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Tour Highlights:
  • Osorno Volcano & Vincente Perez Rosales National Park Tour
  • Chiloe Island Tour
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Punta Arenas
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  • Family
  • Nature
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  • 1-Easy
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  • All Breakfasts
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Chile Packages: Capitals & Patagonia

Tour to Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate & Buenos Aires (10 days / 9 nights) - From $3,109 €2,727 £2,183

If you enjoy nature but also the excitement of cosmopolitan cities, let yourself be transported across the most impressive landscapes and dynamic capitals of Argentina and Chile. Explore the streets of Santiago and experience the passion in Buenos Aires before traipsing across the spectacular sceneries of glacial Patagonia.Capitals and Patagonia Across Countries Tour Picture, Chile Travel, Chile For Less

With six million people, bustling streets, effervescent cultural life, and dynamic nightlife, Santiago is one of the liveliest and most attractive cities in South America, and is sure to leave your head spinning! As more than a third of the country’s population lives in Santiago, a few days in town will allow you to get a true feel of what Chile has to offer.

Travel south to experience true serenity in the infinite landscapes of Patagonia, hiking in the gigantic and untouched Torres del Paine National Park. Torres del Paine is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve full of glaciers, icebergs, turquoise lakes and flower-filled pastoral valleys.  Regarded as a must-see destination on a Chile vacation, the park is home to one of the most striking landscapes in the world - the unusual granite mountain peaks of Torres towering over the park at 8,500 ft high.

Continue on toward El Calafate at the southern tip of Argentina, close to Ushuaia. El Calafate is backed by looming glaciers, expansive ice fields, and shimmering blue lakes. Rightfully known as the National Capital of Glaciers, Calafate’s main attraction is Los Glaciers National Park. Encompassing an unbelievable 8,500 sq miles, almost half of the park is covered by ice fields which are home to more than 45 major glaciers.

End your exciting adventure with a taste of the Argentinean warmth in Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America because of its architecture reminiscent of the City of Lights. Visit some of the best art museums in all of Latin America and see masters perform the world’s sexiest dance, the tango. Don’t miss the excellent restaurants offering some of the best meat in the world before you tango the night away.

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Day 1: Arrival to Santiago & Santiago Tour

You will be met at the Santiago Airport by a Chile For Less representative and transferred to your comfortable Santiago hotel. Check out our selection of great value Santiago Hotels.

Today, you will head out on a half day historical tour of Santiago to visit some of the city’s most interesting sites and learn about the fascinating history of Chile and its capital.

You will start the tour driving up the Santa Lucia hill where Santiago was founded. You will then continue on to the historic downtown, Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where stands some of Santiago’s historic buildings. You will see the Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Office, and National Historical Museum.

You will then drive to the civic area to see the Moneda Presidential Palace, current seat of the Chilean government. The tour will continue through charming streets lined with 19th century buildings, passing the statue of Typical Zone, the Cousiño Palace, and the Basilica de los Sacramentinos (inspired by the Montmartre church in Paris).

The tour will end on the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, Santiago’s main avenue where you will visit the San Francisco church and its beautiful colonial museum and monastery. The church boasts a peaceful garden and an important religious art collection.

You will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to explore Santiago at your leisure. Try some delicious traditional Chilean cuisine in one of the many restaurants, discover some of its exciting barrios, and take advantage of the lively nightlife!

Day 2: Valparaiso & Viña del Mar Tour

After a delicious breakfast at your Santiago hotel, you will head out on a tour of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, two charming coastal cities located only an hour from Santiago. Look around you as you travel across the beautiful valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca on your way to Valparaiso.

With its bohemian atmosphere, chaotic and colorful architecture, and lovely port, Valparaiso is one of the most attractive cities in Chile and unlike any other. You will start your tour at the Mirador 21 de Mayo from where you will enjoy spectacular views of the entire city and bay.

Next, you will visit the fascinating house-museum of the poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pablo Neruda. One of the most important figures of Chilean culture, Pablo Neruda, tired of the tumultuous life of Santiago, decided to retire to Valparaiso in a house on Mount Florida. Learn all about the writer’s eccentric tastes as well as his most glorious and absurd moments as you wander through the charming rooms that inspired the artist.

Descend to Valparaiso’s Prat Dock, where sailors embark and men scramble to load the enormous ships. Filled with swarms of people and fervent activity, there is no better place to get a sense of the lively port life. Don’t miss the handicraft markets displaying local products from all around Chile.

After lunch, you will head out to Viña del Mar where you will enjoy a relaxing stroll down the quiet streets and picturesque beaches of this lovely coastal town.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Santiago and have the evening free to explore more of the city’s exciting spots.

Day 3: Arrival to Punta Arenas

You will be picked up at the Punta Arenas airport by a Chile For Less representative who will take you to your confirmed Punta Arenas hotel. You will enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring the lively city on your own.

Day 4: Arrival to Puerto Natales

After a filling breakfast in your hotel, you will meet your transfer to the bus station for your journey to Puerto Natales. Upon arrival, a Chile For Less representatives will meet you and escort you to your confirmed Puerto Natales hotel.

You will have the rest of the day to rest at your hotel and start exploring the quaint town on your own.

Day 5: Torres del Paine Tour

Begin your full day excursion to the strikingly beautiful Torres del Paine National Park. Along the way you will stop at Milodon Cave, an enormous cavern that is almost 100 feet high and 230 feet deep. This cave is the site where Captain Hermann Eberhard discovered the remains of a prehistoric giant ground sloth called a Milodon.

The tour continues from here through the hills and extended plains of the Chilean Patagonia, before reaching Torres del Paine National Park. This World Biosphere Reserve is home to pumas, foxes, Guanacos, and rheas that coexist in the forests of Lenga, Coigues, and Magellan barberry beneath the awesome jagged peaks of Torres del Paine.
You will admire Lake Nordeskjold draining into Lake Pehoe at Salto Grande and the granite massifs of Cuernos del Paine which dominate the skyline.  Eat lunch along the shores of Lake Grey, enjoying the views of Grey glacier. 

After lunch you will continue on to Amarga Lagoon which has some of the best views in Torres del Paine before returning to your comfortable hotel in Puerto Natales

Day 6: Arrival to El Calafate

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be brought to Puerto Natales to continue by bus to El Calafate.  Upon arrival a Chile For Less Representative will take you to your comfortable El Calafate hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, strolling the streets lined with restaurants, bars, and handicraft markets. Along Libertador street, you’ll find restaurants serving the popular dish cordero patagónico, or Patagonia lamb, as well as empanadas, asado sandwiches, and brochettes. Make sure to save room for a glass of wine, as Argentina has some of the finest vintners. Visit the Nimes Lagoon at sunset to watch the birds preparing for the night.  

Day 7: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

Enjoy an early breakfast in your hotel before departing for the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. You will see the southern bank of the glistening blue Lago Argentino, populated by colorful flamingoes, black-necked swans, and coots. You’ll pass nearby berry farms and estancias en route to Los Glaciares National Park. At the Curva de los Suspiros, you’ll catch your first sight of the nearly 200 ft tall glacier wall.

At the foot of the glacier, you will be free to spend a few hours walking along the trails and footpaths of the glacier, appreciating its beauty and immensity from several angles. You may catch sight of a plethora of wildlife, such as condors and eagles, armadillos, and gray foxes. For lunch you can dine in view of the glacier at the restaurant in the park (not included).

After lunch, you will enjoy a boat tour along Lago Rico to appreciate the grandeur of the glacier from its most imposing edge. In the late afternoon or evening, you will return to your comfortable El Calafate hotel. For dinner, there are many excellent options in El Calafate, but make sure to order the delicious dish cordero al asador, barbeque lamb. 

Day 8: Arrival to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, you will be transported to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport by one of our Argentina For Less travel representatives and transferred to your comfortable Buenos Aires hotel. See our recommended Buenos Aires hotels and read our Buenos Aires Travel Guide for ideas on what to see, where to eat, and what to do in Buenos Aires.

Day 9: Buenos Aires City Tour and Tango Show

The Buenos Aires tour is recommended to every traveler arriving in Buenos Aires to catch the highlights of this romantic city. You will first pass by the impressive National Congress (The Parliament), the civic center including the Plaza de Mayo (May Square) surrounded by the Government House (Casa Rosada), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (City Hall during the Spanish colonial period). Along 9th of July Avenue, you will see the famous Colon Theatre, considered one of the best opera houses in the world.

You will then head to the traditional San Telmo neighborhood in which you will be taken back in history (on Sunday visits there’s some free time to visit the Flea Market). A bit further south is one of the oldest neighborhoods, La Boca, the settlement for the first Italian immigrants, where you will have time to enjoy the colorful and unique architecture. The Buenos Aires tour will continue through Puerto Madero and Retiro on the way to Palermo, the largest residential area of the city where you will find the enjoyable Palermo Parks, City Zoo and Planetarium. Your last spot is the elegant Recoleta, famous for its cemetery, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and sidewalk cafes under ficus and jacaranda trees.

In the evening you will be taken to enjoy a “porteña” in one of the most exclusive Buenos Aires tango houses, Tango Porteño. The theater is located on Corrientes Ave, just a few steps from the famous Obelisk. The setting is in a luxurious and legendary Porteño Theatre. Tango Porteño recreates the golden age of the forties, which is known as the reign of tango. During dinner, the Orchestra will play a tango repertoire while several couples dance this amazing and sensual dance. Our recommended dinner and tango show was selected for having the best quality, gourmet meals and truly exceptional dancing. If you prefer any other recommended places, just let our Argentina Travel Advisor know and we can make arrangements according to your requests.

Day 10: Departure from Buenos Aires

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your transfer to the Buenos Aires airport for your flight home or onward to your next destination.

Occupancy 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Double/Triple $ 3,109
€ 2,727
£ 2,183
$ 3,539
€ 3,104
£ 2,484
$ 3,989
€ 3,498
£ 2,800
Single $ 5,119
€ 4,489
£ 3,594
$ 6,129
€ 5,375
£ 4,303
$ 7,009
€ 6,147
£ 4,920

Prices may vary according to the season, availability and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.

Included:
  • 2 nights in Santiago, 1 night in Punta Arenas, 2 nights in Puerto Natales, 2 nights in El Calafate and 2 nights in Buenos Aires in hotels based on US standards
  • Guided visits with English-speaking tour guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
Additional Days are Available in all Locations.

Additional Services in El Calafate

Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier Boat Cruise & Trekking

This full day boat cruise and mini-trekking experience begins at the Bajo de las Sombras dock, where you will board a cruise ship for a short boat ride to the southern edge of Lago Rico. You will disembark on the glacier-side of the lake, where mountain guides will welcome and brief you on the park rules and trekking safety. Groups of 10 or fewer trekkers will set out for the glacier, and at the edge, trekkers will put on their crampons before enjoying a two hour glacier walk. On the way back, you will stop at the glacier’s balconies for spectacular panoramic views of the entire glacier. Back at the shelter you will stop for lunch (optional box lunches available on request), before returning by boat to Bajo de las Sombras, and from there to your El Calafate hotel.

Due to insurance reasons beyond the control of Argentina For Less, participation in this excursion is limited to travelers between 10 and 65 years old. Several hours of walking through diverse terrain requires both good physical shape and a sense of adventure. Wear sports clothing (sweaters, rain jacket, sunglasses, trekking shoes or tennis shoes, and gloves) and bring UV sun block, a small backpack, and water bottle.

Full Day Upsala, Onelli & Spegazzini Glaciers Boat Cruise

Meet your guide for your journey to Punta Bandera, where you will board a ship and cruise along Lago Argentino past drifting icebergs to the Upsala Glacier. You will continue on to Onelli Bay, where you will disembark at the port and take a short trek to Onelli Lagoon. At this remarkable lagoon the glaciers Onelli, Bolados, and Agassiz converge. Afterward, you will set sail again, this time passing the Spegazzini and Seco glaciers, before returning to the El Calafate port in the late afternoon.

Please note that due to sudden shifts in weather, the precise nature of this cruise can change. At times alternative glaciers and/or routes may be required.

Price per Person $ 229

Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

On this full day Big Ice trekking adventure, you will hike into the heart of the immense, awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. You will first take a short boat cruise along Lago Rico to the glacier side of the lake, where guides will welcome you. After a safety and equipment briefing, you will walk to the foot of the glacier, get outfitted in your crampons, and head into the icy blue wilderness. An hour’s trek will take you to a breathtaking view of the immense ice plateau, where you will be able to enjoy lunch and rest before heading back to terra firma. The hike lasts about three hours, with expert guides leading you every step of the way. You will reach the boat by mid-afternoon, and head back to El Calafate.

Due to insurance reasons beyond the control of Argentina For Less, participation in this excursion is limited to travelers between 18 and 45 years old. Several hours of walking through diverse terrain requires both good physical shape and a sense of adventure. Wear sports clothing (sweaters, rain jacket, sunglasses, trekking shoes or tennis shoes, and gloves) and bring UV sunblock, a 40-liter backpack, and water bottle.
The park entrance fee, lunch, and clothing are not included.

Cerro Frias Mountain Excursions

Also available are several half day excursion options to the nearby Cerro Frías Mountain. You can choose a guided horseback riding adventure, a trekking tour, or a 4x4 excursion. Cerro Frías has well-marked paths and panoramic views of Torres del Paine, Monte Fitz Roy, and Lago Argentino, making it a popular choice for day trippers. All tours are suitable for any age group.

Estancia Cristina Discovery Tour

This full day excursion takes you by boat to Los Glaciares National Park and the Upsala Glacier. You will start the day with a drive to Puerto Bandera, a town roughly 24 miles from Calafate, where you’ll board a sleek, modern boat and start your journey across the sparkling Lago Argentino and up the breathtakingly beautiful Cristina Canal. You will sail amidst stunning scenery, passing icebergs and the impressive western front of the Upsala Glacier along the way.

Shortly before noon, you’ll arrive at Estancia Cristina, a rugged wonderland of more than 54,300 acres of grassland, mountains, and glaciers. Your estancia experience will depend on your choice of excursion: trekking, walking, or four-wheeling. You can choose to do this excursion with lunch prepared at the estancia or enjoy a packed lunch (not included). You will head back to El Calafate in the late afternoon.

Half Day Balcon de Calafate 4X4 Tour

You’ll start your half day 4x4 adventure in Calafate. You will drive from town to Huyliche Hill, where you will gradually ascend to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level. From the top of the hill you’ll have spectacular views of Calafate, as well as Lago Argentina, Mount Chalten, and the Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll also see interesting rock and fossil formations. You’ll navigate an exciting and steep ride back down the hill and, upon arrival to El Calafate, will be taken to your hotel.

Additional Services in Buenos Aires

Tigre River Delta Tour

Just north of the Argentine capital lies the tranquil town of Tigre nestled on the banks of the Tigre River Delta. The summer home for Buenos Aires’s porteño elite in the 19th century, Tigre retains its posh flair. You will take a tour from the heart of Buenos Aires to the northern outskirts of the city, and then follow the Tigre River to the delta. The town of Tigre sits here among tranquil waters and graceful canals. On this tour, you will visit the Rio Plata stadium, the Presidential Residence Olivos, and the San Isidro Cathedral. You will also take a boat cruise during which you will be able to catch a glimpse of the impressive mansions and estates along the delta.
The tour leaves every day at 9:00 a.m. Length varies between four to six hours depending on time spent for lunch.

Price per Person $ 129

Gaucho Party - Estancia La Alameda

La Estancia Alameda, 75 miles (120 km) outside of Buenos Aires, is a two-century old ranch nestled on the banks of the Chascomús Lagoon. Enjoy a drink in the saloon, listen in on tales of the first gauchos, indulge in a traditional Argentine asado (barbeque) along with coffee and Argentine dulces (sweets), and enjoy an authentic folklore show complete with colorfully costumed dancers.
Available on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Tours depart from your hotel between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Price per Person $ 139

Images of Buenos Aires Historic Tour

Buenos Aires is an interesting blend of European and Latin cultures and boasts a proud colonial and local cultural history. On this tour your will gain an in-depth understanding of the history, architecture, culture, and secrets of Buenos Aires. The tour lasts three hours and will take you through the city center and the neighborhoods of Montserrat, San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo, Bosques de Palermo, and finally Recoleta, home to the cemetery and grave of Evita Peron.
This tour leaves daily at 2:00 p.m. from October 1st to May 31st.

