A Signature Adventure through Argentina, Chile & Bolivia Uncover South America

Chile, Bolivia & Argentina Tour A Signature Adventure

18 Days Similar tours from £7287

    Unveiling the Beauty of South America

    Embark on an immersive 18-day odyssey through Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina, a profound exploration of the essence of these captivating countries. Wander Santiago's historic streets, sip exquisite wines in Chilean vineyards, and marvel at the surreal landscapes of the Moon Valley. Cross borders for an extraordinary journey across Salar de Uyuni and traverse captivating deserts, revealing the raw beauty of the region. Explore Torres del Paine National Park, where wildlife roams amidst stunning vistas, and sail the glacial wonders of Balmaceda and Serrano, connecting with nature's symphony.

    Soar to Ushuaia, the southernmost city, for a mesmerizing exploration of Tierra del Fuego National Park and a culinary adventure along the Beagle Channel. This tour isn't just a journey; it's a profound dive into the essence of South America. Witness wildlife wonders, connect with incredible landscapes, and surrender to the raw beauty that defines these captivating countries in every moment of discovery.


    Adventure, Culture & Gastronomy

    Tour Highlights

     Culinary Delights Across Borders: Immerse in the diverse culinary tapestry of South America through exclusive tastings, from Chilean vineyards to traditional Patagonian fare.

     Nature's Canvas: Explore the varied landscapes of South America, from the Moon Valley in Chile to the surreal beauty of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, blending cultural immersion with thrilling outdoor activities.

     Local Encounters and Cultural Exchange: Forge genuine connections with local communities, from the Argentinian fisherwoman's home to the Gaucho traditions of Patagonia, participating in authentic cultural exchanges.

     Ancient Wonders Unveiled: Explore the historical richness of South America, from Santiago's Plaza de Armas to the ancient Chuschul Pucará in the Rainbow Valley, guided by experts to unravel the captivating mysteries of the past.

     Exclusive Stargazing: Indulge in exclusive astronomical experiences, from stargazing in the Atacama Desert to exploring South America's largest astronomical observatory, offering a unique perspective on the night sky.

    Tour Itinerary and Essentials

    • Detailed Itinerary Show All

      • Day 1 Welcome to Chile - Santiago Discovery

        Embark on your Chilean adventure with a warm welcome as our private driver escorts you to your hotel in the heart of Santiago.

        Once settled, let the city unfold before you on a captivating 2-hour walking tour through Santiago's historic centre. Immerse yourself in the rich tales of Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral, Central Post Office, and Municipality of Santiago stand as living testaments to the city's vibrant past.

        Continue your exploration as we unveil the grandeur of La Moneda Palace, the symbolic seat of the Chilean Government. Wander through the surrounding streets, each echoing with the echoes of centuries-old stories, revealing the charm and character unique to Santiago.

        Let the rhythm of this city be the prelude to an extraordinary South American adventure. 

        Overnight: Nodo Hotel
        Meal Plan: None

      • Day 2 Valparaíso Exploration and Bodega Re Wine Adventure

        Embark on a journey from Santiago to the captivating coastal city of Valparaíso, heralded as Chile's cultural capital. Head northwest, tracing the contours of Chile's picturesque coast until Valparaíso comes into view. A guided tour commences at the historic Muelle Prat, a dock adorned with a myriad of colourful boats, setting the stage for a stroll through Plaza Sotomayor, the main gateway to Valparaíso and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

        After immersing yourself in the coastal charm, we return to Santiago, pausing for an enchanting interlude at Bodega Re. Delve into the intricacies of winemaking as you explore the variety garden, vineyards, cellars, and liquor storage. The guided tour unfolds the story from grape to bottle, culminating in a compelling tasting experience featuring Pinotel, Chardonnoir, Cabergnan, and Vigno. Complementing this sensory journey is a delectable spread of bread, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, olives, and cheese.

        Overnight: Nodo Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 3 Journey to Calama and Sunset in the Moon Valley

        Embark on a new chapter as you fly into the enchanting city of Calama. Upon your arrival at the local airport, our dedicated driver eagerly awaits to whisk you away to your hotel, ensuring a seamless transition into the heart of the desert.

        Later in the afternoon, a new adventure begins as we pick you up for a scenic drive to the Cordillera de la Sal, arriving at the Vallecito, a captivating secondary entrance to the Moon Valley circuit. Here, as the sun begins its descent, you'll witness the mesmerising sunset casting hues over the valley. Follow the footsteps of old miners as you stroll along historic trails, immersing yourself in the breathtaking panorama that unfolds before your eyes.

