Discover Patagonia

Day 1: Departure

Flight to Buenos Aires

 

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Transfer in from Airport to Hotel.

One of Argentina’s top attractions is the leviathan metropolis of Buenos Aires, the most fascinating of all South American capitals. It’s a riveting place just to wander about, people-watching, shopping or simply soaking up the unique atmosphere. Its many barrios (neighborhoods) are startlingly different – some are decadently old-fashioned, others daringly modern – but all of them ooze character. Buenos Aires has got everything: night-life, tango, culture, football, excellent beef and the best local wine.

City Tour: In the afternoon, you will be picked up by a local guide and given a tour around the city and its surroundings that will allow you to discover its spirit, its mystique and its charm. The following areas will be visited: Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo & Recoleta Cemetery.

Tango Show with Dinner at “El Querandi”: Carlos Gardel is recognized as one of the most important singers and actors of the 19th century. Born in France, he came to Argentina as a child. Here he came to fame singing Tango in the many theatres of Buenos Aires. You will enjoy a Gala Dinner show of dance and singing dedicated to this icon whose voice has now been registered by UNESCO.

Day 3: Bariloche

Breakfast

Transfer to Airport to take flight to Bariloche

Upon arrival transfer to hotel Lirolay Suites

Strung out along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, in the middle of the national park of the same name, Bariloche has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. This, combined with a wealth of summer and winter activities in the surrounding countryside, has helped it become, the Lake District’s principal destination. The soaring peaks of Cerros Catedral, López, Nireco and Shaihuenque (to name just a few) – all well over 2000m high – ring the town, giving picture-postcard views in nearly every direction. These mountains aren’t just for gazing, though – excellent snow coverage (sometimes exceeding 2m at the end of the season) makes this a winter wonderland, and a magnet for skiers and snowboarders.

Rest of the day free

Day 4: Bariloche

Breakfast

The tour starts in Bariloche, riding down Ezequiel Bustillo Ave. road along the Nahuel Huapi lakeshore. After passing through some beautiful scenery, you arrive at Campanario Hill - considered by the National Geographic to be the 8th best view of the world. A chair lift takes you to the top of the hill (1050 m) from where you can enjoy one of the most impressive views of this region. You will see Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, El Trébol lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas, Victoria Island, Otto, López, Goye and Catedral hills, and the main town, San Carlos de Bariloche. Further ahead, and after leaving San Pedro peninsula behind, you reach Llao Llao peninsula, with its namesake hilltop hotel and San Eduardo Chapel, two architectural jewels of this region, and you go by Pañuelo Port, the starting point of many lake excursions. Further on you will go by a golf course, cross the bridge over the Angostura river that joins Nahuel Huapi Lake with Moreno Lake, and pass by López Bay at the base of López Hill. Further on, you get to the Panoramic Point, a belvedere with a magnificent view of Moreno Lake and Llao Llao peninsula. Then you will cross the bridge over Moreno Lake at a narrow end, follow the shoreline of El Trébol lagoon, and then, return to Bariloche.

Day 5: Lake Crossing from Argentina to Chile

09.00 hrs. Pickup from Lirolay Suites Continuation by bus to Puerto Pañuelo, along Lake Nahuel Huapi in the way marvel at the beautiful swiss-style architecture that characterizes all buildings in the area, with beautiful gardens and flowers that color the place to Pañuelo Port where we board the catamaran "Victoria Andina"or "Victoria del Lago" for sailing on Lake Nahuel Huapi for an hour to Puerto Blest. 10.30 hrs. We sail to Puerto Blest, for a distance of 15 miles, you can appreciate the grandeur of the landscape, the green of the forests that surround us, the birds come and learn more about the history of this place. 11.30 hrs. Arrival at Puerto Blest. Here we are waiting for a bus in those bordering the Frias River for three miles to Puerto Alegre. Then continue on the ship "City of Faith", to sail on Lake Frías to their peaceful and pristine waters of a deep green color due to Puerto Frías. On this tour we will have the beautiful view offered by the Tronador of 3,491 meters. After a short voyage of about 20 minutes you reach the small port of Puerto Frias, inserted in the middle of a beautiful vegetation. 12.30 hrs. After making the departure procedures at the Aduana Argentina at Puerto Frías, continue by bus to Peulla. Appreciate the lush vegetation of the Cordillera de Los Andes, as we watch the Tronador with 9 glaciers on its summit. We enter the Pérez Rosales National Park where Peulla. After entry formalities carried out in Chile Peulla, transfer to Hotel and Hotel Natura Patagonia Peulla. Time for lunch. (lunch not included). 15.30 hrs. Departure to Petrohue, Peulla, sailing on Lake Todos los Santos. If the weather allows new views of Osorno Volcano and Volcano Tronador and Puntiagudo Hill will surprise us. 18.15 hrs. Continue to Puerto Varas. En route visit the Saltos del Petrohué (does not include admission), capricious shapes of volcanic rock, bathed in green waterfalls Continued bordering Lago Llanquihue, Osorno Volcano breathtaking views and scenery Calbuco. Arrival in Puerto Varas and transfer to the Hotel Patagonico

