Wild Patagonia & Antarctica or v.v

From Santiago to Ushuaia OR From Ushuaia to Santiago
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • Expedition
  • Walking
  • Group
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Tour Description

On this epic journey, we will travel from Santiago south through the heart of the wine country and through the natural splendour of the Chilean and Argentinean lake districts. Discover the Carretera Austral and explore the stunning landscapes of the Futaleufu Valley and the majestic Queulat Hanging Glacier. Finally, discover the vast Patagonian steppe as we travel down Argentina's famous Route 40. Arriving into the remote Patagonian expanse we explore the southern ice fields, the magnificent snow-capped Andes and breath-taking glaciers that epitomise Patagonia travel. Then we arrive in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world.

From there embark on a genuine adventure to the world's most remote wilderness! Our Antarctic expedition focuses on some of the planet's most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes and gives intrepid travellers the chance to get up close to species such as minke and humpback whales, fur and leopard seals, thousands of penguins and scores of seabirds including the regal albatross. During your journey, our team of lecturers and guides will share their knowledge of the region's fascinating natural history. This Antarctic cruise is a voyage of intense natural beauty and a chance to be at one with the great outdoors.

Viva's Best Bits...

Hike the most stunning landscapes of Torres Del Paine National Park

Encounter amazing wildlife including whales, dolphins and penguins

Visit incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the highlights of Southern Patagonia

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

Your tour begins with a bang in Santiago, Chile's cosmopolitan capital city. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group this evening

Overnight at Matildas Hotel Boutique including breakfast or similar.

Day 2
Santiago Santa Cruz

An early departure from Santiago towards the south via the Panamerican Highway, we arriving into the wine region. Once we arrive you will visit the Colchagua Museum, known today as one the most complete Museums in South America. The Colchagua Valley, famous for producing some of Chile’s finest wines, in particular Carmenere, a grape that was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in Chile in 1994. Their Cabernet Sauvignon variety also thrives during the grape growing season due to the hot sunny climate in this part of Chile During this day, you will visit the winery, with wine tasting and wine making included.

Overnight at Hotel Terravina including breakfast or similar.

Day 3
Santa Cruz Pucon

Settle into our comfortable custom built truck as we journey south along the highway. Passing orchards and plantations of fruits and vegetables, as well as a big timber industry. We’ll pass picturesque lakes and mountains to arrive into Pucon, located in the heart of Chile’s Lakes District. On the way we will stop from lunch at the impressive Salto del Lajas waterfalls.

Overnight at Hotel Malalhue including breakfast or similar.

Day 4-5
Pucon

Today we combine a wonderful natural environment with a cultural experience unique to this area. In the morning, we will visit either the Villarrica National Park or one of the surrounding national reserve parks, all of which protect thousands of hectares of rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes and forest. In the afternoon, we visit a traditional Mapuche family and enjoy a traditional meal.
Enjoy some free time in Pucon to explore the beauty of your surroundings.

Overnight at Hotel Malalhue including breakfast or similar.

Day 6
Pucon Bariloche

Sit back and marvel along the scenic Seven Lakes Drive to Bariloche, Argentina. Its location is stunning, surrounded by the Nahuel Huapi National Park,
the oldest National Park in Argentina.

Accommodation: Hotel Cacique Incayal or similar

Day 7-8
Bariloche

We head out to discover the Nahuel Huapi National Park and you have some free time to enjoy any of the activities on offer including hiking, biking, kayaking and much more! Accommodation: Hotel Cacique Incayal or similar

Day 9
Bariloche Futaleufu

Cross into Chile and hit the Carretera Austral ’Southern Road’, with its reputation as South America’s best road trip. Enroute we pass through the town of Esquel where the “Old Patagonian Express” still runs. We have a short stop in Trevellin, a small town with links to Welsh immigrants. In the late afternoon, we cross into Chile and the scenery will immediately change as we arrive into the quaint town of Futaleufu.

Overnight at Hotel El Barranco including breakfast.

Day 10
Futaleufu Queulat National Park

Enjoy extraordinary scenery and visit the fishing village of Puyuhuapi on the edge of the Chilean fiords.
Overnight at Fiordo Queulat Eco Lodge including breakfast.

