With unlimited contrasts and amazing landscapes, South America stands as one of the most incredible regions in the world, not only for its natural variety but also for the intensity of its cultural aspects.
Many travelers choose the alternative of discovering South America on a Cruise Ship; for that reason, we have created an itinerary that allows you to complement your trip on the ocean with inspiring land activities.
As many travelers come to South America looking for adventure, out of this world sceneries and inspiring landscapes, we offer uniquely memorable tours which we like to combine with unique cuisine experiences.
Travel in the footsteps of a Local
We love to connect travelers with genuine and unique local experiences. We often get questions such us, where is the best place to go in the North of Chile, best place to stay in Buenos Aires, best things to do in Ushuaia, best places to eat in Valparaíso ? In almost every case, the answer to these questions is that there is no “best place”, but the best trip customized for each traveller. All of our tours are customized by our Local Team, and we design our tours with the same spirit that we do it for friends.
We offer personalized, tailor-made private tours. Let us know your desires, and we will customize the trip to match your goals and wishes.
The contrasts and varieties that are in South America are uncountable, from south to north, from the color of the trees in Patagonia when autumn falls, to the endless cultural richness left by the Incas in Peru, enigmas and legends ready to be discovered at every corner. Give yourself the time to explore this region, it´s going to be our pleasure to help you to create your own adventure !
At noon, pick up from the Port and transfer to Arequipa city. Time for lunch (Suggested restaurant: Picantería de Mayo).
Afterwards, we will visit “The White City”, that opens up its doors in a tour that begins in the beautiful colonial quarter of San Lázaro, where Arequipa was founded; from here we will walk along the picturesque streets adorned with geraniums, and then we will head for the Carmen Alto viewpoint from where we will be able to admire the beautiful landscape of farming terraces and the three guardian volcanoes that surround the city: Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Picchu. We will then continue to the colonial district of Yanahuara, famous for its church built in Andalusia style, and its viewpoint with the gorgeous architecture surrounded by pillar stone arches.
Return to the Port.
Humberstone & Pintados Geoglyphs
Discover the desert and pampa region inland from Iquique. During the tour you will see the re-mains of a once flourishing nitrate town and the mysterious geoglyphs.
From Iquique it will be about an hour’s journey through the coastal range to the nitrate town of Humberstone. Founded in 1872 at the junction of the Pan-American Highway and the road to Iquique, it is today a ghost town after it stopped operations in 1960. You will be able to see the remaining buildings around the square, including the theater, a general store, administration buildings and even a swimming pool.
We will continue with the excursion driving along the Pan-American Highway, through the town of Pozo Almonte and the Tamarugal Forest. This natural forest reserve of tamarugo trees appears as quite a surprise in this vast desert.
Another 30-minute drive will take you to the site of one of the largest displays of ancient aboriginal art. Over 60,000 square yards of hill slopes are decorated by more than 400 figures depicting humans, animals, birds or abstract shapes, isolated or arranged into thematic groups. The geoglyphs are estimated to date from 1,000 to 1,400 A.D. and are thought to be part of a votive center. After viewing these aboriginal drawings, you will begin the 75-minute return journey to Iquique.
After the pick-up, we will begin our tour in the beautiful beach of La Herradura. Afterwards, we will go to the city of La Serena where we will visit the main square, the cathedral, the handicraft market of La Recova, and the Archaeological Museum – where you will see different pieces of our local culture. Then we will go to the Francisco de Aguirre Avenue with its marble statues of Carrara, the Monumental Lighthouse of La Serena (icon of the city) and to the Sea Avenue with all the tourist development that characterizes it. We will finish our visit on the lookout point of Universidad de La Serena, where we will see a panoramic view of the entire city. Return to the port.
Suggested to bring sun block, jacket, comfortable clothing.
Pick up from the port. Today, we will visit Viña del Mar & Valparaíso, where we will be able to enjoy a great circuit by the coastal shore of the Pacific Ocean.
We will visit Viña del Mar, the famous Chilean summer city with its fascinating natural beauty, gastronomy and lifestyle. We will go through the coastal road and explore its main attractions (Quinta Vergara, flower clock, among others).
