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Classic Lake Crossing: Argentina & Chile

  • Destination: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South America
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Start: 01/12/2018
  • End: 01/21/2018
  • Price: $4495

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OPTIONAL 4-DAY EXTENSION TO IGUAZU FALLS BEGINS JAN 10.
THE CLASSIC PATAGONIAN LAKE CROSSING OVER THE ANDES: ARGENTINA & CHILE
SAVE $200 IF BOOKED BY SEPT 1, 2017
The Andean Lakes Crossing is the most scenic way to travel from Argentina to Chile. This spectacular crossing takes you across lakes and through mountain passes. Coda Tours is bringing back a favorite itinerary which we have offered many times in the past.
We begin with beautiful Buenos Aires, the Paris of the South. For the gay traveler, Buenos Aires has special appeal. We will see all the famous sites from a sexy tango show to resting place of Evita Peron. Then we are off to Patagonia and its spectacular beauty. Bariloche is located on the edge of Lake Nahuel Huapi and is often compared to Switzerland. Following the lake crossing, we end in Santiago, bustling capital of Chile.
We recommend extending your trip in the beginning to the amazing cataracts at Iguazú Falls. One of the natural wonders of the world, the falls border Brazil and Argentina. Paraguay is not far away. These are the largest waterfalls system in the world.
Start & End in Buenos Aires.

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Day 1

FRI JAN 12, 2018 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Day 2

SAT JAN 13 • Arrive Buenos Aires

argentinaWe arrive in Buenos Aires early this morning and transfer to the hotel. Rooms will be ready for immediate occupancy. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax after the flight. The hotel is located in the chic Recoleta District and is in a wonderful walking area that has many upscale stores, restaurants, and boutiques.

In the evening, we will enjoy a Tango Rojo dinner show at the sophisticated Faena Hotel. This Cabaret is designed by Philippe Starck and brings back nostalgic times with the strength of an extraordinary show full of fantasy and sensuality.

For those who would like to extend their evening, we may explore some of the famous gay nightlife of Buenos Aires.

Hotel: The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires By Mgallery ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Dinner/Show

Day 3

SUN JAN 14 • Buenos Aires City Tour

argentinaToday we will visit the oldest cemetery in Buenos Aires, the Recoleta Cemetery and final resting place of Eva Duarte, known as Eva Perón (Evita). We follow with a visit to the Evita Museum, devoted to the life, work, beliefs and values of María Eva Duarte de Perón.

In the afternoon, we will drive through the district of Palermo with its beautiful parks and artificial lakes. The City Zoo, the Botanical Garden of Buenos Aires, the Argentine Horse Track and National Polo Fields are all located in this area. We will also visit one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Palermo Soho & Palermo Hollywood, bursting with design boutiques and restaurants.

San Telmo is the best kept historical neighborhood and oldest district of Buenos Aires. Here we will have time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego, where the atmosphere is purely Porteño (the essence of the people of Buenos Aires). See some wonderful open-air shows, hear some veteran tango singers, and buy something truly unique at the most interesting attraction the city of Buenos Aires has to offer, the San Telmo Antique Fair. Today you will get an idea of what the culture of Buenos Aires is all about.

Hotel: The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires By Mgallery ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

MON JAN 15 • Buenos Aires of Yesterday

Today we discover 3 architectural icons of Old Buenos Aires. First we will have a guided tour of the Colon Theatre, one of the world’s best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the city. Afterwards, we continue to El Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the biggest bookstores in South America. Located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood, El Ateneo originally housed the Teatro Grand Splendid and hosted shows by tango singers Carlos Gardel and Ignacio Corsini. We continue to Avenida de Mayo, our last stop, at the famous Café Tortoni, the most traditional café in Buenos Aires, and the oldest literati café.

In the evening, dinner is at the fashionable Elena Restaurant.

Hotel: The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires By Mgallery ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Coffee/Snack, Dinner

Day 5

TUE JAN 16 • Buenos Aires | San Carlos de Bariloche

This morning we fly to San Carlos de Bariloche. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Llao Llao Hotel. San Carlos de Bariloche is situated in the Andean foothills and can be compared to the Swiss Alps for its beauty. Situated on the southern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche is the most important town in the area and the best departure point to explore the lakes, forests and snow-capped mountains. We will tour the town and surroundings this afternoon including a chair lift to the summit of Campanario hill at 3,444 feet.

