Enjoy the mountains and lakes of Bariloche with our multi-activity tour’s hiking and kayaking excursions.
This tour is suitable for anyone who likes the outdoors.
Walk to amazing viewpoints with panoramas over Argentina’s Lake District, and bike through forests and by lakes of great beauty.
You can also paddle in the Nahuel Huapi National park to remote rarely visited beaches.
We can tailor the activities to your level and experience, so you make the most of your time in Bariloche.
And after a great day of exploration, relax in your comfortable hotel, enjoy a stroll along the lake shore or choose a fine restaurant in town.
The best time to visit this part of Argentina is October to April, the Austral summer.
Bariloche also ties in well with Chile’s Lake District.
Arrive at Bariloche Airport/Pañuelo Port.
A representative/guide of Andean Trails meets you and transfers you to your hotel for check in.
Your English-speaking representative gives you an introduction to the region, the upcoming activities and final details of your tour programme for the next few days.
You have the rest of the day to relax / explore the town.
The name Bariloche comes from the Mapudungun word Vuriloche – which translates as ‘people from behind the mountain’.
San Carlos de Bariloche is usually known as Bariloche.
The town is on the southern side of Nahuel Huapi Lake and part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park.
Since the 1930s, it has become a popular ski resort (May-Sept) as well as a centre for adventure sports. In addition, it has numerous restaurants, cafés, and amazingly tempting chocolate shops.
The surrounding scenery is lovely: with snow-capped mountains, clear lakes and verdant forests around the city, which is home to some 100,000+ people.
It has some lovely chocolate factories and indeed has a very Swiss feel to it – chocolate box houses and pine trees.
Many of the hotels are out of the main town, on the lakeshore road, called Avenida Bustillo.
An action-packed day of multi-sport adventure in the Argentine Lake District, the Bariloche countryside and Llao Llao natural reserve.
First, we paddle the pristine waters of Nahuel Huapi & Moreno lake, enjoy a homemade tasty picnic lunch by the shore in a calm bay.
Then, we explore, on foot, the scenic “Miradores del Brazo Tristeza” scenic look outs, which offer stunning views of Mount Tronador, the lake & the Andean landscapes.
We pick you up from your hotel for a private transfer along Bustillo Avenue with spectacular vistas of Lake Nahuel Huapi and mountain landscapes. We pass in front of the Luxurious Llao Llao hotel and Pañuelo Port before reaching López Bay where our adventure tour begins.
The kayaks and guides will be ready and you’ll have an introduction to paddling skills, safety instruction and all the kayak gear and itinerary briefing in order to start paddling.
Soon you’ll be kayaking on lakes Nahuel Huapi and Moreno, exploring the coast lines and hidden bays where there is only access by water.
We paddle for about 1.5 hours, with some breaks for resting and enjoying the impressive landscapes. In one of the hidden bays we land for a picnic lunch by the lake.
After our lunch break, we’ll continue paddling a little bit more to reach our trailhead and begin the hiking stage up (1.5 hours) to the viewpoints of Tristeza Branch.
Tristeza Branch has panoramic views over most of lake Nahuel Huapi and its islands and the neighbouring hills. In the background is the magnificent Mount Tronador, with its glaciers and the endless snow capped peaks of the Andes.
We begin our descent and meet our vehicle from where we continue discovering the beauty of Bariloche and the lake district. We pause at the Panoramic Viewpoint “Punto Panorámico”, where Nahuel Huapi, Victoria Island and the mountain range dominate the view.
Arrive at the hotel late afternoon.
Kayaking: Paddling time = 1.5-2 hours, distance of 6-8 km (approx.)
Hiking time: = 1.5-2 hours, distance of 3km (approx.)
Elevation gain: +100m
Suitable for all levels of bikers.
This guided mountain bike tour combines scenic spots of Nahuel Huapi national park and the Bariloche Area. You bike along quiet roads overlooking Moreno Lake, with sparkling streams, evergreen forests and a lot of fun.
Local mountain bike guides and a van support guarantee a truly great experience for a bicycle adventure in Bariloche.
We pick you up in the hotel and we take a private transfer to the starting point of the biking tour and preparation of the equipment, as well as a brief description of the itinerary given by the mountain bike guides.
The first part of the tour is on single track by the shore with views of landscapes and Patagonian vegetation, then along non-paved roads with moderate slopes and some short descents.
We slowly cycle up to Moreno Lake, going along the side of Bella Vista and Goye hills along a ridge with the lake at our feet. We bike through some villages, by waterfalls and small streams until we reach the spot known as ‘Colonia Suiza’ at the base of Goye hill.
