20789
Chile/Argentina
Wonders of Chile and Argentina: Patagonia, Iguazu Falls and Splendid Cities
Experience the glaciers, volcanoes and pristine lakes of Patagonia and explore Santiago and Buenos Aires as you discover what connects these two countries and what makes them unique.
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Program No. 20789RJ
Length
14 days
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Flights start at
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13 nights
29 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Santiago, Check-in, Orientation, San Cristobal Hill
Santiago
L,D
Hotel Atton Vitacura

Morning: Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Early check-in is based on hotel availability and is at the discretion of the hotel. We'll be able to store luggage at the hotel until the rooms become available. Early check-in can only be guaranteed by booking/paying for an additional night at the hotel. Those interested in reserving an additional night should contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. Orientation at the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Meals on our program feature local cuisine. In many cases, they will be plated and served set meals; in others, we will have buffets with multiple options. Beverages include coffee, tea, water; other beverages are usually available for purchase. Unless otherwise specified, transportation during your program will be provided by air conditioned bus. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. At the hotel, we'll enjoy an introductory presentation on Chile. Then we'll ride to San Cristobal Hill to board a funicular and ride uphill through the city's largest green space, the Parque Metropolitano, to reach the Terraza Bellavista. Once at the summit, take a deep breath and enjoy the spectacular views of Santiago! We'll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
History of Chilean Wine, Santiago City Field Trip
Santiago
B,L
Hotel Atton Vitacura

Activity note: City walking on mostly flat, paved surfaces; some standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: At the hotel, we'll be joined by a local expert for a presentation on the history of Chilean wine. The origin of today's world-class Chilean wines stems from cuttings brought over from French vineyards in the mid-19th century before their stock was decimated by disease. Later, the European vines were grafted onto disease-resistant American stock. Chilean growers, however, had the advantage of original, non-grafted vines from France as well as an ideal climate in the Central Valley. Next we'll set out riding on a field trip to downtown Santiago with a museum visit. We'll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we'll ride and walk through greater Santiago to view local architecture, shops, and neighborhoods. A local expert will reveal important historical and cultural details throughout our explorations. The capital of Chile is a city where residents have traditionally looked to Europe as a model for architecture and culture.This influence can readily be seen in its stately palaces, plazas, parks and churches. Santiago is the country's colonial center, surrounded by 31 comunas or communities with their own municipal administration. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Wines of the Casablanca Valley, Valparaiso Field Trip
Santiago
B,L
Hotel Atton Vitacura

Activity note: Valparaiso is located about 70 miles northwest of Santiago; approximately 1.5 hours. Walking on mostly flat terrain and some standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll depart for Valparaiso with our Group Leader. Enjoy a railcar ride and walk in Valparaiso with a view of the harbor and city. Valparaiso is the country’s most important seaport and the alleged cultural capital of Chile. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is also host to the National Congress of Chile.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Our next field trip is to a Casablanca Valley winery to view its vineyards and learn about the winemaking process. Chile’s Casablanca Valley has developed an international reputation among wine connoisseurs for turning out deliciously crisp white wines. The Valley is located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean and less than 50 miles northwest of Santiago. As the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current makes its journey northwards from Antarctica, it moves up along the coast of Chile bringing cool ocean breezes. The cool Mediterranean-like climate in the area is perfect for producing high quality Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling wines. We'll return to Santiago at the conclusion of our field trip.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and our flight to Puerto Montt in the morning.

DAY
5
Flight to Puerto Montt, Angelmo Fish & Craft Market, Huasos
Puerto Varas
B,L,D
Hotel Cabaña del Lago

Activity note: Flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt is about 1 hour and 45 minutes. The drive from Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas, about 12 miles north, is approximately 1/2 hour. **Airlines in Chile and Argentina are notorious for changing flight routes and schedules without much notice. In the event of flight delays or airline schedule changes, it might be necessary to adjust the timing of some program activities. Your group leader will keep you updated on any changes to your itinerary.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Puerto Montt. Founded by German settlers in the mid-19th century, Puerto Montt still retains a distinct middle European face, with Nordic and Alpine architecture. The city is best known as a gateway to the southern lakes of Chile, Chiloé Island and Chilean Patagonia. Upon arrival, we'll ride to the nearby fishing and ferry port of Angelmo for a walking field trip to the bustling seaside fish and craft market. We'll learn about the local fishing industry while getting to observe the interesting interaction between shoppers and stall owners doing business. Sea lions like to frequent the area in search of an easy snack.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll ride to Puerto Varas and check-in at our hotel and freshen up before embarking on a field trip to an equestrian farm for a rodeo demonstration by local huasos--Chilean cowboys. We'll learn from farm staff the methods for training show horses--a real labor of patience and love.

