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Patagonia is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, full of emerald lakes fed by icy glaciers and towering mountain ranges home to guanaco and vicuna. End your day with a glass of malbec surrounded by the region's towering scenery.
Explore Tour Leader
16 nights comfortable hotel
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital, located on the southern shores of the Rio de la Plata. Since its founding by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536 the city has thrived on trade and its vibrant streets are filled with an eclectic mix of European architectural styles, with Spanish, French and Italian classicism rubbing shoulders with remnants of Victorian grandeur.
For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Buenos Aires at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into either Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery (AEP) or Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), a 30 minute or 1 hour drive respectively from our hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you could explore this lively city by wandering the streets of the arty San Telmo district, admiring the impressive architecture and relaxing parks in Palermo, or enjoying the traditional Porteno pastime of people watching from the many sidewalk cafes.
Hotel Principado (or similar)
We're experiencing the city as a Porteno (a Buenos Aires native) today, using the local buses and exploring on foot. Each neighbourhood of Buenos Aires has a distinct character, with grand Italianate architecture rubbing shoulders with winding cobbled streets or tree-lined avenues. To get a feel for the heart of the city, we'll walk towards its founding point at the Plaza de Mayo, where the President's dusty-pink mansion is located. Every big event in Buenos Aires's history has been witnessed by the Plaza, from the continued protests of the 'Madres de la Plaza de Mayo', going back to Eva Peron's mass demonstrations in 1945. From here, we hop on a bus towards the colourful vibrancy of La Boca. Settled originally by Italian migrants, the area is famed for its bright houses, a ramshackle affair of corrugated iron, and the tango dancers who perform in the streets. We'll visit a local 'cafecito' during our tour, taking a traditional Porteno elevenses of coffee and pastries.
We end our morning in bohemian San Telmo, with its small one-way streets, historic mansions and walls covered with street art. Our Tour Leader will suggest lunch at a traditional restaurant here, for those who wish.
It's worth noting that this city tour is approximately 5 hours in length, and will involve several hours of walking, in order to see the highlights.
The afternoon is free to explore, with much on offer. You could stay and explore San Telmo, which is particularly interesting when the antiques market takes over the cobbled streets. Or visit Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Argentine luminaries, including Eva Peron. For book lovers, the Ateneo Grand Splendid, set in a converted theatre, is one of the most impressive bookstores in the world. This evening we have an opportunity to enjoy something of Buenos Aires' nightlife, perhaps going to a tango show and soaking up the pulsating rhythms of this most Latin of dances.
Today we transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city, spectacularly located on the Island of Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of the South American continent. Beyond this remote port lies the Beagle Channel and then the open waters of The Drake Passage, where the deep rich waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge amidst some of the most challenging seas on earth. This afternoon is free to explore the city as you choose. You may wish to stay on land, visiting what was once the old prison of Ushuaia, now the Maritime Museum and an excellent portrait of the harsh realities of life on these unforgiving oceans.
Alternatively, there are three different boat trips off the coast that allow you to get closer to the awesome nature in this part of the world:
1. Harberton Estancia and Isla Martillo. This excursion takes you to the oldest ranch in the Tierra del Fuego, dating back to the late 1800s, before boarding a boat to the Isla Martillo, home to a large penguin colony. This excursion is run by the only company permitted to let visitors disembark and walk among the penguins. Magellanic penguins are the largest colony, but you may also see Gentoo penguins or King Emperor penguins. On the way back to land, you should also spot sea lions at a neighbouring island.
2. Beagle Channel catamaran and penguin spotting. This option sees you taking a catamaran boat through the Beagle Channel, cruising around several different islands wildlife spotting, including sea lions and cormorants and the two penguin colonies on Isla Martillo. Although you don't get off the boat, you will see all the Magellanic and Gentoo penguins on the island, as well as, luck permitting, the King Emperor penguin.
3. Beagle Channel boat to Sea Lion island and Bird Island. This last boat trip doesn't take you out to see the penguins, but it is an amazing overview of the area's wildlife. The bleak scenery of the Beagle Channel will really come to life on this trip.
All excursions here in Ushuaia should be pre-booked before departure.
Important note: flight schedules in Argentina change constantly. You may depart in the very early hours for your internal flight, and if so breakfast will be taken in flight rather than at the hotel. Alternatively, you may have a longer morning in Buenos Aires and depart in the late afternoon. If that's the case then we will switch the itinerary around so that the boat excursions are done tomorrow afternoon.
