Best of South America:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, & Ecuador

23 Days / 4 Countries


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Charles Darwin Research Center
  • Iguaçu Falls, Brazil / Argentina
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Tango Show & Dinner, Buenos Aires
  • Train Ride, Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Cable Car Ride, Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • San Cristobal Hill
  • Patagonia, Argentina / Chile
  • Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
  • Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Best of South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, & Ecuador

23 Days / 4 Countries


Dates

  • 23 Days
  • February 19th-March 20th, 2018

Pricing

  • Tour Pricing: $9,995

Best of South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, & Ecuador

23 Days / 4 Countries


DAY 1: WELCOME TO ECUADOR

A Volant representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Quito. Made an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, Quito's Old Town should not be missed. View sights such as the Monastery of San Francisco, Monastery of Santo Domingo and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía.

DAY 2: QUITO

Embark North to Otavalo to view some one Ecuador's most famous artisan markets or south to Cotopaxi National Park. Choose today to spend time among lively man made landscapes or impressive natural ones. Enjoy a leisurely evening before continuing to the Galapagos Islands.

DAY 3: GUAYAQUIL - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Catch a morning flight to Guayaquil and continue on to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive in the afternoon at the Seymour Airport on Baltra Island(GPS). Use the remainder of the day to explore the immaculate beaches and nature scenes.

DAY 4: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Santa Cruz Island. Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the most famous living tortoise species; Galapagos Giant Tortoise. Embark out to the surrounding waters and spend the next four nights aboard a cruise vessel.

DAY 5: BARTOLOME ISLAND

Make your way towards Bartolome Island a volcanic islet off of Santiago Island and view some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the whole archipelago.

DAY 6: ISABELA ISLAND

Continue to the largest island in the Galapagos. This island is notable for its rich population of bird, animal and marine life. Explore the volcanoes that have created this island and view the eerie Wall of Tears; created by local prisoners during WWII.

DAY 7: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Spend the day on San Cristóbal Island. Composed of three of four inactive volcanoes, Darwin first landed here in 1835. Visit the Charles Darwn Interpretation Center in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno or visit the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado (nature preserve). Continue back to Baltra Island to conclude this tour of the Galapagos.

DAY 8: QUITO

Climb aboard your flight to Guayaquil and continue back to Quito. Enjoy a leisurely evening before embarking on the next leg of this incredible experience.

DAY 9: CUSCO - SANTIAGO, CHILE

​As you say goodbye to the mystical lands of the Incas, prepare yourself to spend the majority of the day in the air. Maybe take the time to read up on Santiago or brush up on your Spanish, as the next couple of days will be spent in Chile. Once we land we will only be 30 minutes outside the capital of Chile. Tonight plan on a relaxing evening at our hotel to gear up for our walking tour of Santiago tomorrow.

DAY 10: SANTIAGO

​After breakfast we will embark on our tour of the city. Walking along Paseo Ahumada, pedestrian avenue, we will come across La Moneda Presidential Palace. La Moneda Palace houses the offices of Chile's president. Once we've concluded our walking tour we will take a funicular northeast of the city center to San Cristóbal Hill. At the top of this hill there is a remarkable overlook with views of the Santiago skyline and Andes mountain range. Make sure to take the time to admire the Statue of the Immaculate Conception which is located at the summit of San Cristobal Hill. This statue is an iconic site for the Catholic Church of Chile. After we descend back into the city we will have the option to tour the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. This museum honors the victims of human rights violations that occurred during the civic-military regime. Tonight will be our last night in Santiago.

DAY 11: SANTIAGO - PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES

Today we change gears and head to the region of Patagonia. Leaving Santiago behind us our next stop is Punta Arenas. After lunch on the coast we will drive to Puerto Natales. Although long, this three hour drive offers stunning landscapes. We will stay in Puerto Natales for the night as this city is the perfect stepping-off point for Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.

DAY 12: PUERTO NATALES

Embarking on the "Channel of Last Hope" we will spend our day cruising through Chilean fjords in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, cormorants, and condors. The boat ride will take us to an enclosed glacial lagoon. Here, the Serrano Glacier as well as the Balmaceda Glacier can be viewed. At this point we will have the opportunity for a short hike up to the glaciers. The small watershed in front of the magnificent glaciers , Estancia Perales, will prove to be a good resting point during our day. Expect to have lunch here. We will cruise back to Puerto Natales for the evening.

DAY 13: PUERTO NATALES - TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Considered one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile, Torres Del Paine National Park offers pristine views of sparkling lakes, jagged mountains, glaciers as well as flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. This park is considered a UNESCO biosphere reserve and covers nearly 950 square miles of land. In the evening we will be taking a sunset cruise to get up close to the Grey Glacier. This glacier just about covers 100 square miles of land. Watching the days' final sun beams bounce off the glacier is a memory to last a lifetime.

DAY 14: PUERTO NATALES - PERITO MORENO GLACIER - EL CALAFATE, ARGENTINA

Today we will make our way from Chilean Patagonia to the Argentinian side. After a 3.5 hour drive to El Calafante we will spend the remainder of the day exploring Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This glacier is considered to be one of the last remaining bodies of ice that is still growing. Tonight we will rest in El Calafante, about an hour drive from the glacier.

DAY 15: EL CALAFATE

Take a load off and use the day to rest. The small town of El Calafate offers a quaint shopping experience, gorgeous views of Lake Argentina and a small yet diverse night life. If you are so inclined there will also be an optional cruise to the Upsala Glacier.

DAY 16: EL CALAFATE - BUENOS AIRES

For our next leg of the trip we will take a 3 hour flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires. Considered to be the "Paris of South America" we will spend two nights here in the birthplace of the tango. Tonight while we delve into Argentinian cuisine we will also observe a flashy tango performance.

DAY 17: BUENOS AIRES

Immerse yourself into the hustle and bustle that is Buenos Aires. Within todays city tour along Avenida 9 de Julio we will explore sites such as the Teatro Colon opera house, Metropolitan Cathedral, Recoleta Cemetery, Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada and finally the bright neighborhood of La Boca. Be sure to stop by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Buenos Aires as this is the former church of Pope Francis I and is one of many European style buildings in the city. Our day will conclude with dinner and a show as we be taking advantage of this city's flourishing night life.

DAY 18: BUENOS AIRES - IGUAZU FALLS

​The first part of the day we will fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls. After about a two hour flight we will explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Behold the wonder of the largest falls on the planet, where five different waterfalls dump into the Iguazu River. At this point we will hike out to the very edge of the falls for a classic snapshot of Devil's Throat. Keep your eyes peeled for toucans, butterflies, coatis and other animals in this area. After spending about four hours walking along the many catwalks that cover the river we will drive into Brazil to Foz do Iguaçu for the night.

DAY 19: IGUAZU FALLS

Only a short transfer from our hotel to the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls we will have the opportunity to explore more of this National Park. Today you will have the option for a boat or helicopter tour of the falls. Be sure to soak up the raw natural beauty one last time before we make our way back to Foz do Iguaçu for the night.

DAY 20: IGUAZU FALLS - RIO DE JANEIRO

After a morning flight from Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro we will spend the rest of the day touring the city. It won't take long to see why Rio de Janeiro is considered the cultural capital or Brazil. Among the many sites to see we will stop by the Maracanã football stadium where Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup Finals. The Sambadrome or the carnival parade route is also a must see. While downtown we will also tour the Metropolitan Cathedral. The cathedral's unique architecture was inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico. In the evening we will make our way to Sugarloaf Mountain for spectacular views of the Atlantic and to watch the sunset over Rio de Janeiro. To conclude our day we will have dinner in the Lapa District near an aqueduct.

DAY 21-22: RIO DE JANEIRO

​For our last day in South America will take a thirty minute train ride to the mountain, Corcovado to stand beneath the Christ the Redeemer statue. As one of the new seven wonders of the world this statue took 9 years to build beginning in 1922. Made completely of Soapstone and reinforced concrete the statue stands the 98 foot tall not including the 26 foot tall pedestal. Later in the day we will tour a number of open air markets in the area. Be sure to sample some of the exotic food Brazil has to offer. If you so desire there will also be an optional trip to the Copacabana or Ipanema beaches. We will conclude our evening with a farewell dinner.

DAY 23: RIO DE JANEIRO - TOUR ENDS

International Flight home from Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

Best of South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, & Ecuador

23 Days / 4 Countries


Inclusions

  • All internal flights (while on tour)
  • All accommodations (2-3 star)
  • Scheduled meals
  • Transportation throughout tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Galapagos National Park fee: $100
  • 2 Patagonian cruises to glaciers
  • All National Park entrance fees
  • Corcovado Mountain entrance fee
  • Sugarloaf Mountain entrance fee
  • Tango show & dinner
  • Personal guide

Exclusions

  • International airfare (to Quito, Ecuador & from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Entrance fees to museums and other attractions
  • Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc.

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By email: [email protected]

By phone: 801.651.7208

Title Address Description
Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Misiones Province, Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Patagonia

Patagonia

Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Torres del Paine National Park, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

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