13nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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Patagonia conjures up images of the ‘end of the world’ with wind-swept plains, serrated Andean Peaks and vast glaciers interrupting the otherwise sparse landscapes. Travel across the continent from Buenos Aires to Santiago, heading south to seek out wildlife, epic landscapes and ancient cultures... this far-flung region has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller.

• Buenos Aires: 2 nights
• El Calafate: 2 nights
• Puerto Natales: 3 nights
• Santiago: 3 nights

12nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

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Easter Island 4 nights Day 1: Santiago to Easter Island
Transfer to the airport from your city hotel for your flight to Easter Island (approx. 4½ hours). This evening, dinner will be served at Te Ra’ai, an immersive and entertaining restaurant that showcases the intriguing cultures of this remote island. Stay: Antiplanico Rapa-Nui (or similar). B, D.

Day 2: Easter Island
Following breakfast, head to Anakena Beach, one of Easter Island’s most important sites. Not only beautiful, it is where the first king of the island and his men first landed. Continue on to Ahu Te Pito Kura which is home to one of the largest Moai statues on the island. You’ll also visit the Rano Raraku volcano, also known as the ‘Moai factory’; Aru Tongariki, the site of one of the island’s most iconic images – 15 statues lined up in formation; and Ahu Akahanga where you will see the ruins of an ancient village. Stay: Antiplanico Rapa-Nui (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Easter Island
Travel to the south-west coast of the island and see two platforms, many fallen statues and a unique rock wall. The next stops are the volcanic crater – Rano Kau – which is a mile in diameter and 11 metres deep, and the ancient ceremonial city of Orongo where you can witness a number of petroglyphs. Your final afternoon on the island is spent at the Ahu Akivi archaeological site which is located in the centre of the island, and the quarry of Puna Pau where Moai headdresses (known locally as pukao) were carved. Stay: Antiplanico Rapa-Nui (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Easter Island to Santiago
Return to the airport for your return flight to Santiago (approx. 4½ hours) where you will stay one further night. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Santiago
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B.

Atacama Desert 4 nights Day 1: Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama
At the agreed time, you will transfer to the airport to board your flight North to Calama from where you will transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, embark on a half day excursion to Death Valley and Moon Valley. The trip begins with a tour of this bizarre landscape which resembles the surface of the moon and has been sculpted by water and wind for millions of years. The tour then culminates in the Death Valley, a sector that stands out for the uniqueness of its rock formations and the absolute desert of its landscape: no plants or insects survive in this place which has been described as one of the most inhospitable places in the country. From here you’ll also appreciate one of the best views of the volcanoes which make up part of the Andes mountain range. As this spot is famed for the changing colours of the landscape as the sun goes down, you will enjoy a simple cocktail and snacks before returning to your hotel. Stay: La Casa de Don Tomas (or similar).

Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama
Today you will spand a full day exploring lagoons and the Atacama Salt Flat. Depart in the morning to your first stop at the salt flat, which is the largest salt deposit in Chile. Then, the tour continues to the high plateau lagoons located at 4,500 meters above sea level. As well as enjoying the views, you may be able to spot some of the native wildlife including the beautiful Chilean flamingos. This location is surrounded by imposing volcanoes, which make for an incredible view when combined with the intense emerald green lagoons, and it is the perfect place to enjoy your packed lunch before returning to your hotel. Stay: La Casa de Don Tomas (or similar). B,L.

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama
Early morning start (4:30am approx.) for a full day excursion to El Tatio Geysers and Puritama Hot Springs. Your first stop will be El Tatio Geysers, located more than 4,000 meters above sea level. There, the dawn offers an outstanding show: the geysers at their maximum can shoot water and steam into the air up to 6 meters in height. The experience is complemented by a guided walk through the red-hot mud craters and small geysers. It is then crowned with a breakfast in the middle of the largest geothermal field in the southern hemisphere. On the way back to San Pedro de Atacama, you’ll visit the Puritama Hot Springs. The space has seven natural pools at a temperature of 33ºC, located in a ravine. Its waters are known for possessing healing properties provide a sense of calm, ideal to close the trip. Here you will enjoy a simple cocktail and after recovering your energy, you’ll return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. Stay: La Casa de Don Tomas (or similar). B.

