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Lakes Crossing - Argentina To Chile tour

Lakes Crossing - Argentina to Chile

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy Grand Circuit excursion
  • Cherish scenic boat crossing Lake Todos los Santos
  • Explore the Parana River delta
  • Relish roaming around the streets of Bariloche

Short Description

Begin your trip with two nights in Buenos Aires and a day to explore the city. In addition to our 'Four Balconies of Buenos Aires' tour you can explore the Parana River delta or take in a tango dinner show. Then, you will fly to Bariloche in the Lakes District of northern Patagonia. On the first day we suggest our Grand Circuit excursion. Other optional excursions in the Lakes District of Argentina include day hikes, kayaking, bicycle tours, golf, fishing, excursions to national parks, the 'Route of the Seven Lakes' drive to San Martin de los Andes. You will also want some time to wander the streets of Bariloche on your own. In Bariloche you will find plenty of good shopping, including boutique chocolate shops, as well as a variety of regional and international restaurants.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Buenos Aires
End City Santiago

Trip Includes

  • 2 nights Hotel Bel Air, breakfast included
  • 3 nights Hosteria Las Marianas, breakfast included
  • 3 nights Cabana del Lago, breakfast included
  • Four Balconies of Buenos Aires tour (private)
  • Full-day Bariloche Grand Circuit (private)
  • Full-day Lakes Crossing to Chile (group)
  • Full-day Chiloe Island: Castro, Dalcahue & Ancud excursion (private)
  • Full-day Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls excursion (private)
  • Airport-hotel transfers

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Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight Hotel Bel Air, 2 nights.

You will be met upon arrival in Buenos Aires and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Four Balconies of Buenos Aires

Visit the city through the exclusive Four Balconies of Buenos Aires. Passing by many representative parks or squares, the guide makes an introduction into Argentina, its history, its contrasts, its contradictions and the particular psychology of the inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Visiting the four highest parts of the city gives you possibility to enjoy the best panoramic views from the Buenos Aires.

La Boca, birthplace of Tango, the blue collar neighborhood of Buenos Aires in which the main street Caminito shows you the history of this beautiful and original rhythm.

San Telmo, the oldest "barrio" of Buenos Aires, where the city was founded for the first time in 1536. Discover places as Parque Lezama, Defensa Street, and the Flea Market premises. Ezeiza family house and San Lorenzo alley talking about the slave market, the arrival of the great European immigration, literature and last but not least British Invasions to the city during 1806 and 1807.

Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the central part of the city are the next attractions to be discovered. The civic center is the spot to understand different periods in Argentine’s history, politics and religion.

Recoleta, the most aristocratic area of the city, decorated with French architecture in most of the buildings surrounded by wide parks. One important spot is the Cemetery is impressive not only for its unique architecture but also for its historical value, founded in 1822, interesting place where important figures as Eva Peron are buried.

Day 3: Buenos Aires- San Carlos de Bariloche

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight Las Marianas, 3 nights.

Hotel pickup and transfer to the airport for your flight to Bariloche.

Bariloche Airport reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 4: Bariloche Grand Circuit

You will be picked up at your hotel and set off on a full day private tour of Argentina's Lakes Region close to Bariloche. This full day panoramic drive passes by enchanted valleys, curious rock formations, Lake Traful and the little namesake village, and lakeside road parallel to Nahuel Huapi Lake. The day is one of gorgeous scenery, clear rivers, forests and mountain vistas. There will be plenty of time to stop and explore a little en route.

Day 5: San Carlos de Bariloche

Free day on your own or on guided excursions. A menu of our optional excursions can be provided upon request.

Day 6: Lakes Crossing to Chile

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight Cabana del Lago, 3 nights.

You will be picked up at your hotel and set off on one of South America's most spectacular journeys. You will transfer to the pier at Puerto Panuelo, where you will board your ship for the two-hour crossing of Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Blest. Upon arrival, you will transfer the short distance to Puerto Alegre, and continue by bus through dense forest to Lake Frias.

You will board another boat to cross this narrow lake over to Puerto Frias. Along the way, you will marvel at the awesome scenery of forest-clad mountains and crystal clear lakes. Keep your eyes out for birds and other wildlife in this pristine region.

