This brand-new program was designed by the OAT local team, your local Trip Leaders & the Regional Office, for you to have an unforgettable & unique TRAVEL EXPERIENCE!

Our trip has the perfect balance between iconic cities with wildlife and nature. From the amazing Iguassu Falls to the Southern Glaciers of Patagonia, going through three of South America’s most vibrant cities - Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, you will experience the best of Brazil, Argentina and Chile in one trip! There will be an abundance of hands-on activities for everyone to taste local food & drinks, interact with locals and behave as locals yourselves! On the same trip, we will travel to the most amazing natural wonders, filled with nature watching and exploring.

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Christ the Redeemer
Our adventure starts in the “Cidade Maravilhosa”, Rio de Janeiro, where we will stay 3 nights. Famous landmarks such as the Christ Redeemer statue or Sugar Loaf Mountain are "must visit" locations, but with OAT we will take you further into the cultural life of cariocas (people from Rio) offering you the opportunity to start learning about the history of the largest country in the continent and about the similarities and differences that the South Americans share with each other.
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We will then fly south to Iguazu Falls, one of the natural seven wonders of the world, where we will stay 2 nights and enjoy the falls from both sides, Brazil and Argentina.
Iguazu Falls
After another two hours flight, we will arrive to BUENOS AIRES, welcomed by the frenetic rhythm of tango. There you will have a HOME HOSTED DINNER with local families to get a better understanding of Argentina´s controversial political and economic situation. We will stay here for two nights.
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Then we fly for three and a half hours south to the town of “EL CALAFATE”, the gateway to PATAGONIA and the mighty PERITO MORENO GLACIER, where we will stay for three more nights.
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We keep pushing south across the vastness of the Patagonian steppe, crossing the border to Chile by bus on a full day towards our hiking destination in “TORRES del PAINE NATIONAL PARK”. We will explore the park for two nights.
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After exploring the National Park, we will travel one hour by bus to Puerto Natales, where we will board the ship Skorpios. This family owned ship will be our home for three nights and will be our best way to navigate through the Chilean fjords and get where the big ships can never reach!
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Christ the Redeemer
After disembarkation, we will drive three hours by bus to Punta Arenas where we will take our three and a half hours flight north towards Santiago, the final destination of this adventure. We will stay there for two nights having the opportunity to explore historical sites and hear different perspectives of their recent political history. We will also visit Valparaiso where we will have a FAMILY LUNCH to learn how people live there.
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By the end of the trip, you will have traveled 5500 miles in total all over South America!

So there is only one question left …
Are you ready?

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