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Argentina & Chile Adventure

12 Days | A Multi-Sport Adventure

12 Days

Argentina & Chile Adventure

Welcome to Argentina & Chile!

12 Day Sample Journey

Trip at a Glance

Day 1

Arrival into Buenos Aires, Argentina. Enjoy an exploration of the city highlights

Day 2

Peddle through traditional and historic neighborhoods discovering the local culture & art scene

Day 3

Fly to El Calafate, head to El Chalten, your gateway to the Andes

Day 4

Admire the majestic Andes on a classic hike to Laguna de los Tres

Day 5

Spend the day hiking and exploring Laguna Torre Trail

Day 6

Enjoy an exhilarating white water rafting adventure through Los Glaciares National Park, then head to El Calafate

Day 7

Venture out to trek the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular ice hikes in the world

Day 8 - 11

Travel to Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia and begin your 4-night Las Torres W trek program

Day 12

Depart Chile

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Day 1: ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES

Welcome to Argentina!

Begin your Argentina & Chile adventure with a stay in Buenos Aires.

Soak up the atmosphere of the city with a highlights exploration. Buenos Aires combines the ambience of an old European town with the features of a Latin American capitol. Acquire a deep understanding of its characteristics, its history, its architecture, its culture, and its best stories.

Take in the barrio of Recoleta, with its scent of French charm, elegance and home of many of the city’s most impressive mansions. Highlights will include one of the most treasured cultural attractions, the Recoleta Cemetery, and El Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the biggest bookstores in South America and certainly the most luxurious. Drive along Callao Street to the intersection with the never-sleeping Corrientes Avenue brings you to the most emblematic symbol of Buenos Aires: the Obelisk. You will also pass by one of the widest avenues in the world, namely, 9 of July Boulevard as well as the famous Teatro Colón. You will also get to know the historical Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Casa Rosada (Pink House). It was from the balcony here that Eva Perón famously addressed the throngs of impassioned supporters packed into Plaza de Mayo.

A stop for lunch will be made so you can enjoy a delicious meal on your own. We recommend Café Tortoni. If you are only going to visit one café in Buenos Aires, the grand Café Tortoni would be a good choice. This quintessential Porteño café located on Avenida de Mayo was founded in 1858 and has remained the meeting place for famous artists and scholars throughout its 154 years.

  • Accommodations: Casa Sur Palermo Hotel
  • Meals Included: None Today
Day 2: BUENOS AIRES

Pedal through traditional and historic neighborhoods discovering the local culture & art scene

Spend this morning’s culturally packed experience on two wheels, as you pedal through the city’s turbulent history, rich culture, dramatic architecture, magnificent street art, and along its peaceful coastline.

San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, is known for its preserved colonial architecture. Plaza Dorrigo, is known for its great sightseeing of Buenos Aires. The square is filled with street performers, including tango exhibitions and on Sundays takes place the “Feria of San Telmo” where the streets are occupied by antiques shops.

Head to La Boca, known for its colorful architecture and its artsy vibe. Caminito is the main street and provides a great cultural expression and throughout the tour we can also see local artists exhibiting their work. Then head to the Barrio de Avellaneda and cross the oldest and most famous ferry bridge. The tour will then continue to the newest neighborhood in the city which is Puerto Madero.

  • Accommodations: Casa Sur Palermo Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Day 3: BUENOS AIRES / EL CHALTÉN

Fly to El Calafate and head to El Chalten

El Chaltén is a village within Los Glaciares National Park. Its known as the gateway to amazing trails surrounding the peaks of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy to the northwest. Near Fitz Roy, a path leads to the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint. Just northwest of the village, the shores of Laguna Capri offer mountain views.

  • Accommodations: Los Cerros del Chalten Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Day 4: EL CHALTEN

Head out for a day of adventure during your hike to Laguna de Los Tres.

This famous trek will bring you closer to the imposing walls of The Fitz Roy Massif and its surrounding granite peaks than any other. Passing through enchanting forests full of birds and other wildlife, you will experience lakes of different shades of blue fed by impressive glaciers which slowly sculpt their mountainous canvas. The unforgettable spectacle of Mount Fitz Roy is your reward when you reach the zenith and destination of our hike, Laguna de los Tres. Amidst this awe-inspiring landscape, you will have time to enjoy lunch on the shore in the company of icebergs while your guide answers your questions and provides you with information about the glaciers and ecosystem of this region. Your appreciation for life renewed, we will then begin our return journey back to El Chalten for a relaxing evening in town.

  • Accommodations: Los Cerros del Chalten Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch Today
Day 5: EL CHALTEN

Immerse yourself in the Andes during your day of exploration to Cerro Torre.

