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Adventures In Patagonia + Iguazu Extension

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
17 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Buenos Aires - Explore Argentina's vibrant capital including colourful La Boca and Plaza de Mayo
  • Ushuaia - The town at the end of the world, explore scenic Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Torres Del Paine National Park - Walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth
  • Calafate - Excursion to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Los Glaciares National Park - Spectacular walking country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Short Description

Patagonia is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. On this trip through Argentina and Chile, we walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine National Park, discover the captivating city of Buenos Aires and admire views of the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. Along the way we visit Ushuaia - the world's southernmost city, and enjoy walks through the spectacular scenery of Los Glaciares National Park.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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End City Buenos Aires
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour in Buenos Aires

Description

Join tour Buenos Aires and check-in to our hotel. Here we find ourselves in the midst of Argentina's vibrant capital, located on the southern shores of the Rio de la Plata.
Since its founding by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536 the city has thrived on trade and its vibrant streets are filled with an eclectic mix of European architectural styles, with
Spanish, French and Italian classicism rubbing shoulders with remnants of Victorian grandeur. Gaining independence from its Spanish overlords in 1816 the city grew to
rival the great cities of Europe, its wide avenues and elegant squares earning it the title of the Paris of the South.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - In Buenos Aires; tour of the Argentinian capital

Description

Today we will take a tour of the city, exploring the major landmarks around the Plaza de Mayo, site of the famous mass demonstrations by supporters of Juan Domingo Peron in 1945, organised by his wife Eva. We'll also visit the elaborate mausoleums of the famous Recoleta Cemetary, the final resting place of some of Argentina's most revered figures, including Eva Peron herself. Our tour will also takes us via Palermo Park and the colourful vibrancy of La Caminito in the La Boca district of the city. Settled originally by Italian migrants, the area is famed for its colourful houses and lively street performers. You can even come across the tango being performed on some street corners,
highlighting the city's connection with this most Latin of dances. This evening we have an opportunity to enjoy something of Buenos Aires' dazzling nightlife and soak
up the pulsating rhythms of one of South America's most captivating cities.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Fly to Ushuaia; free afternoon to explore

Description

Today we transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city, spectacularly located on the Island of Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of the South American continent. Depending on the flight times, you may be departing in the very early hours for your internal flight. Beyond this remote port lies the Beagle Channel and then the open waters of The Drake Passage, where the deep rich waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge amidst some of the most challenging seas on earth. This afternoon is free, flight time permitting. You may explore this remarkable city at the end of the earth and visit the Maritime Museum, housed in what was once the prison, to learn a little something about the harsh realities of life on these unforgiving oceans. Alternatively you can take a half day trip out into the Beagle Channel itself to experience a little something of the power and majesty of these southern oceans or visit Harberton Estancia to see the Penguins. A trip to the nearby Glacier Martial affords some superb views out across the Beagle Channel to the Chilean islands beyond (weather permitting). NB - depending on the flight times to Ushuaia breakfast will be taken either at the hotel in Buenos Aires or in flight.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Walks in Tierra del Fuego National Park

Description

Tierra del Fuego translates as the Land of Fires and today we have time to explore the nearby national park. Separated from Patagonia by the waters of the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego is a landscape of lakes, forest and tundra, set beneath an imposing backdrop of ragged mountain peaks. This morning we take a forest trail to Lapataia Bay, taking in the expansive views and hopefully coming across some of the abundant wildlife in the area. These peaks and valleys, filled with Lenga and Guindo trees which provide a rich haven for Patagonian grey foxes and condors . After lunch we return to Ushuaia and have a free afternoon to further explore the area.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Bus and ferry to Punta Arenas

Description

After breakfast this morning we depart by public bus and spend our day travelling across Tierra del Fuego, crossing the Magellan Strait by ferry and entering Chile, to complete our journey to Punta Arenas later this afternoon. One of the largest maritime settlements in the region and the first Chilean settlement along the waters of the Magellan Strait, Punta Arenas was founded in the mid 19th century, beginning its life as a penal colony and growing rich on sheep ranching and (before the opening of the Panama Canal) the vital facilities that it offered to shipping traversing the dangerous routes through the southern oceans. Tonight we will have a chance to enjoy some local specialities, such as king crab, and perhaps sampling some of the excellent Chilean wines before retiring for the evening.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

