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  • Lake Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina
  • Cooking up a BBQ, Argentina
  • Hiking through the amazing landscapes, Patagonia
  • Rosita (Truck) and a group in Patagonia
Route:
Santiago to El Calafate
Days:
16
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: PALD
From:
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US$1,463


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Countries Visited:

A region of astounding natural beauty, Chile and Argentina’s Lake District hosts an abundance of lakes, a variety of different colours, all surrounded by lush forests and mountains. It is a hiker’s paradise and terrain varies from park to park. From hot-springs to fly-fishing, it is also possible to relax and enjoy the landscape in one of the most beautiful and peaceful regions of South America.

What's Included

Excursions

  • Guided tour of Cuevos De Los Manos
  • Guided walks of Los Glaciares National Park
  • Perito Moreno Glacier tour

Accommodation

15 night(s) in hotels

Transportation

Overland Truck, Travel by 1 flight(s)

Meals

13 breakfast, 3 lunch

Staff & Experts

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the Tour Notes for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size: Maximum 34. Average 15-24

Tour Suitability: This tour is recommended for people aged 18-65. For more information on what to expect, click here.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Santiago

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

The capital and economic centre of Chile, Santiago is a fast growing city encircled by the peaks of the Andes Mountains to the east and a smaller range of coastal mountains known as the Cordillera to the west. With its fountains, parks and imposing neoclassical buildings standing side-by-side with glossy office skyscrapers, Santiago is a modern city very much in touch with its colonial past.

Pedro de Valdivia established Santiago in 1541 but not much remains of its original glory, except Santa Lucia Hill where the original fortress was constructed. From the top of the hill here are excellent views of the city below. However, for even better photo opportunities, take a funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. At this very pleasant viewing area you’ll find wine-tasting facilities and a couple of beautifully situated swimming pools. Much of the city is best explored on foot, particularly neighbourhoods like Bellavista which features outdoor markets. In the Plaza Constitución at the Palacio de la Moneda you can see the changing of the guard on most days. There is an interesting culture to explore in Santiago, with chic cafés, impressive museums, excellent restaurants and great shopping opportunities to enjoy.

While in Santiago you can take an optional excursion to Chile’s cultural capital, the port of Valparaíso. Take a funicular elevator from the flat town centre up the hill to explore the labyrinth of streets and cobblestoned alleyways of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 to 3 - Pucón

Today we have a short flight to Temuco, where we will be greeted by our overland truck driver, who will take us on the scenic drive to Pucón. Situated in the Lake District of Chile, this picturesque town is a small resort on Lake Villarrica with great views of the perfect cone-shaped Villarrica Volcano. The whole area is surrounded by lakes, mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls and offers many exciting optional activities such as trekking to the top of the active volcano, white water rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking and water sports on the lake. We have a free day to allow time to take advantage of some of the great activities on offer or simply relax.

Optional Excursions

Volcano climb – CH$100.000 • Horse riding “El Claro” – from CH$30.000 • Rafting – from CH$30.000 • Trekking Huerquehue – CH$45.000 • Guided walk and transport to Huerquehue National Parl – CH$65.000 • Visit an estancia including BBQ and Chilean wine - CH$40.000 • Canyoning – CH$40.000

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 4 to 5 - Bariloche

Our next stop is the resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche, also known simply as Bariloche, on the shores of Lake Nahuel Haupi. This town is a famous winter ski resort, but it also has a great deal to offer during other seasons and is a favourite holiday spot for Argentines. Originally built by Swiss and German immigrants in the Alpine style, here you will find charming Swiss-style chalets, numerous chocolate shops and even St. Bernard dogs with brandy barrels around their necks.

With the towering peaks of the Andes to the west, the glistening lake in front and the Patagonian steppe to the east, outdoor adventures abound in Bariloche, with popular options including mountain biking, horse riding or a bus ride along the lake with an opportunity to take in the sensational scenery from the cable cars.

If you’re very (very!) lucky you may spot the legendary Nahuelito, a giant creature which the indigenous Mapuche people believe lives in the depths of the lake. There haven’t yet been any recorded sightings to support this story, which predates the Loch Ness Monster, however despite that, the Buenos Aires Zoo took it seriously enough to make a trip to the lake to search for evidence in 1922.

