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. 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.

8 Days


Patagonia's Lakes & Capitals - 8 - $2,799

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Mendoza Valley Wine Tour
  • Explore the charming historic quarter of Valparaíso 
  • 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: Explore Valparaíso 

Travel south to the colorful seaside town of Valparaíso, where bright houses perch on the hills overlooking the South Pacific. During the city’s golden age in the late 19th century, it served as an important stopover for ships sailing the Strait of Magellan between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and attracted waves of immigrants from across Europe and the world. Accompany a local expert on a tour of the city’s elegant historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the home of Pablo Neruda, the famed Chilean poet, and wander narrow lanes to view spectacular street art. Enjoy free time to explore on your own before returning to Santiago.

Accomodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Santiago to Mendoza

This morning, drive into the Andes and cross the border into Argentina. Wind past verdant meadows and clear lakes, and spot the distant, snowcapped summit of Mount Aconcagua—the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. This afternoon, arrive in Mendoza, the heart of Argentina’s world-renowned wine country, a landscape of sun-drenched vineyards surrounded by striking grey peaks.

Accomodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Wine tasting in Mendoza 

Spend the morning exploring Mendoza’s wineries with a local expert who will illuminate the local history of wine production and the distinctive flavor notes of various varietals. The region’s vintners are known for successfully experimenting with the cultivation of Malbec grapes at high altitudes. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch paired with some of the finest wines in the country, followed by time to relax on your own and sample other elements of Argentine cuisine.

Accomodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Explore Mendoza

Enjoy a free day to explore the city of Mendoza, the regional capital perched in the Andean foothills. Stroll along the city’s historic streets—wider than any other city in Argentina due to innovative reconstruction following a devastating 19th-century earthquake. Choose to visit more nearby wineries, take a cooking class, or set out on a hike in the surrounding hills. Or opt to relax with a glass of Malbec or chilled Torrontés at a park-side café and soak up the daily rhythms of Argentine life.

Accomodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Buenos Aires - Estancia

Catch a morning flight to Buenos Aires, and then transfer to a countryside estate, known as an estancia. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch, then spend the afternoon exploring the working ranch, learning about the popularity of polo in Argentina, and chatting with gauchos, or local cowboys. Opt to head out on a horseback ride with an expert wrangler before returning to Buenos Aires for the evening.

Accomodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Explore Buenos Aires

Spend a full day exploring the “Paris of South America,” Argentina’s elegant capital city. Visit historic sites such as the Plaza de Mayo; the colorful, Italian-influenced La Boca neighborhood; and the spectacular Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Perón and several past Argentine presidents have been laid to rest. Enjoy a light dinner at one of many charming sidewalk cafés or restaurants before an evening tango lesson at a popular local venue known as a milonga. Choose to stay for the nightly gathering of neighborhood students and teachers who pair up to practice their steps.

Accomodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8: Buenos Aires - departure

Depart at any time.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
September 2020
5-Sep-2020 $2,799* Provisional Date
October 2020
10-Oct-2020 $2,899 Provisional Date
November 2020
14-Nov-2020 $2,799* Provisional Date
December 2020
5-Dec-2020 $2,899 Provisional Date
January 2021
16-Jan-2021 $2,899 Provisional Date
February 2021
13-Feb-2021 $2,899 Provisional Date
March 2021
6-Mar-2021 $2,799* Provisional Date
April 2021
10-Apr-2021 $2,799 Provisional Date
May 2021
8-May-2021 $2,799* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,799


  • 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


  • 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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