CHILE

Discover Patagonia

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from £3439 13 nights | Oct-Mar Exc. flights See price details
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Overview

Patagonia is a beautiful, wild and sparsely populated expanse of mountains, lakes, glaciers, fjords, pampas and steppe, which straddles the southernmost sections of both Argentina and Chile. It is truly one of the world’s most stunning and awe inspiring regions and this fully escorted tour will take you on a journey of discovery through the best of its eye-brow raising, jaw dropping landscapes.

The tour will begin in the lively Latino city of Buenos Aires. This bustling, action packed metropolis offers the perfect contrast to the remote far-flung emptiness of the regions traversed thereafter.

Take in the surreal ‘European style’ settlements of Bariloche and Puerto Varas while venturing into the neighbouring lake districts of Argentina and Chile. Then continue south to hike the famous trails of Torres del Paine and come face to face with one of the world’s last remaining advancing glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. Reach the end of the Earth and observe the penguins and sea lions of the Beagle Channel. Before finally returning to the Argentine capital for some cultural engagement, sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque lake districts of two neighbouring countries
  • Hike in the shadows of the granite spires of Torres del Paine
  • Observe large colonies of comical Magellanic and gentoo penguins
  • Visit the monstrous Perito Moreno glacier
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel on a modern catamaran
  • Become a true Porteño with a Tango dancing lesson in Buenos Aires

This tour is operated by G Adventures in association with National Geographic. This partnership results in a journey rich in unique interactive, educational experiences, supplemented by input from local expert guides and with special attention being paid to the wildlife, nature and culture of the regions being visited.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today, but the Argentine capital has much to offer, so if you have time, be sure to have a wander through the many bustling streets. In the evening a group briefing will take place at the hotel which will enable you to meet your guide and the rest of the group. This meeting is usually followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Buenos Aires - San Carlos de Bariloche
Join your new friends on a flight across the country to the Argentinean lake-district town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Upon arrival you can enjoy an introductory tour of this strangely European feeling settlement, with stops made at several local artisanal producers who specialise in the manufacture of chocolate, beer and jam.
Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche
Bariloche is the ideal hub for the exploration of the region’s many stunning landscapes and today is yours to use as you wish, with countless optional hiking, biking and rafting excursions available depending on your preferred mode of transport. (Guided excursions will incur additional costs).
Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche - Puerto Varas
Today you will travel by bus and ferry to the town of Puerto Varas, in the neighbouring lake-district region of Chile. While the journey is long (10-11 hours), it is one that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Having negotiated the border, you will board a catamaran for the (ordinarily) gentle crossing of Lago Todos Los Santos. This is considered by many to be one of the most scenic boat trips in the world, with the bright turquoise waters being lightly shadowed by the surrounding snow-capped volcano peaks and lush dense forests.

Once across the lake, make a detour to the Petrohué Waterfalls. These emerald green falls cascade over black basalt rock which once spewed as lava from the nearby Osorno Volcano. Osorno now lingers imposingly in the background, making for some picture perfect photo opportunities.
Day 5: Puerto Varas
Like Bariloche, Puerto Varas has a distinctly Germanic vibe, and is as equally well adapted to cope with those wanting to use it as a hub to explore the local highlights. Again, you will be given free rein to do as much or as little as you wish. (Guided excursions will incur additional costs)

If you are keen to embrace some authentic Chilean culture, then head to the island of Chiloe. This quaint isle is sprinkled with traditional fishing villages and towns, formed of artistic wooden houses built on stilts over the water and ingeniously designed timber churches – created without the use of a single nail, nut or bolt.