        Overnight: Noi Casa Atacama Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 4 Hidden Gems of Atacama: Baltinache Lagoons and Rainbow Valley

        Embark on a day of natural wonders, starting with a morning exploration of the Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache. Venture to the valley nestled between the Salt Flats of Atacama and the Domeyko mountain ranges, where the beauty of seven lagoons unfolds in breathtaking shades of turquoise and emerald. Dive into the experience with a refreshing swim in two of the Baltinache Lagoons, where the salt allows you to float effortlessly, mirroring the serene sensation of the Dead Sea.

        In the afternoon, the journey continues to the heart of the Domeyko Mountain Range, revealing the extraordinary Rainbow Valley. Marvel at the geological formations painted with vivid hues by minerals, salts, and clay. Explore the ancient Chuschul Pucará, a defensive structure crafted by the ancestral inhabitants thousands of years ago, adding a historical layer to this immersive experience. 

        As the sun sets over the desert landscape, prepare for an evening of cosmic wonder with a Stargazing Tour. Accompanied by an expert astronomer, gaze at the sparkling stars of the Atacama Desert. Visit South America's largest astronomical observatory, peer through a state-of-the-art telescope to discover glowing planets invisible to the naked eye, and capture photographs of the moon's crater-covered surfaces.

        Overnight: Noi Casa Atacama Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 5 Crossing Borders to Bolivia's Natural Splendors

        Embark on a seamless transfer in the morning as we head towards the Bolivian border. 

        As the day unfolds, prepare to be enchanted by Bolivia's natural wonders. Explore the ethereal White and Green Lagoons, traverse the Salvador Dalì desert with its surreal landscapes, and unwind in the rejuvenating Polques hot springs. At the Mirador Volcan Uturuncu, soak in panoramic views that stretch to the horizon, offering a visual feast of Bolivia's diverse terrain. The journey continues along the Rio Quetena, adding a touch of scenic beauty to this day of exploration.

        This cross-border escapade promises a seamless transition between Chile and Bolivia, allowing you to immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes and unique experiences that characterise this region. 

        Overnight: Luna Salada Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner

      • Day 6 Salar de Uyuni: A Journey Across the World's Largest Salt Flat

        Embark on an early adventure as we journey towards the valley of rocks, passing through Villa Alota, San Agustin, Julaca, and Puerto Chivica, leading us to the awe-inspiring Salar de Uyuni. Marvel at the vastness of this otherworldly landscape, the world's largest salt flat, situated at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 feet).

        Our exploration takes us to the Inca Huasi island, a hilly and rocky outcrop rising from the salt flat's expanse. Amid this unique setting, we have ample time to capture the mesmerising scenery through your lens, indulge in a delightful lunch on the salt flat, and witness the breathtaking spectacle of the sunset over the salty desert.

        Overnight: Luna Salada Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      • Day 7 Deserts and Lagoons Adventure

        Embark on a captivating journey towards Uyuni, where every stop promises a unique encounter with Bolivia's diverse landscapes. Begin your day at the famous Train Cemetery, a hauntingly beautiful ghost place where the skeletons of locomotives tell tales of the past, making it one of the Uyuni Salt Flats' most intriguing attractions.

        Continuing our westward expedition, we unveil the treasures hidden in the San Cristobal mines, explore the otherworldly landscapes of the Rocas Valley, and marvel at the small but enchanting lagoons of Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota, Honda, and Ramaditas. Each lagoon exudes its own charm and unique character, painting a vivid picture of the natural wonders that define this region.

        As our journey unfolds, we reach the mesmerising Siloly Desert, where the landscape transitions into a canvas of captivating desolation. 

        Overnight: Tayka del Desierto Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      • Day 8 Return to San Pedro: Colors and Contrasts

        Embark on the final leg of your Bolivian odyssey as we traverse the captivating Siloly Desert towards Arbol de Piedra, a natural sculpture carved by the winds. Witness the striking beauty of Laguna Colorada, a red-hued lagoon adorned with flamingos, and experience the geothermal wonders of Sol de Mañana, where geysers paint the landscape with steam.

        Indulge in a relaxing visit to the hot springs before venturing through the Salvador Dalí Desert, an homage to the surrealist artist's dreamlike landscapes. As we approach the Chilean border, relish the diverse colours and contrasts that define the Bolivian landscape.

        Later, return to Chile for the rest of your adventure. 

        Overnight: Hotel Noi Casa Atacama
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 9 El Tatio Geysers and Mountain Hot Springs Retreat

        Our journey commences in the morning, strategically timed to witness the Tatio geysers at their most active. Marvel at the steaming geysers, a mesmerising symphony of nature's power and beauty.

