Argentina and Chile tour with cruise
During this incredible tour through Argentina and Chile we will take you on an amazing journey to the “uttermost end of the earth”. On the Ushuaia – Punta Arenas route, you will enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery and wildlife.Read more
During this incredible tour through Argentina and Chile we will take you on an amazing journey to the “uttermost end of the earth”. On the Ushuaia – Punta Arenas route, you will enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery and wildlife.
You will travel on one of the industry’s most comfortable ships designed to make your trip as pleasant and remarkable as possible through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel. Our expedition cruises give you the chance to experience authentic adventure travel. Take a journey to Cape Horn and view the same incredible beauty that Charles Darwin enjoyed centuries ago or capture footage of marine life during your journey. The possibilities are endless. Experience wildlife and nature like you never have before with Patagonian travel.
Arrival in Buenos Aires and meeting with the staff. Overnight in the city.
Sightseeing around the city of Buenos Aires including National Congress, Metropolitan Cathedral, Government Building, Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, Palermo, Recoleta and cemetery. Overnight in the city. Breakfast included.
You are now in the southernmost protected area, the only national park that has coastlines, covering a stretch of 6 km over the Beagle Channel and an area of 63,000 hectares. It is reached by the National Highway No. 3 to N.A. meeting along the way Pipo River, Monte Susana, Ensenada Bay, Redonda Island, lake Roca Casita del Bosque, Laguna Verde and Negra, Beaver Dam, Lapataia Bay, marking the end of the route.
The topography of the park is extremely varied, everything is a series of craggy mountains, rivers, valleys and lakes, resulting in varied landscapes from the picturesque and lively stream to the mass of towering mountains, or the extraordinary spectacle of the majestic Beagle Channel.
During the spring and summer, you can admire varied and colorful flowers: mutillas, violet, primrose, white orchids, armories, white and yellow daisies, and the various tree species: Cinnamon, Burgundy, Misodendro parasites and the LlaoLlao, observing lichens, which hang in the form of a beard.
The most common mammals are foxes and rabbits, but there are also muskrat and beaver. Among birds, Upland Goose and gray-headed, steamer ducks and great grebe, the black carpenter and rayadito giant, as well as exclusive marine birds such as albatross, the oystercatcher, and mammals such as seals and otters.
Transfer to the pier.
Check in between 10:00 and 16:00 at 409 San Martín Street. Board the M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 17:30. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the M/V Stella Australis will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our voyage will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
We will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range. This is where we shall see glaciers sliding down the mountainside all the way to the sea.
In the afternoon, in well-equipped Zodiac boats, we will travel to the Águila Glacier where we will embark upon an easy walk to its base. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has moulded the spectacular landscape.
Acknowledged as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia was founded in 1884 and was one of the original points of encounter between the Yamana and Anglican cultures. Its name derives from the Yamana word for ‘penetrating bay’ and it’s surrounded by the last high peaks of the Andes. Today, it is one of the largest cities on Tierra del Fuego Island, with around 65,000 inhabitants. Disembarkation is scheduled at 08:00. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the city and its spectacular scenery.
Transfer to the hotel in Puerto Natales.
The excursion begins visiting the Milodon Cave, a natural monument located on Benitez Hill, 25 kilometres from Puerto Natales, where in 1895 were found remains of extinct animals like Sabre Toothed Tiger, American Horse and a large mammal known as Milodon. It is necessary to walk for half an hour to go into the cave and observe the stalactites, places where the remains were found and a replica of Milodon.
Afterward a technical stop is held in the village of Cerro Castillo, where there are possibilities for shopping, enjoy the coffee service or just for a break.
Continuing the trip toward Torres del Paine National Park, visitors will be able to enjoy the most diverse landscapes, such as the Magellanic deciduous forest and the vast Patagonian steppe dominated by the wind and aridity. On the way is possible to find two species members of the local fauna: the Patagonian guanaco, South American camel and relative of Llama, and the endemic lesser Rhea (Ñandu), relative of the African Ostrich.
Once we get to the park, which is a biosphere reserve with a surface over 242.000 hectares, the landscape changes drastically becoming unforgettable due its dozen lakes populated by marine birds, and in the background granite peaks dominating the area. Turquoise lakes, waterfalls and mountains covered by ice are the predominant landscape inside the park.
A walk for 15 minutes into the park is necessary toward the waterfall (Salto Grande), which is communicating two big lakes inside the park; Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. After lunch the trip continues with a walk on the shores of Grey Lake, where blue icebergs can be seen, and in the background the vast Grey glacier.
Depending on the requirements, the return is done by the same road, or by the new road bordering lakes Toro, Porteño and Sofía.
Departure to travel the 80 kms distance separating El Calafate and Perito Moreno glacier, unique in the world in constant progress. During the trip you will admire beautiful places in the Andean foothills, along the south bank of Lake Argentino. After crossing the river Centinela and Mitre, reach Brazo Rico to enter the Los Glaciares National Park.
Bordering Lake Rico you will see icebergs floating on the water until we can finally appreciate the full extent of this natural wonder, which has been declared World Heritage. Return to El Calafate.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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