Tour through the pristine wilderness of South America's deep south

Venture deep into the frozen heart of Patagonia on an adventure through South America’s most spectacular scenery. Discover the pulsating energy of Buenos Aires before heading south to Patagonia; explore some of the planet’s most breathtaking landscapes and visit Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Walk through pristine wilderness, spot exotic animals and gaze in awe at the towering Perito Moreno Glacier. Travel to Bariloche for indulgence and relaxation and finish the tour in sizzling Santiago. Along the way, meet friendly locals and be enchanted by the charming south coast of South America.

Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Santiago, Chile
Countries
Argentina,
Chile
Themes
Overland
Code
GDOE
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 22
Carbon offset
981kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore a myriad of fun and fascinating Buenos Aires attractions
  • Get up close and personal to wildlife in pristine Patagonia
  • Travel to Argentina's vast Pampas
  • Visit Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town
  • Spot the abundant marine life of Valdes Peninsula
  • Tour to Perito Moreno Glacier to see ice shelves breaking into the ocean
  • Indulge in the epicurean delights of beautiful Bariloche
  • Visit Santiago and be immersed in colour and culture

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Border information: if you are finishing in Buenos Aires, you will most likely exit Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (also known as Ezeiza Airport).
Welcome to the cosmopolitan Argentine capital of Buenos Aires! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Hotel for the night: Hotel Splendid
Hotel Splendid
Avenida Rivadavia 950
Buenos Aires
Argentina
Tel - +54 11 4345 2800
About Buenos Aires:
At the mouth of the River Plate lies Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. It's a buzzing, energetic city that often feels more European than Latin American, so much so that it's often referred to as "the Paris of the South". Not surprising when you consider how much the city has been influenced by immigration, with it's large Italian and Spanish communities.
There is a huge amount to do see and do here and a good place to start is with a city tour, which will help you get your bearings and see all the main sights. You can take in a lot on foot, as the wide streets are very pedestrian friendly and the underground metro system is cheap and easy to navigate. The neighbourhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta and Palermo are certainly all worth exploring, San Telmo for it's olde worlde charm, antique shops and Sunday street market, Palermo for it's unique quirky shops and restaurants and Recoleta is the "Mayfair" of Buenos Aires and home to the La Recoleta cemetry, Eva "Evita" Peron's final resting place. The waterfront area known as La Boca is
also worth a look, this slightly down-at-heel neighbourhood is Buenos Aires' most colourful barrio, the ramshackle buildings painted in a rainbow of different bright colours.
In the evenings, you are also spoilt for choice. Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, with a huge number of bars and night clubs to choose from. Restaurants here vary from cheap and cheerful to world class and it's a great place to get stuck into some of Argentina's finest steak and red wine. Of course this is also the home of Tango, and there are many evening Tango shows you can buy tickets for, or if you want a more "real" Tango experience you can check the local papers for details of where tango "milongas" are being held. This is where the locals go to tango, with dances held in school halls, meeting rooms and even warehouses. You might also like to visit the Teatro Colon, one of the world's greatest opera houses - even if you don't go to watch a show, it's
usually possible to take a guided tour of the building during the day.
Everywhere you go you'll be surrounded by some fantastic architecture. ThePlaza de Mayo is perhaps the most historically interesting - as this is the ste of the Cabillo (original town hall), Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace) and the cathedral where the body of General San Martin lies. Finally, if you get the chance, try and get hold of tickets for an Argentinean football match while you're here, even if you're not usually a sports fan, the electric atmosphere of a local match is definitely something you'll never forget - tickets are usually available from local tourist agencies - and if you've still got time to spare, why
not take the hydrofoil across the water to Uruguay for a day.
Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Discover the beautiful Teatro Colon on a tour around the theatre, or see one of its free afternoon performances
(when available) - ARS 150
Explore the fascinating streets of La Boca, home of the La Bombonera football stadium and the colouful artists'
street of Caminito - Free
Take the passenger ferry over to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo for a night (if time allows) - USD 140
Discover the beautiful back streets, antique shops, and thrift markets of the bohemian district of San Telmo - Free
Take the ferry over the river to Uruguay, and explore
the serene colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento for the afternoon before returning - USD 45
Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe,
the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting - ARS 240
Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a toplevel wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires - USD 52
Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour
of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! - USD 85
See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists - USD 20
Explore the beautiful area of Palermo Viejo, see the incredible modern sculpture of Floralis Generica, and head out to the area's bars and restaurants at night - Free
Explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, and take a free tour of the city's highlights - Free
Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires - USD 25
Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine
icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron - Free
Head out to an exciting football game at La Bombanero, Diego Maradona's former home ground (when matches are scheduled) - ARS 300
Today we begin our journey from Buenos Aires will a full day drive across the pampas and grasslands of the province.
Tonight we will wild camp en route, possibly in the coastal village of Monte Hermoso.
Estimated Drive Time - 11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is
essential on any overland trip!).
Today we continue our journey south with a full day drive to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn.
In Puerto Madryn we will camp in a basic campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.
About Puerto Madryn:
Puerto Madryn is a port town on the atlantic coast of Argentina, gateway to the Valdez Peninsula, known for its wildlife. The town is also popular with locals as a beach destination and it can become quite busy in summer months with Argentinian holiday-makers. The original settlers here were Welsh, founding the
port and colonising the Chubut River valley. Some of the smaller communities are still fiercely Welsh, retaining many of the original immigrants traditions and customs, and in places like Gaiman you can even go for a Welsh afternoon tea in one of the local tea houses. Whilst the Welsh language was kept alive for
over four generations, it is now gradually dying out, although the area still offers an interesting insight into the lives of the people who landed here during the latter part of the last century.
Today we will have a free day for optional activities in and around Puerto Madryn. There is the opportunity to take a tour to the Valdes Peninsular to see its desolate scenery and abundant marine life, head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in
the nearby towns of Gaiman or Trelew.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Make a trip to the desolate Peninsular Valdes near Puerto Madryn, a UNESCO World Heritage site full of elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat - ARS 800
Discover the incredible colony of sea lions at Punta Loma, near to Puerto Madryn - ARS 100
Visit the outstanding Museum of Paleontology in the near Welsh town of Trelew, and see the impressive ancient remains of the the dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures found in the area - ARS 95
Explore the intriguing Welsh village of Gaiman near Trelew, visit one of its iconic tea houses, and see the
famous junk-art installations of the Desafio Park - Free
Explore the incredible shipwrecks and rocky reefs under the water on a scuba diving trip in the Golfo Nuevo off the shore of Puerto Madryn - USD 150
Visit the fascinating modern marine interpretation centre of EcoCentro Mar Patagonia, and learn all about the
unique ecosystems of the Patagonian sea - ARS125
Set off on a boat trip on to the Atlantic Ocean from Puerto Madryn or Rawson, in search of playful
Commerson's or Dusky dolphins and Southern Right whales! - ARS 400
Today we will drive south along the coast and have an included visit to the incredible remote colony of Magellanic Penguins in Cabo Dos Bahias (Cape Two Bays), close to the town of Camarones. After seeing the phenomenal sight of thousands of penguins nesting on the shore, we will head to the nearby small town of Camarones.
In Camarones we will camp in a basic campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Visit the huge colony of Magellanic Penguins at the remote area of Cabo Dos Bahias near Camarones on the South Atlantic coast. - Included in Kitty
About Camarones:
Bahía Camarones and Cabo Dos Bahías are both important nesting sites for large colonies of Magellanic penguins, Camarones alone is home to around 25,000. Between September and April, the penguins come to these sites to incubate their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration. Each couple stand in front
of their nests, protecting the eggs from birds and other predators, and occasionally one adult goes to the sea for food.
From Camarones we set off on an all day drive following the South Atlantic coast. If time and conditions allow we might visit the Jaramillo Petrified Forest en route.
Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours.
Activity - Approximate Cost
See the incredible fossilised conifer trees of the Jaramillo Petrified Forest, the remnants of a 40-million year old forest naturally preserved in stone (if time and road conditions allow) - Free
Today we leave the coast behind and head west across the country to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.
