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The wonders of Argentina and Chile in one trip

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The wonders of Argentina and Chile in one trip

  • 12-day tour
  • Ideal for: couples, families, seniors
  • icon voiture circuit autotour chili
    Self-driving with tours
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Style: must-sees
  • Minimum: 2 travelers

This unique trip will transport you to the most beautiful and impressive locations in Argentina and Chile. The tour begins in Santiago de Chile, the vibrant historical capital of Chile. The next stop is in Patagonia, the wilderness at the end of the continent. Patagonia offers unforgettable sight-seeing of glaciers, pampa, and guanacos. Lucky travelers will have once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as sailing and immersion in gaucho  culture. The adventure will end in Buenos Aires, the legendary capital of Argentina.

 

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What to Expect

This 12-day trip in Argentina and Chile was created to give you a glimpse of the best of both countries. Get ready to discover plenty of wonders packed in a short amount of time. This travel package includes high-quality hotels and expert guides, to enjoy Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia to the fullest. From traditional activities to comfortable accommodations, this trip is the perfect balance of adventure and charm. 

Explore the highlights of this trip:

  • Exploration of Santiago de Chile
  • Navigation to Grey Lake and its impressive glacier
  • The famous glacier Perito Moreno
  • A typical Patagonian estancia experience
  • An encounter with a colony of Magellanic penguins
  • An incredible cruise on Lago Argentino
  • A tango show in Buenos Aires
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Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Chile!

Welcome to Santiago de Chile!

Upon your arrival at Santiago’s international airport, your private driver will transport you to your comfortable accommodation in Bellavista neighborhood.

Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the vibrant Chilean metropolis. Plaza de Armas, the historical neighborhood, and San Cristobal Hill are essential stops on your city tour. Cap off your day with a nice traditional meal in the bohemian barrio Bellavista! 

Overnight: Casa Bellavista, superior room, Santiago de Chile

Day 2Discover Patagonia

The next leg of your Latin American adventure starts now. In the morning, your driver will take you to Santiago’s airport, where you will catch a flight to Punta Arenas. You are now in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia, the land at the end of the world! At the airport, you will pick up your 4×4 car (Rav4 Toyota or similar).

Hit the road to Punta Arenas. You will have plenty of time to explore this traditional Patagonian city! We suggest a visit to La Costanera del Estrecho (the ocean front), the replica of Nao Victoria (Magellan’s boat) and the house of pioneer José Menéndez. From your hotel, at Cerro de la Cruz, you will enjoy an incredible 360-degree view of your surroundings. 

Overnight: La Yegua Loca, superior room with a view, Punta Arenas

Day 3Meet a colony of Magellan pinguins

Get ready for a unique day: today, you will meet a colony of Magellanic penguins! Local experts will take you on an expedition into the natural reserve of Magdalena Island. The island is home to a huge colony of small penguins and natural beauty. You will experience wonderful sightseeing and adorable encounters on this day’s adventure.

After visiting this reserve, you will take a 2-hour road trip to Puerto Natales. The drive through Patagonian landscapes is a sight-seeing tour in and of itself!

Then, you will have the opportunity to discover Puerto Natales. The village is on the coast of Ultima Esperanza (“Last Hope”) and embodies the Patagonian spirit with its multi-colored houses and mysterious landscapes. Enjoy a walk along the seaside to take in the spectacular views. 

Overnight: If Patagonia, superior room, Puerto Natales
Includes bar, hot-tub, and sauna

Day 4Live the authentic estancia experience

Experience the typical estancia way of life at one of the most beautiful ranches in Patagonia!

The estancia is hidden and only accessible by boat, which makes it a perfect refuge for animals and native species. The day will be full of adventures, a delicious lamb barbecue, sheepdogs, and breath-taking landscapes. This full-day tour is an excellent way to experience and learn about gaucho culture and life on a Patagonian ranch. Enjoy a horseback ride surrounded by mountains, pampa, and fjords. You will also be able to relax at the ranch, take a bird-watching walk with experienced guides, or go for a four-wheel off-road drive.

Overnight: If Patagonia, superior room, Puerto Natales
Includes bar, hot-tub, and sauna

Day 5Explore Torres del Paine

Get back on the road for a short road trip through la pampa to reach Torres del Paine. The national park is one of the biggest and most iconic wonders of Patagonia. 

