A circle trip around the wondrous Patagonia visiting the most important points of interest in this unique region. Starting and finishing in Buenos Aires, you will visit Lapataia National Park, take a fabulous cruise around Tierra del Fuego, watching sea lion and penguin colonies and disembarking at the legendary Avenue of the Glaciers, and then head for the Lake District, where you will spend four nights relaxing and enjoying the magnificent landscapes and numerous outdoor activities. We wrap up this memorable trip with a lovely Tango show and dinner in the capital.
Arrive in Buenos Aires After clearing customs and immigration, proceed to the reception area, where our local representative will be holding a board with your name on it. You will be greeted with a “Bienvenidos a Argentina” and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax after the long haul flight or start exploring the city on your own.
Exploring the Paris of South America This morning our guide will pick you up at your hotel and escort you on a three-hour visit of South America's most elegant capital city. You will tour the most important landmarks in the city including Plaza de Mayo Square, Casa Rosada (Government House), the Cabildo (old City Hall), the monumental Congress building and its square, 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, and the Colon Theatre, one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Then learn about the traditions and unique character of Buenos Aires and its inhabitants through a visit to the picturesque Italian neighborhood of Boca, Palermo Park, and the historical Recoleta area and its famous cemetery where Evita Peron is buried. This evening stop by Puerto Madero and savor the superb Argentinean cuts and wines in one of the trendy restaurants. (B)
To the End of the World This morning fly to the southern tip of the American continent. There you will encounter an extended archipelago rich in legends and history, whose shores have been visited and inhabited by conquistadores, pirates, adventurers, gold chasers, missionaries and scientists: Ushuaia. Despite its faraway location, this is a fertile land of verdant forests, prairies colored by a myriad of flowers, snow-capped mountains, millenary glaciers and diverse wildlife. The rest of the day is free to wander the streets of the southernmost city in the world or visit the local museum. (B)
Ushuaia: The very End of the World. Check it by train and sail off Breakfast and departure for Tierra del Fuego National Park, a fantastic natural reserve that changes its appearance with the arrival of each season. You will be transferred by car to an old ranch, Estancia Rio Pipo. Nearby is the train station where you will board the legendary Train of the End of the World, a replica of the original one, which was used to transport prisoners. Enjoy a lovely ride throughout the national park, stopping to observe an Indian settlement and a beautiful cascade. After reaching the end of the line through the impressive Bull’s Canyon gorge, we embark on a hiking excursion along the park trails enjoying the magnificent landscapes and admiring some exquisite views over Beagle Channel and Lapataia Bay. This evening you will be transferred to the pier in order to board the Mare Australis and set sail towards Cape Horn. (B,D)
Note: Premium Deluxe option includes A cabin at Tierra del Fuego cruise.
Legendary Cape Horn and Walaia Bay Cape Horn, an island featuring cliffs of almost 425 meters high, was discovered on January 30, 1616 by a Danish commercial expedition organized by Isaac LeMaire and under the command of Captain William Schouten Isaac Le Maire. The Cape owes its name to the Port of Hoorn from where the expedition departed on June 14, 1615. Later we disembark at Walaia Bay, one of the most important indigenous sites in the region. (B,L,D)
Hiking in the Patagonian forest When the ship enters the Garibaldi Inlet, we will try to get as near as possible to one of the most beautiful glaciers in our itinerary and observe the breathtaking mass of blue ice. We will also stop for a moment to observe the sea lions and wild ducks that herald our arrival. We disembark in one of the solitary beaches of the Garibaldi Inlet and start hiking deep into one of the wildest and thickest forests of Patagonia as our guides tell us about its flora, fauna and geography. After this unforgettable experience we continue navigating through O'Brian and Ballenero Channels, Bahia Desolada, Paso Aguirre and Brecknock Channel. (B,L,D)
Penguins galore at Magdalena Island Located 25 miles north of Punta Arenas, in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, Magdalena Island is a natural reserve of Magellan penguins, cormorants and other birds, which peacefully coexist with sea lions. Here we will discover a rookery of more than 60,000 couples of penguins that come back year after year to nest in the same burrows. Between October and March they occupy almost the entire island, a unique sight. We will walk through the island along a marked path leading to the San Isidro lighthouse where there is an exhibition of photographs and information on the marine life in the Strait of Magellan. After our visit we continue to Punta Arenas where we dock at 11.00 AM and start disembarkation formalities. This afternoon fly to the Lake District. (B)
Exploring the Lake District It is hard to describe the beauty and magnificence of the Lake District. Anybody who has visited the region will mumble at finding the right words only to realize that there are no words that can describe it. Let’s just say that this is a region of ancient forests of birch and myrtle trees crisscrossed by meandering pristine rivers and interspersed with lakes of myriad hues, so clear that the surrounding snow-capped peaks can’t stop staring at their reflection all day long. German pioneers started populating the district in the beginning of the 20th century. They built settlements along rivers and lakes, introducing their characteristic architecture and customs that still prevail to this day. Today we enjoy a panoramic tour of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, the main towns in the district, complete with a visit to the lovely Angelmo Cove, a traditional fishing village. In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time to stroll around the lake and admire the German architecture and savor the delicious sweets made from traditional European recipes. (B)
Lake crossing to Bariloche The Lake Crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche is one of the most incredible day trips in the world. By bus, catamaran and boat, we cross the Andes on a unique itinerary that includes drives along millenary forests, sailing through magnificent lakes of emerald green and clear blue waters, crossing mountain passes and visits to roaring waterfalls, all under the imposing presence of the perpetual snow-capped peaks and volcanoes of the Andes range. At the end of the day, upon arrival in Puerto Pa˝uelo, a local representative will transfer you to your hotel in Bariloche. (B,L)
Basking in Bariloche Two full days to experience this piece of paradise at your own pace. Trekking, hiking, boating, horseback riding, fishing, rafting and mountain biking are all available here. Or you may just kick back and relax, enjoy the peace and tranquility, admire the magnificent vistas, or indulge with a soothing massage. (B)
Back to Buenos Aires and farewell Tango Dinner Today we travel back to the capital city. This evening we attend a fabulous Tango show in one of the best venues in the world, rounded up with a delightful dinner featuring traditional dishes and excellent Argentinean wines. The Tango has been defined as the most sensual of all dances. The impressive lyrics, traditional instruments and sensuous moves have catapulted it to one of the most admired genres in the world. (B,D)
Depart Buenos Aires Farewell Eco Voyagers! Today our local representative will be transferring you to the airport in time for your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant trip back home and hope to enjoy your company in another exciting adventure very soon. (B)
From: $2275 per person in double occupancy
Passengers on the Premium Deluxe option will receive:
Room upgrade at Alvear Palace and Llao Llao Hotel (based on availability at the time of confirmation)
Upgrade to VIP menu at Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show
Departure: Sundays from October to April
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Departures: Sundays from October to April
Type of services: Private throughout, except for the Lake Crossing and the activities at the Mare Australis cruise, which are operated on a group basis.
Highlights: A guided walking tour and a Tango show in Buenos Aires; Lapataia National Park; cruising around Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego; the pristine Lake District.
Travel documents: American citizens only need a valid passport for traveling to Argentina and/or Chile.
Inclusions: All ground transportation at the destination; lodging, meals and tours per itinerary; hotel taxes; English-speaking assistance.
Not included: International and domestic airfares; airport departure taxes; tips of any kind; incidentals at hotels; any meals not included in the itinerary; alcoholic beverages; souvenirs.
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