Chile & Argentina: Patagonia to Buenos Aires with Laura Aubrey-Cook

with Peru extension
Jan 5-16, 2018 / 12 DAYS

Discover the beauty of Patagonia on a journey between two vibrant capitals.

Starting in the Chilean cultural hub of Santiago, set out for Buenos Aires by way of South America’s breathtaking Patagonia region. Take it all in as …

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Santiago, Punta Arenas, Patagonian estancia visit, Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Buenos Aires’ La Boca neighborhood

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jan 05: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Santiago.

Santiago / 2 NIGHTS

Jan 06: Arrival & sightseeing tour of Santiago

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Chile! Transfer to your hotel before setting out to explore Santiago on a guided sightseeing tour. • Drive through the city’s Barrio Bellavista, known for its bohemian charm • Set out on a short walk through Santiago’s Central Market and peruse the stalls • Pass the Barrio Lastarria and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts • Walk up Santa Lucía Hill to soak in incredible views from the spot where Santiago was founded in 1541 • Head to Plaza de Armas where you’ll see Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum, and the Central Post Office Building This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Jan 07: Free day in Santiago

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Santiago or add an excursion.

Punta Arenas / 1 NIGHT

Jan 08: Flight to Punta Arenas

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport this morning and fly to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia. Then, set off on a guided tour alongside your Tour Director.   • Visit Mirador Cerre de la Cruz to soak in beautiful views of the city • Enter the Salesian Museum, which highlights Patagonian history, tribes, flora, fauna, and more • Step inside the Palacio Sara Braun to see the home's beautiful European-style architecture and design • Walk around Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square Please note: The order of the Punta Arenas sightseeing tour on day 4 and the Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony optional excursion on day 5 may change depending on the flight schedule.

Torres del Paine Region / 2 NIGHTS

Jan 09: Estancia Visit & Puerto Natales

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a free morning in Punta Arenas or add an excursion. This afternoon, transfer to the coastal city of Puerto Natales in the Torres del Paine region, stopping at a Patagonian estancia, or ranch, along the way.  • Learn about work and life on the ranch while watching a sheep-shearing demonstration  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch of regional specialties

Jan 10: Torres del Paine National Park via Milodon Cave

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the largest of its kind in Chile. En route, stop to enter Milodon Cave to view its wealth of prehistoric fossils. Then, set out to explore the park's many natural wonders. • View the towering peaks of Los Cuernos del Paine, for which the park was named  • Stand on the banks of Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjöld, and Lago Grey, three of the park’s glittering glacial lakes • Take a short hike to see the churning Salto Grande waterfall  • Try to spot guanacos, foxes, rheas, and birds as you go

El Calafate / 2 NIGHTS

Jan 11: Transfer to El Calafate

Included meals: Breakfast

Cross the border into Argentina as you make your way to El Calafate. Later, enjoy a free evening. Please note: You'll depart for Argentina early in the morning.

Jan 12: Los Glaciares National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Los Glaciares National Park today for a close-up look at the growing Perito Moreno Glacier. • En route to the park, stop at Lago Argentino to take in the surrounding mountain views, keeping an eye out for the flamingos and condors that call the lake their home (seasonal)  • Once in Los Glaciares, embark on a cruise along the Perito Moreno Glacier face • Take in views of the glacier from a scenic overlook and enjoy free time to explore the surrounding walking paths

Buenos Aires / 3 NIGHTS

Jan 13: Flight to Buenos Aires

Included meals: Breakfast

Board your flight to Buenos Aires this morning. Then, spend a free afternoon and evening in the city or add an excursion.

Jan 14: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a guided tour of the city where tango was born. • Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighborhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina • Make your way past the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo • Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world • Explore Plaza de Mayo, site of the May Revolution in 1810, and enter the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral • Enjoy free time in the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of its Italian settlers can still be felt today Later this evening, join your group at a farewell dinner.

Jan 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Relax in a dayroom in Buenos Aires before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you are continuing on the tour extension to Peru, you’ll fly to Lima in the morning.

Overnight Flight / 0 NIGHTS

Jan 16: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension / Starting from $1999 pp

Peru / 6 NIGHTS

Experience Peru in all its diversity. Wander through the colonial cities that display the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, and visit the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Jan 15: Flight to Lima

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Lima, where you’ll set out on a guided tour highlighting the capital city’s modern and colonial quarters. • Visit the Miraflores district and the Parque del Amor • Stop in the San Isidro District to visit Huaca Huallamarca temple and its museum • View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic center • Enter the Cathedral of Lima and the Church of San Francisco, where you can descend to the catacombs

Jan 16: Flight to Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly from Lima to Cuzco and spend free time adjusting to the city’s high elevation.

Jan 17: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a local guide on today’s sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital, and its surroundings. • Admire the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church, Plaza de Armas, and Convent of Santo Domingo • Travel to three Incan archaeological sites near Cuzco, including Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco’s most impressive Incan ruins

Jan 18: Aguas Calientes via Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo ruins

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll transfer to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. First, make stops in Pisac and Ollantaytambo to see the sights. • Peruse the colorful stalls of the open-air Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display • Continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore still-standing Incan homes • Board a train to Aguas Calientes

Jan 19: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On today’s guided tour, you’ll uncover the UNESCO-recognized lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the entire South American continent.  • Tour the ruins of the ceremonial center, cultivation terraces, and guard house • Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, Temple of the Three Windows, Chamber of Ornaments, Sacred Plaza, Intihuatana Stone, Temple of the Sun, the Rock Quarry, Ritual Fountains, and Condor Temple Afterward, take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to Cuzco.

Jan 20: Flight to Lima & departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly back to Lima and relax in a dayroom before boarding your overnight or early morning flight home.

Jan 21: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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