12 Day Argentina Tour to Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Santiago

OVERVIEW

Welcome to Argentina!!

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is the country’s largest and most important city with over 25% of the total population. A relatively flat and walkable city, Buenos Aires is characterized by its European architecture and cobbled streets lined with outdoor cafes; it’s no wonder that Buenos Aires is referred to as the Paris of the South.

Explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods with local antique and artisanal markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping. Buenos Aires is known for its high-quality leather goods – jackets, handbags, boots, wallets, belts all can be found throughout the city’s shops and markets.

As well represented as leather goods is Argentina’s famous cuisine – beef! The aroma of beef sizzling on an open “parrilla” (barbeque) wafts through the city enticing you to enjoy one of the many quality parrilla restaurants.

Though above all, Buenos Aires is known as the home of the tango. Be sure to enjoy a traditional dinner-tango show and explore the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods.

KEY DETAILS

  • PRICE
  • From $4,500 (USD)
  • TYPE
  • Escorted or Self Guided
  • DATES
  • Your Dates

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Buenos Aires.

Welcome to Argentina!! A private transfer will whisk you to a charming hotel in one of the city’s iconic neighborhoods, such as Recoleta or Palermo. In the afternoon explore your local neighborhood or take a stroll through the many lovely parks and work up an appetite for your first steak dinner.

Day 02: City tour of Buenos Aires.

Explore the Paris of the South with an expert local guide. This half day tour introduces you to the city’s main sights, such as San Telmo, home to great antique markets; the colorful La Boca area, where sounds of Tango waft through the cobblestoned streets, and chic Recoleta.  In the evening, enjoy a dinner Tango show. Dine on excellent cuisine and sip on delicious Malbec wine as you witness Argentina’s seductive national dance, the Tango.

Day 03: Free day.

Spend some free time explore the city on your own or consider taking a day trip to Tigre, a city of canals and best known for its weekly market or take the ferry across the Rio Plata to visit Colonia, Uruguay and spend the afternoon exploring the quaint town.

Day 04: Buenos Aires – El Calafate.

In the morning you will be picked up by private vehicle and taken to the domestic airport for your approximately 3-hour flight to El Calafate, gateway to Patagonia and the Perito Moreno Glacier. After your transfer to your hotel, your afternoon is free to explore the lakeside town.

Day 05: Glaciers National Park – Perito Moreno Glacier.

Take a full day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park and visit one of the only actively advancing glaciers in the world. Upon entering the national park, see the glacier and ice sheet beyond from a series of catwalks overlooking the glacier and channel. Then, board a boat for a cruise in front of the ice wall – over 200 feet tall. For adventure seekers, consider taking a hike on the glacier. Specially trained guides will provide equipment and instructions and lead you for a small trek on the glacier for a unique view of this frozen world.

Day 6: Estancia Visit.

Explore another side of Patagonia, with a visit to an estancia (ranch). Estancias were often the first and only settlements in Patagonia and served as a focal point for many communities. You’ll take a boat ride on Lago Argentino (Argentina’s largest lake), to one of several “arms” with views deep into the Patagonian ice sheet; the largest ice sheet outside of Antarctica. Stop at a local estancia for lunch and an introduction to Patagonian life then take a 4×4 journey to a lookout with superb views of the Andes, lakes, and glaciers.

Day 7: El Calafate – Puerto Natales.

Take a shared transfer across the Patagonia steppe to Puerto Natales, Chile. Along the way spot Guanacos, Rheas and Condors as well as some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. Arrival in Puerto Natales in the afternoon and overnight.

NOTE: Ask your travel advisor about hiking trips or staying inside Torres del Paine National Park)

Day 8: Torres del Paine National Park.

The grab bag of superlatives describing Torres del Paine is quickly depleted with your first glimpse of the towering spires and peaks of the Andes. Torres del Paine is a hikers’ paradise, with 3, 5 or 7-day hiking trips available. Day-trippers can see some of the Park’s highlights like Lago Grey, Mildon Cave and “Los Cuernos” with a guided tour from Puerto Natales. Ask your travel advisor for options that suit your interests. Whether you visit for one day or more, you will be awed by Torres’ natural beauty.

Day 9: Puerto Natales – Santiago, Chile.

A transfer will take you to the airport in Punta Arenas (one of the southernmost cities in the world) for your 4-hour (approx.) flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in the city. 

Day 10: Santiago.

Welcome to Chile! Known best for its long and skinny shape, Chile spans several different climate and landscape zones; from arid deserts in the north to glaciated peaks and fjords in the south. Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital city, is located almost in the center of the country, right in the wine region. Get to know this city with a half day tour visiting the city’s highlight, like Cerro Santa Lucia and San Cristobal mountain with sweeping views of the city.

Day 11: Santiago Wines.

Today travel to the Maipo or Colchagua wine regions and take a tour of a winery, sampling some of the famous, award-winning Chilean wines. Wine lovers will want to consider staying at a wine-hotel and exploring the wine region more thoroughly (ask your travel advisor).

Day 12: Departure.

A private transfer will take you to the airport for your departure flight. For those with more time, consider adding on other destinations, such as Mendoza or Atacama.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 3 nights Buenos Aires
  • 3 nights Puerto Iguazu
  • 3 nights Rio de Janeiro
  • Transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Tours as noted in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • International or Domestic Flights
  • Park Entrance Fees (Paid Locally)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses Due to Mishaps
  • Tips/Gratuities

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Blake Lieberman

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Our staff includes Blake Lieberman who is a specialist in travel to and within South America.
Blake began his travel career while living in Argentina and has worked and lived in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
Blake first visited South America in 1990 and has traveled extensively throughout the continent. Blake currently is an expert in travel to Europe and South America.

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