Explore Glaciers and Lakes across Chile and Argentina

Chile, Argentina

Overview

In this tour you can explore the widely recognised Glaciers and lake across Chile and Argentina, combining dramatic natural wonders. We start in Santiago at the foothills of the Andes, discover the extraordinary beauty of Patagonia. A spectacular array of majestic lakes of Argentina & chile’s Lake District.

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23 DAYS
EXPLORE GLACIERS AND LAKES ACROSS CHILE AND ARGENTINA
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Pit Stops

  • UK – Santiago (4N)
  • Punta Arenas (1N)
  • Torres Del Paine(2N)
  • Calafate (3N)
  • Ushuaia (2N)
  • Bariloche (4N)
  • Puerto Varas(4N)
  • Santiago -UK

Tour Includes

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • 21 nights in hotel and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 25 meals: 21 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Entrance fees, guides and daily tours

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to Scenic capital of Santiago de chile
  • Taste world class wines Chile’s famous Colchagua Valley
  • Explore the remote, rugged and windswept landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Admire the pristine streams, gullies and peaks of Los Glaciares National Park
  • Board the train from the End-of-the-World Train Station
  • Enjoy breathtaking Patagonian scenery
  • Enjoy the magnificent emerald and turquoise lakes of Chilean lake district

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 UK – SANTIAGO

Fly to Santiago.

DAY 2 SANTIAGO

On arrival check in at hotel Cumbres.

DAY 3 SANTIAGO (B/D)

After breakfast our city tour commence with a rich cultural heritage comes to life through iconic symbols of the city including la Plaza de Armas (the main square), Santa Lucia Hill, La Moneda (the Government Palace), the Post Office and the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. Then head to Cerro San Cristobal, a tall hill rising nearly 1000 feet above the city, located inside the city’s largest urban park. Standing atop the hill you’ll find a church as well as a stunning 72 foot tall statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Finally we will visit the Orient Sector, the most modern area of the city with its impressive high rise buildings and classy boulevards. The afternoon is free for your own leisure and other shopping activities . Enjoy a magical night of entertainment with a delicious international dinner and live show. The show begins with dances from all over Chile including traditional dances from the North (La Tirana), the Central area (the Huasos) and the South (Chilotes) and the Best the typical dance from Eastern Island. See an extraordinary display of traditional outfits and authentic choreography from a folkloric group.

DAY 4 VALPARAISO (B/L)

After breakfast, we head for Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast, we will pass through the beautifully groomed vineyards of the Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys. Valparaiso, Spanish for “Paradise Valley,” is a cultural hotspot that serves as one of the country’s most important seaports. The entire city is recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its intriguing cobblestone labyrinth of historic buildings and ancient funiculars along sloping hills. From the lookout point of “Mirador 21 de Mayo” you’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbor. Your guide will point out some of the more interesting sights and is an open book for any questions you may have. Next we will visit the garden city, Vina a del Mar, Spanish for “Vineyard of the Sea.” The most famous and most visited beach in the Central Coast has much to offer. The city is ripe with beautiful parks, gardens, and avenues scattered across miles of sparkling beaches. Sights include the Presidential Castle, Liberty Avenue, The 1930’s Casino, and various classic century old “Palaces.”

DAY 5 CONCHA Y TORO

Travel through the beautiful wine country to Chile’s legendary Concha y Toro Winery. After a relaxing drive, pass through the traditional winery’s grand entrance to spend a pleasant afternoon enjoying the grounds. .Wander the beautifully landscaped gardens and admire the colonial architecture of the buildings as you tour the verdant vineyards of the enclave.
Visit “Casillero del Diablo” (Devil’s Cellar), the source of the famous legend that made Chilean wine known around the world. End the tour with a visit to the wine bar, an ideal place to taste premium wines paired with lavish appetizers and cheeses.

DAY 6 SANTIAGO – PUNTA ARENAS (B)

After breakfast transfer to Santiago airport in time for your flight south to Punta Arenas. On arrival check in at hotel Rey Don Felipe .

DAY 7 PUNTA ARENAS – TORRES DEL PAINE (B/D)

After early breakfast and transfer to Torres del Paine, one of the main highlights of the Chilean Patagonia region. Admire the mountains as they reflect in the turquoise lakes, creating a surreal looking landscape. On arrival check in at hotel Las Torres. Explore the lodge’s facilities and meet the guides, that will introduce you to the excursions available for you the next day.

