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Chile to Argentina: Santiago, Patagonia & Buenos Aires

12 days |  15 days with Iguazú Falls extension
12 days |  15 days with Iguazú Falls extension
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a view of mountains in los glaciares national park in argentina
people near plaza de mayo in buenos aires argentina
a pair of guanacos on a mountain in chile
bright blue river running through torres del paine national park on sunny day in chile
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Discover the beauty of Patagonia on a journey between two vibrant capitals.

Start this small group Adventure Tour in the Chilean cultural hub of Santiago before setting out for Buenos Aires by way of South America’s breathtaking Patagonia region. Take it all in as you venture through Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park, marveling at glittering mountain lakes, craggy peaks, and icy glaciers along the way. Then, cap off your trek in Argentina’s lively capital, the city where tango was born.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 tastings
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Included highlights

  • Santa Lucía Hill
  • Punta Arenas
  • Patagonian estancia visit
  • Torres del Paine National Park hike
  • Perito Moreno Glacier
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Santiago today.

Santiago2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Santiago & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Welcome lunch, Tasting

Welcome to Chile! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch. Then, set out to explore Santiago on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Drive through the city’s Barrio Bellavista, known for its bohemian charm
  • 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
  • Try mote con huesillos, a popular drink in Chile known for it’s refreshing peach and cinnamon flavors
  • See Plaza de Armas, the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum, and the Central Post Office Building
Day 3: Free day in Santiago
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santiago or add an excursion.

Valparaíso Street Art & Chilean Wine Country

From $189 per person

Punta Arenas1 night
Day 4: Flight to Punta Arenas & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia this morning. 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
  • Walk around the Cemetery of Punta Arenas
  • Stroll through Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square
  • View the beautiful European-style architecture of the Palacio Sara Braun
Torres del Paine Region2 nights
Day 5: Torres del Paine Region via Patagonian estancia
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend a free morning in Punta Arenas or add an excursion.

Then, visit a Patagonian estancia, or ranch, as you make your way to the Torres del Paine region.

  • Learn about work and life on the ranch while watching a sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch of regional specialties

Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony

From $189 per person

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Torres del Paine National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Set out to explore the many natural wonders in Torres del Paine National Park, one of the largest of its kind in Chile.

  • Embark on a 2.5–3.5-hour round-trip guided hike from the Salto Grande waterfall to the Mirador Cuernos scenic outlook
  • View the towering peaks of Los Cuernos del Paine, for which the park was named
  • Stand on the banks Lago Nordenskjöld, one of the park’s glittering glacial lakes
  • Try to spot guanacos, foxes, rheas, and birds as you go
  • Enjoy an included lunch at Lago Grey restaurant

Please note: Weather conditions may impact visibility and alter the route of the sightseeing tour.

El Calafate2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to El Calafate
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart early this morning and cross the border into Argentina as you make your way to the town of El Calafate.

Tonight, gather together for an included dinner.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Los Glaciares National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Los Glaciares National Park today for an up-close look at the growing Perito Moreno Glacier.

  • 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)
  • Arrive in Los Glaciares National Park and embark on a cruise along the Perito Moreno Glacier face
  • Enjoy a guided hike along one of the paths near Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park with your Tour Director or opt for free time to hike and explore on your own
Buenos Aires2 nights
Day 9: Flight to Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Board your flight to Buenos Aires this morning. 

Then, spend free time in the city or add an excursion.

Buenos Aires Tango Lesson, Show & Dinner

From $145 per person

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell 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
  • Stop by a historic, local cafe to try dulce de leche, a sweet spread made from milk and sugar
  • 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
  • Walk through the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of its Italian settlers can still be felt today
  • Sample some of the local street food like choripan or empanadas before enjoying free time to explore the colorful neighborhood

Later, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Relax in a dayroom in Buenos Aires before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you’re continuing on the tour extension, you’ll fly to the Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls this afternoon.