Villa Brescia Hotel (or similar)
Tierra del Fuego translates as the Land of Fires and today we have time to explore the nearby national park. Separated from Patagonia by the waters of the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego is a landscape of lakes, forest and tundra, set beneath an imposing backdrop of ragged mountain peaks. This morning we take a leisurely walk along a forest trail to Lapataia Bay, taking in the expansive views and hopefully coming across some of the abundant wildlife in the area. These peaks and valleys, filled with Lenga and Guindo trees which provide a rich haven for Patagonian grey foxes and condors . After lunch we return to Ushuaia and have a free afternoon to further explore the area.
After breakfast this morning we depart by public bus and spend our day travelling across Tierra del Fuego, crossing the Magellan Strait by ferry and entering Chile, to complete our journey to Punta Arenas later this afternoon. The journey takes approximately 10 hours including the ferry crossing and the border control (fruit and nuts cannot be taken into Chile - a small but important note if you like travelling with these snacks!). One of the largest maritime settlements in the region and the first Chilean settlement along the waters of the Magellan Strait, Punta Arenas was founded in the mid 19th century, beginning its life as a penal colony and growing rich on sheep ranching and (before the opening of the Panama Canal) the vital facilities that it offered to shipping traversing the dangerous routes through the southern oceans. Tonight we will have a chance to enjoy some local specialities, such as king crab, and perhaps sampling some of the excellent Chilean wines before retiring for the evening.
Hotel Isla Rey Jorge (or similar)
A landscape of rugged mountains, turquoise coloured glacial lakes and spectacular wildlife, the majestic vistas of Chilean Patagonia are some of the most scenic and environmentally diverse regions on the planet. Travelling north across the Patagonian steppe, with it's desolate rolling plains and views of the peaks of the Cordillera in the distance, we head first for the city of Puerto Natales, our gateway into the sumptuous landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park. Founded in 1911 this southerly coastal town is a shipping port and a transport hub for almost everyone heading for the Paine Park and in fine weather the cafes are filled with travellers and crowds gathering for the big event - the arrival of the Navimag boat from Puerto Montt. After a brief stop in the town we continue towards the magnificent landscapes of the park, surely one of the most beautiful natural vistas on earth and a place once described by Alberto de Agostini as one of the most spectacular sights that the human imagination can conceive. Blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, the 934 square miles of land was turned into national park in 1959 and takes its name from the Tehuelche Indian word payne meaning blue, apt acknowledgment of the striking turquoise lakes that abound in this astonishing place. Our dramatic drive takes us via the Milodon Cave to our accommodation in Torres del Paine.
Cabanas Del Paine Hotel (or similar)
Included in the trip is a full day of fairly easy hiking and lookout points, as we don our walking boots and take on a comfortable 8km wildlife hike from Lake Sarmiento to the Laguna Amarga. At first, the area seems barren but it is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It's not unusual to see large numbers of guanacos here, as well as black-necked swans, upland geese and pink flamingos. We may even be fortunate enough to spot condors, or even the elusive puma. There are also more than 20 sites of ancient cliff paintings approximately 6000 years old along the trail. We continue by vehicle to the Cascada Paine, a stunningly situated falls under the backdrop of the jagged peaks of the Torres. From here, we continue to drive to the Blue Lagoon, where we stroll around the beach to admire the Towers from the same view that inspired Lady Florence Dixie to call them 'Cleopatra's needles' in her book Across Patagonia in 1880.
For those who prefer something more challenging, you have the option of undertaking the 22km trek to the base of the Torres del Paine. The entire hike is full of breath-taking panoramas as you cross glacial lakes, passing through river valleys and mountain forest, culminating in one of the most impressive lookouts in the park, over the spectacular Torres - imposing pinnacles of sharp granite that rise up over 2600m to pierce the sky. The total ascent and descent of the hike is 950m, taking us from a starting altitude of 30m to the peak of 980m, over approximately ten hours of walking time. The terrain is hilly, with mainly small and undulating slopes until the last kilometre, which is a steep push to the top.
If you would like to undertake this trek, your local guide will need to know by day 2 of the trip, in order to ensure that a guide is in place for you. Please also note that the Torres hike is not included, whereas the day exploration is.
On our second day in Torres del Paine, we will start the day with a visit to a viewpoint where we will enjoy stunning panoramas of Lake Pehoe. Next, we will head to Mirador Cuernos where we will see views of the Valle del Frances (approximately 2 hours walk). The afternoon is at our leisure - there are lots of hikes on offer in the park, and two options for this afternoon are walking to the Claudio Lagoon or to the Nuria River (both walks are approximately 2 hours round trip, with stunning views along the way).
Alternatively, there is the opportunity to take an excursion on the Serrano River, which will give you a closer look at the Paine Massif and the Serrano Glacier. The trip starts with a 40 minute speedboat journey up the Serrano River. A waterfall marks the end of the line here, and you'll disembark to walk for about 15 minutes through native forest towards a second boat, which takes you all the way to the beautiful Ultima Esperanza fjord. There's another 30 minute walk through the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, to reach the Serrano Glacier Lagoon. After a look at this impressive glacier, you'll return the same way. This trip lasts approximately 6 hours, and you'll return to the dock around 8pm.
After breakfast we depart for the Argentinean border at Cerro Castillo, crossing the vastness of an empty, treeless plateau, where the only signs of life are the occasional estancia sheltering behind a windbreak of rare trees. Our destination is Calafate, situated on the southern shores of Lago Argentino, an unassuming little community that has been declared the national capital of the glacier region and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park (approximately 6 hours drive).
Hotel Quijote (or similar)
Today we have a full day visit to the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier, a highlight which ranks as one of South America's most magnificent sights and arguably one of the world's greatest spectacles. Fed by the vast expanse of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the glacier covers some 250 sq km and presents us with an impressive list of statistics. It stretches of over 30km and at its deepest point is over 700m thick. It is advancing at a rate of 700 metres per year, but is estimated to calve off great chunks at probably the same rate, meaning that it has remained pretty much stationary for nearly a century. All in all it is a natural masterpiece of quite spectacular majesty. Whilst at the glacier, there will be the chance to either trek on the ice (an age limit of 65 years applies due to National Park regulations) or take a boat ride to get closer to the glacier face.
Note that the ice trek is very popular, and for those interested we advise pre-booking your spot with us before you travel to avoid disappointment. It involves a walk on the ice itself, with crampons. No experience is necessary, and you'll have a little time to practice walking with crampons before getting on the glacier. The walk is not strenuous - while there are some very light inclines, the pace is slow and steady. The terrain is uneven, however, with seracs and glacial pools that the expert guides will help you to navigate.
Today we drive to the picturesque town of Chalten (approximately 3 hours), lying at the confluence of the De las Vueltas and Fitzroy Rivers in Los Glaciares National Park. Arriving at approximately 11am we will have lunch before checking in, and the afternoon is free to explore the town and its surrounding trails. You will have the option to visit the Huemul reservation, a private pristine reserve 16kms from Chalten, with numerous trails to explore. Although you don't get the spectacular views that you have come to expect from Torres, the park is beautiful in its solitude and is home to a diverse number of species including condors, foxes and the magellanic woodpecker. Alternatively you may wish to take a trip to Lago Del Desierto; during this 8 hour trip you will enjoy a scenic drive to the lake, followed by a short sail across the lake and a hike up to the Vespignani Glacier lookout.
Pudu Lodge (or similar)
Over the next day and a half, we have the opportunity to explore the stunning Fitz Roy Massif. Today we set out with a local guide, weather permitting, to cover the distance to the base of Mount Fitz Roy, whose unmistakable summit is almost permanently covered in cloud, a phenomenon that was believed to be smoke by the indigenous Tehuelche who named it Chalten (smoky mountain). The mountain reaches a height of some 3405m (although our aim is to reach the base at around 1200m), and its forests and slopes are home to a unique array of wildlife, including the elusive huemel, a small deer and the majestic (and far from small) condor, one of the largest land birds on the planet. The scale and grandeur of this setting, where the glaciers seem to hang suspended between the jagged peaks, makes this walk a truly rewarding excursion.
The hike is on a well-marked trail covering a variety of terrain, from atmospheric forest and flowing rivers to open mountain scenery. Our total ascent and descent is approximately 730m, over a distance of 22km. This return journey will take us some 8-9 hours.
This walk is challenging due to the distance covered. There are other shorter walks available on self-guided trails should you prefer, or you may take the time instead to relax around the town of Chalten and its stunning surrounds.
We have a three hour drive back to Calafate this morning, in time for our afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. For those who wish there may be the opportunity to take in one of the city's famous tango shows.
Please note that there are frequent airline schedule changes on domestic flights in Argentina. The flight back to Buenos Aires may arrive in the late evening, giving you the morning free in Patagonia.
Driving back to the airport you will fly (unescorted) to Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), where you will be met by a local guide. During your time here you will get the chance to visit the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls, to witness for yourselves what are arguably the most beautiful waterfalls on the planet. Set amidst the lush landscapes of the Parque Nacional do Iguazú Reserve, the falls are one of nature's true masterpieces, a spectacular cascade of some 275 interconnecting falls that hurtle over high cliffs into a marvellous curved amphitheatre- a breathtaking sight that extends 3km across the Rio Iguazu. Viewed from the Brazilian side the Falls present themselves in all their majestic and powerful glory and the noise is tremendous, with huge clouds of soaking mist being churned up by the cascade. The national park was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986 and its trails are a paradise for nature lovers, the surrounding spray-soaked forest providing a rich haven for some spectacular flora and fauna, with over 2,000 plant species and over 400 different types of birds being recorded here, as well as countless mammals, insects and reptiles. The canopy meanwhile is alive with a rich array of brightly plumaged toucans, parrots, humming birds and colourful butterflies, whilst the forest floor boasts jaguars, mountain lions, tapirs and capuchin monkeys.
Please note that the four days in Iguazu are designed as an extension to our Adventures in Patagonia tour, and some of your fellow group members may leave the tour today in Buenos Aires before you fly to Iguazu. Whilst the extension has been designed to complement the Patagonia trip, we wish to point out that there may not be other Explore customers travelling with you. However, your transfers and excursions in Iguazu are not private and may be shared with others who are not booked through Explore.
Hotel Saint George (or similar)
From the Argentinean side of the Falls you can see an altogether more extensive view of this incredible cascade, with the added bonus of generally fewer tourists. A walk to the churning caldron of the Garganta del Diablo (the Devil's Throat) presents you with possibly the most powerful waterfall on the planet, where a series of 14 separate falls merge into one, to produce a spectacular torrent.
This morning is left free to relax at the hotel before your flight back to Buenos Aires.
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Buenos Aires.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Buenos Aires at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from either Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery (AEP) or Ezeiza International Airport (EZE).
Argentina has a climate that ranges from subtropical in the north to cold in the temperate south. The Andes has erratic rainfall and flash floods from December to May. From June to September spring like sunny days temper the cold nights.
3 Pin Flat
Predominantly Roman Catholic.
Spanish is the main language throughout this region, along with a number of indigenous dialects, of
The best time to visit is spring (Sept-Nov) and autumn (March- April). Between June and September the heat in the northern part of the country is less intense. Remember rain can fall at any time of the year and the weather is changeable in the mountains. Easter Island has a tropical climate so is likely to be quite hot and humid. It can also rain there in the evenings and become chilly.
2 Pin Round
Spanish, Aymara, Rapanui.
A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities. Alternatively, take time to relax; the choice is yours. Argentina is undeniably an expensive destination to visit, and the costs of these optional excursions do show that. However, please remember that at certain destinations there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in. Day 2 or Day 13: Buenos Aires - Tango Show/Dinner US$ 130, without dinner US$ 80. Day 3: Ushuaia - All Ushuaia boat trips should be pre-paid at the time of booking, and are non-refundable Estancia Harberton and Isla Martillo £205 ( There is also a US$24 entrance fee, and an additional 20 pesos harbour tax which can both be paid in country) Beagle Channel Catamaran inc. Penguins viewing £88 Beagle Channel boat to Sea Lion Island and Bird Island £40 Day 3 or 4: Ushuaia - End of the World Museum US$5 Day 7: Torres Del Paine - Base Torres trek US$230 (depending on numbers) Day 8: Torres Del Paine - Boat trip to visit Serrano River and glacier US$ 180 (minimum of 6 required) Day 10: El Calafate - Boat trip to view Perito Moreno glacier US$36; Day 10: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Ice Trek (ages 65 and under due to Glaciares National Park regulations) £299 including transport - this should be be pre-paid at time of booking and is non-refundable. Day 11: El Chalten - Huemul Reservation (includes Guide, transfers + Entrance Fee) - minimum 2 Pax US$ 202 per person Day 11: El Chalten - Lago Del Desierto and Vespignani Glacier Boat and Hike US$126 Day 11: El Chalten - Half Day Rafting (min 2 pers) US$120 Optional excursions can be paid in either USD cash (not dispensed by ATMs in Argentina or Chile), or Argentinian Pesos, at the daily exchange rate. At Torres del Paine, payment is only accepted in USD, and the hotel charges a 19% interest on the use of Chilean Pesos. Card payments are also accepted. However, suppliers often charge extra for a card payment, up to approximately 10% of the quoted price above.
A warm sweater or fleece, good waterproofs and a windproof jacket are all essential. We also recommend bringing waterproof trousers as weather conditions can change suddenly whilst walking. Laundry services are available throughout.
Comfortable and sturdy walking boots with good ankle support and tread are essential. Trainers or sandals for relaxing in.
One main piece of baggage and daypack. Total allowance for your international flight: 44lb/20kg. Luggage limit for domestic flights is 15kg. You may leave excess luggage at the hotel in Buenos Aires. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.
Binoculars, torch, water bottle, insect repellent, suncream, good quality sunglasses and a lipsalve with sun protection and walking poles (if you use them).
Bus, Ferry, Flight
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue Fever and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. Please note many countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean require a yellow fever vaccination certificates if travelling from infected areas. A detailed list of these countries can be found on the NaTHNaC website - http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Also on the NaTHNaC site there is a list of Countries (and specific areas within a country) which are at risk of infection and a vaccination is therefore recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.