After spending sleepless nights reading Jean Raspail, you dream of the majestic sites of Patagonia... but you have only 15 days of holidays! You won't have much time to dream on the spot, but it's enough to leave it amazed. This is a course that is worthy of including the main tourist "sites" of this region. It starts in Santiago de Chile, but you can do it in reverse.
Visit of one or two monuments, discovery of the centre. In the evening, night bus to Pucón.
Walk in the park Huerquehue, rest in the thermal baths.
Ascension of the Villarrica volcano, rest in the thermal baths in the afternoon.
Exploring the surroundings in the afternoon, to the Saltos del Petrohué and Lake Todos los Santos.
With Navimag, embark to sail between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales. First day departure from Puerto Montt and head to Moraleda Channel and el Golfo de Penas
Crossing of beautiful landscapes. Stopover in Puerto Eden, a village where the last Alacalufes, the indigenous group of Chile live.
Navigation in the patagonian fjords.
Stroll in this pleasant and cosmopolitan city, surrounded by wild landscapes.
Head to the Torres del Paine National Park. Stay there.
Discovery of the clear blue great lakes dominated by the snow-capped peaks.
Bus to El Calafate in Argentina. Visit of the museum, stroll in the reserve.
Visit of the Perito Moreno glacier, this gigantic block of ice which is accessed by wooden bridges. It is the only glacier in the world still on the move.
Morning flight to Ushuaia. In the afternoon, visit of the Lapatia National Park.
Plane to Buenos Aires. Visit of the city, the districts of San Telmo and Palermo.
If you are a walker, you can prefer four or five days of walking in the Torres del Paine park on the cruise between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales: then, take the plane between these two cities (and sit on the left in fine weather).
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette