Explore the remote, spectacular landscape of Patagonia, a nature lover’s paradise shared by Chile and Argentina at the southern tip of the Americas. Centuries ago, this was the end of the known world.
You’ll never forget the sights here; jaw-droppingly beautiful mountains, calving glaciers, turquoise lakes and abundant wildlife. This 12 day adventure in the wild is bookended by stays in two of South America’s most fascinating cities, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Truly, the trip of a lifetime.
This South American adventure begins with three days in Santiago, a modern metropolis surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and miles of vineyards. Enjoy a half-day private walking tour of the city’s museums, art galleries, cafes and historical sites, then explore on your own using Santiago’s extensive, safe metro system. Take the cable car or funicular up the hill of Cerro San Cristobal for a panoramic view of the city, then go on a shopping spree in the hip Paris-Londres district – built in the 1920s to resemble both cities.
Then it’s on to Torres del Paine National Park, designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You will spend four days exploring an area that is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Daily excursions will take you to the varied sites in this nature lover’s paradise. From lush forests to rugged ice fields, from caves with prehistoric remains to hiking trails through the pampas, there is a reason why this park was named the Eighth Wonder of the World and you will never forget the experience.
Your journey continues to the southernmost part of the Andes and the Southern Patagonian ice field, shared by Chile and Argentina, and the world’s largest outside of Antarctica. The star of the Glaciers National Park is the Perito Moreno glacier, which measures close to 20 miles long and some 200 feet high. While other glaciers are retreating, Moreno advances up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) every day. You’ll spend 3 hours on the glacier balconies and walking along pathways as icebergs the size of buildings calve off the glacier’s face. We guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it.
Then it’s back to civilization and Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South”. After several days spent contemplating a stark wilderness, the energy, sights and sounds of this vibrant, sophisticated city may come as quite a culture shock. Spend the afternoon, evening and next day exploring on your own – it’s a highly walkable city that combines Latin American passion with European influences – especially that of the many Italian immigrants. Traditional Argentine cuisine revolves around beef – check out an Argentinean steakhouse – or the trendiest fusion cuisine. Nightclubs, bars and tango halls (milongas) abound.
This vacation package includes:
- 2 Nights accommodations Santiago
- Private Santiago Walking Tour
- 4 Nights accommodations Torres del Paine with Daily Guided Tours, plus All Meals
- 2 Nights accommodations El Calafate
- Perito Moreno Glacier Tour with Navigation & Lunch
- 3 Nights accommodations Buenos Aires
- Buenos Aires City Tour
- Tango Show & Dinner
- All Air & Ground Transfers
Package price of $4799 per person, double occupancy (airfare extra) available for travel dates of Oct. 1 through Mar. 31, 2019. Contact Susan Rogers in our Vacations Department to schedule your escape from the ordinary! You can reach her at (678) 420-2510 or email her at [email protected].