(Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, El Calafate)
(Lago Toro, Santiago)
Historic metropolitans, age-old glaciers, otherworldly fjords, raw plains & remote islands teaming with animals– this luxurious yet adventurous journey highlights Argentina & Chile’s legendary capital cities & the spellbinding wilds, natural magic & marvels of Patagonia. Experience culturally vibrant Buenos Aires, the southernmost city in the world Ushuaia, the magnificence glaciers of El Calafate, a prestigious yet unpretentious eco-camp at Lago Toro & the sensuous cosmopolitan city of Santiago on this enchanting voyage led by expert private guide & driver. Travelers will enjoy panoramic city tours, sailing stunning lakes, visiting penguin colonies, hiking remote glaciers, horseback riding, a captivating tango show, a delicious fusion of gourmet Argentinean & Chilean delicacies & palate pleasing regional wines. Featuring elegant hotels, private guide, private transfers, internal flights & more - there is no finer way to experience the enthralling wonders located at the tip of South America.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Enjoy a private airport (International) transfer with professional driver and English speaking Guide
The Argentine National Immigration Directorate (DNM) has launched an online method of payment to enable payment of the reciprocity fee via credit card. Travellers can now pay this fee through the Provincia Pagos payment system. US, Australian and Canadian citizens can pay the reciprocity fee before entering Argentina by accessing the following websites: www.provinciapagos.com.ar and www.migraciones.gov.ar.
How can I pay the Reciprocity Fee Online?
1.Register at www.provinciapagos.com.ar and obtain an entry code. 2.Complete the form including personal and credit card details . This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the DNM. 3.After payment is processed, print the receipt. 4.Upon arrival in Argentina, go to the DNM Office and present the printed receipt. 5.The receipt will be scanned by DNM staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina.
Subject to change without notice.
Buenos Aires is where it all happens, and we want you to immerse yourself in its beauty, history, and sheer radiance. Enjoy a private guided, half-day panoramic tour, discovering the rich parks and open spaces of the Northern Neighborhood and the eye-catching buildings and grounds of Palermo and Recoleta, in the comfort of a private vehicle. After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be driven to the Obelisk; a distinct symbol of the city. After that, you will visit different squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín, Plaza del Congreso and some of the main avenues such as Corrientes, de Mayo, and 9 de Julio. Enjoy views in the historical neighborhoods of La Boca, San Telmo, Montserrat and the elegant neighborhoods of Palermo, Recoleta, and the modern Puerto Madero. Breathe in the fresh air as you pass through parks such as Lezama, Tres de Febrero and the Ecological Reserve. En route you will also get to visit financial and commercial areas and Soccer Stadiums. At the end of your tour you will be dropped back at your hotel.
Loi Suites Recoleta is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries and shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks. A tropical Winter Garden with swimming pool and restaurant complete the relaxing atmosphere anyone would wish for in an upscale hotel. International cuisine is also served in La Fuente restaurant, intimate and warm.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
Fly from Buenos Aires domestic airport to Ushuaia. Note flights are subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hour.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Ushuaia hotel and airport or vice versa).
Los Acebos Hotel in Ushuaia is a modern hotel surrounded by forests and mountains with a view from most areas of the hotel of the Beagle Channel. All 56 rooms are well equipped with modern facilities and room service is available. The on site restaurant serves great international dishes in beautiful surroundings and in a warm friendly atmosphere. The bar serves a variety of drinks, regional and international. Guests can enjoy a drink either in the lounge which has a fireplace or in the games room.
We will set off from the tourist pier heading southeast, sailing along Bahía de Ushuaia, with the beautiful view of the capital of Tierra del Fuego behind us. Once in the center of the Beagle Channel, we face the archipelago where Alice Island lies, inhabited by an important colony of imperial cormorants. During the tour, we will have the chance to watch the majestic ‘Ceja Negra Albatrosses’, Scuas and different varieties of seagulls, not to leave aside the beautiful Vapor or Alakush ducks. We sail on through the channel to the east in the direction of the Eclaireus archipelago where Isla de Los Lobos (Seals’ Island) is. At this island, we will watch the two different species of seals: single or double haired. On another island, the lighthouse named after the archipelago was built, and it was precisely in this area where the ‘Buque Crucero Mte. Cervantes’ was shipwrecked in 1930. Continuing east, we will sail between Almanza Port (Argentina) and Williams Port (Chile) to enter the area of Paso Mackinlay and then directly to Martillo Island where the Magellanic smart penguins will be waiting for us. From here, we will start to make our way back to Ushuaia, while having a look at Remolino Island’s coast where Mte. Sarmiento, the passenger and freight vessel lies.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy this 4 hour tour around one of the most important and protected areas in the country. We will set off from your hotel, heading south west, traveling through coastal landscapes and, after watching the glacier valleys, we will stop at the Fuegian Southern Railway station, where you'll board the famous ‘End of the World Train’. The train ride, which used to be referred to as the "Prisoner's Train" offers a unique insight into the history of Ushuaia as well as eerie views through the "dead forest". Once the train has reached its final destination,you'll disembark and be met by your guide who will take you deeper into the national park. Through a leisurely hike at Bahía Ensenada, the ‘Concheros Antropogénicos’ (rests of mollusks and ashes today covered with vegetation), you'll see evidence of the native settlers, the Yamana people, in the area around 6500 years ago. We continue on to Roca Lake where you'll marvels at the views of ‘Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego’ After walking along the park, we will get some free time to rest and recover our strength, tasting some chocolate or coffee in “Casita Del Bosque” by the Lapataia River. From there, we will head the end of National Route Nº 3 (The Pan-american highway), in Lapataia Bay, for a great photo opportunity and then we'll return to your hotel in time for a late lunch (not included).
Please note: The journey onboard the train will be done on your own, your guide will provide you tickets and assist you with check-in and then meet you when the train reaches its final stop inside the park (duration about 30 minutes)
Please note: If you are embarking on the Australis Cruise you will be dropped off at the Check-in office to proceed to check-in for your cruise and check your baggage.
Fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate. The direct flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking. An airport tax of $25- $40 pp is not included in the ticket and must be paid in the airport upon departure.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with your very own vehicle, driver and English speaking guide.
Welcome to Alto Calafate Hotel, where the beauty of the landscape is combined with the functionality of the ambiance, achieving the perfect combination of elegance, comfort, service and the most impressive views of Lago Argentino and Cerro Calafate. Alto Calafate Hotel is strategically located at the entrance to the city on the way to the airport and 3.5 kilometers from downtown. Placed on a hillside, you will be able to admire the wonderful panoramic view of the lush landscapes of Patagonia.
Your private driver and guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby to take you on a full day guided excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of Argentina's prime touristic attractions. The 30 km (19 mi) long glacier, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile, it is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water and one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating.
You will travel about about 2 hours to reach the Glaciers National Park and from the beginning you will see this trip has pleasant surprises! Already in the outskirts of El Calafate, you can see the Argentine Lake with its Round Bay populated with an important variety of birds such as the black neck swan, flamencos, duck steams, gallaretas, the cauquén and coirones. You will enter about 26 km into the Glaciers National Park where you will observe the arboreal vegetation formed by ñires, sour cherries and lengas. As well as some flowers of diverse colors like the outstanding “notro” with its intense red colour.
A large visitor centre at the site features a walking circuit which allows views of different faces and the surface of the glacier. There is also a restaurant at the site, if you feel like stopping and having some lunch (not included). Throughout the day your guide will explain the general features of the glacier and give specific details of Glacier Perito Moreno's flora and fauna, and its particular formation.
After an amazing day in the outdoors you will return to your hotel in El Calafate
Nestled in the core of the Los Glaciares National Park, Estancia Cristina unveils its history and its natural environment. Outdoor activities, high Patagonian cuisine and multiple panoramic vantage points are combined into a stay that is second to none. Its privileged location offers the best land access to the Upsala Glacier and the continental ice fields and turns it into a unique haven.
Board a luxurious catamaran which leaves from Paraje de la Cruz, 40 kilometers from El Calafate, at the Punta Bandera harbor at 7:45am to go to the Estancia Cristina. Enjoy the views as the boat sails amid ice floes alongside impressive landscapes located off the western shores of the Upsala Glacier. One of the most beautiful views of the glacier is its large ice flows floating adrift to the will of the wind along the Northern Arm and across Lake Argentino. The wind, the sun and the rain give them their unique shape. After a tour in the surrounding area, discover the history of the Argentinian ranch of Estancia Cristina, vantage points of the glacier, and the local flora and fauna before having lunch. Chef Lorena Papasergio has created a cuisine style that mingles regional flavors with signature cuisine, featuring the best Argentinean meat, Patagonian lamb and tasty smoked cheese.