Day 11
Queulat National Park

Get up close and personal to a spectacular hanging glacier in the Queulat National Park. Nature at its finest! Overnight at Fiordo Queulat Eco Lodge including breakfast.

Day 12
Queulat National Park Coyhaique

Hike in the enchanted forest as we continue our journey to Coyhaique. Overnight at Raices Bed & Breakfast including breakfast.

Day 13
Coyhaique Routa 40

Cross back into Argentina and on to the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40). Travelling south through the vast Patagonian plains keep your eyes peeled for armadillos, rheas and guanacos.

Overnight at Hotel Cueva de las Manos including breakfast.

Day 14
Route 40

Visit Cuevas de Las Manos (Caves of Hands) the most ancient native artistic expressions of the subcontinent. Overnight at Hosteria Ruta 40 including breakfast.

Day 15
Route 40 El Chalten

Enjoy the landscapes of the Patagonian Steppe as we head south to El Chalten. El Chaltén is a small mountain village that lies within the magnificent World Heritage Listed Parque Nacional Los Glaciares at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains.

Overnight at Hotel Lunajuim including breakfast.

Day 16
El Chalten

A full day hiking today, we meet our local guides and set off on one of the main hiking trails in the wonderful Los Glaciares National Park, (the Lago Torre* hike is our usual option). Enjoy spectacular scenery and obtain views of the magical Cerro Torre or the wonderful Mount Fitzroy. Keep your eyes peeled to spot regional birds including woodpeckers, caracaras and condors.

Overnight at Hotel Lunajuim including breakfast.

Day 17
El Chalten El Calafate

Spend the morning exploring some of the other great walking trails El Chalten is famous for. In the mid-afternoon, we will continue by road to El Calafate. Enroute we will stop at a
historic homestead saloon with some famous outlaw visitors.

Overnight at Hotel Del Glaciar including breakfast.

Day 18
El Calafate

Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the Earth's most dynamic and accessible ice fields. Overnight at Hotel Del Glaciar including breakfast

Day 19
El Calafate Torres Del Paine

Head back into Chile to Torres Del Paine, South Americas finest National Park and a trekker’s paradise. Declared a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO in 1978 it is located amongst the mountain range of the Andes and the Patagonian steppe. In this zone, the colossal towers and horns of granite and rock that have given world-wide fame to it, with heights of up to 3,050 meters above the sea level. The park preserves fragile ecosystems, numerous animals like guanacos, condors, ñandues (South American ostrich), foxes and the elusive puma.

The 3 famous hikes we cover inside the park, these are:
(a) Los Torres Hike
(b) French Valley Hike
(c) Greys Glacier Hike

Instead of walking these continuously, carrying all your hiking gear like on the Big W (a 4 day hike), we break it into three separate walks, covering different sections of the park and hiking an average of 15km (9.5mi) to 20km (12mi) each day. The group is assisted by expert local trekking guides who share information about the environment and guide you through the hiking trails.

If you are not hiking there are other activities available inside Torres Del Paine including tours be vehicle, boat and on horse-back. However, please note these activities are subject to availability and minimum numbers and will incur an additional cost. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On.

Hotel Rio Serrano or similar.

Day 20
Torres Del Paine

Las Torres Hike (Difficult)
Hiking to view the iconic Las Torres (the Towers) is a challenging yet immensely satisfying hike, a highlight for all experienced trekkers. The Towers are the three massive granite columns that encircle the smaller Torres Glacier.
The Towers hike is by far the most strenuous of all the hikes. From the entrance, you have a 1.5km/1mi flat warm-up to the start of the trailhead at Hosteria Las Torres. You start off climbing up the side of one of the mountains, all dirt paths and quite steep in gradient in areas. It then flattens out as you scale the side of the valley with a great river underneath you.
A short downhill section will bring you to the refugio Chileno. Here you can buy snacks and rest for a while and use the facilities. Although you can see the tips of the towers from the refugio, this hike is fully appreciated when you are able to hike the full length. Once you leave the refugio you start climbing again for about 1 hour crossing rivers and passing through a beautiful forest. The final 45 minutes are quite challenging as you scramble up boulders to the base of the towers.
*We offer a fantastic optional day for those unable to attempt the Towers. It involves heading to another section of the park, enjoying a shorter hike and visiting indigenous hand paintings while still having a view of the Towers.
Full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return including time for lunch and depending on your ability/physical strength.

