Day 1: Ushuaia
Transfer to Airport to take flight to Ushuaia to travel to Patagonia. Upon arrival transfer to Acebos hotel
Reluctantly shared by both Argentina and Chile, this ”land of fire” really is the end of the world. Its faraway location has drawn explorers since the days of Magellan and Darwin, and this tradition continues with today’s travelers. A triangular archipelago surrounded by the stormy South Atlantic and the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego offers plenty of natural beauty: scenic glaciers, lush forests, astounding mountains, clear waterways and a dramatic sea coast. The region’s largest city, Ushuaia, is also the ‘southernmost city in the world’ – a major draw for list-tickers – but has also become the main gateway to wondrous Antarctica. Tierra del Fuego is isolated and hard to reach, but for true adventure-seekers in Argentina who wish to travel to Patagonia it’s a must.
Ushuaia Canal de Beagle cruise
In the afternoon, after making our 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.
Return to hotel
Day 2: Ushuaia
Breakfast Option 1: 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.
Option 2: Trekking in the 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 marvellous 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. Includes trip on the End of the World train.
Return to hotel
DAY 3: El Calafate
Transfer to Airport to take flight to El Calafate
Welcome to El Calafate
A chauffeur will be waiting to take you to your hotel, La Cantera Boutique hotel where you will stay during the following 4 nights. Rest of day free to explore the town.
El Calafate is ideally located to explore this fascinating region.
In the heart of Patagonia, next to the Andes, is one of Argentina’s most scenic areas, commonly referred to as Lago Argentino and the Perito Moreno Glacier, declared “Universal Heritage” by the UNESCO. The most renown of all the glaciers is the Perito Moreno Glacier. This is an imposing ice river that descends from the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap down to the lake, at ‘Canal de los Témpanos’ (Icebergs’ Channel). It is the only glacier in the area which is considered to be in equilibrium, that is: not receding. It has always been the most important attraction of the region thanks to its spectacular beauty, but especially because of its unusual behavior. The glacier slowly advances down the mountain slope towards the lake, producing, as it spills down, thunderous noises and ruptures.
DAY 4: 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). An 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). Return to hotel
DAY 5: Full Day Upsala Glacier Tour
Experience the remote beauty of Patagonia’s Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier on a journey of discovery from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs across Lago Argentino and tour the historic Estancia Cristina ranch. In the afternoon, choose between a short and easy trek to a beautiful waterfall or an off-road tour to the beautiful Upsala Glacier.
Our Patagonian adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Relax on the 28-mile (45-kilometer) journey to the port at Punta Bandera, where your three-hour boat cruise departs. Enjoy croissants and hot drinks served on board the comfortable boat as you glide among icebergs, past the stunning scenery of snow-covered peaks. Sail to the western front of the Upsala Glacier, then cruise along Cristina Channel to Estancia Christina. Disembark at the historic estancia, and learn the history of the sheep and cattle ranch on a visit to the museum and old shearing shed. Enjoy a snack break before continuing your tour of the estancia. Take a short guided walk up to Caterina River to visit the estancia’s chapel and other historic buildings. After lunch (own expense), take an off-road trip for fantastic views of the Upsala Glacier, or an easy trek to see the beautiful waterfall of Los Perros. The three-hour off-road trip takes you along a scenic mountain trail, following a route of great geological interest, until quite recently covered by glaciers. Reaching a mountain refuge, take a 20-minute walk over terrain eroded by glaciers to reach the Upsala Glacier. From here you can see amazing views of Lake William, the Patagonian ice field and the Andes mountains. If you choose the walk to the cascading waters of Los Perros waterfall, the two-hour trek takes you through beautiful woodlands for lofty views of Caterina River and the estancia below. In the late afternoon, relax on the boat ride back to the port of Punta Bandera, arriving at around 7:30pm, then be dropped off at your hotel at El Calafate
DAY 6: Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Hiking
Departing from your El Calafate hotel, you'll head to the Bajo de las Sombras (Under the Shadows) port. After a quick 20-minute sail, you'll reach the opposite shore and the base of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Here, the guides will help you pick out a crampon, special metal spikes worn on your boots for traction. Then, your adventure begins as you hike along the Rico Arm to reach the glacier. With your crampons fastened, head out for the real adventure as you embark on a 1.5 hour walk across the glacier. Your guide will be there to tell you about the famous Perito Moreno Glacier while trekking. At the end of the walk, enjoy lunch (bring your own) before continuing on. Finish up your adventure as you cross the Rico Arm again, which leads you to a footbridge located in front of the glacier for one last glance at the beautiful glacier. Then, make your way back to the road that cuts between the fores of lengas and the pier. Board a bus that will take you to the glacier's viewpoint and footbridges, where you have an hour to enjoy before heading back to your hotel.
DAY 7: El Calafate – Puerto Natales (ARGENTINA-CHILE)
Transfer to the bus station to take a bus to Puerto Natales. Arrival and transfer to the hotel inside the Torres del Paine National Park. Overnight DAY 8: Torres Del Paine ( CHILE) Breakfast and 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. Overnight in Park.
DAY 9: Torres Del Paine (CHILE)
Day free in Torres del Paine National Park
Day 10: El Calafate
Transfer to El Calafate
Overnight in El Calafate
Day 11: Buenos Aires
Transfer to Airport to take flight to Buenos Aires
- Meals were indicated
- 4 star accommodation
- Transfers as listed
- Tours & activities as listed
- Internal flights
- English speaking guides
- Travel Insurance
- Access to National Parks (U$35+US$35+US$35+US$28)
- Internal flights approximately US$490