After lunch (not included in tour cost), you can discover other nooks of this particular ranch. The scientific base of the Institute of Patagonian Ice - el Instituto del Hielo Continental Patagónico Argentino, the Upsala, Upsala Glacier, Murallón Glacier, Cono Glacier and Nido de Cóndores (Condors nest) refuge are also visited. At sunset, the tour returns to the Estancia harbor in order to head for Puerto Bandera once again. This excursion takes all day and finishes about 7:45 pm.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the border crossing at Cerro Castillo. You will be required to change vehicles before entering Chile.
After changing vehicles transfer onto Patagonia Camp in Lago Toro.
Located on the shore of Lake Toro, close to Torres del Paine, in a region of extraordinary beauty, Patagonia Camp is the first luxury camp in Chile. Surrounded by spectacular landscapes, ancient forrests, lakes, and turquoise-colored rivers, Patagonia Camp is the ideal place to experience the rugged and wild Patagonian region by combining nature and adventure with comfort and luxury.
Daily activities at Patagonia Camp include:
BASE TORRES - Duration 9 hours - Difficulty: High
Following a 1.5 transfer, the hike begins uphill until we enter the Valle Asencio. After a short break, we continue to the second part of the trail where we walk through a native Nothofagus forest. The last part of the trail takes us up a steep moraine that ends at the spectacular base of the towers.
LAGUNA VERDE - Duration 6 hours - Difficulty: Medium
The van takes us to the Estancia Lazo, an excellent example of a typical Patagonian ranch, where we start our hike towards the Paine River. Going along the edge of the beautiful Laguna Verde we continue the trail towards the Mirador Toro, a spectacular lookout point from where we have a stunning view of the Toro Lake and the Patagonian mountain range. Our hike ends downhill where the River Paine and Toro Lake converge, in an amazing mixture of blue and green colors.
LA PENINSULA - Duration 6 hours - Difficulty: Medium
This hike starts where Lago Toro converges with Laguna Maravilla. Hiking through a typical puesto Gaucho, we start our hike with a great view of Laguna Maravilla and Salto Maravilla. In the second half of the trail, we walk along the Bahia Maitenes, where we observe the different species of flora present in Patagonia. This hike ends, walking through the edge of the Lago Porteño ending at Patagonia Camp.
MIRADOR CONDOR - Duration 2 ½ hours - Difficulty: Medium
We take the van to Torres del Paine National Park, near Lago Pehoe. This hike starts at the edge of the lake where the trail goes uphill towards the famous Mirador Condor. During the hike we observe different species of flora present in the park and if we are lucky we can see the elegant soaring of the Andean Condor. Once at the top of the lookout point, we can observe the magnificence of the Paine Massive and the amazing contrast with the turquoise color of Lago Pehoe.
LAGO SARMIENTO - Duration 2 ½ hours -Difficulty: Medium
This hike starts on a trail that leads to the shores of Lago Sarmiento. Once we get to the lake we can observe the calcium carbonate formations all along the shoreline making Lago Sarmiento unique in the park. This is a nice hike where we can observe a few of the different species of birds present in the park. If we are lucky - on the way back we can walk through a herd of Guanacos.
PLAYA GREY - Duration 2 hours - Difficulty: Easy
This excursion leads us to one of Torres del Paine National Park's main attractions - Lago Grey beach and Grey Glacier. First we arrive at Lago Grey where, after crossing a hanging bridge over the Pingo River, we will cross into a dark Patagonian forest. We will arrive at Lago Grey beach and view the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey. From here we can see the Grey Glacier in the distance, an enormous, 6km-wide wall of ice.
MIRADOR CUERNOS & SALTO GRANDE - Duration 2 ½ hours - Difficulty: Easy
This excursion takes us to Salto Grande, a beautiful waterfall that demonstrates all the power and magic of Chilean Patagonia. After a short trek we arrive at the Mirador Cuernos, a spectacular lookout point with up-close and direct views of the Paine Massif.
