Overview & Highlights
This luxurious 3-country escorted group tour to the wilderness of Patagonia and the continent’s most exciting cities is one of our crème de la crème holidays. From Rio, pausing en route at the colossal Iguazú Falls and graceful Buenos Aires, you travel across the Andes at its most beautiful pass, by boat on Lake Todos los Santos.
- Rio de Janeiro: city tour including Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountain
- Iguazú Falls: Brazilian and Argentinian sides
- Buenos Aires: city tour
- Bariloche: Circuito Chico tour of lake district
- Bariloche: full day lake crossing from Argentina to Chile
- Torres del Paine National Park: full program of included excursions including cruise on Lago Grey
- Santiago: guided visit to a vineyard
This trip combines the haunting beauty of Patagonia’s glacier-carved Torres del Paine, the Iguazú Falls and the Patagonian lake district with three of the continent's most vibrant and exciting cities: Rio de Janeiro; Buenos Aires and Santiago. Travel in comfort: all your transport is private and the accommodation is among the best locally.
Your journey begins in Rio, a high-rise chaotic masterpiece squeezed between the ocean surf and precipitous forested mountains. Spend a couple of days close to the roaring Iguazú Falls, deep in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Argentine border, before discovering the grand boulevards and cafés of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. After traversing the Andean cordillera on the spectacular lakes crossing you jet further south to explore southern Chile's jagged snow-dipped peaks, glacial lakes and the ice-carved landscape of the Torres del Paine National Park. Your trip ends with a smooth glass of Carmenère in the lush surrounds of a vineyard just outside Santiago. .
UK clients depart on direct flight arriving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the same day
Overnight overlooking Copacabana beach.
City tour guided and excursion to Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Visit to Corcovado Mountain.
Fly to Iguaçú, cross into Argentina. Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguaçú Falls.
Excursion to the Argentine side of the falls.
Fly to Buenos Aires.
Further explore the Argentine capital or nearby Uruguay.
Fly to Bariloche in the lake district. Enjoy the Circuito Chico.
Trans-Andean lake crossing to Puerto Varas, Chile.
Optional visit to Chiloé Island.
Fly to Punta Arenas; by road to your lodge.
Explore Torres del Paine, on a number of included excursions.
Drive to Punta Arenas.
Fly to Santiago, explore the capital.
Visit a nearby vineyard; optional visit to Valparaiso.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
Argentina / Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side / Iguazu Falls
Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel
Argentina / Buenos Aires
Argentina / Argentine lake district
Hotel Cacique Inacayal
Chile / Torres del Paine National Park
Hotel Lago Grey
Chile / Chilean Lake District (south)
Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas
Chile / Islands and fjords of southern Patagonia
Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Chile / Santiago and the vineyards
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
If there's somewhere you particularly want to go that isn't included in this tour, we can add on an extension to take you there.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
A well planned trip covering all the highlights we wanted to see.
A great trip, thoroughly enjoyed by a good group (of 8) that gelled well. We saw so much, did so much and and our expectations were well exceeded.GP, Woking
This was such a good trip, with varying sights and weather, from the tropics to perishing Patagonia!AW, Orpington
This great holiday was definitely made greater by the tour leader. Of course a small group travel made it possible to view more places.RR, Bolton
Lived up to my expectations of seeing 3 countries in one holiday.PM, Arundel
A well organised trip with mainly very knowledgeable guides. We would definitely book a group tour again as it took away a lot of hassle.JW, St Albans
It is difficult to identify a highlight as the whole trip was so varied and memorable. However, the yurt and the landscapes in Torres del Paine and Iguazu were spectacular.VP, Haywards Heath
Stunning landscape / scenery in Patagonia together with Iguazu Falls were the highlights.DM, Sale
We were extremely satisfied with our Sandpiper Journey which provided us with a broad view of the Countries visited and the cultures, history, wild life etc. All in all, a great experience and a wonderful holiday.PH, Farnham
A really fantastic holiday. The organisation , accommodation, excursions, fellow group members and our superb tour leader all contributed to a wonderful experience.DB, Bedford
BM, Milton Keynes
Overall an excellent trip with many wonderful memories, lived up to all expectations.
There are so many memorable parts of the trip it would be difficult to pick out one. Our overriding memories will be the totality of what we saw of South America - heat of the cities, colour, rhythm, vastness, scenery - lakes, mountains, glaciers and the meadows and condors of Chile and the albatross in the Beagle Channel.AP, Bridgwater
Most memorable experience? - It was the feeling that it had been planned by people at JLA who love the continent and want their customers to enjoy it too. There was great selection, variation and pacing. Above all, the quality of the experience was exceptional - from our consultant right from the outset through to tour leader and a host of local guides, drivers and hotels. A 101 organisational arrangements went like clockwork and the highest levels of professionalism and quality were always evident. So THANK YOU, JLA for our best holiday anywhere, anytime - WE WILL BE BACK !!!RH, Havant
The tour leader could not have been more courteous, he did more than was expected of him and found us some very good restaurants. Our most memorable moments were staying in the yurt in the Patagonia, eating at local restaurants recommended by the tour leader and travelling from Bariloche across the lakes. We loved this trip and it was organised very well.MG, Marlow
What I love about this trip is that you start on the beaches of Rio and two weeks later you are marvelling at glaciers in Patagonia. Along the way, you've tangoed in Buenos Aires, crossed the Andes by boat and seen all manner of wildlife, waterfalls and volcanoes - all the while enjoying amazing food and wine!
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
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Real Latin America Experts
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
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.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.