Patagonia's Wild Sides

Patagonia's Wild Sides



Sandwiched between stays in two of South America's cosmopolitan capital cities, you'll experience off-the-beaten-path Patagonia, rafting a world-class river and hiking a forested nature preserve, as well as enjoy time on a wine estate.

from $8,195 pp    11 Days/10 Nights     $745/Day

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Patagonia's Wild Sides


Sandwiched between stays in two of South America's cosmopolitan capital cities, you'll experience off-the-beaten-path Patagonia, rafting a world-class river and hiking a forested nature preserve, as well as enjoying time on a wine estate. 


The Andes have given birth to more than their fair share of scenery, and you're headed to the best of its more remote rivers and forests and Chile's Lake District. With start and end destinations that incorporate culture and fine food and wine, this adventure is the ideal balance of excitement and relaxation.

Outside GO's 11-day tour of this region takes in the best of Argentina and Chile, from the well-heeled districts of Buenos Aires, where the tango got its start, to the wild rivers and hills of Patagonia, home to roaming pumas and gauchos who still make a living the traditional way, to a celebrated wine valley where you're put up amid the vines. Few South American adventures take in quite so much territory and so many singular experiences.

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Days 1-2

Buenos Aires


This South American adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where you'll have two days to explore this grand and sophisticated metropolis. Watch a tango show, stroll the café-lined streets and parks of the Palermo neighborhood, hit the San Telmo market and, if sports are your thing, check out a soccer or polo match during those seasons. Your base is Hub Porteño, an 11-room luxury outpost in the upper-middle-class area of Recoleta. Its staff is dedicated to making sure you see what you came for in the city and heading you in the direction of authentic destinations and experiences, not tourist traps.


Days 3-5

Futaleufú National Reserve


Today you'll fly southwest, to Esquel, at the foot of the Andes, where you'll be greeted and treated to a lovely scenic drive en route to the 16-room Uman Lodge, your Chilean home for the next three nights. This is a wild corner of Patagonia, and we suggest you experience it in a variety of ways outdoors. Top of the list is a rafting trip down the Futaleufú River, one of the top-rated whitewater rivers in the world; its Bridge to Bridge run, with Class III—IV rapids, is exhilarating. Alternately, you might enjoy a horseback ride, a hike into the surrounding forest, or a few hours fly-fishing.


Day 6

Chile's Lake District


You'll experience some amazing views of Patagonia today—a transfer to El Chaltén, a quick flight up and over the Andes to Puerto Montt and Chile's Lake District, and then a drive inland, past the waterfront and a national park—en route to your accommodations at the colonial-style Barraco Lodge, an eco-friendly property set on 150 acres overlooking Lake Tagua Tagua. It's hard to say whether you'll be more impressed with the view, the food, or the activities we've set up for the next few days.


Days 7-8

Lake Tagua Tagua


A full-day hike of Tagua Tagua Park awaits today. Founded in 2013, this 7,400-acre nature preserve is home to an ancient rainforest, waterfalls, unique vegetation, and animals like pumas, pudus, and a small native opossum. You'll arrive at the park entrance via jet boat, then embark on a six-hour trek, stopping first at Alerce Cabin and then Quetros Cabin, where a helicopter will pick you up and fly you back to the lodge. If a shorter day adventure sounds more your style, you can hike two hours in to the Alerce Cabin and then back out, for a return with the jet boat.

The next day, saddle up and don your cowboy hat. You'll meet your horse on a nearby island and ride three hours south along the Puelo River to the mouth of the Traidor River. A mouthwatering asado lunch awaits, and then a jet boat will whisk you back for a well-deserved nap on the lodge's sun deck or an hour in the hot tub.


Days 9-10

San Vicente, Millahue Valley


Once again you're headed northward, flying to Santiago before a transfer south of the city to the resort of Vik in San Vicente. The property is set within a winery in the Millahue Valley, with nearly two dozen artistically designed accommodations, a spa, and all kinds of ways to have fun: bicycling, trekking, swimming, bird-watching, stargazing, and paintball are just a few options. And where there's good wine, there's good food. Included with your stay is a three-course dinner, two glasses of Vik wine and a glass of Milla Calla wine, as well as a tour of the winery and a wine tasting. It's the best way to toast the finale of this grand trip.


Day 11

Depart for Home via Santiago



You've explored some of the best parts of remote Patagonia, tackled two South American capitals, and exposed your palate to fine regional wine and cuisine. You'll have a late-afternoon transfer back to Santiago, or extend your stay three more nights in Chile's Atacama Desert. Ask us for details.


Why Go on This Trip

  • Tour the vibrant districts of Buenos Aires, home to the tango, renowned museums, and outstanding dining.

  • Raft world-class whitewater.

  • Hike through a 7,400-acre natural preserve home to regional wildlife.

  • Experience off-the-beaten-path Patagonia in hidden-gem outposts.

  • Emulate the gaucho, with a riverfront ride followed by a barbecue.

  • Learn about Chilean wines at a Millahue Valley estate.

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