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14 days

Chile & Argentina: Andes, Wine & Iguazú

Look forward to experiencing the modern capitals of Chile and Argentina, the majestic Andes Mountains, the scenery of the Iguazú Falls, and taste Argentina’s amazing wines in Mendoza and Salta.

We support sustainability development in Latin America. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Brazil. Read more about the sustainability project here.

Chile & Argentina: Andes, Wine & Iguazú Chile & Argentina: Andes, Wine & Iguazú
14 days

Chile & Argentina: Andes, Wine & Iguazú

Look forward to experiencing the modern capitals of Chile and Argentina, the majestic Andes Mountains, the scenery of the Iguazú Falls, and taste Argentina’s amazing wines in Mendoza and Salta.

We support sustainability development in Latin America. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Brazil. Read more about the sustainability project here.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Santiago de Chile
  • Flights from Buenos Aires to the UK
  • 3 domestic flights in Argentina: Mendoza – Salta – Puerto Iguazú – Buenos Aires
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small, international groups)
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 1 x lunch (day 5)
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Possibility of daily departure

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Guided tour of Santiago de Chile
  • Visit to the wine-growing regions of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu
  • Full-day excursion to the Andes mountains, with attractions including: ‘The Mountain of the Seven Colours’
  • Visit to vineyards in Cafayate
  • Excursion to Iguazú, the biggest waterfalls in the world – visiting both Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Half-day tour of Buenos Aires
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

The tour in short

This trip is packed with visits to wonderful towns and magnificent, varied countryside, with the colourful Andes Mountains, deliciously scented vineyards and giant waterfalls as the backdrop. The tour starts in the Chilean capital, Santiago de Chile, where tall skyscrapers and modern architecture contrast sharply with charming, historical buildings. You then move on to Argentina, where you will visit the famous wine-producing regions of Mendoza and Cafayate for a thorough introduction to the whole process. You will visit the delightful town of Salta, with its well-preserved colonial buildings, and the Humahuaca and Conchas Gorges, famous for their geological rock formations in a host of colours. One of the absolute highlights is without a doubt your visit to Iguazú Falls, which are set in an area of rainforest comprising a rich variety of flora and fauna. The journey ends in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, which many people call South America’s answer to Paris. Here you will visit all the best-known sights and attractions, and will have the chance to experience an authentic Argentine tango show before heading back home.

Why choose this tour

  • Experience Chile’s modern and cultural capital on an exciting city tour that also takes you past the presidential palace, which was bombed during the military coup of 1973
  • Cross over the majestic Andes mountains from Chile to Argentina’s renowned wine region, Mendoza
  • Experience Salta’s lovely city centre with its beautiful churches and colonial buildings, as well as the gorgeous nature around it, including the Humahuaca valley and the 7-colour mountain
  • You cannot help but be fascinated by the Iguazú Falls, as you experience these spectacular waterfalls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Chile

Departure day, where you will fly to Santiago de Chile with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Santiago de Chile

When you land in Santiago de Chile you will be met in the arrival hall by our driver, who will take you to your hotel.

Chile has a population of 16 million people – and 6 million of them live in Santiago. The Chilean capital enjoys a beautiful location, backed by the snow-clad Andes mountains to the east and the coastal mountain range to the west. Santiago is a modern and inviting metropolis, with tall skyscrapers and charming quarters; moreover, some of the finest vineyards in the world are located just outside the city.

Day 3: Guided tour of Santiago

Today, you will be going on a 3-hour guided tour, taking you to the main sights of the city.

You will be picked up from the hotel and start out with a visit to Piedras Australes, a craft shop which specialises in making jewellery out of the rare, blue lapis lazuli stone, found only in Chile and Afghanistan.

The tour then proceeds to the heart of Santiago de Chile, where you will be able to see the contrast between the capital’s rich history and its impressive, modern buildings.

Here, you will visit Santa Lucía hill, which is believed to be the place where Santiago de Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia and from which there is an incredible view of the city. Afterwards, you will visit the central square, Plaza de Armas, which is framed by beautiful buildings such as the Correo Central post office, the country’s largest cathedral with its impressive Baroque-style interiors and the National History Museum, where you can learn about Chile’s history.

Finally, you will see the magnificent neoclassical presidential palace, Palacio de La Moneda, where President Allende committed suicide during the 1973 military coup. You will have the chance to walk around the traditional streets of La Moneda before being driven back to the hotel.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own or simply relax at the hotel.

Day 4: By bus across the Andes mountains, Santiago de Chile – Mendoza

The time has come to cross the Andes mountains, and the coach trip will take most of the day. You will pass through a variety of landscapes, with verdant valleys giving way to more barren mountain scenery. The trip reaches a maximum altitude of 2,720 metres above sea level on the Argentine border. Towards the end of the day, you will start to glimpse the first vineyards – evidence that Mendoza is nearby.

The city of Mendoza was founded by the Spanish invaders in the 1560s, making it one of the oldest settlements in Argentina. You will note that the city seems to have a special love for fountains, trees and green spaces. In the late 1800s, Mendoza attracted large numbers of French and Italian settlers, who built irrigation systems with financial support from the provincial government. As a result, the area developed into one of the leading agricultural regions in the country. Known as the ‘land of sun and wine’, Mendoza accounts for 70 per cent of Argentina’s wine production, making it the leading wine-producing region in the country. For example, it is the biggest Malbec producer in Chile. Malbec translates loosely as ‘bad mouth’ and this type of grape typically produces sour, poor-quality wine. In Mendoza, however, it produces one of the very finest red wines in the world, because the combination of height above sea level, the chemical composition of the soil and the dryness of the climate is perfect for this grape.

