Chile & Argentina
March 20 to April 1, 2022
The beauty of mountains, the majesty of Patagonia, the vibrancy of the cultures…there are few trips that will take your breath away like this one.
Day 1: March 20, 2022│ Arrival in Santiago
Santiago is a fast-growing city located in the central valley of Chile between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Cordillera of the Coast to the west. Santiago has been cataloged as surprising, cosmopolitan, energetic, sophisticated and worldly, a city of cultural currents, expansive museums and top-flight restaurants. A private transfer will pick you up to take you from Santiago’s Airport to the Marina Las Condes Hotel.
This afternoon we’ll enjoy a half-day tour of Santiago. The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago’s Central Postal Office and its Municipality. We will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government’s headquarters, as well as the traditional neighborhoods of the historic city center.
The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia hill, where we will learn more about Chile’s history and enjoy some of the best views in the city. After getting to know Santiago, we will arrive at Barrio Lastarria, famous for its culture and gastronomical offerings. The second part of the tour will take you to the eastern side of the city, to the financial heart of Santiago, known for its modern buildings, glass skyscrapers and impressive sculptures designed by prominent national architects. We will end the day with a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: March 21, 2022│Santiago – Valparaiso
After breakfast, get ready to enjoy the beauty of Chile’s main port, Valparaíso, which was declared a World heritage by UNESCO in 2003. After enjoying a beautiful morning at Valparaíso, we will drive straight ahead to Matetic Vineyard to discover the magic of one of the best wineries of Chile.
Matetic’s vineyards were planted in 1999 on the hillsides of this privileged area, making it among the pioneers of cool-climate Syrah production in Chile. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a great lunch at the winery.
Later, we will enjoy take a tour of the Corralillo Vineyards, followed by a delicious wine tasting. After this, we will head back to the hotel in Santiago.
Day 3: March 22, 2022 │ Santiago – Easter Island
Today we will leave Santiago early to visit Easter Island, one of the most remote, intriguing, and mysterious islands on Earth!
The Rapa Nui people of Easter Island are Polynesians, such as Hawaiians, Tahitians and the Maori of New Zealand. The native languages of these islands are very similar. Music, dance and art has always been a central part of Rapa Nui culture. The island is today part of Chile, and strong South American influences threaten the existence of the fragile Rapa Nui culture which a mere 3000 people are part of.
After lunch we will drive up the extinct volcano Rano Kau, appreciate on the way a view over the whole island and see its distinct geological features, proceed to an outlook at the crater lake. Afterwards drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo. Enjoy the breathtaking view towards the three islands of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao opposite the coast. Drive down again to Ahu Vinapu to explore the influence of pre-Incan architecture in Easter Island culture. Last stop is Ana Kai Tangata cave with paintings.
Day 4: March 23, 2022 │ Easter Island
After breakfast we will drive to the southern and Eastern coasts to spend a full day learning about and exploring some of the Moai- the famous statues of Easter Island. The quarry of Rano Raraku alone is home to more than 900 statues at the slope of an extinct volcano where legend has it King Hotu Matua is buried.
Tonight, we will have dinner and enjoy a show of Polynesian dance and music by the Pacific Ocean. After dinner, we will be transferred back to the hotel.
Day 5: March 24, 2022 │ Easter Island – Santiago
After breakfast, we will drive to restored Ahu Akivi with 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island. The legend tells us that these statues are representing the 7 explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the King Hotu Matua.
After the tour, we will be transferred back to Easter Island Airport to return to Santiago.
Upon your arrival, we’ll be picked up and transferred to the Hilton Garden Inn for one last night in Santiago before heading to Patagonia!
Day 6: March 25, 2022 │ Santiago – Puerto Natales
We start today with a flight to Punta Arenes in the south of Chile. Upon our arrival to Punta Arenas Airport, a private transfer will pick us up to take us to Puerto Natales. This transfer takes about three hours, and a box lunch will be included for the road trip.
An ever growing adventure activity scene, along with a ranching feel are mixed in the city of Puerto Natales, which is the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park.
Upon our arrival to Puerto Natales bus station, a private transfer will pick us up to transport to the hotel where we will spend the remainder of the day and enjoy a group dinner.
Day 7: March 26, 2022 │ Puerto Natales
Today don’t forget your camera and get ready for a full day tour!
