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Discover Patagonia

Both culture and geology are dramatic in Patagonia, and theres no way to experience them quite like jumping right in and seeing for yourself. Take in the colours of Buenos Aires with a local tango lesson before heading into nature to explore Torres del Paine National Park and the humbling Perito Moreno Glacier. Standing at the end of the Earth is an experience the adventurous side of you will never forget.

Latin America

Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155221
Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina Finishes: Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel. There are no planned activities, so check in and enjoy the city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Private Vehicle

02

Day 2: Buenos Aires/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Catch a flight to northern Patagonia. Enjoy the highlights of the scenic San Carlos de Bariloche on a circuito chico tour with stops at local artisanal producers who specialize in chocolate, beer, and jams.

Included Activities:
Bariloche Circuito Chico Tour

Transport:
Plane (2.50 hour(s), 1640km)

03

Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe. Sample a beef parrillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then take a day hike around Cerro Catedral or enjoy some shopping. It's also important to know that Bariloche is famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!

04

Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche/Puerto Varas (1B)

There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture-perfect views of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests, and glaciers.

Additional Notes:
The approximate journey time today is 10 to 11 hours. This journey is by comfortable bus and a scenic ferry across the Chilean/Argentine border. Travel time is approximate and based on the time of year and weather conditions. During certain times of the year, the ferry cannot be used. This requires that we will travel overland by bus.

Included Activities:
Cruce de los Lagos Cruise
Border Crossing (Argentina Chile)
Petrohué Falls Visit

05

Day 5: Puerto Varas (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island.

06

Day 6: Puerto Varas/Torres del Paine National Park (1B, 1D)

Words cannot describe the majesty and beauty of this national park in Chilean Patagonia. The lucky people have the opportunity to see this area and those who do will find it difficult to forget its vivid colours and tranquility. Once a large sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959 as the Parque Nacional Lago Grey. Prior to this, “baqueanos” (cowboys) grazed their flocks here and fires occasionally burnt out of control. More land was added to the park in 1962 and the name was changed to its present one. The “Torre” (Tower) Sur rises 2,900m (9,512 ft) above sea level, the Torre Central is 2,850m (9,348 ft) high, and the Torre Norte measures 2,600m (8,528 ft). The “Cuernos” (Horns) del Paine, massive blocks of various rock layers visible from great distances, are as spectacular as the towers themselves.

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a day of exploring Torres del Paine National Park with an expert guide. Marvel at pristine turquoise lakes, glaciers, and waterfalls at one of the most scenic parks in Patagonia.

Included Activities:
Torres del Paine National Park Excursion

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Day 8: Torres del Paine National Park/El Calafate (1B)

Drive towards lofty peaks to the dynamic Moreno Glacier in Glacier National Park. Spot condors, rheas, eagles or flamingos en route, but the real star of the day is the glacier itself, located at the southern terminus of Glacier National Park.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)

09

Day 9: El Calafate (1B)

This morning, enjoy a lecture by a local glacier expert. After, take an excursion into Glacier National Park to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. There's an option to get closer with a boat ride up to the front of the glacier.

Included Activities:
Glacier Talk
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle

10

Day 10: El Calafate/Ushuaia (1B)

Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel.

Transport:
Plane (1.25-1.50 hours)

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Day 11: Ushuaia (1B)

Get up close and personal with the penguins on Martillo Island as you explore the rookery with a naturalist guide. Return to Ushuaia by navigating the Beagle Channel on a catamaran and admire the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Seal Island, and Bird Island.

Included Activities:
Penguin Rookery & Beagle Channel Excursion

12

Day 12: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires (1B, 1D)

Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the “Paris of the Americas”, Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life.

When you're finished exploring, rest your feet and enjoy a drink at one of the many sidewalk cafés, ideal places to get a feel for the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be the last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken, and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy!


Included Activities:
Local Tango Lesson

Transport:
Plane (3.50 hour(s))

13

Day 13: Buenos Aires (1B)

Known as the “Paris of the Americas”, Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo. Consider catching a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías or wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets.

Additional Notes:
Transportation can vary on this day. Depending on the size of the group, we may take taxis, a private mini-bus, or even jump on the very fast and convenient metro.

Included Activities:
Buenos Aires Guided City Tour

14

Day 14: Buenos Aires (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Bariloche Circuito Chico tour
    • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos
    • " Excursion into Torres del Paine National Park
    • Glacier lecture by local expert
    • Guided tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier
    • Penguin rookery and Beagle Channel excursion
    • Local Buenos Aires tango experience
    • Buenos Aires city tour
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Bus/van, plane, boat, hiking, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take part in a tango lesson taught by dancers at a venue popular with locals
  • Enjoy a lecture on the Perito Moreno Glacier from an expert
  • Walk with penguins on Martillo Island
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel on a catamaran
  • Explore Ushuaia (the earth's southernmost city)