• Highlights of Chilean & Argentine Patagonia

Highlights of Patagonia on both sides of the border

Days: 14 | From: $9,990/per person

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
  • Ideal for couples, small private groups, and families

Start in metropolitan Santiago, then travel south to the windswept Strait of Magellan and Torres del Paine National Park. Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina's Glaciares National Park, and hike among incredible mountain scenery in El Chalten. Finish in the vibrant metropolis of Buenos Aires.

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At a glance

  • Santiago
    1 night: spend a day discovering Chile's capital city
  • Puerto Natales
    1 night: discover the stark beauty of the Last Hope Sound
  • Torres del Paine
    3 nights: visit an exceptional lodge in one of the world's most beautiful parks
  • El Calafate
    3 nights: stay in a unique estancia in picturesque Los Glaciares National Park
  • El Chalten
    3 nights: hike the land of legendary climbing peaks Fitzroy and Cerro Torre
  • Buenos Aires
    2 nights: explore Argentina's bustling capital city

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Santiago

View of Santiago de Chile with Los Andes mountain range in the back

Arrive to Santiago, Chile’s metropolitan capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the charming Lastarria neighborhood. Lastarria is a nice area for walking around, with quiet streets, flowering trees, attractive colonial architecture, and a variety of restaurants and boutiques.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Santiago area. Take a private tour of Santiago, either on your arrival day or as a one-day extension, or add a trip (day or overnight) to nearby wine country or the historic port city of Valparaíso. Just let us know your interests.

Accommodations: Hotel Magnolia

Hotel Magnolia is set in a renovated 1929 mansion in downtown Santiago, close to Santa Lucia Hill, museums, the historic center, and Barrio Lastarria. Designed by award-winning architect Cazú Zegers, who also designed traveler-favorite hotel Tierra Patagonia, the Hotel Magnolia seamlessly blends preserved historic marble and vintage furnishings with modern amenities. The 42-room hotel offers a restaurant, bar, library, and rooftop lounge with panoramic views.

Alternative lodging options: Casa Bueras Lastarria Boutique, Singular Santiago
Day 2:

The Windswept Strait of Magellan and Last Hope Sound

Road between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales

Fly south to Punta Arenas (or fly directly to Puerto Natales on select seasonal flights) and enjoy a scenic private transfer to your hotel, set just outside Puerto Natales. Located at the opening of the Última Esperanza Sound, Puerto Natales is a picturesque small village and the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.

Accommodations: Simple Patagonia

The Simple Patagonia Hotel is designed to highlight the sweeping landscape surrounding it. The architecture is simple, dominated by large spaces and panoramic windows, and complemented by the warmth of native wood and comfortable, rustic furnishings. The 11-room hotel offers a bar and a restaurant serving traditional Patagonian dishes.

*Includes: Breakfast

Alternative lodging options: Weskar Patagonian Lodge, Singular Patagonia
Day 3:

Navigate to Balmaceda Glacier / Zodiac into Torres del Paine

Zodiac into Torres del Paine National Park

Cross the Last Hope Sound by boat to Balmaceda glacier, disembarking there to explore the area on foot. Continue by a smaller zodiac boat along the Serrano River into Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy a traditional Patagonian lunch before driving to your lodge. This is an exceptional and much less commonly traveled way into the park.

Accommodations: Tierra Patagonia

An exceptional option in the area of Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia Hotel sits on a bluff where the pampa meets Lake Sarmiento, with views across the lake to the peaks of the Paine Massif from all rooms. The beautifully well-designed building seems to emerge from the hillside and blends harmoniously with the landscape. Patagonian details decorate its three suites, 34 superior rooms and three standard rooms. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, library lounge, spa with heated pool and hot tub, and one of the loveliest views in Torres del Paine.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Patagonia Camp, EcoCamp Patagonia, Awasi Patagonia, Explora Patagonia, and others
Day 4-5:

Explore Torres del Paine National Park

Guanaco in Torres del Paine

Enjoy guided excursions each day to see the park’s iconic sites, such as the soaring granite towers from which it takes its name. Each day you can choose from active excursions, such as hiking, and more relaxed ones, such as driving tours and scenic walks. The guides at your lodge will discuss the options with you and help you plan a trip that matches your interests.

Accommodations: Tierra Patagonia

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:

Transfer to El Calafate, Land of Towering Glaciers

Cross the border from Torres del Paine National Park into Argentina and head to El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia. Head deeper into the scenic countryside to your traditional estancia, a favorite among our travelers. Bordering the national park, this estancia offers a view into traditional Patagonian life and access to some rarely-visited and beautiful areas of Argentine Patagonia.

Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike

Nibepo Aike was established as a functioning ranch at the beginning of the 20th century. Located on the southern bank of Lake Argentino, it has a privileged location inside Los Glaciares National Park. The estancia offers easy access, on horseback or via hiking or biking, to places with magnificent, off the beaten path views of the surrounding glaciers and mountains. The estancia has 10 guest rooms: eight double rooms and two triple rooms, all with private bathrooms. The dining room serves traditional meat and vegetable dishes made mostly from home produce.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Estancia Helsingfors, Eolo
Day 7:

Up Close and Personal on Perito Moreno Glacier

Sunset over Perito Moreno Glacier

Enjoy a unique excursion to the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier. You won’t just view the glacier from a distance – you’ll take a catamaran ride to the front of the glacier and do a short hike on the ice itself. (Crampons will be provided; this is a non-technical and non-strenuous walking excursion. We can also arrange more challenging and strenuous treks on the glacier.) Afterward, visit the viewing areas for great views of the glacier before returning to your estancia for a traditional Patagonian asado dinner.

Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:

Free day on the Estancia: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ranching Activities, or Relaxation

Argentina_El Calafate_Nibepo Aike hiking (photo credit Nibepo Aike and Daniel Wagner)

Enjoy a day to explore your estancia. This is an outstanding area for hiking and horseback riding, and the staff at Nibepo Aike will take you riding or help you find the best trails to hike. There are also typical ranching activities that vary by day, such as sheep-shearing.

Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:

Head to El Chalten for Extraordinary Mountain Scenery

Fitz Roy Mountain at sunset

Enjoy a scenic private transfer to El Chalten, located on the northern end of Los Glaciares National Park. This is the home of legendary climbing peaks Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. A visit to this part of Patagonia is a chance to hike and explore in the midst of some of the most extraordinary mountain scenery on earth.

Accommodations: Hosteria Senderos

Hosteria Los Senderos sits within Los Glaciares National Park in the mountain town of El Chalten, and is just a few minutes' walk to trail heads for some of the continent's most magnificent day hikes. The rooms here are on the small side (about 190 sq. ft.), but this is one of the better small boutique style hotel options in town.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrade available: Hotel Destino Sur
Day 10:

Hike Los Glaciares National Park with Your Private Guide

Road leading to Los Glaciares

Hike the peaks with your knowledgeable private guide, a local who will help you get a deeper understanding and appreciation of this remarkable area. There are plenty of hiking options in this area, most notably the strenuous and rewarding hikes to Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. There is also a shorter hike to lovely Lake Capri. You can discuss your preference with your guide and tailor the day to your interests and preferred activity level.

Accommodations: Hosteria Senderos

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11:

Time to Hike and Explore More of El Chalten

El Chalten River with Mt. Fitz Roy in the background

Take advantage of another day to hike and discover this spectacular area. Hiking trails are well-marked and easy to follow, so you have the option of self-guided exploration or arranging another day with your private guide.

Accommodations: Hosteria Senderos

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 12:

Back to Civilization: Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - National Congress building

Say goodbye to the wilds of Patagonia and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

This small, modern boutique hotel has an excellent location in the vibrant Palermo SoHo neighborhood, with many cafes and restaurants right outside the front door. The 20-room hotel offers a restaurant and a private green space with a garden and small pool; most rooms overlook this quaint backyard area.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades available: Legado Mitico, Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and others
Day 13:

Get to Know Vibrant Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - city view through window

Explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, an engaging bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods and help you get to know this fascinating metropolis. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

After your tour, you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, trying out one of the city’s excellent restaurants and taking in a tango show (we are happy to arrange tango shows and can help you choose the best one based on your interests).

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

This small, modern boutique hotel has an excellent location in the vibrant Palermo SoHo neighborhood, with many cafes and restaurants right outside the front door. The 20-room hotel offers a restaurant and a private green space with a garden and small pool; most rooms overlook this quaint backyard area.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 14:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Buenos Aires. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding. We can also arrange activities that cater to special interests, such as a Jewish Heritage Tour, architecture tour, visit to the Boca Juniors Stadium, tango class, or wine tours.

  • Take part in a day of polo at an estancia outside Buenos Aires: Spend the morning on a horse learning the basics of this popular equestrian sport, enjoy a traditional lunch, then put your new skills to use in a relaxed polo match in the afternoon. Great for beginners and experienced riders alike!

  • Take a one-night camping trip out of El Chalten to experience the Patagonian mountains in a unique way.

  • Enjoy an extra day or two in El Calafate. There are plenty of great excursions and beautiful places to visit, such as the isolated Estancia Cristina, located next to the spectacular Upsala Glacier and only reachable by boat.

  • Spend some time at Estancia Helsingfors, a first class boutique property in Los Glaciares National Park. The estancia has a stunning location and remote feel, and is a great option for those who prefer to explore Patagonia with a higher emphasis on luxury.

  • Explore the glaciers and fjords at the bottom of South America with the possibility of stepping foot on Cape Horn by taking a small ship Patagonia cruise on the Stella Australis or Ventus Australis.

  • Extend your visit with time at Iguazu Falls or Bariloche.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • This was the trip of a lifetime, we loved every facet of this thoughtfully planned trip. Everywhere we went, our guides were amazing, personable and spoke English wonderfully. Our every request was met, and exceeded.
    Diana & Rick Grandoni
  • The scenery was unbeatable and the connections for a complicated trip were flawless.
    Sally Hughes
  • Fantastic trip. All the arrangements went perfectly. The guides were excellent. Can't think of anything that could have been better.
    Maryellen May
  • Everything was smooth as silk. We were very impressed with the quality of the people who met us and took care of us throughout the trip.
    Karen Sugarman

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