12 Nights 13 Days
Destinations : Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – El Calafate – Bariloche – Puerto Varas – Santiago
South America is a fascinating continent with so much to explore and enjoy. If you’d like to experience its history, cuisine, and religious festivals, try our Explore South America Tour Package. We can also customise the itinerary to suit your needs.
Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires
Upon your arrival at Buenos Aires Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Buenos Aires is a captivating and vibrant port city that extends from south to north along the Rio de la Plata. It has served as Argentina's gateway for centuries. The residents, known as Porteños, take great pride in their intricate and culturally rich identity, cherishing their European heritage. The lifestyle and architecture in Buenos Aires bear a distinct European influence, setting it apart from other South American cities. In the evening, you will enjoy a Tango Show and Dinner at the splendid Tango Porteño. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Buenos Aires
On this fine morning, embark on a captivating City Tour of Buenos Aires. This delightful excursion invites you to uncover the charm of Buenos Aires, often hailed as the "Queen of the Silver." The journey commences at the heart of the city, where you'll encounter its most captivating landmarks: Av. 9 de Julio, the Colón Theatre, and the iconic Obelisk, widely regarded as the symbol of Buenos Aires.
As our exploration unfolds, we'll venture towards Plaza de Mayo and subsequently traverse the southern parts of the city, meandering through the enchanting district of San Telmo, with its enchanting tango venues, La Boca, and the vibrant streets of Caminito. Your path will lead you to Puerto Madero, the rejuvenated port district that has become a hub of gastronomic excellence. We will also pay a visit to the largest green expanse in Buenos Aires, Palermo, with its beautiful parks and distinguished edifices. Finally, your journey will take you to Recoleta, a neighbourhood where culture and sophistication coexist harmoniously.
On Sunday, your tour culminates with a visit to the captivating Flea Market of San Telmo. You will spend the night at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
Day 3: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Today, you will hop on a flight from El Calafate Airport to the charming city of Ushuaia. Nestled in the southernmost reaches of the Republic of Argentina, on the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia proudly claims its title as the southernmost city in the world. Situated along the stunning Beagle Channel, its name, derived from the yamana language, signifies "bay overlooking the West."
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the sea, lush forests, serene lakes, and majestic mountains, Ushuaia reveals itself as a picturesque city. It boasts a well-established infrastructure for tourists, an elegant commercial hub, and a growing hub of social and cultural activities. Relax and get a good night's sleep at Ushuaia hotel.
Day 4: Ushuaia
This morning, embark on a captivating Half Day Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour, which includes a ride on the Train of the End of the World. Today, this historic train ride offers an engaging glimpse into the rich history of Ushuaia. Known as the "Corner of the Earth," this national park, situated just 12 kilometers from Ushuaia, holds the distinction of being the sole national park in the country with a coastline along the ocean. Encompassing a vast expanse of 63,000 hectares, it safeguards a plethora of native trees, including nires, lengas, cherry trees, calafates, and a variety of vibrant flowers like violets and orchids.
In the afternoon, prepare for an enchanting Beagle Channel Navigation excursion, including a visit to Seals Island. At the designated time, you will be transferred to the port to board a comfortable catamaran, setting sail across the waters of the Beagle Channel, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge. This unique location serves as a sanctuary for an array of sea mammals and birds, providing a remarkable opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat without causing any disruption to their daily routines. Conclude your day with an overnight stay at the hotel in Ushuaia.
Day 5: Ushuaia to El Calafate
On this day, you'll bid farewell to your hotel in Ushuaia and head to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival in El Calafate, you'll be warmly welcomed and transported to your hotel. After checking in, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You'll spend the night at your hotel in El Calafate.
Day 6: Exploring El Calafate
Today, you will embark on a full-day excursion to the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. As you journey towards this natural wonder, you'll be mesmerised by the splendid beauty of nature. Leaving El Calafate, you'll follow the southern shoreline of the Argentine Lake, traversing 90 kilometers to reach the pathways leading to the glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier is a remarkable 30,000 years old, covering a vast 192 square kilometers with a towering front wall that stretches over 5 kilometers and some peaks soaring to heights of 80 meters. The deep blue base of the glacier rivals the surrounding waters in its rich hue, and the profound silence is occasionally broken by the thunderous cracking and falling of colossal ice fragments, which drift on the Icebergs Channel.
For a closer encounter with the grandeur of the Perito Moreno Glacier, you can partake in the Nautical Safari excursion. This adventure commences at Bajo de las Sombras Port, situated 6 kilometers from the Glacier Vantage Point. Visitors board a vessel to sail across Rico Lake, eventually anchoring at a safe distance from the glacier's immense wall. Here, during the Safari Nautico excursion, you'll have the remarkable opportunity to witness the glacier's towering walls and the icebergs constantly calving from it into Rico Lake. You'll return to your hotel in El Calafate for the night.
