Duration: 15 Days
From the brilliant sights of Buenos Aires to the breathtaking heights of the Andes Mountains, this affordable tour of South America is packed with powerful experiences that stir the soul and ignite the imagination. Delve into the history of Argentine legends, dive into the dazzling beauty of Chile’s lakes and snow-capped summits, and glide across glistening waterways of Patagonia on a glacier-rich landscape you’ll never forget. Dip into the restorative thermal springs and sail the fjords for a chance to see whales, Magellan penguins, and other magnificent wildlife. Then have the time of your life in Santiago with wine tasting. Sample the traditional life and legendary scenery on this value-minded holiday in Argentina and Chile!
- Adventure is knocking with everything you need for perfectly affordable touring. Cosmos includes hand-selected accommodations, guided sightseeing, and seamless transportation between destinations—with value-minded travel lovers in mind. Explore with expert Cosmos Tour Directors and Local Guides, and private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Enhance your free time to explore like a local with your CosmosGO mobile app!
- Please note that land excursions are designed for all levels of fitness, however one should be in suitable physical condition to fully enjoy the experiences. Onboard guides will provide further details on the recommended fitness level for each excursion so guests can choose the best option based on their fitness level. There will also be “wet landings” meaning guests will need to be able to jump in the water or onto a floating dock, out of the boats/zodiacs and walk a couple of meters on rocky and uneven terrain.
- Due to the remote nature of the Patagonia cruise, emergency medical services may not always be readily available beyond First Aid. Guests will be required by Chilean law, to acknowledge this via a signed affidavit provided by your Tour Director prior to embarkation.
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2024, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in 2024.
Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. Settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free-time exploration.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city's landmarks, including the Teatro Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House), and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighbourhoods, and Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous Tango show. (B,D)
Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life and horsemanship of the gauchos (cowboys), as well as traditional dance performances and a barbecue lunch. (B)
Fly south to Bariloche in Patagonia on the shores of fjord-like Lago Nahuel Huapi in the heart of Argentina's Lake District. Arrive in the early evening, with time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town, known as the chocolate capital of Argentina. See the city hall, the clock tower in Municipality Square, and the famous chocolate factories. (B,D)
This alpine resort boasts some of the most glorious scenery in the country. Cameras should be ready for today's guided sightseeing including a chairlift ride to a lookout point at Cerro Campanario at 3400 feet. You'll want to capture the vistas of surrounding lakes and soaring peaks of the Andes Mountains. Continue with a leisurely drive around the Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez Bay. (B)
Today takes you across the Andes by lake and road. Embark on a boat cruise across Lago Nahuel Huapi, through the fjord, to Puerto Blest. Proceed by motorcoach and see the emerald lake of Lago Frigo, Andean Temperate Rainforests, and cross over the Continental Divide. After lunch, look for the soaring Osorno Volcano as you cross Lago Todos los Santos by catamaran. Skirt the southern shore of Lago Llanquihue on the way to Puerto Varas. Drive to your hotel along the rosebush-lined streets of this lakeside resort. (B,L,D)
Return to Puerto Montt for a tour of this nearby seaport. See the harbour brimming with fishing vessels along a busy waterfront lined with seafood stalls. Later, embark on the Skorpios. Sail through the archipelago of Llanquihue, see the city of Calbuco and through the Ancud Gulf to Quemchi on the island of Chiloe. Disembark on small boats towards the picturesque village where you can visit a handicraft market, cafes, the museum of the Chilean author Francisco Coloane and stroll around the beautiful streets. Return to the ship and sail south along the archipelago of Chiloe, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado at midnight. (B,D)
Cruise the channels of Moraleda and Ferronave arriving at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre. Disembark to visit the village for a walk through the streets, passing a typical Patagonian rainforest arriving at a lookout. Return to the ship and navigate through the channels of Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Casma. Arrive Barrientos Inlet, where we disembark to smaller boats approaching the rock formations to visit one of the largest bird colonies in Chile, counting Kelp Gulls, Rock shags, Red-legged shags, and Imperial shags. These birds are accompanied by South American fur seals. Later, continue south to Caleta Quesahuen or Punta Leopardos which is 20 nautical miles from the Glacier of San Rafael. (B,L,D)
Cross the channel of Tempanos to the entrance of the lagoon San Rafael where the boat will anchor near the San Rafael Glacier. Take a boat excursion among the multi-hued icebergs (weather permitting). Later, set sail towards the Quitralco-Fjord. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, visit Quitralco for a dip in the hot springs. Then, join a boat excursion to the inside of the Fjord (weather permitting). Later, sail towards Chiloe, navigating through the channels of Moraleda and Perez Norte. (B,L,D)
Navigate through the channel of Leucayec, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado early in the morning. You may even see humpbacks or blue whales in this zone. Continue sailing along the east coast of Chiloe, arriving mid-morning to the Conejos Inlet located in the Queilen channel. Disembark on small boats visiting the island inhabited by Magellan penguins and birds. Then continue sailing through the islands of Lemuy and Chelin. Arriving in Dalcahue, where you may choose to visit the handicraft market, the church or stroll along the promenade. Tonight, while sailing for Puerto Montt enjoy the Captain's Dinner and farewell party. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight north to Santiago. Perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Santiago has evolved as the country's political, commercial, and cultural capital. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel. (B,D)
Today, we focus on Chile's largest city, Santiago. See modern 'Sanhatten' with the tallest skyscrapers on the continent. Then to the oldest part of the city to see La Moneda Government Palace and San Cristobal Hill with its landmark statue of the Virgin Mary. Your tour ends at the city's main square, Plaza de Armas, with a visit to the relic-filled Cathedral. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure. You may wish to explore the city on your own or take an optional wine tasting excursion to taste Chile's famous export. (B)
Today, enjoy a day at leisure. An optional excursion to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar is highly recommended. On this optional excursion, take a leisurely drive through the countryside and vineyards delivers you to Valparaiso, a city of 42 hills and the inspiration of many artists and poets. On to the chic seaside resort of Vina del Mar, full of unusual architecture and beautiful gardens. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate your exciting Latin American holiday. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)