16 DAYS ●
Traverse the southern tip of South America, travelling from the desolate beauty of the Atacama down to the majestic ice and rock wilderness of Patagonia. Be awed by glaciers, weather-hewn peaks and teeming wildlife at the end of the world, before retiring to the vibrancy of Buenos Aires
Explore the majestic nature of this small mountain group
Tour the bleak beauty of the Atacama Desert and Salt Lake
Savour the bohemian atmosphere of this seaside town
Watch a tango show in the vibrant capital city of Argentina
Our Journey to the World's End itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Santiago, Chile’s energetic capital. Embark on a city tour which will allow you to experience the eclectic contrasts of the city. Starting in the downtown, pass through Santiago’s oldest residential area and head along the Alameda to reach the heart of the city. Admire the Plaza de Armas and cathedral before studying the interesting architecture of the Central Market. Explore bohemian Bellavista and ascend San Cristobal Hill for views over the city and the towering Andes Mountains. Return to the hotel via the modern residential district to see the contrasting architecture.
Take a day trip to the coast today to visit the bohemian port town of Valparaiso and the charming garden city of Vina del Mar. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Valparaiso is a unique and delightful tangle of a place, full of colourful houses, funicular lifts and beautiful graffiti. Vina del Mar on the other hand is a manicured seaside resort with wide boulevards and lovely beaches, a fascinating contrast. Return to Santiago.
Transfer to the airport and fly to the northern city of Calama, from where you will drive to the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Timed perfectly for sunset, drive out to Moon Valley, named for the similarities its landscapes share with earth’s satellite. With lonely volcanoes populating the horizon, sit and enjoy the silence as the sun’s dying rays turn the hues of the rock from orange, to red to purple.
Spend the day exploring the otherworldly Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Journey under the watchful gaze of barren mountains, passing salt lakes full of flamingos, to reach Miscanti and Miniques lagoons, which sit on the high plains at the base of two colossal volcanoes of the same names. The lagoons are astonishing blue, whilst the salt deposits around the water’s edge are brilliantly coloured, making for a kaleidoscopic experience!
Rise early to travel deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio. Set within a ring of volcanoes, there are about 80 lively geysers and fumaroles, which are at their best at sunrise. Keep an eye out for the wild, llama-like vicunas as you journey to and from San Pedro.
Transfer back to Calama and fly to the town of Punta Arenas, which sits at the end of continental South America, on the Straits of Magellan. Enjoy a short city tour, which will take you along the main street, the Avenida Independencia, to the viewpoint Cerro La Cruz, from where you’ll be able to look out over the colourful roofs of the town, across the Straits of Magellan to the Tierra del Fuego beyond. Travel on Puerto Natales, the lively, picturesque town that is the gateway to the Torres del Paine.
Patagonia may be a spectacular destination in general, but it is the Torres del Paine National Park that steals the crown. Packed with waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and jagged peaks, the park’s best known view is of the jagged granite towers from which the park takes its name. Spend the day amongst this breathtaking example of resplendent nature.
Depart Puerto Natales for the Argentina border. Transfer to the charming village of El Calafate, set prettily on the shores of Lago Argentino.
Travel from El Calafate into Los Glaciares National Park, an area that encompasses a vast chuck of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field. Here you will visit the 30-kilometre-long, 5-kilometre-wide and 60-metre-high Perito Moreno Glacier. This juggernaut of ice is constantly in motion, moving at a speedy two metres a day, huge chucks of ice regularly collapsing, with great spectacle, into the lake below. It is a thrilling and majestic sight to behold.
Transfer to the airport and fly to the city of Ushuaia. Sat on the edge of the Tierra del Fuego, facing the waters of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is considered the world’s southernmost city, and has dubbed itself the ‘End of the World’.
An exposed, barren archipelago, the Tierra del Fuego is at once picturesque, temperamental and mysterious. Wander amongst the lakes, peat bogs and rivers and admire the incredible views over the snow-capped mountains on the horizon. Continue on to Lapataia Bay passing the Green and Black lagoons. This afternoon, board a catamaran to cruise of the Beagle Channel. Gaze over the wild landscapes and spot sea lions speeding through the water and cormorants, albatrosses, skuas and petrels wheeling on the breeze.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and a city that irresistibly combines Latin flair and European elegance.
Today’s city tour starts with visits to the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the mausoleum of General San Martin, a national hero. The tour continues into some of the city’s barrios including the faded grandeur of old San Telmo, La Boca, cosmopolitan Palermo and historical Recoleta, where you will visit the famous cemetery with its magnificent tombs. Later sit down to a dinner and Tango show. Performed at one of the city’s famous Tango Houses, savour the nostalgia of a dance that was developed by European and African immigrants in the poorer quarters of the city.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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