Coast to Coast South America
|Trip Length||51||Trip Code||SA - OO - 3|
|Tour Group||10 - 24||Age Range||18 - 55+|
Coast to Coast South America: Tour Information
Do you want to travel to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina and then experience all the adventure travel Chile can offer? If you do, the Coast to Coast trip is a perfect choice. Spectacular National Parks, the vast wilderness of Patagonia, the awe inspiring Iguazu Falls and Rio's Carnival or New Year's Eve celebrations makes this trip ideal for hiking enthusiasts, outdoor lovers and party animals alike.
This tour can be joined in either Rio or Santiago. For those joining in Rio the itinerary below should be followed in reverse. All Coast to Coast tours either arrive or depart Rio to coincide with Carnival or New Years Eve. If you wish to arrive a few days before our tour departs or stay a few days after your trip has ended we can reserve accommodation for you in both cities including over the Carnival and New Years period.
Days 1 to 7
Pucon - Chile's Lake District, our base for the next few days, from where it is possible to organise white water rafting, skiing, horse riding and hikes.
Villarrica Volcano - there is the option to climb this active volcano.
Andes mountain range
Bariloche - popular holiday destination for Argentineans and a top ski resort with great hiking trails and nightlife.
Days 8 to 14
Camino Austral - (Open Jan & Feb) - incredible drive past spiralling volcanoes, glaciers & fjords.
Los Glaciares National Park - the largest glacier in the world and an option to take a guided glacier hike on one!
Moreno Glacier - take a boat ride up close to this almost 200ft high glacier.
Torres del Paine National Park - another area of outstanding beauty where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape.
Days 15 to 22
Tierra del Fuego - an island on the southern tip of the continent - spectacular scenery and seagoing boat trips.
Ushuaia - most southerly town on earth you are ever likely to travel to.
Patagonia - vast, sparsely populated treeless plateau.
Atlantic Marine sanctuaries - spot penguins, sea lions, sea elephants, birds & whales (season dependent).
Puerto Madryn - this Welsh settlement is the gateway to Valdes Peninsula, where Penguins, Sea Lions, Birds & Whales can be seen - Orca's have been known to beach themselves here to catch Sea Lions (season dependent).
Days 23 to 31
Buenos Aires - a smart cosmopolitan city with plenty to do; museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing & restaurants that serve the best steaks in the world.
San Ignacio - 400yr old Jesuit Missions.
Optional 2 hr ferry across the River Plate for a 1 or 2 day visit to the buzzing capital Montevideo & the quieter town of Colonia.
Days 32 to 36
Iguazu Falls - optional activities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Days 37 to 44
Bonito - swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Pantanal - organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Days 45 to 51
Parati - laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Rio de Janeiro - where folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment - Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun
Santiago to Bariloche Day 1-6
Leaving Santiago, we pass small villages and deep blue lakes with mountains towering above us as we wind through Chile's Lake District. Pucon, an outdoors centre in its own right, will be our base for the next few days from where it is possible to organise whitewater rafting, water sports, horse riding and one day hikes up nearby Villarrica Volcano. Ascending the Andes via some spectacular mountain passes we arrive in Bariloche, Argentina. This very popular holiday destination for Argentineans is the top ski resort on the continent and also has several hiking trails and a great nightlife.
Patagonia Day 7 - 14
Heading further down through Argentina into the deep south on a good dirt road we enter the vast wilderness of Patagonia. The perpetual wind makes it difficult for trees and plants to grow, so for a while we are faced with endless grassland. However our long drive will soon be rewarded with the stupendous views that Los Glaciares NP provides - it also has the largest glacier in the world and here we have the option to take a boat ride up close to Moreno Glacier, almost 200 ft high. Torres del Paine NP is another area of outstanding beauty where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape. A good way to explore the area is either hiking or by horseback.
Tierra del Fuego days 15 - 24
We continue south towards the wild and hauntingly beautiful land at worlds end, the island of Tierra del Fuego. We cross by ferry and visit the most southerly town in the world Ushuaia, from where we can view the green waters of the Beagle Channel and the snow clad peaks beyond. We now cross to the Atlantic coast of Patagonia and visit one of the marine sanctuaries. Penguins, Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Sea Birds and sometimes Whales can be seen. Following the excellent paved roads north along the coast we pass through some quite affluent towns. One, Puerto Madryn, was the landing place over a century ago for the first group of Welsh settlers that subsequently colonised and now farm the surrounding area. We traverse the vast Pampas grasslands, South America's cowboy country, where gun-toting gauchos on horseback look after vast herds of cattle.
Buenos Aires Days 25 - 32
Travel to Argentina is not complete without a visit to the countries capital, and so we follow the coast to Buenos Aires. A few days in this smart cosmopolitan city and you could be forgiven for thinking you were back in Europe. There is plenty to do, museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing for the confident, restaurants that serve the best steak in the world, and many plazas with cafes to sit and observe Argentinean life go by. From here you will also have the opportunity to travel across the Rio Plata by ferry to Montevideo & Colonia de Sacramento to visit Uruguay.
Iguazu Falls Days 33 - 38
Continuing through Argentina we visit the region between Argentina and Paraguay that is home to many Jesuit Missions built in the 16th century to convert the Guarany Indians. We visit the ruins of San Ignacio before crossing the border into Brazil, where we also cross from Spanish to Portuguese, and it is time to get our tongues around a new linguistic challenge! The Iguazu Falls form the natural border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls they are an awe-inspiring place to spend the next three days before we continue on with travel to Brazil. The lush tropical forest surrounding the falls has many walking trails leading to smaller hidden falls, ideal to refresh from the steaming heat and abounding with parrots, toucans, woodpeckers and colourful plants. Here you can also undertake a number of optional activities such as rafting, helicopter flights and mountain bike riding.
Bonito Days 39 - 46
Next stop is Bonito where we can swim and snorkel in some of the clearest rivers and lakes in the world. Spectacular walks in the mountainous forests may reveal wildlife that includes monkeys, alligators and anaconda. We begin our travel to Brazil in earnest as we journey on to the Pantanal region where we organise treks and horserides out into the vast wetlands which is home to over 600 species of birds and 350 kinds of fish, piranha being common, as well as an abundance of reptiles and animals. Try your hand at Piranha fishing too!
Rio de Janeiro Days 47 - 51
We now head to the coastal village of Parati. This unspoilt and picturesque town has remained fundamentally unaltered for three centuries. Cars have been banned from its cobbled streets that run down to the seashore, instead mountain bikes are used and are a good way to get around. Another great way to explore the secluded islands of this pristine coastline is taking a sailing trip in one of the traditional schooners. Our final drive takes us to the hedonistic playground of Rio de Janeiro, where the folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment. The Carnival and New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and fun and a must during any stint of travel to Brazil!
This tour sells out fast as it forms part of the Quito to Rio Trip.
Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.
DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY:
|Availability||Trip Date||Price||Local Payment||Click to book|
|Nov 10, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017
Note : Christmas in Brazil, New Year in Rio
|AUD 2,990.00||US$ 860.00||Book|
|Dec 20, 2017 - Feb 08, 2018
Note : Christmas & New Year in Argentina/Chile, Rio for Carnival
|AUD 2,990.00||US$ 860.00||Book|
|Prices:||All prices Charged in Australian Dollars|
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