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Chile and Argentina Explorer

Chile and Argentina Explorer

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OVERVIEW

Explore Chile and Argentina, from the wineries of Santiago, the Lakes District of Southern Chile, the majestic mountains of the Andes range, to the steamy tango joints in Buenos Aires, this trip offers a lively taste of South America. Explore Chile’s Lakes District and embark on what is considered one of the most scenic ferry cruises in the world to Bariloche.  Build up a sweat hiking in Nahuel Huapi National Park and discover off-the-beaten-path places only accessible by water. A paradise for lovers of the outdoors, Chile and Argentina are home to some of the most impressive vistas in South America.

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Santiago, the vivid capital of Chile, and learn about its eventful past then taste the wine which it is most famous.
  • Visit the southernmost city on the Chilean continent before the land splits into a maze of islands and fjords.
  • Enjoy one of the most scenic ferry cruises in the world and the only water passage through the Andes mountain range.
  • Go trekking and kayaking in Nahuel Huapi National Park, an area with glacial lakes surrounded by the Andes Mountains.
  • Discover Bariloche, known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its chocolate.
  • Experience an unforgettable night of dinner and sensuous dance performances at one of the best tango houses in Buenos Aires.
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Day 1: Santiago

Welcome to Santiago! Home of the Pisco Sour, a variety of seafood and marvelous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chile’s capital city is a sophisticated, sprawling metropolis wedged between the Andes and mountainous coastal range, which plays home to 6 million people, one-third of Chile’s population. It is considered the safest city in South America. Today is arrival day and there are no planned activities. Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel via a private transfer and you’ll have the rest of the day free to relax and explore this vibrant city.

INCLUDED:
— Airport Transfer

Overnight in Santiago

Day 2: Santiago 

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of this historical city. The Spanish conqueror and founder of Santiago, Pedro de Valdivia, arrived here on February 12, 1540. We’ll visit Constitution Square and the palace “La Moneda”, the government’s current seat. We will walk to “Plaza de Armas”, the main square, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Royal High Court’s palace, the Main Post Office, and other buildings of historical interest such as the Central Market. Before returning to our hotel, we’ll visit San Cristobal hill from where you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the city and the Andes.

This afternoon, we’ll visit one of the world’s most important wineries, Concha y Toro, located in the picturesque rural setting of Pirque, only 31 miles south of Santiago. The tour begins with a walk through the winery’s ancient park where you will learn about the growth and development of the vines. Next, you’ll visit the ancient cellars which include the Casillero del Diablo (Devil’s Cellar). Learn about the famous legend that has made Chilean wine known worldwide. Chilean wine is top-notch, with only France and Italy selling more wine worldwide. During the tour, you’ll taste a variety of wines produced at the winery.

INCLUDED:
— Morning walking tour of Santiago (Duration:3-4 hours)
— Chilean Wine Experience
— Transportation mentioned above
— Meals: Breakfast

Overnight in Santiago

Day 3: Santiago/ Puerto Montt/ Puerto Varas 

At the appropriate time, we’ll be transferred to the airport for our flight to Puerto Montt, the southernmost city on the Chilean continent before the land splits into a maze of islands and fjords. Located in the stunning Chilean Lake District, there are few areas in the world that can match this area for its scenic grandeur.

Puerto Montt is a colorful port city built on a series of hills and an unmissable Anglemo craft village and fish market, popular with the locals for its dozens of fresh fish eateries located in Palacios (stilted houses) over the water. After a visit to the fish market for lunch (not included), we’ll transfer to Puerto Varas, also known as “La Ciudad de las Rosas” (The City of Roses). Puerto Varas is located just 23km from Puerto Montt but worlds apart in charm and scenery. Two menacing, snowcapped volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco, stand sentinel over the picturesque city.

Once getting settled into our hotel, you’ll have the evening free or you can choose to take an unforgettable cooking class. Learn the secrets of Chilean cuisine and enjoy a delicious dinner using local ingredients.

INCLUDED:
— Visit Puerto Montt’s Angelmo craft village and fish market
— Transfer to Puerto Varas (30 minutes)
— Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL:
Cooking Class $145/ person

Overnight in Puerto Varas

Day 4: Puerto Varas

Today will be a free day in Puerto Varas, one of the most beautiful cities in Chile. With a clear German influence, it sits on the southwest banks of Lake Llanquihue, which offers commanding views of snow-capped Osorno Volcano and Calbuco Volcano, both still active. This is also a city full of adventure! Choose your poison… canyoning, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, or maybe choose to do a full-day tour to Frutillar or the Peulla Mountain town.

OPTIONAL:

Rafting Puerto Varas $102/ person
Kayaking Puerto Varas $175/ person

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast

Overnight in Puerto Varas

Day 5: Puerto Varas/ Bariloche – Lakes Crossing 

After breakfast, we’ll leave Puerto Varas on what is known as the Lakes Crossing. It is the only water passage through the Andes Mountains Range and the scenery is unique and breathtaking. Originally used as a trade route by the indigenous people of the region and later established by German settlers, nowadays many travelers cross from Chile to Argentina this way, via a combination of buses and boats which take you through national parkland and across three lakes.

