• 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $5,898 / person
  • ($1,480 single supplement)

Explore Northern Patagonia!

Journey to the sweeping tail end of South America on this small group, action-packed journey through Northern Patagonia. A picture-perfect backdrop of soaring mountains, alpine lakes, expansive glaciers, dense forests, lush valleys, and windswept steppe are rife with adventure. Hike, bike, raft and horseback ride deep into Chile’s breathtaking landscape, as our expert local guides introduce you to the life of the gaucho, the soaring heights of the Andean condor, and the hidden gems of the Lake District. From Argentina’s snow-capped peaks to Chile’s expansive grasslands, discover the majesty of one of the world’s most pristine wildernesses on this all-inclusive Patagonia vacation package. All the while, enjoy the best in regional accommodations and cuisine, and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. This trip-of-a-lifetime is not to be missed!

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Horseback

Activity Level: Moderate to Challenging

This Tour

Perched on the border of Chile and Argentina, the Northern Lake District is blessed with some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in all of South America. Hike, bike, and raft deep into the Central Andes on our carefully-crafted, out-of-this-world Patagonia itinerary. Ten days won't seem like enough, but we're sure you'll find time for a soak in an open-air Jacuzzi while sipping a deep glass of Chilean wine under the gaze of the Southern Cross.

- Kick off your adventure with eye-popping views from atop Mt. Campanario
- Visit Ventisquero Negro, Nahuel Huapi National Park's "black snowdrift" glacier
- Hike to Morenkoff Point for knock-your-socks-off views of the Tronador peaks, hanging glaciers, and waterfalls
- Lunch with the locals in the lakeside artisan village of Villa La Angostura
- Descend Cordoba Pass by bike through a dramatic desert landscape
- Raft the thrilling rock-and-roll rapids of the Trancura River
- Settle in at the end of the day with a plate of delectable homemade empanadas and a glass of local Malbec

Glacier in Chile
Photo: Glacier in Chile

Our guides did a great job making sure all the guests had their needs met. They delivered excellent service and were willing to do anything to make sure we were well accommodated.

Mike P Crownsville, MD

It was more than I had expected. I loved this experience.

Rhonda M Reno, NV

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Tour Itinerary

10 Days / 9 Nights

Punta Arenas, Chile

Day 1: Arrive in Bariloche
Riding Horses in Chile
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Hotel Aldebarán

Our trip begins today in Bariloche, Argentina. From the airport, there is one group transfer to our lodge for an orientation with our guides. Bariloche is a Swiss-styled resort town with a mix of Italian and Argentine influences.
Dinner at the lodge.

About Hotel Aldebarn

Day 2: Bariloche, Cycling
Biking in Chile
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel Aldebarán

This morning is a scenic drive (2 hours) along the shore of Gutierrez and Mascardi Lakes to Pampa Linda at the foot of Mt. Tronador. Our lodge is at the end of the road in a lovely mountain setting; the location is perfect for today and tomorrow's adventures. After lunch, a short warm up hike to nearby waterfalls to stretch the legs and enjoy exceptional views of the valley. Later on, a short transfer near takes us to the moraine of Ventisquero Negro, the black glacier at the bottom of massive Mt. Tronador. Tonight we enjoy the fabulous Patagonian skies as we search for the southern cross

Day 3: Hanging Glaciers at Mt. Tronador
Chile Adventure Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning is a scenic drive (2 hours) along the shore of Gutierrez and Mascardi Lakes to Pampa Linda at the foot of Mt. Tronador. Our lodge is at the end of the road in a lovely mountain setting; the location is perfect for today and tomorrow's adventures. After lunch, a short warm up hike to nearby waterfalls to stretch the legs and enjoy exceptional views of the valley. Later on, a short transfer near takes us to the moraine of Ventisquero Negro, the black glacier at the bottom of massive Mt. Tronador. Tonight we enjoy the fabulous Patagonian skies as we search for the southern cross.

Day 4: Hiking at Mt Tronador
Chile Adventure Tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This is a challenging and rewarding day. Setting out on foot from our front door, our trail ascends steeply alongside a forest of cohihues trees, hundred of years old. We follow Morenkoff Ridge, each step upward opening to more impressive views of Mt. Tronador (11,632'). Our destination is Morenkoff Point, with fantastic views of the Tronador peaks, hanging glaciers and surging waterfalls. It is not uncommon to see magnificent condors soaring above with their 10' wing spans. Then it's back to the lodge for a relaxing evening.

Day 5: To Villa La Angostura, Afternoon Cycling
Chile Vacations
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Correntoso Hotel

We drive 3 hours to Villa La Angostura, a small artesian village on the shore of the largest lake of the region, the Nahuel Huapi. After lunch at the village we cycle out of town on secondary gravel roads that lead us to the Correntoso Lake, from there we cycle on single track among a diverse array of forests, to the scenic shore of Espejo Lake. Tonight we encourage everyone to sample the local fare for dinner. Delicious empanadas (meat pies) and excellent Argentinean wines (Malbecs and Cabernets) are favorites. We stay at a local hotel tonight.

Day 6: To San Martin De Los Andes
Chile Adventure Tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Rio Hermosa Hotel

Our morning drive puts us on the scenic Seven Lakes Road. In the late morning, we crest Cordoba Pass (3,000'), seizing the perfect opportunity to hop on our bikes and descend the winding road that leads through this dramatic desert landscape. This is very unlike other Andean landscapes with its wild rock formations and having a very "American southwest" feel. We're met at the end of our descent with another perfect picnic lunch, resting in the shade creekside before our support vehicle transfers us to another lovely section of this quiet road for several more miles of cycling. Spectacular views unfold before us as we glide into to the lovely town of San Martin de los Andes. Tonight we enjoy a pre-dinner wine tasting at a local hot spot and wine bar.

Day 7: San Martin de los Andes
Tours to Chile
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Rio Hermosa Hotel

This morning we cycle on secondary gravel roads to Quila Quina, a small settlement by the Lacar lake and land of the Mapuches (indigenous people to the area). As we pedal through the village, we enjoy the quiet and untamed beauty of this land, with rewarding sights of lakes and peaks from Argentina & Chile. Afterwards we board a catamaran and set sail to San Martin de los Andes, where you will have time for lunch and walk the peaceful streets of this quaint town. Afternoon return to our lodge and rest until dinner.

Day 8: To Pucon, Cycling
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel Antumalal

This morning we leave early for our drive over the Andes (4 hours) to Chile. We pass through an entire forest of araucaria or "monkey-puzzle" trees and stop for a picnic lunch en route. Welcoming us to Chile are three volcanic sentinels: Lanin (12,386'), Villarrica (9,309') and Mocho (7,890'). We enjoy superb (paved roads) cycling, through pastoral countryside and small villages until we arrive in the lively Chilean resort town of Pucon. This city is an adventure traveler's mecca. With its wooden architecture and colorful markets and shops, Pucon possesses the typical flavor of Chile's southern towns. This evening you can choose from a variety of lively local restaurants for your first night of dining in Chile. We'll spend the next two nights here.

Day 9: White Water Rafting
Chile Adventure Travel
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Malalhue Hotel

Take it easy this morning, sleep late or explore the charming town and artesian markets of Pucon. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy local lunchtime cuisine on your own in one of Pucon's many delicious cafes. This afternoon hold on tight as we raft the thrilling, rock-and-roll Class III Trancura River.The landscape and geology of the area is impressive as we run the rapids downstream. Tonight is our farewell dinner - we celebrate our accomplishments and bid farewell to our guides.

Day 10: Fly to Santiago
Chile Tours
Meals Included:  B

After breakfast there is a group transfer to Temuco Airport (2 hour drive) for connecting flights home via Santiago. Or, extend your stay to explore on your own.

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  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $5,898 / person
  • ($1,480 single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

  • Upon arrival at the airport in Santiago, Chile, take a connecting flight to the city of Punta Arenas which lasts around four hours.
  • Your trip begins with your arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas, Chile with reception by an Explora Patagonia representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it.
  • You will then be driven in a comfortable minibus approximately 4.5 (with a short stop halfway for a light meal) to Hotel Salto Chico where you can relax or enjoy an exciting Patagonia adventure tour.
  • Your trip ends on Day 5 with a four and a half hour drive back to the airport in Punta Arenas for your transfer flight to Santiago Chile.
  • From here, you will make connections according to your post trip plans.


  • 20 different treks available
  • Your guide will meet with you in the bar/living room area of the hotel where he will explain your options according to your interests and abilities
  • Easy to challenging, half and full day hikes cater to a wide range of trekkers

Horseback Riding

  • 14 half and full day horseback rides available, ranging from easy to challenging
  • The horses have been specially trained for explorations and routes are suitable for those who are new to riding and expert riders
  • A basic course is also offered for those who wish to learn to learn to horseback ride
  • The equipment used is of the highest quality: Chilean saddles, hand-made by a master craftsman; British saddles; Argentine leather chaps; and helmets

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are as included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages (excluding premium liquors and wines) are included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price

- All accommodations in double occupancy: Boutique Hotels, Inns & Hotels (All lodges are subject to availability )
- Meals, as described in the detailed itinerary (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
- Private transportation in all locations
- Local guides for the 2-3 pax segment. Tour leader all through the trip for 4-7 and 8-12 pax segments
- Private, expert local guides (English- Spanish).
- Aluminum Mountain bikes, 27 gears, disk brakes, top shimano components.
- Outdoor Activities as described
- Water Bottles / Snacks during outdoor activities & shuttle time

Not Included in Trip Price

- Wines and other alcoholic beverages during meals/ except during picnics.
- Insurance of any kind.
- International and domestic airfares
- Tips for guides and drivers



With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Great trip, good food, experienced their culture and people and how they live.

Chuck H, Glen Ellyn, IL

This was the trip of a lifetime and I truly felt the 'toughest part was going home', even with the mountains we climbed!

Ingrid W, Morristown, NJ

Great local contacts; good diversity of activities; flexible; customer service top notch.

Sue K, Lake Zurich, IL

We enjoyed it all. it was a well planned trip.

Gloria E, Portola Valley, CA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The name: Turns out Patagonia wasn't named after a cool outdoor clothing company - the explorer Magellan named the region after the native people there. He used the word Patagon, or giant, to describe the group, who were an average height of about 6 feet tall, much taller than the Europeans of the time.
  • 2. The history: People have been in Patagonia longer than you might think. Humans have inhabited Patagonia since 10,000 BCE, if not longer, and traces of past settlements can be found across the region.
  • 3. The flora: The Patagonian region of Santa Cruz, Argentina, is home to a 52-square mile petrified forest. The forest grew 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period, and was later buried under volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Cretaceous Period, when the Andes began formation.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like the Rio Hermosa Hotel, explore by day and relax at night over delectable, fresh cuisine and delicious Malbecs.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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