Total Patagonia package tour

DAY 1

Buenos Aires ( ARGENTINA)

Arrival at the airport. Welcome to Argentina.

You will be transferred to your selected Hotel and met by our English speaking staff.

 

City Tour

You will have a half day City tour visiting the famous landmarks of Buenos Aires City: ¨Plaza de Mayo¨ where the Government House (Pink House) is located, the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cabildo,  La Boca neighborhood where you can walk around Caminito Street and see how the first immigrants who arrived in Buenos Aires used to live.

 

In the evening, you can take a Tango lesson with a local expert.

 

 

DAY 2

Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

 

Day at leisure.

 

Optional tour: Delta del Tigre tour, sailing in a modern boat along the different arms to discover Paraná River and thousands of islands all around. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 3

Buenos Aires –Trelew-Punta Tombo-Puerto Madryn ( ARGENTINA)

Breakfast

 

Full day Punta Tombo Penguin rockery

 

Punta Tombo is located on the Atlantic Ocean coast, 150 km from Puerto Madryn. During the warm months (September to April) Punta Tombo reserve is home to the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins. Spending much of their lives in the water, these penguins return yearly to the Patagonian coast to court, breed, and raise their young. Approximately half of the colonies of penguins that nest at Punta Tombo burrow underground. Males arrive prior to the females, preparing and settling into their old nests. When the females arrive, they search out their lifelong mate through a series of calls and a chorus of answers. After an elaborate courtship, the female will lay one egg and both male and female will share the two-month incubation. Once the baby penguin, or chick, hatches, the parents will forage for food, feeding the chick by regurgitation until it can fend for itself. After the chicks learn to swim, the family will return to the ocean and migrate north to southern Brazil. Some Magellanic penguins may migrate 3000 miles round-trip between Brazil and Patagonia. When the immature penguins return to Punta Tombo the following year, they will moult their feathers, and breeding will once again resume. Besides penguins it is also possible to see many other kind of birds in the area.  During the transfer to Puerto Madryn, the tour stops at Gaiman, one of the oldest Welsh colonies in the area, where it is possible to taste an excellent tea with homemade cakes.

 

 

DAY 4

Puerto Madryn-Peninsula Valdez ( ARGENTINA)

Breakfast

Early morning departure with our bilingual guide who will take you on a full day's tour of the Valdes Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will arrive at Isthmus Carlos Ameghino from where it is possible to see at the same time Nuevo and San Jose Gulfs, visit the Interpretation Centre and see the Birds’ Island. This is a small island connected to the continent during low tides where visitors are not allowed. A wide variety of birds arrive during their breeding season: seagulls, flamingos, herons, cormorants, ducks and penguins among others.

 

The tour continues to Caleta Valdes where there is an important settlement of Southern Elephant seals. Further along you will arrive at Caleta Valdes, a large natural creek that is home to a colony of sea elephants. After admiring Caleta Valdes you'll continue along the road as it drops suddenly down into a crescent of golden cliffs overlooking a bright blue bay and the small village of Puerto Piramides. Here herds of southern right whales tend to arrive in June.
You will take a boat trip around the Golfo Nuevo bay and watch these immense creatures gliding past. The peninsula navigation allows you to get unusually close to the whales. You will even get wet if they jump!

While the whales may be seen from late June to mid December, the sea elephants and sea lions are permanent residents.

 

 

DAY 5

Puerto Madryn-Peninsula Valdez ( ARGENTINA)

You can see the sea elephants in Punta Delgada, the only continental post of elephant seals in the world. Males can reach 5 meters in length and weigh 3,500 kg while females can reach 3 meters in length and weigh 900 kg. Elephant seals are the largest of all seals. They use their trunks to fight for females. Every year, they arrive to the Valdés Peninsula in two different occasions. In spring, they come to mate and give birth and, in summer, they return to molt their skin.

They are extremely polygynous. Males compete for females and subordinate them to form harems.They give birth to one pup per year after being pregnant for over 11 months. The mothers nurse their pups for less than a month. While on the coast, they do not eat, and rest most of the time, so as to save energy and be able to return to the feeding area without any problem.They feed on squid, but their diet also includes fish.They migrate 400 km heading to the continental slope to forage for food. They are amazing divers. They can stay at depths of 1,200 meters for over 100 minutes. As they dive, they exhale the air from their lungs. The bloodstream carries oxygen through the haemoglobin and the muscles carry oxygen through the mioglobin.

After lunch transfer back to Puerto Madryn.

