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Amazing Argentina is an independent travel company based in Buenos Aires which specializes in tours throughout Argentina including Patagonia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.

With local operational offices, over 9 years of experience in the travel industry and a commitment to customer service, Amazing Argentina is your key to a fantastic vacation in this wonderful country.

We offers tours from private luxury travel around Argentina to small group wildlife tours, food and wine excursions for the connoisseur and polo and horse riding holidays in Patagonia. From skiing trips to cruises to Antarctica, our list of world class tours and expertise in building tailor-made trips are second to none.

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Chile & Argentina Wonders Tour
Santiago - Santa Cruz - San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Punta Areanas - Puerto Natales
Description:
Chile & Argentina Wonders Tour

Chile & Argentina Wonders Tour

Chile & Argentina Wonders Tour

Chile & Argentina Wonders Tour

ITINERARY
Day 1. Santiago

Arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel. We recommend the Orly Hotel. Free day.

Day 2. Santiago (Breakfast)

After breakfast, a half day city tour of Santiago. At the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) view the Cathedral, Post Office and National Museum. Continue along the main avenue called "Alameda" to admire the San Francisco Church, the National Library. You shall also see the Mercado Central and is Santiago's most colourful market and home to many great seafood restaurants. A visit to Cerro Santa Lucia to take a cable-car ride for stunning views over Santiago.

Day 3. Santiago - Santa Cruz (Breakfast & lunch)

After breakfast, you will transfer south to the heart of the wine region of Chile with a stop in the Maipo Valley at the prestigious Casa Real Hotel, located in the Santa Rita valley. This beautiful large mansion is surrounded by excellent vineyards where you can sample some excellent wine. Continue on to the heart of the Colchagua district, the ‘Bordeaux' of Chile. We recommend the Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza. Lunch before visiting the Montes vineyards, recipient of the coveted "New World winery of the year 2002 award". Accommodation at the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel.

Day 4. Santa Cruz Area (Breakfast)

After breakfast, enjoy a visit with wine tasting to two more award winning wineries in the region, Bisquert and Casa Silva. Accommodation in Santa Cruz.

Day 5. Santa Cruz - Santiago - Calama - Atacama (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer back to Santiago and to the airport for your flight to Calama, set in the middle of the Atacama Desert. Arrival and transfer to your Lodge. We recommend the Altiplanico. The Atacama Desert is home to volcanoes, dry salt lakes, ponds and waters emerging in the midst of the desert. Exploring the Atacama over the next few days in group service, your professional guides have been trained to carry out the outings in an entertaining and safe way. With a fleet of jeeps specially prepared for the difficult conditions of the desert and the altitude, which lets us drive comfortably over off-road courses and thus access unique, exclusive sites and landscapes.

Day 6: Atacama Desert tour (Breakfast)

Tour of San Pedro de Atacama, cradle of the Atacama Culture during the pre-Columbian period. Followed by a visit to the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt mountain range) and the only view of the massive salt flat with the Licancabur volcano in the background. We will then visit the Pukara de Quitor. In the afternoon, excursion to the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) which astonishes visitors with its geological formation of salts and carbonates and where nature has shaped an astonishing landscape. Return to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 7: Atacama desert tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast, we will visit the Archaeological Museum Padre Le Paige where we will witness an exhibition showing the evolution of Atacamanian life over the last 11,000 years. We will then visit the town church, The Main Square, the house of Pedro de Valdivia (a conquistador and the founder of Santiago). Toconao stands out with its bell tower, alleys and craft workshops. After lunch, a visit to Lake Chaxa to view the three species of flamingoes amongst many other birds.

Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago (Breakfast)

Very early morning departure to the Tatio Geysers to experience this spectacular demonstration of volcanic activity. In the middle of the Andean mountains, the El Tatio Geysers at 4,500 metres above sea level gush fumaroles at dawn. We will also visit the village of Caspana with its fertile terraces, architecture in Liparita stone and characteristic mud-roofs. We will continue with visits to the villages of Toconce and Vegas de Turi on an awe inspiring route which takes us through Chiu-Chiu and Lasana, with their important cultural and historical legacies including one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Chile. Return to Calama in the afternoon for your transfer to the airport and your return flight to Santiago. Reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 9. Santiago - Punta Areanas - Puerto Natales (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Santiago for the flight to Punta Arenas, located on the very tip of the continent. Reception and journey to the penguin sanctuary at Seno Otway, located along the northwest of the Brunswick Peninsula. The Magellanic Penguins return annually to this area between October and March to lay eggs and raise their young. Arrival to Puerto Natales, the gateway to the Torres Del Paine National Park. We recommend the Costa Australis Hotel.

