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Chile to Argentina: Santiago, Patagonia & Buenos Aires

12 days |  15 days with Iguazú Falls extension
Group size1022 travelers
a view of mountains in los glaciares national park in argentina
people near plaza de mayo in buenos aires argentina
a pair of guanacos on a mountain in chile
bright blue river running through torres del paine national park on sunny day in chile
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    Discover the beauty of Patagonia on a journey between two vibrant capitals.

    Start this small group Adventure Tour in the Chilean cultural hub of Santiago before setting 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
    • 1 tasting
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    Included highlights

    • Santa Lucía Hill
    • Punta Arenas
    • Patagonian estancia visit
    • Torres del Paine National Park
    • Perito Moreno Glacier
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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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 meals: Welcome lunch, Tasting

    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
    • Try mote con huesillos, a popular drink in Chile known for it’s refreshing peach and cinnamon flavors
    • 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 Street Art & Chilean Wine Country

    From $135 per person

    Punta Arenas1 night
    Day 4: Flight to Punta Arenas & sightseeing tour
    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

    From $129 per person

    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: Sightseeing tour of 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
    • Enjoy a guided hike along one of the paths near Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park with your Tour Director or opt for free time to hike and explore on your own
    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.

    Buenos Aires Tango Lesson, Show & Dinner

    From $95 per person

    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
    Fly to Iguazú to check out its impressive waterfall from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. You'l take a train to Devil's Throat, hop in a Jeep to ride through the rainforest, and visit the Macuco Falls Canyon by power boat.
    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
    Included meal: Breakfast

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

    • Ride through the park aboard an ecological train
    • 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
    • Take a guided walk through the lower section of the park to get up-close to the falls and see the area’s flora and fauna

    Please note: Pack rain gear for today’s activities and be prepared to walk on slippery, wet terrain.

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

    Iguazú Cultural Dinner

    From $135 per person

    Day 13: Iguazú Falls Jeep & boat ride
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Continue exploring the wonders of Iguazú Falls today.

    • 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: Pregnant women and people with heart or back conditions are restricted from taking part in the jeep and boat ride.

    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

    From $79 per person

    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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    Reviews

    Overall rating 4.8 out of 5
    Based on 46 authentic and unedited traveler reviews
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      Best tour ever!!
      02/08/20 by 2nd-time traveler Elaine

      Our South American tour was enlightening, adventurous and fun. What made it so was our fabulous tour director Emiliano and the members of our group. Book as soon as you can to experience Patagonia, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls, good hiking and two sophisticated cities, Santiago and Buenos Aires ...

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      Go Ahead Tours replied on 03/02/20

      Dear Elaine, It's so pleasing to know that your To...

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      So many beautiful things to see!
      01/18/20 by 7th-time traveler Amy

      On this tour we saw so many beautiful things, it's almost difficult to remember them all. Iguazu Falls were unbelievable - and seeing them from the Argentina side, the Brazil side, and from the water below were amazing. The boat ride under the falls was an absolute highlight of my life - it was ...

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      01/18/20 by 1st-time traveler Elizabeth

      We had an absolutely WONDERFUL trip. Full of great adventures, great food, and great company. Our tour guide, Jorge, was exceptional and I would recommend him to all on any occasions. No one could be more patient or kind-hearted with excellent worldwide knowledge.

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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.
      Pullman Santiago Vitacura
      Pullman Santiago Vitacura

      This modern hotel is located in the Vitacura neighborhood. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant, and lounge. Nearby you’ll find Bicentenario Park, Sky Costa...

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      Cabo de Hornos Hotel
      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...

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      Hotel Costaustralis
      Hotel Costaustralis

      This chateau style hotel is located in Puerto Natales, Chile. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the Patagonian Andes and on-site restaurant featuring Pa...

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      Kosten Aike Hotel
      Kosten Aike Hotel

      Kosten Aike Hotel offers an unsurpassable location in El Calafate, at only 2 blocks from downtown and just a few minutes away from the International A...

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      Grand Brizo
      Grand Brizo

      This modern hotel is located on 9 de Julio Avenue. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find Plaza de Mayo, Mercado San T...

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      Flights

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      • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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      Local weather

      El Calafate, Argentina
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      Buenos Aires, Argentina
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      Santiago, Chile
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      FAQ

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      Passport & visa requirements
      • This tour visits Chile and Argentina. 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 at least 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 are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Argentina 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. From the end of October through early March, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Chile and Argentina.
      Currency
      • You will use the Chilean peso in Chile and the Argentine peso in Argentina.
      • 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.

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