Wildness of Patagonia and three capitals
Patagonia for school groups
You will visit Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Patagonia is great for learning about
This is an example of the Patagonia itinerary.
Remember: We are very happy to customize this itinerary to accommodate your group specific interests. We can make it longer or shorter and adjust the cost to fit different budgets.
Day 1 Arrivals in Santiago
Arrivals. We suggest booking an overnight flight that arrives late morning or arrive a day earlier and we will be happy to book you an additional night in the hotel. We will do a city tour around:
Enjoy the view of Santiago from the tallest building, Gran Torre. Welcome dinner.
Day 2 Punta Arenas
Short tour to the other part of Santiago (if times allows)
Flight to Punta Arenas (3.5 hours). Visit Zona Franca, a large tax-free shopping zone on the outskirts of Punta Arenas to get snacks for hiking trails.
Day 3 Isla Magdalena and Magellan traits
We start early in the morning as the boat leaves at 6:30 AM. With a cup of hot chocolate or aromatic coffee served on board we sail through the Strait of Magellan to Magdalena and Marta Islands and observe the abundant marine life: the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, the Patagonian sea lions, cormorants, dolphins, and whales, and other species of marine life on Marta Island
Drive to Puerto Natales, where will be our base for the hikes in Torres del Paine.
Day 4 Torres del Paine
Dressing in layers, since the weather in Patagonia is unpredictable, we will hike and enjoy the striking views around Mirador Las Torres.
Day 5 Torres del Paine
On the second day at this Park, we will visit Grey Lake, which is a glacially-fed lake.
Free time to explore the place.
Day 6 El Calafate
At El Calafate, we will visit:
- Museum and glacier Glaciarium
- Historical Interpretation Center of Calafate, for natural history & dinosaur fossils
Watch the sunset and observe the birds at Reserva Laguna Nimez
Day 7 Perito Moreno Glacier
To explore this place, no previous experience is required. We will do ice hiking in this accessible, stable, and beautiful Perito Moreno glacier.
After lunch, take photos and admire the viewing balconies.
Day 8 El Chaltén
With comfortable shoes, we visit:
Day 9 Buenos Aires
Great intro to the city is a walking tour in the colonial heart of town. We visit:
- Barolo Palace
- 9 de Julho Avenue
- Maio Square
- Casa Rosada building
- Obelisco de Buenos Aires monument
- Colón Theater
Walk at the famous and colorful street-museum Caminito
Special event: Watch the famous Tango dance.
Day 10 Buenos Aires
Add 2 days (12 days total)
Day 10 Buenos Aires
We explore together:
Travel to Uruguay.
Day 11 Montevideo (Uruguay)
Great intro to the city is a walking tour in the heart of town. We visit:
Go to Mercado del Puerto, where we will try special foods and have free time to explore the shops.
Visit the Juan Manuel Blanes Museum, which is specialized in art national history.
Day 12 Montevideo
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Emergency Telephone Numbers
Argentina – Country Code +54 | Police 101 | American Embassy: (+54) 11 5777-4533 Address: Av. Colombia 4300, C1425 GMN, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chile – Country Code +56 | Police 133 | American Embassy: (+56) 2 2330 3000 Address: Av. Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Uruguay – Country Code +598 | Police 911 | American Embassy: (+598) 2517 0260 Address: Dr. Lauro Müller 1776, 11200 Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo, Uruguay
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Essential Travel Information
for tours to Patagonia
visa requirements, health, currency and more
Important notice: PERITO MORENO GLACIER MINI TREK: The maximum age limit for the optional Perito Moreno Glacier is 65 years old.
LONG TRAVEL DAYS: This trip includes a few long travel days. See the itinerary.
WEATHER: The weather in Patagonia in unpredictable. While Colibri Travel & Tours to Patagonia only run during the warmer months, temperatures can fluctuate 35 to 85 F within a day. Please make sure to bring clothing than can be layered.
On our Patagonia trips it is best to take a backpack rather than a standard suitcase.
We recommend that you exercise regularly and do a few local hikes before this trip.
▹ Visa requirements for tours to Patagonia
There are no special visa requirements for US citizens entering Argentina, Chile and Uruguay for less than 90 days. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.
▹ Health, Vaccinations
✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.
Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.
Argentina, Chile and Uruguay operate on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
▹ Connectivity, Internet
✔︎ The Internet is available in all hotels although speed may vary.
✔︎ Please consult your phone plan provider for phone call and text messages, international charges and plans.
▹ Time zones
✔︎ Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay are 2 hours ahead Eastern Time (ET).
✔︎ 12pm in New York is 2pm the same days in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
▹ Currency, cash, credit cards
✔︎ The currency in Chile is Chilean peso, in Argentina is Argentine peso and in Uruguay is Uruguayan peso.
✔︎ Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas.
✔︎ ATMs are available in all major towns and cities and credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are better than American Express, Diners. Smaller venues accept cash only
▹ Baggage allowance
✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.
✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.
Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.
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