We are going on an Antarctic Cruise in January - would appreciate suggestions of what to see in Argentina and Chile - we are active 40's
Our first visit to South America - want to get a taste - time is not an issue for us - prefer to stay in reasonable quality hotels or b&b's
Aaah, I did this trip a couple of years ago. For Argentina, I'd suggest any or all of Buenos Aires (elegant European style capital adn your plane probably stops there anyway), Iguazu Falls (the best waterfalls I've ever seen beyond Victoria and Niagara), the Lakes District/crossing into Chile (from Bariloche) and the Patagonian area (hiking, spectacular jagged mountains, wild country). Probably painful to get to but Machu Picchu is a world-famous spectacular Incan ruin in Peru outside of Cusco. Simialrly, the sanctuary of Galapagos (part of Ecuador so typically accessed from there) is the well-known islands where Darwin strutted his stuff (and it is his anniversary year). For a continent as diverse as Sth America, a lot depends on your tastes but there are a few suggestions. almost 8 years ago
Pucon is a lovely spot in the mountians in Chile, it has active volcanoes near by that you can watch from a safe distance. The Navimag Ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales in Chile is amazing and worth forking out a lttle extra cash for. From there you can do the spectacular "W" a 5 day hike in the Torres del Paine National Park. It is not very difficult and absolutely worth it.
In Southern Argentina you don't want to miss El Calafate and Perito Morano Glacier, Bariloche or El Chaltan. BA is worth the trip north if you have time (28hr bus from Ushuaia). The Valdes Peninsular is where Orcas beach themselves to catch saels/sealions and also worth the extra time to get there. If you enjoy wine and steak then not going to Mendoza would be remiss. about 6 years ago