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Buenos Aires to Santiago

Patagonia is perfect for those who love the outdoors, with plenty of camping in national parks of outstanding natural beauty, and the chance to trek, climb, bike, and horse ride through some breathtaking scenery.

You'll also have the chance to experience the elegant capital city of Santiago, and the vibrant Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.

We’ll visit the spectacular Lake District towns of Bariloche and Pucón and overland through the region, to explore the magnificent Los Glaciares National Park from both El Calafate and El Chaltén, to trek around the dramatic peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and a guided trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

We’ll also visit Torres del Paine National Park, where there will be plenty of time to trek and also cross the Strait of Magellan and head to the end of the earth - Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

Latin America
  • Duration: 34 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Parks & Nature Reserves, Sailing, Rafting
  • Physical rating: Hard physical challenge
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: Abkhazian speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZSB2/158004
  • Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Finishes: Santiago, Chile
You will Visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Monte Hermoso
  • Puerto Madryn
  • Camarones
  • Argentina Wild Camp
  • El Calafate
  • Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Tierra Del Fuego
  • Ushuaia
  • Argentinian Patagonia
  • El Chaltén
  • Los Glaciares National Park
  • Rio Pinturas
  • Cueva De Las Manos
  • Bariloche
  • Pucón
  • Santiago

Itinerary

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Border information: if you are finishing in Buenos Aires, you will most likely exit Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).

Welcome to the cosmopolitan Argentine capital of Buenos Aires! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally located hotel.

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Day 2: Buenos Aires

Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

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Day 3: Monte Hermoso

Today we begin our journey from Buenos Aires will a full day drive across the pampas and grasslands of the province.

Tonight we will wild camp en route, possibly in the coastal village of Monte Hermoso.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 4: Puerto Madryn

Today we continue our journey south with a full day drive to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn.

In Puerto Madryn we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

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Day 5: Puerto Madryn

Today we will have a free day for optional activities in and around Puerto Madryn. There is the opportunity to take a tour to the Valdes Peninsular to see its desolate scenery and abundant marine life, head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in the nearby towns of Gaiman or Trelew.

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Day 6: Camarones

Today we will drive south along the coast and have an included visit to the incredible remote colony of Magellanic Penguins in Cabo Dos Bahias (Cape Two Bays), close to the town of Camarones. After seeing the phenomenal sight of thousands of penguins nesting on the shore, we will head to the nearby small town of Camarones.

In Camarones we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Day 7: Jaramillo

From Camarones we set off on an all day drive following the South Atlantic coast. If time and conditions allow we might visit the Jaramillo Petrified Forest en route.

Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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Day 8: El Calafate

Today we leave the coast behind and head west across the country to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

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Day 9: El Calafate

Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.

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Day 10: Torres Del Paine National Park

Border information: Exit Argentina at Cerro Castillo and enter Chile at Cerro Castillo.

Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.

Tonight we will camp at Camping Pehoe, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

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Day 11: Torres Del Paine National Park

Dragoman offers two options for your time in Torres Del Paine National Park:

- Base Package - Camping at Lago Pehoe, full board and a guided trek on our final day to the stunning three peaks viewpoint is included on all Dragoman Patagonia packages.

- Full W-Walk - Optional upgrade to embark on the 4-day W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so it is important to pre-book this option with your sales agent at least 60 days before your trip as it is not possible to book on arrival.

Day 11 is a free day for our passengers on the base package.

W-Walk Group - We will transfer by truck to take the morning Catamaran across the lake to Paine Grande. We will then begin our first trek with our local guide along the edge of Lago Grey to an excellent viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. We will then trek back to Paine Grande where we will camp overnight. Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs. (alternatively, you may turn around at an earlier view point, making the trek today 4hrs).

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Day 12: Torres Del Paine National Park

Base package group: Today is a free day on our Base Package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities.  Alternatively it's a great day to simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite.

W-walk group: Today we will depart Camp Paine Grande and hike into the French Valley, in the afternoon we will continue onto Camp Cuernos.  The hike is approximately 6 hours.

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Day 13: Torres Del Paine National Park

Base package group: Today is free for optional activities.

W-walk group: Today we will leave Camp Cuernos and hike along Lake Nordenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio. We will hike for approximately 5 hours today.

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Day 14: Torres Del Paine National Park

Today the base and W-Walk groups will come together and we will all trek to the breathtaking viewpoint of the famous three peaks, which give the National Park its name. After taking in the view, we will trek back to Las Torres camp site and transfer in the truck to Camping Pehoe.

Approximate walking distance: 24 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.

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Day 15: Tierra Del Fuego

Today we have an early start to leave Torres del Paine and head south to cross the Magellan Straits onto the island of Tierra del Fuego.

Tonight we will wild bush camp somewhere in the desolate wilds of the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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Day 16: Ushuaia

Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian

Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world!

In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. 

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Day 17-18: Ushuaia

We will have two free days in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast.

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Day 19: Tierra Del Fuego

Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian.

Today we start heading back north and back onto the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. Here we will visit the small King Penguin colony that have recently set up home at the remote Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay).

Tonight we will wild camp near Bahia Inutil.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

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Day 20: Argentinian Patagonia

Border information: Exit Chile at Integracion Austral, enter Argentina at Integracion Austral.

Today we continue our journey north, crossing the Magellan Strait back to the mainland and then heading across the Argentine border.

Tonight we will wild camp at a stunning ancient crater called Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon).

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

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Day 21: El Chaltén

Today we will continue north, overlanding across the Patagonian steppe and to the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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Day 22-23: Los Glaciares National Park

We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

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Day 24: Cueva De Las Manos

Today we start heading north again with a full day drive along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40). 

We will arrive in the Rio Pinturas area, where we have an included visit to the mysterious Neolithic cave-art site of Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), some of the most well-preserved ancient art in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Tonight we will wild camp near the Cueva de las Manos.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

 

 

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Day 25: Argentinian Patagonia

Today we continue north along the legendary Ruta 40.

Tonight we will wild camp somewhere around the area of Tecka.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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Day 26: Bariloche

Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District. We will see a definite change in the landscape today as the vegetation becomes more and more lush and green as we come out of the Patagonia region and into the forests of the Lake District.

In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

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Day 27-28: Bariloche

We will have two free days to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak or boat.

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Day 29: Pucón

Border information: Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chile at Mamuil Malal.

Today we cross the Andes into Chile and continue our journey to the stunning town of Pucón via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).

In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

 

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Day 30-31: Pucón

We will have two free days in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

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Day 32-33: Santiago

Today we have a full day drive north to the cosmopolitan Chilean capital of Santiago, followed by a free day on day 33 to explore.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

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Day 34: Santiago

Border information: if you are finishing in Santiago, you will most likely exit Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Santiago. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit the penguin colony at Camarones
    • Guided full day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier
    • 4 days to explore and trek the rugged Torres del Paine National Park
    • Head out to the remote corner of Chilean Tierra del Fuego to view the King Penguin colony at Bahia Inutil, the only colony of these type of penguins outside of Antarctica
    • Visit the UNESCO site Cueva de las Manos at Río Pinturas
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, local guides as necessary
    Accomodation
    • 45% Camping - 55% Hotels
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Alison R. Posted on: 

The trip was wonderful. I wish I had known about Dragoman tours when I was younger!

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Katie M. Posted on: 

We had 2 or 3 local guides at various points all of whom were friendly & informed.

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James L. Posted on: 

A very good trip, due mainly to the excellent tour leader Rob.

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Yvonne M. Posted on: 

Travelled with you before (The Silk Road - Beijing to Ashgabat) and had a great time then. Travel experience with you has only got better!

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James S. Posted on: 

It was all that was expected and more. The crew were fantastic and they were what made the experience. I would do another tour if Rob, Tig or Rich were there. They were fantastic.

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Julie B. Posted on: 

It was much more than what I expected it to be.

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Jennycil R. Posted on: 

The tour crew that led through Torres del Paine were well organized and had a good knowledge of the region.

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Francis M. Posted on: 

We were blessed with these guys. They made the tour. With out them I could see that there could have been a lot of issues but they handled everything extremely well and they were all amazing people to travel with. I could not speak more highly of the crew on Tortuga!

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Gordon W. Posted on: 

I've been on other overland trips as well numerous other extended trips with leaders. Rob was simply the best I've ever encountered. He was funny, informative, organized, and helpful well above and beyond what most other leaders have been. Rob takes great joy in making people's overland experience as exceptional as possible. I've heard the term servant-leader thrown around often in my organization, but Rob too me exemplifies this perspective. Finally, as great as some of my past trip leaders have been, Rob was the first one I've ever contemplated following wherever he goes in the future.

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Janet W. Posted on: 

Guides. Co-travellers. Level of comfort. Level of activity. All were as expected and critical to enjoyment of a trip.

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Sharon T. Posted on: 

Tig was very organized, even colour coded our notes! Always there to answer questions. Rich was also super helpful - a great team! Very kind, funny, make you feel instantly like part of the group. Both very good safe drivers, and good problem solvers! Never grumpy or frustrated with the group. Just really awesome people!

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