Hotel: Llao Llao Hotel Resort Golf And Spa ★★★★★★★
Room: Mountain View / Bustillo Bldg
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

WED JAN 17 • Villa La Angostura-San Martin de los Andes

Today’s excursion travels north by Manzano Port and arrives at Villa La Angostura. Once you leave the village behind, you will be on the Camino de los Siete Lagos, or Seven Lakes Road surrounded by an endless panorama of natural beauty. We arrive at San Martín de los Andes, a lovely town on the shores of Lácar Lake. Enjoy lunch here before we return to Bariloche.

Hotel: Llao Llao Hotel Resort Golf And Spa ★★★★★
Room: Mountain View / Bustillo Bldg
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

THU JAN 18 • The Lake Crossing: San Carlos De Bariloche to Puerto Varas

Today we have a busy day and an early departure as we cross the Andes and go from Argentina to Chile. First, we cross the Nahuel Huapi Lake on a catamaran. We then transfer to a motor ship and sail the Frías Lake and have our first splendid view of Tronador Hill.

Here we proceed through lush Andean vegetation to the Vicente Pérez Rosales pass and enter Chile. From the border, it is only a short ride to Peulla where we will stop for lunch. Then we board the Lagos Andinos Catamaran and set out to cross the waters of the Todos Los Santos where we will have views of Mount Puntiagudo and the impressive Osorno volcano. We then arrive at Petrohué, and continue to the Petrohue rapids. At the end of this long day we will find ourselves in Puerto Varas.

Hotel: Hotel Cabaña Del Lago ★★★★
Room: Superior Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

FRI JAN 19 • Puerto Montt | Santiago de Chile

We transfer from our hotel to the airport in Puerto Montt to fly to Santiago de Chile and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon or join us for an optional excursion to Frutillar with a visit to the German Colonial Museum.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Hyatt ★★★★★
Room: Grand Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

SAT JAN 20 • Santiago de Chile | USA

In the morning, we will have a city-tour of Santiago and La Alameda, Santiago’s colorful main avenue in the heart of the city. On the way, we will see the Chilean University, the San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill. We will visit the Pre-Columbian Museum, continue towards the Plaza de Armas and see the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. To round off the tour, we will pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture and, finally, the bustling Providencia shopping zone.

In the evening, we have an early farewell dinner at the popular Como Agua Para Chocolate restaurant. Afterwards we will say goodbye to South America and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Hyatt ★★★★★
Room: Grand Deluxe (Day Room)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

SUN JAN 21 • Arrive the USA

Arrive the USA.

Hotels

The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires by Mgallery

4star

With a stay at The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires by MGallery Collection, you’ll be centrally located in Buenos Aires, steps from Alvear Art Gallery and Patio Bullrich. This 4.5-star hotel is close to Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment.

Llao Llao Hotel Resort Golf and Spa

5star

Surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes. The Hotel has a 15-hectare park, including the 18-hole golf course, the marina, beach, solarium, heated indoor and outdoor infinity edge swimming-pools, Spa and Healthclub with sauna, Fitness Center and other leisure activities.

Hotel Cabaña del Lago

4star

We have the most stunning views of Llanquihue Lake and the beauty of the neighboring volcanoes. Our hotel is ensconced in a beautiful building that rises majestically over the city of Puerto Varas displaying its distinctive architecture. This is the doorway to all of the attractions that southern Chile has to offer.

Hotel Grand Hyatt Santiago

5star

Considered one of the most luxurious hotels of South America, Grand Hyatt Santiago is located in an exclusive district of the Chilean capital – Las Condes, a central area known for commerce and tourism in the city. With easy access to the airport and downtown, the hotel is located close to major shopping malls, golf clubs and vineyards.

