Patagonia's Lakes & Capitals

Experience the Patagonian Lake Districts of Chile and Argentina , as well as their national capitals, Santiago and Buenos Aires. In a small group of no more than 16, you'll get to grips with the local culture, whether tasting wine and cuisine, discovering the 'Paris of South America', or catching a tango show.

9 Days

$2,679

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Santiago - Maipo Valley Wine Tour
  • Puerto Varas - Osorno Volcano, Angelmó Fish Market, traditional Curanto Meal with local family
  • Bariloche - Cruce del Lagos scenic ferry ride
  • Buenos Aires - Guided city tour and tango experience

Start from Santiago and end at Buenos Aires

Landmarks visited on Patagonia's Lakes & Capitals

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Santiago

Arrive at any time, transfer included.

Arrival day, no activities planned. The day is free to spend at your leisure exploring the city until our welcome meeting this evening.

Santiago is Chile's largest city and capital, with internationally recognised vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Possible day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile's premier beach resort, and to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda's seaside home.

Transport: Private Vehicle - Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport - Santiago

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Santiago (or similar)


Day 2 - Santiago

Spend the morning with a wine expert, visiting a local winery outside Santiago and discussing the process that makes Chilean wine some of the best in the world. Sample various wines and enjoy a vertical tasting.

Head out on an excursion to the Maipo Valley area for an in-depth look at the region that produces such fine quality wines. Chilean wine is top-notch, with only France and Italy selling more wine worldwide.

Exclusives: Chilean Wine Experience

Spend the morning with a local wine expert, visiting a winery outside Santiago and discussing the process that makes Chilean wine some of the world's best. The first step will be visiting the "field" to learn about the vine process from planting to the harvest times. We then explore how wine is produced and the difference in grapes and techniques unique to the region. We will have a vertical tasting, trying one wine at various stages of the process, from different barrels, to experience the evolution of the wine for ourselves. After, with our newly acquired knowledge, we will enjoy a tasting of various wines.

Transport: Private Vehicle - Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Santiago (or similar)


Day 3 - Santiago/Puerto Varas

Flight and transfer to Puerto Varas, in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Explore the countryside and Chilean culture as you visit the Puerto Montt's Angelmo fish market and the scenic town of Puerto Varas. After, visit a local family home and enjoy a "curanto", a beloved traditional dish. Mingle with the friendly hosts and try your hand at whipping up salsa pebre.

There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture perfect views from snow-capped mountains to deep-blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests, and glaciers.

Exclusives: Chilean Cultural Tour and Community Lunch

Embrace Chilean countryside and culture on a tour that includes Puerto Montt's Angelmo fish market (with its rows of vendors selling fresh and smoked fish and seafood, cheese, colourful wools, and souvenirs) and a visit to the scenic town of Puerto Varas. Here, enjoy a visit to the home of a local family. Mingle with the friendly hosts, try your hand at whipping up salsa pebre and enjoy "curanto," a beloved traditional dish. Also learn how to make a traditional drink, then sit back and savour the fruits of your labour. Yum!

Transport: Plane - Santiago - Puerto Montt (1.5-2h) Private vehicle - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Accommodation: Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4 - Puerto Varas 

Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloe Island.

Free time: Enjoy the day exploring the sites of the region.

Optional Activity: Chiloe Island Excursion

Take the ferry to Chiloe Island. This quaint fishing village is known for its wooden houses on stilts, artistic wooden shingles, and historical churches (remnants of the Jesuit influence of the Spanish conquistadors), most of which has been declared as Patrimony to Humanity sites. Sample fresh fish and produce for lunch, then motor to a penguin colony to see upwards of 5,000 humboldt and magellanic penguins.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 5 - Puerto Varas/ Carlos de Bariloche 

Travel by bus and ferry to Bariloche, Argentina. Visit the Petrohue Falls, then enjoy the sights from the "Cruce de los Lagos", considered one of the most scenic cruises in the world.

The approximate journey time today is between 10 and 11 hours. This journey is by comfortable bus and a scenic ferry that crosses the Chilean/Argentine border. Travel time can change based on the time of year and weather conditions. During certain times of the year, the ferry cannot be used, which means we will travel overland by bus.

Petrohue Falls

Petrohue Waterfalls are gorgeous green falls that cascade over black basalt (former lava flows from the nearby Osorno Volcano). The falls are part of the Petrohue River and offer a picture-perfect setting. Don't try to swim though - the water is very cold.

Cruce de los Lagos Cruise 

Chile's Lake District has few rivals when it comes to sheer scenic grandeur. Cross the placid Lago Todos Los Santos aboard a catamaran and marvel at vast mountainscapes and stunning views that'll have your shutter finger working overtime. Enjoy the breeze and beautiful scenery then continue by bus and another ferry. This full day excursion is considered one of the world's most scenic ferry crossings.

Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)

Peulla - Puerto Frias

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation: Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 6 - San Carlos de Bariloche

Free time to explore this stunning region. Opt to take a bike tour, hike, or explore the town's shops and restaurants.

Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe. Sample a beef parrillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then take a day hike around Cerro Cathedral or enjoy some shopping. It's also important to know that Bariloche is famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!

Free time: Enjoy this stunningly beautiful area. Take a hike in the countryside or visit the town, known for its shops and in particular, artisan chocolate.

Accommodation: Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 - San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires. Spend the evening enjoying a night out with a light dinner in a local cafe before heading to a popular dance venue where we enjoy a lesson from local dancers. 

Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the "Paris of the Americas," Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life.

Exclusives: Local Tango Lesson

Spend the evening as a local Porteno, enjoying a night out with typical dinner in a local cafe before heading to a popular dance venue to enjoy a lesson from local dancers. Once we've practiced our new steps, it's time for Milonga, a local tradition where students and teachers of the venue show up to practice their moves. Sit back and enjoy or if you are brave, join in.

Transport: Plane San Carlos de Bariloche - Buenos Aires (1.5h)

Accommodation: Design Suites - Buenos Aires (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8 - Buenos Aires 

Enjoy a city tour of the "Paris of the Americas," visiting key sights and neighbourhoods including Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. When you are done exploring, rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants.

Buenos Aires Guided City Tour

Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

Free Time

Enjoy this vibrant city. When done exploring, settle weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Experience the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken, and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy!

Accommodation: Design Suites-Buenos Aires (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 9 - Buenos Aires 

Depart at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
July 2017
22-Jul-2017 $2,679* Guaranteed Date
August 2017
19-Aug-2017 $2,679 Guaranteed Date
September 2017
23-Sep-2017 $2,782 Guaranteed Date
October 2017
7-Oct-2017 $2,782 Guaranteed Date
21-Oct-2017 $2,782 Guaranteed Date
November 2017
11-Nov-2017 $2,782 Guaranteed Date
25-Nov-2017 $2,782 Guaranteed Date
December 2017
9-Dec-2017 $2,872 Guaranteed Date
23-Dec-2017 $2,872 Guaranteed Date
January 2018
6-Jan-2018 $2,872 Provisional Date
20-Jan-2018 $2,872 Provisional Date
February 2018
3-Feb-2018 $2,872 Provisional Date
17-Feb-2018 $2,872 Provisional Date
March 2018
3-Mar-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
17-Mar-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
April 2018
14-Apr-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
July 2018
21-Jul-2018 $2,679* Provisional Date
August 2018
18-Aug-2018 $2,679 Provisional Date
September 2018
1-Sep-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
22-Sep-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
October 2018
6-Oct-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
20-Oct-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
November 2018
10-Nov-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
24-Nov-2018 $2,782 Provisional Date
December 2018
8-Dec-2018 $2,872 Provisional Date
22-Dec-2018 $2,872 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £2,089

Includes

  • Arrival transfer.
  • Maipo Valley winery tour with tastings.
  • Half-day cultural tour with visit to Angelmo fish market and traditional curanto meal.
  • Visit Petrohue Falls. 'Cruce de los Lagos' lake crossing by scenic ferry.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch. (Allow USD350-450 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (7 nts).
  • Tour leader

Excludes

  • Flights to Santiago and home from Buenos Aires.
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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