(Buenos Aires, Bariloche)
(Puerto Varas, Santiago)
As you watch the landscape transition from the Patagonian steppe to the lush Andean forest, you’ll fall in love with the many faces of South America.
That love will only grow when you reach the incredible natural balcony that overlooks majestic Traful Lake and join a sailing expedition to remote Arraynes Wood. Pass through the charming town of Puerto Panuelo that is bursting with Swiss architecture on your way to cross the Andean Lakes into Chile. Your boat transfer will glide past grand mountain landscapes and misty green forests with ancient volcanoes signposting the way to Puerto Varas. Discover the rural villages, salmon farms and flavorful sugar beet crops in the surrounding countryside, and make your way to Chile’s chic cosmopolitan center, Santiago.
From an authentic Chilean coffee experience in Santiago, to enthusiastic tango performances in Argentina’s beautiful colonial capital of Buenos Aires, this superb trip introduces you to all the color, passion and joy of South America and its vivacious people. A collection of impeccable boutique hotels, designer villas, and beautiful natural retreats will provide comfortable sanctuary, and your team of English-speaking guides and private drivers will ensure a seamless travel experience.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
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.
Meet your private guide and transportation at your hotel for a half-day tour of Buenos Aires including its ancient passages. The recently discovered ancient tunnels of Buenos Aires are one of the city’s best kept secrets. Depart for Plaza de Mayo, the city’s founding site and genuine starting point of Buenos Aires’ urban development. Next is trendy San Telmo, a former enclave for local aristocracy. In San Telmo you’ll get to visit one of the recently unearthed ancient subterranean tunnels, a part of a 3,000 sqm. labyrinth below the streets of San Telmo, made up of a long corridor with vaulted ceilings and display cabinets exhibiting many items and utensils recovered during the excavation. From ancient times, many myths have been created around the tunnels: people said they witnessed secret encounters, disappearances, murders or even political conspiracies.
Other areas that are included in your tour include La Boca, (which was strongly shaped by the working class Italian immigrants, with its make shift houses made from scrap materials found in local shipyards), Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires’ latest and most sophisticated neighborhood, and La Recoleta, where a short stop is made at the gorgeous Plaza San Martín, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, (the city’s second oldest church), and the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, an imposing labyrinth of ornate graves and mausoleums where some of the most important characters of Argentina’s political and cultural life (including Eva Peron) are buried. The last stop on the tour is at the area known as Palermo Woods. Next to the woods lie the splendid palaces built by the wealthy classes in the early 20th century to rival with Paris. After having gained deep insight in this culturally rich city, you will be returned to your hotel.
There are so many things to see and do in the city of Buenos Aires that you will be spoiled for choice!
Consider taking a riverboat to Tigre which llies on the Paraná Delta, English-style rowing clubs, countless marinas, humble dwellings and elegant mansions from the “Belle Époque”, such as the Tigre Club,are to be seen, as well as small pensions and upscale lodges, restaurants, teahouses and simple picnic sites.
If the outdoors are your passion, head out to a nearby "Estancia" where you can enjoy a BBQ lunch or perhaps a traditional folklore show. Or spend the day in Uruguay visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonia del Sacramento. You can even rent a bike and enjoy the sites and sounds of BA at your leisure, from the zoo to the rose garden, it's yours to discover!
If you are interested in art, tango, cooking or exploring the cafe culture of Buenos Aires, consider a themed private tour. Just ask your Sales Consultant for more details in figuring out the most suitable options for you.
Have a special night out in Buenos Aires and enjoy an exclusive Tango show and dinner at Gala Tango!
Gala Tango offers you one of the best shows in Buenos Aires and a Gourmet À la carte dinner consisting of grilled Argentinian meet and international dishes accompanied by great wines from Mendoza. A brief (15 minutes) Tango lesson will also be available to guests arriving early.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
The Bariloche Big Circuit Tours a full day of exploration of the land surrounding San Carlos de Bariloche: the gateway to the Andes mountains and perfect panoramic views. This tour will allow you to witness the stunning seven lake district whilst discovering the pretty traditional towns of Patagonia.
We leave northwards along National Route 237, crossing the outlet of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the Spring of Limay River, geographical limit between the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén. Following Limay River, we pass by the Amphitheater and then go on towards the Valle Encantado (enchanted valley) and Confluencia Traful, a region of transition between the Patagonian steppe and the Patagonian Andean forest.
Leaving behind Route 237, we take Provincial Route 65 west, towards Villa Traful bordering Traful River until we reach a natural balcony overlooking Traful Lake. The road continues bordering the lake passes through Villa Traful and heads towards Arrayanes Port.
From there we go on up, through a shady forest, to El Portezuelo (940 meters above sea level) where we meet the Seven Lakes Road going southwards and you border lakes Correntoso, Bailey Willis, and Espejo. Finally we take along National Route 231 towards Villa La Angostura. From here, there is an optional sail to Arrayanes Wood (sail not included in price - please ask your Sales Consultant for more details if you wish to add this).
When we continue our ride, we will reach Nahuel Huapi Lake once again and take National Route 237 that leads back to Bariloche.
You will be picked at the Hotel at 10am and travel 60 km. on Route 40 to arrive at the Valle Encantado.
Board your boat and as the boat crosses the Rio Limay, an amazing place is revealed. During the 30 minutes trek, we will keep the mystery of the origin of the sounds and their creators. In the valley we come across unusual formations and a cave is discovered. A cauldron on the fire, hot soup to warm the soul. Legendary flavors are the first gastronomic moment. Wind or string instruments will be our Hosts. Hearing, Smell and Taste, are the first honorees of the day. Then, an ancient cave, formerly used by the native Patagonian nations, is the primitive setting. A fire where meat brochettes are grilled for each guest is the next culinary moment. Then we take our unique path, to return to the starting point. There the third step of our active lunch is baked in a clay oven: Corn Pie, as the prelude to the last wine and food pairing (Tasting of homemade desserts with a Fin del Mundo dessert wine) closing the circle of sensations, intimately keeping this new way of entertaining your senses.
After dessert, cross the Rio Limay again to return to the Hotel by half past six.
Travel across the Andes with beautiful scenic views! The Andes crossing (Cruce Andino) programme, operates the route over the Andes from Argentina to Chile or vice versa through the Nahuel Huapi (Argentina) and Vicente Pérez Rosales (Chile) National Parks. The circuit departs daily* in summer and winter.
*An overnight in Peulla is required during the Fall and Winter months
Andes Crossing itinerary:Please note all times are very approximate, not exact. The itinerary is subject to change and some of the transfers might take shorter or longer as they are shared services.
08.30am (25 km/Bus) - Bariloche to Puerto PañueloTravel by bus along the Nahuel Huapi Lake, and marvel at the beautiful Swiss-style architecture with beautiful gardens and flowers, characteristic of the buildings in the area.Note: An option to do this section (Bariloche to Puerto Pañuelo) on a private basis is also available, please ask your Sales Consultant for details.
10.30am (15 miles/Boat) - Puerto Pañuelo to Puerto Blest, approx. 1 hourBoard the boat and sail the Blest branch of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. On the way, you can appreciate the grandeur of the landscape with its mountains full of green forests.
11.30am (3 km/Bus) - Puerto Blest to Puerto Alegre, approx. 15 minutesFrom Puerto Blest, you will board a bus for a short ride to Puerto Alegre.
11.45am (4 miles/Boat) – Puerto Alegre to Puerto Frías - Argentinian customs Continue on a boat to sail across the peaceful and pristine waters of Frías Lake. Here you will have a chance to see the Tronador volcano, an extinct volcano with an altitude of 3,491 meters, part of the Andes mountain range. The Tronador is located inside two National Parks, Nahuel Huapi in Argentina and Vicente Pérez Rosales in Chile and you may see it looking southbound. After a short voyage of about 20 minutes you reach the small port of Puerto Frias, where you will clear Argentinian customs.
12.30pm (27km/Bus) - Puerto Frías, to Peulla - Chilean customs and lunch (not included)After clearing customs in Argentina, continue by bus to Peulla, located in the Pérez Rosales National Park. After entry formalities carried out at the Chilean customs office, transfer to Hotel Natura Patagonia for lunch (to be paid locally, not included).
03.30pm (20 miles/Boat) – Peulla to Petrohue, approx. 1hour 40 minutesDeparture to Petrohue, by boat across Todos los Santos Lake form where views of the Osorno Volcano and Puntiagudo Hill may be observed on the north, weather permitting.
06.15pm (65km/Bus) - Petrohue to Puerto Varas, approx. 2 hoursCapricious shapes of volcanic rock, bathed in green waterfalls are observed bordering Llanquihue lake. Enjoy the last part of your scenic Andes crossing with views of the Calbuco volcano. En route to Puerto Varas you may also visit the Petrohué Falls (entrance ticket not included, to be paid locally). Arrive in Puerto Varas after approximately 2 hours and transfer to your hotel.Note: An option to do this section (Petrohue to Puerto Varas) on a private basis is also available, please ask your Sales Consultant for details.
