Chile & Argentina Explorer

♦ Start: Santiago
♦ Finish: Buenos Aires

Explore Chile and Argentina’s cultural and natural environments on this exciting 9-day adventure! 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.

Duration

8 nights/ 9 days

Physical Rating

Activities

Walking, Hiking, Kayaking, Wine Tasting, Cultural

Places Visited

Santiago, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Lakes Crossing, Bariloche, Buenos Aires

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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip has options for activities ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging, therefore it’s suitable for people with varying levels of fitness. See the ‘Physical Ratings’ section for more information.
  • Weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable, so it’s important to prepare for all elements. Rain, wind and extreme cold are all part of the adventure.
  • There are a couple of long days of travel so be sure to stock up on snacks. The reward for your patience comes in the form of jaw-dropping scenery.

You might also consider one of these trip extensions:

3-day Mendoza Wine Tour

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3-day Iguazu Falls & Jesuitics Ruins + Tacuapi Lodge

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2-Day Iguazu Falls

1 night/ 2 days - Named as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Iguazu Falls is undoubtedly
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Santiago

Welcome to Santiago! Home of the Pisco Sour, a variety of seafood and marvelous Cabernet Sauvignon. Santiago is the capital of Chile and 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 enjoy the first glances of this beautiful city.

INCLUDED:
— Private Airport Transfer

Overnight at Hotel Loreto or similar

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Santiago (B)

This morning, we’ll transfer to Santa Lucia Hill, where we’ll start a walking tour of this historical city. The Spanish conqueror and founder of Santiago, Pedro de Valdivia, arrived here on February 12, 1540. From the Caupolican terrace, we can admire the Hidalgo Castle (formerly a Spanish fortress) and enjoy a beautiful view of the central and western districts of the city. The tour continues to Constitution Square and the palace “La Moneda,” the current seat of the government. We’ll walk to “Plaza de Armas,” the main square, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the palace of the Royal High Court, the Main Post Office and other buildings of historical interest. We’ll then return to San Cristobal Hill, passing the Central Market, the Mapocho Station, the Forestal Park and the Museum of Fine Arts, along the way.

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 one hour from Santiago. Here you will learn about the growth and development of the vines and you will be able to visit its 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.

INCLUDED:
— Morning walking Tour of Santiago (Duration:3-4 hours)
— Chilean Wine Experience
— Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Loreto or similar

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Santiago/ Puerto Montt/ Puerto Varas (B)

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. Using local ingredients, you’ll prepare your dinner and it will be served with Chilean wine, local beer, pisco sour, and soft drinks.

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

OPTIONAL:
— Cooking Class $95/ person

Overnight at Hotel Mero Gaucho or similar 

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Puerto Varas (B)

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.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL:
— Canyoning Puerto Varas
— Rafting Puerto Varas
— Kayaking Puerto Varas
— Full Day Tour to Frutillar $84/ person (shared service)
— Full Day Tour of Peulla Mountain town

Overnight at Hotel Mero Gaucho or similar 

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Puerto Varas/ Bariloche – Lakes Crossing (B)

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.

We’ll drive along the border of Lake Llanquihue to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park to visit the 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, an ecological village and a paradise for nature lovers.

In the afternoon, we’ll board a bus toward the Chile/ Argentina border. 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 a bus to Puerto Blest. From here, we’ll begin the last navigation on 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

Travel time: Approximately 13 hours (Departs Puerto Varas 8 am/ Arrives Bariloche 9 pm)
Overnight at
 Carlos V Patagonia or similar

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Bariloche (B, L)

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:
— Private Transportation
— Full Day Hiking Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
— Entrance Fee to Nahuel Huapi National Park
— Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Overnight at Carlos V Patagonia or similar

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Bariloche (B, L)

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:
— Private Transportation
— Full Day Kayaking Difficulty: Moderate
— Entrance Fee to Nahuel Huapi National Park
— Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch & Snack

Overnight at Carlos V Patagonia or similar

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Bariloche/ Buenos Aires (B, D)

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:
— Private Transportation
— Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at L’Hotel or similar

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Buenos Aires (B)

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 possibly to Iguazu Falls!

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Accommodations & Prices

INN/B&B COMFORT
2+ people $2599 2+ people $2750

Prices in US Dollars, valid until April 2019 (ask about prices on Christmas and New Year).
Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available upon request. Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged upon request.

If your dates are flexible, why not join other Adventure People on our Travel Club Group Trip! Our travel club trips offer the opportunity to feel like you’re exploring a destination with a group of friends — because that’s what they’ll be after your trip! Our groups range in size but are generally no more than 16 people.

Perfect for the solo traveler. Ideal for friends. All are welcome!

TRAVEL CLUB SET DEPARTURE DATES

January 19-27, 2018  USD $2400

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Tour price is per person (excluding flights) and is based on double/triple occupancy.

Solo Travelers: We provide roommate matching, so you never have to pay for a single supplement unless you want your own room. 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 join.

Due in Full by October 21, 2018
+ Single Supplement $450 (Optional)

Starts in Santiago:  January 19, 2018
Ends in Buenos Aires: January 27, 2018

Trip Leader: Stacey

Your deposit is fully refundable for 72 hours after you book. Only applies to deposits made a minimum of 90 days before departure. After 72 hours, cancellation fees apply. Please see the Terms & Conditions for details.

*Does not apply to private or custom trips.

When you travel with us, you’ll become a member of the #AdventurePeopleTravelClub after your first trip and earn discounts on all future trips with us! To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/2j26vmf.

Not Able to Join Us On Our Travel Club Trip? Grab a friend or more and go on the dates of your choice! 

WHAT’S INCLUDED
English, Spanish speaking guide(s) All meals indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
Accommodations (8 nights hotel – 2 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Bariloche, 2 nights in Puerto Varas, 1 night in Buenos Aires) All transfers indicated in itinerary
Entrance fee to the Nahuel Huapi National Park Half-Day City Walking Tour of Santiago de Chile
Chilean Wine Experience Visit Puerto Montt’s Anglemo craft village and fish market
Lakes Crossing from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche Guided trek in Nahuel Huapi National Park
Guided Kayaking on Gutierrez Lake Dinner and Tango Show in Buenos Aires
NOT INCLUDED
International or Domestic Flights Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
Travel Insurance Gratuities for your guides & drivers
Personal Expenses Beverages & Meals not specified
Optional Activities
bariloche
winery
winery
trekking
tango
santiago
santiago
rafting
puerto montt
lakes crossing
lakes crossing
kayaking
Frutillar
fish market
concha y toro
canyoning

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