What to Expect
Each Vantage Adventure is designed to help you fully experience local culture and to get out and explore while keeping active. We find these are the two most fulfilling and rewarding ways to transform any trip into an adventure, and into the experience of a lifetime. To that end, we’ve rated each trip to indicate the level of cultural immersion and physical activity, with “1” being the lowest and “3” being the highest.
South America travel requires little to moderate cultural adjustment for most travelers. The different people, customs, foods, culture, and history are what make South America such a rewarding destination. The main adjustment can be related to timing of meals, which are typically served later than in the US.
There are several transfers by air-conditioned motorcoach, the longest being approximately 3 hours. Moderate walking required throughout your South America adventure. Valparaiso is quite hilly, as you will discover on your walking tour. In Puerto Varas and Bariloche, several more active choices are available, including fly fishing and a float trip. Travelers interested in these excursions must be active and able to climb in and out of small boats and walk on rough ground. They can also expect to get wet. On the Patagonia Lakes crossing, travelers will be boarding and disembarking from three different boat cruises, as well as transferring by motorcoach.
Your comprehensive South America travel itinerary includes 4 destinations in 12 nights, with 2 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Puerto Varas, 2 nights in Bariloche, and 4 nights in Buenos Aires. Their is one long travel day, of approximately 10 hours, during the famous Patagonian Lakes crossing. It involves three scenic boat rides, plus connecting motorcoach rides. During the day, you'll pass through Customs and Immigration between Chile and Argentina. There will be two stops enroute, with an included lunch.
WHAT TO WEAR:
The President's South America Journey takes place during the Southern Hemisphere late spring and early summer. Weather will generally be mild, warm at times, although we may encounter rainshowers, particularly in Puerto Varas and the Chilean Lakes, as well as cool nights. Dressing in layers in is recommended. Our Gala Tango Night provides the opportunity to get dressed up. For our Presidential Galas, men generally dress in a suit and tie and women in cocktail outfits. For your flights, we always urge our travelers to pack at least one full change of clothes, your camera gear, all medications, changes of socks and underwear, your important travel documents, and other irreplaceable/urgent items in your carry-on bag in case your checked luggage is delayed.
DETAILS ABOUT YOUR FLIGHTS:
Your flight to South America will connect through one of several U.S. gateway cities. You may have a shorter or longer layover there, depending upon your home city and the flight schedule to South America. Your South America vacation also has 2 internal flights: Santiago to Puerto Montt, and Bariloche to Buenos Aires.
OPTIONAL PRE-EXTENSION — The Wines of Chile:
2 destinations in 3 nights: 2 nights in Santa Cruz, 1 night in Santiago. If you are taking the optional pre-extension, you will take an overnight flight from the U.S. to Santiago, then a motorcoach to Santa Cruz. Most sightseeing is on air-conditioned coaches with guides, with a bit of walking. This is an easy extension.
OPTIONAL POST-EXTENSION — Iguassu Falls:
2 destinations in 3 nights: 1 additional night in Buenos Aires, 2 nights in Iguassu Falls National Park. There is walking on well-maintained trails and catwalks daily, with both days being approximately a 2-mile walk. Temperatures will be warmer and more humid in Iguassu Falls than in the other parts of the trip. There is the possibility of long lines to clear customs, particularly when entering the Brazil side of the National Park. Airport transfer and overnight return flight to US included for those who booked airfare through Vantage. The return requires a flight from Iguassu Falls to a South American gateway city, then an overnight flight to the US.
— Iguassu Falls extension: The Brazilian Ministry of Health is advising that all travelers going to regions with risk of yellow fever receive the yellow fever vaccine. It is not required for your South America vacation, but is recommended for the Iguassu Falls extension. The vaccine should be taken 10 days prior to entering the infected region by those people over 6 months of age and those who do not suffer from a weakened immune system. For more information, visit
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Chile applies a comprehensive sanitary legislation through its Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) enforcing the prohibition to carry plant or animal products and by-products by travelers. You must declare all products of plant or animal origin you are carrying upon entering Chile. Non-compliance with this is subject to a fine.