South American Odyssey: Brazil, Argentina & Chile

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There are many South American travel packages you can book, but our comprehensive tour brings you to all the must-see sites of Chile, Argentina and Brazil. From the bustling urban centers of sophisticated Santiago, Buenos Aires (the “Paris of the South”) and Rio de Janeiro—watched over by none other than Christ the Redeemer—to the natural wonders of the Andean Mountains, Chilean Lake District, Bariloche, Argentine Pampas and the Iguassu Falls that span two countries. Memorable experiences on this 16-day escorted tour include traveling along one of National Geographic’s 10 Most Scenic Drives in the World, a visit to the grave of the infamous Evita Peron, an authentic Gaucho Fiesta and a passionate tango performance.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Santiago
  • 1 night in Puerto Varas
  • 2 nights in Bariloche
  • 4 nights in Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights in Iguassu Falls
  • 2 nights in Rio de Janeiro


  • San Cristobal Hill (Santiago)
  • Picturesque Bariloche
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Tango Show (Buenos Aires)
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Rio)
  • Copacabana (Rio)

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami (New York-JFK available at additional cost)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights & ground transportation
  • Accommodations at deluxe & superior first-class hotels
  • 19 meals: 13 buffet breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Your journey to exotic South America begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight bound for Chile. Airfare from the U.S. is included.

Arrive in Santiago


This morning, you’ll touch down in Santiago, the lively capital of Chile, located between the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Andes. On arrival, ride to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a bird’s-eye view of the city and the Andean mountain range. Later, learn more about Santiago’s charms and history from a local expert who will take you on a tour of the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square, and the nearby Cathedral. You’ll also see the Palacio de la Moneda—home of the president—and the Bohemian section of Bellavista with its art galleries, restaurants and vibrantly colored…


You have the entire day to explore Santiago your way, at your own pace—or by joining an optional excursion. We recommend the Full-Day Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and Winery Tour. It’s your chance to discover two enchanting coastal towns—Vina del Mar, known as the “Garden City,” and Valparaiso, also called the “Jewel of the Pacific”—as well as sip and savor the fruits of Chile’s thriving wine-making industry. B Pullman Santiago Vitacura Hotel (or similar)

Santiago/Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas


Today, you’ll board a short flight to the southern port city of Puerto Montt, gateway to the Chilean Lake District. Upon arrival, enjoy a magnificent lookout over the city and bay before arriving in the nearby village of Puerto Varas, known as the “City of Roses.” Arrive at your hotel within walking distance of the magnificent lake. On a clear day, you’ll also enjoy views of Mount Osorno, a stunning, snow-capped volcano. Relax and linger over dinner at the hotel tonight. B/D Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas (or similar)

Lake Region/Bariloche


Today’s unforgettable excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Traverse the Andean Mountains through the Lake District from Chile to Argentina. Enjoy dramatic landscapes, spectacular emerald green lakes, thundering waterfalls, snow-covered volcanoes and dense forests. The breathtaking scenery unfolds as you journey along winding roads overlooking the magical lakes of Chile’s Puyehue National Park and into Argentina’s equally amazing Nahuel Huapi National Park. Later in the day, you’ll arrive in the postcard-perfect town of Bariloche. B Hotel NH…



With an idyllic setting reminiscent of the Swiss Alps, Bariloche is a lakeside town easily explored from your hotel. This morning, enjoy some time at your leisure—consider browsing the many nearby chocolate shops or enjoy a cup of coffee with a lake view. This afternoon, enjoy a “Small Circuit Tour,” recognized by National Geographic as one of the 10 most scenic drives in the world—highlighted by the forest, lakes and mountains surrounding Bariloche. The tour begins at Nahuel Huapi Lake, crosses the residential Melipal district and arrives at Playa Bonita, located in front of Huemul…

Bariloche/Buenos Aires


Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, often called the “Paris of the South.” The city is an exotic mix of European heritage and Latin spirit, evident in its architecture, culture and lifestyle. You’ll travel the Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue, to your downtown hotel. B Loi Suites Recoleta (or similar)

Buenos Aires


On this morning’s guided tour see the Plaza de Mayor—Argentina’s most famous square, the iconic Opera House and the historic La Boca district, known for its street tango performances. You’ll then proceed to the elegant Recoleta district and the final resting place of the infamous Evita Peron. Prior to being interred here 24 years after her death, Evita’s remains were stolen and brought to Italy before being returned to her exiled husband in Madrid and being buried by his side in the Presidential Palace three years later. Then, finally, Evita was laid to rest in her family’s…

