Chile, Patagonia, and Argentina

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Chile, Patagonia, and Argentina, our fascinating neighbors to the South, stretch from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans.  During the cold North American winter it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, a perfect time for touring and outdoor activities.

Santiago, Chile lies on a fertile plain surrounded by vineyards and the Andes mountains, a few hours drive from the Pacific Ocean.  Here you visit the Museum of Pre Columbian Art, an homage to the sophisticated indigenous cultures of the Americas.  The Museum of Memory and Human Rights offers lessons in recent Chilean history and the recovery of truth.  You will also tour La Chascona, Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda’s home.  Neruda began work on the house in 1953 for his then secret lover whose signature curly red hair inspired the house’s name.

Next, you venture into the spectacular mountains, rivers, forests, glacial lakes, and mountain ranges of Patagonia, shared between Chile and Argentina. For several days you can enjoy superb walks, fly-fishing, kayaking, golf, sailing, and mountain biking.  You tour Puerto Montt and Frutillar, with their well preserved German architecture.  En route to the beautiful Llao Llao Hotel and Resort in Bariloche, you stop at the Relais and Chateaux hotel, Las Balsas, for an elegant lakeside luncheon.

Finally, you visit verdant Buenos Aires, a fascinating mix of European Belle Époque architecture and traditional Latin culture.  Your hotel, the Alvear Palace, is one of Travel and Leisure magazine’s top 50 hotels and a bastion of old world elegance.  Nearby, gauchos in all their country finery parade on horseback at the Mataderos fair.  Your journey across South America comes to an end in this historic and cosmopolitan city on the continent’s Atlantic coast.

 

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Bariloche, Patagonia

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Bariloche, Patagonia

 

Day 1:

You arrive in Santiago,  the historic, economic and cultural center of Chile.  A defining characteristic of Santiago is its proximity to the Andes.  This handsome city is a blend of traditional neighborhoods and striking examples of contemporary architecture.

Day 2:

Your Day Tour begins with seeing the Plaza de Armas, the main square and heart of the city since 1541 with its fountains, sculptures, and palm trees.  Here, too, is the Cathedral with its 18th century facade. Nearby is Moneda Palace and Constitution Square, seat of Chile’s government. 

You visit Santiago’s world famous Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, that has just opened after extensive renovations, and the dazzling museum of Chilean contemporary art, the MAVI.  Then you visit La Chascona, the home of Pablo Neruda, Chile’s famous poet and Nobel laureate.

 

Pablo Neruda's Home, Santiago

Pablo Neruda’s Home, Santiago

 

La Chascona permits you to step into the mind of the poet.  Here you find winding garden paths, stairs and bridges and a house stuffed with books and personal treasures such as his butterflies.   Going to the top of San Cristobal Hill, discover a glorious view spreading outward toward the horizon and the Andes.  Then descending by funicular you explore the largest craft center in the country and one of the most important in Latin America, Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos.  Santiago’s great Crafts Center has fine wool items, jewelry and handicrafts.

Your hotel is the handsome Ritz Carlton in Santiago, with its large, comfortable bedrooms and a convenient location on Avenida Apoquindo.  On the top floor you can swim or work out while you are looking over the city and out to the Andes.  Ritz Carlton Hotel Santiago, 2 nights

 

Santiago Ritz Hotel

Santiago Ritz Hotel

 

Day 3:

You fly south to Chile’s Lake District and its capital, Puerto Montt,   The Lake District is a land of snow-capped volcanoes, rolling farmland, and sparkling lakes.  Puerto Montt is the main seaport of southern Chile.   Here you have a brief Afternoon Tour of Puerto Montt.  You stroll along the seaside to Puerto de Angelm and its immense fish market.  Then you drive through beautiful scenery to Puerto Varas, on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, one of the largest natural lakes in South America.

