Lakes and Capitals Crossing

from U$D 1520
11 days and 10 nights

In this package tour you will visit the most important lakes in the south of Argentina and Chile, as well as enjoying the vibrant capitals Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. An unforgettable experience between the cities of Puerto Varas and San Carlos de Bariloche in one of the most beautiful and natural landscapes in the region.

Day 1: Santiago, City Tour

Arrival at the International Airport in Santiago and transfer to the chosen hotel. In the afternoon we go on a city tour visiting the Iglesia de San Francisco, the Palacio de la Moneda (the Mint Palace) at present the Government House. Plaza de Armas (the main square) Iglesia Catedral, the Central Post-Office and the Municipality. View of the Cerro Santa Lucía, where the city was founded and a visit to the principal neighborhoods. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 2: Free Day

Breakfast and free day.
As an optional excursion we suggest going to Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Here there is a city tour visiting the surroundings and we will visit “La Sebastiana” the house where Pablo Neruda wrote important works which made him win the Literature Nobel Prize. Today this house has been turned into a museum (closed on Mondays). We continue with the trip to Viña del Mar, named Ciudad Jardín (Garden City) where we will visit its beaches. Back to Santiago.

Day 3: Santiago, Viña Concha y Toro

Breakfast and visit to Viña Concha y Toro (except Sundays), one of the famous vineyards in Parque where you will visit its central patio, the manor house and the lake surrounded by gardens. Tasting the best wines produced at the winery. Return to Santiago and rest of the day free.

Day 4: Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas

Breakfast and transfer from the hotel to the airport in Santiago to board the flight to Puerto Montt. Arrival and transfer to the chosen hotel in the city of Puerto Varas. Check-in. Free Afternoon.

Day 5: Puerto Varas – Cruce de Lagos – Bariloche

Breakfast and transfer to the Cruce de Lagos office where we will start the famous trip Cruce de Lagos Chile – Argentina (Lakes Crossing from Chile to Argentina).

PUERTO VARAS / PETROHUE

76 km (47 miles) 2 hours by bus.
Maximum height: 150 meters (500 feet) above sea level.
Starting in Puerto Montt by bus we pass the city of Puerto Varas and continue along the south border of Lago Llanquihué to Río Petrohué. There is a short stop to visit the famous falls of the river of the same name. Then we continue to the port of Petrohué.

PETROHUE / PEULLA

20 nautical miles – 1 hour and 40 minutes navigation.
Maximum height: 150 meters (500 feet) above sea level.
Departure from Petrohue, boarding a vessel we start the Cruce de Lagos (Lake Crossing). We navigate the Lago Todos los Santos also called “Lago Esmeralda” Lake Emerald due to the green color of its water. During the crossing we will enjoy the magnificent view of the Cerro Osorno and Cerros Puntiagudo and Tronador. Arrival at Peulla and lunch (not included) according to the excursion.

PEULLA / PUERTO FRIAS

27 km (17 miles) – 2 hours by bus (including border crossing formalities at Customs Office)
After the formalities at the International Police Office and the Customs on the Chilean side, we will continue by bus bordering the Andes. During a short trip we will see the “Valdiviana” cold forest and its amazing mountains. Then we arrive at Puerto Frías, the highest point of the trip, reaching 976 meters high. Here we complete formalities at the International Police Office and Customs to enter Argentina.

PUERTO FRIAS / PUERTO ALEGRE

4 nautical miles – 20 minutes navigation
Maximum height 762 meters (2500 feet) above sea level
A short navigating trip through the green waters of glacial origin of the Lago Frías. Arrival at Puerto Alegre.

PUERTO ALEGRE / PUERTO BLEST

3 km (2 miles) – 15 minutes by bus
Maximum height 756 meters (2480 feet) above sea level.
A short trip by bus will take us to the Alerce Woods in Puerto Blest.

PUERTO BLEST / PUERTO PAÑUELO

15 nautical miles – 1 hour 5 minutes navigation
Maximum height 756 meters (2480 feet) above sea level.
We will navigate the deep blue waters of the Nahuel Huapi Lake boarding a catamaran. From there we will have a magnificent view of the traditional alpine style Llao Llao Hotel and its surrounding gardens.

PUERTO PAÑUELO / BARILOCHE

25 km (16 miles) 30 minutes by bus
Maximum height 760 meters (2490 feet) above sea level.
Departure from Puerto Pañuelo by bus to downtown Bariloche along the beautiful road that borders the Nahuel Huapi Lake, an area dominated by the typical alpine architecture. Arrival in Bariloche. Transfer to the chosen hotel and check-in. We recommend dining at El Ahumadero which belongs to the Weiss family where you can taste regional products such as smoked trout, deer leg, boar leg and smoked cheese among other exquisite delicacies from the Patagonian gastronomy.

Day 6: Cerro Catedral and Circuito Chico (Small Circuit)

Breakfast and starting the excursion to Cerro Catedral which carries its name on account of its peaks with the shape of a gothic cathedral. Cerro Catedral is the most important winter resort in South America. Back to the city of Bariloche.
In the afternoon we start touring the Small Circuit. The starting point is at Av. Ezequiel Bustillo, and after travelling for 8 km we get to Playa Bonita, from where you can see Isla Huemul. As the trip continues we arrive at the base of Cerro Campanario (1050 m). The summit may be reached by chairlift from where you can appreciate the vastness of the lakes and other natural attractions. Afterwards, the circuit leads to the magnificent Llao Llao hotel and San Eduardo Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo, the Angostura bridge, Bahía López, at the foot of the hill of the same name. Punto Panoramico (Panoramic Point), a natural balcony from where you can admire the whole Lago Moreno and Península Llao Llao.

Day 7: Free Day

Breakfast and free day for shopping. We suggest the delicious regional chocolates. We recommend going on an excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Woods, unique in the world by the purity of their samples and its incomparable cinnamon-coloured trees.

Day 8: Bariloche – Buenos Aires

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in Bariloche to board the flight back to Buenos Aires. Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the chosen hotel. Check-in. Rest of the day, free.

Day 9: Buenos Aires, City Tour

Breakfast and city tour visiting Plaza de Mayo, where you will also see the Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (Government House), Teatro Colón, La Boca district with its famous Caminito street and modern Puerto Madero where docks were refurbished to allocate sumptuous restaurants along the river. Transfer back to the hotel. Rest of the afternoon free to go shopping.

Day 10: Free Day. Tango Show Dinner Night

Breakfast and free day. At night we go to a Dinner Show in one of the many Tango houses where you will enjoy a delicious dinner and a Tango show of international quality.
As optional tours we recommend going to the Tigre Delta or to a Fiesta Gaucha (gaucho show in a ranch).

Day 11: End of the Tour

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in Ezeiza to board your return flight.

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Included in the Package

  • Lake Crossing Tour between Chile and Argentina.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Santiago de Chile, breakfast included. City Tour and visit to Concha y Toro Vineyard.
  • 1 night accommodation in Puerto Varas with breakfast.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Bariloche with breakfast and excursion to Small Circuit and Cerro Catedral.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast, City Tour and Tango Show Dinner Night.
  • Arrival and departure transfers from all airports.

Not Included

  • Airline ticket Santiago – Puerto Montt.
  • Airline ticket Bariloche- Buenos Aires.
  • Airport and security taxes, and fuel.
  • Extra charges and optional activities or meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals during the Lake Crossing.

Notes

Reservations are subject to availability. In case the hotel booked is not available, we will provide a hotel in the same or higher category.

The Andes Crossing can be done in one day, from the 1st of September to the 30th of April. From the 1st of May to the 31st of August you must stay overnight in Peulla (not included).

Prices

Season Summer 2018 - From01/12/2018Until28/02/2019
Base Category Price
Double 3* USD 1520
Double 4* USD 1670
Double 5* USD 1960

Excursions

Mount Tronador
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Full Day

Frequency: Daily
Duration: Full Day (all the year round)//

In the activity to Mount Tronador we will visit fascinating landscapes from the mount to the border with Chile, and we will be able to stop to take pictures from the view points. Some of the attractions we will visit during the trip are: Lago Gutiérrez, Lago Mscardi and the village with the same name.

Mount Tronador

Frequency: Daily
Length: Full Day

Frequency: Daily
Duration: Full Day (all the year round)//

In the activity to Mount Tronador we will visit fascinating landscapes from the mount to the border with Chile, and we will be able to stop to take pictures from the view points. Some of the attractions we will visit during the trip are: Lago Gutiérrez, Lago Mscardi and the village with the same name.

Mount Cathedral
 
Frequency: From Tuesdays to Saturdays
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: from Tuesdays to Saturdays
Duration: Half a Day (all the year round)//

The Mount Cathedral activity will take us to visit the most important winter resort in the Patagonia; it has excellent tourist services at its base. The lifts will transport you to the different ski runs to practice ski, snowboard and other sports.

Mount Cathedral

Frequency: From Tuesdays to Saturdays
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: from Tuesdays to Saturdays
Duration: Half a Day (all the year round)//

The Mount Cathedral activity will take us to visit the most important winter resort in the Patagonia; it has excellent tourist services at its base. The lifts will transport you to the different ski runs to practice ski, snowboard and other sports.

San Martín de los Andes along 7 Lakes
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Full Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Full Day (all the year round)//

The windingLakes road goes through woods of lengas, coihues and cypresses. On the way to San Martin de los Andes we will visit the lakes: Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machonico. In San Martín de los Andes we will have lunch and visit Casa de Piedra.

San Martín de los Andes along 7 Lakes

Frequency: Daily
Length: Full Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Full Day (all the year round)//

The windingLakes road goes through woods of lengas, coihues and cypresses. On the way to San Martin de los Andes we will visit the lakes: Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machonico. In San Martín de los Andes we will have lunch and visit Casa de Piedra.

Victoria Island and Arrayanes Woods
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day or Full Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a day or full day (all the year round)//

The Victoria Island and Arrayanes Woods activity will take us navigating the Nahuel Huapi Lake up to Victoria Island, a natural reserve where we can see indigenous and exotic animals. After arriving at the Quetrihue Peninsula we will visit the Arrayanes woods, unique in the world.

Victoria Island and Arrayanes Woods

Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day or Full Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a day or full day (all the year round)//

The Victoria Island and Arrayanes Woods activity will take us navigating the Nahuel Huapi Lake up to Victoria Island, a natural reserve where we can see indigenous and exotic animals. After arriving at the Quetrihue Peninsula we will visit the Arrayanes woods, unique in the world.

Gaucho Show
 
Frequency: Tuesdays to Sundays
Length: Full Day

Frequency: Tuesdays to Sundays.
Duration: Full Day (all the year round)//

The Gaucho Showis one of the most sought-after activities to enjoy an unforgettable day at an estancia in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. You will learn about the customs of the Argentine gauchos and enjoy a typical asado. You will see gaucho skill performances and typical dances.

Gaucho Show

Frequency: Tuesdays to Sundays
Length: Full Day

Frequency: Tuesdays to Sundays.
Duration: Full Day (all the year round)//

The Gaucho Showis one of the most sought-after activities to enjoy an unforgettable day at an estancia in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. You will learn about the customs of the Argentine gauchos and enjoy a typical asado. You will see gaucho skill performances and typical dances.

Small Circuit
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily
Duration: Half a day (all the year round)//

The Small Circuit activity tours wonderful landscapes in the surroundings of Bariloche. You will admire the landscape with lakes and mountains from every viewpoint. The Circuito Chico tour is unmissable because it is one of the most traditional tours in the region.

Small Circuit

Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily
Duration: Half a day (all the year round)//

The Small Circuit activity tours wonderful landscapes in the surroundings of Bariloche. You will admire the landscape with lakes and mountains from every viewpoint. The Circuito Chico tour is unmissable because it is one of the most traditional tours in the region.

Buenos Aires City Tour
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a Day (all the year round)//

During Buenos Aires City Tour you will visit relevant aspects of this city: Colón Theatre, Obelisk, the historical Plaza de Mayo, Cathedral, Casa Rosada (Government House) and the Cabildo. You will also visit: La Boca, San Telmo and Puerto Madero, Palermo, Recoleta and its cemetery.

Buenos Aires City Tour

Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a Day (all the year round)//

During Buenos Aires City Tour you will visit relevant aspects of this city: Colón Theatre, Obelisk, the historical Plaza de Mayo, Cathedral, Casa Rosada (Government House) and the Cabildo. You will also visit: La Boca, San Telmo and Puerto Madero, Palermo, Recoleta and its cemetery.

