Argentina Holidays - Holidays to Argentina - don't miss a tango show

Buenos Aires & Grand Chile, including Patagonia


ARI16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
International flights quoted separately
Combine a few days in vibrant Buenos Aires, with its amazing cuisine & culture of tango and gauchos, with the stunning landscapes of Chile. Visit the moonscapes of the Atacama Desert, the beautiful Lake District & Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia, with its ice blue lakes & glaciers. English speaking guides, all transfers included.
Patagonia Lake District Atacama Desert Chile Torres Del Paine
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
Day 1
You will be met at Buenos Aires Airport and transferred to your hotel in this exciting city, situated on the estuary of the Río de la Plata (or "River of Silver").
 
Check in and relax in this capital of Argentina, known for its wonderful architecture, tango dancing and rich culture, including the highest concentration of theaters in the world.
Day 2
This morning we suggest an optional half day tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city influenced by the many immigrants who helped form it and offering beautiful architecture, history and culture.
 
Our tour starts at the Plaza de Mayo, the historical, political and cultural centre of the city. Here you can see the Pink House (Presidential Palace), the Pyramid de Mayo and Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue down Avenida de Mayo, with its wide avenues and spacious green areas, past the Obelisk to the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the city with cobbled streets and colonial houses. Every Sunday an antiques fair takes place here around the Plaza Dorrego. The vibrant area is the centre for most of the tango parlors, restaurants and bars of the city.
 
Going further south, we visit the Italian port neighborhood of La Boca, with its colourful houses in Caminito Street and many “cantinas” (small restaurants). Also the trendy modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, where the old piers have been converted into upmarket offices, apartments and restaurants with views of the Rio de la Plata. We visit the residential neighborhood of Palermo with its elegant mansions surrounded by spacious parks, before arrivinge in glamorous Recoleta, where there is the option to visit the famous cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, with its rich architecture (pay locally). Next to the cemetery is the church of Our Lady of Pilar, the Recolete Cultural Centre (originally a convent) and the Palais de Glace exhibition centre.
 
In the evening we suggest an optional Tango Show, including the opportunity to participate in a short Tango lesson. Born in the brothels of the city amongst a racial mix of Gauchos, Italian, Spanish and African immigrants, this dance and its music originated as a combination of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, with some polka and African beat. Enjoy the show and included dinner, including mouth-watering Argentinian beef and Malbec wine.
Day 3
Today we recommend a full day excursion to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
 
Transfer to the the Hydrofoil Terminal and take the high speed ferry across the Rio de La Plata to Colonia, a picturesque town that was formerly a Portuguese colony and is now a Unesco World Heritage site.
 
You will be met on arrival by your guide, who will show you around the narrow cobbled streets of the Historic Quarter, situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the river. From above the town, the 19th-century lighthouse offers sweeping views over the river. Nearby is the Portón de Campo - the reconstructed 1745 city gate, with remnants of the old city walls.
 
Return to Buenos Aires on the 4.30 pm ferry, where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.
Day 4
Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred into the capital of Santiago de Chile. Check into your hotel in this sophisticated and cosmopolitan city, situated in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the beautiful Chilean Coastal Range.
 
On arrival enjoy a short walking tour of this relatively compact city, including the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the old colonial city and bustling Ahumada Boulevard with its many shops, street performers and vendors. Here you will be able to see two beautiful neo-classical buildings - the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral and the early 19th century Royal Court Palace, which now houses the National History Museum. Also enjoy outside views of the current Presidential Palace, La Moneda.
 
Continue by vehicle along the main avenues of old Santiago and across the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista to San Cristobal Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and Andes Mountains. Drive through the chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers of modern Santiago, before returning to your hotel.
Day 5
This morning we recommend an optional tour of the modern city of Santiago.
 
We start with a short walking tour of this relatively compact city, including the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the old colonial city and bustling Ahumada Boulevard with its many shops, street performers and vendors. Here you will be able to see two beautiful neo-classical buildings - the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral and the early 19th century Royal Court Palace, which now houses the National History Museum. Also enjoy outside views of the current Presidential Palace, La Moneda.
 
Continue by vehicle along the main avenues of old Santiago and across the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista to San Cristobal Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and Andes Mountains. Drive through the chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers of modern Santiago, before returning to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure to explore more of this lively city independently.
 
Note: Most museums are closed on Mondays.
Day 6
Today we recommend an optional excursion to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast.
 
We depart from Santiago and travel through the Casablanca and Curacavi Valleys to the beautiful beaches of Las Salinas and Reñaca. Continuing to Viña del Mar, we explore the avenues of this attractive town that is known as the "Garden City" because of its beautiful parks and floral displays. We also visit the municipal casino.
 
In the afternoon we drive to the historic seaport of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the second largest city in Chile. Prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, it was the most important Pacific seaport on the crucial trade route that linked the American west coast with Europe, via the Strait of Magellan. Its many stairways and old funicular elevators that lead up the 44 hills on which the city is built are a real feature. With its quirky and eclectic architecture, today it is a lively and chaotic city.
Day 7
Transfer to Santiago Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Calama Airport and transferred 1.5-hours through the Domekyo and Salt Mountains to San Pedro in the vast Atacama Desert.
 
Extending for over 600 miles (1,000 km), this enormous plateau of salt lakes, sand, larva and stony terrain is situated between two high mountain ranges - the Andes to the east and the Chilean Coastal Range to the west. As a result, the Atacama receives virtually no rain whatsoever - making it the driest and oldest desert in the world, with landscapes that will take your breath away.
 
After checking into your hotel, enjoy a late afternoon visit to the dramatic terrains of Death Valley and Moon Valley, where you can enjoy the spectacular sunset.
Day 8
Today enjoy a full day tour to the crystalline Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile and one of the largest in the world. The lake under these salt flats has one of the largest lithium reserves in the world, with small lagoons having formed where holes have broken through the crusted salt.
 
A highlight is our visit to Chaxa Lagoon in Los Flamencos National Reserve, with its vast flocks of flamingos. You will see 3 different species - Chilean, Andean & James’s - as well as other birds such as the puna plover and red-gartered coot that nest and feed on these mineral-rich waters. Most activity occurs around sunrise, with a pinkish hue rising over the horizon with the sun. As the air warms up, this dissipates and huge flocks of these birds take flight over the lake.
 
We then travel further into the Altiplano to view the amazingly blue lagoons of Meñique and Miscanti located at 14,850 ft (4,500 m) above sea level and surrounded by impressive volcanoes, formed when the Andes Mountains rose from the sea. Afterwards we return to the small village of Socaire for an included lunch at a rustic traditional restaurant.
 
In the afternoon we visit the picturesque village of Toconao, with its classical Atacamenian bell tower, before returning to San Pedro.
Day 9
Depart early this morning (04.00) with packed breakfast for a shared excursion to the El Tatio Geysers, the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. Geysers here can reach up to 50m.
 
Arrive at sunrise when each geyser is surrounded by a column of steam that condenses in the cold air (these steam plumes disappear as the air warms up) and enjoy a guided walk around the geothermal fields. You can also bathe in the hot geyser water in a small pool.
 
Enjoy spectacular views of the Torcopuri y Sairecabur Volcanoes as you return to San Pedro. Here you can visit the local market, with balance of afternoon at leisure.
Day 10
Transfer 1.5-hours to Calama Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Puerto Montt Airport and transferred 30-minutes to Puerto Varas - the "City of Roses", surrounded by the mountains of the enchanting Lake District.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Day 11
Today enjoy a full day tour of the spectacular Lake District.
 
