The Best of Argentina & Chile

For glaciers, icebergs, snow-capped mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests, take a Patagonia Discovery tour. Beginning in the Argentinean Tango capital of Buenos Aires, you will have time to explore, sample its fine steak and visit a working ranch. Continue on a magical journey, allowing you to see lots of wildlife, take a whale cruise and watch the adorable Magellan penguins. Go hiking on the still-growing Perito Moreno Glacier and take an amazing catamaran cruise in Tierra del Fuego, also known as Biosphere Reserve. With unbelievable scenery and a plethora of wildlife, this Patagonia Discovery tour will be an unforgettable adventure.

Please see 2019 group tour departure dates below, private tours depart daily, on request.

11, 25 October

08, 29 November

Duration
11 days
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Meet real gauchos in local estancia
  • Whale-watching in Peninsula Valdes

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure where you can relax after your flight. In the evening, enjoy a three course dinner and half bottle of wine per person and a tango show at Tango House. Here you can opt between a tango lesson with specialised teachers or a wine tasting session sampling different Argentinian wines. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Grand Brizo or similar

After breakfast you will visit the most important sites during a city tour. You will drive to the Plaza de Mayo, with the Casa Rosada, the pink house, seat of the government, the Cabildo (town hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, home of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The tour goes onto the district San Telmo. Until 1888 this part of the city was a river port, today San Telmo is one of the most modern and desired places to live in Buenos Aires. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack when you stop at the famous Cafe Tortoni, the oldest literati cafe of the city.

The worker district La Boca is famous for its colourful tin-houses and its history as living district of Italian seamen and dock workers in the 19th century. The Barrio Norte called Recoleta is the quarter of the rich of Buenos Aires. On the cemetery of Recoleta one will find the grave of Eva Duarte who became famous as Evita Perón. Continue along the widest avenue in the world, the Avenida 9 de Julio, and continue to the Plaza Lavalle with the Federal Court of Justice and the Teatro Colón. Afternoon at leisure before an optional evening Tango Show at the Restaurant Viejo Almacen (bookable locally, not included in the price).

Optional afternoon activities include (only available on private tours):

A Tigre Tour of the river where you can witness the grand summer residences and yacht clubs.

Visit to San Telmo Market.

Argentina culinary experience - an introduction to the best of Argentina cuisine and culture.

Overnight at hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Grand Brizo or similar

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ushuaia.

Ushuaia which is the worlds southernmost city is home to the End of the World Museum, the old prison and many restaurants. We would recommend the excellent spider crab. End your day with a walk around the harbour and see some of the old boats in port.

Upon arrival at Ushuaia airport transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cilene del Faro or similar

Morning tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, crossed by rivers which flow into the Beagle Channel with some time to explore on foot. 

In the afternoon drive on rustic unpaved roads from Ushuaia city to Estancia Harberton. Estancia Harberton is located 90km from Ushuaia city and on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Upon arrival at Harberton you can take a look around the farm and learn about its origins. The estancia was founded in 1886 by the Anglican missioner Thomas Bridges and it is the oldest building on the island. 

Later on, you will take a short sailing trip (15mins one way) aboard semi rigid boats in order to cross to Martillo Island. When you get there you will have the chance to watch a colony of Magellan and Gentoo penguins at close range. The best time to see the penguins is from mid-November till mid-April. Penguins share their habitat with different birds, so you will also see during the walking tour: skuas (main penguin predator), albatrosses, petrels, cormorants, and other birds from the area. Return back to Estancia Haberton aboard the semi rigs boat, and spend some time at leisure to visit the Birds and Sea Mammals Museum, before returning back to Ushuaia city by land (2 hours).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cilene del Faro or similar

Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure or book an optional tour to the Glaciarium Museum (bookable locally, not included in the price) - the first museum in South America dedicated to the glaciers and Patagonia ice.

El Calafate features a chapel at its centre dedicated to Santa Teresa. Behind this you will find Perito Moreno Street which gently climbs the large hill south of the town, from which one can see the silhouette of the south end of the Andes, the Redonda Lake and Soledad Island on Argentino Lake. It is the southern gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park. On the alluvial plain by the lake there are many interesting birds, and in the other direction there is scope for good hill walking. Colourful cave paintings are also captivating.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Kosten Aike or similar

Full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Drive through the National Park Los Glaciares to a colourful forest and backdrop of glacier Perito Moreno. One of the few glaciers that is still growing, see the ice caving under the enormous pressure of the water before crashing with a tremendous noise into the lake. Explore the area at your own pace before returning to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Kosten Aike or similar

After breakfast, transfer by public bus to the border between Argentina and Chile. Onward journey to Punta Natales. Pick up at bus terminal and transfer to your hotel.

Puerto Natales is the capital of Ultima Esperanza Province and was founded in 1911. Originally, people here made a living sheep farming and fishing. In recent years it has developed into an important touristic area due to its proximity to the sensational National Park Torres del Paine.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Costaustralis or similar

After breakfast set out on a full day tour of Torres del Paine National park, named Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO. See cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and mountain spires. Spot herds of guanacos, foxes, swans and small birds. Enjoy a hike along the Grey Lake with spectacular views of the Grey Glacier. Some attractions you will visit include the Milodon Cave and the Salto Grande waterfall.

In the late afternoon drive back to the hotel

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Costaustralis or similar

Leave Puerto Natales for Punta Arenas.

Upon arrival at Punta Arenas public bus station, you will be welcomed by your local guide for a city tour. The most important cultural, commercial, and cattle raising centre of Patagonia, Punta Arenas was founded on the 18th of December 1848 as a small colony. Your tour guides you through the tidy laid out avenues and squares which host more than thirty monuments. Proceed to Cerro La Cruz, from where you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the city and the Strait of Magellan.

Afterwards continue to Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile (not included) followed by pick-up and transfer to the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Marina Las Condes or similar

Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts with traces of its colonial past mixed with the ultra-modern, high-rise buildings of the financial centre; Chile’s capital will surprise you. This tour offers you the opportunity to see this eclectic mix for yourself.

The tour begins by heading south through the downtown area, to get to the heart of the city. From here you head along the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colourful main avenue, where you’ll see some important iconic constructions such as the Chilean University, San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill, site of Santiago’s foundation in 1541. Then you continue towards the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral. Very close from here is the famous Central Market, which is the main market for fresh fish and seafood, an interesting building, dating back to the end of the 19th century, and is a steel construction, built in London and brought to Chile by ship. Afterwards, cross the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to the San Cristobal Hill. From one of the hill’s viewpoints, you will have the finest views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. To round off the tour, you will pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture, before returning to your hotel. 

An optional wine tasting excursion at Vinolia is available on this day.

Overnight at hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Marina Las Condes or similar

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey home or opt to extend your stay with another tour.

Included

  • Domestic flights as detailed.
  • Accommodation with private facilities (accommodation listed subject to change in case of early transfer, breakfast cannot be guaranteed).
  • Meals included as stated. Breakfast is usually a Western-style buffet in your hotel, while most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • Services of an English-speaking guide, transfers and tours on a seat-in-coach basis.
  • All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate.

Not included

  • Domestic and international departure taxes.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.