Chile and Argentina tour
Includes breakfast every day, all entrance fees and permits, private transfers, tours, and domestic flights.
Description of Chile and Argentina tour
A whistle-stop trip to explore the highlights of Chile and Argentina, focusing on the beautiful Patagonia region and crossing the Andes by boat, on this completely customisable tailor-made holiday! Includes accommodation in well-located, locally-owned hotels; guided tours of the highlights of Chile & Argentina, including the Lake District with kayaking, Perito Moreno Glacier & Buenos Aires; domestic flights with airport transfers; and 24-hour assistance throughout your holiday.
Your holiday will begin in the sophisticated capital of Santiago, where you'll meet your guide and have plenty of free time to explore the city. After a couple of days here we'll fly you to the northern region of Patagonia, also known as the Chilean Lake District. You'll be spending the next few days by the shores of the stunning Lake Llanquihue, exploring Puerto Varas and it's nearby towns, and kayaking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Continuing your holiday, we will take you for a full day trip to across the Andes into Argentina. The journey will be by boat and road, crossing beautiful, glacial mountain lakes, with stops along the way at Petrohue Waterfalls and the tiny village of Puella. Arriving in Barilcohe, you will have a couple of nights here to explore the local area, home to some of the best countryside in Argentina. From here you'll head further south, to El Calafate, in the heart of Patagonia. This is a great base from which to explore Perito Moreno Glacier, which you'll visit with an expert guide. This is also your opportunity to cross back into Chile to visit Torres del Paine, for those who wish to do so (not included). Your holiday will end in one of favourite cities in the world, Buenos Aires, where you'll enjoy plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
This is a completely tailor-made holiday which can be customised or amended in any way to suit your requirements and budget. No fixed departure dates or minimum numbers, no fully escorted group tours, and we can include private services throughout if desired. Can begin and end on any date to suit you. Price dependant on travel dates.
. 10-nights accommodation
. Breakfast every day
. Airport transfers
. Guided tours & entrance fees
. National Park fees
. Domestic flights throughout
. Meals not specified
. Travel insurance
. International flights* & airport taxes
*We can also compare and book international flights from any destination on dates to suit you.
5 Reviews of Chile and Argentina tour
Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020 by Lesley PickeringReally good. Especially the excellent transfers. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2020 by Darrell Watson5 stars, we thought real world were great. Hands off to Rosie and Dan. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020 by Angela LawWe loved the day trip to Chiloe, the Cruce Andino trip, seeing Iguazu Falls, and the Perito Moreno glacier. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2019 by Anne MarchalThe Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glaciers were spectacular sceneries I never knew about before starting discussing the tour. I recommend everyone to go and visit these sites. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Mar 2018 by Peter CarterSo many wonderful memories!! The most spectacular was the Perito Moreno Glacier which was jaw dropping! The journey as you cross the Andes mostly by boat is amazing with crystal clear lakes, high mountains and volcano`s and the Condor circling high above you. Read full review
PlanetIn order to ensure we protect the environment and minimise our ecological footprint we have a recycling system in our UK office and use recycled ink cartridges. We also minimise our waste by limiting the number of holiday brochures we print. Instead, we refer customers to our online resources and send most of our holiday information via email.
We always recommend overland travel using local transportation as opposed to short domestic flights where possible, however due to the vast distances covered during this trip flying is unavoidable. To put it into perspective the bus journey from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes at least 2 days. We always recommend extending your time in one or two locations rather than flying to many destinations in Argentina and Chile, by offering suggestions for extra tours and other day trips which may be of interest.
For tours, especially longer tours such as the day trip to Torres del Paine, we use tourist buses rather than private transfers. This enables us to limit our environmental footprint, whilst still allowing visitors to travel around and explore the area.
We include national park entrance fees in all of our holidays. This money goes directly towards protecting and sustaining the parks. We follow the strict rules and regulations put into place by the national parks authorities, and our local guides passionately respect these and encourage visitors to do so as well. Our guides also encourage visitors to carry re-usable water bottles and to take their litter with them to dispose of in the nearby town, to ensure waste is not left in the national park.
We also work with the Cumbres Puerto Varas hotel, which has a mission to raise awareness of environmental issues and aims to be a greener alternative. This mission includes using more environmentally friendly cleaning products, educating employees about recycling, and using switching to energy efficient light fixtures and computers.
PeopleIn order to ensure we have a positive impact on local economies and provide socially responsible holidays we only use local suppliers, which helps keep the money generated through tourism within local communities through employment of local guides, drivers and reps.
We only use tour operators with similar ethical beliefs, for example, all of our local guides in Patagonia are fully qualified and passionate about promoting environmentally responsible travel.
We offer a range of cultural activities aimed at supporting local economies and preserving local cultures, including: trips to family-owned gaucho ranches in Argentina. We also, where possible, use hotels with interesting historical significance, such as the Estancia 440 hotel in Puerto Varas, which is located within a traditional 1940's German wood house. We do this in order to help preserve the history and cultures of our destinations.
We always recommend locally-owned restaurants and hotels where possible, aiming to support local communities and give tourists the opportunity to ‘travel like a local’. We also provide customers with a list of recommended restaurants tailor-made to their destination and dietary requirements but with a focus on family-run restaurants.
We are a member of Sustainable Travel International, a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for local people and the environment through education and outreach programmes.
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