Hotel Rio Serrano or similar

Day 21
Torres del Paine

French Valley Hike (Moderate – Difficult)
The French Valley is the most beautiful valley in the Torres del Paine National Park. It is a steep hike and offers incredible its unique panoramic views of Los Cuernos del Paine, the French Glacier and Lakes Nordenskjold, Pehoé, Scottsburg and Toro.
This walk starts at the same place as the Greys Glacier walk and between the hikes we stay overnight at the Paine Grande Refuge so you do not have to return across the lake to our hotel, effectively allowing you additional time to complete the hikes. This is a very different walk to the Greys Glacier. Slightly longer for the shorter walk and at times the track can be rocky and steep. The entrance to the valley is Italiano Camp (7.5km/4.5mi) and is our short hike stopping point. For those who continue up into the valley to the French Lookout, the trail becomes steep with loose gravel and boulders. With a 300m/1000ft elevation gain you have wonderful views of the valley as well as the amazing view of mountains all around. You can sit, watch and hear ice crack and maybe even see a mini avalanche.
The full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return including time for lunch and depending on your ability and physical strength.

Lodge Paine Grande (Simple, shared accommodation, please see trip notes for more info) – alternatives available.

Day 22
Torres del Paine Puerto Natales

Greys Glacier trek (Easy-moderate)
Grey Glacier is one of the principal tourist attractions located in Chile. As soon as you get to this place you will be breath taken with the lakes creamy blue colour dotted with icebergs floating and the Patagonia Icefield at the back.
Initially, you will walk through a valley before climbing a steep incline, onto a ridge taking you first through a burnout forest and then into a green live forest.
A little further along the trail brings you to an elevated view of Grey Lake. You hike along an exposed ridgeline before reaching the Grey Glacier Lookout point. (Approx 2.5hrs)
If you are looking for a short hike this would be your turn around point, heading back the same way to the start of the trail. Continuing down another 2 hours further from this point you get to the main Refugio Grey Glacier viewpoint which brings you a lot closer to this magnificent ice sheet. From here you have a magnificent view of the glacier across the water and usually the wonderful blue of the icebergs floating in the lake below. All viewpoints of the glacier are from a front on angle.
The full walk takes approximately 7 - 8 hours return including time for lunch and depending on your ability/physical strength.

At the conclusion of your full-day trekking, we will head to our hotel in Puerto Natales.

Accommodation: Hotel Costaustralis or similar

Day 23
Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

After a leisurely morning, we will head off to Punta Arenas, located on the edge of the Straits of Magellan. Tonight you will enjoy a meal prepared by a talented, local chef who takes local regional foods and gives you a taste of the variety of unusual tastes and flavours they have.

Overnight at Hotel Plaza including breakfast.

Day 24
Punta Arenas Cerro Sombrero

Enjoy your morning exploring Punta Arenas before crossing the Straights of Magellan onto the island of Tierra Del Fuego.

Overnight at Hosteria Tunkelen including breakfast.

Day 25
Cerro Sombrero Ushuaia

Visit a king penguin colony on the way to Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world.

Accommodation: Hotel Tierra del Fuego

Day 26
Ushuaia

Explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and arrive at ’the end of the road’: Lapatia Bay. Take a cruise on the Beagle Channel to view wildlife and learn of the region's history.

Accommodation: Hotel Tierra del Fuego

Day 27
Ushuaia

Embark on the cruise ship in the afternoon and sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 28-29
Drake Passage

It's time to prepare for some potentially rough but exciting seas as your cruise crosses the Drake Passage, named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake.

This is a great time to really settle in, relax, enjoy the cruise, get to know your shipmates and expedition team. There will be many presentations about Antarctica including the history, geology and wildlife.

As the cruise enters Antarctic waters, the temperatures will drop, and the excitement starts to build. At the Antarctic Convergence lookout for a variety of seabirds, whales and other species attracted by the nutrient-rich waters.

