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Wonders of Patagonia: Santiago to Buenos Aires

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,427

Discover the natural wonders of Patagonia on this adventure through Chile and Argentina. Hike along the towers of Torres del Paine National Park and see ice calve from Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll also visit the capitals of Santiago and Buenos Aires to enjoy the cosmopolitan pleasures of these South American countries.


This 10-day South American vacation takes you across Chile and Argentina to explore the beautiful expanses of Patagonia as well as Santiago and Buenos Aires. It features moderate or first-class accommodations depending on preference, small group tours, and is a perfect combo of city stay and outdoor adventure.

Your journey to Patagonia begins in Santiago, the Chilean capital, where a city tour will reveal some of the most popular sights in this surprising South American capital. Get oriented at the Plaza de Armas before seeing Moneda Palace and heading up Santa Lucia Hill to Huelen. You’ll stop off at Barrio Lastarria to enjoy some of its famous dishes before reaching “Sanhattan,” the financial district on the city’s east side that gets its name from the surplus of glass skyscrapers and modern structures. Connect to Vina del Mar to see the Flower Clock and enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant before heading along the coast to Valparaiso, the UNESCO-listed city known for its picturesque location in the coastal hills. You’ll also visit Cerro Alegre to admire Sotomayor Square and the many funiculars.

Fly south to Punta Arenas in Patagonia and connect to Puerto Natales, your base in Chilean Patagonia. You’ll have two days to explore nearby Torres del Paine National Park, the most famous park in Chilean Patagonia. Stop by the Milodon Cave to learn about the giant land sloths that used to inhabit the land. Then reach the park where you’ll enjoy stunning views of Laguna Sofia and the Cordillera Prat before hiking beneath the famous Towers that give the park its name. After lunch, explore the lakefronts of Lake Nordenskiold and Laguna Amarga. You’ll have another day to further explore the park or discover some of the quaint pleasures of Puerto Natales.

Cross the border into Argentina and reach El Calafate, your base on the Argentine side of Patagonia. You’ll explore Glaciers National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier, possibly the most famous glacier in the world. Venture up to its face to admire its wall of ice and hopefully witness some ice calving into the waters below. The next day, sail along the fjords through the region, from Lago Argentino to the Upsala Channel and Spegazzini Glacier.

After exploring the glaciers and waterways of Argentine Patagonia, fly north to Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, where you’ll have a day to visit some of its famous sights on a city tour. You’ll see Casa Rosada, where Eva Peron famously addressed the nation from the balcony, the stunning Colon Theatre, and the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca, and Recoleta, culminating in a visit to its famous graveyard.

The next morning, head to the airport to connect back home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,427

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Day 1

Santiago

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. As most flights arrive early morning, you have time to freshen up before heading out on a city tour.

Discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America's most modern hubs.

Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook.

The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago's Central Postal Office and its Municipality. We will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government's headquarters as well as the traditional neighborhoods of the historic city center.

The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia hill, named Huelen by the natives. It is a real urban oasis in the center of the city. There we will learn more about Chile's history and enjoy some of the best views in the city. After knowing Santiago, we will arrive to Barrio Lastarria, famous by it cultural, inherited and gastronomical offer.

The second part of the tour will take you to the eastern side of the city, to the financial heart of Santiago, known for its modern buildings, impressive glass skyscrapers and its impressive sculptures designed by prominent national architects. There, you will see exactly why this area is known as ''Sanhattan'' among the locals.

At the end of the day you are transferred back to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Torremayor Providencia

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    Hotel Torremayor Providencia



    Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the ...

    Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the heart of Providencia, around restaurants; close to no more than 10 minutes from the largest Mall in Latin America: Costanera Center; tourist centers; and connectivity with transport: Los Leones Metro station. Rooms with modern style, large desk, decoration with a minimalist style, but always with the warmth of Torremayor Hotels. No more than an hour from the ski centers, vineyards of the central area of ​​Chile, beaches and casinos.

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    • Bar
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    • Pool
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Day 2

Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Known as the ''Garden City'', for originally being surrounded by largely green areas and for now preserving its extensive and beautiful urban gardens, with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, Vina del Mar is undoubtedly one of Chile's unmissable destinations.

Vina del Mar stands out for its beautiful architecture, its impressive palaces and famous Flower Clock, photographed by tourists from all over the world. During the tour, you will have the option to have lunch in one of the numerous restaurants in the city, with a variety of delicious sea food on offer.

Travel along the sea front, and enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean, before arriving at the most important ports in Chile; Valparaiso. It was listed as a Unesco World Heritage site thanks to its colorful beauty and the uniqueness of its location on the hills, which create a natural Amphitheatre with the ocean as its stage.

Then visit Cerro Alegre, where you can truly appreciate the magic of the city, with its picturesque funiculars, multi-colored neighborhoods and unforgettable sea views. We will then head to the Sotomayor Square, to see the Monument of the Heroes of Iquique. Once in the port, there will be the option to take a boat out around Valparaiso's bay to enjoy the views of the colorful hills from a different perspective.

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Day 3

Santiago to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales

You are transferred from your hotel for your flight to Patagonia. (flight is NOT INCLUDED in the trip price).

