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Santiago to Bariloche Overland

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Overview

Our journey begins in Santiago, the cosmopolitan capital of Chile, from there we head south to explore Chile’s wine region, with its wonderful vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest wines. We continue travelling south through the Chilean and Argentinean Lakes Districts taking time to discover the endless forests, alpine lakes and startling waterfalls that are abundant throughout the area, and spend time in two of Chile and Argentina’s premier adventure destinations.

 

Please note this trip is also available in reverse from Bariloche to Santiago on 13/02/2020. Please contact us for more information. 

Trip Code: LATSNSB

Travel Style: Small Group Tour 

Location: Chile, Argentina

Flights: Internal flights included in itinerary. Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Experience the vibrant cosmopolitan that is Santiago before embracing the amazing experience of the Chilean countryside. 

  • Hike up to the amazing smoking crater of the Villarrica Volcano or enjoy a scenic snow ski down its snowy slopes. 

  • Immerse yourself in some of the most amazing scenery in all the world, where alpine forests, snow-capped peaks, incredible waterfalls and crystal lakes reign superior. 

  • This itinerary is easily combined with experiences in both Chile and Argentina, offering a perfect way to see more of the incredible South America. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Your tour begins in Chile's cosmopolitan capital city, Santiago de Chile. After your predeparture meeting you will enjoy a wonderful dinner with the group.

Santiago

An early departure from Santiago towards the south via the Panamerican Highway sees you pass the city of San Fernando onto Santa Cruz (178km/110mi), located at the shores of the Tinguiririca river, nowadays located in the heart of the wine zone.

Once we arrive you will visit the Colchagua Museum, known today as one the most complete Museums in South America. The Colchagua Valley, famous for producing some of Chile’s finest wines, in particular Carmenere, a grape that was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in Chile in 1994. Their Cabernet Sauvignon variety also thrives during the grape growing season due to the hot sunny climate in this part of Chile.

During this day, you will visit the winery, with wine tasting and wine making included.

Santiago to Santa Cruz

Settle into our comfortable custom built truck as we journey south along the
highway. Passing orchards and plantations of fruits and vegetables, as well as a big timber industry. We’ll pass picturesque lakes and mountains to arrive into Pucon, located in the heart of Chile’s Lakes District. On the way we will stop for lunch at the impressive Salto del Lajas waterfalls.

Santa Cruz to Pucon

Today we combine a wonderful natural environment with a cultural experience unique to this area. In the morning, we will visit either the Villarrica National Park or one of the surrounding national reserve parks, all of which protect thousands of hectares of rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes and forest. In the afternoon, we visit a traditional Mapuche family and enjoy a traditional meal. We are invited to learn and experience the Ruka of the Mapuche people, the heart of their culture. You will learn about their daily life, musical instruments and enjoy a game of Palin, a game similar to hockey.

Pucon

Enjoy a day at leisure here where it is possible to organise numerous outdoor activities such as a one day hike up the Villarica Volcano to reach the smoking crater or take the bus out to Huerquehue National Park and experience the amazing lakes trail. You could enjoy kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, white water rafting and even sky diving, or simply relaxing by the lake admiring the beauty of your surroundings.

Pucon

Crossing our first border we pass the gigantic Volcano Lanin (3737m) as we make our way through the Lanin National Park. Once we cross into Argentina you’ll see the landscape change. After lunch sit back and marvel along the scenic seven lakes drive to Bariloche, Argentina a resort town nestled peacefully on the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake.

Pucon to Bariloche

A free morning allows you time to head up to Cerro Otto via a gondola where you can sit in the revolving café with a 360 degree view. You can also explore the forest at the top spotting condors and falcons as you go.

In the afternoon, we take time to explore the scenic Circuito Chico in the Nahuel Huapi National Park following the road along the lake. We learn about how Bariloche got started, head up the chairlift to Cerro Campanario, stop at various lookout points and discover a hidden lake. We finish off this lovely afternoon at Argentina’s most famous resort, Hotel Llao Llao, where we will enjoy High Tea over-looking the lake.

Bariloche

A day at leisure here gives you time to pursue interests such as sailing on the massive Nahuel Huapi Lake stopping at Isla Victoria and visiting the Arrayan Forest, horse riding on a local estancia, taking a tour to see the monstrous Tronodor peak, playing golf or hiking one of the many trails available in the area.

Bariloche

Depart Bariloche with wonderful memories.

Departure in Bariloche

This is a suggested itinerary. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Experience the breathtaking landscape of the Atacama Desert. Undertake a 4-day luxury experience in a spectacular and private location. Tucked in a valley of scenic beauty you may choose to visit salt flats, hot springs, steaming geysers or even climb a volcano. Or simply unwind by visiting local museums or embracing local cultural encounters. Find out more.

  • Amend your itinerary to explore the natural wonders of Argentina. Explore the incredible Salta Valley, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of Argentina. Experience bright red gorges, jagged mountain valleys, salt flats jungle and even arid desert. This is a land of stark contrasts unmatched anywhere in South America. Find out more.

     

  • Additionally, you can take an incredible journey and bear witness to the awe-inspiring and stunning beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. See incredible wildlife at Ainsworth Bay or be mesmerised by the colossal Pia Glacier on a 5-day cruise that will take you to ‘The end of the World’. Find out more.

Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration
25 Oct 2019 02 Nov 2019 9
29 Dec 2019 06 Jan 2020 9
21 Feb 2020 29 Feb 2020 9
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Important Information

  • Accommodation with breakfast daily 
    Transport in custom all-terrain vehicles 
    Other meals where stated
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide
    All national park entrance fees 
    Private airport transfers
    Internal flights as indicated on itinerary

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Gratuities for guides/drivers
    Beverages
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Activities Included:

    Colchagua Valley Vineyard Tour and Wine Making Experience
    Colchagua Museum
    Hiking Villarrica National Park or Local Reserve
    Traditional Mapuche Ruka Experience including meal
    Seven Lakes Scenic Drive between Pucon & Bariloche
    Circuito Chico Tour
    Cerro Campanario Chairlift & Viewpoint
    High Tea at Llao Llao Resort

     

    *Reverse itinerary also available please contact us for more details.

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE