The Wonderful Wildlife of Argentina and Chile

17 Days from £7336 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
17 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Whale Watching
Country Combo

We designed this itinerary to reveal the best wildlife and landscapes of Argentina and Chile while staying in very comfortable hotels and traditional estancias. Start with an informative tour of Buenos Aires, then transfer south to the spectacular Valdes Peninsula where, depending on season, highlights could include close encounters with enormous elephant seals, southern right whales, hunting orcas and vast nesting colonies of penguins. There will also be a full day to explore Los Glaciares National Park and its stunning Perito Moreno glacier. From El Calafate, cross the border into Chile for the iconic Torres del Paine National Park for great wildlife viewing in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes – you could even see puma. Chile’s beautiful Lake District and mysterious Chiloé Island, and Barriloche back in Argentina, add further wildlife and cultural interest and you end with a tango show back in Buenos Aires. A truly unforgettable tour which combines the two of South America’s most impressive destinations in a logistical and complementary way.

Itinerary

Price from £7336 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Departure from London and fly overnight to Buenos Aires.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon guided tour of the city. The tour will include visits to the blue-collar neighborhood of La Boca where tango originated, San Telmo where the city was first founded, the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Recoleta with its French architecture and 19th century cemetery where Eva Peron is buried.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Valdes Peninsula

Transfer to the airport and fly to Trelew. Met on arrival and transfer to the Valdes Peninsula. Designated a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO and a Natural Protected Area of Argentina, the wild 1,545 square mile peninsula protrudes 62 miles eastwards in to the South Atlantic. Afternoon excursion to visit the calving site of the enormous southern elephant seal.

Staying at Punta Delgada. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 - Valdes Peninsula

Full day exploration of the Valdes Peninsula. The activities will depend upon the season but could include visiting the huge colonies of nesting Magellanic penguins, haul-out sites of southern sea lions and boat trips to see southern right whales or hunting orcas. There are also herds of guanacos and many seabirds to see.

Staying at Punta Delgada. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - El Calafate

Transfer to Trelew and fly to El Calafate. The rest of the day is at leisure

Staying at Kosten Aike. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - El Calafate

Full day exploring the magnificent 18-mile long Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. The excursion will begin with informative walks around the side of glacier and later an exhilarating mini ice trek on the glacier itself. There will also be a boat trip along the huge wall of the glacier that gives a chance to see massive blocks of ice break off with a loud crack and crash into the lake to form icebergs.

Staying at Kosten Aike. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Torres del Paine National Park

Transfer across the border into Chile and to Torres del Paine National Park. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Eco Camp. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8 - Torres del Paine National Park

Full day of guided activities in Torres del Paine National Park, considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Activities can include treks up to the massive “three paines” peaks themselves; walking through the scenic Patagonian steppe; mountain biking excursions and wildlife spotting including a chance to spy a puma. Herds of guanaco, chilla and Andean foxes, Patagonian skunk, Darwin’s rhea and Andean condor are some of the species that could also be seen.

Staying at Eco Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Torres del Paine National Park

Another full day of activities in the National Park. NB: If interested, request a specialist puma tracker to assist in spotting one of the elusive cats – Torres del Paine is one of the few locations in the Americas where puma are seen regularly, and some of the cats are now quite habituated to humans.

Staying at Eco Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Lake District

Transfer to Punta Arenas and fly to Puerto Montt, the capital of Chile’s beautiful Lake District. Met and transfer to Puerto Varas passing stunning landscapes including the Calbuco Volcano en route. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Cabanas del Lago. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Lake Distict

Full day exploration of Chiloé Island, the largest in the Chilean archipelago. The ferry ride across to the island often produces sightings of Peale’s dolphins and South American sea lions. There will be the chance to see local towns, traditional wooden churches and stilt houses and learn about the past and present life of the islanders. A boat trip to the Punihil islands will offer a chance to see a mixed colony of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins and maybe marine otters too. Return to Puerto Varas in the evening.

Staying at Cabanas del Lago. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Lake District

Transfer by road and boat back into to Argentina, arriving at Bariloche in the afternoon.

Staying at Villa Huinid. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Lake District

Full day of excursions including a cable car ride up to Cerro Campanario for a 360-degree view of the lakes and mountains. Later, enjoy a trip along the fascinating Circuito Chico to include Moreno lake, San Eduardo Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo, Llao Llao Hotel and Playa Bonita beach.

Staying at Villa Huinid. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Lake District

A day at leisure for optional activities, or perhaps explore the town and surrounds independently.

Staying at Villa Huinid. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy a farewell traditional Argentine dinner and tango show.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Depart Argentina

Transfer to the airport and fly to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 17 - Arrive in the UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
British Airways has direct daily flights from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires. There are also flights from the UK on Air France via Paris, Air Europa and Iberia via Madrid, TAM via Sao Paulo, and Lufthansa via Frankfurt.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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Orcas carry out beach stranding attacks on the Valdes Peninsula in March and April. Southern right whales can be seen from June to November and Magellanic penguins from September to April. In general the best months to visit Patagonia are from October until the end of March when daytime temperatures can reach the low 20s degrees centigrade.

For the best chance in the Americas to see the extra-elusive puma, hire a private guide in Torred del Paine National Park for a day or two.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Legado Mitico: -34.587787, -58.426889
Faro Punta Delgada: -42.766265, -63.637598
Kosten Aike: -50.335948, -72.267702
Villa Huinid: -41.133251, -71.340397