Patagonia: Journey to the End of the World
About Santiago, Chile
Explore the thrilling and unspoiled vastness of the Patagonia region on this journey to the end of the world. Starting in the lively capital city of Santiago, jump right into the fun of this tour by heading to Santa Rita Winery, where you’ll learn about the wine-making process and taste, blend, and bottle your own wine to take home with you! On your tour of Santiago you’ll be surprised at how a city of so many people can be so well kept and vibrant—a city packed with local parks, artwork at every turn, and European-style squares. On to Puerto Natales, your home base for exploring massive and scenic Torres del Paine National Park. Jagged peaks, glistening green waters, glaciers, and powerful falls set the stage. You’re sure to glimpse some of the wildlife here, like guanacos, foxes, birds, and if you’re lucky, the elusive puma. Cruise on Seno Ultima Esperanza to visit famous glaciers, only accessible by boat; visit Chile’s largest natural reserve; and even trek through a cold and unspoiled rainforest on this day of unspeakable scenic beauty.A highlight of this tour is undoubtedly your visit to El Calafate, home to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest in the world and still advancing! You’ll have the chance to walk on catwalks overlooking the glacier and, with luck, you’ll witness glacier pieces calving into the waters below. The following day, you can experience the massive Upsala Glacier by boat—a different experience that allows you to marvel at the color and sheer masses of these glaciers. Follow this with a visit to an estancia (ranch) on the shores of Lago Argentino for lunch and your choice of activities, such as a 4-wheel drive tour, horseback riding, or trekking. From El Calafate, descend to Ushuaia, the end of the world! Cruise Beagle Channel, watching for albatross, sea lions, and skuas while you marvel at the sheer idea of standing at this point on the globe. In Tierra del Fuego, an expert Naturalist will lead you around the delicate ecosystems of this southernmost national park. Head north to Buenos Aires, where you will conclude your Patagonian journey with exciting new adventures like a wine tasting with a local sommelier in a Cava setting, visit famous Recoleta Cemetery, and El Zanjón—a part of Buenos Aires that was sealed off hundreds of years ago to prevent the spread of yellow fever and just recently excavated in the last 20 years. And no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a lesson in the sizzling, sensuous Tango!Add on a visit to South America’s second-smallest nation, Uruguay. Take a ferry across the Rio de la Plata to the UNESCO World Heritage Sire of Colonia del Sacramento and visit one of the country’s oldest European settlements. Continue to its colonial capital city, Montevideo, for two nights to explore this laidback city.
SANTIAGO Visit Santa Rita Winery with a wine-making experience; Santiago sightseeing with a Local Guide; [LF] visit La Vega Central Market and a local pubPUNTA ARENAS Visit the first fortified settlement on the Straits of Magellan at Fort BulnesPUERTO NATALES Visit Torres del Paine National Park and Milódon Cave; Chilean fjords cruiseEL CALAFATE Visit Los Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier; cruise Lago Argentino, see Upsala Glacier and visit Estancia CristinaUSHUAIA Cruise Beagle Channel; visit Tierra del Fuego National ParkBUENOS AIRES Private wine tasting with sommelier and dinner at a local restaurant; city sightseeing with a Local Guide and [LF] visit El Zanjón Underground Tunnels; [LF] Tango lesson, dinner, and Tango showURUGUAY High-speed catamaran to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay; guided sightsseing of Colonia del Sacramento and MontevideoHeadsets throughout the tour
Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 2 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner and Tango show in Buenos Aires
NOTE: Participation in this tour requires guest’s name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.