Chile & Argentina - Patagonia, Pumas & Glaciers 11 Days
See pumas in the wild, marvel at incredible glaciers and discover authentic South America on this tailor-made tour to Patagonia, El Calafate and Buenos Aires. Your journey of discovery will begin in the remarkable Patagonia region where you will enjoy a thrilling two day puma watching adventure before travelling to Los Glaciares National Park for up-close encounters with the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier and even opportunities to hike across parts of the glacier. Finishing with a three night stay in unforgettable Buenos Aires, this is the ideal itinerary for adventure, wildlife and culture enthusiasts alike.
Prices are based on two people sharing and single supplements apply.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Discover Patagonia, El Calafate and Buenos Aires in one fantastic itinerary
- Unforgettable Puma Watching experience
- See the stunning glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park and El Calafate
- Fascinating wildlife encounters
- Enjoy a traditional Patagonia Ranch experience
- City tour through vibrant Buenos Aires including a tango show
- Unique and impressive accommodation throughout
- Accommodation with board basis as described in itinerary
- Domestic flights as described
- All excursions, tours and activities as described
- All transfers between accommodations and airports
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Day 1 | Punta Arenas to Las Torres Patagonia
- Days 2 - 3 | Puma Watching Experience
- Day 4 | Torres Del Paine Activities
- Days 5 - 7 | El Calafate & Los Glaciares National Park
- Days 8 - 11 | Buenos Aires
Punta Arenas to Las Torres Patagonia
Your adventure begins in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas, where after having arrived independently you will be taken to your transfer to the fantastic Hotel Las Torres Patagonia in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. On the way you will be taken to your included visit to the Cerro Negro Ranch. Here you will experience life in a typical Patagonia ranch and enjoy an authentic sheep sheepdog and sheep shearing show organised by the ranch workers before a traditional lunch is served at the ranch.
In the afternoon you will arrive at the hotel and the rest of the evening will be at your leisure. You may wish to learn about some of the fantastic excursions included here or simply relax after a long day in your comfortable hotel surrounded by stunning Patagonian landscapes. You will also be given an informative talk and brief on the Puma Watching Experience that will begin the following day.
4 nights’ accommodation in Hotel Las Torres Patagonia on an all-inclusive basis including all meals, open bar with local beverages, excursions, puma watching experience and ranch visit.
Puma Watching Experience
Over the next two days you will enjoy your thrilling puma watching experience! With an early start each morning, you will join your group (maximum 7 participants) led by an expert in puma-watching, observation and photography to travel across the hotel grounds or the Torres del Paine National Park in search of unrivalled puma encounters. Each day your guide will determine will the best place for sighting opportunities and you will learn all about these iconic animal’s behaviours and habitats. You will return to the hotel for lunch each day before venturing out again and returning for dinner at 7pm.
Torres Del Paine Activities
On your final day in Torres Del Paine you can choose from a wide range of included excursions designed to showcase this remarkable part of the world. Half day and full day tours are available to various parts of the park and a full list will be provided to you upon booking. Options include, but are not limited to, horseback riding, rock climbing, trekking, boat rides, ranch visits and glacier visits. Visit canyons, lakes, lagoons and forests, trek to outstanding viewpoints, take the trails through the famous Cuernos (Horns) of Torres del Paine and soak up every part of this incredible National Park.
Delicious packed lunches will be provided for full day tours or for half-day tours you can return to the hotel for lunch.
El Calafate & Los Glaciares National Park
On the morning of day 5 you will set off on the approximately 4-hour drive to the beautiful Esplendor by Wyndham in El Calafate, the gateway to the incredible Los Glaciares National Park. Upon arrival you will check in and have the rest of the day at your leisure. This will be the perfect time to relax after an exciting few days and with more excitement to come.
The next two days will be dedicated to exploring the unforgettable Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier. On day 6 we will take the 80km bus ride to the park accompanied by a National Park Guide, stopping for photos and learning all about the history and geology of the area and the fascinating mysticism surrounding the glacier along the way. We will reach the Andean Patagonian forest area and make our way to “Curva de los Suspiros” (Sighs Curve), for our first unforgettable sighting of the Perito Moreno. The rest of the day will be spent walking through the trails to the platforms and balconies that offer jaw-dropping viewpoints.
Day 7 will offer one of the most incredible experiences that can be had in the glaciers area as you partake in “Big Ice”, a breathtaking visit to the spectacular heart of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Firstly, you will take a thrilling boat ride across the Brazo Rici from Puerto Bajo Las Sombras. You will then take an hour long hike along the southern glacier where your guides will help you with your harnesses and crampons to begin your route across the glacier. You will experience a new world unfolding in front of your eyes as completely surrounded by the awe-inspiring ice you will explore impressive caves, crevices and blue lagoons, learning all about the environment and wildlife of the region as you go. As you enjoy lunch on the glacier this may well be one of the most memorable moments of your whole trip, if not your whole life, as the reality of walking on the most incredible glacier on the planet begins to set in.