Here you see find old houses dating back to the first inhabitants of teh area, and there will be plenty of time to enjoy relaxing whilst wandering the quiet streets.
Once again we hop onto our mountain bikes and cycle along a gravel road to a point known as the ‘Panoramic Viewpoint’. It’s easy to see why. The extraordinary landscape can be seen from here – Lake Nahuel Huapi, Victoria island and the Llao Llao hotel makes it worth stopping and taking photos.
We bike past Lopez stream and its bay, then Angostura stream and finally Lake Escondido in Llao Llao park.
We arrive at the Llao Llao Hotel and Port Pañuelo, marking the end of you bike excursion, and transfer back to your hotel.
Distance: 15-20 km / 9-12 miles
Today we enjoy one of the most scenic hikes in the Bariloche area, with 360º breath taking vistas of Nahuel Huapi national park from the summit of Cerro Bella Vista.
For those who prefer off-the-beaten-path walks, we highly recommend this.
There are several options for all levels of hikers, and professional mountain guides will accompany you.
Frey Mountain Hut Trek (Normal Trail)
Pick up at your hotel and private transfer to the Cerro Catedral ski resort base station (1,000m/3,281ft) above sea level) where our trek begins. We hike on a trail that goes around the mountain, slowly going higher, smooth slopes that cross some streams.
Gutiérrez Lake and Cerro Ventana will be part of the landscape from the beginning of the walk.
There is abundant bamboo like cane (caña colihue) that came to dominate this area after a fire that, some years ago, destroyed the native forest.
We continue hiking onto the Van Titter stream valley, cross it and find Lenga (nothofagus) forest plus some shrubby species dominating this area.
In autumn time, the reddish copper colours of this forest offer an amazing nature show. If we are lucky we may see a woodpecker pecking at a tree interrupting the deepest forest silence.
On the last part of the trek, the trail gets steep and with a constant ascent. We walk by Refugio (mountain hut – bivouac) and Piedritas (little rock), an unusual, bivouac built under a big rock. From there onwards we can see how the vegetation gets smaller and scarcer as we go higher.
After approx. 4 hours of hiking, we’ll have a great view. We’ll see the foot of Aguja (spire) Frey and – Toncek lagoon – the Refugio (mountain hut) Emilio Frey (1,700m/5,577ft). This mountain hut is built in rock and wood surrounded by a circle of granite spires with stunning formations.
We have a picnic lunch by the lagoon, accompanied by these incredible views.
After lunch, we explore the area, finding the best photos and vistas before starting our descent to Catedral Ski Resort and transfer back to Bariloche / Hotel.
The normal path is recommended for beginners, enthusiast hikers & families.
Elevation gain: 750m/2,500ft (same down)
Distance: 20km /12.5 miles
Notes: Itineraries and routes can be changed partially or totally and/or cancelled for weather conditions or special circumstances.
Breakfast and free time to visit the town or go shopping
Transfer to Airport /Pañuelo Port at the time of your choosing.
Private transfer in/out and on tours, bilingual guide & staff on tours, hotels, meals as listed, snacks on day tours, all group kayak & MTB gear and technical equipment (life vest, dry bags, MTB , helmet, etc., National Park fee.
Flights (we can look for these), insurance, personal equipment & clothing, tips, alcoholic beverages, meals not listed, extra tours
We use 3* hotels with private, ensuite bathrooms. Upgrades available at extra cost.
You will meet different bilingual, English-speaking guides as you go on different tours.
Each is qualified and has their own speciality. Some are qualified in more than one activity and therefore may be on multiple day trips.
Vegetarians and many other dietary requirements are catered for without problems. Please let us know in advance of any requirements you have.
Breakfasts at hotels usually consist of hot drinks, teas, coffees etc and fresh juices. Pastries, cheese, ham, fruit, cereals and yoghurts feature, too.
We provide snacks – energy bars, dried fruits, biscuits etc. – on tours. If lunch is provided as a boxed lunch it will feature sandwiches, fruit and snacks. If at a restaurant, there will be a variety of local menus to choose from.
Bariloche has a wide range of Argentinian and international restaurants to choose from for lunch and evening meals.
The tour as above is aimed at those who like to be active but perhaps do not have any previous experience of kayaking, biking or trekking.
You don’t need to have a high level of fitness for the trip, but the more mobile you are, the more you will enjoy it.
All the activities – kayaking / biking and trekking – can be adapted to your level.
You will be expected to kayak for 2-3 hours, bike for 3-4 hours and hike for 4+ hours.
