Overview & Highlights
A group tour from Santiago to the volcanic lake district on the Chile/Argentina border. The route continues to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, with Iguazú Falls and the tropical beaches of Brazil's Emerald Coast.
- Santiago: walking tour
- Puerto Varas: Petrohue Falls
- Bariloche: guided mountain walk
- Buenos Aires: city tour
- Iguazú Falls (Argentine and Brazilian sides)
- Paraty: Schooner trip
- Rio de Janeiro: city tour with Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountain
This journey is a showcase for Latin America's extraordinary diversity, and visits 3 of its most fascinating cities. Santiago is set in a bowl created by the Andes and surrounded by its colossal snowy peaks. Elegant, sophisticated Buenos Aires has a distinctly European flavour, which can be appreciated alongside sultry tango and huge steaks. And Rio is a high-rise marvel, squeezed between lush, forested mountains and the beaches and surf of the Atlantic Ocean.
Crossing the Andes from Chile into Argentina is a breathtaking journey amid shimmering turquoise lakes and towering snow-capped peaks. Following on are the magnificent cataracts at Iguazú Falls, which tumble over a vast precipice into a subtropical rainforest alive with birds and butterflies; and tranquillity in the historic colonial town of Paraty set on a leaf green bay.
Fly to Santiago, Chile, arriving the following day.
Walking tour of colonial Santiago.
Optional excursion to a vineyard or the port of Valparaíso.
Fly south to the lake district; Petrohue Falls and overnight in Puerto Varas.
Optional excursion to Chiloé island.
Cross the Andes to Bariloche, Argentina.
Walks in the rugged hills around Lake Nahuel Huapi.
Fly to Buenos Aires. Walking tour of the city.
Fly to Iguazú Falls. Excursions to the Argentine side.
Excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls.
Fly to São Paulo; by road to Paraty.
Excursion by traditional schooner around the bay.
By road to Rio de Janeiro.
City tour including Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
As a first taste of South America with limited annual leave, you couldn't fault this two week itinerary for the amount of ground it covered. It has given me a real appetite to spend more time in Argentina and Chile - I feel like we literally scratched the surface of what these incredible countries have to offer - and I would definitely like to go back and spend more time exploring these two in particular. Our experience of travelling with a JLA guide was absolutely amazing - I would always recommend this.ES, Redhill
Overall the Tangara trip was well structured, if a little hectic moving on every two nights. It achieved its main objectives and we saw fascinating parts of South America that we had long wanted to see. Our guide, was most assiduous, knew the area very well and eased our path considerably. The highlights for us on Tangara were i) The trip to Chiloe, particularly with the services of an excellent nature guide, ii) the visit to Iguazu, iii) Buenos Aries, and iv) of course Rio de Janeiro.TE, Cirencester
I had an absolutely wonderful holiday and saw things I had been longing to for a long time. Thank you.CK, Clacton-on-Sea
Impossible! Without exception every part of the trip was memorable and as the holiday progressed we ran out of superlatives to describe it!
This was an extremely well thought out and planned trip which gave us an excellent introduction to the 3 countries and left us impatient to return. It was a great mix of the iconic sights and less visited places of natural beauty. The group we were with were great, the tour leader was outstanding - and we really find it hard to recommend improvements.
This trip was our introduction to Latin America and it greatly exceeded our expectations. A varied and well organised trip which gave us a real feel for the countries we visited, with an outstanding tour leader. The holiday left us wanting to return to explore other parts of the continent and we would certainly travel with JLA again.
JLA already has a good reputation and we were certainly impressed by the management of this tour.AF, Altrincham
The Iguazu Falls were awesome. We enjoyed all the places we visited. I was recommended JLA from someone who had used them before. We were not disappointed. We have had a really good time, seen so much and had the best tour leader. I am certainly going to use them again, and really hope we have Max again. Thank you JLA.CG, Stevenage
Iguazu Falls - awe inspiring Paraty - beautiful restful place Bariloche - incredible scenery with an excellent local guide, perhaps the best we had, so enthusiastic and interested in us. Rio - The guide who had designed The Favela Trip was very, very interesting and appeared so genuine.JK, Liversedge
Quite simply, this was the best holiday we ever had. The tour leaders role in achieving this cannot be overstated.SW, Great Missenden
This two-week coast-to-coast adventure crams in some of South America's best: the buzz of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio, as well navigating the awe-inspiring Andean lakes from Chile to Argentina, an sailing clear blue waters of Brazil's Emerald Coast.
Stuart Whittington - Product & Marketing
Stuart was a tour leader in South America before taking on senior positions at several tour operators. He has a deep love for Latin America and Antarctica.
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Real Latin America Experts
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to 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.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
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.
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.
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.
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.