Buenos Aires/Argentine Pampas


Travel outside the city on a full-day excursion to the Argentine Pampas, where the native gauchos raise the cattle and other livestock that graze on the long grasses of these flatlands. Visit an estancia (ranch) and enjoy a sumptuous barbecue lunch followed by an authentic Gaucho Fiesta, complete with horse riding and a folklore show. B/L Loi Suites Recoleta (or similar)

Buenos Aires


The day is yours to spend however you like. Interested in taking a deeper dive into the city sites? Take a “behind the scenes” tour of the ornate Colon Opera House, visit the shops lining the renowned Florida Street or relax in one of the many outdoor cafes and parks. If you’d rather escape to nature, you can join the optional half-day Tigre Delta tour on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to enjoy the beautiful rivers, streams and numerous green islands. B Loi Suites Recoleta (or similar)

Buenos Aires/Iguassu Falls


After breakfast, board a short flight to the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls. You’ll soon discover why this is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world! Set at the border of Argentina and Brazil, the falls consist of 275 inlets and cataracts that send their cascades roaring 250 feet below. Enjoy a ride on the ecological train through the rainforest for a spectacular close-up view of the falls. Proceed to your deluxe hotel which is set amidst lush tropical gardens. B/D Mabu Thermas Grand Resort (or similar)

Iguassu Falls


Because Iguassu Falls is too spectacular to leave behind just yet, today you’ll be afforded a view of the dramatic Brazilian side of the falls and surrounding lush sub-tropical vegetation on an included morning tour. The afternoon is free for independent activities, shopping or relaxing beside your hotel’s hot-spring-fed pool. B Mabu Thermas Grand Resort (or similar)

Iguassu/Rio de Janeiro


Today, you’ll catch a flight to Rio de Janeiro, often described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Sprawling between lush tropical mountains and the exquisite beaches of the Atlantic, Rio’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people will win your heart. This afternoon, you’ll ascend imposing Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car to the 1,300-foot summit for stunning views of the city and surroundings. Later, you’ll ride beside the white-sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema before arriving at your luxurious hotel. B Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort (or…

Rio de Janeiro


How will you do Rio? You have the entire day to decide! Jewelry fans will love shopping for authentic gemstones. Culture hounds can explore the city’s museums and historic monuments. Sunbathers can spend the day basking in the rays on the beach. If you’d rather get out of the city, you can join our optional full-day excursion to the picturesque mountain resort of Petropolis, 42 miles away. It’s such a desirable destination that Pedro II, the last emperor of Brazil, had a summer palace built there. Tonight, you’ll celebrate with your fellow travelers at a festive dinner. B/D…

Depart Rio de Janeiro


Before leaving the big city, you’ll take a morning tour, following a cog railway that leads through the rainforest up Corcovado Mountain, a 2,300-foot peak crowned by the landmark statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views from the top of the mountain are dazzling! The balance of the day is dedicated to your leisure for last-minute sightseeing or simply relaxing by the hotel pool before being transferred to the airport for your overnight return flight to the States. B

Arrive in the U.S.

Your exciting South American Odyssey ends as you land in the U.S. this morning.

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made in U.S. Dollars by cash. Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be canceled if this minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment.

Full-Day Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and Winery Tour

  • Santiago
  • From approx. $110 Per Person

Enjoy an all-day excursion exploring Chile’s enchanting Pacific Coast cities and discovering its thriving wine-making industry. You’ll travel through lush countryside to Viña del Mar, Chile’s sophisticated summer resort. Continue to Valparaiso, Chile’s second-largest city, where 17 steep hills rise above the bustling port. Walk through the twisted cobblestone alleys and ancient ascensores and stop at one of the charming seaside restaurants for lunch (at your own expense). This afternoon, visit William Cole Vineyard in Chile’s famed wine-growing region. Here, you’ll enjoy a…

Tigre Delta Morning Excursion

  • Buenos Aires
  • From approx. $86 Per Person

The Tigre Delta, located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, boasts rivers, streams and numerous green islands, making it one of the most attractive destinations for visitors. The continuous sediment of the Parana River, which gives the river and estuary their particular brownish-red color, forms the Delta Islands. After arrival, enjoy a delightful one-hour boat ride along the waterways. En route to the Delta, you will cross the Northern suburbs of the city, where you’ll see some of the most exclusive mansions facing the river. (Minimum of 8 participants required)

