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Tailor-Made Argentina & Chile: Journey to Patagonia

10 days from $11,495

On South America’s southern frontier lies Patagonia, which stretches from the glacier-filled fords on the continent’s southern tip all the way up to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes in the north. The Patagonian giants of Argentina and Chile have much in common, from incredible natural landscapes to shared cultural values, heritage and language. But for all the similarities, there are just as many differences. In Chile, the slow life and simplicity is celebrated, and you’ll see why when taking in fertile valleys, ancient forests, and parched dunes. A tad less traditional and more metropolitan than Chile are the vibrant cities of Argentina. While places like Buenos Aires can be frantic and exciting, Argentina is home to plenty of habitats that are occupied by wildlife ranging from whales to giant ant eaters. If you want to make the most of a trip to Patagonia, travelling to both Argentina and Chile is the best way to go about it.

In the space of ten days in Argentina and Chile, you can not only explore the streets of bustling cities like Buenos Aires and Santiago but also discover the icebergs of the Torres del Paine National Park and witness the Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll even have the chance to stroll among penguins by following our itinerary.

Patagonia at a Glance

Located at what is nearly the end of the world, southern Patagonia draws wilderness lovers in their masses to spellbinding landscapes filled with jagged peaks, carved by age-old glaciers. The region’s highlights include Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, and the UNESCO-listed Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, which attracts over 100,000 visitors per year.

Given that your trip will include lots of wildlife watching and hiking to potentially remote yet pristine landscapes, you’ll need to put plenty of thought into logistics before travelling to southern Patagonia. In many places, including Torres del Paine and El Calafate, hotels only operate from spring to fall, which is from mid-September to early May, though a few lodgings stay open all year. The summer months run from December to February and see the mildest weather and most tourists. Regardless of the season, temperatures can range from five to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the space of a day, making trekking boots and waterproof attire necessities. You should also bring sun protection, thermal underwear, a fleece, wind-stopper gloves, insect repellent, and a backpack.

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Currency

Argentine Peso (ARS) & Chilean Peso (CLP)

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Language

Spanish

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Visas

Not needed for travellers from the US, Canada and Europe

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Best Time To Visit

November to March

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(GMT-3)

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Photo: Samuel Chenard

Photo: Dirk Spijkers

10-day travel itinerary

Our itinerary takes from your Buenos Aires in Argentina to Santiago in Chile, with stops at destinations including Ushuaia, El Calafate, the Perito Moreno Glacier, and the Torres del Paine National Park along the way. It’s worth booking transport, tours and attraction tickets as far in advance as possible.

DAY 1

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Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

After checking into your hotel, spend the first day getting to know Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America.

DAY 2

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Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Wake up early on day two to see the highlights of Buenos Aires, which include the Cabildo, the Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, check out the resting place of the city’s elites and influential figures at Recoleta Cemetery. Fly to the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, in the afternoon and stay in a hotel close to the trails of the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén.

DAY 3

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Ushuaia and Isla Martillo

In the morning, drive to the oldest farm in the Tierra del Fuego, the Estancia Harberton nature reserve, which has belonged to the same family for six generations. After, sail to Isla Martillo, where you can walk alongside a colony of 3,000 Magellanic penguin pairs. You’ll also see gentoo penguins and rock cormorants. Before sailing back to Harberton, visit Gable Island to enjoy a rustic lunch surrounded by the primal landscapes and the Beagle Channel.

DAY 4

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El Calafate

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before flying to El Calafate, a charming Patagonian town that’s on the doorstep of majestic glaciers. Take the rest of the day to check into your hotel and relax.

DAY 5

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El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier

On day five, you’ll bear witness to one of the world’s few remaining advancing glaciers – the Perito Moreno Glacier. You can take in the view from balconies situated at various and heights and distances from the glacier. We recommend soaking up the local culture in the afternoon by visiting a historical ranch. Or, embark on a horseback ride along the banks of Lage Argentino, where you may be joined by wildlife such as flamingos.

DAY 6

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Puerto Natales

Check out of your hotel early on day six and cross the border to the Chilean city of Puerto Natales. After settling into your accommodation, take the rest of the day to rest up in preparation for the days of outdoor adventure ahead.

DAY 7

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Torres del Paine National Park

Today, you’ll explore the magnificent wilderness of the UNESCO-listed Torres del Paine National Park, characterised by landscapes of ice, deserted pampas and granite spires. Look out for white flamingos, herds of guanaco, and the mighty Andean condor. We recommend joining a guided expedition to make the most of your time in the park. Popular activities include horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, birdwatching, trekking, and more.

DAY 8

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Puerto Natales

On day eight, you can either relax or embark on another expedition into natural settings filled with fjords, glaciers and mountains. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you need a break after yesterday’s adventure.

DAY 9

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Santiago

After a leisurely morning, head to Punta Arenas and fly to Chile’s capital, Santiago. Take the rest of the day to check into your hotel and treat yourself to a spa treatment. Alternatively, roam the streets of this vibrant city and soak up the backdrop of the Andes.

DAY 10

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Depart from Santiago

If you have time on the morning of your final day, visit Santiago landmarks such as La Moneda (Presidential Palace) and the San Cristobal Hill funicular. After a day of sightseeing, head to the airport to fly home.

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Get in touch if you would like us to arrange your Patagonia trip. Did you have a different Patagonia itinerary in mind? No problem. We tailor every trip to your individual travel style and passions so just let us know what you’re looking for.

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