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Rio to Santiago - Itinerary

Week 1: Rio de Janeiro, Carnival & New Year’s Eve celebrations are great times to be here and party.

Other sights in Rio are the; statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city, map-like below, and the famous Copacabana & Ipanema Beaches.

Near Sao Paulo is Parati, in Brazil's Costa Verde on the Atlantic Coast, relaxed historic coastal village without cars; take a schooner to the nearby islands.

Week 2: We head north west to Bonito; where you can swim and dive in the crystal clear river and lakes and hike into forests to search for wildlife. The Pantanal is a large tropical wetland- organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to birds and fish.

Week 3: We leave Brazil for Argentina at Iguassu Falls; one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, spreading over hundreds of cascades.  There are rainforest walkways below the falls and boats dart into the cascades below.

We follow the Parana River to Buenos Aries; its south Americas second longest river after the Amazon. We visit the Jesuit Missions, which were built in an attempt to save the Indians, these mission stations featured in the film The Mission, with Jeremy Irons. We see the ruins of San Ignacio Mini, was one of the many missions founded in 16th Century, as part of the ‘Jesuit Reduction’; a gathering the Indians into areas to control, tax and Christianise them

Week 4: Buenos Aires, we have a couple of days here to eat steak till you moo, go night clubbing and drink till you dance the Tango.

Uruguay; Optional ferry across the River Plate for a visit to Montevideo.

Week 5 We cross the Pampas, a long flat plain; home of the famous Gauchos and big cattle country.  On the Atlantic coast we stop on one of the sandy beaches near Bahia Blanca. Valdez Peninsular is a marine park with sea lions and elephant seals.  We follow the coast to Punta Tombo Park where half a million penguins nest right on the beach.

Week 5: Weather permitting; we cross the Straights of Magellan to the most southern tip of the habitable world - Ushuaia town in Tierra del Fuego or in English the ‘Land of Fire’ which is an island group at the southern tip of South America, split between Chile and Argentina.  You can take a boat to the Island of the Wolves in the Beagle Channel. 

Week 6: In the Torres del Paine Park (Towers of Pain) are immense granite towers, which rise vertically 2,000 metres above the national park.  We go hiking around the trails surrounding the peaks.

Week 7:  In Los Glaciares Park is the massive Moreno Glacier, 60 metres high and five kilometres-wide, advancing slowly into Lake Argentinio.  Twenty story high chunks of ice sporadically break from the ice face and tumble and roll into the lake.  You can walk across the top of the glacier and take a boat trip thru the lakes in front of it and other glaciers.

We cross to the Andes to Bariloche alpine resort, it’s a beautiful area for hiking and chocolate super markets, for those the chocoholics.  We head north through the vast grasslands of Patagonia.

Week 8: We enter Chile, and head north, past vineyards and wineries to Pucon Lake District. You can hike up an active Villarica Volcano, (gas masks at the top), go white rafting then relax in thermal springs to Santiago, set against the backdrop of the snow covered Andes.

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