Petropolis plus Hippie Fair Full-Day Tour

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • From approx. $70 Per Person

Enjoy a perfect excursion to the picturesque mountain resort of Petropolis, the summer home to the former Brazilian Imperial Family. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive on a private Macro Bus from Rio to quaint Petropolis, with its breezy mountain climate and magnificent views from 2,500 feet above sea level. En route, you’ll enjoy a tasty stop for fresh Brazilian bananas before visiting a chocolate factory. Then tour the Imperial Museum, once the Summer Palace, with collections featuring jewels and works of art once owned by the Imperial Family as well as the Crown and Scepter of Brazil’s…


Heather T

Excellent guide. Wonderful small group size. Nice hotels. We appreciated the upgrades for smart travelers. Trip home was down side--long trip going via Lima

Gilbert C

1. We loved that you didn't cancel the trip even though there were only 6 of us. 2. Fernando, our tour director, was great. He is the best we have ever had. 3. All of the local guides and drivers were good. We enjoyed all of them. 4. We could have used more time in Rio. You should bring back the optional time that you used to have in Rio. All 6 of us would have stayed longer. 5. Most of the flights were good. However, the flight from Rio to Lima was terrible. We felt cramped, it was too hot, and there was no video entertainment to take our minds off of the bad situation. I don't think it was a proper plane for a 5 hour flight. Overall we had a great time.

Lilia S

This was the best tour ever. Everything was excellent and the tour director Fernando made it even more enjoyable. He is the best, the whole group loved him! The Lake Region is stunning and the Iguazu Falls unbelievable. We enjoyed the tango clubs in Buenos Aires and the ski resort of Balerocce. We will do it again.


Wonderful, South American Odyssey. Met many wonderful people. The hotel were outstanding.


The tour to South America exceeded our expectations marked by outstanding tour guides and breathtaking sceneries and excellent accommodations. Fernando, the tour director Was very instrumental in making this trip very successful and enjoyable.

Dona M

This was our first Smartours trip and a great start to many more! Kristina Hagelstam, our Tour Guide, went well above the call of duty to attend to our every need. The hotels were excellent, the food great, and the scenery beautiful. We especially liked the Chilean Lake District, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, and Iguassu Falls. In the Optional Tours, don't miss the Afternoon "Small Circuit Tour." The views are spectacular.

Leslie D

Trip of a lifetime and excellent guide; loved Fernando. Guides all had so much knowledge and definitely would love to go on another trip with Smart Tours.

Betty L

Fantastic trip What did I like best? All of it. Memories for a lifetime.

Helena A

Excellent Tour http://webgraphic.us/photography/buenos-aires/index.html and Tango just WOW... http://webgraphic.us/photography/tango/index.html

robert r

Another excellent tour with Betty Levin and the professional staff at smarTours. I was amazed at all the sites we visited, the very nice hotels, the wonderful meals. And we had a great group of travelers who joined us, people literally from all around the U.S. and the world. Their varied travel experiences added a dimension to our tour which made it even more interesting. I'll be back for another tour soon.


wonderful trip. of us took the South American Odyssey the middle if January. Our Guide, Alex was wonderful. He was knowledgable, personable, and lots of fun. He made each day fun and full of energy. The itinerary was very good including cities, Iguazu Falls, the Lake District and a day on the Pampas. Absolutely loved Buenos Aires and to my surprise, Rio was my least favorite. I highly recommend this trip and hooefullly you will have Alex to make it even better.

Karen T

Kristina was a wonderful tour leader and all the tour guides for each location were enthusiastic about their country. The included meals were great. My favorite places were Bariloche and Iguassu Falls, but the cities we visited were also exciting. Would highly recommend the tour if you want to see the highlights of South America.

Laurie t

This is a wonderful trip! Chile is a very interesting country -good economy. Much diversity from the coast thru the mountains. The Lake District was so beautiful! Argentina is again very diverse-from the pampas to a very European city. The estancias, the Cowboys & the BBQ-delicious! Buenos aires history-think Duarte , Eva Peron. Iguassu is beautiful on both borders! Rio-Christ the redeemer statue, the beaches,-all beautiful!
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