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Signature Northern Chile and Argentina: Atacama Desert to Iguazu Falls

15 days from £5,250pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Chile / Argentina / Iguazu Falls

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Overview & Highlights

Cross a high pass over the Chilean Andes from the Atacama desert to the golden russet canyon country and indigenous villages around Salta in northwest Argentina. Fly to the Iguazú Falls, before heading to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

The Andean crossing between the Atacama desert and Salta in the Argentine Andean foothills is the highest and most elemental pass, where sun-bleached arid rock gives way to ice-clad skeletal peaks. A friendly, laid-back but cultured colonial city. Salta, with its graceful baroque architecture and stunning, colourful cathedral, is a great contrast to the vast capital, Buenos Aires. Around it are communities and vestiges of the country’s indigenous population, whose crafts and agricultural practices survive to this day.

From there you’ll fly to the sub-tropical rainforest of Iguazú National Park and survey and explore the monumental Iguazú Falls; 276 separate cascades thundering over a granite precipice.  At either end of the holiday there’s time in a historically significant, sophisticated city – Santiago and Buenos Aires.

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  • Half day walking tour of Santiago’s architecture
  • Full day excursion to Maipo Valley visiting two vineyards
  • Sunset trip to Moon Valley
  • Tour to Toconao village, Minique and Miscanti lagoons, Atacama salt flat and Laguna Chaxa
  • Full day visit to Tatio Geysers – highest geyser field in the world
  • Discover Humahuaca Gorge, on to Tilcara and Humahuaca village
  • Salta walking tour including cable car up San Bernardo Hill
  • Full day excursion to Argentine side of Iguazú falls
  • Half day to explore Brazilian side of Iguazú falls
  • Tango show with dinner at El Querandi
  • Half-day guided tour in Buenos Aires

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  • Many good memories - arriving at Macchu Picchu was something we had wanted to do for many years, so was probably the most memorable.

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Juliet Ellwood Travel Expert After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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  • Alex Walker
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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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