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PATAGONIAN PEARLS

There is so much to see and do in Chile. ​The region is known for dramatic mountain peaks, an abundance of glaciers and an array of unique wildlife.

Patagonia Pearls

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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. Torres del Paine National Park comprising mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. 

The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe. Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif.

Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. It occupies an area of occupies 260,000 square miles. The striking scenery of Patagonia is the result of major glaciological and geological transformations that took place in the region millions of years ago, creating mountains and countless valleys, glaciers, lakes and rivers.

The region is known for dramatic mountain peaks, an abundance of glaciers and an array of unique wildlife.

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AT A GLANCE
  • 8 day tour 
  • Start point is Santiago
  • Ushuaia, southernmost city in the world 
  • Beagle Channel
  • Magellan Penguin colony 
  • Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers 
  • Torres Del Paine National Park

Pearls of Patagonia Overview

Day-1. Santiago 
Day-2. Santiago 
Day-3. Santiago - Ushuaia 
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 

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PATAGONIA PEARLS ITINERARY

Day-1: Santiago

Arrival in Santiago, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day-2: Santiago

After breakfast, a city tour of Santiago. An excursion to the Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Day-3. Santiago - Ushuaia

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, no capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego.

Day-4. Ushuaia

After 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. Ushuaia

Choice 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 Arenas

Free morning. Midday transfer to the airport for the return flight to Punta Arenas. Reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day-7. Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

After 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 Magellan 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 Glacier

After 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 Paine

After 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 Paine

A 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 Calafate

Private 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 Glacier

After 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- Bariloche

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flight to Bariloche. Transfer to your hotel.

Day-14. Bariloche

Free at leisure 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 Aires

After 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 Aires

After 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 Aires

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Buenos Aires and your return flight home.

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Chile Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to go to Chile?

This really depends on what you want to see in Chile. 

September to November and April brings the blazing colours of fall foliage in the south. Wine country has grape harvests and wine festivals in March. 

Patagonia is at its best from December to February and the beaches throng with crowds from late December through January. 

Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are great spots in February. 

September to April is the best time to hike the central regions. 

The Spring (September, October, November) and Autumn (March, April, May) shoulder seasons see fewer crowds and relatively mild temperatures. As a general rule however, the seasons run as follows: Summer (December to February), Autumn (March to May), Winter (June to August) and Spring (September to November).

What language is spoken in Chile?

The official language of Chile is Chilean Spanish. English is spoken by some locals in tourist areas. It is a good idea to learn basic Spanish phrases before your trip."

What currency do they use in Chile?

The country is on the Chilean Peso. US dollars are accepted in most places throughout the country. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas but cash is still preferred and recommended for local markets. ATMs are common in the country and can be found easily.

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider. 


What plug converters do I need in Chile?

In Chile the power plugs and sockets are of type C and L. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. 

 The power plugs and sockets are of type C and L. . 

  • Type C: also known as the standard "Euro" plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F. 
  • Type L: This type is of Italian origin. This socket also works with plug C. 
Is the water safe to drink?

The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Chile. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice.

What are the current entry requirements for Chile given COVID?
  • There are several requirements. As of 22 March 2022

    1-Negative PCR taken 72 hours before boarding. In flights with stopovers, the last boarding point is considered. In case of entering by land, it cannot be older than 72 hours from the taking of the sample. This requirement is for every person over the age of 2.

    2-Have health insurance with a minimum coverage of USD 30,000 that includes coverage for any expenses arising from Covid-19.

    3-Complete the “Traveler’s Affidavit” form online up to 48 hours before boarding, where you will provide contact, health, and travel information. This form will provide a QR code as a means of verification and is available at www.c19.cl 

    4-To have completed a vaccination program (2 doses), which must be validated at mevacuno.gob.cl for travelers from 6 years of age before entering Chile. The vaccination approval period will be informed to the traveler at the time of making the request, procedure that may take up to 30 calendar days. Non-resident foreigners who comply with one or more of the special requirements in Decree 102 of the Ministry of the Interior may enter without a complete vaccination program. They must undergo a PCR test and a mandatory 7-day quarantine, even if the PCR result is negative.

    All information is subject to change so please check the current ruling on https://www.bcn.cl/portal/."