If the great outdoors is what you crave, then opt for an exhilarating hike up the Osorno Volcano. This sleeping giant, which last erupted in 1869, stands 2,652-metres tall and affords mesmerising views over Llanquihue Lake and the breath-taking mountainous landscape.
Day 6: Puerto Varas - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine
Fly south to the city of Punta Arenas, gateway to Chilean Patagonia, then travel north by road to the world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Words simply cannot describe the majesty and beauty of this very special place - named after the granite Torres or ‘towers’ that loom large over the surroundings and which can be seen from miles around in almost every direction.
Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park
Relish today’s opportunity to explore the park, soak in the scenery and hike on some of the best known trails - with an enthusiastic expert guide. You will come face to face with the formidable Grey Glacier and have time to admire a selection of the piercingly blue lakes created by its bitingly cold meltwater.
Day 8: Torres del Paine - El Calafate
It is time to hop back across the border into the welcoming embrace of El Calafate in Argentinean Patagonia. Travelling overland will enable you to admire the dynamic and ever changing backdrops, while also keeping an eye out for elusive wildlife - including condors, rheas, eagles and even flamingos.
Day 9: Perito Moreno Glacier
This morning the group will be joined by a local glaciologist who will present an informative lecture about the region’s many ice floes. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to see how your new theoretical knowledge translates into reality, with an excursion to the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier, located at the southern terminus of the Los Glaciares National Park. This colossal mass of snow and ice measures 30km in length and is one of the 48 different glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It is regarded as being unusual because while the vast majority of the world’s glaciers are retreating and getting smaller, the Perito Moreno is actually advancing and growing – the reasons for which, are not yet fully understood.

The dynamic wall of ice creeps forward relentlessly and calves sporadically, spewing large bergs into the narrow “Canal de los Tempanos” (Iceberg Channel). This motion sometimes creates a natural dam, which eventually explodes in a devastating display of force.

A highly recommended optional boat tour is available during your time here, which will navigate you to a close, but safe distance from the face of the glacier. It allows passengers to get better, uninterrupted views of one of nature’s most destructive beasts. (Boat excursion will incur additional costs).
Day 10: El Calafate - Ushuaia
Today you will take to the skies and fly to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. This charming settlement, located on the banks of the Beagle Channel, is a key departure point for the majority of Antarctic cruises and the ideal hub from which to discover the many splendours to be found at the end of the Earth.

Optional activities today range from helicopter rides and hiking trails to captivating museum visits. (Guided excursions will incur additional costs).
Day 11: Ushuaia
Navigate the Beagle Channel on a modern catamaran and admire the remotely controlled Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which stands guard over the entrance to Ushuaia. Then continue to Seal Island, which, despite its name, is actually home to 2 different species of sea lion. The next port of call will be Bird Island, where black-browed albatross and steamer ducks can often be found.

Later, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the penguins of Martillo Island as you explore the large colonies of Magellanics and gentoos with a naturalist guide.
Day 12: Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
Fly back to the Argentine capital, colloquially known as ‘the Paris of the Americas’ and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Spend the evening as a local Porteño, enjoying a night out with a typical dinner in a local cafe before heading to a popular dance venue for a tango lesson. Once you've practiced your new steps, it is time for Milonga, a neighbourhood tradition where students and teachers of the venue come to practice their moves. Either sit back and watch or, if you are feeling brave, you can join in and show off your new found talents.
Day 13: Buenos Aires
Join a guided city tour of Buenos Aires, with stops at many key historic sites and districts including: Plaza de Mayo – home of the famed Eva Peron (Evita) balcony; the colour filled bohemian streets of La Boca and San Telmo; and the extraordinary city of the dead - Recoleta Cemetery.
Day 14: Depart Buenos Aires
There are no activities planned for today, so you may depart at any time.
Notes

Please note: Museums throughout Chile are generally closed on Mondays and many tourist establishments may be shut or fully booked during National Holidays. Therefore please inform us of any key elements of your trip that hold particular importance to you, even if they are not being pre-booked, so that we can tailor your itinerary accordingly.

This tour is operated by G Adventures in association with National Geographic. This partnership results in a journey rich in unique interactive, educational experiences, supplemented by input from local expert guides and with special attention being paid to the wildlife, nature and culture of the regions being visited. Transport and accommodation are of a generally high standard, but will vary depending on the infrastructure of each location.