Dinner: At the farm, we’ll enjoy a traditional meal.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
6
Puerto Varas History, German Museum, Free Time
Puerto Varas
B,L
Hotel Cabaña del Lago

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: An expert led presentation on German immigration to Chile will prepare us for today's activities. The area was settled predominantly by German immigrants in the middle of the 19th century and remnants of their culture are evident in many small communities found in the Los Lagos region. A ride around scenic Lake Llanquille will pave the way for our field trip to the town of Frutillar. Once there, we'll get an in-depth look at the challenging lifestyle of the area's early immigrants during an expert led visit to the German Colonial Museum before enjoying a walk through the town and its impressive performing arts theater.

Lunch: At a local farm.

Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure in Puerto Varas. You might like to join other Road Scholars and visit one of the local establishments for drinks and musical entertainment or enjoy a relaxing evening on your hotel's terrace admiring the twinkling lights reflected off the waters of Lake Llanquihue. Then prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
Petrohue Falls, Lake Crossing to Bariloche, Andean Highlands
Bariloche
B,L,D
Hotel Nahuel Huapi

Activity note: The lake crossing from Chile to Argentina takes approximately 9-12 hours and includes a series of boat and coach transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll check out of the hotel and ride to Petrohue. Once there, we will follow the boardwalk to the local dock and board a ferry to begin our lake crossing journey to Argentina. The boardwalk will take us past the black rock waterfalls of Petrohue at the edge of Todos los Santos Lake. Petrohué Falls lies in the threshold of the mighty Osorno Volcano, and the unique falls are comprised of a series of oddly twisting chutes among crystallized black volcanic rock. The rock is particularly resistant to erosion, lending the falls a peculiar shape.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: Our lake crossing will continue with a series of boat and coach transfers. Arriving in Bariloche, we’ll transfer to our hotel for check in. Bariloche is the primary city in the Argentinean Lake District and is a hub for accessing alpine resorts in the area as well as the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have soup and sandwiches.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Bariloche, European Influences & Floating on Rio Limay
Bariloche
B,L
Hotel Nahuel Huapi

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After an expert led presentation on European immigration and settlement, we'll drive to the Cerro Campanario chairlift. A chairlift ride will deliver us to Cerro Campanario and its look-out point, high above Bariloche. We'll have a coffee break at the on site restaurant and enjoy views of the city while learning from our local expert about economic and agricultural activities in the area. After making our way back to town, we'll ride to a local business and visit with an immigrant family to learn about their experiences settling in Bariloche.

Lunch: At a restaurant owned and run by a local immigrant family.

Afternoon: Next, we will drive approximately 30 minutes outside of Bariloche to a boat drop-off site on the Rio Limay. After receiving instructions and donning life-jackets we will board inflatable rafts in preparation for a leisurely "float" down the river. Our journey will take us past interesting volcanic landscapes and areas with rich bird life. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: On your own to sample local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and our flight to Buenos Aires tomorrow.

DAY
9
The Mapuche, City Walk, Fly to Buenos Aires, Tango Show
Buenos Aires
B,L,D
Hotel Regente Palace

Activity note: The flight from Bariloche to Buenos Aires usually takes just over 1 hour. **Airlines in Chile and Argentina are notorious for changing flight routes and schedules without much notice. In the event of flight delays or airline schedule changes, it might be necessary to adjust the timing of some program activities. Your group leader will keep you updated on any changes to your itinerary.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: At the hotel, we'll attend an expert presentation on the Mapuche Indians and early history of Argentina. Then we'll go for a walking field trip in Bariloche including the downtown museum.

Lunch: En route to the airport, we'll enjoy a light snack.

Afternoon: We’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel and check in with some time to freshen up and relax. At the hotel, we'll enjoy an expert presentation on the history and culture of the Tango. The dance has its origins in the brothels and tenements of late 19th-century Buenos Aires. With the popularization of the music by legendary performers such as Carlos Gardel, the dance began to slowly make its way into the elegant salons of Buenos Aires.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll dinner and enjoy a tango show.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
10
Colon Theater, Evita Museum, La Boca, San Telmo
Buenos Aires
B,L
Hotel Regente Palace

Activity note: This day will be spent exploring Buenos Aires on foot. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll learn about current social, economic, and political issues in Argentina during an expert presentation at the hotel. Next, we'll head out walking into the streets of Buenos Aires to visit the world-famous Colon Theater and the Evita Museum dedicated to Argentina’s best-known former first lady. Since 1908 visitors have marveled at the imposing seven-story Teatro Colón, a truly world-class center for opera, ballet and classical music. We'll learn from a theater representative about the history, architecture and artwork of this beloved cultural landmark while exploring the main areas of the building. Then we'll walk to the Museo Evita, housed in a historic mansion in the Palermo neighborhood. The Group Leader will offer background information on Evita's life and political history as we examine photographs, clothing, and personal artifacts, providing a window into the life of a complex Argentinean public figure.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll ride to La Boca and San Telmo neighborhoods in preparation for a walking field trip of Buenos Aires' colorful multicultural neighborhoods. The Group Leader will introduce us to the history of these communities as we explore the bustling streets and absorb the differences in architecture and cultural influences. La Boca was founded by European immigrants, many of them from Italy, and is known for its vibrantly colored houses, artsy shops, and restaurants. Visitors interested in learning more about the tango should take a walk along Caminito Street for a chance to witness street performers dancing to the sensuous music of Carlos Gardel and other famous tango crooners. San Telmo, the city’s oldest barrio, emerged from its working class roots to become an artsy, multicultural hub. Colonial buildings and cobbled stone streets stand in contrast to boutiques, hip restaurants, and bars. Every Sunday the Plaza Dorrego comes alive with vendors selling antiques as well as a multitude of street artists, tango dancers, and more during the famous San Telmo Antiques Market. After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: On your own, to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and our flight to Iguazu Falls tomorrow.

DAY
11
Recoleta, Fly to Iguazu Falls, About the Falls
Iguazu Falls
B,L,D
Amerian Portal del Iguazu

Activity note: The flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls usually takes just under 2 hours. Activities at Iguazu will focus entirely on the Argentinean side of the falls. We will not spend any time in Brazil; therefore, no special visas are necessary. **In the event of flight delays or airline schedule changes, it might be necessary to adjust the timing of some program activities. Your group leader will keep you updated on any changes to your itinerary.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check-out of our hotel and transfer to Recoleta to admire the neighborhood’s attractive architecture and visit its famous cemetery. Recoleta’s attractive plazas, parks, tree-lined avenues, and elegant turn-of-the-century architecture helped Buenos Aires earn the moniker “Paris of South America.” Expensive shops, elegant restaurants, and luxurious mansions and apartments cater to the country’s elite. Even its large cemetery, the historic Cementerio de la Recoleta, caters to Buenos Aires' rich and famous. It is the final resting place of Eva Peron.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We’ll transfer to the airport and board a flight to Puerto Iguazu. Once we arrive at Iguazu, we will transfer to our hotel located between Puerto Iguazu and the Falls for check in with some time to freshen up and relax. We'll regroup before dinner for an expert presentation on the geology and significance of Iguazu Falls.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Full Day at Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls
B,L,D
Amerian Portal del Iguazu

Activity note: Walking on forest trails and walkways at Iguazu National Park.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll ride to the Iguazu National Park, then spend the day on a field trip to the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Board a park train for a scenic ride through the jungle, along the edges of the mystical waterfalls. Then, we will explore on foot the upper and lower trails of the park, for a closer look at some of the 275 falls that drop from the Iguazu River amid the jungle that surrounds it. Keep your eyes open for wildlife! At the end of the trail, we’ll have a view of the Devil’s Throat Cataract from a short distance away.

Lunch: At a local restaurant at the Falls.

Afternoon: We will continue our explorations at the Falls then return to the hotel late afternoon.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and departure tomorrow. Have luggage packed and ready.

DAY
13
Iguazu Lookout Point, Fly to Buenos Aires, Program Concludes
In Flight
B,L

Activity note: The flight from Iguazu to Buenos Aires usually takes just under 2 hours. From Buenos Aires' domestic airport (AEP) to the international airport (EZE) is approximately 27 miles and usually takes just under 1 hour by bus.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Free Time. Before transferring to the airport to catch our flight to Buenos Aires, we’ll take a brief walk to a local lookout point to get one final view of the beautiful waterfalls. The scenic spot is located at the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu Rivers and offers views of three countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. We’ll then transfer to the airport and take a late morning flight to Buenos Aires.

Lunch: Late lunch at a restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Afternoon: Our South American journey comes to an end. We'll catch a final glimpse of Buenos Aires as we depart for the international airport. This concludes the program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
14
Arrive to North America
In Flight





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