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With so much natural diversity on the continent, we're including our
Recommended Travel Destinations in South America

(click on destination below for more info and example tours)

   1)  Puerto Varas - Chile  (our base in the Lakes District)

   2)  Torres del Paine National Park - Chile  (southern Patagonia)

   3)  San Pedro de Atacama - Chile  (high altiplano in the north)

   4)  Santiago - Chile  (capital and New York Times #1 Place to Go in 2011)

   5)  Puyuhuapi - Chile  (remote fjord in Chilean Patagonia)

   6)  Machu Picchu - Peru  (the "Lost City of the Incas")

   7)  Iguazu Falls - Argentina / Brazil  ("Great Waters"; come see why!)

   8)  El Calafate - Argentina  (site of world famous Perito Moreno Glacier)

   9)  San Carlos de Bariloche - Argentina  (Lakes Distict)

 10)  Buenos Aires - Argentina  (capital, the "Paris of South America")

Puerto Varas - Chile
The Osorno Volcano at sunset
The "City Of Roses" on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, 1,000 km south of Santiago, and the northern entry point into Chilean Patagonia. This quaint lakeside town, originally settled by German immigrants, was recently voted the country's best place to live, and is the staging point for adventure activities. Come experience it for yourself!
Highlights: Osorno Volcano, Llanquihue Lake, Petrohue Falls, Alerce Andino National Park, Frutillar, Lakes Crossing to Argentina Customizable Tours including Puerto Varas
 Hosted Patagonian Odyssey
15 days $ 5,390 pp
Puerto Varas, the "City of Roses"
 Chilean Patagonia Express    8 days $ 1,790 pp
Activities: Rafting, Hiking, Canopy, Canyoning, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Walking,
Fly-fishing, Boating, World Heritage sites.
 South American Splendor 23 days $ 7,790 pp
 Chile All-Inclusive, North to South 11 days $ 5,490 pp
Best time to visit:   October through March
 Captivating Patagonia + Iguazu Falls 16 days $ 3,790 pp
Cochamo Valley, the Yosemite of Chile
 Patagonian Roots 9 days $ 3,990 pp
 Volcanoes & Lakes    6 days $ 1,390 pp
 Chile / Argentina Capitals + Lakes District 10 days $ 2,650 pp
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Torres del Paine National Park - Chile
The Torres, or Towers, in Torres del Paine  
Chile's most visited national park, this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve is where you can see condors, rheas, guanacos, foxes, and landscapes second to none on the planet. This is a photographer's paradice, and with lakes, rivers, waterfalls and granite massifs, this world-renowned trekking destination is a must for any serious traveler.
  Highlights:  "W" Hiking trail system, Las Torres (The Towers), Los Cuernos (The Horns), Condor Lookout trail, Flamingoes in Bitter Lagoon Customizable Tours including Torres del Paine
 Hosted Patagonian Odyssey 15 days $ 5,390 pp
The Cuernos, or Horns, in Torres del Paine
 Chilean Patagonia Express    8 days $ 1,790 pp
Activities:  Trekking, Birding, Hiking, Camping, Horseback riding, Ice trekking, Glacier cruises, Boating, Nature photography, Wildlife viewing.
 Chile All-Inclusive, North to South 11 days $ 5,490 pp
 Captivating Patagonia + Iguazu Falls 16 days $ 3,790 pp
Best time to visit:   November through March
 Patagonian Roots 9 days $ 3,990 pp
A Guanaco in front of Torres del Paine
 Pathway to the Towers   7 days $ 3,290 pp
 Trekking, Patagonia Style 15 days $ 3,060 pp
 Hike the "W" in Torres del Paine   9 days $ 1,860 pp
 South American Splendor 23 days $ 7,790 pp
 Patagonian Biosphere Reserves 8 days $ 3,590 pp
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San Pedro de Atacama - Chile
Hotel Alto Atacama in San Pedro  
High up the altiplano at an altitude of 2,400 meters (8,000 feet) lies this oasis town at the edge of Chile's largest salt flat, home to thousands of pink flamingos, at the base of a volcano reaching nearly 6,000 meters high (19,700 feet), with geysers, unique rock formations and amazing sunsets. Truly an "out of this world" experience.
 
Highlights:  The Moon Valley, Tatio Geysers at sunrise, Altiplanic Lagoons, Archeological sites of Quitor and Tulor, Puritama Hot Springs.
Customizable Tours including San Pedro de Atacama
 Chile All-Inclusive, North to South 11 days $ 5,490 pp
Flamingoes near San Pedro de Atacama
Activities:  Trekking, Volcano climbing, Biking,
Sand-boarding, Visiting geysers and archeological ruins, Soaking in hot springs.
Best time to visit:   Year-round
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Santiago - Chile
Santiago de Chile  
The most modern of all South American cities, and the New York Times #1 Place to Go in 2011, Santiago, framed by the snow-capped Andes Mountains, is a pleasing mix of the old and the new. World class ski resorts, cool Pacific beaches and famous wineries are all within an hour and a half of the city.
 
Highlights:  Plaza de Armas (Main Square), Bellas Artes Fine Arts Museum, UNESCO port city of Valparaiso, Ski resorts in the Andes.
Customizable Tours including Santiago de Chile
 Chilean Patagonia Express    8 days $ 1,790 pp
La Moneda, or Presidential Palace, in Santiago
 Captivating Patagonia + Iguazu Falls 16 days $ 3,790 pp
Activities:  City tours, Museums, Shopping, Skiing, Sunbathing, Wine-tasting, Mountain biking, Walking tours, Dinner shows.
 Patagonian Roots 9 days $ 3,990 pp
 Vineyards of Chile Contact Us to customize
Best time to visit:   September through May
 South American Splendor 23 days $ 7,790 pp
 Chile / Argentina Capitals + Lakes District 10 days $ 2,650 pp
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Puyuhuapi - Chile
Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa  
Located in a pristine fjord in southern Chile, Puyuhuapi is a secret getaway just waiting to be discovered.  If being immersed in a rainforest, kayaking through a fjord, then soaking in various natural hot springs is for you, Puyuhuapi is your destination.
 
