Travel from Santiago across the Andes to Buenos Aires

Celebrate the energy and enthusiasm of Chile and Argentina on this journey from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Soak up the cuisine, arts and beauty of dramatic Santiago before adopting a slower pace at a traditional estancia. With ample opportunity to indulge in epicurean delights and local wines, this trip delivers adventure, relaxation and culture in true South American fashion.


Start
Santiago, Chile
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries
Argentina, Chile
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
GPKG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the colonial charm, neoclassical plazas and stylish neighbourhoods of Santiago. This city is packed full of history and is a great place to explore on foot

  • Wind through the country lanes of the Mendoza wine region - the world’s largest producer of Malbec. During this trip you'll have ample opportunity to refine your palate by tasting varietals of one of South America's favourite wines

  • Take part in the daily routines and duties of a gaucho on a traditional Argentinian estancia, a unique retreat for any traveller

  • Indulge in the cuisine, culture and nightlife of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Argentinian produce is some of the best in the world

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are several orientation walks during this trip so there will be quite a lot of walking. The heat and humidity can also be quite extreme during the summer months, particularly in Buenos Aires. It’s important to always bring plenty of water, wear comfortable walking shoes and ensure you use adequate sun protection. Wearing layers is a good way to tackle the heat.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 June 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to Santiago, Chile. Once you’ve arrived, transfer from the airport to the hotel (transfer is included). Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early into Santiago, perhaps head out on a short walk to get your bearings of the city.

Notes: The complimentary airport transfer is only applicable on Day 1 of the trip or if pre-trip accommodation is booked through Intrepid. Please advise us of your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure if you wish to have this transfer provided.If you are taking a transfer with us and have arrived on an international flight, please leave by Door 3. For a domestic flight please leave by Door 1.

If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, venture out on a walking tour of the city centre with a local guide and learn more about Chile's capital while explore some of its most iconic sights.

Later, perhaps head to Bellavista, Santiago's bohemian quarter, which is packed full of Parisian influence. Or take the cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal to enjoy impressive views across the city on a clear day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santiago - Half-day guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, travel through the Andes and across the Argentinian border by local bus to Mendoza (approximately 6-7 hours). It’s a good idea to bring plenty of water and snacks, as the trip may incur delays. On a clear day it may be possible to see Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 meters above sea level. Please note that crossing the border can take up to three hours depending on local traffic. Once in Mendoza, get to know the city with a gentle stroll around its tree-lined streets, or visit the local cafes and restaurants for some Argentinian fare.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
SEASONAL WEATHER CONDITIONS:
From June to August the border crossing between Chile and Argentina may be closed due to snowfalls. In that event, your emergency fund may be needed to purchase a flight between Santiago and Mendoza.
This morning head out on a winery tour, which includes lunch. Mendoza is Argentina's most prolific and significant grape-growing region, producing nearly three-quarters of the country's wine. The climate produces an excellent variety of grapes, with the region's signature being Malbec. Visit several wineries and cellar doors, tasting Malbec, Torrontes and other local varietals along the way. In the evening, perhaps test how refined your palate is by attempting to pair the perfect wine with an authentic Argentine asado (barbecue-style food).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mendoza - Full-day winery tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires, which only takes around one and a half hours. On arrival, travel in a minivan for around two hours to a traditional estancia (cattle ranch). This is where the group will be staying for the next couple of days. Arrive in time for afternoon tea and explore the grounds. If there’s time in the evening, perhaps go for a swim in the pool to freshen up after a long day.
Accommodation
  • Estancia (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
During your time on the estancia you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities may also vary depending on the day. You could go horse riding, work with the cattle, take a cooking class or learn more about the sport of polo. Alternatively you could laze by the pool and read or have a barbecue. Estancias are ideal for relaxation and provide a great base for activities. Please remember that activities vary depending on the days that you are there. If in doubt, ask your trip leader for more information.
Accommodation
  • Estancia (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast head back to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. The Portenos (local residents) are justifiably proud of their city, which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style. After checking in to the hotel, enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps wander the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca or see the elaborate tombs on display in the famous Recoleta Cemetery. An evening in Buenos Aires wouldn’t be complete without dinner at one of the capital’s famous steakhouses.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show (ticket price depends on the location and inclusions) - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Coastal train - USD10
  • Buenos Aires - Tigre - USD60
  • Polo day - USD175
  • Buenos Aires - Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD120
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
On the final day of the trip, enjoy an orientation walk of the city. Visit the antique markets and artist displays of San Telmo, and the presidential palace of the Casa Rosada (Pink House) in the Plaza de Mayo. After the walk, your 'Best of Chile and Argentina' adventure comes to an end around midday. Check out from the hotel is at noon, but you can arrange to store your luggage with the front desk.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Plane, private minibus, local bus

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Estancia (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Santiago - Half-day guided walking tour
  • Mendoza - Full-day winery tour

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Important notes

PASSPORT DETAILS:
The airlines require the full name as per passport & passport number to issue tickets. Please provide this information at time of booking.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 5 & 6 (Estancia stay) where you will be in shared accommodation.

SEASONAL WEATHER CONDITIONS:
From June to August the border crossing between Chile and Argentina may be closed due to snowfalls. In that event, your emergency fund may be needed to purchase a flight between Santiago and Mendoza.

ARGENTINA VISA:
The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The fee must be paid online prior to travel and a receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.

 

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Reviews

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