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Argentina & Chile: The Classic Patagonian Lake Crossing Over The Andes & The Majestic Iguazu Falls

  • Destination: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South America
  • Start: 01/09/2019
  • End: 01/19/2019

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  • Double Occupancy $5695 | Single Occupancy $6995
  • 11 days/9 nights in Argentina and Chile, including 7 nights in Argentina (Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Bariloche) and 2 nights in Chile (Puerto Varas, Santiago de Chile)
  • Deluxe (5★/4★) accommodations throughout
  • Activity level: Easy
  • International Air Routing: USA – Buenos Aires (EZE) / Santiago de Chile (SCL) – USA

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Highlights

Begin your adventure with 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. A great way to prepare for seeing the falls is to watch the movie, The Mission, which used Iguazu Falls as it’s backdrop.

Continue to 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 the resting place of Evita Peron. Our hotel is the Grande Dame of Buenos Aires – the Alvear Palace. A stunning property decorated in Empire & Louis the XV style. It has a prime location in this elegant city.

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. The Andean Lakes Crossing is the most scenic way to travel from Argentina to Chile. This full-day crossing takes you across lakes and through mountain passes, with memorable views of Andes snow-capped peaks and even the Cerro Tronador, hovering 11,500 ft high. Following the lake crossing, we make our way to Santiago, bustling capital of Chile. Santiago is located in a central valley and surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Andes.

  • The stunning Iguazú Falls, including Devil’s Throat
  • Adventure Boat ride to view the Falls up-close
  • 2 nights at the amazing Loi Suites Hotel
  • Welcome cocktails, pool-side, in Iguazú Falls
  • Sexy tango show and champagne dinner at Tango Rojo in the Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires
  • Gay pub crawl in Buenos Aires
  • Dinner at the fashionable Elena restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel
  • Interior visit of 19th-c Teatro Colón
  • Gravesite of Evita Perón & Evita Perón museum
  • Tea at the famous Tortoni Café, Buenos Aires
  • Visit to El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore for its architectural value
  • 2 nights at the beautiful Llao Llao Hotel Resort Golf & Spa, mountain view room
  • Full day excursion to the Alpine-style Villa La Angostura
  • Bariloche, heart of Argentine Patagonia
  • Full day Lake Crossing across the Andes Mountains
  • Santiago, bustling capital of Chile


Please click ( + ) signs by each day for detailed information.

Day 1

WED JAN 9, 2019 • Depart the USA

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

THU JAN 10 • Arrive in Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls


Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the domestic airport for the flight to Iguazú Falls.

Upon arrival in Iguazú, transfer to The Loi Suites for the next two nights.

Immersed in the Iryapú Jungle surrounding Iguazú Falls, the Loi Suites is an exclusive 5-star hotel built with maximum respect for nature, surrounded by magnificent trees and impressive wild life.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the resort & spa. This evening gather for a Welcome cocktail and dinner with fellow travelers at the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Loi Suites Iguazu ★★★★★
Room: Studio Junior Room
Meals: Dinner

Day 3

FRI JAN 11 • Iguazú Falls


Today we cross to the Brazilian Falls. Walk along the path following the cascades and then along the catwalk that leads very close to the bottom of Devil’s Throat. Enjoy lunch before returning to the Argentine side. Tour the Devil’s Throat on the Argentine side of the Falls. As a special treat, will board an adventure boat for a high-speed ride for a wet and mighty encounter with Iguazú Falls!

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

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

Day 4

SAT JAN 12 • Iguazú Falls to Buenos Aires

Fly back to Buenos Aires today and transfer to the hotel, Alvear Palace, which is located in the chic Recoleta District and within walking distance of many upscale stores, restaurants, and boutiques.

In the evening, 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, explore some of the famous gay nightlife of Buenos Aires.

Hotel: Hotel Alvear Palace ★★★★★
Room: Palace Premier Room
Meals: Dinner/Show

Day 5

SUN JAN 13 • Buenos Aires City Tour

Today visit the oldest cemetery in Buenos Aires, the Recoleta Cemetery and final resting place of Eva Duarte, known as Eva Perón (Evita). 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, 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. 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: Hotel Alvear Palace ★★★★★
Room: Palace Premier Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

MON JAN 14 • Buenos Aires of Yesterday

Today discover 3 architectural icons of Old Buenos Aires. First, a guided tour of the Teatro Colón, one of the world’s best-known opera houses and the cultural pride of the city. Afterward, 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. Continue to Avenida de Mayo, the last stop, at the famous Café Tortoni, the most traditional café in Buenos Aires, and the oldest literati café.

Hotel: Hotel Alvear Palace ★★★★★
Room: Palace Premier Room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

TUE JAN 15 • Buenos Aires to San Carlos De Bariloche

This morning fly to San Carlos de Bariloche. Upon arrival, 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. Tour the town and surroundings this afternoon including a chair lift to the summit of Campanario hill at 3,444 feet.

Llao Llao Hotel Resort Golf & Spa is the most exclusive resort in Argentine Patagonia. The 5-star Resort in Bariloche offers incredible views of lakes, forests and mountains.

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

Day 8

WED JAN 16 • Excursion to Villa La Angostura

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. Enjoy lunch here before returning to Bariloche.

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

Day 9

THU JAN 17 • 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, cross the Nahuel Huapi Lake on a catamaran. Then transfer to a motor ship and sail the Frías Lake and have the first splendid view of Tronador Hill.

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 stop for lunch. Then board the Lagos Andinos Catamaran and set out to cross the waters of the Todos Los Santos where there are views of Mount Puntiagudo and the impressive Osorno volcano. 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 10

FRI JAN 18 • Puerto Varas to Santiago de Chile

After breakfast, transfer from the airport in Puerto Montt to fly to Santiago de Chile and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, we have a farewell dinner at the popular Como Agua Para Chocolate restaurant or similar.

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

Day 11

SAT JAN 19 • Arrive the 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, see the Chilean University, the San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill. Visit the Pre-Columbian Museum, the Plaza de Armas and see the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. To round off the tour, pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture and, finally, the bustling Providencia shopping zone.

In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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

Day 12

SUN JAN 20 • Arrive the USA

Arrive in the USA.

Rates & Facts

Per Person with Iguazú Falls Main Tour Intra-Tour Flights Total for Full Program
Double Occupancy $5695 $800 $6495
Single Occupancy $6995 $800 $7795

Intra-Tour Airfare

Intra-tour flights are additional. The cost is currently $800 in coach class (Business class may not be available on intra-tour flights.) Coda Tours will book the intra-tour flights. Rates are subject to change until ticketed.

The following flights are required: Buenos Aires/Iguazu Fall/Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires/Bariloche & Puerto Montt/Santiago.

Inclusions
  • Nine nights accommodations in 4- or 5-star hotels. Room categories as specified in the itinerary. (Upgrades are possible based on availability. Please inquire at the time of booking.)
  • Day room accommodations in Santiago for late check out
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches at local restaurants, 4 dinners in charming restaurants
  • Complete itinerary of activities and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking local guides for all sightseeing
  • 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; Intra-tour airfare: Buenos Aires/Iguazu Falls/Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires/Bariloche & Puerto Montt/Santiago; 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 & drinks with meals unless specified; 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

VISAS: 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. You will need to obtain the Brazilian visa before traveling by visiting the Embassy of Brazil website. You will also need an immigration form filled out upon arrival. You must retain this form to hand back to immigration officials when you depart the country.

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.

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