Discover South America: Chile & Argentina

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Take this South American tour and discover a spellbinding blend of native cultures and international influences as you cross the continent from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Your tour begins in Santiago, Chile's Andean capital city, from which you can explore the captivating Pacific Coast. You'll then visit Puerto Varas, your jumping-off point for tours of the br...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in this scenic area, which is one of Latin America's most amazing wetland environments.
    • Explore Buenos Aires
    • Discover Bariloche charming city
    • Visit Avenida de Mayo, which runs into Plaza de Mayo
    • Visit to amazing Campanario Hill
    • Opportunity to see Valparaiso, is an important Chilean port city (and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site)

What's this trip about?

    Take this South American tour and discover a spellbinding blend of native cultures and international influences as you cross the continent from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Your tour begins in Santiago, Chile's Andean capital city, from which you can explore the captivating Pacific Coast. You'll then visit Puerto Varas, your jumping-off point for tours of the breathtakingly beautiful lakes region, and the perfect place to interact with locals and to savor delectable desserts with a surprising German influence. Next, spend an unforgettable day crossing into Argentina by bus and boat as you sail across the vast lakes of the Andes over the border into Bariloche for a taste of the Alps in the heart of Patagonia. Your tour concludes in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, where included sightseeing, exclusive Discovery Series events, and your own wanderings will give you a fascinating glimpse of South American daily life.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal transport included (including local flights)
Start CitySantiago
End CityBuenos Aires

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Family Friendly
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Chile


  • Buenos Aires
  • Cusco
  • Lima
  • Puerto Varas
  • Valparaiso


  • Culture
  • Educational/ learning
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • Choose to purchase Grand Circle's airfare, and your airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges are included. Or, make your own air arrangements
    • All flights within South America
    • Accommodations for 11 nights in comfortable rooms with private baths
    • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 5 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Dinner)
    • 19 included features: 8 guided tours and 11 exclusive Discovery Series events: Chilean history discussion • Graffiti Art of Valparaiso • Lunch in a local home • Angelmo Market visit • Mapuche discussion • Chilean rodeo demonstration • Nazis in Patagonia discussion • Patagonian ranch visit • Home-Hosted Dinner • Tango demonstration & lesson • Argentina Today discussion
    • Personal headset for all included and optional tours on your main trip
    • Gratuities on your main trip for local guides and motorcoach drivers
    • Exclusive services of a local Grand Circle Program Director (assigned to no more than 38 travelers)
    • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next Grand Circle trip—an average of $262
    • Private motorcoach land travel
    • Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips

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Travel Map

Day 1: Depart U.S.

Travel to South America as you fly overnight from the U.S. today.

Day 2: Arrive Santiago, Chile • Chilean family winery

Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Santiago or similar

You will touch down in the Chilean capital this morning to begin your South America tour, where a Grand Circle representative will meet you and assist with the transfer to your hotel. While y...

Day 3: Santiago • City tour • Chilean history discussion

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Santiago or similar

This morning, embark upon a city tour of Santiago. Home to a third of Chile's 16 million people, Santiago rests at the confluence of the Mapocho and Maipu rivers, surrounded on a...

Day 4: Santiago • Valparaiso tour • Graffiti Art of Valparaiso activity • Lunch in a local home

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Santiago or similar

Today, set off to the Chilean northwest on a full-day tour to Valparaiso. Valparaiso is an important Chilean port city (and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site), where 17 hil...

Day 5: Santiago • Puerto Varas • Angelmo Market visit • Mapuche discussion

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodations: Hotel Bellavista

After an early breakfast, transfer to the Santiago airport for your group's flight to Puerto Montt. You'll arrive in the early afternoon, then enjoy an exclusive Discovery Series visit to Angel...

Day 6: Puerto Varas • Chilean rodeo demonstration & lunch

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations: Hotel Bellavista

This morning, learn more about the German immigrant heritage of Chile during a visit to a German family collection. Then enjoy a taste of everyday, family-centered Chilean life as a guest at a loca...

Day 7: Puerto Varas • Petrohue Falls • Andean lake crossing • Bariloche, Argentina

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Cacique Inacayal Hotel

Be prepared for an early start and a long—but very rewarding—day of travel today. First, depart for a morning tour of Petrohue Falls, where you can explore the lush setting surrounding the...

Day 8: Bariloche • Panoramic tour & visit to Campanario Hill • Local brewery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Cacique Inacayal Hotel

Today Patagonia bids you bienvenidos as you awaken in Bariloche. Officially called San Carlos de Bariloche, this city is a curious amalgam of cultural influences. Its buildings rec...

Day 9: Bariloche • Nazis in Patagonia discussion • Patagonian ranch visit • Optional Floating in the Limay River cruise  (optional tour)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations: Cacique Inacayal Hotel

This morning, enjoy an exclusive Discovery Series discussion on the Nazi presence in Patagonia during World War II. Later, you'll depart for the Patagonian steppe for an exclusive Discovery S...