About El Calafate:
El Calafate is a small town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino in Patagonia. Originally a sheep station and trading outpost, today the town has developed a bustling small town atmosphere thanks to a growing tourist trade. Most people base themselves here whilst visiting the nearby Perito Moreno
Glacier, located a short distance away at the southern reaches of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Interestingly the town takes its name from the Calafate berry, and locals claim that if you eat one of these and make a wish, you are guaranteed to return to Patagonia.
Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.
Activity - Approximate Cost
See the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier from the most breathtaking and photogenic viewpoints on a guided day tour from El Calafate - Included in Kitty
Get even closer to the impressive glacier of Perito Moreno with a boat trip in front of its mighty face - ARS 200
Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice
bar in the basement! - ARS 200
Explore the Perito Moreno glacier on an incredible full day expedition, trekking through the forests and onto the glacier itself using crampons (please note that this is an alternative to the regular tour as there will not be
enough time for both - however you will stop at the main viewpoint on your way back to El Calafate at the end of the excursion) - ARS 1200
Border information: Exit Argentina at Cerro Castillo and enter Chile at Cerro Castillo. Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.
Tonight we will camp at a stunning lakeside campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of the main mountain range.
Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Entrance into the phenomenal Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile, an area of some of the most outstanding natural beauty, breathtaking mountain vistas, and idyllic trekking opportunities in the world - Included in Kitty
About Torres Del Paine National Park:
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine is home to what is undoubtedly some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Patagonia, if not all of South America. Rising up high above the Patagonian steppe are the 3 impressive granite towers that give the park it's name, surrounded by towering mountain peaks, the most famous of which are Los Cuernos and Paine Grande. The park is a magical natural wonderland full of deep lakes, sparkling glaciers and cascading waterfalls, and it's also an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including the Patagonian rhea and guanaco, as well as flamingoes, condors and other birds.
The best way to explore is definitely to get out there on foot or perhaps on horse-back. The park is criss-crossed by a good network of trails, making it possible for you to see all the main sights either by doing a series of day hikes, or by doing a circular hike like the W-walk, taking a few days and stopping off at the parks refugios or camping along the way. Horse-riding and kayaking can also be arranged locally, and boats and catamarans offer trips across Lago Grey and Lago Pehoe in season.
During the next few days our included package in Torres del Paine (referred to here as the 'base package') will get to walk part of the famous W-walk circuit with a local guide.
You can also complete the full W-walk if you have pre-booked this option - this cannot be booked on arrival, so please contact Dragoman Sales if you would like to take part in the full trek.
Today we will all take the catamaran across a lake to the Paine Grande campsite. From here, our group will split into two - the base package group and the W-walk extension group. Each group will then walk with their respective local guides to a viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. We will then walk back down to Paine Grande, where we will spend the night camping.
Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs.
Activity
W-walk extension
The extension package is to include the entire of the famous W-walk in Torres del Paine - included are two
extra nights camping on the trail with facilities, food for the duration of the trek ,and the service of an expert
English-speaking local guide.
Please note that this package must be pre-booked in advance through your sales agent. Please book as early as possible to ensure availability and avoid disappointment! For further information on the W-walk
please refer to the detailed trip notes. GBP 140
Base package
Guided 'base package' to trek part of the famous W-walk - included is the trek to Grey Glacier and the trek to the towers of Torres del Paine. The package includes camping with facilities in Paine Grande, food during the trekking days and the service of an expert English-speaking
local guide. Included in Kitty
Base package group: If you have not opted for the optional W-walk extension package, you will have free time around Paine Grande this morning to freely explore. You will then board the catamaran back across the lake, where the truck will meet you and drive you to back to our base campsite for the night.
W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave Paine Grande and trek up the French Valley with your local guide. From here you will continue trekking to Campsite Cuernos where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 27 km, estimated duration: 11 hrs.
Base package group: Today is a free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities available near our campsite, or alternatively it's a great day simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite.
W-walk extension group: For those on the optional W-walk extension package, you will continue your trek with your local guide along the Lago Nordenskjold to Las Torres Campsite where you will camp for the
night. Approximate walking distance: 11 km, estimated time: 5 hrs.
Activity
Take in the stunning views of Torres del Paine on a horse riding trip through the National Park CLP 30000
Head out on a fantastic boat trip on the Grey Lake to get up close to the colossal Grey Glacier CLP 55000
Today is our last full day in this beautiful National Park.
