Exploring Patagonia & Australis Cruise

   
 

Exploring Patagonia & Australis Cruise

BY PATAGONIA TRAVEL ADVENTURES
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3 weeks ago

DURATION

17 Days/16 Nights

SEASON

January Or Custom October - April

RATES

USD 6,172.00 per person

EXPIRES

Apr 30, 2017
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Patagonia Travel Adventures is excited to offer four unforgettable tour itineraries to Patagonia. The Great Patagonia, the Discovering Patagonia, the Exploring Patagonia, and the Patagonia Expedition Tour.

These tours immerse the traveler into a timeless landscape, allowing the opportunity to visit places the ordinary tourist rarely gets a chance to see.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Price: $4,732 per person double occupancy + AUSTRALIS CRUISE COST that will vary according to cabin category. The cabins start at $1,440 Cabin B promotional departures.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Arrival. Reception at Ezeiza International Airport, and private transfer to our 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 Madryn
Punta Tombo, Patagonia, Argentina
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Breakfast. Flight to Trelew, a city 1,200 kms south of Buenos Aires, and welcome to Patagonia! Our bus and local naturalist guide will be meeting us at the airport. We will drive to Punta Tombo, the biggest continental breeding ground of Magellan penguins. There, we 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, we 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. We may savor a delicious Welsh tea with pastries at one of the traditional teahouses of Gaiman. In the evening we will drive to Puerto Madryn. Lodging. (B,L)

Day 3: Península Valdés
Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Argentina
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After breakfast, we will drive to Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve, a paradise for wildlife lovers. Peninsula Valdes 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 Jose" and "Nuevo". The distance between them is only 7 km at the narrowest part. We will spend some time at Puerto Piramide, a village on the south side of the Peninsula, on the Nuevo Gulf. Lunch included. In the afternoon, we will likely observe 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 we’ll be visiting will be: Punta Norte, with the largest sea elephant colony on the Peninsula or Caleta Valdes, a natural canal with a 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 we will return to our hotel in Puerto Madryn. (B,L)

Day 4: Los Glaciares National Park. El Calafate
Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
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Breakfast. Flight to El Calafate, a small town located along the shores of Argentino Lake. The landscape of the region is a combination of arid steppes to the east, where eagles, falcons, lesser rheas, guanacos, hares, foxes and pumas live, and woods of lengas and ñires near the West Andes, that are the natural habitat of Condors, eagles, Magellan woodpeckers, and the Huemul (Andean deer). Hotel accommodation and dinner. (B,D)

Day 5: Los Glaciares National Park. El Calafate
El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
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After breakfast we 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: We will board a boat to cross Argentino Lake with spectacular close views of the Glaciar Perito Moreno. We will land on an isolated beach and hike on the glacier (no additional equipment, or previous experience required). Lunch in the park, and dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 6: El Calafate
El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
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Day at leisure to enjoy optional excursions or relax. Dinner. (B,D)

Day 7: Torres Del Paine – Chile
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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Today we will cross the border towards the Republic of Chile. Our destination is the renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Torres del Paine is a large park (450,000 acres) declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. We will visit Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. The park is particularly rich in fauna, and we’ll be likely to see guanacos, lesser rheas, black-necked swans, geese, flamingos, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons and condors on the mountain slopes. Lodging in the park. (B,L)

Day 8: Torres Del Paine National Park - Chile
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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Breakfast. Full day to enjoy the park. Lodging. (B)

Day 9: Torres Del Paine National Park - Chile
Serrano River, Patagonia, Chile
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After breakfast, we will depart in Zodiac boats down Serrano River. We’ll enjoy a short hike to Glaciar Serrano. Then we’ll sail through Ultima Esperanza Fjord to a ranch overlooking Seno Ultima Esperanza. Barbecue lunch. Later continue by boat to Puerto Natales and stay at Hotel Indigo Patagonia or similar for one night.

Day 10: Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
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Breakfast. Today we will travel to Punta Arenas, a picturesque town overlooking the Strait of Magellan. Lodging. (B)

Day 11: Punta Arenas/ Cruceros Australis
Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
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Transfer to the port. Cruise ship boarding starts at 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth”. The excursion will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. You have just embarked on a Great Adventure! (B,D)

Day 12: Cruceros Australis: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islet
Ainsworth Bay, Patagonia, Chile
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At dawn, you’ll continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound until finally arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, where you’ll enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach you’ll observe a colony of elephant seals. Later you’ll visit Tucker Islet, where you’ll view colonies of Magellanic Penguins and Cormorants from the Zodiac boats. The islet’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement you may visit Brookes Bay, for a short walk to approach a glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Cruceros Australis: Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
Beagle Channel, Patagonia, Chile
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You’ll navigate through the main part of Beagle Channel to reach Pia Bay, where you’ll disembark near Pia Glacier. You’ll take a short hike to a lookout point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, you’ll sail again along the northwest arm of Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley”: Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Cruceros Australis: Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay
Cape Horn National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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You’ll sail through Beagle and Murray channels to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory at the point where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans merge. This mythical place is known as the “End of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, you’ll go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You’ll walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Ushuaia/ Tierra Del Fuego-Argentina
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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Arrival in Ushuaia. You’ll disembark at around 8:00 and welcome to Ushuaia!, a charming town on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Transfer to your hotel for check in. Later, we will go west for a private excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Created in 1960, this National Park protects 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 visit different areas of the park such as Ensenada Bay and Lapataia Bay, and you’ll 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. Lunch in the park. Lodging in Ushuaia at Hotel Tolkeyen or Terrazas del Beagle or similar for three nights. (B,L)

Day 16: Ushuaia/ Tierra Del Fuego
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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Full day excursion to Harberton Ranch. Lunch during the excursion. (B,L)

Day 17: Buenos Aires / ...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Breakfast. Flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to Ezeiza airport to take your international flights. (B)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Private transfers to and from airports.
  • Overland transportation + Cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia.
  • Local bilingual guides.
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights (double occupancy) + 4 nights aboard Australis Cruise.
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary: all breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners + all meals during Australis Cruise.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Boat expedition from Torres del Paine National Park to Seno Ultima Esperanza.
  • Other private excursions with bilingual guides as detailed in the itinerary. NOTE: Boat excursions and trek on the glacier as well as land excursions during cruise are group excursions shared with other passengers.

NOTES

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For groups of two to four passengers there will be local bilingual guides for transfers, excursions and assistance, but no tour leader.

This tour may be done independently on your own travel dates (minimum two travelers).

Boat excursions and trek on the glacier as well as land excursions during cruise are group excursions shared with other passengers.


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