Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Australis Cruise, Torres del Paine, El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier, Bariloche, Lakes Crossing, Puerto Varas, Santiago. RipioTurismo DMC for Argentina and Chile

1013 - The amazing tour of Patagonia

25 nights visiting the incredible Patagonia!
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Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Australis Cruise, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Bariloche, Lakes Crossing, Puerto Varas and Santiago!

An amazing 25-night tour to visit the complete area of Patagonia. Yes, the program includes Buenos Aires and Santiago, and the very best of the incredible area of Patagonia. The tour starts in Buenos Aires to enjoy the Tango, the exquisite gastronomy and the warm of the local people. Discover differnt areas of the city like Caminito in La Boca, San Telmo, 9 de Julio Avenue and the Obelisk, Colon Theatre, Recoleta, Puerto Madero and more. Then, we fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and navigate the Beagle Channel. In Ushuaia you can taste some great local dishes like the Patagonian Lamb in a typical estancia, and the wonderful king crab. Then, we will embark aboard the Australis Cruise to start a wonderful 4-night expedition cruise to southern fjords and glaciers in southern Patagonia. We disembark in the mythical Cape Horn and other islands and islets of this remote area. Once in Punta Arenas, we will arrive to Puerto Natales, to visit Torres del Paine National Park, a highlight in Patagonia. We cross to Argentina again to visit El calafate and from there, the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and other glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. We continue in Patagonia but now in the north portion to visit Bariloche and the lakes district in Argentina. Bariloche is a place of wonderful landscapes, with lakes, mountains and forests. We will enjoy the Lakes Crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas, crossing the Andes by lake, to arrive to Puerto Varas, the lakes district in Chile. Once there we will visit Chiloe Island and Frutillar and Puerto Octay. Finally, we fly to Santiago, the capital of chile and commercial heart of this country. From there, we will visit Viña del Mar, Valparaiso and the wine country in Colchagua Valley and Maipo Canyon.

It`s the most complete tours to visit Argentina and Chile, focused in Patagonia.

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Itinerary

Day 1

BUENOS AIRES: Arrival to the capital city

Welcome to Buenos Aires, capital city of Argentina and one of the most important cities in South America. Be ready to enjoy the european style in the architecture, history, the unique experience of tango, a great gastronomy and the warm of the local people called “Porteños”. You will stay 3 nights in this unique city and first day is free to rest. But, if you`re an active person, interested in make some interesting activities just after arrival, take a look to our optionals below. We have many options to offer.

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Day 2

BUENOS AIRES: City Tour & Dinner Tango Show

After breakfast, we will start a 4-hour city tour visiting the best of Buenos Aires. As we told you, Buenos Aires is one of the most european cities in South America, to be honest… the most. And it`s because the european influence in the architecture of the beginnings of the past century, when Argentina was the sixth country in the world…

Our tour includes different areas in the city. We will enjoy La Boca, one of the most famous places, that includes Caminito and Boca Juniors Stadium called “La Bombonera”. Of course, we will visit San Telmo, another traditional place in Buenos Aires. Please note, on sundays the famous San Telmo fair will be opened where you can find many interesting antiques.

Our tour also includes the visit to the traditional Plaza de Mayo, with the Government House called “Casa Rosada”, the Cabildo, the Cathedral, and all the history around this emblematic square. We will see the Obelisk and 9 de Julio Avenue. Then, Colon Theatre, one of the most important opera houses in the world. You can take a guided visit if you want, but it`s important to buy tickets in advance. Check with us about this optional activity.

This tour will allow us to get to know other areas of the city, like neighborhoods of Recoleta, Palermo and Puerto Madero, a renovated dockside area with a rich gastronomy offer, where you can finalize your tour and enjoy a great lunch and taste the local gastronomy.

After this tour, you`re free to enjoy the city at your own. There are many activities to do, like the visit to Colon Theatre with Walking Tour, or the excursion to Tigre Delta.

In the evening, you can enjoy some optionals, like a Dinner Tango Show, or a Buenos Aires by night activity. Check our options below.

Day 3

BUENOS AIRES: Enjoying the countryside. Visit to an estancia in the Pampas

After breakfast, we will start our tour to the Pampas, to visit one of the traditional estancias or farms. It`s one of the classic visits you can enjoy during your stay in Buenos Aires. usually called “Fiesta Gaucha” and where we will make activities associated with the local traditions, like the typical “Asado Criollo”, an unforgettable horse riding, and the traditional folklore show. After lunch which is included of course, we will enjoy some gaucho demonstration with horses, in activities called Carreras de Sortijas.

