Chile and Argentina Lakes Uncovered

Santiago, Valparaíso, Chiloé, Puerto Varas, Bariloche and Buenos Aires
14 nights private tour from $7,200 Per person

Experience the very best of Chile and Argentina’s beautiful Lake District on this all-encompassing, action packed itinerary. This unforgettable adventure combines a little history and culture with natural landscapes and pure wilderness, whilst staying at a mixture of characterful, unique and luxurious hotels.

Chile and Argentina Lakes Uncovered
At a glance
  • Separated by the vast snow-capped Andean mountain range, visit the contrasting Lake District region of both countries, including an unforgettably scenic journey to get between the two.

  • Discover the two vibrant and cosmopolitan capitals Santiago and Buenos Aires, brimming with famous landmarks and world-class restaurants, as well as the colourful port town of Valparaíso.

  • Explore Chiloé Island, completely off the beaten track and utterly unspoiled, it holds onto deeply rich cultures and mysterious traditions, and is complemented by lush green, rolling landscapes.

  • With gorgeous lakeside settings, the adventure hubs of Puerto Varas and Bariloche are surrounded by protected forests, fast-flowing rivers, majestic peaks, turquoise lakes and active volcanoes, all waiting to be explored.

Journey highlights
  • Separated by the vast snow-capped Andean mountain range, visit the contrasting Lake District region of both countries, including an unforgettably scenic journey to get between the two.

  • Discover the two vibrant and cosmopolitan capitals Santiago and Buenos Aires, brimming with famous landmarks and world-class restaurants, as well as the colourful port town of Valparaíso.

  • Explore Chiloé Island, completely off the beaten track and utterly unspoiled, it holds onto deeply rich cultures and mysterious traditions, and is complemented by lush green, rolling landscapes.

  • With gorgeous lakeside settings, the adventure hubs of Puerto Varas and Bariloche are surrounded by protected forests, fast-flowing rivers, majestic peaks, turquoise lakes and active volcanoes, all waiting to be explored.

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Price Guide: (Per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,200
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    $1,800
  • June
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    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,200
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    $1,800
  • July
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    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,200
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  • August
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    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,200
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    $1,800
  • September
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,200
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    $1,800
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,700
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    $1,900
  • November
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,700
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    $1,900
  • December
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,200
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    $2,100
  • January
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,200
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,200
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,700
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,700
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    $1,900
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Itinerary

Fly to Santiago
Day 1-3

Santiago

On arrival into Santiago, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the capital’s Lastarria neighbourhood. Discover the city’s highlights with the help of a friendly knowledgeable guide, visiting some of the most famous landmarks and getting a local’s perspective on the country’s fascinating history. Cerro San Cristobal is the city's major attraction, with panoramic views over the skyline and a glimpse of the impressive Andes mountains on the horizon. There are some worthwhile museums and galleries to stop in at if you have time and several leafy parks and plazas to stroll through. Throw in the fact that Santiago has an exciting gastronomy scene and plenty of great restaurants and wine bars within walking distance of your hotel, there’s enough to keep you occupied for the next couple of days.

Accommodation: Hotel Cumbres Lastarria ( 2 nights )
Day 3-5

Valparaiso

This morning transfer to the picturesque port town of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with history, quirky cafés and bars, artists’ workshops and vibrant street art. Together with a local guide, explore the historic downtown with its labyrinthine maze of streets and brightly coloured buildings, and ride an ancient funicular for fabulous views out over the Pacific Ocean. There’s a real bohemian feel to the place and the laidback vibe makes it ideal for just wandering around, popping into a gallery and enjoying a glass of chilled wine and some nibbles in the afternoon sun.

On the way to Valparaíso you will pass by a few of Chile's best vineyards. If you would like to stop at one of these on route for a visit and a tasting session, just let us know and we can amend the itinerary to include this.

