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An example of an 18 days trip that starts in the central region of Santiago. The journey takes you to the lakes and volcanos region, with the visit of the mythic and mysterious Chiloe Island. You will then reach the southernmost tip of South America in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, to see huge ice fields and glaciers from the third biggest ice mass in the world. You will visit Torres del Paine national park in Chile, and Argentina’s National Glaciers Park with the magnificent Grey glacier and Perito Moreno. End your stay in central Chile and Valparaiso. Visit Pablo Neruda’s house in Isla Negra, and Colchagua vineyards valley where the best Chilean wines come from, before back to reality.

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Santiago (Ch) - Chiloe (Ch) - Région des volcans (Ch) - Punta Arenas (Ch) - El Calafate (Arg) - Torres del Paine (Ch)- Valparaíso (Ch) - Colchagua (Ch)

Day 1 – Santiago – Chile

Arrival in Santiago. Welcome to the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Discovery of the capital. Visit of the city market with its various fish displays. Visit of the historic center of the capital, Plaza de Armas and its historic buildings: La Moneda (presidential palace), Casa Colorada (colonial house), San Francisco Church (the oldest building in Santiago). Visit of Santa Lucia park, located on the hill where the city was founded. Night in Santiago.

Day 2 – Puerto Montt / Chiloe Island – Chile

Transfer to the airport. Flight Santiago / Puerto Montt (two-hour flight). Take your car rental at the airport. Depart for Chiloe, a beautiful and colourful island with its many small churches, listed World Heritage. Crossing of Chacao Canal by ferry. Arrival at Castro harbour with its coloured houses on stilts and its cathedral all made of wood. Night in Castro.

Day 3 – Chiloe Island – Chile

Discovery of Dalcahue, a lively small fishing village with its artisanal feria. Passing by ferry to the small islands located in front of the big one. Discovery of the small village of Achao, known for having the oldest church on the island, and the village of Curaco de Velez, declared National Monument for its traditional houses made of Alerce wood. Night in Castro.

Day 4 – Lake and Volcanos – Puerto Varas – Chile

Return to the mainland to reach the small town of Puerto Varas, located on the shores of Llanquihue Lake, where its waters reflect the majestic Osorno volcano and its snowy summit. Discover the small town and the lake’s surroundings. Night in Puerto Varas.

Day 5 – Punta Arenas – Chile

Return of the rental car to the airport. Flight Puerto Montt / Punta Arenas (two-hour flight). Take another rental car. In the afternoon, visit of the English sailors cemetery and Puerto de Hambre, ancient city of King Philip of Spain where 103 settlers starved to death in 1587. Visit Fuerte Bulnes fortress, first Chilean enclave of the southern land founded in 1843. Night in Punta Arenas.

Day 6 – Puerto Natales – Chile

In the morning, visit of Magdalena Island in the Magellan Strait. Two-hour excursion by motor dinghy to Drake, Sarmiento de Gamboa, Magellan and Darwin. This wild place is classified as a Natural Site to protect the largest colony of Magellan penguins (more than 60,000 couples). Transfer to Puerto Natales (3 hours’ drive). Discovery of the small town and its harbour. Night in Puerto Natales.

Day 7 – El Chalten – Argentina

Crossing the border through Argentina’s pampa to reach El Chaltén (six-hour drive on the track). A small village located in the Glaciers National Park facing Fitz Roy, one of the most beautiful summits of Patagonia, well-known from hikers. Night in El Chaltén.

Day 8 – El Chalten – Argentina

One-day hike adapted to your physical abilities and weather conditions. Fantastic route with many panoramic points from where you can admire the peaks, forests, lagoons and glaciers of Patagonia. Night in El Chalten.

Day 9 – El Calafate – Argentina

In the morning, navigation on Viedma Lake to the end of the glacier to observe Cerro Huemul. The site is made of huge ice cubes and blue ice walls, 40-meter above the lake. Departure to El Calafate, Argentina, entrance of the National Glaciers Park (two-hour drive). Visit of the small town. Night in El Calafate.

Day 10 – Argentino Lake – Argentina

Departure for the day from Punta Bandera harbour, located on the shores of Lake Argentino. Sailing through the North Lake’s branch to Upsala Canal, to enjoy a fascinating contrast between the glaciers’ whites and blues. Panoramic view of the 595 km² of Upsala Glacier. Sailing through the Spegazzini Canal from where you can observe the Seco Glacier. Arrival to Spegazzini Glacier, the highest of Glacier National Park. Landing on Punta Bandera. Night in El Calafate.

Day 11 – El Calafate – Argentina

Discover the Perito Moreno Glacier in Glacier National Park. This huge 55-meter-high, 15-kilometer-long and 5-kilometer-width glacier runs the flow of Argentina Lake. It is common that huge ten-ton blocks break from the glacier and come crashing down the icy waters. This exceptional sight can be observed from wooden balconies within hundred metres on the shore. Possibilities of mini trekking on the glacier. Night in El Calafate.

Day 12 – Estancia de la Pampa – Chile

Back to the South to discover a Chilean hostel that lives from cattle and sheep breeding (four-hour drive), located down below Contreras Mountain in front of Torres del Paine rocky peaks. Many activities on site such as hiking or horse riding on the land with Huasos inhabitants. Night in Estancia.

Day 13 – Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

Departure for Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Chile, classified Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. The park has an incredibly wide range of flora and fauna. The high mountain massifs culminate at 3000m and are surrounded by lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and rivers. The area is home to colonies of flamingos, black-collared swans and a wide range of birds as the Andes condor. Along the trails you can observe herds of guanacos, ñandus and other wild mammals who have been protected from hunting for decades. More than 50 couples of the famous Puma live in the Park, also known as the Andes lion. Discovery tour of the park with various hiking trails and panoramic points. Night in the Park.

Day 14 – Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

Hike in the Park for the day. Night in the Park.

Day 15 – Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

In the afternoon, excursion to Gray Glacier and its spectacular size: almost four kilometres wide for about six to seven hundred meters deep. The Glacier is part of the third largest ice cap in the world. A small icebreaker boat will take you on a cruise for a few hours, up to few meters from the glacier. Throughout the navigation you will see big icebergs of intense blue colour that come away from the glacier and slowly melt in Gray Lake. In the afternoon, departure to Punta Arenas. Stop on the way to Milodon cave where the remains of a prehistoric animal were found. Night in Punta Arenas.

Day 16 – Santiago – Valparaiso – Chile

Return of the rental car at the airport. Flight Punta Arenas / Santiago (3h30 flight). Departure for the mythical port of Valparaíso, classified World Heritage of Humanity in 2003 (1h30 road). Night in Valparaiso.

Day 17 – Santiago – Valparaiso – Chile

Discover the old districts by taking the elevators that pace the hill, classified national monuments. Discover the Bellavista district, its open-air museum and shops selling Lapis Lazuli, Chile’s semi-precious stone. Visit of Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s favourite residence. You will discover the whole universe of the poet with unusual collections and fetish objects. Night in Valparaiso.

Day 18 – Santiago – Chile

Transfer to the airport. International flight.