Jordan Harvey's 12-day Itinerary Around Argentina and Chile

Grandiose glacier Perito Moreno in the Argentine part of Patagonia.
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Jordan Harvey is a member of Travel + Leisure’s A-List, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. He is the co-founder of Knowmad Adventures, which, after being founded in Patagonia, operates exclusively in South America and specializes in high-quality, custom adventures. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Jordan, you can contact him directly at

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires

After your early morning arrival to Buenos Aires, you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Spend the rest of your afternoon experiencing an incredible guided exploration of Buenos Aires. Dive deep into its culturally rich neighborhoods: San Telmo, Lo Boca, Puerto Madero and La Recoleta.

Stay: Serena Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Enjoy your morning at leisure independently before a dynamic guided exploration of Buenos Aires — highlighting various aspects of the city's history and culture, while bringing to life one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

Stay: Serena Boutique Hotel

Day 3: Patagonia (Argentina)

You will be picked up in the morning and taken to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, you will be driven to your hotel.

Stay: Esplendor de Calafate

Day 4: Perito Moreno Glacier

Travel by private transfer to the pier, where you will board a ferry for an exciting morning of ice walking atop this massive glacier. The ferry embarks across the Rico Arm with stunning views of the glacier's front walls and iceberg channels. Once you arrive at the glacier, mountain guides will lead you on a beginner's glacier hike, exploring the picturesque landscape of streams, small lagoons, gullies, and giant ice formations (more demanding ice-hike options available upon request). After the hike, a short stroll through the forest will bring you back to solid ground. In the afternoon, a leisurely walk takes you from viewpoint to viewpoint as you marvel at this natural wonder.

Stay: Esplendor de Calafate

Days 5-8: Patagonia (Chile)

In the morning, embark on a scenic overland transfer into Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Patagonia. From the wide range of excursions available at your lodge, you can choose anything from a casual driving safari to a demanding full-day hike near the glaciers, a glacier boat expedition or a private catamaran trip on the turquoise lakes, and even horseback riding through the grasslands with gauchos.

Stay: Explora Salto Chico Lodge

Day 9: Santiago and Wine Country

Depart in the morning for a flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the grounds and facilities at La Casona and touring the Matetic Winery.

Stay: La Casona at Matetic

Day 10: Casablanca Valley

You will be met at your hotel and taken to the renowned Casablanca Valley, world famous for its commitment to producing some of Chile’s best white wines and cool-climate reds. Visit Loma Larga, named “Winery of the Year 2011"; House Casa del Vino, for a special food and wine pairing lunch; and Viñedos Organicos Emiliana, on the forefront of organic winemaking. Option for a cycling tour of the winelands.

Stay: La Casona at Matetic

Day 11: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

Discover the eclectic charm of Valparaiso, the first Chilean city founded by the Spanish, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ride the century old ascencores (hillside elevators), walk lyrical streets, and visit poet Pablo Neruda’s home. Your exploration also includes a stop in the resort city of Viña del Mar, known as “the garden city” for its lush gardens and palm-lined boulevards.

Stay: La Casona at Matetic​​​​​​​

Day 12: Santiago and Departure

Enjoy a relaxing morning on La Casona’s beautiful grounds before heading to Santiago with your guide. You will explore this thriving capital city and get to know Chilean life and customs. Following your Santiago exploration, you will be taken to the airport and bid farewell before flying home.

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