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Tasting the Andes

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SCHEDULE

Day 01 - Iguazú

Arrival at Iguazú airport. Iguazú lies on the border with Brazil and Paraguay and is the gateway to explore the waterfalls and the National Park

Day 02 - Iguazú

Visit to the spectacular waterfall. There are many small tracks through the forest on the Argentine side. Unexpected views to the big waters are appreciated all the time. A short ride on the National park railway leads to the pathway to the highest individual fall, the Devil’s Gorge. Experience the falls from below, a lot of fun unless you mind getting wet.

Day 03 - Iguazú - Buenos Aires

Visit to the Brazilian side of the falls enjoying a big overview of the huge falls. A path leads you to the bottom of the falls. Then, flight to Buenos Aires. There is an optional tango show in the evening.

Day 04 - Buenos Aires

City tour of Buenos Aires. Visit the historical centre of the town at Plaza de Mayo, proceed to the old harbour with its colorful houses of La Boca, see the wide avenues, lush green parks and artificial lakes of Palermo and eventually visit the famous monumental cemetery of La Recoleta.

Day 05 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a very European city and invites to walk around. There are many small and hidden places where you can walk and watch the lively atmosphere of this metropolis. If an optional excursion is required, a local guide will be able to assist. There is a choice of a half-day excursion to the Parana River Delta Tigre or a visit to the famous Argentine estancias (incl. BBQ lunch). In the evening, there is an option to enjoy a Tango show.

Day 06 - Buenos Aires - Bariloche

Flight to Bariloche from the domestic airport. Once there,  you will explore the Llao Llao Peninsula. Beautiful scenery can be observed over the lake and the national park. But the landscape will be more appreciated from the top of mount Campanario where you have a 360 degrees vision.

Day 07 - Bariloche - Puerto Varas (Chile)

At Puerto Pañuelo is the start point of this unique boat and bus journey along different lakes and mountains to Chile. The journey takes an entire day enjoying spectacular mountain scenery. Border control will be done during the trip. When arriving at Puerto Varas, you will know this small Chilean village on the shores of a beautiful lake and with great view to the volcano Osorno.

Day 08 - Puerto Varas

Day to enjoy the landscape. There is a public bus service to go to the small village of Frutillar. German immigrants settled here. It is worth visiting it.

Day 09 - Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Santiago de Chile

Once in Puerto Montt, an important sea port village at the Pacific ocean, you will enjoy a short city tour visiting the highlights and the fish market of this busy town. Then flight to Santiago where you will visit the most important places of the Chilean capital city. From San Cristobal hill there is a great view to the Andean mountains.

Day 10 - Santiago

Optional tour to Valparaiso. This is the most important harbour city in Chile. The colorful houses are on a hill around a huge bay. Funicular lifts transport the people up and down the busy town. There is a visit to Viña del Mar, the most famous seaside resort in the country. The restaurants are well-known for their delicious sea food. After this interesting day, ride back to Santiago.

Day 11 - Santiago - Mendoza

A great mountain trip is on today’s programme. Climb to El Portillo (an important ski resort in winter time) along a windy road up to the border with Argentina. After the border formalities, ride to Puente del Inca where the antique stone bridge can be seen. There is a possibility to enjoy a short hike to a lookout platform. From here, the highest peak of the Americas, the Aconcagua mountain, can be observed. Ride down to Mendoza.

Day 12 - Mendoza

Mendoza is an expanding and very pleasant city. Some people consider it the nicest city of Argentina. Rainfall is rare, but irrigation has turned the area into an oasis of fruit trees and vineyards. There is a city tour so as to know this beautiful city.

Day 13 - Mendoza

Mendoza is the most famous vine growing area. The 61% of the Argentine production comes from here. The most important bodegas are only a few kilometres away from the town. You will be able to visit some of them. Experts explain the procedures, there is a tour through the cellars as well as wine tasting. Dinner at a beautiful bodega restaurant.

Day 14 - Mendoza - Buenos Aires

Flight to Buenos Aires and departure to your home country or continuation of your own programme.