Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains

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South America: Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains

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Hi everyone, from our past 3 months meet and share session we have been seeing South America countries Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru and Chile listed as one of the dream destinations by many people. So here we are bringing it to the next step and making our dreams closer to reality.  Next year there are 2 holidays in August and I thought it could be the ideal time for many to go for a long trip.

Here is it.
I thought this 19 days plan (just taking 11 days of leave) can allow us to travel to 4 countries in South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay. We are covering many major destinations of South America from vibrant cities of Sao Paulo, Rio De Janiero, Santiago City to the moon and mars like landscape at Atacama Desert and the world's largest waterfall Iguaza Falls.  RSVP to indicate your interest and we can start our planning from here.  I am contemplating a visit to Uyuni de Salar in Bolivia, however, getting there can be cumbersome because a yellow fever vaccination is required and possibily an expensive visa of US$100.  Let's get our discussion going.  Yeah.

18 days rough plans
1) We will be flying for 3 to 4 days
- 33 hours for 1 way flight to Sao Paulo
2) 3 days in Iguazu Falls, when U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt saw Iguazu Falls, she said "Poor Niagara"
- See it from Brazil, Argentina and even Paraguay side
- Visit the mighty Iguazu National Park
3) 1 day in Paraguay largest free trade zone Ciudad del Este, often called the Hong Kong of South America
4) 2 days in Salta Argentina
- Salt plains Salinas Grandes, some described it as "Taking a trip to a salt flat is like taking a trip out of this world"
- Colourful mountains Jujuy
- Take a 4x4 on a similar route as Train To The Clouds experiencing Inca culture
- Visit wineries
5) 3.5 days in Atacama Desert,
- 3rd largest geyser in the world, Tatio
- Moon and Mars like landscape, Atacama Desert
- Least light pollution place to observe the galaxies with SPACE, also home to the largest astronomical project in existence
- Miñiques volcano and Miscanti lake
- the Flamingos National Reserve
- Natural Amphi Theatre, Cordillera de la Sal
- Mars and moon like landscape
- Float like in the Dead Sea, Laguna Cejar
6) 3 days in Sao Paulo and Rio De Janiero
- Beaches of Rio De Janiero
- Christ the Redeemer
- Sugarloaf mountains
- Historical centre of RioDe Janiero
- Maracanã Stadium
- Iconic buildings such as Nitero Museum, Museum of Tomorrow and many others
- Museums of Sao Paolo such as MASP
- Food, drink, dance, street art, and markets of Sao Paulo
7) 1.5 day in Santiago City
- Food, drink, dance, street art, and markets of Santiago


Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaWorld's largest waterfall systems - Iguazu Falls

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaIguazu Falls from Argentina side

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaCopacabana beach of Rio De Janeiro

Iconic buildings of Rio De Janeiro
Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaNitero Museum, Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaSugarloaf at Rio De Janiero

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaMuseum of Tomorrow, Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaWorld's third largest geysers, Atacama, Chile

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaFlamingos National Reserve, Chile

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaParaguay

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaMars like landscape at San Pedro in Atacama, Chile

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaLaguna Cejar, floating like in dead sea

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaColourful mountains of Jujuy Argentina

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaMoon Valley in Atacama Desert,Chile

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaSpace research center in Atacama Desert, Chile

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaMilky way seen from Atacama Desert, place with the least light pollution

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaSalt plains at Salta Argentina

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaSantiago City of Chile

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaRed rocks at Atacama Desert, Chile

Vibrant cities to lands of waterfalls, moon, mars, desert, geysers, salt plains starting at South AmericaAmphi Theatre - Cordillera de la Sal, Atacama Desert, Chile

Hi Everyone, as promised here is the expected cost in SGD. I have used USD1 to SGD1.4 as the estimate. I am planning to keep the group size to a maximum of 12 participants and a minimum of 8 people for the trip to confirm. The expected airfare is S$3102, I am planning to fly via the southern route from Sydney as that will reduced our flying time to under 30 hours 1 way. S$3102 is estimated with SQ flight from Singapore to Sydney, then LATAM air from Sydney to Sao Paulo/Santiago and 4 domestic flights we have to take in the 18 days. Also, with this itinerary we should expect to be back in Singapore on 27th Aug 5:30 pm not 26th Aug.