DAY 8 TORRES DEL PAINE (B/D)


After breakfast, Today, follow your guides to discover the highlights of the national park. Gaze at the emblematic Paine Horns, Paine Towers, Sarmiento Lake, and more. Also, keep an eye out for llamas and guanacos that inhabit the area, as well as the flight of the mighty Andean condor.

DAY 9 TORRES DEL PAINE – CALAFATE (B)

After breakfast we take this is an incredibly scenic drive through the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, from your hotel in Torres del Paine to your hotel in the Calafate region. This transfer will take about 4 to 5 hours. On arrival check in at Xelena Hotel & Suites.

DAY 10 CALAFATE – PERRITO MORENO GLACIER – CALAFATE (B)

After early breakfast, an 85km ride through beautiful Patagonia, you will arrive to the National Park just outside the city of El Calafate. During your visit you will have an opportunity to see the most astounding views of the famous Perrito Moreno Glacier. With a front of 80 meters high and 3 km wide, it is the only glacier in the world still growing. This excursion is aimed to be viewed from land, where you will have the opportunity to go through the various walkways. You may just catch a glimpse of falling ice tips. Making it truly an unforgettable experience.

DAY 11 CALAFATE – LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK – CALAFATE (B)

Today you will have the opportunity to visit El Chalten and Viedma Glacier for the day, to witness an exclusive, natural and unique scenario in the north area of Los Glaciares National Park. We will sail south by the Bay, the depth of the lake allows a pleasant sail near the coast that will allow us to see MT. Fitz Roy and MT. Huemul. The sail is done in the front of the glacier’s wall of 40mt high above the level of the lake, were you will be able to see big icebergs as well. This is an ideal place for lectures on glaciology that are given by our guides. You will then sail back to the port where the tour will end.

DAY 12 CALFATE – USHUAIA (B)

After breakfast transfer to Calfate airport to board your flight to Ushuaia. On arrival Ushuaia you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa

DAY 13 USHUAIA – TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK & TRAIN – USHUAIA (B)

After early breakfast, we visit the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina’s only coastal national park. Once in the park, make a stop at Ensenada Bay, where you will see beautiful views of Redonda Island. Next, drive to the End-of-the-World Train Station for your train tour. Arrive at Lapataia Bay, one of the highlights of the park that has a unique green and black lagoon. Take a short walking tour of the black lagoon or to the Beavers trail .

DAY 14 USHUAIA – BARILOCHE (B)

After breakfast, You will leave Ushuaia by sailing the Beagle Channel waters, passing the Ushuaia Bay, the north cost of the channel, the archipielago and the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, where it is possible to visit different sea bird nests, seals areas and several types of coastal and sea birds (petrels, albatrosses, cormorants, oyster catchers, etc) from there you will sail back to Ushuaia. Then transfer to Ushuaia airport to board your flight to Bariloche. On arrival check in at hotel Villa Huinid.

DAY 15 VICTORIA ISLAND (B)

We head to Panuelo Port by bus where you will sail for one and a half hour and disembark in Quetri Hue Port. From there you will enter the Myrtle Forest where you will go along a 50-minute walk and have the opportunity to marvel at this spectacular forest of trees with a height of 18 meters, cold crust tan-like white flowers blossom out of tress that are estimated to be 300 years old in age. Myrtle Forest has been declared a National Monument for its unique beauty.You will then head to Victoria Island and arrive at Anchorena Port located at the center of the island. From the service center you can choose from the following free guided hikes on trails or main paths in the island: Former National Nursery Trail – Interpretive Trail “Antonio Pargade” – Puerto Gross and old town – rock paintings – Playa del Toro – Balcony of Cerro Bella Vista, among others. Then return to Panuelo Port for your transfer back into Bariloche.

DAY 16 SEVEN LAKE (B)

After breakfast, we drive the Road of the Seven Lakes to San Martín de los Andes on this full-day trip from Bariloche. Listen to informative commentary from your guide during your sightseeing bus trip past Nahuel Huapi Lake, Lácar Lake and the breathtaking Seven Lakes. Enjoy a short stop in Villa La Angostura and a few hours of free time to explore San Martín at your own pace.

