Highlights of Patagonia Private Tour

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  • Duration: 13 days
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Join us on what is truly a trip of a lifetime to the end of the world! This one-of-a-kind and extraordinary trip starts with your arrival in Buenos Aires, one of the most fascinating and seductive cities of the world. Once you arrive in El Calafate you will have the extraordinary opportunity to trek on one the incredibly beautiful and wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier before visiting arguably the world’s most beautiful and remote national park – Torres del Paine. Conclude your dream trip to Patagonia by traveling to Usuaia and the End of the World with a visit to Tierra del Fuego National via the historic train and a boat trip through the Beagle Channel.

Day 1

Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina!

The City of Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic and is located in the southern hemisphere, latitude 34º 36 and longitude 58º 26. The city extends on a plain and has 202 square kilometres (78.3 sq miles). Approximately 3 million people live in this city. Including the metropolitan area, the total population of Buenos Aires is above ten millions, making it one of the 10 most populated urban centres in the world. The Río de la Plata and the Riachuelo are the natural borders of the city on the east and south, respectively. The rest of the metropolitan perimeter is surrounded by the General Paz Avenue from north to west. This avenue provides a fast connection between the city and the Greater Buenos Aires, a densely populated area with important business and industrial activity.

Night in Buenos Aires at Mine Boutique Hotel (Breakfast Included)

Day 2

Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires; view the National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in May Square area. Admire the Colon Theatre, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America. Visit San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was, seat of immigrants – manly Italians – and now home of some artists. Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found. Although it may seem unusual, fashionable restaurants, bars, cafes, discos and a cinema complex also surround the area.

During the evening, you will attend a seductive Tango Dinner Show at el Querandi.

Night in Buenos Aires at Mine Boutique Hotel (Breakfast Included)

Day 3

Welcome to El Calafate!

After breakfast you will head to the Bariloche airport for your flight to El Calafate.  Located about 900 miles south of San Carlos de Bariloche, El Calafate is the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier and world-famous Glaciers National Park.  It was once a rough frontier town close to the border of Argentina and Chile that was known for the Estancias, or ranches.  Now its claim to fame is its prime location as the jumping off point to some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. 

You will have the remainder of the day/evening at leisure to explore on your own and prepare for the extraordinary adventure to Perito Moreno Glacier tomorrow.

Night in El Calafate at Hotel Kau Yatun (Breakfast Included)

Day 4

Full Day Tour and Trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier

Today’s journey begins with a drive of about 80 kilometers for our full day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Los Glaciares is the second-largest national park in Argentina and comprises more than 1.700 square miles and nearly 50 large glaciers.  These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that begins in the Andes and occupies well over a third of the park’s total area.

During our explorations, we’ll discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th-century Argentinean explorer who helped resolve his country’s border dispute with neighboring Chile. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno’s ice mass often forces the glacier to “calve”—an iceberg “birthing” process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break off from the glacier to thunderous accompaniment. This spectacle can occur at any time, so we’ll hope to be lucky enough to witness an iceberg calving.

Night in El Calafate at Hotel Kau Yatun (Breakfast Included)

Day 5

Full Day Upsala Glacier and Estancia Cristina Discovery Tour

This magnificent tour combines the navigation to the Upsala glacier area with a picnic day in Estancia Cristina, located on the right bank of the glacier. The tour departs, after picking you up at your hotel in El Calafate at 7:00 a.m. from port De la Cruz, which is located in Punta Bandera. You sail in the north arm of Lake Argentino to the Upsala channel and reach the western front of the Upsala glacier where you can appreciate it from the boat. Enjoy browsing icebergs and stunning landscapes. Then, you will head by boat towards the Cristina channel and then to the estancia.

When you get to the estancia, you will have a guided tour to the Costumbrista Museum (former shearing shed) and experience a 4×4 adventure journey, admiring panoramic views from the Upsala Balcony in a 9.5 km travel with a gradient of 550 meters above sea level.  Then, you will get to the shelter of Hielos Continentales and undertake a 30 minute walk on ground of glacial erosion. There, you will have a privileged view of the Eastern Front of the Upsala Glacier, Lake William, Southern Ice and Cordillera de los Andes.

Finally, you will go back to the estancia and to the boat towards port De La Cross at 19:00 Pm and then on to El Calafate.

