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South America with Carretera Austral 17 days

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South America with Carretera Austral 17 days

A land awash in ancient history, mind-boggling landscapes, entrancing culture, and non-stop fun, there’s a side of South America that’s perfect for every traveller – including you. The colossal peaks of Patagonia and the Andes beg to be climbed, while the enveloping rainforests that surround the mighty Amazon seem designed to be explored.

DAY 1

Bariloche

Reception at the Bariloche airport and transfer to your Hotel. In the afternoon Circuito Chico excursion. Round trip 65 km then you will return to the city. (Overnight Bariloche B )

Bariloche
DAY 2

Full day Tronador

The highest in the National Park Nahuel Huapi with three picks in its summit, one Chilean, one international and one Argentinean. To arrive to its base from San Carlos de Bariloche it is necessary to take the national route #258 heading for El Bolson and when arriving to the south part of the lake Mascardi to take the route #254 toward the right until arriving to Pampa Linda. Is a small village that has a hostel with restaurant, camping site, park guard and a section of Gendarmeria Nacional. From here several paths come out that allow to carry out trips by foot or horse that will allow the tourist to discover places of an extraordinary beauty as the glacier Manso or the snowdrift Negro that together give origin to the river Manso Superior that ends in the lake Mascardi after traveling the valley of the Vuriloches. You can also arrive at the refuge Otto Meiling located 2,000 meters high, from where begins the ascent to the summits of the Tronador (experts only). The hill Tronador has 3.450 meters high and owes its name to the impressive noise that make big detachments of ice. (Overnight Bariloche B ) Read more

Bariloche
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DAY 3

Trasandino Crossing

Today we cross the border between Argentina and Chile. The crossing will be by the lake Nahuel Huapi, which is part of Park, extends across millions of acres. On this day we recognize the forest slopes of the Andes interesting - we move from the Argentine side of Chile - in looks lakes and unique rain forest when the west side is characterized by proliferation of volcanic phenomena. We get to Puerto Varass (Overnight Puerto Varas B / ). Read more

Puerto Varas
DAY 4

Full Day Chiloe - Ancud & Penguin Colony

Pick up at your hotel. We will drive from Puerto Varas to Pargua for 65 km approx; from Pargua we will take a 45 minutes ferry crossing, where we may see dolphins and sea lions. Arriving on Chiloé Main Island we will drive to the bay of Ancud where we will stop to visit the town with its local craft and fish market, and the famous fortress San Antonio, the last Spanish bastion in Chile. Your guide will explain the myths and history of Chiloé and introduce you to the typical life on this magic island. We will continue towards the West Pacific Coast. It takes about 30 minutes to reach two small islands where Humboldt and Magellan penguins breed together during summer time. We can get a boat INCLUDED to get close to these islands to observe the penguins, pelicans, cormorants and other sea birds. After the navigation, we can get a nice lunch at typical fishing men village. Then we will drive back to Puerto Varas. (Overnight Puerto Varas / B) Read more

Puerto Varas
DAY 5

Full day Puerto Montt and Osorno Volcano

Tour start with a narrated drive through the picturesque town of Puerto Varas, where you will have a view of Lake Llanquihue and the snow‐capped Osorno Volcano. Your journey continues past the little village of Ensenada before reaching the Petrohué Falls. Experience the picturesque setting of a succession of emerald green rapids against a backdrop of mountains to the East. There will be ample time to explore the area by foot. Continuing the journey, you will go on to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and up the Osorno Volcano Ski and Mountain Center, at an altitude of 1,300 meters (4300 feet) above sea level and will be able to take pictures of the unique view of the summit of the volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco with their snow‐covered peaks and of Lake Llanquihue. You will also have the chance to enjoy the views from a chairlift (optional). (Overnight / B Puerto Varas). Read more

Puerto Varas
DAY 6

transfer and visit to Coyhaique.

We will be transferred after flight to Coyhaique. We will stop at breathtaking lookout points to shoot photos and enjoy the impressive flora before reaching Coyhaique, the capital of the 11th region of Chile, by slowly meandering up a mountain pass. (Overnight in Coyhaique /B)

Coyhaique
DAY 7

Coyhaique - Lago General Carrera

First we will drive through an area of deep canyons, followed by passing a swampy landscape scattered with spikey dead trees emerging from the standing water - last reminders of a huge volcanic eruption. In the early afternoon we arrive at the gigantic Lake General Carrera, which is located on the border and goes by the name of Lake Buenos Aires on the Argentinean side. Close to Puerto Rio Tranquilo we will board a small motor boat to visit the impressive "Catedral de Mármol" - an extra-ordinarily shaped cave formed by constant erosion from water as well as Patagonia's strong winds. (Overnight in Rio Tranquilo /B) Read more

Puerto Tranquilo
DAY 8

Lago General Carrera and surroundings

Today we will have a full day to explore the surroundings of Lake General Carrera and the Exploradores Glacier and San Rafael Glacier. (Overnight in Rio Tranquilo /B)

Puerto Tranquilo
DAY 9

Transfer and visit to Puerto Montt

We will be transferred after flight to Coyhaique. To visit Puerto Montt the capital of the 10th region of Chile, The visit to Puerto Montt begins with a panoramic view of the capital of the X Region from the Viewpoint, going down towards downtown through residential districts and governmental buildings, to the Main Square with its church Cathedral, the monument to the German Settlers, towards the commercial and harbor zone, with a great view to the Pacific Ocean, visiting the fish and seafood market of Angelmó with its colorful craftsmanship fair. (Overnight Puerto Varas B / ) Read more

Puerto Varas
DAY 10

Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales

Pick up at your Hotel and flight to Punta Arenas following a Driving along the coast of the Strait of Magellan we will have nice views of the Arctic waters at Tierra del Fuego.. (Overnight Puerto Natales B).

Natales
DAY 11

Zodiac to Torres del Paine Park.

From Puerto Natales the trip begins aboard an enclosed-cabin boat that motors up the “Ultima Esperanza” (Sound of Last Hope) for 2hrs, passing by the mountain sides that are home to a variety of different birds arriving to the area near to the Glacier Balmaceda. Shortly after arriving here you then disembark and walk through native woodland to a lagoon to see the low-altitude Serrano Glacier coming down from the mountain to where its glacial face is breaking off into icebergs in the lagoon. After some time here you then board a rib-zodiac dinghy to be taken across the Rio Serrano to a rustic restaurant on the other side, located in a very tranquil, natural wilderness area and from where there is a striking view back to the Glacier Serrano. After a fixed-menu lunch you then board the rib-zodiac dinghies for a 2hr up-river adventure passing by the virgin banks of the Rio Serrano and into Torres del Paine. This experience offers a real adventure that is exciting, but not at all physically demanding. It allows you to see views of the area that are not otherwise possible, and a way to get into the Park that most people are not aware of. Although you need to bring a warm jacket, gloves and hat, full wet-weather gear is supplied for the rib-zodiac boats and any luggage is taken to meet you at the final destination in Torres del Paine. (Overnight B / L / D/ Torres Del Paine Park) Read more

Torres del Paine
DAY 12

Full Day Torres del Paine National Park

Full day exploration to know the beauty of one of the most spectacular South American National Parks protected by UNESCO. There will be countless stunning views during the whole day – do not forget to look up because it is homeland to the majestic condor. You will get to know all the sights like the waterfall Salto Paine Grande, lake Nordenskjold, waterfall Rio Paine the Laguna Azul, the administration center. But the most impressive is the constant change of colors. (Overnight B / L / D/ Torres Del Paine Park) Read more

Torres del Paine
DAY 13

Private transfer from the hotel to Calaf

After we cross the Chilean border we continue through LA PAMPA in order to arrive to Calafate Hotel. Continue with a visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier who is an impressive natural wonder and due to its extension and height, it has become world famous for its easy access, continuous advance and the loud loosening of huge icebergs. The Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) area is home to other important glaciers such as Upsalla, Onelli and Spegazzini. Once inside Los Glaciares National Park, you'll follow the route around Lago Argentino where 50 miles (80km) from El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier lies imposing with its 200 foot (60 meter) high ice walls. Follow the paths that lead you to face the glacier and get different impressive views, all while continuous detachments and constant ice breaking noises echoes in your surrounds. Enjoy this great Argentinian getaway and discover firsthand the absolute beauty and grandeur of the Perito Moreno Glacier. (Overnight El Calafate B /) Read more

Calafate
DAY 14

Flight to Iguazu

We will arrive at the Iguazu Airport and transfer to your Hotel located close to the Falls. In the afternoon you’ll cross over to the Brazilian side of the Falls (Foz do Iguacu) via the Tancredo Neves Bridge. The Falls are shaped in a semicircle 2,700 meters wide and are approx. 72 meters high. Depending on the river flow, the number of waterfalls can reach between 150 and 300. Some twenty separate falls divide Brazil from Argentina. Once you arrive at the Visitors Center of the National Park, you’ll change to a bus with a panoramic view. The bus will take you through the wilderness until it reaches the Foz do Iguacu. Here you’ll begin walking and enjoying the magnificent views of the Argentine Falls (from the opposite side) and San Martin Island. The distance of the walk is approx. 1,200 meters and concludes with a visit to the “Floriano de Brazil” Falls. Torrents of water plunge some 250 feet down and the roar can be ear for miles. Return to Iguazu and Hotel. (Overnight Iguacu Falls / B ).) Read more