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago
After breakfast at your hotel you will transfer to Calama Airport with a stop en route to visit a site containing petroglyphs and the beautiful Rainbow Valley. The Petroglyphs of Rio Grande include numerous figures carved in stone alongside drawings of llamas, shamans and other symbols whose meanings are still being studied. You’ll then continue to visit Rainbow Valley, a rocky formation of rich flora and fauna which, thanks to the different minerals that it is composed of, presents a landscape of varied colors that resemble the tonalities of the rainbow. When you arrive at the airport in Calama you will board your flight to Santiago, where you will spend the evening at leisure at your hotel. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B,L.

Day 5: Santiago
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B.

Rio de Janeiro Stop in Rio de Janeiro pre or post tour to add a few days of relaxation on Copacabana Beach.

Day 1: UK to Buenos Aires Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Argentina.

Day 2: Buenos Aires On arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to your central city hotel where you’ll spend two nights. Early check-in is included meaning you can relax following your journey. With its wide boulevards, upscale shops, boutiques and restaurants, it’s easy to understand why Buenos Aires has been dubbed the ‘Paris of South America’. Explore the city during a morning tour that visits the main attractions including the historical complex of Mayo Square, surrounded by the Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo – the city’s first town hall. Stroll along the Avenida de Mayo before visiting the colourful La Boca District, famous for its vibrant houses, paintings, sculptures and handicraft market. Continue to San Telmo, a paradise for antique lovers and the site of a popular Sunday market. You’ll see the famous Obelisk, the symbol of the city, and the Recoleta district, renowned for its French influences. Continue to Palermo – the city’s largest barrio – home to former aristocratic residences, attractive parks and botanical gardens. This evening, get to know the rest of your group while learning about the local culture and traditions during an interactive Argentinian dining experience. During this three-course gourmet meal, you can create your own empanadas and learn the traditional way to roll the edges of the pastry. Tuck into picadas, hors d’oeuvres and mouthwatering steak, cooked to order and washed down with unlimited Argentinian wines. Be sure to save space for dessert as you’ll get to make your own alfajores, two biscuits sandwiched together with dulce de leche and sprinkled with coconut on the sides. Complete your experience by learning how to make maté, a strong herbal tea that’s Argentina’s national drink. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Buenos Aires After breakfast at the hotel take the half day Tigre & Delta of the Paraná River Tour. This tour offers a panoramic view of the northern areas of the city in a pleasant trip towards the so-called green lung of Tigre. Driving along Libertador Avenue we travel through the elegant Northern Riverside Suburbs of Vicente López, Olivos, where the Argentine President's residence is located, San Isidro, with its neo-Gothic Cathedral and picturesque main square, and San Fernando before proceeding to Tigre. Only 30 km away from the city, this labyrinth of rivers and channels has been a favourite weekend getaway for locals for over a century. With its rivers and numerous green islands dotting the landscape, this Delta area spans 220 square km of lush vegetation. Once in the town of Tigre, we get on board a typical local riverboat to enjoy an hour-long navigation of the Delta. This tour explores the maze of channels and streams, islands, riverside villas, Victorian docks, English gardens and traditional rowing clubs along the Paraná River Delta. The nearby Luján, Sarmiento, Tigre and San Antonio rivers are all part of the navigation. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. This evening is one of the highlights of your time in Buenos Aires – a traditional tango show and three-course dinner. Soak up the drama and passion as 21 dancers tell the story of the tango while you dine on Argentinian specialities. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Buenos Aires to El Calafate Transfer to the airport for your flight to the El Calafate in the heart of Patagonia. On arrival, transfer to your hotel where you will have dinner. Stay: Xelena Hotel (or similar). B,D.

