Patagonia is a wild and rugged land filled with grandiose landscapes and exotic wildlife. There are few other places in the world where you can feel such a great isolation and vast emptiness and yet see waters teeming with wildlife; visit remote communities and get so close to ancient glaciers that you can actually walk inside these ice cathedrals. In its enormous scale, Patagonia offers an innumerable wealth of potential experiences and landscapes. We are looking forward to an memorable vacation.
Oct 22, 2016 Honolulu – Buenos Aires
Flight from Honolulu to Buenos Aires
Oct 23, 2016 Buenos Aires
Arrive. Transfer to the hotel
Glamorous and gritty, Buenos Aires is two cities in one. What makes Argentina’s capital so fascinating is its dual heritage—part European, part Latin American. The Plaza de Mayo, the district of Palermo with its turn of the century (1900) architecture and the glorious park of the same name, the Recoleta district, the Teatro Colón, the Ateneo Bookstore and many original shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and sidewalks full of people resemble many Southern European capitals. Residents and visitors enjoy the offering of limited-production wines, juicy steaks, and ice cream in countless flavors are among the old-world imports the city has perfected.
Oct 24, 2016 Buenos Aires
Your sightseeing today begins in the Retiro neighborhood. As you sit back and relax in your comfortable seat, you’ll make your way past the city’s top landmarks and through its most popular neighborhoods.
Head to Plaza de Mayo, the political hub of Buenos Aires and home to Casa Rosada, the official office of the Argentine president. Stop here to take photos of the palatial building, famous for its pink exterior, and then admire more sights in the area, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (town hall).
Next, make your way to Teatro Colón, a beautiful opera house built between 1889 and 1908. The theater stands near Plaza de la República, a square on Avenida 9 de Julio where you can see the Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires), a 1936 monument to honor the foundation of the city.
Then drive through the waterfront district of Puerto Madero on your way to the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture. See its many attractions, including Dorrego Square, where you should keep your eyes open for spontaneous tango performances – San Telmo is the center of tango in Buenos Aires. If your tour occurs on a Sunday, you’ll visit San Telmo’s weekly antiques market.
Continue to La Boca, Buenos Aires’ most colorful neighborhood, where a European atmosphere has remained strong since the neighborhood was settled by Italian immigrants. The district is a major attraction for the brightly painted buildings on the Caminito, the neighborhood’s main (pedestrianized) drag where you’ll hop off the coach to go for a stroll and see local artists selling their work.
Drive to one of the city’s largest districts, Palermo, where you’ll drive through Palermo Woods. The city’s largest park, Palermo Woods is home to many attractions, including the Buenos Aires Zoo, Plaza Italia and Galileo Galilei Planetarium. Finally, arrive in Recoleta, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city, with its renowned Recoleta Cemetery (where Eva Peron is buried), elegant shops and open-air cafes.
This evening get ready to enjoy a pleasant Argentinian dinner at the rythm of the Tango.
Oct 25, 2016 Buenos Aires – Calafate
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Calafate
Arrive and transfer to the hotel
El Calafate is located in the Patagonian steppe, dry and dramatic.
It is on the border of Lago Argentino (Argentina’s biggest lake), considered capital of the glaciers. It is the gate to visit worldwide known Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still advancing.
Transfer to the hotel and have the rest of the day to relax or explore the areas around the town or if possible, make the 1km hike out to Laguna Nimez for a beautiful Patagonian sunset.
Oct 26, 2016 Calafate
Full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (shared service), in Los Glaciers National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe inspiring landscapes in Argentina, Perito Moreno Glacier is a site to behold.
Your bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know, and things you might have never thought about.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the glacier from the nearby walking trail and viewing platforms; you will also enjoy the Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80m high ice walls! In the early evening, you will return to you hotel in Calafate.
Oct 27, 2016 Calafate – Torres del Paine
Full day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park.
Along the way you might be able to see rheas, guanacos, Patagonian hare, and even condors.
After crossing the Patagonian steppe from North to South, you will arrive at the border post “Cancha Carrera” after a 2,5 hs trip. There, you will start to travel through the beautiful South Chile until you arrive at the “Torres del Paine” National Park (“Blue Towers” in the Tehuelche language).
Keep an eye out for wild guanacos as they roam the windy plains. Some of the wonders of the world renowned park that you will visit will be Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and of course, the famous Torres del Paine.
In the afternoon we continue the drive to Puerto Natales. Walk along the shores of Last Hope Fjord, and enjoy the views of this place lost in the time.
Oct 28, 2016 Torres del Paine
Day of discovery in Torres del Paine. Some of the wonders of the world renowned park that you will visit will be Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and of course, the famous Torres.
Oct 29, 2016 Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Patagonia Cruise
Morning drive to Punta Arenas, the Chilean southernmost city,once a wealthy, aristocratic and European style harbor town. Before the Panama Canal opened, this was the most important stop before or after crossing the Magellan straight.
Afternoon embarkation on the M/V Stella Australis cruise ship. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Oct 30, 2016 Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets
At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony’s unpredictable movements.
Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Oct 31, 2016 Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley
We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we’ll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Nov 1, 2016 Wulaia Bay – Cape Horn
During the morning we will be sailing through Murray Channel, going ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
In the afternoon we will go South through Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Nov 2 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires
Disembarkation in Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport. To Buenos Aires. Overnight accommodations.
Nov 3 Buenos Aires - San Carlos de Bariloche
Morning flight to Bariloche. Arrive and transfer to the LLao Llao Resort
Afternoon sightseeing will take us to Cerro Campanariofrom where you appreciate Lake Nahuel Huapi in its entire splendor. This water body bathes the city and spreads towards the Chilean border. It joins Bariloche with the District of Villa La Angostura, in the Province of Neuquén, and it is the largest lake in the region.
Nov 4 Bariloche
Day at leisure to enjoy the many options to relax the Llao Llao Resort offers, canoeing along the lakes, golf, play a hand of tennis, etc.
A visit to the nearby town San Carlos de Bariloche with its Alpine culture is an attractive option. Breakfast.
Nov 5 Bariloche - Crossing of the Lakes - Puerto Montt
Today we embark in one of the most reknown crossings of the Andes Mountain Range.
Departure from Bariloche to Puerto Pañuelo, sailing the Nahuelhuapi lake we arrive at Puerto Blest, follow to Peulla to Petrohue and finally arrive to Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Breakfast
Nov 6 Puerto Montt - Santiago de Chile
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport, flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Nov 7 Santiago
When it was founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in 1541, Santiago was little more than the triangular patch of land embraced by two arms of the Río Mapocho. Today the area of the original municipality is known as Santiago Centro, and is just one of 32 comunas (districts)—each with its own distinct personality—that make up the city.
Santiago today is home to more than 6 million people—nearly a third of the country’s total population. It continues to spread outward to the so-called barrios altos (upper neighborhoods) east of the center. It’s also growing upward, as new office towers transform the skyline. Yet in many ways, Santiago still feels like a small town, where residents are always likely to bump into an acquaintance along the city center’s crowded streets and bustling plazas.
Today’s sightseeing will take us to the Santiago’s civic center with its many different architectural styles. You’ll pass the neoclassical Moneda Palace, built in the 18th century and current seat of Government; the Plaza de Armas, or main square, with its cathedral and the Central Post Office.
Today we’ll enjoy a regional cuisine lunch. Breakfast, Lunch
Nov 8 Santiago - Home
Transfer to the airport. Flight home (not included) . Breakfast