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.
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.
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 MonedaTour 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 ridingPerhaps 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 crossingOn 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 seasonEnjoy optional activities here
Day 8-10 - BarilocheThere'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 baseHike or bike to Cerro Otto, the locals' favourite lookout pointPerhaps visit the revolving cafe at the peak with 360° viewsTake an overnight bus to Buenos Aires (approx 25 hours including stops) on Day 10
Day 11-13 - Buenos AiresVegetarians, 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 buildingsPerhaps spend time in a streetside cafe, and enjoy a night of tango at a milongaAttend optional farewell dinnerThe trip ends on Day 13, there are no activities planned on this day
What to Know
Gecko's tour leader, local guides, transport, sightseeing, meals and entrance fees as indicated.
- 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 24 Sep 2014 - 06 Oct 2014 Fully Booked US $1,510 On Sale Sale: US $1,359 Closed 22 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 Available US $1,320 Book Now 05 Nov 2014 - 17 Nov 2014 4 places left US $1,565 Book Now 19 Nov 2014 - 01 Dec 2014 1 place left US $1,520 Book Now 26 Nov 2014 - 08 Dec 2014 Available US $1,280 Book Now 17 Dec 2014 - 29 Dec 2014 3 places left US $1,520 Book Now 31 Dec 2014 - 12 Jan 2015 Available US $1,540 Book Now 28 Jan 2015 - 09 Feb 2015 Available US $1,510 Book Now 11 Feb 2015 - 23 Feb 2015 Available US $1,510 Book Now 25 Feb 2015 - 09 Mar 2015 Available US $1,510 Book Now 11 Mar 2015 - 23 Mar 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 08 Apr 2015 - 20 Apr 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 22 Apr 2015 - 04 May 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 06 May 2015 - 18 May 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 20 May 2015 - 01 Jun 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 27 May 2015 - 08 Jun 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 03 Jun 2015 - 15 Jun 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 17 Jun 2015 - 29 Jun 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 24 Jun 2015 - 06 Jul 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 01 Jul 2015 - 13 Jul 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 15 Jul 2015 - 27 Jul 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 29 Jul 2015 - 10 Aug 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 12 Aug 2015 - 24 Aug 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 26 Aug 2015 - 07 Sep 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 09 Sep 2015 - 21 Sep 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 23 Sep 2015 - 05 Oct 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 07 Oct 2015 - 19 Oct 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 21 Oct 2015 - 02 Nov 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 28 Oct 2015 - 09 Nov 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 04 Nov 2015 - 16 Nov 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 18 Nov 2015 - 30 Nov 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 02 Dec 2015 - 14 Dec 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 09 Dec 2015 - 21 Dec 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 16 Dec 2015 - 28 Dec 2015 Available US $1,465 Book Now 30 Dec 2015 - 11 Jan 2016 Available US $1,465 Book Now
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
Veronica was wonderful - compassionate & friendly. Claudio was good - gave everyone individual attention, and was a great source of local information.