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Southern Lakes Crossing

Chile lake crossing

Take the scenic route between Argentina and Chile by floating along the waterways of the northern Patagonian lake district.

Our favourite way to cross between Argentina and Chile is via this passage through the lakes, very much a highlight in its own right.

Bavarian Bariloche, with its pointed steeples, ski resorts and chocolate shops, marks one end of the lake crossing, while on the Chilean side you’ll arrive at the town of Puerto Varas with its backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes. In between, a wonderland of aquamarine lakes penetrates the Andean mountain chain that forms a natural border between the two countries.

You’ll cross this region by boat and road over the course of a mesmerising day’s journey. Travel across lakes reminiscent of Scandinavian fjords as ever-changing mountain landscapes peer over the horizon.

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Chilean Lake District (south)

Holidays Southern Lakes Crossing

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Private Journeys

Argentina / Chile / Patagonia

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

17 days from £7,980pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Private Journeys

Chile / Argentina / Patagonia

Signature Patagonia: Highlights of Patagonia

13 days from £6,820pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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  • Heloise
    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.

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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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.

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    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.

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    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.

  • Sophie
    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.

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