If you want just something more relaxing or more demanding, please ask, and we’ll be happy to make suggestions.
For most people, Patagonia evokes a vast, windblown plateau, jagged mountains and the life of the gauchos.
The steppe that occupies much of southern South America is only one aspect of a magical region, jam-packed with amazing and contrasting landscapes.
Patagonia (latitudes 40°-55°, approximately) embraces a vast portion of southern Chile and Argentina, from the Rio Colorado in the north, to Tierra del Fuego in the south.
For convenience, we have divided the region into three zones: the Lakes District of northern Patagonian, central Patagonia and southern Patagonia.
Southern Patagonia (latitudes 49° to 55°), encompassing the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina plus Tierra del Fuego, has an altogether more vertical aspect than the rest of Patagonia.
As the continent tapers towards its southern point, the Andes take on new characteristics and offer some truly impressive panoramas.
Much of southern Patagonia is characterized by virgin landscapes where man’s hand has either not been present or, because of the scale of the landscapes, goes almost unnoticed. To the west of the semi-arid Patagonian plateau, mile-high granite spires – e.g. Cerro Torre and Fitzroy in Argentina and the Torres and Cuernos del Paine in Chile – rise abruptly from the Andean foothills, while vast blue glaciers, fringed by southern beech forest, gouge out thevalleys below.
At the heart of these magnificent landscapes lies the South Patagonian Ice Field, an utterly remote icy wilderness spanning hundreds of kilometers, whose glaciers – including the Perito Moreno and Upsala – are tens of kilometres long by severalkilometers wide.
Also characteristic of the southern Patagonian Andes are its turquoise, iceberg-filled lakes. To the west lies the southern portion of the Chilean Archipelago, comprising snow-capped islands and fjords.
Across the Magellan Straits from mainland Patagonia lies Tierra del Fuego which, like the rest of Patagonia, is divided between Argentina and Chile.
The north and east of Tierra del Fuego is flat, but flanking the Beagle Channel in the south, the tail end of the Andes provide very dramatic mountain scenery.
The Lake District (latitudes 40° to 45°) or the Araucania, is a region of dramatic conical volcanoes, evergreen, high-canopy forests and, of course, lakes.
It straddles the Chile-Argentine border, and also takes in Chiloe island, in the extreme north of the Chilean Archipelago. This region stretches from Temuco in the north to Chiloe in the south.
Central Patagonia (latitudes 45 to 49) is one of South America’s best-kept secrets. The vast wilderness area can be divided in two:
This huge region, embracing the sparsely-inhabited southern Araucaria and Aisén Region, features temperate rainforests, snow-peaks (often extinct volcanoes), lakes and, to the west, the Chilean Archipelago: a labyrinth of fjords and mountain-islands. This, the Chilean portion of central Patagonia, boasts the northernmost of Patagonia’s many giant, sea-level glaciers.
The San Raphael Glacier, probably this region’s most famous landmark, is an immense hanging glacier whose seracs calve into an iceberg-filled lagoon.
Find out more about Patagonia with our blog about its wildlife.
Patagonia, the very southern tip of South America, has a four-seasons-in-one day climate.
Summer (Nov-March) see temperatures reach up to 20°C, when glorious light pours over the region for up to 18 hours. This is the best time to visit, nevertheless, spring and summer is also when the central and southern Patagonian regions sometimes get buffeted by strong, westerly winds.
Summer days in national parks can also bring sunny, windless conditions, and you may well find yourself hiking in shorts and t-shirt. Afternoons can be warm with lots of sunshine. (Note: Patagonian UV rays are very strong).
It is usually cool and windy all year round but seldom does the temperature fall below freezing point. Some days start with snow and end in balmy sunshine. It is always interesting, and can range from 10°C-20°C in the summer, although the wind can make it feel chilly.
Even in summer (Dec-Mar) you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min). It has been known to snow in camps in summer!
In general, the further south you go, the cooler it gets and the further west you go – towards the Andes and Pacific coast – the wetter and less predictable the weather is. The further east – towards and across the Patagonian plateau – the drier and more stable.
Winter (May-Sept) visits to these southern areas are possible, but many hotels close and not all trips are possible. Daylight hours can be very short and temperatures typically range from -2°C in the winter.
The lack of visitors can greatly improve chances of seeing wildlife in parks such as Paine. Winds tend to die down.
On the South Patagonian Ice Field (average height, 1,500 metres), the appearance of lenticular clouds – signifying changing conditions – can translate into extreme winds (up to 150 kmh) and heavy snowfall. Here, summer pre-dawn temperatures commonly reach -20°C, with wind chill lowering temperatures even more. However, on sunny, windless summer days, you might get away with wearing just a couple of thin layers.
In Peninsula Valdes, it does not rain much in the region on an annual basis, summers are usually mild, and the temperature sometimes gets very hot (touching 30ºC) and then eases off in the evening. The area does get very windy at times, especially on the peninsula, and warm and water/windproof clothing is recommended.
If you head to Ushuaia, due to its extreme southern location, temperatures may remain chilly during summer (Oct-March) the use of plenty of warm layers of clothing. Winter and Antarctic visits will require extreme clothing.
UK and USA citizens do not require a visa to enter Argentina or Chile as a tourist.
Please ensure your passport has at least six months remaining validity.
On presentation of a valid UK or USA passport you will be granted a 90-day stay in either country. Please keep any tourist card you are given safe – you need this to leave the country.
Australians have to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina, and this must be obtained before travelling to Argentine.
Australians entering Chile at Santiago International airport must also pay a reciprocity fee, paying cash on arrival.
All non-UK nationals should check with their nearest Chilean/Argentine consulates for the latest visa and fee information.
All requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.
We strongly suggest that everyone planning to travel to Patagonia visits their local doctor/travel clinic prior to departure for the latest vaccination information.
Good kit is vital for every trip.
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When planning for the varied climatic conditions encountered in Patagonia, layering is the most practical and versatile clothing system. It’s worth remembering that our clothing keeps us warm by retaining and isolating the heat we ourselves create.
To best maintain body heat, several layers of lightweight, warm and quick-drying clothing are far more efficient than one or two thick layers. Layers should have the following qualities:
First (base) layer: This layer wicks the sweat away from our skin, thus helping keep the body dry and warm. To this end, synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene should be used.
Mid layers: These isolating layers should also be synthetic (e.g. the known polar linings such as polartec or windblock, which are light and insulate twice as well as wool). Very important layers for retaining body heat.
Outer layer / shell: Finally, the vital layer which protects us from climatic adversities. A breathable, wind-proof and waterproof anorak, such as Goretex.
Give plenty of thought to kit selection, and try to keep weight down.
We also carry an extensive first aid kit & oxygen on all trips, but these are generally for emergencies only.
Below is a more detailed kit list.
Detailed kit list
Official name: Republic of Chile
Country population: 17,000,000
Capital city: Santiago (6 million)
Largest cities: Santiago, Concepcion, Valparaiso
Languages: Spanish (official)
Official currency: Chilean Peso
Major industries: Copper mining, agriculture, fish
Time zone: GMT-5 in winter (Mar-Sep) and GMT-4 in summer (Sep-Mar)
Official name: Argentine Republic Country
Capital city: Buenos Aires (11 million)
Largest cities: Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario
Official currency: Argentine Peso
Major industries: Agriculture (Soy), motor vehicles, chemicals
Andean Trails can book all your international and domestic flights for this trip and for UK passengers; we have full ATOL bonding and can book flights with most airlines.
International flight prices are variable and usually can only be guaranteed at the time of booking. If you would like to upgrade to business or first class, or even arrive at an earlier date/depart at a later date we can also arrange this for you.
Typically, you fly to a country’s capital city and then overnight there or make a connecting flight (if available) to your next destination.
Please contact us for flight advice especially if you do make a connection on the same day. It is important to purchase a through ticket and not separate tickets for connections, so that you are covered for any delays. Passengers with separate tickets that are delayed run the risk of having to buy an entirely new ticket to continue their journeys.
Please note all airline schedules are subject to change and are out of our control.
Almost all flight tickets are now e-tickets. Any that are not will be handed to you on arrival in South America – this is most common for flights on smaller planes in Amazon areas such as Guyana/Bolivia.
The final travel instructions we send you some 2-3 weeks before departure will list the latest flight times, flight numbers etc as well as list your e-ticket numbers and booking reference code (6 characters i.e. GB75RK). This is what you will need to check in with.
How do I check in?
Depending on the airline, we can reserve some seats for you at the time of booking your international flights with us.
If we cannot reserve seats at the time of booking, you have to wait for online check in to open (usually 24-72 hours before departure).
To check in online you will need to go to the website of the airline you are travelling with, and have your e-ticket number/booking reference to hand. Click check in online, enter your details, and choose your seat.
Some flights will allocate seats at the check in desk at the airport and some may not allocate seats at all.
Help flying via the USA (ESTA form).
The United States (USA) has an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which all travellers to and via the USA must complete BEFORE travel to/via its airports and shores.
More information can be found on their ESTA website.
Passengers who have not completed the form will be denied boarding.
Before you begin this application, make sure that you have a valid passport and credit card available.
This application will only accept the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover (JCB, Diners Club).
Andean Trails has two decades of experience of dealing with South America holidays.
We pay a fee to the CAA for every licensable passenger we book since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking.
We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.
When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.
You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.
What is ATOL?
The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.
And ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.
Who is covered?
To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).
If you are outside the UK and buy flights with us, you will be ATOL protected IF any of the flights booked with Andean Trails touches/stops in the UK at any point during your holiday package booked with us.
If you buy your flights elsewhere, please check with that agent if you are ATOL protected. Be careful with online flight purchases and make sure you know what protection you have, if any, before paying for flights.
Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.
For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.
I’m not ATOL covered, what protection do I have?
If you are not ATOL covered, any payments you make to us go to a Trust account.
We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.
If you pay for your holiday with a credit card, some offer payment protection – please check with your cardholder.
You also should have cancellation protection written into your insurance (which we recommend you have at the time of booking) in case you need to cancel.
Patagonia is a relatively safe region, but we still recommend that in large towns and cities you take certain precautions (see below).
Chile and Argentina are, overall, among the safest countries in South America.
However, in Buenos Aires and Santiago, muggings and opportunistic crime – although not common – do occur.
In Buenos Aires, ‘distraction muggings’ sometimes happen in quiet streets, in the daytime as well as at night.
We suggest that you take the following precautions:
Foreign currency in Patagonia
Take US dollars with you (preferably new notes or at least unmarked and undamaged notes) in smaller denominations of 10s, 20s and maybe some 50s. Do not take USD 100 bills as they are unlikely to be accepted.
Argentina: Currency & Money Exchange
Argentina’s monetary unit is the “Argentina Peso”.
Argentina has had several years of economic instability and with a previous government there were tight exchange controls.
These have now been relaxed so payments with debit and credit cards are widely accepted.
However, there may be controls on ATM withdrawals (possibly a max of AR 1,000 / GB 50 per day and you may well be charged substantially for each withdrawal). ATMs can also be unreliable and we have had several reports of “empty” cash machines. We suggest that you have enough cash to cover your needs, especially in more remote areas.
ATM debit/credit cards are now widely used in major restaurants, hotels and shops (with fees).
On arrival to Argentina , at the airport/border, exchange US dollars so that you have some local peso. Some businesses, particularly in tourist spots may accept payment in US dollars – ask first.
Exchange rate: USD 1 = 25 Argentine Peso (approx.), June 2018.
Peso banknotes: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 pesos
Peso coins: 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos, 1 peso, 2 pesos
Chile: Currency & Money Exchange
Chile’s monetary unit is the “Chilean Peso”.
Most businesses (unless a tourist shop/restaurant) will only accept Chilean pesos. Note that the Peso comes in very high denominations (see below), so you’ll need to get used to very big numbers on bills that are not worth very much.
ATM debit/credit cards are widely used in major restaurants, hotels and shops (with fees). There are plenty of ATMS (hole-in-the-wall) cash machines throughout the country, however check with your bank to see if there is a daily maximum you may withdraw.
Exchange rate: USD 1 = 630 Chilean Peso (approx.), June 2018.
Peso banknotes: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 pesos
Peso coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 pesos
Don’t forget to read out tipping guides for Argentina and Chile.
Eating and drinking
Argentina and Chile both have fantastic culinary and wine reputations.
There are more and more top-end restaurants almost everywhere, and you can easily spend USD 100pp and more on meals.
Prices vary greatly, below is a rough guide to what you can expect to pay in Argentina and/or Chile.
Beer/soft drink: USD 4
Menu del dia: USD 10-15
Coffee: USD 2
Bottle of wine: From USD 15 upwards
Tourist style restaurant
Beer/soft drink: USD 5-7
Main dish: USD 20 upwards
Coffee: USD 3
Bottle of wine: From USD 20 upwards
Tipping is entirely voluntary and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received.
This is a rough guideline:
220 volts (110v in some hotels), 50 Hz, in both Chile and Argentina.
Most cameras, phones and computers are dual or multi voltage and probably won’t need a convertor – please check before leaving.
Some items you may bring, such as hairdryers, may need a convertor. They may short if you use them without the correct convertor.
If you go on a cruise boat in Patagonia, most boats take the two pin, round-pronged Type C plug show below.
Argentina uses Type i (I) plugs, although some Type C plugs can be found in older buildings and bathrooms.
Type i (I) plug
Type C plug
Chile uses Type C as above and Type L plugs.