The information provided for this holiday has been compiled in good faith, however it is subject to change. The itinerary featured may differ slightly to the one that is eventually operated. Occasionally itineraries will undergo improvements and amendments that stem from past travellers’ comments, research and factors outside of our control. Ultimately, the goal is to provide the most rewarding experience possible and we will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as they have been finalised. It must however be understood that last minute changes can happen for a variety of reasons and we can never guarantee that specific destinations will be visited or that particular species of wildlife will be seen.

There is no minimum group size on this tour so once you have booked, your departure is guaranteed. Max group size is 16, average 12.

Accommodation Options

Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa - Ushuaia (Argentina)

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

The Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa is a 4 star hotel offer…

Design Suites - Bariloche (Argentina)

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Located on the very edge of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, the …

Design Suites - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

The ‘Design Suites Buenos Aires’ hotel offers 4 star…

Hosteria Patagonia Rebelde - El Calafate (Argentina)

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Constructed and decorated with recycled materials and tr…

Hotel Cabaña del Lago - Puerto Varas

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

The Hotel Cabana del Lago is a family run property that …

Rio Serrano Hotel - Torres del Paine

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

The Rio Serrano Hotel is a family-owned business, which …

Prices & Dates

2018/19 prices and dates

Prices are per person, based on twin-share accommodation.

Departure Date

Prices from

14 Oct 2018 £3,439
21 Oct 2018 £3,439
28 Oct 2018 £3,639
11 Nov 2018 £3,639
18 Nov 2018 £3,639
25 Nov 2018 £3,769
02 Dec 2018 £3,769
09 Dec 2018 £3,769
16 Dec 2018 £3,769
23 Dec 2018 £3,769
13 Jan 2019 £3,639
20 Jan 2019 £3,639
27 Jan 2019 £3,639
10 Feb 2019 £3,639
17 Feb 2019 £3,639
24 Feb 2019 £3,639
03 Mar 2019 £3,639
10 Mar 2019 £3,439

Please note Single travellers do not pay a supplement for this tour when willing to share with another traveller of the same sex. However, if you would prefer to have a private room with single occupancy you can pay a supplement of £1,539pp to do so. If you book this option, you will receive your own single accommodation for all overnight stays, with the exception of days 6 and 7 in Torres del Paine National Park.

There is no minimum group size on this tour so once you have booked, your departure is guaranteed. Max group size is 16, average 12.

Inclusions and exclusions

Price Includes: Transfer from airport to joining hotel on day 1, or up to 3 days before the start of the tour • Bariloche welcome tour (Circuito Chico) • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos" • Petrohue Falls visit • Guided excursion into Torres del Paine National Park • Glacier lecture in El Calafate • Guided tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier • Catamaran excursion in the Beagle Channel • Local Tango lesson in Buenos Aires • Buenos Aires City Tour on day 13 • All internal flights as per the itinerary (Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure) • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities • The services of a CEO (tour leader) for the duration of the tour • The services of local guides for included excursions • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners • All National Park entrance fees required for included excursions

Price Excludes: Flights between the UK/US and Buenos Aires • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions • Customary gratuities for the tour leader, driver and local guides (guidelines will be provided) • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Airport arrival or departure taxes • Any additional pre or post tour accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance • All optional activities • Excess baggage charges • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services and medical expenses • Travel insurance.

Useful Information

Optional Excursions:

Day 1 or 14

Buenos Aires Bike Tour
Buenos Aires
450-600ARS per person

Experience this vibrant city cruising around on a bicycle with a local guide. You can choose to explore either one of two quite contrasting regions of the capital. The central districts of Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and the working class neighbourhoods where Tango was born. Or, the wealthy northern suburbs, lined with leafy parks and European style architecture. Helmets are provided.

Teatro Colón Tour
Buenos Aires
250ARS per person

Explore this stunning grand opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is often voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.

Day 3

Hiking Bariloche
San Carlos de Bariloche
1300ARS per person

Get up close to the area's natural beauty and enjoy amazing views amid mountains and lakes while exploring the Lake District on foot.