        As the day unfolds, we traverse the North Jauna, Machuca, and Putana’s Vegas, immersing ourselves in the scenic landscapes of the Andes. The afternoon unveils a serene retreat as we arrive at hot springs nestled amidst the mountain range. Here, you have the opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate in the soothing waters of this incredible natural oasis, offering a truly remarkable bath in the heart of the Andes.

        Overnight: Hotel Noi Casa Atacama
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 10 Skyward to Punta Arenas, Onward to Puerto Natales

        Embark on a seamless transition as you take a flight to Punta Arenas, a gateway to the stunning landscapes of southern Chile. Upon landing, our dedicated driver will be ready to whisk you away from the airport, ensuring a comfortable and scenic journey to your hotel in Puerto Natales. As you traverse the approximately 3-hour drive, soak in the breathtaking views that unfold, marking the beginning of your exploration of the mesmerising Patagonian region. 

        Overnight: Hotel Altiplanico Sur
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 11 Enchanting Journey through Torres del Paine National Park

        Embark on a day of awe-inspiring exploration, departing from our hotel in Puerto Natales. The adventure begins with a stop after a mere 24 km at the Caves of Milodon, a natural monument comprising three caves and the rocky complex known as the Silla Del Diablo (The Devil's Chair). Legend has it that ancient Patagonian inhabitants believed the devil appeared to visitors during the darkest nights, adding a touch of mystique to this geological wonder.

        Continuing our route towards Torres del Paine National Park, a breathtaking panorama unfolds. From Laguna Sofia to the Prat, Lago Porteño, Mesa and Ballena hills, each viewpoint offers incredible vistas. Our journey culminates at the shores of Lago Grey, where, weather permitting, a lakeside walk precedes a well-deserved lunch.

        Refreshed and energised, our exploration of the national park continues as we venture to the Salto Grande area. Witness the beauty of Nordenskjold Lake, marvel at the Paine waterfalls, and proceed towards the Amarga Lagoon area. Throughout the day, nature unfolds a continuous show, captivating our senses before we make our way back to Puerto Natales.

        Overnight: Hotel Altiplanico Sur
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 12 Discovering Breathtaking Landscapes - Navigation to Balmaceda and Serrano

        Embark on an extraordinary navigation experience, commencing with entry into the Señoret Channel and a journey towards Guanaco Island. Here, the whimsical dance of Commerson’s Dolphins occasionally graces the waters, adding a touch of magic to the adventure.

        As we sail towards Estancia La Peninsula, prepare to be enchanted by the rocky walls housing a thriving population of Cormorants. Our exploration extends to Punta de Lobos, where sea lions bask in the sun, creating a lively spectacle. Continuing to the Cascade and cliffs, keep an eye out for majestic condors soaring in the skies. At each point of interest, the boat gracefully pauses, allowing you to savour the scenery and wildlife.

        The voyage leads us to the towering Mount Balmaceda (2035m of altitude), revealing the awe-inspiring glacier bearing the same name. Disembarking in Puerto Toro, a one-hour hike around the shores of the Tempanos Lagoon awaits, guided by our bilingual expert through a native forest of coihues, ñirres, and Chilean firetrees.

        Our journey to the Serrano Glacier unfolds, showcasing captivating vegetation against the backdrop of the majestic glacier. A return to civilisation involves a visit to a ranch, where a typical creole lunch awaits. After immersing ourselves in the untamed beauty of a unique landscape, we conclude our tour in Puerto Natales.

        Overnight: Hotel Altiplanico Sur
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 13 Tranquil Transfer to El Calafate and Gaucho Delights

        Embark on a private transfer from your hotel in Puerto Natales to the captivating city of El Calafate, a journey seamlessly connecting the heart of Patagonia.

        Upon your arrival in El Calafate, dive into the Gaucho way of life with a visit to Estancia 25 de Mayo, situated just a stone's throw away from the city centre. This typical Patagonian estancia sprawls over 17,000 hectares of picturesque countryside, stretching from the shores of Lake Argentino in the north to the southern border with Chile.

        Your exploration begins with a warm welcome at the estancia, where you'll indulge in fried cakes and have the opportunity to savour your own mate. As the guide shares tales of the estancia's history and the first settlers of Calafate, experience a demonstration of the traditional shepherd activity of sheep herding with dogs.

        Following the insightful talk and sheep herding, embark on a leisurely walk around the estancia along Arroyo Calafate, visiting the old shearing shed and corrals. Witness a live demonstration of sheep shearing with scissors and explore the organic garden, a source of vegetables for the barbecue area where lunch awaits.

        Your evening concludes at the "El Quincho" restaurant with a delightful dinner featuring creole turnovers and an aperitif for starters, Patagonian lamb with chorizo, blood sausage, and salads sourced from the organic garden for the main course, and your choice of dessert.