Type L plug
Internet in Patagonia
Most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports offer free and generally good Wi-Fi. In some towns and cities, main plazas have free, public Wi-Fi.
Internet cafes are slowly disappearing, but most towns and cities will have some in the main centres.
Head to the state-owned Correos de Chile for postal services.
Correo Argentino is the national, state-run postal service.
Dialling codes in Argentina
To call Argentina from abroad, or using your mobile phone in Argentina, follow these steps.
Example number: Buenos Aires (0)11 1234-5678, you would dial:
Argentina mobiles start with the number 15. If using your mobile phone to call an Argentine mobile, follow these steps.
Example number: Buenos Aires mobile 15-8765-4321, you would dial:
Mobile phones in Argentina
If taking a mobile phone with you, check roaming rates with your operator before leaving – they can be very high.
A good way to avoid expensive charges is to bring own unlocked tri- or quad-band phone to Argentina and then buy an inexpensive SIM chip with a local number. These are available in many kiosks and locutorios and offer ability to make cheap calls as well as affordable data for the internet.
Dialling codes in Chile
The international code for Chile is +56.
Regions have dialling codes.
Not all smartphones will work in Chile, it’s best to check with your operator before you arrive. Roaming charges may be high – again, best to check.
Landlines in Chile
Chile’s landlines have 7 digits, apart from Santiago where they have 8 digits.
To call landline-landline in the same city, add the regional code and then the 7 or 8 digit number, e.g. Arica code is 58, to dial Arica-Arica, dial 58 – 1234567.
If calling landline to another regional landline/city, dial the area code (61=Puerto Natales) but eliminate the 0 e.g. dial 61 1234567.
If using your own mobile phone to call a landline, dial the country code, the regional/city code without the 0, and then the number, e.g. for Puerto Natales +56 61 1234567.
Mobiles in Chile
Mobiles have 8 digits.
If you are dialling a Chilean mobile from a Chilean landline, add 9 to the number, e.g. 9 1234-5678.
If using your own mobile phone to call a Chilean mobile, dial the country code, then a 9, then the 8 digit number e.g. +56 9 1234-5678.
If you wish call an Argentina mobile while you are in Chile, dial 9, then the area code without the 0, then the number (leaving out the 15 which most Argentine mobiles start with).
e.g. for Buenos Aires mobile 15 1234-5678
Dial: +54 9 11 1234-5678 (Buenos Aires code = 11).
Learning a few words of Spanish can really ingratiate you with the locals you’ll encounter, adding to the enjoyment of your holiday.
Below are some basics to get you started.
Good morning Buenos días
How are you? ¿Cómo estás?
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good bye Adiós
Most frequently asked questions (theirs):
Where are you (plural) from? ¿De dónde eres (son)?
What time is it? ¿Qué hora es?
Where have you come from? ¿De dónde vienes?
Give me (frequent, unwelcome question) Dáme / regálame
Most frequent questions (yours):
How much is it? ¿Cuánto vale?
What is this place called? ¿Cómo se llama este lugar?
What’s your name? ¿Cómo te llamas?
Do you have a map? ¿Tienes un mapa?
In the street / places:
Where can I find a currency exchange? ¿Dónde encuentro una casa de cambio?
Where is there a cash machine? ¿Dónde hay un cajero automatico?
Where is the underground/subway station? ¿Dónde esta la estacion de metro/subte(Buenos Aires)?
Where can I find a taxi? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un taxi?
Where can I find a Supermarket? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un supermercado?
Where is the hospital? ¿Dónde esta el hospital?
Where can I find a restaurant? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un restaurante?
In the hotel:
What floor am I on? ¿En qué piso estoy?
Where are the elevators/lifts? ¿Dónde están los ascensores?
How do I access the Internet? ¿Cómo puedo acceder a Internet?
How do I call for room service? ¿Cómo llamo para el servicio de habitación?
How do I call down to the front desk? ¿Cómo llamo a la recepción?
In the restaurant:
A table for two/four please Una mesa para dos/cuatro, porfavor
I would like to drink… Me gustaria tomar….
May I see a menu? Puedo ver la carta/menu?
I would like to order.. Me gustaria pedir…
Can you bring me the check/bill please. Me trae la cuenta por favor
I need help. Necesito ayuda.
I have lost my passport. He perdido mi pasaporte.
Someone stole my money. Alguien robó mi dinero
I have been robbed. Me han robado
I need to call the police. Necesito llamar a la policía
I need to call the (country) Embassy Necesito llamar a la embajada de (country)
Andean Trails believes in Responsible Travel and actively supports several community projects.