3 night’s accommodation at Esplendor by Wyndham in El Calafate with all meals and mentioned activities included.
The last adventure on our thrilling South America tour will take us to Buenos Aires, one of the finest and most vibrant capital cities in the world. On the morning of day 8 your transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires where you will check into the Hotel Esplendor in the wonderful Recoleta area for your 3 nights stay.
The following day will be one to remember as you join your city tour which will take you to some of this magnificent city’s many highlights including the Colón Theatre, the famous obelisk, the metropolitan Cathedral and the Casa Rosada (Governmental Palace). You will visit famous neighbourhoods including Palermo, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero and La Recoleta. Your evening will end on a high as you attend a fantastic Tango Show at the renowned Café de los Angelitos with a gourmet 3 course dinner included.
The following day is at your leisure and you may wish to explore more of this remarkable city. Maybe take in a show, visit the Recoleta Cemetery, explore the markets or attend a football game. On day 14 a transfer will be provided to the airport for your onward or homeward flights.
3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Esplendor with breakfast included.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Hotel Esplendor Plaza Francia, Buenos Aires
Set in a chic townhouse featuring artwork by Argentinian artists, this is a first class boutique hotell overlooking Plaza Francia in the Recoleta area of the city, close to both the MALBA art gallery and live performances at Teatro Colón.
A selection of rooms, each with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and Nespresso machines; some have sitting areas. Sophisticated suites add living rooms; upgraded quarters feature balconies and city views. Room service is available.
Breakfast is served in-room or in an airy dining room. There's also a gym and a business centre
Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
A former cattle ranch, Hotel Las Torres Patagonia is a beautiful property located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Featuring wood panelled walls and unforgettable views of the surrounding mountains, this hotel offers warm hospitality and rustic chic. Guests will enjoy a unique close-to-nature travel experience.
The hotel's 84 cozy and warmly decorated rooms, some with mountain views, offer free wi-fi, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, in-room safe and minibar.
The hotel's facilities include a 24-hour front desk, bar, coffee shop, laundry service and spa offering massage, facials and body scrubs. Stays at the hotel are on an all-inclusive basis including all meals and drinks (excluding wines and premium liquors).
Esplendor by Wyndham El Calafate
With fabulous views of Argentino Lake, the Andes Mountains and the city below, this elegant hotel in the centre of charming El Calafate is the perfect place in which to relax after a long day of exploring the nearby Los Glaciares national park. Guests to this stylishly designed hotel can delight in the Patagonian décor of the beautiful lobby, enjoy delicious cuisine in the onsite restaurant or take advantage of some relaxation time in the lovely indoor swimming pool and tranquil spa.
The Esplendor offers a variety of room types, from standard concept rooms to stunning suites. Many of the rooms offer mountain or lake views and every room features an en-suite bathroom with bathtub, LCD TV, queen-size or twin beds, minibar and free Wi-Fi.
What Our Customers
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
You were right, Chile is enormous! We packed so much into to our two weeks and despite the huge distances we still found time to sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery. I don’t believe any country could offer more diversity, we were sat up on the Atacama Desert one week and surrounded by penguins and glaciers the next. Still not sure how all the logistics worked out so well, but they did so thank you. Loved all three of the Tierra properties so a great recommendation and thoroughly enjoyed our stay on the estancia, took me back to my childhood when I worked on a farm, although I don’t remember eating steak as good as that when I was a child!
The holiday did exactly what it said on the tin and delivered everything that I hoped it would and more. Seeing pumas in the wild was a real privilege and a dream come true, thoroughly enjoyed all the hiking in Torres Del Paine as well and of course the wine tasting in Mendoza definitely went down a treat!!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just got back from my trip. It was fabulous. The Falklands were perfect for me. Lots of birds, few people, lots of time to wander around on my own. All the islands were wonderful. The only day that was not excellent was the trip to Dolphin point. A long drive, few birds and few sea lions. I was very lucky with the weather. Lots of wind but hardly any rain. I debated whether to do this or go to antarctica, and am delighted I did this. La Yegua Loca in PA was a delight. I usually could care less about hotels and restaurants on trips like this, but La Yegua Loca was wonderful. The new restaurant they have - a glass enclosed space on the terrace in front of the hotel with old tools as fixtures and views out to the straights and delicious food was great. The only change I would make doing it again was to work with you better on flights. I wanted to use frequent flyer miles on American Airlines so I made reservations from Boston to Santiago and you did the rest. I didn't know there was a flight from Santiago to Mt. Pleasant (by way of PA). And I could have left PA and come all the way home without another night and say in Santiago. But that was minor. Thanks again. Danny
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