Return to the hotel is around 5 pm, and you have some free time for rest, or may be enjoy some of our optional activities available below. We`re ready to help you

Again, evening is free to choose any of our available activitites. Check below

Day 4

BUENOS AIRES: Good bye to the big city

After breakfast, free time until transfer to local airport to take flight or to pier to take boat to our next destination

USHUAIA: Arrival to the end of the world

Welcome to Ushuaia, well known as the southernmost city in the world, and gate to many different cruises visiting Cape Horn and Antarctica. After arrival, our guide will be waiting for your transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free, but depending your arrival timming, you can enjoy some of our optional activities. Check information below

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Day 5

USHUAIA: Tierra del Fuego National Park and Beagle Channel Navigation

After breakfast, we will start our first visit. Tierra del Fuego National Park is located only 12 km from Ushuaia and it`s a very natural environment to be enjoyed. When you arrive you can buy tickets to one of the main attractions in the area: the Train of the End of The World. The train is optional and you can see details below. After that, an

d once in the park, you are going to see different species of trees in a very characteristic forest, something as bushes, beech trees, ñires, Indio’s beard and flowers in an extension of 63.000 hectares. Of course, we will stop many times during our visit to enjoy the panoramic views and take great photos.

From there, we are going to go to Verde Lake and then to Lapataia Bay, places where you could see beaver dams and peatlands. On our way back, we will stop on Lake Roca called also Acigami, to take our last photos of the national park. Return to Ushuaia city will be around 13:30 hs and you have some free time for lunch. Let me suggest the unique King Crab, or taste the incredible Patagonic Lamb!

After lunch and in the afternoon, just walk to the port located few steps from the centre, to embark in a cathamaran to enjoy the Beagle Channel. This navigation towards the Sea Lions Island, Birds Island and the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. We will see a colony of sea lions and Imperial Cormorants among other birds.

Heading back to the city, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ushuaia city and the mountains. Return is around 5.30 pm depending the season. Free time and overnight

Day 6

USHUAIA: A variety of options to choose

Today, we keep the day free for you, but there are many options to choose: You can visit Fagnano and Escondido Lakes, enjoy an incredible trekking to Laguna Esmeralda, or enjoy a wonderful 4×4 ride to the heart of the island

Day 7

USHUAIA: Good bye to the end of the world

After breakfast, free time until tranfser out to airport for your flight to next destination. If you have time in the morning, you can enjoy some of the optionals below. Say goodby to Ushuaia, the city of the end of the world…

AUSTRALIS CRUISE: Departure from Ushuaia

Check in at 409 San Martín Ave. in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 17:00 (10 AM-5 PM) on the day of your cruise departure.

Board the Australis Cruise at 18:00 (6 PM). After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night we traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

Disembark in the mythical Cape Horn aboard the incredible Australis Cruise Expedition - RipioTurismo DMC for Patagonia

Day 8

AUSTRALIS CRUISE: Disembark in Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay

Around the break of dawn, the Australis cruise crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument (currently awaiting repair after being damaged by fierce winds).

Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooded mountain behind the bay. On all of these you stroll through an enchanted Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay

Day 9

AUSTRALIS CRUISE: Pia and Garibaldi Glaciers

Overnight we continue our Patagonia glacier tour around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, the Australis cruise tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier.After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Making our way further west along the Beagle Channel, we enter another long fjord and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. This time we hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding — very steep, negligible trail, rough footing — and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, our captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.

Enjoy the incredible Australis Cruise Expedition to Cape horn and southern fjords and glaciers in Patagonia by RipioTurismo Incoming Tour Operator in Chile and Argentina

Day 10

AUSTRALIS CRUISE: Agostini Sound. Aguila and Condor Glaciers

Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range — some of them reaching the water. This morning, we will disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. We will reach a spot right in front of that glacier with stunning views. In the afternoon, we will approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac — and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

Penguin Colony of Magdalena Island with Australis Cruise Expedition by RipioTurismo Incoming Tour Operator Argentina and Chile

Day 11

AUSTRALIS CRUISE: Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve & Arrival to Punta Arenas

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April — when the penguins dwell elsewhere — this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions.

After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.

*Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island.

After disembarkation, if you continue with an organized tour, transfer to airport in Punta Arenas, or Puerto Natales hotel or Puerto Natales bus station to continue with your itinerary. If you only booked the cruise, end of our services.

