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Charito: Pure Patagonia
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12 Days / 11 Nights Trip to Argentina & Chile

Charito: Pure Patagonia

Experience the best of Chile and Argentina in this action-packed South American adventure!
Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure as you explore South America’s favourite countries- Chile and Argentina!

Throughout, get a first-hand glimpse of the region’s rich history, get a taste of lively local life, shopping at colourful markets, party in modern cities, drink, laugh and dance the night away with your new friends.
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  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Starting From
    $3,736
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Journey Latin America
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Puerto Varas (The Chilean Lake District)
Highlight #1
Puerto Varas (The Chilean Lake District)
A postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes that will stir with your imagination.
Isla Grande de Chiloé
Highlight #2
Isla Grande de Chiloé
Weaved among landscapes that are wet, windswept and lush and filled with wild and remote national parks, and forests, gives Chiloé a distinct flavor unique in South America.
Dance the night away in Argentina
Highlight #3
Dance the night away in Argentina
Set the dance floor ablaze with Tango, Argentina’s iconic dance form.
Buenos Aires: European splendour & Latin passion
Highlight #4
Buenos Aires: European splendour & Latin passion
The capital city greets you with rose gardens, European style buildings, outdoor cafes and Tango on the streets- it's a bit like a European city, with a Latin American twist.
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Argentina in 4K

Argentina 4K Ultra HD Video is an episode from "Incredible Patagonia" film with magnificent volcanoes, mountains, rivers, lakes and more was shot with Inspire 1 Raw drone in Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia

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Itinerary

Walking tour of the capital

Santiago is laid out in a broad valley below the snow-capped Andes, around 60 miles from the Pacific Coast. Those arriving on an international flight will be met at the airport by the tour leader or a local representative. There will be time to relax before exploring the city and visiting a few of the many museums, markets and parks of this cosmopolitan capital.

Optional vineyard tour or visit to Pacific port Valparaíso

There is an optional visit to Chile's second city, Valparaíso (2 hours by bus). This lively seaport is built on a series of hills which form a backdrop to the wide bay, with views over the seaside resort of Viña del Mar. You can wander through the steep, winding streets and among the brightly-coloured colonial homes built for 19th century British and German merchants, or take a ride in one of the creaky wooden funiculars which link the cliff-top communities.

Time permitting, you may wish to visit one of the vineyards close to Santiago to sample some highly respected Chilean wine.

Fly to Puerto Montt and continue onto Puerto Varas

A 1 hour 45 minute flight takes you south to Puerto Montt, followed by a short drive to Puerto Varas on the shores of Lake Llanquihue in the Chilean Lake District. The town is set amid lush, green, rolling countryside and was colonised by Germans at the turn of the 20th century. Its architecture and sedate style still reflects this. The town's main attraction is an alpine green lake framed by tree-clad hills and beyond, one of the most perfectly shaped snow-capped volcanoes in the world - Osorno.

The afternoon is free to explore the town or travel out to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, to visit the Petrohue waterfalls. Formed by a lava flow of volcanic rock and set amongst a 1,000 year-old forest, the falls make an impressive site.

Further full day exploration of Chiloé

Today we have a full day excursion to the mysterious island of Chiloé. Although located just off the coast of mainland Chile it often feels like a world away. We travel by road and ferry to Chacao where we will be met by our local guide. Once here we visit the plaza and the guide will explain the traditional architecture, which includes the famous wooden churches and stilted houses Chiloé is famous for. We'll continue on to the Bay of Caulin, known for its great birdlife and do a quick oyster tasting before continuing to Ancud for lunch. Travelling  through the 'campo' we arrive on the rugged Pacific Coast, where birdlife including penguins congregate on desolate beaches. In the late afternoon we'll return towards Ancud to a family farmhouse for a traditional curanto, a local pitbake and uniquely Chilote experience. Return to Puerto Varas in the evening.

Fly to Punta Arenas and continue to Puerto Natales

Transfer back to Puerto Montt for your flight south to Punta Arenas. On a clear day you have views of the southern icecap, its fjords, volcanoes and glaciers. Approaching the city you see the rust brown Patagonian steppes, pitted with small lagoons, stretching out towards the Straits of Magellan. On the other side of the water rise the mountains of the windswept island of Tierra del Fuego.

By boat to Rio Serrano on the fringe of Torres del Paine National Park

Today you journey to the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, but rather than taking the road you embark on a full day’s adventure by boat. An early morning start sees you hop aboard a ship and begin your journey cruising through the fjord of ‘Last Hope’, passing by the redundant meat packing factories and colonies of cormorants and sea lions.

Further up the fjord you can view the vast Balmaceda glacier, before the ship docks for the walk to the Serrano glacier and the ice-carved lake below it. After the walk you continue your journey up river, this time in zodiacs. This final leg of the journey takes around 3 hours, as you zip through untouched areas of staggering beauty, past further glaciers (Tyndall, Geike) to arrive at Rio Serrano, where your hotel on the edge of the national park, is situated, which has views of the towering granite peaks on the horizon.

Explore the national park by foot or by boat

There are a number of different walking trails winding alongside the glacial lakes and rivers with close-up views of tortured rock towers and needles rising 3,000m into a tempestuous sky. Aside from hiking, there is a wide variety of excursions available - including horse riding and tours of the national park by road - your tour leader will discuss these locally and book your preferred tours.

Drive to El Calafate

Travel by road through the park stopping en route at the waterfalls at Salto Grande and Laguna Amarga, before you head towards Argentina across the Patagonian steppe: a bleak and scantily-populated landscape. Keep a look out for guanacos, rheas, and flamingos, as well as for the views over Lago Argentino, the largest lake in the country.

On the shores of the lake is El Calafate, where you are based for the coming days. This small frontier town has grown rapidly over the last twenty years, and is a tourist hot spot for visiting the local scenery of stunning lakes and steep mountains as well as the stopping off point for visitors to the Perito Moreno glacier, one of the most dynamic in the world. You arrive in the afternoon and if you wish there should be time to visit the fascinating Glaciarium Museum, located in an interesting building with fantastic views just outside time. Once you have spent time learning about all things glacial, there is also an ice bar on the premises for a relaxing drink.

Excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier

This morning drive out towards the huge wall of ice which is the Perito Moreno Glacier for your included excursion. You follow the lake shore before turning up a wooded valley, dense with beech and birch, and continue alongside shimmering lagoons, bordered with bright crimson and heather lichens.

The park authorities have been sensitive about keeping the site as natural as possible, and there are no shops or cafés within close proximity of the wooden viewing platforms, which are tastefully landscaped into the cliff. Just looking at the front-edge of the glacier which towers 60m above the water’s surface and is an extraordinary 5km wide is awe-inspiring in itself: even more so when you hear the unforgettable sound of the glacier calving a vast wedge of ice the size of a tower block, which crashes down into the lake, divides and floats away as an iceberg.

Fly to Buenos Aires

Fly to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires (3hours), an elegant and cosmopolitan city famed for the fascinating port district of La Boca with its cobbled streets and brightly painted houses. It was here that the tango was born, and Diego Maradona honed his footballing skills.

The centre of town is home to the historic heartland, government buildings and churches as well as chic shopping districts, which have a nostalgic, Parisian feel. The bohemian district of San Telmo is full of quaint old houses interspersed with antiques shops, tango bars and expensive restaurants. Slightly further out of town is the Recoleta district, even more evocative of belle époque French and Italianate architecture. During the winter months, wealthy female residents parade the streets in their fur coats and improbable, towering hairstyles, and take afternoon tea in the city's ornate cafés.

Walking tour of the capital

Explore the lanes and boulevards on your guided city tour, then make the most of some free time to shop, have a drink and a pastry in a tea-room or peruse the items on display in one of the many markets. It’s fun to promenade up and down the quay in the city’s splendidly renovated port district, Puerto Madero, which has trendy loft apartments, a string of open air restaurants and a small marina.

Optional evening visit to one of the many nightly Tango shows.

Departure

Depart for international flight or extension.

Inclusions

 On trip transport

 Accommodation

 Meals - Breakfast daily, lunch days 4 and 6

Not Included

 Tips and insurance

 Meals other than specified

 Optional excursions

 Some domestic flight taxes

 Additional 5% GST

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