Explore the southernmost countries of the South American continent on this comprehensive journey.

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 Osorno Volcano with Petrohue Falls, Chile  Iguazu Falls.  Credit: Pai-Chin Chi  Tasting wines in Chile's wine region  A couple dancing the tango  The famous Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires  Colorful neighborhood of La Boca, Buenos Aires  Painting found in the neighborhood of La Boca, Buenos Aires  Colorful houses in La Boca, Buenos Aires  Boardwalk amid dramatic Iguazu Falls  Iguazu Falls  Aerial view of Iguazu Falls  Panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro  Puerto Varas in the Lake District of Chile

South American Journey

Featuring Chile, Argentina, and Brazil

18 days from $7,847 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore the southernmost countries of the South American continent on this comprehensive journey.

or Call 855-330-1542


This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.


Journey to South America to explore three amazing countries, three dynamic cultural capitals, and landscapes from the towering Andes Mountains to calm Chilean lakes and the powerful Iguazu Falls.

Highlights Include

  • Chile: Discover such treasures as Santiago, Valparaiso, and the wine-growing region. Experience the natural beauty of Vicente Pérez Rosales, Chile’s oldest national park and home to Petrohué Falls. Take a cruise amid the famous Lake District, with its snow-topped mountains, pristine lakes, and forests.
  • Argentina’s Buenos Aires: Visit neighborhoods such as lovely Palermo, colorful La Boca, and charming San Telmo, and tour the beloved opera house, Teatro Colon.
  • Iguazu Falls: Explore this dramatic waterfall, a World Heritage site, during a full day of hikes.
  • Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro: Experience this popular city through visits to Corcovado Hill (with the statue of Christ the Redeemer) and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
  • Cultural Experiences: Enjoy a winery tour, rodeo demonstration, and tango performance. 

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Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Santiago, Chile

Day 2 — Santiago

Upon arrival in the Chilean capital this morning, transfer to your hotel where your room is ready for your early arrival. After time to rest and have lunch on your own, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome briefing with your Tour Director. Then embark on a city tour featuring colonial Plaza las Armas and the moving Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 3 — Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

Today encounter the old port of Valparaiso, the former fishing village marked by colorful wooden houses and narrow, winding streets, now Chile’s third largest city and cultural heart. Visit Concepcion Hill, ride the old wooden funicular, and tour writer Pablo Neruda’s home at La Sebastiana. There’s time for independent exploration before returing to Santiago via the resort town of Viña del Mar. (B)

Day 4 — Santiago and Maipo Valley

This morning travel to Chile’s acclaimed wine-growing region in the Maipo Valley for a private tour and tasting. Tonight dine as guests in the homes of gracious Santiago families. (B,D)

Day 5 — Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas

This morning fly to Puerto Montt, gateway to Chile’s Lake District. You’ll briefly tour Angelmo Cove’s fish and handicraft markets then continue on to your hotel in lakeside Puerto Varas. Late afternoon depart for Alerce to meet Chilean cowboys, watch a rodeo demonstration, and enjoy a traditional asado-style (barbeque) dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 — Puerto Varas and Calbuco

Today see the picturesque lakeside town of Calbuco, known for the nearby volcano of the same name and for its fishing industry. You’ll visit a mussel fishery and spend time with a local fisherman and his family, with whom you’ll enjoy lunch together. After returning to Puerto Varas late afternoon, dinner tonight is on your own. (B,L)

Day 7 — Vicente Rosales Park, Lake District Crossing, Peulla

This morning depart for Vicente Rosales, Chile’s oldest national park, where you’ll see Petrohue Waterfalls with snow-topped Osorno Volcano in the distance. Then embark on the first leg of your Lake District crossing, boarding a catamaran for the ride across Lake Todos Los Santos, arriving 1½ hours later in Peulla. Here, amidst beautiful natural scenery of Andes peaks and dense forests, this afternoon enjoy a 4x4 excursion. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Lake Crossing and Bariloche, Argentina

Today embark on a full and distinctive day of travel as you journey variously by coach and catamaran to Bariloche, passing through stunning Lake District scenery of snow-topped crests, narrow mountain passes, glassine lakes, evergreen forests, and scenes of rural life. Cross from Chile into Argentina, arriving this evening at your lakeside hotel in Bariloche, where you will dine together tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Bariloche

Relish more beautiful scenery on this morning’s tour featuring Campanario Hill, where you board chairlifts for the seven-minute ride to the summit – and to spectacular panoramic views. Then visit downtown Bariloche, tourist center for winter skiing and summer visitors, with a decidedly Alpine feel. (B)

Day 10 — Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Board a morning flight to the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, arriving early afternoon. Follow an orientation walking tour with dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 11 — Buenos Aires

On today’s city tour see the lovely mansions and parks of Palermo, the colorful bohemian barrio of La Boca, picturesque San Telmo, elegant Recoleta cemetery, grand Plaza de Mayo, and historic Government House, among other sights. Tonight enjoy a dinner and tango show. (B,D)

Day 12 — Buenos Aires

This morning visit Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires’ beloved Opera House whose acoustics rank among the world’s best. After a guided tour here, the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 13 — Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls

Depart this morning for Iguazu Falls, which straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil. Taller than Niagara and twice as wide, Iguazu comprises some 275 individual cataracts and islands spread over a vast national park. After checking in at your hotel mid-afternoon, you’ll have the rest of the day free. (B,D)

Day 14 — Iguazu Falls

This morning take guided hikes on two of the park’s tracks: the Superior Circuit offers viewpoints from above along the rim of the falls, while the Inferior Circuit takes us below to two of the most impressive waterfalls. You’ll also see the dramatic, towering Devil’s Throat waterfall. (B)

Day 15 — Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cross the border this morning to see Iguazu from the Brazilian side, getting a different perspective as you take a guided walk along the river. Early this afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight to vibrant Rio, the most visited city in the southern hemisphere, arriving at your hotel early this evening. (B,D)

Day 16 — Rio de Janeiro

A full day of touring this pulsating city of Carnivale, Bossa Nova, the samba, and stunning natural beauty begins with a visit to Corcovado Hill, the 2,329-foot peak capped by the 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer. From the viewing platform, see glorious panoramic views of the city, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Your tour ends with a cable car ride to the summit of Sugar Loaf, Rio’s iconic peak at the edge of the sea. Tonight celebrate your journey at a farewell dinner at a local churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian steak house. (B,D)

Day 17 — Rio de Janeiro and Depart for U.S.

After a morning at leisure, depart for a panoramic tour of downtown Rio then transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. (B)

Day 18 — Arrive U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with your return flights home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)