Considering a trip to Chile in November. Will be touring Santiago and Puente Arenas. Considering going into Patagonia. Any thoughts or recommendations?
You could go from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, our southern city, which is really beautiful. I think it is possible by bus and boat.
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Santiago: take a walk around Plaza de Armas, then head to Plaza de la Constitución to see the Palacio de la Moneda. Cross the Parque Forestal to get to Barrio Bellavista, a vibrant neighborhood with cafes and restaurants. It’s easy to get around with metro.
Valparaiso: the higher part is the one where you want to be to enjoy spectacular views and immerse yourself in the unique colorful scenery.
Concepcion: not a touristy town and we liked it for this reason. It’s walkable and the University is worth a stop because there is a Pinacoteca with paintings of local artists and a huge mural dedicated to the rise and history of Central-South America.
Pucon: touristy town because of its famous hot springs and volcanoes. Local buses take you to the hot springs. There are a couple of hot springs located close to each other and it takes around 30 min to get there from the bus station in Pucon. The best hot springs in the area are Termas Geométricas
Puerto Montt: the reason why we chose this location was because we found cheap flights to get to Punta Arenas (the southernmost city in Chile-Patagonia and good starting point to explore the region). Just one bus company goes to Puerto Montt from Pucon, the name is Jac and you can buy tickets at Jac bus station located downtown.
Punta Arenas: if you decide to spend the night in Punta Arenas eat at La Marmita for dinner. It’s popular so if you can make a reservation, otherwise early around 6.40/7PM is less crowded. Cash only.
Puerto Natales: the closest town to Torres del PaineIt doesn’t have an airport, but you can fly to Punta Arenas and then take a bus to Puerto Natales. We traveled with the company Bus-Sur, the price is around $10 and it takes three hours. We booked a full day tour with Ruta Chile to visit Torres del Paine. The price for the guided tour is $50 per person entrance tickets excluded. You can book online, they request the name of your hotel in the booking form because they come to pick you up with the bus between 7.30/8AM.
El Calafate: The main attraction near El Calafate is the Perito Moreno Glacier Book the bus one day before the date you plan to go because it’s popular. The bus ride is around one hour and a half and the price is around $30 per person return ticket. We chose departure 9 AM return 4 PM (there is also one that leaves in the afternoon and goes back in the evening). Bring water, a sandwich, and snacks.
El Chalten: We took a bus with Cal-Tour company from El Calafate to El Chalten. The price is around $25 per person. El Chalten is a small town, very touristy, full of young people (hikers or wannabe hikers). The two most popular hikes in the area are Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres.
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