Explore Chile & Argentina

National Geographic Journeys, Santiago to Buenos Aires

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From the tranquil wineries of the Maipo Valley and the green landscapes of northern Patagonia to the steamy tango joints of Buenos Aires, this nine-day adventure offers a window into the diversity of South America. Hike through Chile's Lake District, take one of the world’s most scenic ferry cruises, and sample the region's outstanding wines — included flights mean we can cover a lot of ground. Find a great adventure in the extreme south.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chilean Wine Experience, Santiago Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chilean Cultural Tour and Local Lunch, Puerto Varas Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Local Tango Lesson, Buenos Aires
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit Petrohue Falls
  • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos"
  • Buenos Aires city tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Take a week to sip the best wines in the world
  • Rest and relax in chile's beautiful lake district
  • Discover the "cruce de lagos" on a scenic ferry cruise
  • Dance the tango in buenos aires

Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago Arrival day, no activities planned. The day is free to spend at your leisure exploring the city until our welcome meeting this evening. Santiago is Chile’s largest city and capital, with internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Possible day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Chile’s premier beach resort, and to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s seaside home. Additional Notes: Should you want more time to explore Santiago and do optional day trips, we highly recommend you book additional pre-nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Santiago (1B) Head out on an excursion to the Maipo Valley area for an in-depth look at the region that produces such fine quality wines. Chilean wine is top-notch, with only France and Italy selling more wine worldwide. Included Activities: Chilean Wine Experience Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Santiago/Puerto Varas (1B, 1L) There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture perfect views from snow-capped mountains to deep-blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests, and glaciers. Included Activities: Chilean Cultural Tour and Local Lunch Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 996km) Private Vehicle
Day 4 Puerto Varas (1B) Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island.
Day 5 Puerto Varas/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B) Travel by bus and ferry to Bariloche, Argentina. Visit the Petrohue Falls, then enjoy the sights from the “Cruce de los Lagos”, considered one of the most scenic cruises in the world. Additional Notes: The approximate journey time today is between 10 and 11 hours. This journey is by comfortable bus and a scenic ferry that crosses the Chilean/Argentine border. Travel time can change based on the time of year and weather conditions. During certain times of the year, the ferry cannot be used, which means we will travel overland by bus. Included Activities: Petrohué Falls Visit Cruce de los Lagos Cruise Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)
Day 6 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 take a day hike around Cerro Catedral or enjoy some shopping. It’s also important to know that Bariloche is famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!
Day 7 San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires (1B) Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the “Paris of the Americas,” Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)
Day 8 Buenos Aires (1B, 1D) Enjoy a city tour of the "Paris of the Americas," visiting key sights and neighbourhoods including Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. When you are done exploring, rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. Spend the evening enjoying a night out with a light dinner in a local café before heading to a popular dance venue where we enjoy a lesson from local dancers. Opt to stay for Milonga, a neighbourhood tradition where students and teachers of the venue show up to practice their moves. Included Activities: Buenos Aires Guided City Tour Local Tango Lesson
Day 9 Buenos Aires (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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