Day 5: El Calafate A real highlight of the trip is today’s full-day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Take in the stunning views on the drive towards the park before stopping at ‘Sighs Curve’ for a panoramic vista of the glacier. Time can be spent on the balconies and walkways facing the glacier before you join a nautical safari navigation on the Rico Arm of Lago Argentino. The boat will get as close to the face of the glacier as possible so you can get a great view of large chunks of ice calving off the glacier into the water below. Stay: Xelena Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: El Calafate to Puerto Natales Head towards the country border at Cancha Carrera where you will cross into Chile and meet your next tour guide and then continue onwards by road to the city of Puerto Natales. Approx. journey time: 4 hours (excluding border-crossing time), 169 miles. Stay: Altiplanico Sur (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Puerto Natales There’s an early start today for your cruise into the Última Esperanza Sound. Pass the Balmaceda glacier, which seems to cling to the mountainside, before disembarking at Puerto Toro. Follow a trail through a native forest to reach the wall of the incredible Serrano glacier. A bit before midday, the boat will near the Serrano Glacier, an impressive snowdrift with transparent blue ice. While stopped here enjoy an aperitif cooled by ice that’s been taken from the glacier. On your way back to Puerto Natales, visit a local cattle ranch where a traditional Patagonian lunch will be served. Stay: Altiplanico Sur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Puerto Natales This morning, travel north along the Seno de Ultima Esperanza into the heart of Patagonia and the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. As you drive through the national park you can appreciate the vast expanse of Patagonia, the might of the mountains and the local wildlife including pumas, guanacos and condors. Make your way along the shore of Lago Grey on the way to the Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Icefield until you reach the Salto Grande (Great waterfall) with the iconic “Cuernos del Paine” (Horns of Paine) in the background. As you travel back to Puerto Natales you’ll stop at Milodón Cave where the fossilised remains of a mylodon – an extinct, 1000kg ground sloth – were found in the late 19th Century. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours. Stay: Altiplanico Sur (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Puerto Natales to Santiago Transfer to the airport for your flight north to Santiago. Upon arrival in Santiago transfer to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. flight time: 3½ hours. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B.

Day 10: Santiago Today, head west to the Pacific Ocean coast for a tour of Valparaíso. This port, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003, is built on several hills, which can be accessed through narrow streets, long stairs and funiculars. The hills are covered in brightly coloured houses and much street art, which give the city its unique character. During your time here you will visit the hilltop home of Nobel-prize-winning writer Pablo Neruda and sample the region’s incredible seafood at a local restaurant. Following a visit to the main square, travel back to Santiago through the Casablanca valley, stopping for a private vineyard tour and wine tasting. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 137 miles. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B, L.

Day 11: Santiago Santiago is considered one of South America’s most cosmopolitan cities and this morning you’ll get to explore it on a half day guided tour. You’ll start the tour passing by the main streets of the civic district, Santa Lucia Hill, Palalcio La Moneda which is the seat of government and the traditional main square (Plaza de Armas). The tour continues through the Forest Park until you reach the Bellavista neighbourhood from where you will head up to the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal for far-reaching views over the sprawling city. Later in the afternoon, your group will be joined by a chef’s assistant who will accompany you to the fruit and vegetable market and the historic central market as you buy the ingredients for this evening’s dinner. The day ends at a local restaurant where the chef prepares dinner take part in a Pisco Sour making class. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B, D.

Day 12: Santiago Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B.


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Easter Island 4 nights Day 1: Santiago to Easter Island
Transfer to the airport from your city hotel for your flight to Easter Island (approx. 4½ hours). This evening, dinner will be served at Te Ra’ai, an immersive and entertaining restaurant that showcases the intriguing cultures of this remote island. Stay: Antiplanico Rapa-Nui (or similar). B, D.

Day 2: Easter Island
Following breakfast, head to Anakena Beach, one of Easter Island’s most important sites. Not only beautiful, it is where the first king of the island and his men first landed. Continue on to Ahu Te Pito Kura which is home to one of the largest Moai statues on the island. You’ll also visit the Rano Raraku volcano, also known as the ‘Moai factory’; Aru Tongariki, the site of one of the island’s most iconic images – 15 statues lined up in formation; and Ahu Akahanga where you will see the ruins of an ancient village. Stay: Antiplanico Rapa-Nui (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Easter Island
Travel to the south-west coast of the island and see two platforms, many fallen statues and a unique rock wall. The next stops are the volcanic crater – Rano Kau – which is a mile in diameter and 11 metres deep, and the ancient ceremonial city of Orongo where you can witness a number of petroglyphs. Your final afternoon on the island is spent at the Ahu Akivi archaeological site which is located in the centre of the island, and the quarry of Puna Pau where Moai headdresses (known locally as pukao) were carved. Stay: Antiplanico Rapa-Nui (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Easter Island to Santiago
Return to the airport for your return flight to Santiago (approx. 4½ hours) where you will stay one further night. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Santiago
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B.