We will visit also Valparaiso, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Valparaíso has the shape of a natural amphitheater facing the sea, and almost the entire city is hanging on the hills. We will walk along the traditional Atkinson and Gervasoni strolls, full of history of the foreign immigrants that arrived to Valparaíso when this important Port was considered “The Jewel of The Pacific Ocean” (before Panamá Canal).
We will ride on a traditional elevator as well, reaching 21 de Mayo stroll -and its magnificent view-point of the city- in no more than a minute (this traditional elevator has 120 years).
Traditional elevator ticket and ticket to Francisco Fonck (or Pablo Neruda house) museum in-cluded.
Departure from the Port (with a panoramic and beautiful view of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes) towards Petrohué River waterfalls.
The journey continues with a visit to Lake Todos los Santos, also known as Esmerald Lake due to the color of the water, framed by the eternal snows of the Osorno, Calbuco, Tronador and Puntiagudo Volcanoes. Then we will head back towards Ensenada, and up to the slopes of Osorno Volcano.
Arrival at the Volcán Osorno Ski and Mountain Center, with a spectacular panoramic view of Llanquihue Lake and other volcanoes of the region (ski lifts not included). Transfer back to the Port.
We will departure from Chacabuco’s pier along a road with a scenic drive over one of the most beautiful areas of the impressive Carretera Austral (southern road), started in 1976 and a National Icon. The portion which the passengers will visit is the main section of the road, Coyhaique Section, opened for public use in 1983. It is the most densely populated area of the region, with Coyhaique as capital city and Puerto Chacabuco as its seaport.
The road runs close to the steppe, to the east of the Andes, through lands cleared by settlers long ago. During the drive, visitors will be able to admire the natural and wild beauty of River Simpson Natural Reserve, lying across the river, squeezed by steep cliffs graced by numerous waterfalls such as the vaporous Velo de la Novia (Bride’s Veil) and the Virgin Waterfalls.
Finally, we will stop 45 min approx. in Coyhaique, in order to visit the main square “Plaza de Ar-mas”. Then we will head back to Chacabuco Port, with a stop-over at the Mirador to admire the Simpson River. Transfer back to the Port
FUERTE BULNESS & CITY TOUR (with a visit to Nao Victoria)
Pick up from the Port. We will travel along the Panamerican Road bordering the Strait of Magellan up to Fort Bulnes, a road that take us around various testimonies of the first Patagonian settlements.
On the shore of the strait, we will find real skeletons of old vessels, which a long time ago dared to challenge the sea. Rough gusts of wind go right through the cracks in the wood stationed in time, making high-pitched sounds, as if they were screams by souls trapped inside those ships.
After traveling 51 kilometers from Punta Arenas, we will come across a monolith marking the geographical center of Chile, the equidistance between Arica and the South Pole in Antarctica
Then, we return to Punta Arenas by “Puerto de Hambre” (Famine Port), located on the shores of the Buena Bay. At this spot, the Spanish captain Sarmiento de Gamboa resolved to found the City of Rey Don Felipe in March 1584. This attempt of colonization had a tragic end: all its colonists starved to death. The lack of fresh water, supplies and the harsh weather put a tragic end to the dreams of grandeur of this group of men. Years later, the English corsair Thomas Cavendish reached this place and, as he only found the remains of the old colony, he baptized the spot with the nameit bears at present. Today, this gloomy name is all that is left to refer to a paradoxically dream site.
Back in Punta Arenas, we will go on a city tour with a visit to Nao Victoria, and then transfer to the Port.
Welcome to Argentina !
Pick up from the port and excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park.
This is the ideal excursion to get to know the southernmost park in the world in the best possible way.
Throughout the excursion we are closely in touch with nature and the tranquility that it conveys. On our tours we walk along the principal and most important trails in the National Park. Anybody willing to join us can do so, regardless of age, since the paths we trek along are of low difficulty.
In half a day we would have walked enough to have a special and unique impression of the fuegian ecosystem. Our well trained guides will pass on to you all of their knowledge and passion for the surroundings, thereby sharing a once in a lifetime experience with you.
Lapataia Bay, Roca Lake and Ensenada Bay will be the southern spots we will introduce you to during this unforgettable excursion.
Return to the port
MONTEVIDEO FULL DAY TOUR: CITY TOUR & VINEYARDS
We will visit the most important attractions: the historic center with its pedestrian streets, the town hall building and the cathedral, the Independence Square, the Legislative Palace, the traditional Prado neighbor-hood, the riverside drive “Rambla”, different residential areas, the lighthouse of Punta Carretas, Punta Gorda, the Navy Square and the famous port market “Mercado del Puerto”.
