South America Travel

Argentina and Chile Trip

Encompassing nineteen countries, two coastlines, and the Andes Mountain range, choosing which country to visit in South America can be a challenge. However, even with limited vacation time it is possible to visit two or more countries in one trip and get the most out of your South American adventure. By combining a trip to Argentina and Chile you will be able to experience a wide variety of sights and sounds, including the fast-paced energy of modern cities and the tranquil settings of forested highlands, lakes and mountains.

Buenos Aires, Argentina's lively capital is one of the highlights of the country. This is also a great place to first arrive in South America because it will give you a chance to get acclimated and to explore one of the continent's most exciting cities. Buenos Aires is the pulse of Argentina, throbbing with the seductive yet elegant beat of the tango, followed by a steak grilled by a cowboy under the stars and then washed down with a glass of an exquisite Malbec wine. Going to Buenos Aires will delight you with its sophisticated elegance, fine wines, delicious cuisine, and the many cultural offerings of art, theatre and dance. The inexpensive indulgences will make you think you've traveled back in time to 1920's Paris.

From Buenos Aires one possible route could be to travel westward into the Patagonia Region. Paso Mamuil Malal is a picturesque mountain town, which connects backpackers to the popular resort of Pucon, situated in Chile. Another option is to cross into Chile via Cruce Internacional de los Lagos, an equally scenic area, which connects travelers to Puerto Montt.

From Puerto Montt you can also access Chile by crossing one of the lakes that separate the two countries. The lake crossing involves traveling by road and boat and there are many opportunities to gaze at the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes, waterfalls, and alpine forests. Bariloche is also a popular holiday spot where many come to hit the slopes in the winter.

Another possible route is to go west from Buenos Aires and into Mendoza, Argentina's wine centre, where you can explore the scenic countryside and sample some of the finest wines in the world. Mendoza is also a great starting point for trekking through the Andes and crossing over into Chile.

Another option is to travel to southern Argentina's El Calafate, the glacier capital of the country. Close by is Los Glacier National Park, which features 47 majestic glaciers, making it the breathtaking White Patagonia. It is also conveniently close to the Chilean border, which features the stunning Torres del Paine National Park.

Torres del Paine National Park is only five hours from El Calafate and is situated just past the border of Chile. It is a must-see for a trip to South America. It is considered one of the most remote places on earth and the most beautiful and unspoiled. There are many activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, and glacier crossing. You will find yourself immersed in a pristine wonderland of glaciers, alpine forests, and majestic mountaintops.

Below is a link to a sample Argentina - Chile itinarary. There are many other ways to explore both Argentina, Chile, and Patagonia. Read more information on these countries or speak to a travel professional.
Sample Argentina - Chile Trip Itinarary

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