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Chile & Argentina Patagonia

A concise itinerary that includes majestic peaks and valleys of Patagonia in Argentina and Chile.

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8 Day / 7 Night - Chile & Argentina Patagonia
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Arrival & City Tour

Upon arrival in Chile, you will be picked up at the airport and taken on today’s excursion, we explore the historical and modern sights of Santiago de Chile. We start our trip at the main avenue, the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, and head to La Moneda, the Government Palace, where we will learn about the historical and contemporary role it plays in Chilean life.

From there we take a walk through the pedestrian streets of Huérfanos and Ahumada, where the main commercial activity of the city is concentrated. Afterward, we visit the famous main square of the city, the Plaza de Armas, around which are several important historical buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral. From there we continue our trip on to Santa Lucia hill, the mount upon which the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. It is alone steep rock, covered in vegetation and a great vantage point for viewing the city.

Moving on, we cross the Mapocho River to get to Bellavista, the cultural and artistic neighborhood of Santiago and home to many artists, actors, and young bohemian people. Bellavista lies at the foot of the San Cristóbal Hill, the highest in town, and is situates in the middle of the Metropolitan Park. We venture up the hill to explore the surrounding areas all the while enjoying beautiful panoramic views of the city. Finally, we visit Providencia with its top restaurants, elegant shops, and modern high-rise buildings. After this amazing tour, we will call it a day and return to the hotel.

Meals (x)

Chile City Tour Statue
Location
Santiago
Day
1 / 8

Drive to Puerto Natales

Today you are picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a flight to Punta Arenas.

Upon arrival, you pick up your 4 X 4 (Toyota 4 Runner or similar (SUV urban 4×4)) at the airport or downtown to begin your epic cross-country journey through Chile. One of the most unique and adventurous ways to see the country, travel at your own pace and schedule, stopping whenever you want when you see something that takes your fancy or piques your interest. We provide a roadmap that highlights all the best things to see, prepare all your permissions in advance for entry into Argentina and cover all airport charges for the seven days.

We begin in Punta Arenas and today drive on to Puerto Natales, a distance of some 250km or 155 miles.

Take some time to explore the cultural and natural wonders of this region, known as the entrance to the Antarctic continent. On your trip, you will learn about the history of Punta Arenas and visit 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. Located on the edge of the Strait of Magellan this metropolis is full of quaint charm and offers visitors a different perspective of life in Chile.

Meals (B)

Penguins in front of light house
Location
Santiago to Puerto Natales
Day
2 / 8

A Drive Through Patagonia

Today we will head to the Torres del Paine National Park, a distance of 150km or just under a hundred miles. Torres del Paine is an official National Park of Chile and the area encompasses mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine, a range of rugged mountain peaks that stretch out into the crisp cool air is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes and is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales.

Along the way, don’t forget to stop to visit the Mylodon Cave, home to a giant ground sloth some 12,000 years ago and an incredibly impressive cave which since then has acted as home to Mylodon until about 5,000 years ago subsequently other animals, such as the “Dwarf Horse” Hippidion, the saber-toothed cat Smilodon and the litoptern Macrauchenia. Human remains have also been found there confirming that humans also used it as a house as well. Afterwards, continue on to the Torres del Paine National Park where you will be welcomed by spectacular sights of gigantic granite towers and impressive mountain peaks.

Meals (B)

Patagonia scenery mountains in distance
Location
Puerto Natales to Torres Del Paine
Day
3 / 8

Pampa Lodge

Today we take a rest from driving and settle in at the Pampa lodge. Located near Rio Serrano, one of the smallest “towns” in the world – it consists of the lodge and a few small houses – we find ourselves right on the shores of the picturesque Serrano river which marks the entrance to the park. Pampa Lodge is a simple and yet cozy alternative for people wanting to enjoy amazing views of the Paine Horns and it offers unrivaled locations for those wanting to get the best views of the Torres del Paine National Park. From the lodge, you have access to the park trails and some of the most striking scenery for many a mile

We recommend spending the evening in this beautiful and wondrous area, relaxing after a meal and enjoying the sparkling clean air and dead silence you can only find in such parts of the world.

Meals (B)

horse back riding patagonia
Location
Torres Del Paine
Day
4 / 8

Towards El Calafate, Argentina

Today we head towards the border with Argentina and embark upon a drive from Torres del Paine to El Calafate, a distance of 287 km or 178 miles. This drive should take you around four and a half hours without hurrying and we guide you towards the border crossing at Cerro Castillo.

The process is quite straightforward on both sides of the border as all the paperwork you need in terms of the car is pre-prepared for you and the crossing takes only a few moments. Once you clear customs on both sides, you are free to drive into the Argentinian Pampa and your final destination of the Imago Hotel and Spa, stopping along the way for anything that takes your interest.

Meals (B)

Lake district rock formation
Location
Torres Del Paine to Calafate
Day
5 / 8

Glaciers and Spas

Today is day six of our journey, and we have seen some spectacular sights on our road trip so far. Our adventure takes us to the Imago Hotel and Spa and a time for a bit of relaxing and pampering. The Imago Hotel and Spa offers fantastic gourmet food and all the luxurious areas you would expect in a top-of-the-range spa, in fact, the spa even offers a seven-day program of spa treatments so you won’t be short of things to choose from.

The rooms overlook the lake and are a short distance from the Perito Moreno Glacier, a glacier which is considered something of a phenomenon, in which its great mass of ice continuously advances, causing the accumulation, rupture, and detachment of gigantic blocks of ice on its 5 km wide front. The glacier is located on the Canal de Los Témpanos; where the numerous ice fragments of the glacier sail and the wall of ice reaches as high as 60 meters above the water.

Meals (B)

Location
Calafate
Day
6 / 8

Return to Puerto Natales

Today we embark on a five hour drive from El Calafate to Puerto Natales, a distance of around 287 kilometers, or 178 miles. Once again we’ll cross the border, and have all of this prepared for you so this is a painless procedure. Traffic at the border crossing is at a peak during the high season from October to march, but this shouldn’t delay you on your journey at all.

We arrive at the beautiful Noi Indigo hotel located at the “end of the world”, but more specifically between the wonderful Patagonian landscapes on one side and the great sea of Puerto Natales on the other, NOI Indigo Patagonia combines the warmth and personal service of a lodge with the facilities of a modern hotel. With an award-winning design inspired by the natural beauty of Patagonia, this hotel is an ideal place for exploring Torres del Paine National Park, the Ultima Esperanza waterways, and glacial lakes in the region.

Meals (B)

 

 

Location
Calafate to Puerto Natales
Day
7 / 8

Punta Arenas & Home

Today we bid farewell to this beautiful part of the world and head on to our next destination. Our drive is one of around 250 kilometers or 155 miles and the road between Puerto Natales is simple and straight, although quite a scenic one and the whole journey takes around three hours.

Once you arrive at the airport, make sure you leave the vehicle, and all of the documentation of your car at the appropriate desk. Airlines require 1 ½ hours arrival prior to flight departing time for checking in and baggage drop.

Meals (B)

Location
Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
Day
8 / 8
1 / 8

Accommodations

Hotel Options

Boutique

Casa Bueras

Santiago
Boutique

Noi Indigo

Puerto Natales