Approximate Travel Time: Full drive day

Optional Excursions

Museo de la Patagonia – US$2.50 donation • Cerro Catedral ski lifts – from US$20 • Mountain bike hire – US$12 • Circuito Chico, a 60km circuit of nearby attractions which can be completed by local bus • Horse riding – US$66

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 6 to 7 - Futaleufu

Crossing back into Chile we arrive at Futaleufu located in the region of Los Lagos. Translated to “Big River” this town boasts some of the best water based excursions in all of South America on the Futaleufu River. Fed by the glaciers from the Lake District the river flows through the mountain range providing sensational views. Enjoy the fresh fast-moving waters where rafters annually descend to combat the rapids. Fly fishing and kayaking are also equally popular.

Alternatively, if you prefer your excursions land-based, you can enjoy full day hikes through the valley or visit Futaleufu National Reserve known for its large amount of Huemul (South Andean deer) and expansive trails.

Optional Excursions

White-water rafting various levels – from CH$35.000 • Canyoning – from CH$25.000 • Inflatable Kayaking – from CH$25.000 • Horse riding in a valley only accessible by boat – CH$70.000

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 8 to 9 - Parque Queulat

From Puyuhuapi you can visit Parque Queulat National Park. Situated on both sides of the Carretera Austral highway it is a realm of evergreen forests and winding rivers, with a large variety of flora and fauna living amongst it. If you are lucky you may get the chance to spot a Pudú, the smallest deer in the world, as well as a plethora of birds.

It is perhaps most famous for it's hanging glacier, Ventisquero Colgante, located east of the Carretera Austral. Marvel at the long sheet of ice suspended off large rock faces, as nearby waterfalls cascade towards the bottom of the glacier. You can also indulge in the Puyuhuapi hot springs after hiking through the National Park's beautiful surroundings

Optional Excursions

Entry, transport & guided hike to hanging glacier in Parque Quelat – CH$30.000 • Kayaking in Parque Quelat – CH$42.000

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 10 to 10 - Coyhaique

Tonight we stay in Coyhaique - capital of the Aysen region, the city is set amongst a backdrop of scenic mountain ranges, providing a perfectly unspoiled landscape.

You can browse the local craft fair at the main square of Plaza de Armas, where locals sell handmade leather, wool and stone products.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 11 to 11 - Perito Moreno

Our next destination is the multicultural town of Perito Moreno, where we stay overnight to break up the journey.

Approximate Travel Time: Full drive day

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 12 to 13 - El Chaltén

Leaving Perito Moreno we head towards El Chaltén. On the way we stop off at Cuevos De Los Manos. Translated to the “cave of painted hands”, here we can see spectacular artwork painted on the walls dating from 7300 BC.

Arriving in El Chaltén this is our base for Los Glaciares National Park. The national park is renowned for its spectacular scenery, and a fantastic place for trekking. Options include half or full day treks to Lago Capri or various other trails to take in the views of the Fitzroy Massif and the many nearby glaciers.

Approximate Travel Time: Full drive day

Included Excursions

Guided tour of Cuevos De Los Manos,Guided walks of Los Glaciares National Park

Optional Excursions

Glacier boat ride – US$50 • 2hr Glacier boat trip and glacier walk – US$175

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 14 to 15 - El Calafate

We resume our journey to head for the town of El Calafate, located on the southern shore of Lake Argentino. El Calafate is our base to visit the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier. With a height of around 60 metres and a front of five kilometres (three miles), covering some 250 square kilometres the glacier is an incredible sight and is one of the few glaciers in the world to be growing slightly, not decreasing in size as most glaciers do. Named after Argentine explorer Francisco Merino, the glacier is coloured in a variety of hues from blue to grey to white and continually creaks and cracks. Advancing at a speed of around two metres per day, it can put on a spectacular show when giant chunks of ice at the outermost edges crack under tremendous pressure, rupture and crash into the water – a process known as calving. You will have the chance to walk around some paths and terraces where you can get some great views of the glacier.

Approximate Travel Time: Four Hours

Included Excursions

Perito Moreno Glacier tour

Optional Excursions

Regional Museum of El Calafate – free • Boat trip on Lago Argentino – ARG$350 • Reserva Muncipal Laguna Nimez, bird watching – small entry fee

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 16 to 16 - Depart El Calafate

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast

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