Accommodation: Casa Higueras ( 2 nights )
Day 5-8

Chiloé

The adventure really ramps up a few notches today as you escape to the enchanting and largely untouched archipelago of Chiloé in Patagonia. Your home for the next few days will be a luxurious retreat, a unique wooden structure built on stilts, nestled amongst rolling green hills with spectacular views out over the sea. Embark on an amazing range of guided outdoor excursions and culturally rich experiences, including trekking, horse riding, bike riding, kayaking and cultural visits to the island’s quaint towns and Unceso-listed wooden churches. Chiloé has an aura of mythology and meeting the locals will most certainly be an experience not to forget. The hotel even has its own wooden boat (called Williche), so you can hop onboard for adventures across the archipelago's ocean, channels and fjords. And don’t worry about a thing, as all your delicious hearty meals (with most ingredients sourced locally) and daily guided excursions are included in your stay.  

Accommodation: Tierra Chiloé ( 3 nights )
Day 8-10

Puerto Varas and surrounds

Your next stop is Chile’s picturesque Lake District region, where you’ll spend a couple of nights at a cosy guesthouse located in the adventure hub of Puerto Varas, the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The town sits on the shores of shimmering Lake Llanquihue and is overshadowed by the perfect conical peaks of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Osorno Volcano is so iconic that we have included a guided visit. If you are feeling particularly active you can climb to various viewpoints on the way up or opt to take the chair lift, which reaches 1,750 metres. Your remaining time in Puerto Varas is at leisure and there are many additional adventures to be had here, whether it’s a boat trip across the lake, hiking, river-rafting or fly-fishing, or simply wandering around the Bavarian feeling town and enjoying the view.

Accommodation: Hotel AWA ( 2 nights )
Day 10-13

Bariloche & the Lake District

The next morning you will embark on the famous and visually stunning lake crossing, stopping off to visit the icy-blue Petrohue Falls, before continuing by boat and road into Argentina's Lake District. It’s a long day, but the journey itself is a real highlight as you pass aquamarine lakes punctuated by snow-capped mountains. You will arrive at your lakefront, log-cabin style lodge on the outskirts of Bariloche just in time for a delicious homecooked dinner. The property offers a feeling of sublime isolation and you’ll enjoy the freedom to roam and ride within the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

All meals and activities are included, and Peuma Hue’s backyard provides an amazing wilderness setting to explore. The estancia has its own stables and offers superb horse-back riding, suitable for all levels. There is also a system of trails that lead directly into the heart of the national park allowing you to discover spectacular mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls and dense forests along with the flora and fauna of the region. Activities on the lake itself include swimming in the crystal-clear waters (on warm days), kayak adventures and fly-fishing. After all these wholesome activities and fresh air, why not have a massage or unwind in the wooden hot tub, before cosying down beside the outdoor fire along with a glass of wine.
Accommodation: Estancia Peuma Hue ( 3 nights )
Day 13-15

Buenos Aires

It’s time to wave goodbye to the wilderness as you transfer to the airport for the short flight over to Buenos Aires, South America’s most stylish capital city. Your luxurious boutique hotel is located in the trendy Palermo district, full of fantastic restaurants and relaxed wine bars. We have included a couple of experiences to help you get under the skin of this amazing city and learn a little more about the country’s history and culture. An orientation tour will take you around some of the most interesting neighbourhoods, visiting the colourful houses of La Boca, the antique markets of San Telmo and upmarket Palermo with its leafy green streets and trendy eateries. Your local guide will of course point out places of interest that you can return to in your own time. You’ll also embark on a unique culinary tour, tasting mouth-watering steaks and other local delicacies, washed down with plenty of Malbec. There’s even an opportunity for you to make some of the country’s favourite street snacks, including savoury filled empanadas and sweet, dulce de leche filled alfajores.

Accommodation: Legado Mitico ( 2 nights )
Fly home from Buenos Aires
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
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Chile and Argentina Lakes Uncovered
Chile and Argentina Lakes Uncovered

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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