The Best of Argentina & Chile

For glaciers, icebergs, snow-capped mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests, take a Patagonia Discovery tour. Beginning in the Argentinean Tango capital of Buenos Aires, you will have time to explore, sample its fine steak and visit a working ranch. Continue on a magical journey, allowing you to see lots of wildlife, take a whale cruise and watch the adorable Magellan penguins. Go hiking on the still-growing Perito Moreno Glacier and take an amazing catamaran cruise in Tierra del Fuego, also known as Biosphere Reserve. With unbelievable scenery and a plethora of wildlife, this Patagonia Discovery tour will be an unforgettable adventure.

Please see 2020 group tour departure dates below, private tours depart daily, on request.

17, 31 January

14, 28 February

13 March

18 September

02,16 October

06, 20 November

Duration
12 days
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Meet real gauchos in local estancia
  • Whale-watching in Peninsula Valdes

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure where you can relax after your flight. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Grand Brizo Buuenos Aires or similar

During your city tour in Buenos Aires today you will drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue of the world, you will pass close to the Colon Theatre, one of the world's best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the "bonaerenses".

Visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (first City Hall, built during Spanish rule). At the other end of Avenida de Mayo the cupola of the Congress building can be seen. Stop and inside visit of the Metropolitan Cathedral, this imposing neo-classical building is Argentina´s main catholic building. The mausoleum of General San Martin (our National Hero) is located inside the Cathedral, and Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services in this Cathedral when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires city.

We will stop for a cup of coffee and a snack at a traditional coffee house. Your next stop is La Boca, a most colorful area with the famous street Caminito.

Continue to the north area and visit the Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Here you will see elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees.

The heart of the neighborhood is the Recoleta cemetery. The cemetery is the centre of this aristocratic neighborhood, and the most relevant personalities of Argentina’s history rest in this place. The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina.

In the evening you will be taken to the tango house Viejo Almacén, because visiting a Tango Show is a MUST when you are in Buenos Aires!

El Viejo Almacén became a unique place thanks to its historic location and an authentic style nourished by popularity built through the years. Every night its doors are open to enjoy an impressive tango show performed by prominent interpreters of the tango scene, a demonstration of Andean music, as well as exquisite cuisine.

You will enjoy a show with music, singing and dancing. The dinner includes entrée, main course, dessert & drinks.

After the tango show return to the hotel, arrival around midnight.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Grand Brizo Buenos Aires or similar

A day at leisure, optional tours can be booked and paid locally. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Grand Brizo Buenos Aires or similar

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ushuaia.

Ushuaia which is the worlds southernmost city is home to the End of the World Museum, the old prison and many restaurants. On your way to the hotel you will do a short orientating city tour with a photo stop at one of the panoramic viewpoints of Ushuaia.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Celine del Faro or similar

Morning tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, crossed by rivers which flow into the Beagle Channel with some time to explore on foot. 

In the afternoon drive on rustic unpaved roads from Ushuaia city to Estancia Harberton. Estancia Harberton is located 90km from Ushuaia city and on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Upon arrival at Harberton you can take a look around the farm and learn about its origins. The estancia was founded in 1886 by the Anglican missioner Thomas Bridges and it is the oldest building on the island. 

Later on, you will take a short sailing trip (15mins one way) aboard semi rigid boats in order to cross to Martillo Island. When you get there you will have the chance to watch a colony of Magellan and Gentoo penguins at close range. The best time to see the penguins is from mid-November till mid-April. Penguins share their habitat with different birds, so you will also see during the walking tour: skuas (main penguin predator), albatrosses, petrels, cormorants, and other birds from the area. Return back to Estancia Haberton aboard the semi rigs boat, and spend some time at leisure to visit the Birds and Sea Mammals Museum, before returning back to Ushuaia city by land (2 hours).

Incase the above Trekking at Isla Martillo and Estancia Harberton Tour is not available the Penguin Colony Navigation Tour will be provided:

Before leaving the local harbour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant near the harbour. Afterwards you will board a catamaran and navigate along the Channel, passing Isla de los Pájaros, a good spot for watching albatrosses, ducks, skuas, petrels, cauquenes and seagulls. You will be passing by Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island), both islands De los Pájaros and De los Lobos belong to the Bridges archipelago. Upon arrival at Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, you can see the colonies of cormorants. Continuing the trip to the east enjoy a beautiful landscape of the channel and the surrounding mountains.

Upon arrival at Martillo Island you will have the chance to see a colony of Magellan penguins and some penguins from Papua. Finalizing the journey you will see the marvelous landscape that surrounds Ushuaia city with its mountains.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Celine del Faro or similar

Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Kosten Aike or similar

Full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Drive through the National Park Los Glaciares to a colourful forest and backdrop of glacier Perito Moreno. One of the few glaciers that is still growing, see the ice caving under the enormous pressure of the water before crashing with a tremendous noise into the lake. Here you will have 2 hours before returning to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Kosten Aike or similar

In the morning transfer to the bus terminal. From here, guests will travel with the public bus without a guide to Puerto Natales. After arrival in Puerto Natales, you will be pick up at the bus terminal and transferred to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Costaustralis or similar

After breakfast drive to the Torres del Paine National Park. You will be able to appreciate the most spectacular worldwide reserve at the end of the world, 150km northwest from Puerto Natales. On this this protected area you will find a fertile combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills and peaks. Inside the area, the road is surrounded with dozens of lagoon, contrasting with hills and snow-capped mountains. You will visit among other things the Milodon Cave and the Salto Grande waterfall.

In the late afternoon drive back to the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Costaustralis or similar

Today you will have an early morning transfer to the bus terminal in Puerto Natales. Transfer by public bus for 4 hours to Punta Arenas.

Depart for your flight to Santiago de Chile, depending on the flight schedule, and if time allows, a short panoramic tour in Punta Arenas will take place before the flight.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Marina Las Condes or similar

Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts with traces of its colonial past mixed with the ultra-modern, high-rise buildings of the financial centre; Chile’s capital will surprise you. This tour offers you the opportunity to see this eclectic mix for yourself.

The tour begins by heading south through the downtown area, to get to the heart of the city. From here you head along the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colourful main avenue, where you’ll see some important iconic constructions such as the Chilean University, San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill, site of Santiago’s foundation in 1541. Then you continue towards the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral. Very close from here is the famous Central Market, which is the main market for fresh fish and seafood, an interesting building, dating back to the end of the 19th century, and is a steel construction, built in London and brought to Chile by ship. Afterwards, cross the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to the San Cristobal Hill. From one of the hill’s viewpoints, you will have the finest views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. To round off the tour, you will pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture, before returning to your hotel. 

An optional wine tasting excursion at Vinolia is available on this day.

Overnight at hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Marina Las Condes or similar

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey home or opt to extend your stay with another tour.