Depart from Puerto Varas with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide for a short drive north to the city of Llanquihue, industrial town where the natural outlet for the waters of the Llanquihue Lake is located (the Maullin River). From this cute town, take a country road mostly used by locals and dairy trucks, on the lakeside, that will provide beautiful sights of the mountains and the bucolic countryside. On the way, you will see some of the main products of their region: sugar beet, potatoes, but above all, the salmon farms that have made Chile the third producer in the world of this delicious fish. By noon, Frutillar is reached. A village settled like many others by German immigrants, but unlike other villages, still keeping its European influence in its architecture and gardens. Frutillar is very famous in Chile as a summer resort, mainly due to its calm waters and its Classic music festival. A good piece of advice would be to visit its German Colonial Museum, an outdoor museum that transports visitors to the 1850s while enchanting them with scents coming from its botanic park, amid which, the museum is located. In such a relaxed atmosphere, lunch awaits. After lunch return trip to your hotel in Puerto Varas.
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt in a private vehicle with a driver guide. Approximate transfer time is 30 minutes.
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Today enjoy by being a Chef for the day, Restaurant El Galeon presents a gastronomic tour that includes shopping, cooking and finally a chance to enjoy your prepared lunch. Start with a presentation of the group at a meeting point “Historic Franciscan Church” in La Recoleta District. You’ll be received by a guide and a chaperon of the restaurant that will be responsible for delivering the history of the places you will be visiting. Begin your grocery shopping in the market Vega Central where you’ll walk through the different posts in search of ingredients to prepare your lunch. Finalizing your shopping in the Vega, then you will continue to the Historic Central Market, where the majority of the local people are dedicated to the marketing of the products of the sea. Afterwards continue to the restaurant where you will be greeted by the chef & staff and you can enjoy a tasty Pisco Sour drink with your welcoming. After your class, you will begin to get ready for your lunch. Lunch Menu will be presented with the confirmation of each group and will consist of Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert, accompanied with a glass of wine (red or white) and juice, accompanied with mineral water for member of the group. Coffee or after-dinner drinks. At the end of lunch, each member of the group will receive a diploma and a cap of Chef to commemorate your visit to the gastronomic Tour.
Maipo Valley is Chile's most productive and internationally known wine region, due in large part to its close proximately to the country's capital Santiago. . The slopes of the Maipo receive the force of the torrent of the river of same name flowing down from the high Andes mountains, bringing thawed waters rich in oxygen and minerals which generously water the vines. Maipo Valley is the most widely cultivated valley.
Cousiño Macul is the only winery in chile amonst those estbalised in the 19th century that continues in the hands of the original founding family. The company remains 100% under family control producing limited quantities of the wines. The name of winery is derived from the family name of its founder Matias Cousiño, plus the name given to the area where the estate was built, within the Maipo Valley. It’s production is of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Blanc Riesling.
Afterward continue toward the Restaurant Tesoros de Chile, located in the same area, Pirque in Maipo Valley for Lunch. The Restaurant which dates back to 1840, was the former home of the entire administrative founded of Pirque, built by Don Ramon Subercaseaux. After your full day, head back to Santiago and return to your hotel. Includes 2 Vineyards and Wine Tasting.
Legado Mitico Hotel is a warm and moving hotel, inspired by history and culture, evoke mythical Argentine characters. In such an atmosphere - refinement, and classicism gracefully combine with the simplicity and informality of current trends. Mythical rooms which treat dreamers to indulging comfort, all of them bear the subtle stamp of the remarkable character that inhabits them and invite guests to dare discover who they really were. Designed for travellers who want to experience the authentic spirit of Argentina, Legado Mitico reflects identity and transmits the conviction that each day will be full of encounters and pleasures for their guests.
The Charming Lodge & Spa is situated on a cliff above Bonita Beach and overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, this 5-star hotel offers luxury suites and apartments with LCD TVs and private spa baths. All suites and apartments feature home theater systems and stone fire places. Guests can enjoy the surrounding views of the lake and mountains from their own private balcony. Each suite and apartment is also well-equipped with a private spa with a Jacuzzi, a sauna, and a Finnish shower with aroma and color therapy. Guests can lounge by the outdoor swimming pool, or relax in the heated Jacuzzi whirlpools with ozone therapy. Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa also offers a variety of health and beauty treatments. Restaurant all guests to admire the panoramic views of the lake and mountains while enjoying international cuisine. It is only 4.3 miles from central Bariloche, and 7.5 miles from the ski resort.
Escape to a refined haven at Cumbres Puerto Varas and experience the enchantment of Puerto Varas, Chile. With dramatic views of Lago Llanquihue and the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, this five-star hotel artfully combines the intimacy and warmth of a Patagonian lodge with contemporary luxury and sophistication. Through its doors, Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas is the perfect reflection of its surroundings, with expansive windows and native wood and stone design elements offering guests a true connection to the breathtaking landscape of southern Chile. Enjoy the personalized attention of a gracious staff and revel in a tranquil and secluded getaway to a truly special place.
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.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and 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 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! 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.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
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.
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