The Southern Cone refers to the southernmost lands of South America, including Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and the south-eastern part of Brazil. This region is characterised by some beautiful natural landscapes and a strong European cultural influence. A journey across the Southern Cone connecting the major cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro enables you to experience the highlights of this region. South of Santiago, the Lake Districts of Chile and Argentina offer some stunning scenery amidst the Andes mountains, especially on the journey connecting Puerto Varas in Chile with Bariloche in Argentina. On the way to Rio, Iguazu Falls are a must-see - one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls that can be viewed from both sides of the border, while the beaches along Brazil's coast, especially on Ihla Grande and in Rio itself, provide perfect relaxation at the end of the trip. It's the cultural attractions in some of South America's great cities that make this journey memorable however - from charismatic Valparaiso to the vibrant and cultured Argentine cities of Cordoba and Mendoza, from architecture, tango shows and football games of Buenos Aires to the samba rhythms and unparalleled setting of the incomparable Rio de Janeiro.

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Interested in exploring more of South America? Then check out the Gringo Trail, Northern Trail or Along the Andes journeys.

Routes for Across the Southern Cone

Santiago - Rio

Crossing the Southern Cone from Santiago on the Pacific Coast to Rio de Janeiro on the Atlantic Coast, this journey encompasses some of the most interesting and culturally important cities in South America as well as visiting natural wonders such as Iguazu Falls and the Lake District.

Tours: 4 available View highlights of this route

Santiago - Buenos Aires

Connecting the capital cities of Chile and Argentina, this route can be direct via the central Argentine cities of Mendoza and Cordoba or via a detour south to the beautiful Lake District.

Tours: 3 available View highlights of this route

Buenos Aires - Rio

The popular route connecting the beautiful and pulsating cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro offers a fascinating cultural insight into the region as well as the chance to visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls.

Tours: 8 available View highlights of this route

Guidebooks for Across the Southern Cone

Guidebooks for this journey from all the major travel publishers are listed below. Links to Amazon (UK, US and Canadian stores), Waterstones (UK) and selected publisher websites allow you to purchase the guidebooks online at best value with one simple click (individual chapter downloads are also available for selected Lonely Planet titles).

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Footprint South American


South American

Sep 2013 (90th ed.)
1684 pages

Author(s): Ben Box

Lonely_Planet South America on a Shoestring

Shoestring Guides

South America on a Shoestring

Aug 2013 (12th ed.)
1112 pages

Author(s): Regis St. Louis, Greg Benchwick et al.

Download Individual Chapter PDFs (2.99) - Click here to view chapters.
Frommer's South America

Complete Guides

South America

Jun 2010 (5th ed.)
832 pages

Author(s): Nicholas Gill, Eliot Greenspan, Charlie O'Malley

Insight South America

Insight Guides

South America

May 2013 (6th ed.)
440 pages