This extensive Patagonian adventure is guaranteed not to disappoint! Explore glaciers, canoe along the Beagle Channel, visit the world’s southernmost city, and wander the enchanted streets of Buenos Aires in this sweeping 18 day tour!
Discover the highlights and hidden secrets of Patagonia with the guidance of local experts and the freedom to explore independently! Hike Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, and Tierra del Fuego National Parks, canoe along Beagle Channel, and watch the sun set over the world’s southernmost city on this sweeping 18 day Patagonian adventure.
Day 1 – Arrive in Buenos Aires
Welcome to beautiful Argentina! Upon arrival to Buenos Aires, your guide will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Buenos Aires, where your tour of Argentina begins.
On this day, you’ll have time to explore this vibrant city on your own. With ornate architecture and outdoor cafes, Buenos Aires boasts elegant cuisine and many high-profile designers, as well as outdoor antique and artisan markets. Wander the cobblestone streets of the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods, and don’t miss the opportunity to explore Argentina cuisine, with Argentine beef barbecue, or check out the city’s world class museums!
Day 2 – Get to Know Buenos Aires & Experience Tango
Rise early in the morning for a guided city tour, including stops at its many iconic neighborhoods. Check out colorful street art in bohemian San Telmo, see the famous House of Government or “Pink House” in the historical and political city center, enjoy brightly-painted buildings and modern art in La Boca, and discover the lavish mansions of Recoleta.
In the evening, your guide will introduce you to the essential Buenos Aires experience — a tango show! Enjoy typical Argentine cuisine and rich Mendoza Malbec while you take in the art of tango up close, right in birthplace of tango.
Day 3 – Travel from Buenos Aires to Bariloche
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your morning flight to San Carlos de Bariloche, situated within Nahuel Huapi National Park and Argentina’s Lake District. Upon arrival in Bariloche, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a free afternoon to relax or explore as you’d like.
Day 4 – Discover the History & Nature of Barlioche
In the morning, you’ll tour the region’s highlights with a professional guide, including the jaw-dropping Cerro Campanario (Bell Tower Hill), considered by National Geographic one of the top 10 views on Earth. In the afternoon, you’ll stop for a homemade boxed lunch before continuing onward with pleasant hike through Llao-llao Park. Before ending the day, you’ll visit a local microbrewery to enjoy a good German-style brew.
Day 5 – Explore Bariloche
Today, you’ll have the day to relax and explore as you’d like. Wandering the streets of this stunning lakeside town, you can shop for souvenirs or make a delicious stop at one of its many chocolate factories. If you’d like to spend some time with mother nature, hike the nearby trails or sign up for one of the area’s many tours.
Day 6 – Cross Andean Lakes into Chilean Patagonia
Today, you’ll travel from Argentina to Chile by boat, and pass through the protected Andean wilderness by bus. This rural, mountainous journey is easily the most stunning way to travel between Argentina and Chile, and along the way you’ll witness mystical green Andean lakes and untouched protected forests of Chilean Patagonia. To end the day, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Puerto Veras.
Day 7 – Unwind and Adventure in Puerto Varas
After a long day of travel, take today to unwind. Hike or kayak in nearby Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, or ride by horseback along Lake Llanquihue. The day is yours.
Day 8 – Travel to Puerto Natales
You’ll be taken to Puerto Montt airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. From there, you’ll take a 3-hour car ride into Southern Patagonia and arrive at Puerto Natales.
Day 9 – Trek in Torres del Paine National Park
In the early morning, you’ll transfer to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile for a full day excursion! Today, you’ll witness some of southern Chile’s most stunning natural landscapes, including Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and the famous Torres del Paine.
In the evening, you will be dropped off at your hotel to spend the night inside the park.
Day 10 – Explore Torres del Paine National Park
While inside Torres del Paine National Park, you’ll have the entire day to embark on any of the park’s many trekking and hiking options. Park rangers will provide you with the information you need to plan for your day. Some of the park’s highlights include Torres del Paine, Grey Glacier, and French Valley.
Day 11 – Travel to El Calafate
Today, you’ll travel to southern Chilean Patagonia to the city of El Calafate, named for a small Patagonian flower that blooms in the dry, intense climate. Located on the banks of Lago Argentino, the country’s largest lake, El Calafate is the national capital for glaciers. Most impressively, El Calafate is home to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of only several glaciers on earth still growing.
When you arrive, you’ll have the evening to yourself. Time permitting, take a hike to Laguna Nimez for a singular look at a Chilean Patagonia sunset.
Day 12 – Experience Perito Moreno Glacier
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a full day excursion in to Los Glacieres National Park where you’ll explore Argentina through one of most stunning features–the Perito Moreno Glacier. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park offers unique up-close views of the glacier from easy access viewing stations and walking paths.
A bilingual English/Spanish guide will accompany you to provide expert information and insight into this important natural wonder. Later on in the day, you’ll embark on a small boat cruise that will bring you up close to the immense 240 feet (80 meters) high ice walls! In the evening, you’ll be driven to your hotel in El Calafate.
Day 13 – El Calafate
Today, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the park’s many activities as you’d like, including biking along the lake, hiking the trails, or boating to the region’s more off-the-beaten-path glaciers.
Day 14 – Travel to Ushuaia
Today, you’ll leave Chilean Patagonia and return to Argentina to visit the Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. In the morning, you’ll transfer by taxi (~$8.00 USD) to the bus station for a full day drive to Ushiaia. Take this opportunity to rest up and and appreciate the stunning scenery as it passes by, including the Straight of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island. Upon arrival to Ushuaia, “The City at the End of the World,” you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the night.
Day 15 – Canoe in Patagonia National Park
In the morning, you’ll transfer from your hotel to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a day of trekking and canoeing on the coast. Upon arrival to Ensenada Bay, you’ll enjoy views of the Beagle Channel before hiking along the park’s rugged coastline trails. While hiking, you’ll observe native species as well as the remnants of ancient communities that once lived and survived off this awe-inspiring landscape.
You’ll enjoy a homemade picnic for lunch before canoeing on the Lapatia River towards the Lapataia Bay and Beagle Channel. When you arrive at the channel, you’ll return to shore and transfer back to Ushuaia.
Day 16 – Cruise on Beagle Channel
Today, you’ll enjoy Beagle Channel by boat with a full day cruise. Keep an eye out for the rich marine life including fur seals and cormorants along the small islands that flank the channel. You’ll anchor on the Bridges Isles where you can comb the island for concheros, or giant shells, while you breathe in the fresh air at the End of the World.
Note: There is a local port tax of $4.00 USD
Later in the day, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 17 – Say Goodbye to Buenos Aires
As your last day to explore Argentina, you’ll have the day to spend as you’d like. You can say goodbye to new friends and favorite places, enjoy one more Malbec, or explore the streets to uncover new surprises.
Day 18 – End of Your Argentine & Chilean Patagonia Tour
You will be driven to the airport for your flight back home.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.