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Wonders of Patagonia

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days
JAN - DEC 2023 WITH EASTER ISLAND
Glacier in Patagonia, Chile

Countries Visited

Argentina, Chile ...more Argentina, Chile

Locations Visited

Buenos Aires, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, El Calafate, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales, Mirador Serrano Glacier, Punta Arenas Pres. Ibanez, Santiago, Easter Island ...more Buenos Aires, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, El Calafate, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales, Mirador Serrano Glacier, Punta Arenas Pres. Ibanez, Santiago, Easter Island
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Buenos Aires

    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 colourful barrios of Argentina's vibrant capital on your own. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Alvear Art Hotel
  2. Day 2 Buenos Aires Sightseeing Connect with Locals

    Walk in the footsteps of the porteños on your exploration of the exquisite sights of the 'Paris of South America' with your Local Specialist. Wind your way through the city, past the grand pink Casa Rosada, and bold, bright La Boca. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Alvear Art Hotel
  3. Day 3 Admire Tierra del Fuego National Park and Continue to Ushuaia

    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 splendour. Admire its beautiful waterfalls, 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Los Acebos Ushuaia Hotel
  4. Day 4 Uncover Ushuaia Dive Into Culture

    This morning, Dive Into Culture as you join a Local Specialist and your fellow travellers 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Los Acebos Ushuaia Hotel
  5. Day 5 Off to El Calafate

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kosten Aike
  6. Day 6 Los Glaciares National Park Excursion

    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. 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 savouring the town’s famous Patagonian lamb paired with a delectable glass of Argentina’s Malbec, or pop into the glaciarium for a chilly encounter that will warm your polar heart.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Kosten Aike
  7. Day 7 Adventure Through Torres del Paine National Park

    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 with its distinct cerulean blue waters. Dinner with wine awaits at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Las Torres Patagonia
  8. Day 8 Torres Del Paine National Park Sightseeing

    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 box lunch, this evening is yours to relax and enjoy dinner with wine served at the hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Las Torres Patagonia
  9. Day 9 Admire the Local Culture of Torres Del Paine and Puerto Natales Connect with Locals Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories

    Meet some of the local cowboys and Connect With Locals as you learn about the traditions of the Gaucho culture. 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 snow-capped 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, Dive Into Culture again with a visit to 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 colourful fishing town of Pueto Natales on the Seno Ùltima Esperanza where one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories is your home-away-from-home 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Remota Patagonia Lodge
  10. Day 10 Puerto Natales, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

    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 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Remota Patagonia Lodge
  11. Day 11 From to Punta Arenas to Santiago

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago International Airport (flight not included in holiday price). Stay the night in Chile's vibrant capital of Santiago before heading on to your Easter Island extension tomorrow.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Santiago Airport
  12. Day 12 From to Punta Arenas to Santiago

    Fly to Easter Island (flight not included in holiday price) and connect with the legend and lore of one of the world’s most remote and remarkable islands, delving into the ancient culture of the Rapa Nui who once prospered on this land. Our first stop on this mystical adventure is Ahu Akivi, where we’ll enjoy a private guided excursion with our Local Specialist to view its seven Moai statues, facing the ocean. Learn about their astronomically precise location and how they were placed there to use their mana to protect the inhabitants of the nearby village. Continue to ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura to see the tumbled Moai statues that stand as a testament to ancient battles. Then, visit the Puna Pau quarry with its red scoria stone.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Taha Tai Hotel
  13. Day 13 The Maoi of Easter Island

    Embark on a privately guided excursion with our Local Specialist to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved ceremonial Ahu Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te'e. Set out with your boxed picnic lunch and proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues - 397 of them still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island, then continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura with its Paro Maoi, the largest maoi statue ever erected. Afterward, visit scenic Anakena beach, where the king first set foot on the island.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  14. Day 14 On the Slopes of Rano Kau

    Journey to the UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park. Join a private excursion with our Local Specialist up the extinct Rano Kau volcano. Admire views of the island from its slopes, then drive to the village of Orongo, where you’ll view petroglyphs revealing the local culture. Later, catch a glimpse the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. 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 from its mouth. Return to your hotel this afternoon before being transferred to the airport. Airport arrival is at 12 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.

    meals Breakfast
Wonders Patagonia Easter Island Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - El Cafate, Punta Arenas - Santiago
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 13 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 5 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Buenos Aires: Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its European-style homes and hip attitude.
  • Torres del Paine National Park: Meet some of the local cowboys at this historic ranch and learn about the traditions of the Gaucho culture.

Dive Into Culture

  • Ushuaia: Tour 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.
  • Torres del Paine National Park: Visit Milodon Cave, where evidence of a giant prehistoric ground sloth was found by German Explorer Herman Eberhard. There is also evidence of prehistoric human habitation within Cueva del Milodón, dating back as early as 6000 BC.

Iconic Experience

  • Buenos Aires: 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, and bold, bright La Boca. 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.
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park: Join a Local Specialist to delve deep into Tierra Del Fuego National park's natural splendour. Admire its beautiful waterfalls, 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.
  • Torres del Paine National Park: Enjoy an 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.
  • Torres del Paine National Park: Follow your Local Specialist on the famous "W" Trail that stretches from the northern shores of Lake Nordenskjold, Named after a Scandinavian explorer who probed much of the region in the early 20th century.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Buenos Aires and Ushuaia with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park and Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • : View the Balmaceda Glacier and Serrano Glacier
  • : Scenic Cruise upon a boat ride up the Rio Serrano toward the Serrano Glacier
  • : Scenic Drive from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park and from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas

Trafalgar Difference

  • Puerto Natales: Enjoy modern accommodation in perfect harmony with the natural environment of Puerto Natales with this Stays With Stories.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - El Cafate, Punta Arenas - Santiago
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

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