Enjoy impressive views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes which dominate the landscape as we drive along the border of Lake Llanquihue to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park to visit the Saltos del Petrohue waterfalls, where whimsical shapes of volcanic rock, bathed by green waterfalls make the perfect picture. Enjoy the sights from the “Cruce de Los Lagos,” considered one of the most scenic ferry cruises in the world.

We’ll cross the placid Lago Todos Los Santos aboard a catamaran and marvel at the vast mountainscapes and stunning views of Osomo, Puntiagudo, and Mount Tronador volcanoes. Enjoy the breeze and beautiful scenery until arriving in Peulla by midday, just in time for lunch. Peulla is an ecological village and a paradise for nature lovers.

Afterward, we’ll board a bus toward the Chile/ Argentina border to Puerto Frias. After performing the customs formalities at Puerto Frias, we’ll cross the Andes Mountain range at 3,202ft above sea level. We will descend by a windy road along Felix Frias Lake toward Puerto Alegre, where we’ll then take our third bus to Puerto Blest. From here, we’ll begin our final sail across Nahuel Huapi Lake to Puerto Panuelo and then on to San Carlos de Bariloche, or Bariloche for short.

INCLUDED:
— Lakes Crossing from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche (combo public and private transportation)
— Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Travel time: Approximately 13 hours (Departs Puerto Varas 8 am/ Arrives Bariloche 9 pm)
Overnight in Bariloche

Day 6: Bariloche

Bariloche is one of the most beautiful destinations in Argentina, if not the world. Surrounded by several glacial lakes, incredible mountains, and never-ending patches of woodland, this area offers excellent opportunities for hiking and kayaking. Located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, there are innumerable hikes and trails to explore, ranging from easy to very difficult. Depending on the energy of the group, we’ll choose one to suit us. From Cerro Campanario, cited as one of the top 5 best views in the world, or the ever-popular, Refugio Frey, which will have you hiking through beautiful forests, across rivers and streams, and up mountains, there are many options to choose from.

INCLUDED:
— Entrance Fee to Nahuel Huapi National Park
— Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Overnight in Bariloche

Day 7: Bariloche 

The lakes of the Nahuel Huapi National Park provide the ideal scenario for kayaking. Its pristine waters make this one of the few places on earth where you can drink from the lake while paddling. A short distance from Bariloche you will find Lake Gutierrez, one of the most popular attractions in the area. Formed by glacial runoff water dammed in the valley, Lake Gutierrez is known for its extremely cold temperatures. However, this doesn’t hinder its reputation as a premier spot for kayaking and fishing. With gorgeous views and a serene setting, this lake is a perfect attraction for an enjoyable and relaxing day in Bariloche.

INCLUDED:
— Kayaking Tour on Gutierrez Lake (2 hours)
— Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Overnight in Bariloche

Day 8: Bariloche/ Buenos Aires

At the appropriate time, we’ll be picked up at our hotel and driven to the domestic airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to our hotel for a bit of free time.

Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and has been described as the “Paris of South America, ” which is a title it proudly embraces in addition to showing how unique its own culture is. Explore the traditional European architecture, the cobbled streets lined with rustic outdoor cafes, the local antique, and artisanal markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping, and savor the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open Parrilla (barbecue).

This evening experience an unforgettable night of dinner and sensuous dance performances in one of the best tango houses in Buenos Aires, where tradition is preserved and the ambiance exudes the charms of the bygone era and the best of Buenos Aires tango music, history, and dance.

INCLUDED:
— Airport Transfer
— Dinner & Tango Show at El Aljibe (2 hours)
— Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 9: Buenos Aires 

Today is departure day and there are no planned activities. At the appropriate time, you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast
— Airport Transfer

End of Services

English, Spanish-Speaking Guides
All meals indicated in the itinerary – 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Bariloche tourist eco fee
Buenos Aires city tax
Comfort Level (3-4 star) accommodations
All transfers listed in the itinerary
Lake crossing ticket – Puerto Varas to Bariloche
Final Dinner & Tango Show in Buenos Aires
Half-Day Santiago Walking Tour
Chilean Wine Experience
Visit Puerto Montt’s Anglemo Craft Village & Fish Market
Entrance Fee at Nahuel Huapi National Park
Kayaking Tour at Lake Guiterrez

International or Domestic Flights (approx $150 for domestic flights)
Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
Travel Insurance
Beverages & Meals not specified
Optional Activities
Gratuities for your guides and drivers
Personal Expenses

This trip is intended for the average active adult who feels comfortable being active approximately 3-5 hours a day. There will be a couple of days of hiking on various types of terrain with difficulty options as well as kayaking. Of course, you can always opt-out of doing any of these activities, but why would you want to miss out on exploring this incredible destination on foot and on water?