Day 7: El Calafate to Bariloche
Begin your day by checking out from your hotel in El Calafate and heading to the airport for your flight to the picturesque city of Bariloche. Upon your arrival in Bariloche, you will be gracefully escorted to your hotel. After checking in, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Spend a comfortable night at your chosen hotel in Bariloche.
Day 8: Bariloche Exploration
Embark on an adventure today as you indulge in a delightful breakfast before setting out on a guided tour of the charming city of Bariloche. Your journey commences along the scenic Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, a meandering paved road hugging the serene shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Along the way, you will be treated to stunning vistas of Nahuel Huapi and Moreno Lakes, El Trebol Lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao Peninsulas, Victoria Island, Otto, Lopez, Goye, and Catedral Hills, all while passing through the charming town of San Carlos de Bariloche.
As you continue your exploration, you will traverse a verdant golf course, cross the bridge connecting Nahuel Huapi Lake with Moreno Lake over the Angostura River, and journey along the shores of López Bay nestled at the base of López Hill. Your adventure culminates at Panoramic Point, a lookout offering a breathtaking panorama of Moreno Lake and the enchanting Llao Llao Peninsula. After a day filled with enchantment, you can relax and unwind at your hotel in Bariloche
Day 9: Bariloche to Puerto Varas
Today, embark on a captivating journey from Bariloche to Chile, traversing the majestic Andes Mountains. Early in the morning, you will depart from the enchanting city of San Carlos de Bariloche, setting your course towards the Cardenal Samore International Pass. Beyond these formidable peaks, the welcoming cities of Osorno, Frutillar, Puerto Varas, and Puerto Montt await your arrival. This pass holds the distinction of being the second most significant international route, facilitating direct connections to Osorno and Puerto Montt via the Southern Road, and forging a link to the wider expanse of Chilean Patagonia.
Your voyage will commence by passing through the Argentinean Customs Office and the National Gendarmerie. Gradually, you will encounter signposts guiding you towards the renowned Puyehue hot springs, the imposing Antillanca Volcano with its skiing haven, and the remaining kilometers leading to Osorno, where the bus will make its initial official stop. After a brief respite, the bus will resume its journey to Puerto Varas, which lies just an hour away and marks your final destination for the day. You will spend the night at a hotel in the picturesque Puerto Varas
Day 10: Puerto Varas
Start your day with a delightful Half Day Excursion to Frutillar. This enchanting journey along the shores of Llanquihue Lake, Chile's second-largest lake, will lead you to the picturesque town of Frutillar, all the while treating you to stunning vistas of the majestic Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo, and Tronador volcanoes. As you explore this charming village, which proudly showcases its German architectural heritage from the 19th century, you'll feel transported back in time. Take in the breathtaking sights of the Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo, and Tronador volcanoes and visit the Teatro del Lago. Your overnight stay awaits at the hotel in Puerto Varas.
Day 11: Puerto Varas to Santiago
Today, you will bid farewell to your hotel in Puerto Varas and make your way to Puerto Montt Airport for your flight to Santiago. Upon arriving in Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel. Santiago serves as the vibrant heart of a region brimming with captivating attractions and activities. Just to the south of the city, you'll discover the lush and picturesque vineyards of the Maipo Valley, a region renowned for producing some of the world's finest wines.
This afternoon, you will have the pleasure of embarking on a city tour of Santiago. Your journey commences in the downtown area, commencing from the iconic Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue, the city's principal thoroughfare. You will visit La Moneda presidential palace and then take a leisurely stroll through the pedestrian-friendly streets of Ahumada and Huerfanos. A walk will lead you to the "Plaza de Armas," an enchanting square adorned with the cathedral and several other historic edifices.
Next, you will ascend San Cristobal hill to revel in a panoramic view of the city, and then you will proceed to explore other captivating areas of interest, such as Bellavista, a hub of cultural and artistic activity, as well as the modern residential districts of Las Condes and Providencia. You will conclude the day with an overnight stay at your hotel in Santiago.
Day 12: Santiago
Today, embark on a captivating full-day journey to the charming coastal towns of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso from Santiago. Your morning will begin with a departure from Santiago, venturing towards the picturesque coast. Your first stop will be in Pomaire, a quaint village where skilled artisans craft various ceramic dishes, pots, and intriguing sculptures from the local clay, among other handcrafted treasures.
As you continue your excursion towards the coast, revel in the beauty of the Renaca beach area and explore the delightful town of Vina del Mar, renowned as the "Garden City" for its exquisite parks and streets adorned with vibrant flowers.
In the afternoon, your voyage will lead you to the captivating port of Valparaiso, a city founded in the 16th century, nestled on 43 hills accessible via winding alleys, staircases, and a network of elevators (funiculars). Valparaiso's eclectic architecture and urban development have earned it UNESCO recognition as a part of humanity's cultural heritage. Conclude the day with an overnight stay at your Santiago hotel.
Day 13: Depart from Santiago
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your departure. Whether you are starting on your next exciting destination or heading back to your hometown, you'll carry with you a treasure trove of cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
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