Looking to discover the best of Chile and Argentina in one unforgettable experience? These 10 days traveling through gorgeous landscapes and cities are your solution. Visit coastal Valparaíso, get active in the adventure-sport mecca of Pucón, and journey to a genuine gaucho ranch outside of quaint, lakeside Bariloche, before finishing up in the metropolis of Buenos Aires. Get yourself to this southern part of the world and go home recharged.
Arrive in Santiago at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. The day is free to spend at your leisure exploring the city until our welcome meeting this evening.
Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact time and location of the group meeting, typically 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. After the meeting, you might want to head out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant to further get to know your tour leader and traveling companions. Please make every effort to arrive on time for this welcome meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up.
Santiago is Chile’s largest city and capital, with internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts nearby. See our optional activities section further below for some ideas on what to do with your free time.
We spend the morning visiting different neighborhoods of Santiago, stop at the Museo de la Memoria, and learn about the history of Chile. We then visit the Central Market and enjoy a traditional Chilean snack before heading to a local bar to try Terremoto (Earthquake), a local drink made with pineapple ice cream, white wine, and pisco.
The afternoon is free for you to take some time to go shopping, sit in a café, or hike to the lookout of Cerro Santa Lucia.
In the morning, we head to the Casablanca Valley where we will visit nearby wineries in the area of Santiago. There are plenty of famous wineries or smaller family-run places at which stop. We will learn about the wine-making process, tour the vineyards, and, of course, try a sample or two.
We then depart for the colorful seaside town of Valparaíso. The Historic Quarter is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We will have time to see the 19th century Latin architecture, snapping a few pictures of the bright buildings built into the hillside. Enjoy the street art and take the opportunity to wander the streets of the city before heading back to Santiago.
In the evening, we board an overnight bus to Pucón.
Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by private vehicle (Santiago to Valparaíso round-trip); 8 hrs by overnight bus (Santiago to Pucón)
Today, you have a free day to explore Pucón and its surrounding region. There’s plenty to see and do in Pucón, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like hiking Villarica Volcano, whitewater rafting, or relaxing in thermal baths. See our optional activities section further below for some ideas on what to do with your free time.
Today is another day in which to enjoy more free time for the many activities on offer in Pucón.
This morning, we cross the Andes and enter Argentina by local bus. In San Martin, we transfer to a private vehicle for the rest of the trip to Bariloche, stopping for photos in the Seven Lake district. In the evening, you can enjoy a free evening in this beautiful waterfront town of Bariloche.
Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs by local bus (Pucón to San Martin); 3-4 hrs by private vehicle (San Martin to Bariloche)
This morning, we transfer to a Gaucho Ranch just outside of Bariloche, where you will have the opportunity to be a Argentinian Gaucho for the day. Immerse yourself in the culture of these traditional Patagonia cowboys. We will take an easy horseback ride through the beautiful scenery of Bariloche and learn about the area’s history from a real live Gaucho. Stop along the way to try Mate, the national beverage of Argentina, and some alfajores, a delicious dulce de leche cookie sandwich. Finish it all off with a traditional Patagonian barbecue.
Today, we enjoy a free day in the beautiful area of the Seven Lakes District. Take the opportunity to hike around the countryside or wander through the town, which is known for its shops and, in particular, its artisan chocolate. See our optional activities section further below for some ideas on what to do with your free time.
Today, we fly to Buenos Aires, where you will have the day free to explore the city after we arrive. Perhaps you might want to take an optional city tour and visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo. Alternatively, catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías and/or wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories. When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants, and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken, and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy! See our optional activities section further below for some ideas on what to do with your free time.
Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by plane
Our program ends in Buenos Aires this morning. If you have time, we recommend spending an extra day exploring Buenos Aires after this trip.
Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs).
If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!
Visit our blog to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to [email protected]. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.
While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email [email protected] To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Day 3 – Overnight bus.
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., where you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.
We always recommend printing out the address of the hotel, to show to your taxi driver.
Santiago’s International Airport is Arturo Merino Benitez, located 26 km and about a 45-minute drive from the city. The approximate cost of a taxi is between $38-$65 USD (25,000-45,000 CLP). There is a counter within the airport where you can take an official taxi.
If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you, in the arrival hall between exit doors 2 and 3. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local emergency number. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.
If you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office Buenos Aires, Argentina
During office hours (Weekdays 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Local Time)
From outside Argentina: +54 11 2150 2581
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 2150 2581
After hours Emergency number
From outside Argentina: +54 9 11 3425 0380
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 15 3425 0380
If you are unable for any reason to contact G Adventures’ local office please call their their Toronto office: Toll free from North America: 1 888 800 4100; Outside North America: +1 416 260 0999
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.
Please note that Aerolineas Argentinas allows 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15 kg on internal flights. For every extra kilo, the airline will charge $10 per kg at the time of check-in.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is. If you want to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here.
Please make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for the entry and exit stamp.
Americans do not need a visa for travel in Chile for stays shorter than 90 days. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
Americans do not need a visa for travel in Argentina for stays shorter than 90 days. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.
