) - Buenos Aires

This morning our local driver will take you to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Here, our team await to transfer you onto your hotel. This afternoon join our guide on a private tour taking in the Neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral, the unusual dusty pink Government House and the history-packed Plaza de Mayo. Head to the neighbourhood of San Telmo where street performers gather to display the sensuous dance of tango, and continue to La Boca, a colourful suburb popular with local artists. Wander the attractive streets of Palermo until you reach Recoleta and the famous cemetery of the same name.

Days 8-9: Buenos Aires

Today and tomorrow are at your leisure to explore Buenos Aires your own way – wander the city’s many distinctive barrios on the hunt for colourful street art or head to the markets for some souvenir shopping. Prided as a literary city, Buenos Aires has a number of fabulous book shops worth checking out, often housed in revamped historical buildings.

Day 10: Buenos Aires

This morning we escort you to the port where you catch the direct hydrofoil link to Montevideo which takes around 3 hours. Arriving in Uruguay's Capital meet our local driver who will take you onto your hotel. (OVERNIGHT IN MONTEVIDEO)

Days 11-12:

Spend today and tomorrow at your leisure exploring this fantastic city we recommend walking the historic center with its pedestrian streets, the town hall building and the cathedral, the Independence Square, the Legislative Palace, the traditional Prado neighborhood, the riverside drive “Rambla”, different residential areas and the famous port market “Mercado del Puerto" (OVERNIGHT IN MONTEVIDEO)

Day 13: - Mendoza

This morning our driver will collect you and take you back to port for catching the direct Hydrofoil to Buenos Aires. Arriving here, our local team are on hand to get you to the bus station and assist with your embarking the public overnight sleeper bus destined for Mendoza.

Day 14: Mendoza

Welcome to Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina. With striking snow-capped peaks visible on the horizon and an alluring combination of top-class dining and vibrant nightlife, Mendoza is the perfect place to base yourself for trips to the surrounding vineyards. Our driver awaits to take you onto your hotel on arrival this morning.

Day 15: Mendoza

Today you will join our guide for a private tour of the Wine Route. The valleys around Mendoza are primarily farmland producing delicious olives, almonds, cherries, plums and of course, wine. Touring two wine cellars observe how wine is made, from the picking of the grape to the bottling of the final product, with time for a cheeky glass or two!

Day 16: Mendoza

Enjoy the day to explore the region your own way.

Day 17: Mendoza - Santiago

This morning we will assist you in catching the public bus destined for Santiago Chile. Arriving into Santiago after a fantastically scenic 6 hour journey our local team take you onto your hotel.

Day 18: Santiago

Encircled by snow-capped Andean peaks, the city of Santiago enjoys a particularly spectacular setting. This morning join our guide for a private tour taking in the Metropolitan Cathedral, the La Moneda Presidential Palace and the Plaza de Armas where artists randomly appear to make theatrical performances. Jump on the metro for a short ride to the magnificent Santa Lucia park and its unique castle. Continue to the Lastarria neighbourhood to marvel at the neoclassical architecture and make the most of the many restaurants, coffee shops and green parks.

Day 19: Santiago

Spend the day at your leisure exploring the city. We would recommend to head out of town to the Cousiño Macul Vineyard. Producing high quality wines in exclusive amounts, this vineyard is an excellent introduction to the wine production process and how technology is used alongside artisan traditions.

Day 20: Santiago

Sadly your Latin American Adventure has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.