Overview & Highlights
Chile’s fractured, mountainous coastline meant the mid-south remaining a sparsely populated wilderness, as are the wind-buffeted steppes across the border in Argentina. But now the adventurous can explore this region on our group tour..
There are surely few areas of Latin America of such outstanding natural beauty, yet, owing to its remoteness, Aisén in Chilean Patagonia is relatively unvisited. Lying between the justifiably popular volcanic lake district to the north and the windswept granite peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine to the south, this remarkable region reveals a wilderness of cool rainforest, glaciers, and sweeping vistas across stunning mountain peaks.
Not all that long ago, finding comfortable transport and accommodation in the region was a challenge. Now, as the area opens up with new roads and begins to develop its tourism potential, a number of reasonable and good hotels and lodges have been established.
A sense of adventure is vital, as is an understanding of the nature of journeys which explore remote areas.
- Buenos Aires: City tour
- La Trochita train journey or Los Alerces National Park, Esquel
- Queulat National Park and glacier
- Puerto Rio Tranquilo: Glacier Exploradores and boat trip to Capillas de Marmol
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UK clients fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, arriving the following morning.
Day at leisure to rest, explore or take an optional excursion.
City tour of Buenos Aires.
Fly to Esquel in Argentine Patagonia.
Board the Old Patagonian Express or visit Los Alerces National Park.
Cross into Chile to Futaleufú. Walking or white-water rafting.
Drive down the Carretera Austral to Puerto Puyuhuapi. Visit the Queulat National Park.
Travel on down 'the southern highway' to Coyhaique.
Venture further south through glacial valleys and across Lago General Carrera to stay on the shores of the lake.
Day at leisure to relax, stroll along the lake shore or nearby rivers or fish, kayak or raft.
Continue north to Puerto Rio Tranquilo on the shores of a glacial lake.
View Exploradores glacier and visit the Capillas de Marmol by boat.
Return north to Balmaceda and fly to Santiago.
Optional visit to a vineyard or the port city Valparaíso.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
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Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Maggie Wilson - Travel Expert
Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.