You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of U.S. Dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America and more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
We do not recommend bringing travelers checks as they are difficult to change in country.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, that have been heavily marked, or that are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100 USD (or equivalent).
As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-$10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also, at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. As a budgeting guideline, $35 per person per week can be used. Please budget about $30 for tips to local guides on optional activities.
We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. Please take this seriously!
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here.
Your trip begins in Santiago, Chile, and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please double check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Santiago. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but we strongly urge you to arrive to the starting hotel by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for our group meeting. You can depart from Buenos Aires any time on the final day of the trip
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.
Chile and Argentina use a Type C- European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
December/January is summertime in the Southern Hemisphere. In Santiago and Buenos Aires, you can expect daytime temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s F with lows in the 50’s to 70’s F. In the Andes, the weather will be pleasantly cooler, with highs in the 60’s and 70’s F and lows the 40’s and 50’s F. We don’t expect much rain.
Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Breakfasts and a few dinners are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
See price in top right corner
Roughly $900-$1,400 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
We recommend $35 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Variable. Please consult your doctor.
Variable. At your personal discretion.
$100 USD (Suggested donation)
This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.
Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars (USD), Chilean Pesos (CLP), and Argentinian Pesos (ARS).
Bellavista Neighborhood: Free
Head to “Barrio Bellavista,” as the locals call this bohemian neighborhood, to enjoy a delicious meal, check out some art galleries, or have a drink at one of the many bars in the area.
Pisco Distillery Santiago: 32,700 CLP per person
Sample the national spirit of Chile and learn more about how it is produced and why it’s a source of pride for the country.
Day Trip to Isla Negra: Varies
Take a day trip to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s seaside home. This house was one of the poet and politician’s three homes. While not technically on an island, the house is near the water and it’s believed that watching the storms on the ocean inspired Neruda to write his famous poem Oda a la Tormenta. The author and his third-wife Matilde Urrutia are both buried on the grounds. The house is now a museum.
Volcan Villarica Hike: 100,000 CLP per person
If summiting an active volcano is on your bucket list, this activity it for you. Weather permitting, set out early to make it to the top and appreciate the views before sliding part of the way back down.
Guided Huerquehue Park: 38,000 CLP per person
Explore the lagoons and lush forests of Chile’s Lake District in Huerquehue National Park with a guide.
Natural Thermal Pools: 20,000 CLP per person
Rest your muscles in the natural thermal pools outside of Pucón. There are multiple pools varying in temperature and depth. Find the one that suits you best, take a deep breath, and enjoy the pools and the forest that surrounds them.
Whitewater Rafting Pucón: 18,000-28,000 CLP per person
Grab a paddle, strap on your helmet, and head down the rapids. Take a rest from paddling and take in the beautiful scenery of Chile’s Lake District.
Puerto Blest: Varies
Cruise the Blest arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi, passing by Centinela Island and landing at Cantaros Port. Trek through the forest and enjoy views of Lake Los Cantaros and the adjacent waterfalls.
Bariloche Circuito Chico Tour: 550 ARS per person
Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of San Carlos de Bariloche on a circuito chico tour. Stop at Bahia Lopez (Lopez Bay) and Panoramic Point and take in the beautiful landscape. Continue on to Cerro Campanario (Bell Mountain), opt to get an even better view by riding the chairlift.
Guided Hiking: 1,300 ARS per person
Hit some trails to get up close to the area’s natural beauty. Enjoy amazing views amid mountains and lakes while exploring the Lake District on foot.
Mountain Biking: 300 ARS per person
Take to two wheels and head out to explore. Choose from a number of different scenic routes and trails that wind through the Argentine Lake District’s stunning landscapes.
Horseback Riding: 1,200-1,800 ARS per person; 4-8 hrs
Hop in the saddle and head out on horseback to explore the Lake District’s diverse and beautiful terrain from a completely different perspective. Giddy-up!
Buenos Aires Guided City Tour: Varies
Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron’s famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo’s colorful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.
Tango Dinner Show: 80 USD per person
Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savor the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike.
La Boca Neighborhood Visit: 20-100 ARS per person
Visit La Boca, soaking in the vibrancy of the barrio’s brightly colored buildings, and El Caminito, a cobblestone street lined with artist studios that’s often used as an impromptu setting for tango performances. Or, if lucky, catch a match at fabled La Bombonera, the home stadium of the Boca Juniors’ fútbol club, where the crowd’s excitement is electric!
San Telmo: Free
Take a step back in time visiting charming San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest barrios (neighborhoods). Stroll along cobblestone streets and discover colonial architecture, museums, churches, and one-of-a-kind finds in the local antique shops. The barrio’s weekend market and street artists’ displays are must-sees and highlights for many visiting the capital.
Teatro Colón Tour: 250 ARS per person
Explore this stunning opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: 450-600 ARS per person
Experience this vibrant city cruising around on a bicycle with a local Argentine. Bike, helmet, knowledgeable tour guide, they’ve got it all taken care of. Just come along for the ride and take in the many historical sights on offer. Discover Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and the working class neighborhoods where the tango was born.