Chile & Argentina 2019
Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
Day 1: PERTH TO SANTIAGOIFM
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home by a private vehicle and transferred to the airport. Meet your Kings Tour Manager and fellow passengers then fly to Santiago. Bienvenido a Santiago, Chile’s colonial capital! Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail this afternoon. We’ll also visit the Sky Costanera observatory, Latin America’s highest viewpoint.
Hotel: Hotel Solace Santiago for 2 nights
Day 2: SANTIAGOB D
This morning we explore historic and modern Santiago, stopping at a lookout to take in amazing views of the city. We’ll also travel to the Maipo Valley, Chile’s famous wine region, for a winery tour at Undurraga Winery. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner.
Day 3: SANTIAGO TO CALAMA TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMAB
We fly to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert. The remote area’s landscape is really like no other. We’ll take an incredible sunset tour of the Moon Valley. Dusk bathes the unique rock and salt formations and the Licancabur Volcano in constantly changing light for a mesmerising display of colours.
Hotel: Hotel Altiplanico for 3 nights
Day 4: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMAB L
Visit a traditional Atacameño farm to discover how produce is grown in the desert, and then try the authentic products of the land at a tasting. After lunch we discover Salar de Atacama, an immense salt flat covering 3,000 square kilometres. The flat’s surface is decorated by a layer of white salt crystals and is home to several flamingo species - a beautiful photo opportunity.
Day 5: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMAB
Witness the incredible El Tatio Geysers as the sun rises over the field this morning. The geysers shoot up to 10-metres-high and reflect countless colours as they mingle with the sun’s rays.
Day 6: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA / SANTIAGO / TEMUCO / PUCÓNB
This morning we fly to Temuco via Santiago and travel to Pucón in Chile’s Lake District.
Hotel: Hotel Cumbres del Sur for 2 nights
Day 7: PUCÓNB L
Situated on the shores of Lake Villarrica, Pucón’s location is the perfect starting point for us to tour the Villarrica Volcano’s underworld. This morning we explore the tunnels and caves created by a giant lava flow more than 2 million years ago. This afternoon learn all about Chile's Mapuche culture and enjoy a traditional lunch at Kila-Leufu farm.
Day 8: PUCÓN TO HUILO HUILO NATURE RESERVEB L D
We travel into beautiful Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve, set amongst lush landscape and dotted with picturesque lakes. For the next two nights we'll be staying in a luxury treehouse lodge in the heart of the Patagonian rainforest. After lunch we set out on a short hike along the Spirits Trail to the Leone, Huilo Huilo and Puma waterfalls.
Hotel: Reino Fungi Lodge for 2 nights
Day 9: HUILO HUILO NATURE RESERVEB L D
Today is at leisure to enjoy this stunning location at your own pace. You might choose to visit the nearby Chochuenco Volcano, birdwatch or go horse riding.
Day 10: HUILO HUILO NATURE RESERVE TO PUERTO VARASB
This morning we depart for Puerto Varas, stopping along the way at the small German settlement town of Frutillar - make sure you try one of their delicious cakes. We’ll arrive in Puerto Varas, the 'City of Roses', later this afternoon and explore the town centre on foot.
Hotel: Hotel Solace Puerto Varas for 2 nights
Day 11: PUERTO VARASB L
We explore Chiloe Island this morning. We'll get to meet some of the locals, known as 'Chilotes', and learn how their way of life and beliefs differ from continental Chile. Enjoy a hands-on lunch experience as we help prepare a traditional Curanto lunch in an earth oven.
Day 12: PUERTO VARAS TO PEULLAB D
This morning we cross Todos Los Santos Lake to Peulla. Todos Los Santos is also known as Lago Esmeralda due to the water's colour and on a clear day we'll enjoy spectacular views of Cerro Puntiagudo and the active Osorno Volcano. Discover the serene beauty of picturesque Peulla, a charming small village in the heart of the Patagonian Lakes.
District. Hotel: Hotel Natura for 1 night
Day 13: PEULLA TO BARILOCHEB
We travel over the Andes and cross the border into Argentina. As we cross the stunning turquoise water of Felix Frias Lake, enjoy the views of the imposing Tronador Mountain. We'll then take a motorised catamaran across Lake Nahuel Huapi to charming Bariloche.
Hotel: Cacique Inacayal for 2 nights
Day 14: BARILOCHEB
Today we discover Bariloche's 'small circuit'. We'll visit Playa Bonita, take the chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario Hill and travel to the Llao Llao Peninsula to visit the rustic San Eduardo Chapel.
Day 15: BARILOCHE TOEL CHALTÉNB
We fly south to El Calafate and transfer to breathtaking El Chaltén, gateway to two of the most impressive peaks in the Patagonian Andes, Mt Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
Hotel: Hotel Destino for 2 nights
Day 16: EL CHALTÉNB
Discover this incredible landscape on a full day walking tour. There are trails to suit most fitness levels and weather conditions - our guide will discuss the best option on the day.
Day 17: EL CHALTÉN TO EL CALAFATEB
Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery today as we transfer back to El Calafate.
Hotel: Kosten Aike for 2 nights
Day 18: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK EXCURSIONB
Explore Los Glaciares National Park and hear the thundering sound of the ice breaking from Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world.
Day 19: EL CALAFATE TO PUERTO NATALESB
Today we venture into southern Patagonia and make our way to Puerto Natales.
Hotel: Hotel Costaustralis for 2 nights
Day 20: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK EXCURSIONB L
We spend the day discovering incredible Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy the wonderful views over Torres Massif’s jagged peaks and mysterious Lake Grey, and discover the area’s flora and fauna. We'll take a short hike to see the magnificent Grey Glacier and also visit the Cueva del Milodon, where the remains of a prehistoric giant ground sloth were discovered in 1895.
Day 21: PUERTO NATALES TO PUNTA ARENAS ONTO SANTIAGO
We transfer to Punta Arenas for our flight back to Santiago. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel Solace Santiago for 1 night
Day 22 & 23: SANTIAGO TO PERTHIFMB
Today we begin our journey home to Perth. Upon arrival into Perth your driver will be waiting to take you safely home.
An amazing journey through the stunning landscapes of Chile and Argentina. Discover the diversity of the Atacama Desert and unspoiled beauty of Patagonia. Soak in thermal hot springs and spend the night in a luxury treehouse within the Patagonian rainforest. Cross the tranquil Lake District and witness breathtaking glaciers and peaks.
- Home pick-up and return by Hughes
- Fully escorted by a Kings Tour Manager
- English speaking local guides
- Return Economy Airfares to South America including taxes
- 5 economy-class flights within South America
- All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
- 17 nights’ deluxe accommodation
- 2 nights in a treehouse hotel in the temperate rainforest at Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve
- 2 nights in Los Glaciares National Park in the mountain village of El Chalten
- Breakfast Daily, 7 Lunches and 5 Dinners
- Tipping and gratuities plus porterage where available
- All sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
- HIGHLIGHT - Experience an incredible sunset in the Atacama Desert
- HIGHLIGHT - Watch the sun rise over the steaming El Tatio Geysers
- HIGHLIGHT - Be amazed by the beautiful scenery in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve
- HIGHLIGHT - Take the scenic Lakes Crossing journey from Chile to Argentina
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the ever-changing Perito Moreno Glacier
- HIGHLIGHT - Tour spectacular Torres del Paine National Park
Tours are based on reaching a minimum number. Home pick-up and return is included based on a set radius – surcharges will apply outside these areas. Other special conditions may apply to each individual tour, please contact the office for further details. The above cost include $890pp of air taxes which are subject to change. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 20