Southern Patagonia Tour

Argentina, Chile

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Southern Patagonia Tour

Puerto Varas is a city in southern Chile's Lake District. Located on the southwest bank of the Llanquihue lake, it is renowned for its view of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. The city’s landmark, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus, built on a hilltop in 1915, reflects German-style architecture. In the city, Museo Antonio Felmer, houses objects related to the colonization, when German immigrants settled in Puerto Varas. 

This tour is the perfect combination of Argentina’s diversity: cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires, Santiago and Puerto Varas, rugged Patagonia, and lake-filled Bariloche. Argentina boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, but for many travellers, its natural wonders are the primary draw. Travel to the Lake District and Torres del Paine and trek through craggy mountains with breathtaking views of glaciers, rivers, lakes and forests. Appreciate the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, with abundant wildlife and changing scenarios.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11 DAY SOUTHERN PATAGONIA TOUR…
And, stay in the legendary Llao Llao Hotel with spectacular mountain views.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Discover the dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine National Park.     
  • Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the majestic Perito Moreno glacier.
  • Boat across Lake Argentino and Onelli, whose surface is dotted with icebergs.   
  • Explore “the end of the world” on a cruise along the Beagle Channel. 
  • The tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and includes walking and cruise on rough waters.
  • You must come prepared for summer and winter all together.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Chile is a land of contrasts and striking beauty that offers an enviable combination of natural wonders, excellent services, and security, making for a splendid travel experience. It is a land of extremes, in terms of both its geography and its climate. In north is the heat from the hot deserts while in the south is the cold from the glaciers, earning Chile the reputation as a Land of Fire and Ice. In between lies Santiago and surrounding areas where the soil and climate produce wine of the highest quality.

This exciting adventure is set amid the wilds of the southern Patagonian Andes of Chile and Argentina. Explore the beauty of Torres del Paine National Park, one of the world’s most isolated national parks. The Towers; one of the main attractions of the National Park Torres del Paine, impose 1000 meters of naked granite stabbing the heavens with piercing needles. The trails in the region promise wildlife viewing including guanacos, foxes, birds and the most comprehensive view of the general mountain structure.

Enjoy a full-day tour of Perito Moreno Glacier, an imposing 3 km wide ice river, descending from the Patagonian Continental Ice Field, provoking thunders and ice cracks during its advance. Take a boat ride along the glacier, considered by many as the most beautiful glacier in the world. Enjoy stunning views of mountains, forests and Lago Argentino.

Follow in the footsteps of Magellan and Darwin and travel south, to Ushuaia, known as the “City at the End of the World”. But despite its isolated location, the city is a lively place to be, so enjoy your free evening exploring the numerous bars and restaurants. Here you will take a catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel, which will give you a glimpse of the rugged coastline and the white wastes of Antarctica further south.

Getting There

Flights from London to Buenos Aires take 14 hours, or around 16 hours via a European city.

British Airways offers the only direct service from the UK (London Heathrow) to Buenos Aires. The alternatives are indirect Iberia and Air Europa flights, both of which involve changing planes in Madrid (sometimes with a lengthy gap). From Europe you can fly Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, Air Europa, Lufthansa, KLM and Aerolineas Argentinas all offer scheduled direct services between Europe and Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport (code EZE) is located in Ezeiza about 22 kilometres from Buenos Aires. The airport has three terminals, A, B and C. Taxis, buses and rental cars are available. AwimAway guides will receive you at the airport.
 

 
Southern Patagonia Tour Argentina, Chile

Chile Southern Patagonia

Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Santiago Meet and greet on arrival at Santiago Airport and transfer to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay. This afternoon discover this wonderful city on the Panoramic Santiago tour.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 2 – Vineyard Excursion
Santiago Learn about the history of wine in Chile with a half-day tour to a local winery and sample some of the delightful wines produced. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – Torres del Paine National Park
Puerto Natales Fly to Punta Arenas. Private transfer to the station where you will board a bus taking you to the sleepy town of Puerto Natales (3-4hrs), framed as it is, by the snowy peaks of Patagonia. Continue by private vehicle to the heart of Torres del Paine National Park for two nights.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – Torres del Paine National Park
Puerto Natales A full-day excursion in the national park awaits you today, visiting the main attractions such as Laguna Azul, Cascada Paine and Salto Grande Waterfall, from where you can see the unrivalled views of the Cuernos del Paine.     
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – Torres del Paine National Park
Puerto Natales Free morning for you to explore and enjoy the beauty of one of the world’s most isolated national parks. We recommend taking a boat on Lake Grey and travelling up to the glacier wall (not included). In the afternoon transfer back to Puerto Natales for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 6 – Transfer
El Calafate An early start will see you bid farewell to Chile, and board the bus to El Calafate in Argentina (5-6hrs). On arrival, enjoy a private transfer to your hotel for three nights.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 7 – Full-day Tour
Perito Moreno Glacier Enjoy a full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most impressive sights in Patagonia. Continue along the forested lakeshore until you reach Curva de los Suspiros and here you will see the first panoramic view of the glacier Perito Moreno. Among the 356 glaciers within the park, the Perito Moreno is the most outstanding, having a 2km long front and a height of over 60m above water level. Pieces of ice from the glacier crash loudly into the water below leaving glistening, deep blue icebergs twisting and turning in the lake.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – Full-day Tour
Upsala Glacier & Lake Onelli Today, take a full-day tour on and around Lake Argentino to Upsala Glacier. Leaving from Punta Bandera Port you will sail north among amazing blue icebergs and spectacular mountain ranges until you reach Upsala Glacier, an area of 955 square kilometres. Later, continue to Onelli Bay, passing surrounding beech forests until you arrive at Lake Onelli, whose surface is dotted with icebergs of many different shapes and sizes.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Ushuaia On arrival in the frontier city of Ushuaia you will be transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay. Ushuaia is known as the 'City at the End of the World', and travellers making it this far south will be following in the footsteps of Magellan, Darwin and other great explorers. Despite its isolated location, the city is lively both day and night, and the evening is free to explore its numerous bars and restaurants.   
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 10 – Tierra del Fuego & Beagle Channel
Ushuaia This morning, enjoy a half-day visit to Lapataia in the stark yet beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park. The park contains many rivers, lakes and peat bogs, and the rich green vegetation acts as a backdrop to the ghost-like trunks of trees which were damaged by ancient fires. In the afternoon, you will take a half-day catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia. The two-and-a-half hour cruise allows tremendous close-up views of the rugged coastline, the cliffs and the permanently snowcapped mountains which give a hint of the vast white lands of the Antarctic which lie to the south. The islands in the channel are home to large colonies of cormorants, albatross, ducks and sea lions, and highlights of the cruise include the remote Les Eclaireurs lighthouse and a small colony of Magellanic penguins.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 11 – Depart
Ushuaia Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Ushuaia Airport for your onward flight.
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Argentina is a sensual place, both intricate and addictive. It is also a land of beautiful extremes with snow covered peaks, sparkling glassy lakes, vast plains studded with galloping gauchos and sub-tropical rainforest steams thundering into giant chasms.

Like the rest of the country, the capital, Buenos Aires, is big, beautiful and sprawling. But unlike so much of Latin America, there’s little trace of Aztec heritage here. Instead it is a surprisingly sophisticated blend of modern and belle époque architecture that looks as though it has been plucked straight from Paris.

Where to go Argentina has many attractions that could claim the title of natural wonders of the world: the prodigious waterfalls of Iguazú; the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno; unforgettable whale-watching off Península Valdés; or the handsome lakes and mountains around Bariloche – indeed, Patagonia in general.

You are likely to start in Buenos Aires, the most cosmopolitan city in all South America. Argentina's historic capital has breathtaking energy, spacious grandeur and self-confident style. The city’s museums are eclectic enough to suit all interests – Latin American art, colonial silverware, dinosaurs and ethnography are just four subjects on offer – and you can round off a day’s sightseeing with a tango show, a bar tour or a meal at one of the dozens of fabulous restaurants.

Due north lies the Litoral, an expanse of subtropical watery landscapes that shares borders with Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay. Here are the photogenic Iguazú waterfalls, the largest series of waterfalls in the world. The falls lie on the Río Iguazu, which runs along the border between Argentina and Brazil. You should spend at least a day here, and view the falls from both sides of the border - though more of them are on the Argentine side, the better views are from Brazil.

Sprawling to the west and south of Buenos Aires are the Pampas, arguably the country’s most archetypal landscape. The wide landscape is punctuated by small towns, the occasional ranch and countless clumps of pampas grass (cortaderas). Part arid, part wetland, the Pampas are grazed by millions of cattle and planted with soya and wheat fields of incomprehensible size. Take a glimpse at gaucho culture, with a stay at one of the classy estancias, offering a combination of hedonistic luxury and horseback adventures.

In the west, are the Sierras: the mild climate, clear brooks and sylvan idylls of these ancient highlands have attracted holiday-makers since the late nineteenth century, and within reach of Córdoba, the country’s colonial-era second city, are some of the oldest resorts on the continent.

Covering roughly a third of Argentina, Patagonia still surprises visitors with the wide range of natural spectacles contained on its windswept plains. It has some of the hemisphere's highest peaks, forests of strange primeval trees, several of the world's most noteworthy glaciers, and fossil-rich coastal cliffs.

On the Atlantic side of Patagonia, Península Valdés is a must-see for its world-class marine fauna. It is the breeding ground for southern right whales, elephant seals and sea lions, and the nesting site for thousands of shore birds, including pelicans, cormorants and oystercatchers. Boat trips to view the whales and other marine life are available at the nearby town of Puerto Pirámide.

When to go Argentina can be divided into four broad climatic regions: the north-eastern plains, central Argentina (Pampas), western Argentina (Andes) and southern Argentina (Patagonia). Remember that the seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

The best time to travel to Argentina depends on where you want to focus your trip and what you want to do in this large elongated country. Summer, December through February, is the best time to visit the extreme landscape of Patagonia and the southern Andes.

Winter (Jun-Aug) is the best time to visit Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided; but spring (Aug-Oct) is also pleasant, as temperatures are mild and the crowds have cleared out. It is also the prime time to visit Buenos Aires when the purple jacarandas are in bloom. A great time to see Mendoza or the Lake District is in the fall, when the foliage pops—and there are fewer crowds.

Visa UK nationals don’t need a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist unless you’re travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. On presentation of a valid British passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country.

If you’re travelling to Argentina for any purpose other than tourism, contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in London.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Proof of onward travel: You may need to provide proof of onward or return travel. You should make all flight reservations before departing for Argentina. Airlines have sometimes refused to board passengers travelling to Argentina without proof of onward travel.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk