Chile to Argentina: Santiago, Patagonia & Buenos Aires with Zoomer Travel Club
- Duration: 12 or 17 days
- Group size: 0-0
Starting in the Chilean cultural hub of Santiago, set 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.
- 9 nights in handpicked hotels
- 9 breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 4 dinners with beer or wine
- 1 wine tasting
- Casablanca Valley wine tasting
- Punta Arenas
- Patagonian estancia visit
- Torres del Paine National Park
Board your overnight flight to Santiago.
Welcome to Chile! 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
• Head to Plaza de Armas where you’ll see Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum, and the Central Post Office Building
Gather with your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner this evening.
Embark on a guided tour of Valparaíso, passing through the UNESCO-recognized port and historic quarter.
• Stroll through Plaza Sotomayor and the Port and Central neighborhoods
• Take a ride on the Queen Victoria funicular up to Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción, two hilltop neighborhoods famous for their colourful houses
• Walk along the whimsical streets on a tour before enjoying free time for lunch
Next, make your way outside of the city to the nearby Casablanca Valley.
• Stop at a local vineyard for a tour and tasting
• Sample the winery’s signature sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, and chardonnay
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
• Enter the Salesian Museum to learn about Patagonian history and nature
• View the European-style architecture of the Palacio Sara Braun
• Stroll through Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square
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
Make your way to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the largest of its kind in Chile. En route, stop to enter Milodon Cave to view its wealth of prehistoric fossils. Then, set out to explore the park’s many natural wonders.
• View the towering peaks of Los Cuernos del Paine, for which the park was named
• Stand on the banks of Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjöld, and Lago Grey, three of the park’s glittering glacial lakes
• Take a short hike to see the churning Salto Grande waterfall
• Try to spot guanacos, foxes, rheas, and birds as you go
• Enjoy an included boxed lunch
Sit down for an included dinner in Puerto Natales this evening.
Cross the border into Argentina as you make your way to the town of El Calafate.
Later, enjoy a free evening. Please note: You’ll depart for Argentina early in the morning.
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
• Take in views of the glacier from a scenic overlook and enjoy free time to explore the surrounding walking paths
Board your flight to Buenos Aires this morning.
Tonight, watch as accomplished tangueros, or tango dancers, perform their national dance. Listen to the live music as you enjoy a dinner featuring regional specialties and Argentine wine.
Embark on a guided tour of the city where tango was born.
• Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighbourhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina
• 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
• Enjoy free time in the La Boca neighbourhood, where the influence of its Italian settlers can still be felt today
Later, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.
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 today.
Add 3 nights in Iguazú Falls
Fly to the Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls this afternoon.
Spend the day soaking in the natural wonders of Iguazú National Park.
• Board an ecological rainforest train and ride to Devil’s Throat, the most famous section of the falls
• Walk along the forested footpaths on the Argentinian side of the falls for panoramic views of the waters
Please note: Pack raingear for this morning’s activities and be prepared to walk on slippery, wet terrain.
Tonight, whip up some of Argentina’s signature dishes while learning about the country’s food traditions during this interactive and unique dining experience.
• Start off by learning to make empanadas, a stuffed bread dish, and alfajores, which are regional cookies
• Try your hand at preparing mate, a traditional, caffeinated South American drink made from yerba mate leaves
• Sip on unlimited wine during a steak dinner as you learn about the different cuts of Argentinian meat
• Receive the recipes for each of the dishes you made so you can recreate your Argentine meal for friends and family at home
Explore Iguazú Falls from a new perspective this morning.
• Take 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 this morning’s activities.
Enjoy a free afternoon in the Iguazú Falls region or add an excursion.
Sit down for an included dinner this evening.
Fly back to Buenos Aires and relax in a dayroom before boarding your overnight or early morning flight home.
Arrive home today.
Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.
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.
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- This tour visits Chile and Argentina. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
- We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
- Upon arrival in Chile, you will receive a Chilean tourist card that you must keep in your passport for the duration of your visit.
- There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter any of the countries visited on this tour. However, in accordance with Argentine law, Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity fee equivalent to $92USD per person prior to departure. To prepay your reciprocity fee, please visit the Argentine National Immigration Directorate online. At this time, Argentina has suspended the reciprocity fee for U.S. Citizens. Please check with VisaCentral or the State Department website for the latest rule changes.
- If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
- You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails.
- Travellers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
- You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times. You should also feel comfortable getting in and out of Jeeps and small boats on the tour extension.
- Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travellers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveller.
- If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
- Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Santiago and depart from Buenos Aires. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travellers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
- Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travellers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travellers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
- Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas and El Calafate to Buenos Aires are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes round-trip flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls, as well as a train ride, Jeep ride, and boat ride in Iguazú National Park.)
- All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
- Please note that our travellers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
- Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included ontour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
- Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
- Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
- We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket.
- In the fall and winter, weather in Patagonia is prone to extreme variance. Snow and strong winds are not uncommon.
- A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
- A sun hat, sunglasses, and raingear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
- Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and insect repellent are recommended for certain activities.
- Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
- A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
- You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
- It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
- There are no major health risks associated with travelling to any of the countries on this tour.
- At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
- Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
- Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
- Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
- If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
- If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveller info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
- With its lengthy Pacific coastline, it’s no surprise that Chile is one of the world’s seafood capitals. Ceviche, mussels with salsa verde, and seafood empanadas are all not to be missed.
- While in Patagonia, be sure to try Patagonian lamb, a regional specialty.
- In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs, and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet, honeyand-milk paste in pastries.
- Chile operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or L plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
- Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
- We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
- The strength of the air conditioning in some hotels in this region may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
- Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
- Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
- There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches
- Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
- Argentina and mainland Chile are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Argentina does not currently observe Daylight Saving Time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis. Chile stopped observing Daylight Saving Time in 2015.
- In February, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Chile and Argentina.
- You will use the Chilean peso in Chile and the Argentine peso in Argentina.
- Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
- We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
- You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
- Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
- International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
- At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
- We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
- If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
- Tips can only be paid in cash.
- Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
- Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
- Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
- Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.