Little house on the cerrado

Argentina's capital Buenos Aires
Recoleta Cemetery and Eva Peron’s tomb
Colourful La Boca
The 'Devil’s Throat' of Iguazu
Tasting Chile's wine
Mendoza's wineries
Santiago from San Cristobal Hill
  • 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.

     

    Live out your Motorcycle Diaries fantasies (minus the hot actor and the motorcycle). Whether you’ve read the book or seen the movie (we don’t judge) there’s no doubt Che Guevara’s story has inspired many a Latin American adventure.

    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
  • What's Included

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

    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.
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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.

    Little house on the cerrado

    Louisa - Toowoomba, QLD, 24 Jun, 2011
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    Overall Rating

    Veronica was wonderful - compassionate & friendly. Claudio was good - gave everyone individual attention, and was a great source of local information.

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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina

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