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Crossing Borders: Lakes, Glaciers y Mountains

14 DAYS - 13 NIGHT

Patagonia is located in the southern tip of South America and is shared by Chile and Argentina. This land of stunning beauty and natural wonder is home to massive glaciers and majestic mountains. We invite you to this trip visiting Bariloche in the lake district, crossing the border into Chile sailing in 3 lakes and driving land sections to cross the Andes mountain range. Travel to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales to visit Torres del Paine National Park and hike the famous “W”. End the trip at El Calafate admiring the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. We suggest to add as an extra, a visit to El Chalten.  

– Visit the north and south Patagonia with completely different landscapes but both marvelous by the same.

– Enjoy the unique views that Bariloche has to offer, surrounded by landscapes of lakes and snowy peaks mountains. 

– Get the experience of sailing the Lago Nahuel Huapi through its most important branch to enjoy a unique moment

– Navigate three lakes through the Andes Mountain

– Enjoy the picturesque city of Puerto Varas with the Osorno Volcano in the background

– Explore one of the most beautiful national parks in south patagonia: Torres del Paine with its impressive geography made up of massifs, lakes, icebergs, glaciers and rivers. 

– Discover the secrets of the glaciers in El Calafate. Perito Moreno Glacier and its unique rupture process is waiting for you. 

– Sail along the Rico Lake to get the best views of Perito Moreno Glacier. 

Day 1 – Arrival Bariloche

We welcome you at Bariloche`s Airport and then transfer to the hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit the city center on our own or to do any of the optional excursions that Bariloche has to offer us.

Accommodation in Bariloche – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: None

Day 2 – Small Circuit

During any time of the year, as you go down Bustillo Avenue towards the West, you can begin one of the more beautiful and comprehensive trips offered by our Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi: Circuito Chico. It’s a half day trip that goes around the southern border of the Lago Nahuel Huapi, in a 65 kilometers long tour. Along the way, we can go through beaches like Playa Bonita or Bahía Serena, some natural lookout points, like Bahía López and Punto Panorámico, ideal spots to enjoy the wonderful scenery; from there we can see the chair lifts to Cerro Campanario, the Bahía Llao Llao (Bay,) Puerto Pañuelo and other fascinating sights. We can experience Puerto Pañuelo, Llao Llao Hotel and Capilla San Eduardo (Chapel,) all singular attractions for all visitors. Circuito Chico is a very comprehensive trip. Aside from the scenery, there’s an ample offering of regional artisan-made products: weaves’ woods, candles, ceramics, cosmetic products, and moreThen we come back to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Accommodation in Bariloche – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Victoria Island & Myrtle Forest

After a one hour sail, departing from Puerto Pañuelo on the imposing Llao Llao peninsula, we arrive at the Quetrihue peninsula, location of the Bosque de Arrayanes, and north-east of Lago Nahuel Huapi. The myrtle (called “quetrihue” in the mapuche language) is a bush with an exquisite saffron color and white flowers. In this place, the only one in the world, the bush takes a tree-like appearance and creates a magical and rare forest. We will sail again to Puerto Anchorena, on Isla Victoria, where we will find lush vegetation that offers an incredible view. Following the trails of this beautiful and thousand-year-old island, we will reach Playa del Toro, where we can see the paintings made by the native peoples that used to live in the area, surrounded by a magnificent volcanic-sand beach, an unforgettable and magical experience.                                                                            
Accommodation in Bariloche – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – Bariloche

After breakfast the rest of the day is at leisure to visit Bariloche on our own.

Accommodation in Bariloche, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion Recommended: Full Day to San Martin de los Andes 

Day 5 – Andean Crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas

After breakfast we transfer to Puerto Pañuelo passing by Lake Nahuel Huapi.

On route we will be marveled by the beautiful Swiss-style architecture that characterizes the constructions of the area. Beautiful gardens and flowers color the landscapes all the way to Puerto Pañuelo. Around 10.00 AM we will start sailing from Puerto Pañuelo to Puerto Blest aboard the Gran Victoria, navigating across Lake Nahuel Huapi, where we will be able to observe the grandeur of the landscapes and the green tones of the forests.