We invite you to know the incredible world of the fjords! On the way we can observe native wildlife, visit the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers and enjoy a delicious whiskey with millennial ice.
Day 8: March 27, 2022 │ Puerto Natales
This morning we will depart from our hotel to the Milodon Cave located 24 kilometers north of Puerto Natales. Before reaching the cave, the access path passes by the “Silla del Diablo” (Devil’s Chair), a name that comes from the popular imagination given to a rocky structure that looks like an armchair and which is said to have been the “seat” of the Mylodon and which legend has transformed into the “devil”.
At the end of the visit, we will continue along the new access road to Torres del Paine National Park, where we will be able to observe lagoons and mountain ranges along the way. Then, it is possible to admire the beautiful landscape around us from the Lago Grey viewpoint (view of the Grey Glacier, the Paine Massif and Lago del Toro).
A couple of kilometers ahead, it is possible to observe the Cuernos del Paine, reaching the fork that leads to the Lake Grey area. In this sector we will be able to make a pleasant walk along the shore of Grey Lake and if the conditions help us, it is possible to access the viewpoint of Grey Peninsula. At the end of this refreshing break, we started the second stage of our visit to Torres del Paine National Park heading for the Salto Grande sector. We will visit the Nordenskjold Lake Viewpoint and continue to enjoy various views on our undulating route that gradually brings us closer to the Laguna Amarga sector. After admiring this pleasing spectacle, we will return to the city of Puerto Natales passing by the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento, arriving in the late afternoon and bringing with us an unforgettable experience.
Day 9: March 28, 2022 │ Puerto Natales – El Calafate
Today we will leave our hotel early at morning to reach the city of El Calafate in Argentina. Remember to have your camera handy, as this is a gorgeous drive!
El Calafate is today a village of almost 7,000 inhabitants, the closest to the great Perito Moreno glacier, in Los Glaciares National Park. Since it was founded in 1927, this town has grown to become a major tourist destination in Patagonia. It’s roofs and gardens, and the variety of flowers and trees make a warm and delicate environment that combines perfectly leisure and adventure.
Day 10: March 29, 2022│El Calafate
Today we’ll continue to explore the beautiful Patagonian landscape around El Calafate, highlighted by the Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier presents a marvelous spectacle of sights and sounds, with nearly constant icefall from the face of the glacier, allowing you to witness one of the true wonders of nature.
The glacier is extraordinary not only for its length of 30 km and easy access but also because it is one of the few that is still advancing, while the majority of the world’s glaciers are retreating. The walkways, overlooks, and other observation platforms in the national park allow visitors to safely get quite close to the Perito Moreno glacier.
Day 11: March 30, 2022 │ El Calafate – Buenos Aires
Today, after breakfast we will be collected at the hotel and fly to Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city in Argentina. Upon your arrival, a private transfer will pick us up to take us to our hotel.
The city is coextensive with the Federal District (Distrito Federal) and is situated on the shore of the Río de la Plata, 150 miles (240 km) from the Atlantic Ocean. According to tradition, Spanish colonizer Pedro de Mendoza established the first settlement there, which he named Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Aire (“Our Lady St. Mary of the Good Air”). Buenos Aires locals are referred to as porteños (“people of the port”) because so many of the city’s inhabitants historically arrived by boat from Europe.
Tonight, we will enjoy an incredible dinner tango show at Café de los Angelitos, one of the most elegant and beautiful places in Buenos Aires.
Day 12: March 31, 2022 │ Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is one of Latin America’s most important ports and most populous cities, as well as the national center of commerce, industry, politics, culture, and technology. We’ll embark on a three-hour tour where we’ll have the opportunity to see some of the most important places in Buenos Aires.
The tour begins in the Plaza de Mayo, where the most historically significant events took place since the founding of the city.
Next, enjoy Avenida de Mayo and marvel at the atmosphere of San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Take a walk through its cobblestone streets and explore its antique shops and picturesque buildings.
The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure for our last day in South America.
Day 13: April 1, 2022 │ Depart Buenos Aires
After breakfast we will head to Buenos Aires International Airport for our flights home.
- Full Itinerary
- Hotel Accommodations
- Airport Transfers
- Motor Coach Transportation
- Bilingual Tour Guide
- Admission Fees
- 24 Hour Emergency Assistance
- 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
- Flights within Chile, Argentina, to/from Easter Is.
- International Airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Items of Personal Nature
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Optional Activities
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