There is a chance your Antarctica cruise will reach landfall early evening of day 4 and the true beginning of your Antarctic expedition.

Day 30-34
Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

These next four days your cruise will explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy majestic mountains, glaciers, imposing icebergs, ice-strewn waters and abundance of wildlife.

The core of your adventure will be on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each day will be different filled with zodiac cruises amongst icebergs, snowshoeing trips (please note there is an extra cost for snowshoeing) and photography workshops with experts. There's plenty of wildlife here with thousands of penguins, seals and the chance to see whales cruising past your zodiac or kayak.

Spend your time exploring local bays, channels and landing sites. We will visit penguin rookeries, seal and bird colonies, whale feeding areas, sites of historical and scientific interest and climb to some of the best vantage points. Please be aware; the itinerary will need to be flexible due to unpredictable weather conditions.

The cruise continues through the Antarctica Peninsula providing spectacular views on the ships outer decks.

Day 35-36
Drake Passage

Hopefully, there will be time and suitable weather conditions to make one final shore landing on Antarctica before we depart, heading out across the Drake Passage. Enjoy your time on deck spotting whales and seabirds with the help of your expedition team. On the evening of day 10, we will hopefully reach the calmer waters of the Beagle Channel.

Day 37
Ushuaia Depart

Your Antarctica cruise is scheduled to arrive in port at Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning. You will have a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour before your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, explore Patagonia on one of our extended packages. Visit the mighty Torres del Paine, the Perito Moreno Glacier and hike some of the best trails in El Chaltén.


PLEASE NOTE:

• You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

• The information regarding itinerary is given in good faith and is subject to change and /or cancellation, due to weather / political and / or country instabilities and general safety / road conditions etc. Any such changes and/or cancellations which are in our control will be decided by the crew and will be discussed with the group beforehand whenever possible.

• This itinerary runs from Santiago to Ushuaia, or vice versa depending on the date.

• 17 Jan 2021 -4 March 2021 is our Wild Patagonia small group tour plus our 21 day Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer! Please ask us for more details on this exciting itinerary.

Day 1
Ushuaia

Explore the Southernmost city in the world set in dramatic scenery surrounded by mountains and connected to the ocean via the Beagle Channel. This is the most famous and must-do departure ports to reach Antarctica on your cruise.

Representatives will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your accommodation where you will stay overnight in Ushuaia. If you plan your trip right, you'll have some free time to explore the museums, shops and restaurants. A Viva recommendation, check out the Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia. It's well worth the visit. Alternatively, if you have even more time and prefer the outdoors, you can explore the dramatic scenery of waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and lakes of Tierra del Fuego National Park. You may also choose to take a tour on the Fin del Mundo Train (End of the World Train); a steam train that takes you to Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2
Embarkation in Ushuaia

Today you will be transferred to the pier to start your Antarctica cruise in the late afternoon. Here you will be welcomed aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

This evening you will enjoy a cruise through the Beagle Channel as you depart for Antarctica. Here you could spot Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross. Heading towards the Drake Passage, the next continent to be sighted will be Antarctica.

Day 3-4
At sea crossing the Drake Passage

It's time to prepare for some potentially rough but exciting seas as your cruise crosses the Drake Passage, named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake.

This is a great time to really settle in, relax, enjoy the cruise, get to know your shipmates and expedition team. There will be many presentations about Antarctica including the history, geology and wildlife.

As the cruise enters Antarctic waters, the temperatures will drop, and the excitement starts to build. At the Antarctic Convergence lookout for a variety of seabirds, whales and other species attracted by the nutrient-rich waters.

There is a chance your Antarctica cruise will reach landfall early evening of day 4 and the true beginning of your Antarctic expedition.

Day 5-8
South Shetland Islands Antarctic Peninsula

These next four days your cruise will explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy majestic mountains, glaciers, imposing icebergs, ice-strewn waters and abundance of wildlife.

The core of your adventure will be on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each day will be different filled with zodiac cruises amongst icebergs, snowshoeing trips (please note there is an extra cost for snowshoeing) and photography workshops with experts. There's plenty of wildlife here with thousands of penguins, seals and the chance to see whales cruising past your zodiac or kayak.

