I am lucky enough to have 2 trips with my work to South America, going in early December and then again in mid January. My partner has decided to join me and we are joining the two work trips to have a holiday in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile over December and January.
We have made a basic plan which is based around my work activities in Punta Del Este and Buenos Aires. Before and during Christmas we'll be in Mendoza then Santiago for a combined 15 days. We'd like to do it all, but are looking for good recommendations for day excursions from Santiago - is there a good value way to get to Atacama for a 2or3 day trip? Or getting to Pucon/Villarica for a 1or 2 day excursion?
For Adventure, we will be going to El Calafate in mid/late January where we hope to do Glacier walking, boat tours, and perhaps a two or three day trip into Torres Del Paine in Chile.
On both legs of our trip, what's the general opinion on booking tours in advance, now, or just picking them up when we are in the local area? I'm really referring to the El Calafate activities, getting to and from Torres Del Paine and trying to do Villarica and/or Atacama when in Chile.
Its an unusual itinerary because of the work commitments I have, but it's still going to be an amazing trip!
My thanks in advance for your replies!