Arrive in Buenos Aires where you will be met by your host and taken to your hotel. From here you may do some exploring of your local surroundings, with the winding market streets of Florida Avenue or the Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street ever, within reach. With your hotel located in the heart of the bustling capital, take advantage of the proximity to the cultural landmarks, dining venues, and designer shops scattered throughout the city.
Spend the morning in leisure, while in the afternoon take a guided tour of the ‘Paris of the Americas’. Begin by visiting the Plaza de Mayo, the central hub of political life in Buenos Aires. Weave in and out of the streets in the La Boca district; a vibrant location and the birthplace of the Argentinean tango. Finally, visit the cemetery and final resting place of the once first lady of Argentina, Eva Perón, before your 6:00pm Welcome Reception in downtown Buenos Aires.
Take a flight from Buenos Aires to the Swiss-like city of Bariloche, gateway to Patagonia;s Lake District. Get a feel for the Prussian influence at a local craft brewery before enjoying a Highlight Lunch. Take a short walk around Bariloche to a chairlift ride to the top of Campanario Hill and witness the stunning views out over the district and the snow-capped mountains beyond.
Delve into the historical side of Patagonia as you are hosted on a ranch owned by a local family for generations. Learn all there is to learn about their way of life, ride horseback, and keep an eye out for condors around the serene countryside. Enjoy a traditional meal at the ranch and watch a demonstration of how to shear sheep before heading back to the city where you can discover all about Bariloche’s historical roots in chocolate history at the Chocolate Museum. View the production area, and sample some of the splendid treats and local specialities. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Today is sure to hold a number of favourite moments on this tour of Patagonia. Traverse the astonishing landscapes that cross from Argentina to Chile, journeying by both land and sea, with glorious vistas of the snowy peaks of the Andean mountain range, cerulean blue lakes, and verdant emerald greenery. Take a scenic boat ride atop Lake Nahuel Huapi, and cross the Chilean border in a car to Puella. Continue on by boarding a catamaran across Todos Los Santos Lake, with the incredible backdrop of the gargantuan Osorno Volcano. Take a pit stop as you travel west at the Petrohue River and watch as the waterfall cascades over the rocky lava formations below. Finally, you will arrive in the quaint village of Puerto Varas on the banks of Lake Llanquihue.
Take a tour around the coastal city of Puerto Montt with a local expert who will inform you of the history of your surroundings. Amaze at the incredible panoramic views over the bay of Reloncavu all the way up to Isla Tenglo from a high vantage point. Follow on by heading over to the harbour to see the Angelmo fish market which houses an array of unusual foods as well as local arts and crafts. Take your lunch at the Cocineria (Kitchen Restaurant), a line of miniature eateries with windows that show the kitchen and preparation of the food within. Afterwards, take a drive over to Frutillar, a beautiful village whose houses are fashioned similar to those found in the German Black Forest region, with beautiful gardens surrounding them. Spend the afternoon back in Puerto Varas at leisure.
Fly from Puerto Montt in the north to the southern regions of Patagonia to Punta Arenas. Head to Puerto Natales before bordering Otway Bay and take a look at the stunning view of Riesco Island and the majestic Pinto mountain range. Otway Bay houses caves that in certain seasons are filled with penguin colonies that can be seen as you continue through Otway Bay.
Venture through the Rio Serrano today aboard zodiacs, heading towards the Serrano Glacier via the southern ice field, Campode Hielo Sur. Explore the towering glacier before hiking up through an untouched rainforest to Seno Ultima Esperanza (Fjord of the Last Hope). Witness the uniquely breathtaking setting of Chile’s largest nature reserve; Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Finish the day by continuing on boat through the fjord, with the beautiful Balmaceda Glacier backdrop.
The Torres del Paine National Park’s wonders will be on show today, covering a huge expanse including cascading waterfalls, beautiful lakes, flowing creeks, and mountain peaks of jagged rock. En route take a visit to Milodon Cave, the legendary site of the discovery of a prehistoric ground sloth. Set foot at the vantage points Los Cuernos, Lago Pehoe and Lago Grey, as well as the wonderful Salto Grande waterfall. The park’s abundant wildlife ranges from foxes and swans to a variety of bird species for you to keep an eye out for.
Return to the splendour of the Patagonian steppe as you cross back over the Argentinean border. Stop off at Cancha Carrera, continue on to the town of El Calafate that straddles the region between Chile and Argentina and the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. El Calafate is named after the calafate bush, the berries of which are said to ensure your return to the magical area. The landscape itself was formed from incredible glaciers and the eruptions of volcanoes, creating the sharp, uneven grounds that make up the fjords, lakes, and channels.
Today you will be taking a full-day adventure to Los Glaciares National Park, the second largest National Park in Argentina, housing a myriad of striking glaciers. The glaciers in the park are enforced by a large stretch of ice cap that starts all the way in the Andes. Above Lake Argentino you will find the towering Perito Moreno Glacier in all its shining glory. If you’re lucky, you will be able to witness the glaciers crack and shatter into the water below to a booming sound created from the movements of the icy land mass. East of the icefields is a reprieve of the glacial landscape in the form of a beach forest and windswept steppe. Journey back to El Calafate, cutting a path through bird-filled forests and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Fly over to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, where you can explore the infamous Jail of Recidivists with its preserved architecture which houses a harsh history. Witness the first settlers’ houses, and marvel at the mountain range view from Paseo del Centenario. Continue on to the once most prestigious house in all of Ushuai; the Bebán house. The afternoon sees you visiting the centre of the city and the restricted zones belonging to the naval base. Spend the evening at your own leisure.
Join a local expert as they trek across the Tierra del Fuego National Park, taking an optional ride at the End of the World Train Station. The park is filled to the brim with native wildlife for you to spot such as beavers, red foxes, ducks, and a plethora of bird species, all housed in harmony in the most stunning ecosystem. What separates this park from most others is that the Tierra del Fuego encompasses forestry, ocean and mountains all in one place. The flora found throughout the park is a wonder to behold, with verdant plant life at every turn and bend along the roads and trails. Dotted with natural landmarks such as Lapataia Bay, Roca Lake and Ensenada Bay, this park is a palette of awe-inspiring natural spectacles for you to uncover. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner in the evening with your fellow travellers and recount your experiences together.
Fly back to Buenos Aires and transfer to Ezeiza International Airport for your connecting flight home.