Spend your time exploring local bays, channels and landing sites. We will visit penguin rookeries, seal and bird colonies, whale feeding areas, sites of historical and scientific interest and climb to some of the best vantage points. Please be aware; the itinerary will need to be flexible due to unpredictable weather conditions.

The cruise continues through the Antarctica Peninsula providing spectacular views on the ships outer decks.

Day 9-10
Cruising back across the Drake Passage

Hopefully, there will be time and suitable weather conditions to make one final shore landing on Antarctica before we depart, heading out across the Drake Passage. Enjoy your time on deck spotting whales and seabirds with the help of your expedition team. On the evening of day 10, we will hopefully reach the calmer waters of the Beagle Channel.

Day 11
Disembarkation in Ushuaia Start of small group tour

Your Antarctica cruise is scheduled to arrive in port at Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning. You will have a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour before your transfer to the hotel.

WILD PATAGONIA SMALL GROUP TOUR STARTS TODAY

Your tour begins with a bang in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your group.

Accommodation: Hotel Tierra del Fuego

Day 12
Ushuaia

Explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and arrive at ’the end of the road’: Lapatia Bay. Take a cruise on the Beagle Channel to view wildlife and learn of the regions history.

Accommodation: Hotel Tierra del Fuego

Day 13
Ushuaia Cerro Sombrero

Visit a King Penguin colony on the way to Cerro Sombrero.

Overnight at Hosteria Tunkelen including breakfast.

Day 14
Cerro Sombrero Punta Arenas

Crossing the Straits of Magellan, we arrive into Punta Arenas, a place of historical riches; see the mansions and museums of the wealthy wool barons who lived the high life during the boom of the 1890s.

Overnight at Hotel Plaza including breakfast.

Day 15
Punta Arenas Torres del Paine

Today we head to South Americas finest National Park, stopping before in the seaside town of Puerto Natales for lunch and supplies. Puerto Natales sitting right on the Ultima Esperanza, the Last Hope Sound and is a major gateway to the fjords of Chile.

Torres Del Paine, South Americas finest National Park and a trekker’s paradise. Declared a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO in 1978 it is located amongst the mountain range of the Andes and the Patagonian steppe. In this zone, the colossal towers and horns of granite and rock that have given world-wide fame to it, with heights of up to 3,050 meters above the sea level. The park preserves fragile ecosystems, numerous animals like guanacos, condors, ñandues (South American ostrich), foxes and the elusive puma.

The 3 most famous treks inside the park are:

(a) Greys Glacier Hike
(b) French Valley Hike
(c) Los Torres Hike

Instead of walking these continuously, carrying all your hiking gear like on the Big W (a 4-day hike), we break it into three separate walks, covering different sections of the park and hiking an average of 15km (9.5mi) to 20km (12mi) each day. The group is assisted by expert local trekking guides who share information about the environment and guide you through the hiking trails.

If you are not hiking there are other activities available inside Torres Del Paine including tours be a vehicle, boat and on horse-back. However, please note these activities are subject to availability and minimum numbers and will incur an additional cost. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On.

Hotel Rio Serrano or similar

Day 16
Torres Del Paine

Las Torres Hike (Difficult)

Hiking to view the iconic Las Torres (the Towers) is a challenging yet immensely satisfying hike, a highlight for all experienced trekkers. The Towers are the three massive granite columns that encircle the smaller Torres Glacier.

The Towers hike is by far the most strenuous of all the hikes. From the entrance, you have a 1.5km/1mi flat warm-up to the start of the trailhead at Hosteria Las Torres. You start off climbing up the side of one of the mountains, all dirt paths and quite steep in gradient in areas. It then flattens out as you scale the side of the valley with a great river underneath you.

A short downhill section will bring you to the Refugio Chileno. Here you can buy snacks and rest for a while and use the facilities. Although you can see the tips of the towers from the Refugio, this hike is fully appreciated when you are able to hike the full length. Once you leave the Refugio you start climbing again for about 1-hour crossing rivers and passing through a beautiful forest. The final 45 minutes are quite challenging as you scramble up boulders to the base of the towers.

