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 Santiago to Buenos Aires, heading south to seek out wildlife, epic landscapes and ancient cultures... this far-flung region has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller.

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

15nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
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15nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Santiago Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Chile.

Day 2: Santiago On arrival in Santiago, transfer to your central city hotel where you’ll spend three nights. Early check-in is included meaning you can relax following your journey. Santiago is considered one of South America’s most cosmopolitan city and this afternoon you’ll get to explore it on a short guided tour. Wander along the paths which wind their way up Cerro Santa Lucía and 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 while you watch and enjoy a traditional pisco sour drink. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). D.

Day 3: Santiago Today, head west to the Pacific Ocean coast for a tour of Valparaíso. During your time here you will ride a funicular up one of the city’s steep streets, 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 vineyard tour and wine tasting. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 137 miles. Stay: Luciano K (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Santiago to Puerto Natales Transfer to the airport for your flight south to Punta Arenas and then continue onwards by road to the city of Puerto Natales. Approx. flight time: 3½ hours; approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Altiplanico Sur (or similar). Stay: Altiplanico Sur (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: 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. On return to the ship, 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 lunch will be served. Stay: Altiplanico Sur (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: 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. Make your way along the shore of Lago Grey on the way to the Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Icefield. The highlight of the day is a boat trip that takes you close to the face of the glacier. 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 7: Puerto Natales to El Calafate Head towards the country border at Cancha Carrera where you will cross into Argentina and meet your next tour guide. Continue on to the lakeside city of El Calafate. Approx. journey time: 4 hours (excluding border-crossing time), 169 miles. Stay: Xelena Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: 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 9: El Calafate to Ushuaia Transfer to the airport and fly to the world’s southern-most city, Ushuaia where you will spend two nights. Later, visit a couple of the main sights – The Maritime Museum of Ushuaia and End of the World Museum. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours. Stay: Los Cauquenes Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 10: Ushuaia Enjoy a half-day tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park during which you’ll walk through Patagonian forest, take in breathtaking views of the Beagle Channel, visit Lapataia Bay where you’ll see archaeological evidence of Yámanas settlements, and stop at Lake Roca. Following lunch, depart on a boat trip through the famous Beagle Channel. Pass by Bird Island, home to cormorants and albatrosses, Sea Lion Island where colonies of sea lions and fur seals can be seen, and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, an iconic symbol of this remote spot at the ‘world’s end’. Stay: Los Cauquenes Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 11: Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 12: Buenos Aires 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 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 13: Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Easter Island 5 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
Join Day 1 of the Patagonia Explorer tour. B.

Atacama Desert (pre tour) 5 nights

Witness other-worldly landscapes of the driest place on earth.

Iguazú Falls & Rio de Janeiro 5 nights

Marvel at one of South America’s natural wonders before spending some time in the vibrant Brazilian city of Rio.

Stay longer

Easter Island 5 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
Join Day 1 of the Patagonia Explorer tour. B.

Atacama Desert (pre tour) 5 nights

Witness other-worldly landscapes of the driest place on earth.

Iguazú Falls & Rio de Janeiro 5 nights

Marvel at one of South America’s natural wonders before spending some time in the vibrant Brazilian city of Rio.

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)
• Average group size of 10 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
• For internal flights in Chile, a local baggage fee of approx. CLP25,000 per flight is payable locally. For flights in Argentina, luggage allowance is limited to 15kg; additional weight can taken for approx. ARS650 which is payable locally
• A number of early starts and considerable distances covered
• A good level of fitness is required.

Accommodation on tour

The hotels on this tour are full of charm and local style. 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 while the Los Cauquenes Hotel in Ushuaia has an equally spectacular outlook over the Beagle Channel; we’ve secured rooms here that make the most of these views.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £6333

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Jan 13; Nov 16

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

This in-depth itinerary really shows off the diversity of these two South American nations – from the cosmopolitan capital cities to the wild landscapes of the far south. You’ll tour one of Chile’s famous vineyards, have a typical barbecue lunch and sip a drink cooled by ice chipped from a glacier in Patagonia and sit down to a three-course Argentinian meal in Buenos Aires.

Kuoni highlights