Cost
8 people, S$4818.06
9 people, S$4715.11
10 people, S$4612.16
11 people, S$4509.21
12 people, S$4406.26

Inclusion
Entrance Fees to Redeemer & Sugar Loaf
Entrance Fees to Valle de la Luna
Entrance Fees to Salar/Lakes
Entrance Fees to Tatio
Entrance Fees to Cejar
Entrance Fees to Iguazu Falls on both side
Permit to Paraguay
Wine and Cheese Tasting at Cafayate
All land transfer throughout the 15 days
15 nights of accommodation in 4 and 3 stars hotel, 5 nights of 4 stars when we are in Sao Paulo, Rio De Janiero and Santiago City. When we travel to rural areas we should expect 3 stars accommodation.
15 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Excludes
All flights
Visa
Personal expenses
Meals not mentioned

Thank you everyone for your patience and the overwhelming response from the community. As I have chosen the peak season and therefore places like San Pedro de Atacama and Iguazu Falls will be booked out fairly quickly. Please let me know if you are joining me on a trip of a lifetime. We will chat soon and hope to see as many of you. Till then take good care and most importantly have fun.

Itinerary:

Day 1, 9th Aug
2130 hrs: Meet at Changi Airport and leave for Sao Paulo

Day 2, 10th Aug
1805 hrs: Arrive Sao Paulo
2000 hrs: Overnight at Sao Paulo

Day 3, 11th Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Start Sao Paulo city exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at Sao Paulo
Highlights Sao Paulo

Day 4, 12th Aug
0600 hrs: Breakfast
0630 hrs: Leave for Sao Paulo Airport to Rio de Janeiro Airport
0900 hrs: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
1030 hrs: Start Rio de Janeiro city exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at Rio de Janeiro
Highlights Rio De Janeiro city

Day 5, 13th Aug
0830 hrs: Breakfast
0900 hrs: Start Rio De Janeiro city exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at Rio de Janeiro
Highlights Rio De Janeiro city

Day 6, 14th Aug
0600 hrs: Breakfast
0630 hrs: Leave for Rio de Janeiro Airport to Foz Do Iguacu
0910 hrs: Leave for Foz Do Iguacu
1120 hrs: Arrive Foz Do Iguacu
1330 hrs: Start Foz Do Iguacu exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at Foz Do Iguacu
Highlights Foz Do Iguacu

Day 7, 15th Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Start Foz Do Iguacu Argentina exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at Foz Do Iguacu
Highlights Foz Do Iguacu

Day 8, 16th Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Start Foz Do Iguacu Brazil exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at Foz Do Iguacu
Highlights Foz Do Iguacu


Day 9, 17th Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Start Ciudad del Este exploration, Paraguay
1800 hrs: Overnight at Foz Do Iguacu
Highlights Ciudad del Este


Day 10, 18th Aug
0730 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Arrive Aeropuerto Iguazu
1240 hrs: Arrive Salta, Argentina
1400 hrs: Start Salta walking city tour
1800 hrs: Overnight at Salta city
Highlights Salta City


Day 11, 19th Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Leave for Cafayate
1800 hrs: Overnight at Salta city
Highlights Cafayate


Day 12, 20th Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Leave for Humahuaca, Uquia, Tilcara, Purmamarca
1800 hrs: Overnight at Purmamarca
Highlights Humahuaca, Uquia, Tilcara, Purmamarca


Day 13, 21st Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Leave for Salinas Grandes Salt flats to, San Pedro De Atacama Desert via route 52
1800 hrs: Overnight at San Pedro De Atacama Desert
Highlights Salinas Grandes Salt flats, Salar De Tara, National Park Los Flamencos


Day 14, 22nd Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Start Miscanti and Meñiques lagoon, Socaire, Cejar, Laguna Tebenquinche exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at San Pedro De Atacama Desert
2000 hrs: Start Astronomical tour
Highlights Miscanti and Meñiques lagoon, Socaire, Cejar, Laguna Tebenquinche, Galaxies


Day 15, 23rd Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Start Atacama salt lake, Death, Moon valley exploration
1800 hrs: Overnight at San Pedro De Atacama Desert
Highlights Atacama salt lake, Death and Moon valley


Day 16, 24th Aug
0500 hrs: Start Tatio, Machuca exploration
1200 hrs: Back at hotel
1400 hrs: Leave for Calama Airport
1530 hrs: Reach Calama Airport
1840 hrs: Reach Santiago city
1900 hrs: Overnight at Santiago city
Highlights Tatio, Machuca


Day 17, 25th Aug
0800 hrs: Breakfast
1030 hrs: Start Santiago city exploration
2030 hrs: Reach Santiago Airport and dinner
Highlights Santiago city


Day 18, 26th Aug
0110 hrs: Leave for Sydney airport


Day 19, 27th Aug
0915 hrs: Arrive in Sydney airport
1300 hrs: Leave for Singapore
1915 hrs: Arrive in Singapore

This adventure is: #far-far-away, #scenic, #in-the-making
What it takes to make it happen:
It will cost us
4406$
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