Highlights:  Hanging Glacier in Queulat National Park, Los Canelos hike, Outdoor natural hot springs.
Customizable Tours including Puyuhuapi
 Hosted Patagonian Odyssey 15 days $ 5,390 pp
Sunlight in the Fjords of southern Chile
     
Activities:  Sea kayaking, Nature hikes, Hot Springs, Wildlife viewing, Sunbathing, Swimming in the fjord with dolphins.
 
Best time to visit:   November through March
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Machu Picchu - Peru
Machu Picchu  
Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru are filled with myths, history and landscapes of epic proportions. Sit among Alpacas and ponder the true meanings of this Inca stronghold high up in the clouds. Strolling through nearby Cusco, which actually has a higher elevation than Machu Picchu, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
 
Highlights:  Cusco, Ruins of Machu Picchu, Intihuatana Stone, Funerary Rock Hut, Sacred Plaza, Inca Trail, Sacred Valley.
Customizable Tours including Machu Picchu
 Glorious Machu Picchu + Iguazu Falls 7 days $ 1,990 pp
Machu Picchu
 Wonderful Peru 8 days $ 2,290 pp
Activities:  Hiking and Trekking, Riding the Vista Dome Train to Machu Picchu, Visiting one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
 South American Splendor 23 days $ 7,790 pp
Best time to visit:   March through November
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Iguazu Falls - Argentina / Brazil
Iguazu Falls  
Soak up the natural environment in this exotic destination, with national parks overlapping in Argentina and Brazil. Both sides offer unique views of the tremendous waterfalls as you experience the tropical forest up close and personal. Surround yourself with walls of water, and cool off with a speed boat ride for a drenching experience!
 
Highlights:  Devil's Throat waterfall (seen from above in Argentina, from below in Brazil), Parque das Aves Bird Park, Toucans, Butterflies.
Customizable Tours including Iguazu Falls
 Captivating Patagonia + Iguazu Falls 16 days $ 3,790 pp
Iguazu Falls
 Glorious Machu Picchu + Iguazu Falls 7 days $ 1,990 pp
 
Activities:  Hiking in rain forests, Bird watching, Nature photography, Hikes to both Brazilian and Argentinean falls, Boat rides for closeup views.  South American Splendor 23 days $ 7,790 pp
Best time to visit:   Year-round
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El Calafate - Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier  
One of the most active glaciers in the world, the Perito Moreno Glacier resides in Argentina's Glaciers National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find your favorite viewpoint from the many walkways, or take a boat ride for a closeup view. Wherever you are, the sights and sounds of the ice popping and calving are truly unforgettable.
 
Highlights:  Perito Moreno Glacier, Onelli Bay, Upsala Glacier, Nearby Estancias (Ranches), Cerro Frias (Mount Frias).
Customizable Tours including El Calafate
 Hosted Patagonian Odyssey 15 days $ 5,390 pp
Perito Moreno Glacier
 Captivating Patagonia + Iguazu Falls 16 days $ 3,790 pp
Activities:  Day trips to viewing platforms, Boat rides for an up close view, Ice trekking, Hiking, Bird watching, Shopping, Horseback riding.
 Trekking, Patagonia Style 15 days $ 3,060 pp
 South American Splendor 23 days $ 7,790 pp
Best time to visit:   October through April
 Patagonian Biosphere Reserves 8 days $ 3,590 pp
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San Carlos de Bariloche - Argentina
San Carlos de Bariloche  
Over the Andes Mountains from Puerto Varas, Chile, this lakeside resort town is the other end of the famous Lakes Crossing. Outdoor activities abound in and around the many lakes, mountains and forests, not to mention the high quality leather handcraft and huge assortment of local, homemade chocolates!
  Highlights:  Lake Nahuel Huapi, Campanario Hill (summer chairlift), Mount Cathedral (winter ski resort), Arrayan Forest on Victoria Island. Customizable Tours including San Carlos de Bariloche
 Chile / Argentina Capitals + Lakes District 10 days $ 2,650 pp
Argentina's Lakes District
     
Activities:  Skiing, Hiking, Sailing, Sunbathing, Mountain biking, Chocolate-tasting, Shopping, Wildlife viewing, Horseback riding.
 
Best time to visit:   Year-round
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Buenos Aires - Argentina
The Obelisk in Buenos Aires  
The city of tango, art, fashion, parks, shopping and nightlife, Buenos Aires is still considered the "Paris of Latin America", and offers not only unbeatable shopping, but also quaint outdoor cafes, numerous museums and parks on nearly every corner. Come feel the vibrance, and let youself be seduced by the city that never sleeps.
  Highlights:  Obelisk, San Telmo, La Boca, La Recoleta Cemetery, Presidential Palace of La Rosada (Pink House), Puerto Madero. Customizable Tours including Buenos Aires
 Captivating Patagonia + Iguazu Falls 16 days $ 3,790 pp
Buenos Aires
 Trekking, Patagonia Style 15 days $ 3,060 pp
Activities:  City tours, Museums, Shopping, Tango shows, Evita Peron tours, Parana River tours, Browsing the cafes and bookstores.
 South American Splendor 23 days $ 7,790 pp
 Chile / Argentina Capitals + Lakes District 10 days $ 2,650 pp
Best time to visit:   September through May
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