We start in Puerto Varas, where the streets and avenues are adorned with rose bushes. Here we drive up Philippi Hill for wonderful views of vast Lake Llanquihue, the second largest in Chile. We continue to Puerto Montt and the fishing village of Angelmó with its fascinating selection of arts and crafts, before returning to Puerto Varas for lunch (own account).
 
In the afternoon we continue through Ensenada and enter Vicente Perez Rosalis National Park to view the imposing Osomo Volcano. We walk through a forest of coigues and other native trees, making a stop at 1,000 m to view La Burbuja Crater before continuing to the ski centre where there is the option of taking a ski lift (own account) for panoramic views of the landscape.
 
Afterwards we return to  Puerto Varas, with evening at leisure.
Day 12
Today we head into the Pacific for a full day shared excursion to Chiloe Island, the second largest island in Chile after Grand Tierra del Fuego.
 
From Pargua on the mainland, we take the 45-minute ferry across the Chacao Strait. We disembark in Chacao, where you will see the classic island architecture called “chilota”.
 
We visit the village of Quemchi and see the 1,700 ft (500 m) wooden pedestrian bridge that connects the Aucar region with a picturesque cemetery on a small island. All the 16th century churches on Chiloe Island have been declared World Heritage sites, and at Colo we visit the most traditional one.
 
In the island capital of Castro you can see traditional houses called “palafitos”, constructed over the sea. Here there is a craft market that is well known for its woollen products. In the late afternoon we return to Puerto Varas.
Day 13
Transfer 30-minutes to Puerto Montt Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Punta Arenas Airport and escorted to the bus station for the 3-hour public bus ride to Puerto Natales - the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
 
You will be met on arrival at Puerto Natales bus station and transferred to your hotel in this former fishing town situated on the Ultima Esperanza Sound.
Day 14
An early departure this morning for a full day tour by boat to the spectacular Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers.
 
We sail from Puerto Natales and enjoy an onboard breakfast as we navigate through the beautiful Ultima Esperanza Fjord. After 3-hours we arrive at the icy blue Balmaceda Glacier in Bernardo O´Higgins National Park. This astonishing glacier is over 1,000 years old and offers a magnificent display when "calving" - as huge chuunks of ice detach and crash into the waters below. You can also hope to see cormorants and sea lions here.
 
At the end of the fjord we disembark and walk approximately 3/4 mile (1 km) on a path through an indigenous forest to the foot of the Serrano Glacier, another fantastic natural wonder that is part of the Southern Patagonia Icefields.
 
On the way back we stop at Estancia Perales for a typical Magellanic coast lunch (included), before returning to Puerto Natales in the afternoon.
Day 15
Today enjoy a full day shared excursion to the famous Torres del Paine National Park.
 
We travel through the dry scrub of the Pategonian Steppes, with its herds of sheep and surprisingly abundant wild life, to Torres del Paine National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its soaring mountains, electric-blue lakes and glaciers.
 
Torres del Paine, the three granite towers from which the park takes its name ("Towers of Blue") and the oddly shaped peaks of Cuernos del Paine ("Horns of Blue") are some of its most iconic sites. The valleys are filled with beautiful lakes and the enormous Campo de Hielo Sur icecap gives the park four main glaicers - Grey, Dickson, Zapata and Tyndall. Two other glaciers descend from the west side of the central massif.
 
We view the impressive powder blue Salto Grande Waterfall that flows into Lake Pehoe, and visit Lake Grey, with distant views of the Grey Glacier. A variety of rare wildlife can also be seen in the surrounding golden pampas (lowlands), including large herds of elegant guanacos  - a type of humpless camel related to the llama, with long slender neck and fine legs.
 
After a full day exploring the stunning beauty of Chilean Patagonia, we return to Puerto Natales in the evening. Lunch is included today.
Day 16
Transfer to the bus station for the 3-hour public bus ride to Punta Arenas Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred to your hotel situated close to the airport.
Day 17
Make your own way to Santiago Airport for your flight home.

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