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My Dream Trip: Argentina & Chile: Glaciers And Gauchos

My Dream Trip: Argentina & Chile: Glaciers and Gauchos

10 days & 9 nights, Luxury Escorted Journey

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Torres del Paine, Sierra Baguales & Santiago

Accompanied by Senior Destination Manager Ignacio Vallin, experience the natural and cultural wonders of the far south as you travel through the wild landscapes of Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia. Learn about the history of the region and the lives of the hardy gauchos who have made their homes here for centuries. Stay in historic estancias, dine on Patagonian fare, and witness sheep shearing and other traditional ranch activities as you discover the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Buenos Aires

    Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel. After a morning at leisure, embark on a guided tour of the vibrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Return to the hotel before venturing out to a tango club for dinner.

    Legado Mitico - 1 Night (D)
  • Day 2
    To El Calafate

    Fly south to the Patagonian town of El Calafate. Upon arrival, meet your driver and guide, check in to your hotel and explore Estancia Anita, one of the oldest ranches in Patagonia.

    Alta Vista Estancia - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 3
    El Calafate

    Follow your heart today with a choice of options. Embark on a full-day horseback-riding excursion to the border between Chile and Argentina. Or take a half-day horseback or hiking trip through the Anita Valley, which offers fantastic views of the Perito Moreno glacier. For the half-day excursions, return to the hotel for lunch and then visit nearby caves that contain ancient paintings of the Aonikenk people.

    Alta Vista Estancia (B, L, D)
  • Day 4
    El Calafate

    Depart El Calafate in the morning on your way to the magnificent Perito Moreno glacier. Board a boat to cross Brazo Rico. On the other side, strap on your crampons and take a walk on the ice itself. While admiring the beautiful views, you will enjoy a glass of fine Whiskey accompanied with glacier ice. After a gourmet box lunch, spend the afternoon wandering the boardwalks that offer great views of the glacier.

    Alta Vista Estancia (B, L, D)
  • Day 5
    To Torres Del Paine National Park

    Board your Jeep and head south toward Torres del Paine National Park.

    This afternoon, relax and explore the grounds of your historic ranch hotel, or visit Laguna Azul, which offers incredible views of the Torres del Paine.

    Cerro Guido Estancia - 4 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 6
    Torres Del Paine National Park

    Enjoy the day participating in any number of activities. You could walk the trail used by 19th-century traveler Florence Dixie (the first tourist to visit the area). Try your hand at fly-fishing in one of the native Aonikenk people's traditional spots, or track pumas through the wild landscapes.

    Cerro Guido Estancia (B, L, D)
  • Day 7
    Torres Del Paine National Park

    After breakfast, explore the national park on guided drives and hikes, including a picnic lunch at the Blue Lagoon. Then travel back to your estancia for dinner.

    Cerro Guido Estancia (B, L, D)
  • Day 8
    Torres Del Paine National Park

    Board Jeeps and drive for about a half hour to the town of Cerro Castillo to see the annual sheep shearing activities. Savor a BBQ lunch of roasted lamb and local potatoes at Cerro Guido in the company of local gauchos. This afternoon, take a horseback ride around Sierra Baguales in search of the famous wild horses that roam the area.

    Cerro Guido Estancia (B, L, D)
  • Day 9
    To Punta Arenas / Santiago

    Head south to Punta Arenas for lunch and a tour of this historic city. Learn about the role it played in the Antarctic expeditions of explorers such as Shackelton and Scott. Board your flight for Santiago this evening and enjoy dinner on your own in the colorful Lastarria neighborhood of the capital's old town.

    Lastarria Singular - 1 Night (B, L)
  • Day 10
    Depart Santiago

    After a morning at leisure, meet your guide for lunch. Then see the sights in Santiago, including the Plaza de Armas, Metropolitan Cathedral, and the exquisite palace of La Moneda. This evening, you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B, L)
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My Dream Trip: Argentina & Chile: Glaciers And Gauchos