Both culture and passion run hot in Patagonia, and there’s no way to experience it quite like jumping right in and living it for yourself. Conveniently ending in Ushuaia, this tour provides the perfect leap-off point to our Antarctica expedition cruising program – but there’s plenty to get up to in Buenos Aires and beyond. Go from cosmopolitan centres to Torres del Paine National Park and the Perito Moreno glacier. Scenic ferry rides and standing at the end of the Earth cap off an unbelievable experience that you’ll remember forever.
Arrival transfer. Bariloche circuito chico tour. ‘Cruce de los Lagos’ lake crossing by scenic ferry. Excursion into Torres del Paine National Park. Guided tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Soak in the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District’s volcanoes and waterways, hike the scenic trails of Torres del Paine National Park, gaze in awe at the stunning Perito Moreno glacier
Group Size Notes
Max 15, Avg 10.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel. There are no planned activities, so check in and enjoy the city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2: Buenos Aires/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)
Catch a flight to northern Patagonia. Enjoy the highlights of the scenic San Carlos de Bariloche on a circuito chico tour with stops at local artisanal producers specializing in chocolate, beer, and jams.
Bariloche Circuito Chico Tour
Plane (2.50 hour(s), 1640km)
Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)
Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe. Sample a beef parrillada or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then work it off during a day hike around Cerro Catedral or while practicing your salsa at one of the town’s salsotecas. Careful —Bariloche is also famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!
Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche/Puerto Varas (1B)
There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture-perfect views of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests, and glaciers.
Note: The approximate journey time today is 10-11 hrs. This journey is by comfortable bus and scenic ferry and crosses the Chilean/Argentine Border. Travel time is approximate and based on the time of year and weather conditions. During certain times of the year, the ferry cannot be used. In this case, we will travel overland by bus.
Cruce de los Lagos Cruise
Border Crossing (Argentina Chile)
Petrohué Falls Visit
Day 5: Puerto Varas (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island.
Day 6: Puerto Varas/Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (1B, 1D)
Words cannot describe the majesty and beauty of this national park in Chilean Patagonia. Few people have the opportunity to see this area and those who do will find it difficult to forget its vivid colours and tranquility. Once a large sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959 as the Parque Nacional Lago Grey. Prior to this, baqueanos (cowboys) grazed their flocks here and fires occasionally burnt out of control. More land was added to the park in 1962 and the name was changed to its present one. The Torre (Tower) Sur rises 2900m (9512 ft) above sea level, the Torre Central is 2850m (9348 ft) high, and the Torre Norte measures 2600m (8528 ft). The Cuernos (Horns) del Paine, massive blocks of various rock layers visible from great distances, are as spectacular as the towers themselves.
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 7: Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (1B, 1L, 1D)
Take a full-day excursion into the national park with an expert guide.
Torres del Paine National Park Excursion
Day 8: Parque Nacional Torres del Paine/El Calafate (1B)
Drive towards lofty peaks to the dynamic Moreno Glacier within Glacier National Park. Spot condors, rheas, eagles or flamingos en route, but the real star of the day is the glacier itself, located at the southern terminus of Glacier National Park.
Border Crossing (Chile – Argentina)
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 9: El Calafate (1B)
Take a guided tour to the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. Option to take a boat up to the front of the glacier.
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
Day 10: El Calafate/Ushuaia (1B)
Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel.
Plane (1.25-1.50 hours)
Day 11: Ushuaia (1B)
Depart at any time.
If you are joining the Expedition for Antarctica, the CEO will arrange a transfer between hotels in Ushuaia. Please see the joining instructions in the Antarctica trip details.