There are two countries that make an excellent pair for a South America trip: Argentina and Chile. These two are similar in culture and geography; both have excellent wines, cosmopolitan cities, and awe-inspiring natural wonders. In this article, you’ll find 3 great ways to combine Chile and Argentina Tours together for a great vacation itinerary. There are 3 major points of travel between these two countries:
The Santiago to Mendoza Route
If you are a wine lover, perhaps this is the best route for you. Enjoy a few days in Santiago to see the city and its wonderful museums. An additional tour can be done to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, one of the oldest ports in South America. In addition, Santiago de Chile is surrounded by valleys, perfect for the growing of the several varieties of grapes used in Chilean wines. Wine tours operate daily in half day and full day tours. After a few nights in Santiago, board a first class intercity coach to Mendoza, Argentina. Roughly 6 hours, the bus ride passes through the beautiful Andes Mountain range, with stunning vistas and scenery. Arriving in Mendoza, opt to stay in a wine lodge or stay in the city.
Our popular South America Wine Tour includes Santiago, Mendoza, and even the lesser-known wines of Uruguay! Become an expert in South American wine on this tour.
The Lake Crossing
The lake crossing is done by boat and bus traveling from the towns of Bariloche, Argentina and Puerto Varas, Chile (and vice versa). Excellent for nature lovers who are not willing to brave the cold of Patagonia. Bariloche, a haven for ski enthusiasts and nature photographers, is a quaint town with a Swiss alpine feel. The lake crossing is done in a full day tour, and one can stop in the town of Peulla, Chile for an overnight, splitting the crossing into two days. From Puerto Varas, take a tour to the Osorno Volcano, Petrohue waterfalls, or charming fishing village of Chiloé Isle.
Check out our popular Chile Andes & Buenos Aires tour, which includes the Patagonia Lake Crossing route.
Chile and Argentina Tours in Patagonia
Patagonia is a wonderful place to experience both Argentina and Chile. It is possible to cross between the Patagonian towns of Puerto Natales and El Calafate by bus. This way, one can visit Torres del Paine National Park, and Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers of Chile while at the same time not missing out on the impressive sights of Argentine Patagonia. The full day bus ride from Puerto Natales lands you in El Calafate, from where one can do daily tours to Upsala, Onelli, and Perito Moreno Glaciers–unforgettable!
We offer several trip ideas of Chilean and Argentina Patagonia – check out all our Patagonia Tours here.
These three crossing points allow for a unique Chile and Argentina tour. Plus, these trip itineraries are easily combined with Peru or with a few days in Brazil on the beach. Contact one of our SouthAmerica.travel consultants right away for a customized itinerary, made personally for you!