Chile Fire & Ice
Continue the journey heading south to the emerald hills of the Lakes District. Here you’ll stay at the outstanding Vira Vira, a hacienda style boutique hotel bringing the “farm to fork” concept to the fore with an onsite dairy and wheat crops to keep fresh homemade bread in constant supply, not to mention onsite thermal springs amidst verdant gardens.
From here you will journey further south into the depths of Patagonia staying in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, perched above the milky, turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Paine Massif. The wilderness is yours to explore by 4×4 vehicle, walking through ethereal forests, wildlife watching and birdspotting, hiking part or all of the famous W trek and horse riding across the open pampas. Southern Patagonia is wild and unforgiving.
Head northbound and up to El Calafate for a couple of nights at Relais & Chateaux, exclusive Eolo for two nights with further opportunities for hiking, horse-riding, biking, birdwatching, or to get up and close to the Perito Moreno glacier on foot, by boat or by kayak, the glacier what the area is renowned for.
Complete your journey with a stay in Buenos Aires, the Paris of Latin America. Stay in swanky Recoleta and explore its shops, art galleries, markets, parks and museums or explore funky Palermo. If time allows head out for a day to the Pampas for an Argentine gaucho experience, or wrap up the journey with a tango show.
All in all, 2.5 weeks exploring some of Chile and Argentina’s most astounding regions, along with a dollop of city and culture.
You will love
- Awe inspiring landscapes
- Boutique, hand picked accommodation
- Deserts, forests, lakes, river, ice fields, mountains
- Exquisite gastronomy and fine wine
- Exclusive access and one-off experiences
18 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
DAYS 1-2 | SANTIAGO | 2 NIGHTS
Arrive in Santiago and spend time exploring the city. Discover bohemian suburbs and dine in the city’s finest restaurants.
DAYS 3-5 | ATACAMA DESERT | 3 NIGHTS
Explore your other-worldly surroundings with a series of nature walks, challenging treks and horse rides, all privately guided and tailored to your particular interests and physical requirements.
DAYS 6-8 | PUCON | 3 NIGHTS
Head south to the emerald hills of the Lakes District and stay at the outstanding Vira Vira, a hacienda style boutique hotel bringing the “farm to fork” concept to the fore with an onsite dairy and wheat crops to keep fresh homemade bread in constant supply, not to mention onsite thermal springs amidst verdant gardens.
DAYS 9-12 | TORRES DEL PAINE | 4 NIGHTS
The wilderness is yours to explore by 4×4 vehicle, walking through ethereal forests, wildlife watching and bird-spotting, hiking part or all of the famous W trek and horse riding across the open pampas.
DAYS 13-14 | EL CALAFATE | 2 NIGHTS
Spend two nights near El Calafate undertaking activities such as trekking, mountain biking, birdwatching, horseback riding, 4×4 jeep riding, ziplining or visiting and exploring the Perito Moreno Glacier on foot, by boat or kayak
DAYS 15-17 | BUENOS AIRES | 3 NIGHTS
Head to the Paris of Latin America and explore glam Recoleta, bo-ho Palermo, visit the local shops, museums, art galleries, watch a tango show or perhaps head out into the countryside to the Pampas for a gaucho experience, or to Tigre and the Delta of Parana
A handpicked selection
The Singular Lastarria – Santiago
Blending seamlessly into the bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. This trendy retreat embraces artistic heritage while adding cutting-edge modernity. Read More
Explora Atacama – San Pedro de Atacama
Explora Atacama offers casual elegance and an unforgettable experience in an otherworldly setting. Immersed in untouched nature and incredible scenery, the lodge offers over 40 explorations to discover the landscape, astronomy, geology, wildlife and ancient Aymara culture of the land. Read More
Hotel Vira Vira – Pucon, Northern Patagonia
The Hotel Vira Vira is set on a working farm in a beautiful and unique location in the northern Lakes District, the mecca for adventure sports in Chile. Experience life on a working farm whilst indulging in exquisite paddock-to-plate dining and enjoying a variety of exciting activities immersed in the natural beauty of this stunning region. Read More
Explora Patagonia – Torres del Paine
Explora Patagonia is located at the centre of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, on the shores of Lake Pehoe. Enjoy the most majestic of views right from the lodge itself, and enjoy over 35 half and full day explorations which there are to choose from. Disconnect and unwind in remote Patagonia at Explora. Read More
Eolo – near El Calafate, Southern Patagonia
On the edge of the Glaciers National Park, close enough to provide easy access for wilderness adventures but removed from the tourist hub of El Calafate. Hear the wind whistle and watch the sun change colour over the never-ending Patagonian Steppe and appreciate the views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and lake. Read More
Alvear Palace Hotel – Buenos Aires
Located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, the Alvear Palace has grand French-inspired public areas, with crystal chandeliers, velvet fauteuils and gilded-wood-panelled walls. Grand guest rooms, in Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, have butler service, fresh flowers and Hermès bath amenities. Read More
NEED TO KNOW
12 nights in Chile, 5 nights in Argentina
12 nights in Chile, 5 nights in Argentina
START: Santiago, Chile | Finish: Buenos Aires, Argentina
This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey through Chile and Antarctica but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.
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