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Chile to Argentina: Santiago, Patagonia & Buenos Aires

with Iguazú Falls extension
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Discover the beauty of Patagonia on a journey between two vibrant capitals.

Starting in the Chilean cultural hub of Santiago, set out for Buenos Aires by way of South America’s breathtaking Patagonia region. Take it all in as you venture through Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park, marveling at glittering mountain lakes, craggy peaks, and icy glaciers along the way. Then, cap off your trek in Argentina’s lively capital, the city where tango was born.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Santiago
  • Punta Arenas
  • Patagonian estancia visit
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Perito Moreno Glacier
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Santiago today.

Santiago2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Santiago & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Welcome lunch

Welcome to Chile! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch. Then, set out to explore Santiago on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Drive through the city’s Barrio Bellavista, known for its bohemian charm
  • Pass the Barrio Lastarria and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Walk up Santa Lucía Hill to soak in incredible views from the spot where Santiago was founded in 1541
  • Head to Plaza de Armas where you’ll see Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum, and the Central Post Office Building
Day 3: Free day in Santiago
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santiago or add an excursion.

Valparaíso & Chilean Wine Country
Excursion (additional cost)
Punta Arenas1 night
Day 4: Flight to Punta Arenas
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia this morning. Then, set off on a guided tour alongside your Tour Director.

  • Visit Mirador Cerre de la Cruz to soak in beautiful views of the city
  • Walk around the Cemetery of Punta Arenas
  • Stroll through Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square
  • View the beautiful European-style architecture of the Palacio Sara Braun
Torres del Paine Region2 nights
Day 5: Torres del Paine Region via Patagonian estancia
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend a free morning in Punta Arenas or add an excursion.

Then, visit a Patagonian estancia, or ranch, as you make your way to the Torres del Paine region.

  • Learn about work and life on the ranch while watching a sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch of regional specialties
Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park via Milodon Cave
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the largest of its kind in Chile. En route, stop to enter Milodon Cave to view its wealth of prehistoric fossils. Then, set out to explore the park’s many natural wonders.

  • View the towering peaks of Los Cuernos del Paine, for which the park was named
  • Stand on the banks of Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjöld, and Lago Grey, three of the park’s glittering glacial lakes
  • Enjoy an included lunch at Lago Grey restaurant
  • Take a short hike to see the churning Salto Grande waterfall
  • Try to spot guanacos, foxes, rheas, and birds as you go

Sit down for an included dinner in Puerto Natales this evening.

El Calafate2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to El Calafate
Included meal: Breakfast

Cross the border into Argentina as you make your way to the town of El Calafate. Later, enjoy a free evening.

Please note: You’ll depart for Argentina early in the morning.

Day 8: Los Glaciares National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Los Glaciares National Park today for an up-close look at the growing Perito Moreno Glacier.

  • Stop at Lago Argentino to take in the surrounding mountain views, keeping an eye out for the flamingos and condors that call the lake their home (seasonal)
  • Arrive in Los Glaciares National Park and embark on a cruise along the Perito Moreno Glacier face
  • Take in views of the glacier from a scenic overlook and enjoy free time to explore the surrounding walking paths
Buenos Aires2 nights
Day 9: Flight to Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Board your flight to Buenos Aires this morning.

Then, spend free time in the city or add an excursion.

Tango Show & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Embark on a guided tour of the city where tango was born.

  • Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighborhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina
  • Make your way past the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo
  • Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world
  • Explore Plaza de Mayo, site of the May Revolution in 1810, and enter the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Enjoy free time in the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of its Italian settlers can still be felt today

Later, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Relax in a dayroom in Buenos Aires before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you’re continuing on the tour extension, you’ll fly to the Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls this afternoon.

Arrive Home
Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Iguazú Falls

Spend a few days exploring wonderful waterfalls and lush jungles as you discover the beauty of Iguazú National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from all angles.

Iguazú Falls3 nights
Day 11: Flight to the Iguazú Falls Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to the Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls this afternoon.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Iguazú Falls, Jeep & boat ride
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day soaking in the natural wonders of Iguazú National Park.

  • Take a ecological train through the park
  • Walk along a pathway to arrive in front of Devil’s Throat where you can take photos of the incredible waterfall
  • Enjoy another train ride to see the upper section of the park, including the San Martín, Dos Hermanas, and Bozzetti falls
  • Set off on a Jeep ride through the sub-tropical rainforest
  • Hop aboard an inflatable power boat to ride through the Macuco Falls Canyon
  • Soak in the panoramic views of the falls from the Iguazú Basin

Please note: Pack rain gear for today’s activities and be prepared to walk on slippery, wet terrain. Pregnant women and people with heart or back conditions are restricted from taking part in the jeep and boat ride.

Enjoy a free evening in the Iguazú Falls region or add an excursion.

Iguazú Cultural Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Iguazú Falls
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls for a guided sightseeing tour. You’ll walk through forested footpaths to an observation deck, which offers panoramic views of many of the 225 falls.

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Iguazú Falls region or add an excursion.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jasy Pora Guaraní Community Visit
Excursion (additional cost)
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 14: Flight to Buenos Aires & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly back to Buenos Aires and relax in a dayroom before boarding your overnight or early morning flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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you NEED to see Patagonia!
by 7th time traveler 

What an absolutely breathtaking area of the world to explore! As a solo traveller, I truly enjoyed my tour, my Tour Director, the great local guides, food and wine. It was beautiful and I'm looking forward to taking another one some day!

Amazing Experiences in Patagonia
by 3rd time traveler 

What an amazing trip! From glaciers, penguins, and snow-capped mountains to tango and tropical waterfalls, this itinerary takes you to some of the most amazing places in South America's varied landscape. There are some long travel days, but with such a large area to cover it's worth it. Every experi...

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by 3rd time traveler 

The tour was one of the best we have experienced. The tour director Juan Pablo Chamorro was outstanding, helpful and personable.

CHILE/ARGENTINA/PATAGONIA
by 5th time traveler 

A great tour. Amazing scenery--mountains, glaciers, waterfalls!! Our tour director was excellent--organized, helpful, fun to be with. Not a single complaint. DO NOT miss the Iguazu Falls extension!

Loved this Tour!
by 3rd time traveler 

This was the best tour we've taken yet! Our 2nd with Go Ahead, but we've done 4 others in various parts of the world. It was nice to visit Santiago and Buenos Aires, but we loved Patagonia with it's gorgeous national parks (Torres Del Paine in Chile and Los Glaciares in Argentina), ice fields, gla...

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Atton Las Condes Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Sanhattan. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Nearby, you'll find the Santiago Metro, Pa...

Cabo de Hornos Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Punta Arenas. Guests enjoy a library, Wi-Fi, and laundry service. Nearby, you'll find Plaza de Armas, Magallanes...

Altiplanico Hotel Puerto Natales

This canal side hotel is located along the Laguna Penitencia. Guests enjoy a pool, a spa, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Parque Nacional Tortuguer...

Design Suites Hotel

This modern rustic hotel is located in Calafate. Guests enjoy a heated indoor pool, sauna, and art gallery. Nearby, you'll find Lago Argentino, Glacia...

Intersur Recoleta Hotel

This modern classic hotel is located in the Recoleta neighborhood, northeast of Buenos Aires’ city center. Guests enjoy a sauna, gym, and rooftop deck...

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Local weather
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Chile and Argentina (as well as Brazil on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • Upon arrival in Chile, you will receive a Chilean tourist card that you must keep in your passport for the duration of your visit.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter any of the countries visited on this tour.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries and trains. You should also feel comfortable getting in and out of Jeeps and small boats on the tour extension.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Santiago and depart from Buenos Aires. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas and El Calafate to Buenos Aires are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes round-trip flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls, as well as a train ride, Jeep ride, and boat ride in Iguazú National Park.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket.
  • In the fall and winter, weather in Patagonia is prone to extreme variance. Snow and strong winds are not uncommon.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses, and raingear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and insect repellent are recommended for certain activities.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • With its lengthy Pacific coastline, it’s no surprise that Chile is one of the world’s seafood capitals. Ceviche, mussels with salsa verde, and seafood empanadas are all not to be missed.
  • While in Patagonia, be sure to try Patagonian lamb, a regional specialty.
  • In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs, and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet, honey-and-milk paste in pastries.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Chile operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or L plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some hotels in this region may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Argentina and mainland Chile (as well as Brazil on the tour extension) are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Argentina (as well as Brazil on the tour extension) does not currently observe Daylight Saving Time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis. Chile stopped observing Daylight Saving Time in 2015.
  • From the end of March through mid-October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Chile and Argentina (as well as in Brazil on the tour extension). From the end of October through early March, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Chile and Argentina (as well as in Brazil on the tour extension).
Currency
  • You will use the Chilean peso in Chile and the Argentine peso in Argentina (as well as the Brazilian real in Brazil on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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