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Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Torres del Paine & Santiago

An awe-inspiring adventure combing the cosmopolitan capitals of Buenos Aires and Santiago and its surrounding wine country, with the Patagonian highlights of Perito Moreno Glacier and the majestic towering peaks and spectacular lakes of Torres del Paine.

At a Glance

  • Experience the absolute highlights of Patagonia, trekking on the surface of the vast Perito Moreno glacier and exploring Torres del Paine National Park

  • Watch a world-class tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel in Buenos Aires

  • Stay in accommodation with the most privileged locations throughout

  • Visit a vineyard in Chile's Central Valley and sample a glass or several of one of the country's greatest exports, wine!

Adventure, Couples, Food & wine, Honeymoon

Description

This 10-night adventure through Argentina and Chile will take you to the depths of Patagonia, where you can hike and ride to your heart's content surrounded by dramatic peaks and sweeping landscapes. Top and tail with a stay in the country's capitals, boasting gastronomic delights, buzzing streets and a rich dose of culture.

Begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. You will be based in the Palacio Duhau for two nights in Recoleta, the French district of the city, an area dotted with cafes and lined with elegant colonial buildings. Embark on a tour of the city by bike and pedal past the rainbow colored streets of La Boca and the traditional buildings of San Telmo before a delicious lunch at a local hotspot. After lunch you will be shown some of the city's best street art, accompanied by a passionate, local guide. No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without taking in a tango show; we have included tickets to one of the city's best at Esquina Carlos Gardel, where you can enjoy the drama of the show accompanied by a signature glass of Malbec.

From here, fly to El Calafate in the heart of Patagonia where you will stay for two nights at Eolo. Don your crampons and experience an unforgettable ice trek on the Perito Moreno glacier, one of the world's only advancing glaciers and a sight to behold at twenty stories high. Explore the valleys surrounding the lodge on horseback for a further opportunity to enjoy the Patagonian wilderness before you cross the border into Chile.

Explora enjoys the most premium location within the Torres del Paine National Park, their horse-back rides and guided hikes offer the best way to experience the vast and awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife. There is no need to plan your hiking and horse-riding itinerary ahead, as every evening, your guide will meet with you at the bar to discuss the options for the next day so you can ensure that you cover all the highlights of the park in a way that suits you. From gentle half day hikes to scenic looks-outs and wildlife hot-spots to full day expeditions to the base of the famed Torres granite towers, as well as horse-riding lessons for beginners through to expert full-day rides, Explora's guides will ensure you make the most of your unique national park experience.

A four night stay allows you to make the most of your time here before flying back up to Santiago, a city with a thriving culinary scene and surrounded by some of Chile's best vineyards. Head to the Aconcagua Valley and tour the stunning vineyards here, where you can sample the best of Chile's produce. Stay in Santiago for two nights at the Singular before flying back home, feeling invigorated and content.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Buenos Aires
2 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio Duhau
2 nights

El Calafate area, Argentina

Eolo
4 nights

Torres Del Paine NP, Chile

Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico
2 nights

Santiago, Chile

The Singular Santiago
Fly home

Location & Directions

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Torres del Paine & Santiago

Begin your journey in Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital where you will base yourself at the elegant Palacio Duhau in the Recoleta district. From here you will fly south to Calafate for the start of your Patagonian adventure. Stay at Eolo which is ideally located for exploring the impressive Perito Moreno glacier. You will then cross the border into Chilean Patagonia to Explora Salto Chico Hotel, set right in the shadow of the famous Torres del Paine peaks, before flying up to Chile's capital, Santiago where you can enjoy fine dining and visits to vineyards, staying at the Singular in the charming Lastarria neighborhood.

When to go

Buenos Aires is a year round destination although October through to April is considered the best time to visit as temperatures are warmer. January is the hottest month with an average temperature of 25°C (76°F) and the coldest is July at 12°C (53°F).

Southern Patagonia is best visited from November to March when temperatures are milder but visitors should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time. It is worth considering traveling outside this time, especially rewarding in April (for autumn colors) or October (for spring flowers) because winds can drop significantly and there are fewer visitors in the National Parks. May to September is winter and many hotels in Southern Patagonia close for the season.

Santiago is a year-round destination but the most pleasant months to visit are October to April.

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