Rates & Facts

Rates Per Person Main Tour Intra-Tour Flights Total for Full Program
Double Occupancy $4495 $400 $5095
Single Occupancy $5595 $400 $5990

Rates w/Iguazu Falls Main Tour Opt Pre-Trip Iguazu Intra-Tour Flights Total for Full Program
Double Occupancy $4495 $695 $800 $5990
Single Occupancy $5595 $895 $800 $7290

Inclusions
  • Seven night accommodations at four or five star hotels. Room categories as specified in the itinerary. Early check-in is included in Buenos Aires for immediate occupancy. (Two additional night accommodations for the optional pre-trip.)
  • Breakfast daily, three dinners in charming restaurants, two lunches at local restaurants (additional lunch and dinner with the optional pre-trip)
  • Complete itinerary of activities and sightseeing as described above
  • Professional English-speaking local guides for all sightseeing in Argentina and Chile (and in Iguazú for the optional pre-trip)
  • Coda Representative based on minimum participation
  • Complete pre-departure support and assistance and package of final documents portfolio
Not Included
  • Airfare to and from the USA.
  • Airfare on day 5 from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche and day 8 from Puerto Montt to Santiago de Chile (and roundtrip airfare from Buenos Aires to Iguazú for the optional pre-trip). Quoted separately.
  • Visa and passport fees. A BRAZILIAN VISA IS REQUIRED FOR THE PRE-TRIP TO IGUAZU.
  • Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Meals and beverages unless specified in the above itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone and internet, etc.
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, Tour Manager, etc.
Airfare
  • Aerolinas Argentina, Delta, Latam (LAN), and American Airlines are among the several airlines that can be used to book your airfare for this tour. Coda Tours is happy to book your airfare for you with proper advanced notice. We recommend booking your airfare 7 months in advance if you plan to try to use Frequent Flyer Miles.
Travel Documents
  • No visas are required to enter Argentina and Chile for US or Canadian passport holders.
  • A visa is required for entry to Brazil with the optional pre-trip to Iguazú Falls
Health
  • The Center for Disease Control recommends travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccines including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and polio vaccine.
  • Please note that Zika is a risk in Argentina. Travelers should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to the Zika virus during and after the trip.
Minimums
  • All departures are guaranteed on a minimum of 8 participants. A Coda Representative will accompany a tour that has a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour and can be customized and repriced based on the final itinerary. For fewer than 8 participants, rates may need to be revised.
Pre-Departure Information
  • A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure

Optional Pre-Trip Extension to Iguazu Falls

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Day 1

WED, JAN 10 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Day 2

THU JAN 11 • Arrive Buenos Aires | Iguazu Falls

Upon arrival, we will be met by a representative who will transfer us to the Aeroparque airport for our flight to Iguazú Falls.

Upon arrival to Iguazú we will be met by a local guide and transferred to The Loi Suites for the next two nights. This afternoon, we will take a tour of the Devil’s Throat on the Argentine side of the Falls. As a special treat, we will board adventure boats that take us, at high speed, to enjoy one of the most unforgettable experiences: the direct and wet contact with the mighty Iguazú Falls!

Hotel: Hotel Loi Suites Iguazu ★★★★★
Room: Studio Junior Room
Meals: None

Day 3

FRI JAN 12 • Iguazu Falls

Today we will cross the National Park to the Brazilian Falls. Walk along the paths following the cascades and then along the catwalk that leads very close to the bottom of the Devil’s Throat. Take in the impressive panoramic views of the falls on the Argentinean side, like the Two Sisters, Bozzeti, Superior Circuit and San Martin Island, where the movie “The Mission” was filmed.

Lunch is at hotel Das Cataratas on the Brazilian side of the falls. This evening enjoy a special home hosted dinner with an Argentine family.

** Note: American/Canadian citizens need a Brazilian Visa for today’s visit. **

Hotel: Hotel Loi Suites Iguazu ★★★★★
Room: Studio Junior Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

SAT JAN 13 • Iguazu Falls | Buenos Aires

We will fly back to Buenos Aires today and transfer to the hotel to meet up with the main tour.

Hotel: The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires By Mgallery ★★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Dinner/Show

Hotel

Hotel Loi Suites Iguazú

5star

Only 20’ far from the airport, this exclusive five star hotel is immersed in the Iryapú Jungle. Comfort and luxury 15’ far from the Iguazú Falls in perfect harmony with nature. Built with maximum respect for nature, preserving native vegetation, Loi Suites Iguazú is surrounded by magnificent trees and impressive wild life.

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