Patagonia - Lakes And Mountains

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Run by: Rainbow Tours

Reference number: ITN-ARG006

From: £4420.00

Explore the scenic beauty of the Argentine and Chilean Patagonia on this spectacular tour. There are many first-class highlights in this itinerary that showcases one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Traverse the Lake District from Argentina into Chile, see the jaw-dropping beauty of the Torres del Paine National Park and the endless steppe landscape. The final hightlight is the Perito Moreno glacier, visited from the typically Patagonia town of El Calafate. The trip begins and ends in Buenos Aires where you have time to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city and explore the different neighbourhoods. 

Itinerary

Day 1 Overnight flight from the UK to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. Transfer to the Mine hotel located in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo. This small 20 room boutique option is ideal for a couple of nights in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a host of art galleries, restaurants and cafes nearby.

Day 2 With your private guide explore the city's highlights. In the heart of downtown you will visit the historic Plaza de Mayo which is surrounded by the Government House, also referred to as the ‘Pink House’, the Cabildo and cathedral. San Telmo neighbourhood, with its cobbled streets and colonial houses is one of the oldest in he city and famous for tango dancing. Continue to La Boca, the colourful port area, with its famous and well photographed street, Caminito. The final stop is Recoleta Cemetery where you have the opportunity to visit the final resting place of Eva Peron.

Day 3 Free day to explore Buenos Aires further or take time to relax in one of the many cafés, restaurants and bars that fill this vibrant city. There are many neighbourhoods to explore, each with their own unique attractions. Puerto Madero is the renovated dock area with a host of new and renovated buildings. The area has many walkways, packed with upmarket restaurants. Perhaps escape the city with a visit to El Tigre with its relaxed waterside walks and boat trips on the waterways of the delta.

Day 4 Transfer to the domestic airport for the short flight to San Carlos de Bariloche in the Argentine lake district. Spend the next few nights at the comfortable Design Suites located overlooking the spectacular scenery of Lake Nahuel Huapi. The hotel is built in a modern style and features 78 rooms and suites decorated in natural materials such as stone, wood and leather. With two swimming pools, a restaurant and bar this is an ideal option with Bariloche town just 20 minutes away.

Day 5 Half day tour around the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Enjoy the scenic and varied landscape as you travel to Cerro Campanrio where you will take a chair lift to the summit for a spectacular view over the region. The route then takes you past the San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas and over the Angostura River, which connects Lakes Moreno and Nahuel Huapi. Rest of day at leisure to explore Bariloche, one of Argentina’s most spectacular towns. Hike, bike or relax in this stunning part of the world.

Day 6 Traverse the beautiful lake crossing which consists of a series of boats and road trips via the undulating Andes. The trip takes most of the day and you arrive to Puerto Varas in Chile. Spend the next two nights at the Hotel Patagonico, a contemporary styled hotel located in a tranquil part of the town. From many of the 91 rooms you can enjoy magnificent views over Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano.

Day 7 Free day to explore the beautiful Chilean Lake District. Puerto Varas is well located as a gateway to many highlights in the region. Climb Osorno volcano, visit nearby waterfalls and forests or venture further afield to Chiloe Island. A narrow stretch of water separates the island from the mainland but crossing it seems like stepping back into another country. The island is best known for it quaint palafitos, wooden houses built over the water on stilts.

Day 8 Transfer to the airport in Puerto Montt for the short flight south to Punta Arenas, the gateway to Chilean Patagonia. From here the transfer is approximately 4-5 hours along mainly good sealed roads to Torres del Paine National Park. Spend three nights in the heart of the park at Hotel las Torres which offers a fully inclusive programme with all meals, drinks and excursions included.

Day 9 Two free days to explore this beautiful national park on the excursions which are included with your stay. Your local guide will help you plan your activities. Perhaps spend the day trekking to the based of the granite towers, visit the spectacular grey glacier or take a horseback ride through the endless plains of the Patagonian steppe. There is also the opportunity to enjoy a typical Chilean asado with local meats.

Day 10

Day 11 From Torres del Paine National Park transfer to El Calafate in Argentina where you are based for the next two nights at the Kosten Aike. Located in downtown, this charming hotel exudes a warm atmosphere with its natural style construction. There are just 80 rooms, Ariskaiken Restaurant serving Patagonian fare and the Aura Bar a relaxing beer after a day of adventure.

Day 12 Full day tour to the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier. Spend the day enjoying the vistas from various view points around this dramatic glacier. Your tour includes the nautical safari along the glacier wall allowing a close up view. Perito Moreno glacier is continually moving and changing and if you are lucky you may experience huge chunks of ice crashing into the lake.

Day 13 Transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires where you will stay one more night at the Mine Hotel, as before. Take the opportunity to visit some of your favourite areas of the city or venture somewhere new. On your final night in vibrant Buenos Aires you could take in a sultry tango show at some of the city's finest venues or indulge in some delicious Argentine steak coupled with malbec, the perfect combination.

Day 14 Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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