Tango Show Dinner Night
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Evening

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Evening (all the year round)//

The Tango Show Dinner Night at El Querandí is one of the biggest attractions in Buenos Aires. A Tango Show in a historic Tango House, combined with an excellent dinner, where passengers will listen to real Tango porteño and learn the history of the Argentine Tango.

Tango Show Dinner Night

Frequency: Daily
Length: Evening

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Evening (all the year round)//

The Tango Show Dinner Night at El Querandí is one of the biggest attractions in Buenos Aires. A Tango Show in a historic Tango House, combined with an excellent dinner, where passengers will listen to real Tango porteño and learn the history of the Argentine Tango.

Tigre and Delta with Navigation
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a Day (all the year round)//

The Tigre and Delta with Navigation activity has two departure options: AM every day, or PM from Mondays to Saturdays. We will visit the only delta in South America. A maze of islands and islets crossed by rivers and streams. We will sail in a catamaran and board the Tren de la Costa.

Tigre and Delta with Navigation

Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a Day (all the year round)//

The Tigre and Delta with Navigation activity has two departure options: AM every day, or PM from Mondays to Saturdays. We will visit the only delta in South America. A maze of islands and islets crossed by rivers and streams. We will sail in a catamaran and board the Tren de la Costa.

Santiago de Chile City Tour
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a day (all the year round)//
 
The activity Santiago de Chile City Tour starts from the hotel to the center of the city, to visit its main attractions. On the way we will see the Central Market, the Bellas Artes Museum and the Bellavista District.

Santiago de Chile City Tour

Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a day (all the year round)//
 
The activity Santiago de Chile City Tour starts from the hotel to the center of the city, to visit its main attractions. On the way we will see the Central Market, the Bellas Artes Museum and the Bellavista District.

Visit to Concha y Toro Vineyard
 
Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a day (all the year round)//
 
Our activity Visit to Concha y Toro starts on the way to Pirque, the locality where Concha y Toro Vineyard is found. This is the main wine exporter in Latin America and, internationally, one of the most impressive brands.

Visit to Concha y Toro Vineyard

Frequency: Daily
Length: Half a Day

Frequency: Daily.
Duration: Half a day (all the year round)//
 
Our activity Visit to Concha y Toro starts on the way to Pirque, the locality where Concha y Toro Vineyard is found. This is the main wine exporter in Latin America and, internationally, one of the most impressive brands.

Hotels

Hotel Aspen Suites - 3 Stars
 

The Aspen Suites Hotel has been specially designed for long stays, both for those who travel on business or for pleasure. Located in the center of Buenos Aires, it is near the financial, commercial and business center in the city. You can access easily to shopping centers, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and restaurants.

Hotel Aspen Suites - 3 Stars
 

The Aspen Suites Hotel has been specially designed for long stays, both for those who travel on business or for pleasure. Located in the center of Buenos Aires, it is near the financial, commercial and business center in the city. You can access easily to shopping centers, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and restaurants.

Hotel Aspen Towers - 4 Stars Boutique
 

This boutique hotel has been designed for executives and tourists who are looking for style, comfort and customized service. Located in the center of Buenos Aires, it is near the financial, commercial and business center in the city. You can access easily to shopping centers, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and restaurants.

Hotel Aspen Towers - 4 Stars Boutique
 

This boutique hotel has been designed for executives and tourists who are looking for style, comfort and customized service. Located in the center of Buenos Aires, it is near the financial, commercial and business center in the city. You can access easily to shopping centers, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and restaurants.

Hotel Meliá Buenos Aires - 5 Stars
 

The Meliá Buenos Aires Hotel is situated in the Catallinas modern zone, a few meters away from the renowned Florida Street and the elegant Plaza San Martín. Its privileged location offers tourists the advantage of reaching the gastronomic zone at Puerto Madero, Florida Street (pedestrian street) or the exclusive Recoleta district.

Hotel Meliá Buenos Aires - 5 Stars
 

The Meliá Buenos Aires Hotel is situated in the Catallinas modern zone, a few meters away from the renowned Florida Street and the elegant Plaza San Martín. Its privileged location offers tourists the advantage of reaching the gastronomic zone at Puerto Madero, Florida Street (pedestrian street) or the exclusive Recoleta district.