Base package group: The Dragoman truck will take you to the base of the famous three peaks which give the National Park its name. From there you will walk up to the breathtaking viewpoint of the Torres with the base package guide, before making your way back to the truck, reuniting with the W-walkers and heading back to the base campsite for the night. Approximate walking distance: 20 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.
W-walk extension group: This morning you will trek up to the incredible viewpoint of the Torres with the W-walk guide, then come back down to Las Torres Campsite where the Dragoman truck will be waiting to return everyone to the base campsite for the night. Approximate walking distance: 20 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.
Today we have an early start to leave Torres del Paine and head south to cross the Magellan Straits onto the island of Tierra del Fuego.
Tonight we will wild bush camp somewhere in the desolate wilds of the Chilean
side of Tierra del Fuego.
Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.
About Tierra Del Fuego:
Tierra del Fuego ("Land of Fire") is a large island separated from mainland South America by the Magellan Straits. Most of the island belongs to Chile, but 30% of the archipelago is in Argentina, including Argentina's southernmost town, Ushuaia. This is Patagonia at its most remote,with a landscape of windswept
plains, forests and swamplands, home to Rheas, Condors, Buzzard Eagles, Seals and Sea Lions, all of which thrive in these conditions. Originally the home of the Yamana and Ona Indians, sadly there are not any indigenous communities left here. The people who inhabit Tierra del Fuego today are the descendants
of the colonial settlers who came here from Europe in nineteenth and twentieth centuries, mostly from Britain, Spain and Yugoslavia.
Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian
Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world!
In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.
About Ushuaia:
Ushuaia lies at the southernmost tip of the Americas, the most southerly city on the island of Tierra del Fuego and often referred to as "the city at the end of the world". The town itself is low-lying and unassuming, centred around one main street and a waterfront that overlooks the Beagle Channel. Originally Ushuaia was little more than a remote outpost, first colonised by a Britishfunded mission in the late 1800's and subsequently used by the Argentinian government as a penal colony. What was once a sleepy small town has grown rapidly in recent years, much of which is due to tourist development and
particularly to the increasing number of Antarctica trips calling to port here.
There's plenty to do in Ushuaia and the surrounding area. The town itself is home to an interesting museum where you can learn more about the history of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego and the indigenous people who originally lived here. The surrounding scenery is also impressive, so it's worth getting out on a boattrip
into the Beagle Channel, which will give you some great views of town with the Martial range in the background. You can also explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, another beautiful spot with some spectacular lake and mountain scenery.
The area is famous for its biting winds, so remember to pack your thermal undies if you're heading here, whatever time of year you're going to be visiting!
We will have two free days in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and
wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Take a boat trip out on the famous Beagle Channel to view the native sea lions and birds ARS 650
Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia ARS 90
Enjoy an active day out in Tierra del Fuego National Park with a 7-kilometre trek to the scenic Lago Roca followed by a canoeing trip down the Lapataia River ARS 700
Discover the beautiful scenery of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel on a horse riding trip to the nearby Susana'sMountain viewpoint ARS 1100
Explore the excellent trails around the hills and forests of Ushuaia by hiring a mountain bike ARS 150
Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony USD 30
Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime
Museum ARS 150
Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel USD 25
Explore the haunting beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park and wander its atmospheric walking trails on a day tour from Ushuaia ARS 500
Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian.
Today we start heading back north and back onto the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. Here we will visit the small King Penguin colony that have recently set up home at the remote Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay).
Tonight we will wild camp near Bahia Inutil.
Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Head out to the remote corner of Chilean Tierra del Fuego to view the King Penguin colony at Bahia Inutil, the
only colony of these type of penguins outside of Antarctica. Included in Kitty
Border information: Exit Chile at Integracion Austral, enter Argentina at Integracion Austral.
Today we continue our journey north, crossing the Magellan Strait back to the mainland and then heading across the Argentine border.
Tonight we will wild camp at a stunning ancient crater called Laguna Azul (Blue
Lagoon).
Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.
