Wonders of Patagonia

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Barilocke Lake
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $4,792 per person

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. Embrace the enormity of a land that few have explored, the facets of frontier life and majestic natural splendor.

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  1. It's time to Tango your way through beautiful Buenos Aires, your launchpad for an in-depth exploration through the other-worldly solitary, southern frontiers of Patagonia. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your hotel. Get settled into your room in preparation for an epic adventure, or set out and explore the grand boulevards and quaint barrios of Argentina's vibrant capital city. At 6 p.m., join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception.
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    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, Metropolitan Cathedral, bold and bright La Boca and the cobblestone streets of grand San Telmo. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon and pay homage to Eva (Evita) Peron in the final resting place of Buenos Aires' most noteworthy residents, the elegant Recoleta Cemetery. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family who are long-time residents of this trendy neighborhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen, discover the secrets of kneading bread and watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of the Tango.
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  3. An expedition through the extraordinary landscapes of Patagonia begins today as you fly to the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. Upon arrival, embark on an exploration of the dramatic landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Specialist, delving into the depths of its beautiful scenery with its waterfalls, glaciers, forests and mountains. Take in the wildlife that inhabit this spectacular environment like red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles and beavers. Within the park, come face to face with the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its incredible scenic beauty, 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.
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    hotel:Los Yamanas
  4. Enjoy the views this morning and linger over breakfast. Explore the town of Ushuaia or perhaps choose an exciting optional adventure. Board your vessel and cruise the Beagle Channel focusing on the scenic archipelago, wildlife and history. Learn about the great shipwrecks of the region as well as the first explorers who arrived from Europe. Or take a longer excursion that includes colonies of sea lions and elegant Magellanic penguins. Late afternoon, join a Local Specialist and your fellow travelers for a tour of Ushuaia including an early evening visit to the Museo Maritimo y Del Presidio, home to the Maritime, Prison, Antarctic and Marine Art Museum.
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  5. Leave the “end of the world” and fly to the quaint town of El Calafate on the shores of Lake Argentino, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park with its spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. An otherworldly landscape surrounds you, one of massive glaciers, jagged landscapes of interconnected fjords and mountainside glacial lakes which you will have a rare opportunity to explore over the next few days.
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    hotel:Kosten Aike
  6. The day is dedicated to a deep exploration of the striking Los Glaciares National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional natural beauty. 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.
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  7. Travel this morning from El Calafate along the Patagonian Steppes giving way to the veritable granite spires of Paine which are the main features of this extraordinary National Park that has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Join a Local Specialist to delve behind the scenes of Torres del Paine National Park's extraordinary natural frontier land. 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 Laguan Amarga before stopping at Blue Lagoon. Lady Florence Dixie, the intrepid Victorian-era British traveler and author, first spotted the Torres del Paine peaks, naming them “Cleopatra's Needles” in her 1880 book, Across Patagonia. Dinner with wine awaits this evening at your hotel.
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    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. View stunning landscapes from scenic outlooks, embark on short hikes to see natural landmarks up close and enjoy a lake cruise to Grey Glacier dodging icebergs calved by the glacier. Stops along the way include 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, choose to hike along the southern shore of Lago Grey until a point where you can gaze down at the icebergs that have plunged in to the lake or embark on a narrated Catamaran 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.
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  9. Follow your Local Specialist on the famous “W” Trail that stretches from the picturesque northern shores of Lake Nordenskjöld, named after a Scandinavian explorer who probed much of the region in the early 20th century, to the snowcapped Monte Almirante Nieto that anchors the southeastern extreme of the Paine Massif, past pebbled beaches, rugged steppe landscapes and Andes shrublands. After lunch, visit the Milodon Cave, an impressive cave of 660 feet (201 meters) where evidence of a giant prehistoric ground sloth, now known as a Mylodon, 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 for the next two nights is the colorful fishing town of Pueto Natales on the Seno Ùltima Esperanza, set against the backdrop of Patagonian steppes leading up to snowcapped mountains in the distance.
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    hotel:Remota Patagonia Lodge Authentic Accommodation
  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, the incomparable Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, where you'll enjoy lunch. 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.
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  11. Spend time this morning in the peninsula town of Punta Arenas, a city famous for its European style, rugged charm and status as a gateway to the Antarctic due to its location on the Straits of Magellan. This afternoon, board your flight to the Santiago International Airport, where your Patagonian adventure ends or extend your stay in Santiago at the InterContinental Hotel.
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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.
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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.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Room Supplement: from $1550 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $118 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.

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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
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners (including Be My Guest), On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

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

Authentic Accommodations

  • Enjoy modern accommodations 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's glaciers
  • Scenic drives El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park, 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 48 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. 

EASTER ISLAND CRUISE

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. Witness their sacred traditions and explore their enigmatic culture. 

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, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia.

 

Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. Be greeted by your local host and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony that has taken place on the island. 
Hotel: Taha Tai or Rapa Nui

Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing 
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hang Te'e. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues - 397 of which are still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the "Navel of the World." Afterward visit scenic Anakena beach where you have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Pacific Ocean. 
Continental Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing and Departure
This morning another private excursion takes you up to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, as you take in the majestic views of the whole island along the way. After, drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you can see spectacular petroglyphs related to the local culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings from the outside. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note:Sightseeing ends at 12p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your return flights. 
Continental Breakfast

2018 Pricing 

Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia:
$975 Per Person twin-share 
$350 Single Supplement

Please note that airfare to Easter Island is not included in the prices listed. Due to the flight schedule, an additional night in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in the cost of the extension package. The hotel in Santiago will be the Vacation Inn Santiago Airport, except for guests on South America Landscapes, who will stay at the InterContinental Santiago. For guests on Best of South America no additional overnight is required. 

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

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