Travel insurance is mandatory to participate in any of our international trips. The minimum requirement must provide coverage of $200,000USD for medical expenses including repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some credit card companies offer travel insurance, but proof of coverage will be required. Contact your provider for details.

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FAQ

Patagonia can be cold, windy, grey, and wet, but it’s always beautiful. We’ll be traveling to Patagonia in the summer, which is the opposite of our seasons. The weather is mild, and spectators can view natural attractions in their full splendor. In January, daily highs typically linger in the mid-50’s, dropping to the 40’s at night, making this the ideal time for hiking.

Patagonia, like many far-flung corners of the world, can be surprisingly expensive, particularly when compared to other parts of South America. Food is pricey in Patagonia, so budget accordingly. As a rough guide, you should budget $25-50 USD per person per day for your meals that are not included.

There is almost complete coverage in large towns and cities across Patagonia, but when traveling between cities, cruising in the Lakes District or hiking in national parks, there is little to no signal. If you want to have the security of using your phone abroad, it may be worth buying an Argentinian or Chilean sim card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked before you depart on your trip. You can buy a sim card in small kiosks, supermarkets, or direct in the phone company stores in most towns and cities.

The local currency of both countries is the Chilean Peso (CLP) in Chile and the Argentinian Peso (ARG) in Argentina. US dollars is a common currency in Argentina and is accepted in most places. However, US dollars are rarely accepted in Chile but are easy to exchange. There are ATMs at both Santiago and Buenos Aires international airports, but we recommend only taking a small amount to cover any tips for your driver as the exchange rate is typically not as good. Once you have checked into your hotel, there should be an ATM within walking distance.  If looking to exchange US dollars into local currency, you will need to find a ‘Casa de Cambio’ to exchange your notes (banks in Chile and Argentina do not exchange dollars unless you are an account holder).

We recommend bringing a mixture of 100, 50, 20, and 10’s that are crisp and new (no torn or damaged notes). We also recommend taking two credit or debit cards with you (in case one doesn’t work) to withdraw local currency from ATM’s and for paying in restaurants (Visa, Mastercard, and Amex are widely accepted). Please be aware that you may be charged high fees every time you use an ATM or pay with a card so be sure to check with your bank before traveling. Traveler checks are not advised for either country as they are very hard to change.

It is customary to tip service providers in Chile and Argentina. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Tipping is an expected — though not compulsory — component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you. Below are the suggested guidelines as a rule of thumb, of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit:

Tour Guides – $3-5 USD per person, per day
Drivers – $1-2 USD per person, per day
Hotel Maid – A few pesos per night
Bellman/ Porter – One peso per bag
Taxi Drivers – Leftover change “asi esta bien”
Restaurant Waiters – 10% of your bill
Local Markets and Basic Restaurants – round your bill up to the nearest $1 USD

All visitors to Chile and Argentina need a valid passport with six-month validity. To find your regional passport office, check the U.S. State Department website (travel.state.gov/passport) or call the National Passport Information (tel 877-487-2778) for automated information. Travelers with a valid US or Canadian passport do not need a visa to enter Argentina or Chile for visits up to 90 days.

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ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

Adventure People reserves the right to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, safety, or other unforeseen incidents. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary.

PAYMENT POLICIES

MULTI-DAY TRIPS

Our multi-day trips require a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of 25% of the total trip cost in order to reserve your spot. You will have the option to pay the deposit or the entire balance at booking. Payment is due in full 90-days prior to the start date. If you book a trip within the 90-day timeframe, payment will be due in full in order to reserve your spot. Pricing is based on double/triple occupancy. Solo travelers are never required to pay a single supplement fee unless you want your own room. Adventure People offers roommate matching to pair you with a same-sex roommate. Should there be an odd number of men to women, you may be asked to join a triple occupancy room if you are one of the last to sign up. If you’d prefer to have your own room, please be sure to add a single supplement to your reservation when you book.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

All cancellations must be advised in writing. We calculate your refund on the day we received written notice of cancellation. The applicable cancellation fees shall be determined with reference to the date on which the request to cancel is received by Adventure People. All refunds will be processed within a few days of your cancellation. Cancellation of a tour Product or failure to join a tour Product will result in retention of funds by Adventure People, as follows:

91+ days prior to departure: Full deposit shall be held by Adventure People
90 to 61 days prior to departure: Full deposit and 50% of the total trip price shall be held by Adventure People
60 days prior to departure: Full deposit and 100% of the total trip price shall be held by Adventure People

No exceptions will be granted to our Cancellation Policy.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to Adventure People will be fully refunded. Adventure People CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

COVID-19 POLICIES: Please refer to our COVID Travel Info for details.

Please be advised, Adventure People reserves the right to decline or accept or retain any person as a tour participant should such a person’s behavior, health, or mental condition impede the operation of the trip.

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Date

Jan 19 - 27 2022

Cost

$3,275.00

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