Trip Inspiration

13 Days in Patagonia

Uncover the Beauty of Patagonia

Experience the highlights of Patagonia on this adventure that takes you through southern Chile and Argentina - with some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. After exploring Santiago, discover Chilean Patagonia from Puerto Natales and the stunning Torres del Paine National Park. Cross the border to Argentina to experience the famed Perito Moreno Glacier and Estancia Cristina from El Calafate, before capping off your trip with a visit to Buenos Aires

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 1 night to visit Casa Bueras in the South America hot spot, Santiago
  • 2 nights amidst the Chilean Patagonia at Singular Patagonia
  • 4 nights discovering Torres del Paine from Explora Patagonia
  • 2 nights among the glaciers of El Calafate from EOLO
  • 2 nights at historic Estancia Cristina in “Los Glaciares” National Park
  • 1 night to unwind in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aries

Activities

  • Privately guided tours of Santiago and Buenos Aires
  • Hiking, boating, and horseback riding in Chilean Patagonia
  • Glacier tours, including a mini-trek atop Perito Moreno Glacier
  • 4×4 to the best viewpoints of the the vast Southern Patagonia ice cap
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to Patagonia might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival in Santiago this morning, you will be met for your private transfer to Casa Bueras where you will spend one night. Early check-in is guaranteed, and breakfast is included in your stay.

This afternoon, you will be met for your privately guided Santiago exploration.

Santiago de Chile is fast becoming the place to be. The New York Times has named it South America’s top destination, and a recent article in Saveur magazine labeled it the continent’s new hot culinary capital. The quality of life, cultural and culinary offerings make it a highly desirable city. Your exploration of the city today will provide a panoramic view of the city from different vantage points, and you will stop briefly at the historical, commercial, and residential icons of the city along the way.

The uptown areas of the city are famed for their avant-garde architecture and laid-back pace of life, but the administrative center is the real heart of the city. It is home to the Government Palace (La Moneda), the splendid Plaza de Armas square, the cathedral, and countless other historical landmarks. Santiago’s other neighborhoods combine commercial and culinary highlights, state-of-the-art architecture, and night life.  After this introduction to Santiago, you will be returned to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Casa Bueras Meals: N/A

Day 2

Santiago to Puerto Natales

This morning after breakfast and checkout, you will be met for your private transfer to the Santiago airport for your flight to Punta Arenas (or Puerto Natales, depending on flight schedules). On arrival, you will be met for a private transfer to the Singular Patagonia where you will spend two nights. Your stay includes all meals and your choice of excursions.

The Singular Hotel Patagonia is the transition between our small existence and the majestic, eternal surroundings. Declared a national heritage site in 1996, the Singular Patagonia is a unique historic destination, set in a privilege setting and location which position it as one of the best in the south. Live a luxurious experience in what is known as the end of the world route.

Singular Patagonia Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 3

Puerto Natales

With a privileged surrounding of unparalleled natural beauty, The Singular Patagonia is a space of extreme sophistication, incredible history and the highest levels of personalized service deep in the heart of Chilean Patagonia. The location lends itself to a wide variety of excursions, such as hiking, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, and horseback riding. The choice is yours to explore this wilderness just outside your door!

Singular Patagonia Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4

Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine

This morning after checkout, you will be met by a lodge representative for a shared transfer to Explora Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park. Accommodations will be reserved for four nights, including all meals and shared activities.

Over 500 years after the arrival of the first European seafarers in Patagonia, the words to describe it are the same: exotic, faraway, vast, infinitely beautiful, wild and indomitable. Situated in the heart of the National Park, the Torres del Paine Mountains are one of the main attractions of that region and an icon of Chilean Patagonia. The immensity of the ice floes, the majesty of the mountains and the expanse of the lakes are a constant source of wonderment. Torres del Paine National Park’s habitat melds together a wide array of ecosystems, making it a treasure of Chilean wildlife.

From award-winning architecture and anchored like a ship on the shores of Lake Pehoe, the hotel’s prime location places Explora Patagonia travelers in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park.

Explora Patagonia Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Days 5-7

 

Awasi Patagonia

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is the crown jewel of Chilean Patagonia. The park is home to some of the most dramatic mountain scenery on the planet, replete with alpine lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, and wildlife.

You will have three full days to experience the myriad excursions available at Explora Patagonia. Your hotel offers more than 40 explorations that cover all areas of the park on either foot, horseback or van. Explorations are always led by English speaking expert guides and take place in groups of no more than eight travelers. Each evening, the guides share the available activities for the next day and assist in choosing the best options according to your interests and abilities.

Explora Patagonia Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile to El Calafate, Argentina

Today after breakfast, you will be met for your private transfer to El Calafate, Argentina, with border formalities en route. You will be delivered to EOLO where you will spend two nights. All meals and many on-site activities are included in your stay.

EOLO embodies the spirit of Patagonia. Built on the land where the first creole and European immigrants of the area initially set foot, one can’t help but sense the aura of adventure that the thousands of travelers who journeyed through this area have left behind. The 10,000 acre property is a paradise for horseback riding, mountain bike rides, trekking, bird watching and, of course, for fully enjoying the subtle elegance of the installations. From anywhere on the property, you can witness the magnificence of a scenery that exposes its soul to the privileged eyes that contemplate it, and to the hearts that wish to feel its true essence.

EOLO Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 9

El Calafate

Today after breakfast, you will be met for your full-day, privately guided Perito Moreno Glacier Tour, including a shared mini-trek atop the ice.

 

Perito Moreno Glacier is Los Glaciares National Park’s most famous and imposing resident. Visitors travel from around the world to set eyes on the magnificent sight of this ever-growing natural phenomenon, which stretches 3-miles wide and 200-feet high above Lake Argentino. Watch as the evolving landscape takes shape in front of you, with huge chunks of ice breaking free from the main body, booming into the lake below and sending a mesmerizing shower of water hundreds of feet into the air. The waves and dramatic crashes caused by these continual movements are a display of true natural beauty.

Your tour begins at El Calafate, setting off on a comfortable one-hour drive, which leads you to the national park, with the first breathtaking glimpse of Moreno coming into view as you travel towards Lago Argentino; the unforgettable scenery is further enhanced by the imposing Andean Mountains in the background. In addition to the stunning views of the Perito Moreno, you will also have an opportunity to uncover the National Park’s wildlife, with a walk among their native surroundings. A guided hike through the National Park will offer the chance to spot Andean Condors, Buff-Necked Ibis, Black-Chested Buzzard Eagles, Ashy-Headed Geese and many other unusual species known to inhabit the myriad scenic trekking trails which dissect the rolling hills and plains surrounding the lake.

During your visit, you will also have the unique chance to trek on the glacier! Your shared journey begins as you board the boat to cross Argentino Lake, navigating through the ice blocks recently carved away from the glaciers, and traveling along the ice walls which tower above you as you sail.

Expert guides will be waiting to welcome you when you arrive at a captivating, uninhabited beach. Before heading out along the lake’s shore and towards the edge of the glacier, you will receive your crampons, which will provide a more comfortable trekking experience. You will then set out on an unforgettable two-hour adventure across this fascinating landscape, entering another world of the most incredible blue ice formations, hidden crevasses and gentle streams winding through gullies and pooling into small lagoons. The level of trekking here is considered to be ‘moderate’, and although the ice surface is irregular, it is also firm and perfectly safe.

Having conquered your trek on the glacier, you will enjoy a gentle stroll through the forest, as you make your way back to the pier, the lake, and ultimately back to the hotel in El Calafate.

EOLO Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10

El Calafate to Estancia Cristina

This morning you will be met for a transfer to Punta Banderas, where you will board a boat with local guests toward Estancia Cristina. A dramatic three-hour navigation across Lake Argentina, skirting around massive icebergs, culminates with viewing the face of the Upsala Glacier from the water. Upon arrival at the Estancia, staff will assist you with checking in, and lunch will be served. You will stay at Estancia Cristina for two nights, including all meals and selected activities.

Located at the far end of the Cristina Channel on the northwest coast of Lake Argentino, Estancia Cristina stands on a remote corner of the “Los Glaciares” National Park. Founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters and his wife Jessie, the Estancia still conserves its essence, maintaining alive the history of this pioneering family who through enormous effort and perseverance, turned this inhospitable and solitary place into a small piece of paradise. Accessible only by boat, Estancia Cristina stands on an exclusive and privileged setting in the Argentine Patagonia. Strategically built on a glacial valley formerly occupied by the Upsala Glacier, the Estancia is surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers and hanging glaciers.

In the afternoon, you may choose to enjoy a guided historical tour of the Estancia – first visiting the onsite museum to learn about the history of the Masters Family, and their awe-inspiring life pioneering a successful sheep ranch in this remote corner of wilderness some 100 years ago. There will also be a guided walk by the Caterina River, the well, the Chapel and the Estancia’s colonial main house.

Estancia Cristina Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 11

Estancia Cristina

Today, ascend in specialized 4×4 vehicles to a nearby lookout point. One of the most impressive viewpoints in all of Patagonia, from here you have sweeping views of the Upsala glacier, the vast Southern Patagonia ice cap and the azure Lake Guillermo below. Later, join one of the Estancia’s gauchos for a relaxing horseback ride up the Catarina river valley to one of the fishing lagoons or lookout points.

Estancia Cristina Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 12

Estancia Cristina to Buenos Aires

For your last morning, enjoy an easy walk up the east margin of the Cristina valley to the waterfalls on the Rio de los Perros (Dog River). This route crosses gentle grasslands and has a short ascent through groves of native southern birch trees. Even this short ascent rewards you with wondrous views of the Cristina valley and her various lakes. Horses or 4×4 vehicles can also be arranged up to a point on this route for those unable to walk that distance.

This afternoon you will return by boat and transfer to Calafate, and onward to the local airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be met for your private transfer to HUB Porteno, where accommodations will be reserved for one night, including breakfast.

Hub Porteno Meals: N/A

Day 13

Depart Argentina

This morning you will be met for a privately guided City Tour.

The morning’s exclusive tour serves as the perfect introduction to four of the city’s most distinctive districts, offering a fascinating insight into its history, contrasts and culture. Your expert local guide will draw on their extensive knowledge as you experience the highlights of Buenos Aires, including political centers, artist meccas and barrios rich in European architecture. You will become acquainted with the foundation site of the capital at Plaza de Mayo, undisputedly Buenos Aires’ political heart.

Next, delve into one of the oldest districts, Parque Lezama and La Boca in the south, where artists’ ateliers and brightly colored houses jostle for space; before moving on to Plaza San Martin and Retiro. Here you will notice the transformation of Buenos Aires’ architecture from the rambling style in the south of the city to the European-influenced residential quarters of the 19th century. Finally, you’ll come face to face with the sophisticated neighbourhood of Recoleta, whose buildings and avenues were inspired by the French; it is also home to the world famous Recoleta Cemetery and Evita Peron’s Mausoleum, and you will make a stop here on this tour.

After your tour you will be returned to your hotel, where your room will be available until 6pm. After some time to explore the city at your leisure you will be met for a private transfer to the Buenos Aires International Airport for departing overnight flights home.

Hub Porteno (Day Use) and Overnight Flight Meals: Breakfast