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My love for South America started when I was living in Lima, Peru, and family and friends came to visit. That year I went to Machu Picchu 5 times! I do not have one drop of Latin blood in me, which is painfully obvious if you see me dance, and yet without realizing it for the past 15 years South America has been my home
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- 10 Nights
- Year round
- 15 hours from London / 10 hours from New York
Discover wild Patagonia, shared by Chile and Argentina, spread over South America, shared by Chile and Argentina. Sometimes referred to as a place at “the end of the world,” it’s a remote and spectacular region, comprised of everything from desert to the soaring Andes Mountains with surreal emerald lakes, blue-tinged glaciers, ice-carved fjords, rushing rivers, and subpolar forests. It has two coasts, one edging the Pacific to the west and the other framed by the Atlantic to the east. This vast, untamed land is ripe for adventure, a hiker’s paradise and a wildlife enthusiast’s dream.
Our 11-day journey begins in Santiago, with time to explore Chile’s capital before jetting off to Punta Arenas in the far south. You’ll have three full days to explore the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park before embarking on a 4-night cruise that uncovers the Argentinian side of Patagonia too, concluding in Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the south.”
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- Discover Santiago and Buenos Aires at your own pace
- Spend three full days in Torres del Paine National Park
- Enjoy your choice of activities in the park from hiking to horseback riding
- 4-night Australis Cruise
- Excursions by Zodiac to witness wildlife like penguins and elephant seals
- Get up close to glistening glaciers
- Visit iconic Cape Horn
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Santiago: Arrival
Kicking off your adventure in cosmopolitan Santiago, ringed by the snow-capped Andes and Chilean coastal range, upon your arrival at the airport, you’ll take a private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps taking in what’s often referred to as one of the best views in Latin America from the viewpoint at Sky Costanera, nearly 1,000 feet above the ground. Wandering the cobbled streets of older barrios is a must for the art enthusiast. You’ll also find plenty of parks to stroll through, casual and fine dining restaurants for sampling the local cuisine, and lively nightlife spots.
Day 2 Torres del Paine: Fly from Santiago to the National Park
A private transfer returns you to Santiago’s airport to catch your flight to Punta Arenas, followed by a transfer to Torres del Paine National Park with granite pillars towering over 6,500 feet above the Patagonian landscape. Scenic trails wind through dense forest, passing lakes in hues ranging from turquoise to deep emerald, raging rivers, and a glistening blue glacier. Wildlife is abundant, including guanacos, a relative of the camel, flamingo, the ostrich-like rhea, and the Andean condor. You’ll overnight at Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, which sits at the edge of Lake Sarmiento, with massive windows that bring the outdoors in, including the epic mountain peaks.
Days 3-5 Torres del Paine: Your Choice of Exploration Options
You’ll have three full days to explore Torres del Paine with a variety of activities on offer at your hotel. You can choose to discover it on horseback, two wheels, on foot, or by boat. Perhaps hike to the Grey Glacier or if you’re up to the task, embark on the more challenging, bucket-list Patagonia trek to the base of the three towers for which the park is named. A downhill bike ride at La Porfiada in the northeast and a ride on a Patagonian horse with panoramic views of the Paine Massif are just two of the many other options.
Day 6 Patagonia’s Southern Extreme: Cruise Embarkation
Transfer back to Punta Arenas to embark on your enchanting 4-night cruise. Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll check-in and then board the ship at 6 p.m., enjoying a welcome toast and introductions to the captain and crew. Your vessel departs afterward, sailing toward one of the world’s most remote corners. Overnight you’ll cross the Strait of Magellan before entering a maze of channels. Watch the lights of the city fade as you travel into the wilds of the extreme southern portion of Patagonia, entering the Whiteside Canal with Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego to the east and Dawson Island to the west.
Day 7 Cruising: Ainsworth Bay to Tuckers Islets
As the sun comes up, you’ll be cruising Admiralty Sound, home to leopard and elephant seals and other animals, with the snow-dusted mountains of Karukinka Natural Park stretching along the north side. The wide bays and deep fjords in Alberto de Agostini National Park lie along the south shore. You may be able to witness the wildlife, including many birds and a colony of southern elephant seals when traveling by Zodiac, going ashore at Ainsworth Bay. You’ll have the option to take one of two hikes before sailing on to the Tucker Islets, boarding a Zodiac again to see Magellan penguins close up.
Day 8 Cruising: Pia Glacier to Glacier Alley
By morning, having rounded the remote Brecknock Peninsula and entered Beagle Channel once again, the ship will travel through Pia Fjord. You’ll hop on a Zodiac and then take a short hike that provides a panoramic view of Pia Glacier that descends from the mountain peaks to the sea. It’s believed to be named after Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, though no one is certain. After returning to your vessel, you’ll cruise east through an area known as Glacier Alley. Get your camera ready to capture the many tidewater glaciers that flow from the Darwin Ice Sheet and the mountains along the north shore.
Day 9 Cruising: Cape Horn to Wulaia Bay
Cross into a remote archipelago where Cape Horn National Park is located this morning. If sea conditions and weather permit, you’ll step onto the island that’s home to the nearly 1,400-foot-high rocky promontory known as Cape Horn. It famously overlooks the rough waters of the Drake Passage, once serving as the only navigation route between the Atlantic and Pacific. Navigating the narrow Murray Channel next, anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, sketched by Captain FitzRoy and described by Charles Darwin in the 1830s during their adventurous voyages. Visit a museum housed in the old radio station and then choose from one of three hikes.
Day 10 Ushuaia: Entering Argentine Waters
Sailing into Argentine waters, the ship will dock at the world’s southernmost city: Ushuaia. This is where the cruise portion of your trip ends. You’ll have time to say farewell to the captain, crew, and new friends made before transferring to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival to the so-called “Paris of the south,” private transfer brings you to your hotel with the rest of the day enjoyed on your own. You might take an atmospheric stroll through neighborhoods like Belgrano and Recoleta with their Old World charm before finding an enticing café terrace to enjoy some people watching.
Day 11 Departure
After 10 nights exploring Patagonia and beyond, it’s time to take a transfer to the airport in Buenos Aires to catch your flight back home or head out on further travels. If you’d like to spend more time in Argentina’s capital or discover other destinations, reach out to our travel experts who will be happy to help. Otherwise, we wish you a safe journey and hope to see you on another Unforgettable trip again soon.
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- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
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- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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