Argentina and Chile Patagonia tour in 15 days
This trip through Argentina and Chile will allow you to focus all your energy on the highlights of Argentina and Chilean Patagonia. Starting from Buenos Aires, gateway to Argentina and cradle of the Tango, continuing to Ushuaia, the city of the end of the world on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Calafate, home to Perito Moreno glacier, crossing into Chile by road to visit the Torres del Paine National Park, with its towering peaks and continuing to Bariloche, the city of the water mirrors of Argentina.Read more
This trip through Argentina and Chile will allow you to focus all your energy on the highlights of Argentina and Chilean Patagonia. Starting from Buenos Aires, gateway to Argentina and cradle of the Tango, continuing to Ushuaia, the city of the end of the world on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Calafate, home to Perito Moreno glacier, crossing into Chile by road to visit the Torres del Paine National Park, with its towering peaks and continuing to Bariloche, the city of the water mirrors of Argentina.
What are you waiting for? It's going to be an amazing adventure and tour!
In the morning visit the city of Buenos Aires. This tour gives you the emotion of a multiple Buenos Aires. We will see the symbol of the city: the obelisk. We will visit different squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín, Plaza Congreso. Avenues like Corrientes, Mayo, 9 de Julio, among others. Historical neighbourhoods: La Boca, San Telmo, Montserrat. Elegant neighbourhoods such as Palermo and Recoleta, and the most modern: Puerto Madero. Parks such as Lezama and Tres de Febrero. We will also visit financial and commercial areas and a Football Stadium.
In the morning visit the city of Buenos Aires. This tour gives you the emotion of a multi-faceted city.
You are now in the southernmost protected area, the only national park that has coastlines, covering a stretch of 6 km over the Beagle Channel and an area of 63,000 hectares. It is reached by the National Highway No. 3 to N.A. meeting along the way Pipo River, Monte Susana, Ensenada Bay, Redonda Island, lake Roca Casita del Bosque, Laguna Verde and Negra, Beaver Dam, Lapataia Bay, marking the end of the route.
The topography of the park is extremely varied, everything is a series of craggy mountains, rivers, valleys and lakes, resulting in varied landscapes from the picturesque and lively stream to the mass of towering mountains, or the extraordinary spectacle of the majestic Beagle Channel.
During the spring and summer, you can admire varied and colorful flowers: mutillas, violet, primrose, white orchids, armories, white and yellow daisies, and the various tree species: Cinnamon, Burgundy, Misodendro parasites and the LlaoLlao, observing lichens, which hang in the form of a beard.
The most common mammals are foxes and rabbits, but there are also muskrat and beaver. Among birds, Upland Goose and gray-headed, steamer ducks and great grebe, the black carpenter and rayadito giant, as well as exclusive marine birds such as albatross, the oystercatcher, and mammals such as seals and otters.
Departure to travel the 80 kms distance separating El Calafate and Perito Moreno glacier, unique in the world in constant progress. During the trip you will admire beautiful places in the Andean foothills, along the south bank of Lake Argentino. After crossing the river Centinela and Mitre, reach Brazo Rico to enter the Los Glaciares National Park.
Bordering Lake Rico you will see icebergs floating on the water until we can finally appreciate the full extent of this natural wonder, which has been declared World Heritage. Return to El Calafate.
Free day for optional activities. We suggest navigating to the Upsala / Onelli / Spegazzinni. Overnight in El Calafate.
The excursion begins visiting the Milodon Cave, a natural monument located on Benitez Hill, 25 kilometres from Puerto Natales, where in 1895 were found remains of extinct animals like Sabre Toothed Tiger, American Horse and a large mammal known as Milodon. It is necessary to walk for half an hour to go into the cave and observe the stalactites, places where the remains were found and a replica of Milodon.
Afterward a technical stop is held in the village of Cerro Castillo, where there are possibilities for shopping, enjoy the coffee service or just for a break.
Continuing the trip toward Torres del Paine National Park, visitors will be able to enjoy the most diverse landscapes, such as the Magellanic deciduous forest and the vast Patagonian steppe dominated by the wind and aridity. On the way is possible to find two species members of the local fauna: the Patagonian guanaco, South American camel and relative of Llama, and the endemic lesser Rhea (Ñandu), relative of the African Ostrich.
Once we get to the park, which is a biosphere reserve with a surface over 242.000 hectares, the landscape changes drastically becoming unforgettable due its dozen lakes populated by marine birds, and in the background granite peaks dominating the area. Turquoise lakes, waterfalls and mountains covered by ice are the predominant landscape inside the park.
A walk for 15 minutes into the park is necessary toward the waterfall (Salto Grande), which is communicating two big lakes inside the park; Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. After lunch the trip continues with a walk on the shores of Grey Lake, where blue icebergs can be seen, and in the background the vast Grey glacier.
Depending on the requirements, the return is done by the same road, or by the new road bordering lakes Toro, Porteño and Sofía.
This pioneering journey quickly became one of the attractions of Lake Todos los Santos and Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, the first national park in Chile and the second oldest in America. The circuit offers travelers the opportunity to marvel at the nature of two national parks Andean environment, the Pérez Rosales in Chile and the NahuelHuapi in Argentina, "surf" the Andes through lakes and rivers, visit magical places, as Puerto Blest and Peulla, and enjoy, in the headwaters of the course, two beautiful cities: Bariloche and Puerto Varas.
Circuito Chico is a scenic tour on which to enjoy good food as well as the beautiful views. The scenery is magnificent along the whole drive, and there are several natural lookouts, such as López Bay and "Punto Panorámico" panoramic lookout. Cerro Campanario, a hill standing "in the center of the landscape" (Km 17), has a chairlift that will carry you up to "the heights of amazement" to enjoy the most beautiful view in the area.
Tasty specialties at several tea houses and restaurants along the way add flavor to the scenic tour. Hotel LlaoLlao and San Eduardo Chapel, opposite Puerto Pañuelo, are unique tourist attractions. If you have time, the easy paths through LlaoLlao Municipal Park provide an opportunity for a peaceful walk through the forest. Another alternative is to drive a few more kilometers to the traditional village Colonia Suiza with its unique atmosphere of a historical old rural settlement.
Other attractions along Circuito Chico are regional craft products including knitted garments, woodwork, candles, pottery and cosmetics, among others. Don’t miss the Small Circle Scenic Tour!
Day at leisure to discover this wonderful city or enjoy some optional tours.
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