CL9 Argentina & Chile Tour
The Classic Combo
Opulent Buenos Aires: "Paris of the South"; Perito Moreno & Uppsala Glaciers; Exploring Torres del Paine National Park; Vibrant Santiago
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 16 Oct 2019||Mon 28 Oct 2019||$4220 USD|
|Sun 02 Feb 2020||Fri 14 Feb 2020||$4220 USD|
|Wed 14 Oct 2020||Mon 26 Oct 2020||$4220 USD|
The above prices are subject to an additional $105 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.
Optional Single Supplement: $1044 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $527 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
The cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago are but the icing on the cake of this 13-day tour through two of Latin America's most colourful and vibrant countries.
Our Chile and Argentina tours begin in Buenos Aires -- often called the "Paris of South America" due to its European-style architecture -- with a focus on a number of impressive public buildings.
Included in the sightseeing: the Presidential Palace, Cathedral Metropolitana (resting place of famous South American liberator Jose de San Martin), the art deco wonder that is The Kavanagh Building and the National Congress.
Other highlights on Chile and Argentina tours, over two complete days in the city, are Recoleta cemetery, with its elaborate marble tombs and statues, the photogenic port of La Boca neighborhood and an unparalleled shopping experience at the city's famous Galerias Pacifico. If desired, ask your tour leader about the options available for an evening Tango show.
Next fly south to resort town El Calafate where you will visit the Glaciarium with exhibits that include a 3D documentary. Insights gained serve as excellent preparation for the following day's journey into nearby Glacier National Park and its centrepiece, Perito Moreno glacier, one of very few advancing glaciers in the world.
With luck one will witness the awe inducing spectacle and noise of calving icebergs as they crash into the surrounding channel, a highlight on our Chile and Argentina tours. Continuing to the western end of the impossibly blue Lago Argentinia, the tour continues with a boat ride to equally famous Upsala Glacier accessible only by water. Fifty kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide, it is breathtaking but be sure to prepare with cold weather clothing
Day 7 finds the tour crossing into Chile via parts of legendary Route 40 that winds around the majestic mountain range of Sierra de los Baguales. The day includes time for walks at Lake Nordenskjjold and the viewpoint of Salto Grande.
Day 8 is spent in Torres del Paine National Park, a biosphere denoted with UNESCO Heritage Park status. There you can take in part of the Paine Massif, whose towering granite pillars arise suddenly from the plains, a natural phenomena that, alongside waterfalls, mountains and glaciers, forms a large part of what makes Patagonia so special. Torres del Paine is always a favourite on our Chile and Argentina tours. Animal inhabitants of the park include rheas (an ostrich-like bird) and the South American cameloid.
Far from complete, the itinerary now focuses on the port Punta Arenas -- once a garrison and penal settlement -- before a flight to Santiago. There, visit the city's Plaza de Armas, site of many architectural marvels. Also in Santiago see the Centro Cultural Palacio, the neighbourhood of Bellavista and stroll through Quinta Normal Park.
Cerro Santa Lucia, built on the hillside remnants of a volcano, offers stunning views from the centre of the city. Time is allowed for optional visits to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum or the Museum of Memories and Human Rights dedicated to human rights abuses occurring during the bloody regime led by Augusto Pinochet.
Not to be outdone, the nearby colonial city of Valparaiso provides great examples of late 19th century architecture with its labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways making for a truly unique cultural landscape that earned it protected UNESCO status. Of special interest are the neighbourhood's many funiculars, a sort of cable railway perched at points between the many station houses that dot the steep terrain.
Also included is a visit to La Sebastiana (a former home of poet Pablo Neruda) and enjoy a ride on Ascendor Artilleria, built in 1898 and one of the oldest elevators still in operation. Return to Santiago after time spent at the popular resort Vina del Mar.
Andrew S. (Hoboken, NJ, US)
I particularly liked the trips to Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres Del Paine National Park. Evening meal plan was very good, we visited mostly local restaurants. Laura, our tour leader, had a good personality and was organized and always in good spirits. Overall I enjoyed the trip, especially the excursion to Patagonia.
Heidi F, (Phoenix, AZ, US)
Trips to glaciers and Torres del Paine were excellent. These excursions cannot be improved. The evening meals exceeded my expectations. Our tour leader Laura picked very good restaurants. All hotels were very good. No problems whatsoever.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Kenton Palace
Location: Buenos Aires
Framed by Nahuel Huapi Lake and with the mountains in the background. These two elements create a spectacular picture of ... Argentina. We are strategically located in the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, opposite the Civic Centre, 1 block away from the Commercial Centre and 200 meters away from Nahuel Huapi Lake.
With the intention of creating a hotel that matches the environment, we succeeded in diluting the limits between outdoors and indoors in the interior design of our hotel, by placing big glazed walls which make us feel even closer to the gardens of Parques Nacionales’ historical building.
The hotel is decorated with black and white pictures, original pictures of emblematic places and buildings of Buenos Aires, and accompanied with natural materials from the area, in the public areas as well as in our 72 rooms overlooking the lakes and mountains outside.
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El Quijote Hotel
Location: El Calafate
We are a family business that provides accommodation and food service
for over 39 years in El Calafate.
Our ... is renowned not only for his career, but also for the warmth, professionalism and following tracks of a staff committed to their work.
Our commitment is to provide a service that exceeds your expectations, positioning us as an excellent hotel.
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Cabanas del Paine
Location: Torres Del Paine
The Hosteria Cabanas Del Paine Hotel provides 4 pavilions of lodging where each with comfortable rooms all with living room ... a wonderful view to Serrano River and Paine mountain range.
There is a dining room with grill and with a capacity for 80 people and a bar to enjoy the regional gastronomy.
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Hotel Diego De Velazquez
The warm welcome to all those who choose us for your trip to Santiago de Chile, sure the stay, location ... services are created so they can enjoy an unforgettable trip for those traveling on tourism, recreation, work, studies, or incentives. We are the alternative to Providence to start from Hotel Diego de Velazquez, the starting point to enjoy the exciting city, capital of Chile.
All an experienced hospitality team, whose mission is service, expect each of whom form Hotel Diego Velazquez, to fully and unforgettable trip.
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Breakfast and most dinners (hotels & local restaurants) daily; some lunches. All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Domestic flights via local scheduled carriers as per the itinerary. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, departure taxes, excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
Weather conditions can vary greatly from place to place. Most of our time is spent in the south where conditions can be very changeable at any time of year. We visit in the Austral summer (Nov-Mar), when Buenos Aires and Santiago are hot and Patagonia is at its warmest. That said you must be prepared for cold, windy, possibly rainy conditions. November and March tend to be less windy than mid-summer (Jan), which can also be relatively busy.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as roads are generally in good condition, though a little winding on some stretches. Numerous optional walking opportunities and walking tours on uneven surfaces. Internal flights via domestic carriers.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air- conditioned / heated, mid-range hotels and inns (3&4 star) used throughout. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader and local step-on guides, driver.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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