This 8-day Chile and Argentina Patagonia adventure tour incorporates the highlights of Santiago de Chile with a self-drive adventure from Punta Arenas south to Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park and beyond to El Calafate through the jaw dropping scenery of Patagonia. Whilst all your excursions and transfers in Santiago are on a private basis with a private guide, your road trip is not, allowing you to create your own adventure at your own pace and schedule for a unique Patagonia experience.
Santiago de Chile
Your adventure begins with a tour of the historical and modern sights of Santiago de Chile. Start at the main avenue, the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, and head to La Moneda, the Government Palace. Walk through the pedestrian streets of Huérfanos and Ahumada, and visit the famous main square of the city, the Plaza de Armas, and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
From there, continue to Santa Lucia hill, which is a great vantage point for viewing the city. Stroll around the cultural and artistic neighborhood of Bellavista, and take the aerial tramway to San Cristóbal Hill for panoramic views of the city. Finally, visit Providencia with its top restaurants, elegant shops, and modern high-rise buildings.
Fly south and explore the cultural and natural wonders of Punta Arenas, one of the most southerly cities on the continent. Before beginning your road trip, why not stay a while and see a variety of monuments and points of interest including the main square, the navy and maritime museum, the famous Roca Street, the Nao Victoria Museum, the Patagonian Institute, and of course the city’s coastline.
Torres del Paine National Park
Your main destination is Torres del Paine National Park. Located right in the south of Patagonia near the town of Puerto Natales, it delivers stunning scenery characterized by rushing rivers, ancient forests and glaciers, jagged peaks, freezing glacial lakes, waterfalls and wild windswept scrublands.
Along the way, be sure to stop at the Mylodon Cave, a large, impressive cave system where the well-preserved fossils of a giant 12,000-year-old ground sloth were discovered. Relax at the Pampa Lodge on the shores of the picturesque Serrano River, which marks the entrance to the Park. The hiking trails in Torres del Paine are without a doubt the most famous in Patagonia.
Cross the border into the Argentinian Pampa, stopping along the way for anything that takes your interest. Then indulge in some pampering at the Imago Hotel and Spa, which overlooks Argentino Lake, close to the glistening (and moving!) Perito Moreno Glacier.
Upon returning to Puerto Natales in Chile, spend your last night at the award-winning NOI Indigo Patagonia to take in the neighboring Ultima Esperanza waterways and glacial lakes of the region, before heading back to the airport at Punta Arenas past the unforgettable peaks of Torres del Paine for one last time.