Night in El Calafate at Hotel Kau Yatun (Breakfast Included)

Day 6

Full Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park

Today we will journey over land for approximately 3 hours to Torres del Paine National Park which is located in the heart of Patagonia at 150 kilometers north of Puerto Natales and 300 kilometers south of El Calafate.  Considered by many to be South America’s finest national park, as well as one of the most remote and strikingly beautiful places in the world, the National Park covers an area of 242,000 hectares, crossed by 150 km of gravel roads and hundreds of miles of superb trekking trails opening up to dazzling panoramic views of countless natural attractions.  At 57.03 degrees south latitude it is formed around the impressive Paine mountain range which is completely independent of the Andes Mountains. Due to its proximity to the sea the park has a temperate climate with many sunny days.

We will spend two nights here to ensure we cover some of the most important attractions in the park such as Los Cuernos, Mount Paine Grande, Salto Grande (Big Waterfall), Lake and Grey Glacier as well as opportunities to see wildlife that is protected by the park’s status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site.

Night in National Park at Hotel Las Torres (Breakfast Included)

Day 7

Private Day Tour of Lago Grey and Visit to Glacier Grey

You’ll start out our day this morning with an expedition to Lago Grey which is one of the park’s largest and most famous lakes.  An excursion on a small boat affords closer views of the gigantic icebergs – calved from Glacier Grey – that are found floating all over the lake’s surface.  If the weather cooperates you’ll be able to navigate around the icebergs and make your way straight to Glacier Grey itself.  There you will be mesmerized by such incredible views of its jagged blue-white walls jutting up into the sky.

We’ll culminate this incredible experience with a trek along the shores of Lago Grey where hug blue icebergs can be seen resting against the sandy beaches.  Later you’ll return to the hotel for a well-deserved dinner.

Night in National Park at Hotel Las Torres (Breakfast Included)

Day 8

Welcome to Ushuaia and the End of the World!

Today is a travel day as we depart from the hotel by private transfer to El Calafate Airport for our flight way down south to the end of the world – Ushuaia.  Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will be transferred in a private vehicle to your hotel.  After checking in you’ll celebrate your arrival at the end of the world with a welcome dinner comprised of typical southern Patagonian cuisine.

Night in Ushuaia at Hostal del Bosque (Breakfast Included)

Day 9

Private Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour with End of the World Train

Tierra del Fuego National Park is known for its remote natural beauty, located only 11 kilometers from Ushuaia and the end of the world.  Its topography is extremely varied consisting of craggy mountains, pure rivers, valleys, lakes, and picturesque streams.  Seeing the majestic Beagle Canal for the first time is a sight not to be forgotten.  A little-known fact is that Tierra del Fuego is actually as island and the famous Strait of Magellan separates Tierra del Fuego from the rest of South America.  During the summer beautifully colored flowers can be admired and you may have the chance to spot common local mammals such as foxes, rabbits, muskrat, and beaver.

We will begin with an epic journey back to a time when convicts rode the End of the World Train each day to chop wood used for cooking and heat to keep from freezing to death.  The engines and cars may not be the same today – it’s a vapor locomotive replica of the original – but the route remains unchanged thus offering a very unique experience.

After riding the End of the World Train you will continue through the valley of the Pipo River and enter Ensenada Bay with the picturesque islands, Redonda and Estorbo in full sight.  On the Chilean coast of the Beagle Channel you can admire the Nevado Mountains.  Later you will arrive at Roca Lake for a nice hike along the edge of the lake to Lapataia River.  There is an amazing scenic overlook of Condor Hill which marks the border between Argentina and Chile.  

Night in Ushuaia at Hostal del Bosque (Breakfast Included)

Day 10

Half Day Boat Beagle Channel and Penguin Island Boat Tour

You begin sailing out of Ushuaia towards the Beagle Channel, enjoying the scenery as we move away from the panoramic view of the coast of Ushuaia, overlooking the most important buildings such as the Old Prison Museum Museum of the End World, the industrial area, and mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos. As we sail to the southwest we will approach the island of Los Lobos, where, from the boat, you may view sea lions in their natural habitat.

After stopping to observe cormorants and other wildlife at several other islands, and passing the famous End of the World Lighthouse that affords sensational photo opportunities, you will finally arrive at Penguin Island. There if your timing is right you will be mesmerized by the sight of thousands of Penguins waddling around as though they own the island. And essentially they do! Seeing all of these Penguins is a sight to behold and one that will not soon be forgotten.   

Night in Ushuaia at Hostal del Bosque (Breakfast Included)

Day 11

Flight to Buenos Aires and Remainder of Day at Leisure for Exploring the City

Today you will take the three hour flight back to Buenos Aires and have the rest of the day free to explore some of your favorite places on your own. Spend time doing some last minute shopping in the downtown area surrounding your hotel. Or go back to the colorful area of Boca for good authentic food and maybe an impromptu Tango Show. Your last day in Buenos Aires is yours to spend in whichever way you want.

 

 

 

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