Length: 6 days. Group educational tour to Argentina and Chile for 12 or more students or adults. Self-designed custom tours typically led by teachers of high school juniors and seniors.
Highlights: Santiago City, Tour Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Flight to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires City Tour, Tango Dinner Show, Fiesta Gaucho, Flight to Iguazu Falls, Iguazu Falls Hike
Itinerary: Santiago (2), Buenos Aires (2), Iguazu Falls (2)
Day 1 – Depart
Board your international flight to Santiago, Chile.
Day 2 – Santiago
¡Bienvenido a Chile! Arrive in Santiago, the capital city of Chile. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer your group to the hotel. Located in the financial and tourist heart of Santiago, you’ll be within walking distance of a shopping mall, public transportation, local restaurants, and specialty boutiques. This afternoon, begin your adventure with a guided City Tour of Santiago. Travel through the main streets of the city viewing impressive buildings such as the neoclassical Mondeda Palace and the main square (Plaza de Armas) with its 18th century cathedral. Continue on to the Parque Forestal inspired by the Parisian Champs Elysee. Climb the San Cristóbal hill for a breathtaking view of the cityskyline and the Andes mountains.
Day 3 – Santiago
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a full day excursion to the coastal towns of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Heading towards the Pacific Ocean, you’ll pass by the traditional agricultural valleys of Curacaví and Casablanca. Valparaíso is the main port of Chile. With its picturesque shape and surrounding hills that seem to dive right into the ocean, its easy to see how important Valparaíso was as a maritime destination before the opening of the Strait of Panama in 1914. Get an up-close view of the downtown streets and the neighborhoods nestled in the hillside all reflecting a once flourishing city in the early 20th century. Traveling north along the coastline you will find Viña del Mar, the most famous and most visited seaside town of the area. With its many parks, greenery, and large trees, its clear how Viña del Mar received its name “The Garden City”. Stroll along the walkways, narrow streets, and beaches taking in the history and beauty of this town.
Day 4 – Buenos Aires
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Welcome to the financial, industrial, commercial, and cultural hub of Argentina. Home of the Tango, this sensual dance originated in brothels of the Balvanera district, and many early lyrics reflect this origin, with references to crime and prostitution. The dance was not seen as respectable until it was adopted by the Parisian high society in the 1920s, and then all over the world. This afternoon, explore the city on a guided Buenos Aires City Tour. See the Plaza de Mayo, the National Congress, the metropolitan
Cathedral, and the Colon theater, one of the most impressive opera houses in Latin America. Tonight, tap your feet and clap your hands while enjoying delicacies from Argentina during your Tango Dinner Show.
Day 5 – Buenos Aires
Pack a day pack and head out to the farmlands of Argentina. Today’s Fiesta Gaucho takes you to Estancia La Cinacina. With traditional songs, folklore, dance, horsemanship skills, and a traditional asado BBQ lunch, you will learn first hand the skills and culture of the ever-lasting Gaucho.
Day 6 – Iguazu Falls
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls. Arrive this afternoon with the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Day 7 – Iguazu Falls
Explore Iguazu Falls on a full day excursion. This unbelievable natural wonder consists of nearly 300 falls, some extending over 70 meters. Devil’s Throat is a U shaped cliff extending 150 meters wide and 700 meters long. It is the most impressive of them all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil.
Day 8 – Flight
Bid farewell to Iguazu Falls as you transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Buenos Aires — continuing on with an international flight home.
Day 9 – Arrival
Arrive back in USA.