Jewish City Tour

Buenos Aires is home to the largest Jewish population in Latin America, with approximately a quarter million Jewish citizens in its metropolitan area. During the early and mid 20th century, many Russian and European Jewish immigrants made their way to Buenos Aires, since Argentina’s immigration policy was one of the most accepting at the time. The Buenos Aires Jewish community retains many of the cultural traditions of their people.

During your tour, a knowledgeable guide will take you to an Ashkenazi or Sephardic synagogue, where you can appreciate the remarkable architecture. You will also see the Jewish neighborhood Once one of the hubs of Jewish culture. You will also visit the IFT Theatre, founded in 1932 as a Yiddish theater but now a secular one, the newly-restored AMIA building, center of Jewish headquarters, and the Israeli Embassy Square, where the embassy used to stand prior to the 1992 bombing.

Tours lasts three hours and leave every morning Monday through Friday.
Note: For security reasons, it is necessary that we get passport numbers of each visitor in advance in order to book this tour.

Price per Person $ 229

Biking Tour to the North - Urban Biking

On this biking tour you will explore the urban north of the city, which is the traditional home of the aristocracy of Argentina. The tour will start from the Retiro area and lead you through Barrio Parque, the embassies of Palermo Woods, past trendy Palermo Soho, and finish in Recoleta.

Price per Person $ 69

Full Day Trip to Colonia

The historical tiny town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay is only an hour ferry ride across the Rio de la Plata. Visiting this picturesque town, now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers you a chance to step into the 17th century as it has preserved most of the old buildings in its historic downtown. The charming cobblestone streets are now a chic hangout for wealthy porteños and make an ideal day trip for those wanting a break from the bustle of Buenos Aires. Colonia is also just a bus ride away from Montevideo, and tours to both can easily be combined.

Price per Person $ 259

Soul Trips - Half Day River Cruise

Explore Buenos Aires by boat, sailing down numerous nearby rivers and streams. After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and taken to the San Francisco marina. On the way, you will drive through the northern part of the city, past the United Nations Square, and take the Paseo de la Costa route past the Rio del Plata and the presidential residence in Olivos. Upon arrival at the Tigre mainland, you will have the opportunity to stop and look around the bustling Puerto de frutos, a busy market where you will find an array of wood and bamboo products for sale.

You will reach the San Francisco marina and board the boat. Enjoy the beautiful views as well as complimentary drinks and picada (cold meat and cheese platter) on board as you sail down the rivers, canals, and streams of the delta.

Four Balconies Half Day Tour

Learn about the history of Buenos Aires and its vibrant people, the porteños, on a tour to four of Buenos Aires’ highlights with a knowledgeable scholar as a guide. A university professor will first take you to and tell you about the Plaza de Mayo, the site where Buenos Aires was founded and that remains as the historical and political heart of the city. You will then head out to Parque Lemana and the neighborhood of La Boca.  One of the oldest districts of Buenos Aires, and a former settlement for Italian immigrants, La Boca is filled with artist workshops and colorful houses. Your next stop is Plaza San Martin and the Retiro district, which are modeled after European districts. The fourth and final destination on your tour will be the Recoleta neighborhood, known as the upscale and stylish district of Buenos Aires.

Half Day Arts & Crafts Tour

This half day tour will get you acquainted with Buenos Aires’ vibrant cultural life, taking you to some of the city’s best art galleries, museums, and colorful street fairs. In the afternoon, your guide will pick you up and you will head to San Telmo to visit Marcelo Toledo’s silver workshop. This young artisan is internationally acknowledged for his intricate and exquisite work. You will continue on to the Fernandez Blanco Museum, housed in a splendid colonial house. Here you will be able to admire stunning collections of eighteenth and nineteenth century silverware pieces. Your last destination is the Malba Museum, the first twenty-first century museum in Buenos Aires.

You have the option to organize a visit of the beautiful, private Helft Collection, comprising interesting Argentine paintings from the 1960s to early 1990s, displayed in a building in San Telmo.

The Arts & Crafts Tour operates daily except Mondays and Tuesdays, when the Fernandez Blanco Museum is closed.

 
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