Patagonian Dreams & Buenos Aires Delights
From the vibrant heart of Santiago to the untamed beauty of Patagonia, experience journey of inspiring landscapes and cultural wonders.
Prepare to be enchanted by the mesmerizing beauty of Patagonia and the vibrant spirit of Buenos Aires in this journey of a lifetime. From the moment you step off the plane in Santiago, you'll be immersed in a world of wonder and exploration.
Discover the heart of Santiago with a guided tour that showcases its historic gems and modern allure. Then, venture into the wild beauty of Patagonia, where you'll hike to the iconic Base Torres Viewpoint, navigate among awe-inspiring glaciers, and experience the untamed landscapes of Torres del Paine.
As you cross borders into Argentina, the adventure continues with a visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier, a natural marvel that will leave you breathless. You'll sail through glacial waters, trek among stunning ice formations, and soak up the essence of Patagonia's wilderness.
Finally, explore the dynamic city of Buenos Aires, from the iconic Plaza de Mayo to the charming neighbourhoods of San Telmo and La Boca. Dance the night away at a thrilling Tango show and savour the flavours of Argentina's cuisine.
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Day 1: Your adventure begins
Today's the day! Board your arranged flight to Santiago.
Day 2: Santiago Arrival
Upon your arrival at Santiago's airport, you will be transferred to your hotel Le Reve, situated in the heart of Santiago, where you will spend one night. Take a half-day tour of Santiago, visit iconic landmarks like the Plaza de Armas, the awe-inspiring Cathedral, the bustling Ahumada Boulevard, and the majestic Government Palace, "La Moneda" A leisurely walk through the historic downtown area allows you to soak in the city's rich history. After a day of exploration, we return to your hotel for a restful overnight stay.
Day 3: Gateway to Patagonia
Wake up to a delicious breakfast at your hotel, gearing up for the next leg of your journey to Santiago airport for a seamless flight to Punta Arenas and a short transfer to your hotel Lago Grey where you will spend three nights, positioned in breath-taking surroundings that defines Patagonia. Settle into your accommodation and prepare for the enchanting experiences that lie ahead…
Day 4: Trek to Base Torres Viewpoint
After a hearty breakfast, get ready for an exhilarating day of adventure. Today's highlight is a full-day trek to the Base Torres Viewpoint, a renowned path that takes you up close to the three imposing granite towers. The trek is both demanding and rewarding, offering a genuine Patagonian wilderness experience.
Your journey begins with an ascent along the Ascencio River, taking you through the Passage of the Winds and the Chilean Camp, then through forested terrain. The final hour is the most challenging, as you zigzag up a rocky moraine, exposed to the elements - your determination is rewarded with the iconic view of the Torres, and a picturesque spot for lunch before you retrace your steps as you descend. After an unforgettable day, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Day 5: Explore Torres del Paine
Following breakfast, embark on a half-day navigation to Grey Glacier, one of Patagonia's most captivating experiences. Sail in comfort and style as you encounter a landscape adorned with lush greenery, majestic mountains, and stunning blue icebergs floating in grey waters. Feel the invigorating Patagonian wind on your face as you soak in this awe-inspiring natural spectacle.
In the afternoon, embark on another thrilling excursion, either the Chorrillo Salmones or Monte Ferrier trek, depending on your navigation schedule. Chorrillo Salmones offers a moderate hike through a pristine forest with a waterfall as its highlight. Monte Ferrier, on the other hand, offers a challenging ascent with breath-taking panoramic views. After a day filled with exploration and adventure, return to your hotel for a peaceful night's sleep.
Day 6: Torres del Paine to El Calafate
Savour your breakfast at the hotel, knowing that today's journey takes you across borders. A smooth transfer to Cerro Castillo in Argentina. Prepare for an exciting chapter of your Patagonian adventure as you head to El Calafate. Upon arrival, check in to your accommodation Alto Calafate Hotel where you will spend three nights, and let the anticipation for what's to come in Argentina fill your evening.
Day 7: Perito Moreno Glacier Encounter
Today is a full-day excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, a true marvel of nature led by your expert guide.
The "curva de los suspiros", your first panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier is sure to take your breath away. Explore the glacier on footbridges and balconies, coming face to face with this colossal ice formation. Enjoy free time for activities and lunch, and immerse yourself in the glacier's majesty at your leisure.
After an unforgettable day, return to El Calafate, reflecting on the wonders of Patagonia.
Day 8: Navigating Amongst Glaciers
A delicious breakfast at your hotel prepares you for another thrilling adventure. Today's full-day excursion takes you on a voyage to discover the stunning Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers.
Setting sail on Lake Argentino, you'll witness mesmerizing icebergs emerging from the front of the Upsala Glacier. Navigating through the Boca del Diablo, you'll continue to the Spegazzini Channel, offering the first views of the Dry Glacier, a rare sight indeed.
As you disembark at the Spegazzini Base, a forest path awaits, leading to the Spegazzini Refuge. This accessible path allows you to enjoy captivating views of the Bay of Los Glaciares. For those seeking an even greater challenge, a mountain trail is available. At the end of this memorable day, return to El Calafate, your heart filled with the beauty of Patagonia.
Day 9: Buenos Aires - The Dynamic Capital
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your hotel, knowing that today marks the transition from Patagonia's wild beauty to the dynamic streets of Buenos Aires. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, a short transfer to Mine Hotel in the trendy Palermo neighbourhood, where you will spend three nights.
