Discovering Patagonia

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Duration: 11 days/10 nights.
Departures: September through April as requested
Group Size: 2 to 10 passengers.
Price: 2 to 3 passengers $3,360 p/person Double Occupancy.
4 to 6 passengers $2,977 p/Person Double Occupancy.
Single Supplement: $800

NOTE: Airline tickets are NOT included in the tour cost

Note: Cruise to Antarctica trip extension available.

Visit Peninsula Valdes with its rich wildlife (whales, elephant seals, sea lions, penguins).
Explore Los Glaciares National Park and trek on The Perito Moreno Glacier.
Discover the End of the World: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.

ITINERARY:

DAY 01: BUENOS AIRES : Arrival and meeting at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a tour of this wonderful cosmopolitan city, capital of Argentina. Lodging.

DAY 02: BUENOS AIRES – PUERTO MADRYN : Flight to Trelew and welcome to Patagonia! Drive to Puerto Madryn, a charming coastal city on the Golfo Nuevo shores (private transfer). Lodging at your hotel for three nights. Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.(B)

DAY 03: PUNTA TOMBO : Visit to Punta Tombo rookery, the most important breeding colony of Magellan penguins in the world. (Full day private excursion). You will walk through a trail that cuts deep into the colony to observe closely these fascinating birds. Other species such as kelp gulls, skuas, cormorants, giant petrels, dolphin gulls, the Chubut steamer duck, and Patagonian foxes also inhabit the area and may be seen here. On the way back you will visit GAIMAN, a traditional small town that was settled by Welsh immigrants in the 1870s. There you may enjoy a cup of tea and pastries (not included). In the evening, drive back to your hotel in Puerto Madryn. (B,L).

DAY 04: VALDES PENINSULA : Full day visit to Valdes Peninsula (private excursion). On your way you will stop to see the wildlife of the area: guanacos, lesser rheas, Patagonian foxes, hairy armadillos, maras and the most important rookeries protecting large colonies of Southamerican sea lions, and Southern elephant seals. At Puerto Piramide, a village on the south side of the Peninsula, you may enjoy a boat excursion (optional) NOTE: whales remain in the area from June until the first weeks of December. Lunch during the excursion. Lodging in Puerto Madryn.(B, L)

DAY 05: TRELEW- EL CALAFATE : Private transfer to the airport to fly to El Calafate, a small village located close to the shores of Argentino Lake. During the evening, you will be free to explore the region and take advantage of the beautiful sights, or you can rest in the cozy hotel. Dinner (B,D)

DAY 06: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK : After breakfast you will depart to visit Los Glaciares National Park (private excursion). This park of 600.000 hectares (2,300 square miles) has thirteen glaciers that flow into the Argentino and Viedma lakes. Perito Moreno Glacier, is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing. It is only 500 ft above sea level, which makes it very accessible, allowing one to stand in front of a mountain of ice that measures 60 m (180 ft) by 5 km (2.5 miles). The constant fall of huge towers of ice from its walls and into the lake is an unforgettable spectacle. Trekking Expedition (shared with other passengers): You will board a boat to cross the lake and land on an isolated beach to start trekking on the glacier. During the two hours walk you will enjoy a magnificent landscape of ice formations in different shades of blue, crevasses, streams and small lagoons. (Not additional equipment, or previous experience required). Picnic lunch at the park. In the evening, return to your hotel in El Calafate. Dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

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DAY 07: EL CALAFATE – USHUAIA : Flight to Ushuaia. Arrival and private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city on the shores of the Beagle Channel and its interesting End of the World Museum.(B)

DAY 08: USHUAIA : Today you will go west for a private hiking excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will visit different areas of the park such as Ensenada Bay and Lapataia Bay, and you will likely see the Magellanic woodpeckers, largest in South America, Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. Lunch in the park. (B,L)

DAY 09: USHUAIA : In the morning you will enjoy a boat excursion on the Beagle Channel (transfers included). You will reach Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, and pass in front of the Cormorants’ Island and the Sea Lions’ Island. Rest of the afternoon and evening to explore the area. (B)

DAY 10: USHUAIA – BUENOS AIRES : Private transfer to the airport and flight back to Buenos Aires. Arrival, meeting at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure.(B)

DAY 11: BUENOS AIRES : Morning and afternoon at leisure to relax, shop and enjoy the city. In the evening private transfer to the international airport and flight back to the U.S.(B)

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Private transfers.
  • Assistance of local bilingual expert guides.
  • Accommodation for ten nights at first rate hotels.
  • All breakfasts (B), 4 lunches(L) and 2 dinners (D) as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Local private excursions as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Trek with crampons on the Perito Moreno glacier and Boat excursion on the Beagle Channel (shared with other passengers).
  • Entrance fees to parks and reserves.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights.
  • Flights in Argentina (Buenos Aires/Trelew/El Calafate/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires). Cost will be about $1,100 in economy.
  • Optional boat excursion in Península Valdés.
  • Drinks during meals. Other meals and services not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.

Please, contact us for more information on Cruises to Antarctica.

NOTE: $150 TOUR DISCOUNT if you sign up for this tour and a cruise to Antarctica or $100 tour discount if you sign up for an Australis cruise.

All rates in US DOLLARS