Upon arrival to Puerto Blest we travel by bus along River Frías to Puerto Alegre, and then we continue sailing across Lake Frías, aboard the Victoria del Sur. Along this stretch of the lake, we will experience beautiful views of Cerro Tronador. After a short sail, we arrive to Puerto Frías where we will complete the necessary steps at the border. Then we continue by bus to Peulla with beautiful views of the Andes Mountains and after we sail again to Petrohué, navigating across Lake Todos los Santos. If the weather permits, different and breathtaking views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes and Cerro Tronador can be seen. Then we continue to Puerto Varas, passing by Lake Llanquihue. Impressive views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes dominate the landscape. Then we transfer to our hotel in Puerto Varas.

Accommodation in Puerto Varas – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls

After breakfast we will start a new adventure where we will be able to see an active volcano, renowned for its perfect formation, and the famous Petrohué Waterfalls, both important landmarks in Southern Chile. A lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano, famous for its perfectly shaped crater, are the two attractions we will visit today. The tour starts on the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where we will learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the zone. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, we enjoy the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, we will go on to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, where we will visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, we will be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a lunch (non included) in the village of Ensenada, before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. On our way back to Puerto Varas we will be stunned by the panoramic views of the Petrohué River valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

Accommodation in Puerto Varas – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Puerto Varas

After breakfast the rest of the day is at leisure to visit the town on our own. We can also do any of the optional Excursions

Accommodation in Puerto Varas – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion Recommended: Full Day Toyr to Frutillar or Chiloe Island.

Day 8 – Puerto Varas –  Puerto Natales

After breakfast we transfer by bus to Puerto Mont`s Airport to take our flight to our next destination: Punta Arenas. Once we arrive, the driver will be waiting for us to take us to our hotel in Puerto Natales where we will spend the night.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast
Domestic Flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas is not included.

Day 9 – Full Day Tour Torres del Paine National Park 

Today we will visit Torres del Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). In this adventure through Chilean lands, it has as its main attractions the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento de Gamboa, Saltos del Río Paine, Upper Mirador Cerro Almirante Nieto, Cuernos del Paine, Entrance of Laguna Amarga.

Once inside Torres del Paine National Park, we are ready to start with the different trekking trails. Where, accompanied by our local experts, a lunch box is provided. Then we will continue exploring and knowing the southernmost part of Patagonia, we will learn about its flora and fauna. Then we return to Puerto Natales.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Day 10 – Puerto Natales 

Free day in Puerto Natales to visit the city on our own or to do any of the optional tours. 

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast,

Day 11 – Puerto Natales – El Calafate

We leave early in the morning Puerto Natales, to reenter Argentina and drive back to El Calafate. Upon arrival to El Calafate we transferred to you accommodation. The rest of the day is at your own to visit town.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – Full Day Tour Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Nautico Boat Trip 

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Then we wil go up to “Bajo de las Sombras” from where, you will board the catamaran boat to navigate the Lago Rico where your will be able to appreciate the amazing ice wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its icebergs. Then we go back to our accommodation in El Calafate.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 
Optional Supplement Recommended: Minitrekking – Ice Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier 

Day 13 – El Calafate  

After breakfast the rest of the day is at leisure to visit El Calafate on our own. 

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion Recommended: Full Day Tour El Chalten

Day 14 – Departure El Calafate  

At the indicated time we transfer to El Calafate airport where our services end. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED SERVICES

– Transfers from / to Bariloche Airport 
– 4 Nights Accommodation in Bariloche – Double / Single Base
– Half Day Tour Small Circuit
– Victoria Island and Mirtle Forest Navegation 
– Andean Crossing from Bariloche (Argentina) – Puerto Varas (Chile) 
– 3 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Varas – Double / Single Base
– Full Day Tour to Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls  – Transfer Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt Airport 
– Transfer Punta Arenas Airport – Puerto Natales
– 3 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales- Double / Single Base
– Full Day Tour Torres del Paine National Park 
– Bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate
– 3 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales- Double / Single Base
– Full Day Tour Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Nautico Boat Trip 
– 13 Breakfast, 2 Box Lunch

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

– Entrances to National Parks
– Tips
– Flights 
– Domestic Flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas
– Meals not detailed in the program
– Services not detailed in the program

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