Marvel at the scenic and wildlife highlights of the immense treeless plateau of Patagonia in both Argentina and Chile!
From the lakes and glaciers around Calafate to the stunning peaks and burgeoning wildlife of Torres del Paine, en route to Ushuaia at the southern end of Tierra del Fuego. The best, however, is left till the end – with the astonishing marine life of the Peninsula Valdés.
Arrive Buenos Aires, 2-nights. City tour and optional tango show with dinner
This morning, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the next 2 nights. Buenos Aires is a very vibrant city and you have plenty of time to explore it at your leisure time. The next day you head out on a birdwatching trip at the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, with up to 90 different species including the unusual black-necked swan. In the evening you may opt for a dinner with tango show (optional).
Fly to El Calafate, 2-nights. Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier
Today you transfer to the airport and fly to El Calafate from where you will transfer to the beautiful Eolo Lodge. A full day excursion to the famous UNESCO site of Perito Moreno Glacier will bring the glacier to life with its thundering sounds.
Accommodation: Eolo Lodge, 2-nights
Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park (Chile), 3-nights. Optional excursions in Torres del Paine National Park
Today you cross the border to Chile as you travel to Torres del Paine National Park (about 6 hours drive). The towering mountains are your base for three days with plenty opportunities of optional activities such as trekking or horseriding to the base of the towers.
Afternoon drive to Puerto Natales, 1-night
Drive to Estancia Olga Teresa to see condor nest, continue to Punta Arenas via Oway Bay penguin colony, 1-night hotel
Bus across Magellan Strait to Ushuaia (Argentina), 3-nights. Walks in Lapataia National Park and on Redonda Island
Over the next three days you can explore Ushuaia and its surroundings. A boat trip to the Beagle Channel brings you close to cormorants and sealions and walks in Lapataia National Park and Redonda Island are a real wildlife treat! Look out for delights such as North American beaver, muskrat, grey fox, austral parakeet, South Andean deer and southern river otter.
Fly to Trelew and continue to Puerto Madryn, 2-nights. Explore Valdes Peninsula
Today you transfer to the airport and fly to Trelew - from there it is a one hour to Puerto Madryn. This is your base to visit Valdes Peninsula, well-known for the northern right whales migration (September until December). In the area you are also likely to see interesting species including the soft guanaco, magellenic penguin, elephant seal and even orca.
Visit Punta Tombo Penguin Colony and fly to Buenos Aires, 1-night