Santiago (City), Punta Arenas, El Calafate, Buenos Aires
Dates are customizable for private departures.
This customizable 14-day family tour of Patagonia takes you deep into the heart of the pampas and mountains at the remote edge of South America. This tour also provides you with comfort and accessibility. Travel from Chile to Argentina with knowledgeable guides and exhilarating excursions that reveal treasured glacial walls, secluded penguin colonies, and pristine fjords. Venture from the Strait of Magellan to the Beagle Channel and from Torres del Paine National Park to Los Glaciares National...
Santiago – Day at Your Leisure
The city of Santiago is nestled into the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Your flight will land at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs. After settling in to the comforts of your family-friendly hotel, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore the city at your preferred pace. The Plaza de Armas embodies the history of the contemporary city with foundations that date back to the 16th century. This is a great place to begin your city explorations.
Torres del Paine – Fly to Patagonia
In the morning, your private driver will meet your family after breakfast and escort you to the airport for a brief flight to Punta Arenas, which will act as your gateway to the Patagonian Steppe. When you land, your private transfer will greet you at the airport and escort you along the scenic road to Puerto Natales. Upon arriving in Puerto Natales, you will settle into the luxuries of your resort at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. This will provide you with an exciting yet comfortable journey into the wilderness.
Torres del Paine – The Stunning Landscape
In the morning, you will have your choice of excursions. For a fun-filled exploration of the landscape, you can ride through the famous pampas of Patagonia on horseback. This experience will have you following your guide through the piney scent of the trees and listening to the gentle rush of water from nearby streams. Soon, you will reach an ancient cave. Your kids will surely marvel at the story and the remains that can be found in the cave. The fossils of the Mylodon date back to approximately 3,900 years ago.
Torres del Paine – Discover Dramatic Wilderness
After an early breakfast, you will set out with your guide into the depths of Torres del Paine National Park to traverse the trail that leads to the Mirador Las Torres. The trail will captivate your family as you pass the thundering crash of Salto Grande Waterfall. The final ascent of your trek will be steep and rugged. Your kids will enjoy stepping over large stones that lead to the base of the peaks of Torres del Paine Massif. You will reap the rewards of your hike once you reach the turquoise water of the glacial lake.
Punta Arenas – Board a Scenic Cruise
After breakfast, your private transfer will escort your family back to Punta Arenas. For a touch of the city’s history, you can visit the unique city cemetery, which dates back to the late 19th century. You can also make your way to Cruz Hill at the center of town to enjoy a panoramic view of Strait of Magellan. In the afternoon, your family will board the ship and settle into the comfort and ease of traveling along the water for a far-reaching perspective of the Patagonian wilderness.
Tucker Islets – Ainsworth Bay and the Tucker Islets
The ship will travel through the Almirantazgo Fjord and dock amid the splendor of Ainsworth Bay. This morning, you will disembark with your guide and venture into Alberto de Agostini National Park. The protected landscape encompasses over 3.6 million acres and conserves Magallanes and evergreen forest. You can wander along the pebbled shoreline that leads to a view of the ice wall of Marinelli Glacier. Icebergs will protrude from the water and act as remnants of the larger boulders that once clung to the face of the massive glacier. You will continue with your guide to a colony of Magellanic penguins before boarding the boat again.
Glacier Alley – Navigate the Beagle Channel
Your ship will venture to the Beagle Channel, which is the waterway that was made famous after the passage by Charles Darwin. After docking at Pia Bay, you will venture out on a zodiac boat with your guide to reach the rugged shoreline. A short trek along the terrain will lead you to a lookout for a stunning view of the surface of Pia Glacier, which overtakes 185 square miles and continues to advance. The ship will weigh anchor after your excursion to Pia Glacier and continue through the Beagle Channel textured with bobbing icebergs.
Wulaia Bay – Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay
You will disembark the ship once more within the borders of Cape Horn National Park. The zodiac boat will take you ashore, where you can witness the looming plateau at the edge of the South American continent. The lighthouse of the Chilean Naval Station will afford you a visit as well. The unique steel sculpture of an albatross stands 22 feet tall and glints in the sunlight. The symbol commemorates the captains who have traversed the Cape. Your guide will explain the importance of the shores as being home to one of the earliest settlements of the Yaghan peoples in the Patagonian region.
El Calafate – Transfer to El Calafate
The bustling port of Ushuaia will welcome your ship in the morning. Your family will step onto the docks of the city and witness the snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains. Your private transfer will meet you at the port and escort you to Malvinas Argentinas Ushuaia International Airport for your flight to El Calafate. After a quick transfer to the comforts of your resort-style accommodation, your family will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to discover the charm of El Calafate and the surrounding Patagonian region. For a surprising and exhilarating experience, you can enjoy a zipline tour of the canopy along the slopes of Cerro Frias.
