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Wonders of Patagonia

11 Days from $4,811 per person

Style: Small Group | Pace: Active

Travel to the ends of the earth, from the flamboyant capital of Buenos Aires to the land of giants, roaming solitary steppes, the rugged Andes mountainscape and pristinely beautiful glacial lakes.

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Travel to the ends of the earth, from the flamboyant capital of Buenos Aires to the land of giants, roaming solitary steppes, the rugged Andes mountainscape and pristinely beautiful glacial lakes.

  1. It's time to Tango your way through beautiful Buenos Aires-your launch pad to the other-worldly southern frontier of Patagonia. On arrival, your local host will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Relax or explore the grand boulevards and colorful barrios of Argentina's vibrant capital on your own. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:InterContinental Buenos Aires
  2. Walk in the footsteps of the porteños on your exploration of the exquisite sights of the "Paris of South America." Wind your way through the city, past the grand pink Casa Rosada, bold and bright La Boca and the streets of San Telmo. View the ornate Teatro Colon and pay homage to Eva (Evita) Peron in the final resting place of Buenos Aires' most noteworthy residents, Recoleta Cemetery. Embrace Argentinian culture at a Be My Guest experience this evening as you connect with locals, joining a local family in Palermo Soho who'll share their homemade family recipes, the secrets of kneading bread and the art of the passionate Tango.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  3. An expedition through the extraordinary landscapes of Patagonia begins today as you fly to the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. On arrival, explore the dramatic landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentinian's southern-most national park on the border of Chile. Join a Local Specialist to delve deep into its natural splendor. Admire its beautiful waterfalls, the mighty Martial Glacier, forests and snow-capped mountains in which the wildlife of this area find sanctuary. Keep a keen eye out for red foxes, condors, eagles and beavers. Come face to face with the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its incredible scenic beauty, enjoying views over the Beagle Channel at Ensenada Bay, the glacial waters of Roca Lake and the deep Bay of Lapataia Bay. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel on the Beagle Channel, so named for the famous HMS Beagle on which Charles Darwin once sailed the southern seas and saw glaciers for the first time.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Los Yamanas
  4. This morning, join a Local Specialist and your fellow travelers for a tour of Ushuaia including a visit to the Museo Maritimo y Del Presidio, where you'll explore the history of the Prison at the End of the World and learn about the famous prisoners who were incarcerated there. Later, delve into its history as a former penal colony and missionary base on your own, or consider joining an optional cruise excursion on the Beagle Channel focusing on the scenic archipelago, wildlife and history. Learn about the great shipwrecks of the region, as well as the dogged determination of the first European explorers, who in the 19th century navigated this inhospitable region which has since had a turbulent history. Consider taking a longer excursion that includes views of lazy colonies of sea lions and Magellanic penguins, which Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first saw in the early 16th century.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Leave the "end of the world" and fly to El Calafate on the shores of Lake Argentino, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park with its spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. You'll have a rare opportunity to explore the otherworldly landscape of massive glaciers, interconnected fjords and mountainside glacial lakes over the next few days, but not before perhaps tucking into the Calafate berry after which the town is named to secure your return to this mystical region.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Kosten Aike
  6. The day is dedicated to a deep exploration of the striking UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park. Touring with a Local Specialist, you'll come face-to-face with its arctic blue and white glaciers that are fed by the massive South Patagonian Ice Field, milky colored glacial lakes and towering snowcapped peaks. Discover the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, which towers above the icy waters of Lake Argentino. You could perhaps witness massive igloo icebergs plunging into the lake with thunderous force. Experience the rugged solitude of the windswept steppe and the quiet southern beach forests, before heading back to El Calafate for an evening spent at leisure. Consider indulging all your senses savoring the town's famous Patagonian lamb paired with a delectable glass of Argentina's Malbec, or pop into the Yeti Ice Bar for a chilly encounter that will warm your polar heart.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. The Patagonian Steppes give way to the granite spires of Paine, otherwise known as Cleopatra's Needles, the main features of the UNESCO-listed Torres del Paine National Park. We'll join a Local Specialist to delve behind the scenes of this extraordinary frontier land that few have explored. Connect with the inspiring natural landscape, celebrating one of the world's last true wilderness areas. Wander past cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged mountain spires. Your afternoon in the park will feature the Torres towers seen from the eastern region. Observe cyanobacteria with stromatolites formations at the Laguna Amarga caldera before stopping at Blue Lagoon on the Perito Moreno glacier with its distinct cerulean blue waters. Dinner with wine awaits at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hosteria Las Torres
  8. Continue your in-depth exploration of Torres Del Paine, venturing deep into the heart of the park with a Local Specialist. Embark on a short hike to see natural landmarks up close and view stunning landscapes from scenic outlooks especially chosen to showcase the surrounding beauty of the area. See Puente Negro (Black Bridge) crossing the Paine River, Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and Salto Grande waterfall. After enjoying an alfresco gourmet box lunch, join a narrated boat trip across the length of the lake to imposing Grey Glacier, which tumbles down from the massive Southern Patagonia Ice Field. This evening is yours to relax and enjoy dinner with wine served at the hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
  9. Follow your Local Specialist on the famous "W" Trail that stretches from the northern shores of Lake Nordenskjöld, named after a Scandinavian explorer who probed much of the region in the early 20th century. Head to the snowcapped Monte Almirante Nieto, which anchors the southeastern extreme of the Paine Massif. Wander past pebbled beaches, rugged steppe landscapes and Andes shrublands on your journey. After lunch, visit the Milodon Cave, where evidence of a giant prehistoric ground sloth was found by German Explorer Hermann Eberhard. There is also evidence of prehistoric human habitation within Cueva del Milodón, dating back as early as 6000 BC. Your base is the colorful fishing town of Pueto Natales on the Seno Ùltima Esperanza where your home-away-from-home will be for the next two nights. This warm, ecologically sound building, set against the backdrop of Patagonian steppes that lead up to the mountainscape beyond, lets the rugged outdoors Patagonian landscape inside.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Remota Patagonia Lodge
  10. Today's exploration takes you by boat up the Rio Serrano, passing the Southern Icefield (Campo de Hielo Sur) toward the icy turquoise sheets of the Serrano Glacier. Take some time with a Local Specialist to explore the impressive glacier with a hike through unspoiled, cool rainforest landscapes to Seno Ultima Esperanza ("Fjord of the Last Hope") where you will see the rest of the Southern Patagonian Icefield. Continue through the fjord by boat with views of the Balmaceda Glacier and Serrano Glaciers in the background. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner and toast to an unforgettable expedition to the ends of the earth.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  11. Depart this morning for the peninsula town of Punta Arenas to board your flight to Santiago International Airport, where your Patagonia adventure ends or extend your holiday with an extension to Easter Island.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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2 Feb 19 12 Feb 19 checkmark $5,401$4,923pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 17 Request Quote Book Now
2 Mar 19 12 Mar 19 checkmark $5,446$4,964pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 17 Request Quote Book Now
21 Sep 19 1 Oct 19 $5,276$4,811pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 17 Request Quote Book Now
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Room Supplement: from $1525 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $124 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Buenos Aires-Ushuaia, Ushuaia-El Calafate and Punta Arenas-Santiago, and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

