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Chile & Argentina's Patagonian highlights

13 days from £4,315pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Santiago
  • Punta Arenas
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • El Calafate
  • Buenos Aires
  • Get up close to the Perito Moreno glacier and trek on the ice itself.

  • Hike or go horse riding in Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Explore Buenos Aires with your local guide, getting a real feel for the city.

  • See a scintillating live tango show.

Iain, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

This trip takes in two of the main highlights of the vast expanse of Patagonia: Torres del Paine in Chile and the Perito Moreno Glacier of Argentina. By choosing how you would like to explore these places, you can make the trip as active or as relaxing as you wish. In Torres del Paine you’ll stay in a lodge where your package includes all your meals, trips and activities. After exploring El Calafate, you’ll get to know the vibrant city of Buenos Aires with a guided tour and watch a live tango show. Flights and several private transfers are included.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Santiago
  • Punta Arenas
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • El Calafate
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Santiago.

Day 2 Santiago

Santiago

Arriving in Santiago you’re met by your private guide and driver and taken to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your journey. Alternatively, if you’re keen to start exploring, there’s an option to head out on a city tour with your guide. Visit the city’s commercial hub of Huérfanos and Ahumada, then the main square of Plaza de Armas. End by climbing Santa Lucía Hill, a long, steep rock covered in vegetation with great views over the city.

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Day 3 Torres del Paine National Park

Santiago , Punta Arenas , Torres del Paine National Park

Your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas, which lasts roughly three and a half hours. On arrival you're met by your guide from your lodge for the four hour drive to Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving at your lodge, you're briefed on the possible activities of the coming days and rest after the journey.

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Day 4 Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Head out into Torres del Paine National Park to take part in a number of trips or activities booked in advance with your lodge guide. You could go horse riding, fishing or explore the area by 4x4. If you like hiking, we suggest embarking on the hike to the mirador (viewpoint) over the towers, a demanding but exciting uphill walk that ends with you looking out over the cyan lagoon at the towers' base.

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Day 5 Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Another day taking part in trips and activities from your lodge. Today you might want to journey by boat among the marooned icebergs of the milky Lago Grey to reach the snout of the Grey Glacier. All meals are included during your stay.

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Day 6 El Calafate

Torres del Paine National Park , El Calafate

Today you travel by coach across the border into Argentina, leaving at 9am and arriving into El Calafate's bus station at 3pm. Your private driver meets you on arrival and takes you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day and evening relaxing in your hotel.

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Day 7 El Calafate

El Calafate

Enjoy a full day (ten hours) trip to the Perito Moreno glacier. Your driver picks you and takes you to a jetty on the Lago Argentino where you join a small group on a boat ride to the glacier face. Look out for icebergs calving. We can arrange for you to do some trekking on the glacier itself (age restrictions apply) with experienced guides: this allows you to walk among the constantly changing ice formations and get a sense of their scale. Lunch isn't included although we can arrange for your hotel to provide a packed lunch.

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Day 8 El Calafate

El Calafate

A day at leisure in El Calafate. We recommend hiring bicycles and going down to the Lago Argentino to observe the bird life along the lake. Go north to a spot called Laguna Nimez or to Bahía Redonda, where you'll find lookouts, hides, and recommended circuits. You might see ducks, geese, black-necked swans, coots, ibis and (at certain times of the year) Chilean flamingos.

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Day 9 Buenos Aires

El Calafate , Buenos Aires

Take a private transfer to El Calafate airport in time to catch your flight to Buenos Aires, which takes around three hours. Arriving in Buenos Aires, you're met by your private driver and guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey or head out for a walk in the area around your hotel - Buenos Aires has many distinct districts with their own character.

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Day 10 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Today enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of the Argentine capital. This is a shared excursion which lasts roughly four hours, after which you're free to explore under your own steam. It includes a visit to the Plaza de Mayo where Eva Perón famously addressed the crowds from a balcony. Your guide shows you some of the city's more modern quarters, as well as San Telmo, the home of tango and more traditional districts.

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Day 11 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

A day at leisure to further explore the city. We suggest returning to the places that particularly captured your imagination in yesterday's tour. In the evening, you'll be picked up and taken by shared transfer to the Carlos Cardel Tango show, which includes dinner.

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Day 12 International return flight

Buenos Aires , International return flight

Today take a coach transfer to the airport in time to catch your international return flight.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Georgia, an Audley Travel specialist
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