About Argentinian Patagonia:
Patagonia is the name of the region in the far south of South America, the southernmost stretch of the Andes and the surrounding plains and plateau. The area is split down the middle, with Chilean Patagonia on the east, and Argentinian Patagonia on the west. Renowned for its desolate landscape, unrelenting winds and magnificent lake, mountain and glacial scenery, the name Patagonia comes from the word "Patagon", used by the explorer Magellan to describe the local people who he believed to be giants. Today historians
believe that the Patagons were actually Teheulches, with an average height of about 1.8m (or 5' 11) as oppose to 1.55m (5' 1) which was the average height of a Spaniard at the time. Argentinian Patagonia includes the spectacular national parks of Los Glaciares, Nahuel Huapi and Tierra del Fuego, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Argentinian Lake District and the Fitzroy Range.
Today we will continue north, overlanding across the Patagonian steppe and to the tiny town of El Chalten, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.
In El Chalten we stay in dorm beds in a hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.
About El Chalten:
The clouds that form around the summit of the surrounding mountains were mistaken for smoke, which gave the name "Chalten" which means volcano. The picturesque landscape is a perfect place for hiking, as there is so much to explore and the rewards of constant beautiful sights gives a perfect reason to hike.
We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitzroy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chalten ARS 600
Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains ARS 500
Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on
the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro TorreUSD 74
Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitzroy mountain range. Free
Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) ARS 700
About Los Glaciares National Park:
Los Glaciares National Park is probably home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Argentina, if not South America. This is classic picture-book Patagonia, wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot. There are plenty of well established trails through the park and maps can be picked up locally, so you can plan a short walk that will just take you a couple of hours, or the more adventurous might choose to hike out for a whole day or even overnight. Los Glaciares covers a massive area and there are two main gateways to the park; to the south, El Calafate provides access to Lago Argentino and the Perito Moreno Glacier and surrounding area, then in the North, the small town of El Chalten can be used as a base to explore the Fitzroy Mountains and Lake Viedma and it's glacier.
Today we start heading north again with a full day drive along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).
We will arrive in the Rio Pinturas area, where we have an included visit to the mysterious Neolithic cave-art site of Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), some of the most well-preserved ancient art in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tonight we will wild camp near the Cueva de las Manos.
Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Visit the UNESCO site of Cueva de las Manos, a set of mysterious rock paintings made by hunter-gatherers over 10,000 years ago. Included in Kitty
About Cueva De Las Manos:
The world heritage site of Cueva de las Manos lies in an isolated spot in the valley of Rio Pinturas. The cave takes it's name from the hundreds of paintings of hands made by it's indigenous inhabitants some 9000 years ago - possibly the forefathers of the Tehuelche people. As well as the hand impressions, there are also depictions of of human beings, guanaco, rhea and other animals, as well as representations of the sun, moon and hunting scenes.
Today we continue north along the legendary Ruta 40.
Tonight we will wild camp somewhere around the area of Tecka.
Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.
Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District. We will see a definite change in the landscape today as the vegetation becomes more and more lush and green as we come out of the Patagonia region and into the forests of the Lake District.
In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town.
Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours.
About Bariloche:
The Argentinian resort town of Bariloche has a picture perfect setting on the shores of Nahuel Hapi Lake, flanked by the peaks of the surrounding andean mountains. The scenery here is truly stunning, so it's a must to get out and explore and take in all the amazing views. In winter, the town is a popular centre for skiing and in summer the focus shifts to walking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and kayaking and canoeing on the lakes - and if all that sounds too much like hard work, you can sit back and enjoy the view on a leisurely boat trip across to Victoria Island.
Bariloche itself is also an interesting place to wander around. The town is
famous for it's handmade chocolates and there are some really spectacular displays in the local chocolate shops. Because of it's popularity with Argentinians as well as international tourists, the town has a lively bar and restaurant scene, with some great places to choose from. This is a particularly good place to sample some world class Argentinian steak, and wild boar and Patagonian lamb is also worth a try here too.
We will have two free days to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak, boat, or even a historic steam train!
Activity - Approximate Cost
Explore the beautiful scenery of Bariloche by horseback on a riding trip through the area - ARS 450
Take a stunning journey on the historic steam train
between Bariloche and Perito Moreno Los Juncos, taking in the amazing scenery of the Patagonian steppe - USD 50
Freely explore the best viewpoints around Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario, the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes - Free
Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in its amazing views from the water on a half-day tandem kayaking trip - ARS 200
Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's tradition of
chocolate making - ARS 50
Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche - ARS 180
Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche - ARS 150
Border information: Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chile at Mamuil Malal.