PUERTO NATALES: Arrival to the Ultima Esperanza Sound

Arrival to Puerto Natales bus station or Punta Arenas Airport and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales. The city is located at the opening of Ultima Esperanza Sound, and from here you will visit amazing places sush as Torres del Paine National Park or Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. After check in, free time to enjoy walking the city, or just rest to be ready for the next day.

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Day 12

PUERTO NATALES: Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park

After breafkst, we will start one of the best excursions you can do in Patagonia. Yes, it`s the visit to Torres del Paine National Park. So, after picking up all the passengers from their accommodations, the tour starts around 8:00 am ready to take the first pictures. Our first destination is Milodon’s Cave, the place where in 1895were found remains of a prehistoric animal, and nowadays there is a replica of that mammal together with detailed information of the glaciological process of how the cave was formed.
After this, we will go to Cerro Castillo to have a short break and enjoy snack services, coffee shops and souvenir stores.

From that point, we will go to Torres del Paine Park where the first natural sceneries we will see are: Sarmiento Lake Lookout, Paine’s towers, Paine’s horns and Almirante Nieto Hill. Regarding fauna, the most predominant animals you will see are guanacos, lesser rhea and condors, considering that in the park also live foxes, hares, rufous-collared sparrow and the lion of America: the mountain cat.

Inside the park we will know the turquoise lakes such as Pehoé and Nordenskjold, waterfalls and mountains covered in ice. A walk of 15 minutes is necessary to get close to Salto Grande waterfall.

After lunch, the visit continues with a walk along the shore of the Grey Lake from where you can see small icebergs and at the back the great Grey glacier. Depending on the needs, the return can be on the same route or else using the new road and leave you at you accommodation place. Free time and overnight

Day 13

PUERTO NATALES: Choice of activitites available!

After breakfast, we keep the day free, so you can choose any of the optional activities you can find in the list below.

Day 14

PUERTO NATALES: Good bye Ultima Esperanza Sound!

After breakfast, fee time to enjoy Puerto Natales until your transfer to the bus station or Punta Arenas Airport to continue with your itinerary.

 

EL CALAFATE: Arrival to the gate to the glaciers

Arrive at El Calafate, one of the most important destinations in Patagonia because it`s the gate to visit Perito Moreno and many other glaciers in the area. After check-in, you have free time, but if you`re an active person, you can choose any of the available options that can be added to your arrival day. Check options below

 

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Day 15

EL CALAFATE: The incredible Perito Moreno Glacier

After breakfast, we will start our visit to one of the highlights of Patagonia: the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier.

El Calafate is located 80 km from Perito Moreno Glacier, along a 50 km paved road. The last 30 are within Los Glaciares National Park.
During the first 40 km you travel through the Patagonian steppe which is very typical in the area, but once you enter the National Park there is a real change in the vegetation, now  formed by ñires (nothofagus antartica), guindos (nothofagus betuloides) and lengas (nothofagus pumilio); also some isolated canelos (drimys winteri) and many-colored flowers, among them the intense red-colored notro (embothrium coccineum), the typical flower of the Andean Patagonian forest.

Once at the Glacier, the visitor is overwhelmed by the impressive spectacle and can appreciate the many unforgettable vistas of the glacier from the walk paths. You will have free time to enjoy this show. You can see enormous blocks of ice falling into the lake with a thunderous crash. It`s an amazing show of nature. There is a restaurant, a snack bar, restrooms and a pay campsite within the Moreno Glacier area.

You can choose some good options that can be added to the visit, like the mini trekking to walk over the ice of the glacier or the Nautical Safari which is navigation to see the glacier from the lake. Take a look at this option below

This is a full-day excursion. Return to the hotel is late in the afternoon.

Day 16

EL CALAFATE: A Boat navigation in Los Glaciares National Park

After breakfast, we keep this day free, so you can choose one of the full day boat navigations available, to visit different glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. Take a look at the different options available below

Day 17

EL CALAFATE: Transfer out to the airport

After breakfast, you have some free time until transfer to airport or bus station to continue your trip. If you leaves in the afternoon, you can choose an interesting optional activity from our list below.
Good bye El Calafate!

