Enjoy an 11-day Patagonia tour with 4 days cruising on board the Australis. We start at the elegant Capital city of Buenos Aires, tour the city, visit a working hacienda and see a real life Gaucho. Next we will cruise Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel with Zodiac excursions to see wildlife. Explore Chiles Torres del Paine and the Amazing Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina.
Price Per Person: $3,750, (High season)
Single Supplement: $$870
Trip Duration: 11
Trip Start Date: 08/24/2017
Trip End Date: 08/31/2017
Highlights: Buenos Aires, Tierra del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier, Ushuaia, Beagle Channel, Cape Horn
Accommodations: 3 Days Cruise, 8 Nights 3 Star hotels
Best time to travel: Nov-March
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires, transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Today you will tour the exciting and seductive city of Buenos Aires, guided tour and visits to typical neighborhoods like La Boca, Palermo, Recoleta, and the Colon Theater, the National Congress and the Presidential Palace. No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without attending a tango show, so tonight your transfer will meet you at your hotel and whisk you away to one of the city’s most famous events, a tango show. We will experience the intimate dance that unifies the city and its people together in a passionate embrace. The tango expresses the heart and the spirit of Argentina. The night includes dinner and a drink, as well as the transfers to and from the show. (B, D)
Day 3: Buenos Aires
Gaucho's Festival: The typical landscape of the Argentina humid Pampa, one of the most fertile natural prairies in the world, famous for its meat and cereal production, may be appreciated by the tourist in this tour that includes a reception with "empanadas" (meat pies) and "asado" (roast meat) and good Argentinean wines, a show with folk songs and dances and an exhibition of the gaucho's abilities with riding, taming and the use of the lasso. (B, L)
Day 4: B.A - Ushuaia
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city. Transfer to hotel and an afternoon tour of nearby trails enjoying the vistas that looking over the Beagle Channels. (B)
Day 5: Tierra del Fuego Park - Australis Cruise
Just north of Ushuaia is the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's first coastal national park. The trail system of easy and undemanding paths makes this an ideal place to spend a relaxing day exploring Patagonia. We'll wander along the coastal path, undoubtedly the most beautiful in the park. The 3½-hour hike takes us through forests of high and low deciduous beech, evergreen beech, winterbark, firebrush and more. We finish the walk at Lake Roca in time for lunch. Then we climb into inflatable canoes and begin the easy downstream paddle to the Ovando River. The crystal-clear water runs into Laguna Verde, one of the most picturesque, panoramic spots in the park. Our take-out point is Lapataia Bay, where we may see petrels, albatross, steamer ducks, and on occasion, penguins. We'll return to Ushuaia and transfer directly to the M/V Australis - a luxury passenger ship built specifically for cruising through the fjords of the Straits of Magellan. Make yourself at home on this spacious and comfortable ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Cape Horn – Walaia Bay
We will sail through the Beagle and Murray Channels to disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June, 2005. In the afternoon we will go ashore in historical Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest native settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833 during the voyage of the HMS BEAGLE. This area is also renowned for the spectacular beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest filled with lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns and other species to reach a lookout point. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Piloto & Nena Glaciers
In the morning we sail through the desolate Brecknock and Ocasión channels, to reach Cockburn Channel in the afternoon. After lunch, we arrive at Chico Sound and disembark in Zodiac boats to explore Alakaluf Fjord, and to see its beautiful waterfalls and observe the Piloto and Nena glaciers from the sea. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence in the abrupt geography of the region’s channels. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Magdalena Island – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales
Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic Penguins, which can be seen during our walk to a lighthouse. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Isla Marta to observe sea lions. After our visit, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 AM. Meet & greet at Punta Arenas Pier and transfer to Puerto Natales. Arrive at Puerto Natales and 2-night accommodations at selected hotel, including breakfast. Evening at leisure. (B)
Day 9: Punta Arenas – Torres Del Paine
Visiting the Patagonia without going to Torres del Paine National Park is almost a sin. The first stop will be the millenary Milodon Cave, a huge natural ground accident with an incalculable anthropological value, which is believed to have been inhabited by the primitive Patagonian man, and the Milodon, an extinct herbivorous animal. Arrive to Torres del Paine National Park through the Amarga Lagoon area, with stunning scenery where you can enjoy watching red foxes and condors, which usually are part of the beautiful panoramic views of the Paine Mountain. Following the route, you can see the Nordenskjold and Pehoé lakes, together with groups of guanacos and lesser rheas or ñandúes. The journey continues with a 10-minute hike, where it is possible to discover the astonishing Salto Grande (large waterfall) to continue through the front of the imposing horns towards the Grey Lake area. A stop will be made at the Grey Inn to have lunch and later we will visit the ice floes of the Grey Glacier. Return to the hotel by late afternoon. Evening at leisure. (B)
Day 10: El Calafate
Bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate, check-in at selected hotel. Afternoon visit to Perito Moreno Glacier, located within the Glaciers National Park, 80 kms from El Calafate. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the main natural beauties of Argentina. Due to its wonder UNESCO has declared it a World Natural Heritage Site in 1981. Arriving at the Glaciers' balconies, visitors will spend about 4 hours walking along pathways and admiring it from different viewpoints. Framed by a beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes and forests, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most spectacular scenes of nature. It owes its fame to its continuous movement, which produces a cyclical phenomenon of advance and backward motion with amazing ice toppling. Return to the hotel by late afternoon. (B)
Day 11: El Calafate – Buenos Aires
Transfer to Calafate airport for a flight to Buenos Aires, connect to a flight home. (B)
We at Earthbound Adventures carefully choose hotels that are safe, clean and ideally located, we stay in charming locally owned 3 stars hotels with great and friendly service. We go to great length to make sure the hotel are up to our high standard, we personally visited each and every hotel on our list and we are constantly evaluating the hotels we stay in.
We are listing 4 and 5 stars hotels, if you choose to upgrade your hotel an additional fee will apply to the tours according to the hotels you choose.
The Hotel Patagonia is beautifully situated on Lake Nahuel Huapi, offering the most imposing views of this majestic sight and its surroundings. It is also conveniently locates only minutes away from downtown Bariloche and its many attractions. All 56 strikingly large and extremely comfortable rooms are dotted with gigantic windows providing sweeping views of the lake. Hotel Patagonia offers cable TV, fax, internet access, safe-deposit boxes, a babysitting service, room service, a restaurant, and private lake access.
Located in the center of the upscale Recoleta district, the five-star Alvear Palace is the most exclusive hotel in Buenos Aires and one of the top hotels in the world. Guest rooms combine luxurious touches, such as chandeliers, Egyptian cotton linens, and silk drapes, with modern conveniences such as touch-screen telephones that control all in-room functions. Each room is individually decorated according to color palates selected by the matriarch of the family who owns the hotel. All rooms come with personal butler service, cell phones that can be activated on demand, fresh flowers, and fruit baskets. Large marble bathrooms contain Hermes toiletries, and most have Jacuzzi tubs.
The only certified eco-hotel in the city, guests to Casa Calma Hotel will encounter the finest in modern sustainable accommodations. Spacious rooms each equipped with a personal spa center, minimalist public spaces, organic eateries and more at this boutique hotel.
Duque hotel Boutique located in a 1920 era. The hotel is in the exclusive neighborhood of Palermo Soho, which has been in the past years the home of bohemians, intellectuals alike linked to art and literature. Today it is considering to be an innovative neighborhood, which invite you to discover its gardens, parks, lakes and amazing varieties of cuisine
Ideally located at the entrance of the city of El Calafate this charming hotel provides for easy access to the airport as well as to the magnificent Glaciares National Park. It’s also only a few blocks from the city center and all the surrounding attractions. With its rustic architecture and interior, the hotel beautifully represents the spirit of Patagonia, with a touch of modernity to ensure guests’ maximum comfort. The 48 spacious rooms are cozy and inviting, decorated with wooden furniture and warm colors.
The Hotel Kosten Aike is truly stylish and luxurious. Each bathroom features whirlpool tubs, and the rooms are tastefully furnished with wood and iron trimmings. This hotel also offers a mini-spa including a sauna, steam room, multi-jet shower, masseuse, and stunning swimming pool that begins inside the hotel and stretches to the outside. There is a chic restaurant that offers delicious contemporary interpretations of Argentine fare.
The Hotel Posada Los Alamos is a family-owned business beautifully situated along five acres of lush gardens along Lago Argentino in El Calafate. Its excellent services include a golf course, a full workout gym, an indoor swimming pool and spa, a library, medical facilities, secretarial services, safe-deposit boxes, mini bars, childcare services, a hairdresser, a laundry service, a restaurant and bar. Its spectacular setting, luxurious design, and outstanding service make this a truly special hotel. This elegant hotel features 144 rooms exclusively decorated for the most discriminative travelers, which boasts stunning views of the gardens and mountains.
Located in the heart of Puerto Iguazú, a few blocks from Avenida Costanera, Jardin de Iguazú offers guests a great range of excellent services. Featuring 30 comfortable and fully equipped rooms, some dotted with views of the garden and swimming pool, Jardin de Iguazú strives to make guests feel at home. This beautiful hotel is complete with free wireless internet, bar service, and swimming pool where guests can enjoy relaxing hydro-massages. The hotel’s central location makes for a short walk to shops and restaurants, and the city’s main attractions.
Combine relaxation and nature with a stay at the Aldea de la Selva hotel. Nestled in the green Paraná rainforest, this lovely hotel was entirely built with local materials. All comfortable rooms are spacious and include a private balcony with a hammock overlooking the rainforest. They are also fully equipped with modern amenities such as a mini-bar, cable TV, air conditioning, and safety box. Aldea de la Selva features a delicious restaurant, El Nido, accessible by footbridge, as well as three swimming pools and two Jacuzzis. Guests will also find customized environmental activities at their disposal, such as bird watching, zip-lining, and guided tours in the rainforest
All hotel accommodations as in itinerary
Cabin on cruise days
All ground transportation
English speaking guide
Meals as in Itinerary: 10 - Breakfast, 4 - Lunch, 4 - Dinner
International air tickets, domestic air tickets
Buenos Aires - Ushuaia – El Calafate - Buenos Aires Air ticket ($515)
Drinks of any kind
Airport tax $39
Glacier National Park fee $26
Airport Reciprocity fee $131 (only if arriving at Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires, paid in cash at the entry point)
Chilean Reciprocity fee $130 (some time it is waved if entering by land, paid in cash at entry point)
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