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Patagonia Express, 12 days
|| from $ 3.690 AUD|
||internal flights included |
||October to April|
|| Buenos Aires, El Calafate – Patagonia - Torres del Paine NP, Punta|
Arenas,Santiago de Chile
Patagonia is one of the most beautiful and impressive parts of South America. If you fancy nature, mountains, glaciers and glacier lakes then this is the region for you! Patagonia is a wondrous example of one of nature’s most pristine and desolate creations. Its mysterious lands encompass every form of life you can imagine. Everything from the ripping seas along the Atlantic ocean to the towering peaks of the Andes mountains; from the waddling colonies of Magellanic Penguins to the native roaming guanacos; from the flat empty lands along Ruta 40 to the cinnamon colored Arrayanes National Forest – this place has got it all!
Day 1 - Buenos Aires (-)
Welcome at Ezeiza International Airport of Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel with an English speaking guide. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can either go out into the streets or relax after the flight.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires (B)
You will discover the highlights of the attractive and pulsating capital of Argentina during a 3-hour city tour. The metropolis is famous for being the Paris of South America and the visitor will quickly recognize it by looking at its architecture. You will visit the heart of the city, the May Square (Plaza de Mayo), with the Government House (Casa Rosada) on one side of the square and the Cathedral (which is visited during the tour) on the other side, and the City Hall. The Cabildo is right across the street, it is the Town Hall of colonial times. From there, the bus drives you through San Telmo (the tango district) to La Boca, with its most famous colourful and picturesque houses on Caminito Street. At the end of the tour you will visit the Recoleta neighbourhood with wide avenues, parks and residential houses in French style. Here, you will visit the unique monumental cemetery, where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried. The rest of the day is at leisure. We highly recommend an evening Tango Show, which can be arranged for you on request.
Day 3 – Buenos Aires – El Calafate (B)
You will fly in the morning from El Calafate to Southern Argentina, Patagonia. Arrival at Calafate. You will be met by a guide to be transferred to a hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can either take a walk along the lake or relax at the hotel.
Day 4 – El Calafate, Perito Moreno (B)
In the amazing “Glacier National Park” you will have the opportunity to see many glaciers, turquoise blue lakes and snow-capped Andean mountain peaks. During this drive, you will notice the dramatic change in landscape. While in El Calafate everything is dry, harsh, and flat, at the park entrance you will see trees, mountains and green vegetation. You have reached the foot of the Andes where plenty of rain is falling all year long. Soon you will see the breathtaking Perito Moreno glacier. Due to unusually favourable local conditions, it is one of the few advancing glaciers in the planet. You will be highly impressed standing only a few metres away from its 60 to 80-metre-high walls. The deep blue colours of the ice and the shape of the glacier with all its small columns are unbelievable! But it is also an auditory experience, when huge icebergs on the face of the glacier calve and collapse into the lake. You will be driven back to the hotel after the excursion, for overnight.
Day 5 – El Calafate, optional cruise to glaciers (B)
Day at your leisure, but we highly recommend an optional boat excursion Todo Glacieras. It sets off from the Punta Bandera Pier, where a catamaran sets sail through the Argentino Lake heading wesstwards to the Upsala Channel to observe the magnificent icebergs floating on the lake surrounding the vessel. Afterwards, it heads to the Spegazzini Channel to admire the highest glacier´s wall in the whole National Park, which can reach 130 masl. Before proceeding to the port, it enters the Icebergs Channel to navigate in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 – Calafate – Torres del Paine (B)
You will get on a bus after breakfast which will take you through the untouched nature of Patagonia. You cross the imaginary border between Argentina and Chile, till you reach well-known Torres del Paine National Park, considered the jewel of Chile. Night in a motel.
Day 7 - Torres del Paine Ntl. Park (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Torres del Paine, visiting the Cave of the Milodon, where well preserved remains of this prehistoric herbivore that lived there about 12,000 years ago have been found. From there, the journey will continue into the Torres del Paine National Park itself, where we will visit Laguna Amarga, Lago Nordenskjold, Lago Pehoe with its waterfall Salto Grande, and we will be able to appreciate the peaks of Torres del Paine. Takeaway lunch included. Lodging in Torres del Paine.
Day 8 - Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales (B)
There is no fixed programme today. You can go for a trek in the National Park. Lodging in Puerto Natales.
Day 9 – Balmacedo, Serrano glaciers (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Cruise to Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. You may meet cormorants and sea lions on the way. Lunch included at a Magellan farm. Return to Puerto Natales and lodging.
Day 10 – Punta Arenas – Santiago (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer by local bus to the airport. You leave Patagonia and fly to the capital of Chile, Santiago de Chile. Transfer to a hotel. Lodging.
Day 11 – Santiago (B)
Free morning. In the afternoon, a visit to the most interesting sectors of the city: Main Square, Cathedral, La Moneda, Central Market, Santa Lucia Hill and superb outlook from the top and San Francisco Church. Lodging.
Day 12- Santiago – departure (B)
The holiday is almost over. You fly via Buenos Aires back to Australia. If there is long gap between the flight to Buenos Aires and return flight home to Australia, we can arrange an additional night in Buenos Aires.
All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Local English speaking guide during tours; Accommodation in a 3-star hotel; Meals detailed in the program included (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); Boat trip to the glacier; Entrance fees to National Parks; Domestic flights; Taxes.
Price per person, 2 people in a double/twin room.
Meals and services not detailed in the program; Tips; Personal expenses; Optional excursions.
Buenos Aires - Tango show with traditional dinner and transport – $ 135 AUD Recommended!
Optional excursion: Todo Glaciares - cruise to glaciers - $280
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Single supplement - contact us for details
Christmas and New Years Eve is subject to higher rates and limited capacity.
The price is subject to availability and actual airfare costs.
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