Land Journey

Essence of South America


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Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

$9,990 USD
Includes On-Tour Air
Journey Type
Time of Year
Jan - Mar, Sep - Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls, Santiago, Millahue Valley
Essence of South America Brazil Argentina Escorted Tours
Iguazu Falls


Uniquely Tauck



A special visit to a silversmith and lunch at an estancia where gauchos and a horse whisperer demonstrate their skills

A walk along the base of thundering Iguazú Falls during two nights at a hotel with views of the waterfall




On-Tour Air included (3 flights)


Three nights in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana beach, featuring dazzling oceanfront views


A three-night stay in Buenos Aires featuring a private visit to Teatro Colón Opera House, and dinner and a tango show


Private tour of Rio's Samba City for a behind-the-scenes look at Carnaval costumes, floats and sensational samba dancing


Private cruise on Guanabara Bay for breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Experiences of a lifetime

From the eastern coast of Brazil to Argentina and the western coast of Chile, explore the essence of each destination with unique travel experiences that bring you to the best each country has to offer. 

One of our most comprehensive South American tours inspires with 12 days of in-depth discoveries of natural and architectural wonders throughout Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Spend multiple nights in world-class cities at fine hotels in the heart of each city. View spectacular Iguazú Falls; sample the fine wines of Chile and famous Argentinian beef; get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio's colorful Carnaval; feel the passion and the heat of the tango and the samba; meet a silversmith, and much more. Read Less

Buenos Aires' Teatro Colón

Behind-the-scenes at the Teatro Colón opera house

Acoustically considered among the five best concert venues in the world (alongside concert halls in Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam and Boston's Symphony Hall), Buenos Aires' current, seven-tiered Teatro Colón opera house opened in 1908 with a production of Verdi's "Aida" – replacing a previous incarnation that was in operation in Argentina's capital from 1857 until 1888. You'll enjoy a privately guided, behind-the-scenes tour of this Argentine gem – which emerged in 2010 from a three-year, $100 million renovation – including its magnificent central chandelier, exquisite stained glass, allegorical ceiling frescoes, marble staircases and opulent Gold Room.

Iguazú Falls from both sides of the border

Experience the "Great Waters" of Iguazú

Sixty-five feet taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, Iguazú Falls – a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site – was also named one of the "New Seven Wonders of Nature" by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation. In fact, you have to visit two countries to get a complete look at this natural wonder; its 275 cascades are spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazú River, straddling the borders of Argentina and Brazil.

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Art Deco elegance on Rio's iconic Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro's Art Deco-inspired Belmond Copacabana Palace overlooks the Brazilian city's world-famous Copacabana Beach. Having first opened its doors to a celebrity clientele in 1923, the hotel continues to welcome guests with an impeccable reputation for graciousness and service... offering a host of amenities to ensure a most comfortable stay, including guest rooms featuring original works of art.

The pace of the trip was wonderful and the organization of the logistics of moving between locations was exceptional.

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This was the third Tauck Tour my wife and I have taken. The prior tours were in Tanzania/Kenya and China. Our South American tour was excellent in all respects. We are left with great lifetime memories of our first trip to South America. Our Tauck Tour Director did an outstanding job all along the way.

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Travel through the Patagonia region and visits to many great sites, including Iguazú Falls, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro were among the highlights. Viewed from above, Rio has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Loved the itinerary, the food, our guide and MOST of the accommodations. The Alvear Palace was not up to the standards we expect from Tauck. The decor was tired, as though it needed serious updating. Also, and maybe more importantly, the service was disorganized and agonizingly slow.

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Hard to choose between Llao Llao and Iguazu Falls. Loved them both.

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Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.