*We offer a fantastic optional day for those unable to attempt the Towers. It involves heading to another section of the park, enjoying a shorter hike and visiting indigenous hand paintings while still having a view of the Towers.

Full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return including time for lunch and depending on your ability/physical strength.

Hotel Rio Serrano or similar

Day 17
Torres del Paine

French Valley Hike (Moderate – Difficult)

The French Valley is the most beautiful valley in the Torres del Paine National Park. It is a steep hike and offers incredible its unique panoramic views of Los Cuernos del Paine, the French Glacier and Lakes Nordenskjold, Pehoé, Scottsburg and Toro.

This walk starts at the same place as the Greys Glacier walk and between the hikes we stay overnight at the Paine Grande Refuge so you do not have to return across the lake to our hotel, effectively allowing you additional time to complete the hikes. This is a very different walk to the Greys Glacier. Slightly longer for the shorter walk and at times, the track can be rocky and steep. The entrance to the valley is Italiano Camp (7.5km/4.5mi) and is our short hike stopping point. For those who continue up into the valley to the French Lookout, the trail becomes steep with loose gravel and boulders. With a 300m/1000ft elevation gain, you have wonderful views of the valley as well as the amazing view of mountains all around. You can sit, watch and hear ice crack and maybe even see a mini avalanche.

The full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return including time for lunch and depending on your ability and physical strength.

Lodge Paine Grande (Simple, shared accommodation, please see trip notes for more info) – alternatives available.

Day 18
Torres del Paine Puerto Natales

Greys Glacier trek (Easy-moderate)

Grey Glacier is one of the principal tourist attractions located in Chile. As soon as you get to this place you will be breath taken with the lakes creamy blue colour dotted with icebergs floating and the Patagonia Icefield at the back.

Accommodation: Hotel Costaustralis or similar

Initially, you will walk through a valley before climbing a steep incline, onto a ridge taking you first through a burnout forest and then into a green live forest.

A little further along the trail brings you to an elevated view of Grey Lake. You hike along an exposed ridgeline before reaching the Grey Glacier Lookout point. (Approx 2.5hrs)
If you are looking for a short hike this would be your turn around point, heading back the same way to the start of the trail. Continuing down another 2 hours further from this point you get to the main Refugio Grey Glacier viewpoint which brings you a lot closer to this magnificent ice sheet. From here you have a magnificent view of the glacier across the water and usually the wonderful blue of the icebergs floating in the lake below. All viewpoints of the glacier are from a front-on angle.

The full walk takes approximately 7 - 8 hours return including time for lunch and depending on your ability/physical strength.

At the conclusion of your full-day trekking, we will head to our hotel in Puerto Natales.

Day 19
Puerto Natales El Calafate

Leaving this remarkable region, we cross at a remote border post into Argentina. We continue through the steppe before seeing the beautiful Lake Argentina, the biggest freshwater lake in Argentina. We arrive into El Calafate, our base to visit the impressive Perito Moreno glacier.

Overnight at Hotel Del Glaciar including breakfast

Day 20
El Calafate

Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the earths most dynamic and accessible ice fields.

Overnight at Hotel Del Glaciar including breakfast.

Day 21
El Calafate El Chalten

We will arrive to El Chalten, a small town nestled quietly under the imposing peak of Chalten (also known as Mount Fitzroy). Explore some of the great walking trails El Chalten is famous for. Discover great views of the peaks of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy as well as spectacular rivers, lakes and forests, and if you lucky watch condors circling high above.

Overnight at Hotel Lunajuim including breakfast.

Day 22
El Chalten

A full day hiking in the wonderful Los Glaciares National Park. Enjoy spectacular scenery and obtain views of the magical Cerro Torre or the wonderful Mount Fitzroy. Keep your eyes peeled to spot regional birds including woodpeckers, caracaras and condors.

Overnight at Hotel Lunajuim including breakfast.

Day 23
El Chalten Route 40

Enjoy the landscapes of the Patagonian Steppe as we head north on the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).

Overnight at Hosteria Ruta 40 including breakfast.

Day 24
Route 40

Visit Cuevas de Las Manos (Caves of Hands) the most ancient native artistic expressions of the subcontinent.

Overnight at Hotel Cueva de las Manos including breakfast.

Day 25
Route 40 Coyahique

Cross into Chile and hit the Carretera Austral ’Southern Road’, with a reputation as South Americas best road trip.

Overnight at Raices Bed & Breakfast including breakfast.

Day 26
Coyahique Queulat National Park

Hike in the enchanted forest on our way to Queulat where we spend the night on the edge of the Fiords.

Overnight at Fiordo Queulat Eco Lodge including breakfast.

Day 27
Queulat National Park

Get up close and personal to a spectacular hanging glacier in the Queulat National Park. Nature at its finest!

Overnight at Fiordo Queulat Eco Lodge including breakfast.

Day 28
Queulat National Park Futaleufu

Enjoy the fabulous scenery of the Carretera Austral and visit the fishing village of Puyuhuapi on the edge of the Chilean Fiords.

Overnight at Hotel El Barranco including breakfast.

Day 29
Futaleufu Bariloche

Cross back into Argentina and arrive in Bariloche, located on the shores of the Nahuel Huapi lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Cacique Incayal or similar

Day 30-31
Bariloche

We head out to discover the Nahuel Huapi National Park and you have some free time to enjoy any of the activities on offer including hiking, biking, kayaking and much more!

Accommodation: Hotel Cacique Incayal or similar

Day 32
Bariloche Pucon

Sit back and marvel along the scenic seven lakes drive to Pucon, Chile.

Overnight at Hotel Malalhue including breakfast or similar.

Day 33-34
Pucon

Lace up your boots to enjoy some spectacular walks and interact with the native Mapuche people. Take some free time to hike Villarica volcano.

Overnight at Hotel Malalhue including breakfast or similar.

Day 35
Pucon Santa Cruz

Head north to Santa Cruz, located in the heart of Chiles famous Colchagua Valley wine region.

Overnight at Hotel Terravina including breakfast or similar.

Day 36
Santa Cruz Santiago

Wine tasting and winemaking on the Colchagua Valley including a special visit to the Colchagua museum.

Overnight at Matildas Hotel Boutique including breakfast or similar.

Day 37
Santiago

Depart Santiago with wonderful memories, and a new respect of our wonderful planet courtesy of Patagonia.


PLEASE NOTE:

• The information regarding itinerary is given in good faith and is subject to change and /or cancellation, due to weather / political and / or country instabilities and general safety / road conditions etc. Any such changes and/or cancellations which are in our control will be decided by the crew and will be discussed with the group beforehand whenever possible.

• This itinerary runs from Santiago to Ushuaia, or vice versa depending on the date.

• 17 Jan 2021 - 4 March 2021 is our Wild Patagonia small group tour plus our 21 day Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer! Please ask us for more details on this exciting itinerary.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 22 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights in cabins
  • Included Copy 20 1 night in hiking refuge in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Included Copy 20 10 nights onboard the cruise ship in C cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 36 Breakfasts
  • Included Copy 20 32 Lunches
  • Included Copy 20 29 Dinners
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transport in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles
  • Included Copy 20 Service of an experienced tour leader as well as local guides throughout
  • Included Copy 20 Experienced Driver/Mechanic
  • Included Copy 20 All National Park Entrance fees
  • Included Copy 20 In Antarctica, all shore excursions, activities and lectures
  • Included Copy 20 Price does not include flights
  • Included Copy 31 We have many Antarctica cruise options connecting with our Patagonia tours, as such itineraries may
  • Included Copy 31 Itinerary available in reverse
Transportation
Expedition Vehicle

Ocean Endeavour | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

199 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Drake Passage crossing
  • Included Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
  • Included Ushuaia & Lapatia Bay
  • Included Photograph a wide variety of wildlife such as penguins, whales and seals
  • Included Beagle Channel boat trip
  • Included Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of Torres Del Paine
  • Included El Calafate & El Chalten
  • Included Travel through Patagonia on the "ruta40"
  • Included Queulat National Park & Futaleufu
  • Included Hiking, biking and kayaking in Bariloche
  • Included Head off to Pucon, Chile
  • Included Wine tasking at Colchagua Valley
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Duration

37 days

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