Argentina & Chile by Rail
IMPORTANT: We are not currently offering this itinerary, because the train from Viedma to Bariloche is currently suspended.
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The trip takes you mainly by railway from Buenos Aires first southwards to the rough Atlantic coast to the animal paradis peninsula Valdes and from there westwards to the Andean Lakes region of the Chilenean Switzerland und Santiago de Chile, with its vineyards.
- With the steam engine 'La Trochita' through Patagonia
- The train 'Tren de la Costa' shows you Rio de la Plata
- Peninsula Valdes
- Lake Crossing in the Andes
- Buenos Aires
- Tango-Show in Buenos Aires & Dinner (included)
- Boat trip in the Tigre-Delta
- San Carlos de Bariloche: An Idyll, which seems like Switzerland, on the foot of the Andes
- Museo Ferroviario: Open-Air Museum with a fascinating collection of 16 steam engines like La Trochita
- The wine regions of Chile
- Railway tour to Lujan, the most important place of pilgrimage in Argentina
- Santiago de Chile, the pulsating metropolis of the Andes
- The Railway Museum 'Quinta Normal' in Santiago de Chile
- Nights in hotels in the middle class with a good breakfast
- Remaining meals according tender
- Excursions, transfers, train travel, tours and entrance fees according tender
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- Service and taxis
- English-speaking SouthAmerica.travel tour guide
Argentina has been explored by the train and developed along the railways; numerous places owe their existence solely to the "steel horse". Still nowadays this is entrenched in the consciousness of the population. Unfortunately the construction didn't happen very coordinated. The result was a jumble of three gauges (1676 mm, 1435 mm and 1000 mm). Thanks to the initiative of individual provinces some long-distance passenger trains have survived, or even revived again.
The Chilean railway is the third oldest in Latin America. Today, passenger transportation is only offered on a few routes. The condition of the trains is very different. There are modern trains, but partly also antique locomotives pull the old cars through the Andes. This way train travels through Chile become a unique experience.
Participants: at least 10, with a maximum of 24 persons; international group
Day 1: Flight to Buenos Aires
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Arrial in Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit to a well-known tango restaurant with a show including dinner.
Day 3: Buenos Aires - Tigre delta Buenos Aires
City tour including a visit to the historic Town Hall, the Plaza de Mayo, the port district of La Boca and cemetery of Recoleta with the grave of Evita Peróns. In the afternoon excursion to Tigre. With the "Tren de la Costa ' (the coast train) you will drive along the Rio de la Plata river to the delta of the Paraná. There you will make a boat ride in between the many islets of the delta.
Day 4: Luján - Buenos Aires
In the morning you will get to know a typical provincial train of Buenos Aires. Then you will go by train to Lujan, a quiet little town. Here you will visit the Basilica of the Virgin of Luján. Return trip by train to Buenos Aires. Lunch incl.
Day 5: Buenos Aires - La Plata - Bahia Blanca
In the morning you will go by Metro and provincial train to the provincial capital of La Plata, about 60 km away. City tour with a visit to the cathedral, a government building and the Natural History Museum. Transfer to the station and departure with the night train southwards to Bahia Blanca. (Category Pullman, normal comfort seats, no sleeper).
Day 6: Bahia Blanca - Viedma
In the morning arrival in Bahia Blanca. Scenic bus ride along impressive rocky coasts to Viedma, on the banks of the Rio Negro River. City tour and visit to the old city of Carmen de Patagones on the opposite river bank. At night you can expect a typical patagonian dinner.
Day 7: Viedma-Punta Bermeja-Puerto Madryn
In the morning trip to Punta Bermeja, where Sea lions can be observed. Travel by bus to Puerto Madryn where you will arrive in the evening.
Day 8: Peninsula Valdés
Excursion to the unique wildlife on the Peninsula Valdés, where you can see sea-elephants, sea-lions and marine birds at close range. Lunch incl. In the afternoon return trip to Puerto Madryn.
Day 9: Puerto Madryn - Viedma-San Carlos de Bariloche
Scenic return journey by bus from Puerto Madryn along the Gulf San Matías to Viedma. In the evening you will get on the night train to San Carlos de Bariloche. (A sleeper compartment)
Day 10: San Carlos de Bariloche
In the late morning you reach San Carlos de Bariloche, situated on the picturesque shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake surrounded by a magnificent scenery. Afternoon city tour with a visit to the main attractions. Finally, a ride on the chairlift to Campanario mountain, from where you have a breathtaking view of the Andes .. enjoy!
Day 11: San Carlos de Bariloche-El Maitén-San Carlos de Bariloche
One of the highlihts of the trip will be today: the ride with the famous steam train "La Trochita" through a gorgeous scenery. The length of the rail journey depends on the number of people who want to share this unique experience with you on this day. Before the steam train ride you will visit the old station and the rail factory of El Maitén. Return trip through beautiful nature to Bariloche.
Day 12: San Carlos de Bariloche Tronador - Cerro-San Carlos de Bariloche
Full-day excursion to the Cerro Tronador (3,554 m). The trip takes you past stunning lakes, e.g. the Lago Mascardi or Gutiérrez, rivers and beautiful forest landscapes. On several short hikes you will visit the well-known "black glacier" and the Alerces waterfall. Return trip to Bariloche.
Day 13: San Carlos de Bariloche-Puerto Varas
Fantastic landscapes are waiting for you at the "Lake Crossing" from Argentina over the Andes to Chile. From Puerto Panuelo you will cross by catamaran the Nuhuel Huapi Lake and then the Frias-lake. You will pass the Andean rain forest. Continuation of the lakes crossing through the passage of Todos Los Santos Lake. It offers terrific views of the volcanoes Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador. After a detour to the Petrohué-water falls, arrival in Puerto Varas.
Day 14: Puerto Varas - Temuco
Transfer to the train station. Scenic train ride from Puerto Varas to Temuco on board a new modern train. Enjoy the landscape and the breathtaking views of volcanoes, lakes and rivers. After arriving in Temuco you will visit the Museo Parque Ferroviario, an open-air museum, which has a collection of 16 steam locomotives from 1907 to 1953.
Day 15: Temuco - Chillán - Talca
The bus from Temuco to Chillán. There starts your today's train ride to Talca, the most important town of Valle Central. The region is dominated by grain and vineyards. Talca is a busy industrial city with factories producing metal, leather and phosphorus.
Day 16: Talca - Constitución - Talca
Day trip in a train from the'50s. Enjoy the train ride through the countryside and over bridges to Constitución - coastal town and resort at the mouth of the Maule-river, known for its stunning natural rock formations.
Day 17: Talca-Santiago de Chile
In the morning you will take the train in the direction of Santiago. Exit at the station in San Fernando. Here begins your journey through the wine region of the Colchagua Valley, home of many world-renowned wineries and excellent wines. You will visit some of these wineries, and the Colchagua Museum and gain insight into the vineyards and its history. Lunch incl. Trip continues to Santiago de Chile.
Day 18: Santiago de Chile - Home
City tour in Santiago with a visit to the railway museum Quinta Normal. This museum exhibits collector's items which have been stored by workers of the Maestranza Central de San Bernardo. It shows 15 locomotives, paintings, photographs and miscellaneous items, in connection with the railway. Afternoon return flight.
Day 19: Arrival home
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