MIRADOR EL ESTRIBO - Duration 3 hours - Difficulty: Medium/High
After a 20 minute drive that takes us to the Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine, we start an uphill hike towards the Mirador El Estribo. At the top of this lookout, enjoy a panoramic view of Lago Porteño, a beautiful lake, in which colors go from deep blue to turquoise. With a little bit of luck small herds of Guanacos can be spotted.
MIRADOR TENERIFE - Duration 3 hours - Difficulty: Medium
After a short drive towards Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine, we start walking up to the lookout point of Cerro Tenerife. At this beautiful spot, enjoy the impressive views of the colorful Lago Porteño, the majestic Cerro Castillo and the emblematic Torres del Paine Massif.
LAGUNA AZUL - Duration 3 hours - Difficulty: Easy
After an hour drive, we will star trekking to Laguna Azul, where we will take part in a fairly easy trek along the northern shore of this beautiful lake. From this vantage point we can enjoy spectacular views of the Towers - granite formations that give the name to this incredible National Park. This excursion is ideal for enjoying the park’s native forests and regional fauna.
Patagonia is infamous for it’s variable weather so we highly recommend taking proper trekking gear. We recommend layered clothing, especially a rain and/or wind jacket, trekking shoes, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellent and a backpack.
Depart from the Patagonia Camp scheduled to depart at 08:00 am. The shared transfer will take you to Punta Arenas, where you may catch your connecting flight or continue your adventure throughout Chile.
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas with a stop in Puerto Montt. The flight duration is approximately 5 hours. Please note: Exact flight itinerary is subject to availability at time of booking. Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Lastarria Boutique Hotel is situated in an area brimming with history and surrounded by the best museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, cinemas, theatres and innovative restaurants, this boutique Hotel offers guests the chance to discover the tremendous diversity of the city on their doorstep. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is the newest offering for guests seeking premium accommodation in Santiago de Chile. Its principal characteristics are the refined architecture with which this historic house was originally built, its garden with an outdoor swimming pool, spacious bedrooms and the private areas that help make you feel so at home. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is committed to offering a personalized and friendly service that ensures their guests experience an unforgettable stay within the utmost comfort.
Today is a day when you will experience life as a true local, otherwise known as a “Santiaguino”. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and together you will walk towards the nearest Metro station to board one of the most efficient and clean subways in the world, Santiago’s Metro (Metro ticket is included). In it, you will reach the classic and most important subway station in the city, Universidad de Chile where gigantic murals of local artists are displayed showing a piece of Chile’s rich urban culture. Upon exiting the station you will be in the middle of Santiago’s busy downtown. You will walk about the Stock Exchange and the classic streets, having a Santiago traditional coffee experience, in one of the many cafés called “Café con piernas” translated as coffee with legs…you will see firsthand where the name originates from. After enjoying coffee (not included) we will walk through the Paseo Ahumada, viewing the different shops and shoe shine stands and all sorts of local characters. We will arrive to the main square or Plaza de Armas which is a meeting point for several immigrants from neighboring countries. We will visit the Cathedral. We will continue walking through Puente Street which is characterized by the large amount of shoe stores where locals shop. We will reach the Mercado Central (local fish Market) where we will see the different types of fish and shellfish that the Pacific Ocean has to offer. In this market we will have lunch at one of the many restaurants enjoyed by locals and generally unknown to tourists. Your guide will be with you at all times explaining local culture and helping you to translate and interact with shop vendors, waiters and anyone you want to meet.
After lunch at Restaurant El Galeon, walk across the Mapocho river to visit the Vega Central (local food market) here you will see the different fruits and vegetables that the fertile lands of Chile offer. After the visit walk through the Bellavista district, also known as the bohemian district where you will enter a local bar to try out a refreshing local drink called “The Terremoto” which translates to the Earthquake (drink is not included). After this stop we continue to San Cristobal Hill. On the way we try out some of Chile’s classic and refreshing snacks such as Mote de Huesillos or any snack that you feel like.
At San Cristobal Hill we will reach the top in the traditional funicular. From the top enjoy a panoramic view of Santiago from which, with your guide, you can track the places visited during the day. Here, your vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel after a day of exploring Santiago and being a true “Santiaguino”.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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