Day 6-8: Chiloe Breakfast Transfer to the island of Chiloe

Chiloe Island, also known as Isla Grande de Chiloé, is one of 30 islands that make up the Chiloe archipelago in the Lakes Region of southern Chile. It is the first island you see when you cross the Chacao Channel by ferry. The island is well known for its palafitos, which are colorful wooden houses on stilts along the water's edge. There are also more than 150 iconic wooden churches from the 18th and 19th centuries, and 16 of them are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The Chiloe archipelago remained isolated from the rest of Chile until nearby Puerto Montt was founded in the mid-19th century. As a result, the area has a distinct culture that includes mythology based on witchcraft. You'll also find unique cuisine on the islands that is different from other parts of the country.

Aside from learning about the culture, visitors also come to Chiloe Island to explore the landscape. The island has rolling hills and farmland to the north and dense forest in the south. Animal sightings are a popular attraction as well. Visitors sometimes see Chilote foxes, humpback whales, and hundreds of species of birds. Tantauco Park, in the southern part of the island, has a large network of hiking trails where visitors can be closer to nature.

Over the next 3 days you will be accomodated at an Eco lodge in Chepu. Package includes full board (breakfast, lunch, & dinner), the Kayak at Dawn activity, and more. Chepu is a peaceful rural village with app. 300 people and houses spread along the road. Residents' primary income is from farming and from the harvesting of abalone ("loco" in Spanish). Our eco lodge is located where the rivers Puntra and Grande meet to form the Chepu River and is surrounded by evergreen forests, wetlands, and dunes and beaches by the Pacific Ocean. The views from the lodge are beautiful, but if you want more, there is a trekking trail along the seaside with views over the coastline where you can see a variety of shore birds. The Chepu River Valley lies at the confluence of three rivers. It is host to 1.400 hectares of "sunken forest", created by the 1960 earthquake which sank the ground by approx. 2 meters(!) and the following tsunami which drowned the area with salt water, killing the trees that once formed a forest in the Chepu River Valley. After this event, the rivers of the area became tidal rivers. Biodiversity in the area adapted to this new condition. Experience the best of Chepu by kayak and by foot!

Day 6: Arrival and dinner.

Day 7: Kayak at Dawn, walk to local handicrafts workshop, lunch, hike to Aulen sand dunes and beach. Kayak at Dawn on the Puntra River on a self-guided tour and experience the magic of paddling surrounded by mist, early sun rays, dead logs, reflections on the water, and bird songs that turns your paddling into a mystical experience and a journey for your senses. Not to be missed! Chepu is home to Southern River Otters, probably the world's rarest otter. If you are lucky river otters and coypus might escort you while you kayak!

Day 8: Breakfast and end of activities at Chepu. Transfer to Punta Montt to take flight to Punta Areanas Overnight in Hotel Boutique La Yegua Loca Punta Areanas is Chile’s southernmost city. It was once a wealthy, aristocratic and European style place due to its importance as shipping stop off point before going through the Beagel Canal. With the opening of the Panama Canal, its strategic importance significantly waned. This was the most important stop before or after crossing the Magallean straight. You can see the remains of that in the local cemetery, with its impressive mausoleums and in the architecture of the oldest areas. Stroll around to discover the old mansions and a character filled place in the extreme south Patagonia- where now more sheep than people live.

Day 9: Torres Del Paine Breakfast On the way to Torres del Paine, we will stop and visit the Seno Otway penguins’ rockery. A feast for nature lovers, this captivating excursion takes you into the Patagonian landscape and to the renowned penguin rookery at Otway Sound. En route – in spite of their camouflage – other local wildlife in the form of guanacos and rheas can be spotted. A hike across grassland interspersed with sandy areas leads to a specially developed enclosure at Otway Sound where you are able to observe the delightful Magellanic penguins at close quarters. Every year between October and March, these penguins favor the shelter of the sandy burrows and surrounding shrubs, returning year after year to lay eggs and raise their young. There will be plenty of time to observe and photograph these marvelous birds. Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park, accommodation at Rio Serrano Hotel. This National Park covers 181.000 hectares on the Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Inlet). There are many hiking paths that cover differing types of terrain, from windswept pampas to thick Magellanic forests, and along lakes with huge glaciers and icebergs. The park is surrounded by huge, craggy mountains, including the famous Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horn). Keep an eye out for wild guanacos as they roam the windy plains. You will also see rheas, Patagonian hare, and even condors.