Please see Our Advice and Our Ethos for more, and learn about the Projects We Support.
We operate the Inca Trail, our treks and tours with local firms.
We make sure that on our tours and Inca Trail we employ local staff, who are paid fair wages.
With the Inca Trail, We provide free life insurance to all of our porters. Tented accommodation and meals are provided for all trekking staff as well as foam mats, sleeping bags and rain ponchos. We have also provided the staff with trekking shoes. We ensure our porters carry a maximum of only 20kg. We offer them backpacks and they generally use back supports.
Clean burning fuel is used to cook the meals on the Inca Trail and porters carry gas stoves and butane bottles. We use biodegradable detergents when washing the cooking and eating utensils. If any part of our tour or trek is operated by another company, we try to ensure that high standards are maintained.
Our additional support helps the Huchuy Yachaq project which supports children and families in one of the poorest communities in the district of Cusco.
Responsible Tourism – Code of Conduct:
All our activities are governed by our respect for the environment and the people who live in it. We aim to make a positive impact both in the UK and in the Andean countries we work in (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina).
We agree with the principals of sustainable development and specifically promote environmentally aware tourism in the Andean countries, in order to preserve the heritage of the people who live there and to help protect their environment.
In the UK we use recycled paper where possible, recycle what we can and attempt to keep waste to an absolute minimum.
Throughout South America we work together with local people, paying them a fair price, and putting money into the local economy. We do this by using local agents, local trek staff and experienced and qualified local mountain and cultural guides who have an in-depth knowledge of their own country. Our porters on the Inca Trail are fairly paid, carry a maximum load of 20kg and are supplied with tents and food. In other areas we use donkeys or horses to carry loads.
We use locally owned services such as hotels and restaurants, wherever possible. We buy fresh local produce for all of our treks from markets in each departure town. We use public transport whenever possible and feasible.
We have ongoing contact with the teams that we work with and also with local families in the areas we trek through, developing relationships with them and donating goods such as clothes and shoes to their communities, through appropriate local agencies. We also support local Peruvian charities, specifically NIÑOS in Cusco, and CARE in the Huaraz area, plus Huchuy Yachaq.
If you have any suitable (warm) clothes and shoes that you would like to donate to Peruvian children please take them with you and give them to your tour leader, who will ensure they go to a suitable organization.
When out on tour we encourage learning about the countries we travel in, the local culture of the teams we work with and the areas we pass through. Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there.
Our group sizes are kept to a maximum of 16 people, and we encourage smaller groups where possible. This minimises the negative impact we make on the local people, the wildlife and the environment, and increases the quality time spent in contact with the local people and environment.
When trekking we adhere to a responsible tourism code of practice and are also involved in ongoing training of our trek staff.
A full Health and Safety document will be sent to you at the time of booking and before you travel.
You can also read it on our website, or contact us for more information.
It is a condition of booking any of our holidays that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for trip cancellation (by you), activities involved and destination. This cover should include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue.
We work with Travel Nomads, who offer insurance solutions to people in more than 140 countries across the world.
Should you decide not to purchase this insurance, you must provide us with details of your alternative insurance with or before your final payment.
Many of our tours travel through remote areas.
We believe our clients should be aware that the remoteness of some of our tours so very special could also cause certain problems.
Thus, whilst we endeavour to minimise the chances of anything unexpected happening, it has to be noted that no itinerary can or should be rigidly adhered to.
This is the very nature of adventure travel and we expect our clients to be prepared for delays and slight alterations in our programmed events.
What's a tailor made trip?
We put together a bespoke tour to fit your requirements.
Prices From $1,300 / £1,083 per person
Dates: November 2017
Capacity: 16 per person
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Join a small group of like-minded travellers on a guided trip.
Prices From $3,220 / £2,683 per person
Dates: From October 2019 to December 2020
Prices From $1,207 / £1,006 per person
Dates: From September 2019 to April 2021
Prices From $790 / £658 per person
Dates: From January 2019 to April 2019
Capacity: 60 per person
Prices From $1,511 / £1,259 per person
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The highlight of our holiday was the amazing trek and being in such a remote location surrounded by the most majestic, beautiful mountains. It was absolutely awesome.
Accommodation: It was great in Lima and comfortable in Huaraz with a fantastic rooftop breakfast!
Food: The food on the trek was excellent - we are vegetarian and the cook (Estaban) provided us with delicious, creative and beautiful food throughout and plenty of it. He was like a magician, conjuring up the loveliest food whilst camping in a remote setting.