DAY 17 BARILOCHE (B)

Today the tour starts in Bariloche, riding down Ezequiel Bustillo Ave., a winding paved road along the Nahuel Huapi lakeshore. At kilometer 8, you will pass by Playa Bonita, from where you will see Huemul Island. Continuing along this road for another 10 km, and after passing through breathtaking scenery, you will arrive at Campanario Hill. A chair lift will take you to the top of the hill (1050 m) from where you will enjoy one of the most impressive views of this region. You will see then Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, El Trebol lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas, Victoria Island, Otto, Lopez, Goye and Catedral hills, and the main town, San Carlos de Bariloche. Further ahead, and after leaving San Pedro peninsula behind, you will reach Llao Llao peninsula, with its namesake hilltop hotel and San Eduardo Chapel, two architectural jewels of this region, and go by Panuelo Port, the starting point of many lake excursions. Then you will cross the bridge over Moreno Lake at a narrow end, follow the shoreline of El Trebol lagoon, and 2 km ahead we will meet Ezequiel Bustillo Ave. again and return to Bariloche.

DAY 18 BARILOCHE – ANDEAN CROSSING – PUERTO VARAS (B/L)

Today we do the Andean Crossing, You will then board either Catamarans “Victoria Andina” or “Victoria Del Lago” for an hour sail to Puerto Blest. From there you can appreciate the grandeur of the lush landscapes of the area. Upon arrival to Puerto Blest you will board a bus for a three mile drive to Puerto Alegre and continue on to board a ship called “City of Faith” where you will sail along the beautiful and pristine waters of Lake Frias and have the opportunity to view the magnificent Tronador Volcano measuring 3,291 meters. Upon arrival to Puerto Frias you will undergo routine customs procedures at the Aduana Argentina and board your bus to Peulla where you can appreciate the lush vegetation along the Andes Mountains. In Peulla you will complete customs paperwork and leave for Hotel Natura Patagonia Peulla where you will have lunch . After lunch, you sail the Todos los Santos Lake to Petrohue where you will have views of Osorno Volcano, Volcano Tronador and Puntiagudo Hill, weather permitting. When you arrive in Petrohue, you take a final bus to visit the Petrohue waterfalls and stunning views of Calbuco. Finally, bordering the Llanquihue Lake, you arrive in the city of Puerto Varas, the service of ‘Andean Crossing’ finalizes in the city of Puerto Varas (Chile). On arrival Puerto Varas check in at hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas.

DAY 19 CHILOE ISLAND (B)

After breakfast, We begin our in Pargua, a small village from where we will catch a ferry to cross the Chacao Channel, which separates the mainland from the island of Chiloe. During our boat trip we can observe sea lions, pelicans and seabirds typical of this region. Our first stop will be Chacao, small town where we can admire its typical larch wood buildings and also its church, which has been declared National Monument. Later on, we will visit Caul n beach resort, very famous for its oysters and its rich marine life. We continue our tour in Ancud, where we will get to know the Fort of San Antonio, historic site that is part of the Spanish fortifications, its local Museum, Plaza de Armas and the Mercado Municipal which offers a variety of dining options. Here we will take a boat ride to the Pu ihuil islands, where we will see the Magellanic Penguin and the Humboldt penguin sharing the same territory.

DAY 20 OSORNO VOLCANO (B)

Today we begin our tour from Puerto Varas “The City of the Roses” going to Osorno Volcano by the shore of Llanquihue Lake where we’ll enjoy the amazing landscape with the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Then we’ll get to Ensenada where we’ll start to ascend to the Osorno Centro de Ski y Montaña, located at 1.240 meters (3937 feet). Take pictures and appreciate a unique view of the volcano with glaciers of eternal snow, the Calbuco, Lake Llanquihue Lake and the Pacific Ocean.

DAY 21 PUERTO VARAS – PUERTO MONTT – PUERTO VARAS (B)

After breakfast, We will visit the cities of Puerto Montt, capital of the X Region of Chile and Puerto Varas, tourist capital of the Lakes Region. During the day we will visit the main attractions of both cities, natural viewpoints like Calvario and Phillipi mountains from which we can get a great view of the city, the Lake Llanquihue and Chinquihue and Pelluco beach resorts.

DAY 22 PUERTO MONTT – SANTIAGO – UK (B)

Fly back home

DAY 23 UK

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