 

 

DAY 6

Puerto Madryn - Ushuaia ( ARGENTINA)

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Ushuaia. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 7

Ushuaia ( ARGENTINA)

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning we visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, when you can choose from many of the varied walks. This Park is the only National Park with ocean coast in the country. Its 63.000 hectares protect innumerable ñires, lengas, cherry trees, calafates and notros and flowers as violets and orchids. The walk in the park offers marvelous panoramic views of the Beagle Channel surrounded by mountains and an opportunity to feel nature at its best. There is an abundance of wildlife such as Magellanic Woodpeckers, condors, Steamer Ducks, Kelp Geese, guanaco, the Patagonian grey fox and the rare southern sea otter.

 

In the afternoon, after making your way to the tourist pier, we embark on a boat excursion along the famous Beagle Channel. You will gain panoramas of Ushuaia Bay and see the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants and fur seals, on De los Lobos and De los Pajaros Islands. On one of the Bridges Isles, you can explore the island for concheros, or giant shells, and enjoy the views of Chile and Argentina.

 

 

DAY 8

Ushuaia (ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

Full day 4x4 tour in a Land Rover Defender off-road through Tierra del Fuego National Park. Delight in amazing views of Hidden Lake (Lago Escondido) and Lake Fagnano – impressive natural attractions within the Southern Andes range. Your sturdy 4x4 off-road utility vehicle takes you through a stunning Patagonian landscape, where you’ll enjoy a lakeside barbecue lunch paired with Malbec wine.

 

 

DAY 9

Ushuaia –Punta Arenas (ARGENTINA-CHILE)

Breakfast. Transfer to the bus station to take the bus that will cross the Argentine Chilean border to Punta Arenas.

 

In 1976 Argentina and Chile almost went to war in this area due to a territorial dispute over certain Islands of Tierra de Fuego. Thanks to the intervention of Pope John Paul II, both sides backed down. The islands are now recognized by Argentina as Chilean territory.

 

The 3 hour bus ride to Punta Arenas will pass through some of Patagonia's most stunning scenery. On the way you will cross the mystical Strait of Magellan.

 

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 10

Punta Arenas ( CHILE)

City tour of Punta Arenas is Chile’s southernmost city. It was once a wealthy, aristocratic and European style place due to its importance as shipping stop off point before going through the Beagel Canal. With the opening of the Panama Canal, its strategic importance significantly waned.
This was the most important stop before or after crossing the Magallean straight. You can see the remains of that in the local cemetery, with its impressive mausoleums and in the architecture of the oldest areas. Stroll around to discover the old mansions and a character filled place in the extreme south Patagonia- where now more sheep than people live.

 

In the afternoon we visit Seno Otway penguins’ rockery.  A feast for nature lovers, this captivating excursion takes you into the Patagonian landscape and to the renowned penguin rookery at Otway Sound. En route – in spite of their camouflage – other local wildlife in the form of guanacos and rheas can be spotted. A hike across grassland interspersed with sandy areas leads to a specially developed enclosure at Otway Sound where you are able to observe the delightful Magellanic penguins at close quarters. Every year between October and March, these penguins favor the shelter of the sandy burrows and surrounding shrubs, returning year after year to lay eggs and raise their young. There will be plenty of time to observe and photograph these marvelous birds.

 

 

DAY 11

Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales ( CHILE)

Breakfast and transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Puerto Natales, the base town to the world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 12

Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine ( CHILE)

Breakfast

 

Full day excursion visiting Torres del Paine National Park.

This National Park covers 181.000 hectares on the Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Inlet). There are many hiking paths that cover differing types of terrain, from windswept pampas to thick Magellanic forests, and along lakes with huge glaciers and icebergs. The park is surrounded by huge, craggy mountains, including the famous Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horn). Keep an eye out for wild guanacos as they roam the windy plains. You will also see rheas, Patagonian hare, and even condors. Tonight we spend the night in the Park in lodge cabin accommodation. With light pollution non-existent, you can look into the Patagonian sky and almost touch the star. Overnight inside the National Park.

 

 

DAY 13

Torres del Paine-Puerto Natales ( CHILE)

Breakfast

 

 

Full day excursion visiting balmaceda and serranos glacier, including lunch.

