Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Embark on the fabled Andean Lakes Crossing, sailing from Argentina to Chile by catamaran.
  • Explore the spectacular lakes, peaks, and waterfalls of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Hear from an expert about the Perito Moreno Glacier, then witness this magnificent ice mass in action.
  • Discover the enormous penguin colonies of Martillo Island alongside a naturalist guide.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Amid the pristine landscapes of southern Argentina and Chile, snowcapped volcanoes and sparkling lakes set the backdrop for an exhilarating adventure. Experience Patagonia’s rugged natural beauty by foot, boat, and private vehicle, journeying from the idyllic town of Bariloche to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Come face-to-face with the Perito Moreno Glacier, part of the world’s third largest ice cap; navigate the legendary Beagle Channel, looking out for seabirds and sea lions; and round off your trip with a tango lesson in bustling Buenos Aires.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Buenos Aires
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Accommodations:Kenton Palace (or similar)
Day 2: Buenos Aires/San Carlos de Bariloche
Catch a flight to San Carlos de Bariloche in northern Patagonia, known as Argentina’s Lake District. Enjoy the highlights of this picturesque town on a half-day tour, driving along the edge of sapphire-hued Nahuel Huapi Lake, visiting scenic Bahía López, or López Bay, and ascending Cerro Campanario for panoramic views of the surrounding forests and snowcapped peaks.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)
Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche
Spend the day on your own in Bariloche, choosing from a range of outdoor activities. Set out on a hike amid luxuriant forests and glacial lakes; explore the Lake District’s dramatic landscapes on a mountain bike; or go white-water rafting near the Chilean border. You can also choose to relax and explore charming Bariloche, sampling some of the delicious chocolate for which the town is known.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Design Suites Bariloche (or similar)
Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche/Puerto Varas
Embark upon the famed Andean Lakes Crossing, connecting Argentina and Chile through a network of volcano-lined, crystal-clear lakes. Board a catamaran from Bariloche and sail across the waters of Nahuel Huapi Lake, Lake Frías, and Todos los Santos Lake, experiencing one of the most breathtaking border crossings in the world. Arrive on the shores of Chile and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)
Day 5: Puerto Varas
Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful lakeside town. Opt to take a ferry to Chiloé Island, a fishing village known for its colourful wooden houses built on stilts, and pay a visit to the nearby penguin colony. Or, choose to venture into Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park—the oldest national park in Chile—to hike the Desolation Pass trail, climbing up the ice-clad slopes of Osorno Volcano.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Cabana del Lago (or similar)
Day 6: Puerto Varas/Torres del Paine National Park
Catch a flight to Punta Arenas and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. One of the most spectacular parks in the Americas, Torres del Paine covers a sweeping expanse of glaciers, forests, and gem-coloured lagoons, crowned by the jagged pinnacles of the Torres del Paine mountains. Settle into your hotel and relax this evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hosteria Lago Grey (or similar)
Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park
Embark on a full-day exploration of Torres del Paine National Park with an expert guide. Travel by van across the rugged, windswept landscape and set out on short walks to discover some of the park's most majestic features, including Grey Lake, Grey Glacier, Lake Sarmiento, Azul Lagoon, and more. Along the way, keep a lookout for the park’s resident creatures—eagles, condors, foxes, armadillos, as well as an indigenous type of ostrich.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hosteria Lago Grey (or similar)
Day 8: Torres del Paine National Park/El Calafate
Enjoy a scenic drive to El Calafate, Argentina, your base for exploring Los Glaciares National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site makes up part of South America’s largest ice field; it is also home to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 9: El Calafate
This morning, hear a talk by a local glacier expert before venturing into Los Glaciares National Park to view the Perito Moreno Glacier, an active glacier on the southern arm of Lake Argentino. Witness this continually advancing mass calve great chunks of ice into the lake; and opt to take a boat ride along the glacier’s front wall, where most of the calving takes place.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 10: El Calafate/Ushuaia
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on Earth, soaring above the jaw-dropping landscapes of Patagonia. Opt to visit the Maritime Museum, housed in a former prison, and learn about the stories of seafarers and captives at the “end of the world.” Or, choose to explore the pristine Tierra del Fuego National Park, one of Patagonia’s crown jewels.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Cilene del Faro (Special rate w/bkfst & wifi) (or similar)
Day 11: Ushuaia
Navigate the dramatic Beagle Channel on a catamaran, gliding past Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Seal Island—where you might spot two species of sea lion—and Bird Island, home to hundreds of nesting seabirds. Later, travel to Martillo Island to get up close with the gentoo and Magellanic penguins that reside here part of the year, and learn about their habits and behaviour from a naturalist guide.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Cilene del Faro (Special rate w/bkfst & wifi) (or similar)
Day 12: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Fly back to Buenos Aires and take time to explore this vibrant metropolis on your own, visiting some of the city’s galleries, museums, and cafés. This evening, enjoy a private tango lesson at a popular dance venue; then practice your moves alongside other students and teachers during a milonga, a social dancing event.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Kenton Palace (or similar)
Day 13: Buenos Aires
Discover the charms of Buenos Aires on a city tour. Visit key landmarks such as Plaza de Mayo and the pink balcony made famous by Argentina’s iconic first lady Eva Perón; and see the Recoleta Cemetery, where Perón is buried. Explore the city’s most interesting neighbourhoods, including San Telmo and the colourful artist’s quarter of La Boca. This evening, consider catching a tango show at a local tanguería.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Kenton Palace (or similar)
Day 14: Buenos Aires
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast