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Patagonia

Patagonia Bus Tour

The question where in South America you should go on a bus tour is very easy to answer: Patagonia. That is why we chose this region. We start the adventure in the Chilean capital Santiago and travel first on the legendary Pan Americana towards the south. Arriving in Patagonia, we pass the border between Chile and Argentina on solitary mountain passes through the Andes. On gravel roads you can enjoy the Carretera Austral through the jungle and on the Ruta 40 the endless expanses of Argentina. "The Route is the Destination" in Patagonia: In addition to national parks, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and volcanoes, Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city at the end of the world, also awaits us.

 

The Route for the South America Patagonia Bus Tour

 

The Route:

arrow down Day 1: Santiago (CHL)

Santiago de Chile

Welcome to Santiago, the capital and largest city of the South American state of Chile. The transfer from the airport to our tour hotel takes you to the traditional welcome dinner and briefing in the evening. Anyone participating in the "Best of Santiago" day tour will arrive one day earlier.

arrow down Day 2: Santiago (CHL) > Valparaiso (CHL)

Valparaiso, Chile

Early in the morning we will start our South America adventure with an excursion to the Chilean port city Valparaiso, which is known for its steep cable cars and hills with colorful houses. Among other things, our destination is the lookout balcony of the city, Paseo 21 de Mayo.

arrow down Day 3: Valparaiso (CHL) > Santa Cruz (CHL)

Winery Santa Cruz, Chile

Today we take it easy and travel via Casablanca and Ruta 66 to Colchagua Valley, the wine region around Santa Cruz. After checking in at the hotel and an informative tour of the winery, there is of course a wine tasting with premium wines.

arrow down Day 4: Santa Cruz (CHL) > Temuco (CHL)

Pan Americano, Chile

On the legendary Pan Americana we will travel as quickly as possible towards Patagonia to Temuco, once the settlement area of the Mapuche Indians, center of the German-Chileans and capital of the Region de la Araucania. On the left the Andes, the mountain ridge as a border to Argentina, and on the right the Pacific - with this view dreams come true...

arrow down Day 5: Temuco (CHL) > San Martin de los Andes (ARG)

Volcano Lanin

We arrive in Patagonia on our bus tour - in time for the photo stop overlooking Lake Villarrica and the active volcano Villarrica (2840 m high) which lies south of the lake. Our route leads us along the lake to the other side, to the small town of Pucon. A lonely mountain road will take us up to the Andes to the border crossing to Argentina. Wild mountain rivers and the 3747 m high volcano Lanin offer us breathtaking nature pictures. In San Martin de los Andes we will stay the night at the foot of the Andes.

arrow down Day 6: San Martin de los Andes (ARG) > El Bolson (ARG)

El Bolson, Argentina

This day is dedicated to a whole series of mountain lakes where we will travel along in solitary wilderness. Highlight is the Lake Nahuel Huapi, the source lake of the Rio Limay. In the Mapuche language, its name means "Island of the Jaguar". The lake is located near San Carlos de Bariloche and has an area of 531 km² with a maximum depth of 460 m. The volcano Puyehue, 2236 m high, east of the Puyehue National Park, rises above everything. German beer and German hospitality await us in an Andean valley in the south of Argentina, in El Bolson, which used to be a hippie center. By the way, in El Bolson stray dogs of different breeds cross the traffic light regularly when it is green...

arrow down Day 7: El Bolson (ARG) > Futaleufu (CHL)

Futaleufu, Chile

We continue travelling along the legendary Ruta 40 in Argentina, this time with the Andes on the right. The fascinating endless expanses of Argentina are much like the west of the USA. Those who love the open spaces in the USA will be thrilled by the expansiveness of Argentina. After we crossed the border to Chile, we immediately head for our accommodation in Futaleufu. The place was named after the crystal blue river Futaleufu, which is considered to be one of the best white-water rafting rivers in the world.

arrow down Day 8: Futaleufu (CHL) > Puyuhuapi (CHL)

Carretera Austral, Chile

The Chilean Ruta 7, also called Carretera Austral, is one of the most beautiful routes in the world! Jungle and fog-cloaked fjords adorn the gravel road. We will stay overnight in the Puyuhuapi Lodge, which can only be accessed by boat. In the solitude there is neither mobile communication nor Wi-Fi - instead you will find the Termas Puyuhuapi to relax.

arrow down Day 9: Puyuhuapi (CHL)

Puyuhuapi Lodge, Chile

Today is at your own disposal. If you wish, you can enjoy the thermal springs, massages or a canoe trip on the Puyuhuapi Fjord, a small fjord just across from the Ventisquero Sound.

arrow down Day 10: Puyuhuapi (CHL) > Coihaique (CHL)

Carretera Austral, Chile

We then continue our bus tour on the Carretera Austral and arrive in Coihaique, capital of the Aysen region. In Patagonia you can literally use the popular motto "The Route is the Destination".

arrow down Day 11: Coihaique (CHL) > Perito Moreno (ARG)

Ruta 40, Argentina

Again, we cross a border pass to Argentina and set up camp in Perito Moreno, also known as Lago Buenos Aires. The name Perito Moreno comes from the Argentine geographer and anthropologist Francisco Pascasio Moreno. The city and the famous glacier were named after him in his honor.

arrow down Day 12: Perito Moreno (ARG) > Gobernador Gregores (ARG)

Gobernador Gregores, Argentina

Today we can enjoy an open road which is familiar to us through our USA tours and which is typical for the Ruta 40 in the Argentinean part of Patagonia. In the middle of this secluded area there is only one place to stay overnight...

arrow down Day 13: Gobernador Gregores (ARG) > El Calafate (ARG)

Ruta 40, Argentina

The second stage of the seemingly endless Ruta 40 finally takes us to El Calafate. The village is located in the Argentinian province of Santa Cruz, near the South Patagonian ice field. El Calafate is best known as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park with the huge Perito Moreno glacier.

arrow down Day 14: El Calafate (ARG)

Perito Morena Glacier, Argentina

Today there is a top highlight on the program of our Patagonia bus tour: The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the largest outlet glaciers of the Campo de Hielo Sur, the largest glacier area of the South American Andes. In a comfortable bus we will drive to the National Park Los Glaciares, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a boat tour and a hike directly to the glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the size of the city of Buenos Aires and with a bit of luck we might witness how a piece of ice breaks off from the glacier front with a loud roar and then drops into the Lago Argentino.

arrow down Day 15: El Calafate (ARG) > Torres del Paine National Park (CHL)

Fuel on Ruta 40, Argentina

Via La Esperanza we continue travelling along the Argentinean Ruta 40 to the border crossing to Chile and then directly into the Torres del Paine National Park, where our overnight stay is planned at Lago Grey, near the glacier.

arrow down Day 16: Torres del Paine National Park (CHL)

Torres del Paine National Park

A popular viewpoint and photo highlight is the Condor Lookout, which we will reach after a short hike. Up here we have an amazing view of the Torres del Paine, three needle-like granite mountains, which are between 2600 and 2850 m high and are the landmark of the National Park. We are sure to see the Andean condor circling directly below us, a species of bird that is one of the New World vultures and nests on the lookout of the same name.

arrow down Day 17: Torres del Paine National Park (CHL) > Punta Arenas (CHL)

Punta Arenas

We leave the National Park, pass Puerto Natales and finally reach Punta Arenas, an important port on the Strait of Magellan.

arrow down Day 18: Punta Arenas (CHL) > Rio Grande (ARG)

Ruta del Fin del Mundo

Early in the morning we start our Patagonia adventure to the end of the world on the road with the same name, the Ruta del Fin del Mundo. With the ferry we will cross the legendary Strait of Magellan and at San Fernando the border to Argentina. Our overnight stay is in Rio Grande, largest city of the island Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America and capital of the departamento of the same name in the Argentinian province Tierra del Fuego.

arrow down Day 19: Rio Grande (ARG) > Ushuaia (ARG)

Ushuaia, end of the world, Argentina

Around noon we reach the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and called the "end of the world". Here, at the entrance to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park, numerous highlights await us, which is why we are staying for two nights.

arrow down Day 20: Ushuaia (ARG)

Penguins, Martillo Island, Ushuaia / Argentina

For today we recommend optional excursions. On the one hand a boat trip on the Beagle Canal with course to the Bird Island, Sea Lion Island, the lighthouse Faro Les Eclaireurs and finally to the penguin colony on Martillo Island, where you can walk amongst the penguins. As a second option we suggest a ride on the End of The World Train, which will take you to the National Park Tierra del Fuego and then take you on a round trip by bus. Both and other highlights in Ushuaia must be booked immediately, as the capacities in this part of the world are limited all year round.

arrow down Day 21: Ushuaia (ARG) > Rio Grande (ARG)

Rio Grande, Argentina

In the early afternoon we leave Ushuaia. Experience has shown that many people will come back soon, because they are eager to visit such locations again. Today we return to Rio Grande and enjoy travelling through mountain passes and popular ski resorts.

arrow down Day 22: Rio Grande (ARG) > Punta Arenas (CHL)

Strait of Magellan

Just as we arrived, we will return, but this time we first cross the border into Chile and then take the ferry across the Strait of Magellan. From the end of the world we return to civilization, to Punta Arenas. In the evening our traditional Farewell Dinner takes place, where we will review our shared bus tour through Patagonia once again...

Learn more about this Guided Bus Tour:

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What's included:
* The Original Tour - developed and organised by Reuthers
* Reuthers + local Tour Guides - trained and multilingual
* Travelling in comfortable Mini Bus / Van
* 22x Accommodation Hotels/B&B in shared Double Room
* Accommodations including Breakfast
* Secured Payment Certificate (Sicherungsschein)
* Reuthers Tour Book with Itineraries and Tips
* Reuthers Travel Lecture (in English)
* Reuthers Welcome Drink
* Welcome Dinner in Restaurant
* Farewell Dinner in Restaurant
* Reuthers Roadside Lunch©
* Local Ferries
* Transfers Airport > Hotel > Airport
* Entrance Fees
* Reuthers Rewards

Dates:
There are still places available 11.Feb.-3.Mar.2020

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Pricing:
Per Person = USD 5295
Twin Room extra charge (2 separate beds instead of 1 common bed) = USD 265
Single Room extra charge (instead of shared Double Room) = USD 1995

Optional Bookings:
Additional Accommodation prior tour start in shared Double Room (1 common bed) = USD 90
Additional Accommodation prior tour start in shared Twin Room (2 separate beds) = USD 95
Additional Accommodation prior tour start in Single Room = USD 180
Additional Accommodation after the tour in shared Double Room (1 common bed) = USD 90
Additional Accommodation after the tour in shared Twin Room (2 separate beds) = USD 95
Additional Accommodation after the tour in Single Room = USD 180
Santiago Best Of - Sightseeing on Day 1 including additional Accommodation prior tour start in shared Double Room (1 common bed) = USD 240
Santiago Best Of - Sightseeing on Day 1 including additional Accommodation prior tour start in shared Twin Room (2 separate beds) = USD 250
Santiago Best Of - Sightseeing on Day 1 including additional Accommodation prior tour start in Single Room = USD 330

All pricing payable in US Dollar.
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2% Golden Ager Discount (age min 60 years prior tour start)
10% Group Discount (from 8 participants, all registrations within one week, common Payment of Balance by Bank Transfer)
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