Iguazu
DAY 15

Full day Iguazu

You’ll travel along the picturesque National route 12, through the Iguazu National Park, to the Visitors Center and Central Station where you will board the Ecological Train heading to Throat Station. Travel about 1,200 meters among islets and exuberant vegetation until you reach the Devils Throat Balcony where you will enjoy the majestic 72 meter high waterfall. You will then start walking along the superior and inferior circuits, going down to the Two Sisters Falls, Mbigua, Chico, Ramirez, Bosetti, and the Majestic San Martin waterfalls. From this unique catwalk perspective, it is possible for you to be directly over, under and amidst the Falls. You carry on to the Rock of Bella Vista, visiting Alvar Nuñez and Lanusse Falls. Keep an eye out for a chance encounter with “Quatas” or a flock of toucans. Return to the Central Station and your Hotel. We also will ride the powerful motor‐boats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River and around the island until the foot of the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, where one can enjoy a spectacular and clear view of both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, as well as the Devil’s Throat Fall. Recommended For dinner the Folkloric Show with dinner at “Rafain Churrascaria” were you first will taste the Brazilian barbecue, prepared with a great variety of selected meats and side dishes. Besides the delicious meal, during the dinner, you will enjoy a South American folkloric show, which will represent the music and dance mainly from the countries that meet in Foz do Iguassu, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, but there will also be elements from dance & music from Mexico, Bolivia, Peru and Chile. (Overnight Iguacu Falls / B /).) Read more

Iguazu
DAY 16

Itapau Dam Excursion

The most powerful hydroelectric plant in the world has harnessed the waters of the Mother of the Sea. The Parana River (the name means Mother of the Sea) rises in Brazil and has a total length of more than 3000 miles. It runs southwest to the town of Guaira, and for 118 miles it forms the border between Brazil and Paraguay running down to the Iguazu Falls and the point where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina all meet. The Parana forms the border between Paraguay and Argentina, for a stretch, and then flows south across Argentina to Buenos Aires, and the Rio de la Plata (Plate River). The Itaipu Dam, a monster concrete dam (five times the size of the Aswan High Dam) is 12 miles north of Foz do Iguazu. The dam is almost five miles long and rises to a height of 738 feet, or the height of a 75‐story building. The river at this point is 1,300 feet wide and 200 feet deep. A canal 1.25 miles long and 490 feet wide was blasted and hewn out of the rock to divert the river while the dam was being constructed. This was ready in 1978. The riverbed dried out, and the building of the dam began in January 1979. The power station's generators are the largest in the world, rated at 700,000 kilowatts each, and in total rate at 12.5 million kilowatts‐‐the highest figure for a single power plant in the world. The dam has created a lake covering an area of 520 square miles. Archaeological remains dating as far back as 8,000 years ago were rescued from some 300 sites before the inundation began, and thousands of animals were caught and then released in nature reserves on the banks of the lake, where 20 million trees have been planted. The Itaipu Dam and Iguazu Falls attract more than 1 million visitors a year. Transfer to the Foz de Iguazu. (Overnight Foz de Iguazu). Read more

Iguazu
DAY 17

End of Trip

Transfer to the airport where you will board your flight continues to Rio de janeiro or Buenos Aires

Departure

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location bariloche
Hotel panamericano
Day 3
Location cabanas del lago
Day 6
Location coyhaique
Day 7
Location rio tranquilo
Hotel el puesto
Day 9
Location cabanas del lago
Day 11
Location natales
Hotel weskar
Day 12
Location torres del paine
Hotel rio serrano
Day 13
Location calafate
Hotel las dunas
Day 14
Location iguazu
Hotel orquideas

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

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JM Gardner, United States

Jamie did a great job touring me around. Would recommend him to anyone! He seemed well informed and was willing to share his knowledge of the areas.

Ofer, Israel

We came for a month, started in Tierra Patagonia and continued hiking in Torres del Paine in Chile for a week. We spend an amazing time both in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires and enjoyed very good resturants in the cities. Thanks Jaime!

Brenda, Canada

First rate tours of an exclusive winery & vineyards enroute to Valparaiso from Santiago. Our second tour with "Jay" in Chile was outstanding. He kept us entertained and fully informed during our tour and introduced us to Pisco Sour! We would not hesitate to recommend these tours - THANK YOU!

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