Day 10. Torres Del Paine (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer by comfortable minivan for the two and a half hour drive to the heart of Torres Del Paine, Chilean Patagonia. This park is Chile's showpiece: a world biosphere reserve with all the diverse scenery of Alaska in only 180,000ha (444,600ac). The Torres Del Paine are spectacular granite pillars which soar almost vertically for more than 2000m (6560ft) above the Patagonian steppe. Cascading waterfalls, sprawling glaciers, dense forests, and the chance to see Patagonian guanaco make it a truly wonderful experience. A visit to the Milodon cave; where in 1896 the scientific world was fascinated by the discovery of skin, bones and other parts of an extinct animal, the Milodon (Mylodon Darwini). The tour continues with visits to Lake Sarmiento, Nordennskjold, Pehoe, and Lago Grey; site of the Grey Glacier. Overnight in the National Park. We recommend the Serrano Lodge.

Day 11. Torres Del Paine (Breakfast)

Today you will visit the actual granite pillars of Torres del Paine. The trek will take about 2 ½ hours along an undulating path. A visit to several glacial lakes before returning to your lodge.

Day 12. Torres Del Paine (Breakfast)

Free day to walk or trek on your own at lesiure.

Day 13. Torres Del Paine - El Calafate (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the Paine Lodge for no later than for the 12.00 Catamaran crossing to Pudeto. You will arrive to Pudeto at 12.30 pm from where our driver will take you to El Calafate and to your hotel, arriving at approximately 17.30. We recommend the Kosten Aike. El Calafate is the site of the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most dramatic natural sites left on earth. The Perito Moreno Glacier of Santa Cruz is a 60m (197ft) high river of rising, toppling and exploding ice, though it hasn't advanced for several years.

Day 14. Perito Moreno Glacier (Breakfast)

After breakfast, excursion to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, walking along footpaths and balconies to reach this incredible phenomenon. You will also board a boat to see the glacier from the lake itself.

Day 15: Glaciers (Breakfast & lunch)

Today you will be collected from your hotel and travel for approximately 30 minutes to Puerto Bandera, 50 km to the west of El Calafate, from where the boat will depart. The Upsala Glacier is famous for its rapid retreat and is actually larger than Perito Moreno. Further on you will arrive at Onelli Bay and continue through forests that cover the area up to the lake. The lake is covered with blue icebergs, each with different hues of blue indicating their different ages. Boxed lunch included before returning to El Calafate.

Day 16. El Calafate - Buenos Aires (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Reception and transfer to your hotel. We recommend the De Las Americas. Free day to wander around the city.

Day 17. Buenos Aires (Breakfast & dinner)

After breakfast, a private city tour of perhaps the most cosmopolitan metropolis in South America. The tour will include a visit to the Plaza de Mayo, the hub of the city centre and where many public buildings such as the Catedral Metropolitana can be found. At the east end, you will find the Casa Rosada presidential palace with the famous balcony from which Juan and Evita Peron greeted the masses. You shall also visit La Boca, Buenos Aires' most colourful neighbourhood. San Telmo, just a few blocks south of Plaza de Mayo is the artist's quarter, what some believe to be Buenos Aires' most interesting feature. In the evening, dinner & tango Show in La Esquina Carlos Gardel, the foremost tango house in Buenos Aires.

Day 18. Buenos Aires (Breakfast)

Free day at leisure.

Day 19. Buenos Aires (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

INCLUDED

  • 18 night's accommodation at recommended 4 star lodges and hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides in a mixture of group & private service
  • All internal flight tickets (economy class) Santiago - Calama - Santiago - Punta Arenas, El Calafate - Buenos Aires
  • All entrance fees

NOT INCLUDED

  • International return air tickets to South America
  • Visas and reciprocity fees if applicable
  • Domestic and international airport taxes
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, etc
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident

For current availability contact us at info@amazingargentina.net and we will send you the relevant trip dossier along with a 90 day fixed quote, terms and conditions.