Santiago to Rio gastronomy and culture holiday

“An eleven day odyssey around South America’s capitals of cuisine. Using flights to help speed up the journey, this is a gastro go go go trip. ”

Highlights

Chile : Santiago Argentina: Mendoza | Ruta de los Vinos | Buenos Aires | Iguazú Falls Brazil: Iguazu National Park | Rio de Janeiro

Description of Santiago to Rio gastronomy and culture holiday

This gastronomy and cultural tour of South America is a feast of three delicious countries. Travelling in a small group, your journey starts in Chile, where you have a day in Santiago to enjoy its fine restaurants and celebrated wines, as well as experiencing great foodie sights such as the Mercado Central, one of the best seafood markets in the world.

The next city stop is over the border in Argentina in the stunning city of Mendoza, dramatically located in desert terrain but with the Andes in the distance. This is Argentina's premier wine-growing area and cycling the wine route is a very popular option here.

Next on our South American menu is Buenos Aires, a cool capital city if ever there was one. The culture revolves around music and food, so be prepared to dine at midnight, with music well into the early hours. Each quarter, be it the chic Palerma or the bohemian La Boca is brimming with foodie treats, the city’s most famous meal being steak, of course.

There are few more dramatic border crossings than that of Iguazú Falls, one of the planet’s greatest cascades and which we will visit from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side. This trip draws to a close in the inimitable city of Rio de Janeiro where you have two days to take in the great sites, depending on the time of your flight back home. This is one great city though, so do think about extending your stay!

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Top tip:
Spend a few extra days in Rio to enjoy the stunning beaches and nightlife!
Trip type:
Spend a few extra days in Rio to enjoy the stunning beaches and nightlife!
Activity level:
Leisurely
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10 night(s) in hotels
Meals:
3 Buffet Breakfast(s), 3 Breakfast(s), 1 Local Lunch(es), 2 Local Breakfast(s)
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Accommodation, transport on tour, tour leader, listed activities, some meals.
solo travellers:
Solo travellers welcome. No supplement for solo travellers. Solo travellers will share a room with a group member of the same sex. Single rooms for a surcharge are available to book in advance.
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Small group adventure holiday

Whether you are travelling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

Responsible tourism

Santiago to Rio gastronomy and culture holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Buildings- On this tour we predominantly stay in locally-owned and managed hostels, hotels and guesthouses that are chosen for their local character and ambience. This means that buildings that are tied to the cultural and history of each destination remain in use and do not suffer at the hands of large international hotel chains that may take business away from locally-owned small businesses.

Suppliers – We have built longstanding and successful relationships with suppliers and operators in South America, having been operating tours there for over 31 years. We are highly selective of local partners, and only approach those that share our commitment to promoting responsible travel practices. When sourcing new suppliers, we make sure that they are happy to have our products in their area, and we do not impose developments if they are unwanted.

Community

Local crafts and culture – On this tour we encourage our travellers to visit local craft markets in each destination on the itinerary, in order to help sustain jobs and cultural diversity by supporting local craft makers and artisans. For example, in Rio de Janeiro there is a market near Copacabana beach where locals sell their own paintings, thereby benefiting directly from the presence of travellers in the area. By visiting local wineries in Mendoza, we help contribute to the economic support of this important local tradition. We also help our travellers to visit the cultural attractions of the cities that we visit on this tour. For example, we can help our travellers to see the following cultural highlights on optional excursions: a traditional tango show in Buenos Aires, a Rafain dinner and dance show in Foz do Iguaçu and Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The economic support of these local cultural highlights directly benefits the sights and their conservation, sustaining the cultural diversity of the region.

Travelling with respect –On our website we provide our travellers with many tips to ensure that their presence on this tour will benefit the local communities and cultures, rather than upset them and their customs. To ensure that our travellers get the warmest welcome from locals, we recommend that our travellers research the culture, religion, traditions and local values of Chile, Argentina and Brazil in order to appreciate how the locals live there, and we recommend that they dress moderately when visiting places of spiritual significance, like the Catholic churches in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. We also encourage our travellers to think of constructive ways to help the local communities that we visit, such as by supporting a local charitable organisation. Finally, we advise clients to include a percentage amount for tips when they are working out their budget for this tour, as tips are the main means of survival for many workers in the countries visited.

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