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14 days

Argentina & Chile: Glaciers & Torres del Paine in Patagonia

From the vibrant city of Buenos Aires to indescribable nature experiences in Patagonia, including the Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park. The tour ends in Santiago de Chile.

We support sustainability development in Latin America. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Brazil. Read more about the sustainability project here.

Argentina & Chile: Glaciers & Torres del Paine in Patagonia Argentina & Chile: Glaciers & Torres del Paine in Patagonia
14 days

Argentina & Chile: Glaciers & Torres del Paine in Patagonia

From the vibrant city of Buenos Aires to indescribable nature experiences in Patagonia, including the Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park. The tour ends in Santiago de Chile.

We support sustainability development in Latin America. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Brazil. Read more about the sustainability project here.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Buenos Aires
  • Flights from Santiago de Chile to the UK
  • 1 domestic flight in Argentina: Buenos Aires – El Calafate
  • 1 domestic flight in Chile: Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small, international groups)
  • Bus travel: El Calafate – Puerto Natales
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 1 x lunch (day 9)
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Possibility of daily departure

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Half-day tour of Buenos Aires
  • Full-day excursion to the Los Glaciares National Park, featuring the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Full-day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park including Cueva del Milodón
  • Guided tour of Santiago de Chile
  • Admission to the attractions mentioned (apart from Torres del Paine National Park and Cueva del Milodón, which costs approx. 53 USD, paid locally)

The tour in short

This trip is of pure nature delights, with a dash of big city holiday. Look forward to experiencing the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires – which is often called ‘South America’s answer to Paris’ – as well as the magnificent blue glaciers and the turquoise waters of Lago Argentino lake at El Calafate. Just like Argentina, Chile has been blessed with a variety of enchanting landscapes, and the country protects this natural heritage in several national parks. This tour will take you to the fantastic Torres del Paine park, famous for its glaciers and snow-capped mountains that stand in stark contrast to the turquoise lakes, waterfalls and verdant valleys. In a charming location close to Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Sound lies the small town of Puerto Natales, surrounded by mountains and the Patagonian plain, where you will have the pleasure of spending a night. Your trip comes to an end in the Chilean capital, Santiago de Chile, which is well known for its tall skyscrapers, green parks and exciting, delightful quarters dotted with historical buildings.

Why choose this tour

  • This tour combines Argentina and Chile, and gives you exciting capitals and world-class nature experiences in Patagonia
  • Join a hiking tour in picturesque surroundings in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Visit Los Glaciares National Park and its impressive, 250-km2 Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Experience Argentina’s modern capital, Buenos Aires, ever charming with its wide boulevards, atmospheric districts, delicious food and hospitable population

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Argentina

Departure day, where you will fly to Buenos Aires with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires

You will be met in the arrival hall by our driver, who will take you to your hotel. The city is known as South America’s answer to Paris on account of its elegance, its broad boulevards, charming quarters and magnificent buildings, both antique and modern. The atmosphere here is magnificent, with charming café lifestyle, the pulsating beat of the metropolis and the melancholy tango culture. You will be spending three nights in this wonderful city, so there will be plenty of time to visit the different areas and soak up the ambience.

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Day 3: Guided tour of Buenos Aires

This morning, you will be picked up from the hotel and given an exciting introduction to Buenos Aires on a 3-hour guided tour of the city.

You will visit the historic neighbourhoods of La Boca and San Telmo. In the old working class district of La Boca, you will discover beautifully painted houses in a palette of bright colours. The oldest district, San Telmo is now an exciting artists’ neighbourhood. You will also visit the Palermo and Recoleta neighbourhoods as well as the more modern area of Puerto Madero, which is the newer harbour area offering an array of cafés and restaurants.

The city tour continues with the world’s widest boulevard, 9 de Julio Avenida, with the famous landmarks Obelisco and Corrientes Avenida, which is where the city’s theatres and cinemas are gathered, including Teatro Colón, the beautiful opera house.
You will also see many of the city’s magnificent squares, including Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Alvear.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4: Buenos Aires

The day is yours to do with as you wish, so you have plenty of time to explore the delights of Buenos Aires for yourself.

Day 5: Flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate

Leaving the capital behind, you head south-west to El Calafate to experience a host of magnificent natural delights. The city enjoys a wonderful location, nestling among the Andes mountains by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Lago Argentino lake.

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Day 6: The Perito Moreno glacier

The day is given over to a full-day trip to the Los Glaciares National Park, which stretches over an area of 6,000 km2 close to the border with Chile. The park features on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, and comprises the Lago Viedma lake and mountains in the north, as well as the three large glaciers – Upsala, Viedma and Perito Moreno – in the south.

The excursion crosses the Patagonian steppe before entering the national park itself. You will visit Lago Argentino, the largest freshwater lake in Argentina with a surface area of 1,466 km2. The area is famous for its rich birdlife, and you may be lucky enough to spot some pink flamingos. The impressive, blue-hued glacier known as Perito Moreno is 60 metres high and 4 km long. It is visible from a great distance and the coach will stop at several vantage points along the way before reaching the glacier itself. Right up close, you can hear the loud crashes that huge chunks of ice make when they fall off the active glacier and tumble into the lake. It is a truly impressive sight, so it is not hard to understand why UNESCO chose to include the park on its World Heritage list. The glacier is named after the Argentine adventurer Francisco Perito Moreno, who was one of the first people to explore the southern reaches of Argentina in the late nineteenth century.

