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Argentina & Chile -Tango, Bariloche, Lake Crossing, Chiloe by Tierra Hotels and Santiago

Length13 days / 12 nights
StyleClassic/Discovery
Wine/Culinary
HighlightsAndes
Bariloche
Buenos Aires city & culture
Chiloe
Lake District Chile
Patagonia
Santiago
Tango
Tierra hotels
  • ITINERARY
  • SERVICE DETAILS
  • PHOTOS
  • TESTIMONIALS

DESCRIPTION

Thirteen days to fall in love with Argentina and Chile! A tour for those who appreciate good food, wine and experiencing a wonderful culture close-up, this adventure offers a traditional family BBQ. Our Argentine sister owners are excited for you to see the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aries, Santiago, the gorgeous scenery of Bariloche, cross to Chile via lakes and the unique culture and pace in the Island of Chiloe.

  • Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires + City Tour
  • Day 2: Buenos Aires – Day at Leisure + Milongas Tour
  • Day 3: Buenos Aires – Bariloche + “Asadito” (BBQ) with local family
  • Day 4: Bariloche – Full day Rafting Manso Inferior w/lunch
  • Day 5: Bariloche – Half Day Horseback-riding w/lunch
  • Day 6: Bariloche – Lake Crossing to Puerto Varas
  • Day 7: Puerto Varas – Chiloe – TIERRA CHILOE –All inclusive
  • Day 8: Chiloe – TIERRA CHILOE –All inclusive
  • Day 9: Chiloe – TIERRA CHILOE –All inclusive
  • Day 10: Chiloe – Santiago + City Tour
  • Day 11: Santiago – Full Day Colchagua Valley
  • Day 12: Santiago – Day at leisure
  • Day 13: Depart Santiago
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires + City Tour
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be transported to your selected hotel. In the afternoon enjoy our half-day City Tour that will provide you with a general view of the city and its attractions. The approximately three hour tour will allow you to visit Retiro, Palermo, 9th of July Avenue, the Colon Opera House and the Obelisk, Downtown (the Congress, the Mayo Square, Mayo Avenue, Government House), Puerto Madero and San Telmo with stops in Recoleta with its famous cemetery, and Francia Square and La Boca with the colorful Caminito. We recommend trying some local restaurants where you will find a variety of cuisine styles ranging from the great parrilla (BBQ) and pastas, to Mexican and vegetarian, and more exotic options. Night in Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Buenos Aires – Day at Leisure + Milongas Tour
Breakfast. Day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace (optional tours available).
At the end of the night enjoy Tango through the Milongas Porteñas. In recent years, thanks to the tourism boom and the renewed interest of young locals by the tango, has revitalized the traveling circuit of milongas, places where you will find people of very different ages, backgrounds and social backgrounds, dancing late the more authentic tango. Each milonga has its own days of operation, style and dance defined public; we visit two, to define according to the day of hiring the tour. Night in Buenos Aires.
Day 3: Buenos Aires – Bariloche + “Asadito” (BBQ) with local family
Breakfast. At appropriate time, transfer to the local airport to take your flight to Bariloche. Upon arrival, transfer to your selected hotel.
At night, you will be taken to a local family's home, to enjoy a typical “asado” (barbeque). This traditional Argentine BBQ is not just a meal; it’s a social event. Although it’s usually held on Sundays or for a special occasion, Argentines will tell you that any excuse can and will do! The slow cooking of the meat over the hot wooden embers allows plenty of time for catching up with family and friends, sipping wine, and enjoying the distinct aroma of the BBQ. If you wish, you can help with the preparation of the meal and learn the ins and outs of slow cooking over the fire. During this true feast, you will enjoy an array of sausages and meat cuts, drink red wine (usually Malbec) and finish off with a traditional dessert of flan with dulce de leche or any local dessert. The grill itself is called a parilla and is usually located in a quincho, a structure where cooking and eating takes place. This is a great chance to experience dining with a local family while getting a glimpse into the everyday life of Argentines. Practice your Spanish and BBQ’ing skills and make friends along the way. After the meal, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Night in Bariloche.
Day 4: Bariloche – Full day Rafting Manso Inferior w/lunch
We pick up the passengers at their lodging. We leave Bariloche through Route 258, proceeding to Lake Steffen passing lakes Gutierrez, Mascardi and Guillermo. Once at the Steffen, while the guides set up the rafting gear we change in to our rafting attire. After a brief Put-in Safety Talk given by the head-guide, we are ready to go down the Río Manso. Surrounded by high peaks and exuberant forest, our raft drifts downstream while we watch the rich flora of the National Park: Coihue, cypress, arrayan, maiten, radal, colihue cane, chilco, etc. We can also watch birds such as martin pescador (king fisher), bandurria, avutarda and tero. The crystal clear waters of the Manso will allow us to watch different kinds of trout as well. After approximately an hour and a half, we come ashore in a beautiful sandy beach, where our guides will prepare a delicious lunch. The meal consists of: vegetables, cold meat, breads, dressings, fruits, juices and something sweet. Around 3:00 p.m. we are all set to resume the trip. From here on, the Manso becomes more and more thrilling. Alka Seltzer, Billiard Edge, Hippo Tooth, Roller Coaster and Magnetic Rock are some of the rapids we will run. In the Summertime, we like to enjoy a plunge in the lukewarm backwaters. After merging with Rio Villegas we run the most exciting rapids. When we arrive in the Lower Manso valley, the trip concludes. Once we arrive to our private take out, Campo Piedra Pintada (Painted Rock Ranch) we change clothing and enjoy an exquisite snack. We then start our trip back to Bariloche, arriving around 7pm. Night in Bariloche.

Difficulty: Class II - III
Includes: Transfers, guides, rafting outfit (with waterproof pants and jackets), lunch and snack.
Day 5: Bariloche – Half Day Horseback-riding w/lunch
Breakfast. Located at km 604 of National Road 23, just 30 minutes from the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, in the town of Dina Huapi, Parque Cerro Leones, located in the transition from the Andean Patagonian forest steppe Patagonia , half-day ride will take place in the morning or afternoon. From the base of Cerro Leones, will turn around the same where there is access to half the height of the hill through forest cypresses, overlooking the Cerro Villegas and then descend along the coast of Rio Nirihuau from there ride along the west side of the hill where we can appreciate the mountainous area overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, Cerro Catedral and Tronador, culminating our tour in the refuge is at the foot of the Cerro Leones to enjoy a full lunch, with input pies, roast, salads and soft drinks. Return to Bariloche.
Day 6: Bariloche – Lake Crossing to Puerto Varas
Breakfast. At the appropriate time you will be picked up and taken to the lake crossing. You will be taken from your hotel to Puerto Pañuelo, where your journey starts sailing the Nahuel Huapi Lake, among the mountains towards the heart of the Andes and arriving at Puerto Blest.
A 3-kilometer bus ride, bordering the Frias River, takes you to Puerto Alegre. There you set sail for 20 minutes in the green waters of Frias Lake and arriving at Puerto Frias, as you admire the stunning views of the Tronador Mountain and the condors in their magnificent flight.
Upon arriving to Puerto Frias, you go through customs. Next, you take a bus that goes through the beautiful Valdivian Rain Forest arriving in Peulla, in Chile, where you will complet the customs paperwork to then have lunch.
After lunch, you sail the Todos los Santos Lake to Petrohue. When you arrive in Petohue you take a final bus to visit the Petrohue waterfalls and finally, bordering the Llanquihue Lake, you arrive in the city of Puerto Varas, where the service of Cruce Andino ends. You will be transported to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Night in Puerto Varas.
Day 7: Puerto Varas – Chiloe – TIERRA CHILOE –All inclusive
This day trip begins early in the morning, setting off south, towards Pargua, where the car ferry crosses to Chiloé – an island full of myths, legends and very special people. After your arrival on the island you will first go to Castro. After checking in at your hotel, you will start planning with your local hotel guide your activities for the next few days.

In Tierra Chiloé, with first-class services you will have a unique and unforgettable adventure exploring Chiloé through a variety of outside activities, visiting remote, culturally different places, coming back to rest in a beautiful and warm setting.
Some of the excursions at Tierra Chiloe Hotel:
Our daily excursions are designed for you to discover the magic of the archipelago, its culture and natural landscape, from a different perspective. We have worked to find the most special places which allow you to understand and appreciate the wondrous place that is Chiloé.
We offer different types of excursions, half-day or full day, at different levels of difficulty; multi-disciplinary outings which combine different activities in one excursion.
Our carefully planned trips have been hand-selected to provide you with a well-rounded, one-of-a-kind experience. Because our activities are planned daily, our guides are able to come up with a schedule that alternates different types of trips. Cultural excursions, boating, horseback riding, biking, hiking or simply looking around, are just a few of the possibilities awaiting you. All our trips are handled by bilingual guides working exclusively for the hotel.
With a view to making your experience even better, we limit the number of guests to eight individuals per guide, per activity, thus ensuring you receive personalized and appropriate attention along with a sound level of safety.
In addition to offering peace and tranquility through its warm and comfortable interior spaces, we offer the possibility of an unforgettable experience navigating the archipelago’s canals and fjords in a boat specially built for the hotel with superior comfort, design, quality and technology.
Day 8: Chiloe – TIERRA CHILOE –All inclusive
Breakfast. Full day of activitites provided by TIERRA CHILOE.
Night in Chiloe.
Day 9: Chiloe – TIERRA CHILOE –All inclusive
Breakfast. Breakfast. Full day of activitites provided by TIERRA CHILOE.
Night in Chiloe.
Day 10: Chiloe – Santiago + City Tour
Breakfast. At appropriate time transfer to the airport to take your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival in Santiago you will be transported to your selected hotel. In the afternoon we will show you Santiago de Chile. In the historic Centre, you will visit the presidential palace, once the national mint, and hence named La Moneda. Additional sights are around the historic main square, the Plaza de Armas, with its cathedral and the beautiful old post office; the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, now home to the National History Museum; and the Casa Colonial, which was once the governor’s residence during the colonial era. The best views of Santiago and the Andes can be enjoyed from the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal, where a large statue of the Virgin Mary overlooks the capital. The hill is part of the Parque Metropolitano – the city’s largest municipal park – where many Santiaguinos spend the weekends practicing sports or enjoying a BBQ. After visiting the Cerro San Cristóbal, the tour continues through Providencia, one of the capital’s exclusive districts, with attractive shops, good restaurants and modern high-rise buildings. Return to the hotel. Night in Santiago.
Day 11: Santiago – Full Day Colchagua Valley
Breakfast. Depart from Santiago driving south (about 2, 5 hours) to Colchagua Wine Valley, awarded as Best World Wine Region 2005 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. There are more than 27 wineries producing in this region, famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmènere wines. The tour visits two wineries (names to be confirmed) visiting its facilities and vineyards and learning about the wine making process ending each visit with 2 Reserve wine tasting. After having lunch in a typical local restaurant, the excursion continues with a visit to the Colchagua Museum. This private museum founded in 1995 has a display on Paleontology, Archaeology, Pre Columbian art and history of Chile and America; it as the biggest and most varied and diverse museum in Latin America. Return to Santiago.
Day 12: Santiago – Day at leisure
Breakfast. Day at leisure to explore or relax at your own pace. (Optional tours available) Night in Santiago.
Day 13: Depart Santiago
Breakfast at your hotel. At the appropriate time you will be transported to the international airport to take your flight back home.

from usd 4995 Domestic flights: Buenos Aires - Bariloche + Castro- Santiago from usd 301 per person, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND CHANGES>

We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made intinerary.

TESTIMONIALS

Sherry Aanestad & friends
We all had a wonderful time. Loved Buenos Aires. The hotel\'s you selected were very nice - especially liked the room in Recoleta(overlooking the cemetery) and the one in Mendoza(with a balcony overlooking the tree lined street). The hotel in Colonia was beautiful and the pool felt great after our travels. Colonia was definitely a worthwhile place to visit. We were wishing we had another night there. The glacier tour was definitely a highlight - walking on the glacier with crampons and of course it helped that we had a beautiful day. The wine tour was also very special as we had a guide who was fun to talk with and gave us lots of information about the area and the vineyards. The lunch at Septima was especially good. We did not love the city of Montevideo, but we rented a car without any problem and went to Piriopolis for a day at the beach and that was great. The hotel desk person was a big help with setting this up.

Thank you for your help and I will send friends your way when they are ready to travel to Argentina.
Sherry Aanestad

Sherry and her friends traveled to Argentina & Uruguay in March 2013
Steve C. From California
We used Eureka Travel to plan a 21 day trip for 6 adult friends to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. We all had a fantastic time, and have nothing but good things to say about Analia and the people at Eureka. When we began planning the trip, Analia was very helpful and responsive as we went through the various iterations about exactly where we were going and what we were going to see and do. The final itinerary was very clear and we had a phone conversation to go over each day of the trip to ensure that I knew exactly what to expect. All 6 of us shared the same itinerary in Chile and Argentina, but we went separate ways once we reached Brazil. Analia was very accommodating and helpful in making the different arrangements for all of us on the Brazil portion of the trip.

Once the trip began, we were all very pleased with the design of the itinerary (where we were, how many days we spent there, what we did, etc). Analia and Cecilia (who lives in Argentina) were both very responsive to the questions or issues we had along the way (there were very few). All of our accommodations were first rate and in great locations. All of our transportation was extremely well coordinated - the drivers and tour guides were where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there. We had at least 7 or 8 different tour guides in the different locations throughout the trip, and they were all incredible, with excellent English, local knowledge, and interpersonal skills.

Of course there were a few glitches along the way, but they were all quickly handled with a text, phone call, or Email. We have nothing but praise for Analia and Eureka, and would definitely use them again or recommend others to plan their holiday to South America.

Steve and his friends traveled to Chile, Argentina & Brazil in March 2018.
Carol L and family.
We asked Eureka Travel to help us plan a trip to Chile for our daughter. We adopted her at 4 months and thought she would enjoy getting in touch with her culture. The trip was everything we wanted. We loved the activities and the people of Chile.

Travel to Chile -Dec 2016
Marianne M. From Phoenix - AZ -USA
HI Ana,
I can’t believe it has been a month since our adventure. I want to thank you and Eureka travel for the wonderful excursion you planned and executed for Joanie and I to Argentina and Chile. Every tour and flight was without incident and truly enjoyable from start to finish. It was stress free and was the experienced of a lifetime. It met all of my expectations and exceeded them!
Thanks to all of the drivers and tour guides who went out of their way to make it all special.
Until the next time!
Adios,
Marianne

Marianne & Joanie traveled to Argentina & Chile in October 2015

SERVICE DETAILS

INCLUDED

  • All Transfers between hotels and airport/bus
  • 12 Night Accommodation total (2 in Buenos Aires + 3 in Bariloche + 1 in Puerto Varas + 3 in Chiloé + 3 in Santiago)
  • Breakfast and taxes in all the hotels
  • Described tours
  • All inclusive program in Tierra Chiloe hotel ( meals/drinks/activities)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and international flights
  • National Parks and Reserves entrance fees
  • Travel insurance**
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Services not detailed in the itinerary

NOTES

1-PASSPORTS, VISAS & RECIPROCITY FEES
Passengers are responsible for having a valid passport (valid at least 6months after travel) and any visas required. For visa information/requirements, please visit http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp (Canadian citizens) or http://travel.state.gov (US citizens).
Some other nationalities need VISAS to visit SOUTH AMERICA. Peru may require visa for some nationalities. Please check with your local consulate.
This information is subject to government changes without any notice. Please check each of your countries destinations base on your citizenship for your specific personal documents.

2-FLIGHTS
EUREKA TRAVEL RECOMMENDS CONFIRMING ALL YOUR FLIGHTS (domestic and international) 24 hours prior departure time. If possible make your web check in to confirm your seats numbers and confirm departure time. Eureka Travel is NOT responsible for any airlines re-schedule of flights.

3- GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT FEE/CONSULTATION FEE
The first quote for any detailed itinerary is done as a courtesy to our clients. However in order to keep working on your customized itinerary as well as to avoid non-serious and speculative inquires, Eureka travel will ask you for a GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT FEE of U$D 150 per person for 2 or more travelers or $200 per reservation if traveling solo. This GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT fee will apply as a credit toward your trip invoice if you book it with us within 45 days. If you choose not to book the trip or decide on a completely different itinerary, the fee will become non-refundable.

4-Prices LAND SERVICES & FLIGHT FARES:
Prices are per person based in a double room accommodation and are subject to change without any notice.
Please note that the ticket prices & taxes may change. The rate is not guaranteed until the actual time of ticketing of full payment.
Note that all Airfares payments are immediate, and completely separate from any deposits that apply to your land tour. Once ticketed, the Airline fare rules apply to any changes or cancellations.

5- TRAVEL INSURANCE
Eureka Travel strongly recommends travel insurance for your trips. You can quote it at
http://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/EURE7284CA If you decide NOT to purchase travel insurance EUREKA TRAVEL will required a TRAVEL INSURANCE WAIVER signed before we send all your travel documents and vouchers.

6- HOTELS
Please be advise that hotel category rating in South America frequently does not correspond to the star rating in the US especially when it comes to 3* & 4* hotels. Eureka Travel is not responsible for such discrepancy.

7- BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE -Domestic or international flights
**Baggage allowance and fees unknown**
Please check directly with your airline regarding your baggage allowance. International and domestic flights have different weight permitted. Some airlines charge for all the baggage checked. Eureka Travel is not responsible for this additional fees and are not included in your flight fares. **Please contact your carrier**

PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL STATE DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION.
EUREKA TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY VISAS, ENTRANCE FEES OR ANY LEGAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO ENTER/VISITING ANY SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY