Discover the breath-taking landscapes of Chile and Argentina's Patagonian peaks and plains on this comprehensive 20-day group tour, with walking and wildlife spotting. Journey from the cosmopolitan city of Santiago to the elegant city of Buenos Aires. Visit Chile's beautiful volcano-dotted Lake District, hike in Torres del Paine National Park, explore Tierra del Fuego and marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Welcome to Santiago. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to our hotel. There's time to relax before we embark on a walking tour of Chile's capital. We enjoy panoramic views over the city from Cerro Santa Lucia park and from the summit of San Cristobal, which we reach by cable car. Other highlights include the Plaza de Armas, Lastarria and the famous fish market. We end our tour in Bellavista, an Italian quarter of narrow streets where we can enjoy a cold beer at one of the cafes.
Today is free for you to independently explore Santiago at your own pace or join an optional excursion to Valparaiso, which is a lively seaport built on a series of hills, overlooking the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. In Chile’s second city you can explore the steep, winding streets and see the brightly colored colonial homes or take a ride in one of the wooden funiculars to one of the cliff-top communities.
Time permitting you may wish to visit one of the local vineyards situated just outside of Santiago to learn about the process of making wine and sample some Chilean favorites.
Overnight: Santiago | Breakfast
The Chilean Lake District
Santiago - Temuco - Pucon. This morning we take an hour flight down to Temuco followed by a short drive to Pucon - leisure capital of the lake district. Overlooked by the magnificent peak of Villarrica Volcano, Pucon is a popular summer resort on the banks of Lake Villarrica. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Consider hiring a bike and heading into the countryside, where there are waterfalls, volcanic lakes and natural thermal springs. Alternatively, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, there's the opportunity to go river rafting through pristine glacial waters, with the magnificent volcano as your backdrop.
Overnight: Pucon | Breakfast
Optional visit to Huerquehue NP
Spend the day at leisure in Pucon or choose from three exciting optional excursions. There's an optional full day visit to Huerquehue National Park, hiking through the picturesque araucaria forests, known for their native monkey puzzle trees and beautiful lakes. Alternatively, you can opt for a daring ascent to the icy summit of Villarrica volcano. This demanding trek demands a high level of physical fitness. The rigorous 1,400-meter climb takes 5-6 hours, trekking over snowy and icy terrain. The third optional excursion is a 4-hour horseback ride into Mapuche countryside, originally settled by Mapuche Indians, along the shores of the vibrant green Curilafquen Lagoon. You can even take a dip in the chilly waters if you dare!
Overnight: Pucon | Breakfast
Pucon - Puerto Varas. This morning we take a 4-hour bus journey to Puerto Varas. This pretty town is nestled along the shore of Lake Llanquihue, one of South America's largest natural lakes, in the heart of the picturesque lake district. Sitting in the shadows of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes, Puerto Varas has a distinct Bavarian feel, stemming from its colonization by German immigrants. In the afternoon, we visit the crystalline cascade of Petrohue Falls.
Overnight: Puerto Varas | Breakfast
We enjoy a full day excursion to Chiloe today. This remarkable island evolved separately from the mainland, boasting its own unique history, architecture, and mythology. Approximately half of its population engages in traditional agriculture, employing age-old techniques that have existed for centuries. Along the island's unpaved roads, we encounter distinctive ox-driven carts, passing by unique wood-shingled churches and there are also fishing port where we savour fresh oysters.
November-March we can take a boat trip to spot Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. The excursion ends with a visit to a chilote family, where the traditional curanto is prepared for us; it’s a hearty dish of seafood, meat, potatoes and vegetables, all piled high in a hole in the ground, buried and cooked among glowing embers.
Overnight: Puerto Varas | Breakfast
Puerto Varas - Punta Arenas. This morning we take a short drive to Puerto Montt, followed by a two-hour flights to Punta Arenas. On a clear day we can enjoy incredible views of the southern icecap, its fjords, volcanoes and glaciers. As we reach the city, we see the earthy brown Patagonian steppes punctuated by petite lagoons, stretching towards the majestic Straits of Magellan. On the opposite side of these waters, the mountains of the windswept Tierra del Fuego island rise.
We spend the night at Punta Arenas, once a significant British-influenced trading hub.
Overnight: Punta Arenas | Breakfast
Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales. This morning we explore the historic city or if the weather is nice we head out onto the water for boat trip out to Magdelena Island to see the island's large colony of Magellanic penguins or enjoy a kayaking adventure through the natural beauty of Agua Fresca Bay.
In the afternoon, our journey continues by bus to Puerto Natales, a small town situated on the picturesque shores of Last Hope Sound. Puerto Natales serves as an ideal place for exploration, especially into the nearby wonders of Torres del Paine National Park.
Overnight: Puerto Natales | Breakfast
Over the next two days we explore the wonders of Torres del Paine National Park by private vehicle and on foot. Leaving early in the morning and returning to the comfort of Puerto Natales by evening. Whilst exploring the park we will take in the best breath-taking viewpoints, including Lago Nordenskjold and Salto Grande. The scenery is nothing short of overwhelming, with the majestic granite massif of the Cuernos, serene milky lakes adorned with icebergs, soaring above, condors riding against perpetual fierce winds.
There are a number of walking trails alongside glacial lakes and rivers, providing incredible views of the dramatic rock towers and needles soaring 3,000 meters into the tumultuous sky. The most famous hike is the 'base of the towers' hike, and this is also the most demanding, lasting at least 8 hours.
Overnight: Puerto Natales (2) | Breakfast x 2
Puerto Natales - El Calafate (Argentina). This morning a coach journey takes us across the Patagonian steppe and into Argentina. As we pass through the beautiful landscape, we pass guanacos, nandus (similar to ostriches), flamingos and see the translucent Lago Argentino, the largest lake in the country. Our next destination is El Calafate located alongside the shores, it is a small town that's experiencing rapid growth. The town is bustling with hotels, cafés, tour agencies, delicatessens, sweet shops, and wandering travelers.
Overnight: El Calafate | Breakfast
Perito Moreno Glacier
This morning we make our way to explore Perito Moreno Glacier, recognized as one of the world's most dynamically changing glaciers. We have a short stop in a town that serves as a pivotal stop for those visiting the Glacier point, then we start our 2.5 hour guided tour. Our tour takes us alongside the lake before ascending into a wooded valley enveloped in beech and birch trees. Our journey continues alongside glistening lagoons adorned with vibrant crimson and heather-hued lichens. Gazing at the glacier's towering 60m cliff-edge, spanning an extraordinary 5km width, it's an awe-inspiring spectacle. You may hear the unforgettable sound of the glacier calving a vast wedge of ice the size of a tower block and sending it smashing it down into the lake, where it divides and floats away as an iceberg.
If adventure calls, take an optional 1-2 hour mini-trek on the glacier with a local guide. Walking out on the ice is an extraordinary experience; atop this immense ice sheet you feel exposed to the elements, and you can explore the craggy, desolate landscape, peering into crevasses and deep water pools, squinting against the incredible blue of the ice.
Overnight: El Calafate | Breakfast
El Chalten & Los Glaciares NP
El Calafate - El Chalten. This morning we travel by road through uninhabited wilderness to El Chalten. Here, we spend the next two days. This small town boasts an idyllic lcoation, encircled by the awe-inspiring, rugged peaks of the Fitzroy range within Los Glaciares National Park. Established in 1985 to preempt Chilean territorial claims and promote settlement, El Chalten has rapidly flourished into a hub for summer climbing, trekking, and winter cross-country skiing. We take in the beauty of this exceptionally scenic region by walking its trails within the national park with our local guide.
We include guided walks, however these are optional and some are demanding due to their steepness, length and uneven terrain. Again the tour leader and local guides are on hand to best advise on suitable options and you can do as little or as much as you desire.
Overnight: El Chalten (2) | Breakfast x 2
An early morning road journey takes us back to El Calafate for our flight to Ushuaia. Known as the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia, sits at the foot of a hand of jagged peaks. Although isolated, it once housed a penal colony in the early 20th century and transformed into a quiet town in the late 1970s. The beautiful town has chalet-style homes, contemporary high-tech factories, shopping complexes, and duty-free outlets.
Overnight: Ushuaia | Breakfast
Today brings an incredible opportunity to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with its lush deciduous beech forests cascading down towards vivid lakes, and fjords teeming with waterfowl and beavers. We stroll along winding hillside trails, unveiling the views of the Beagle Channel. Our local guides have their own nature trails to ensure we see and learn as much we can about the flora and faunas of the area.
Overnight: Ushuaia | Breakfast, Lunch
Ushuaia - Buenos Aires. Today we fly to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. A beautiful cosmopolitan city known for its fascinating districts and being the birthplace of the Tango and Diego Maradona. We spend the next three nights in this lively city, with ample time to explore and enjoy evenings sampling the tasty world-renowned steaks and delicious wine, or enjoying a tango show.