Carlos V Hotel – 3 Stars
 

The Carlos V Patagonia Hotel is one of the most renowned three star hotels in the city, with more than 40 years activity, preserving the environment with an active management and a well- prepared staff to offer the best service and comfort for our guests to live the best experience during their stay.

Carlos V Hotel – 3 Stars
 

The Carlos V Patagonia Hotel is one of the most renowned three star hotels in the city, with more than 40 years activity, preserving the environment with an active management and a well- prepared staff to offer the best service and comfort for our guests to live the best experience during their stay.

Kenton Palace – 4 Stars
 

Located strategically in the center of San Carlos de Bariloche, opposite the Civic Center, the most important point of reference and the most traditional square in the city. The same service and technology from the most important cities of the world, together with the commitment to provide excellence and special attention.

Kenton Palace – 4 Stars
 

Located strategically in the center of San Carlos de Bariloche, opposite the Civic Center, the most important point of reference and the most traditional square in the city. The same service and technology from the most important cities of the world, together with the commitment to provide excellence and special attention.

Cacique Inacayal – 5 Stars
 

Cacique Inacayal Lake and Spa Hotel is located  on Avenida Juan Manuel de Rosas, in an exclusive place in the center of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, only four blocks away from the Civic Center and the commercial center, on the shore of the Lake Nahuel Huapi, offering its guests, wonderful views of the lake.

Cacique Inacayal – 5 Stars
 

Cacique Inacayal Lake and Spa Hotel is located  on Avenida Juan Manuel de Rosas, in an exclusive place in the center of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, only four blocks away from the Civic Center and the commercial center, on the shore of the Lake Nahuel Huapi, offering its guests, wonderful views of the lake.

Destinations

Buenos Aires
 

Capital city of the Argentine Republic and one of the principal cities in Latin America, Buenos Aires surprises with its architecture. Its style reflects the influence of Spaniards, French and Italians in buildings and landscaping. The city has wide avenues, mansions, buildings, extensive green areas, hundreds of sculptures and many churches which are incorporated as a whole with houses, office and apartment blocks, and modern sky scrapers.

Buenos Aires
 

Capital city of the Argentine Republic and one of the principal cities in Latin America, Buenos Aires surprises with its architecture. Its style reflects the influence of Spaniards, French and Italians in buildings and landscaping. The city has wide avenues, mansions, buildings, extensive green areas, hundreds of sculptures and many churches which are incorporated as a whole with houses, office and apartment blocks, and modern sky scrapers.

Bariloche
 

Patagonia is the name given to the vast territory that occupies the southern part of Argentina and Chile. The principal attractions in Argentina are in the lakes district, next to the Andes chain where Bariloche stands out; Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdes are located on the Atlantic coast, and El Calafate, the Moreno Glacier and Ushuaia are located in southern Patagonia.

Bariloche
 

Patagonia is the name given to the vast territory that occupies the southern part of Argentina and Chile. The principal attractions in Argentina are in the lakes district, next to the Andes chain where Bariloche stands out; Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdes are located on the Atlantic coast, and El Calafate, the Moreno Glacier and Ushuaia are located in southern Patagonia.

Santiago de Chile
 

Santiago de Chile is the capital and principal urban area in Chile. There you will find the most important administrative, cultural, commercial, financial and governmental organisms in the country, with the exception of the National Congress which is located in Valparaiso.

Santiago de Chile
 

Santiago de Chile is the capital and principal urban area in Chile. There you will find the most important administrative, cultural, commercial, financial and governmental organisms in the country, with the exception of the National Congress which is located in Valparaiso.

Puerto Varas
 

Puerto Varas is located in the south region of Chile, among hills, mountains, lakes and woods. A spectacular destination for those who love snow and nature. The city has around 30,000 inhabitants and their principal activity is tourism and agriculture. The city was originally colonized by Germans; you can still appreciate the colonial architecture in cafes, restaurants and inns in the center of the city. It is also a destination near Lago Llanquihue, the biggest in Chile.

Puerto Varas
 

Puerto Varas is located in the south region of Chile, among hills, mountains, lakes and woods. A spectacular destination for those who love snow and nature. The city has around 30,000 inhabitants and their principal activity is tourism and agriculture. The city was originally colonized by Germans; you can still appreciate the colonial architecture in cafes, restaurants and inns in the center of the city. It is also a destination near Lago Llanquihue, the biggest in Chile.



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