Enjoy a full-day boat trip through the scenic Última Esperanza Sound. In 1558, this Chilean fjord was the "last hope" for Juan Ladrillero's expedition to find the entrance of the Strait of Magellan ("última esperanza" means "last hope"). As the boat sails through the fjord towards Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, visit a cormorant colony, potentially observe some sea lions and spot majestic condors flying high in the sky. At the far end of Última Esperanza Sound, the landscape becomes even more dramatic: the snow-capped Monte Balmaceda stands 2,035 m/ 6,677 ft tall above the fjord and sends down the glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano. Balmaceda Glacier is best seen from the boat, as it almost touches sea level. "Around the corner", disembark in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and go for an easy walk of about 20 minutes one way, along a glacial lake to the front of Serrano Glacier. On the way back to Puerto Natales, stop for lunch at Estancia Perales and enjoy a typical Patagonian-style barbecue at a typical Patagonian ranch (Vegetarian option available). Arrival to Puerto Natales s port and transfer to the hotel. Overnight

 

 

DAY 14

Puerto Natales – El Calafate ( CHILE-ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

Transfer to the bus station to take the bus to El Calafate.

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 15

El Calafate ( ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

Early in the morning, transfer to Puerto Bandera for “Glaciers Gourmet Experience”, of Spirit of the Glaciers cruises. At 9 a.m. the cruise departs heading northeast to Punta Avellaneda across the "Brazo Norte" of "Lago Argentino". The first icebergs to appear indicate the closeness to Upsala Glacier, one of the largest in the national park, with a width of almost 4 km.

 

Later, the cruise will navigate towards the Spegazzini Glacier, a large ice river that descends through a rocky slope falling over the lake, emphasizing its high walls. Lunch is served while enjoying this beautiful view. Afterwards, the boat will navigate to Puesto Las Vacas, and once there, we anchor and passengers can disembark to walk around and take pictures of this beautiful place. Return to Puerto Bandera, disembark and transfer to El Calafate.

Overnight in hotel.

 

 

 

DAY 16

El Calafate ( ARGENTINA)

Breakfast

Full day Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

We depart from El Calafate, which borders the southern arm of the Argentine Lake and travel to Los Glaciares National Park (90 km away). A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe inspiring landscapes in Argentina). Our bilingual guide will provide you with important facts and  information about the Galcier.
From the nearby walking trails and viewing platform you will have the chance to enjoy stunning views of the glacier and see its surface of 192 km2, its front wall of 5 km long and some of its peaks at 80 metres high. By being so close, you will also be able to hear the majestic sounds and movements of the Glacier and bear witness to its advancements as the deep silence is suddenly interrupted by the tremendous noise of massive shards of ice cracking from the Glacier and collapsing into the Canal de los Tempanos (Icebergs Channel).

 

Optional Tour: Safari Nautico sailing.

 

Return to Calafate in the afternoon. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 17

El Calafate – Buenos Aires ( ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

Transfer to El Calafate airport to take the flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to hotel.

 

Optional by night: Dinner and tango show. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 18

Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back.

Hotel Type Standard Superior Deluxe
Double Occupancy USD 4216 USD 5387 USD 5713
Single Occupancy USD 5651 USD 7365 USD 8638

*Valid until Junes 2015 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year)

INCLUDED:

- Accommodation in the hotels quoted or similar. Breakfast and taxes included (21%)

- All tours and transfers as indicated

- Breakfast

-  Meals where indicated

- Transport were indicated

NOT INCLUDED:

- Internal air tickets Bue/Rel/Ush/Fte/Bue, tourist class : from Usd 799  x pax tax included

- Airport taxes to be paid in situ for Puerto Madryn,Ushuaia and El Calafate  airports

- National Parks entrance fees: from Usd 148 x pax

- Meals not mentioned

- Tips and extras

 

 

 

 

18 Days

Summary: BUENOS AIRES, EL CALAFATE & PERITO MORENO GLACIER, USHUAIA, TIERRA DE FUEGO, PUNTA ARENAS, PUERTA NATALES, TORRES DEL PAINE, PUERTO PIRAMIDES, PUERTO MADRYN, PENINSULA VALDES, WHALE WATCHING NAVIGATION, PUNTA TOMBO PENGUIN ROCKERY

Description: Starting in Buenos Aires this 18 day Patagonia package tour covers all of Patagonia and its spectaculr natural manifestations from Whale watching in Puerto Madryn, to walking upon Glaciers in El Calafayte, to sailing the Beagle Canal at the end of the earth in Tierra de Fuego, to deep contemplation in natures Cathderal of Torres del Paine National Park.

Departs: Every Day

FROM US$ 4216

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