On arrival in to Punta Arenas you are met and transferred by bus to Puerto Natales (+/- 3 hours) upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Weskar Patagonian Lodge

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    Weskar Patagonian Lodge



    Nestled against a stunning Patagonian mountain backdrop, Weskar is a cozy lodge 1km from Puerto Natales.

    Nestled against a stunning Patagonian mountain backdrop, Weskar is a cozy lodge 1km from Puerto Natales.

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Day 4

Puerto Natales

Today you drive to the famed Torres del Paine National Park.

En route you visit the Milodon Cave, one of the most important paleontological sites in South America, consisting of three caves where remains of ''milodones'', extinct prehistoric herbivorous mammals of great size have been discovered.

Then continue to Torres del Paine National Park, considered by many amongst the most beautiful spots on the planet. Enjoy magnificent views of Laguna Sofia, the Cordillera Prat, Lake Porteno, among other places.
A short walk will take you to a point where you can see the Cuernos del Paine, the famed granite towers of the park before continuing to Lake Gray. After a tasty lunch (not included), head to the viewpoint of Lake Nordenskiold and then visit the Laguna Amarga.

Return early evening to Puerto Natales.

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Day 5

Puerto Natales

Today is free to wander the quaint town of Puerto Natales or journey back into Torres del Paine (extra costs for a return trip to Torres del Paine).

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Day 6

Puerto Natales to El Calafate

You are transferred to the bus station in Puerto Natales for your bus transfer across the border into Argentina and onto Calafate.

On arrival into Calafate you are met at the bus station and transferred to your hotel.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Calafate Parque Hotel

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    Calafate Parque Hotel



    Between the Andes and the Atlantic Ocean is the magical and mysterious Argentine Patagonia, an immense territory capable of bewitching anyone who decides to discover it. In the province of Santa Cruz, known as the National Capital of Los Glaciares for its proximity to the ...

    Between the Andes and the Atlantic Ocean is the magical and mysterious Argentine Patagonia, an immense territory capable of bewitching anyone who decides to discover it. In the province of Santa Cruz, known as the National Capital of Los Glaciares for its proximity to the imposing Los Glaciares National Park and its famous Perito Moreno Glacier, is the picturesque and small tourist village of El Calafate, the ideal starting point to discover these enigmatic landscapes.

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Day 7

El Calafate - Perito Moreno

Today is spent visiting Glacier National Park and viewing the Moreno Glacier. If luck is with you, you will see parts of the wall of ice ''calve'' off and fall into the lake. The Perito Moreno Glacier is an enormous glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in Argentina due to its size and accessibility. It is less than two hours by bus from El Calafate while viewing platforms and trails make the visit and the observation easy and pleasant.

The Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina, is arguably the most famous glacier in the world. Covering an area of 250 sq. km and spanning 5 km in width, the Perito Moreno glacier is impressive to say the least.

Los Glaciares was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1981, and since then the glacier has only increased in popularity, regularly making the news when another ice bridge forms and collapses. The glacier is also part of the Southern Patagonian ice field, which is the third largest frozen body of fresh water in the world.

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Day 8

El Calafate

Spend the day sailing the many fjords that dot the region. Once on board sail through the North Arm of Lake Argentino until you reach the Upsala Channel, where you encounter the spectacular Iceberg Barrier. If a path is there, you will be able to get near the glacier's wall.

After, sail the Spegazzini Channel, where you see the Seco Glacier and the Spegazzini Glacier, the tallest in the National Park. Return to Calafate early evening.

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Day 9

El Calafate, Buenos Aires

You are transferred from your hotel to the aiport for your flight to Buenos Aires (flight NOT INCLUDED in the trip price)

On arrival into Buenos Aires you are met and you begin a short city tour. Enjoy the highlights of the city such as the impressive National Congress, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Spanish colonial period city hall, the Cabildo. You will see the famous Colon Theatre one of the best Opera Houses around the world. Next, tour the traditional and historic San Telmo neighborhood. After that, stop at La Boca neighborhood, first settlement for the Italian immigrants, where you will enjoy the colorful architecture.

Continue your tour, passing by Puerto Madero on the way to Palermo the largest residential neighborhood of the city in which you are going to enjoy the Palermo Parks, City Zoo and the Planetarium. Finally, go to Recoleta, the most elegant neighborhood of the city with its famous cemetery, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and side walk cafes.

At the conclusion of the tour you are transferred to your hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Waldorf

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    Excellent hotel in Buenos Aires that will let you experience the exciting lifestyle of the city. The hotel is located in a unique place from where you can easily explore the main attractions of the city. The renovated hotel has 118 rooms all equipped with ...

    Excellent hotel in Buenos Aires that will let you experience the exciting lifestyle of the city. The hotel is located in a unique place from where you can easily explore the main attractions of the city. The renovated hotel has 118 rooms all equipped with 21 "TV, air conditioning, hair dryer, central heating, alarm clock and radio, amenities, safe box, wooden floors, Wi-Fi and minibar. We offer the best location in Buenos Aires. A few meters from Florida Street, Galerias Pacifico, Puerto Madero and the best restaurants and attractions of the city

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Day 10

Buenos Aires

After breakfast and based on your flight time you are transferred to the airport.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All airport transfers
  •   9 nights' accommodation as listed
  • Santiago City tour
  • Valparaiso City Tour
  • Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Meals as listed

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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