Mountain Biking Bariloche
San Carlos de Bariloche
300ARS per person

Take to two wheels for a unique different perspective of the Argentine lakes. Choose from a number of different scenic routes and trails that wind through the mouth-watering landscapes.

Bariloche Whitewater Rafting
San Carlos de Bariloche
2400ARS per person

Grab a paddle, strap on your helmet, and head down the Class II/III rapids of the mighty Monso River towards the Chilean border. Make sure you take some time to relax and absorb the beautiful scenery around the cold emerald waters before rewarding your hard work with an “Asado Patagónico” (Patagonian barbecue).

Day 5

Isla Chiloé excursion
Chiloe Island
72000CLP per person

Take the ferry to Chiloé Island. This quaint fishing isle is quite distinct from the mainland and is known for its stilt houses, artistic wooden shingles, and historical churches. Sample fresh fish and produce for lunch, then motor to a penguin colony to see upwards of 5,000 Humboldts and Magellanics, (penguins can be seen October - March only).

Paso Desolacion Trek
Puerto Varas
67000CLP per person

Head out early on a guided tour through volcanic canyons, past waterfalls, and turquoise pools to the base of the picture perfect Osorno Volcano.

Osorno Volcano Day Hike
Osorno
130USD per person

Discover the natural beauty of the region on this exhilarating hike up to the ice-clad Osorno. Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Llanquihue, the surrounding mountains and forests, and the Petrohue River valley resting below.

Day 9

Perito Moreno Glacier Boat Tour
El Calafate
25USD per person

Embark from the floating dock in the southern part of Argentino Lake, and navigate along the Iceberg Channel towards the front wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Watch in awe as the vast sheet of ice creeps ever forward, thrusting huge bergs into the water below as it goes. This boat trip, which lasts approximately one hour, is one of the most popular excursions on the tour and is not to be missed.

Day 10

Ushuaia Helicopter Ride
Ushuaia
2300ARS per person
5400ARS per group

Sore above Ushuaia, admiring the natural beauty of the landscape and gazing out at the imposing mountains below.

The Maritime Museum and Prison at the End of the World Museum
Ushuaia
300ARS per person

Visit the Navy Museum, which was previously the Recidivist Prison and learn about the two different histories of seafarers and prisoners who both arrived at “the end of the earth.”

Tierra del Fuego National Park Visit
Ushuaia
58USD per person

Explore this coastal national park extending 630 sq km. Hike the easy walking trails in the southern portion of the park, while keeping an eye out for a variety of birdlife. Transport to and from the park and entrance fees are included.

 

Trip Type:

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

There is no minimum group size on this tour so once you have booked, your departure is guaranteed

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information provided for this holiday has been compiled in good faith, however it is subject to change. The itinerary featured may differ slightly to the one that is eventually operated. Occasionally itineraries will undergo improvements and amendments that stem from past travellers’ comments, research and factors outside of our control. Ultimately, the goal is to provide the most rewarding experience possible and we will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as they have been finalised. It must however be understood that last minute changes can happen for a variety of reasons and we can never guarantee that specific destinations will be visited or that particular species of wildlife will be seen.

Important Notes

TRAVEL DAYS
This trip covers a lot of ground and there are a couple of long travel days. These travel days are always balanced out by relaxing, well-paced days to ensure full enjoyment and the destinations more than make up for any long travel experienced.

Group Leader Description

This tour will be led by a qualified Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the stress out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to see and do during your free time, recommend great eating venues and introduce you to any local guides. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Where appropriate local guides with more specific knowledge of each region, will add to the enjoyment of the places you are visiting.

Meals

Eating is a big part of travelling. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of dining options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. While it is common for groups to eat together and enjoy each other's company there is no obligation to do this.

Note: Food is generally considered to be more expensive in Argentina and Chile than in most other South American countries.

Solo Travellers

This tour offers the opportunity for solo travellers to share accommodation with another solo traveller of the same sex to avoid single supplement charges. If you would prefer to have sole occupancy of a room, this is available at a surcharge – please contact our team for details.

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