Day 10: A Day of Exploration and Tango Magic
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast, preparing you for a full day of exploration in the captivating city of Buenos Aires. A 4-hour city tour takes you through the heart of the city, visiting iconic landmarks like Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, and Recoleta. This immersive experience allows you to delve into the city's history, culture, and vibrant neighbourhoods.
In the evening, prepare for a night of magic as you indulge in a delicious dinner and Tango show at La Ventana. Enhance your Argentine experience with a private tango lesson, ensuring you're ready to dance the night away. Transportation to and from the hotel is provided, promising a memorable evening in Buenos Aires.
Day 11: Gaucho Experience in the Argentine Countryside
After a leisurely breakfast, venture beyond Buenos Aires for a Gaucho experience in the picturesque Argentine countryside. As you embark on the journey through the scenic route, the landscape gradually transforms from urban to rural.
Your destination is an estancia in the Pampean region, where you'll be immersed in the culture and traditions of the Gauchos. This unique encounter allows you to connect with nature and gain insights into the life of these legendary cowboys. Enjoy the open plains, the delicious Argentine cuisine, and the authentic camaraderie.
Day 12: Farewell Argentina
As your adventure comes to a close, savour your last breakfast in Buenos Aires.
You will be transferred to Ezeiza airport for your flight home. Bid farewell to Argentina, knowing that its beauty and charm will forever hold a special place in your heart.
Day 13: Arrive home
Arrive home after a safe journey regaling stories of your trip.
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Chile Holidays, South America Holidays
From £5,400 pp based on two people sharing (excl. international flights)
The trip includes all accommodation and activities specified above. Rooms and meals as below:
- 1 night at Le Reve, Santiago - deluxe room, breakfast included.
- 3 nights at Lago Grey Hotel, Torres del Paine – superior room, breakfast included.
- 3 nights at Alto Calafate Hotel – city view room, breakfast included.
- 3 nights at Mine Hotel– city view room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included where detailed.
- Internal flights and all transfers.
- All private guides and entrance fees for tours.
This trip excludes:
- Single Supplements.
- Meals not mentioned as included.
- Park fees not mentioned as included.
- International flights to and from UK (expect these to cost from £1,200 pp for economy flights. Please note; pricing can change significantly depending on the time of year and how far in advance flights are booked.
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When to visit Chile
Discover the best times to visit Chile with this guide
January is the peak of summer in Chile, making it an excellent time to visit the country's coastal areas, including the vibrant cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. The temperatures during this month are generally pleasant, ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), perfect for enjoying the beaches and outdoor activities
Another fantastic month to explore Chile, especially if you're interested in the landscapes of Patagonia. The weather remains warm and inviting, making it an ideal time for hiking and outdoor adventures. In Valparaiso, you can experience the colourful Carnival of Valparaiso, a lively celebration filled with parades, music, dancing, and stunning street art. It's advisable to book accommodation well in advance due to the popularity of this season.
March marks the beginning of autumn in Chile, and the weather starts to cool down. It's still an enjoyable time to visit, with fewer crowds and lower prices compared to the peak summer season. The wine regions of Chile, such as the picturesque Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, are particularly beautiful during this time, as the vineyards display vibrant hues of red and orange.
The weather is mild, and the autumn paints the landscape in impressive array of colours. It's an ideal time to visit the captivating Lake District, which encompasses stunning destinations like Pucon and Puerto Varas. The iconic Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is also worth exploring during this time, with agreeable temperatures and fewer tourists. Additionally, Easter Island experiences comfortable weather in April, making it an opportune moment to visit this remote and enigmatic destination.
May marks the beginning of the low season in Chile, as the temperatures continue to drop, and the tourist numbers decrease. It's a quieter time with ample opportunities to explore Santiago's cultural attractions and museums without the usual crowds. If you're a ski enthusiast, you can head to the majestic Andes Mountains, where the ski resorts begin to open for the winter season, offering thrilling snow sports activities.
June brings winter to Chile, making it an excellent time to hit the ski slopes. The ski resorts in the Andes Mountains, such as Portillo and Valle Nevado, offer excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. However, it's important to note that June is the coldest month in Chile, especially in regions like Patagonia and the southern parts of the country. Make sure to pack warm clothing and gear accordingly.
In the northern regions of Chile, such as the extraordinary Atacama Desert, temperatures remain mild during the day but drop significantly at night, creating a unique and captivating atmosphere for stargazing.
It's a great time to visit the renowned wine regions, such as the Maipo Valley and the Casablanca Valley, as the vineyards prepare for the upcoming grape harvest. The cities and attractions are generally less crowded during this time, allowing for a more relaxed and peaceful experience.
September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, as the weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery. It's an excellent time to explore the coastal regions and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and whale watching.
October is a beautiful month to visit Chile, with relaxing temperatures and fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season. It's an ideal time to explore the stunning fjords, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains of Patagonia. In the Casablanca Valley wine region, you can participate in the grape harvest festivals, known as vendimias, and indulge in wine tastings, surrounded by the famous Chilean vineyards.
The temperatures are comfortable, and the landscapes are vibrant and picturesque. In Santiago, you can explore the bustling markets, savour delectable local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's cultural offerings. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking in the scenic Aysén region or visit the picturesque Chiloé Island, known for its distinctive architecture and rich folklore.
It's a great time to visit the country's beaches and coastal cities. The temperatures rise, providing ample opportunities for water sports, sunbathing, and swimming. Whether you choose to relax on the sandy shores of Arica or explore the vibrant beach towns like La Serena, you can bask in the summer vibes.
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