Patagonia's Glaciers & Wildlife, Tierra Del Fuego & Buenos Aires

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: yamana

From: £4397.00

Highlights

  • Enjoy the great outdoors and abundant wildlife in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia
  • Journey to glacier fields, snow-capped mountains, serene lakes and icy channels
  • Start in the stylish city of Buenos Aires, home to traditional cafes and tango halls
  • Marvel at the bird and sea life of the Peninsula Valdes and see whales up close
  • Travel to the southernmost city in the world to discover the remote beauty of Ushuaia
  • Be awed by the raw power of the staggering Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Hike past granite peaks and sparkling lakes at Torres del Paine National Park
  • Choose to extend your trip with an unforgettable Andean Lake Crossing

Buenos Aires - Days 1 - 3

Days 1-3 - Buenos Aires

Depart any day of the week for Buenos Aires arriving the following day. Transfer to our hotel for 2 nights. In the afternoon we will visit this fascinating city, passing through the old quarter of La Boca with distinctive, brightly coloured houses, the Plaza de Mayo and presedential Casa Rosada and finishing in the elegant Parque de Recoleta, to relax in one of the many stylish street cafes. The next day is free.

Península Valdés - Days 4 - 6

Day 4- Travel to Puerto Madryn

Fly out to Trelew and transfer to our hotel in Puerto Madryn for 3 nights.

 

Day 5 - Península Valdés

Full day excursions to Península Valdés.

 

Day 6 - Wildlife abounds

Guided to the superb vantage points, we can observe sea lion colonies, enormous elephant seals, penguins and, depending on the season, we take a motor boat out to see the southern right whales at close range.

Ushuaia - Days 7 - 8

Day 7 - Ushuaia

Transfer to Trelew airport and fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in Argentina, located in a glorious setting by the icy waters of the Beagle Channel, at the foot of the towering Andes. On arrival transfer to our hotel for 2 nights.

 

Day 8 - Lapataia Bay

An early morning start for a full day excursion to Lapataia Bay in the national park. We walk through the park which encompasses a stunning region of forests, lakes, streams, and snow-capped mountains. Beavers' dams cover the area, and, with luck, we may see some at work. Return to Ushuaia. 

Perito Moreno Glacier - Days 9 - 11

Day 9 - El Calafate

Fly to El Calafate, a small town on the southeastern shore of Lago Argentino, where birds congregate, including the Magellanic oyster catcher. We stay for 3 nights.

 

Days 10-11 Perito Moreno Glacier

We set off early on a full day excursion to the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier, with its 4km frontage and height reaching 70m. Silence reigns, shattered only by the thunderous roar of ice breaking off the glacier, and punctuated by the unearthly groans of creaking ice. The following day there is an optional excursion to visit the Upsala glacier, travelling by boat up to the northwestern end of Lago Argentino.

Torres Del Paine - Days 12 - 14

Day 12-14 - Torres del Paine National Park

A long, scenic crossing into Chile to Torres del Paine National Park for 3 nights. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the massive Torres rise up out of the earth, reflected in the glacial waters of Lake Nordenskjöld, all on our doorstep. Many walks can be taken, of varying degrees of difficulty, all affording splendid mountain views and an opportunity to observe the wildlife. We have two full days to enjoy the scenery.

Santiago de Chile - Day 15 - 16

Day 15-16 - Santiago de Chile

Morning transfer to Punta Arenas for a late afternoon flight to Santiago de Chile, a beautiful city situated in a plateau with the snowcapped Andes stretching alongside. It has extensive parks and gardens, a bustling centre with tree-lined avenues and the Cerro San Cristóbal, a hilltop reached by funicular railway, which gives us superb views of the city and surroundings. Overnight and return home arriving on Day 17.

Lake District - Extension

Day 15 - Puerto Montt

Transfer to Punta Arenas for an afternoon flight to Puerto Montt. 

 

Day 16 - Adean Lake Crossing

Lake crossing into Argentina by bus and boat surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. Lunch at Peulla. Stewards take your luggage so that you can enjoy the landscape as we cross three lakes to reach Bariloche.

 

Day 17 - Bariloche

A day at leisure in San Carlos de Bariloche dubbed the 'Switzerland of Latin America', due to its similar landscape of clear lakes surrounded by high mountain peaks.

Buenos Aires - Extension

Day 18 - Fly to Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires, and on arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. 

Day 19 - Buenos Aires City Tour

Time for a brief tour of the city before being taken to the airport for your flight home arriving on Day 20, or extend your trip to visit the Iguazu Falls.

What's Included

  • 17 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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