Day 5: Wine trip

This entire day is spent visiting the wine-growing regions of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu, where you can find out more about the work practices of the early immigrants, including the irrigation techniques they used to convert the vast expanse of desert into a productive oasis. You will visit two vineyards that still use traditional methods, but backed by the very latest technology for producing wine. You will learn about the different methods and the entire process, from harvesting the grapes until the bottles are packed and labelled. There will, of course, also be time for a little taster or two…

Day 6: Flight to Salta

It is now time to fly to the town of Salta in the north of Argentina. When you arrive in Salta, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel.

Salta enjoys a delightful location, nestled among the mountains. It is an incredibly charming town dating back to 1582, with well-preserved buildings clearly showing the influence of Spanish colonial style, low houses and cobbled streets around its large green square.

Day 7: Humahuaca

The day is reserved for a full-day excursion to the deep gorge of Quebrada de Humahuaca, through which the famous Rio Grande flows. The trip takes you through the village of Purmamarca, where you will have the opportunity to stroll along the narrow streets and to visit the local church and the local arts and crafts market. The highlight of the visit is, of course, ‘The Mountain of the Seven Colours’, whose remarkable multi-coloured appearance is due to the effects of sun and wind, combined with the various minerals in the soil.

You will then continue on to the town of Tilcara, to visit the old Pucara ruins, the archaeological museum and the monument to the Tropic of Capricorn in Huacalera, before travelling to the small town of Uquia to see the local church and its paintings of arquebusier angels.

You will arrive in Humahuaca around noon; the highlights here include the local church and the monument to independence. There will then be time to admire the magical ‘Artist’s Palette’, rock formations in a range of dazzling colours that provide the backdrop for the town of Maimara. It is then time to make your way to San Salvador de Jujuy, where you can visit the cathedral and the old town hall. Finally, you will return to Salta along route no. 9, which leads through a landscape of lush subtropical vegetation.

Day 8: Cafayate

Today you will be visiting Cafayate. The trip takes you along route no. 68, passing through the Lerma valley with its historical towns, until you reach Quebrada de las Conchas, where wind and water have carved the rocks and cliffs into a variety of weird and wonderful formations. In Cafayate, you will also visit vineyards famous for their production of Torrontes wine. After lunch, you will return to Salta where the rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish.

Day 9: By plane from Salta to Puerto Iguazú

It is now time to leave the Andes mountains behind and chart a course for Puerto Iguazú, which is located close to the borders with Paraguay and Brazil, and where visits to nature delights such as waterfalls and rainforest await.

Day 10: Iguazú Falls from the Argentine side

The Iguazú Falls are the biggest in the world and consist of 275 falls of various sizes along a 2.7 km stretch of the Iguazú river. They are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Many of the waterfalls merge together, sending water crashing down over the cliffs, which form the shape of a horseshoe and tower up to a height of 85 metres. Although perhaps not as famous as Niagara Falls in North America the Iguazú Falls are both bigger and more impressive. The volume of water flowing through Niagara is an impressive 2.8 million litres per second, but this is dwarfed by the flow at Iguazú, which reaches a staggering 6.5 million litres per second. It is said that when she saw Iguazú for the first time, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt blurted: “Niagara is just a dripping tap.”

Today, you will be visiting the Argentine side, where you can cross walkways to the most impressive section of the falls and look down into Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat). You can then continue along the upper and lower walkways to view the magnificent falls from above and below. The rainforest around the falls is the habitat of unique flora and fauna, including orchids, ferns, begonias, a host of different birds and butterflies, and giant lizards.

Day 11: The Iguazú Falls from the Brazilian side, and flight to Buenos Aires

Today, you will be visiting the Brazilian side of the falls, crossing the bridge that links the two cities, and, after a mandatory customs check, continuing into the national park. As you will be crossing an international border, you will need to bring your passport with you.

Most of the waterfalls are on the Argentine side, but the view is best from the Brazilian side, where you can make your way along walkways and bridges to view the falls from various angles. Keep an eye out for the small coati, looking on inquisitively. An elevator provides access to a platform by Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat), where you will be enveloped in the mist from the falls and can admire the stunning view with its permanent rainbows.

In the afternoon, you will be driven to Puerto Iguazú Airport to catch your flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival, you will be met by a driver who will take you to your hotel.

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Day 12: Guided tour of Buenos Aires

This morning, you will be picked up from the hotel and given an exciting introduction to Buenos Aires on a 3-hour guided tour of the city.

You will visit the historic neighbourhoods of La Boca and San Telmo. In the old working class district of La Boca, you will discover beautifully painted houses in a palette of bright colours. The oldest district, San Telmo is now an exciting artists’ neighbourhood. You will also visit the Palermo and Recoleta neighbourhoods as well as the more modern area of Puerto Madero, which is the newer harbour area offering an array of cafés and restaurants.

The city tour continues with the world’s widest boulevard, 9 de Julio Avenida, with the famous landmarks Obelisco and Corrientes Avenida, which is where the city’s theatres and cinemas are gathered, including Teatro Colón, the beautiful opera house.
You will also see many of the city’s magnificent squares, including Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Alvear.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 13: Return flight

You will be collected from your hotel and driven to the airport to start your trip home. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 14: Return trip

Return flight to the UK.

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