Celebrate the energy and enthusiasm of Chile and Argentina on this journey from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Soak up the cuisine, arts and beauty of dramatic Santiago before adapting a slower pace in the quieter Lakes District, where natural wonders are in abundance. With ample opportunity to indulge in epicurean delights and local wines, this trip delivers adventure, relaxation and culture in true South American fashion.
Days 1-2 Santiago
Get to know this cosmopolitan capital, from its web of interesting shops to its picturesque Plaza de Armas. With a thriving cafe culture and booming arts scene, Santiago is bold and brilliant. Looking for great food and music? Then why not dance and dine in the bohemian Barrio Bellavista?
Days 3-4 Mendoza
Welcome to gorgeous Mendoza, the centre of Argentina's wine production. Learn about winemaking on a vineyard tour, and take the chance to sample some Malbec wine - the region's signature variety. Enjoy spending time in the cafes of the beautiful city centre, which is lined with parks and trees. At night, become a part of the thriving local nightlife by heading out to Aristides Villanueva Street, full of lively bars, restaurants and pubs.
Days 5-6 Bariloche
Take to the road and journey by bus through the Andes and across the border into Bariloche, the heart of Argentina's Lake District. Take an optional hike around the base of Cerro Catedral or hit the slopes for some world-class skiing. Bariloche is also renowned for its fine restaurants and chocolates, so why not indulge in some local epicurean delights?
Days 7-8 Buenos Aires
With strong European influences, Buenos Aires is a top spot to shop, dine, drink and celebrate life. Stroll the streets of the city's unique barrios (neighbourhoods), such as colonial San Telmo or Recoleta, home to many interesting museums. The shops and boutiques are excellent destinations for fashionistas and the bars and restaurants will satisfy culinary cravings. There is no shortage of fun to be had in Buenos Aires!