An overland trip with kids is an absolute delight as long as there is plenty to do for everyone. On this trip we combine the sites and sound of the cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago with some of the icons of South America. So after the restaurants and high life of BA it's off to the world's most spectacular waterfall, which you will see from both the Argentine and the Brazil sides.
A flight takes us to the far side of the country to the city of Cordoba, where you will meet the truck and head into the beautiful hills, or Cordillera, above Cordoba and into the ranch lands of the Gauchos. Here we stay at a beautiful Anglo Argentine Estancia, called Estancia Los Postreros. This is home to two colourful characters, Kevin and Louisa Begg, who will be our hosts on the very traditional working Estancia, complete with over 150 horses and 600 head of prime Aberdeen Angus cattle.
We then head to the wine lands of Mendoza and cross the Andes, past Mt. Aconcagua, the highest in South America before descending into the plains of Chile and to the beach and surf of Valparaiso for R & R and seafood.
Welcome to Buenos Aires, the lively capital of Argentina!
There will be an important meeting this evening at 18:00 - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more information.
Border Information: If you are flying into Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Ministero Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE)
In Buenos Aires we will stay in a comfortable centrally located hotel.
We have a free day to explore Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of the San Telmo neighbourhood, visit the colourful houses of La Boca, maybe catch a football game or take an Argentine cookery class! Buenos Aires is famous for it's Tango, and home to many restaurants where you can sample the famour Argentine steak and Malbec wine.
Today we will take a short flight to Puerto Iguazu, where we will spend two nights. After we have settled into our hotel we will visit the Argentine side of the mightly Iguazu Falls, there are lots of lovely trails for us to explore here.
Tomorrow we will cross the border into Brazil to explore the Falls from the Brazilian side, there is an opportunity to take a helicopter ride or a boat trip for those brave enough!
We will take a short flight to the Argentine city of Cordoba and from here we will transfer in our truck to our wonderful Estancia in the hills. Here we will have a few days to live with the Gauchos, learning how to throw a lassoo, ride the superbly trained Criollo horses, enjoyed a traditional Asado (the Argentine BBQ) and sample some of the wonderful wines from the Estancia's own vineyard.
This morning we will head off in our overland truck to the Valle de las Sierras Puntanas, we will spend the night in a local guesthouse or traditional estancia. The province of San Luis is well off the regular tourist trail, but boasts beautiful scenery and mountain towns.
Estimated Drive time: 6hrs
Today we will continue our journey to the beautiful city of Mendoza, at the centre of Argentine wine production and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - especially famous for it's Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards in the world. Mendoza has plenty to keep us busy; from rafting to hiking, horse riding to wine tours.
Estimated drive time: 5 hours
The following day we will have an included half day trek in the surrounding hills, followed by an opportunity for some adventure activities or perhaps to explore the plazas on a city tour.
Today we say goodbye to Argentina and cross the border into Chile following the stunning mountainous road over the high Andes, we should have an opportunity to view Cerro Aconcagua (6962m) the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere.
In Los Andes we will spend the night in a local guesthouse out of town in comfortable rooms.
Estimated drive time: 6hrs
Border information: Enter Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor.
It's time to hit the beach, this morning we will set off to the Chilean port town of Valparaiso. There is much to explore in arty Valparaiso with it's colourful streets and the 42 cerros (hills), take a boat trip, or indulge in the chilean cuisine during a cooking class. We will spend two nights here in a comfortable hotel by the beach.
Estimated drive time: 4 hours.
After a free morning to enjoy our final day on the back, we will complete our journey to the vibrant Chilean capital of Santiago.
In Santiago we stay in a comfortable, centrally located hotel.
Estimated Drive time: 2 hours
If you would prefer to stay for additional time in Valparaiso please speak to our Sales team.
Border Information: If you are finishing your trip in Santiago, you will most likely exit Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).
Today is the final day of the trip and no accommodation is included tonight. Please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation.
Dragoman has a proud history, of nearly 40 years of pioneering overland adventures in their fleet of iconic, orange trucks. They aim to get you completely off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places that they visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and ensuring that every part of the journey counts towards an amazing adventure.
Dragoman’s life changing overland adventures, visit over 55 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many trips are a convenient 14-21 days, offering a great snapshot of a region getting you off the tourist trail on a perspective-changing journey.
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