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Patagonia Explorer (12 days)

Ladatco Tours

Buenos Aires, Argentina To Miami, FL, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2018


Day 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires Grand Breakfast, Dinner

Morning arrival in Buenos Aires. Meet and transfer to Buenos Aires Grand for 2 night stay with buffet breakfast daily. Your room is paid for immediate check-in. Day at leisure to explore at your own pace. This evening enjoy the Gala Tango, where you will enjoy not only the iconic passionate tango music and dancing, but also the music and dancing of the Gaucho, including the "boleadora" rhythmic presentation.

Day 2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires Grand Breakfast

Morning visit to the main points of interest in this sophisticated, European style city often called "The Paris of South America' including historic San Telmo, colorful La Boca, Plaza de Mayo with the Casa Rosada, Cathedral and Cabildo and fashionable Recoleta among other places of interest. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace.

Day 3
El Calafate, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
EOLO Breakfast, Dinner

Morning transfer to the airport at Trelew for flight to El Calafate, gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, the second largest in Argentina, extending some 170 km along the Chilean frontier and covering some 759,000 hectares. It was declared a World Heritage region by UNESCO in 1987. Some 40% of the park is covered by giant ice fields, with 47 major glaciers of which 13 flow east descending into the park to feed the two big lakes, Lake Viedma in the north and Lago Argentino in the south. There are also about 190 smaller glaciers that are not connected to the ice fields. Upon arrival in El Calafate you will transfer to the EOLO, Patagonia's Spirit, a Relais & Chateux property set between El Calafate and the Glacier National Park, on a hilltop with commanding vistas of the countryside. EOLO will be your home for 2 nights as you explore this area.

Day 4
El Calafate, Argentina
EOLO Breakfast

Today your private guide will take you into Los Glaciares National Park to experience Perito Moreno Glacier one of the few growing glaciers on earth with a 3 mile frontage towering some 180 feet above the water. You can take the boardwalks along the front of the glacier and enjoy a motor launch ride in front of it, offering spectacular views of the glacier's front.

Day 5
El Calafate, Argentina
EOLO Breakfast, Lunch

A historic estancia beckons today. Cruise by catamaran along Lago Argentina to the ice studded bay of the Upsala Glacier, considered one of the longest in South America. Then up the Cristina fjord to the historic Estancia Cristina, founded in 1914 and accessible only by boat. Visit the estancia museum in the old sheep shearing shed and take all terrain vehicles for incredible vistas of the Upsala Glacier and the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields. Enjoy a box lunch and then afternoon return via catamaran cruise to Punta Bandera for transfer back to EOLO.

Day 6
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
El Calafate, Argentina
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning departure for your private transfer three hours to the border crossing with Chile where staff from Tierra Patagonia will be waiting to take you to the hotel, just outside Paine Towers National park and less than an hour's drive from the border. You'll enjoy a four-night stay at Tierra Patagonia using Superior accommodations, with all meals, activities and excursions included.

Day 7
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During your stay you will have a selection of activities inside and outside of Paine Towers National Park.

Day 8
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today select from the excursions as offered by the hotel.

Day 9
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One last day to explore the exquisite beauty of the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and the surrounding area.

Day 10
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Ritz Carlton Santiago Breakfast

At the appropriate time Tierra Patagonia will transfer you four hours to the Punta Arenas airport for your flight north along the Andes to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to the Ritz Carlton Santiago for a two night stay.

Day 11
Santiago, Chile
Ritz Carlton Santiago Breakfast

This morning visit the highlights of Santiago, fourth largest city in South America. Santiago is beautifully set among a backdrop of the snow-capped Andes. See the diversity of monuments and public buildings such as the Government Palace, "La Moneda", among others surrounding the area. Stop at the Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral of Santiago, the Central Post Office and Historial Museum and drive along the Alameda past San Francisco Church and Santa Lucia Hill, where Santiago was founded in 1541. Also visit the "La Chascona" Museum, the house that Pable Neruda built for his lover and then third wife, Matilde Urrutia. The house shows the unique world where the remarkable Nobel Prize of Literature recipient once lived.

Day 12
Santiago, Chile
Miami, FL United States
None Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a lazy morning before checking out and driving a little over an hour to the San Antonio Valley and Matetic Winery where you will have a late lunch, visit to the winery and tasting session. Late afternoon return drive back to the Santiago airport for your international departure flight.

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  1. Buenos Aires

  2. Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

  3. Paine Towers National Park

  4. Santiago

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott



Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer