Great Patagonia

Duration: 15 days/ 14 nights
Date: As requested October through April.

Group Size: 2 to 10 people
Accommodation: First Class hotels and hosterías (Inns) and estancias..
Transportation: Private van or small bus and air transportation.
Price: 2 to 3 travelers: $5,198 per person double occupancy.

4 to 6 travelers: $4,596 per person double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1,250

NOTE: Airline tickets are NOT included in the tour price.

Enjoy cosmopolitan Buenos Aires
Be enchanted by the rich wildlife of Peninsula Valdes
Hike and enjoy magnificent views of Cerro Fitz Roy and surrounding peaks.
Be amazed by Perito Moreno Glacier.
Explore Torres del Paine National Park
Discover the end of the world: Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park
Note: Cruise to ANTARCTICA trip extension available.

ITINERARY:

Day 01 – Buenos Aires : Arrival. Reception at Ezeiza International Airport, and private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy a private tour of this cosmopolitan city of 12 million inhabitants, and capital of the Argentine Republic. Lodging for one night at Hotel Pulitzer  or  Hotel Intersur Recoleta or similar.

Day 02 – Punta Tombo, Puerto Madryn : Breakfast. Flight to Trelew, a city 1,200 kms south of Buenos Aires, and welcome to Patagonia! Your local naturalist guide will be meeting you at the airport. You will drive Punta Tombo, the biggest continental breeding ground of Magellan penguins. There, you will have the opportunity to meander along the park trails, which bisect the breeding ground themselves, and see over 200 thousand live nests, and more than 500 thousand penguins. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Gaiman. This is a picturesque small town that was settled by Welsh immigrants in the 1870s, and still maintains much of its original architecture. You may savor a delicious Welsh tea with pastries at one of the traditional teahouses of Gaiman (Optional). In the evening you will drive to Puerto Madryn. Lodging at Hotel Península Valdés overlooking the ocean. (B,L)

Day 03 – Península Valdés: After breakfast, you will drive to Península Valdés Nature Reserve, a paradise for wildlife lovers. (private excursion). Península Valdés is like an island united to the continent by a 35 km long strip of land called Ameghino Isthmus. From some sections of the road that takes us into the reserve, we will be able to view both gulfs: “San José” and “Nuevo”. The distance between them is only 7 km. at the narrowest part. You will observe birds in their natural habitat of “Bird Island”, and you will spend some time at Puerto Pirámide, a village on the south side of the Peninsula, on the Nuevo Gulf. Here you may enjoy a whale watching boat expedition to observe the magnificent Southern Right Whales that remain in the area from June through December (Optional). In the afternoon, you will likely see more of the region’s native fauna which includes foxes, maras, peludos and piches (similar to armadillos), lesser rheas (or choiques) and guanacos. The places you will be visiting are: Punta Norte, with the largest sea elephant colony on the Peninsula OR Caleta Valdés, a natural canal with great variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife; a sea lion colony, and the Salinas “Chica” and “Grande” that are the biggest depressions in South America. Late in the evening you will return to your hotel in Puerto Madryn. (B)

Day 04 – Los Glaciares National Park. El Chaltén/ Fitz Roy: In the morning, private transfer to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate. Reception at the airport and drive to El Chalten, arrival, lodging at Hosteria Infinito Sur or similar for three nights. (B)

Day 05 – Los Glaciares National Park. El Chaltén/ Fitz Roy: Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a private full day trekking excursion to Laguna de Los Tres including Piedras Blancas Glacier and base camp Fitz Roy. Or a half day visit to Lago del Desierto and boat ride. During this excursion you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Fitz Roy after a short trek to Centinela Viewpoint. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L).

Day 06 – Los Glaciares National Park. El Chaltén/ Fitz Roy: Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a full day boat excursion on the Viedma Lake to view the spectacular Viedma Glacier, and short trekking on the glacier with crampons visiting the ablation areas and ice caves. (not previous experience necessary). The total duration of this excursion is about 6 hours. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L).

NOTE: We may change today excursion due to weather conditions, and you would visit other area.

Day 07 – Los Glaciares National Park. Perito Moreno Glacier: Breakfast. In the morning, private transfer to El Calafate. Arrival, dinner and lodging at Hotel El Galpon del Glaciar (or Hotel Mirador del Lago  in El Calafate). You may have time to enjoy different activities at the ranch. (B, D)

Day 08 – Los Glaciares National Park. Perito Moreno Glacier: Breakfast. Today you will visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier (full day private excursion). Picnic lunch. Dinner and lodging. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Los Glaciares NP. Day at leisure to enjoy the area or take optional excursions. Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 10 – Torres del Paine National Park – Chile: Today, you will take a bus to the border with Chile (Cancha Carrera/Cerro Castillo) where your guide will be waiting for you to cross into Chile and drive to Torres del Paine National Park. Torres del Paine is a large park (450,000 acres) declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Today you enjoy a private excursion in the park and visit Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. You will enjoy a short hiking to Grey lake to view part of the glacier. The park is particularly rich in fauna, and you’ll be likely to see guanacos, lesser rheas, black-necked swans, geese, flamingos, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons and condors on the mountain slopes. You will arrive at your hotel late in the evening. Lunch during the excursion, lodging at a hotel in the park or guest ranch just outside the park boundaries. (B,L)

Day 11- Torres del Paine NP: Breakfast. Today you may enjoy the day hiking to Las Torres (on your own) or take an optional excursion. (B)

Day 12 – Torres del Paine NP: Breakfast. Day at leisure to enjoy the park: hiking, relaxing, optional excursions. (B)

Day 13 – Torres del Paine NP / Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego: Private transfer back to Argentina and El Calafate airport. Flight to Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, a picturesque town on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Reception and private transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 14 – Tierra del Fuego/ Ushuaia: Today you will go west for a hiking excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Created in 1960, this National Park protect6s 63.000 hectares of the southernmost portion of the Sub Antarctic Forest, from the high Andean steppe and peat bogs, down to the maritime coast of the Beagle Channel. You will be able to see two remarkably different ecosystems: the seashore and the sub-Antarctic forest which occur together only in a few places on earth and are unique in Argentina. You will walk along footpaths beside the seashore and cross the forest, an important reserve of native flora and wildlife. The excursion starts in the center of Ushuaia with a drive to the National Park. After walking along the shore, you’ll make a stop for a snack and then continue through the forest. You’ll visit Ensenada Bay and have lunch at a spot with a great view. Finally, you’ll reach Lapataia Bay where the South American roads end. Park fees and picnic lunch included. (B,L)

Day 15 – Tierra del Fuego/ Ushuaia: Breakfast. Private transfer to the airport and flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to Ezeiza airport to take your international flights back to USA. (B)

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Lodging for 14 nights (First class hotels, Inns and estancia) NOTE: We may substitute the ones mentioned in the itinerary for hotels of similar category depending on availability
  • All private transfers from and to airports.
  • Private land transportation for the group: car or van (except public bus from El Calafate to the border with Chile if there are fewer than 4 people in the group).
  • Bilingual local guides for excursions, most transfers, and local assistance.
  • During the trekking expeditions in Fitz Roy area (day 5 and 6): Bilingual expert mountain guides.
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary: All breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D).
  • Park entrance fees.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • International airline tickets
  • Flights in Argentina: Buenos Aires/Trelew, Trelew/El Calafate, El Calafate/Ushuaia, Ushuaia/Buenos Aires (Cost vary from about $1,100 in economy)
  • Personal expenses, tips, beverages during meals, other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary description.

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

All Rates in US DOLLARS.

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