Description

A landscape of rugged mountains, turquoise coloured glacial lakes and spectacular wildlife, the majestic vistas of Chilean Patagonia are some of the most scenic and environmentally diverse regions on the planet. Travelling north across the Patagonian steppe, with it's desolate rolling plains and views of the peaks of the Cordillera in the distance, we head first for the city of Puerto Natales, our gateway into the sumptuous landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park. Founded in 1911 this southerly coastal town is a shipping port and a transport hub for almost everyone heading for the Paine Park and in fine weather the cafes are filled with travellers and crowds gathering for the big event - the arrival of the Navimag boat from Puerto Montt. After a brief stop in the town we continue towards the magnificent landscapes of the park, surely one of the most beautiful natural vistas on earth and a place once described by Alberto de Agostini as one of the most spectacular sights that the human imagination can conceive. Blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, the 934 square miles of land was turned into national park in 1959 and takes its name from the Tehuelche Indian word payne
meaning blue, apt acknowledgment of the striking turquoise lakes that abound in this astonishing place. Our dramatic drive takes us via the Milodon Cave to our accommodation in Torres del Paine.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Discover Torres del Paine National Park on foot

Description

Torres del Paine is a stunningly beautiful national park, lying amidst a region of ice-capped peaks, silent blue glacial lakes and wild hill country. We have several options here to enjoy this incredible place. Included in the trip is a full day of fairly easy hiking and lookout points, as we don our walking boots and take on a comfortable 8km wildlife hike from Lake Sarmiento to the Laguna Amarga. At first the area seems barren but it is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It's not unusual to see large numbers of guanacos here, as well as black-necked swans, upland geese and pink flamingos. We may even be fortunate enough to spot condors, or even the elusive puma. There are also more than 20 sites of ancient cliff paintings approximately 6000 years old along the trail. We continue to the Cascada Paine, a stunningly situated falls under the backdrop of the jagged peaks of the Torres.
For those who prefer something more challenging, you have the option of undertaking the 20km trek to the base of the Torres del Paine. The hike culminates in one of the most impressive lookouts in the park, over the spectacular Torres - imposing pinnacles of sharp granite that rise up over 2600m to pierce the sky. The entire hike is full of breathtaking panoramas as you pass by glacial lakes, river valleys and mountain forest. If you would like to undertake this trek, your Explore Leader will need to know by day 2 of the trip, in order to ensure that a guide is in place for you. Please also note that the Torres hike is not included, whereas the day exploration is.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - In Torres del Paine National Park; optional boat trip

Description

On our second day in Torres del Paine, we will start the day with a visit to a viewpoint where we will enjoy stunning panoramas of Lake Pehoe. Next, we will head to Mirador Cuernos where we will see views of the Valle del Frances (approximately 2 hours walk). In the afternoon, there is the opportunity to take an optional zodiac trip on the Serrano River to witness the Serrano Glacier. For those not interested in the boat trip, other options include walking to the Claudio Lagoon or to the Nuria river. (both walks are approximately 2 hours).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 9 - Travel to Calafate

Description

After breakfast we depart for the Argentinean border at Cerro Castillo, crossing the vastness of an empty, treeless plateau, where the only signs of life are the occasional estancia sheltering behind a windbreak of rare trees. Our destination is Calafate, situated on the southern shores of Lago Argentino, an unassuming little community that has been declared the national capital of the glacier region and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park (approximately 6 hours drive).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 10 - Full day visit to Perito Moreno Glacier

Description

Today we have a full day visit to the awe-inspiring Perito Mereno Glacier, a highlight which ranks as one of South America's most magnificent sights and arguably one of the world's greatest spectacles. Fed by the vast expanse of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the glacier covers some 250 sq km and presents us with an impressive list of statistics. It stretches of over 30km and at its deepest point is over 700m thick. It is advancing at a rate of 700 metres per year, but is estimated to calve off great chunks at probably the same rate, meaning that it has remained pretty much stationary for nearly a century. All in all it is a natural masterpiece of quite spectacular majesty. Whilst at the glacier, there will be the chance to either trek on the ice (an age limit of 65 years applies due to Glaciares National Park regulations) or take a boat ride to get closer to the glacier face.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Drive to El Chalten; optional walks in the Huemul reserve

Description

Today we drive to the picturesque town of Chalten (approximately 3 hours), lying at the confluence of the De las Vueltas and Fitzroy Rivers in Los Glaciares National Park. Arriving at approximately 11am we will have lunch before checking in, the afternoon is free to explore the town and its surrounding trails. You will have the option to visit the Huemul reservation, a private pristine reserve 16kms from Chalten, with numerous trails to explore. Although you don't get the spectacular views that you have come to expect from Torres, the park is beautiful in its solitude and is home to a diverse number of species including condors, foxes and the magellanic woodpecker.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 12 - Hikes in the El Chalten area

Description

Over the next day and a half we have the opportunity to explore the stunning Fitzroy Massif. Today you may choose to take the option to set out with a local guide, weather permitting, to cover the distance to the base of Fitzroy Mountain, whose unmistakable summit is almost permanently covered in cloud, a phenomenon that was believed to be smoke by the indigenous Tehuelche who named it Chalten (Smokey mountain). The mountain reaches a height of some 3405m and its forests and slopes are home to a unique array of wildlife, including the elusive huemel, a small deer and the majestic (and far from small) condor, one of the largest land birds on the planet. The scale and grandeur of this setting, where the glaciers seem to hang suspended between the jagged peaks, makes this walk a truly rewarding excursion and the return journey will take us some 8-9 hours (approx. 21km). Please note this walk is moderate to challenging due to the distance covered and the type of terrain, there are other shorter walks available on self-guided trails should you prefer or you may take the time instead to relax around the town of Chalten and its stunning surrounds.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 13 - Free morning; fly to Buenos Aires

Description

This morning is left free to further explore the area, and there are a number of short walks that you could undertake, such as the 45min walk to the condor lookout, or the 2 hour (6km) easy walk to the Chorrillo del Salto waterfall. After making the most of our final time in these beautiful surroundings, we fly back to Buenos Aires this afternoon.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 14 - Fly Iguazu

Description

Driving back to the airport you will fly (unescorted) to Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), where you will be met by a local guide. During your time here you will get the chance to visit the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls, to witness for yourselves what are arguably the most beautiful waterfalls on the planet. Set amidst the lush landscapes of the Parque Nacional do Iguazú Reserve, the falls are one of nature's true masterpieces, a spectacular cascade of some 275 interconnecting falls that hurtle over high cliffs into a marvellous curved amphitheatre- a breathtaking sight that extends 3km across the Rio Iguazu. Viewed from the Brazilian side the Falls present themselves in all their majestic and powerful glory and the noise is tremendous, with huge clouds of soaking mist being churned up by the cascade. The national park was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986 and its trails are a paradise for nature lovers, the surrounding spray-soaked forest providing a rich haven for some spectacular flora and fauna, with over 2,000 plant species and over 400 different types of birds being recorded here, as well as countless mammals, insects and reptiles. The canopy meanwhile is alive with a rich array of brightly plumaged toucans, parrots, humming birds and colourful butterflies, whilst the forest floor boasts jaguars, mountain lions, tapirs and capuchin monkeys. Please note while staying in Iguazu transfers are not in a private vehicle but may be shared with others.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 15 - Discover the falls from the Argentinean side

Description

From the Argentinean side of the Falls you can see an altogether more extensive view of this incredible cascade, with the added bonus of generally fewer tourists. A walk to the churning caldron of the Garganta del Diablo (the Devil's Throat) presents you with possibly the most powerful waterfall on the planet, where a series of 14 separate falls merge into one, to produce a spectacular torrent.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 16 - Return to Buenos Aires by flight

Description

This morning is left free to relax at the hotel before your return flight to Buenos Aires.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 17 - Trip ends Buenos Aires

Description

Our trip ends this morning in Buenos Aires.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities, or take time to relax, the choice is yours. Argentina is undeniably an expensive destination to visit, and the costs of these optional excursions do show that. However, please remember that at certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in. Day 2 or Day 13: Buenos Aires - Tango Show/Dinner US$ 120, without dinner US$ 70; Day 3: Ushuaia - Boat excursion on Beagle Channel US$ 76; Day 3: Ushuaia - Beagle Channel Catamaran inc. Penguins viewing US$100; Day 3: Ushuaia - Estancia Harberton and Isla Martillo US$152 + US$22 entrance fee (all boat trips have an additional 20 pesos harbour tax); Day 3 or 4: Ushuaia - End of the World Museum US$15; Day 8: Torres Del Paine - Boat trip to visit Serrano River and glacier US$ 140; Day 8: Torres Del Paine - Base Torres trek US$220 divided by number of hikers; Day 10: El Calafate - Boat trip to view Perito Moreno glacier US$28; Day 10: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Ice Trek (ages 65 and under due to Glaciares National Park regulations) US$160 without transfers, US$210 inc. transfers; Day 11: El Chalten - Viedma Glacier boat trip US$78; Day 11: El Chalten - Huemul Reservation (includes Guide, transfers + Entrance Fee) - minimum 2 Pax US$D 160 per person; Day 11: El Chalten - Lago Del Desierto and Vespignani Glacier Boat and Hike US$80; Day 14: Iguazu - Helicopter ride US$132; Day 14: Iguazu - Bird Park entrance US$31 Optional excursions need to be paid in USD cash (not dispensed by ATMs in Argentina or Chile), although some accept credit card In Torres del Paine hotel they charge 19% interest on the use of Chilean Pesos.

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Extend your trip With a three day Iguazu Falls or Trelew extension. Why not extend your adventure by three days and choose to visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls, South America's most beautiful waterfalls. Alternatively, you can discover the wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula, including elephant seals, sea lions, whales and penguins. Trip codes: PAI and PAT

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