 

Osorno Volcano, Lake District, Chile

Osorno Volcano, Lake District, Chile

 

In the nineteenth century, German settlers were invited to come to Chile to farm.  Puerto Varas shows the Lake District’s immigrant history.  Enjoy here the German architecture, traditions, and food.  Hotel Cumbres, Puerto Varas, 2 nights

Day 4:

You visit the nearby town of Frutillar, a destination for European immigrants and its German Museum. This open air museum has full-scale reconstruction of buildings, a smithy and barn, among others, used by the original German settlers.  At the boutique Cumbres Hotel, overlooking Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano, you can enjoy many activities such as walking, kayaking, fly-fishing and and swimming.  

 

Hotel Cumbres, Puerto Varas

Hotel Cumbres, Puerto Varas, Chile

 

Day 5:

On your trip from Chile’s Patagonia to Argentina’s Patagonia, you drive with your private guide, driver, and vehicle, down rustic roads, past sparkling lakes and dramatic mountains.  You stop for a delightful lunch at the Relais and Chateaux hotel, Las Balsas, at one of the most beautiful spots on Nahuel Huapi Lake.

 

Cumbres Hotel, Puerto Varas, Chile

Cumbres Hotel, Puerto Varas, Chile

 

You continue to spectacular Bariloche.  Reflecting the Germans settling here, you find alpine chalets strung out along Nahuel Huapi Lake.  With soaring mountain peaks, there are superb views everywhere you look.  You proceed to the Llao Llao Peninsula with its renowned resort. Here at the Llao Llao Hotel, savor the beauty of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, about 2.5 million acres, approximately the size of New England and rivaling the Swiss Alps.

 

Kayaking, Llao Llao Hotel, Bariloche, Argentina

Kayaking, Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Bariloche, Argentina

 

Day 6:

You have a Morning Tour on the Circuito Chico with your private guide, vehicle and driver.  You ride a lift for spectacular views over the mountains and Nahuel Huapi Lake.  Also, choose among many activities such as walking, biking, trekking, canoeing, horseback riding, golf or relaxing at the spa and more.  Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Bariloche, 2 nights

Day 7:

Today you bid adieu to Patagonia. After a two hour flight, you arrive in Buenos Aires, with its European charm and heritage.  This sophisticated city is the political and cultural center of Argentina.  You are brought to your elegant hotel, the Alvear Palace, 2 nights.

The Afternoon is free.

 

Llao Llao Hotel, Bariloche, Argentina

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Bariloche, Patagonia

 

Day 8:

On your Morning Tour, you see the heart of Buenos Aires, the Plaza Mayo, dating back to 1580, and where  the country’s most significant historical events happened.  Here also is  the pink Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace), from where Eva “Evita” Peron spoke to the people and the massive Catedral Metropolitana, with the remains of General Jose de San Martin, the Argentine Liberator from Spain.  Nearby is the Recoleta Cemetery, with its ornate marble mausoleums,  the final resting places of many important Argentines, including Evita Peron.

The Afternoon is free.

In Buenos Aires, meals are real events whether they occur at home or in a restaurant.  Although international cuisine can be found throughout Buenos Aires, the favorites here are restaurants serving grilled meat.  Argentine beef is world renown.

 

Alvear Palace, Buenos Aires

Alvear Palace, Buenos Aires

 

Day 9:

On a Morning Tour, you visit the Palermo neighborhood.  Palermo glows with mansions and parks, and has elegant shopping and dining in its Soho and Hollywood sections.  You also visit the Teatro Colon, considered one of the best opera houses in the world.

 

Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

 

Buenos Airies, Argentina

Buenos Airies, Argentina

 

Walk along El Caminito, through the picturesque La Boca district.  Here in the oldest artist colony in Buenos Aires even the colored houses look like works of art.

 

MALBA Museum, Buenos Aires

MALBA Museum, Buenos Aires

 

In lovely San Telmo, wander past its colonial-style houses and along narrow cobblestone lanes.  You find in Belgrano European inspired parks and plazas, Parisienne style boulevards and beautiful homes.  In shops, you find here gold, silver, and leather items for sale.

You have a Free Afternoon.

In the evening, you begin your return to your home city.

 

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