Today we cross the Andes into Chile and continue our journey to the stunning town of Pucon via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).
In Pucon we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.
About Pucon:
Southern Chile's lake district boasts some lake and mountain scenery comparable with what the Swiss Alos or New Zealand have to offer. Beautiful deep blue lakes are flanked by majestic forest-clad mountains with snowy
peaks to provide picture-postcard views and a perfect spot for walking and camping. The attractive small town of Pucon is located at the heart of the northern Chilean lakes, a great place to stop for a few days so you can explore the area and get involved in some of the many adventure activities on offer here. At certain times of year it's even possible to do a day climb of the nearby Villarrica volcano, a challenging trek, but one that anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to manage - and you're rewarded with some fantastic views of the surrounding area from the summit. In fact the whole area is great for trekking and there are plenty of options to do some great self-guided walks.
Alternatively Pucon offers great horse riding, white-water rafting and mountain-biking opportunities. And if all this talk of activity just sounds a little too much, there are also some great thermal springs to relax in nearby, the
natural pools at Pozones have a beautiful setting and is a great place to go and soak your weary limbs in the evening.
We will have two free days in Pucon to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucon, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Trek up to the summit of the snowcapped volcano
Villarica to witness the incredible sunrise views over Pucon and the Chilean Lake District - CLP 50000
Discover the beautiful lakes and forests of Pucon on a horse riding trip - CLP 20000
Climb the stunning volcano of Quetrupillan near Pucon, an ideal alternative to Villarica if that option is closed - CLP 40000
Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District near Pucon - CLP 20000
Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucon - USD 45
Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucon by mountain bike - CLP 8000
Learn all about Pucon and the history of its people on a free walking tour of the town - Free
Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of the nearby Huerquehue National Park - CLP 22000
Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones natural hot springs - CLP 10000
Today we have a full day drive north to the cosmopolitan Chilean capital of Santiago.
In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.
About Santiago:
Bisected by the Mapocho River, Chile's capital is a large, modern city with a very European atmosphere. In the centre of the city wide tree-lined boulevards lead to pleasant plazas and leafy parks and on a clear day the snow-capped peaks of the Andes provide a magnificent backdrop to the Santiago skyline.
Much of the centre is pedestrianised, which together with the wide streets and efficient metro system make Santiago an easy city to explore on foot. There are plenty of interesting museums where you can learn more about Chilean history and culture, from the City of Santiago Museum which chronicles the city’s
history to the Natural History Museum and Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. The city's many wonderful parks are also worth a visit, particularly O'Higgins and San Cristobal which offers great views of the city from Cerro San Lucia.
As you would expect from a capital city of this size, Santiago is full of busy bars and restaurants and has some lively nightlife to offer. For cheap eats, full of local flavour, head to the Mercado Central (central market) which is packed full of food stalls and simple cafes and restaurants. For a real treat, you might want
to head out to one of the more upmarket neighbourhoods like Bellavista or Providencia, home to some really world-class restaurants and great bars. Barrio Brasil is also worth a look; this old neighbourhood attracts an arty and bohemian crowd and there are often interesting events going on here.
If you have the time, there's also plenty to do in the area surrounding the city. Santiago is right in the middle of Chile's wine producing region, so it is relatively straightforward to arrange full day or half day tours out to the local wineries. You may also be interested in visiting the seaside town of Valapariso, which can be visited as a day trip from Santiago.
Border information: if you are finishing in Santiago, you will most likely exit Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.
Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.
Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight, so please contact the Dragoman Sales Team if you would like to arrange some extra nights of accommodation here after your trip.
Activity - Approximate Cost
Explore the streets and plazas of Santiago, visit some of its fascinating museums, and discover its incredible
culture, music, and art - Free
Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local
guide - Free
Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline
backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia - Free
Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city - CLP 21000
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Inclusions

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Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nights), Camping (with facilities) (18 nights), Hostel (5 nights), Hotel (3 nights)

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