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1. Posted by gerasimos (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

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Hi everybody.

Me and my wife (40 and 31) will arrive in Santiago 6/1 morning and we will fly back from Buenos Aires on 27/1.

We are planning to travel downwards till south, then fly from the south via BA to Iguazu Falls, finishing the holiday in BA. For Iguazu and BA we plan to spend totally 5 nights. So, what about the rest 16??
1. Between Santigo, Vina, Valparaiso or Mendoza what do you suggest (a sunday -7 January- visit to a winnery would be possible?)
Then?
2.We would like to do the Cruce de Lagos and visit the lakes in both sides
3. It sounds very special a tour to Laguna San Rafael, but this means a flight to Balcameda first.
4. We definitely want to visti Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno.

We are not heavy trekkers... so we want low difficulty tours (if trekking is included) and though not backpackers we don want to spend that much.

Sorry for such a long message but this is starting point for finalising our plans

THANKS

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

The Lake Cruise from Pto. Montt or Pto. Varas to Bariloche is incredible. I think it cost around $US 150 per person, but is well worth it for the opportunity to see the interior of the Andes mountains and see some amazing and remote scenery. Stay in Bariloche overnight and grab a bus back the next day. But make sure you book the bus and hotel in Bariloche ahead of time. It can be hard to find lodgings as you arrive in Bariloche quite late (around 9:00 pm).

There are day tours that allow you to see Torres Del Paine and Lago Grey departing from Pto. Natales. I can't remember the price, but it wasn't too much. A two day option would be to get a bus into the park, hike to the refugio at Grey Glacier and stay there overnight, do a hike on the glacier and then hike out the next day. This can be arranged in Pto. Natales as well.

3. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 9y

Hi there!
I'll give you a few hints:
1) You can start from Santiago a "wine route" through Colchagua valley and visit wineries and vineyards. In the same day you'll arrive in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. It's a one full day tour, it should be around usd70 per person without accomodation. You can cross from Chile to Argentina through "Paso Piuquenes" and join Santiago with Diamante Lagoon, but you'll have to ride horses and camp.
2) I strongly recommend the Lake Crossing. You start at Puerto Montt and visit the amazing places around: Puerto Varas 20 km, Frutillar in front, Llanquihue lake, Osorno volcano. Then you take a bus/ship journey through Peulla, Puerto Blest, stunning lakes and views. Once you arrive in Bariloche, you have countless activities there. Tours like that, with all included, go from usd350 to usd700 (from 2 to 7 days).
3) If you are planning on a tour to Laguna San Rafael, you should think of at least 4 days and usd800 the cheapest option. Yes, you have to get to Balmaceda airport first.
4) Torres del Paine, Perito Moreno and El Calafate are places you can NOT miss. Start in Punta Arenas and take a ride to Puerto Natales first, it's a 3 hs ride with stunning views. From there you can tour Torres del Paine National Park, Milodon Caves, Pehoe lake...you better get on a tour or hire a guide, and if you are feeling courageous do the "W-trekking". A 3 hour bus ride will take you to El Calafate, beautiful village. Perito Moreno glacier is 80 km away. You can find packages from usd600, all included, covering all these places in a few days.
There's an amazing option, expensive though. It's a cruiseship joining Punta Arenas (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentina), it crosses the Strait of Magallanes and the Beagle Channel thorugh glaciers and fjords, you'll also see the spot where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge.
OK, hope this helps!
Anything you need, just send a message.
Tonya

4. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Hi everybody.

Me and my wife (40 and 31) will arrive in Santiago 6/1 morning and we will fly back from Buenos Aires on 27/1.

We are planning to travel downwards till south, then fly from the south via BA to Iguazu Falls, finishing the holiday in BA. For Iguazu and BA we plan to spend totally 5 nights. So, what about the rest 16??
1. Between Santigo, Vina, Valparaiso or Mendoza what do you suggest (a sunday -7 January- visit to a winnery would be possible?)
Then?
2.We would like to do the Cruce de Lagos and visit the lakes in both sides
3. It sounds very special a tour to Laguna San Rafael, but this means a flight to Balcameda first.
4. We definitely want to visti Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno.

We are not heavy trekkers... so we want low difficulty tours (if trekking is included) and though not backpackers we don want to spend that much.

Sorry for such a long message but this is starting point for finalising our plans

THANKS

If your not into trekking you can get a drive around tour of Torres del Painne - we did this cause we were short on time - you can see the highlights in one day. these tend to leave from El calafate or Puerto Natales and are pretty cheap.

In Santiago dont miss Sunset from San Cyrstobal hill - the sun on the Andes is really impressive.

At Iguassu try and go to les trios frontieres from the Argentine side.

Youve picked a really good trip - you wont regret it!

5. Posted by mariamaria (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I guess wherever you go Lake District, you will enjoy!!We got the ferry Navimag to Puerto Natales (it lasts 3 nights). The travel among fjords is beauuuutiful you will not forget it!! But before getting the ferry, we didn´t stayed in Puerto Montt (it is not a very nice city, excluding Angelmó handicraft market). We stayed in Huelmo, a special and hidden village near to the city, but at the same time, completely isolated..scenic place, off the beaten track...
visit www.rocio.nl I guess you will like it too.

6. Posted by cat009 (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

When we were in SA didn't go far south in Chile or Argentina because it was winter.

But we did go to Valparaiso, Vina del Mar and Mendoza. Personally I didn't like Val. or VdM. However Mendoza was lovely. Loads of great wine, food and the people are lovely. We did a horse riding trip up into the Andes. As it was the first time on a horse for me, I spent more time trying not to fall off than enjoying the view !

Have a great trip