Let’s Tango in a Patagonian Wilderness
12 DAYS STARTING FROM £4049 PER PERSON
The diverse delights of Buenos Aires, Patagonia & Santiago
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been re- arranged by the hand of man.
This 12 day holiday of a lifetime will leave your human spirit invigorated and well and truly topped up to the max!
It covers all the bases from the colonial sophistication of Buenos Aires, the glacial grandeur of El Calafate, the intense landscapes and peaks of the Torres del Paine and finally, cosmopolitan energetic Santiago. This is a perfect cocktail of nature’s iconic extremes, dramatic sights and true adventure.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP?
DAYS 1, 2, & 3: LET’S TANGO
On your arrival in Buenos Aires you’ll be whisked off to the refined opulence of the Legado Mítico boutique hotel for a 3-night stay. Cultured, elegant and cosmopolitan are words that just about do Buenos Aires justice. The cobbled streets, brightly painted houses and classy restaurants; it’s a city with something for everyone.
Your time includes a half-day private tour of the city – known as the Paris of South America – stunning architecture and you can pay your respects to Evita in the labyrinthine Recoleta Cemetery or wander along the 19th century Caminito of La Boca. There’s also a fabulous evening dinner and tango extravaganza at Carlos Gardel.
DAYS 4 & 5: ICE ICE BABY IN EL CALAFATE
You’ll fly to El Calafate and be met for a private transfer to La Cantera, your home from home that sits on an elevated position overlooking the milky turquoise waters of Lake Argentino.
The El Calafate region has some of the most spectacular glaciers in the world including the amazing Perito Moreno – 5kms wide at its frontage and up to 60m high in places, staggeringly beautiful and one of the most awe-inspiring sights on the planet. It is a region of endless grassy plains, mountain peaks capped with snow and turquoise lakes dotted with icebergs. You’ll enjoy a full day, private guided tour here and an optional boat trip to the glacier face. Don’t forget your camera!
DAYS 6, 7, 8 & 9 DEEPER THAN NATURE AT ECO CAMP
It’s a magnificently scenic drive along a lonely road across the border Chile and the Torres del Paine National Park. Superbly-constructed geodesic domes allow wondrous views of nature and the night sky yet protect from any unkind weather, you literally do fall asleep looking at the stars! Eco Camp is far from camping as we know it. After each day exploring the wilderness you return to warmth, comfort and cosiness with a real sense of connection to the great outdoors.
During your time in this wonderfully spellbinding region you will watch the horns and granite towers of the Torres del Paine massif turn purple then red and go in search of guanocos, armadillos, puma and the mighty condor! For three days you can simply relax and drink in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve landscape or each day you can choose to go on nature walks or trek the numerous trails with specialist guides, taking you beside beautiful glacial lakes, through forests and torrents of waterfalls overlooked by snow-capped mountains and the magnificent Campo de Hielo Sur. Glimpsing exquisite flora and fauna – and hopefully wild horses along the way.
DAYS 10, 11 & 12: MOUNTAINS TO THE WEST OF ME…..
It’s a beautiful drive to Punta Arenas airport where you will fly to Santiago. You will be met with a private transfer to the gorgeous bohemian Lastarria Boutique Hotel, built in 1927 and your home for the last 2 nights of your holiday. It’s now time to take your boots off and relax!
The capital of Chile sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes to the East and the coastal range to the West. It has a distinct Mediterranean vibe, a city that blends traditional and the contemporary with a bucket load of history too.
A half-day city tour will take you to all the sites of interest – La Moneda, the presidential palace, the Plaza de Armas, Palacio Cousiño, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Bellavista and the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, perfect for you culture vultures. You’ll stroll through the streets of Huérfanos and Ahumada, full of stores, street performers and restaurants.
Sadly it’s now the end of your Patagonian adventure and you’ll not want to leave but you’ll definitely be glowing with pleasure when you remember the beauty and majesty of this part of South America. Turquoise will undeniably be your new favourite colour!