El Calafate – Los Glaciares National Park
Your private guide will meet your guide in the lobby of your accommodation and escort you to the entrance of Los Glaciares National Park. Here, you will experience the stunning image of Perito Moreno Glacier. The marvelous natural structure resembles a collection of ice blocks that have been woven together. From the viewing balconies, you can listen to the groans of the ice as it breaks away from the wall. You will continue with your guide to the ledge of the ice, where your family will don crampons and step onto the surface of the advancing glacier.
El Calafate – Wander the Dynamic Landscape
After breakfast, your family will have the day to enjoy the surrounding scenery of Patagonia at your pace. You will have a list of fascinating activities from which you can choose. Whether mountain biking along the rugged terrain or searching for birds, such as the Andean flamingo, you can discover more of the captivating images of the pampas and mountains. A full-day excursion to El Chalten will lead you along the edges of Mt. Fitz Roy. You can follow the easy trail that starts in El Chalten and leads to the viewpoint at Laguna Torre.
Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires at Your Leisure
After breakfast, your private transfer will take your family to Comandante Armando Tola International Airport, where you will board a flight to Buenos Aires. The city has a remarkable rhythm that blends a classic aesthetic with a contemporary ambiance. After your private transfer escorts you to your elegant accommodation, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to enjoy the city at your preferred pace.
Buenos Aires – Full-Day Family Tour
The distinctive culture and heritage of Buenos Aires will become apparent to your family in the morning when you meet your guide after breakfast. You will have an immersive excursion that will allow you to uncover the history of the city, beginning with the Plaza de Mayo. The main square was established in the late 19th century and hosts the cathedral and presidential palace. You will continue to El Zanjon de Granados, which is an urban architectural area. You will continue to a few more iconic areas of the city before your tour concludes.
Buenos Aires – Depart for Home
After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Ministro Pistarini International Airport for your flight home.
- Delight in the remarkable image of the towers of Torres del Paine after a stunning hike to the Mirador Las Torres
- Visit with a colony of Magellanic penguins when cruising the famous Strait of Magellan
- Enjoy a thrilling walk along the icy surface of the Perito Moreno Glacier during a private tour of ice tunnels, valleys, and knolls
- Sail around the most southern point of South American at Cape Horn, where you can view the Albatross sculpture
- Wander along the enchanting pampas of Chilean Patagonia during a horseback riding tour near the borders of Torres del Paine National Park
- Experience the excitement of a ziplining excursion when sailing through the sky at the base of Cerro Frias
- Bask in the fun ambiance of Buenos Aires during a private tour that will uncover the hidden ancient city of the El Zanjon de Granados archeological site
- Witness the marvelous colors and untamed wilderness of Pia Glacier and the selection of expansive ice sheets along Glacier Alley
Your 14-day family Patagonia tour will follow the routes of early explorers. You will venture into the untamed wilderness of the isolated landscape that spreads across Chile and Argentina. Your remarkable vacation will become a family adventure of the region, and your guides will highlight the special characteristics of the land, sea, flora, and fauna. The activities will take you on the icy surface of a glacier and alongside the cascading water of a powerful waterfall. Each day will bring to light the majestic nature of untouched Patagonia.
Your family adventure of Patagonia will begin with your arrival in Santiago. Your private transfer will meet your family at the airport and lead you into the city. You can relax at your hotel or explore the cosmopolitan city at your pace before flying to Punta Arenas. Here, you can partake in thrilling excursions and choose your own adventure. You can horseback ride to a historic cave, kayak on the Senoret Channel, trek the challenging trail to Mirador Las Torres, or search for condors over Sierra Dorotea.
Your private transfer will return you to Punta Arenas, where you will board a ship for a four-night cruise from Chile to Ushuaia in Argentina. As you sail the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel, you can view the subpolar forest and ice wall of Marinelli Glacier. You will visit a penguin colony and enjoy the marvelous panoramas of Pia Glacier and the collection of vast icy surfaces of Glacier Alley. When traveling around Cape Horn, you can climb to the edge of the famous point for a tremendous view of the water, land, and albatross sculpture before walking trails that are connected to the early settlement of the Yaghan community.
You will disembark the ship in Ushuaia and fly to El Calafate for three nights. Your family will have a fantastic discovery of the landscape with your choice of excursions, from horseback riding to zipline tours. Inside Los Glaciares National Park, you will step onto the surface of Perito Moreno Glacier for a glacier walk in search of flamingos. You can also venture to the base of Mt. Fitz Roy for a trek to a stunning lookout point. A flight will then take your family to Buenos Aires for two nights. Here, you can enjoy the unique ambiance of the city by exploring the distinctive neighborhoods, indulging in the café culture, wandering the parks, and delving into the magnificent history at the El Zanjon de Granados archeological complex.
$3,495 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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