Chile & Argentina: Patagonia to Buenos Aires with Laura Aubrey-Cook

12 days
Starting in the Chilean cultural hub of Santiago, set out for Buenos Aires by way of South America’s breathtaking Patagonia region. Take it all in as you venture through Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park, marveling at glittering mountain lakes, craggy peaks, and icy glaciers along the way. Then, cap off your trek in Argentina’s lively capital, the city where tango was born.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 2 lunches

  • 3 three-course dinners

  • 5 guided sightseeing tours

  • Expert Tour Director & local guides

  • Private deluxe motor coach

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Santiago.

Santiago 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival & sightseeing tour of Santiago

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Chile! Transfer to your hotel before setting out to explore Santiago on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Drive through the city’s Barrio Bellavista, known for its bohemian charm

• Take a cable car ride up Cerro San Cristóbal to the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception, an icon of the city

• Pass the Barrio Lastarria, Santa Lucía Hill and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

• Set out on a short walk through Santiago’s Central Market and peruse the stalls

• Continue on to Plaza de Armas where you’ll see Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum and Central Post Office Building

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 3: Free day in Santiago

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Santiago or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Valparaíso & Chilean Wine Country $99pp* Details

Your day begins with a visit to the coastal city of Valparaíso, locally known as “The Jewel of the Pacific.” Here, you’ll embark on a guided tour of the city, passing through the UNESCO-recognized port and historic quarter. Continue through Plaza Sotomayor and the Port and Central neighborhoods to the Queen Victoria funicular for a ride up to Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción. This pair of hilltop neighborhoods is famous for colorful houses and imaginative street art. Stroll through their whimsical streets on a walking tour before enjoying free time for lunch. Then, make your way outside of the city to the nearby Casablanca Valley, where you’ll stop at a local vineyard for a tour and tasting. Sample the winery’s signature sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and chardonnay before making your way back to Santiago.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Punta Arenas 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Flight to Punta Arenas

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport this morning to fly to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia, where you’ll have free time to explore on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony $59pp* Details

Board a ferry for a ride across the Magellan Strait to Magdalena Island, part of the Los Pingüinos Natural Monument. As you sail, circumnavigate Isla Marta while keeping an eye out for the colonies of sea lions and flocks of marine birds that take refuge there. Then, disembark on the nearby Isla Magdalena, a popular nesting ground for Magellanic penguins. Take some time to get up close to these charming birds before cruising back to the mainland. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-October through mid-April. The weather in the Magellan Strait during this time of year can be cold and windy, so we recommend wearing warm clothes and a hat. Sunglasses and a camera are also recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Torres del Paine Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Estancia Visit & Puerto Natales

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to the coastal city of Puerto Natales in the Torres del Paine region, stopping at a Patagonian estancia, or ranch, along the way. 

• Learn about work and life on the ranch while watching a sheep-shearing demonstration 

• Enjoy a barbecue lunch of regional specialties

Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park via Milodon Cave

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the largest of its kind in Chile. En route, stop to enter Milodon Cave to view its wealth of prehistoric fossils. Then, set out to explore the park's many natural wonders.

• View the towering peaks of Los Cuernos del Paine, for which the park was named 

• Stand on the banks of Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjöld and Lago Grey, three of the park’s glittering glacial lakes

• Take a short hike to see the churning Salto Grande waterfall 

• Try to spot guanacos, foxes and birds as you go

El Calafate 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to El Calafate

  Included meals: Breakfast

Cross the border into Argentina as you make your way to El Calafate. Later, enjoy a free evening.

Day 8: Los Glaciares National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Los Glaciares National Park today for a close-up look at the growing Perito Moreno Glacier.

• En route to the park, stop at Lago Argentino to take in the surrounding mountain views, keeping an eye out for the flamingos and condors that call the lake their home (seasonal) 

• Once in Los Glaciares, embark on a cruise along the Perito Moreno Glacier face

• Take in views of the glacier from a scenic overlook and enjoy free time to explore the surrounding walking paths

Buenos Aires 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Flight to Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board your flight to Buenos Aires this morning. Then, spend a free afternoon and evening in the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tango Show & Dinner $95pp* Details

Relax and enjoy the show as accomplished tangueros perform their national dance. Accompanied by live music, the elegant dancers will transport you to a bygone era. You’ll also enjoy a dinner featuring regional specialties and Argentine wine.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a guided tour of the city where tango was born.

• Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighborhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina

• Make your way past the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo

• Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world

• Explore Plaza de Mayo, site of the May Revolution in 1810, and enter the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral

• Enjoy free time in the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of its Italian settlers can still be felt today

Later this evening, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Relax in a dayroom in Buenos Aires before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you are continuing on the tour extension to Peru, you’ll fly to Lima in the morning.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Add Peru Starting from $1,999 pp

Experience Peru in all its diversity. Wander the colonial cities that display the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and visit the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Lima 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Lima

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Lima, where you’ll set out on a guided tour highlighting the capital city’s modern and colonial quarters.

• Visit the Miraflores district and the Parque del Amor

• Stop in the San Isidro District to visit Huaca Huallamarca temple and its museum

• View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic center

• Enter the Cathedral of Lima and the Church of San Francisco, where you can descend to the catacombs

Cuzco 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Flight to Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly from Lima to Cuzco and spend free time adjusting to the city’s high elevation.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a local guide on today’s sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital, and its surroundings.