You will be staying in a comfortable lodge, in the heart of the natural park. It provides you with a wonderful opportunity to explore at your own pace! By car or by foot, travelers will visit the wonderful view points of the park and its walks and hikes. Each step gives you new opportunity to marvel at the sights of Torres del Paine!

Overnight: Pampa Lodge, Torres del Paine National Park

Day 6Sail to Grey Glacier

Today, discover the majestic Grey Glacier on a 3-hour boat ride! The boat will approach the glacier as close as possible so you can enjoy an unrivaled view of the landscape comprised of mountains, icebergs and vegetation. You will also be able to access a viewpoint directly overlooking the glacier, 45 minutes from the Grey Hotel. The picture-perfect panorama is definitely worth the detour!

Perhaps you will even see pieces of ice breaking off from the glacier with an thundering noise. You will be served whiskey or a pisco sour on millennial ice to immortalize the moment.

You will then have a free afternoon to continue exploring the surroundings and hiking.

Overnight: Pampa Lodge, Torres del Paine National Park

Day 7 On the road to Argentinian Patagonia

Enjoy a final walk in Torres del Paine before heading back to Puerto Natales. After a few hours of driving, you will reach the city. 

Upon your arrival, you will be able to drop off your car and hop on a private transfer. You are now on the way to Argentina! During the 5-hour drive, you can admire the iconic Patagonian landscapes, nature, and animals as you pass by.

You driver will take you to El Calafate, the center of Argentinian Patagonia.  Enjoy the rest of the day to visit the Glaciarium, the only glacier-themed museum in the world, and wander through the Nimez nature reserve.

Overnight: Sierra Nevada, El Calafate
Includes gym and bar

Day 8Cruise on Lago Argentino

On today’s program: a full-day cruise to discover Campo de Hielo Patagónico Park, passing through Lake Argentino and the iceberg channel.

Los Glaciares National Park is a magnificent blend of woods, lakes, mountains, ice, and steppes with more than 200 glaciers. Among the most well-known are the Spegazzini Glacier, which is very tall; the Upsala Glacier, which covers almost the entire valley; and of course, the famous Perito Moreno, which, unlike most of the world’s glaciers, is constantly growing. You will explore these three glaciers and learn everything there is to know about them during this day-long cruise on Lago Argentino!

Overnight: Sierra Nevada, El Calafate
Includes gym and bar

Day 9Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier

Allow a 1.5-hour drive from El Calafate to get to the famous glacier Perito Moreno. The breathtaking Glaciar Perito Moreno is the highlight of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, a set of ice fields including many glaciers. The Perito Moreno is therefore one of the most mobile and above all the most accessible ice fields in the world. 

You will be lucky enough to discover this wonder  from the footbridges following the Perito Moreno glacier. Shared transportation is included.

Overnight: Sierra Nevada, El Calafate
Includes gym and bar

Day 10On the way to Buenos Aires

Your Patagonian explorations are coming to an end. It is now time to take a plane to Argentina’s capital city: Buenos Aires! A transfer will be waiting to drive you to your accommodation.

You will be able to stroll through the area where your hotel is located, the San Telmo district. The oldest district of Buenos Aires, there you will find a large number of restaurants, bars, terraces, and shops.

Overnight: L’Adresse, Buenos Aires

Day 11Observe Argentinian tango wonders

Make the most of this day to wander the streets of Buenos Aires. Discover the must-see spots of the capital in total freedom: Plaza de Mayo, Tortoni (the oldest café in town), or the colorful houses in the La Boca district! This city tour of Buenos Aires is sure to be full of surprises.

Close out the day with a traditional, unforgettable tango show! You will discover a convent which has been restored and is located in the San Termo district: the cradle of tango par excellence. You will enjoy the show while tasting the local gastronomy and Argentinian wines.

Overnight: L’Adresse, Buenos Aires

Day 12Adíos, Argentina!

Enjoy one last walk in Buenos Aires before you transfer to the Buenos Aires international airport. 

It is time to get on your international flight home and reflect back on all the memories you made over the last two weeks.

Have a safe journey!

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  • Arrival: Santiago, Chile
  • Departure: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Price Includes

  • 11 nights in superior private rooms with bathroom
  • All accommodations include breakfast, WiFi (weak connection at times), and restaurant
  • 7-day car rental
  • 2 local flights per person
  • High quality activities: cruises, estancia tour, tango show
  • Private transfer to and from the airports
  • Private transfer from Chile to Argentina
  • A customized travel guide
  • Full support on site
  • Shared transportation from El Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Fuel
  • Tips