BARILOCHE: Arrival to the lakes district in Argentina

Welcome to Bariloche, gate to visit different national parks and amazing landscapes full of lakes, mountains and forests. Once in your hotel, you have free time to rest. There are some interesting optionals you can choose. Check below

Day 18

BARILOCHE: Boat navigation to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Nat Park

After breakfast, we will start a jorney to navigate the Nahuel Huapi Lake and enjoy two great attractions in the area: Victoria Island and Los Arrayanes National Park. We will start from your hotel in the morning, to go directly to Puerto Pañuelo, located in front of the amazing Llao Llao Hotel & Resort. We will embark in a modern catamaran to travel across the waters of Nahuel Huapi Lake towards Quetrihue Port, gate to arrive to our first visit, a forest full of trees called Arrayanes, and a formation called Los Arrayanes National Park with trees over 500 years old! You will enjoy this unique place in earth watching this beatiful tall myrtle tree forest while you walk along the island trails leading you through the ancient Arrayanes National Park. Our next stop is Victoria Island, so we will return to our boat to cross to Puerto Anchorena where you will explore different pathways to incredible natural viewpoints of the Nahuel Huapi National Park where you’ll be able to observe rare native species of flora and fauna. The island is very natural, full of green beautiful trees and typical humidity. After our visit, we will go back to our cathamaran to return to Puerto Pañuelo, and go back to your hotel in Bariloche.

Day 19

BARILOCHE: Choice of activities to do in the area

After breakfast, you have a free day to choose from many different activities available in the area. There are many options, like the visit to San Martin de los Andes via 7-lakes circuit, or the incredible visit to Tronador Mount. You also can visit El Bolson, local village to the south of Bariloche, or choose an adventure activity like a hourseback riding or a white water rafting. Check options available below!

Day 20

BARILOCHE to PUERTO VARAS: The Lakes Crossing!

After breakfast, we will start a wonderful trip to cross the Andes by lake! Yes, a combination of bus and ships to cross to Chile in the famous Lakes Crossing trip. A unique crossing, sailing through The Andes Mountains across three beautiful lakes that are connected by four overland legs, from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Puerto Varas in Chile. A journey that can be enjoyed on any day of the year, exploring the beauty of mountainous landscapes that take you through the most colorful region of the Patagonia. Arriving to Chile in just one day, you have the option of extending your trip to two days or more with accommodation at the midway point in Puella and/or Puerto Blest.

BARILOCHE – PUERTO PAÑUELO
8:00 – 10:00 En route, you’ll be marvelled by the beautiful Swiss-style architecture that characterizes the constructions of the area. Beautiful gardens and flowers color the landscapes all the way to Puerto Pañuelo.

PTO. PAÑUELO – BLEST
10:00 – 11:00 We’ll sail from Puerto Pañuelo to Puerto Blest aboard the Gran Victoria, navigating across Lake Nahuel Huapi. You’ll observe the grandeur of the landscapes, the green tones of the forests, the birds that fly close and you’ll learn more about the destination’s fascinating history. (Boarding tax is not included. US$3 approx).

BLEST – FRÍAS
11:00 – 12:00 Arrival to Puerto Blest. We travel by bus along River Frías to Puerto Alegre, and then continue the sailing trip across Lake Frías, aboard the Victoria del Sur. Along this stretch of the lake, we’ll experience beautiful views of Cerro Tronador. After a short sail, we’ll arrive to Puerto Frías where we will complete the necessary steps at the border.

FRÍAS – PEULLA
12:00 – 14:00 We’ll continue by bus to Peulla with beautiful views of the Andes Mountains.

ALMUERZO PEULLA
14:00 – 15:30 Arrival to Peulla, an ecological lodge and a paradise for nature lovers. Lunch (additional cost).

PEULLA – PETROHUE
15:30 – 17:30 We’ll sail to Petrohué, navigating across Lake Todos los Santos. If the weather permits, different and breathtaking views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes and Cerro Tronador can be seen.
PETROHUE – PTO. VARAS
17:30 – 20:00 We’ll continue to Puerto Varas, passing by Lake Llanquihue. Impressive views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes dominate the landscape. Arrival to Puerto Varas.

Once in Puerto  Varas, transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 21

PUERTO VARAS: visiting Frutillar and Puerto Octay

After breakfast, we will enjoy a full day visit to Frutillar, a city and commune located in southern Chile in the Los Lagos Region. The bay of Frutillar is placed on the banks of Lake Llanquihue, the largest lake entirely within Chile. Frutillar is known as the “City of Music”. The village was founded by Vicente Pérez Rosales in 1856, after a period of clearing up the land and upon the arrival of German settlers from Hamburg in 1852 and other cities of Germany in sailing ships to the ports of Valdivia and Puerto Montt.

Vicente Perez Rosales on a later expedition towards the south of Valdivia changed the course of the incoming colony to Lake Llanquihue. Rosales was searching for more land for the German settlers, south of Valdivia, as many sailing ships were arriving to the port of Valdivia from Germany sent by Bernardo Philippi under the official colonisation program of Southern Chile. This program was granted by President Manuel Bulnes and executed by president of Chile Manuel Montt naming officially Vicente Perez Rosales the head of the German colonisation of Llanquihue, as a continuation of the initial efforts done by Bernard Philippi.

There is an interesting local german museum. Travel back in time as you browse exhibits with your guide and then enjoy free time to wander around the town at your leisure. Return to your hotel in Puerto Varas and free evening. Overnight.

Day 22

PUERTO VARAS: Visiting Chiloe Island

After breakfast, we will start our full-day tour to Chiloe Island. We will take the route to the south for about 130 kilometres to arrive to a small town called Pargua. Once in this city, we take a ferry that will allow us to cross the Chacao Canal and reach the Isla Grande de Chiloe. Chiloé Island is the second largest island in Chile, after the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, and the fifth largest in South America. We will go to Chacao, one of the oldest villages of the island founded in 1567 which has a typical square where stands a curious and picturesque building of strong color. We will visit the old and interesting church.

The Churches of Chiloé are a unique architectural phenomenon in the Americas, and one of the most prominent styles of Chilota architecture. Unlike classical Spanish colonial architecture, the churches of Chiloé are made entirely in native timber with extensive use of wood shingles. The churches were built from materials to resist Chiloé Archipelago’s humid and rainy oceanic climate. The churches represent the fusion of European Jesuit culture and local native peoples’ skill and traditions: an excellent example of mestizo culture.

The Churches of Chiloé were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000. The University of Chile, Fundación Cultural Iglesias de Chiloé and other institutions have led efforts to preserve these historic structures and to publicize them for their unique qualities

We will go to the city of Ancud, to visit the Plaza de Armas, the Church, the crafts market, the Museum, the Gulf of Quitalmahue, Cerro Huaihuén and Fort San Antonio, historic site located in the uptown built in the late eighteenth century, all in the midst of stories of customs and myths of one of the larger islands of South America. Ancud is the second largest city of Chiloé Archipelago after Castro. It was established in 1768 to function as the capital of the archipelago and held that position until 1982.

Later we will go to Castro, capital of Chiloé Island. Castro is Chile’s third oldest city in continued existence. Rodrigo de Quiroga as the temporary governor of Chile in 1567 launched a campaign led by his son in-law Captain Martín Ruiz de Gamboa to conquer Chiloé Island, establishing the city of Castro there, and pacifying its inhabitants, the Cuncos. From its founding on 12 February 1576 until 1767 Castro was the administrative centre of Chiloé Island. In 1594 Castro had 8.000 inhabitants most of whom were farmers. Up to the mid of the 17th century the town was looted by Dutch pirates several times. In 1767, during the time of the Bourbon Reforms that sought to modernize the Spanish Empire, Chiloé was separated from the General Captaincy of Chile to which it had previously belonged and made a direct subject of the Viceroyalty of Peru.

The town hall and many of the wooden palafitos houses ( typical constructions made wooden pillars on water), were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake and the tsunami of 1960. Only in 1982 did Castro regain its role as capital in Chiloé Archipelago.

We will visit the local Church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, handicrafts market and the Mirador del Barrio Gamboa to appreciate the famous “Palafitos”. We finish our tour visiting Dalcahue, famous for its craft fair on Sundays where locals bring from the outer islands of the archipelagos the most varied handicrafts for marketing. During the tour we will have time for lunch in a typical restaurant Chiloé Island. It`s a full day trip. Return to your hotel in Puerto Varas and overnight.

Day 23

PUERTO VARAS: Good bye Lakes District!

After breakfast, free time until tranfser to pier, airport or bus station. If you have some free time during the day, you can add some of our optional activities. Check the list below.

 

Good bye Puerto Varas!

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Arrival to the capital city

Arrival to Santiago Merino Airport, in Santiago de Chile. The Chilean capital has become a good choice for international business travelers, developing a reputation as a calm and clean city with a good quality of life. It`s one of the most important and populated cities in South America. Most government activities take place in Santiago’s downtown area, which is home to La Moneda (the presidential palace), Plaza de Armas, and the Judicial and Executive Branches. There are also many museums and shopping malls.

Districts such as Providencia, Bellavista, Las Condes, and Vitacura offer a dazzling array of businesses, shops, and restaurants as well as a bustling nightlife.

Santiago is also located near many attractions such as the beach house of poet Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra, ski resorts located around 60 km from the city, spots in the Andean foothills like Cajón del Maipo, the port of Valparaíso, which is about an hour from Santiago, and Viña del Mar and other summer resorts on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Options for enjoying the mountains and sea are always right at your fingertips in Santiago.

After arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in. Free time for to rest, or may be if you`re interested, you can book any of the optional activities below

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Day 24

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Enjoying the best of the capital city

After breakfast, in the morning, our guide will be waiting for us for our first visit. We will enjoy a city tour to discover one of the most modern capitals of South America.

Santiago is a cosmopolitan and vibrant capital that perfectly combines tradition and modernity. The tour will allow you to know the origins of the city and emblematic places like the Cathedral, the Post Office, the Plaza de Armas, and the famous Palacio de la Moneda, the house of the Chilean government. You will discover the traditional neighborhoods of the historic center. We visit Santa Lucía hill, called Huelén by the natives, a real urban oasis in the heart of the center. Learn more about the history of Chile and enjoy privileged views of the capital and the mountains surrounding the city. The second part of the tour will take you to the east, to see the financial area of Santiago, and watch modern buildings. Duration is around 4 hours. Return to the hotel and free time.
Please note, there are many optional activities available for the afternoon. Check options below

Day 25

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Visiting Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

After breakfast, our guide will be waiting for you to start our visit to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, in the direction to Chile`s coast. We drive through the country’s main wine- producing areas, so we can admire the vineyard-covered landscapes along the way which is fascinating.  We will stop to take some great photos of this important area.  Again in the route we will continue to the coastal road known as the Camino de la Pólvora, arriving at Valparaíso, considered the cultural capital of Chile and full of colors and unique views of the pier and the city over the hill. We will visit the Muelle Prat, a historic dock filled with dozens of colorful boats. From Plaza Sotomayor, the main gateway to Valparaíso from the sea, you’ll immerse yourself in the old quarter, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Place.

We will visit the House-Museum of Pablo Neruda, called as La Sebastiana. You’ll then reach Paseo 21 de Mayo, a natural viewpoint at the bottom of the Artillería Hill, where you’ll be able to take in a panoramic view of Valparaíso’s view from the blue sea to the city and the surrounding mountains.

Our next step is the visit to the city of Viña del Mar, whose name in Spanish means “Vineyard of the Sea”. The coastal town is also often called the Garden City, and you’ll soon see why when you visit sights such as the iconic Flower Clock on the side of Castle Hill. Free time for lunch and then, some free time to enjoy the beach, after return to your hotel in Santiago de Chile.

 

Day 26

SANTIAGO: Good bye Santiago!

After breakfast, free time to enjoy the city until your transfer to the airport. If you leave the city in the afternoon or evening, you can choose any of our optional activities you can see below.

Goodbye Santiago!

End of our services. We can personalize your program, by adding or deleting nights, add new destinations, or make any necessary change. Just let us know. Optional activities you can see below each day, are just suggested options. You can add any of these activities to your quotation, or ask for any other available in each destination.

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IGUAZU FALLS EXTENSION PROGRAM

Iguazu Falls is one of the most incredible places in the world, recently declared as one of the new 7-wonders of nature, and Unesco World Heritage. It`s an amazing show of nature, and a must-see if you visit Argentina or Brazil. Are you ready?

DAY 1 – Arrival to Iguazu!
DAY 2 – Visit Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side with up to 8 km of trails to enjoy nature!
DAY 3 – Visit Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side with a great bus ride and a panoramic view of the falls
DAY 4 – Transfer out. Good bye Iguazu Falls, magic of nature!

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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA EXTENSION

Are you ready to enjoy one of the most fascinating places on earth? You can add a 3-night extension and visit this incredible place in the chilean north!

DAY 1 – San Pedro de Atacama. Welcome!
DAY 2 – Toconao, Highland Lagoons and Atacama Salt Flat!
DAY 3 – Visit Tatyo Geysers and Puritama Hot Springs
DAY 4 – Good bye Atacama Desert!

It`s just a suggested program, we can make any change you need.

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