South America

New Sights on our Patagonia Small Group Tours

Melinda Cleaver

Melinda Cleaver  |  12 May 2016

This season Viva has extended its Wild Patagonia and Route 40 + Carretera Austral tours to include even more highlights while maintaining a comfortable pace suited to small group travel. By adding just one day to these tours we have now included an archaeological site, a new overnight stop at Gobernador Gregores a small town with an interesting history. We also arrive earlier into El Chalten which allows passengers more time in the Los Glaciares National Park. All of that for just one extra day - how could we not!!!

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Our first group this season enjoyed an excellent guided tour of the Cuevas de las Manos (Cave of Hands) with a fascinating insight to the nomadic movement of the indigenous Tehuelche people and the paintings they left behind. These hand paintings have been carbon-dated back 9300 years.

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Gobernador Gregores has been an important stop over for many a weary traveller. Its history starts with an Austrian immigrant who created a transit town for the sheep and cattle ranchers to stop and refill supplies on their way from the western pampas to the east coast. With time it became an important stop for the mail and people transport wagons as movement within this area began to grow.

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An extra half a day in El Chalten allow our passengers to explore the easier self guided hikes, included a lovely short hike to the waterfall or explore the walled cliff area and watch rock climbers practice their routes.

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If you are interested in either of these tours or would like further information about our South America brochure please contact us 

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