Day 10: Bariloche • Buenos Aires • Home-Hosted Dinner

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodations: Panamericano Buenos Aires or similar

After breakfast, you'll have some time to bid Bariloche adios before transferring to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. You'll arrive in the late afternoon and con...

Day 11: Buenos Aires Highlights tour • Tango lesson • Optional Tango Show & Dinner (Optional tour)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Panamericano Buenos Aires or similar

After breakfast, set off on an included half-day tour of Buenos Aires. You'll see the city's elegant mixture of Spanish Colonial architecture and several traditional European styles. V...

Day 12: Buenos Aires • Parana Delta ride • School visit • Argentina Today discussion Foundation Visit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Panamericano Buenos Aires or similar

Today, experience a change of pace from city life as you take a tour of the area where the Parana River empties into the Rio de la Plata on its way into the Atlantic,...

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel together, enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Buenos Aires before lunch on your own. Tonight, fly back to the U.S. or continue on our Brazil's Iguassu Falls & Rio de Janeiro post-trip extension.

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Price From $3,495
Price per day$269
Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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Grand Circle Travel offers distinctive international vacations for older Americans. Established in 1958 by Ethel Andrus, educator and founder of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), we view world travel as a powerful lever for lifelong learning. We make it accessible through trips that deliver unmatched discoveries, leisurely pacing, more travel choices, and comprehensive value.

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,Crowne Plaza Santiago Santiago, Chile  Rating: Superior First Class Located in mid-town Santiago, near the city’s Providencia neighborhood and west of Plaza Baquedano, this Superior First-Class high-rise hotel is just a few blocks from the nearest metro station. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, piano bar/lounges and full-service restaurant featuring Italian and Chilean cuisine. Each of its air-conditioned rooms features cable/satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, minibar, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, and private bath with shower and hair dryer.   Hotel Bellavista Puerto Varas, Chile  Rating: Superior First Class The Superior First-Class Hotel Bellavista features views of the nearby Lake Llanquihue, and is a short drive to downtown Puerto Varas. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, and tea room, and its 70 rooms feature cable TV, a safe, telephone, and private bath with shower. At the end of the day, unwind in the on-site sauna available for guests.   Cacique Inacayal Hotel Bariloche, Argentina With Nahuel Huapi Lake as its backdrop, the 67-room Cacique Inacayal Hotel welcomes guests with water views and friendly service. A light-flooded six-story atrium is just one of the appealing features in this hotel, which also offers a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna, as well as a Patagonian restaurant. Each room includes private bath, cable TV, and wireless Internet.   Panamericano Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina  Rating: Superior First Class Situated in the heart of vibrant Buenos Aires, the Superior First-Class Panamericano Buenos Aires offers a central location to the city, with amenities such as air-conditioning, coffee- and tea-making facilities, an in-room safe, satellite TV, and high-speed Internet access. There is also concierge service, as well as laundry facilities and a business center with computers for your use.
Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your trip for any reason, please call us as soon as possible, and follow up in writing. You are also required to return any airline tickets that may have been issued to you. Cancellation refunds will be calculated as of the date we receive your written cancellation. We will issue your refund in the manner in which we received your payment. If you paid your deposit by credit card and your balance by check, your refund will be divided accordingly. Refunds are generated manually by our accounting department to ensure accuracy. Please allow for a 30-day processing period before receiving your refund


Cancellation Charges for Land Tours

Prior to departure and Charge

90 days or more will be charged $300

89-60 days will be 10% of selling price or $300—whichever is greater

59-30 days is of 65% of selling price

29 days–departure is of 100% of selling price

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Meals Included

11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
While we specialize in vacations for travellers over 50, you can bring children aged 13 and older on Grand Circle trips. Please note, however, that our land-based programs often include lengthy motor coach sightseeing tours that may not be enjoyable for younger travellers.
Optional Activities

Post-trip: Brazil's Iguassu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

5 nights from: $2095


Discover the dual nature of Brazil, a country of both impossibly pristine landscapes and cosmopolitan cities. On this post-trip extension, you'll fly to Iguassu Falls, a spectacular series of cataracts on the Brazil-Argentina border. Then fly to Rio de Janeiro, where you'll scale Corcovado Mountain to visit the city's iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer high above Guanabara Bay.

It's Included:

Air transportation from Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls, and from Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro Accommodations for 5 nights

9 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners

4 included tours: Iguassu Falls (from both Argentina and Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (over two days) Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours

Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director

All transfers

Additional Information
Physical Requirements Walk 2 miles unassisted and participate in 2 hours of physical activities daily, including stairs Not accessible for travelers using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, or other mobility aids Program Directors reserve the right to modify participation or send travelers home if their limitations impact the group’s experience   Terrain & Transportation Uneven walking surfaces, including unpaved paths, hills, stairs, and cobblestones Travel by 45-seat motorcoach, cable car, chair lift, and 50-seat boat   Climate Daytime temperatures range from 51-85°F during touring season December-February are the warmest months Weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable and change quickly
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