Atacama Desert 4 nights Day 1: Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama
At the agreed time, you will transfer to the airport to board your flight North to Calama from where you will transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, embark on a half day excursion to Death Valley and Moon Valley. The trip begins with a tour of this bizarre landscape which resembles the surface of the moon and has been sculpted by water and wind for millions of years. The tour then culminates in the Death Valley, a sector that stands out for the uniqueness of its rock formations and the absolute desert of its landscape: no plants or insects survive in this place which has been described as one of the most inhospitable places in the country. From here you’ll also appreciate one of the best views of the volcanoes which make up part of the Andes mountain range. As this spot is famed for the changing colours of the landscape as the sun goes down, you will enjoy a simple cocktail and snacks before returning to your hotel. Stay: La Casa de Don Tomas (or similar).

Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama
Today you will spand a full day exploring lagoons and the Atacama Salt Flat. Depart in the morning to your first stop at the salt flat, which is the largest salt deposit in Chile. Then, the tour continues to the high plateau lagoons located at 4,500 meters above sea level. As well as enjoying the views, you may be able to spot some of the native wildlife including the beautiful Chilean flamingos. This location is surrounded by imposing volcanoes, which make for an incredible view when combined with the intense emerald green lagoons, and it is the perfect place to enjoy your packed lunch before returning to your hotel. Stay: La Casa de Don Tomas (or similar). B,L.

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama
Early morning start (4:30am approx.) for a full day excursion to El Tatio Geysers and Puritama Hot Springs. Your first stop will be El Tatio Geysers, located more than 4,000 meters above sea level. There, the dawn offers an outstanding show: the geysers at their maximum can shoot water and steam into the air up to 6 meters in height. The experience is complemented by a guided walk through the red-hot mud craters and small geysers. It is then crowned with a breakfast in the middle of the largest geothermal field in the southern hemisphere. On the way back to San Pedro de Atacama, you’ll visit the Puritama Hot Springs. The space has seven natural pools at a temperature of 33ºC, located in a ravine. Its waters are known for possessing healing properties provide a sense of calm, ideal to close the trip. Here you will enjoy a simple cocktail and after recovering your energy, you’ll return to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. Stay: La Casa de Don Tomas (or similar). B.

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago
After breakfast at your hotel you will transfer to Calama Airport with a stop en route to visit a site containing petroglyphs and the beautiful Rainbow Valley. The Petroglyphs of Rio Grande include numerous figures carved in stone alongside drawings of llamas, shamans and other symbols whose meanings are still being studied. You’ll then continue to visit Rainbow Valley, a rocky formation of rich flora and fauna which, thanks to the different minerals that it is composed of, presents a landscape of varied colors that resemble the tonalities of the rainbow. When you arrive at the airport in Calama you will board your flight to Santiago, where you will spend the evening at leisure at your hotel. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B,L.

Day 5: Santiago
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B.

Rio de Janeiro Stop in Rio de Janeiro pre or post tour to add a few days of relaxation on Copacabana Beach.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

For adventurous travellers who are interested in soaking up incredible natural scenery at the end of the world.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey where the minimum age is 12)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag

What to expect

• This tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties due to uneven terrain, steps and hills
• Temperatures and weather conditions that can vary dramatically; we recommend taking layers that can be easily added or removed, and a waterproof jacket. A pair of comfortable walking boots is essential
• Luggage allowance can vary on internal flights; check at time of booking. Baggage can be added and paid for in advance, online or locally
• A number of early starts and considerable distances covered
• A good level of fitness is required
• Ensure you have your passport to hand for the land crossing from Argentina to Chile
• Most meals are meat based – vegetarian and vegan requests must be made in advance
• If doing the Atacama Extension, you must not have respiratory problems as you will be at altitude

Accommodation on tour

The hotels on this tour are full of charm and local style. In Buenos Aires you will be in the heart of Recoleta and the Xelena Hotel in El Calafate has stunning lake views.In Santiago, you’ll stay at the Art Deco Luciano K which has a rooftop pool and bar. The Altiplanico Sur in Puerto Natales has breathtaking views over the Última Esperanza Sound from each room.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £6333

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2021 Feb 20; Mar 13; Oct 30; Nov 13

2022 Feb 19; Mar 12; Oct 29; Nov 12

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £6687 per person.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

Nautical navigations Board boat trips which allow you to get up close to glaciers in both Argentina and Chile as you see them from an angle which truly showcases their magnitude.

Visit stunning Torres del Paine Arguably one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, wonder at the turquoise waters, magnificent glaciers and towering granite horns while spotting some of the local wildlife.

Sip award winning wines Chile has been producing some of the best New World wines for decades, so this is your opportunity to try some award winning wines at a local winery in the gorgeous setting of the Casablanca Valley.