Getting Chile with it

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  • Toast with a terremoto in Santiago then fist pump your way around the dventure capital of Pucon. Tango through BA and try not to kill a radio star in Montevideo. South America, it’s going to be rad. 

     

    Unlucky in love? Out for revenge? Need a cure for hayfever? Get your cocoa leaves read, buy a spell or pick up a dried llama fetus (ideal for sacrificing) at the witches market in La Paz.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Santiago

    Use your free time wisely. Try some local wine and indulge in a terremoto in Santiago's drinking den, La Piojera. Terremoto means 'Earthquake', and you might feel a little shaky after the mix of sweet-wine and pineapple ice-cream served in a one litre glass.

    Arrive in Santiago, enjoy free time until the orientation meeting at 6pm.
    Go on a walking tour of the city with your tour leader, visit the Plaza de Armas, the Central Market and Palacio de la Moneda
    Perhaps take a cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal, and enjoy impressive views on a clear day
    You could visit the Paris Quarter for a look at local life
     

    Day 3-5 - Pucon

    Pucon is a thrillseeker's dream. Hike up a volcano, go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding, or whatever else you can think of to get your adrenaline pumping. If adrenaline isn't your thing, blow off some steam in one of the many bars of restaurants.

    You have two full days (after your arrival day) in Pucon to enjoy the optional activities - mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding

    Perhaps visit the casino at Hotel de Lago

    Day 6-7 - San Martin De Los Andes

    The Lake District of  Argentina, San Martin de Los Andes plays host to heaps of lakeside pursuits. Like skiing. Or trekking. Or sleeping. 

    Travel by local bus across the Andes to San Martin de los Andes, hopefully you'll arrive in San Martin de los Andes before 4pm, depending on the border crossing

    On the shore of Lake Lacar, surrounded by the Lanin National Park, San Martin de los Andes is a picturesque town with great skiing and hiking depending on the season
    Enjoy optional activities here

    Day 8-10 - Bariloche

    There's lots of fine dining to be done in Bariloche, but there's probably lots of less-than-fine dining too. Be careful out there. Pick up some chocolate and oogle over the wooden architecture. If wooden architecture isn't your thing, there's some skiing, trekking or mountaineering to be done.
    Ski on the peaks of Cerro Catedral (in season), hike or bike around its base
    Hike or bike to Cerro Otto, the locals' favourite lookout point
    Perhaps visit the revolving cafe at the peak with 360° views

    Day 11-13 - Buenos Aires

    Vegetarians, look away. Everyone else, your first order of business is to find the nearest parrilla (steak house) and order a big, plump, juicy piece of the world's best steak.   

    Take an overnight bus to Buenos Aires
    Explore the sights - churches, cathedrals and historic buildings
    Perhaps spend time in a streetside cafe, and enjoy a night of tango at a milonga
    Attend optional farewell dinner

    Breakfast

    Day 14 - Colonia

    Get on a ferry and head across Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. It's got narrow streets, riverside restaurants and loads of sandstone architecture. What more could you possibly ask for?

    Perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Barrio Historico, situated on a peninsula

    Spend free time strolling down cobblestone streets and watch locals continually sipping from their cup of mate (tea)

    Visit the Plaza Mayor and poke around the local museums

    Day 15 - Montevideo

    Montevideo killed the radio star. It's true. Head to the beach and do your best impression of a beach bum, or eat loads of barbequed meat while listening to a live Jazz band at Mercado del Puerto. Yes, it's as good as it sounds.

    Perhaps visit Ciudad Vieja, where most of teh historical buildings are located

    The Plaza Independencia and eerie underground Mausolea Atigas mausoleum are worth a visit

    Spend free time chilling on the beach or wandering around Mercade del Puerto where artists and musicians hang out on Sundays

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 16-19 - Estancia Stay

    An estancia homestay is basically a nicely bottled-up gaucho experience. Help out with daily farm chores, kick back on the veranda and indulge in some mind-blowing Uruguayan home cooking.

    Travel to Tacuarembo by bus (approx 5 hrs)

    Traval another hour by truck and 4WD to the ranch

    The estancia is simple, accomodation is dorm style, and there's only hot water and electricty for a few hours a day

    Experience a working farm, perhaps involve yourself in the daily jobs

    Travel to Concordia, Argentina in the afternoon of Day 19, then take a 12 hour overnight bust to Puerto Iguazu

    Day 20-21 - Iguazu Falls

    Take an overnight bus to Iguazu. Iguazu is made up of 275 individual falls. Don't try and count them, just trust us (or Google it). Wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls, these are basically the best out of all the falls.

    Arrive in Puerto Iguazu, take a minibus to the hotel in Foz do Iguazu (Brazil) (approx 1 hour)

    Perhaps take a helicopter ride over the spectacular falls

    Day 22-24 - Paraty

    Take an overnight bus to Paraty. You can basically spend the next couple of days relaxing in this Brazilian paradise or exploring some jungle trails and looking for waterfalls and wildlife. Got it? Good. Fly to Sao Paulo (approx. 1hr), transfer to Sao Paulo's bus station, catch a local bus to Paraty (approx 6hrs)

    Paraty is World Heritage listed, and one of the best preserved Portuguese colonial towns

    Day 25-27 - Ilha Grande

    Drink Caipirinha's, hike through forests or snorkel through the underwater world. You should Google a picture of Ilha Grande right now. It'll make you cry.

    Head by local bus and ferry to our island getaway on Ilha Grande (approx 5 hrs)

    Go on a boat tour of Ilha Grande Bay including the Blue lagoon, stop for fresh seafood, snorkelling and swim

    Day 28-29 - Rio De Janeiro

    Nothing conquers the end-of-trip blues quite like finishing up in Rio. If there's one place in the world you can embrace your inner party animal, it's here. Walk it all off with a hike up Sugarloaf Mountain and let the views of the bay soothe your weary soul. You won't ever want to leave.

    Take a boat to the small port of Mangaratiba (approx 2 hrs), then board a minivan to Rio (approx 2 hrs)

    Enjoy a free day

    The trip ends on Day 29, there are no activities planned for this day.

  • What's Included

    • An experienced tour guide in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and in Brazil, and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, sightseeing, accommodation and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

    Safety Information

    Active Volcanoes
    This tour passes through volcanic areas.  In the instance a volcano becomes potentially dangerous and authorities declare nearby towns unsafe for travel, the itinerary will be re-routed. Where possible, Geckos will provide advance notice of such changes. At short notice, when this is not possible, your tour leader will provide up to date information on behalf of Geckos.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Getting Chile with it

    Louisa - Toowoomba, QLD, 24 Jun, 2011
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    Veronica was wonderful - compassionate & friendly. Claudio was good - gave everyone individual attention, and was a great source of local information.

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Boat, Bus, Canoe, Plane, Private van, Taxi
18 nights Hotel, 4 nights Hostel, 2 nights Overnight coach, 3 nights Estancia (ranch house), 1 night Overnight bus
Santiago
Rio de Janeiro

What to know

 

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

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