Chile and Argentina tour

“Tailor made two week tour of Chile and Argentina via internal flights, private transfers and characterful accommodation located close to national parks, lake districts and Andean highlights.”


Walking tour of Santiago | Chilean Lake District | Lake Llanquihue | Puerto Varas | Cross the Chacao Channel to Chiloé Island | Cross the Andes from Chile to Argentina | Sealion, pelican and cormorant spotting along the Pacific West Coast | Free day to relax in Bariloche | El Calafate and Lake Argentino in Patagonia | Los Glaciares National Park | Optional trip to Torres del Paine National Park | Stay in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

In order to ensure we protect the environment and minimise our ecological footprint we have a recycling system in our UK office and use recycled ink cartridges. We also minimise our waste by limiting the number of vacation brochures we print. Instead, we refer customers to our online resources and send most of our vacation information via email.

We always recommend overland travel using local transportation as opposed to short domestic flights where possible, however due to the vast distances covered during this trip flying is unavoidable. To put it into perspective the bus journey from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes at least 2 days. We always recommend extending your time in one or two locations rather than flying to many destinations in Argentina and Chile, by offering suggestions for extra tours and other day trips which may be of interest.

For tours, especially longer tours such as the day trip to Torres del Paine, we use tourist buses rather than private transfers. This enables us to limit our environmental footprint, whilst still allowing visitors to travel around and explore the area.

We include national park entrance fees in all of our vacations. This money goes directly towards protecting and sustaining the parks. We follow the strict rules and regulations put into place by the national parks authorities, and our local guides passionately respect these and encourage visitors to do so as well. Our guides also encourage visitors to carry re-usable water bottles and to take their litter with them to dispose of in the nearby town, to ensure waste is not left in the national park.

We also work with the Cumbres Puerto Varas hotel, which has a mission to raise awareness of environmental issues and aims to be a greener alternative. This mission includes using more environmentally friendly cleaning products, educating employees about recycling, and using switching to energy efficient light fixtures and computers.

The Impacts of this Trip

In order to ensure we have a positive impact on local economies and provide socially responsible vacations we only use local suppliers, which helps keep the money generated through tourism within local communities through employment of local guides, drivers and reps.

We only use tour operators with similar ethical beliefs, for example, all of our local guides in Patagonia are fully qualified and passionate about promoting environmentally responsible travel.

We offer a range of cultural activities aimed at supporting local economies and preserving local cultures, including: trips to family-owned gaucho ranches in Argentina. We also, where possible, use hotels with interesting historical significance, such as the Estancia 440 hotel in Puerto Varas, which is located within a traditional 1940's German wood house. We do this in order to help preserve the history and cultures of our destinations.

We always recommend locally-owned restaurants and hotels where possible, aiming to support local communities and give tourists the opportunity to ‘travel like a local’. We also provide customers with a list of recommended restaurants tailor-made to their destination and dietary requirements but with a focus on family-run restaurants.

We are a member of Sustainable Travel International, a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for local people and the environment through education and outreach programmes.


2 Reviews of Chile and Argentina tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glaciers were spectacular sceneries I never knew about before starting discussing the tour. I recommend everyone to
go and visit these sites, including for the Iguazu Falls, the Argentinian side more than the Brazilian side.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I believe it is important to book early to secure the best hotels (or best hotel rooms). One should also see which is his/her level of fitness and consider hiking
or boat rides instead for instance.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The tourist industry is important for the local economies, including in terms of employment for local people, but we did not really engage in buying stuffs.
Some hotels appear to have a environment conscious programme, but I also found some place overheated which does not gel too much with energy
conservation or efficiency.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Wonderful vacations! I wish I had though of visiting Latin America before (rather than exploring many parts of Asia).

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

So many! The most spectacular was the Perito Moreno Glacier which was jaw dropping! The journey as you cross the Andes mostly by boat is amazing with crystal clear lakes, high mountains and volcano`s and the Condor circling high above you.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Expect to be staggered by the scenery and expect some long distances between places especially to Torres del Paine National Park which took hours to drive to plus long hold ups between Argentina and Chile but it was so worth it! Be aware that some ATM`s do not work so also take Dollars which can be exchanged at most places.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes the hotels were all small none chain hotels and the use of all local south american travel companies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Superb! The scenery and people were fantastic and travel support spot on.

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