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Ultimate Chile & Argentina

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.Journey to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world!Our ultimate tour of Chile & Argentina starts off in Santiago where we take in amazing city views and visit the famous Maipo wine region. We then journey to the Atacama Desert and Tatio Geysers, a dramatic geothermal field, where we witness spectacular views at dawn!Rainforest & VolcansWe travel into beautiful Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve, set amongst lush rainforest and dotted with picturesque lakes, staying in unique tree house accommodation. As we continue to Puerto Varas, we enjoy more of Chile's amazing wilderness visiting the Osorno and Calbuco volcans and stopping to enjoy the rapids of Petrohue Falls.Cross the Bariloche Lakes to ArgentinaExperience the serenity of the Patagonian Lakes District and make the famous ferry crossing across 3 scenic lakes to Bariloche in Argentina. Spend the night in the charming village of Puella along the way.Explore the 'End of the World'Splendid Patagonia is the southernmost part of the famed Andes Mountain Range. Explore this stunning region on nature trails overlooking breathtaking peaks in El Chalten and visit the advancing Perito Moreno Glacier. Continue further south to incredible Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy wonderful views over Torres Massif's jagged peaks and mysterious Lake Grey.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 5 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $340pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 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
  • 21 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on min. of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Experience the natural wonders of Chile

  • Visit the tallest building in South America and enjoy the view from the "Sky Costanera" in Santiago.
  • Take a city tour of Santiago including La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office, Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Casa Colorada - once the Spanish governor's residence.
  • Discover Chile's famous wine-producing region, the Maipo Valley, and enjoy a tour of the Undurraga Winery.
  • Experience an incredible sunset over the Atacama Desert's Valle de la Luna - a mesmerising display of colours thanks to the constantly changing light.
  • Visit a traditional Atacameno farm to discover how produce is grown in the desert and taste some of the local products.
  • Marvel at the Salar de Atacama - a salt lake covered by snow-white salt crystals as far as the eye can see.
  • Watch the sun rise over the steaming El Tatio Geysers.
  • Tour the Villaricca Volcano's underworld in the tunnels and caves that were created by a giant lava flow more than 2 million years ago.
  • Learn all about Mapuche culture and enjoy a typical Mapuche lunch at Kila-Leufu Farm.
  • Spend 2 nights in a treehouse hotel in the Patagonian Rainforest at Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve.
  • Be amazed by the beautiful scenery and discover the abundance of trails, waterfalls and lakes in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve.
  • Stop in the quaint German settlement town of Frutillar - why not try some of the delicious German cakes on offer?
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Puerto Varas, the "City of Roses", on the banks of majestic Lake Llanquihue.
  • Visit Chiloe Island and the former capital of the island, Ancud.
  • Enjoy a traditional Curanto lunch on Chiloe Island.
  • Enjoy the iconic Lakes Crossing journey from Puerto Varas to Bariloche.

Charming towns and majestic glaciers

  • Explore the surrounds of charming Bariloche on the 'small circuit', including Playa Bonita and the Llao Llao Peninsula, and take the chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario Hill.
  • Spend a day walking through the incredible landscapes of El Chalten National Park.
  • Enjoy some time at leisure to relax or wander through the caf -filled streets of picturesque El Calafate.
  • Visit the ever-changing Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world.

The end of the world

  • Spend a day discovering incredible Torres del Paine National Park and view the famous Grey Glacier.
  • Visit Milodon Cave in Torres del Paine. The remains of a prehistoric giant ground sloth known as the Mylodon were discovered here in 1895.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $16,295
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
24 Nov 201816 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $14,765 
05 Jan 201927 Jan 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,065
09 Mar 201931 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $14,765
21 Sep 201913 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $13,765
19 Oct 201910 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $14,065
23 Nov 201915 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $14,065
04 Jan 202026 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $14,365
08 Feb 202001 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $14,365
07 Mar 202029 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $14,365
ItineraryExpand
Ultimate Chile & Argentina

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive 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.

Day 2. Santiago

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. [B,D]

Day 3. Santiago - Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

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. [B]

Day 4. San Pedro de Atacama

Special Experience: Visit a traditional Atacame o 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. [B,L]

Day 5. San Pedro de Atacama

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. [B]

Day 6. San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago - Temuco - Puc n

This morning we fly to Temuco via Santiago and travel to Puc n in Chile's Lake District. [B]

Day 7. Puc n

Situated on the shores of Lake Villarrica, Puc n'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. [B,L]

Special Experience: Learn all about Chile's Mapuche culture and enjoy a traditional lunch at Kila-Leufu farm this afternoon.

Day 8. Puc n - Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve

We travel into beautiful Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve, set amongst lush landscape and dotted with picturesque lakes.

Special Experience: 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. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve

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. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve - Puerto Varas

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. [B]

Day 11. Puerto Varas

We explore Chil 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. [B,L]

Special Experience: Enjoy a hands-on lunch experience as we help prepare a traditional Curanto lunch in an earth oven.

Day 12. Puerto Varas - Peulla

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. [B,D]

Special Experience: Discover the serene beauty of picturesque Peulla, a charming small village in the heart of the Patagonian Lakes District.

Day 13. Peulla - Bariloche

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. [B]

Day 14. Bariloche

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. [B]

Day 15. Bariloche - El Chalt n

We fly south to El Calafate and transfer to breathtaking El Chalt n, gateway to two of the most impressive peaks in the Patagonian Andes, Mt Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. [B]

Day 16. El Chalt n

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. [B,L]

Day 17. El Chalt n - El Calafate

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery today as we transfer back to El Calafate. [B]

Day 18. Los Glaciares National Park Excursion

Special Experience: 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. [B]

Day 19. El Calafate - Puerto Natales

Today we venture into southern Patagonia and make our way to Puerto Natales. [B]

Day 20. Torres Del Paine National Park Excursion

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. [B,L]

Day 21. Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Santiago

We transfer to Punta Arenas for our flight back to Santiago. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Santiago

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia