PATAGONIA NATURE TOUR - SANTIAGO, ATACAMA, USHUAIA, BARILOCHE, PUERTO MONTT, CHILOE
Situated between the Andes in the west and the southern Atlantic Ocean in the east and south, lies Argentina. It is the second largest country of South America after Brazil and the 8th largest country in the world.
Argentina offers some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth., from islands of penguin colonies to glaciers, high mountains and magnificent forests.
Chile is a land of incredible contrasts, from the dry Atacama desert in the north, the ice, snow and glacial lakes of the south. It is the longest and thinnest country in the world, measuring over 4300km (2700 miles) from north to south and only 240km (150 miles) from east to west. Chile is also famous for the incredible Torres del Paine, considered by many to be the finest nature travel destination in South America.
Patagonia is a region on the borders of Argentina and Chile and offers some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth., from islands of penguin colonies to glaciers, high mountains and magnificent forests.
OverviewDay-1. Santiago Day-2. Santiago Day-3. Santiago - Ushuaia (Wednesday) Day-4. Ushuaia Day-5. Ushuaia Day-6. Ushuaia - Punta Arenas Day-7. Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales Day-8. Balmaceda - Serrano Glacier Day-9. Torres del Paine Day-10. Torres del Paine Day-11. Torres del Paine - El Calafate Day-12. Perito Moreno Glacier Day-13. El Calafate - Buenos Aires- Bariloche Day-14. Bariloche Day-15: Bariloche - Villa la Angostura - Buenos Aires Day-16. Buenos Aires Day-17. Buenos Aires
When: All Year
Best: October to March
Tours: 8 Days
Day-1. SantiagoArrival in Santiago de Chile, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day-2. SantiagoAfter breakfast, a half day city tour of Santiago including a visit to the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. A visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, where Santiago was founded in 1541. After lunch, a visit to the Concha y Toro winery, one of the largest exporters of fine wines in Chile. The tour will end with some wine tasting before returning to Santiago.
Day-3. Santiago - Ushuaia (Wednesday)After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego.
Day-4. UshuaiaAfter breakfast, excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This sub-Antarctic forest covers the entire region and is located up to 600m above sea level. A visit to Lake Escondido with mountains at the foot of Paso Garibaldi offers a unique view in an environment of supreme beauty. The tour will end with a one and a half hour round trip tour in first class on the 'send of the world's train travelling through the National Park itself.
Day-5. UshuaiaChoice of excursions may include a boat trip through the Beagle Channel or a visit to Sea Lion Island and the southernmost Argentinean lighthouse.
Day-6. Ushuaia - Punta ArenasFree morning. Midday transfer to the airport for the return flight to Punta Arenas. Reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day-7. Punta Arenas - Puerto NatalesAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Punta Arenas, located on the very tip of the continent. Reception and transfer to the Puerto Viejo restaurant for lunch. We continue our trip to the Penguin Sanctuary at Seno Otway. The Magellanic Penguins here return annually between the months of October and March to lay eggs and raise their young. Arrival to Puerto Natales and transfer to your accommodation.
Day-8. Balmaceda - Serrano GlacierAfter breakfast, full day excursion by boat to the beautiful Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Boxed lunch is included. Return to Puerto Natales
Day-9. Torres del PaineAfter breakfast, we travel into the Torres del Paine National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978). This park is Chile's showpiece: a world biosphere reserve with all the diverse scenery of Alaska in only 180,000ha (444,600ac). The Torres Del Paine are spectacular granite pillars which soar almost vertically for more than 2000m (6560ft) above the Patagonian steppe. A visit to the Milodon cave; where in 1896 the scientific world was fascinated by the discovery of skin, bones and other parts of an extinct animal, the Milodon (Mylodon Darwini). The tour continues with visits to Lake Sarmiento, Nordennskjold, Pehoe, and Lago Grey; site of the Grey Glacier.
Day-10. Torres del PaineA day of tour options ranging from easy to moderate treks. For the more adventurous, choose from mountain biking in the park to some difficult treks. Accommodation in the National Park.
Day-11. Torres del Paine - El CalafatePrivate transfer by comfortable car to El Calafate in Argentina. El Calafate is the site of the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most dramatic natural sites left on earth. Two nights accommodation at your hotel. The Perito Moreno Glacier of Santa Cruz is a 60m (197ft) high river of rising, toppling and exploding ice, though it has not advanced for several years.
Day-12. Perito Moreno GlacierAfter breakfast, opportunity to walk on the glacier or for a selection of other activities including other treks, 4x4 trips and boat trips to other glaciers in the area such as Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini.
Day-13. El Calafate - Buenos Aires- BarilocheTransfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flight to Bariloche. Transfer to your hotel.
Day-14. BarilocheFree day in Bariloche, the ski capital of Argentina. Choose from fishing, trekking, tennis, walking, archery or perhaps even condor watching. Take a cable car ride for tremendous views of the area or for the more adventurous, perhaps some mountain biking.
Day-15: Bariloche - Villa la Angostura - Buenos AiresAfter breakfast, we shall take a fabulous scenic route around the beautiful Nahuel Huapi. Along the journey we shall pass several lakes including the Espejo or Mirror Lake which is one of the 7 lakes of the famous 7 Lakes route of Argentina. Return to Bariloche airport for the flight to Buenos Aires. Reception and transfer to your hotel for two nights accommodation.
Day-16. Buenos AiresAfter breakfast, a private city tour of perhaps the most cosmopolitan metropolis in South America. A visit to La Boca, Buenos Aires's most colourful neighbourhood. In the evening, dinner & tango Show in La Esquina Carlos Gardel, the foremost tango house in Buenos Aires.
Day-17. Buenos AiresAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Buenos Aires and your return flight home.
End of services
Price includesAirport transfers by private vehicle
Three four or five star hotels with breakfast
All sightseeing tours, entrance fees, guide, transportation
Guide, their wages, insurance and expenses
Price ExcludesInternational flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa if applicable
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable
Easy add on to any tour
450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second of water
2.7 kilometres in length
Can be seen from Argentine or Brazil
Three times the width of Niagara falls
Iguazu Falls Itinerary
Start point is Santiago
Ushuaia, southernmost city in the world
Magellanic Penguin colony
Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers
Torres Del Paine National Park
Patagonia Pearls Itinerary
Start point is Buenos Aires
Fiesta Gaucha Excursion
Punta Tombo penguin colony
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Perito Moreno Glacier
Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini Glaciers
Patagonia Tour Itinerary