Take a reasonably gentle hike up a perfect glaciated valley to gain wonderful views of Cerro Torre from the lake. You will make your way through dry open terrain with some rhyolite (volcanic rock) walls. As you gain altitude, the forest of Southern Beech trees begins to thicken, and you can see some parrots and other birds. Soon, you will notice that the Rio Fitz Roy is far below you in the gorge, and you come to your first overlook of the southern towers in the Fitz Roy range. Next you drop back to the river valley where you skirt the north side of a broad river plain while cutting in and out of the forest. Come to undulating fields of boulders and glacial till, then pop over the rim of a well-defined moraine with the powder blue waters of Laguna Torre, and the striking wall of ice that makes up Glaciar Torres. Continue along the rim to a great view of the glacier at the Mirador Maestri. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the area and its beautiful views before returning to town, taking the same trail back.

  • Accommodations: Los Cerros del Chalten Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch Today
Day 6: EL CHALTEN / EL CALAFATE

Enjoy a river adventure in Los Glaciares National Park.

Experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting in Los Glaciares National Park, during a 4-hour expedition. Paddle down the river towards Las Vueltas for approximately two miles in mainly calm waters, before hitting Class III to IV rapids for the next four miles. After the adrenaline rush, the route continues to the quiet Fitz Roy River for the last few miles. Along the way, you will see Mt. Fitz Roy, named for the captain of Charles Darwin’s ship, The Beagle.

Afterwards, head to your hotel in El Calafate.

  • Accommodations: Xelena Hotel & Suites
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch Today
Day 7: EL CALAFATE

Venture out for the Big Ice Trekking program at Perito Moreno – one of the most spectacular ice hikes in the world

This expedition to the heart of Perito Moreno Glacier is an experience not to be missed. Arrive at Bajo de las Sombras pier and cross the Rico Branch by boat, navigating in front of the glacier. After a short walk to the shelter and complete explanation about ice trek, the trek through the exuberant Magellanic forest begins.

The mountain guides will take you as close as possible to the glacier. After checking your gear and picking up a pair of crampons, set out for about a 1 ½ hour hike along the glacier. Once you reach the access point to the glacier, put on a torso harness and fit the crampons to your footwear to start the ice trekking, arriving at an immense plateau of ice where the view is breathtaking. Spend about 3 hours exploring the glacier’s blue lagoons, deep crevasses, and magical ice caves where everything turns blue, and enjoy your boxed lunch somewhere on the ice. Back on the moraine, you start your descent to catch the boat in the afternoon, sailing as close to the face of the glacier as possible.

Upon return to the Bajo de Las Sombras pier, you are driven to the footbridges. From this point, you can clearly see ice blocks of different sizes continually detaching from the glacier and falling into the water, causing a tremendous sound and amazing waves which makes this view an unforgettable sight.

  • Accommodations: Xelena Hotel & Suites
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch Today
Days 8-11: EL CALAFATE / TORRES DEL PAINE

Travel west to explore Chile’s Patagonia and the famous W Trek

Enroute stop for a visit to the Cerro Negro Ranch, a typical Patagonia estancia where you will enjoy an authentic experience, including a sheepdog and sheep shearing show organized by the ranch workers and the family owners. Enjoy a typical lunch at the ranch.

Head to the lodge to begin your 4-night Las Torres W Trek program.

The Las Torres W Trek program includes accommodations, all meals, beverages, guided W Trek circuit, including Base Torres, Valle del Frances, and Grey Viewpoints.

Base Torres Excursion: Trek the trail going up Ascencio Valley. Upon arrival to Refugio Chileno, we will pass a beautiful lenga forest and a difficult rocky section on our way to Base Torres viewpoint. At the viewpoint, we invite you to contemplate the impressive granite peaks that give the park its name.

Valle del Francés Excursion: Arrive by vehicle to Pudeto Zone, from where we will cross Pehoé Lake on a catamaran. After thirty minutes, we will begin our hike in Francés Valley. Along the way, we will observe forests, lakes, and streams, as well as the incredible shapes and colors of Paine’s mountain peaks. Upon arrival to the base of Cerro Paine Grande, we will rest below Francés Glacier, where one can observe striking avalanches.

Grey Viewpoint Excursion: Arrive by vehicle to Pudeto Zone, where we will cross Pehoé Lake on a catamaran to Paine Grande Sector. From here, we will hike on the coast of Grey Lake at the base of Mt. Paine Grande. The trail undulates between rocky areas and mixed forests, passing spectacular views of icebergs floating in the water below the incredible Grey Glacier. We will finish our hike in Gray Sector, where we will return via catamaran, enjoying beautiful views of Grey Glacier along the way.

  • Accommodations: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 12: DEPART CHILE

Your Patagonia adventure comes to an end

Fly to Santiago, proceed to your departure flight from Chile.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
FOR TRIP PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Contact an Argentina & Chile Travel Specialist

Desire a perfect trip? With the help of our travel specialists, this journey can be customized around your specific interests, tastes and preferences. We will provide helpful tips and honest advice based on first-hand knowledge of the destination.

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