Arrive Home
Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Iguazú Falls
Fly to Iguazú to check out its impressive waterfall from the Argentinian side. You'll take a train to Devil's Throat, hop in a Jeep to ride through the rainforest, and visit the Macuco Falls Canyon by powerboat.
Iguazú Falls3 nights
Day 11: Flight to the Iguazú Falls Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to the Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls this afternoon.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Iguazú Falls
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day soaking in the natural wonders of Iguazú National Park.

  • Ride through the park aboard an ecological train
  • Walk along a pathway to arrive in front of Devil’s Throat where you can take photos of the incredible waterfall
  • Enjoy another train ride to see the upper section of the park, including the San Martín, Dos Hermanas, and Bozzetti falls
  • Take a guided walk through the lower section of the park to get up-close to the falls and see the area’s flora and fauna

Please note: Pack rain gear for today’s activities and be prepared to walk on slippery, wet terrain.

Enjoy a free evening in the Iguazú Falls region or add an excursion.

Iguazú Cultural Dinner

From $199 per person

Day 13: Iguazú Falls Jeep & boat ride
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue exploring the wonders of Iguazú Falls today.

  • Set off on a Jeep ride through the sub-tropical rainforest
  • Hop aboard an inflatable power boat to ride through the Macuco Falls Canyon
  • Soak in the panoramic views of the falls from the Iguazú Basin

Please note: Pregnant women and people with heart or back conditions are restricted from taking part in the jeep and boat ride.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 14: Flight to Buenos Aires & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Arrive Home
Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

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    3 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Sights
    3/15/24 by 2nd-time traveler Anonymous

    This is a largely a bus tour. 5 hours of “hiking” all tour. Would not recommend for travelers under 55. Highlights: penguins, glaciers, seafood in Chile, beef in Argentina. Room for improvement: more transparency from guides, included lunches & dinners.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 4/11/24

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Adventure
    3/15/24 by 3rd-time traveler Anita

    What a fun trip, our tour director Mariana was great. Santiago was okay, the art work in Valparaiso was amazing. Our local guide in Punta Arenas, Gabi, was absolutely amazing, knowledgeable, and fun. The sights of Patagonia both in Chile and Argentina were incredible, photos don't do it justice. Bu...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Chile, Argentina &Patagonia, but applies anywhere
    3/15/24 by 2nd-time traveler Anonymous

    As always EF/Go Ahead Tours hires truly outstanding tour guides. They are knowledgeable, engaged, and interested in the wellbeing of every single individual. My first trip to Vietnam was perfect! There were families, but they were inclusive. This trip was not perfect, because it was dominated but o...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Pullman Santiago Vitacura
    Pullman Santiago Vitacura

    This modern hotel is located in the Vitacura neighborhood. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant, and lounge. Nearby you’ll find Bicentenario Park, Sky Costa...

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    Cabo de Hornos Hotel
    Cabo de Hornos Hotel

    This contemporary hotel is located in Punta Arenas. Guests enjoy a library, Wi-Fi, and laundry service. Nearby, you'll find Plaza de Armas, Magallanes...

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    Hotel Costaustralis
    Hotel Costaustralis

    This chateau style hotel is located in Puerto Natales, Chile. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the Patagonian Andes and on-site restaurant featuring Pa...

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    Kosten Aike Hotel
    Kosten Aike Hotel

    This Alpine-style hotel is located in Calafate. Guests enjoy the spa, fitness center, and spacious rooms. Nearby you'll find the downtown area, the Ic...

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    Grand Brizo Buenos Aires
    Grand Brizo Buenos Aires

    This conveniently located hotel is located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Guests enjoy the rooftop cocktail bar with views of city, an outdo...

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    Falls Iguazu Hotel & Spa
    Falls Iguazu Hotel & Spa

    This jungle hotel is located in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. Guests enjoy the peaceful setting, massive pool and room balconies. Nearby you’ll find the H...

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