• Admire the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church, Plaza de Armas and Convent of Santo Domingo

• Travel to three Incan archaeological sites near Cuzco, including Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco’s most impressive Incan ruins

Machu Picchu Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Aguas Calientes via Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo ruins

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you’ll transfer to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. First, make stops in Pisac and Ollantaytambo to see the sights.

• Peruse the colorful stalls of the open-air Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display

• Continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore still-standing Incan homes

• Board a train to Aguas Calientes

Cuzco for a day Hotel info

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On today’s guided tour, you’ll uncover the UNESCO-recognized lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the entire South American continent. 

• Tour the ruins of the ceremonial center, cultivation terraces and guard house

• Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, Temple of the Three Windows, Chamber of Ornaments, Sacred Plaza, Intihuatana Stone, Temple of the Sun, the Rock Quarry, Ritual Fountains and Condor Temple

Afterward, take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to Cuzco.

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Chile and Argentina (plus Peru on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter any of the countries visited on this tour. However, in accordance with Argentine law, Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity fee equivalent to $78USD/CAD per person prior to departure. To prepay your reciprocity fee, please visit the Argentine National Immigration Directorate online. At this time, Argentina has suspended the reciprocity fee for U.S. Citizens. Please check with VisaCentral or the State Department website for the latest rule changes.
  • Upon arrival on the tour extension in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card that you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.      


Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries and trains.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.


Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Santiago and depart from Buenos Aires (or Lima on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas and El Calafate to Buenos Aires are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes flights from Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cuzco and Cuzco to Lima, as well as round-trip train rides between Aguas Calientes and Cuzco).
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.      


Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • On the tour extension, you will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Machu Picchu, as most luggage will need to be stored in Cuzco. 


Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • In the fall and winter, weather in Patagonia is prone to extreme variance. Snow and strong winds are not uncommon.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent are recommended for certain activities.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).


  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • On the tour extension, please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you stay hydrated and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.           



  • With its lengthy Pacific coastline, it’s no surprise that Chile is one of the world’s seafood capitals. Ceviche, mussels with salsa verde and seafood empanadas are all not to be missed.
  • In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet honey-and-milk paste in pastries.
  • On the tour extension, Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains such as quinoa, maize and rice, as well as beans, potatoes and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) white-grape brandy.           


Electricity & air conditioning

  • Chile operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or L plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • On the tour extension, Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins or two round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some hotels in this region may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.




  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.  


Time zones

  • Argentina and mainland Chile are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Argentina currently does not observe Daylight Saving Time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis. Chile stopped observing Daylight Saving Time in 2015.
  • On the tour extension, Peru is five hours behind GMT, the same as EST. Peru does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • From March through November, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Chile and Argentina and noon in Peru on the tour extension. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Chile and Argentina and 11am in Peru on the tour extension.




  • You will use the Chilean peso in Chile and the Argentine peso in Argentina (plus the Peruvian sol in Peru on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.




  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.      


Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/17/2017

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

When we first arrived in Santiago I was not impressed in the least! There was so much litter everywhere. However, after we flew to Patagonia Region, I totally changed my mind. It was beautiful. The penguins and the glaciers were worth the entire trip! The hotels we stayed were not air conditioned, in Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales. I am very hot natured so I had to open the window! The Argentina experience was mind boggling, too. The diversity of the regions made this trip extra special! We had a wonderful guide, Emiliano! I sort of had a difficult time because I got sick with broncititus, and I had bursitis in my hip! Very painful. I look back at my photos and think, "We were really there!"


Hi Alpha! We couldn’t agree more that the Patagonia region is just gorgeous! We’re glad that you enjoyed exploring it. It’s also great to know that you had a good time experiencing the cultural diversity throughout the different regions of Argentina. We regret that the lack of air conditioning in your hotels was an issue at times. It’s not uncommon for hotels to lack air conditioning outside of North America, particularly in areas with less infrastructure. We will be sure to make our Operations team aware of your comments. We’re very sorry that you encountered some health issues on tour. As a company of avid travelers, we know how frustrating this can be, especially when you’re trying to take as much in as you possibly can. Despite these issues, we’re glad to see that you were still able to enjoy the tour and your new surroundings. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, Alpha. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 22, 2017

Staff Review

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/17/2017

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Staff Review

Amazing experience!

This tour surpassed all my expectations. Patagonia was definitely the highlight for everyone on the trip. The landscapes are utterly breathtaking. Every stop we made you think you have just seen the best view the park had to offer and then you would go to a different part of the park and be blown away. Every turn unveiled something even more beautiful than before. Emiliano, our Tour Director, was amazing. He was so knowledgeable and helped us every step of the way. This is a bucket-list trip and highly recommend it to anyone who is considering exploring this part of the world!

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Hi Marissa! We couldn’t agree more that this is a bucket list trip! It’s great to learn that everything exceeded your expectations. We’re also thrilled that you felt your Tour Director did a wonderful job. We will be sure to let him know. Thank you for your review. We look forward to welcoming you on your next tour this summer!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 30, 2017