13-Nights Essence of South America - Tauck World Discovery
Essence of South America
Three Countries, Three Distinct Cultures Discover a trio of South American gems in the countries of Chile, Argentina and Brazil where spectacular nature combines with soulful culture. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago... spend multiple nights in three of the world's favorite cities. Be dazzled by volcanoes, lakes and forests with abundant wildlife. Hear the crash of cascading waterfalls and walk in the cloud-spray at Iguazú. Travel past snow-capped peaks and cruise emerald waters to a Patagonian resort. Learn about Chilean wines, and experience the truly sultry art of Argentinian tango and the rhythmic beat of Brazilian samba. And in the cities, discover unique places - Ipanema, La Recoleta, San Cristóbal Hill - names rich in sound and richly fascinating in person.
Spend three nights each in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and two nights in Santiago, explore Patagonia's Lake District in the Andes, spend two nights at Iguazú Falls, stay on Ipanema Beach, private tour of Rio's Samba City, private cruises, tour and gourmet lunch at a Chilean winery, choice of Patagonian national park adventures
13 nights from $8990 per person
Dynamic and bustling, a city which seems never to sleep, Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve an all manner of world cuisine, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night. Cultural hub of a society which traces its roots to European immigration, it is famous throughout South America for its theatres, museums and galleries. Gucci, Armani, Prada, to name a few, line the boulevards catering for the fashion conscious porteños, their offerings as stylish as anything found in the cities in Europe or North America.
Rio de Janeiro
Brazilians say that God made the rest of the world in six days, and devoted the seventh to Rio. The jagged Sugarloaf rises from dark blue Guanabara Bay, with legendary beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema in the foreground, forested mountains behind. This great city has an enticing atmosphere of samba and fun, and its locals are as joyous as they are beautiful.
Santiago is a huge city of nearly five million inhabitants surrounded by immense Andean peaks creating a spectacular backdrop. The city centre is quite manageable with a collection of wide avenues, squares and parks all laid out in a grid pattern.
Chile has a distinctly European flavour and Santiago will bring this home to you as you visit the churches, monuments and museums all designed in a certain familiar style.
Puerto Varas, Chile is a charming city on the shores of Lake Llanquihue and is one of most popular tourist destinations in the country. Spectacular views across the lake at majestic snow-capped volcanoes surrounded in native forest abound as well as countless options for exploring the surrounding countryside with picture-perfect German-settled farms. Only 15 minutes from Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas is popular because it is quieter than the busy port city to the south. It has fantastic adventure opportunities nearby including: several national parks, Class II to IV white water rafting, horseback day trips and multi-day horse treks, volcano ascents, countless fly fishing rivers, sea kayaking, boat trips to Argentina.
San Carlos de Bariloche is situated on the southern shore of lake Nahuel Huapi, within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is the second most populated city of Río Negro province and is one of the most important tourist centers of Argentina. Bariloche has a wide variety of activities to offer, for relaxation or recreation. The traditional tourist circuits of Circuito Chico, Isla Victoria and the Arrayán Forest, Puerto Blest, Cerro Catedral and Otto have a variety of new interesting circuits, sporting events and other annual events as well as an active night life. Bariloche is known as the "capital of the lakes".
Iguazu Falls (Iguacu Falls)
Iguazu Falls are greatest waterfalls in the world in their spectacular panorama, situated on the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay in South America. The falls consist of 275 cascades spread nearly 2 miles including the famous 'Devil's Throat'. The biggest and most brilliant rainbow in the world around Iguazu falls provides fantastic experience. Also, the nature of 'The Iguassu Natural Park', listed as World Natural Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1986, is also mysterious, where thousands of wonderful trees, birds, and animals are abundant and easily seen.
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