Guide: Our trek guide (Yunmer) was great. He was extremely informative, had a great sense of humour and was really enthusiastic. He helped carry Jane's water and bag at times - not that we asked him to. He insisted! I have recently had my collarbone plated and he was keen to relieve me of the burden of carrying anything to heavy.
Trek staff: Our donkey / horse driver (Gusman) was brilliant, hard working and quietly helped around camp, setting up, taking down and moving us from one home to the next. The trekking team as a whole were exceptional, really supportive and kind and worked really well together.
Overall organisation was excellent. We felt we were in good hands and looked after well both before and after the trek.
Acclimatising: Acclimatisation walk around Huaraz with Rodolfo was a perfect start to the holiday. Rodolfo is extremely reliable, efficient, well informed and a lovely person. It was great to gain a little insight into the people and culture of the region.
The acclimatisation walk to Laguna Churup with David was another fantastic day. David has been living in the mountains for many years and shared some of his experience and knowledge with us as we surveyed the landscape of peaks, glaciers and lakes.
Benefitting local communities: The local people benefit from the presence of tourists as we provide them an income. Visiting tourists encourages everyone to look after and help maintain this pristine environment- those in the remote communities and also our own trekking team. Visiting tourists also need to respect this. The local people were very grateful that we visited them and also very grateful to Andean trails for their support. They encouraged us to return or send other friends and family. We had some great interactions with our little team and a lot of fun. Sharing our time with these lovely, charming people was very special and we felt that they benefitted as well as us.
Overall: We would strongly recommend anyone who loves nature, being outside and has a sense of adventure to do it.
It is a very special, magical place. Having seen people undertaking the trek unsupported, we felt that having a supported trek was perfect for us as we could really enjoy just being there.
Jane & Greg Windsor, Aus, Sep 2019
» Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, Circuit Walk
We had an absolutely amazing trip and everything was perfect.
Highlights – there were loads of highlights. We loved Quito – especially the morning we went up the Teleferico. We could see for miles over the city to snow capped Volcanos beyond. Our Equador guide and driver were brilliant – Miguel and Memo. They went out or their way to make sure we saw as much as possible – we wouldn’t have seen or learned as much without them. We saw humming bird, toucans, tangers and a fantastic bird of prey sanctuary that wasn’t on the original schedule.
The Galapagos Islands were amazing. Again we saw so much and the guides were brilliant. They were so enthusiastic about their islands, the animals and conservation.
Accommodation etc – the hotels were all excellent. We loved the quirkyness of the hotel in Quito. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The Septimo Paraiso eco lodge in the cloud forest and the Hacienda Las Palmeras near Otavalo were great – the food at Las Palmeras was really excellent. The airport hotel was spotless and friendly but the set meal of Spaghetti bolognese wasn’t great to be honest. We ate in some lovely restaurants and the guides picked some lovely places to stop for food.
Sol y Mar on Santa Cruz was lovely too.
We loved Hotel Albemarle on Isabela. It was a perfect place to spend 5 nights. The rooms were comfy, clean with lovely balconies and views. There were some really good local restaurants, especially Coco surf, recommended by Tania, our Isabela guide.
The company that did our trip to Los Tuneles were fantastic. The guide was so enthusiastic and determined that we would see loads of wildlife. He took loads of photos with his gopro then downloaded them all for us for free when we got back. The lunch on the boat that day was chicken and rice which all three of my kids said was the best lunch they’d had all holiday. It might have been because they were all cold and knackered – they even took the hot sweet tea on offer.
I hope we benefitted the local communities. We enjoyed our trips to the coffee plantation and the chocolate factory and certainly brought plenty of chocolate and coffee back with us. I would like to think that the money we spent goes in someway to help conservation efforts and to keep the cloud forests and the Galapagos Islands as special and unique as they clearly are.
We picked Andean trails because you are based in Scotland and seemed to understand out requirements and came up with a perfect sounding itinary. Flying from Galsgow via Amsterdam worked well and for us was definitely the quickest and easiest way to get there.
Everything worked out perfectly. We had a totally brilliant time. I think it is all still sinking in...
L. Keany, UK, Aug 2019
» 4-day Ecuador Family Holiday
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Eating out choices in the Galapagos Islands have blossomed, with many new bars, cafes and restaurants opening in recent years, as hotel-based holidays have become more popular. Top-end dining has truly yet to arrive at the Galapagos Islands due to its remote location and difficulty in importing ingredients. However, the three main islands, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela, offer a wide range of restaurants. They suit almost every budget and cater for most dietary requirements, from vegan to vegetarian, gluten-free and more. What you will find is Ecuadorian and international cuisine featuring a lot of fish, rice, vegetables …
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