18 day tour
South Argentina South Chile
From € 3598,-
- Buenos Aires with the possibility to explore the city by bike, attend a tango show and dance the tango yourself
- Peninsula Valdes with penguins and whales (in season)
- El Calafate with the beautiful Perito Moreno glacier
- El Chalten with scenic walking opportunities
- The magnificent national park Torres del Paine with many hiking possibilities
- Santiago de Chile and the central valley with its wine culture
- Can extend with Iguazu, Ushuaia or Easter Island
During this 18-day trip through the south of Argentina and Chile you will discover the endless nature of these two fascinating countries and get acquainted with the traditions and customs of the Argentinians and the Chileans. Start your journey in Buenos Aires. Then travel south and visit el Calafate with its wide steppe landscape and the Perito Moreno glacier. You will travel through an enchanting landscape with vast empty plains, impressive skies, mountains, fjords and lakes and the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park. You also get to know the central valley with its wine culture.
This is simply an example trip, you can tailor this journey through southern Argentina and Chile to suit your wishes and travel plans. Ask Marion, our travel expert who has been living there for years, for a travel proposal free-of-charge.
See our other travel suggestions for more ways to explore Chile.
18 day tour of Chile & Argentina:
Route: Buenos Aires – Peninsula Valdez – El Calafate – El Chalten – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
After arrival at the airport of Buenos Aires you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. If you have an early flight, you can use the rest of the day to recover from the journey or get acquainted with this metropolis. In the evening we suggest to go to one of the parrillas (typical grill restaurants) and taste an Argentinian steak. There are also many bars where you can grab a drink.
Day 2: Buenos Aires – Bike tour and Tangoles
Today you will visit the highlights of the Argentinian capital by bike. Watch the tango dancers in the streets of the colourful La Boca district, admire historic buildings around the Plaza de Mayo square and wander through the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo. In the evening you can choose a tango lesson with a dance couple, and after class you can show your skills on the dance floor of a local Milonga (tango dance salon).
Optional: Tango evening from 80 euro p.p.
Day 3: Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn and visit the penguins
Today your journey through Patagonia begins. Early in the morning, you will be taken to the airport for a flight to Trelew. In Trelew, a car with driver is waiting for you to take you in a shared transfer to Punta Tombo, a journey of one and a half hours. Here is the largest Magellanic penguin colony in South America. Punta Tombo is a narrow rocky peninsula that abruptly penetrates the Atlantic Ocean. From September to April, more than 650,000 of these black-and-white birds use the peninsula to hatch their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration. A fascinating spectacle. After your visit to the penguin colony, you will be taken to your hotel in Puerto Madryn.
Day 4: Peninsula Valdés and whales
Península Valdés is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the world and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On its rugged 500-km long coast there is an amazing and easily observable choice of marine fauna, including elephant seals, sea lions, Magellan penguins and millions of seabirds. The interior is a barren wilderness, which in the east connects with the Patagonian steppe where animals that can survive droughts, such as guanacos and the ostrich-like rhea, live. You also have a chance of seeing foxes, armadillos and skunks. Your first stop today is Puerto Pirámides where you go on a whale spotting trip. Every year between June and mid-December about 1600 whales (southern capers, or southern right-whales) come to the water around Valdés to mate here and give birth to their young. It is already impressive to see the huge tail above the water surface, and if you are lucky a whale will even jump out of the water – a fantastic experience that will stay with you for a long time. Around noon, you will leave for Punta Delgada to have lunch at the Lighthouse complex, where you can walk to the beach to view elephant seals up close. You then leave for Punta Cantor to observe the Atlantic coast of the peninsula. In various places, you can see colonies of elephant seals and sea lions.
Day 5: Flight to El Calafate
Today you fly from Trelew to El Calafate, the base for your visit to the Perito Moreno glacier. A shared transfer will bring you to your hotel. After arrival you have the rest of the day to wander through the city, go on a short horseback ride along the lake of Argentina or visit the Glacier museum with a real ice bar.
Day 6: Visit the Perito Moreno glacier & go ice trekking
Today it is all about the world’s most famous glacier, the Perito Moreno. You’ll start with a walk across the glacier. A boat takes you to the edge of the glacier, where you strap on your crampons. You take a walk of about 1 hour and 40 minutes on the glacier. It is a special experience to walk over the hilly ice landscape. On the way, you see deep blue ice caves and get absolutely beautiful views. In the afternoon, you walk along the other bank, where various observation points give you a good idea of the enormous size of the Perito Moreno glacier. Standing in front of the immense ice wall of the glacier, you sometimes see (and hear!) huge ice blocks breaking off and plunging into the lake.
Day 7: Bus to El Chalten
Today a private transfer brings you to the bus terminal to take the bus to El Chalten, a journey that lasts about 3 to 4 hours. During the ride, you get a great view of the Andes mountains. After arrival you can set foot in the national park Los Glaciares for your first walking tour. The park has many different walking routes, so there is something for everyone.
Day 8/9: The National Park of the glaciers
You have 2 days to discover the beautiful surroundings of El Chalten. In the national park Los Glaciares you can go on the famous hike to the Laguna de Los Tres. You start your journey through the lenga forests inhabited by countless bird species. Then you climb 400 metres to get to the Laguna de los Tres. The highest point of the trail offers breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy, the glacier De Los Tres and its lagoon. From here you can walk to the viewpoint of the Laguna Sucia and the glacier. You can also choose to go with an excursion to the lake ‘del Desierto’. Here you can go on a beautiful boat trip on a turquoise coloured lake surrounded by beautiful peaks. On day 9 you take the bus back to El Calafate at 18:00 and a transfer will bring you to your hotel.
Day 10: To Puerto Natales
Today you will be picked up from your hotel to take the bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales. It is a spectacular ride through the vast steppe landscape in this area. With good weather you have beautiful views. Puerto Natales is located on the fjord with the special name “The Last Hope”. White swans with black necks swim in the fjord. Their photogenic look makes for stunning photo opportunities. You have the afternoon to explore Puerto Natales and make preparations for your stay the coming days in Torres del Paine. A transfer will take you to your hotel. You spend the night in a pleasant hotel in Puerto Natales.
Day 11: To Torres del Paine
Today you will pick up your rental car and drive to the national park Torres del Paine. The roads are no longer asphalted here, but still navigable. You have many opportunities to stop at viewpoints. Spend the night in a pleasant cabaña on the edge of the national park.
Day 12/13: Torres del Paine
You have two days to get to know the park. There are a great number of beautiful hiking opportunities. Or you use the car to view the various areas of the park.
Alternative for Torres del Paine: W-walk.
You can add a 4-day walk to Torres del Paine. You then travel with a transfer to Torres del Paine and there you walk the so-called W-route in 4 days. It is a beautiful walk, with routes of between 15 and 22 kilometers per day. You walk along lakes, glaciers, through forests and to viewpoints. You spend the night at campsites (with set up tents and mattresses / sleeping bags) or in refugios with 6-8 people in a room. You can choose to include the meals during the walk in the programme.
Day 14: To Punta Arenas
Today you drive to Punta Arenas situated at the street of Magellan. Here you can optionally book a tour to Isla Magdalena where more than 100,000 Humbold penguins return every year to lay their eggs and raise their young. It is also optional to visit a colony of royal penguins.
Optional: Colony Humbold penguins
Visit a colony of Humbold penguins on the island of Magdalena in the street of Magellan. From about November to February.
Optional: Colony Royal penguins
Visit a colony of Royal penguins. Possible throughout the year.
Day 15: To Santiago de Chile
Today you return your car and take a 5-hour flight to Santiago de Chile. Here a transfer awaits you to bring you to your hotel in the pleasant Provicendia neighbourhood. Santiago lies at an altitude of 500 metres and is surrounded by high mountains. Depending on your flight times, you may already have the time to discover a part of the city on your own.
Day 16: Santiago de Chile City tour and visit to an ecological winery
You will leave on a guided walking tour to get to know Santiago de Chile. You will climb the hill Santa Lucia for a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and visit a number of special churches, the presidential palace la Moneda, the central square and the central market. In the central market at lunch time, you can enjoy the delicious fish and seafood that Chile has to offer while enjoying a pisco sour. In the afternoon, you will visit an ecological winery in the Maipo valley with the possibility to taste some ecological wines. In the evening, you can visit the charming neighbourhood Bellavista with its many restaurants and bars.
Expansion: Easter Island
You can expand your trip here with a 3 or 4 day visit to the mystical Easter Island. 3800 km west of Santiago Easter Island is the most remote island in the world. You will visit the island’s highlights in a tour and will also have some time to walk around on your own, go horse riding or explore the island by bike or car. You can also go diving here.
Day 17: Tour Cajon del Maipo
Today you will get to know the Cajon del Maipo. This is the area of the Andean promontory and traditional life, just outside the Santiago metropolis. You’ll visit a spectacularly beautiful reservoir and walk to a small lagoon. You end the day in warm baths in the vast nature and a delicious BBQ.
Expansion: Cajon del Maipo:
You can also extend your trip here with a multi-day visit to Cajon del Maipo with a rental car.
Day 18: To airport
Your journey through Argentina and Chile has unfortunately come to an end today. Depending on your departure time you can walk around the city before you are taken to Santiago Airport for the flight home.
South Argentina South Chile
South Argentina South Chile
|18 days/17 nights|
South Argentina South Chile
|Based on 2 persons travelling in low season|
|Including||Overnight stays including breakfast, transfers, bus, 4hs cycling tour through Buenos Aires, visit to Punta Tombo, visit Valdes Peninsula including whale watching, mini ice-trekking at the Perito Moreno (age limits between 10-65 years), Santiago de Chile city tour, visit to winery / wine tasting, car rental Torres del Paine, 24 hours standby during your journey|
|Excluding||International & domestic flights, other meals, Punta Tombo: 19 euro p.p, Peninsula Valdes: 25 euro p.p, National Park de los Glaciares (only necessary in El Calafate): 24 euro p.p.p.d., Torres del Paine: 30 euro p.p., optional tours/excursions, personal expenses, service fee|
|Accommodation Chile||Overnight stay in a double room|
This information is based on the above mentioned travel suggestion. All our tours are completely personalized, and costs will vary depending on availability, travel period, number and age of travellers, etc. Marion would be happy to help you design your ideal travel experience.