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
Themes
Explorer
Code
GPKG
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
498kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Sip Argentina's trademark wine on a vineyard tour near Mendoza
  • Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Santiago's historic plazas
  • Experience the gaucho life at a traditional estancia
  • Discover the elegance and charm of Buenos Aires

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 May 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 June 2016 - 31 December 2016

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Chile.

An arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel is included in your tour. This complimentary transfers is only applicable on Day 1 of your Intrepid trip or if pre tour accommodation is booked through Intrepid (please advise flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure if you wish to have this transfer provided).

You can arrive at any time on Day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting tonight. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. After the group meeting there is the option of joining the group for dinner.

Although Santiago covers a large area, the city centre is quite compact and easy to get around. Its centre is roughly triangular in shape and in its heart is the Plaza de Armas, the chief plaza and the cathedral. Panning out from here are wall-to-wall shops, restaurants and parks. For a more serene look at Chilean life, head out to the barrio Bella Vista, Santiago's 'Paris Quarter' or take a cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal. If the weather permits, you'll have impressive views over the city and the peaks of the Andes.

In Santiago our centrally located hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is situated in close proximity to downtown attractions. Rooms have air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.
You have a free day to continue exploring Santiago or perhaps take an optional trip to Valparaiso, by the Pacific coast.
Travel across the Andes by local bus (6-7 hours). On a clear day you may be able to spot Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America at 6,962 meters above sea level.

The time spent at the border crossing can vary from 1 to 3 hours depending on local traffic. Please make sure you have snacks and water for today and note that fresh fruit and deli products (cheese, ham, etc) have to be consumed before crossing to Argentina or disposed off at the border.

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

Once in Mendoza there is no better way to spend the afternoon than going for a gentle stroll around Mendoza's tree lined streets. Choose a cafe along Sarmiento pedestrian street and watch life pass by sipping a coffee. The city centre is beautifully landscaped and full of trees, squares and parks.

In Mendoza we stay in a centrally located hotel.


On our free day here you will take an included winery tour. Mendoza is Argentina's most important grape growing region, producing 70% of the country's wine. Its exceptional climate produces excellent grapes, the region's signature variety is the Malbec.

At night head out to Aristides Villanueva Street which has lately become on the starting point of Mendoza's night life. Tonight why not try the most popular drink in town: Fernet with Coke, a bitter (very) alcoholic cocktail.
Today we fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires (approx. 1.5hrs). Upon arrival we transfer to a minivan for a 2hr drive to our estancia stay in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

All meals at the estancia are included.
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.
Today we transfer back to Buenos Aires, perhaps South America's ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style.

In Buenos Aires we stay in a centrally located hotel.
Today your leader will take you on an orientation walk, perhaps visiting San Telmo and its weekend antiques market and artists' displays, La Boca home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors, Recoleta or the Casa Rosada (Pink House) among other attractions.

The trip finishes by midday after the orientation walk. Check out time from the hotel is at noon but you can arrange luggage storage at the front desk.
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Inclusions

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
  • Full-day winery tour including lunch

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Important notes

Please note that start hotel for GPKG is as follows:

JOINING POINT:
Hotel Loreto
Loreto 170
Santiago
CHILE

1. Name and passport number are required at time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in third party booking fees.
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, except on Days 5-6 at the estancia stay.
3. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures.

Trip notes

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