Arriving in Puerto Frias, you will overland by bus on a picturesque ride into Chile. Please note a migratory tax is levied on all persons (children included) leaving Argentina by land, river or sea. This tax must be paid in Argentinean pesos. You will pass through Chilean Customs formalities before arriving in Puella in time for lunch (lunch not included).

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier for a spectacular 2-hour launch ride across Lake "Todos Los Santos."

On arrival in Petrohue, you will be taken to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

Day 7: Chiloe Island- Castro, Dalcahue and Ancud

On this tour you will travel to the well-known Chiloé Island, a place full of traditions and mysticism. This island is the second largest archipelago in South America after Tierra del Fuego (also in Chile). The coastal range marches along its entire length showing us what nature is capable of doing.

You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to the ferry to Chiloé Island from Pargua, a town located in the continental limit of Chile. Sail across the Chacao Channel for approximately 30 minutes and arrive in Chacao, a small village doorway to the island.

Take the road south towards Dalcahue, a picturesque village lying at the point where General Ramón Freire landed with his patriot troops to fight against the Spanish Army back in 1824. The village emerged from cattle farming and traditional crafts market. Visit their Dalcahue church, declared a National Monument and World Heritage.

Later, arrive in Castro, lying on the shores of a fjord famous for its picturesque houses on stilts called palafitos, the third oldest city in Chile, founded in 1567. Enjoy a visit to their Crafts Fair, where several wool, wood, and stone articles are sold. Leave Castro after visiting the San Francisco church, a temple projected for masonry and well known for its detailed woodwork and large size.

The next stop is to the city of Ancud, famous for its market and considered the best infrastructure in Chiloé. It was an international seaport until the end of the 19th century, with narrow streets lined with commercial houses and classical Chilote architecture. The Regional Museum is great to visit and to learn more about the island history. Then visit the San Antonio Fort, erected in 1770, South America’s last point to where the Spanish flag flew.

Hike up the Huaihuén Hill, to observe the city and the Chacao Channel.

Afterward, you will return to your hotel.

Day 8: Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls

The Chile Lake District possesses many incredible sights, and one is the Osorno Volcano painted in the back of the Llanquihue Lake, with occasional clouds towering it. Another is the blue turquoise waters running through the volcanic formations of the Petrohué Falls.

You will be picked up at your hotel and depart for Petrohué through Ensenada, entering the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Reach Ensenada after about 45 minutes by car, the easternmost port on the lake. The road continues east along the Petrohué River Valley, flanked by thick forest and old lava fields.

Enter the park and visit the Petrohué Falls, where the Petrohué River plunges over very hard volcanic rocks, amidst millenary forests. After a light walk along these woodlands, the view of this natural formation will impress you, while the water flows and jumps creating a landscape worth remembering.

The trip continues on to the imposing Osorno Volcano, a symbol of the local landscape. Walk through a forest of coigües and other native tree species, making a stop at an altitude of 1,000 meters to observe La Burbuja Crater, admiring the view of the Petrohué River valley and the Calbuco Volcano in the magnificent Andes.

The expedition continues to the ski center located at 1,200 meters above sea level. On your way, see how the lava formations from earlier volcanic eruptions were formed. Stop and enjoy a panoramic view from the top of the Osorno Volcano.

Afterward, return to your hotel.

Day 9: Puerto Varas- Puerto Montt- Santiago

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport in Puerto Montt for your flight to Santiago. Connect with your int'l departure or spend a few days in Santiago.

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I love this place! My 4 y/o daughter loves to play here. She always meets a new little friend everytime we come...it's cute. My only complaint would have to be the food. I paid $7.50 for an ice cream cookie. That's a bit insane! Especially since you can't bring in any outside food and you are forced to eat what they sell. Since that's the case, I would highly recommend selling better quality food. If we have to pay for it, at least make it worth it, right?
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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Private - your group only

Accomodations

  • Bel Air

Located in the trendy Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

  • Hostería Las Marianas

A three-story Austrian-style house located a quarter of a mile from downtown Bariloche.

  • Cabana Del Lago

Hotel Cabaña del Lago has 157 guest rooms that have stunning views of Llanquihue Lake and the beauty of the neighboring volcanoes. This is the ideal location for a relaxing vacation.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International and domestic airfare

Meals Included:

3 Breakfasts

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