Discover the Best of Patagonia - Independent Tour with Nature Hikes, National Park Visits, Ranch Visit & Wildlife, including Magellan Penguins

   
 

Discover the Best of Patagonia - Independent Tour with Nature Hikes, National Park Visits, Ranch Visit & Wildlife, including Magellan Penguins

BY PATAGONIA TRAVEL ADVENTURES
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2 months ago

DURATION

12 Days/11 Nights

SEASON

October - April

RATES

USD 4,345.00 per person

EXPIRES

Apr 15, 2017
Discover the Best of Patagonia - Independent Tour with Nature Hikes, National Park Visits, Ranch Visit & Wildlife, including Magellan Penguins
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Independent Tour with Nature Hikes, National Park Visits, Ranch Visit & Wildlife, including Magellan Penguins

- Visit cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

- Discover Peninsula Valdes with its rich wildlife.

- Explore Los Glaciares National Park and trek on The Perito Moreno Glacier.

- Enjoy spectacular landscapes and hiking in Torres del Paine National Park.

- Discover the End of the World: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Group of 2 to 3 passengers: $4,345 ppdo Group of 4 to 6 passengers: $3,940 ppdo

Rate is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement: $960

Airline tickets are NOT included in the tour cost.

** $150 TOUR DISCOUNT if you sign up for this tour and a cruise to Antarctica or $100 if you take an Australis cruise trip extension. **

ITINERARY

Day 1: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Arrival and meeting at the airport. Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of this beautiful cosmopolitan city. Lodging.

Day 2: Buenos Aires – Punta Tombo/Puerto Madryn
Punta Tombo, Patagonia, Argentina
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Flight to Trelew, and welcome to Patagonia! Today you will visit Punta Tombo rookery, the most important breeding colony of Magellan penguins in the world. You will walk through a trail that cuts deep into the colony to closely observe 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. Picnic lunch. Later, 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 to Puerto Madryn, a charming coastal city on the Golfo Nuevo shores. Lodging at your hotel for two nights. (B)

Day 3: Valdes Peninsula
Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Argentina
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Full-day excursion to Valdes Peninsula. 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 South American sea lions, and Southern elephant seals. At Puerto Piramide, a village on the south side of the Peninsula, you may enjoy a boat excursion to see the right whales that remain in the area from June until the first weeks of December. Lodging in Puerto Madryn. (B)

Day 4: Trelew - El Calafate
El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
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Transfer to the airport to fly to El Calafate, a small village located close to the shores of Argentino Lake. In the evening you will visit Estancia Alice, located in Los Glaciares National Park, where you will see ranch activities such as sheep shearing and later enjoy a barbecue dinner and folk show. Lodging Hotel El Galpon del Glaciar/Estancia Alice or hotel of similar category in El Calafate. (B,D)

Day 5: Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
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After breakfast you will depart to visit Los Glaciares National Park. 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: You will board a boat to cross the lake. You will land on an isolated beach and trek on the glacier for about two hours (no 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)

Day 6: Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
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Day at leisure to enjoy the area or take optional excursions. Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 7: Torres Del Paine
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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Today, you will have a private transfer (car/driver) from your hotel to the border with Chile (Cancha Carrera/Cerro Castillo) where your Chilean guide will be waiting to drive you to Torres del Paine National Park. Torres del Paine is a large park (450,000 acres) declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You will visit Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. You may enjoy a short hike to Grey Lake to view part of the glacier. The park is particularly rich in fauna, and you're likely to see guanacos, lesser rheas, black-necked swans, geese, flamingos, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons and condors on the mountain slopes. Lunch during the excursion. You will arrive at the hotel late in the evening. Lodging at Hosteria Las Torres or Hosteria Serrano inside the park (B, L)

Day 8: Torres Del Paine
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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Breakfast. Day at leisure to enjoy the park on your own. We recommend hiking to Las Torres. (B)

Day 9: Puerto Natales / Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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After breakfast, you will drive back to Argentina and to the airport in El Calafate to take your flight to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Lodging at Hotel Terrazas del Beagle, Hotel Los Ñires or similar. (B)

Day 10: Ushuaia - Tierra Del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
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Today you will go west for a hiking excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will likely see the Magellanic woodpeckers, largest in South America, Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. Lunch in the park. Lodging in Ushuaia. (B,L)

Day 11: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Private transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a tango show and dinner at Esquina Homero Manzi. (B, D)

Day 12: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Morning at leisure. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to Ezeiza International Airport for your flight back to the USA or your country of residence. (B)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • All transfers
  • Private land transportation for the group: car or van (except public bus from El Calafate to the border with Chile if the group is less than 3 people). Additional $150 per person for a private transfer to the border for two people
  • Assistance of local bilingual expert guides
  • Accommodation for 11 nights at mentioned or similar hotels
  • All breakfasts. Some lunches and dinners as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local private excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Trek with crampons on the Perito Moreno glacier shared with other travelers
  • Entrance fees to parks and reserves

NOTES

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NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

- International flights

- Flights in Argentina (Buenos Aires/Trelew/ El Calafate/ Ushuaia/Buenos Aires). Airfare may vary from about $1,000.

- Services and other meals not mentioned in itinerary. Drinks during meals. Tips and personal expenses.


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