Tour Great Patagonia
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This tour immerse the traveler into a timeless landscape, allowing the opportunity to visit places the ordinary tourist rarely gets a chance to see.
- 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.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
2 to 3 travelers: $5,198 per person double occupancy.
4 to 6 or more travelers: $4,596 per person double occupancy.
Single supplement: $1,250.
International and domestic airline tickets, personal expenses, tips, beverages during meals, other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary description not included in rates.
$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.
Day 1: Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, Argentina
Arrival. Reception at Ezeiza International Airport, and 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.
Day 2: Punta Tombo, Puerto MadrynPunta Tombo, Patagonia, Argentina
Breakfast. Flight to Trelew, a city 1,200kms 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 200,000 live nests and more than 500,000 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. Savor a delicious Welsh tea with pastries at one of the traditional tea houses of Gaiman.
In the evening you will drive to Puerto Madryn. Lodging at Hotel Peninsula Valdés overlooking the ocean. (B,L)
Day 3: Península ValdésValdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Argentina
After breakfast, you will drive to Península Valdés Nature Reserve, a paradise for wildlife lovers. Península Valdés is like an island united to the continent by a 35km long strip of land called Ameghino Isthmus. From some sections of the road that takes you into the reserve, you will be able to view both gulfs: "San José" and "Nuevo". The distance between them is only seven kilometers 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 would 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 4: Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltén/Fitz RoyLos Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
In the morning, transfer to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate. Reception at the airport and drive to El Chalten, arrival and lodging. (B)
Day 5: Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltén/Fitz RoyEl Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina
Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a full-day trekking excursion to the Fitz Roy Base Camp or Lago del Desierto. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L)
Day 6: Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltén/Fitz RoyFitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina
Breakfast. Today, you'll be crossing the Fitz Roy River and have the incredible experience of ice trekking on the Torre Glacier and enjoying spectacular views. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L)
NOTE: PTA may change today's excursion due to weather conditions, and you would visit other area.
Day 7: Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno GlacierEl Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
Breakfast. In the morning, you will drive back to El Calafate. Arrival, dinner and lodging. If you stay at Hotel El Galpon del Glaciar, you may have time to enjoy different activities at the ranch. (B,D)
Day 8: Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno GlacierPerito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
Breakfast. Today you will visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Dinner and lodging at the estancia. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Los Glaciares National ParkLos Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
Day at leisure to enjoy the area or take optional excursions. Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 10: Torres Del Paine National Park - ChileTorres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, 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 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'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 Hosteria Las Torres late in the evening. Lunch during the excursion, lodging at hosteria Las Torres. (B,L)
Day 11: Torres Del Paine National ParkTorres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Breakfast. Today you may enjoy the day hiking to Las Torres (on your own). (B)
Day 12: Torres Del Paine National ParkTorres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Breakfast. Day at leisure to enjoy the park: hiking, relaxing, optional excursions. (B)
Day 13: Torres Del Paine National Park/Ushuaia - Tierra Del FuegoUshuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
You will drive 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 transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 14: Tierra Del Fuego/ UshuaiaTierra Del Fuego National Park, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
Today you will go west for a hiking excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will likely see the Magellanic woodpeckers, the largest in South America, Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. Lunch in the park. (B,L)
Day 15: Tierra Del Fuego/ UshuaiaBuenos Aires, Argentina
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to Ezeiza airport to take your international flights back to USA. (B)
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