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Day 7: El Calafate

There are no excursions planned. The day is therefore yours to explore the delights of El Calafate for yourself.

Day 8: Bus: El Calafate – Puerto Natales

Early this morning, the tour heads south to Puerto Natales in Chile, where you will be spending the next three nights. It is a long bus ride of around 5-6 hours. On the way, you will cross the border into Chile at Cerro Castillo, where there is border control, before continuing on to Puerto Natales.

Puerto Natales is a small city, scenically located by the Ultima Ezperenza (last hope) Sound, surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and the Patagonian plains.

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Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park & Cueva del Milodón

Today, you will be going on a full-day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful and amazing national parks in the world. Covering an area of 2,400 km2, the park is located at the southernmost tip of the Andes. It has a unique landscape with snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, turquoise lakes, waterfalls, lush valleys and the impressive and famous Torres del Paine rock towers, which the national park is named after.

The first stop of the day is at the ancient cave, Cueva del Milodón, which is located around 25 km from Puerto Natales. There are actually three caves there, as well as a large rock formation called Silla del Diablo (“Devil’s chair”). The largest of the caves is an impressive 30 metres high, 50 metres wide and 200 metres deep. The cave is named after the extinct giant sloth, mylodon darwinii. Fossils of the animal have been found here, and there is a statue of it at the entrance to the cave.

After that, the tour continues to Torres del Paine National Park. First, you come to Laguna Amarga, which is one of the entrances to the national park, and then you drive to the scenic Nordenskjöld and Pehoé lakes. You pass the impressive Salto Grande waterfall, which connects the two lakes by sending cascades of water from Nordenskjöld through a narrow gorge down into Pehoé.

The tour continues to Camp Pehoé, where you can eat your lunch (included) while enjoying the amazing views of Cuernos del Paine, which is reflected in the water of Lake Pehoé – a stunning sight! Afterwards, you will go on a scenic little hike at Grey Lake, which is at the foot of the spectacular glacier of the same name. The Grey Glacier is 30 metres high and 6 km wide, and you will probably see impressive floating icebergs and ice floes on the lake.

The national park is also home to many animal species, and if you’re lucky, you may see condors circling the mountain peaks, nandus and foxes walking around in the bush as well as guanacos, which, unlike other lamas, are not shy and can therefore be photographed right up close.

After this amazing tour in Torres del Paine, you will be driven back to your hotel in Puerto Natales.

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Day 10: Day on your own in Puerto Natales

The day is yours to explore Puerto Natales on your own. You might like to go for a stroll along the sound to the fun monument, Monumento de la Mano, which depicts a giant hand sticking up out of the ground. At the city museum, Museo Histórico Municipal, you can learn more about the city’s historical roots.

If you haven’t had your fill of the area’s breathtaking scenery, you can purchase a hike in the national park up to the breathtaking Torres del Paine rock towers.

Day 11: Santiago de Chile

To start the day, you will be picked up at the hotel and driven to Punta Arenas Airport to catch your flight to Santiago de Chile, the capital city of the country. You will be met at the airport by our driver, who will take you to your hotel.

Chile has a population of 16 million people – and 6 million of them live in Santiago de Chile. The Chilean capital enjoys a beautiful location, backed by the snow-clad Andes mountains to the east and the coastal mountain range to the west. Santiago de Chile is a modern and inviting metropolis, with tall skyscrapers and charming quarters; moreover, some of the finest vineyards in the world are located just outside the city.

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Day 12: Guided tour of Santiago de Chile

Today, you will be going on a 3-hour guided tour, taking you to the main sights of the city.

You will be picked up from the hotel and start out with a visit to Piedras Australes, a craft shop which specialises in making jewellery out of the rare, blue lapis lazuli stone, found only in Chile and Afghanistan.

The tour then proceeds to the heart of Santiago de Chile, where you will be able to see the contrast between the capital’s rich history and its impressive, modern buildings.

Here, you will visit Santa Lucía hill, which is believed to be the place where Santiago de Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia and from which there is an incredible view of the city. Afterwards, you will visit the central square, Plaza de Armas, which is framed by beautiful buildings such as the Correo Central post office, the country’s largest cathedral with its impressive Baroque-style interiors and the National History Museum, where you can learn about Chile’s history.

Finally, you will see the magnificent neoclassical presidential palace, Palacio de La Moneda, where President Allende committed suicide during the 1973 military coup. You will have the chance to walk around the traditional streets of La Moneda before being driven back to the hotel.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own or simply relax at the hotel.

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Day 13: Start of the trip home

The time has finally come for you to bid farewell to Argentina and Chile. You will be driven to the airport to catch your flight back to Europe. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 14: Return trip

Arrive back in the UK after a wonderfully eventful holiday.

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