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  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
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Meal Summary

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Dine at the home of a local family in the trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood

Stays with Stories

  • Enjoy modern accommodation in perfect harmony with the natural environment of Puerto Natales

Local Specialist

  • Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park and Bernardo O'Higgins National Park

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia
  • Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • View the Balmaceda Glacier, Serrano Glacier
  • Cruise the Beagle Channel, lake cruise through Patagonia
  • Scenic drives El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Argentina and Chile must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter these countries. 

  • You will be using the Chilean and Argentinian peso on your vacation. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec.  For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.

    Chilean cuisine reflects Spanish influences and traditional indigenous dishes, many of which are seafood oriented due to the country's long coastline.  Maize and quinoa accompany many meals, served alongside barbecued or stewed meats.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out at restaurants it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Ushuaia

Beagle Channel Cruise

Adult Price: $111.00 | Child Price: $111.00

Your cruise of the Beagle Channel focuses on the scenic archipelago, wildlife, and the history of the region. Learn about the great ship wrecks of the region as well as the first explorers arriving from Europe. Leaving the local harbor, navigate in catamaran along the Beagle Channel and admire the mountain range that surrounds the city. Enjoy beautiful landscapes and watch for sea lions, cormorants, albatrosses, skuas, petrels and seagulls. Total duration is approximately 2 ½-3 hours. Port Tax and Gratuity Included (Minimum 2 Guests)

Ushuaia

Penguin Colony

Adult Price: $154.00 | Child Price: $154.00

Your Catamaran departs from Ushuaia Bay. During your cruise you will have the opportunity to observe the majestic Black Eyebrow Albatross, Scuas and different kind of gulls. Watch for the funny steamer ducks or Alakush. Sail toward the east to the area of the Mackinlay Pass and Martillo Island to watch the elegant Magellanic penguins. Total duration is approximately 5 hours. Gratuity Included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

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EASTER ISLAND

Surrender to the magnetic allure of the imposing Moai statues that stand watch over Easter Island and are a testament to the mysterious Rapa Nui people, who called this remote, tempestuous Pacific island home.

This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas,South America Revealed, and Wonders of Patagonia.

Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Delve into the ancient culture of the Rapa Nui during a visit to Ahu Akivi to view its seven Moai statues. Continue to Ahu Hanga Poukura, then visit the Puna Pau quarry with its red scoria stone.
Hotel: Taha Tai

Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing 
Embark on a privately guided excursion to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues. Visit Ahu Tongariki, then continue to the eastern coast to see Paro Moai, the largest moai statue ever erected. Travel to the scenic Anakena beach. 
Meals: Continental Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing - Depart Easter Island
Join a private excursion up the extinct Rano Kau volcano. Drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you'll see spectacular petroglyphs. Later, we'll catch a glimpse of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. Then it's on to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence. Our final stop is at the Ana Kai Tangata to view the ornate cave paintings. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note: Airport arrival is at 12 noon; please be aware when booking your flights. 
Meals: Continental Breakfast

2019 Pricing 

Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, South America Revealed, Wonders of Patagonia:
From $925 Per Person twin-share 
From $350 Single Supplement

Please Note: Due to flight schedule, an additional complimentary overnight in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in your trip. The hotel in Santiago will be the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport except on the South America Landscapes, the hotel in Santiago will be the InterContinental Santiago.

Please Note: Air is not included in the prices listed. Please contact your Travel Agent to inquire about flight arrangements to and from Easter Island. 

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

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