We will visit also some of the vineyards of Montevideo Department: The country´s wine heritage goes back to the first Spanish and Italian immigrants who brought the grapevine some 250 years ago and today wine is part of the Uruguayan culture. This tour will give you further insight into the development of winery in Uruguay while visiting two Bodegas, Bouza and Juanico, in the surroundings of Montevideo.
Return to the Port
CITY TOUR & TANGO LESSONS
We will start our day with a visit to the City.
Downtown – We visit May Square, host of the most important political events of the country. May Avenue connects the Argentine Congress with the “Casa Rosada”, famous for its buildings that date back to the period between 1880 – 1910.
San Telmo – It is the oldest residential district. Since 1600s, the richest families of the city established them-selves there. They suffered an epidemic of yellow fever and moved to the north of the city.
La Boca – The neighborhood boomed in the 1800s thanks to the port. The port was the government’s main source of tax revenue. It was the heart of Argentina’s export- led economic boom (1850 – 1930). “Boca Juniors” football stadium is one of the two most famous stadiums in Argentina. Caminito Street, the most famous street, due to its vivid colors, and tango atmosphere is located here.
Puerto Madero – When the yellow fever hit La Boca, the city authorities decided to build a new port, which was named Puerto Madero, after its designer. This expensive project was executed and shortly after its inau-guration, it was abandoned, since the shallowness of the water obstructed the passage of the increasingly large ships. The docks of this port were abandoned for decades, until in the 1990s, an important urban development project transformed them into modern buildings, which are now a major attraction of the city.
Retiro – It is a major transportation terminal and connecting point, especially for trains and long-distance buses. It houses the tallest buildings of the financial and commercial centre of the city.
Palermo – This residential neighborhood is known for its enormous parks. “Palermo Chico” is known for its stylish residential mansions.
Recoleta – Its museums, cemetery and beautiful French style buildings make it the most distinguished neigh-bourhood of the city.
In the evening, we will go to a local studio in order to take tango lessons with professional dancers. There, we will learn the basic steps and movements, and we will have a historical and theoretical reference of the Tango dance.
TIGRE TOUR & TANGO SHOW DINNER
A guide will meet you at the Port for the Tigre Tour. Please bring a jacket, sun block and a hat.
The history of Tigre dates back to a port on the banks of “Las Conchas” river, named after the sea shells debris that was abundant in the riverbed. The name “Tigre, refers to the “yaguareté” or American tiger a dangerous animal that prowled the area threatening the population. The delta consists of about five thousand islands and three hundred and fifty streams and rivers.
The area boomed at the end of the XIX century with the high society and politics meeting at the Tigre Hotel and Tigre Club.
Rowing is one of the main attractions of the area. Several Rowing Clubs can be found in the area. President Sarmiento was a great developer of the area, he owned a house in one of the islands.
The current delta population is 3000 residents and its islands are exploited to supply the cellulose, paper & plywood industries. As from those days a visit to the delta is a “must” to all visitors to Buenos Aires. You will have your own personal tour guide and driver leading you to Tigre town. Once in Tigre you will sail on a private boat & enjoy lunch on board.You can bring your bathing suit and swim!
In the evening, we will head to one of the historical and “Notables” cafés of Buenos Aires, where we will have dinner, and then, we will see professional tango dancers performing on stage, in a show where other local dances and music bands take part.
Note: Prices are indicative, per person, on a double occupancy basis and subject to availability.
|Arequipa, Perú - Day 1|
Arequipa, "The White City"
|Iquique, Chile - Day 2 |
|La Serena & Coquimbo - Day 3|
La Serena & Coquimbo, Chile
La Serena, Chile
|Valparaíso & Viña del Mar - Day 4|
Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, Chile
|Puerto Chacabuco - Day 5|
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Puerto Chacabuco, Aysén, Chile
|Punta Arenas - Day 7|
Punta Arenas, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile
|Punta Arenas - Day 7|
Punta Arenas, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile
|Ushuaia - Day 8 |
|Montevideo - Day 9|
|Buenos Aires - Day 10|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Buenos Aires - Day 11|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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