Overnight: Buenos Aires | Breakfast
On day 18 enjoy a guided tour of the capital, visiting the city's renowned landmarks. Starting our tour in the historical hub where government buildings and churches blend harmoniously with stylish shopping districts, resonating a Parisian charm. We explore the iconic La Boca neighborhood with its cobblestone streets and vibrant painted houses and experience the bohemian essence of San Telmo. Slightly further out of town we also visit the Recoleta district which is home to the cemetery where Evita is laid to rest
Day 19 is free to spend at leisure exploring more of this beautiful city or escape the urban hustle and bustle, travel by motor catamaran across the River Plate border to Colonia in Uruguay. Here you can wander through cobblestone lanes, admire colonial houses from the top of the lighthouse.
Overnight: Buenos Aires (2) | Breakfast x 2
Today marks the end of your incredible adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out you will be transferred to the airport in Buenos Aires for your onward departure journey.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers wanting the privacy of a single room.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Almasur Providencia Hotel , Santiago
Set in the neighborhood of Providencia, this excellent hotel is in an unbeatable location to enjoy all that Santiago has to offer. Guest rooms are fully equipped with modern amenities with the benefit of free Wi-Fi. The hotel also features an outdoor seasonal pool which makes for a great way to relax after a day of exploring this magnificent city.
Hotel Geronimo, Pucon
Located in the picturesque town of Pucon and only 400 meters away from Playa Grande, Hotel Geronimo offers a great accommodation option to explore Pucon. The en-suite rooms have amenities including free WiFi, room service and picturesque views of the city or the surrounding mountains. The hotel has a charming and welcoming atmosphere and is continuing to shift towards sustainable stay by supporting local community projects and sourcing food in the accommodation from local vendors.
Hotel Puelche, Puerto Varas
Discover supreme comfort and exclusivity at Hotel Puelche, a boutique and colonial style hotel - perfect for unwinding and connecting with nature. Guest rooms are spacious and traditional in style, some with partial views over Lake Llanquihue and the city of Puerto Varas. Well known for its burger bar featuring many culinary delights in addition to a range of beers, wines and spirits. Located in Puerto Varas' city centre, Llanquihue Lake is within walking distance. This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach and 30 km from the El Tepual Airport in Puerto Montt.
Hotel Almasur, Punta Arenas
Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, only two blocks from the main square, and within walking distance of many cultural monuments, Hotel Almasur is the perfect base to explore this historic port city. Guests will enjoy easy access to an array of activities all year-round, including sailing, hiking, and snow sports. With comfortable rooms that include an en-suite, free WiFi, and television, guests can return to the hotel to relax, enjoy the modern gym and spa facilities, and dine at the restaurant which provides local cuisine and wine options.
Hotel Vendaval, Puerto Natales
The Vendaval hotel’s design revolves around an antique house of brick typical of Patagonian architecture and is conveniently located in the principal gastronomic neighbourhood in downtown Puerto Natales, a few blocks away from the waterfront and the main square. Guest rooms are contemporary in style, offering soft, comfortable beds with quality mattresses and and are ideal after a day outdoors. Guests will find a cosy bar and terrace protected from the wind on the 4th floor. A great spot to sit back and relax after an adventurous day exploring the Patagonian wilderness.
Hotel Kapenke , El Calafate
Family-run Hotel Kapenke offers its guests a comfortable and friendly stay in El Calafate. Set just two blocks from Libertador Avenue, the town’s main street, the hotel is well-located close to shops and restaurants. Its guestrooms are simple yet functional, featuring private bathrooms and a flatscreen TV, with many offering views out to the hotel garden. Open for lunch and dinner, the onsite La Carmela Restaurant has a wide-ranging menu to suit all appetites, with a selection of fine wines for you to enjoy alongside.
Hosteria Cumbres Nevadas, El Chalten
Located in the heart of the mountainous village of El Chalten, Hotel Cumbres Nevadas is situated within walking distance all the major trailheads, restaurants, and bars that the village has to offer. Rooms feature private bathrooms and spectacular mountain views including of the iconic Mount Fitz Roy. Guests can enjoy a home-made buffet breakfast, a café-bar, and take advantage of the spacious common areas and knowledgeable staff to organise their stay and excursions in this picturesque mountain village.
Hotel Kenton Palace, Buenos Aires
Boasting an excellent location in the traditional San Telmo District, Kenton Palace is just footsteps from Buenos Aires’ Main Square. Guestrooms are well-equipped with modern amenities and feature warm-coloured bedspreads and parquet floors, giving them a cosy feel. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet and selection of international dishes including pizza specialties in the on-site restaurant. The hotel also features a wine cellar, a fitness centre and spa. Offering a sauna, pool and massage treatments, the spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of travelling.