Experience the best of three dynamic South American countries on a journey that combines cultural and culinary exploration with a deep appreciation of the region’s natural splendors, including spectacular Iguazu Falls. Indulge in food and wine experiences in Chile’s Maipo Valley and Argentina’s enchanting Mendoza winelands, and get an insider’s view of Rio’s annual Carnival celebration.
- Visit the famed wine-growing region of Mendoza and enjoy an exclusive cooking class in a private estate, as well as the opportunity to blend your own wine.
- Behold the beautiful scenery of Chile’s Maipo Valley and enjoy a full day exploration of Valparaiso and its UNESCO-recognized historic quarter.
- Thrill to a professional tango show with dinner at the renowned Rojo Tango, one Buenos Aires’ top nightspots.
- Behold magnificent Iguazu Falls from your hotel, situated mere steps away, and view the thundering cascades firsthand from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides.
- Gain exclusive backstage access at one of Rio’s first Carnival group schools to learn how costumes and floats for the iconic event are created.
DIA 1 ARRIVE SANTIAGO, CHILE
Arrive in Santiago, vibrant capital of Chile, where you are met and transferred to your hotel nestled in the wine valley outside Santiago, with guaranteed check-in arranged by A&K. Enjoy time in the hotel’s beautiful gardens before gathering for an al fresco lunch in a tranquil setting. This afternoon, visit the Haras de Pirque vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting on site. Return to the hotel for a sunset cocktail and welcome dinner.
DIA 2 SANTIAGO | GUIDED WALK OF VALPARAÍSO
Set out on a full-day exploration of Valparaíso, starting with a guided walk along the hills of this storied port city. See how the hills are connected by an ingenious network of twisting streets, stairways, cable car lines, flower-filled balconies and lookout platforms. Visit the Plaza de la Victoria with its lovely Neptune Fountain, the famous Turri Clock, fisherman’s wharf, the Naval Academy and “La Sebastiana,” the one-time residence of Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue your tour to Vina del Mar, Chile’s premier coastal resort known as the Garden City thanks to its lavish gardens and subtropical atmosphere. Return to your hotel surrounded by vineyards, where the rest of your evening is at leisure.
DIA 3 SANTIAGO & MENDOZA | PRE-COLUMBIAN ARTIFACTS
Take in the highlights of Santiago today, including a visit to the Pre-Columbian Museum to view its superb collections of statues, pottery and decor, with some pieces dating back 14,000 years. Then, fly to Mendoza, Argentina’s premier wine-making region, and settle into your hotel. Cap off your day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
DIA 4 MENDOZA | WILD LANDSCAPES & HIGH-ALTITUDE WINES
Journey to Las Carreras, a high-elevation plain abounding in rustic beauty, its yellow grasses contrasting with the white snow on the surrounding Andes peaks. Explore it with a guide on your choice of horseback riding or trekking. Watch for the wild species inhabiting the rugged landscapes, such as herds of guanacos and wild rabbits, and perhaps sight a condor gliding on the horizon. Afterward, proceed to Bellaviña, a private estate, for an exclusive, interactive Chef ’s Table cooking class followed by lunch. Learn more about one of the newest appellations (protected wine-producing areas) in Argentina. Planted by a husband-and-wife team and located at almost 7,500 feet, this appellation pushes the limits of high-altitude mountain viticulture. With breathtaking views of the mighty Andes and an intimate vineyard setting, Las Carreras offers a unique experience in Argentine wine tasting.
DIA 5 MENDOZA | BLEND YOUR OWN VINTAGE
Today, begin at Lamadrid, a winery that dates from the 1930s and has been carefully restored, while maintaining its internal patios, red brick floors and wooded ceilings, to create a new winery in an old estate. With the help of the house sommelier, learn the subtle art of winemaking by blending your own wine. Start with three components — Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet — following instructions from a winemaker who explains what each of them brings to a blend. When you’re finished, enjoy a tasting and stay for a light lunch. Afterward, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and settle into your elegant luxury hotel, where you enjoy dinner tonight.
DIA 6 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA | TANGO SHOW WITH DINNER
Take in compelling highlights of Buenos Aires, such as the Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and San Telmo, as well as some of the vibrant, colorful graffiti art that adorns neighborhoods throughout the city. Break for lunch, and then enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening, transfer to Rojo Tango for dinner, followed by a captivating tango show that celebrates Argentina’s national dance.
DIA 7 BUENOS AIRES | INCREDIBLE IGUAZU FALLS
This morning, board a flight to Iguazu, where you have lunch at the Melia Hotel, inside Iguazu National Park in Argentina. Then, set out to view the magnificent Iguazu Falls, traversing raised walkways and seeing the Devil’s Throat with your expert guide. Afterward, cross the border to Brazil on your way to the Hotel Das Cataratas, a Belmond Hotel and the only hotel located inside the Iguassu National Park in Brazil. This tropical rainforest is home to rare birds such as macaws, toucans and parrots, as well as monkeys, caimans, armadillos and even jaguars, so keep your eyes peeled. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
DIA 8 IGUAZU FALLS | UP CLOSE TO A NATURAL MARVEL
Observe the mighty falls from two different vantage points, starting with a walking tour on the Brazilian side, taking in spectacular views and basking in a natural setting filled with orchids, colorful birds and endemic wildlife. Then, embark on a boat tour that takes you up close to the foot of the plummeting cascades for a visceral experience of the rainbow-making mists. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, gather for dinner at your hotel.
DIA 9 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL | SUGAR LOAF & BARBECUE
Fly to marvelous Rio de Janeiro and check in to your hotel. This afternoon, tour iconic Sugar Loaf, ascending to the mountain’s upper reaches to take in panoramic vistas of the city and Guanabara Bay, and toasting the incredible view on a relaxing Scenic Sundowner experience. Tonight, enjoy a true Brazilian taste sensation with a dinner at Assador, a restaurant that takes barbecue to succulent new heights.
DIA 10 RIO DE JANEIRO | TOTAL IMMERSION IN RIO
Explore downtown Rio de Janeiro on a tour of the historic city center, viewing sites central to local history and culture. Ride Like a Local along the way, hopping on and off the Rio VLT electric train, which also carries you to the revitalized port area to view the massive Cobra murals, each a dazzling example of Brazilian graffiti art. Then, get a taste of the city’s Carnival culture, enjoying insider access that takes you backstage to see the construction process of costumes and floats. Later this afternoon, travel to the heights of Corcovado Mountain for a spectacular glimpse of Rio. Also behold Corcovado’s crowning jewel, the majestic 120-foot-high statue of Christ the Redeemer — one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Complete the evening with a special farewell dinner in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, where you share stories and raise a toast to your amazing journey across South America.
DIA 11 DEPART RIO DE JANEIRO | DESIGN YOUR DAY
Today, enjoy the opportunity to experience Rio de Janeiro your way, with one of these Design your Day activities.
- Visit a Local NGO, supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, that works to foster a favela-based ecosystem in the Vidigal favela.
- Bicycle Iconic Rio Neighborhoods: CCopacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
- Indulge in a Relaxing Massage with aromatic essential oils at your luxurious hotel’s spa.
Afterward, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.