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 at Casa Bueras in the South America hot spot, Santiago
  • 2 nights amidst the Chilean Patagonia at Singular Patagonia
  • 4 nights in Torres del Paine at Patagonia Camp
  • 2 nights among the glaciers of El Calafate from Xelena Suites
  • 2 nights at Estancia Cristina in Los Glaciares Nat’l 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 views 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 Patagonia Camp in Torres del Paine National Park. Accommodations will be reserved for four nights, including all meals and shared activities. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the area around the lodge.

Located on the shore of Lake El Toro on a place of incomparable beauty, Patagonia Camp is Chile’s first luxury camp. It is the perfect place to enjoy wild Chilean Patagonia, combining nature and adventure with comfort and luxury. Patagonia Camp has 20 independent “yurts,” each with a beautiful view of the lake and the Paine Mountains. Patagonia Camp is completely built on top of wooden posts. The terraces around the yurts, the common areas, and the boardwalks all connect to the main hall. This way the camp maintains the existence and survival of the plants, bushes and trees that have lived in the area for hundreds of years.

Every evening before dinner, meet the guides who will share with you the activities scheduled for the following day. Your guides will assist you with choosing the best excursions according to your individual interests and abilities. Activities are shares with other hotel guests, in the company of an English-speaking guide.

Patagonia Camp Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Days 5-7

Torres del Paine

Enjoy your days at leisure to enjoy Patagonia Camp and the activities on offer. All meals will be served at camp or with your activities.

During your stay you can discover ancient forests, brilliantly colored lakes, and spectacular mountain scenery in some of the most remote and pristine wilderness on Earth. Several base camp excursions including hiking, fishing, and kayaking are offered daily from Patagonia Camp in the company of expert staff naturalists who will interpret the flora and fauna of the area, and share the highlights of the crown jewel of Chilean Patagonia. Hikes range from easy to strenuous, offering you many options for exploration.

Patagonia Camp 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 shared transfer to El Calafate, Argentina, with border formalities en route. You will be delivered to Xelena Hotel & Suites. Accommodations will be reserved for two nights, including breakfast daily. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Xelena Hotel & Suites Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

El Calafate

Today you will be met by your private guide for your full-day Perito Moreno Glacier Tour, including lunch.

Perito Moreno Glacier is Los Glaciares National Park’s most famous and imposing resident. Visitors travel from around the world to witness the magnificent sight of this ever-growing natural phenomenon, which stretches three 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 and booming into the lake below. The waves and dramatic crashes caused by these continual movements are a display of true natural beauty. Enjoy one of South Americas most famous natural landmarks and set out on the walking trails to look for the park’s wildlife, including Andean Condors, Buff-Necked Ibis, Black-Chested Buzzard Eagles, Ashy-Headed Geese and many other unusual species.

Now, get ready for an unforgettable two-hour ‘mini-trek’ atop the glacier! Cross Lake Argentino by boat, and watch in awe as you pass large floating ice blocks and navigate along the tall ice walls towering over you. You will arrive on an uninhabited beach, where you will be met by the expert guides who will lead you to the top of the glacier and across the fascinating landscape. Enter another world of incredible blue ice formations, hidden crevasses and gentle streams winding through gullies and pooling into small lagoons. The level of trekking is considered to be moderate, and although the ice surface is irregular, it is also firm and perfectly safe. Having conquered the glacier trek, you will enjoy a gentle stroll through the forest, as you make your way back to the shelter for a well-deserved rest.

Following your tour, you will be returned to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Xelena Hotel & Suites Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

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. Please note: We have included an example itinerary here, but this is just a sample of the activities available at Estancia Cristina. Additional options for fishing and longer, more strenuous hikes are also available. Your stay will be coordinated based on your interests and preferences.

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 Legado Mitico, where accommodations will be reserved for one night, including breakfast.

Legado Mitico Meals: Breakfast

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, Buenos Aires’ undisputed political heart.

Credit: @travelbuenosaires

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.

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After your tour you will be returned to your hotel and have some time to explore the city at your leisure. Later, you will be met for a private transfer to the Buenos Aires International Airport for departing overnight flights home.

N/A Meals: Breakfast