        Overnight: Hotel El Esplendor by Wyndham
        Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      • Day 14 Glacial Marvels of Los Glaciares National Park

        Discover the unparalleled beauty of the Patagonian ice field, the second-largest concentration of ice on Earth after Antarctica, as you venture into the heart of Los Glaciares National Park. 

        Embark on a morning journey across Lago Argentino, setting a northwest course to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo. Your first destination is the majestic Spegazzini Glacier, soaring 135 meters above sea level. Touch down at Las Vacas Station in the Spegazzini Canal Bay, where expert guides lead a trek, providing insights into the region's flora and fauna.

        Continue your navigation to the Upsala Canal, where the vast Upsala Glacier unfolds, covering an expansive valley with a length of 53km and an area of 765 km². Sail to Herminita Peninsula for a panoramic view of the glacier before setting sail on the Canal de los Tempanos, culminating your day's journey at the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier. Witness the spectacle of nature as the glacier advances, causing the dramatic rupture of its ice wall.

        Lunch will be served during this mesmerising navigation, providing sustenance amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes.

        Overnight: Hotel El Esplendor by Wyndham
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 15 Soaring to the End of the World - Flight to Ushuaia

        Embark on a private service to and from the airport, ensuring a seamless journey as you take a flight to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. With the remainder of the day at your disposal, embrace the opportunity to explore this unique destination at the end of the world. Whether strolling through the charming streets, savouring local cuisine, or taking in the breathtaking surroundings, let the spirit of Ushuaia captivate you as you.

        Overnight: Hotel Cilene del Faro
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 16 Nature's Symphony in Tierra del Fuego National Park and Beagle Canal

        In the morning, embark on a journey into the pristine wilderness of Tierra del Fuego National Park, a sanctuary established in 1960 to safeguard the southernmost forests along the Beagle Channel. Covering 69,000 hectares, this tour takes you along unexplored trails leading to hidden corners of the forest.. Unique among Andean-Patagonian parks, Tierra del Fuego National Park boasts forests hugging the sea coast, creating bays of extraordinary beauty such as Lapataia Bay, translating to "wooded bay" or "bay of good wood" in the Yámana language.

        In the afternoon, embark on a maritime adventure from the local port to Alicia Island, home to a colony of one-haired sea lions. Continue your journey towards the Island of the Birds, witnessing colonies of royal and imperial cormorants. Sail east to another small island, home to sea lions with two hairs depending on the season. Near this island stands the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, a symbol of Ushuaia, built in 1919. Marvel at the rocky cormorant island as you head back.

        Disembark at Bridges Island to stroll amidst local flora and birds, delving into the history of the Yámanas aborigines. Reach the highest panoramic point for an awe-inspiring view of the Beagle Channel, with the distant city of Ushuaia completing the picturesque scene. Throughout the journey, indulge in a delightful tea time with offerings of tea, chocolate, coffee with liquor, and cookies, creating a perfect harmony between exploration and relaxation in the lap of nature.

        Overnight: Hotel Cilene del Faro
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 17 Culinary Delight on the Beagle Channel Adventure

        Embark on a gastronomic journey departing from Ushuaia, heading north to the detour of the provincial route “J” that leads back to the enchanting Beagle Channel. Pause for a delightful snack at Laguna Victoria before reaching Brown Bay, where you'll deviate to witness the famed flag trees, shaped by the relentless southwest winds. After a leisurely stroll, return to the vehicle and proceed toward Puerto Almanza, the primary port for local and traditional fishing, with a focus on crab harvesting.

        Just a few kilometres past Puerto Almanza, you'll arrive at the home of one of the region's most renowned fisherwomen. Not only is she esteemed for her work, but she also holds the unique distinction of being the only female captain of the Beagle Channel. Immerse yourself in her world as she welcomes you into her home, offering insights into the life of a Patagonian fisherman and showcasing the incredible dishes that can be crafted from the local bounty of the sea. This foodie experience promises to be a unique blend of culinary discovery and cultural immersion, a testament to the rich maritime traditions of the region.

        Overnight: Hotel Cilene del Faro
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 18 Farewell to the End of the World

        Experience a seamless departure with a private service to the airport, marking the end of your unforgettable journey in South America. Board your flight to Buenos Aires, where you'll connect with your homeward-bound flight. 

        Meal Plan: Breakfast

    • What's Included

      • 17 nights' accommodation 
      • Private ground transportation 
      • Meals as defined in the itinerary
      • Local English-speaking tour guide
      • Domestic flights
      • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

      What's not Included

      • International flights
      • Meals not listed in the itinerary
      • Tips and other discretionary expenses


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