Southern Chile

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Southern Chile

Ushuaia, an Argentinian town at the southern tip of South America, is the capital of Tierra del Fuego Province. Set at the base of Cerro Martial mountains, its steep streets overlook the green waters of Beagle Channel, the site for boat excursions. Behind the town is hanging Martial glacier or boat tour to Yendegaia and Lapataia bays. Estancia Harberton, the first ranch and now a museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the area's pioneering past.

Explore the beauty of Torres del Paine National Park, one of the world’s most isolated national parks. Then enjoy a full-day tour of Perito Moreno Glacier, an imposing 3 km wide ice river, descending from the Patagonian Continental Ice Field. Take a boat ride along the glacier, considered by many as the most beautiful glacier in the world. Follow in the footsteps of Magellan and Darwin and travel south, to Ushuaia, known as the “City at the End of the World”. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY SOUTH PATAGONIA ADVENTURE…
And, experience Chile, the land of contrasts and striking beauty.
 

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.
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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 the UK and Ireland: There are currently no direct flights from major UK airports. Most flights are via a European, Latin American or US city; LAN, Iberia, British Airways and Air France are all options. It’s worth paying attention to the routes used by the different airlines; even the shortest and most convenient ones via Madrid or Buenos Aires entail a total travelling time of over 16 hours. Flying via the US is longer still (though sometimes cheaper).

Flights from the US and Canada: US travellers shouldn’t find it too hard to get a fairly convenient flight to Santiago. American Airlines, Delta and LAN offer non-stop flights from airports such as Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta. It is also possible to travel via other Latin American countries such as Peru and Brazil.
 

 
Southern Chile Chile

Argentina 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 – Explore the Surrounds
Torres del Paine National Park 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 – Explore the Surrounds
Torres del Paine National Park 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 – Transfer
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, Argentina 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 – Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
El Calafate 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 – Upsala Glacier & Lake Onelli
El Calafate 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. (B)
 

 

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 Shaped like a long and narrow strip, along the western edge of South America, Chile is a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty. Travellers are drawn to this country because of its magnitude in natural attractions, from the towering volcanic peaks of the Andes to the ancient forests of the Lake District. It has some very good parks, and plenty of opportunities for fine adventure travel. Chile is justly famous as the location of Torres del Paine, considered by many to be the finest nature travel destinations in all of South America.

Where to go Chile is a long, narrow sliver of land, clinging to the edge of a continent. The Andes, the great mountain range forms its eastern border, are a formidable barrier of rock and ice that cuts the country off from Argentina and Bolivia. To the north, the Atacama Desert, a 1000km stretch of parched wasteland, separates it from Peru. And to the west, only a few islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean break the waves that roll onto Chile’s coast from Australasia.

You will probably start in Santiago, the Chilean capital, a city of nearly six million inhabitants, yet it has an almost provincial atmosphere, dramatised by the constant backdrop of jagged Andean peaks looming over the smog on the horizon. Its main highlights for visitors are its Cathedral and the leafy hillside parks of Cerro Santa Lucía and Cerro San Cristobal.

Most travellers who prefer a wine tour, head to the picturesque country town of Pirque, which is the home of one of Chile's most well-known vineyards. The owners' original country estate and mansion can be seen from the road, surrounded by the smaller cottages of the vineyards' workers.

In the middle is the Lake District is Chile's natural wonderland. Implausibly symmetrical snow-capped peaks reflected in looking-glass lakes, quaint wooden hamlets steeped in healthy alpine air. One of the most breathtaking journeys in all South America, from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, traverses lakes Llanquihue and Todos los Santos.

Lying at the far south of the Andes mountain chain, Torres del Paine is Chile's most impressive national park, bursting with glaciers, lakes and gnarled Magellanic trees, and providing some of the most magnificent walking trails in the world.

At the land southernmost tip of South America is Tierra del Fuego, the bleakest, stormiest part of the continent, yet it exerts a constant fascination for travellers who want to visit the last land-call before Antarctica.

Not to forget the Easter Island, Chile's Polynesian possession, nearly 4,000 km west of the mainland, is one of the world's most intriguing islands, dominated by more than 600 giant stone statues of unknown origin. The first inhabitants of Easter Island called their home Te Pito o Te Henua - the Navel of the World.

When to go Nov–Feb (High Season): This is best and most expensive time to visit Patagonia. Early in the year as temperature begins to warm up the beaches throng with crowds.

Mar–May & Sep–Nov (Shoulder): March is the period for grape harvest and wine festivals and April is fall. Between September and November is possibly the best time to visit Santiago, the temperatures are pleasant and good value for money.

Jun–Aug (Low): A good time to visit the North but the mountain passes may be blocked due snow. The best time for ski resorts.

Between mid-December to end February and two-middle weeks of July and Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week proceeding Easter Sunday is holiday time for Brazilians and Argentines. Popular destinations are Pucón and Viña del Mar.

Visas If you are a British passport holder visiting Chile for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa. On arrival in Chile the immigration authorities will issue you with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo - Tourist Card’, an A5 sized white form. You must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave.

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

For further information check with the Chilean Embassy.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk