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Choose this Tailor-Made itinerary or customise to create your own unique journey. Departs daily to suit your travel plans. Price based on Standard accommodation. Superior or Deluxe also available.

Discover Chile and Argentina’s wonders on this journey through the Lakes district. Starting up with the cuisine, arts and beauty of dramatic Santiago before adopting a slower pace in the quieter Lakes District, where natural wonders are in abundance.  This beautiful scenic trip takes you from Puerto Varas, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina across three different lakes in the Andean range.  This journey between the two countries is one of the most scenic in Latin America.  

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Trip Code: MCTSLA

Travel Style: Tailor-Made Itinerary 

Location: Santiago, Puerto Varas, Bariloche

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

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • In 7 days you will discover some of the wonders of Chile and Argentina, as you travel between Santiago and San Carlos de Bariloche through the Lake District.

  • The tour begins in Chile’s historic capital, Santiago, with time to discover the main sights of the city, including Los Dominicos market.

  • This itinerary includes many amazing highlights, but is paced so that there is enough time to explore.

  • You will discover the beautiful Lake District region of Chile around Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt.

  • The itinerary also includes the Andean Lake Crossing, a picturesque trip through the Andes by road and ferry across three different lakes, one of the most scenic journeys in the whole of Latin America.

  • There is a free day in Bariloche allowing you to explore this Alpine town and the surrounding area at your leisure.

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival at Santiago Airport, please make your way through Customs and Immigration and only exit from the green doors marked 'Meeting Point’.
Our representative will be holding a sign with your name on it and waiting for you outside this exit. Please only make contact with our representative.

This service includes a driver and local English speaking guide who will provide you with any useful information needed for your stay.

Arrival transfer in Santiago

This morning you will be collected from y our hotel for your city tour. Your guide will take you on a tour highlighting Santiago’s most important historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace. You will visit some of the lesser known barrios of Santiago including República and Concha y Toro, which were historically privileged neighbourhoods and home to Santiago’s high society. There will be time to walk around and take photos of the varied styles of architecture dating back to the 19th and early 20th century. Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, you will walk through the Parque Forestal and pass by the Bellas Artes Museum. Then you will continue to the picturesque Los Dominicos Market where over 150 Chilean artists’ handicrafts are displayed. Stroll through the lovely artisan village, you could enjoy a tasty empanada at one of the outdoor cafés (not included). On completion of your tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is private tour.

Half Day City Tour with Los Dominicos

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight. This service includes a Spanish speaking driver only.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Transfer Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt lie at the southern end of the Lake District under the shadow of the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Puerto Varas sits on the shores of Lake Llanquihue and is known as “The city of Roses”. Puerto Montt is 20kms from Puerto Varas on the Seno de Reloncaví Bay, the capital of the Lake District, and the last significant outpost of the region.

Puerto Varas

You will be collected from your hotel for a sightseeing tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. Begin the tour in the capital of the region, Puerto Montt, visiting the Main Square, the commercial and harbour zone of Angelmó, famous in Chile because it has many hand crafts and gifts shops, and of course the City Central Market, where we can see how it works one of the principal economic activities, fishing and seafood. Continue down the Pan-American Highway to the charming town of Puerto Varas, known as “The City of the Roses”, located on the shore of Llanquihue Lake. Here you will discover the picturesque streets and visit various sites of interest including the Main Square, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Municipal Casino. On completion of the tour you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour.

Puerto Montt & Puerto Varas City Tour

The Andean Lake Crossing is the only route that takes you from Chile to Argentina through the Andes Mountains. An unforgettable trip from Puerto Varas in Chile to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina. Cross three beautiful lakes, connected by 4 strips of land.

From Puerto Varas, your journey across the border today will be a combination of scenic bus rides and lake crossings. Set off from Puerto Varas at 8:00am by bus to Petrohué. The road hugs the shores of Lake Llanquihue and affords fantastic views of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. En route, visit Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to see Petrohué Falls. There’ll be some free time to stroll around Petrohué before heading off for Peulla by boat. This cruise on Lake Todos Los Santos, widely considered to be one of Chile’s most beautiful lakes, offers spectacular views of Osorno Volcano and the Puntiagudo and Tronador mountain peaks when the weather is clear. There’ll be time for lunch (not included) in Peulla, before boarding a bus to Puerto Frias.

Complete the Customs procedures to exit Chile and enter Argentina. Cross the Andes (altitude 976m) and descend to Puerto Frías for the onward cruise on Lake Frias to Puerto Alegre. Continue by bus to Puerto Blest and board your final cruise of the day on Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo. The final leg is a scenic bus ride along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, taking in the lovely flower gardens and Swiss-style architecture that characterize the area, arriving Bariloche early evening.

Please note: This schedule is for guidance only and may change according to weather conditions and the number of passengers. . Please note there is also a boarding tax that must be paid locally in Argentinean Pesos for lake crossing services (approximately US$5)

Andean Lake Crossing Puerto Varas-Bariloche

Today is free to enjoy the wonderful city of San Carlos de Bariloche and the surroundings.

Bariloche : Free Day

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. 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

  • Explore the Chilean capital of Santiago, before heading to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in South America. Head to El Calafate on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and from here visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Find out more

  • Why not add on a tour to the Galapagos to your South American journey, spending 4 days exploring the beautiful archipelago that abounds with fascinating wildlife? Amidst spectacular volcanic scenery you will see a myriad of birds and animals from lava lizards to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds and giant tortoises. Find out more

  • 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.

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

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Important Information

  • Private airport transfers
    Internal flights
    Accommodation with breakfast
    Tours as detailed in itinerary
    Other meals where stated

    Exclusions: 

    Personal Expenses
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    International flights
    Tips for guides and drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Contact us for more details.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    This is a Tailor-Made itinerary which can be customised to create your own unique journey. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

  • 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

Your Destination Specialists will turn your South America adventure dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience, our Destinations Specialists 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