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Little house on the cerrado

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days GSSR

Countries Visited

Argentina, Chile

Start City

End City

Santiago Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
Little house on the cerrado

Think of this trip as South America’s best Europe impression. Santiago’s got sass and vineyards, Pucon has hiking and whitewater rafting. Argentina’s Lake District boasts skiing (and lakes), Bariloche does chocolate and chateaux. And Buenos Aires? She just knows she all class.


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Little house on the cerrado

Day to Day 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 Santiago with your tour leader, visit Plaza de Armas, the Central Market, Palacio de la Moneda
Tour the vineyards including Concha y Toro, and taste some local wine

Catch a comfortable overnight bus to Pucon (approx 10 hrs)

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
Take an overnight bus to Buenos Aires (approx 25 hours including stops) on Day 10

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.   
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
The trip ends on Day 13, there are no activities planned on this day

Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

Gecko's tour guide, local site guides, transport, sightseeing, meals and entrance fees as indicated.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals



Not Included

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

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Sugar Loaf US$25

Important Information

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.

Our sister company Intrepid Travel: The operator for this Geckos trip is our experienced sister company Intrepid Travel. Your group will therefore be a mixture of Geckos booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers.
Local contact numbers: PEAK South America + 55 21 96940-9208 Or +51 99605 5559 or +51 97009 4823

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

26 May 2014

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