Day 10: Torres del Paine Breakfast Full Day tour of Torres del Paine National Park, includes pickup & English speaking guide

Day 11: El Calafate Breakfast Transfer to El Calafate, accommodation at Kosten Aike Hotel In the heart of Patagonia, next to the Andes, is one of Argentina’s most scenic areas, commonly referred to as Lago Argentino and the Perito Moreno Glacier, declared “Universal Heritage” by the UNESCO. The most renown of all the glaciers is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Situated 80 km (50 miles) from El Calafate, it is the most easily reached among them. This is an imposing ice river that descends from the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap down to the lake, at ‘Canal de los Témpanos’ (Icebergs’ Channel). It is the only glacier in the area which is considered to be in equilibrium, that is: not receding. It has always been the most important attraction of the region thanks to its spectacular beauty, but especially because of its unusual behavior. The glacier slowly advances down the mountain slope towards the lake, producing, as it spills down, thunderous noises and ruptures. Balcon 4x4 Afternoon tour: Embark on a 4x4 adventure in Calafate Mountain Park, taking in the spectacular scenery of Los Glaciares National Park as you ride to the Calafate Balcony. This excursion offers Patagonia's best views of glacial Argentine Lake (Lago Argentino) and The Andes mountain range from an all-terrain vehicle. Accompanied by a driver-guide, you'll watch condors soar above as you admire Mt Fitz Roy, Mt Torre and El Chaltén. Snack and round-trip hotel transport are included.

Day 12: El Calafate Breakfast Full day Perito Moreno Glacier Tour We depart from El Calafate, which borders the southern arm of the Argentine Lake and travel to Los Glaciares National Park (90 km away). A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe inspiring landscapes in Argentina). Our bilingual guide will provide you with important facts and information about the Galcier. From the nearby walking trails and viewing platform you will have the chance to enjoy stunning views of the glacier and see its surface of 192 km2, its front wall of 5 km long and some of its peaks at 80 metres high. By being so close, you will also be able to hear the majestic sounds and movements of the Glacier and bear witness to its advancements as the deep silence is suddenly interrupted by the tremendous noise of massive shards of ice cracking from the Glacier and collapsing into the Canal de los Tempanos (Icebergs Channel). Includes a 1-hour boat cruise along the glacier's towering front wall.

Day 13: Buenos Aires Breakfast Transfer to airport to take flight to Buenos Aires and transfer to Rooney’s Boutique hotel

Day 14: Buenos AiresBreakfast Transfer to airport to take flight home

Option Iguazu Falls:

Day 14: Iguazu Falls

Breakfast

Transfer to airport to take flight to Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is undoubtedly the most visited place in Misiones and one of the most imposing natural attractions in Argentina. In guarani language, the term "Iguazú" means "great waters". It was discovered in 1541 by Alvar Argentine Falls Tour Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls. During the tour you will get ‘up, close and intimate’ with views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazu River. Our guide will show you the hidden gems of this unique National Park in the lower and upper walkways and will take you off the beaten path to show you the best views. Trails through the 210 square mile reserve provide visitors with various views of the Falls, especially the largest one, Devil's Throat. The mist over the Devil's Throat is such that endless rainbows are formed. Expect to get wet today and fell exhilarated with the spray and close contact with the sheer power of the falls. The ecological train & boat ride is included in the tour. Return to your hotel - Grand Crucero Iguazu Hotel - in the late afternoon.

Day 15: Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side

At midday, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken across the Argentine –Brazilian border and enter the Iguazu National Park on the Brazil side. Here you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Falls during a walking tour through the passages that connect the different observation points. Similar to football, the Brazilians and Argentines argue which side has the best view of the Falls. What is clear is that both sides are different and spectacular in their own unique way. You can decide for yourself, which side you are most impressed with. Transfer to Airport to take flight to Buenos Aires Transfer to Rooney’s Boutique hotel Evening free in Buenos Aires

Day 16: Buenos Aires

Breakfast

Transfer to Airport to take flight home.

Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Meals were indicated
  • Transfers as listed
  • 4 Star accommodation as listed
  • Tours & activities as listed
  • English speaking guides
  • Flights

Not Included:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Access to National Parks (U$35+US$35+US$35+US$28)
16 Days

Summary: BUENOS AIRES, BARILOCHE, PUERTO MONTT, CHILOE, TORRES DEL PAINE, & EL CALAFATE

Description: This 16 day package has been specially designed to experience the natural wonders of Argentina and to discover Patagonia

Departs:  Every day

FROM US$ 6750

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